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Volume 32 • Issue 7 May 2017
ON THE COVER Landmark barn subject for Westside artist | 8
Clyde C. Engert was out looking for barns to photograph for his drawings when he happened upon the Mohr Barn, which has sat on Wichita’s edge for 104 years. Travis Mounts/WestSide Story
Features From the Publisher’s Files.........6 Performing Arts Calendar.........7
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Focus On Business....................12 Movie Reviews...........................22 Cook’s Library............................24
ICT Rock Girl plays with legendary rock musician | 4
People and Places....................25 Dateline........................................26
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That animal sounds just like dinner My brother, Chris, and his wife, Amber, have 2-year-old triplets – two boys and a girl. In one fell swoop, they exceeded the number of children I have by 50 percent. Now that my kids are nearly out of the house, I can relive the days of toddlerhood vicariously through my niece and nephews. I miss those days greatly. Yet with every visit to their home in Olathe, I am reaffirmed in my belief that I am too old and tired to be the parent of a toddler ever again. It’s a hoot to watch them, though. There are so many differences in raising multiples versus having just one child at any given age. It’s not necessarily better or worse, but it is different. It is fascinating to see their developing personalities, and the differences in those personalities, as they age. The boys are identical twins, yet they often act quite differently from each other. From what I’ve learned, the earlier an embryo splits, the greater the differences in their personalities and physical traits. The trio recently visited a small farm in Johnson County. It was a fairly routine trip, save for one conversation. My nephew Griffin – who has been in the paper previously, photographed licking a newspaper box – was being asked about the sounds various animals make. Of course, a cow says “moo” and a sheep says “baa.” But when his mom pointed to a pig, he answered “yummy!” That, in my book, is a correct answer, and I know it made my brother proud, too. We love barbecue, and
Travis Mounts | Managing Editor
we’re in agreement that the Kansas City area is the world capital for barbecue. My kids have been raised on KC barbecue as well, and we almost always get some ribs and other items on every visit. Something’s missing if we don’t get some kind of smoked meat. It’s comforting to know the next generation is being raised the right way. A snout, a curly tail and four hooves means ribs, pulled pork and smoked sausage. A few years ago, my brother, my kids and myself decided to see how many barbecue restaurants we could eat at in one day. We started too late, and let ourselves get sidetracked with too many beans and fries. But it was still an awesome day...at least until about 6 p.m., when we all got the meat sweats and began desperately looking for a light salad and a place to lie down. Still, we want to do it again soon. It’s nice to know that at least one of the youngest in the Mounts clan will soon be joining us for a day of smoked-meat gluttony. Now we just need to teach him that a cow means “brisket.”
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ICT Rock Girl WestSider performs with legendary Kiss frontman
WestSider Maddy Mullin, age 9, has been playing electric guitar for almost three years. Her Facebook page – ICT Rock Girl – chronicles her adventures in rock and roll. W e s t S i d e S t o r y
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Last month, WestSider Maddy Mullin found herself onstage, performing alongside legendary Kiss frontman Gene Simmons in front of an outdoor Braman, Okla., crowd of 4,000. Maddy, age 9, has been playing Story by the electric guitar and practicing rock vocals for almost three years. Her parents, Chris and Niki Mullin, have helped her set up a Facebook page – “ICT Rock Girl” – to chronicle her adventures in rock and roll. In Braman, one of Simmons’ managers saw Maddy recording a video for the page in the parking lot, which led to her big onstage moment. “They told Gene Simmons about me and wanted me to play for Gene Simmons in his trailer,” Maddy said. Maddy had been learning Kiss tunes for several weeks, practicing for a School
of Rock Wichita performance that is coming up on May 7. When Maddy and her folks got to Simmons’ trailer, the rock star wasn’t there, but members of his backing Sam Jack band were. They jammed with Maddy on “Shout it Out Loud,” a song Kiss has played more than 1,000 times on tour but not one that the musicians had prepped for the Braman show. “We played the song through a couple times. We didn’t know I was going to go on stage at that point,” Maddy said. “Gene Simmons walks in, takes his glasses off, and I’m like, whoa, you’re hu-normous.” Simmons is reportedly six-foot-two and is known for wearing platform heels. “He sits down and says, ‘Show me what you got.’ The guys played with me, and everybody was singing along in the background,” Maddy said. “Then we talked a bit and he said, ‘Do you want to play on stage?’ I said, ‘Yeah, yeah!’” See ROCK GIRL, Page 20 LEFT: Maddy Mullin poses for a photo with up-and-coming blues artist Samantha Fish. The pair met at a concert at The Cotillion. Fish, a singer and guitarist from Kansas City, Mo., has developed a following throughout the Midwest and now is on a national tour. OPPOSITE: Mullin had the chance to not only meet but appear on stage with rock and roll legend Gene Simmons of the band Kiss during a concert in Braman, Okla. Contributed photos
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Reader Appreciation Day was a great experience
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When we sat down to decide just how we should celebrate our 25th anniversary of this newspaper group, we came up with several ideas. We wanted to put out a collection of stories and time lines from the past quarter of a century. We’ll be publishing that keepsake edition this next month. We wanted to put together a collection of my columns from the past 25 years, and I’ll be doing that this fall when the anniversary date formally rolls around. We wanted to give each subscriber to our papers a crisp, fresh $100 bill. Okay…just kidding about that one. And, we wanted to throw a party to say “thank you” to our readers. That party happened this past Sunday at Tanganyika Wildlife Park, and over the course of the afternoon, we served up lunch to several hundred visitors to the park. The day couldn’t have been more perfect in terms of the weather, and all of us at Times-Sentinel Newspapers were grateful for the opportunity to interact with our readers. As one of the owners of the newspaper group, it was a humbling day for me on more than one level. First, I was so grateful for a group of dedicated staff members who thought enough of the occasion to turn out and help us with the day’s worth of work as we set up for the celebration and handed out hot dogs, chips and drinks for those in attendance. That kind of dedication from staff members always makes me feel lucky as a boss, and it even included some spouses and significant others who showed up to help out that day. A big thanks goes out to all those volunteers. Second, I was grateful for the support we received from several sponsors from around the area who helped with the event by donating money and products that made our Reader Appreciation Day a success. Those businesses included Jim’s Apple Market in Cheney; Mize’s Thriftway in Clearwater; First National Bank of Hutchinson, with a branch in
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Goddard; and The Goddard Lions Club. Third, my hat goes off to the staff members at Tanganyika Wildlife Park, who always go the extra yard to help make sure that events at their facility come off wonderfully. With such a beautiful day to enjoy, hundreds of visitors made it out Sunday to the park, and we had a great time visiting with readers and serving up lunch. We’ve done events like this before at Tanganyika, and have had a great relationship with Tanganyika Wildlife Park over the years. This facility, with its hands-on approach to animal interaction, is such a tremendous resource for our area, and it was great to be able to work once again with the park for a public event like this. Finally, I and the rest of the staff at Times-Sentinel Newspapers want to express our sincere thanks to the readers we have across all of the newspapers in our company. Without regular readers, we wouldn’t be the successful newspaper operation that we have become, and that is very gratifying. As we continue to move through the 25th year of operations for Times-Sentinel Newspapers – and on into the future – I hope we can continue to provide newspapers and other publications that are of value to our advertisers and readers alike. If we can continue to help prove that newspapers are here to stay, and that local journalism is an important cornerstone for the communities we serve, then my time in this business will have been well spent. Thanks again for this opportunity, and thanks for reading our newspapers!
