by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, June 12 | Posted in View

Wichita is growing. I guess that's a good thing, though sometimes I wonder. I grew up in the small town of Douglass in Butler County and came to the city fairly frequently. I remember that I knew I was getting to town when I passed the 54 Drive-In Theater at Kellogg and Rock or the Cessna plant on Pawnee.

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by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, June 5 | Posted in Amuse

Dear Mexican: I am a Mexican who owns a successful wholesale liquidation business, which happens to be an industry dominated by Jews and Asians and some gringos. So why does almost everyone who visits my warehouse, including mexicanos, think my business (or any successful business for that matter) is always owned by a Jew or a gabacho? Can't a pinche Mexican own a successful business? Just 'cause I'm 5'4", named Armando and don't look like the typical "business type" and I don't have a MBA?

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by Sean Graves | Thursday, June 5 | Posted in Food

Most of us are aware of the old saying, "Never trust a skinny chef." I would like to change that to: Never trust an oenophile without grape-stained lips. If you know someone who likes wine but whose lips do not carry a purplish hue, then it means they haven't been drinking Chilensis Lazuli, and you should no longer take their advice on wine.

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, June 5 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F3
    You will soon have the chance to practice your haggling skills over a used lawnmower. This week: Eat pancakes and listen to records.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F4
    It's not too late to install shutters on all of your windows before the big heat waves hit. This week: Split a funnel cake with a Sagittarius friend.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F5
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    by Kelsie Baab | Thursday, June 5 | Posted in Books

    In her second work of historical fiction, Robin Oliveira whisks readers to the middle of the burgeoning Impressionist movement in La Belle Epoque Paris through the career of a young Mary Cassatt. Similar to Woody Allen who, in his charming Midnight in Paris, brings personalities such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein back to life, Oliveira introduces readers to Impressionist celebrities such as Claude Monet, Gustave Caillebotte, Camille Pissarro and the ill-fated lovers Edouard Manet and his sister-in-law, Berthe Morisot.

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

    The amazing and sometimes frustrating thing about coffee gadgetry is that some are seemingly so simple, with absolutely no moving parts, that it seems you mightn't need to pay for such a thing. Why couldn't you just make one yourself? Such is the case with pretty much every pourover device, from the prettiest ceramic funnels to the most basic plastic models. While it's often possible to craft your own, you will usually benefit from the experience of those in the know when purchasing something like a Hario v60 dripper.

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    Thursday, June 5 | Posted in Food

    For me, Emporia has always represented the half-way point on the trip to Kansas City. That's changed with the new Radius Brewing Company at 610 Merchant St., which opened in late April.

    The restaurant is worth the jaunt through the Flint Hills with grazing cattle in the rolling green pastures, ancient barns and creaky windmills. The stunning landscape has been described for hundreds of years more poetically than I care to attempt but it is aptly labeled as "God's country" by the religiously-inclined. The vast beauty can move the most jaded at sundown, even from the turnpike.

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

    The latest film from acclaimed writer-director James Gray taps into the risk, idealism and struggle of coming to the strange new Land of Opportunity with the release of The Immigrant, which premiered over a year ago at the Cannes Film Festival and has been in wide release for about a half a month now.

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

    Disney's Maleficent, essentially a live action re-imagining of the studio's 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty, goes with a dark, moody oppressiveness rare and unusual in the studio's recent history, eschewing the studio's normally polar opposite conceptualizations of good and evil to something that, by their standards, is far more nuanced. The result is a modern fairy tale well worth the effort to experience.

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

    The news that the Joyland carousel was finding a new home at Botanica was good news to me.

    That merry go round and the mechanical clown playing the calliope that stood next to it triggered a whole flood of Joyland memories.

    Though I have a few vague memories of Kiddieland (about where the Wichita Mall now stands on Harry Street) many of my favorite summertime memories come from Joyland in the years between 1950 and 1962. The park was fairly new then and well maintained.

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

    After a positive response to my column on the rise of geek culture, I thought I ought to touch on such things more often. Trouble is, how to offer anything new?

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    by Michael Carmody | Thursday, May 29 | Posted in Culture

    Our fair city has laid claim to the proud title Air Capital of the World for most of the past century, but there was a stretch of several decades in which Wichita was also the planet's number one trade center for a now-marginalized agricultural product: broomcorn.

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    The skinny on your week

    by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, May 29 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F2
    There is such a thing as "death by cheesy bread" and you should avoid it. This week: Flirt with your favorite barista.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F5
    Finding 10 Dolly Parton CDs on clearance at Goodwill will make your week. This week: Remind all you meet that this country is founded on freedom.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F4
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    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, May 29 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: While vacationing in Mexico, a couple of times I have had vendors or waiters address me as chica. I didn't think much about it at the time, but while relating a conversation with one of these guys to a Mexican friend of mine back in the U.S., he insisted that chica is WAY too familiar and that these guys were insulting me by addressing me in this way. I was a little surprised to hear that, since I think I'm a very respectful person and wouldn't have given anyone a reason to disrespect me. What do you think?

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

    Is it really two wrongs that make a right? It's a phrase that seems to be hardly proven right in the film business, as you're truly only as good as your last film. In this case, we have director Bryan Singer, who's made two critically panned films, Superman Returns and Jack the Giant Slayer, and, when word got back that he was limping his way back to the franchise he helped initiate over a decade ago, it was a plea of desperation to have a hit film under his belt.

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

    There aren't really enough words to relate how shitty this film is.

    In my time as a film critic and essayist, I have frequently encountered the curious fan base of Adam Sandler. I am often gentle-voiced with them and adopt an attitude of sympathetic understanding.

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    by Christina Calhoun | Thursday, May 29 | Posted in News

    As the official festivities of bike month wind down this Saturday, riders of all ages are invited to take to two wheels for a world record-setting finale that confirms the growing crowd-appeal of cycling.

    In cooperation with the River Festival and with the support of local bike shops, the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation and KMUW public radio, Wichita's cycling community will attempt to claim the Guinness Book world record for the longest line of bicycles ever assembled in one place.

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

    One of the greatest promises of modernity is a world without disease. The noblest efforts of science have been directed toward achieving this since the dawn of medicine. It staggers the mind to think of all of the intellect, imagination and resources of generations of human achievement which have brought us to a point when, at least in the developed world, we are capable of all but eradicating diseases like smallpox, measles and whooping cough.

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    Common Core isn't the worst thing in the world, but it won't teach people to think.

    by Mike Marlett | Thursday, May 22 | Posted in View

    So for the past month or so the hand-written image on the left of the graphic to the right has been floating around the internets (Facebook, mostly), and people have just been sharing it and falling out of their chairs about how stupid the "new" math of Common Core is.

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

    Few who were there at the time realized the significance when in the mid-1980s a small fraternity chapter at Adams College rose up against the bro-dominated societal hierarchy. In the rebellion chronicled in Ken Burns' documentary "Revenge of the Nerds," the Lambda Lambda Lambdas (along with their sisters in Omega Mu) rose up against the idiocracy of the Alpha Betas (and their useless, hirsute sister sorority) with a musical number heard round the world.

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