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Following the death of her sister Tilly, Agnes Evans discovers Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook and stumbles into an imaginary world where she begins to better relate to her often-misunderstood sister. Packed with humor and heart, this coming-of-age adventure/comedy explores the world of fantasy role-playing games and the rare opportunity to connect with a lost loved one.

Catie Zaleski stars as Agnes Evans and she joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to chat about the play, the 90's, and coming of age. 

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Nebraska Shakespeare is proud to present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as part of its “Shakespeare On Tour” program.  Now in its 13th season, “Shakespeare On Tour” travels to schools and communities throughout Nebraska and Iowa to bring Shakespeare’s work to thousands of students and families annually.

Sara Brown chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the company and being an artist in Omaha.  

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Dan Rigazzi makes his Opera Omaha debut as the Revival Director for Pagliacci.  Mr. Rigazzi has been on the Directing Staff at the Metropolitan Opera since 2008. 

On October 19th and 21st he and the cast bring  Pagliacci to life at The Orpheum.  Dan stops by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about his role in mounting the production and the current state of rehearsals. 

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The Omaha Kroc center is a newly remodeled community center in the heart of South Omaha.  Their  programs focus on their mission: to help all people discover and develop their God-given talents. 

The free Community Appreciation Event is October 6th.  Kevin Boesiger and Jenny Andersen chat with Mike Hogan live in the KIOS studios about the mission, the event, and how folks can acquire free tickets.

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The Joslyn Castle is excited to announce the 9th annual Art and Literary Festival: Edgar Allan Poe - The Master of Mystery and Macabre! In partnership with Metropolitan Community College’s Theatre, Art, English and culinary school, the Art and Literary Festival will run from Oct. 7-21st at the Joslyn Castle, and will offer live theatre, lectures and discussion, POE-try contest, art, live music and much more!

Scott Working, Theatre Program Coordinator at Metro chats with Mike Hogan about the event and announces the encore presentation on October 21st!  

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November 2nd is the evening during which Outlook Nebraska holds their annual fundraiser, the Vision Beyond Sight Banquet, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites La Vista. 

Rachel Carver, Public Relations Facilitator for Outlook Nebraska, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to chat about the event, the mission, and tackling life with vision impairment.

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This Friday, October 5th at the Whiskey Roadhouse in the Horseshoe Casino, comedians come together for laughs and to raise money for The Micah House.  Funds raised will help complete the mission to provide a safe and nurturing environment with support services for those families and individuals experiencing the crisis of homelessness.

Heather Jones, comedian and host of the show joined Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the mission and the event.  Mike Hogan will also perform an alledged "comedic set" on Friday.  More information is available at

Healing Justice, explores the causes and consequences of the current North American justice system and its effect on marginalized communities. The film walks back through the history of violence that has led to our current system, bringing into focus the histories of trauma – on a personal, interpersonal, community, and generational level. This powerful documentary addresses the school-to-prison pipeline, the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform, and the importance of healing and restorative practices.

Pastor Portia Cavitt (Clair Memorial United Methodist Church), Fred Ross (Heartland Family Service), and Jasmine Harris (Defy Nebraska) join Mike Hogan to discuss. 

The film will be screened, Tuesday, October 9th from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at the Clair Memorial United Methodist Church, 5544 Ames Avenue.

A panel discussion with Omaha leaders will immediately follow the film.  

Mark the date, October 5, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. at the Slowdown, Omaha Girls Rock, Inc. is having their fundraising event of the year.  The band "The Best" sings all your favorite Tina Turner songs. 

Melissa Wurth stopped into the KIOS studios this morning to chat with Mike Hogan about the mission of Omaha Girls Rock, Inc. and the annual event.  More information is available at

Breast cancer survivors, current patients, families and supporters will come together for the 25th Anniversary Nebraska Race for the Cure® on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 at Baxter Arena. The event honors breast cancer survivors, celebrates the memory of those who have lost their lives to breast cancer and raises funds for local breast health services and research.

Race Chair Paula Renner chats with Mike Hogan about the event and the mission of Komen Great Plains.  More information is available at

Who keeps the children engaged and busy with fun, educational activities after school hours are over?  Collective for Youth, that's who!  

Program Director Gwyn Williams stops by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan about their mission, services, and free event on October 6th at the Sapp Field House.  Plenty of fun for kids and adults, as well as free food and drinks. 

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You drive by these beautiful, historical homes and now is your chance to see the inside of these treasures!  The Restoration Exchange of Omaha is holding their 13th annual Home Tour.  And for the first time, it will run for two days, Saturday and Sunday, October 13th and 14th.  Nicole Malone, REO Education Committee Chair, chats with Mike Hogan about the organization, the event, and how one gets their home on the list. 

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The Open Space Soirée is the Kaneko’s annual fundraising event, with all proceeds benefiting community programming.  Entertainment from magician and mentalist Rmax Goodwin and a one-of-a-kind dining experience is also provided.  Event co-Chair Cassie Kohl and Development Director Elisabeth Barret join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the mission of Kaneko and the September 28th event.  

