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OLLAS Turns 10
Summit to take stock of the state of Latino communities near and far
BY LEO ADAM BIGA
hen the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Office of Latino and Latin American Studies holds its Nov. 8-9 Cumbre event, it will mark 10 years for this center dedicated to community engagement, applied research and teaching inside and outside the classroom. OLLAS convenes this periodic summit of scholars, policymakers, community organizers, workers and students to discuss issues critical to Latinos and migrants and to consider the Latino agenda for social change in the new millennium. Cumbre kicks off with a Friday night opening reception at the Marriott Courtyard in Aksarben Village. The all-day Saturday program at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service building on the main UNO campus will feature panels and presentations by speakers from both coasts, Mexico, Uruguay and Omaha’s own backyard. Award-winning educator, author and activist Pedro Noguera will deliver the Saturday luncheon keynote address on the topic of Education, Immigration and Civil Rights in the 21st Century. The luncheon keynote is $50 but the rest of the summit is free and open to the public. Lourdes Gouveia, a UNO professor and the director of OLLAS, says Cumbre is a good reflection of what the 10-year-old organization is all about. “The summit came to be defined from the start as a signature of who we are as a center. One of the main missions is that this is not a conventional academic unit but one that tears down walls of learning. We take high quality learning opportunities outside of the university to our communities, both grassroots and grass tops, in Spanish and in English, so that everyone is as privileged as we are to access the best research, analysis and minds. It’s all done to facilitate the conversations we need to have and to learn what we need to learn in order to address the urgent issues of our communities together. “We think the democratization of the information is terribly important and Cumbre is one way to democratize quality information and to have the best tools available to understand our experiences and challenges as a community and a society. We try very hard to make the program inclusive. We ask, ‘Who’s missing from this conversation? Who should be at this table that’s not there?’” She says Cumbre is a space “where we come to learn, where we take stock of what we’ve done and learned, of where we are, how we’re doing – as Latinos, as scholars in our field, as a community, as a state.” Far from being “a futile exercise in academia,” she says “it is a process to take us to the next ques-
tions. The first panel will set the context at the micro level with some of the large trends in Latin America. Then a follow-up panel will look at how these transformations are playing out in the U.S. and affecting Latino communities. Another panel will examine where Latinos are in terms of demographic shifts and socioeconomic conditions.” The summit is not limited to academic types but includes grassroots organizers such as Omaha Heartland Workers Center director Sergio Sosa, whose organization helps develop leaders among working-class immigrant populations. She says keynoter Noguera is one of several speakers talking at Cumbre who can offer informed perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing young Latinos in education. “He’s a sociologist who can also speak about systemic forces and causes all the way down to the local school level,” says Gouveia. “He’s executive director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education in New York City and that is perfect because our world is increasingly urban and metropolitan. He’s a firstrate voice on ways to overcome educational barriers, including policy changes that are necessary. “Most compelling to me is here is someone who can enrich the conversations by being an Afro-Latino, a scholar, an activist who has dealt personally with issues affecting African Americans and Latinos, especially their challenges and barriers to educational achievement. He can speak through various lenses and that’s very defining for us. That’s we look for.” She says OLLAS itself formed in response to questions and issues that emerged in the wake of an influx of new immigrants and the need to provide hard data on Latino impact for policymakers. She says Cumbre helps determine “what are the questions we should be asking, what are the collaborative projects we should be engaging in in the next decade. We need to know what the next 10 years should look like, what should the work we’re doing be looking like. In many ways this is the context for that work. It always informs our work in the community. We hope to trigger as many of those conversations as possible and then through community meetings in which we’re involved with our partners, we have debriefings with workers and other community members.” To help provide a template for discussions that happen after Cumbre she says, “I’m asking presenters and panels, to, as much as possible at the end, arrive at policy recommendations or their own conclusions about the implications of whatever was discussed, where change needs to happen at any level. I’m asking them to suggest what kind of policies need to change or what kind of educational opportunities need to appear or what kind of barriers need to come down and how do we do that.” ,
VISIONS FROM FIVE MINUTES INTO THE FUTURE • NOVEMBER 7, 2013 • This next decade will be called the Twee Decade, named for a cultural movement and design aesthetic that favors the quaint, the rickety, the oldfashioned, and the childlike. Natural history museums will enjoy a renaissance, as will sports like lawn
bowling and cricket. Soft colors and corduroy will deﬁne the clothing, while mournful acoustic songs will deﬁne alternative radio. Preciousness will be rewarded, and a sort-of bumbling adulthood will come into fashion. When? It has already begun.
Embrace Creativity! Nov. 9
Travel Journaling & Sketching w/ Nancy Lepo Omaha Creative Institute, 1516 Cuming Street
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heartlandhealing N E W A G E H E A LT H A N D W E L L N E S S B Y M I C H A E L B R AU N S T E I N
News You Can Use: November, 2013
he Good GMO Labeling — Finally. By the time you read this, four days hence, fate will be sealed for GMOs. November 5 is voting day in Washington State. On the ballot is Initiative 522, requiring food producers to identify genetically modified organisms or genetically engineered food in what you buy at the store in Washington. Despite polls showing that the public overwhelmingly wants to know if a recombinant gene from some fish is showing up in their ice cream or a toxin-causing corn gene is in their Oreos, it remains to be seen whether Monsanto and the other GMO Giants will confuse voters enough to vote down the measure. The voting is still in question. The public’s right to know isn’t. Congress pulls the plug on Monsanto Protection Act. On October 16, organic farmer, U.S. Senator from Montana and American hero Jon Tester managed to pull a rider from a Congressional bill that gave Monsanto and GMO corporations more power than a federal judge and impunity to plant genetically modified seeds wherever they wanted. It was one of the most bizarre kowtows to corporate America ever but fortunately, Tester got it pulled. Ban the bag. Los Angeles banned plastic bags. Grocery shopping will never be the same. Pretty courageously, LA banished something we really don’t need and is virulently damaging to the environment. On January 1, Big Box stores like Wal-Mart and Target will no longer be able to offer plastic. Smaller stores will follow by July. Whatever will we do when Nebraska evolves that much by, say, 2030? Actually, when Target, Wal-Mart and others figure out how much moolah they save by leaving shoppers holding the bag, it may come sooner. Kerry passes gas. A global watchdog group confirmed destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons facilities, beating the deadline. Western saber-rattlers’ rationale for bombing yet another Middle East country dissipated when US Secretary of State John Kerry made a smartass comment about how Syria could avoid a US attack, saying they could destroy their nerve gas and chemical weapons. Oops. Guess what? Syria agreed and pulled it off under the wire. Warhawks will have to manufacture another excuse to fatten the wallets of the US militaryindustrial complex. Keep talkin’, Kerry. Nincompoop nuggets like that help procure peace and end up the smartest things you can say. Cannabis kills cancer. The good news on dope doesn’t stop. New research shows that compounds in cannabis kill cancer cells found in leukemia patients.
Most pharmaceutical drugs derive from plants anyway so it’s no surprise when researchers find out something like this. Other research has shown cannabis effective against lung, breast, prostate, brain, liver, blood and pancreatic cancer cells. McCain says, “Smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em.” Regarding pot, Republican Senator John McCain recently said, “Well, maybe we should legalize it. We are certainly moving that way… I will respect the will of the people.” The Bad Ambien bad. Trouble sleeping? New investigations suggest the prescription drug Ambien isn’t the way to get snooze time. Not unless you want to deal with nasty side effects. Dangerous sleepwalking (or sleep-driving!) is one. Then amnesia is another. Most disturbing is a study of 10,000 users finding that pill takers are 35 percent more likely to develop cancers like lymphoma and lung and are 4.5 times more likely to die of any cause than non pill-takers. Plus, Ambien users only get about 15 minutes more sleep a night. Try counting sheep. Techno-farmers. Bad idea. It’s been going on for the past decade or so. Farmers of row crops like cow corn and soybeans use tractors guided by GPS to plant seeds and apply poisons. But it’s getting out of hand — or rather, in hand. iPads, iPhone apps and more are becoming techno tools of the trade, telling “farmers” when to plant, when to water, when to fertilize. That’s stupid. Techno-farmers are becoming expert at operating computer software while forgetting everything they ever knew about actually growing food. True story: A real farmer friend of mine told me his neighbor bragged, “I haven’t touched dirt in three years.” How the hell does that work? A farmer who spends all his time watching a touchscreen inside an air conditioned tractor? They aren’t farmers. They’re IT experts. Might as well be playing video games. Chicken poop. We knew it all along: Chicken nuggets are truly junk food. Now it comes to light that they may not even be food. Research published in the American Journal of Medicine indicated that scientists at the University of Mississippi found a chicken nugget is only about 40 percent meat. The rest is bone pieces, fat, cartilage, epithelium and mystery substances. Dang. Wonder what’s in the dippin’ sauce. Oreo addiction. It might seem light-hearted but shouldn’t in a country that is dying from diabetes and obesity. College researchers proved that Oreos are addictive like cocaine. Of course it’s not Oreos, per se, but the salt, sugar and fat combo that is actually more dangerous than heroin or cocaine. Look out, munchies. Be well. ,
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eorges Auguste Escoffier literally wrote the book that standardized contemporary cooking, commercial kitchen organization and fine dining. Still studied today in culinary circles, Escoffier would be a household name in this media-driven era of celebrity chefs. Omahan Marty Skomal pays homage to Escoffier in a one-man portrayal he;s performing Nov. 16 at Metropolitan Community College’s Institute for the Culinary Arts. Skomal, Nebraska Arts Council arts administrator and director of programs, is a trained actor, lifelong foodie, amateur gourmet and certified Francophile. He enjoys combining his passions in his show, Escoffier: Master of the Kitchen. The actor’s life partner, Barbee Davis, a veteran stage director and Equity actor, directs. She also adapted a script about Escoffier by Owen S. Rackleff that Skomal acquired more
than a decade ago and that he began toying with. Fittingly, the couple first mounted the show at Omaha French restaurant Le Voltaire at the invitation of owner-chef Cedric Fichepain. They later produced it for the Omaha French society, Aliiance Francaise. it was only natural for Fichepain to suggest a performance at the Institute since he’s an instructor there. Skomal’s Metro show will accompany an Escoffier-inspired brunch prepared by ICA students. Metro theater students and staff will also have a hand in things. The 10:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. program will be in the ICA building’s Swanson Conference Center. Skomal’s performance starts at Noon. Prior to the show guests will sample dishes freshly made before them by students at tasting stations, thus making this an educational and entertainment experience for everyone there. Always the innovator, Escoffier espoused using fresh, local ingredients and simple preparations that anticipated today’s farm-to-table food culture, making him a relevant, influential figure three quarters of a century since his 1935 death. Davis says the theater work she and Skomal created uses excerpts from the Rackleff script as well as new material to emphasize Escoffier’s profound impact on modern-day cooking. For example, Escoffier introduced the ala carte practice of individually plated dishes.
n How do you like your eggs? Get ready for Over Easy, a breakfast, lunch and drive-thru, coming soon to 168th and Q streets. They describe themselves as offering honest food for a new era. Head Chef Tim Maides says he will be taking breakfast to a new level. Hurrying to open by Nov. 12, Over Easy will be open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. For further information or updates on their innovative menu, visit their Facebook page or Twitter at OVEREASYOmaha.
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“There’s so many parts of how we eat today that tie specifically back to Escoffier.” she says. The piece has an elderly Escoffier reflecting on his life’s fabulous culinary adventures. “It’s sort of a Mark Twain Tonight, but with food,” says Skomal. Historical figures and references abound, including Escoffier’s association with Swiss hotelier Cesar Ritz. Researching the life and work of Escoffier gave Skomal a deep appreciation for the man. “I thought Escoffier’s story was especially interesting because he was the one who through his partnership with Cesar Ritz rose the culinary arts to the level of an industry. He really devised the way restaurants are organized. The whole brigade de cuisine, with the sous chef, the saucier and the garde manger, is still with us.” So is the chef ’s masterwork, Le Guide Culinaire, still the bible for culinary arts students today, including those at Metro. “He really kind of moved the whole restaurant industry and the whole idea of hospitality to the forefront and in the process he elevated the level of chefs, so it’s a fascinating story,” says Skomal. “He rubbed elbows with a lot of celebrities along the way.” “I think he could be somewhat of a taskmaster. He had to be a very charming, gracious individual but he also had to run a business. He had a very close personal and business relationship with Cesar Ritz,
n The Localmotive Food Truck has closed for the rest of fall and winter due to an engine replacement and radiator repairs. Via Facebook, the Localmotive team thanks everyone for your support and will look forward to re-opening in the spring. n Nebraska Crossings has many food options. Voodoo Taco, which opened its first Omaha location on north 90th Street this summer, will open its second location at the new Nebraska Crossings Outlet Mall located off Interstate 80 and US Highways 6 and 31. Voodoo Taco will join the newly announced Burger Star and Big Cheese, both from Omaha-based
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who was very volatile and kind of bi-polar. Escoffier had to be the one to kind of keep that in check.” Skomal’s due diligence has included reading Escoffier biographies, studying French and making summer pilgrimages to Escoffier’s homeland of France, where a museum is dedicated to the chef. The actor is faithful to Escoffier to the point of honing his French and affecting an accent, but there are some things beyond his control. “Physically, Escoffier and I are very different. He was a very short man, I’m almost six-foot. He had a full head of hair, I don’t.” He says because Escoffier’s image is not burned in people’s minds the way some real life figures are “I can take some liberties.” Now that he’s realized a long-held desire to do a one-man show Skomal’s learned what a commitment it entails. “I’ve enjoyed it but it’s a huge amount of work. It’s quite a challenge knowing you go out there and you’re the one that has to carry it.” Davis says the project, which dovetails with her own interests in history, food and theater, “is something for Marty and I to do together. It’s been rewarding and fun.”, The limited seating event costs $36 and tickets can be ordered at www. mccneb.edu/bistro. Read more of Leo Adam Biga’s work at leoadambiga. wordpress.com.
