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Call For Fundamental Reform Packed OTOC immigration forum talks to people, leaders by John Heaston

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t was standing room only at Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Social Hall last Monday night. The overflow crowd spilled into the circular driveway. State Senators Brenda Council, Burke Harr, Gwen Howard and Jeremy Nordquist observed the proceedings from a corner table. The evening unfolded in English and Spanish, much like the mixed audience. It was an event full of emotions and information, involving people affected by the immigration system. It included professors, faith leaders and law enforcement. Formed in 1995, Omaha Together One Community is a grassroots organization dedicated to community organizing, mostly through congregations, but also with like-minded organizations. “Democracy is not a spectator sport,” reads the group’s website at www.otoc.org. This event was organized by their Immigration Action Team, led by Sylvia Rodriguez and Maria Teresa Gaston. “Do you agree that we must reform our broken immigration system?” organizers Gaston and Rodriguez asked the crowd. Answers of “yes” and “si” filled the room. Stories of deportations opened the gathering. An uncle worried about his nieces and nephews without their father; a suburban tax attorney supporting a family whose father has been given permission to work here, but who is denied entry; an undocumented college student, the daughter of migrant farm workers, living in the shadows. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Director Armando Salgado addressed the economic benefits of immigration. “When you fill up your gas tank or pay your bill in the restaurant, do you tell the attendant that you don’t pay taxes because you’re an immigrant?” he asked to chuckles. “Immigrants pay more than they take out of the system.” According to the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia, the 2009 purchasing power of Latinos in Nebraska totaled $2.9 billion -- an increase of 754% since 1990. That growth is not without its challenges.

“As the result of new federal enforcement policies,” said Gaston, “an interaction with an Omaha police officer may be the first step for an immigrant into what can be, in Omaha, a year’slong nightmare, finally resulting in deportation.” “In Omaha there are approximately 140 immigrants held in the Douglas County Corrections Center at any time,” explained Molly Dellaria, who visits incarcerated immigrants. “About 75 percent of them have broken no other law except acquiring false documents that allow them to work and pay taxes.” Falsified documents can nonetheless be a federal felony, according to OTOC’s handout. Based on DCCC’s calculations, that costs $4.5 million per year. We need a specifier: “that costs [the economy? or the taxpayers] $4.5 million annually? Omaha Deputy Chief of Police Todd Schmaderer explained how to avoid this outcome. “The Omaha Police Department is against Arizona-style enforcement laws,” said Schmaderer. “We have spoken about this to the state legislature. We feel ... [it] hinders our community policing efforts. We rely on the public’s trust.” “As a normal course of business, the Omaha Police Department does not check immigration status. For that reason, we encourage victims and witnesses of crimes to come forward. “There are rare occasions when OPD will work with a task force on immigration matters. But those matters are only in the event of serious crimes and threats to public safety. He told the audience: “If you are operating a motor vehicle and are pulled over, the police must identify who you are. If you are a witness or victim of a crime, the OPD will not check your identity. We will take your word for it. “If you’re the driver of a motor vehicle, it is against the law not to have a driver’s license. If you’re pulled over, the officer must determine that you have a license. If you’re a passenger of the vehicle or walking down the street, an OPD officer should not be asking you for your identification, and you do not have to provide identification at that point. The only time you will have to provide identification is if you’re a driver or being detained as a suspect in a crime.” Rodriquez said many sources have said police officers in South Omaha will accept matriculation cards as identification, but that officers in continued on page 6 y


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ctress Maggie Gyllenhaal is bringing the story of a miracle cure to the big screen in a new movie titled Hysteria. The film documents a little-known area of Western medicine that the medical establishment would probably like to forget. By the early 1900s, Western medicine had succeeded in eliminating a scourge, once common in the 1800s, that struck women of child-bearing years, whether married or single, young or old. The disease was known as “hysteria.” This disease caused numerous visits to the doctor for temporary cures. In fact, by 1890 or so, hysteria patients comprised a significant proportion of many a physician’s practice. Most of us understand the word “hysterical” in its more modern sense. We take it to mean the idea of something uncontrollably funny or absurd or emotional to the extent of upset. That is the connotation only recently given the word in the last 50 years or so. Literally translated, hysteria means “out of the uterus.” For centuries in medicine, hysteria meant “womb disease.” The symptoms have been described and documented by famous physicians in medical writings dating to Hippocrates, Avicenna, Galen, and Celsus in the classical period; and Freud, Charcot and others in more modern times. Just as hyster-ectomy refers to the removal of the uterus, hysteria is a disease associated with the uterus. Thus, hysteria was a woman’s disease. The symptoms of hysteria were as you might think. According to medical descriptions past, hysterical women displayed irritability, anxiety, sleeplessness, nervousness, sensations of heaviness in the abdomen, lower pelvic edema and erotic fantasy. Medical reasoning presumed that the uterus had become engorged, causing discomfort. Doctors throughout history knew of only one cure for hysteria. The technical term for this cure was “uterine paroxysm,” literally a contraction of the uterus. A uterine paroxysm was the only known relief for the suffering of hysterical women and it would leave them relaxed and serene. A uterine contraction or paroxysm is known in other words as an orgasm. That’s right. The prescribed cure for the welldocumented disease known as hysteria was orgasm. Hysteria was the disease. Orgasm was the cure. Medicine is often clinical and sterile. Though medicine refrained from officially relating “uterine paroxysm” to sex, many medical recommendations referred bluntly to having a hysterical women go home and have her “husband take care of her.” In short, throughout the history of medical practice, female hysteria was thought to be the result of sexual deprivation. It wasn’t until 1952 that the American Psychiatric Association officially removed hysteroneurosthenic disorders from its list of modern disease paradigms. Get a buzz on. Scholar and author Rachel P. Maines has documented and accumulated details about this bizarre outlook on female sexuality and the strange practice of medicine that was common a hundred years ago. In her book The Technology of Orgasm: ‘Hysteria’, the Vibrator

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and Women’s Sexual Satisfaction, Maines provides a detailed look at a view of sexuality, health and technology. Maines describes the standard way of looking at sexuality as “androcentric” and correlates the identification of hysteria as a woman’s disease treated in a clinical fashion with a social mores that has been like a shackle for centuries. Absurdly, by the 1890s a diagnosis of hysteria brought millions of women (and dollars) to doctors. The cure was a treatment performed by the doctor in his office: literally manual massage of the female genitalia until “paroxysm” was reached. Doctors complained that sometimes that took upwards of an hour. Most doctors could take out an appendix faster than they could give a patient a “paroxysm.” But when accomplished, relief was nearly 100 percent — until the next time the patient became “hysterical.” A large part of many a physician’s practice in the late nineteenth century was made up of hysterical women. Maines notes that there is no evidence that the doctors enjoyed their work of giving women orgasms; in fact, quite the contrary. Doctors often lacked the patience or interest to spend the required time with patients to give them relief from hysteria. Assistants, nurses and office staff were enlisted to perform what doctors (and many husbands of the period) saw as a tedious task. Enter technology. Maines writes that doctors wanted to provide their hysterical patients with relief but not at the cost of the time and effort required. They resorted to technology to speed the process and eliminate the drudgery. The first method tried was focusing a stream of water to do the massaging. Hydriatic massage, as it was called, was successful but required considerable office modification and was messy. Mechanical devices using treadle power, spring power and even steam power were developed to provide a consistent vibration to the desired area of the body. Massage was therapeutic for other ailments besides hysteria, but doctors found the vibrating massage was perfect for producing orgasm or “uterine paroxysm.” One steam-powered device had a vibrating mechanism suspended beneath a therapy table with the operative attachment protruding through an opening where the patient would place the pelvic region. Most of these early vibrating devices were awkward and required a doctor’s capital investment that even a large patient-base of hysterical women couldn’t justify. But in 1880, British physician Joseph Granville developed a battery-operated electromechanical device that was easy to use and effective. There was a selection of “vibratodes” that allowed it to be used for any number of therapeutic purposes. Derivations of Granville’s invention became standard equipment in clinics throughout the Western hemisphere. Medical exhibits at the Paris Expo in 1900 displayed over a dozen therapeutic vibrators. Ads, articles and textbooks published around the turn of the century extolled the vibrator’s time-saving and labor-saving qualities, especially for gynecological massage. Doctors were getting exactly what they wanted: relief from a job they didn’t want to do. Thanks to Gyllenhaal, this good-vibe story is coming soon — to a theater near you. Be well. ,

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other parts of the city aren’t as familiar with metriculation cards. “Would you be willing to work with OTOC and the Consulate to train officers in other precincts on matriculation cards?” he asked Schmaderer. “We have a strong relationship with the Consulate and we would be happy to help on this issue,” Schmaderer replied. “We want to work with the community and I hope tonight is a good start.” Methodist Bishop Ann Sherer-Simpson and Nebraska Catholic Conference Executive Director Jim Cunningham talked of a faith response to a broken immigration system. “Jesus came to break down the dividing walls between us and to call us to be one people,” said Simpson. “We are called to advocate for justice for all persons ... therefore we long for there to be a pathway to citizenship for immigrants.” “For the last 200 years, immigration has been a federal issue,” said Creighton professor David Weber. “We all agree that we have a problem. We can choose a path. Some choose a race to the bottom. We’ve seen this in Arizona and Georgia. What does that leave us with? Communities that live in fear.” “We are the state furthest from any border of any state in the United States,” said Weber, “and here we are. We have the second lowest employment rate in the country. We need people.” Do we mean unemployment rate? The evening started to close with a call to action. The audience was invited to address their congressional and state delegations, to meet with the Omaha Police Department or to attend the next OTOC Immigration Action Team meeting on Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Social Hall. To invite OTOC to present immigration information to your group or congregation, contact them at 402-344-4401 or email omahatogether@otoc.org. Senator Nordquist concluded the forum by calling for everyone’s help in repealing the law denying prenatal care to immigrants. “Government is very complex,” said Nordquist, “but broken down, it’s what we decide to do as a people.” ,

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Everyone’s welcome at Table Talk, where food for thought and sustainable race relations happen over breaking bread together by Leo Adam Biga

he uneasy place which race inhabits in the collective American psyche leaves most discussions of the subject to academics, activists or attorneys. But its reality permeates much of the social-cultural fabric. Rhetoric about race is common. Conversation, less so. In these politically correct times, with a topic so tinged by the emotional weight of the past, no one wants to offend; therefore, often nothing is said. Except for brief periods, race has not been at the forefront of a national dialogue. Keeping it at bay adds to the angst, be it white guilt or minority outrage. In Omaha, where the geographic and socio-economic gulf between races is great, opportunities for exchange may be few. So it is not surprising a formal apparatus exists for bringing people together over the very thing that often divides them. Omaha Table Talk (OTT), now in its seventh year, is a forum for individuals, couples, friends, acquaintances and complete strangers to share personal testimonies, discuss issues, watch films and hear presentations that touch on race. It’s not alone, either. Since 2009 Progressive Omaha, First Unitarian Church, Nebraskans for Peace and other sponsors have sponsored BlackWhite Dialogues. Table Talk’s free, October 20, 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. signature event will find hundreds gathering at homes, community centers, places of worship, companies and restaurants to talk about race-ethnicity over dinner. The idea is that breaking bread with The Other allows you to get to know someone beyond assumptions or roles. Valerie Hankins signed up for a 2009 Table Talk to represent how a black woman like herself can be a professional and should not be reduced to a media image. A staffing specialist at Sterling Computers, she got about what she expected at the confab. “I truly felt there were people from diverse walks of life.” She says it was evident certain biases she and other black guests described were revelatory to some white participants. “I felt as if a lot of the things we discussed that night were things they were unaware

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of -- they were oblivious to it. A lot of times people just don’t know what they don’t know.” An average of eight to 10 participants attend each dinner. There’s a host and a facilitator. A few set questions, such as ‘Why are you here?’ and ‘Have you experienced a racial incident?’ act as conversation starters. Phyllis Brown has become such a Table Talk advocate she now serves on the nonprofit’s board. “It just turns out each time I’ve attended, hosted or facilitated it was a great experience, it really was,” says Brown, Single Parent Displaced/Homemaker Coordinator at Metropolitan Community College. She enjoys the liberating forum OTT provides. “There’s things we may want to ask, things we may want to say, and you can really say it and do it in those settings,” Brown says. “Some of the subject matter is very heated. There’s some defensiveness. There’s yelling sometimes. But if you have a great facilitator who reminds people what we’re there for, you will walk away a changed person, you’ll take something away from that table. And if you don’t, you at least had that opportunity to have that dialogue.” Yes, tempers can fly, she says, “but at the end of the day whatever that commonality is that brought

us all together we end it on that. That’s the beauty to me.” OTT executive director A’Jamal-Rashad Byndon is convinced the program makes a difference. “Though it may seem insignificant, there’s great things that come from these events. We just have to figure out how to measure that. The end result of this is, How do I build a relationship with the people in the room and how can we maybe continue this? Our tag line is, ‘You come in as strangers, you leave as friends.’ It doesn’t take a lot but a meal to break the ice.” He says Table Talk off-shoot “groups are starting to get together.” Miriam Aviva Datya facilitates one called ALLIES. It grew out of a 2010 Table Talk she facilitated that, she says, “was such a positive experience…we decided we wanted to continue the discussion.” The topic-oriented group meets monthly. Datya says, “Some of our previous topics include white privilege, use of the N-word. We also watched a documentary, The Color of Fear. What makes the group successful is we are willing to challenge each other in a way that’s courteous.” Phyllis Brown says a dinner she hosted at her home led some women guests to invite her to join their book club.

