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VOLUME 2 ISSUE 7 | FEBRUARY 14 - FEBRUARY 20 | 2018

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16 EARTHWEEK Diary of a Changing World By Steve Newman

18 SPORTS Basketball By Focus Omaha

20 HEALTH Weekly Influenza Surveillance Activity for Douglas County By Focus Omaha & Sponsored by New Dawn Nutrition

22 LOCAL Bound for Stardom – Omaha Band is On the Way By Howard Schwartz

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3320 Burt St, Omaha, NE 68131 Omaha Creative Institute, in partnership with Big Muddy Urban Farm, is excited to announce the first in a series of events leading up to the collaborative launch of Big Muddy’s Community Supported Agriculture and OCI’s Community Supported Art programs. Friday, February 16 | 5p-8p Metamorphosis: Art Aglow Lauritzen Gardens 100 Bancroft Street, Omaha, 68108 Through March 4 enjoy seventeen nights and see the sculptures aglow! This exhibit features larger-than-life sculptures, made from a variety of plastics intercepted from the waste stream by artists Sayaka Ganz and Aurora Robson. They have turned the harsh reality of plastic pollution into a beautiful, powerful, and educational exhibit that will inspire us all to rethink our use of plastics and to change our own habits. Discover the everyday plastic objects that have been transformed into sculptures of dolphins, penguins, fish, a whale, and other creatures of the sea and sky.

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Light will help create an imaginative seascape full of lit jellyfish, coral and more, as well as a sky scene, highlighting both real and imaginative birds. Additionally, the spectacular “Arise,” by Aurora Robson, will be illuminated in the floral display hall. By day the works dazzle with color and form, see them in a new light at night. A fun family outing or date night! The evening exhibit is included with garden admission, $10 adults, $5 for children 6-12, and is free for garden members and children under 6. https://www.lauritzengardens.org/ ----------------------------------------------Friday, February 16 | 6p - 9p Medium Green: Opening Reception + Panel Discussion Big Muddy Urban Farm

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Medium Green, an Artist-Run Exhibition curated by Andrew Tatreau, brings together 5 artists and designers whose work proposes, in function or content, alternative solutions for developing greener, more sustainable urban ecologies. Andrew Tatreau, Sarah Kolar, Emily Andersen, Geoff DeOld, Hudson Gardner, and Nick Holden offer up multiple propositions, using a wide range of production skills, for expanding land and cultural literacy in an immersive installation on view in one of Big Muddy’s recently renovated Aspiring Farmer Residency houses. **Parking will be available in the Omaha Public Schools lot located at the Southeast corner of 33rd and Burt Streets** -----------------------------------------------

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Through February 19 The Art of the Brick and Nathan Sawaya The Capitol District The Art of the Brick is a global touring exhibition rated by CNN as one of the world’s “Must See Exhibitions.” These are the first art exhibitions to focus exclusively on the use of LEGO® bricks as an art medium and artist Nathan Sawaya has taken it to new heights. Hours: Sunday - Thursday 10a - 7p Friday and Saturday 10a - 9p Tickets: $17.50 to $20, available at www.artofthebrickomaha.com ----------------------------------------------Through February 24 Cassie Jones Art On Display Star Deli 6114 Military Ave, Omaha, 68104 Exhibition will run through February 24th and is free and open to the public during Star Deli business hours. ----------------------------------------------Through February 24 Caroline Kent // Disappearance of the word, Appearance of the world The Union for Contemporary Art 2423 N 24th Street, Omaha, 68110 Chicago-based artist Caroline Kent explores the limits of language, the


process of translation, and the joys of wandering “in the dark” in her otherworldly abstractions. Kent’s practice embraces uncertain and cosmic spaces; the dark, expansive grounds of her paintings become sites for ideas waiting to land, converge, and transform. Through her experiences watching subtitled films, researching Cyrillic texts and navigating unfamiliar languages while living in Eastern Europe, the artist discovered how the process of conflating images, icons, and translated words can shift paradigms and open up new worlds. In Disappearance of the word, Appearance of the world, Kent invents a painting language that a serves as a threshold to an alternate reality or future–one that we can all navigate and translate together. Art will be on view through February 24th.

called encaustic. The exhibition explores the theme of persistence in nature through the winter months. Look for the sculptural beauty of bare branches, the brightness of berries and the mesmerizing texture of barks. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

This exhibit is included with admission, $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and free for garden members and children under six. More information online at www.lauritzengardens.org. ----------------------------------------------Through February 28 Art by Bird Williams Great Plains Black History Museum 2221 N 24 St, Omaha, 68110 Exhibit highlights paintings of famous African Americans as painted through the eyes of Aaaron Bird Williams. Exhition runs through Feb. 28 ----------------------------------------------For more information visit online at Through March 23 www.u-ca.org/exhibition Across Disciplines ----------------------------------------------- works by Adam Finkelston Through February 27 Process Omaha Gallery Persistence: Branches, Barks & 144 S 39th St LL1, Omaha, 68131 Berries By Margaret Berry artist, educator and magazine Lauritzen Gardens publisher, Adam Finkelston, will be 100 Bancroft St, Omaha, 68108 exhibiting works from his series Across Paintings, collages, and photo-based Disciplines in the gallery at Process. works using the hot wax technique -----------------------------------------------

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It’s Wynken! By Focus Omaha

crystal light into a sea of dew,” with their new friends, namely Wynken, Blynken and Nod.

