by Michael Carmody | Thursday, April 3 | Posted in Culture

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a concerted and diligent effort was made to establish Wichita as a beacon of higher education. A surprising number of public and private schools, academies, institutes, colleges and universities were founded between the city's beginning and World War I (see Jan. 16, 2014 edition of F5), some of which survive today.

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by Sean Graves | Thursday, April 3 | Posted in Food

When it comes to Chardonnay, I tend to crave butterballs that have sat in oak for quite some time. Many of my colleagues have accused me of having the same palate for Chardonnay as my Grandma.

I, however, am unapologetic. Call it a guilty pleasure if you want, but — much like my love of the Miley Cyrus song, "We Can't Stop" — I feel no guilt about it.

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This pre-sweetened and spiced coffee is just like abuelita used to make.

by Don Winsor | Thursday, April 3 | Posted in Food

With very little effort you can find coffees from Ethiopia, Central America, Indonesia, and of course Colombia. Harder to find and given a lot less attention are coffees from Mexico.

This might be because of a less concentrated industry and a lack of marketing; as soon as Starbucks features a Mexican blend you can bet this will change. I'm in Mexico now and have found several noteworthy coffees here, especially some from small, high-grown "cloud forest" plantations.

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, April 3 | Posted in Film

The Grand Budapest Hotel may be Wes Anderson at, well, his most Wes Anderson-esque. Those that dislike the director for his unusual style and idiosyncrasies are advised to avoid this film. Viewers that appreciate the director's work, though, are going to discover a rich, quirky cinematic tapestry that's a feast for both the eyes and ears.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, April 3 | Posted in Film

Aside from gaining another opportunity to see Arnold Schwarzenegger in his latest post-Governorship action film, it was a real kick to tell the person behind the box office counter, "One for 'Sabataage,'" pronouncing the film's title in the way William Shatner did on Star Trek, which erupted with a famous response when the director called him out on his mispronunciation with, "Don't correct me! It sickens me!"

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Ten years of Jazz at the Fisch Haus in March will be moved to April.

by Torin Andersen | Thursday, April 3 | Posted in Music

Seth Carrithers Quintet closed out the final night of the tenth year of Jazz Series at the Fisch Haus, Tuesday, March 25. Dee Starkey introduced the band after again dedicating this years' installment to the recently passed Bill Skillman (trombonist) Starkey also read a poem about the perils of getting ones favorite band back together again.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, April 3 | Posted in View

It's official; I've been writing for F5 for over a year now. In that year, we've been through a lot. We're on our sixteenth editor-in-chief, our seventh sports writer, our sixth interior design critic and innumerable acrobats. The rock solid foundation that Jebediah F. Five set forth in 1896 when he founded our paper remains firm; his ethics drive our journalism and his embalmed corpse greets every visitor to the F5 building so familiar to every Wichitanian.

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, April 3 | Posted in View

Well, April first has come and gone and nobody in Topeka has hollered "April Fool!" I guess I'll have to sadly admit that those people in the majority seriously meant the changes they made. Or, that the Koch-Brownback-ALEC coalition hasn't given them permission to speak yet.

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Thursday, April 3 | Posted in View


To the editor:

They say that Charles Koch is a "nice guy." His political friends describe him as a Libertarian while business associates say his philosophy at Koch Industries is packaged around the idea that government needs to leave people like him alone.

His father, who was one of the founders of the John Birch Society, often lectured his children that the "colored man" would play a pivotal role in the communist take-over of this country due to government subsidized welfare.

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Special César Chávez Edición

by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, April 3 | Posted in Amuse

Dear Mexican: I'm a second-generation Orange County-raised pocho. Both sides of my family have been civil rights activists since the 1940s. My mother's family took part in the landmark case Mendez, et al vs. Westminster, et al. in 1946. My father was a Chicano activist in the 1960s and 1970s. From the time I was a child, I had met various figures like Reies López Tijerina, César Chávez, Bert Corona and Emigdio Vasquez. In 1975 my dad took me and my older brother to a demonstration where we marched to the federal buildings in Santa Ana. As an adult, after graduating with a B.S.

