by Vickie Kline | Thursday, October 30 | Posted in Food

"Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized." — Andre Simon

Let's start by saying Andre Simon had one thing right — this Fabre Montmayou 2012 Malbec Mendoza Gran Reserva bottle looks great on the table and adds elegance. If that's what you're after, then this is the wine for you. But, if you are interesting in a great tasting malbec, then I'm not so sure.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, October 30 | Posted in Food

Many people prefer to go out for coffee, for various reasons. For some it's a social thing, like highballs and Manhattans. Others feel that perhaps a good barista at an excellent shop is probably going to do things a bit better than they can at home. Given time, though, developing a love for coffee usually leads to the acquisition of home equipment, as we've discussed here before. Some are told, unreasonably often, that they have enough coffee gadgets and they don't need another one. That is unfair, and yes I do.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, October 30 | Posted in Film

Just when you thought you've had enough terror this Halloween, via the October at the Oldtown Horror Festival, here comes another opportunity to catch some horror movie standards on the big screen. This Friday and Saturday night, the Palace Theater will be screening not only 1978 genre defining slasher film, Halloween, but the 1981 sequel as well, encapsulating the entire night the infamous Michael Myers returned home to Haddonfield.

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, October 30 | Posted in Film

The Book of Life, the feature film debut of Jorge R. Guiterrez, is a film this critic has heard a number of people admit (including KMUW's Jim Erickson in his own review) lost them storywise partway through, though they were more than happy to stay for the fantastic visual universe onscreen.

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by Torin Andersen | Thursday, October 30 | Posted in Music

Wichita's Wrong Kata Trio has released its latest 12" vinyl, Come Morning, with its sights set on destroying the common practice of downloading MP3s or even purchasing a CD. With download cards included to lead the vinyl purchaser to a digital copy rendered in lossless 24 bit, there is no sound excuse to not pick up the record that will be available opening night of KNOBfest at their first performance since the release. But, does it sound good?

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, October 30 | Posted in View

I generally like October. The trees on my street really strut their fall colors as autumn comes on. The weather cools down and sleeping with windows open is again possible. Seldom any need for air conditioning this time of year.

As a lifelong baseball fan, the annual spectacle of the World Series gets my motor running, even if my beloved Yankees are not involved. Who knew the Royals were so exciting? I saw a couple of their games early in the year and they got swept by the Tigers. No sign of the businesslike efficiency of the late season Royals.

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The last minute is the only minute you'll need for these costume ideas.

by Don Winsor | Thursday, October 30 | Posted in View

It's almost time for the biggest holiday of the year, and hopefully my Halloween primers over the past few weeks have prepared you for tomorrow's revelry. It's important to celebrate correctly, which means you've surely already started by the time you read this or Samhain's wrath will fall on your head surely as it did all those disrespectful children in Halloween III: Season of the Witch.

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by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, October 30 | Posted in Amuse

Dear Mexican: Why do Mexican men think all us gabachas are like the girls in Bikini Car Wash? I am married, a conservative dresser, frankly not very good-looking at all (but I do have blonde hair, so maybe that counts for something on a guy's internal whore-o-meter) and I speak karate-choppin' good Spanish. In fact, that's my job: I interpret for Spanish speakers when they go to the doctor's office. So then why — dear GOD WHY? — when I interpret for a Mexican man he seems culturally required to at some point say something gross to me?

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, October 30 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F4
    Your strange and wonderful voyage of discovery begins when you volunteer for a job in which you have no experience. This week: Say "yes" to new things.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F5
    You'll save a baby in a runaway carriage, then ask yourself, "Who still uses carriages?" This week: Bake 24 blackbirds into a pie.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F1
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    by Mike Marlett | Thursday, October 23 | Posted in Music

    In the fall of every year since 1998, Mark Foley, professor of bass at Wichita State University, and a band of like-minded individuals organize and execute the KNOB Festival of New Music at the Fisch Haus.

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    by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, October 23 | Posted in View

    Taxation is a major issue in many ways in this year's elections. Governor Sam and his brownshirts in the legislature want Kansas on a trajectory to eliminate the income tax and put the onus of paying the state's bills on sales and property taxes. They have already lowered income tax rates and exempted 191,000 single proprietorship small businessmen completely from paying income taxes.

