Hello, Dollies

The SNAP! parody of Valley of the Dolls made me want to laugh all the way to a video store and rent the 1967 movie. Performances by Michal Simpson and Adam Nathan were so outrageously entertaining you knew the original must have set new lows for overwrought soapiness. Credit a crazy gender-switching cast and at […]

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‘Ceramix’

There’s always been some ambiguity in the work of Iggy Sumnik, ceramicist and mixed media artist. A former assistant in the Jun Kaneko Studio in Omaha, Sumnik broke out of the mold in 2008 in a two-man show at RNG Gallery, then soloed in January of 2009 at Jackson Artworks. In both shows the artist […]

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Laugh Out Love

Is it worth driving south from Omaha’s Midtown to Bellevue’s Olde Towne to see a 70-year-old romantic comedy? If it’s The Philadelphia Story with Audrey Fisher in the Kate Hepburn role, it’s worth driving all the way to Kansas City. Fisher shined recently in RENT , but I didn’t dream she could tackle the Hepburnesque […]

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Vision Quest

Anyone following the successful career of Omaha visual artist and musician Bill Hoover might accurately conclude his life is like an open book. His public and private life often merge on stage and canvas in a manner befitting his roles as creative partner, teacher, singer-songwriter and painter. This engaging artist remains a popular figure as […]

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Coming ‘Round Again

Every now and then, Gordon Cantiello flies in to Omaha from San Diego and creates some musical theater. This time, he’s hired a few of the metro’s favorite vocalists to present The World Goes Round, a Kander-Ebb revue opening this weekend. If composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb aren’t popping up on your screen, […]

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Et Tu, Brigit?

If he would be crowned king, Julius Caesar must come to the Roman Senate, despite all warnings. But his coming will reinforce the claims of his conspirators that he is far too ambitious. Thus unfolds the climactic action of Will Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and sets the stage for the most famous public […]

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Courting Favor

Courting Favor Bemis offers something old, new, borrowed and blue with annual auction exhibit If you are a patron of the arts you have gotten the memo, not to mention the email, Twitter and formal invitation: “Come join us at the 12th annual Bemis Center Art Auction and Exhibition. The favor of a reply is […]

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Send In The Clowns

Ben Adams, 12, shows Nick Zadina, who is 12 at heart but plays Ben’s uncle in A Thousand Clowns, the proper placement of his fingers on a ukulele. And it’s quite in character for the youngster to seem more serious than the elder. As director Amy Lane puts it, the nephew is the list-maker, his […]

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Body and Soul

Bellies, backs and feet make for unique portraits at Moving Gallery We have all posed for that proverbial portrait photo whether for travel, license, family, job or glamour with mixed results. A little makeup, some flattering light and shadow and a Photoshop edit or two, as we hope the photo artist will help us put […]

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