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Chords that Bind: Don, Phil and Donovan


VISIONS FROM FIVE MINUTES INTO THE FUTURE • JANUARY 30, 2014 • The past decade has brought us a lot of one-year projects, where people decide to do something distinctive for a year, blog about it, and then write up a book about their experiences. We're about to see the start of decade-long projects, where bloggers dedicate 10

years of their life to something. They may join a barbershop quartet, or a social justice group, or simply grow a beard, but they will document both the everyday and long-term effects of this experience. After 10 years, most will decide to continue for their entire lives.

ocal boy who made good, Phil Everly, joined the heavenly choir on January 3 of this year, passing away near his home in California. Along with his older brother, Don, the two formed the historic singing duo known worldwide simply as The Everly Brothers. They spent their formative years just down the Wabash Trace from Omaha in Shenandoah, Iowa, where they had a country music radio show as early as the ages of five and seven. The Everly’s were a seminal influence on the shape of pop music as it grew from its rhythm and blues roots, through American country on to rock and roll. Their recordings influenced pop stars as diverse as the Beach Boys to Led Zeppelin, the Hollies to the Beatles to Dylan. The English music scene in the 1950s and 1960s was particularly smitten by their sound. In his recent memoirs, Wild Tails, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Graham Nash describes how vital the Everly sound was to a young musician growing up in England. With a young bandmate, Nash skipped school to attend an Everly Brothers concert in Manchester. “All of a sudden a sound came blasting out of the speakers that stopped us dead in our tracks. ‘Bye bye love, bye bye happiness; Hello loneliness, I think I’m a-gonna cry-y.’ I’d never heard anything like it before,” Nash wrote. “I’d never heard voices harmonizing in that way before. Whatever the power of that vocal blend, the magic, it stunned me. That moment was incredibly important, one of the turning points in my life. It was like the opening of a giant door in my soul.” Sunshine Superman Showing less grit than Dylan and more mysticism than the Rolling Stones, Donovan Leitch, known simply as Donovan, ruled the music charts in the mid-1960s. With iconic hits such as “Sunshine Superman,” “Mellow Yellow,” “Hurdy Gurdy Man,” “Catch the Wind,” and “Season of the Witch,” Donovan led many generations to metaphysics-as-music and music-asmysticism. His strong anti-war stance and embrace of Transcendental Meditation made him the epitome of peace, love and elevated consciousness. Donovan led the Beatles to India to learn meditation. The first time members of Led Zeppelin played together in the studio was on Donovan’s “Hurdy Gurdy” sessions. Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page were regular guitarists on his hits. As popular as Donovan became, he stayed true to the healing energy that wove through the fabric of his music. In an interview with Heartland Healing years ago, Donovan described music as a healing art and noted the influence of the Everly’s. Catching the wind Donovan’s music connects with healing through his use of breath and vibrato. “I found myself doing it naturally,” Donovan said. “You can hear it early in my music but it came fairly forward I

suppose on ‘Hurdy Gurdy Man.’ It’s a kind of yogic breathing coming from the solar plexus.” Donovan noted that other musicians have their own particular pulse and way of using vibrato. “Neil Young has a real slow one, his own particular one,” he told me. “Phoebe Snow had a fast one. Mine is of a particular speed, one I would just describe as a soothing feeling. A lot of people thought it was [an electronic] tremelo coming through a guitar amplifier. It isn’t. “The effect of the way I sing, I found I could move the air in certain ways. I found this naturally and only later did I read about it and found that it actually once upon a time was taught in ancient Celtic days as part of the teachings of poetry and how to sing. “When the Druids and bards ended, — and by the way, there were schools of Bardic poetry in 17th century Scotland, hidden schools — what was lost? Where was that meditation? Where was that healing? Then I realized it was in the music, in the story telling. It was actually projected through story, poetry and song. “As for the healing aspects, the Celts, the ancient Druids, went to school for 21 years, in seven-year periods learning techniques. What were they learning? There is a whole school that was lost. So that healing aspect of my music I now relate to the techniques that I naturally have inherited from a school that has been lost.” Yoga practitioners recognize the energy centers of the body called chakras. There are seven main ones. Donovan said certain sounds relate to the various chakras. He cited the famous sons of Shenandoah, Iowa: the Everly Brothers. “Melody, and harmony are important because they link to chakras,” Donovan explained. “The absolute mastery of melody that the Beatles had was mixed with the absolute mastery of harmonics described by a professor in the ‘60s as Aeolian. And the Everly Brothers harmonies are Aeolian, unusual. I don’t know anyone who has been able to copy the Everly Brothers. “Rhythm, harmonics, structure when highly advanced, harmonizes the chakras. You can realign with certain melodies; go up and down the chakras. That’s a simple answer. I can’t describe it in any other way.” Be well. ,

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Paying the Price for Procrastination


on’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today. March 31st is an extremely important date that is fast approaching. That’s the last day for individuals to enroll in new health insurance plans. Under the Affordable Care Act, those individuals who do not have health insurance coverage by that date will then be charged a penalty. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the fine is either $95 per adult and $47.50 per child or 1 percent of the family’s annual income. Whichever amount is bigger, this is the amount you will be expected to pay. But if you do not exceed three months without health insurance, you will not be penalized for not having coverage. How much will you have to pay? Though the penalties are fairly minimal this year, experts, like health policy advisorRyan Barker, warn it is not a good idea to remain uninsured because fines will grow exponentially each year. “The penalty goes up over time. In 2015, it’s about $325 per adult, $162 per child, or 2 percent of the family’s income. And in 2016, it jumps all the way to about $700 per adult and $350 per child, or 2.5 percent of a family’s income—whichever is higher,” said Barker. Penalties will be adjusted to account for inflation starting in 2016. That means fines will only continue to grow. When do you have to pay the penalty? The money owed is collected at the end of the year as part of your income tax payment. According to, you will be charged a fee for each month you do not have health insurance after January 31st, 2014. You will list these charges on your tax return as part of your taxable income. The only exception to this is if you qualify for an exemption. Who is considered “exempt” from these fees? states an individual is exempt if they have/if they are: 1. Financial hardships 2. Religious objections

3. An American Indian 4. Uninsured for less than three months 5. An undocumented immigrant 6. In jail explains there are several different types of financial hardships that may help you qualify for an exemption. And even if you pay the penalty, reminds you that does not mean you have health insurance coverage. It simply means you’ve paid your fine. You will still have to sign up for health insurance coverage in order to avoid future penalties. ABC News explains if you are thinking you will just go ahead and pay the penalty, you need to remember that you will still have to pay all of your healthcare costs. And if you need to use the emergency room for any reason, those costs may add up quickly. Having health insurance means there is less of a chance that you will have to endure a potentially large financial burden if you do have an emergency. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

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ost people know that the open enrollment period to sign up for a new health insurance plan is ongoing through March 31, 2014. Once you sign up for a particular plan, whether gold, bronze, silver or platinum, you are officially enrolled in that plan for 12 months, until the next open enrollment period. You cannot swap one plan for another before then.

But were you aware there are times outside of the open enrollment period where you may adjust your healthcare coverage? These are called special enrollment periods. What defines a special enrollment period? This is a timeframe that occurs outside of open enrollment and only under particular circumstances. says you may enroll for a new health care plan outside of open enrollment if: 1. You get married 2. Have or adopt a child 3. Move to a new area that offers different health plan options 4. Lose your current health care coverage due to divorce or job loss 5. You’re already enrolled in a Marketplace plan but your income changes and affects your eligibility to receive credit on your taxes as well as cost-sharing reductions It is important to note that if you cancel your own coverage or your coverage is terminated due to lack of payment, you cannot enroll for a new health care plan until the next open enrollment period. Remember too that you do not have an unlimited amount of time to pick a new plan. According to, “most special enrollment periods last 60 days from the date of the qualifying life event.” What is short-term health insurance? Short-term health insurance may help you bridge the gap in your lack of coverage until you are able to choose a new health care plan during the next open enrollment period. says short-term health insurance plans may last between one and 12 months.