Cutchall Management Co., as well as Scooter’s, Subway, Auntie Anne’s and a Bakery Express. n No more Heinz at McD’s. Who can end a relationship after 40 years? I guess McDonald’s can. According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, McDonald’s Corp announced plans to end its 40-year relationship with ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co. The Heinz Company is now led by Bernardo Hees, the former chief executive of hamburger rival Burger King Worldwide Inc. “As a result of recent management changes at Heinz, we have decided to transition our business to other suppliers over time,” according
to a statement from Oak Brook, Ill.-based McDonald’s. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and an investment fund affiliated with 3G Capital bought the Pittsburg–based Heinz and named Hees CEO thereafter. Heinz plans to work with McDonald’s to assure a smooth transition, considering McDonald’s has more than 34,000 restaurants around the world. No word yet on whether Omaha-based ConAgra’s Hunts ketchup will pour its way in. — Krista O’Malley Crumbs is about indulging in food and celebrating its many forms. Send information about area food and drink businesses to firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEGACY The Emily Fisher Landau Collection THROUGH JANUARY 5 – FREE ADMISSION
This exhibition is organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Jasper Johns (b. 1930), Painting with Two Balls, 1971, from the series Painting with Two Balls, color screenprint, sheet (sight, irregular): 37 1/8 x 30 13/16 in., Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; promised gift of Emily Fisher Landau P.2010.122, photograph by Tim Nighswander/Imaging4Art, Art © Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA, NY
Curator Gallery Talk Thursday, Nov. 7 @ 6:30 pm
Join Karin Campbell, Joslyn’s Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art, for a gallery talk about the exhibition.
Major sPonsors: Annette and Paul Smith Douglas County
Free admission. Cash bar opens @ 5 pm.
Framing the Flame: Art That Ignites Thursday, Dec. 19 @ 6 pm
Contributing sPonsor: Eve and Fred Simon
Marissa Vigneault, Weston Thomson, and Ying Zhu will each speak for ten minutes about a work that “lights their fire” from the exhibition, shedding light on how art inspires, engages, and impacts their own work in the Omaha arts community.
suPPorting sPonsors: Joan Gibson and Don Wurster Kathy and Marc LeBaron Lincoln Financial Foundation, Inc. Additional support provided by KPMG LLP
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he calendar may say the holidays are still weeks away, but Christmas already has come early and often for head coach Greg McDermott and Bluejay fans this year…and they must have been awfully good given what Santa has been leaving under the tree. The biggest gift came last spring when Creighton accepted an invitation to join the revamped Big East Conference, elevating the program from “mid-major” status to the big time. A few weeks later, two-time all-American and the nation’s leading scorer, Doug McDermott announced he was putting his NBA career on hold and returning for his senior season. Then the surprise stocking stuffer came in July when the NCAA unexpectedly awarded guard Grant Gibbs a rare 6th season of eligibility due to lost time earlier in his career at Gonzaga because of injuries. For Jays fans, the gift of another season to appreciate the savvy playmaking and old-school game of the team’s best passer was like Ralphie unwrapping a Red-Ryder BB Gun. Suddenly a team that looked to be in rebuilding mode found itself returning 4 starters, over 81% of its points and minutes, as well as 95% of its 3-point baskets after finishing with the 2nd best shooting percentage in the country last season. “We have enough guys returning and enough experience where we feel like we can really make a big splash in this new conference and I think that can kind of carry over into the future,” said Doug McDermott. Creighton’s other returning starters are senior guard and emotional spark plug Jahenns Manigat and junior point guard Austin Chatman. The lone newcomer in the starting lineup is 6’11” center Will Artino, who has some big shoes to fill after the graduation of defensive stopper Gregory Echenique. Losing Echenique hurts, but all that experience should help the Jays adapt to the style of play in the Big East, long known as one of the most physical and athletic leagues in college hoops. “We’re going to have to make adjustments to counteract the athleticism and strength that we are going to see on a nightly basis, but other teams are going to have to adapt to the way we play because I don’t think a lot of teams have seen the kind of offensive arsenal we have in terms of shooters and guys who can make plays,” said Gibbs. Another senior with a wealth of experience and one of the nation’s best long range weapons, forward Ethan Wragge, agrees… “We are really excited about the opportunity to play in the new league, and I think we will be up to the challenge,” said Wragge. “I think grinding through a tough season will help us see where we stack up against some of the best teams in the country and help prepare us for postseason play. I think by the time March comes along we should be where we want to be.” Where they want to be is back in the NCAA tournament, where the Jays hope to make a deeper run after being bounced by ACC powerhouses Duke and North Carolina the past two seasons in the 3rd round. For now though, it’s the transition to the Big East that’s getting all the buzz. “It’s really exciting when you think of the traditions of some of these programs, the venues, the sto-
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ried players and coaches. It’s a reflection on what we have done the past couple of years to get this invite and opportunity,” said Gibbs. “All that’s good and well, but I think there’s a responsibility with this team to establish ourselves in this league in our inaugural year and hit the ground running.” The non-conference slate contains a handful of cupcakes but road contests at St. Joseph’s and Long Beach State as well as home games versus California and arch-rival Nebraska won’t be cake walks. Creighton also travels to Anaheim the last weekend in November for the Wooden Legacy tournament, opening up with Arizona State. Then the real upgrade begins as Creighton swaps its’ longtime Missouri Valley Conference regimen of bus rides to Peoria and Carbondale for plane trips to Philadelphia and New York. The Jays’ stay home for
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their first ever Big East contest, for what promises to be quite the party when preseason league favorite Marquette visits the ‘Link on New Years Eve. One component the Jays have lacked lately is having wing players who can break down a defense and get into the paint consistently. A pair of junior college additions to the roster may have filled that gap. Guards James Milliken and Devin Brooks bring athleticism as well as experience to Creighton’s already solid backcourt. Brooks knows all about Big East basketball, having grown up in Harlem, New York before spending the past two seasons across the river running the point for Iowa Western, where he earned junior college Third Team All-American status. A flashy playmaker with the ability to get to the rim and create his own shot, Brooks is good enough offensively that the
Jays shouldn’t skip a beat when he fills in for starting point guard Austin Chatman. Milliken joins the Jays from Cowley County Community College (KS) where he averaged 18.4 points a game last season. Before that he was a multi-sport star at Jordan Matthews High School in Siler City, North Carolina, earning MVP honors in basketball four times, football three times, and track once while finishing as the school’s all-time leading scorer. He also set a school record with 54 points in one game. “All the guys made me feel comfortable from the start,” said Milliken. “We all communicate real well and hang out with each other a lot. Our chemistry is real good.” Chatman was Creighton’s main option for penetrating the defense last season, but he doesn’t mind continued on page 10 y
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Featuring a 500 -voice chorus! Sunday, November 17 at 2 pm Holland Center Ernest Richardson, conductor
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Special guest, Film and TV Legend, Actor
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Omaha Performing Arts Presents
features music and musicians from the popular HBO series Treme
November 14 | 7:30 PM | Holland Center
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y continued from page 8 In addition to Artino, Creighton will also count on the extra help…even if it means he spends a 6’9” Freshman Zach Hanson little less time on the court. to shore up the post. “It should help take Hanson joins the Jays some of the pressure off as a two-time South me, and it should help Dakota high school out a lot because last player of the year out year I got a little windof Pierre. At 245 pounds ed and tired toward the Hanson gives the team end of the season so it some much needed bulk should help to balance inside, and the coaches have out the minutes a little been impressed with more,” said Chatman. his work ethic and 6’6” junior guard Avery shooting touch. Dingman gives the Jays another 7’0” sophomore center experienced outside shooting Geoffrey Groselle continues to threat and a solid defensive battle foot and achilles issues, presence on the perimeter. but if he can ever get healthy, Also in the mix after the Jays could sure use his size. redshirting last season Creighton’s other two is another sharp-shooting scholarship players, freshguard, 6’2” freshman Isaiah men Darian Harris and Toby Zierden. Sporting a notice- Hottest ticket in town…indeed Hegner, are expected to take ably more sculpted frame, it redshirt seasons. he Jays’ recent run of success, coupled looks like Zierden took full But the story is still with the novelty of a new league and a advantage of his season off about the kid who a few new slate of marquee opponents have with frequent visits to the short season’s ago looked put ticket sales through the roof. Eleven of weight room. like he was headed for a redCreighton’s 16 home games at the CentuAnother newcomer to shirt his freshman season as ryLink Center are already sold out. Season the mix won’t be scoring well. Three years later, Doug ticket sales have topped the 15,000 mark for any points on the court, McDermott is the Big East the first time ever, shattering last season’s but he could prove just as preseason player of the year, record of 13,739. valuable in helping the Jays and a strong candidate for Creighton finished with the 6th best avadapt to life in the Big East. erage attendance in the nation last year at national player of the year. Former Connecticut as17,155 fans per contest. Too bad the ’Link He is the leading scorer in sistant Patrick Sellers joins only seats 17,390 for basketball games be- Creighton history and the the Creighton staff after cause it looks like the Jays could pack in over program’s greatest player of spending his entire career 20,000 when Georgetown and Marquette all time, but the real secret as a player and coach on come calling this year. to his success has been hard the east coast, and so far he Equally impressive has been the ticket work and humility. is psyched by what he has sales for the Big East Tournament to be “I think what’s imseen from his new squad. played March 12-15 at Madison Square Gar- pressed me more than any“I’ve never been a part den in New York City. Creighton fans have thing is his attitude when it of a team with so many of- already snatched up over 1,900 tickets for comes to attention and accofensive weapons. I’ve been the event, outselling every other school by lades,” said Gibbs. “He is very around some real long and a wide margin. humble and hasn’t let being athletic teams, but as far as in the spotlight go to his head being able to put the ball so that has always reflected in the hoop, this is the best team by far,” said Sellers. positively on everybody else on our team.” “Also we’ve got big time basketball IQ so it’s fun to According to Gibbs it starts with Doug’s old watch, and it’s exciting to come to practice every day.” man… The players have also come to appreciate the “bas“Coach Mac has gotten everyone on board with ketball IQ “ of their new coach. our philosophy here, which is valuing the team as“He brings a whole different dynamic. He’s famil- pect, making the extra pass, and covering up for iar with the east coast and Big East basketball unlike your teammate,” said Gibbs. “I really think that’s most of us, said Ethan Wragge. “He’s been all over the been a huge part of why we’ve been successful beworld with basketball, and he just brings a whole dif- cause we have that belief in ourselves late in games ferent, unique perspective that we haven’t had in years that one of your teammates is going to be there past. He’s been a great addition.” for you, and it’s helped us win a lot of really close Rebounding, or the lack thereof, will be the key to games. That comes from the top with Coach Mac the Jays’ success according to Sellers. and it leads into Doug’s approach to the game and “It’s going to have to be a team effort on the glass. filters all the way through our program.” , I know we will be able to put the ball in the hole, but rebounding is going to be real important for us. If we The Bluejays open the season with a pair of home concan rebound the ball we should be playing on Satur- tests against Alcorn State Nov. 8 and UMKC Nov. 11. day night in Madison Square Garden for the Big East Both games tip off at 7:00 p.m. and will be televised on championship,” said Sellers. FoxSports1.
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Alexander Payne, Bruce Dern & Will Forte in conversation with Kurt Andersen For tickets, call 402-993-0259 or visit filmstreams.org
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This week! Blue is the Warmest Color First-Run (NC-17) Dir. Abdellatif Kechiche. Starts Friday, November 8 This epic coming-of-age lesbian love story is both intimate and universal. Winner of the Palm d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. All is Lost First-Run (PG-13) Dir. J.C. Chandor. Through Thursday, November 14
American Promise First-Run Dir. Joe Brewster & Michèle Stephenson. Through Thursday, November 7 Last chance!
Forever Young The Met: Live Family & Children’s Series Admission 2.50 for kids 12 and under!
Puccini’s Tosca November 9 (Live) & 13 (Encore)
Following two African American boys for twleve years, this documentary reveals achievement gaps in education.
The Black Stallion 1979 November 7, 9, 10 & 14
With Prelude Talk by Opera Omaha before November 9 show!
Le amiche 1955
Nebraska First-Run (R) Inside Llewyn Davis First-Run (R) In this sea adventure, Robert Redford Let the Fire Burn First-Run (R) proves he’s one of our greatest actors.
Dir. Carroll Ballard.
Alexander Payne Presents Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni.
November 8, 10 & 12 AP says: “Antonioni’s first major feature appeals to my own interest in telling provincial stories with a strong sense of place. Based on a novel by Cesare Pavese, this stunning movie takes us inside upper class Turin.”
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“AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: JFK” Monday& Tuesday, 8 p.m. (PBS)
I’m powerless to resist a documentary about John F. Kennedy. Though I’m well aware of the late president’s faults, I’m drawn in by his charisma every time. I cheer his triumphs and bemoan his tragedies. And I always respond to images of the assassination as if I’m seeing them for the first time. In other words, I’m not the guy to ask for an objective assessment of “JFK,” PBS’s twopart, four-hour profile. Predictably, I think it’s wonderful. American Experience assembles enough gorgeous photos, intimate film footage, and perceptive commentary to keep a Kennedy fanatic happy for hours. I can tell you that, to judge from Monday night’s part one, the documentary is far from a puff piece. We get a good look at JFK’s bad side, including his legendarily reckless adultery. After his first year of marriage to Jacquelyn Kennedy, we learn, she was walking around “looking like the survivor of an airplane crash.” But let’s the give the man his due. As one commentator says of his presidency, “He had the ability to step back and be cool, and not get sucked into the passions of the moment.” I haven’t seen part two yet, but I just know I’ll be a wreck during the Bay of Pigs fiasco, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the civil rights emergencies. If only I had JFK’s ability to step back and be cool. — Dean Robbins
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JOHN KLEMMENSEN & THE PARTY W/ THE PHOTO ATLAS & THE KNEW O’Leaver’s Pub, 1322 S Saddle Creek Road 9:30 p.m., $5, facebook.com/oleavers
John Klemmensen is a giant in more ways then one. Sure, physically he’s a giant but, he’s also got a giant voice. Giant Charisma. Giant attitude. Giant talent and the occastional giant scarf. The dude is seriously one of my favorite lyricists in Omaha who can make his blue guitar moan in a way that serves up the perfect poetic justice to his funny, ironic and emotionally complicated words. He also has a giant heart. Klemmensen will sing about heartbreak but, he frames in a way that reveals unJOHN derstanding and love. KLEMMENSEN He’s not afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve and confess how he feels in front of just about anyone who will listen. But he’s not just some sad mope who you would swear lives in his mother’s basement based upon the subject matter of his songs. He’s a guy who’s willing to see truth and not ashamed to point it out to you in a way that will make you laugh and learn at the same time. – James Derrick Schott
SUNDAY10 Nov. 10
took its first breath. The band has already landed themselves in the record books, with six albums ranking on the Billboard Internet Charts, becoming the first indie band to accomplish such an achievement. Rounding out the Tempe-based quartet are Jim Dalton on guitar and Nick Scropos on bass. Its latest album, Unida Cantina, showcases the group’s four part harmonies paired with pure rock-n-roll. –Kyle Eustice
WEDNESDAY13 Nov. 13
ROGER CLYNE AND THE PEACEMAKERS Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. 8 p.m., $15, onepercentproductions.com
MidAmerica Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs 7:30 p.m., $40 - $69 midamerica.centercouncilbluffs.com
Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers (RCPM) was born out of necessity. Lead singer Clyne and drummer P.H. Naffah were former members of the ’90s alternative band, The Refreshments. There was no way they could stop making music so in 1998, RCPM
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will rock the MidAmerican Center this Wednesday night with their rock-opera inspired spectacle. Drawing from the best of their classic rock fore fathers, The Who, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and
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Pink Floyd, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra merge a dazzling laser light show with pyrotechnics, multiple stages and the best sound money can buy. Says band founder Paul O’Neill, “I wanted to take the very best of all the forms of music I grew up on and merge them into a new style.” TSO really cemented its following in concert. The group hit the road in 1999, beginning an annual November-December extravaganza that O’Neill takes pride in being “as over the top as we can make it.” O’Neill wants TSO’s live shows to create an indelible emotional mark the resonates with the audience well after the show. “I want people to walk out of our shows speechless and ... still not believing what they have seen was possible.” – James Derrick Schott
n Those looking for family friendly theatre this week should look no farther than The Rose Theater for their upcoming production of Big Nate: The Musical. The story of Big Nate: The Musical centers on the antics of Nate Wright, a detention-riddled sixth grader who hopes to capture the beautiful Jenny’s heart by winning first prize in his school’s “Battle of the Bands. ” Although his band, Enslave the Mollusk, seems to be a shoo-in to win the prize, their chances are jeopardized by Nate’s ever-growing collection of detention slips. It doesn’t help when the girl of Nate’s dreams teams up with his archrival to form the sap-pop band Rainbows and Ponies, forcing Nate to take his game to an all-star level. With his friends’ help, he sets out to make it through competition week without any detentions. Director Justin Perez, who is responsible for transforming the two-dimensional world of Big Nate into its 3D form, said “We’ve found really great actors who are willing to play and try new things, and designers who are willing to create something that flows easily from naturalism into a high-octane dance party.” Nods to Iowa-native Lincoln Peirce’s Big Nate comic strip can be seen throughout the play, giving
an almost sketchbook appearance to the entire production. From top to bottom, Nate’s comic book art forms “a graphic whirlwind of illustrations that open up to reveal different scenes of the play.” Actors will also incorporate illustrated props that that they pull right out of the walls, contributing to the comic book feel. The highlight of the show is an interactive band competition, with the audience choosing the ultimate winner of the coveted prize by way of wild applause. Which of the three bands will win the contest? Only the audience knows. Ticket information can be found at rosetheater.org. n Also opening is A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Arts For All Inc.’s new Theater For All facility on 3010 R St. For ticket information, visit artforallinc.com. Efforts began in September to bring the theater back to life. Jerry Abels, the Theater Manager, said that support from the theater community has been tremendous. Because of donations from the community, the theater was able to receive sound curtains, lighting and mechanical assistance. Abels said next weekend’s opening performances would not have been possible without them. —Bill Grennan Cold Cream looks at theater in the metro area. Email information to mixedmedia@ thereader.com
t’s easy to get fired up about seeing Joseph Miloni back on stage, especially when an interview ignites passion couched in his acerbic wit. The occasion? A few days before the opening of The Heiress, a classic adapted from a Henry James novella, and presented by the Brigit St. Brigit Theatre. They’re doing it in a stately hall at First Congregational Church and that’s where this conversation pairs Joe (“You can call me Joe but I’m Joseph on stage.”) and director Cathy Kurz. Miloni most recently directed Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Patients at Bellevue Little Theatre, so he jabbed, “You didn’t come to see it, you rat!” I confessed my ignorance of that G&S creation, so Joe suggested, “To know The Patients, you have to be really erudite.” Miloni has sung in 10 of their 14 shows, but today’s topic was how come the man, known to many as a former Omaha Community Playhouse costume designer, is back in action. Cathy Kurz might have called him sooner, but “I didn’t even know he was in town.” Joe went, “Phfft, where would I go?” They almost crossed paths years ago when Cathy starred in The Manchurian Candidate at the Playhouse. “I costumed it,” he recalled. And they almost worked together last spring when she cast Miloni and John Durbin (as John Jackson, Alexander Payne’s casting director, he’s among the sources in Payne’s current New Yorker spread) in The Dresser. Two weeks before rehearsals, the play’s rights in North America were withdrawn. So Kurz called again when she settled on The Heiress as Brigit’s season opener and needed his talents to play Dr. Sloper, the father of shy Catherine, whose mother died at her birth. “I wanted to play it when the Playhouse did it, but she (Susie Baer Collins) had Bernie Clark.” Alexandra Hunt, the native Omahan opera star, returned to play Aunt Lavinia, Sloper’s sister, a role played now by Mary Beth Adams, whose rich credits match Miloni’s. With Katlynn Yost in the complex role of Catherine, all three tackle roles known as “star magnets.” For Yost, who works with RESPECT, the troupe that performs anti-bullying and other educational skits, it’s the heaviest role with the “most deeply-layered” character she has tackled. Most recently, Jessica Chastain played Catherine with David Straitharn as Dr.
Sloper and Judith Ivey as the bumbling Aunt Lavinia. “That’s a great part,” Miloni says. “I wish it lasted the whole damn play.” He also wishes he’d seen the original Sloper, Basil Rathbone, but the London star, Ralph Richardson, got the movie role opposite Olivia de Haviland. A later film starred Albert Finney and Jennifer Jason Leigh with Maggie Smith as Lavinia. When he read the 1947 script by Ruth and Augustus Getz, drawing on James’ “Washington Square,” “My interpretation--evil father, dumb daughter, jerk boy friend--was totally different than the director.” Enter Cathy Kurz. “She’s a brilliant director,” informing him from her literary depth and prompting his “I didn’t think of that.” For example? “Every damn line. It’s really amazing.” In other words, the habitually acerbic Joe, the one who looks at Cathy’s faux snakeskin jacket and asks, “Is that made from the skin of your actors?”, almost gushes. Same goes when he talks about others in the cast such as Yost, Adams and Will Muller as Morris Townsend, the boyfriend seen by Dr. Sloper as a fortune-hunter drawn by Catherine’s inheritance. Muller, who played Jamie in Brigit’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, has the role that went to Montgomery Clift in the movie. Fans of public television’s Downton Abbey may resent the character when they hear that the car-crash death of that story’s hero was required so Dan Stevens could play Morris on Broadway. As Kurz introduced the more nuanced version of the roles to Miloni, he realized Dr. Sloper wasn’t an entirely unsympathetic character. Still, when the Playhouse performed it, a hushed audience heard one playgoer audibly whisper, “He’s a mean one.” Kurz contrasts the earlier performances with a more modern understanding. “Then there was a great appetite for melodrama, good guys and bad guys.” She sees the reasons for Dr. Sloper’s relationship with his “afraid of her own shadow” daughter. “Children and fathers weren’t that close” in those days of genteel New York society, circa 1850s. “She’s so shy and self-conscious, idolizing her father. He is so polite and formal, but he can’t forget that her birth caused her mother’s death. He’s a well-educated doctor at a time when anyone in science was elevated. “He’s very wealthy…charming, cultured, gregarious.” He doesn’t understand this shy daughter who’s not the light of the house that her mother was. “He doesn’t try to make her feel bad, but she can feel his disappointment.” The big challenge for Katlynn Yost is to be convincing when Catherine transforms as she understands what her father and her boyfriend want from her. “She does a good job of it,” Kurz says. Conversation about these roles quickly jumps to others as Miloni and Kurz draw on encyclopedic recall of great performances. More often than not, Joe has Cathy guffawing at both acid and admiring observations. His favorite role? The inspector in Gaslight at the Norton Theatre. This sparks comments about the movie with Joseph Cotton as the inspector joined by Charles Laughton and Ingrid Bergman. That reminds Cathy, “I first saw you as Sherlock Holmes” in The Hound of the Baskervilles,” which reminds Joe of the “stupid” award he got for that role when he should have been recognized for Gaslight. He has a few more resentments, like “People who say you always play the same thing. That’s because I play them better than anyone else. I’m not going to play Romeo, but I’ll play Mercutio and they’ll forget Romeo.” With that, “I’m going to take a drag and be right back.” Later, he winces with regret at “that awful vice.” Soon he’s riffing on a film with Claude Rains and Bette Davis, another with Walter Pidgeon, Greer Garson and Edward Arnold, and mimics Lionel Barrymore as Mr. Potter in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Cathy talks about Dinner at Eight and more names pop up: Wallace Beery, Marie Dressler and the great John Barrymore. Joe’s dad, who owned liquor stores, met Barrymore once in Omaha. And that reminds Miloni of Henry Fonda’s last visit to the Playhouse, arriving old and frail and asking for a bottle of Jack Daniels. “Then he walked on stage as a handsome actor and lost 50 years.” During nearly two hours of conversation, the always delightful Joseph Miloni made any number of remarks that I was warned to omit or he’d either have to kill me or return from his grave to get me. I’m hoping none of them popped up, but who knows. Talking to Joe is always worth the risk, and seeing him perform on stage is always a theatrical treat. , The Heiress runs Oct. 31-Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays presented by the Brigit St. Brigit Theatre at First Congregational Church Memorial Hall, 36th and Harney (parking on Southwest corner). Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors, military, students. Call 402.502.4910 for reservations. See online blog for review.
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Options for artists/self-employed If you are one of the more than 9 million Americans who are selfemployed, you may be wondering just how the new health care law applies to you. Under the new law, those who are self-employed are considered the same as individuals. This means you will have to buy insurance or be charged a fine. What you need to know: If you work for yourself, Entrepreneur.com suggests you have five basic options when it comes to health insurance. You could: n Forget about it and opt against purchasing insurance. The fee you will be charged in 2014 for this lack of coverage equates to 1% of your annual income or $95 a person, whichever is the higher amount. This fee increases each year at a rate of 2.5% of your income or $695 per person; whichever is the higher of the two. n If you already have a current insurance plan you like, you could keep it. There’s a chance it will be grandfathered in to the current system. Be aware that some of the benefits included in new health care plans may not be available through your current plan. n Use an exchange to find a plan. A good place to go is HealthCare. gov where you can compare plans, deductibles, out-of-pocket fees and premiums. n Find an insurance agent and purchase a plan through them. Keep in mind that if you use an independent agent, you may not be entitled to some of the subsidies available through the government-run exchanges. n Hire a full-time employee. Independent contractors do not count. Hiring another employee would move you up to a small business status. This means you would be eligible to shop for insurance in the Small Business Health Options Marketplace (SHOP).
Estimating Costs & Savings Kaiser Family Foundation offers an online subsidy calculator to help you figure out how much your premiums might cost as well as how much you might be eligible for in terms of subsidies. You will answer seven basic questions to get started: n Select a state. n Select which way you are entering your income, whether 2014 Dollars or % of Poverty Level. n Enter your annual income. n Enter if employer coverage is available. n The number of people in your family. n Number of adults enrolling in exchange coverage. n Number of children enrolling in exchange coverage. Note: Adults are 21 years of age and older while children are 20 years of age or younger. After entering the answers and hitting submit, the calculator returns with an estimated breakdown that includes your estimated yearly premium before any potential subsidy, the amount of government tax credit you might be eligible for and your total yearly premium with the estimated credit applied. An entrepreneur spends a few years of his life as most people won’t so that he can spend the rest of his life as most people can’t. – Unknown
here is no doubt that small business owners have had to absorb a lot of information regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Requirements vary depending on the number of employees and a number of other factors. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska has created a guide for small businesses as they navigate the provisions of this law.
Employer Mandate Tom Gilsdorf, director of product development of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska said small businesses need to understand two things: First, the ACA’s employer mandate, which would require all businesses to offer coverage, has been delayed until 2015. Second, small businesses with 2 to 49 employees are not required to offer health insurance to employees and are not subject to the same penalties as larger companies. Employers must notify all of their employees that coverage is available through the Marketplace, regardless if an employee is enrolled in the company’s health plan. Small businesses can expect to pay new fees and taxes related to the ACA, including the transitional reinsurance fee ($63 per year per covered life) and the patient-centered outcomes research fee ($2 per covered person).
n Pediatric services, including dental and vision care “Most small group plans typically already provide for most of those today,” Gilsdorf said. “But there are a few newer benefits that plans may not cover. Things like coverage for pediatric dental and vision care is a newer one.” The requirement for pediatric vision and dental care requires one eye exam and one set of glasses or contact lenses every year as well as orthodontic services with no lifetime maximum. Health insurance plans must also fit within four metallic levels: platinum, gold, silver and bronze, which offer differing levels of coverage and deductibles. Other provisions of the law require: n A waiting period of no more than 90 days for new employees n Maximum in-network, out-ofpocket costs for employees, copays included ($6,350 for individuals and $12,700 for families) and maximum small group deductibles for all plans ($2,000 for individuals, $4,000 for families).
All Plans Must Have... Among the provisions included in the ACA is the requirement that every health insurance plan for individuals, families and small employers must include 10 essential health benefits: n Outpatient n Emergency n Hospitalization n Maternity and newborn n Mental health and substance abuse disorder treatment, including behavioral health treatment n Prescription drugs n Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices n Laboratory services n Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management
SHOP Small businesses can shop for and purchase coverage in two ways: using an agent or broker, the same way businesses have selected coverage in the past, or using the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), which is available on the Federal Government’s ACA website. If a business chooses to purchase using the SHOP it may be eligible for tax credits, but businesses must meet several criteria to qualify, including: n Employing fewer than 25 full-time employees n Paying average annual wages below $50,000 n Contributing 50 percent or more toward employee insurance premiums “We expect that the majority of small employers will review their coverage through an agent or broker,” Gilsdorf said. “They do not have to purchase their employee’s coverage through the SHOP.” Small business owners may or may not be required to purchase coverage for their employees, and if they are, there are two ways to purchase that coverage, which should provide for specific types of care and services.
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incoln artist Jar Schepers is a self-described surrealistic sculptor with a deeply held socio-political point of view (POV). Yet, as Schepers’ current exhibit, Materialization at the Garden of the Zodiac in the Old Market Passageway clearly illustrates, his idealism and social conscience are exceeded only by his wildly creative imagination and artisanship. It’s the latter that most likely will resonate with viewers in this, his inaugural show in Omaha. Materialization, which continues through next Thursday, Nov. 14, features an interactive installation, eight additional large figurative sculptures and 11 smaller wall or pedestal pieces. Whatever their motive or size, all of Schepers’ creation consists of hybridized variations of human, insect and animal material. And all of them macabre. Though close inspection reveals they were made from both salvaged ordinary and unorthodox materials, the artist’s intent isn’t replication. Consistent with the sculptor’s vision, Schepers draws upon a sci-fi-influenced subconscious to create mutations that may remind some of such 50s and 60s films as “Creature from the Black Lagoon,” “Them” and “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” or 80s classics including “The Fly,” “Beetlejuice” and “The Thing” with their even more bizarre mutant forms. No matter the inspiration, Schepers’ hybrids create a convincing paradox of hypnotic attraction and admiration and abject repulsion. For many, a fear of six and eight-legged creepy crawlers, reptiles and winged invaders—not to mention humanoid variations—runs deep, especially when bastardized and larger than life. These alien forms from the past, present and future may look vaguely familiar, but their real origin is a subliminal love/hate for the exotic we share with the artist. This push/pull for the weird and extraordinary is at the heart of this show’s surrealistic style. It’s probably what drew its curator, artist Joe Broghammer, to the work as he helped organize this exhibit on behalf of the Moving Gallery. Broghammer’s own avian portraits and earlier carnival scenarios enjoy a mutual connection to this 1920s cultural movement devoted to creating strange creatures from everyday objects “outside of all aesthetic and moral preoccupation,” according to Surrealism’s founder, Andre Breton in his famous 1924 manifesto. Breton asserted this art form or style as a “superior reality of certain forms,” sourced in the “omnipotence of dreams, designed to substitute itself for them (ordinary reality) in solving all of the principal problems of life.” A lofty goal to be sure, though the public may best identify with Surrealism via the likes of Dali’s “flaming giraffes” or “melting watches” or the provocative
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“window paintings” of Magritte. Proof that the movement still has legs can be found closer to home with the art of Schepers and Broghammer along with peers Troy Muller and Nolan Tredway, among others. Whether the above all accept the label, each creates a “superior reality” that at least addresses, if not solves, “principal problems of life.” Broghammer’s “Flock of Joe,” with its combination of Audubon detail and twisted ambience and iconography are more personal evocations of the human condition; Muller’s challenging sculptures, scientific “studies” and archeological “digs” are sociopolitical, satirical cautionary tales; and Tredway’s nearly indescribable narratives and set pieces recreate myth and fiction into expressive, universal psychodrama. If there is a POV that unites Schepers’ work, including Materialization, he has said that it’s “apocalyptic,” invoking again the predominant theme of most “B” and “A-list” sci-fi film, that science and technology used to excess and minus a moral compass will be humankind’s downfall rather than salvation. Yet, this rather skeptical attitude is underscored by the artist’s vision and aesthetic that at the very least points to art’s powers of redemption and restoration. If that is mere hyperbole, then let Schepers’ art speak and amaze for itself. So strong are the work and its presentation that the gallery resembles a museum of preternatural history. Works hang on walls, ceiling or from a merry-goround. Others sit on pedestals or on the floor. As always in a theatre of the macabre, first impressions are strong and immediate, a mix of awe and curiosity that only increases as one moves from the venue’s front space through the haunted hallway and to the final shock that awaits in the antechamber of horrors. A press release on the gallery wall reiterates Schepers’ intent to comment on such pertinent contemporary issues as genetic engineering and the human impact on natural order. But here in the front room his message is overwhelmed by the work itself as it amazes, and in the case of “Creature Carousel,” entertains. Viewers will enjoy this hand-cranked whirligig whose menagerie of wonderfully grotesque flora and fauna responds with a danse macabre that may distract one from the intricate mechanism of Schepers’ device that makes all this happen. Competing for attention on the north wall is a trio of monumental wasps, whose title, “Revelatory Catharsis” simply doesn’t do their artistry justice. In fact it’s a distraction, however well intended. Composed of metal plastic tubing, hosiery and enamel, they evoke pathos as well as admiration what with their crumbling membranes and rusting infrastructure. Even if they threaten, one is reminded of famed actress Greta Garbo who cried out at the end of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Give me back my beast!”
An even larger disconnect between title and work exists with “The Average Consumer” as it occupies its own well-deserved corner and spotlight. This magnificent undersea dweller made of recycled wood and shards, a plastic Christmas tree, oil and acrylic is the single most creative work of grace and splendor in the show. At 10 feet long from the tip of its willowy tail to its saw-toothed maw, this possible hybrid of an Antarctic ice fish, viperfish and fanfin seadevil floats out of the Mariana Trench of Schepers’ imagination into our psyche. But its supposed analogy to an average consumer, ironic or not, is a bit of a stretch. Credit instead Schepers’ aesthetic that this most engaging work soars above the fray because of its convincing form, proportion, balance and alarming visage. Walking through the hallway of haunts is like running a gauntlet, alarmed at every turn of the head at each new amalgam of human, insect and animal parts that catches and holds our attention. We admire their unique blend of head, body and appendages. And their distorted and exaggerated features seem right, so cleverly does the sculptor use his appropriated materials. Even the titles serve their subjects. “Vertabratortoise” is indeed an earth-toned blend of deer bones, turtle shells, shed snakeskin, metal and oil paint, sure to capture one’s gaze as it averts another. “Biomorphic Flea,” a monster of a baby that has metamorphosed into an eight-legged, clawed crustacean sporting a doll’s head is likewise guaranteed to offend even as it fascinates. However, nothing in this rogue’s gallery of environmental mutants quite prepares you for what lies and hangs around the corner. Especially three floor sculptures, most aptly titled “When Will We Cease To Be Human?” This trio of large humanoids in some stage of gestation best serves Schepers’ sociohumanistic commentary. This is some angry stuff guaranteed to scare hell into any self-respecting Creationist who fears any reference to evolution or, in this case, devolution. For further consideration Schepers offers his wall sculpture, “Post-Apocalyptic Nuclear Family,” consisting of mom, dad and two siblings, horrific survivors of an atomic holocaust. This is his most prosaic work, but even these trophies to man’s inhumanity effectively illustrates his apparent doomsday vision. Despite this, Schepers remains the existentialist. Rather than try to answer why mankind destroys, his art is its own reason for its existence, and for his. , Materialization continues through Nov. 14 at the Garden of the Zodiac Gallery, in the Old Market Passageway, 1042 Howard St. For more information contact 402341-1877 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ew indie hip-hop artists have experienced the meteoric rise to fame that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are currently witnessing. From relative obscurity to appearances on Saturday Night Live and MTV, the Seattle-based duo is deeply submerged in the spotlight. In fact, Macklemore’s face recently made the cover of Rolling Stone. It’s all moving incredibly fast, but they are clearly enjoying the roller coaster ride. Born Ben Haggerty in 1983, he grew up in Seattle and graduated from Evergreen State College in 2005 during which time he released his first EP, The Language of My World. But that’s where his career came to a screeching halt. Haggerty was struggling with a menacing drug addiction behind closed doors, which zapped his creativity. He cites 20052009 as years of very low production. “I had always wanted to get clean and sober, but didn’t really have the tools to do it,” Haggerty explains. “I had the desire to quit using drugs and alcohol, but I didn’t know how to
n Several area bands have contributed songs to a new compilation benefitting the Omaha Girls Rock camp. Three of the participating bands will celebrate the compilation by playing a release show Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Slowdown, 729 North 14th St. Howard, Manic Pixie Dream Girls and All Young Girls Are Machine Guns are set for the show, which will start early at 6 p.m. The $7 cover at the door is good for admission and a download card of the compilation. All proceeds go to Omaha Girls Rock, a music performance and education workshop that hosts a yearly summer camp for area girls. Check out the compilation online at hearnebraska.bandcamp. com/album/omaha-girls-rock-comp. n Local jazz/experimental artist Luke Polipnick
