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the entertainment weekly of omaha, council bluffs and lincoln 5.50 Feb 5-12, 2014 FREE SCAN ME bars and restaurants profiled 87 8 must-see shows this week things to do this week 32 PURE ROCK ELATION Kris Lager Band Releases New Album Photo credit Liliedahl Imageing



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the entertainment weekly of omaha, council bluffs and lincoln5.50 Feb 5-12, 2014


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Pure rock elationKris Lager Band Releases New Album

By Kyle Eustice

According to guitarist/vocalist Kris Lager, “boogie trance is the mindset of openness and living inside the groove. It’s a nice steady breath.” It’s also part of the title of the Kris Lager Band’s new album, Heavy Soul and Boogie Trance. Comprised of keyboardist Jer-emiah Weird, drummer John Fairchild, bass-ist Brandon Miller, and Lager, the Kris Lager Band is preparing for the album release party on February 13 at The Hive. It’s been a long road for the group. The seasoned musicians have mastered their instruments through years of practice and perseverance. Often compared to The Black Keys, it’s a compari-son Lager doesn’t seem to mind, as he calls them “one of the bands in the world.” Kris La-ger had some time to discuss everything from falling in love with rock-n-roll to spirituality and what makes a great guitar player.

When did you first fall in love with rock-n-roll?

That’s a great question. I grew up loving music. I remember loving MTV back when there was music videos on. I used to tape all of my favorite videos on VHS and replay them while having dance parties with my sister and friends. So I grew up with the mainstream pop influence and then around the house my dad would blast classic rock and blues records. Through my dad, I discovered Jimi Hendrix and bought The Ultimate Experience: Jimi’s Greatest Hits when I was 13. It changed my life. All I wanted to do was sit around and

replicate those sounds on guitar. I remember getting grounded for shoplifting when I was in the 8th grade. I was grounded for a month, and thank god I was because I picked up the guitar during that time. I never really put it down either. I’d go to school in the morning and daydream about playing guitar as soon as I got out of class. I’d get home and play until my mom told me to go to bed and turn it down. My dad also played and we’d jam for hours on in. He’d play the rhythm and I’d play leads for five hours straight a lot of nights. Through Jim,i I discovered Bob Dylan, Albert King, SRV, Freddie King, Muddy Waters, and a host of others. I just kept digging and digging deeper into American music. It’s funny be-cause I haven’t listened to a lot of guitar play-ers in the last seven or eight years. I suppose because I have my favorites and I’ve studied them fairly extensively. I’ve been listening to a lot of soul and funk music and you can tell by the songs I’ve been writing. Don’t get me wrong I go back and re-visit a lot of my favor-ite blues artists like Mississippi John Hurt, Magic Sam, and Taj Mahal. But you are more likely to catch me listening to Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Van Morrison, or Ray Charles. I got my favorite classic rock artists like CCR, The Stones, The Beatles, Allman Brothers, and most of the ‘60s and ‘70s bands, too.

You have such an authentic rock “sound.”The reason I think we have such a ‘rock’

sound is because a lot of our songs are guitar driven; I love a good riff. I love writing music and finding a unique riff on the guitar. We are

a very riff based band. Plus, I love screaming and crying guitar solos and you don’t get any-more rockin’ than that.

I’ve been hearing your name for YEARS around Omaha. Let’s start at the beginning. How did you first get into making music?

When I started playing guitar, it wasn’t with any expectations to get on stage. In fact, I was a pretty shy kid. It took me years to even sing in front of people. I remember when I told my dad I wanted to start a band. It was shortly after watching Austin City Limits one night. I was addicted to that show; that’s how I spent my Saturday nights taping ACL on VHS. I’m pretty sure my folks still have my collection in their basement. My dad said go for it and my parents took me to an open stage in Lincoln, Nebraska at Duggan’s Pub. That’s where I met and played with Chicago Blues Legend, Mag-ic Slim. It’s pretty crazy that my first time on stage was with such a musical giant as Magic. I was 16 and I was hooked. I wanted to be on stage, playing guitar as much as I could. I had the good fortune of recording with Magic Slim before he passed away. We made up a song in the studio called ‘Kris Done Took My Woman’. It’s on our Swagadocious album. When we were out in California on tour and on our way to record ‘Heavy Soul & Boogie Trance’ Magic passed away. I wanted to dedicate a song to him during those sessions so we recorded Leavin’ Trunk in dedication to him and our love for his music. It was a song that I learned from Taj Mahal and gave it a ‘Magic’ twist with his staple Chicago Groove. It made the new

record. Shortly after playing Duggan’s Pub at 16 I joined my first band and met Jeremiah Weir at band practice. He joined my band a couple of years later and we’ve been touring together ever since. I started Kris Lager Band at the age of 17. At the time I wanted to play with Brian Gerkensmeyer, THE Bassist on the scene. He just got off of the road touring with Baby Jason & The Spankers. So, I went to his weekly gig at M&N Sandwich shop in Lincoln and asked him to join my band. He called me up to jam with him and after a song he says to the audience. Ladies and gentleman this is the start of the Kris Lager Band. I was 17 and thought: That has a good ring to it.

Here I am at 32 and still using Kris Lager Band as a vehicle for my songs.

I like the way Heavy Soul and Boogie Trance begins. The song “All Strung Out” comes in with a bang then leads into the very Black Key-esque song, “Take Care Of You.” Is this the first time you’ve been compared to the Black Keys and if so, why do you think that is?

Oh no. They are one of the biggest bands in the world. Of course we are going to be com-pared to them. I love the Black Keys, especial-ly their early stuff. I have definitely been influ-enced by them. I remember our former bassist Matt Evans bringing ‘Thickfreakness’ to band practice one day and saying you Gotta hear this!! I thought Dan’s voice was great and the riffs were unique. At the time I had no idea who Junior Kimbrough was. I learned through them! I remember saying in 10 years these

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guys are going to be phenomenal. 10 years later they were the biggest band in the world!

Dan and I are both bluesy singers and we both love crunchy, dirty guitars.

Patrick Sweany has been an influence on me as well. Patrick and Dan (leader of Black Keys) grew up together in Akron, Ohio. Dan actually quit playing bass for Patrick when the Black Keys started blowing up. I first met Patrick in Cleveland in 2007 when he played a show with us at The Beachland Ballroom. I told him, I like your sound. It’s reminiscent of Black Keys and he said that Dan actually pro-duced his latest record, which is an amazing record and definitely worth a listen. It’s called Every Hour is A Dollar Gone. In 2013, Patrick played my wedding and his song “Frozen Lake” is my wife’s and my first dance.

I really like the pull out quote on your web-site where you say something about lifting the audience’s spirit. What does that mean to you?

I had an epiphany many years ago when a friend of mine gave me a book called Zen Guitar and inside this book it talks about three parts to playing music. You have yourself, you have the people playing with you (accompa-nying), and then you have the audience. And together you all are part of this organic, living thing that is happening. And being aware of this enables you to be a part of something very magical. This sounds like common sense to music lovers, but to actually set the intention and creating the awareness within yourself is powerful. It altered my approach and it devel-oped this desire in me to lift up peoples spirits

at our shows. I thought and still do think that if I can make people feel good, and connected to each other through music we can change our whole perspective. It created a paradigm shift that instead of caring so much on mak-ing people think I’m great, and ‘talented.’ I make them feel great and I care about people at the shows. Another Epiphany, if you will; happened to me in Eureka Springs, Arkansas many years ago. A couple came up to me and said we love what you do, and we follow you. Now, there was something in the way he said ‘we follow you’. that stuck with me. As if, to say I’m leading them essentially. It rattled my foundation. I have the ability to lead people. I had no idea. I thought I was playing guitar and selling booze for bar owners. It’s an interest-ing idea I just previously hadn’t explored and that situation led to my desire to uplift people I come across in life and on stage.

What do you think makes a great guitar player?

Passion: It’s a very nuanced instrument. There are a lot of things going on. Fingers on strings that you can bend and shake. It has the ability to be manipulated in so many ways. Creativity. It’s easy to cop another players licks but to create your own and say it your own way has a command to it that I feel can’t be faked. To own your lick and say it your way. It’s the difference between being genuine and just mocking someone.

Simplicity: To say what you mean with the right note and hit that note. Not getting caught up in the cliché lick or riff. Also, vibrato is ev-erything; to sink into that note and hit it like

it’s your last means a great deal to me as a musician and music lover. It creates an edgi-ness that I really dig. Tab Benoit comes to mind when I think of a current guitar player with a great vibrato.

What have you gained through music? Lost?

This is another great question. I have gained so many amazing experiences. I have seen this great country, I have seen Canada, and China through music. I re-member looking at the ocean one time with the band and saying our fingers and the music has brought us here. It’s a beauti-ful thing to see the world as an entertainer. People are very welcoming and hospitable. I have friends scattered far and wide that I wouldn’t have otherwise. Life is definitely a give and take. People used to say you can’t have it all and I didn’t quite no what that meant until I became a father and a hus-band. I lose time with them because of my road time for sure, and that can be over-whelming, But I believe in quality or quan-tity. I believe in breathing and remaining calm and centered. I’m a student of Bud-dhism and I am learning the concept of be-ing still and accepting life as it is. Through kindness and gratitude I am finding joy and peace like never before. So, going far into the loss category isn’t something I sub-scribe to. Music also grants me the oppor-tunity to channel my feelings and experi-ences through sound. I’ve often said that I am not defined as a ‘Musician’ per say, the music is a means to define who I am.

What are you hoping happens with Heavy Soul and Boogie Trance? Are you seeking a certain level of “success?” Or are you com-fortable where you are?

I am hoping people enjoy listening to it and that it spreads to music lovers across the world. We have a record label out of Ohio that wants to put out two of the songs on a 45. We are in the works on that. Of course, I want to have more success; mostly so I can support my family and band members better. I also want to positively influence people. Ultimately I just want more of the same. I love playing music and I feel blessed to do it as a career. A larger base would definitely be a blessing. My immediate goals are to promote these up-coming tour dates and this current recording. I am recording a solo record with Jeremy Gar-rett this month I look forward to releasing and showing people a side of me that hasn’t been heard or seen too often. I have a ton of folksy/songwriter acoustic type stuff that I really en-joy playing and want people to hear.

Jeremiah has been doing a lot of great re-cordings that we’ll release this year, as well. Also, we’ll be recording our CD release at The Hive and if all goes well we’ll release that. Plus, I have to personally thank all our friends that kept us on the road this last month and donated to our GoFundMe when our van broke down on the road in Utah. In just a few days our friends donated over $8,000 and that allowed us to get a new van and continue the tour. In conclusion, “success” to me is just living a relatively healthy life and loving the people around me. I hope I can keep doing that for a long time.

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No Good Deed Goes UnpunishedKathi Fedden filed a $30 million wrong-

ful death lawsuit in December against Suf-folk County, New York, police after her 29-year-old son, driving drunk in 2013, fatally crashed into an office. She reasons that the son’s death is the fault of the police officer who stopped him earlier that evening and who must have noticed he was already drunk but did not arrest him. The officer, who knew the son as the owner of a popular-with-police local delicatessen, merely gave the son a lift home, but the son later drove off in his moth-er’s car, in which he had the fatal crash.

A generous resident (name withheld by KDKA-TV) of South Oakland, Pennsylvania, in seasonal spirit the week before Christmas, invited a pregnant, homeless woman she had met at a Rite Aid store home with her for a hot shower, a change of clothes and a warm bed for the night. The resident was forced to call police, though, when she went to check up on her guest and discovered her engaging in sexual activity with the resident’s pit bull. The guest, enraged at being caught, vandal-ized the home before officers arrived to ar-rest her.