This will definitely help you if you have any unexpected medical costs that come up during that time. On the plus side, says: 1. They are easier to qualify for 2. They are usually affordable 3. They meet the short-term coverage needs for many customers But there are some negatives too: 1. Pre-existing conditions are not covered 2. Neither are preventative services or prescriptions 3. These types of plans are not recognized under the ACA, which means you WILL have to pay the tax penalty at the end of the year. If you are eligible, you may enroll any time in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Neither of these two programs have open enrollment periods, rather they offer continuous enrollment for those who qualify. To find out whether you qualify for Medicaid, you can either fill out an application on the Marketplace or you can check withNebraska’s Medicaid offices. For additional information on CHIP, the website is

Open enrollment ends March 31. If you do not have a new health insurance plan by then, your next opportunity to enroll will be Nov. 15. And that plan would then be in effect starting in 2015.


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really like BBQ, but only when it’s done right. If you hand me a slab of substandard meat and smother it with some sickly sweet sauce designed for nothing more than to mask the fact that you’re handing me a slab of substandard meat, then I will scowl at you. Ask my husband and he will likely tell you that my scowl is to be avoided at all costs. So when I visited Swine Dining in

Honestly, the only reason I can think of to ever dissuade you from coming here to eat is if you are anti-BBQ or if you have a weird aversion to people in uniform. Let me rewind to when I first arrived at Swine Dining. The only parking I could find was street parking (I was later told there’s a small parking lot behind the restaurant) so when I pulled up there were other people climbing out of their cars too, and it kind of

After surveying the room and realizing that you just sit wherever you can find a spot to sit, I nabbed a booth and waited for my food, which came out quickly. There are two BBQ sauces to choose from at the table: mild or hot. I squeezed a relatively small amount of the mild sauce on my sandwich while I wondered to myself how I would eat this sandwich in a ladylike manner, what with it being so stuffed with chicken.

to pause and have a look at how other customers were reacting to their food. Swine Dining seems to have a steady following and nobody seemed to be a stranger to the food. Everyone else enjoyed their meals and seemed in good spirits. This eatery is just an upbeat place, which I think has something to do with how it feels like a BBQ over at a friend’s house. The plastic utensils and disposable plates probably

Bellevue I was prepared for one of two outcomes: either I would leave scowling, or I would instead be eager to tell you about how great this place is and urge you to try it out. Luckily, there was no scowling whatsoever with Swine Dining. I was told about this place by some military friends of mine, and once I stepped foot in the establishment at the height of the lunch hour it was obvious that this BBQ place is incredibly popular with all the folks at nearby Offutt. I hadn’t sat in the same room eating a meal with so many people in uniform since I was in basic training.

felt like we were all heading into a friend’s house for a weekend BBQ party. That’s the feel of this place; it’s incredibly casual and quite friendly. When you walk into Swine Dining there’s a wall of paper menus where you mark what you want and hand the menu over to the cashier. This is a fairly easy process since the lunch menu pretty much consists of a sandwich (chicken, pork or brisket) and two sides. They offer more selections during the dinner hours. I ordered a chicken sandwich, fries and a cornbread muffin. This was all reasonably priced at under $7.

The initial dainty bites I took were quickly replaced by ravenous beast-like bites as I realized how great this all tasted. The initial pensive squirt of sauce was quickly replaced by a real dousing of the sauce; I loved how it wasn’t too sweet and did not have the taste of a hastily-created sauce. It tasted like someone really took their time to make it right. The sides were good too – in particular, the cornbread muffin was exceptional – but the sandwich itself was my favorite part of the meal. I managed to pull myself away from devouring the sandwich long enough

help that vibe too. Check out Swine Dining when you’re ready for some really tasty BBQ. Word to the wise: don’t be afraid to get sauce all over your hands. ,

n Wilson and Washburn, 1407 Harney, will host the Infusion Brewing Co. Launch Party Thursday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m., featuring Infusion’s new craft beer line. All beers will be sold in a flight or by the glass. Wilson and Washburn will also offer a menu complimenting the beers’ flavor profiles. n Scooter’s Coffeehouse, which was founded in 1998 in Omaha, has increased from 81 stores to 106 — a growth of 31 percent. The fast casual coffeehouses offer seating for 20 people with a per person check average of around $6. All Scooter’s are franchised and are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota and Texas. n For all those interested in not driving and parking at the many places participating in Omaha Beer Week,


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this year’s Craft Beer Bus Tour will take place Saturday, Feb. 15, from noon to midnight. Wristbands, which will be used for admission on the buses, are now available for purchase for $12 at any participating location (go to to find out more.) This year, Omaha Beer Week is expanding to include a total of 12 shuttle buses making stops throughout the afternoon and evening. n On Feb. 8, join the Nebraska Humane Society for a locally-sourced buffet luncheon and seminar titled Your path from farm to fork: choosing humanely and sustainably raised foods, held at the MCC Institute for Culinary Arts, 32nd and Sorenson Parkway at 10 a.m. with special guest speaker chef Clayton Chapman of the Grey Plume. Reservations are required. Admission is free for humane society members and is $25 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased on the Ne-


Swine Dining is located at 204 East Mission Avenue, Bellevue, 402292-7427 Tuesday – Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 2p.m. Thursday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday – Monday: Closed

braska Humane Society’s Facebook page or send an email to n The Crescent Moon, 3578 Farnam, will now be open Sundays from 11 a.m. until midnight offering discounts to any customers who work in the service industry throughout the day. n Looking for a place to count the word OMAHA? The Slowdown is hosting a Super Bowl party Sunday, Feb. 2 starting at 5 p.m. with free food and many drink specials. — Krista O’Malley Crumbs is about indulging in food and celebrating its many forms. Send information about area food and drink businesses to crumbs@

Tequila Corner


sk La Mesa’s regional manager Jose Salazar what he would do with a free trip to an all-inclusive resort to Mexico and he’ll already have an answer waiting. “Lying on the beach with a drink, relaxing and watching the waves…that’s what it’s all about,” says Jose. His quick response tells me that he thinks about hanging out on the beach quite a bit, and I’ll admit that I think about it too. I find this is particularly true as I sip on an 18 ounce top shelf margarita made with 1800 Silver Tequila, which just so happens to be on special right now at La Mesa for $6.50. In fact, the colder in gets in Omaha, the more fervently I imagine myself lounging on a beach in Mexico, sipping a margarita. If you have the same tendency to allow your mind to wander to warmer climates during the colder weather, you’re really going to like what I say next. For the tenth year in a row, La Mesa is giving away a free trip for two people to an all-inclusive resort in Mexico. Imagine four days and three nights lounging on the beach. Sure, you might want to get up and check out the resort or eat food or whatever, but really, when you’re given a free trip to a resort you can do whatever the heck you want. La Mesa gives away this trip every year. “It’s our way of saying thanks to our loyal customers,” says Jose. I tried to convince him that I am indeed the most loyal of La Mesa customers and he should just go ahead and give me the trip, but for some reason he felt compelled to still leave it open to everyone else. I’m trying to not be bitter about it. Look for La Mesa’s video next week featuring last year’s winners Whitney and Tony, who liked their trip so much that they decided to get engaged while in Mexico. You’ll find the video on The Reader’s Facebook page.

