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December 2010 Artfully Speaking

My Gift to Procrastinators

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Touch it. Experience it. Own it.

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Shop the arts for last minute, unusual stocking stuffers. Looking for just one or two more things? There are lots of fun items and activities to be found in the metro.

A gift of performance, whether it be a Broadway musical, symphony concert, a play or a special event featuring dance or jazz can be a special treat. Tuck a ticket or two to some upcoming presentation in your stockings! Want suggestions? How about tickets to Patti Austin’s tribute to Ella Fitzgerald with the Omaha Symphony (Mar. 11,12,13) or Opera Omaha’s Jun Keneko production of Madama Butterfly (April 15 and 17)?

Consider a Broadway show! Omaha Performing Arts presents the national tour of Mary Poppins Jan. 27 through Feb. 13. Take the family to this show. Nothing beats going to the Orpheum Theatre for a special occasion! Better yet, buy tickets for several upcoming musicals. There’s something for everyone on the bill with Young Frankenstein, Mamma Mia!, Les Miserables and Wicked.

And there’s great theatre right here in the metro with high quality productions at the Omaha Community Playhouse, the Blue Barn, UNO and Creighton University. Check out SNAP! And Shelterbelt productions, as well as fun community theatre at Chanticleer in Council Bluffs and the Bellevue Little Theatre. All the above offer multiple productions at very affordable prices.

If you’re looking for truly unusual and one-of-a-kind items, try shopping at the gift shops of Joslyn Art Museum, the Durham Western Heritage Museum and the Holland Center for the Performing Arts. I guarantee you will find unique, conversation-piece items. I always seem to find something at the Holland Center every time I am there, including a truly different line of greeting cards. Check it out!

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