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When cancer struck beloved Omaha performer Camille Metoyer Moten, she shared her odyssey and faith on Facebook

12/13/2014 12:02:24 PM

Popular singer-actress Camille Metoyer Moten is a fun-loving, free-spirited soldier of faith. That faith got tested starting with an April 2012 breast cancer diagnosis. After treatments and surgeries over two years she gratefully proclaims, "I am he > read more

Omaha couple Mauro and Christine Fiore forge a union based on film and family

12/13/2014 11:42:14 AM

The metro's small but robust cinema community includes Film Streams and the Omaha Film Festival along with several working industry professionals, among them Oscar-winning cinematographer Mauro Fiore (Avatar). He's among three Academy Award recipient > read more

Charles Ahovissi brings West African culture to the Heartland: African Culture Connection uses dance, music to tell indigenous yet universal stories

12/11/2014 22:06:23 PM

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 Aho > read more

Breaking the mold: Opera Omaha re-imagines the gala

12/10/2014 19:15:36 PM

Depending on the crowd or circle you travel in, bring up opera in conversation and expect a glassy-eyed look on some people’s faces because they can’t or won’t get past some cliched notions they have about this form being tired, ove > read more

Gabrielle Union having it all between her own series, new film, producing, marriage and family

12/09/2014 21:12:40 PM

My, how time flies. It seems only yesterday Omaha's own Gabrielle Monique Union first caught our attention on the big screen with her scene-stealing turn as the diva rival to Kirsten Dunst in the wickedly funny high school cheerleader comedy Bring It > read more

Having it all: Viv Ewing

12/04/2014 22:51:44 PM

Even if Viv Ewing was not one half of a dynamic Omaha couple—she’s married to Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing Jr.—she’d still be among the metro’s more intriguing figures. Her “done it all” resume is even more impressive given she > read more

Having it all: Viv Ewing

12/04/2014 22:51:44 PM

Even if Viv Ewing was not one half of a dynamic Omaha couple—she’s married to Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing Jr.—she’d still be among the metro’s more intriguing figures. Her “done it all” resume is even more impressive given she > read more

All Abide: Abide applies holistic approach to building community; Josh Dotzler now heads nonprofit started by his parents

12/04/2014 19:56:28 PM

Former Bellevue West hoops star and Creighton University point guard Josh Dotzler has lived through the saga of Abide, the northeast Omaha ministry his parents started in 1989. Twenty-five years ago Ron and Twany Dotzler stepped out on faith to move > read more

All Abide: Abide applies holistic approach to building community; Josh Dotzler now heads nonprofit started by his parents

12/04/2014 19:56:28 PM

Former Bellevue West hoops star and Creighton University point guard Josh Dotzler has lived through the saga of Abide, the northeast Omaha ministry his parents started in 1989. Twenty-five years ago Ron and Twany Dotzler stepped out on faith to move > read more

North’s Star: Gene Haynes builds legacy as education leader with Omaha Public Schools and North High School

12/01/2014 21:01:41 PM

It is a marvel Omaha North High Magnet School pxrincipal Gene Haynes relates so well to students given how far removed his life experience is from theirs. The 70 year-old Mississippi native came of age in a time and place unlike anything his student > read more

North’s Star: Gene Haynes builds legacy as education leader with Omaha Public Schools and North High School

12/01/2014 21:01:41 PM

It is a marvel Omaha North High Magnet School pxrincipal Gene Haynes relates so well to students given how far removed his life experience is from theirs. The 70 year-old Mississippi native came of age in a time and place unlike anything his student > read more

What do Oscar-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne and WBO world lightweight boxing champion Terence “Bud” Crawford have in common?

12/01/2014 18:09:50 PM

What do Oscar-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne and WBO world lightweight boxing champion Terence "Bud" Crawford have in common? These newsmakers share the same hometown of Omaha, Neb. but more than that they share an unflinching loyalty to their ro > read more

What do Oscar-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne and WBO world lightweight boxing champion Terence “Bud” Crawford have in common?

