Expect Plenty of Booms at Louder Than a Bomb Youth Poetry Festival Finals; Friendly Tournament Makes Expressing Deepest Feelings Safe

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Expect Plenty of Booms at Louder Than a Bomb Youth Poetry Festival Finals; Friendly Tournament Makes Expressing Deepest Feelings Safe

04/17/2014 12:46:24 PM

In the hybrid realm of slam poetry, where free verse, theater, oral storytelling and forensics converge to make a verbal gumbo, personal expression rules. Impassioned teen anguish stirs the pot to create a heady brew during the Louder Than a Bomb (L

Omaha World-Herald Columnist Mike Kelly: A Storyteller for All Seasons

04/01/2014 23:51:17 PM

The face of a newspaper When it comes to local print media, the Omaha World-Herald is the only game in town owing to its vast coverage and reach. For a long time now the venerable daily's most public face has been lead Metro columnist Michael Kelly,

Omaha World-Herald Columnist Mike Kelly: A Storyteller for All Seasons

04/01/2014 23:51:17 PM

The face of a newspaper When it comes to local print media, the Omaha World-Herald is the only game in town owing to its vast coverage and reach. For a long time now the venerable daily's most public face has been lead Metro columnist Michael Kelly,

Drive-By Delight: House forever tied to Alexander Payne’s ‘About Schmidt’ is just home to its residents

04/01/2014 22:21:51 PM

Alexander Payne’s new Oscar-nominated film Nebraska is stirring the pot in his home state the way his last film made here, About Schmidt, did in 2002. That earlier project’s superstar lead, Jack Nicholson, naturally dominated media coverage. Nic

Drive-By Delight: House forever tied to Alexander Payne’s ‘About Schmidt’ is just home to its residents

04/01/2014 22:21:51 PM

Alexander Payne’s new Oscar-nominated film Nebraska is stirring the pot in his home state the way his last film made here, About Schmidt, did in 2002. That earlier project’s superstar lead, Jack Nicholson, naturally dominated media coverage. Nic

OTJOY ICAN – Women’s Leadership Conference gets Happy and gets Busy framing Happiness and how to apply it to Business

04/01/2014 21:10:35 PM

Happy is as happy does. As organizations get ever leaner-meaner trying to maximize profits, happiness may seem a strange value to cultivate. But experts like Shawn Achor, whose consulting firm Good Think Inc. applies positive psychology findings to

Happiness is as Happiness Does – ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference gets Busy framing Happiness and how to apply it to Business

04/01/2014 21:10:35 PM

Happy is as happy does. As organizations get ever leaner-meaner trying to maximize profits, happiness may seem a strange value to cultivate. But experts like Shawn Achor, whose consulting firm Good Think Inc. applies positive psychology findings to

Gravitas – Gravity Center for Contemplative Activism Founders Christopher and Phileena Heuertz Create Place of Healing for Healers

04/01/2014 18:14:19 PM

After serving the poorest of the poor, an Omaha couple now helps heal fellow healers Omaha is a world away from the slums of Calcutta, the killing fields of Sierra Leone or the red light districts of South America. But the human pain found there is

Gravitas – Gravity Center for Contemplative Activism Founders Christopher and Phileena Heuertz Create Place of Healing for Healers

04/01/2014 18:14:19 PM

After serving the poorest of the poor, an Omaha couple now helps heal fellow healers Omaha is a world away from the slums of Calcutta, the killing fields of Sierra Leone or the red light districts of South America. But the human pain found there is

Nebraska’s Changing Face; UNO’s Changing Face

03/18/2014 10:58:19 AM

Nebraska's "Plain Jane" sameness has long extended to its racial makeup. Diversity hasn't held much truck here. Even when the foreign-born population was at its peak in the state's first half century, the newcomers were predominantly of European ance

Nebraska’s Changing Face; UNO’s Changing Face

03/18/2014 10:58:19 AM

Nebraska's "Plain Jane" sameness has long extended to its racial makeup. Diversity hasn't held much truck here. Even when the foreign-born population was at its peak in the state's first half century, the newcomers were predominantly of European ance

Omahans put their spin on Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’ – Jason Levering leads stage adaptation of horror classic to benefit Benson Theatre Project

03/17/2014 07:39:07 AM

Credit Omaha writer-director Jason Levering for possessing the temerity to not only consider adapting Stephen King's meta horror novel The Shining to the stage but to follow through and actually get the master's approval. Now he's only hours away fro

Omahans put their spin on Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’ – Jason Levering leads stage adaptation of horror classic to benefit Benson Theatre Project

