by Don Winsor | Thursday, September 25 | Posted in View

Here at F5, our favorite holiday is Halloween. That's not just because our founder Jebediah Effive released the first edition of F5 on Halloween in 1770, but because it's the holiday that most represents the ideas that Wichita was built on — terror, costumes and women who think adding cat ears to lingerie makes it a costume. Halloween has become far more important since the Tea Party brought black magic into the mainstream, and decorating your home for Halloween goes a long way toward making sure Samhain passes without danger to your theoretically immortal soul.

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by Mike Marlett | Thursday, September 25 | Posted in Arts

ArtAID, Wichita's favorite party and art auction, is celebrating its 20th year this year. MaXX Bedroom will make her debut on The Cotillion stage at ArtAID on Friday, Oct. 10, in what organizers said will be the most dynamic, high-tech and audience-involved ArtAID yet.

ArtAID is an annual fundraiser for Positive Directions, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing community, action, resources, education and support for people who have HIV infection and their loved ones. PDI also educates people about behaviors that put them at risk for HIV infection.

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, September 25 | Posted in Film

With a new Criterion Collection Blu-ray release, Eraserhead, the first feature film from the brilliant and eccentric director David Lynch, is, as oddly as it may sound, not a film that's necessarily best watched as a source of entertainment or even enjoyment.

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, September 25 | Posted in Film

The Maze Runner marks the latest young adult genre novel adapted to film, the first book in a series (naturally) by James Dashner. While the film has its issues — including an inexplicable, impossible twist at the end — it is, for the most part, a quality effort by director Wes Ball and crew.

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by Mike Marlett | Thursday, September 25 | Posted in Film

The Tallgrass Film Festival has announced its feature film selections for the gala and spotlight screenings — these are seven films that are not part of the festival's annual awards.

For the first time, the film for the Stubbornly Independent Gala was selected by a jury of entertainment industry professionals.

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THE EMPEROR'S NEW SCHOOLS

To the Editor:

Governor Sam Brownback needs to wear a gold crown studded with large rubies and other precious jewels. He should also wear a large white woolen cape with sunflowers printed across it, and he needs to be seated on a massive throne made of tumbleweeds flown in from Western Kansas to show just how foolish he is beginning to look as he proclaims that he deserves to be re-elected after making the largest cuts to education in the state's history.

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by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, September 25 | Posted in Amuse

Dear Mexican: One of the things I have found enjoyable and profound is the use of language by Chicanos, mexicanos and Mexican-Americans. Humor and a sardonic sense of history are encapsulated in many everyday expressions. Two examples I can think of are the use of huey (or perhaps buey), and rollo. In the first case, perhaps buey (ox) is a bitterly ironic reference to the term huey tlatoani "ruler of Mexico-Tenochtitlan" I read about in Fifteen Poets of the Aztec World by Miguel León-Portilla.

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, September 25 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F4
    You will win a minor award in a kite-building contest. This week: Organize a Buddy Holly sing-along party.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F5
    When you help a Gypsy lady cross the street, she'll bless you with mad baking skills. This week: Bake a cake with pink frosting, candied roses and two tubes of silver dragées.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F3
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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, September 18 | Posted in Food

    Depending on who you ask, a "babycino" is either a good idea, a bad idea or a horrifying coffee drink flavored with actual babies. The latter isn't remotely true, and those people are sick. "Babycino" is just a cutesy term for what New Zealanders call a "fluffy," and Americans used to call a "steamer" until they realized why that was a bad idea. Thanks, Cleveland!

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, September 18 | Posted in View

    This week, Wichita was abuzz with excitement as the weeklong celebration of the re-opening of Joyland culminated in a lavish fireworks extravaganza from the freshly renewed park. The facility, in no way a horrifying, stuff-of-nightmares and Scooby-Doo stories, decaying, clown-haunted place where promises go to die, brings back hazy, inaccurate memories of the park that once brought capital "J" joy to people from miles around.

