From the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family. More than two dozen classic hits – including “I Walk the Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune – performed by a multi-talented cast, paint a musical portrait of The Man in Black that promises to be a footstompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to a uniquely American legend. The play stars Sue Booton, Erika Hall, Zach Little, Ryan Pivonka, and D. Kevin Williams. It’s directed by Gordon P. Cantiello and musical directon is by Mark Kurtz and Vince Krysl. It’s choreographed by Sue Booton.
Ring of Fire: Tribute to Johnny Cash, August 9, at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St., 1 p.m. Tickets are $35. Visit www.thewaitingroom.com for more information.
Every Tuesday at House of Loom, it’s everything you love about karaoke with the volume turned up. Don’t be afraid to go crazy: bring your own costumes, create your own choreography, bring your back up dancers or just grab some in-house props we’ll have on hand. Join the community here: http://www.facebook.com/karaoketheatre.
Karaoke Theatre, August 12, at House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th St., 9 p.m. Admission is free. Visit www.houseofloom.com for more information.
The school of hard knocks has been breeding grounds for many of the most talented musicians in history. With the rough and tumble street life playing catalyst for some of the grittiest modern-day blues, much-celebrated artists from B.B. King to the Ohio Players to Lil Boosie have poured their pains, frustrations, accomplishments and celebrations into a universal language. Reformed Baton Rouge hardhead Kevin Gates is one of these extraordinary entertainers. The product of a city commonly known as the “Bloody Sticks,” neither a barrage of would-be assassins’ bullets, the perils of poverty nor even the threat of 30 years behind bars could prevent what was meant to be.
Kevin Gates with Chevy Woods, August 7, at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St., 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Visit www.theslowdown.com for more information.
Five-time Omaha Entertainment & Arts Award winner for Best Country/Americana and Best Blues speaks to the caliber of artist Matt Cox and his band have become in the studio and on stage. With a live show that showcases some of the best players in the region, and a raw energy that reveals the passion and experience that friends share with each other on stage and off. Whether you crave the guitar driven jams of the Allman Brothers, the story telling of Dylan, or the country charm of Willie Nelson, The Matt Cox Band is sure to deliver. August 8, 2014 at The Waiting Room is the release of Nishnabotna, the fourth album from Matt Cox and his band recorded over the past year with a variety of players at Hidden Tracks Studio/J Garrett Sound Productions.
Matt Cox Band Album Release Show with Sarah Benck, The Filter Kings & The Electroliners, August 8, at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St., 9 p.m. Tickets are $7. Visit www.onepercentproductions.com for more information.
Over the span of her career, Jolie Holland has knotted together a century of American song–jazz, blues, soul, rock and roll–into some stew that is impossible to categorize with any conventional critical terminology. This is her burden and her gift, to know all of these American songs of the last ten decades in her head and her heart, and to have to wrestle with their legacy. She dives straight to the pathos of a song the way the very greatest singers, singers like Mavis Staples, or Al Green, or Skip James, or Tom Waits do.
Jolie Holland with Shy Hunters, August 8, at The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St., 9 p.m. Tickets are $12. Visit www.onepercentproductions.com for more information.
House of Loom has dedicated its Sunday nights and classic wood floors to all things salsa, buchata, merengue, cha-cha-cha, pachanga, and guaguanco. And to host and DJ the night, they’ve chosen long-time loom collaborator and the most charismatic, talented salsa dancer in Omaha, Mr. Blandon “Salserodalante” Joiner. Every Sunday kicks off with a salsa dance lesson for all levels of social dancers at 7 p.m., and you don’t need a partner. Dancers requested and spectators welcome as we offer fresh-mint leaf in our Cuban Bacardi Mojitos.
Salsa Sundays, August 9, at House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th St., 7 p.m. Tickets are $7. Visit www.houseofloom.com for more information.
‘Truck-A-Tecture’ examines architecture as redefined by mobility and technical expansion. This exhibition generates a unique conversation and offers a new perspective on modern housing. A mash-up of popular and elite cultures, ‘Truck-A-Tecture’ transcends the current definitions of “pre-fab” and “mobile architecture.” Topics of nomadism, transportation, trucking culture, and the nature of “home” are among the topics to be explored in this exhibition. This exhibition features trucks, trailers, pre-fab home designs, custom architecture and road movies. Leaders in the filed of architecture participate, with four firms designing and building full-scale structures and the additional firms creating scaled models. Once complete, the full-scale structures travel to KANEKO from their various locations of construction around the country. The scaled models will be displayed atop a 44-foot long semi trailer parked in the Bow Truss.
Truck-A-Tecture, August 7-August 23, at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St., 6 p.m. Admission is free. Visit www.thekaneko.org for more information.
This exhibition features the work of the Bemis Center’s first group of Carver Bank alumni and celebrates their work and creative practices. It features paintings by visual artist Bart Vargas, interactive displays of music by Shannon Marie and Dereck Higgins, and poetry by writer Portia Love.
