By Brittany Ward
Nov. 1, 2018

Sadly, Spooky Season is now over and we’re heading right into the busy holiday season and the looming promise of freezing cold weather. BUT we still have a few weeks before that happens and more important things coming up within the next week.

Yes, it is already that time again to hit the town and support local (and visiting) artists around town, it’s First Friday! Also, it’s Daylight Savings Time Ends on Sunday so turn your clocks back an hour! Most importantly, VOTE ON NOVEMBER 6! (Or vote early but still vote!)

Check out this list of activities happening on First Friday this month! See you there!


Gathering Focus Opening Event

Noyes Art Gallery

119 S. 9th Street | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Gathering Focus is a collaborative exhibit of work by eleven artists who gain insight and focus through the creative process. Each artist achieves their outcome while traveling through spontaneous surprise with media to enlighten and strengthen their focus.

Ritual Gaze

Lux Center for Performing Arts
2601 N 48th Street | 5 – 8 p.m.

Skyler Simpson‘s paintings and drawings are an exploration of personal identity and the dynamic of female relationships. In her work, Simpson delicately renders women amidst internal landscapes; the flora and fauna in her images reflect the mental state of the subjects. Her pieces suggest ambiguous narratives, revealing emotion through the color palette and subtle facial expressions. Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1995, Simpson obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
First Friday opening receptions are free and open to the public!

First Friday

Metro Gallery

1316 N Street | 3 – 7 p.m.

First Friday Art

Method Cycles

416 S 11th Street | 3 p.m.

First Friday

Against the Wall Framing and Gallery

6220 Havelock Avenue | 5 – 8 p.m.

View artwork from the annual Fall Show along with First Friday fun. Visit with the artists, enjoy light refreshments and see many types of intriguing art. Hand-crafted jewelry, 3D sculptures, mixed media, paintings & more!

This event is open to the public, no admission.

First Friday

Roots Collective

325 S 11th Street, Suite #3 | 5 – 8 p.m.

Landin Goloja is a young self taught artist who grew up in Waconia, MN. His work is inspired from his travels around the world focusing on lakes and oceans. Characteristic of Landin’s work is the different shades of blue, inspired by the colors of Lake Waconia and the oceans he has spent time exploring. His photography is influenced by the surf and outdoor lifestyle subject matter of Chris Burkard and the adventure and storytelling aspect of Alex Stohl. He currently is a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln finishing his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering while pursuing his passion in photography.

First Friday Art Show & Fundraiser

The Foundry Community

211 N 14th Street | 5 – 7 p.m.

This is a First Friday you won’t want to miss! Women throughout Lincoln have donated their paintings to the Nebraska Metro Gallery for an art show and fundraiser that will benefit St. Monica’s, a local organization that helps women live healthier lives and recover from addiction.

Artists will donate a portion of their proceeds to the organization, and as usual, we’ll provide plenty of refreshments and snacks.

First Friday Reception/Preview – MEDICI Exhibition

Eisentrager-Howard Art Gallery

Richards Hall, UNL Campus | 5 – 7 p.m.

This will be an opportunity to preview the works that will be on sale and those that will be available via silent auction during the ticketed event on Thursday, November 15th, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The First Friday reception on 11/2 is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and a member of the MEDICI board will be available if you would like to ask questions or purchase a ticket to the 11/15 event!!

First Friday Family Night – Teddy Bear Sleepover

Lincoln Children’s Museum
1420 P Street | 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Come dressed in your comfy pj’s and bring your favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal. You and your favorite friend will get to participate in classic sleepover activities, as well as snap a sleepy picture in our bedtime themed photo booth!

First Friday Family Nights are FREE for members and just regular admission for non-members.

First Friday Art Walk

Code Beer
200 S Antelope Valley Parkway | 5 – 8 p.m.

Artist and musician Cole Shoemaker’s bold and raw style uses bright colors and strong brush strokes to create amazing emotions in his characters.
FlyDogz will be serving up in house 5pm!

Jeff Nealon Book Launch Party

Indigo Bridge Books
701 P Street, Suite 102 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

To celebrate the 3rd publication, Jeffrey Nealon’s I’m Not Like Everybody Else, the co-editors of the University of Nebraska Press book series, PROVOCATIONS, are hosting a book launch party at Indigo Bridge. There will be free hors d’oeuvres as well as a cash bar (early arrivers will receive a free drink ticket, so come on early!). Jeff Nealon, who is a professor at Penn State, will be present and will be happy to sign copies, which will be for sale at Indigo Bridge. Bring colleagues, friends, and family!


Behind the Glass Comic Art Gallery
3227 S 13th Street | 6 – 10 p.m.

Comic and Pop Culture Art lovers rejoice!

Behind the Glass Comic Art Gallery is proud to present #FirstFridayCon! A monthly event held on the first Friday of the month featuring comic illustrator/writer guests, local artists, custom toy designers, and more!

