Looking back, looking forward…

When you think back on 2015, what are the first things that pop into your head? Quick like a bunny. What are your most important memories of the past year?

The first things that pop into my head:

— The Paris massacre. Bleak television reports of kids at a rock concert getting gunned down in cold blood by terrorists. The scene in my mind is horrific — kids just like the ones I see at local rock shows running and...

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Billy and Company

When Billy McGuigan asked, “How many virgins here tonight?”, a few hands went up and nobody shouted, “None of your business.”

He wasn’t wondering about their sex life. Just checking the full house to see how many were attending his Yesterday and Today Beatles experience for the first time. Since Billy packed the Omaha Community Playhouse in 2001 with his title role in the musical Buddy, he’s been back every season,...

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Fashion Show: Christmas At Capitol

Capitol School of Hairstyling and Esthetics is at it again, the 27th Annual Christmas at Capitol Fashion show will take place at the Embassy Suites in La Vista. This is a Hair, Makeup and Fashion show, attend this event and be awed by all esthetics. There are three levels of tickets you are able to purchase. $10 General Admission will get you into the show, but you will not be assigned a specific seat. A $25 ticket...

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The Specht Building: History Vs. Development

The TV news reports varied on how many were actually there. One station said 300; another quoted someone saying more than 500. From my perch across the street from the Specht Building, leaning over the brick overpass in Gene Leahy Mall, the crowd at its height appeared to number around 150. They held hand-made signs with slogans like "Omaha is My Homaha" and "Honk for History" and "ReSpecht Our Architecture" while...

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Playhouse Tradition

New director Hilary Adams promised to honor the traditional treatment that Omaha Community Playhouse audiences expect when they see the 40th anniversary production of A Christmas Carol.

Put it another way: What would Charles Jones think of the latest version of his adaption of the Charles Dickens classic? Or, since the grand gentleman from Georgia is no longer with us, would the purists who prattle over even the...

entered on 11/20/15 at 09:05 PM | read more »


Put this Baby in the Corner

The promise “You’ll have the time of your life” headlines a piece of Dirty Dancing publicity, and the daily’s GO section hyped expectations before the musical’s Orpheum opening by insisting, “It’ll be the ‘Time of Your Life’ and then some.”

I’d have settled for the time of my life, happily borrowing again from its best-known song, with no complaint if deprived of “then some.”

Alas, I find myself struggling instead...

entered on 11/19/15 at 03:08 PM | read more »


Hardy’s one-man “A Christmas Carol” highlights Dickens-themed literary festival

The Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol has long haunted actor-writer-director John Hardy. Though ghosts have yet to visit him ala Scrooge, the story's held an enchanted place in Hardy's heart ever since he got his Equity card acting in a professional stage version. 

Much theater work followed but he soon tired of others dictating his artistic life and took creative matters into his own hands. He's since...

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