Pick: Snake Island

December 23
Snake Island w/ The Conquerors, Capgun Coup and Hawaii the Band
The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St.
9 p.m., $7, onepercentproductions.com

Snake Island hosts Capgun Coup and Kansas City's the Conquerors in a perfect shot of live music before several days of holiday-induced family time. Snake Island continues to evolve their psychedelic blues-punk, adding in mind-expanding noise jams and...

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Pick: Dads

December 26
Dads w/ Yuppies and Places We Slept
The Slowdown, 729 North 14th St.
9 p.m., $5, theslowdown.com

Dads play simple-as-shit, noisy pop songs with an overcaffienated exurberance that suddenly is short supply in the years since Times New Viking briefly brought this aesthetic out of the basements of fringe-pop fanatics and to the shores of indie's mainstream hivemind. What makes Dads stand out is their...

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Pick: The Art of Puebla

Dec. 14, 2012 – June 30, 2013
The Art of Puebla
El Museo Latino/The Latino Museum, 4701 S. 25 St.
Regular hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 am - 5 pm, Tuesday & Thursday 1 pm - 5 pm, Saturday 10 am - 2 pm; Free to Members, Active Military with ID, Children under 5, General Admission $5, College students with ID $4, Students K-12 & Sr. Citizens $3.50 
http://www.elmuseolatino.org/ 402.731.1137

El Museo...

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Small Town in Small World: Joy and Horror

The joy of the rock musical Beehive and the horror that came to Newtown, Connecticut, left me contemplating our small town in a small world.

Omaha seems a small town when we find The Waiting Room lounge nearly full a few minutes before the 1 p.m. performance of the rock revival, and the management finds us two seats at a tiny table occupied by two women. One asks, “Are you Warren Francke?,” and reveals she’s the...

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Beehive Just Gets Better

They lined up 20 years ago outside the Howard St. Tavern, waiting to hear Beehive bring back 1960s rock n’ roll. And they packed The Waiting Room on Maple Street  200-strong Saturday to hear the same songs.

Dylan, et al, tell us times are achangin’, so you expect the voices of Sue Booton, Ginny Herman, Kathy Tyree, Tiffany White-Welchen and two who joined them a little later, Donna Ball and Jean Peterson,  to...

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Entrepreneur and craftsman John Hargiss invests in North Omaha

The subtle twang in the voice of stringed instrument-maker and roots musician John Hargiss betrays his southern Missouri Ozarks origins. As a boy he learned acoustic guitar under his musician-craftsman-woodsman father's instruction. As a young man he mastered constructing guitars under “that old man,” the wood harvested from walnut trees the father felled and the son hand-shaped. He feels part of a "lineage."

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The Truth About Caril

It was the case that shattered innocence and struck fear into an entire nation, inspired artists like Terrence Malick and Bruce Springsteen to create some of their finest work, and would be forever associated with Nebraska. The two week killing spree of Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate would capture the world and is still debated to this day. Fugate’s involvement in the crime is still in question. Just 14...

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