The Zoo Bar Turns 50!
“I left buckets of sweat on that stage,” musician Johnny Reno remembered via email. Looking back on his gigs at Lincoln’s historic Zoo Bar, the sax man added, “It was cramped, it was hot, it was loud as a train, the sound system was weak, I fell off that stage more than once. WE LOVED…
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“Millwork Conversations” with Shonna Dorsey at The Dock
May 24 Millwork Conversations The Dock Check out the Millwork Conversations at The Dock (located inside the Ashton building) on May 24. Millwork Conversations is a free event in a happy hour format, designated to host a variety of local artists, thinkers, and visionaries. This month, Shonna Dorsey leads the conversation. Dorsey, from Omaha, works…
From NY to Omaha and Beyond, Playwright Megan Terry’s Work Lives On
Megan Terry July 22, 1932 — April 12, 2023 “Uncommon” describes the late American playwright Megan Terry. As a young woman she became a leading feminist and experimental theater light in 1960s New York. At the height of her fame and powers there, she left for love and creative freedom in Nebraska, where her life…
Robert Dewey “Bob, Poppo” Hudson
Publisher’s Note: The annals of the founding of The Reader are anchored in a youth-led effort to save Sokol Hall on 13th & Martha in 1990 from a questionable fire-safety inspection. Bob Hudson had the courage, and some might say mischievousness, to encourage this effort, playing a critical role in not only saving Sokol, but…
Omaha Looks Good When Koterba’s Drawing it
My cartooning career began at the age of five in South Omaha. I would draw cartoons for a newspaper I created for my parents. While I only had two readers of my work, I knew in my heart that I wanted to become a full-time cartoonist. You can’t really go to school to become an…
Omaha Banker Remembered as Unique Professional, Caring Friend and Family Member
Albert J. Schmid. April 6, 1931 – March 7, 2023. “I have never had a bad day.” It’s a remarkable statement, especially considering it came from a man who spent more than 15,000 days at work. With humble beginnings on a farm in Wisner, Nebraska, Al Schmid was destined for greatness over his nearly seven…
Mary Ann Krzemien: A Force for Good in South Omaha
Mary Ann Krzemien left her indelible imprint on our hearts, our city, state and world. She lived her life in service to people, animals and all of God’s creation. She modeled and taught those values over four decades to thousands of her students at Ryan and St. Joseph’s High schools plus, UNO, St Mary and…