Friday, November 13, 2015

Holiday Shows Coming to Omaha (and another giveaway!)

Christmas ... my favorite season of the year! I am one of those people that get into the holiday spirit a second after Halloween. Decorations are being put up and we are planning on buying a Christmas tree this weekend!

This also means immersing ourselves with Christmas entertainment. We really get into it! The movies, the songs, and the hunt for this season's family shows in the city.

Omaha Performing Arts has some really neat holiday shows lined up this season! If you are in search for some fun entertainment in the next few weeks, I am thrilled to share these with you:

a.       The Brian Setzer Orchestra 12th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour, Sunday, November 15, at 7:00 PM, Orpheum Theater, Slosburg Hall. Ticket link: http://www.ticketomaha.com/productions/The-Brian-Setzer-Orchestra
 
b.      Vienna Boys Choir - Christmas in Vienna, Thursday, November 19, at 7:30 PM, Holland Performing Arts Center, Kiewit Concert Hall. Ticket link: http://www.ticketomaha.com/productions/Vienna-Boys-Choir

c.       Cyrus Chestnut Trio - A Jazzy Christmas, Wednesday, December 2, at 7:30 PM, Holland Center, Scott Recital Hall (this is a 1200 Club performance, so note that it’s a night club setting). Ticket link: http://www.ticketomaha.com/productions/Cyrus-Chestnut-Trio

d.      A Celtic Tenors Christmas, Wednesday, December 2, at 7:30 PM, Holland Performing Arts Center, Kiewit Concert Hall. Ticket link: http://www.ticketomaha.com/productions/Celtic-Tenors

e.      Michael McDonald - This Christmas, An Evening of Holiday & Hits, Friday, December 4, 8:00 PM, Holland Center, Kiewit Hall. Ticket link: http://www.ticketomaha.com/productions/Michael-McDonald
 
f.        Joyful Noise - A Gospel Christmas featuring Salem Baptist Church, Sunday, December 6, 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM, Holland Center, Kiewit Hall. Ticket link: http://www.ticketomaha.com/productions/Joyful-Noise--Salem-Baptist

I want to give an extra-special shout out to Joyful Noise -- A Gospel Christmas featuring Salem Baptist Church. Salem is literally my neighbor. My office is right across their beautiful property. Looking forward to watching our brothers and sisters bring a full-on Gospel Christmas show!



I have a holiday treat for you. I am giving away 2 tickets to Joyful Noise! Getting a chance to win is super easy. All you need to do is leave a comment below with your e-mail address. You will be entered into a drawing for this giveaway. I will announce the winner on November 29th!

Have a wonderful holiday season in this city!


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Cirque Mechanics – Pedal Punk

My husband and I have come a long way in finding things in the city to get entertained! Aside from the fact we love to hunt down new places to eat, we try to look for shows, plays, festivals, or musicals that do the following: 

1) Provide something new for our date nights -- adds the FUN element to our 8-year-old marriage! 

2) Add a new layer to our sources of great, clean, family-friendly entertainment -- so hard to access to in this generation! 

3) Connect with other people in the city that we would not normally run into because it's a very busy season for us. 

I wanted to share with you an upcoming show through Omaha Performing Arts that involve the unlikely combination of these: BMX, bicycles, Cirque, mechanics. 



SAVE THE DATE:
Thursday
November 12th
7PM
Orpheum Theater
409 S 16th St.

Cirque Mechanics - Pedal Punk


Here are some fun facts about this unique show:
 
1.  There are approximately 90 wheels on stage in Pedal Punk.
2.  The aerial Penny Farthing in Pedal Punk can also be used to ride on the ground.  It is a real bike!
3.  Many of the bicycles in Pedal Punk were built from parts found in scrap yards. A great way to recycle and repurpose parts!
4.  The Gantry Bike featured in Pedal Punk as the Bike Shop is an original Cirque Mechanics apparatus, weighs 3,000 lbs. with artists on board, yet it can be pedaled by just 2 people.
5.  The Gantry Bike steers like a bulldozer or a tank.
6.  It takes a team of 4 people 1 1/2 hours to build the Gantry Bike.  It also takes 1 1/2 hours to pack up the whole show.
7.  The Gantry Bike has a top speed of 5 mph and can be pedaled indoors and outdoors.
8.  The cast of Pedal Punk is made up of 11 artists: dancers, unicyclists, trampolinists, aerialists, a BMX rider, a juggler and clown, a rhythmic gymnast, a contortionist and a stilt-walking stuntman.
9.  It took one year to create Pedal Punk.
10.  The entire show fits in one 26’ truck.

I love that Omaha Performing Arts make this affordable for families to see. Tickets start at $15 and you can buy them today by clicking on this link

If you would like to be updated on what's coming up with OPA's season, "Like" their Facebook page for their latest shows. 

Today, you get a chance to win 2 tickets to Cirque Mechanics - Pedal Punk! Leave a comment below. Each comment will be entered in a drawing on November 10th.

Update: Congratulations Jessica Souder for winning 2 tickets to Cirque Mechanics -- Pedal Punk! 

 

Disclosure: I received compensation for this post but I was not required by Omaha Performing Arts to express a favorable opinion. The content and opinion expressed in this blog post are entirely my own.

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