Through May 20 – “The Dukes of Haysville,” Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley St. Written by Jeff Gates and Tom Frye, directed by Tom Frye. Followed by “Motown and More” musical comedy revue, written by Patty Reeder, musical direction by Karla Burns. Shows Thursday-Saturday. Tickets $30 for dinner and show, $20 show only, call 316-263-7999. Additional information at www.mosleystreet.com. Through May 20 – “Six Women with Brain Death, or Expiring Minds Want to Know,” Roxy’s Downtown, 412-1/2 E. Douglas. To the expiring mind of a modern American woman, life can read like a tabloid headline. “Six Women With Brain Death” is a wild and very left-of-center view of the world from an entirely feminine standpoint. Shows Thursday-Sunday, tickets $20-$30, dinner $15; call 316-265-4400. More information at www.roxysdowntown.com.
members are of Native American, Latin American, or Polynesian heritage. This is not a religious service. Tickets $8$12, www.wichitaorpheum.com. May 3-4 – “Stomp,” Theater League, 7:30 p.m. at Century II Concert Hall. The international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews, and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments– matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps–to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Tickets starting at $35; visit www.wichitatix.com or call 316-303-8100. May 6 – Wichita Grand Opera Champagne Ball, 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Wichita Ballroom. Tickets $200 or a table of ten for $1,500. Call the WGO box office at 316-262-8054 or www. selectaseat.com. May 13 – “Home on the Range” with special guest Michael Martin Murphy, at The Orpheum. This special presentation will feature the stars of the film and music from legendary singer and performer Michael Martin Murphey. The film tells the story of the song, the cabin and the lawsuit that determined its origins. It has attracted both well-known actors and accomplished musicians. The film was produced by Lone Chimney Films, a not for profit educational film company based out of Kansas, in association with Sperra Studios. Tickets $20-$40, www.wichitaorpheum.com. May 25-July 15 – “School House Don’t Rock, or Brownback vs. the Bored of Education,” Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley St. Written by Tom Frye. Shows Thursday-Saturday. Tickets $30 for dinner and show, $20 show only, call 316-263-7999. Additional information at www.mosleystreet.com.
May 2 – Brigham Young University presents “Living Legends,” at the The Orpheum, 7 p.m. In a performance of extravagant dancing, culturally-inspired music and intricate costumes, Brigham Young University’s Living Legends celebrates the Latin American, Native American, and Polynesian cultures in their show, Seasons. Each year, hundreds of BYU students audition for the opportunity to pay tribute to their ancestors through music and dancing. The audition process is competitive—accepting only the best singers and dancers—but all Living Legends
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Through May 7 – “Boeing Boeing,” presented by The Forum Theatre Company. Shows at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, at The Wilke Center, First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway. Bernard is a 1960’s American bachelor living in Paris, a lothario juggling a very precarious social calendar. He is engaged simultaneously to three different stewardesses – one Italian, one German and one American- each beautiful with frequent layovers. Helped by his long suffering housekeeper, Bernard manages to keep “one up, one down and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard’s apartment at the same time. Tickets $23 for Thursday evenings and matinees, $25 for Friday and Saturday evenings. Tickets available at www.forumwichita.com.
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Landmark barn subject for WestSide artist
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This landmark red barn is known as the Mohr Barn, even though the longtime owners of the farm are John and Ruth Strunk. John Strunk’s grandfather, Michial Mohr – an immigrant from Germany, like many of the farm settlers in Sedgwick County – built the barn in 1913. Mohr came to the farm to work for distant relatives, and lived in the hayloft for two years. Mohr eventually married Mary Betzen, whose parents, Peter Betzen and Elizabeth Eck Betzen, owned the farmstead. The Betzens mortgaged a quarter-section of the farm to the newlyweds.
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ost Wichitans who grew up or currently live in northwest Wichita are familiar with the Mohr Barn, even if they don’t know the name. They know the landmark barn by sight. The big red structure sits on 21st Street, just west of the Northwest YMCA and directly in front of Via Christi St. Francis. For decades, you had to drive outside of the city to see it. Many folks would pass it on their way to Cheney State Park. The barn is practically part of Wichita now, as urban sprawl has brought the city up to the edge of the farm owned by John and Ruth Strunk. According to John, the barn is often used by WestSiders to help their friends navigate their way around an unfamiliar part of the city. “People say if you’ve seen the red barn, you’ve gone too far,” John Strunk said, and he’s proven right by the number of people who pull into their driveway to turn around and back east into Wichita. The barn was constructed in 1913. The year of construction is enshrined on the barn’s south side, facing 21st Street. “When that barn was built, it was almost more (expensive) than the house was. It was their livelihood. It had the horses and mules they needed to survive,” Strunk said. The barn is on the National Register of Historic Places. According to a registration form on file with the National Park Service, the surnames of Betzen, Mohr and Strunk are all part of the history of the farm. Those family names go back to the German immigrants who came to the area in the late 1800s.
The eye of an artist
See BARN, Page 11
LEFT: Clyde C. Engert took up painting and drawing after retiring several years ago. A watercolor class got him started, although he has since eschewed watercolors because they are too messy. After creating numerous pencil drawings, he decided a few months ago to switch to colored pencils and to focus on depicting barns. The Mohr Barn on John and Ruth Strunk’s farm was the first barn he drew. ABOVE: Most of the barns that Engert draws are in rough shape and no longer used as functioning barns. He said the Mohr Barn was in the best shape of any barn he’s drawn so far.
Fairly recently, the barn caught the eye of WestSide artist Clyde C. Engert. It was the barn’s appearance, not its history, that grabbed his attention. He drove down the long driveway, got out and knocked on the Strunks’ door. “He asked if he could take a picture. We said it was fine,” Strunk said. The Mohr barn was the first in what has turned into a string of barn paintings for Engert. “I usually get in the car and drive around, stop and talk to people,” he said. “I drove by it (the Mohr barn) one day and saw it, and thought it was a neat barn. “That was the one that got me started.” Engert, now retired, was not an artist by trade. “I’ve always been interested in art. As a kid, I drew airplanes, but I never took it seriously,” Engert said. That changed after he quit working. After retiring, he took a watercolor class at CityArts. He’s also worked in oil and pencil, the latter becoming a favorite. Numerous monochrome pencil drawings hang on the wall of the apartment he shares with his wife, Ann. “I’ve been doing watercolor, oil or pencil for seven or eight years – since I retired,” he said. “I like pencil, and
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1 1 - M a y 2 0 1 7 WestSider Clyde C. Engert captured the Mohr Barn earlier this year in a colored pencil drawing. Engert has drawn 10 barns so far, and wants to find and draw 10 more before holding some kind of showing of his collection. The barn is a WestSide landmark. Often, people giving directions will tell folks, “If you see the red barn, you’ve gone too far,” according to John Strunk, who has lived on the farm since he was 11 months old. He and his wife, Ruth, have lived together there for 47 years. The Mohr Barn is a neighbor to the Northwest YMCA, and sits in front of Via Christi St. Teresa. Strunk sold the land for the hospital to Via Christi.
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barns anymore. They’re a thing of the past. I like to preserve history.” He takes out the clutter that’s often around and in barns. “I don’t put the junk in there. I try to eliminate that. A lot of them are filled with junk,” Engert said. Many of the barns he has painted look like they would collapse in a strong breeze. “I only know of one that’s still a working barn,” he said. “They make good drawings. One that’s run down looks more interesting...A drawing is a nice way of expressing that image. The barn has no value, unless it’s sentimental.
