Ben Gray reconsiders The 49’r’s stay of execution; AutoPilot Art benefit (Capgun Coup, Conchance, Dapose, more) tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 2:25 pm September 9, 2010

by Tim McMahan,

And just like that, the execution of The 49’r could be back on.

Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray this morning said he’s going to ask the Council to reconsider CVS Pharmacy’s plans to build a store at 49th and Dodge where the Niner currently stands, reports Last week the Council voted 4-3 against CVS and everyone thought that was the end of it. Gray was among the “nay” votes. So what would make Gray change his mind? No doubt CVS has (had?) plans to do a full Walgreens-style invasion of Omaha, including building new stores in Gray’s district. Did the Dundee Uprising put a sour taste in CVS’s mouth?

KETV asked if CVS threatened to pull out of the Omaha market because of the Dundee rejection. Gray said he had a conversation with the mayor about the issue,” said the story, which went on to quote Gray saying “There was no pressure there. It was his opinion that I ought to revisit it — especially since there was some things he realizes I didn’t know early on.” Sure sounds like Gray is trying to deflect some of the heat for his decision onto Suttle.

The item to reconsider the CVS proposal will be on next Tuesday’s City Council agenda, KETV said. If approved, a public hearing will be held the following week. So here we go again, maybe…

On a side note, the two Cursive shows at The 49’r Sept. 19 and 20 sold out in the blink of an eye.

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Autopilot Art is a small clothing business owned and operated by Alexia Thiele, who has been designing clothes for the past six or seven years for her friends and folks in bands around town. Her materials include repurposed everyday textiles like curtains and table clothes. You can check out some of her work on the Autopilot Art website.

Anyway, tonight there’s a benefit event at Slowdown in support of AutoPilot that will include apparel sales, tie-dying, silk screening, a raffle and live performances from a slew of local bands and musicians, including Capgun Coup, Conchance, Dapose (The Faint), Honeybee, La Casa Bombas, Jason Meyer (Talking Mountain) and some “special guests,” along with DJ action by Jacob Thiele and friends. Get the full skinny on the event’s Facebook page. Show starts at 8 and will run you $8. It’s a great opportunity to support a local fashion artist/icon and, of course, have a good time.

Also, tonight may be the last Omaha show for Scott Severin and the Milton Burlesque for the foreseeable future. Severin sent an e-mail last week saying tonight’s show at The Lift Lounge on 96th St. would be one of the final shows before an “extensive (?) hiatus.” Severin and Co. go on at 8, $8. The Severin Burlesque’s last show is slated for Saturday at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar.

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  • and yet again, no love for ANY of the events going on in Benson tonight.

    Comment by C — September 9, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

  • What’s going on in Benson tonight? Gunk? I don’t cover DJ events. The Sydney’s comedy showcase? I don’t cover comedy stuff. What am I missing?

    Comment by tim-mcmahan — September 9, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

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