get out of my environment, I didn’t know how to get out of my head and really focus on who I wanted to be. I didn’t have that resource.” On Tuesday, Oct. 29, the Century Link Center was swarming with people of all ages, race and gender for Macklemore’s performance featuring openers Big K.R.I.T. and Talib Kweli. During the show, he addressed his personal struggles with addiction in the most genuine and sincere way ever witnessed at a hip-hop show saying, “A lot of rappers tell you that in order for them to be creative they have to be high or drunk. For me, it was the exact opposite. If I got high or drunk, my creativity would completely shut off. I went years back of forth of battling this and trying to get clean, but it was not working. Finally in 2008, for the first time in my life I went to rehab and I got sober. I came out of rehab and I had nothing I was broke. I moved back into my parent’s house.” At that point in his life, he started making music again, this time with former tour photographer Ryan Lewis, who eventually became his producer. One day he was in Lewis’ parent’s basement (which ironically is a recurring theme in his life) and Lewis looped a Red Hot Chili Peppers’ song. He quickly wrote the lyrics to what would become the song, “The Other Side,” which he did a cappella style at Tuesday’s performance. “That’s probably the fastest song I’ve ever written,” he says. “I didn’t really have to think about writing that song. It just happened. Music is just kind of an outlet for me to kind of clean out the cobwebs and really go through whatever it is I’m going through emotionally on a piece of paper. That’s what music has always been for me in its purest form. That was definitely that song for me. It took me like 15 or 20 minutes to write the whole thing.” Sadly, Haggerty suffered a relapse in December 2011 after returning home from a tour. Anyone who has struggled with addiction knows what a devastating blow this is, especially when you want nothing more to stay clean. “Initially getting sober, I went to a treatment facility and there I was able to get perspective on the broader scheme of life and realize that there’s something greater than myself,” he says. “I had lost any contact with God or power greater than myself during the time I was using drugs and alcohol. I don’t consider myself a religious person at all, but I do consider myself a person that believes that there is something greater than us out there. Getting back
has two new releases out now. The first is Episodes, which is available on CD. Polipnick also put out a cassette-only release A Dozen Suns. The next time to hear Polipnick will be Saturday, November 8th at the Zoo Bar in Lincoln. He will be sharing the stage with the Bad Plus’ Dave King. n The sounds of Christmas will take up residence at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St., starting in late November, with three unique Christmas-themed shows on tap. The Sounds of Christmas starring Elisabeth von Trapp with the Carolian Brass will connect yuletide sounds with The Sound of Music, as von Trapp is the granddaughter of the von Trapp family that inspired the classic musical. The Priests, a trio of Irish tenors
into a sober mind state, I got in touch with something I lost a long time ago. I was able to realize I had a certain amount of control but I don’t in the same sense. I have the ability to choose whether I’m using drugs and alcohol yet all these things that are happening to me are false. I could choose them or I can just going against them. I used drugs and alcohol as a numbing device. The minute that I lost the desire to numb myself was the most essential tool of the tool belt.” Thankfully he was armed with these tools because the relapse could have easily derailed him completely, but instead, he forged ahead, started over and released 2012’s The Heist, which catapulted him to international recognition. The album debuted at number 1 on iTunes within hours of being released without any major label support. “It’s a lot of hard work and a lot of sacrifice to put in to the art,” he says.” It’s nice to see it take off in a new way on the level that it’s at right now.” That’s an understatement. Locally, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have progressed from shows at The Waiting Room to sold out shows at Sokol Auditorium and, most recently, to Century Link. It all happened so quickly. One thing, however, has seemingly remained the same, which is his authenticity. While his hit single, “Thrift Shop,” was the track that more or less got the ball rolling, there’s much more to him than a silly, albeit catchy, song about used clothing. This was evident during the performance. In addition to speaking frankly to the massive crowd about his own demons, he touched on the topic of same-sex marriage prior to doing his other big single, “Same Love.” If anything, the small amounts of talking he did in between songs painted an accurate picture of who Ben Haggerty really is underneath the fur coats and ‘coon hats. He knows there is a balance. While he stays true to his sobriety and the messages he puts out into the world, he knows it’s not for everyone. “If you’re at that point in your life where you’re drinking and drugging and that’s who you are and what you stand for, that’s what is going to reflect in your music,” he explains. “Schoolboy Q, Danny Brown and A$AP Rocky are all my friends, but they talk about sippin’ lean or smoking weed and taking pills. They have their own spin on drug culture, but that’s what that do. To be like, ‘you know what, you guys shouldn’t rap about this.’ I’m not in a position to say that. What makes me frustrated is seeing people that don’t drink or smoke who rap about it and glorify it and try to make money off of it because it’s popular. I want to be as genuine and authentic as possible.” , To hear the actual recording of “The Other Side” at last Tuesday’s performance, visit http://www.rapstation.com/shows/3884/andyoudontstop.html.
whose debut album set classical music sales records, will visit the Holland Saturday, Dec. 7, to perform a mix of Christmas and sacred music, classical arias and traditional Irish songs. The three tenors are brothers Father Martin O’Hagan and Eugene O’Hagan along with Father David Delargy. Local talent takes the stage Sunday, Nov. 24, for the 45th annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah. The show is free, though donations will be taken to offset production costs. The show will feature 16 youth performers and four college-age singers from the Voices of Omaha program. n Of Montreal proved that their headtrip visuals still had a home within a set comprised of some of the Athens band’s most organic, straightforward songs. While the usual theatrics of Kevin
Barnes and company seemed scaled back to fit in with the retro-tinged nature of the band’s material on 2013’s Lousy With Sylvianbriar, psychedelicswirl and kaleidoscopic projections still featured prominently as the band played a concise, but upbeat set of material. Three extras paraded out in mostly-white costumes to be hit with various targeted images as the band played. This time the visuals were truly extra, as Of Montreal’s set list seemed loaded with danceable beats and plenty of guitar pop bliss to hold an audience’s attention if the projections went away. — 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,
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ew Orleans is alive and well these days. Want proof? Then it would be a treat to beat your feet near the Missouri mud and march on down to the Holland Center on November 14. There y’ll’ can partake of “A Night in Treme: The Musical Majesty of New Orleans” as the Big Easy’s Soul Rebels Brass Band struts its stuff on stage and blends sounds with other Crescent City artists: alto sax legend Donald Harrison Jr., trumpet star James Andrews (sometimes called “Satchmo of the Ghetto”) and funk guitarist Leo Nocentelli, a rocking foundation of The Meters. This intense manifestation is designed to vivify the feel of life along the streets and in the bars and halls of New Orleans’ Treme, one of the city’s most famed and oldest neighborhoods, an enduring center of African-American and Creole culture. At the end of the 19th century, Treme was home to the bawdy houses of Storyville with early jazz players such as Jelly Roll Morton earning their keep, keeping on inventing a new kind of music and where, in Congo Square, slaves had the freedom to dance in public on Sundays. That’s where hearts were turning ever far from the old folks at home and where brass and symphonic bands gave concerts whose improvisations provided other foundations of what got labeled Jazz. “You have to go back to New Orleans’ past and understand that it was the only city in the Northern Hemisphere where people of African descent were allowed to keep their culture alive and play music from Africa,” Harrison told readers of Missouri’s Columbia Daily Tribune. “I draw back upon that history.”
Harrison has often performed as a TV actor, portraying a resident of that neighborhood in the HBO four- season series “Treme.” David Simon and Eric Overmeyer are the creators; their accomplishments, among others, include the HBO phenomenon “The Wire.” James Andrews has been in many episodes too. His recent appearances there, according to his website, “sparked a fire that rekindled the hearts of many and kept the spirit of New Orleans alive throughout the world over with his own rendition of ‘Ooh- poopah- Doo’.” Plus The Soul Rebels turned up in the Season One finale performing “Drink A Little Poison (4 U Die).” Thus do they reunite, the TV series a previous link. It’s also a link to how this whole musical experience came about. “A Night in Treme: The Musical Majesty of New Orleans” is part of an ongoing four- year project created by concert producer Danny Melnick. A self-described “jazz freak,” his heart and soul have been in creating such as this, especially given long time status as an associate of George Wein, the force behind the 59 year monumental Newport Jazz Festival. When Melnick learned of the soon-to-air HBO series, he and the producers agreed to merge concepts. Then, with participation by such artists as those you can hear here, these concerts kicked off. By now Melnick has sent out scores of musicians all over the U.S for gigs in different combinations, playing a variety of styles, but always New Orleans-based. If you’ve seen the series, you know that the effects of Hurricane Katrina have a strong role in the stories. That tragedy plays no serious part in this melodic
event. Besides, as Melnick points out, “There are so many cross-currents in New Orleans that people there will undoubtedly say to you, ‘Hey, man, there was life before Katrina. We don’t want to be defined by that.” Why “Musical Majesty”? “There is a majestic, dynamic, incredible heartbeat of a city,” Melnick points out, “where musical artists are treated like royalty in a long reign of glory going back as far as King Oliver. And now we have Donald Harrison, known as ‘The King of Nouveau Swing.’” Add to that: Rex and his Queen preside over every Mardi Gras Ball. You know, no doubt, that NOLA Mardi Gras revelers dress up the nines. And part of the Treme tradition involves very specific wardrobes worn by Mardi Gras Indians. They are not Native Americans, although the suits are influenced by indigenous ceremonial robes. There are tribes too. Harrison has long been the Big Chief of The Congo Square Nation Afro-New Orleans tribe. He may or may not turn up in Omaha thus costumed; suits like his can weigh up to a hundred pounds. Heavy luggage. “I call it ‘Afro-New Orleans’ because it’s not pure African anymore,” he said in that Columbus, Missouri interview. Adding “ …and then you have all of
Harrison has been along his own line of march. He created what he calls “Nouveau Swing” – merging jazz with much of the above along with soul and modern dance music. He came up with the CD Quantum Leap which, his website says, found musicians and critics agreeing “is a next step for jazz…opening up new areas for time, harmony, and melody.” Leo Nocentelli made his name as part of The Meters blending funk, blues, and dance grooves. The Meters have had four consecutive hit singles: “Sophisticated Cissy,” “Cissy Strut,” “Ease Back,” and “Look a Py Py,” all reaching the Top 10 on R&B charts. And dig this: The Meters have just been nominated to enter the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. The guitarist has been on sessions with such diverse artists as Bonnie Raitt, Boz Scaggs, Etta James, Stevie Wonder, Albert King and Sting and goes as far back in New Orleans to have had personal connections with Harrison, with whom he grew up. Calling the alto sax player “an extraordinary musician,” he says, on The Gibson website, “He’s very dear to me,” More recently those two had gigs together on a European tour. As for the Soul Rebels, Nocentelli dovetails there likewise; he’s written songs for them. Nocentelli points out that The Meters have all
the music of New Orleans which has influenced rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, soul and even hip-hop. It’s something that keeps informing New Orleans’ music and, conversely, keeps informing the world.” Don’t think of this musical gathering as mainly dwelling on traditional jazz, popularly called “Dixieland.” There are, indeed, reflections of such roots in James “12” Andrews’ playing. Yet, he says that he swings the New Orleans tradition “in contemporary ways,” telling us that “12” is a nickname from his father for whom that was a lucky number. Andrews started his trumpet playing in local marching bands. The Soul Rebels Brass band goes in that direction, but avers incorporating influences from outside the city plus “late- breaking” local styles, R&B, funk, hip-hop and rap.
kinds of musical affinities. “We are definitely directly connected to the New Orleans flavor with our new style of funk,” he told me. “My music spans a 50 year era and is still contributing to the spirit of music today.” “There’s not too many places that you can say have their own music,” he commented on that website. “But you can say you’re going to play New Orleans music. When you say New Orleans music, you know what the person is talking about.” And don’t forget Big Easy food and drink. You needn’t forget. A couple of dishes will be on the pre-concert menu at Zinc, Holland Center’s full service restaurant. Plus all house bars plan to offer “The Hurricane” a rum-based drink which way pre-dates Katrina. Yes indeed, Crescent City vibrations will be all over the place. As Melnick said,“The whole point is to celebrate New Orleans.” , Omaha Performing Arts presents “A Night in Treme: The Musical Majesty of New Orleans” November 14 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas Street. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30-$70. More info at 402.345,0606 or www.omahaperformingarts.org.
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CELEBRATING CASSETTES: THE JOY OF LOW FIDELITY
very year right around now, I put my Mini Cooper convertible in storage and replace it with a ’96 Geo Tracker. My Cooper has virtually no ground clearance, which makes it useless in any measurable snow, while the Tracker not only stands high above the ground but also is four-wheel-drive, making it virtually unstoppable. The downsides of my Geo: It’s beginning to rust. The driver’s side door handle is broken. The rims are the wrong size, so the tires have a habit of deflating overnight. It smells like my dogs. The upside: It has a cassette deck. There’s something particularly awesome about digging out a mixtape from the summer of 1994 and listening to forgotten bands like Uncle Joe’s Big Ol’ Driver or Morphine or The Wedding Present or Game Theory. But for Chris Fischer, the label executive behind Unread Records, cassette tapes are more than just a nostalgia trip. The motto on the homepage of unread-records.com: “Creating homemade tapes from empty aluminum cans since 1994.” Fischer used to live in Omaha. The Lancaster, Pennsylvania, native, now living in Pittsburgh, was wooed to our city in the late ‘90s by none other than Conor Oberst after Fischer set up a show for him in Lancaster back in the early Bright Eyes days. Back then, Fischer’s Unread Records was part of the underground world of cassette-tape-only record labels. Now 19 years later, it still is, even though super-cheap digital music technology should have made cassettes obsolete. Instead, Unread boasts a catalog of 148 cassette tapes by artists such as Charlie McAlister, Ramon Speed, Spirit Duplicator and Omaha’s own Simon Joyner. Those artists will join seven more from the Unread Records roster for Junkfest #19 — a concert at the Sweatshop Gallery in Benson this Saturday at 6 p.m. Fischer said the event, which celebrates the label’s 19th birthday, will be “a great show, very bizarre, an experience.”
