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The Census is a vital tool for fair economic and political decisions.  The data collected have a direct monetary impact on every state including Nebraska.  In the past, communities of color have been under represented for a variety of reasons.  Tragically, that under representation has the hardest economic impact on the very communities that were not accurately counted.

Dr. Lissette Aliaga-Linares, Assistant Professor of Sociology & OLLAS Faculty at the University of Nebraska Omaha joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" in the KIOS-FM studios to discuss the issue and what can be done to fix it.

Former Governor and U.S. Senator representing the people of the great state of Nebraska, Bob Kerrey, took some time to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about several topics.  An edited version of the interview, (cut due to time constraints), aired on 91.5 KIOS.  Below is the full interview.

The Omaha Community Playhouse has done it again!  Native Gardens is a hilarious turf war between neighbors, generations, and ethnicities.  When Pablo and Tania purchase a new home in a well-to-do white neighborhood, the couple next door initially offer a friendly welcome.  But when a laughable property line disagreement dissolves into an all-out turf war, the dirt begins to fly.  Packed with witty quips—and plenty of back-and-forth mudslinging—Native Gardens is a side-splitting reminder that, despite our differences, we all share a much larger common ground.

Director Ablan Roblin stops by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the show and how important it is to laugh at ourselves while we navigate through the important role of "neighbor."

The show opens on February 14th and runs through March 15th.

More information can be found at http://www.omahaplayhouse.com/tickets/view/nativegardens/

The TakeCare Campaign wants to inspire you to re-imagine your health through powerful story telling of inspiration and transformation.  TakeCare of your whole health – mind, body, spirit and community – so you can live life fully for whatever matters most to you.  

TakeCare Chair Spokesperson, Jessica Janssen Wolford, who is also the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Midland University, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the campaign (only six cities were chosen nationally for the kickoff, the greater Omaha area is one of them) and the difference TakeCare has already made in her personal life.

A free launch event will be held at Midland University 900 North Clarkson in the Campus Cafeteria on February 5 from 12-1:30PM.   More information can be found at https://takecare.org/

The roarin’ 20s are back and better than ever!  First Tuesdays at the Joslyn Castle with Omaha Conservatory of Music starts in February and brings the sights and sounds of the 1920s come roaring back to life!  Joslyn Castle has partnered with the Omaha Conservatory of Music to bring you '20s-inspired duets, string quartets, ragtime piano performances and more.

Each performance will be hosted in the gorgeous, and historically appropriate, Joslyn Castle Music Room every First Tuesday beginning in February.  This is the very room the Joslyns' hosted live music for the community in their day and we are thrilled to honor their passion for the arts once again.

Janice Pickering, Manager of programs and events at Joslyn Castle, and Candace Jorgensen, director of community engagement, join Mike Hogan live in the studios to discuss this program.

More information can be found at https://joslyncastle.com/events/special-events/first-tuesdays-with-omaha-conservatory-of-music.html

Performing Artists Repertory Theatre presents their next production MAMMA MIA! opening January 31 and running through February 16, 2020.  Over 60 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music ​that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show!

ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

Mackenzie Dehmer and Analisa Peyton stop by the KIOS-FM studios on 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan about the show and what makes the evening of laughs and entertainment so special.

More information can be found at http://www.performingartistsrepertorytheatre.org/

The Bluebarn Theatre wants you to know you are invited to a celebration.  A celebration of time, gratitude, our childhoods, and the million miracles at work in the world in every single moment.  There will be pictures.  There will be music.  Gifts.  Wonder.  Grief.  Rebirth.  From Will Eno, author of the BLUEBARN’s productions of Thom Pain and Gnit, comes an extraordinary, strange and beautiful experience that wakes up the big questions, and awakens us to one another with sly humor, compassion, and grace. 

P.S. There will be cake.

Wakey, Wakey opens on January 30th and runs through February 23rd, 2020.  Director Barry Carmen joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the production and the importance of celebration.  And there really will be cake!

More information can be found at http://bluebarn.org/tickets/

75 North is a nonprofit that has transformed a neighborhood over the past decade to be more community-focused and raise people up out of poverty.  

Their official mission is breaking the cycle of poverty and community deterioration by partnering to create high-quality housing, thriving schools, recreational facilities and other neighborhood enrichment amenities.