Enter through February 20 for a chance to attend the fun night on February 22 where they determine the winner. Big Party and Jeff Degan from the Channel 94.1 morning show will be in attendance, which always ups the fun for any evening. This isn’t just a night where you walk in and stand there and twiddle your thumbs while you wait for someone to pull your name out of a hat. Instead, prepare to be blindfolded and led to a huge bucket of Coronas and try to score the bottle featuring a slice of lime. Find that lime in the final round and you can pack your bags and head to Mexico, you lucky duck. In case you’re wondering, the wind chill in Mexico this time of year is pretty much non-existent. As if you needed any additional incentive to merit a trip to La Mesa beyond registering for this fabulous trip, check out the Happy Hour offerings. My favorite is the $5 Avion Margarita paired with the $4 nachos, although the $3 guacamole dip comes in a very close second. The Happy Hour menu has plenty of options, so check it out on where you’ll find both the hours and full menu for Happy Hour. When you head to La Mesa make sure you register for the trip. And if for some weird reason you don’t want to register for the trip, feel free to throw one in there for me! —Tamsen Butler


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rt imitates life when siblings Camille Metoyer Moten and Lanette Metoyer Moore evoke the Delany sisters in the African-American oral-history show Having Our Say at the Omaha Community Playhouse. Just as the play’s real-life Sadie and Bessie Delany followed their family’s barrier-breaking path the Metoyers hail from high achievers and activists. The black branch of the Delanys’ mixed race Southern lineage produced land owners and professionals. Their father was the first black bishop of the Episcopal Church in America. Sadie became a teacher. Bessie, a dentist. Similarly, the Metoyers trace the mixed heritage on their father’s side to the Melrose Plantation in Louisiana where their ancestors formed a black aristocracy. Their mother and her family made the black migration from Mississippi to the North for a better life. The Metoyers, both veteran Omaha theater performers, say they’ve never before played roles whose familial-cultural threads adhere so closely to their own lives. Like their counterparts, the Metoyers put much stock in faith and education. The play’s also giving the sisters and their brother Raymond Metoyer, an Atlanta, Ga. broadcast journalist whose news


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career started in Omaha, a platform to discuss the vital work done by their late parents, Ray and Lois Metoyer, in the struggle to secure equal rights here. The couple were involved in the Nebraska Urban League, which the senior Metoyer once headed, the local chapter of the NAACP and the Citizens Coordinating Committee for Civil Liberties (4CL). They participated in marches. They had their family integrate a neighborhood. They sent their kids to white schools. Their father was active in the 4CL’s predecessor, the De Porres Club. “We knew our parents were trailblazers but we held a lot inside and this [play] gives us a voice to be able to elevate them,” Lanette says. “I’m really happy about this opportunity to bring to light all the things our parents did and worked so hard for,” Camille says. “I’m very proud of my parents,” Raymond says. “They were very much strong foot soldiers in the civil rights movement in Omaha. They were part of a collective effort to improve housing, education and employment for minorities. They were more interested in the results than in individual glory, which


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seems to be something lost today. Working together to make things better was very much part of what they believed in and pushed for as a part of that collective. “They instilled in us that same striving for being better.” The siblings say their parents shared the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream that blacks “will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Lanette says her kid brother, L.A. musician Louis Metoyer “became exactly what our parents wanted for all of us because he got to reap all the benefits of us moving into an all-white neighborhood. He was able to play with white kids and make lasting friendships.” Camille says, “Out of all of us I think he is the one who sees no color.” Raymond says his folks believed in “leading by example” and thus his aspirational father, a Boys Town senior counselor and owner of the family’s barbecue joint on North 24th Street, took great pains with his appearance and speech.

“It wasn’t just about getting there. it was about how you handled yourself when you got there that made a difference,” he says. “Our father always carried himself with dignity and strength. He projected the image he wanted people to see African-Americans could portray. He was just trying to show he belonged, that he was a significant member of the community because he had a right to be. My mother had that same persona. Both our parents instilled that in us, too.” Raymond’s continued this leadership legacy in the National Association for Black Journalists and in his civil rights documentaries (Who Killed Emmett Till?). He admires his sisters for continuing the legacy as well. “I’m so proud of my sisters being in this play because they’re carrying themselves with the same dignity they were brought up with.” Like her character Sadie, Lanette’s advanced far in the educational field and like her character Bessie, Camille’s spoken out against racism. As kids the siblings got caught up in some of their folks’ activism. Camille was 9 when taken out of school to accompany her parents in a 1963 4CL y continued on page 8


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demonstration for open housing at City Hall. The marchers proved well-schooled in nonviolent civil disobedience. “We were walking around in a circle in the chambers carrying placards,” recalls Camille. “We were asked to disperse and of course we refused, and then they called the police in and we all sat down on the floor. I was with my dad in his lap when the police literally picked the two of us up and carried us out with me still on his lap.” Before Metoyer, with Camille in tow, got transported to police headquarters officers let him down. As he carried Camille in his arms a news photographer snapped a picture of this dignified, loving black father comforting his adorable little girl, who sported braids and with tortoise shell frame eyeglasses. The photo made the wires. The events made an impression on Camille. “I remember being excited because there was so much energy. I knew what we were doing was something very important and I knew it was about fighting for our rights as black people. I remember being just a little bit scared by the police but my dad was there so I felt very safe with him.” Social justice was discussed in the Metoyer home.“We were the family that all sat down to dinner together,” says Camille, “and all the conversation was about what was going on.” The Metoyer children often tagged along with their progressive parents to meetings and gatherings. It meant getting to hear and meet Malcolm X and Jesse Jackson, in 1964 and 1969, respectively. Between those events the Metoyers integrated the Maple Village neighborhood in northwest Omaha in 1966. “We knew it was something kind of groundbreaking but we were prepared because all of our lives we’d been taught to be on the frontlines,” says Lanette.

Raymond recalls the angry stares the family got just while driving through all-white areas. A petition circulated to try and prevent them from moving in. On move-in day some neighbors gathered outside to glare. At night his armed father and grandfather stood guard inside. It reminded his mother of what she thought she’d left behind in Miss. The house only got egged and shamed neighbors hosed off the mess. Camille and Lanette remember threatening phone calls, nails scattered in the driveway, strange cars pulling up at night to train headlights in the windows, tense looks, awkward exchanges. At their various schools the kids encountered racism. They followed the example and admonition of their parents, whom Camille says “always addressed discrimination from an educational standpoint,” adding, “They were like, ‘Don’t get mad, just be enlightened.’” Little by little the Metoyers found acceptance if not always fairness. The OCP production of the Tony-nominated Having Our Say by Emily Mann, a past Great Plains Theatre Conference guest playwright, is a catharsis for the sisters. “Doing this play has helped us in our relationship as sisters,” says Lanette. “We love to laugh just like the Delanys do. We’re storytellers like them. That tie between us now is stronger, especially after going through what Camille went through this past year (breast cancer).” On another personal note, the play honors figures like their parents who had the courage of their convictions to stand up and be counted. “It’s like finally they’re having their say,” says Camille. ,

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After the controversy surrounding “Duck Dynasty,” many viewers have been looking for a new reality series about rustic men tussling with regional wildlife. May I suggest “Beaver Brothers,” which trades the “Duck Dynasty” deep-south location for way-north Nova Scotia? In a remote hamlet, Charlie Landry and his down-vest-wearing crew flush out groundhogs, skunks and porcupines from farms and legion halls. They speak with real Fargo accents, substituting d’s for th’s, like dis. There’s a difference between these folks and Fargo characters, though: a self-aware sense of humor. Charlie mercilessly teases his friends and family, and they give as good as they get. You spend the half-hour laughing with them, not at them — a rarity in these kinds of shows. In other words, reality TV doesn’t get any better dan dis. — Dean Robbins


