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Soooo much going on this week! Hoo Haw will be splitting your sides over at The Columbian, Mae’s will be rocking all weekend long, and you’ll be out spending your hard earned summer dollars with our amazing sponsors, conveinently located in list form just to the right. Right? Right. The school year is rushing upon us, so be sure to soak up the last few weeks of ease before we dig down into the frenzy of life in a college town. Don’t forget to stop by The Hype Weekly open pitch meeting every Monday night at Auntie Mae’s Parlor at 730pm! No experience required, open to all ages, political affiliations, and clothing styles. Until next week, enjoy! Love, The Hype Weekly
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Stop the Presses! Reception for Fort Hays State University Artists at the Columbian The Swogger Gallery is currently exhibiting work by Tim Chapman, Toby Flores and Leland Powers. This group is from Fort Hays State University. Please join us at The Columbian Theatre for a closing reception for the artists on Friday, August 10th from 5:30-7 pm. There will be light hors d’oeuvres to be provided by The Friendship House and a cash bar will be available. After the reception The Columbian Theatre’s annual production of Hoo Haw will be showing. Tim Chapman’s passion for art goes beyond an individual media. On display are his bronze and iron sculptures and a selection of his paintings. He enjoys working on two dimensional as well as three dimensional art. Tim’s works include Tags of Honor, the WWII Memorial on the KSU Campus. He also designed and constructed the meadowlarks gracing the east entrance of Meadowlark Hills. To see more of his works come and visit us this summer and you can visit his website at www.timchapmanart.net. Toby Flores is an Assistant Professor of Art at Fort Hays State University. He joined their program in 2006 to strengthen their sculptural program with an emphasis on metal work. Included among his works on display are several solid cast iron “Jugs,” which he sells for $1 per pound. Come to the Swogger Gallery to weigh one of his “Jugs.” Leland Powers is the chair of the Department of Art and Design at Fort Hays State University. Powers’ work uses an articulated fluid linear surface to both define the image and decorate the canvas. His subject matter is drawn from historical precedents involving floral motifs set into a fantasy landscape. The Columbian is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on Saturday 10:00 AM to 3:00PM. There is no charge for visiting the gallery. Many of the works displayed are for sale. For further information you may contact:
THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT: MCCAIN AUDITORIUM ANNOUNCES 2012-2013 PERFORMANCE SERIES MANHATTAN -- A dash of dinosaur; a bit of swan; a pinch of ogre; and a smidgen of a downhome comedian; blend together with rock, jazz, classical and country music, and it’s the recipe for a must-see 2012-2013 season at Kansas State University’s McCain Auditorium. “Every artist and attraction in the series exceeds the highest standard of artistic excellence,” said Todd Holmberg, executive director of McCain Auditorium. “Patrons should expect to be challenged and inspired by the realm of wondrous possibility shared by the artists they experience at McCain. Patrons should also expect to purchase tickets early as some shows will sell out.” Holmberg promises patrons an outstanding season that appeals to longtime ticket-holders and those who have never been to the theater. The series features numerous entertaining headliners, fun attractions for the entire family and several must-see Broadway touring shows, he said. Season tickets for the 2012-2013 performance series are on sale now, while single tickets will be available July 29. K-State students and youth age 18 and under receive 50 percent off general admission ticket prices. Additional discounts are available for military members and K-State faculty and staff. For more information, call the McCain box office at 785-532-6428 or visit http://www.k-state.edu/mccain. Unless otherwise noted, 2012-2013 performance series events start at 7:30 p.m. and are in the McCain Auditorium. Performances include: * Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Sunday, Aug. 26. A star as big as Texas itself, Lovett combines celebratory swing, vigorous country soul and storytelling through music.
* “The Intergalactic Nemesis,” Friday, Sept. 21. The live-action graphic novel creates a mashup of radio drama and comic book adventure into a theatrical production for the entire family.
* The Celtic Tenors, Saturday, March 16, 2013. A successful crossover group blends classical, folk, Irish and pop harmonies just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.
* Bill Engvall, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday Oct. 5. A member of the highly popular “Blue Collar Comedy Tour,” the popular comedian connects with audiences through everyday humor.
* Alison Balsom and the Scottish Ensemble, Tuesday April 9, 2013. A trumpet superstar joins a tight-knit ensemble to perform several classical favorites from composers including Vivaldi and Albinoni, plus a piece commissioned especially for Balsom.
* “Cirque Chinois,” Thursday, Oct. 11. From the National Circus of the People’s Republic of China, the acclaimed troupe performs eyepopping stunts. * “Spirituals to Funk,” Friday, Oct. 19. Starring Dr. John and the Blind Boys of Alabama, the American music icons explore the connection between jazz, blues and gospel into an exhilarating concert. * Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice,” Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-27, in Nichols Hall. Produced by the Actors from the London Stage, the provocative comedy will explore the human desire to belong. * “Poets and Prayers,” Tuesday, Nov. 13. The Turtle Island Quartet and special guest Tierney Sutton blend a little Hendrix, a bit of Coltrane and a lot of beauty into one inspiring concert. * “A Leahy Family Christmas,” Wednesday, Dec 5. The Christmas concert is a whirlwind of fiddle-driven music, dance and song. * Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” Tuesday, Dec. 11. One of the most beautiful love stories ever told comes to life from the hit Broadway musical. * “A Chorus Line,” Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013. For anyone with a dream, the Broadway musical promises a singular sensation.
* Andy McKee, Thursday, Sept. 6, in K-State Student Union’s Forum Hall. A Kansas native and YouTube sensation, McKee is one of the world’s top acoustic guitarists.
* Sweet Honey in the Rock, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. The stirring vocals of six women inspire love, justice, hope and peace out of the rich textures of African-American traditions.
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* “DRUMLine Live,” Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. The performance is a showstopping attraction that brings an explosive energy and athleticism to an eclectic mix of sounds. * McCain Student Showcase, 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Kansas State University students show off their talents in a celebration of inspiration and achievement. * “Shrek, The Musical,” Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Based on the popular DreamWorks film, the lovable green ogre joins more than a dozen fairy tale misfits from a land far, far away. * “The Rambler,” Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. The Joe Goode Performance Group blurs the lines of modern dance into humorous and poignant storytelling theater, dance and song. * “Mummenschanz,” Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The show creates a captivating universe where everyday objects are turned into abstract forms, creating a whimsical world of theater and dance, turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.
* Itzhak Perlman, 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21, 2013. The world-renowned violinist is beloved for his charm, humanity and talent as well as exhibiting an irrepressible joy for making music. * “Swan Lake,” 4 p.m. Sunday April 28. The Russian National Ballet Theatre presents a timeless tale of love and betrayal. * “Rock of Ages,” Tuesday May 14, 2013. Featuring a mix of 28 rock tunes, the musical tells a love story through the most popular 1980s’ rock bands. * “Dinosaur Petting Zoo,” 7 p.m. Monday, June 10, 2013. Erth - Visual and Physical Inc., one of most Australia’s loved and innovative theater companies, presents an up close and personal encounter with the creatures that roamed the world millions of years ago through a theatrical puppet production. Cool Off at Sunset Zoo’s Special Events in August July 30, 2012, Manhattan, KS – Take a break from the heat at Sunset Zoo’s Water Safari & Baskin Robbin’s Kids’ Free Day this Saturday, August 4th. Children receive free admission from 9:30am – 5:00pm with a paying adult; take a Water Safari from Noon to 4:30pm. Manhattan Fire Department will be on hand to hose guests down throughout the afternoon and free Baskin Robbins ice cream will be available in the pavilion. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will also be on hand to provide Zoo guests with water safety tips. Guests will be treated to live animal encounters with the Zoo’s education animal collection throughout the afternoon. Special thanks to Manhattan Broadcasting and their affiliates for promotional sponsorship of Water Safari. On Friday, August 17 from 6:30 – 9:30pm, adult Zoo friends can enjoy ice cold Tallgrass brews in the wild of Sunset Zoo – including the brand new entryway facility the Nature Exploration Center. The third annual Brew at the Zoo features hand-crafted samples from Tallgrass Brewing Co., Bluestem Bistro and Varsity Donuts. Attendees can roam among the tasting stations while enjoying live animal encounters from trained Zoo volunteers, a home brewing demonstration from Tallgrass brewers and music from Russell Sawyer. Guests can also grab a memento at Complete Music’s photo booth and MHK Trolley will offer Brew guests FREE trolley service to and from Aggieville. Tickets support global wildlife conservation and are discounted in advance - $30 per person, increasing to $40 on the day of the event. Visit SunsetZoo.com to purchase tickets today; all event attendees must be 21. Consider carpooling to any Sunset Zoo special event and if the main lot is full, overflow parking is available in the fields surrounding the park. If those fields are muddy, guests are encouraged to park along Oak Street. For more information about Sunset Zoo Special Events, visit SunsetZoo.com.
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Hoo Haw hoo haw! August 4-5, 10-12, 17-18 Friday & Saturday Performance - 7:30PM Sunday Performance - 2:00PM Tickets: $15 The columbian Theatre 521 Lincoln Avenue, Wamego, Ks. BoxOffice@ColumbianTheatre.com
amego, the small town that boasts the Wizard of Oz museum, the Schonhoff Dutch Mill, and the Tulip Festival also features the Columbian Theatre. Built in 1895, the theater still hosts live shows, and the most recent of those is entitled “Hoo Haw.” I recently took the short drive to Wamego to see what “Hoo Haw” was all about.
I was completely surprised by what I found. I went in expecting a play (you know what they say about people who assume…) and instead found what is best described as a variety comedy hour piece. The stage is set up with a band front and center and that doesn’t change for the entire show. The show is a mixture of songs and one-liner jokes that will make you groan they are so, so terrible, but that is whole point. However, there is nothing terrible about the singing; these actors have some amazing voices and I was very impressed with the harmonizing male vocal performance in addition to the soft, sweet songs sung by several females in the troupe. The show was a surprise to me, as I had expected the traditional type of performance, so do not go into “Hoo Haw” expecting a plot. This is a mish-mash performance, and that’s the way it is intended to be. I honestly cannot say I cared much for the jokes that were being told; some of them were just too corny even for my tastes. For example, Person 1: “Brad asked me to marry him and make him the happiest man in the world.” Person 2: “Well which one did you do?” Another sample of the performance (this is a paraphrase, not the exact word-forword dialogue, but you get the idea): “Yep, I have twin boys, Juan and Amal.” “Oh yes, I’ve met Juan, but where is Amal?” “Oh it don’t matter… if you’re seen one, you’ve seen ‘em all.” While I can’t say I cared much for the slap-stick portion of the evening, I loved the singing. The actors are very skilled vocally and this aspect of the show is definitely top-notch. The
music is country, twangy, and very “old timey” and (for some, perhaps despite this) quite enjoyable. There were several songs I didn’t recognize but found myself foot-tapping along to, and then there were one or two songs I did know (for instance Patsy Cline’s “She’s Got You”). These actors were extremely talented in their singing and the band did a great job playing backup. However, the best part of my evening was watching the enjoyment the actors got from performing “Hoo Haw.” It was obvious that they were having a great time and loved what they were doing. There was a bunch of laughter and camaraderie, and after a long day, that is always refreshing to witness. The cast of “Hoo Haw” will honestly be delighted to perform for you…all you have to do is sit back and tune in.
