The Wichita restaurateur was found dead in her home Thursday night.

by Don Winsor |, by Mike Marlett | Friday, June 5 | Posted in News

Popular Wichita restauranteur Tanya Tandoc, owner of Tanya’s Soup Kitchen, was found dead in the basement of her home in the 200 block of south Minneapolis last night after police responded to a call of “concern about the welfare of an individual” just before 11 p.m. According to a Wichita police briefing at 10 a.m., officers knocked on the door of the home and talked with a 47-year-old man who lived at the residence.

Independent sources have said that local musician Curt Mitchell had been staying with Tandoc.

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by Mike Marlett | Thursday, June 4 | Posted in View

After more than two years (or 12, depending on how you want to count it) as a weekly newspaper, F5 is going to go monthly.

We are going to publish a print version just in time for Final Friday every month. We'll keep up with our weekly (and daily, even) shenanigans online, at

Our efforts are going to be concentrated on delivering better online content — more, faster, with fewer space restrictions.

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by CJ Harries | Thursday, June 4 | Posted in Music

Overcast skies loomed over Grandpa's backyard last Saturday as Mammoth set up for a sound check. I was one of maybe 10 early people there for the release of Corporate Greed, Mammoth's inaugural EP.

Bassist Hayden Fields started the night with his small practice amp (which he's used before), but locals Odds Against graciously shared their gear and gave him an upgrade. Both the sound check set and the full set were fast and loud.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, June 4 | Posted in Food

Good cold brew is something that I've always left to the professionals. I admit I've done the bachelor version once in a great while — just pouring leftover coffee into something then refrigerating it, to varying result. Usually, it doesn't take long before it turns bitter, acidic, or… just weird. Making it well is a long process which requires more time and effort than I've ever thought it was worth, but as we're coming into a Kansas summer and I'm trying to be a bit more frugal, I thought I'd take a look at some cold brewing systems to let you know which are the best.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, June 4 | Posted in View

As we transition into a monthly print publication (see this story) and to the fast-moving online world of up-to-the-minute Drudge Report journalism, I think it is very important that I use this weekly print space in a meaningful way, a way that will help you the reader. (If you're reading online, please print this out and continue.) Something you can clip out and laminate for future reference.

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by Vickie Kline | Thursday, June 4 | Posted in Food

Liquor stores can be like grocery stores in that we frequent our favorites because we know the layout and it's convenient. But it's fun to occasionally be adventurous and drop into a new place.

I did that this past week to make a quick wine pick-up and was delighted with Maggie's at Douglas and Meridian.

My intention to be in-and-out took longer than expected because there were varietals and producers that were unfamiliar, so I was forced to browse. The store carries a nice selection of wines that are well organized and interesting.

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by Jeremy Biltz | Thursday, June 4 | Posted in Books

F5 is all about local and regional creators, so when Lester Rowe reached out to me on Twitter and asked if I would be interested in reviewing his book and documentary combo WiFi at Rock Bottom, I immediately said yes. When I realized the book was self-published, I admit I felt a little trepidation. My experience with self-published books has been decidedly mixed. Some have been engaging works of art, and some have been un-self-aware dreck. In which category would Rowe's book fall?

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, June 4 | Posted in View

All day I sat around waiting for something to break loose. In Topeka, in Washington, even in Europe where they are talking about a deal with Iran. And the only thing that broke was our poor Secretary of State's leg. John Kerry stepped away from the negotiations to get a little exercise, rode his bike into a curb and broke a leg.

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, June 4 | Posted in Film

If you've seen the trailer for San Andreas, rest assured you already know exactly what type of film it is. Remember that spate from the late 1990s through the late 2000s when films like The Day After Tomorrow, Volcano, 2012 and Deep Impact were major moneymakers? Yeah… it's one of those sort of things.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, June 4 | Posted in Film

Immortality is a quality we all fantasize about. We all know someone (or are someone) who doesn't want to acknowledge their age. We all wish to stay young. It has long been a common theme in fiction. Making a feature film that deals with the subject can prove to be difficult for a multitude of factors, and one is finding an actor who can portray a character that is beyond the actor's years. The latest film to play off of this notion is The Age of Adaline, which presented an intriguing idea through its trailers and marketing, but unfortunately couldn't live up to its premise.

