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This month marks a very masked, very magnificent day in Omaha.

Cameron Mackintosh's version of Phantom of the Opera is here, and it features new special effects and lighting as well as the classic story line from Andrew Lloyd Weber. Mackintosh's interpretation is drawing rave reviews from critics. The powerful production is in full swing and runs through May 1 at Orpheum Theater. 

 

You may recognize the Phantom ... during this tour he's being played by Chris Mann, a former contestant on the hit reality show The Voice. According to Omaha.broadway.com, the production sold out during it's many shows in the United Kingdom. 

Tickets are available for shows today through closing night. Here's a list of performances still available at the time of

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March 20 marked the beginning of the spring season.

Even though Omaha is has been toiling under clouds, wind and rain this week, homeowners are eager to get outside again and get cracking on home projects. Whether you've got a few tasks leftover from before the snow came, or you're just looking forward to throwing on some shorts and trimming up some foliage, we're sure you've got a list (even if it's a short one) of projects you want to tackle. 

Just in case you missed a few things, we've done some research and gathered three essential projects for the spring season. We sourced some of these tips from HGTV's great article on spring projects. 

1. Get some compacted soil and fill those low spots around your foundation.

With spring rain

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As most of us know, Easter is a Christian holiday in which the resurrection of Jesus is celebrated. 

But somewhere along the way, the religious narrative was hijacked by a fuzzy-eared fellow named the Easter bunny. That made us think, "How exactly did this happen? And how did this bunny end up toting around eggs?!" Not to mention the baskets, the pastel colors and the coloring of said eggs. 

So, we did a little digging into the history of the Easter bunny and found some pretty interesting things. 

The Easter Bunny Doesn't Come From the Bible

Even though the Bible is the source of the resurrection narrative upon which the holiday is based, it's dfeinitely not the source of the famed bunny. The bunny as an animal or a symbol isn't mentioned

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It's not every day that you run across a good meatball. 

They tend to be a thing of the past in most parts, specialty you get a few times a year when you have enough energy to mix up some ground meat, throw in spices and toss them in the oven while the noodles boil. You might splurge once in a while on a meatball sub, but it never quite tastes the same, does it? 

Well, for those of you who crave a consistent menu of meaty spheres, your manna is ready to fall from heaven. According to recent reports by the restaurants Facebook page and by the Omaha World-Herald, a restaurant by the name of The Blackstone Meatball is set to open sometime this summer.

Wait...a Restaurant Devoted to Meatballs? Umm....

Don't worry. Blackstone's concept is more than

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Easter isn't just baskets, church services and hiding egg hunts for your kids and nephews to find. 

The pastel holiday happens to offer up plenty of different activities that can add an extra dose of fun to your celebration. Some of the events that take place before, during and after the holiday are Easter focused, while others are, as you'll read, laser focused. Either way, this week and next are home to some pretty fun experiences for your and your family. 

Not to be forgotten is the Easter bunny, of course, so we'll make sure we include a traditional event as well. So, sit back, relax, dip a few eggs into some colored water and enjoy!

March 26: Hoppin' Easter Festival, Hop to the Movies and More

If your kids are the greedy type, then

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Are you ready for green beer, emerald attire and everything else that comes with the most Irish day of the year in Omaha? 

If you haven't made plans for St. Patty's Day, don't worry. We've come up with a couple of ideas to help you plan your schedule.

Our first recommendation is the beloved Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick's Day Parade; it's a can't miss event and we'll give you all the details about where it's going to take place, when it's happening and what you need to know. 

Our second recommendation is a great spot to drink a few of those green brews we mentioned. Enjoy!

The Ancient Order of Hibernian Omaha St. Patrick's Day Parade

This year's St. Patrick's Day (SPD) parade is kicking off at 10 a.m. on March 12 at the corner

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Every year around the first weekend of January tens of thousands of people flock to Las Vegas to geek out at CES 2016, a consumer electronics show where the latest and greatest gadgets are on display for the entire tech world to see. 

Here's the great thing about CES (besides the cool gadgets, of course): a lot of the stuff you see is designed to be used in your everyday life as a homeowner. 

We created a list of five homeowner-friendly gadgets we think could make life in your Omaha home even better than it already is. Two of these new devices are definitely splurge-worthy, while one of them is a necessity for a growing number of people in the United States.

LG's Rollable OLED TV

When you think about this TV, think of Fruit Roll-Ups. Remember

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Sleepy Midwestern town we are not. 

This past week, popular discount site Groupon released a list of the nation's best cities for night owls. The rankings were based on the number of night-related activities purchased through Groupon's websites. 

Omaha placed sixth on the list, just behind Grand Rapids, Mich., and just in front of Louisville, Ky. This may be a surprise to some, but not to those who live in the city. Omaha's craft food and beer scene has exploded over the past few years, boosting its night life and providing a haven for those seeking a late-night lager or burger.

(Infographics courtesy of Groupon)

 

In fact, according to a 2015 study, Nebraska sits right in the United States' fertile crescent of bars per 10,000 people. You

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Near the end of last year, Home Depot's ONE+ 18-volt lithium ion tool set went on sale for $129. 

At $129 for a drill, a reciprocating saw, a circular saw, two battery packs and a flashlight (not to mention a gear bag), it seemed like a pretty amazing deal.

It's March now, and the kit has returned to its original $179 price tag. That got us thinking ... warm weather is about a month and a half away, which means all those projects you put off last year are prey for your handyman skills. The Ryobi seems like the perfect set of tools for a DIYer or new homeowner who's looking for an affordable quartet of power tools. Now that it's full price, is it still worth buying? 

So, we did some research about reviews, how it compares to similar sets and

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It's not often you see for-profit companies launching grass-roots volunteering campaigns. 

Sure, you find the occasional business asking for donations for environmental projects or social justice campaigns, but sometimes it's hard to find a business whose campaigns focus on a wide variety of movements happening in their city.

Thankfully, Omaha is home to one of those programs: Commit 20. Commit 20 is a volunteer project led by Sun Valley Landscaping where volunteers are asked to commit 20 hours of their time to a local non-profit organization. 

The project started in 2014  when current general manage Ashly Neneman and her colleagues created "a way for Sun Valley Landscaping employees to become more involved in community volunteer projects,"

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