by Vickie Kline | Thursday, April 2 | Posted in Food

My wine drinking seems to be routine right now. Everything picked up recently is a red blend from California. There are many other interesting wines available, and it's difficult to admit I am suffering from "wine ennui syndrome." No, this isn't a real syndrome, but it very well could be in the wine world.

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by Torin Andersen | Thursday, April 2 | Posted in Music

Country is not something oft covered in these papers. I do not write much about it because original country music in Wichita is likely being performed at the Intrust Bank Arena. Not many people need filling in on the scoop if the performer is playing a 15,000 seat venue.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, April 2 | Posted in Film

Let's see what the movie studios landed on the Recycled Comedic Premise Wheel of Redundancy for this week's review. Ah-ha, looks like we have a pairing of Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart in an outing that deals with an upcoming prison incarnation (directed by never-directed-anything-before director Etan Cohen), and how Ferrell has to spend that 30-day waiting period to deal with life in the slammer with the help of Hart, which of course, sets up various prison rape jokes.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, April 2 | Posted in View

The Kansas Legislature is currently debating new legislation which its proponents say will protect the beliefs and rights of every citizen. While somewhat controversial, Kansas' proposal has met with far less criticism than similar measures debated and even passed in other states. The Kansas bill stops short of bigotry, however. Kansas' Freedom From Assholes Act, or FFAA for short, would explicitly prevent business owners from being penalized for refusing to allow douchebags to give them money for their goods and services.

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by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, April 2 | Posted in Amuse

Dear Mexican: Why do so many cholos like the song "I'm Your Puppet" by James & Bobby Purify? Is there something about this song or is it all oldies they like?

— Aspiring Puppeteer

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, April 2 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F5
    Since your birthday is this month, it's totally OK to keep eating ice cream every day. This week: Get your College Hill Creamery on.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F4
    Your only directive this week is to bake cookies, lots of them. This week: Get pumped about the mayoral elections next week.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F3
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    We'll trust you know what that means.

    by Don Winsor | Wednesday, April 1 | Posted in Amuse

    This article will be updated all day with the most important April 1st news from around the web.

    * CERN researchers at the Large Hadron Collider have found evidence of “The Force”: http://home.web.cern.ch/about/updates/2015/04/cern-researchers-confirm-e...

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    New work will offer lectures on the city's history, music

    Wednesday, April 1 | Posted in News

    City representatives unveiled plans at a press conference Tuesday to replace the existing Keeper of the Plains statue with a more modern, animatronic replica. The new statue will be designed by a group of local artists using pieces from the existing statue along with a full suite of servomotor animatronics developed by the Disney corporation. "The old statue was great, it's the symbol of the city," offered Maxwell Caulfield, project lead. "However, no matter how much fire or rock you try to frame it with, it was never going to move.

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    Wichita East Tells Special Needs Student To Remove Letter Jacket

    by Don Winsor | Friday, March 27 | Posted in News

    Kansas again took the national spotlight today after KSN reported today that Wichita East special-needs student Michael Kelly was told to remove his letter jacket at school. Kelley has Down Syndrome and autism. He plays basketball on the school's special needs team, and his family bought him the letter jacket to celebrate his efforts. Michael's mother Jolinda Kelly told KSN, "Another parent, from what I had been told, was upset that my son was wearing his letter jacket."

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    by Christina Calhoun | Friday, March 27 | Posted in Arts

    If the lunar forces of the recent solstice weren't enough to woo you out of the house every night for the last week, Final Friday has arrived to offer unparalleled seduction.

    Consider it a city-wide first date with Spring. Art galleries sigh crowds into the streets, live music lingers on patios, drink specials and festive events set the weekend scene.

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    by Mike Marlett | Friday, March 27 | Posted in View

    For many, the highlight of the KU/WSU game at the NCAA tournament was when the cameras trained on Gov. Sam Brownback and the crowd just booed.

    Some have suggested that it was because he was wearing a KU/WSU T-shirt and showing no favorite team. These people would be wrong. He was booed because he's the leading asshole in the state.