When I interviewed Fischer back in 2000, the central question was: Why cassettes? Not so strangely, the question remained at the forefront when I talked to him last Saturday. He admitted cassettes have inferior sound quality, degrade faster and are more expensive to mass produce than CDRs. And if you thought finding a turntable was hard, finding a cassette deck means scouring eBay, Craig’s List or your local pawn shop. Fischer said his love of cassettes is a product of growing up idolizing tape labels of yesterday like Shrimper, Catsup Plate and Omaha’s Sing!
song off iTunes or just buy increments of music as opposed to a whole album,” Fischer said. “There’s nothing better than listening to an album — the A side, the B side, hits or no hits, I like to hear it all for what it is.” Over the years, Fischer has gone from a production process that involved plugging tape decks together to dub six tapes at a time to using professional dubbers. He dubs between 50 and 150 tapes per title, depending on how well he thinks they’ll sell, then gives half of them to the artists. Not a total Luddite, Fischer said if an
Eunuchs. “Cassettes are more artistically attractive to me,” he said. “It’s a mechanical thing, a physical object. It feels better to hold a cassette. It jangles around a bit. It has screws. It’s not that I’m anti-technology, there’s nothing wrong with CRSs, they just don’t look as attractive, and I don’t understand how they work.” Plus, like vinyl records, cassettes have two sides. “Everyone now just wants to purchase a
artist provides the master on CD, he makes the tracks available for digital download. But it’s the cassettes that are the cool, collectable thing, not the downloads. Simon Joyner, who ran Sing! Eunuchs with Chris Deden, said cassettes became an important medium in the late ‘80s into the ‘90s because everyone had a cassette player and recorder at home. “So, people who wanted to create music
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could do it very easily and inexpensively. They could try anything they wanted because no studios were necessary, no label was necessary. Out of this, labels formed around this DIY concept that artists were everywhere and here’s the music, cheap and accessible.” But Bandcamp and other digital music filesharing sites have made cassettes unnecessary. “What’s going on now is fetishistic, econo-chic,” Joyner said. “There is nostalgia around the cassette medium because so many great, important artists and bands started out that way, during that time when it was the cheapest, easiest way to get music out there. (Today) most people releasing music on cassette are feeding that population of cassette fetishists while also releasing the same music in other ways, having their tape and eating it, too.” Joyner said when he was putting out tapes, he “longed for vinyl, and that hasn’t changed.” Fischer agreed, and Unread has released a number of vinyl records. “I would love to do a lot more,” Fischer said, “but 80 percent of my catalog is cassettes only because of cash flow. If I won the lottery, I’d do more vinyl.” But even if he did, there would still be a fascination for cassettes. “Nowadays, cassettes are cool and retro,” Fischer said. “A friend of mine approached me to put out a cassette and didn’t have the first idea how they worked or what they were. It blew my mind.” Joyner, who never liked the “low-fi” label placed on him early in his career, accepted tape hiss as an unavoidable product of recording limitations. “You should only love that sound if the music in the foreground is good,” Joyner said. “Then as now, a lot of music released on tape is no good, and having it on tape doesn’t change that fact. But when it is good, there is something nice about the hum and hiss as I drive around the city in my decrepit Ford Escort just to hear it.” Or in my Geo Tracker. ,
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DURTY THURSDAY - E BROWN, 9 pm, Bar 415, Free. GONZO & J EXPO, 9 pm, Bar 415, Contact Bar 415 for cover charges. STONEBELLY W/ VAGO AND TOWNSHIP & RANGE, 9 pm, Barley Street Tavern, $5.
READER RECOMMENDS ROCKIN’ JOHNNY BURGIN, (Blues) 5:30 pm, 21st Saloon, $8. BLACKLITE DISTRICT W/ LEIGHTON, (Rock) 9 pm, Bourbon Theater, $6: 21 and up | $8: 18 and up. NEW MOON SONGWRITERS NIGHT, (Folk/Singer-Song writer) 7 pm, Crescent Moon Coffee, FREE. LIVE MUSIC WITH STEVE LOVETT, 8 pm, Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, Free. MY BROTHER, THE NOBODY’S, 9 pm, Knickerbockers, Contact Knickerbockers for cover charge.
READER RECOMMENDS JOHN KLEMMENSEN & THE PARTY W/ THE PHOTO ATLAS & THE KNEW, (Rock) 9:30 pm, O’Leaver’s Pub, $5. CAMERON CARPENTER, 7:30 pm, Orpheum Theater, $25 - $50. BARRY BOYCE BAND, 8 pm, OzoNE Lounge at Anthony’s Steakhouse, Free. SCREAMING FEMALES W/ GORDON, (Rock) 8 pm, Slowdown, $8 ADV / $10 DOS. ACOUSTIC MUSIC THURSDAYS!, 8 pm, Two Fine Irishmen, Contact Two Fine Irishmen for cover charge. FLYOVER COUNTRY SOUNDTRACK RELEASE PARTY, (Rock) 8 pm, Waiting Room, $7. THE DAN BAND, (Cover Band) 8 pm, Whiskey Roadhouse (Horseshoe Casino), $30. MARK STUART AND THE BASTARD SONS, 6 pm, Zoo Bar, $8. LA MUSIQUE DE FRANCAIS (MULTIPLE LOCAL ARTISTS) W/ FRENCHY & THE PUNK (NYC), (Rock) 9 pm, Zoo Bar, $6.
MR. SINISTER, (Rock) 9 pm, Anchor Inn, Free. TOY BOXX, 9 pm, Arena Bar & Grill, Free. DINO VELVET & JASON KIDD & DAMIEN, 9 pm, Bar 415, Contact Bar 415 for cover charges.
READER RECOMMENDS THEE BEAT SEEKERS W/ THE GARDENHEADS, (Rock) 9 pm, Barley Street Tavern, $5. WELDON KEYS, (Rock) 8 pm, Bourbon Theater, $5: 21 and up | $7: 18 and up. MARK CHESNUTT, (Country) 8 pm, Coyote Willy’s, $15 ADV / $20 DOS. CHRIS SHELTON, (Rock) 9 pm, Firewater Grille, Free. KARAOKE THEATRE, 8:30 pm, House Of Loom, Free. R&B ZONE PERFORMS, 8 pm, Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, Free. US AND THEM, (Blues) 7 pm, McKenna’s Booze, Blues & BBQ, Free.
READER RECOMMENDS DAVID DONDERO W/ TED STEVENS UNKNOWN PROJECT, BRAD HOSHAW, 9 pm, O’Leaver’s Pub, $7. COSMO QUIZ, (Cover Band) 8 pm, OzoNE Lounge at Anthony’s Steakhouse, Free. NAKED PLYWOOD W/ JOEY FRATELLI & MITCH GETTMAN, (Rock) 8 pm, Pizza Shoppe Collective, $5. ENVY!, (Cover Band) 9 pm, Two Fine Irishmen, Contact Two Fine Irishmen for cover charge. SEVEN DAY STRETCH, 8 pm, Shamrock’s Pub & Grill, Contact Shamrock’s for cover charge.
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ROCK AND ROLL SUICIDE PRESENTS “PURPLE RAIN,” “ZIGGY STARDUST,” AND “STOP MAKING SENSE”, (Rock) 8 pm, Slowdown, $5. HOOKT, 8:30 pm, The Grove, Free.
READER RECOMMENDS MARK STUART AN THE BASTARD SONS W/ THE WILLARDS & RANDY BURK, 8 pm, The Sydney, Contact the Sydney for cover charge. SATURN ASCENDS: A TOOL LIVE TRIBUTE EXPERIENCE, NARCOTIC SELF, THE END IN RED, BREAK MAIDEN, (Rock/Cover Band) 9 pm, Waiting Room, $10. SATURN ASCENDS W/ NARCOTIC SELF & THE END IN RED, (Rock) 9 pm, Waiting Room, $10. TIJUANA GIGOLOS, (Blues) 5 pm, Zoo Bar, $5. DAVE KING (OF THE BAD PLUS!) W/ LUKE POLIPNIK AND TBA, 9 pm, Zoo Bar, $10 ADV / $15 DOS.
READER RECOMMENDS FRENCHY AND THE PUNK (NY) STEAMPUNK CABARET, 9 pm, Side Door Lounge, Free.
JAMES EHRMAN & SEMTECH, 9 pm, Bar 415, Contact Bar 415 for cover charges. BLACK-ATOM CD RELEASE PARTY W/ AJ THE DREAD, BROLLY THE GENERAL AND TKO, (Rock) 9 pm, Barley Street Tavern, $5. SHOTGUN AND LACE, (Country) 9 pm, Coyote Willy’s, $5. V-TWIN BAND W/ PUNCHING PUPPETS, 9 pm, Duggan’s Pub, $5.
READER RECOMMENDS THE HONEYBOY TURNER BAND FEATURING ROCKIN’ JOHNNY, (Blues) 9 pm, Havana Garage, Free. ENTER THE WU-TANG: 36 CHAMBERS 20TH ANNIVERSARY W/ DJS SHOR-T & SKYSCRAPER, (Hip-Hop/Rap) 9 pm, House Of Loom, Free. LIVE MUSIC BY THE HIGHTOPS, 8 pm, Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, Free. LOVE’S JAZZ AND ARTS CENTER “JAZZY TASTE OF WINE” BRINGING THE ARTS TO LIFE, (Jazz) 7 pm, Love’s Jazz & Art Center, $35/ $25 members.
READER RECOMMENDS SNAKE ISLAND W/ EX NUNS & PISSWALKER, (Rock) 9:30 pm, O’Leaver’s Pub, $5. THE PERSONICS, (Cover Band) 8 pm, OzoNE Lounge at Anthony’s Steakhouse, Free. P!NK, (Pop) 8 pm, Pinnacle Bank Arena, $39.50 $99.50. CUBBY PHILLIPS AND MICHAEL FREDERICKSON IMPROVISATION WITH UNO JAZZ COMBOS, (Jazz) 7 pm, Pizza Shoppe Collective, Free. COMIC BOOK COMES TO LIFE AS BIG NATE ROCKS THE ROSE THEATER, 7 pm, Rose Theater, $18 / Discount ticket vouchers are available at all area Hy-Vee stores for $14 each. VINTAGE EP RELEASE SHOW W/ CLEAR THE DAY, SLOW STOICS, 8 pm, Slowdown, $8. “THE ELECTRIFYING HARP” - CONCERT PRESENTED BY PROFESSIONAL HARPIST STEPHEN HARTMAN., 7 pm, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students, and free admission for children under 12. UNREAD RECORDS & TAPES PRESENTS : JUNKFEST #19, 5 pm, Sweatshop Gallery, $7. TWO DRAG CLUB W/ PANCHO & THE CONTRABAND, TOM PHILLIPS TRIO, & FLIGHT METAPHOR, (Rock) 9 pm, Waiting Room, $5. LEFT-HANDED KINGS, WORRIED MOTHERS, SOLID GOLDBERG, (Rock) 9 pm, Zoo Bar, $5.
HAIRBALL: A BOMBASTIC CELEBRATION OF ARENA ROCK, (Rock) 7 pm, Bourbon Theater, $10 ADV | $15 DOS. BROWNVILLE CONCERT SERIES TO PRESENT SINGER, CHRISTINE ANDREAS, 7:30 pm, Brownville Concert Hall, Cabaret tickets are $23, concert tickets are $17 ($12 for students). NEAK W/ THE POET SOLACE TAYLOR, 9 pm, Duffy’s Tavern, $5. SALSA SUNDAY @ LATIN MADNESS, 7 pm, House Of Loom, $5. UNL OPERA TO PERFORM ALBERT HERRING, 7:30 pm, Kimball Recital Hall, Adults $20; Students/ Seniors $10. O’LEAVER’S OPEN MIC NIGHT, 9 pm, O’Leaver’s Pub, Free. THE WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE & I AM NO LONGER AFRAID TO DIE, (Rock) 6 pm, Slowdown, $8. JON SUNDERMEIER, 2 pm, Soaring Wings Vineyard, Free. ROGER CLYNE AND THE PEACEMAKERS W/ FIFTH ON THE FLOOR, (Rock) 8 pm, Waiting Room, $15.
