This month celebrate your independence from boredom. Sign on to these July Mainstreeters programs before the parade passes by.
Join Us at the Movies: Spotlight, Friday, July 8, at 1 p.m. in the JCC Theater. Free film and unlimited bags of warm, delicious popcorn. No reservations necessary. Invite a friend. Spotlight tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize winning Boston Globe investigation that rocked the city and caused a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper’s tenacious Spotlight team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d’Arcy James, Liev Schreiber and Billy Crudup. Spotlight won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Picture along with the Best Original Screenplay. If you’d like to have lunch at the Star Deli before the show, call Maggie Conti at 402.334.6521 to reserve a table. Lunch is on your own. The Star Deli starts serving at 11:30 a.m.
Sweet Charity, Sunday, July 10, 2 p.m. matinee at The Ralston Community Theater in Ralston High School. 8969 Park Street. Cost per ticket: $15. Call Maggie — 402.334.6521 — to see if tickets are still available. Sweet Charity is the 1969 American musical directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, written by Neil Simon, with music and lyrics by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields. In this musical, Charity Hope Valentine is an incurable optimist, despite her job at a seedy dance joint. Charity never stops looking for true love and never seems to look for it in the right places. Wonderful musical numbers include Big Spender, If My Friends Could See Me Now, There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This and I’m a Brass Band. We’ll meet in the theater lobby at 1:30 p.m. to pick up our tickets. Make your check payable to Jewish Social Services and send reservation with full payment to: Mainstreeters c/o Maggie Conti, 323 South 132 Street, Omaha, NE 68154. For information call Harry Alloy at 402.697.8709.
Fly Me to the Moon with Michael Lyon: Monday, July 18, at 12:30 p.m. in the RBJH Auditorium. Michael Lyon, the local host of NPR’s Morning Edition on KIOS-FM, is a classically trained vocalist. Come hear Michael sing the finest swing and jazz classics made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett and rediscovered by such modern day crooners as Michael Bublé and Harry Connick Jr. Michael is a master of these timeless vocal standards whose main goal is to reach into the hearts of his audiences with beautiful music and a liberal sprinkling of good-natured humor. According to Omaha Magazine, “Michael Lyon doesn’t rely on gimmicks. He has the talent and training to let the music and lyrics do the talking.” Join Michael at lunch and hear for yourself. For your entree, choose either a grilled hamburger, grilled hotdog or grilled veggie burger, each served with cole slaw, chips, watermelon, a challah roll, cookies for dessert and beverage of your choice. Cost is $10 a plate. Reservations are appreciated by Monday, July 11. Make checks payable to Jewish Social Services and send full payment to: Mainstreeters c/o Maggie Conti, 323 So. 132 Street, Omaha, NE 68154. For transportation call Maggie at 402.334.6521.
Billy Troy in a free Community Concert: Wednesday, July 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Auditorium. Live Music at its Finest presented by Jewish Social Services. As a kid, Billy Troy stood backstage at the Grand Ole Opry and watched his father, Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Uncle Josh Graves, play with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. Soon, he stood in the spotlight himself with the likes of Roy Acuff. Billy penned a musical play documenting the times he spent backstage with his dad which was fittingly titled Backstage Memories and toured nationwide to sold out venues. Billy’s success as a Nashville songwriter and music producer have garnered him several Grammy nominations plus a Grammy finalist nod for his performance and production work in the bluegrass and country music fields. So sit back and enjoy a Ride Through the Decades with Billy Troy — one of Nashville’s very own. A free Ice Cream Sundae Social with all the trimmings follows the show. Bring a friend. Everyone is welcome.
Mainstreeters welcomes all Jewish residents of the Omaha area age 60-plus to take part in these July activities and in many other social and educational programs throughout the year. For more details, contact Maggie Conti, Director of Activities and Outreach Programs at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home. Phone her at 402.334.6521 or email email@example.com.
Mainstreeters programs are supported in part by grants from the United Way of the Midlands and the Jewish Federation of Omaha.