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As you may have heard, multi-award winning actor Paul Giamatti is coming to Omaha to celebrate Film Streams gala event “Feature VIII.”  The acclaimed actor will join Film Streams Board Member and Omaha native Alexander Payne to celebrate the 15th anniversary of “Sideways,” their Academy Award-winning collaboration. 

The centerpiece of the August 25th evening celebration will be an onstage conversation about Mr. Giamatti’s prolific career in film and television, and his perspective on the art and industry.

After airing a "sneak peak" excerpt of the long chat Mike Hogan, host on KIOS-FM, was lucky enough to have with Paul Giamatti, below is the unabridged interview.  So generous with his time and views, Mr. Giamatti shares about his career, acting, and some of his favorite moments in the industry.  

You can still hear the sneak peak version at

Everyone’s favorite red-headed orphan takes the stage at the Omaha Community Playhouse!  Annie is the beloved tale of a young girl who never gives up hope of one day reuniting with her parents.  After enlisting the help of Depression-era billionaire Oliver Warbucks, Annie finds herself in a tangled web of con artists, kidnappers and—worst of all—Miss Hannigan!

Lead actress Stella Clark-Kaczmarek makes her radio debut with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the show, what it means to play such an iconic role, and what the future may hold for this young, Omaha-grown talent.

The show opens September 13 and runs through October 13th.  For more information one can navigate to

Spoiler alert: The sun really will come out tomorrow!

Multi-award winning actor Paul Giamatti is coming to Omaha to celebrate Film Streams gala event “Feature VIII.”  The acclaimed actor will join Film Streams Board Member and Omaha native Alexander Payne to celebrate the 15th anniversary of “Sideways,” their Academy Award-winning collaboration. 

The centerpiece of the August 25th evening celebration will be an onstage conversation about Mr. Giamatti’s prolific career in film and television, and his perspective on the art and industry.

Mike Hogan, host on KIOS-FM, was lucky enough to have a 40 minute conversation with Paul Giamatti.  An excerpt of that conversation airs this morning at 7:43 a.m. and Friday morning at 8:43 a.m.  That excerpt is below and a link to the full unedited conversation is here:

Mayor Jean Stothert stopped by the KIOS-FM studios and chatted candidly with Mike Hogan about issues currently facing the city of Omaha.  While you may have heard the interview excerpts on this morning's "Live & Local" segment, below is the entire unedited interview.  

In this full length discussion, Mayor Stothert reveals  details on the trash contract, budget creation and approval, the inner workings of city government, the riverfront revitalization, personal details regarding her run for and eventual winning of the office of mayor, and her television sketch comedy experience.  

This full length, uncut interview sheds some light on the process of running a municipality and the person holding the top office in the city of Omaha. 

International opera star and Omaha resident Taylor Stayton’s “laser-bright timbre” and “exceptional fluidity above the staff” (Opera News) continue to distinguish him as one of the most sought-after tenors in his repertoire!  Taylor will be joined by Omaha arts icon (and former Artistic Director for nearly 10 years at Opera Omaha) Hal France for this collaboration in an intriguing program of arias from "Proving Up" and "Eric Hermannsons’s Soul," two operas that are set in Nebraska and written by women composers, as well as some of Taylor’s favorite songs and arias.  

The program is called "At Home In Nebraska" with a performance on August 25, 3:00 pm, at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 S. 114th St. in Omaha.   Hal and Taylor join Mike Hogan live at the KIOS-FM studios to chat about the program and the ever-growing artistic scene in Omaha.

Omaha musicians Olga Smola, violin, and Brian Sherwood, cello, will join Taylor and Hal as featured guests.  More information can be found at

Opera Omaha kicks off its 2019-2020 season with the seventh annual Opera Outdoors, a fun, family-friendly and FREE opera concert in Midtown Crossing’s Turner Park.  Featuring a sampling opera’s greatest hits and previews of Opera Omaha’s upcoming season.  The concert is open to the public; no tickets are necessary, and this year’s event will be hosted in English and Spanish for the second year.

Head of Music and Conductor Sean Kelly along with Bass Soloist Hidenori Inoue sit down with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the show, the season, and opera in general.  

Opera Outdoors is Friday, August 23rd, with the park opening at 5:30, free pre-show activities starting at 6:00 (including Costume Station, Face Painting, Balloon Animals, Arts & Crafts, and more), and the show beginning at 7:00.

More information is available at

Visiting Angels Living Assistance Service is Hosting the first annual “Skate to End Alzheimer’s” on Saturday, August 24, 2019  at Grover Ice Arena, 6171 Grover Street, Omaha, NE 68106. 

