'In the Family' screening in Lincoln
Patrick Wang, the writer, director and star of his first feature film “In the Family,” will appear at a screening Friday at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center in Lincoln.
Wang will take questions from the audience after the 7:30 p.m. screening at the Ross, 313 N. 13th St.
The movie is about a boy with two dads in a small Tennessee town. When one dad dies unexpectedly, it's learned he left guardianship of the boy to his sister. That family takes the boy away from his remaining father, who must find a path to peace.
The movie is showing Friday through Jan. 24. For showtimes and ticket information, call 402-472-5353 or go online to theross.org
The London National Theatre's live series of stage plays continues at the Ross on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. with “The Magistrate,” a comedy starring John Lithgow and Nancy Carroll.
SNAP Productions sets 2013-14 schedule
“Clybourne Park,” a Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play set in the house made famous by Lorraine Hansberry's play “A Raisin in the Sun,” kicks off SNAP Productions' 2013-14 season Feb. 28-March 14. The play gives a modern twist to issues of race, housing and aspirations for a better life.
“Next to Normal,” another Pulitzer winner, follows from May 30-June 22. The rock musical is about how a suburban household copes with mental illness and crisis.
The fall opener, Aug. 22-Sept. 15, will be “Other Desert Cities,” about a woman who returns to her family in Palm Springs and announces she will write a memoir about a tragic event the family does not want reopened.
“Tribes,” Nov. 22-Dec. 15, focuses on a Jewish family with a deaf son raised without knowledge of sign language. When he meets a hearing woman born to deaf parents, issues of family in the deaf community are raised.
William Inge's classic drama “Come Back, Little Sheba,” Feb. 27-March 23, 2014, focuses on a marriage in trouble.
The season closes with “Voices From the Closet,” eight monologues by local playwright Daena Schweiger. The vignettes focus on the universal angst around the globe when a gay person is forced to live in the closet. It runs May 29-June 22, 2014.
Iowa Film Critics awards announced
The Iowa Film Critics Association has named “Lincoln” the best film of 2012. Director Steven Spielberg, actor Daniel Day-Lewis and supporting actor Tommy Lee Jones also won awards for “Lincoln.”
Jessica Chastain was named best actress for “Zero Dark Thirty,” while Anne Hathaway won supporting actress honors for “Les Misérables.” Best animated film went to Pixar's “Brave.” The honor for best film yet to open here went to “Amour.”
Bob Fischbach of the Omaha World-Herald is a member of the Iowa Film Critics Association. There is no movie critics group in Nebraska.
Acapella Omaha invites new members
The Acapella Omaha Chorus, a member of the Sweet Adelines International barbershop choruses, is inviting potential new members to attend Monday night's rehearsal and open house.
The group will meet at 7 p.m. at Presbyterian Church of the Master, 10710 Corby Circle, near 108th and Maple Streets. Nancy Goldberg is the director. Information: 402-932-0155.
Nebraska Shakespeare auditions announced
Nebraska Shakespeare is in the middle of auditions in Chicago, Milwaukee, Lincoln and Omaha for its 2013 company of actors.
The company will perform “Twelfth Night” and “Titus Andronicus” June 20-July 7 in Elmwood Park, plus a preshow of Two-Minute Shakespeare, in which various Shakespeare plays are condensed to a two-minute comic sketch.
Chicago auditions were held Thursday and Friday. Milwaukee auditions will be this afternoon. Lincoln auditions, Jan. 22 and 23, will be held in connection with Summerstock auditions during the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Information online is at kcactf5.org
Omaha auditions will be Feb. 2 and 3 at Creighton University's Lied Education Center for the Arts, 25th and California Streets. Shakespeare on the Green auditions will be from noon to 4 p.m., and Two-Minute Shakespeare auditions will be from 4 p.m to 5 p.m.
To reserve an audition slot, contact Wesley Houston, Nebraska Shakespeare's director of production, at 402-280-2333 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Forever Young series kicks off with classics
The Forever Young children and family series of movies at Film Streams is kicking off 2013 with four classics from Oscar winner Hayao Miyazaki, plus Ingmar Bergman's adaptation of Mozart's “The Magic Flute.”
Tickets are $2.50 for children 12 and under. Adult tickets are $9, $7 for senior citizens, students, teachers, military and those who travel to the theater by bicycle. Information: 402-933-0259 or online at filmstreams.org
The schedule: “Castle in the Sky,” Jan. 19, 20, 24, 26, 27 and 31; “The Magic Flute,” Feb. 16, 17 and 21; “Spirited Away,” Feb. 23, 24 and 28 and March 2, 3 and 7; “My Neighbor Totoro,” March 9, 10, 14, 16, 17 and 21; and “Mausicaa of the Valley of the Wind,” March 23, 24, 28, 30 and 31 and April 4.
Opera, Ballet in Cinema series set
Marcus Theatres has announced several titles to be screened locally in its Opera and Ballet in Cinema series. The events will be shown at Village Pointe and 20 Grand in Omaha, Twin Creek in Bellevue and the Grand in Lincoln. The schedule:
“The Sleeping Beauty,” noon today and 7 p.m. Tuesday (Royal Ballet); “Lohengrin,” noon Jan. 20 and 7 p.m. Jan. 22 (La Scala); “La Boheme,” noon Jan. 27 and 7 p.m. Jan. 29 (Royal Opera); “An Evening with Sol Leon and Paul Lightfoot,” noon Feb. 3 and 7 p.m. Feb. 5 (Nederlander Dans Theater); “Don Carlo,” noon Feb. 10 and 7 p.m. Feb. 12 (La Scala); “La Bayadere,” noon Feb. 17 and 7 p.m. Feb. 19 (Bolshoi Ballet); “Les Troyens,” noon Feb. 24 and 7 p.m. Feb. 26 (Royal Opera).
Information: online at marcustheatres.com/movie/events/
Seven Doctors Project public reading
The Seven Doctors Project, a collaboration of local writers and University of Nebraska Medical Center professionals, will stage a public reading Thursday. The event is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken.
The 7:30 p.m. reading of fiction, nonfiction and poetry includes adult material meant for those 21 and over. It's at the Slowdown bar and music venue, 729 N. 14th St.
“Recommended Reading for Girls,” Omaha Community Playhouse, 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Use west stage-door entrance. Show runs May 3-June 2. Information: 402-553-4890, ext. 158.
“Young Directors Project,” Teens'n'Theater at the Rose, actor auditions 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the theater, 2001 Farnam St. Show runs March 7-10. Information: email email@example.com.
“Alice in Wonderland,” Ballet Nebraska, youths ages 7 and up. Must register online by Wednesday at balletnebraska.org. Auditions Saturday at Motion 41 Dance, 2819 S. 125th Ave. Show runs April 26 and 27 at the Iowa Western Arts Center in Council Bluffs. Information: 402-541-6946.
Opera Omaha chorus for 2013-14, by appointment starting at 1 p.m. Saturday at Opera Omaha's rehearsal hall, 1850 Farnam St. Must be 18 to audition. Details online at operaomaha.org. Information or to schedule an audition: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Compiled by Bob Fischbach