12/01/2014 18:09:50 PM

What do Oscar-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne and WBO world lightweight boxing champion Terence "Bud" Crawford have in common? These newsmakers share the same hometown of Omaha, Neb. but more than that they share an unflinching loyalty to their ro > read more

Feeding the World, Nourishing Our Neighbors, Far and Near: Howard G. Buffett Foundation and Omaha Nonprofits Take On Hunger and Food Insecurity

11/22/2014 12:45:26 PM

Giving became synonymous with the Buffett name when Omaha billionaire investor Warren Buffett gave part of his immense wealth to his adult children's foundations and pledged the remainder to philanthropy in the event of his death. Thus, one of histor > read more

Nebraska Film Currents

11/12/2014 20:35:56 PM

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Nebraska Film Currents

11/12/2014 20:35:56 PM

Nebraska Film Currents  ©by Leo Adam Biga > read more

Masters David O. Russell and Alexander Payne matched wits at Film Streams Feature VI event

11/11/2014 15:14:47 PM

The smart banter between David O. Russell and Alexander Payne at last night's Film Streams Feature VI event in Omaha gave a glimpse into why these two cinema masters have enjoyed a long friendship. They are both brilliant in their own way. Highly e > read more

Masters David O. Russell and Alexander Payne matched wits at Film Streams Feature VI event

11/11/2014 15:14:47 PM

The smart banter between David O. Russell and Alexander Payne at last night's Film Streams Feature VI event in Omaha gave a glimpse into why these two cinema masters have enjoyed a long friendship. They are both brilliant in their own way. Highly e > read more

Milton Kleinberg: Omaha resident who survived little-known chapter of Holocaust history releases new edition of his memoir

11/06/2014 18:15:44 PM

As a child in Poland, Milton Kleinberg got caught up in a little known chapter of the Holocaust when he and his family were among Jews exiled to Soviet labor camps. The forced journey took them from occupied Poland to the siege at Stalingrad to the v > read more

Milton Kleinberg: Omaha resident who survived little-known chapter of Holocaust history releases new edition of his memoir

11/06/2014 18:15:44 PM

As a child in Poland, Milton Kleinberg got caught up in a little known chapter of the Holocaust when he and his family were among Jews exiled to Soviet labor camps. The forced journey took them from occupied Poland to the siege at Stalingrad to the v > read more

New American Cinema auteurs, colleagues and friends David O. Russell and Alexander Payne to headline Feature VI

11/05/2014 18:31:55 PM

Alexander Payne is in a position to ask any world class film figure to be his guest of honor at the Film Streams Feature event, the art cinema's annual big fund raiser. Laura Dern, Debra Winger, Steven Soderbergh, Jane Fonda and the principal cast of > read more

New American Cinema auteurs, colleagues and friends David O. Russell and Alexander Payne to headline Feature VI

11/05/2014 18:31:55 PM

Alexander Payne is in a position to ask any world class film figure to be his guest of honor at the Film Streams Feature event, the art cinema's annual big fund raiser. Laura Dern, Debra Winger, Steven Soderbergh, Jane Fonda and the principal cast of > read more

Leo Adam Biga’s Blog hits 400,000 views & The Many Faces of Leo Adam Biga’s Blog Version 2.0

11/03/2014 08:59:51 AM

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Leo Adam Biga’s Blog hits 400,000 views & The Many Faces of Leo Adam Biga’s Blog Version 2.0

11/03/2014 08:59:51 AM

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2nd District Congressional race gives voters two distinct styles in incumbent Lee Terry and challenger Brad Ashford

10/31/2014 08:45:24 AM

At the end of the day, voters want a choice. If nothing else, the tight Nebraska 2nd Congressional District race pitting incumbent Lee Terry against challenger Brad Ashford gives voters a distinct option. Pre-election surveys indicate a neck-and-nec > read more

2nd District Congressional race gives voters two distinct styles in incumbent Lee Terry and challenger Brad Ashford

10/31/2014 08:45:24 AM

At the end of the day, voters want a choice. If nothing else, the tight Nebraska 2nd Congressional District race pitting incumbent Lee Terry against challenger Brad Ashford gives voters a distinct option. Pre-election surveys indicate a neck-and-nec > read more

The Many Faces of Leo Adam Biga’s Blog

10/26/2014 23:32:40 PM

When you have a narrative-driven, journalism-based blog like mine that features hundreds of articles per year, one needs to break up all that text with images.  Because I write about the full gallery of humanity or as I like to say, I write stories > read more

The Many Faces of Leo Adam Biga’s Blog

10/26/2014 23:32:40 PM

When you have a narrative-driven, journalism-based blog like mine that features hundreds of articles per year, one needs to break up all that text with images.  Because I write about the full gallery of humanity or as I like to say, I write stories > read more

High-flying McNary big part of Creighton volleyball success; Senior outside hitter’s play has helped raise program stature

10/23/2014 22:10:51 PM

Leah McNary has been there for much of Creighton volleyball's ascendancy from weak little sister program in the shadow of Big Red to all-grown-up competitor holding its own. "It's exciting being a part of a process of building a program," she says. > read more

High-flying McNary big part of Creighton volleyball success; Senior outside hitter’s play has helped raise program stature

10/23/2014 22:10:51 PM

Leah McNary has been there for much of Creighton volleyball's ascendancy from weak little sister program in the shadow of Big Red to all-grown-up competitor holding its own. "It's exciting being a part of a process of building a program," she says. > read more

Struggles of single moms subject of film and discussion; Local women can relate to living paycheck to paycheck

10/23/2014 20:49:37 PM

In the Gloria Gaynor anthem "I Will Survive" a woman declares her personal autonomy. Not needing to find validation in another is a liberating thing worth celebrating in song. Life imitates art whenever a poor single mother breaks free of the shackl > read more

Struggles of single moms subject of film and discussion; Local women can relate to living paycheck to paycheck

10/23/2014 20:49:37 PM

In the Gloria Gaynor anthem "I Will Survive" a woman declares her personal autonomy. Not needing to find validation in another is a liberating thing worth celebrating in song. Life imitates art whenever a poor single mother breaks free of the shackl > read more

Have curiosity-will travel spirit brought Tanya Cook to Ukraine

10/18/2014 10:52:28 AM

An abiding curiosity led Neb. State Sen. Tanya Cook (District 13) to serve as an official observer at the May 25 Ukrainian presidential election. Joining a Ukrainian Congress Committee of America delegation, she witnessed candy czar Petro Poroshenk > read more

Have curiosity-will travel spirit brought Tanya Cook to Ukraine

10/18/2014 10:52:28 AM

An abiding curiosity led Neb. State Sen. Tanya Cook (District 13) to serve as an official observer at the May 25 Ukrainian presidential election. Joining a Ukrainian Congress Committee of America delegation, she witnessed candy czar Petro Poroshenk > read more

Omaha native goes where his film passion leads him: James Duff and filmmaker wife Julia Morrison shot debut feature ‘Hank and Asha’ on two continents

10/17/2014 22:30:20 PM

Omaha native James E. Duff goes to extreme lengths feeding his film passion. He once went across the country by scooter to make a documentary. He's directed films and taught filmmaking in Africa and Europe. His latest travels resulted in his debut na > read more

Omaha native goes where his film passion leads him: James Duff and filmmaker wife Julia Morrison shot debut feature ‘Hank and Asha’ on two continents

10/17/2014 22:30:20 PM

Omaha native James E. Duff goes to extreme lengths feeding his film passion. He once went across the country by scooter to make a documentary. He's directed films and taught filmmaking in Africa and Europe. His latest travels resulted in his debut na > read more

Big Mama, Bigger Heart: Serving Up Soul Food and Second Chances

10/17/2014 17:49:22 PM

Patricia Givens Barron, the woman behind Big Mama’s Kitchen in North Omaha, is known for her soul food. And for giving folks who’ve run afoul of the law a second chance. Her desire to give individuals reentering society a break is not some vague > read more

Big Mama, Bigger Heart: Serving Up Soul Food and Second Chances

10/17/2014 17:49:22 PM

Patricia Givens Barron, the woman behind Big Mama’s Kitchen in North Omaha, is known for her soul food. And for giving folks who’ve run afoul of the law a second chance. Her desire to give individuals reentering society a break is not some vague > read more

Artist facing life-altering disease makes Dracula subject of literary festival: Jill Anderson and friends explore Bram Stoker’s dark vision

10/17/2014 09:06:07 AM

When Jill Anderson made Bram Stoker's dark transmutation novel Dracula the theme for the 2014 Joslyn Castle Literary Festival she never imagined her own life would be marked by fear-inducing, life-altering transformation. In February the founder-art > read more

Artist facing life-altering disease makes Dracula subject of literary festival: Jill Anderson and friends explore Bram Stoker’s dark vision

10/17/2014 09:06:07 AM

When Jill Anderson made Bram Stoker's dark transmutation novel Dracula the theme for the 2014 Joslyn Castle Literary Festival she never imagined her own life would be marked by fear-inducing, life-altering transformation. In February the founder-art > read more

Alone or together, Omaha power couple Vic Gutman and Roberta Wilhelm give back to the community

09/29/2014 13:57:36 PM

Vic Gutman and Roberta Wilhelm each own such strong public identities for their individual professional pursuits that not everyone may know they comprise one of Omaha's most dynamic couples. Married since 1998, they were colleagues before tying the > read more

Alone or together, Omaha power couple Vic Gutman and Roberta Wilhelm give back to the community

09/29/2014 13:57:36 PM

Vic Gutman and Roberta Wilhelm each own such strong public identities for their individual professional pursuits that not everyone may know they comprise one of Omaha's most dynamic couples. Married since 1998, they were colleagues before tying the > read more

Art and community meet-up in artist’s public projects; Watie White mines urban tales

09/24/2014 18:20:41 PM

Omaha artist Watie White's humanist public art projects reveal the narratives of transitional urban neighborhoods. The dynamics of locations and the people living there shape his site-specific works. Three 2014 projects, one completed and the others > read more

Art and community meet-up in artist’s public projects; Watie White mines urban tales

09/24/2014 18:20:41 PM

Omaha artist Watie White's humanist public art projects reveal the narratives of transitional urban neighborhoods. The dynamics of locations and the people living there shape his site-specific works. Three 2014 projects, one completed and the others > read more

Filmmaker explores a Latina whose story defies all conventions; Maria Agui Carter to speak after El Museo Latinoscreening of her film ‘Rebel’

09/19/2014 13:59:54 PM

Award-winning filmmaker Maria Agui Carter has much to say about her new film Rebel, the story of a Latina who posed as a man to fight and spy in the American Civil War. Agui Carter will discuss the film, which recently aired as a PBS special, and its > read more

Filmmaker explores a Latina whose story defies all conventions; Maria Agui Carter to speak after El Museo Latinoscreening of her film ‘Rebel’

09/19/2014 13:59:54 PM

Award-winning filmmaker Maria Agui Carter has much to say about her new film Rebel, the story of a Latina who posed as a man to fight and spy in the American Civil War. Agui Carter will discuss the film, which recently aired as a PBS special, and its > read more

Rock photographer Janette Beckman keeps it real;Her hip-hop and biker images are at Carver Bank in Omaha, where she’s doing a Bemis residency

09/19/2014 12:56:59 PM

Photographer Janette Beckman made a name for herself in the 1970s and 1980s capturing the punk scene in her native London and the hip-hop scene in her adopted New York City. Dubbed "the queen of rock photographers," her images appeared in culture an > read more

Rock photographer Janette Beckman keeps it real;Her hip-hop and biker images are at Carver Bank in Omaha, where she’s doing a Bemis residency

09/19/2014 12:56:59 PM

Photographer Janette Beckman made a name for herself in the 1970s and 1980s capturing the punk scene in her native London and the hip-hop scene in her adopted New York City. Dubbed "the queen of rock photographers," her images appeared in culture an > read more

Nebraska Cultural Endowment Livelihood blog features Leo Adam Biga – Omaha journalist/author writes about people, their passions and their magnificent obsessions

09/15/2014 10:11:51 AM

My interest in wordplay began in childhood. Growing up in North Omaha I found myself attracted to the wonder of certain words, usually multi-syllabic tongue twisters I heard television talking-heads wittily brandish. I also fell under the near fatal > read more

Nebraska Cultural Endowment Livelihood blog features Leo Adam Biga – Omaha journalist/author writes about people, their passions and their magnificent obsessions

09/15/2014 10:11:51 AM

My interest in wordplay began in childhood. Growing up in North Omaha I found myself attracted to the wonder of certain words, usually multi-syllabic tongue twisters I heard television talking-heads wittily brandish. I also fell under the near fatal > read more

Rabbi Azriel’s neighborhood welcomes all, unlike what he saw on recent Middle East trip; Social justice activist and interfaith advocate optimistic about Tri-Faith campus

09/05/2014 19:07:31 PM

Rabbi Aryeh Azriel of Omaha's Temple Israel Synagogue builds bridges between people of different backgrounds and persuasions. Take for example his driving force work with the Tri-Faith Initiative, the project that intends creating a local campus of J > read more

Rabbi Azriel’s neighborhood welcomes all, unlike what he saw on recent Middle East trip; Social justice activist and interfaith advocate optimistic about Tri-Faith campus

09/05/2014 19:07:31 PM

Rabbi Aryeh Azriel of Omaha's Temple Israel Synagogue builds bridges between people of different backgrounds and persuasions. Take for example his driving force work with the Tri-Faith Initiative, the project that intends creating a local campus of J > read more

Teacher’s Secret Kindness Agents project now a book; Random acts of kindness prove healing and habit-forming

09/05/2014 17:31:41 PM

When the 2012 Sandy Hook tragedy happened Ferial Pearson searched for answers and hope. Her bullied young son provided both when he revealed being comforted by her felt better than staying mad. That got Pearson, an award-winning local educator, thi > read more

Educator Ferial Pearson’s Secret Kindness Agents project now a book; Random acts of kindness prove healing and habit-forming

09/05/2014 17:31:41 PM

When the 2012 Sandy Hook tragedy happened Ferial Pearson searched for answers and hope. Her bullied young son provided both when he revealed being comforted by her felt better than staying mad. That got Pearson, an award-winning local educator, thi > read more

Omaha North superstar back Calvin Strong overcomes bigger obstacles than tacklers; Record-setting rusher poised to lead defending champion Vikings to another state title

08/29/2014 11:10:25 AM

Omaha North running back sensation and recent South Dakota verbal commit Calvin Strong put up sick numbers last season leading his school to its first state football title in the playoff era. His 3,008 rushing yards and 43 touchdowns set state and me > read more

Omaha North superstar back Calvin Strong overcomes bigger obstacles than tacklers; Record-setting rusher poised to lead defending champion Vikings to another state title

08/29/2014 11:10:25 AM

Omaha North running back sensation and recent South Dakota verbal commit Calvin Strong put up sick numbers last season leading his school to its first state football title in the playoff era. His 3,008 rushing yards and 43 touchdowns set state and me > read more

JOURNEYS: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo calls African Grasslands Project the Metro’s Next Big Thing

08/25/2014 11:13:28 AM

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo is a big deal.  We’re talking one of America’s Top 100 attractions with annual attendance near two million and a large gallery of state of the art indoor exhibits to complement its outdoor viewing areas.   > read more

JOURNEYS: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo calls African Grasslands Project the Metro’s Next Big Thing

08/25/2014 11:13:28 AM

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo is a big deal.  We’re talking one of America’s Top 100 attractions with annual attendance near two million and a large gallery of state of the art indoor exhibits to complement its outdoor viewing areas.   > read more

Next generation of North Omaha leaders eager for change: New crop of leaders emerging to keep momentum going

08/21/2014 14:11:59 PM

If redevelopment plans for northeast Omaha come to full fruition then that long depressed district will see progress at-scale after years of patchwork promises. Old and new leaders from largely African-American North Omaha will be the driving forces > read more

Next generation of North Omaha leaders eager for change: New crop of leaders emerging to keep momentum going

08/21/2014 14:11:59 PM

If redevelopment plans for northeast Omaha come to full fruition then that long depressed district will see progress at-scale after years of patchwork promises. Old and new leaders from largely African-American North Omaha will be the driving forces > read more

New endorsement for my Alexander Payne book from James Marshall Crotty

08/19/2014 08:13:58 AM

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New endorsement for my Alexander Payne book from James Marshall Crotty

08/19/2014 08:13:58 AM

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Change Agent: Mark Evans leads OPS on bold new course full of changes in his first year as Omaha Public Schools’ superintendent

08/15/2014 09:42:54 AM

When Mark Evans accepted the job of Omaha Public Schools superintendent in December 2012, he knew the mission would be immense in this sprawling urban district facing myriad challenges. With 51,000 students spread out over 86 schools located in div > read more

Change Agent: Mark Evans leads OPS on bold new course full of changes in his first year as Omaha Public Schools’ superintendent

08/15/2014 09:42:54 AM

When Mark Evans accepted the job of Omaha Public Schools superintendent in December 2012, he knew the mission would be immense in this sprawling urban district facing myriad challenges. With 51,000 students spread out over 86 schools located in div > read more

Omaha performer Brenda Allen recalls her friendship with Johnny Cash: Ring of Fire pays tribute to iconic singer-songwriter

08/08/2014 15:35:32 PM

With impresario Gordon Cantiello's new tribute show The Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash at The Waiting Room, it's only natural to consider what makes the singer-songwriter of the title so enduring. The king of hard-scrabble, honky-tonk infuse > read more

Omaha performer Brenda Allen recalls her friendship with Johnny Cash: Ring of Fire pays tribute to iconic singer-songwriter

08/08/2014 15:35:32 PM

With impresario Gordon Cantiello's new tribute show The Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash at The Waiting Room, it's only natural to consider what makes the singer-songwriter of the title so enduring. The king of hard-scrabble, honky-tonk infuse > read more

Star-studded lineup of artists at North Omaha Summer Arts Crawl – Friday, August 8 from 6-9 pm

08/06/2014 12:33:43 PM

It’s a star-studded lineup of artists at this Friday’s North Omaha Summer Arts Crawl. Stroll or drive to five venues (listed below) near and along North 30th Street. 6-9 pm. Food and beverages served at each site. It’s all free. For > read more

Star-studded lineup of artists at North Omaha Summer Arts Crawl – Friday, August 8 from 6-9 pm

08/06/2014 12:33:43 PM

It’s a star-studded lineup of artists at this Friday’s North Omaha Summer Arts Crawl. Stroll or drive to five venues (listed below) near and along North 30th Street. 6-9 pm. Food and beverages served at each site. It’s all free. For > read more

Linda Meigs Brings Agriculture, History and Art Together at Florence Mill

08/01/2014 09:06:20 AM

Artist, history buff, preservationist Linda Meigs didn't set out to be the Mill Lady but that's what she's known as at the Historic Florence Mill, 9012 North 30th Street. It's appropriate, too, because ever since saving this landmark from likely demo > read more

Linda Meigs Brings Agriculture, History and Art Together at Florence Mill

08/01/2014 09:06:20 AM

Artist, history buff, preservationist Linda Meigs didn't set out to be the Mill Lady but that's what she's known as at the Historic Florence Mill, 9012 North 30th Street. It's appropriate, too, because ever since saving this landmark from likely demo > read more

Arts Crawl Concludes North Omaha Summer Arts – Friday ,Aug. 8 from 6-9 p.m.

07/31/2014 11:30:58 AM

Arts Crawl Concludes North Omaha Summer Arts – Friday, Aug. 8 from 6-9 p.m. Please join us for the conclusion of North Omaha Summer Arts (NOSA) at an Arts Crawl on Friday, August 8 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Take a leisurely stroll or drive to sample a wid > read more

Arts Crawl Concludes North Omaha Summer Arts; Friday, August 8 from 6-9 p.m.

07/31/2014 11:30:58 AM

Arts Crawl Concludes North Omaha Summer Arts – Friday, August 8 from 6-9 p.m. Please join us for the conclusion of North Omaha Summer Arts (NOSA) at an Arts Crawl on Friday, August 8 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Take a leisurely stroll or drive to sample a w > read more

Finding Normal: Schalisha Walker’s journey finding normal after foster care sheds light on service needs

07/18/2014 09:25:24 AM

Before a Feb. 27 packed house at the Holland Performing Arts Center a woman strode on stage to introduce playwright-poet-performance artist Daniel Beaty. Schalisha Walker, 25, was unknown to all but a few in the audience. She was there to not only i > read more

Finding Normal: Schalisha Walker’s journey finding normal after foster care sheds light on service needs

07/18/2014 09:25:24 AM

Before a Feb. 27 packed house at the Holland Performing Arts Center a woman strode on stage to introduce playwright-poet-performance artist Daniel Beaty. Schalisha Walker, 25, was unknown to all but a few in the audience. She was there to not only i > read more

Omaha Songstress Mary Carrick Takes Flight in New CD

07/14/2014 10:21:51 AM

If the late soul master James Brown was the hardest working man in show business, then singer Mary Carrick is Omaha’s hardest working woman in entertainment. When the Nebraska Arts Council touring artist isn’t performing her own cabaret act, she > read more

