Commentary

In 2007, screenwriter Diablo Cody burst onto the scene with the movie Juno. It was her first screenplay and it earned her an Oscar, as well as a nomination for Best Picture, among others.

Painter Tim Stone is incendiary. At least in the annals of Kansas art. A Tim Stone painting is ‘60s surf contemporary meets New York savoir faire, blended in a Kansas tornado, and best viewed while listening to “Mother of Pearl” by Roxy Music, over and over again. Does that put it safely in a caviar tin for you?

Wes Anderson movies are a definite thing. Take his set design: earnest, quirky, and obsessive. Every shot is a consummation of painstaking detail. The camera is straight-on, elements are arranged at meticulous right angles with uncanny symmetry, color palates are precise and constrained.

The same fastidious care is given to the choice of songs for his soundtracks. Anderson shows us how closely music can be integrated into the concept and design of a movie. Because stock wallpaper music would never work for films that have the strangest wallpaper you’ll ever see.

Mindy Tucker

Hip hop has always been fascinated with itself--one of the music’s unique and endearing qualities is its constant self-reflection and self-assessment. This is great for true fans--there’s nothing an enthusiast loves more than to constantly talk about their enthusiasm--but it’s often difficult for casual or first-time listeners to get into it. 

Now that May has arrived and we're reasonably sure that snow is not in the immediate weather forecast, it's time to get out in the fresh air and enjoy some outdoor entertainment. One option is an annual tradition for the city, the open-to-all Opera on the Lake, brought to you by the Wichita Grand Opera. Hosted by Bradley Fair, the evening is an open-air event; you can bring a blanket or a lawn chair for free, or you can purchase a reserved seat, or you can go the VIP route, which includes a three-course dinner and seating on the patio at Newport Grill.

Justin Cary

Buffalo wings (or just “wings” if you are a native Buffalonian) are one of the few modern dishes that have become staple food in bars and fast-food locations around the country.

And as with most dishes, it has a muddy history, with two groups claiming to be the creator of the original “wings” served in Buffalo.

A while back, I went to see Marvel’s Black Panther with my nephew. He surprised me when, just as the first battle scene was starting, he stood up and announced, “I’m going to the bathroom, the fights are boring.”

Ah, yes, the kid takes after his uncle.

The NPD Group is a market research company that releases a report each month of every single video game that is sold. Usually these reports are fairly predictable: Lots of sales for the current consoles and PCs, fewer sales for the last generation systems, and that’s about it. But in last month’s report, there was something that nobody expected: one game was sold for the Sega Game Gear.

The Wichita Eagle

Three days ago things perked up a bit in the realm behind the “Pearly Gates.” Administrative angels that had become a little lax in their accounting started to sit up a little straighter and pay more attention to their jobs. Ordinary rank-and-file angels became more informed about the ins and outs of celestial politics.

This commentary originally aired on March 8, 2016.

On May 10, 1840, Elizabeth Cady married abolitionist Henry Stanton. For the presiding pastor, the unconventional wedding day, a Friday, was not the most shocking part of their wedding ceremony. Rejecting Protestant tradition, Elizabeth Cady omitted the vow binding her “to obey” her husband.

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