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by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, June 4 | Posted in Amuse

Dear Mexican: Do your countrymen still worship the rock band Santana? Or are they looked as like the Who in England and Crosby Still and Nash in America, old relics from the good ol' Woodstock days?

— Abraxas to the Maxas!

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, June 4 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F2
    Your spatial reasoning skills will improve by 113% next month. This week: Document wherever you go, since that will be where you are.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F4
    You will become a ranter and raver par excellence by the end of Thursday. This week: Listen to all the Leonard Cohen you can handle.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F5
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    by Kristin Marlett | Thursday, May 28 | Posted in Arts

    Artist Wayne White's dream job takes him to cities all over America, and on Friday, May 29, Wichita will see his talents firsthand.

    Best known for his set and puppet designs for Pee-Wee's Playhouse, for which he won three Emmy awards, White also voiced characters on the show.

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    by Mike Marlett | Thursday, May 28 | Posted in News

    In the middle of March, John Barleycorn's Bar and Grill, 608 E. Douglas, shut down. The ownership changed and remodeling began. This weekend sees Barleycorn's — the new, official, shorter (but still with an apostrophe!) name — reopen, modified to be even better at what the venerable Old Town bar was known for: live music.

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    Need a band van? ICT Fest has got one for you!

    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, May 28 | Posted in Music

    Matthew Clagg, current dean of ICT Fest, is trying something new for Wichita. Clagg wants to make a van available for rent to the music and arts community. What this means for the musical community here, Clagg confirms himself as an altruistic idealist, "ICT Fest got a van; that means you got a van. Need to go out on tour? Need to move gear across town? We want to rent you a van for as cheap as possible. Help us help ICT!"

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    by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, May 28 | Posted in Film

    Given how many remakes we've seen of prime 1970s and '80s horror classics over the last few years, it'd seem natural that the iconic 1982 Tobe Hooper/Steven Spielberg production Poltergeist would eventually receive such treatment.

    While the new Poltergeist — directed by Gil Kenan of Monster House fame — is at least mostly loyal plot-wise to the classic original, it fails to find a contemporary conduit for the spectacle, imagination and smarts that made its predecessor such a thrilling experience.

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    by Dan Kampling | Thursday, May 28 | Posted in Film

    Hey, kids, summer's here and it's time for movie camp. While this year's summer movie season doesn't have any real notable comedies coming, it doesn't mean that you can check out a classic summer flick at the Palace Theater this weekend. What's coming is a special bonus screening of the summer camp film classic, Meatballs.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, May 28 | Posted in View

    Though I grew up only about an hour from Wichita, I have never really experienced a Riverfest. It wasn't anything we'd venture in for when I was a kid. We'd see coverage on local news, back when people still had antennas, so we knew about it. As an adult, I never really lived here, so until two years ago when I was doing a show at the Crown Uptown while it was going on, I had virtually no Riverfestsperience. That experience was only one afternoon at the food court, after which I avoided the crowded area like the plague.

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    by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, May 28 | Posted in View

    It's Monday. Memorial Day. And for a brief period the sun is out. I am sitting on my front porch reading the morning paper. The across-the-street neighbor has his American flag out, and it's flying at half staff on the pole, kept almost straight out by a stiff breeze. And I'm thinking of Ernie.

    As a Vietnam-era veteran, you'd think that I knew quite a few men who were killed in action. After all, we lost over 55,000 in that war. But I was lucky. I wasn't close to the action or around many folks who were in it.

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    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, May 28 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: From what I've seen and heard, Mexicans are very family-oriented. They take the names of their mothers and fathers, live with extended family, take carpooling to the nth degree and tattoo the names of their children across their bodies. We recently had a party and invited one of our Hispanic friends. She showed up with her grandmother, mother, sister and her two kids! What the hell was that all about?

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