July BFF Features

As Benson First Friday continues to get its game on, there are several live and virtual exhibitions and opportunities for the July 3 edition. In the midst of the quarantine, BFF has been working to provide artists a digital platform for showing and selling their work. On First Friday, it will be launching a new […]

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Caniglia’s A Mano

Just Peachy “A man should never refuse to taste a peach. He may never get the chance again. Life is short. Remember what the Starks say… Winter is Coming.” Yes, I am still mad about the final season, but the point remains. In a world turned upside down, we should never refuse to taste a […]

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Double Your Pleasure

Maple Street Construct continues its bimonthly digital exhibition schedule in July with two more of its trademark West Coast/Missouri Coast mashups. First up on July 3 is a trio of artists: Shagh Ariannia, Jessica Emmanuel and Thalia Rodgers. LA-based multi-disciplinary artist Ariannia practices a diverse mix of video, drawing and painting. Her expressive work takes […]

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Remains of the Day

If one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, then our food leavings are gold to artist Evan Stoler, whose exhibition Remnants opens Friday, July 3 at Petshop. Stoler’s show, postponed from its original May opening, features 15 “collages” fashioned from an array of scraps, those inedible or less desirable bits of fruits, vegetables and nuts. […]

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CARES Funding Will Help City Department Educate Citizens about Social Justice Services

The city department tasked with investigating discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations has received $13,661 in CARES Act funding to increase public awareness of its services and educate citizens of their rights. The money is part of a nearly $1 million disbursement through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development across 17 states […]

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Truth in the Title

What’s a word that describes the feeling of being overwhelmingly depressed and inspired at the same time? American, maybe? Whatever the precise term, that’s how director Dawn Porter’s new documentary, John Lewis: Good Trouble, will make you feel. This lean but comprehensive look at the titular Congressman’s six decades spent fighting this country’s smorgasbord of […]

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How to Salute With a Clenched Fist

Some films whisper subtle nuances and invite quiet contemplation. Some films are trash cans thrown through windows. On the basketball court and in the director’s chair, Spike Lee is at his best when he’s screaming, and Da 5 Bloods is an absolute holler. It is a messy, overwrought, tonally inconsistent, finger-wagging-in-your-face cinematic lecture, which makes […]

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Fashion in Disguise

OMAHA, May 19, 2020 — When this COVID-19 thing first started, the notion of wearing a mask in public seemed weird, like something only a paranoid or a hypochondriac would do. In fact, if I remember correctly, the people in charge originally told us to NOT wear masks because healthcare professionals needed them and unless […]

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Shirley, You Jest?

I’m by no means a disciple of the Church of Shirley Jackson, which is a religion I just invented for non-tax evasion purposes—suck it, Xenu! However, I’ve read enough of the Gothic author to know she doesn’t deserve a paint-by-numbers biopic, unless all the paint is black. Appropriately, although centered in facts about the real-life […]

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