MONA exhibits…Omaha artist news…

The Museum of Nebraska Art recently opened The Oregon Trail:  Francis Parkman’s Collection of Native American Cartes de Visite running through December 17.  The exhibit includes journals detailing the artist’s Oregon Trail visit.  Why Is It Art? through April 2012 explores how styles in art have evolved and what influences artists; with selections from the Museum’s collection. MONA celebrates the 100th anniversary...

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Bug’s Intensity Relieved by Levity

The Blue Barn calls the play Bug “a psycho thriller,” and others have called it “every bit as sleazy and violent’ as Killer Joe, another drama by Tracy Letts.

            One source warned against “violence, nudity and cigarette smoke,” while another simply said, “Don’t bring anyone who likes clean escape entertainment” to this “blood-drenched thriller.” And 24 hours before it was to open off-Broadway, Amanda...

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Location, Location

Many landscape painters consider the representation of space as their primary goal.  Other landscape painters focus less on rendering space primary to one location and treat it more conceptually. This is painter Caolan O’Loughlin’s approach as he expands one’s understanding of landscape through a time-honored process that unites past and present both in time and place. 

 “I have come to realize how important...

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Bug-chasing Nudity Not in-your-face

The Blue Barn calls the play Bug “a psycho thriller,” and others have called it “every bit as sleazy and violent" as Killer Joe, another intense drama by Tracy Letts.

            One source warned against “violence, nudity and cigarette smoke,” while another said, “Don’t bring anyone who likes clean escape entertainment” to this “blood-drenched thriller.” And 24 hours before it was to open off-Broadway, Amanda...

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Gotta Serve Somebody

It’s not unusual for artists to bare their souls on canvas and in public. What is unusual is for one to do so without pandering or exhibitionism. And in the bargain create a body of work that is pleasing aesthetically and maybe even cathartic.          

In his new work on canvas and paper called Studio Stories, on display at the Hot Shops Art Center through September, artist James Freeman puts his demons on...

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Radio Golf Completes 10-play Cycle

Lots of upcoming events squeezed comfortably into my fall preview of metro theater, but that’s no excuse for one enormous omission. While noting that new musicals heavily outweighed drama in September, I overlooked a landmark opening.

            When the John Beasley Theater presents Radio Golf Friday, Sept. 23-Oct. 16, it marks the completion of the magnificent 10-play cycle by August Wilson. In other words,...

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Such stuff as dreams are made on.

If you’ve never attended a Nebraska Shakespeare on The Green event, be prepared for a delightful...

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<p>'Am i Alone' by Beej nierengarten-Smith on display at Gallery 72 </p>What Comes Natural

The current exhibit Human I Nature at Gallery 72, personal, exotic and complex, is a must-see for...

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<p><em>Something Old, Something New

Not many artists have approached the challenges and contradictions of making art quite as astutely...

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Director Thompson Talks About “Abby”

            The Shelterbelt Theatre’s latest production entitled Abby in the Summer by A.P. Andrews is going into its final...

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TAG Nominations Highlight This Year’s Best Efforts

            Last week, I had the pleasure of announcing the nominations for the 47th Annual Theatre Arts Guild Awards...

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Playhouse Honors Volunteers and Red Theater is Under the Radar

            - Awards Season kicked off last week when the Omaha Community Playhouse held its annual volunteer awards night....

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In Praise of Metro Public Art, Vol. 1

The Metro’s major force in area public art funding and support, the Iowa West Foundation, has commissioned the estimable...

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Catch the Hubbub at Bemis ‘Flock House: Omaha’

 

 March finally lived up to its promise of warmer weather, and along with it the Metro art scene has come out of...

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Les Femmes Folles…Ciao!

Les Femmes Folles and Caesium Gallery are proud to present LFF…Ciao! This farewell group exhibition features 30 artists...

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Play Me, I’m Yours

The Omaha Creative Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for the community to...

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Bemis Director Adam Price

Newly appointed Executive Director of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Adam Price comes to the Bemis from the Utah...

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Viva Los Dias de los Muertos!

As Halloween hovers on the horizon, and people gear up to put on gruesome, bizarre, or funny costumes and children seek...

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From Cookies to Canker Sores:

“You know, your work is bright, colorful and simple,” said a children’s book editor to illustrator and author Dan...

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Three Times the Wonder

“Rather than having a single exhibition that fills all of our special exhibition spaces, we have this rather unique...

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