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( Us To You ) So many great shows going up this week! Of course the controversial and amazing Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, but also Barefoot in the Park over at the Columbian and enough live music to justify having 75 bars within two blocks of each other! Ha! Not quite! Weekly Hype pitch meetings every Monday at 7pm at Auntie Mae’s Parlor. Come tell us what to write about, or pitch something you’d like to write for us. No experience necessary, just a passion for Manhattan and a few working fingers. Love, The Hype Weekly (PS. Please support our wonderful friend Heather Branham-Green who is directing the Sound of Music at the Columbian Theatre. Auditions for start Feb 11 and 12 from 6:30 -8:30 at The Columbian Theatre in Wamego, KS. Email jwtheatreshorts@yahoo. com for more info.)

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The exhibit is an honorary decoration conferred by the state of Israel to honor non-Jews who saved Jewish men, women and children from extermination by the Nazis. The exhibit is organized by the College of Education, K-State Libraries and the School of Leadership Studies. Consul General Paulina Kapuścińska from the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago will open the exhibit with a ribbon cutting and recognize Kansas connections to one of the heroes, Irena Sendler. Sendler smuggled children out of the Warsaw Ghetto, and a class project by teacher Norman Conard and three of his students in Uniontown, Kan., captured her story by writing a play about her life. The media will be able to visit with Kapuścińska and Conard, as well as Waldemar Stanislaw Biniecki, a native of Poland and a past president of the Polish American Congress, Wisconsin Division. Media planning to attend should send an email to vpcm@k-state.edu. For information about the exhibit, visit http://bit.ly/13Egtf7.

CELEBRATING 150 YEARS AS FIRST LANDGRANT INSTITUTION BEGINS FEB. 14 MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University begins celebrating its sesquicentennial Feb. 14 with a kickoff event looking back at 150 years of colleges, academic departments and other facets of university life -- topped off with the university’s signature Call Hall ice cream and birthday cake. The kickoff event is 1 to 7 p.m. at Ahearn Field House and will include music from university groups and displays about the university’s history. The party includes a treat from the Call Hall dairy bar, home to university-made ice cream. Named “Wildcat Birthday 150,” the flavor is a cake batter-based ice cream with chunks of birthday cake, topped with royal purple sprinkles.

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“Two years ago we began planning how we would recognize 150 years of history,” said Megan Umscheid, sesquicentennial coordinator and project coordinator in the president’s office. “Beginning Feb. 14, it will all come together when K-Staters and friends of the university start the nine-month-long celebration of our history. We’ll have sesquicentennial events going on until homecoming in October, celebrating under the banner of Generations of Success.” The kickoff weekend continues at the men’s basketball game Saturday, Feb. 16, with recognition of Founders Day. The weekend goes out with a bang at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, in McCain Auditorium with an audience-interactive program, “Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett: A Conversation with Carol Where the Audience Asks the Questions.” Tickets for the show are available online at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain or by calling 785-532-6428. Many other sesquicentennial projects will take place throughout the year, including a 150th Brown Bag Lecture Series, commissioned pieces of music and art, campus landscaping and community signage, and the Wildcat March Exhibition, which will take place from Feb. 14 through fall 2013. The idea of the Wildcat March is a simple one -- Kansas artists, architects, photographers and designers will paint, decorate and/or adorn fiberglass Wildcat statues. These Wildcats then will be exhibited around Manhattan during the sesquicentennial celebration. The university also has a website offering official 150th commemorative merchandise, including T-shirts, a commemorative book, scarves, flags, note cards and Wildcat March replicas. The Kansas Wheat Alliance also approved a new wheat variety, “1863,” named in honor of Kansas State University. The institution became the nation’s first operational land-grant institution and Kansas’ first public university after its founding Feb. 16, 1863. The institution has operated under the names Kansas State Agricultural College, Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science and Kansas State University of Agriculture and Applied Science.

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Known as Kansas State University today, it encompasses three campuses -- in Manhattan, Olathe and Salina -- and recruiting offices and partnerships around the world, from Vietnam to Australia. “As the university looks ahead to become a Top 50 public research university, it’s also important to look back at where we’ve been,” said Jackie Hartman, sesquicentennial chair and the university’s chief of staff and director of community relations. “We invite everyone to celebrate with us.” For more information and events, visit http:// www.k-state.edu/150.

PRESERVING A SLICE OF RURAL LIFE: STUDENT INTERNS TEAMING UP TO CHRONICLE KANSAS CO-OPS MANHATTAN -- A grant to two Kansas State University professors will put student interns to work compiling a database on agricultural cooperatives in Kansas. Brian Briggeman, associate professor of agricultural economics and director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center, and Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, associate professor of history and director of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies, received a $24,500 grant from the CHS Foundation for the project “Chronicling Cooperatives in Kansas.” The grant, facilitated by the Kansas State University Foundation, provides support for two undergraduate interns -- one from the College of Agriculture and one from the College of Arts and Sciences -- to develop a comprehensive database of resources related to the history of agricultural cooperatives in the state of Kansas. Additionally, interns will conduct several videotaped interviews with key members of the cooperative community throughout the state. Each interns receives $6,000 and travel expenses during the grant period from April 1-Dec. 1. The idea of creating a centralized database started with Donn Teske, president of the Kansas Farmers Union. The organization hired an intern in summer 2012 to start the process