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“I now am a member of a great book club,” she says. “We do outings together. Some friendships have been forged from it. It’s probably a group I would never have connected with on any other level. I’m telling you, it has just been a beautiful experience. There’s some other groups I meet with that are spinoffs from Table Talk.” These sprouts, say Brown and Byndon, are evidence the spirit of Table Talk can and does find new expressions. “If you come with an open mind it can just lead to some wonderful things -- whatever you really want to do with it,” says Brown. There is a preaching to the choir element to it all, as OTT attracts progressive, educated folks who already embrace racial harmony and support inclusion. Some, like Byndon, an activist and educator, work on the front lines. Ironically, OTT itself has lagged in diversity says Byndon. “Our goal was to have one third to one half of participants be people of color, and that has not always been the case. That’s one of our biggest shortcomings.” He says African-Americans comprise the vast majority of racial minority participants, followed by Latinos. Numbers aside, everyone is there to affirm interracial-multicultural unity. Board Member Terri McFarland concedes “there is that perception you’re only preaching to the choir,” but adds, “Maybe you’re going to have a conversation you didn’t know you could have or you’re going to learn how to handle a conversation in a more meaningful manner. You maybe now have a different comfort level addressing issues.” “In some ways,” says McFarland, “you might be preaching to the choir, but you never had the chance to find out there’s other people in the same choir, right? You didn’t know there were other choir members from around the city at the same table. Omaha’s perceived as a city of towers, but when you come to the table you find out there are other people that don’t see that the city has to be that way, and that you can make a difference in your neighborhood.” Inspired by a column syndicated journalist Leonard Pitts Jr. wrote about the Dallas Dinner Table diversity program, Table Talk began as an outreach of the Catholic Charities of Omaha social justice committee in 2004. Byndon, then senior director for public policy with Catholic Charities, joined fellow committee members McFarland and Partsch and chair Kathleen Jeffries in forming OTT. Before going public, Catholic Charities staff and invited guests convened a trial dinner. That

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first dinner led to a couple more and before long OTT became a citywide event with ever increasing participation. While the numbers are no longer doubling as they did the first few years, Byndon says a record 500-plus folks met to eat and opine last year. He expects more participants this year. As many as two-thirds who participate today are repeats, says Byndon, who followed the program when it left Catholic Charities in 2009 to become a freestanding nonprofit housed at the Neighborhood Center, 115 S. 49th Ave. What makes OTT a draw, he says, is the nonthreatening framework it offers for addressing things that too often are not discussed. “Omaha is a very racially divided, silo community with our north, south, east, west divide. We’ve had a lot of issues and incidents, you name it, and people repeatedly say they want this type of venue or platform to share some of their positive and negative experiences. There aren’t a lot of organizations and entities who bring people from the grassroots and the treetops levels together to break bread and have conversations.” Byndon, whose late mother, Lerlean N. Johnson, was among a group of Omaha parents who brought the lawsuit forcing the city’s public schools to implement mandatory desegregation, says he was reared to promote integration and racial accord. “I think Table Talk is a small way for some people to do that; to walk the talk,” Bynden says.

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“I think there’s probably an unmeasured but very great hunger in this and every other community to do the right thing, and this is a painless way to do the right thing,” says Patrsch, retired Omaha World-Herald editorial page director. The by-registration-only event allows participants to self-select what level of dialogue they desire: entry, intermediate or advanced. “The people that come to the table have varying levels of experience and different levels of comfort in talking about racial issues,” says McFarland. “I think it’s very important Table Talk has expanded its levels to take on deep business, because you don’t want to take an entry level person and give them one exposure and say, OK, go out and thrive,” says Partsch. “That’s not enough probably in most cases. But if we’re ever going to make a difference, it’s going to be to find the people who are on the sidelines now.” McFarland says she long yearned to connect with people of color, who were not where she worked, shopped, prayed or lived. Table Talk gave her that entree. She says it’s not so vital what level you sign up for as simply being willing to listen and share. “This is not a lecture system,” she says. “The premise of this is to allow everybody that comes to the table to have a voice, and that’s the purpose of the facilitator, to not let one person run the conversation and get on their own platform.” “You have a facilitator to be sure the train doesn’t come off the tracks,” adds Partsch.

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If a facilitator does it right, OTT organizers say, participants feel they have permission to say what’s on their mind without censoring themselves. “It’s really an opportunity for people to tell their personal experience, where they’ve been, where they’ve come from, and then ask other people about their experiences, and not judge them but actually have a dialogue,” says McFarland. “It’s an opportunity for people to take their coat off, loosen their tie and not be judged and have stones cast at them for asking some of those questions that are taboo. It gives people a chance to have a voice with that stuff and to share it.” Cathy Nelson recalls everyone at the 2010 Table Talk she attended leading with their weakness, sharing some vulnerable moment from their lives, from the man who served time to the college student who came out to his family as gay. She appreciates how “authentically” people communicated that night. Partsch says participants like himself are invariably “visibly affected” by the sharing. Organizers say there’s almost always a nervous admission by one or two guests that it is the first time they’ve sat down to dinner with a person of another race or visited the home of someone of a different race. Others acknowledge they are visiting a part of town they’ve never been to before. And for still others Table Talk may be the first occasion they’re discussing race outside their own home or inner circle.

Nelson says, “Race was the least of issues for me. Going to dine with strangers was more of an issue. Who wants to go have dinner with people you’re not really comfortable with or you don’t have experience with?” But the Blackburn High School teacher appreciates the importance of pushing beyond her comfort zone to learn new realities. “People have got to get out of their neighborhoods and see what this city has to offer. We have to be open to each other.” McFarland says OTT has a way of teaching tolerance. As a result, she says, “My world has way opened up.” Partsch says, “If it has changed me it has made me a lot more optimistic about the community and its future, seeing the amount of goodwill that’s out there.” Byndon says, “One of the things I’ve learned from doing Table Talk is to have patience. Back in the day, if you didn’t agree with me you weren’t right. But I’ve learned you can be from the same racial group or a different racial group and have a different lived experience, and we can validate that. If we come with that notion, that there’s going to be different perspectives and different world views, then we can move forward.” , For online registration, visit www.omahatabletalk. com. For a schedule of OTT panel discussions, open dialogues and other events, call 402-561-7594 or email omahatabletalk@gmail.com.


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Fall Food Fundraisers Three big local food events mark the return of autumn

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ast week I was storming around the house looking for something, but could not quite remember where to look. I opened this door and that door, gazing between here and there, but no luck. I then asked my wife and of course, she knew. “It’s upstairs, in the board game closet,” she said with confidence. The search for my jacket was an abrupt reminder that summer is officially ending. The weather is changing, the temperature in the metro is falling, but there are some indoor fundraisers, centered on my favorite friend, food.

Mekiney of Vivace and M’s Pub; Chef Aldo Cruz & Chef Kendra Shaft of the Old Mattress Factory; and Patricia Barron “Big Mama” of Big Mama’s Kitchen & Catering. Paul Urban, the inaugural Comfort Food Classic winner from 2007, will team with fellow New York Chicken & Gyros chef and 2009 Comfort Food Classic winner, Jessica Joyce, to form the first and only team consisting of past champions. Te event will be at the Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center, formerly CoCo Key Convention Center, off 72nd and Grover. Sunday, Oct. 2,

Signature Chefs Auction

Comfort Food Classic The fifth annual Comfort Food Classic, a chef competition to benefit Ted E. Bear Hollow, will pit eight chefs against each other to make their rendition of a gourmet lasagna. You will get to taste and vote for your favorite and bid on silent and live auction items. Ted E. Bear Hollow is a center for grieving children, teens and their families. Hundreds of youths are served every year through support groups, day camps and other services. Children from approximately ages 3 to 19 years are eligible. Services are free. Donors and fundraisers such as the Comfort Food Classic cover the costs of Ted E. Bear Hollow. First time participating chefs are Clayton Chapman, The Grey Plume; Matt Hallberg of V.Mertz; Bobby

from 5 - 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $75, visit comfortfoodclassic.com for more information.

Bands, Booze and BBQ Food and Spirits Magazine presents the second installment of Bands, Booze and BBQ on October 3 at The Waiting Room. The food competition and barbecue throw down benefits the local chapter of the American Culinary Federation and scholarship program. For $15 attendees can taste some of the best barbecue in town while listening to live music from Matt Cox at 7:30 p.m. and The Willards at 8:30 p.m. Restaurants will enter in three new categories: ribs, specialty meats and hot sides. The beauty of

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the thing is you don’t have to spend all day walking around tents or buying multiple food tickets. The atmosphere is energetic and the barbecue is unique. As an attendee and judge, I encourage you to experience this great event. The Food and Spirits judging panel will also grade participants in six categories. Attendees can vote the People’s Choice award in this battle-of-thebands-style competition. Bands, Booze and BBQ. Monday, October 3. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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The Signature Chefs Auction is a casual evening of incredible food prepared by Omaha’s finest chefs and served at stations surrounding the ballroom. A silent auction offers gifts. The program ends with a live auction featuring private dinners, parties, trips and special events with your favorite chefs. Now in its fifth year, Omaha’s Signature Chefs event has raised $625,000 for the organization’s Prematurity Campaign to give every baby a healthy start. Money goes to research, community services, education and advocacy efforts. It is among the top 10 March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auctions in the country. The lineup of restaurants is impressive with food and drinks from 29 businesses in the Metro. They include 7M Grille, Liberty Tavern and The Grey Plume. Having participated as a chef a few years back, I thoroughly enjoyed the event. This year’s Signature Chefs Auction is Thursday, October 13 at the Hilton Downtown from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $150. Call 402.496.7111 for more information. , Contact the writer j_horvatinovich@yahoo.com

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Something new popping with Orville Redenbacher’s Popping Corn Orville Redenbacher’s Popping Corn, a brand of ConAgra Foods, is shaking up microwave popcorn by adding a flavorful twist to one of America’s favorite snack foods. The popcorn brand has introduced Orville Redenbacher’s Flavors, individually wrapped bags of microwave popcorn that come with separate seasoning packets, allowing users to sprinkle on just the right amount of flavor – in White Cheddar, Extra Cheese, or Sea Salt and Vinegar. The popcorn giant has even turned to beverages to pair the flavorful twists. Beverages like oldfashion lemonade, red wine and even root beer floats are recommended. Orville Redenbacher’s® Flavors are available at select food and mass retail outlets. Food Network Star: Food Network Star is casting season 8, conducting interviews in Charlotte, Boston, Miami and NYC. Finally they are stressing the importance of “looking for chefs and all those with an incredible amount of culinary skill,” said Jennifer Sullivan Casting. The company has worked for Food Network for years and recruits contestants for reality television shows. Check out foodnetwork.com to submit information for an audition. Local Author Releases Recipe Book: Ann R. B. Summers, local author and regular contributor to Food & Spirits Magazine, has updated and released her lunch idea, nutrition and recipe book, Healthy Lunch, Healthy Mind for e-readers. In its second edition, and having sold more than 200 copies locally and through the Nebraska Food Coop (a group of growers selling and promoting local food) Healthy Lunch, Healthy Mind is now available on Amazon Kindle for $7.99. Recipes in HL,HM include ethnic foods, flavorful make-ahead recipes, basic nutrition (specifically children’s nutrition) and ways to keep the whole family invested in eating well. You can purchase and review the book at http://tinyurl.com/3txohe6 or read more from the author at her blog: annrbsummers.com.