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by Ace Reporter Sam Sargent (In the future all music will be made by Robots)
ive months ago, I saw Jenny Owen Youngs live for the first time at the Record Bar in Kansas City. Since that experience, which I detailed in The Hype back in February, I’ve become hooked, watching a total of five live Jenny Owen Youngs performances. The most recent was this past Thursday, in my living room. No, I can’t afford to hire JOY for private performances. If I had that kind of money, I’d at least have the courtesy of renting a spacious hotel suite, or perhaps arranging a public showcase at Sisters of Sound. Unfortunately, that’s not an option, so I’ve had to make due with the magic of the Internet. Jenny regularly performs on StageIt (http://www.stageit.com), a website through which musicians (and recently, comedians) can perform live shows to small crowds online. The premise is simple: First, you buy a ticket through the website. Prices vary by artist, a typical JOY show is $3 or $4 for early ticket buyers and $5 the day of the show, but browsing through other acts, it seems many of them are “Pay What You Can” with others I randomly
checked ranging from $3.50 to $10. When it’s close to showtime, you login to a chat room where you can, if you choose, interact with other concert goers. Then at showtime (or, commonly, a minute or two later), the artists’webcam goes live and you can see and hear them and they can see the chat room as well. For my $5, I get to watch Jenny Owen Youngs play for approximately 45 minutes, often taking requests and always interacting with her fans. If you’re feeling generous, you can tip the artist. JOY fans tend to be naturally generous but recently she upped the stakes by offering various prizes to the top three tippers. A bidding war erupted, in which I happily participated. Calculating the price of all her albums that I’ve never bought (I’ve only listened to the first two via Spotify and was given the most recent one for promotional purposes), plus the show I was comped tickets for, I figured I owed JOY arguably around $40. I promptly tipped as much and ended up in fifth place at the end of the show, meaning she brought in well over $200 for less than an hour’s work, even before accounting for ticket sales. At the most recent event, she added a prize for a randomly selected tipper as well. I didn’t participate this time, despite the admitted draw of her personally annotated copy of The Bell Jar (which inspired one of her more popular songs) but I did keep track of tipping. The top tipper dropped more than $100. By my rough count, there were slightly more than 60 people tuned in to the performance. At $4/ticket
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(and many of them likely paid $5), probably made more than $500 in around 45 minutes, all without leaving her apartment. And she doesn’t just sit there, cranking out songs the entire time. She has fun with the shows and makes sure everyone else does too. The first time I watched one of her StageIt shows, she performed with Dan Romer, an artist with whom she co-wrote several songs. The second time was an all requests show in which she played the top vote getters from a poll that she ran for a couple of weeks prior to the show. The third show featured her rendition of The Dixie Chick’s “Goodbye Earl”which she had learned while camping the previous weekend. The most recent show came with teases about Katy Perry & Carly Rae Jepsen songs. Even before the show went live, people were virtually chanting for Katy Perry. Fortunately for those of us with snarkier musical tastes, she opened with “Ring Of Fire”and played a couple of her own songs before launching into a beautiful subdued acoustic rendition of “Firework” It was the first time I’ve ever heard a Katy Perry song without feeling compelled to put on a condom. I promise I’m not being overly dramatic when I say I can actually hear the herpes in Katy Perry’s voice. She said that she didn’t quite have the Carly Rae Jepsen
song down yet but she eventually segued into a portion of “Call Me Maybe”during another song. This is the new reality that musicians need to recognize. Album sales may be down, but they’re irrelevant. Between StageIt shows and creative merchandise (including personalized post cards that she writes and mails while on tour for only $5), I’ve given Jenny Owen Youngs more of my money than almost any other musician ever, all without buying a single album or paying more than $5 for a show. Music is no longer a product. Music is a service. Albums are now the medium through which you advertise yourself and develop a fanbase. With microfunding campaigns (ala Kickstarter (but please, don’t use Kickstarter)) to raise money for recording albums, social networking (ala Facebook & Twitter) to connect with fans, and platforms such as StageIt and BandCamp for offering your music to the world, almost everything that was formerly conventional wisdom regarding the music industry is now dinosauric. There’s simply no reason for doing things the old way when the new way is better for both the artists and the fans. But the new age will only be fully developed once musicians and music appreciators alike embrace it. So head over to StageIt and check out a show. If none of your favourite performers are participating then pick a random show. All you have to lose is a few dollars. All you have to gain is a whole new musical landscape.
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My sincerest apologies dear readers (and Jimbo) for the lack of a Yay Sportsball article last week, I am still getting used to this whole weekly sports column format and, unfortunately, do not have a reserve of article topics to write about during off weeks (truth be told, the July 19th edition of Yay Sportsball, Why I Hate Baseball was the extent of my reserve). Fear not though, for I am back this week to dazzle you with tales of the USA’s dominance in the world of Olympic basketball. The game of basketball was created by Dr. James Naismith (as in the James Naismith
Court in the Allen Field House at KU) in 1891. If ever there were a truly American sport, basketball would be it. As one might expect, for years the American team dominated at the Olympics (we invented the sport after all, you would expect us to be the best at it). Since its inclusion in 1936, the American’s have won the gold medal 13 out of 17 times, that includes the “loss” at the 1980 games in Moscow, games which America boycotted. To say that it is expected that the US will win the gold medal is an understatement. This expectation made the Lower your American’s bronze medal in stress! the 1988 Olympics all the more shocking and lead to the creation of The Dream Team in 1992. improve Prior to 1992, the American your mood! Olympic committee did not allow professional basketball players compete in the Olympics. This was despite the fact Clear your that other countries allowed head! their professional players to play on their national teams. Americas stunning failure to capture the gold medal in ’88 lead to the repeal of this ban on professional players and the creation of arguably the greatest basketball team of $1 Bud Lights all time. The so called Dream During Team consisted of David Royals “The Admiral” Robinson, Games Patrick Ewing, Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan, Clyde “The Glide” Drexler, Karl “The Mailman” Malone, John Stockton, Chris Mullin, “Sir” Charles “The Round Mound of Rebounds” Barkley, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and Christian La616 n. 12th street www.auntiemaes.com
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The loss in 2004 lead to a restructuring of the American national team, players were asked to commit more of their time to practicing with the national team in order to create better more rounded teams. It was no longer possible for the American’s to just choose a handful of the most talented players, have them train together for a couple of weeks, and then expect them to win a gold medal. Thus the 2008 national team was given the moniker of the Redeem Team, a title that they earned by recapturing the gold medal. This year’s American National team has been talking a lot of smack, saying that they believe they are actually better than the Dream Team of old, and could take them in a heads up game (assuming they could travel back in time that is). This concept is, in my opinion, laughable to say the least. Couple this with the fact that the ‘12 team is composed of a bunch of drama queens (LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, and the king of all basketball diva’s Kobe Bryant) has lead me to bestow upon this year’s team the dubious moniker of the Queen Team. Will they win the gold medal, yeah, probably, they may be drama queens, but they are still some of the best basketball players in the world. So long as they can get past their egos, they should have no problem outplaying their opponents and ensuring that America remains on top of the basketball world.
