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Visual Art Nominee Showcase! 

Friday, January 10th is the opening reception at Hot Shops featuring OEA Visual Art nominees!

PotLuck is the name given to the annual exhibit and "food raiser" in the Nicholas Street Gallery, located in the Hot Shops Art Center at 1301 Nicholas Street in Omaha, Nebraska. The invitational exhibit brings together a variety of artists who explore a theme in their respective media. We are once again excited to partner with Opera Omaha as the artists explore themes of "Strong Women" in opera, particularly Opera Omaha's 2013-2014 season, including Carmen, Agrippina, and Cinderella.

In addition to accomplished local and regional artists, we are pleased to introduce the youngest of the emerging artists: gifted girls from the Girl Scouts artVenture program, and students from a variety of Special Education classrooms in the Omaha Public Schools. Among the schools represented include: Lewis and Clark, Adams, Marrs, Buffett, Nathan Hale, Davis, and Boyd where the students worked with theater professionals as part of a WhyArts grant-funded project coordinated by Fran Sillau. The OPS students concentrated on the many interpretations of the Cinderella story from around the world, using theater exercise and visual arts.

The January 10th event is free and open to the public 5pm to 8pm.

We ask guests and artists to bring nonperishable food items
or grocery store gift cards to support the area food banks.

Show runs January 5 - 27, 2014.

Visit the Hot Shops website for more details:


8th Annual Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards set for February 16, 2014

Nearly 200 artists, performers and musicians are among the nominees for the 2014 Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards, to be held February 16, 2014 at the DoubleTree Downtown Omaha hosted by Ethan Stone. The annual ceremony honors supreme talent from the performing arts, visual arts and music.

This year’s list was compiled from hundreds of public nominations submitted online during the open ballot session at Hancock & Dana, one of Omaha’s largest locally-owned accounting firms, tallied the top nominations in each category. Winners will be announced at this event on February 16, 2014.

Live performances by music nominees Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers, Purveyors of the Conscious Sound and Belles & Whistles featuring Daniel Christian.

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Tickets will be available for purchase online, details soon.

Sunday, February 16th at DoubleTree Omaha
Doors at 6pm
Awards at 7pm

Official after party at Slowdown
Free with award ticket stub or $5 at the door
Performances by music nominees The Decatures and John Klemmensen & the Party


OEA Visual Art Nominees on display December 6th - Benson First Friday!

In conjunction with the music nominee showcase in Benson on Friday, December 6th, visual art nominees are also on display.

There will be plenty of local artistic talent, live music at all the Benson venues, holiday shopping for locally crafted works, and then some!

It is also the season of GIVING, and portions of sales at participating businesses will be given to charity! (Last year's BFF raised over $5000 for The Open Door Mission!! Lets do it again!)

As we all know, the party starts at 4pm with these Happy Hour Specials:

Mantra - (4:30-6) $6 small plates, $1 off all beer $2 off all wine and $6 house cocktails
Taita- discounted drinks and appetizers
Louis Bar and Grill - $2.25 draws, $3 premium draws, $3 wells, $3.75 calls, $2.25 old guy bottles, $2.75 domestic bottles
Jane's Health Market - discounted wheatgrass and carrot shots
Pizza Shoppe - $2 whiskey shots and $1 PBRs
Jake's Cigars - $1 off tap beers
The Sydney - $1 off tap beers
Krug Park - $3.75 wells, $1 off American Tap Beers
The Beercade - 4 quarters with every draft beer
Jerry's - $5 pitchers/$4 Jameson
and more.

Events starting at 7pm:

PETSHOP (2725 N. 62nd Street) - Petshop Presents: THOU SHALT KILL! Thou Shalt Kill! will present hundreds of postcards sent to Nebraska State Legislators and religious leaders over the last six months urging them to abolish the death penalty.

SWEATSHOP (2727 N. 62nd Street) - HOME - Interior decorating by BIRDHOUSE DESIGNS. Pop-up retail shop opening night!

Barley Street Tavern - TBA

Paperdoll - A Kick Off to Our 3rd Annual $2 Sale for Charity!

