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Omaha Bike Lane Pilot Peddles Good Results, Future Uncertain

The first results from an 18-month pilot study for Omaha’s first protected bike lane are in: about 20,000 rides took place along the nearly 2-mile long route between midtown and downtown. The influx contributed to a 30% growth in biking citywide from 2019 to 2022 spurred by the pandemic “bike boom.” Advocates for the Market-to-Midtown…

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Dad Jokes at Backline Comedy Theatre

Dad JokesAugust 128:30 p.m. show | $10The Backline Comedy Theatre Another installment of Dad Jokes at The Backline takes place on August 12. Featured improvisational comedic performers include Taylor Grote, Rachel Ware, Justin Edmonds, Michael Johnson, and Michael Smith. It has a clever name for a long-form comedy act. You must arrive at least five…

Sister Marilyn Ross, 1939-2022

  Mention Omaha affordable housing and Habitat for Humanity likely comes to mind. But another player in the market is Holy Name Housing Corporation. Sister Marilyn Ross was the face of that nonprofit for three decades, 27 years as CEO, during which time it invested $65 million into inner-city housing. A life of service was…

The Omaha Freedom Festival at Malcolm X Memorial Foundation

The Omaha Freedom FestivalJune 18Noon – 5 p.m., live music at 8 p.m. | FreeMalcolm X Memorial Foundation The Omaha Freedom Festival honors Juneteenth, a significant holiday in American history. And the NAACP-aligned event celebrates with music, education, and delicious eats.One daytime event includes celebrating the 51st year of the Black Studies department at UNO.…

Fujita at Bemis Center

FujitaJune 168 p.m. show | FreeBemis Center (Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test required) Fujita, stylized FUJI||||||||||TA, brings his sound art to the Bemis Center. He is a Japanese-based artist known for inventing his instruments and incorporating other non-conventional elements into his act. That includes creating a non-keyboard pipe organ and playing water. This…

Brad Ashford, Man in the Middle

Standard political labels didn’t easily define Ashford, a progressive moderate who could drift to the left or right on certain issues, though like most Americans he could best be described as a centrist. Finding consensus or common ground became his modus operandi in and out of office. A life in politics invariably nets allies and…

“Musing: A Storytelling Experience – HOME” at BlueBarn Theatre

Musing: A Storytelling Experience – HOMEJune 14-157:30 p.m. shows | FreeBlueBarn Theatre Seth Fox and friends return for a summer edition of the “Musing” series, a quarterly event at the BlueBarn Theatre that nurtures understanding. This time, speakers Tina Bakehouse, Amy Becker, Dennis Collins, Jim Milroy, and Alanna Reeves will tackle the complex subject of…