Two Examined Lives Worth Living

At this fractured and perilous time in our history, it may be significant to ponder messages Mitch Albom inserted into his autobiographical book Tuesdays with Morrie. Albom wanted to convey that media are preoccupied with death, hatred and violence; he sought to emphasize the importance of devising cultures of our own to transcend the dominance […]

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Droid Dreams

Now considered a cornerstone of science-fiction writing, Philip K. Dick’s 1968 dystopian book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? presented a not-so-distant post-apocalyptic world inhabited by people, humanoid robots and very few animals. Later adapted into the film Blade Runner, Dick’s novel on the nature of empathy was transformed into a haunting, futuristic noir detective […]

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The Fine Things of Youth

Wearing a plain red T-shirt and black pants, Jill Anderson was still recognizable as a presence as she came through the door of Caffeine Dreams. She’s one of those triple threat artists – acting, singing, and dancing her way across stages all around the U.S. As she entered the coffee shop, she glanced around and […]

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Vinton $treet Venture

Project Project, an experimental space on Vinton Street in South Omaha that focuses on promoting and enhancing the experience of art, music and lectures in the community, is hosting its 2nd Annual $100 Art Sale fundraiser on Friday, June 10 at 7pm. Featuring a wide variety of work from across the country, the $100 Art […]

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migration (empire)

Doug Aitken’s migration (empire), 2008, is focused on the idea of what happens when human and animal worlds collide. In the video the artist places animals in a paradox by exposing them to the human world. The video was shot in motel rooms. The animals were removed from their natural habitat and brought into this […]

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Double Your Pleasure

In 2011 pop star Rihanna released the international chart topper “S&M”. This sexually suggestive song about bondage informs the listener through a catchy beat and monotonous lyrics, that “chains and whips” are exciting. Fourteen years earlier at Walt Disney World, “It’s Tough to Be a Bug!” opened to the public as a multisensory attraction congruent […]

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Accentuating the positive.

Wednesday evening arrivals at the Orpheum were greeted near the front doors by friendly young men in white shirts, carrying religious literature. Mormons. Sure. Why not? The musical The Book of Mormon was on display inside. And further inside, within the program book, the prosperous Church of the Latter Day Saints had bought two full-page […]

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