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Recruiting the Best Talent Recruiting the best talent in this Digital Age often means turning to digital outlets. Even if your business isn’t the most tech-savvy, it’s easy to use technology to connect with potential employees.

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‘Help wanted’ resurgence The posting of “help wanted” signs in your window to attract the perfect walk-in candidate is largely antiquated, and with good reason. To drop everything when an applicant walks in for an immediate interview can be costly – it eats away at your productivity, especially since the walk-in candidate isn’t pre-screened beyond “I saw this sign and want to work here.” Yet “help wanted” signs have experienced a renaissance, thanks largely to Indeed’s Job Spotter application. This app rewards its users for taking and submitting photos of help wanted signs to the Job Spotter database. Business owners who see passers-by take such photos might be confused why they snap photos but don’t come in to apply. It’s likely they plan to submit the image to the Job Spotter

“Help wanted” signs that aren’t at the hiring business, don’t explain the position for which they’re hiring, or promise a higher than average hourly rate might lead to some uncomfortable confrontations with law enforcement. The reason is the discovery in other states that some “help wanted” signs found by the side of busy roads that only advertise a high hourly wage and a phone number are actually the work of human traffickers who seek to draw people into either labor trafficking or sex trafficking. Although Snopes debunked this theory in one specific instance, law enforcement continues to be on the lookout for these signs. For this reason among others, employers should include as much detail on their “help wanted” signs as possible, especially if the signs are located off the business property.

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Internet’s digital ‘help wanted’ sign Posting your open position on the Internet can yield a large number of eager applicants. That can have its benefits and its drawbacks. While you certainly want a large pool of suitable candidates, you don’t want to sift through big number of applicants unless they’re all right for the job. Be specific about what you seek within your “help wanted” ad: •Mention anything that would exclude someone from consideration •Emphasize mandatory attributes necessary for consideration •Spotlight minimum experience and educational requirements So, for example, if a fitness center looks for a new fitness trainer but simply asks “fitness enthusiasts” to apply, they’ll have to deal with numerous applicants who don’t have industry experience, certifications or knowledge of physiology and biomechanics. If such specific attributes are necessary to do the job well, then list them in the job posting to dissuade unqualified people from even applying. Where to post openings Locally based job sites like OmahaJobs.com get more attention from local candidates with far less “noise” from scam posts than larger, national job sites that don’t take much time to review job postings for credibility. Facebook has an impressive job search feature that lets businesses reach out to their followers and beyond to reveal open positions. Facebook’s job search tool experienced impressive results since its debut almost two years ago, likely due to its large audience and ability to easily share job openings. Attract ‘the wheat, not the chaff’

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Whether you decide to go “old school” and put a “help wanted” sign in your window or you instead turn to the Internet to find your next employee, be clear about what you seek and what you don’t want. To invite anyone who wants a job to apply will be a waste of your time – and theirs. .

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TO VOTE OR NOT TO VOTE BY LEO ADAM BIGA

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et out the vote (GOTV) efforts, whether partisan party-driven or communitybased, are a staple of American politics. In this messy mosaic of interests, attitudes and demographics, you may regard voting as solemn civic duty or why-bother-it’s-rigged hassle. Whether viewed as endorsement, protest, act of hope or futile gesture, your vote is coveted, if not always counted, as with some provisional ballots following a change of residence. With a prior felony, exercising the right to vote may be denied. Never assume anything though because regulations vary by county or state. Omaha and Nebraska are no different than the rest of the nation’s red-blue map when it comes to voting trends and takes. Douglas County Chief Deputy Election Commissioner Chris Carithers counters cynicism and apathy by referencing various local races decided by a few dozen votes. “Every vote does matter,” he preaches. “It’s just convincing people of the power their votes can have.” Issues make elections and candidates are the lightning rods that inspire or disturb the body politic. Primaries don’t entice the way general elections do, but it all comes down to who’s running for what offices. In the run-up to the general election, voter registration and education efforts have been in full-swing in areas of historically low voter turnout, such as predominantly black Ward 2 in North Omaha.

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Politicos know 72nd Street is a boundary-line marker for voter turnout. On average, in general elections, about 75 percent of eligible West Omaha voters cast ballots compared to 45 percent in east Omaha. In Ward 2, the turnout reached 62 percent for the 2008 general election when Barack Obama won the White House. In the 2016 presidential election, that number dipped to 47 percent. Mid-term and municipal elections draw in the 30s and 20s. Given that, Carithers said, it’s only logical “who’s going to get attention” from elected officials, and thus, he emphasizes, it is in inner city voters best interests to have their say rather than stay away come election day. Getting more urban core voter participation is a challenge. One reason is higher mobility rates, said Carithers. The more people change rental addresses, the harder it is reaching them with registration drives and with election date and polling place reminders. Individuals without transportation or residing in shelters, halfway houses and nursing homes are tough to reach. Some may have been die-hard voters, but once out of the mainstream, it’s difficult recapturing them. Many efforts target lapsed and new voters. Omaha Black Votes Matter guru Preston Love Jr. was in his milieu evangelizing about the need to vote at the inaugural North Omaha Political Convention on April 14. The event drew some two hundred folks

for candidate meet-and-greets, panel discussions on issues affecting North O and registration-voting information shares. He liked what he saw. “North Omaha in modern times has never had such a grassroots effort to get our people activated,” he said. Omaha NAACP president Vickie Young said the convention represented a coalition of community partners working together for a common cause. “We all have the same goal. We want people to register. We want them to get to the polls. We want them to be educated on the issues and candidates. It was a great effort with great participation,” she said. The event was organized by Voter Registration Education and Mobilization (VREM) – a collaborative of community, civic and social service organizations. “We’re trying to motivate attendees to go out and get people on their block to vote,” Love said. “We’re hoping the results of this will be record voting for a midterm election.” Love, a former national political campaign manager. vowed, “It will be built on. We have captured attention. We want to corral this energy. We’ve got to start getting our people involved. It is critical.” He envisions Black lobbying efforts aimed at the state legislature growing out of the event. Spurring participation, he said, is a desire to unseat the conservative Republican stranglehold.


“What I’m finding in the community is a renewed awareness of the need to vote. People are very dissatisfied in my community and so that’s activating people to get involved.” Love hopes to mobilize more door-to-door GOTV campaigns. He welcomes smaller, informal efforts, too. “If you can get your neighbor or someone in your family turned on to participating, they have ripples because they talk about the issues or the candidates and they may be really proactive in getting folks to register.” That strategy is behind some Heartland Workers Center (HWC) voter engagement efforts in South Omaha. Young is counting on the ripple effect from the NAACP’s April 21 candidate forum to carryover on election day. Frontline voter advocates are generally satisfied that the need to vote is being messaged and received. “We can educate as much as we want, but we have to give people a reason to want to get out to vote,” Young said. “We have to make today’s issues that much more relevant. That’s what our branch is trying to do with initiatives such as the forum – to bring candidates in on a more intimate level to let residents ask them the questions they really want to ask and to get those answers. We can be that much more intentional with our questioning in regard to how candidates will handle racism, discrimination, education and increase diversity. We can then hold them accountable to those issues that affect people of color.” North and South Omaha contain marginalized populations with low voter participation. In 2017, HWC partnered with Black Votes Matter on a Ward 2 canvassing campaign for the municipal election. Despite knocking on doors and making calls, voter turnout slightly decreased, said HWC senior organizer Lucia Pedroza-Estrada, although a similar campaign in South Omaha helped increase turnout there. Many things contribute to low voter turnout. “Poverty has a dynamic effect on community engagement because people are trying to survive on a daily basis and things like this go to the bottom of the list,” said Love, who feels “there’s not enough information given to the rank and file.” Perhaps the toughest barrier to overcome, he said, is that “people don’t see the difference and feel the difference even though there are in many cases testimonies of what difference is being made.” “If you ask many people how their lives are different, they tell you, ‘I was poor and trying to make it before Obama, and I’m in the same place.’” The disenfranchised are potentially at greater risk of voter suppression, but it appears Omaha’s been spared such tampering.

“I can’t think of any instances where anyone has done anything to intimidate voters,” Carithers said. “We were proactive in anticipating there could be some people challenging voters in the 2016 election and there were absolutely no issues.” Omaha attorney Patty Zieg, a National Democratic Committee member and veteran poll watcher, said, “I haven’t seen intentional, official suppression. I also don’t remember any organized phone calls giving people the wrong election date like it happened in other states.” Polling place consolidation implemented by former Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps in 2012 created an uproar in North Omaha. “There was a perception we were trying to take these polling places away,” Carithers said. Phipps was later replaced by Brian Kruse. “Brian and I have gone out in the community to assure people we’re there to help them, not hurt them,” Carithers said. “We’ve made a concerted effort to make sure we’re in all the communities and giving information we think will be valuable to neighborhood groups. I think we do have a better relationship now than we did six years ago.” “Chris and Brian have worked very hard at that. They’re very conscious of it,” Zieg said. The nonpartisan commission intersects with PATRICIA A. ZIEG many GOTV actors and advocates, including fraternities, sororities, church groups, the Empowerment Network, the Urban League of issue. It could also prove cost-prohibitive in this emerging in South Omaha. The immigration war Nebraska, the NAACP and Black Votes Matter. tight budget climate. Same-day registration and is a catalyst for many. “We have a monthly meeting of what we call the updating could create long lines and delays. Both she and Love want to help grow more socialGOTV stakeholders comprised of various groups The Commission has switched voter verification civic-political volunteers and activists. It starts early. interested in getting the vote out, “ Carithers (purge) programs after accuracy problems “If we don’t show them the way or give them a said. “They run the political spectrum from right surfaced with the previous provider – CrossCheck. reason why its important,” Love said, “then they to left. We work with them to coordinate around Love is convinced education is the key to wont vote and they wont become engaged in this what we can do to increase voter turnout so that greater engagement. He’s organizing a summer process.” people will participate.” Regardless of age, Vickie Young said, “We “Walking in Black History” tour as a civicsThe League of Women Voters and Nebraska history learning and leadership development want to encourage more African-Americans to Appleseed are more players in this arena. Black opportunity for urban youth. Forty high school become involved in the political process, to run Men United, Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray students from North Omaha will travel to 19 for office and get policies and bills passed that and the Empowerment Network host community historic civil rights sites in Memphis, Birmingham, improve people’s lives.” forums. Montgomery, Tuskegee, Selma and Atlanta. Love has found there’s no substitute for being “I think we each have a role,” Young said. “I never saw a need to do a tour until I realized “on the ground” rubbing shoulders with the The Urban League’s Black and Brown Legislative we’re taking some things for granted about the constituency he seeks to energize. It’s why his Day schools participants on the legislative process kids’ knowledge. The purpose is to try to plant office is on 24th and Lake and why he sends out as well as pressing issues and provides opportunities seeds. My goal is they’ll come back wanting to door-to-door canvassers who mirror residents in to meet elected officials. In partnership with Civic participate in things like voting.” that community. Nebraska, it holds Know Your Voting Rights trainings. He’s encouraged by a new, young crop of The good fight is ongoing. Its Advocacy Task Force and Young Professionals black leaders who’ve emerged as civic engagers “It’s a full-time, year-round effort,” he said. auxiliary group work to reinstate voting rights for and even candidates: Maurice Jones, Ean Mikale, “You have to build credibility – very important. people with felony convictions, ensuring voter ID Mike Hughes, Spencer Danner, Mina Davis, Tyler You have to be a convener. You have to show legislation is not passed, advocating for automatic Davis. They are following the momentum of you’ve invested in the community and what voting registration and streamlining the registration Black Lives Matter and other movements seeking you’re telling people is right.” and updating processes. change. Bid to advance mandatory voter ID have failed “There’s a lot of young people popping up. Visit votedouglascounty.com or in the Nebraska Unicameral. They’re all part of the future.” call 402-444-VOTE (8683). 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s of this summer, Omaha’s Ted & Wally’s has hand-crafted and served more than 2,000 different flavors of ice cream. Each is comprised of cream, eggs, sugar and other ingredients. Then it’s tossed together with rock salt and ice in antique mixing machines. And out comes a new, possibly unique, flavor. It’s an old- fashioned process that made Ted & Wally’s ice cream shop one of the area’s most popular sweet tooth cures. Our Ice Cream is made with 20% butterfat, the most premium you can find in America. Customer loyalty led Ted & Wally’s to branch out this year from its long-time Old Market home. A second shop in Benson at 60th and Maple streets was created. And like the current store at 12th and Jackson streets, as well as Lincoln’s original Ted & Wally’s, the Benson site is housed in a former auto repair shop and gas station. It makes perfect sense to nestle the new Ted & Wally’s in Ben- son’s thriving local art and music scene. Like the Old Market, the inventive vibe in Benson meshes well with Ted & Wally’s originality. Can you imagine Ted & Wally’s in a West Omaha strip mall? Even if you found an old auto repair shop to house it?