    Brownback's garb for the afternoon was a pink button-down shirt. The commemorative T-shirt hastily pulled down on top of it was sold at the game and was actually extremely popular with the crowd.

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    by Vickie Kline | Friday, March 27 | Posted in Food

    Anyone who lives within two blocks in any direction of my home knows our cat Baxter. He's a wonderfully intelligent gray Chartreux who has a natural smile. I like to say the smile is because we rescued him from the Kansas Humane Society 15 years ago (but it's really a trait of the breed). Baxter is one of those cats that act more like a dog. He knows his name, will come when we call or whistle and knows how to convey what he wants.

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    Country music legend Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives melted faces at the Orpheum.

    by Michael Carmody | Friday, March 27 | Posted in Music

    When Marty Stuart was 12 years old, he talked his mother into buying him a sharp yellow shirt; he had a ticket to see Miss Connie Smith live and in person, and he wanted to make a good impression. After the show, he vowed that he would one day marry Smith — 17 years his senior — and some 37 years later, he did. What better way to cement an enduring reputation as the foremost curator of the legacy of traditional country music than to become family with one of its living legends?

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    by Don Winsor | Friday, March 27 | Posted in View

    It's time for the greatest holiday on the calendar, other than Halloween. And my birthday. And Black Friday. Next Wednesday is the celebration of April Fool's, the day when we punish the gullible for being stupid enough to trust people. That's right! Take that, faith in humanity! Ha! Pie in the face! I'm very excited.

    "But Don," some of you say, "I'm just not creative enough to come up with an effective April Fool on my own. What can I do to toy with the trust of my loved ones?"

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    by Bill Jenkins | Friday, March 27 | Posted in View

    What a weekend! The Shockers are going to the Sweet Sixteen. The haughty Hawks have been given their come-uppance. There IS justice in the universe. I should be so proud. But I'm not.

    I have lived in Wichita since 1967 and in the area all my life. My friends of long standing are rabid Shocker fans. Their wardrobes are built around black and gold. They contribute money, buy season tickets and give WuShock themed gifts at the holidays. Why can't I feel their joy, get into the general madness and learn to Play Angry?

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    by Torin Andersen | Friday, March 27 | Posted in Music

    Ending a beautiful Friday evening, people slowly gathered at Lucky's Everyday, most enjoying the patio weather while Ryan Windham setup for sound check in front of the already half loaded in Gunshy.

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    by CJ Harries | Friday, March 27 | Posted in Music

    Two nights. Two killer shows. This is more than two sweaty dudes screaming in your face with some breakdowns and dance parts for good measure. Get stoked.

    The first night is Barrier, Villains, 2x4, Left Behind and locals Shatter the Memories on Tuesday, March 31, at KC's Too, 7504 S. Broadway, in Haysville. It is $12, doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30. This show is all about the breakdown.

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    by Kelsie Baab | Friday, March 27 | Posted in Books

    In her debut novel, The Given World, Marian Palaia speaks to a contemporaneous audience through the vehicle of a recent era: the Vietnam War. Palaia demonstrates that not all victims of war are veterans — some are children, parents or lovers of those who are wounded, killed or forever-changed by their experience abroad.

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    by Jeremy Webster | Friday, March 27 | Posted in Film

    Insurgent — the second book-to-film adaptation from Veronica Roth's apparently quite popular Divergent trilogy of young adult novels — is, essentially, a massive, leaden blob of CGI effects after heavy saturation of adolescent hormones. Which, if you're into that sort of thing, you'll probably find enjoyable enough.

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    by Dan Kampling | Friday, March 27 | Posted in Film

    It's hard to imagine a time when comic book adaptations were rarity in cinemas. When they first appeared on screen, they were merely treated as matinee draw for the kids and rarely paid attention to the source material. However, the efforts of Universal Pictures' trilogy of serials based on the Flash Gordon comic strip broke that mold and went on to became memorable pieces of the genre. Their influence played an important part in the creation of the science fiction film genre, notably for Star Wars.

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