Omaha Community Playhouse, 3/3-4/2
Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Performances Wed.-Sat. at 7:30pm and Sun. at 2:00pm
Book by Christopher D’Arienzo
Arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan Popp
Set in L.A.’s infamous Sunset Strip in 1987, Rock of Ages tells the story of Drew, a boy from South Detroit, and Sherrie, a small-town girl, both in L.A. to chase their dreams of making it big and falling in love. Nominated for five Tony Awards, this smash-hit musical comedy is an arena-rock-n-roll love story told through the hits of the 1980s like “Sister Christian,” “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” “Dead or Alive,” “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “Here I Go Again,” “Don’t Stop Believing” and many more! Rock of Ages takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair!
Jerry’s Bar, 3/24, 4pm
Jerry’s is bringing the fish fry to you with The Dire Lion Grille & Chippy!
The Dire Lion will have their food truck setup in our parking lot, starting at 4PM. They’ll be serving fish and chips as well as other tasty items from their menu. And we’ll be offering $3 Newcastles all night!
Slowdown, 3/24, 9pm
Doors at 8:00pm
$5 Advance/$7 Day of show
All ages show. Check entry requirements at http://theslowdown.com/All-Ages
Carson City Heat
Sack of Lions
More info and music at http://theslowdown.com/
Alamo Drafthouse, 3/25, 10pm
Presented in 35mm from the estate of Mario Bava.
From the master of Italian gialo, Mario Bava, comes his feature directorial debut. The film, also titled THE MASK OF SATAN and REVENGE OF THE VAMPIRE, tells the tale of Asa Vajda (Barbara Steele) who is a witch that is sentenced to death by her brother. As is the course with most witch films, Asa vows revenge and places a curse on her brother’s descendants.
Fast forward two centuries later and you are introduced to Dr. Thomas Kruvajan (Andrea Checchi) and Dr. Andre Gorobec (John Richardson) who accidentally release Asa from her glass prison and is allowed to exact revenge upon her persecutors. It’s a beautifully rich film with flashes of Bava’s brilliance of camerawork and firm grasp on mood and lighting.
Although considered particularly violent upon its release, it was a critical and box office success that launched the careers of both Bava and Steele. In the U.S., some of the gore was censored, in-house, by the distributor American International Pictures before its theatrical release to the country’s cinemas, where it was shown as a double feature with Roger Corman’s The Little Shop of Horrors. (Derek Dillon)
3/28, Alamo Drafthouse, 7pm
Curated by Colossal Women guest programmer, Beaufield Berry, and in partnership with BFF Femme Fest and Omaha Girls Rock.
Sidney Lumet directs this version of the classic story, based on the smash Broadway musical.
In it Dorothy is now a shy 24-year-old Harlem kindergarten teacher played by Diana Ross. If that doesn’t instantly make you curious enough to catch this insanely bonkers adaptation maybe the rest of the synopsis will: A snowstorm brings her to the mysterious Land of Oz; a sprawling, decaying, nightmarish, and dangerous megalopolis that resembles the physical characteristics of New York City.
Co-starring the late King of Pop Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow and Nipsy Russell as the Tin Man, THE WIZ is about as original and crazy as a musical version of THE WIZARD OF OZ can be.
Beaufield Berry Fisher is a playwright and a novelist out of Omaha, Nebraska. Her work has been performed across the country, but her heart has remained in Omaha where she’s served her city as a member of the Black democratic caucus, the Vice President of the Omaha Entertainment and Arts awards, board member for North Omaha Summer Arts Program, Shelterbelt theater and co-founder of FireBelly Repertory Theater. She’s a freelance journalist for American Theater magazine and her first novel, Childhood Friends is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles.