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Building on Opera Omaha’s innovative work, and the storytelling power of opera, ONE Festival includes over fifty multi-disciplinary performances, installations, conversations, and explorations. 

The celebration goes from March 29th through April 14th and kicks off with the opera Les Enfants Terribles.  Conductor David Bloom and Artistic Director James Darrah join Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to discuss the festival, the opera, and the hard work behind the scenes.

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

Friday, April 19th is the Alzheimer’s Association-(Nebraska Chapter) Dementia Care Conference.  This conference provides resources and information to make caring for a loved one just a little easier.

Summer Sargent, a volunteer at the Alzheimer’s Association-(Nebraska Chapter), joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the conference and the trials of being a care-giver to a dementia patient. 

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

The Vision Resource Fair is taking place at Baxter Arena April 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.  It will bring together more than 20 organizations that provide programs and services for the more than 15,000 people in the Omaha metro area with significant vision loss and their caregivers.   Free vision screenings will be provided to all ages, courtesy of Area Lions Clubs.

Rachel Carver joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the organization, some new technology for the sight impaired, and the free fair.

AIM Infotec is the Midwest’s largest annual conference that brings together more than 1,000 of the region’s leading business and IT professionals for a day of innovation and inspiration.  This year’s event will feature former NASA astronaut Dr. Garrett Reisman, who is currently a senior adviser at SpaceX and professor of Astronautical Engineering at USC. While at NASA, Dr. Reisman completed two space missions, including one in 2008 where he spent 95 days on the International Space Station. 

Scott Rowe, Vice President of Techology Comunity Outreach, stops by the KIOS-FM studios and chat with Mike Hogan about the event and some of the breakout session topics.  More information can be found at www.InfoTec.org.

WHAT: AIM Infotec

WHEN: Tuesday, April 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Embassy Suites, La Vista Conference Center

Dr. Patrick Murray, Professor of Philosophy and John C. Kenefick Chair in Humanities, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to chat about the upcoming lecture that will explore the history of segregation of American’s housing during the 20th century.

Author Richard Rothstein, who is a leading authority on housing policy, will discuss how radical segregation was due to de jure segregation – the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments – that promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue even today.  He will also discuss his book, "The Color of Law: The Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America"

The event happens Monday, March 25, 2019 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm at Hixson-Lied Auditorium on the Creighton University campus.

More information can be found at https://excellence.creighton.edu/ColorOfLaw

artVenture is Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska’s one-of-a-kind annual fundraising event.  Featuring hundreds of original works of art created collaboratively by Girl Scouts and professional artists, as well as unique pieces by some of the region’s most treasured artists!

Girl Scouts Chief Development Officer, Wendy Hamilton, stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the 15th anniversary of this fund raising event, how much it means to the organization and to local artists.  The event is Saturday, March 23, 2019 with a VIP Preview Party from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and the Main Event from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at UNO Mammel Hall (6708 Pine St.)

More information can be found at https://www.girlscoutsnebraska.org/content/girlscoutsnebraska/en/give/artventure.html

Inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance—a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture, and by others as an act of traitorous libel.  2017 Tony Award Winning play Indecent charts the history of an incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it.  A glorious celebration of the power of theatre to harness the very best of the human spirit.

Hal France and Susan Clement Toberer join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" on KIOS-FM to discuss the production, its compexity, and the importance of the work.  More information can be found at http://bluebarn.org/ and at http://www.omahacm.org/foodforthesoulmenu3

Radio Talking Book Service announces its 4th Annual "Wining In The Dark." RTBS only fundraising event is March 24th from 4-6pm, at Nosh Restaurant and Wine Lounge, 1006 Dodge Street, Omaha.  Assistant Director, Bekah Jerde joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to chat about the event and the mission of RTBS.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.RTBS.org or call 402.572.3003.

Radio Talking Book Service, Nebraska's Audio Companion, brings the printed word to life for the blind and print-impaired throughout Nebraska. RTBS provides immediate access to print news and information through the reading of 13 newspapers, 75 periodicals and magazines and more.  Visit RTBS.org to listen live, for a program schedule, or a receiver application. 

Lone Tree Foods began with discussions among farmers in southwest Iowa who wanted to begin selling to wholesale markets like restaurants and grocery stores.  They wanted to work together to eventually aggregate and distribute product.