Cydney Franklin is the Chief Operating Officer of 75 North and she stopped by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the mission of the organization, the new "Dining Room" (a food-court style dining area with three restaurants), and the incredible rejuvenation of the Highlander neighborhood over the past decade. 

More information about how you can help or what amenities and business you can enjoy in this revitalized area can be found at http://www.seventyfivenorth.org/

Terry Streetman is the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for the Alzheimer's Association, Nebraska Chapter.  He spends a great deal of time and effort at this state's capitol showing the unicameral senators how they can help the many thousands of families in Nebraska impacted by Alzheimer’s Disease.

He took the time to swing by the studios at 33rd and Burt to discuss with Mike Hogan the latest bill that has been introduced, explain how he advocates for Alzheimer's related causes, and how you can get involved.

More information can be found at https://www.alz.org/nebraska

Rachel Adams, Bemis Chief Curator and Director of Programs, stopped by the KIOS-FM studios with Visual and Sound Artist, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, to announce the second installment at the new LOW END venue.  The new 25,000 square foot music venue in Bemis Center's lower level will kick off this event at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 23 with an Artist Talk in presentation space on main floor, hosted by Rachel.  Then at 8:00 Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, a New York-based artist, composer, and performer considering notions of errant relations that thrive across subjectivities performs for the audience.

All performances at LOW END, including this one, are free thanks to a generous foundation donation.

Rachel and Jeremy sit down with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss this program and Jeremy's creative process.

More information can be found at https://www.bemiscenter.org/get_involved/low-end.html

Omaha Virtual School (OVS) is a full-time, tuition-free public blended school within the Omaha Public School District.  OVS enables students to take ownership of their learning.  Students may work quickly through the areas they understand, take their time in areas where they need extra help, and put an emphasis on subjects that interest them most.  

Dr. Wendy Loewenstein is the Director of Omaha Virtual School.  She stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan, "Live & Local" about the program, the benefits, the kindergarten roundup as well as the middle and high school open houses on the 30th of January.  These event kicks off the recruiting for the 2020-2021 school year.

More information can be found at www.OmahaVirtualSchool.org.

With the mission to “ engage the imagination and create excitement about learning” the Omaha Children’s Museum is truly fun for the whole family!

Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Kim Reiner stops by the KIOS studios to chat “Live & Local” with Mike Hogan about the latest addition to the fun, “AMERICA TO ZANZIBAR: Muslim Cultures Near and Far” which runs through April 19th. 

Children can explore ancient trade routes on a two story Indian Ocean dhow (boat) or on a camel.  They’ll thrill to the excitement of a global marketplace as they pretend to buy, sell and trade fruit, fish, spice, ceramic, textiles, and rugs.  The exhibit environment is rich with art, architecture and design elements from across the globe.  Visitors will marvel at a 3D exploration of mosque architecture from the Maldives to China. Original works by emerging American Muslim artists join traditional art forms including intricately designed tiles, ornate ceramics, and complex patterned rugs.

More information can be found at http://www.ocm.org/exhibits-and-events/special-exhibits/america-to-zanzibar/

January is National Mentoring Month.  MENTOR Nebraska and their partner mentoring programs are joining forces for the 7th annual city-wide mentor recruitment campaign in January.  The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness of the various mentoring opportunities available through different organizations and address common misconceptions about time commitment and other possible deterrents to becoming a mentor. The goal for the campaign is to recruit 400 mentors in January.  Anyone interested in becoming a mentor can learn more about the different options at MentorNebraska.org.

Laura Bonnet (Mentoring Coordinator) and Roberta Wilhelm (Executive Director) with Girls Inc. Omaha join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss mentoring opportunities and the life-changing impact that mentoring has on the kids as well as the mentors.

More information is available at https://www.mentornebraska.org/

The Omaha Academy of Ballet (OAB) is proud to present the 15th annual Omaha Dance Project (ODP), which will feature an impressive line-up of local and regional dance on January 24-26, 2020.

ODP 2020 will feature: La Esmeralda, a classical ballet based on Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre-Dame, re-staged by Artistic Director Juliette Henning (Omaha), Flamenco Omaha, as well as works by Ashley Durst (Lincoln) and Lauren Wichert (Omaha).