of cataloging the materials related to the history of cooperatives in Kansas that are in the K-State Libraries’ special collections. The effort inspired a more ambitious task, that of cataloguing the on-site records and collections of large and small cooperatives throughout the state. Briggeman knew that this was just the kind of project that would appeal to CHS, the largest agricultural cooperative in the U.S. CHS has deep ties to the state and a record of previous donations to Kansas State University. The partnership between Briggeman and LynnSherow was a natural for them both. “Brian knows the cooperative community in Kansas inside and out,” Lynn-Sherow said. “He has all the contacts to make this a successful effort.” Briggeman knew where to go and who to talk to, but needed the help of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies to bring it all together in a searchable database. “Bonnie’s track record in telling rural Kansas history is phenomenal. Working with her to chronicle Kansas cooperatives will take this project to heights otherwise unattainable,” Briggeman said. Kris Boone, professor and head of the department of communications and agricultural education, consulted on the video component of the project. “We only just started doing video production in the Chapman Center, so we needed some guidance. We are fortunate K-State has all the expertise we need right here on campus,” LynnSherow said. Students interested in applying for an internship need to be enrolled in either the College of Agriculture or the College of Arts and Sciences. Competitive applicants will be familiar with rural communities, have a strong interest in Kansas history, demonstrated research skills and a high level of attention for detail. The deadline for applications is Friday, Feb. 22. For more information about how to apply, visit http://www.k-state.edu/history/chapman or http://www.accc.ksu.edu.

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MANHATTAN -- The media are invited to the opening of the exhibit “Righteous Among the Nations” Monday, Feb. 4, on the fifth floor of Hale Library. A reception begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by formal remarks at 5 p.m. and a ribbon cutting at 5:45 p.m.

From 5 to 7 p.m. the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art will have an opening reception for the “Museum of Wonder,” an exhibition running until Oct. 13 featuring a conglomeration of university artifacts from geology, aviation, physics, agriculture and more, as well as several ethnographic objects that have never been displayed before.

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words and photos by Sarah Sullivan At first glance, it sounds like a children’s book about a tiger in a zoo. Instead, this production is a story of life, death, afterlife, violence, tyranny, regret, guilt, greed, and war. It’s the story of all the war’s casualties and how they haunt those who have been there.

mown down by artillery after fleeing. Sean Matthews takes up the mantle of the tiger, questioning the sense in what is happening in the country of his captivity. He questions God, purpose, and the afterlife as he follows the events, haunting his attacker.

The narrator is the last tiger left in the Baghdad zoo after a bombing freed most of the other animals who were

The tiger narrates so many of the themes in this production, applying them to his own situation which inter-

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weaves with the lives of two American troops (Spencer Rotolo-Utz and Deontae Hayden), a former employer of the Husseins who is now the translator for the U.S. military (Joey Boos) and is haunted by the spirits of Uday Hussein (Jordan Foote) and his young sister (Maria Arvanitakis), as well as the Samaritan-like kindness of the outcast Iraqi woman (Kristina Gent).

When talking with Dillon Artzer, the director, I asked him what drew him to this particular production. “This is exciting, I like it, I like reading plays where things happen. I don’t like reading plays where something happens and then we all sit down in the living room and talk about it. So in picking [the show], I read through a lot of plays and as soon as I realized that was the kind of play it was, I threw it out the window

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Another amazing challenge this group of actors overcame was the usage of Arabic in the script. None of the seven actors in the cast are native speakers. To prepare them, Dillon gave each actor their script

Often times, shows are handicapped by their difficulties. Crews try to cheat better and easier undertaken parts of the show to the front for the audience to see while hiding the parts that were difficult for them in the back. In Bengal Tiger, however, these difficulties are overcome right in front of the audience’s eyes, like a good magician showing them everything except how they did it and achieving the same sense of wonderment.

who is responsible for the compellingly beautiful and understated costuming that compliment but don’t draw away from the tone of the show or the actors themselves. All three Masters students along with Sound Director Chelsey Eimer have done a fantastic job from the moment the audience walks into the space to the moment they leave. “No one is ready for this show.” Dillon told me in closing. I have to agree. I certainly wasn’t ready for the introspective grittiness and spectrum of emotions from mortality to afterlife, both animal and human that is The Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.

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When I asked Dillon what some of the challenges were with this show he told me that some of the props were difficult to get, including a gold-plated .50 calibur Desert Eagle. Through the hard work of Dillon and other members of the KSU Theatre department, they were able to get a grant to borrow the exact gold-plated gun that was used in this production on broadway. Besides difficulties with props, the show also contains some gore. If the gore was not staged correctly, the show ran the risk of coming off cheesy because much of the gore occurs at the highest emotional moments of the show. After seeing the production, I could not help but be impressed with how well Artzer and his crew carried out these scenes. The actors drew agonizing emotion from deep within and made the scenes so real that it was almost a shock when the lights went down.

and some tapes and encouraged them to seek out further instruction. In the script, the phrases are written three times. Once in English, once in phonetic Arabic and finally in Arabic. At first, he had them practice with saying the lines in English so that the other actors would know what was going on. Then to enhance their reactions, he had them practice without speaking at all. This helped hone their body language to emphasize their meaning when they finally begun speaking the Arabic. The actors did an incredible job of raising to this expectation, emulating the culture professed in their scripts as well as believable accents, mannerisms, and perfectly pronounced and inflected Arabic.

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because I didn’t want to do a play like that.”

Aside from being Dillon Artzer’s Master Thesis in Directing, the lighting and technical aspects that bring the show to life are the labors of Zach Oehm’s Master Thesis in Technical Directions. Also putting careful and masterful design into her work is Rebekah Priebe

The content is for a mature audience. Get your tickets today by calling or dropping by the McCain box office or purchasing them online at http:// www.k-state.edu/theatre/buytickets. html and following the Order Online link.

If you only go to see one show this year, make it this show. See something that will get under your skin. This show will take something that has been scrolling headlines on a teleprompter for years and put it in your face in a very real way.


