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

Dear Mexican: I would be most interested in hearing your point of view regarding our raza always voting for someone with a Latino last name, without even considering if the vato/vata is qualified for a particular office. Often I hear comments like, "If he is Latino it makes up for all the years of injustice." But don't you think that our Mexican forefathers and recent immigrant friends left our native countries because Latino politicians have been unable to govern without corruption?

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F2
    Don't forget to treat your Pisces friends to birthday drinks and sushi. They may return the favor when your birthday comes along. This week: Sing out the pain at karaoke.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F5
    You'll get more support than you anticipate when you wear Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie makeup. This week: Take a road trip to Dunkin' Donuts.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F4
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    by Jason Quinn Malott | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in Books

    The Slow Movement has become a bit of a thing lately: Carlo Petrini's protest against the opening of a McDonald's franchise in Rome in 1986, has led to Cittaslow, Slow Living, Slow Travel, Slow Design, Slow Parenting and so on. The idea behind the Slow Movement is to slow down life's pace, which is a fabulous idea, and the thing perfectly suited to slowness is a book. Books, by their nature, seem to stubbornly resist speed and, so, books must, surely, constitute the Ur-Slow Movement.

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    Ackerman Island's Wonderland Park was a smash hit in early Wichita, until blue laws took it down.

    by Michael Carmody | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in Culture

    Enough time has passed since the closing of Joyland to see the maturation of a generation of young Wichitans who have neither fond memories of its creaky wooden "Queen of the Prairie" rollercoaster nor terrifying nightmares of Louie the Clown at the Wurlitzer Band Organ. But one must backtrack several additional generations to find among the living those who recall Wichita's earlier amusement attraction, Wonderland Park.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in Food

    Years ago, I asked a thinly-mustached waiter at a small café in France how the "Café Americano" was named. He gave me a condescending smirk as only a native Frenchman is able and said, "I don't want to say, because I think you are an American."

    "No, no, please tell me. For the moment, assume I'm Canadian."

    "It is called Americano because it is the same amount of coffee only made fat and weak," he enunciated clearly as his smirk grew. "Like the … you see?"

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    by Jedd Beaudoin | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in Film

    Dead Man Down is the latest film from director Niels Arden Oplev (the original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and it's a muddled, sometimes stupid, mess.

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    Though Franco is not always so Powerful.

    by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in Film

    Over his long and varied career, Sam Raimi has proven to be nothing if not versatile. From the roaring visual kineticism of his Evil Dead/Army of Darkness roots, through taut thrillers like A Simple Plan and The Gift, through the monstrously expensive first Spider-Man trilogy, Raimi's filmography may have its blemishes, but they're rarely due to lack of cinematic vision. Oz the Great and Powerful is a solid continuation of this streak, and, as can be imagined, it's absolutely gorgeous to watch unfold.

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    On its way south for SXSW, TGTB puts on a good show.

    by Jedd Beaudoin | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in Music

    The Giving Tree Band. Forget the beards, the weird hats and the acoustic instruments — this ain't no gentle music. Hailing from Yorkville, Illinois — close to the Windy City, closer to the sticks — the seven-piece unit prides itself in performing music that's a little bit removed from today, harkening back to the green, green grass upon which Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young, and The Band first planted themselves upon.

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    by Kate Clause | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in News

    The folks behind the Skeptics of Oz conference want you to fill your free time this weekend by learning about skepticism, or by watching some sweet atheist stand-up comedy.

    The Wichita Coalition of Reason — composed of the Air Capital Skeptics, Wichita Atheists and the WSU Atheists and Agnostics — have teamed up for this conference on skepticism, science and atheism. It takes place Friday and Saturday at Wichita State University's CAC Theater.

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    Paying into the system may piss off young whippersnappers, but you aren't the only one who paid in.

    by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in View

    I know you. You are under 40 and work hard to make ends meet. It's hard to put anything aside for the future. You have been paying into Social Security since the fast food job when you were in high school. You will keep paying into it because you have little choice. Still, you are under no illusion that you will get anything out of it. You are sure that it will be gone when you reach retirement age. That pisses you off.

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    You don't need a bunch of fancy ammunition to make a mean fighting force.

    by Elizabeth Stevenson | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in View

    The Canadian Army is a reasonably well-dressed, well-fed, well-housed, and — for the most part — a well-equipped fighting force. We did, however, find ourselves occasionally rather short on ammunition when sent out to play. War games are an always popular way to while away a few hours in any infantry unit, and the Queen's Own Foot Soldiers, the elite Grenadier Guard, were no different.

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