This week, some of the area's leaders in creativity are working together to celebrate ingenuity and originality. They'll be hosting a series of events that encourage and celebrate creativity as part of Omaha Creative Week.
Creative Week events are called sparks. Organizations will put them on to show off their own imaginations and encourage others to get involved.
Joe Olsen, founder of Omaha Creative Week and CEO at Phenomblue, said he started the event to get people within the creative community to meet one another.
The week is a chance for creative groups in Omaha to cross-pollinate. People who wouldn't ordinarily spend time together may attend the same event in the name of creativity.
This year's sparks include a screenwriting workshop, a public sing-along and many more events designed to get Omaha's creative juices flowing. Creative Week events start Friday and run through Sept. 9.
For more information and a complete list of all sparks, visit www.omahacreativeweek.com.
Music for a Summer Night
Gazebo, Rockbrook Shopping Center, 2800 S. 110th Court
Opera Omaha starts off Omaha Creative Week with a live performance on one of the decorated pianos put out by the Omaha Creative Institute as part of the “Play Me I'm Yours” project. Soprono Karina Brazas and music director J. Gawf will perform.
Jitterbugs Night Out
Eagles 38, 201 S. 24th St.
Learn to swing dance and check out some live jazz performances. If you're really good, maybe you'll win the dance contest.
Cultivated Craft, Creative Cocktails
Jake's Cigars and Spirits, 6206 Maple St.
12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Check out a bunch of creative cocktails invented by Jake's staff.
From Apprehension to Appreciation: The Culture Walk Journey
University of Nebraska Omaha, Criss Library, Osborne Family Gallery, 6001 Dodge St.
Each year, students from UNO's College of Education head out on Culture Walks to learn about neighborhoods in Omaha where they may be teaching. The college is now showing “artifacts” from the past four years of walks.
Omaha Reads Movie Night: “In Cold Blood”
Omaha Public Library, Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St.
Watch the film adaptation of Truman Capote's “In Cold Blood.” The text is the library's Omaha Reads title for 2013.
Basic Beginning Ballet
Omaha Public Library, Charles B. Washington Branch, Meeting Room B, 2868 Ames Ave.
Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to learn a little bit of ballet. This class is suitable for people of all ages — just be sure to wear some comfortable clothes.
Omaha Public Library, Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane
Whether you're a regular practitioner of meditation or brand new to the art, it's a great way to help reduce stress.
Reimagined Leadership: Creative Approaches to Managing People
Kaneko, 1111 Jones St.
Learn creative corporate leadership strategies that you can bring back to your own company.
BlackCat Screenplay Competition Screenwriting Workshop
North Sea Films, 2626 Harney St.
Award-winning director Gordy Hoffman has taught screenwriting at USC and held workshops all over the world. He'll prep workshop attendees to write kick-butt screenplays.
Omaha Public Library, W. Clarke Swanson Branch, 9101 West Dodge Road
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Knitting for Victory
Omaha Public Library, Millard Branch, East Meeting Room, 13214 Westwood Lane
Make good use of your knitting skills. Help knit scarves that will be donated to veterans.
AIM/Straight Shot Speak Easy
DJ's Dugout, Aksarben Village, 2102 S. 67 St.
You'll want to register in advance for this free workshop featuring Adrienne Graham. Graham is the CEO and founder of Empower Me! Corporation, a company that will help you grow your business.
“Play Me I'm Yours” Public Sing-Along
Lewis and Clark Landing at Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, 515 N. Riverfront Dr.
Join voices with other Omahans in this public sing-along. A piano designed by students in Kim Reid Kuhn's alternative art camp will provide the tunes.
Truman Capote: A Movie
Omaha Public Library, Saddlebrook Branch, Event Room, 14850 Laurel Ave.
Watch “Capote,” the Oscar-winning retelling of Truman Capote's story starring Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Turtles as Totems Opening Reception
Smiling Turtle Art Spot, 2340 S. 156th Circle
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The first exhibit at this new gallery centers on turtles.
Music: Food for the Brain
Omaha Library, Conference Room A, 2808 Q St.
Music can do crazy things to the human brain. Learn more about it from George Walker, a musician.
Jo Harvey Allen Playwriting Workshop
Kaneko, 1111 Jones St.
Have you always wanted to write a play? Jo Harvey Allen is an actress and a playwright who has been through the process. Attend this workshop for a few tips and tricks on how to write your own play.
Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards Announce Party
House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th St.
It's that time of year again. See which local artists and entertainers will be nominated for the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards.