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ach spring and autumn we fool with Mother Nature in an attempt to depose her. We purloined another natural process: the passage of time. We try to bend time to our will. I guess it’s logical, since we invented time in the first place. Standard time zones in the United States are less than 100 years old*. In nature, time is relative to a place or a natural event. For most of human history, the words, “It’s time to…” declared something in sync with nature. “It’s time to wake up,” meant the sun was rising in the east. “It’s time to pick some apples,” was heard only if apples were ripe for harvest. “It’s time for lunch,” was a combination assessment of many natural factors, including how our body felt. Today, activity is based on a static calendar or a ticking clock, having little to do with nature. Arrested Development. Back in the day, kids played outside instead of watching digital screens. Mom often struggled to convince Johnny or Jane to come inside for dinner. Kids wanted to stay outdoors until the last ray of sunlight. Well, you can blame an adult form of juvenile petulance for the confusion, stress, energy waste and idiocy known as Daylight Savings Time and the twiceyearly clock-fiddling that accompanies it. See, DST was actually thought up by someone. An Australian entomologist, George Hudson, is credited with the concept of lengthening daylight hours by setting the clock forward in the spring. Hudson wanted to stay outside later in the evening to collect bugs instead of coming in for dinnertime. Just like a kid. Only thing is, in 1895 when Hudson came up with the idea, he was 29 years old. In England, the same idea garnered support from outdoorsmen who wanted to golf longer into the evening. Kids! But it was imperialist Germany that took action, setting clocks forward in 1916 to save coal. The rest of the world fell in and by the 1970s, the U.S. was pretty much in goosestep with the idea. Money makes the clock go ‘round. Though there are dozens of claims as to why DST makes sense, almost all stand debunked. But one group of world citizens collectively likes it: business. With more sunlight to play with in the evening, more money is spent consuming and buying.

Does anybody really know what time it is? Humans have been keeping time for millennia. Ancient Egyptians used towering obelisks to serve as gnomons in giant sundials. The Washington Monument is a version. Where its shadow falls indicates the hour of the day. Obelisks dot Europe, including the Vatican. Asia and the Islamic world use forms of sundials to indicate prayer time. Druids used Stonehenge and tors. But the official notion of timekeeping didn’t gain wide implementation until technology demanded it. That technology was the train. With “rapid” transit a reality, people were moving East and West and subjected to the real difference geography makes in solar time schemes. Railways operated on their own time frame but local time could be different. A train might pull into a town and the conductor’s watch said one thing, local time another. So, there had to be regulation. In 1883, railways invented time zones. Time — and activities — became based on a clock, no longer on nature. The problem is, we’re still natural beings. Tick tock to nature’s clock. The human body has an internal clock that is in sync with nature. Unless, of course, we mess with the mainspring or let it run down. When our internal clock is challenged or stymied, we can suffer mild to extreme consequences. The ancient Indian medical system of ayurveda, still widely in use today, defines and describes most of modern science. Only thing is, ayurveda uses ancient terms and Sanskrit language. Ayurveda accurately describes atomic physics but using terms not understood by Western science. So, of course, we keep on researching, trying to “reinvent the wheel,” as it were. Recently, Western science has “discovered” that the internal human clock is real, something ayurveda described thousands of years ago. In ayurveda the internal clock is known as dinacharya. The term is also used to describe the scheduled routine that is associated with the internal clock. In Western science, this clock is often called the diurnal clock or circadian rhythm. Push to reset. The idea of getting an extra hour of sleep by setting the clock back on a Saturday night in the fall sounds enticing. Who doesn’t want an extra hour in lala-land? Indeed, studies have shown that there are fewer than usual heart attacks on the Monday following “fall back”. Of course the downside is that come next spring, on the Monday following “spring forward,” there will be statistically more heart attacks. And the physical compromises aren’t limited to heart attacks. Traffic accidents, suicides, fatal car wrecks — all increase due to DST. The best recourse may be to hide your watch for a couple weeks. Rely on your own internal clock. Find a link* to nature’s ayurvedic schedule at Be well. ,

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Tower of Low Power

Is pirate radio finally ready to go legit? BY BILL FORMAN



f Gallup were to poll Americans on which government agencies they most hate, the FCC would almost certainly be among the Top 5. Established in 1934 as custodian of the public airwaves, the commission effectively reversed course with its deregulation of the broadcast industry in the late ‘80s and ‘90s, paving the way for corporate conglomerates like Clear Channel to put an end to local and regional radio. Meanwhile, the FCC has continued to play whacka-mole with the heirs to a legacy that reaches back to the Mexican border radio stations that gave Wolfman Jack his start, as well as the offshore British stations dramatized in the movie Pirate Radio. So what’s a poor, increasingly unpopular government agency to do? Caught between corporate interests and increasingly populist sentiments, the agency is about to make an offer that would-be pirates may not be able to refuse. Later this month, the FCC will begin accepting applications from non-profit groups that want to start their own non-commercial Low Power FM stations. These LPFMs offer many of the same benefits as pirate stations, but without risking unpleasant side effects like fines and jail sentences. Those who are chosen will receive free station licenses, after which they’re on their own. Equipment and set-up costs will require an investment of approximately $15,000 to $20,000. Although the filing window was originally set to run from Oct. 15 to 29, those dates may change in the wake of the federal government shutdown. As of this writing, the FCC has taken its website offline, and calls to the agency’s media relations department have gone unreturned. A recorded message informs callers that FCC duties are now limited to issues that are “immediately necessary for the safety of life or the protection of property.” In the meantime, interested parties can get a head start by accessing an unofficial “LPFM Application Guide” from Prometheus Radio Project, low-power FM’s leading advocacy group, at Only once before in its 79-year history has the FCC opened the airwaves to low-power stations. A pilot program was approved by Congress in 2000, but its results were largely disappointing. “While there were low-power licenses granted, the stations were mostly located in places that had more cows than they had people,” explains Prometheus co-founder Pete Tridish, a pirate radio veteran whose organization began pushing for the creation of LPFMs in the late ‘90s. “In the first low-power FM window, no radio channel was given out in the Top 50 most populous markets in the United States.” Tridish believes the FCC received roughly 3,200 applicants in 2001 and 2002, and granted approximately 1,000 permits. Successful licensees ranged from

a youth ministry in Chanute, Kan., to a parks commissioner in Sitka, Alaska, who wanted to air live broadcasts of whale songs. Of the more than 800 low-power stations in the U.S. today, the only one located in a major market is WRIR, a volunteer-run adult alternative music station in Richmond, Va. What went wrong? Unsurprisingly, the FCC was under enormous pressure from the commercial radio industry, which had gotten used to getting its way in the wake of deregulation and the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine. Indeed, the modern FCC bore little resemblance to the agency whose mission, according to the Communications Act of 1934, was to “make available, so far as possible, to all the people of the United States, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex, rapid, efficient, nation-wide, and world-wide wire and radio communication services with adequate facilities at reasonable charges.” During a congressional hearing 10 months before low-power licensing began, Eddie Fritts, CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, argued that low-power radio was both harmful and unnecessary. “There is plenty of diversity on the air today,” he insisted. Besides which, the FCC had a higher purpose to serve, which was to protect multimillion-dollar conglomerates’ signals from possible interference. “Congress established the FCC and entrusted it as the guardian for spectrum integrity,” declared Fritts. “I think what we have seen here today is somewhat appalling.” The government could hardly have responded more cautiously. Congress added a provision to its authorization that effectively restricted the stations to rural areas. Even though LPFMs were restricted to 100 watts — the same amount of power illuminating your desk lamp — the FCC regulated their locations and frequencies as though they were commercial stations pumping out 10,000 to 50,000 watts. All that’s about to change. With the upcoming offering, says Tridish, the restrictions will be more akin to the 100- to 200-watt repeaters that high-power radio stations use to relay their signal to other markets. “The rules are scaled for the kind of power that [LPFMs] are putting out,” he explains. “So low-power stations are going to fit in a lot of places that they didn’t fit in 2001.” While the number of new stations that will find their way onto the air is impossible to predict, Tridish is optimistic. “It’s like night and day, the availability that we’re going to see in this window,” he enthuses. “But anybody who tells you how many they think there’ll be is really just taking a number out of thin air, it’s not really meaningful. “It’s not a set quantity of licenses, in the same way that the United States government doesn’t decide how many drivers licenses they’re going to issue in a year. You know, it just depends on how many people come.” Read the rest of this article at http://www.csindy. com/coloradosprings/is-pirate-radio-finally-ready-togo-legit/Content?oid=2773190 ,

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ith words like justice, security, healthy and sustainable increasingly attached to food in America, two Omaha filmmakers with an undisguised POV have plugged into the sustainable edibles culture with a new documentary. In Growing Cities urban agriculture advocates Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette present farming operations around the nation as smart remedies to inner city food deserts. The doc’s. 7 p.m. Film Streams screening on Oct. 29 will be followed by a Q&A with the creators. Writer-director Susman, cinematographer Monbouquette and production manager Brent Lubbert logged 13,500 miles in a Dodge Caravan van on a three-month road trip to 20 cities in 2011. They searched out the best, biggest, most innovative urban agriculture models and found farmers not just in trippy spots but everywhere and farming everything from front and backyards to lots to rooftops to windows. The quest was fueled by their disenchantment with scant local urban farming initiatives, though they acknowledge great strides have been made through No More Empty Pots and Big Muddy Farms, for example. The pair run their own mobile program, Truck Farm, that intros youth to growing things. The urban ag movement has emerged in response to an industrialized food system that leaves consumers disconnected from the sources of what they eat and therefore reliant on processed, pre-packaged products. Studies show a lack of ready access to fresh, organic foods may contribute to such health problems as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. Susman’s advocate-activist efforts got their start at Dartmouth College. The environmental studies major led a large outing club program, waged a sit-in at the president’s office and helped develop a Sustainable Living Cen-

n The 9th Street Tavern and Grill is now open and located one block south of the CenturyLink Center at 902 Dodge St. The new sports bar and grill hosts a weekly happy hour from 4-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and offers 27 televisions tuned to all sports coverage. With Nebraska native Chef Andrew Richardson at the helm, the 9th Street Tavern offers classic tavern cuisine, currently serving its comfy winter menu with items such as Shepard’s


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ter. He also co-directed a short film about the development of some pristine land. The filmmakers obtained grants from Dartmouth to fund the Growing Cities road trip and raised $40,000-plus during a 2012 Kickstarter campaign. They’ve since found support among the same urban ag community they tout. Back home, they served as resident fellows at the Union for Contemporary Art and got free studio space there and at the Image Arts Building, whose owner, Dana Altman, became a producer. The Central High grads lionize grassroots, community-based efforts that support natural, local food production. Susman, a vegetarian who has a garden and chickens in his midtown backyard, feels they’ve caught a trend. “What we tapped into is this intense support and desire by people to get involved. We made the film at the right time when I consider this wave because I know it’s only getting bigger,” he says. “There’s so many different ways to get involved. You don’t have to be a farmer. You can grow a little bit. If you don’t like growing maybe you can

cook or preserve or can. Or maybe volunteer at the local food bank. Eighty percent of our country lives in cities, so we have this huge population that could be doing this.” The filmmakers contend there’s great interest in urban farming and that it can be practiced at some level by anyone, anywhere. “There’s a lot of people who have never worked with a sustainable organization or who have never farmed but they’re super excited about it,” says

pie, stews and bison meatloaf. In addition, the 9th Street Tavern offers a signature drink menu with both domestic and craft beers on tap. “We think this is a great neighborhood with three hotels and 500 apartments within a block or two. We also feel we will be the premier spot and venue for pre- and post-event patrons from the CenturyLink Center and TD Ameritrade Park,” says owner Mark Mittlieder. “Parking can be tight in many downtown areas, but we benefit from MECA parking during events. When there are no events, we have great



