“Old Phonographs” will be the focus of a Voices of the Past program set for 2 p.m. Sunday at Burlington Station, Sixth and Plum Streets.
Sponsored by the Hall County Historical Society, admission for non-members is $5.
Ernie Brazzale of Cheyenne, Wyo., will share the importance of old phonographs, particularly in the late 1800s and early 1900s. There were different forms for recordings as well as machines. Edison, Columbia and RCA were three companies important in the business. He plans to bring some machines.
Phonographs were very important to social life at one time. They were often used in vaudeville entertainment. Brazelle restores and repairs old phonographs as well as pump organs. He was recommended to share his knowledge by Dave and Fran Schaffer.
The public is invited to come and share their memories of old phonographs. Refreshments and conversation will follow.
For more information, call Annette Davis at (308) 226-2465.
Program to focus on ordnance plant explosion
WOOD RIVER — The 1945 explosion at the Hall County Ordnance Plant will be the topic of the Saturday Friendship Gathering set for 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the theater lobby of Wood River High School
This program was originally scheduled for Feb. 23 and was postponed due to bad weather.
Howard Uhrich, well known for his expertise on the subject, will present, along with his daughter, videos and history of the deadly explosion which occurred on line four, May 26, 1945, taking the lives of nine employees of the Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant.
The Saturday Friendship Gatherings are a part of the Celebrate Wood River Performing Arts Series and offered free to the public, thanks to the support of the Wood River Foundation/Donna Lee Moyer Performing Arts Gift. A freewill donation will be accepted to help make future programs possible.
A casual gathering, patrons are invited to come early for coffee, snacks and conversation prior to the program.
For more information, call (308) 583-2606.
‘Dance Through the Decades’ on Sunday in Central City
CENTRAL CITY — “Dancing Through the Decades” will be the featured program at Merrick County Historical Museum’s meeting planned for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Friends Meeting House, 403 B Ave., Central City.
Judy Marco has researched and will present the program which brings the history of the ballrooms and also the bands which played at those dances in Merrick County.
The event is open to the public. Bring a friend to relive the memories of swing and “sway the day away.”
For more information, call Bill Bolte at (308) 390-3038; Nancy Johnson at (308) 390-0195; or the museum at (308) 624-3367.
Explore the world through entertainment, food at UNK festival
KEARNEY — Students from a dozen countries will share their cultures through delicious cuisine, entertaining performances and other activities during the Scott D. Morris International Food and Cultural Festival.
The 42nd annual event, hosted by the University of Nebraska at Kearney International Student Association, is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at UNK’s Health and Sports Center. It’s free and open to the public.
The festival, which typically draws around 2,000 attendees, brings the campus and community together to celebrate diversity through music, dance and dishes from across the globe.
“It’s a chance for attendees to expand their knowledge about different countries and cultures, and enrich their lives by interacting with students from all over the world,” said Bonnie Coffman, an outreach coordinator in UNK’s Office of International Education.
A buffet-style spread will feature food prepared by students from Japan, China, South Korea, Nepal, Spain, Oman, Puerto Rico, Australia and Poland. Cultural performances, including vocal and instrumental music, dancing and martial arts, will represent Japan, China, South Korea, Greece, Colombia, Mexico and Nepal.
Informational booths, games and activities showcasing specific countries and cultures are also part of the festival.
More than 100 students volunteer their time to make the event happen each year.
Hastings Symphony Orchestra explores ‘Dimension No. 4 - Time’
HASTINGS — The Hastings Symphony Orchestra will present the fourth concert of its 93rd season at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Masonic Center Auditorium in downtown Hastings.
This concert was originally scheduled for Feb. 24 and was postponed due to bad weather.
The theme for this season is “Soundtastics!” and the fourth concert is titled “Dimension 4 - Time.” Music exists in time, and the orchestra looks to the future as the symphony hosts winners of its biennial high school Young Artist Competition. This concert will include music from Duke Ellington and Mozart.
The final two shows of the season are:
“Dimension No. 5 – Possible Worlds,” 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28. In 1830, the musical world changed forever with “Symphonie Fantastique” by Hector Berlioz. But his concept of the idee fixe came from an even more world-renowned and profound composer, Beethoven. Joining the symphony to play Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 2” will be Brooks Hafey, another Young Artist Competition winner.
“Dimension No. 6 – Infinite Possibilities,” 2 p.m. Thursday, May 9. HSO brings its 93rd season to a close with public school concerts in surrounding communities and in Hastings. The orchestra will explore the infinite musical possibilities of rhythm, melody, harmony and tone color.
Single performance tickets at the door are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors. Thanks to a gift from the Ethel S. Abbott Charitable Foundation, students can attend all concerts for free.
For more information, call (402) 469-9396 or email email@example.com.
Comic Con ‘Volume 2’ set for March 22-24
The success of last year’s local comics convention means a return for “Volume 2” planned for March 22 through 24. Grand Comic Con is a family-friendly pop culture event presented by the Grand Theatre.
The three-day even starts at 7 p.m. Friday at the Grand, 316 W. Third St., with opening ceremonies and a free movie. The event will continue from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Aurora Cooperative Pavilion at Fonner Park. This convention is free to the public.
Comic Con brings together industry professional as well as independent creators showing off their talents in comic art and writing. There will also be talented cosplayers showcasing their creativity in costuming.
