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Harvey Weinstein Heebie Jeebies

The Assistant is the best type of slightly disappointing film: one that goes down swinging. Documentarian Kitty Green’s first narrative feature is so gosh-darn close to being one of the best thrillers of the past several years that you can’t help but be a little bummed when it turns out to simply be very, very […]

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Ragazzi Saying Ciao, While Nori Says Chow Down

ACTQ Going MIA The Inner Rail (1911 S 67th) has called in a switch hitter for ACTQ, which has been replaced by Nori Sushi. Announced via social media on Monday, the change is taking immediate effect and Nori is already serving rice bowls, sushi rolls, salads, and sides.   Ragazzi’s to Close A second Ragazzi’s […]

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‘Spontaneity’:

Although the many “isms” that arose with the birth of non-representational art little more than a century ago have passed, the urge to create without specific reference to that which we see remains an impulse shared by many artists. The upcoming exhibition “Spontaneity: 10 Abstract Painters from Nebraska, opening February 28 at Gallery 1516, focuses […]

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Harvey Weinstein Heebie Jeebies

The Assistant is the best type of slightly disappointing film: one that goes down swinging. Documentarian Kitty Green’s first narrative feature is so gosh-darn close to being one of the best thrillers of the past several years that you can’t help but be a little bummed when it turns out to simply be very, very […]

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Divided Neighbors, United Community, Native Garden Touches Timely Controversies

Native Gardens is simply a very enjoyable, very accessible play, with a weak happy ending which should only bother viewers hoping for something more darkly realistic. Another way to put it, by contrast with the Will Eno play now running at the Bluebarn, the Omaha Community Playhouse offering by Karen Zacarias is a mainstream commercial […]

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Aliens and Vampires and Arts & Crafts

Proliferating quicker than a horny hybrid of tribbles and bunnies, streaming services now offer more original films than any sane human can reasonably watch. The emphasis in that sentence is on the word sane… Somehow, in the span of a few hours, I watched both Horse Girl on Netflix and Bliss on Shudder. Here are […]

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Memories Made of This

Unless faced with a loaded image of an eye, a hand or any other recognizable item, viewers at an art exhibit may be left to wonder in dismay or disbelief about work that is conceptual or a mix of fact and fantasy. Explanations are often demanded of the artist by way of compensation only to […]

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Visual Artists Take a Bow

There are two fantastic ways to look back at the year just concluded in the visual arts. One is to consult the A-List (https://thereader.com/visual-art/making-the-a-list) annually authored by contributing editor Mike Krainak for the January issue of the Reader, along with contributions by additional arts writers. The other is to visit the Omaha Entertainment and Arts […]

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White Reaper is Trying to Make the Leap

With the title of their second album, White Reaper declared themselves The World’s Best American Band. Though the Louisville, Kentucky power-pop group played it off mostly as a joke in interviews — members claimed the name was in the same vein as their cheekily-titled debut White Reaper Does It Again — you could tell there was part of […]

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Omaha Dining News for Your Tuesday Pleasure

Dandelion Dandelion is once again proving itself a resilient little pop-up. After an abrupt closure in the summer of 2018, Dandelion owner Nick Bartholomew was left without a location. On Friday, Bartholomew made the announcement that Dandelion’s access to their original space in the Chamber Commons (13th and Howard) was being reinstated, and that Dandelion […]

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6 Omaha Food Challenges: Are You Fan Enough?

Nebraska is more than simply nice. We are utterly abundant. What better way to experience that abundance than through MASS CONSUMPTION? Food challenges are more fun to watch than to participate in, and it is this voyeuristic sickness that brings you this month’s article. The difference between the food challenges in Omaha and those in […]

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Insecticide is a Crime

Insecticide is a Crime by Michael Braunstein 2020.02.18 Over the past half-century or so, I have driven the highways across our country countless times. I’ve visited all but four of the lower Forty-Eight. Last summer saw the strangest of those travels from the Heartland to the West Coast. In August and September, I drove over […]

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Wasted Running Time

Too dumb for adults craving a nostalgia-powered dopamine fix and too dated for kids who don’t know a Sega Genesis from the book of Exodus, the question isn’t what is Sonic the Hedgehog but why is Sonic the Hedgehog. The answer is obviously that every single “intellectual property” from Pet Rocks to breakfast cereal mascots […]

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