Gory Fun with Horror Flick Parody

You don’t need to be an expert on cheapo horror movies to enjoy Evil Dead: the Musical at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

But a little hint of the genre being parodied would help you get past its biggest negative: the off-putting opening which seemed to center on a horny male named Scotty shouting “Stupid bitch” at his female companions.  It’s justified by this convention:

Every cliché-ridden horror flick that...

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Beaty’s one-man diaspora dramatization considers what freedom means

When writer-actor-composer Daniel Beaty conjures the 25-plus characters he portrays in his provocative one-man show, Emergency, it's well to remember his riffs on the African-American experience are informed by his own life.

His award-winning play, which he performs Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Holland Performing Arts Center, is a bold meditation on freedom. It imagines a slave ship rising out of the Hudson River...

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soul sisters

Soul sister poetesses Michelle Troxclair and Felicia "WithLove" Webster stir the pot to make the spicy mix of Verbal Gumbo, the spoken word series throwing down the third Thursday of every month at House of Loom.

The artists launched the series last fall at the invitation of Loom's Brent Crampton.

"Felicia and Michelle have brought a consistently diverse, experimental and truthfully honest night of poetry and...

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Lotus February 12

Just when you thought the influx of electronic jam bands had slowed to a snail’s pace, here comes another one. Lotus. Formed in Indiana right at the turn of the century, Lotus bloomed out of college-made friendships between drummer Mike Greenfield, guitarist Mike Rempel, guitarist/keyboardist Luke Miller and his brother, bassist Jesse Miller. After years of playing their self-described “jamtronica,” Lotus...

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What The **** Was That? A Musical Bloodbath Of Course!

A few years ago, the last thing you would see on an Omaha Playhouse stage would be f-bombs, gore, body parts, and more blood than a American Red Cross drive. But this season in the Howard Drew Theatre has been anything but typical. Evil Dead: The Musical, opening this weekend and running through March 17th, is a prime example of the new direction that the nation’s largest community theatre is taking with their...

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Paper Forest: An Installation by Travis Graves

February 9 – March 27
Paper Forest: An Installation by Travis Graves
Creighton University Lied Art Gallery, 2500 California Plaza
Artist Talk: 5pm, Friday, February 8. 2013
Opening Reception to follow from 5:30-8pm Regular hours:1–4 pm daily 
http://www.creighton.edu/liedgallery; www.travisgraves.com

The Lied Art Gallery is exhibiting Paper Forest: An Installation by Travis Graves. The site specific...

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Pick: Jaill

February 5
Jaill w/ the Growlers, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Twinsmith
The Slowdown, 729 North 14th St.
9 p.m., $10 in advance/$13 day-of-show, theslowdown.com

Milwaukee psych-pop/garage band Jaill found their way on Sub Pop Records' radar back in 2009. Since signing, the band has released two records of memorably, messed-up pop songs. The latest, 2012's Traps contains both gauzy odes to 60s pop,...

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