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With a plot in the tradition of Beauty and The Beast meets Cinderella, Ollie Webb Center, Inc.’s "Morozko" will delight audiences as it showcases an inclusive cast.  65% of the people on the stage are actors with development disabilities alongside some of our community's professional actors.

Artistic Director Jim Hoggatt, actor Jordan McCoy, and Director Jill Anderson join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the play, the rehearsals, and the mission of the Ollie Webb Center.

The production is Friday, November 1st at 7PM, Saturday November 2nd at 7PM, and Sunday the 3rd at 6PM.  All the performances are at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Omaha.

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One note, the performances will be dedicated to Taylor Hess...a member of the cast who passed away suddenly in August.

November is National Family Caregivers Month, National Hospice, and Palliative Care Month. So, in this edition of Live and Local Todd Hatton interviews Taylor Jackson, an advocacy volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association, Nebraska chapter. Learn about the recent awareness events Omaha has participated in, as well as new legislation in the Senate helping Nebraskans gain access to care planning resources and palliative care.

The Omaha Symphony presents the latest in the "MasterWorks" series.

"Chopin & Swan Lake" will be performed on October 18th and 19th.  Curtain rises at 7:30 at the Holland Center.  

Conductor Ankush Bahl joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" fresh off his flight to Omaha.  During the interview, Ankush explains how this presentation of Tchaikovsky’s suite from "Swan Lake" will be very different than the average, as he inserted additional selections to the standard suite.  He also talks about his work with jazz genius Wayne Shorter and other topics.

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Nonprofits help all sorts of people in the community, but who helps the nonprofits help you?  The Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM) helps nonprofits help their communities.  There are thousands of nonprofits in the area – each trying to make a difference on their own.  NAM brings them together so that each member can benefit from their collective strength. 

Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM) is the only membership organization in the state dedicated exclusively to working with nonprofits in the Midlands.  By connecting organizations with information, education, advocacy and collaboration, we help members focus their energy on the people and communities they serve. 

Director of Programs, Rosey Higgs stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the mission and the 13th Annual Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands.  The event is on November 7th at the La Vista Conference Center, La Vista, NE.  More information and registration can be found at

Nebraska Wind Symphony Music Director, Larry MacTaggart is on sabbatical for this season.  But the symphony and the music play on in his absence!  All concerts this year will be under the direction of Visiting Music Director, Josh Kearney.  And the Fall Concert is Sunday, October 20, 2019 – titled “NWS Spooktacular” – at 3:00 PM.

Josh was kind enough to swing by the KIOS-FM studios to introduce himself to Mike Hogan and the "Live & Local" radio audience this morning.  His enthusiasm, respect for the music, and new love for the city Omaha come alive during this morning's chat.

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Performing Artists Repertory Theatre presents a re-mounting of the musical THE LAST FIVE YEARS by Jason Robert Brown.  Leanne Hill Carlson, who plays Cathy in this production (as she did two and a half years ago), stops by KIOS-FM to chat with Mike Hogan about the show, how one approaches revisiting a role, and her favorite songs in the show. 

Performances are October 18-27 at the PART Theatre at the Crossroads, 7400 Dodge Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68114.

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The Women’s Fund of Omaha will welcome author and former political advisor Valerie Jarrett as the Lead the Change annual celebration speaker.  The annual celebration will take place on Thursday, October 24 at CHI Health Center (455 N 10th Street) from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.  

Jill Heggen, Communications Director for The Women's Fund of Omaha, stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan about the huge event, the multifaceted mission of the Women's Fund, and how one can acquire tickets.  More information about the organization and the event is available at

A Gospel Experience: Building Community with Dr. Raymond Wise and Dr. Derrick Fox, the choirs of UNO, Bellevue East, Creighton Prep, Presbyterian Church of the Cross, and community members are all in concert on October 13th.  The concert is free and at Countryside Community Church, (13130 Faith Plaza, Omaha, 68144) at 3:00.

Kristi Treu, Executive Director Vesper Concerts, stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about this concert/workshop.  

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Amplify Arts is hosting their 2nd annual Halloween fundraiser GRAVE 2 on October 18th.  The event will center around the Costume Clash (a costume contest).   The Costume Clash pairs a local artist with a community leader to collaborate and design the costume, and incorporates an online voting competition... with the winner announced at the event after a quick fashion show.  

Executive Director Andy Saladino, artist and Costume Clash participant Bart Vargas, and his Costume Clash team partner Shonna Dorsey join Mike Hogan for a special edition of "Live & Local" to discuss the mission of Amplify Arts, the name change (formerly known as Omaha Creative Institute), and the fun that can be expected at this fundraiser.

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Eleven artists and one curator from around the world are living and working at Bemis Center for  Contemporary Arts in Omaha right now and Saturday, October 19 is your chance to meet them and see their work in person!  The Open House / Open Studios event is a free, all-ages event and the public’s only opportunity to visit the artist and curator studios and see what they have been working on while at Bemis.

