‘Nasty Women’ art show opens one-night-only at Petshop Gallery; Bus Gas unveils two-track epic; Sitting Bull’s Last Waltz tickets on-sale

‘Nasty Women’ art show opens one-night-only at Petshop Gallery

By Margaret Davenport

Omaha artist Jacquline Smith was scrolling through her Facebook feed when she saw a call for “Nasty Women Artists.” The group exhibition came about to demonstrate solidarity among artists who fight to resist oppression against women’s rights, immigrant rights and LGBTQ+ rights.

Originally planning to just submitting a piece to the NYC exhibit, developed by Roxanne Jackson and Jessamyn Fiore, Smith decided to create her own Nasty Women Show after she saw a call to curators to bring the event to their own cities.

“This show was organized to get people talking,” Smith said. “There needs to be more open and honest dialogue around women’s issues. People need to be made to feel uncomfortable, because just look at where conformity has gotten us.”

The project “Nasty Woman Exhibition” is a one-night only, pop-up show on Saturday, Jan 28 that will feature music, art, comedy and much more. The free event takes place at Petshop Gallery, at 2725 N. 62nd St. in Omaha, and 100 percent of the profits from the artwork sold at the event will go to benefit Voices of Hope, a local organization that provides services for survivors of domestic violence/sexual assault and their families.

Electronic artist Bell Mine and rock singer/songwriter Kait Berreckman will perform. Artwork will be priced at $100 or less, and local artists such as Ann Osborne, Angi Sada, Elspeth Hunnicutt and Savannah Savick donated pieces for the show.

The phrase “nasty woman” stemmed from an insult once hurled by Donald Trump at Hillary Clinton during the presidential debate. Women that are assertive, confrontational or outspoken are sometimes viewed as being mean or “nasty,” and since said debate, many have adopted the word to show they are not complicit with oppression. Women from all backgrounds who identified as “nasty women” were invited to submit artwork or perform at the show.

The co-organizers hope that the event will elicit “a spectrum of emotion” from the guests. Hulstein said that the exhibit is entirely inclusive, and guests should stay true to fighting for equality for all and resisting oppression.

“(It is) incredibly relevant to what is going on in our country right now,” Nicole Hulstein, co-organizer, said. “This is a community effort, and we know this is just the beginning of something big.”

RSVP to the show here.

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Bus Gas unveils two-track epic

It doesn’t take more than one sprawling, stretching swell to realize you’re in the middle of a Bus Gas epic. The soundscape wears on with incredible patience, creating a strong sense of foreboding that waits for sensory overload to resolve.

The Omaha/Portland/California drone project has released Live On Leave Us, the fourth full-length from bus Gas mastermind Eric Nyffeler and first since Oct 2014’s Snake Hymns. Comprising just two 12-plus-minute tracks, the album finds Nyffeler with Daniel Nickel on electric guitar and digital loops and Thomas Flaherty (Routine Escorts) on synth, loops and sequencing.

The liner notes for Live On Leave Us proclaim the band’s move from improvisational performance to deliberate song construction, a self-assessment the album delivers on in-full. While the number and depth of each layer are often indecipherable, the resulting moods are strikingly powerful. It’s live performance — recorded July 14, 2016 by Ian Aeillo — is a familiar remnant of Snake Hymns and gives the album a natural feel.

Listen to Live On Leave Us below. Digital and cassette copies can be purchased via Spring Break Tapes here.

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Sitting Bull’s Last Waltz tickets on-sale

Tickets are on-sale now for post-punk musical Sitting Bull’s Last Waltz, on limited run at the Johnny Carson Theater March 2-5.

The rock opera, created by Lincoln native John Templin Schliesser, depicts the events of Sitting Bull’s final years, including the fatal showdown with James McLaughlin at Standing Rock. Sitting Bull played a prominent role in the Battle of Little Bighorn, in which Lakota and Cheyenne tribes defeated General George Custer’s cavalry.

View the show’s schedule of performances below. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for student or youth; find them here.

March 2 — 7:30PM @ Carson Theater
March 3 — 7:30PM @ Carson Theater
March 4 — 7:30PM @ Carson Theater
March 5 — 2:30PM @ Carson Theater
March 5 — 7:30PM @ Carson Theater

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Concert Round-Up

Tonight, Texas country act Josh Abbott Band comes to The Waiting Room. Abbott and company have performed well throughout their 10-year career, charting each of their two most recent albums Small Town Family Dream (2012) and Front Row Seat (2015)  in the US Country top 10. Norfolk, Neb, band Abby Nicole & County Road open the show. Doors at 8 p.m., $20, all-ages, RSVP here.

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