by Jeremy Webster | Monday, February 2 | Posted in Film

Every good horror film gets a sequel. But what about screenings?

After successful turnouts last Friday and Saturday, the Australian horror phenomenon The Babadook will be returning to the Palace Theatre for a weeklong run starting this Friday.

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, January 29 | Posted in Film

The Babadook, the No. 1 rated horror film of 2014, will be creeping into the Palace Theatre Friday and Saturday to scare the socks off Wichita audiences.

The Australian film, which holds an impressive aggregate critic score of 97 percent on, not only scored as the best reviewed horror film of 2014, but also rates as the fifth best rated film of all films released in 2014.

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, January 29 | Posted in Film

The Babadook is worth the hype.

The low budget, independent horror darling that's been slowly invading shores outside of its native Australia has certainly racked up plenty of critical accolades amongst critics and viewers.

And I'll be damned if it doesn't deserve the attention it's getting.

The film centers around mother Amelia (Essie Davis) and seven year old son Samuel (Noah Wiseman) as their long-traumatized relationship begins to wear near a breaking point.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, January 29 | Posted in Food

Most of the great independent coffee places in Wichita have the advantage of being in either generally high-traffic areas or in active neighborhoods with a population less averse to walking, biking or simply an interest in hanging out in their own part of the community.

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by Kelsie Baab | Thursday, January 29 | Posted in Books

Arthur Bradford's newest collection of short stories, Turtleface and Beyond, presents a dozen absurd stories in a hauntingly relatable fashion. He shies away from no taboo, and his stories cover topics including the mentally ill, drug use, profanity, the sex industry and deviating from societal norms.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, January 29 | Posted in Film

The neo-noir genre has taken many strides over the years. It's made stars out of directors like Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers, and it typically falls under the subgenre of many great films for the past generation of film history.

Another notable director, Paul Thomas Anderson, brings his contribution to the genre with the release of Inherent Vice. The film is an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's book of the same name about a pot smoking private detective and his ongoing investigations.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, January 29 | Posted in View

I don't know why no one else has thought of this. Surely, if they had, society's troubles would be at an end. What am I talking about? You fools, we've had access to the sum of human knowledge and experience at our fingertips for years now! The internet represents our finest achievement, and thanks to a little website called "Ask Jeeves" we can now answer our most probing queries with the unparalleled wisdom of a god. Our internet-dwelling hivemind, while not yet self-aware, will offer wisdom and guidance… so, together, let us ask Jeeves.

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by Vickie Kline | Thursday, January 29 | Posted in Food

In 1912, a group of vintners set out to prove that not all great wine came from Italy or California, and they proceeded to pioneer the Washington wine region. This was the beginning of Chateau St. Michelle, whose roots date back to the Repeal of Prohibition. Chateau Ste. Michelle currently has two state-of-the-art wineries, one for red and one for white, and has definitely proved their point.

My husband and I can personally vouch for this, as we visited the Woodinville wine region several years ago and dropped in at Chateau St. Michelle for a tasting.

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, January 29 | Posted in View

Last week, I went out to the 13th Street Warren Theatre and saw Selma. Partly, I wanted to see if the complaints of the critics were justified. And partly I wanted to see what I had missed while in jail 50 years ago.

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by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, January 29 | Posted in Amuse

Dear Mexican: Why is rock en español so mellow? You'd think that with so much injustice, Mexican rock bands would sound angrier.

— El Gigante de Anaheim

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, January 29 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F5
    Your sweetheart will get you a real meadowlark for Kansas Day. This week: Re-read the Lord of the Rings series.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F3
    Now is the time to use those free snowboarding lessons you got for Hanukkah. This week: Enjoy all that sunny Colorado has to offer.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F2
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    by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, January 22 | Posted in View

    As events unfolded in Paris a week or two ago, the media referred to Islamic terrorists or Islamist terrorists so frequently that the phrase stuck in my mind. I began to ruminate on the attachment of a religion to any other criminals. Have we heard lately of any Hindu terrorists? Or Buddhist terrorists? How about Christian terrorists?

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    by Mike Marlett | Thursday, January 22 | Posted in Arts

    Beginning this Final Friday, Jan. 30, Roxy's Downtown will play host to a new monthly late-night event called "The Dead Martin Variety Hour," a show created and "sort of co-produced" by Don Winsor. Yes, that Don Winsor, the one found in these pages, who has spent a great deal of his life travelling the world as an actor and singer in shows like Mamma Mia and Les Miserables. Don and Roxy's have spent the last month looking for whatever unique acts could throw together five minutes of material.

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    Evan Roth show takes a whimsical look at serious modern issues.

    Thursday, January 22 | Posted in Arts

    The Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University will open the Evan Roth//Intellectual Property Donor exhibition Jan. 24. This show occupies an irregular zone at the intersection of free culture and popular culture, where viral media meets art and graffiti connects with technology.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, January 22 | Posted in View

    The world of modern investing is difficult to understand. The adaptations that will be required of everyone, relatively soon, to become comfortable with the use of digital currency, NFC payments and Google Munny are hard to wrap your head around. It's hard for even the most expert currency analysts to wrap their heads around Bitcoin, and carrying around that conventional paper money in your pocket just makes you look like an old, tired grandfather desperate to find a place to soak his dentures while he gums down some lead-filled tapioca.

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    by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, January 22 | Posted in Film

    Starry Eyes is the sort of low budget independent horror feature that shows why, when the right passion and the talent align on a project, the results can be amazing.

    Co-directed and co-written by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, the film follows Sarah (Alexandra Essoe), a young would-be starlet in L.A. as she's approached with what seems to be an opportunity of a lifetime — if she's willing to put herself through some very hellish things to get there.

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    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, January 22 | Posted in Music

    Floating in like a traveler upon a snowflake, Treehugger, is subtle despite its impressive line-up of contributing artists.

    The album is 2015's newest release from Francis Moss on Air House Records.

    Sticking with the now-familiar use of classical guitar for the majority of the instrumentation on Treehugger, guitarist and composer David Lord (a.k.a. Francis Moss) has crafted a patient, confident and prepared pulse that maintains throughout the 11 song, almost-20-minute-long release.

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    by Dan Kampling | Thursday, January 22 | Posted in Film

    In this day in age, it's downright astonishing to see a non-tent-pole movie reach a $100 million opening weekend. This record-setting feat was accomplished over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend with the nationwide release of American Sniper, based on the life of Iraqi war veteran Chris Kyle, dubbed the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.

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    by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, January 22 | Posted in Film

    On Sunday night the chairs and booths at John Barleycorn's were filled by horror and independent film fans who'd come to experience Starry Eyes.

    A low budget, independent horror darling with a solid 76 percent fresh rating at, Starry Eyes was well-attended by a respectfully quiet and appreciative audience.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, January 22 | Posted in Food

    While I do appreciate a well-crafted coffee that requires patience and attention to create, I also have owned a Keurig and a Tassimo because they were convenient and novel. The Keurig I dropped because I could never get the quality I wanted, the Tassimo discs simply stopped being as readily available. Both purchases were in lieu of the single-serving coffee machine that even many coffee snobs agree is at least "not bad," the Nespresso.

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