Once more, with feeling South High and SNAP reteam for new musical

(Pictured Left to Right: Zhomontee, Regina Palmer, Echelle)   A year ago, Omaha South High Magnet School and SNAP Productions set the local theater scene abuzz with their joint staging of the Tony Award-winning In the Heights. The all-star production of current and former...
Posted On 29 Jun 2018

Serrato finds balance as musician and educator

Grain elevators, not skyscrapers, fill the view outside Paul Serrato’s home now that the jazz pianist-composer is back in Omaha after decades in New York City. Serrato was a New York sideman, soloist and band leader. When not performing, he haunted clubs to see countless...
Posted On 01 Jun 2018

Wide Support for DACA in Nebraska

On September 7th various community organizations including Justice for Our Neighbors Nebraska (JFON_NE), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and OneWorld Community Health Centers, among others came together to host an information session on DACA at the Gross Auditorium on...
Posted On 15 Sep 2017

I can’t vote, but my daughter can

ELIZABETH, NJ — Rossana Madeira is a wife and a mother. She is also an undocumented immigrant. But five years ago, because of the economic hardships that her family experienced, Rossana realized that she could no longer remain silent and stay in the shadows. “I can’t live in fear...
Posted On 01 Sep 2017

South Omaha Boys Town: Serving the community from within

“When people think of Boys Town, they mainly think about the residential program. That’s still a hallmark of what we do here but over the last seven to eight years, there’s been a push to shift our attention to working in the communities we serve,” said Christopher Miller,...
Posted On 01 Sep 2017

Going all out for ‘In the Heights’

Lin-Manuel Miranda is the hottest name in American theater thanks to the phenomenal success of his award-winning musicals In the Heights and Hamilton. Now, for the first time, one of his signature works will be produced locally when Heights runs June 29-July 2 at Omaha South High...
Posted On 30 Jun 2017

SAFE HARBOR

Undocumented immigrants are among the culture war’s invisible victims. Asylum seekers risk everything to escape dangers in their homeland only to come here and face possible arrest, detainment and deportation. Application of illegal alien policies and laws vary by agents and...
Posted On 16 Jun 2017

Public meeting on alcoholism and drug addictions

Driving down L Street in Omaha, Ana* saw an ad: “Say no to drugs, say no to alcohol. Drugs and alcohol destroy dreams.” “I drank every now and then and got really drunk, but I didn’t like to be like that,” said Ana, who worriedly asked herself:...
Posted On 09 Jun 2017

Frank LaMere: A good man’s work is never done

Frank LaMere, self-described as “one of the architects of the effort to shutdown Whiteclay,” does not gloat over recent rulings to deny beer sellers licenses in that forlorn Nebraska hamlet. A handful of store owners, along with producers and suppliers, have profited...
Posted On 31 May 2017

CINCO DE MAYO ORGANIZER Marcos Mora Celebrates Heritage

It’s difficult even for Marcos Mora himself to encapsulate everything he’s involved in. He’s been a real estate agent with Nebraska Realty since 2013. In 2000, he founded (and today still runs) Latino Productions, which serves a bilingual market with marketing services, event...
Posted On 19 May 2017