“Look Bored and Wet”

Ode to M’s Pub

March 25, 2016 · Posted In: Downtown, Encounter, Lifestyle, Publications

Mirrors Covered in lives And streaked with assignations and carrots on buns and snails and fine wine and fruit in vodka jars as large as your darling’s eyes spying on you from that perfect angle […]

Lucile’s Old Market

November 19, 2015 · Posted In: Downtown, Encounter, Lifestyle, Publications

Many walk right by the iron gate while strolling to the restaurants and shops of the Old Market, never knowing the secret treasures found beyond its locked entrance. No flashy sign, no hours of operation, […]

Beansmith

October 23, 2015 · Posted In: Downtown, Encounter, Lifestyle, People, Publications

Beansmith Coffee Roasters’ immaculate bar still feels brand-new—it just opened this past spring—but its original wood floors, exposed brick, and some of the design details resonate of a much earlier era. The Old Market building […]

Lights Out

October 15, 2015 · Posted In: Downtown, Encounter, Lifestyle, Publications

Twilight has come for the Omaha Civic Auditorium. The main ring is empty of events, its website taken over by some sort of erotic online service out of Asia. The city put the building up […]

Ken Smith

September 25, 2015 · Posted In: Downtown, Encounter, Lifestyle, People, Publications

The hunt for parking in downtown Omaha often results in drivers using a rainbow of words not normally stated in polite company before causing themselves whiplash in an effort to squeeze into “the only spot […]

Fires, Ghosts, and Alligators

April 15, 2015 · Posted In: Downtown, Encounter, Places, Publications

Originally published in March/April 2015 Encounter. Dick Mueller decided to open his new dinner theater in the Old Market in 1972 after considering a site at the Westroads Mall. He named it the Firehouse Dinner […]

Holly Barrett

April 9, 2015 · Posted In: Downtown, Encounter, Lifestyle, People, Publications

Originally published in March/April 2015 Encounter. Holly Barrett knows how to shovel horse manure. According to her father, this set Barrett up perfectly for politics. Once a professional horse trainer and dressage rider, Barrett brings […]

Big Museum, Pint-Sized Fun

Kirk Vaughn-Robinson

December 18, 2014 · Posted In: Art, Downtown, Encounter, Lifestyle, People

After a lifetime in the performing arts that culminated in 12 years on the road with the blockbuster Broadway touring production of The Phantom of the Opera in the roles of Lefevre and the Fire […]