Corkscrews plunge deep into the necks of Nosh Wine Lounge’s cache of bottles, opening with a pop to reveal more than 80 aromatic varietals from California, New Zealand, Italy, France, and other vineyards the world over. Diners can sip these elixirs in small flights or by the glass or commit to full bottles, or kiddie pools. The wines accompany a menu of gourmet snacks, including truffle fries, flatbreads, steak sliders, and bruschetta. Specialty cocktails, such as cosmos with sweet-potato vodka or Tom Collins shaken with cucumbers, offer a refreshing alternative to wine. The lounge hosts special events such as charity events, private parties, wine tastings, and Live Music Wednesdays, which invite guests to recline in curved leather armchairs or gather around granite-topped bar tables as local musicians perform.
The Lincoln Symphony Orchestra treats guests to world-class symphonic music that delights the heart, soothes the soul, and opens a new musical passageway for human minds trapped in a single genre. The opening concert on September 17 is a boon to clarinet enthusiasts; it features principal piper Diane Barger offering her rendition of Scott McAllister’s X—Concerto for Clarinet —which is a tribute to the music of Generation X—as well as other pieces that include Mendelssohn’s Symphony no. 3, whose sonorous energy honors Scottish folk music and scotch. Prepare for another jolly season of jingling chestnuts and toasting bells by attending Deck the Halls, or welcome next year’s April rains with a trip to "Triumph and Romance," which features the violin sounds of Anton Miller as he plucks his chin guitar to the tune of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto in D Minor.
Owners and chefs Roberto and Ana Meireles pile plates high with meticulously crafted dishes of beef, pork, poultry, and seafood made to order from fresh ingredients and traditional spices. Fried plantains, tropical fruit shakes, and Cuban sodas serve as plane tickets for the palate as lush foliage, cabana decor, and a working baggage claim evoke Caribbean climes. Libations from a brightly colored bar balance the subtle spice of the restaurant's signature red Cuban creole sauce. Gusto Cuban Cafe's patio bustles during the warmer months, and salsa dancing on weekends, like getting stuck on a slide, gives people an excuse to shake their hips.
“Laissez les bon temps rouler” is a favorite saying at Jazz, a Louisiana Kitchen; translated from French, it means, “let the good times roll.” With a blend of Cajun cuisine, cold drinks, and live music, the restaurant recreates the rollicking atmosphere of New Orleans' French Quarter. In the kitchen, chefs orchestrate multiple Gulf Coast flavors in classic louisiana catfish po'boys and blackened-shrimp platters, or let simple, properly prepared oysters and broiled crawfish stand on their own. Servers draw frothy mugs of beer from local breweries CIB and Keg Creek or mix specialty cocktails and frozen daiquiris. The lively atmosphere has drawn musicians such as two-time Grammy nominee Gerald Clayton and Mr. Tambourine Man.
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.
Omaha Performing Arts brings world-class entertainment to its two distinct but complementary venues. Built in 1927 as a vaudeville palace, the fully remodeled Orpheum Theater evokes the gilded concert halls of Europe with magnificent chandeliers; gracefully vaulted ceilings; and intricate, decorative metalwork. The newly built Holland Performing Arts Center surrounds the action with modernist elegance, featuring clean, geometric lines and a lobby with floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The main Peter Kiewit Concert Hall's gently curving shoebox design ensures clear sightlines and comfortable feet, and organically placed wooden panels sharpen the acoustics and bestow the space with a warm glow.