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Wichitans Go Near--And Far--To Watch Solar Eclipse

Though the city wasn't in the "path of totality," Wichita residents got to enjoy the solar eclipse Monday afternoon.

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This Christmas season we found that some of our big, bright C9 multicolored light strings weren’t working so well.  So, I decided to try to be a little greener this year and bought some strings of the new low-voltage LED lights.  I climbed up on the roof, attached them and plugged them in.  Then, I had to check the connection to see why they weren’t lit up, and I realized that they were, indeed, lit up.  (I’m making little quotation marks with my fingers when I use the term, “lit.”)  They are about 1/5 of the brightness level of the old incandescent lights.

Byblos

Dec 3, 2010

Wichita is a true destination for Lebanese food in this country.  We are really lucky to have so many great Lebanese restaurants here.

Now that we’re past Thanksgiving, it’s time to turn toward the season of Mr. C.

Thai House

Nov 19, 2010
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I love spicy food.  I love it when I eat something so hot that I get a little high from it, or start to hallucinate just a little.  I want to sweat and pant as I eat.  It may seem sadomasochistic to you, but it’s my kind of fun. If I eat enough chilies, people seem funnier and prettier and project fuzzy pink auras.  I’m not kidding.  I do it all the time.

There’s no way I could not take a walk this morning. Aside from the intensive lobbying of my Airedale friend Ollie, the blue Kansas sky and ruby leaves of our pin oaks overpowered me. So I hitched Ollie to the leash and out we went, fully engulfed in another splendid crispy November autumn morning.

Sport Burger

Nov 5, 2010

I have found that most people like to talk about food.  If you can’t think of anything clever to say at a party, you can always break the social ice by asking people what they like to eat.  It’s a nice way to start a conversation, and you might even learn something.

How exactly do robo-calls help politicians? You know what I’m talking about—those automated, prerecorded phone messages we get on our landlines (those of us who still have landlines).

I don’t know anyone who ever says, “Wow, I got the nicest, most informative robo-call the other day.  The information was so pertinent and it really convinced me that that person was the right one for the job!”

I lost a good friend last week and, in a way, so did you. His name was Arthur Schuetz. He died six days from his 99th birthday.

He was my neighbor for years in the College Hill area. Art lived a quiet life, to my knowledge never making any newscast, never getting his photo and name splashed across the newspapers, never running for public office, never having streets or schools or businesses named for himself.

Paleteria La Reyna

Oct 8, 2010

I’ve been walking a lot lately, and not just because the weather is finally behaving.  I’ve been trying to balance the amount of exercise I get with the number of popsicles I have been eating.  This summer was the summer of the the paleta for me.  A paleta is a Mexican popsicle, and I have been quite obsessed with them, to the point where I was eating one a day during the month of August, hence, the new exercise regime.

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Daniel Grisales

Book Review: 'Lucky Boy'

Lucky Boy is Shanthi Sekaran’s second novel. Set in Berkeley, the timely tale dives deep into the immigrant experience from two disparate perspectives: one of poverty and one of privilege.

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KMUW Music

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The early and mid-1980s were a fertile time for Wichita music, with a series of bands playing original music at clubs such as Woody's Back Door or The Coyote Club. Bands such as Klyde Konnor or Roach Egg Invasion or The Mumbles or didn’t really sound like each other.

Former Mumbles frontman John Eberly says that his band occupied a particularly odd space in that climate.

“I think the space we filled was kind of a dark space,” he says. “I think we were kind of a heavy metal punk rock band that nobody knew they wanted but they seemed to like it.”

KMUW Music is celebrating the centennial birthday of blues legend John Lee Hooker. Hear selections from across his career as Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train join forces for this special feature. Tune in on Tuesday, August 22 from 7:00 to midnight. 

  • Global Village | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Strange Currency | 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Night Train | 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Saturday, August 19

Zoe Lewis and her Rubber Band performing at the Old Settlers Inn.

