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Kansas Task Force Hears That Some Issues With Foster Care System Aren’t New

Descriptions of an underfunded, under-resourced foster care system short on child placement options sounded familiar to Kansas lawmakers and child welfare advocates at a task force meeting this week.

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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.

Greetings from The Land That Time Forgot, also known as Wichita, Kansas. We’ve been a little slow to accept some of them new-fangled things that other towns have had for years. Take bicycles, for instance. We weren’t too sure they’d catch on so we waited a while. Then the other day I noticed an actual bike lane on First Street in the College Hill area. Right there against the curb was the white outline of a bicycle indicating a bike lane. At first I thought it was a crime scene. Like on TV where the police draw a chalk outline around the victim, in this case a bicycle.

Manna Wok

Sep 24, 2010
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If you didn’t already know this, I’m half Asian-- half Filipino, specifically. I grew up eating rice with every meal, fish with heads on, chicken with feet on, fermented things, and every soy product known to man.  My parents are adventurous eaters, so my brother and sister and I ate all kinds of weird stuff from the get-go.  There is no food I won’t try at least once.

My Tho

Sep 10, 2010

I have good news. We are seriously blessed with wonderful Vietnamese food in Wichita.

If you are unfamiliar with Vietnamese cooking, it is easy to like, even for a beginner. It’s fresh and healthy, relying on noodles and rice, small amounts of meat, and lots of vegetables and fresh herbs. Oftentimes raw ingredients will be used to garnish cooked dishes by the diner to her own tastes, so it’s a great cuisine for people who like to play with their food.

Isn’t passion great? Not the romantic kind of “oh, baby, I love you, I love you” passion, but the everyday sort of passion that people feel for practically every kind of imaginable thing.

Lots of good folks locally feel pretty strongly about college football. Some of them are convinced that Wichita State University made a wrong-headed move when it punted its own football program into the trash bin of history at the end of the 1986 season.

There is always a conspicuous absence of WSU on the sports pages this time of year as Kansas State and KU become the subjects of endless speculation about this season’s football teams.

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Movie Review: 'The Disaster Artist'

I’m not someone who watches bad movies for kicks. I do sort of understand the appeal: there really is a kind of euphoric charge you get from seeing something transcendently awful. It’s just that there are so many good movies I’ve never seen that I just don’t want to spend time on the bad ones.

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Skinny Hightower is a smooth jazz artist who lives here in Wichita. The 32-year-old is receiving some huge accolades from the jazz world. His song "Taboo" peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard charts in July.

Although he’s received favorable reviews nationally, he’s not as well known in Wichita. Hightower and his band will perform a small concert in town on Sunday.

Carla Eckels: Skinny, describe your music.

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The World of Captain Beefheart unites vocalist Nona Hendryx and guitarist/producer Gary Lucas in one of the most imaginative pairings in recent memory. More than that, it serves as a tribute to Captain Beefheart, the late Don Van Vliet, the musician and painter who wore the Captain’s guys from the 1960s until the early 1980s when he retired from music. Though a figure central to the avant garde, Van Vliet, like his school friend Frank Zappa, had a deep love of R&B and soul music.

Monday 12.11.17

Night Train marks the birthday of one of the giants of jazz piano, McCoy Tyner, with music he did as a leader, along with John Coltrane, Grant Green and Joe Henderson, and in a concert special in hour two of the show. Plus new music from trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, saxophonist Eric Alexander, guitarist Jacques Lesure, and bassist Gerald Cannon.

Tuesday 12.12.17

Night Train marks a host of jazz birthdays tonight – including singers Joe Williams and Bob Dorough, saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr., accordionist Richard Galliano, and pianists John Hicks and Toshiko Akiyoshi. It’s also the birthday of Frank Sinatra and there’s a special in hour two exploring his musical legacy.

Wednesday 12.13.17

Night Train highlights some big bands and large ensembles – including those led by Carla Bley, Gil Evans and Duke Ellington, along with the WDR Big Band, the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, the Great American Music Ensemble, and Randy Brecker with the WDR Big Band. Plus music from vocalists Kevin Mahogany, the New York Voices, Billy Eckstine and Ernestine Anderson, and classics from Quincy Jones, Paul Gonsalves, and Jimmy Smith with Wes Montgomery.

Thursday 12.14.17

Night Train highlights music from three artists born on this day: trombonist Dan Barrett (as a leader and with the Alden/Barrett Quintet), trumpeter Clark Terry (as a leader and with Dinah Washington), and baritone saxophonist Cecil Payne (also as a leader and with Dinah Washington, and guesting with Kenny Burrell, Kenny Dorham, and Cannonball Adderley). Plus new music from bassist, singer and composer Katie Thiroux, pianist and composer Yoko Miwa, trombonist Roswell Rudd, and the new Bird tribute, The Passion of Charlie Parker.

Blues Holiday Specials

Dec 11, 2017

December 15/17

Crossroads takes a holiday to make way for blues holiday specials from Blue Dimensions and Juke in the Back.

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Wichita band Tideway released its full-length debut album in January 2017 and closes out the calendar by issuing a new EP with close friends Kill Vargas. Both bands are on the bill for a show at the Crown Uptown Saturday, Dec. 9 which also feature local act The Cavves and Salt Creek from Lincoln, Nebraska.

Tideway guitarist and vocalist Trent Gaddie (the band is rounded out by drummer Will Mercer and bassist/vocalist Scott Garver) stopped by the KMUW studios recently to chat about the new EP and Tideway’s history.

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Wichita City Council Sets Hearing Over Tax District For Pickleball Restaurant

City Council will hold a public hearing next month over a tax district meant to support a combination entertainment venue-restaurant in east Wichita.

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