Director Ashley Laverty spent hours It is only on the most special occasions working with area preschoolers to that the words “children” and “the arts” develop the perfect mix of music and come together. For all of us, that is a great misfortune, but The Rose Theater is one of those rare places where kids come first and the performances are at an elite level. “Wynken, Blynken & Nod” is a young fantasy adventure told through non-verbal creative movement and by using the words of Eugene Field’s poem. Children are taken on a journey where they will, “sail on a river of Photos by Alex Myhre

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puppetry This is part of the FIRST EVENTS STAGE series for very young audiences and children with special needs. Thursday, February 15 - 18 89th Annual Tangier Shrine Circus The veteran cast of Tyrone Beasley, Mid-America Center Jessica Burrill-Logue, and Chloe One Arena Way Langford, along with the soothing Council Bluffs, IA 51501 sounds from musician Jesse Wohlman, Circus show times are: captivate the children and are easy – Thursday, Feb. 15 at 6:30p for the adults to enjoy. The parents – Friday, Feb. 16 at 7p were enthralled as even the first-time – Saturday, Feb. 17 at 11a/ 3p & 7p children were eventually left wanting – Sunday, Feb. 18 at 1p and 4:30p to participate. ----------------------------------------------Saturday, February 17 | 8a - 3:30p This show runs until March 5th with NE Robotics Expo performances on Saturdays and Strategic Air & Space Museum Sundays at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. and 28210 West Park Highway select Mondays at 10 a.m. Ashland, 68003 Over 800 K-12 grade Nebraska Maybe you should find out why one students and their robots will compete four-year -old described it as, in the Nebraska Robotics Expo on Feb. “magical,” - and indeed it is. 18, starting with opening ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. and closing at 3:30. The expo is a collaboration of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska at Omaha and others and will include the first Creative Visual Arts Expo featuring robotic-themed art made by students. The expo is free with admission to the Museum. -----------------------------------------------


EVENTS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Feel The Love, Children’s Square Integrated Health Service, 8a ----------------------------------------------Wine Club Wednesdays Cellar 19 Wine & Deli, 1p ----------------------------------------------Murder Mystery event Barley’s Bar, 6:30p ----------------------------------------------Valentine’s Party Driftwood Inn, 7p THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Tangier Shrine Circus Mid-America Center, 6:30p ----------------------------------------------Trivia Night Caddy Shack Bar & Grill, 7p

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Tangier Shrine Circus Mid-America Center, 7p ----------------------------------------------Fork In The Road Amerisports, 8:30p ----------------------------------------------#FloFriday OFace Bar, 9p SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Iowa Miss Amazing Iowa Western College, 9a ----------------------------------------------Native Gardening: Planning & Plant Choices with Benjamin Vogt Hitchcock Nature Center, 2p ----------------------------------------------Kickin’ It For The Kids 100 Block, 6p ----------------------------------------------Paul Hart, Cellar 19 Wine & Deli, 6p

Tangier Shrine Circus Mid-America Center, 7p ----------------------------------------------The Little Different Valentines Party CUBE Ultra Lounge, 8p ----------------------------------------------The Black Heart Party Rodeo Saloon, 8p ----------------------------------------------Fork In The Road Amerisports, 8:30p ----------------------------------------------Jon Marko The Barrel, 9p ----------------------------------------------Charm School Dropouts Whiskey Roadhouse, 9p SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Tangier Shrine Circus Mid-America Center, 1p ----------------------------------------------Tangier Shrine Circus Mid-America Center, 4:30p ----------------------------------------------Pool Tournaments CUBE Ultra Lounge, 7:30p MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Trivia Night The Buck Snort, 6p

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WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 14 Onesie Wednesday with Carrie Jean Figueroa & Dr. Webb Music The Down Under, 3p ----------------------------------------------Cupid’s Day with Jon Marko Harney Street Tavern, 4p ----------------------------------------------Valentine Dinner The Verdict, 6p ----------------------------------------------Jam Session Vino Mas, 6p ----------------------------------------------Pam & The Pearls Ozone Lounge, 6:30p ----------------------------------------------Yamato the Drummers of Japan Holland Center, 7p ----------------------------------------------Ray’s Piano Party Mr. Toad’s, 7p ----------------------------------------------Wine Wednesday The B. Bar, 7p ----------------------------------------------The Door’s V-Day Album Release The B Side of Benson Theater, 7p ----------------------------------------------Whitey Morgan with Alex Williams The Waiting Room, 7p ----------------------------------------------New Humans Jambo Cat, 7:30p ----------------------------------------------Taylor Tomlinson Omaha Funny Bone, 7:30p ----------------------------------------------Carolyn Harrell & Michael Adams The Omaha Lounge, 7:30p ----------------------------------------------Sam Martin with Small Houses & Midwest Dilemma Reverb Lounge, 8p ----------------------------------------------Open Mic with Host Aly Peeler The Down Under, 8p ----------------------------------------------Valentine’s Single Party with DJ Shor-T Therapy Bar & Grill, 8p ----------------------------------------------Karaoke Forte Music Hall, 9p

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Unvalentines with Tim Kasher + No Resolution Free Screening O’Leaver’s Pub, 9p ----------------------------------------------Rusty Lord & Ocean Black Pageturners Lounge, 9p