BACK TO BENSON “We grew up going to Benson for sidewalk sales and getting pastries at the bakery to take to my grandmother’s,” said Joe Pit- tack, who owns Ted & Wally’s with his sister, Jeanne Ohira. The brother-sister duo bought Ted & Wally’s from its original owners in 2000 after they had worked at the ice cream shop for several years. “In recent years, I was hanging out at places like the Waiting Room and watched Benson become vibrant again,” Pittack said. “I saw the building and thought it would be a perfect Ted & Wally’s.” Pittack said he planned to contact the owner of Marcus Motors to see if he’d sell. “Before I did, a couple of weeks later, there was a ‘for sale’ sign. It couldn’t have come together any better.” Pittack and Ohira share a family connection to old-fashioned service stations. “Our grandfather worked for a company that built gas stations and supplied them with pump equipment. Our cousin later worked for the EPA to condemn and remove leaking tanks that our grandfather installed,” Pittack said. “And now Jeanne and I have converted two stations into ice cream stores.” GREEN TRUCK, GREEN FOOD The new Benson location has recently added Big Green Q, a multicuisine Contemporary Barbecue Food Truck. The company prides itself on being environmentally aware. They cook on two Big Green Eggs with different locally sourced wood (peach, hickory, mesquite, cherry etc). They also use Wagyu beef, antibiotic and hormone free chicken, pork, and locally sourced fresh produce whenever available. Big Green Q believes in being eco-friendly. They drive and cook on CNG (compressed natural gas) and are official backed by MUD and The Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund.

“Our to-go containers, utensils and napkins etc. are 90% or more compostable. Our Truck is Green and so are we,” said the owners Kevin and Gail Wyatt.

FRANCHISES? NO THANKS Although the new Benson location, like the ever-popular Old Market shop, may thrive, don’t expect Ted & Wally’s to franchise their business anytime soon.

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“We have over 2000 flavors, so we’re probably the most un- franchisable ice cream parlor around,” Ohira said, “with no plans on building an ice cream empire.”

With more than 2,000 flavors created in the 16 years they’ve owned Ted & Wally’s, we had to ask: What are your customers’ Top Three all-time favorite flavors? And what are yours?

She proudly points to the process used to create so many flavors.

“A UNO business class did a survey for us a while ago and the results were: Vanilla, Dutch Chocolate, Cinnamon, Mint Chip and Strawberry,” Pittack said. “Salty Seahorse & Jul- lian’s Spotted Pony certainly has a cult following. Uh, Joe, that’s seven customer favorites. So what are Jeanne’s?

“We’re currently the only Omaha parlor to make ice cream the way we do, completely from scratch with rock salt and ice,” Ohira said. “Our plans are to focus on continuing to improve what we do and to continue focusing on perfecting our craft.” The likely loss of quality if they franchised concerns Pittack. “The quality of product would diminish due to streamlining,” he said. “We have a very labor-intensive product that takes care in making that would probably not transfer well to a turn- key operation. We also don’t use the stabilizers and preservatives companies use for shipping and storing ice cream.” Their goal is simple, he said. “We want to make a product we can feel good about feeding to our family, friends and ourselves.”

FAMILY & COMMUNITY Family – their own and those they serve – is a recurring theme when you talk with the owners of Ted & Wally’s. As is community. “Many of our ingredients are locally sourced. That’s been true since the beginning,” Ohira said. “We’ve always valued buying as much of our ingredients from other local family-owned businesses and farms as possible. She said local sourcing is a longtime practice. “It’s also the culture in which we were raised,” Ohira said. “We grew up getting much of our produce, milk, cheese and eggs from local farms and farmer’s markets.” That sense of family, commitment and quality permeates Ted & Wally’s. “Jeanne and I have a level of trust and comfort that developed through our relationship as siblings,” Pittack said. “We consider our employees to be part of our family. We work for them so they can go to college, have families and take their bands on tour in Europe. “I feel like a caretaker of Ted & Wally’s for our employees and customers, and see it as legacy for Jeanne’s children to possibly carry on.”

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She provided three: 1. Black Panther (very dark chocolate with cacao nibs) 2. Grand Patisserie Pistachio Macaron 3. M’s Pub Carrot Cake But when it was Pittack’s turn, the multitude of possible choices daunted him. “This is a hard question. I try to keep up with the flavors for today and I even forget those,” he said. “I’ve always been kind of a sweet tooth and always liked Cotton Candy with Marshmallow on top.” He recalled one custom-ordered flavor. “We just made one for a wedding called Mindy’s Pub Mix,” he said. “The bride wanted a flavor made with Infusion Breweries Vanilla Bean Blonde with Peanuts and Chocolate Coered Pretzels mixed in. It was an instant hit in Benson.” Pittack also is excited about the quality and variety of the sor- bet at Ted & Wally’s. “I just made a watermelon sorbet for Aromas and for downtown and Benson,” he said. “An elderly woman in the Hy-Vee parking lot asked me if I was having a watermelon eating contest because I had a cart with eight watermelons. “It’s so good and refreshing. It tastes like summer memories.”

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we just fit with, that they feel like home and family as well.” ~ Bret Huber, Executive Manager

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Huber Cadillac is Nebraska’s only stand-alone Cadillac dealer. Located in Omaha, Huber Cadillac is devoted to honesty and customer service since 1985.

OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE PROMISE “Our guests are treated with the utmost respect and very much on a individual and special attention basis all the time,” said Bret Huber. “Anybody that walks in our door, we want it to be informative. We want the passion and enthusiasm of Cadillac to shine, whether that’s on the sales or the service side. Especially on the service side, a lot of times either A, you’re getting an oil change, or B, you’re getting a vehicle repair, and neither is usually something that customers looks forward to, so we want them to walk away from our place thinking: ‘Wow, that wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought. Actually, that was like pretty cool, and I had fun, and those people were nice.’

“Here at Huber we want you to feel like you are family. We’re not a dealership. We’re here to take care of your vehicle. We want it to be a personal experience. We want you to feel extremely comfortable coming in anytime. Everyone you meet here is going to be friendly and helpful. That is our goal.” said David Landmark, Concierge at Huber Cadillac. “I actually came from a medical background, so I really enjoy caring for and taking care of people who are in need. It’s a different kind of need here at Huber, but it’s customer service nonetheless, and it’s what I’m here to provide.”

HUBER SERVICE SETUP “After you purchase a vehicle, what we recommend is, we will usually contact you six months after you’ve purchased a vehicle. We like to keep our customers informed of when they’d be due for their first maintenance,” said Anna McKeone, Service BDC Manager. “So it’s just keeping your vehicle running,

“Everyone likes to be around somebody that believes in what they’re doing and what they’re passionate about. We’ve been really lucky to assemble a great group of people that do just that. The anomaly to me and the benefit to me of doing business with us is that we are a family business. We’re an Omaha based family business. We tend to care for one another, and that, I think, really translates into caring for our customers. We work well together. We communicate well together. You’re here because you fit in our culture. We have long term employees. We don’t have a high turnover. We’re a very non stereotypical dealership, but I think as an anomaly that it really works. There are a lot of customers that, I think, out there that

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as safe and as the best possible vehicle on the road, is what we try to do for our customers, just keep them in that reliable, safe vehicle.” “Every new Cadillac you buy has Premium Care Maintenance that goes for 3 years/36,000 miles and covers most of your scheduled maintenance, things including oil changes, tire rotations, cabin filter changes, and other items that are on your scheduled maintenance program. In addition to that, we provide you with a free loaner vehicle as long as you schedule it.” “In addition to our Premium Care Maintenance stuff, we do have a concierge. We do provide pickup and drop off service. There is a nominal fee. So that if you’re busy and you want to get service, you give us a call and we can arrange to have it picked up, a car dropped off, and bring it back when it’s done as well.” ~ Jeff Stanley, General Manager at Huber Cadillac Huber Cadillac Hubercadillac.net 402.403.4939


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Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of our Authentic Ethnic series, which will focus on Omaha establishments bringing a true taste of the world to our little corner of it. Our Italian installment was pursued by guest writer Mary E Mahowald.

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Takes the Stress Out of Hail Alley Even though damage to windows and doors can be easy to miss, it is important to catch during the initial inspection. If damage is found later, it will be too late to file as an insurance claim. There are sometimes small indentations at the base of the window, which can indicate further damage. If you run your finger over the area, you can sometimes feel dents in the framing or glass that are not visible.

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ou’ve probably heard of “Tornado Alley,” which includes much of the Midwestern states and experiences the most tornadoes of any area in the U.S. Did you know Omaha is also located in a section of the United States known as “Hail Alley,” though? This section of the country, which includes Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming, experiences the most hailstorms of any part of the U.S. Some of these hailstorms are so severe they have been able to cause considerable damage to homes. One company has been there to make sure Omaha residents can relax during hail season, though. Pella Windows and Doors of Omaha has made it its mission to walk residents through the process of getting their homes assessed, filing a claim, and repairing their homes.

Hailstorms cause damage indiscriminately, raining pieces of ice on your home from all directions. When an insurance claim is filed, inspectors will look closely at roofs and siding, but unless there is broken glass, it can be easy to miss damage to windows and doors, as many people do not look for it. After a hailstorm, insurance adjusters are moving quickly to inspect all the homes, so they can easily miss the subtle signs of damage to a window or frame.

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“Sometimes the seal has been broken in the window panes so there is no insulation there anymore,” explains Roy Childs, Window and Door Specialist for Pella Windows and Doors. “This means those windows are going to fail. The hail hitting the window may cause that to happen, but it may not be visible for months or years. By the time it is visible, your insurance company is long gone and is not going to help you out with it.” Fortunately, Pella Windows and Doors does a thorough inspection to find these important signs of damage and walk customers through each step of the repair process, making sure homeowners get a fair transaction with their insurance companies. Pella has made storm season a less stressful event by doing the hard work for their clients. Even if a homeowner does not see hail damage on their home, if a hailstorm has passed through recently, it is better to have it looked at because Pella will assess a home at no cost. “We’ll schedule a convenient time to come out and do a hail inspection,” says Childs. “There’s no charge for this. If we don’t find any hail damage, you have peace of mind knowing you don’t have any damage to your windows. If we find hail damage, we will guide you through the process.”

