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Very Manhattan Christmas Traditions That Make A Community by Sarah Sullivan

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issue #14 - december 1st, 2011

Weekly

The Slant

(Voices, yours and ours)

2 - Us to You 3 - Face/Off: Big Box Vs. Shop Small

The Beat

(Stories you tell us to write)

4 - A Very Manhattan Christmas 5 - Get Caught on The Hype’s Nice List 6 - Shop Small! Volume 1

The Centerfold

(Your Weekly Calender made of 100% Awesome)

The Hype

(100% Right, Some of the Time)

10- Holiday Survival 101 11 - Lazy Art Review

The Bump

12 - KSU Football: A Very Pleasant Surprise 13 - Awesome Alert: Lady Cats Volleyball 14 - Loaded for Bear: The Exit Carnival

The Good Bits

(The reasons most folks pick up newspapers)

15 - Cryptic Cynicisms From Our Predecessors - The Forum

Cover photo courtesy of University Book Store This issue of The Hype Weekly already made violently sick of christmas songs by: jimbo ivy, sarah sullivan, Adam J. Mason, Samuel Sargent, Chris Hancock, evan tuttle, and as always the mysterious “hypester”.

Special Thanks to: our amazing families, Auntie Mae’s Parlor, Sisters of sound, on the wildside, Leisure Time AV Design, Manhattan Broadcasting & Z 96.3, the Columbian theatre, olson’s shoe repair, mccain auditorium, The Zeandale Art Project, The manhattan arts center, the strecker-nelson gallery, mystic myths, syndicate tattoo, evan tuttle and the aggieville business association, and the man, Jeff Denney.

Contact us! We do not have the E-Rabies!

Dear Manhattan, A very happy December to all of you! The Hype is excited to be entering our 4th month of publication, thanks to the interest and support of this community. We are striving to bring you a better paper each week, with articles reviewing a wider range of music, theatre, art and sports as well features that are informative and fun. This week we decided that for all the Manhattan newbies, (as well as some of the oldies who might not know) that a guide to Manhattan holiday traditions was in order. This gives you a chance to mark your calendars, tell your friends and get excited about all the wonderful things going on in your community. You may also have noticed this week that the paper you are holding is somewhat thicker. We have made the exciting leap to 16 pages from our previous twelve. This means that we can bring you even more coverage of what is happening in the area as well as more room for improvement. Keep your idea, suggestions and criticisms coming to editor@thehypeweekly.com. Our wish this holiday season is for each and every Manhattanite to enjoy the events happening in their community!

(Bump it, Brah, it rocks!)

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Zeandale Arts Project Winter Sale Friday Dec. 2 4pm-7pm Saturday Dec. 3 10am-4pm Paintings, fiber art, pottery and snacks from the ZAP. 7 miles West of Grand Ol Trunk on Zeandale Rd in beautiful, historic Zeandale


The Slant

Face / Off

Big Box Store shopping vs. Shopping Small Big Box - Samuel Sargent

Shop Local - Jimbo Ivy

The debate about shopping locally vs shopping frugally completely obscures the reason for the season. The holidays are about happiness and family, and no one is more important within the family than children. What makes children happy are angry birds, something you just can’t find in local stores.

It’s okay. I know it’s hard to not swing into the giant parking lot in front of WalMart, Target, or the Mall, generally because city planners route primary traffic veins towards these places in hopes of bringing businesses into the area with large tax bases. It’s confusing, I know, and frustrating to have to go to a bunch of little shops, that may not be guaranteed to have the exact Thomas the Tank Engine paraphernalia that little Billy screams about every day, all day. Life, as they say, is hard, children.

We’re told to shop local, to keep the money in the community, but local businesses only employee a handful of people, at best. The socalled big box stores put dozens upon dozens of community members to work. Does a majority of their profit leave the area? Sure. But they still pump far more money into the local economy than any small business owner, in part because they offer the things that people want, such as enraged avians. The myth of a happy community full of thriving small businesses is fueled by misguided nostalgia. The reality of large stores that can provide the necessities at a reasonable cost is fueled by the current state of the world. And speaking of fuel, think of all the fuel you save by picking up your pint of ice cream, sweat pants, vibrating exercise equipment and furious fowl all in one stop. What good is a thriving local community if it’s so polluted from gas fumes that no one can stand to go outside? When deciding where to shop this holiday season, think of the children. They are the future and if all they ever get are crappy gifts from local shops, they’re going to leave the area as soon as they can. If that happens, there will be nobody to shop anywhere. So please, for the sake of the community, stuff your children’s stockings with outraged ornithoids this year.

But shopping local doesn’t have to be! Local small businesses are the antidote to your yearly shopping Hell, fraught with bitter, corporate employees drudging onward for their minimum wage and psychotic shop till you drop mobs crushing employees beneath their monstrous hooves. Wouldn’t you prefer a shop where people are happy you’re there to buy their wares? Where the person helping you is more than likely the manager/owner, so that you never have to wonder if they know what they’re talking about? Shopping local nets you unique, local and often hand-made one of a kind items, not the same equivalent to a gift card BS that you can find plastered all over the end caps at Wal-Mart. Aside from the ease and uniqueness of shopping small, it’s also good for the economy! According to sustainableconnections.org, “Studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms -- continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.” Studies have also shown that small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our community, providing the most jobs to residents. So while Wal-Mart may seem impressive with its army of minimum wage minions in terms of community employment, consider the fact that Manhattan has hundreds of small businesses employing anywhere from 5 to 50 employees. Also, environmentally, small businesses are much better for the planet as they generally do not have long supply trains, and thus contribute less to pollution and dependency on foreign oil. With more money staying in the community and supporting local workers and less supply train, shopping small makes sense no matter where you fall on the political, social, or environmental spectrum.

Shop Local - Jimbo Ivy

Big Box - Samuel Sargent

As my esteemed opponent said, think of the children. Think of the children living in a world of big box stores with no originality. Eating the same McDonald’s hamburger, playing with the same Bratz doll or New and Improved Elmo, listening to the same inane pop music, stomping around in the same Ugg boots.

Being so focused on local community is not a good thing. This tribal culture instills in people the need to defend their perceived territory because they don't want others to claim superiority. This fear of being inferior leads to anger, which leads to hatred. Once hatred appears, wars begin and everyone suffers. We must break away from this tribalistic mindset and look at the bigger picture.

As far as prices being lower, perhaps, but so is the substance of what you’re buying. So is the value in terms of keeping our community from merging into the great white middle class blur that has been enveloping small businesses in our country since 1955. Something purchased at Big Box Inc will probably end up in a trash can or closet within one year, only to be replaced next year with a slightly updated version. Whereas something unique purchased at a local, small business will last much longer, not just in literal terms, but in terms of creating a sustained growth of local prosperity. Culture is created by individuality, and in the business and consumer world that means not the same store on every block. Do you want to be Topeka? Birmingham? Los Angeles? Fayetteville? Omaha? No, you want to be Manhattan! Who comes to Manhattan for the vaunted 3rd Street Business Park (now complete with round-about!), filled to the gills with the same stores you can get anywhere in America? Nobody. Who comes to Manhattan for historic Poyntz Ave or the variety of awesome that is Aggieville? Yea, that’s what I thought. The defense (of culture), rests.