The New NormalThe website/smartphone app Airbnb,

launched in 2008, connects travelers seek-ing lodging with individuals offering private facilities at certain prices. About a year ago, entrepreneur Travis Laurendine launched a similar smartphone app, “Airpnp,” to con-

nect people walking around select cities and needing access to a toilet, listing residents who make their utilities available, with de-scription and price. Laurendine told the New York Post in January that New York City is a promising market (though his two best cities are New Orleans and Antwerp, Belgium). The prices vary from free to $20, and the facilities range from a sweet-smelling room stocked with reading material to a barely maintained toilet (with no lavatory), but, said one sup-plier, sometimes people “really need to go, and this will have to do.”

Government in ActionKentucky, one of America’s financially

worse-off states, annually spends $2 mil-lion of taxpayer money on salaries and ex-penses for 41 “jailers” who have no jails to manage. Research by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting in January noted that Kentucky’s constitution requires “elect-ed” jailers, notwithstanding that 41 counties have shut down their jails and house detain-ees elsewhere via contracts with sheriffs. (Though the jailers may be called upon to transport prisoners from time to time, the 41 counties are mostly small ones with few de-tainees.) Several jailers have full-time “side” jobs, and one jail-less jailer employs five deputies while another has 11 part-timers.

A.K. Verma was an “assistant executive engineer” working for India’s central public works department in 1990 with 10 years on the job when he went on leave -- and had

Lead StoryThe Project Theater Board at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massa-

chusetts, decided in January to cancel its upcoming annual presentation of the feminist classic “Vagina Monologues.” The all-women’s college recently declared it would admit males who lived and “identified” as female (regardless of genitalia), and the basis for cancellation of “Vagina Monologues” was that the unmodifiable script is not “inclusive” of those females -- that it covers only experiences of fe-males who actually have vaginas.


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still not returned by the end of 2014, when the government finally fired him. He had sub-mitted numerous requests for extensions during the ensuing 24 years, but all were de-nied, though no agency or court managed to force him back to work. (India’s bureaucracy is generally acknowledged to be among the most dysfunctional in Asia.)

IroniesTimothy DeFoggi, 56, was sentenced in

January to 25 years in prison on child por-nography charges -- unable to keep his illicit online transactions hidden from law-enforce-ment authorities. Before his conviction, he was acting director for cyber security in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Ser-vices and, one would assume (wrongly), an accomplished user of security software.

After a heavy snowstorm in Frankfort, Kentucky (the state capital), in November, with many absences reported, the state labor policy agency (called the Labor Cabinet) was among the agencies needing snow removal at its headquarters more promptly than over-worked cleanup crews could provide. A call was circulated for volunteers to go outside and shovel snow, but that job was apparently too laborious for the labor agency; there was only one taker.

The Tampa Bay Times (formerly St. Pe-

tersburg Times), reeling financially as many newspapers are, pledged several properties it owns (including its downtown headquar-ters) to borrow $30 million last year from a distressed-property lender and now an-nounces an intention to pay back that loan by selling the properties. As reported by the local St. Petersblog website, the sore-thumb loan was almost exactly the amount the Times paid in 2002 for “naming rights” to the Tampa concert-and-hockey venue, the Ice Palace (which became the St. Peters-burg Times Forum and is now Amalie Arena). Thus, St. Petersblog wrote, “do the math,” concluding that the Tampa Bay Times was pressured to sell its own headquarters build-ing in order to pay for the 12-year privilege of being able to name someone else’s building.

Least Competent CriminalsNot Well-Thought-Out: (1) Shane Lindsey,

32, allegedly robbed the Citizens Bank in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, on Jan. 14 and ran off down the street, but was arrested about 15 minutes later a few blocks away, having stopped off at Eazer’s Restaurant and Deli to order chicken and biscuits. (2) Jeffrey Wood, 19, was arrested in the act of robbing a 7-Eleven in Northeast Washington, D.C., on Jan. 10 -- because two plainclothes detec-tives were in the store at the time (though

pamper “the daughter I never had.” Bella Mia reportedly has 1,000 outfits in her custom-made walk-in closet, including ball gowns, along with diamond and pearl jewelry, and she sleeps on her own double bed. Previ-ous News of the Weird reports of ridiculously rich dogs involved inheritances, but Bolas-ny still lives with her husband and has two adult sons (who are said to be fine with their mother’s intention to will Bella Mia a house in Florida if she outlives Bolasny and her 82-year-old husband). (By the way, the aver-age annual income for a human being in Ban-gladesh is the equivalent of about $380.)

A News of the Weird Classic (July 2011)On May 21 (2011), Jesse Robinson either

established or tied the unofficial world re-cord for unluckiest underage drinker of all time when he was booked into the Hamilton County, Ohio, jail for underage consumption. According to booking records, Robinson’s date of birth is May 22, 1990.

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the police badge of one was hanging from a chain around her neck). As soon as the man announced, “This is a stickup,” the detective drew her gun and yelled, “Stop playing. I got 17” (meaning a gun with 17 bullets).

Recurring ThemesIn weird-news (and medical) literature, the

rectum is a place for storage of contraband (and, occasionally, for getting things unde-sirably lodged). In what a National Post of Canada reporter believes is a brand-new ex-ample of the former, a gastroenterologist at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s hospital found a vial of urine inside a man who reported to the ER with abdominal pains. According to the doc-tor’s medical journal case description, the rectum was chosen in order to keep the urine at body temperature for an imminent meth-adone clinic drug test, which, if the urine passed “clean,” would have entitled the man to the privilege of “take-home” methadone that he could either bank for later use or sell on the street. (He feared the loss of privilege, though, if the urine tested at room tempera-ture.)

Rose Ann Bolasny, 60, of Great Neck, New York, last year created a trust fund for her 3-year-old Maltese (dog), Bella Mia, that will allow spending $100,000 a year on fash-ions and spa treatments so that Bolasny can



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top 8 concerts, family events, comedy, musicals & more

SPoken Word omaha February 11, at Cali Commons, 518 n. 40th., 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. admission is free.

the Scoop: First “Spoken Word” Event to come to Omaha: Hosted at your local Cali Commons Located 518 N 40th st (Near Midtown). This event gives people the chance to come out and speak their word on any topic of their choice - Poetic & Real Spill Performance. You will be surrounded by a non judgmental environment and you will submit how long you speak. Beverages and food will also be available.

orenda FInk with thayer Saranno, February 11, at reverb Lounge, 6121 military ave., 9 p.m. tickets are $8.

The Scoop: Throughout her time with Azure Ray and over the course of her solo career, Orenda Fink has never shied from exploring the darker edges of spirituality and the human condition. On her debut solo album Invisible Ones, Orenda explored traditional Haitian ritual and mysticism. She then followed that up with an examination of the Southern Gothic subconscious on Ask the Night. Needless to say, death has been visible in much of her music. On her latest album, Blue Dream, she looks deeply at the subject, reflecting upon a year-long meditation on death that started with a dog named Wilson. That year she found herself on a deeply personal search for the meaning of death. Pieces of answers, coded in riddle, came to her in dreams. Her dreams began to tell a story – about life and death and the afterlife, reality, and the fine line between the conscious and subconscious world. She then spent the next year understanding the experience and filter-ing it through the musical inspirations of Smog, Violetta Parra, and Kate Bush to craft Blue Dream. The album truly came together at ARC in Omaha, NE with the help of producers Ben Brodin and Todd Fink (The Faint), along with drummer Bill Rieflin (Ministry, Swans, R.E.M., King Crimson).

Barry manILoW February 11, at CenturyLink Center, 455 n. 10th St., 7:30 p.m. tickets are $29.50 to


The Scoop: Barry Manilow is going to “hit the road” and perform concerts across North America ONE LAST TIME! Join-ing him will be Nine-Time GRAMMY® Nominated Saxophonist, Dave Koz who has played with such artists as Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, U2, Michael McDonald, Luther Vandross and Rod Stewart. Barry Manilow’s ONE LAST TIME! Tour will no doubt be something special With his band of 13 musicians and singers, Manilow said, “We’re having a great time putting the show together. We hope to take everyone on an emotional roller coaster. I can’t wait to see everyone dancing in the aisles.” The ONE LAST TIME! Tour is a major undertaking and as Manilow said, “is my way of thanking everyone for their years of support…one last time!”

FIBer LegendS February 6-april 25, at kaneko, 1111 Jones, 9 p.m. admission is free.

the Scoop: Fiber Legends explores the dif-ferent ways in which fiber art conveys movement, captures and transmits culture and functions as fine art through the works of Nick Cave, Sheila Hicks and Jon Eric Riis. Nick Cave first gained widespread recognition for his Soundsuits: full-body outfits crafted from discarded objects found in antique shops and flea markets. Part sculpture, part cos-tume, the complex, kaleidoscopically colorful works are often featured in solo and group movement per-formances. Jon Eric Riis, from Atlanta, Georgia, is an internationally known contemporary fiber artist and a collector of Asian textiles. Since 1976, Riis has exhibited his handwoven tapestries throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. Sheila Hicks is a Nebraska native and world-renowned fiber artist. Her work ranges from miniatures to architectural commissions to whimsical soft stones, and employ both loom and non-loom techniques.

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entertainmentconcerts, family events, comedy, musicals & more

FaBrIC oF SurvIvaL January 15-march 14, at kaneko, 1111 Jones St., 6 p.m. admission is free. visit for more information.

the Scoop: In 1942, when Jewish residents of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz’s Polish village were ordered by Nazis to report to a nearby train station, 15-year-old Esther Nisenthal fled, with her parents’ blessing with her 13-year-old sister Mania. Hiding with non-Jewish friends in the forest, Esther and Mania ultimately created new identities, posing as Polish Catholic farm girls, hiding in plain sight of the Gestapo. In 1977, at the age of 50, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz began creating works of fabric art to tell her story. Trained as a seamstress, but with no training in art, she ultimately created 36 remarkable fabric pictures of strong, vivid images and folk-art realism, meticulously stitching the narrative of her story beneath each picture

LIttLe Women January 23-February 22, at omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St., 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2:00 p.m. Sunday. tickets are $25 for students and $40 for adults.

the Scoop: The Omaha Community Playhouse in partnership with its professional wing, the Nebraska Theatre Caravan, brings the literary classic Little Women to life. Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy, guided by their beloved Marmee, are more different than any sisters could be. With their father off to war, the women find strength in themselves and each other to endure heartache and loss and celebrate joys and accomplishments. Experience this timeless, beloved, literary classic as an exhilarating musical with stunning production elements and a powerful score. Share laughter and tears with your entire family in this can’t-miss production.

J dILLa trIBute February 6, at reverb Lounge, 6121 military Lounge, 9 p.m. tickets are $5. www.onepercentpro-

The Scoop: Audibly Nutritious Presents: The J Dilla Tribute Show!!! Join the Reverb Lounge for the fourth annu-al J Dilla Tribute Show. They’ve brought back some of their close friends to pay respects to one of the best hip-hop producers we’ve heard in our lifetime. They do this by having the performers reinterpret their original songs over Dilla’s classic beats. Live Performances from: Midtown Marauders w/ The DillaGents, BOTH, Static Soul, Marcey Yates & Xoboi w/ Artillery Funk, and DJ’s | Sum-One & Dojorok. All profits received at the door will go to The J Dilla Foundation which was created by Dilla’s Mother, Maureen Yancey to help fund inner-city music programs, and provide scholarships to students attending schools that have progressive music curricula. Find more information at

g. Love and the SPeCIaL SauCe

February 8, at the Waiting room, 6212 maple St., 9 p.m. tickets are $22/adv and $25/doS.

The Scoop: Twenty years after the release of their self-titled debut and eight years since their last live performance together, the original lineup of G. Love & Special Sauce return with their first album in nearly a decade. Built on the trio’s signature hip-hop blues sound, Sugar finds vocalist/guitarist/harmonica player G. Love (aka Garrett Dutton), upright bassist James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott, and drummer Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens breathing new life into their groove-heavy, Chicago-blues-infused brand of stripped-down rock & roll. “The goal for the album was to make it really raw and immediate, with live takes and live vocals and everybody playing so that it all comes together in that intangible way,” says G. Love. “That’s what our music is all about.”

