In an era where manufactured pop stars such as Lady Gaga and Katy Perry rule the airwaves, it’s rare to get the real deal. Idris Goodwin is the real deal. The HBO Def Jam Poet, award-winning playwright, author, teacher, hip-hop artist and all-around creative wrecking ball has made hip-hop the center of his universe. House of Loom is fortunate to host one of Goodwin’s last stops on his latest tour during which he is promoting his book, These Are The Breaks, and the Break Beat Bars EP. “This trip is one of my last this year and I’ve had such good times in Omaha that I’m really happy to be ending the run there,” Goodwin says. “It’s going to be a night of good hip-hop, good bars, great spoken word and free cookies if you get there on time!” Come flex your cerebral cortex and learn something. (Kyle Eustice)

Idris Goodwin, November 29, at House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th St., 7 p.m. Admission is free or $10 gets you a copy of These Are The Breaks. Visit for more information.

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