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Joslyn Castle Art and Literary Festival goes virtual

Joslyn Castle Art and Literary Festival goes virtual

Opera outdoors

Opera Omaha has been having a series of outdoor concerts called “Opera To-Go.” The first one was at Turner Park, where the opera also presents a fall concert each year. This weekend, concerts are set in Lincoln’s Capital Cigar Lounge and at Brownell Talbot School in Omaha.

The Joslyn Castle is writing a new chapter for its Art and Literary Festival.

The 11th annual event will feature the same kind of content, but this year, it’s primarily virtual and celebrates artists from Omaha, Lincoln, Council Bluffs and the surrounding areas.

“Art and Literary Festival: Close to Home!” will run Oct. 14 through 18. It will feature a virtual art gallery and a live exhibit by Michael Elizabeth Johnson, a fellow at The Union for Contemporary Arts, in the Castle Gardens. It also will include theater, readings, concerts, interviews and workshops.

The schedule, with all presentations at 7 p.m.:

Wednesday: Creative nonfiction with John Price and Joy Castro.

Thursday: Poetry with Matt Mason and Sarah McKinstry Brown

Friday: Fiction with Timothy Schaffert and Chigozie Obioma

Saturday: Drama with Beaufield Berry and Laura Campbell

Oct. 18: Songwriting with Virginia Kathryn and Mario Foreman-Powell

Some of the same artists, and a few others, will conduct workshops on Saturday and Sunday. To sign up for the workshops and learn more about the festival, visit

‘The Music Man’ will return to Chanticleer

"The Music Man" returns

“The Music Man” was the Chanticleer Theater’s first show in the Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center in Council Bluffs but quickly closed because of the coronavirus pandemic in March. The theater is bringing it back in the coming season.

“The Music Man” is coming back to the Chanticleer Community Theater next year.

The popular musical had just started its run at the new Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center in Council Bluffs when coronavirus shut everything down, disappointing fans of Professor Harold Hill, Marian the Librarian and the “troubled” River City, Iowa.

So the theater is bringing it back March 12-21, 2021. It was the first show on the Hoff stage after the center opened in February.

The theater also revealed the rest of its coming season:

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

Dec. 11-20

A musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice about the Bible’s “coat of many colors” story.

“A Streetcar Named Desire”

Jan. 8-27, 2021

An adaption based on the Tennessee Williams play about a volatile couple in New Orleans and the sister-in-law who comes between them.

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”

May 14-23, 2021

A musical comedy based on the 1907 novel “Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal” by Roy Horniman.

For more information, go to the Pottawattamie Arts Culture Entertainment website.

Opera Omaha plans two more ‘To-Go’ concerts

Opera Omaha will become “Opera Lincoln” for an hour on Sunday.

The company’s core artists will present a pop-up concert at the Capital Cigar Lounge, 5505 S. 16th St., from 2 to 3 p.m., with a reception afterward.

The event is part of Opera Omaha’s “Opera To-Go” series of outdoor locations that usually aren’t the site of vocal concerts. The first one was in Turner Park, and the second was in the parking lot of the nonprofit agency Gotta Be Me.

On Oct. 25, the core artists will perform in the lower parking lot of Brownell Talbot School in Omaha. The concert, co-sponsored by the school and the Dundee Memorial Park Association, will be from 2 to 3 p.m. as well.

The concerts are free. Go to for more information.

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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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