Under the Influence

Barbara Garcia dumps a shoebox-full of pill bottles onto her bedspread. “This one is for my heart,” she says, plucking a bottle from the pile. “This other one here is for migraines. And this is for depression.” The list continues. The 57-year-old Omaha native takes 25 medications for ailments ranging from asthma to breast cancer. […]

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American Hate

For seven years while UNO criminology professor Pete Simi lived with and researched neo-Nazis, death threats against him and his family were common. “[It was] one of the things I had to get used to, in terms of doing interviews and hanging out,” Simi says. “‘If we ever find out you’re a cop, we’ll hunt […]

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Vermin, Vermin Everywhere!

Jamie Burmeister is the type of guy who can’t stand still. The 41-year-old exercise scientist-turned-artist constantly works on new projects, whether it’s hardwiring a rocking chair to correspond with a movie projector, or modeling 4-inch men out of clay. The latter, Burmeister’s Vermin Project, is his most popular. The idea of the Vermin Project — […]

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Steve Villamonte & the 808 Band CD Release Party w/ Brad Cordle Band and Rhythm Collective

Dec. 10 Steve Villamonte & the 808 Band CD Release Party w/ Brad Cordle Band and Rhythm Collective Slowdown, 729 N.14th St. 8 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS (admission includes CD) 614.3663, stevevillamonte.com When Steve Villamonte isn’t whipping up gourmet delights or planning the next menu for an Omaha Press Club event, he’s jamming with […]

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A Firm Grip

If you underwent triple bypass heart surgery, you wouldn’t want your doctor’s hands to cramp, or lose his grip of an instrument. During an average surgery lasting two to four hours, surgeons not only suffer the consequences of standing in one place for an extended time, but also the occasional slippery scalpel handle. Guru Instruments […]

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Conscious Perception

Oct. 1-2 Conscious Perception Bancroft Street Market, 2702 S. 10th St. Noon-9 p.m., FREE, 651.2327 bancroftstreetmarket.com Through collaborations, Conscious Perception brings together an array of performers, poets and painters while examining the connections between humans and the natural world. Visual art will impose upon poetry, performance art will expand paintings, and all media will seek […]

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Color Theory

Author’s latest novel explores racial tensions in post-bellum America When I began reading Mary Helen Stefaniak’s latest effort, The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia, my defenses sprang up immediately. Being from southern Georgia, I expected to find misrepresentations and accusations running rampant throughout the narrative. After all, Stefaniak is a Northerner from Milwaukee and although her […]

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