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Breaking Down The Bard’:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
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issue #10 - November 3rd, 2011
(Voices, yours and ours)
2 - Us to You 3 - Stop The Presses!
The Beat (Stories you tell us to write)
4 - Breaking Down the Bard: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
(Your Weekly Calender made of 100% Awesome)
(100% Right, Some of the Time)
8- The Lost Art of Barber Shop 9 - Food for Thought
The Bump (Bump it, Brah, it rocks!)
10 - Manhattan MetalFest XI
The Good Bits (The reasons most folks pick up newspapers) 11 - End of Elwin - The Forum
Cover photo by: Jimbo Ivy This issue of The Hype Weekly Sprinkled with magic love dust and other faerie products by: jimbo ivy, sarah sullivan, keegan hudspeth, julie ivy, Nicolette Sessin, Terry Szel, Elwin J. Stoole, Matt Beyer, john caton, chris hancock and as always the mysterious “hypester”.
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US to You Dear Manhattan, We hope you all had the opportunity to get out this past week and enjoy all of the Halloween and fall activities that were happening around town. We would like to thank on behalf of all Manhattan, the businesses in Aggieville, the service fraternities, Town Center, and the Sunset Zoo for giving families so many opportunities to take their children trick-or-treating. Also, our thanks goes out to the incredibly creative and seemingly deranged minds that created the BOSS Haunted House at Fort Riley, as well as the good folks at Tallgrass for giving the older crowd an opportunity to get out of the house. The same goes for all the places around town that held costume contests, gave out prizes and held events in the Fall and Halloween spirit. In the spirit of getting out of the house, we have a jam-packed calendar this week as well for awesome events ranging from the theatrical: Manhattan Arts Center’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to the Manhattan High School production of “Phantom of the Opera”, to the musical: Borderline, Three of a Kind, Dollar Fox, and K-State Ensembles in concert, to the fine art of Roy Langford, Teresa Schmidt, and Lisa Lala. Sports seasons are in that fantastic portion of overlap with K-State Men’s and Women’s Basketball starting up as well as the Wildcat Football season raging on along with the Lady Cats volleyball. There’s also a special treat for all you headbangers out there with Manhattan’s Metalfest XI happening at Mel’s Tavern this weekend. If you attended Aggiefest, you will probably recognize about half of the names on the line-up. Our entire goal in telling you about what’s going on in the community is to make you proud of the incredible place you live. People we know have been saying it for years, ‘you can move away from Manhattan, but you’ll never find a place quite like it again’, and we believe it’s true. It’s not the events that make Manhattan so great, it’s the people who create, organize, sweat and bleed, and attend the events, all for the hope that they will inspire someone else to create an event that they are passionate about. Show your appreciation and your interest, dear Manhattanites, by just showing up. Love, The Hype Weekly
Stop The Presses! 'WRAP IT UP' ART EXHIBIT AND SALE AT THE MANHATTAN ARTS CENTER The Manhattan Arts Center announces the opening reception for Wrap It Up art exhibit and sale on Saturday, November 5 from 2-6pm. The community is invited to stop by the Manhattan Arts Center for some unique, locally-produced artwork, savory treats and cheerful music. The exhibit will remain open until December 24. The galleries are open Monday thru Friday from noon to 5pm, Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Sunday from noon to 4pm. This year's Wrap It Up is generously sponsored by AT&T and Karen and David Seay.
Wrap It Up will feature artwork from dozens of participating artists, many of whom are from the Manhattan area, and several come from surrounding areas in the Midwest. If they're not geographically local, they're local at heart. The exhibit includes artwork in a variety of mediums including watercolors, drawings, prints, stained glass, ceramic sculptures, baskets, scarves, glass, photographs, bowls, tiles, masks, jewelry (glass, silver, and beaded), a variety of knitted items and functional pottery. The Wrap It Up art exhibit and sale began in 1999 with the work of 35 artists on display. The intention of the art sale was to showcase high quality, affordable art for the gift-giving season with all the artwork being sold under the $500 price range. Wrap It Up has since expanded to include more than 80 artists. As in the past, 30% of all sales proceeds will benefit the Manhattan Arts Center's facility and programs. If you're interested in submitting work for consideration, please contact the office and ask to be sent an invitation to have your work juried for the next Wrap It Up. For more information about this event as well as other events at the Manhattan Arts Center, visit us on the web at www.manhattanarts. org or call us at 785-537-4420. The office is open from 12 pm to 5 pm Monday-Friday. The Manhattan Arts Center is funded in part by the City of Manhattan and Friends of MAC.
‘OZ Gives Back’ The OZ Museum, in conjunction with NEK-CAP and Wamego Community Health Ministries, is launching its second annual ‘OZ Gives Back’ Campaign. For the entire month of November, the OZ Museum is collecting donations of non-perishable foods, sundry items such as diapers, shampoo, diaper ointment, dish and laundry detergent, soaps, paper products, and other household supplies to support these local charities. With donations of these items, people will receive free admission to the OZ Museum. The OZ Museum would like to thank the local community for its continued support and is saying thanks by aiding local charities. For more information, questions, or how you can help OZ give back, contact Mercedes Michalowski at 785-458-8686. Canvass Manhattan On Saturday, November, 5th from 1pm to 5pm a group of concerned local citizens will be gathering at Auntie Mae's Parlor to organize a city wide canvassing project with two goals in mind: 1. Gather food donations for the Flint Hills Breadbasket with a door-to-door food drive. 2. Talk to people about the fact that the Manhattan City Commission is currently discussing cutting all funding for local community services such Boys & Girls Club, Flint Hills Breadbasket, K-State Child Development Center, and many, many more. We will meet at Auntie Mae’s Parlor at 1 pm to break into groups and assign each group a portion of the city to work in. Informational fliers with clear and factual information about the endangered funding of local community services will be handed out to volunteers to pass out to the public. Auntie Mae’s Parlor is located at 616 N. 12th St in Aggieville.
