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Pick: John Hiatt

July 28
John Hiatt & the Combo w/ Holly Williams
Rococo Theatre,
8 p.m., $35 - $45, rococotheatre.com

John Hiatt is an underappreciated icon of a distinctively American brand of roots-based rock songwriting. The Indiana-born Hiatt has recorded since the late 70s, toiling on the fringes of the major label record industry before moving to A&M Records in the late 80s. His first two A&M releases, 1987's Bring the...

Natural Companions for Summer Fun

After a tenacious winter and tedious spring we’ve entered the Dog Days of summer, so named because Sirius, the dog star, reappears in the eastern sky during late summer. Ancient Romans credited Sirius with the heat of July and August. For modern Americans, the warmer days mean vacations, gardening, weekend outings take us into the grand embrace of nature. It also means we encounter the full gamut of what nature...

Theater Cold Cream

Anderson’s Frenzy of Fitzgerald

After completing her latest literary festival surrounding Oscar Wilde last summer, Jill Anderson immediately began searching for a focus for her next project. When she saw a trailer for Baz Luhrmann's latest film The Great Gatsby, the answer was easy:

F Scott Fitzgerald and The Jazz Age.

“The Luhrmann thing was really kind of inspiring to me,” Anderson said. “Just seeing that preview last year, seeing the...

New Mirvish feature Between Us a lesson in indie filmmaking

Once dubbed a "cheerful subversive" by The New York Times, indie filmmaker Dan Mirvish uses his skills as a provocateur and promoter to get his obscure work noticed by the very mainstream whose noses he sometimes tweaks. 

He's in rare company as a Nebraska native feature filmmaker. There's only a handful whose feature work has gotten anything like fairly wide distribution. Joan Micklin Silver is the matriarch....

Funny Guys

Comedy is not a science. It’s an art. The word “comedy” is defined as professional entertainment consisting of jokes and satirical sketches, intended to make an audience laugh, or a movie, play or broadcast program intended to make an audience laugh. Without comedy, life would be, well, boring. Without laughter, there would be no point in those obnoxious Geico commercials, which attempt to incite a chuckle, and...

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