by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, May 15 | Posted in Film

With a contrasting 13% approval rating from critics and 90% approval rating from viewers, the rottentomatoes.com ratings for the weekend CGI family dud Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return seem to point out a curious example of the professional and public filmgoers not seeing eye-to-eye.

Of course, since this is a film that came in eighth place with only $3.7 million for its weekend bank, at least part of that disparity can easily be attributed to the fact that, honestly, not very many people went and saw it in the first place.

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by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, May 8 | Posted in Amuse

Dear Mexican: I'm a pocha and my husband is a gabacho (by the way, we loved your explanation in your book on why Mexicans and Irish get along so well — it really explained a lot about our marriage). We had the rehearsal dinner for our wedding catered by one of our favorite Mexican restaurants. Two guests from Santa Fe thought our choice of caterer was hysterical because the restaurant is called Sancho's. They explained to us that in Santa Fe, a sancho is a "back door man." I had never heard this before.

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, May 8 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F3
    You'll see the city in a new light after traveling by roller blades all week. This week: Subsist on cigarettes and coffee.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F2
    You'll need an entire week to recover from all the horrible, horrible Cinco de Mayo activities last week. This week: Take in a few poetry readings.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F3
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    The early days of St. Francis Hospital

    by Michael Carmody | Thursday, May 8 | Posted in Culture

    For a century and a quarter, the medical center today known as Via Christi Hospital, St. Francis Campus, has served this region, always staying up-to-date with the latest in technology and treatment techniques. Yet through the decades, the hospital has managed to continue to be guided by the spirit of charity and service upon which it was founded by a band of scrappy European nuns.

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    Thursday, May 8 | Posted in Food

    You may have noticed on the front page F5's tagline — "work like a farmer, party like a rockstar." I say, forget partying like rockstar — you should work and party like a farmer. Specifically, a Belgian farmer.

    More specifically, a Belgian farmer from a century or so ago. Back then, those French-speaking farmers were brewing ales that have since evolved into the modern saison. And, as everyone knows, there ain't no party like a saison party.

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    Freedom is just another word for having something French to use.

    by Don Winsor | Thursday, May 8 | Posted in Food

    In recent days, I've been forced to rely on my press pot for decent coffee. Also known as the French press, or perhaps the "freedom" press if you're that strange sort of person, this pot is really the simplest way to make a basic pot of coffee when you lack more specific accoutrements. ("Accoutrements" is a French word, or a "freedom" word if you're an absolute moron.)

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    by Dan Kampling | Thursday, May 8 | Posted in Film

    Ten years ago, a movie changed my life. Whether it was for better or worse is up to the reader. It was Sam Rami's Spider-Man 2, which to me is the most painful incarnation of the initial trilogy of Spider-Man films. For me, it was way too much of a sob story crossed with Darkman and not enough of the Spider-Man that I knew from the comics, who was perfectly described in the '60s cartoon theme.

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    by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, May 8 | Posted in Film

    With the Gareth Roberts-directed, Bryan Cranston-starring Godzilla reboot poised to destroy the summer box office May 16, the 1954 Japanese original has been making theater rounds across the nation.

    Regional viewers wanting to see the big nuclear beast in its first screen outing will be able to do so at the Warren Oldtown Theatre on May 12 and 13, with screenings at 7 and 10 p.m. each day.

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    by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, May 8 | Posted in View

    Benghazi? Again? Yes, friends and neighbors, there is going to be yet another committee looking into the events of Sept. 11, 2012 and the subsequent handling of information by the Obama administration.

    One can only suppose that this is the result of Republican weariness in trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act (forty-some times). Obamacare is alive, well and getting stronger by the day.

    What was going to be the showpiece of the Republican mid-term election strategy seems to be slipping away from them.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, May 8 | Posted in View

    It's that time of year again, the time when slow news cycles force pundits, anchors, and columnists to begin stories with that phrase. Also, it's tornado season, when it becomes legal to hunt tornados for sport in Kansas. It's been some time since F5 published a tornado safety guide, and science has taught us much since then. We now know that tornados do not, in fact, fear garlic. This was an old wives' tale and only anecdotal evidence exists to validate the claims of The American Garlic Association. Without any further delay, we present The Official F5 Tornado Season Survival Guide.

