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VOL X Issue VI | APRIL / MAY 2016

Hip-hop IN THE TOP

Featuring four hip-hop artists spinning Topeka.

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V I R G O A friend once told me, “Rupe, stop worrying about what others think. Be yerself and the world will recognize ya for the great person ya are. To thine ownself be true.” But, I never listen to anyone who says, “thine” or “ownself”. Kind of a rule with me. L I B R A Why do some people’s fifteen minutes last longer than others? And it’s NEVER the right people. S C O R P I O When spring finally arrives and the world is waking up from its long winter sleep, I find I’ve been dreaming of Scorpio. S A G I T T A R I U S It’s a long way to November and the moronity has just begun. Expect the worst and prepare for the worster is my advice this year. C A P R I C O R N “Last but not least.” Isn’t that one of those sayings we all use but almost never mean? Usually, it’s last and OF COURSE least, right? Be honest. A Q U A R I U S Politics aside, just remember this simple mantra... when yer in the voting booth next fall, remember all the good people who are counting on us not to elect a complete moron like we did in 2000 and 2004. P I S C E S Rough winter. Everybody’s looking kind of worn down and gloomy. Gray is the color of everything. Sky, trees, roads, hair... Look on the bright side, warmer weather brings out the springy people in their convertibles and on their bicycles and - holy crap - I have spring fever! Spring is coming!! ___________________________ Question for the Blue Guru? Something on yer mind? Need an answer to a burning (and itching) personal question? Find out before it’s too late. Email me! Ruprecht@PsychicChicken.com ___________________________ * Astrological predictions are to sanity what Brownback is to wisdom. #brownbackistan - Ruprecht


RETROSPECTIVE A MUST SEE:

WU CERAMICS PROFESSOR GLENDA TAYLOR PRAIRIE MEMORIES: THE ART OF GLENDA TAYLOR

honors the life and art of Washburn University ceramics professor who was killed in a biking accident last June. In her work, Glenda, a lifelong Kansan, often expressed her love of the Plains, its animals, winds, tornadoes, prairies, creek beds and even the fossils of its watery geological past. The exhibition runs through May 14 and is free and open to the public. aseveneightfive


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785 HIP HOP HIP-HOP [MERRIAM-WEBSTER] 1 : a subculture especially of inner-city youths who are typically devotees of rap music, and 2: the stylized rhythmatic music that commonly accompanies rap; also : rap together with this music.

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by Noah Neff | photos by Ali Hanlon or provided

n considering the definitions above, my take away is that there is no one true definition of hip-hop that makes it easy to define. This in turn explains why the meaning of hip-hop becomes more and more blurred when jotted down in structural form. Growing up as a devotee of hip-hop and rap, I had never really analyzed the “what” so much as the “why.” As in, Why does this music make me feel incredibly inspired? Why do I feel a connection to my neighborhood streets? The political conscience and social injustices in our great country? I’m no PhD when it comes to the physics or science behind two turntables and a microphone, and I’ll never be able to label the feeling I first had when I popped Public Enemy’s “Fear of a Black Planet” cassette tape into my Walkman as a 5th grader, but to me, Hiphop is just that, an art form that can’t be contained by labels or definitions, but rather by feelings or inspiration. Today, we focus in on the heartbeat of the Heartland and provide insight into Topeka’s very own rising hip-hop stars, and pay homage to an established Top City legend. So sit back, plug in, and let the rhythm move you to greatness. These are your people. Lyric Reddick, Seuss aka Sicko Seuss Mace, Marty of Ebony Tusks fame, and of course the fabled Stik Figa. Let the voice of the streets be heard.

MEET THE PRODUCER:

George "Jory" Valyer owns and operates Rundown Studios and is quickly becoming the most sought-after producer for rising hip-hop artists in the Midwest. Jory got his musical start as the drummer in the regionally famous ska band The Rayguns, before honing his skills behind the kit in The Primetime Heroes. In more recent years, Yocemento, Bulletproof Tiger, and currently Stiff Middle Fingers have all benefited from Jory's advanced percussion skills. Playing with such diversified groups led Jory into pursuing an internship under Paul Schneider, previous owner and producer of Rundown. Jory worked as a production assistant before officially taking the reins on January 1, 2016. Alongside Jory is Robert Kilpatrick, another notable local musician formally of Beans and Cornbread. The studio is one of Topeka's largest ProTools professional recording studios, with 20-foot ceilings that create natural reverb, located at 6th and MacVicar. “My favorite thing about producing hip-hop is the Artist Factor, which, in my opinion, most hip-hop and rap artists lack," said Jory. "My advice to an up-and-coming artist would be to focus on originality when creating your identity and establishing your sound. That will set you apart as a true artist and not a mark ass bitch." (MIC DROP). 7


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Hip-hop made me feel again, and that's what I want to do for others.

I was the first battle-rapping, ghost-writing, sixth-grade poet - or at least I'd like to think so.

scondido, CAL. made me a man and Topeka made me a better man," said Lyric Reddick about his upbringing. "Growing up, we didn't always have a lot, but we made do with what we had. I'm a firm believer in family over everything."

Lyric is fairly fresh to the scene, getting serious about his hip-hop career just a few years ago, after graduating college. That isn't to say he hasn't been involved for years..."Nobody ever believes me, but I actually got my start into hip-hop by writing love poems to females...well they always had boyfriends" said Lyric. "So instead of publicly humiliating me, they decided to just tell their boyfriends in hopes I would stop writing them lame ass poems. But their boyfriends actually loved the poems...and thought I had 'flow,' so I started writing poems for them. Then that led into engaging in 'rap battles' at lunch and after school. I was probably the first battle-rapping ghost-writing, sixth-grade poet - or at least I’d like to think so." The message has been the heartbeat of Lyric's' rap style since inception. "The one thing I want people to take away from my music is difference," said Lyric.

