Sunday, September 14, 2014

Silver Dollar City, Branson

Silver Dollar City Attractions

Silver Dollar City Presents Fall's Best of the Classic West:
New Wild West Show Plus Stunt Show, Craftsmen & Music
for the National Harvest & Cowboy Festival 

September 12 - October 25
(Branson, Missouri 9/2014) The adventure-loving culture of the Great American Cowboy and 
the best elements of the classic West flavor the fall harvest features as Silver Dollar City 
presents a new high-action Wild West Show, the return of a stunt-packed Western stunt 
show, top craftsmen from around the country and live bands, all part of the National 
Harvest & Cowboy Festival.The Ozarks' leading fall festival famous for fine craftsmanship 
and fall harvest activities runs September 12 - October 25 at the Branson, Missouri theme 

The NEW Silver Dollar City Wild West Show captures the excitement of the legendary 
Wild West shows of the 1880s, presenting a trick riding troupe, a horse-riding female 
sharpshooter, trick roping and bullwhip artistry, comedy canines and Native American 
hoop dancing. Hosted by rodeo rider and roper A.J. Silver, named Act of the Year by the
International Rodeo Association, the show features Nakotah LaRance, 6-time world champion
Native American
Hoop Dancer whose skills were showcased in Cirque du Soleil's touring show "Totem."
Western action continues with the returning Western stunt show "The Pinkerton Man," with 
high-flying action and special effects, including dramatic 3-story falls, high-slide rappels, 
hero fights and pyrotechnic effects and explosions, with professional stunt men and women 
leading a cast of 14, plus live animals.
A major focus during the National Harvest Festival is craftsmanship, as the park features 
125 top craftsmen from around the country, including Best of Missouri Hands juried artists 
and a showcase of Western artists, all joining the 100 demonstrating craftsmen of Silver 
Dollar City. Featured festival crafts include weaving, jewelry making, stained glass, basket
making, gourd carving, leather crafting and painting. For its 5-decade presentation of 
craftsmanship, Silver Dollar City was named "The Home of American Craftsmanship" by 
the U.S. Congress.
Guests can experience the thrills of the Old West with a ride on the park's Western-themed 
world-famous wood coaster Outlaw Run, named Best New Ride of 2013 worldwide in an 
industry poll conducted by Amusement Today magazine, winner of the Travel Channel's Insane 
Coaster Wars: World Domination in Episode 2, and recently named one of the 12 biggest 
game-changers in the history of theme park attractions by
Additional Festival Features:
  • Legendary Western star and water color artist Buck Taylor returns, hosting "Buck 
  • Taylor's Cowboy Emporium"featuring a variety of Western crafts from water color to 
  • saddle making.
  • Western and bluegrass musicians perform in the Riverfront Playhouse, including 
  • Nothin' Fancy, Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band and The Bankesters.
  • Chuck wagon historian and chef Kent Rollins, a cattle rancher and chuck wagon cook 
  • whose talents have landed him on the Food Network's "Chopped," "Throwdown with Bobby 
  • Flay," and the new show "Food Fighters," demonstrates trail-side cooking.
  • Extreme Mustang Makeovers' mustang expert Fred Woehl tames and trains rescued wild mustangs during the festival. A horseman with 35 years' experience training horses, Woehl 
  • serves on the National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board.
  • Cowboy Poet Chris Isaacs presents stories and poems in the style that made him a 
  • three-time winner of the Academy of Western Artists "Will Rogers Award."
  • The Barn Dance returns with an open dance floor for guests to strut, slide and stomp, with 
  • live music by the Horsecreek Band.
Fall harvest activities from sorghum and apple butter making are demonstrated on the
Square and harvest-time foods are served up throughout the park,
 with favorites such as
homemade soups and stews, smoked turkey legs and hearty skillet meals cooked on open grills.
The Midwest Living Culinary & Craft School will feature fall recipe classes from fall favorite
comfort foods to iron skillet cooking.
The National Harvest Festival runs September 12 - October 25 at the Branson, Missouri theme park, 
open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturdays. 
Information: 800-831-4FUN(386) or
The National Harvest & Cowboy Festival is presented by Humana.

Silver Dollar City

John Mellencamp in Omaha!!

