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Work by Dwayne Wilcox is on display at the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney through Sept. 15.

COMSTOCK — Eleven-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson has joined the list of musicians who will be performing at the Comstock Windmill Festival, which starts tonight (Thursday) and runs through Saturday.

Set to perform Thursday are Phil Vassar, Ashley McBryde and Luke Mills. Joining Johnson on the main stage Friday will be “The Voice” winner Cassadee Pope and Trent Tomlinson. Saturday will start out with Extreme Bulling Riding at 2 p.m. Kip Moore headlines the night with Jacob Bryant and Lucas Hoge.

Johnson is “one of the greatest country singers of our time,” according to the Washington Post. He is one of only a few people in the history of country music to win two Song of the Year Awards from both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.

His 2008 album, “That Lonesome Song,” was certified platinum for one million in sales, and his 2010 ambitious double album, “The Guitar Song,” received a gold certification.

In addition, he won two Song of the Year trophies for “Give It Away” and “In Color,” from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. He has received tremendous praise from the New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Wall Street Journal and other publications, many of which have hailed his albums as masterpieces.

In 2012, the Alabama native released his fifth studio album, a tribute project to late songwriter Hank Cochran. The Grammy-nominated “Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran” paired him with Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Ray Price, Elvis Costello, George Strait, Vince Gill and Merle Haggard.

In 2013, the Nashville Scene’s 13th Annual Country Music Critics’ Poll named it the year’s best album. (Two years earlier, the same poll named Johnson’s “The Guitar Song” as the year’s best album, and Johnson himself as best male vocalist, best songwriter and artist of the year.)

To purchase tickets and reserve campsites go to www.windmillfestival.com, or tickets can also be purchased at any Trotter’s Whoa & Go location.

Stuhr plans busy weekend for June 22, 23

Stuhr Museum will be bustling with activity the weekend of June 22 and 23 — starting with a horse and carriage event on Saturday and the return of the popular “Sunday Afternoon with Tom and Huck” the next day.

The Whips In Nebraska (WINE) group will be bringing dozens of horses to compete in events, parades and more in a day in and around Railroad Town.

The horse and carriage event kicks off at 10 a.m. with a parade through Railroad Town at 1 p.m. In between, there will be class offerings and competitions including a cones course, rail challenge, stop and go, speed ball, barrels, keyhole, stake race and carriage dog class.

Awards will be presented for best entry in the Railroad Town parade and best hat. The awards presentation will follow the Dog Class event in the field to the south of Railroad Town.

If you’re a horse enthusiast yourself, a history buff who wants to see horses in Railroad Town or someone who just loves the thrill and skill of competition, this event is one you won’t want to miss.

The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Sunday, June 23, will feature the popular “Sunday Afternoon With Tom and Huck” event from noon to 4 p.m. in the Hornady Family Arbor between the Stuhr Building and Railroad Town.

This annual day of fishing is based off the characters in Mark Twain’s famous American novels and features not just fishing but other fun activities like “white washing” a fence and Graces on the green. There will also be small prizes for those who catch fish. People are welcome to visit Railroad Town just around the corner. In addition, you can try your hand at a watermelon seed spitting contest where, if you lose, you still get some fresh watermelon for your trouble.

A limited number of loaner poles will be available and Stuhr will provide live bait.

Admission both days is $10 for adults, $8 for children and free for Stuhr Museum members. For more information, call (308) 385-5316

GILT Jr. to tell ‘The Tale of Snow White’

GILT Jr., a part of the Grand Island Little Theatre, will present its fourth production, “The Tale of Snow White” by Barbara Lemon, at 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at College Park.

This productions will be a culmination of weeklong classes, workshops and rehearsals for students in third through eighth grades. These workshops, which will meet daily from June 24 to 28, include theatrical makeup, set work, backstage, character creation, audition preparation and more.

The team in charge of the teaching is made up of certified teachers, para educators or former teachers from Grand Island and surrounding areas. The assembled team represents more than 170 years of working with children and 155 years of theater experience. Fifty students will be involved in this weeklong camp and production.

Admission for the final performances is $6. For ticket information, call the GILT box office at (308) 382-2586.

For more information about GILT Jr., call Jeannee Mueller Fossbert at (308) 379-2015.

HCT Kids to present ‘Disney’s Frozen Jr.’

HASTINGS — Do you want to build a snowman? If so, plan to attend the HCT Kids production of “Disney’s Frozen Jr.,” opening June 21 at the Hastings Community Theater.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

The cast and crew includes 39 students led by Berice Rosenberg and Corey VomWeg.

The 60-minute musical is based on the 2013 Disney film and the 2018 Broadway adaptation. Join Anna, Elsa and all your favorite characters as they embark on an epic, ice-filled journey of self-discovery, camaraderie, and the real meaning of true love. Adapted for young performers, this musical includes favorite “Frozen” songs such as “Love Is an Open Door,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “Let It Go,” as well as new songs from the Broadway production.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. To reserve tickets, call the box office at (402) 463-1500, email tickets@hctheatre.org or check online at www.hctheatreorg.

The Hastings Community Theatre is located at 515 S. Fourth Ave., inside the Good Samaritan Village.

Albion Area Arts Council to host Missoula Children’s Theatre

ALBION — The Albion Area Ares Council will host the Missoula Children’s Theatre for a weeklong event starting Monday, June 24, and culminating with performances of “Pinocchio” at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29.

Registration is set for 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 24, in the Boone Central performance gym and is open to children who have completed kindergarten through 12th grade. Auditions will begin at noon, following registration.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre touring productions are complete with costumes, scenery, props and makeup. MCT Tour actor/directors will conduct rehearsals from noon to 4:30 p.m. each day throughout the week.

