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.  


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. 


An eye-opening look at Anime NebrasKon

Otaku. According to Merriam Webster, this word does not exist. According to other sites, however, it is a Japanese word is used to describe someone who is obsessed with Anime (Japanese animation), Manga (Japanese cartoons)  and video games. Many of us never give this type of culture a good look, but it might be worth looking into. 


‘Illuminations’ – a light from a higher window

Last Monday morning saw two hours of sleep and a big psychology test. All of these stresses suddenly seemed distant and unimportant when I ventured out into a mild November morning to buy a copy of Josh Groban's fifth studio album, "Illuminations." 


Racing train brings new hero aboard

Anyone who has seen a movie starring Denzel Washington knows his proven ability to engage his audience and steal their hearts, no matter what character he plays. However, it could catch someone off guard to see that the Oscar award-winner plays a more humble role as Frank Barnes in "Unstoppable" in order to let a new guy get some rave. 


‘Carol’ cast, crew keep tradition alive

Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days in the United States each year and also an overwhelming reminder that Christmas is just around the corner. Another annual event that marks the beginning of the holiday season is the Omaha Community Playhouse's adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." 

 


‘Deathly Hallows, Part I’: The beginning of the end

The Gateway joined an audience of roughly 400 people for an advance screening of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" on Monday, Nov. 15 at Rave Motion Pictures Westroads.

If there's one thing that Muggles worldwide can agree on, it's that the latest movie about the Boy Who Lived is the bleakest and most sinister yet.

Whether fans, or merely along for the multi-billion dollar franchise ride, audiences who hit the theaters this weekend to see the first installment of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" will be presented with a very different scene than that of the shy young boy in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.


Suuns are a band on the rise

What do they sound like?" is a question often asked when  you tell someone about a new band. Sometimes, one can just say that a band makes rock music. Other times, the answer is more difficult, and we try to compare them to a better-known band. If the band is worth talking about, comparisons are difficult to come by. A band worth taking notice of isn't trying to sound like someone else or copy the latest "in" band. A band worth noticing makes its own sound.