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Aaron Fisher and Chris Miertschin in Concert (All Faiths Chapel) A trumpet and horn duo the likes of which is only spoke of in hushed reverent tones. Barefoot in the Park (The Columbian Theatre, Wamego) A classic tale of love and growing pains, beautifully writtenand magnificently performed. Dinner is at 6:00pm with the show at 7:30. Dinner tickets are $25 and show tickets are $25. Sertoma’s mission is hearing health. Proceeds from this performance will go to purchase equipment that will “loop” The Columbian (The “Looping” process clarifies sound by eliminating negative effects for the hearing impaired). DRUMline Live (McCain-KSU) “DRUMLine Live,” a showstopping attraction created by the music team behind 20th Century Fox’s hit movie “Drumline,” brings show-style marching bands to the theatrical stage. The energetic cast has honed its precision through years of training in historically black college and university marching band programs across the southern United States. This versatile group of musicians and dancers brings an explosive energy and athleticism to an eclectic mix of sounds. Open Oil Painting Studio MAC Annex Open to any and all levels of talent and enthusiasm for oil painting. Come and meet some new friends and practice your art! Lydia Loveless (Auntie Mae’s Parlor) Blessed with a commanding, blastit-to-the-back-of-the-room voice, the 21 year-old Lydia Loveless was raised on a family farm in Coshocton, Ohio—a small weird town with nothing to do but make music. With a dad who owned a country music bar, Loveless often woke up with a house full of touring musicians scattered on couches and floors. When she got older, in the time-honored traditions of teenage rebellion, she turned her back on these roots, moved to the city (Columbus OH) and immersed herself in the punk scene, soaking up the musical and attitudinal influences of everyone from Charles Bukowski to Richard Hell to Hank III.

Hi-Energy Thursday w/ DJ Pizzle Bobby T’s Grill and Bar Manhattan’s King of the Old School, DJ Pizzle, mixing music videos from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today, with 10000+ Music Videos.

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My Marionette w/ Death of the Party (Aggie Central Station) My Marionette is an energetic hardcore band from Manhattan, Ks. With songs full of breakdowns, dancey synth parts, and the best stage presence around, we are sure to put on a show that you’ll remember.

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Spectacular Sports Party and Free Kids’ Movie (Manhattan Public Library) This is a great fun-and-learning activity for kids K-6. Put onyour favorite team colors and join us for fun stories and games at the library! Stay after the party for a free kids’ movie about a hopelessly uncoordinated young fan who magically switches talents with his basketball hero and he becomes the star of his high school team! Rated PG; 90 minutes Meet the Artist Event Susan Richter O’Connell (Box Lab) Join us in welcoming Susan RichterO’Connell to Box Lab for anexclusive event. Enjoy refreshments while viewing an extensive collection RO’C Formations jewelry which will be on display and available for purchase this evening only. MCC Women’s Basketball v. Hillside College (City Auditorium) Go Crusaders!!

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Nichols Theatre) K-State Theatre presents Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo in Nichols Theatre. The lives of two American Marines and an Iraqi translator are forever changes by an encounter with a quick-witted tiger who haunts the streets of war-torn Baghdad attempting to find meaning, forgiveness and redemption amidst the city’s ruins. Rajiv Joseph’s groundbreaking new American play explores both the power and the perils of human nature. The New York Times writes, “This boldly imagined, harrowing and surprisingly funny drama is wonderfully daring.” Directed by Dillon Artzer. Dueling Pianos At the Wareham (The Wareham) Join us for Las Vegas style Dueling Pianos at the Wareham. It is sure to be a great night with laughter and good times! Perfect for a Girl’s night out, bachelorette parties, date night or just a night out on the town with friends. To make reservations, please call 913-269-1404.

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Tyler Gregory and the Bootleg Bandits (Auntie Mae’s Parlor) $3 Cover. Hailing from the rolling hills of Kansas, Tyler Gregory can regularly be found busking on city streets with his deep voice and steampowered melodies bouncing off the street-side architecture. His sturdy songcraft takes cues from WWII-era blues bellowers like Leadbelly and Son House. .. .. Gregory’s mix of blues and roots music howls with a sense of passion and freedom. Singing songs portraying stories of travel, land, and the meaning of simplicity, Gregory goes full force on his guitar/stomp-box live performance arrangements.

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Love Your Library - Winter Reading for Adults (Manhattan Public Library) It’s the perfect time of year to cozy up with a good book. Winprizes for time spent reading, discover new books and authors, go on a “blind date” with a book, and participate in fun activities at the library. Will you be our valentine for National Love Your Library Month? Find more information about Winter Reading on our website at http://www.manhattan. lib.ks.us/adultwinterreading/

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Open House Reception for Early Expressions Children’s Art Display ( Beach Museum of Art) The public is invited to the reception to celebrate the talent of USD 383 students on display in the UMB Theater. This program is sponsored by the Manhattan-Ogden Public School Foundation.

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Oscar Winners Film Series (Manhattan Public Library) Enjoy a musical extravaganza, adapted from the Broadway stage, that won Best Picture in 2003 and numerous other awards. Cook County jail holds two beautiful murderesses in the jazz-era 1920’s. One nightclub singer and another housewife hope fame will keep them from the gallows. This is the second of three films being screened at the library this month for free! We hope you’ll join us!

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MCC Men’s Basketball v. Baptist Bible College (City Auditorium) Go Crusaders!!

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McCain Student Showcase (McCainKSU) Single tickets on sale July 29 www.k-state.edu/mccain/ McCain Auditorium has helped shape the lives of countless Kansas State University students for more than four decades. To honor this legacy, McCain Auditorium is hosting the third annual McCain Student Showcase. The showcase will present a collage of several juried performances from students in the K-State music, theater and dance programs. Join us as we celebrate McCain Auditorium as a place for K-State students to experience inspiration and achievement.

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K-State Mens Basketball vs. Iowa State (Bramlage Coliseum) Go Cats!!

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Wildcat Oboe Day Concert (Room 204, McCain Auditorium) The masters of the double-reed will be giving a concert at 5.