Plain Spoken
Including August 2 Performance at Omaha’s Orpheum

Tickets on Sale in Omaha on Friday, September 19, 2014

New York, NY (September 10, 2014) 

John Mellencamp announced dates for his upcoming Plain Spoken tour beginning in January 2015 throughout the summer. “The Voice of the Heartland” will play 80 shows including multiple dates in the artist’s hometown of Bloomington, Indiana; Nashville, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, and more. The special guest is Carlene Carter. The tour, produced by AEG Live, will kick off on January 21st in South Bend, Indiana at the Morris Performing Arts Center. A portion of the ticket proceeds from the final performance held in Indianapolis at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on August 4th will be donated to the Riley Children’s Foundation, which supports Riley Hospital for Children (

All shows will go on sale Friday, September 19th at 10:00AM (except New York shows which go on sale at 11:00AM). All are local time. Tickets available at, by phone at 402-345-0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Box Office in the Holland Performing Arts Center, 13th and Douglas streets, Omaha, NE or and (Tour dates listed below)

A special presale will be available to Citi cardmembers from Tuesday, September 16th at 10:00AM through Thursday, September 18th at 10:00PM. (except New York shows which go on sale at 11:00AM) Exclusive VIP Packages are available! VIP Packages include amazing reserved tickets in the first ten rows, limited edition memorabilia and much more!

On September 23rd, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp will release one of the most distinguished records of his career, Plain Spoken on Republic Records. Plain Spoken includes ten stunningly elegant and soul-searching Americana gems.
“The music looks back toward … ‘Blood On The Tracks,’ with strummed guitars, brushes on the drums and neck-rack harmonica, and the words ponder trouble, power, love, God, freedom and mortality.” says THE NEW YORK TIMES.  Plain Spoken is set to be hailed as an unparalleled new chapter in Mellencamp’s distinctive songbook.

Concert goers will receive a digital download of the Plain Spoken record with purchase of tickets to the tour (One download code per ticket for online and phone purchases only; does not apply to box office or outlet ticket purchases.)
Grammy-winning musician John Mellencamp has touched the heart and souls of music listeners and influenced American Culture with enduring songs, he is also one of the most successful live concert performers in the world. A man with a conscience, he used his visibility and influence to advocate an issue that hit close to home and became one of the founding members of Farm Aid, an organization that began in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms.  The Farm Aid concerts have raised over $45 million to promote a resilient family farm system of agriculture.

In 2014, he also signed a historic "lifetime recording contract" with Republic Records for the release of Plain Spoken and all of his albums to follow. Universal Music Enterprises continues to represent the artist's prominent catalog as well. Mercury/UME recently released his latest live album, John Mellencamp Sings Trouble No More Live at Town Hall, this past summer.


Wed-21-Jan - South Bend, IN - Morris Performing Arts Center
Fri-23-Jan - Louisville, KY - Louisville Palace Theatre
Sat-24-Jan - Cincinnati, OH - Aronoff Center for the Arts
Tue-27-Jan - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
Wed-28-Jan - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
Fri-30-Jan - Columbus, OH - Mershon Auditorium
Sat-31-Jan - Cleveland, OH - PlayhouseSquare - Palace Theatre
Tue-3-Feb - Bloomington, IN - Indiana University Auditorium
Wed-4-Feb - Bloomington, IN - Indiana University Auditorium
Mon-9-Feb - Green Bay, WI - Weidner Center
Wed-11-Feb - Minneapolis, MN - Northrop Auditorium
Thu-12-Feb - Minneapolis, MN - Northrop Auditorium
Sat-14-Feb - Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Sun-15-Feb - Des Moines, IA - Des Moines Civic Center
Tue-17-Feb - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
Wed-18-Feb - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre

Thu-5-Mar - San Antonio, TX - Tobin Center For The Performing Arts
Sat-7-Mar - Dallas, TX - McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
Sun-8-Mar - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall
Tue-10-Mar - New Orleans, LA - Saenger Theatre
Thu-12-Mar - Birmingham, AL - BJCC Concert Hall
Fri-13-Mar - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
Sun-15-Mar - Jacksonville, FL - Times-Union Center
Tue-17-Mar - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Thu-19-Mar - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
Fri-20-Mar - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
Sun-22-Mar - Orlando, FL - Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Tue-24-Mar - Columbia, SC - The Township Auditorium
Thu-26-Mar - N. Charleston, SC - North Charleston Performing Arts Center
Fri-27-Mar - Charlotte, NC - Ovens Auditorium
Sun-29-Mar - Norfolk, VA - Norfolk Scope Arena - Chrysler Hall Theatre
Tue-31-Mar - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center

