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“A resident of Mexico. Or an American slang term for anybody from Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, South America or Spain.” Subtly curious definitions like these are the foundation of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’s hilarity. Other words featured in The Omaha Community Playhouse’s latest production are ridiculously difficult. The spelling of “syzygy” by teacher and spelling bee...

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Goings on at the Playhouse, ‘Magical Thinking’ at the Circle

* From Sarah Palin’s Mama Grizzlies to Care Bears, from the infamous Pedobear to Smokey the Bear, all will be bared at The Encyclopedia Show, 7:30 p.m. Monday Feb. 28 at the Omaha Community Playhouse. It’s the latest innovative offering of the “21 and Over” series organized by resident director Amy Lane. Katie F-S and Andrew Ek co-host invited artists who’ll present verbal (and/or musical) encyclopedia...

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‘Putnam County Spelling Bee’ opening at OCP

* Hilarity (h-i-l-a-r-i-t-y, hilarity) awaits when we get to see some of our favorite local talents playing the comic characters in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, opening Friday at the Omaha Community Playhouse. Dan Chevalier brings his wide-eyed innocence to Leaf Coneybear, the child of hippies who makes his own clothes and sings, “I’m not that smart.” Tim Abou-Nasr plays Chip Tolentino, a Boy...

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Magical Acting

Few will fail to find universal value in Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking. It’s about one of America’s great observers, a master of non-fiction writing, facing the void of catastrophic loss. Fortunately, the pair chosen by the Circle Theater to tell us her story, director Daena Schweiger and Barb Ross, the one-woman cast, have suffered nothing so traumatic as the sudden death of a husband while an...

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Another Nebraska

The current exhibit of the 2010 Nebraska Arts Council fellowship winners isn’t just another art exhibit, says curator Hesse McGraw. As the show’s title explains, “it’s Another Nebraska.” Every three years the NAC honors visual artists living and working in Nebraska. This year nine were awarded a total of $23,000. Winners of the $5,000 Distinguished Artist Award were Jamie Burmeister...

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Support for Nebraska’s 1% For the Arts program

* If you’re a supporter of the arts, it’s likely you received an urgent email sometime in the past two weeks about LB497, which proposes to put a moratorium on Nebraska’s 1% for the Arts program. Introduced by Sen. Gwen Howard of Omaha, the legislature heard the bill on Feb. 14. Sen. Howard introduced the bill as a “cost saving” measure; it’s a response to Gov. Dave Heineman’s call to reduce state...

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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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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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