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 15 2018 NSAA State High School Wrestling Championship CenturyLink Center, 9:30a ----------------------------------------------Jason Ricci Chrome Lounge, 6p ----------------------------------------------The Bishops Ozone Lounge, 6:30p ----------------------------------------------Skretta Etc. Vino Mas, 6:30p ----------------------------------------------Karaoke The New Frontier Bar, 7p ----------------------------------------------Taylor Tomlinson Omaha Funny Bone, 7:30p ----------------------------------------------Ty Hakeem, Ed Archibald & Michael Adams The Omaha Lounge, 7:30p ----------------------------------------------Bad Influence, Midwest Depressed, Fear In Truth, Garst & The Real Zebos Lookout Lounge, 8p ----------------------------------------------Karaoke with DJ Matz Reverb Lounge, 8p ----------------------------------------------Harold Hour (Improv) The Backline, 8p ----------------------------------------------Jacob Duncan, Ben Eisenberger, Jon Marko & Tom Bartolomei Barley Street, 9p ----------------------------------------------Hector Anchondo Harney Street Tavern, 9p ----------------------------------------------Wow! That’s What I Call Improv The Backline, 9p -----------------------------------------------

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Open Jam Night The Down Under Lounge, 9p ----------------------------------------------Ray Volpe, SOZEN, Amplify & Trvpsquad The Waiting Room, 9p ----------------------------------------------Chris Shelton Dubliner Pub, 9:30p ----------------------------------------------Deuces Wild Jam The Backline, 10p

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 16 2018 NSAA State High School Wrestling Championship CenturyLink Center, 9:30a ----------------------------------------------Generations American Legion Post #1, 7p ----------------------------------------------70’s Band Bogie’s West, 7p ----------------------------------------------Garst Lookout Lounge, 7p ----------------------------------------------Fireball Friday with DJ Chad Rednecks, 7p ----------------------------------------------The Kerwins Therapy Bar & Grill, 7p ----------------------------------------------Scott Keys The Well, 7p ----------------------------------------------Taylor Tomlinson Omaha Funny Bone, 7:30p ----------------------------------------------Bad Influence, Midwest Depressed & Fear In Truth Lookout Lounge, 8p ----------------------------------------------El Primer Trancazo Del Año Ralston Arena, 8p ----------------------------------------------Cheap Prizes (Game Show) The Backline, 8p ----------------------------------------------Tyi Hakeem, Ed Archibald & special guest, The Omaha Lounge, 8:30p

Moses Prey, Ojai & The Roleys Barley Street, 9p ----------------------------------------------Kali Indiana Bourbon Saloon, 9p ----------------------------------------------The Broke Loose, X-Ray Mary & Wagon Blasters Brother’s Lounge, 9p ----------------------------------------------Dawnbreaker, Sleeping With A Goddess, My Last Request & Buddy Danger and the TraJedy Dr. Jack’s Drinkery, 9p ----------------------------------------------Wicked Fun Forte Music Hall, 9p ----------------------------------------------Rhythm Collective Harney Street Tavern, 9p ----------------------------------------------eNVy Ozone, 9p ----------------------------------------------Twinsmith with The Sunks & Every Night Slowdown, 9p ----------------------------------------------Two Pair Tavern On Q, 9p ----------------------------------------------Supper with Mr. E and the Stringless Kite The B. Bar, 9p ----------------------------------------------Date Night (Improv) The Backline, 9p ----------------------------------------------Jerry Pranksters The Down Under, 9p ----------------------------------------------Closeness, Universe Contest & Fifi Nono The Sydney, 9p ----------------------------------------------Jeremy McComb with Kimberly Dunn & Sack of Lions The Waiting Room, 9p ----------------------------------------------Shenanigans Dubliner Pub, 9:30p Clarence Tilton, The Elctroliners & 24 Hour Cardlock, O’Leaver’s Pub, 9:30p -----------------------------------------------


Charm School Dropouts Two Fine Irishmen, 9:30p ----------------------------------------------Taylor Tomlinson Omaha Funny Bone, 9:45p ----------------------------------------------Interrogated (Improv) The Backline, 10p ----------------------------------------------Music Crush Everyday Reverb Lounge, 10p ----------------------------------------------The Arena (Improv) The Backline, 10p

----------------------------------------------Janelle’s Bday Bash with Fluff Howard & Flippin Whiskey American Dream, 8:30p ----------------------------------------------White Roses O’Leaver’s Pub, 8:30p ----------------------------------------------“The Jet Squad” Terry Parker, Ed Archibald and Joel Ortiz The Omaha Lounge, 8:30p ----------------------------------------------An Evening with Skuddur Barley Street, 9p ----------------------------------------------SATURDAY FEBRUARY 17 Those Far Out Arrows, Lupines & Bad Bad Men Brothers Lounge, 9p 2018 NSAA State High School ----------------------------------------------Wrestling Championship Yresim, Molten, The Hideous & Broken CenturyLink Center, 8:30a Skulls, Dr. Jack’s Drinkery, 9p ----------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------Wynken, Blynken and Nod Imaginary Friends The Rose Theater, 9:30a Forte Music Hall, 9p ----------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein Big Daddy Caleb & The Chargers with Hal France Growler USA, 9p Omaha Conservatory of Music, 10:30a --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4th Birthday Bash with Domestic Wynken, Blynken and Nod Blend & GI Bourbon Country The Rose Theater, 11a Harney Street Tavern, 9p ----------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------Brewery Beer Pong Tournament Lemon Fresh Day Sean O’Casey’s Pub, 1p Ozone Lounge, 9p ----------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------Omaha Heart Meet & Greet Sausage Benson Soul Society Party, Office West Lounge, 4p Reverb Lounge, 9p ----------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------Lion Dance for Lunar New Year DJ Animale Fusion Taste, 5p The Cove, Lounge, 9p ----------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------Toney Rocks with Nat Budz Everything Is Terrible The Well, 7p The Sydney, 9p ----------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------Jerome Brich Secret Weapon’s Heartbreakers Ball Vino Mas, 7p The Waiting Room, 9p ----------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------Encore Karaoke Sinners & Saints American Legion Post #1, 7:30p Chrome Lounge, 9:30p ----------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------Rockin Shenanigans On The Q St Bar, 8p Dubliner Pub, 9:30p ----------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------Enjoli & Friends Valentine’s Edition Lincoln Invasion with Root Marm, Love’s Jazz & Art Center, 8p Katie Jane & Scott Severin ----------------------------------------------- The Down Under Lounge, 9:30p Smokin’ Dance Lessons ----------------------------------------------Rednecks, 8p Eckophonic ----------------------------------------------- Two Fine Irishmen, 9:30p Trout Steak Revival & Kuinka ----------------------------------------------Slowdown, 8p Dramatron ----------------------------------------------- O’Leaver’s Pub, 10p Birthday Bash Fundraiser with From ----------------------------------------------The Arc & Company! eNVy Wired Pub & Grill, 8p T. Henery’s Pub, 10:30p continued on page 11