— John Horvatinovich Crumbs is about indulging in food and celebrating its many forms. Send information about area food and drink businesses to crumbs@thereader.com


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8 days TOPTV “Prohibition”

Sunday-Tuesday, 7 p.m. (PBS)

Documentarian Ken Burns has found another big subject that allows him to zoom in and out of black-and-white photographs from his favorite era, the 19th and early 20th centuries. “Prohibition” displays all the Burns affections we’ve come to know from “The Civil War,” “Jazz” and “Baseball.” “Prohibition” is an ambitious work that ken burns attempts nothing less than a history of American alcohol consumption. Burns starts in the early 1800s, when easily available whiskey turned a nation of drinkers into a nation of problem drinkers. On his way to 1920s Prohibition, he explains dissolute saloon culture and the sometimes overthe-top attempts to curb it. We hear of such colorful reformers as Carrie Nation, whose unsubtle approach to temperance involved busting up saloons with a hatchet. Her motto: “smash, smash, smash.” —Dean Robbins

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daOMA Presents Michael Rock

Michael Rock, professor of design at Yale University School of Art, will help keep the Omaha design community connected to the outside world Wednesday. Rock will discuss his wide range of projects including strategy for Prada and Conde Nast, and environmental graphics and media design with Prada New York Epicenter Store. His multifaceted resume includes a fellowship with the Jan Van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht, The Netherlands, editing and graphic designing at I.D. Magazine in New York and writing for publications such as Print, AIGA Journal and receiving the 1999/2000 Rome Prize in Design from the American Academy in Rome. He is a founding partner and creative director of 2x4 Inc., a multidisciplinary studio focusing on design for art, architecture, fashion and cultural clients worldwide. —Sally Deskins

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Omaha North Hills Pottery Tour

Big Table Studios 17171 County Rd 25, Herman Too Far North Wines and Wine Tasting 111 N. 14th St., Fort Calhoun Dennison Pottery 13210 N. 47th St., Omaha Florence Mill 9102 N. 30th St., Omaha FREE, Omahanorthhillspotterytour.com Catch the fall breeze and maybe a teapot this weekend at the annual pottery tour featuring 16 regional and national potteries within a 30-mile stretch. The potters are in their own digs; you may chat with them, watch them throw clay, and you can shop and taste local wine. Liz Vercruysse and John Martelle show off their Japanese anagama-style kiln, creating contemporary forms with ancient wood-fire techniques.

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n April program at KANEKO offered a preview of the mixed media work, Portals. Virtuoso violinist Tim Fain and filmmaker Kate Hackett provided tantalizing glimpses of a phantasmagoric experiment in performance and social media. KANEKO director Hal France and the Portals creative team also laid the groundwork for a residency in the collaborative arts. There’s great anticipation for the finished piece making its Midwest premiere here. The two shows follow on the heels of the work’s Sept. 25 world premiere in New York, where Portals was well-received. It’s hard not being cu- tim fain rious about a work that integrates multiple mediums and styles into a seamless experience. There’s music by acclaimed composers Philip Glass, Aaron Jay Kernis, Nico Muhly, Kevin Puts, Lev Zhurbin and William Bolcom. Images are by Hackett and Benjamin Milliepied, whose choreography is also featured. There are the words of Leonard Cohen. And the musicianship of Fain and pianist Nicholas Britell. So, what is Portals exactly? Think of it as a performance piece bridging the divide between real and virtual, live and digital, all expressed through a merging of set design, lighting, music, video, dance, literature, spoken word and the Web. It’s about finding new portals of communication and connection between old and new forms. New York Times reviewer Allan Kozinn felt Fain “succeeded admirably” in finding “new ways to frame the music.” Where does the social media aspect come in? During the concert Fain will perform live on stage, as will his accompanist, but he will also interact with several performers, even a virtual version of himself, seen via rear-projected videos that give the impression of social networking exchanges. It’s meant to be an immersive, sensory, boundaries-breaking, genre-bending experience. KANEKO, along with Silicon Prairie News and local universities, is hosting a Live Social Media event that seeks “experimenters” to participate in the Portals experience and offer feedback. To sign-up, visit www.siliconprairienews.com. What about the team residency? Portals principles will conduct free previews, lectures, master classes and conversations in Omaha and Lincoln. Students from local universities are encouraged to attend. To register, visit thekaneko.org/portals/education. —Leo Adam Biga

They’ll host Minnesota ceramisists JD Jorgensen and Zac Spates and Iowan Doug Schroeder at Big Table Studios. Down the road at Dennison Pottery, John Dennison and guests Mike Bose of Iowa and Missourians Naomi Keller and David Harris display sculpted lizards, geometric forms, hidden chambers and birded libs with live jazz to boot. Florence Mill hosts Susan McGilvrey, Tom Quest, Julie Kinkade and Tracy Shell of Omaha and Bill Gossman of Minnesota with styles from bright earthenware to sculpted horses, vases and stamped plates. Too Far North hosts Eric Knoche of North Carolina and his sculptural work and Travis Hinton of South Dakota and his expressive functional ware, with a wine tasting too. —Sally Deskins

Oct. 1

Megafaun w/Doug Paisley

The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. 9 p.m.; $10 www.onepercentproductions.com Based in Durham, North Carolina but hailing from Wisconsin, the psychedelic rock trio, Megafaun, knows a thing or two about traveling. They are almost always on tour. Brothers Phil and Brad Cook met percussionist Joe Westerlund in 1997 while they were all at the H.O.R.D.E. Festival, apparently sharing in their mutual love for bands like Neil Young, Primus and Leftover Salmon. Combin-


t h e r e a de r ’ s e n t e r tai n m e n t p ic k s s e p t . 2 9 - oct . 5 , 2 0 1 1 ing melancholic finger-picking, eloquent harmonies and raw instrumentation, Megafaun is like a rougher sounding Fleet Foxes. While they aren’t exactly well-known, they have shared the stage with such notables as Akron/Family and The Mountain Goats. Currently on tour in support of their third self-titled studio release, the trio hits Omaha for a night of finger-lickin’ good guitar pickin’. — Kyle Eustice

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DevilDriver w/ Skeletonwitch, ChthoniC & Cursed By Moonlight

Sokol Underground, 2234 S 13th St. 7 p.m.; $15 ADV, $17 DOS www.sokolunderground.intuitwebsites.com If you’re into the metal scene, then your face will most definitely be melted into an overly dramatic puddle of evil mush at the DevilDriver concert. Although, the use of the word “concert” might be better replaced with the more epic word choice “organized chaotic dark ritual for the festering masses.” The melodic death metal band from Santa Barbara, Calif., is currently touring for their latest studio album, fittingly titled Beast, released back in February. Why the delay for the tour? Well, being in a hardcore metal band comes with certain dangers, such as rehab for drug addiction. We don’t need to get into details but, let’s just say these guys are brutal on stage and in this thing we call life. —James Derrick Schott devildriver

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Kearney says being serious about life with another person forced him to deal with some of the defense mechanisms he had developed. Living diminishes one’s sense of innocence. “I think you learn how to distrust,” he says. Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 10th St. All the outside events of life, love, relationships and family all can lead 8 p.m.; $17 ADV, $20 DOS to being hardened, and not in the most positive ways, Kearney says. “Laying yourself out there for someone to onepercentproductions.com see you is a terrifying but beautiful experience,” he says. at Kearney set his acoustic guitar aside during Kearney says he plays out his the songwriting sessions for his new album, own experiences on Young Love, Young Love. writing painful, but hopeThe Nashville-based Kearney instead created ful songs. There’s a certain tunes by starting with programming beats and amount of risk in telling grooves on a computer, then building songs those stories, he says, addaround the rhythmic skeleton. ing that he only knows “It’s probably not the most traditional alhow to be honest about bum I’ve ever made,” he says. the people in his life. Kearney says it can be paralyzing to create The record wraps songs with only an acoustic guitar. This time, with “Rochester,” a song he drew on a hip-hop production influence. from the perspective of “Songs would be born out of me dancKearney’s father. It tells ing around the room to a groove,” Kearney of an abusive father, Kearsays. “It’s actually incredibly exhilarating.” ney’s grandfather, who also He says starting with the dance/hip-hop beats ran illegal gambling interests brought a different way of writing music and telling in New York. stories. He was working with a fresh perspective. While working the album, “You have a whole new avenue to create someMat kearney Kearney’s contract with Aware Rething with,” Kearney says. cords was transferred from Columbia “Hey Mama,” the album’s lead-off track and first single, kickto Universal Republic. He says the process started Kearney’s fresh approach. It began with a small fight he had was a little nerve-wracking, but he enjoyed the with then-girlfriend Annie. The chorus came to him when he went for a walk. He got home, programmed an 808 kick drum beat, recorded some hand feeling of being freshly signed. “It was exciting to be the new kid,” he says. claps over it and built a groove from there. Soon, the song was finished. The album was recorded in and around Kearney’s home of Nashville. “It was so easy and it was so visceral,” Kearney says. In part, the song declares “Singing, hey mama, don’t want no drama/ Robert Marvin, who collaborated on Kearney’s breakthrough Nothing Left Just a kiss before I leave/ Hey lady, don’t say maybe/ You’re the one that I To Lose in 2006, returns on Young Love. “It was just us again, back in his room,” Kearney says. can believe/ Hey lover, don’t want no other/ Finger for my ring.” The previous album, 2009’s City of Black and White, was a full-band, Kearney says Annie thought the song was cute. An engagement soon followed and they are now married. Thoughts of love and innocence, lost professional studio concoction that Kearney says was overwhelming. He and found, shaped much of the songwriting, guided by Kearney’s journey didn’t want to repeat that process. “I was really hungry to take a step back and go back to how we kind of as his romance with Annie blossomed. “That whole journey was happening around me while I was writing the began,” he says. —Chris Aponick record,” he says.

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John Sorensen’s decadeslong magnificent obsession with the Abbott sisters

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directed it. A 7 p.m. free preview screening is set Thursday, Oct. 6, at Film Streams. The doc follows a group of Sudanese girls in Grand Island making a story quilt with the help of master quilter Peggie Hartwell and the town’s local quilters guild. The resulting story-blocks illustrate the African home the girls’ families left and the American home they’ve adopted. The quilt expresses the girls’ memories and dreams

ohn Sorensen is like many Nebraska creatives who left to pursue a passion. The Grand Island native and longtime New York City resident Detail of story quilt from The Quilted Conscience worked with master filmmaker Alexander MacKendrick (The Sweet Smell of Success) and Broadway legends Lewis and Jay Presson Allen (Tru). He founded a New York theater troupe. He’s developed a radio series. He’s written-edited books and study guides. What sets him apart is a two-decade venture combining all those mediums. The Abbott Sisters Project is his multimedia magnificent obsession with deceased siblings, proto-feminists and early 20th century social work pioneers, Grace and Edith Abbott, from Grand Island. As Abbott champions, Sorensen and University of Nebraska at Omaha professor Ann Coyne were instrumental in getting the school last fall to rename its social work unit the Grace Abbott School of Social Work. for the future. Sorensen seamlessly interweaves Sorensen has found a saga of strong, visionary Grace Abbott’s minority rights advocacy with women engaged in social action. These early Suf- the girls’ cross-cultural experience to create a fragists and University of Nebraska-Lincoln gradu- rich, affecting tapestry full of dislocation and inates were part of the Progressive wave that sought tegration, loss and hope. to reform the Industrial Age’s myriad social ills. A Q & A with Sorensen and some of the girls They trained under Jane Addams at Hull follows the screening. The “Dreams and MemoHouse, they taught at universities, they widely ries” story quilt the girls completed will be on published their views, they advised Congress display. The film is expected to eventually air on and sitting presidents and served on prestigious public television. boards, all in helping shape policy to protect imGrand Island public school teacher Tracy migrants, women and children. Much feted dur- Morrow, whose students worked on the story ing their lives, the sisters are arguably the most quilt, says, “For many of the girls it has been influential Omaha women of all time. The pair a life-changing experience. They put so much remained close, often consulting each other. work into it. I feel like John’s ... educating the “I think from an early age, the sisters recog- Grand Island community about the Sudanese nized they were each somehow mysteriously made and educating the Sudanese about Grand Iswhole by the other — that together they could land and America.” learn things, experience things and do things imAs Grand Island connects Sorensen to the possible for either on her own,” says Sorensen. Abbotts, his project is allied with the public His latest Abbott work is a documentary, schools and library. The city’s refugee population The Quilted Conscience. He wrote, produced and is living context for applying Abbott values.