03/17/2014 07:39:07 AM

Credit Omaha writer-director Jason Levering for possessing the temerity to not only consider adapting Stephen King's meta horror novel The Shining to the stage but to follow through and actually get the master's approval. Now he's only hours away fro

Sisters of song: Kathy Tyree connects with Ella Fitzgerald; Omaha singer feels kinship to her stage alter ego

03/12/2014 16:45:25 PM

Ella, the dramatic musical revue of the life of American songbook diva Ella Fitzgerald at the Omaha Community Playhouse, reveals the anguish behind the legendary performer's sweet voice and carefree persona. Call it kismet or karma, but the woman

Sisters of song: Kathy Tyree connects with Ella Fitzgerald; Omaha singer feels kinship to her stage alter ego

03/12/2014 16:45:25 PM

Ella, the dramatic musical revue of the life of American songbook diva Ella Fitzgerald at the Omaha Community Playhouse, reveals the anguish behind the legendary performer's sweet voice and carefree persona. Call it kismet or karma, but the woman

Omaha author Timothy Schaffert delivers again with his new novel, ‘The Swan Gondola’

03/07/2014 07:13:07 AM

Nebraska has produced many literary heavyweights: Willa Cather, Mari Sandoz, Wright Morris, John Neihardt, Tillie Olsen, Loren Eiseley, Ron Hansen, Richard Dooling, Terese Svoboda, Kurt Andersen, Ted Kooser. Add the name Timothy Schaffert to this

Omaha author Timothy Schaffert delivers again with his new novel, ‘The Swan Gondola’

03/07/2014 07:13:07 AM

Nebraska has produced many literary heavyweights: Willa Cather, Mari Sandoz, Wright Morris, John Neihardt, Tillie Olsen, Loren Eiseley, Ron Hansen, Richard Dooling, Terese Svoboda, Kurt Andersen, Ted Kooser. Add the name Timothy Schaffert to this

Omaha Film Festival turns nine

03/06/2014 17:28:34 PM

The March 5-9 Omaha Film Festival has gone all digital with its move from Regal Omaha Stadium 16 to Marcus Village Pointe Cinema at 304 No. 174th Street. Besides the sharper projection offered, OFF Program director Marc Longbrake says the new site

Omaha Film Festival turns nine

03/06/2014 17:28:34 PM

The March 5-9 Omaha Film Festival has gone all digital with its move from Regal Omaha Stadium 16 to Marcus Village Pointe Cinema at 304 No. 174th Street. Besides the sharper projection offered, OFF Program director Marc Longbrake says the new site

Ex-gonzo journalist-turned-filmmaker James Marshall Crotty resolved to celebrate debate in new films ‘Crotty’s Kids’ and ‘Master Debaters’

03/06/2014 16:06:42 PM

Omaha ex-pat James Marshall Crotty, co-creator of the underground Monk magazine and author of alternative city guides, gained a cult following for his irreverent dashboard reporting about America's fringes. His arch leanings are on display in two doc

Ex-gonzo journalist-turned-filmmaker James Marshall Crotty resolved to celebrate debate in new films ‘Crotty’s Kids’ and ‘Master Debaters’

03/06/2014 16:06:42 PM

Omaha ex-pat James Marshall Crotty, co-creator of the underground Monk magazine and author of alternative city guides, gained a cult following for his irreverent dashboard reporting about America's fringes. His arch leanings are on display in two doc

Terence “Bud” Crawford in the fight of his life for lightweight title: top contender from Omaha’s mean streets looks to make history

02/25/2014 13:50:11 PM

As Omaha glories in Creighton Bluejays hoops superstar Doug McDermott's historic season, another local sports figure going for greatness flies under the radar. Boxer Terence "Bud" Crawford challenges for the WBO lightweight title March 1 against cha

Terence “Bud” Crawford in the fight of his life for lightweight title: top contender from Omaha’s mean streets looks to make history

02/25/2014 13:50:11 PM

As Omaha glories in Creighton Bluejays hoops superstar Doug McDermott's historic season, another local sports figure going for greatness flies under the radar. Boxer Terence "Bud" Crawford challenges for the WBO lightweight title March 1 against cha

‘Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film’ Author Leo Adam Biga at Feb. 22 Author’s Fair

02/21/2014 09:34:49 AM

‘Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film’ Author Leo Adam Biga at Feb. 22 Author’s Fair Show me and my fellow metro area authors some love at the Omaha Public Library’s annual Author’s Fair, this Saturday, Feb. 22, from 1 t

