Youth Arts at Love’s Jazz & Arts Center will present “The Ben Carson Story,” a dinner-theatre show, at noon and 7 p.m. Saturday at the center, 2510 N. 24th St.
The show tells the story of a young man who overcame his troubled youth in inner-city Detroit to become a gifted neurosurgeon. Carson is famous for his innovative work in separating conjoined twins.
Show and dinner are $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Show only is $7 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Tickets are available at the door. Information: 402-502-5291.
‘Girl Rising’ to screen for free at theater
The Institute for Career Advancement Needs (ICAN) and Film Streams will present a special free screening Thursday of the movie “Girl Rising” at the Ruth Sokolof Theatre, 14th and Mike Fahey Streets.
The 7 p.m. screening will feature an introduction and postshow Q-and-A with artist and global ambassador Azure Antoinette.
“Girl Rising” tells the story of nine extraordinary girls from developing countries. They are voiced by actresses including Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington, Alicia Keys, Selena Gomez and Priyanka Chopra.
Limit two tickets per person. To reserve a seat, call Molly Welsh at 402-933-0259, ext. 10, or e-mail email@example.com.
Chamber big enough for ‘3 by 3’ concert
The Omaha Chamber Music Society will present a free concert April 7 at the Jewish Community Center, 333 S. 132nd St.
The 7 p.m. concert, titled “3 by 3,” features violinist Susanna Perry Gilmore, concertmaster of the Omaha Symphony; Paul Ledwon, principal cello of the Omaha Symphony; and Yulia Kalashnikova, faculty member at the Omaha Conservatory of Music.
The program includes works by Franz Joseph Haydn, Maurice Ravel and Sergei Rachmaninoff. A dessert reception will follow the performance. Information: 402-960-6943 or omahachambermusic.org
‘Lion King’ cast show to raise health funds
Seven South African cast members from Disney’s “The Lion King” touring company will perform a benefit concert of African stories at the Rose at 6 p.m. Monday.
The show, titled “Simunye” (“we are one” in Zulu) will support the Healing Kadi Foundation. The foundation brings modern, reliable and sustainable health care to the people of South Sudan.
The concert includes both traditional and modern African children’s stories and music in an authentic South African style. Reserve tickets at the Rose box office, 402-345-4849, or make credit card donations online at healingkadi.org. Printed copies of the online minimum $15 donation should be presented at the door.
Lion King cast members will also read children’s stories at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at NeverEnough Books, 309 S. 16th St. The event is free.
Learning to sing from Samuel Ramey
Samuel Ramey, an internationally known bass-baritone in the opera world, will conduct a master class Saturday at 12:30 p.m. for University of Nebraska-Lincoln opera students.
A reception will follow the class at First Plymouth Congregational Church, 2000 D St., in Lincoln. The event is free and open to the public.
Ramey will offer fine points on opera performance and share insights gathered over his career. He is in Nebraska to headline Opera Omaha’s production of “Bluebeard’s Castle,” with performances April 19 and 21 at the Orpheum Theater. Information online at operaomaha.org.
Punch, cookies, memories of Swanson
The Bellevue Little Theatre will host a meet-and-greet hour for longtime producer Bette Swanson at 7 p.m. April 11 at the theater, 203 W. Mission Ave., in Bellevue. Punch and cookies will be served, and those who have worked with Swanson in the theater over the years are invited.
While Swanson is not retiring from the theater community, she has decided, after 27 years, that the musical “Sugar” will be the last show for which she will serve as producer.
April 11 is the preview night for “Sugar,” and an 8 p.m. dress rehearsal will benefit the Theatre Arts Guild scholarship fund. Information: 402-291-3809.
Online festival honors actor from Bluffs
Actor Bryan McClure, a graduate of Council Bluffs’ Abraham Lincoln High School, won best actor at the Creative Arts Film Festival, an annual international short-film festival hosted online each December.
He won for “Adventure, Wisconsin,” directed by Aneesh Chaganty, which also took the prize for best action-adventure short.
McClure earlier appeared in “Lucky” and “April Showers,” feature-length films shot in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area. In November he acted in “The Starving Games,” a spoof from the creators of the “Scary Movie” films.
He currently has the lead in an online series called “Dirty Cue’s.”
• “Leaving Iowa,” Bellevue Little Theatre, 7 p.m. April 14 and 15 at the theater, 203 W. Mission Ave. in Bellevue. Show runs May 31-June 16. Information: 402-214-3963 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
— Compiled by Bob Fischbach