Barefoot in the Park (The Columbian Theatre, Wamego) A classic tale of love and growing pains, beautifully writtenand magnificently performed. Dinner is at 6:00pm with the show at 7:30. (See Thursday for full description)

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Flint Hills Christian School Carnival (3905 Green Valley Road) Flint Hills Christian School is holding a school carnival from 5:30 - 8:30 pm. This is a fundraiser for the senior class. Flint Hills Christian School is located at 3905 Green Valley Road. Join us for games, food, and lots of fun! 7th Annual K-State Drag Show! Going To Camp! (Kansas State University) Join us for the 7th Annual K-State Drag Show! This year we have 2 shows, 1 each night, February 8 & 9. Doors open at 6:15pm, show starts at 7pm. Once again, we will be joined by the fabulous members of Hot, Sticky, & Sweet - Patti O’Dour, Tywoo, and Victoria Fox. They are joined by our newest cast member, Lil Kimchi! Our out of town guest stars include Monica St. James, Chelsea Pearl, and from Season 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Penny Tration! Tickets available at the UPC office (3rd floor of the K-State Student Union) from 9:00am-4:30pm starting Monday, Feb. 4th. If you have any questions regarding tickets, please call the UPC office at 785532-6571

DRUMline Live (McCain-KSU) “DRUMLine Live,” a showstopping attraction created by the music team behind 20th Century Fox’s hit movie “Drumline”. (See Thursday same time for full description.)

Guns on Mars w/ Terror Tractor (Aggie Central Station) Hard rock band straight out of Dodge City, Kansas!Formed after Josh Bunker and Adam Fant left the band Defenestrate in early 2011. About a month later, they got a new band started, what is now Guns on Mars. Hugo Hernandez and Mike Wade were later added into the group. The band got along just great and were able to share their music ideas with one another with no problems at all. This band, overall, rocks and wants to keep rocking!


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Barefoot in the Park (The Columbian Theatre, Wamego) A classic tale of love and growing pains, beautifully written and magnificently performed. Dinner is at 6:00pm with the show at 7:30. (See Thursday for full description) Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Nichols Theatre) K-State Theatre presents Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo in Nichols Theatre. (See Thursday for full description) UA The Drop w/ Unemployed Astronauts (Aggie Central Station) Six DJs. Two dance floors. Lights and Video Shows. Event Photography. The latest House, Dubstep, Moomba, Trap and Trance. MHK is going HARD this year! Featuring Unemployed Astronauts, DJ Audiomattic, The White Pony, GadaBeats & Hi-Boi. At both Kathouse and Aggie Central Station!i

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Sunday Contemporary Worship Service (First United Methodist Church) Our contemporary service offers a relaxed atmosphere with praise band and inspiring opportunities for connecting with God and each other. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend and sing, clap, and dance in the aisles. Bags of things to do and stuffed animals are available as you enter.

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Meditation Practice, Tallgrass Zen Center (UFM, Solar Addition, 1221 Thurston) Questions? You can find us on Facebook or visit www.tallgrasszen.blogspot.com.

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Vegan Society of Kansas First Meeting of the Year (Manhattan Public Library, Groesbeck room) Come to the first meeting of the year! Come with recipes, come with friends, come with restaurant tips, ideas, and any articles or info you’d like to share!

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Happy Hour 405 della Voce Happy Hour 405 is the place to be every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at dellaVoce! Enjoy a variety of wine, beer and cocktails as well as original tapas and “pork wings” . All drinks and tapas are $4.05. Best light dinner in Downtown Manhattan!

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Around the World for $5 Bluestem Bistro This week try some new and tasty food from a different country!

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Bingo @ Bobby T’s! Bobby T’s Not your Grandma’s bingo parlor!

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Community Cinema: The Powerbroker (Town Hall Room, Leadership Studies Building) Civil rights leader Whitney Young challenged America’s white business and political leaders directly. His efforts for equal opportunity were often attacked by Black Americans who felt his methods were in contrast with the Black Power Movement. Free and open to the public. Discussion following the film screening. Sponsored by the School of Leadership Studies.

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Coffee Hour Manhattan Church Of Christ Coffee hour, and by “coffee,” we mean a smorgasbord of pastries, fruit, juice and coffee. Our Sunday School classes take turns hosting coffee hour and it’s a great opportunity to meet new people and connect with old friends.

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Sunday Jazz Brunch Bluestem Bistro Live jazz every Sunday morning during brunch.

The Hype Weekly Open Pitch Meeting Auntie Mae’s Parlor Open Pitch Meeting. Bring your ideas and opinions and trade them for a drink.

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Shrek The Musical (McCainKSU) Single tickets on sale July 29. “Shrek The Musical,” based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage.

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Nichols Theatre) K-State Theatre presents Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo in Nichols Theatre. (See Thursday for full description)

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Engineering Career Fair (Second Floor, K-State Student Union) Investigate full-time and internship/ co-op opportunities with employers seeking students in engineering and technical disciplines. Promoted by Career and Employment Services.

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Vernon Larson Lecture: The Arab Spring and Freedom’s Future: Localand Global Consequences of Arab Uprisings by Dr. Sabri Ciftci (Ballroom\, Holiday Inn) Lecture: 12:15 p.m. Ballroom, Holiday Inn. Luncheon is $15. Sponsored by the Friends of International Programs.

KSU Jazz Prof. Guitarist Wayne Goins and the della Voce Jazz Quartet play every Sunday evening from 6:00 to 8:00.

Love Your Library - Winter Reading for Adults (Manhattan Public Library) It’s the perfect time of year to cozy up with a good book. (See Saturday for full description)

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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!

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Shrek The Musical (McCainKSU) Single tickets on sale July 29. “Shrek The Musical,” based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage.

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Team Trivia @ Bobby T’s Bobby T’s Grab some buddies and hit Bobby T’s to flex your trivia muscles and have a beer!

