This weekend you can help create public art, attend a film festival or partake in a beerfest. We recommend:
Public art project: Help create a mural on the "El Mercado" building at 4913 S. 25th St. in South Omaha at 3 p.m. today. Meet at the Kroc Center at 2825 Y St. The theme honors Mexican immigrant contributions to South Omaha's culture. A team of four artists will lead the project. The mural design process includes four community meetings and four focus meetings, with discussion and artistic exercises concerning the identity, culture and heritage of the Mexican community of South Omaha.
Annual history challenge: For the 16th year, 100 Black Men of Omaha will host its African-American History Challenge. This year's contest is at 4 p.m. today at North High School. The goal of the competition is to foster an appreciation of African American history and culture in Omaha youth. This year's master of ceremonies will be Richard Webb, who was a 2002 contest participant while attending Nathan Hale Magnet Middle School. Webb now serves on the 100 Black Men of Omaha's board of directors and is the property sales manager for Caesars Entertainment. For more information, go to 100blackmenomaha.org.
Film festival: The final presentation of the Homestead Centennial Film Festival at Homestead National Monument of America's Education Center will be held at 2 p.m. today and Sunday. The festival has featured popular movies filmed at National Park Service sites across America. This weekend, the festival will showcase "Shane," a tale filmed in Grand Teton National Park. This movie chronicles the journey of a weary gunfighter trying to settle down with a homestead family who must first deal with rancher conflicts. Homestead National Monument is in Beatrice, Nebraska. For more information, call 402-223-3514 or go to nps.gov/home.
Extreme Beerfest: Beer Corner USA will host Extreme Beerfest from 3 to 7 p.m. today at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. This festival features unlimited sampling of more than 300 beers, with some of the most extreme beers available. Each attendee will get a sampling glass, access to beer seminars, a program and up to four hours of unlimited sampling. Admission is $40 to $60. For more information, call 402-934-6291 or go to ralstonarena.com.
Dance project: The Omaha Dance Project will perform at 7:30 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday at Marian High School, 7400 Military Ave. Omaha's original citywide celebration of dance features a new recreation of the 1894 classical ballet "The Awakening of Spring" choreographed by Juliette Henning with Lynne Nevin and Patti Zukaitis. Plus: neoclassical, modern and contemporary works by Marcus Oatis of the Kansas City Ballet, Ashley Durst and Nichol Mason Lazenby. Featuring guest performances by dancers of the Creighton Dance Company, Dance Lab Omaha, and Tbd. Dance Collective. Admission is $15 adults and $10 students and senior citizens. For more information, call 402-346-0469 or go to oabdance.org.
Orchestra performance: The Russian National Orchestra featuring Yuja Wang will perform at 7:30 p.m. today at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln. Tickets range from $22.50 to $65 and are available by calling 402-472-4747 or at liedcenter.org.