By Audrey Hertel
June 6, 2019

Summer is all but here which means there are plenty of events to enjoy! First Friday is on day, each month, where there is a plethora of arts and entertainment events to enjoy. Here is a list of some of those great events in and around downtown!


First Friday “Shelfie” Show

A Novel Idea | 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

118 North 14th Street

On the First Friday in June, we’ll host our Shelfie Show.

All day, the album pages will be hung throughout the shop on the ends of the shelves. That evening, we’ll host a reception that celebrates our community of readers!

First Friday

Method Cycles and Craft House | 3 p.m.

416 South 11th Street

Join us on the First Friday of each month as we welcome a new featured artist. Enjoy craft beer and cocktails, wine, and hors-d’oeuvres part of our Friday Afternoon Club.

Amos Orion Sterns and Oh Hello!

Turbine Flats Project | 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

2124 Y Street

The first Friday you’ve been waiting for! We unveil Rags! by our own Tesla Mural Artist Amos Orion Sterns! That’s not all! We have some NEW NEW creatives in our building called Oh Hello Agency! They are going to let you know a bit of cool stuff about them and what they do. There will be amazing foods and drinks because we must fête our resident artist with the best!

First Friday with Cindy Heider Kaliff

The Foundry Community | 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

211 N 14th Street

Spend your First Friday at The Foundry with Cindy Heider Kaliff! On June 7, see her unique painting style of Intentional Creativity, inspired by the life of her Muses. Head up to the third floor of our space to check out Cindy’s art and enjoy free snacks and refreshments!

First Friday art display and gallery

Herbs & More | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

5740 Old Cheney Rd. Ste. 8

Come view and maybe even take home your new favorite piece. our mental health medicine “ART” can bring you joy for years to come showcasing many local artists.

First Friday Con

Behind the Glass Comic Art Gallery | 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

3219 S 13th Street

It’s the 18th first Friday Event! Come to see local talent and talk with people that love illustration, painting, music, nerd/geek stuff, etc. etc. etc. Let’s nerd it up!

Noyes Art Gallery Studio Open House

Noyes Art Gallery | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

119 S. 9th Street

Studios are open every First Friday 6-9PM. Hosted by Kevin Baker, Lisa Gustafson, Gary Kudym, Mike Williams, Julia Noyes, Tom Marshall, Janna Harsch, Mary Jane Lamberson, Curt Adams, Kye Halsted, Matt Fair, Olivia Ahlrichs.

First Friday Art Walk

Indigo Bridge Books | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

701 P Street, Suite 102

Every First Friday, Indigo Bridge hosts fresh, new art and live music. Join us on your art walk to see some fabulous works in paint, photography, mixed-media and more. Indigo’s wall space is dedicated to our partnership with Artists on the Edge. Each month the Wood Room has a new featured artist.

First Friday reception for In the Details: Woodcut Print Invitational

Constellation Studios | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

2055 O Street


Alexa Goetzinger, Oklahoma City, OK

Liz Menard, Toronto, Canada

Barbara Putnam, Deer Island, ME

Kasey Ramierz, Fayetteville, AR

Mark Sisson, Stillwater, OK

Laura Smith, Honolulu, HI

These invited artists are attracted to the woodcut process for the extensive carving effort and handwork that goes into the wood itself, that affects the quality of detail in their printed impressions. These artists share skills that are expressive or methodical, intimate, illusionary, layered, for the characteristic graphic impact that we love in the woodcut print.

Opening Reception: Mysterious Suggestions

Gallery 9 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

124 S. 9th Street

Join us on Friday, June 7 (6:30-9:00 p.m.) for the opening reception of MYSTERIOUS SUGGESTIONS, featuring new paintings by Bob Esquivel and Vonni Sparks, and ceramics by Pam Young.


Tugboat | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

116 North 14th Street - Studio 31

“Metamorphosis” is the journey three artists take to embrace the authenticity inside themselves. Douglas Degges, Luke Firle, and Liza Wimbish navigate personal and artistic identity through mixed media and painting by experimenting with style and medium in search of novelty within their art practice and self discovery.

