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Unlikely champs: NorthStar, program for North Omaha boys, wins lacrosse title

It happened on a late spring Saturday afternoon in Omaha.  The cool mid-May breeze caused the fans ringing Westside High School’s modest football field to curl up under their blankets and jackets. They watched, peering through the late afternoon sun, as 16 high school lacrosse players made history.  The NorthStar lacrosse team, a group of […]

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Last Call

It’s been 20 years since Dean Dobmeier and Gary Grobeck launched their independent Sunday Roadhouse series. With the focus on Americana music, the series has played various venue homes before landing with Waiting Room and Reverb Lounge. The duo celebrates this 20th Anniversary year with the return of an audience favorite, charismatic roots-rocker Sarah Borges. […]

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Legislature’s Women Fight Harassment, Ditching Native American Mascots, $294.5M Toward Health Care?

For Local Theater Productions,2021 Offered a Renewal Doors opened again, curtains rose and audiences returned to seats — with some COVID-19 precautions. Story by Natalie Christie. Published in The Reader. Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown Happy National Banana Bread DayToday’s news doesn’t understand why baking banana bread didn’t catch on the way baking sourdough bread did during the infamous spring of […]

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Stars Turn it Up

Some big shows highlight the month of April, starting with the Monday, April 11, 6-9 p.m., show from Tommy Castro & The Painkillers at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar. Castro is celebrating a milestone as a blues bandleader with a 30th anniversary tour. Castro’s latest CD is “A Bluesman Came to Town,” on Alligator, and he was […]

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Finding Healing and Joy

To get some context on creative life and challenges during the pandemic, I reached out to a few local and national folks. I started with Scott Scholz, who is the librarian at the Polley Music Library in Lincoln. Polley is a public music library on the second floor of the Bennett Martin Public Library in […]