    The City of Wichita wants to impose a one cent sales tax to pay for water projects, job creation, public transit and roads.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, October 23 | Posted in View

    By now, you're well into making your Halloween plans. If you're doing it right, this does not mean you've decided just how "cute" and/or "hot" your Orange Is The New Black Sexy Kitten Fairy Devil costume will be. No, this means you're studiously debating just how to scare the ever-loving crap out of a few people on Great Pumpkin's Day. It can be tough, especially when you may not have the experience of always knowing the difference between the wrong kind of scary and Halloween Scary™.

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    by Mike Marlett | Thursday, October 23 | Posted in Film

    The Tallgrass Film Festival's 12th year has, for the 12th consecutive year, set attendance records. This year, more than 13,800 people attended the festival's events — which included more than 100 screenings, parties, educational classes and VIP events.

    At press time, the official ticket sales figures were not in, but sales were, according to festival director Lela Meadow-Conner, the highest they've ever been — especially the VIP TallPasses.

    Meadow-Conner said that the continued success and ever-increasing popularity of Tallgrass makes her feel "pretty damn good."

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    by Emilee Palomino | Thursday, October 23 | Posted in Food

    Chili is fall in a bowl. As soon as the slightest chill is in the air, I fill the house with the spicy aroma of a pot that's simmered all afternoon.

    There are a few secret ingredients to putting a twist on this cool weather comfort food: cocoa powder, cinnamon and beer. They may seem like unlikely allies, but all three add a curiosity that people won't be able to put their fingers on.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, October 23 | Posted in Food

    Winter is coming, according to popular culture, and it's almost time to shun the iced summer brew in favor of the life-giving warmth of hot coffee. Before long, it will be too cold to even think of venturing out of the house, so it's time to figure out how you're going to be brewing your coffee at home in the foreseeable future. So, I'm going to answer some common questions here about home brewing methods as a bit of a primer on what's best.

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    by Dan Kampling | Thursday, October 23 | Posted in Film

    Everyone knows that war is hell, but it can so easily be glamorized in the cinema. At some point, we all thought World War II was a real-life action-adventure movie, until we discover the truly horrific accounts that war films wouldn't or couldn't depict. Playing with a toy tank with green army men makes it all seem like fun and games without any consideration of just how terrifying it was to be either up against or inside one of those machines. Those sensibilities are depicted in the new World War II film, Fury by writer-director David Ayer.

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    by Vickie Kline | Thursday, October 23 | Posted in Food

    "No, if anyone orders Merlot, I'm leaving. I am NOT drinking any fucking Merlot!" — Miles Raymond (Paul Giamatti) in the movie Sideways

    Browsing the aisles in the liquor store is a fun way to spend time. It's enjoyable to see what's new, what's interesting and hopefully find something incredibly tasty. I begin by looking for eye-catching labels, and if something jumps out at me, then I look more closely to determine if it's worth buying. This is a great way to expand wine choices and learn about different varietals and winemakers.

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    Abode Venue hosts an event for sneaker lovers.

    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, October 23 | Posted in Music

    The third edition of I Got Sole is prepped to keep your eyes fixed directly at a shoegaze. Wichita sneaker enthusiasts will, again, get a chance to share their love for a footwear that has enticed many since its inception starting with Keds, then Converse's creation of the original Chuck Taylor, on through the expansion of the craft from Adidas to Pumas.

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    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, October 23 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: What do Mexicans in the United States think of the violent drug cartel problem currently in Mexico? Do local Latinos cringe with disgust or fear when they hear another drug cartel story on the news…or do they feel a sense of disconnect because they are living in America now and it's no longer a concern of theirs? Do local Latinos currently fear crossing San Diego/Mexico border? Do they worry about being kidnapped or carjacked on the way to Rosario like Caucasian people do right now?

    — Yo Gabba Gabacho

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    The skinny on your week

    by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, October 23 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F3
    Journaling is the key to solving your troubles this week. This week: Adopt a new kitty friend.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F2
    You will almost come to blows with a Cancer in an argument over cake decoration. This week: Smooth it over with buttercream frosting.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F4
    You'll be busier than a one-armed paper hanger at work soon. This week: Sign up for the next typography conference in the area.
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