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social dancers at 7 p.m., and you don’t need a partner. Dancers requested and spectators welcome as we offer fresh mint leaf in our Cuban Bacardi Mojitos.

Salsa Sundays, February 8 at House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th St., 7 p.m. Tickets are $7.


Stop by the Echo Coffee Shop on 10th and Worthington Streets for story time every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sit back with a cup of coffee while your kids enjoy a free cookie and story.

Story Time, February 7, at Echo Coffee Shop, 1502 S. 10th St., 10 a.m. Admission is free.


Alicia Armentrout’s exhibit, Motivating to Grandeur, of photos taken at the Allwine Prairie and Glacier Creek Preserve in Bennington, NE will be on display at the Michael Phipps Gallery at the Omaha Public Library’s Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., 1st Floor, from January 5 through February 21, 2015.

Motivating to Grandeur: Alicia Armentrout, February 5-February 21, at W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St., Times Vary. Admission is free. Visit for more information. KANEKO, 1111 Jones St., 5:30 p.m.

FIBER Opening Reception: Join KANEKO for the FIBER Opening Reception on Friday. As a collective exhibition, FIBER provides a diverse and engaging sampling of the ways in which textiles and fiber art serve as a canvas for expressions of culture and the creative process. Throughout human history, fiber art and design has been imbued with social importance. Divined by both hand and heart, it has been instrumental in generating, supporting and challenging mankind’s wardrobe of social power.

Fiber Opening Reception, February 6, at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St., 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free.

Launa Bacon is a multidisciplinary artist traversing disciplines of painting, video, sculpture, performance and installation. Bacon received her BA from Skidmore College in New York and her MFA at Goldsmiths, University of

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Preview of A Flowering Tree, February 6, at GLO Lounge, 3201 Farnam, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free.

HouseHoldName Presents: With artists Ron Gotti and MixDup (1/2 of Shaded Black), The House of Loom and HHN eager to add some substance to your evening. Basslines that test the foundation, groove to inspire with a built in addictive vibe.

/THIK/, February 6, at House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th St., 10 p.m. Admission is free.

Revel is the only night in Omaha dedicated to ladies who love ladies. It’s an opportunity for the Lesbian community and those who are friends and allies of the LGBT community at large to come together to enjoy the safe company of like-minded people with drinks and dancing. Hosted by Danielle Renae, Tena Hahn and Tara Jeck. Resident DJ Ema Marco.

Revel, February 6, at House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th St., 9 p.m. Admission is $5.

Cheap drinks like $2 Honey Brown Ale pints, $3 premium vodka & gin wells and board games make this an easy Monday night. Service industry welcome.

First Cut: Service Industry Night, February 9, at House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th St., 9 p.m. Admission is free.

Every Wednesday you’ll find DJ SPiRALE and guests holding down a weekly residency. SPiRALE is an Omaha native that has spent many years in Mexico City, giving her an edge over most local DJs on eclectic, tasteful & underground selections of music. Her nights span a whole emotional range of music, covering anything from house, techno, downtempo to even reggae. Weekly guests provide new music direction & vibe. Music stars at 10pm / 21+ / No Cover

Enjoy half off a select tap beer & craft cocktail from 5pm to 2am.

DJ SPiRALE and guests, February 11, at House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th St., 10 p.m. Admission is free.

Hot Jazz with Luigi, Inc., February 10, at Mr. Toad’s, 1002 Howard St., 9 p.m. Admission is free.

Every Tuesday at House of Loom, it’s everything you love about karaoke with the volume turned up. Don’t be afraid to go crazy: bring your own costumes, create your own choreography, bring your back up dancers or just grab some in-house props we’ll have on hand. Join the community here:

Karaoke Theatre, February 10, at House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th St., 9 p.m. Admission is free.

House of Loom has dedicated its Sunday nights and classic wood floors to all things salsa, buchata, merengue, cha-cha-cha, pachanga, and guaguanco. And to host and DJ the night, they’ve chosen long-time loom collaborator and the most charismatic, talented salsa dancer in Omaha, Mr. Blandon “Salserodalante” Joiner. Every Sunday kicks off with a salsa dance lesson for all levels of

Admission is free.

Night Ranger, the American rock band which, to date, has sold in excess of 10 million albums and gained legions of fans worldwide thanks in large part to 80’s rock classics including their iconic “Sister Christian” will perform Friday, February 6 at the Ralston Arena along with special guest Quiet Riot. In 1983, Night Ranger earned widespread acclaim with their multi-platinum album Midnight Madness, which included their smash hits “Sister Christian,” “When You Close Your Eyes” and “(You Can Still) Rock In America.” And with 30+ years in the business, and more than 17 million albums sold worldwide, Night Ranger continues to captivate sellout crowds and prove they can still “Rock In America.” Joining Night Ranger will be special guest Quiet Riot. Famously described as the first heavy metal band to top the pop chart at #1 on Billboard magazine, the Los Angeles quartet became an overnight sensation thanks to their monster 1983 smash album Metal Health which featured the top 5, rock anthem classic “Cum On Feel The Noize.”

Night Ranger with Quiet Riot, February 6, at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q. St., 7 p.m. Tickets are $25-$45.

We can’t believe it’s been 1 YEAR already! It has been such a blast and we couldn’t have done it without YOU. The CIRCUS that is REVEL is incomparable and we can’t wait to celebrate with you all. 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Social Hour. 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. Three Ring Entertainment by Laurel Feller, Tygra Loreley Slarii and Eva Styles, 11 p.m. to 2 p.m. CIRQUE DE REVEL DANCE PARTY!

Revel: The Circus, February 5, at House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th St., 9 p.m. Tickets are $5.

Save the date and time and join us at Marcus Midtown Cinema’s GLO Lounge to hear about the music, dancers and special effects in our upcoming production of John Adams’ contemporary opera A Flowering Tree. Glo Lounge in the Marcus Midtown Cinema (parking is FREE for first 3 hours in the Midtown


What a great night of music this will be...the fabulous All Young Girls Are Machine Guns will be headlining with Jessica Errett’s band Edge of Arbor and John Ochsner opening.

All Young Girls Are Machine Guns, February 5, at Harney Street Tavern, 1215 Harney St., 9 p.m. Admission is free.

Country music fans from in and around the metro will experience acoustic performances from Canaan Smith (Love You Like That), Haley & Michaels (Just Another Love Song), The Railers (Kinda Dig The Feeling) and CMA/ACM Duo Of The Year nominees Dan & Shay (19 You & Me, Show You Off) in a one of a kind, up close and intimate concert experience. Tickets to the Future Faces of Kat Country are FREE, but can only be won by listening to KAT 103.7, which started Monday January 12. Listen for your chance to win.

Future Faces of KAT Country, February 8, at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q .St., 7 p.m. Admission is free.

The SUAVECITO represents the new generation of nightlife go’ers that identify with Latin-based club music. As a response to the lack of options in the bars & clubs, they started throwing their own house parties to play the music they craved. Having quickly outgrown that, they’ve begun to bring their sound & energy INTO the bars & clubs. Leading the pack, DJ Chicks has gone onto gain residencies at Blue Martini & Rehab, and we’ll be booking him and crew every so often to give his club go’ers a taste of downtown.

SUAVECITO wtih DJ Chicks, February 6, at House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th St., 10 p.m.

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London. Bacon has shown traditionally and non-traditionally internationally. As a recipient of such grants as the Art in Motion grant from USC and the Sachs Grant from Skidmore, she has been able to create work in numerous countries. Bacon is the founder and director of Darger HQ, a new 501c3 gallery and arts initiative featuring international, national and local artists’ work, based in Lincoln, NE.

‘Temporal Instability’ (new work by Launa Bacon), February 6, at Sweatshop Gallery, 2727 N. 62nd St., 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free.

Popular among young readers, graphic novels are known for their comic format. They are generally described as “sequential art,” where a series of illustrations tells the story, but, unlike newspaper comics, they are the length of a novel and include narrative development. From cave paintings and hieroglyphs, to tapestries and illuminated manuscripts, storytelling through pictures has existed for millennia. The dawn of the Industrial Age marked the publication of The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck, which, with its sequential pictures and captions, many consider to be the first comic book. The twentieth century saw DC Comics’ Superman and Batman and Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and X-Men and the superhero phenomenon. Today, graphic novels are more varied in content than their earlier counterparts and they have a new level of respectability, their impact and popularity the topic of scholarly research and discussion. Notably, in 1992, Art Spiegelman’s Holocaust survivor’s tale, Maus, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. BAM! presents a collection of pen and ink, mixed media, and computer-generated illustrations; preliminary sketches; storyboards; and cover art created by five of the leading contemporary artists/authors working in the graphic novel format. This exhibition, organized by National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (Abilene, TX), is sponsored at Joslyn Art Museum by an anonymous donor and by Cynthia Epstein and David Wiesman.

BAM! It’s a Picture Book: The Art Behind the Graphic Novel, February 5-March 29, at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St., Hours Vary. Admission Prices Vary.

Emphasis in this exhibition will be on two bodies of Pluhacek’s art. She has made figure drawings in pastel and charcoal throughout the breadth of her career and has taught the subject since 1990; yet these gestural and sometimes intense artworks are among the least seen of her oeuvre. In each, she reveals aspects of gesture, movement or bearing combined with a strong sense of structure and mass. All drawings in the show were either made in front of a model or in the studio inspired by a live sitter. In addition, Pluhacek will create a kind of studio wall installation displaying drawings made in the Garden of the Zodiac in the week before the show’s opening, and will add new works made on site at several times during the run of the exhibition. Pluhacek will also share a group of her flower drawings, in which pods and blossoms are examined close-up. For the artist, they represent “simple things that, when observed, grow in complexity.” Picturing

usually ordinary blooms, “city flowers” or even weeds, the artist strives to make her botanical specimens monumental and grand, emphasizing strong gesture and a vibrant, even artificial palette. As with her human subjects, the flowers provide a platform for endless play and design with the lines, shapes and colors of living forms. So too, as the result of her aggressive handling and assertive approach to form, the floral subjects take on similar sculptural qualities.

Kristin Pluhacek: Drawings, February 5-March 9, at Garden of the Zodiac, Passageway, Old Market, Hours Vary. Admission is free.

Florabunda will be on display at KANEKO as a part of the collective exhibition, FIBER, from Feb. 6–April 25, 2015. Join them for the unveiling of this exhibition at the FIBER Opening Reception on Friday, Feb. 6 from 6–9 p.m. This event is FREE and open to the public. Florabunda is an exhibition that showcases bright designs of historically prominent fabric designers during the golden age of the Hawaiian shirt, exploring the artistic and cultural significance of this form of fabric design. In addition to the garments on display, this exhibition will also feature historic photographs and informative video to glean insight into the designers’ creative process, and production of the fabric and shirts themselves. The design and production of classic floral patterns and the composition of abundant Hawaiian foliage is at the heart of this exhibition. Composed of shirts from the 1950s through the 1980s, the collection highlights such designers as Alfred Shaheen, John Meigs, Elsie Das, and many more.

Florabunda, February 6-April 25, at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Omaha Performing Arts presents National Geographic Live’s Extreme Planet with photographer Carsten Peter in the Kiewit Hall at the Holland Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, February 10, at 7:30 p.m. Peter, a World Press Photo award winner and regular contributor to National Geographic magazine, specializes in going to extremes: Scuba diving in a glacier on Mont Blanc, crossing the Sahara on a camel, caving in Borneo. He is enthusiastically obsessed with devising

innovative photographic techniques to capture never-before-seen images from some of the scariest environments on the planet.

Carsten Peter: National Geographic Photographer, February 10, at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St., 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary.


Come with your instrument and your skills to THE 402 music venue in downtown Benson any Monday night. Get your name on the list and get ready to show the world. Each artist is given a 10min slot. All ages are welcome. The 402 Arts Collective wants to provide a venue that is open to all ages, fun for the family, and is a great experience for local musicians. Their hope that seasoned artists along with those just getting started will come share their talent for others to enjoy just for the love of the art. They only ask that you keep it clean, fun, and excellent.