So what if most big box profits leave the area? There are hungry people in Bentonville, AR just as in Manhattan, KS. Do the local homeless deserve food more than someone a few states away? Why, because you might smell the carcass of anyone who dies of starvation locally? Isn't that rather selfish? Look at the big picture. Big box stores can do more to help the world than small businesses will ever manage. Helping tiny sections at a time will only ensure that inequality and fighting continue. Opponents of large retail outlets complain about the homogenous offerings, but aren't these the same people who deride the lack of economic equality in the world? Big box stores don’t discriminate. No matter your race, gender, culture, sexual orientation or economic status, you, too, can own a set of Paula Deen pans. Stop thinking small. Think big. Really big. Think 24,091.55 miles in circumference big. The ultimate holiday wish is for peace on Earth and goodwill toward men. Shopping locally can’t accomplish this, it requires a global effort. When you buy clothes made in Paraguay and toys made in China, you're supporting the entire world. The big box stores can save us. Sam Walton bless us, every one!

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The Beat

Very Manhattan Christmas Traditions That Make A Community by Sarah Sullivan

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hey say you can see a community at its best during times of giving and celebrating. Manhattan has always been a community that does both of these with heartfelt generosity and a glittery flare. The month of December is a month of traditions, some of which have been going on for over sixty years. The Hype decided that these traditions are worth blowing our own horn over, so we present to you, a guide of Manhattan holiday traditions, for new residents and the well seasoned citizens alike.

On the first day of December, Little Apple gave to us:

Auntie Mae’s 21st Annual Xmas Lighting Dec 1st @ 10pm. For one month out of the year, Manhattan’s favorite ‘speakeasy’ lights up the basement bar with colorful lights, fake glittering snow on the stairs, and a Christmas tree hung upside down over the stairs. This is a unique tradition that is heralded every year with a band, drink specials and laughter; a Manhattan tradition that shouldn’t be missed.

An Old-Fashioned Christmas,

And a Rock hidden somewhere in towwwwn!

Kaw Mission Christmas- 500 North Mission, Council Grove, Ks - Dec. 1st

K-Rock Jingle Bell Rock. Clues given on Manhattan’s Pure Rock Station, K-Rock 101.5 beginning Dec. 1st. Every year, Manhattan residents tune in to 101.5 to hear clues about a rock that has been hidden somewhere in Manhattan. Auntie Mae’s Famous Upside Down Tree. Decorated by Evan Tuttle. This scavenger hunt continues through the month of December with a new clue every day or so until someone finds it. The lucky person who stumbles across this geological gem will win hundreds of dollars worth of prizes from Manhattan businesses.

For years the wonderful people at The Kaw Mission in Council Grove have been celebrating a nostalgic frontier Christmas with free refreshments, caroling, entertainment for the children, and period decorations to reflect 19th century holiday traditions. Open to the public and regular admission fees apply.

On the second day of December, Little Apple gave to us:

Wildcats a-dancing,

Greenery for Charity,

WinterDance 2011 – McCain Auditorium, K-State Campus- DeKaw Mission, Council Grove, KS cember 1st-3rd Three nights of spectacular talent in jazz, ballet, tap, modern, and other forms of dance are produced each year by the talented students, faculty and guest artists at McCain Auditorium during WinterDance. It has become a must-see theatrical and dance event that has become synonymous with the holiday season in the community.

Festival of Trees Gala – K-State Alumni Center, K-State Campus – Dec. 2nd Beginning at 6:00pm with cocktails and a silent auction, this event gathers donations for RSVP of the Flint Hills, a program that invites those 55 years of age and older to volunteer their skills, leadership abilities, and time to help with volunteer programs in the area. A live auction for these beautiful trees and decorations will begin at 7:00pm.

One Upside Down Tree, One of the many beautiful trees to be auctioned at the Festival of Trees Gala.

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The Beat

And The Mayor’s Tree and Lights on Parade,

Get Caught on The Hype Weekly’s ‘Nice’ List!

Mayor’s Spirit of the Holidays Lighted Parade. Manhattan Town Center - Poyntz, Aggieville, and Triangle Park - December 2nd The parade will start at Manhattan Town Center at 6:00pm and make its way to Aggieville. Then continue to Triangle Park following the conclusion of the parade for the ceremony when Mayor James Sherow will make award presentations and light the Mayor’s Holiday Tree. Awards are given for Best School Float, Best Use of Cans, Best Use of Lights, and an all-around Mayor’s Trophy.

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ecember 1st marks the first day of The Hype Weekly’s December charity, “Get Caught on The Hype’s NICE List!” We will be taking donations for Toys for Tots and the Riley County Humane Society during the month of December. Courtesy of University Book Store

For the Humane Society, donation suggestions include; For Cats: - scratching posts - toys - collars

Skipping forward in December, Little Apple gave to us: 4 years of Running,

For Dogs: - chew toys - fetch and squeaky toys - collars and leashes

4th Annual Winter Runderland 5K – From Anneberg Park through Sharingbrook – Dec. 4th. These jolly runners make their way through this freezing but beautiful wonderland for fun and their health. Race day registration and packet pick-up begins at 1:30pm on Sunday, December 4th, but early packets can be picked up at Manhattan Running Company in West Loop on the 3rd from 10:00am-5:00pm. The race starts at 3:00pm.

Horse Drawn Carriages, Holiday Horse Drawn Carriage Rides – Triangle Park – Dec. 9, 10, 16, & 17 Courtesy of 3C Carriage Service, LLC. For two weekends, on Friday and Saturday from 4:00pm7:00pm, citizens of Manhattan are invited to stop by Triangle Park for a ride in an old-fashioned horse drawn carriage for only $5 a person.

And 61 years of Pancakes. 61st Annual Manhattan Kiwanis Pancake Feed/Silent Auction – Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park- Dec. 10 This tradition is generously taken on by the Manhattan chapter of the Kiwanis club, an international organization of volunteers who are dedicated to making the world a better place, one community at a time. They offer scholarships, grants and help with community events and this is our chance as a community to give back to them. For $4, they will serve you up some of the best pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee and other drinks you’ve ever had. They will also be holding a silent auction to raise funds and give you a chance to give in the true spirit of the holidays. Besides the holiday staples that Manhattan hosts every year, there are holiday music concerts taking place at K-State, Manhattan Town Center and the Manhattan Arts Center, as well as plays including The Nutcracker in Junction City at the C.L. Hoover Opera House, A Christmas Survival Guide in Wamego at The Columbian, and A Christmas Carol at the Manhattan Arts Center. This is a terrific time of year to enjoy family and friends, remember those less fortunate, and participate in events in your community. Check out The Hype’s calendar every week for new and exciting things to do in Manhattan and the surrounding area! This is your town, Manhattan, get out and enjoy the holiday season!