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Breaking Down The Bard’:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream By: Jimbo Ivy
Saying “it’s all been done” seems almost perfunctory when talking about Shakespeare. Given the fact that the Bard’s plays have been public domain for around 400 years, it’s impossible to say how many times a given piece has been staged. Thousands? Tens of Thousands? And these aren’t just any plays. These are some of the greatest artifacts of the English language, exquisitely exploring the totality of human experience. And, as I mentioned, they were written over 400 years ago in a language and meter that is almost removed from our own. These difficulties have been spiritedly thrust to the side it
would seem with the Manhattan Arts Center’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Speaking to the cast and attending a rehearsal, it was clear to this reporter that neither the complexity of the language nor the ubiquitous nature of the play’s history had daunted director Penny Cullers and her band of thespians. The basic thrust of the play is best summed up by Frank Siegle, who plays Aegis, in explaining how his character while only sporadically on stage, essentially starts the whole plot running, “He sets the play rolling; he wants his daughter to marry Demetrius, a noble, but she’s in
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love with Lysander, a different noble. So he threatens her with death, but the Duke steps in and says, well, death maybe...or she can go with Demetrius, or she can become a nun. But she doesn’t want any of that. Soooo she and Lysander go off into the forest, and are followed by Demetrius and the woman that loves him, Helena. And it’s in the forest, with the faeries, that everything happens.” The title of the play seems apt, given this brief teaser. The entire plot recalls to my mind half-remember ed dreams upon waking, disjointed and fleeting. When Cullers initially re-read the script in prepa-
ration for the show, she latched upon the idea that throughout the play, it is not readily clear what is fantasy and what is reality. In the space of the first thirty minutes we see lovers switch partners, faerie royalty plotting mischief, and a group of players struggling to affect a production. This confusion, or haphazard synthesis of reality and dream inspired Cullers to emphasize the disjointed nature of reality throughout the show through stage design, multimedia, and costume choices. While one might think this choice would only further confuse an already complex show, the effect is quite the opposite.
“It’s been a unique experience,” laughs Sean M. Matthews, who plays Theseus, Duke of Athens. “Everything is crazy; objects from modern life alongside Elizabethan dress, dreams mixed with reality...it’s like nothing I’ve done before.” The overall effect is manifested in a stark, abstract set, modern objects such as flip flops, fanny packs, and flash cameras alongside period Elizabethan costumes.
able,” says Kaylan Brett, an Army wife and newcomer to Shakespeare playing Hermia. “With the energy of the actors and the thrust staging, you might as well be sitting right there on stage with us.” Thrust staging is when the audience is on three sides of the stage area, rather than just in front of them, and adds a depth (and challenge) to every scene. Having been to many community theatre productions and acted in a few, I was honestly shocked at the quality and energy of the performance. Generally the
The concept and dressings aside, the show is driven by a very large, very energetic cast, ranging widely in age, experience, and background. “Everybody is so vibrant and person-
Shakespeare can be tough for those who’re afraid of the complex language, especially for a first timer. But given the conceptualized production and talented cast and crew, I don’t forsee even the most skittish theatre newb walking away unsatisfied. Jordan Foote, a KU Theatre graduate playing Lysander agrees with me, “[Shakespeare’s] language can be an obstacle sometimes, but the way it’s being handled here makes it easy to follow. If you’re going to start getting into Shakespeare this is a great show to start with; it’s fun and the themes are universal.” So no matter if your new to the Bard or a veteran of all things pentametric, come watch an excellent group of your fellow Manhattanites put on one of Shakespeare’s classic comedies and support the arts in our fine city at the MAC. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Manhattan Arts Center November 4th-6th and 10th-13th
The multimedia presentation, which principally follows William Shakespeare around through time, is augmented by the presence of William Shakespeare himself, on stage. At the onset, and throughout the play, Shakespeare is present as an observer (and sometimes silent commentator) of the action, lending to the sense that the perspective and reality of every scene is up to interpretation. “I think it’s extremely interesting,” Siegle says, reagrding the concept. “Our director is a very creative person that has outstripped herself with the level of intricacy with this show.” The period costumes created by Peggy Riley are, in a word, brilliant. Having been in many community theatre productions myself, I know how hard it can be for costumers to find or create period pieces, but I was frankly amazed to see nearly the entire cast decked out in beautiful, well-tailored Elizabethan garb. Those that weren’t were resplendent in their own way; faeries complete with plant trimmings and patterns incorporated into their clothes and excellent hair and make-up effects (especially for Puck). Visually, the show is very striking, with a wide array of colors suited to the moods and dispositions of the characters, all set against a neutral background of white and light green scenery.
Penny Cullers, “Penny has been a great facilitator with getting character out of the lines, especially since Shakespeare can be so hard to grasp.” Sean M. Matthews echoed this sentiment when asked about Culler’s directing style, “Penny is very detailed about what she wants, but she lets things happen. She’ll allow you to run, and then be hands on afterwards with the direction she wants you to go.”
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for military, students, and children. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 pm and Sunday performances begin at 2 pm. Tickets for the performances can be purchased at the Manhattan Arts Center, 1520 Poyntz Ave, by phone at (785) 537-4420 or online at manhattanarts.org. The Manhattan Arts Center box office is open Monday through Friday from 12 to 5 pm.