There will be two Drop–In Hockey Skates at 10:15am to 11:15am and 11:30am to 12:30pm followed by a Public Skate from 4:15pm to 6:15pm.  All Skates are a "Free–Will" Donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Visiting Angel owner and recreational hockey player, Phil Labadie, chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the event, the very generous hockey community, and the hope to turn this event into an annual tradition that raises funds for the Nebraska Alzheimer’s Association.

Taking on the idea of Re•Purpose in a new and innovative way, KANEKO invites you to join in an evening of creative discussion and interactive art-making with internationally recognized multimedia artist Phil Hansen, artist, lecturer, and Ted Talk phenom.

Stephan Grot, Executive Director of KANEKO, stopped by the studios at KIOS-FM to chat "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan about the presentation, a funny story regarding some of Phil Hansen's displayed art, and the Great Minds program as a whole. 

The doors open at 6:30 tonight and more information is available at

Apollon Art Space has the stated mission to provide creative space and resources for local artists to learn and grow as part of the South Omaha community.  Visual and performance art are together offered to the patrons.  

The latest show, "Pokenon" is a tribute to the wildly popular game/cartoon/video game.  Co-Creative Lead and Director, Katy Kepler, stops by with actor Cote Werner to chat with Mike Hogan about the show, the theatre, and the fun they are having presenting this family friendly production.   This show runs through August 25th.

Rediscover the magic of starting a new journey in the world of Pokemon! Get ready to set off on your adventure, meet other trainers, befriend Pokemon, and work to become the best Pokemon master of them all!

This show is appropriate for all ages. Snacks are included. (There will be no meal for this show.) Beverage service is available for purchase. Friday & Saturday - Doors open at 6:30 and show starts at 7:00.  Sunday Matinee - Doors open at 1:30 and show starts at 2:00.

More information can be found at

Vocalist Karen Oberlin & guitarist Sean Harkness have been working together now for years, and delve into the exquisite and varied Billy Strayhorn songbook that has been an ongoing passion of theirs, making this latest Brownville Concert Series offering inevitable.

While they play prominent Strayhorn standards like “Take the A Train,” “Lush Life” and “Something to Live For,” along with rare works written for the Ellington Orchestra, David Hajdu offers live, poignant readings and fascinating biographical information about Strayhorn from his award winning biography of the composer, "Lush Life."

Professor at Columbia University and Strayhorn biographer David Hajdu joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss how he came to discover Strayhorn, what lead him to write the biography, and what one can expect to enjoy at the performances this weekend.

The show opens tonight and plays through Sunday, August 11th.  More information is available at

In Performing Artists Repertory Theatre’s (PART) intimate, cabaret-style setting, plays and musical theater of superb quality and richness offer audiences a ​unique, immersive experience.  Singer/Actor John Hickerson joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the new show "Ring of Fire" which opens August 9th.

From the songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and the healing power of home and family.  More than two dozen classic hits—including “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune—performed by a multi-talented cast, paint a musical portrait of The Man in Black that promises to be a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to a unique musical legend!  Though he is never impersonated, Johnny Cash’s remarkable life story is told through his music, climaxing in a concert that will both move and exhilarate.

More information can be found at

Nebraska Children’s Home Society will host its 9th Annual Neighborhood Celebration at its Children & Family Center located at 3549 Fontenelle Blvd on Friday, August 9 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The public is invited to this FREE community event which includes face painting, a dunk tank, a live DJ, carnival games, raffles, free backpacks stuffed with back-to-school supplies, and free food!

Children and Family Center Program Director Maria Nielsen and Program Resource Specialist Katie Konold join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to talk about the event, the mission of the organization, and the wonderful facility they've been in since 1924!

More information can be found at

The Play-It-Forward Expo is helping to raise funds for Omaha area law enforcement agencies and bicycle organizations by providing them with educational materials.  Last year's event raised money to provide bicycle helmets for community bike rodeos.   A limited amount of free bike helmets for kids and adults will be available to help promote pedestrian safety at the event this Saturday, August 10th! 

Jackie Kolakowski, Chair of People Aspiring to Cycle & Exercise, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the event, the mission of the organization, and the fun that can be had at this gaming event!

More information can be found at

Omaha, NE – The 11th annual Boxer 500 Run and Walk to prevent colorectal cancer will take place on Sunday, August 11th at 8:00 AM. The Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force proudly hosts the event again this year at Werner Park. Participants are encouraged to draw attention to their bottoms and colorectal cancer by participating in boxer underwear.

Jeri Engen, Event Co-Chair, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss how preventable this disease is, how the task force helps people get diagnosed, and how much fun this event is for the whole family!  Whether or not you're pre-registered, everyone is welcome to attend. 

