Leo Adam Biga

Occupation: Freelance writer Interests: art, culture Personal page: I write stories about people, their passions, and their magnificent obsessions. My blog site,, is a showcase of my cultural journalism. I contribute stories to newspapers and magazines, including

Borne from outrage over violent African-American deaths, the grassroots Black Lives Matter movement espouses a social action platform to end systemic violence against and mass incarceration of a people. BLM's loose-knit activists advocate d... more

Aug 11, 2016 7:54 PM News

When Mondo we Langa died at age 68 in the Nebraska State Penitentiary last month, he’d served 45 years for a crime he always maintained he did not commit. The former David Rice, a poet and artist, was found guilty, along with fellow Black P... more

Apr 25, 2016 2:29 PM Art

When Mondo we Langa died at age 68 in the Nebraska State Penitentiary last month, he'd served 45 years for a crime he always maintained he did not commit. The former David Rice, a poet and artist, was found guilty, along with fellow Black P... more

Mar 21, 2016 12:06 AM News

Omaha native Ann Schatz swears she never meant to be a pioneer. She became one as her hometown's first female sportscaster in the late 1970s, repeating the feat in Portland, Oregon in 1989. From that Pacific Northwest base she's traveled to... more

Mar 16, 2016 4:17 PM Art

The high concept behind Alexander Payne's soon to shoot new feature, Downsizing, unfolds in a near future world where humans can opt to be miniaturized. Everything about the story, from the title to the characters to the plot-lines, gives P... more

Mar 4, 2016 10:55 AM Art

It used to be conversations about local filmmakers doing relevant work here began and ended with Alexander Payne and Nik Fackler. That's changing now and the March 8-13 Omaha Film Festival (OFF) is evidence of it. The 11-year-old fest, bac... more

Mar 4, 2016 8:52 AM Art

February 16                                                                                                                                                                                   Son of the Congo screening                        ... more

Feb 12, 2016 1:00 AM Art

February-March                                                                                                                                                                      "Picturing the West" film series                            ... more

Feb 1, 2016 1:00 AM Art

February 1 and 2                                                                                                                                                                         Umar Johnson presentation, talkback and signing        ... more

Jan 29, 2016 1:00 AM Art

Omaha is the adopted home of veteran Hollywood screenwriter and literary novelist John Kaye, 74, whose memoirs are published by the Los Angeles Review of Books.  The mercurial Kaye came 17-months ago from northern California to work on a n... more

Jan 22, 2016 6:21 AM Art

Last August Stuart Chittenden traversed Neb. to test drive the idea that interpersonal communication is intrinsic to building community.  He called the project "A Couple of 830 Mile Long Conversations." With support from Humanities Nebrask... more

Jan 12, 2016 2:00 AM Art

Omaha's philanthropic community is known for its unusual generosity. Some attribute this largess to the small town feel of a city where relationships still matter and where it's possible to rally people around a good idea or cause. Others ... more

Nov 24, 2015 11:48 PM Art

Omaha's philanthropic heavyweights are generally male, old-monied Great White Fathers whose wealth and influence support health, human services, education and the arts. A veteran of this deep-pocketed fraternity is Richard D. Holland. The ... more

Nov 24, 2015 10:57 PM Art

The Omaha Star has given African-Americans a voice for 77 years. The newspaper is not only a vital mouthpiece for locals, but a valued hometown connection for natives living elsewhere.  It became an institution under the late Mildred D. Br... more

Nov 24, 2015 10:32 PM Art

The Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol has long haunted actor-writer-director John Hardy. Though ghosts have yet to visit him ala Scrooge, the story's held an enchanted place in Hardy's heart ever since he got his Equity card acting ... more

Nov 10, 2015 12:49 PM Art

With America in the throes of the 1960s civil rights movement, few whites publicly conceded their own prejudice, much less tried seeing things from a black point of view. Lois Mark Stalvey was that exception as she shared her journey from n... more

Nov 9, 2015 12:45 AM News

You've got to be taught to be afraid                                                                                                                                                        Of people whose eyes are oddly made,                ... more

Nov 9, 2015 12:31 AM News

Muddying Omaha's high quality of life rankings are pockets of chronic poverty and growing new poor populations. Identifiable impoverished sections, homeless communities and shelters exist, but most poverty here is insidious and invisible. ... more

Oct 16, 2015 11:04 PM News

October 17 through November 7                                                                                                                                                           Los Dias de Los Muertos Omaha: The Marigold Theater     ... more

Oct 14, 2015 1:00 AM Arts

Wednesday, October 28 and Thursday, October 29 One-woman, one-act opera The Human Voice (La Voix Humaine) Mary Carrick singing the role of Elle House of Loom (Oct. 28); Fontenelle Forest - Camp Brewster (Oct. 29) Both days: 6 p.m. cocktails... more

Oct 4, 2015 3:26 PM Art

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