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Childs explains that if you have looked at your home and do not see damage, it is best to have a Pella associate come look at it anyway. Adjusters, who are trained professionals, still sometimes miss hail damage on windows and doors, so it is even more likely that a homeowner won’t see the damage. “I encourage homeowners – even if they have looked at their windows or even if they have had an adjuster out – if their area has had hail, give us a call and we’ll come do a free inspection.” The process of filing an insurance claim and following it through can seem daunting and, honestly, frustrating. That is why having a company like Pella that is willing to walk through the process with their clients is so important. “Where we step in is making the complex a little simpler for people,” says Childs. “Once the homeowner has their insurance claim filed, that’s where we pick up the ball and run with it. We try to alleviate the burden for them.” Pella’s client is the homeowner, so they work to make the homeowner’s life easier. This doesn’t mean leaving the homeowner in the dark, though. “I always make a pact with my homeowners,” says Childs. “I don’t ever communicate with the insurance company without notifying the homeowner. It is their home. I work for them.” With this commitment to making the homeowner’s life easier through the process of seeing through an insurance claim, Pella Windows and Doors has made hail season a less stressful time of year for residents of the Omaha area. Despite living in Hail Alley, homeowners in the Omaha area can relax with the knowledge that when a hailstorm passes through, all they need to do is pick up the phone and call Pella for a free inspection. If there is damage, Pella will take over and work toward the best possible outcome for the homeowner.


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Eyman Plumbing Heating & Air Best Heating & A/C Company - Readers’ Choice Best Plumbing Company - Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O!

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ur roots began in South Omaha when Bob Eyman launched Eyman Plumbing in 1957 as a one-man shop. With his son Bob Jr. and wife Anne, and then his three grandsons – Tom, Tim and Terry — the business was built based on trust, hard work and fair prices, starting with working class homes and South Omaha’s industrial base in meatpacking.

EYMAN’S “TRUST THE BIG RED TRUCK” PROMISE TRUSTED, EXPERIENCED, TOP NOTCH SERVICE Your house should be your sanctuary, and our number one priority is to keep you safe and happy there. Each member of our team goes through a thorough process before we invite them into your home:

We train our technicians to fix problems wherever possible. We’re not there to sell you anything and our technicians are not commission based. We will explain your options, and with your approval, fix the problem quickly. Only if service is impossible or not worth the investment, will we recommend replacement.

Known as the “fix-it” company, Eyman gets the calls to fix the toughest problems, even from our competitors, because of our experience, reliability and service. That also means we’re available 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

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CLEAR AND HONEST PRICING

UÊ Ý«iÀˆi˜ViÊ̜ʈ`i˜ÌˆvÞÊ>˜`ÊvˆÝÊޜÕÀÊ«ÀœLi“Ê̅iÊvˆÀÃÌÊ̈“iÊ and complete your work to the highest professional standards

Eyman Plumbing Heating & Air’s mission is to be the preferred provider of commercial, industrial and residential mechanical system services. Our goal is to exceed our customer’s expectation with superior employee expertise, quality products and technological innovation -- providing our customers timely, cost-effective solutions to their unique challenges.

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“There is not a team member at Eyman that doesn’t feel the responsibility that comes with the word we lead with -- Trust,” says CEO Tom Eyman.

WARRANTIED, BONDED AND INSURED FOR YOUR PEACE OF MIND

“We will always make it right. While we overwhelmingly fix our customer’s problems on the first try, if we ever don’t, we are right back out there solving that issue at no additional charge.” Eyman’s “Treat Every Customer Like Family” Value Statement Eyman has a simple standard that anchors 4 generations of service – what would you do if the work was at your family’s house or business? We will clearly explain what services we recommend and why, and stay in communication with you until the job is done to your satisfaction. We pride ourselves on staying up-to-date on services and products to bring you the most comprehensive care possible.

We wouldn’t invite anyone into your home we wouldn’t invite into our own.

After taking every measure possible to ensure our customers are always satisfied, we go all the way, fully bonding and insuring our team and warranting their work. UÊ 7>ÀÀ>˜Ìˆi`\Ê7iʜvviÀÊ>Ê£‡Þi>ÀÊÜ>ÀÀ>˜ÌÞʜ˜Ê«>ÀÌÃÊ>˜`ʏ>LœÀÊ for every job we do on top of manufacturer product warranties. UÊ ˜ÃÕÀi`\Ê7iʅ>ÛiÊVœ“«iÌiÊ>˜`Ê̅œÀœÕ}…ÊVœÛiÀ>}iÊvœÀÊiÛery contingency. UÊ œ˜`i`\Ê œ˜`ˆ˜}Ê ˆ˜ÃÕÀiÃÊ ÞœÕÀÊ œLÊ ˆÃÊ Vœ“«iÌi`Ê ÜˆÌ…Ê >Ê the proper permits by technicians with the highest levels of certification and licensing.

TECHNICIANS, NOT SALESPEOPLE

We will discuss all services and fees before they are performed, so you will find no surprises on your bill. We seek the best prices on the highest quality products to provide you with the safest and most reliable service available. Know you can TRUST THE BIG RED TRUCK!

WE STAND BY OUR WORK – IT HAS OUR NAME Eyman means trust, and we will stay with you until your system is functioning properly. We want you to have as much faith in our work as we do. We currently have our 4th generation of Eymans working together. While the projects have become more complex, and Omaha’s aging infrastructure demands tougher solutions, one thing hasn’t changed. We’re still family-owned and just like great-grandpa, we strongly believe in trust, hard work and fair prices. Eyman Plumbing Heating & Air www.TrustEyman.com 402-731-2727

These guarantee our customers’ peace of mind that their Eyman work is completely covered.

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Popp Cosmetic Surgery PC “I like taking care of people,” said Dr. Jeff Popp. He’s board certified in facial plastic surgery and general cosmetic surgery. His office includes a certified surgery center. Dr. Popp trained back in the late 70s/early 80s as an eye surgeon first. After he completed his training, he attended the University of Arizona in Tucson and did his training in oculo-facial plastic surgery. Dr. Popp started practicing in 1983 in Omaha in a group with two other doctors. He left two years later and spent a year at another group practice in Atlanta. After this experience, he decided to move back to Omaha and open his own office.

A NICE BALANCE “My practice is a nice balance with about half of my patients coming in for cosmetic surgery and the other half for reconstructive surgery,” explained Dr. Popp. It’s rewarding to him to help patients with reconstruction. These are individuals who didn’t choose to have surgery but need reconstruction for a variety of reasons from cancer to car accidents.

DOCTOR TRAINS NEW SURGEONS AT VA Dr. Jeffrey Popp spends a half day each month as part of the VA’s Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System.

Each year, two new students show up on July 1 to replace the two Dr. Popp has trained.

RECONSTRUCTIVE EYELID SURGERY INCREASES Cancer-caused reconstructive eyelid surgery is on the increase, Dr. Popp said. But he’s not shouting, “Epidemic!”

“The VA hospitals are great training grounds for residents and interns who go into all branches of medicine.” Dr. Popp said. “At the VA they provide care and learn about their field.”

“First of all, we’re better at diagnosing cancers than we used to be,” he said. “Patients pay more attention when something looks funny. So they’re more likely to report it to their doctor, and that means it’s easier to catch a problem early,”

He sees about a dozen patients who had or need surgery on each visit. He also helps student doctors develop their skills as plastic surgeons.

He also said the population base is increasing so there are simply more people in the world, which means more cancer.

“The group I work with the most are ophthalmology residents and oral maxillofacial surgeons,” Dr. Popp said. “They’re from almost every surgical sub-specialty.”

RECONSTRUCTIVE VERSUS COSMETIC The eyelid procedures Dr. Popp does are about half reconstructive and half cosmetic.

The residents do plastic or reconstructive surgery as part of their training. Reconstruction can cover everything from droopy eyelids to lacerated lips.

“We probably do three cancer eyelid reconstructions a week,” he said. ”But we also take care of baggy lids about three times a week.”

”I recently had a veteran with baggy upper eyelids,” he said. “I did one side and the resident did the other.”

He deals with upper and lower eyelids, both inside and outside, as well as the eyebrow or adjacent area.

COACHING NEW SURGEONS

Usually, the cancerous part of a patient’s eyelid is removed by their doctor. Then the patient goes to Dr. Popp to have the missing portion reconstructed.

Dr. Popp said his teaching responsibilities include coaching. “If they don’t do things the way I think they should, I say ‘Hey, stop. Do this,’” he said. “When the residents are new, I do the whole thing. The next time we each do part. Eventually, they do the whole thing by themselves.”

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“We utilize what’s usable of the eyelid after the cancer removal. Most of the reconstruction involves rearranging the eyelid that’s left behind,” he said.

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RECONSTRUCTION EXPERTISE “Lots of people do ocular-facial plastic surgery (eyelid surgery), but only me and a guy at the university are fellowship-trained in that part of the body,” he said. What can you expect when you schedule a consult with Dr. Popp? Well, if you walk in and ask him what he thinks you need to have done, he will say ‘absolutely nothing.’

PRECISION WORK

For him, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and he said the only person that matters is you, the patient. Ask yourself what you want before you go.

Dr. Popp said eyelid reconstruction is precision work because the area is so small.

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As the hazy rays of the summer solstice bend toward the crisp sunbeams of autumn, Modern Arts Midtown presents an exhibition of luminous abstraction. A Grounded Light: New Paintings from James Bockelman opens at this venue on the evening of Friday, August 3. Bockelman, longtime art professor at Concordia University in Seward, is regarded for his layered, light-infused oil paintings in which he works out relationships of form, color and scale. Typically for the artist, he works in series, so viewers can expect to witness the process through which he ponders theme and variation.