The event will also feature a variety of vendors selling an array of merchandise and collectibles, informational panels and a gaming area. Trivia contests will be offered throughout the event and the weekend will finish with a costume contest.
For more information, call (308) 381-2667 or visit grandmovietheatre.com.
American roots, folk duo to perform in Kearney
KEARNEY — A concert for the whole family featuring Dana and Susan Robinson is planned for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Kearney Public Library, 2020 First Ave.
From Cabot, Vt., this Americana-roots and folk duo combine vivid, songwriting and storytelling, with fiddle tunes, clawhammer banjo, elegant melodies, and rich harmony singing. Their compositions have been featured in Ken Burns’s “The National Parks, America’s Best Idea” and “The Dust Bowl.”
Drawing upon experiences of more than 20 years of touring, the Robinsons craft a performance that conveys the mystery and wonders of their journey. Their unique blend of original songwriting and traditional Appalachian music, bring to their performances a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage.
Since 2003 they have performed hundreds of concerts across the United States, Great Britain and Canada. Visit their website for more information: www.robinsongs.com
There is no admission charge. For more information, call Christine Walsh, assistant library director, at (308) 233-3283 or check online at www.cityofkearney.org.
Bar J Wranglers headed to the Merryman PAC
KEARNEY — The Bar J Wranglers, a group of singing cowboys from Jackson Hole, Wyo., will present a concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Merryman Performing Arts Center in Kearney.
The Wranglers will present a program suitable for the entire family including western harmonies straight from the range, cowboy stories and jokes and much more.
Some folks call it a western music show; some call it a stand-up comedy show with masterful cowboy music; others call it the “best musical experience in the west.” The Bar J Wranglers have performed nationwide with performers such as Roy Rogers, Randy Travis, Sons of the Pioneers and others.
General admission tickets are $25 and will be available at the door or online at www.pickmytickets.com
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Merryman is located at 225 W. 22nd St. in Kearney.
Talbott Brothers added to UNK concert lineup
KEARNEY — Folk, rock and blues band The Talbott Brothers has been added to the spring concert lineup at the University of Nebraska at Kearney headlined by AJR.
Comprised of brothers Nick and Tyler Talbott, who grew up in Imperial, the Talbott Brothers got their start in 2012 and played many Kearney and central Nebraska gigs before relocating to Oregon.
The band’s latest full-length album “Gray” features the single “We Got Love” – which has 343,000 plays on Spotify – and popular songs “Stay,” “Deadman Pass” and “Hey Honey.”
Following the album’s release, The Talbott Brothers made their debut at KINK FM’s Skype Live Studio, embarked on a national headlining tour and shared the stage with artists such as Johnnyswim, ZZ Ward and Dead Horses.
New York City’s indie pop trio AJR is headlining UNK’s spring concert, which is March 29 at the Health and Sports Center. Doors open at 7 p.m., with Talbott Brothers taking the stage at 8 p.m. followed by AJR.
Tickets are $20 for UNK students and $25 for the public. All tickets are general admission and on sale now at www.unk.edu/ajr. Tickets increase to $25 for UNK students and $30 for the public day of show.
The concert is organized and sponsored by Loper Programming and Activities Council.
Country artist Tracy Byrd coming to Kearney
KEARNEY — Country artist Tracy Byrd, who first broke into the Nashville music scene in 1993, is bringing 25 years of hits to the Merryman Performing Arts Center in Kearney.
Show time is 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 12.
Byrd has charted more than 30 hit singles in his career, including 11 additional Top Ten hits. He has also released 10 studio albums and two greatest-hits albums, with four gold certifications and one double-platinum certification from the RIAA. His first number one hit was “Holdin’ Heaven” in 1993.
Tickets are $$42, $47, $53 (plus fees) and are on sale now. Call the box office at (308) 698-8297 or order online at www.pickmytickets.com.
Flatwater Shakespeare spoofs the Bard with ‘Complete Works (Abridged)’
LINCOLN — The Flatwater Shakespeare Company’s 2019 season begins with an irreverent, fast-paced romp through all of the Bard’s plays in just one night.
“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, pays tribute to Shakespeare and also makes affectionate fun at his (and our) expense.
Join the madcap antics of actors Nick Howard, Paul Schack, and Matthew A. Works as they weave their wickedly funny way through Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. There will be plenty of interaction between the actors and audience members, too. This is one wild ride that will leave you helpless with laughter. If you love Shakespeare, you’re sure to like this production. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll probably love this production!
“The Complete Works” will be performed at a new venue for FSC, The Mill Coffee and Bistro at Nebraska Innovation Campus, 2021 Transformation Drive, Lincoln. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, March 14-17 and March 21-24.
Tickets are $18. Order online at www.flatwatershakespearecompany.org.
This weekend at the Grand …
“The Upside” is showing this weekend at the Grand Theatre, 316 W. Third St. Showtimes are 7:15 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Phillip is a wealthy quadriplegic who needs a caretaker to help him with his day-to-day routine in his New York penthouse. He decides to hire Dell, a struggling parolee who’s trying to reconnect with his ex and his young son. Despite coming from two different worlds, an unlikely friendship starts to blossom as Dell and Phillip rediscover the joy of living life to the fullest. 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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