Commentary

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.

Book Review: 'Brown'

Apr 30, 2018
kevinyoungpoetry.com

April is National Poetry Month. With one day left, there is still time to get in a final fix, and one need look no further than Kevin Young’s new collection Brown: Poems. From poems about Brown V. Board of Education to James Brown and John Brown, to the multitude of shades of brown skin, this volume fully illustrates Young’s special kind of genius.

For one day, at least—last Friday—the top movie at the box office didn’t star The Rock or a Marvel super hero. No, the country’s #1 movie was a sequel to a 16-year-old quasi-stoner-comedy that made all of $18 million in its entire theatrical run. I’m speaking of Super Troopers 2, coming hot on the heels of 2002’s Super Troopers, both made by the apparently still-existing comedy troupe Broken Lizard.

Julia Trechak is a singer-songwriter based in Wichita who performs under the name Freezy.

“I was studying poetry at the University of Kansas and attending a few house shows every now and then that really inspired me for their rock ‘n’ roll energy. I was inspired to buy a guitar and see if I could play it as well.

For me, the process of writing a song is very similar to writing a poem. The guitar draws the lyrics because the chords evoke emotion and feelings and all that good stuff.”

An invitational or juried art show happens when an art entity chooses a known artist to select submitted artwork, these days via e-mail, from other artists around the country. These electronic submissions are chosen with no context or point of reference for either the piece or the submitting artist. The chosen works make up the show and the known artist then juries the show and awards winners.

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