WOOD RIVER — Local historian Michelle Setlik will present “The Troop Train is Coming” at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Wood River High School theater lobby.

Setlik will recount stories of how the World War II Canteen in Grand Island responded to the troop trains passing through the area. Setlik is an educator, graduate student of history and a family/community historian with roots in Hall County. Her local family history goes back five generations, and she is a third-generation graduate of Wood River Rural High School.

Her presentation is part of the Saturday Friendship Gatherings under the umbrella 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 Georgene Smidt at (308) 583-2606.

MONA Showcase features UNK musicians

KEARNEY — MONA Showcase, set for tonight (Thursday) will feature two musical groups from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

The UNK Cello Trio will open the program at 6:30 p.m. (note earlier time), and will be followed by the Thorton String Quartet at 7. This program was originally scheduled for March 14.

MONA Showcase is a five-program evening series featuring talented visual, performing, and literary artists held once a month in October, November, December, February and March. Each program is followed by conversation, art viewing and light refreshments. There is no admission charge.

For more information, call the museum, 2401 Central Ave., at (308) 865-8559.

UNK hosts music, dance, theater events

KEARNEY — The University of Nebraska at Kearney theater department will present “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes in five performances starting Wednesday, April 10.

This production, student directed by Mikayla Fulk, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10-14, in the Miriam Drake Theatre.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors age 55 and older, youth age 5 to 18, and UNK faculty and staff members. UNK students admitted free with ID. Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Call the box office at (308) 865-8417 or email to boxoffice@unk.edu

“place[S]paces,” a spring dance concert under the direction of Noell Bohaty, is planned for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, also in the Miriam Drake Theatre.

General admission tickets are $10 for adults and UNK faculty and staff and $5 for youth age 3 to 18. UNK students admitted free with ID.

The Kearney Symphony Orchestra will present “Dances of Love” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at the Merryman Performing Arts Center in Kearney. Tickets are $10 and may be reserved through the UNK box office.

Also are the April calendar (all events in the UNK Fine Arts Recital Hall with no admission charge unless noted otherwise):

- Concerts-on-the-Platte, featuring Alison Gaines on double bass and Steve Larson on piano, 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 8.

- Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11.

- New Music Ensemble concert, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12.

- New Music Series concert, featuring Dan Lippel, guitar, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13.

- Jazz/Rock concert, featuring Rex Richardson on trumpet, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18.

For more information about any of these events, call (308) 865-8618.

‘Surveillance’ artist to give talk at Hastings College

HASTINGS — Hasan Elahi, an associate professor of art at the University of Maryland, is coming to Hastings College on Monday, April 8, to meet and work with students during the day and give a talk in the evening titled “The New Normal: The Surveillance Art of Hasan Elahi.”

The talk is set for 7 p.m. in the Wilson Center auditorium at 714 E. Ninth St. There is no admission charge.

During the talk, he will discuss his artwork, “Tracking Transience,” which explores issues around surveillance and data.

Elahi is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines issues of surveillance, citizenship, migration, transport and borders and frontiers. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues such as SITE Santa Fe, Centre Georges Pompidou, Sundance Film Festival, Kassel Kulturbahnhof, The Hermitage and at the Venice Biennale.

He has received many awards, such as grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, Art Matters Foundation and a Ford Foundation/Phillip Morris National Fellowship.

Merrick County group to host spring coffee

CENTRAL CITY — The Merrick County Historical Museum will host a spring coffee from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 11, at the Traver House, 211 E St., in Central City.

Rolls and coffee will be served and those attending will have a chance to meet with the board of directors and get an update on the new museum. There is no charge.

For more information, call Nancy Johnson at (308) 390-0195, Bill Bolte at (308) 390-3038, or Megan Sharp at (308) 624-3367.

Kearney library hosts special program

KEARNEY — Elaine Marie Nelson will present “Buffalo Bill, Indigenous Performers, and Selling the American West” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the Kearney Public Library.

This program is part of a brown bag lunch series hosted by the library and the University of Nebraska at Kearney history department.

At the turn of the century, the idea of American exceptionalism unfolded on Buffalo Bill’s stage, and it captivated audiences worldwide. The prominent theme of this story, which originated in Nebraska, came to life through the people, events and places central to the myth of the American West. Nelson’s presentation will focus specifically on some of these places, as well as the experiences of Native Americans who Buffalo Bill employed to perform in his wild west traveling shows.

For more information, call the library, 2020 First Ave., at (308) 233-3283.

This weekend at the Grand ...

Best Picture winner “Green Book” is showing this weekend at the historic Grand Theatre, 316 W. Third St. Show times are 7:15 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Dr. Don Shirley is a world-class African-American pianist, who is about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, Shirley recruits Tony Lip, a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx. Despite their differences, the two men soon develop an unexpected bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation. 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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