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In this current group of paintings, Bockelman leans toward a muted palette, focusing on the intersections of such geometries as horizontal lines, square and hexagonal grids. In some instances, these abstractions may even read as collages of such utilitarian domestic forms as siding, wire fencing and floor tile. Complementing Bockelman’s artwork will be abstract paintings by Nebraskan David McLeod. This artist gravitates toward tensions between hard geometries and soft washes of spreading color against open, white backgrounds. Also featured in the exhibition are the “illusive dimensions photography” by Arkansan Terry Dushan. Her vivid color photographs capture unseen tracks of light and color in motion. A Grounded Light: New Paintings from James Bockelman opens on Friday, August 3 with a reception from 6-8pm, and continues until August 31 at Modern Arts Midtown, 3615 Dodge Street. For further information, contact 402/502-8737. ~Janet L. Farber

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7400 Dodge St, Omaha Performingartistsrepertorytheatre.org Based on a true story of Patsy Cline’s friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger, Always…Patsy Cline by Ted Swindley centers itself around the letters Patsy and Louise wrote to each other over several years. The show combines humor, sadness and reality. It offers fans who remember Cline while she was alive a chance to look back, while giving new fans an idea of what seeing her was like and what she meant to her original fans. Seger supplies a narrative while Cline floats in and out of the set singing tunes that made her famous–ANYTIME, WALKIN’ AFTER MIDNIGHT, SHE’S GOT YOU, SWEET DREAMS, and CRAZY just to name a few.The show is backed by a six piece band and four actors playing the Jordanaires. Kellyn Danae Wooten returns to recreate her role as Patsy Cline. Newcomer Connie Lee makes her P.A.R.T. debut playing the amazing Louise Seger. The show is created and written by Ted Swindley with Musical Direction by Jennifer Novak Haar and Stage Direction by Gordon Cantiello. Tickets are $35 Regular Admission, $30 Seniors (60+), $25 Students. Showtimes are: Fridays/Saturdays @7:00pm, Sundays @ 2:00pm ~Amy Schweid

Near the tail-end of an indie pop surge toward mainstream accessibility — led by bands like Passion Pit and carried into the Top 40 by Foster the People and Lorde in the early years of this decade — Glasgow synthpop trio Chvrches edged into the party with their debut album The Bones of What You Believe. Pulling influence from ‘80s synthpop as varied as Depeche Mode and Madonna, the band paired sample-heavy songwriting with frontwoman Lauren Mayberry’s hooky, twee-inspired vocals. The combination quickly made an impression in the U.S., as the band’s debut single “The Mother We Share” landed on four domestic charts. Five years removed from Bones, Chvrches sounds as sure of themselves as ever. Their latest LP, 2017’s bleakly titled Love is Dead, is the band’s most pop-forward album yet, and with its subtle hints at EDM, it’s a wonder songs like “Miracle” have yet to take over the mainstream charts. Chvrches stops in Omaha this month to play under the stars at The Waiting Room Outdoors, which places a stage on Military Ave. facing Maple. Tickets are $28. ~Reader staff

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Local music nonprofit Hear Nebraska may have discontinued a majority of its online content when it merged with The Bay and shifted its focus to ending generational poverty as the umbrella nonprofit Rabble Mill. But Hear Nebraska’s music programming lives on, as the Good Living Tour pushed into its fourth year in 2018, and HN is bringing back Beer Nebraska for a second go, this time in Omaha at The Slowdown. The first such event happened in 2016 at Zipline Brewing Co.’s Lincoln brewery, and Cursive headlined the show with Criteria and a reformed Columbia vs. Challenger. Two years later, Beer Nebraska returns with a stacked slate of local bands — Icky Blossoms, Satchel Grande, Conny Franko, Freakabout and Mesonjixx — and exclusively released beers from Nebraska breweries Zipline, Farnam House, Brickway, First Street and White Elm. The show’s proceeds benefit Rabble Mill. Tickets with beer-tasting are $25; those without are $15. Find more information by searching “Beer Nebraska - A Benefit for Rabble Mill” on Facebook. ~Sam Crisler

August 6

Portugal. The Man

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Slowdown in 2017 to Stir Cove this month. Tickets are $32, and find more information is by Googling “Stir Cove.” ~Sam Crisler

August 8

The Caterpillar’s Footprint is an adventurous play inside Kerfuffle’s Yurt Dome. Join Bear, Fox & Dinosaur on a journey through a fantasy forest to meet a curious caterpillar.

Holland Performing Arts Center www.Omahaperformingarts.org

Seating is limited. Tickets are $12 advance to reserve your seats or a $10 suggested donation day of the event. All proceeds support the artists and OutrSpaces.Tickets are available on Eventbrite - $12 in advance, $10 day of show (seating not guaranteed)

Miranda Sings Live...No Offense

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Miranda Sings is a fictional character, developed on the internet, created in 2008 and portrayed by American comedian, actress and YouTube personality Colleen Ballinger. Ballinger displays videos of the comically talentless, egotistical, misguided and quirky character on her YouTube channel. In these videos, the eccentric, narcissistic, yet endearing character sings and dances badly, gives inept “tutorials”, recounts her daily activities, discusses current events that she often misunderstands, collaborates with other YouTubers, and rants about her critics, reading examples of hate mail directed at the character on social media; she responds to them with her catchphrase: “Haters Back Off!” ~Amy Schweid

August 11th and 12th Before 2017, Portland indie rock sextet Portugal. The Man was an act who melded dance-rock and psych-pop known mostly by Pitchfork readers and The Black Keys fans, with whom the band toured in 2011. That all changed last year though, when their single “Feel It Still” became a sleeper hit, crossing over from alt-rock radio and cracking the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 5. The track went on to go three times platinum in the U.S. and eventually won the band their first Grammy, for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The band comes to the Omaha metro for the second time in two years, but with a substantial venue change — from the 500-capacity

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Kerfuffle is a Theatre for the Very Young company that creates theatre performances with and for people under five years old. Featuring puppets and music designed to engage children ages 2-5 and their families.

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The Caterpillars Footprint

Outrspaces (1258 S. 13th street) Search “The Caterpillar’s Footprint” on Eventbrite

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Maha Music Festival Aksarben Village MahaMusicFestival.com

In its 10th year, Maha Music Festival is going big. Now a two-day fest on Aug. 1718, Maha used the extra real estate to book its most well-rounded lineup yet. Power pop legends Weezer, New York art rock band TV on the Radio and one of the hottest artists in indie rock, Father John Misty, headline the 16-artist festival. Undercard highlights in-

clude longtime U.K. garage rock two-piece The Kills, art pop duo Tune-Yards, buzzy blues rockers ZZ Ward and Benjamin Booker, noise pop project U.S. Girls and Saddle Creek indie rockers Hop Along — who put out their best album yet, Bark Your Head Off, Dog, in April. Maha didn’t forget about the locals, though, expanding its slate of Lincoln and Omaha acts to five: The Dilla Kids, Mesonjixx, David Nance Band, State Disco and Clarence Tilton. This year also marks the first year in a co-op between Maha and the Big Omaha entrepreneurship conference, which starts off the three-day programming on Aug. 16 with keynote speeches from executives at Tinder, Microsoft and Hudl. Admission to Big Omaha is $250 but also includes entrance to Maha’s Friday night. General admission passes for both Maha days are $95, but Friday passes can be purchased for $35, and Saturday passes for $70. More information can be found at mahamusicfestival.com. ~Sam Crisler

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Love and Information

by Carol Churchill The Apollon Arts Space fb.com/apollonomaha/


This gorgeous immersive and interactive full-length play explores what it means to be human in our ever-changing world of increasing technology and information.

Someone sneezes. Someone can’t get a signal. Someone won’t answer the door. Someone put an elephant on the stairs. Someone’s not ready to talk. Someone is her brothers mother. Someone hates irrational numbers. Someone told the police. Someone got a message from the traffic light. Someone’s never felt like this before. In this fast moving kaleidoscope, more than a hundred characters try to make sense of what they know. Directed by Matthew Hansen.

nating MTV and releasing classic, forwardthinking alt-rock records like Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Fast forward from Corgan’s Facebook video to today, a Smashing Pumpkins reunion tour, dubbed “The Shiny and Oh So Bright Tour, is happening, and it’s coming to Omaha this month. And though some behind-the-scenes quarreling between Wretzky and Corgan have kept the band’s original bassist off the tour, Iha and Chamberlin are back in the equation. While Wretzky’s absence may disappoint Pumpkins die-hards, they should know many of the tour’s concerts have reached well over three hours, sporting hits from each of the band’s LPs released between 1991 and 2000. Tickets are still available for the Pumpkins’ stop in Omaha, and they range from $22$125.

reform in December 2017, and the band’s reunion tour brings them through Omaha this month when they stop at The Waiting Room. Tickets are $20, and H.C. McEntire of Carolina alt-country band Mount Moriah opens the show. ~Sam Crisler

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& Roots Festival Riverwest Park (Elkhorn) Nebraskafolkandroots.com

Raconteur, entrepreneur and pop artist extraordinaire Dan Crane brings his fun self along with a posse of creative friends to the gallery space at OCI with the opening of Y’all 20, a fitting salvo to the end of summer.

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Crane’s endeavors have always worked at the intersection of art, commerce and consumerism, often heavy with elements of nostalgia and farce. Whether peddling artmerch, designing zines, or creating participatory installations, Crane can be counted on to deliver the unexpected.

Pedro the Lion The Waiting Room Waitingroomlounge.com

About two years ago, Billy Corgan went live on Facebook and stirred up a conversation regarding a potential reunion tour featuring The Smashing Pumpkins’ original lineup. With that lineup — Corgan, guitarist James Iha, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and bassist D’Arcy Wretzky — the Chicago band rose to arena rock fame for much of the 1990s, domi-

Alt-rock was king in the ‘90s, and no city had more influence on the throne than Seattle, which boomed with emo pioneers like Sunny Day Real Estate, indie rock visionaries Modest Mouse and Death Cab for Cutie, and grunge’s worldwide takeover. As a reaction in opposition of the latter’s angry, punky attack came Seattle’s Pedro the Lion, a project spearheaded in 1995 by 19-year-old David Bazan. Along with acts such as Dallas’s Bedhead and San Francisco’s Red House Painters, Pedro the Lion popularized the term “slowcore,” to characterize the band’s languid songwriting styles that relied mainly on tepid guitar progressions and Bazan’s softly delivered, introspective lyrics. The band released four LPs — two of which were concept albums — before ending their original run in 2004. Thirteen years later and after a handful of solo projects, Bazan announced Pedro the Lion would

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Just when the Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival seemed to be all settled in at Branched Oak Farm northeast of Lincoln, having taken place there three years in a row, the two-day festival lifted its roots and moved to a new home: Riverwest Park in Elkhorn. With the new venue, which allows for tubing along the Elkhorn River while taking in Americana tunes, festival organizers pulled out all the punches and scored one of its best lineups yet. Nashville-based singer-songwriter Becca Mancari headlines the festival with Buffalo, New York, blues rocker Peter Case, Arkansas hip-hop/folk duo Handmade Moments and Chicago bluegrass band Henhouse Prowlers. The local lineup runs deep to boot with a roster of Nebraska’s top country, folk and blues acts, including Jack Hotel, Evan Bartels & The Stoney Lonesomes, Brad Hoshaw and Big Daddy Caleb & The Chargers. Tickets are $30 for a two-day pass, and single-day passes can be purchased for $20 each day. Camping is welcomed, and find more lineup information and the full list of activities at nebraskafolkandroots.com.

This current effort rounds up a group of comrades whose work similarly trades in retro newness, and promises to offer an exhibition whose contents range “from squishy, lush, genuine, oily fantasy-scapes to PDF-based, sharp, bitmapped, lurid xeroxes”. A pop art bent for intertwined expressions of sincerity, irony and fabulism will doubtless underscore the multitude of voices in this show. Participating artists are Graham Akins, Will Anderson, Adam Beris, Chris Bostwick, Andrew Cimelli, Dan Crane, Leslie Diuguid, Joey Grimm, Brian Henkel, Erin Hinz, Anna Dewey Nance, Sarah Rose Niemiec, Kjell Peterson, Pete Puskas, Ryan Ranney, Brittan Rosendahl, Nathan Schultz, Alex Ponca Stock, Christine Stormberg, and Eduardo Shlomo Velázquez. Y’all 20 opens at the Omaha Creative Institute on Friday, August 10, with a reception from 6-8pm. A closing reception and the release of a special edition book created by Dan Crane & Co. will take place on August 24th at 6:00 PM. The OCI gallery is located at 1419 S. 13th Street, Suite 103. Regular gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 11am-5pm. ~Janet L. Farber

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Sounds Good includes video production and digital collage, as well as some found object assemblages. Much of Ella’s work is informed by her time working behind a grocery deli counter, so prepared meats make recurring appearance in the work.