Sorensen has promoted the Abbotts for years, but it’s only recently his efforts have borne fruit. The story quilt has toured the state. He’s formed a immigrant-student quilt workshop. He co-edited The Grace Abbott Reader and helped get Edith’s memoir published posthumously. The sisters’ accomplishments are told in a new children’s book. The Grand Island Independent sponsors an Abbott scholarship. All of it affirms that his epic odyssey to bring the Abbotts to the masses has been worth it. Even when his efforts gained little traction, he persisted. “I just did whatever I could to keep transforming it and keeping it in people’s faces,” he says. “I could see I was having success in raising awareness — that people were slowly getting to know around the state who these women were. And that this more than the study of people from 100 years ago; this is the study about things that can help us to live better today.” His devotion to the Abbott legacy is complete. “I simply love the sisters,” he says. “I also admire their work for children and women and immigrants, and I feel a family-like connection and perhaps responsibility to them from sharing a hometown. I could no more turn my back on them, their legacy and their story than I could my own family. That love, that sense of faith is unconquerable.” Even though he didn’t intend making it his life’s work, he’s grateful his Johnny Appleseed project is finally sprouting. “It’s become clear in the last three or four years that it has no end for me. It’s become so embedded in my existence that I can’t stop -- also because now it’s actually starting to unfold.” Sorensen, who “never felt at home” growing up in Grand Island, is today a celebrated favorite son for his project’s rediscovery of two town legends. It feels like “a kind of destiny,” he says. , Seating is limited for the free Quilted Conscience screening. Reservations are recommended and may be made by emailing maggie@filmstreams.org or visiting the theater box office, 1340 Mike Fahey Drive. For more details, call 402-933-0259 or visit www.filmstreams.org. Read more of Leo Adam Biga’s work at leoadambiga.wordpress.com

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The Blue Barn calls the play Bug “a psycho thriller,” and others have called it “every bit as sleazy and violent’ as Killer Joe, another drama by Tracy Letts. One source warned against “violence, nudity and cigarette smoke,” while another simply said, “Don’t bring anyone who likes clean escape entertainment” to this “blood-drenched thriller.” And 24 hours before it was to open off-Broadway, Amanda Plummer abandoned the lead role over “artistic differences.” Which makes it likely that director Susan Clement-Toberer and her Blue Barn cast will turn it into a powerful experience lifted well above such sordid stuff. She wanted “to do this show since I saw it off Broadway,” the director says, “but the right blend of cast was not around.” Now she has her college classmate, Kim Gambino, in that lead role of Agnes, “the lonely waitress with a tragic past,” and Brian Zealand in his Barn debut as Peter the paranoid drifter. Kevin Barratt plays her nasty ex-hubby, with Erika Zadina as R.C., her lesbian biker buddy, and Nick Zadina as Dr. Sweet. Letts’ controversial story fits the Barn’s goal of being “highly challenged, a little afraid to approach the script,” which Susan describes as “very wellwritten,” its intensity balanced by levity. Gambino agrees. The Equity actor shared four years of shows with the director when they were classmates at the State University of New York in Purchase. She also shared my notion that any synopsis makes the story sound formidable, maybe even a real downer. “I was thinking of that, too…a crackhead waitress on a crack binge for days and pretty much losing her mind.” But it can be saved by superb writing and performance. Both Susan and Kim reject one critic’s claim that the play’s nudity is “in your face.” To the director, “It’s not anything distasteful; both times are wellwarranted to propel the story.” “It’s certainly not a sex scene,” the actress adds, “when Agnes and Peter jump out of bed looking for the bugs that are biting them.” She’s also not new to performing nude after touring Europe with Hair for eight months. But the role remains a stretch for her “to say the least.” For starters, “I don’t smoke crack; I have one glass of wine and I’m done.” Agnes and Peter battle the bugs by hanging strips of flypaper, prompting her ex-convict former husband to quip, “Y’know, if I was a roach, I believe I’d take the hint.” Bug runs Sept. 29-Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays in the Old Market. —Warren Francke

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n The Museum of Nebraska Art recently opened The Oregon Trail: Francis Parkman’s Collection of Native American Cartes de Visite running through Dec. 17. The exhibit includes journals detailing the artist’s Oregon Trail visit. Why Is It Art? through April 2012 explores how styles in art have evolved and what influences artists; with selections from the museum’s collection. MONA celebrates the 100th anniversary of the building and 35th of its collection with From Postage to Paintings featuring newly acquired photographs documenting the construction, and a selection of work marking significant moments of acquisition such as the oldest piece, “The Stag,” by Titian Ramsay Peale. n Omaha based artist and Peerless co-director Caleb Coppock’s Graphite Sequencer Project is included in DATA/FIELDS a new media installation exhibition at Artisphere, an urban arts center in Arlington, Va. It runs through October. The artist is working with other Peerless directors curating their own show, Breathing Room, opening Oct. 7. n Omaha-based artist Brion Poloncic recently completed a body of work; he is selling pieces for $100 each on his website, brionpoloncic.com, to raise money for a film he is producing. n University of Nebraska-Lincoln art professor Francisco Souto won honorable mention for “After

Uno y Universo II” at the 2011 International Mezzotint Festival at the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts in Russia. n Jim’s Seek and Save Antiques on the corner of Leavenworth and Saddle Creek commissioned artist Mike Giron to paint a 60-foot long mural on the west side of the building. The drawing that began Sept. 21 displays an array of antique items. “We’re shooting for realism with artistic flair,” Giron said. The mural is to be completed by Oct. 1. n On Sept. 20, students from University of Nebraska-Omaha Art in Public Places professor David Helm’s class displayed 10 invented or modified clip art road signs on campus. “The idea is to address public language, public context and audience response,” said Helm. “The response exceeded my expectations.” The provocative images included a silhouette of a woman pole-dancing, a banana peel on a yellow diamond-shaped sign and a human heart inside a heart-shape on a red octagon sign.

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Sleep” or telling someone to “Stay Gleaming.” A little lost? Head to The New BLK, an Old Market gallery, Oct. 7 for a night of all things Steve Gordon, the designer behind the alias “RDQLUS” and all the memorable mottos referenced above. Gordon’s show, titled “MSSNGR” will include “original large and small format design work on canvas, multimedia pieces and selections from his influential Dropshots series of photography shot lovingly — and completely — on his iPhone,” says the event invite. This event is not to be missed, especially if you’re a fan of Gordon’s clothing line RDQLUS Goods & Cloth. His T-shirts, hats and impressive personal sneaker collection will surely appear somewhere in his show. The evening kicks off at 7 p.m. at The New BLK, located at 1213 Jones Street. Visit rdqlus.com or thenewblk.com for more information on this event.

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BEMIS CENTER - CONTEMPORARY ARTS, 724 S. 12th St., (402) 341-1122. A celebration of contemporary art, Curators and Artists tours, Sep. 29 and Oct. 6, 6 p.m. EL MUSEO LATINO, 4701 S. 25th St., (402) 731-1137. GRAPHICS OF LATIN AMERICA: Group show exploring the graphics of Latin America, through Dec. 28. FRED SIMON GALLERY AT THE BURLINGTON BUILDING, 1004 Farnam St., (402) 595-2334. OPENING RECEPTION: New work by Janet Eskridge, through Oct. 7. HOUSE OF LOOM, 1012 S. 10th St., (402) 505-5494, info@houseofloom.com. DRINK N DRAW OMAHA: Two models pose. You draw. Opens Sep. 29, 7 p.m. KIMMEL HARDING NELSON ARTS CENTER, 801 3rd Corso St., (402) 874-9600. NEW WORK: New work by Nicole Gustafsson, through Oct. 20. MORRILL HALL, 307 Morrill Hall, (402) 472-3779. FIRST PEOPLES OF THE PLAINS: TRADITIONS SHAPED BY LAND AND SKY: This modern exhibit explores the enduring traditions of Native American cultures of the Great Plains. UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA MEDICAL CENTER, 985230 Nebraska Medical Center, (402) 559-4200. RHYTHMS OF INDIA/ BHARAT MELA AT TRUHLSEN CAMPUS EVENTS CENTER: A family event featuring food vendors serving Indian food, displays of Indian arts and Indian dance. Opens Oct. 2, 2 p.m.-10 p.m.

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SUNDAY 2

DR. QURIK’S COMEDY SHOW, Duffy’s Tavern 1412 O St., (402) 474-3543. 9:00 pm, FREE.

MONDAY 3

CHECK EVENT LISTINGS ONLINE! WORKSPACE GALLERY, 440 N. 8th St., workspace.gallery.lincoln@gmail.com. POSTMORTEM: A STUDY IN DECOMPOSITION: New work by Darryl Baird, this show continues through Nov. 3.

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TEENS ‘N’ THEATRE: ANIMAL FARM, Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St., (402) 345-4849. Opens Sep. 29, Oct. 1, Oct. 2, 7:00 pm, N/A JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING COLOR DREAMCOAT, McDonald Theatre, 53rd St. & Huntington Ave., (402) 465-2384, theatre@ nebrwesleyan.edu. Opens Sep. 29, Sep. 30, Oct. 1, Oct. 2, 7:30 pm, $15; Seniors: $10; Students: $7.50 THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR, Weber Fine Arts Building, 6001 Dodge St.. Opens Sep. 28, Sep. 29, Sep. 30, Oct. 1, 7:00 pm, $15; Seniors: $10; UNO Students: FREE CHICAGO, Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St., (402) 553-4890. Opens Sep. 28, Sep. 29, Sep. 30, Oct. 1, Oct. 2, Oct. 5, 7:30 pm, Adults: $40; Students: $24 UNBOUND PERSPECTIVE PRESENTS CRAZY JUST LIKE ME, Pizza Shoppe Collective, 6056 Maple St., (402) 932-9007. Opens Sep. 28, Sep. 29, Oct. 1, Oct. 2, 7:30 pm, $18; Students: $15 A DOLL’S HOUSE, Haymarket Theatre, 803 Q St., (402) 4772600. Opens Sep. 29, Sep. 30, Oct. 1, Oct. 2, 7:30 pm, $18; Seniors: $15; Students: $10 KILLER JOE, Temple Building, 215 Temple Building, 402-4722072 . Opens Sep. 28, Sep. 29, Sep. 30, Oct. 1, 7:30 pm, $6 CHILDREN OF EDEN, Bellevue Little Theater, 203 Mission Ave., (402) 291-1554. Opens Sep. 30, Oct. 1, Oct. 2, 8:00 pm, N/A RADIO GOLF,.John Beasley Theater, 3010 R. St, (402) 5025767. Opens Sep. 29, Sep. 30, Oct. 1, Oct. 2, 7:30 pm, $27 BIG RIVER, O’Donnell Auditorium, 50th St. & Huntington Ave.. Opens Sep. 30, Oct. 2, 7:30 pm, $18 BUG, Blue Barn at The Downtown Space, 614 S. 11th St., (402) 345-1576.Blue Barn at The Downtown Space, 614 S. 11th St., (402) 345-1576. Opens Sep. 29, Sep. 30, Oct. 1, 7:30 pm, $25; Students and Seniors: $20

POETRY/COMEDY THURSDAY 29

WRITING CENTER READING SERIES WITH BRENT SPENCER, Metro Community College 819 S. 22nd St.. 7:00 pm, FREE. Author of the novel The Lost Son and the collection Are We Not Men? will read. BACKLINE IMPROV, Studio…Gallery 4965 Dodge St., (402) 660-0867. 8:00 pm, $5. ALL YOUNG GIRLS ARE MACHINE GUNS, HOWARD, JAKE NOROFSKY, PATRICK SATHER, TESSE STEDNITZ, AND MORE, Slowdown 729 N. 14th St., (402) 345-7569. 9:00 pm, $5. COMEDY SURPRISE NIGHT, Mojo Smokehouse & Ales 2110 South 67th St., (402) 504-3776. 10:00 pm, FREE. Hosted by Nick Allen.

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JOHN SIEGFRIED, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 12th & R St., (402) 472-2072. 10:00 am, FREE. Professor of econimcs at Vanderbilt University will present “What does Intercollegiate Athletics do to (or for) Colleges and Universities?” 3RD ANNUAL GENEALOGY LOCK-IN, W. Dale Clark Library 215 S. 15th St., (402) 444-4800. 6:30 pm, FREE.

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THE CLEAN PART READING SERIES WITH LISA FISHMAN AND DANIELLE PAFUNDA, Drift Station Gallery 1746 N St., mail@driftstation.org. 7:00 pm, FREE.

EVOLVER OMAHA MOVIE SCREENING: THE QUANTUM ACTIVIST, Pizza Shoppe Collective 6056 Maple St., (402) 932-9007. 6:00 pm, N/A. I SHOULD HAVE READ THAT IN SCHOOL, The Bookworm 87th & Pacific St., (402) 392-2877. 6:30 pm, FREE. Group will discuss Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe. Group meets every first Monday. POETRY AT THE MOON WITH KATE KOSTELNIK, ADRAIN GIBBONS KOESTERS, Crescent Moon Coffee 8th & P St., (402) 435-2828. 7:00 pm, FREE.

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OMAHA SCIENCE CAFE, The Sydney 5918 Maple St., (402) 932-9262. 6:30 pm, FREE. Lecture entitled “Fizzle and Fret: 2009’s So-Called ‘Pandemic’ Influenza and 2010’s Ambivalence about a ‘New’ Influenza Vaccine.” OPEN MIC POETRY, Indigo Bridge Books 701 P St. Suite 102, (402) 477-7770. 7:00 pm, FREE. FIVE DOLLAR COMEDY NIGHT TUESDAY: 88 IMPROV, Pizza Shoppe Collective 6056 Maple St., (402) 932-9007. 8:00 pm, $5. SHOOT YOUR MOUTH OFF III, The Hideout Lounge 320 S. 72nd St., (402) 504-4434. 9:00 pm, FREE.

