The multi instrumentalist with only a guitar graced Wichita with an intimate performance.

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

Arriving to the historic Orpheum Theatre on Sunday, July 17, under a gloomy, rainy sky, Emmanuel fans were clamoring to get their tickets checked and get into their seats for a night of acoustic guitar-based entertainment, starting with the night's opener, Antsy McClain.

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

Orpheus, just before starting his set, stated before a thin crowd, "Thank you guys for coming. You're my new best friends." A sentiment many in attendance shared Friday evening, July 18.
Opening for Standing in the Colour and Domestic Drone, Orpheus is a solo act, just Brian Foster with his guitar and a delay pedal. Orpheus started out slow and maintained a distant creeping sound the whole set then gave the stage over to Standing in the Colour after about 30 minutes.

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

I was all ready to write about refugees this week. My heart goes out to those children, teenaged and younger, who are showing up on the U.S.-Mexico border without parents and expecting to be allowed into the United States to live with relatives. They are fleeing gang-controlled and drug-infested nations such as Honduras, El Salvador and Chicago where violence is endemic and hope non-existent.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, July 24 | Posted in View

Ten years ago tomorrow, based on our Thursday publication date, I was forcibly awakened by kidnappers. Before I was aware of what was happening, I was dressed, blindfolded and thrown into a car. I was staying in an apartment rented for me by the theater I was working for in Florida. My captors didn't speak for at least 30 minutes until finally they asked if I wanted coffee. Of course, I did. They pressed a cup into my hands and continued on a roundabout drive for probably another hour and a half.

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by Michael Carmody | Thursday, July 24 | Posted in Culture

The city of Wichita celebrated its 144th birthday this week, and Wichitarchaeology is marking the occasion with a series of news highlights from July issues of the Wichita Eagle going back all the way to the city's beginnings. This is the second installment of three; last week's, covering 1872-1900, saw Wichita's transformation from dusty cowtown to proper prairie city. All text is taken directly from the Tihen Notes on the Eagle, except that in italics, which is the author's commentary.

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

The picture: an early scene in The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to last year's dystopian thriller hit, The Purge.

An elderly black man from an inner city neighborhood is in a sharp suit sitting on a chair in a room of the luxurious home of a wealthy family.

The man, who has found out he has a terminal disease, had put his life up for bid. In exchange for his life, $100,000 will go in his surviving family's bank account.

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

Final Friday may occur at a fixed point on the calendar, but the work of architect and artist Kent Thomas Williams operates within no such boundaries of time, space or expectation.

In his latest show at the Center for the Arts, Williams stretches the fabric of space-time with a body of work titled Cusp: Arrival of the Qoolieros, Into and Through the Noisy Planet.

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

A couple of weeks ago when I reviewed Tammy, I thought I was presiding over this year's winner for Worst Film. It must have been a temptation of the fates because this upcoming review triumphed Tammy in terms of pure atrociousness that has absolutely no saving grace at all and should be banned from all theaters. No, I'm not from the Catholic Legion of Decency chastising a film simply because it's called Sex Tape, but I'm calling out everyone who made this film for deliberately wasting my time in branding this "comedy" as entertainment for the masses.

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by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, July 24 | Posted in Amuse

Dear Mexican: I am from an Arabic-speaking country. After my education is completed here, I'll be returning to my country of Kuala Lampur, the Garden City of Lights. Since I've been in this country, I've noticed there's a rising tide of hatred toward Mexicans. I've talked to Mexicans, and they all say they're proud to be Mexican. I am curious, sir: why is it that Mexicans don't stand up to that corrupt and racist government in Mexico? In my opinion, it's going to get worse for Mexicans in the United States.

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, July 24 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F4
    It is your destiny to form a traveling circus. This week: Pickle every thing that you harvest from your garden.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F3
    It's a fantastic week to take up and then quit smoking. This week: Finally nix your plans for a Nicki Minaj tattoo.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F2
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    by Michael Carmody | Thursday, July 17 | Posted in Culture

    Human nature never changes, but the details of our daily lives do on a constant basis. Wichita, born by candlelight on horseback at the end of a cattle trail, blossomed in the span of a few decades into a modern, machine-age metropolis fueled by aerospace and lubricated with fresh crude. Another 100 years hence finds us making the difficult transition from an economy (not to mention social structure) built on manufacturing to one in which information has become the world's primary widget.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, July 17 | Posted in View

    This column has three endings. In order to read them all, you'll need to find the others in other copies of this week's F5.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, July 17 | Posted in Food

    To paraphrase Martha and/or the Vandellas, summer's here and the time is right for dying in the heat. In winter, it's easy enough to justify hunkering down with a steaming mug of freshly extracted Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, but not in July. You could actually fry eggs on the sidewalk on many days, though omelettes are a challenge. It's a challenge we've discussed here before — you want good coffee, but you want it cold.

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    by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, July 17 | Posted in View

    I'm not a socialist. At least in the classical sense where socialists believe that the government should control the major forms of production and distribution. I'm not sure about the way it's used now by the right. I certainly can't see Obamacare as a form of socialized medicine. In fact, it's not close enough to socialized medicine for me.

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    by Dan Kampling | Thursday, July 17 | Posted in Film

    Three years ago, 20th Century Fox surprised audiences and fans alike with their reboot of the Planet of the Apes saga, which utilized highly realistic CGI effects to portray the ape characters, as opposed to make-up effects. This helped it to be more acceptable to modern audiences, whom feel that the original material is heavily outdated with its effects, along with the nuclear war subtext portraying just what could happen if human beings slumped into the simian state.

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    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, July 17 | Posted in Music

    Wikipedia defines psychedelia as: a name given to the subculture of people who use psychedelic artwork and psychedelic music derived from the experience of altered consciousness that uses highly distorted and surreal visuals, sound effects and reverberation, and bright colors and full spectrums and animation (including cartoons) to evoke and convey to a viewer or listener the artist's experience. The term "psychedelic" is derived from the Ancient Greek words psuchē (ψυχή - psyche, "mind") and dēlōsē (δήλωση - "manifest"), translating to "mind-manifesting".

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    by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, July 17 | Posted in Film

    When it comes to demon possession and exorcism films, William Friedkin's seminal 1973 offering The Exorcist casts a long, long shadow. Outside of the usual exploitation markets, it's a wonder these types of films still turn up at all.

    Deliver Us from Evil is a film squarely in that post-Exorcist vein and, while it doesn't completely to escape that shadow, and has some curious issues of its own, it at least manages to hit the notes it needs to in mostly effective ways.

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    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, July 17 | Posted in Music

    Looking for some Wichita musical history makers to keep adding to the larger pantheon that is ICT music? Look no further than July 19 at Kirby's Beer Store (of course) which will be playing host to The John Eberly Band and the brand new Britt Rosencutter Combo.

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    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, July 17 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: I have some questions and observations. During George W. Bush's administration, there was a lot of talk for and against comprehensive immigration reform (amnesty to some). One remark that I recall was stated by a Mexican that went something like, "Go back to Europe!" Aren't Mexicans of European descent also? Hello, colonized by Spain. I thought to myself, "Why don't you go back to Europe? Unless you are puro indio, your roots from Europe, also." Immigration reform aside, what are your thoughts on going back to Europe?

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    The skinny on your week

    by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, July 17 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F2
    You will struggle with the weight of knowing rock and roll is here to stay. Forever. This week: Rollerblade the blues away.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F3
    You have the longest summer reading list among your friends. Cheers to you! This week: Make yourself a Nutella mocha frappé.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F4
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