by Don Winsor | Thursday, September 18 | Posted in Food

Depending on who you ask, a "babycino" is either a good idea, a bad idea or a horrifying coffee drink flavored with actual babies. The latter isn't remotely true, and those people are sick. "Babycino" is just a cutesy term for what New Zealanders call a "fluffy," and Americans used to call a "steamer" until they realized why that was a bad idea. Thanks, Cleveland!

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, September 18 | Posted in View

This week, Wichita was abuzz with excitement as the weeklong celebration of the re-opening of Joyland culminated in a lavish fireworks extravaganza from the freshly renewed park. The facility, in no way a horrifying, stuff-of-nightmares and Scooby-Doo stories, decaying, clown-haunted place where promises go to die, brings back hazy, inaccurate memories of the park that once brought capital "J" joy to people from miles around.

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by Mike Marlett | Thursday, September 18 | Posted in Music

Every year about this time, F5 nearly shuts down as the entire staff disappears to Winfield as part of a flood of RVs, campers, food trucks, tents and cars to nestle down in the Winfield Fairgrounds and along the banks of the Walnut River.

The Walnut Valley Festival is a Mecca for bluegrass musicians around the globe. What started as the National Flat-Picking Championships 42 years ago has grown and grown and grown into a four-day long celebration of bluegrass and folk music.

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The 4th annual event will bring 5 classic horror films.

by Mike Marlett | Thursday, September 18 | Posted in Film

Leif Jonker's Wichita Big Screen has announced the lineup for its fourth annual October at the Oldtown Horror Festival — a series that takes over one screen at the Warren Oldtown Theatre every Monday and Tuesday through October. All of the films will screen at 7 and 10 p.m. on Monday and/or Tuesday. This year, there are five films, most running Monday and Tuesday but two with just one day each.

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by Vickie Kline | Thursday, September 18 | Posted in Food

Fiasco (fē 'askō): 1. A complete and ignominious failure. 2. A round-bottomed glass flask for wine, especially Chianti, fitted with a woven, protective raffia basket that also enables the bottle to stand upright. — Webster's Unabridged

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, September 18 | Posted in Film

From start to finish, The Drop would be a film well worth seeing if only for the performances of Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini alone.

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by Mike Marlett | Thursday, September 18 | Posted in Books

International best-selling author Stephen King is including Wichita in his six-city book tour to support his latest novel, Revival.

Watermark Books & Cafe, in partnership with Wichita State University, will host the New York Times bestselling author on Friday, Nov. 14, at WSU's Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N. (29th and Oliver). King's presentation will begin at 6 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

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Solagget reunites and DVA introduces itself at the Fisch Haus.

by Torin Andersen | Thursday, September 18 | Posted in Music

Saturday, Sept. 13, was a cool night, and the sun set in radiant yellows, golds and turquoises outside the Fisch Haus on south Commerce Street. Francis Moss opened the show; Solagget would perform a reunion show next; and, then, a Czech sibling duo named DVA would fill the room with sound.

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A boilerplate WWI story is made real by "Walking Dead" illustrator Charlie Adlard.

by Chris Andersen | Thursday, September 18 | Posted in Books

It's a well documented fact that war is hell, and World War I, doubly so. Robbie Morrison and Charlie Adlard's White Death tells the based-on-true-facts tale of Italian soldiers fighting in the Alps who came up with the bright idea of using artillery to drop avalanches on their Prussian opponents. These avalanches are the titular death. Like all weapons of war, this idea eventually gets turned against its own creator, and life for everyone on the front lines gets even worse.

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, September 18 | Posted in View

Danger! Republicans thinking. Or at least showing some signs of rational, if devious, thought.

It seems that a few Republicans in Congress, tired of what to many women appears to be an anti-female agenda, have come up with a new wrinkle. Actually, it was probably some conservative think tank or strategist who put them up to it.

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by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, September 18 | Posted in Amuse

Dear Mexican: A very close friend of mine is supposed to become a U.S. citizen. He was brought here by his parents when he was 9 and has been illegal since then. When the laws changed, he went through a lot of hoops, and it really didn't look good for a long while — especially since he was 30 already by the time the law was truly enacted. But somehow, through petitions and an appeal, he has been told he will become a U.S. citizen. That being said, he is still waiting for the day, still working in a dodgy manner, still not driving — his American wife always drives.

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, September 18 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F1
    A colleague will undo six months of your work, then try to fix it all with brownies. This week: Make all decisions using if/then logic.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F2
    Your mom will not convince you the digital download of U2's latest album will be a collector's item someday. This week: Don't take advice from someone using a flip phone.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F3
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    Dear Edtior:

    There's a web-page that will initially fool anyone who sees it that the Wichita Eagle newspaper has actually hired Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis to be one of its editors. This writer found it purely by accident while looking for something else.

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    by Michael Carmody | Thursday, September 11 | Posted in Culture

    In the last edition of Wichitarchaeology, we discussed the origin of the name of Bleckley Street, christened in honor of fallen World War I hero Erwin R. Bleckley of Wichita. This week we continue the theme with a look into how Hoover Road got its name.

    In 1869, a year before Wichita was incorporated as a city, 25-year-old Samuel Henry Hoover and his brother Daniel migrated to this area from Bloomington, Illinois. With them came their wives, Eliza and Sarah, and a brother-in-law, John Teter.

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    Wait, no, it wasn't like that at all.

    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, September 11 | Posted in Music

    "So what do you do when a major electrical crisis happens at your venue (Parker's Grotto) the day before the event you've spent a year planning? KEEP HAVING FUN," an announcement read from the ICTfest main website the day the festival was set to begin.

    Acting fast, promoter Matthew Clagg had help from many friends finding new locations to continue the event.

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    And Solagget returns after a long absence.

    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, September 11 | Posted in Music

    When was the last time you saw a Czech band perform in Wichita? Yeah, neither have I. Here's our chance. This Saturday, Sept. 13, DVA will be playing at Fisch Haus with Solagget and Francis Moss, and it will be an all-ages event.

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    by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, September 11 | Posted in Film

    As another "blockbuster" summer movie season ends, Hollywood studios and press bemoan suffering a far less blockbuster summer than usual.

    On the whole, the numbers back them up. According to The Hollywood Reporter, summer revenue is down 15 percent from last year and has reached an eight-year low. There is, of course, plenty of debate over what's caused this, with issues ranging from too much of the same stuff repackaged to too much piracy over the interweb tubes.

    So, what lessons can be learned from the summer box office?

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, September 11 | Posted in View

    We've all had conversations at some point revolving the general concept, "when I have kids, I won't allow them _____________ until they're at least ____________," because there's clearly no need for a child to have a ___________ because we got along just fine without them.

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    by Vickie Kline | Thursday, September 11 | Posted in Food

    "Wine is inspiring and adds greatly to the joy of living." — Napoleon Bonaparte

    I was ready to take Napoleon at his word and experience some "joy of living" from a glass. Anxious to try this new wine, I was impressed with the look of the Cabernet Sauvignon from the moment it left the bottle and flowed into my glass. The striking rich color of ink indicated it would be a treat. The legs of the wine clung to the side of my glass like nothing commonly seen in the $12 range.

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    by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, September 11 | Posted in View

    Here it is the middle of September, and I should be busy with lots of productive things. Setting up camp at Winfield, for instance. Or tightening up my presentations on the Renaissance for my class at Butler. Or mowing the lawn. But instead, I am waxing nostalgic.

    It could have something to do with the fact that I turn 70 years old this week. When I was a kid, 70 was ancient. Back then, anyone over about 40 was old. But then, a lot has changed since I was a kid.

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