Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ladysmith Black Mambazo to Holland Center!

A Cappella Group Sings Traditional Music From South Africa
 Omaha Performing Arts presents the Ladysmith Black Mambazo in the Kiewit Hall at the Holland Performing Arts Center Friday, February 20, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $20, and are available at, 402.345.0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Office inside the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St. 
The South African a cappella vocal group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, has been performing worldwide for more than 50 years. A young farmer, Joseph Shabalala, formed the group in the early 1960s. The name comes from his hometown, Ladysmith; Black being a reference to the oxen, the strongest of all farm animals; and Mambazo, the Zulu word for chopping axe, a symbol of the group’s ability to “chop down” any singing rival who might challenge them. The group sings from a traditional music called isicathamiya (is-cot-a-ME-Ya), which developed in the mines of South Africa.


Celtic Thunder North American Tour in Omaha!

Celtic Thunder Fans are bound to be thrilled with the lineup for this nostalgic Very Best Of Celtic Thunder Tour coming to Omahas Orpheum Theater on Saturday, February 21, at 8:00 p.m. Damian McGinty (former Glee Star) will be back performing as a Guest Artist with the Celtic Thunder guys Colm Keegan, Keith Harkin, Ryan Kelly, Emmett OHanlon and Neil Byrne.
Backed as ever by the amazing Celtic Thunder Band, Celtic Thunder will deliver the best of their much loved ensemble numbers with selections from their 9 Public Television shows, including Heartland (Celtic Thunder -The Show)Galway Girl and Seven Drunken Nights(Voyage)A Place in The Choir (Heritage) and Take Me Home (Take Me Home.)
Celtic Thunder will be at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday, February 21 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are priced at $74.25, $59.25, and $49.25 and may be purchased only through Ticket Omaha by calling 402-345-0606, online at, or at the Ticket Omaha box office located inside the Holland Center on 13th & Douglas streets (open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 12 to 5 p.m.).



Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at the Orpheum!

Performance Includes ‘Square None’ By Norbert De La Cruz III
Omaha, Neb., (January 19, 2015) – Omaha Performing Arts presents the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in the Slosburg Hall at the Orpheum Theater Thursday, February 19, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15, and are available, 402.345.0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Office inside the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St. Immediately following the performance, audience members are invited to participate in a free post-performance discussion with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet artists.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is considered a pioneering and innovative American dance company, blurring the lines between ballet and modern dance. The troupe regularly commissions new works, often by emerging choreographers, giving the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet an open and exploratory style. A highlight of the Omaha engagement will be the performance of the commissioned work “Square None,” by Norbert De La Cruz III. A review by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch described the number: “Set to an eclectic score, with lighting that evoked moods from the eerie to the joyous, ‘Square None’ made imaginative use of the dancers’ athleticism in its pursuit of abstraction. But the piece also yielded moments of grace that suggested that De La Cruz is as much a poet as he is a craftsman…”

Imaginocean comes to the Orpheum

Glow-In-The-Dark Puppet Show Created By Tony-Nominated John Tartaglia 

 Omaha Performing Arts presents John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean in the Slosburg Hall at the Orpheum Theater on Friday, February 20, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $10, and are available        at, 402.345.0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Office inside the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St.
John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean is a black-light puppet show tailored toward children in pre-school through third grade and packed with music ranging from swing to R&B to Big Band. A magical undersea adventure for kids of all ages, ImaginOcean follows three best friends – Tank, Bubbles and Dorsel – as they set out on a journey of discovery. It all starts with a treasure map. As they swim off in search of clues, they'll sing, they'll dance and they'll make new friends, including everyone in the audience. Ultimately, they discover the greatest treasure of all: Friendship.


Upcoming Omaha Performing Arts Shows!

Upcoming Omaha Performing Arts shows!  You won't want to miss these!

National Geographic Live’s Extreme Planet with Carsten Peter – Tuesday, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m., Holland Center. Gorgeous images from an adventurous photographer. If you love the magazine, this will live up to your expectations.
David Sanborn – Sunday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m., Holland Center – Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet – Thursday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m., Orpheum Theater – Acclaimed dance company blurring the lines between ballet and modern dance
Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Friday, Feb. 20, 8 p.m., Holland Center – Grammy-winning South African vocal group. Incredibly joyful music.
John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean – Friday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Orpheum Theater – Fun, black light puppet show full of music geared toward families of preschools to third grade.
Randy Brecker – Friday, Feb. 27, 8 p.m., Holland Center (1200 Club) – Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter playing in our most intimate hall, the 1200 Club (think candle-lit tables)
The Australian Bee Gees Show – Sunday, March 1, 7 p.m., Holland Center – Best Bee Gees tribute group, hands down. This is a multi-media type of show.
Pippin – March 3-8 (opening night is Tuesday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.), Orpheum Theater – Music by the composer of WICKED, this Broadway musical features extraordinary acrobats. It was 4 Tony Awards in 2013, including Best Musical Revival.
Cassandra Wilson – Saturday, March 8, 8 p.m., Holland Center – Grammy-winning jazz vocalist will be celebrating the 100th birthday anniversary of Billie Holiday.
National Geographic Live’s Ocean Soul with photojournalist Brian Skerry – Another great National Geographic photographer, Skerry’s presentation features beautiful photos and a conservation message
Cherish the Ladies – Wednesday, March 11, 7 p.m., Holland Center – Features all the great facets of traditional Irish culture: lovely music, beautiful vocals, and stunning step dancing
Compagnie Kafig – Wednesday, March 18, 7:30 p.m., Orpheum Theater – Brazilian dance company that brings a high energy and athletic performance.
Fredericks Brown – Thursday, March 19, 7:30 p.m., Holland Center (1200 Club) – Bluesy female duo out New Zealand, they blew the roof off the Holland when they opened for a show last year, so we invited them back to headline their own
Texas Tenors – Thursday, March 19, 7:30 p.m., Holland Center (Kiewit Hall) – You may have seen them on American’s Got Talent, this trio blends country, gospel, classical and Broadway into a charming and humorous show
Motown The Musical – March 25-29 (opening night is Wednesday, March 25, 7:30 p.m.), Orpheum Theater – Broadway musical featuring more than 40 classic Motown hits. It’s the story of the Motown founder and the music that shaped our lives.
Tierney Sutton – Friday, March 27, 7 and 9 p.m., Holland Center (1200 Club) – Jazz vocalist who will be paying tribute to Joni Mitchell