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SUNDAY FEBRUARY 18 Collabaganza Farnam House Brewing Company, 11a ----------------------------------------------3rd Annual Chili Cook Off! Interlude Lounge, 2p ----------------------------------------------Sunday Funday & Gaming Guild The Down Under Lounge, 3p ----------------------------------------------Bill Sammon Cedar-Omaha, 6p ----------------------------------------------Taylor Tomlinson Omaha Funny Bone, 7p ----------------------------------------------Frontier Ruckus with Cataldo Reverb Lounge, 8p ----------------------------------------------Lauv Slowdown, 8p ----------------------------------------------Booze Bingo The Down Under Lounge, 8p ----------------------------------------------Service Industry Night Dubliner Pub, 9p ----------------------------------------------Lil Xan with $teven Cannon The Waiting Room, 9p

Trivia The Down Under Lounge, 8p ----------------------------------------------Open Mic (Standup) The Backline, 9p ----------------------------------------------Turbo Tuesdays featuring DJ Vic Nasty Bar 415, 9p ----------------------------------------------Karaoke with DJ Farley Forte Music Hall, 9p ----------------------------------------------Karaoke with DynamicAir DJ’s Stoli’s Lounge, 9p ----------------------------------------------Karaoke Night The B. Bar, 9p ----------------------------------------------Open Mic (Standup) The Backline, 9p ----------------------------------------------Karaoke The Down Under, 10p

MONDAY FEBRUARY 19 Gooch & His Big Las Vegas Band Ozone Lounge, 6:30p ----------------------------------------------Karaoke Forte Music Hall, 7p ----------------------------------------------Blank Range with Evan Bartels Reverb Lounge, 8p ----------------------------------------------Open Mic and Molly’s Molly’s Pub, 9p ----------------------------------------------River City Star Jam w/ Bo Didly The Down Under Lounge, 9p

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 20 Denise Howe Ozone Lounge, 6:30p ----------------------------------------------Open Mic & Jam Therapy Bar & Grill, 7p Pop Evil, Palaye Royale & Black Map The Waiting Room, 7:30p ----------------------------------------------Young Culture, Riviera, Heat Waves and Liar Wire, Dr. Jack’s Drinkery, 8p -----------------------------------------------

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A neighborhood is defined by The Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a section lived in by neighbors and usually having distinguishing characteristics.” Lying just east of Metcalf Park (and everyone’s favorite traffic roundabout or “the peanut” as it has become known) you find Sgt. Peffer’s restaurant, Janousek Florist and the world famous Homy Inn (consistently listed as one of Esquire’s “Top 50” bars in the United States) anchoring a vibrant neighborhood. Adding to the historic feel of the area, none of these businesses are new arrivals. All have been a major part of its commercial traffic for generations.

three businesses is still owned and operated by a member of the original family who started the business, This sense of family and tradition is a big part of what makes the neighborhood feel like a small town nestled within the bustling confines of the busy city. For example, Sgt Peffers is where I submitted my first “official” job application (they had the good sense not to hire me at 15 years old), where I first fell in love with pizza with white sauce. Janousek’s on the other hand is where both my Grandmother Zibby and my mother Julie have shopped for all things plant related. I can vividly remember accompanying my mother as she wandered through the humid confines of the greenhouse, picking out the plants that would decorate my childhood home just up the road. Often she’d let me pick out a cactus which led to my current love of indoor plants and fresh flowers on the dinner table. Janousek’s provided the flowers congratulating my mother on my birth as well as the lovely arrangement for my Son at his high school graduation. And The Homy, what can you really say about The Homy? It’s where many of us neighborhood kids first felt comfortable ponying up to the bar and ordering one of their plethora of draft beers with a side of hot peanuts served in a plastic dog dish; a sort of comingof-age watering hole sure to have a seat waiting for you.

Having grown up in this neighborhood and returning to it some 15 years later to live just west on Charles St., I can vouch the tract is unique to Omaha. Whether it be Sgt Peffers serving a quick and reasonably priced lunch to the working individuals of Omaha’s midtown, Janousek Florist providing beautiful bouquets for countless weddings, anniversaries and funerals, or The Homy just quietly serving up the area’s only champagne on tap, this neighborhood is truly one of the area’s most singular and historic geographical niches. In an age where commerce is slowly but surely drifting more towards the solitude of online shopping and ordering, it’s nice to be able to set foot in a brick and mortar business and converse with the owners and employees, to get to know Janousek Florist, located at 4901 the people who get your hard earned Charles St has long served as a money. neighborhood beacon, a familiar sign and business at a time when One of the more impressive things many mom-and-pop locally owned about this enclave is each of these businesses have had to shutter their