Cosplay is welcomed and ENCOURAGED!

The main gallery is full to the brim with awesome original work from Illustrators from around the world. Then we are backed up by an alley of creative artists showing and selling their wares.

So come out meet the local and not so local artists and support their craft! #FirstFridayCon

First Friday

Herbs & More
5740 Old Cheney Road, Suite 8 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

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.


The Outlook Project
2124 Y Street | 5 – 8:30 p.m.

First Friday with Lanny Tunks

1867 Bar
14th & O | 6 p.m.

November’s featured artist is Lanny Tunks.
You need to see his hand drawn portraits in person.

Crescent Moon Coffee
140 N 8th Street | 6:30 – 10 p.m.

‘Architectural Diversity’ is a 2D + 3D architectural gallery opening from 6:30-10pm at The Crescent Moon Coffee House.

Simultaneously, a range of presentations will be given in Pecha-Kucha style by both UNL College of Architecture faculty and students. 2D + 3D work will remain on display & for sale for the remainder of the month of November.

Presentations will begin at 7pm in a format (20 slides/20 seconds each) in conjunction with the 2D + 3D exhibit. This event is meant to showcase diverse ranges and perspectives in architecture, as well as spark conversations around the need for inclusion and diversity in architectural professions.

Project Funway

Cornhusker Marriott Hotel
333 S 13th Street | 6:30 – 10 p.m.

Project Funway is Lincoln’s own take on the popular reality TV show, Project Runway! This unique event showcases local designers while benefiting Fresh Start, a local transitional shelter for women who are homeless. The theme of the runway show is transformation and designers repurpose thrift shop clothing to create a new, creative original garment.

In addition to the runway show, the event includes a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. The Daisy Thrift Shop will also have a booth. Event tickets are $40 each. VIP tickets are $60 each, which include a private reception and front row seating for the show.

First Friday

Tried and True Custom Tattoos and Piercings
4220 S 33rd Street, Suite C | 7 – 10 p.m.

Tried and True is excited to announce that it will be participating in the First Friday Art Walk starting in November!

Please join us as it hosts the work of Lincoln artist Cody Lee Stuart Kaufman.

Black on Black: Black Artists, Black Content

116 N 14th Street, Studio 31 | 7 – 10 p.m.

“Black on Black: Black Artist, Black Content” looks at the expanse of concepts and mediums being explored by five different contemporary African American artists. This exhibition shows a depth of focus into both the formal qualities of art as well as the sociopolitical landscape. While black on black tends to indicate a flattening of space and a lack of nuance, in addressing this concept artists instead exhibited the singularity of their own expression.

First Friday FAC Flow

The Grand Manse
129 N 10th Street, Suite 100 | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Please join us in the Grand Hall at the Grand Manse for a FIRST FRIDAY FAC ALL LEVEL FLOW 5:30-6:30pm. $15 in advance or $20 at the door. And…DJ $pencelove (Spencer Munson) will be be providing the music. Could this get any better? After class, join your fellow yogis after class downstairs at Boiler Brewing Company for a pint ($1 off first pint). Then go out and enjoy First Friday in Downtown Lincoln.

November First Friday

Kiechel Fine Art

1208 O Street | 6 – 9 p.m.

Enjoy a full bar & complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by The Dish.


Papadosio Content Coma Tour with Evanoff

Bourbon Theatre
14th & O | 8 p.m.

Content Coma is a commentary on the phenomenon of our affinity to technology. Social Media keeps us apart and brings us together in ways we couldn’t have imagined. We have access to every movie, TV show, or album ever made at our fingertips at all times. We can answer almost any question instantly. This album explores our emotions and sentiments while navigating this content coma. This fall, we come together to celebrate the unifying power music and share in the precious and increasingly rare experience of the here and now.

The Ambulanters, Harakiri, Straya, The Dancing Dead

Duffy’s Tavern
14th & O | 7 p.m.

Doors at 7 p.m. | Music at 8 p.m.
$5 | 21+

Amarugia Ridge Runners

Gray’s Keg Saloon
104 N 20th Street | 8 p.m.

Jimmy D. Lane, Sebastian Land Band, Mannix

Zoo Bar
14th & O | 6 – 10 p.m.

Southpaw, Antighost, Dear Neighbor, Guilt Vacation

1867 Bar
14th & O | 9 p.m.

Doors at 8PM
Show at 9PM
18+ $5 Cover/$2 Minor Fee

Monty Python’s Spamalot

Lied Center for Performing Arts
301 N 12th Street | 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

The Tony Award®-winning Best Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot, begins its search for the Holy Grail in the Fall of 2018. This outrageous musical comedy is lovingly ripped off from the film classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail with a book by Eric Idle and music and lyrics by the GRAMMY® Award-winning team of Mr. Idle and John Du Prez, Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen, and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the reasons audiences worldwide are eating up Spamalot!

This performance contains adult content and themes

Brittany Ward is a multimedia intern with KZUM.