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Thursday 2 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.
Corpus Callosum @Auntie Mae’s Parlor
Join us for our traditional First Firkin Friday! This months brew is Rubber Skin Man featuring our flagship Ale infused with Coffee and Cocoa! Come out and enjoy the sounds of Gold Label Soul along with your special cask Tallgrass brew!
Indie Folk band that puts on a performance with puppets while they play! All the way from California! Puppets! No, really. We’re not kidding. Come see them!
Gold Label Soul will be mixing up funk, soul, Motown, stax and daptone for all you mighty fine patrons!
Trivia Night @ Pat’s Pat’s Blue Rib’n BarBe Que Think you’re smart? Head over to Pat’s and prove it! Prizes and excellent specials! DJ Pizzle Video Show @Bobby T’s Manhattan’s King of the Old School, Mixing music videos from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today, with 10000+ Music Videos
Violin Recital: Katherine Okesson Manhattan Arts Center Accompanied by: Ashalen Sims - Piano, Cora Cooper - Violin. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Paul Hindemith, Ludwig von Beethoven, Dmitri Shostakovich. Donations accepted at the door
Arts in the Park: Dougie Maclean @Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park One of Scotland’s most successful, respected and popular musicians performs a unique blend of lyrical, roots based song-writing and instrumental compositions. From Dunkeld, Scotland.
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!!!
Friday 3 10:00AM
Free Kids’ Movie Manhattan Public Library at Auditorium A beautiful girl named Tiana finds a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again. With a fateful kiss, they begin a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana in this modern twist on a classic tale. Rated G; 97 min.
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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, etc.
Manhattan Area Photographers Exhibit @Manhattan Arts Center This is a juried exhibit open to residents of the Manhattan area. This year MAC’s three category winners are Emilia Farr, Ali Mocabee and William Nelson. The Photographer of the Year award went to Ed Olson. The Manhattan Area Photographers exhibit can be viewed Monday - Friday noon - 5pm and Saturday 1-4pm. 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.
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Oh, Really? @Strecker-Nelson Gallery An exhibit of paintings and sculpture which looks at the iconic images and “artifacts” of mid-20th century. The exhibit features paintings and sculpture by Phyllis Pease, and paintings by Laura Noland Harter and Talbot Hopkins. The show also includes the return of “toys” and artifacts by Randy Regier. Also featured are landscape paintings by Kim Casebeer, paintings of high-heeled shoes by Louis Copt, monoprints by Eliza Bullock, and ceramics by Carol Long. Exhibit runs August 3, through September 15, 2012. The Gallery is located at 406½ Poyntz, Manhattan, and is open Monday through Saturday, 10 to 6. For additional information, 785-537-2099, and www.strecker-nelsongallery.com
4th Annual Brew 2 Shoe 10k @Cico Park This is a point to point 10k that begins at Tallgrass Brewing Company and finishes at Manhattan Running Company. If you run the race you then get to enjoy some of Tallgrass Beer and AJ’s Pizzeria Pizza! This years event will be chip timed and we are calling for temps in the 70’s! The race starts at 7:30am, we shuttle runners from Cico Park to Tallgrass Brewing Co. The race starts at their place and finishes at Manhattan Running Co. Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan. Runners can still register at our store or on www.manhattanrunningco.com. They can even register on the day of the race.
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. Water Safari & Baskin Robbins’ Kids Free Day Sunset Zoo Cool off with a Water Safari at Sunset Zoo from Noon - 4:30pm, kids visit free all day (9:30am - 5:00pm) courtesy of Baskin Robbins. Kids don’t forget your swimsuits...the Manhattan Fire Department will be hosing down guests throughout the afternoon & Baskin Robbins will be scooping free samples in the pavilion. Other activities include live animal encounters, a Wee Ones Water area, the Corps of Engineers’ Water Safety program & more!
Sunday 5 6:00PM
Clay Open Studio @ MAC MAC West Annex $7 per session. $21 for one bag of clay, glazes, and firing fee. Open studio enrollment is available for adults who do not need instruction. Fee also includes use of studio. Sorry, we do not sell clay for use in other studios. The MAC Clay Studio is generously sponsored by Manhattan Ink, The Cary Company, and Kent Glasscock. Pagan Coffee @ Bluestem Bistro Pagan? Pagan-curious? Pagan-friendly? Come join Manhattan’s longest running pan-pagan social group.
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Youth Summer Adventure 2012 Manhattan Arts Center Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism: en plein air rustic painting, individuality, folklore, brothers Grimm, simplicity, Edgar Allen Poe, individualism, theatrical historical accuracy, escapist dramas, Yeats. Enrollment Required. See: http://www.manhattanarts.org/ content/?keyword=classes_info
Monday 6 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!
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.
Monday Night Lights River Trails MTB Ride @Big Poppi Bikes Distance: 1-3 laps/6-18 miles. Tired of Monday Night Football? Why not join us for a ride on your mountain bike at night?
Tuesday 7 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!
4th Street Local Only Farmer’s Market Senior Center Parking Lot (4th&Leavenworth) 4th Street Farmers Market features only locally grown produce, baked goods, and handmade items. No reselling allowed. Starting July 3 and running until October, it will be held every Tuesday from 4-6:30pm at the Senior Center parking lot on the corner of 4th and Leavenworth.
Auntie Mae’s Mighty Fine Poetry Night Auntie Mae’s Parlor Open Mic Spoken Word and Poetry. All are welcome, all are friendly. Sign up at 930, show starts around 10pm. No cover. 18+
wednesday 8 9:00AM
Watercolor Studio @ MAC MAC East Annex The MAC Watercolor Studio meets weekly to paint, critique, and encourage one another in an effort to improve their painting skills. They also invite guest speakers and host workshops open to the community.
Downtown Wednesday Farmers’ Market of Manhattan @CICO Park These vendors come from all over Northeast Kansas bringing fresh produce, meat, eggs, crafts, jams & jellies, etc.