doors. First opening in 1913, the florist opened at the current location over 50 years ago in 1967. The business was started by current owner/operator Eric Janousek’s great grandfather Edward Janousek along with his brother and was eventually passed down to Eric’s grandfather Irvin Janousek. A generation later it was handed off to Eric’s father Don (who my mother claims “is just the sweetest man”) and now Eric finds himself handling the reigns of the day to day operations. While Eric has been involved with the family business his whole life, essentially coming of age amidst the florist’s succulents, artfully arranged bouquets and plants of all varieties. he officially took over running the business in 2008 and credits the “great products, good service and great price” as the secret behind the florist’s long-running success. “Plus,” he added, “we’re always here.” Just like they have been for the past 50 years. “With these three businesses we kind of support the whole neighborhood,” Janousek said. “People like that there is a lot of consistency in the area.” Referring to the seemingly endless amount of online flower providers, Eric added these retailers just end up calling him for the arrangements and the customer ends up paying more and getting less then if they just called Janousek’s directly. “With all those online places people are just paying more” for the same top-shelf products they can get directly from a reputable locally-owned family business. Just up the road and slightly catty-

corner from the historic florist is an unassuming white building with a couple of old wooden picnic tables dotting the property; a bistro white and red paint job just one of the many reasons Sgt Peffers stands out, Located at 1501 N Saddle Creek Rd, the Beatles-themed Italian eatery is an Omaha institution. Replete with red and white plastic tablecloths, Peffers has long been the pizza/sub/ pasta/salad restaurant of choice for those in the neighborhood, serving up family style casual Italian fare at a modest price. The restaurants cache has been upped in recent years after the addition of pizza-by-the-slice at lunchtime. A quick and delicious option for those wanting more then the tired mega-chain fast food options littering Saddle Creek Rd.. Operating for over 25 years, the restaurant has parlayed their neighborhood success into 2 additional locations, one in Millard (owned by a longtime employee) and the other in Carter Lake (still owned by the original family), both offering the same time-tested hearty cuisine. Tim Peffer started the restaurant in 1988 after branching out from Pefferoni’s which he owned with his brother. Peffer wanted to keep the family name for the business and combined with his love for The Beatles (and particularly the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club record) ended up with Sgt. Peffers as we currently know it. Tim’s daughter Dana Zurlo, who has run the restaurant since May 2014, grew up with the restaurant. Not only does the restaurant’s interior feature a picture continued on page 14

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of her on her tricycle, she recalls going through the drive-through as a child when both she and her sister would get plastic cups of ingredients like cheese and hamburger to go home and make pizza.

that all-too-allusive unvexed content feeling that’s a great thing, a testament to the time when good neighbors made for good neighborhoods and people weren’t too busy with social media to have a conversation with a stranger in public. Back in my drinking days “I grew up in it,” Zurlo said. “Dad would The Homy was my spot. The bartendbring home pizza toppings for us to er, Heather Wees always provided play with. That was our childhood.” She quality conversation and top-shelf credits the restaurant’s consistency service, plus her father had been my as a major player in their longevity. little-league coach. It was and still is “People want to come in and have the all about the people at The Homy Inn. same lasagna they had twenty years Terry’s son Zach is involved in running ago. The recipes and the customer the bar now and it looks like little if service are a huge part of what they’ve anything will change. It’s like trying to come to expect.” She also credits the make your grandmother’s apple pie neighborhood’s other businesses and better, when something is that good the timeless feel they have collabojust don’t mess with it. ratively created as another source of shared longevity. “The Homy itself is an icon,” assistant manager/barkeep Wees said. ‘We’ve “That neighborhood is like home to never discriminated against any sort me. Customers are always saying of group. It’s an all-inclusive meeting how it just ‘feels so cozy.’ They have place. You’ll have college kids renting a certain expectation and we always a house down the street sitting next to meet it. We’re kind of off the beaten somebody from Fairacres whose been path, tucked away in a neighborhood coming here for twenty years. It really so people kind of always think of us as is just a great neighborhood bar.” their neighborhood restaurant. People say it ‘feels like home.’ Customers are “It’s not rare for someone to come in always saying they used to live in the and say ‘my mom and dad used to drink neighborhood ten or twenty years ago here,’” Wees added with a chuckle.” and miss the pizza.” This little corner of Omaha is special If you feel like having a few adultbecause these businesses, and the libations while you dine the courteous families and employees who run them staff at Sgt. Peffers is happy to bring have taken it upon themselves to make your to-go order across the street to this neighborhood the kind of place The Homy Inn. Founded in 1956 by where anyone can feel comfortable. Maynard Finkle, the bar’s interior is The kind of place where strangers will covered in nostalgia: old newspapers, ask you how your day is going, where baseball cards under plastic on the new friends are made and old friends aged wooden tables, commemorative are met up with, time and time again. bottles on dusty shelves, and a trio of For those of us fatigued with strip-mall booths offering perhaps the best seats life and chain store choices, enclaves in town. The secret to The Homy’s like this are an oasis in a desert of success is something cultivated and corporate best-practices and earned, a feeling more than any actual watered-down flavor. A place I’m physical attribute; the success comes proud to call my neighborhood. A place from the vibe created over generations where old-timers feel at ease and newby the owners and staff, just a relaxing comers are welcomed with open arms, place to grab a drink with a couple of tasty pizza, champagne on tap and old friends. To many of us, The Homy gorgeous plants and flowers. At a time itself is an old friend. Rumor has it the when historic businesses are closing legion of old Omaha restaurant menus by the bunch, neighborhood establishtacked to the walls were donated by ments like these offer perhaps the last a former Miss Omaha who received great respite from rampant commer5-years worth of free champagne on cialism and a dying link to not only tap for her charitable gesture. our city’s past but also to the colorful characters who keep it interesting. Currently owned by Maynard’s son Terry, the bar has changed little over the years. And when you’ve perfected

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Diary of a Changing World

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Viral Winds

Scientists have for the first time determined that astounding numbers of viruses are being swept up from the Earth’s surface and blown around the world in the planet’s atmospheric circulation. Researchers from Spain, Canada and the United States believe there are at least 800 million viruses per square metre from just above the surface to the stratosphere. The global winds are spreading them, as well as bacteria, for thousands of kilometres, possibly from one continent to another. The scientists say the bacteria and viruses become airborne after winds pick them up in dust and sea spray.

