Never mind the Sweeds running through.

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

I haven't been in Kansas at this time of year, even for a visit, since 1995. It's a confusing time, when the weather warmly reminds you of other places and then punches you with the fury of angry gods because you parked over the line on Tuesday. Most every day as I leave my place, I hear Mother Nature whisper "this would be a great day to go to the beach."

"That sounds nice," I respond. "But this would be an awful day to go to the beach, because other people will go to the beach."

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

The horror franchise.

It has been a staple of cinema going back to the Universal Monsters years, often following the logic that, if produced on a modest budget for medium to big returns, it's an easy well to revisit every year or so as long as the audience keeps turning out.

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Ourr's Family Dining is more artificial hip than hip.

by Don Winsor | Thursday, June 11 | Posted in Food

I'm always excited to try a new restaurant, if it isn't a chain, because they've always got their own character and spin on something. While I am by no means a foodie, I'm always curious to see if the new place has the best _______ in town.

So, when I saw the old Furr's cafeteria building was under new ownership and management and was reopening, I hoped for good things given its relative proximity to where I live and the almost complete absence of good food in the area.

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

With my continued obsession to try new and different wines, there is always a risk. Especially when there is no positive recommendation, and I grab a bottle simply on a whim. This happens quite often, although I never spend much money on an unfamiliar terroir. If a bottle of wine is more than $13, a nod of approval is expected from someone before purchasing. Picking up something I've never heard of before, I will sometimes question the liquor store employees and ask if they've tried it or have any information.

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Muy caliente summer beach edition!

by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, June 11 | Posted in Amuse

Dear Mexican: Why are lowrider artists obsessed with surly clowns? Went to an exhibition of the art of Mr. Cartoon, in Venice Beach years ago, and the clowns in his art were downright disturbing. I've seen these nasty clowns on T-shirts and a bunch of other places, too. What's up with that? Did the whole culture have a nasty experience at the circus?

— Cirque Du So Low

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, June 11 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F1
    In times of distress, you will find comfort in buying new socks. This week: Wear your nicest paisley suit.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F2
    You'll almost lose a leg when a mom pushing a stroller knocks you over at full speed. This week: Give side-eye to every mom you see.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F4
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    by Don Winsor | Wednesday, June 10 | Posted in View

    This week, Apple held its annual Worldwide Developers Conference and announced a number of innovative new products that already exist. Apple fans unaware of the existence of things Apple hasn't told them about were quick to offer their credit card number to purchase things other people already had.

    Apple Radio, for example, will be the first product to bring streaming radio-style music from the internet (aside from Spotify, Google Music, Pandora, and all of the other services which do that). Or, the actual radio.

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    by Mike Marlett | Monday, June 8 | Posted in Film

    Nerds, squeeeee.

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    The Wichita restaurateur was found dead in her home Thursday night.

    by Don Winsor |, by Mike Marlett | Friday, June 5 | Posted in News

    Popular Wichita restauranteur Tanya Tandoc, owner of Tanya’s Soup Kitchen, was found dead in the basement of her home in the 200 block of south Minneapolis last night after police responded to a call of “concern about the welfare of an individual” just before 11 p.m. According to a Wichita police briefing at 10 a.m., officers knocked on the door of the home and talked with a 47-year-old man who lived at the residence.

    Independent sources have said that local musician Curt Mitchell had been staying with Tandoc.

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    by Mike Marlett | Thursday, June 4 | Posted in View

    After more than two years (or 12, depending on how you want to count it) as a weekly newspaper, F5 is going to go monthly.

    We are going to publish a print version just in time for Final Friday every month. We'll keep up with our weekly (and daily, even) shenanigans online, at f5paper.com.

    Our efforts are going to be concentrated on delivering better online content — more, faster, with fewer space restrictions.

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    by CJ Harries | Thursday, June 4 | Posted in Music

    Overcast skies loomed over Grandpa's backyard last Saturday as Mammoth set up for a sound check. I was one of maybe 10 early people there for the release of Corporate Greed, Mammoth's inaugural EP.

    Bassist Hayden Fields started the night with his small practice amp (which he's used before), but locals Odds Against graciously shared their gear and gave him an upgrade. Both the sound check set and the full set were fast and loud.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, June 4 | Posted in Food

    Good cold brew is something that I've always left to the professionals. I admit I've done the bachelor version once in a great while — just pouring leftover coffee into something then refrigerating it, to varying result. Usually, it doesn't take long before it turns bitter, acidic, or… just weird. Making it well is a long process which requires more time and effort than I've ever thought it was worth, but as we're coming into a Kansas summer and I'm trying to be a bit more frugal, I thought I'd take a look at some cold brewing systems to let you know which are the best.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, June 4 | Posted in View

    As we transition into a monthly print publication (see this story) and to the fast-moving online world of up-to-the-minute Drudge Report journalism, I think it is very important that I use this weekly print space in a meaningful way, a way that will help you the reader. (If you're reading online, please print this out and continue.) Something you can clip out and laminate for future reference.

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    by Vickie Kline | Thursday, June 4 | Posted in Food

    Liquor stores can be like grocery stores in that we frequent our favorites because we know the layout and it's convenient. But it's fun to occasionally be adventurous and drop into a new place.

    I did that this past week to make a quick wine pick-up and was delighted with Maggie's at Douglas and Meridian.

    My intention to be in-and-out took longer than expected because there were varietals and producers that were unfamiliar, so I was forced to browse. The store carries a nice selection of wines that are well organized and interesting.

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    by Jeremy Biltz | Thursday, June 4 | Posted in Books

    F5 is all about local and regional creators, so when Lester Rowe reached out to me on Twitter and asked if I would be interested in reviewing his book and documentary combo WiFi at Rock Bottom, I immediately said yes. When I realized the book was self-published, I admit I felt a little trepidation. My experience with self-published books has been decidedly mixed. Some have been engaging works of art, and some have been un-self-aware dreck. In which category would Rowe's book fall?

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    by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, June 4 | Posted in View

    All day I sat around waiting for something to break loose. In Topeka, in Washington, even in Europe where they are talking about a deal with Iran. And the only thing that broke was our poor Secretary of State's leg. John Kerry stepped away from the negotiations to get a little exercise, rode his bike into a curb and broke a leg.

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    by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, June 4 | Posted in Film

    If you've seen the trailer for San Andreas, rest assured you already know exactly what type of film it is. Remember that spate from the late 1990s through the late 2000s when films like The Day After Tomorrow, Volcano, 2012 and Deep Impact were major moneymakers? Yeah… it's one of those sort of things.

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    by Dan Kampling | Thursday, June 4 | Posted in Film

    Immortality is a quality we all fantasize about. We all know someone (or are someone) who doesn't want to acknowledge their age. We all wish to stay young. It has long been a common theme in fiction. Making a feature film that deals with the subject can prove to be difficult for a multitude of factors, and one is finding an actor who can portray a character that is beyond the actor's years. The latest film to play off of this notion is The Age of Adaline, which presented an intriguing idea through its trailers and marketing, but unfortunately couldn't live up to its premise.

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    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, June 4 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: Do your countrymen still worship the rock band Santana? Or are they looked as like the Who in England and Crosby Still and Nash in America, old relics from the good ol' Woodstock days?

    — Abraxas to the Maxas!

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    The skinny on your week

    by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, June 4 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F2
    Your spatial reasoning skills will improve by 113% next month. This week: Document wherever you go, since that will be where you are.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F4
    You will become a ranter and raver par excellence by the end of Thursday. This week: Listen to all the Leonard Cohen you can handle.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F5
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