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Magness, Blues Blast, Jamborama

The always-exciting vocalist and songwriter Janiva Magness has stepped out as an independent artist to release Original, her latest CD. It’s her 11th recording and you can read in her blog at janivamagness.com about her leap of faith and her friendly parting of ways with Alligator Records. In a testament to her artistry and popularity, the disc debuted at #5 on the Billboard Blues Charts on the strength of her...

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Fall? Oh, me!

I’ve reviewed movies professionally for more than a dozen years. The few weeks immediately surrounding the end of summer has always served as Hollywood’s trash heap. Only, unlike the talking one from “Fraggle Rock,” this trash heap doesn’t offer advice so much as waste hours of people’s lives so that mid-range stars can draw a paycheck.

This post-summer blah is the worst ever. How bad is it? The week after Labor...

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ALERT AND CHORTLING

In the darkened theatre a disembodied voice starts talking to you. Then a man reveals himself, a  sweet, funny charmer who knows a lot about musicals. Then, before you know it, all kinds of lights sparkle, focusing on a shiny parade of 11 colorful characters from a bygone Broadway show.You’ve become engaged in a wild, hilarious send-up of those good old days with that man giving you background, comments and personal...

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Historical fiction gets the treatment at Omaha Lit Fest

The downtown Omaha Lit Fest this Friday and Saturday offers a compendium of writing topics and events around the theme Warped: Historical In/Accuracy, Navigating Fact and Fiction, Past and Present.

Writing about the past is foremost on the mind of founder-director Timothy Schaffert since his new novel The Swan Gondola is set in the late 19th century. When some writer friends had new books of their own out with a...

entered on 09/03/14 at 12:22 PM | read more »

 

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