He said the use of barns reflects changes in farming. Today, if a farmer needs a new building, it’s likely a prefabricated metal shed. He can do a drawing in a day, but working that long is hard on the hands. Stepping away and coming back to a drawing helps him spot mistakes. It’s very difficult to fix a mistake in a pencil drawing. Sometimes, Engert said, the solution is to throw it away and start over. The sky is an important part of each of Engert’s barn drawings. He shared See MOHR, Page 19
eight years – since I retired,” he said. “I like pencil, and decided to try colored pencil. It’s difficult to work with. It’s hard to blend colors. It takes a pretty fine touch.” He has sold a few of his work at CityArts and displayed some of his works in various places. But most of his art has not been seen publicly, he said. It was just a few months ago that he
took an interest in painting barns. Since then, he’s painted 10 different barns around this part of Kansas. Only one owner has turned down his request to take the photos he uses to create his drawings. He wants to get 20 done and then display them somewhere. “I wouldn’t mind selling a few,” he said. Structures like the Mohr Barn were not part of his childhood. “I grew up in the hills of Arkansas, with the trees and timber,” he said. He photographs the barns and tries to duplicate them, “not exactly, but realistically,” he said. “They don’t make
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Project was a ‘day at the beach’ for Kitchen Tune-Up In one of their latest kitchen remodeling projects, the experts at Kitchen Tune-Up were able to recreate a beautiful feeling of beach living in a 1989 split-level home in Wichita, Kansas. “This was our first project with Kitchen Tune-Up and we are absolutely thrilled with the results,” said homeowner Dawn, who with her husband Kurt decided to see what they could do with their tired, dated kitchen. With the split-level layout of the home, and the kitchen and dining areas located on the lower level, Kitchen Tune-Up designer Rachel Phillips was able to work with the home’s available expanse of windows to provide a light, airy feeling to the home’s project area. “We knew we wanted to add an island to the space, and have an open floor plan,” said Dawn. “From there we just turned Rachel loose.” Rachel Phillips owns and operates the local Kitchen Tune-Up franchise with her husband Adam. This was a unique project for the Kitchen Tune-Up team because homeowner Kurt did a lot of the work himself. He installed the laminate flooring with a driftwood plank look, as well as completing much of the painting work. “I’m a fellow beach lover, and we wanted to incorporate that look and feel,” said Rachel. “We brought
in elements from the South and created a space that reflects Dawn’s style, while maintaining some more traditional elements, as well.” The new island has an exotic white granite surface, and the perimeter kitchen countertops are done in a contrasting solid quartz. The kitchen also features the backsplash with oversized glass subway tiles and a mosaic tile accent band that has shells in the design. The cabinets are stained in grey, rather than painted, to bring out the texture of the wood. Completing the look is white painted trim, and brick walls that also were painted white to give the space a light and open feeling. The project also included a large pantry unit and wine bar that has given the homeowners lots of extra storage, and the perfect additional space for entertaining. If you’re ready to transform your kitchen, it’s time to call Kitchen Tune-Up! Now that spring is here, you can be working in the yard while Kitchen Tune-Up transforms your kitchen. The experts with Wichita’s Kitchen Tune-Up team can provide customers with finished projects ranging from easy and inexpensive to breathtaking and cutting edge. Kitchen Tune-Up has remodeled hundreds of kitchens since the local franchise was launched in 2005 by Adam’s parents. The company’s services range from One-Day Restoration or “Tune-Up” of cabinets or
A light and air space was created with this kitchen and dining room renovation that recently was completed by Kitchen Tune-Up.
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Staff Report Riverfest 2017 runs June 2-10, and with 120 events in nine days, there will be plenty of fun to go around for all ages and interests. Expect all the traditional favorites from the Twilight Pops and hot air balloons to the fireworks shows and the ice cream social as well as an amazing concert lineup. In addition to the fun this year, extra thought has been put into your experience as an attendee, so you’ll see some upgrades that make attending Riverfest easier and more comfortable. Parking can be a challenge, especially during the most popular festival events, but don’t fear! Information about plenty of downtown parking is available at DowntownWichita.org. Avoid parking in downtown altogether by taking the Q-Line, which runs up and down Douglas from College Hill to Delano and will offer stops at the ICT Urban Pop-Up Park as well as at the two Riverfest entry gates located on Douglas. Learn all about it at WichitaTransit.org. Biking to the festival is an increasingly popular
choice. Free secured bicycle parking is available at the Bike Walk Wichita Bike Valet. While you’re at it, you can enjoy a guided bike tour or join the Pedal Parade. If you’ll have little ones in tow, Check-N-Safe lockers will be stationed at main entrances and will give you a place to stash all that kid gear for a nominal fee. This will come in handy when you take advantage of Kids Days, June 5 and 6, along with extended hours in Cox Kids Corner and additional special programming for youngsters. A 60-station charging area powered by Westar Energy, a giant Jumbo Tron-style LED screen, and a new mobile app, developed by Clutch Studio and sponsored by Westar, will keep you connected. The Kansas heat is sure to make an appearance at the festival. Plan to keep cool at the Meritrust Misting Tent on Kennedy Plaza and the CNH Industrial Misting Tent in the RedGuard Stage area, southeast of the Hyatt. The Kansas Army National Guard will offer an air-conditioned tent for those who need a serious cool-down, and lunch at the food court will be even better under the shade of a 30’ by 60’ fan-cooled
tent. Some major Riverfest events are inside the climate-controlled comfort of Century II, so be sure to put Blacktop Nationals, Craftapalooza, and the comic and collectible show Wichicon, on your itinerary. This year’s concert line-up features music for a wide variety of tastes, including Mavis Staples who was honored this year at the Kennedy Center Honors and inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, and Randy Newman, known for countless pop songs and charming film soundtracks that intrigue all generations. Riverfest admission buttons are $10 for adults and $5 for children 6-12 at Dillons and QuikTrip locations. Kids 5 and younger get in free. Business owners, community groups and big families might want to consider buying group buttons. Orders for 20 or more buttons can be placed by calling WFI at 316267-2817, and if placed by May 22, can be delivered for free. Those purchasing 20 or more buttons are also eligible to reserve a shaded table for 20 or more guests in the Century II Food Court, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays during the festival.
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WGO season continues with Champagne Ball, Biblical opera Story by Sam Jack When company founders Margaret Ann Pent and Parvan Bakardiev began working to launch an opera company in Wichita more than 15 years ago, they could have settled on a name like “Opera Wichita.” Instead, they decided to join a handful of U.S. companies that highlight the word “Grand” in their names: Wichita Grand Opera. “Grand opera” is an important sub-genre within the broader world of opera, generally indicating works like “William Tell” and “Turandot” that deploy imposing sets and large performing forces to depict large-scale emotions or moments of historical crisis. When Wichita Grand Opera named itself, it was making a bold claim that the company would gather the resources and community support needed to mount such operas. And it did, in the years that followed, performing both beloved and rare works of composers such as Verdi, Puccini and Gounod. But “grand” also has a broader meaning for the company. It means showing the Wichita and Kansas community a positive reflection of itself. Wichita Grand Opera’s first-ever spring season, now underway, offers unique opportunities for Wichitans to be part of “grand.” On April 23, the Russian National Ballet Theatre thrilled a Century II audience with the season’s first event, a performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Sleeping Beauty.” Next up will be WGO’s first-ever Champagne Ball, 6 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Hyatt Regency. The Opera Ball has long been a highlight of Wichita’s annual social calendar. This year, by making its ball part of its spring season, WGO aims to create a participatory event that will evoke such spectacles as the Vienna Opera Ball and the Met Gala. “You don’t have to go to Vienna or the Met,” Bakardiev said. “You can be part of that right here in Wichita. Dress to the nines, meet your friends Toast the town at Wichita Grand Opera’s and get an introduction to Champagne Ball, May 6. Wichita Grand Opera.” “A party without champagne is just a meeting,” the saying goes. In addition to quaffing the signature bubbly, ball-goers will enjoy a three-course dinner accompanied by champagne drinking songs, bid on a variety of luxury live and silent auction items, and dance to the music of Matt Johnston. This year, Wichita Grand Opera will welcome Wichita’s own Chris Mann as special guest of honor. Hailed as a “bona fide breakout star” by Yahoo Music and called “tremendous” by BroadwayWorld.com, Mann makes a triumphant return to his hometown after his meteoric rise to fame on NBC’s The Voice. Mann was hand-picked by Andrew Lloyd Webber to don the iconic mask of the Phantom in 700 performances of “The Phantom of the Opera” on national tour. Those in attendance attendance at the Ball will be treated to a special, private performance by Mann, with selections from “Phantom” as well as a major announcement about a future collaboration between the WGO and Mann. The spring season concludes with another first for the WGO and for Wichita: a new production of Benjamin Britten’s lovable opera, “Noah’s Flood.” By the time Britten wrote “Noah’s Flood” in 1958, he had left his seaside English hometown behind. Operas such as “Peter Grimes” and “Billy Budd” had made him an international sensation. Yet he wanted to create an opera that would both
An illustration of Noah overseeing animals boarding the Ark as the storm approaches in Britten’s “Noah’s Flood,” June 9 & 11.
connect with and ennoble villagers like the ones he grew up with. He came up with what he called a “church opera,” written to be performed in a sanctuary using a mix of professional and amateur singers, musicians and dancers. “He focused on a Biblical story that was familiar and beloved by his audience,” Bakardiev said. “And he invited the children and adults of the town to help tell it.” The audience that saw the premiere, at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Orford, came away knowing they had witnessed something special. “An unforgettable experience,” one critic wrote. Bakardiev has presented “Noah’s Flood” several times during his long career as an impresario, and he is looking forward to bringing it to the sanctuary of Holy Cross Lutheran Church at 8 p.m. Friday, June 9. A smaller core of professional singers and musicians will join forces with a larger cast of children and adults who were chosen through open auditions. “It’s miraculous that one of the best operas of the 20th century is also one where parents and children can make music together,” he said. “The productions I’ve been involved in are all ones I cherish.” General admission tickets to “Noah’s Flood” are $35. Individual tickets to the Wichita Grand Opera Champagne Ball are $200, a portion of which is tax-deductible. Patrons can save up to 20 percent through subscription packages or group orders. For more information about the 2017 Season, visit WichitaGrandOpera.org. For tickets, you can call the WGO Box Office at 316-262-8054, purchase online at SelectASeat.com, or buy them in person at the Century II Performing Arts Center.