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Friday, Jan. 31

MIWI LA LUPA W/ OJAI & ELI MARDOCK O’leaver’s Pub 1322 S Saddle Creek Road 9:30 p.m., $5, 21+ (402)556-1238,

MiWi La Lupa is already an established musician with a bio to die for. The Buffalo, N.Y., native picked up the trombone at a young age and soon began dreaming of a career in music. That passion led him to Rochester, N.Y., and the Eastman School of Music, where he graduated instrumentaly to the bass trumpet. In 2005, he moved to NYC and his career shifted into high gear as he became the bass trumpet player for the band Red Barrat. A world tour with the band soon followed and that notoriety brought him the opportunity to perform with such artists as Les McCann, David Byrne and Bill Frisell, to name a few. La Lupa is now stepping out on his own as a solo singer-songwriter on his upcoming Team Love Records album New Way Home, which dropped last week. The record is short but so sweet with songs that paint an emotional and diverse melodic canvass. He flexes his blues muscles with “Ashes to the Wind,” offers some major pop attitude with “Everybody’s Fuckin’ with Me” and tugs at the heart strings with “New Moon Night.” New Way Home features a variety of guest players, including Bill Frisell and label-founder Conor Oberst. La Lupa brings his unique talents to Omaha Friday, Jan. 31, performing at the legendary O’leaver’s Pub. Expect to hear a lot more from this skillful and versatile artist in the future. La Lupa discussed his future and dished about his amazing new album, his various influences and his unique activism in an exclusive online interview at —Nicole Chizek



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The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Fri: 7 p.m. Sat: 2 & 5 p.m. Sun: 2 p.m. $14-$18 Across the centuries and across continents creatures of cloth and wood and string have become magically alive. Puppetry thrives. It blossoms at The Rose. World-premiering is playwright Brian Guehring’s pairing of new perspectives on two of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy stories. Both involve other creatures, telling tales for wide-eyed children and marveling adults. In one hour The Grocer’s Goblin makes the stock on shelves speak and move. And then The Little Mermaid emerges from the waves and, seeking to become a human, finds her soul. Director Stephanie Jacobson instills her inspiration derived from work at Jim Henson Studios. Witness the artistry of self-effacing Bunraku artists. And follow the shapes and forms of shadow figures, shedding light on traditions that go back as far as Emperor Wu of Han (141 to 87 B.C.) Guehring’s credits include If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, Julie of the Wolves and Where the Red Fern Grows. — Gordon Spencer

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Sunday, 5:25 pm (Fox) In this year’s halftime show, Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers break a cardinal rule of show business: Never follow Beyonce. Good luck topping her hip-shaking, hair-flipping, leg-kicking, stadiumrattling extravaganza of 2013, boys. Come to think of it, the Broncos’ Peyton Manning may take everyone’s mind off the music anyway. — Dean Robbins PEYTON MANNING

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n Coming up at the end of the month, The Rose Theater will bring audiences into a unique reimagining of two classic Hans Christian Andersen tales with The Grocer’s Goblin & The Little Mermaid. After about two years of development, the collaboration of playwright Brian Guehring and director Stephanie Jacobson has produced a show that takes audiences from a 900-seat theater, to a shop in 1830s Copenhagen, and then to an underwater world. All of this with the use of actors, lighting, and various amounts of puppetry. “When Stephanie approached me about this project, I immediately jumped on board,” Guehring said. “I was excited about the collaboration with a gifted puppeteer and the challenge of incorporating the puppetry into the script. I am always excited about exploring new ways to make a unique theatrical experience for our audience.” Jacobson, who spent time as an assistant to the artistic supervisor at Jim Henson Studios, and Guehring worked closely with puppet consultant Eric Novak on bringing the puppet to life on stage. Novak is a puppet designer and sculptor from New York

City whose clients include Disney, Sony and Scholastic Books. The shows use of multiple locations makes for an interesting challenge for designers. The Rose said that lighting not only incorporates traditional stage lighting, but must also adjust for the projections that are a key component of the shadow puppetry used in the show and serve as a visual transition between land and sea. The Grocer’s Goblin & The Little Mermaid opens Jan. 31 at The Rose Theater. For more information, visit —Bill Grennan Cold Cream looks at theater in the metro area. Email information to


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uct Tape! How do you use it?” And so goes the advertisement promoting a household and industrial product as versatile as Vaseline and WD-40. A century-old invention, this cloth-covered adhesive gained notoriety in World War II as a quick-opening sealant for ammunition boxes. And in its more than 100 years of service, Discovery Channel’s “Myth Busters” has confirmed sightings of light aircraft and the launches of canoes and sailboats held together by duct or “duck” tape. Gaffers use it to repair camera and projection hardware, and the rest of us apply a quick fix to shoes and cell phone cases. It was even used in an emergency on a lunar rover aboard Apollo 17. But, ironically, don’t use it to seal ducts as it can become brittle. And as a method of wart removal, forget about it. So much for its utilitarian value, duct tape has also been prominent in arts and crafts from the more mundane “Ductigami” of the hobbyist to the so-called “Tape Artist,” E.S. Kleen of Hoboken, N.J. The Metro recently enjoyed the work of two artists who raised duct tape to the level of fine art. Garry Noland filled Gallery I at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts with sculpture and quilts made of this ubiquitous adhesive in his superior exhibit in the spring of 2013, “The Unorganized Territory.” In both a modern and classical treatment of this unusual medium, we have the more current “Rise and Fall: Monumental Duct Tape Drawings” by Joe

Girandola on display during January at the Garden of the Zodiac in the Old Market Passageway. “Rise and Fall,” organized by Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts curator Maiza Hixson, features largescale, sculptural drawings of iconic world architecture. While the Cincinnati-based Girandola references classical Renaissance artworks in his drawings while working as a stone carver in Florence, Italy, his use of duct tape worked on two levels. “On one hand,” Hixson says in her show statement, “employing a quick fix material to depict now crumbling artifacts (Taj Mahal, the Roman Coliseum and Stonehenge) creates a wry commentary on past and present empires.” On the other hand, Girandola’s own to be exact, the artist used duct tape to stabilize both wrists while sculpting marble. Not long after, he began to craft sculpture and drawings exclusively with an appreciation for a material versatile and adaptive enough to mend virtually anything. At least temporarily, and not without certain paradoxical consequences, past and present. Though there are no contemporary splendors in this series, the classical edifices depicted here suggest at least two possible socio-political themes: mankind has long built or branded temples, arenas and towers as monuments to himself and his values, and often on the backs and taxes of others or at the expense of larger economic issues within the community; secondly, public works are



created to line private pockets while infrastructure is made on the cheap and crumbles in disrepair. All of which may be difficult to discern, let alone appreciate, so aesthetically clever and pleasing is Girandola’s work at first glance. “Clever” doesn’t really do justice to his skill at layering colorful duct tape in a manner resembling chiseled sculpture. Yet not content with traditional 2D and 3D forms, certain works experiment with postcard illustration, Pop Art, Op Art, pixelation and even pop-up art relief. Second glances and longer face time will reveal subtleties of content as well as nuances of style. But first you have to get over the feeling of walking into a travel agent’s storefront instead of a sophisticated art gallery. The ambiance is deliberately carnival, with its high energy, pure hues and reflective, flat surfaces. The work entices and seduces with its glitz and glamour and then earns our respect with its attention to details of technique and thought. Perhaps the most supportive of the exhibit’s theme of the “Rise and Fall” of civilizations, as seen in its monuments, is Girandola’s “Colosseo di Romano.” It stands, more or less, as a multi-tiered symbol to a once proud and eventually decadent society. Despite its tourist attraction reputation, its hollow remains, so to speak, are a reminder that every culture is vulnerable to invasion because of its own wretched excess, neglect and collapse. An added irony in this imposing work is that coliseums weren’t first built and then added on to honor injury and mayhem, but for entertainment, team spirit and national pride. Less obvious in the exhibit’s theme are the artist’s clever, stair-step, two piece “Roman Aqueduct” and the blocky, sculptural “Stonehenge.” The latter’s structure reinforces the top heavy precarious nature of this mysterious tourist site with a less didactic impact, but it does reference Nebraska’s own satiric paean to America’s love affair with the automobile, “Carhenge.”

