UNO Percussion Annual Pop Concert

February 2nd, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

UNO Percussion’s  fifth annual pop concert is this weekend. A changeup from classical repertoire, the percussion ensemble will be covering contemporary pop tunes, but they won’t be accompanied by a melody section. Only vocalists. To complete the arrangement, it’s the percussionists’ job to create their sonic palette using software, digital samples and electronic interfaces. The pop concert was devised by UNO’s Coordinator of Percussion Studies, Scott Shinbara.

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A Conversation with Curly Martin Part I

February 2nd, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

If you haven’t had the chance to get to hear Martin on stage, you might know his son who took home a Grammy two nights ago. Terrace Martin is a jazz musician himself and also a producer for Herbie Hancock and rapper Kendrick Lamar.

Omaha Performing Arts’  1200 club is known bringing national jazz musicians the stage at the Holland Center, but this Friday, Curly Martin, Terrace Martin and friends will remind audiences of the talent born and bred right here in North Omaha.

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‘Venus in Fur’ at Bluebarn Theater

January 30th, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—Venus in Fur is the next play to be shown at the Bluebarn Theatre. It’s based on the 19th century erotic novel Venus in Furs written by Austrian Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, whose name gave rise to the word “masochism”—as in sadomasochism. You could consider the novel one of the original texts on the subject, but the contemporary play by David Ives is the story of just two characters—a modern director and actress looking to adapt the story for the stage.

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Readings and Workshops from Backwaters Press

January 24th, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—The Backwaters Press, an independent nonprofit literary press based here in Nebraska will continue their ongoing Reading Series next Wednesday at Gallery 1516.

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‘Ripcord’ at Omaha Community Playhouse

January 23rd, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

“Ripcord is about two women who are living as roommates in a senior living facility in New Jersey,” Hickman said. “One of the women has been there for four years. The other woman has been there for only a few weeks, and they do not really live well together. The woman who’s been there the longest, Abby, she’s very principled. She has her ways. She’s very set in them, and the other woman Marilyn is much more of a go-with-the-flow-type of person I would say.”

Abby and Marilyn are forced to share a room together, and the two women develop a sort of “Odd-Couple” relationship. As Abby attempts to get rid of her unwanted new roommate, a series of bets soon escalates into a game of one-upmanship.

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Readings and Workshops at Kaneko for ‘feedback’ series

January 16th, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—Presented by Kaneko and The Nebraska Writer’s Collective, the feedback Series aims to enliven the conversation about writing through readings and workshops. This Thursday at Kaneko, poets Nate Marshall from Chicago as well as Gina Keplinger and Ben Wenzl based here in Nebraska will perform.

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