Wed-15-Apr - Boston, MA - Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre
Thu-16-Apr - Providence, RI - Providence Performing Arts Center
Sat-18-Apr - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
Mon-20-Apr - New York, NY - Carnegie Hall
Tue-21-Apr - New York, NY - Carnegie Hall
Thu-23-Apr - New York, NY - Apollo Theater
Fri-24-Apr - New York, NY - Apollo Theater
Sun-26-Apr - Washington, DC - DAR Constitution Hall
Wed-29-Apr - Hamilton, ON - Hamilton Place Theatre
Fri-1-May - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Sat-2-May - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Tue-5-May - Quebec City, QC - Grand Théâtre de Québec
Wed-6-May - Montreal, QC - Théâtre St-Denis
Fri-8-May - Syracuse, NY - Landmark Theatre
Sat-9-May - Buffalo, NY - Shea's Performing Arts Center
Tue-12-May - Pittsburgh, PA - Benedum Center

Wed-27-May - Evansville, IN - Old National Events Plaza
Fri-29-May - St Louis, MO - Peabody Opera House
Sat-30-May - Rockford, IL - Coronado Performing Arts Center
Tue-2-Jun - Madison, WI - Overture Center for the Arts - Overture Hall
Wed-3-Jun - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center Theatre
Fri-5-Jun - Milwaukee, WI - Milwaukee Riverside Theater
Sat-6-Jun - Ft, Wayne, IN - Embassy Theatre
Tue-9-Jun - Grand Rapids, MI - DeVos Performance Hall
Wed-10-Jun - Detroit, MI - Detroit Opera House
Fri-12-Jun - Baltimore, MD - Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric
Sat-13-Jun - Richmond, VA - Altria Theater
Tue-16-Jun - Philadelphia, PA - Merriam Theatre
Wed-17-Jun - Roanoke, VA - Roanoke Civic Center Theatre
Fri-19-Jun - Savannah, GA - Johnny Mercer Theatre
Sat-20-Jun - Augusta, GA - William B. Bell Auditorium
Tue-23-Jun - Memphis, TN - Orpheum Theatre

Wed-8-Jul - Winnipeg, MB - Centennial Concert Hall
Fri-10-Jul - Regina, SK - Conexus Arts Centre
Sat-11-Jul - Regina, SK - Conexus Arts Centre
Mon-13-Jul - Saskatoon, SK - TCU Place
Wed-15-Jul - Calgary, AB - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Sat-18-Jul - Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Sun-19-Jul - Seattle, WA - Benaroya Hall
Tue-21-Jul - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Thu-23-Jul - Fresno, CA - William Saroyan Theatre
Sat-25-Jul - Oakland, CA - Oakland Paramount Theatre of the Arts
Sun-26-Jul - Sacramento, CA - Sacramento Community Theatre
Tue-28-Jul - Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE
Wed-29-Jul - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
Fri-31-Jul - Denver, CO Ellie - Caulkins Opera House
Sun-2-Aug - Omaha, NE - Orpheum Theater
Tue-4-Aug - Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Celtic Woman at the Orpheum in Omaha!

SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 2015; 7:30 P.M.
Celtic Woman Announces Tour for 2015 - 10th Anniversary Celebration

 International music sensation Celtic Woman returns to North America in 2015 with a concert tour celebrating the group’s 10th anniversary together. Celtic Woman will be inOmaha for one night only at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the tour go on sale on September 17, 2014. Tickets are priced at $107.50, $66.25, $45.75 and can be purchased only through Ticket Omaha by calling 402-345-0606, online at, or at the Ticket Omaha box office located inside the Holland Center on 13th & Douglas streets (open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 12 to 5 p.m.).

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Trailer

There is an amazing ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY sweepstakes that just launched today and to enter all you need to do is share your Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad throwback family photo using #VeryBadDaySweeps on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win an Adventures by Disney trip for four to Disney Aulani, resort & spa! 

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I also wanted to send around some fun new activity sheets, mazes and a memory game all inspired by the film opening next month!


 Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Trailer

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Genre:                                      Family Comedy
Rating:                                      TBD
U.S. Release Date:                    October 10, 2014
Cast:                                        Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Ed Oxenbould, Kerris Dorsey, Megan Mullally, Jennifer Coolidge, Bella Thorne
Director:                                   Miguel Arteta
Producers:                                Shawn Levy, Lisa Henson, Dan Levine
Executive Producers:                Philip Steuer, Jason Lust
Writer:                                       Rob Lieber
Based on the novel by:              Judith Viorst

Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn't had one.
“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Youth in Revolt”) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production. The film hits theaters nationwide Oct. 10, 2014.

In theaters Oct. 10, 2014, Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—and soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

·       Director Miguel Arteta won the 2001 Independent Spirit Award for best feature under $500,000 for “Chuck & Buck.”
·       “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” published in 1972, was written by Judith Viorst,   illustrated by Ray Cruz and inspired by Viorst’s sons Alexander, Anthony and Nicholas. With more than 2 million copies in print, it became an ALA Notable Children’s Book and won a George G. Stone Center Recognition of Merit, a Georgia Children’s Book Award, and distinction as a Reading Rainbow book. Viorst penned the sequels: “Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday” (1978) and “Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move” (1995).
·       The 1972 book was first adapted to the small screen as a half-hour HBO animated musical in 1990 before Viorst collaborated with composers Charles Strouse (music) and Shelley Markham (musical score) for a 1998 stage musical at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
·       “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is the first live-action film adaptation of the children’s classic.

An Evening with David Sedaris at the Holland Center, Omaha!

Humorist Will Read From New And Unpublished Works, Hold Q&A

– Omaha Performing Arts presents An Evening with David Sedaris in the Kiewit Hall at the Holland Performing Arts Center on Thursday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Thursday, September 4. Tickets start at $48.75 and are available at, 402.345.0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Office inside the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St. During An Evening with David Sedaris, the popular humorist will read from new and unpublished works, as well as hold a Q&A session and sign books.

"Frozen Fever"

I wanted to share with you the exciting news that Walt Disney Animation Studios is creating a new animated short “Frozen Fever,” welcoming back to the big screen Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and, of course, the one-and-only Olaf! No images are available yet and all the current details are below! The short film will debut in Spring 2015!


From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes the new animated short “Frozen Fever,” welcoming back to the big screen Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and, of course, the one-and-only Olaf.

Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and produced by Peter Del Vecho, with an all-new original song by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, “Frozen Fever” marks the first project reuniting the Oscar®-winning original team from Disney’s “Frozen.”

The announcement was first made within the ABC Television Network special “The Story of Frozen: Making an Animated Classic,” which aired September 2. The special also featured the world television debut of a scene from the new action comedy adventure from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6,” as well as a sneak peek at the upcoming season of the ABC series “Once Upon A Time.”

In “Frozen Fever,” it's Anna's birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa's icy powers may put more than just the party at risk.

The short debuts Spring 2015.


Big Hero 6 Movie

Get a first look at Walt Disney Animation Studios' next feature film BIG HERO 6 with this special 2-minute sneak peek!



Big Hero 6 – Clip #1

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BIG HERO 6 (In 3D)
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Genre:                                      Animated Action/Comedy/Adventure
Rating:                                      TBA
U.S. Release Date:                    November 7, 2014

Voice Cast:                               Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller, Alan Tudyk, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez, Daniel Henney, with Ryan Potter as Hiro Hamada and Scott Adsit as Baymax.
Director:                                   Don Hall, Chris Williams
Producer:                                  Roy Conli

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014. 

From Walt Disney Animation Studios (“Frozen,” “Wreck-It Ralph”) comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter), who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

·       “Big Hero 6” is the 54th feature film from Walt Disney Animation Studios.
·       Disney veteran Don Hall helmed 2011’s “Winnie the Pooh” and has earned screenplay and/or story credits on Disney features, including “Meet the Robinsons,” “Tarzan” and “The Princess and the Frog.” Chris Williams directed the 2008 feature “Bolt,” as well as the short “Glago’s Guest.” Williams was a key member of the “Mulan” story team, and was nominated for an Annie Award for outstanding individual achievement for writing in an animated feature presentation for his work on “The Emperor’s New Groove.”
·       Producer Roy Conli counts among his credits Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 2010 hit “Tangled,” as well as “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Hercules,” “Tarzan” and “Treasure Planet.”