Arts news and notes: Watch all Best Picture nominees in 2 days -
Published Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 1:57 pm
Arts news and notes: Watch all Best Picture nominees in 2 days

Oscar party to benefit Alzheimer's group

The Alzheimer's Association Midlands Chapter will be among 45 charitable organizations that will benefit from hosting special Academy Awards live viewing parties Feb. 24 across the United States.

The benefits raised a collective $3.1 million last year.

Omaha actor Erich Hover will appear at Oscar Experience Omaha at the Omaha Marriott Regency to discuss his coming movie about a family dealing with dementia. The movie, expected to begin filming here in the spring, was inspired by Hover's father.

The event begins at 5 p.m., and the Oscar telecast starts at 7 p.m. on ABC. KETV reporter Todd Andrews will be emcee. Tickets are $125 each. Reservations are due by Feb. 18. Information: 402-502-4301.

2 days, 9 nominees for best-picture

Marcus Theatres is offering a two-day screening of all best-picture Oscar nominees next weekend at 20 Grand and Village Pointe in Omaha and the Grand in Lincoln.

The schedule Saturday: “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” 11 a.m.; “Amour,” 1:10 p.m.; “Les Misérables,” 3:40 p.m.; “Argo,” 6:50 p.m.; and “Django Unchained,” 9:20 p.m.

The Feb. 17 lineup: “Life of Pi,” 12:30 p.m.; “Lincoln,” 3:10 p.m.; “Silver Linings Playbook,” 6:10 p.m.; and “Zero Dark Thirty,” 8:50 p.m.

Tickets for all Saturday movies are $30, while the Feb. 17 lineup is $25. Or you can buy a pass to all the films for $50. You can also buy tickets to individual films in the series at regular admission prices. Information online at

Romantic thriller ideal for date night

If you're looking to celebrate Valentine's Day with a movie date night, Film Streams is offering a classic at 7 p.m. Thursday: “To Catch a Thief,” a romantic thriller from 1955.

Alfred Hitchcock directed the movie set on the French Riviera, starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant. It won an Oscar for cinematography.

Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater is at 14th and Mike Fahey Streets. Information: 402-933-0259, online at or at the box office

Film based on novel by Nebraskan screening

“Cheers for Miss Bishop,” a 1941 movie based on a novel by Nebraskan Bess Streeter Aldrich, will be screened Saturday at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln. The event is a benefit for the Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation.

The 2:30 p.m. screening is at the same theater where the movie had its premiere in January 1941, which was attended by cast members William Gargan, Mary Anderson, Lois Ranson and Martha O'Driscoll. A reception with light refreshments will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Parts of the movie were filmed on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus and in Waverly, Neb.

Tickets, $15, can be purchased at the door. Information: 402-994-3855 or

Chamber music series slated for summer

The Omaha Chamber Music Society has announced its four-event summer concert season for 2013:

» June 16: Flute and Friends. Flutist Maria Harding, pianist Christi Zuniga, cellist Tim Strang and tenor Adam Goos perform music by Debussy, Bach and Weber.

» June 23: Classic Strings. Quartets by Mozart, Beethoven and Dvorak are performed by Scott Shoemaker, Jeffery King, Thomas Klug and Paul Ledwon.

» June 30: Ancestors and Descendants: Five Centuries of Brass. Alan Dean plays renaissance music on period instruments, plus spirited 20th century selections on modern instruments.

» July 7: Masters of the Baroque. Violinist Amy Sims leads a lineup of performers playing Rameau, Marais, Telemann and Couperin.

Shows start at 3 p.m. at First Central Congregational Church, 421 S. 36th St., with a pre-concert talk at 2:40 p.m. Tickets, $20, are available at the door, or you can buy four tickets for $45, good for any concert. Information: 402-960-6943 or

Grant for anniversary celebration of ballet

Omaha Performing Arts has received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support its weeklong celebration of the 100th anniversary of “The Rite of Spring,” a ballet and orchestral work by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky.

The anniversary will be marked in late February and early March with performances by the Joffrey Ballet and modern jazz group The Bad Plus.

Outreach activities will include a master class with The Bad Plus, a Q-and-A with the Joffrey's artistic director, a post-show discussion with The Bad Plus and subsidized tickets for some schools and groups.

Information: 402-345-0606 or

Restored silent film explores Bluffs history

A newly restored 1930 silent film offers a unique glimpse into the history of Council Bluffs.

“Man Power,” resurrected from the archives of the Council Bluffs Public Library, was restored with a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation and the Council Bluffs Public Library Foundation.

The movie was created as a booster film for the City of Council Bluffs and was intended to get the attention of business people and spur investment in the city's manufacturing and jobs base. It also summarizes the city's history.

Familiar landmarks that show up in the film include Bayliss Park, Dodge House, the Hotel Chieftain, Haymarket Square and more. Griffin Wheel Works, the Pennsylvania Consumers Oil building, Washington Public School and past bridges across the Missouri River also appear.

The film is available on DVD at the Council Bluffs Public Library and online, in three sections totaling about 35 minutes, at

Theater schedules travelogue films

Omaha World Adventures will continue its series of travelogue films at Marcus 20 Grand, 144th Street and West Maple Road, starting Tuesday.

Offerings on tap, each at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.: Stan Walsh presents “Rome to Oberammergau” Tuesday; Clint Denn presents “Inside Ireland” March 20; and Rick Ray presents “The Soul of Morocco” April 23.

Tickets, sold at the door, are $12. Information: 402-331-5189.

Screenwriting seminar at library

Sally Walker will present her annual Intro to Screenwriting seminar Feb. 23 at the Baright Public Library in Ralston, 5555 S. 77th St.

The seminar is targeted to high school students but also is open to college students and adults. Call 402-331-7636 to register by Feb. 20. Cost is free for teens, $5 for college students and $30 for adults.

The seminar runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Bring your own lunch.


Original multimedia production about artist Jackson Pollock, Metropolitan Community College, noon Feb. 23 at Building 21 (Mule Barn) on the Fort Omaha campus. Need actor-writers and tech crew applicants to write, rehearse, act, perform and tour with the show to Metro campuses, metro-area venues. Earn 4.5 credit hours from MCC tuition-free. Performances in mid-May. Information: 402-917-1709.

“A Night With the Family,” Omaha Community Playhouse, 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the theater, 6915 Cass St. Use west stage-door entrance. Show runs April 19-May 12. Information: 402-553-4890, ext. 110.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Rose Theater, 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the theater, 2001 Farnam St. Adults and children ages 8 and older. Show runs May 31-June 16. Information: 402-342-5119 or email

“The Good Lie,” a feature-length studio film about “The Lost Boys” of Sudan. Seeking members of the South Sudanese community to play roles in the film. Director is Oscar nominee Philippe Falardeau. Producers: Imagine Entertainment, Reliance Entertainment and Black Label Media. Auditions at Messiah Lutheran Church, 5015 S. 80th St., 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 17 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 18. Information online at

— Compiled by Bob Fischbach

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