Monday, April 02, 2007

Omaha: It's Not Just Telemarketing Anymore

Omaha's not just telemarketing and a bevy of fast food restaurants anymore. The metro area stinks with culture: Literary masterpieces, performing arts, visual arts, theatre and cinema and the word has gotten out. The March 25 issue of the New York Times Magazine featured an insightful article about all of the cultural happenings in Omaha:

Also, a two-screen cinema in downtown Omaha at the corner of 14th & Webster will open this summer with a month-long repertory series curated by Omaha native, Oscar-winner, and Film Streams Board Member Alexander Payne. Along with his curatorial input, Mr. Payne will be writing program notes for the entire series and speaking about select films during special event Q&A sessions. Screenwriters come and take note as Mr. Payne's Academy Award was won for Best Adapted Screenplay. However, he's also directed some of the most successful films of the past decade: Citizen Ruth, Election, About Schmidt and Sideways.

Film Streams is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the cultural environment of the Omaha-Council Bluffs area through the presentation and discussion of film as an art form. Its new unnamed cinema will feature first run movies: American independents, documentaries, and foreign films making their theatrical premiere in Omaha and the surrounding region. It will also host repertory selections, including classic films, themed series, and director retrospectives, featuring an impressive cast of guest curators. For more information, including how to join the organization and receive half-price movie tickets, go to:


Blogger Melissa Marsh said...

I need to get to Omaha before. I've really never gone into the city and explored. It's just been lots of trips to the airport.

7:02 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Parker said...

Wow, glad to hear about the culture! Could you send some our way to Lincoln, please? Ok, Ok, I know we have some, but your post sure makes Omaha sound exciting.

8:16 AM  
Blogger Diana Celesky said...

Omaha IS exciting. I'm especially fond of the Old Market and all activities east of 90th Street (or "Omaha Proper," as I like to call it), so much charm and character. I'm never at a loss for things to do here.

If you're going to be in the Omaha area for the weekend, pick up a copy of the free newspaper, The Reader (I believe it comes out on Thursdays). It lists concerts, art shows, theatre productions and other forms of arts and entertainment events for the current weekend.

It's time for a road trip!

9:44 AM  

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