Juliette Henning stops by the studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the show, the exciting talent involved, and how you can enjoy the show.

More information and tickets for Omaha Dance Project are available at http://oabdance.org/home.aspx or by calling 402-346-0469.  All performances will be at the Mary Joy and Tal Anderson Performing Arts Center, 7400 Military Ave, Omaha, NE.

Max I. Walker is hosting the 13th annual "Ultra Chic Boutique" dress sale on Saturday, February 1st.  The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at "A View on State Street," located at 134th and State streets.  The event will include the standard dress sale (all dresses are sold for $30!) as well as a Dress Raffle Fashion Show.  This part of the event highlights some of the best and most beautiful gowns that have been donated to the sale, and raffles off the ‘first right to purchase’ these special dresses for just $30 to shoppers.  Some of these dresses originally cost hundreds, even a thousand dollars.

All proceeds are donated to the Alzheimer’s Association, Nebraska Chapter.  The 2018 and 2019 sales reached a combined $38,000 for the association.  Dress donations are still being accepted at all Max I. Walker locations. Employees will clean, press, and store the dresses for no charge.

Steph Dorland, (Marketing Director at Max I. Walker), and Casey Walker, (Director of Retail Operations at Max I. Walker) stop by the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan about the event and how Alzheimer's has touched everyone, including the Walker family.

Dresses will be available in all shapes, sizes, and colors.  The event is a more economical and eco-friendly way to shop.  More information can be found at https://www.maxiwalker.com/ultra-chic-boutique/

George Joslyn loved to entertain in what is considered the “original man cave.” He and his friends would gather for billiards, cocktails, cigars and even bowling in the Castle basement. One can imagine many a lively conversation were had amongst George and his guests.

Janice Pickering, Manager of Programs & Events at Joslyn Castle, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to talk about the third annual Speakeasy Series.  This is an opportunity to tour the “original man cave,” enjoy the spirits of the evening as well as hand picked food pairings.  A fantastic evening of sights, sounds, and tastes.

The evening begins with a drink and tour of George Joslyn's rarely-seen mancave basement.  After one explores the former epic space, you'll get settled in for an evening of sipping and noshing with some of Omaha's most respected experts in the field.

The series runs January through April on the third Thursday, and Joslyn Castle will host a tasting featuring one of the following favorites: Rum, Brandy, Scotch, and Gin!

More information can be found at https://joslyncastle.com/events/special-events/speakeasy-series.html

The Omaha Community Playhouse kicks off 2020 with the multi-award winning play A Raisin in the Sun.  Winner of five Tony Awards®, A Raisin in the Sun confronts life in South Side Chicago through the eyes of the Younger family. After years of battling poverty and racism, the Youngers hope an unexpected insurance check will be their ticket to a better life. With the looming fear that this may be their only chance, the family is torn apart as they struggle to agree on the most effective way to use the money.

Local actor Brandon Williams plays the role of George Murchison and he joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the importance of this play as well as the current relevance in today's climate.  The show opens Friday, January 17th.

More information can be found at http://www.omahaplayhouse.com/tickets/view/raisinsun/

Film Streams is a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization dedicated to enhancing the cultural environment of the Omaha-Council Bluffs area through the presentation and discussion of film as an art form.

Film Streams oversees two wonderful and distinct cinemas: the Ruth Sokolof Theater, the two-screen venue we opened in 2007 within the Saddle Creek Records complex in North Downtown Omaha, and the historic Dundee Theater, Omaha’s longest surviving neighborhood cinema.

Film Streams Communications Director, Patrick Kinney, stops by the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan about all the programs and film showings scheduled for this quarter.

More information about the education programs, workshops, and film schedules can be found at

https://filmstreams.org/

The hustle and bustle of the holidays along with bone-chilling weather can be very difficult for people with any stage of dementia.  From the confusion of surroundings changing (due to seasonal decorations) to forgetting to check the outside temperature and not properly bundling up, caregivers need to be on the lookout for opportunities to help patients navigate this time of year.  

Diane Hendricks is a social worker for the Nebraska Alzheimer's Association.  She sits down with Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM to offer tips and hints on making sure the holidays are safe, healthy, and fun for everyone surrounding a person with any stage of dementia.  