Thru August 25

Sounds Good Union for Contemporary Arts U-ca.org The Good Life? ‘Sounds Good’ exhibit at UCA questions Nebraska slogan from artist’s point of view Artist Ella Weber’s exhibition Sounds Good continues at The Union for Contemporary Art through August 25. The show statement says that Omaha-based Weber looks at connections between the everyday mundane, consumerism sexuality, and spirituality through a “suburban Midwestern ethos.” She does this close to home. “As a resident of Nebraska, where the slogan is ‘The Good Life,’ Weber questions what is meant by “good.” Politeness? Morality? Comfort? Success? Does Nebraska offer everyone this so-called good life? And is ‘good’ good enough?”

After completing graduate school, Weber got a job slicing meat behind the deli counter at a chain grocery store. She intentionally maintains minimum wage jobs as a means to fuel her art, both financially and conceptually, thus exploring the realities artists face to balance their creative practice and their bills. Weber earned a BFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and an MFA in printmaking from the University of Kansas. The artist has exhibited nationally including exhibitions at Haw Contemporary in Kansas City, Suite & Bridges Gallery at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, Project Project in Omaha, and the Cube Art Project in Lincoln, among many other venues. She has taught at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Pratt Munson-Williams- Proctor College of Art and Design, and as a mentor in Joslyn Art Museum’s Kent Bellows Mentorship program. Sounds Good continues until Aug. 25 at The Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 North 24th Street | Omaha, Nebraska 68110. For details and gallery hours, go to u-ca.org. ~Mike Krainak

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Eye on the Horizon Gallery 1516 gallery1516.org

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Plays Out Loud:

A Man a Fish The Union for Contemporary Arts www.u-ca.org

Homan, Holoun exhibit at G1516 focuses on ‘Nebraska Landscapes and the Big Sky’ Artists Jennifer Homan and Hal Holoun combine to bring their inspired landscapes to Gallery 1516 current exhibit Nebraska Landscapes and the Big Sky. Homan’s pastels seek to point out the beauty in the ordinary. The stunning focus she puts on the vast Nebraska sky re-centers our attention to the scenery that increasingly is taken over by human presence. Holoun’s paintings attempt to balance the elemental forces of nature with a painterly tradition. The result has a spiritual quality that emerges from the completed work. Together, the two artists pay tribute to the splendor of the Nebraska skyline using resonant color, intense contrast of light and charismatic composition. Nebraska Landscapes and the Big Sky is on view at Gallery 1516 (1516 Leavenworth Street) through August 26. ~Melinda Kozelv

This summer the Performing Arts Collective will present its second annual summer reading series – All performances are done with script in hand followed by a Q&A session with the director and cast. A Man a Fish follows Prosper, a fisherman trying to get by in the face of everyday problems. When a slippery eel salesman arrives in town peddling progress to the rural community, Prosper gets a lesson in gift horses and generosity. A Man A Fish was inspired by real-life events in Burundi and is a part of Donna-Michelle St. Bernard’s 54ology project, which seeks to provide artistic responses to contemporary and historical events in Africa. By Donna-Michelle St. Bernard | Directed by: Denise Chapman, Kathy Tyree, Andre McGraw ~Amy Schweid


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‘HOT MESS FORMALISM’ Sheila Pepe’s exhibit at Bemis reshapes women’s work…of art

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ome people think that a Venn Diagram helps them see where their us is about chaos—disrupting this code. In particular with feminism but also differences come together in a moment of succinct agreeableness. with the history of art as well. In reality, though, it merely shows groups that are defined by a If, as art history’s version of formalism tells us, we study art believing that series of attributes and how they’ve all decided what they can everything necessary to comprehending the work of art is contained within agree on. the work of art, we don’t get too far beyond composition, light, color, line, It doesn’t account for the ideas and experiences that lie outside or on etc. How do you describe a shoelace as a formal element and fit it into a the boundaries of those defined groups. Artist Sheila Pepe helps us see the tidy category of art history? value and authenticity of these ‘boundary dwellers’ in her exhibit Hot Mess Pepe isn’t just creating categories—because categories are still Formalism, currently on view at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. constrictive—she is allowing us to describe things as we see them and as The exhibit varies in medium, genre and theory, but this disarray—as we experience them. Something we can’t describe because we haven’t been Pepe describes it—actually gives way to a new formalism that distinguishes given the words for it is welcomed and the suggestion that new words and new elements for our consideration. descriptors are valid is encouraged. When you describe something or someone as a hot mess, it is done so Pepe works in a variety of mediums, many of them that would be with critical love, according to Pepe. It is an endearing reinforcement of considered part of traditional women’s art—ceramics, fiber. Women’s art what a mess you’ve become---in a good way. tended to center around creating beautiful things that were also useful-When attached to the rigid ideas of formalism, it upends the excessive -weaving baskets, clothing, tapestries, vessels. They served a purpose in adherence to prescribed forms and the idea that formats—no matter in some way. what context—need to maintain a sort of code. Women and their work have always been their constructive offering to We cling tightly to tradition and norms, but when we do it so much that the world whether they are creating art or building communities, yet they we eliminate nuance and diversity it comes undone. What Pepe is showing continued on page 42 y

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y continued on page 40 are often relegated to the background. In Pepe’s work it is up front. The craft, the woman who made it and the way we interact with both is the key element—the lynchpin that makes the world function. “Red Hook at Bedford Terrace”, along her other fiber installations, highlight an interesting symbolism of this history of women’s art. The expectation for women was that their work must be tidy, controlled, purposeful, unemotional—ladylike? But here it spreads out, takes up space. The Installation is tight in some areas, loose in others. There are portions that sag, some that are wrapped up and constrained. Some float and are tangled together with resistant knots. A hot mess of mixed materials that are all resourceful, puzzling and stunning at the same time. “Women are Bricks” pulls in the hard-edged materials of trade—men’s work, if you will. The tank-like structures made of brick and cement spread across a large floral rug. An army that doesn’t have time for what they are expected to be and do. They have work to do. They are building communities, fighting injustice, managing homes and educating generations. They don’t have time for lectures about formalism and grand speeches when there is a to-do list to complete. They keep moving forward, using their traditional roles as a foundation and building on their experience. Pepe’s ceramics dwell in these boundaries as well. She combines the decorative art with industrial materials like coils, wires and other useful things. Together they give an illusion that they might do something more that look pretty but the objects are not given a purpose. And, according to Pepe, that’s ok. She says that “art exists for no reason but the one you can’t explain.” This idea comes through in so much of her work and amplifies the notion of boundary dwellers. Like the crisscross of medium and genre in this thirty-year retrospective, people don’t live in binary terms. The differences they have become their definition. The new formalism is the way that characteristics, flaws, opinions, and preferences that diverge from tradition are now the components we look for to help shape our comprehension. We can look at outdated norms and classifications with critical love and recognize them for the hot messes they are. Then we can pull from that hot mess some new benchmarks that make use more avid learners, observers, and collaborators. Hot Mess Formalism is on view at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th Street, through September 15. For more information, visit bemiscenter.org or sheilapepe.com.

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lues singer-songwriter-guitarist Hector Anchondo has paid the price to live the dream. Calling Omaha home for two decades, he led his Hector Anchondo Band to the 2016 International Blues Challenge finals in Memphis after reaching the semis a year earlier. In 2017, their Roll the Dice album charted worldwide and the group won Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards recognition for Best Blues. After years working odd jobs to supplement his music earnings, Anchondo, 38, now supports his family doing what he loves He also gives back to the adopted hometown that nurtured him as founder of In the Market for Blues festival. Twenty-eight bands will gig at eight Old Market venues Saturday, August 4. His band hits the stage at midnight at T. Henrey’s Pub. A jam session follows. Things are golden for Anchondo. He’s getting married, He’s becoming a father a second time.

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He’s written songs for a new album (his eighth). His tour rides are in a 2016 Ford Transit 350 XLT, not the beaters he used to drive. But he was reminded of the fragility of it all last April when the night before a tour was to commence, severe stomach pains landed him at University Hospital. Surgeons removed his gallbladder. Once through the health crisis, there were crushing medical care costs for which he had no insurance, Anchondo could see it all slipping away. But the Omaha Blues Society held a fundraiser concert at Chrome Lounge and friends launched a YouCaring campaign. He’s healed now and can pay his bills. Speaking to The Reader from Aspen, Colorado, where he solo toured last month, Anchondo reflected on the journey that’s taken him from his Missouri Ozark hill country origins to this Great Plains base and beyond. He took up guitar at 16 while living on his family’s farm. He’d never played an instrument before, though he did sing in choir. It was passion at first lick. “It was like a flip switched on. I took it very serious from the start. I’ve always been about the craft of it,” he said. He recalls a guitar solo in a Guns N’ Roses video sealing the deal. “I was like, That is what I’m going to do, and that’s what I’ve been doing ever since.” He grew up influenced by Los Tigres del Norte, traditional American roots sounds, soaring Jimi Hendrix blues riffs and ‘90s grunge-hip hop beats. “I always liked the blues. It’s the emotional expression when you’re on stage – the personality part of it. You can really be yourself.” Carlos Santana was another “big influence.” “I had an immediate connection through our Hispanic background. His Latin grooves caught me right away and I’ve been hooked ever since. “Eric Clapton was also a big influence. especially his acoustic MTV unplugged album. I could not stop listening to it. Learning the songs was a complete joy.” He gigged in Missouri before moving to Omaha, where he had family, to try making it in a bigger market. “There was a lot of not playing music out live because I was starting from scratch. I didn’t know where to begin.