READER RECOMMENDS THE PLEASE, PLEASE ME W/ ARIEL AND THE ARGO NAUTS AND SYDNEY, 6 pm, Zoo Bar, $5.
OPEN MIC & SONGWRITER SHOWCASE, (Folk/Singer-Song writer) 9 pm, Barley Street Tavern, FREE.
READER RECOMMENDS AN EVENING W/ JAKE SHIMABUKURO, 7 pm, Bourbon Theater, $30: General Admission | $45: Reserved Seating. FIRST CUT INDUSTRY NIGHT W/DJ DRDRIGGS, (DJ/Electronic) 9 pm, House Of Loom, Contact House of Loom for cover charge. BIG BAND MONDAY FEATURING GOOCH 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. WAITING ROOM MUSIC QUIZ, 8 pm, Waiting Room, FREE. PIANO HOUR W/ EMILY BASS, 5 pm, Zoo Bar, contact the Zoo Bar for cover charge. ZOO BAR HOUSE BAND, 7 pm, Zoo Bar, $3.
VIC NASTY, 9 pm, Bar 415, Contact Bar 415 for cover charges. THE TALBOTT BROTHERS W/ THE BREAKING YARD, DAVID MAHLER AND 20,000 STRONGMEN, 9 pm, Barley Street Tavern, $5. THIS MUST BE THE BAND, (Cover Band) 9 pm, Waiting Room, $12. JAZZOCRACY, (Jazz) 6 pm, Zoo Bar, Free.
READER RECOMMENDS HANA ZARA AND TAYLOR SMITH W/ THE GOLDEN HOUR AND EMMA NELSON, 9 pm, Zoo Bar, $5.
DJESSE JUST JACE BURN WON, 9 pm, Bar 415, Contact Bar 415 for cover charges. TRIVIUM & DEVILDRIVER, (Rock) 6 pm, Bourbon Theater, $19 ADV / $24 DOS. DICEY RILEYS, 7 pm, Brazen Head Irish Pub, Free. THE BREAKING YARD W/ MCCARTHY TRENCHING, 20,000 WARPED WAX W/TURNTABLIST CMB, (DJ/Electronic) 8 pm, House Of Loom, Free. CRATE & CRAFT CLUB | JAZZ VINYL W/ANDREW MONSON, (Jazz) 8 pm, House Of Loom, Free. NATTY VIBES W/ RO HEMPEL BAND, 9 pm, Knickerbockers, $10. MICHAEL CAMPBELL AT LIBRARY SONGWRITER NIGHT, (Folk/Singer-Songwriter) 8 pm, Library Pub, Free.
READER RECOMMENDS TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, 7:30 pm, MidAmerica Center, $40 - $69. DAYBREAK, 8 pm, OzoNE Lounge at Anthony’s Steakhouse, Free. CAPITOL AVE. CD RELEASE SHOW W/ DELREECE, (Hip-Hop/ Rap) 8 pm, Slowdown, $5. GRIEVES W/ SWEATSHOP UNION, 9 pm, Waiting Room, $12.
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Chicago, Canada & France
ine Chicago guitarist Rockin’ Johnny Burgin hits the metro, backed by the excellent Honeyboy Turner Band from Lincoln. Rockin’ Johnny’s playing has jump, sparkle and can swing in the tradition of players like T-Bone Walker. He can also put down some raucous licks in the Chicago blues style of his hometown. He’s been recorded by Chicago’s legendary Delmark Records label. He’s backed for these dates by Lincoln’s Honeyboy Turner Band, a tight, jumpin’ ensemble that is an OEAA nominee for Best Blues artist. Honeyboy Turner Band released the smart, danceable CD Billiard Playin’ Mama earlier this year. The group shares the bill with J.W. Jones at The 21st Saloon Thursday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m. Rockin’ Johnny and Honeyboy Turner Band hit Havana Garage Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 p.m. See honeyboyturner.com and rockinjohnnyband.com. J.W. Jones: Guitarist J.W. Jones is a Canadian Maple Leaf Awards winner and multiple nominee. He is touring in support of his seventh CD and is in-demand as a touring artist, having performed in 19 countries so far. James has collaborated directly with artists from Kim Wilson, who produced his 2004 CD My Kind of Evil, to Colin James, David “Fathead” Newman, Charlie Musselwhite and Hubert Sumlin. See
jw-jones.com. J.W. Jones band shares the night with Rockin’ Johnny and Honeyboy Turner Band at The 21st Saloon Thursday, Nov. 7, 6-9 p.m. Zoo Bar Music: Zoo Bar favorites the Tijuana Gigolos hold down the Friday early show, Nov. 8, 5-7 p.m. The eclectic indie-pop sounds of Austin’s Please, Please Me are up on Sunday, Nov. 10, 6-9 p.m. I really enjoy this band’s upbeat, celloinflected pop that they call “poetry you can dance to.” See thepleasepleaseme.com. French Folk Steampunk: If you’re looking for eclectic new music, Frenchy & The Punk, a duo from New York City, have two local shows. Their press says, “imagine Django Reinhardt, the White Stripes, Johnny Ramone, Siouxsie Sioux and Edith Piaf jamming together at an event hosted by Deepak Chopra and Toulouse Lautrec.” Check frenchyandthepunk.com. See them at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Thursday, Nov. 7, 9 p.m. and at Side Door Lounge Friday, Nov. 8, 9 p.m. Bastard Sons: Mark Stuart & The Bastard Sons (formerly Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash) play Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Thursday, Nov. 7, 6-9 p.m. The band is at The Sydney in Benson Friday, Nov. 8, along with The Williards and Randy Burk. Hot Notes: Mark your calendars for the OEAA -Music Nominees Showcase Friday, Dec. 6, in Benson.,
HOODOO is a weekly column focusing on blues, roots, Americana and occasional other music styles with an emphasis on live music performances. Hoodoo columnist B.J. Huchtemann is a Reader senior contributing writer and veteran music journalist who has covered the local music scene for nearly 20 years. Follow her blog at hoodoorootsblues.blogspot.com.
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lam it up all you want: Ender’s Game is about a kid playing a high-stakes video game. And before Fred Savage-fueled visions of The Wizard go Super-Mario-dancing in your head, you should know this features absolutely no Power Glove love. Based on a beloved book by awful homophobe and terrible human being Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game is about how bad/good war is, how noble/irrelevant compassion is and how important/meaningless individuality is. If there was a clear message in the book beyond “kids can play video games like whoa,” screenwriter/director Gavin Hood lost it in adaptation. The result is a tepid, vanilla, special-effects bonanza with no stakes that squanders Harrison Ford’s attempt to kind of give a damn for once. Asa Butterfield is the titular Ender Wiggin, a brilliant boy trained to command military action against aliens from a young age. As is always the case, smart children in fiction are played as emotionally stunted and devoid of true personality, so Butterfield isn’t given much to do when his voice isn’t cracking while belting out commands. Colonel Graff (Ford) is convinced that the insect-like aliens are going to return to earth and treat us like we treat actual insects, so he rushes Ender through the training program in the hopes of turning the tide once and for all. This all leads to a climactic battle that takes place in what is basically the holodeck from “Star Trek’s” Enterprise, the Danger Room from “X-Men” or the dreamatorium from NBC’s “Community.”
More talented actresses Abigail Breslin and Hailee Steinfeld are forced to play “Go get ‘em, male hero guy!” roles because Card’s brain is the kind of place where having female genitals fully eliminates independent heroism. Their characters exist solely to help Ender reach his objective. Worse yet is Major Gwen Anderson (Viola Davis), whose job it is to whine about hurt feelings and fragile emotions to Colonel “My name even looks like gruff ” Graff. In the hands of a more gifted artist than Hood, the adaptation may have focused on modern extrapolations of the book’s themes. For example, the detached, robotic military equipment that kills enemies while its users are safe far, far away certainly mirrors the current hubbub over US drone strikes. Likewise, the stale “coming of age too young in the face of war” theme that has been present since movies first grew to prominence in the wake of World War could have been replaced by an examination of the intellectual and revolutionary power of youth (see The Arab Spring, for example). Instead, Ender just plays with a fancy X-Box, and Hood hopes you’re distracted enough. Ender’s Game is perfectly serviceable, wholly inoffensive and spectacularly average entertainment. The saddest part is that Ford appeared to have actually woken up for a scene or two, but Hood was seemingly unprepared for that possibility, so nothing much comes of it. Nothing much comes of any of this really, save for Card getting another chance to cling to relevance and advance his agenda of hate. So, maybe this was a bad idea. , GRADE: C
■ You know what’s sexier than a Halloween costume, smarter than a baker’s dozen Stephen Hawkings and cooler than Kanye West thinks himself to be? Empathy. That’s why I’m so glad that Aksarben Cinema (aksarbencinema.com), Con Agra Foods and Together are offering a complimentary screening of American Winter to students from kindergarten through grade 12. On Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 6:30, the theater will show this documentary about the struggles faced by Americans dealing with the greatest crisis this side of the Great Depression. And while it is greatly depressing, hopefully it won’t give students a great depression, but will inspire them to see the world with more empathetic eyes. ■ It’s not technically a sequel, but we may have a second installment in the unofficial “Steven Spielberg directs dense adaptations SPEVEN SPIELBERG of presidential biographies written by Doris Kearns Goodwin” series. Spielberg snatched up the rights to “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism” presumably before Michael Bay snagged the property. It’s from an age when politicians actually made policy and the media reported on it. So, look for it under “science fiction.” ■ For those who are interested in such a thing, it looks like that rumored Tom Hardy film directed by Takashi Miike is gonna happen. What I’m saying is, now is the time to start investing in companies that make fake blood. Also, it’s entirely likely that Hardy will do this film (in which he stars as a former GI who joins the Yakuza) right after he stars as Elton John in the biopic Rocketman. I’m going to do my best to try and envision a world in which those two roles are reversed in those movies. —Ryan Syrek
Captain Phillips C A fake-feeling real-life story that’s fine but unnecessary. The Fifth Estate C As exciting as actually watching people type! Blue is the Warmest Color C Half the film is sincere, the other half is exploitation. Maybe keep one eye closed? The Counselor F Diaz does sex things to inanimate objects. It’s best if you don’t ask.
