With COVID-19 cases rising in the Lincoln area, the Lied Center for Performing Arts has shifted its remaining November events to online only.
“The safety of our audiences is always our top priority,” said Bill Stephan, the Lied’s executive director. “The message from our local health professionals is that the best thing to do right now is stay at home, and we believe that holding our events virtually is the best way we can support that message. From the beginning of the pandemic, the Lied Center has done everything possible to operate in a way that is safe and responsible, while still providing our community with the hope and joy provided by the arts.”
Decisions regarding future events will be made later.
Events affected by the change are:
MOSAIC Film Festival, Nov. 17 and 18 — The Lied Center’s MOSAIC series strives to present work that is idea-driven, curiosity-fueled and radically inclusive. The new MOSAIC Film Festival will feature two films that embody those ideals, both co-directed by Nebraska native and University of Nebraska–Lincoln alumna Ingrid Holmquist. Both films will be followed by panel discussions. Streaming links are available here.
“Chief Standing Bear’s Journey to Statuary Hall,” Nov. 17, 7 p.m. — Presented in partnership with the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs and the Office of the Chancellor, this documentary tells the story of Ponca Chief Standing Bear and his trailblazing human rights court case in 1879, leading to his designation as a Nebraska hero and a statue installed in Statuary Hall in 2019.
“Guanajuato Norte,” Nov. 18, 7 p.m. — This award-winning documentary follows Wenceslao Contreras Galvan, a migrant farmworker in Connecticut, and his sacrifice of being away from his family to provide a better life for his children in Mexico. The film has been selected for multiple film festivals, including DOC NYC, and has been acquired by The New Yorker.
Lied Live Online: “The Love and Justice Concert: In Honor of Justice Ginsburg,” Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. — This original song cycle, featuring works by four female composers, will be performed by soprano Jaime Marie Webb. Works include “Anita’s Story” by Patrice Michaels, “Wider Than the Sky” by Lori Laitman, “Pot Roast a la RBG” by Vivian Fung and “My Dearest Ruth” by Stacy Garrop (based on the final writing of Martin Ginsburg). The works were commissioned or programmed by Jane and James Ginsburg in celebration of their mother’s 80th birthday. The concert will be available on the Lied Center’s Facebook page and website.