All new, unwrapped toys are welcome for the children, many of who would not be receiving any toys this year without your generosity. When you drop off a donation at one of our 5 drop-off points, please write your name on one of our ‘Hype Nice List’ gift tags and place it in the envelope attached to the drop off box. Each week we will print the ever growing list of individuals and businesses who have made donations so far. We promise to send a copy of The Hype to Santa so you’ll be sure to make it on his ‘Nice’ list as well. Our Drop-off Locations: Healthy Attitude 108 N. 3rd Street Manhattan, KS 66502 Sunflower Pet Supplies (A.K.A. Manhattan Aquarium Company) 514 Pillsbury Drive Manhattan, KS 66502 Art Craft Printers & Design 221 N 4th St, Suite B Manhattan, KS 66502 Auntie Mae’s Parlor 616 N. 12th St. Manhattan, KS 66502 The Dusty Bookshelf 700 North Manhattan Avenue Manhattan, KS 66502

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The Beat

Shop Small! 30 Locally Volume Owned 1 : 1-10 The Manhattan Arts Center

The Hype Weekly has chosen 30 locally owned holiday gift hotspots to showcase over the next three weeks in hopes of swaying you away from boxstores and boring gifts. Shop Small, Manhattan!

The Manhattan Arts Center’s Wrap It Up art exhibit has unique, locally-produced artwork, savory treats and cheerful music. 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 MAC is an excellent source for Mom, especially those appreciating hand-crafted jewelry or decorative pieces. A few years ago I picked up a decorative frog (my Mom loves, collects frogs) made from reclaimed metal for around $40. Prices for jewelry, scarves, and handcrafted goods range from $10 to $80. For those with bigger stockings to stuff, a variety of excellent paintings, ceramics, and other fare from local artists can be found in the $100-$200 range. The exhibit will remain open until December 24 and is open Monday thru Friday from noon to 5pm, Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Sunday from noon to 4pm. As in the past, 30% of all sales proceeds will benefit the Manhattan Arts Center's facility and programs.

1520 Poyntz Ave. (785)-537-4420.

Mon-Fri 12pm-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm

Price Range: $10-200

Strecker Nelson Pop-Up Gallery Over 70 artists are represented in an ever-changing showcase of lower cost original art, photography, jewelry, books, and other unique gift items for the Holidays. At the Pop Up you can find original handmade cards from $4, beautiful, functional ceramics around $20, as well as books compiled by local and regional painters and photographers for around $10-12. For bigger holiday budgets, the Pop Up offers original ceramics, paintings and prints from $100 to $750. For those looking for even bigger artistic fare, head upstairs to the Strecker Nelson Gallery proper, where you can find breath-taking and fantastic art anywhere from $250 to several thousand. If you’ve read the Hype at all you know we love the SNG; some times we go there just to stare and imagine what it would be like to be A) so incredibly talented or B) able to afford something that beautiful. As with it’s big brother upstairs, the Pop Up is themed around Kansas landscapes and artists.

406 Poyntz, Street Level. (785)-537-2099

Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm

Price Range: $4-750

Acme Gifts Acme, much like it’s cartoon namesake, is a purveyor of every of gift imaginable. From tasteful and gorgeous floral arrangements (that won’t set you back much more than $15 or so) to odd and unusual gifts such as peanut erasers, mouth harps, pocket maracas, or an Xmas ornament in the shape of a dog poo. The general feel of the store is not so much Zonko’s as what would happen if a high end gift store suddenly developed the maturity and imagination of a fifth grader. Decorative bags, unique board games, books on subjects as crazy as they are informative, and of course, sock monkeys. All of these things and more in a price range of fifteen cents to $75 make Acme Gifts a must hit for those ultra unique stocking stuffers or gifts that will land you the titled “Most Awesome Gift Giver Evar”. 1227 Moro St. (785) 539-8899

Mon-Sat: 10am-8pm. Sun: 12pm-5pm

Price Range: $.15-75

Game Hounds Video Games and Gifts Over on Fort Riley Blvd, there is a thing of beauty, and that thing is Game Hounds Video Games and Gifts. Whether your the average bro pwning noobs on MW3 or the most pale and socially awkward PC gamer cruising for an original copy of Myth or X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter, just walk through the door and start drooling. A Wonka-esque treasure trove on every shelf, serving all nerdy needs from custom painted NES consoles to the latest in 360, PS3, and (slight retch) Wii gaming. Also, one of the only places in the world I’ve ever known to sell used PC games, and I don’t mean last year’s Call of Duty or Gears of War 9 leftovers, but old skool, in boxes, with (gasp) manuals games. In addition to purveying all forms of electronic candy, they offer repair and service for disc and game system repairs as well as large variety of action figures, t-shirts, and other memorabilia. Lastly, these folks are just nice as hell and very happy to help you with whatever you’re after. Got a nerd in the family? Get to Game Hounds and they’ll sort you out. 1620 Fort Riley Blvd, Suite 111. (785)-320-2850

Mon-Sat: 11am-9pm. Sun: 12pm-7pm

Price Range: $5-350

Farmer’s Market at Pottorf Hall

Even if the weather outside looks frightful, don’t worry the Winter Farmers Market is inside Pottorf Hall from 8am-12pm on Saturday, December 3rd! Come out early and pick up some holiday gifts, meat, bread, and crafts, as well as winter produce grown by vendors who have high tunnels for cool weather veggies. Don’t miss this opportunity, it only comes once a month! Wouldn’t a nice homemade item make a great gift? Avery Avenue, South West corner of CiCo Park

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December 3rd from 8am-12pm

Price Range: Varies


The Beat

Holiday Shopping Hotspots! Syndicate Tattoo With their sexy new shop down on Poyntz Ave, the three tattoo artists and single piercer that make up Manhattan’s needle happy syndicate are some of the best inkers and stabbers in the area. A full 50% of The Hype Weekly staff have had their ink done by the fine folks at Syndicate, mainly by Matt Goss who’s easy going attitude and excellent workmanship have made him a local tattoo legend. Whether your intended giftee is an experienced tattoo freak or a virgin, the excellent staff at Syndicate will guide them through the process of custom art creation, application and post-inking care with their vast knowledge and compassion so that even the most needle-scared pansy (aka Jimbo) will have no issues. They also offer gift certificates in any amount that are good for one year from purchase for a surprise down-payment on your giftees next batch of ink. Safe, clean, family and cellphone friendly, Syndicate Tattoo inks with the best of them.

423 Poyntz Ave. (785)-320-7250.

Tuesday-Saturday 12pm to 8pm

Price Range: $40-60 regular piercing, $70 Industrials. $100-140 per hour tattooing.