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Cruzeiro. The internship had such a valuable impact that he has since changed his major to business management. “I’m getting a great opportunity in exchange for the hard work,” Cruzeiro said of the chance to continue working with College Works Painting. “I’m learning how to manage and run a company.” Although the painting season doesn’t start until June, Cruzeiro already has his hands full doing estimates and hiring his team. Both homeowners who are looking for a great paint job at the right price
Worship at the Church of Your Choice Aldersgate United Methodist Church - 7901 W. 21st St. N. (west of Ridge Rd.), (316) 722-8504, www. aldersgatechurch.org. Sunday morning services at 8:00 a.m. (traditional), 9:30 a.m. (blended), and 11 a.m. (traditional). Wednesday night activities. Nursery available for all services. Sunday school each week at 8:15 a.m. for adults and at 9:30 a.m. for all age groups. Youth group and youth worship on Sunday evenings. Bible studies, children’s activities, and different fellowship events available throughout the year. Asbury Church – Administrative Offices - 2810 W. 15th St., Wichita (one block north of 13th on St. Paul) (316) 942-1491. Two locations across the Wichita Metro Area. Sunday Services: Central Campus – 15th & St. Paul. Traditional Service at 8 a.m., a Praise Service at 9:15 a.m. and a Blended Service at 10:45 a.m. West Campus – 119th & Pawnee. An Upbeat Praise Service suited for the whole family at 10:45 a.m. Visit www.asburychurch.org to learn more about Asbury’s many family-centered ministries. Asbury Counseling Center information can be found at www. AsburyCounselingCenter.com For HIS Glory Church – 2901 W. Taft St., Wichita • (316) 794-1170 • Worship Sunday 11:00 a.m. •
neighborhood church just around the corner.” Email: swede132@sbcglobal. net; Website: heritage4u.net.
ChurchForHISGlory@gmail.com • Family integrated full Gospel church Hope Christian Church – Meeting where all ages worship and study 10:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, NEW LOCATION - 1330 E. Douglas. God’s word. Worship is casual and encouraging. Goddard United Methodist Church Online at www.hope4wichita.org and – 300 N. Cedar, Goddard; (316) 794- on Facebook. Pastor Mark McMahon. 2207 • 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Worship • email@example.com. 316-648Children’s church during both services 0495. • Nursery Available • 10 a.m. Sunday School • Josh Gooding, Pastor • West Heights UMC – 745 N. Westlink Haley Bieter, Youth Pastor • Children’s Ave. (Just north of Central on Westlink); (316) 722-3805, Email: westheights@ Pastor, Nicole Rbya westheightsumc.org. Sunday services Good Shepherd Episcopal Church 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. (Traditional/ – 8021 W. 21st St. N., Wichita; Blended); Sunday school 9:15 a.m.; (316) 721-8096; Saturday 5:30 p.m. Wednesday meal (during school year) Spoken Worship; Sunday 8:45 a.m. 5:30 p.m. fun classes and study for all Contemporary Worship; 11 a.m. ages; nondenominational preschool, Traditional Choral Worship; Church host to the Shepherd’s Center of School - Children 9:50 a.m., Adults 10 West Wichita providing dynamic a.m.; Children’s Chapel 8:45 & 11 a.m. activity for the Classic Generation, full children’s programming, and an Harvest Community Church – active youth program challenging Worship at 8340 W. 21st in Wichita today’s generation, website: www. Sunday at 10:30 a.m.; Senior westheightsumc.org. pastor Rev. Dr. Dave Henion; www. Pathway Church – Westlink Campus, wichitaharvest.com. Saturday at 5 pm, Sunday at 9 am & Heritage Baptist Church – Corner 10:30 am • Café Campus, Sunday at of 135th St. & 13th St. N., Wichita; 10:30 am • 2001 N Maize Rd (21st (316) 729-2700; Sunday School 9:45 & Maize), Wichita • 316-722-8020 • a.m.; Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.; Goddard Campus, Sunday at 9:30 Evening Worship 6 p.m.; Wednesday am, 11 am & 5 pm • 18800 W Kellogg, Adult Bible Study/Prayer Time 7 p.m.; Goddard • 316-550-6099 • www. Wiseguys 3 yrs.–6th grade 7 p.m.; pathwaychurch.com • Following Jesus/ Nursery provided at all services. “Your In Community/For Others.
The Altar – 321 S. 162nd & West Maple, Goddard • 316-550-6777 • www.thealtar.church • Pastor Marty Freeman • Sunday Service 10 am, Wednesday Service 6:30 pm • Nursery & Children’s Service Provided • Radical Worship. Radical Obedience. Trinity Reformed Church (RPCNA) – Come glorify and enjoy God with us. 3340 W. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67203 • Sunday worship 9:30 a.m. • Sunday School 11 a.m. • Evening services 5 p.m. • Pastor Adam King • www.trinityrpcna.org • 316-721-2722 Westwood Presbyterian Church – 8007 W. Maple, Wichita; (316) 7223753; “Simply making disciples who walk with Jesus, grow to become like Jesus, and live for Jesus by loving others.” Worship Sunday 9 a.m. with Praise Team, 10:30 a.m. with Choir; Fellowship and coffee between worship services; Sunday school for all ages 9 a.m. Nursery open 8:45-11:45 a.m.; www.westwoodpc.org. Rolling Hills Community Church (Church of God, Cleveland, TN) – 8605 W. Maple, Wichita; (316) 7221251; Sunday Christian Education Classes 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Worship Service 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday Recharge Service 7:00 p.m. Pastor Mark Ingram; www.rhcc.church and Facebook. ‘We love God, love people, and help people love God.’ Come join us.
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Anthony Cruzeiro had a successful College Works Painting business last summer, and is back as an excutive manager this summer.
and painters looking for summer work can contact Cruzeiro. College Works has a national partnership with Sherwin-Williams paint, and Cruzeiro said his training focuses on the newest exterior and interior painting methods with the highest-quality products available. College Works jobs, he said, are insured and come with a warranty. Soon, he will begin training people (painters must be at least 18 years old and have reliable transportation), with jobs getting under way from mid-May to early August. No job is too small or too big for Cruzeiro’s crew. He said his focus is on quality workmanship, and service to his customers. “We are not going to come in and rush through a job in a day,” he said. “Time is not a factor, but quality and service are important factors.” College Works crews provide all the supplies for whatever size job, including doing all preparing, such as scraping, sanding, priming, and power-washing. Cruzeiro provides free estimates, and is already scheduling painting jobs for the summer. For more information, to schedule an estimate, or to inquire about joining Cruzeiro’s painting crew, call 316-651-7656. More information also is available at www.collegeworkspaintingmidwest.com.
