The Jayhawk Nazi and the Defender.

by Michael Carmody | Thursday, April 17 | Posted in Culture

The recent death of Topeka's Fred Phelps unleashed a perhaps understandable wave of schadenfreude among decent folks in our fair state and abroad, but the Westboro Baptist Church's patriarch was far from the first Kansan to use Christ as a shield while preaching hatred and bigotry.

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They taste pretty good compared to liver failure.

by Will Darrah | Thursday, April 17 | Posted in Food

According to the band NOFX, "Bob spent 15 years getting loaded, 15 years 'till his liver exploded." They then proceed to pose the question: "What's Bob gonna do now that he can't drink?" Well let me tell you, if Bob was a beer lover, his prospects are pretty dismal.

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Vattan's Sauvignon Blanc nails the profile without too much grapefruit.

by Sean Graves | Thursday, April 17 | Posted in Food

A couple weeks ago, my wife and I spent three marvelous days in Paris. Everything great about the city was on display for Emily and I as we wandered along the Seine River, marveled at the beauty of Notre Dame late at night, ate foie gras until we couldn't stand it any more, and toured the vineyards and tasted the wines of Champagne Jean-Michel in Moussy, just a short trip by train from the city.

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Waiting for a party bus, Future Horse, Dead Mock­ingbirds and Anchorage entertain.

by Torin Andersen | Thursday, April 17 | Posted in Music

Anxious for a rumored party bus, those in Kirby's Beer Store, 3227 E 17th St., on Saturday, April 12, were excited for an eclectic show contrasting all the different uses of an electric guitar.

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42° Below teams up with Naymlis Arts and K-Push Ent for a huge night at Crown Uptown.

by Torin Andersen | Thursday, April 17 | Posted in Music

Though beginning the night of April 19, this party will end on 4/20. Bring your dance shoes and prepare for a big bash celebrating international "tea time."

Wu Tang Clan member Inspectah Deck will be bringing his solo act (featuring Colt Seavers) to the stage at the Crown Uptown Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas, giving audiences an up-close and personal look at the second most featured performer on Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers).

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, April 17 | Posted in Film

As a family film, Rio 2 will have the kids ecstatically entertained with its colorful palette and musical numbers, while their parents slump down in their seats from boredom due to its bevy of stale cliches.

A news update reveals to Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway), and their three offspring that a cluster of other Spix's Macaws are apparently living in the Amazon. Thinking they've been the only Spix's Macaws left in the world, Jewel convinces her less-than-eager husband to embark on a trip to the Amazon to find them.

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, April 17 | Posted in View

First a disclaimer: I am a teacher. Forty-five years worth of teaching at the high school and community college levels. Teaching is also my family's curse. All of my sisters work in education. My mother and two aunts taught. Also a grandparent. I like teachers. This is why I am incensed (pissed off if you will) by the Repbulican war on education in general and teachers in particular.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, April 17 | Posted in View

"There is no perspective less valuable than that of the optimist," said someone much smarter than I. While I have my passions, I cannot imagine being a "booster" for anything… leave that sort of thing to vapid, leggy blondes in beauty pageants, whose opinions will shape the future of our nation('s beauty pageants). Rarely does a smile form an effective umbrella, when the rains come it usually just produces a wet, grinning idiot.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, April 17 | Posted in Film

It's really sad to see that Kevin Costner and Ivan Reitman can't seem to catch a break these days. Here we have two well-regarded filmmakers that are really slumming in these later days of their careers. Reitman's previous films were critical bombs and Costner's latest acting choices have been less inspired. Combining both of these mediocrities results in a very unsatisfactory effort called Draft Day.

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, April 17 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F2
    Your imagination is fertile and wild. This week: Give birth to some thought puppies but be sure to have them spayed or neutered.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F1
    Your daily schedule is affected by trends, fashions, peer or family pressures and rebel rousing. This week: Yikes! This is definitely an accident-prone week.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F5
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    Special Italian Edition

    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, April 17 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: I like reading your articles — they are funny, sad, insightful, crude, serious and even a little provocative and antagonizing at times. One thing I find a little antagonizing is the use of the term "Latino" as a synonym only for "Hispanic"; certainly yours is not the only forum in which these two terms are used interchangeably. I've noticed that you tend to favor "Hispanic" quite a bit more than "Latino"; thank you, for that. While I may sound racist by making that remark, I am actually trying to raise cultural awareness and combat racism.

