A look inside the Aksarben Cinema Center

For years, Cinema Center, located on 84th and West Center Road, was the local theater for people who lived in the Aksarben area. When the big orange theater closed a few years ago, it left a huge void.  When the new Aksarben Cinema opens today, that void may finally be filled.


‘Christmas Pageant Tour’ brings holiday cheer to Omaha

As I approached the entrance to Sokol Auditorium, it was almost impossible to tell that a show had begun only minutes before. I breezed through the entrance to find a very short, hardly memorable set by alternative pop-rock band Shoreline Ends. After a short wait, Secondhand Serenade's John Vesley took the stage, blowing the crowd away with his acoustic guitar and heartfelt vocals. 


‘Boardwalk Empire’ lets Buscemi shine

Steve Buscemi has a long and accomplished acting career. He was disturbing as a serial killer in "Con Air," terrifying as a hit man in "Things To Do When You're Dead in Denver" and practical and smart as Mr. Pink in "Reservoir Dogs," but all were supporting roles. Despite this varied history, his career lacked a crown jewel, so it is fitting that his first major starring role is in an HBO series. In "Boardwalk Empire," he plays Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, an Irish gangster/city treasurer in 1920s Atlantic City.


Closing the book on fairy tales

I'm five years old again and squealing with delight. It's the day before Thanksgiving and ABC Family is showing "Beauty and the Beast." Belle, my favorite princess (sorry, Ariel. You're a close second) is singing her theme song about the provincial life she lives in France on the screen in front of me, and I get goose bumps.


UNO Television screens award-winning documentary

UNO Television presented a homemade documentary during the event "Relive the Journey: St. Cecilia's Cathedral through the Lens of UNO Television" on Nov. 30. About 45 people attended the event, which took place in the Community Service and Public Affairs Commons building's room 132 at 5:30 p.m. 


Valley of the what?

If you've seen the 1967 film adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's "Valley of the Dolls," brace yourself for an even more rouge (and hilarious) parody at the SNAP!/Shelterbelt Theatre. The stage production, of the same name as the book and movie, follows the movie script almost entirely, with one obvious exception: cross-dressing. 


Tare’s solo album a real downer

Avey Tare's first solo album isn't quite what you would expect out from a crucial member of Animal Collective. Then again, you never get what you'd expect from the genre-defying experimental group. For Tare's first album from the late 1990's, he recruited friend Noah Lennox (Panda Bear) to beat the drums.  Nine albums later, they are still creating music. Panda has gone on to record three solo albums with a fourth coming soon, including the highly acclaimed (and 2007's best) "Person Pitch." It's no wonder Tare finally decided to try it himself, and the final product is the challenging "Down There."


May the Source be with You

Back in September I wrote about my plan to switch from Windows to Linux. Part of what prompted me to make such a drastic change was the need to stretch my education budget. Cutting myself loose from proprietary software and migrating to open source seemed like a good way to do it. Three months later, I'm still using Ubuntu and I'm quite happy about it. In fact, I've installed it on three of five of my computers at home – one of them is an old Mac Mini that needed a makeover.