Monbouquette. “It’s something everybody can do. The biggest thing for us is encouraging people to grow a little bit of something.” “Grow where you are” is the mantra they’ve adopted. Monbouquette says, “I think our biggest goal was we wanted to inspire people to do something.” He says warm receptions to the film at festivals indicate its message resonates widely. Susman says millennials are just as likely to recognize “it’s cool, fun, exciting and rewarding to grow your own food” as older folks. Monbouquette suggests urban farming will scale up in direct proportion to the number of people who participate in it and the amount of resources devoted to it. He suggests the real question is, “How far can we really take all this positive energy around urban farming and solidify it in our culture and just make it one of the things that we do, so it’s not just for hippies and hipsters?” “Nobody’s saying we’re going to grow everything we can ever eat in cities. We can grow a lot of things there though,” says Susman. Urban farming has been popular in earlier eras before fading away. “The closest thing we have to compare it to is the Victory Garden movement (of World War II).,” says Monbouquette. “The statistics from that are astounding. Urban farmers were growing 40 percent of the fruits and vegetables consumed.” Will the phenomenon last this time? “It just needs people to embrace and try it,” he says, adding government could do more to promote it by offering incentives to property owners to enter land use agreements that transform vacant lots into gardens. Susman says some cities go so far as to have urban ag directors. Rather than take a critical approach about “how screwed up everything is with E.coli or Mad Cow or industrial farming,” Susman says the film is “a really positive” spin on what we can all do to make our communities healthier and more inclusive. Monbouquette says he became a convert to the cause by working on the film. “The food and social justice issues really stuck a chord with me. Growing food is such a simple act but it can transform into this hugely motivational, inspiring, positive, productive thing in communities that really need it. You know, everyone has to eat and I subscribe to the view that we’re all in this together.” ,

parking along 9th Street.” For more information visit or call 402.315.4301. n Mayor Jean Stothert has signed a proclamation declaring this week Family Dining Week, ending Sat., Oct. 26. The mayor and Live Well Omaha Kids are asking that families take a pledge to dine together more often. According to Live Well Omaha Kids, “family dining” means cooking and eating at home together as a family. Studies show that kids who eat at home with their families are more likely

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to try new foods and eat more nutritious foods, such as whole grains, low-fat dairy, vegetables, fruit and lean meat. Family dining also benefits family communication and supports healthy teen development.” Live Well Omaha Kids wants to know what works for families at home. Look them up on Facebook and share your success stories on how dining together has bonded your family. — Krista O’Malley Crumbs is about indulging in food and celebrating its many forms. Send information about area food and drink businesses to

Tequila Corner


want you to stop reading and grab your schedule. Then I want you to make sure that you have this upcoming event on your calendar: La Mesa’s Tequila Tasting Dinner on Tuesday, November 12. I know I sound a little demanding, but you’ll understand why it’s so important to mark this date once I explain to you what the evening entails. You should also keep in mind that this event typically sells out quite quickly, so you’ll want to reserve your spot right now. Now let me tell you why this event is so spectacular. While some of you might not need much more motivation beyond the words “tequila tasting,” let me assure you that there is much more to this evening. Tequila, of course We’re not talking just any run-of-the-mill tequila here. This tequila tasting will feature Casa Herradura’s tequila, which has been made since 1870 in a hacienda in Mexico. This is a big deal; it’s the only tequila in the entire world that’s 100% hacienda-made. “It’s one of the most legendary tequilas of all tequilas,” says Jose Salazar, Regional Manager of La Mesa. “We’ll have Herradura Silver, Reposado, Anejo, and the Ultra Super Anejo, which I believe is almost $300 a bottle.” Jose says they’ll feature a variety of drinks made with all of these tequilas at the tasting. “If you were going to try just the tequilas, you’d probably spend around $70. That’s with no dinner or anything - just a single shot of every single one of them.” Considering this tequila tasting event is priced at only $50, it boggles my mind that there are still people in Omaha who have not yet made their reservations.

Tequila expertise Not many people can boast knowing more about tequila than the folks at La Mesa, but one man who can make this assertion will be in attendance at the tequila tasting event. Ruben Aceves is the Director of International Brand Development for Casa Herradura and is flying in from Mexico in order to attend. “Ruben has tremendous knowledge about the brand,” says Jose. “It just doesn’t get any better than that. Ruben and his whole family have been in the tequila industry for a very long time.” A rare opportunity “People will also have a chance to try the double barrel made especially for us,” says Jose, adding that the barrel sits in the Bellevue La Mesa right now and yields around 240 bottles. Bottles of tequila from this customized barrel will be available for purchase. Each bottle features a label celebrating 20 anos for La Mesa. Jose adds that there will be engravers at the event, so if you purchase a bottle you can have the bottle engraved right on the spot. This is a great idea if you want to buy a bottle for a Christmas gift, or an anniversary gift, or to send to your favorite tequila writer. A fun evening Jose is excited about this upcoming tequila tasting. “It’s always fun for La Mesa,” he says. “It’s a way to show off a little bit. It’s a really cool event.” Date: Tuesday, November 12 Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Place: La Mesa’s 156th & Q location Cost: $50 Call (402) 763-2555 to make reservations. —Tamsen Butler

Food, too La Mesa pairs the tequilas with food that’s expertly crafted to accompany each tequila. “We’ll have three different meals,” says Jose. “You’ll get a salad, a soup, a dessert and choose either steak, chicken or fish.” So you’re not only getting to try a variety of some of the best tequilas around, but you’re also getting to eat some of the best Mexican food around.


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hey say don’t change the old for the new but I’ve found out this will never do.” There’s a moral in that quote from the Billy Higgins chestnut “There’ll Be Some Changes Made,” and no arts venue in the Metro knows this more than the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Within the past year, Bemis has seen the departure of key staff including former Director Mark Masuoka, Chief Curator Hesse McGraw and Underground Director Joel Damon, all of whom are prospering in new endeavors of their own. Meanwhile, this arts venue has weathered the changes going forward under new leadership with Director Adam Price and the expected addition of a Director of Arts Programs by the end of this year. As if taking his cue from the hit song, Price’s experience with the DIY 337 Project and as former director of the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, both in Salt Lake City, promises to change the way Bemis “struts its stuff.” And, with no less than its key fundraising event, the annual Bemis Auction, arguably the most anticipated visual arts event in the Metro area. This 15th variation on a theme of social celebration and fundraising will open, climax and close the same night, this Saturday, October 26, from 6-9pm. As in the past, the evening will feature a silent auction, refreshments catered by the Boiler Room’s master chef, Paul Kulik, and a live auction all included in the price of admission. About that cost. Director Price says the increase from $25 to $99 has an added value. “We felt the ticket price was out of line with other charitable organizations who charge between $150200 for their fundraisers,” Price said. “We’re offering significant bid credits up to $150 (for the first purchase) in order to make art more affordable to buyers. Artworks this year begin as low as $100, although the majority will probably start in the $400-600 range.” Recent auction proceeds have grossed approximately $500,000, or about 25% of its operating budget, and that continues to be Bemis’ goal. But annual fundraising events that don’t adapt to changing times and the economy can suffer their own success…or even excess. For example, despite meeting last year’s goals, the silent auction left close to one-half of the work unsold or un-bid-upon. And, as reported in the Reader, patrons were not comfortable with Bemis’ use of a digital bidding system, which hampered the process as well as the usual social vibe. To that end Price has initiated other changes in the auction that downsize-- read streamline--the event with patrons and participating artists in mind. Gone is the digital process. Bidders will queue up to the art, elbow-to-elbow and shoulder-to-shoulder as before, but there the similarity ends. Besides reducing the silent event to one night, main floor only, Price says “there are fewer artworks this year, so we do expect the bidding to be somewhat more competitive, which is part of our effort to ensure that artists are receiving a fair return for their contribution. “Most artists have generously agreed to a 50/50 split of proceeds because they understand the importance of our programs to the regional arts community including commitments such as the Bemis Residency Prize for UNL graduates, our support of North Omaha artists at Carver Bank, and new programs such as “1 Image, 1 Minute.”


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Perhaps the biggest motive in the auction changes this year is in support of Bemis’ long-term mission of “artists helping artists.” “Some artists make a 100% contribution of their work,” says multi-media artist Catherine Ferguson, “so there is no monetary gain for them. The benefit to (them) is an opportunity to have their work seen by new audiences as they support the Bemis residencies.” Ferguson thinks that the huge number of works up for bid in the past was “detrimental to both buyers and artists” and is hopeful that “the quality of works has been increased.” Another participant, photographic artist Larry Ferguson agrees but says collec-


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tors “would do themselves a big favor by going to the event with knowledge on their side, having done some research about the art and the artists. “Usually collectors go to these events because they too want to support a worthy cause as well as take home a work of art they enjoy, usually at a lower price than purchased through a regular venue such as a commercial gallery. I continue to participate in order to keep my name up on the board for supporting the Bemis. That’s what it’s all about.” One additional key change to the auction was provided by Kansas City’s PLUG Projects, a curatorial collective that Bemis hired to jury the selec-

tion of works in the silent auction. Not only did PLUG Projects organized the selection of work, they met with staff to help hang the art in the galleries, thus simplifying a process so labor intensive for Bemis that former director Masuoka once said that in any given year, “we have 45 days we aren’t planning for this auction.” Key to PLUG Projects criteria, according to its “show” statement was its commitment to choose art based upon “the importance it plays in the contemporary art discourse, and the commitment of the makers to their work…(which) allows the viewer an continued on page 10 y

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y continued from page 8 opportunity to experience an exciting multiverse of contemporary art under one roof.” The live auction also gets special attention with Christie’s auction house conducting the bidding which features several experience packages including three-night stays in New York and Chicago that offer museum tours and visits with notable artists such as the former’s Betty Woodman and the latter’s Theaster Gates. Though the display of artwork for the silent auction continues in Bemis’ necessary salon style, individual works do seem to breathe easier under the nearly clinical bright lights, as they seem to virtually pop from their white backgrounds. The silent segment will close in three sections between 7:45 and 8:00pm as before, but it will be interesting to see how the anticipated 400-500 bidders maneuver from the larger spaces of Gallery 2 and the hallway into the smaller Gallery 4, formerly the art sales space or viceversa. Nevertheless the show is interesting itself with a revealing mix of familiar artists and new. It’s difficult to discern a curatorial scheme in a display of this size, something that former curators Jeremy Stern and Hesse McGraw worked hard at to establish, but certain visual clues and motifs make themselves apparent this year for the sake of viewer comparison/contrast. For example, there are: several hand- and laser-cut works on the east wall of Gallery 2 from Laurie Frick and Natasha Bowdoin, as well as Susan Knight’s intricate piece, “Merge,” in her signature style; a preponderance of mixed media throughout such as pieces from Chinatsu Ikeda, Michael Todd, Shannon Rankin and Scott Blake; and distinctive totem-like sculpture from Liz Vercruysse, Troy Mueller and Deborah McColley. Several intriguing juxtapositions or conversations can be appreciated including the “totems” above as well as child-like sculptures of Claudia Alvarez’s old-before-their-time “Nina Pendencia” and the gremlinesque creatures in Santigo Cal’s “Breathings.” Note also side-by-side contrast abstraction of Mary Zicafoose’s monoprint, the sharp, angular “Mountain with Ghosts” and Mary Day’s appropriately titled, cyclical acrylic “Continuum,” in Gallery 2 and the multi-layered striated abstraction in Mary Ann Strandell’s colorful “Red Wave” and Deborah Murphy’s graphite drawing, “Convoluted Convergence” in Gallery 4. There are no such deliberate constructs in the only 10 works in the live auction, but one can’t help but notice: the relationship of Jun Kaneko’s two, perhaps unintended companion pieces, the 2003 untitled “Hawaiian Drawing” and the subsequent “Untitled” Dango (2011), which shares a similar contrasting dark and colorful palette and dripping geometric pattern.


