by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, May 22 | Posted in Amuse

Dear Mexican: I'm a half-mexicana, half-gabacha working as an appointment scheduler in a medical office. I'm one of a handful of schedulers there that speak Spanish. I've noticed in the years I've been working in this field that about seven to eight times out of 10, when a Spanish-speaking patient calls, gets one of the schedulers that doesn't speak español, and waits for myself or someone else to call them back, the patient actually speaks English well.

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, May 22 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F3
    You will regret planting 100 tomato starts this August. This week: Buy a pressure canner.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F1
    You may be feeling down after constructing a $50,000 tornado shelter, but keep your chin up; the season isn't over yet. This week: Drink Vueve Clicquot in your fancy shelter.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F5
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    by Michael Carmody | Thursday, May 22 | Posted in Culture

    Wichita has long been fortunate in its strong and vibrant connection to the arts, and one of its earliest figures was John Noble, Jr. Born in our fair city in 1874 to English immigrant parents, Noble would later claim (falsely) to be "the first white child born in Wichita." It was but one of many fabrications in the self-made mythos of the man who dubbed himself "Wichita Bill."

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    by Sean Graves | Thursday, May 22 | Posted in Food

    I don't have a catchy story to set up this wine. It's too good not to talk about right from the get go.

    I undid the screw cap of the Groundwork Grenache Blanc with that super-satisfying "rrriiiiipppp" noise it makes and poured it into my glass. I swirled and took a whiff of one of the most unique smells I have ever sensed in a wine. Underneath the honeysuckle, floral and herbal essences, was something more savory. I still can't quite place it, but it reminds me of capers.

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    Thursday, May 22 | Posted in Food

    While my college days spanned well over a decade, I managed to completely bypass a key part of the experience: beer pong. I cannot say that I am sorry to have missed out on this particular phenomenon. Bad beer made more unappetizing by a dirty ping pong ball garnish is not exactly my kind of thing. My extended educational experience was also absent the consumption of Summer Brew, that collegiate cocktail made with light beer, vodka and lemonade. Yet another deficiency of my youth that I am quite content with.

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

    Today in Bar Harbor, Maine I visited my favorite new spot in months — Matsumoto Joe's. It's a tiny, Japanese-themed shop where all the syrups are handmade and the espressos are pulled via a gorgeous manual machine. Sitting on the counter which curves across the perhaps eight foot wide shop is a beautiful Victoria Arduino Athena Leva.

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

    With 50 years and over 30 films under his belt, the titular monstrosity of director Gareth Edwards' reboot Godzilla has, throughout his career, been subject to the highs and lows of the Japanese Kaiju subgenre. In 1954's Gojira he was a metaphor for the horror and destructive potential of war and nuclear weaponry. Subsequent years saw him become a sort of representative of Japanese national pride, fighting off threats from other monsters and the occasional alien in defense of his adopted homeland.

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

    "For most of us, the dream of becoming a champion remains a fantasy. But for a special few, it is very much a reality. We cheer them. We live through them. Athletes are our last warriors. My job is to make their dreams come true. My name is Arliss Michaels. I represent athletes. These are my stories." Cue Dusty Springfield's "I Only Want to Be with You." Week after week, Robert Whul made this statement on the HBO comedy series Arliss.

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    Fisch Haus to host CD release shenanigans on Friday, May 30.

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

    Starting with left to right panning classical guitar and soft vocals, "Breathing with a Butterfly" is the opening piece on WOW, the newest album from Wonder Revolution.

    WOW, which will be released on Tuesday, May 27, is atmospheric and layered, featuring loads of unidentifiable sound akin to graffiti alongside the support wall of the songs' main instrument, which is often a classical guitar on this CD recorded at Air House and released on Air House Records.

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    But actual local coffee houses have their own news.

    by Don Winsor | Thursday, May 15 | Posted in Food

    If you haven't been there, it's somewhat hard to fathom that Puerto Rico is actually part of the United States. You don't see it as a place with a developed urban coffee culture or a selection of awesome gastropubs, but upon visiting San Juan you see the truth. San Juan offers the feeling of a city just U.S. enough to feel familiar but with plenty of local culture and atmosphere to prevent it from feeling homogenized.

