‘Pairings’ Opens at Maple St. Construct

January 4th, 2019

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—Both architects and educators, Peter Goché and Mitchell Squire are caught between the demands of the industry, and the ambition to turn their practice on its head. The idea that both artists respond to is what’s been described as a “profound crisis in imagination.”

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5th New American Arts Fest in Benson

August 3rd, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—Tonight marks the 5th year of the New American Arts Festival, a collaborative event hosted by Lutheran Family Services and Benson First Friday. It’s an opportunity for immigrants and refugees to share their passions and skills with the community through performances and workshops, and for Omaha to learn about rich traditions from around the world. Brittany Steigner, Chair for the Festival Committee.

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Maple Street Construct Opens ‘Wall Assembly’

August 3rd, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—Simply put, the Duck vs. the Decorated Shed a theory of architecture put forward by Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour. For them, all structures fall into one of those categories, either resembling an object as a sculpture, like a duck, which is a reference to an actual structure in Long Island, or a more standard structure with a façade to give a certain impression.

Architect and assistant professor at UCLA, Andrew Kovacs has unpacked this dichotomy in his work, some of which will be shown this weekend at Maple Street Construct. He begins with scaled down sculptures, often resembling complex 3-dimensional collages of pieced together objects and architectural styles, sometimes challenging the limits of perception.

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Vaudeville Takes the Stage Again in Benson

February 23rd, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—Benson is bringing back old fashioned entertainment in a big way—Vaudeville. The Benson Theater has been out of commission for some years now. It was a popular movie theater in the mid-century, but in the ‘20s it was home for musicians, comedians, dancers, actors and magicians. That’s exactly the kind of entertainment Executive Director of the theatre Amy Ryan hopes to bring back to the neighborhood.

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Gun violence spurs community engagement

July 16th, 2015

By Brandon McDermott

Omaha, NE – Gun violence is on the decline in the City of Omaha as a whole. But in North Omaha, gun violence figures have climbed during May and June. How do grass roots neighborhood events engage the community and help spur positive effects?

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Benson drops to Class B: What’s next for Bunnies?

January 24th, 2014

By Brandon McDermott

Omaha, NE – The Nebraska State Activities Association (NSAA) announced in December new football classifications for 2014 and 2015. Benson High School in Omaha found its name atop a list of schools making the drop to Class B next year. Can the high school restore its glory days?

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