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"I aspire to make sure both young, old, white, black, Hispanic get the message from my music. If you have a heart and mind, you will feel at least one thing I say. I didn’t start writing music to be famous. I started putting it down to tell a story. Hip-hop made me feel again, and that’s what I want to do for others." For Lyric, he feels the current state of hip-hop is missing those stories. "The focus now is so much pop rap in the mainstream. I understand that without some of that stuff other hip hop wouldn’t exist, but I also understand the difference between rap and hip-hop. Real, true hip-hop is on the rise. It won't be long before the world can distinguish the two." aseveneightfive

CURRENT PROJECT: "I am in the studio as we speak working on a mixtape with George (Jory) Valyer at Rundown Studios. I'm working on a more conceptual EP called W.T.F. (We The Funk), because I grew up on E.W.F. and George Clinton, Bootsie Collins, etc. The project will basically be an ode to that place in time where music was fun and upbeat. I want the world to be chillin' at a mulit-generational cookout when it drops."


SEUSS GIVEN NAME: JULIAN D. MACE

OPENED FOR: Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony (twice), Scarface, Twista, Snow Tha Product, Murs, Kotton Mouth Kings, Brotha Lynch Hung, !May!Day, Twisted Insane, DJ Kane of Kumbia Kings, The Popper and more... WATCH LIVE: 4.9 Shameless KC event, Riot Room, KC | 4-8p 4.29 Aftershock Live, Merriam, KS | 9p 5.12 TBD, McPherson, KS

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I'm a firm believer that music is medicine and I want to be one of the world's best musical pharmacists.

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euss was born and raised in Topeka, becoming active in the hip-hop community around age nine when he started writing. "I was always just extremely moved by music, ever since I can remember," said Seuss. "I feel like it is my purpose in life to be a musician." Seuss was addicted to Em, "everything he did I loved and he is really who inspired me to pick up the pen and write my own shit." Inevitably, Seuss' lyrics are always raw and uncut. Now 21, Seuss has gone from kicking a verse in the school cafeteria and bus stop to most recently recording his first single with Indi at the world-famous Studio City Sound in California. The

recording studio has housed artists such as Rod Stewart, No Doubt, The Roots, MC Hammer, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton...and now Seuss. "It was an awesome experience and I can't wait to release the final product." "One of my biggest aspirations is to just be a good provider for my family (two babies and a wife) and to hopefully become a source of emotional shelter through my music. I’m a firm believer that music is medicine and I want to be one of the world’s best musical pharmacists. Whenever people are having a hard time I want my music to help them find a piece of mind." aseveneightfive

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‘‘ OF EBONY TUSKS | GIVEN NAME: MARTINEZ HILLARD (MARTY)

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I want people to bear witness to our freedom as a hardcore rap band and carry that into their own freedom of expression.

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arty grew up in a church-going, military family from Biloxi, MIS., and like many military children, Marty was not immune to moving around a lot. His family settled in Topeka in 1992, where for the next 10 years Marty would live within a few blocks of Stik Figa and where he would begin his rap carrer. "I wrote my first rap on Christmas Eve of 1994. My brother Demetri was home visiting from Florida and was in a Christian rap group called Golden Street Gangstaz," said Marty. "He was a big musical influence on me from an early age; I patterned my rhyme patterns after his style." Later Marty and Demetri would form the Orijinal, a hip-hop/funk/hard rock hybrid that existed from 1998-2000. Marty was the frontman and lyricist. As an artist, Marty's proudest moment came in 2005 when he had the opportunity to support artists Shabazz Palaces, Talib Kweli and Vince Staples. "I would definitely say Shabazz and Talib are spiritual forebears and heroes rather than direct influences, and that Vince is a younger kindred spirit; but I am proud that we [Marty and his bandmates Daniel and Geese] were given platforms to perform in support of them and able to captivate their audiences."

Marty, Daniel and Geese collectively feel encouraged by the variety of styles and voices available in hiphop culture today. "I think it stood to reason that the generation behind us (just a little younger than Geese) would blow the doors open, considering how much access they've had to so many different types of music," said Marty in regards to his feelings of the current state of hip-hop. "There are some artists that handle experimentation better than others, but it's what rap music needed for a long time. Plus it makes our aggressive approach a little less alien to the average fan." aseveneightfive

OPENED FOR: The Cool Kids, Das Racist, clipping, Open Mike Eagle, Talib Kweli, Shabazz Palaces, Vince Staples WATCH LIVE: 5.6 Middle of the Map Fest, KC CURRENT PROJECT: New Ebony Tusks project, self-produced and engineered by Jory Valyer at Rundown Studios, Topeka.


STIK FIGA GIVEN NAME: John Westbrooke, Jr.

ASSOCIATED ARTISTS: Ron Ron, DJ Will, Oddisee, Mellow Music Group OPENED FOR: Blackalicious, Oddisee, MURS, Pigeon John, Blue, Rick Ross, Bun B, Cook Kids, Black Sheep, Das Racist and more AFFILIATIONS: Brainiak, Oddisee Music, Mello Music Group, Grand Union Media