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Also notable are the photographic style variations of Vera Mercer’s equal parts Nouveau Realistes and Dutch Old Masters in her painterly still life, “Green from Rasmussen Farm”; Laurie Victor Kay’s abstract, minimalist rendering of an “Untitled” beach scene and Mel Ziegler’s startling expressionistic night scenes “Grass Sandhills” and “Green Corn.” But if the silent auction fits more your speed and budget, then consider bidding on the following works that in the opinion of this critic represent value at any price. Either way, if you’re a player, consider Price’s sound advice that serves all collectors equally: “Just buy what you love. Always buy what you love.” In no particular order, you might then love some of the following, all of which you can see online at 1. Kim Reid Kuhn’s “Exposure,” an abstract expressionistic, mixed media that in uncharacteristically restrained and all the more effective and aesthetically pleasing because of it.

2. Larry Ferguson’s “#161-63, Hollywood, CA, a darkly, fragmented and unglamorous photographic cityscape from someone perhaps best known for his romantic idealism. 3. Also unexpected is Peter Cale’s 3D, wavy and all white, textural wall hanging, “Gladys’ Brain,” a hand-cast plaster made from a wooden original, his more familiar métier. 4. Another “wall sculpture” of significance, “Dry Times,” a mini installation of sorts in ceramic and rope. Artist Jess Benjamin is dealing with water/ environmental issues, but here with a more industrial and witty point of view. 5. Doug Boyd’s outsider mixed media, “Portrait of Paul Konchagulian,” a clever, sophisticated “boxed set” that belies its naïve style. 6. Joe Broghammer’s chalk and pencil “Mike’s Cartesian Theater,” a wisenheimer snow owl, embedded with witchcraft and supernatural iconography and secrets, maybe indicating the artist’s return to a more provocative mise en scene. 7. Brittan Rosendahl’s audacious, leggy “Discarded Red Shoes,” an archival print that is deliberately irreverent. Not contrasting Madonna and Child portrait above fireplace.

8. Amy Brener’s paradoxically ruff-hewn and iridescently delicate “Miniport” sculpture of resin, glass and pigment resembling, yet transcending a large shard of crystal beauty. 9. Iggy Sumnik’s ceramic vessel, “Spotted,” referencing either and underwater piece of coral or surgically removed stomach minus a valve or tube. Either description of this organic, whimsical work would probably please this imaginative sculptor. 10. More figurative, but equally bizarre is Gerit Grimm’s ceramic fairy tale interpretation of “Lady Godiva” that is an exquisitely complex and outré send-up of the folk legend. 11. Leslie Iwai’s “Colonies Collapse,” an abstract, ephemeral, mixed media decomposition of the most unusual nature in black and white. Iwai takes and gives great pleasure in repurposing found object and this salt on tarpaper is no exception. 12. Amanda Knowles’ “Pinned IV,” a screen print of an intricate graphic pattern of shades of blue and gray…a sharp contrast to the busy, heavily textured works surrounding it, this is a welcome relief so subtle sophistication. 13. Eliska Greenspoon’s polyptych, “High Tide in the Marsh,” an ambitious, abstract mixed media study of environmental issues in earth tones and aquatic and atmospheric tones of blue which she aptly describes as a “creative violence.” 14. Jarrod Beck’s avant garde ink on a shredded roll of paper, “Itinerary,” whose particular aesthetic not only challenges the viewer for its own sake but the very notion of what is art itself. 15. Kristin Pluhacek’s “Topiary,” in pastel and charcoal, an intriguing take on Nature’s paradoxical transition of change and stability. 16. Jennifer Balkan’s “My Turn Now,” a beguiling oil on wood for its disarming simplicity and contrasting point of view revealed on the faces of its two protagonists. 17. A rare piece of fabric art in the auction is Leslie Ellen Diuguid, “Sandy…Too Soon,” an effective experiment in mixed media that revels in its tale of tragedy at sea. 18. Brion Poloncic’s “Untitled,” a meticulous ink drawing of twisted vision whose iconography conceals far more than it reveals. 19. Brandon Juhasz’s “Bros,” an archival jet print of two brothers in fist bump that should have broad appeal for its “Toy Story” single cell style of animation. 20. There is no more avant-garde piece of sculpture in the auction than Jar Scheper’s “Catalyzed Chrysalis” of recycled materials, a larger than life ominous creature of cinema in the 50s that does justice to Vincent Price’s “Tingler” or most any Jack Arnold sci-fi flick. , The 15th Annual Art Auction, this Saturday, Oct 26 from 6-9 p.m. at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12 St. For details go to


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“American Experience: War of the Worlds” Tuesday, 9 p.m. (PBS)

As an Orson Welles fanatic, I thought I knew everything about his infamous radio adaptation of War of the Worlds from 1938. The 23-year-old genius crafted the program as if Martians had actually invaded the U.S., with news bulletins seeming to interrupt regularly scheduled programming. Listeners believed the invasion was real, and a national panic ensued. In the aftermath, Welles faced lawsuits, a government investigation, and Congressional censure. That’s the part I knew. But the “American Experience” documentary “War of the Worlds” does a beautiful job of filling in the historical context. In 1938, prominent scientists still believed in life on Mars. Plus, people had gotten used to hearing the most incredible news bulletins on their radios. Was a Martian invasion more farfetched than the Hindenburg disaster? The Lindbergh baby kidnapping? Adolf Hitler? In the documentary’s nicest touch, actors in period dress deliver comments from people who were actually fooled by War of the Worlds. Some of them insist that Welles be punished to the full extent of the law, but others congratulate him for pulling off such a brilliant stunt. A lot of Americans, it turns out, appreciated the joke. Leave it to Orson Welles to make a national panic fun. — Dean Robbins


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Master Chef Franco Lania’s Flavors of Fall tour arrives in Omaha tonight at The Slowdown. Performing live food demonstrations that include steak poivre, cherries jubile, and flaming pumpkin shots, he will be accompanied by live blues band, Dilemma. A 9-11 survivor, Lania folds inspirational speaking into his food show with his “Design Your Dish~Design Your Life” mantra. The celebration of fall will also feature local chefs performing demos, a vendor’s market, Villagio’s Pizzeria making hot fresh gourmet pizza for purchase and Chef Franco’s own pumpkin and ricotta cheese zeppole, also made fresh and available for purchase. – ES

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ness. atrAlso sharing the stage this night will be a couple of Omaha stalwarts in Last Word Clique and Black Johnny Quest. Last Word Clique is comprised of friends since high school Cliff Tullis, Ryan Doke and Drew Bruning. LWC packs the old school chill with a the new school feel. With a flow as smooth as their rhymes, they rap about what’s going on in their lives with humanizing lyrics that provoke the listener to engage in their topics and think about their content from a subjective point of view. Rounding out the night is the fresh faced Creatures of Impulse. Fronted by the scintilating Alexandra “Aleja” Davis, the creatures will rock your faces off with with a twisted jazzy-reggae vibe. –James Derrick Schott


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Big Brain Productions, The Reader and CW 15 present the 10th Annual Something Wicked Goth Ball. The biggest and most unforgettable Halloween party of the season celebrates 10 years in Omaha. Goth it up this year with MAHA standout band Digital Leather performing live at the Ralston Arena this Saturday night. The all ages event also features DJ Ema Marco on decks and a Corpse Bride/White Wedding fashion show. Don’t let Over the Edge columnist Tim McMahan (see page 17) tell you goth is dead. Instead, tell that old man exactly where he can stick “Stefon.” Doors open at 8 p.m. You don’t have to be goth to enjoy this show, however, dress up becuase best costume prizes for Goth Ball Master and Mistress will be awarded. Get your cheap 10-buck advance tickets at – ES

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y its name, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was created so all Americans can have access to healthcare and not be denied coverage for any reason. The “affordable” part of the ACA comes in the way of subsidies, or tax credits, at varying income levels. In order to qualify, you’ll need to purchase a policy through the Nebraska insurance marketplace, which is managed by the Federal Government. Nebraska considered running its own marketplace exchange, but in the end Gov. Dave Heineman decided it would be too costly. The Federal Government manages most functions for Nebraska’s marketplace while Nebraska oversees the participating health plans. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska is one of four companies selling policies through the federal marketplace in Nebraska. The Nebraska Department of Insurance estimates that 135,000 people will obtain health insurance through the marketplace in 2014. The levels of subsidies available under the ACA and the incomes associated with them are all related to the federal poverty level. Tom Gilsdorf, director of product development for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska says those income levels vary between $11,490 and $45,960 for singles, $15,510 and $62,040 for couples and $23,550 and $94,200 for a family of four. “The lower the income for the person in these ranges, the greater the level of subsidy/premium assistance that would be available to help lower the persons health insurance premiums,” Gilsdorf said. The ACA does not require states to expand their Medicaid coverage and Nebraska was one of several states that elected not to do so. In other states, Medicaid subsidies were expanded for those earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level (family of four income of $32,500).

