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

    Dracula Untold, Universal's latest attempt to reboot its Universal Monsters franchise, is a curious beastie in that it's essentially an origin story in the style of the Marvel Studios films that have proven box office dynamite over the last few years. The result, while entertaining and mostly competent, is a mixed blessing as such.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, October 9 | Posted in View

    October has arrived, and, since we aren't at war with anyone*, it's time to focus on what's truly important: Halloween specials. Oh, you haven't seen any this year? Or you did, and they were truly awful?

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    by Will Darrah | Thursday, October 9 | Posted in Music

    This weekend the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Daniel Hege, will shine its light on Wichita's own. It is sure to be a show worth seeing for all the talents that will be responsible for putting it together, but we at F5 would like to introduce you to WSO principal bassist Dr. Mark Foley.

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    by Michael Carmody | Thursday, October 9 | Posted in Culture

    Tucked away between the Canal Route and the North End's industrial zone, bordered by Murdock on the south and 13th on the north, the main section of Wichita's McAdams neighborhood exists today in a kind of quiet stasis, seemingly forgotten by a city that has conveniently bypassed (not to mention bisected) it with major traffic arteries. But once, only a few decades ago, it was a thriving, self-contained community, populated almost entirely by African-Americans.

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    by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, October 9 | Posted in Film

    The horror franchise formula presents one of the simplest and most dramatic examples of film industry marketing determination at its most undiluted: make film A on a shoestring budget, and if it makes gobs of money, make film B. Repeat the process as quickly as possible to continue cashing in on the trend while its hot, ceasing only when it seems commercial viability has been exhausted (but keep other products involving franchise alive and well to establish sense of nostalgia, thus keeping the brand alive for a future remake or reboot).

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    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, October 9 | Posted in Music

    The artwork for Truck or Dead Horse's newest release, a 7" vinyl pressing, features a series of five-digit numbers layered on and appears to be a code of some sort. I am certain the numbers are a farce. These jokers aren't above sending a would-be puzzle enthusiast down a dark hole for a few hours to no avail. The cover is two pieces of paper, printed (maybe photocopied) in black and white and loose inside the 7" plastic protective sleeve. This release is about as DIY as it gets.

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    ISIS OUT OF NOWHERE

    To the Editor:

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    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, October 9 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: Why don't Mexicans tip decently? I labor as a waitress in a local upscale steakhouse where, unfortunately, many Mexicans eat, and the lousy tips are starting to piss me off! Even blacks tip better! I always give good service on the one-in-a-million chance the brown-skinned loser sitting at my table isn't a complete social retard. Could you pass the word along so I can quit spitting in their drinks?

    — Waits on Too Many Wabs

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    The skinny on your week

    by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, October 9 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F2
    It'll take a few extra pinches of fairy dust, but you'll get through Tuesday. This week: Only Morrissey understands how you feel.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F3
    If you lose your job this week, you can patch together money by gigging at haunted houses and by posting ukulele videos. This week: Practice your ghostly "oooooh!"
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F4
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    by Mike Marlett | Wednesday, October 8 | Posted in Film

    Tallgrass has released its complete event grid. You can download the original 11x17 grid or a version altered to print out on two 8-1/2x11 pieces of paper.

    You can find a description of the films and events here or directly from Tallgrass.

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    by Dan Kampling | Wednesday, October 8 | Posted in Film

    Former Saturday Night Live performers Kristen Wigg and Bill Hader's reputations in films have managed to stay tolerable. Sure, most of them have been profitable films, but they fail to leave any sort of lasting impression that makes them stand out from their predecessors. Thankfully, their involvement in the independent film Skeleton Twins allows an opportunity for these comedic actors to break out of their typical mass audience appealing comedy shell and show their worth in a truly great black comedy.

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