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tik Figa joined the greater Topeka/ Lawrence/KC hip-hop scene back in 1999, battle rapping and impromptu performances at local venues. But it all started back in the hallways of Topeka High School, where he could be found rapping with friends and classmates. "I performed at the Black Student Union Talent show with my friends Eric Thomas, Martinez Hillard and Michael Graham, as a collective called The Only One's, and we got a great response," said Figa. "I had always rapped for fun and was obsessed with the genre since I was a kid, but those high school years are when I started thinking about it as a career." Figa grew up in a two-parent, working-class, religious household. "There's not much to complain about; food in the cabinet and clothes on my back. Both of my parents worked extremely hard to provide us with the basic creature comforts and amenities, meaning however, they weren't home all that often," said Figa. "It wasn't until I moved to central Topeka that I started actually seeing the ugly side of things. Maybe that was due to my age. I was exposed to friends of mine who were dealing with a stark contrast to what my home life was like, which always gave me perspective." Arguably Stik Figa's most talked about song is "Medicine" from "As Himself," which is his take on

politics and social issues. "I never admit to have any of the answers, and I think that draws people. Most rap of that ilk is preachy, but, I honestly don't know what the hell is going on, anymore than others pretend to." "As Himself " was released by Mello Music Group and produced entirely by Michael "Seven" Summers (frequent TechN9ne and Mac Lethal) and incorporated Stik Figa's mesmerizing flow and intelligent but subtle blue collar lyricism with soul and funk. He has been featured on premier outlets such as NPR and 2DopeBoys. "I have hit a certain ceiling that I had put out for myself and have reached a few of my goals," said Stik Figa when asked about his current hip-hop aspirations. "I'm honestly trying to figure what is next for myself," said Figa. Dispite self-reflection and new goal planning, Stik Figa did just release an EP called "Shame the Devil" on Grand Union Media, which features KC artist Dev3n and Rachel Christia as well as Topeka's MC Fuelo. Whatever the future holds, Stik Figa will always be a legendary artist right here from Top City. "I think ultimately, my message was to be an individual and let other artists know that you don't have to adhere to any prearranged archetype that mainstream media feeds you. You may do so at your own peril, but at least you can look in the mirror and say, you did it your way." aseveneightfive

The Skinny (self-released; 2007) out of print

Stik Figa X D/Will -- Alive and Well (self released; 2010)

Lookin' Good EP (Innate Sounds; 2007)

Stik Figa X D/Will -- Happy Hour (self-released; 2011)

Babylon EP (Innate Sounds; 2009)

Stik Figa X D/Will -- Crown and Coke (self-released; 2011)

It Ain't Easy Being Skinny (self-released; 2009) out of print

Stik Figa X D/Will -- JOBB (selfreleased; 2015)

Still Ain't Easy Being Skinny (Brainiak; 2010) out of print From The Top EP (Oddisee Music; 2010) Stik Figa as Himself (Mello Music Group; 2012) Stik Figa X D/Will -- Hello/ Goodbye (self-released; 2009)

L'Orange and Stik Figa "City Under the City" (Mello Music Group; 2013) The Pookey Tape (self-released; 2014) Elmhurst EP (self-released; 2015) Stik Figa Is Not Quite Himself (selfreleased; 2015) Shame The Devil EP (Grand Union Media; 2016)

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Portraits of Janis Joplin, Playboy centerfold Valerie Perrine singer and actress Leslie Uggams. The phenomenal success of Pop art in the 1960s and 1970s opened the door to other forms of realism. All part of Mulvane's permanent collection. Exhibition of 43 intaglios, lithographs and screen prints.

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n the years after World War II, printmaking fell out of favor as abstraction, specifically Abstract Expressionism, became popular in the art world. Despite the post-war rejection of printmaking, the medium regained legitimacy in the 1960s due to the opening of printmaking studios where artists could work with master printers. Leading the way were Universal Limited Art Editions [ULAE], founded on Long Island in 1957, and Tamarind Lithography Workshop, founded in Los Angeles in 1960. Innovators like Tatyana Grossman of ULAE and June Wayne of Tamarind convinced major artists, like Robert Motherwell and James Rosenquist, that printmaking was a viable and subtle medium. The fact that significant contemporary artists were making prints drew others to the medium, and printmaking boomed from the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s. The Mulvane Art Museum actively collected prints at this time, and the print collection reflects the major American art movements of those years.

This exhibition of forty-three intaglios, lithographs and screen prints, among other media, is drawn entirely from the Mulvane's permanent collection and is divided into several stylistic categories which includes works by internationally known artists, as well as artists from the Midwest. It opens with a section on Abstract Expressionism, showcasing works by Mark Tobey. Op Art is represented by one of Josef Albers' famous works titled "Homage to the Square." "Color Field and Abstract Geometric Illusionism and Mocking Minimalism" reflect the impact of the ideas of influential New York art critic Clement Greenberg. An untitled screen print by Jules Olitski is featured in these sections. In the early 1960s, Pop artists rejected what they saw as the elitism of abstraction and reintroduced the real world into art. Many celebrated popular culture, which reflected the youthful spirt of the Baby Boomers. Works in this section include portraits of blues singer Janis Joplin, Playboy centerfold Valerie Perrine and


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singer and actress Leslie Uggams. The phenomenal success of Pop art in the 1960s and 1970s opened the door to other forms of realism as seen in the work of Philp Pearlstein. Protest movements from the mid-1960s into the 1970s influenced other forms of art. Earthwork artists, like Dennis Oppenheim, created art on the land. Reflecting the anti-materialism of those decades, his art was outside elitist galleries and could not be bought or sold. The works of minority artists, like Luis Jimenez, evoke their cultures and identities, which were marginalized by mainstream white America. Women artists created the Pattern and Decoration Movement to honor the so-called “craft” work of their female predecessors, which was traditionally considered second-class art. The 1970s have been called the Pluralist Era, and the exhibition concludes with a number of works from that decade and later that simply cannot be categorized. This section includes TurnAbout, by Rudy Pozzatti. It expresses this Italian-American artist’s fascination with the Etruscans, an ancient people wiped out by the Romans. There’s absolutely something for everyone. aseveneightfive 13


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BEAUTY FOUND IN ALLEY WAYS AND HIDDEN PLACES artist doug frye by Michelle Leivan, the Artist’s Artist ArtPrint Express.com