Then I started hitting every open mic in town. I would go to those every week without fail. I started meeting other musicians. It was a real tight-knit community.” Stage Right became a second home. “It was a lot of fun. It was a very nice, accepting, open atmosphere. I also started my own weekly gig at Caffeine Dreams.” He slept on couches and floors and worked McDonald’s to get by. On stage, veteran players noticed his talent. “A lot of older musicians came up to me and told me to never stop – that I had a good thing going, I was very fortunate to have lots of encouragement.” The natural worked to hone his intuitive gifts. “Sometimes I would practice the same riff or part for hours upon hours until I got it right.” His pursuit of mastery attracted other artists and he formed a popular band, Anchondo, with some of them. Live performing gigs beckoned and local stations gave their music airplay, especially “She Devil.” “We were doing a lot of great touring and getting festivals, playing some auditoriums in the Midwest – but barely making any money. We were living dirt poor. Any money I’ve ever made I’ve always invested back into music.” He’s spared no expense with guitars. Despite having a Fender Strat and a Dobro Resonator (anonymously left on his doorstep), his go-to is a Delaney Austin. “It was hand-made special for me. The sound quality, the playability, the jumbo frets, the sustain, I could go on and on. Plus, it feels good to be a Delaney-endorsed artist.” Things were looking up. Then the recession hit and bookings fizzled. “it just killed us. We stopped playing. I had to do a lot of soul searching, like, Is this when I hang it up?” Tired of dishwasher, check-out clerk and construction jobs to make ends meet, he recommitted to his dream. “I just couldn’t stop being a musician.” He formed a new band, wrote dozens of songs and released the well-received EPs Kicking Up Dust and Young Guns with blues as his new calling card. He strategically entered his band in the Nebraska Blues Challenge. After losing the first


two years, they won the next two, thus qualifying for the international event down South. He describes that hyped stage in the nation’s blues mecca “a game-changer.” “It meant getting in front of the blues worlds eye. It was a huge learning experience, too, watching other bands that competed.” He entered “uncharted waters” by hiring L.A.based radio promoter-record publicist Frank Roszak to get Roll the Dice heard. “I knew that was the right move to make,” Anchondo said. “I knew I had to strike while the iron was still hot. It was a complete success. I finally had an album being played all over the world. We got some serious exposure out of that. It was a dream come true and something I’d been working for my entire career.” Meanwhile. he’s trying to enrichen the area blues scene with the In the Market fest – now in year four. “Every year it’s grown and this year is going to kick a lot of ass,” he said. “All the bands are outstanding.” He credits E3 Entertainment and the Blues Society for “doing the majority of the work to make the festival happen.” He said the Blues Society and its BluesEd program “have really grown the Omaha music scene.” His drummer, Khaugman Winfield, is a BluesEd alum. Anchondo appreciates the Blues Society coming to his aid last spring following emergency surgery. “It was absolutely wonderful of them. So many people rallied together and helped out. My mind is still blown by all the love and support.” He’s performing again in Omaha at Baxter Arena September 14 and The Waiting Room November 21. “I anticipate continuing to be based out of Omaha and keep going with business as usual. Omaha has been such a great and wonderful springboard for my music career.” He’s been down this road too long to know that “making it” doesn’t ever mean being home free. “There’s still lots of struggles and sacrificing, but I have a very full life with my family and getting to play music professionally. It’s my full-time job. I couldn’t ask for anything more.” Except maybe time. “I’m trying to set this next album up to where I have a lot more time to perfect certain things and to invest more in my guitar and my vocals.”

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he Blues Society of Omaha (BSO) partners with Jazz on the Green to present former Omahan and world-class blues vocalist Shaun Murphy Thursday, Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m. in celebration of the BSO’s 20th Anniversary. Murphy’s credits include working regularly in the studio and on tour as a backing vocalist for artists including Bob Seger and Eric Clapton. Murphy was the female lead vocalist for Little Feat from 1993-2009 when she left to start working under her own name. See shaunmurphyband.com. The weekly BSO Presents Thursday 6-9 p.m. series at Chrome Lounge features Polly O’Keary & The Rhythm Method Thursday, Aug. 9. Multiple Blues Music Award winner and one of the most distinctive and heartfelt soul-blues vocalists of his generation, Curtis Salgado is back Thursday, Aug. 16. Salgado is touring behind the stripped down, acoustic-oriented deep blues record he released in early 2018 with acclaimed guitarist Alan Hager, Rough Cut (Alligator Records). The duo have been jamming around their Portland, Ore., hometown for years and Hager joined the Salgado band in 2015, bringing his excellent taste and tone to Salgado’s sets. As Salgado likes to say as he launches into high gear with his always phenomenal band, “Are you with us, music lovers?” This full-band show will deliver soul, celebration and plenty of grooves for dancing plus some tunes that showcase work from Salgado and Hager’s duo disc. Anthony Gomes plugs in Thursday, Aug. 23. The phenomenal Cate Brothers are back with their great musicianship and soulful sound Thursday, Aug. 30. Vocalist Reneé Austin performs Thursday, Sept. 6. The Minneapolis-area-based vocalist returned to the stage in 2015 after complications from a 2005 thyroid surgery left her unable to sing for a decade. See OmahaBlues.com. Playing With Fire The August edition of Playing With Fire takes over Midtown Crossing Saturday, Aug. 25, 4:30 p.m., with headliner, Juno Awardwinner, vocalist and harmonica player Paul Reddick. Also performing are Blackie & The Rodeo Kings featuring Colin Linden and Omaha’s own Matt Cox. See playingwithfireomaha.net. Zoo Bar Blues Shows of note at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar include John Németh Friday, Aug. 2, 5 p.m. Chicago bluesman John Primer, former longtime sideman for Magic Slim, is up Wednesday, Aug. 8, 6-9 p.m. Curtis Salgado hits the Zoo Wednesday, Aug. 15, 6-9 p.m. Anthony Gomes performs Wednesday, Aug. 22, 6-9 p.m. Indigenous plays Friday, Aug. 31, 9 p.m. for a KZUM fundraiser. See zoobar.com. Sunday Roadhouse Iconic American songwriter and guitarist Dave Alvin teamed up with acclaimed songwriter and member of The Flatlanders Jimmie Dale Gilmore for a new release early this year, Downey to Lubbock (Yep Roc). The disc explores the artists’ deep roots in blues and country, as

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they cover songs popularized by Lightnin’ Hopkins, Brownie McGhee, Woody Guthrie and Johnny “Guitar” Watson as well as songs by Steve Young, John Stewart and Chris Gaffney. American Songwriter gave the disc 4 of 5 stars, saying, “An alternatively sweet, touching, rousing and undeniably heartfelt set that plays to both artist’s strengths.” See DaveAlvin.net. Dave Alvin, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Alvin’s band The Guilty Ones will shine at Sunday Roadhouse at Waiting Room Sunday, Sept 2, 5 p.m. Jon Langford opens the show. It’s a 15thAnniversary celebration for Dean Dobmeier’s and Gary Grobeck’s moveable Sunday Roadhouse concert series. The Sunday Roadhouse also hosts Chuck Prophet at Waiting Room Sunday, Aug. 26, 5 p.m. and presents Lake Street Dive at Slowdown Tuesday, Sept. 4, 8 p.m. See SundayRoadhouse.com for all the details. Hadden Sayers at the B Side Texas blues-rocker Hadden Sayers drops a two-disc project in September. One disc, Dopamine Machine, harks back to the guitarist’s sizzling, hard-rocking fret-board fire power. The second, Acoustic Dopamine, takes the same songs and presents them in a strippeddown, acoustic format that let’s Sayers focus on the lyrics in an intimate format. Sayers performs at The B Side in Benson, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 6-9 p.m. in a solo acoustic show to preview Acoustic Dopamine. (Full disclosure, I’ve helped Sayers with strategic planning for the national releases, which drop Sept. 14.) See HaddenSayers.com. Hot Notes In the Market for Blues is Saturday, Aug. 4, offering over 30 bands, from local to international. A $10 wristband gets you into eight venues with music from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Performers include the Andy T Band featuring Alabama Mike & Anson Funderburgh, Angel Forrest, IBC 2018 solo-duo winner the remarkable Kevin “B.F.” Burt from Iowa, Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations along with local artists including Matt Cox, Tim Budig Band and Hector Anchondo Band. Organized by Hector Anchondo and E3 Music Management, check out the full lineup, venues and details at InTheMarketForBlues.com. Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal have a couple of local shows before they head to Europe for their second European tour. On this trip they will perform over 30 shows in France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Spain. Catch them at Lincoln’s Stransky Park concert series Thursday, Aug. 2, 7 p.m., and at Lincoln’s Blue Blood Brewing Company Friday, Aug. 10, 8 p.m. See JoshHoyer.com. Keep up with local shows all around town at OmahaBlues.com, like the stellar guitar-driven jump-blues of Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones that swings into the B Bar below Castle Barrett Friday, Aug. 10. 5:30 p.m. and Indigenous Thursday, Aug. 30, 8 p.m. at Waiting Room with Sebastian Lane opening.


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NOAH DIAZ MAKING RUN FOR HIS DREAM At Yale School of Drama and theater companies nationwide

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oah Diaz proves there’s no prescribed way to follow your passion. In 2017, the Council Bluffs native and Omaha theater darling received a full ride scholarship to the prestigious Yale School of Drama without majoring or even minoring in theater as a UNO undergrad. He’s already a rising star in Yale’s vaunted graduate playwrighting program after winning accolades for acting and directing here. Though he didn’t formally train locally, he said, “I’ve received so much second-hand training from the people I’ve worked with over the years. I’ve worked with a staggeringly high number of talented people on stage and off. I have mentors, big and small,” said Diaz, who’s been home over the summer. “In many ways I was raised by my mentors from whom I received theatrical and life lessons.” Feeling he already had theater covered, he studied special education and communication disorder and creative writing at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Meanwhile, his play The Motherhood Almanac opened theater doors for him here and outside Nebraska. The Sheltebelt staged it. He did a residency with it at the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference in Idaho. Two New York City theater companies workshopped it. Encouraged by fellow playwright Ellen Struve, he applied to name graduate theater programs. Like a feelgood turn in a play, the one school he assumed he had no real chance at accepted him into its illustrious ranks. “I thought it was never really going to happen for me,” he said. “It was hard not to recognize what kind of capital ‘I’ institution Yale was and how

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impenetrable it appeared. But there actually seemed space for me there and then it was space I was heartily welcomed into.” He learned of his acceptance on his mother’s birthday. “We had already planned having a dinner that night with the extended family. My mom said. ‘The only gift I want is to share the news myself with everyone.’” His first year in New Haven has been “astounding” and “profoundly rewarding.” “It’s a really intense program. We don’t have many breaks. It functions as a conservatory. We are often in classes six days a week from 8 a.m. until about 2:30 p.m. and then we’re in rehearsals from 2:30 to 11 p.m. It’s similar to how medical students are in classes and then go on their hospital rotations. “I’m busy every day. I’m very tired. My mind was prepared but my body wasn’t. It’s a matter of gritting yourself and barreling through. In so many ways it was the longest year of my life and yet the shortest. It requires such exertion of energy, not just creatively, mentally or emotionally but physically as well. I wrote five plays over the year, one of which went up to a workshop production in the spring, in addition to many others I started and abandoned.” His apartment is close to the venerable campus, which he said “reminds me of Hogwarts in Harry Potter.” As an arts and letters Ivy Leaguer, his life is consumed by studies, rehearsals, writing and craft analysis. “I live alone which is smart because I do a lot of writing and I need a lot of quiet. A huge challenge for me personally in this program is generating


work so quickly and so frequently. I’m learning themes that constantly keep reoccurring in my work, what that’s telling me about myself, why I’m interested in exploring these things and what dramatic structures I keep leaning on. “I have a lot of conversations with my colleagues about knowing the difference between what is a playwright’s voice and what is a playwright’s schtick. The difference, at least for me, is honing my artistic voice and not simply relying on the same bag of tricks. I’m proud of this first year body of work because I’ve tried things – somewhat reinventing myself or at least challenging myself in new ways. That’s intentional.” The work doesn’t all just stay on the page either. “This particular playwriting program is a little unusual in that we are offered a production each year.” He’s written three new scripts over the summer. “My second year production starts rehearsal the first day of classes or shortly thereafter, so I have to prepare options to present.” There’s no shortage of stimulation. “I’m working with incredible people in my cohort. They are so talented and smart. My faculty – Sarah Ruhl, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Amy Herzog, Robert O’hara, Jackie Sibblies Dreary, Young Jun Lee – are all luminaries still working in the field. It enriches my learning experience,”

With notable alums on stage and screen, the school is a recognized talent pool that industry producers, directors and agents scout. Diaz has already heard from some. “I’ve been really fortunate that a lot of people have been reaching out. I’ve been taking meetings, I’ve been in touch with fantastic companies. This summer alone I’ll be at three different theater companies across the country developing my work.” He was in Chicago for the Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) Carnaval of New Latinx Work in July. This month his Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally is part of the Two River Theater Latinx festival in Red Bank, New Jersey and a workshop at The Lark in New York City. Diaz said the example of other Omaha playwrights has emboldened him to forge ahead with his own career. “Our community of playwrights inspire me. Because of all the people who’ve come before me, it never really crossed my mind that I couldn’t. I saw people doing it and I just always kind of had that feeling, Oh, when it’s my time, I will do it, too.” He’s excited that two more Omaha theater nerds, actresses Roni Shelley Perez and Bailey Carlson, recently made the big move to NYC. “I hope that line continues.” He’s not forgetting where it all started for him.