BENSON BREWERY - Making their own LIQUID BFF - Best Frikin Firkin!

Aromas Coffeehouse - TBA

Omaha Bicycle Co. - Artist Jessica Mullins

CHOICE Custom Framing & Glass - "I Forget What Killed It" Work by Anne Peterson. Closing Event.

Zombie Glass - Open Doors

The Sydney - Artist Reggie LeFlore

Benson Theatre - Theatre Tours

Pizza Shoppe Collective - Artist Stephanie Campbell

The Beercade - KLAB ART. Artist Caleb Long

Star Deli - The Kind Art Exhibition
A group exhibition of local artwork that will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Larkin's Parkin - Artists Market! New Location!

Jerry's - Artist Berit Held

Jake's Cigars - Mustache Competition Photography

Sailor's Grave Tattoo - Open Doors

Blue Pomegranate Gallery - (6570 Maple) TBA

Captain's Club (6023 Maple) - Snow Globe! (window display)


Visual Arts Nominees on Display:

Jamie Burmeister

Kim Reid Kuhn

Mary Zicafoose

Bart Vargas

Paula Wallace

Iggy Sumnik

Brion Poloncic

Jeff King

Jamie Danielle Hardy


December 6th Nominee Showcase Schedule

Omaha's finest OEAA music and visual art nominees showcase their talents at the annual nominee showcase in Benson on Friday, December 6th in conjunction with Benson First Friday.

$10 tickets at the door gain access to all venues, all night.


The Waiting Room

7:00-7:35 - The Electroliners

7:50-8:25 - All Young Girls Are Machine Guns

8:40-9:15 - Conchance

9:30-10:05 - Matt Cox Band

10:20-10:55 - Steve Raybine

11:10-11:45 - The Whipkey Three 

12:00-12:35 –Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers
12:50-1:25 - John Klemmensen and the Party


Burke's Pub

7:00-7:35 - John Larsen

7:50-8:25 - Edem

8:40-9:15 - Michael Wunder 

9:30-10:05 - Todd Campbell Band

10:20-10:55 - Island Alumni

11:10-11:45 - The Sub-Vectors

12:00-12:35 - Travelling Mercies

12:50-1:25 - Hector Anchondo Band



Barley Street Tavern

7:00-7:35 - Omaha Pipes and Drums
7:45-8:00 - Comedy Break! Collabo Comedy

8:10-8:45 - A Wasted Effort

9:00-9:35 - Black On High

9:50-10:25 - The Decatures

10:40-11:15 - Rock Paper Dynamite

11:30-12:05 - Moses Prey

12:20-12:55 - The Bishops 

1:10-1:45 - Artillery Funk


The Sydney

7:50-8:25 - Bret Vovk

8:40-9:15 - Plack Blague

9:30-10:05 - Cake Eater

10:20-10:55 - Jimmy Hooligan

11:10-11:45 - Never Trust The Living

12:00-12:35 - Polka Police


The 402

7:00-7:35 - Mariachi Las Cecilias
7:50-8:25 - Omaha Guitar Trio

8:40-9:15 - Belles & Whistles
9:20-9:30 - Slam Poetry Break! Ben Wenzl

9:40-10:15 - The 9s

10:20-10:30 - Slam Poetry Break! Greg Harries
10:40-11:15 - Eckophonic
11:20-11:30 - Comedy Break! Heather Jones

11:40-12:15 - DJ Shor-T

12:25-1:00 - Field Club

1:15-1:50 - Kaitlyn Hova  

PS Collective

7:00-7:35 - Steve Byam

7:50-8:25 - Mojo Bag
8:30-8:40 - Comedy Break! Tracie Mauk

8:50-9:25 - Escape From Alcajazz

9:40-10:15 – eNVy
10:30-10:40 - Comedy Break! JC Morgan

10:50-11:25 - Dominique Morgan
11:40-12:15 - Vago

12:30-1:05 - shooK on3

1:15-1:50 - Latin Threat


Visual Art Nominees on display: Jamie Burmeister, Kim Reid Kuhn, Mary Zicafoose, Bart Vargas, Paula Wallace, Iggy Sumnik, Brion Poloncic & Jeff Kin