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SafeZone Advanced Training: Healthy Relationship (Room 226\, K-State Student Union) This training helps in recognizing healthy relationships, establishing healthy boundaries and learning how to communicate, support and respect each other better. Presented by SafeZone at K-State.

4:05PM

Happy Hour 405 (della Voce) Happy Hour 405 is the place to be every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at dellaVoce! Enjoy a variety of wine, beer and cocktails as well as original tapas and “pork wings” . All drinks and tapas are $4.05. Best light dinner in Downtown Manhattan!

7:00PM

K-State Womens Basketball vs. Texas (Bramlage Coliseum) Go Cats!!

8:00PM

Auntie Mae’s Trivia Smackdown! Auntie Mae’s Parlor Grab some buddies and go see your Auntie about some awesome trivia!

8:00PM

Local Love w/ The Boondogglers (Aggie Central Station)

The Hype Weekly, the Manhattan Music Coalition, the Wildcat 91.9 and NueWave Studios are partner-ing with Aggie Central Station to get a live music open mic up and running again in MHK. From 8-10pm at Central Station, local songsters can come strut their stuff in hopes of attracting attention from local venues or just to have some fun, and afterwards settle in for what we’re calling the Local Love, a weekly show featuring local bands. All genres of music are welcome, but until the open mic gets up and going with some house amps and a drum kit, full bands will not be permitted, however “stripped down” acoustic bands are welcome. Performers will sign up on the spot, and depending on how many are present, the night will be divided up accordingly. After a brief intermission, the Local Love portion of the night will begin. ((NEW)) At the end of the night, we will poll the crowd as to who they thought was the best performer, and that lucky person from each Local Love will be included in a competition during the month’s Final Local Love. The 3 bests of the previous week’s will each play two songs and then the audience will decide who wins. That winner will get $250 and 3 hours of free recording time with NueWave Studios! So, bring your A-game, bring yer friends to cheer for you, and win some cash and free studio time!

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Watercolor Studio @ MAC MAC East Annex Location: 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. Email marketing@manhattanarts.org to learn more.

12:15PM

Knowledge @ Noon Heart Health (2nd Floor Conference Room at 110 Courthouse Plaza) Think 10 or 15 minutes of exercise doesn’t make a difference? Learn how to take advantage of the exercise opportunities that lunch or other breaks during the work day provide.

10:00PM

Cody Henson Hullinger & Dillon Cowing Acoustic (Pat’s Blue Rib’n BarBeQue) Cody Henson Hullinger from the South Dakota Red Dirt band The Beerslingers with special local Manhattan guest Dillon Cowing. They’ll be song swapping at Pat’s in Aggieville on Singles Awareness Day Eve!

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7th Annual K-State Drag Show! Going To Camp! (Kansas State University) Join us for the 7th Annual K-State Drag Show! Doors open at 6:15pm, show starts at 7pm. (See Thursday for full description)

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Ongoing Attractions The Big Picture Show Strecker-Nelson Gallery For the first exhibit of 2013, a selection of large scale photographs by Tim Forcade, George Jerkovich and Tom Parish will be featured in the main gallery. In addition, there will be ceramics by Sheldon Ganstrom, as well as interior paintings by Lisa Calzavara, abstracts of Venice by Bev Gegen, paintings by Kathleen Kuchar, and lighthearted paintings by Marie Mason.

Konza: Sculpture by John Douglas Powers Beach Museum of Art A site-specific, kinetic sculpture evokes the Konza Prairie outside Manhattan. Powers’ work is constructed of brass, aluminum, and stainless steel. When set into motion by an electric motor, the piece’s over 1,100 vertical brass rods sway rhythmically like tall grass in the wind.

Inadvertent Arson: Paintings and Drawings by Patrick Duegaw Beach Museum of Art Patrick Duegaw, K-State alumnus and founding member of Wichita’s Fisch Haus artist cooperative, presents the latest installment of his ongoing “Painted Theater Project.” Conceived as a theatrical performance, Duegaw’s “Inadvertent Arson” incorporates painted portraits, props, and sets as surrogates for living actors, three-dimensional objects, and a stage. Action is implied instead of performed, and a dialogue appears in the form of artist-generated text that accompanies each portrait.

FORCES: The Shaping of Manhattan, Fort Riley and Kansas State University Flint Hills Discovery Center This exhibit is a partnership between the Riley County Historical Museum; the U.S. Cavalry Museum, Fort Riley; Conservation and Restoration Branch, Fort Riley; the Costume and Textile Museum, KSU; and the KSU archives. The exhibit explores the period between 1853 and 1914: our pioneer beginnings, the transition to building a community, and growth into the 20th century.

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From the Desk of the Executive Director: Wildcats, I’m writing this before tip-off, and I’m just going to assume that we beat and still own Texas?! (fingers crossed, no whammies!) February is coming! That means it’s a season for love, basketball, soccer (football), and/or the love of both! You might be happy to know that Keltic Star, Aggieville’s newest pub, is showing the soccer games (I know, football) like any true pub should. Soccer (FOOTBALL) fans rejoice! If you can’t make it to Bramlage, there is only one other acceptable spot to cheer on

your Wildcats! You guessed it, right down here! Join us on game-days with all of your friends and enjoy the view from our hundreds of TVs! Sorry, we are not running our shuttle service during basketball this year. There just weren’t enough riders in that past to justify it. Service will resume for football. Don’t forget to register for the 35th Annual Aggieville St. Patrick’s Day Parade by visiting aggievilleparade.com If you know something going on down here and you want me to write about it, email me!

