SXSW 2015: Is Austin Getting Too Weird?

This was the least impressive, least satisfying year I’ve attended the South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival, held last month in Austin, Texas.

The event, which began as a sleepy gathering of unsigned bands in 1987 and has since ballooned to become the largest music industry confab in the United States is beginning to lose significance for bands, labels and music-goers. This is the first year I can remember...

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Bomb Girl

Three-time Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards poet nominee Zedeka Poindexter envies the performing outlets high school-age poets have today. The March 17-April 20 Louder Than a Bomb is a case in point. There wasn't anything like it when she was in school.

"I was working in a notebook, I always did, but there was no place to go with these things," says Poindexter, 39, who's blowing up with her personal anthems...

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Showcase for indie writer-directors

The metro's work-in-progress cinema culture has lately come of age due to a montage of things. Alexander Payne making movies and bringing world-class film artists here. A surge of indigenous indie filmmakers. The advent of Film Streams. The slate at Omaha's "original art cinema" – the Dundee Theatre.

Often overlooked as contributing to this invigorating mix is the Omaha Film Festival, celebrating 10 years with the...

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Jesus Reborn

By the time Jesus Christ Superstar settles down for The Last Supper, you don’t expect a Leonardo DaVinci look on the Omaha Community Playhouse stage. Instead, when the title character raises red plastic in a picnic setting, you wouldn’t be shocked if he sang, “Red Solo Cup, I lift you up, lets have a party.”

But director Kimberly Faith Hickman doesn’t stray that far from the original. Jesus does refer to the bread...

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To Podcast or Not to Podcast?

The first question that came to mind when I contemplated putting together a weekly podcast: Is it worth my time?

Case in point: Turn around wherever you're reading this column and ask the person next to you if s/he ever listens to podcasts. Most will say no. Some will ask what a podcast is, even though they've been around almost as long as blogs and certainly as long as iPods (out of which the word "podcast"...

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UNO hockey making bid for national relevance

Since launching hockey in 1997 to subsidize its non-revenue generating sports UNO's netted a nice return on investment. Maverick hockey crowds rank among the best nationally, with annual ticket revenues of $2 million. When the school dropped football and wrestling in 2011, it added pressure on hockey to be the signature sport.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha has enriched the city's hockey legacy. The minor...

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Omaha history salvager Frank Horejsi

South Omaha native Frank Horejsi doesn't care if he's called caretaker, curator, historian, picker, salvager, architectural remnants archeologist or his favorite, urban miner. 

Just don't call him late to a salvage site. 

For 30-some years he's scavenged vintage buildings slated for demolition. His keen eye spots ornamental details of historical and artistic value before they hit the rubble heap. He rescues carved...

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