principals are good or decent, but with the background characters in a big show like Midsummer you can usually expect not-so-stellar performances given the experience level of the actors that will give up their nights to be, say, Faerie #5. This is just not the case with this show. The energy, line proficiency, and characterization at every level from Oberon down to the folks with numbers next to their character names was delightfully good. The cause for this excellence, according to LeAnn Winter, three show MAC veteran who plays Helena, is director
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thursday 3 10:00am-The Konza Prairie: Earth, Wind and Fire! 1971-2011 @ 5th Floor, Hale Library on KSU Campus This exhibit highlights the unprecedented history of the Konza Prairie Biological Station and its extraordinary accomplishments in research, education, and conservation of the native grasslands of this geographical region. 10:00am- Teresa Schmidt: 2011 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift @ Beach Museum of Art A selection of works by Teresa Schmidt, who teaches printmaking and drawing at Kansas State University. Runs April 15 through December 11, 2011. 10:00am-Art and Psychology: The Work of Roy Langford @ Beach Museum of Art This exhibition examines the work of the late Roy Langford, a longtime resident of Manhattan and former Kansas State University professor of psychology. 10:00am- Look & See - Paintings by Lisa Lala - Sep. 23 - Nov. 5 @ Strecker-Nelson Gallery Manhattan-native, Lisa Lala’s new set of paintings on glass feature fruits and flowers, as well as a new set of paintings on canvas, entitled Look & See. 10:00am-12:00pm- Art Lecture Series @ Beach Museum of Art This lecture and workshop will focus on Folk Art in Kansas, with guest speaker Erika Nelson, an independent artist, educator, and director of World’s Largest Things, Inc. 5:30pm-Folk Art in Kansas @ Beach Museum of Art This presentation by Erika Nelson will look at folk art and “outsider” art as a part of Kansas history and heritage. Nelson is an independent artist, educator, and director of World’s Largest Things, Inc. Free and open to the public. 5:30pm-Dining Etiquette @ Derby Dining Center Gold Room Learn how to make a positive impression when dining with employers. Professional attire required. The cost is $11.00 per person (or $7.00 with a KSU meal plan.) Reservations must be made by 5 pm on October 29 through CES in Holtz Hall. Promoted by Career & Employment Services. 6:00pm- French Club: La Table Française/French Table @ Staterooms 1, or 2&3 Promoted by the K-State French Club. 7:00pm-K-State vs. Oklahoma City Women’s Basketball @ Bramlage Coliseum Go Cats! 7:30pm-Bassoon Studio of Susan Maxwell @ All Faiths Chapel Student Recital Series sponsored by the Dept. of Music. 10:00pm- House Night @ The Kathouse Lounge House Night, EVERY THURSDAY @10pm. 10:00pm- Josh Abbott Band in Concert @ Longhorns Saloon For a relative newcomer promoting his band’s second CD, Lubbock’s Josh Abbott thinks like a seasoned troubadour. Abbott, who performs with his four musical mates as the Josh Abbott Band, understands his audience, knows his limitations and seizes the opportunities. 10:00pm- Trivia Night @ Pat’s Blue Rib’n BarBe Que Go get you some!
friday 4 All Day- Oasis Youth Conference @ KSU Student Union and MCC Campus Two conferences in one for church youth groups: activities and age-specific seminars for both middle school and high school. The theme this year is “Compel” and Anthony Inchaustegui will be the keynote speaker. Jordan Howerton Band will lead worship and Eric Samuel Timm will participate in the worship sessions as an artist. 4:00pm-5:00pm-A Necessary Revolution: Jack London’s Fight for America’s Future @ Little Theatre, KSU Student Union Professor Cecelia Tichi, professor of English at Vanderbilt University, will speak on novelist Jack London. Sponsored by the Department of English. 7:00pm- Tallgrass Firkin Friday @ Auntie Mae’s Parlor Another one of a kind keg courtesy of those mad scientists over at Tallgrass Brewery. This week it’s the smooth and seductive “Stiletto”, a raspberry and Amarillo hops infused Halcyon. Yum! 7:00pm-A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ Manhattan Arts Center Mayhem, fantasy, and love—both requited and unrequited—abound in Shakespeare’s hallucinatory, darkly playful game of mistaken identity and the supernatural, all centered around the wedding celebration of the Duke of Athens and his Amazonian queen. Tickets for the performance can be purchased at the Manhattan Arts Center, 1520 Poyntz Ave, by phone at (785) 537-4420 7:00pm- Film Double Feature: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2 @ KSU Student Union, Forum Hall Harry, Ron and Hermione search for Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord. 7:00pm-Poetry on Poyntz @ Strecker-Nelson Art Gallery Join us at the Strecker-Nelson Art Gallery for poetry readings by faculty, alums, and current students.
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7:00pm-First-Ever Flint Hills Cowboy Poetry Gathering to be hosted in Alma @ St. John’s Lutheran Church Hall The schedule will feature concerts on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. at the St. John’s Lutheran Church Hall at 218 West 2nd Street in Alma. During the day on Saturday, sessions will be held at the Wabaunsee High School at 912 Missouri Avenue in Alma. Admission will be charged for all sessions. Noted western artist, Don Dane will have a full-color commemorative poster available, titled “Searching For Strays.” Chili and all the trimmings will also be available on Saturday, as catered by Cowboy Way Ranch and Vacations. 7:20pm-Manhattan Metalfest XI @Mel’s Tavern 2 nights of thrashing! $10 each night! Eighteen and over show! Exclamation point! 12:30 a.m. Decimation 10:40 p.m. Nursing Home Panty Raid 9:50 p.m. Sorrow by Truth 9:00 p.m. TBA 8:10 p.m. TBA 7:20 p.m. Strange Unit 8:00pm- 2 Steps Back w/ The Radio Hearts in Concert @ Longhorns Saloon 2 Steps Back is a family. Like a family all the members come from different backgrounds but they fit together to make something wonderful. Kyle and Jake Lowrey founded the band in 2005 and soon found a friend and drummer in Dave Koscelny. 7:30pm-David Pickering, Organist @ All Faiths Chapel A wonderful faculty musician. Brought to you by the Dept. of Music. 8:00pm-11:00pm-After Hours: Be Fit, Be Healthy @ Courtyard, K-State Student Union Sponsored by the Union Program Council. 9:00pm-Dollar Fox in Concert @ Auntie Mae’s Parlor With a willingness to try anything once, this five-piece band from Kansas City is an amalgam of everything they love about music. It’s a philosophy that becomes abundantly clear every time they play. 11:00pm- Three of a Kind in Concert @ Kite’s Grille and Bar Three of a Kind is comprised of three veterans of the Kansas music scene that have come together to provide a fun and energetic rock and roll experience. We love to play music that allows people to feel good and have a great time. Whether in a bar, nightclub or at a private party our goal is to play songs that people love to sing and dance to.
