by Torin Andersen | Saturday, April 18 | Posted in Music

Crown Uptown Theatre has changed its format a bit after having some success in live music entertainment. It has scaled back on music theater and set its sights on more event-specific hosting over long theater runs.

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Wichita art duo take on MC duties at WSU Shift Space's annual wearable art fundraiser.

by Ellen Crispin | Thursday, April 16 | Posted in Arts

The first time I saw a Linnebur and Miller performance, the two young women who make up the group fed me plate after plate of fried egg while squeaking around the Fisch Haus in vinyl egg suits (complete with protruding foam yolks).

The second time? They were old school hairdressers delicately bedazzling Wichita's art fans with snow themed beauty treatments. Each subsequent event continues to be an entirely different creation.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, April 16 | Posted in View

Since returning to Wichita in November, I've heard every stripe of complaint about Wichita. "There's nothing to do." Not true. "I like ___, but around here the ______ is mostly horrible so I don't go." Well, keep trying.

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Thursday, April 16 | Posted in View

The one thing that people know about beavers is that we like to build dams. But no one wants to be defined by his job. And beavers don't want to just build dams. We want to build dreams.

Last week, as you may know, I initiated my own re-introduction program by releasing myself from the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit in Central Riverside Park.

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by Torin Andersen | Thursday, April 16 | Posted in Music

Charlie Parr is known the world around, but he is visiting the Shamrock Lounge on Thursday, April 16, to perform his renowned brand of folksy country-blues.

In the same vein as Blind Willie Johnson, Woody Guthrie and Dock Boggs, Parr continues the tradition by adding his own ingredients and brewing a mix of eclecticism that should delight a myriad of fans, old and new.

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Guitar lovers beware: This is a very different palette of sounds.

by Torin Andersen | Thursday, April 16 | Posted in Music

Major Games has provided us with the soundtrack to spring. Appropriately named, "Life" is the euphoric opening cut from the Lawrence trio's self-titled release.

Major Games champions guitar amalgamation and sonic innovation. The eight-song, self released, full-length album is due out on vinyl soon, but it is available for immediate download from the band's Bandcamp.com page, http://majorgames.bandcamp.com.

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by CJ Harries | Thursday, April 16 | Posted in Music

Let's face it: You have nothing to do on 4/20 because no one wants to celebrate Hitler's birthday and because you're clearly a law-abiding citizen. I have solution. Iron Born, Inrage, Mammoth and Filius Sol are playing a tidy little show at 8 p.m. in the South Lulu Temple of Doom, 2650 S. Lulu with a $5 suggested donation. It's a basement show, so bring earplugs, park politely because of neighbors and, above all, respect the house.

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, April 16 | Posted in Film

While Daredevil is the sort of property Marvel fans have hoped and dreamed they would see handled by Marvel itself, this latest adaptation from Stan Lee and company's media juggernaut (get it? Juggernaut? See what I did there?) is likely to exceed fan expectations. It's that good.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, April 16 | Posted in Food

I'm like you, in that I don't think internet advertising works on me.

I'm like you in that I am completely wrong about that — most internet advertising does not work on me, but there is good, cleverly crafted stuff that works on me.

I'm also like you in that if I have had a drink or two I am capable of exercising poor judgment.

There are other ways that I am like you, but you already know about those because of all of those poems I keep putting in your locker.

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by Vickie Kline | Thursday, April 16 | Posted in Food

The question of whether or not to decant a wine comes up often. Many do need to be opened in advance and allowed to breath, but if left too long will become tainted and taste like vinegar. So how do we know when we reach the point of no return?

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by Christina Calhoun | Thursday, April 16 | Posted in Arts

Artist Johnny Sutton spends most of his time abroad, living in a picturesque Italian town called Bassano del Grappa where he writes about, paints and photographs the world around him.

"I approach photography with a painter's eye, starting with a blank canvas and then creating anything I wish," Sutton said. "I don't document subjects or locations, and I don't try to capture a moment in time. Rather, I try to create a moment in time for the viewer."

