by Jorts McDude | Thursday, February 26 | Posted in Music

First off, I'm 37 and was in high school when the Gin Blossoms hit their peak with the insanely good New Miserable Experience, a 45 minute jangle pop juggernaut whose multiplatinum status led to such absolutely unavoidable hits as "Hey Jealousy," "Allison Road," "Until I Fall Away" and "Found Out About You" was released.

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Thursday, February 26 | Posted in Music

The Vehicles are a Wichita-based rock band formed in 2005 with founding members Kerry Bainum and Cody Cloud.

The band has released three studio albums — Luna, Satchels & Beards and This Bluebird Wants Me Dead. The latest album was released on vinyl and includes a digital download. All the music is available on iTunes, Amazon and CDbaby.

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by Joyland Louie | Thursday, February 26 | Posted in View

When people ask about my story, I can't help but wonder why they're so interested. My story is one you've heard a thousand times — born in 1910, grew up poor, one day swindled a bayou witch out of some of her moonshine, cursed by said witch and turned into mechanical clown, bought at a trade show in the '50s, shackled to an outdoor organ and forced to play for half a century before being abducted and held in bondage in the basement of a child molester. I'm not special.

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Painting a cinematic landscape, Native Lights kicks off their newest release March 3.

by Torin Andersen | Thursday, February 26 | Posted in Music

Featuring the image of a woman's posterior on the cover, Native Lights' self-titled release starts with guttural guitar riffage set to explode. Complimenting the other shadowed, looming, image of an elephant in the background of the album cover, the first track, "Black Wall Street," hints at the vast sonic breadth this Tulsa band attempts to ascend toward.

It doesn't move like a rocketship but instead like a breezy, all-day drive across the plains with the top down. Native Lights should be enjoyed with more than a friend or two on a journey — no destination required.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, February 26 | Posted in Film

Imagine the negotiations to get Jeff Bridges into his latest film Seventh Son. It probably started with a phone call that went to his answering machine stating, "The Dude is not in. Leave a message after the beep." The representative tells Bridges that he has an "Obi-Wan Kenobi" type of role in a potential franchise, where his character is a witch-hunting knight who gets to take an apprentice. He'll even get to unite with his Big Lebowski co-star Julianne Moore as a black-magic woman that's got a spell on him.

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by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, February 26 | Posted in Amuse

Dear Mexican: As I've been doing a lot more business in the city of Santa Ana (one of the most-Mexican cities in the U.S.), I've realized that a shitload of Mexicans are the Fox News-type conservative, yacking out the same kind of shit you hear at a Glenn Beck conference except for immigration (probably because Tío Juan has no papers). But I've also met a ton of anti-immigrant Latinos who look like they just hopped the border themselves.

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, February 26 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F5
    When you decide to vary your running route, you'll find $5 along the new one. This week: Dance with your spouse in the kitchen.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F4
    You will attain a new level of self-reliance after learning to make naan. This week: All zucchini are not created equally.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F1
    Who knew that you could get kicked out of a mayor candidate's forum? This week: Vote, vote, and vote again.
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    Thursday, February 26 | Posted in View

    RADIO KAKA

    Right-wing host Joseph Ashby of KQAM radio recently said that Wichita doesn't need a new library, or any public library, because it has the internet. He used his own child tapping away on the computer at home as a good example why the Wichita City Council should do away with libraries.

    He went on next to complain that the downtown facility is being used to house homeless men and that keeping it around was a waste of taxpayer dollars.

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    by Ellen Crispin | Thursday, February 19 | Posted in Arts

    Within 10 minutes of her first solo Kirby's "Jesscapades" comedy show last month, Jessica Kay showed me (and 50 plus other onlookers) her butt.

    The intention was to show off her tattoo — part of a punch line — but the moment gave the applauding, laughter-filled audience much more than that. It established, right off the bat, how fearless Kay is on stage.

    This fearlessness and comedic bravado is part of why Kay has suddenly become omnipresent on the Wichita comedy scene. (Yes, it is a scene.) Well, fearlessness and a delightfully dirty sense of humor.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, February 19 | Posted in Food

    For weeks I've been intending to make it over to Wheat State Distillery, 1635 E. 37th St. N., during their limited hours of retail operation each weekend, and this weekend I finally made good. David and Kim Bahre were exceptionally welcoming and eager to share their love for the process of distilling. Their giant series of tanks and columns, surrounded by pallets of ingredients and barrels of aging booze. The smell alone is enough to turn even the most ardent prohibitionist into an… well, let's call it an "alcoholist."

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    by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, February 19 | Posted in View

    Whoa, Nellie. Who are those yahoos and who sent them to Topeka to run our state? The Kansas Legislature is, in many of its actions, certifiably bat-crap crazy. Do these folks represent the people of the state or are they sleepers, seeming reasonable enough to win in a district with no Democratic candidate, until they get to the capital?

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    by Kate Clause | Thursday, February 19 | Posted in Music

    Banjo lovers, celebrate! Folkies rejoice! The Avett Brothers will be in Wichita to rock the Intrust Bank Arena on Thursday, Feb. 26.

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    by Mike Marlett | Thursday, February 19 | Posted in Film

    The public has been whipped into a frenzy with the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, the movie version of the 2012 New York Times No. 1 Best Seller. It has completely dominated the box office on its opening weekend, but many people are thrashing it on the grounds that they believe that it supports domestic violence.

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    by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, February 19 | Posted in Film

    Kingsman: The Secret Service is a rare film for a few reasons. For one thing, the trailer by no means spoils how truly awesome the finished product is. For another thing, while it's both a parody of and an homage to classic spy films of old, it is most certainly its own awesome, spectacle-filled beast, balancing thrills and laughs while building up to its next outrageous setpiece.

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    There is no language filter on this column. Please avert your sensitive eyes.

    by Don Winsor | Thursday, February 19 | Posted in View

    Dear Dick, (Can I call you Dick? Great.)

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    by Vickie Kline | Thursday, February 19 | Posted in Food

    I recently read an article about finding an "ah ha" wine — that special wine that we honestly like the taste, enjoy the experience and plan to drink more. I believe that's happened to me more than once and always takes my wine drinking to a new level. To find those "ah ha" wines, one does have to train one's pallet. For new wine drinkers learning, or experienced drinkers refreshing, there is a simple way to train.

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    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, February 19 | Posted in Music

    Starting out with a Lawrence Welk-style organ, Fatso consumes its auditory environment with stereo-phasing vocals augmented from tiny-animal choirs to robot-alien roars which morph into synth pads all the way back to human anthemic chanting that is supported by electric guitar.

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    Thursday, February 19 | Posted in View

    NRA, SHOCKINGLY, LIED

    When conceal-carry laws were passed 20 years ago with blessings from the National Rifle Association, critics said it would simply be a matter of time before people would be allowed to carry guns without permits or training. An NRA spokesperson at the time said that should that happen, the NRA would "vigorously" oppose those bills because "gun safety through training" was still a principle they strongly believed in.

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    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, February 19 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: As you've said before, Mexicans lack education. Why do they? Why don't they care that a high-school education is not enough in this 21st century? I see exceptions to the rule, but the rule seems to be "no more school after high school." I don't get it.

    — Educated Gabacho

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    The skinny on your week

    by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, February 19 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F4
    The biggest thrill of your week will be taking part in a BOGO sale on state representatives. This week: Buy low, sell high!
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F3
    You'll be stuck in a culinary rut until March, so have cheese and crackers for dinner every night. This week: Join a water polo team.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F5
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