Mystic Myths

Looking for that unique gift for your spiritually inclined friends or family? Whether they’re Christian, Pagan, Buddhist, or just open to whatever energy they find, Mystic Myths has what they love in the form of statues, jewelry, incense, books, materials for alternative religions, and tons of hand-crafted items. Lujuana Porter, one of the stores owners, is a super friendly and open soul, happy to talk to anyone about any questions they might have about the store, its products, or events around the area of interest to people of every spiritual path. Many of Mystic Myths products are hand-made by area craftsman, most of whom are frequently in the store and happy to talk to customers about their work.

1126 Laramie. (785)587-0355

Tuesday - Saturday 11am to 7pm

Price Range: $10-150

On The Wildside On the Wildside was among the very first sponsors of The Hype Weekly, so if any one deserves the business of Hypesters this holiday season, it’s OWS. Specializing in all things awesome, OWS is your one stop shop for everything from jewelry to Grateful Dead t-shirts to hookas and supplies. Calling them a head shop doesn’t seem appropriate as they are so much more than incense and tie dye. Staffed by the nicest folk on this Earth, OWS holds gifts and decor for anyone free-spirited or to use the very cliche term “counter culture”. They offer clothing, posters, candles, stickers and patches, disc golf supplies, and bath and body products. If you have a hooka fiend in the family, they have supplies and shisha as well as a discount card similar to movie rental shops that reward you for frequent purchases. On the Wilside is a must for any hippie or hippie at heart looking to fill loved one’s stockings with peace, love and pretty.

1128 Moro. (785) 776-2252

Monday - Saturday 11 am - 6 pm

Price Range: $2-150

Leisure Time AV Design Leisure Time AV Design is a perfect place to shop for the music/audio tech aficionado in your family. With a price range of $99 for a pair of super high quality headphones to $3500 and up for the perfect home theater experience, Rob and his team will work with a budget that is comfortable for you to get exactly what you want. In addition, they pride themselves on educating their clients about what good sound truly is and how to get that kind of perfection from your equipment. This is a perfect place to shop for a student who is in to music, or Dad who is looking for a great home entertainment set-up. As well as building you an awesome entertainment and music set-up, Buildcraft Inc, a section of Leisure Time, can help Mom with remodeling her kitchen or bathrooms, just the way she wants them. With unique designs and quality craftsmanship, these are sure to be gifts that won’t soon be forgotten.

1102 Hostetler Drive. (785) 341-2031

By Appointment

Price Range: $99-Up

Sisters of Sound If you don’t know about SOS, then you are sorely, sorely in need of the unique and near holy experience of shopping in Manhattan’s only Indie record store. Sarah Sue and Leah are always on hand with advice and knowledge of practically anything music-related from turn table maintenance to deleted Smith singles and original, not re-released, underlined, Frank Zappa albums. SOS is the classic small records store in every sense of the word from the decor to the slightly claustrophobic volume of vinyl, CDs, and memorabilia that is stacked, packed and wedged into every nook and cranny. SOS also serves as the heart of the Manhattan local live music scene; if a local band has an album, it’s there. Hands on service, good prices, and an eclectic mix of music makes Sisters of Sound the only place in Manhattan to get your audiophile that unique gift they’re sure to enjoy.

1214 C. Moro. (785)-770-9767

Monday-Friday 12pm to 8:00pm. Saturday 11am to 7pm.

Price Range: $2-150

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Thursday 1 10:00AM

10:00AM 10:00AM 10:00AM

Art and Psychology: The Work of Roy Langford

@ Beach Museum of Art This exhibition examines the work of the late Roy Langford, longtime resident of Manhattan and former Kansas State University professor of psychology.

10:00AM

12:00PM

6:00-8:00PM

7:30PM 7:30PM

Teresa Schmidt: Friends of the Beach Museum @ Beach Museum of Art A selection of works by Teresa Schmidt, who teaches print making and drawing at Kansas State University.

The Konza Prairie: Earth, Wind and Fire!

@ 5th Floor, Hale Library on KSU Campus This exhibit highlights the unprecedented history of the Konza Prairie Biological Station.

10:00AM

@ The Columbian Theatre Gary Skidmore’s photography seeks to capture the essence of our Kansas landscape.

New Horizons: Featuring Gary Skidmore

Wrap it Up Art Exhibit and Sale

@ Manhattan Arts Center The Manhattan Arts Center presents its annual WRAP IT UP art exhibit and sale, November 5th - December 24th, we have dozens of artists participating.

2011 K-State Dept. of Art Faculty Biennial

@ Beach Museum of Art, KSU See the creative work of the talented faculty in the Kansas State University Department of Art.

Cool 2 Care: Mayor’s Holiday Food and Fund

@ Sunset Zoo Get outside and help others at the same time. $1 off admission with the donation of a food item and in December and visit Sunset Zoo's Giving Tree.

Holiday Open House at the Mission

@ Kaw Mission State Historic Site, Council Grove, KS Vintage carriage rides from downtown Council Grove to the Mission Decorated for the holidays in 1880s style!

7:00PM

KSU Men's Basketball vs. George Washington

@ Bramlage Coliseum Go Cats!

Friday 2

11:00AM

4:00PM-7:00PM

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6:00PM

@ KSU Gardents Quinlan Visitor’s Center 6 1/2 inch $10 each or 6 for $50. 10 inch centerpiece $15 each.Cash or check only: no credit card.

Zeandale Art Project Holiday Sale

@ Zeandale Community Building Browse the incredible art created by these talented art ists!

Holiday Sweets: Candies and Cookies

@ HyVee Club Room Learn the basics of candy making, how to assemble, test and even store the finished products.

Mayor's Spirit of the Season Lighting and Parade

@ Manhattan Town Center Annual Lighted Parade starts at Manhattan Town Center, proceeds through Historic Downtown and culminates in Aggieville's Triangle Park for the Mayor's Holiday Tree Lighting!

6:00PM

Friends of KSU Gardens Annual Poinsettia Sale

6:00PM

Festival of Trees Gala 2011

@ K-State Alumni Center Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction, 7:30pm Live Auc tion. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Call RSVP at 785-776-7787 or email us at rsvp@interkan.net.

A Christmas Survival Guide

@ Columbian Theatre This revue takes a wry and knowing look at a stressful season. Armed with a copy of A Christmas Survival Guide, the characters charge into an urban holiday landscape for the true essence of Christmas. Dinner is at 6:00pm and the show starts at 7:30.

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7:30PM

K-State WinterDance 2011

@ Nichols Theatre The talented dance students of Kansas State University invite you to come to this magical event. Tickets can be purchased through the McCain box office.

KSU Wind Ensemble and Concert Band

@ McCain Auditorium Kansas State University Bands presents their Concert Band and Wind Ensemble in Concert under the direction of Mr. Don Linn and Dr. Frank Tracz.

8:00PM

The 21st Annual Xmas Lighting Ceremony

@ Auntie Mae's Parlor A tradition as magical as the historic bar itself. For one month every year, Auntie Mae's is lit up with decora tions, colorful lights and the only upside down Christmas tree in Manhattan!