Follow us on Twitter for daily specials and JOB listings! @Aggieville One last thing, we at the Aggieville Business Association, wish to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Jason Hardesty. Jason was a long-time employee at Dara’s in Aggieville, and was always a warm, friendly face, and heart, that will surely be missed. Peace, Jason. Regards,

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Aggie Lounge

$1.75 Wells, $3.00 Pitchers

$1.25 Draws, $1.75 Wells

$2 Calls, Pounders, Bottles, Shots, Draws

$1.75 Wells, $2 Bottles

$1.75 Cans

$1.75 Cans

CLOSED

Auntie Mae's

$1.25 wells $2.25 pints (Bud Lt/High Life) 3pm - 7pm $2.25 wells 9pm - close

$1.25 wells $2.25 pints (BL/HL) 3pm - 7pm $2.25 High Life Btls pints 9pm - close

$1.25 wells $2.25 pints (BL/HL) 3pm - 7pm $1.50 wells following Trivia - close Trivia Smackdown 8pm

$1.25 wells $2.25 pints (BL/HL) 3pm - 7pm $3.50 Tarantulas 9pm - close

$2 wells 3pm - 7pm $2.25 Kami shots 9pm - 11pm

Bluestem Bistro

$5 World Dinner 5 pm 8pm Trivia

Bomb Bar

CLOSED

Doughboy's

$2 Dom. Big Boys

Drinx

Sunday Brunch 9:30 to 1 pm Live Jazz 10 am to 12 pm

CLOSED

$1.50 Bombs & Wells

$1.50 Bombs & Wells

$1.50 Bombs & Wells

$1.50 Bombs & Wells

Aggieville Insider $.75 pepperoni rolls

$2 Shots, $3.50 Dom.

$0.50 Tequila Shots $2.00 Value Shots

Fast Eddy's

$0.99 Kami shots, $2.50 Micro Brew pints

The Goose

$3.00 Wells, Domestic Bottles, Domestic Drafts $3.00 Mojitos $8.00 1-Topping with pitcher purchase

Johnny Kaw's

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$2 Pounders

$2 Pounders

$1.00 O-Bombs $2.00 All Bottles $2.00 Pints $3.00 UV Bombs

$2.00 O-Bombs $3.00 Domestic Pints $3.25 Wells $3.50 Coronas

$2.00 O-Bombs $3.00 Domestic Pints $3.25 Wells $3.50 Coronas

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$2.00 Everything $2.00 Cans

$2.00 Wells $2.00 Cans $2.50 Tropical Drinks $3.00 Grenades

$1.00 Mini Mojos $1.00 Cans $3.00 Grenades

$2.00 Cans $3.00 Mojos $4.00 Double Wells

$2.00 Cans $3.00 Mojos $4.00 Double Wells

$2.00 Everything $2.00 Cans $3.00 Grenades

O'Malley's

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$2.00 You Call It $3.50 Belfast and All Bombs Chappie Live

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$1.75 Domestic Draws $2.00 All Bottles Chappie Live!

$2.50 Miller High-Life & Busch Light Bottles

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$1.75 Domestic Pints $1.75 Wells $3.50 Belfast Bombers

$2 Wells $2 Pints $3 Red Stag 11am-2pm $2 Bloodys Screws & Rehabs$4.99 App Combo 3-5pm $1 PBR Draws 12ozAggie Night 10-Cl $1 PBR & Whiskey Wells w/ Boots On

$2 Wells $2 Pints $3 Red Stag $2 Wave Bombs 11am-2pm $2 Bloodys Screws & Rehabs$4.99 App Combo 3-5pm $1 PBR Draws 12ozEmployee Night 10-Cl $1 Wells Employee & Friends on Tab

$2 Wave Bombs $3 Domestic Bottles $3 Red Stag 11am-2pm $2 Bloodys Screws & Rehabs$4.99 App Combo 3-5pm $1 PBR Draws 12ozLadies Night 10-Cl $2 Wells & Pints

$2 Wave Bombs $3 Domestic Bottles $3 Red Stag 11am-2pm $2 Bloodys Screws & Rehabs Greek Night 10-Cl $2 Wells w/ any affiliation

$5 PBR Pitchers $3 Red Stag 11am-2pm $2 Bloodys Screws & Rehabs 10-Cl Service Industry $2 Everything w/ paystub

Lunch Special: $5.99 Sand/Side Dinner Special: $6.99 Quesadilla or Tacos w/ Chips & Salsa

Lunch Special: $5.99 Sand/Side Dinner Special: 1/2 Price Chicken Platters

Pat's

$2 Bottles $2 Bottles $3 Prem Bottles $3 Prem Bottles $3 Red Stag $3 Red Stag 11am-2pm: $2 Bloodys 11am-2pm $2 Bloodys Screws & Rehabs $4.99 App Screws & Rehabs$4.99 Combo App Combo 3pm-5pm $1 PBR Draws 3-5pm $1 PBR Draws 12oz 1/2 Price Night 12ozGuys Night 10-CL 1/2 Price all drinks 10-CL $3 Premium Whiskey Lunch Special: $5.99 Sand/Side Lunch Special: Dinner Special: $5.99 Wings $5.99 Sand/Side Dinner Special: $6.99 Burger-n-Beer

Lunch Special: $5.99 Sand/Side Dinner Special: $6.99 Wings

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Salty Rim

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$1.75 Wells $2.00 Domestic Pints $2.00 1/2 Price Martinis

$1.75 1/2 Price Tequila Shots $2.00 Import Bottles $2.00 Wells $2.00 Wells $2.00 Draws $3.00 Domestic Pitchers $3.00 AMP & UV Bombs $3.00 1/2 Price $10.00 Mega Margaritas Margaritas $4.00 Import Pitchers

Shot Stop

$1.50 Shots & Bottles

$1.50 Shots & Bottles

Tubby's

$10 Beer Buckets BOGO hot dogs and 40 cent wings

$10 Beer Buckets, $2 Wells $.40 wings Trivia @ 9pm

Wahoo

5-10pm Martini Monday Martini List for $5

5-11pm 1/2 Price Margaritas

$2.00 Shots $2.00 Bombs $2.00 Wells $2.00 Import Bottles $2.00 Domestic Bottles $2.00 Any Pint $2.00 Big Domestic Draws $3.00 Red Bull Vodkas $2.50 Frozen Drinks

