Almost Paradise

Footloose song and dance shines at Playhouse Let’s begin with an important admission. I am all but culturally illiterate when it comes to ’80s cinema and its legacy. Having spent that decade knee-deep in raising kids, my world was one of diaper changes, school activities, Scouts and youth sports. When we did go to movies, such lightweight fare as the Brat Pack genre that included The Breakfast Club, Pretty in...

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How Glory Goes

Dan Tracy plays Floyd Collins at Creighton From Tony in West Side Story and Siegfried in Das Barbecu to Jesus in Godspell, Dan Tracy isn’t new to musical theater leads at Creighton University and elsewhere. But his title role in Floyd Collins is “the most unique role I’ve played.” Only lucky Lindy himself, Charles Lindbergh, captured more headlines in the 1920s than the Kentucky spelunker trapped in a...

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Cold Cream

Raise your hand if you’re working on a musical titled The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo who Played with Fire and Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Stand on a chair and wave if you’re a pint-sized performer, denied the roles that go to leggy lasses but eager to play 4’11” Lisbeth Salander. Not since witnessing the musical Rent and realizing that we’d seen the last work of its late creator, Jonathan Larson, has an...

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Vista Vision

German photographer returns, Making theConnection from Beelitz to Old Market When German artist Christian Rothmann introduced the work of Frauke Bergemann to Omaha in 2008 he referred to her photography as “frozen transition.” This was an apt description of Bergemann’s large, hyper-realistic juxtapositions of time and space that depicted a post-reunification Berlin still largely “stuck” in an East-West...

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Mixed Media

Last week, leaving Goodnight’s Pizza in north downtown, I saw an amazing thing. Outside of Greenstreet Cycles, mounted on the sidewalk, was a bicycle wheel welded atop some other metal bike parts that created a pedestal. I think I may have audibly gasped. You see, Duchamp’s “Bicycle Wheel,” the piece of art emulated by this dark metal sculpture, is one of my favorite pieces; possibly my absolute favorite....

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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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