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Not So Nebraska Nice

Once in a while a book comes along that you read voraciously, you can’t put it down and you want everyone to read it too. It hits home and you want to talk about it with everyone you know. Recent books that come to mind in that way; Untamed by Glennon Doyle, How To Be […]

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Last call coming for what’s likely Nebraska’s last video store

This story originally appeared in Flatwater Free Press. The dying light of the afternoon penetrates the storefront glass and settles upon rows of DVDs arranged not by genre, but in rough alphabetical order. Thus, Michael Myers from “Halloween” lurks on a shelf near Tracy Turnblad of “Hairspray.” Past a hand-written “DROP OFF MOVIE HERE” sign, […]

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Amid Floods and A Pandemic, Omaha Plant Store Finds Its Roots and Thrives through Adversity

Walking into (drips) botanical elements is like walking through an enchanted forest. From floor to ceiling, the store is covered with hefty leaves, creeping vines and prickly cactus hairs, broken up by rocks and crystals sprinkled between the plants. Under beaming natural light, the scent of flowers and local handmade candles consume the air as […]

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Maha Fills Stinson Park With Music, People for Two-Night Return

On Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30, the smell of wood-fired pizza and fresh gyros plumed into the air as people walked (and in some cases rollerbladed) through the crowd for the Maha Music Festival’s return to Stinson Park. Car Seat Headrest made their Maha return Friday, sending beams of red, green and blue […]

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More Than Meets the Eye

Artwork is often experimental, whether it is an emerging artist picking up their first art making tool or medium, or an established artist trying a different method of creating. There is usually an idea in mind that the artist has for the final product, even if that idea is not immediately evident. This is particularly true […]

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Rules of Engagement

(The following is a more complete version of the one that printed in the June issue of the Reader) Small businesses are no stranger to soft openings and landings as they cycle through the vagaries of even the best of economies. But leave it to an unforeseen and unprepared for pandemic to be a game […]

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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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Mind Games Together

Unreal, yet real. Surreal, yet familiar. But ultimately, beyond real. “Tempos,” a solo show of 26 paintings, is all the above, and it’s on display at the Bemis Center through June 15. A virtual storyboard of Lui Shtini’s artistic growth spanning the past five years, the exhibit documents the path of conceptual and technical changes […]