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t isn’t always the expected places that beauty lingers; sometimes it is hidden and has to be flushed out to be discovered. Artists are the ones who usually find these places and point them out to us. One of those local artists is Dr. Doug Frye, who spends his days at his office The Center for Manual Medicine and every moment of spare time seeking secreted beauty in unexpected places. “It is boring to find the beauty that exists in the front of the house because it’s expected, but the back of the house is where you find the unexpected,” explains Doug “it is in the alley ways that you will find things that are not boring. Such as telephone poles that are not perpendicular and trash cans that create a rhythm to a scene.” In his work you will discover the Capitol building tucked into the skyline of a NOTO arts district alley. Or maybe it is the first snow and the residents down the alley spent time to add holiday lights to their garage. These are the moments caught in time that bring us closer to those veiled places right in our own backyard. Alleys are prevalent in Frye's most recent works, and where he creates said works. Frye creates his work live on site with his subject, also known as plein air, as the impressionists did. Rather than on traditional

canvas, he paints in oil on oriented strand board made of large wood chips, which adds to the visual texture and the intrigue of each of the pieces. Doug is also well-known for his “cutout paintings,” which are cut out of wood in intricate shapes, often planning these meticulously. So as a change of pace, he decided to take on the plein air technique to loosen up his imagination. “I had a few artist friends invite me out to the Flint Hills for a day of painting,” he said “I had so much fun, I decided to keep doing it and expand my horizons.” He is as driven and passionate about his art as he is about his medical practice. “I have two careers that complement each other. I simply cannot give one up for the other. Just like my work as a doctor, I am always looking for ways to make myself a better problem solver and more creative. It is important in both worlds.” Doug shows regularly throughout Topeka; his current show is at Soho Interiors at 3129 SW Huntoon in Westboro Mart, and he's planning a show of featured art at Yeldarb Gallery, 909 N. Kansas in NOTO arts District in August. Explore alley ways and hidden places through the eyes of Doug Frye - DougFryeArt.com and ArtPrintExpress.com.

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LOOKING FOR AN EXCUSE TO PUT SOME MORE MILES ON THE OLD HONDA? HERE ARE SIX MUSIC FESTIVALS WORTH THE ROAD WEAR.

photo by Noble Visions Floozies, Hulaween 2015


>SUWANNEE HULAWEEN In the swamps of Live Oak, FL, The String Cheese Incident host one of the best Halloween parties in the beautiful Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park + Campground. The 2015 event expected about 7,000 attendees, but tripple the number to over 20,000 due to some other music events canceling around the area. This was not apparent to attendees in the Spanish-moss draped 800-acres. The mixture of eclectic bands, commitment to culture, natural beauty and a sense of belonging is making this a top-list for fest heads across the country. If you're going to make a road-trip this fall, consider this festival.

PHUNKBERRY HOSTED BY DEADHEAD PRODUCTIONS

THE FARM, Eureka, AR

All funk, all funk night.

5.5-5.7

10.28-10.30

COST: $140 3-day pass

HILLBERRY THE HARVEST MOON FESTIVAL If Railroad Earth makes you want to hop a train headed North bound, then this festival is for you. The ultimate bluegrass experience on a 100-acre private farm in Eureka Springs. The festival is limited to 3,000 attendees, making it a more intimate event, plus two nights of Railroad Earth.

10.13-10.16

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THE FARM, Eureka Springs, AR FEATURING: Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Lettuce, Wookiefoot, Andy Frasco + The U.N., Tyrannasaurus Chicken, Mountain Sprout. COST: $135 4-day pass

HIGHBERRY MUSIC FESTIVAL Celebrate freedom and music, up in the mountains.

6.30-7.3 HOSTED BY DEADHEAD PRODUCTIONS

MULBERRY MOUNTAIN Ozark, AR 7th ANNUAL FEATURING: Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, Papadosio, Dopapod, Wookiefoot, Jeff Austin Band, That 1 Guy, Aaron Kamm + The One Drops COST: $140

OMAHA SOLSTICE REGGAE + WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL RIVERFRONT PARK, Omaha, NE

One-day event, but camping is available at Riverfront Park. Festival features local, regional and international artists plus Topeka's own DJ Ranx.

31ST ANNUAL KING BISCUIT BLUES FESTIVAL

10.05-10.08 HOSTED BY SONNY BOYS BLUES SOCIETY Helena, AR The King Biscuit Blues Festival is one of the nation's foremost showcases of blues music. Held for three days annually, tens of thousands converge on historic downtown Helena to hear stirring and uplifting performances of an American art form on the banks of the Mississippi River, where it should be heard.


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KNowBe

Movement of the people on your mind.

Newest collaboration from Elvin Graves and Justin Fowler - formerly of Slow Ya Roll

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hey are not likely to be mistaken for Don and Phil…Everly, that is…for a number of reasons. First, they’re not brothers. Secondly, one doesn’t always sing lead and the second taking the high harmony. Next, they both don’t play guitar, and lastly, most of the folks likely to see them probably don’t know even one hit from the Everly Brothers. But make no mistake, Justin Fowler and Elvin Graves are over the top when they weave their voices together in a variety of ways. It’s hard to think of a more talented vocal duo in the Top City. (And they are a hell of a lot funkier than the Everly Brothers.) Veterans of Topeka favorite Slow Ya Roll, Elvin and Justin are embarking on a musical journey that relies 18

on their vocals, their interest in wide swaths of music, their ability to play a variety of instruments, their desire to explore new musical direction, and well, their friendship, rooted in the formative days of becoming a Top City force back in the Varsity Blues jam days, some seven to eight years ago. In conversation with the duo just before taking the stage for a short set at Charlie Barber’s weekly Thursday open mic at the Lazy Toad, two things were stressed. The first is reflected in their name: they look to know their abilities and they want to be, hence KNowBe. The other is they really, really relish the flexibility of being a duo. Justin is a strong keyboard player who is becoming equally adept at holding down a percussion part. Elvin, a front man and percussion player, has picked up the guitar and become a skilled accompanist. As a result, they can be booked as solo artists, a duo, or something bigger. They are always ready to roll. Elvin and Justin bring amazing energy, good vibes and musical exploration every time they set foot on stage. Whatever their iteration, it’s a fun musical voyage, an appreciation of growth and change, and a recognition of talented vocalists. "So Wake Up / Little Susie," and check out KNowBe's gigs in Topeka and KC. aseveneightfive