Yet the former is subtler still as who would fault bringing water to an arid, undeveloped land? That is, perhaps, until one realizes that often with civilization comes subjugation, indoctrination and the otherwise degradation of another’s culture for the sake of empire building. The Romans conquered the world with their armies, their form of democracy, infrastructure, superior architecture, paganism, humanism and later, Judeo-Christianity—the iconic arches here could represent the latter as well—and yet, their empire fell. But the viewer is forgiven if they never got past the visually stunning, site-specific image of the Taj Mahal titled “Amore mio…ti manco?” Translated into “My love, do you miss me?” Girandola recreated this splendid monument, built as a mausoleum for the third wife of an Indian emperor, strip by duct tape strip, replete with ragged edges on the gallery’s north wall. The artist does justice to the ethereal beauty of this tomb to a doomed love in what is easily the most complex and multi-layered piece in this show. Yet even more impressive is the highly decorative reflective pool that mirrors both the Taj Mahal and the fiery sky behind all awash in a palette of shimmering primary hues. Girandola risks gilding the lily here, an interesting comment on the Emperor’s own self-indulgence, but true to the exhibit’s vision, the tattered, ragged edges of this work underscore effectively how this 7th Wonder of the World, like so many other shrines before and since, were built in the face of economic wreck and ruin. , Rise and Fall: Monumental Duct Tape Drawings by Joe Girandola closes in January at the Garden of the Zodiac in the Old Market Passageway, 1042 Howard St..

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ebraska Crossing Outlets has been open for a few months, and this being the third week of January, it’s safe to say we’re well past the holiday season. With our Saturday wide open and the holiday crowds (hopefully) gone, we couldn’t think of a better way to spend it than visiting the new shopping Mecca conveniently located between Omaha and Lincoln. Someone much wiser than me once said that shopping is often mistaken for creativity by the uncreative, who think the act of buying something is as imaginative as what it took to create it. Certainly that idea must apply to Kate Spade, Tommy Bahama and Cole Haan. We found a parking space right outside Voodoo Taco and planned to start our adventure with lunch only to discover the restaurant’s capacity was just shy of a handful. With no tables available and a line snaking from the cash register, we put up our hoods and attacked the storefronts. Unlike malls of yesteryear — the kind of malls I grew up shopping in — Nebraska Crossing Outlets was built as a “village” concept. Instead of all the shops enclosed in one large sarcophagus, the stores are laid out to form a quaint, modern town square to provide the illusion that you’re actually on vacation in a faraway hamlet that just happens to have a Polo Ralph Lauren store. These open village malls -- like Village Point and Shadow Lake Towne Center -- have become the rage over the past decade and I can’t figure out why. Why would someone prefer walking outside from store to store vs. strolling casually in a climate-controlled consumer wonderland that smells of warm candied nuts? The act of going shopping at a mall is like going to the gym — once you’re there, you’re committed. “I’m inside now so what the hell, I might as well check out the latest footwear at DSW whether I need shoes or not.” And so on.

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That commitment is lacking at outdoor village malls. “The Wicks & Things is located all the way over there? Forget it.” Especially during the winter. As we walked the narrow “streets” that divided Oshkosh B’Gosh and Swarovski crystals, shoppers rushed past coatless. Summer girls ran arm-in-arm half naked, tears streaming down their faces, braced against a biting north wind as they forged their way to Planet Smoothie. Meanwhile, with our bulky parkas and gloves, Teresa and I looked like Arctic explorers about to tackle the eastern facing. I eventually figured out people were leaving their coats in their cars so they wouldn’t have to hassle with them when trying on half-priced cardigans at Dressbarn or Coach Factory. With no real destination or specific purchases in mind, we wandered from store to store. First stop, the ultra-modern Bose Factory Outlet. They had a mobile in-ear headset that I’ve been craving, but the price wasn’t much (if any) cheaper than I could find on Amazon. I was looking for BIG SAVINGS, goddammit, not a few bucks off. I thought this was a factory outlet!

Next stop: the Converse store. Teresa bought yet another pair of Chuck Taylors for $24.99, and I almost bought a new pair of One Stars, but they didn’t have my size (12 1/2). And again, the prices were more than I could find online. From there we were off to the hoity-toity Banana Republic Factory Store, where I stripped off my many layers of winter garb to try on a discounted sports coat. People stared as I stood wearing nothing more than an off-white underwear T-shirt. I quickly remembered why I don’t buy clothes at Banana — they’re made for men with skinny twig arms. As I slid my arm into the sports coat I felt the sleeve tighten around me like a blood pressure cuff. I didn’t bother with my other arm. Those of you not in your 40s won’t remember a time before The Gap existed in Omaha. I still remember the excitement when the first one opened

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at One Pacific Place. In its day, The Gap was the height of apparel innovation. BG (Before Gap), we bought our shitty clothes at JC Penney’s and Wards and Kmart because we didn’t know any better. The Gap changed all that. Who would have thought that a plain black T shirt could become a fashion statement? I still wear Gap clothing purchased back in the day and have oldsters come up and ask, “First generation Gap?” Oh yes. Well, those days are long gone. Today’s Gap clothes couldn’t look more un-special or utilitarian or beige, like a suburban uniform for the color blind. From there we hit J Crew, where I bought a pair of Nantucket-red business khakis I may never wear to work for fear that they’ll be mistaken for pink. We turned our backs on Columbia Sportswear Company, Forever 21 (children’s clothes) Goldtoe (a socks store) Levi’s Outlet (yawn) and Skechers (cheap, clunky shoes) and headed straight to Michael Kors. Yes, Michael Kors, the stout fashion guru and head judge of “Project Runway.” No, MK doesn’t offer menswear, but I still wanted to see what this icon was offering for us poor Midwestern shlubs. Disappointing. With its nautical theme and faux gold chains, the clothing looked like it was designed for the Housewives of Fairacres headed to a Junior League meeting. We stopped back in at Voodoo Taco on the way out, but the line was even longer. This is what happens when you don’t have a food court. Like they have in real malls. Malls like the dying one we visited on 72nd and Dodge the following day, a once proud shopping center soon to be demolished to make way for yet another village. ,

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n Local production company/party planners Defy Grav are funneling the vibe of their Sokol Auditorium-hosted dance parties into Defy Music, a new electronic dance music label. Defy Grav formed the label in conjunction with Make Believe Records and Andy Garlock, who hosts 89.7 FM’s electronic music radio show the Freak Factory. The label’s roster includes Buckhunter, Cake Eater, Robit, DFM, Buzz Junior and Bentone and all are featured on the label’s first release, a compilation titled 001. Check it out at defymusic. n Experience nine silent films by masterful suspense director Alfred Hitchcock, soundtracked by a host of live musicians. Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Mike Fahey St., hosts the Thursday night series, which kicks off Feb. 13 and concludes April 3. Silent accompanist Donald Sosin will play during showings of Champagne and the Pleasure Garden, while local musicians Dan McCarthy, James Maakestad, Ben Brodin, Joseph Knapp, Jim Schroeder, Luke Polipnick, Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Alex McManus, Aaron Markley and Ted Stevens Unknown Project will tackle various other films in the recently-restored collection of Hitchcock silent movies. For more information on the series, visit n The Lincoln Community Foundation Garden Performance Series is seeking local musical talent to play its midday summer concert series. The Wednesday noon shows, which take place outside at 1415 N St. in Lincoln, start May 7 and run through Aug. 27. Interested musicians are asked to email with the subject line FGPS to receive an application form for the event. n There’s two new local music video worth noting. The first is Salt, the latest video from Lincoln hip-hop act Purveyors of the Conscious SALT