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STATE-OF-THE-UNIVERSITY ADDRESS, Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall 6001 Dodge St.. 10:00 am, FREE. Presented by Chancellor John Christensen, reception in Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom immediately following remarks. WHAT ARE YOU READING? BOOK CHAT, The Bookworm 87th & Pacific St., (402) 392-2877. 12:00 pm, FREE. Join us to chat about your favorite reads. Group meets every first Wednesday. LUNCH AT THE LIBRARY WITH T. MARNI VOS, Bennett Martin Public Library 136 S. 14th St., (402) 441-8500. 12:10 pm, FREE. Humorist and author presents lecture “Always a Work in Progress.” VISITING WRITERS SERIES FEATURING LEE HYE-KYUNG, ZHANG YUERAN, DOROTHY TSEC, Nebraska Wesleyan 51st & Huntington St., (402) 465-2395. 6:00 pm, FREE. The Asian writers panel will be held in Callen Conference Center, located on the lower level of the Smith-Curtis Administration Building. 16TH ANNUAL GOVERNOR’S LECTURE IN THE HUMANITIES, Joslyn Art Museum 2200 Dodge St., (402) 342-3300. 7:30 pm, FREE. The subject of the lecture is “The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery,” presented by Pulitzer Prize winning historian Eric Foner. THE MIDWEST POETRY VIBE, Arthur’s 222 N. 114th St., (402) 393-6369. 9:00 pm, FREE.

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THE 815, 815 O St. Suite 1, (402) 261-4905. ARTISTS ON THE EDGE: New work by photographer Eddie Gentry, continues through Sep. ANKENY ART CENTER, 1520 SW Rd., (515) 965-0940. NEW WORK: New work by Jacklin Stoken, this show continues through September. ARTISTS’ COOPERATIVE GALLERY, 405 S. 11th St., (402) 3429617. TURNING AND RETURNING: New work by Doyle Howitt, N. Byram Luth and Margie Schimenti, this show continues through Sep. 25. BIRDHOUSE COLLECTIBLE, 1111 N. 13th St., Suite 123, biz@ birdhouseinteriors.com. AND HE LABORED TO REALIZE THE ENDLESSNESS OF THE SKIES: New work by Caolan O’Loughlin, through Nov. 5. DURHAM WESTERN HERITAGE MUSEUM, 801 S. 10th St., 444.5071, durhammuseum.org. GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER: The life and work of an extraordinary man, through Oct. 30. EISENTRAGER-HOWARD GALLERY, Stadium Dr. & T. St, (402) 472-5522. EMBLAZONED CIPHERS: Group show featuring the work of Barry Anderson, Rickey Allman, Julie Farstad and Linnea Spransy. through Oct. 6. ELDER ART GALLERY, 5000 St. Paul Ave.. TWO PLUS ONE: New work by local Lincoln artists, this show continues through Oct. 2. FRED SIMON GALLERY AT THE BURLINGTON BUILDING, 1004 Farnam St., (402) 595-2334. NEW WORK: New work by Janet Eskridge, through Oct. 7 GALLERY 9 PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS AFFILIATION, 124 S. 9th St., (402) 477-2822. CREATURES AND SCENARIOS: New work by Carol Devall and Roy Stoner, this show continues through Oct. 2. GOVERNOR’S RESIDENCE EXHIBITION, 1425 H St., (402) 5952334. NEW WORK: New work by Judith Jonston, through Oct. 7. H. DON AND CONNE J. OSBORN FAMILY GALLERY AT CRISS LIBRARY, 6001 Dodge St., (402) 554-3206. THE ART OF THEATRICAL DESIGN: Fantastical set designs, handmade hads and costumes, continues through Sep. 27. HANDMADE MODERN, Parrish Prjoect, 1416 O St., Lincoln, sarabucy.com. PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW: New work by Kelly Smith, through Sep. 30. HISTORIC GENERAL DODGE HOUSE, 605 3rd St., Council Bluffs, 501.3841, dodgehouse.org. IN MEMORY OF... THE ART OF MOURNING: Examines a family’s response to loss and mourning in the late Victorian period, this show continues through Oct. 23. HOT SHOPS ART CENTER, 1301 Nicolas St., (402) 342-6452. NEW WORK: New work by Charlene Potter, through Sep. 27. NEW WORK: New work by Scott Papek,through Sep. 27. STU-

DIO STORIES: WORKS ON CANVAS AND PAPER: New work by James Freeman, through Sep. 27. THE INDIAN OVEN, 1010 Howard St.. FOOD WINE AND ART: New work by Cameroon born artist Gerard Pefung, continues through September 29. Closing Reception Sep. 29. INTERNATIONAL QUILT STUDY CENTER AND MUSEUM, 1523 N. 33rd St., Lincoln, 472.7232, quiltstudy.org. NEBRASKA QUILTS AND QUILTMAKERS: Group show, through Oct. 2. ELEGANT GEOMETRY: AMERICAN AND BRITISH MOSAIC PATCHWORK: Through Jan. 1, 2012. JOSLYN ART MUSEUM, 2200 Dodge St., (402) 342-3300. AMERICAN LANDSCAPE CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE WEST: Featuring the work of fourteen photographers, through Jan. 8 KIECHEL FINE ART, 5733 S. 34th St., Lincoln, 420.9553, kiechelart.com. CONTEMPORARY SUMMER SHOWCASE: Group show, through Oct. 7. KIMMEL HARDING NELSON ARTS CENTER, 801 3rd Corso St., (402) 874-9600. NEW WORK: New work by Nicole Gustafsson, through Oct. 20. KRUGER COLLECTION, UNL Architecture Hall, 10th and R, Lincoln, 472.3560, krugercollection.unl.edu. DESIGN PROCESS: Explores the steps a designer takes, runs through Mar. 16, 2012. LUX CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 48th and Baldwin, Lincoln, 434.2787, luxcenter.org. TREELINE: NATURE’S ICONIC FORM: Group show that pays homage to the noble stature and presence of trees, through Nov. 1. RECLAIMED: ART MADE OF RECYCLED MATERIALS: Group show that examines and questions the state of our throw-away culture/society, featuring new work by Jake Balcom, Elizabeth Frank, John Garrett, Daphnae Koop, Jennifer Maestre and Conrad Quijas, this show continues through October 29. MODERN ARTS MIDWEST, 800 P St., (402) 477-2828. MODERN ARTS MIDWEST: Oil paintings and pastels by Don Williams, through October 1. MORRILL HALL, 307 Morrill Hall, Lincoln 472.3779, museum. unl.edu. AMPHIBIANS VIBRANT AND VANISHING: Photographs by Joel Sartore, through Nov. 30. MUSEUM OF NEBRASKA ART (MONA), 2401 Central Ave., Kearney, 308.865.8559, monet.unk.edu/mona. THE NEBRASKA SUITE: New work by Enrique Martinez Celaya. NEBRASKA NOW: Photography by Dana Fritz, through Oct. 2. THE NEW BLK, 1213 Jones St., 402-403-5619, info@thenewblk. com. THE TITLED SERIES: Original Art by Nina Barnes, continues through Sep. OLD MARKET ARTISTS GALLERY, 1034 Howard St., (402) 3466569. NEW WORK: New work by Kris Hammond, Andy Chaudhur and Rhoni Moore, through Sep. 30. Money raised will benefit UNMC Eppley Cancer Center. OMAHA’S CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, 500 S. 20th St., 342.6163. ocm.org. DINOSAURS DAWN OF THE ICE AGE: Stomping and roaring robotic dinosaurs are invading the museum, through Jan. 8. PASSAGEWAY GALLERY, 417 S. 11th St., (402) 341-1910. CLAY, SILVER, & STONE: New work by Paul Nichols, Sandi Nichols and Meridith Merwald-Gofta, this show continues through Sep. 30. PEERLESS, 3517 Farnam St., Ste. 7108, contact@wearepeerless.com. READINESS IS ALL: New work by Ying Zhu, through Sep. 30. SHELDON ART GALLERY, 12th and R, UNL, Lincoln, sheldonartgallery.org. THE HARMON AND HARRIET KELLY COLLECTION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ART: Works on paper, opens through Sep. 25. NEW WORK: Grant Wood, through Oct. 2. HISTORIES: Works from the Sheldon Permanent Collection, through Jul. 15, 2012. SILVER OF OZ, 6115 Maple St., (402) 558-1307. NEW WORK: New work by impressionist painter Jane Reed, opens Sep. 2, 6 p.m., continues through Sep. 27. TUGBOAT GALLERY, 1416 O St., (402) 477-6200. TUGBOATERS II: Group show featuring new work by Joey Lynch, Jake Gillespie, Peggy Gomez, Nolan Tredway, Alex Borovski, Bryan Klopping and Peter Worth - the original founders and people currently involved with Tugboat Gallery. This show continues \ through Sep. 24. UNO ART GALLERY, 6001 Dodge St., (402) 554-2796. HARDCORE PAINTING: CONFESSIONS AND PREMONITIONS: New work by Julie Farstad and Jessie Fisher, continues through Sep. 28.

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ick Lowe may have proclaimed his appreciation for his record company with his tongue-in-cheek ode “I Love My Label,” but San Francisco garage rocker Ty Segall genuinely is head over heels for his musical home, Drag City Records. “Drag City is the f--king best man. They’re really cool and they give a shit,” Segall says. Segall says its the sort of label where he can call them whenever, just to discuss ideas or talk shop. There’s a friendship there. And it’s something Segall has been blessed with before. Goner Records, which released two earlier Segall records and plans on doing a singles compilation, also is the sort of label that takes late-night calls. Segall is planning on doing a release with another favorite label, garage rock stalwart In the Red Records. Being able to work with labels he admires seems like a dream to the San Francisco-based Segall. “It’s totally mindblowing to be able to do that,” Segall says. Segall says he was about halfway through recording his latest album Goodbye Bread, which came out earlier this year on Drag City, when he decided to send portions of the new music to some people. Segall says the material was a departure from the straight-ahead garage rock of 2010’s Melted. He had already met Drag City’s Dan Kaye and was a member of Sic Alps when they signed to Drag City a year prior to Segall joining the label.

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On the basis of those first six songs, Drag City offered to release the record. “They wrote back right away and they were extremely excited,” Segall says. Meanwhile, Segall focused on making the rest of the record. He recorded with his friend Eric Bauer and pretty much just played everything himself. Segall says he usually records songs as he’s writing, so the steps are intertwined. “(I) get all intense and weird with recording,” Segall says. Goodbye Bread lent itself to that approach,

since it was so focused on songs and took a bit more to figure out. “We tried to tone down the effects and the level of distortion on top of it,” he says. Segall says he sought out more shimmery, shiny guitar tones and tweaked other parts of his playing. Instead of fuzz guitar, some songs saw Segall playing a 12-string. Effects were dialed down and vocal tracks were pulled up in the mix. Suddenly, Segall went from making garage re-

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cords to making something that pushed toward a songwriter vein. “It’s all about the little things you can do to make it like that,” Segall says. Segall says he’s accepted that he can make that change, because he’s not tied down by a band name or a core identity. Being a solo artist means there are no rules. He can make a garage record, a songwriter record or, if he wants to, a rap record. “I love that fact. You don’t get pigeonholed to a specific sound or genre,” Segall says. With that sense of freedom, Segall spent time working through his ty segall song-centered ideas and when he felt the record was done, that was it. When that moment hit, Segall was struck by the fact that he had been the only person to play on it. “I kind of just did it all on my own,” he says. “I really wanted other people to play on it.” He’s booked studio time so he and his touring band can cut some tracks together for a future release. And the songs on Goodbye Bread take on a new vibe with Segall and the band playing them live. It’s faster, more aggressive and of course, a lot louder. Segall says he seeks that difference in sound between studio and live performances. “I personally like seeing songs change a little bit when I see a band live,” he says. , Ty Segall w/ Mikal Cronin and Sun Settings play the Slowdown, 729 North 14th St., Wednesday, October 5th at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit theslowdown.com.

n Two bits of Saddle Creek Records news from the past week. Big Harp, the Americana-tinged indie duo of Chris Senseney and Stefanie DrootinSenseney, released a video for “Everybody Pays” off their just-released debut album White Hat. The video, which premiered on IFC.com, was directed by Danny Drysdale and shot in the California desert. The band returns to Omaha with fellow Saddle Creek artist Maria Taylor Sunday, Oct. 30, for a show at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Meanwhile, Saddle Creek’s most recent signee PUJOL is set to release his EP, Nasty, Brutish and Short Tuesday, Oct. 18. The lead single “Stuff” was featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered. PUJOL will spend a chunk of the fall on tour with Ted Leo & the Pharmacists. Currently, there are no Omaha dates scheduled for PUJOL. n Mitch Gettman’s debut album We Are the Mad Ones is available as an MP3 download via Bandcamp, iTunes and CDBaby and is $8 at each website. The entire album is also streaming on the band’s profile page on Bandcamp. The 17-yearold Gettman and his band recorded the album with A.J. Mogis at ARC Studios. n Halloween is usually a night that bars clear out anything live music-related, hoping to pack their places with costume parties and dance music. However, this Halloween, which falls on a Monday, both the Slowdown and cold war kids the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St., will host concerts. The Slowdown has indie-gone-alternative-radio-seeking Cold War Kids, while Lincoln native Joshua James and HoneyHoney will present a night of folky pop at the Waiting Room. My pick is the Cold War Kids, with the hope that songs from their slickly-produced latest album Mine Is Yours will come across with the soul and grit of the band’s earlier material. n Watch out for Youth Lagoon. The Boise, Idaho, indie pop band is set to release The Year of Hibernation on Fat Possum. The piano-and-guitar duo unfurl slow-burn anthems, augmented by basic programmed drum tracks that make them a sound that’s both sparse and big. The band played last week in Ames, Iowa, with indie-dance act Gardens & Villa. — Chris Aponick