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Anthony Cruzeiro may just be a junior at Wichita State University, but he already knows what it’s like to run a small business. This will be Cruzeiro’s second summer with College Works Painting, and he’s already on his way to lining up a full schedule of houses for his crew to paint this summer. Cruzeiro was one of roughly 2,000 interns across 19 states hired last summer to manage a team of young painters, marketers and other employees. The company provides its college interns with painting supplies, a budget and extensive mentoring, then steps back as the student takes charge of building revenue, controlling costs and maintaining all other aspects of a small painting business. Cruzeiro’s crew was so successful last summer that this year he was promoted to executive manager for Wichita this summer. He’ll have his own crew focusing on painting jobs in west Wichita, but also will be coordinating other crews all across Wichita. A 2015 graduate of Bishop Carroll High School, Cruzeiro worked all through high school at his aunt and uncle’s restaurant, then did road construction work his first summer out of high school. He knows the value of hard work, and now has put those efforts into the houses he paints. “Last summer was a great experience for me,” said
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A space of her own Nahid Holmes creates new ‘home’ for Design Source Interiors For nearly three decades, Nahid Holmes has been the “go to” interior designer for clients all across the Wichita area. Now, Holmes is treating herself to the same skill set that her clients have come to trust and respect…and love. This summer, owners and partners Nahid Holmes and Bert Conyers will be moving their business, Design Source Interiors, to a new location in Andover. The move won’t be far away – they’ll be occupying a new space just a couple of blocks north along Andover Road from their current location. And they won’t necessarily be moving into a larger space – the new Design Source Interiors facility will be roughly the same size at 10,000 square feet of showroom and work space. “The big difference is not size, it’s efficiency,” said Holmes, who since 1996 has made a name for herself as one of Wichita’s leading interior designers, and a design professional who can walk clients through all phases of a home or business project from construction to final interior details. Her name is synonymous with design perfection, and Design Source Interiors is the place where the magic happens. A native of Oklahoma who studied design and clothing textile merchandising at Oklahoma State University and then accounting at Wichita State University, Holmes got her start in clothing. But her passion soon proved to be home design. “It was the scariest thing I ever did,” Holmes said of her decision in the mid 1990s to purchase a Victorian home on Douglas Street in Wichita so she could launch a business selling rugs, home accessories and imported furniture. A year later she expanded the business and moved it to Andover. “Since then, we’ve expanded nine times – whenever space became available in this strip mall,” she said. Bert Conyers joined the operation in 1999, and the two soon became partners in the business. “We all have our specialties,” said
Design Source Interiors partners Bert Conyers and Nahid Holmes are excited about their new location, which is under construction and will be ready for them to occupy this summer.
Conyers. “We have a fantastic staff, and it’s a strong team.” At the heart of that team, of course, is owner and founder Nahid Holmes, whose focus is always design. “Other staff members are involved with buying and contracting, design work, and other aspects of the business, but I have my hand in every single project,” she said. “And I focus on what Nahid needs done,” said Conyers, who directs dayto-day operations at DSI. From the ground up Unlike other interior design operations that focus on interior finishes and
furnishings, Design Source Interiors does so much more. That started with – and continues to be driven by – customer service. “I listened to my clients and they gave me my direction,” said Holmes. “And from there the business just grew. People wanted help with construction design, and now we’re expanding into commercial spaces. It’s anything and everything. “And word of mouth brought the rest of the world to us.” DSI is a one-stop-shop for complete design expertise – from the ground up. That work includes home design, selection of construction materials,
help with interior finishes, and furniture selection. “We may specialize in one part of that process for a client, or we may do it all,” said Conyers. With the company’s growth and expansion into all aspects of home and office design work, the need for a new “home” for DSI had become obvious to Holmes and Conyers. “The idea to build has been on my mind for 15 years,” said Holmes. “But we had to find the right place.” A strip mall two blocks to the north caught Holmes’ eye one day, and she liked the location. She convinced the owners to sell, and then realized that what she wanted to accomplish for her business space couldn’t be done with a remodeling project. Luckily, the site included an extra acre of land, and the decision was made to build. “We’re keeping the strip mall and its tenants, and building our own space,” said Holmes. “It just made sense.” The new facility will be completed this summer, and Holmes and Conyers agreed the move will be big – but not daunting. “We move people every day from house to house,” Holmes said with a laugh. “This is what we do.” The new facility will have a “warm, European village feel” to it and will be inviting to clients. For the Design Source Interiors staff, the new location will be big on efficiency, with design rooms and samples of construction materials. “We’re thrilled with the opportunity to move into our new location,” said Conyers. “We’re all about service, and the new facility will better serve us and our clients.” Holmes just nodded in agreement. After all, she did design the space. For more information about Design Source Interiors, call 316-733-7080, or visit www.DSIandover.com. Until the move, DSI will continue to operate out of its facility at 125 West Central in Andover. Watch for more information on the move as it approaches!
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Last Kansas Sampler festival approaches The 28th – and final – Kansas Sampler Festival will take place May 6-7 in Winfield’s Island Park. The largest outdoor travel show in the state will once again feature what there is to see, do, hear, taste, buy and learn in Kansas. Attendance in 2016 was 8,250 people. More than 130 Kansas communities will be represented by tourism exhibitors, musicians, historic performers, entrepreneurs, food vendors, and cultural heritage demonstrators. The 2017 festival is organized by the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism with chamber director Sarah Werner serving as the local festival director. More than 300 volunteers, city workers, and area sponsors make the festival possible. The primary focus of the festival is to give the public ideas for Kansas day trips. Exhibitors from across the state will set up displays in twelve tents to promote tourism. Entrepreneurs will sell their products in three tents and another tent will feature Kansas wine and beer producers. There will be four stages for musicians and a fifth for historic performers. Twenty food vendors will be found on the grounds as will a blacksmith demonstration, antique cars, Pack goats and Mammoth donkeys, and children’s activities.
This will be the final Kansas Sampler Festival before the foundation switches to a new format to educate the public about what Kansas has to see and do. The “Big Kansas Road Trip” will start in 2018 and the showcase counties for the road trip will be announced at the festival. The festival began in 1990 as a book-signing party for Milferd and Marci Penner’s Kansas Weekend Guide book. Some of the places in the guidebook set up displays. The crowd reaction was so positive that the event was given a name, the Kansas Sampler Festival, and was held on the Penner Farm near Inman for another seven years. It then rotated on a twoyear basis to the host communities of Pratt, Ottawa, Independence, Newton, Garden City, Concordia, Leavenworth, Liberal, Wamego and Winfield. The new 480-page Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers by Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe will debut at the festival and can be purchased in the Kansas Explorers Club tent. Festival hours are Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 7-12. For more information, go to kansassamplerfestival.com.
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each of his barns with the WestSide Story. The colors of the sky and the clouds – or lack of clouds – were unique to each drawing. Engert has 120 colors in his array of pencils, which allows for a great deal of nuance. “I enjoy the challenge of doing the sky. Each of the barns has a different sky,” he said.
Preserving a landmark About two weeks after Engert visited the Strunks, he returned with a print of his drawing of their barn. This wasn’t the first time the Mohr Barn has been preserved visually. Strangers stop on the side of the road and take pictures. Acquaintances come by for senior portraits. The barn was preserved in an oil painting by Hugh Greer, which in 2010 became the annual Christmas card sold by the Independent Living Resource
“Now the windows are showing some age,” Ruth Strunk said. “It takes a lot to keep it up.” The barn is not actively used today, although they have a horse they keep in it at times. The upstairs loft is huge. Every so often, it will host a family event. Dusty table cloths were still in place during a recent visit, as daylight streamed through the south windows. A curved staircase on the barn’s north side
was a rare feature when the barn was built 104 years ago. The National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places registration form provides a nice summary: “The Mohr Barn retains its integrity of design, materials, workmanship and setting. The barn’s importance to the farmstead and its original owners is reinforced by its dominance and prominent setting.
WestSider Clyde C. Engert says he puts great effort into the sky of each of his colored pencil barn drawings. Engert says he creates a unique sky for each artwork.
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Center in Wichita. The annual cards have featured many Wichita area landmarks, like Naftzger Memorial Park at the corner of Douglas and St. Francis, the Park Villa in Riverside, Wichita Carnegie Library, the Crown Uptown Theater, Union Station, the Historic Sedgwick County Courthouse, the Delano Clock Tower and College Hill. One time, the Strunks learned the old Kansas Sampler store in Towne West Square was selling coasters with their barn on it. There was one problem, however. “Nobody ever asked permission,” Ruth Strunk said. The image was being used without a license. Four generations of family have operated on the farm. John has spent nearly his entire life on the farm. His father – John Strunk Sr., a physician – died when John was less than a year old. At the age of 11 months, his mother, Josephine, and he moved back onto the family farm with his grandparents. He’s lived there to this day. It’s been home to John and Ruth through their 47 years of marriage. In 2007, the Strunks refurbished the barn at a cost of about $30,000. That included painting and repairs. The new roof alone cost $17,000.