Strange Magic, in Theatres NOW!

The wait is finally over and STRANGE MAGIC (which is from the mind of George Lucas) is now playing in theatres everywhere!!! And in celebration, I wanted to send around some fun facts on the movie! There is also a new featurette on the making of STRANGE MAGIC featuring never before seen interviews from Executive Producer George Lucasand actors Evan Rachel Wood, Alan Cumming, etc. that I have included below:

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NAME THAT TUNE – “Strange Magic” weaves together new versions of favorite songs from the last six decades—including songs made famous by artists ranging from Mickey & Sylvia and Elvis Presley to Kelly Clarkson, BeyoncĂ© and Lady Gaga.

HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT – Filmmakers needed to concoct a magical love potion for the film, so when they discovered that primroses grow where shadow meets the light (part light/part shade)—they knew they had their chief ingredient for Sugar Plum Fairy’s love potion. In the movie, primroses aptly grow on the border of the Fairy Kingdom and the Dark Forest. In an effort to do away with love forever, the ruler of the Dark Forest, Bog King, orders every primrose destroyed.

FLY AWAY – Artists referenced monarch and blue morpho butterflies to create the look of fairies like Marianne, Dawn and Roland. Animation was customized for each fairy and designed to reflect individual personalities and where they were in their character arc. Marianne, for example, goes from clumsy to athletic during the course of the film.

BUGGY BOG – Artists looked at dragonfly wings and grasshoppers when creating Bog’s look. As far as Bog’s performance, animators took him from hunched over and angry to elegant.

SO SURREAL – Executive producer George Lucas, who’s behind the story of “Strange Magic” considers Sugar Plum Fairy to be more magical than your average fairy—“a little more Salvador DalĂ­,” he says.

GOOD GOBLIN – Artists and animators referenced frogs, lizards and other amphibians and reptiles to perfect the look of goblins like Stuff and Thang.

ANOTHER FINE MESS – Stuff and Fang, Bog’s loyal goblin assistants, were created in the spirit of famous comedy teams like Laurel and Hardy and Abbott and Costello.

THE TRAMP – Charlie Chaplin and his best-known character, The Tramp, served as inspiration for Imp. Both characters cause trouble for no good reason, so animators added Chaplin-esque flourish to Imp’s movement.

REAL ROCK – Lucasfilm artists tasked with creating the royal palace for Fairy King and his daughters found reference in Big Rock Ranch, a property George Lucas owns. A smaller rock was discovered on the property that looked like the signature rock. It was scanned and used as a 3D model for Fairy Rock in the movie—which hosts the great ball.

FRIGHTENING FERNS – Filmmakers found fun foliage to help illustrate the spookiness of the Dark Forest. Fiddlehead ferns, which feature furled fronds, were very effective tools in the film: one unfurls as Marianne makes her way through the forest.

JUST DREAMY – “Strange Magic” is inspired by Shakespeare’s comedy play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and includes a controversial love potion, the theme of love and the spirit of feminism, as well as an infusion of comedy. But the characters in “Strange Magic” are wholly unique—with striking looks and compelling personalities.

SISTER, SISTER – Just like her character Marianne, actress Evan Rachel Wood has a little sister and says she can relate to Marianne’s desire to look out for Dawn. Likewise, Meredith Anne Bull, who provides the voice of Dawn, has an older sister.

PLAYING FAVORITES – Elijah Kelley, who provides the voice of Sunny, says his favorite character in “Strange Magic” is Bog King, who’s voiced by Alan Cumming.

THAT’S NUTS – Roland, a knight in shining armor (at least in his head) makes his way through the forest atop his loyal steed Chipper. But Chipper’s not a horse—he’s a squirrel.  

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Strange Magic opening January 23rd!

With STRANGE MAGIC opening in theatres next Friday, January 23rd, here are some fun recipes and family activity sheets to get you excited! 

Strange Magic – “Elf-Sized Serenade” Clip


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U.S. Release Date:                 January 23, 2015
Rating:                                   PG

Cast:                                     Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob EinsteinPeter Stormare

Director:                                Gary Rydstrom
Producer:                               Mark S. Miller
Executive producer:               George Lucas
Screenplay by:                       David Berenbaum, Irene Mecchi, Gary Rydstrom
Story by:                               George Lucas
Musical director & composer: Marius de Vries

“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. Directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”) from a story by George Lucas, “Strange Magic” will be released by Touchstone Pictures on Jan. 23, 2015. 

·       Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award®-winning film “Rango.”
·       Well-known music producer Marius de Vries (“Moulin Rouge”) serves as both the musical director and composer.