What’s going on in Omaha?


By Mike Machian

It is two weeks until The Fall Home and Garden Expo comes to the Civic Auditorium (Oct. 3-6) and all of Omaha can’t wait. Unfortunately, all of Omaha has to. So what to do in those empty days between now and then? Read on.

Love, tropical islands, memorable songs, Robert Goulet — South Pacific has it all — but only for five performances. From Friday, Sept. 20 through Sunday, Sept. 22, the Orpheum Theater will host the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. Tickets start at $25 and are available at Ticketmaster outlets or by calling the Omaha Civic Auditorium box office at 444-4750.

If you have too much spare time and too much money, perhaps you should try volunteering. The Rose Blumkin Performing Arts Center is looking for people to volunteer for help in the following areas: ushers, costume rental, concessions and light board operation. If you need to complete community service hours for graduation, give The Rose a call at 345-4849 or drop an e-mail to Boxoffice@otcmail.org.

Want to see two free pianists? The Presbyterian Church of the Cross at 1517 S. 114th St. is hosing the Vienna International Piano Duo Sunday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. This dynamic duo consists of Krassimira Jordan and Wolfgang Watzinger, who will perform works by Schubert, Gershwin, Infante and Ravel.

The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery is hosting an exhibition from four artists called Tetrad. The works on display include paintings by Judy Greff, whose paintings of the Midlands landscapes tends to focus on puddles of mud and the sandhills. One can also expect to see artist Thomas Hamilton’s ceramic pieces as well as mixed media works from Margie Schimenti and sculptures from Marcia Joffe-Bouska. The exhibition runs Oct. 2-27 and is free.

If you missed Tool in concert and never saw the Grateful Dead or Led Zeppelin, you can always opt for the next best thing — a laser light show set to their music.

Laser light shows at UNO’s Kountze Planetarium are cooler than what that episode of South Park would lead you to believe. It’s cool music set to trippy visuals without the need for hallucinogens. The $4 shows are Friday and Saturday evenings with Zeppelin at 7 p.m., the Dead at 8:30 p.m. and Tool at 10 p.m.


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