‘Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film’ Author Leo Adam Biga at Feb. 22 Author’s Fair

02/21/2014 09:34:49 AM

‘Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film’ Author Leo Adam Biga at Feb. 22 Author’s Fair Show me and my fellow metro area authors some love at the Omaha Public Library’s annual Author’s Fair, this Saturday, Feb. 22, from 1 t

Nik Fackler’s ‘Sick Birds Die Easy’ captures a paradise lost

02/10/2014 15:58:44 PM

Filmmaker, musician and psychedelia aficionado Nik Fackler is a millennial seeker. It's no surprise then he followed his well-crafted made-in-Omaha feature debut Lovely, Still (2008) with documentaries exploring cultures half-a-world away. One doc

Nik Fackler’s ‘Sick Birds Die Easy’ captures a paradise lost

02/10/2014 15:58:44 PM

Filmmaker, musician and psychedelia aficionado Nik Fackler is a millennial seeker. It's no surprise then he followed his well-crafted made-in-Omaha feature debut Lovely, Still (2008) with documentaries exploring cultures half-a-world away. One doc

Color-blind love: Five interracial couples share their stories

02/06/2014 01:16:25 AM

Two bodies in the mirror: one's me, the other's you, with two far different cultures some say will bring just strife. A DIFFERENT SHADE OF LOVING, a different color of life. Valentine's Day is a reminder that though love comes naturally, i

Color-blind love: Five interracial couples share their stories

02/06/2014 01:16:25 AM

Two bodies in the mirror: one's me, the other's you, with two far different cultures some say will bring just strife. A DIFFERENT SHADE OF LOVING, a different color of life. Valentine's Day is a reminder that though love comes naturally, i

Omaha Culinary Tours: New company hopes to make Omaha’s burgeoning food culture a tourist attraction

02/05/2014 09:57:27 AM

The recently launched Omaha Culinary Tours looks to capture foodies and urban explorers alike. Owners Jim Trebbien, Jen Valandra and Suzanne Allen are banking this town's rich culinary scene is destination worthy enough to support their business. Fo

Omaha Culinary Tours: New company hopes to make Omaha’s burgeoning food culture a tourist attraction

02/05/2014 09:57:27 AM

The recently launched Omaha Culinary Tours looks to capture foodies and urban explorers alike. Owners Jim Trebbien, Jen Valandra and Suzanne Allen are banking this town's rich culinary scene is destination worthy enough to support their business. Fo

Art Imitates Life for ‘Having Our Say’ Stars, Sisters Camille Metoyer Moten and Lanette Metoyer Moore, and Their Brother Ray Metoyer

02/04/2014 19:25:04 PM

Art imitates life when siblings Camille Metoyer Moten and Lanette Metoyer Moore evoke the Delany sisters in the African-American oral-history show Having Our Say at the Omaha Community Playhouse. Just as the play's real-life Sadie and Bessie Delany

Art Imitates Life for ‘Having Our Say’ Stars, Sisters Camille Metoyer Moten and Lanette Metoyer Moore, and Their Brother Ray Metoyer

02/04/2014 19:25:04 PM

Art imitates life when siblings Camille Metoyer Moten and Lanette Metoyer Moore evoke the Delany sisters in the African-American oral-history show Having Our Say at the Omaha Community Playhouse. Just as the play's real-life Sadie and Bessie Delany

Paying it Forward…The best endorsement yet for my Alexander Payne book

02/04/2014 13:57:38 PM

For those of you needing a boost of inspiration or proof that your works make any difference at all in the world, and believe me I despair about this myself, I offer you the following message I received from a young man named Bryan Reisberg. He emai

Paying it Forward…The best endorsement yet for my Alexander Payne book

02/04/2014 13:57:38 PM

For those of you needing a boost of inspiration or proof that your works make any difference at all in the world, and believe me I despair about this myself, I offer you the following message I received from a young man named Bryan Reisberg. He emai

The Designers: Omaha’s Emerging Fashion Culture

02/02/2014 10:05:00 AM

Though far from a fashion center, Omaha's always been home to people involved in the design, merchandising and consumption of fashion. While still not a couture capital, the city's seen the emergence of a fashion culture giving local designers more o

The Designers: Omaha’s Emerging Fashion Culture

02/02/2014 10:05:00 AM

Though far from a fashion center, Omaha's always been home to people involved in the design, merchandising and consumption of fashion. While still not a couture capital, the city's seen the emergence of a fashion culture giving local designers more o

Upon This Rock: Husband and Wife Pastors John and Liz Backus Forge Dynamic Ministry Team at Trinity Lutheran

