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Stop the Presses! The MAC Needs Your Help! Have you contacted the Manhattan City Commissioners? If not - please do so today. And plan to attend the budget work session on Tuesday, June 26. Have a say in 2013 City budget discussions. At the budget work session on May 22, Mayor Pepperd asked for input from the community on the 2013 budget. He said, "This is the most important thing we do all year." Please plan to attend the budget work session starting at 5 pm on Tuesday, June 26, when outside agencies, including the Manhattan Arts Center, make their presentation and appeal for funding. You will be offered an "AHA! Manhattan" button to wear to show your support for MAC and the arts and humanities in Manhattan. (AHA! is the Arts &Humanities Association of Manhattan, a group of 38 arts and humanities organizations.) If you believe that the Manhattan Arts Center is a vital part of this community, please ask the Commissioners to keep funding MAC at the current level. You can contact all the Commissioners by sending one e-mail to City_Commission@cityofmhk.com, or you can go to the City web site and use the "Click here to e-mail the City Commissioners" link. If you would like more information about MAC, call 785-537-4420. Thank you for adding your voice and for supporting your community arts center. Famed Cartoonist’s Work Sends Faculty Member To Belgium, Luxembourg As Fulbright Scholar MANHATTAN -- A Fulbright award will help a Kansas State University faculty member further his research on one of the world’s most famous cartoonists, Belgium’s Hergé, the author of the “Tintin” series.
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As a Fulbright Scholar, Joe Sutliff Sanders, assistant professor of English, will spend the spring 2013 semester in Luxembourg and Belgium. Sanders will teach at the University of Luxembourg and spend some of his time at the Royal Library of Belgium in Brussels, home to an exclusive microfilm collection of comics by Hergé. Hergé was the pen name of Belgian writer and artist Georges Remi. His best known creation, “Tintin,” first appeared in 1929 and went on to become one of the most popular in Europe. “Tintin” is about the adventures of Belgian investigative reporter Tintin and his fox terrier Snowy. It was made into a film, “The Adventures of Tintin,” in 2011. Sanders will be look-
ing at the “Tintin” comics published during the Nazi occupation and how Hergé revised those comics after liberation. “It’s a pretty big deal. When the Nazis took over, the newspaper in which Hergé published his comic folded rather than run what the Nazis told them to,” Sanders said. “When Hergé started publishing again during the occupation, he ran ‘Tintin’ in a newspaper that was widely regarded as a mouthpiece for the Nazi propaganda ministry.” The sales of the first issue featuring Hergé’s work soared, Sanders said. “There’s no question that the presence of ‘Tintin’ in that newspaper helped the Nazis sell copies. But Hergé had no love for the Nazis. After the war, he said that what he did was no different from what a baker would have done by continuing to make money during the occupation using his trade,” Sanders said. But the work raised questions about Hergé’s wartime behavior and led to an investigation where the only outcomes were that he could be found incivique -- a noncitizen -- or a good citizen. After the war, Hergé revised the strips that ran in the newspaper into book-length comics. “What I want to know is what changes he made to the wartime content when he knew he was under close investigation,” said Sanders, whose focus will be on how such dichotomies -- collaborator/subversive during the war, incivique/good citizen in the years that followed -- shaped Hergé’s production and revisions of “Tintin.” Hergé’s newspaper serials before and during the occupation were done in black-andwhite. But for the book publisher Casterman, Hergé revised his stories in format, pacing, length, color and even content, Sanders said. Sanders plans to publish his results when he is through with his study, and he has already involved his students in the work. He went to Belgium on a university research grant in January 2011 to start his research. “I got enough done on one of the stories that I’m researching to realize that there were some really interesting comparisons to be made between the original versions of the stories and the revised versions,” Sanders said. “In a course I taught on children’s comics and picture books last fall, I showed the students the originals I had photocopied while in Brussels, and the students compared those originals to the first revision.” While still not sure on what the revisions the cartoonist made from one version to the next mean, Sanders said it has been interesting to get the students’ interpretations. This is Sanders’ first selection as a Fulbright scholar, although he had applied before. He said he wanted to apply because he enjoys international travel. “I love being in other places, soaking up alternate ways of viewing the world, and being forced to speak and think in the language of the place where I am,” Sanders said. “I love the challenge and the rewards, especially the rewards of the people I become friends with. I love being in a way that is framed differently than the way I grew up being.” Sanders is among the approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the core Fulbright Scholar Program annually. Communications and Marketing - Kansas State University 128 Dole Hall, Manhattan KS 66506, 785-532-2535
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Songs Come From Among Us: Part 2 (Nashville Songwriters Association International)
by Ken Matthiesen In the last couple of years I have been to Nashville several times, I have met and have been able to become acquainted personally with many tremendous songwriters and performers, plus I have had some household names sing or play on demo songs I have produced. Our local NSAI talent is also very good, the songwriting paralleling Nashville songwriting, and the live performing similar to what you would see at a writer’s round in the world famous Bluebird Café in Nashville. Some of our local NSAI performers have actually played in Nashville venues. We will showcase talent from Manhattan, Kansas City, Wichita, Western Kansas, and even have an act coming up from Nashville. While you’re at the Country Stampede this year, please come and visit with us, talk to us about writing songs, and listen to our music. We will perform between the Main Stage acts and will happily send you mp3 files of songs you like if you’ll leave your e-mail address. We’ll sign autographs, give away CD’s, have drawing for prizes from Nashville, even give away a grand prize of a one-year free membership to NSAI. The people you will meet have a passion for songwriting, there will be songs played that you will hear in the future, maybe on a stage, in a movie, on TV, somewhere, guaranteed. If there is a songwriter in you, at any level from beginner to pro, you’ll want to visit with any of our performers to find out what NSAI can do for you. To help introduce our songwriters, I put together a questionnaire and had them write a few things about themselves. You can link to more performer information from the official Country Stampede webpage: www.countrystampede.com/Lineup/family_stage.shtml
Are you where you want to be right now with your music? I feel like I’m making progress, so that makes me happy about it. I’m in the final stages of working on my 2nd album, and this project takes my songs and loves them and just makes them even more wonderful than I could have imagined. For this project, I enlisted the help of Producer Gary Beard, who also happens to be a talented songwriter. We’re co-writing a few of the songs on this album. That alone has caused me to become a more focused, disciplined songwriter. What are your goals? To make a name for myself as a songwriter – better yet as a performing songwriter. To live to be at least 120. To own a Collings guitar. Pick one: Fame, fortune, or gratitude. Why? When I was younger, I used to say that I wanted everyone to know I had been here, after I was gone. Now, I just hope to impact someone’s life in a positive way, and I’m thankful when these people come into my life. Does that answer the question? Who would you “Pay Forward” as soon as you hit it huge? On a creative level – my sister, who is my muse and who has always been willing to listen to my songs. She is a talented writer and if I get there first, I would help promote her. If she gets there first, I hope she’ll do the same, and I hope she’s reading this. .
Where are you from originally? I’m from a small town in Western Kansas. There aren’t many trees out there – but there’s a big, beautiful sky and miles of wheat fields. I think that it inspires me to be up front, wide open and honest in my lyrics, kind of like that landscape.
Do you play much in the Manhattan area? If so, where? Not at this time, but I would love to. Where can we find your music online or retail?
When did you know you wanted music to be a big part of your life?
You can find me at CDBaby.com, iTunes, or just go to my website, and there is a link there to purchase either a physical CD or downloads.
I guess you could say I was born that way because I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t singing, dancing around and generally trying to get everyone’s attention. It’s pretty much the same way now.
Tell us about how one of your current songs came about. One of the songs on my new CD is called “Loser.” The inspiration came from having an acquaintance who was forever making unfortunate choices regarding matters of the heart -- to put it mildly. It’s frustrating to watch someone do that over and over, and I guess I expressed my frustration in the song! Women especially love this song – I think they can relate. They have either lived it or know someone who has lived it. For the upcoming CD, “Loser” was a co-written with Gary Beard.
Who are the 3 primary influences musically? Paul Simon Shawn Colvin My old High School band teacher, Jim Frank Do You Know a Songwriter?
Clay Center, Kansas NSAI Coordinator/Songwriter
Concordia, Kansas Singer/Songwriter
Manhattan, Kansas Singer/Songwriter
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Kansas City Chapter Singer/Songwriter
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Kansas City Chapter Coordinator Singer/Songwriter
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Local NSAI songwriters will share their songs with you here at the 2012 Country Stampede. Come join us as we perform our original music. Local N.S.A.I. groups meet monthly to learn and grow in the craft of songwriting. Songwriters of every level and genre are encouraged and welcome to attend.
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Leon, Kansas Singer/Songwriter
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Spearville, Kansas Singer/Songwriter
2012 Country Stampede N.S.A.I Songwriters In The Family Tent Thursday June 21 6:00 - 6:30 7:30 - 8:00 9:00 - 9:30 Friday June 22 3:30 - 4:00 5:00 - 5:30 6:45 - 7:30 8:30 - 9:30 Saturday June 23 3:30 - 4:00 5:00 - 5:30 6:45 - 7:30 8:45 - 9:30 Sunday June 24 3:30 - 4:00 5:15 - 6:00 7:15 - 8:00
The Beat Lucas Maddy Where are you from originally? Norton, Kansas. When did you know you wanted music to be a big part of your life? When I came to college and started going to live music venues. Who are the 3 primary influences musically? Mike McClure and the Great Divide Eric Church Credence Clearwater Revival Are you where you want to be right now with your music? I would always like to expand my ability to share with more people. What are your goals? My music is an outlet, a tool. I want to simply express myself in a moment.
Are you where you want to be right now? No, but I’ve come to terms with the fact I never will be. What are your goals? I am a lyricist. I would like to write a big hit or score a song in a major movie. I want to continue writing in a way that generates income. Pick one. Fame, fortune, or gratitude. Why? I like balance, so a little of each . We do this at a professional level, so some money would be nice, we do this because we love it, so gratitude would be nice, and if someone recognizes you or some of your work, a little fame doesn’t hurt the ego. Who would you “Pay Forward” as soon as you hit it big? To all the young people who have the passion. I didn’t get serious with my writing until I was older. Probably more than fame, fortune, or gratitude enjoy the satisfaction of helping younger writers and performers to grow. Do you play much in the Manhattan area? If so, where? No, I don’t play out. Where can we find your music online or retail?
Pick one: Fame, fortune, or gratitude. Why?
Soundcloud, Broadjam, www.kenmatthiesen.com, Itunes, Amazon.
I’ll take fame! Just want to share with the most people.
Tell us about how one of your current songs came about.
Who would you “Pay Forward” as soon as you hit it huge?
Through the Stampede connection, our NSAI group was asked to come up with song ideas to help Kansas University Journalism and Mass Communication students with their project of helping the Kansas Department of Parks and Wildlife/Tourism come up with ideas for promoting Kansas. Three of us in the group wrote songs for them. I wrote one or two, but hated them, but while in Nashville I rewrote it and rewrote it and was finally pleased with it, Nashville truly is a magical place to write. Curtis Lee, who I co-write with every Monday evening, developed the melody and sang on the demo.
Aaron Traffas got me started in music, I owe everything to him. Do you play much in the Manhattan area? If so, where? Pats, Longhorns, RC McGraws, and Bobby T’s. Where can we find your music online or retail?
itunes and Amazon.
Where are you from originally?
Tell us about how one of your current songs came about.
Dream Sweet is a song I wrote for a very close friend. It expresses the empathy and caring one person can have for another when life pulls them apart geographically. I can always look to the stars and know that, where ever she is, the same heaven is looking down on her.
When did you know you wanted music to be a big part of your life? My parents started me on classical music in grade school. My dad had played in ‘cowboy’ bands a long time ago. He loved Sons of the Pioneers, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, etc. Somewhere along the way, I got sidetracked by the Beatles, but continue to play rock, folk, country and jazz.
Ken Matthiesen Where are you from originally?
Who are the 3 primary influences musically?
North Kansas City, Missouri.
The Beatles James Taylor 70’s Southern Rock
When did you know you wanted music to be a big part of your life? In grade school, 6th grade, I collected lyrics. Each week the new number one song lyrics would be on the back of the Top 40 list at the record store. Who are your 3 main inspirations or influences musically? John Lennon Alice Cooper Led Zeppelin
Are you where you want to be right now with your music? Getting there. What are your goals? To continue writing and playing my music and to continue working on my craft as a songwriter. Pick one: Fame, fortune, or gratitude. Why? Gratitude. I’d like to be able to reach people emotionally with my songs. Who would you “Pay Forward” as soon as you hit it huge? Wow! I’ve never given that any thought. I’ll have to pass on that question.
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The Beat Do you play much in the Manhattan area? If so, where?
Mainly in the KC area, but have been playing a duo (which has become a trio) called Mark Twain’s Dog. We’ve played festivals, county fairs and state fairs all over Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Nebraska. Where can we find your music online or retail?
Where are you from originally?
Mark Twain’s Dog “Dog Tales” is available at cdbaby.com. I have a website which is currently under construction, www.jerrymonks.com, that will steer you to solo tunes and demos posted at www.myspace.com/ gerrymonks and www.songu.com/members/gerrymonks . I’ve also written songs for a prospective rock/ pop project with my sons Nick and Sean that we’ve posted at www.reverbnation.com/gregorianchance . Tell us about how one of your current songs came about. I have a tune called “Bobby’s Bar and Grill” which has gone through several re-writes. It was written while I was working for an electronics firm in Phoenix and doing a lot of traveling. I was in Portland, Oregon sitting in a booth at a sports bar that is part of a national chain. I realized I could be sitting in the same booth in the brand restaurant in Portland, Maine, or Atlanta or Dallas and it would look exactly the same. So, I wrote “Bobby’s Bar and Grill” about being in that cookie cutter type of place, but wishing I was back in the kind of neighborhood bar and grill where we used to hand out in the ‘good old days’. Guess I won’t be getting any offers to write jingles for one of those chains now, will I?
I come from Norway, Kansas, a small town in the North-Central area of the state, near Concordia and Belleville. When did you know you wanted music to be a big part of your life? I have always considered music a large part of my life, but I believe I really considered pursuing music as a singer/songwriter towards the end of my junior year of high school with the support of my family, Music and English teachers, friends, and my community as a whole. Who are the 3 primary influences musically? The whole Red Dirt scene. I feel they all have a huge influence on my music. Ryan Bingham Lucero
Are you where you want to be right now with your music?
Where are you from originally?
I would say I’m happy with my music at the state it’s in, from a songwriter’s standpoint. Music, however, is an evolutionary process, always growing and morphing as we learn and adapt. I know I have more to improve on as I continue to discover who I am as a musician.
I was born in New York, NY, grew up on Long Island, NY. When did you know you wanted music to be a big part of your life? A friend left a guitar at my house when I was 15 and showed me a few chords. I fell in love with the guitar, and soon was playing in rock bands. When I was in high school and college, the most important part of my life was being in a band. Who are your 3 main inspirations or influences musically? Jorma Kaukonen Neil Young Bob Dylan Are you where you want to be right now?
