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Ten Questions with The Beths

The Beths’ bandleader/singer/songwriter Elizabeth Stokes is an indie-rock firecracker who, along with her bandmates, creates hook-filled self-deprecating gems reminiscent of acts like ’90s heartbreakers That Dog., current-day dream wonders Alvvays, and fellow down-under-er Courtney Barnett (though Courtney’s from Australia while Stokes and Co. are from the land of hobbits, New Zealand). Unlike Barnett, The Beths […]

Posted inNightlife and Play

Best of the Big O: 2019 Readers’ Choice – Nightlife and Play Winners

Check out our Omaha Nightlife Calendar for upcoming events at these Best of the Big O Nightlife and Play Establishments. Best Bar for an Internet Date Bushwacker’s Saloon & Dance Hall – Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O Beercade – Reader’s Choice Ozone – Reader’s Choice Jerry’s – Reader’s Recommend California Bar – Reader’s […]

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Hoodoo: Passion and Persistence

Let’s start with what’s new. The newly opened jazz club, The Jewell, in the Capitol District. The vision and efforts of Omaha transplant Brian McKenna are bringing world-class jazz artists to Omaha and giving some of our fine local talent that has been gigging at places like Jambo Cat in Dundee a new place to […]

Posted inMovies

The “I” of the Tiger

A Walt Disney fairy tale about El Chapo told through the language of Gabriel García Márquez and visually painted as if guided by Frida Kahlo’s hand, Tigers Are Not Afraid is some kind of special. Writer/director Issa López obliterates genre boundaries to tell a story about the globally ignored collateral damage of cartel violence: orphaned […]

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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 […]

Posted inFood

A Century of Orsi’s

Jim Hall appreciates what a touchtone Little Italy landmark he owns in Orsi’s Italian Bakery & Pizzeria. Though not Italian, the 60-year-old is a paisan in every other sense. He started there when he was 8 years old, helping to make deliveries, and became a close friend and trusted worker of the namesake Orsi clan. […]

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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 […]

Posted inTheatre

Why I Meditate

Why I Meditate by Michael Braunstein My first brush with meditation turned out to be something other than meditation. As a sophomore in high school, our Jesuit theology teacher wanted to teach us and he gave it a go. ( I love the Jesuits. They taught me freedom of thought and respect for intuitive knowledge.) […]