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with its parenthetical joke title that no one (including Pitchfork) got. Kabourek said after recording the Love LP, he moved on to other things, including The Dull Cares, a project whose music was modeled after “Earth Angel”-style ’60s pop, and At Land, a power trio featuring longtime friends Travis Sing (Black Squirrels) and James Carrig (Sarah Benck and the Robbers). “At Land recorded at Baseline, but never released anything,” Kabourek said. “I was drunk at every session. It was going to be sloppy, old-man rock, even though we knew we we’re old yet.” But while those projects kept him busy (and anonymous), Kabourek kept writing Fizzle Like a Flood music. “I finally got an itch to make this record this past winter,” he said. “Some of the songs go back to 2005.” It’s a return to form for Kabourek, and yet another example of his home-studio recording — and songwriting — prowess. The killer tracks are the ones that depart from his typical heart-on-his-sweater-sleeve approach, like the roaring, hollow-hearted rocker “Cutters,” that combines equal parts Pixies and early Weezer along with an excuse for Kabourek to use the word “masturbation” in his lyrics. “’Cutters’ was written for At Land, which to me is a ’90s tribute band but with our own songs,” Kabourek said. “(The song) is about the frustration of not having sex for a long time, which is the perfect theme for every ’90s song. Every big hit from 1994 had ‘masturbation’ in the lyrics.” Other tracks, like opener “Balcony” and “Great,” are Fizzle fixtures with crunching guitars and Kabourek’s trademark bells, while the unpronounceable “Ö[Æ]à[=]É” is a modern surf rocker, complete with horror-movie organ. Kabourek skimps on nothing on this recording, but since he now refuses to use backing tracks on stage, we’ll never hear it performed this way live. Not bad for a guy who at age 38 says he’s fallen out of the music scene. “I’ve gotten to the age where this is my music — the ’90s — I love that stuff,” he said. “If someone plays me something new, that’s fine, but I have enough old music to keep me happy.” He says he hasn’t been to Pitchfork.com since 2006. “I watched the Grammy’s two years ago,” he said. “What was the band with a thousand members and none of them play anything remotely catchy? Arcade Fire? I don’t get it. It’s OK, but I don’t like their stuff. And Radiohead on SNL last night? What I heard sucks.” In fact, you’re not going to find Kabourek hiding in the back of rock clubs anymore. “We like to go sing karaoke,” he said. “It’s more fun than going to a show.” Except for his show, of course. Fizzle Like a Flood’s CD release party is Oct. 7 at The Barley Street Tavern with The Whipley Three, At Land and Underwater Dream Machine. The show starts at 9 p.m., cover is $5. ,

LAZY-I is a weekly column by long-time Reader senior contributing writer Tim McMahan focused on the Omaha music scene. Check out Tim’s daily music news updates at his website, lazy-i.com, or email him at lazy-i@thereader.com.


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THE IGUANAS, (Blues) 5:30 pm, 21st Saloon, $13. STEPHEN BARTOLOMEL, MIKE SAKLAR, (Folk/Singer- Songwriter) 9 pm, Barley Street Tavern, $5. HEM, NORTH OF NEPTUNE, (Rock) 9 pm, Bourbon Theater. MIRANDA LAMBERT, JUSTIN MOORE, RANDY ROGERS BAND, (Country) 7:30 pm, CenturyLink Center Omaha, $28.75-$46.75. MARK LOWE, (Folk/Singer-Songwriter) 7 pm, Crescent Moon Coffee, FREE. NOVAK & HARR, (Jazz) 6 pm, Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen. BLAH BLAH BLAH, ACKELY UNDERSEA, GHOST TOWN RADIO, (Rock) 9 pm, Knickerbockers. DANIEL CHRISTIAN, (Folk/Singer-Songwriter) 9 pm, Myth Martini Bar, FREE. SMOOTH JAZZ THUSDAY FEATURING THE LAST FEW, (Jazz) 6:30 pm, OzoNE Lounge at Anthony’s Steakhouse, FREE.

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dwe PreSentS: devil driver w/ SKeletonwitch, chthonic, And curSed By moonlight Show @ 7:00 Auditorium mAvericK ProductionS PreSentS: miKe PoSner And the BrAin truSt Show @ 8:00

THAT LEEG, GALVANIZED TRON, HELIX TROY, (Hip-Hop/ Rap) 9 pm, Shamrock’s Pub & Grill. ALL YOUNG GIRLS ARE MACHINE GUNS, HOWARD, JAKE NOROFSKY, PATRICK SATHER, TESSE STEDNITZ, & MORE, (Poetry/Folk/Singer-Songwriter) 9 pm, Slowdown, $5. SARAH MCQUAID, (Folk/Singer-Songwriter) 7 pm, Stransky Park, FREE. OJC, (Blues) 7 pm, The Glo Lounge. 30 SECONDS LATE, MINUS ONE, LOCK SEAL EQUATION, THE TRASHMAN, (Metal/Hip-Hop/Rap) 9 pm, The Hideout Lounge, $5; Under 21: $7. MIDWEST MAYHEM WITH EASTERN TURKISH, BOMBS BLAST, RBO, AMALYRICAL, MERCIES MAY, BREAKNECK THE MAGE, (Hip-Hop/Rap/Rock/Punk) 7:30 pm, The Hole, $6. CONDUITS, OUTLAW CON BANDANA, THUNDER POWER, WAYWARD LITTLE SATAN DAUGHTERS, (Rock) 9 pm, Waiting Room, $7. GUITAR SHORTY, (Blues) 6 pm, Zoo Bar, $10. HONEYBOY TURNER BAND, LIL SLIM BLUES BAND, (Blues) 9 pm, Zoo Bar, $6.

FRIDAY 30

ROUGH CUT, (Cover Band) 9:30 pm, Arena Bar & Grill, FREE. MILLIONS OF BOYS, FULIBLODS, CYMBAL RUSH, (Rock) 9 pm, Barley Street Tavern, $5. NEXU5 W/ SOMASPHERE, BASSTHOVEN, SPENCELOVE, INFLECT, MOEGLIE, LUCKY LUDO, KNOTTY, OWLSLEY, (DJ/Electronic) 7 pm, Bourbon Theater, $7. THE PAT O SHOW, (Cover Band) 8 pm, Brazen Head Irish Pub. FISHHEADS, (Cover Band) 9 pm, Brewsky’s Park Drive, FREE. HARD ATTACK, (Rock) 9 pm, Chrome Lounge. DR. JOHN WALKER, (Folk/Singer-Songwriter) 8 pm, Crescent Moon Coffee, FREE. PREE, (Rock) 8 pm, Cultiva Coffee, FREE. CHRIS SHELTON, (Cover Band) 9 pm, Firewater Grille, FREE.

READER RECOMMENDS

LOUD W/ MASARIS AND MELLO MIC, (DJ/Electronic) 10 pm, House Of Loom, $5. KAJAM, (Jazz) 7 pm, Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen. POWERFUL SCIENCE, BIRDS, (Rock) 9 pm, Knickerbockers. MIC CHECK WITH YUNG FRESH, JIMMY BYRD, MONTANA P., THE LADI, (Hip-Hop/Rap) 9 pm, Louis Bar and Grill, $10.

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READER RECOMMENDS DIRTY FLUORESCENTS, COMME REEL, THE BUTCHERS, (Rock) 9:30 pm, O’Leaver’s Pub, $5. THE CONFIDENTIALS, (Cover Band) 9 pm, OzoNE Lounge at Anthony’s Steakhouse, FREE. QARTUS, (Cover Band) 9 pm, Red9, FREE. FRIDAYS WAITING, FIZZ, TWITCH, 3 DAY MEAT SALE, (Rock) 9 pm, Shamrock’s Pub & Grill. SUN SETTINGS, THE GOLDEN HOUR, FLYING KARDS, A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY, BROTHERS FAMILY TEMPLE, (Rock) 7:30 pm, Side Door Lounge, FREE. CIRCA SURVIVE, MAPS & ATLASES, STATES, (Rock) 7:30 pm, Slowdown, $20. TRACEY SKRETTA BAND, (Rock) 7 pm, Soaring Wings Vineyard, $5.

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FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE LODGE NUMBER 1 ANNUAL BENEFIT SHOW FEATURING THE IGUANAS, (Rock) 6 pm, Sokol Hall & Auditorium, $15. THE WHITE WALL STATIC, EVAN ROWS, LEARNING TO FALL, EVERYTHING GOES, DYSON HOLLOW, (Rock) 7 pm, Sokol Hall & Auditorium, $8. BRAD CORDLE BAND, (Blues) 8 pm, The Glo Lounge. BATTLE OF THE BANDS, (Rock) 8:30 pm, The Grove, FREE. RAF, HAWN SWAMP, CORDIAL SPEW, (Rock/Punk) 7:30 pm, The Hole, $6. OPIATE, (Cover Band) 9 pm, Venue 162, $5. THE MATADOR, THE END IN RED, THE MACHETE ARCHIVE, CANNONISTA, THE EVIL THAT MEN DO, (Rock/Metal) 8 pm, Waiting Room, $8. THE ENGLISH BEAT, THE BISHOPS, (Rock/Reggae/Island) 8 pm, Whiskey Roadhouse (Horseshoe Casino), $20. SON DEL LLANO, (Blues) 5 pm, Zoo Bar, $5. RC DUB, (Reggae/Island) 9 pm, Zoo Bar, $6.

SATURDAY 1

FREE, MINT WAD WILLY, LIFE IN PRISM, (Rock) 9 pm, Barley Street Tavern, $5.

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IDEAL CLEANERS, HER FLYAWAY MANNER, SPUTNIK KAPUTNIK, THE CHERRY MASHERS, (Rock) 9 pm, Bourbon Theater. A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY, YOUNG, (Rock) 8 pm, Cultiva Coffee, FREE. AFRO CARIBBEAN POP SHOP WITH DJ MAESTRO AND BRENT CRAMPTON, (DJ/Electronic) 10 pm, House Of Loom, FREE. ONCE A PAWN, DOMESTICA, DOPE HOPE, (Rock) 9 pm, Knickerbockers. PERSONICS, (Cover Band) 9 pm, Loose Moose, FREE. THE ROLLER SHOP, (Rock) 6 pm, Louis Bar and Grill, FREE. WISHING CHAIR AT METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH, (Folk/Singer-Songwriter) 8 pm, Metro Community College, $15. THE VYBE, (Cover Band) 9 pm, OzoNE Lounge at Anthony’s Steakhouse, FREE. THE SLANGS, (Cover Band) 9 pm, Red9. 7 DAY STRETCH, (Cover Band) 10:30 pm, Shamrock’s Pub & Grill. CAPGUN COUP, FERAL HANDS, VIDEO RANGER, (Rock) 10:30 pm, Slowdown, FREE. MEGAFAUN, DOUG PAISLEY, (Rock) 9 pm, Waiting Room, $10. FAST TRACK, (Cover Band) 9 pm, Whiskey Roadhouse (Horseshoe Casino), FREE. THE IGUANAS, (Blues) 9 pm, Zoo Bar, $10.

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MOUNT EERIE, NICHOLAS KRGOVICH, UUVVWWZ, (Rock) 8 pm, Drift Station Gallery, $8.

BLOWOUT: THE MUSIC OF JAN BACH, (Classical) 3 pm, Immanuel Lutheran Church, $12. MAN OVERBOARD, A SUMMER BETTER THAN YOURS, STAY CLOSE, (Rock) 6 pm, Knickerbockers. TIM KOEHN, (Folk/Singer-Songwriter) 2 pm, Soaring Wings Vineyard, FREE. MAT KEARNEY, LEAGUES, (Rock) 8 pm, Sokol Hall & Auditorium, Advance: $17; DOS: $20. DWE PRESENTS DEVIL DRIVER WITH SKELETONWITCH, CHTHONIC, CURSED BY MOONLIGHT, (Rock) 7 pm, Sokol Hall & Auditorium, Advance: $15; DOS: $17. MELISSA COX, (Folk/Singer-Songwriter) 7 pm, Unitarian Church of Lincoln, FREE. GRIEVES, BUDO, PROF, THE MC TYPE, (Hip-Hop/Rap) 9 pm, Waiting Room, Advance: $10; DOS: $12. AUDITION NIGHT, (Cover Band) 7 pm, Whiskey Roadhouse (Horseshoe Casino), FREE.