What are your goals? I would love to hear my music put out nationally, whether by myself or another artist, and know that my music is appreciated and has an impact on society. The goal of any musician should be to create a connection between themselves and the lives of listeners. There is no greater feeling than when you hear someone tell you how a song really summed up what they were feeling, or how it really touched them as a similarity to an event that they have experienced. Music is heard, but it CAN reach out and grab you too, when done right. Pick one: Fame, fortune, or gratitude. Why? Gratitude. In one of my first songs I sang how, “Maybe someday, I’ll be “Famous To You.” This was my way of saying, “As long as I am ‘Famous’ to one person, and earn their gratitude for my music, my work is worth it.” Fame is a by-product of gratitude, and fortune just depends on a person’s point of view. All would be nice though, haha. Who would you “Pay Forward” as soon as you hit it huge?
What are your goals?
My family for sure. They are great supporters of what I do. Mark Garman, Brady Moddelmog, Lucas Maddy, Jared Daniels Band and all of my other co-writers. We came up together as musicians and lyricists, and I would not be where I am at musically if it wasn’t for them. Emily Johnson of Emily J. Promotions has also been a big help to me through the years, and deserves recognition. Last but not least, the FANS. Without them, I couldn’t keep doing my thing. Thanks to all of them!
To be the best singer/songwriter/guitarist that I can be.
Do you play much in the Manhattan area? If so, where?
Pick one. Fame, fortune, or gratitude. Why? Gratitude - I’m thankful for my life, my family, all that God has given me. I’m thankful that I discovered the guitar and music, which has enriched my life.
Yes, mainly any bar interested in having live acoustic acts.
I am a performing songwriter. I write for myself. I have self published several CDs of my songs, and instrumentals, and play out locally in the KC area. My goal is to get my music heard by others. I’d like to play out more frequently and expand my audience.
Do you play much in the Manhattan area? If so, where? No, I play in the KC Metro area. Where can we find your music online or retail? http://soundcloud.com/rich-obrien www.robrien.net Tell us about how one of your current songs came about. “Teddy Bear in the Rain” When I lived on Long Island, I would have to drive around Lake Zurich to get to the train station to get to work in NYC. There was one of those makeshift memorials for a victim of a car crash at the side of the road. It had flowers, toys, crucifixes, etc. I wrote this song to imagine the story that could have been behind the memorial. I managed to weave in several themes of country music - love, death, and alcohol. Here is a link to the song http://soundcloud.com/rich-obrien/teddy-bear-in-the-rain
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Where can we find your music online or retail? You can find my music at http://www.facebook.com/craigstensaas. There is a VibeDeck music store located on that page, for those interested in purchasing my music. Tell us about how one of your current songs came about. You might say Time For Movin’ On is an optimistic take on the end. Ironically, the first two lines that I had written turned out to be the first two lines of the song, which isn’t usually the case for me, since I normally write the “Hook” first. But I felt like it was a good starting point, and gave the song direction – “These ol’ boots keep on walkin’ down this road that I’ve laid. It’s an up-hill battle I keep fightin’ day by day.” I set out with the intention that the song would parallel the process of making it through the heartache of ending a relationship, dealing with the thought process and struggles of putting it all behind you and start looking toward the future, and I feel that I was successful in capturing that while keeping the song sort of fun and upbeat. “Come back when you can’t stay so long” has sort of been a common tongue-in-cheek goodbye between some of my friends for a while now, and I felt that it was a good way to ax a memory in a song; we all had a good laugh when I threw that line in there. I just hope that this is a song everyone will enjoy and connect with and sing along to.
The Beat Coy Taylor Where are you from originally?
My father, Shelby Thomas, who was a gospel songwriter. My cousin, Fred Swafford, the best guitar player I ever heard. Tom T. Hall, the best storytelling songwriter ever!!
Dry Ridge, Kentucky.
Are you where you want to be right now with your music?
When did you know you wanted music to be a big part of your life?
I’m always striving to get better at playing, singing and writing so I don’t think I’ll ever be where I want to be with my music!
Started singing and playing guitar when I was 7 years old, started working in a dance hall at fourteen. It was a dry county. I sang there every Saturday night from age fourteen to eighteen, and made $150.00 every Saturday. That’s when I
What are your goals?
Who are your 3 main inspirations or influences musically?
My ultimate goal is to write a song that gets nominated for Song of the Year! Winning would be gravy, but I would love to get dressed up in my tux and attend the awards ceremony!! I can’t think of anything musically that would top that! Pick one: Fame, fortune, or gratitude. Why?
Johnny Paycheck Waylon Jennings Brooks and Dunn
I’d have to pick gratitude. As a songwriter/performer, receiving gratitude from my audience would mean that something I had done had touched them in some meaningful way. That is my goal as a writer/performer.
Are you where you want to be right now?
Who would you “Pay Forward” as soon as you hit it huge?
I am very happy where I am right now. Since moving to Nashville in May of 2009, I now have a management deal with Average Joe’s Entertainment, who has Montgomery Gentry, Colt Ford, and several other great acts. I also have endorsements with Carvin Sound, Electro Voice and Corral Boots. And a corporate sponsor with Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka. My song ‘Deeper Shade of Blue Collar” was featured on the Erin Burnett show on CNN earlier this year, I am very happy and excited about 2012.
The many wonderfully talented songwriters that I have been privileged to know and work with over the years. If (when!) I hit it big, I want to bring as many of them as I can along for the ride! They deserve it!!
decided I could make a living at it.
What are your goals?
Where are you from originally?
My goal is to land a major record deal within the next year, also have a top ten record/single that I wrote or co-wrote. Get to go out on a major tour and play the Grand Ole Opry. Pick one. Fame, fortune, or gratitude. Why?
Hugoton, Kansas in the southwest corner of the state. It’s not the end of the world, but you can walk to it from there. It was a great place to spend my youth with great family, friends, and community. When did you know you wanted music to be a big part of your life?
Gratitude without a doubt. Fame is for moments, fortune can be selfless, gratitude Is doing good deeds and accomplishing your goals and treating people right that. That can never be taken away from you, no matter how old you are and even after life your accomplishments live on…
After starting writing music at age 10, I discovered great solace in writing through the teenage angst of high school and college. After raising a family and having a little more free time, I rediscovered the love and art of songwriting.
Who would you “Pay Forward” as soon as you hit it big? To all the young people who have the passion. I didn’t get serious with my writing until I was older. Probably more than fame, fortune, or gratitude I enjoy the satisfaction of helping younger writers and performers to grow.
Who are the 3 primary influences musically?
Do you play much in the Manhattan area? If so, where? Have never played the Manhattan Area, but very excited to do so... Where can we find your music online or retail? All my music is available on I-Tunes, Amazon, Rhaposdy and my site www.coytaylor.com Tell us about how one of your current songs came about. My song “Fall For You” that I released to country radio Fall of 2011 Spring 2012 came to me one day out of the blue, sometimes I like to step away from writing and just wait for the idea to hit me instead of force it. That is exactly what happened with this song, and I feel that is why it was so fun to write, it was not forced.
Jim Thomas Where are you from originally? The beautiful mountains of Northwest Arkansas! When did you know you wanted music to be a big part of your life? I grew up in a very musical family, and music has been a big part of my life from my earliest memories.
