Nebraska Stories - 505

News Release Date: 
March 26, 2014

For Immediate Release
Grand Island’s Grand Theatre, Nebraska’s New State Poet and More on ‘Nebraska Stories’

LINCOLN, Neb. (March 26, 2014) -- A 75-year-old theatre built in the glory days of cinema is fully restored to its former art deco splendor.  A visit to this Grand Island landmark, as well as looks at a husband-and-wife artist team, Nebraska’s new state poet, an enchanted forest of art, an Olympic bobsledder and the maestro of the Omaha Symphony comprise this month’s “Nebraska Stories,” airing Sunday, April 6, at 9 p.m. CT on NET1.

A dedicated cadre of Grand Island volunteers teamed up to restore the iconic Grand Theatre in Nebraska’s Third City. In a nod to the theatre’s heyday, the Grand Island Radio Players stage a benefit performance of the famous radio play, “The War of the Worlds.”

“Nebraska Stories” also showcases a North Omaha couple whose artistry results in the creation of ceramic and bronze murals celebrating the earliest pioneers of jazz and blues music, and introduces Twyla Hansen, a writer with a little dirt on her hands – and Nebraska’s new state poet.

Other segments will take viewers to Nebraska City to observe a multi-year public art project that blends the beauty of trees with the creativity of artists, plus visits with Nebraska’s Olympic medal winner bobsledder Curt Tomasevicz and Maestro Thomas Wilkins, music director of the Omaha Symphony.

This episode of “Nebraska Stories” will repeat several times during April on NET1 including Tuesday, April 8, at 6 p.m. CT; Friday, April 11, at 7 p.m. CT; Tuesday, April 15, at 10:30 p.m. CT; Friday, April 18, at 7 p.m. CT; and Tuesday, April 22, at 11 p.m. CT. It will also air on NET2 World on Saturday, April12, at 1:30 p.m. CT and Sunday, April 13, at 5 p.m. CT.

Viewers can also watch the above segments and more by visiting the “Nebraska Stories” website at and join us on Facebook to be a part of the “Nebraska Stories” conversation.

“Nebraska Stories” -- funded in part by the H. Lee and Carol Gendler Charitable Fund, the Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment and the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety -- is a production of NET Television. NET1 and NET2 World are part of NET Television, a service of NET. For a complete television program schedule, visit NET’s website (


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WRITTEN BY: Larry L. Kubert at or 402-472-9333, ext. 389

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