HASTINGS — The River City Mixed Chorus, Nebraska’s largest LGBTQ arts organization with more than 100 performers, will present a concert in Hastings on Saturday, May 18.
Performance time is 7:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 422 N Burlington Ave.
The concerts will feature iconic songs from Broadway, film and the pop charts that have impacted and shaped pop culture over the last 35 years. A reception for chorus and audience members will follow the concert.
“The mission of the chorus is to create exceptional musical experiences to support diversity, inspire change and empower communities. In this effort, we understand the importance of sharing our music and message with audiences outside of our Omaha home. We are very excited to travel to … Hastings to perform for those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience a River City Mixed Chorus concert,” said A. Barron Breland, artistic director for the chorus.
There is no admission charge.
The River City Mixed Chorus was founded in 1984 in Omaha and is one of the oldest LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) choruses in the United States. RCMC is celebrating its 35th anniversary season.
Minden Opera House hosts McEwyn
MINDEN — The sounds of classic country will fill the Minden Opera House when McEwyn takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17.
McEwyn entertains and engages audiences across the country with its dynamic southern sound, reminiscent to the earlier days of country music. McEwyn “demonstrates the breadth of their music roots by skillfully layering their concerts with the familiar sounds of classic country.” Audiences will hear songs from Patsy Cline to Dolly Parton as well as Glen Campbell, George Strait, Travis Tritt and Josh Turner — songs to appeal to a crowd from 5 to 80 years old.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and younger and will be available at the door. Tickets can also be purchased online at MindenOperaHouse.com.
For more information, call the opera house, 322 E. Fifth St., at (308) 832-0588.
MONA Collection Connection program set for May 22
KEARNEY — Independent historian David Wells will celebrate The Trans-Mississippi Exposition of 1898 with a presentation of rare photographic images during a program at the Museum of Nebraska Art.
“David Wells: The Trans-Mississippi Exposition of 1898 in Omaha,” will be presented at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 22 as part of the museum’s Collection Connection series.
Hailed as a showcase of technology west of the Mississippi River, the Exposition showed that life beyond the mighty river was civilized and forward-thinking. Wells describes the construction of the Exposition, the use of the lagoon and the sophisticated buildings at their zenith, and their dismantling.
The Indian Congress, the largest gathering of Native American tribes since the end of the Indian Wars 10 years previously, was part of the Exposition. Omaha-based photographer Frank A. Rinehart focused on the Exposition architecture. His assistant, Adolph F. Muhr, was responsible for the portrait photography of the 500 Native American participants, one of which is on view in the “MONA There’s an App for That 2.0” exhibition.
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.
Kearney First Baptist Church to host piano workshop
KEARNEY — The Nebraska Music Teachers Association is sponsoring a free piano workshop May 18 at Kearney First Baptist Church, 3610 Sixth Ave.
The event, open to youths ages 7 to 18, features master classes and presentations led by University of Nebraska at Kearney music faculty Jayoung Hong and Beth Mattingly and piano instructor Bella Hoppens of Yandas Music.
The workshop runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., with a concert concluding the activities.
Participants can register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.
This weekend at the Grand ...
“Dumbo” is showing this weekend at the Grand Theatre, 316 W. Third St. Showtimes are 7:15 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Struggling circus owner Max Medici enlists a former star and his two children to care for Dumbo, a baby elephant born with oversized ears. When the family discovers the animal can fly, it soon becomes the main attraction — bringing in huge audiences and revitalizing the run-down circus. The elephant’s magical ability also draws the attention of V.A. Vandevere, an entrepreneur who wants to showcase Dumbo in his latest, larger-than-life entertainment venture. Rated PG.
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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