Award-winning dancer and teacher Shelley Fritz opened The DelRay Ballroom and Lounge to share her love of dance with the Lincoln community. Her space hosts music, cocktails, and ballroom dance lessons every night of the week, and is staffed by experienced dance instructors such as herself who aim to share their passion for waltz, cha-cha, Argentine Tango, and West Coast swing with students.
Since doling out its first wing in 1984, Buffalo Wings and Rings has spread to 50 locations across the United States, powered by the piquant sauces that slather its selection of wings. Sauce options range from the signature buffalo sauce, made from the restaurant's original recipe, to sweet thai chili and savory garlic-parmesan, and cooks can tailor each order to five different levels of spice. Savory flavors also permeate handheld fare such as burgers and gyros, and staffers blend up new batches of blue cheese dipping sauce daily to help extinguish flaming tongues.
More than 100 different bottles of tequila crowd the bar at Compadres Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar, where bartenders serve margaritas and other specialty drinks. The booze even finds its way into the food, as evidenced by the chicken wings' sweet and spicy tequila sauce. Other homestyle Mexican eats include burritos, tostadas, and deep-fried puffy tacos, which have a soft and hard shell, as well enchiladas, chicken chimichangas, and the Big Red Burrito, all of which are made from family recipes.
Lincoln Calling provides a yearly rendezvous point for Nebraska's art-loving masses. Last year's gathering drew more than 3,600 fans and more than 100 bands, and the 2010 celebration aims for people pools just as deep, with more than 80 bands and counting. The festival kicks off on September 28 with Kinetic Brew's local music-video-themed Homegrown Movie Festival at the Bourbon Theatre, which is also where you will pick up your tickets. The live music begins on Sept. 29, with music at venues including the Alley, Duffy's Tavern, the Black Market, and Tavern on the Square, where fur-coat-wearing bands may play their final live show before going their separate ways toward solo careers of varying critical and commercial success. A vast lineup of groups, all of varied genres and tax-exemption statuses, provides a running soundtrack to the four days of community-bolstering art appreciation. On Oct. 1, Lincoln Calling will feature local photographers' work in an exhibit in the halls of the Parrish Project.