$2.00 You Call It $2.00 All Bottles $3.00 Hurricanes, $2.00 Bud Light Pints Bahama Mamas, Long $2.00 Wells Islands $3.00 AMP & UV Bombs $3.00 1/2 Price Margaritas $1.50 Shots & Bottles

$1.50 Shots & Bottles

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$3.00 Blue Moon Pints $3.00 UV Vodka Drinks

$2.00 Domestic Pints $2.00 Wells

$3.00 Domestic Pints $3.25 Wells

$3.50 Coronas $3.50 Shots

$1.00 Off All drinks $2.00 AMP & UV Bombs

$1.50 Shots & Bottles

$1.50 Shots & Bottles

$1.50 Shots & Bottles

$1.50 Rolling Rock Pints, $1 Wave Bombs, $1.50 $3.50 Bud Light Pounders $3.50 Bud Light Pounders $2.25 Domestic Tall Boys $1.50 Wells $.75 Hard Rolling Rock Pints, $1.50 $3.00 Bombs Tacos Ladies Night shots $1.50 Burger and $3.25 Domestic Big Fry Basket Beers 5-11pm Wine Down Wednesday - 1/2 Price Bottles of Wine

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“What is absent in the gun debate. Plus: Hillary Clinton’s faux pas, the Oscar race and the brilliance of David O. Russell.” in the key of condescending but patient by

ben shields I’m back! Longtime Hype readers may remember my old column, “Capsule Reviews,” in which I dissected new music every week, doing everything I could to propel artists like EMA, Baroness and Cloud Nothings and to decry noxious hacks like Jack White, Dan Auerbach and tUnE-yArDs. That gig was fun, but I was forced to end it in September when I became editor-inchief of another publication, “The Mentor.” As much as I enjoyed “Capsules” and have appreciated hearing from readers who miss it, when a good sir named Jimbo Ivy called and convinced me to return, I decided not to revive it. Instead I’m starting this new, monthly column free of precincts. Here I will not only discuss new music but also my other fields of interest: politics and national affairs, the media, film, television and the arts. We’ll begin with politics, specifically Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi congressional hearing. Because of my frustration with both Clinton and her Republican detractors, I was glued to it. Republicans, of course, take on a simpleton’s view when saying Ms. Clinton “got away with murder” (courtesy of the reliably erratic Lindsey Graham). The hypocrisy of that mentality is astounding. Michael McCall should be laughed at when clips play of his hounding the most popular Secretary of State in decades for “ignoring” a cable warning about dangers in Libya. Not only is that deceiving (per Clinton herself, millions of cables are sent her way), but have McCall and his colleagues forgotten Bush’s “you’ve covered your ass now” dismissal following an in-person brief warning of an approaching bin Laden attack? As for getting away with murder, maybe continuing to support the astonishing misuse of our military in Iraq should be part of the conversation too. That said, I’ve been very put off by much of the left-leaning media’s approach to covering the incident, as if there is no room for questioning the current administration on what happened (imagine if it were Condoleezza Rice in Clinton’s place!). Does anyone seriously think it isn’t worth pointing out that the false information Susan Rice communicated on the Sunday morning shows was right in the midst of a heated presidential campaign? Are liberals so deluded they

can’t even entertain the thought of the Obama camp, in a rushed attempt to close a window for a Romney attack, put forth bad, unchecked intelligence? Please! Clinton’s oft quoted line, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” is, as Breitbart.com put it, theatrics over substance. In what context the massacre happened makes, in my view, quite a bit of difference indeed. The only thing more exasperating is the buffoonery displayed by the men questioning Clinton. Whatever my reservations, her smooth handling of two hours of mostly stupid, tawdry aggression impressed me, much more than Obama’s idealistic inaugural speech (I laughed aloud at Salon’s Andrew Ohehir’s assessment: “Obama was lip-syncing too”). Rand Paul’s cringe-worthy declaration, “I’d have fired you,” was embarrassing, if only for conjuring an image of him as commander in chief. Clinton’s surefooted, composed manner reflected all her best qualities. Now on to guns. While I truly enjoy browsing politically conservative websites and listening to right-wing talk radio, I am disenchanted by their mischaracterization of Barack Obama as someone who wishes to “play take the guns,” as my favorite GOP-leaning website, Drudge, so unthinkingly put it. I see the president’s 23 executive orders regarding gun control as smart, non-reactionary steps in the right direction. (Though I did enjoy Rush Limbaugh’s admittedly misleading analogy: if guns make people kill, Bob Costas’s microphone led to his accidental on-air gun remarks. Rush must read Plato!) These silly, flip assertions frustrate me because Republicans are letting an opportunity to nail the president slip away, even if they won’t get behind common-sense measures like the Assault Weapons Ban (which I support). They should point out that the left seems incapable of looking at the big picture, refusing to discuss anything beyond the superficial aspects. The problem at root isn’t too many guns; it’s a country of people who know they’re not getting a fair shot. Speaking of Plato, it’s the basic Platonic rendition of the human soul we’re talking here: when the “appetite” is starved, “spiritedness” supersedes rational thought.