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    by Chris Andersen | Thursday, May 1 | Posted in Books

    It's pretty difficult to talk about Andre Roussimoff (a.k.a. Andre The Giant) without resorting to the hackneyed phrase "larger than life" because it's so apt. He stood seven feet, four inches and was one of the most beloved figures in the world of professional wrestling. Box Brown's bio-comic captures the man at the core of this legend, but without losing sight of all the wonder and spectacle that a life like his would entail.

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    by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, May 1 | Posted in Film

    Brick Mansions is, mostly, what the trailer leads you to think it would be — another dumb Paul Walker actioner trying too hard to be visually edgy and exciting and trying too little to be, you know, any good whatsoever.

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    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, May 1 | Posted in Music

    Need a soundtrack for a trek out to your friend's ranch? I listened to the Vine Brothers second release and found it to be a nice complement to the cloudy, rolling Flint Hills bustling with a new batch of steers.

    The Vine Brothers introduce their newest release by opening with the sound of thunder and following with tornado sirens. The Devil and the Deep Black Sky is the follow-up to their debut, Low Rent.

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    by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, May 1 | Posted in View

    Sometimes I feel old. This week I feel like a dinosaur. It's not like I had a birthday or wasn't able to do something that I usually can do, it's just that I felt like a work boot in a running shoe world.

    A friend turned 66 this week and his lady friend had a get together for him. There were gag gifts, lots of food and drink and a good time was had by all. Almost.

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    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, May 1 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: Is there a pecking order at the places where you see day laborers awaiting to be hired? What's the hierarchy? Are all those dudes Mexican or are some Central and South American, and if so who has priority when the random contractor comes by to pick up a worker for the day? Also, after they make a bunch of loot, do they go back to Mexico and live in the lap of luxury or what? Gracias!

    — Dude Who Already Got a Job

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    The skinny on your week

    by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, May 1 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F4
    You'll find a stupidly under-priced Rolls-Royce for sale on Craigslist. Snap it up! This week: Let a friend drag you to swing dance lessons.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F5
    A friend will buy you frosted animal crackers — with the sprinkles — for your birthday. This week: Catch a city council meeting.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F2
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    Thursday, May 1 | Posted in Arts

    On Sunday, May 4, Planet Hair will rock the Earth, make changes and raise money in conjunction with Aveda's Earth Month efforts. The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Fisch Haus, 524 S. Commerce. The evening will include a silent auction of work by local artists and donations from local businesses, earth and wellness vendors, refreshments, a cash bar and a fashion show of clothing made from recycled materials. Admission will be $20. Advance tickets are available at Planet Hair, 504 E. Douglas.

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    MFA thesis watches the watchers.

    Thursday, May 1 | Posted in Arts

    Ankica Mitrovska recently presented her MFA Thesis Exhibition, Caution: X.G.O.T.A.F.L.Y.!, at Fiber Studio for April's Final Friday. Mitrovska expressed the grotesque state of privacy invasion through a massive charcoal drawing installation — transforming the gallery into a spectacle of surveillance.

    Dozens of eyes from every angle focused on the viewer, while a network of gestural marks conveyed the overwhelming immensity of the surveillance network established by our government; effectively trapping the viewer in the grasp of her creation.

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    by Dan Kampling | Thursday, May 1 | Posted in Film

    "It's still the same old story, a fight for love and glory." Oh, Sam, how I wish you were around for real to play me some good ol' tunes to drown my sorrows in the latest attempt at a "romantic comedy," featuring a trio of women getting revenge on a common lover.

    No, I didn't catch a rival screening of The First Wives Club, but rather The Other Woman, which trumped Captain America: The Winter Soldier from the number one spot at the weekend box office. God, it's degrading to say that Cap got beaten by a trio of vengeful girls.

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    Thursday, May 1 | Posted in Music

    On Saturday, May 3, more than 120 alumni and 100 current students will descend on the Orpheum stage in a concert to celebrate performing artists during Wichita Collegiate School's 50th anniversary.

    James Ockerman, a former teacher who taught music at the school for 33 years, said the concert is about showcasing the school's contribution to the arts but also bringing people who are passionate about performance back together.

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