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6am – midnight
1624 South St. Lincoln, Nebraska 68502
Saturday, May 2, 8pm
Ace Bettinger and Dan Cox make up the dynamic acoustic guitar duet, cleverly named Ace and Dan. For more than 25 years, Ace and Dan have each studied guitar and song writing. They have been acquaintances on the Lincoln music scene for many years and began playing and singing together informally about 10 years ago, exploring different sounds of American music.
Sunday, May 17, 9:00pm
A Songwriter Sunday Show
This rare evening of music will highlight Michael Semrad’s (The Bottle Tops) brand new solo-record being released on Sower Records in the fall of 2015. Joining Semrad will be fellow label-mate and guitar extraordinaire, Günter Võelker (Jack Hotel).
Saturday, May 9, 8pm
The True Wheel is a three-piece (keyboards, drums, bass) with two members also in the band Floating Opera.
Sunday, May 10, 9:00pm
A Songwriter Sunday Show
Catch a part of the Mitch Gettman Midwest Tour and come see Omaha’s award winning (Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award: Best Singer/Songwriter – 2014) perform an acoustic set of original songs.
with Nick Gerken
Saturday, May 9, 11am – 3pm
Common Root – Mutual Aid Center will be selling handmade vegan beauty products and tasty vegan goodies outside from 11 am – 3 pm.
Common Root is a 501(c)(3) non-profit – part of your grass-roots community. All proceeds from the sale will help us continue bringing you free events all year round! Common Root = “The Free Saturday people”. Buying some beauty and baked goods will help Common Root continue with Free Saturday every month. It’s important. It’s free. It’s part of the shared economy you hear so much about.
Sunday, May 31, 9pm
A Songwriter Sunday Show
Summerglen is trombonist Christina Thompson and percussionist Andrew Munger. Both Christina and Andrew are classically-trained musicians with over 20 years of experience, who have enjoyed fruitful careers as freelance and symphony musicians in the Raleigh, NC area.
with Lars & Mal
Sunday, May 31, 9pm
A Songwriter Sunday Show
Like cool style and nice pipes? If so, Lars and Mal are your gals. Come enjoy a sweet and sassy blend of simple, rhythmic guitar and layered vocal harmonies.
Saturday, May 30, 8pm
Hooky Garagey Rootsy Rock from Lincoln, NE. Members: Patrick O’Donnell (guitar, harp, lead vox), Alex Houchin (drums, harmony vox), David Baumann (keys, bass).
Saturday, May 23
Magma Melodier is an Americana Rock band from Lincoln, NE. They are available for weddings, funerals, bah mitzvahs, and drinking the unguarded beer in your fridge. Members: Jeff Iwanski, Tery Daly, Mark Hansen, Vince Ruhl, Christopher Steffen.
Saturday, May 16, 8pm
A blend of whimsy and beauty form the body of work displayed as paint on canvas from local artist Amber Stevens. These vibrant colors and interesting composition certainly brighten our space, and as they are for sale, they could brighten your space too.
Throughout the months, Meadowlark Coffee hosts local and touring musicians, film screenings, poetry nights, visiting artists, various presentations and functions and our weekly Open Mic Wednesdays.
A great number of our performers and events are graphically notable here on our home page. Visit us on Facebook or check out our Events Page for a full listing of what’s going on at the Lark.
Songwriter’s Sundays is a new project we’re setting up at The Lark to highlight the best musicians in the region.
Every Sunday night we’ll close normal operations and turn our space into a listening room. The chairs will be rearranged, most lights will be turned off and the stage will be highlighted. Our espresso machine and grinders will not be used during performances to reduce any disturbance for the musician. This project is designed to end the conflict between those here just to hangout and drink coffee and those who are here to support the music.
We will be closing the shop at 9pm every Sunday. Once everyone has left or paid a cover to stay, we will start charging a cover at the door.
Our second artist this April of 2015 is Stephaine Sitz. Her minimal compositions of line, contrasting paper are both curious and obvious – the titles become self-evident as to the subject matter. Her studies grace our walls through the end of the month.
