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Let Halloween Carry On

November 1, 2018 by

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Thursday, Nov. 1: Don’t miss the ninth annual celebration of straight-out-of-Nebraska talent at the Premiere: 2018 Film Streams Local Filmmakers Showcase at Film Streams’ Dundee Theater. With 12 different (mostly) short films to watch, chances are you will find at least one that intrigues you. Learn about a piece of dark, Irish folklore from an animation short or an outstanding young pianist from Russia in a brief biographical film. You can also catch a video from the local music virtuosos behind Closeness. With topics that run the gamut, be prepared to laugh, cry, and think. Click here for a preview.

Friday, Nov. 2: Coming to Omaha from Portland, Oregon, and just over the Colorado border (technically, Boulder), Gregory Alan Isakov and Haley Heynderickx are bringing their folksy, roots-based music to Sokol. If there’s a theme to this show, it’s definitely “earthy.” From Isakov’s farming connection to the land, ever-present in his songs, to Heynderickx’s new album titled I Need to Start a Garden, the desire to feel connected is evident. So get out and connect. Get your tickets here now.

Saturday, Nov. 3: You know you haven’t had enough of the costumes yet, so head to Omaha Masquerade Ball 2018 at Nuri Event Studio. Brought to you by the Omaha Diversity Experience, this magical masquerade will feature pop, Afrobeat, and hip hop music from DJ AK. VIP and bottle service packages are available, but you’d better dress the part. This is your chance to pretend, and who doesn’t love that? Get your tickets right here.

Saturday, Nov. 3: Still in the mood for some costume fun, but don’t want to go through the hassle of having to dress up yourself? Head to Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque at Slowdown. Watch the women-of-the-weird perform choreographed dances that pay tribute to a wide range of pop-culture classics, from Star Wars to Sailor Moon. Pit-side seats are already sold out, so you’d better get your tickets here asap.

Sunday, Nov. 4: It’s the time of year for the well-known, yet mystifying Midwest combination of chili and cinnamon rolls. Not for you? The Chili Crawl & Cookoff in Midtown Crossing at Turner Park is the perfect opportunity to find the best chili for whatever you like to pair with it—even drinks. With over eight restaurants participating, there will be plenty to choose from. Be sure to try them all, so you can vote for the best! Get all the details here.

Turtle Power

October 21, 2014 by
Photography by Sarah Lemke

As fall arrives in Omaha there is much to get excited about. Pumpkin patches and haunted houses open for a screaming good time and, of course, costumes must be planned.

Though there are costume shops as far as the eye can see, they can be quite pricey. Even supermarkets can ask a little too much for a piece of fabric and a mask, just so that your child can have the same outfit as 10 of his or her classmates.

In light of this predicament and the recent debut of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, here is a DIY that is sure to impress.

Tools to become a ninja:

  • Two paint brushes, small and large
  • Black and green acrylic paint (acrylic is easiest to fix mistakes with because it dries quickly and it’s opaque)
  • One can of a medium-tone green spray paint
  • One blue felt square (we created Leonardo. Feel free to substitute other color).
  • One aluminum-roasting pan (some have rounded edges. We opted for grooved).
  • One adult cardboard shirt form
  • One piece of thick brown ribbon or old leather belt
  • Velcro and green felt strips

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Storm Chasers’ Mighty Mascot

June 20, 2013 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Having a job that you love is the ideal. Luckily for Kevin Lake, he stumbled into his dream job five years ago at a job fair, and he’s never looked back.

The interview process wasn’t what one might refer to as typical. Lake had to audition by dressing up in costume and interacting with people along 13th Street from Rosenblatt Stadium all the way down to the zoo. Lake is a mascot for the Omaha Storm Chasers.20130506_bs_3725_web

Depending on the day and event, Lake has been known to play all three Omaha Storm Chasers’ mascots, including Stormy, Vortex, and Casey. No matter which mascot he plays, however, Lake has no trouble coming up with various antics to entertain the crowd, from initiating a mascot dance-off during a rain delay to leading fans in the latest dance craze from atop the bar in the Jim Beam Club. Another crowd favorite: “I try to do a flip in the Stormy costume on top of the dugout. He’s a little bigger guy, so the crowd enjoys watching that,” Lake shares. And while he doesn’t always visit a specific section, Lake makes a point of circulating the crowd and stepping into the suites during games.

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Lake says he especially enjoys Friday and Saturday nights at Werner Park (home to the Storm Chasers since 2011) because there are typically more fans in attendance to entertain. Additionally, Bark in the Park is an event where fans are invited to bring their furry friends to enjoy a game. “It’s fun watching a dog’s reaction [to me in costume]. You have to move in slowly and be cautious so you don’t get bit,” Lake says.

Lake doesn’t just dress up for games. He also wears the costumes to outside benefit appearances, at which he’s made some of his favorite memories. Being a mascot has given him opportunities to get up close and personal with some local celebrities including Warren Buffett, whose hand Lake got to shake at a game. “He may have all the money in the world, but he was nice enough to shake my hand and have a conversation with people,” Lake remembers.20130506_bs_3522_web

One of the greatest challenges of being a mascot is navigating in-costume, Lake says. The tunnel vision the costumes create has caused Lake to accidentally step on children or run into people because he’s unable to see side-to-side or up-and-down. Additionally, the heat can be nearly unbearable on summer days, especially with all of the physical activity that comes with the job. Still, the pros far outweigh the cons, and even physical activity in a heavy costume under the blazing-hot sun has its benefits, he says. “I gained 5-10 pounds in the off-season and got out of shape. It’s nice to get back into the routine of the season so I can shed the pounds,” Lake confesses.