“I thank Omaha in so many ways for having prepared me and supported me. It’s really great to know they have my back. I plan to be back every summer for the Great Plains Theatre Conference.” He was back for this year’s GPTC, where his star Yale prof, Sara Ruhl, was the honored playwright. He also had a reading of his You Will Get Sick at the Shelterbelt. He wishes playwrights had more showcases here. “There are not many places for playwrights to go and yet these playwrights continually write and persevere to tell the stories they need to tell. That tenacity and initiative to write in a town that isn’t always ready to hear the stories they do write is exciting to me. “What I love about the playwrights in our community is that so often it’s not about accolades or attention but rather generating and creating pieces of art important to them. That’s something I try to do. I try to tap into whatever it is I personally need to tap into.” One of his Yale plays, The Guadalupes, cuts closer to his life than anything he’s written. It explores questions he has about his own racial identity and his relationship with the Hispanic side of his family. “It’s about my grandmother, my grandfather and my father and mother. It’s this deeply personal

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play about being both white and Hispanic and the irreconcilable differences between the two. It deeply affected me. It was well received, which was great. “I think for any writer of any form the history that you carry will always seep into the work. But this one was directly about my family, so that was a first for me. I don’t know if l’ll be doing that again anytime soon, but I did get that one out of my system.” As things continue moving fast for him, he takes comfort in the surety his Yale degree will mean something. “We’re told that regardless of what you think your personal career trajectory will look like, you will be working in your chosen field. They’re not promising us Tony Awards or Pulitzer Prizes, but having gone to this university and through this program, I will be able to live and work and pay my bills as a writer.” “That (prospect) is so fulfilling and rewarding to me.”

Follow him on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ public/Noah-Diaz) and Twitter (twitter.com/ diaz_noah). Read more of Leo Adam Biga’s work at leoadambiga.com.

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THE BEST (MOVIE) DAYS OF MY LIFE My Favorite Omaha Movie Experiences Best Midnight Movie Experience

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For better or worse, depending on who you ask, senior contributing writer RYAN SYREK has been reviewing movies and writing about popular culture for more than 15 years. In print, on social media (twitter.com/thereaderfilm), on the radio (CD1059.com) and on his podcast, Movieha! (movieha.biz), Ryan tries to critically engage pop content while not boring anybody. Send him hate, love or local movie news items at film@thereader.com. .

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ike a morbidly obese bear lamenting the decline of bees, theater owners and studios grousing about the explosion of home cinema is almost exclusively about dwindling honey production and not genuine compassion for worker drones. For millions, the ability to consume film at a lower cost and within the comfort of spaces they know are friendly to their physical needs means unprecedented accessibility. Thus, this trend is—to stick with the metaphor—the bee’s knees. I mention all this because I’m about to rave about the best experiences I’ve ever had in Omaha theaters and wanted to make sure nobody confuses my personal theatrical exuberance with a failure to understand the privilege in not having to think about the costs of attending movies outside my own home. More than anything, I’d love for the memories and stories below to be met with your own. If you don’t feel like dropping me a line at twitter. com/thereaderfilm or film@thereader.com, at least share the best moments you’ve had inside our city’s megaplexes and art houses with your friends and family. As much as I believe movies can and should be enjoyed in whatever form is most comfortable for you, I also think going to the theater is an unparalleled communal exercise. Here are the brightest gems mined from my memories.

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Every summer throughout my youth, my best friend from Illinois would come and visit. We’d use Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide as our treasure map to plunder Blockbuster videos and Roger Ebert’s weekly reviews as our theatrical mandate, which is a sentence that reads like “We used a stick to find water” these days. At the dearly departed Q Cinema 9, he and I attended a midnight showing of the beloved classic Batman Forever. As was wont to happen in the halcyon days before every major release opened on Thursday at 7 pm, a very drunk man attended the premiere dressed as Batman. Was this a young Ben Affleck in training? Who is to say? But yes. As the lights dimmed, the Bat-thusiast jumped on his seat, loudly proclaiming without any of the following censorship: “Batman Forever, motherpluckers!” Sadly, he had forgotten that trailers precede all films. So his introduction actually preceded a preview for the sequel to a movie about a boy and his orca. No worries, my friend loudly corrected him as the preview concluded: “Free Willy, motherduckers!” May you never again hear “Free Willy” without adding the last expletive. Best Audience Reaction It can’t rinse the taste of an awful film out of your mouth, but the right audience can make the flavor of a good film taste like heavenly manna. I wish I could eat Creed again with the group I watched it with at Aksarben Cinema that opening night. Long before Black Panther purred, Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan’s seemingly unnecessary extension of the Rocky franchise was met by the single best crowd I’ve had the privilege to overreact with. Gasping and cheering as though the boxing matches were not carefully choreographed and eloquently photographed but a live sporting event, that Creed crowd straight-up lost their shit during every match. Reactions of black audiences to film have been dumbed down and shamed to stereotype punchlines when in reality immersive consumption can be something spectacular, special and, frankly, brave. That

final bout drained me like no other scene has before or since. I would live in that feeling if I could. Best Moment in Omaha Film In reality, film going in Omaha can be divided into PFS (pre-Film Streams) and PFS (post-Film Streams). Wait… Look, the point is that Rachel Jacobson and (literal) company changed everything by allowing Omaha a conduit to cinema we had never had before. Sitting in the theater for that screening of La Vie en Rose, I couldn’t stop grinning like an idiot. And if you haven’t seen it, grinning like an idiot is not the standard reaction one should have to Marion Cotillard recreating the anguished life of Edith Piaf. In many ways, it felt like the precise moment Omaha became the cultural city it had been pretending to be for a while. We suddenly had a cinema with a repertory theater! I had to learn what the word repertory meant! Sitting in seats with plaques of names from the donors who helped turn an artistically ambitious dream into reality made me feel like I was where I belonged, a confirmation that I was surrounded by people who saw in film and art the salvation I had long seen. It was like being hugged by Omaha, y’all. Best hug ever. Best Box Office Moment Before assigned seating was but a glint in the eye of someone who loves showing up for movies after the previews start, you had to wait in line not only for tickets but for seating. My aforementioned Illinois buddy and I waited in the line at the former-theater-turned-current-parkinglot Indian Hills for The Phantom Menace for about 24 hours. This was a more innocent time, shortly before being Jar-Jarred and ages before large swaths of Star Wars would publicly surrender to the dark side of open toxic masculinity and racism brought about by The Last Jedi. My first association when someone says The Phantom Menace isn’t a twitchy muttering about Best Worst Moviegoing Moment (Guy and his dog)


SURREALLY AMBITIOUS Sorry to Bother You Is a Bonkers Blessing B Y R YA N S Y R E K

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he year’s best films thus far—writer/ director Ari Aster’s Hereditary and writer/director Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You—have two major similarities: They are both savagely terrifying and aggressively confident in their divisively ambitious third acts. Whereas Aster kept his gaze on demons that haunt minds and families, Riley’s film is a hallucinatory punk-rock chimera composed of equal parts Get Out and Idiocracy. Nimbly unwilling to limit its capital-L Loud social condemnation to just one subject, Sorry to Bother You is a Swiss-army-knife criticism of modern existence. Literal enough to defy misreading and ludicrous enough to demand repeat viewing, it’s the kind of gift too rarely opened by American audiences. Desperate for employment, Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) applies to work with his buddy, Salvador (Jermaine Fowler), at a telemarketing company that will feel very accurately depicted—despite Riley’s surreal sheen—to anyone who has tragically spent time there. For the first time in his life, Cassius is praised and acknowledged, shooting up the ranks while his colleague, Squeeze (Steven Yeun), fights to establish a union for the lowest paid workers. Although Detroit (Tessa Thompson), a performance artist and Cassius’s girlfriend, has her reservations, it’s not until a party thrown by billionaire Steve Lift (Armie Hammer) that the true depraved insanity is revealed. Most narrative confrontations of economic disparity and corporate exploitation segregate out aspects of race, but Sorry to Bother You isn’t most narratives. As the film wildly gallops to its hyperbolic conclusion, the heaping helpings of hilarity leave room for unmitigated rage as dessert. Stanfield continues to prove that livewire intensity doesn’t require megawatt acting. As he showed in Get Out and routinely demonstrates in FX’s Atlanta, charisma can be laid-back and tortured peril can be restrained. Here he is downright Kafka-esque, seemingly

effortlessly blessing impossible scenarios with inherent plausibility. Thompson is expectedly magnetically transcendent, while Hammer once more leverages his Ken-doll appearance to subversive effect. There is a moment late in the film when Squeeze plainly lays out the depressing, inarguable indictment that is at the core of the movie’s message. That message will reverberate in minds long after the credits roll, echoing over increasingly limited coverage of children still separated from their parents at America’s border or repeating as if a musical refrain as a justice who has been an unrepentant activist for the rights of corporations over the rights of human beings is nominated to a lifetime appointment. Sorry to Bother You isn’t a skewering satire of one societal sin but a rollicking accusation of our unwillingness to recognize the myriad of unpalatable horrors that we drown in daily. It’s also gorgeous to look at, electric to listen to and crucial to discuss. To call it a minor miracle is to strip the blood, sweat and tears that Riley wove into this transcendent experience, but profound revelations and insights may be the closest to holy we humans can get. Thus, watching Sorry to Bother You is something like going to church and laughing as you realize how damned we all are.

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QUEST • In news that Kermit would tell you “ain’t easy,” these troubled times, our local communities Aksarben Cinema will host the world premiere can serve as arks on which to ride out the of Green on Green on Thursday, Aug 9 at 7 flood. Come to this special screening and pm. Tickets are available at aksarbencinema. consider how others are waiting out the water com. Filmed entirely in Nebraska, the film and what you can do to help your people stay was written/directed by Tom Knoblauch and afloat. follows a graduate student who invites herself on a research trip in order to gain fodder for • Making a full-time living as a critic must her potential memoir. This is, of course, entirely feel like riding a unicorn bareback down fictional, as writers are selfless people who a lightning bolt while Led Zeppelin’s would never, ever exploit situations just for “Immigrant Song” plays. To do so and then also be nominated for a Pulitzer prize must feel material to write about… like that unicorn also breakdances and that • Game of Thrones won’t be back until the next the lightning bolt hits Adam Sandler. Raised installment in your favorite photographic in Des Moines, but nobody hold that against calendar series—mine is definitely either her, Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post “The Year’s Sexiest Flowers” or “Elected has hand-picked a six-film series that starts Representatives Bein’ Naughty!” In the absence at Film Streams in August. Those six films of HBO high fantasy, may I suggest you take are: The Best Year of Our Lives, Sweet Smell a Quest with Film Streams (filmstreams. of Success, The Hurt Locker, You Can Count org). On Monday, Aug 6 at 7 pm at the on Me, Old Joy and Medicine for Melancholy. Ruth Sokolof Theater, the Urban League On Thursday, Aug 9, Hornaday will be at the of Nebraska will present a free screening Dundee Theater to introduce a screening of ($0) of the documentary, Quest, followed by Sweet Smell of Success and participate in a a post-show discussion with North Omaha post-show discussion and book signing. Head community leaders and moderated by Ashlei to filmstreams.org for ticket info, and please Spivey. Demonstrative of an attention span don’t ask her about the breakdancing unicorn. that is downright mythical in this era, Quest was filmed over nearly a decade and follows a wife and husband trying to raise a family Cutting Room provides breaking local and while fostering a community of hip-hop national movie news … complete with added artists in North Philadelphia. Prior to the sarcasm. Send any relevant information to film@thereader.com. Check out Ryan on screening, at 6 pm, folks from various North Movieha!, a weekly podcast, catch him on Omaha community organizations will be the radio on CD 105.9 on Fridays at around available to provide info about how those 7:40 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 at 8:30 a.m. on groups have affected their neighborhoods. In Fridays and follow him on Twitter.

