Story Telling with Evan Bartels

September 17, 2018 · Posted In: Encounter, Music

There’s a quote featured on Evan Bartels’ website that resonates loudly with the Nebraska-bred musician: “Evan Bartels doesn’t sound like any singer I’ve ever heard. Ever. His voice sounds old and young at the same […]

Ugly Yellow and Violet Vividity

August 8, 2018 · Posted In: Art, Encounter

It all started with a knee injury. In 2006, things for the now-24-year-old Jenna Johnson came to a screeching halt when the soccer enthusiast was subjected to multiple surgeries to repair her ACL. While she […]

Alexandria 
Smith

July 24, 2018 · Posted In: Art, Encounter

After years of tenaciously applying, Brooklyn native Alexandria Smith got the news she’d been waiting for—the mixed-media visual artist had been accepted into the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts residency program. Her patience had finally […]

Jennifer Castello

May 13, 2018 · Posted In: Downtown, Encounter, Theatre

Thirty-year-old Jennifer Castello lives by a simple philosophy: “Art is power.” As a writer, educator, and actor, the Omaha native has tapped into all areas of her deep imagination to carve out her path. She […]

Smashing Stereotypes

May 3, 2018 · Posted In: Art, Encounter, Lifestyle

Thriving Omaha artist Tyler Chickinelli wants to smash a couple of stereotypes—one, not all artists are pretentious and, two, they aren’t noninclusive. The idea that artists are elitist snobs who only welcome the upper echelon […]

Art Therapy

March 26, 2018 · Posted In: Art, Encounter, Lifestyle

Growing up in Omaha, 33-year-old Nick Rivers didn’t have many friends. His introverted personality made it nearly impossible to branch out into the social circles that surrounded him in school. Instead, the Northwest High graduate […]

The Boner Killerz

January 15, 2018 · Posted In: Encounter, Music

Make no mistake about it — Eris Koleszar, Cara Heacock, and Anna Schmidt knew what they were doing when they named their band The Boner Killerz. Koleszar, a big fan of musician/comedian Lane Moore, noticed a […]

One Piece at a Time

January 7, 2018 · Posted In: Art, Encounter

As tattoos become increasingly normalized, it’s clear they’re no longer for burly bikers or hardened criminals alone. They’re popping up on soccer moms, young professionals, and people of all social classes. The stigma that once […]

Hey, Mr. DJ

December 7, 2017 · Posted In: Encounter, Entertainment, Music

When United States Army veteran Stephen Bils was deployed to Afghanistan, someone stole his first set of turntables, as well as all the vinyl records he’d collected over the years. The 29-year-old Clearwater, Florida, native […]

In the Mood

November 24, 2017 · Posted In: Entertainment, Music

When Omaha transplant and burgeoning singer/rapper Ria Gold first heard Aaliyah’s posthumous album, 2002’s I Care 4 U, she was hooked. The Toledo, Ohio, native was so entranced by it, she played it start-to-finish countless […]