by Christina Calhoun | Thursday, August 28 | Posted in Arts

The Douglas Design District is increasingly becoming a stop-and-stare corridor of public art. With bold sunflowers glowing in the Donut Whole's parking lot and a satirical, graffiti-style Keeper of the Plains riff on the alley wall of Stor-All Self Storage, it's clear someone is putting time and thought into setting the right mood.

This September, artists Tom Murillo and Josh Tripoli unveil the final two in a series of four murals that encourage continued vibrance in commerce and creativity.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, August 28 | Posted in View

The cover of last week's issue was a photo taken by our editor. It was an enlargement of a photo he'd taken of a brown recluse spider in his own home. Discussing this photo, he callously dismissed the rational concerns of other, reasonable folks whose means of dealing with this abomination would be less Polaroid and more napalm. He insisted that the brown recluse has been unfairly labeled a killer and only wishes to live in peace. He said if they want to live in his unused upstairs bathroom, he's not using it, so go ahead, dude(s).

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, August 28 | Posted in Film

Sin City was, back in 2005, one of those daring touchstone films that comes along once every so often that innovates, pushing the medium of film forward in new, exciting and interesting ways. Its use of characters interacting in virtual, stylized environments helped spearhead development in the action, comic book and science fiction genres. Its success also proved that comic book films of a more mature nature could be financially viable.

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by Michael Carmody | Thursday, August 28 | Posted in Culture

Some of Wichita's oldest and most well-known public thoroughfares — Douglas, Kellogg, Waterman, etc. — are named for individuals with considerable influence on (or, in some cases, popularity among) the local populace. In last week's Wichitarchaeology, we reported that Benjamin Hills development was named not for Wichita civic leader Ben McLean, but rather his grandson, Ben II, killed in World War II. Looking closer at a map of Wichita, other stories come to light. This is the first in a series exploring the namesakes of Wichita streets and places.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, August 28 | Posted in Film

For this weekend only (Friday, Aug. 29 and Saturday, Aug. 30), the Palace Theatre will commemorate the passing of Robin Williams by playing the Steven Spielberg film Hook. This film was the end result of Spielberg's attempt of bringing a new incarnation of the story of Peter Pan to the big screen and was met with a largely negative critical reaction, including Spielberg himself, who rarely has nice things to say about it.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, August 28 | Posted in Film

It's that time again! No, I'm not excited over the end of the summer blockbuster movie season, but rather the release of Woody Allen's annual film outing, now reaching film number 44. It's a rare pleasure hearing his trademark style of witty dialogue and watching him strive for pictorial perfection in his various locations and by-gone days. While his last film Blue Jasmine was a drama that gathered the Best Actress award, Allen gives us something to laugh and wonder at with the release of the aptly titled Magic in the Moonlight.

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by Torin Andersen | Thursday, August 28 | Posted in Music

Project H's We Live Among the Lines, produced by Duane Trower and Ryan Heinlein, is a crowd-funded release that starts with a simple keyboard phrase expounded on with horns, then filled in with drums and bass. This opener, "Not a Person," has a bit of an Eastern sound and is a short, meditative start to the band's third CD.

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by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, August 28 | Posted in Amuse

Dear Mexican: I see lots of Mexican-Americans struggling in grade school and high school. Many Mexican-American activists claim it's because they don't speak English at home or the schools don't teach them well. But I see lots of Asian-Americans in the same schools who do really well. Many of them also don't speak English at home. The last time I went to a hospital, it seemed like Asians were 30% of all the doctors. I didn't see a single Latino one. Why is it that one group consistently does better than the other?

— Clueless

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, August 28 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F5
    When you find a brand-new calliope on sale, you will have both the wisdom and cash to buy it. This week: Treat your friend to an order of sopapillas.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F2
    Ice cream and cold compresses will help you get through the next week. This week: Run away and join the circus.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F3
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    by Jeremy Webster | Wednesday, August 27 | Posted in Film

    Saturday's premiere episode for this season of Doctor Who proved a tour-de-force for the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, though the episode itself was, as has been typical for season openers, far from a fully satisfactory affair.

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    Iraq's situation will lead to either boots on the ground or the revival of an Islamic government not seen for 1,000 years.

    by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, August 21 | Posted in View

    You've gotta feel bad for President Obama. He's trying hard to do what he said he'd do, what we really want him to do. That's to keep from getting U.S. troops involved in the war in Iraq while still keeping the Islamist militants of ISIS or the Islamic Caliphate from taking over Iraq.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, August 21 | Posted in View

    I have had, in my 28 years with F5, the opportunity to interview some of the most influential personages of our time. Yassir Arafat, Bill Clinton, George Clinton, George Jefferson and Jefferson Airplane are but a few people, bands and/or fictional characters whom I have neither met nor interviewed. This has never stopped me from publishing an interview with such prominent individuals; no, that task has fallen to High Editor Marlett.

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    by Michael Carmody | Thursday, August 21 | Posted in Culture

    Perhaps the most consistently scenic thoroughfare in Wichita is the long, winding, river-hugging McLean Boulevard, snaking through the city's heart from north to south. Keen-eyed readers traveling upon McLean may have taken note of the splendid Ben F. McLean fountain just north of Douglas Avenue, as well; both street and fountain share a common namesake, early Wichita banker and civic leader Benjamin F. McLean.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, August 21 | Posted in Food

    If there is one city in the world I recommend you visit before you die, it would quite likely be Reykjavik, Iceland.

    I've been there a couple of times before, a few years ago, but hadn't begun to journalize the caffeinations of my wandering here in F5. Also, I was more interested in the surrounding areas involved in the Blue Lagoon and the volcanic wastelands in the surrounding countryside than I was whiling away days seeking out the best cafes in town.

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    by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, August 21 | Posted in Film

    The Expendables 3 may be remembered more for the bluster and blather surrounding its release than for any merit the film itself may have.

    After solid, if diminishing, openings for the previous two installments in the action star team-up franchise, this latest entry was more or less crushed by its competition on its opening weekend, opening in fourth place with a disappointing $16.2 million.

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    by Dan Kampling | Thursday, August 21 | Posted in Film

    When I was in grade school, I remember constantly hearing about a book called The Giver, a 1993 novel that turned out to be my generation's introduction to the concept of the deconstruction of utopia. It is a staple science fiction idea that, by then, I had already come across in a handful of episodes of Star Trek. Nevertheless, the book is well renowned and was besieged with a coveted Newbery Medal.

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    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, August 21 | Posted in Music

    Kentucky Knife Fight returns to Wichita on Friday, Aug. 22, performing in a more grandiose venue than they have here in the past. The stage at Crown Uptown will be filled out with the St. Louis six piece rockers. KKF will be joined by Christian Lee Hutson, Your Friend and The Travel Guide.

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    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, August 21 | Posted in Music

    Friday, Aug. 15, Kirby's Beer Store played host to a trio of rock groups that were original, inspired and still hungering for new sound. Audiences at Kirby's attend for just those reasons — that and the cheap drinks at this culture rich hole-in-the-wall next to the WSU campus.

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    Special Best Of Edición.

    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, August 21 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Readers: The Mexican just got married to a chica caliente, so he's taken her on a honeymoon to the motherland so she can learn the proper art of tortilla-making. In the meanwhile, I offer this Best Of edition because I plan to do all of my work this week en la cama — ZING!

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    The skinny on your week

    by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, August 21 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F3
    As long as it is over 100 degrees outside, you are excused from wearing pants. This week: Bring cookies to a friend who needs them.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F5
    A friend will buy you a bird of paradise "just because." This week: Learn about birds of paradise so you don't kill your new pet.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F2
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