by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, May 14 | Posted in Amuse

Dear Mexican: My most beloved niece married a boy of Mexican extraction. I am very fond of him, but he and his family kind of hold us all at arm's length. It's very difficult to get close and has made me back off. My niece has told me that his mother "doesn't like white people." Wouldn't it be better to get to know me before deciding you don't like me? Isn't her attitude racist? I'll never forget walking into their wedding with big smiles because my niece was getting married and she is a major sweetheart.

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, May 14 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F5
    A summer breeze will make you feel fine. This week: Something, something, jasmine of your mind.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F2
    You will take a big pause when you realize that this week marks the 10 year anniversary of the release of the third Star Wars prequel — you know, the maybe not all that terrible one. This week: Use the Force.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F5
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    Candy ass commies don't buy enough cheap furniture because of Marxism

    by Don Winsor | Monday, May 11 | Posted in News

    Somehow, the sterling marketing practice of having randomly dancing people holding nonsensical signs to promote a business seems to have failed for one Lawrence furniture store. While considered by many to be the single most effective marketing tool in existence, others begin to question the efficacy of this brilliant practice and begin to consider hiring actual creatives for advertising. Wouldn't matter, thanks to new regulations on absolutely everything by President Obama.

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    by Mike Marlett | Monday, May 11 | Posted in News

    In announcing it's 2015-2016 television season, Fox Television says that it is putting an end to our long national nightmare.

    "American Idol will begin its 15th – and final – season this January on FOX. A season-long celebratory event, American Idol XV will feature host Ryan Seacrest and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr., as they search for the final Idol superstar and pay tribute to the past 14 seasons of amazingly talented contestants and the millions of fans who tweeted, texted and championed their Idols."

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    by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, May 7 | Posted in Film

    On my coffee cup at work I have a sticker I was given my first day. It reads my name, and asks for an interesting fact about me. I'd written, "movie critic."

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, May 7 | Posted in View

    I took one of those horrid Facebook-based surveys a few weeks ago — the kind which are usually completely useless clickbait whose questions and results are weighted to offer only the most self-congratulatory of results, because no one wants to be told they're Dudley Dursley when asked "Which Harry Potter Character Are You" despite the fact that they so clearly must be. The travel survey I took, however, was actually tough.

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    by Dan Kampling | Thursday, May 7 | Posted in Film

    While the 2015 summer blockbuster movie season has just begun, there's no denying an opportunity to see a prime example of the sci-fi action genre on the big screen. The Warren Theatres' Return of the Cults series rages on with John Carpenter's Escape From New York, featuring Kurt Russell in the iconic role of the eyepatch-wearing mercenary Snake Plissken. His mission is to infiltrate the city of New York, which has been transformed into a maximum security prison with all sorts of hazards, in search of the crash-landed President (Donald Pleasance).

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    by Vickie Kline | Thursday, May 7 | Posted in Food

    These recent weeks have been about transition.

    My mother-in-law is moving to an independent living facility and her home has been sold. The family has been working to determine what needs to move and what can remain for an estate sale.

    At the same time, some dear friends are working to downsize and leave their home of 37 years to spend time between an apartment in Wichita and a lake house.

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    by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, May 7 | Posted in View

    Ah! Springtime in Kansas. Balmy days, cool nights and pollen on the breeze. It never used to bother me, but this year the allergies or hay fever or whatever it is has knocked the crap out of me. My head is so full of snot that it feels like I am walking in six feet of motor oil.

    My eyes are watering, won't focus well and are super light sensitive. My sinuses are draining down my throat and causing me to cough and choke frequently. Put succinctly, I am miserable. All I want to do is sleep, but I can't breathe well enough to sleep comfortably. Miserable, I say.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, May 7 | Posted in Food

    Starbucks gets a lot of guff from the coffee crowd. Yes, they burn their beans to the point where differences in origins are almost imperceptible to an educated palette. Yes, they concoct calorie-bomb monstrosities and use actual coffee terms like "macchiato" to refer to them, causing no end of irritation and confusion at actual coffee shops. Yes, they're a corporate chain behemoth.

