Online voting has begun for the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards, continuing through Aug. 31.
The awards recognize outstanding achievement in theater, dance, slam poetry, visual arts and local live music groups over the past year. You can vote for your favorites by visiting www.oea-awards.com and clicking on the voting link. The top online vote-getter in each of about 50 categories is guaranteed a nomination.
The nominees will be announced in November, after OEAA Academy juries in each field weigh in to finalize the list. Academy members then vote to determine winners, which will be announced in February.
Film Streams seeks local filmmakers
Film Streams, Omaha’s nonprofit arthouse cinema, is accepting submissions from filmmakers in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota for its 2013 Local Filmmakers Showcase.
To be eligible, the director must be a resident of one of the three states. Students who are either residents or attending schools full-time in one of these states are welcome to submit.
The showcase provides a theatrical premier for local filmmakers, so work that has previously been screened for a paying audience will not be considered.
Films must be completed at the time of submission and received by Film Streams no later than July 26.
The showcase will be in October, and chosen directors will be invited to an opening celebration and screening, plus receive a small honorarium. A maximum of three submissions per filmmaker is allowed. There is no entry fee.
Send entry forms and a DVD of the movie to Film Streams, Attention Rachel Jacobson, P.O. Box 8485, Omaha, NE 68108. The entry form is online at filmstreams.org. Email questions to email@example.com.
National group honors Rose playwright
Brian Guehring, the Rose Theater’s playwright in residence and director of education, will receive a national award at a meeting of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education in Washington, D.C., July 24.
The Special Recognition Citation will honor Guehring’s work as founder and co-director of the Pride Players, as well as his play writing. Guehring’s plays have been staged not only at the Rose but also at other major theater outlets across the country.
More than 9,500 parents, teens, teachers, counselors and family members have seen shows created by the Pride Players, who explore issues facing gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight-allied teens. The Pride Players performed at last year’s AATE conference.
Guehring said the award from peers is validating and motivates him to keep up the hard work with Pride Players. He said it also could boost grant applications to fund the group.
“I do this because I’m passionate about working with the youths and helping them find their voices. I don’t do it for personal recognition,” he said.
Chamber concert to feature string quartet
The Omaha Chamber Music Society’s second concert, “Classic Strings,” begins at 3 p.m. June 23 at First Central Congregational Church, 421 S. 36th St.
The concert will feature string quartets written by Mozart, Beethoven and Dvorak, performed by Jeffery King, Scott Shoemaker, Thomas Kluge and Paul Ledwon.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for students, at the door. Information: 402-960-6943 or omahachambermusic.org.
Movie event focuses on hunger in America
The Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center in Lincoln will host a pre-movie event and post-movie talk surrounding the June 23 screening of “A Place at the Table.”
The documentary, showing at 1:30 p.m., is about hunger in America and how federal assistance programs no longer meet the needs of millions of families.
The pre-movie event, free and open to the public, is at noon. It will have informational displays from local organizations working to make healthy food accessible and affordable. The groups include Bread for the World, Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska, Center for People in Need, Community Crops, Food Bank of Lincoln, Matt Talbot Kitchen and Nebraska Appleseed.
The 3 p.m. post-movie talk will feature speakers from Food Bank of Lincoln, Matt Talbot Kitchen, Center for People in Need and Nebraska Appleseed.
Ugandan Orphans Choir singing in Omaha
The Love’s Jazz and Art Center, 2510 N. 24th St., will present the Ugandan Orphans Choir, a ministry of Childcare Worldwide, at 6 p.m. Thursday.
The 10 children, ages 8 to 14, were rescued through Childcare Worldwide’s sponsorship program. They raise awareness of the need to help children living in third-world countries.
Omaha actor attending cabaret conference
Omaha singer-actress Mary Carrick will participate in the Midwest Cabaret Conference in Chicago this week.
The four-day intensive conference, Thursday through June 23, features faculty from New York and Chicago. Topics will include performance coaching, song interpretation, arrangements, music direction and others related to show development and presentation.
A showcase will cap the conference at Davenport’s, a cabaret venue in Chicago.
Blue Barn adds ‘39 Steps’ performance
The Blue Barn Theatre has added a final performance at 6 p.m. today to the run of “The 39 Steps.”
The spoof, in which four actors play all the parts from the 1935 Hitchcock suspense movie “The 39 Steps,” has had frequent sellouts. The added show is meant to answer exceptional ticket demand.
One more showing of ‘Wizard of Oz’
The Omaha Community Playhouse has added a Tuesday performance to its final week of “The Wizard of Oz,” which closes June 30. The popular show has had a number of full houses since it opened May 31.
The June 25 performance starts at 7:30 p.m. The show is based on the Frank L. Baum books and the 1939 classic film version of the tale.
“Exit, Pursued by a Bear” and “Freakshow,” staged readings for Omaha Community Playhouse’s 21 & Over adult series, 7 p.m. June 24 and 26 at the Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Use west stage-door entrance. “Exit, Pursued by a Bear” performs Aug. 19, “Freakshow” Oct. 28. Information: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-553-4890, ext. 164.
Children’s chorus for “Carmen,” Opera Omaha, by appointment starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Opera Omaha offices, 1850 Farnam St. Open to unchanged male and female voices only, ages 10 to 14. Vocal training a plus but not a must. Show runs Nov. 1 and 3. For information or an appointment, email email@example.com.
-- Compiled by Bob Fischbach