Paws on the Patio
Women’s-Mountain/Cyclocross Bikes Gravel Ride @Big Poppi Bikes Distance: 10-15 miles. Calling all LADIES! 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.
@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.
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Manhattan Memori e s Water, Water Everywhere By FrankSi egle
was a very wet in the spring of 1951, and it got wetter: the above normal rainfall began in April. It was 200% above normal in May, 300% in June and 400% in the first 2 weeks in July. June had seen some flooding, here and there as over-saturated soil no longer had the capacity to absorb more water. Flooding tributaries ran in to the Blue, Kansas, Neosho, Marais Des Cygnes, and Verdegris Rivers. The real flood started in May on the Republican, when Hays was flooded after an 11 inch downpour. The coup de grace was a 72 hour period between July 9-13 when the local rainfall measured between 8 and 17 inches. The flood was the worst of the 20th century in Kansas. The only other that was worse was one in 1844, when it was noted by Native Americans that the water reached “from hill to hill”. Had Manhattan been there at the time, the flood would have reached what is now the university campus, the water being 12 ft. or so higher than the ‘51 flood. It reached into the city park and no farther, but it was bad enough. The folks on the flood plain had it much worse than we did, of course. Manhattan, was hit hard, but the financial costs were greater in Topeka and Kansas City because of the industrial areas and stockyards the flood impacted. We got the outflow from Junction City and its two rivers and the Big Blue. It converged here and then moved downstream.
My grandmother had been visiting daughters and their families in the west but the train was halted at Ellis. Farther east, the track and bridges were out. We had to take a very careful southern route between the rivers to get to her and bring her back to our place. Of course she couldn’t go back until the flood had subsided and there was no more threat. Here in Manhattan, people were evacuated by boat and tractors with wagons. The university press became the publisher of the Mercury and the other daily paper at that time, the Tribune. A shelter was set up in the recently built Ahern Field House. There are pictures of cots on the basketball court. Typhoid and tetanus shots were administered. James Goff, a youngster at the time, has said that every doctor and nurse in the county was there administering them. Whether every doc and nurse were there or not, Lloyd Helms remembers that the shots really hurt. Lynn Wohler, who was living that summer with his grandparents in Old Randolph, (it was moved when the dam went in) watched the boats go by from the porch. Kent Dial relates, “In 1951, we were still living north of Manhattan on the east side of the Blue River just south of Stockdale on a section of land our great grandfather homesteaded in the mid 1800’s. Our home was on the far east side of the Blue Valley next to the road. At its peak, I remember water being within a few feet of our back door. Our house was on a elevated foundation. We had water in the basement, but never got into the living area.” James remembers the hauling of drowned poultry from the old Perry Packing house about where the east parking lot of the mall below where Poyntz is and east 24 are now.
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Poyntz, at that time, went clear to the highway and there was a 2nd Street. They were buried around where Wildcat Road and Summit are now. He says “Over the next several years the site bubbled and stunk from the decaying meat.” Lynn remembers that the basement of the Wareham Hotel never got completely cleaned up. “I have been in that area a few times when I worked there, and there was still dried mud, and a not too pleasant odor,” he relates. I would think it surely has been cleaned up by now. Heh heh. My grandmother made out much better than most. Her house on North 5th Street had a high foundation, just as Kent’s did up on the Blue, and the flood had gotten to the threshold of her front door, but had not gotten in. Her basement was flooded, of course and she had to get that cleaned out and a new furnace put in. It was a disaster; from Salina into the Missouri valley. Both capitals were flooded. The cry went up for flood protection, and that will be the subject of another Manhattan Memories.
N.B. Thanks to those who gave me permission to use their names on reminiscences. Those whose reminiscences I have used but had not given me permission to use their names before I submitted this I have left anonymous. All came from a group on Facebook and some from the Mercury of that year. Also some of this came from not only the Mercury but also from Google sources.
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The voices ast week my eight year old son kicked butt in a karate tournament and to celebrate we went for ice cream at a local restaurant. As he inhaled his sundae, I, as his coach (well, the guy who puts up with his shitty attitude when I tell him to practice), felt like celebrating too and ordered a pint of Boulevard’s Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale. Tank 7 is Boulevard’s version of a classic Belgian saison, a style of beer originally brewed by Belgian farmers as an alternative to their often unclean water. I haven’t had one in at least a year and had forgotten how good it is. Saisons are a favorite of mine, but it is a style of beer that is either world class or a total abomination. A bad saison is an abyssmal experience. The Bling Tiger in Topeka, a brewery I otherwise worship, makes a saison that tastes like it was brewed with water culled from the port-o-potties at the Country Stampede. It’s a terrible, muddled mess of skunk and brine that I can barely finish. But a good saison, like Tank 7, is a sublime experience. It’s a delicate menag-
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erie of peppery, spicy awesomeness balanced by strong citrus and floral notes, with some earthy hops thrown in as a special treat. Saisons were originally brewed to be imbibed by farmers while working in the field - the perfect antidote after a long days work. That day, after the karate tournament, Tank 7 was a perfect, soothing antidote to five hours of watching dudes throw punches and scream “AHHHH!” at the top of their lungs. As I sipped it (along with a glass of water since I was driving), I relaxed, and started thinking about how lucky we are in this area to have a strong, world class brewery like Boulevard so close and readily available. I don’t know if you can really talk about Boulevard as a “local” brewery anymore with all of the great work being done by breweries like the Blind Tiger, Tallgrass, Free State, and others, but I know that ten years ago Boulevard was considered our local, and it says a lot about the the rise of craft beer in Kansas, and Boulevard itself, that the brewery is now considered a national powerhouse rather than a regional variety. I’ll get to a review in a minute or two but I feel the need to rant about a few things directly related to the increasingly popularity of craft beer in Kansas so please indulge me briefly. First, we’re about to get hit with a whole slew of great new beer here in Kansas and I wanted to give readers a heads up. In a few weeks Boulevard will be releasing a new regular beer called 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat. I haven’t had this yet, obviously, but the really, really cool beer geeks that were lucky enough to try the test runs were enthusiastic. It’s a wheat IPA, a hybrid style that has become fashionable among brewers, and an off-shoot of their fabulous Collaboration #2 White IPA, which is graded “92 - Exceptional” by Beer Advocate, and was brewed in collaboration with brewers from Deschutes Brewery, out of Bend, OR. And speaking of Deschutes,
we’re finally going to be able to get their beer in Kansas and if you love beer you should be excited. One of the top beweries in the nation, if not the world - Deschutes is well known for their strong lineup of regular beers (including the very good Inversion IPA), as well as their limited beers like The Dissident, one of the best sour ales created in America. Rest assured, other powerhouse breweries that are hovering around Kansas in distribution, for instance Stone Brewing Company, from California, and Bell’s Brewery, out of Michigan, both of which are already in Missouri, will be paying close attention to how well Deschutes does in Kansas.