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High-quality immigration legal services, education, and advocacy for low-income individuals and families in Nebraska is a growing need.  The Immigrant Legal Center is working hard to help, and they can use your help by attending the Food Truck World Tour. 

Wednesday, September 26th at 5:30 at the Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha Campus is the place to be to celebrate the food and culture of so many community members.  Communications and Development Director, Dawn Bashara, stops by the KIOS studios to chat about the event with Mike Hogan.

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Scheduled guests next week on Morning Edition “Live & Local” include the Immigrant Legal Center to discuss their Food Truck World Tour, Cassie Kohl from Kaneko, Gwyn Williams from Collective for Youth, we’ll hear from the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” and Melissa Wurth from Omaha Girls Rock, Inc. 

So, be sure to tune in weekdays at 8:45 a.m. and join Mike Hogan for the “Live & Local” interview. 

On Sunday, September 30th, the largest fundraising event yet for the Parkinson's Nebraska organization takes place.  All proceeds stay here locally to help victims of this disease. 

Administrator and Event Director Katrina Wulf chats with Mike Hogan about the event and the mission of this local organization.  More information is available at

This Friday and Saturday mark the start of the Omaha Symphony's "MasterWorks" series.  Pianist Spencer Myer stops by the studios to chat with Mike Hogan about being featured on Bernstein's Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety" and the thrill of his first concert at The Holland Center.  More information is available at 

The Walk to End Alzheimer's kicks off on Sunday, September 23.  The Omaha event is happening at Stinson Park at Aksarben Village.  Director of Communications for Alzheimer's Association-Nebraska Chapter, Elizabeth Chentland, joins Mike Hogan for a chat about the eveent and some of the new, promising research currently underway.  More information can be found at

The Omaha Chamber Music Society opens their season with a string quartet as part of the Eko Nova Performance Reality on Monday, September 24th at 7:00 p.m. at the Kaneko.  Second Associate Concert Master, Lizzie Furuta, and President of the Omaha Chamber Music Society, Dani Meier join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss.  More information is available at

With a tongue-in-cheek loathing towards self-help books, author and humorist Dana Bowman discusses being a mom, recovering alcoholic, relaspsing alcoholic, again recovering, and what makes life good (spoiler alert, doughnuts help!). 

Dana chats with Mike Hogan about all this and more on "Live & Local." 

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Steve Krambeck plays the lovable ogre Shrek in the Omaha Community Playhouse production of "Shrek-The Musical."  Steve chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the production, rehearsal process, and the fun of the show for everyone. 

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Scott Krusemark stops by KIOS "Live & Local" to discuss Coding for Girls, an opportunity for girls to learn how to write computer programs with block code.  Scott sits down with Mike Hogan to discuss. 

After the interview aired, the October session sold out.  If you are interested in information for the first camp in 2019, feel free to write to

John Tyler, J.D., Chief Counsel in Legal and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is in Omaha as the keynote speaker at the Business Ethics Alliance breakfast and lunch events today.  He called in for a chat on an early edition of "Live & Local" this morning. 

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"The Hate U Give" will kick off a season of literary and issue discussions hosted at several Omaha Public Library facilities.  Marketing Director Emily Getzschaman stops by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan.  More information can be found at  

For the fifth consecutive year, the Omaha Public Library Foundation will host its annual fundraiser featuring a celebrated author. Between the Lines with Amy Thielen will take place on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at the Institute for the Culinary Arts on the Metro Community College Fort Omaha Campus. 

Sara Croll has taught students for more than a decade.  She introduces us to a program in which "Student Teaming" is used as a tool by which children learn how to challenge themselves and each other to foster more effective learning.  Sara chats with Mike Hogan on "Live & Local" about how this process works.  More information can be found at  

First United Methodist Church takes pride in being open to all ideas.  On Tuesday, August 28th, they are hosting a dinner and discussion regarding the pros and cons of gentrification.  All ideas and viewpoints will be discussed and explored.  Karen Abrams, Executive Director of Policy, Research, and Innovation stops by the KIOS dtudios to chat with Mike Hogan about this topic and event.  More information is available at  

Working with Omaha area residents and volunteers to grow vegetables, flowers, and herbs using environmentally responsible and sustainable gardening techniques is the mission of City Sprouts.  With three growing seasons annually, there's a lot going on.  Roxanne Draper joins Mike Hogan for a chat to catch us up on all the happenings.  More information can be found at

Opera Outdoors is a family affair!  The "Kids Zone" opens at 6:00 p.m. with the pre-show at 6:45 p.m. and the opera selections beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Holland Community Opera Fellow Chabrelle Williams joins Mike Hogan to discuss the event and the outreach goals of Opera Omaha.  More information is available at  

African game-changers, thought leaders, business people and entrepreneurs will attend the first annual Leadership Africa Summit, Saturday, Aug. 25 at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Scott Conference Center.  Organizer Marco LeRoc stops by the KIOS studios to chat about the event with Mike Hogan.  More information can be found at