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Filmmaker explores a Latina whose story defies all conventions

Award-winning filmmaker Maria Agui Carter has much to say about her new film Rebel, the story of a Latina who posed as a man to fight and spy in the American Civil War. Agui Carter will discuss the film, which recently aired as a PBS special, and its protagonist, Cuban immigrant Loreta Velazquez, following a 7 p.m. screening on September 25 at El Museo Latino, 4701 South 25th Street. 

An immigrant herself, Agui...

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Perdue Chickens Lead the Flock. Which comes first, the chicken or the egg? For Perdue Farms, the third largest chicken producer in the country, it all starts with eggs. You gotta hatch ‘em before you can raise them into chicken nuggets. In Salisbury, Md., the Perdue hatchery there processes 1 million eggs a week. And Perdue operates 15 hatcheries around the country. Each one of the eggs gets poked with a...

The Metal Badge of Courage

This the second part of a two-part column about the back-straightening technology called the Lumo Lift. Pt. 1 appeared in the Sept. 4 issue of The Reader.

After a couple weeks wearing the Lumo Lift, my impression is the technology is (probably) worth the price of admission for chronic slouchers such as myself who want nothing more than a reminder to stand up straight.

Because that's all the technology really is....

Historical fiction gets the treatment at Omaha Lit Fest

The downtown Omaha Lit Fest this Friday and Saturday offers a compendium of writing topics and events around the theme Warped: Historical In/Accuracy, Navigating Fact and Fiction, Past and Present.

Writing about the past is foremost on the mind of founder-director Timothy Schaffert since his new novel The Swan Gondola is set in the late 19th century. When some writer friends had new books of their own out with a...

Art and community meet-up in artist’s public projects

Omaha artist Watie White's humanist public art projects reveal the narratives of transitional urban neighborhoods. The dynamics of locations and the people living there shape his site-specific works.

Three 2014 projects, one completed and the others in-progress, all connect to community organizations whose social justice missions "align" with his own.

"The kind of organizations I am most attracted to are the ones...

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