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    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, May 15 | Posted in Music

    In Newton just before dusk on May 10, the crowd at the Newton Fox Theatre was ready to be wowed by John Scofield, a man who has performed with the likes of Miles Davis and Charles Mingus to name a few.

    John Scofield ("Sco" to his fans) took the stage and found himself basked in outstanding and dynamic lighting as he started his set with a jazz standard. With the ability of an old-school jazz player, Sco brought guitar virtuosity to a consumable level and then took off from there.

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    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, May 15 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: So, our graphic artist walked out of the room pissed the other day because the publisher asked my opinion over a Cinco de Mayo advertisement they were planning to publish and ended up publishing. The graphic showed a row of chickens with sombreros. The publisher asked if I thought it was funny or racist. I said, "Racist." Later, when they decided to put it in anyway, the proofreader (who is black) had the same reaction — funny, but it was racist because it played on stereotypes.

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    by Jeremy Biltz | Thursday, May 15 | Posted in Books

    As far as true crime stories go, Little Demon in the City of Light has a lot going for it: a devious ingenue, her brutish lover, murder, hypnotism, con games, all set in Belle Epoque France. Gabrielle Bompard was a child of privilege who lost her way, and with the aid of her overpowering beau Michel Eyraud she seduced and killed a prominent Paris businessman. They don't actually get away with much in the way of cash, but nevertheless flee across Europe, and eventually to the United States, grafting and conning to finance themselves.

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    Farmer Doolittle was Wichita's original citizen reporter.

    by Michael Carmody | Thursday, May 15 | Posted in Culture

    On Dec. 19, 1872, The Wichita Eagle ran a short, humorous letter sent from the nearby village of El Paso (now Derby); its author signed it with the simple pseudonym "Farmer Doolittle." It would prove to be the start of a relationship that would last nearly 50 years.

    George Haver Litzenberg was born into a family of farmers in Greene County, Pennsylvania, in 1837. At the age of 18, he relocated to Illinois, where he befriended lawyer-turned-politician Abraham Lincoln; he was even a spectator at the first Lincoln-Douglas debate in 1858.

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    by Sean Graves | Thursday, May 15 | Posted in Food

    Upon a recent visit to an Italian restaurant, I felt like eating a big bowl of pasta with meat sauce and drinking a nice glass of big-bodied Italian red. Unfortunately, this restaurant didn't have a great wine list, favoring cheap California Cabernet over affordable great tasting Italian wines.

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    by Dan Kampling | Thursday, May 15 | Posted in Film

    It's really tough to get older, especially when you're in the movies, and particularly if you're an actor like Seth Rogen. What we have here is a prototypical typecast actor who always has to have the word "stoner" in his character's description, even when playing a beloved character like the Green Hornet, who had no business being played by an actor with that resume.

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    The late J Dilla is reexperienced in a traveling show.

    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, May 15 | Posted in Music

    Don't think you've heard of J Dilla? Think again. The Detroit hip hop producer known by many different monikers — MC Silk, John Doe, Jay Dee or most recognized, J Dilla — passed after complications from Lupus in 2006 at age 32. Leaving before his time, his death set in motion a desire for fans who want more of his product to come into contact with gear he produced and to get to hear some of his tracks live.

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    by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, May 15 | Posted in View

    It's a gruesome story. A man named Clayton Lockett and his accomplices took a young woman captive, wrapped her in duct tape, shot her twice then buried her alive. Last week Lockett was scheduled to be executed by the state of Oklahoma for his misdeeds. They killed him, but the act has had widespread repercussions.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, May 15 | Posted in View

    When people are asked to identify their greatest fear, they often retreat into the mundane and predictable. Everyday fears like spiders, snakes and other things which (barring genuine phobias) we know are not really that scary, at heart. Some people take a step further and name drowning or another means of their own death which they imagine might be just the pits. Not many venture into the genuinely unsettling, inescapable horrors of reality which if contemplated would darken our everyday and make us curse the very gift of sentience.

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    The skinny on your week

    by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, May 15 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F2
    No matter how many times you call, Natural Grocers will not stock "eye of newt" for you. This week: Observe National Sea Monkey Day on Friday.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F5
    A friend will buy you sea monkeys for your birthday. This week: Celebrate quitting your job by taking a road trip to Iowa.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F4
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