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    A year of operating in the "Abortion Desert."

    by Julie Burkhart | Thursday, April 10 | Posted in View

    I sometimes still can't believe the facility where Dr. George Tiller operated Women's Health Care Services and which was closed for almost four years after his assassination — is now marking its first year of operation since reopening as South Wind Women's Center in Wichita.

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    by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, April 10 | Posted in View

    OK, you young whippersnappers, listen up — or as the Duke would say it "Listen and listen tight." Getting older involves a lot of changes, particularly to your health, that are not a lot of fun. Offsetting the joys of grandparenthood and the delights of retirement are some deterioration of the body and the mind. What follows, however, is an explanation of some of the better things that happen to you as you get older.

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    by Sean Graves | Thursday, April 10 | Posted in Food

    It is very easy to explain why people love Pinot Noir. The ultimate "Anti-Cabernet" wine, it seems always approachable, always elegant, always perfect for black-tie cocktail parties or for lazy nights on the couch. There are many great high-end Pinot Noir such as Sea Smoke, Peay, or just about anything coming out of Burgundy, and then there are some fantastic lower end Pinot Noir like Pinot Project or Routestock.

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    And a shoe company makes pretty good coffee.

    by Don Winsor | Thursday, April 10 | Posted in Food

    Five or six years ago when I first visited Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, I met an American expat named Thomas who ran a small coffee stand selling prepared coffee (both iced and hot) and beans from his little "cloud coffee" plantation in the nearby mountains. Thomas and his wife, Yolanda, were the first I'd ever encountered who used frozen coffee in the ice cubes for their iced coffee. I still maintain that this is the best way to prepare iced coffee, particularly if you use cold brew in the cubes as well.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, April 10 | Posted in View

    I've recently learned that the American tradition of punching someone upon the sight of a Volkswagen Beetle is not ours alone.

    The game is shared by many cultures around the world and has a depth and complexity you might never imagine.

    In dark, underground clubs in Bangkok, hoodlums force hostages to play what we Yanks call "slug bug" for money… and if you don't say "no punchbacks" in time, may God have mercy on your soul.

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    New York band fears the worst witnessing Kansas thunderheads

    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, April 10 | Posted in Music

    Wednesday, April 2, the heavens wept, drenching the city and enthusiasm of indie-pop spectators. Most of Wichita choosing to stay home or at least away from Lucky's Everyday, Ski Lodge played to just a couple dozen fans.

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    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, April 10 | Posted in Music

    Crown Uptown had a line around the block for Naymlis' Saturday event. Of Montreal was the draw but many were curious about Ortolan, the night's opener.

    Ortolan, three young sisters and one beefy drummer with a relaxed blonde afro, were sweet and soft spoken. Confident yet humble performers, Ortolan sang songs about insecurity and confusion penned by chief songwriter Stephanie Cottingham. Playing about 45 minutes Ortolan said goodbye to an audience eager to see headliners, Of Montreal.

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    WSU campus is a treasure trove of culture and simple pleasure.

    by Christina Calhoun | Thursday, April 10 | Posted in Arts

    Spring daily unfurls new charms and the Wichita State University campus offers a goldmine of diversions to shake off the last doldrums of winter.

    Stroll the WSU campus and revel in the proliferation of tulips while admiring the 76-piece al fresco experience of the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection. Ranked among the Top Ten Campus Sculpture Collections in 2006, heavyweights include Andy Goldsworthy, Louise Nevelson, Tom Otterness, Joan Miro and Salvadore Dali.

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    by Dan Kampling | Thursday, April 10 | Posted in Film

    Marvel Comics' famed Star Spangled Avenger returns for another solo entry in the Marvel cinematic universe, which broke April box office records this previous weekend. Critical acclaim has been coming in by the droves, proclaiming Captain America: The Winter Soldier as the greatest superhero sequel ever made. That type of reaction is a bit too strong. What can be agreed upon is that this outing is quite a decent Captain America film, which can't be said for the previous Thor film or how everyone treats the lackluster Iron Man sequels.

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