Grand Funk Railroad Led Zeppelin Rolling Stones Are you where you want to be right now with your music? Pretty much.I doubt I’ll ever write “song of the year.” And it would be hard to give up my other career in aviation to chase my musical dream. As an NSAI coordinator, I am very busy in helping aspiring songwriters reach their goals, and that is very rewarding. What are your goals? Make is through Spring Training and Country Stampede without any major foul ups. Help someone in our chapter have a hit on the radio or in cinema. Help someone in our chapter have a #1 hit on the radio or cinema. Get a song placed in a TV or Movie. Help someone in our chapter win a Grammy or win a “Song of the Year” award. Win enough in the lottery to retire at least a week or two early and achieve whirled peas. Pick one: Fame, fortune, or gratitude. Why? Actually none of the above - I want to equip and inspire others through my service, and to entertain and inspire others through my music. It would be nice to make a good retirement living though. Who would you “Pay Forward” as soon as you hit it huge? Well, as NSAI coordinator I am already “Paying it Forward” to our chapter members and a few others in the industry. My thankfulness, however, would have to go to my God, my wife, my family, and fellow writers and NSAI staff volunteers like Ken Matthiesen.
Who are the 3 primary influences musically?
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Thursday 14 6:00PM
River Trails Beginner Mountain Bike Ride @Big Poppi Bicycle Distance: 1-2 laps/4-8 miles. At this ride you will have the opportunity to learn how to ride on off road trails and trail etiquette. A couple of the concepts you will learn are how to ride over a log or other obstacle, and how to position your body when riding downhill.
Friday 15 11:30AM
Lunchtime Live Free Concert Series @AJ’s Pizzeria Every Friday in June, 11:30-1:00. On the patio at AJ’s Pizzeria.
Teen SR - Zombies, Werewolves, and Vampires, Oh My! @Manhattan Public Library It’s an evening of some of our favorite monsters. Games & activities focusing on Zombies, Werewolves, and Vampires - especially those of late in Teen books.
Arts in the Park- Juneteenth @City Park There will be a gospel fest at 7:00PM, and free movie, popcorn, and drinks at 9:00PM. We would love for you to come out and support our 23rd Annual Manhattan Juneteenth Celebration. Sunset Friday Night Lights River Trails MTB Ride @Big Poppi Bicycles Distance: 1-3 laps/6-18 miles. Why not join us for a ride on your mountain bike at night? REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR LIGHTS!!!
Monday Through Friday
Jazz in June @Hale Library Hemisphere Room, 5th floor Join us for wine, beer and sparkling cider served alongside snacks and delicious jazz! Jazz in June will feature the Kansas State University Jazztet. Reservations are required and limited to the first 100 people. Cost: $25 per person.
Manhattan Experimental Theatre Workshop @MAC A theatre experience you won’t find anywhere else!. Participants of this program write and will perform original pieces under the influence of the styles they have studied.
Shriners Gala Days 2012 @Clarion Hotel Shriners Gala Days 2012 will be coming to the Manhattan area June 14 thru 17 at the Clarion Hotel during Juneteeth weekend. Donation: $10. For further information and point of contact for tickets Joe Barner, 785 220-2029, or Jackie Johnson, 785 3754420.
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Downtown Saturday Farmers' Market of Manhattan @5th & Humbolt These vendors come from all over Northeast Kansas bringin fresh produce, meat, eggs, crafts, jams & jellies, fresh baked bread, pies, cookies, and sweets. Linear Trail Historical Lifestyle Ride @Big Poppi Bikes Distance: 5-10 miles. Join Big Poppi Bicycle Co and the Flint Hills Area Bike Club each Saturday morning for a casual ride on Linear Trail while learning interesting historical facts about Manhattan, KS.
Exhibit: The Making of the Flint Hills Discovery Center @The Flint Hills Discovery Center The changing exhibit room in the Flint Hills Discovery Center features the making of the Discovery Center to the public. Learn about the people who contributed to the creation of the building, and learn about four of the artists who made important contributions to this project.
Exhibit: “Close to Home”: Scott Bean Photography @William T. Kemper Art Gallery, K-State Student Union Exhibit features Bean’s photographs that were all taken not far from Manhattan (within a 2 hour drive). It is easy to find beauty in new places, but just as easy to overlook what is “close to home”.
Watercolor Exhibit @ Manhattan Arts Center This unique yearly exhibit will include landscape, still life and floral paintings. The Watercolor Studio has met weekly at the Arts Center for the past forteen years. Its purpose is to provide area painters with a venue to develop skills and techniques, share acquired knowledge, and gain feedback from other watercolorists.
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The Owl and the Pussycat – Abstract Paintings by Jane Booth and Under Kansas Skies – a selection of Kansas landscape paintings. @ Strecker Nelson Gallery This exhibit celebrates the expressionist abstract paintings of Jane Booth. Sharing the exhibit with her are the figurative ceramics of Linda Ganstrom. Also featured are the ceramics of Bowie Croisant. The second part of the exhibit will feature the landscape paintings of Kim Casebeer, Cally Krallman, Joseph Loganbill, Judith Mackey, and Jerry Moon. Also, Martha Pettigrew with paintings and Del Pettigrew with bronze sculpture. Exhibit runs June 15, through July 28, 2012. Quiet Symmetry: The Art of Yoshiro Ikeda @The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art An internationally known artist in clay and a Distinguished Professor of Ceramics at Kansas State University, Yoshiro Ikeda has for nearly four decades produced sculptural vessels that reflect on an ultimate harmony in nature. “Quiet Symmetry: The Ceramic Art of Yoshiro Ikeda” features work by this master artist which will be on display until September 2, 2012. Manhattan Municipal Band @City Park The Municipal Band plays Tuesday evenings from June 5th- July 17 in the Larry Norvell Band Shell in City Park at 7:30 pm. Additionally, they will perform at 6:30 in Cico Park on the 4th of July.
Arts in the Park- Juneteenth @City Park Saturday morning we begin the festivities with a glorious parade from the Sears parking lot at the Manhattan Town Center Mall down to City Park. The Mayor of Manhattan reads the proclamation to kick off the event, we have a guest speaker from Kansas State who will also award scholarships to deserving H.S. seniors, we have free child activities, and loads of entertainment to include a live band, great food vendors, basketball tournament, and the coming together of communities around the Flint Hills Region. Here is the line up: 10:00AM parade; 1:00PM proclamation; 3:00PM presentation, food, fun, culture, history, activities; 8:00PM Daddy Mack Blues Band- Memphis blues at its best, down home and funky, natural and soulful. Manhattan Experimental Theatre Workshop @MAC A theatre experience you won’t find anywhere else!. Participants of this program write and will perform original pieces under the influence of the styles they have studied. Live Music: Eldren @Bobby T’s A combination of Elderly and Children, meet Eldren, a completely unique, 7-piece indie-rock outfit from the heart of Denver.
Sunday 17 9:30AM
Father’s Day at Sunset Zoo @Sunset Zoo Fathers visit the Zoo free with a paid child’s admission ($2/ child).
Sunday Jazz Brunch @Bluestem Bistro Live jazz every Sunday morning during brunch.
140 Years of Soul: African-Americans in Manhattan 1865-2005 @Manhattan Public Library Geraldine Baker Walton will speak on the history of the Black community in Manhattan. Who were the people and where did they come from?
The Hype Weekly Pitch Meeting @Auntie Mae’s Parlor Come give us your ideas, your concerns, your comments and questions! If you want to write, shoot, draw or work for The Hype, this is step one.
Road Ride with K-State Cycling Club @Big Poppi Bikes Leader: KSU Cycling; Distance: 10-20 miles (depending on groups decision). This will be a recovery ride that will stay together the entire time. Speed limit is 15 mph. Come on out and ride with the KSU Cycling Club!!