8:00PM

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10:00PM

7:30PM

Jeff & Vida in Concert

@ Auntie Mae's Parlor To help celebrate the Xmas lighting, Auntie Mae's will be hosting Jeff and Vida. They have delved into many different genres of music; country, honky-tonk, rockabilly, even a little rock and roll.

Kyle Bennett Band in Concert

@ Longhorns Saloon Sometimes the best chapters of our lives are the ones we write ourselves. Country artist Kyle Bennett is doing just that with the release of his solo project later this year.

Back Porch Mary in Concert

@ Campus Tavern There are two types of people on this earth: Those that get Back Porch Mary and those that don’t. This band has a sound and a genre completely their own.

Trivia Night

@ Pat’s Blue Ribbion BarBeQue Get your trivia on!

Ann Zimmerman Concert

@ Manhattan Arts Center She sings the prairie into universal language--with her piano, guitar and that wonderful voice breezing its way into your heart.

7:30PM

7:30PM

8:00PM

8:00PM

It's a Wonderful Life Radio Play

@ C.L. Hoover Opera House JCLT presents the Karen Hastings Players in a radio show based on the timeless Christmas film classic.

K-State WinterDance 2011

@ Nichols Theatre The talented dance students of Kansas State University invite you to come to this magical event. Tickets can be purchased through the McCain box office.

It's a Wonderful Life Radio Play

@ C.L. Hoover Opera House JCLT presents the Karen Hastings Players in a radio show based on the timeless Christmas film classic.

Film: Contagion

@ Forum Hall, K-State Student Union Admission $2.

Three of a Kind in Concert

@ Kite's Grille & 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.

10:00PM

10:00PM

Riot on the Roxxx

10:00PM

CrossFit Introductory Class

No Justice in Concert

@ Longhorns Saloon A great, clear cut country band.

@ Pat’s Blue Ribbon Heavy Metal with Shawn Rock. @ Room 4, Natatorium Try out a CrossFit Intro Class scaled for beginners to learn more about high intensity training and its benefits.


Saturday 3

8:00am-12:00pm Manhattan Farmers Market

@ Pottorf Hall in CiCo Park Come buy local produce and craft products at Pottorf Hall in CiCo Park.

11:30am

4:00PM

KSU Football vs. Iowa State

@ Bill Snyder Family Stadium Go Cats!

Zeandale Art Project Holiday Sale

@ Zeandale Community Building Browse the incredible art created by these talented art ists!

Sunday 4

11:00AM

McCain Holiday Home Tour

@ Five Homes around Manhattan, KS Five homes in and around Manhattan will be open for the public to tour. $15.00 ticket will get you into all five homes.

Sunday Bruch Jazz

@ Bluestem Bistro Live jazz every Sunday morning.

2:00PM

It's a Wonderful Life Radio Play

@ C.L. Hoover Opera House JCLT presents the Karen Hastings Players in a radio show based on the timeless Christmas film classic.

6:00PM

7:00pm

Bingo

Film Screening: Troop 1500

@ Town Hall Room, Leadership Studies Building A unique Girl Scout troop - Troop 1500 - unites daugh ters with mothers who are serving time for serious crimes, giving them a chance to rebuild their broken bonds.

7:00PM The Hype Weekly Pitch Meeting

7:30pm

@ Auntie Mae’s Parlor Bring us your ideas and have a drink with us!

Music From Korea

@ All Faiths Chapel Nora Lewis, oboe and Craig B. Parker, trumpet.

Wednesday 7

11:00AM

12:00pm

7:00pm

7:30PM

K-State WinterDance 2011

@ Nichols Theatre The talented dance students of Kansas State University invite you to come to this magical event. Tickets can be purchased through the McCain box office.

It's a Wonderful Life Radio Play

@ C.L. Hoover Opera House JCLT presents the Karen Hastings Players in a radio show based on the timeless Christmas film classic.

2:00pm

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 envi ronment.

2:00pm

Family Holiday Workshop

@ Beach Museum of Art Join us for our annual holiday craft workshop. Create ornaments and cards galore with our supplies and your imagination.

2:00PM

3:00pm

A Christmas Survival Guide

@ Columbian Theatre This revue takes a wry and knowing look at a stressful season.

University Ensemble: Holiday Extravaganza

9:30AM

@ Bobby T’s Grill and Bar Not your grandma’s bingo parlor! Every Monday night at Bobby T’s!

KSU Women's Basketball vs. Iowa

@ Bramlage Coliseum Go Cats!

@ McCain Auditorium KSU Collegiate Chorale, Concert Choir, In-a-Chord, K-State Singers, Men's Choir, Women's Choirs and KSU Alumni Choir. Admission is charged.

Tuesday 6

Monday 5

7:00pm

@ Manhattan Arts Center She sings the prairie into universal language--with her piano, guitar and that wonderful voice breezing its way into your heart.

9:00am-4:00pm

A Christmas Survival Guide

@ Columbian Theatre This revue takes a wry and knowing look at a stressful season. Dinner is at 6:00pm and the show starts at 7:30.

Ann Zimmerman Concert

6:00PM

7:30PM

4:00PM-7:00PM

Friends of KSU Gardens Annual Poinsettia Sale

@ KSU Gardents Quinlan Visitor’s Center 6 1/2 inch $10 each or 6 for $50. 10 inch centerpiece $15 each.Cash or check only: no credit card.

Walk-In Wednesdays

@ Holtz Hall Drop by to have your resume reviewed or to ask a quick question. No appointment necessary.

KSU Women’s Basketball vs. Wichita State

@ Bramlage Coliseum Go Cats!

7:00PM

7:30pm

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!

Encounter

@ North Dining Area, K-State Student Union Christian worship service, visitors encouraged to attend.

KSU Orchestra

@ McCain Auditorium Don’t miss the experience to hear the explosive talent of the KSU Orchestra!

9:30PM

Auntie Mae’s Mighty Fine Poetry Night

7:30pm

7:30pm

@ Auntie Mae’s Parlor Instant Poets. Just add Rum.

Jazz Combo Concert

@ Union Station, KSU Student Union ‘Tis the season for some smooth jazz.

A Celtic Tenors Christmas

@ McCain Auditorium Classical, folk, Irish and pop holiday harmonies.

Edwin C. Olson Sr.