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ou will never see Taj Mahal without a hat on. The 71-year-old legendary guitarist is adamant about performing with a slick Fedora (or some variation of one) at all times. Paired with his love of dark sunglasses, it has become his signature style. More importantly, his unique brand of music has made Taj Mahal a permanent part of music history. Born Henry Saint Claire Fredericks, Jr. in Harlem, New York, music was already in his blood the moment he entered the world. They relocated to Springfield, Massachusetts where Fredericks spent most of his life. His father, Henry Saint Clair Fredericks Sr., and mother were both avid music lovers, as well as musicians in their own right. In fact, Ella Fitzgerald referred to his father as “The Genius” before he started his family. “My Dad was a very interesting guy,” Fredericks says in an interview with Tavis Smiley. “My Dad was born in 1915 and moved to Harlem. He was taught classical piano and grew up in that era where all the music was transitioning. In fact, when he got together with my mother, he quit being a composer. My father had every record you could imagine. I don’t remember a time not hearing music from them or hearing music from their friends. There was action all the time. I heard artists like Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington and Count Bassie. I didn’t realize that was so different from what other kids heard in their houses.” Fredericks’ parents were still in their early 30s when he was a little kid and they would frequently host listening parties. It was then the young Fredericks learned about all types of music and it clearly influenced his catalog later on. His music is a unique brand of sound that infuses world music from places such as the Caribbean, South Pacific and Africa into traditional blues. “My name started with a dream, but the music didn’t start there,” he says. “The music started before I was on this planet. A lot of people asked me why I called myself Taj Mahal when I wasn’t even playing ‘Indian’ music. The idea was to give my listeners something beyond their imagination.” That’s exactly what he did. In 1964, he moved to Santa Monica, California where he formed The Rising Sons, a five-piece blues folk band comprised of Ry Cooder, Gary Marker, Jesse Lee Kincaid, Ed Cassidy, and, of course, Taj Mahal. The group is regarded as one of the first interracial bands of the era. They released one self-titled album with Columbia Records in 1966, but they quickly broke up, not before they spent a week on the road opening for The Temptations. It ignited Fredericks’ passion for touring even more. Taj Mahal soon took his first steps towards a solo career and released his self-titled debut in 1968, again with Columbia. Around this time, he met future band mate, bassist Billy Rich, who has since gone on to perform with the Taj Mahal Trio. He wouldn’t reveal much about the first night they shook hands. “ We crossed paths a few times before we met,” Harris says. “But I think it was at the Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood, California in 1968. What a night!” It’s almost surreal that an Omaha musician has a connection to Taj Mahal, but believe it or not, there’s more than one. Guitarist Hoshal Wright

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is another incredible musician who appeared on several of Taj Mahal’s albums. “North Omaha has a rich history of Blues and Jazz Music, as well as monster musicians,” Rich says. “I guess people aren’t aware of this because back then communication is not like it is now. Omaha, Midwest, and corn; people don’t know. You have to really look for it and a lot if it is just recently starting to come to surface.     “I knew Hoshal very well,” he adds. “We go way back. Hosh is one of those monster guitar player musicians I was talking about. I was fortunate enough to have had the chance to play with him.”   While the majority of Omaha may not have been aware of the immense talent scattered across the city, Fredericks certainly was. He recruited Rich for 1971’s The Real Thing and 1972’s Happy To Be Just Like I Am. Similarly, Rich and Wright appeared on 1974’s Mo’ Roots, which ended up being his last recording for Columbia. Rich felt growing up in Omaha had its advantages. “For me, one of the advantages of growing up in North Omaha was that there was a lot going on at the time,” Rich recalls. “Musicians were working 5-6 nights a week and had to make a living. So it was a lot of playing studying, or ‘woodshedin,’ going on. So we all had time to practice and to get ready for the big boys in NYC and LA.” Fredericks was already playing with the big boys. He signed with his second major label, Warner Brothers, in 1975, and continued his work with both Omaha musicians. Rich is clearly grateful for the opportunity. With Taj, he has toured Europe, South America, Africa, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the Fiji Islands. “Working with Taj, for me, is a real pleasure and honor,” he says. I love his music and his style, and who he is as a person. Nobody plays like Taj. He’s a natural.”

become one of the most dynamic theatres in the midwest. Many attribute the theater’s recent progress to Artistic Director Susan Clement-Toberer, but every time someone makes that comment, Toberer’s response is the same: “It takes a village.” Toberer is quick to point out the lengthy list of people who have contributed to the BLUEBARN’s success over the years. From the initial founders (Mary Theresa Green, Nils Haaland, Kevin Lawler, and Hughston Walkinshaw) to those who set the theater’s early foundation (Rachel Hauben Combs, Amy Matthews, Sheila Malone and John St. Angelo) to the endless amount of box office volunteers, crew members, actors, and set builders (Al Mar-



Fredericks went on to release seventeen more studio albums, culminating with 2008’s Maestro. He still tours the world and makes a stop in Omaha this Friday at The Holland Center for the World Blues Tour, which features Taj Mahal, Vusi Mahlasela and Fredricks Brown. “I am really excited about the World Blues Tour,” he says. “It is not every day that three artists from different worlds, but who speak a common language, come together for a tour.  This used to happen a lot in the ‘60s and ’70s, but not as much today.  It should be real fun and you can bet filled with many surprises.” He’s quick to point out, however, that’s only one piece of the puzzle. “The stage is one part of what I do,” Fredericks says. “I play banjo, mandolin, slide guitar, whatever, and if a piece of music walks up into my head, it’s like ‘ok, I know what else you play, but play me now.’ Then I go play it. “If you think of me as a composer it makes it a little bit easier,” he continues. “Some guys are guitar players and you never know that they play bass. I’m not one of those cats. I mean, it’s like I love music, I love instruments and I love playing them. Some of them I know more about than others. It’s like I’m learning a lot of stuff so it’s keeping me real busy.” The man behind the moniker is indeed a legend. The chance to witness his brilliance in person is a privilege, but the chance to play with him is unparallel. “Something that good,” Rich concludes, you just don’t get enough of.” , Taj Mahal Trio with Vusi Mahlasela and Fredricks Brown, Oct. 25 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St., 8 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Visit www. for more information.

cault, Craig Lee, Shane Staiger and a who’s who of Omaha’s acting community) to the theater’s current staff including Shannon Walenta, Amy Reiner and Kevin Mahler. Now, as the theater begins to conclude it’s chapter at 11th and Jones streets and starts its next chapter in 2015 at their new space on 10th and Pacific, one thing that won’t change is the heart and soul of the Village that makes the theatre so unique. n If you are looking for the chance to see two of Omaha’s most accomplished actors (Bernie Clark and Nick Zadina) square off against each other, don’t miss your chance to see the Omaha Community Playhouse’s production of Freud’s Last Session by Mark

St. Germain and directed by BLUEBARN founder Kevin Lawler. The fictional story of legendary psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud meeting Narnia creator C.S. Lewis will surely be a conversation starter when audiences leave the theatre. n The next installment of the Playhouse’s 21 & Over series will be this upcoming Monday, Oct. 28. The play is Freakshow by Carson Kreitzer. It’s the story of a group of side show freaks searching for some sort of normalcy in a life that is anything but normal. —Bill Grennan Cold Cream looks at theater in the metro area. Email information to





ome weeks I don’t have anything to cover in this column, which gives me a chance to clean out the drawers of tiny scraps of paper that I write tiny little ideas on. Hence, this week’s column is a compilation of those tiny scraps of ideas. But first, I do get letters (please send more - tim., all of which I reply to. I got a couple recently responding to my column about radio station Magic 1490. One was a nice “ain’t that the truth” email, the other took offense at my description of 1110 KFAB as a “right-wing hate-spewing Rush Limbaughpowered America-Love-It-Or-Leave-It” station. The writer had a problem with the Rush Limbaugh part. “If you are associating Rush with hate-spewing, you are probably just a naive lib who has never even listened to Rush but just regurgitates the party line that he is hateful and an all around bad person.” And so on. My reply (after thanking him for the feedback) was that hate-spewing is just another tool in the toolbox used by popular political commentators, “whether it’s Rush, O’Reilly, Hannity, Coulter, Maddow, Hayes, Sharpton, Jon Stewart, Olbermann, Colbert, etc. I see these people as entertainers entertaining their respective base, nothing more. I certainly don’t take what they say seriously or without consideration of their obvious agendas.” I didn’t tell him that I agreed with his “naive lib” jab. Speaking of politics, it was suggested that I write something about Lee Terry’s recent “dang straight” comments about accepting a paycheck during the government shut-down, and then (presumably after he noticed that it pissed people off ) his subsequent apology and backtracking. There is a school of thought that Terry’s comments will cost him the next election, when he’ll be challenged by Omaha’s City Councilman Pete Festersen. While I like Pete and would love to see him succeed in his political career, I can say with the utmost certainty there’s no way the proud people of the fighting Second District are going to vote Terry out of office. And for those of you who think I’m full of poo-poo, prove me wrong. One last political thought: The fine folks at MerriamWebster define the term “red herring” as “something that distracts attention from the real issues.” The much ballyhooed technical problems with the website is a prime example of a red herring. If the GOP wants to focus its attention on website glitches instead of what its members perceive are the fundamental problems with the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare), then by all means, be my guest. Because websites can (and will) be fixed. That’s the easy part. By the way, I believe that the ability to receive basic, affordable healthcare is a fundamental human right. But then again, I’m a naive lib. Moving on to things less controversial, The Reader’s creative director, Eric, suggested that I mention the 10th Annual Goth Ball being held at the Ralston Arena Oct. 26 featuring Omaha punk band Digital Leather. I asked Eric if “goths” still exist. It’s been a long time since I’ve

The two blocks between 49th and 51st streets on Underwood are now the home of some of the city’s best restaurants, including The French Bulldog, Pitch, Mark’s and the two aforementioned Dario eateries, in addition to Blue Line Coffee, eCreamery and the ever-popular Dundee Dell. Add the new, improved streetscape (made downright cinematic by the removal of all overhead power lines) and you’ve got yourself what will become one of Omaha’s biggest draws. That is if you can find a place to park. Unlike Benson’s emerging bar district, which saw the recent opening of the Larkin’s Parkin’ parking garage, there is no obvious parking solution in Dundee except to drive around and pray to the parking faerie that a space opens somewhere within walking distance of your destination. Teresa says it’s not a problem at all, that we’ve all become spoiled, lazy whiners who could do with a bit more exercise. Maybe she’s right. But let’s see if she’s singing the same tune this winter when she’s stomping through drifts in sub-zero weather. , seen those sulking, dressed-all-in-black youth hanging out in the Old Market. Eric said goth ruled the runways during New York Fashion Week and that the Old Market is for “old f***ers like us, not cool goth kids.” He may be right. But the fact that this is the “10th annual event” might prove the goth concept is woefully outdated. Goth has been replaced by whatever Stefon (Bill Hader’s “Saturday Night Live” character) is. That’s modern goth. Maybe Eric should rename the event “The Stefon Ball”... Get your tickets now. Speaking of tickets, Teresa and I took my dad to see The Book of Mormon last Sunday afternoon. I thought it was nothing less than awesome. Dad’s review: “Meh.” Perhaps his opinion was skewed because our seats were in the back row of the very top gallery of the Orpheum Theater, presumably right next to Bob Uecker’s. I bought what I thought were front-row balcony seats. The error, of course, was all mine. Or was it? Upon further review, the website doesn’t indicate where the stage lies on its online seating chart. One assumes when looking at the chart one is looking forward, toward the stage, but one would be wrong. My only vindication -- the people sitting next to us Sunday made the same mistake. Sorry, Dad. Finally, last weekend Teresa and I decided to try Avoli Osteria, the new Italian restaurant in the old Trovato’s space at 5013 Underwood Ave. run by chef Dario Schicke, who also runs Dario’s Brasserie right up the street. Despite being a Friday night and not having reservations, we got two fantastic seats at the marble-top bar. I ordered the Bolognese Bianco -- a pork and veal ragu of imported rigatoni topped with toasted hazelnuts and pecorino romano. It was nothing less than sublime, as was the entire dining experience.

