Charles Ahovissi brings West African culture to the Heartland

Art often expresses culturally-specific stories but until the Omaha-based African Culture Connection surfaced in 2006 West African tales were rarely if ever explored here. 

Led by Benin, West Africa native and veteran dancer-choreographer Charles Ahovissi, ACC's dedicated to presenting the vibrant rhythms, movements, colors and costumes of African tribal tradition and culture. 

In upcoming appearances he and his...

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I Want a New Drug

This week, I write about…drugs.

Yes, drugs. Because to an extent, I'm a virgin to the topic. I've never taken drugs. I've never even smoked weed before, as odd as that sounds considering I've spent a good part of the past 20-odd years writing about rock bands and rock music and rock shows where no doubt handfuls of pills and bails of cheeba have been consumed somewhere below my sullen gaze. 

There was a time in...

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Manhattan in NoDo: The Film Streams Community

It was my intention to write a sort of review or report on Feature VI, the annual fund-raiser program by Film Streams that happened Monday night at the Holland Performing Arts Center. I'd even brought a small notebook about the size of a moleskin and a pen to jot down particularly clever, pithy or ingenious comments from the night's special guests, directors Alexander Payne and David O. Russell. 

But after the...

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Kickin It

Is there anything in show biz more iconic than the kick line of the Rockettes, legs flashing feet to eye level in perfect precision? Even the costumes are iconic when the wooden soldiers fall in a row like dominoes.

Sure, you’ve seen them on television at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade or maybe you’ve caught them in New York City or Chicago. But for the next two weeks they bring the Radio City Christmas Spectacular...

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Mixed Bag: The 3Q 2014 Album Reviews Roundup

I've been putting this off because there hasn't been any "home run" albums released in the past few months. Nothing has really spun my head like releases from earlier this year by Sun Kil Moon or Strand of Oaks or Courtney Barnett. Plenty of good music has been released, but I'm finding it harder than usual to think of anything to say about it. It's been a dry quarter. That said, here's what I've been listening to,...

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The Uprising in Iowa

With the morning dew still on the grass and the sun starting to shine, they came rolling in. Some were on trailers, some in toy haulers, and many on their own four wheels…street legal.  These were the “drift missiles” who had come to do battle with each other, but more so to challenge themselves to reach  angled perfection. Each would drive, screeching , smoking, and sideways into the corners, in hopes of making...

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Searching for Latte in North O

We drove north along 72nd Street headed to Ames Avenue where we took a right and sped into the heart of North Omaha on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The purpose: To snap photographs of a building just listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

It being 3 p.m., we both felt a jolt of coffee was in order. There is no better pick-me-up than a cold latte on a warm afternoon. I took out my trusty iPhone in an...

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