by Don Winsor | Thursday, April 17 | Posted in View

"There is no perspective less valuable than that of the optimist," said someone much smarter than I. While I have my passions, I cannot imagine being a "booster" for anything… leave that sort of thing to vapid, leggy blondes in beauty pageants, whose opinions will shape the future of our nation('s beauty pageants). Rarely does a smile form an effective umbrella, when the rains come it usually just produces a wet, grinning idiot.

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The Jayhawk Nazi and the Defender.

by Michael Carmody | Thursday, April 17 | Posted in Culture

The recent death of Topeka's Fred Phelps unleashed a perhaps understandable wave of schadenfreude among decent folks in our fair state and abroad, but the Westboro Baptist Church's patriarch was far from the first Kansan to use Christ as a shield while preaching hatred and bigotry.

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They taste pretty good compared to liver failure.

by Will Darrah | Thursday, April 17 | Posted in Food

According to the band NOFX, "Bob spent 15 years getting loaded, 15 years 'till his liver exploded." They then proceed to pose the question: "What's Bob gonna do now that he can't drink?" Well let me tell you, if Bob was a beer lover, his prospects are pretty dismal.

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42° Below teams up with Naymlis Arts and K-Push Ent for a huge night at Crown Uptown.

by Torin Andersen | Thursday, April 17 | Posted in Music

Though beginning the night of April 19, this party will end on 4/20. Bring your dance shoes and prepare for a big bash celebrating international "tea time."

Wu Tang Clan member Inspectah Deck will be bringing his solo act (featuring Colt Seavers) to the stage at the Crown Uptown Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas, giving audiences an up-close and personal look at the second most featured performer on Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers).

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Waiting for a party bus, Future Horse, Dead Mock­ingbirds and Anchorage entertain.

by Torin Andersen | Thursday, April 17 | Posted in Music

Anxious for a rumored party bus, those in Kirby's Beer Store, 3227 E 17th St., on Saturday, April 12, were excited for an eclectic show contrasting all the different uses of an electric guitar.

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, April 17 | Posted in View

First a disclaimer: I am a teacher. Forty-five years worth of teaching at the high school and community college levels. Teaching is also my family's curse. All of my sisters work in education. My mother and two aunts taught. Also a grandparent. I like teachers. This is why I am incensed (pissed off if you will) by the Repbulican war on education in general and teachers in particular.

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by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, April 10 | Posted in Amuse

Dear Mexican: Even though throughout the years since I came to the U.S. 20 years ago I have seen it happening with less frequency, the use by Mexicans of the expression ¿Mande? (command me) has always struck me. I personally see it as a symbolic legacy of submission probably originating from the times of the Spanish conquistadores. Are you aware of any other meaning? What is interesting to me is that I've heard this expression coming more often from the so-called pochos than from Mexican immigrants.

— Che Argentina

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WSU campus is a treasure trove of culture and simple pleasure.

by Christina Calhoun | Thursday, April 10 | Posted in Arts

Spring daily unfurls new charms and the Wichita State University campus offers a goldmine of diversions to shake off the last doldrums of winter.

Stroll the WSU campus and revel in the proliferation of tulips while admiring the 76-piece al fresco experience of the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection. Ranked among the Top Ten Campus Sculpture Collections in 2006, heavyweights include Andy Goldsworthy, Louise Nevelson, Tom Otterness, Joan Miro and Salvadore Dali.

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And a shoe company makes pretty good coffee.

by Don Winsor | Thursday, April 10 | Posted in Food

Five or six years ago when I first visited Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, I met an American expat named Thomas who ran a small coffee stand selling prepared coffee (both iced and hot) and beans from his little "cloud coffee" plantation in the nearby mountains. Thomas and his wife, Yolanda, were the first I'd ever encountered who used frozen coffee in the ice cubes for their iced coffee. I still maintain that this is the best way to prepare iced coffee, particularly if you use cold brew in the cubes as well.

