by Mike Marlett | Friday, May 22 | Posted in News

After Gov. Sam Brownback signed SB 101 today, Uber officially came back to the wheat state and even whisked the govenour away to some unspecified location before he could answer any questions. (Olathe resident Vince Weston gave the gov a spin around the capitol.) 

The service is available imeadiately in Wichita, Lawrence, Leavenworth, Manhattan, Topeka and Kansas City, Kansas. 

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by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, May 21 | Posted in Film

That Mad Max: Fury Road was going to be an adrenaline-rush vehicular monster mash of the first order looked to be fairly obvious from the eye-popping trailers invading theaters and the internet over the last several months.

That George Miller's long percolating return to the franchise that originally established him as an action director to be reckoned with would be so good, though, makes for the ultimate, gleeful surprise.

Quite a surprise given his most recent efforts include the Babe and Happy Feet films.

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by Stephanie Garcia | Thursday, May 21 | Posted in Arts

I have been involved in organizing art shows in the last year or so, and it has dismayed me at how much artists have to pay out of pocket or have a huge chunk of their profits taken, just to share their art with the public. (This is not a diss on any galleries, as I know they have to cover their costs for rent, installation, utilities, clean-up, taxes, etc.) I started thinking of different ways to showcase artists so this wouldn't be the case though.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, May 21 | Posted in View

I do not really give a crap about Jem and The Holograms. There is no doubt whatever about that. However, I have nothing against it, either. I am Jem-der neutral. The cartoon was an equal counterpart to the toy commercial cartoons of my childhood; all were poorly written and remembered as being better than they really were. GI Joe, He-Man, Transformers, Thundercats, Silverhawks, BraveStarr, Max and the Wheeled Warriors, MASK, Challenge of the Go-Bots and so forth were squarely aimed at boys; girls got Jem and She-Ra.

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The even-more raw sugar brings a gentle sweetness.

by Don Winsor | Thursday, May 21 | Posted in Food

As I've been exploring the vast world of Melbourne's coffee scene, I've run into many, many things that are commonplace here but haven't yet made their way to America. The predominant one is something I overlooked until it was pointed out to me by a barista who'd been to America recently. Our sugar technology is, apparently, lacking.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, May 21 | Posted in Film

The year 1977 is cemented in film history with the releases of Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Saturday Night Fever, Smokey and the Bandit and Annie Hall. While all of these films enjoyed mainstream success and acclaim, there was another monumental film that left its mark in more ways than one. Audiences wouldn't have found it in their usual megaplexes nor would it be recognized by the Academy Awards. It became one of the cornerstones of the midnight movie circuit and the textbook example of surreal cinema.

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by Vickie Kline | Thursday, May 21 | Posted in Food

What makes a cheap wine taste cheap? Have you ever pondered this question? I have on many occasions and decided it was time to find the truth.

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by Will Darrah | Thursday, May 21 | Posted in View

The Kansas Senate on Friday, May 16, elected not to take up legislation to allow beer sales from chain stores, and it makes little difference.

To be sure, if any such laws were to pass they would disrupt the status quo. But for the serious drinker — that is, a serious drinker by quality not volume — it really will not make that much of difference.

Walmart is not going to be your go-to store for anything that is not mass produced. Walmart is not about to sell a beer with a cork in it anyway.

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by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, May 21 | Posted in Amuse

Dear Mexican: Why do white people love Marco Rubio and cry at his speeches? Rubio was in my town selling his vision for America mierda to his gabacho constituency, and they drank it up like Tía's fresh jamaica. They laughed, they cried, they wondered why we Mexicans can't get behind the Great Brown Hope. Do we know Rubio even talks to the kitchen help and wait staff when he's finished talking at banquets? "Oh, my God! He's so inspiring!" FUCK THAT.

— Mark Blondie

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, May 21 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F4
    You will have a moment of inspiration while vacuuming the living room. This week: Rattle some cages.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F5
    A birthday trip to Taos will cheer you up. This week: Ski with the worst of them.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F4
    This week will be a literal roller coaster for you. This week: Give a four-leaf clover to someone you love.
  • Cancer: (June 22 — July 22)
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by Don Winsor | Thursday, May 14 | Posted in View

Modern anti-bullying programs, in their attempts to protect children from violence at school, have had an unforeseen consequence. Schools have cracked down on all forms of childhood bullying in the past decade, mostly out of fear of litigation, and their overzealous measures have resulted in the United States falling far behind the rest of the world in the creation of new insults, epithets and terms which can be used to ridicule someone.

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

When I first traveled to Australia in 2009, it was to meet my girlfriend's family in far north Queensland. I learned two things on that trip I was completely unaware of: 1) Australia grows and makes some of the best coffee in the world and 2) they're way ahead of us in the arena of electronic payments.

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Patrick Duegaw's latest show puts fear on the stage.

by Mike Marlett | Thursday, May 14 | Posted in Arts

Patrick Duegaw is taking his latest show, "The Innumerable Anxieties" to Lawrence for a one-month run at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire Street.

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

Whoa, Nellie! I really stepped in it with both feet last week. Even though I am just a lowly columnist and not a reporter, you'd think I'd at least get some facts before I sat down at the keyboard.

But I didn't, and I made a huge mistake: I gave out untruths and reasoned from them in a particularly egregious way. It was downright Brownbackian in its scope and falseness.

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The Texas Jewboy would make a fine Kansas governor.

by Joan Warren | Thursday, May 14 | Posted in View

Believe it or not, it's time to start looking for a new candidate and preparing ourselves to win the next Kansas Governor's election. I have found the perfect candidate, Kinky Friedman of the Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys. He ran for office several times in Texas and lost. What's wrong is he's running in the wrong state. Kansas needs and wants Kinky, not Texas.

I checked with the Secretary of State's office, and there are no qualification requirements for governor. Actually a 10 year old could run. Kinky wouldn't even have to change his Texas residency.

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by Vickie Kline | Thursday, May 14 | Posted in Food

Drinking wine is about the experience. It's not only the taste that helps us like or enjoy a wine, but what we're doing at the time we drink it, where we are and who we're with. Although the taste is a huge part of what creates our impression of a wine, there's more to it than that.

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by CJ Harries | Thursday, May 14 | Posted in Music

There are three superb shows this week (that I know about — if you've got a heavy show and I missed it, let me know: Clear your schedule and buy some earplugs. Bring some to share.

On Thursday, May 14, the fun starts at Kirby's Beer Store, 3227 E. 17th. Bands will (hopefully) start at 9 p.m., so show up early and tip the bartender. Fairness, Darjeeling and Plaguebot are playing with Iceland's Börn, out on its first North American tour. This show is 21+. Sorry kids.

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

Hot Pursuit is the sort of movie that's so unpleasant to watch, one has to wonder how no one noticed in the development stages that what was being brought into being was little more than an unfunny train wreck.

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by Dan Kampling | Thursday, May 14 | Posted in Film

What defines human behavior? Some think it is our varying degrees of emotions, from love to hate. Ultimately, the one quality that often proves to be an undoing is that of ignorance, especially in our abilities to create.

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

Dear Mexican: My most beloved niece married a boy of Mexican extraction. I am very fond of him, but he and his family kind of hold us all at arm's length. It's very difficult to get close and has made me back off. My niece has told me that his mother "doesn't like white people." Wouldn't it be better to get to know me before deciding you don't like me? Isn't her attitude racist? I'll never forget walking into their wedding with big smiles because my niece was getting married and she is a major sweetheart.

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