Sound. The song, a duet between Jake Dawson and Liz Graham, is the first single for Dawscyclops’ solo EP Tales Involving Women. The video was directed by Brett Brooner of Broonamite Photography, while the song itself was produced by Andy Boonstra and Zach Crawford. Omaha indie pop band Talking Mountain also unveiled a video for Am I A Water Bubble (How Do I Know?), off the band’s 2013 release Mysterious Knowledge/Unknown Colors. Both videos can be see on Youtube. — Chris Aponick The Reader’s Backbeat column seeks to cover the local music scene from all corners of the sound spectrum. Whether it’s news of new bands, farewell shows, album releases or special events, the Reader’s music team wants to hear from you. Got a tip? Email it to


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BRANDON SANTINI, (Blues) 6 pm, 21st Saloon, Contact venue for cover charge. DURTY THURSDAY - E BROWN, 9 pm, Bar 415, FREE. STONEBELLY W/ JOHN LARSEN, (Rock) 9 pm, Barley Street Tavern, Check venue for cover charge. OPEN DECKS, 9 pm, Bourbon Theater, Free 21+/$5 18+. NEW MOON SONGWRITERS NIGHT, (Folk/Singer-Songwriter) 7 pm, Crescent Moon Coffee, FREE. AN ACOUSTIC EXPERIENCE WITH TIM KEOHN, (Blues) 6 pm, Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, Check venue for cover charge. PARK STREET, GHOST TOWN NIGHTS & T.D.K., (Rock) 9 pm, Knickerbockers, Check venue for cover charge. SMOOTH JAZZ THURSDAYS AT THE OZONE LOUNGE, (Jazz) 6:30 pm, OzoNE Lounge at Anthony’s Steakhouse, FREE. PAISTY JENNY W/ BROKEN EFFECT & JOHNNY LEGION, (Rock) 9 pm, Shamrock’s Pub & Grill, Contact venue for cover charge. COUNTRY ROAD 5 W/ EMMETT BOWER BAND & DYLAN BLOOM BAND, (Blues) 9 pm, Slowdown, $5 ADV. ACOUSTIC NIGHT WITH ADAM LEE, 4 PM, THE TAVERN, FREE. ACOUSTIC MUSIC THURSDAYS!, 8 pm, Two Fine Irishmen, Contact venue for cover charge. LYMPHNODE MANIACS, (Jazz) 9 pm, Venue 51, FREE. MICHAEL CAMPBELL, (Folk/Singer-Songwriter) 7 pm, ZIN Room, FREE. ROOT MARM CHICKEN FARM JUGBAND, (Folk/SingerSongwriter) 9 pm, Zoo Bar, $5.


3D IN YOUR FACE, (Cover Band) 9 pm, 21st Saloon, $5. KAIT BERRECKMAN, ALL YOUNG GIRLS ARE MACHINE GUNS, EDEM AND CJ MILLS, (Indie) 7 pm, 402 Arts Collective/ Aromas Coffeehouse, FREE. MR. SINISTER, (Cover Band) 9 pm, Anchor Inn, FREE. CITRUS CLUB, (Cover Band) 9:30 pm, Arena Bar & Grill, FREE. TWO DRAG CLUB W/ BROTHERS TANDEM, (Rock) 9 pm, Barley Street Tavern, Check venue for cover charge. MOTION TRAP W/ JMNM, LINEAR SYMMETRY & NICK BLISS, (Rock) 10 pm, Bourbon Theater, $5 21+ / $7 18+. KARAOKE THEATRE, 9 pm, House Of Loom, FREE. AN EVENING WITH KAJAM, (Jazz) 6 pm, Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, Check venue for cover charge. BLOODOATH & SKUMMER, (Metal) 9:10 pm, Knickerbockers, Check venue for cover charge. MIWI LA LUPA (TEAM LOVE RECORDS) WITH OJAI AND ELI MARDOCK, (Folk/Singer-Songwriter) 9:30 pm, O’Leaver’s Pub, $5. ROCK & ROLL SUICIDE & LYMPHNODE MANIACS, (Rock) 9 pm, Shamrock’s Pub & Grill, Contact venue for cover charge. UNIVERSE CONTEST W/ TALKING MOUNTAIN & TOUCH PEOPLE, (Rock) 9 pm, Slowdown, $7. CACTUS HILL, (Cover Band) 9 pm, Two Fine Irishmen, Check venue for cover charge. FRIDAY AFTERNOON CONCERT SERIES W/ LITTLE JOE, (Rock) 6 pm, Venue 51, FREE. NOTO SWING W/ JOHN LARSEN, KATIE JANE & EDEM KEGEY, (Jazz) 9 pm, Venue 51, $5. TEN CLUB PEARL JAM TRIBUTE, (Cover Band) 9 pm, Waiting Room, $7. COWBOY UP!, (Country) 9 pm, Whiskey Roadhouse (Horseshoe Casino), FREE. THE FABTONES, 5 pm, Zoo Bar, Contact venue for cover charge. HECTOR ANCHONDO BLUES, (Blues) 9 pm, Zoo Bar, $5.


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COUNTY ROAD 5, (Country) 8:30 pm, Ameristar Casino, FREE. AVARICIOUS, (Rock) 9:30 pm, Arena Bar & Grill, FREE. CHRIS AYTES & THE GOOD AMBITION, THE DECATURES, MOSES PREY, (Rock) 9 pm, Barley Street Tavern, $5. DICEY RILEY, (Folk/Singer-Songwriter) 9 pm, Dubliner Pub, $3. KARAOKE, 8 pm, Firewater Grille, Contact venue for cover charges. JOHNNY REEF AND THE SHIPWRECKS, (Blues) 9 pm, Havana Garage, FREE. SWAMPBOY BLUES BAND, (Blues) 6 pm, Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, Check venue for cover charge. LEMON FRESH DAY, (Cover Band) 8 pm, Loose Moose, FREE. VIDEO RANGER WITH LAZY (KC) AND ZACH LA GROU, 9:30 pm, O’Leaver’s Pub, $5. JOY STICK, (Rock) 9 pm, Red9, Check venue for cover charge. VULSAFIRE W/ BONE BUCKET & TBA, (Rock) 9 pm, Shamrock’s Pub & Grill, Contact venue for cover charge. 36TH ANNUAL GROUNDHOG PROM, 7:30 pm, Sokol Hall & Auditorium, $8 ADV / $10 DOS. HIDDEN AGENDA, (Cover Band) 9 pm, Two Fine Irishmen, Check venue for cover charge. JERRY PRANKSTERS, (Cover Band) 9 pm, Venue 51, $5. MIDWEST ELITE CONCERTS PRESENTS: MIXED MARTIAL AUDIO, (Rock) 8 pm, Waiting Room, $7. MEZCAL BROS., (Blues) 6 pm, Zoo Bar, $6. THE BOTTLETOPS, (Folk/Singer-Songwriter) 9 pm, Zoo Bar, $6.