Volcanic Danger

Residents around Popocatépetl volcano, near Mexico City, were warned that an explosive eruption could occur at any time.

+43° Twee Riviere, South Africa

ozone above more populated areas is not recovering. The ozone layer absorbs much of the UV radiation from the sun, protecting humans and other life on the surface. Scientists say they don’t quite know what is causing the atmospheric discrepancy, but suggest altered wind patterns due to climate change could be blowing the ozone away from where it is created in the lower latitudes.

Cebile

increasingly used in solvents, paint Cat Plague strippers and degreasing agents, could A deadly feline virus is be rising to the lower stratosphere and spreading among cats in destroying the ozone. Australia after remaining unreported for nearly 40 years. There Southward Cyclone have been multiple cases of the feline Cyclone Cebile churned the parvovirus, or cat plague, among stray southern Indian Ocean for a kittens around Melbourne. second week, remaining a threat only to shipping lanes in the extremely Australia was one of the first countries remote region. Cebile reached to develop an effective vaccine Category-4 force during the previous against panleukopenia, which causes week. great suffering among its victims as

Another possibility is that fumes of very short-lived substances, like those

Popocatépetl, erupting off and on since 2005, is considered North America’s most threatening volcano. That’s because of its potential to suddenly produce a Vesuvius-like eruption stronger than any other in a thousand years.

Ozone Oddity

The ozone layer high above the poles may be healing, thanks to an international ban on ozone-killing chemicals, but new research finds stratospheric

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The increasing use of ozone-killing chemicals in industrial products may be depleting the ozone layer over populated areas of the world, far from the Antarctic ozone hole. Photo: NASA-Goddard

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Feline parvovirus has never been eradicated in Australia, and has remained at low levels in the feral cat population. Photo: Australian Government


it temporarily wipes out the animals’ bone marrow. Treatment can cost thousands of dollars and doesn’t guarantee survival. Because many of Australia’s feral felines carry the disease, pet owners are urged to vaccinate their cats.

Earthquakes

“Marine filter-feeders are likely to be at risk because they need to swallow hundreds to thousands of cubic meters of water daily in an effort to capture plankton,” researcher Elitza Germanov of Australia’s Murdoch University explained in her findings. “They can ingest microplastics directly from polluted water or indirectly through contaminated prey.”

At least 10 people died in a magnitude 6.4 temblor that struck a popular tourist resort in the middle of Taiwan’s eastern coast. The violent shaking wrecked numerous buildings. • Earth movements were also felt in southern Myanmar, Croatia and southwestern British Columbia.

Plastic Threat

Scientists warn that tiny bits of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans and other bodies of water are putting filter-feeding marine animals like whales and manta rays at great risk of contamination. That’s in addition to the nearly 600 other species thought to be harmed by the pollution.

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Basketball By Focus Staff Nebraska Cornhuskers

The Huskers men’s basketball continues to surprise as they won their first game in the Tim Miles era at Williams Arena. After the Huskers started off slow, they took the lead for the final time around the 13-minute mark of the first half and never looked back. Even though the game got closer than it should have at the end, the Huskers still prevailed 91-85. On Saturday, the Huskers continued their streak against Rutgers at home as they’ve now won five straight Big Ten games and seven of their last eight. The Huskers started off on fire, jumping out to a 20-6 lead at the 11:30 mark in the first half. They allowed Rutgers to claw back within five, but managed to maintain the lead and didn’t allow Rutgers to get within 10 points in the last 14 minutes, final score Nu 67 Rutgers 55. When Rutgers Head Coach Steve Pikiell was asked if he sees elements of an NCAA tournament team in Nebraska he said, “Oh, absolutely. I’ve watched all their tapes coming in. They’re on a good roll right now. They have good veteran guys. They have matchup problems; they can go big at times, they can go small. . . They have a few go-to players, they shoot the ball well enough and they’ve got great length.”

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Facts: -Nebraska has won its last three Big Ten home games by double-digits including the 14-point win over Rutgers, a 14-point win over Iowa and a 20-point win over then-No. 23 Michigan. The last time Nebraska won three straight conference home games by double-digits was 1997-98 in the Big 12 (Colorado, Oklahoma and Iowa State). -Nebraska had eight blocked shots to increase its season total to 152. It now ranks eighth in school history and is the most since the 1998-99 team blocked 158 shots.

Creighton Bluejays (18-7, 8-5 Big East)

A pair of one-point games, a win and a loss, served to move the Creighton men’s basketball team back to the national rankings, as CU came in at No. 25. That emphasizes two points – who you play matters, and who you beat matters. This is the 71st different week CU has been ranked by the coaches under Greg McDermott. Creighton also is 22nd in the official NCAA RPI, up a spot from a week ago. Creighton went 1-1 last week, defeating DePaul on the road before falling in the final second against thenNo. 5 Xavier on Saturday.

