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Wichita Artist Brings 1949 Joyland Carousel Horses Back To Life

Artist Marlene Irvin is busy these days restoring all 36 of Joyland’s carousel horses in her backyard workshop in Wichita. Next year, the horses will be installed in their new home at Botanica.

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Feb 25, 2010

Well, we’ve had some snow this winter. That proves there’s no global warming. No, really. Fox News has been all over it. See, they took Al Gore’s book, “An Inconvenient Truth,” and they set it outside in the snow and showed it on camera while they snickered and cackled about how the snow disproved it all.

Yeah. That’s what we’ve come to. Imbecilic “news reports” like that. The “gotcha” mentality rules stronger than ever.

I never thought I’d say this, but, man! I’m really into basketball these days! Generally I barely pay attention to it. But a couple of things happened recently that turned me around.

It’s felt like the dead of winter around here lately - day after day of dense fog, damp air and cool temperatures. We’re not used to this kind of fog here in Kansas.

It’s crow time in Wichita. Driving my daughter to school this morning we noticed the thousands of crows roosting in the trees along Grove Street. She took the same perspective on the sight that anyone who’s ever seen Hitchcock’s movie, The Birds, would take, and she pronounced it “creepy.”

There’s a little dog that usually appears somewhere in every cartoon I draw. His name is Al and he’s a wire-haired fox terrier that we once shared our home with. Al came from a background of abuse as was evidenced by his shy, cowering personality. There’s nothing normal about a terrier that’s shy but Al had been badly mistreated during his first four or five months and he never really got over it.

We don’t really have any hills here in Wichita so we couldn’t erect our Greek Temple to the Celebrity Gods up high where everybody could see it. But downtown was as good a place as any, better than most, for its location.

Celebrity worship continues to be one of our most popular religions. So it is that we find our modern equivalent of the Greek Temple, the downtown Intrust Arena, about ready to open its doors to that fervent flock, the Adorers of the Blessed People Magazine Cover Subjects.

One thing I’m betting you are not asking Santa for this year is a telephone book.

Yet another unrequested phone book was delivered to my front porch the other day. I dutifully brought it in and opened the cabinet door to the area where we store them to add it to the collection. It was hours later before the avalanche rescue team found me beneath the huge pile of phone books that had tumbled out of that cabinet and buried me.

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Cooking With Fire | Carne Asada Fries

Carne asada is a favorite dish throughout Latin America. The term literally translates to "grilled meat," with the meat in this case being beef in the form of skirt, flank or flap steak.

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KMUW Music

Saturday, April 22

Enjoy a rare performance by The Sherpas - a contemporary folk group made up of three excellent singer-songwriters: Tom Kimmell, Tom Prasada-Rao and Michael Lille, recorded at the Old Settlers Inn. Great songwriting, great harmonies, great taunts – listen this Saturday and you’ll see what I mean.

Here’s an example:

And if you’d like to know a bit more about them – this is a nice link:

April 21/23

Crossroads continues its month-long tribute to James Cotton, Lonnie Brooks and Chuck Berry, who all recently passed away. There’s music from Cotton from both the mid ’70s and one of his last albums, a classic from Berry, and Brooks’ album with two other Texas blues masters, Long John Hunter and Phillip Walker. Plus concert previews and more B3 Blues for Jazz Appreciation Month, including music from Adrienne Fenemor, Johnny Hammond Smith, and a special in hour two about one of the legends of jazz organ and pioneer of soul jazz, Jimmy Smith.

Tuesday, April 18

We’ll remember guitar legend Allan Holdsworth, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 70. We’ll hear selections from his work with the bands U.K., Bruford, and Soft Machine in addition to work from his decades-spanning solo career.

Wednesday, April 19

Inspiring Easter Music

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Sunday, April 16

Sunday on Soulsations, an hour filled with inspiring Easter music.  Hear tunes from Andrae Crouch, Travis Green, Rev. Milton Brunson and the Thompson Community Singers. Plus, music from gospel and R&B artists (Tramaine Hawkins, Take 6, Stevie Wonder) featured on the critically acclaimed release, Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration. 

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Wichita Public Schools Prepares For A Possible Summer Shutdown

Wichita Public Schools is hopeful the Kansas Legislature will develop an adequate school funding formula when lawmakers reconvene next month. However, the district says it needs to prepare if that doesn’t happen.

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