02/01/2014 18:10:01 PM

The husband and wife pastor team of John and Liz Backus minister to an old-line Swedish-American parish in Omaha, Trinity Lutheran, at 30th and Redick Streets. But their real mission is tending to the church's impoverished mixed-race neighborhood bes

Upon This Rock: Husband and Wife Pastors John and Liz Backus Forge Dynamic Ministry Team at Trinity Lutheran

02/01/2014 18:10:01 PM

The husband and wife pastor team of John and Liz Backus minister to an old-line Swedish-American parish in Omaha, Trinity Lutheran, at 30th and Redick Streets. But their real mission is tending to the church's impoverished mixed-race neighborhood bes

Nebraska Coast Connection: Networking group ties Nebraskans in Hollywood

01/06/2014 10:20:09 AM

Dreamers from Neb., as from everywhere else, have flocked to Hollywood since the motion picture industry's start. Softening the harsh realities of making it in Tinsel Town's dog-eat-dog world, where who you know is often more vital than what you kn

Nebraska Coast Connection: Networking group ties Nebraskans in Hollywood

01/06/2014 10:20:09 AM

Dreamers from Neb., as from everywhere else, have flocked to Hollywood since the motion picture industry's start. Softening the harsh realities of making it in Tinsel Town's dog-eat-dog world, where who you know is often more vital than what you kn

Changing One Life at a Time: Mentoring Takes Center Stage as Individuals and Organizations Make Mentoring Count

01/05/2014 15:05:37 PM

Mentoring happens every day around the metro in formal and informal ways. Usually, it's a caring adult nurturing a youth. Midlands Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is a local collective impact organization that provides area mentoring programs with strat

Changing One Life at a Time: Mentoring Takes Center Stage as Individuals and Organizations Make Mentoring Count

01/05/2014 15:05:37 PM

Mentoring happens every day around the metro in formal and informal ways. Usually, it's a caring adult nurturing a youth. Midlands Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is a local collective impact organization that provides area mentoring programs with strat

Patique Collins Finds the Right Fit

01/03/2014 13:47:26 PM

In 2011 Patique Collins left a two-decade corporate career to open a fitness gym. Two-and-a-half years later her Right Fit at 11067 West Maple Rd. jumps with clients. Under her watchful eye and upbeat instruction, members do various aerobic and ana

Patique Collins Finds the Right Fit

01/03/2014 13:47:26 PM

In 2011 Patique Collins left a two-decade corporate career to open a fitness gym. Two-and-a-half years later her Right Fit at 11067 West Maple Rd. jumps with clients. Under her watchful eye and upbeat instruction, members do various aerobic and ana

To Tanzania with Love: Mary Williams to Make Documentary on Alegent Creighton Health Mission in Africa Led by Bob Kasworm

01/03/2014 11:07:05 AM

Life-changing work by Alegent Creighton Health in Tanzania, Africa is the focus of a forthcoming documentary from a one-time Omaha television news personality. When former KMTV anchor-reporter Mary Williams and videographer Pete Soby travel to Tanzan

Joseph Dumba and His Healing Kadi Foundation Make Medical Mission Trips to South Sudan

01/03/2014 09:54:17 AM

When Dr. Joseph Dumba leads medical mission trips to South Sudan through his Omaha-based Healing Kadi Foundation, it's personal. The Methodist Physicians Clinic doctor grew up in the same deprived, war-rabaged area, Kajo Keji County, his mission team

2013 in review for leoadambiga.wordpress.com blog

12/31/2013 01:43:59 AM

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 88,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Mus

My Alexander Payne book makes a great Xmas gift. Order one today from my blog or pick one up at Our Bookstore or The Bookworm

12/17/2013 10:41:52 AM

Wanda Ewing Exhibit: Bougie is as Bougie Does

12/08/2013 12:56:15 PM

Omaha has lost one of its most respected and exibited artists, Wanda Ewing. As a memoriam to her, I am posting for the first on this blog a story I did about an exhibition of hers some years ago. When the assignment came I already knew her work and

Come to my next ‘Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film’ book talk and signing at KANEKO-

12/06/2013 10:43:10 AM

You are cordially invited to my next ‘Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film’ book talk and signing- Wednesday Words Reading Series Featuring Leo Adam Biga Wednesday, December 11, 2013 12:00pm until 1:00pm KANEKO-UNO Library, 12th and Jon

Giving Kids a Fighting Chance: Carl Washington and his CW Boxing Club and Youth Resource Center

12/03/2013 16:25:33 PM

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

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