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    by Mike Marlett | Thursday, September 18 | Posted in Music

    Every year about this time, F5 nearly shuts down as the entire staff disappears to Winfield as part of a flood of RVs, campers, food trucks, tents and cars to nestle down in the Winfield Fairgrounds and along the banks of the Walnut River.

    The Walnut Valley Festival is a Mecca for bluegrass musicians around the globe. What started as the National Flat-Picking Championships 42 years ago has grown and grown and grown into a four-day long celebration of bluegrass and folk music.

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    The 4th annual event will bring 5 classic horror films.

    by Mike Marlett | Thursday, September 18 | Posted in Film

    Leif Jonker's Wichita Big Screen has announced the lineup for its fourth annual October at the Oldtown Horror Festival — a series that takes over one screen at the Warren Oldtown Theatre every Monday and Tuesday through October. All of the films will screen at 7 and 10 p.m. on Monday and/or Tuesday. This year, there are five films, most running Monday and Tuesday but two with just one day each.

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    by Vickie Kline | Thursday, September 18 | Posted in Food

    Fiasco (fē 'askō): 1. A complete and ignominious failure. 2. A round-bottomed glass flask for wine, especially Chianti, fitted with a woven, protective raffia basket that also enables the bottle to stand upright. — Webster's Unabridged

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    by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, September 18 | Posted in Film

    From start to finish, The Drop would be a film well worth seeing if only for the performances of Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini alone.

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    by Mike Marlett | Thursday, September 18 | Posted in Books

    International best-selling author Stephen King is including Wichita in his six-city book tour to support his latest novel, Revival.

    Watermark Books & Cafe, in partnership with Wichita State University, will host the New York Times bestselling author on Friday, Nov. 14, at WSU's Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N. (29th and Oliver). King's presentation will begin at 6 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

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    Solagget reunites and DVA introduces itself at the Fisch Haus.

    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, September 18 | Posted in Music

    Saturday, Sept. 13, was a cool night, and the sun set in radiant yellows, golds and turquoises outside the Fisch Haus on south Commerce Street. Francis Moss opened the show; Solagget would perform a reunion show next; and, then, a Czech sibling duo named DVA would fill the room with sound.

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    A boilerplate WWI story is made real by "Walking Dead" illustrator Charlie Adlard.

    by Chris Andersen | Thursday, September 18 | Posted in Books

    It's a well documented fact that war is hell, and World War I, doubly so. Robbie Morrison and Charlie Adlard's White Death tells the based-on-true-facts tale of Italian soldiers fighting in the Alps who came up with the bright idea of using artillery to drop avalanches on their Prussian opponents. These avalanches are the titular death. Like all weapons of war, this idea eventually gets turned against its own creator, and life for everyone on the front lines gets even worse.

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    by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, September 18 | Posted in View

    Danger! Republicans thinking. Or at least showing some signs of rational, if devious, thought.

    It seems that a few Republicans in Congress, tired of what to many women appears to be an anti-female agenda, have come up with a new wrinkle. Actually, it was probably some conservative think tank or strategist who put them up to it.

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    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, September 18 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: A very close friend of mine is supposed to become a U.S. citizen. He was brought here by his parents when he was 9 and has been illegal since then. When the laws changed, he went through a lot of hoops, and it really didn't look good for a long while — especially since he was 30 already by the time the law was truly enacted. But somehow, through petitions and an appeal, he has been told he will become a U.S. citizen. That being said, he is still waiting for the day, still working in a dodgy manner, still not driving — his American wife always drives.

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    The skinny on your week

    by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, September 18 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F1
    A colleague will undo six months of your work, then try to fix it all with brownies. This week: Make all decisions using if/then logic.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F2
    Your mom will not convince you the digital download of U2's latest album will be a collector's item someday. This week: Don't take advice from someone using a flip phone.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F3
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