Wendy Bantam First Friday Spotlight

Kiechel Fine Art | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

1208 O Street

Wendy Jane Bantam, a graduate of The University of Kansas and the University of Nebraska, worked with painting professors, Keith Jacobshagen, Roger Shimomura and Robert O. Wright. Her paint is densely applied and manipulated not only with loose brush strokes, but pushed around with a knife, giving a thick and creamy texture that reveals Bantam's strong interest in and celebration of the sensuous process of painting. The dynamism, energy, and sensuality in Bantam's paintings are revealed not only by her densely applied surface, but through an intense color palette that bears the influence of such Bay Area painters as Wayne Thiebaud and David Park. The expressionist formal characteristics of her painting highlight symbolic content of narrative compositions. Bantam transforms her experience of the natural world through highly-charged symbolic narratives with her idiosyncratic drawing style that suggests the influence of the sophisticated "naiveté" prevalent in the tradition of magical realism.

Art + Music: First Friday

Crescent Moon Coffee | 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

140 N. 8th Street

Featured artist Keith Hartley. Keith Hartley is an artist and tattooer living and working in Lincoln. Featured work took a combined total somewhere between 300 and 400 hours. All works are originals and no prints were taken other than "Bowery Dragon." Mediums used include: ink, watercolor, colored pencil, acrylic, shellac, watercolor ground, home grown leaves and both acrylic and oil block printing ink. Music with Project Constellation.


The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Stables at Wyuka | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

3600 O Street

Flatwater Shakespeare’s summer production brings *The Two Gentlemen of Verona* to The Stables at Wyuka and to Lincoln neighborhood parks this June! Our stellar cast begins rehearsals Monday under the direction of the incomparable Patsy Koch Johns. This is a 75-minute performance with no intermission.

Dadrock Kickoff Party

Gray’s Keg Saloon | 8:00 p.m.

104 N. 20th Street

Dadrock w/ special guests The New Jan Bradys. NO COVER. 21+. Come enjoy a night of your favorite rock hits!

Exit 48 / ASBTY / Been Better

1867 Bar | 8:00 p.m.

101 N. 14th Street

A Summer Better Than Yours, Been Better & Exit 48 (10 year celebration)

Doors at 8pm

Show at 9pm


Single Dance Party


Pla Mor Ballroom | 8:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.


6600 W. O Street


Friday, June 7th –  Join us on Friday for the Pla Mor Ballroom’s Singles Dance Party! Featuring Jimmy Mack! Head on down to dance the night away on our famous dance floor. Couples are always welcome! Be sure to get here early for dance lessons starting at 7:30. The Singles Dance Party is sponsored by the S.D.C.

Head out every first Friday of the Month for the Pla Mor Ballrooms Single Dance Party! Keep an eye on our schedule to make sure you don’t miss a dance!

Jarekus Singleton

Zoo Bar | 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

14th & O Streets

Jarekus Singleton has been tearing up clubs and festivals across the South, and has performed twice at the world-renowned Chicago Blues Festival. He has been featured at South Carolina’s Lowcountry Blues Festival and Festival of Discovery as well as many other festivals in the South and clubs throughout Mississippi. With the addition of high-visibility performances including Springing The Blues Festival, Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco, The North Atlantic Blues Festival, The PA Blues Festival, The Cincinnati Blues Festival, and The Festival International du Blues de Mont-Tremblant, Singleton is on the cusp of international stardom.

Aaron Kamm and the One Drops

Zoo Bar | 8:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

14th & O Streets

Genre: Reggae/Blues/Jam

Cover: $10

Doors: 9pm

Hailing from St. Louis, MO, Aaron Kamm and the One Drops merge flavors of Roots Reggae, Mississippi River Blues, Improv-laced Jams, and Soulful Vocals. With a High energy performance and a unique sound this band is a must see.

Audrey Hertel is a multimedia intern with KZUM.