For more information, contact the arts council at (402) 395-2633 or Paul or Lori Hosford at (402) 395-6727.

‘Dwayne Wilcox: Visual / Language’ now open at MONA

KEARNEY — “Dwayne Wilcox: Visual / Language” is on display at the Museum of Nebraska Art through Sept. 15.

Renowned artist Dwayne Wilcox uses ledger paper to examine contemporary culture through a 19th century practice. Begun in the 19th century by Plains Indians in forced confinement during the Reservation Era, ledger artworks include paintings and drawings of Native American figures rendered on ledger paper. Wilcox, an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota, is a self-taught artist who has been creating work since 1984.

The Museum of Nebraska Art, 2401 Central Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; it is closed Mondays and major holidays. There is no admission charge.

The Museum of Nebraska Art celebrates the history of Nebraska’s visual art for diverse audiences. MONA collects, preserves, researches, exhibits and interprets the work of artists who were born, lived, trained or worked in Nebraska or who created artworks that reflect the culture of Nebraska.

For more information, call (308) 865-8559.

Aurora Museum to host quilt show

AURORA — The Nimble Thimble Quilt Show will be on display at the Plainsman Museum in Aurora from June 20 through 22.

Featured will be award-winning quilts made by Lynette Koelzer of Wood River, including her 2018 Nebraska State Fair “Best of Show.” She was honored with the National Association of Certified Judges Certificate of Merit award in 2015 and 2017, with her quilts competing against 600-plus quilts entered at the Nebraska State fairs.

Her quilts have received awards at the International Quilt Festival in Chicago, the Dallas Quilt Show and the Kansas City Regional Quilt Shows. Koelzer says she “loves to incorporate color in her quilts” and challenges herself to try new techniques.

Koelzer will present “Quilting Savvy” at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the museum.

Another highlight of the show will honoring two local veterans for their service to our country with Quilts of Valor. This presentation will be at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Additional features of this show will be workshops throughout the day on Thursday and Friday, interesting quilt displays including art quilts, celebration quilts, past presidents’ quilts and many more quilts made by guild members. A Country Store will offer items for sale and refreshments will be served.

The museum, 210 16th St., is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A $5 admission is good for all three days.

For more information, contact Jeanette Friesen at (402) 631-9163 or friesenrj@hamilton.net

Gaming group to host Scrabble night

Scrabble Game Night is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Primrose Assisted Living, Capital Avenue and North Road.

The group usually meets the third Monday of each month. All Scrabble players are welcome; bring a board if you have one. There is no registration required and there is no fee to play.

For more information, call La Vonne at (308) 382-2663.

Broken Arrow Wilderness to host ‘Jam Camp’

FULLERTON — Broken Arrow Wilderness will host a “Jam Camp” on July 12, 13 and 14.

The camp is billed as “an informal gathering of area musical talents, including country, bluegrass, folk and Americana.” All acoustic musicians — and listeners — are welcome.

A potluck dinner is scheduled for Saturday night and is open to anyone who wants to take part; just bring something to share.

Those attending are also advised to bring lawn chairs.

Broken Arrow Wilderness is located on the far north edge of Fullerton, off of Highway 14. There is a charge of $5 per day per vehicle to visit. Camping spaces are $30 per night; both tent spaces and camper hookups with electricity are available. To reserve a camping spot or for more information, call Larry Molczyk at (402) 631-9660.

Shakespeare on the Green opens June 20 in Omaha

OMAHA — Shakespeare on the Green, presented by Nebraska Shakespeare, returns for its 33rd season with performances of the Shakespeare on the Green premiere of “All’s Well That Ends Well” and the popular “Hamlet,” along with expanded pre-performance events and activities.

Kicking off the season, “All’s Well That Ends Well” will take the stage at 8 p.m. June 20 through 23 and July 5 and 7. “Hamlet” will be presented at 8 p.m. June 27 and 30 and July 2, 6 and 8. A one-night only, after-dark performance of “Late Night Hamlet” is set for 10 p.m. July 3.

Nebraska Shakespeare is teaming up with local artists and musicians to expand the Shakespeare on the Green experience. Benson First Friday’s MaMo — a mobile art gallery created from a repurposed semi-trailer — will be onsite allowing attendees to view works from local visual artists; each performance will include an opening act by a local musician; and an onstage synopsis covering all of the need-to-know information about that evening’s performance will be performed by members of the Nebraska Shakespeare company.

All this is in addition to the return of educational and interactive activities for kids, pre-show forums where company members discuss Shakespeare’s text, production, and relevant contemporary topics, and entertainment by Madrigali et al.

Shakespeare on the Green is located next to Omaha’s Elmwood Park. The entrance is just south of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Bell Tower near 60th and Dodge streets. Parking is available on the UNO campus. Those attending are encouraged to arrive early with blankets and lawn chairs to get a good spot on the green. Onsite concessions ranging from snacks and beverages to full meal options, as well as souvenirs will be available.

Performances are free and open to the public, however a $30 donation is encouraged to support Nebraska Shakespeare’s year-round performances and programming.

More information, including nightly schedules, is available at www.nebraskashakespeare.com or by calling (402) 280-2391.

This weekend at the Grand ...

“Avengers: Endgame” is showing this weekend at the Grand Theatre, 316 W. Third St. Show times are 7:15 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers — Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner — must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos — the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe. Rated PG-13.

Admission is $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for children 12 and younger. For more information, call (308) 381-2667 or visit grandmovietheatre.com.

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