Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards move to Bluffs

The red carpet will be unveiled at the Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center in Council Bluffs on Sunday for the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards.

The ceremony returns to an in-person event this year for the first time since 2020. Prizes will be awarded to local visual artists, musicians and performers in a number of categories.

Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to painter, paper artist and installation artist Susan Knight, drummer and R&B musician Curly Martin and actor Cork Ramer. BFF (Benson First Friday) Omaha and its founder, Alex Jochim, will receive a cultural stewardship award.

Poet and performer Zedeka Poindexter and actor and producer Kerron Stark will host.

The evening will begin when McCormick’s 1894 Bar opens at 5 p.m. for drinks and pre-ceremony food from Chef Around the Block. Customers can also browse the Anne & John P. Nelson Gallery at this time.

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The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. and will include several live performances.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $25 for reserved seating. They are available at or 712-890-5601. Food and beverages are extra.

The Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center is located at 1001 S. Sixth St. in Council Bluffs.

Lunar New Year Gala

Musicians of traditional Chinese instruments and performers from Los Angeles’ Yue Opera will take the stage Saturday night at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St., for a Lunar New Year gala.

The Chinese Association of Nebraska is sponsoring the event to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. They promise a dazzling program showcasing Asian culture and history through pageantry, stunning costumes, exciting dances and beautiful music.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. program range from $30 to $60 and are available at or 402-345-0606.

Music by John Williams

Composer John Williams was nominated for an Oscar this week for his score to Steven Spielberg’s autobiographical film ‘The Fabelmans’.

This weekend, you can hear selections from some of his other film scores at “Maestro and the Music of John Williams,” an Omaha Symphony Movie Series concert.

The program, led by musical director Ankush Kumar Bahl, will include the opening of “The Cowboys” and selections from “Star Wars”, “ET”, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “Jurassic Park” and more.

The concert begins Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. and repeats on Sunday at 2 p.m. Both will be at Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Tickets range from $20 to $99 and are available at

Wynton Marsalis and his friends

Tickets are still available for Wednesday night’s concert featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

The program will include “Middle East Meditations with Naseer Shamma” in collaboration with the Abu Dubai Festival.

The orchestra includes 15 of the best jazz soloists and ensemble musicians performing today. The group is led by the virtuoso trumpeter Marsalis, who is its general and artistic director. He has a wide repertoire including everything from historical works to commissioned pieces to classics by artists such as Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman and many more.

The 7:30 p.m. concert will take place at the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St. Tickets range from $60 to $80 and are available at or 402-345-0606.

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