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obin Warren can be seen all around town, especially in the music scene, behind the stage and behind the camera lens. Robin started his photography career in 1980 in Boston, MA before moving to Topeka to study at Washburn University and setting up Studio 509. Robin documents many of Topeka's cultural events, and is a sought-out hire for headshots, band promos, fashion events and more. "We decided to hire Studio 509 because we like his angles," said Justin of KNowBe. "We had done some previous video interview work with him and liked his style. He is reasonably priced and easy to work with. Check out Studio509 at Studio509. smugmug.com aseveneightfive


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THURSDAY

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KARAOKE TUESDAY

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PIZAGELS

DATE NIGHT

NORTH STAR STEAKHOUSE

Musts: Herby sandwich (cream cheese on both sides of bagel). Philly pizza.

LUIS’ PLACE

LA ROCAS

ICE + OLIVES

Only Friday. Only four-course meal. Menu changes weekly but includes choice of three entrees. Executive Chef Luis E. Guillén is known for his Latin flavors and use of herbs and ingredients grown in his garden/green house.

Must: Cuban sandwich.

ROWHOUSE RESTAURANT

HIGHWAY 24

Musts: Beef tips and fries with gravy.

BLIND TIGER

37TH + KANSAS

Musts: Buffalo Burger, stuffed mushrooms.

GREAT WALL

17TH + WASHBURN

29TH + FAIRLAWN

31ST + GAGE

Musts: Homemade garlic rolls. Italian sandwich.

29TH + URISH

Musts: Crab Rangoons and Egg Drop soup.

FIELD OF GREENS

CAFE HOLLIDAY

Musts: Mom’s soup of the day. Salad bar.

Musts: Pan fried tacos and guac.

TACO VILLA

12TH + WESTERN

HHB BBQ

9TH + KANSAS

21ST + FAIRLAWN

9TH + KANSAS

Must: The Thing (smothered).

PEPE + CHELAS

17TH + COLLEGE

Musts: Chicken salad (Thursday).

10TH + TYLER

Musts: Pan fried tacos, their new tequila cocktails, sopa fideo.

TACOS EL MEXICANO

23RD + CALIFORNIA

Musts: Tostados, queso (yellow), enlos en vaso (corn in a cup).

MARGARITAS JALISCO Must: Ivan’s tacos. Guacamole mexicana (deconstructed).

ANNIE’S PLACE

12TH + GAGE

Must: Any pie. Hotdog (you did not read that incorrectly). Annie’s Alouette Burger.

5TH + KANSAS

4TH + VANBUREN

Dinner served Wednesday - Saturday, reservation only. Tasting menu includes sampling of all items including soup, salad, three entrees and three desserts. Executive Chef Greg Fox is known for his use of fresh ingredients that make each plate simple but elegant.

YUKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE 29TH + ARROWHEAD

A Tatami room with Japanese-style seating in the sushi bar area, extensive Sake menu including four-part sampler and Teppanyaki tables that accommodate groups of 10.

PAISANO’S RISTORANTE 10TH + GAGE

Traditional Italian cuisine. Known for their sauces and famous chicken spiedini. Great weekday specials.

BLUE MOOSE

32ND + WANAMAKER

Diverse menu featuring Rosemary Chicken, Curry Chicken salad and great flat breads. Great happy hour and weekly drink specials. Must: Sunday brunch. Add on eggs benedict for no additional charge.

CHEZ YASU

2701 SW 17TH

Classic French cuisine by Owner Chef Yasushi Hatasawa. Must: Crab Cake (Ask for an extra shot of rémoulade sauce, but not a straw - that would be tacky.) Goat cheese salad. Vichyssoise (when available).

TUPTIM THAI

29TH + KANSAS

Thai food, upscale. Only the serious mess with Thai hot; medium packs a lot of heat. Must: Money Bags.

THE GLOBE

9TH + QUINCY

Authentic Indian food. Musts: Tikka Masala. Lunch buffet.

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he United States is now home to more than 3,200 small and independent craft brewers, and Americans' interest and excitement for craft beer is at historic levels. What better way to toast the hard work and the craft culture than to celebrate? The 11th Annual American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) is May 16-22 and Kansas' Craft Beer Week is April 18-23. Everyone should celebrate the craft beer revolution, and thanks to our friends at TopekaBeer we know just where to go and what to drink. Follow them at TopekaBeer on Twitter and Facebook. aseveneightfive

craft beer + coffee PT's at College Hill 1635 SW Washburn Ave

Offering the best of microbrews for several years, PT's taps rotate often. At print, we found the following: Hopivore (New Holland Brewing Co.); Ambidextrous Ale and Milk Stout Nitro (Left Hand Brewing); Hop Stout (New Belgium Brewing Co.); The Czar (Avery Brewing Co.) and the ever-popular Belgium ale, Delirium Tremens (Brouwerij Huyghe). Not so bold? You can also find bottles of Not Your Father's Ginger Beer, Fat Tire, Boulevard Wheat and 312 Urban Wheat Ale behind the counter. MUSTS: Enjoy your choice of brew with one of PT's creative delicious sandwiches (Cranberry Pecan Chicken, I'm looking at you). 22

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Blackbird Espresso Bar and Bistro

DESCHUTES ARMORY XPA

First experimental pale ale to be brewed in the Portland Pub. Has a bitter twist from Nugget Northern Brewer hops, then delivers a pronounced citrus kick from Cascade, Centennial and Citra hops.