For more information or if you need assistance of any kind, please consult the website www.alz.org/nebraska.

This is your chance to play a part in history!  Temporary census positions offer the perfect opportunity to earn extra income, while at the same time, helping the community. 

Did you know: The results of the 2020 Census help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding are spent locally for schools, hospitals, roads, and more.  So it's important that everyone is counted!  The Census is conducted every 10 years to ensure equal representation in elected government at the federal, state, and local levels.

The Census establishes Nebraska’s proportion of all federal funds for the next 10 years.  In fiscal year 2016, $3.995 billion in federal funds were obligated in Nebraska based upon resident counts from the 2010 Census and subsequent annual population estimates.  This equates to $2,096 in federal funds distributed annually for each Nebraska resident.  When residents are not counted the state loses federal dollars that should be sent to local areas.

Legal Research Contractor for the Center for Public Affairs Research at UNO, Micky Devitt, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the importance of census participation and the recruitment drive to hire people to conduct the census.

If you are interested in applying for a position with the census or want more information about what they do with your information, go to https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.html

Omaha's chapter of Pencils of Promise was founded in 2018 by a group of Creighton University students.  Their goal is to build schools in Laos and continue the fight for global education equality so that all children have the chance to unlock their full potential.  They understand their privilege as students attending a top-rated university and plan to use their education to fight for a future where everyone can have a similar opportunity, regardless of where they come from. 

Pencils of Promise is a for-purpose organization working to increase access to quality education in Ghana, Guatemala, and Laos. By donating via their web page, 100% of the funds go directly to their school build.  Any donation will make a real and lasting difference in the lives of children in Laos.  It is more than a donation. It is an investment in humanity. 

President of the Omaha Pencils of Promise, Mike Galeski, returns to the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the current drive to raise funds to finish building the school in Laos and help educate the children there.

For more information or to donate, one can go to the website https://fundraise.pencilsofpromise.org/team/149863

"Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration" Featured Performers Siri Howard and Kevin Vortmann are two of the principal singers in the Christmas show.  And this isn't their first trip to the River City.  Siri has been to Omaha five times while Kevin has appeared with the Omaha Symphony 10 times!

Both spent time with Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM to talk about their fondness for the city, some of their favorite places to visit, how welcoming and friendly the Omaha community has been to them, as well as the singing and dancing extravaganza that is the annual Christmas show.

The show opens Thursday, December 19th and runs through Sunday December 22nd.  For more information or tickets one can go to https://www.omahasymphony.org/concerts/physicians-mutual-omaha-symphony-christmas-celebration

Stacey Abrams, author, entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO, and political leader, will be the featured speaker at Girls Inc.’s 2019 Lunch for the Girls on Monday, December 16.  

Girls Inc. has been the place for girls since they opened in 1975.  They serve hundreds of girls every day and 1,000+ girls each year.  They’ve added pick up transportation, counseling services, healthy meals and snacks, and computer access to their daily services.  In fact they continue to innovate and add programs to help girls across the area.  

Executive Director Roberta Wilhelm joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to talk about the programs and the underlying motto, "If it helps girls to believe in themselves, we’re all over it."

The Lunch for the Girls has limited seating still available.  For more information call 402-457-4676 for details or go to https://girlsincomaha.org/

Plaid Tidings: Forever Plaid by Stuart Ross is an extraordinary 2-hour energetic extravaganza featuring the best of Forever Plaid tied-up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow at the top!  Filled with Christmas standards that have all been "Plaid-erized," our boys are back to do their Christmas Special.  At first they aren't sure why they've returned, but a phone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney lets them know that they're needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world.

Jon Hickerson, who plays Frankie, stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about this energetic, funny, music-filled sequel to the hit "Forever Plaid."

Sprinkled among the Christmas offerings are audience favorites like the riotous three minute and eleven second version of "The Ed Sullivan Show" - this time featuring the Rockettes, the Chipmunks and the Vienna Boys Choir, and a Plaid Caribbean Christmas which puts the "Day-O" in excelsis!  This is one holiday treat that is truly "heavenly-sent!"