Open Mic Night, February 9, at 402 Collective, 6051 Maple St., 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Local comedian Dusty Stahl hosts an open mic night every Wednesday. Bring your best material and come on down.

Open Mic Night, February 10, at Barley Street Tavern, 2735 N. 62nd St., 10 p.m. Admission is free.

Calling all quizzies and quizzettes. If you are looking for a way to cram some knowledge into your brain and cram some beer down your gullet – why not try to do both at the same time? If you would like a chance to get that beer for free along with a night of fun and facts – you should head down to the Sydney on Tuesdays. Grab a team of 5 or fewer and answer 40 fun questions for lots of opportunities to win great prizes (most of them obviously and awesomely include alcohol). Don’t mind your own quizness.

Sydney Pub Quiz, February 10, at The Sydney, 5918 Maple St., 8 p.m. Admission is free.

The Missing Kitten Comedy Show is a monthly standup comedy showcase on the second Tuesday of every month at The Pizza Shoppe Collective in Benson. Hosted by Jack Comstock & Dusty Stehl. FEBRUARY 2014: Jack Comstock (host), Dusty Stehl, Kristopher Covi, Will Dougherty, Andrew Morton, Dan Schmidt, Aaron Snyder (Cheyenne, WY), and Brad Stewart.

The Missing Kitten Comedy Show, February 10, at PS Collective, 6056 Maple St., 8 p.m. Admission is free.

The first Saturday of every month comedian Brad Stewart brings together his favorite local and touring comedians to perform their best new material. Comedy doesn’t get any fresher than this.

New Stuff with Brad Stewart, February 6, at Backline Improv, 1618 Harney St., 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5.


If you’re in the mood for ice skating, Ralston

Arena has you covered. There’s public skating all week long. The Ralston Arena stocks Jackson Ultima leather figure skates. Sizes available on a first-come, first-serve basis or bring your own skates. Please enter through the Southeast entrance. Cash only. Public Ice Skate Times may be pre-empted at any time.

Public Ice Skating, February 5-March 1, at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St., Times Vary. Admission is $5.

Omaha Home & Garden Expo/Omaha Lawn Flower & Patio Show, February 5-February 8, at CenturyLink Center, 455 N. 10th St., Thursday, 5 p.m - 9 p.m, Friday, 11 a.m - 9 p.m, Saturday, 10 a.m - 7 p.m, Sunday, 11 a.m - 5 p.m. Admission: Adult, $9, Children (5-12), $4.50, Under 5, Free. .


UNO Hockey vs. Denver, at CenturyLink Center, 455 N. 10th St., 7:07 p.m. Ticket prices vary.

UNO Men’s Basketball vs. IPFW, January 31, at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St., 1 p.m. Tickets are $9-$21.

Enjoy free shuttle service during every Lancers game this season! Fans are invited to park their cars at Horsemen’s Park, located at 6303 Q Street in Omaha, and enjoy complimentary shuttle service, complete with ADA approved seating, to and from Ralston Arena. Shuttle times are as follows: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on all game days except Sunday, in which it will run from 4 p.m.-8p.m. Please park in the East Lot at Horsemen’s Park.

Lancers Hockey vs Lincoln Stars, January 24, at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St., 7:35 p.m. Admission is $16.95-$22.95 (Advance Tickets); $20.95-$26.95 (Day Of Tickets).

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dining nibblesKOBE STEAKHOUSE OF JAPAN. 16801 Burke 402-391-1755. Seven days. Long-running Japanese steak house of-fers healthy cuisine, entertaining chefs, reasonable prices and an attractive Regency location.

KONA GRILL. 295 N 170th St. 779-2900. Kona Grill is a sushi restaurant with lots more, including very imag-inative appetizers and entrees with Hawaiian, Chi-nese, japanese and American touches (macadamia nut chicken, satay, potstickers, steamed soybeans, saki-marinated bass, sweet chili-glazed salmon and even a meatloaf made with sweet Italian and Loui-siana sausage!). Loads of interesting dipping sauces, too, plus full sushi offerings

LONE STAR STEAKHOUSE & SALOON. 3040 S. 143rd Plaza. 333-1553. Open seven days. Last of a chain here, they do a good job with burgers and sandwiches, home-made soups and chili, sirloin and ribeye, their own salad dressings, and good service.

MAHOGANY PRIME STEAKHOUSE. 13665 California St. 445-4380. Boasting the top two per cent of Nebraska prime beef, this once very expensive spot also offers Austra-lian lobster, grilled salmon filet with capers, shrimp and crabmeat; plus lots of salads, lamb, porkchops, bacon-wrapped scallops, king crab legs and a famous house martini. Prices have moderated recently.

OMAHA CHOPHOUSE. Omaha Marriot, 10220 Regency Circle. 399-9000. This is the latest entry at Regency, which once had Allie’s and the fabulous Chardonnay fine dining restaurant. Now it’s a steak place with the usual cuts, plus seafood, fancy sandwiches, various chicken entrees, salads and a pretty extensive wine list.

OMAHA PRIME. 415 S. 11th St. in the Old Market. 341-7040. Closed Sunday. Mo Tajvar’s beautiful Old Market spot has a lovely bar area and a handsome room for his prime cuts of beef in this second floor Old Market beauty, complete with rear views of the Old Market Passageway and a smoking room behind glass. A la carte and expensive, like other “prime” beef establishments, but offering a lot of visual charm.

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE. 7605 Cass St. 392-2212; 2414 S. 132 Street. 697-1199; 10408 S. 15th Street. 991-9275. Open seven days. From the opening of the Cass Street original, this Florida-based chain has been one of the most successful chains here. Basically an American steakhouse, it puts up an Australian façade, but the menu offers steaks, ribs and chicken plus baked pota-toes, slab fries and barbecued chicken. You can toss a shrimp or two on the Barbie, too. Omahans love them all.

PICCOLO PETE’S. 2202 S 20th St., 342-9038. In South Omaha since 1933, Picolo Pete’s is a classic Omaha Italian steakhouse, with Italian pastas to augment the steaks – plus big salads, burgers, hot roast beef, many breaded items, many fish, kids menu and even pizza. Try the chicken gizzards – folks love them. Prices are low to moderate.

PINK POODLE. 633 Old Lincoln Highway in Crescent, Iowa, just east of I-680. 545-3744. Closed Monday. The famous doll collection is gone, but lots of folks think this rustic-style atmosphere and the steak and prime rib specialties are worth the short drive. Steaks, chops, lots of seafood, gizzards and livers, and an in-expensive children’s menu.

SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE, 222 S. 15th St. 342-0077. Seven days. Across from the Public Library and very near the Holland Performing Arts Center, Sullivan’s is a handsome, friendly ’40s-style steakhouse down-


ANTHONY’S.. 72nd and F streets. 331-7575. Closed Sun-day. One of the old-line steakhouses, big and friendly. A good family spot. Huge menu.

BROTHER SEBASTIAN’S STEAKHOUSE AND WINERY. 1350 S. 119th St. 330-0300. Seven days. Not old and not new, this 1980s steakhouse that resembles a California monastery has a great salad bar, romantic little rooms with fireplaces and a great party room. Prices remain reasonable. CASCIO’S. 1620 S. 10th St. 345-8313. Seven days. Been here forever and still cookin.’ This venerable steak emporium has been a mainstay of the College World Series crowd. CHARLESTON’S. Just north of West Dodge Road at the Boys Town exit. 431-0023. Open seven days. Don’t let the chain ID fool you – this is a top notch restaurant – casual, with an eclectic menu that includes upscale burgers, lots of salads, fish entrees, steaks, sand-wiches, soups, ribs, crisp veggies and rich desserts – including a knockout bread pudding. Management is the key to success here. The ambience is gaslamp hideaway with a bar area popular on weekends.

THE DROVER. 2121 S. 73rd St. 391-7440. Open seven days. Tucked away on a side street, this longtime steakhouse favorite draws customers from the medi-cal neighborhood at 72nd and Mercy Road. Cozy fire-place, good service.

801 CHOP HOUSE (in the Paxton House). 1403 Farnam. 341-1222. Open seven days. Formerly the Paxton Chop House, this beautiful, masculine spot is a twin to one in Des Moines and a major draw for elegant service and classic steakhouse fare. Perfect for memo-rable occasions, but Sunday night specials are afford-able for anyone.

FLEMING’S. Next to Regency Court Shopping Center (south side). 393-0811. Open seven days. Big deal wine offerings here from climate controlled wine closets. Very attractive main dining room with some extra nooks and bar-side service, too. Char-grilled steaks are reasonably priced, with huge sides, and some major seafood offerings. Excellent service and a very nice ambience for a special evening out.

GENJI STEAK HOUSE. 14505 W Center Road. 333-8338. Popular Japanese, group-style “teppanyaki” cooking with items sliced and diced on a hot metal surface, then tossed about in entertaining ways. Very health-ful meals, with lots of protein (several kinds of beef, plus shrimp) and delicious chopped vegetables. Rea-sonably priced and fun for kids and adults alike.

JERICO’S. 11732 West Dodge Road. 496-0222. Open seven days. Longtime family-run steakhouse known for its prime rib.

JOHNNY’S CAFÈ. 4702 S. 27th St. 731-4774. Closed Sun-day. One of Omaha’s most famous steakhouses, it was opened in 1922 by the Kawa family at the stock-yards, where the family still operates it. Many loyal customers love the place for lunch or dinner.

JOHNNY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE. 305 N. 170th St. in Vil-lage Pointe. 289-9210. Open seven days. Frank Sina-tra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dean Martin would have loved this place – tricked out like a Hollywood 1940s supper club, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse is one of an Iowa-based chain offering Italian pasta favorites along with steaks and chops. Desserts, made on the premises, are popular.






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dining nibblesOmaha dining scene.

THE FLATIRON CAFÈ. 17th and Howard streets. 344-3040. Closed Sunday; dinner only six days. Steve and Kath-leen Jamrozy have established the gold standard for Omaha restaurants in a lovely room in a triangle-shaped building reminiscent of old New York, com-plete with huge window walls and a tree-shaded patio. Great service, great food, very popular with Orpheum-going crowds all year.

LE VOLTAIRE. 155th Plaza at West Dodge Road (north side). 934-9374. Closed Sunday, Monday. French owner-chef Cedric Fichepain has combined Paris with Alsace in his unpretentious suburban bistro, where the menu offers what you’d expect: French onion soup, bouillabaisse, escargot, duck liver, duck confit, coq au vin, filet mignon and even crepes su-zette. Nice wine choices, good service, intimate, very reasonably priced.

LIBERTY TAVERN. In the Hilton Hotel, at 1001 Cass St., across from the Qwest Center. 998-4321. Open seven days. This fine dining restaurant now has a unique and appealing outdoor dining area, California style, that seats 80 – it’s centered on a modernist fireplace and you can order from the indoors or the less expensive bar menu. The indoors area is attractively modern and has a menu reflecting the “farm to table” movement, with an emphasis on lo-cally provided items, including Iowa pork and Ne-braska chicken. Chef Michael Rhodes is doing up-scale comfort foods: corn chowder, corn fritters, sweet potato and duck hash, seafood pot pie, flatiron steak,

town featuring fine steaks and seafood, top-of-the-line martinis, and an enormous wine choice from its 15,000-bottle cellar with an hand-cut Italian stone floor.

360 STEAKHOUSE at Harrah’s, One Harrah’s Blvd., Council Bluffs, (712) 329-6000. This upscale steak-house sits at the top of Harrah’s Hotel, on the 12th floor, offering a unique view of the Omaha skyline. The menu offers elegant beef entrees, seafood (lob-ster, tiger shrimp, scallops), lots of interesting sides and salads. Private dining room available.