Bartholomew Lynch, a University of Georgia Athens master in painting and drawing and his wife, Crisha Yantis, a UNL ceramics graduate bring a sampling of their work to our walls this March. Currently they continue to make work, teach art, and have fun with their 3 month old son, Aero.
Photographer Great Plains James, James Dean, presents us with photographic prints on metallic paper bonded to foam and masonite. We think you’ll probably recognize some of his subject matter as ‘Lark regulars. His prints are for sale here and can be made on demand at many sizes. He can be reached at 402.840.2706 or facebook.com/greatplainsjames.
A collection of full color prints by Nate Hamel (available for sale at extraordinary prices) are in the house for the month of January. Remember the kid in school who draw like nobody else? Yeah, that’s Nate. His illustration skills are immense. Check out this large collection digitally in the gallery and of course as you’re relaxing at the Lark.
Not sure what, “Double Ristretto Venti Half-Soy Nonfat Decaf Organic Chocolate Brownie Iced Vanilla Double-Shot Gingerbread Frappuccino Extra Hot With Foam Whipped Cream Upside Down Double Blended, One Sweet’N Low and One Nutrasweet, and Ice” means? Maybe this will help. An Espresso Primer
(Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to get our view on a most hideous blend…)
Beverages galore, served with a smile. From Espresso Specialty Drinks to Teas to your basic Cup of Joe, our Meadowlark Baristas hand crafts your dose of refreshment, while you wait.
All of our offerings can be found on our Menu page.
Not sure what you’re looking for? Check out our Espresso primer. Or just ask… we’re here to help.
The Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska is launching a project to help Nebraska’s ecological marvels become top ecotourism destinations. Nov. 7 will mark the birth of the Great Plains Ecotourism Coalition — a group committed to promoting environmental conservation and building thriving communities through nature-based tourism in the Great Plains. Posters and postcards are on sale at Meadowlark and make great holiday gifts. The posters can be seen in this gallery.
Beginning Thursday, September 11, 7pm
After a summer off, every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts will converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!
Visual Artist and painter extraordinaire Chad Barker makes his second annual August visit to our walls this month.
His brand of ironic whimsy is showcased in some new works, and he has brought back some of the favorites from last year. His works are for sale (prices vary based on size, color and demand) and are on display for customer appreciation.
Before they’re gone, you really need to come in and absorb the visual stimulation of these tiled mosaic portraitures. While capturing the essence of individualism, rough grids are built from smaller printed photos to make each composition an impressive metaphor of each person being beautifully imperfect.
This July, local photographer Chad Alan Madson shares a collection of his work. In his words, “…photography is the true pictorial of the past; therefore i call it still memories. Thanks to that little square gadget we call a camera, these memories will last a lifetime.” Thanks goes to you, Chad; you’ve given us at Meadowlark some memories!
Introducing the newest member of our Meadowlark team, from just north of Florence, Italy, the 203 pound La Marzocco Linea 4AV PID Espresso Machine! By hosting Lincoln’s only 4 group Espresso dispensary system, we can serve—both efficiently and deliciously—a whole heap of happy Larkian’s. This machine is really top-notch; La Marzocco was the official espresso machine sponsor of the World Barista Championships and has a long heritage of innovation and craftsmanship behind it’s products.
Eclectic. Not only do we have two artists this June, one of our artists brings some wildly divergent works to our walls. Cody from from Sacred Heart Tattoo has signed and numbered prints for display and sale, and also hanging and framed skull sculptures. Ornate, detailed, crafted. Artwork at the Lark.
So, an Oil Painter and a Photographer walk into a Coffee Shop…
But this is no joke. We have two wildly divergent styles on display this May here at the Lark. In addition to Brent Martin’s worldly photography, we have a rich array of oversized oils on our otherwise red walls. Click on this post to see the gallery in digital form, or better yet, come by Meadowlark and see for yourself. As always, local, for viewing, and for sale. Stop in, won’t you?
Meadowlark is pleased to present the photography of Brent Martin this May. Brent has provided us with many images captured in Tuva, New Mexico and the Sichuan province in China. The works are for sale and are priced as follows: 8×10, $30; 14×16, $40; and 16×20, $50. Wow, we really are multi-cultural, thanks Brent!