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Holiday Survival 101:

Behind the Scenes at A Christmas Survival Guide Written and Photographed by Adam J. Mason

Its that time of year again folks! Thanksgiv-

ing has come and gone, and with its departure we now feel the full brunt of everything that is “Christmas”. Colorful lights, tinsel, and lawn ornaments (or over-priced, tacky trinkets) as far as the eye can see. Radio waves saturated with the sounds of “Winter Wonderland”, (or the brain rotting mess that is The Cheeta Girls “California Christmas”). The delightful news (or looming threat) that relatives you only see on special occasions will be gathering once more in that loving family tradition (or to grumble at one another from across the room over glasses of egg nog that may or may not contain enough rum to power a small generator). Love it or hate it, its here. Its happening. There is, indeed, no way to stop it. Keeping this in mind, everyone should prepare themselves to survive another round of yuletide happenings, and what better way to do that then by checking out A Christmas Survival Guide at The Columbian Theatre in Wamego. Being a member of the press has its perks, so I got a sneak peak of the action and a little time to talk to director, Tyler Woods, about this production. This is where being a reader has its perks too as now you get to tag along and hear all the holiday hub-bub.

particular venue, Tyler has developed a strong working relationship with Interim Executive Director, Ariane Chapman. He explains that the goal here is to try and offer a breath of fresh air, so to speak, and with a new Executive Director at

L-R: Katie Pawlosky, Andy Lind, Sue Partridge, Jeff Patrick, Amy Dolf

the helm, now seemed like the perfect time to test the waters and get a feel for what new things the public wants to see and what type of shows the actors are excited to be a part of.

A Christmas Survival Guide is a good representation of a more modern display style. The musical is basically composed of multiple skits that offer a window into a number of holiday situations. Woods describes it as a sort of musical SNL. This season the It tends to speak to the Columbian Theatre way we entertain ourhas taken a bit of a selves these days with departure from the the ever growing popnorm with their line ularity of short Youup. The Wiz graced Tube videos as well the stage this year as TV sketch comedy instead of the tradiand talk shows. There tional presentation are no really defined of the classic Wizard recurring characters, of Oz, and now we L-R: Sydney Finny, Katie Pawlosky, Brady Everett, so to tie everything Christy Collette, Chole Albin have a more modern together we are guided musical treat for the through these different holiday season than the long standing Christmas scenarios with a voice-over reading of a self-help Carol. style book designed to show readers how to make the best of the season. So why the change? Working as director on both shows and having previously offered up his From my place in the audience, I quickly begin talents as both a music director and actor at this to realize the appeal of this show. It is easy for

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me to say that this show offers a little something for everyone. From a couple celebrating their first Christmas together to a sequin studded Elvis singing songs of holiday cheer, to the sillyness that ensues as a family sings the classic carol “Sleigh Ride” while attempting to take an actual horse-drawn sleigh ride. There are plenty of Christmas classics mixed in with some modern and satirical new tunes with a dash of heartfelt longing for what we truly want from friends and family to appeal to overexcited honorary elves and scrooges alike. Regardless of how you feel about the holiday season, I dare you to watch this show without being able to point to almost every character that comes on stage and say “Oh yeah, I have a relative/friend who is exactly like that”. When I asked Tyler what he would like people to take away from the show with them, aside from the type of smile that only appears on the faces of the recently entertained, he said, “This time of year, its very easy for people to slip into a ‘me me me mind set’ instead of focusing on the ‘we we

Katie Pawlosky and Brady Everett

we mind set’ we should have. I hope people walk away realizing that the point of all of this is that we need to enjoy the people we have in our lives and the times we share, lows and highs, instead of worrying about all of the objects and things we want.” A Chirstmas Survival Guide runs for the next three weekends. Along with tickets, you can also purchase your place at dinner catered by The Friendship House preceding each show. So if you’re looking to make it a night out on the town with dinner and some fine musical entertainment, a trip just down the road to Wamego should take care of you quite nicely. Hope to see you there!


The Hype

Lazy Art Review By: The Hypester

I don't even know what to say any more. It's chilly outside and I am exhausted. I hardly even feel like taking notes. The Strecker-Nelson's main room is full of landscapes. You know how that makes me feel. A lot of them were impressionistic -- impatient brush strokes that seemed meant to capture the feeling of the entire scene, rather than focus on details. I was looking at Cally Krallman's pieces. “Plein Air Sunset.” Zak Barnes has new stuff here. He's got new stuff here every time. We were looking at "Bazaar Payback." It's got a bunch of dogs, all in front of a house. Some are on top of furniture; one is on the porch, one is on the roof, and one of them is flying. It's got wings. I came here with Sarah a while ago and we looked at some of Zak Barnes' pieces. They were still running the "Abstrakt" show. . "Whenever I see the word 'abstract' I think either sexual frustration or depression," Sarah was saying. We were standing in front of “Blue Edge Hotspot.”

Borger is along the walls. "Dude if I could see fruits and vegetables the way this guy sees them, I would be so healthy," said A Lady. We were standing in front of "A Pleasant Day for Storm Watching." In the painting, there's this pear in a bowl, and next to the bowl is a plum, and another plum, and leaning on A Pleasant Day for Storm Watching one of those plums is another pear, and next to that are some carrot sticks standing upright, and those things are all on a table. In the background some storm clouds gather. The items -- the pears, especially -- are positioned to look like people turning to look at the clouds and thinking about packing up and heading home. It's accomplished only by making the pears tilt to the left just so. Out of habit I start reciting one of those plum poems. I met up with an old friend last week. I hadn't seen her in almost two years. I bought her a beer and after she left, she texted me something that said "I am incredibly guarded and skeptical of you" as part of an overall thanks for buying me a beer.

Blue Edge Hotspot, $1,600 "See, this looks like the early stages of a relationship." I met Zak Barnes once. By "met" I mean I walked by him when he had a nametag on. He seemed dapper enough not to have trouble making acquaintances. Maybe he has met someone, I said. Sarah looked at Serotype Sidewinder, thoughtfully. It was huge. "Maybe she's making him wait," she said. "My question for an abstract painter is: how do you know when you're done? When the tears stop?" Maybe when you get laid, I said. Does it work the other way? Did you ever use sex to express artistic frustration? Did you ever make a poem that felt better than an orgasm? Hypester: can i say the word "orgasm" in a hype article? i sure hope so. Blakester: why not? Hypester: [redacted] Blakester: boooooo Blakester: orgasms are good for everyone! Hypester: agreed. there will be an orgasm in this art review Blakester: orgasms in every art review! That was months ago. The Zak Barnes comment, not the orgasm. The orgasm happened just now. I'm walking into the next room. The artwork of James

I've been thinking about this lately; about the type of person who tells me things like this, and why it's such a popular thing to say. And it is popular; get a few annoyingly-youngish friends together and everyone will practically trip over themselves trying to be the first to say it, like they all heard it on Grey’s Anatomy the night before and have spent all day trying to reenact that one scene, or something. It's something manipulative people say to establish dominance. You're not good enough as you are, I won’t Tante Emma, $275 approve of you until you jump through some hoops,they are saying. And then there are more hoops after that, and more hoops after that. Of course, I only know this because I'm no better. Jay Nelson was explaining Steven Graber’s giclee technique to me. Once I mocked it for being computer-based, because that's what I always do; I mock things even when I don't know about them and then I go get drunk on Schnapps or something. Anyway, it's so much more than that. I was looking up close at one of Graber's canvases. Part of it was supposed to be a fairly solid-colored hazy white but there were too many imperfections in it for a computer program to take the credit. The color was lush and ethereal, like someone had slid a big bright crayon across rough cement, over and over again. It was beautiful. Solemn and compelling. I wished I could talk to the painting, ask it about itself. Not just how it was made but how it felt about itself. Jay said that the artist used subtractive drawing on the canvas, charcoaling the whole thing then removing the image with a chamois cloth, and sprayed an acrylic finish over the whole thing after it was done. He used sandpaper to soften the edges and wash out some of the color.