All this took place, of course, after spending what seemed like forever (but was probably only five minutes) driving around the recently refurbished, repaved and redesigned streets of Dundee looking for a place to park, and therein lies what could become a problem.

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Over The Edge is a weekly column by Reader senior contributing writer Tim McMahan focused on culture, society, the media and the arts. Email Tim at


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hen Omaha punk band Desaparecidos reunited three years ago for the Concert for Equality in Benson, everyone assumed it was a one-off reunion gig. Frontman Conor Oberst is notorious for always having a lot on his plate, not only as the driving force behind Bright Eyes, but as a member of supergroup Monsters of Folk and with his own solo work as The Mystic Valley Band. But three years later, Desaparecidos is still busy recording and releasing 7-inch singles -- three so far, including their latest, “Te Amo Camila Vellejo” b/w “The Underground Man.” And they’re still touring. Their show in Omaha Oct. 22 was part of an 11-date tour originally scheduled around a festival appearance in Australia (though the Aussie gig has now been postponed). So what keeps Desaparecidos going, and what’s in the band’s future? Desaparecidos guitarist and co-founder Denver Dalley was more than happy to provide the answers, or at least try to. Dalley talked via cell phone from San Francisco last week where he was on tour playing bass with Har Mar Superstar, one of his many projects that also includes solo work under the moniker Statistics (which just released a new album, Peninsula, on Afternoon Records), writing and recording music as part of Two of Cups, and scoring sound tracks for independent films, including the recently completed documentary Heartland: The Joplin Tornado. After finishing this current tour with Desaparecidos, Dalley said he’s moving temporarily from the New York apartment he shares with Desa keyboardist Ian McElroy to chill for a few months at a small boutique hotel in Bali owned by his friends. “They’re heading out of town on a tour of their own, so I’m going to hang out and record and enjoy Bali for awhile,” he said. “This year has been non-stop, going from one tour to the next and recording with one band or another. I’m looking forward to being in one place for awhile.” Dalley said one simple reason why Desparecidos continues to function as a band is that it’s simply too much fun to stop. “How well we picked up from where we left off is what drove us to get back together and become an actual band, for real this time,” Dalley said. Wait a minute, a “real band” and not just a reunion project? Dalley said that’s the plan, though “we obviously haven’t promised anything to anyone and we’re trying to keep everything as open-ended as possible. We’re easing back to being a full-on band again, doing smaller tours and covering different areas, and maybe next year go full-on into touring again and see what new material happens.” And that includes releasing a new full-length album... maybe. “It’s definitely in the ether,” Dalley said. “We been building songs with these seven inches that’s headed that way, but we’re kind of like a group of really noncommittal dudes. We all want it to happen, but I don’t think anyone wants to commit that it will happen. If schedules get


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in the way we don’t want anyone to say, ‘You said it’s going to be out this summer.’” Dalley said in addition to the songs recorded for the seven-inch singles, the band wrote three or four new ones earlier this summer while in Minnesota. “So right there we have enough for a full-length,” he said, “but we’ll keep writing and see what happens.” It sounds like no one wants to say what will happen next for fear of spoiling the fun. “We’ve been having a blast,” Dalley said. And when you’re dealing with a frontman like Oberst, any future “Every time we get together either recording plans are unpredictable. Oberst just capped off a solo tour that inin Omaha or touring it’s like summer cluded a performance in Las Vegas with The Felice Brothers, and cucamp. We’re at our best and happiest rated a stage at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco. when we’re making music together. Can another solo record or Monsters tour be far off? We know everyone has commitBut Oberst isn’t the only one who’s busy. Drummer Matt Baum is ments and the timing wasn’t a full-time chef at Dundee restaurant The French Bulldog, McElroy was there before, but it is now. It’s just in town last week performing at The Waiting Room in the guise of his exciting to see what’s coming hip-hop project Rig 1, while guitarist Landon Hedges continues his work as in the next year, without any frontman in indie band Little Brazil and as a solo artist. expectations other than Dalley makes ends meet as a full-time musician touring with Har Mar Superstar to move forward. It’s not and licensing his music to various television shows. “I keep everything pretty simple in like there’s a quota of my life,” he said. “I keep my overhead low, and, just like anything, if you’re working all tour dates that we’re the time you don’t have time to spend money.” trying to meet.” Being older and wiser seems to have made the uncertainty of Desaparecidos easier. Dalley, 32, said everyone has “matured as people and musicians, but in a lot of ways, we haven’t matured at all. We’re the same little rascals as before. We’re older and wiser, that’s a fair thing to say. We’re able to just enjoy what we’re doing and are grateful for each thing as it happens, without having to say ‘Well, what’s next?’” ,

n Brad Hoshaw is now raising funds via Kickstarter to mix and master his latest album with his backing band the Seven Deadlies. Hoshaw is looking to raise $7,500 by Tuesday, Nov. 12, with the goal of releasing the new record in February or March 2014. The funds will be used to pay off the studio costs for the album and then have the sessions mixed at ARC and mastered at Focus Mastering. The funds will also pay for manufacturing the CD and several of the donor rewards. Any donation will get the donor’s name into the liner notes, while Hoshaw is offering up chances at private shows for bigger donors. Also, for a $1,500 donation, Hoshaw will shave his flowing locks and provided framed before and after photos of the event. As one final incentive, Hoshaw has agreed to make his CD release show free, if the Kickstarter campaign hits its goal on or before Halloween.


The fundraiser had already hit $2,000 by last week. To donate, visit n See Through Dresses will unveil their self-titled debut album with a release show Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. The band is led by songwriters Matt Carroll and Sara Bertuldo (also of Millions of Boys). It’s a sonic evolution for the duo who formerly played in Honey & Darling. In See Through Dresses, the line-up is rounded out by Honey & Darling alum Robert Little and new drummer Nate Van Fleet. The indie-pop band will be joined by ACBs and Places We Slept at the release show. — Chris Aponick The Reader’s Backbeat column seeks to cover the local music scene from all corners of the sound spectrum. Whether it’s news of new bands, farewell shows, album releases or special events, the Reader’s music team wants to hear from you. Got a tip? Email it to backbeat@

INFLUENTIAL SPEAKERS. SPEAKING INFLUENCE. On October 26, we’ll have 14 remarkable speakers and performers sharing their perspectives on influences. Be inspired. Be enlightened. Be influenced. Meet Our Speakers: John Kyndt, M.D.

Jeremy Pietrocini

The Potash Twins

John will be asking the question: What influences scientists?

Jeremy will be asking the question: Can work be fun?

Ezra and Adeev will be asking the question: What are ways we communicate to people we are close to?

Dr. John Kyndt is a biochemist and entrepreneur who is bridging science and business by turning scientific discoveries into real-life sustainable innovations.

Karen Borchert

Karen is the VP of Strategic Initiatives at Phase2, an open source software company in Washington, D.C., where she manages the portfolio of research and development investments in software projects and strategic ventures. Karen will be asking the question: What percentage of your interaction with other humans each day is done online?

Joseph Starita

Joseph is an accomplished author whose book, The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge – A Lakota Odyssey, won the Mountain and Plains Booksellers Award, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in history, has been translated into six languages and is the subject of an upcoming BBC documentary. Joseph will be asking the question: Why are stories important – and what should they inspire us to do?

Tunette Powell

Having overcome many struggles as a child, including a father addicted to drugs, Tunette is now a nationally known author and public speaker. Tunette will be asking the question: Can a father under the influence still be a great influence to his children?

Jeremy is a leadership catalyst whose personal mission is to inspire leaders, transform their culture and change the world.

Paul Kulik

Despite getting his degree in engineering, Paul Kulik spent 20 years cooking in Omaha, and then opened the Boiler Room Restaurant in 2009. Paul will be asking the question: Can you cause a wave or simply ride it?

Scott Blake

While best known for his Barcode Art, Scott Blake has created new works that are scandalous, witty, pornographic and about a thousand other adjectives. Scott will be asking the question: What would you do if one of the world’s richest living artists ordered you to stop making art?

Mike Feilmeier, M.D.

Dr. Mike Feilmeier is a board-certified ophthalmologist with residency training at the world-renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He now continues to pursue his passion to cure needless blindness within the developing world. Mike will be asking the question: What is the greatest gift you can give someone?

Laura Burhenn

Laura Burhenn is a singer-songwriter and front woman of the Omaha-based band, The Mynabirds. Laura will be asking the question: What is a revolutionary act? And who do you consider a revolutionary?

Ezra and Adeev Potash, known as the Potash Twins, are jazz musicians and entertainers from Omaha.

Ben Sasse

At 37, Ben became president of the 130-year-old Midland University in 2009, making him one of the youngest chief executives in American higher education. Ben will be asking the question: If you were 18 all over again today, with a $100,000 guaranteed loan and FOUR years of free time, what would you do to secure success in life?

Chris Hughes

Founder of Artifact Bag Co., Chris designs and manufactures canvas and leather goods using the artisanal method and the finest materials. Chris will be asking the question: Do you plan for luck?

Laurie Smith Camp

Laurie is the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. Laurie will be asking the question: Under your personal code of ethics, to whom do you owe a duty?

Susan Ann Koenig

As an attorney turned executive coach, speaker and writer, Susan inspires and empowers successful executives, professionals and leaders to make their greatest contribution. Susan will be asking the question: What will you focus on today so that, at the end of your life, you can say, “I see I made a difference”?

SATURDAY, OCT. 26, NOON – 6:00 P.M. CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY’S HARPER CENTER Tickets are sold out, but you can still be a part of the event via: THE LIVE STREAM View live streaming of the event on Saturday at THE AFTER PARTY 6:00 p.m. at the Harper Center. Open to the public. Food, drinks and conversation.

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LIL’ ED AND THE BLUES IMPERIALS, (Blues) 5:30 pm, 21st Saloon, $10. TAGGIZ, 9 pm, Arena Bar & Grill, Free. DURTY THURSDAY - E BROWN, 9 pm, Bar 415, Free. THE LOVE TECHNICIANS W/ LOOKING FOR ASTRONAUTS AND STAND UP COMEDY, 9 pm, Barley Street Tavern, Free. CONCERT FOR THE CURE W/ HUEY MACK, (Hip-Hop/Rap) 9 pm, Bourbon Theater, $16: ADV | $18: DOS *Additional $2 fee for minors at the door. NEW MOON SONGWRITERS NIGHT, (Folk/Singer-Song writer) 7 pm, Crescent Moon Coffee, FREE. 1012 BASS PL FEAT TRILL FERREL, (DJ/Electronic) 10 pm, House Of Loom, Free. TIM KOEHN LIVE, (Blues) 7 pm, Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, Free. THE ABSTRACT, WICKY BID, AMARANTH ENTRALLMENT, ASHDOWN FOREST, 9 pm, Knickerbockers, Contact Knickerbockers for cover charge.