BOURBON BBQ & STEAK at Ameristar Casino, 2200 River Road, Council Bluffs, (712) 328-8888, has replaced the Waterfront Grill there with a menu chock with bar-becued pork and chicken items, plus some steaks, salads, sandwiches, seafood in an eclectic mix. Less high hat than its predecessor, it aims for a more regu-lar crowd, including kids.


BISTRO 121. 12129 West Center Road. 697-5107. Former location of Claudia’s, this handsome spot is now Wal-ter Hecht’s new version of his Old Vienna Restaurant, a south Omaha fixture for decades. This Swiss chef offers European fare, including liver dumpling soup, escargot, mussels, Provencal shrimp, duck, lamb and veal entrees, plus risotto with grilled chicken and even Oysters Rockefeller – and you can get a New York strip steak, too. Some of the same plus excellent sandwiches, salads and soups at bargain lunch prices. Lots of California wines. Hecht is a real veteran of the

meatloaf, mac and cheese, but also elegant steak and fish entrees. The big deal dish is the imperial Wagyu beef strip steak from Blair, Neb., with Iowa Maytag blue cheese butter. Creative desserts add to the fun.

V. MERTZ. 1022 Howard St., 345-8980. V. Mertz has to be one of the two or three best restaurants in Nebraska. Irresistibly attractive at the grotto level of the Old Market Passageway, it provides a womb of old brick, wine racks, sprays of flowers and an ancient Roman style wall fountain, it is perfectly romantic, half- hid-den and mysteriously likeable. Executive Chef John Engler oversees a menu that makes the best of organic produce from nearby Crescent, Iowa, lamb, beef and seafood. Artisan cheeses are available after dinner along with some sumptuous desserts. The wine se-lection is extensive and sophisticated (a semi-finalist for wine service in the James Beard awards). V. Mertz is one of the city’s most expensive restaurants but is worth it (the tasting menu is $100).


ANCHOR INN, 5413 S. 72nd St. 402-341-1313. – Home of the famous watermelon – and still the best party in town – the Anchor Inn offers daily lunch specials, including the new roasted chicken! Keep an eye our for some new dinner specials in the very near future. Until then, do your stomach a favor and take it to the Anchor Inn for some of “Junior’s Jumbo Hot Wings” or the “Flour Sandbar Nachos.” And that’s just for starters. Make sure to try “Anchor Inn’s Famous 1/2 Pound Burger” or “Anchor Inn’s Famous Chicken Sandwich.”

BAILEY’S BREAKFAST AND LUNCH. 1259 S. 120th St. 932-5577. Comfort food done with flair. For breakfast; all your favorites, featuring Omaha’s finest Eggs Benedict – 6 varieties, (and Crepes, too) topped with Hollandaise made fresh every day. Come try the best bacon you will ever eat! Breakfast served all day.

And treat yourself to some of Omaha’s finest Salads, Soups, and Sandwiches, plus Chicken Fried Steak, fresh Angus burgers, and Bloody Mary’s and Mimo-sas. When is the last time you had really good Egg Salad or Chicken Salad??? Open 7 days a week 7:00 – 2:00.

BARRETT’S BARLEYCORN. 4322 Leavenworth, 558-5520. A neighborhood place with burgers, phillies and other sandwiches. Daily specials and a sports bar ambience.

BENE PIZZA AND PASTA. 12301 West Maple Road. 498-0700. Open seven days a week. Retro pizza spot with ‘70s look – sandwiches, too.

BIG FRED’S PIZZA GARDEN. 119th and Pacific streets. 333-4414. Open seven days. Hugely popular pizza joint that attracts crowds all the time, especially on week-ends. Sports bar atmosphere with lots of noise.

BILLY FROGGS. 1120 Howard St. in the Old Market. 341-4427. 8724 Dodge St. (397-5719; 84th and Giles. Open Seven days. The original on Howard Street has a very nice tree-shaded outdoor dining area and all three pull in a younger crowd for burgers, hot dogs, pub fare and a broad selection of domestic and imported beers. Good hang-out spots.

BOB MONKEY’S NOODLE ZOO. 4950 Dodge Street. 932-9971. Offbeat lunch place with soups, salads and sand-wiches.

BRAZEN HEAD IRISH PUB. 319 N. 78th St., just off West Dodge. 393-3731. Seven days. Irish pub, close to the real thing (the owners imported some parts of it from Ireland). Mixes Irish/English fare with American pub favorites. Huge beer list.

BREWBURGERS. 4629 S. 108th St. 614-7644. Lots of TVs – lives up to its name.

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dining nibblesby Dr. Jeffrey DeMare, a pediatric physician, and his late partner, Eddie Vacek. Tasty, slow-cooked meats – does a lot of take-out via drive-through.

DON CARMELO’S. 2647 S. 159th Plaza (333-5256) In Rock-brook at 108th and Center Streets (933-3190); 3113 N. 120th St. (333-5256); 1024 N. 204th Ave (289-9800) New York-style pizzerias offering pizza, calzones and similar fare.

THE DUNDEE DELL. 5007 Underwood Ave. 553-9501. Seven days. Dundee classic known for its fish and chips, hot sandwiches and burgers. A neighborhood spot with a big following (especially at lunch), its bar has well over 100 imported beers plus some superb Scotch offerings.

FAMOUS DAVE’S. Several Omaha metro locations, in-cluding a new one at Eagle Run on West Maple Road. This chain BBQ spot has good basic BBQ fare, plus lots of sides, generous portions, nice atmosphere and good service.

FIREWATER GRILLE. 7007 Grover Street, in the Comfort Inn. 452-FIRE (3473). Live music and offbeat island cuisine in this Hawaiian-themed bar/restaurant at-tached to a motel.

FUDDRUCKERS. 7059 Dodge St., 556-0504. 16920 Wright Plaza #118, 932-7790. Fuddruckers boasts the “World’s Greatest Hamburgers,” and they have a big variety of them. Good spot for kids.

GOLDBERG’S GRILL & BAR. 2936 S. 132nd St., 333-1086 and

BUFFALO WILD WINGS. 48th and L streets (734-8088); 76th and Dodge streets (343-9464); 10525 S. 15th St. (991-9464); 146th Street and West Maple Road (492-9464); 4287 S. 144th St. (861-9464). Popular wing spot with lots of beer.

CAFFEINE DREAMS. 4524 Farnam St. 932-2803. Multi-lev-el outdoor seating, under the trees, is a dream here, in this ‘60s kind of coffee house. Great brew plus pas-tries, sandwiches, granola, smoothies and the like.

THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY. 10120 California St. at Westroads. 393-1166. Seven days. Enormous chain restaurant done up in exotic architecture and interi-ors that resemble a British officers’ club in Egypt in the 19th century. Big operation with a huge menu: glamburgers, white chicken chili, Asian fare, fish ‘n chips, all kinds of sandwiches, soups, salads; imagi-native items mixing culinary styles – crabcake sand-wich, Cuban sandwich, stuffed mushrooms, pizza, fried zucchini, mini corndogs, steaks, beef ribs, pork chops, salmon, tuna, shrimp scampi and, of course, lots of different cheesecakes. It would take months to work your way through this menu. Good family spot.

CHEESEBURGER IN PARADISE. 168th and West Dodge Road (Village Pointe). 289-4210. Outrageous Carib-bean/island décor frames a restaurant with all kinds of exotic burgers and sweet-flavored specialties and tropical drinks.

DOC & EDDIE’S BBQ. 168th and Harrison (on west side of 168th, a block north of Harrison). 895-7427. Bare bones spot where the food is everything. Established

GOLDBERG’S IN DUNDEE, 5008 Dodge St., 556-2006. Especially popular at lunch with sandwiches, soups, burgers, salads.

HARKERT’S BBQ. 4865 Center St., 554-0102. Old time and small BBQ spot favored by insiders. Hickor-smoked meats and sides. Does a lot of take-out.

JAMS. 7814 Dodge St. 399-8300. Closed Sunday. One of Omaha’s best restaurants and one of the most popu-lar. Mark Hoch’s long room with a bar is still a cool place, with an eclectic, inventive menu that changes often but always offers a two-tier selection ranging from inexpensive burgers, sandwiches and meatloaf to very original, often Southwest-inspired entrees. Great bar is a watering hole for thirtyish and fortyish singles. Not easy to get a table on weekend nights, but worth the wait.

JAZZ: A LOUISIANA KITCHEN. 1421 Farnam St. 342-3662. Now that Butsy Ledoux’s is closed there aren’t many Louisiana-style places around here, but Jazz offers a version of Cajun and Creole fare that resembles a place you might stumble into just off Bourbon Street.

JOE TESS’ PLACE. 5424 S. 24th St. 731-7278. Closed Mon-day. Oldtime neighborhood place famous for fish, fish, fish (trout, walleye, tilapia) and all fresh, plus shrimp, oysters – many fried items, with the catfish renowned, but they do steaks, chicken and other entrées on their huge menu. Chicken and fish sand-wiches galore, plus seafood stews and chowders. Lots of sides, kids’ menu. The “famous fish” is served on rye bread for $6.50. Pitchers of beer, cream cheese cakes. Big Friday night crowds. Prices are low, but cash preferred. Live fish market, lots of carryout busi-ness.

KING KONG. 4409 Dodge St., 553-3326. 5250 S. 72nd St., 932-6420. 3362 S. 13th St., 934-8988. Don’t let the name fool you – this is basically a Greek restaurant, with

excellent gyro’s, but they do burgers and phillie sand-wiches and lots more.

LA BUVETTE WINE BAR AND DELI. 511 S. 11th St. in the Old Market. 344-8627. Open seven days. Despite the lim-ited offerings, La Buvette is one of the city’s better restaurants. Technically (in France) a bistro is a wine shop that also offers food – that’s La Buvette. It is crammed with bottles of wine and you can have a ter-rific dinner consisting of only wine, fine cheeses and baguette French bread – and that’s the truth. But they do have appetizers and entrees, too: foi gras, pate’, mussels, salmon, chicken, lamb shanks, veal cheeks and other bistro fare. French doors open to make the whole place a sidewalk café.

LA MESA, 156th and Q streets; 110th and Maple streets; 84th and Tara Plaza; Hwy 370 & Fort Crook Rd, Bel-levue, and Council Bluffs (Lake Manawa Exit). Voted as Omaha’s best Mexican restaurant 8 times times in a row., La Mesa offers free chips and salsa, great portions and a fun atmosphere. The menu is broad, with everything from classics, such as burritos, fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, tamales and tostadas. Specialties include Chilaquiles Mexica-nos, the El Magnifico, Chicken Chipolte Salad and El Patron (shrimp). La Mesa offers over 100 tequilas, the largest selection in the area!

LANSKY’S PIZZA, Pasta and Philly, 4601 S. 50th St., 731-1919; 3909 Twin Creek Dr., Bellevue, 502-0555; 1131 N. Broadway, Council Bluffs, (712) 329-5400. Philly steak sandwiches and pizza – they dominate here.

LE PEEP, 2012 N. 117th Ave. 991-8222; (other locations in Pepperwood Village at 156th and West Dodge, and at 177th and West Center Road). Aneel and Hope Taj oversee three locations where everything is fresh and the huge pancakes rival those at the Market Basket (ask for pecans and bananas in yours); eggs Benedict and other egg creations are ambrosial, bacon and sau-

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dining nibbleswell. Don’t forget the espresso bar and wine menu.

NEWMAN’S PASTA CAFE. 2559 S. 171st St., near West Cen-ter Road (Lakeside Plaza). 884-2420. Open seven days. Another “oodles of noodles” spot in the fast-service mode. In addition to lots of noodle dishes, you can get Thai lettuce wraps, fresh mozzarella drizzled with olive oil, Thai curry beef, chicken Flo-rentine, spicy Thai peanut noodles and cranberry spinach salad with almonds. Pastas are Asian, South-west, stroganoff, Japanese. Desserts include key lime pie, cotton candy and pastry tubes.

