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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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, August 14 | Posted in View

    I was apparently a very gullible child. My older brother Walt used to perform these hilarious bits of stand-up in the back room of our house as my friend John and I laughed ourselves stupid. He did these manic bits ranging from vulgar to sublime, and I thought he was a genius.

    Years later, I heard Robin Williams' Live at the Met for the first time. It was all strangely familiar, and I quickly realized that while my brother is immensely talented in many ways, it was all Robin Williams that first said, "LOOK IN THE HOLE! THERE MIGHT BE A SNAKE!"

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    The 1907 Wichita Jobbers had the third best record of any 20th century minor league team.

    by Michael Carmody | Thursday, August 14 | Posted in Culture

    The history of Wichita is inextricably intertwined with that of baseball, that most American of sporting pastimes. When Wichita was incorporated as a city in 1870, scarcely a year had passed since the formation of the first professional baseball club (the Cincinatti Red Stockings), and baseball fever was spreading across American settlements from coast to coast. Over 140 years later, Wichita still has a soft spot for the sport.

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    by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, August 14 | Posted in Film

    Since their comic debut in 1984, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have doggedly remained a pop culture staple, revived every few years much as Transformers or any number of other toy and media properties are to entertain new fans while serving as nostalgic icons for older ones.

    Sadly, the current feature film reboot from Paramount, Nickelodeon and Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes is an underwhelming affair in almost every way.

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    by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, August 14 | Posted in View

    The calendar says we have a month to go, but unofficially summer is over. School is starting.

    The State Fair is close upon us. Winfield is just around the corner.

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    A "new" 16th century-style ale is trending up.

    by Liz Jackel | Thursday, August 14 | Posted in Food

    American craft brewers are an innovative lot — they are constantly pushing the limits by using increasingly off-the-wall ingredients or by cranking up the IBUs and ABV to almost obscene levels. Thankfully, in addition to their willingness to try new things, many American brewers are reviving a number of beer styles lost to history. Among the ancient styles being dusted off are the Gruit, an ale that uses a blend of herbs instead of hops, and the Sahti, a Finnish style brewed with juniper. The latest beer to see an American revival is the Gose.

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    Many times, I've gotten discouraged while relating my experiences in Hiroshima six years ago. Sometimes I felt this way because others would counter with something like, "All I can say is 'God bless America,'" and walk away; however, most of my frustrations arose from the times when I told somebody that I visited Hiroshima, and he or she would give me that look of "Hiroshima? That's still a place?" At first, I wanted to shout, "Yes, you half-wit.

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    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, August 14 | Posted in Music

    Josh Berwanger is no stranger to performing in Wichita. Having played with his band, The Broadcast, in the late '90s at the Comm-Tech warehouse on the north-side of Wichita, The Broadcast changed names to the now more oft recalled The Anniversary. Having made two records with that band and returned to Wichita many more times, The Anniversary later went down in flames attempting a Japanese tour. Berwanger then quickly started another band called The Only Children, which had two releases over four years.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, August 14 | Posted in Food

    I closed a recent column with a promise to bring you the best coffee in Greenland. Trouble is, Greenland is not exactly full of bustling metropolis ... es. Metropoli. Big cities. Cities of any kind, really. The place I visited, Nanortalik, had one coffee place named "Cafe 44," which is less concerned with making great coffee and more with gathering supplies for the onset of the horrible, horrible winter which always looms. I had a cup of coffee, which was just fine, and decided not to spend what would've amounted to $8 for any espresso drink.

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    by Dan Kampling | Thursday, August 14 | Posted in Film

    Well, Hollywood finally did it. They just had to make a found footage film involving tornados. I guess it was only natural since it seemed the only way to exploit the genre after Apollo 18 literally took it to the moon. Titled Into the Storm, not only is this bad attempt to follow up to something as definitive as Twister, but it completely nullifies true storm-chasing footage (which can be found in droves on YouTube) by inundating the viewer with high amounts of CGI but absolutely no amount of care for the human caught in the storm.

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