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Don't be alarmed: That guy in the Durham Museum exhibit is supposed to move

Don't be alarmed: That guy in the Durham Museum exhibit is supposed to move

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Kenneth Bé, the head of paintings conservation, is restoring a painting called “Pavel and Peter” in the studio of Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center in 2013. He is part of a new exhibit at the Durham Museum.

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You can see an art conservator working on an iconic Omaha painting in the new exhibit at the Durham Museum — if you show up at the right time.

On select days, Kenneth Bé from the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center will conserve “Aerial View of Omaha” in the exhibition, “Omaha Uncovered: Revealing History Through Art and Story.” It opened Saturday and runs through Nov. 21.

The 1905 painting — part of the museum’s permanent collection — once hung in the lobby of the Omaha Bee newspaper office. Now faded, it looks west from the Missouri River and captures the layout of Omaha past and present. Bé’s work will bring it to new life.

The exhibit also will feature museum staff actively digitizing photographs from the Durham collection and highlight stories behind iconic Omaha photos through the personal memories of former staffer and volunteer Bill Gonzalez, a long-time Omahan.

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Kenneth Bé, an art conservator at the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center in Omaha, will be “on display” as he works on an iconic Omaha painting in an exhibit at the Durham Museum. Here he is conserving a piece in 2016.

Bé will conduct a virtual presentation about his work on the painting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17. He will participate in an in-person and online panel on historic conservation with Hilary LeFevere and Rebecca Cashman, fellow Ford Center conservators. That event is Oct. 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

To register for those programs, call 402-444-5071, email or visit

Bé will work at the Durham from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of the month until the exhibit ends this fall.

Kanesville Symphony to offer ‘Wet Ink’ concert this afternoon

You have one more chance to see “Wet Ink.” The Kanesville Symphony Orchestra presented the program on Friday and will repeat it today at the Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center, 1001 S. Sixth St. in Council Bluffs.

“‘Wet Ink’ unmasks the relevance of contemporary orchestral composition in the 21st century,” said Conductor David Galant. “Stories without words, the basis of musical language, often address the human condition in ways that speech cannot. This concert is a platform for local composers to tell their stories.”

Original works from orchestra members April Corbet and Heather Horst, plus resident composer James-Michael Sellers, will be featured in the second half of the concert. The first half will include works from Georg Frederic Handel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven. Patrons can grab a drink at the center’s McCormick’s 1894 cocktail bar an hour before the show and participate in a pre-concert conversation with Galant and Sellers.

Tickets for the 3:30 p.m. concert range from $5 to $15. You can get them at the box office or buy online at

Chanticleer’s 2021-22 season includes pandemic-canceled shows

Chanticleer Community Theater will open its 2021-2022 season with the show that was onstage when the pandemic closed the Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center. “The Music Man” by Iowa native Meredith Willson premieres Sept. 10 and runs through Sept. 19. It was the first Chanticleer show at its new home at 1001 S. Sixth St. in Council Bluffs. The story of how a con man changed an Iowa city, it premiered on Broadway in 1957 starring Robert Preston.

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“The Music Man” was at the Chanticleer Community Theater in 2020 for a couple of performances before it was closed because of COVID-19. It now will be the first show of the season at the theater in the Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center in Council Bluffs

The rest of the season lineup:

Dec 10-19: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. A musical based on the Old Testament story.

Jan. 7-16, 2022: “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams. The classic about a woman who can’t cope with the reality of life.

March 13-20, 2022: “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak. A Broadway musical about a man who wants to get rid of rich relatives to enrich himself.

May 13-22, 2022: “The 39 Steps” by Patrick Barlow and John Buchan. One part Hitchcock, one part spy novel and one part Monty Python.

For tickets and more information, visit

Musical siblings to perform at Jewell jazz club

Omaha singer Camille Metoyer Moten will join her brothers for shows at The Jewell, a downtown jazz club, on Aug. 14. Camille has won numerous awards for her theater performances and concerts in Omaha and elsewhere.

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Camille Metoyer Moten, right, performs with Paul Tranisi at the Omaha Community Playhouse Gala in 2018. She will do two shows with her brothers on Aug. 14th at The Jewell in Omaha’s Capitol District.

One brother, Louis, is a sought-after guitarist who lives in Los Angeles and has performed on Grammy Award-nominated singles by artists such as Belinda Carlisle, Darlene Love and Stanley Clarke. He has been on “The Today Show” and the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and appeared on a televised Christmas concert for Pope John Paul II.

Her other brother, Ray, is a drummer and a former Omaha television news anchorman. “It’s really a family affair,” Moten says. The only performer missing will be sister Lanette Metoyer-Moore, who is recovering from health issues. Shows will be at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. The Jewell is at 1030 Capitol Ave. in the Capitol District. For more information, visit

Smokin’ Gunz Bar-B-Que wins first Dillon’s Rib Fest competition

The contest for the title of Best Ribs in Eastern Nebraska was razor-close, but an Omaha barbecue truck won it at the first-ever Dillon’s Rib Fest a couple of weeks ago. Smokin’ Gunz Bar-B-Que edged out Mary Ellen’s of Lincoln to win. In addition to the title, the business took home a $500 prize.

“The judges’ panel scores were so close that the people’s vote was ultimately the deciding vote,” said council president Jake Van Lent. “Feedback from fans was tremendously positive, whether they came for the ribs, the live music or the party as a whole.”

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Betsie covers a little bit of everything for The World-Herald's Living section, including theater, religion and anything else that might need attention. Phone: 402-444-1267.

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