Third Quarter Reviews: The Twitter Edition

No, this isn’t my year-end list of favorite albums; this is me catching up on the third quarter album reviews (halfway through the fourth quarter). Due to the sheer number under consideration — and in this 140-character Twitter age — each gets only one sentence because isn’t something that someone's poured their heart into for months (or years) worth only one sentence of criticism?

Well,...

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No More Empty Pots

Addressing the food insecurity problems that nag poverty-stricken northeast Omaha, where access to fresh, organic produce, dairy and bread products is limited, are an array of individuals, organizations, projects and initiatives. Many efforts aim to educate residents on how to grow their own food, cook healthier and eat better. That’s part of the mission of a fairly new nonprofit player in the...

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Unsung Hero

“I didn’t set out to be the poster child for this but I want to put a face with it because I feel like a lot of the stigma is still there. People hear HIV/AIDS and they think of someone who is frail and sickly looking and I am far from that,” said Tommy Dennis.
Dennis, 26, was recently named an Unsung Hero by POZ magazine for his volunteer work with Nebraska AIDS Project. He is one of 100...

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Bu-bu-bu-bu-Bleep!  What’s that Noise on the new Arcade Fire Album?

We were sitting around a table at The Barley Street Tavern waiting for the band to get its shit together when the discussion turned to the weird bleep-bloop sounds recorded at the end of pre-recorded cassette tapes.

“I think those are some sort of signal to tell you it’s time to turn the tape over,” said the guy sitting with us, a music legend (of sorts). But I knew he couldn’t be right. The...

entered on 11/21/13 at 03:40 PM | read more »


Payne’s Nebraska: The Sad, Old, Boring Life

I’ve been interviewing rock bands for The Reader going on 20 years now. Whenever I do a phoner with a touring rock band coming through town for the first time, I ask the interviewee to list his/her preconceived notions of our fair city and Nebraska in general.

The five most common misconceptions about Nebraska:

1. It's flat
2. It's barren
3. It's boring
4. It's one gigantic Boys Town...

entered on 11/19/13 at 03:46 PM | read more »


Giving kids a fighting chance

Organizations serving at-risk kids come and go but few stay the course the way the CW Youth Resource Center, 1510 Cass Street, has since opening in 1978.

Founder-director Carl Washington hosts a Nov. 29 open house at CW from 4 to 8 p.m. to celebrate 35 years of structured youth activities. Alums, supporters and the general public are welcome.

His experience mentoring youth began a decade...

entered on 11/18/13 at 06:28 AM | read more »


How Can Football Survive?

I’ve never been a NASCAR fan. The idea of watching cars drive around in circles for three hours wasting gas while listening to guys with severe southern drawls describe someone changing a tire just never appealed to me.

But way back in 2001, after reading an article about how technology had been integrated into racing coverage (presumably making it more interesting) — and with a few minutes...

entered on 11/12/13 at 03:52 PM | read more »


Police accreditation on the line Saturday

This Saturday, November 16th, is judgment day for the Omaha Police Department.

That is when Omaha police officials will sit before a team of commissioners from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) to answer questions and learn the Police Department’s fate in its quest to achieve a fifth consecutive CALEA accreditation award.

The hearing, which will take...

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