saturday 5 All Day- Oasis Youth Conference @ KSU Student Union and MCC Campus Two conferences in one for church youth groups: activities and age-specific seminars for both middle school and high school. The theme this year is “Compel” and Anthony Inchaustegui will be the keynote speaker. Jordan Howerton Band will lead worship and Eric Samuel Timm will participate in the worship sessions as an artist. All Day- First-Ever Flint Hills Cowboy Poetry Gathering to be hosted in Alma @ Wabaunsee High School at 912 Missouri Ave. “We are pleased to host this event, which showcases the authentic ranching culture and working cowboy heritage found here in Wabaunsee County and the Flint Hills region,” said Abby Amick, Director of Wabaunsee County Economic Development. 8:00am-6:00pm-Flint Hills Badminton Tournament @ Zhining Ou, E. Peters Recreation Complex, KSU Sponsoring Organization: Badminton tournament among regional players from Lincoln, NE, Topeka, Lawrence, Kansas City, Salina, Wichita, Ks, which intend to improve communication among badiminton folks within the region as well as increase the beginners’ interest towards the game. Free for K-Staters, $15.00/players. 8:00am-6:00pm-Canvass Manhattan @ Auntie Mae’s Parlor A group of concerned local citizens will be gathering to organize a city wide canvassing project with two goals in mind. 1. Gather food donations for the Flint Hills Breadbasket with a door-to-door food drive. 2. Talk to people about the fact that the Manhattan City Commission is currently discussing cutting all funding for local community services such Boys & Girls Club, Flint Hills Breadbasket, K-State Child Development Center, and many, many more. 2:00pm-4th Annual Turkey Trot (5K) @ Rock Springs 4-H Center Nestled at the foot of the Kansas Flint Hills, Rock Springs is sure to provide a run with a view! The course winds around and through our scenic camp, conference and retreat center. Directions: From the junction of I-70 and US 77 (Exit 295) travel 8 miles south on 77. Turn right on K-157 and go 4 miles west and south to Rock Springs. OR From the junction of US 56 and US 77 Highways in Herington, travel 14 miles north on 77. Turn left at K-157 and go 4 miles west and south to Rock Springs. 2:00pm-Funky Mama @ C.L. Hoover Opera House Rock ‘n’ roll for kids and their families, Funky Mama is a rockin’ mom who writes and performs her own high-energy, interactive music. 2:00pm-6:00pm-Wrap it Up Art Exhibit Opening Reception @ Manhattan Arts Center We have dozens of artists participating; most are from the Manhattan area, with several coming from various locations all over the Midwest. Wrap It Up features work ranging from masks, jewelry (glass, silver, beaded), stained glass, prints, watercolors and drawings, to knitted items, functional pottery, ceramic sculpture, baskets, scarves, glass, photographs, turned wooden sculpture, bowls, tiles, and more. 6:00pm-8:00pm-International Food Fest @Ecumenical Campus Ministry (1021 Denison Ave) This event is a great opportunity to share your country’s “food culture” with the university and the Manhattan community as a whole. Last year, students from more than 20 countries prepared their traditional dishes for more than 200 people who attended the event.
6:00pm-Adult Swim Block Party @ Triangle Park The Adult Swim Block Party features Bands! Prizes! Games such as Oh Yell No! Flunko! and Balloonicorn Blowout! No Age Restriction 7:00pm-KSU Volleyball vs. Texas A&M @ Ahearn Gym Go Cats! 7:00pm-A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ Manhattan Arts Center Mayhem, fantasy, and love—both requited and unrequited—abound in Shakespeare’s hallucinatory, darkly playful game of mistaken identity and the supernatural, all centered around the wedding celebration of the Duke of Athens and his Amazonian queen. Tickets for the performance can be purchased at the Manhattan Arts Center, 1520 Poyntz Ave, by phone at (785) 537-4420
7:30pm-KSU Brass Ensemble @ Forum Hall, K-State Student Union Sponsored by the Dept. of Music
monday 7 8:00am-5:00pm-Mock Interviews @ Alumni Center Schedule a practice interview with a visiting employer. Activate & Update your CES account to sign up. Promoted by Career & Employment Services. 10:00am-11:30am-Introduction to American Art History, Part 3 @ Beach Museum of Art Senior Educator Kathrine Schlageck will lead lecture/discussion over the American Scene. Reservations not required. Free and open to the public.
7:00pm-Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 @ KSU Student Union, Forum Hall Harry, Ron and Hermione search for Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord.
5:00pm- Around the World for $5 @ Bluestem Bistro Each Monday night Bluestem Bistro will be hosting a tour of world cuisine! They will feature foods from various regions around the world for just $5.
7:00pm-KSU Volleyball vs. Texas A & M @ Ahearn Fieldhouse Go Cats!
5:45pm-Student Recital Series: Flute Studio of Karen Large @ All Faiths Chapel Sponsored by the Dept. of Music.
7:20pm-Manhattan Metalfest XI @ Mel’s Tavern Saturday, November 5th 12:30 a.m. Terror Tractor 10:40 p.m. Meat Shank 9:50 p.m. Vanlade 9:00 p.m. Jolly Roger 8:10 p.m. The Tards 7:20 p.m. My Father’s Gun
6:00pm- Bingo @ Bobby T’s Grill and Bar Not your grandma’s bingo parlor! Every Monday night at Bobby T’s!
8:00pm-Fort Riley MWR Comedy Night @ Rally Point, Fort Riley This is a great date night or girls night out! Our next comedy show is November 5th starring AJ Finney. Tickets are $10 in advance on sale now at Rally Point, contact 784-5733 for more information. You must be 18 years or older to enter. Child Care is now available at Warren East during the hours of the Comedy Show. You must contact Warren East at 239-4510 for reservations. Reservations must be made by November 3rd. 9:00pm-Borderline in Concert @ RC McGraws Borderline has a sound of today’s country music with a red dirt/rock feel that is a definite crowd pleaser. The band has a young core that strives on providing great entertainment for everyone’s enjoyment and dancing pleasure. 10:00pm- Riot on the Roxxx w/ Shawn Rock @ Pat’s Blue Ribbon Get your Roxxx on with Shawn’s mix of heavy metal!
sunday 6 All Day- Oasis Youth Conference @ KSU Student Union and MCC Campus Two conferences in one for church youth groups: activities and age-specific seminars for both middle school and high school. The theme this year is “Compel” and Anthony Inchaustegui will be the keynote speaker. Jordan Howerton Band will lead worship and Eric Samuel Timm will participate in the worship sessions as an artist. 10:00am- Rick Smith Quartet Jazz Brunch @ Bluestem Bistro Nothing goes with Sunday like some smooth jazz. 1:00pm-K-State vs. Fort Hays State Men’s Basketball @ Bramlage Coliseum Go Cats! 1:00pm-Greg Tamblyn Comedy Concert @ ECM Building, 1021 Denison .With a list of national awards to his credit, including multiple “Best Comedy Song” awards from the emPower Posi Music Awards (the Grammys of Positive Music), Tamblyn’s unique musical wit provides the perfect dose of ‘conscious comic relief’ from the workday blues, global anxiety, and personal challenges. 2:00pm-4:00pm- R.E.A.D. with Dogs Program @ Manhattan Public Library Children can read to certified therapy dogs. The R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) program gives kids the opportunity to practice & enjoy reading in a fun environment. Children who attended 6 sessions recieve a free book. No registration required; sign up for a 10-15 minute time slot at the Children’s Desk when you arrive. 2:00pm-A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ Manhattan Arts Center Mayhem, fantasy, and love—both requited and unrequited—abound in Shakespeare’s hallucinatory, darkly playful game of mistaken identity and the supernatural, all centered around the wedding celebration of the Duke of Athens and his Amazonian queen. Tickets for the performance can be purchased at the Manhattan Arts Center, 1520 Poyntz Ave, by phone at (785) 537-4420 6:00pm- Wayne Goins Quartet @ Della Voce Come hear the master Dr. Goins perform his heart-breaking blues every Sunday! 8:00pm-Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 @ KSU Student Union, Forum Hall Harry, Ron and Hermione search for Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord. 10:00pm-Video Dance Party w/ DJ Pizzle @ Bobby T’s Grill and Bar Dance your pants off at Bobby T’s every Sunday night with DJ Pizzle’s Video Dance Party!