2013 Carver Bank Residents Exhibition, August 7-August 16, at Carver Bank, 2416 Lake St., 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Visit www.bemiscenter.org for more information.
Join the Bemis Center for its newly formatted Art Talk program when it opens up space for interactive dialogues between the Artists-in-Residence and the audience. Now Art Talks feature shorter presentations by the artists followed by joint discussions on how their work creates spaces to (re)imagine our collective futures. Come early and also visit and learn more about the Old Market Omaha Flock House, a structure designed and fabricated by resident Mary Mattingly and local creatives, who have been living and working in it since its installation. This month’s participating artists are: Rachel Dubuque (Las Vegas, NM) and Rebecca Morgan (Bloomsburg, PA).
First Thursday Art Talk, August 7, at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St., 7 p.m. Admission is free. Visit www.bemiscenter.org for more information.
Join Shelley Wilson and The Green Spot Omaha as they present the kid & pet-friendly Mokie & Kade book launch. Children and their parents can purchase and have their Mokie & Kade books signed by the author. Kids will love meeting Poppin’ Penelope, Omaha’s premier balloon artist, who can make balloon animals into their favorite dogs. Hands, Hearts and Paws will have a puppy adoption meet and greet where you can meet puppies that could be new additions to your family (pets won’t be available for adoption that day, applicants must go through adoption process first). There will be ice cream for you and your four-legged friends so bring them along. RSVP to the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1451571368428044/
Mokie and Kade Book Launch, August 9, at The Green Spot, 1110 S. 71st St., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. Visit www.the-green-spot.myshopify.com/ for more information.
This dynamic group art show will feature the work of over 20 local and regional artists. Artists were asked to create artwork in the medium of their choice inspired by comic books, comic strips, graphic novels, video games and anime. There will be a wide variety of styles and interpretations at this can’t miss show! The show will be held at drips, coffee shop, art gallery and meeting room.
Comic(al), August 7-15, at Drips, 1010 S. Main St., All Day, Admission is free. Visit www.dripscoffee.com for more information.
Join the Side Door Lounge for another installment of its weekly event, Lounge Against Humanity. Every Tuesday evening, they boast good cocktails, relaxed atmosphere and everyone’s favorite party game for terrible people. They have several sets of cards to loan out to you and your friends, but if you have a set of your own, feel free to bring it along.
Lounge Against Humanity, August 11, at The Side Door Lounge, 3530 Leavenworth St., 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 402-504-3444 for more information.
WordCamp Omaha will be held Saturday, August 9th and Sunday, August 10th with each day running from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All tickets include full access the entire weekend, as well as lunch on Saturday, a WordCamp Omaha 2014 T-shirt (assuming your ticket is purchased prior to July 19th), as well as a few other goodies.
WordCamp Omaha, August 9-10, at Metropolitan Community College, Fort Omaha Campus, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $40. Visit www.mccneb.edu for more information.
Local comedian Dusty Stahl hosts an open mic night every Wednesday. Bring your best material and come on down.
Open Mic Night, August 13, at Barley Street Tavern, 2735 N. 62nd St., 10 p.m. Admission is free. Visit www.barleystreet.com for more information.
Calling all quizzies and quizzettes. If you are looking for a way to cram some knowledge into your brain and cram some beer down your gullet – why not try to do both at the same time? If you would like a chance to get that beer for free along with a night of fun and facts – you should head down to the Sydney on Tuesdays. Grab a team of 5 or fewer and answer 40 fun questions for lots of opportunities to win great prizes (most of them obviously and awesomely include alcohol). Don’t mind your own quizness.
Sydney Pub Quiz, August 12, at The Sydney, 5918 Maple St., 8 p.m. Admission is free. Visit www.thesydneybenson.com for more information.
The Missing Kitten Comedy Show is a monthly standup comedy showcase on the second Tuesday of every month at The Pizza Shoppe Collective in Benson. Hosted by Jack Comstock & Dusty Stehl, it features Jack Comstock (host), Dusty Stehl, Brandon Cordes, Will Dougherty (Lincoln), David Kousgaard, Justin Johnson, Toll McGrane (Des Moines), Marc Von Ahnen (Des Moines), and Joshua Vossler (Lincoln).
Missing Kitten Comedy Show, August 12, at Pizza Shoppe Collective, 6056 Maple St., 8 p.m. Admission is free. Visit www.pizzashoppecollective.com for more information.
The Side Door Lounge continues its series of Sunday Night Movies with two unforgettable Spike Lee joints, Do The Right Thing and Mo’ Better Blues. Join the party for cool films and good drinks in its infamously low-lit room. First up at 7 p.m. is Do The Right Thing and it’s followed by Mo’ Better Blues at 10 p.m.
Sunday Night Movies, August 9, at Side Door Lounge, 3530 Leavenworth St., 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 402-504-3444 for more information.