by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, February 12 | Posted in Film

Let it be known that, in the ratio of unintentional hilarity to outright pain, Jupiter Ascending — the latest special effects extravaganza from Andy and Lana Wachowski — definitely skews to the side of pain.

And yet… well, these are the Wachowskis, man. These are the people that captured an entire generation's imagination and revolutionized special effects with The Matrix some 16 years ago.

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by Mike Marlett | Thursday, February 12 | Posted in Arts

Let me just say up front that I really enjoy any opportunity to spend time with my boys, Elliott and Oliver, who are almost (not quite) 2 and 4 years old. I have spent a lot of time with my children, and I am a connoisseur of children's entertainment. And Sesame Street Live has become unbearably bad.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, February 12 | Posted in View

The text came in at around 4:30 p.m.

"(Guess who's stopping in Wichita tonight? This guy!)"

It was from my friend Jeff, whom I hadn't seen in quite some time. It was an unscheduled stop due to some fluke travel mishap. Unfortunately, I was busy that day trying to drum up ad sales for F5 (BUY ADS IN F5!) and immediately following I had a rehearsal for Mosley Street Melodrama, so I couldn't meet him until later in the evening.

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by Vickie Kline | Thursday, February 12 | Posted in Food

This is a wine that caught my eye because of a basic conundrum. The wine is called "The Corker" with the label being a picture of a cork. The interesting part is that it comes with a screw cap, so there is no cork present. Hmmm, have I stumbled upon some type of conspiracy? Or is the wine producer trying to pull a fast one?

Of course the answer to both of these questions is "no."

Salena Estate in South Australia addresses the issue directly and explains their reasoning for creating this confusing bottle of wine.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, February 12 | Posted in Film

It should go without saying that New York City during the 1970s and 1980s was a bona fide Hell on Earth. During that time, The Big Apple carried a heavy stigma for a crime-ridden city with its high rates of drugs, criminals and corruption. Writer-director J. C. Chandor utilizes this bad memory as the backdrop for the critically acclaimed film, A Most Violent Year, which excellently visualizes and personalizes this point in history while delivering stellar performances from the cast.

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, February 12 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F3
    Your Galentine's Day celebrations will far exceed your Valentine's Day celebrations. This week: Treat yo'self to some leftover chocolates.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F2
    Since city buses don't run on Sundays, your pedicab service will really take off. This week: Find a new way to incorporate leftover chocolate into your diet.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F4
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    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, February 12 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: Can you please explain to me the basis as to why some Chicanos and mexicanos get offended when you speak to them in Spanish? As a fellow Chicano, I find it hard to believe that raza gets offended by this genuine approach to them. Have you noticed this behavior yourself? That little dirty look that comes from when you say "Hola" to them makes it hard to even approach. Is this pattern more deeply rooted in the times where speaking Spanish was shameful act in the U.S.? And to be accepted, many Chicanos were prohibited from speaking Spanish?

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    by Torin Andersen | Wednesday, February 11 | Posted in Music

    With a day of spring-like weather and a close-out from the Shockers next door, Kirby's Beer Store hosted three young women ready to enchant an already beaming crowd on Saturday, Feb. 7.

    The door was wide open, and many patrons were in front of the bar and on the back patio, while the warm yellow glow of this venue's interior attracted music lovers to imbibe like pigs on clover. Meager in size but not cramped, this venue is ideal for exploring the often vulnerable audible delicacies that Jenny Wood and Maria Elena are eager to share.

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    by Bill Jenkins | Wednesday, February 11 | Posted in View

    I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Far from it. I just muddle along through the fog hoping occasionally to get a glimpse of the big picture. That happened this week. Monday night, while having a glass of a really good single barrel bourbon and watching the news on the local CBS affiliate, the clouds parted and I got an inkling of what was happening.

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    ICT Coffee Consortium brings local shops together to wield their strengths for good.

    by Don Winsor | Thursday, February 5 | Posted in Food

    When local businesses cooperate, we all win. In the (original) movie Miracle on 34th Street, a Macy's Santa sends a customer to rival department store Gimble's because they carry a specific item that Macy's does not. While the managers at Macy's at first huff-puffed in monochrome rage, they soon realized that this was actually a reasonable business strategy.

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    by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, February 5 | Posted in Film

    English-Iranian director Ana Lily Amirpour's debut feature A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night has been called, "the first Iranian vampire Western."

    A seemingly strange mishmash of words strung together into a description, true, but it's not an inaccurate statement. The black and white production — which also boasts Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings, the Maniac remake) as a producer — is something akin to a loose cousin of Let the Right One In interpreted through the minds of Sergio Leone, Quentin Tarantino and David Lynch.

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    by Ellen Crispin | Thursday, February 5 | Posted in Arts

    On its best days, attending community theater can be a risky endeavor — the volunteer status of a production can lead to unbalanced performances — and the selection of August: Osage County seems particularly risky considering the freshness of its Hollywood counterpart. That said, Wichita Community Theatre, directed by Crystal Meek, has managed to create something fresh for audience members already familiar with the story.

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    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, February 5 | Posted in Music

    Girls night this week will be driven by melody produced from some of Wichita's premier independent original songwriters and performers. Kirby's will be hosting three women — Annie Adams, Maria Elena and Jenny Wood — who are no stranger to this hole-in-the-wall just south of the WSU campus at 17th and Holyoke.

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    by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, February 5 | Posted in View

    This evening I flipped on my TV to catch the news, hoping to hear how the Ukrainians were faring under Russian-backed invasion. I also wanted to catch the weather to see how long the cold snap was going to last. The lead story, however, was something else entirely. Something that should have been old news.

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    by Vickie Kline | Thursday, February 5 | Posted in Food

    Several people have approached me recently asking if I've tried 19 Crimes. I thought this question was rather bold and out of line, as the crimes I've taken part in aren't normally something I discuss in daily conversation. And since when are crimes numbered … and are there really only 19? Shame on me for not realizing the reference was to 19 Crimes wine. (And thank goodness I hadn't admitted to anything that would have the law knocking on my door.)

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, February 5 | Posted in View

    It is a strange sort of sexism that denies history. I'll admit that I have not been paying a great deal of attention, but I have gleaned from casually browsing the internet in recent weeks that there has been a great deal of silly outrage and uproar over the recasting of the upcoming American Ghostbuster Sniper reboot with an all-female cast.

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    by Kelsie Baab | Thursday, February 5 | Posted in Arts

    The Dead Martin Variety Hour, brain child of F5's own Don Winsor, debuted without a hitch this past Final Friday at Roxy's Downtown, 412-1/2 E. Douglas, and for those of you who didn't drag your old bones out to the 10:30 show, you'll want to mark your calendars now for next month's performance on Friday, Feb. 27.

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    by Dan Kampling | Thursday, February 5 | Posted in Film

    Once in a while, there comes a movie that appears to have been made under the "I think I can" mantra from The Little Engine That Could. What writer-director Richard Linklater thought he could do was to make a film over 12 years, which would be the most accurate cinematic portrayal of a coming-of-age story. He aptly titled his project Boyhood.

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    The skinny on your week

    by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, February 5 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F2
    A well-meaning friend tries to cheer you up by buying a helicopter. This week: Find an old attic in which to write "your memoirs."
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F4
    The Kirby vacuum salesman who will show up at your door is destined to become your best friend. This week: Try to find the best tiramisu in town.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F3
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    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, February 5 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: Do Mexicans sling racial slurs at each other or casually refer to each other as "wabs," similar to the way blacks call each other "nigger?" What's your take on the whole "nigger" thing anyway?"

    — Kingfish the Cabrón

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