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No average American thinks the government is working for our best interests. Take a look at the two impressive grassroots movements that arose in the last few years, the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street. Media-ites holding opposed political views demonized both to the point of near-irrelevancy. Tea Partiers got labeled as racists and “right-wing terrorists” by Nancy Pelosi, and Occupiers as lazy, uninformed, unemployed hippies (which a new study, interestingly, contradicts). To quote Hillary, what, at this, point, does it matter? Of course they were going to be lowinformation voters! What else is to be expected of a massive people’s movement? I wouldn’t look forward to dinner conversation with a typical Tea Partier either, and an Occupier would be a roommate from hell. But when the people speak the way these folks did, it is dangerous to ignore them. Clearly, exercising the right of free speech gets you nowhere anymore. Perverting the second amendment could be, in the wrong hands, the next step. My next column doesn’t come out until after the Oscars, so let me publicly announce my endorsement for Silver Linings Playbook as Best Picture and Bradley Cooper as Best Actor. Daniel Day-Lewis is probably a shoo-in, but if he wins, that will be unfortunate. I enjoyed Lincoln and admired Day-Lewis’s performance, but something about the film felt too much like something to be shown in history class. Why did a film about Abe Lincoln have to be dominated by the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment? Day-Lewis took on a role that must have been strenuous, yet his performance actually lacks the character study of Frank Langella as Richard Nixon (Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon) or Josh Brolin as George W. Bush (Oliver Stone’s W.). It’s not surprising that Cooper’s perfor-

mance is more effective than Day-Lewis’s; Steven Spielberg could have matched his classic Amistad, a film about the horrors of the slave trade that used characters’ stories to add up to a broader narrative summing up an incredible era in US history. Lincoln on the other hand, settles for idolatry. Bret Easton-Elis dismissed DayLewis’s performance as a mere imitation, which I disagree with, but sometimes it comes off that way amidst Spielberg’s hero veneration. Now Cooper, on the other hand, is right at home in David O. Russell’s brilliant film that should revamp both romantic comedy and independent cinema. I don’t know if it is truly the finest film of 2012, but it is surely the best one nominated by the Academy (I haven’t seen Amour, Argo or Life of Pi, but am not at all interested in the latter two). Wary going in, I thought maybe it would fall prey to what I call the David and Lisa syndrome, implying that true love is somehow a cure for mental illness. Instead, it’s the most moving motion picture of the year. Russell makes us laugh in the face of tragedy, not the same as what Tarantino does in the disastrous Django Unchained: laugh to mask our discomfort at offensively stylized violence. Silver Linings Playbook isn’t perfect (I wish more sensuality had been present in the dance scenes), but Russell’s anti-pretentious and value of feeling over showmanship should be rewarded over Spielberg’s safe, pre-packaged award winner. (And as for the fact that Argo has gained serious momentum in the race, let me just say I can’t shake my prejudice against Affleck’s frat-boy approach to political drama.) While envisioning the format for this new column, I hoped that every once in a while I could dedicate the entire thing to answering reader responses. If that sounds at all worth a damn to you, write whatever you’re moved to say to this address:

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a review for your brain’s pearly whites written by Frank Siegle Last year I wrote a review of two books dealing with tracing human movements around the world by means of historical DNA research. This is another “two-fer.” A few years ago I picked up James W. Loewen’s Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything your American History Textbook Got Wrong. It underwent revision in 2007, and I expect it will be updated again, for I doubt the reasons behind the writing of the book will be gone. Ever. Meticulously researched, Loewen lays out his case for why the subject of history in the public schools is more often than not the least favorite subject for students and why they retain so little. Textbooks are boring, confusing, bland collections of trivia that one is expected to memorize and regurgitate at test time. Not only that, but they are full of half-truths, omissions, and outright misinformation. Not only that, but many schools seem to think that anyone can teach history and sometimes the teacher is a sports coach who has no background in the subject. Surely no subject is so key to effective adult citizenship than history in particular and the social sciences in general, yet what is taught is not only ineffective, but bears little resemblance to full reality. The book’s structure is largely chronological going through the American past from early on to the present, each chapter pointing to the sins Loewen sees endemic to the subject as presented. Even though I’m a rather avid reader of history, much of what was presented was new and news to me. Right off the bat he takes up our propensity for cladding our notable people in robes of white and halos to the detriment of their humanity. He points out that what we learn of Helen Keller is her overcoming of her deafness and blindness through her tutor, Annie Sullivan. What we don’t learn is that she became a staunch socialist and social activist, a member of the IWW and was pilloried in the media for her radicalism. His second prime example is Woodrow Wilson, whom textbooks often lionize, never mentioning that he was a racist and instituted segregation in the Federal government and Washington, D.C. Well, after all, he was the first Southerner to occupy the White House since Johnson after the Civil War and Johnson was a loyal Tennessean who was Lincoln’s vice president. Probably just stands to reason. Yet the government remained segregated until Truman integrated the military. Another “myth” exploded is that the Vietnam war was opposed by the better educated and students and supported by the less affluent and less educated. The facts are just the opposite, and he explores reasons why. He also explains why American history should be made relevant to all segments of our population and not just virtually only about WASPs. The book concludes with analysis of the present condition that he finds and also advocates things that can be done to alleviate the situation. He is a little sanguine about the future. He sees definite progress being made. But he may not be so upbeat now with the emergence of the Tea Party, the rightward turn and anti-intellectualism of recent years. The book is quite readable and reasonably well balanced. Except for the problems he illustrates, he seems to have no big ideological ax to grind. This brief review can’t do justice to the array of evidence that Loewen, a professor emeritus in Sociology from the U. of Vermont. Somewhat similar, though in a lighter vein is The Mental

Floss History of the United States by Eric Sass, with Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur, publishers of the Mental Floss series. Sass is not an academic, though he has a B.A. in history from Duke University. He’s a journalist. The book is an entertaining romp through American history, and I think it rather tries to do the balancing act that Loewen suggests. The book is witty and fun, a little irreverent, and exposes some of the sins Loewen attacks and even has segments in each chapter exposing inaccuracies generally believed. It would make a much better high school textbook. He does point to peer review from professors who presumably proofread and filled in gaps for him. If anything, the book, which is more a traditional popular history, is more balanced than Loewen’s. It’s definitely worth a read. Even if you’re a reader of history like myself, you’ll likely learn something new. I heartily recommend them both.

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