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Doctor Mysterian

The Future is Babble

Heartland Healing

Red Meat Roulette

Heartland Healing

Watermelon, Man

Doctor Mysterian

The End of Government

Comic Con Report — Day Three & Four

Theater Cold Cream

Old and New, Carol Still Seduces

You’d think there was nothing new to say about A Christmas Carol in its 37th year at the Omaha Community Playhouse. And you’d think, after the big spread in the daily about its NET documentary airing Friday, as the Dickensian delight opens, that I’d devote this space to other theater.

After all, Mirror of the Invisible World, the Mary Zimmerman play directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf, opens at the University of...

Thanks but No Thanks — on Legal Marijuana

The times have changed — in most places at least. While a few states still have harsh penalties for marijuana possession (avoid Arizona, Florida or Missouri if you’re a burner), pot laws have been relaxed across most of the nation. Medical marijuana provisions exist in many states and last week, citizens of Washington and Colorado voted to legalize grass for recreational use. But legalization of marijuana as...

Enduring…Explosive…Exciting:

“Probably the most viscerally exciting piece ever written for the instrument.”

That’s how violinist Joshua Bell described Tchaikovsky’s “Concerto in D for Violin and Orchestra.” Bell performs the piece with the Omaha Symphony this Friday and Saturday.

He said the piece is incredible, passionate and exciting. Bell estimated he’s played the work about a 1,000 times since he was 13 years old but insists it is...

Planet Power

Cosmic Forecast, Nov. 8-14

“People always told him he’d never hit the Sun with a spear, yet he tried and he tried and he tried for ever so many a year. Now, nobody knows what happened, but everyone thinks it’s weird. The day the Sun exploded, the little boy disappeared. All I ever wanted said of me, when this life is done, is that all he ever wanted to be was be an apple for the Sun.” —my epitaph, written at the age of 12. Only now am I...

Sports

Mistaken Identity

Yep, Justin Blatchford looks a little bit like Taylor Martinez, enough so that Nebraska football fans have even mistaken him, on occasion, for his Husker teammate.

“I’ve gotten that a couple of times from fans, asking me for my autograph, and they’re kind of surprised when they get it,” said Blatchford.

As the starting quarterback, Martinez is the better known player, of course. Blatchford, a senior from...

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