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Icky Blossoms won local album of the year and artist of the year at the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards.(Photo by Neal Duffy)


ENTERTAINMENT

No show or artist ruled at Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards
By Bob Fischbach
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


Spread the wealth was the theme of the evening Sunday as the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards were handed out. No artist or show dominated any category.

Coming closest: Icky Blossoms, who won local album of the year and artist of the year. The band was the only double winner in the 16 music categories.

In the 25 performing arts categories, three shows won four awards each, including best-drama winner “August: Osage County” for the Omaha Community Playhouse and best-musical winner “Avenue Q” for SNAP Productions. “Spring Awakening,” a Blue Barn Theatre musical, also won four. Best comedy, a double winner, was the Playhouse's “Lend Me a Tenor.”

The Playhouse and the Blue Barn each totaled seven awards, while SNAP and the Rose Theater won four each.

Dance awards went to Ballet Nebraska for best production and to featured dancer Alyssa Harrington of The Moving Company.

Among seven winners in seven visual arts categories, Bart Vargas won best visual artist and sculptor Mary Day won best solo show.

The lifetime achievement award went to Dave Sink, founder of the Antiquarium Record Store.

Ethan Stone emceed. Live performers included Crimson Dawn, Voodoo Method, aetherplough, Icky Blossoms and a joint performance by Blood Cow with All Young Girls Are Machine Guns.

THE FULL LIST

Here is a complete list of winners at Sunday's Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards.

MUSIC

Album of the year: Icky Blossoms, “Icky Blossoms”

Artist of the Year: Icky Blossoms

New artist: Universe Contest

Rock: Snake Island!

Hard rock: Bloodcow

Alternative/indie: Cursive

Singer-songwriter/folk: All Young Girls Are Machine Guns

DJ/electronic: BASStoven

Country/Americana: Matt Cox

R&B/soul/gospel: The 9's

Hiphop/rap: Galvanized Tron

Blues: Kris Lager Band

Jazz: Steve Raybine

Progressive rock/funk/experimental: Satchel Grande

Ethnic: The Bishops

Cover band: Secret Weapon

VISUAL ARTS

Visual artist: Bart Vargas

Solo show: Mary Day, sculpture

Group show: Golden Guts, Bemis Underground

2-D artist: Kim Reid Kuhn

3-D artist: Ying Zhu

New media artist: Caleb Coppock

Emerging visual artist: Gerard Pefung

PERFORMING ARTS

Drama: “August: Osage County,” Omaha Community Playhouse

Comedy: “Lend Me a Tenor,” Playhouse

Musical: “Avenue Q,” SNAP Productions

Director, play: Amy Lane, “August: Osage County,” Playhouse

Stage direction, musical: Susan Clement-Toberer, “Spring Awakening,” Blue Barn Theatre

Musical direction, musical: Mitch Fuller, “Spring Awakening,” Blue Barn

Choreography: Melanie Walters, “Altar Boyz,” Playhouse

Actor, play: Brian Zealand, “Bug,” Blue Barn

Actress, play: Moira Mangiameli, “August: Osage County,” Playhouse

Supporting actor, play: Randy Vest, “August: Osage County,” Playhouse

Supporting actress, play: Laura Leininger, “Lend Me a Tenor,” Playhouse

Actress, musical: Kate Johnson, “Spring Awakening,” Blue Barn

Actor, musical: Matthew Uehling, “Avenue Q,” SNAP

Supporting actress, musical: Mary Carrick, “Seussical,” Rose Theater

Supporting actor, musical: Homero Vela, “Avenue Q,” SNAP

Youth actor: Kevin Mikuls, “Seussical,” Rose

Performance for a young audience: “James and the Giant Peach,” Rose

Original, local script: Ben Beck and Molly Welsh, “Crash! Boom! Pow!,” Shelterbelt Theatre

Scenic design: Martin Scott Marchitto, “In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play),” Blue Barn

Lighting design: Carol Wisner, “Spring Awakening,” Blue Barn

Costume design: Sherri Geerdes, “Seussical,” Rose

Sound design: Martin Magnuson, “Bug,” Blue Barn

Local dance production: “Momentum,” Ballet Nebraska

Featured dancer: Alyssa Harrington, “Spring Showcase,” The Moving Company

Slam poet: Katie F-S

Contact the writer: Bob Fischbach

bob.fischbach@owh.com    |   402-444-1269

Bob reviews movies and local theater productions and writes stories about those topics, as well.

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