by Don Winsor | Saturday, April 25 | Posted in News

You are cordially invited to Commerce Street tomorrow from 4 til 11pm for a celebration of all that's great about Wichita in honor of two years of F5.

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The accidental band is finally releasing its swan song.

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

Formed by literally drawing names out of a hat, Virgin Mary Satellite has out lasted five of its members' previous bands, including Science Rocket, Black Gasoline (Helvis), Dead Silos, In the Wake and Elephant Gun. Brought together by a band swap that occurred in July 2006, VMS had five songs (two over the requirement) ready to go in under a month of rehearsal before the showcase.

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, April 23 | Posted in Film

With Mad Max: Fury Road set to roar into theaters May 15, Wichita's going to get an opportunity to see George Miller's original Mad Max at the Palace Theatre at 7, 9:15 and 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights.

Initially released in 1979, Mad Max became a cult sensation, launching Mel Gibson to stardom and marking George Miller as a new director of note.

Wichita Big Screen Initiative founder Leif Jonker said that very few in America ever realized what a huge hit the film was overseas.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, April 23 | Posted in Food

Benjamin and Amanda Spell's Monroe Coffee Roasters is inching ever closer to the public opening of their retail space in the Dockum Building on the northeast corner of Douglas and Hillside. The couple invited me over for coffee, to take a look at their "blank slate" which is about to undergo final construction and to tell me about their subscription and coffee delivery service.

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, April 23 | Posted in View

It's 16 months out from the presidential nominating conventions but things are already heating up. A butt-load of Republican candidates is staking out every possible position from fiscally conservative state governor types who might be soft on social issues to bat-crap crazy zealots holding ground on the very lunatic fringes from libertarian to pulpit-pounding values fundamentalists.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, April 23 | Posted in View

Last week, the nation stopped to shed a tear of joy as every single right-minded American watched the Star Wars: Episode VII trailer after it was unveiled at the mammoth Star Wars Celebration event in Anaheim. For those few seconds, the national level of cynicism dropped by, according to some scientists, as much as 80% as people for one fleeting moment began to believe in things again.

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by CJ Harries | Thursday, April 23 | Posted in Music

Allow me to suggest an alternative Final Friday this month: KC's Too Bar and Grill for a fast-paced, aggressive night. On Friday, April 24, four amazing Kansas bands are going to show some touring dudes how to play music. For $12, you can't beat the quality of music you'll see with Shatter The Memories, The Grammaton Cleric, Forget About Tomorrow and Limits. A Skylit Drive plays too. Door are 6:30 p.m. with music starting at 7 p.m. If you've never been to KC's, it's at 7504 S. Broadway, Haysville.

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, April 23 | Posted in Film

While cell phones and general electronic connectivity as a whole have been incorporating themselves into the horror genre for a while — particularly in Japan, where films like Ringu, Kairo, Phone and the original One Missed Call made such technologies weapons under the power of angry revenants — Unfriended makes the leap connecting technohorror and the first person subgenre to astonishing effectiveness.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, April 23 | Posted in Film

Life is often viewed as a series of regrets and filled with thoughts of, "What if I did this instead?" Even those with a privileged life and status as an icon, those fortunate to be branded to be a "star," whether it's in movies or music, probably ponder that thought of "what if" more often than those who aspire to achieve their status. Instead of simply thinking what could be done, it's best to enact those thoughts in hopes of creating a better life than what was previously done.

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by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, April 23 | Posted in Amuse

Dear Mexican: Why do Mexican men have thicker hair than Caucasian men? Is it because it runs in the genes? (I am only asking about hair on the head not body hair).

— Frankie

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, April 23 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F4
    You'll be the coolest kid on the block when you use your Radio Flyer wagon to get groceries at Dillon's. This week: Treat yourself to a cupcake with sprinkles.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F5
    Happy birthday to you! You're now much older and slightly wiser. This week: Take a cruise with a friend.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F2
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    by Torin Andersen | Saturday, April 18 | Posted in Music

    Crown Uptown Theatre has changed its format a bit after having some success in live music entertainment. It has scaled back on music theater and set its sights on more event-specific hosting over long theater runs.

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    Wichita art duo take on MC duties at WSU Shift Space's annual wearable art fundraiser.

    by Ellen Crispin | Thursday, April 16 | Posted in Arts

    The first time I saw a Linnebur and Miller performance, the two young women who make up the group fed me plate after plate of fried egg while squeaking around the Fisch Haus in vinyl egg suits (complete with protruding foam yolks).

    The second time? They were old school hairdressers delicately bedazzling Wichita's art fans with snow themed beauty treatments. Each subsequent event continues to be an entirely different creation.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, April 16 | Posted in View

    Since returning to Wichita in November, I've heard every stripe of complaint about Wichita. "There's nothing to do." Not true. "I like ___, but around here the ______ is mostly horrible so I don't go." Well, keep trying.

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    Thursday, April 16 | Posted in View

    The one thing that people know about beavers is that we like to build dams. But no one wants to be defined by his job. And beavers don't want to just build dams. We want to build dreams.

    Last week, as you may know, I initiated my own re-introduction program by releasing myself from the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit in Central Riverside Park.

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    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, April 16 | Posted in Music

    Charlie Parr is known the world around, but he is visiting the Shamrock Lounge on Thursday, April 16, to perform his renowned brand of folksy country-blues.

    In the same vein as Blind Willie Johnson, Woody Guthrie and Dock Boggs, Parr continues the tradition by adding his own ingredients and brewing a mix of eclecticism that should delight a myriad of fans, old and new.

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    Guitar lovers beware: This is a very different palette of sounds.

    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, April 16 | Posted in Music

    Major Games has provided us with the soundtrack to spring. Appropriately named, "Life" is the euphoric opening cut from the Lawrence trio's self-titled release.

    Major Games champions guitar amalgamation and sonic innovation. The eight-song, self released, full-length album is due out on vinyl soon, but it is available for immediate download from the band's Bandcamp.com page, http://majorgames.bandcamp.com.

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    by CJ Harries | Thursday, April 16 | Posted in Music

    Let's face it: You have nothing to do on 4/20 because no one wants to celebrate Hitler's birthday and because you're clearly a law-abiding citizen. I have solution. Iron Born, Inrage, Mammoth and Filius Sol are playing a tidy little show at 8 p.m. in the South Lulu Temple of Doom, 2650 S. Lulu with a $5 suggested donation. It's a basement show, so bring earplugs, park politely because of neighbors and, above all, respect the house.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, April 16 | Posted in Food

    I'm like you, in that I don't think internet advertising works on me.

    I'm like you in that I am completely wrong about that — most internet advertising does not work on me, but there is good, cleverly crafted stuff that works on me.

    I'm also like you in that if I have had a drink or two I am capable of exercising poor judgment.

    There are other ways that I am like you, but you already know about those because of all of those poems I keep putting in your locker.

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    by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, April 16 | Posted in Film

    While Daredevil is the sort of property Marvel fans have hoped and dreamed they would see handled by Marvel itself, this latest adaptation from Stan Lee and company's media juggernaut (get it? Juggernaut? See what I did there?) is likely to exceed fan expectations. It's that good.

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