More information is available at

KIOS is proud to announce the launching of our new regular podcast "Made in the Middle," which  premiers today.  The podcast takes a trip through the history of the American Heartland to uncover how the Midwest has influenced the rest of the United States.  Part history, part science and culture: each episode looks at famous people, inventions, events, and cultural beliefs that got their start in the Midwest and left a mark on America. 

Host Emily Chen-Newton chats with Mike Hogan about the genesis of the podcast project and introduces the first installment.   New episodes will be released on the first Friday of every month and one can download or  subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and our website:

The first episode can also be heard by following this link,

Bemis Center Open House/ Open Studios!

Jul 31, 2019

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is hosting an Open House/Open Studio this Saturday, August 3rd from 11 am -5pm. You can enjoy the work of the Summer 2019 artists-in-residence and curator-in-residence! Visitors can listen to the artists share their artistic and curatorial processes, see the studios, and their “works in progress”! Ted and Wally’s has also created two custom flavors just for this event, including Coffee Caramel Cacophony!

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, Sweat is a head-first dive into working class America.  A three-time Tony Award® nominee, Sweat follows a group of steelworkers whose steady march toward the American dream is uprooted by economic change.  As their sense of security slowly unravels, jobs and relationships are left in the wake.  Punctuated with lively humor, Sweat goes to the heart of what it means to be human—both good and bad—when fear and uncertainty take hold.

Laura Leininger-Campbell plays the role of "Tracey" in the show.  She joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the rehearsal process during this powerful play and the ideas and themes that remain universal. 

The play runs from August 16th through September 15 at the Omaha Community Playhouse.  More information is available at

Kerfuffle creates theater and dance performances specifically for children six years old and younger.  They just completed a workshop co-production with the Rose theater in three public Omaha Parks called “Goose and Gert” and next up is a new play called “Firefly,” featuring shadow puppets in a 14 foot yurt dome.

Ashley Laverty is the founding Artistic Director and she joins Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to discuss this unique children’s theatre experience.  

More information can be found at

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's® is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research.  Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide and 8 locations in our region, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. 

Jake Panowicz, Executive Officer for Physmed and Serene Care Hospice, is the presenting sponsor of the 2019 Omaha Walk to End Alzheimer's.  Carolyn Ashton is a member of the Omaha and Sarpy County planning committees.  They both join Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to discuss why they are so passionate about supporting the Alzheimer's Association, and what each of us can do to help find a cure and fund help for those who need it.

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Omaha Under the Radar emerged from a desire to support innovative performers and creators living and working in the Midwest, and to connect this community to other performance communities throughout the United States.

Since the first festival, held in 2014, Omaha Under the Radar has presented over 300 artists of divergent backgrounds and disciplines.  They work to represent a multiplicity of genres, ideas, and identities through performances, talks, group discussions and educational opportunities.

Festival Director Amanda DeBoer Bartlett joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the sixth annual "Omaha Under the Radar Festival" which will offer plenty to smile about, as well as plenty to laugh about, discuss over drinks, and remember for years to come.  Using Omaha's most electric venues for live performances of the highest caliber created by artists who seize their craft and surprise even the most experienced attendees.  The festival takes place this year from July 24th through the 27th.

More information can be found at

Youth Emergency Services (YES) has the mission to serve homeless and at-risk youth by providing critically-needed resources which empower them to become self-sufficient.  Basically, they help youth in crisis get back on their feet in whatever ways they can.  After meeting their immediate needs for food, shelter, clothing and safety, YES creates a support system which helps them flourish.

YES is the only charity in Omaha specifically serving homeless or near homeless youth.  Last year, 4,000 youth were served by YES.  And while that is impressive, it takes resources.  

So, YES is having a fundraising event, the 11th annual "Dance for a Chance" is on Thursday, August 1, at the Omaha Design Center.  Similar to Dancing with the Stars, "Dance for a Chance" pairs up dancers from the business community with instructors, who then work together to create a dance, pick accompanying music and practice over the summer before competing in August. 

Barb Farho, Director of Development for YES, and Emily Williams, Dancer (with the "day job" of  Continuous Improvement Director for Lindsay Corporation), join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the mission of Youth Emergency Services, the fun of the event and how every person listening can participate in selecting the winning dance couple, who go home with the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy!

More information can be found at

Providing a unique learning opportunity for parents to be more involved in their student's education.  That's the goal of an Omaha Public Schools program that uses technology to promote what the district calls blended learning.  This is the program's fourth year.  There are currently more than 200 kindergarten through 11th grade students enrolled at Omaha Virtual School.

Director of the Omaha Virtual School, Dr. Wendy Loewenstein, stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about how this school is a combination of in-person and at-home learning.  For example, once a week, students go to a classroom setting at the TAC building. 

