Kyle Toth, 34, is way into books, international travel and home brewing, and his five favorite things reflect those things. Toth, director of lighting and sound at the Rose Theater for the past eight months, lives in Midtown near 33rd and Dodge Streets. A native of Carbondale, Ill., who graduated from Southern Illinois University, he had a cruise-ship job that allowed him to travel for a decade. He said Omaha has “everything I like about cities, without the hassles of a big city. I'll let you know in August what I think of the climate.”
1. An Eye of Ra pendant.
“I bought it in Giza, Egypt, the first time I went to see the Pyramids. I'm usually not one for souvenirs, but the trip to the Pyramids was a lifelong dream.
2. A carboy.
“It's a glass bottle used to ferment beer. Home brewing is the perfect hobby: a little bit art, a little bit science, a little bit history. Right now I'm fermenting a Belgian wit. I have a stout, an IPA and an American brown ale on tap right now, and two more in bottles. I don't drink that much, but I brew a lot.
“I filled up two or three with visa stamps, and I've had a lot of extra pages put into them. I've been to 100 countries, including a few that no longer exist. I've always thought travel was an important thing to do with time and money, to see as much of the world as you can.”
4. A book.
“I didn't know which to pick. Reading and literature have been such a big part of my life for so long. So I picked two at random off my shelves. ‘Cities of the Red Night,' by William S. Burroughs, I think of as the most riveting, mind-blowing psychedelic novel ever written. And it challenges everything we know about how stories are told. Plot, time line and character are blown out of the water with that book.”
5. Another book.
“ ‘The Blind Watchmaker,' by Richard Dawkins. I've read just about everything he's ever written. He's a great author, pretty controversial, kind of ubiquitous in the field of evolution, but good stuff. I could have picked any one of a thousand books.”
— Staff writer Bob Fischbach, photos by Jeff Bundy