Tuesday 19 9:00AM
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!
Left Hand Beer and Dinner @ Della Voce Steve Ponsetti from Left Hand Brewery in Colorado will present 6 beers for tasting and pair them with 6 courses of inspired food. Cost: $45.
Mountain/Cyclocross Bikes Gravel Ride @ Big Poppi Bicycle Distance: 15-30 miles. Come join us for a gravel ride as we enjoy the Flint Hills and an incredible Kansas sunset. Bring your headlights and taillights just in case. Don't have a light? Demo one of our high quality lights from the shop for FREE!!
Urban Street Ride @ Big Poppi Bicycles For any bike with 2 wheels and no motor; Come on out to enhance your technical riding skills .
wednesday 20 4:00PM
Downtown Wednesday Farmers’ Market of Manhattan @CICO Park These vendors come from all over Northeast Kansas bringing fresh produce, meat, eggs, crafts, jams & jellies, fresh baked bread, pies, cookies, and sweets.
Paws on the Patio @AJ’s New York Pizzeria Patio AJ’s New York Pizzeria and The Mutt School invite you and your dog to AJ’s patio, where you can enjoy pizza and your dog can enjoy the great smells, special pizza crust treats and the company of other canines. There will also be occasional raffles for pet charities, and other activities just to keep things even more interesting.
June Wine Clubs @Della Voce Matt David from Handcrafted Wines of Kansas will feature two Sauvignon Blancs and two Pinot Noirs for a fun tasting for those who enjoy both red and white wine. Delicious hors d’ouevres will be served with each wine. Cost: $30.
Pagan Coffee @ Bluestem Bistro Pagan? Pagan-curious? Pagan-friendly? Come join Manhattan’s longest running pan-pagan social group.
Monday 18 5:00PM
Around the World Dinner @Bluestem Bistro Try something new and tasty from a different country! For only $5 you can sample excellent cuisine from all around the world!
Monday Night Lights River Trails MTB Ride @Big Poppi Bikes Distance: 1-3 laps/6-18 miles. Looking for something really exciting to do to start off your week? Tired of Monday Night Football? Why not join us for a ride on your mountain bike at night? REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR LIGHTS!!! Don’t have a light? Demo one of our high quality lights from the shop for FREE!!
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Under Pres ure: The Manhattan City Commis ion By: Jimbo Ivy
Illustrations By: Keegan D. Hudspeth With the City budget deficit growing each year and property taxes poised to rise again in 2013, the Manhattan City Commission finds itself under increasing pressure to “fix” everything and yet keep everything. I recently had the opportunity to witness a City Commission meeting in which the Commissioners and members from our community clashed on the issue of Social Service funding and would like to share with you my perspective on it as an indicator of who our Commissioners are and what is happening with their citizens. What Happened At The Meeting? A group of concerned citizens called Save Our Social Services or SOS had over the previous months formed a proposed city ordinance that stated at least 2% of the annual General Fund ($24 Million in 2012) should be used to fund Social Services in Manhattan. They did this using the initiative and referendum process by which citizens can create legislation by gathering a certain number of signatures (1,494 or 25% of citizens voting the last election) to a petition in support of their proposed ordinance. If the appropriate number of signatures are acquired and verified, the City Commission then would have two options: adopting the ordinance, or putting it to a public vote. Which is exactly what they did, at the beginning of May. However, according to the I&R statute, the ordinance being proposed must be legislative in nature, rather than administrative, meaning it must create new law rather than alter a current one. According to the Commission agenda, prior to the meeting the City of Manhattan Legal Department sent a memo dated May 22, 2012 to the Commissioners stating its legal opinion “...that the proposed ordinance is an administrative ordinance that cannot be adopted using the initiative and referendum process. The Legal Department recommends that the City Commission take no further action on the petition and ordinance.” Based off of this opinion, the four other Commissioners voted against Commissioner Sherow’s motion that the ordinance should be put to a public vote. That, in brief, is what happened. Why Did That Happen? In the Spring of 2011, Commissioners Butler, Matta and Jankovich were elected, all of whom ran on a platform of fiscal reform and reducing the then $228 million debt that the City had accumulated over previous years. Sadly, they haven’t quite done this yet; it actually increased by $50 million. But, in keeping with this intention, when the 2012 Budget hearings began, these fiscally-conservative Commissioners began looking at cuts across the Budget, which included Social Service funding. In October of 2011, this came to head at Commission meetings when it was implied through various statements made by these Commissioners that cuts to the 2012 Social Services budget proposed by the Social Services Advisory Board may be needed. The organizations that fall under the social service agencies category include Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Boys and Girls Club, the
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Manhattan Crisis Center Inc., Homecare and Hospice, Kansas Legal Services, the KSU Child Development, Manhattan Day Care and Learning Centers Inc., Sunflower CASA Project Inc., Shepherd's Crossing, Manhattan Emergency Shelter Inc. and the UFM. A citizen group was formed to oppose these potential cuts called Save Our Social Services, chaired by Debbie Nuss, a local activist and non-profit consultant. The primary fear among the citizens that flocked to the banner of SOS was that if City funding was cut then state, national, and grant funding might be cut as a result and that the Social Services in Manhattan needed to be protected. Editorials were fired back and forth between proponents of both groups (as they still are being fired back and forth) and a petition supporting the SOS City Ordinance that would hard-wire 2% in City funding for the SSAB programs began to circulate, acquiring the necessary signatures and being submitted in early May of 2012 . And that pretty much brings you up to date. What Does This Mean? (According to Me) A lot of things. But here are a few conclusions I came to by the end of the meeting, and upon reflection afterwards: 1) There has been a loss of faith in the City Commission by a meaningful number of citizens. A group of around 1,500 of Manhattan’s citizens have lost faith in their City Commission to listen to them and execute their collective will. It means this because the initiative and referendum process seems to me to be specifically designed to allow citizens to force legislation to the attention of (or past) administrative bodies such as the City Commission. Only 1,500 of citizens, though? Is that number meaningful? To put this in perspective, in the last election on average 3,167 votes elected Matta, Butler and Jankovich. To put that into further perspective, only 5,124 people voted (you vote for three names) to determine the current City Commission, out of a population of 52,281 in which 84.7% of the citizens are of legal age to vote (44,273). So if the percentage of citizens at large that Wynn, Butler, and Matta are representing is around 7%, is a group of people amounting to about 4% meaningful? I think so. This isn’t a handful of interested proponents or a few radicals. The people that came and spoke in favor of the ordinance during the public comment section of the meeting varied in age and sex (and unfortunately coherency) to a great degree as well. 2) Our City Commissioners are actually a good representation of the Manhattan community, given my 12 or so years of living here. My impression of the City Commissioners was that none of them were the monsters I had been led to believe some of them might be by my left-leaning pals. In fact, I think they’re all good people. But they’re different people, with different social and economic values, as well they should be in a City as complex as
