Pick: VietNam

May 10
VietNam w/ Black Pus and Plack Blague
The Slowdown, 729 North 14th St.
9 p.m., $10 in advance/$12 day-of-show, theslowdown.com

The resurrection of New York's VietNam is a welcome one, as the band's street poet psych-blues made a considerable impression on their 2007 self-titled debut. But as soon as that album seemed to spark up a following, the band flamed out. Singer Michael Gerner retreated to the...

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Stage Managers Make the Theatrical World Go ‘Round

When you witness a well put together production, everything you see go right on the stage (and more importantly everything that doesn’t go wrong) is more often than not the responsibility of the stage manager. Having just wrapped up a 2-day tech marathon, I know how important the role of a stage manager can be.

Forgot a line? Sprained an ankle? Need huge amounts of glowtape backstage? Can’t remember where to...

entered on 05/06/13 at 11:09 PM | read more »

See Art Better with 20/20

May 8, 2013
See Art Better with 20/20
Free Preview: Wed May 8, 5-7 pm
Evening of Art: Sat May 11, 5:30 pm
Tickets $20

Gallery 72
1806 Vinton Street
402.496-4797, http://gallery72.com/

20 Art Tickets/20 Works of Art will be available for $100, $200 or $300. The 20 individuals who purchase those tickets will get to select a work of art to own. The $300 ticket holders will pick first, $200 next and the $100...

entered on 05/06/13 at 08:18 PM | read more »

-“Recommended?” Yes to Premiere Play

by Warren Francke


Recommended Reading for Girls completes a remarkable pairing on the two stages of the Omaha Community Playhouse. While another world premiere, the screwball comedy A Night with the Family, continues on the main stage, Omahan Ellen Struve’s original play runs in the more intimate Howard Drew.

It’s a tribute to the confidence of the Playhouse leadership that they booked two unproven plays,...

entered on 05/06/13 at 02:51 PM | read more »

Artists running with opportunity to go to the next level

The inaugural resident artists at the Carver Bank cultural center couldn't be more unalike in some ways and more congruent in others. 

Carver is the new Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and Rebuild Foundation endeavor at 2416 Lake Street that houses a Big Mama's Sandwich Shop, a gallery- performance space and artist studios. Artist and urban planner Theaster Gates of Chicago is the facilitator-instigator of...

entered on 04/30/13 at 07:37 PM | read more »

Pick: Retox

May 9
Retox w/ Flesh-Eating Skin Disease and Video Ranger
Brothers Lounge, 3812 Farnam St.
9 p.m., $5 at the door

Retox members were all in other bands just like many other bands. Does it matter that they used to play in bands like the Locust, Head Wound City and Cattle Decapitation? If you ask Retox, the answer would be a resounding no. The same goes for any attempt to classify the band's punchy, menacing...

entered on 04/30/13 at 05:43 AM | read more »

Pick: J.D. McPherson

May 3
J.D. McPherson w/ the Black Lilies
The Bourbon Theatre, 1415 O St. in Lincoln
9 p.m., $15 in advance/$18 day-of-show, bourbontheatre.com

J.D. McPherson's excellent debut album Signs and Signifiers wears its retro heart on its sleeve, but McPherson and company deliver these 1950s-rooted rock 'n' roll gems with such verve and passion that its hard not to get swept up in it. These tunes feel like they've...

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