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kind of closed off, because she was very close to her grandfather when he passed away,” Niki said. “It’s really brought her out of her shell.” Maddy got interested in rock music after watching her dad play “Rocksmith,” an Xbox 360 game that is similar to “Guitar Hero” but uses a real guitar instead of a simplified plastic controller. When dad Chris and Maddy’s maternal grandfather, Jan Perez, made plans to buy her her own guitar and get her started in lessons, Niki was somewhat skeptical. “I’m like, if Maddy can do this, it’s great...but at the time, she was only seven. Next thing I know, she was in a performance group (at School of Rock Wichita) with these high school kids,” Niki said. Maddy practices a lot, but her parents don’t push her. Keeping up with other young musicians, and advancing to more and more difficult repertoire, is motivation enough. “If she put her guitar away and said she didn’t want
to do it anymore, we would say, ‘OK,’” Chris said. “But that hasn’t happened.” Maddy has no shortage of self-discipline, when it comes to music. She said scales are her favorite thing to practice, and she likes to look for new challenges. “I’m going to keep being a musician, because I think I could get really good, from where I am now,” Maddy said. “I can learn more things, and I also think I should teach people, because music has helped me so much.” Maddy’s performance with Gene Simmons has not been her only big show. She was on the program at the River City Rock Show, last October at The Cotillion, and she has performed with Perez’s band, Crazy Heart, at the Kansas Veterans and Family Reunion, held at El Dorado Lake. More shows are sure to follow. “I think everybody sees her potential. It’s hard for her to express that, because I don’t think she knows; she just gets up there, rocks it and has fun,” Niki said.
Maddy Mullin’s stage appearances include performing at The Cotillion in West Wichita as part of the River City Rock Show.
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Maddy and her parents watched the show from a VIP area in front of the stage, until it was time for her to go on. She yelled, “You ain’t seen nothing yet,” and closed her performance of “Shout it Out Loud” with a rock pose Simmons showed her – head thrown back and right hand raised in a “hang loose” sign. Was she nervous? Not very – and she didn’t show it. “I was a little nervous inside, but outside it was just regular day, regular time,” Maddy said. “We give a lot of credit to the band,” Niki added. “They learned the song 10 minutes before showtime, went over it once, and put her on lead vocals. For me, I still can’t believe it, but for Maddy it was just another Thursday.” Learning guitar and becoming immersed in the rock music of the past and the present has been a huge boost to Maddy’s confidence, she and her parents agreed. “There were a couple years where we had to take care of my husband’s elderly dad, and she became
ICT Rock Girl – also known as 9-year-old Maddy Mullin – has performed in numerous places in her short music career. Her Facebook page is “ICT Rock Girl” and she has a YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/channel/ UCovCV34VYHIjEwh7eIUIsXA
the awards are a reflection of the work we do for all of community newspapers,” said managing editor Travis Mounts. “The awards represent a wide variety of work, and from a number of people who contribute to our papers. We feel we have one of the best staffs of any small newspaper operation in Kansas. We have a group of people who are committed to community journalism.” The Conway Springs Star & Argonia Argosy and the Haysville Sun-Times also earned awards. In non-daily division I, for small weeklies, the Star-Argosy and the SunTimes were first and second in the best front page category. The Star-Argosy won a total of six awards. In addition to first place in best front page, publisher Paul Rhodes won first in best environmental story. The Star-Argosy was second in news and writing excellence, and Jack took second in sports feature story. Jack was third in government/political story, and managing editor Travis Mounts was third in local business story. The Sun-Times won three first-place awards and a second-place award. Jack won first place in news photo with a photo of former Haysville educator Julie Dombo. The photo was taken at the sentencing hearing of James Michael Phillips, who was convicted of shooting Dombo during a robbery at an AT&T store in Derby. The photo featured Dombo, the only person in the photo seen in focus, intently looking at Phillips during the hearing. In addition to winning the category, the photograph was named as the non-daily photo of the year, beating all other photos in all three non-daily divisions. Jack also earned first place in the series category for his stories on Dombo’s shooting and her recovery. The Sun-Times staff earned first place in the headline writing category, to go with its second-place in best front page. Judging for this year’s Awards of Excellence was performed by more than 70 newspaper people whose papers are members of the Nebraska Press Association. Kansas journalists judged Nebraska’s contest earlier this year.
Weekly newspapers The Times-Sentinel, the Haysville Sun-Times and the Conway Springs Star & Argonia Argosy brought home numerous awards from this month’s Kansas Press Association Awards of Excellence, held in conjunction with the association’s annual convention in Topeka. The three newspapers are sister papers to WestSide Story as well as the East Wichita News. All are part of Times-Sentinel Newspapers, LLC. WestSide Story and East Wichita News are not eligible for KPA awards. The Times-Sentinel won 10 awards, including four first-place awards. Sam Jack and Travis Mounts shared the award for best story/picture combination. Jack wrote a story about Gail Miller’s mother and a note in a bottle that she placed in the Ninnescah River. It was later found near the mouth of the Mississippi River. Jack took first in youth story with his article about Josh Oakley returning to baseball with the Eisenhower Tigers after receiving a heart transplant. Mounts won first place in sports story with his coverage of the Goddard Lions’ double overtime loss in the State football championship. Photographer Dale Stelz won first place in feature photo with an image he snapped at Goddard’s Fourth of July celebration. The paper placed second in best editorial pages and in best use of photos. Mounts earned second place in best environmental story. Contributor Tiffany Struthers won third place in news photo for her picture of flooding west of Clearwater last year. Mounts earned third place in feature photo for an image taken at the Sedgwick County Fair. Staffers Abbygail Brown, Jean Nance, Aaron Mounts and Travis Mounts shared the third place award for photo package with their images from the State track and field meet. The Times-Sentinel competes in non-daily division II, for midsize newspaper. “We are honored that so much of our work was honored by our peers. We feel
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The word on ‘The Last Word’ “The Last Word” is a much better movie than what I’d read about it had led me to expect. Reviewers said Shirley MacLaine chewed the scenery, but I found her perhaps too realistically restrained as an old woman who wants to write her own obituary, especially after she learns that she is universally despised. The greatest weakness of the movie is that nothing justifies everybody’s dislike. In fact, her insurance company is seemingly supporting the whole town. She is a control freak with her family and employees, but nobody seems to be much harmed, and most are prospering. Her rejuvenation is not necessary, clear, or difficult. She gets a job, albeit an unpaid one, as a disc jockey at a youthful radio station, on the basis of a single interview, yet she apparently makes a success of it. She gives quite appropriate advice to a grade-school class. All the people in her world seem reasonable. Where’s the drama? Amanda Seyfried does well as a young reporter who learns not to put her feet on the interviewee’s desk (though she notices that MacLaine is not rough enough to object to that), but her supposed improvement is as murky as MacLaine’s. Screenwriter Stuart Ross Fink and director Mark Pennington are too delicate about showing character inadequacies so that they can be overcome later, which suggests that they were not the talents this movie needed. There is little criticism of the advertising business, which makes MacLaine’s late repudiation of it unmotivated. I had so much trouble hearing the soundtrack that I stayed through a second showing, and I enjoyed the movie more the second time through, when I detected a good deal more structural unity than I had seen before. You have to give “The Last Word” credit as much for what it supposedly intended to do as for what it actually accomplished. Its major accomplishment may be in presenting a picture of a considerably more gentle, empathetic world than the one we have to struggle with. ‘Going in Style’ “Going in Style” is a remake of the
1979 George Burns classic, of which I have fond but spotty memories. The shortcomings of this remake were not handed down from the original; they’re all new. For one thing, “Going in Style” never decides what it wants to be or do. It isn’t a laugh-out-loud comedy, except in a scene or two, and it occasionally aims at a poignancy that doesn’t fit its usual tone of light character comedy. There’s a surprising sloppiness to its construction, with what seem to be the remains of a whole subplot involving a street carnival, apparently arranged to provide Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin with opportunity and alibis for a bank robbery. This doesn’t fit in with either the plot or the theme of the rest of the film. The cast is notable, including Ann-Margaret, Matt Dillon and Christopher Lloyd, but nobody gets a lot to do, and acting styles don’t mesh. The emphasis on threatened death and disaster undercuts the general optimism of the pictured world, and the genuine heroism of the bank employee who faced three-to-one-odds is unappreciated. A camera pulls back to reveal that what looks like a funeral is actually a wedding, without detectable point, and a parody car chase gives the movie yet another tonally-off sequence. Still, with a cast like this one, you can’t help having some good bits. There is a promising 14-year-old named Joey King, and a cute pug puppy. The movie provides a welcome escape from the usual nihilism, pessimism, violence and sex. And there is a last-minute effort to make all the threads come together; a gesture toward old-fashioned unity. “Going in Style” isn’t very good, but
“The Zookeeper’s Wife” is, like “Schindler’s List” and “Defiance,” a movie about civilians under Nazi occupation who try to help Jews, in unspectacular but largely successful ways. We are told that people portrayed by Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenberg actually saved about 300 Jews in a Warsaw zoo’s basements and tunnels during World War II – mostly a few at a time, without Hollywood heroics, car chases or black-and-orange explosions. The story is largely a long succession of little moments, without much organization or build-up toward Big Moments. We aren’t even shown the moment when the end of the war is announced, and the movie doesn’t stop there, where you would expect it to. As a result, “The Zookeeper’s Wife” has been criticized for lack of high drama, while being praised for historical accuracy and continual believability. The use of animals is theatrically justified and relatively restrained, and the filmmakers avoid tilting toward romantic melodrama and domestic tragedy. Horrors of the Holocaust are not individualized or sadistically dwelt upon, and the one semi-civilized Nazi, played by Daniel Bruhl, is not sanitized or even particularly sympathetic. Jessica Chastain’s title character never turns into Joan of Arc; at one point, her husband, played by Heldenberg, even accuses her, because she never leaves the grounds of the zoo, of not knowing what the struggle is all about. Child stars are not cute, and the animals are just animals, not trained stars. What the zoo means to Chastain is made clear in the first few minutes, and its destruction is not by the Nazis but by Allied bombs. Restrained, grown-up, historically convincing, and, I presume, accurate, one wonders how “The Zookeeper’s Wife” got released in the United States at all. It’s probably too much to hope that it will reach the audience it deserves. Still, “Hidden Figures” made it; let’s not give up.