NICOLA’S in the Market. 13th and Jackson streets in the Old Market. 345-8466. Lunch Monday-Friday; din-ner Tuesday-Sunday. Italian meets Mediterranean at Nicola Nick’s Old Market trattoria where you can browse through a menu sporting authentic country Italian favorites: eggplant, cheeses, Italian sausage and ham ingredients, a wonderful lasagna Mediter-ranean, grilled chicken, stuffed pastas. But the star of the menu is ravioli in many tempting, delicious com-binations. Sauces here are important and the long pasta menu will intrigue. Excellent little spot with bargain prices considering the care taken in prepara-tion

NOODLES & COMPANY. 203 S. 72nd St. 393-0586 and 16920 Wright Plaza, 330-1012. Open seven days. Like New-man’s, it’s an “oodles of noodles” spot in fast-service mode (no servers). There are at least a dozen noodle dishes, plus chicken/vegetable pot stickers in a mostly Asian style but with Wisconsin macaroni and cheese, too, and some Italian pastas. Flat Tire beer is available, but few desserts.

OZONE. 7220 F St. 331-7575. Ozone offers hand-cut steaks, slow-cooked prime rib, baby back ribs, clas-sic salads, Southwest-inspired appetizers, steak and pork tenderloin sandwiches, rosemary chicken, plus live entertainment.

PETROW’S. 5914 Center St. 551-0552. Closed Sunday. Diner style restaurant in older Omaha neighborhood, Petrow’s is a legend. They offer soda fountain good-ies (old-fashioned malts and sundaes), hot sandwich-es: pork tenderloin, French dip; their own chili, liver and onions, chopped beef steak, onion rings, waffle fries, footlong hot dogs, reuben, smoked turkey melt, chicken fried steak, classic Nebraska burger; home-made pies, floats and freezes and lots more. Forget about calories here and dream your way back to the ‘60s, when it opened.

PIZZA KING. 1101 N. Broadway, Council Bluffs, (712) 323-9228; Longtime family-run spot has T-bones, a filet mignon, a NY strip and a Rib Eye, plus Alas-kan King Crab – and, of course, plenty of pizzas. Big place, reasonable prices.

PIZZA SHOPPE. 6056 Maple St. 556-9090. The mission of the Pizza Shoppe Collective is to provide a unified vehicle of expression to artists and a positive atmo-sphere of performance within the community. The Collective will host a combination of local/national concerts, gallery shows, theater performances, dance, poetry, comedy, and ethnic cuisine in an effort to sup-port the restoration of spirit within all art forms, so that we may encourage all to support each individual perspective of the human condition. And their pizza is pretty darn good, too!

QUAKER STEAK & LUBE. 3320 Mid-America Drive, Coun-cil Bluffs. 322-0101. Quaker Steak & Lube markets itself as “America’s No. 1 motor sports family restau-rant.” Buckets of chicken wings with nearly 20 differ-ent sauces – some tongue-tingling hot.

sages lean and substantial, huge list of omelets, but also lunch items, too, as they are open until 2 p.m. Great table service and high quality food.

LISA’S RADIAL CAFÈ. 817 N. 40th St. 551-2176. Open seven days for breakfast, Friday only for dinner. Lisa Schembri and family run a very special place here – a neighborhood breakfast spot that brings a touch of California to Omaha (Lisa did culinary studies there). In a very old building they offer one hundred differ-ent kinds of French toast, elegant egg dishes, every kind of pancake, a vast number of omelets, Farmer Brothers coffee and downhome cooking on Friday nights.

THE MARKET BASKET. 87th and Pacific streets in the Countryside Village Shopping Center. 397-1100. Breakfast and lunch seven days; no dinner on Mon-day. One of Omaha’s little wonder restaurants, long a favorite with the carriage trade, especially for break-fast and lunch. Liz Liakos’ place is also a bakery, with two dining rooms and she has waxed on the break-fast lunch business while also endeavoring to build up the dinner business with a succession of top notch chefs. Coffees and teas here are wunderbar, as are the pancakes, quiches, French toast, egg dishes, potato dishes, muffins, pastries and everything breakfast. Liz has homemade ice cream, elegant luncheon sand-wiches – some longtime favorites such as the Custer and the herb roast beef; marvelous salads, all kinds of sophisticated touches in soups, burgers, sides, des-serts. Chef Justen Beller does a fusion Euro-American dinner menu at bargain prices. Great Sunday brunch, too. This restful, tasteful little place would be right at home in the Fine Dining section of this publication.

MCKENNA’S BLUES, BOOZE AND BBQ. 7425 Pacific Street. 393-7427. Seven days. Opened almost twenty years ago with a Texas/Louisiana road house look and menu, McKenna’s has popular BBQ offerings that are less sweet and drippy than most (brisket, pulled chicken and pork, ribs), plus New Orleans gumbo, and great side dishes, including baked beans, a creamy red potato salad, Louisiana red beans and rice, melt-in-your-mouth cornbread and more. Good desserts, too.

M’S PUB. 422 S. 11th St. in the Old Market. 342-2550. Seven days. With La Buvette, M’s is one of the Old Market’s top neighborhood restaurants and pubs – and one of the city’s better dining spots. The bar has been hugely popular since the place was opened in 1972 (it is now run by Ron Samuelson of Vivace, with Anne Mellen). Pub fair shares the menu with excit-ing dinner specials. The Iowa grilled pork sandwich is famous as is the Omaha grilled beef sandwich. The salad, appetizer and sandwich lists go on forever and the sophisticated evening fare includes ribeye, hali-but, pastas, salmon, halibut, and duck breast, but the burger/sandwich/salads are available all day, too. This is a great place with wonderful ambience and tends to be jammed at lunch and dinner.

MILLARD ROADHOUSE. 13325 Millard Ave. 891-9292. Seven days (brunch on Sunday, too, plus lunch buffet other days). Karen Menard’s family-style restaurant favors downhome cooking (broasted chicken, chick-en-fried steaks, French dip and other hot sandwiches, roast beef Phillies, grilled cheese, liver and onions, prime rib, pork chops). Great for kids and reasonable on the pocket book.

MIMI’S CAFE. 301 N. 175th Plaza, 289-9610. A wide array of appetizers, homemade soups, unique salads and seasonal features are waiting just for you at Mimi’s. Signature sandwiches and burgers include an excel-lent Meatloaf Ciabatta sandwich and a succulent patty melt. A fish market, great steaks and chops as

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dining nibblesoffer low sodium, low cholesterol and low sugar while providing complex carbohydrates and protein.

SHUCKS FISH HOUSE & OYSTER BAR. 1218 S. 119th St (402-827-4376), and also in the Shops of Legacy, SW corner of 168th & Center (402-763-1860, just north of Life-time Fitness). Open 7 days a week. Have you ever been to a fish shack on the coast? You’ll like Shucks! Open 7 days a week. Shrimp or Oyster Po’ Boys, Fried Clam Strips, Shrimp, Walleye, Calamari and Oysters (all VERY lightly breaded). Plus Crab Cakes, Clam Chowder, Gumbo, Salads and Daily Fresh Fish Specials. Featuring a large variety of Oysters on the Half Shell, shucked right in front of you. Significant Happy Hour 2-6, every day.

SPIRIT WORLD. 7517 Pacific St. 391-8680. Closed Sun-day. By far the best deli in Omaha, Spirit World is a wonderful place to wander around in, loaded as it is with imported wine, cheeses and other food items. Much of the business is take-out but there is sit-down for the terrific deli salads, sliced meats, gourmet sandwiches, soups, hot specials, cheese plates, des-serts and other goodies. A bit expensive (lots of the deli salads are $12/pound), it is worth it.

STOKES. 646 N 114th St. and 12th and Howard streets, in the Old Market, 498-0804. A Southwestern restau-rant known for imaginative mixing of styles, sauces, foods – always in an eclectic direction. Don’t expect pure mom and pop Mexican or predictable Tex-Mex. This place has a mind of its own – the enchiladas slathered with white and poblano sauces and the steak tacos are renowned. It is regularly recognized

by Wine Spectator Magazine for wine offerings and service. Lots of exotic drinks and drink specials. Nice patio at the Old Market location. The original is in Miracle Hills.

SUMMER KITCHEN CAFÈ. 1203 Cornhusker Road, Bel-levue, 291-4544. Three Omaha locations. Another Omaha restaurant-cum-bakery place for downhome family fare and lots of pies, cakes and pastries. Big on breakfast and lunch (many specials at lunchtime) and for dinner – again lots of specials (pot roast, hot turkey dinner, hot beef sandwiches, chicken specials, etc.). Great cakes, pies and breakfasts (all day).

TANNER’S BAR AND GRILL. 156th and West Maple Road. 884-5100. Open seven days. Big sports bar with burg-ers and pub food, it is famous for its “Blair wings,” a hotter version of the restaurant’s regular chicken wings. At Tanner’s they mix up five gallons of fresh salsa each day. Lots of happy hour and other drink specials

TGI FRIDAY’S (3 locations). 3636 N. 156th St. 965-8443. 17535 Gold Plaza 330-8443. 10000 California St. 390-2600. Eclectic chain restaurant that does good lunch business. Menu is all over the map: Mexican, Asian, American, Italian – potstickers to surf ‘n turf; fajitas to burgers; buffalo wings to BBQ ribs; Cobb salad to shrimp scampi; sirloin to honey mustard chicken sandwich; nachos to Cajun shrimp pasta. How can they do it all? Well, they try. Bar, reasonable prices.

UPSTREAM BREWING COMPANY. 11th and Jackson streets in the Old Market (344-0200) and 171st and West Center. 778-1161. Open seven days. Big, friendly res-taurants for family dining – the original in the Old Market is a gem, with perhaps the best bar in town. Locals own and run Upstream with meticulous atten-tion to detail. The menus are fairly imaginative de-spite all the comfort foods: pot roast, meatloaf, half-pound burger, pork schnitzel, pizza. But they can also

RICK’S CAFÈ BOATYARD. 345 Riverfront Drive (6th Street). 345-4545. Open seven days. They keep changing the name – is it Rick’s Café Boatyard or Rick’s Boatyard Café? Either way, the huge place offers a view of the Missouri River and seats as many outside as inside. This is a place for drinks, the view and lots and lots of seafood: fresh, fried, every which way. Huge menu with something for everyone.

RUBY TUESDAY. 10387 Pacific St. (One Pacific Place). Open seven days. 391-3702. Ruby’s is a chain survi-vor because of its ever-changing menus, attention to detail, good service, and an always good salad bar. The interior has been spiffed up a bit recently, but the menu remains eclectic and family-oriented. This is one of the city’s best chain restaurants.

SAM & LOUIE’S NEW YORK PIZZERIA 6920 N 102nd Circle. 445-4244; 2416 Cuming St. 884-7773; 2062 N 117th Ave. 496-7900; 7641 Cass St. 390-2911; 1125 Jackson St. 884-5757; 541 N 155th Plaza 965-3858; 2062 N 17th Ave. 496-7900. 5352 S 72nd St., Ralston 505-9200; 14208 S St. 895-0811; 607 Pinnacle Dr, Papillion. 614-0077. Open seven days. New York style pizza with hand-tossed crusts, plus a load of other items – sal-ads, Stromboli, calzones, hoagies, burgers, sandwich-es, lasagna and other pastas.

SGT. PEFFERS. 1501 N. Saddle Creek Road. 558-7717. 13760 Millard Ave. 932-6211. Authentic, old world in-gredients and techniques provide delicious traditional specialties and the unique. Sgt. Peffers offers call ahead take out service for the gourmet on the go, as well as home delivery and catering. Recipes are designed to

do raspberry-glazed chicken breast, shrimp linguini, bacon-wrapped shrimp, braised lamb shank, and smoked gouda beer soup. A fun place for lunch, din-ner or some food at the long bar.