December 12th begins the last weekend of performances.  Rob Lohman and Kristin Lyon present pre-show entertainment 45-minutes before each performance.  ​Special guest appearance by Peggy Holloway.  More information on tickets and showtimes is available at http://www.performingartistsrepertorytheatre.org/.

Is the country of Iran misunderstood?  Dr. Narges Bajoghli is an award-winning anthropologist, filmmaker, and writer.  Her academic research focuses on the intersections of media, power, and military in Iran.  She has also written a book, "Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic.”  

While in Nebraska to lecture at both UNO and UNL, Narges stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the international view of Iran, the ramifications of that view, and how she was able to work with those in power in Iran.

More information about her work is available at the websites https://sais.jhu.edu/users/nbajogh1 and http://www.nargesbajoghli.com/

Omaha Virtual School (OVS) is a full-time, tuition-free public blended school within the Omaha Public School District.  They are currently open for second semester enrollment.

Principal Wendy Loewenstein stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to talk with Mike Hogan about the school, describe a good candidate student for the program, and how the program is a good hybrid of home schooling with the benefits of a public school education.  

OVS enables students to take ownership of their learning. Students may work quickly through the areas they understand, take their time in areas where they need extra help, and put an emphasis on subjects that interest them most.   

More information about who is eligible to participate, cost (it is tuition free), and scheduling can be found at www.OmahaVirtualSchool.org.

While MasterSingers Omaha Celebrates their 50th anniversary, Artistic Director/Conductor Dr. Laureen Pickle celebrates her 10th year with the organization.  Their first concert this season is "Jazz To the world 10", an a cappella, jazz- inspired take on holiday traditions on December 8th. 

All of the numbers on this concert were chosen by member singers from material they have sung over the last 10 years, with one new commissioned piece that Laureen arranged.  

The remainder of their season includes "An Evening of Broadway Legend Stephen Sondheim" and "The Beatles, Volume II", chosen because those artists are the greatest musical influences of Laureen’s lifetime!   

Laureen took time out of her busy schedule to stop by the KIOS-FM studios and chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the upcoming concert, the mission of the group, and how anyone can have the chance to participate in a low-stress audition for a spot to sing!  (Auditions are Monday, January 6th, 7:00 p.m.)

For more information about upcoming concerts or to audition, go to http://www.mastersingersomaha.com/

Enjoy the sounds of the season during "Holiday Under Glass," Joslyn Art Museum’s annual holiday luncheon concert series held in the Museum’s glass atrium.  The 2019 series begins Wednesday, December 4, and continues every Wednesday and Friday through December 20, from noon to 12:45 pm. 

Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Amy Rummel stopped by the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan about this festive, uplifting luncheon.  She also talked about a contemporary masterpiece of medieval craftsmanship, The Saint John’s Bible, which is the first handwritten, illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Monastery since the invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century.

More information about everything in store for you at the Joslyn can be found at https://www.joslyn.org/

The Omaha Symphonic Chorus presents the 24th annual Christmas at the Cathedral concert at St. Cecilia Cathedral.  The chorus will be accompanied by the chamber orchestra of the Omaha Symphony.  Also performing in the concert will be the Lincoln Boys Choir.  Shows are on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7:30 pm or Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm. 

The cathedral is located at 701 N. 40th St. in Omaha, NE.

Artistic Director and conductor, Greg Zielke, drove through snow and ice to sit down with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss this year's very special show.

More information is available at https://omahasymphonicchorus.org/#

The River City Mixed Chorus is Nebraska’s LGBTA chorus (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies).  Founded in 1984 by eleven talented singers, it is now one of the longest-running LGBTA choruses in the United States and currently includes more than 110 singers, ranging in age from 18 to 83.  

Artistic Director, Barron Breland joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to talk about the beauty of the genre, how it positively affects health, quality of life, happiness, and how you can join the chorus for the next show!

The chorus performs all genres of music, from classical to pop.  Concerts are ASL-interpreted and held in handicap accessible performance spaces.  The upcoming holiday concert performed December 6, 7, and 8th, Brass & Bells, at the Omaha Conservatory of Music, will feature both sacred and secular holiday tunes, the Plymouth Brass and a handbell choir.  

More information can be found at https://www.rcmc.org/

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