Those with level 1 tickets will sit in the main-floor center, loge, or front first balcony sections. Those with level 2 tickets will sit in the main-floor back center, main floor far left, main floor far right, loge, or first balcony sections. Click here to view the auditorium's layout.
Sitting at the intersection of gastro-pub, chop-house, and whiskey bar, The Single Barrel celebrates Nebraska's local food and drink with fresh local ingredients, made-from-scratch cooking, and one of Nebraska's largest selection of whiskey. The 10,000-square foot restaurant is housed inside the former Boomer’s Printing building in downtown Lincoln, and contains a stage large enough to host everything from live concerts from country bands to jazz performances and karaoke nights. Throughout the dining space, the aromas of grilled steaks and fish can be traced back to the full-service kitchen, where chefs assemble dishes from a range of local ingredients.
In addition to pork from TD Niche Pork in Elk Creek and trout from Blue Valley Aquaculture in Sutton, chefs gather ingredients on frequent trips to the nearby Haymarket farmer's market. Their perennial menu of hand-cut steaks now cozies up to a new barbecue menu that showcases certified Piedmontese brisket, shredded pulled pork, and other various smoked delights. Even after the kitchen closes, the whiskey bar stays open—until 2 a.m.—to serve spirits and local craft beers by Blue Blood Brewing Company, Nebraska Brewing Company, and Lucky Bucket Brewing Company.
Funny Bone Comedy Club's horseshoe-shaped stage braces itself for an oncoming whirlwind of hilarity delivered by a well-traveled cast of accomplished comics. The wildly expressive Greg Morton (April 25–29) uses his deep voice and malleable face to perform frighteningly accurate impersonations of Star Wars characters and to convey personal observations on various subjects, such as the obvious generation gap. Paul Mecurio (May 2–6), who won an Emmy as a writer for The Daily Show, turns up the volume with his raucous investigation of cultural disparities, fearlessly taking on issues of race and what he perceives as oversensitivity. Meanwhile, the suspender-clad Sandman the Hypnotist (May 23–27) transforms audience volunteers into the stars of the show during his hypnotism routines, which reach their comedic peaks with an impromptu Jerry Springer show and the frightening disappearance of reproductive body parts.
Vega’s main attraction—its stage—is occupied most days of the week with musical acts that get guests’ hands swinging in the air. In between sets, patrons can refuel with handheld meals such as gourmet hot dogs. All-natural beef, chicken, turkey, veggie, or carrot dogs are covered in dozens of different toppings, including bourbon-cured bacon, jalapeño-cheddar beer cheese, and teriyaki-wasabi aioli.
The Basement Dance & Yoga Studio celebrates bodies in motion, whether they are peacefully poised in a meditative yoga pose or joyfully abandoned in a hip-hop pop-and-lock. Instructor of hip-hop classes Janel Scott, a fourth-generation dance instructor with a pedigree that pirouettes back to Chicago's 1920s vaudeville scene, preaches an active learning style, focusing on sound fundamentals and promoting an energetic atmosphere. Adult Hip Hop 101 schools beat-bound bodies in the funky ways of popping, locking, gliding, waving, and Chi-town footwork, which originated in the tradition of using slick choreography to bribe an alderman into settling your parking ticket. The ladies-only Night Club Hip Hop coaches a jazz-funk hip-hop style reminiscent of the "Single Ladies" routine. Although some of the sass-infused routines will be learned in high heels, others can only be performed in diamond-studded rain boots.
Barley’s builds culinary character by guiding its delicious menu of traditional burger and steak fare through a series of exhausting yet rewarding victual rituals. Start with homemade flour chips ($5.95) with cheddar cheese and salsa as a way of making peace with growling stomach Gorgons. Equip both fists with a smokehouse burger (with cheddar, barbecue sauce, and bacon, $7.95) and a guacamole burger ($8.45), or contemplate the trinity of a triple club ($7.95) served with ham, turkey, bacon, and more between two slabs of marble rye. There are also a number of options for the vegetarian crowd, including the garden burger ($7.95) and garden Philly ($7.75), each stocked with 100% vegan patties. In between bites of burgers, steaks, and salads, sip on some fresh-squeezed ales and lagers from the bottle or tap, with varieties spanning the intoxicating rainbow from micro and macro brews.