by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com
The photo above is of Omaha artist/sculptor Sidney “Buzz” Buchanan with his son, Patrick Buchanan, who you might remember as the frontman of legendary indie/punk band Mousetrap. Sidney is having a one-man art show opening tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 25, at The Little Gallery in Benson, 5917 Maple St. (right across the street from The Sidney), and you are invited.
Some background on Sidney….
If you’ve lived in Omaha for any length of time, you’ve seen the work of Sidney Buchanan. The explosion of black metal tubes that towers over the west side of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Dodge Street campus like a giant robotic ballet dancer? That’s a Buchanan. The intersection of white steel pieces that lie on the ground like a mammoth pipe-cleaner at rest on the edge of One Pacific Place? That’s a Buchanan. The walking treehouse made of red girders that looms alongside the 10th Street Bridge in Gene Leahy Mall? That’s a Buchanan.
No other sculptor epitomizes Nebraska art like Sidney Buchanan. He just turned 83 earlier this month and has shifted his efforts from sculptures to two-dimensional art, at least for the show opening Friday night. Swing by and wish him a happy birthday and check out the work of a local master.
Afterward, swing by The Sydney for Art Bazaar, which benefits Benson First Friday. The line-up:
— 6:30 Acoustic Set by Ian Aeillo
— inter-gender arm wrestling w/ our mascot & referee Sarah Wafflez
— 8:30 p.m. — Comedy sets
— 10 p.m. — Drag performances (and we’re not talking drag racing)
— 11 p.m. — A Ferocious Jungle Cat.
— Midnight — Gordon
More info about Art Bazaar here. This isn’t tonight, it’s tomorrow night (Friday). I’m putting it out there now so it doesn’t get lost in the usual weekend stew.
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There’s also more info about the above at Hear Nebraska (right here) where they’ve also reported that Christine Fink and her band High Up yesterday released their first single, “Two Weeks.” From the HN story: “High Up also announced a handful of upcoming performances that include a three-day jaunt with Conor Oberst in mid-October, sandwiched by three dates in Omaha. The band plays Slowdown Nov. 28 with fellow Omaha band The Good Life.”
Something tells me High Up is going places. Check out the track below.
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Rock band Rock Paper Dynamite continues its month-long residency at fabulous O’Leaver’s tonight. Joining them are Kait Berreckman and Moses Prey. $5, 9:30 p.m.
And Satchel Grande is playing a fundraiser tonight at The Slowdown for Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska (JFON-NE) is a nonprofit organization welcoming immigrants into our communities by providing free, high quality immigration legal services, education and advocacy for low-income individuals and families in Nebraska and western Iowa. More info here.
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