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August 18: Yonder Mountain String Band

The Slowdown, 729 N 14th St, 9 p.m., $20/ADV $25/DOS, onepercentproductions.com

Bluegrass has always been a genre hat has walked a fine line between either really cool or really cheesy. The banjo-laden sound has something to do with it; being an instrument that requires efficient skill and speed, but also provoking mocking of backwoods and the movie Deliverance. However, the Yonder Mountain String band took the...

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August 26: The Irish Minstrels: Cliff McKenna, Paddy Finney and Liam McKervey

Aug. 26
The Irish Minstrels: Cliff McKenna, Paddy Finney and Liam McKervey
Holy Name Catholic Church, 2901 Fontenelle Blvd., holynameomaha.org, 6:30 p.m., $10.

Three men are coming to Nebraska from Ireland as a part of their lifelong pursuit of fun and entertainment, or, as the Irish put it: the craic. These three minstrels are Cliff McKenna, Liam McKervey and Paddy Finney and they will be performing a benefit...

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August 24: Derby Girl Bingo Fundraiser for Sk8 the State for MS

The Sydney, 5918 Maple St., sk8thestate.blogspot.com, 8 p.m.

Sk8 the State for MS is a fundraising movement piloted by four Siouxland women who are trying to take a small step in the fight to eradicate multiple sclerosis. Last summer, thre three founding members skated 288 miles across South Dakota and raised nearly $3000. This summer, the group will be making a 250-mile journey through Nebraska. On August 24th...

Heartland Healing

The Dirt on Soap

Legend has it that around 2,500 years ago, along the banks of the river Tiber, on the lower slopes of mythical Mt. Sapo, handmaidens would wash clothes. Upstream was a temple, the site of ritual animal sacrifice. On days following rain, maidens noticed the river water produced whitish clumps. When fabrics were rubbed with the clumps, the whites were whiter and the colors were brighter. Legend continues that...

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August 19-August 21: Omaha’s Original Greek Festival

Canfields Plaza, 8457 West Center Road, greekfestomaha.com, $25/food tickets.

Opa! Omaha's Original Greek Festival is back and this year we can expect more of the same compliments of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church. One yearly highlight is a variety of Greek folk dances. You can witness dances from St. John's dance groups or learn to dance Greek at various times during the weekend. There will also be...

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