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Bemis turns 30…UNL cuts arts education…

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts turns thirty and celebrates with open studios June 25, noon to 5 p.m. There will be a dedication of a Building Bemis capital expansion project, intended to address a need for space, and to increase direct support of artists-in-residence by 50 percent.  The goal includes five studios, 8,000 square-feet of multi-use space, a dock with urban garden, and renovation of the Okada...


<p>Keith Jacobshagen in his Lincoln, Nebraska studio, 1985.</p>

Jacobshagen’s Gold

After 40 years of painting prairie landscapes in which nuanced skies get top billing, one might wonder if Keith Jacobshagen has tired of his subject.

One might as well ask whether the tall grass of the prairie has grown bored with the song of the meadowlark.

“I’ll paint until I can’t paint anymore,” Jacobshagen said in a recent interview.

His work is to be found these days in collections worldwide, the product of...


Omaha’s impact on Tony Show

* The Tony Awards telecast was already eagerly awaited on Sunday morning, especially thanks to two men with Omaha ties, Andy Rannels and Norbert Leo Butz, both nominated for Best Actor in a musical. But I didn't expect to pick up the Denver Post in my mountain driveway and see a chipper Andy, arms outspread in that short-sleeved white shirt, taking up two-thirds of the front page in a Book of Mormon spread that...


Osage “reading” may Top Season

It's quite likely that the most memorable event of the theater season will occur Monday, June 20, at the Omaha Community Playhouse when August: Osage County makes its Omaha premiere. And that's an amazing prospect when you consider that it's a single performance of a staged reading. But the script by Tracy Letts won both a Pulitzer and Tony award after reviews raved in extravagant terms. The New York Times...


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