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“Get Out” is a mystery/horror thriller that first grabs you as what looks like a realistic domestic drama about interracial relations – especially romantic relations – then gradually turns into... Well, I’m not going to tell you what it turns into, because “Get Out” is carefully constructed around a central plot device. I won’t be a spoiler by depriving you of the satisfaction of discovering it for yourself. “Get Out” starts with a friend telling the hero not to go into his girlfriend’s family home, and ends with, “I told you not to go into that house.” In between, unusually for Hollywood, everything is calculated to develop that idea. Writer-director Jordan Peele is especially good with light and shadow, and with colors outdoors at night. And he’s generally clever with innuendo and barely visible suggestion; I don’t know how he made me see apparently ordinary situations as strangely off-base and full of vague menace, but nothing seems quite right in terms of people, settings and dialogue, though you can’t put your finger on anything. Peele doesn’t answer all your questions, but by the end, you have hints enough to overwhelm your fears that he is cheating on you with implications you can’t explain. There is very little violence or gore until a touch of them is justified in the end, and no more sex or language than is similarly justified. The cast is unknown to me except for Catherine Keener, who has little to do – which is just as well, because mystification is not her kind of material, and she helps to anchor everything in reality, as she does in all her movies I have seen. But physical casting is in some mysterious way appropriate; there are no stereotypes, and nobody is merely blank. I wish I could say more about “Get Out,” but let me say that it made me think about the original “Cat People,” and Deborah Kerr in “The Innocents.” For this kind of horror-mystery, you can’t do a lot better than that.
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Quest for the perfect pie crust I’ve been on a quest for the perfect pie crust for a very long time. The one I grew up with was lard, flour and water – as little water as possible. When lard fell out of favor we started using vegetable shortening. As we all know, pie crust has never been the same. I can make pie crusts that are good. I can make pie crusts that are pretty. But doing both simultaneously is nearly impossible. I’m not the only one. The Midpoint Café on Route 66 in Adrian, Texas, advertises their “Ugly Pies.” I can state for the record their pies are delicious. I don’t remember too much about their beauty standards. Making pie crust is far simpler than some would have you believe. Once you get the hang of it, you can do it in five minutes. Plus you never have to buy one again, and you’ll have the adoration of everyone you share pie with. The tricks to a flaky pie crust are: 1. Keep it cold. 2. Don’t overwork the dough. These are both for the same reason, and are also the reason your mama told you not to add any more water than necessary to the pie crust. The goal is to keep the fat and flour in layers (actually blobs of fat covered in flour, but let’s not get overly technical) because that’s what creates the flakiness. Keeping everything cold makes the fat less likely to blend with the flour fully. If you keep working the dough until it’s all blended – especially with your warm hands – you’ll destroy the layers and your potential for flaky crust. That was all the easier to do if you put in too much water. This is why pretty is difficult for me. I leave my crust almost crumbly when I begin to roll it out. It’s barely holding together. I know it will be flaky, but to have those pretty edges I would need a smoother dough. I’m never willing to risk it, but if you practice enough you’ll This is the recipe I love after trying dozens of them. Pie Crust Extraordinaire 4 cups all-purpose flour 1 3/4 cups shortening 3 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 egg 1/2 cup water
find the sweet spot. I just let mine be homely. I explained to a new boyfriend a long time ago that I knew my pie crusts were ugly. He looked at the pie and said with some reverence, “It’s not ugly. It’s homemade. It’s beautiful.” And that, my friends, is how you get more pie! Some recipes call for a little vinegar, but the science is not on the side of vinegar in pie crusts. The idea is that the acid keeps the flour from creating long strands of gluten, which can make the crust tough. The reality is gluten forms better in a slightly acidic environment. Some suggest using vodka – because it’s only about 60 percent water you have more liquid to make the crust prettier and the other 40 percent of the vodka vaporizes during cooking. But I don’t have vodka around so I don’t use it. However, if you need an excuse… Some recipes are made with oil, and you can press the dough directly into the pan without rolling out. But the rolling out – smooshing those layers of fat and flour – also leads to more flakiness. Editor’s note: Patsy Terrell doesn’t quibble over crusts. She has rarely met one she didn’t like. Find more recipes and photos, and sign up for a monthly newsletter, at cookslibrarywithpatsy.com.
Mix all-purpose flour, sugar, and salt. Cut in shortening with a pastry cutter until crumbly. Separately mix egg and water, then blend into flour mixture. Chill, then roll out as needed.
• Local students are among the 23 students who will serve as VIP Student Ambassadors for the 2017-2018 academic school year at Fort Hays State University. One returning ambassador will be joined by 22 new ambassadors. The list includes WestSider Brianna Spexarth, a senior majoring in management. She is a Bishop Carroll Catholic High School graduate. • Twelve accomplished Kansas State University alumni have been selected as the 2017 Alumni Fellows and addressed students and faculty in classes and receptions April 19-21 during the 2017 Alumni Fellows week. The list includes Wichitan Brad Razook, executive vice president and CEO of resources at Koch Industries Inc. He graduated from K-State in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. • Two WestSide students have been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Scott Hershberger and Jacob Maddox both made the list from the College and Arts and Sciences. Students must earn a GPA of 3.6 or higher and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units. • Donovan Aragon of West Wichita was among a talented group of students who staged the opera “Dialogues of the Carmelites” during the spring semester at Baldwin Wallace University. Aragon, a graduate of Goddard Senior High School majoring in instrumental performance, played percussion in the production.
and Shauna Dickman of Wichita. He graduated in 2015 from Wichita Northwest High School.
• The Wichita Independent Business Association (WIBA) has announced the selection of its first woman President, Alicia Holloway. Board chairman Chad Stafford, president at Occidental Management, said the board unanimously approved Holloway to fill the position. Holloway is owner of Right Recruiting of Kansas, where she has been providing permanent placement recruiting for business in the Wichita area for the past 17 years. She has been active on the WIBA board of directors, serving in many volunteer roles. Holloway graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas in 1994. She held marketing positions at Pizza Hut and Rent-A-Center in the 11 years prior to beginning Right Recruiting of Kansas.