TALLGRASS HALF PIPE TART PALE ALE

If you grew up playing Tony Hawk Pro Skater, then this beer is right up your ollie. Half Pipe Tart Pale Ale is a seasonal, soured with Lactobacillus bacteria making it tart and citrusy. The beer is also aggressively dry-hopped, perhaps a nod to the fearless pioneers of extreme sports.

4025 SW 10th Ave.

Blackbird's tap and bottle selection change often, but you'll find a wide variety of American craft beers and traditional Belgian beers. Look for offerings from Avery Brewing Co., Great Divide Brewing Co., Deschutes Brewery, Delirium Brewery (Brouwerij Huyghe), and selections from Kansas City's Boulevard Brewing Co. MUSTS: Enjoy your choice of brew with a delicious hot soup. Just like the taps, the soup selections change as well, and you can always find a vegan soup prepared on Wednesdays.

KONA LEMONGRASS LUAU

Originally a brewpub-only offering on the Big Island, Lemongrass Luau is brewed with local ginger and filtered through lemongrass that grows right outside the front door of the brewery. It has a great perfect pop of ginger with a smooth mouthfeel of wheat and is finished with a touch of citrus.

UINTA TANGERINE HOP NOSH

A trend of citrusy enhanced IPAs has been met with much success; Uinta is building on that success with their own version- a tangerine enhanced Hop Nosh. The sour and briny German style beer will hit shelves this May.


F PIG SKINS NEW OWNER. NEW CHEF. STILL AWARD-TASTING BBQ.

or decades Boss Hawgs / Pigskins has been serving award-winning bbq like a boss. Under new ownership of Damon Sutherland and Lisa BraySmith, the restaurant/bar is returning to its roots and adding new flair. Some of that new flair is chef Alejandro Manriquez. A native of South America, Alejandro has been a chef in the midwest for the past six years including working at Gates BBQ in Kansas City. He is taking the awardwinning recipes passed down by founder Hank Lumpkin and incorporating his own style, making the new bbq better than ever. His smokin' style is low and slow (below 250 degrees) and he uses a mix of woods for his boss-like flavor; oak which gives a nice heat and pecan wood for sweetness. This technique is what makes fall-offthe-bone Baby Back ribs. The brisket is hearty with a pronounced beefy flavor. But the half-smoked chicken is the rockstar of the menu. It has amazing flavor infused throughout the entire chicken, creating moist and juicy meat inside with a crisp, grill-marked skin crust. It is served with your choice of two sides. I opted for the veggies which were lightly seasoned and oiled, a nice change from the butter-soaked norm. The coleslaw is vinegar based which balanced the spice of the jalape単o cheese sausage nicely. Make a point to re-visit Boss Hawgs / Pigskins to be served some of the best bbq in town and check out the other new upgrades. You won't be disappointed. aseveneightfive 23


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FOOD NINJA

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he time has come, once again, for this ninja to infiltrate the most guarded of fortresses and bring to you the details of the battle that ensued. With a ninja in training at my side I sneak unseen past guards and warriors to bring you the battle of Tacos el Sol… AND… Tacos el Mexicano.

Tacos el Sol 3.6Fists ATMOSPHERE

Although it’s clear this establishment has been around and seen many battles, and the décor could use an update, it does not detract from the immediate feeling of familia this ninja feels upon entry. Many clans are dining and the din of the room is of joy and laughter.

FRIENDLINESS

I am greeted at the counter with a smile, and although it is busy with many other warriors hungry for the nourishment they will receive, I am treated as if I’m the only customer there. I am momentarily caught off guard, but I repost and gather my senses once again.

make the decision difficult, but I use my ninja focus and decide on Barbacoa tacos.

FOOD

The flavor of my dish is staggering and I am caught once again with no defense against my enemy. Rich and bold, the Barbacoa screams at my taste buds with ferocity known only to wild creatures. Balanced and well prepared, this food is a 6 punch combo that nearly leaves me defeated… nearly.

FUNDS

I procure 3 tacos and an order of flan for around $8. The tacos are filling, and the flan is rich and sweet. For the price, the product is satisfying.

The battle is over and this ninja is weary from battle. I shall return soon to meet my foe once There is an abundance of again, but until then my belly and coin pouch choice on the menu. I have are full. aseveneightfive a mind for what I desire to satiate my hunger, but the choices are dizzying. Multiple choices in multiple categories

MENU

TACOS EL SOL

2124 SE 6th Ave "The Golden Mile"

Ninja’s Recommendation BARBACOA TACOS 24

TACOS EL MEXICANO

2002 SE California *Editor's note: Get the original / yellow queso.

Ninja’s Recommendation CARNE ASADA TACOS


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¡Me gusta Tacos el Sol y Tacos el Mexicano!

Tacos el mexicano 3.7Fists

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he war has just begun between my foes and this ninja. I enter the second establishment, Tacos el Mexicano, and although I am unseen I am caught off guard…

ATMOSPHERE

From the outside the establishment looks ordinary, but once inside I am greeted by the sweet sound of Mariachi music. I am distracted and become unfocused in my moment of bliss. The décor is slightly different and a little more updated, a more open feel is noticed here. Airy and light.

FRIENDLINESS

Once again, I am greeted with smiles and bright eyes. There is no lack of courtesy here and I am finding it difficult to focus on my enemy. Accommodating and kind, the staff are driving me back, nearly forcing a retreat.

MENU

These two establishments have the same menu as they are both owned by members of the same family. No matter, I will order from the many choices once again.