WHEATFIELDS. One Pacific Place (1224 S. 103rd). 955-1485. Open seven days. Ron Popp started with the Garden Café operation years ago and has continued the restaurant-cum bakery concept with his very popular Wheatfields, an attractive and popular spot in One Pacific Place. The garden room is cool and nestled in greenery and the main dining room is packed most of the time. There is a huge bakery off to one side. Breakfasts are big here with all the usual egg dishes, plus casseroles, waffles, French toast, pan-cakes, fruit dishes, quiche and lots more; lunches of-fer Midwestern sandwich favorites, plus entrees with a Mitteleuropa touch (a Swiss hotel salad, fondues, Swiss baked steak, spaetzle, Alsatian baked beef), plus a cornucopia of other dishes beyond counting (honey-baked chicken, eggplant Romero, a $10 fruit bowl, untold salads with 15 homemade dressings). Dinner has a Euro touch, too, with Dusseldorf and Black Forest casseroles, halibut Lyonnaise, Swiss steak, beef and noodles, but also steaks, seafood and BBQ ribs! How they do it all, I don’t know, but their basic stuff is very good, as are the cobbler desserts, pies and cakes. On top of all this, they have nightly specials. ZIO’S PIZZERIA. 1213 Howard St. 344-2222. 7834 West Dodge Road 391-1881. 12997 West Center Road 330-1444. Usha and Daniel Sherman founded the Zio’z chain in 1985 – an instant success. The thin-crust New York style pizzas, with hand-stretched, homemade dough, have a huge range of toppings, are transfat free and use natural chicken. Pastas are fresh, some vegetarian, and offer a vast range of sauces. Hot wings, calzones and hoagies are also available. Des-serts are few but rich and tasty. These are exception-ally well run restaurants, eager to please.

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THE LAUTER TUN FINE ALES AND SPIRITS, 3309 oak view Drive #102, 402-934-6999. – You’ll find a large selection of craft and import beers on tap and in bottle, as well as craft spirits from around the country. Rather have a cocktail? The lauter tun’s cocktail list uses only fresh ingredients and well crafted spirits. Choose from one of their signature drinks, or go old-school with a classic. Check out the Lauter Tun’s weekly cocktail and beer specials. And there’s live jazz and acoustic music.

ANCHOR INN, 5413 S. 72nd St. 402-341-1313. – One word: Watermelon! It’s the famous watermelon cocktail, at the Anchor Inn, still the best party in town. You’ll find all kinds of drink specials at the anchor inn to go along with a ton of food spe-cials, including the all-you-can-eat fish fry (5-10 p.m.), which comes with fried and coleslaw ($8).

DOOR 19, 1901 Leavenworth St., 402-933-3033 – Thursdays is “Singles Night” featuring drink specials. On Fridays, it’s karaoke.

FIREWATER GRILLE, 7007 Grover St., 402-452-3473. – Located inside the Comfort Inn & Suites, the Firewater Grille has specials every night of the week – including “Monday Monday Madness,” with $2 off burgers and $7 domestic pitchers and 25-cent wings. Wednesday is “Ladies Night,” and Friday is “Luau Night.”

SPEARMINT RHINO GENTLEMEN’S CLUB, 2449 N. 13th St., Carter Lake, Completely renovated, the world-renowned Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen’s Club is now open. Look for a special deal on their ad in this week’s issue of Shout!

QUAKER STEAK & LUBE, 3220 Mid America Drive, Council

Bluffs. – Mondays are kids eat free nights, with prizes and fun for the kids; Tuesdays are all you eat wings for $11.99; Wednesdays are bike night, with live music, a beer garden and any burger for $5.99; and Thursdays are classic car nights, with a DJ and her garden.

LA MESA, 156th and Q streets; 110th street and West maple road; Ft. Crook Road and Hwy 370, Bellevue; Lake Manawa Exit, Council Bluffs. – Today, La Mesa serves over 10 locations in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas. In addition. expansion plans for more locations are in the works. The ingredients of success for La Mesa include a stable, strong employment team which recog-nizes performance through management advancement. In fact, many of La Mesa’s employees have over 10 years of service. It’s this consistency that is reflected in every meal La Mesa serves. La Mesa’s “authentic” taste is created from family recipes made with only the freshest quality ingredients. Each location is decorated to promote a fun, colorful atmosphere and create a unique customer experience. Finally, La Mesa’s prices make it an affordable value for the entire family to enjoy. La Mesa is committed to striving for excel-lence and is annually recognized as the “Best Mexican Restaurant” in many of its markets.

HOLIDAY LOUNGE, 7846 West Dodge Road, 402-391-4442. – Where tradition meets today, the Holiday Lounge is right in the middle of Omaha, and offers DirectTV, big screens and a fun at-mosphere.

THE PIPELINE, 1300 S. 72nd St. – Hawaii’s own Pipeline beach is brought to the Omaha crowd with legendary college night and a fun bar atmosphere. The drinks are always cold and the scenery is sure to please the eyes, with burgers and Phillies cooked to order. Monday is half-priced wings! Specials every night of the week!

ARGuS 109, Carlisle Hotel, 10909 M. St. – Wednesdays offer

Happy Hour all night, no cover and $1.50 wells and $1 draws. Thursdays is Ladies Night (ladies are free, fellas, $5). There’s also a “Hot Bikini Contest” on Thursdays! On Fridays everyone free until 11 p.m., $5 after. And Saturdays are “Club Night”!

MALONEY’S, 1830 N 72nd Street, Omaha, Ne Largest Irish Whis-key selection in Omaha, 35 to choose from! 10 beers on tap and large selection of import bottles and liquor. The place to be! Great Prices, Trivia on Tuesday’s, Awesome place to watch a game or just hang out.

GLO LOUNGE, 3201 Farnam St., - It’s dinner and a movie with accommodating style. Glo Lounge is new and it’s located right inside Midtown Crossing’s Cinedine Theatre. The perfect end to a first date, Glo “breaks the ice” for you with smooth drinks and a relaxing bar staff ready to meet your every need. Check them out online for additional drink and daily specials.

MARYLEBONE, 3710 Leavenworth St. – One of Omaha’s long-time popular bars is now serving lunch again, with daily specials worth checking out. The bar also has a great patio area for those who want to take their drinks outside. And for baseball fans, the Marylebone has your favorite team TV with their MLB package.

ROCK BOTTOM, 1101 Harney St., – With an ideal Old Market patio that is always hopping, the Rock Bottom offers award-winning beers from across the country - all in one spot. The best part? You’ll never have to say, “I’ll take another please,” be-cause you can pour it yourself. That’s right. Their party booths are equipped with a tap just for you and your friends.

THE SYDNEY, 5918 Maple St., – One of Benson’s most popular bars, the Sydney offers great drink specials and the best in local live music. On Mondays, the Sydney offers $1 PBRs from open to close! And on Sundays, there’s free pool from open to close! Get outside and enjoy one of those on the patio!

REHAB LOUNGE, 2615 S. 120th St., – A new lounge on the scene, Rehab offers themed nights, signature drinks,

comfortable seating, and exceptional customer service.

NORTH SHORE TAVERN, 102nd Maple St., – Bike Night at the North Shore Tavern is back on Mondays, so bring your hog! With 16 beers on tap, foosball, darts, pool, it is a great hangout place. Especially if your are a fan of Major League Baseball. Catch all the action of MLB at North Shore.

GATOR O’MALLEY’S, 12143 W Center Road, – Want a taste of the Down Under? Gator O’ Malley’s is the place for you. There’s a wide host of drink specials. They are open daily with late night kitchen specials and nightly entertainment options. Monday’s are “Micro Madness” with $1 off all micro beers; Thurs-day’s offers live blues music; and Fridays and Saturdays it’s the hottest bands live.

LA BUVETTE, 511 S. 11th St., – Another popular outdoor drinking spot for our Facebook friends, who recom-mended this Old Market staple. La Buvette is a retail wine shop, wine bar and deli with an emphasis on French wines.

CLUB O/O DINING, 1015 Farnam St., – O Dining of-fers food on the downstairs and the upper area of the restaurant is reserved for lounging, that’s where Club O comes in. Every Friday and saturday, get table service, celebrate birthdays, bachelor and bachelorette parties! Get an amazing view of the Gene Leahy Mall, too!

ROSE & CROWN, 515 S. 20th St. – Our Facebook friends highly recommended the outdoor patio at Rose & Crown. We agree – it’s a classic, complete with a seaside vibe courtesy of fish nets and other coastal garb.

EAT THE WORM, 1213 Howard St. – Feel like getting crazy? Eat the Worm is the place for you! With a tequila list extending past 75 varieties, your group is bound to get a little naughty. Divided among three styles: blanco, reposado, and añejo, the wide range of flavors are sure to meet anyone’s palate. So whether you are tasting from the bottom of the shot glass or the naval of someone intriguing, Eat

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bar briefspound burgers, Big Red is taking the love of sports here in the heart-land to new levels, giving you dozens of high-def TVs, daily drink and food specials and the thrill of live ball draw keno. Plus, at many locations you will find: Sand volleyball courts and leagues, outdoor, year-round eating areas, and 14-foot super screens.

SULLIVAN’S BAR, 3926 Farnam St., – An Omaha icon since 1954, the neighborhood bar is famous for dollar pints on Mondays. Entertainment includes open mic night on Tues-days, Karaoke every thursday, dJ every saturday, and frequently scheduled live bands. Tucked away in the heart of midtown, Sul-livan’s atmosphere makes you feel right at home while enjoying a cold one.

ZIN ROOM, 316 S. 15th St., - Located in the main level of the Hotel Deco, The Zin Room offers decadent food and so-phisticated customer service. Eye capturing scenery from the wait staff to the decorative elements, Zin Room is the perfect place for an after work cocktail. Two stories, the vibrant new restaurant fits the needs of both the business man to the Indie sole searching for the newest hot spot in town! It’s comfort meets style and its now right here in the heart of downtown.

AMERISPORTS BAR, 2200 River Rd., Council Bluffs, – Contemplating where to catch the big game? Amerisports Casino & Bar is your place! Filled with 34 flat screen monitors, and one mammoth 167’ mega-screen, you are sure to catch every sec-ond of the action. Throughout the week, live entertainment pulls in a vibrant rock and roll crowd and with Amerisports extensive menu options, you’ve practically got a full night packed. In addition to ev-erything to offer inside, Amerisports also provides free parking in the multi-story parking garage with a valet option available.

THE PENTHOUSE LOUNGE, 84th & K St., 402-331-9851, – This cozy bar offers a variety of options to young professionals such as yourself. The Penthouse Lounge brings comfort and style to the Omaha metro region with new ho-rizons and a variety of entertainment options. With Saturdays now housing Karaoke, Penthouse is a fun and relaxing venue to enjoy great drinks and good company!

BURKE’S PUB, 6117 Maple St. – One of Benson’s popular collec-tion of bars, Burke’s offers spirits with an Irish flare. You’ll find a large selection of beer on tap, as well as a nice variety of micro brews. Feel like a game? Try Burke’s Golden Tee or Silver Strike Bowl-ing or Keno while you’re throwing one back. In addition to all these options, Burke’s brings your “Happiest Hour” seven days a week!

BUSHWACKERS, 7401 Main St. – From live music to dance lessons to great food and drinks, Bushwacker’s is the place to be when you want to kick up your heels and throw a few back. There’s live music every weekend, free couples dance lessons on Wednesdays and Friday night line dancing! With the feel of the South in your very own town, Bushwacker’s is a creative change of pace for everyone!

CADDY SHACK, 2076 N. 117th Ave. – It’s bar is about as legendary as the classic “Caddy Shack” the movie. But no worries, you don’t have to have a good golf swing to be warmly welcomed here. Caddy Shack offers a large open area for games and socializing. Their drink specials are sure to blow you out of the water too! Monday’s is “Bomb” night with the chance for you to order your favorite bomb shots at a measly $3!