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KSU Football: A Very Pleasant Surprise by Chris Hancock

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n every college football season, or every sports season for that matter, there is always a surprise team or two. Kansas State University Football qualifies as one of these teams. What created this surprise, however? This was a team coming off of a 6-6 season looking to improve upon that in Bill Snyder’s third year back. That would typically mean an uptick in the number of wins. However, the loss of Daniel Thomas, amongst others, tempered people’s enthusiasm for the upcoming season. Personally, I was optimistic going in, projecting 8 wins, but apparently even my faith in Bill Snyder’s ability to bring in talent and coach it was on the pessimistic side. Many of the talking heads of ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Athlon Sports and others had KSU battling KU and Iowa State to stay out of the Big 12 basement. How did Snyder, Collin Klein and the Cats respond? 9 wins and counting, with a chance at a BCS bowl bid if all goes their way. They never seemed particularly interested in failure, and it brings me great joy to see them playing at this level. This is not the first team coached by Snyder to perform at this level, just perhaps the most impressive. They are not the most talented team Snyder has coached, nor are they more physically talented than many of their Big 12 brethren, but coaching, execution and heart play a massive role in the final score, something this incarnation of the Wildcat football team has not forgotten. Unfortunately, nobody in the predicting business in the country can appropriately account for those factors. So what causes a season like this? Let’s look at the schedule for some more insight: EKU(W10-7) – A stinker that scared the death out of me. If an FCS school is going to run us like this, what is going to happen in the Big 12? Kent State(W37-0) – Apparently EKU was a wake-up call to ensure that you beat the teams you’re supposed to. 2-0 was expected to this point. @ Miami(W28-24) – Now begins the unexpected portion. People though KSU has a chance here. Just not a good one. Whenever I watch Miami now, all I can see is Jacory Harris’ outstretched arm not quite long enough. Big ending builds big confidence. Baylor (W36-35) – Baylor is well coached, extremely talented and have some Griffin guy. I believe the only reason they pulled this off was perfect execution all day long. All day. Every play. Missouri (W24-17) - This one was a toss-up at the beginning of the season, although given Snyder’s track record against Mizzou, this isn’t really a surprise. @ Texas Tech (W41-34) – A tough road test against a good offense. By this point, the ‘Cats knew they could win one like this and never wavered. @KU (59,000-1) - Ok, the actual score was 59-21, but it seemed like the first score. KU never had a chance and got blown right out of the stadium. Always nice to see. OU (L58-17) - See comments above only insert K-State where KU is. Coming in 7-0 and riding high, it was a nice thought to think we could pull one here, but OU showed why they are OU by destroying us in the second half, limiting the offense to 38 yards. Ouch. @OSU (L52-45) - Not the ideal game to follow OU, but K-State fought hard for this one. Just couldn’t pull it out in the end. It’s a shame somebody had to lose this game. Texas A&M (W53-50 4OT) - Wish it were easier to get back to the W column, but if OSU wasn’t epic enough for you, then here we go. This was the game that was the difference between a good start amd a good season. Needed to get back on track here and did. @ Texas (W17-13) - It wasn’t pretty (were any of the other than KU and Kent St?), but another defense-led game with enough heart to drown a blood bank. And now

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we are Texas State Champs. Awesome! Iowa State (TBD) – And there is still one to go. With a somewhat realistic shot at a BCS game, Farmageddon is a must win. A Bowl game will be determined from here. Either Cotton, Alamo or, BCS Gods willing, Fiesta are the likely possibilities. This, game-by-game, is how a miracle season happens. They will not have the luxury of sneaking up on anybody next year, and Collin Klein is already finding himself on 2012 Heisman lists. With success comes expectations. While we have yet to finish this magic carpet ride, there is more waiting if Snyder has anything to say about it. With these great expectations and greater success may also come a great windfall. If Kansas State can find their way to the afore mentioned Fiesta Bowl, the payout is $18 million, versus lesser bowls that pay $2-3 million. While the Big 12 does share revenue with all teams, the national exposure would help our item sales (shirts, hats, etc) as well as bring in a larger amount of money to share and inevitably get. This would also raise expectations of the program’s bowl destinations in the future. If history is any indication, handling expectations shouldn’t be a problem for a team under Snyder’s charge. I almost feel as if I am reliving the glory and glamour of my undergraduate career when Snyder teams made 11 wins a habit. I expect Bishop or Beasley to come into the game at any moment and throw to a Lockett. Well, at least there is a Lockett on this team, Kevin’s son. Whether unrealistically low expectations or unreasonably high play with heart and grit were the cause, this season has been quite a shocker to all in the country, Big 12 and even Wildcat nation. All that remains is the final destination, and that’s what makes these rides so enjoyable.

Kansas State Seasons under Bill Snyder Season Record 1989 1–10 1990 5–6 1991 7–4 1992 5–6 1993 9–2–1 1994 9–3 1995 10–2 1996 9–3 1997 11–1 1998 11–2 1999 11–1 2000 11–3 2001 6–6 2002 11–2 2003 11–4 2004 4–7 2005 5–6 2009 6–6 2010 7–6 2011 9–2

Bowl Fiesta Bowl Cotton Bowl Alamo Bowl Holiday Bowl

Big 12 Record 0–7 2–5 4–3 2–5 4–2–1 5–2 5–2 6–2 7–1 8–0 7–1 6–2 3–5 6–2 6–2 2–6 2–6 4–4 3–5 6–2

Matchup BCS vs. BCS Big 12 vs. SEC Big 12 vs. Pac 12 Big 12 – Pac 12

Bowl Game

W Copper L Aloha W Holiday L Cotton W Fiesta L Alamo W Holiday W Cotton L Insight.com W Holiday L Fiesta

L Pinstripe TBD

Payout $18 Million $1.232 Million $2.25 Million $2.05 million


The Bump ing, or something like that. It's not as easy as I thought it should be. For one, on the rare day I do remember to head to Ahearn Field House for a volleyball game, I never show up on time. By the time I do manage to stumble into the building all the good seats are taken.

Awesome Alert! KSU Lady Wildcat Volleyball

by The Hypester

I've never been huge on sports, so I just don't have that urgency to get there and make sure to see every moment of the game, no matter what game it is.

I've spent the last couple of weeks trying to get a good picture of Caitlyn Donahue.