6:30pm-RCGS Annual Meeting and Dinner @ Zeandale Community Church Dinner will be served by the Zeandale Church Ladies who never disappoint. A brief business meeting will follow and a program by Dr Graham Rose. 7:00- The Hype Weekly Pitch Meeting @ Auntie Mae’s Parlor, Upstairs Bring us your ideas and have a drink with us!
tuesday 8 9:30am-Sing-a-Long with Mr. Steve @Bluestem Bistro If you want to bring your kids in for a fun activity, come join us in our meeting room as our manager, Mr. Steve, plays silly kid’s songs! 11:00am-4:00pm-Public Service Career Fair @ Union Ballroom Network with employers from criminology, social service, non-profit and government agencies offering internships and full-time opportunities. 11:30am-General Student Recital @ All Faiths Chapel Sponsored by the Dept. of Music. 7:00pm-MHS Production of “The Phantom Of The Opera” @ Rezac Auditorium, MHS Performing Troupe #941 are proud to present “The Phantom of the Opera”. Continues on the 9th, 10th, and 12th. $7 Adults, $5 Students. 7:00pm-KSU Women’s Basketball vs. Washburn @ Bramlage Coliseum Go Cats! 7:00pm-Encounter @ North Dining Area, KSU Student Union Christian worship service, visitors encouraged to attend. Promoted by Cats for Christ. 9:30pm- Auntie Mae’s Might Fine Poetry Night @ Auntie Mae’s Parlor Open Mic. Instant Poets- Just Add Beer.
wednesday 9 11:30am-1:00pm-Brownbag Lunch: Meet Grad. Student Leaders @ Sunflower Room, KSU Union Meet your graduate women student leaders, learn their priorities for representing you. 11:45am-Vernon Larson Lecture: Pakistani History, Traditions, Food, and Sports @ Holiday Inn Ballroom (reservations required) Luncheon at 11:45am, Lecture at 12:15pm. Luncheon is $15. 7:00pm-K-State Volleyball vs. Oklahoma @ Ahearn Field House. Go Cats! 8:00pm- Trivia Smack Down @ Auntie Mae’s Parlor See your Auntie about some awesome trivia!
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The Lost Art of the Barber Shop Three Men on a Quest for a Haircut Morgan Barber Shop 427 1/2 Poyntz Ave
A Classic Good Look
By Chris Hancock When first entering Morgan Barber Shop on Poyntz, it feels as if a time warp were entered. A classic shop with a classic feel, this family affair is a piece of history that still exist today. The feel alone makes the $12 haircut worth it, but the experience is worth so much more. My hair was done by Greg, the younger of the two that run the shop (his father being the other). I must say that there are things that happened to me there that never have before, in particular the use of straight razor. While they do have the hot cream and the straight razor, they unfortunately do not do facial shaving. That was one thing I was looking forward to, but the experience was not affected by the lack of this in any way. In speaking with Greg, I did find out that their business is almost solely based on a regular customer base. This gives a very comfortable and informal feel that cannot be replicated by a chain
Mitchell’s Top-Notch Barber Shop and Salon 616 Fort Riley Blvd
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I like the setup. There are chairs along the back and side of the room, and in the middle, eight more chairs face the teevee. When I walked in, an hour before closing on a Saturday, OSU was in the final quarter of whipping the Longhorns. I was actually afraid that with it nearing closing I'd hear sighs of exasperation from the staff. But one of the barbers -- actually, the owner, TeKay Mitchell, told me "there's a couple of people ahead of you but we'll get with you right after that." And that is pretty much all it takes to win me over, you know? It's a peeve of mine to walk into a place and just not get acknowledged. Even when it's busy, the least someone could do is look me in the eye and say "hey, we're a little backed up but I'll be with you as soon as I can, you magnificently concupiscent stud." Is that too much to ask? No, it's not. Mitchell's Top-Notch Barbershop & Salon is coming up on its second anniversary; Mitchell has been in business since Nov. 2009.
hair place or salon. I could even see myself becoming one of the afore mentioned regulars. Greg also informed me that business has not been the same the last few years, as it has slowed a bit in coincidence with the economy. “My regulars have been coming in more like once a month instead of every other week” He informs me. This is one of the many things that may be endangering the art and potential success of barber shops, just as much as the chain haircut venues and people’s desire for trendier looks from far-too-expensive salons. He began cutting hair in 1985, 10 years after his father began this barber shop. He was very social and told me a bit more about himself. When asked about what got him into this industry, he told me “I used to do a lot of outdoor work and harder labor, and it just wasn’t for me so I decided one day to join my dad here.” A story such as that shows a nice humor cut with a desire to do the profession he chose, in contrast to many who just show up to do a job. This type of social interaction, as well as the amazing classic look I got, is more than I could put into words and worth every bit of the cost.
