Omaha, NE—This week, the first Omaha Fringe Festival begins on UNO’s campus, a first for the city, but a tradition descending from a rich, international theater lineage. Some audiences might be familiar with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, from which similar events derive their name, but it’s a format that now thrives all over the globe. Tamar Neumann, UNO master’s student, dramaturg, and Executive Director of Omaha Fringe, wasn’t actually inspired by Edinburgh, but rather Minnesota’s Festival, where she lived for several years.
While starting the planning process last year, Neumann found
early support from Omaha Under the Radar, a similarly themed festival
organization with a focus in music. Both open in conjunction this Wednesday.
This week’s performances include a theatrical tribute to
Robin Williams, an adaptation of Shakespeare, and one group forming a devised
piece which will be travelling to Edinburgh later this year. All performances
this year are on UNO’s stages, but there might be bigger plans for the future.
The first Omaha Fringe Festival is this week, July 24 through the 27 with afternoon and evening performances at the Weber Fine Arts Building on UNO’s campus. For more information or tickets, visit UndertheRadarOmaha.com.
Omaha, NE—While the festival won’t be ‘easy listening’, organizers have no reason to be modest, since Omaha Under the Radar is in its 6th season and attracting some of the most innovative musicians from all over the country. From July 24 to the 27, Under the Radar will explore every corner of Omaha’s music venues and musical styles.
Omaha, NE—One of this century’s most recognized voices in fiction, Jennifer Egan will appear at Kaneko this Thursday to read from her latest novel, Manhattan Beach. It’s the second installment of the Passages series, a new collaboration between UNO and Kaneko welcoming some of today’s most respected writers to Omaha.
Omaha, NE—The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts’ next exhibition opening tonight, Inner Ear Vision: Sound as Medium, marks the beginning of the organization’s exploration of sound art. Their first sound artist in residence, part of their new residency program, is currently working at the space while the new basement venue is under construction.
Going beyond music as accompaniment, Inner Ear Vision features 18 multidisciplinary artists working at the intersection of sound and visual art—which isn’t too common in the gallery space.
Inner Ear Vision comprises variations of musical instruments, graphic scores, music performances, and immersive installations.
Overall, the exhibition combines numerous talents, disciplines, and cultures to create an innovative aural experience.
Inner Ear Vision:
Sound as Medium opens tonight at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts at
6:00pm with a performance at 7:00pm. For more information, visit
Omaha, NE—This weekend, Omaha Chamber Music Society will close their Sumer Concert Series with Piano Duos at the Omaha conservatory of music. Two pianists on stage might not be the most common arrangement in classical music, but enough composers have experimented with the idea, Mozart and Schubert to name some. Omaha Chamber Music has a history as well with a piano duet last year.
Omaha, NE—The king is dead in Denmark, and the queen has married his brother, all while the marching Norwegian army looms over the horizon. This is the grave opening of Hamlet, Nebraska Shakespeare’s next production opening tonight. Perhaps one of the English bard’s most popular and quotable plays, Hamlet has been interpreted and reimagined on just about all of the world’s stages