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by Sean Graves | Thursday, April 10 | Posted in Food

It is very easy to explain why people love Pinot Noir. The ultimate "Anti-Cabernet" wine, it seems always approachable, always elegant, always perfect for black-tie cocktail parties or for lazy nights on the couch. There are many great high-end Pinot Noir such as Sea Smoke, Peay, or just about anything coming out of Burgundy, and then there are some fantastic lower end Pinot Noir like Pinot Project or Routestock.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, April 10 | Posted in Film

Marvel Comics' famed Star Spangled Avenger returns for another solo entry in the Marvel cinematic universe, which broke April box office records this previous weekend. Critical acclaim has been coming in by the droves, proclaiming Captain America: The Winter Soldier as the greatest superhero sequel ever made. That type of reaction is a bit too strong. What can be agreed upon is that this outing is quite a decent Captain America film, which can't be said for the previous Thor film or how everyone treats the lackluster Iron Man sequels.

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New York band fears the worst witnessing Kansas thunderheads

by Torin Andersen | Thursday, April 10 | Posted in Music

Wednesday, April 2, the heavens wept, drenching the city and enthusiasm of indie-pop spectators. Most of Wichita choosing to stay home or at least away from Lucky's Everyday, Ski Lodge played to just a couple dozen fans.

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, April 10 | Posted in View

OK, you young whippersnappers, listen up — or as the Duke would say it "Listen and listen tight." Getting older involves a lot of changes, particularly to your health, that are not a lot of fun. Offsetting the joys of grandparenthood and the delights of retirement are some deterioration of the body and the mind. What follows, however, is an explanation of some of the better things that happen to you as you get older.

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A year of operating in the "Abortion Desert."

Thursday, April 10 | Posted in View

CEO South Wind Women's Center and Trust Women Foundation

I sometimes still can't believe the facility where Dr. George Tiller operated Women's Health Care Services and which was closed for almost four years after his assassination — is now marking its first year of operation since reopening as South Wind Women's Center in Wichita.

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, April 10 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F4
    A thoughtful friend will buy you fire dancing lessons for your birthday. This week: Hop in a pedal boat at Watson Park.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F3
    Friends may tease you for hoarding Cadbury Creme eggs, but you'll have the last laugh (and a stash of creme eggs) come this winter. This week: Go granular or go home.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F2
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    by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, April 10 | Posted in Film

    Director Darren Aronofsky has, throughout his career, been deftly able to direct films built on complex philosophical or emotional underpinnings with strong, complicated characters propelling the action. Now, the director of Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, and Black Swan continues his tradition with the blockbuster-budgeted Noah, resulting in a quasi-Biblical epic that delivers in spades.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, April 10 | Posted in View

    I've recently learned that the American tradition of punching someone upon the sight of a Volkswagen Beetle is not ours alone.

    The game is shared by many cultures around the world and has a depth and complexity you might never imagine.

    In dark, underground clubs in Bangkok, hoodlums force hostages to play what we Yanks call "slug bug" for money… and if you don't say "no punchbacks" in time, may God have mercy on your soul.

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    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, April 10 | Posted in Music

    Crown Uptown had a line around the block for Naymlis' Saturday event. Of Montreal was the draw but many were curious about Ortolan, the night's opener.

    Ortolan, three young sisters and one beefy drummer with a relaxed blonde afro, were sweet and soft spoken. Confident yet humble performers, Ortolan sang songs about insecurity and confusion penned by chief songwriter Stephanie Cottingham. Playing about 45 minutes Ortolan said goodbye to an audience eager to see headliners, Of Montreal.

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    The skinny on your week

    by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, April 3 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F5
    A mysterious person will send you a My Little Pony filled with glitter and red heart candies. This week: Treat yourself to a new pet Guinea Pig.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F1
    Damn! Saturn just went into retrograde. Have fun doing your taxes. This week: Go for a couple of bike rides at night.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F3
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    Thursday, April 3 | Posted in Arts

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