“Failing Forward Conversations,” a three-part series in which speakers will share honest observations about the failures they have experienced and redemptive lessons learned, will begin Thursday at Kaneko, 1111 Jones St.
The 6:30 p.m. presentation is sponsored by Kaneko in partnership with the Omaha Chamber of Commerce. Among Thursday's speakers is Marcus Nelson, founder and CEO of Addvocate, a San Francisco company that simplifies and systemizes tracking the social voices of a business, fostering collaboration and trust between employer and employee.
Also speaking: Anne Trumble, founder and director of the Omaha nonprofit research and design collaborative Emerging Terrain, and Dr. Carl Greiner, UNMC professor of psychiatry, who will speak about the science of failure.
The event is free and open to the public. To register, go online to failingforward.com
Crescendo series to feature violinist
Violinist Jessica Mathaes will appear March 17 as part of the Crescendo concert series at Dundee Presbyterian Church, 5312 Underwood Ave.
Mathaes is the youngest concertmaster in the history of the Austin Symphony.
The 7 p.m. event is free but requires tickets, which can be picked up at the church in advance. Information: 402-558-2330.
Jazz vocalist, pianist open Brownville series
Jazz vocalist Kathy Kosins will launch the 23rd season of the Brownville Concert Series on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and March 17 at 2 p.m., accompanied by jazz pianist Joe Cartwright.
Kosins will perform in cabaret style Friday and Saturday and in concert Sunday. Tickets are $23 for cabaret, $17 for concert. Information: 402-825-3331 or online at brownvilleconcertseries.com.
Transphobia is focus of staged reading
A staged reading of the play “Passable,” about issues of transphobia, will be presented Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 7020 Cass St.
The 7:30 p.m. reading looks at irrational fear of or hostility toward people who are transgender or who otherwise do not conform to traditional norms.
The play is set during deliberations on a 2012 Omaha ordinance that made it illegal to fire a person based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
A panel discussion will follow and will include City Councilman Ben Gray.
Tickets, $10, are available at the door. Proceeds will in part support the River City Gender Alliance.
Notre Dame Glee Club concert helps students
The University of Notre Dame Glee Club will appear in concert Saturday at St. John Church on the Creighton University campus, 24th and California Streets.
The 7:30 p.m. concert will benefit the Walsh Scholarship Fund, serving Notre Dame students from Nebraska and western Iowa. The Notre Dame Club of Omaha is host, with the support of Creighton University.
Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for students, will be available at the door.
Improv comedy event at Florence City Hall
The Battle of the Improv Stars, an adult improvisational comedy show presented by the Florentine Players, will unfold Saturday at Florence City Hall, 2864 State St.
The 7 p.m. show costs $10. An added $5 buys you a bottomless cup of beer or soda and popcorn. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Information: 402-359-1203 or online at florentineplayers.com.
Playwright Struve on slate for Words series
Omaha playwright Ellen Struve will read excerpts from her new play “Recommended Reading for Girls” as part of the Wednesday Words series.
The noon event Wednesday, which is free, is at the Kaneko-UNO Library, 1111 Jones St. The Wednesday Words reading series features accomplished writers from Nebraska, including from the Nebraska Arts Council's individual artist fellowship in literature program.
Struve's play will have its premiere May 3 at the Omaha Community Playhouse. When a woman returns to her childhood home to care for her ailing mother, she discovers uninvited heroines from her favorite childhood novels.
Struve is a founding member of the Omaha Playwrights Group. She studied at the University of Iowa's undergraduate nonfiction workshop and at the graduate fiction workshop at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
'Josh Jones' film premieres Tuesday
“The Josh Jones Story,” a documentary about a former Creighton University basketball player, will have its premiere Tuesday at Marcus Midtown Theater, with showings at 4 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
A heart condition forced Jones to retire from the game at age 23.
Tickets must be purchased and picked up in advance at Stream Light Productions, 1065 N. 115th St., Suite 151. Call 402-916-4717 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• "Next to Normal," SNAP Productions, 2 p.m. March 17 and 8 p.m. March 18 at SNAP/Shelterbelt Theatre, 3225 California St. Show runs May 30-June 23. Information: e-mail email@example.com
— Compiled by Bob Fischbach