There is still time to register students for this free program.  The last "Info-session" before the start of the school year is Tuesday, July 23rd at 9:30am at Abrahams Library.  It is free and open to the public.

More information can be found at 

This project, in its 6th year, is hosted by Lutheran Family Services and BFF on the first Friday in August. The New American Arts Festival is a street festival on Military Avenue in downtown Benson. 

This event seeks to highlight the performance and visual arts of Omaha's refugee and immigrant communities.  There will be workshops, live music and dance performances, visual art collaborations in local galleries, and a street artist market!

Lacey Studnicka, Senior Director-Engagement and Outreach at Lutheran Family Services stops by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan about this completely free and family friendly event.  Gallery Spaces are on Maple St. Stage and street galleries are on Military Ave. Workshops are held at the Benson Community Center.

More information can be found at

The Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM) will host the Nebraska Nonprofit Conference on Wednesday, August 7 at the Bosselman Conference Center located within the Heartland Events Center, Grand Island, NE. 

The annual conference brings together more than 200 nonprofit thought leaders, professionals, board members and volunteers to discuss trends and best practices affecting Nebraska’s nonprofit sector.  New this year is a pre-conference session on creating a fundraising culture, scheduled Tuesday, August 6.

Program Director, Rosey Higgs stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about how the Nebraska Nonprofit Conference attendees will have the opportunity to gain knowledge on a wide range of topics during interactive and inspiring sessions on building strong nonprofit boards, engaging voters to create change, making the biggest impact through fundraising and more.

More information can be found at

Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize winning author and President of PEN America, will be giving a free reading from her most recent novel "Manhattan Beach" at KANEKO on July 18 and will be presenting on the mission of PEN America on July 19th.  Both events are free to the public, however, registration is required.

Kevin Clouther, Assistant Professor, from the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media at the University of Nebraska at Omaha joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the importance of having Jennifer here to Omaha and the collaboration that took place to make this visit possible.

More information can be found at

For nearly 100 years Alliance Française d’Omaha has been committed to supporting, educating and nourishing the Omaha community through cultural and educational programs.  They dedicate their efforts toward three essential goals:

  • Spreading awareness of French and Francophone culture
  • Offering French language classes for all
  • Promoting cultural diversity

President of  Alliance Française d’Omaha, Holly Richmond, and Communications Chairperson, Susie Collins, join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the organization and the upcoming Bastille Day party on Sunday, July 14th, from 2-6 p.m. 

The party will be held at Corkscrew Wine and Cheese.  The Prairie Gators (a wonderful Cajun French Xydeco band) will be playing on the outdoor deck.  There will be wine, breads, crèpes, and chocolate as well as fun activities for all ages.  More information can be found at

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts invites the public to the opening of “Inner Ear Vision: Sound as Medium” and celebration of the launch of its Sound Art + Experimental Music Program.  Exhibition Opening Reception + Performance are on Thursday, July 11th from 6:00–8:00 p.m. at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th Street.

Rachel Adams, Bemis Chief Curator and Director of Programs and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, "Inner Ear Vision: Sound as Medium" co-curator both join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the show and invite everyone to join them for this event.

More information can be found at or

The Pinnacle Bank Championship is held at The Club at Indian Creek from Monday, July 15 - Sunday, July 21, 2019.  There are still some foursomes left for the pro-am event, guests include Larry The Cable Guy, and volunteer registration has begun! 

Tournament Director Jessica Brabec joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss how everyone can get involved in the biggest golf event in Omaha.  This year promises to be bigger and better.  Whether you're a golf lover or want to give back to charity, this is a can't miss volunteer experience!

More information can be found at  or or call  office 402-991-2525

The OPS Interview Fair is Wednesday, July 10th at Monroe Middle School (5105 Bedford Ave., South entrance)  There will be application help from Noon to 5:00 p.m. and interviews with qualified candidates will start at 1:00 p.m.

Director of OPS Transportation, Trevis Sallis stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about how this district can move tens of thousands of children safely to and from school.  

Bullying, child abuse and teen dating violence are no laughing matter.  Thankfully, the talented staff and actors of RESPECT have an engaging and interactive way to help keep our youth safe and informed.  Join them for a night of comedy for a cause on July 11th and take a stand against the abusive relationship dynamics our children may face.  Monies raised directly support RESPECT programming.

The night will start with a silent auction, dinner buffet, and cash bar, then a performance from the RESPECT actor-educators, as well as a comedy show with comedian John Bush who has performed stand-up comedy on HBO, Comedy Central, as well as sketches on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in addition to his many other credits.

Dr. Patricia Newman stops by the "Live & Local" studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the program, the event, and how the kids get the chance to better their lives.

More information can be found at