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Predictably, Kellogg was besieged by well-wishers that night. “I had like over 250 text messages, over a thousand tweets,” he said. “I had to turn my into Husker history phone off at one point because it was vibrating way too much.” BY MIKE BABCOCK Larry the Cable Guy tweeted that “I gave him a on Kellogg III disappeared. At least from heart attack,” said Kellogg. “Gabrielle Union actually Bo Pelini’s vantage point he did. sent me a tweet saying I looked like Byron Leftwich’s Kellogg is the fifth-year senior quar- long-lost twin brother, so I tweeted back at her, sayterback who initiated Nebraska football history by ing that was kind of ruthless. But she said it was all throwing a Hail Mary pass on the final play of the fun and games.” Huskers’ 27-24 victory against Northwestern. Leftwich, a former NFL quarterback, is 6-foot-5 No doubt you’re familiar with the pass. The ball and 250 pounds. was tipped at the goal line, probably by a defender, The play was featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter, and Jordan Westerkamp caught it and “the guy said I had the body for a touchdown. of a long-snapper but an arm of Westerkamp is a redshirt a rocket,” said Kellogg, who is freshman wide receiver. listed at 6-1 and 220. “I didn’t reThe play itself was unlikely ally agree with what he said, but enough, but even more so given it was pretty cool being the ‘top those involved. Westerkamp play.’” is listed second at his position, With what did he not agree? getting an opportunity because “Probably all of it,” Kellogg said. Jamal Turner missed the game He released the pass at about because of injury. Kellogg is listhis own 45-yard line, which ed third at his position, getting means the ball sailed about 55 an opportunity because Taylor yards. JORDAN WESTERKAMP Martinez also missed the game “I’ve watched it, still can’t because of injury. Martinez has missed four of the believe it myself,” he said. “After seeing it again, I last five games, in fact. can’t believe I actually threw it that far and it actuKellogg hadn’t played in the second half until that ally worked.” final drive, on which he completed six-of-eight passes, That he was even in position to throw such a including the final one, officially a 49-yarder – but it pass is as unlikely as the pass itself. He walked on traveled farther. Kellogg put everything he had into from Omaha Westside High School, choosing to do the throw, which is why he ended up on the turf. that over accepting a scholarship from South Dakota Then he got up and disappeared. State. And he stayed, despite never getting in a game When Pelini watched the video, “he just ran off until last season, when he played briefly in four. the film. I don’t know where he was going,” said PeliPrior to this season, Kellogg had thrown only 11 ni. “Maybe he had a dinner to get to or something, passes, completing four, including a 5-yarder to Stebut he was pretty excited.” ven Osborne for a touchdown against Idaho State. Excited and a bit woozy from a knee to the hel- He had thrown two touchdown passes this season, met, according to Kellogg. “Basically, I blacked out,” and his longest pass completion was a 35-yarder to he said. Quincy Enunwa at Purdue. Even so, he had the presence of mind to run Enunwa was in the mass of bodies at the goal toward the north end zone. The touchdown was line. Had the Hail Mary pass worked exactly the way scored in the south end zone. “My whole mentality it was planned, he would have tipped the ball. was to run away from the pile because I’m kind of Kellogg “has a huge personality,” Enunwa said. claustrophobic, and that wouldn’t have been good “He’s one of those guys that’s really talkative. He’s luck for me to be underneath the pile,” Kellogg said. always having fun. He’s not one of those guys that’ll “So I just ran in the opposite direction.” stay in the shadows. He’s going to make sure he’s The “pile,” which formed atop Westerkamp, was known. I mean, he goes by ‘RK3,’ you know?” the celebration. Offensive tackle Jeremiah Sirles was “RK3” like “RG3,” Washington Redskins quaramong those in it. “He had a panic attack or some- terback and 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert thing, didn’t he?” said Kellogg. Griffin III. Yes, Sirles did. “That’s why I ran the opposite “That just tells you about his personality,” said direction,” Kellogg said. Enunwa. ,
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orwegian public television (NRK), which introduced the now-legendary continuous, live log-burning show (12 hours long, with “color commentary” on the historical and cultural importance of fire), scheduled a new program for this week in its appeal to serenity (labeled “Slow TV”). On Nov. 1, NRK was to televise live, for five hours, an attempt to break the world record for producing a sweater, from shearing the sheep to spinning the wool and knitting the garment (current record: 4:51, by Australians). (In addition to the log, NRK viewers have been treated to live cams on a salmon-fishing boat and, for five days, on a cruise ship.) Said an NRK journalist, “You would think it’s boring television, but we have quite good ratings for these programs.” The Entrepreneurial Spirit Extract of cockroach is a delicacy among some Chinese, believed able to miraculously reduce inflammation, defy aging and cure tuberculosis, cancer and cirrhosis. Quartz reported in August that Yunnan province is a Silicon Valley-type business center, where pulverized roaches can sell for the equivalent of about $89 a pound, and five pharmaceutical companies have contracts with ranches that have formed the Sichuan Treasure Cockroach Farming Cooperative. (In August, a start-up farm in Jiangsu province was, police suspect, vandalized, allowing at least a million cockroaches being prepared for market to flee to adjacent neighborhoods.) When entrepreneur Michelle Esquenazi was asked by a New York Post reporter in September why her all-female crew of licensed bounty hunters (Empire Bail Bonds of New York) is so successful at tricking bail-jumpers into the open, she offered a five-letter vulgar euphemism for a female body part. “It’s timeless,” she continued. “Of course he’s going to open his door for a nice piece of (deleted). ... The thing about defendants is no matter
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who they are (of whatever color), they’re all dumb. Every single last one of them is stupid.” Hipster Haven: Two fearless entrepreneurs inaugurated services recently in faux-fashionable Brooklyn, N.Y. Lucy Sun, a Columbia University economics major, began seeking work as a $30-an-hour “book therapist,” to help readers find the “right” book to read or give as a gift, with attention to clients’ “specific situations.” In Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood in September, the stylish Eat restaurant began reserving certain nights’ meals to be experienced in total silence. On opening night, a Wall Street Journal reporter noted one throat-clearing and a muffled sneeze, but barely any other human sound. Some diners were won over; another said it felt like “being 50 and married.” It’s expensive to go broke in America. Detroit, which most acknowledge acted wisely in filing for bankruptcy protection in July (in the face of debts estimated to be at least $18 billion), will nonetheless be on the hook for bankruptcy legal fees that could total $60 million under current contracts (according to an October New York Times report), plus various expenses, such as the $250,000 to Christie’s auction house to price and sell some assets. A fee examiner has been hired to keep the expenses in line, but he charges $600 an hour. Medical Marvels The Horror: A recent medical journal reported that a 49-year-old man in Brazil said he had recovered from a stroke except that the damage to his brain (in a “subcortical region” associated with higher-level thinking) has caused him to develop “pathological generosity” toward others. A Duke University neurologist told London’s Daily Mail that stroke-induced personality changes (such as hoarding) are common, but that this particular change appears unique. Doctors reported in the journal Neurocase that even with medication, this patient’s beneficence was unabated after two years. Blood clots can be especially dangerous, often requiring urgent, harshly invasive open-heart surgery to remove the clot before it can be fatal, but a team from UCLA Medical School reported breathlessly in Septem-
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ber that a “minimally invasive,” cutting-edge machine worked just as well: a vacuum cleaner. When a 62-yearold man arrived at an emergency room with deep vein thrombosis, AngioVac lines were inserted in the leg and neck and sucked out the 24-inch-long clot. The patient was back home and full of energy a week later.
bird poop for arthritis, call it ‘avian nature therapy,’ and if an insurer won’t pay for it, you can sue.”
Weird Animals A “scatological force field” is how a Reuters reporter in September described the way ordinary house termites are able to increasingly resist extermination. They use their own feces to build their nests, and the pathogens seem to form a protective shield that attacks unfriendly bacteria trying to invade the nests. “Pig Drinks 18 Pints and Has Fight With Cow” read one August headline from Port Hedland, West Australia, after rampaging wild pigs stole and drank 18 beers from a campsite. International Business Times, summarizing recent research in September, noted that moose, especially, are attracted by fermenting apples; that prairie voles are prominent social drinkers (consuming much more available alcohol when other voles are around); and that African elephants often turn violent to secure the fermenting fruit of the marula tree (although the elephant would require 1,400 pieces of fruit to generate the seven gallons of alcohol that -if consumed all at once -- would match humans’ legal limit for driving).
Least Competent People The NASA space agency reported an intruder on its Ames Research Center website in September, emanating from a site in Brazil manned by someone perturbed by the U.S.’s (and, also, by the way, the Illuminati’s) eavesdropping. “Stop spy on us!” and “Obama heartless! Inhumane!” were just two of the messages on the 14 NASA sites taken down temporarily. A Slate.com blogger surmised that the hacker intended to target the National Security Agency -- NSA -- instead of NASA. Criminals Not Ready for Prime Time: (1) Tony Taylor was arrested in Chicago in October after driving off with a woman’s SUV by convincing her he was a valet parking agent and handing her a claim check. He was detained shortly afterward at a nearby Nordstrom only because he tried to get cash refunds for items that had been in the woman’s back seat. (2) A woman notified police in Fremont, Calif., in September that a thief had rummaged through her vehicle at night but had taken only a low-end gift-shop item -- leaving behind a checkbook, some money and an expensive pillow. The item, she said, perhaps looked like a small bag of marijuana, but in reality was a novelty-store bag of dried elephant dung. “It’s a great gag gift,” she said.
Perspective Americans frequently cite the rigorous, above-board testing of prescription drugs as one of government’s most important functions, and health insurance companies use such seals of approval in policy-coverage decisions. However, some consumers seem to prefer unorthodox, untested, unregulated products and, backed by lobbyists for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), are challenging insurers for “discriminating” against these “drugs,” especially in the game-changing rules of the new Affordable Care Act. A Forbes. com columnist explained in August what would happen if CAM prevails: “You could start offering dried
A News of the Weird Classic (September 2008) Angela Pusateri, 79, may be unconventional, but, according to Jenna, 13, “She really is a cool grandmother.” The Hallandale Beach, Fla., woman is a rap-music singer with a new CD (“Who’s Your Granny?”) and occasional playdates, where she shows up in hockey jersey, jewels, sunglasses and baseball cap. Sample rap: “I can bring the noise better than P-Diddy / I am older and wiser, I ain’t a disguiser / I am condo commando in a high-riser, Who’s your granny?” Also, “Move over, Trick-Daddy, ‘cause this is my town / I gotta shuffleboard posse and we’re known to get down.” Actually, conceded Jenna to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in September (2008), “Sometimes it’s embarrassing.” ,
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he new Aquarian-Age astrology is/will be ruled by the planet Uranus (yeah, I’ve heard that joke before). Traditional astrology, prior to the Uranian “discovery” in 1750, was ruled by Saturn, and was more of a study of chronology, helping to determine a more harmonious way of working through nature’s cycles. The new Uranian astrology is/will be believed to be a path — and tool — toward forming a more creative psychological outlook. The next 4 months afford opportunities for some of the best usage of astrological info; from Scorpio (the sign ruling enchantment and the mysteries of life and death), through Aquarius (the sign ruling the unusual, the unexpected, the eccentric, the bizarre and any occult advantage). I owe everything to my study, belief and usage of astrology, and am more than happy to share whatever information I can. Your first step is to get your astrological chart done — with an accurate birth time, if possible. Once one finds that they, themselves, are part of an ordered universe, that’s when the magique happens. That’s how I know that there are no mistakes, and that peace and love shall conquer all. —MOJOPOPlanetPower.com h SCORPIO (10.22-11.20) I know it hurts, but keep it in your pants anyway for one more week, ’til next we speak. Don’t do anything you wouldn’t do in front of everyone. The truth is/will come out in a week, so make it a happy truth! i SAGITTARIUS (11.21-12.20) Jupiter is conjunct the star twins, Castor and Pollux. When stars twinkle at you they’re “talking” to ya — without words. Anyone who can talk to you without words is a Plutonian. Plutonians exhort you to become your best by constantly regenerating. Explore the night sky. Around 2:00 a.m., look toward the east and find the brightest “star” (the planet Jupiter), and see what the twins (right above your ruler, Jupiter) have to twinkle to ya. j CAPRICORN (12.21-1.18) Were there any survivors? You’ve got a week. You’ve got 2 months. You’ve got two years ’til the truth be known. You’re expanding exponentially — not linearly, as per usual — so you feel (on an occult level) way out of focus. (Now you know how I feel all the time.) Use it (like I do) to get a feel for — and an understanding of — the nebulous powers that guide us all, and expand/surf through the Zuvuya and touch the starzzzz… k AQUARIUS (1.19-2.17) Well, do you get the “Reader” at the asylum? I’m reminded of a character in the movie, “Cloud Atlas.” He was hitting up his brother, whom he had previously cuckolded (look it up), for a loan, so the brother agreed and offered him a room at a hotel for the night. He woke up to find that it was a sanitarium. Maybe things/opportunities(?) are not always as they seem… l PISCES (2.18-3.19) Jupiterians (your favorite color is royal blue): Please read Sagittarius. For you, the “twins” are twinkling info concerning other people’s/partner’s
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money, the goods of those who’ve departed, sexuality’s mysteries and new partnerships. Neptunians (your favorite color is purple): Hold on for one more week, ’til next we speak. Then, let’s talk about your next move… a ARIES (3.20-4.18) Your/any partner’$ money is me$$ed up! Wait a week. More information is forthcoming during this week, from/through your dreams. If you tape ’em when they occur, you can stay in the right brain. If you write them down, you transfer the information through the left brain, and may forget a bit in the translation. Now you know a bit of how the MOJO knows. b TAURUS (4.19-5.19) It’s lowdown, it’s blue, it’s all over you — and it’s not over yet! You’ll get a small reprieve in 2 weeks (if you’re incarnating as a woman during this lifetime), for the Full Moon in Taurus on November 17th, your half-birthday. Everybody lies, and you’re about to find out the “whys” and the “whats” of what relative truth means for you. Maybe it means…watch out for the relatives? Somebody’s lying to you — ’cuz everybody lies. Ask ’em, and see if they/you can make a liar outta me…Michael P. c GEMINI (5.20-6.19) One more week of hell-at-work! But it’s much better than health issues, which are your other astrological option. Feels something like mental (Mercury retrograde) constipation (Saturn in Scorpio)… See, isn’t it better to slide through (no pun intended) a little trouble time at the gig? It’s all relative. Speaking of which, read Taurus, above. d CANCER (6.20-7.21) Hide out ’til Friday, and then unexpectedly (that means don’t tell every-/anyone!) break out — before you freak out! You’ve been holding your energy for 3 long weeks, and it’s seeking a release. Gathering, accumulation, pressure, release…pleasure. That’s the first thing you learned as an embryo in your mother’s womb, and it’s a continuous lesson throughout (your) life. How does the MOJO know? e LEO (7.22-8.21) The magique man or woman in your life’s got it (all?) wrong. Might it not be their fault? Give ’em a week, and then let ’em speak. There’s more information coming your way. Watch out for the spray! —Miguel José. f VIRGO (8.22-9.21) One more week for you in the zoo. They’re animals out there, and it’s feedin’ time! They are disguised as your relatives. A happy Thanksgiving coming up? Gobble, gobble… g LIBRA (9.22-10.21) “In a circle of magique, in a circle ’round the Sun, in a circle of love, when the Sun and Moon are one. With the planet of love ascending, forever risin’ to its zenith, in a circle never-ending, let Venus come between us…” Your money’s funny (Mercury retrograde in your theoretical 2nd House for one more week), but the potential’s there by January (Mercury conjunct Saturn). ’Til then, all we have is within a/the circle of love… I love you. Your turn… ,
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