Jerry Hall brings, appropriately for Meadowlark, a collection of winged creatures to our walls this April. With subject matter ranging from Butterflys to Orioles, these framed paintings are on display, and for sale. A gallery of the work can be found by following this post, or of course, by stopping by the Lark.
A show of expressions based on perception and experience presented by artists Joseph Vance and Deniz Nesrin. These two professional artists take a moment to share their personal collection of expressions to the viewing audience at Meadowlark.
Stop by, be impressed, and support local artists. We do.
Meadowlark welcomes the works of local artist Joel Stuthman and Canadian/Papillion artist Catalina Nixon to our walls this February.
Joel’s metal print photography work and Catalina’s oversized oil paintings are on display through the end of the month and are available for sale. The images in the gallery are just a sampling of their true splendor – come by, enjoy a drink, and see for yourself.
Every Wednesday, Meadowlark Coffee opens our stage for Open Mic Night. So, c’mon all you American Idol wannabe’s, here’s your chance! Poetry, Puppet Shows, Monologue, Dialog, Comedy, Song… the stage is yours. Signup starts at 7, and the microphone is open for business at 8.
For a full listing of all the other events going on at the Lark, visit our Events Page
January Artist J. E. Lattimer is an internationally known artist, writer and photographer who recently returned to his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska after spending nearly a decade in Colorado.
He is the owner and creator of the popular (And award winning) website FictionalMachines.Com, which has subscribers from all corners of the world.
J. E. has collaborated on various projects with the likes of Richard Guest (London, England), the poet Meenakshi Chawla (New Delhi, India), and countless others.
Treats… and everyday favorites, here at the Lark.
Stop in to sample our sandwiches, baked goods and sweets—courtesy of the Buxom Baxter and Open Harvest—all served with a smile.
We’re serving soup daily until 10pm and, of course, our extensive selection of coffee and tea beverages. And you thought we were “just” a coffee house…
Produced in, and inspired by, the Sonoran Desert (and previously sold in galleries on Santa Fe’s Canyon Road), local artist and designer Randy Gibson—in collaboration with southwestern metal sculptor Scott Mitchell—offers a selection of handcrafted and unique artwork on display and for sale at Meadowlark. Adorning the glass-front cold case near the cash register, these painted sculptures are available as the perfect Holiday gift.
This December, Lincoln Artist Guild member R.L. Pardy offers three styles of renderings in transparent watercolor: traditional watercolor landscapes, minimalist barns and aesthetic commentary. These works are on display and for sale, through December. The gift of art this holiday season? Now, there’s a good idea.
It’d be sort of odd if we didn’t sell bulk coffee, dontcha’ think? We sell the whole bean or gladly grind to your desired preference.
Not sure what grind is best for your brewing method? Ask us, after all, we are a coffee house…
(Prices are by the 1/4, 1/2 and full pound)
Regular $4.00 $7.25 $13.00
Flavored $4.50 $8.25 $15.00
Decaf $4.50 $8.25 $15.00
Limited Edition $4.50 $8.25 $15.00
Espresso $4.00 $7.25 $13.00
Bulk Tea $9.00 $17.00 $32.00
Meadowlark Coffee is proud to display a great number of pieces this November from a trio of local artists. We have oversize oil paintings by Jess Prenosil, framed glass by Bonnie Sittig and a paintings by Donna Pozehl. These crafts are on display through the end of the month and would make the perfect holiday gift for the art lover in your life. We invite you to stop in and warm your body with a beverage, and warm your soul with art.
As divergently eclectic as an espresso is from chai, we present our October artists. Samplings from Daniel Joseph May’s Metallic Oxidation Series, Joe Humpal’s whimsical ink and watercolor illustrations and a third series of highly detailed hand illustrations grace our walls through All Hallows Eve. As always, the artwork is available for your viewing and purchasing pleasures.
We are proud to announce Jamie Steckelberg Scott as our September Artist! Her contemporary and inspirational batik prints marry function and art in the form of bags and wall hangings. Both unique and useful, her crafts are for sale and your visual pleasure—happily adorning our maroon walls—through the end of the month. Stop in and see, who knows, you just might walk away inspired!