-James Palmer led the Huskers with 15 points and has been in double figures The Jays, who saw Marcus Foster in 25 of 27 games this season. score 29 in back-to-back games, on -Isaiah Roby posted his second doubledouble of the season and his career with 10 points and 11 rebounds. He is now tied for the team lead in doubledoubles. -Duby Okeke recorded his seventh multi-block game of the season and his first since blocking three shots against Northwestern on Jan. 2. Okeke finished with a season-high four blocks. - Nebraska improved to 8-1 this season when holding opponents under 40 percent shooting.

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Wednesday, play Bemidji State comes to town on Tuesday, then brace for a 9 p.m. shootout with Marquette on Saturday.

Omaha Mavericks (9-17, 4-6 Summit League)

The Mavs picked up home win No. 9 on the season with a 90-85 win over Fort Wayne on Saturday night. Junior guard Zach Jackson was named Summit League Men’s Player of the Week, after averaging 20.5 points and six rebounds for the week. He has now scored in double figures for 20 consecutive games. After back-to-back home wins the Mavs head for Denver and a Wednesday night game.


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Weekly Influenza Surveillance Activity for Douglas County By Focus Omaha Last week the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) received 534 positive influenza test results (of which 302 were PCR tests) compared to 459 reported in the previous week (of which 270 were PCR tests). The percentage of outpatient visits, emergency department visits, and hospital admissions with influenzalike illness (ILI) all increased last week. The percentage of children absent from school due to illness also increased compared to last week. A total of 3388 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza have been reported this season (since October 1, 2017), with 534 cases reported last week (Table 1, Figure 1 in full report). A total of 1182 cases were rapid influenza diagnostic test (RIDT) influenza type A, 1460 were PCR-

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confirmed influenza type A (291 of the 1460 were sub-typed as A H3 and 12 were subtyped as influenza A H1N1), 314 were RIDT influenza type B, 411 were PCR-confirmed influenza type B, and 21 were influenza type A/B (RIDT). Eighteen confirmed influenza outbreaks have been reported this season in Douglas County long-term care facilities. It is very important to protect vulnerable populations such as these by ensuring all caregivers and close contacts are vaccinated. Vaccine and Antiviral Resources: - Patients: Flu Vaccine Finder https:// vaccinefinder.org/ - Vaccine purchasers: Influenza Vaccine Tracking Availability System (IVATS) available at: https://www.izsummitpartners.org/ ivats/ - Antiviral Availability: https://www. cdc.gov/flu/professionals/antivirals/ supply.htm Douglas County Health Department has received eleven reports of adult deaths due to influenza (nine over 65 years with co-morbid conditions). Influenza-associated adult deaths are not reportable by law and may be underreported. No pediatric deaths due to influenza have been reported this season in Douglas County. Twelve positive respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) tests were reported (of 114 tested) last week. Until next week, Stay Healthy Omaha!

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Bound for Stardom– Omaha Band is On the Way By Howard Schwartz

Cunningham on bass, Coleman Hunter on percussion; drummer Brandon Armstrong (not pictured); Sam Calhorn on trumpet; and sax man Cameron Thelander. The players come from a range of musical backgrounds that range from jazz to country to metal. The band’s name comes from Kanye West’s song, “Bound To.” While there are two meanings to the word bound, Kiwi said she took it to mean was “on my way” as opposed to being confined. Alternative soul may be a new genre to some, but Kiwi feels it is a good fit. “Alternative soul has roots in R&B but is influenced by folk music and punk plays guitar,” she said, are an rock,” Kiwi said. “It’s kind of folky, inspiration. The positive, political, really simple chords that I use in my progressive lyrics also move her. music.”

Some hip hop is in there as well, she explained. “The lyrics are very soulful.” Her love for music had taken root even before her knee injury. “Music has always affected me in extraordinary ways,” Kiwi emphasized. Fresh off an appearance at Mark “I’ve always wanted to be a performer Patrick’s The New Wave: The Trilogy since I was little.” last Wednesday, Omaha’s Bound is set to build on the seven-piece band’s She is self-taught on guitar after growing reputation. learning piano in college. Writing is also part of her band duties, with Fronted by Kiwi, first name only, the various sources of inspiration. alternative soul band has been on the scene less than a year but is pulling “Depends on how I’m feeling,” she down some choice gigs. She writes, sings and plays rhythm guitar, all while stated. Sometimes the chords come leading the band as she studies at UNO first, she said, and other times it’s the words. As someone who is studying to to be a music teacher. be a music educator she has a growing knowledge of how music works. An African-American woman, leading a mixed-race band that otherwise is male, Kiwi decided to pursue music as There is no formula to her writing. “I her career after an ACL injury derailed change a lot,” she admitted. her basketball dreams and she saw a Her latest musical inspiration is Nahko need for music teachers who looked Bear who is leader of the “folky” group more like her. Medicine for the People. In addition to Kiwi, Bound is Huston Hunter on lead guitar; Robert

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Another inspiration is Erika Badhu because of her lyrics that are rooted in empowerment. Also, Hayley Williams from Paramore moves her. Lyrics are extremely important for Kiwi: “I used to rap,” she explained. “That’s where it all started.” Bound has played some shows outside the metro area in addition to their recent performances at Reverb, The Down Under and The Side Room in Ralston. A Barley Street Tavern gig is coming up on March 9. “Trying to make our way around,” is how Kiwi described Bound’s itinerary. Bound is developing its first album and one song, “Gravity,” is on all the music platforms of which Kiwi is aware. “I have never heard of some of those platforms,” she said. Bound headlined last week’s “The New Wave: The Trilogy,” at Reverb. Kiwi recalled it as an amazing experience. “I thought that was super awesome,” she said. “It was more in the hip hop range.”