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So we should all go out and buy all the Deschutes we can, not only because they make great beer, but because it will help to strenghten the profile of Kansas as a place where craft beer can thrive. However, it should be noted that Deschutes, like several other powerhouse breweries (New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, Odell, Tallgrass, and others), has chosen to be distributed by our local Anheuser Busch (Budweiser) distributors. Essentially, craft beer in Kansas is rising to such a level that the big boys want to be involved. I’m not saying this is a good or bad thing, personally, I’m just glad that the beer is being made available. I just want to point out to readers that if you buy anything from Deschutes, you will be, in a roundabout way, giving money to Anheuser Busch. I point this out so that craft beer drinkers, most of whom are very conscious about where their money goes, are informed. So how about a review? This week, rather than review individual beers, I’ve chosen to compare two similar products available at liquor stores in the hope of giving consumers a perspective on their purchase. The products are the newly (well, finally) released “Taste
of the Free State” variety pack from Free State Brewing Company (Lawrence) and the recently repackaged 8 Can Mix Pack from Tallgrass. Both packages offer a great selection of locally produced beer, ranging from grandaddy classics like Free State’s Oatmeal Stout to highly rated cult favorites like Buffalo Sweat, Tallgrass’s superb take on the sweet stout style. Free State’s package has been a constantly promised rumor among beer geeks since the beginning of this year and it’s nice that it is finally here. Offering three bottles of both Ad Astra Ale and Copperhead Pale Ale, as well as two bottles of their great Oatmeal Stout, Wheat State Golden, and their current seasonal (that wonderful Stormchaser I reviewed not long ago), this is a great little mix of their beer. It’s good to see that they’ve stressed their strengths - offering more bottles of easy drinking beers like Ad Astra and Copperhead is a nice twist (though I would have perferred Oatmeal Stout over Ad Astra) from other mix packs which tend to go with an equal ratio of two bottles of six, or three bottles of four different beers. After all, Ad Astra and Copperhead are classic Kansas beers, with good following, and they are two of the beers that helped to establish the strong reputation Free State enjoys. Tallgrass’s Can Sampler, like everything from Tallgrass, is a horse of a different color. Comprised of eight of their signature 16oz cans, two each of Buffalo Sweat, Oasis, 8-Bit Pale Ale, and a brewers choice (currently their Velvet Rooster, which I’ve raved about in the past), this is a monster offering from Tallgrass. Two of these beers, Velvet Rooster, a luxuriously boozy Belgian Tripel, and Oasis, an anomalous, pleasantly confusing IPA/ESB hybrid, are higher alcohol delicacies (Rooster: 8.5%, Oasis: 7.2% ABV), that are more than satisfying after one serving. And the other beers are just as strong, not in terms of alcohol content, but in flavor and taste. Buffalo Sweat offers irresistable chocolate and coffee flavors and makes for a candy like beer that is far too easy to drink. And 8 Bit, which I’ve raved about before, is an oustanding pale ale made with those Galaxy hops brewers are so into these days. I love both of these products - they’re outstanding introductions or explorations of two of Kansas’ great breweries offered in a unique fashion. Both should retail in the $13-$14 range and are more than worth the price of admission. Keep your eye out for that Deschutes everyone and, as always - drink up!
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Music = Life Reviews, news and stories from the musical minds of MHK.
IN THE PARK: “Doowopshibop” by Frank Siegle Friday evening, July 27, came an event often seen at Arts in the Park: the doo-wop group “Streetside.” Formed at Manhattan High some 25 years ago, four guys formed a doo-wop group and they’ve been doing it ever since. Their vocal artistry is certainly the best thing about them. Best of all, I think, are the two who bracket the group: Kevin Mott, as fine a bass as I’ve ever heard in a doo-wop group, or pretty darn close to it; and Jason Weil, who is the only non-original member, as high tenor. He’d give Frankie Valli a run for his money. But they all do the vocalizations wonderfully. The other two original members are Pete Kahler, who is a tenor and handles the keyboards when they do numbers that are not acapella, and his brother, Mark, who covers tenor/baritone vocals. All do leads, but Jason is deservedly the primary lead, with Pete next in line. A fifth guy guested with them on some numbers and I’m assuming he was one of the original members of the group. They also excel on arrangements. When they deviate from the originals or explore other genres in doo-wop singing, they are excellent and inventive arrangers. There were a number of Beach Boy tunes, a terrific performance of the Beatles’ “Octopuses Garden” complete with vocal bubble effects, Kevin doing Elvis’ “All Shook Up” in costume and fake sideburns and working the audience, and more. Fundamentally the sets were, of course, loaded with doo-wop classics of the era of late
50’s and early 60’s, but the first set started off with a terrific performance of Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl.” That was followed by The Marcel’s version of “Blue Moon,” and 20 others ranging from a really up-tempo “Unchained Melody” to CCR’s “Willie and the Poor Boys.” They even did the Everly Brother’s “Wake Up Little Susie” beginning as a duet and then moving into all four singers, and a Girl’s Group song , The Chiffons’ “One Fine Day.” They clearly aren’t proficient at choreography. Having hand held mikes, that would make group moves moot, but what they did do was not all that coordinated. They should feel more comfortable bantering between numbers. What they showed was that they could do it if they worked at it a little. One number right after another, while enjoyable, does take away a little from the dynamics. One last thing to mention: they should not be reluctant to include some slow numbers. They did one, perhaps because I requested it. Such songs would add some variety to the pace and make the up tempo songs all that more effective. Besides, such might encourage adults to dance a bit. Only kids got into dancing Friday night. Most groups, including the one I was in, vary the tempos of their sets. They do well by including different genres and comedy songs, but pace is important, too. That said, I am enthusiastic about seeing these guys again.
