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Nighthawks Night

Even the moon was perfect. It began as a curious orange sliver peaking from behind the bluffs in Iowa. It rose until it was full-on silver against the black sky over Rosenblatt Stadium as Jeff Garcia threw a game winning touchdown pass in the waning seconds of the Omaha Nighthawks’ first game. If it had […]

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Graphic Art

Erotic Body as Text show finishes at RNG Gallery Even the most prudish of viewers will tolerate the occasional nude in art; that is, as long as it is properly ensconced in a proper museum. That said, past and current staff at the Joslyn Art Museum could regale readers with tales of offended viewers who […]

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Memphis Road Warriors

Lucero spreads gospel of the modern bar band Discovering a band several albums into its career gives you layers to peel back. That’s how it’s been for me with Lucero, after 2009’s excellent 1372 Overton Park. Since then, it’s been a trek into the songwriting of Ben Nichols and the seven other releases he’s issued […]

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Fire and Ice

Listen to hockey talk around Omaha and you’re sure to hear the letters WCHA. They’ve been whispered around rinks and debated over beers for more than a year by pure hockey fans. “The Mavs are going to the WCHA.” Part reverence, part disbelief, the statement is no longer a promise, it’s reality. The University of […]

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Almost Paradise

Footloose song and dance shines at Playhouse Let’s begin with an important admission. I am all but culturally illiterate when it comes to ’80s cinema and its legacy. Having spent that decade knee-deep in raising kids, my world was one of diaper changes, school activities, Scouts and youth sports. When we did go to movies, […]

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Funk, Ska & OEAAs

The Louisiana soul, funk, R&B, zydeco and blues of Josh Garrett & The Bottomline shake it up at The New Lift Thursday, Nov. 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m. This is a don’t-miss show. Garrett is from Houma, La., also the birthplace of Tab Benoit, and has spent time honing his bandleader chops in Nashville. The charismatic, high-energy […]

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Courting Favor

Courting Favor Bemis offers something old, new, borrowed and blue with annual auction exhibit If you are a patron of the arts you have gotten the memo, not to mention the email, Twitter and formal invitation: “Come join us at the 12th annual Bemis Center Art Auction and Exhibition. The favor of a reply is […]

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Cosmic Forecast for Nov. 11-17

11.11? If there are seven steps to Heaven, they’re likely the Seven Deadly Sins transcended? Envy (be thankful for what you’ve got), Gluttony (look at yourself naked in a mirror), Lust (depends on what you lust after?), Pride (rid yourself of foolish pride), Sloth (do the work first), Wrath (or I’ll kill ya!) and Covetousness […]

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Music Issue 2010: Top 20/Next 10

The process of compiling our fifth annual lists of the area’s Top 20 Bands and the up-and-coming Next 10 felt a little different this year. In a local musical landscape that’s seen an abundance of breakups, stalled ensembles and splintered side projects, it was tougher to make decisions. But there is still considerable talent among […]

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Home Grown

Emerging Terrain’s Stored Potential project is food for thought by Sarah Baker Hansen and Lainey Seyler On an autumnal Oct. 3 Sunday afternoon, 500 people converged under the shadow of empty grain elevators to break bread in a sort of celebration of past, present and future. The grain elevators on 40th and Vinton (near I-80) […]