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    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, May 7 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: I work with mostly young, progressive, educated white folks at an institution of higher education in Southern California. The other day, I mentioned buying a shirt that reads "Illegal immigration started in 1492." We had a good laugh and my co-worker, whom I like a lot, said that it actually began in the Ice Age, suggesting that no one kind of human has claim over "land" or geography. While I get her argument, I was stunned.

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    The skinny on your week

    by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, May 7 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F3
    Now is not the time to sell your down comforter on Craigslist. This week: Do a paint by numbers drawing.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F5
    Your favorite coworker will give you a gigantic jar of marshmallow fluff for your birthday. This week: Don't share, no matter how sweetly your office-mate asks.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F1
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    by Mike Marlett | Tuesday, May 5 | Posted in News

    The Kansas Senate and House have voted to override Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of Senate Bill 117 — the Kansas Transportation Network Companies Services Act. That action has left the Internet-based ride company Uber to pull its operations out of Kansas, and makes Kansas the first state that has ever forced the service to leave.

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    by Mike Marlett | Monday, May 4 | Posted in Culture

    MythBusters Jamie & Adam Unleashed will come to Century II’s Concert Hall on Dec. 1. The Discovery Channel show hosts, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, will take the audience on an evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories. The show will run from 7:30 to 9:30. Fans will join Jamie and Adam on stage and assist in their mind-twisting and not always orthodox approach to science.

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    by Mike Marlett | Monday, May 4 | Posted in

    Comedian Bill Maher will perform at Wichita’s Century II Concert Hall on Saturday, Sept. 12.

    Maher is best known for his show on HBO Real Time with Bill Maher (and its virtually identical predecessor Politically Incorrect that was on ABC). Real Time has, in its 13 years on the air, been nominated for 18 Emmys. Politically Incorrect was nominated 16 times in its nine year run. Maher finally won his first Emmy last year for producing the HBO special Vice, which was in the same category as Real Time.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, April 30 | Posted in View

    Dear Kansas weather,

    I am sorry, but the time has come for us to have a very serious talk. I can no longer accept the way you've been treating me. One day everything is great, and the next you're an unpredictable mouth of hell which threatens to destroy me and everything I care about. I want to believe, on days like Saturday, that every day could be like that… and then on Sunday you decide that it is almost winter again. Without warning, and in defiance of all expecations.

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    by Jorts McDude | Thursday, April 30 | Posted in Music

    On a recent Saturday night, I took my 7-year-old daughter to the Donut Whole to see a band someone at her school mentioned. I don't know what I was expecting, because when I think "kid band," my brain defaults to Old Skull, the bratty skate-punk band I used to read about in Thrasher in 1986.

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    by Vickie Kline | Thursday, April 30 | Posted in Food

    A friend recently shared an article with me that discussed the effects of climate change on growing grapes and winemaking. It explained how a shift in climate and temperature is changing balance and flavor in the grape growing regions of California. Winegrowers think of climate on three levels: macroclimate, mesoclimate and microclimate, and each is important in determining the look, feel and flavor of a wine.

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    by CJ Harries | Thursday, April 30 | Posted in Music

    I've been to plenty of house shows. They're a cornerstone of the DIY community. Usually some dudes in a band move in together and start putting on shows or some kid convinces an adult that 60 teens plus bands in the basement den is a really good idea. Wichita has had its share of both good and bad house venues spread all over town with myriad backstories. This weekend sees another join the ranks: Grandpa's, at 2251 S. Lulu (No, it's not a re-branding of the Temple of Doom which is just down the street).

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    by Dan Kampling | Thursday, April 30 | Posted in Film

    Hearing that another Nicholas Sparks movie is in the theater probably puts the fear into a lot of men's hearts over the prospects of watching romance schmaltz at its finest. As for me, I'll bite if there's a good gimmick to drive the story along that's not a repeat of "Love Story" with one of the romantic leads just simply suffering from another disease.

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