FOOD

This battle is punctuated by the nature of my order. A bacon cheeseburger is on the menu and if I possess one weakness it is a bacon cheeseburger. Though filling, I feel I may have been more satisfied with a traditional Mexican dish of carne asada tacos.

FUNDS

I am again pleased with the weight of my coin pouch after my time at Tacos el Mexicano is at an end. Filling meal and heavy purse DO a happy ninja make. I am taken aback and temporarily incapacitated with my good fortune in meals this day and I am glad I am well fed and able to fight another day. aseveneightfive

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orels are known by many names, including Hickory Chickens, Dryland Fish, Miracle, muggins -- or my favorite, Molly Moocher. By whatever name, morels are synonymous with spring in Kansas. Ideal conditions for morel growth are temperatures from 40-60 degrees F and when the days are warm and sunny and the nights are cool and wet. Whether bought or hunted, the cratered-capped fungi is highly sought after. Hunting morels is fairly easy, if you know where to look. Albeit, most hunters won’t disclose their locations, in fear of others stealing their spot and mushrooms; morel hunters guard that knowledge dearly. Of course, if hunting isn’t an option, you can always buy them from a hunter, at a higher price than supermarket mushrooms. Think $20/lb and up. Matt Zaitz waits for the signs of spring, then heads off to mushroom hunt. “When the redbuds are blooming, you can go pick them.” Zaitz, owner of Kansas Wild Edibles, starts his hunting season in Texas and moves north, following the spring, picking mushrooms and selling them to restaurants along the way. Morels are only one type of mushroom he finds, but it is one of the more popular during this time of year. Blooming redbuds are just one sign.

(above) Smooth chanterelles. Kansas Wild Edibles sells a variety of mushrooms fresh and dried.

Kansas Wild Edibles Join their group on FB to purchase mushrooms either for personal use or for your restaurant. Matt Zaitz + Chris Black

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To find mushrooms in the wild, the conditions have to be just right. Look for wooded areas, mostly dead or dying oak, elm or ash trees along springs in sandy or well-drained soils. "I have a lot of luck around the trunks of trees, along a creekbed where other trees have fallen and are somewhat rotting," said Zaitz. "Sometimes I find them hiding in grassy spots near trees, but where they can also get a little bit of sunlight." You can even spot them growing along the road. Zaitz started hunting mushrooms around age 11 with a friend and his friend’s grandparents. “One day I realized I liked to pick mushrooms and eat them, and I know where to find them” said Zaitz. “I always was seeing mushrooms and thought they were interesting and cool looking, so that’s kind of how I got into it.” Zaitz encourages people to try other wild mushrooms beyond morels. He picks many varieties throughout the year, sometimes finding large mushrooms as big as 20 pounds. “Everybody has morels, come morel season. But nobody has chanterelles, maitakes, Chicken of the Woods and all those,” says Zaitz. Follow Zaitz's hunting adventures, purchase some mushrooms and even share recipes on the Kansas Wild Edibles Facebook group. aseveneightfive


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have been to Jamaica three times, and sampling the street food is always one of my favorite things to do. As you walk through the streets, the air is filled with the smell of meat as it sears on the hot grates from rudimentary charcoal grills. It is hard to replicate that unique smell of Caribbean cuisine, but with Dwyer's Jamaican AllPurpose Rub + Seasoning, you can get close.

THE SPICE OF FAMILY

dwyer jamaican rub

review by Mike Weibel, Front Door Catering L.L.C.

I tried the seasoning on pork and shrimp, using some of my favorite cooking methods. Upon first opening the bottle, the smell of sweet hot spice began to trigger my senses. I mixed the seasoning with food-grade oil so the seasoning would stick to the meat, as well as allowing the meat to sear better on the grill. I marinated the shrimp and pork for about four hours (although overnight is ideal). I removed the meats from the fridge, allowing them to come to room temperature before grilling (very important). I fired up the kettle grill with charcoal on one side (this allows for a hot/cool side) and placed the pork on the hot side to get the grill marks and then the cooler side to allow for cooking, about three minutes per side. Immediately I began to savor the aroma of my visits to Jamaica. It brought back grand memories of those far away vacations.

For the shrimp, I tossed them in a hot skillet on the stove using the leftover mix of oil and seasoning. You could smell the seasoning from the rub as the sugars and peppers melted together from the heat of the grill. At first bite I seasoning was Jamaican spice. amount of heat the paprika.

was reassured that Dwyer's spot-on as an authentic It was sweet with the right from the sweet peppers and

Dwyer's seasoning is produced in small batches, ensuring freshness every time. There are no artificial preservatives, food colorings or flavors, resulting in only the most natural and fresh ingredients reaching your kitchen. It is also gluten free. OJ Dwyer, owner, is a Jamaican native known most notably for his work in reggae bands across the Midwest. His passion for heritage has now transcended from sound to flavor. Dwyer wants nothing more than for his rub to provide you with exciting and exotic flavors. "There is nothing like our All Purpose Rub to whisk you on a magical journey for a meal set in the North Cost of Jamaica." Look for it at local bars including The Lazy Toad and Tailgators. aseveneightfive

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LAST CALL

• Begin to put money in the bank and learn to leave it there.

last random thoughts by editor Kerrice Mapes

• Date the right person.

LEVEE CONSTRUCTION

• Get your own place; stop having a roommates. x • Get out of debt.

OAKLAND CONSTRUCTION APRIL 11 - FALL The City of Topeka and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have embarked on a $29 million levee rehabilitation project that will improve protections for residents and area businesses. The levee is located across from Santa Fe Park, near N.E. River Road and Lime St.

• Get that body you always dreamed of and maintain it.

