Friday, June 22, 2012

Wind Down / Wound Up

It's the first official weekend of summer and I think we need to have some good old fashioned fun. I recently bought some packages of water balloons at the the dollar store and am thinking this is the perfect time to put them to good use. I'm picturing us water balloon fighting during the day and maybe even investing in some super soakers. For some night time fun we have the rest of our fireworks to shoot off. Wait until 4th of July? Nah, I wanna chase down that giant parachute now. 

Per usual, we have gathered a select list of cool happenings around Omaha for you to check out. So as the work week winds down, WO + SF and gang get wound up for the weekend. TGIF, y'all!

FRIDAY June 22
  • See a rainbow! It's the opening weekend for Michael Jones McKean’s The Rainbow: Certain Principles of Light and Shapes Between Forms at the Bemis. This is exactly what it sounds like: a man made rainbow in the sky. 
  • And if you're already down at the Bemis checking out the rainbow, be sure to stop inside for open studios! The current artists-in-residence open up their studios and talk about what they're currently working on.  
  • So you're downtown, you saw a rainbow and talked to some artists, why not make a night of it and hang out downtown for dinner and drinks? While we often tout La Buvette and Nicola's, we do enjoy many other restaurants in the Old Market such as: Blue SushiIndian Oven, or Upstream
  • Make someone else's junk your treasure! Head out to a farm in Elkhorn for Junkstock, an outdoor vintage sale/flea market/antique store. At least that's our own definition of what we think it is. 
  • Rain or shine, you can either beat the heat or the rain, and go to a movie. We tend to prefer to theatres you can buy booze at, Marcus Midtown Cinema or Aksarben Cinema both do and are in our hood. The movie we would most like to see is definitely Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Also in theatres is Prometheus, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  • If that pesky rain stays away, fire up the grill and try something besides the usual hot dogs and hamburgers. We absolutely want to make grilled pizza.  
  • Groove the night away to one of Omaha's most fun live bands, Satchel Grande, at the Slowdown. This nine-piece band makes us wish we lived in the era where big bands were...big. Also playing the show is Funk Trek.  
SUNDAY June 24 
  • Ever since the farmer's markets started I've been going to the Aksarben market with my mom and Oliver to pick up some fresh, seasonal veggies, cheese, and dog treats. After shopping we've been sitting out on Jones Bros patio for an iced coffee and a macaron.  P.S.: This is one of the only patios I've found in Omaha that's allows dogs, and I definitely appreciate that. 
  •  In the Jones household, Sundays are for family. AKA eating an awesome homemade meal and watching cable television while your parents spoil your dog. Eat dinner with your parents, visit a grandparent, or have a lazy day with your BFF's. 

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