OPEN MIC NIGHT, 6 pm, 402 Arts Collective/ Aromas Coffeehouse, FREE. OPEN MIC & SONGWRITER SHOWCASE, (Folk/Singer-Songwriter) 9 pm, Barley Street Tavern, FREE. HOPSIN’S KNOCK MADNESS TOUR W/ DJ HOPPA, (Hip-Hop/ Rap) 8 pm, Bourbon Theater, $20 ADV / $22 DOS. FIRST CUT INDUSTRY NIGHT W/ DJ DRDRIGGS, (DJ/Electronic) 9 pm, House Of Loom, FREE. UNL’S DAVE HALL PERCUSSION RECITAL, 7:30 pm, Kimball Recital Hall, FREE. GOOCH & HIS LAS VEGAS BIG BAND, 8 pm, OzoNE Lounge at Anthony’s Steakhouse, FREE. OPEN MIC NIGHT! 8 pm, Red9, FREE. DIRECT HIT! WITH ELWAY, MÜSHMOUTH AND MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRLS, (Punk) 7 pm, Sweatshop Gallery, All Ages - $10. THE EXPENDABLES W/ WINTER BLACKOUT 2014, STICK FIGURE & SEEDLESS, (Rock) 7 pm, Waiting Room, $15. PIANO HOUR W/ EMILY BASS, 5 pm, Zoo Bar, Contact venue for cover charge. ZOO BAR HOUSE BAND, 7 pm, Zoo Bar, $3.


VIC NASTY, 8 pm, Bar 415, Contact venue for cover charge. STS9, (Rock) 8 pm, Bourbon Theater, $25 ADV / $30 DOS. OPEN MIC NIGHT, 9:30 PM, DUBLINER PUB, FREE. CHIARA STRING QUARTET, (Classical) 7:30 pm, Kimball Recital Hall, Tickets: $20 ($10 Seniors; $5 Students). OMAHA BRASS ENSEMBLE, (Classical) 7:30 pm, Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, $15 General / $5 Students & Seniors. OPEN MIC NIGHT, (Folk/Singer-Songwriter) 8 pm, Venue 51, FREE. DJ RELIC SOUL PARTY, (DJ/Electronic) 8 pm, Zoo Bar, FREE.


DECIBEL, (Punk) 9 pm, Bar 415, FREE. DICEY RILEYS, (Folk/Singer-Songwriter) 7 pm, Brazen Head Irish Pub, FREE. CONNOR DOWLING, (Cover Band) 9 pm, Firewater Grille, Check venue for cover charge. YOUTH CODE W/ COMING & PLACK BLAGUE, (Metal) 9 pm, Slowdown, $8 ADV. MAD CONDUCTOR, NO THANKS & THE SUPERBYTES, (Punk) 7 pm, The Hideout Lounge, $8 21+ | $10 18-20. LE FIGS DUO, (Blues) 9 pm, Venue 51, FREE. CASSIE TAYLOR, (Folk/Singer-Songwriter) 6 pm, Zoo Bar, $10. LINCOLN EXPOSED, 9 pm, Zoo Bar, Contact venue for cover charge.

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et ready for real-deal blues when the Brandon Santini Band from Memphis hits The 21st Saloon Thursday, Jan. 30, 6-9 p.m. The group is also at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, Jan. 29, 6-9 p.m. Fueled by killer harmonica, vocals and guitar, the Brandon Santini Band has got it goin’ on, with serious technique delivered with plenty of heart and energy. says “Brandon Santini displays the harp ability of a Hummel, the soul of a Salgado and the pizzazz of a Piazza.” Santini is a 2014 Blues Music Award Nominee for Best Contemporary Blues Album for This Time Another Year. He is also a nominee in the Best Instrumentalist-Harmonica category alongside Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton, Kim Wilson and Rick Estrin. Yes, you read that right, Santini is getting recognized alongside some of the best players on the blues scene. Check Santini out at and see them when they play here this week. Where’s Mick? Omaha singer-songwriter Michael Campbell has a gig at the Zin Room, 316 S. 15th St., Thursday, Jan. 30, 7-9 p.m. It’s a free show and Campbell promises “I have the privilege of performing


a rare two-hour collection of original works…This long-form show gives me an excuse to rattle up songs from all points of my 25 years of songwriting.” Whether you know Campbell from his years as a local musician or his time spent as proprietor of Mick’s music bar in Benson, this should be fun for fans and friends of Campbell and his music. ZOO BAR MUSIC Hector Anchondo Band is featured at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Friday, Jan. 31, 9 p.m. Then Saturday, Feb. 1, The Mezcal Brothers play at 6 p.m. and The Bottletops play after 9 p.m. Cassie Taylor is at the Zoo next Wednesday, Feb. 5, 6-9 p.m. The Zoo has a bunch of big name shows coming up in February including John Nemeth, Davina & The Vagabonds, The Bel Airs, Tommy Castro and Mike Zito. Check for dates and times. HOT NOTES McFoster’s, 230 S. 38th St., hosts a First Saturday Blues Open Stage Showcase Saturday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m. organized by George Prescott and Greg Hand. The 21st Saloon presents Andy T - Nick Nixon Band next Thursday, Feb. 6, 6-9 p.m. Venue 51’s Friday Afternoon Club features Little Joe solo Friday, Jan. 31, 6-9 p.m. The Betties’ Betty Jean has a CD release party at Slowdown Thursdsay, Feb. 6, 9 p.m. with Matt Cox and Travelling Mercies. ,

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sk Americans how they stand compared to their fellow countrymen, and in survey after survey, the vast majority rank themselves “above average” in such areas as driving skill, sexual prowess and general honesty. A recent study of English prisoners, published in the British Journal of Social Psychology, revealed that those miscreants think they, too, are in the upper half. They rate themselves above average (whether compared to Britons in prison or in society at large) in compassion, generosity, dependability, trustworthiness and honesty. In fact, the only trait on the University of Southampton survey on which the criminals failed to rank themselves as better than the typical Brit was “law-abidingness.” On that trait, the inmates rated themselves merely as “average.”

Compelling Explanations Pastor Ray Scott Teets, 66, of Fallen Timbers Community Chapel in Springhill Township, Pa., arrested in November for alleged “inappropriate contact” with an 11-year-old girl (daughter of parishioners) on at least three occasions, denied to police that the meetings were inappropriate. The girl, he said, requested counseling with him and suggested that the sessions take place in the storage shed in back of the chapel. (The girl said there were six meetings, lasting about 15 minutes each, and denied initiating them.) -- Robert Bourque, 55, was convicted of DUI in Sarnia, Ontario, in October, but continued to deny the charge. He admitted he had four beers on the day of the traffic stop but said the Breathalyzer result was misleading because he had recently poured alcohol into his ears to test his theory about how Jesus healed the sick. (Bourque was acting as his own lawyer.) Toronto Sun, 10-11-2013] -- The mother and other relatives of William Medina, 24, said they felt hurt by the public’s comments


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suggesting that Medina and his partner in the November Reading, Pa., armed robbery were “thugs.” William was a “family man” -- “no big hard criminal,” his mother said. The two robbers, armed and wearing masks, were gunned down by a Krick’s Korner customer who said he feared the worst when he saw the robbers leading a store employee at gunpoint into a back room. A Medina cousin said he deplored people’s taking the law into their own hands.

Perspective For nearly 30 years, until 2007, the U.S. national symbol, the bald eagle, was endangered and protected, but officially they (along with golden eagles) are now so insignificant that the government is willing to endure dozens of them being chopped to death annually in the blades of “clean energy” wind turbines. An Associated Press investigation in December revealed that the federal government is purposely ignoring the eagles’ attrition out of fear that outraged conservationists’ campaigns will hinder development of wind power as an alternative to coal-produced electricity. (Another recent AP investigation revealed a similar painful choice in the continued commitment to ethanol as a cleaner alternative fuel even though that cleanliness is being increasingly questioned, and even though ethanol production requires the massive diversion of corn that could inexpensively feed millions of hungry people worldwide.) The Aristocrats! Love the One You’re With: (1) Lydell Coleman, 36, was charged with felony indecent exposure in Seattle in December. He had allegedly dropped his pants outside the Sub Shop at Westwood Village and begun “humping” the front window. (2) Edwin Tobergta, 34, was sentenced to 11 months in prison in November after his earlier guilty plea in Hamilton, Ohio, to “having sex,” naked, with a rubber pool float, in front of children. (3) An inebriated Andrew

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Davidson, 25, was arrested in July on a train between Aberdeen, Scotland, and Glasgow after foisting himself on a beverage cart and “humping” it, shouting “I want to kiss you, I want to (have sex with) you.”

