Oscars didn’t fail to surprise, awe and impress

Although the Oscars were last week, it feels like they just ended five minutes ago.
This year's Academy Awards went over the usual three hours by half an hour. While I consider myself a pop culture buff and eagerly await the Oscars every year, this year's telecast seemed to go on and on. Thankfully  host Seth MacFarlane tried to move things along.
 


Willie Nelson set to perform at the Holland Center

Living legend Willie Nelson will be making a stop in Omaha for one night only on Monday, April 8 at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
I use the term "living legend" sparingly, but Nelson undoubtedly deserves the title.  He has been continually and very successfully releasing music since 1960, before even some of our parents were born.  
 


Omaha Fashion Week’s spring show struts to Kaneko

Named one of the 10 "coolest" Midwest cities by MSN.com earlier this year, Omaha absolutely deserves the title.
Coming far from being considered a "beef-infused" farm state, the Omaha metro has become a petri dish for culture and creativity, encouraging entrepreneurship and professional advancement.
 


Tour Odyssey stops at the Slowdown

On Wednesday, March 6, Tour Odyssey will make a stop at the Slowdown.  The tour will be featuring the Dirty Heads, Shiny Toy Guns, Midi Matilda and Oh No Fiasco.


Omaha Public Libraries celebrate National Women’s History Month

As Black History Month comes to an end, National Women's History Month is now upon us. This March, the National Women's History Project has chosen "Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics" as their annual national theme, which celebrates the lives of women across the nation whose lives have impacted the innovative field.
This year, the Omaha Public Library has some big plans to honor the remarkable women of our country.  Throughout March, selected libraries will be hosting a series of free events, exhibits and celebrations.
 


‘Women Who Rock’ exhibit opens at the Durham Western Heritage Museum

If you go down the stairs to look at the train cars in the Durham Western Heritage Museum, you may hear the voices of Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, or even Lady Gaga. Don't be alarmed, just follow them past the train cars and on to the "Women Who Rock" exhibit.
At the entrance to the exhibit, you'll be greeted with a mural of vinyl records. Each one features interesting facts about women in music history from the early 20th century to today. It's a good tease for what lies ahead in the rest of the exhibit.
 


The Growlers play the Slowdown to promote new album

It's hard for a band to draw a crowd on a Tuesday night in the metro area, especially one that's not well known here. However, the Growlers brought in a sizeable crowd to the Slowdown on Feb. 5 and provided everyone a rambunctious time.


Canvas and Cabernet opens in Aksarben

Walking into Canvas and Cabernet, a new addition to the Aksarben area, you might not be sure what you're getting yourself into.
On one side, the walls are covered in seemingly elementary paintings. The walls on the opposite side are lined with artistic masterpieces.  There is a stage and about 20 painting stations.  Keep walking and there are shelves with eclectic items for sale. Keep walking farther, and you'll run into the bar.
At this point, you aren't really sure if you're in a bar, gallery, gift shop or classroom.
The truth is that Canvas and Cabernet is all of these things.  It is an exciting new venue that offers instructed painting "classes" to groups. But, this isn't your average painting class.