The Mob Takes Over

A sleazy, ignorant thug whose physical presence seems almost a cartoon achieves massive fame and seizes power in spite of reasonable people warning the public that he is dangerous. Is it a possible future? Well, it is history. And, as George Santayana, often misquoted, said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat […]

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‘Science Future’

Science fiction (The Martian), science myth (Star Wars Epic) and science fantasy (The Avengers) continue to capture the imagination of filmgoers regardless of age group or point of view. The genre and its subtext live on. But the world of fine art has explored a broader vision often referred to as science future combining elements […]

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Eye of the Beholder

One adage in defense of art is “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” but when the eye is prompting the art, what happens? The Nebraska Arts Council ventured to answer this question with its first exhibit featuring a curator rather than an artist to fill the Fred Simon Gallery. Alex Priest has been […]

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It’s Only Natural

As the recently concluded Olympic Games have reminded us, the human body is a testament to capability, endurance and great beauty. Monuments to ancient Greek athletes were some of the earliest representations of physical splendor, its subjects raised to the level of heroes, ideal embodiments of strength, health, youth and virtue. And the best way […]

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Vote for Art ☺

While the 2016 presidential election drones and drags along for another two months, you may understandably elect to choose another way to pass the time for fun and enlightenment, let alone distraction. But if Go Big Red, Bluejay basketball, the World Series and the Great Debates aren’t enough to take the edge off, then put […]

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‘Mysterium’

In early chemistry “Mysterium” was what alchemists called any of various unknown elements thought to make up existing forms of matter. While this term has since gone on to live more in the gaming world, this old definition seems perfect for defining the special, enigmatic relationship we have with art. Mysterium is also, fittingly, Modern […]

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‘Pura Vida’

Six artists share work inspired by their travel in Hot Shops newest exhibition, Pura Vida: Impressions of Costa Rica, Sept. 1-25, with an opening Sept. 9, from 6-9 pm.   The exhibit showcases the work of five local artists and one Costa Rican native artist who participated in an artistic, cultural exchange coordinated by the […]

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Lights Down

Excitement abounds as Omaha theaters prepare to launch into another season of productions all across the artistic spectrum. Let’s do the rundown. Omaha Community Playhouse With artistic leadership now firmly in the hands of Kimberly Faith Hickman, OCP starts its latest season in the Howard Drew Theatre with To Kill a Mockingbird by Christopher Sergel. […]

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A Curious Fire

In the underpaid (and often never paid) world of Omaha theater, an artist’s most valuable resource is their time. How we spend that time is often a struggle between the two things most precious to us: our art and our family. Madeline Radcliff-Reilly of the newly-formed FireBelly Rep theater knows this all […]

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