And wait!...There's more!  Rachel Adams, Bemis Chief Curator and Director of Programs joined Mike Hogan "Live & Local" this morning to discuss The Benefit Art Auction + Concert on Friday, October 25.  This annual celebration of art and Bemis Center’s mission is not your typical gala with a sit-down dinner presentation and live and silent auction.  More than 800 guests will be roaming Bemis’s galleries enjoying food and drinks and bidding on more than 300 artworks from more than 200 local and national artists.

There will be a polka band closing out each silent auction section and an artist-designed photo booth!

This event supports the participating artists and raises critical funds for Bemis Center programs.  For additional details and to purchase tickets visit

Beginning October 12th, the dinosaurs invade Omaha at the Omaha Children's Museum!

Diggin’ Dinos will place children in an imagined world where dinosaurs and humans work together to build a dinosaur research facility.  The exhibit will include a combination of life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and construction equipment as well as a digging and building area.  Children will be able to test out a variety of S.T.E.M. careers including engineer, architect, construction worker, vehicle operator, paleontologist, and veterinarian.  Engineering challenges and interactive presentations will also take place in the exhibit daily.

OCM Chief Advancement Officer, Michelle Chartrand, stops by the studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the new exhibit and the fun for the whole family.  Also, Omaha Children's Museum is going to be an official U.S. Post Office branch for a day!  When you visit the museum on Saturday, Oct. 12, you can buy stamps and send letters & postcards that will have the museum's own official U.S. Postal Service cancellation stamp.

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Guiding audiences through 100 years of music in just two hours, Jon Weber will intersperse each musical excerpt with insights and anecdotes that reveal a lifetime's worth of impassioned research.  He appears tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday at the Brownville Concert Series. 

Jon has hosted the NPR series “Piano Jazz” and is one of the most imaginative and gifted cabaret musical directors.  He has a deep understanding of how technology and the media have revolutionized the relationship between the musician and the audience.  He stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about his show and the great gift distinctly American music still is to the whole world.

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A boy named Jack Hoffman underwent chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer in 2011.  In 2013, he drew national attention when he ran for a player-assisted, 69-yard touchdown in the Huskers' spring game.  This also drew attention to a foundation in his name that is working to stomp out pediatric brain cancer.

Kylie Dockter, Executive Director of the Team Jack Foundation, joins Mike Hogan for a special edition of "Live & Local" to discuss the mission of Team Jack and outline their first ever Omaha fundraising event.

Team Jack's 'An Evening with Napa Valley' wine event is Thursday, October 10, 2019 and will feature wines from Stag's Leap Wine Cellars in Napa Valley, California along with heavy hors d'oeuvres.  Attendees can enjoy a wonderful evening at Happy Hollow Country Club tasting highly sought after wines and learning about Team Jack's Pediatric Brain Tumor Program at UNMC & Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha and its importance. 

More information can be found at

To see where Jack is today

Clive Wilkinson is an acknowledged pioneer in workplace design.  His award winning practice has spearheaded the workplace revolution and has created trail blazing spaces for companies including Google, Microsoft, and the Disney Store.  He is a recipient of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Design award and an inductee into Interior Design Magazine’s Hall of Fame. 

The Theater of Work is Clive’s first book on his ground breaking process and the resulting environments.  Published by Frame Publishers the daOMA Fall Lecture here in Omaha will be the second stop on Clive’s world tour.   The event is tonight and begins with a public reception at 6:00 PM, doors for the lecture will open at 6:50 PM and the lecture will begin at 7:00 PM at Josyln Art Museum – Witherspoon Concert Hall and is open and FREE to the public!

Clive took time to swing by the newly designed studios at KIOS-FM and chat "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan about design, managing a world tour, and his thoughts on the title of his new book.

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In recent years, gender parity in Hollywood has become a prominent issue, with strong advocates rightfully speaking out about the woeful underrepresentation of women directors in contemporary cinema.  However, our calls for inclusion today should also consider the women excluded from history.  Lost and Found — the first installment of Crash the Canon, a series celebrating women directors — takes as a premise that film canons are and should be ever-expanding, becoming radically inclusive of those who have, for so long, been left out.

Patrick Kinney, Communications Director at Film Streams, stops by the studios at KIOS-FM to chat with Mike Hogan about this issue and the on-going course and offerings coming up.  More information about times and tickets can be found at

Electric Vehicle Industry Discussed on KIOS-FM

Oct 1, 2019

Bill Moore has been in the Electric Vehicle (EV) industry in the Omaha area for years.  He won an award at the EV conference recently.  Mark Gregory is the Founder & CEO of The Green Prairie which provides clients with green solutions for homes and businesses.

Both of them join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the state of the EV industry and how it is becoming more prevalent on our society. 

More information can be found at EVWORLD.COM and at