Least Competent Criminals According to a police report, Tevin Monroe, 31, walked into a McDonald’s in Norfolk, Va., in December to inquire about a job, asked a manager for an application, and was told that the form was available online and that he should go download it. The manager’s response left Monroe dissatisfied, and he lifted his shirt to show the manager the gun in his waistband. The manager quickly located a paper application for Monroe (but also discreetly summoned police, who arrived and arrested Monroe while he was still filling out the form). Ironies Celebrity Ironies: (1) In December, a California appeals court endorsed actor Tippi Hedren’s victory suing the lawyer who had earlier failed to win compensation for her from a 2006 studio accident. In Hedren’s most famous movie role, she was attacked by birds in Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic film, and in 2006 had been clobbered by falling scenery caused by birds nesting in an attic over a stage. (2) A man who won a Hollywood raffle to watch the finale of “Breaking Bad” with cast members was arrested in Fort Myers, Fla., in January and faces his own intent-to-sell drug charges. Two weeks earlier, unrelated to the show or the raffle, a man with the same name as the show’s protagonist (Walter White) was sentenced in Billings, Mont., to 12 years in prison on drug charges. -- Too Much Information: Arvind Kejriwal, fresh from his electoral victory as chief minister of the state of New Delhi, India, was to report to work on Monday, Dec. 30th, to begin fulfilling his anti-corruption administration -- one that

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promised unprecedented “transparency” to make government visible to constituents. However, the transparency of his first public announcement was perhaps over-the-top -- that he was taking the day off because of a bout of diarrhea. Said a colleague, “When the chief minister gives you a minute-by-minute update on his bowel movements, hail democracy.”


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Fine Points of the Law Michael Robertson, 31, argued via a lawyer before Massachusetts’s highest court in November that his arrest for taking “upskirt” photographs of a woman on the subway should be tossed out -- asserting that he has a constitutional right to take pictures of anything that is not covered up in public. Said his lawyer (a woman), noting that the victim’s skirt provided only partial covering, “If a clothed person reveals a body part whether it was intentional or unintentional, he or she cannot expect privacy.” (Robertson’s case had been suspended at the trial court while he seeks a ruling on his legal interpretation.) -- Legislation, Not the Constitution, Is the Supreme Law of the Land: The December federal court decision, by Judge William Pauley, dismissing a challenge to the National Security Agency’s phone surveillance program, suggested that even if a citizen might prove that his constitutional right to privacy was being violated, that person could never know it in the first place and thus never challenge, because Congress purposely made the NSA program secret. In fact, wrote Judge Pauley, the alleged constitutional violation that created the current lawsuit only came to light because of the unauthorized leaks by Edward Snowden. Therefore, if Congress never amends its secret laws, citizens will never get to find out whether their rights are being violated. ,

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n In the cultural civil war that is “books versus movies,” we appear to have our first cease fire. On Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7 pm, Film Streams will partner with (downtown) omaha lit fest to screen Three on a Match, a 1932 film about three women involved in all sorts of bad stuff. Well, all sorts of bad stuff and Humphrey Bogart. There will also be a post-show discussion with Margaret Talbot, a New Yorker contributor and daughter of Lyle Talbot, who is featured in the film. Hurry up and celebrate this unity between a lit fest and a theater; who knows how long this fragile peace will last? n The internet ruins everything. Quentin Tarantino was going to make a Western called The Hateful Eight and now he isn’t because some doo-doo head leaked the script online. It may seem like an overreaction, but the combination of betrayal (he gave the script to very few people) and the public seeing an unfinished work has muted his enthusiasm for the project, which is now shelved. So, I hope all the jerkwads intent on stealing access to art they aren’t entitled to are happy now. I wanted to see The Hateful Eight, and now I just hate you. n If the thought of untrained musicians, mostly children who are screaming, performing during a movie is your cup of tea, great news! Disney is going to hold special “sing-a-long” screenings of Frozen starting Jan. 31! So you have from now until Jan. 31. to see one of Disney’s best animated films of all time before it’s unbearable to see it in a theater! n It turns out that Gal Gadot (Fast Five) is not just going to be Wonder Woman in the upcoming Superman/Batman movie. She’s also signed for a Justice League movie and a standalone Wonder Woman movie! Holy cow! A superhero movie with a female lead?! I can hear the studio notes now: “Can we put Batman in this? What if we put his name in the title? In fact, do we need this ‘Wonder Woman’ at all?” —Ryan Syrek


onestly, at least half of the people who describe films as “Felliniesque” have no idea what the hell they’re talking about. The term has become a pseudointellectual catch-all to describe flights of artistic fancy, when there is a very real and specific definition for that descriptor. As a point of reference, The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) is so Fellini-esque, someone needs to pull on writer/director Paolo Sorrentino’s face to make sure it’s not zombie Federico in a mask. The difference between homage and ripoff is all in the craftsmanship, and The Great Beauty is potent and intoxicating; its lush imagery and emotional thematic touchpoints combine to form a luminous work that is simultaneously intensely specific to the inhabitants of Rome and peppered with global resonance. Stateside, the condemnation of Italian indulgence and political passivity may whiz over some heads, but the thesis is so universal you can find it on passiveaggressive social media statuses: “My life is empty, and I feel alone.” The person voicing those concerns here is Jep Gambardella played by Toni Servillo. The most frustrating thing about everyone comparing the partnerships of Fellini and his frequent actor collaborator Marcello Mastroianni with that of Sorrentino and Servillo is having to repeat it again because it’s just so true. Jep is a writer who squeezed out one significant novel in his 20s and has been drinking and fornicating ever since. He and his effete, increasingly elderly friends

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have reached a point of self-reflection. In Jep’s case, it’s brought on by the death of a former girlfriend who is revealed to have always loved him. And that’s how it goes sometimes: one thing from the past smashes the nostalgia pinata, and suddenly you’re taking inventory of the parts that add up to the sum of your life. Through a series of increasingly somber encounters, the final one with the Cryptkeeper from “Tales from the Crypt” dressed as a nun, Jep passes a tragic judgement on himself. With elements of fantasy and dreams bleeding through the otherwise straight-forward narrative, The Great Beauty manages to encapsulate the totality of life experience in just over two hazy hours. The film is also reminiscent of another recent work, Leos Carax’s Holy Motors; both are movies that lean heavily on a single actor, critique the medium of cinema while celebrating it and focus more on provoking emotional reactions than reasoned understanding. The Great Beauty is a bit more approachable, even if Holy Motors is quite a bit better. This is in part because, to an American audience, the intimacy of the Italian commentary feels like hearing an inside joke you “had to be there” to get. Between that and a meandering middle hour that takes Jep off course only to return him to the same emotional place, it’s not a flawless endeavor. Still, all things considered, you’d be hard pressed to find a more stunning, thoughtful, honest and stirring film than The Great Beauty. GRADE = A-




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American Hustle = B


Solid, slightly odd, con film with great female performances.

Nebraska = B-

Another nice, quiet, muted film from the master.

Her = B+


Love between a man and his computer can be beautiful.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit = D+

A paint-by-numbers spy thriller with less brains than it thinks it has.



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