by Don Winsor | Wednesday, November 26 | Posted in Arts

When Cabaret Oldtown closed earlier this year, details were scarce as to what might come next in the storied venue. The venue, located at 412 1/2 E. Douglas, will re-open this Friday, Nov. 28, with a new lease on life, a new mission and enthusiastic ownership, along a return to the name that's been on the neon sign out back since the 1970s when it began life as a jazz club.

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by Michael Carmody | Wednesday, November 26 | Posted in Music

So I finally broke down and bought a vinyl copy of the new Pink Floyd album The Endless River, purportedly planned to be the final collection of new music released by the band. Sprawling over two LPs, the almost entirely instrumental affair is receiving mixed reviews, and I admit to having mixed feelings myself at first — though I have since come around to the view that this is the band's finest album-length work since The Wall in 1979.

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by Don Winsor | Wednesday, November 26 | Posted in View

It's Thanksgiving again, that time when families and friends gather in hopes of consuming more food than they've brought. It's a dangerous time, as many people often go without eating for days in order to build an Olympian appetite. Hunger can be a dangerous master, as we've all seen before — someone's hunger gets out of hand, they look just a touch too long at some other person, and that person turns into a giant sandwich, a roast chicken, a turkey leg or other food.

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by Jorts McDude | Wednesday, November 26 | Posted in Music

Say hello to Wichita's Knifewound, Wichita's most-hated band.

They're also one of the two fastest bands in town. I guess that award should be shared with Knifewound's sister act, Plaguebot, whose membership overlaps almost entirely, and while their modi operandi might be similar, their sounds are unique from one another.

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by Jeremy Webster | Wednesday, November 26 | Posted in Books

Few writers, if any, have a body of work that has enjoyed the sort of pop culture proliferation the work of H.P. Lovecraft has experienced.

Before his death in 1937 at the young age of 46, Lovecraft's work was nearly exclusively seen in pulp fiction periodicals, most notably the now-legendary Weird Tales.

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by Dan Kampling | Wednesday, November 26 | Posted in Film

It's official now that the final installment in a series of films has to be split into two parts. The only real advantage of this approach is that it generates double the business at the box office, which comes off as a greedy endeavor with a successful franchise. However, from a filmmaking standpoint, splitting the material in half makes for a rather unsatisfying experience with the knowledge that this story won't be wrapped up until a whole year later.

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by Torin Andersen | Wednesday, November 26 | Posted in Music

Coucou, the fifth Wonder Revolution release, is a sketch of sorts. Perhaps a collection of many sketches — loose, inspired, meandering and hypnotic. The spoken word on top of classical guitar act as an elevated anchor in a sea of possibility. The music, composed by David Lord, is atmospheric, whipping and swirling around a mostly repetitive nylon string guitar passage that permeates throughout the 27 minute aural escapade. The words, written and spoken by Claire Bera, are from a collaboration she recorded in 2009.

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by Bill Jenkins | Wednesday, November 26 | Posted in View

There is a new neighbor on our block. In fact, he lives right next door to me. I haven't met him yet, though I keep meaning to go over and get acquainted. I'll get around to it one of these days, most likely when we're both out in the yard. Come to think of it, that may be next spring. Well, anyway…

I don't know this guy, but he's already pissed me off. Last weekend he became the first on our block to have Christmas lights on his house. He turned them on and everything. I may have to break his legs.

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by Christina Calhoun | Wednesday, November 26 | Posted in Food

Adjusting to the temperatures and routines of a new season can leave your body out of sorts and vulnerable to sickness and fatigue. Empower good health with foods that keep your defenses strong.

Stocking your kitchen with essentials like ginger, turmeric, red pepper, garlic, broth, fresh vegetables and fragrant herbs makes it easy to eat well.

This soup is a favorite autumn/winter staple. Slightly spicy with a light curry profile, but well-balanced with flavorful vegetables and herbs, it's versatile enough to act as a main course or a warming side.

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by Gustavo Arellano | Wednesday, November 26 | Posted in Amuse

Dear Mexican: I was reading the comments (BIG MISTAKE) on an article I recently read regarding St. Charles, Missouri adopting Arizona-style immigration Law. I was SHOCKED at the amount of people who support this law and my question to you is: why can't people see the bad implications of that law? What are we: World War II Germany, where we need to show our papers? I'm outraged that in this day and age, there are so many folks racist against Mexicans. I've made people very angry by standing against the immigration law or the racial profiling of Mexicans.

