Arts
1:37 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Well-known Art Historian Gives Talk

Art historian and University of Kansas professor emerita Marilyn Stokstad will give a special keynote address Thursday evening titled “Art Patronage in a Civil Society.”

The talk is part of the Midwest Art History Society Annual Conference, which takes place through Friday.

Stokstad is the author of “Art History,” an art history textbook first published in 1995 that is still in use in universities across the United States today.

Community
12:00 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Indian Center Hosts Student Art Exhibit

The Mid-America All-Indian Center on Wednesday will feature the third annual USD 259 Title VII Native American Youth Art Show and lecture series.

Nearly 100 pieces created by American Indian children in grades kindergarten through 12 will be featured.

Local art teacher Michelle Sutton will share the history of American Indian arts and crafts in a lecture from 7-9 p.m. in Buffalo Hall. Three youth artists—featured in last year’s American Indian Festival—will also discuss and demonstrate their work.

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Commentary
8:15 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Into It: Video Arcades

Since the first simple arcade games were developed in the late sixties, the video arcade has fought a war of innovation and marketing with home gaming.

What’s called The Golden Age of arcades was sparked by the 1978 release of Space Invaders. The game was so successful, in fact, that it brought about a shortage of the 100-yen coins used in the Japanese machines.

In the following years, arcades were dominated by single player games like Pac-Man and other missions of skill, whether it was navigating the upward climb in Donkey Kong or scuttling across a busy road in Frogger.

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Commentary
4:22 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Book Review: The Book of Jonas

The Book of Jonas by Stephen Dau begins on a fateful night when the family of Jonas, a 15-year-old Muslim, is killed by Americans. Running for his life in the rugged mountains surrounding his home, Jonas is rescued by an American who dies the same evening. He is taken in by an international relief organization and adopted by a Christian family in Pittsburgh, Pa. As he and his new family do their best to find common ground, the dead American soldier’s mother, also coincidentally in Pittsburgh, is determined to uncover what happened to her son. 

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Restaurant Review
5:00 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Picasso's

The Cubist

All right, pizza lovers, fire up your engines! Picasso’s Pizza has opened and their pies are divine. I usually give a new place a couple of months to settle in before I try it out, but all of my social media friends were posting delicious-looking pictures and tweets, so I couldn’t resist. I met my pizza expert—my husband Wayne—for dinner the other day and we were both immediately hooked.

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Commentary
3:08 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Art Review: Turtle Power

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Yes, those turtles in a half shell have taught a whole generation that ooze gives you powers, turtles love pizza,  and the four names of Renaissance artists. Though maybe we didn’t know it at the time, this cartoon introduced kids to Donatello, Michealangelo, Leonardo and Rafael – four awesome turtles and four renowned artists.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Richard Crowson: A Different Kind Of Madness

We’re in the throes of a kind of “March madness” that most likely will not be going away come April. It is a sort of madness that has a much more profound impact any than basketball game could ever have.

I’m talking about the kind of madness that could leave thousands of Kansas Medicaid recipients stuck in that crazy-making, Alice-in-Wonderland place of having to deal with for-profit companies who will make decisions about those folks’ health care.

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Commentary
10:37 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Into It: Barber Pole

Blood letting image from 1860.

The barber pole has come a long way to be stationed above old brick shops, to repeat and repeat its lonely spins. In fact, the barbers themselves have a strange past, their title once denoting a more taxing profession.

In the middle ages, if you required dentistry, surgery, fire cupping, or a session of leeching, you’d visit the barber-surgeon. It was hundreds of years before the roles we now know as doctors and barbers diverged completely.

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Commentary
8:28 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Book Review: The Darlings

First-time novelist Christina Alger’s pedigree reads just like that of her characters’ in The Darlings:  Harvard, NYU School of Law, work at Goldman Sachs. Alger takes the adage, “write what you know,” to heart and tells an entertaining story of the rise and fall of some of the “1%” during the financial crash of 2008.

The book opens at 2:00 a.m. on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, with the alleged suicide of Morty Reis off the Tappan Zee Bridge. Reis’ investment fund is suspected of a Bernie Madoff-style ponzi fraud.

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Restaurant Review
5:00 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Lupe's Carry Out

I grew up in Newton, Kansas, in the ‘70s and ‘80s. It goes without saying that there weren’t many fun dining options in our little town. We had a Big Cheese Pizza, a Pizza Hut, a Sonic, The Red Coach Inn, and a Hardee’s. There were a couple of coffee shops and our Woolworth’s had a lunch counter—the old-fashioned kind—but that was torn down and replaced with a thrift store. We had one fancy restaurant, the Old Mill, which featured the first salad bar I had ever seen and served adult beverages, a rarity in our dry county.

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