However, I've been cultivating more and more of an appreciation for this game over the last few months. I'm not going to sit here and tell you everybody should go and it's the most awesome thing ever, but it's not a bad way to kill a couple of hours and it's free if you have your K-State ID. Caitlyn Donahue about to confer with coaches during the Wildcats' Nov. 22 Sunflower Showdown.

Not every moment of every day, mind you. That would be a level of weirdness to which I'm not willing to admit. Yet. No; Donahue is a setter on the K-State volleyball team, and this is all about her athletic prowess. A setter, according to the internet, is responsible for getting the ball into a good position for someone else to spike it.

The other thing is that I'm terrible about keeping track of things. I missed a bunch of matches -- and photo opportunities -- throughout much of September and all through October and by November I had this dim premonition that the season would be winding down. By the time it occurred to me to check the schedule, sure enough, there were only a couple more home games left. I had just enough time to watch the Wildcats play Mizzou and Texas Tech.

So I've been trying to get a snapshot of her setting or serving. Or maybe block

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I didn't really get any good photographs out of that. The third thing is taking pictures of athletes in action is apparently really, really hard. Who knew? I never have any idea what's going to happen next or where anyone's going to be, so every attempt is a crapshoot. "Why is this so difficult," I ask myself every time try and snap a photo of the server. "It's because your camera is stupid," Jimbo will say to himself when he reads this article.

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K-State finished regular season play with a Sunflower Showdown victory. I was so excited at my last chance to get a photo of Caitlyn Donahue serving that I even got there in time to watch the first set! The Wildcats looked like they were completely outclassed, losing that one 19-25. But they came back in the next set, 25-18, looking like an entirely different team. In the next two, both teams would battle each other tooth and nail to the end, with K-State winning 26-24 and 28-26. Somewhere in there, I actually got a photo of Caitlyn Donahue serving. It's really blurry, but she's up in the air and it's just a moment before she whacks the ball. You can kind of tell it's her. I'm satisfied with it. Caitlyn Donahue serves against the Jayhawks Nov. 22 at Ahearn Field House. K-State won in four sets and will go on to NCAA tournament play, starting Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in Lincoln, Neb. With the victory, the Wildcats will appear in the NCAA Tournament. They will play against Wichita State in the first round, which will be held in Lincoln, Neb. on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. You can follow the Cats on the bracket, posted on our website thehypeweekly.com.

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The Bump

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guess I should start this review by saying that it’s incredibly biased. Unabashedly so. I love Loaded for Bear. So much so that I demanded they play my going away party when I left Oregon, because of all the things I found in Oregon, the music and performances that I saw from Loaded for Bear are among my most cherished memories. So, bias established, let us begin. Loaded for Bear’s previous album, A Following Sea, was a dark and haunting exploration of emotions ranging from jealousy to joy to loss, moving seamlessly between them guided by clean piano work, soaring guitar and steady, persistent bass. Synth was there, distortion and discordance were there too, but they were more or less straightforward songs, heavily stylized, but still conforming to a motif established by similarly outfitted bands like Coldplay, The Decemberists, and Radiohead. The pace varied, from the driving “Straight Jacket” to the “The Vulture”, slow and menacing, but like all Loaded for Bear songs they had excellent builds, speed and variance used to enhance the mood or message, not happenstance. My overall impression, after i met them, was that these were very smart, very talented folk.

no stylistic connection, I am always reminded in these gallop portions of Nine Inch Nails for some reason. Anyways, these portions are wonderful, of course, they get your heart pounding, but the best part is the next section, which I have dubbed, the drop. It’s when, if not total, partial silence or at the very least a decrease in the number of voices or instruments is used to sharpen a moment. It usually only lasts a few measures, but the drop conveys a kind of intimacy, a sharing, like a whisper that is one of the reasons I love LFB. I was lucky enough to see these moments in person, but even if I hadn’t, I would still have an intense sense of knowing, of closeness, of secret.

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This was still there, the gallop, the drop, but these are not the stylized, straightfoward songs I had heard from A Following Sea. The Exit Carnival, to me, is much more playful and full, with more focus placed on the symphonic quality of the band’s tendencies. Synth is more commonplace in the album, not that the clean piano is gone, but in songs like “Among The Lost”, the synth gets put out front during the breaks and leads to a spacey, almost club feel to those parts.

the exit carnival by jimbo ivy

The songwriting is epic as ever, another thing that makes me think of bands like the Decemberists; there are no simple three chord love songs or complaint ballads with Loaded for Bear. Each song tells a story, seemingly out of space and time about people and places so much more passionate and dire than our own. Favorite tunes off of The Exit Carnival are easily “Widow Maker”, “End is Near” and “Autumn Star”, with “Autumn Star” winning out because Ella Jones’ violin is let off the leash during the harsher parts of the song. Again, at the end of the tune, the synth comes out beneath the strings and they have a lovely moment together. Though the most beautiful image award goes to “End is Near”: And we were holding signs saying ‘The End is Near’ / it’s fun to be dramatic while we’re still here / but it hurts the most when we find we’re saying goodbye. Overall, this album feels more mature, which sounds somewhat obvious or cliche, but any misfires or inconsistencies in A Following Sea have been left behind for an even more symphonic and realized sound. In my mind, I know that there are only five people in the band, but that which they produce sounds like something a choir would sing, something a conductor would lead, something much more than music.

However, things didn’t start that way. There is a standard story I tell when referencing them: So they showed up to play and the first thing I saw was three people guiding a full upright piano into the room, with difficulty. As a veteran sound guy working at a small club with generally amateur bands, my immediate thought was, “Dear gods, what the f*ck are they doing with a full upright piano in a small time gigging band? They must be stupid. Or crazy. Or both.” Following the full upright was all the usual stuff, bass, extensive guitar rig, but then another piano comes in, an older 70s model synth, and then a little keyboard on top of it, all vintage. I was thoroughly skeptical. But within the first 45 seconds of sound check, I realized I was wrong. They weren’t stupid. Or crazy. They were brilliant. And they could bring in ten grand pianos, with dangerous reptiles stapled to them and it would still be worth the effort. Needless to say, when I parted company with the rainy state, I lost my monthly Loaded for Bear fix and began to mercilessly wear out A Following Sea. Much to my joy, a few weeks ago I was given access to their new album, The Exit Carnival. After an hour or so of listening and re-listening, I was struck by both the difference and sameness. There is a general formula, at least by my reckoning, to most Loaded for Bear songs and it goes something like this: Set a mood, a heavy piano line, iterate, twist, and then break into something I can only call a gallop, a part of the song unlike any of the rest, in which the metaphor is usually crystallized and the sound enriched and raised to a climax. Though there is

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I know, the words of a true FanBoy. I am. But I’m not alone, and after a listen, I bet you’ll be right there with me. Even more so if you’re lucky enough to actually see them play. To watch Ella and Kyle reach over each other to play different pianos and synths while singing together...it’s a thing of beauty. It’s Loaded for Bear. What more can I say, except, “Midwest tour, please?” www.loadedforbearmusic.com


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