One Rose goal met, another to start soon
The Rose Theater’s foundation has hit its $5.25 million fundraising goal for exterior repair work that began more than a year ago.
Another $750,000 remains to be raised to complete the interior phase of the renovation on the historic theater at 20th and Farnam Streets. That fund drive will begin in January.
As scaffolding around the theater’s facade is removed this month, the public will be able to see more than 400 newly molded replacement pieces of terra cotta decorative accents and repointed brickwork. The roof was also repaired, and access to the interiors of rooftop domes was improved.
The next step is to repair the lobby and mezzanine ceiling, repaint a sky-themed mural and install more energy-efficient lighting. For more information, visit rosetheater.org and click on the “Support Us” tab.
Fundraising milestone for Benson Theatre
The Benson Theatre renovation project has reached its initial goal of raising more than $50,000 in cash and in-kind donations.
The goal is to acquire and restore the theater, at 6054 Maple St. Plans are to use it as a cultural center with educational programming, workshops and seminars by day and entertainment by night.
The theater project, led by nextdoor Pizza Shoppe Collective owner Amy Ryan, now has nonprofit status and a lease on the building. The next goal is to raise $50,000 to finance the purchase of the building next spring. Full renovation will require another $850,000. For more information, visit online at bensontheatre.org.
Chairman, 3 members new to arts council
Gov. Dave Heineman has appointed a new chairman and three new members to the board of the Nebraska Arts Council.
The chairman is Robert Nefsky, a partner in the Lincoln law firm Rembolt Ludtke. He is in his second three-year term on the arts council.
New members are Patrick Drickey of Omaha, a photographer and founder of Stonehouse Publishing; Kathryn Baron, a Lincoln community volunteer; and Sherry McClymont, a retired graphic designer from Holdrege, Neb.
Funds sought to create animated short
Omaha native Jon Franks’ production company, Corn Fed Productions, has begun funding for an animated short, “Manufactured Love,” on the website kickstarter.com
The stop-motion film will be set at the end of the world, when all that remains are robots. A robot named Artie seeks to restore a robot named Gidget, his true love.
Once funds are raised, shooting is expected to last four months. Franks, who now lives in Boston, said his goal is to enter “Manufactured Love” in film festivals in late 2013.
“A Behanding in Spokane,” Blue Barn Theatre, 6 p.m. Tuesday and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the theater, 614 S. 11th St. Show runs Feb. 21-March 16. Information: 402-345-1576.
— Compiled by Bob Fischbach