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, February 20 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F3
    You will overhear a riveting conversation about abortion and Super Mario Brothers. This week: Make friends with a pastry school dropout.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F5
    A girl wearing Buddy Holly glasses will buy you an order of onion rings Tuesday. This week: Skip along the Arkansas Riverwalk.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F2
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    And it is not always bad to be a bird.

    by Will Darrah | Thursday, February 20 | Posted in Food

    I have said it before and I say it again: I don't like strong ale, mostly. I write this while enjoying an Old Rasputin, one of my favorite beers, which is also a strong ale. Well it is really an imperial stout but that makes it an ale and a strong one; so there. As Schane Gross, the owner of the Anchor, 1109 E. Douglas, is getting ready to put on the fifth iteration of her Strong Ale Fest it seems high time to air the issue.

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    Obstreperous Players put on S&M play at Fisch Haus.

    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, February 20 | Posted in Arts

    When it premiered on Broadway in October of 2011 Venus in Fur blurred lines between fantasy and reality, as it is the story of a play based around a novel that inspired the term masochism.

    Starring two leads — Bryan Welsby and Susan Guntly — from last year's performance of God of Carnage at the Fisch Haus, Venus in Fur is co-directed by Karen Wild and Michael Webber.

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    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, February 20 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: Do you agree with gente that think you can't be vegetarian if you're Mexican 'cause meat is an essential part of our diet? I've heard this argument three times within the last 24 hours from two blogs and The Today Show this morning. I think it's babosadas. Like, my parents growing up in Zacatecas only had meat on Friday when the pollero came knockin', or other rare occurrences.

    — Cuaresma Chica

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    by Michael Carmody | Thursday, February 20 | Posted in Culture

    In recognition of Black History Month, this week's Wichitarchaeology digs deep into the earliest black history of the Wichita area.

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    Don Winsor goes very near to Jurassic Park searching for the perfect local coffee since he's there anyway.

    by Don Winsor | Thursday, February 20 | Posted in Food

    "I'm just going to say 'I'm writing this week from Costa Rica' and not explain how or why that came to be."

    "No one will believe you."

    "I don't believe me."

    "Fair enough."

    I'm writing this week from Costa Rica, home of enough coffee and chocolate to choke a band of mountain guerillas, or gorillas. I have been excited to get to this part of the world again because I didn't take full advantage of the native coffee available in this country, most famous for being the closest embarkation point to Isla Nublar, home of Jurassic Park.

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    by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, February 20 | Posted in Film

    Despite those who thought — and, indeed, actively wanted — director Jose Padilha's remake to be a complete disaster, the new RoboCop is actually pretty well-loaded with good ideas, good performances, and good action setpieces. Its biggest problem lies in the fact that it just didn't know what to do with them in the end.

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    Or is that "the Ken Barnes Trio"? Good vibes either way.

    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, February 20 | Posted in Music

    Meads Corner on a Saturday night includes all ages and a broad scope of reasons to take a seat not all necessarily including the coffee and gelato for sale behind the counter.

    This night included jazz performed by the Ben Karnes Trio — which I mistakenly referred to as the Ken Barnes trio all week until Karnes clarified from the stage while announcing the other two members of the trio, Chris Reichmeier on drums and Jared Becker on bass.

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    Recently reincarnated rapper returns.

    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, February 20 | Posted in Music

    Ever wonder what it might look like to see a steam powered tour bus from the outside? While smoke will be bellowing, it won't be steam you're seeing but a newly legalized crop in two states that Snoop Dogg — a.k.a. Snoop Lion — will be burning with his crew on their way to the Cotillion, 11120 W. Kellogg, on Sunday, Feb. 23.

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    by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, February 20 | Posted in View

    In the mind of its author, it was a bill to protect firms in the wedding industry from having to serve same sex couples. In the mind of some conservatives, it was a religious liberty bill, permitting anyone opposed to same sex marriage from being forced to provide services. In the mind of some who thought more broadly it was a bill to give anyone a right to opt out of providing services to anyone to whom they had religious objections. To most businesses, it was a legal quagmire into which any of their employees could drag a firm. We're talking the eight blind men describing an elephant.

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