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Kickstart Our Local Bands! Coming up with the funds for a new album or tour can be tough for our local bands, with months of gigging slowly adding up to the required amount. Enter Kickstarter. (And it’s more indie friendly alternatives Indiegogo and Rockethub). With these crowd-funding sources, individual fans can donate money in exchange for perks which allows the band to come up with their project capital. For example, local rockers The Field Day Jitters launched a Kickstarter on July 7th for a new album, with a goal of $2,000. So far, fans have pledged $1,561 towards the project, with the Kickstarter ending on August 6th. The catch with Kickstarter is that if they don’t reach their funding goal, they don’t get anything. The perks attached to the pledge levels for FDJs new album range from a Facebook shout out and thank you on the official Field Day Jitters page($1), to the band walking your dog ($100) , all the way up to the $500 pledge level which is: “The band will write a song for you. You will answer a questionnaire giving input on the song style and focus. Will it be a hit? On the next album? Who can say, but the band guarantees it WILL get some play and placed into the rotation.” Want your own Field Day Jitters tune? Fork over the cash! Local indie-kids Fake Natives recently completed a successful Kickstarter for $400 to provide gas money for a regional tour that kicked off last week. They completed their goal in less than ten days! So for all your bands out there, need money? Kickstart it! And let us know if you do! We’ll advertise for ya for free! (see pg. 4)
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The Watch Starring: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill Written by: Jared Stern, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg Directed by: Akiva Schaffer The Watch is a funny title for a film that you don’t really have to pay too much attention to in order to know what’s going to happen next. There isn’t any material in this movie that hasn’t been done better or more humorously in other films. As a lampoon of cop and action movie tropes, it fails where Hot Fuzz succeeded and as a sci-fi comedy, it fails to break any new ground. This is just a paycheck film for all involved. Ben Stiller stars as Evan Trautwig, a neighborhood busybody and the manager of the local CostCo. When the overnight security guard at his store is killed, Evan forms a neighborhood watch to try and find the
killer. The turnout for Evan’s neighborhood watch meeting is low, but is attended by Bob (Vince Vaughn), a local contractor looking to spend some time away from his wife and kids, Franklin (Jonah Hill), a police academy reject who likes to play with a butterfly knife, and Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade), a recently divorced British Indian man. The four men start patrolling their neighborhood and the surrounding area and eventually uncover plans for an alien invasion. Meanwhile, Bob is dealing with his teenage daughter (Erin Moriarty) and her boyfriend (Nicholas Braun) who may or may not be inching closer to sexual activity. Billy Crudup shows up, uncredited fortunately, as Evan’s creepy new neighbor. This group of actors has all been in much better films and, hopefully, will go on to do better films after The Watch. Ben Stiller seems to have given up trying to do good movies in recent years. Minus Tropic Thunder, Stiller hasn’t delivered a quality film in years. He simply shows up, plays the same masculinity free character as usual and gets a paycheck. His characters are always such earnest do-gooders. We need Permanent Midnight Ben Stiller back badly. Vince Vaughn is harder to criticize because the kind of character he usually plays is great given the right movie. Vaughn is genius in Made, where he plays a character so big-mouthed that he nearly talks himself and Jon Favreau into certain death because he can’t shut up. Jonah Hill is also hard to criticize because he’s younger and still trying to figure out a career path. Rosmarie Dewitt as Evan’s wife Abby gives the best performance. Dewitt belongs in better films than this. The Watch was originally titled Neighborhood Watch, but the title was changed in the wake of the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman last February. Perhaps, George Zimmerman should’ve aimed his gun at this film.
BEST AND WORST FILMS OF 2012 SO FAR... Well, we’re just a little over the halfway point in the year, so I thought I’d recap a few of my favorite films of the year. As always, along with the good, there’s some bad. So far, along with some wonderful high points, we’ve had some truly low lows. As we near autumn and the attendant “Oscar bait” films, a lot of good movies will get pushed to the background, unfortunately. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have sadly short memories and because of that, some great films from earlier in the year will be forgotten. So, without further ado, let’s jump right in. The Good The Grey is an awesome man vs. nature film that pits Liam Neeson and the survivors of an Artic Circle plane crash against a pack of wolves. Neeson become a pretty great action star in recent years and he’s a wonderfully grizzled badass in this film. While The Grey isn’t a straight up action film, Neeson’s character is a survivor and when it comes down to a mano-a-wolfo showdown, he delivers the goods. Director Joe Carnahan has taken The Call of the Wild and mixed it with Alive, the results are superb. If I had to choose a Best Picture of the year at this moment, The Grey just might get the nod. Haywire is Steven Soderbergh’s first film of 2012, the second being the male stripper film Magic Mike. Soderbergh plans to retire in the next few years and seems to be doing a farewell tour through every major genre. With Haywire, Soderbergh takes on the action genre with his usual mastery. Mixed Martial Artist Gina Carano plays CIA assassin Mallory Kane, a female Jason Bourne, who is double-crossed by her bosses. The CIA quickly realize they effed with the wrong Mexican, however. Carano is great in this film, a natural born action star and she pulls off her stunts with aplomb. Check out her fight scene with Michael Fassbender, it’s one of the best action scenes of the year. Gina Carano should get a special Oscar just for being so awesome. Joss Whedon finally gets all the praise he deserves with The Avengers. This film is so infectiously fun and well made that you’ll wonder why Hollywood hadn’t unleashed Whedon earlier. The Avengers combines Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk and Thor in one of the best comic book films to date. This is the antithesis of Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, but that’s what I love about it. The Avengers is supposed to be popcorn and fun. Also, Whedon is great with dialogue and characterization, each character has an identifiable point-of-view and memorable lines. My favorite is when Captain America says of Thor, “There’s only one God, ma’am and he doesn’t dress like that.” I don’t know how much more I can praise The Dark Knight Rises. Its just such an epic, unrelenting film and brings Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy to a magnificent close. Christian Bale is flat out great and Tom Hardy is scary enough to make The Joker look like a reasonable man.