Socio-political commentary via oil and canvas, courtesy of August Artist Chad Barker. For sale and consideration, these works adorn our walls through the end of the month. Come share an espresso with Honest Abe, Dali and Vader—all the regulars—we guarantee lively conversation.
One of the two wildly divergent sets of artwork on display this June is provided by Painter, Digital Artist and Internet Personality Brian Dickinson. The digital gallery of his work (found by clicking on the text of this paragraph) does not do justice to the detail found in his oversized imagery. Check him out at briandickinsonpainting.com or come by the lark to enjoy a beverage and get the full effect, in person.
The warm red walls of the Lark are again pleased to have not one, but two artists—(I am) Lilith and Carrie Strope Sohayda—presenting the fruits of their craft this May. You’ll want to stop by and see the paintings and glass works for yourself, the pictures really don’t do justice to capturing the interplay of light and stained glass. Beverages, Community and Art, this and every month at Meadowlark.
Check out this great piece by NPR about what it takes to get a coffe bean from growth to roast. It’s a story about how the growth of the specialty coffee movement is influencing the lives of farmers in the mountainous region of Huehuetenango in Guatemala. Makes you appreciate the craft that goes into your cup. Watch it here.
Local Artist and Lincoln High Graduate Bob Lancaster brings his landscape and nature OIl Paintings to the Lark this April. Very appropriate furnishings as we usher in the springtime. Come in and check them out for yourself, our view the entire gallery here
“The main thing for me is connecting people, you get to know people really well with those little one-minute conversations.”
“I feel like my main role as the owner of a coffee shop is to connect community more to itself.”
-Adam Hintz, co-owner of Meadowlark Coffee
The Daily Nebraska picked up on what the Lark has been layin’ down. Thanks, for spreading the word! If you missed it, you can read the article here.
Two diverse contributors grace the Meadowlark walls this March; a unique photo documentary looking back on Occupy Lincoln and—looking forward toward Spring—select works of nature photographer David Williss. As always, the artwork is available for viewing through the end of the month, and for sale. David can be reached through his website www.davidwilliss.com/photography.
Coffee R.E.D. (R.estaurante E.scuela de Cocina D.espensa de Comercio Justo – or loosely translated: Kitchen Pantry Restaurant School Fair Trade), as the name suggests is a network of local producers, cooperatives, associations, and small businesses in the south west of Guatemala. The Café R.E.D. (Restaurante Escuela Despensa / Pantry Restaurant School) is located in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Read more and find a link to their facebook page…
Happy New Year to local art and local artists; long may you thrive! This month, our walls are happy to be adorned by the oils, charcoals and more… of Emma Rose Morin. The pictures in the linked gallery really don’t do them justice, come in and check them out for yourself. The works on display are also for sale. Arts, support it. We do.
New crop East Timor is here! This limited-release coffee is grown in the rich volcanic soil near the base of Mount Ramelau, the highest point in East Timor. The cooperative that produces this coffee was founded in the wake of the destruction of much of the country after it gained independence from Indonesia in 1999. Exceptionally smooth with a full, heavy body, this coffee has a sweet aroma with notes of butterscotch, pipe tobacco and molasses. Fair Trade Organic Coffee, proudly served at the Lark.
Latte art is a method of preparing coffee created by pouring steamed milk into a shot of espresso and resulting in a pattern or design on the surface of the resulting latte. It can also be created or embellished by simply “drawing” in the top layer of foam. Latte art is particularly difficult to create consistently, due to the demanding conditions required of both the espresso shot and milk. This, in turn, is limited by the experience of the barista and quality of the espresso machine. The pour itself, then, becomes the last challenge for the latte artist.
Meadowlark proudly serves Grounds For Change Coffee. All of which is Fair Trade Certified by IMO.
The vast majority of the GFC coffee is also Shade Grown Coffee which ensures healthy habitat for migratory birds.
A number of community-based programs in coffee-growing countries directly benefit from the purchase of GFC coffee. For example, farmers in Peru and Mexico receive a higher price per pound for their coffee (above and beyond the going rate for certified coffee) to help support local domestic violence intervention programs and small business loans for women.
Who knows your “usual”? Who crafts that perfect froth?
Word to your foam! It’s your Meadowlark Barista.
Get to know the crew here.