by Mike Marlett | Thursday, October 23 | Posted in Music

In the fall of every year since 1998, Mark Foley, professor of bass at Wichita State University, and a band of like-minded individuals organize and execute the KNOB Festival of New Music at the Fisch Haus.

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

Taxation is a major issue in many ways in this year's elections. Governor Sam and his brownshirts in the legislature want Kansas on a trajectory to eliminate the income tax and put the onus of paying the state's bills on sales and property taxes. They have already lowered income tax rates and exempted 191,000 single proprietorship small businessmen completely from paying income taxes.

The City of Wichita wants to impose a one cent sales tax to pay for water projects, job creation, public transit and roads.

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

By now, you're well into making your Halloween plans. If you're doing it right, this does not mean you've decided just how "cute" and/or "hot" your Orange Is The New Black Sexy Kitten Fairy Devil costume will be. No, this means you're studiously debating just how to scare the ever-loving crap out of a few people on Great Pumpkin's Day. It can be tough, especially when you may not have the experience of always knowing the difference between the wrong kind of scary and Halloween Scary™.

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by Mike Marlett | Thursday, October 23 | Posted in Film

The Tallgrass Film Festival's 12th year has, for the 12th consecutive year, set attendance records. This year, more than 13,800 people attended the festival's events — which included more than 100 screenings, parties, educational classes and VIP events.

At press time, the official ticket sales figures were not in, but sales were, according to festival director Lela Meadow-Conner, the highest they've ever been — especially the VIP TallPasses.

Meadow-Conner said that the continued success and ever-increasing popularity of Tallgrass makes her feel "pretty damn good."

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by Emilee Palomino | Thursday, October 23 | Posted in Food

Chili is fall in a bowl. As soon as the slightest chill is in the air, I fill the house with the spicy aroma of a pot that's simmered all afternoon.

There are a few secret ingredients to putting a twist on this cool weather comfort food: cocoa powder, cinnamon and beer. They may seem like unlikely allies, but all three add a curiosity that people won't be able to put their fingers on.

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

Winter is coming, according to popular culture, and it's almost time to shun the iced summer brew in favor of the life-giving warmth of hot coffee. Before long, it will be too cold to even think of venturing out of the house, so it's time to figure out how you're going to be brewing your coffee at home in the foreseeable future. So, I'm going to answer some common questions here about home brewing methods as a bit of a primer on what's best.

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

Everyone knows that war is hell, but it can so easily be glamorized in the cinema. At some point, we all thought World War II was a real-life action-adventure movie, until we discover the truly horrific accounts that war films wouldn't or couldn't depict. Playing with a toy tank with green army men makes it all seem like fun and games without any consideration of just how terrifying it was to be either up against or inside one of those machines. Those sensibilities are depicted in the new World War II film, Fury by writer-director David Ayer.

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by Vickie Kline | Thursday, October 23 | Posted in Food

"No, if anyone orders Merlot, I'm leaving. I am NOT drinking any fucking Merlot!" — Miles Raymond (Paul Giamatti) in the movie Sideways

Browsing the aisles in the liquor store is a fun way to spend time. It's enjoyable to see what's new, what's interesting and hopefully find something incredibly tasty. I begin by looking for eye-catching labels, and if something jumps out at me, then I look more closely to determine if it's worth buying. This is a great way to expand wine choices and learn about different varietals and winemakers.

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Abode Venue hosts an event for sneaker lovers.

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

The third edition of I Got Sole is prepped to keep your eyes fixed directly at a shoegaze. Wichita sneaker enthusiasts will, again, get a chance to share their love for a footwear that has enticed many since its inception starting with Keds, then Converse's creation of the original Chuck Taylor, on through the expansion of the craft from Adidas to Pumas.

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

Dear Mexican: What do Mexicans in the United States think of the violent drug cartel problem currently in Mexico? Do local Latinos cringe with disgust or fear when they hear another drug cartel story on the news…or do they feel a sense of disconnect because they are living in America now and it's no longer a concern of theirs? Do local Latinos currently fear crossing San Diego/Mexico border? Do they worry about being kidnapped or carjacked on the way to Rosario like Caucasian people do right now?

— Yo Gabba Gabacho

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, October 23 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F3
    Journaling is the key to solving your troubles this week. This week: Adopt a new kitty friend.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F2
    You will almost come to blows with a Cancer in an argument over cake decoration. This week: Smooth it over with buttercream frosting.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F4
    You'll be busier than a one-armed paper hanger at work soon. This week: Sign up for the next typography conference in the area.
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    The Tallgrass Film Festival announced it's 2014 award winners today. They are as follows:

    Vimeo Audience Awards

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    by Michael Carmody | Thursday, October 16 | Posted in Culture

    In this week's Wichitarchaeology, we wrap up our ongoing series on the origin of Wichita place names. In the last installment, we examined the history behind Getto, Harry, Hydraulic and Nims streets; this week, we take a look at Orme, Osie, Rutan and William.

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    by Christina Calhoun | Thursday, October 16 | Posted in Arts

    This weekend, a collective of creative Riversiders will be displaying their artistic wares for the Porter Street Artists and Friends Fall Art Festival.

    Starting in 2012, a handful of friends and collaborators began to assemble their variously intriguing creative activities into cohesive spring and fall shows, with Joann Ryan, of Metal Mammas, hosting the first event in her home. Enthusiastic reports spread, drawing the attention of more artists from the Wichita area and leading to the show's expansion.

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    by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, October 16 | Posted in View

    In the spirit of full disclosure, I may be a Democrat. I know that I'm not a Republican despite being a geriatric, white Kansan. Sometimes I feel like an Independent, and I occasionally vote that way, but, for the most part, I am a Democrat. Will Rogers once said, "I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat."

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

    Wichita Symphony Orchestra hosted their first ever Media Day event and Wichita Symphony Music Director Don Reinhold and Conductor Daniel Hege was there to greet press and welcome them to the stage inside Century II Concert Hall. Seated on stage with a performers eye view of the hall, I listened to Maestro Hege lead us through the upcoming season for WSO.

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    Like the rest of them.

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

    Clowns. The mere mention of the word stirs deep-seeded, instinctual fears in most highly-evolved mammals. Horses, for example, being an animal famously able to "sense death," will not willingly enter a building which has a clown inside*, or which has a door that is shut and requires opposable thumbs to open.

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    by Dan Kampling | Thursday, October 16 | Posted in Film

    Have you ever wondered if sharing a bed with your significant other could lead to a quarrel and then to a murder case? It's not completely impossible. And it's the idea behind the best-selling mystery novel turned box office success, Gone Girl, which examines that fear under the razor sharp direction of acclaimed director David Fincher.

    This quarreling couple is Nick and Amy Dunne (Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike). After they move from New York to Missouri, resentment grows between the two until Amy's sudden disappearance leaves Nick as the main suspect of her murder.

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    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, October 16 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: I've heard that the Tijuana donkey show featuring a female whore is not real other than the fact that they do bring out a donkey and do some simulation for people who are drunk.

    Down-Low Loco

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    The skinny on your week

    by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, October 16 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F4
    A walrus will appear in your dreams. This week: Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Netscape Navigator by asking a millennial if they know what "AOL" means.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F3
    You should investigate whether you can crowd-fund your student loans. This week: Play Space Invaders in your pajamas.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F1
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