MONDAY 3

SONGWRITER SHOWCASE AND OPEN MIC, (Folk/ Singer-Songwriter) 9 pm, Barley Street Tavern, FREE. OPEN STAGE, (Rock/Folk/Singer-Songwriter) 8 pm, Bourbon Theater, FREE. MONDAY NIGHT BIG BAND WITH DEAN HAIST, (Jazz) 7:30 pm, Brewsky’s Haymarket, $6.

READER RECOMMENDS

2ND ANNUAL BOOZE, BLUES, AND BBQ PART 2 WITH MATT COX, THE WILLARDS, (Blues) 6 pm, Waiting Room, $15.

TUESDAY 4

THE BLIND PETS, WILLIAM BLACKART, (Rock) 9 pm, Barley Street Tavern, $5. THE ALBUM LEAF, (Rock) 8 pm, Bourbon Theater, Advance: $10; DOS: $12. THUNDER ON THE PLAINS CELTIC JAM SESSION, (Folk/Singer-Songwriter) 7 pm, Crescent Moon Coffee, FREE. ACOUSTIC TUESDAY FEATURING JR HOSS, (Folk/Singer- Songwriter) 6:30 pm, OzoNE Lounge at Anthony’s Steakhouse, FREE. THE SOFT HILLS, CELERITAS, MINT WAD WILLY, ZACH SHORT, (Rock) 8 pm, Shamrock’s Pub & Grill, FREE. THE CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD, (Rock) 9 pm, Slowdown, Advance: $18; DOS: $20. WILD FLAG, YELLOWFEVER, (Rock) 9 pm, Waiting Room, Advance: $12; DOS: $14.

Wednesday 5

THE DICEY RILEYS, (Folk/Singer-Songwriter) 7 pm, Brazen Head Irish Pub, FREE. JIVE MERCHANT, (Jazz) 7 pm, Crescent Moon Coffee, FREE. MANNY COON, WILLIAM BLACKART, MONTE PECK, DANIEL DORNER, (Folk/Singer-Songwriter) 9 pm, Duffy’s Tavern, $5. NOSTALGIA WEDNESDAY WITH PINK KADILLAC, (Cover Band) 6:30 pm, OzoNE Lounge at Anthony’s Steakhouse, FREE. KRIS LAGER, RIVER WATER TRIBE, (Rock/Blues) 9 pm, Pizza Shoppe Collective. THE REAL NASTY, (Rock) 10 pm, Side Door Lounge, FREE. TY SEGALL, MIKAL CRONIN, SUN SETTINGS, (Folk/Singer- Songwriter) 9 pm, Slowdown, $10.

READER RECOMMENDS

UNO JAZZ ENSEMBLE DIZZY GILLESPIE TRIBUTE, METROPOLITAN AREA YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA, (Jazz) 7 pm, Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, $10; Students: $5. HANDS LIKE BRICKS, THE BOMBPOPS, SUBJECT TO AUTHORIY, THE SHIDIOTS, (Rock/Punk) 7:30 pm, The Hole, $6. NICK 13 (OF TIGER ARMY), BRETT DETAR (OF THE JULIANA THEORY), (Rock/Folk/Singer-Songwriter) 9 pm, Waiting Room, $12.

READER RECOMMENDS

ROBERT CRAY, (Blues) 8 pm, Whiskey Roadhouse (Horseshoe Casino), $22.50.


VENUES Ameristar Casino, 2200 River Rd., Council Bluffs, ameristar.com Arena Bar & Grill, 3809 N. 90th St., 571.2310, arenaomaha.com BarFly, 707 N. 114th St., 504.4811 Barley Street Tavern, 2735 N. 62nd St., 554.5834, barleystreet.com Bourbon Theatre, 1415 O St., Lincoln, 730.5695 Duffy’s Tavern, 1412 O St., Lincoln, 474.3453, myspace.com/ duffystavern The Hideout, 302 S. 72nd St. Knickerbocker’s, 901 O St., Lincoln, 476.6865, knickerbockers.net LIV Lounge, 2279 S. 67th St. livlounge.com Louis Bar and Grill, 5702 NW Radial Hwy., 551.5993 McKenna’s Blues, Booze & BBQ, 7425 Pacific St., 393.7427, mckennasbbq.com New Lift Lounge, 4737 S. 96th St., 339.7170 O’Leaver’s Pub, 1322 S. Saddle Creek Rd., 556.1238, myspace. com/oleaverspub

Ozone Lounge at Anthony’s Steakhouse, 72nd and F, 331.7575, ozoneclubomaha.com. Pizza Shoppe Collective, 6056 Maple St., 556.9090, pscollective.com Qwest, 455 N. 10th St., qwestcenteromaha.com Side Door, 3530 Leavenworth St., 504.3444. Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St., 345.7569, theslowdown.com Sokol Hall, 2234 S. 13th St., 346.9802, sokolundergound.com The Sydney, 5918 Maple St., 932.9262, thesydneybenson.com Stir, 1 Harrahs Blvd., Council Bluffs, harrahs.com Venue 162, 162 W. Broadway, Council Bluffs, 712.256.7768, myspace.com/venue162 Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St., 884.5353, waitingroomlounge.com Whiskey Roadhouse, Horseshoe Casino, 2701 32nd Ave., Council Bluffs, whiskeyroadhouse.com Your Mom’s Downtown Bar, 1512 Howard St., 345.0180 Zoo Bar, 136 N.14th St., Lincoln, zoobar.com

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UPCOMING SHOWS

When you record the type of smart, catchy songs Mat Kearney cut for his 2006 album Nothing Left to Lose, you end up spending a lot of time on the road. And after that album’s title track throttled up the charts, that’s exactly what Kearney did. Three years later, he returns with City of Black & White.

sunday, 10/02/11 8:00PM @ soKol audIToRIuM

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THuRsday, 9/29/11 9:00PM @ THe waITIng RooM ConduITs

THE ENGLISH BEAT

FRIday, 9/30/11 8:00PM @ THe waITIng RooM THe MaTadoR Cd Release

FRIday, 9/30/11 7:30PM @ slowdown CIRCa suRVIVe

w/ Outlaw Con Bandana, Thunder Power, & Wayward Little Satan Daughters

w/ The End In Red, The Machete Archive, Cannonista, & The Evil That Men Do

w/ Maps And Atlases & States

saTuRday, 10/01/11 9:00PM @ THe waITIng RooM MegaFaun

sunday, 10/02/11 9:00PM @ THe waITIng RooM gRIeVes / Budo

Monday, 10/03/11 6:00PM @ THe waITIng RooM 2nd annual BooZe, Blues, & BBQ

Tuesday, 10/04/11 9:00PM @ THe waITIng RooM wIld Flag

Tuesday, 10/04/11 9:00PM @ slowdown THe CHRIs RoBInson BRoTHeRHood

wednesday, 10/05/11 9:00PM @ THe waITIng RooM nICK 13 (oF TIgeR aRMy)

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rOBErT CrAY OCTOBEr 5

w/ Doug Paisley

w/ YellowFever

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10/06/11 DICK DALE & BAND 10/06/11 WALK THE MOON 10/07/11 BLUE OCTOBER 10/07/11 FUNK TREK 10/07/11 MICHAEL LEE FIRKINS 10/08/11 HUSKER FOOTBALL SATURDAY 10/08/11 WE CAME AS ROMANS 10/09/11 THE HEAD AND THE HEART 10/10/11 MELT BANANA 10/11/11 POGO / THAT 1 GUY

w/ Brett Detar (of the Juliana Theory)

10/12/11 PORTUGAL. THE MAN 10/14/11 HED PE 10/14/11 MEN 10/16/11 BORIS 10/17/11 YELAWOLF 10/19/11 MILAGRES 10/19/11 ROBERT RANDOLPH 10/20/11 BIG GIGANTIC 10/21/11 ICKY BLOSSOMS 10/22/11 THE SO-SO SAILORS

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ellflower wants badly to burn. It so yearns to catch fire that cinematographer Joel Hodge appears to have frequently smeared ash on the lens and scrambled the color palate, so that bright reds and oranges practically ignite the screen. Alas and alack, beyond a sizzlin’ visual look, Bellflower is less flame and more smoke…derivative, borderline misogynistic smoke. It feels dirty taking a first-time writer/director/actor as clearly talented as Evan Glodell to task, but here goes. Bellflower is the kind of movie where the lead characters are named Woodrow (Glodell) and Milly (Jessie Wiseman). Woodrow and his buddy, Aiden (Tyler Dawson), don’t appear to have jobs or an interest in showering. Instead, they channel all their dudely-dude energy into building a flamethrower and pimping out a muscle car because they loved Mad Max so much. The entirety of Bellflower’s advertising has been dedicated to this car and the postapocalyptic imagery associated with it. This is presumably because the alternative was READER RECOMMENDS

Bridesmaids (ON DVD) A Come for the vomit, stay for the love. That’s the strangest summary statement ever. Contagion B It’s definitely worth catching, so long as you bring Purell. Drive Ryan Gosling is one unflappable cool cat, until he gets flapped too hard.

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admitting the film is really a slightly demented romantic hissy fit. Woodrow meets Milly during a cricket-eating contest. Milly, of course, is a variation of the indie staple that is the “manic, pixie dream girl.” She is the “vulgar, slutty near-bro,” who behaves one way until she suddenly behaves the exact opposite for reasons Glodell apparently didn’t feel like writing. Don’t worry though: Milly isn’t the only girl in the film. Her best friend, Courtney (Rebekah Brandes), is also given a chance to fall Meek’s Cutoff (ON DVD) B You think helping your friends move is hard, try moving via the Oregon Trail. Point Blank BA French blend of Taken and The Fugitive devoid of originality. Rise of the Planet of the Apes A re-imagined reboot that uses real imagination.

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon (ON DVD) Robots go boom. That’s it.

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delusionally and self-destructively in lust with Woodrow for no damn reason. Skipping backward and forward in a failed attempt to mask inconsistent writing, Bellflower belches and lurches into an insane third act that is so plump with spoilers it’s impossible to discuss without “ruining” it. Ruining, of course, being a matter of opinion. Let’s just say that potentially relegating things to imagined fantasies doesn’t make watching a woman being simultaneously raped and murdered any more palatable. In fact, it just makes the writer/director a pansy for at least not standing behind his choice to make audiences watch this vile shit. Bellflower looks great. Crap, that was already mentioned above. Hey, it’s hard to interrupt a steady stream of negatives with a compliment when so much is so very terrible. From Glodell’s squeaky voice, which negates much of his character, to Dawson’s repeated bludgeoning line delivery, the acting is no source of pride. Even Wiseman, who gives a thankless and fairly fearless performance, is trapped by the confines of an ugly character. Whoever hurt Glodell in real life apparently stunted his perception to write women as, you know, people. There’s more, but you get the point. People are buzzing about the car they built to use in the movie for a reason. To talk about anything else is to be forced to discuss cry-baby love-life bitching from semi-hipsters who seem to have a low opinion of women. As much as it’s nice to see companies like Oscilloscope take a shot by distributing artists like Glodell in an attempt to find the next vibrant voice, Bellflower is a whiny whimper, not a bang. ,

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t’s hard not to be romantic about baseball.” Or so drawls Billy Beane, the restless Oakland Athletics general manager depicted in “all caps” by Brad Pitt in Moneyball. It’s to disagree, regardless of whether the phrase “America’s pastime” even means anything in our always-connected, always-at-war modern age. That conflict—idyllic nostalgia versus cruel reality—is the secret core of this slightly better-than-average sports drama. Adapted from Michael Lewis’ book, Moneyball chronicles Beane’s attempt to use unconventional statistical analysis to build a winning team on a budget far smaller than that of wealthier competitors. A young economics grad, Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), gets him hooked on the idea after the A’s lose their best players to teams offering bigger salaries. Because their plan initially seems to be failing, Billy and Peter spend a lot of time in the A’s dumpy offices, propelling the story forward as if it were a picture about a jewel heist. They frantically trade players over the phone, strategize using computer screens filled with undecipherable numbers, and do their best to keep faith in their radical strategy while surrounded by an organization full of nonbelievers. It’s only natural that most of this movie would take place off the field. Although it shares the same Hollywood highs and lows as any other sports drama, Moneyball is a distinctly 21st century un-

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derdog story. And it plays out through cell phones and computer screens more than blood, sweat and tears. Like The Social Network, its closest and superior relative, Moneyball depicts a world where dreams are pursued by way of abstractions: a championship from percentages and number crunching, social acceptance through hedge funds and lines of computer code. Philip Seymour Hoffman, in a smaller role as manager Art Howe, gives an unexpected reminder of how he grabbed all of our attention in the first place, when he was just another vaguely familiar character actor. Hoffman physically doesn’t look much different here than he usually does, but when we first see him, he is so fully inhabiting this surly, poorly dressed guy that it takes a moment to recognize him. This is quite different from the impression Pitt leaves. His Beane is always cool, brassy and charming, but rarely authentic. One viewing of The Tree of Life is enough to prove that he is truly capable of greatness. But here, he’s just too aware of his A-list magnetism to inflate Beane with much depth. This is a performance in line with Soderbergh’s Ocean’s pictures or Tarantino’s Inglourious Nazi hunt; one that’s amusing but ultimately out of sync with a biopic that’s reaching for naturalism. It is, of course, a no-brainer for baseball fans, or even just baseball movie fans. And it is a solidly entertaining two hours at the movies. But it’s one of those films that captivates and then leaves the sour aftertaste of gold statuettes. It does feel like Oscar season has begun. In light of Moneyball, that’s a conflicted feeling. ,

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Can’t Possibly Be True The Learning Channel’s “Toddlers & Tiaras” series has pushed critics’ buttons enough with its general support of the competitive world of child beauty pageants, but a recent episode provoked unusually rabid complaints, according to a September New York Post report. Mother Lindsay Jackson had costumed her 4-year-old Maddy as “Dolly Parton” -- anatomically correct (chest and backside) Dolly Parton. The Post described Maddy as “embarrass(ed)” at her chest when another 4-year-old pointed at her and asked, “What is that?” (Ultimately, the judges liked Maddy -- for “sweetest face.”) Things You Didn’t Think Existed: (1) World Record for Length of Tonsils: Justin Werner, 21, of Topeka, Kan., was certified in July by the Guinness Book, with tonsils measuring 2.1 inches and 1.9 inches, respectively. The old “champion” was Justin Dodge of Milwaukee. (2) Global Competition in Dominos: The breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia will be the site, in October, of the world domino championship.

