COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - For a holiday as over-commercialized and drawn out as Christmas, people can grow tired easily, bored and cynical about the annual celebration. Green and red become cliché. Aside from the true meaning of the holidays, the spirit of celebration can become stale, old and predictable for those who crave variety and unorthodox stimulation.
It takes just the right combination to appeal to people with both eclectic and particular tastes. Such people are regulars at the shops and restaurants in historic Dundee, enjoying both the delightful atmosphere of the area and the abundance of locally owned businesses. The newest kid on this historic block is Pitch Coal-Fire Pizzeria.
It's difficult sometimes to make an argument for photographic art. After all, it's a field that mirrors reality, meant to replicate life via the "human experience" channel. Far too often, though, "the human experience" theme is portrayed in photos lacking imagination, making it more akin to "the dry, uninteresting experience."
The latest photography exhibit at Polyester gallery, 1618 Harney St., is anything but dry or uninteresting. The show, titled "If These Walls Could Talk," (showing through Nov. 27) offers a refreshing glimpse of human existence in private moments.
Contemporary poet Matthew Zapruder read in the Dodge Rooms of the Milo Bail Student Center on Nov. 3. He visited UNO as a part of the Missouri Valley Reading Series, which welcomes poets as well as authors of fiction and non-fiction to travel and read their works.
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