The voices Manhattan, if they are to represent us all. Right now, a majority of the City Commission seems to be in accord that the belt needs to be tightened, and as Commissioner Matta said, “We can’t cut police or firemen,” so it must be from non-essential things that they cut. But what is essential? I tried to imagine what I would say to answer each angry, emotionally charged remark that was leveled at Commissioners Matta, Butler and Jankovich during the public comment segment. I tried to imagine that I was a fiscally conservative bank VP or shoe company VP or former military logistics officer rather than the history professor that all the commenters seemed to be rushing to aid. I tried to see them as people, rather than party punching bags. And here’s what I saw: Mayor Loren Pepperd - For the most part, he refereed the whole mess, which is why I haven’t really said much about him thus far. He offered his opinion about the ordinance, which seemed mostly to be echoing the Legal Department’s, which many folks in the audience claimed was a convenient manner for “ducking” the question of Social Services spending. After the meeting many folks in the anteroom seemed to think the “enemy” Commissioners had come into the meeting with a “hostile” or “sneering” manner. It’s kind of understandable, though...this ordinance was essentially a group of folks saying, “You’re no longer trustworthy to decide this, we don’t think the process that you represent works, and would much rather if you had no say in the amount being given to the SSAB board,” which would, ya know, kinda piss me off. Especially if it was my job to do exactly that. Commissioner Wynn Butler - I actually really liked this fella, despite the fact that everyone I was there with hated him profoundly. He was feisty, gave good ripostes to charges leveled at him, and had a no nonsense approach to unsubstantiated claims, which I like on both sides. His master strokes for the evening included deflating a lady who was going on about how much any cuts would hurt area services such as the Flint Hills Breadbasket, which he pointed out isn’t actually funded by the SSAB. He also drew attention to the dangers of applying strict percentages in budgeting, i.e. 2% of the current $28 million General Fund might work now, but by 2015 with the projected budget being quite a bit higher, 2% of that General Fund would increase overall funding for the SSAB projects by nearly 50% in three years. He was obviously in the camp of “social services should be funded primarily by volunteerism and donation” as he made mention of the recent program to fund social services by donating a buck or two with each month’s City water payment. With all the water meters in the City of Manhattan, this seems like an easy way to, pardon the expression, crowdfund our Social Service Programs. Of course, by the City of Manhattan’s website, even if 10% of the Cities water customers kicked in a buck per month, it would only amount to $18,000. Of course that’s almost as much as some of the agencies get. Butler also brought it to everyone’s attention that half of the SSAB programs also receive funding from the Special Alcohol Fund, which was interesting to know. Mayor Pro Tem John Matta - “Matta’s a Teabagger!” some young lady behind me hissed in my ear, using the more and more common derogatory term for a Tea Party member. I shrugged and she seemed disappointed. I know a lot of Tea Party members that I agree with on many issues and I know others who are insane, extremist menaces. I try not to judge by the group, though, so I listened. Indeed, from his comments about “taxes being how governments use force” and his views on what a government should do and not do with regards to regulation, he seemed to be in the Tea Party neck of the current political woods. While not the most vocal member of the gang, he said plenty about how he too thought the ordinance was invalid due to legal issues and joined Commissioner Butler in his opinion that folks not having faith in the charitable nature of Manhattanites taking up any slack due to defunding in the Social Services was unfortunate and incorrect. Commissioner Rich Jankovich - This one’s harder to scry than the others. While obviously a fiscal conservative, he seemed a bit less aggressive towards the issue than others and a lot more careful about what he said with regards to the more liberal perspective. From listening to my lefty friends in attendance, there seems to be some grudge about
him now that he voted against the ordinance. Turns out he voted to not repeal the Human Rights Ordinance changes last Spring, but now had betrayed them by not supporting them this time around. I dunno if quite so much venom is required, but it’s not overly shocking. He felt like the most balanced member of the commission. And at least he had the courtesy to second Sherow’s motion to put the question of the ordinance to voters so that it wouldn’t die on the floor, even if he then voted against it. Commissioner James Sherow - Poor, poor Commissioner Sherow. I really felt bad for him at the end of it all. He spent the whole meeting looking utterly defeated and I think I understand why. I think he knew that legally speaking, the petition and resulting ordinance was invalid and probably wouldn’t survive a legal challenge (or even the meeting itself), but he wanted to make a good fight. He partially said as much by admitting that he “wasn’t sure” if the proposed ordinance was valid or not, and that he’d rather put it to a public vote and “err” on the right side of caution by doing so. I’m not sure about that; people shouldn’t vote to adopt law that might be ambiguous or illegal. As much as I want fund for Social Service, my brain just couldn’t get over that. Or the fact that this ordinance was indeed forcing future folks to adhere to a standard that may or may not be appropriate. People seemed to think that poverty will rise forever and ever, and it probably will, but shouldn’t people actually existing at that point in time make those calls? At any rate, Sherow’s sad march to being outvoted most of all made me think, “Wow. Who would want this job?” So...what now? What now? Sadly, nothing for the SOS ordinance. But, there are budget work sessions aplenty coming up in which you, yes even little ole you, can go and weigh in on what needs to be cut or not cut! Given my experience at the last City Commission, over the past year working with and reporting on the various political action folks here in town, here’s some advice for all involved: 1) Get involved. The City Commission is supposed to be a democratic representation of the people of Manhattan, KS. Don’t feel they’re doing that? Get registered to vote, get informed about coming elections, go to candidate talks, and vote. No good candidates? Beg your politically aware and charming friends to run (there are no age restrictions or unrealistic requirements). Those of you on the left or left/middle who say, “My vote doesn’t count in Kansas” are wrong (except in the Presidential election, then, you’re right). Bitching about something important? Do it at a City Commission meeting? Don’t understand where your tax dollars are going? Go to the City website and find the amazingly simple and concise documents that will give you answers and help you focus your requests. Get involved. Unless you’re stupid or crazy or an extremist. Then just hush. :) 2) Talk better. Conservatives and liberals (I hate those words) don’t know how to talk to each other and this was as evident at the City Commission meeting as it is in the dozens of books and articles that have been written on the topic. Try to remember that your political adversary is probably misunderstanding what you are and what you want, especially if you just regurgitate stuff you read on Facebook or hear on the news. Manhattan, KS will never be the perfect liberal/conservative paradise you want it to be, but we all have to live here and we all want (almost) the same things. Unless you’re stupid or crazy or an extremist, then just keep trolling those local newspaper forums, cowboy. :) 3) Know what you’re talking about. Read the budget. Read the census. Read committee reports. Hell, I’m not that smart and I pulled it off! Read the minutes and know who each person you’re thinking about challenging is, how they make their living, what they care about, etc. Knowing them as more than “that person I’m yelling at over there” generally will diffuse your anger a bit and make it more likely that something productive will come from your conversation. Even Tea Baggers and Dirty, Lazy Hippies have mothers than love them, pain and suffering than hinder them and life experiences that may explain their perspective. Unless they’re stupid or crazy or an extremist. Or you are. :) My overwhelming point, friends, is that America really needs to get back to actual Democracy, rather than the favor-trading, shit-tossing festival of disinformation and demonizing that has been consuming us all since...well, since T.V. killed the radiostar.
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The Hype Weekly and Manhattan Music Coalition Present
Music = Life Reviews, news and stories from the musical minds of MHK.
w/ elds Ben Shi
e l s u s w p e a i c v re June 15th and 16th ManhatRuth tan’s annualMoody Juneteenth celebration will take the 8th stage Friday, June at AIP, celebrating African 8pmculture at Larry American and history Norvell Band with two days of music, stoShell Juneries and friendship. teenth is a national celebraCountry / Bluegrass tion of the announcement sweetness, Prairie Home of the abolition of slavery in Companion veteran and Juno Award winning singer-writer. the U.S. State of Texas on or about June 19th, 1865. Manhattan’s Juneteenth this year will host variety of activities from a gospel fest, movies, food and historical sections and ending up with the Daddy Mack Blues Band. According to their website, this Memphis-style blues band has been there and seen just about everything: “When people say, ‘Memphis blues ain’t what it used to be,’ they haven’t heard the Daddy Mack Blues Band.” Led by Mack Orr on lead guitar and vocals, this four-piece group has been called down-home and funky and the best band around for cuttin’ loose on a Saturday night. Between celebrating the end of slavery in America and the beginning of social change we’re still seeing evolve in our country to the Daddy Mack Blues Band Memphis BBQ joint stylings of Saturday, June 16th at 8pm Daddy Mack, this should be a Larry Norvell Band Shell at City Park Juneteenth to remember!