READER RECOMMENDS TWINSMITH W/ ROUTINE ESCORTS, 9:30 pm, O’Leaver’s Pub, $5. 3D IN YOUR FACE, (Cover Band) 8 pm, OzoNE Lounge at Anthony’s Steakhouse, $5. GLOOM BOYS, 8 pm, Sweatshop Gallery, $5. ACOUSTIC MUSIC THURSDAYS!, 8 pm, Two Fine Irishmen, Contact Two Fine Irishmen for cover charge. FRESH HOPS:GROOVE AND FUNK (EARLY SHOW) 6PM RHYTHM COLLECTIVE:REGGAE (LATE SHOW), 6 pm, Venue 51, Free for UNL students with a valid NCard | $5 for all others.



PEACE, LOVE, ECT., (Cover Band) 9 pm, Arena Bar & Grill, Free. NATE JONES & LUNATIK, (Hip-Hop/Rap) 9 pm, Bar 415, $5. CHROMAFROST W/ SEER STATES AND THE REAL ACTION, 9 pm, Barley Street Tavern, $5. CIRCLE OF HEAT, 9 pm, Bourbon Theater, $5. TAMI HALL, (Country) 8 pm, Coyote Willy’s, $5.

READER RECOMMENDS FREAKER’S BALL WITH MR. SINISTER, 8 pm, Harrah’s Hotel & Casino, $23. TAJ MAHAL TRIO, (Blues) 8 pm, Holland Performing Arts Center, Tickets start at $35. GOT TO BE REAL COSTUME CONTEST VOGUE BALL, (DJ/ Electronic) 10 pm, House Of Loom, $5. LIVE MUSIC PERFORMED BY KAJAM, 7 pm, Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, Free. IRISH SUPERGROUP CELTIC THUNDER, 7:30 pm, Lied Center for Performing Arts, Tickets start at $59. LEMON FRESH DAY, 11 am, Loose Moose, Free.

READER RECOMMENDS HOLLA K W/ THE BUFFOONERY COMPANY, CREATURES OF IMPULSE, LAST WORD CLIQUE AND BLACK JONNY QUEST, (Hip-Hop/Rap) 8 pm, Louis Bar and Grill, $6. SOUNDBITE, (Cover Band) 9 pm, Arena Bar & Grill, Free. MARK IRVIN, 7 pm, Soaring Wings Vineyard, $5.


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music listings

JAZZ AFTER 5 FEATURING ANTHONY STEELS, (Jazz) 5 pm, Love’s Jazz & Art Center, Members: $5 Non Members: $8 * Reserved Cocktail Seats: $10. MEMBER APPRECIATION NIGHT, 4:30 pm, Love’s Jazz & Art Center, Free for members.

READER RECOMMENDS SWAMPBOY BLUES BAND, (Blues) 9 pm, McKenna’s Booze, Blues & BBQ, Free. SATURN MOTH W/ IN THE WHALE, 9:30 pm, O’Leaver’s Pub, $5. FOR THE BROKEN (KC), VIZAGOTH, DIRE GNOSIS, & TOXIC ENDO, 8 pm, Shamrock’s Pub & Grill, Contact Shamrock’s for cover charge. SHELDON FRIENDS OF CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT, (Classical) 8 pm, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Regular single tickets: $25 | Student single tickets: $5. FURIOSITY W/ SAUL, PAUSED, FONTENELLE BOULEVARD, (Rock) 8 pm, Slowdown, $7. DJEM:WORLD JAZZ AND LINEAR SYMMETRY: LIVE ELECTRONIC, (DJ/Electronic) 9 pm, Venue 51, Free. BENNIE AND THE GENTS W/ NEVER TRUST THE LIVING, 9 pm, Waiting Room, $7. THE FABTONES, 5 pm, Zoo Bar, Contact the Zoo Bar for cover charge.



MR. SINISTER, (Cover Band) 9 pm, Arena Bar & Grill, FREE. BRIAN DAVIS, 9 pm, Bourbon Theater, $10: Advance. CHANCEY WILLIAMS AND THE YOUNGER BROTHERS, (Country) 8 pm, Coyote Willy’s, $5. KARAOKE, 8 pm, Firewater Grille, Contact Firewater Grille for cover charges. VOODOO GLOW SKULLS, LEFT ALONE, THE KILLIGANS, 9 pm, Knickerbockers, $12 ADV / $15 DOS. HI-FI HANGOVER, (Cover Band) 11 am, Loose Moose, Contact the Loose Moose for cover charges. EXIT SANITY W/ WHITE WOLF T-SHIRT, KILO CRACKROXXX AND THOSE GUYS, (Metal) 8 pm, Louis Bar and Grill, $6.66. CYNTHIA TAYLOR “BLUE SINGER” CD RELEASE PARTY, 6 pm, Love’s Jazz & Art Center, Free . THE OLEAVERCISM W/ DRAMATRON, 9 pm, O’Leaver’s Pub, Free. ENVY - PRE-HALLOWEEN BASH, (Cover Band) 8 pm, OzoNE Lounge at Anthony’s Steakhouse, Free. PROJECT PAT W/ TRUTH AND POWER, (Hip-Hop/Rap) 7 pm, Red9, Contact Red9 for cover charge. R STYLE, 9 pm, Shamrock’s Pub & Grill, Contact Shamrock’s for cover charge. JOHN VANDERSLICE W/ JOHN KLEMMENSEN & THE PARTY, 8 pm, Slowdown, $12. DEAD BANGERS BALL AND ’80S COSTUME PARTY, 9 pm, The Grove, Contact The Grove for cover charges. CACTUS HILL, 8 pm, Two Fine Irishmen, Contact Two Fine Irishmen for cover charge.



SWI CHOIR CONCERT, (Classical) 3 pm, Arts Center At Iowa Western College, FREE.

SUNDAY DANCING, (Country) 7 pm, Coyote Willy’s, $5. SALSA SUNDAY @ LATIN MADNESS, 7 pm, House Of Loom, $5.

READER RECOMMENDS O’LEAVER’S OPEN MIC NIGHT, 9 pm, O’Leaver’s Pub, Free. CHAMBER SINGERS RETURN TO THE SHELDON MUSEUM OF ART, (Classical) 3 pm, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Free. AN EVENING, 2 pm, Soaring Wings Vineyard, Free. GORILLA MUSIC: BATTLE OF THE BANDS, 4 pm, Waiting Room, $8 ADV / $10 DOS. HINDER AND CANDLEBOX, (Rock) 7 pm, Whiskey Roadhouse (Horseshoe Casino), $42.



OPEN MIC & SONGWRITER SHOWCASE, (Folk/Singer-Song writer) 9 pm, Barley Street Tavern, FREE. FIRST CUT INDUSTRY NIGHT W/DJ DRDRIGGS, (DJ/Electronic) 9 pm, House Of Loom, Contact House of Loom for cover charge.

READER RECOMMENDS MINT WAD WILLY W/ LES RHINOCEROS AND UNDERWATER DREAM MACHINE, 9:30 pm, O’Leaver’s Pub, $5. MIKE GURCIULLO AND HIS LAS VEGAS LAB BAND, (Cover Band) 8 pm, OzoNE Lounge at Anthony’s Steak house, Free. BIG BAND MONDAY FEATURING MIKE GURCUILLO AND HIS LAS VEGAS LAB BAND, (Jazz) 6:30 pm, OzoNE Lounge at Anthony’s Steakhouse, FREE. OPEN MIC NIGHT! AT RED9, 8 pm, Red9, Free. ‘SAMURAI TALES OF HEROISM, LOSS’ IN BIWA CONCERT, 5 pm, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Free. JAPANESE BIWA CONCERT, 5 pm, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Contact the Sheldon for charges. WIDOWSPEAK W/ PURE BATHING CULTURE, 8 pm, Slowdown, $8. NINTH MOON BLACK, 8 pm, Sweatshop Gallery, $5. PIANO HOUR W/ EMILY BASS, 5 pm, Zoo Bar, contact the Zoo Bar for cover charge.


DEBBIE DAVIES, (Blues) 5:30 pm, 21st Saloon, $12. VIC NASTY, 9 pm, Bar 415, Free. MICHAEL WUNDER W/ SCOTT SEVERIN AND JOHN LARSEN, 9 pm, Barley Street Tavern, $5. MARC MASON, KYLE AND KELYNN, 9 pm, Knickerbockers, Contact Knickerbockers for cover charge. EVANS & FRIENDS, 8 pm, OzoNE Lounge at Anthony’s Steakhouse, Free. REMEDY DRIVE W/ UNSCENE PATROL, MIKE HARVAT OF FLIGHT METAPHOR, 7 pm, Slowdown, $10. THE HEY GIRL TOUR: IAMDYNAMITE, 9 pm, Waiting Room, $10. TROUBADOUR W/ MARTY STEINHASUEN, LAUREN TILTON, IAN EGANBERGER AND JESSE & CATHERINE O’HARE, 9 pm, Zoo Bar, $4.



CRASH & BURN BLUES JAM, (Blues) 6 pm, Barley Street Tavern, Free. CHRIS SHELTON, 8:00 pm, Firewater Grille, Contact the Firewater Grill for cover charge. CRATE & CRAFT CLUB | JAZZ VINYL W/ANDREW MONSON, (Jazz) 8 pm, House Of Loom, Free. ALL SOULS EVE | ALT-CLASSICAL PERFORMANCE, 7 pm, House Of Loom, $5. WARPED WAX W/TURNTABLIST CMB, (DJ/Electronic) 8 pm, House Of Loom, Free.

READER RECOMMENDS THE GREASE BAND, 8 pm, OzoNE Lounge at Anthony’s Steakhouse, Free. DEBBIE DAVIES, 6 pm, Zoo Bar, $10.


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ontemporary blues legend Taj Mahal plays the main concert hall in the Holland Performing Arts Center Friday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m. Mahal is a Grammy winner and one of the most renowned and influential blues artists of the last 50 years. He is touring with his trio and special guests. Also performing are Vusi Mahlasela, dubbed “The Voice” of South Africa for his poetic and soulful sound, along with Mahal’s daughter Deva Mahal and her New Zealand rock-blues band Fredericks Brown. See for more on the artists and for tickets. Debbie Davies Turns it Up: Blues guitarist Debbie Davies has long been acclaimed on the national scene. She hits The 21st Saloon Tuesday, Oct. 29, 6-9 p.m. and the Zoo Bar Wednesday, Oct 30, 6-9 p.m. The shows are CD release parties for her latest CD, Retrospective. The disc features alternate takes of previous recordings along with previously unheard tunes and some live tracks. Read more about the new record in her blog at Benefit for Bo: The Zoo Bar has organized a benefit for musician and former, longtime Zoo soundman Bo Rose, who has been battling health issues. The benefit


is Sunday, Oct. 27, 1-7 p.m. with Sons of 76 (1 p.m.), Tijuana Gigolos (2:10 p.m.), Shawn “Lil’ Slim” Holt (3:15 p.m.), The Mezcal Brothers (5 p.m.) and S*%thook (6:05 p.m.). There will also be a silent auction and bake sale. See the Facebook event page for more information. Halloween Preview: Halloween is shaping up to be a big night for shows with New Orleans’ guitarist Bryan Lee at The 21st Saloon 6-9 p.m. Lincoln’s Zoo Bar hosts roots bands Bud Heavy & the High Lifes and Root Marm Chicken Farm Jug Band 6-9 p.m. followed by NewYork’s Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds making their Zoo Bar debut after 9 p.m. See Meanwhile Kris Lager Band throws a Halloween Party at Lincoln’s Bourbon Theatre with Steepwater Band and Giving Tree. And Living Colour, yes that Living Colour, plays a 25th anniversary tour show at Waiting Room Halloween night. More Halloween details next week. Hot Notes: The 21st Saloon presents the houserockin’ Chicago blues of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials Thursday, Oct. 24, 6-9 p.m. Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers have the 9 p.m. slot at the Zoo Bar Friday, Oct. 25. Brad Cordle Band has an afternoon gig at Buck’s Bar & Grill in Venice, Nebr., 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. ,

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Forever Young Family & Children’s Series | Admission 2.50 for kids 12 and under! Enough Said First-Run (PG-13) Dir. Nicole Holofcener. Through Thursday, October 24 Last chance!