Lone Tree Foods soon evolved into a farmer-owned LLC, with a focus on connecting its member producers with wholesale buyers in Omaha, Council Bluffs, and Lincoln.   

Erin Schoenberg talks with Mike Hogan about how this organization is helping rebuild the local food system and increase access to local quality food.

More information can be found at www.lonetreefoods.com

Olga Smola was born in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.  She began studying the violin at the age of six,
graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory in 2004, and finished her Ph.D. program there in
2012. 

On Sunday March 10th at 3:00 p.m., you can witness Olga's talent along with that of pianist and fellow Russian Yulia Kalashnikova at the Vesper Concert series presentation "From Russia with Love." 

Today, Olga braved the snow and stopped by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the upcoming show and her love of music.  

More information can be found at http://vesperconcerts.org/event/from-russia-with-love/

A new garden project, which will get under way this spring, is part of a planned larger outdoor sustainability lab for Bellevue University.  The funds that the University receives through the grant will be matched by the Bellevue community.

Dr. Tyler Moore, an Assistant Science professor, will be heading up the project.  He stoppd by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the project and about how native plants enhance not only the landscape, but also life here in the community.   He also discusses how the community can get involved as volunteers in the project.

More information can be found at https://sciencecenter.bellevue.edu

Children's Respite Care Center (CRCC) provides comprehensive care along with family services and support to medically fragile, developmentally delayed, physically challenged and mental health/behaviorally diagnosed children and their families from birth to age 21.

Through day, weekend and summer programs, its licensed nurses, therapists, teachers and associates combine compassion, experience and expertise to help children reach their potential when those needs cannot be met in traditional settings.    

President and CEO, Anne Constantino, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the Silver Ribbon Event - March 13, 11:30a.m. at Regency Marriott.  Dr. Christopher Willard,  Harvard Medical School psychologist and author, is the featured speaker and he will share his uniquely informed perspective on the benefits of mindfulness meditation as well as resources for educators, professionals, and parents. 

More information can be found at http://crccomaha.org/

The summation of Brahms’ entire career, his Fourth Symphony, is an intense and exciting tribute to the musical masters who came before him, setting a pathway for all composers who followed.

Barber’s quintessentially American concerto is an exuberant and optimistic tour-de-force.  Both pieces of music will be performed this weekend.

Guest conductor of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, James Feddeck, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss this installment of the "Masterworks" series.  March 1st and 2nd at 7:30 are the show times. 

For more information one can visit the website www.OmahaSymphony.org

How do acoustics influence our emotions? How does sound work in our mind before we are born? What are the universal qualities of music across our cultures?  Through a unique and multi-faceted experience, KANEKO is proud to announce the upcoming Great Minds Series.  All are invited to join the collaborative lecture featuring nationally famed scholar Steve Everett in conjunction to an illustrative performance by one of the world’s leading pianists, Stefano Miceli; topics will touch upon the cognitive benefits of sound and music and how they function on social, psychological and cultural levels throughout our lives.  

Stephan Grot, Executive Director of Kaneko, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss this February 28th event which begins at 6:00 p.m.  More informaion is available at www.TheKaneko.org 

Africa Djawa (Africa Rejoicing) Performance happens on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 202 South 20th Street, Omaha, NE 68102. 

Everyone is invited to a seated authentic African banquet followed by the African Djawa performance.  On Sunday at 10:00 a.m. to noon, all are invited to enjoy a vibrant performance of and participation in African dancing and drumming.

Artistic and Executive Director of the African Culture Connection, Charles Ahovissi, chats with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” about this two day event and what it means to the culture of Omaha to share the traditions of Africa. 

More information can be found at www.AfricanCultureConnection.org

"The Bridges of Madison County" will open Friday, March 1 at the Omaha Community Playhouse.  The show will run in the Hawks Mainstage Theatre from March 1 through March 24.  Performances will be held Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

"The Bridges of Madison County" is a sweeping love story about an emotional yet brief love affair.  Robert, a National Geographic photographer, seeks directions to an iconic covered bridge from local Iowa housewife, Francesca.  Their immediate connection takes them both by surprise, and ultimately changes them forever. Featuring a Tony Award-winning score by Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years), "The Bridges of Madison County" heartbreakingly explores the “what if” in life and will leave audiences breathless.