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by Christina Calhoun | Thursday, April 16 | Posted in Arts

This Saturday, Riverside's quiet Porter Street comes alive with a festival style spin on the Porter Street Artists and Friends semi-annual art show.

Saturday, April 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., select houses and driveways along the 900 block of Porter will act as pop-up shops for handmade local art.

Enjoy bites from Chino's Parillo food truck and live music as you browse unique jewelry, found-object sculpture, watercolor painting, glass beadwork, outdoor furniture, hand-dyed textiles and more. Register in the raffle at 941 Porter to win a basket of creative prizes.

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by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, April 16 | Posted in Amuse

Dear Mexican: Do Mexicans know that if just one of their grandparents was born in Spain, they could immigrate immediately not just to Spain, but also any other country in the European Union? I know this is not an option for a lot of Mexicans, but it certainly seems like a better one for those that have the "Spanish" option. Spain is a First World country with free health care, seven-hour work days and, quite simply, Spanish people seem to have much more in common with Mexicans.

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, April 16 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F4
    No, they do not make Aspirin popcorn. This week: Complete your prototype.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F3
    Your early birthday plans go awry. This week: How many colors of sunscreen can you apply?
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F4
    Your petition to make your neighbor wear long pants while mowing will get 200 signatures. This week: Fiddle with that thingy-jig you said you'd fix.
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    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, April 9 | Posted in Music

    On Saturday, April 11, Lucky's Everyday is playing host to a what began as an acoustic freak folk solo project by Frances Quinlan and has since been rounded out with a full band that is touring in support of its second full length release. Welcome Philadelphia's Hop Along and its newest record, which will be released on Cinco de Mayo.

    Garnering much critical acclaim since its debut full-length release, Get Disowned, Hop Along is fronted by talented songwriting experimentalist Frances Quinlan.

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    by Mike Marlett | Thursday, April 9 | Posted in Arts

    On Saturday, April 11, The Workroom will be celebrating its two-year anniversary. The Outdoor Artisan Market will run from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at The Workroom, 150 N. Cleveland, just north of Douglas between Washington and Hydraulic in the Douglas Design District. The outdoor art market will feature local artists, musicians and food.

    "We want to give local artists the opportunity to come together and the community the opportunity to see the brilliance of our local creatives," said Janelle King, owner of The Workroom.

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    The show may be coming to a close, but the wine will be here for re-runs.

    by Vickie Kline | Thursday, April 9 | Posted in Food

    Are you involved in the Downton Abbey craze? I enjoy the show and often binge watch the series once it's released on a streaming channel. I can't stand watching only on a weekly basis and having to wait to find out what happens. Did Bates really do it? Will Mary marry and who will marry Mary? Will Edith ever be happy for Christ's sake?

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    by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, April 9 | Posted in Film

    Dreamworks Animation has not had a very good couple of years.In January studio head Jeffrey Katzenberg announced an estimated 500 layoffs, budgetary cutbacks and a reduction to two annual features to help right a ship that, despite wins like The Croods and How to Train Your Dragon 2, found itself taking on water due to the failures of Rise of the Guardians, Turbo, Mr. Peabody & Sherman and The Penguins of Madagascar.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, April 9 | Posted in Arts

    "Free Food And Frontal Nudity" screamed the title of a show which was running in San Francisco in the summer of 1997 when Cabaret Oldtown founder (now Roxy's Downtown Artistic Director) Christine Tasheff perused the national theater headlines, as was her Sunday ritual at the time. The description of the show was enough for her to make a plan before leaving Barnes & Noble that day — she would travel to SF to catch the show.

    What Tasheff saw at the Cable Car Theatre in San Francisco told her by intermission that she had to bring this show to her theater in Wichita.

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    by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, April 9 | Posted in View

    The crisis is over! Disaster is averted! The sun will come up tomorrow! Gregg Marshall has agreed to stay in Wichita. For the paltry sum of $3.3 million per year, the Shocker coach will stay for seven more years. Or until the next time he is courted and someone throws even bigger money at him.

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