King Tries to Give Kubrick a Shiner

The Shining remains a perfect masterpiece, which totally sucks. This is because no movie can possibly be good enough to justify Stanley Kubrick’s literal torture of Shelley Duvall. We still live under the gaslit delusion that talented artists should get to abuse whoever they want. So, say this much for Doctor Sleep: It is likely […]

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Musical Moves

Big news for fans of the weekly early Thursday shows hosted by the Blues Society of Omaha (BSO). The series was held at Chrome Lounge for the last several years, but the venue abruptly closed after Saturday, Oct. 12, making the announcement on Facebook. They reopened Saturday, Oct. 19, for a final rock show. Meanwhile, […]

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Social Mobility 101: Some Crime Required

Of the people I saw Parasite with, one immediately contextualized it with a historical novel she read, while another declared that it made him quite happy, and then he dreamed about it that night. Meanwhile, it scared the bejesus out of me and made me feel like a dumb idiot. In the best possible way… […]

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I’m (Not) All Out of Thanks to Give!

Sword-less and wielding humor as the flimsiest of shields, I do combat every day. It is a never-ending ritual of ducking the invisible arrows of relentless anxiety while keeping one eye on the impending daily existential avalanche that perpetually hangs over life during this uniquely challenging time. It is an embarrassingly difficult exercise, common for […]

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Tiny Bubbles

As has been and forever will be, filmmaking is more alchemy than chemistry. The Laundromat is proof. A hugely important and underserviced subject (the Panama Papers) gets tackled by one of the best modern directors (Steven Soderbergh) and arguably the greatest actress of all time (Meryl Streep). Yet, somehow, the end result is just-ever-so-barely on […]

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American Midwest Ballet adds partners, opens school and readies for new home

When Omaha Theater Ballet (OTB) folded nearly a decade ago, the city lost its lone professional dance company. As the local movement community brooded over the void, Erika Overturff took action. The OTB dancer and resident choreographer, along with colleagues, soon founded Ballet Nebraska, now called American Midwest Ballet (AMB). The new company presented its […]

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Once Bitten, Twice Why?

The original Zombieland, which accounts for 67% of TNT’s daily programming, was a breezy romp elevated by oddly dynamic chemistry and nuggets of cleverness. The odds against replicating said chemistry-enhanced breeziness and clever nuggs kept them from attempting a follow-up for around a decade. But the bible says even Jesus will one day get a […]

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