"I saw a need, and I cornered the market," he said. Prior to setting up his own business, he had worked at Maasai, formerly at 2026 Tuttle Creek Blvd. ESPN switched to the K-State pre-game. I spent my 20s completely uninterested in sports (except for Olympic gymnastics). This fall I've been all over it though. By "all over it" I mean I've watched a couple of games and relearned some of the rules I used to know in high school. This afternoon I didn't have a long wait. After about fifteen minutes I sat down with Romez Mays -- one of five barbers who rents space from and works with Mitchell. He asked me how I wanted my hair and I pointed at another dude across the room, clean-cut. "Just like that," I said. And I asked him was there any other style that might make my bald spot look not so prominent, and I tapped my bald spot for good measure. And he said he'd give me something called Black Ice, a " a temporary hair color spray developed with the newest technology of today's cosmetics." On the wall across from me was painted a Bible verse: "For with God nothing shall be impossible." Luke 1:37 in the American Standard Version. Mitchell means this as an inspirational message for whoever walks
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Did you know? The word “barber” comes from the Latin word “barba,” meaning beard. The earliest records of barbers show that they were the foremost men of their tribe, serving as medicine men and the priests. Primitive man believed that the bad spirits, which entered the body through the hairs on the head, could only be driven out by cutting an individual’s hair. In the third century, the Macedonians under Alexander the Great began their conquest of Asia and lost several battles to the Persians who grabbed the Macedonians by their beards, pulled them to the ground and speared them. This resulted in a general order by Alexander that all soldiers be clean-shaven. Thus began military job security for the barbers.
into his shop -- whether it be the barbers, the stylist, the braider, or any of his customers. I'd talked with my editor, Jimbo, a week before coming here. It went like this: Jimbo: Do you think this might be seen as a problem...me sending The Black Guy to the ethnic barber shop? Hypster: A problem for whom, exactly? Supercuts? The Black Guy wants to go to the ethnic barber shop, and the ethnic barber shop wants The Black Guy in there. Everybody benefits! Except Supercuts...deal with it. I like this done a certain way. I don't like to make small talk. I don't want to tell people where I'm from, what I'm doing in Kansas, what I study, or where I hang out. Just as importantly, I don't want to worry about getting any weird-ass hair styling. No foofy parts, no fancy gel, nothing; just chop it off and let me pay for it. Mays is perfect about this. He goes to town on my hair while I twist and crane my neck to watch the game. While he's in front of me, though, Nigel Malone picks off a pass on third down and runs it into the end zone. When Mays was done he sprayed the top of my head with Black Ice. It was crisp and cold, and it made my hair look ten years younger. And I was clean-cut for the first time in years. Mitchell's is located at 616 Fort Riley Blvd, Manhattan Kansas. The shop is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 7p.m.
The Hype at Wildcat Barbershop. You can still stop by and get a classic ference between barbers and cosmetologists is that they are parted cut, but do not let this fool you, if you are like me trained differently. While there are two cosmetology schools drop on in and have them work on your shaggy mop of a 'do. in this town alone there are only two barber's schools in the With my schedule there were some state; Wichita and Kansas City. All barbers are Aggieville Wildcat difficulties getting the truest one-on-one trained to rely mainly on clippers and are the time with all of the owners but I was able only ones allowed to be trained and use a straight Barber and Barbershop to sit in on a busy game day at Aggieville razor. Style Shop 1100 Laramie Barber and I had the chance to see Dylan at Campus Style Shop. During that time I witnessed all Styling give a buddy of his a shave. There is a bit 613 N 12th St Street manor of people stopping in for a cut. From of pampering involved in this endeavor. I was the nondescript college student, a dental thinking about picking up a straight razor for surgeon, a father and his two sons drophome. Not any more, getting a shave like this is ping in for a quick trim after a Manhattan definitely not a five minute once-over. Dylan puts High Cross Country Meet. I did have some a great deal of care into his job. With the wash, by John Caton idle conversation with one of the patrons hot towel, heated shaving cream and another hot When I got the assignment to write about some of the from back east. Like me going to the barber towel. I cant wait to get one, just have to get the barbers in Aggieville I was stoked. I new memories of my reminds us both of the days of our youth. time. childhood were soon to rear their almost forgotten heads. I His story was a little different though, his A few of the local barbers have been in am whisked away to the late eighties family was not that well off so going to get this town for decades to early nineties of Wichita when times your hair cut from “Guido's” was a bit of and can remember times were so much simpler for my younger a luxury. Even if Guido's only offered one much different. K-state Photo By: Nicolette Sessin self. Hopping in the car with my dad on style for the neighborhood boys it was still a used to have an obligatory a weekend and heading down the street monumental treat. ROTC program, which meant a bit of to get my haircut and hear the inevitable All three of these places are part of the communal orguaranteed business every two weeks question from my father “mind stickganism that is Manhattan. Each one relies on us to survive. or so from the male college student. ing that in a doggie-bag so I can glue it All take walk-ins and appointments, don't expect to walk in However, with the social changes, the on when I get home”? (he was bald at and get a cut intermediately on Saturdays especially if it is now optional ROTC program and the twenty-three) and thinking him a bit of a game day. “I wont become a rich man doing this, but I'm increase of “the long hairs” (which was a buffoon. Over this last week of interdoing ok,” said Roger at Campus Hair Styling. That is part of thought to be a short lived fad) they reviews and drop-ins, I am glad to see that the appeal of these places though, everyone that works there alized the styles they offered, and were Photo By: Nicolette Sessin not a lot has changed. “ I would have are good people; happy to chat and joke around with you able to work on, had to change. ”When four generation clients, if they were still in-town,” said Roger while you wait. Let them know what you are looking for in a I started all we really offered were the Ivy, Princeton, and the at Campus Hair Styling. There is still that classic, multi-gencut and style and they will get it done with flair and style in pompadour like your going for, then people started growing erational clientele feel welcoming me back to days gone by. an atmosphere only a barber can offer. their hair longer and we had to learn to stay alive,”said Gary From what I picked up from my chats, the biggest dif-
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Food For Thought: How Safe is Your Food? By Matt Beyer For those that have been watching the news lately, it is hard to miss all of the reports of food products that are causing people to get sick. The most recent of these is the cantaloupe that has been found to be making people sick with Listeriosis. With all of the reports coming out, people are starting to ask how safe the food at the store is, and what they can do to ensure they won’t get sick from it. The Scare For those who have not been paying attention to one of the most recent incidents with foodborne illness, the Listeria scare has made 109 people sick and caused 21 deaths as of October 7, according to the Center of Disease Control (CDC). Of those cases, 7 of the infected people and 2 of the deaths in Kansas. The recall on the cantaloupe in question is from Jensen Farms out of Colorado and is sold on the market under the name of Rocky-Ford Brand cantaloupes. Even though the recall initially started with whole cantaloupes, the recall has now prompted the company Fresh Fruit Up, Inc. to issue a recall that used the cantaloupe in their mixed fruit cups. The FDA has been able to determine where all of the initial sales for the cantaloupe were, however, this does not include the fruit that had been resold to other companies or sold separately. Although Listeria is not one of the commonly known foodbourne illnesses, or at least not as much as Salmonella or Escherichia coli O157:H7, or better known as E. coli, it is still just as dangerous. Some of the recent big name products to have recalls on them would include; spinach that had been tainted with E. coli and peanut butter that was contaminated with Salmonella. These are not the products people would normally be concerned about finding pathogens in as tainted food items are usually animal-based products, especially Salmonella which tends to reside in eggs and other chicken based products. Listeria itself is typically found in deli meats and soft cheeses.
