Salvation

I wanted to tell the truth; I did it. I am walking to the police station, neither fast nor slow. I look up to the sky and tell myself, "That's right. The innocent will get out of jail."

This might be the third thing that goes right in my life. Of course, one of these things is that I met him. Before I tell this story, I have to draw a picture that reveals a secret.

April 4. I still remember this date. Everything outside was turning green to welcome the nice weather. After finishing the prolonged winter, the world now was full of vigor.


Bruno Mars brings class back to music

Bruno Mars has said in interviews that from a young age he was exposed to a variety of music including reggae, rock, hip hop, and R&B. He began impersonating and performing songs by Michael Jackson, Elvis and The Temptations. It's these artists' influence that listeners can hear the most of in Mars' debut fulllength album "Doo-Wops & Hooligans.'


Girl Talk kicks off tour at UNO

The Sokol Auditorium was packed to the max on Friday night as a sold-out crowd jumped, bumped and cheered to the mashup magic of Girl Talk, aka Gregg Gillis, during the first stop of his fresh 40-city North American tour.


Reel Big Fish come to Omaha

Reel Big Fish's recent return to the metro on Nov. 13 was another show for the books. The fun started at Sokol Auditorium with the quirky duo Koo Koo Kangaroo. Suburban Legends were up next, with an almost-boyband approach to ska music. These California boys had their horn section dancing most of the show, and closed out their set with the whole band doing a synchronized finale, reminiscent of N*SYNC.


Pitch Coal-Fire Pizzeria not an average pizza joint

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.


UNO professor named Nebraska Music Teacher of the Year

Music theory professor Ken Bales is currently over 6,000 miles away on a trip to China with the UNO Jazz Ensemble. On the trip, Bales is discussing and discovering with students the concepts of art and music.

Though he's visiting a country with a very different culture, Bales is content. After all, there he can find music and his students, the two most meaningful things in his life.


Trans-Siberian Orchestra rocks Mid-America Center

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.


Leaving Hogwarts behind

WATFORD, England - There was a break in the action - the cast and crew of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" were milling about waiting for the next set-up on a summer day here in 2009 - and Daniel Radcliffe sat back in his seat and admired the life of a fugitive.