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E-40: The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 1, 2, & 3 (Heavy On the Grind) Rap’s most sophisticated thug and current poet laureate has released three imperfect yet gamechanging records this year, with three more on the way. If anything could tarnish his brilliance, it’s not knowing when to slow down, but in his amazingly prolific 23 year career, that has yet to be a problem. His unmatched flow is showcased brilliantly on tracks like “Fast Lane,” “Rollin,” and “What is it Over,” and the narratives are perfectly crafted as usual. On the latter track, he tells a harrowing story about two friends torn apart by life on the street. It’s a chilling, amazing song told by a man who has clearly seen it all. “Let’s F*ck” is an interesting, subtle commentary on genre expectation and hip-hop status quo, with a guest spot by Gangsta Boo in which she talks equally dirty to 40 as he tries to make a play for her. This is the antithesis of Kanye West’s “Blame Game,” which instead uses a robotic, submissive female voice answering all lascivious remarks with the same reply over and over. Though critics continue to stupidly meet E-40’s work with lukewarm response, each installment in The Block Brochure is worth owning (Volume 1 being the best). Even the weakest tracks out-perform the best songs on Danny Brown’s unpleasant, barking-dog-of-an-album, XXX. E-40 continues to rise above nearly all other rappers into middle age. A Best Coast: The Only Place (Mexican Summer) Not bad, but not nearly good enough. Bethany Cosentino has to offer a few charming moments, most notably the title track, but most of the time she just sings unconvincingly depressive lyrics. It’s not that she’s dishonest (like Zooey Deschanel of the atrocious She & Him duo), it’s that she refuses to shake the charm when she ought to. There’s really no change in tone from the track about how great California is to the one where she says, “Now I believe in nothing.” Unlike Big Star’s chilling album Sister Lovers, in which Alex Chilton practically records himself in the midst of a mental breakdown, Cosentino just breezes through each of these songs, turning them into well-sung novelties. This is folk music for those who have never really left their suburban neighborhood. B MINUS
Playoffs Now For The Rest of The Marbles Story and predictions by George Wame Matthews The NBA finals start Tuesday June 12th. The Miami Heat will be taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder in a series which has all the potential to be one for the record books. Both teams were able to overcome worthy foes by playing their best basketball of the season. The Thunder, by virtue of having the better regular season record, earned the home court advantage. In the finals, however, the format switches to a 2-3-2 where the first two games will be played in Oklahoma, then the next three in Miami, making it crucial for the home team to win the first two games. The next team to win four games will take home the championship. Miami earned their place in the finals by knocking out the Boston Celtics in a hard fought seven game series. After each team was able to win their respective home games, Boston was able to shock Miami by beating them on their home court in game five. The table was set for Boston to upset Miami and advance to the finals again for the third time in five years. LeBron James, however, would have none of that. In game six, James scored 45 points and essentially single-handedly defeated the Celtics. The Heat were then able to use a more balanced attack to wear down the Celtics in game seven and ultimately earn a return trip to the finals. This will be James’ third trip to the finals (second with the Heat) and you can believe he will be hungrier than ever to win that elusive first championship. Many sports
writers and commentators have blamed James’ poor performance in last year’s finals for Miami’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Now he, and the rest of the Heat, have a chance to redeem themselves. The Oklahoma City Thunder deserve to be in these finals. Most sports writers, including myself, did not think they stood a chance against the Spurs, yet they were able to defeat them by winning four games in a row. The Thunder were able to do something few other teams (and neither team in the first two rounds of the playoffs) were able to do. Not only did they stop the Spurs, but they did so by beating them at their own game. After losing the first two games in San Antonio, the series moved back to Oklahoma City where the Thunder were able to ratchet up their defense to limit the Spurs’ ball movement. The Thunder also increased their ball movement and began passing up good shots for better shots, something the Spurs had been doing all season and were able to teach to the Thunder. Whereas Oklahoma deserves to be where they are, they do owe the Spurs a great deal of gratitude for not only showing them how to get there, but also for making them a better team. This will be the Thunder’s first trip to the finals, and after their series against my beloved Spurs, they should be more than ready for this one. I do not believe Miami stands much of a chance against the Thunder. Oklahoma should have no problem beating the Heat in game one, on their home court, with all their fans behind them. Miami’s only chance is if they can somehow steal a win in game two, if they can do that, then it would be possible for them to take the series back to South Beach and either sweep their home games, or take two of three. If Miami is able to bring a 3-2 advantage back to Oklahoma, then they would have a legitimate shot to knock off the Thunder, but that is not how I see this series playing out. I believe that the Thunder, who are undefeated at home in this season’s playoffs, will be able to continue to defend their home floor. Even if Miami is then able to win two out of three in South Beach, the Thunder will be able to close out the series on their home court. Miami is a good team, of that there can be little doubt; they have won the eastern conference two years in a row after all. But Oklahoma is playing perfect team basketball right now. As long as they can continue to play the way they have been playing this year, they should have no problems extinguishing the Heat. Prediction: Oklahoma in 5
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MOVIES by MARCUS
Reviews by Marcus Jay
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Idris Elba. Written by: Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof Directed by: Ridley Scott In many ways, Prometheus seems like a movie that should have been made much earlier. Sure, it’s connected to the Alien franchise, but it belongs to an era before movies were based on board games and cars that turned into robots. It creates its own world, has big ideas and, most importantly, was never affiliated with a Hasbro toy line. In the year 2093, a group of scientists aboard the starship Prometheus are headed towards a distant Earth-like planet. The scientists are lead by Ellie Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and her boyfriend Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Greene) who, four years earlier, discovered millennia old cave paintings that may point to an extraterrestrial origin for human life. The crew is awoken from hyper-sleep by the android David (Michael Fassbender) who has been overseeing their voyage. They land on the planet LV-223 and find a cave complex that houses long dead creatures known as Engineers. Are these beings responsible for the creation of mankind, and, if so, who created the Engineers? I’m reminded of the anecdote of a woman talking to a famous scientist. The woman insisted that the Earth was balanced on the back of a giant turtle. The scientist explained gravity, and asked her what she thought was holding up the turtle. Her response was, “Nonsense, its turtles all the way down.” This analogy might not be entirely apropos but it will set you in the right frame of mind for Prometheus. Anyway, the crew of the Prometheus discovers not only the dead Engineers but also creatures that are still alive and not very nice. The Engineers may have created these creatures or they may have been discovered somewhere else and simply bred on LV-223 for the purpose of biological warfare. One thing is clear, however, they are intended to be unleashed on Earth. If the Engineers created human beings why do they now want to destroy their creation? This is a visually stunning film. The 3-D offers a truly immersive experience that makes a joke of the recent trend to convert movies to 3-D in post-production. Ridley Scott and production designer Arthur Max have created a world on par with Blade Runner and the original Alien. The world of the Engineers, as created by H.R. Giger, is a biomechanical nightmare full of darkness and bodily horror. The script by Jon Spaihts and Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof is overfilled with grand ideas that sometimes marginalize the human characters at the center of the story. However, there’s never a dull moment to be had and the film is full of tidbits that correlate the first Alien film. Don’t be surprised if you see a face-hugger or two. Despite not being an actor-centric film, Michael Fassbender steals the show as the inscrutable android David. David has a habit of imitating Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia and a gift for sly observations on the relationship between creators and their creations. Noomi Rapace is effectively portrays a woman trying to reconcile her religious faith with her discovery of beings that, while being from another planet, share common ancestry with human beings. She’s as tough as Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley and faces a surgical procedure that might make Warrant Officer Ripley consider retirement. The other characters are largely undefined. Idris Elba is good enough as the seen-it-all pilot Janek to warrant his own film but the character is never fully fleshed out. Charlize Theron as Meredith Vickers, the ice queen business executive from the company funding the mission, is good but either many of her scenes were cut or the character has little purpose beyond being gruff with people. This is a film of big ideas, some so big that they can’t be effectively answered. But, unlike the desert of sequels, remakes and movies based on action figures, a few big ideas are a welcome change of pace.