CALIFORNIA BAR, 510 N. 33rd St., – Estab-lished in 1937, this little gem, hides behind its simple exterior. Tar-geted towards the college crowd, California Bar makes going out affordable on the student crowd. For everyone else, California Bar hosts Happy Hour Mon-Fri from 4-6 pm and Mondays are FREE Pool day!

CANDLELIGHT, 5031 Grover St., – The Candlelight Lounge is the self-described “official home of the 68 oz. Fishbowls and $1 Busch Lights.” Known for their School Daze thursdays, the candlelight has been serving up the specials for 19 years. With a huge dance floor, pool tables, darts and keno, the Candlelight has something for everyone.

the Worm is sure to facilitate bad behavior!

ENERGY SYSTEMS OVATIONS, 1200 Douglas St. - Ovations is a laid-back destination for wine, drinks and appetizers located on the first floor of the Holland Performing Arts Center. The bar is a casual gathering place before and after performances, including Omaha Performing Arts’ and Omaha Symphony events.

THE OLD MATTRESS FACTORY, 501 N. 13th St., – Enjoy the new Happy Hour Specials at the Matt, which has an amazing outdoor drinking area! Every M-F from 3-6 PM and Sun-Thurs from 10PM-1AM...Happy Hour @ The Matt will make you happy! $4 Martinis, Well Cocktails and House Wine, $1 off all Tap Beers and $.75 off all Domestic Bottles.

PHOENIx FOOD & SPIRITS, 12015 Blondo St., – Another popular choice for outdoor drinking from our Facebook friends. Live music, KENO, Golden Tee, Buck Hunter, Bowling, pool tables, dart boards, jukebox and the list keeps going! Food and drinks are plentiful as well! Sand-wiches and burgers are served daily until 10 p.m. with endless daily drink specials to swallow it all down.

SHUCK’S FISH HOUSE OYSTER BAR, 16901 Wright Plaza, 1218 S. 119th St., 19th and Leavenworth, – Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, Shuck’s is an ideal place to throw back and beer along with an oyster on the half shell from their broad selection.

LOUIS GRILL & BAR, 5702 N.W. Radial Highway, – Live goldfish races, washer tournaments and plenty of drink spe-cials. Yes you heard right! Real entertainment comes in a new form at Louis’ Grill & Bar. With authentic Chicago dogs, the food here gives you a great taste of what you’ve been missing everywhere else. A Benson staple since 1934, Louis brings new experiences to the average bar goer.

BARRETT’S BARLEYCORN PUB & GRILL, 4322 leavenworth St., – Watch the big game (or any game!) and enjoy their great selection of cocktails and beers. While you’re at it, they’ve also got a fantastic food menu, so you can make a night of it! Enjoy the great outdoors on their wonderful patio, or get right into the action on our great sand volleyball court.

O’CONNOR’S IRISH PUB, 1217 Howard St., – established in 2003, o’connor’s is a locally owned and operated authentic Irish pub that has been the headquarters of the St. Pat-rick’s Day parade and hundreds of other local events. They take pride in serving you the best Hibernian sustenance in downtown Omaha. Go on down pull up a chair and have a Guinness with Katie and the gang.

MISTER TOAD, 10th and Howard streets, – Since 1970, Mr. Toad has been one of the most popular Old Mar-ket bars, with arguably the most popular outdoor patio, which our Facebook friends pointed out to us in droves.

SHAMROCK’S PUB & GRILL, 5338 N. 103rd (Fort), – Enjoy live music at Shamrock’s while taking in sweet drink deals during their Happy Hour Mon.-Fri. from noon to 7 p.m. There are also food specials like the “Bucket O’ Beer” and “Basket O’ Wings” for just $20 on Sundays and Mondays! Get lucky at Shamrock’s for your next night out!

PAPA CHRIS’ CHICAGO ORIGINALS, 7024 Maple St., – Check out Gimme Mondays for free swag and prizes. En-ter to win t-shirts, free food & drink, posters, & more. And there’s open mic Tuesdays, as well as Wednesday Game Night – FREE Wi-Fi, board games, galore, darts, beer pong, poker, and more! And Turnsday’s at Papa Chris’ – YOU get to be the DJ every Thursday night with Turnsday’s presented by Papa Chris’. Play your favorite tunes, dance to the music, vote for your favorites. Visit for more information.

BIG RED RESTAURANT & SPORTS BAR, – Don’t just watch your team win ... experience the thrill of victory at Big Red Restaurant & Sports Bar. With fresh food that is made to order, including humongous fresh, never-frozen half-

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bar briefsTWIN PEAKS 17330 W Center Rd., Omaha, Nebraska 68130 (402) 333-8001 Hours Mon-Sun 11AM-12AMHot Girls, Man food, Ice cold beer and all the sports you can handle, in a hearty lodge atmosphere.

THE GOOD LIFE SPORTS BAR 1203 South 180th Street |Omaha, NE 68130 Hours 11AM - 2AM (402)933-2947 formerly known as the drafthouse, under new ownership, featuring over 20 brand new flat screen TVs with the NFL, NHL and MLB ticket package good food, good times, good life!

THE HIVE ROCK CLUB & GALLERY 1207 Harney Street, Omaha, Ne., 68102 Open Everyday 3:11PM-2AM Dance Party Weekends, live music, craft drinks & loccal art

9TH STREET TAVERN & GRILL 902 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 68102 (402) 315-4301 Look no further than 9th Street Tavern and Grill with 27 tv’s for you to stay up to date on all of your sporting events. An upscale sports bar that delivers the finest service and excellent atmosphere. Drink inside or outside on the patio featuring a welcoming fire pit. Home of the Bierock!

SAINTS PUB MIDTOWN CROSSING 120 S 31st Ave, Omaha, NE 68131 (402) 932-1911 An upscale sports bar located in the Midtown Crossing mixed-use development next to the Mutual of Omaha campus. Established in 2012, Saints Pub Midtown Crossing offers a full menu, over twenty flat screen televisions and a large outdoor patio. Saints Pub Midtown Crossing is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. until 2:00 a.m.

JERRY’S BAR 6303 Military Ave, Omaha, NE 68104 (402) 553-3343 Open daily noon to midnight. Jerry’s is a neighborhood bar with a retro vibe and friendly faces behind the counter. Great prices, unique beer selection and killer cocktails! Mom alway’s said “Nothng good happen’s after midnight!”

OFFICE WEST LOUNGE 1266 S 119th Ct, Omaha, NE 68144 (402) 330-1122 A great place to meet up with coworkers after work or have a business meeting in our Jack Daniels room!

COHEN & KELLY’S LOUNGE 13075 W Center Rd, Omaha, NE Stop in for a friendly visit and enjoy our drink specials and Happy Hour.

CHROME LOUNGE 8552 Park Dr, Omaha, NE 68127 (402) 339-8660 Your place for refreshing beer, strong liquor, and great live music!

LAVISTA KENO 7101 S 84th St, La Vista, NE 68128 (402) 537-9090 lavista Keno has been in business over 20 years pro-viding Keno at the best rates in the state. With a great prices and great food and drinks from our in-house diner and bar, we provide a great atmosphere for any keno fan. We also accom-modate smokers with our in-door ventilated smoking room.

PERRY’S PLACE 9652 Mockingbird Dr, Omaha, NE 68127(402) 592-3230 Hours Food is great, service is amazing and it has such a friendly appeal. Heated smoking area, patio, pool tables & more.

BREWSKY’S Several locations in Omaha, You’ll find great outdoor patios, and an extensive line up of sorts programming.

WHISKEY TANGO 311 S. 15th Street, Omaha, Ne., 68102 (402)813-6944 Yee-haw! Get your two-step on in this upstairs country night club! Featuring LIVE country music, and dance parties on the weekends.

VARSITY SPORTS CAFE 9735 Q St, (402)339-7003, 14529 F St, (402)715-4333, 4900 Dodge St,(402)934-4989, NE Corner of 36th St & Hwy 370, (402)932-0303, Serving up the best pizza, coldest brews & sporting events at four locations near you. Hey, bar owners, do you want your bar included here? Send a note to [email protected]

CRESCENT MOON, 3578 Farnam St., Omaha, – Ever searched for the “odds” of Omaha? “Das Boot”, Hur-ricanes on tap, Belgian and German beers and a late bite to eat? Yes, Crescent Moon has it all! The three-in-one bar has one of the easiest bar crawls in the Midwest; housing the Hu-ber House, Crescent Moon, and Max & Joe’s. Tucked away in midtown, this hidden secret is a great gathering place for friends and definitely worth exploring!

HARRAH’S STIR LIVE & LOUD, 1 Harrah’s Blvd., Council Bluffs. , – In addition to being a token of Harrah’s Casino, Stir Live & Loud hosts a wide range of local and regional talent weekend nights . From Indie to Alternative Folk Rock, Stir is one of the area’s best live music venues dur-ing the summer. Take the short drive across the border and get ready for great drinks and good music.

HOMY INN, 1510 N. Saddle Creek Rd. - Feel like being fancy? Homy Inn is infamous for their champagne on tap! This “small feel” bar offers big taste with their variety in bottled beer and eclectic crowd. In the heart of North Omaha, the Homy reaches out to its patrons with a wide range of fun activities to partake in while enjoying a cold one. Board games, peanuts, and fun music are the common threads that make this hidden secret something worth talking about.

HOOTERS, 12405 W. Center Rd. & 2910 23rd Ave., Council Bluffs – You may only think of Hooters as a place for great wings, but it turns out this dining hall has the full package. With a combination of choices for sauces, Hooters is sure to please you in more ways than one! Drinks and a friendly wait staff are more than enough reason to stick around after a long day’s work. If it’s breaded or naked, the Omaha and Council Bluffs Hooter’s Staff are sure to strip you down and meet all of your dining and drinking needs!

I DON’T CARE, 3346 N. 108th St. 402-763-2800 – The first thought after a rough day at the office is usually where is the best place to forget your worries and enjoy a stiff one. Upon walking in, the warm hospitality of bar staff actually does care as they invite you to leave your baggage at the door. Awesome drink specials and a variety of gaming units such as Golden Tee, Pool and Darts let you stick it to the boss man and say, “I Don’t Care”. Come let loose and blow off some steam in this nice little getaway.

BOGIE’S BAR & GRILL 3305 Old Maple Rd, Omaha, NE 68134 (402) 493-8000 Dance the night away on the weekends, Great food and if you need to crash there is a hotel right next door! $1 Pints on Thursday’s.

STOLI’S LOUNGE 715 N 120th St, Omaha, NE 68154 (402) 614-2662 Newly remodled, under new ownership, check out their awesome gameroom.

CHOO -CHOO BAR & GRILL 14240 U St, Omaha, NE 68137 (402) 895-6617 Hours: Mon - Thu11AM - 10:30 PM Fri - Sa-t11AM - 11PM Sun12:00 PM - 10:00 PM New Owner, Great lunch specials, Stop in and see Vicki during the day! Omaha’s Best Hot Wings, Cold Beer and Warm Friends!

FOx AND HOUND 506 N. 120th Street (402)964-9074 Oma-ha’s best spot to watch Pay Per View events! Good food and a frienly atmosphere. 36 Beers on tap, ping pong, darts and more!

ARENA SPORTS BAR & GRILL 3809 N 90th St, Omaha, NE 68134 (402) 571-2310 Hours Mon-Sat 11:00AM-2:00AM Sun 11:30 AM-2:00AM Omaha’s best live music EVERY Friday & Saturday night with NO COVER CHARGE! Enjoy the Arena’s full bar selection and huge menu while playing KENO, pickle cards, pool, darts, shuffleboard, Golden Tee, Silver Strike Bowl-ing, Buck Hunter, and Bartop Games.

WILSON & WASHBURN 1407 Harney St, Omaha, NE 68102 (402) 991-6950 Featuring 24 craft & import beers on tap, a ro-bust list of wines, scotch, and cordials, and a made from scratch kitchen, Wilson & Washburn lives up to its billing as a serious comfort station.

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