The two lead roles in OCP’s production of "The Bridges of Madison County" have been double cast, with Mackenzie Dehmer and Angela Jenson Frey playing the role of Francesca and James Verderamo and Thomas Gjere playing the role of Robert.  These actors will alternate performance dates. 

Mackenzie Dehmer stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the show, the dual casting, and the rehearsal process. 

More information can be found at www.OmahaPlayhouse.com

More than half the calls to United Way 211 are seeking help for rent and utilities.  Utilities are a basic need.  The folks at "Heat the Streets Run and Walk for Warmth" want to keep people safe and warm in their homes and make it possible for kids to do homework.  The event raises funds for energy assistance which are dispersed through the 5 Common Fund agencies  More than $580,000 was collecteed and used in 2017.

"Heat the Streets Run and Walk for Warmth" co-chair Sara Howard and committee member Tracey Christensen chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the event and the three ways poeple can participate.  (In one of the ways, you don't even have to run!!)

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

Opera Omaha is proud to present their next production, "The Elixir of Love" February 15th and 17th aty the Orpheum Theater. 

Omaha Symphonic Chorus presents their 2019 Gala event on February 23rd.  Two performances, one at 2:00 p.m. and one at 6:00 p.m., will celebrate show business and give audience members the opportunity to participate in silent and live auctions to support the activities of the Omaha Symphonic Chorus.

Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Zielke joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the show and the program.

More information can be found at www.OmahaSymphonicChorus.org

Nebraska Wind Symphony's winter concert is this Sunday, February 10th at Omaha Benson High School at 3:00 p.m. 

Conductor Larry MacTaggart joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the NWS program, how to join the symphony, and this concert in particular.

More details can be found at www.NebraskaWindSymphony.com

"Of Mice and Men" will open Friday, Feb. 15 at the Omaha Community Playhouse. The show will run in the Howard Drew Theatre from Feb. 15 through March 17, 2019. Performances will be held Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

The play, based on the critically-acclaimed classic American novel by John Steinbeck, explores the ultimate meaning of friendship.  Migrant ranch workers in California during the Great Depression, George—an intelligent but uneducated man Played by Josh Peyton)—and Lennie (played by Tony Schik)—a large man with the mind of a child—dream of making enough money to buy their own land.  When a crime is accidentally committed, the two men are faced with a moral predicament in one of the most powerful and devastating stories of the 20th century.

Josh Peyton joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the process of mounting this production and his approach to a complex character.  

More information can be found at www.OmahaPlayhouse.com.

February 7th at 6:00 p.m. you can enjoy a casual conversation between Rachel Adams, Bemis Center’s new Chief Curator and Director of Programs, and artist Angie Seykora.  The pair will talk about how Adams became a curator, past exhibitions, ideas for future programs at Bemis, and how she hopes to engage with the local arts community.   Wine and beer will be served, questions and comments will be encouraged!

For a preview of events, Rachel stopped by the KIOS-FM studios and had a chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local."  More information on the event is available at http://www.bemiscenter.org/.  

The event is free and open to the public.

From the "One Festival" to the individual show offerings, so much is happening at Opera Omaha.  Lauren Medici stops by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan on the coldest day in history!

More information is available at https://www.operaomaha.org/ and at https://www.onefestivalomaha.org/

Steph Dorland and Casey Walker from Max I. Walker Cleaners and Launderers stopped by the studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the Ultra Chic Boutique, which takes place February 2nd, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at "A View on State" at 134th and State Streets.

Every year, Max I. Walker customers donate dresses – prom, wedding, bridesmaid, cocktail and other formal gowns – at locations all across the Metro, and then Max I. Walker’s employees generously clean, press and store them. 

Once ready, the dresses are sold for just $30 (cash only) at the Ultra Chic Boutique dress sale event in February.   

Starting in 2018, the Max I. Walker family began partnering with the Nebraska Alzheimer's Association for the Ultra Chic Boutique.  At the February 2018, event, they raised $20,000 in just 6 hours for this worthy cause!