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Also, it’s an awesome comeback movie. Next time you need to be inspired, watch The Dark Knight Rises, it could be Rocky 3 for 2012. Sorta. Just picture Bruce Wayne training to Eye of the Tiger. Awesome, right? 21 Jump Street is by far the funniest movie I’ve seen this year. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are an awesome comedy team, an Abbot and Costello for the new millennium. Anyone that graduated from high school in the early 2000’s will understand the fish out of water scenario that undercover cops Tatum and Hill find themselves in. Make sure to watch the end credits for a hilarious bit between Channing Tatum and The Office’s Ellie Kemper. The Bad Nicolas Cage is my favorite actor so it’s pretty hard to watch some of the films he’s starred in this year. So, I mostly haven’t watched any of them. I slipped and broke my embargo for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Big mistake. This movie is so terrible in so many ways that I won’t bore you, dear reader, with a litany of badness. Suffice to say Mr. Cage needed another big check to help pay off his substantial tax bill. Not only is this a bad film, it’s lifeless. Nothing happens. To paraphrase Roger Ebert, “This film is no better than a blank screen viewed for the same amount of time.” Let’s just hope that Mr. Cage gets his finances back in the black soon. I don’t know that I can take much more of this. Lockout is a movie that could have been good if any effort had been put into it at all. Sadly, Luc Besson and his team of hacks didn’t try to do anything with this film. What could have been Escape from New York in space is just a dull “action movie” by rote. The action scenes have no payoffs, the dialogue is cheesy and clichéd and it ends with a MacGuffin that wasn’t even really a MacGuffin. Guy Pearce is a great actor and does what he can with the material. Maggie Grace seems like a cute kid, but she’s been forced into another ill-fitting role. This movie just needed was a solid re-write by someone who cared to try anything original and it could have been decent. Unfortunately, Besson and company didn’t feel like doing that. American Reunion might be the biggest misfire in the not-so-successful careers of the American Pie cast. There’s nary a laugh to be had in this entire film. The first American Pie was funny and fresh. This is like a piece of steak left out on the porch all day in 100+ degree heat. Sean William Scott comes off the least awful of the cast, simply because he seems to be trying. The rest of the cast is there to pick up a check, repeat a few lines and be on their way. Hopefully, we won’t be subjected to these characters again until they’re in a nursing home. Seriously, who doesn’t want to see Stifler in a retirement community? Now that I think about it that sounds awful.
The good bits
A Review by Rio McCarthy By now, the Summer Steam Sale is well over for all of you fellow PC gamers, so how did you fair? Well, with all of the high budget titles that went on sale during the event, there’s a good chance you missed out on some of the cheap indie games which are just as good, if not better, than some of the higher budget titles. One I’d like to bring to your attention is Snuggle Truck. I have received a plea from the Snuggles that they would very much like to get to their goal so that they can return to the wild wilderness outside of the back end of a truck. They don’t enjoy being bounced around, or being thrown from the back of the truck only to be run over. They’re begging for your assistance, but would also like to test your skill as a driver while you get them to safety. The main idea of Snuggle Truck is to successfully drive your truck to the end of the level while keeping as many Snuggles and Fuzzies as you possibly can in the back. Yes, in case you
haven’t guessed it, you’re delivering stuffed animals. This is a 2-D side-scrolling game where you have to keep your truck balanced while driving over all sorts of unsavory terrain. The levels get increasingly more difficult as you progress, and you may actually find yourself screaming and cursing at these adorable, sweet, little Snuggles as they accidentally bounce their way out of your truck. This is all due to the physics of the truck hitting different parts of the terrain, or.. you know.. TNT that happens to be placed around
for reasons I have yet to figure out. During the Steam sale the game was only $1.99, but it’s only around $5 normally, so it’s still well worth your purchase. If the game wasn’t worth it by itself, I can definitely say that watching grown men lose their minds with rage in the later levels is priceless. There’s nothing like rage induced stuffed animal delivery. In all honesty, if you want a fun, colorful, great game just to sit back and enjoy playing at your PC, or on your laptop, then pick up Snuggle Truck. There are plenty of levels to choose from, as not only do you get the basic levels in the game, but there are over 20,000 community made levels for you to choose from
as well. If you don’t like any of those? Make a level yourself! There are endless possibilities! You can deliver yourself right out of depression by helping to save these sweet little Snuggles, so what are you waiting for? Let’s deliver some Snuggles!
(Well, it seemed hard to us anyways. Let us know if we should crank it up a notch)
Kriminal Kakuro Kakuro is the criminal combination of a crossword and Sudoku puzzle. In a kakuro, the numbers are the clues. They denote the total of the digits in the row or column referenced by the number, and always play down or sideways. Within each collection of cells - called a run - any of the numbers 1 to 9 may be used but, like sudoku, each number may only be used once. Help can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Kakuro
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The Intergalactic Nemesis
Live-Action Graphic Novel, Book One: Target Earth 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21
Two shows: 7 p.m., and 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5
The National Circus of the People’s Republic of China
7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11
Spirituals to Funk
Dr. John & the Blind Boys of Alabama 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19
The Merchant of Venice
7:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-27, Nichols Hall
Turtle Island Quartet with Special Guest Tierney Sutton
Poets & Prayers
7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13
A Leahy Family Christmas 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5
Beauty and the Beast 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11
A Chorus Line
7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29
Sweet Honey In The Rock 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1
DRUMLine Live 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8
McCain Student Showcase 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10
Shrek The Musical 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12
Joe Goode Performance Group
7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22
7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 12
The Celtic Tenors
7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 16
Alison Balsom and the Scottish Ensemble 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 9
Itzhak Perlman 4 p.m., Sunday, April 21
Russian National Ballet Theatre
4 p.m., Sunday, April 28
Rock of Ages
7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 14
Dinosaur Petting Zoo
Presented by Erth — Visual and Physical Inc. 7 p.m., Monday, June 10
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