All is Lost First-Run (PG-13) Dir. J.C. Chandor. Starts Friday, October 25 Lioness 2008 In this sea adventure, Robert Redford Dir. Meg McLagan and proves he’s one of our greatest actors. Daria Sommers. Thursday, October 24, 7pm 2013 Local Filmmakers Special Screening followed by Showcase panel discussion presented with Six films by seven filmmakers Nebraska Veteran Leader Corps! in one 98-minute program! Through Thursday, October 24 Last chance!

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Mother of George First-Run (R) Dir. Andrew Dosunmu. Through Thursday, October 31

American Promise First-Run Blue is the Warmest Color (NC-17) Nebraska First-Run (R) Inside Llewyn Davis First-Run (R)

The Monster Squad 1987 Dir. Fred Dekker.

October 26, 27, 31 Kids’ Costume Contest before Oct 26 showing! Prizes for scariest costume and most creative costume! Come to the Halloween showing of MONSTER SQUAD, then present your ticket at Boo Goo at Slowdown for a scary-good drink deal!

The Met: Live Alexander The Nose Payne Presents Shostakovich’s October 26 (Live) & 30 (Encore) Onibaba 1963

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eeing as how IRL, nobody can stop typing on various devices long enough to talk to each other with their mouth parts, why make a movie that could be called Watch ‘em Type? The Fifth Estate is Keystrokes: The Movie, a flat, dull, repetitive dud made modestly palatable because nobody doesn’t like the taste of Benedict Cumberbatch, the British treat. You could make an interesting movie about Julian Assange (Cumberbatch), the real-life, albino-haired traitor/hero who demands institutional accountability and justice for the little guy while maybe raping multiple women. But they didn’t. Instead, director Bill Condon delivers a “vanilla thrilla” movie based on two books, a Taoistic reaction to his having split Twilight: Breaking Dawn into two movies from one book We are introduced to Assange through Daniel Berg (Daniel Brühl), whose real-life counterpart was the WikiLeaks’ creator’s right-hand man and then enemy. Both men want the world to be a better place and for governments to stop, you know, accidentally murdering innocent people and covering it up. But Assange is willing to play dirty, to take risks with other people’s lives by revealing information that may put them in harm’s way. And it’s not because he’s a humanitarian, it’s because he wants to be the man who saves the world. As the film’s one true bright spot, Cumberbatch is more than up to the task of taking the Assange role past impressionism, although his voice and mannerisms are frighteningly well matched to the real person’s. And Brühl is perfectly root-for-able as the radical with a better sense of


n Film historian Bruce Crawford is at it again, specifically for the 33rd time: he can’t stop! For the 50th Anniversary of The Great Escape, Crawford has corralled star David McCallum (currently on TV’s “NCIS”) to introduce the film and sign some autographs. And you can see the motorcycle Steve McQueen rode in the film! Okay, it’s a replica, but I promise it’s the real Crawford and McCallum. The event is Nov 9 at 7 pm at the Josyln Art Museum’s Witherspoon Hall. The $22 ticket price will benefit the Nebraska Kidney Association; you can snag them at Hy-Vee food stores or by calling (402).932.7200, so it’s incredibly easy to break in to The Great Escape. n Having learned nothing by creating the single most mocked holiday program of all time, the gang in charge of Star Wars wants to do “Darth Vader themed TV specials” in Summer of 2014 as a lead up to Star Wars Episode VII in 2015. It was a vague revelation presented at The European Brand Licensing Show, so it could mean anything. Right now I’m hoping it means Darth Vader just shows up on random shows. Fingers crossed he appears on “Modern Family” and Alderaans the place. n Pixar, intent on selling what remains of their once-sterling reputation for as much money as possible, is developing Cars 3. Nevermind that Cars 2 was their lowest-rated film and didn’t receive an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Film like usual, the important thing is that Larry the Cable guy will get at least one more paycheck before being forcibly relocated to the island of exile we keep Yakov Smirnoff on. n This is too good not to share: Michael Bay was attacked by a man using an air conditioner as a weapon on the set of Transformers 4. This is a real thing. Paramount confirmed that a dude jacked on all of the drugs swung an air conditioner at Bay’s head. So at least one person saw Pain and Gain. —Ryan Syrek

Gravity A Thrilling and thoughtful: Two great tastes that taste great in space. Machete Kills D A joke so played out that it’s like your friend who still does “Borat” impressions. Prisoners B Icky, taut and thrilling, this is the feel-bad movie of the fall!



reason. But their interaction never feels right; it’s never intimate enough to explain their bond and never adversarial enough to emotionally explain Berg’s final actions. Worse yet, the movie’s refusal to take a stance on Assange is easily the most boring way to approach the subject. For the first half, he’s Robin Hood; in the second half, he’s The Joker. But saying “you decide” to the audience is lazy storytelling sometimes, and it negates the purpose of making this film. We already know the real evidence and can decide for ourselves; so, howsabout you show us what you decided, people who did more research? Condon tries to spice things up with shaky cam and scenes where the characters go into their own minds, but there’s only so many times you can quickly circle around a guy on his laptop before you get nauseous. Without a script from Aaron Sorkin, The Fifth Estate became the movie we feared The Social Network would be. And one last thing: the rape charges against Assange have not been proven (mostly because he refuses to stand trial). But to shuffle such a major part of his personal story to text at the end of the film, especially when said text points out a blatant lie he made about the accusations, seems like a lie of omission. You can’t make a character study of a man with this many secrets and you can’t make a thriller out of people typing. , GRADE: C


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Martinez, Maybe Husker quarterback returns to practice, ‘progressing’

myself, my words. I think Taylor’s brought us back in games we were behind. He’s shown how great of a quarterback he can be, standing in the pocket, throwing the football. It’s exciting to have him back BY MIKE BABCOCK there.” he question was whether Taylor Martinez So, Jeremiah, that means you think he’s going to would play for the Nebraska football team play at Minnesota? on Saturday at Minnesota, following a “I have no idea,” said Sirles. “I’d love for him to bye-week. play.” And the answer was a definitive maybe. Martinez was able to practice on Sunday, an in“We’re just seeing how he’s progressing . . . kind dication that his turf-toe injury is healing. But such of play it by ear as the week goes on,” coach Bo Pelini an injury “can take a long time; you just don’t know,” said at his weekly news conference on Monday. Pelini said. Martinez, a four-year starter at quarterback, And even when he returns, he’ll have “some rust hasn’t played since the third game of the season in some areas that he has to get cleaned up,” said against UCLA, and redshirt freshman Tommy Arm- Pelini. “It’s going to be getting back footwork-wise, strong Jr. has started the three how he feels comfortable dogames since then. After the first ing all the different movements, two of those games at least some play-actions, footwork and things Husker fans were ready to turn that he has to do throwing the the job over to Armstrong. After football and obviously feeling the most recent, however, that comfortable putting his foot in attitude seems to have changed. the ground. Though Nebraska won 44-7 “I thought he looked good at Purdue, Armstrong struggled, (on Sunday). We didn’t give him completing only six-of-18 passes a lot. We’ll see how it goes as the with three interceptions. So fifthweek goes on, how he feels. We’re year senior Ron Kellogg III had to communicating with him. We’ll come to the rescue. just play it by ear.” TOMMY ARMSTRONG “Ronnie’s seen it all,” offenYes, you read that line in an sive coordinator Tim Beck said earlier paragraph. Maybe he’ll afterward. “He’s been through meetings all four play at Minnesota, and maybe not. years, and he was a little more comfortable in there.” Either way, Armstrong will be ready. “Coach Kellogg may have seen it all, but what Purdue’s told me to prepare like I have for the last couple of defense offered that afternoon wasn’t exactly what weeks,” he said. “I’m going to prepare like I’m going the Huskers expected in their preparation; hence, to play if my number is called. At the same time . . . Armstrong’s struggles. Taylor has earned that right to practice and play. I’m The three-man defensive front the Boilermakers going to take my role however it is.” used “we didn’t even practice,” said Beck. “I don’t Martinez has rewritten the quarterbacks section know why we practiced. They did everything com- of the Husker record book. But as so often happens, pletely different.” young players, particularly those at high-profile poThat a coach would question why the team had sitions, capture the fancy of fans. And so it has been practiced, even if he wasn’t serious, underscores the with the talented Armstrong. Until Purdue. degree to which Purdue’s defensive game plan was a “It was pretty tough,” said Armstrong. “I need surprise. But defensive scheme or not, the game was to respond to adversity. I put most of the pressure Armstrong’s first on the road as a collegian. And his on myself, and Coach Beck always told me not to do inexperience showed. that. He told me after the game we got the win and Presumably, the Purdue game was a reminder no matter how you did, we still all went out there and that Nebraska will need Martinez if it expects to capitalized on some things. return to the Big Ten championship game at India“You did some things bad here and you did napolis on Dec. 7. And what better time for him to some good things.” return than this week, before the heart of the Big Ten So another hypothetical question: If Martinez is schedule begins? able to play, would Armstrong and Kellogg still get “He’s been our guy for four years now. He’s prov- an opportunity when the outcome was in doubt? en himself,” offensive tackle Jeremiah Sirles, also a The answer was a definitive maybe. fifth-year senior, said. “I mean, that’s coming from “We’ll see how it goes,” Pelini said. ,





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61-year-old Texas man admitted to a hospital not long ago appearing to be falling-downdrunk, even though denying having had even a single drink, was discovered to be unintentionally manufacturing beer in his stomach. With “auto-brewery syndrome,” stomach-based yeast automatically ferments all starches (even vegetables or grains) passing through, converting them into ethanol. Normally, natural stomach bacteria control the yeast, but if, for example, antibiotics had inadvertently eliminated the bacteria, the yeast would prevail. The case was reported in a recent International Journal of Clinical Medicine. Government in Action Update: As several additional states debate permitting marijuana use by a doctor’s prescription, Irvin Rosenfeld presented his own experience in August to a packed house at Kentucky’s state capitol. Rosenfeld suffers from painful bone tumors (diagnosed, with a poor prognosis, in 1963) and began smoking dope in the federal government’s Compassionate Investigational Drug program in 1982 -- since then consuming 130,000 governmentsupplied joints (12 per day, carefully measured), which he said absolutely had prolonged his life. “I didn’t ask for my bone disease,” he said. “All I asked for is the best medicine possible.” While Congress struggled recently to pass a budget or an increase to the national debt limit, one program made it through rather easily, according to a September New York Times report: farm subsidies for inactive “farmers.” The subsidies were renewed, based on a 2008 law, virtually assuring that more than 18,000 in-name-only farmers (who received $24 million last year) will not be cut off. Included, according to a 2012 Government Accountability Office report, were recipients at 2,300 “farms” that had not grown a single crop in five years (including 622 without a crop in 10 years).