Omaha Songstress Mary Carrick Takes Flight in New CD

07/14/2014 10:21:51 AM

If the late soul master James Brown was the hardest working man in show business, then singer Mary Carrick is Omaha’s hardest working woman in entertainment. When the Nebraska Arts Council touring artist isn’t performing her own cabaret act, she > read more

Aisha’s Adventures: A story of inspiration and transformation; homelessness didn’t stop entrepreneurial missionary Aisha Okudi from pursuing her goals

07/10/2014 11:38:31 AM

Entrepreneurial African missionary Aisha Okudi, 37, laid the foundation for her thriving business and ambitious humanitarian work during a period when she and her children were sometimes homeless. She'd been through worse. Regardless of how bad thin > read more

Aisha’s Adventures: A story of inspiration and transformation; homelessness didn’t stop entrepreneurial missionary Aisha Okudi from pursuing her goals

07/10/2014 11:38:31 AM

Entrepreneurial African missionary Aisha Okudi, 37, laid the foundation for her thriving business and ambitious humanitarian work during a period when she and her children were sometimes homeless. She'd been through worse. Regardless of how bad thin > read more

Bud Rising: Bud Crawford’s tight family has his back as he defends title in his own backyard

06/25/2014 14:32:23 PM

When Terence "Bud" Crawford defends his WBO lightweight title June 28 at the CenturyLink Center, he'll fight for himself, his tight-knit family and a boxing community that's not seen anything like this since 1972. Forty-two years ago heavyweight cha > read more

Bud Rising: Terence “Bud” Crawford’s tight family has his back as he defends title in his own backyard

06/25/2014 14:32:23 PM

When Terence "Bud" Crawford defends his WBO lightweight title June 28 at the CenturyLink Center, he'll fight for himself, his tight-knit family and a boxing community that's not seen anything like this since 1972. Forty-two years ago heavyweight cha > read more

North Omaha Summer Arts Presents: Gospel in the Park

06/17/2014 17:07:16 PM

My beloved, Pamela Jo Berry, has a big heart for her community.  It’s what led her to found North Omaha Summer Arts, an annual festival that infuses different art forms into the underserved North Omaha community she grew up in and still reside > read more

North Omaha Summer Arts Presents: Gospel in the Park

06/17/2014 17:07:16 PM

My beloved, Pamela Jo Berry, has a big heart for her community.  It’s what led her to found North Omaha Summer Arts, an annual festival that infuses different art forms into the underserved North Omaha community she grew up in and still reside > read more

Partnership 4 Kids – Building Bridges and Breaking Barriers

06/03/2014 11:35:48 AM

Giving at-risk youth hope and a pathway to success is the core mission of the goal-setting and mentoring collaborative known as Partnership 4 Kids. Serving more than 4,700 K-9 students in 22 schools with the help of 400-plus volunteers, P4K sprang ou > read more

Partnership 4 Kids – Building Bridges and Breaking Barriers

06/03/2014 11:35:48 AM

Giving at-risk youth hope and a pathway to success is the core mission of the goal-setting and mentoring collaborative known as Partnership 4 Kids. Serving more than 4,700 K-9 students in 22 schools with the help of 400-plus volunteers, P4K sprang ou > read more

Justice Champion Samuel Walker Calls It as He Sees It

05/30/2014 11:24:32 AM

And justice for all You could do worse than label UNO professor emeritus of criminal justice Samuel Walker a dyed-in-the-wool progressive liberal. He certainly doesn't conceal his humanist-libertarian leanings in authoring books, published articles > read more

Justice Champion Samuel Walker Calls It as He Sees It

05/30/2014 11:24:32 AM

And justice for all You could do worse than label UNO professor emeritus of criminal justice Samuel Walker a dyed-in-the-wool progressive liberal. He certainly doesn't conceal his humanist-libertarian leanings in authoring books, published articles > read more

Temple Israel Omaha embraces new home and new era

05/26/2014 14:18:40 PM

For the fall 2013 dedication of its new synagogue building, Temple Israel Omaha commissioned Omaha Publications to create a commemorative, magazine-style program.  I was asked to write four stories for that piece that reflect different dimensions of > read more

