Bug’s Intensity Relieved by Levity

The Blue Barn calls the play Bug “a psycho thriller,” and others have called it “every bit as sleazy and violent’ as Killer Joe, another drama by Tracy Letts.

            One source warned against “violence, nudity and cigarette smoke,” while another simply said, “Don’t bring anyone who likes clean escape entertainment” to this “blood-drenched thriller.” And 24 hours before it was to open off-Broadway, Amanda...

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Location, Location

Many landscape painters consider the representation of space as their primary goal.  Other landscape painters focus less on rendering space primary to one location and treat it more conceptually. This is painter Caolan O’Loughlin’s approach as he expands one’s understanding of landscape through a time-honored process that unites past and present both in time and place. 

 “I have come to realize how important...

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Bug-chasing Nudity Not in-your-face

The Blue Barn calls the play Bug “a psycho thriller,” and others have called it “every bit as sleazy and violent" as Killer Joe, another intense drama by Tracy Letts.

            One source warned against “violence, nudity and cigarette smoke,” while another said, “Don’t bring anyone who likes clean escape entertainment” to this “blood-drenched thriller.” And 24 hours before it was to open off-Broadway, Amanda...

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Gotta Serve Somebody

It’s not unusual for artists to bare their souls on canvas and in public. What is unusual is for one to do so without pandering or exhibitionism. And in the bargain create a body of work that is pleasing aesthetically and maybe even cathartic.          

In his new work on canvas and paper called Studio Stories, on display at the Hot Shops Art Center through September, artist James Freeman puts his demons on...

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Radio Golf Completes 10-play Cycle

Lots of upcoming events squeezed comfortably into my fall preview of metro theater, but that’s no excuse for one enormous omission. While noting that new musicals heavily outweighed drama in September, I overlooked a landmark opening.

            When the John Beasley Theater presents Radio Golf Friday, Sept. 23-Oct. 16, it marks the completion of the magnificent 10-play cycle by August Wilson. In other words,...

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Omaha shows and Drink n Draw…Wanda Ewing wins international arts grant…

The Cathedral Arts Projects presents Considering Red: Kansas Art Quilters a juried exhibition featuring twelve national fiber artists in the Sunderland Gallery adjacent to St. Cecilia’s Cathedral through November 18.

Omaha based artist Caolàn O’Loughlin exhibits at the Birdhouse Collectible through October 29.  In And He Labored to Realize the Endlessness of the Skies, the Irish native displays new work...

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Group Benefits, Ltd

Without a strong curatorial guide, group art shows must rely on their diversity as well as the...

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‘Secret Codes & Body Feelings’

Victoria Hoyt’s new exhibit of water-based paintings, Secret Codes and Body Feelings, is at RNG...

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‘Thinking About…Joy of Piper’

"I do not paint like Van Gogh, but I have a soul like his."

This quote is never really...

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Governor’s Arts Award Honor Theatre Excellence

- This past Tuesday, the Nebraska Arts Council gave out its biannual honors, The Governor’s Arts Awards, recognizing...

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A Different Kind of Phantom

Creighton University department of Theatre professor Alam Klem considers himself to be a big fan playwright Arthur Kopit’s...

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The Rose’s “Broken Mirror” Reflects the Issues of Young Teen Women.

- While finishing up the run of Jackie and Me this week, The Rose Theater will present the latest offering from its Teens...

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In Praise of Metro Public Art, Vol. 1

The Metro’s major force in area public art funding and support, the Iowa West Foundation, has commissioned the estimable...

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Demo Graphics Re-‘Hatches’ on Emmett Street

The Metro is not new to advocacy art. From institutions such as the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and the Kaneko to...

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MONA’s Got ‘Spirit,’ How About You? Biennial Auction, April 5

“What? Drive some 180 miles just to see art? I can’t even get to Lincoln on a regular basis…unless I want to catch a game,...

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Catch the Hubbub at Bemis ‘Flock House: Omaha’

 

 March finally lived up to its promise of warmer weather, and along with it the Metro art scene has come out of...

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Les Femmes Folles…Ciao!

Les Femmes Folles and Caesium Gallery are proud to present LFF…Ciao! This farewell group exhibition features 30 artists...

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Viva Los Dias de los Muertos!

As Halloween hovers on the horizon, and people gear up to put on gruesome, bizarre, or funny costumes and children seek...

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From Cookies to Canker Sores:

“You know, your work is bright, colorful and simple,” said a children’s book editor to illustrator and author Dan...

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Three Times the Wonder

“Rather than having a single exhibition that fills all of our special exhibition spaces, we have this rather unique...

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