ROSES, ORCHIDS and other blossoms will splash a midtown Omaha church with color during the 31st Annual Cathedral Flower Festival this weekend.

The festival's theme is "A Night at the Movies," with the event featuring floral displays by more than 30 Omaha designers inspired by some of the most memorable films of the past 70 years.

Displays will be based on such movies as "The Wizard of Oz," "Lawrence of Arabia," "Gone With the Wind" and "The Sound of Music."

Brother William Woeger, executive director of the Cathedral Arts Project, said that with thousands of flowers on display, the festival provides a great relief for people tired of cold and snow.

"The show will be the perfect antidote,'' he said.

An art exhibit is part of the event. The exhibit, titled "The Golden Age of Film Stars," will be on display at the Sutherland Art Gallery in the nearby Cathedral Cultural Center. It will feature Terry Diel's large format drawings of the kings and queens of the golden age of the Hollywood studios.

A variety of musicians will play in the cathedral throughout the festival, and Wheat Fields will provide refreshments in the cultural center.

This year's festival is dedicated to Omaha film historian Bruce Crawford, a promoter and organizer of film tributes locally; national and international award winner Ibsen Costume Gallery of Omaha; and Rachel Jacobson, executive director of Film Streams, and her nonprofit organization that screens films based on their creative, artistic and social merits.

CATHEDRAL FLOWER FESTIVAL

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: St. Cecilia Cathedral, 701 N. 40th St.

Admission: Free, but donations are welcome

Info: cathedral artsproject.org

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