It's the weekend and you want to let loose. Don't sit around a bar with the same friends you see every weekend. Mix it up. Head to a party with LED hoopers and electronic music. Kick back in a movie about a midwife who changed modern birthing. Or see a performance by someone you may have never heard of. With so many events going on in Omaha and the surrounding areas this weekend, there's no excuse to fall into your ordinary routine. We have some suggestions for you:
Motion City Soundtrack
Bourbon Theatre, 1415 O St., Lincoln
Doors open 6 p.m.; show 7 p.m., $15
Lincoln is a bit of a hike. But if you're a fan of pop-punkers Motion City Soundtrack, it might be worth it. The group's drummer just quit the band a few weeks ago. Be one of the first to see and hear the group with a slightly different lineup. They'll be joined by openers And We Danced and FREAKABOUT!
Defy Gravity's Cirque Du Grav
Sokol Auditorium 2234 S. 13th St.
9 p.m., $10
House of Loom teamed up with party planners Defy Gravity to put together this crazy event, inspired by Cirque du Soleil and Mardi Gras. Come for the party, stay for LED hooping, fire twirlers and glow performers as well as a number of DJ sets.
Documentary Screening: “Birth Story — Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives”
Film Stream, 1340 Mike Fahey St., Omaha
2 p.m., $9 general admission; $7 seniors, students, teachers, military and those arriving by bicycle; $4.50 Film Streams members
Watch a trailer of the film
This year's Nebraska Science Festival is offering a wealth of events. Many are geared toward children, but this award-winning documentary is more for the older set. Radical midwife Ina May Gaskin and her friends were tired of hospital birth, so they established a communal society called The Farm and taught themselves midwifery. The documentary follows these activists into modern times.
The Pines, Brad Hoshaw
The Slowdown, 729 North 14th St.
Doors at 8 p.m., shows starts at 9 p.m., $10
The Pines left their home base of Minneapolis to bring their blues-inspired indie music to The Slowdown. Don't miss their opener, Brad Hoshaw, who has received praise for his songwriting from country superstar Dolly Parton and Frank Black of Pixies fame.
Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.
7 p.m., $25-$70
Funny man Wayne Brady will bring interactive comedy to the Holland Center. In an interview with Kevin Coffey in the Go magazine, Brady talked about his performance. “We want everyone to come to the show, and to be ready to be a part of the show,” he said. “This is not TV. It's not passive entertainment. Be ready to be sucked into it.”
— Staff writer Andrea Kszystyniak
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