With all of these outbreaks, you may start to wonder what the industry and government are doing to help stop if not prevent these problems. For the industry, there are manufacturing processes that are performed to help control and prevent factors that could make food unsafe to eat. An example of this is a program that had initially been developed by NASA back in the 1970’s to ensure food safety called, HACCP, or Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points. This program has the producers perform a hazard analysis, which evaluates all of the processing steps and determines which of those processes could cause a possible risk hazard, or could help prevent or limit a risk hazard, such as killing microorganisms like Salmonella or E. coli.
Before you start thinking that all of the food you have in your refrigerator will make you sick, there are a few ways to help ensure you stay healthy, and that food you feed to friends and family won’t cause them to get sick. A lot of the cases of foodborne illness can be attributed to poor food handling or undercooking of products. In cases of fresh fruits and vegetables, it is rare to have the pathogens inside of the food. What this means is that you can actually help reduce the risk of food illness by washing your fresh fruits and vegetables with warm soapy water while scrubbing. What this will do is help remove the organic materials off of the food and kill any bacteria that may be hanging on for the ride. This also works for eggs that are purchased straight off the farm, this will help reduce the chances of getting sick from Salmonella.
There is a large portion of the food market that already requires these plans to be in place, such as those controlled by the USDA, like products that have a high concentration of meats or seafood. Though it wasn’t forced until the recent signing of the Food Modernization Act, all food companies are now required to have a HACCP plan for all of the food products they produce. This is just a further step to help ensure food safety.
For processed meats, raw meats and foods that need to be reheated, it is a good idea to heat the products until they are at an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. For those fans of those rare steaks, you only need to make sure the outside of the meat is to that temperature. Following these little rules will help reduce the risk of you getting sick.
Another step that companies take to help with food safety is in an improved ability to track food products. The way this is done consists of tracking a lot number on products that are purchased. Just about everybody has looked at a canned product and wondered what the long lines of numbers and letters that are printed on it means. That number is a code that the manufacturer uses to help determine a variety of different information, such as when it was made, what went into the product, how much of the product was produced and where the product was sent to. A good example of this would be from the cantaloupe recall, where a company was able to determine that the contaminated cantaloupe were used in their fruit cups and able to be tracked through their own recall.
Another way to help keep up to date on the different recalls is by visiting the food recall site from the FDA, which can be accessed by www.fda.gov/safety/recalls/default.htm. Visiting this website will show you when a company will perform a recall for a variety of reasons, even including undeclared allergens or even a packaging error.
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A Decade of Metal Manhattan Metalfest XI
For the 11th time, The Manhattan Metalfest will bring the Little Apple to its knees with homegrown metal, thrash, death, grind, and powerslop! We caught up with event coordinator Clint McAllister of Decimation and he gave us the skinny on this year’s Metalfest and about the metal scene in Manhattan in general. “It’s tough, given that we’re lacking a live music venue that will work for us, or even let us play at their place. But we always find a way to get it done.” The live music scene in Manhattan has definitely seen better days, with most venues slimming down to a few shows a month, if they have live music at all, due to fears of upsetting the temperamental but financially lucrative 21-22 year old demographic who seem to be allergic to covers. “The venue support for the music scene in general peaked last in 2007-2008,” McAllister said. But with events like Aggiefest and Metalfest, McAllister and many of his metal co-horts are ready and willing to bring metal to those who need it. This year’s Metalfest will be on November 4th and 5th at Mel’s Tavern downtown at 105 N. 3rd Street, with six bands taking the stage each night starting at 8pm. At $10 per night, the cover may seem steep, but McAllister assures us that it’s worth it. “You’re not just paying a cover to get in and get wasted; you’re paying a cover to support twelve hard-working bands that are talented at what they do.” McAllister said that aside from the support they’ve received from the Manhattan Music Coalition since 2007, the Metalfest has found new support from the community in the form of the BOSS Program at Ft. Riley. “Soldiers love metal, and it’s good that they’re finally being brought into the community in a positive way.” Despite being rejected by every supposed live music venue that was large enough to accommodate the Fest due to its potentially “scaring away” the college kids, McAllister is unphased about the future of metal in Manhattan. “People buy what you sell them,” he quipped, regarding the current emphasis in Aggieville on extreme low cost, high volume bars with no live music or entertainment. “We’re hoping one of these bars will step up and be brave enough to be different than all the other same olds and fill the vacuum that PJ’s [being turned into a parking lot] has left.” The Hype Weekly will be there to witness the brutality...will you?
