If I Could Turn Back Time: Over the Edge’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 1

In that this is among the last entries of this weekly column, I figure it's a good time to look back and reminisce — not just on the past year, but on Over the Edge's nearly three years of columns. So without further ado, here's a recap and update of the some of the most controversial of its more than 130 installments.  

The Circle of 300 — May 24, 2012 — The premise behind my most obtuse of theories: There's only...

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Climb Every Mountain

After a season like this, you have no choice but to look with admiration at the Iowa State sports fan. 

Life is, indeed, different for Cyclones. Unlike your typical Nebraska Cornhusker, there is no burning anxiety leading up to and following Saturdays in the fall. Iowa State fans seem satisfied merely fielding a team and are pleasantly surprised when that team walks off the grid iron with a win. Sure, there are...

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A Commitment to Paper and Ink

If you didn't read the publisher's note, please go read it now. It gives the whys behind The Reader transitioning from a weekly newspaper format to a monthly magazine format. The shift in publication calendar in January means the end of the longest-running alternative weekly newspaper in Omaha history.

I make it sound bleak. In fact, the change will be looked upon as an improvement by many. Moving to monthly will...

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Charles Ahovissi brings West African culture to the Heartland

Art often expresses culturally-specific stories but until the Omaha-based African Culture Connection surfaced in 2006 West African tales were rarely if ever explored here. 

Led by Benin, West Africa native and veteran dancer-choreographer Charles Ahovissi, ACC's dedicated to presenting the vibrant rhythms, movements, colors and costumes of African tribal tradition and culture. 

In upcoming appearances he and his...

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I Want a New Drug

This week, I write about…drugs.

Yes, drugs. Because to an extent, I'm a virgin to the topic. I've never taken drugs. I've never even smoked weed before, as odd as that sounds considering I've spent a good part of the past 20-odd years writing about rock bands and rock music and rock shows where no doubt handfuls of pills and bails of cheeba have been consumed somewhere below my sullen gaze. 

There was a time in...

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Manhattan in NoDo: The Film Streams Community

It was my intention to write a sort of review or report on Feature VI, the annual fund-raiser program by Film Streams that happened Monday night at the Holland Performing Arts Center. I'd even brought a small notebook about the size of a moleskin and a pen to jot down particularly clever, pithy or ingenious comments from the night's special guests, directors Alexander Payne and David O. Russell. 

But after the...

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Kickin It

Is there anything in show biz more iconic than the kick line of the Rockettes, legs flashing feet to eye level in perfect precision? Even the costumes are iconic when the wooden soldiers fall in a row like dominoes.

Sure, you’ve seen them on television at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade or maybe you’ve caught them in New York City or Chicago. But for the next two weeks they bring the Radio City Christmas Spectacular...

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