LeAnn Clausen's journey to a booth in the UNO ballroom was a long time coming, but the journey was not hers alone. Hours of genealogical work, a passion for her history and a genuine interest in heritage, all championed and completed by her grandmother, are what brought her to UNO on Feb. 27.
Last weekend, the Old Market's Urban Storage facility had fewer vacant units than usual. The massive warehouse on the southeast corner of 13th and Leavenworth played host to more than 75 artists and performers for a two-part exhibition appropriately titled Science Fair.
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In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, UNO hosted "Culture: Indian Style, Dance Exhibition" on Nov. 17.
The event began half an hour late at 12:30 p.m. and lasted until about 1 p.m.
Following Native American tradition, the event began with a prayer before kicking off the dance exhibition.
The first dance was a fancy shawl dance performed by Meredith Schramm. Before performing, she explained the dance as a more modern Native American dance that depicts the movement of the butterfly, as well as coming into womanhood.
I'm still having flashbacks of the last encounter I had with Gregg Gillis, aka Girl Talk. It was a biting cold January 9, 2009 at Slowdown, and the recently immortalized Pennsylvanian DJ was in town to host one of his famed electric dance parties. I wasn't sure if the hype surrounding him was "all that," but I quickly learned that Gillis does indeed throw one hell of a party.