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Saturday, August 19

Richard X. Heyman’s status as a cult musician has never stopped him from delivering topnotch power pop songs. His latest album, Incognito continues that trend. On it, Heyman traverses the distance between the head and the heart with songs that reflect on the social and political realities of contemporary life and the timeless topic of love. We’ll hear selections from Heyman’s latest on this episode, plus selections from XTC’s Nonsuch.

Monday, August 21

Sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer have just released their first-ever collaborative album, Not Dark Yet. The record finds the pair covering songs by Bob Dylan, Nirvana and Nick Cave. Listen for music from that album on this episode as well as selections from the record’s producer, Teddy Thompson, and his 2007 country-inspired collection, Up Front and Down Low.

Tuesday, August 22

We'll celebrate John Lee Hooker's centennial birthday. 

Wednesday, August 23

Danny Gatton and Roy Buchanan were two guitarists that changed the face of guitar forever. Both men combined elements of blues, jazz and country with a flair for the dramatic and a deep sense of lyricism. We’ll hear selections from Gatton’s 1991 release 88 Elmira St. as well as Buchanan’s self-titled 1972 debut, which featured his classic composition “The Messiah Will Come Again.”

Thursday, August 23

Treasures Untold is the new live recording from singer-songwriter Tom Brosseau. Listen for music from that release on this episode as well as selections from the latest from Lana Del Rey, Lust For Life.

Friday, August 24

Guitarist Bill Nelson may be best known for his work as a member of Be-Bop Deluxe and his highly experimental solo albums throughout the 1980s. One of those forward-thinking records, 1987’s Chance Encounters in the Garden of Lights has just been reissued in expanded form. We’ll hear music from that release as well as from Nelson’s time with Be-Bop Deluxe.

Saturday, August 25

Formed in New York’s Hudson River Valley, The Warp/The Weft draws inspiration from classic British folk and progressive rock as well as contemporary folk acts such as Fleet Foxes and Murder By Death. Listen for selections from the group’s latest, Mapping An Absence as well as Richard and Linda Thompson’s classic Shout Out The Lights.

Monday 8.14.17

Night Train marks birthdays of soul jazz organist Tony Monaco, singer Lorez Alexandria, pianist and songwriter Ben Sidran, and pianist and vocalist Jeannie Cheatham. Plus more music from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette, with two trios – the Gateway lineup with John Abercrombie and Dave Holland, and the ‘Standards Trio’ with Keith Jarrett and Gary Peacock – and new music from Bria Skonberg, Kevin Eubanks, Louis Hayes, Barbara Morrison, and a previously unreleased live performance from the Wynton Kelly Trio with Wes Montgomery.

Tuesday 8.15.17

Night Train celebrates birthdays of drummer Stix Hooper of the Crusaders and jazz piano great Oscar Peterson tonight. There’s also more from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette, including music with the ‘Standards Trio’ with Keith Jarrett and Gary Peacock – and new music from organist Akiko Tsuruga, a previously unreleased live set from Jaco Pastorius, and the debut release from award-winning singer and rising star Jazzmeia Horn.

Wednesday 8.16.17

Birthday salutes tonight on the Night Train for Ellington band vocalist Al Hibbler, legendary pianist Bill Evans, singer Mary Stalings and drummer Cecil Brooks III. We’ll also hear August featured artist Jack DeJohnette on the only studio recording he did with Bill Evans, which was just released in the last year, and there’s new music from the New Vision Sax Ensemble, Uptown Jazz Tentet, Katie Thiroux and John Pizzarelli’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the album that brought together Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Thursday 8.17.17

More birthday celebrations in store tonight on the Night Train – for soul jazz tenor man Ike Quebec, hard bop pianist and composer Duke Pearson, vibes player Cecilia Smith, and Sam Butera – leader of the band that back Louis Prima. We’ll also hear August featured artist Jack DeJohnette as a special guest with Brazilian pianist, singer and composer Eliane Elias, and new music from pianists Ahmad Jamal and Mike Longo and trombonist Audrey Ochoa.

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City of Wichita

Railroad Underpass In Downtown Wichita To Get A New Look

The City of Wichita is moving forward with its plans to upgrade the Douglas Avenue railroad underpass.

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