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(Twenty-five countries belong to the International Domino Federation.) Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Rob Dickerson finally received his Purple Heart this summer, four years after he was seriously wounded in a rocket attack in Iraq and two years after he began a paperwork battle with the Army to “prove” his injury. Recently, the Army had apologized and mailed him the award, but it arrived C.O.D., leaving Dickerson to pay the $21 fee. (The Army subsequently reimbursed Dickerson the fee, but Dickerson said he hasn’t been able to cash the check, in that it was erroneously made out to “Roy Dirksen.”)

Inexplicable Madrid’s Getafe soccer club, struggling for customers, startled Spain this summer by commissioning a porn movie, with zombies, hoping to attract more fans. As if that were not quixotic enough, it then tied the movie to a campaign to solicit sperm-bank donations. Explained the film’s producer, Angel Torres, “We have to move a mass of fans to seed the world with Getafe supporters.” A promo for the film follows a Getafe fan, armed with a copy of the movie for his viewing pleasure, as he disappears into a clinic’s private cubicle to fulfill his donation.

Unclear on the Concept “Do You See the Blimp Who Robbed You?”: In August, 400-pound Eric Kenley, 48, won a new trial for his two New York City robbery convictions after appeals court judges realized that the police lineup that identified him was unfair, in that he was apparently much fatter than the other men in his lineup. The police had attempted to compensate by using largerthan-average men and by presenting them all seated, to minimize the weight difference. Obviously intense about potential child-trafficking, the government of Quebec, Canada, requires strict proof of a live birth, certified by a doctor or licensed midwife. However, the waiting list to hire continued on page 36 y


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either one is long, and Heather Mattingsly went with an unlicensed midwife, whose word the Directeur de l’etat civil declined to accept. Four months after the birth, the agency ordered Mattingsly to submit to a vaginal examination. After “calls from the media” (according to a Montreal Gazette report) persuaded the agency that such an exam was useless, it finally agreed, on Aug. 26, to grant a birth certificate if Mattingsly submitted a doctor-certified copy of her prebirth ultrasound. You’re Doing It Wrong: Jason Dean, 24, was arrested in Ringgold, Ga., in August and charged with false imprisonment after he waited in the parking lot of a Taco Bell, approached an 18-year-old woman and handcuffed her to himself. After her screams brought others to come help her, Dean explained that he had been trying for several months to get the woman to go out with him but that she had so far refused. A New York Times obituary for former lead singer Jani Lane of the heavy metal band Warrant revealed that Mr. Lane’s birth name (he was born a year after Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President John F. Kennedy) was John Kennedy Oswald. Rebellious musicians (Warrant’s debut album was “Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich”) often adopt provocative stage names to enhance their image, but Mr. Lane must be one of the very few to have abandoned a provocative birth name in favor of a bland one.

Least Competent Criminals No Respect: (1) The man who approached tellers at the Eastern Bank in South Boston on Aug. 25 eventually fled empty-handed, but only after one teller had refused his order for “all your money” (she told him she was “closed”) and another had scolded him for breaking into the front of the adjacent line and for not removing his hoodie. (2) A man dressed as Gumby was ignored by a 7-Eleven clerk when he tried to rob the store in Rancho Penasquitos, Calif.,

on Sept. 5. The clerk told “Gumby” not to waste his time, and “Gumby” finally fled. The clerk had such little respect for “Gumby” that he did not even report the “robbery”; it came to light only when his boss was reviewing surveillance video.

Update Richard Kreimer (whose appearances in “News of the Weird” in 1991 and 2006 achieved “Classic” status earlier this year) is back, apparently still defiantly malodorous. He recently filed four lawsuits against NJ Transit, alleging that he has been illegally prevented from boarding trains just because he is homeless. (NJ Transit says his behavior and lack of hygiene irritate passengers.) A former Kreimer lawyer told the Newark Star-Ledger in August that Kreimer virtually runs “sting” operations, waiting for people to offend him so he can sue. Kreimer, who tape records all his conversations, told the Star-Ledger that the lawsuits will continue, although he looks forward to one day being able to “close my law practice.” However, for now, he says, “Business is booming.”

New Frontiers in Perversion Mennonites, a famously patriarchal, closed-sect religion, often live in colonies such as the one in Bolivia founded by a group from Manitoba, Canada. At press time, eight men from the colony are on trial in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, for rapes of up to 130 women and girls from 2005 to 2009, allegedly instigated by Peter Weiber, 48, the colony’s veterinarian. Weiber supposedly converted a cow anesthetic into an aerosol sedative that he sprayed into the victims’ open bedroom windows at night, after which he and his co-defendants would enter and have their way with the victims. According to an August dispatch in Time magazine, the case is hampered by shamed victims’ reluctance to testify and by the behavior of the defendants, who have been “laughing” at witnesses, “jok(ing) with guards,” or “fall(ing) asleep” during the trial. ,

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early in the week, Wisconsin was as much as a 10-point favorite according to odds-makers, who apparently haven’t been impressed by the Huskers’ halftime adjustments the last three weeks. by Mike Babcock “You can’t buy too much into it,” Kinnie said he weight of history will rest on the shoul- of such point spreads. “We had doubters last year ders of both football teams when Nebras- as well. Anyone doubting you should be some ka plays Wisconsin on Saturday night at type of fuel to the fire. Like I said, we can’t get into all the extra stuff. We’ve just got to play footCamp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisc. Camp Randall Stadium, the fourth-oldest in ball and do it like that, compete.” He has other concerns, such as shaking a college football, has an official capacity of 80,321. It will be filled to overflowing. And it will be rock- slump that has taken him out of the starting ing. “The place will be wound up for this one,” lineup the past two weeks. Kinnie was the team’s Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said during his weekly leading receiver last season, with 44 catches for 494 yards and five news conference on Monday. Brandon kinnie touchdowns. He has The nationally televised only five catches for game will be historically sig38 yards now, with nificant for the Cornhuskas many drops as ers, in particular, marking catches. Nebraska’s first conference Three of his catchcompetition as a member of es, for 31 of the yards, the Big Ten. came against WyoThat significance isn’t lost ming, a good sign. on the Huskers’ Kyler Reed. “I put a lot of But “honestly, I think it’s more pressure on myself something I’ll look back on . . at the beginning of . when I’m older,” the junior the year, just being a tight end said. “Right now, senior and stuff like I’m not really focused on all that,” said Kinnie. “So the hype and historic-ness of I didn’t know how to it, just the fact that we’ve got relax a whole lot, (how to) just get that feeling to play a really good team at their place.” Both teams have 4-0 records and are next to back, just like having fun, just playing the game each other in the Associated Press rankings, Wis- and just letting it come to you.” Reed was third in receptions last season, with consin, a defending Big Ten co-champion, at No. a team-leading eight touchdown catches. But he 7 and Nebraska at No. 8. “I can’t really spend much time thinking has yet to catch a touchdown pass. Like Kinnie he about historical meanings,” said Reed. “Big has five catches, for 137 yards. “If you look at last year, I really only had a games like this, you’ve got to keep your focus, escouple of catches in the first four games,” Reed pecially when there’s a lot of hype on it.” Hype such as ESPN’s College GameDay, said. “I had one touchdown. I really didn’t have that much production.” which will set up in Madison. Saturday night would be a good time for “That’s just another thing that can draw you both to break out. But they can’t focus on peraway from little things, details,” Reed said. Husker teammate Brandon Kinnie is taking sonal things, any more than they can focus on the same approach. “It’s just another game,” the the game’s place in history. “Of course it could be a momentum-builder senior wide receiver said. “I don’t know what it’s going to be for anybody else. I would hope our going into Big Ten play,” said Kinnie. But “our whole team takes it as another week. No game is goal wasn’t just to beat Wisconsin. Our goal is to beat every team on our schedule. more important than another one. “So it’ll just be another game and move on to “It’s Big Ten play, but at the same time, it’s the next opponent.” another game.” At some point in the future, however, lookBased on records and rankings, the teams couldn’t be more evenly matched. However, ing back, it’ll be much more than that. ,

T “It’s not about the money. It’s about how much.” That old expression sure does make a lot of sense when applied to the world of business. And as the big picture landscape of college football continues to erode, it’s a phrase that I think explains everything. Texas A&M wants to leave the Big 12 for money…Baylor threatens litigation over money…the SEC wants more teams for more money…Oklahoma says nothing about the money while being ranked number one which could make them money...and in the meantime we all spend our money to support the big money that has become a college football system that doesn’t produce a champion through a playoff because of money grubbing bowl directors. What a mess this has all become. We wait so long around here for the football season to start and now that it’s here, instead of talking about the three Big 12 teams ranked in the top 10 (No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 7 Oklahoma State, No. 8 Texas A&M), we’re talking about if the Big 12 can even continue to exist. Somewhere a very unspiteful man named Tom Osborne is smiling on the inside. And somewhere else not very far away, Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe is likely not sleeping very well. One year ago, when Nebraska and Colorado decided to leave the Big 12, Beebe held the Big 12 together with 10 teams, TV money and some bubble gum. Now because of his apparent lack of strong leadership, Baylor has at least become able to factor into the future of the conference. BAYLOR. Now, it’t not your grandfather’s Baylor anymore, but we are still talking about Baylor here. This is a school who is raising a stink not because of the money, but because of the amount of money. And go ahead and put schools like Iowa State and Kansas St in the same fold…programs who have on occasion risen up, but ultimately rely on the success of other schools in the conference to help pay the bills. This is where and why fans like us are all in for a long, confusing, speculative haul. The rudderless ship that is the NCAA has no control over the conferences and member institutions which is why the words “super conference” have been thrown around like a forgone conclusion. But here’s that phrase again…it’s not about the money, it’s about how much. How much does Iowa State lose from its athletic budget if schools like SMU and UNLV are the conference opponents making the trip to Ames instead of Texas and Oklahoma. And how much will it ultimately affect the economy in cities like Ames, Manhattan and Waco if visiting teams don’t bring fans and don’t bring local interest. A study done in 2010 about the economic impact of Iowa football games on Johnson County showed that each home game was worth about $14.5 million dollars to the community. Each game. Money from hotels, restaurants, gas stations and whatever other expenses fans find worth their dollar. Imagine a super conference world…is your money worth the trip to watch Kansas St. play Tulsa? Don’t think for a second that government and community don’t factor into how these so called super conferences form if they in fact do. Antitrust laws are set up to prevent monopolies and if Indiana can make money because they compete in a super conference, but Missouri can’t because they don’t, someone important in the world of big government or big money would certainly have some big issues with it. (They already have issues with the BCS.) There’s just too many money moving parts for this all to happen in any sort of expeditious manner. So in the meantime, throw away your concept of conference geography and throw away your notion that this is just a Big 12 issue. Until the dust settles around Texas A&M and the SEC we’re all left in a huge dirty vacuum bag of college football speculation. Just take a look at the top 25 right now and check off how many ranked schools are suspected conference nomads. It’s a darn shame that we finally have football and we’re still really talking politics. For the time being, however, college football will continue to help local economies from big school to small school, coast to coast. The question is, for how long. Because after all, its not about the money. It’s about how much. l

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