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Machine Gun Preacher
Starring: Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan and Michael Shannon Written by: Jason Keller Directed by: Marc Forster Sam Childers (Gerard Butler) is a bad man. As the film opens, he has just finished a stint in prison. Sam arrives home to find that his wife Lynn (Michelle Monaghan) has quit her job as a stripper and become a born-again Christian. Sam blazes off on his motorcycle to see his friend Donnie (Michael Shannon) and immediately gets back into his heroin-fueled, criminal ways. One night after a robbery, Sam and Donnie pick up a hitchhiker who threatens them with a knife and demands to be driven to the destination of his choice. Sam attacks the hitchhiker and injures him in the ensuing mêlée. Sam and Donnie leave the man for dead, but the incident so scares Sam that he begins attending church with Lynn and eventually becomes born-again himself. Several years pass and Sam feels compelled by a visiting preacher to do mission work in the Uganda/Sudan border area. Initially, Sam goes in order to help with some construction projects but when he learns of the genocide being committed by Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army, he takes up arms and starts solving problems with bullets again. Sam builds an orphanage to house refugee children and starts leading raids into the LRA camps to rescue child soldiers taken by Kony. As his obsession with the problems in Africa deepen, Sam’s home life begins to suffer. Machine Gun Preacher is based on the book Another Man’s War by the real life Sam Childers. It contains a sometimes-uncomfortable mixture of fact and fiction. Did the real Sam Childers take up arms to fight against the Ugandan genocide? The Sudanese People’s Liberation Army has purportedly denied that Childers assisted them and has accused him of self-promotion and aggrandizement. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle and director Marc Forster has chosen to place his film in a gray area. In effect, we get to eat our cake and have it too. On the one hand, we get some cool action scenes and on the other, we question whether Sam Childers approach is correct or not. One suspects that a sub-plot involving a Childers and a foreign aid doctor was trimmed in order to lessen this ambiguity. The most praise-worthy aspect of this film is Gerard Butler. He plays Sam Childers as a man who has chosen to walk what he feels is God’s path for him but can’t help giving in to some of his old ways. For sure, he’s a changed man but has this change only been in degree? Sam still gets to be a violent guy but now his violence is for a good cause. Butler is effective a portraying the fundamental duality of this man. He’s a mixture of Rambo, Sonny Barger and Father Flanagan. However, this is an uneven film. The individual scenes work well but they don’t seem to add up to very much. Jason Keller’s script doesn’t seem to know what the arc of Sam Childers’ character should be and leaves the viewer hanging. This is a good, but slightly flawed film. It’s enjoyable, but the whole doesn’t add up to the sum of it’s, usually good, parts.
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Lazy Art Preview
Manhattan Experimental Theatre Workshop
By: The Hypester Reborn
"Establish your beat," she calls out to them. Getting an entire crowd of people to time all that movement with all that dialogue, this must be a beast for the director. Experimental is the key word. In this play, characters, plot, and even the passage of time don't usually take place in any traditional sense. In their place, what you have is... is... I'll be honest; I don't really know how to end this sentence. It just kind of depends, I guess. I sincerely hope nobody minds me copying and pasting the following information from the MXTW website: “Founded in 1989, the Manhattan Experimental Theater Workshop is a five week program of the Manhattan Arts Center that takes place every May to June in Manhattan, Kansas. MXTW is part classroom and part production-company. In addition to studying examples of various styles of avant-garde theater, participants write and perform original pieces under the influence of the styles they have studied.” I've come to look forward to this workshop every summer. This year, the students will perform vignettes based on The Judgement of Paris and exploring the question of the roles of free will and fate in ... well, you get the point. According to the mythopoetic judgement of Paris, Cassandra, a Trojan princess, was cursed to make accurate prophecies that nobody would believe. She foretold that her brother, Paris, would bring about the downfall of Troy. Paris is one day asked to judge a competition between three goddesses -Hera, Aphrodite, and Athena -- as the sole judge of which of them is the hottest. Each of them attempts to bribe him; Aphrodite offers him the loveliest lady in all the land: Helen of Sparta, which, how could anyone say no to that? So when he judges Aphrodite as the fairest, the other two decide to punish all of Troy, with war. And it doesn't end up so well for Troy. The performance will consist of four long vignettes, written and performed entirely by the high school students, and two shorter vignettes which were created with more input from the directors. Each vignette is written in a different style. One vignette will be performed in the style of Madame Rachilde. Rachilde wrote in the 1890s symbolist school of thought, which pioneered the suggestion of a subjective theatrical experience. Another vignette will be performed in the style of Tawfiq al-Hakim, an Egyptian absurdist. Underlying messages of his work are that (1) trying to understand life is futile, and (2) our quest to understand life in a useful way will be unsuccessful, and (3) language fails us. Among other things. Also, assistant director Megan Clark pointed out to me that "Time doesn't work in a linear fashion in any of his plays." So yeah. Deal with that.
A third stylistic influence will be Richard Foreman. Instead of plot or characters, Foreman typically offers meditations on how we think and create art. This is often brought out through a Voice, which is taken to represent Foreman himself, in addition to actors who occasionally play the role of Foreman in the plays. And sometimes the Voice is every element of the play, thinking about how this play got made in the first place. "He's pretty meta, so to speak," said Trevor Bashaw, a sophomore who will appear in the Foreman piece. The Voice will fall upon the actors "It's like playing with dolls. The actors are the dolls, and Foreman is the one playing with them." Furthermore, there will be a vignette in the style of ntozake shange. Shange writes choreopoems, which combine music, dance, and poetry. The performances are fully of rhythm and motion; plots are largely biographical. For the weekend's presentation, they will focus on Cassandra, Paris's sister. "It's very rhythmic. It's like a slam poem you dance to," said assistant director Ashley Flinn. "It helps
not to be rhythmically challenged when you're directing a piece like that," she added, indicating herself to be the rhythmically challenged one. I for one have complete faith that it will turn out wonderfully. Those four vignettes were crafted and written entirely by the high school students. They choose the target story. There is a discussion and a vote; majority rules. They then write the one-act plays, strictly adhering to the styles and themes they chose. "This is the only opportunity for students to write and present their own theatrical work," said assistant director Megan Clark. Two additional vignettes involve larger groups -- all sixteen of the performers, in fact. One is influenced by Heiner Müller, a German writer who "provides stark portraits of the reality of the weight of history and violence. He presents no answers; just an experience of the world." Another vignette is styled after Gao Xingjian, a Chinese playwright who rebuffed the didactic Manhattan Experimental tone he saw in most Chinese Theatre Workshop theatre, preferring to focus on June 15th & 16th @ 730pm the artistry of it. He is also often The Manhattan Arts Center categorized as absurdist.
Tickets: $3 Student $6 Adults
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