• Grantham University has announced its March local graduates of the university’s online degree and certificate programs. Graduates include, from Wichita: Jose Bautista, A.A. in multidisciplinary studies; Kerry Hurd, B.S. in business administration; and Maxie Mikle, A.S. and B.S. in business administration. From Goddard: Kevin Clark, B.S. in computer science.
• U.S. Air Force Airmen Johnathon R. Retzlaff and Caleb M. Dickman graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. The airman completed an intensive, eightweek program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Retzlaff is the husband of Kelsey Retzlaff of Wichita. He is a 2014 graduate of Maize High School. Dickman earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Eric
• More than 1,900 University of Nebraska-Lincoln students were honored during individual college celebrations and the All-University Honors Convocation April 23 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. WestSiders Reid England Jones and Spencer Quinn Jones were recognized. • Newman University honored student scholars and leaders for their outstanding academic achievements and accomplishments at the 2017 Academic Honors and Awards Banquet, held April 19 on the Newman campus. The university-wide event is presented each year to acknowledge superior performance by students, and includes recognition of honor society inductees, campus leaders, students selected for this year’s “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities,” and top scholars in business, information technology, education, science, nursing and other academic disciplines. Following are the WestSiders who won awards: Hilary Cabrejos, Creative Achievement Award; Kristina Webb, Outstanding Business
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Student Award – Non-Traditional; Haley Williams, Outstanding Business Student Award – Traditional; Veronica Salas, Outstanding Achievement ESOL Curriculum and Instruction; Shannon Edwards, Outstanding Graduate Achievement Award, School of Education; Diana Stanley, Joyce Sullentrop Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in History; Russell Thompson, Janie Ward Clinical Excellence Award, Wesley Medical Center Clinical Site; Samuel Wiesener, Outstanding Calculus Student Award. • Wesley Medical Center has named Wesley Healthcare’s float pool director, Angie Gutierrez, to serve as its new associate chief nursing officer. Gutierrez will continue to oversee Wesley’s float pool and will assume responsibility for adult inpatient care areas that include acute care, critical care, procedure room and CMU. She also will assist in the development of nursing policies and procedures and assist the chief nursing officer with nurse recruitment, retention, training and quality assurance.
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• Eight graduating Kansas State University students were recognized by the K-State Alumni Association for outstanding achievements throughout their college careers during an awards luncheon on April 18 at the K-State Alumni Center. Among the honored students was Raquel Ortega, bachelor’s candidate in chemistry from Wichita, who received the Anderson Senior Award for Outstanding Academics. Ortega was a member of the Developing Scholars Program, the Hispanic American Leadership Organization, the Bossmann-Troyer Cancer Research Group and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Her research as an undergraduate student has been
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May 3 – Wesley Children’s Foundation is hosting its first annual Million $$ Motors Car Show on Wednesday, May 3, at 6 p.m. at Jaguar Land Rover Porsche of Wichita, 1525 N. Greenwich Road. Attendees of the event will enjoy viewing rare, exotic, vintage and never-before-seen cars from Wichita’s private collectors. All proceeds from the Million $$ Motors Car Show will go to support Wesley Children’s Foundation’s mission for the care and improvement of children’s health in and around Kansas. Funds raised will go to assist families who need help purchasing health-related items such as medication and medical equipment for their children, and assisting with travel costs related to the care of their child. Funds also will be used to provide programs to assist sick children in their healing process. Tickets are $100 for admission and can purchased by visiting www.milliondollarmotors.org. For more information about Wesley Children’s Foundation or to make a donation, visit www.wesleychildrensfoundation.org. May 5 – Paralympic snowboarder Nicole Roundy, keynote speaker at the 2017 Kansas Young Professional Summit, Hyatt Regency in downtown Wichita. Roundy represented the United States in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and is an eighttime World Cup Medalist in adaptive snowboarding. She is also an accomplished motivational speaker, holds a degree in business management, and is an advocate for The Challenged Athletes Foundation, The National Ability Center, and childhood cancer research. This year’s statewide summit is hosted by Young Professionals of Wichita, which won the bid to host the 2016 and 2017 Kansas YP Summits. More information can be found on the 2017 Kansas YP Summit website at ypkansas.com.
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May 6 – Herb Day, Sedgwick County Extension Education Center, 7001 W. 21st Street North. The 23rd annual Herb Day will be held 7 a.m.-1 p.m. in 4-H Hall. You will learn about selecting, planting, maintaining, and cooking with herbs. The National Herb of the Year for 2017 is cilantro/coriander, which will be featured in the demonstrations and seminars. The featured chef is Charlott Knapic of Beautiful Day Café. In addition, seminars by members of the Herb Society, Extension Master Gardeners, and Extension Agents will cover topics relating to growing and cooking with herbs. Plant vendors from around the region will have herbs and other plants for sale. May 13-14 – Wichita Art Museum 58th annual art and book fair, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 14. Artist tents will be scattered around the museum’s grounds displaying a wide variety of works made by artists
Upcoming events in and around Wichita from far away and local favorites. The art fair will feature the works of 50 artists from 12 states across the US who have been selected through a jury application process. Book collectors from all over the region flock to this annual event to look for great “finds” in new, used and rare books. Thousands of books in every conceivable genre will be available inside the Museum. New for this year, in response to community requests, local book authors will be on hand to sign and sell their published works. For more information, visit www. wichitaartmuseum.org/artbookfair. May 18 – Project Beauty monthly luncheon, noon at Rolling Hills Country Club, 223 S. Westlink. Wayne Bryan, producing artistic director of Music Theatre Wichita, is the guest speaker. Lunch is $20; RSVP to Pat Whitney, 3222 N. Clarence Circle, Wichita, KS 67204, or call 316-838-3608 by May 12. Guests are welcome. May 20 – World War II Rationing, 1 p.m. at the Wichita Genealogical Society meeting at the Lionel Alford Library, 3447 S. Meridian. Sugar was the first consumer commodity rationed. Bakeries, ice cream makers and other commercial users received rations of about 70 percent of normal usage. By the end of 1942, ration coupons were used for nine other items, Typewriters, gasoline, bicycles, footwear, silk, nylon, fuel oil, stoves, meat, lard, shortening and oils, cheese, butter, margarine, processed foods (canned, bottled and frozen), dried fruits, canned milk, firewood and coal, jams, jellies, fruit butter were rationed by November 1943. For more information on WGS, visit www.wichitagensoc.org. May 20-Jan. 1 – Hall of Heroes. Unleash your superpowers and test your skills of gadgets and more, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. Investigate movie props, costumes, memorabilia and rare artifacts, including a full-scale “half” replica of the 1960s Batmobile. For more information, call 316-6600677 or visit www.exploration.org. Do you have a community event for Dateline? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
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Hot Summer Treats! Wednesday, July 5, 3:00 pm Afternoon Delight Thursday, July 6 Friday July 7, 8:00 pm • Interlude for Oboe and Strings, Op. 21, Gerald Finzi • Fantaisie Brillante sur des airs de Carmen Bizet arranged by Francois Borne • Trio for Oboe, Flute and Piano, Madeleine Dring • Piano Quintet in E Flat Major, Op. 44, Robert Schumann
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Classic Nobility and Russian Melancholy The Orfeo Trio with Catherine Consiglio Wednesday, July 12, 3:00 pm Afternoon Delight Thursday, July 13 and Friday, July 14, 8:00 pm Sunday, July 16, 3:00 pm Birger Sandzén Memorial Art Gallery, Lindsborg, KS Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, K493, W.A. Mozart Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50, Pyotr Tchaikovsky
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The NEW Harrington String Quartet! Wednesday, July 26, 3:00 pm Afternoon Delight Thursday, July 27 and Friday, July 28, 8:00 pm Langsamer Satz in E Flat Major for String Quartet, Anton Webern String Quartet No. 1, Samuel Jones String Octet in E Flat Major, Op. 20, Felix Mendelssohn HSQ-Rossitza Goza and Evgeny Zvonnikov, violin Vesselin Todorov, viola Emmanuel Lopez, cello Gregory Lee and John Harrison, violin Catherine Consiglio, viola Leonid Shukaev, cello
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