Temple Israel Omaha embraces new home and new era

05/26/2014 14:18:40 PM

For the fall 2013 dedication of its new synagogue building, Temple Israel Omaha commissioned Omaha Publications to create a commemorative, magazine-style program.  I was asked to write four stories for that piece that reflect different dimensions of > read more

Considering Alexander Payne’s ‘Nebraska’

05/24/2014 14:22:08 PM

Even though Alexander Payne demonstrates time and again that commercial considerations mean very little to him, following the breakaway success of The Descendants (2011) there was every reasonable expectation he might lean a bit more again in the dir > read more

Considering Alexander Payne’s ‘Nebraska’

05/24/2014 14:22:08 PM

Even though Alexander Payne demonstrates time and again that commercial considerations mean very little to him, following the breakaway success of The Descendants (2011) there was every reasonable expectation he might lean a bit more again in the dir > read more

Couple gives plumbing a sexy new turn

05/22/2014 22:45:27 PM

Plumbing has never looked like this. An Omaha couple is turning heads with online teasers for their Big Birge Plumbing Company and gaining new customers in the process. Brad and Lallenia Birge lend their killer smiles and buff, model good looks to P > read more

Couple gives plumbing a sexy new turn

05/22/2014 22:45:27 PM

Plumbing has never looked like this. An Omaha couple is turning heads with online teasers for their Big Birge Plumbing Company and gaining new customers in the process. Brad and Lallenia Birge lend their killer smiles and buff, model good looks to P > read more

PlayFest broadens theater possibilities: Great Plains Theatre Conference events feature community-based, site-specific works

05/22/2014 20:50:22 PM

The Great Plains Theatre Conference continues stretching beyond its hidebound beginnings by assuming an ever freer, more engaging public model. Where it was once top-heavy with crusty old lions of the conventional New York City stage, it's now embrac > read more

PlayFest broadens theater possibilities: Great Plains Theatre Conference events feature community-based, site-specific works

05/22/2014 20:50:22 PM

The Great Plains Theatre Conference continues stretching beyond its hidebound beginnings by assuming an ever freer, more engaging public model. Where it was once top-heavy with crusty old lions of the conventional New York City stage, it's now embrac > read more

To code or not to code: New Omaha school offers bootcamp for aspiring web designers

05/22/2014 20:10:29 PM

Entrepreneurial techie Sumeet Jain is poised to fill a gap in the metro's dot com scene through a for-profit startup he founded last fall with his cousin Rahul Gupta. The pair's Omaha Code School aims to provide aspiring web developers an immersive b > read more

Rabbi Azriel: Legacy as Social Progressive and Interfaith Champion Secure

05/14/2014 21:51:45 PM

Rabbi Aryeh Azriel has led Omaha’s reform Jewish congregation, Temple Israel Synagogue, since 1988. Along the way he’s become known for his social justice advocacy and for his efforts building bridges to other faith communities. He’s a board me > read more

Rabbi Azriel: Legacy as Social Progressive and Interfaith Champion Secure

05/14/2014 21:51:45 PM

Rabbi Aryeh Azriel has led Omaha’s reform Jewish congregation, Temple Israel Synagogue, since 1988. Along the way he’s become known for his social justice advocacy and for his efforts building bridges to other faith communities. He’s a board me > read more

KETV President-General Manager Ariel Roblin Leads Effort to Make Historic Burlington Station the ABC Affiliate’s New Home

05/09/2014 17:18:00 PM

Almost as soon as Ariel Roblin became president and general manager of Omaha ratings leader KETV in 2011 she faced the momentous decision of finding a new site for the ABC network affiliate. This next generation media executive succeeded Sarah Smith > read more

KETV President-General Manager Ariel Roblin Leads Effort to Make Historic Burlington Station the ABC Affiliate’s New Home

05/09/2014 17:18:00 PM

Almost as soon as Ariel Roblin became president and general manager of Omaha ratings leader KETV in 2011 she faced the momentous decision of finding a new site for the ABC network affiliate. This next generation media executive succeeded Sarah Smith > read more

Collaboration and Diversity Matter to Inclusive Communities: Nonprofit Teaches Tools and Skills for Valuing Human Differences

05/09/2014 17:03:37 PM

Since its 1938 founding in response to religious and racial bias, Inclusive Communities has embraced human diversity, tolerance and unity. The good work of individuals and organizations in promoting equality and inclusivity will be celebrated May 2 > read more



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