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Wednesday, November 26 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F3
    You will be able to eat for four weeks on nothing but Thanksgiving leftovers. This week: Put on your eatin' pants on.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F1
    Your grandma will throw major shade at you this Thanksgiving for being the only vegan at the table. This week: Eat all the cranberry sauce, without guilt.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F4
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    by Michael Carmody | Thursday, November 20 | Posted in Culture

    In 1991-92, this author lived in a tiny apartment on the backside of the carriage house of an 1870s-era manor at 1725 Fairmount. Known to locals as the Funeral Home (due to a prank that had taken place some years before), this ramshackle Victorian house had been divided up into a dozen or so cheap apartments, most of which were occupied at any given time by students and/or dropouts and/or bartenders from the nearby Kirby's Beer Store.

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    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, November 20 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: Why do Mexicans and gabachos resemble each other so much? Both are very conservative about sex, marriage and family. Both are very Christian, either Catholic or Protestant. Both keep similar attitudes towards immigrants. Both are very patriotic or nationalistic. Both deal with the same social issues like high rates of sexual and domestic abuse, alcoholism and homosexuality. In both countries, there's a strong feminism as a reaction against decades of machismo and discrimination towards women. There is a striking similarity between Texan cowboys and rancheros.

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    by Jeremy Biltz | Wednesday, November 19 | Posted in Books

    The name Woody Allen evokes a host of reactions. Whether you see him as an uncompromising auteur, the ne plus ultra of Jewish comedians, or the ogre that Mia Farrow would have you believe him to be, it's hard to avoid having a pre-conceived notion of what Allen is all about. The fact that he's been making about a movie per year for 40 years certainly provides a lot of material from which to form an opinion. Myself, I've never cared for him as an artist, and haven't even managed to sit through an entire Allen film. So why am I reviewing a book about Woody Allen's work?

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    Wednesday, November 19 | Posted in View

    FAST GUNS

    To the Editor:

    Most of the violence in Mexico between drug cartels is due to easy access to guns sold in the United States, particularly in Arizona and Texas. Gun dealers know this but sell them the guns anyway.

    In early 2006, the US Justice Department launched a new program called Wide Receiver because they were able to get a few of these gun dealers to work with them. Many, however, refused. The idea was to track guns sold in this country back to the drug lords living across the border and then apprehend them.

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    by Elizabeth Jackel | Wednesday, November 19 | Posted in Food

    When the onslaught of pumpkin beers first marched through town, I considered addressing the tide of spiced autumnal ales. But with temperatures hovering in the high 90s and market bins bursting with the green, striped, summery member of the Cucurbitaceae family, I just couldn't bring myself to utter the words "pumpkin beer," much less drink them.

    In the interim, I have sipped some squash-based beers, but what's to say? Most are a variation on the same theme with few real standouts. Instead, let's talk about another fermented fall beverage: cider.

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    by Bill Jenkins | Wednesday, November 19 | Posted in View

    The local elections are over, and the people have spoken. They didn't like the sales tax, and they killed it. It was too complex, covered too many areas and, they believed, would never go away. So now the city leaders must go back to the drawing board to fund solutions to our problems in some other way.

    One problem with the blueprint was that it proposed local solutions for what are essentially regional problems. For most of the four areas, the problems involve several governmental entities including but not limited to the city, the county and lots of suburban municipalities.

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    The skinny on your week

    by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Wednesday, November 19 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F4
    It's your fate to start a big project in a small organization. This week: Plant coffee trees.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F3
    You will be the last person ever to pay for something with a check. This week: Carve a set of wooden shoes for a loved one.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F5
    It's OK to take relationship advice from parking attendants. This week: Give the folks at Lamphouse Photo Company hugs when you see them.
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    by Don Winsor | Wednesday, November 19 | Posted in View

    I'm sometimes taken aback when talking with people who don't recognize cultural touchstones which might be "before their time." Maybe growing up when I did informed my pop culture database through the viewing of incessant reruns of TV shows of all eras, making me understand the references Lucy and Desi would make as readily as I understood who IG-88 and Bossk were.

    It doesn't happen as readily, anymore.

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    by Jeremy Webster | Wednesday, November 19 | Posted in Film

    While strolling through the Christmas ornaments in Target, a display featuring boxes of cheap-looking character tree danglies from the Disney Princess, Star Wars and Marvel Comics sharing the same basic package design and all sitting on the same display gave me a momentary chill.

    All of it, save for a couple of renegade holdover film franchises, (X-Men, Spider-Man) are in the hands of the big bloated mouse.

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