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The Metallic Sound of Megawesome Index Decimation To say this isn’t the darkest, blackest, most unearthly sounding metal there is would be a lie. Check it out if you want your ears to bleed from awesome. Jolly Roger Jolly Roger combines a dizzying array of rock and heavy metal in their song construction, with comparisons ranging from Godsmack & Incubus to Tool, Motorhead, and Pantera. The band has been honing their overtly raucous sound and explosive live performances since the ominous date of 6/6/06 at 6p.m., deftly rocking audiences all over ther Midwest.Touting an equal dose of skill, experience, & abstract creativity among each member of the band, Jolly Roger’s infectious vocal hooks and raw instrumentation command their audiences into a frenetic delirium. Meatshank A Kansas City based Metal band formed in 2005 as a No Frills Metal band, with a K.I.S.S.(KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID) attitude, and a goal to play as fast,loud and as much as possible to bring back REAL Metal to the masses. A glorious raw blend of metal shredding and licks that bounces back and forth between an unearthing of the strings behind Avenged Sevenfold with a head banging nod to Iron Maiden. My Father's Gun A 5 piece heavy metal band that brings back the good old days of the late 90's screamo metal with heavy beats, ear-drum-blood-gushing licks, and a voice of hot metal and broken glass, all tied up with a dark red and damp murder ribbon. Nursing Home Panty Raid Self-proclaimed 'hardcore folk metal', this unique corrosion of sanity and sanctity combine such diverse influences as; Tool, NIN, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Primus, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, Deftones, Meshuggah, and The Isley Brothers. Be prepared to have your mind blown and your soul assume the fetal position. Sorrow by Truth In the words of Nathan Explosion, I think this band could certainly be called “brutal”. Heavy metal like I haven’t heard in awhile. Vocally its a deep, from-the-gut, screamfest, and musically it reminds me of a throw back to old metal like Metallica’s Black Album or Master of Puppets. You know, the good stuff before we found out James Hetfield was a whiny little sell-out. Strange Unit “We make one guarantee. We are the only band in Northeast Kansas that has a mexican drummer, two white guys who can dance and a black dj from Cincinnati. For those of you just discovering what Strange Unit is about, don’t be afraid. It always hurts the first time, but then it feels good.” The Tards A side-stepping and deadly mixture of punk, thrash and metal, this KC band brings to the stage an otherworldy sound that is entirely their own. Originally coming from a comedy/ punk/parady-esque band, it only took one album for their fans and the music community as a whole to see them as an up and coming sucker punch in the world of thrash metal. Terror Tractor “No other band thrashes like Terror Tractor. Formed in late 2003, Terror Tractor has been known to melt faces. Drawing upon all their musical influences, Terror Tractor has created a sound likened to hammers beating small children.” Vanlade Formed in Kansas City, Kansas in 2006, Vänlade has forged its sound with nothing more than the desire to conquer the globe to bring their brand of true heavy metal to the masses. With a style rooted in traditional, power, speed, and thrash metal, music fans young and old can rejoice in this fresh sound. Riff-mad, piercing guitars, blood boiling vocals, thick, galloping bass, and ground shaking beats combine to serenade the metal warrior in all of our hearts to his eternal victory. Each show is an energetic display of technically precise sonic power - complete with denim, leather, flying hair, and banging heads, all honoring the true metal gods.
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normal teeth into those of a hillbilly with serious oral hygiene issues. “I had them on the dashboard of the car, and so I pulled them out and for fun, put them in, put on a voice, and started talking about life.” Palmer happened to have the camera with them and began interviewing the character Stavropoulos was improvising and by the end of the day they had an improvised bit called “Elwin Explains: The Light” in which Stoole talks about being abducted by aliens. With the addition of $10 spent at Wal-Mart on a t-shirt and NASCAR hat, the bit eventually was turned into the first episode of the series, which appeared on YouTube later that fall on October 22nd.
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bit”, NASCAR and of course, America. Possible victim of alien abduction and subsequent probing of his “anal region, frankly to say”. Owner of approximately seven teeth. Stoole is the star of the mockumentary YouTube series Elwin Explains, which over the course of the last year has presented Stoole’s take on everything from hunting to Wal-Mart to more philosophical topics like memory and fatherhood. During the dozen or so three minute doses released thus far, Stoole chronicles life in the Midwest through the lens of the white, lower class denizens that inhabit our WalMarts, rural compounds, and various law enforcement reality television programs. On November 5th at 8pm in Nichols Theatre on campus, the final episode of Elwin Explains will be shown, bringing his Skoal toting, chain smoking life to and end. But where did this scion of redneckery come from? Elwin is Born The man behind the teeth is KSU alumnus George Stavropoulos. Stavropoulos is a working actor living in New York City who returns to Manhattan every so often to shoot the Elwin shorts with his friends and co-creators Brett Palmer and Ryan Bruce, who are also KSU alumni. In early 2010, Palmer and Bruce shot their first independent film, L’Huile d’Origan. Their film partnership eventually grew into the Kansas City based production company Element 35 which offers film, photography and illustration services to the region by day and makes their own indie films, shorts and creative projects by night. Stavropoulos came on board with E35’s second film Sh!t Witch and it was during rides in between shooting locations that Elwin came to life. “We were just pitching characters in the car, and I had always wanted to do an homage to a country boy, a good ole Midwestern archetype.” The true impetus for Elwin’s patois (and through it his character) came when Stavropoulos dug up a prop he had used during a KSU Production of Taming of The Shrew, a dental appliance that transformed his
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“It’s sad to say that being mooned by a man dressed as the ghost of the former ozone layer is the most action I’ve had in three months.” “High-fived a girl outside of Rusty’s for her Daisy Duke costume, only to find out that it wasn’t a costume.” “I used to complain about itchy legs after shaving. All that changed after seeing the men in drag at Rocky Horror who were clean shaved everywhere.”
“We fell in love with him,” Stavropoulos said, when asked how Stoole changed from a bit in a car into a series with a dedicated production company and promotional effort behind it. “There’s something of Elwin in all of us, I think, especially those of us who’ve lived in the Midwest.” Despite being what is essentially a satirical puppet through which Stavropoulos lampoons a considerable segment of the citizenry of Kansas, there hasn’t been a negative response to the series from the general public. “Elwin is an average guy, with a not so average life. There’s no way you can be from the Midwest...and not laugh. It’s un-American not to laugh. The terrorists win, if you don’t laugh.” Stavropoulos drew from many personal experiences he had growing up in Salina and Manhattan to create Elwin J. Stoole, but his influences weren’t solely Kansan in scale: “He’s a lovable guy who’s made some bad choices and has a tenuous grasp of the English language...like George Bush, if we hadn’t gone to war.” End of Elwin Elwin Explains has enjoyed over 13,000 views on YouTube during it’s year of life, but despite the declaration of the series finale, Stavropoulos hinted at a future for Stoole. “He has to stop. I’m not going to ruin it, but there’s a reason he has to stop, and it makes sense. But, as for the future, who knows?” Apparently E35 had plotted out around 100 Elwin shorts and a possible film, but for now Elwin will recede into the interwebs after his grand, open to the public bash at Nichols Theatre this Saturday. Prior to the finale, the entirety of the series will be shown with a Q&A with Stavropoulos, Palmer, and Ryan to follow. Fans will also be treated to some never before seen “behind the scenes” clips, including shots from the initial in-car interview that spawned the character and series. When asked if Elwin J. Stoole himself would be attending all or part of the event, Stavropoulos simply said, “I can neither confirm nor deny that.”
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