‘Breaking the Cycle’
Nathaniel Caauwe, a visual effects and cinematography veteran of films such as “The Avengers” and “Captain America,” is making a documentary about a school in Uddamarry, India, founded to educate “untouchables.”
The school was founded after Nebraska teens raised $23,000 for the cause in 2003. Each summer, a team from the Norfolk area has traveled to the school to help work with children.
The first class is about to graduate, and their opportunities are vastly improved because of the school. The documentary, “Breaking the Cycle,” will include interviews with some of the original team that went from Nebraska to India.
For more information, visit breakingthecyclefilm.com
Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin and actor Henry Winkler, who played Fonzie on TV’s “Happy Days,” will speak Thursday in La Vista at the Inclusive Communities Humanitarian Dinner.
Inclusive Communities raises awareness about social justice, works for community building and conflict resolution, and sponsors training programs to reach those goals.
Honorees at the dinner are Susan and Michael Lebens, Dr. Stanley and Dorothy Truhlsen, Ronald Moore and Evelyn Adler-Zysman. Funds raised at the dinner will go toward scholarships for high school students to attend a summer workshop.
Information: 402-391-4460 or online at www.inclusive-communities.org
The Omaha Chamber Music Society will open its 11th annual series June 3 with a concert titled “Unexpected Partners.” It will feature the University of Nebraska Brass Quintet and harpist Mary Bircher.
Members of the quintet are Bircher’s husband, Craig Bircher, and Darryl White on trumpet, Alan Mattingly on French horn, Scott Anderson on trombone and Craig Fuller on tuba.
The concert is at 3 p.m. at First Central Congregational Church, 36th and Harney Streets. Tickets are $18 for adults, $5 for students with ID, and can be purchased at the door. Information: 492-960-6943 or online at www.omahachambermusic.org
More concerts in the series include: romantic strings June 10; woodwinds and piano June 17; and quintet works June 24.
The Baright Public Library in Ralston will host a Saturday writing workshop titled “Evolving Story and Character From Life.” The workshop, conducted by Sally Walker, costs $30 and runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Register by Thursday by calling 402-331-7636. Information: www.ralstonlibrary.org
Bash for the Bard
The Nebraska Shakespeare Festival will hold its annual Backstage Bash fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. June 7 at Creighton University’s Harper Center, 590 N. 20th St.
Carol Schrader and Otis XII are emcees. The event will include a mash-up preview of this summer’s two shows, “The Comedy of Errors” and “Julius Caesar.” The season opens June 21 in Elmwood Park.
The fundraiser makes free admission to plays and the festival’s educational programming possible. Tickets are $75. Raffle tickets are available for $10. Information: 402-280-2391 or online at www.nebraskashakespeare.com
“Avenue Q,” SNAP Productions, 7 p.m. June 4 and 5 at North Side Christian Church, 5555 Larimore Ave. Show runs Aug. 23-Sept. 16. Information: e-mail email@example.com
“Singin’ in the Rain,” Lofte Community Theatre near Manley, Neb., 6:30 p.m. today and Tuesday at the theater. Show runs July 20-Aug. 5. Information online at www.lofte.com or call 402-234-2553.
— Compiled by Bob Fischbach