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EAT YOUR WEEDIES

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BY MICHAEL BRAUNSTEIN

HEARTLAND HEALING is a metaphysically-based polemic describing alternatives to conventional methods of healing the body, mind and planet by MICHAEL BRAUNSTEIN. It is provided as information and entertainment, certainly not medical advice. Important to remember and pass on to others: for a weekly dose of Heartland Healing, visit HeartlandHealing.com and like us on Facebook. .

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he hot, rainy summer of 2018 has graced my yard with a bumper crop of blooms that most people call weeds. I call them lunch. While we humans lust for lawns of grass, a variety of vegetation devoid of dietary value to us, we dig up and discard or worse yet, poison, other plants that are nutritious and edible. Yesterday’s finding in the yard included dandelions, lamb’s quarter, plantain and burdock. All of those are highly nutritious and versatile edibles though American nonsense calls them “weeds.” We spend billions growing grass we can’t eat and more billions killing plants that we can. There are valuable, edible and medicinal plants all around us. Nature provides and humanity derides. Those dandelions and plantains on the parkway near the street, where traffic exhaust and road chemicals pollute them, are not suitable for our kitchen. But when appearing in a lawn free of pesticides and other pollutants, humble “weeds” play a part in nature’s pantry. Stinging Nettle A very common volunteer vegetable with a tremendous history as a medicine. Traditionally used it to treat arthritis, joint and muscle pain, it also has beneficial properties in treating urinary and prostate problems. Nutrient-wise, stinging nettle offers bountiful amounts of silicon and potassium. The tiny spines can sting the fingers but there is a trick to picking them. Dandelion A tasty volunteer vegetable that most people can identify easily. The green leaves are a nutritious addition to any salad or can be sautéed in garlic and olive oil. All parts are useful. It’s high in vitamins C and A and potassium. The root, the leaf and the flower all have powerful medicinal uses. Burdock A prevalent plant in the Northern Hemisphere, burdock provides high levels of vitamin B6. Leaves, stems and roots are all edible but do not confuse it with a similar looking plant — rhubarb — which has poisonous leaves. Plantain Very common “weed”, young plantain leaves are tasty in salads. Older leaves should be cooked. The seeds are edible raw or roasted. The plant can be soaked and formed into a poultice to relieve topical or joint pain. Garlic Mustard Very invasive garlic mustard should be planted in a container if you grow it in your yard, but it’s a tremendous addition to any salad. It has a bad reputation as an invasive weed and does threaten many native species in the wild. It was likely introduced to the United States by early settlers as a food source and for medicinal purposes. The leaves, flowers and fruit are all edible with a tangy garlic mustard taste. Sweet Cicely An aromatic herb with the distinctive fragrance of anise, sweet cicely is highly touted as a natural remedy for digestive disorders, colds and as a poultice. As an herb used in recipes, it is similar to fennel. Lamb’s Quarter, AKA Goosefoot, is a relative of spinach and is considered one of the most nutritious volunteer vegetables you can eat. It’s prolific and grows almost anywhere. You have most certainly pulled

some from your own garden as a weed. It contains good amounts of vitamin A and calcium. It can be cooked just like spinach. Sorrel is an annual and the leaf has a distinctive citrusy flavor. It also grows prolifically and can be invasive. It’s a favorite ingredient in salads and pesto. It’s easy to identify in the wild when it is flowering, with a tall stalk of red blooms. It contains good amounts of potassium and vitamins C and A. Yellow wood sorrel As with common sorrel, the yellow-flowered version is a member of the oxalis family of plants. All of them have a citrus-y flavor and are are high in vitamin C. One nice thing about sorrels is that they are fairly difficult to mis-identify and very easy to eat. Anyone who has weeded a garden or lawn has likely pulled up sorrel and tossed this valuable medicinal and food plant into the trash. Purslane Another ubiquitous edible, purslane has a creamy, smooth taste and is highly nutritious. It resembles a succulent with thick, green leaves and tumid stems. Tender, young leaves are an amazing addition to salads, soups and sandwiches. A note of caution: Learn to accurately identify forage plants. Nature happens to have poison ones, too. Find someone you trust to help or take them to a County Extension office to confirm. Then, start light. Don’t make a huge meal of a plant you’ve never eaten before. The above are “weeds” you’ve seen, walked on and pulled from the yard. Learn to identify them and harvest properly and you’ll be rewarded at the kitchen table. Be well. Heartland Healing is a metaphysically based polemic describing alternatives to conventional methods of healing the body, mind and planet. It is provided as information and entertainment, certainly not medical advice. Important to remember and pass on to others: for a weekly dose of Heartland Healing, visit HeartlandHealing.com. and like us on Facebook.

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OVER THE EDGE OVER THE EDGE

is a monthly column by Reader senior contributing writer Tim McMahan focused on culture, society, music, the media and the arts. Tim has been writing about Omaha and the local indie music scene for more than two decades. Catch his daily music reporting at Lazy-i.com, the city’s longest-running blog. Email Tim at tim.mcmahan@gmail.com.

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Goes to Maha with Harlan BY TIM MCMAHAN

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ell, no one shot me after last month’s Trump column, so that’s a good thing. This month is a mish-mash of random thoughts that aren’t likely to get me killed. Aren’t these fun times we live in? First a bit of news that will be old news by the time you read this. The Sydney in Benson has changed hands. The bar that was once the home of Mick’s (Who remembers those days?) became The Sydney in January 2009 with an ownership team that included Jamie Massey (who I knew from the bands Race for Titles and Ladyfinger). On Aug. 1 a new team took over The Sydney, which is located at 5918 Maple St. I’d originally heard 1% Productions, who operates The Waiting Room and Reverb Lounge, was the new owner. “It’s not really 1% buying The Sydney,” said Marc Leibowitz, who is part of the 1% team, along with partner Jim Johnson. “Revamp (our real estate company) is buying the building and business. The New Sydney is Jim, myself and Jon Tvrdik.” Tvrdik is co-owner of Benson bar Krug Park. Leibowitz said the new management isn’t planning on changing much at the bar, especially in the beginning. “We might replace the sound system and POS system, but no real overhaul,” he said. So will 1% Productions book the live music at The New Sydney? “In terms of booking, we’re not sure yet,” Leibowitz said. “Zach (Schmieder) does a good job, and we want him to continue doing it. We might throw some shows down there. The folks behind 1% Productions have had a busy year, and it’s only August. Along with their partner, KC’s Mammoth Productions, 1% received approval from the La Vista City Council in late June to build a new indoor/outdoor music venue on South 84th St. The mega complex will include a music hall and a massive outdoor amphitheater, all set to open some time in 2020. With the fairly recent additions of both the Baxter and Ralston arenas in southwest Omaha, some wonder if they can pull off building a third entertainment complex in the area, but if anyone can do it, it’s 1%, who was the key to Benson’s revitalization. And then there’s the Maha Music Festival, which this year expands to two days — Aug. 17-18 at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village — and which was booked (as it always is) with the help of 1% Productions. With Weezer as the headliner, this year’s festival seems a tad mainstream, like something you’d see at Stir Cove or the Qwest Center, and no doubt will result in record ticket sales. It’s unlikely bands like Tune-Yards or U.S. Girls or local act David Nance Band — all acts on the bill I’m interested in seeing — are driving ticket sales. You’ve got to hand it to Maha for keeping a handful of cutting-edge indie rocks acts in their annual festival line-up. Speaking of cutting-edge indie rock, these days, my primary vehicle for new music discovery is satellite radio station Sirius XMU. The channel boasts a rotating playlist that includes indie pop, indie rock and unsigned artists such as Courtney Barnett, Father John Misty (who’s playing at Maha) and Arcade Fire. Spotify is another music discovery source, and among the second quarter 2018 artists getting spins in my VW are Decemberists, Beach House, Sam Evian and Natalie Prass. All those artists’ latest releases are chock full o’ tuneful, mellow rock songs that are anything but cutting edge. In fact, Sirius has another station called “Yacht Rock” that showcases ‘70s mellow-gold artists like Leo Sayer, Ambrosia, Toto and Gerry Rafferty, as well as the godfather of Yacht Rock, Steely Dan.

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Sirius easily could slip a Sam Evian, Father John Misty or Natalie Prass song into its Yacht Rock rotation, and no one would blink an eye, which has me thinking that we’re entering a new era of Yacht Rock, one that can be enjoyed by today’s hipsters and their aging hipster fathers (and grandfathers). Finally… Harlan Ellison, my all-time favorite author, passed away in his sleep June 27 at the age of 84. He was one of the most celebrated science fiction writers of all time, having penned more than 1,700 short stories as well as episodes of TV’s Star Trek and The Flying Nun, and the 1976 feature motion picture starring Don Johnson called A Boy and His Dog. Maybe his biggest contribution to the genre were the anthologies he edited —Dangerous Visions (1967) and Again, Dangerous Visions (1972) that shifted the landscape of science fiction by simply changing the rules and allowing authors to focus on the human aspects of speculative fiction rather than rockets and gadgets — or at least that’s my take. I liked his short stories, but I love Ellison’s essays. He broke new ground in television criticism with the 1970 collection of columns written for the Los Angeles Free Press called The Glass Teat, which was followed a few years later by The Other Glass Teat. While the topic was television from the viewpoint of someone working in the TV industry, the books were more about Ellison’s keen observation of life in El Lay (as he called it) during those hippie-dippy ‘70s. But for me the two masterpiece essay collections were 1984’s Sleepless Nights in the Procrustean Bed and 1985’s An Edge in My Voice. This column was heavily influenced by those two books. It is impossible to read Ellison’s essays and not absorb his rhythm, syntax and style. His is a voice of measured anger bordered by reason, sarcasm, intelligence and wit. I spent a good chunk of my college years emulating Ellison’s writing style before figuring out my own. News of his death knocked me off-kilter. It wasn’t unexpected. He had a ferocious voice until he suffered a stroke a few years ago that doused the flame. It’s one of the symptoms of getting older — watching your heroes die — and for me, Ellison was the first to go. But as I type this I can look directly to my right, in my office, and remember him by the shelves of books filled with his words. Over The Edge is a monthly column by Reader senior contributing writer Tim McMahan focused on culture, society, music, the media and the arts. Email Tim at tim.mcmahan@gmail.com


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