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F”Close Enough for Government Work”: The security contractor USIS, which does $2.45 billion worth of background checks for the National Security Agency and other departments (and had cleared file-leaker Edward Snowden and the Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis), gets paid only for completed files. However, full background checks often require months of work, and at some point, reported The New York Times in September, when USIS needed cash, it would “flush” still-open files, treating them as completed, and submit them for payment -- as happened with the files of Snowden and Alexis. In both cases, reported the Times, subsequent, crucial information failed to make it into the flushed files. Names in the News (1) In separate incidents of suspected thefts in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in January (all within about a month), police arrested John Lennon Ribeiro Siqueira, John Lennon Fonseca Ferreira and John Lennon Camargos Gomes. (2) Convicted for drug possession in May in Rockland County, N.Y.: Mr. Genghis Khan, 23. (3) Charged with carjacking in July in Hilo, Hawaii: Mr. Alkapone Cruz-Bailes, 19. (4) Mr. Beezow Doo-doo Zoppitybop-bop-bop, featured in News of the Weird after his December 2011 drug arrest in Madison, Wis., was arrested in August on drug charges in Washington County, Iowa. Great Art! The missing element in obtuse doctoral dissertations in science is that they cannot be danced to, according to writer John Bohannon and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which has established an annual “Dance Your Ph.D” video competition, and this year’s finalists were being selected at press time. Sarah Wilk was an entrant, featured in a Wall Street Journal report using glowing green balls and a flaming Hula-Hoop to help illustrate her “Odd-Z Transactinide Compound Nucleus Reactions Including Discovery of 260-Bh.” So was Peter Liddicoat, using a chorus line of a juggler and a ballerina and others for “Evolution of

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Nanostructural Architecture in 7000 Series Aluminum Alloys During Strengthening by Age-Hardening and Severe Plastic Deformation.” Steven Cohen, eager to make a point that his country of residence, France, is more oppressive to artists than his native South Africa, staged a one-man demonstration at the Eiffel Tower in September. Wearing a bird outfit, tights and a garter, he had for some reason tethered a live chicken to his exposed penis with a long ribbon. After Cohen was arrested for indecent exposure, his lawyer complained that her client had been kept in custody too long for such a minor charge. “France,” she exclaimed, “is throwing artists in prison.” Police Report Use What You Have: (1) Abbott Griffin, 57, was arrested in Toledo, Ohio, in August and charged with robbing a Circle K convenience store, during which he had allegedly grabbed the clerk and bashed him repeatedly with a Bible. (2) One resident of a shelter in Seattle was charged in August with assaulting another in a dispute over TV-set volume, using a tub of butter-substitute. (3) Ms. Honesty Keener, 37, was convicted in Gloucester County, N.J., in August of a 2011 break-in during which she demanded money from the female resident under threat of rubbing her open sores over the resident’s skin. New Kinds of Field Sobriety Tests: (1) Deaaron Hearn, 22, was arrested in Iowa City, Iowa, in October after the traffic officer told him to summon a friend to drive his car home, and Hearn responded by reaching into his pocket, clumsily placing a $20 bill to his ear, and attempting a phone call. (2) In October, with her two children waiting in the car at a Holyoke, Mass., Shell gas station, Brenda Diaz, 26, allegedly attacked the store’s Slushie machine, naked (before police arrived to taser, pepper-spray and arrest her). Surely, most shoplifting occurs because the thieves wish merely to obtain goods without paying. Occasionally, as with the arrest of Christopher Wiener, 26, in Fargo, N.D., in July, an alternative theory suggests itself and raises the question: Would it be more embarrassing to be seen actually pur-

chasing an artificial vagina (from the Romantix adult bookstore) than to be arrested for shoplifting it? People Different From Us “We Treat Them Like Family”: (1) Deborah Cipriani, 55, of North Ridgefield, Ohio, runs from her home America’s only rescue center for skunks, and naturally, she told London’s Daily Mail in October, some of her companions like to sleep with her in bed (which is reportedly fine with partner Kevin). (2) Diane Westcott and her husband (also named Kevin), of Layton, Utah, have four cats and a dog, but since 2003 also at least one goose, who of course also sleeps with her. “Gladys” wears diapers because, as Diane explained (with understatement), it is “not possible” to potty train a goose. Undignified Deaths (1) A 68-year-old hiker with a broken ankle was killed in Mansfield, Australia, in August following his “successful” lift from the bush by an Ambulance Victoria helicopter. Moments after he was raised, airborne, about 30 yards off the ground, he fell to his death. (2) A 52-year-old man was killed in an explosion in Rowan County, Ky., in July when he lit a cigarette while hooked up to an oxygen supply. The man had already survived three explosions under the same circumstances. A News of the Weird Classic (June 2008) Leading Economic Indicator: Rising prices of synthetic fertilizers and organic foods have intensified the collection of bird droppings on 20 climatically ideal islands off the coast of Peru where 12-inch-thick seabird guano coats the land. In the 19th century, China fought with Peru on the high seas for the right to mine the guano, which at that time was 150 feet high in places. Said an official of the Peruvian company that controls guano production (to a New York Times reporter in May (2008)), “Before there was oil, there was guano, so of course we fought wars over it.” The exceptionally dry climate means that 12,000 to 15,000 tons of guano are available yearly. ,

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elcome to the sign of Scorpio, where we study the fruit of our meditations on the regenerating mysteries of life and death. My departed mother came to me under this very pomegranate tree, and presented me with the apples of her experience. In a strong voice, she answered my questions concerning life and death. She said, “You are guided, my son,” reminding me that even though I feel like everyone’s father, I’m also everyone’s child. And then she said, “When death is nothing, nothing is nothing. Finally, we are free.” This be the truth, from my mother and me. —


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h SCORPIO (10.22-11.20) It can’t be good… Well, perhaps in potential? Right now, for you, everything’s a question mark…? Gather only information. Tell ’em you’re solely on vacation, with a holy destination. Now is not the time to show off any of your prestidigitation. Review, redirect, re-inspect, and reject the heck out of what you expect. Potentialize only ’til after November 10th, when Mercury, the planet of communication, moves direct once again in early Scorpio. Keep your sense of humor. For you, anything that can mess up — will. i SAGITTARIUS (11.21-12.20) On Friday the 25th, around 3:30 in the afternoon, you can catch a boon. Is it your house, your mom, a rai$e, a trip, or a slip of the lip at work from some jerk? Jupiter’s conjuncted by the Moon, in trine with Mercury retrograde. Check any and all communications for accuracy and verification. j CAPRICORN (12.21-1.18) Your ruler Saturn dwells at around 13° Scorpio during the New Moon in Scorpio, at dawn on November 3rd. What does the number “13” mean to you? It’s always been my favorite. It was also a favorite of the Maya. It symbolizes Kali, the mistress/consort/Tantrika of the 3rd aspect of divinity, known as Shiva. This is the Kali Yuga (age); thus, the unstoppable/emerging/growing power of our yin sisters. The social and cultural growth of humanity is realized through the hands of women. It’s all for them. What’s all that got to do with you? We’ll know when it’s through — but will you? k AQUARIUS (1.19-2.17) If you are not yet a “leader,” then it’s time to find one to follow. Check out and copy any and all tricks they may possess, and then guess the rest. Gather all the support you can get around you, and then, when the moment’s right, rebel (wait ’til after November 10th) and send ’em right back to the hell they came from before they started bossing you around. l PISCES (2.18-3.19) Please read Sagittarius. But in your case (your 5th House, instead of the 12th), any “mistakes” work for you. You are about to be visited by some one/relative from your past. They’ve got something to tell you; but it might not be true (for you).



a ARIES (3.20-4.18) You can expect your new assignment/agenda next Tuesday, the 29th, around 3:00 p.m. Hope you’re not afraid of work… Make sure you’re clear on the financing, and perhaps you should expect an unexpected, older, undercover lover? It won’t work out in the long term — of course they never do — so you might as well just enjoy it for the short-lived duration of a/your 3-week vacation. b TAURUS (4.19-5.19) How’s your newfound freedom? Lonely? Yeah, from what I’ve heard, this winter you’ll still need your herd. With Venus in Sagittarius ’til after November 3rd, you’re free a bird. A phoenix, a peacock, a griffin, an insightful eagle or an older Scorpio may have the high, holy word. Listen with an open mind and a pure heart. That’ll leave (only) the real you. c GEMINI (5.20-6.19) Yeah, I’ve heard all your complaints. I’ve heard ’em all before…and I’ve got to suppose that I’ll hear ’em all again. What else is new? And yeah, it’s still all your fault, once again! You know, the people that complain that you’re combing your hair too much are the same people who’ll complain that your hair “ain’t combed right.” You’re lucky you’re so lovable and cute! d CANCER (6.20-7.21) If this time around you’re a Cancer, then this time food is/will be the answer! But is it truly food that we seek? Jupiter is transiting your sign, and your wish to expand can find many different outlets, channels and paths toward possible good fortune. You’ll/we’ll learn more between Thanksgiving and Christmas — the domain of the Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius. Gobble, gobble. e LEO (7.22-8.21) Well, let’s see… Jupiter’s in your theoretical 12th house. You benefit from meditating alone. Saturn, the Sun and a retrograding Mercury all abide in your 4th. Old pipes, faulty wiring or a lyin’, cheatin’ Scorpio’s gonna try and wear down and/or somehow hassle your castle. Mars is in Virgo — your 2nd House. Time to get back to work and make some money for the fix-up. Meditate on that. f VIRGO (8.22-9.21) If you haven’t appreciated my weekly article lately, then please read Gemini. If you’ve no complaints, then you’re ahead of the(m) “ain’ts.” Maybe your dad or some older relative has something to say or to tell you. They may find it difficult to get the message across, for one reason or another. Why not be patient and help them out — without them always having to ask, first? How does the MOJO know? g LIBRA (9.22-10.21) Time to travel and visit relatives…or at least, make such/your plans now. You’re always early — the sign of the prophet. Now, one doesn’t have to be psychic in order to recognize the sequence of nature, using the zodiac as a map to (y)our transit through time. But we are all surfers, and somehow, most mysteriously, we can use astrology to gauge the waves. Boys: Hang 11. Girls: Hang 12. (Hawaiian surf lingo.) Surf ’s up! ,


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