Which meant, lyrics were highlighted. “They were listening to everything I was saying,” Kiwi recalled. Which is what she is looking to happen as the band moves forward. “We just want to kind of make . . . a new niche. There’s not a lot of people who look like me who write this kind of music. “I just want to give the kids more options,” she said, meaning they don’t need to rap – the young people can do what they want.” Her message boils down to something basic. “Be disciplined and have integrity in whatever you do,” she stated. For more on Bound: https://www.facebook.com/ boundomaha/ Note: In last week’s issue, the incorrect dates were provided for Matt Whipkey’s release party at Reverb. The correct dates are February 23 and 25.


WEDNESDAY MARCH 28 WITH SPECIAL GUEST

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Those Far Out Arrows– Omaha Psychedelic (Velvet) Underground By Andy Roberts

It was during a casual chat with an Omaha music tastemaker that I became aware of Those Far Out Arrows. Word was, the band sounds like a mix of Jefferson Airplane and The Velvet Underground, or something like that. It appears Those Far Out Arrows are ready to shake the local music scene. Evan Keelan-White, one of the band’s leaders, said it started in the family.

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“My brother (Ben) and I started makin’ music together in the winter of 2013 and realized that the rock ’n roll lineage needed to continue,” he recalled. “We kept writin’ songs and had a couple amazing musicians (Derek and Tanner) join the party. “We’ve been goin’ ever since.” The lineup currently is Evan on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Ben KeelanWhite on rhythm guitar, lead guitar and lead vocals, Derek Levasseur on bass, and drummer Tanner Rogerson. More simply, Those Far Out Arrows are a rock ’n roll band from Omaha. They build on an inspiration from various American roots artists and were founded by the Keelan-White brothers who look to put the band squarely on the map. They have three releases in the bank and plan to soon release an EP that was recorded last month at Omaha’s ARC Studios. Those Far Out Arrows have frequently toured during the past two years. The road has taken them from Denver to Nashville and Minneapolis to Austin. Their primary influences are the garage and psychedelic movements of

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the 1960s, but there is so much more. So much more.

Lips, The Black Angels, Ty Segall, and White Fence.

It seems natural enough that brothers get together, but is there a greater inspiration?

Politics is not something that easily can be avoided today, but many artists try to step aside. Those Far Out Arrows have not tried to step aside. In particular, the band stepped up to support DACA.

“What inspires a teacher to teach? What inspires a miner to mine?” Evan Keelan-White said. “We dig entertaining people and continuing the “It’s not as much of a political stance rock ’n roll lineage.” as it is a humanitarian stance,” Evan Keelan-White said. “We all have to That lineage, according to the band, speak up against injustice.” includes “the old bluesmen” and bands and artists such as The Velvet Those Far Out Arrows are taking Underground, 13th Floor Elevators, the message on the road at every The Troggs, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, The opportunity. Kinks, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, and even modern influences such as “We try to play everywhere. Playin’ The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Black at home is pretty fun, but it’s more


important to catch key cities like Chicago, Memphis, and Nashville,” Keelan-White emphasized. “When you live in the middle of the country, the canvas is clean and wide open.” With that in mind, Those Far Out Arrows are just loving what they do and trying to get in front of as many people as they can. “As we say, ‘just tryin’ to ride the wave in,” Keelan-White said. It is, the band points out, for the audience to determine their ultimate success. “How can I judge the best show to date? Ask the people who have seen us,” Keelan-White said. So, the usual final question, any other thoughts? “All we have are thoughts,” KeelanWhite stated.

those-far-out-arrows-noahsark-was-a-spaceship-album-releasemaking-movies-wild-child-leggy-thisweekend/ On Facebook: www.facebook.com/ ThoseFarOutArrows/

For more on These Far Out Arrows: http://hearnebraska.org/ album-review-from-the-sun-by-

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ABA Foundation and FTC Offer Tips for Avoiding Online Dating Scams By Michael Herek

common signs of an online dating scam and offers consumers advice on how to avoid falling victim. If you’re concerned that you or a loved one are being scammed, the ABA Foundation and FTC recommend taking the following precautions: • Slow down – and talk to someone you trust. Don’t let a scammer rush you. • Never wire money, put money on a gift or cash reload card, or send cash to an online love interest. You won’t get it back. • Contact your bank right away if you think you’ve sent money to a scammer. Report your experience to: The online dating site FTC at ftc.gov/complaint FBI at ic3.gov

Washington- The American Bankers Association Foundation in collaboration with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released an infographic on the growing threat of To view the infographic, visit aba.com/ online dating scams. According to the FBI, over $220 million was lost in 2016 OnlineDatingScams. to online romance scam artists. About the ABA The American Bankers Association is the Social media networks and dating voice of the nation’s $17 trillion banking websites have become increasingly industry, which is composed of small, popular tools for meeting and midsize, regional and large banks that communicating. Unfortunately, together employ more than 2 million fraudsters have capitalized on this people, safeguard $13 trillion in deposits trend and often create fake profiles and extend more than $9 trillion in loans. to lure in victims, establish romantic relationships and eventually, extort About the ABA Foundation money. Older Americans in particular Through its leadership, partnerships, and have been targeted by this type of national programs, ABA’s Community scam. Engagement Foundation (dba ABA Foundation), a 501(c)3, helps bankers The infographic, available in both provide financial education to individuals English and Spanish, identifies

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at every age, elevate issues around affordable housing and community development, and achieve corporate social responsibility objectives to improve the well-being of their customers and communities.


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