"This project is imperative to the safety, livelihood and development of Topeka,” said Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast. “Not only will it protect our citizens and businesses, it also will allow for the development of our Riverfront Area, which promises to be a unique and exciting attraction to our City.” The start of this project means work can begin to make the Kansas River a destination location. This includes adding pedestrian and bicycle trails, boating access points, a county park on the river's north bank and more.

• Surround yourself with people that will take you a step ahead. • Start to accumulate a fortune and wealth. • Learn to dress well, not sexy. • Accept that you are an adult and start living as one. • Let go of the past and look forward to the future. 28

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It also means pesky detours to get to local Oakland businesses. We've seen several local businesses close, claiming loss of revenue during construction phases. This has happened Downtown and at 21st and Urish, more recently. seveneightfive urges you to make a conscious effort to frequent Oakland businesses even more than normal during this time. Show them our support and make sure we don't lose establishments like The Brass Rail, Pizza Parlor, Ponderosa and more. aseveneightfive

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Started by Cody Nicolay, Hoyt's Truck Center, about eight months ago, the group has over 1,000 members who are buying or selling cars, trucks and bikes under $3,000. It's an alternative to Craiglist with less spam and on a platform you frequent daily.

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13 5 20

17TH

KANSAS

7

5 3

3

17 1 4 10 12 3 18 9 15 7

AVE

4

N

6

10

8

16

16 20

6TH 14

QUINCY

8

JACKSO

1

WASHBURN

GAGE BLVD

6TH

OAKLEY

12

12 19 15

8TH

5 6

10TH

1 7 18 13 14 17 8 9

GAGE BLVD

2 3 6 5 4

29TH

2 4

FAIRLAWN

1

21ST

21ST 8

7

29TH

8 9

6

Topeka Community Foundation

1

2016 TopArts grantees are:

5

1

3 2 4

• Mulvane Art Museum – Art After School • The Craftivists – Weekly Art Groups for Women & Girls • Patty Kahn & Quincy Elementary School – NOTO ArtReach Art Education Program • Tonantzin Society – Artist Residency @ Quincy Elementary Schools • Grace Cathedral – Great Spaces Music & Art Series • Kansas Ballet – Early Start Performing Arts @ State Street Elementary • Aaron Douglas Art Fair – Interactive Art Activities

MAY

6

JUN

3

JUL

1

• Last Minute Folk Concert Series – Expanded Outreach & Community Engagement • Topeka Symphony Society – Youth Ensembles Scholarship & Tuition Support • TARC, Inc. – Art from the Heart • Topeka Community Concert Association – Expanded Outreach • Lutheran Fine Arts Council – Theater Workshop @ Topeka Civic Theatre • Chesney Park Neighborhood Improvement Association – Great Mural Wall of Topeka • The Lighting of Topeka’s Historic Water • Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority – Art in Transit Redux @ Quincy Street Station

Support Topeka’s art community!

Donate at: www.artsconnecttopeka.org/donate

Alice C. Sabatini Gallery | 1515 SW 10th Beauchamp’s Gallery | 3113 SW Huntoon Mulvane Art Museum | 1700 SW Jewell Porterfield’s | 3101 SW Huntoon PT’s Cafe College Hill | 1635 SW 17th Soho Interiors | 3129 SW Huntoon Ronald McDonald House | 3825 SW Buchanan Governor's Row House | 811 SW Buchanan Art Print Express | 1047 SW Gage - Fleming Place

surrounding

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5

Absolute Design | 629 S Kansas Boho Mojo | 631 S Kansas Capitol Federal | 700 S Kansas Cashmere Popcorn | 728 S Kansas Contemporary Jewelry Studio | 929 S Kansas Creative Corners Gallery & Gifts | 115 SE 6th Dillon House | 404 SW 9th H&R Block | 726 S Kansas The Merchant | 913 S Kansas NexLynx | 123 SW 6th Ave Oddfellows Fine Books | 117 SW 6th Prairie Glass Studio | 110 SE 8th 712 Innovations | 712 S Kansas Skin Art Creations Tattoo | 114 SW 8th Topeka Performing Arts Center | 214 SE 8th Trails Gallery | 109 N Kansas Warehouse 414 | 414 SE 2nd Wolfe’s Camera | 635 S Kansas

westboro/midtown

CALIFORNIA

TOPEKA! 7

4 Girls’ Garage | 837 N Kansas aMUSEd Gallery | 115 NW Laurent Ballet Folklorico | 814 N Kansas Curiosity | 1209 N Kansas Portico | 900 N Kansas Generations Antiques | 918 N Kansas Kaw River Rustics | 901 N Kansas Matryoshka Tattoo | 902 N Kansas NOTO Arts Center | 935 N Kansas NOTO ArtsPlace | 905 N Kansas The Open Window | 927 N Kansas Rewind Antiques | 840 N Kansas Haven Arts | 837 1/2 N Kansas Rusty Haggles Antiques | 826 N Kansas Stonewall Gallery | 826 N Kansas Studio 831 | 831 N Kansas Two Days Monthly Market | 829 N Kansas Two Wolves Studio & Den | 824 1/2 N Kansas Vintage Vibe | 833 N Kansas Yeldarb Gallery | 909 N Kansas

6 7 8

Colorfields | 6826 SE Stubbs Rd (Berryton) Glaciers Edge Winery | 1636 SE 85th (Wakarusa) Prairie Meadow Greenhouse | 7321 SE 45th Southwind Gallery | 3074 SW 29th Tasteful Olive | 2900A Oakley-Brookwood 2900 MacVicar | 2900 MacVicar Ricks Advanced Dermatology | 5121 SW 28th Discover Nature Gallery | 2900 SE Rice

complete exhibit information at

artsconnecttopeka.org ArtsConnectTopeka @artsTopeka


seveneightfive magazine April/May 2016