NEW THIS YEAR! Free Shuttle Service to the Event Venue!  Max I. Walker  wants to make the Ultra Chic Boutique Dress Sale accessible to those who do not have their own transportation – please take advantage of this service so you can shop at the event, and tell your friends too!  Pickups Start at 8 am, at Central High School Departure is every half hour, starting at 8 am.  The pickup point is Central High School, located at 20th & Dodge.

More informaton can be found at https://www.maxiwalker.com/ultra-chic-boutique/

One afternoon, Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline’s door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, and an urgent assignment from their English teacher.  As these two let down their guards and share their secrets, they unlock a much deeper mystery that has brought them together.  I and You is an ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness.

Barry Carman is directing this production and chats with Mike Hogan about the importance of the show, the maturity of the young cast members, and the partnership with several community organizations.  

The show opens January 31st and runs through February 24th.  More information can be found at http://bluebarn.org/

Nebraska Alzheimer's Advocacy Day is a chance to meet face-to-face with elected officials to discuss Alzheimer’s disease and its impact in Nebraska, share your personal story of how Alzheimer’s has impacted your life, and make strategic requests of state policymakers.

Terry Streetman, Public Policy Manager for the Alzheimer's Association-Nebraska Chapter, chats with Mike Hogan about the upcoming State Advocacy Day and current legislation the Alzheimer's Association is supporting at the state level.  

You can participate on this exciting day as people gather at the capitol, DRESSED IN PURPLE, to show  elected officials how many Nebraskans are impacted by Alzheimer's disease.

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

Performing Artists Repertory Theatre, 7400 Dodge Street, Omaha, Nebraska, 68114, is happy to announce their upcoming production, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" a masterpiece by the esteemed playwright, Edward Albee.

The play examines the complexities of the marriage of a middle-aged couple, George and Martha. Late one evening after a university faculty party they receive an unwitting younger couple, Nick and Honey, as guests, and draw them into their bitter and frustrated relationship.   

Brent Spencer, who plays George, stops by to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" on KIOS-FM.  The play runs February 8th through the 17th. 

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

Max I. Walker announces the submission date of finalized designs for the Dress Flip 2019.  Five local fashion designers each chose several dresses from the Ultra Chic Boutique dress sale inventory in November 2018, and have been working diligently for weeks to deconstruct those garments and use their creativity to “flip” them into one completely new dress. The designers will drop off their finished designs between 5 and 6 pm 1/21/2019 at the Max I. Walker located at 15825 West Maple Road in Omaha.

Three notable designers who have previously shown their collections at Omaha Fashion Week are competing in the Dress Flip 2019: Agustin M. Delgado, Hannah Hidalgo and Masey Ringlein. Last year’s contest winner, Lynlee Medhi, will compete again this year, with another previous Dress Flip contestant and Project Runway applicant Sabrina Ree-Feller rounding out the five contestants.

Steph Dorland and Casey Walker of Max I. Walker chat with Mike Hogan at KIOS-FM about the Dress Flip, the Ultra Chic Boutique, and how Alzheimer's hits us all close to home.  More information can be found at https://www.maxiwalker.com/ultra-chic-boutique/

Filing income taxes can be overwhelming, and not everyone can afford to pay for expert advice to ensure they’re filing accurately and taking full advantage of available tax refunds.  To assist these individuals, the Omaha Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition – a program funded in part by United Way of the Midlands – will oversee five free tax preparation sites in the metro area.

Dr. Brad Ekwerekwu stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the type of help, the reasons folks should seek help, and the financial health assistance his organization provides.

In 2017, the EITC alone put approximately $305,000,000 back into the hands of Nebraska residents. 

More information can be found at www.omahaeitc.org or by going to the Facebook site -

https://www.facebook.com/OmahaEITC

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will open Friday, Jan. 18 at the Omaha Community Playhouse.   Winner of five Tony Awards including Best Play and based on the best-selling mystery novel by Mark Haddon, the play tells the emotional story of Christopher, a 15-year-old boy with an autism spectrum condition, who sets out to solve the mysterious death of a neighbor’s dog.

Directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman, the play’s visually-stunning design and innovative staging boldly conveys the point of view of the young protagonist as he embarks on an incredible adventure and finds his perceptions of trust and reality turned upside-down. 

Mike Hogan hosts Kimberly "Live & Local" where they discuss the show and what has been learned about autism.

More information can be found at OmahaPlayhouse.com.

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