Wichita Jazz Festival focuses on percussion.

by Torin Andersen | Thursday, April 24 | Posted in Music

The last week of April is a hot one for Wichita jazz.

The Wichita Jazz Festival will already be underway by the time you read this.

On Wednesday, April 23, Abode hosted "Spontaneous Construction" a collaboration featuring the guest artists this year, Allison Miller and the Matt Wilson Quartet. Opening arms to Wichita's greater jazz community you had the chance to see your favorite local jazz performer construct spontaneous music with these visiting artists.

Thursday, April 24, the Wichita Art Museum will host the Matt Wilson Quartet with opener Driver.

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What beer to choose for the born again drinker.

by Will Darrah | Thursday, April 24 | Posted in Food

Those of you who caught my column last week know that I gave up beer for Lent. And while I successfully went 46 days without a drop, let's just say that it is nice to have that behind me.

When I headed to the liquor store to restock the fridge I found myself faced with a very interesting question: What beer should be the first?

I pondered the question with friends and got some good input but was unable to nail one beer down. We discussed some rare beers that they had in stock but in the end decided that the first beer should be a favorite beer instead of an adventure beer.

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The Commerce Street Art District is going to look a little bit different this summer: hopefully greener! A weekend of seed bomb making and planting is coming up on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday April 27, at Botanica and the art district respectively.

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by Christina Calhoun | Thursday, April 24 | Posted in Arts

Slip on your dancing shoes and knot that time-travel cloak around your shoulders, because Saturday, April 26, the Ulrich Museum of Art is hosting an over-the-top celebration 40 years in the making. Thumbing back through its archives of artwork and memories, the museum celebrates its fortieth anniversary with the exhibition Forty Years/Forty Stories.

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by Sean Graves | Thursday, April 24 | Posted in Food

Over the past few weeks, my wife Emily and I have been spending a large chunk of our evenings out on the porch. After I get home from work and she's finished with school, we'll grab our dog, Charlie, and head out to the porch to watch people roll by and talk about our day. It is the perfect way to "power down" after a long day at work, my wife by my side, dog at my feet, and a glass of wine in my hand. We watched the first good thunderstorm of 2014 from the porch while drinking Gysler Silvaner.

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, April 24 | Posted in Film

Director/co-writer Mike Flanagan's Oculus continues the supernatural gothic horror trend that's proven so successful lately with entries such as the Insidious franchise and The Conjuring, proving to be an excellent genre film in its own right.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, April 24 | Posted in Film

So, if we all shunned technology everything would be better off, wouldn't it? I truly hope you answered "no" to that question.

One of the many things I can appreciate about living in today's age is the fact that I didn't have to write this entire review out by hand. If we were to suddenly revert back to those old ways, there would be no sense of progress and our whole world order would revert to an amok system where there would be constant fear and panic.

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, April 24 | Posted in View

It's that time of year again. When the weather begins to warm up, the spring storms dance across the Great Plains and the scam artists, con men and frauds come out of the woodwork. And they prey on senior citizens figuring that we will easily stampede into putting some of our pension checks, Social Security or savings into their schemes.

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The show nearly turned into a throw down on stage.

by Torin Andersen | Thursday, April 24 | Posted in Music

The Wu Tang Clan were represented with one of their own, Inspectah Deck, in Wichita last Saturday at Crown Uptown for the third annual 42° Below Blowout.

Starting the night with local opener Timmy Tutone covering the first hour of music then transitioning to Medusa, fans got warmed up and dancing with each performer using their own take on mixing electronic dance music heavy on the dubstep drop.

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, April 24 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F5
    Score! A coworker will knit you an amigurumi aardvark for your birthday. This week: Hit up the library for some fresh reads.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F2
    After a dream involving talking furniture, you'll want to throw out most of your home furnishings. This week: Start a custom soap-making company on Etsy.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F5
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    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, April 24 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: Our grandparents came from Mexico. The entire next generation spoke Spanish. However, in my generation, pretty much none of us do. One cousin's daughter does because the cousin married a fluently bilingual spouse. Most white people I know have long ago lost both, generally, awareness of what their actual ethnic roots are and the original language their people came to America with, when it wasn't English. Heck, British English can be pretty confusing. What me and my cousins, and most of our kids know of Spanish is what we learn in Spanish classes.

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    Short stories featuring fungi, Polypores.

    by Torin Andersen | Wednesday, April 23 | Posted in Music

    Sample based, predominantly electric guitar music, Francis Moss comes from the burgeoning, prolific mastermind behind Air House, Solagette and Wonder Revolution to name a few projects David Lord has been involved in starting.

    Francis Moss' first release El Yunque, gave me a unique experience while driving. Without my noticing the car stopped moving but instead the road beneath me continued to run in circles the opposite direction — an experience I am not likely going to experience or welcome again but enjoyed at the time.

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    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 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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