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Community Groups To Combine Efforts On New Riverfront Plan

A coalition of community organizations will create a master plan for development along the Arkansas River in coming months. Using previous studies about riverfront development, the group wants to put together a comprehensive proposal for the downtown area along the east side of the Arkansas River called the Riverfront Legacy Master Plan. The plan also will incorporate ongoing development on the west bank, such as the new baseball stadium. The plan will include input from seveal Wichita...

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The amazing thing about the tragic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico for me, is not that it happened. It’s not the gargantuan size of the spill itself. And it’s not that the three corporations involved are each blaming the other. What’s unbelievable about this disaster is the fact that the drilling industry had no plan for what to do in the event that such a spill took place. They seem to be scrambling and improvising in a way that reminds me of a three-year-old who shattered Mom’s favorite flower vase all over the kitchen floor while trying to get to the cookie jar.

There’s a local businessman who’s running for Representative Todd Tiahrt’s congressional seat.  This guy is apparently just nuts about me. He really really really wants to be my pal. I know this because he’s tried three times to “friend” me on Facebook. Each time I turn him down and it never hurts his feelings. He just comes back again with another request. He’s positively smitten with me, I can only surmise.

Spring is such a generous season. Without our having to lift a finger, nature showers us with spectacular abundance every April. It didn’t require a public vote on which trees would bud first. There was no legislation passed stipulating that by a certain date all tulips would burst open. The enthusiastic birdsong outside our kitchen windows every morning now does not have to be critiqued by a panel of celebrity judges.

My ego can beat up your ego. My team can beat your team. My political party can beat your political party. My country can beat your country. My planet can beat your planet. My galaxy can…well, we’re not quiet that far yet, but the time will come.

Bragging rights. We humans love ‘em. Gotta be the best, the biggest, the baddest. In a conversation with a friend recently I found myself saying this about the recent basketball season: “Thank goodness for the Emporia State women’s team! National Division II champs!”

What’s wrong with this picture: Here I am living in Wichita, Kansas, and I have to buy frozen White Castle cheeseburgers at the grocery. That’s right. Frozen. They come 6 to a box. Shipped in from God-knows-where. To Wichita.

Wichita is the home of White Castles. They were invented by Walter Anderson and Billy Ingram right here in 1921. They swept throughout the Midwest in the next decades. They continue to thrive all over the place. But are there any in Wichita? No, there are not.

I don’t know about you but I’m seeing signs of spring everywhere these days! The tiniest hint of green on my lawn; birdsong in the mornings; two whole weeks without snow and that surest indicator of Spring in Kansas – state legislators giving more tax breaks to businesses while our schools agonize over deep budget cuts.

You see, our legislators argue that they may be creating new jobs for our state by giving businesses these tax breaks. You know, to sort of offset the jobs lost due to school budget cuts.

Crowson Toon 2-25

Feb 25, 2010


Commentary & Podcasts

Movie Review: 'Missing Link'

In Missing Link , the new children’s film from the animation studio Laika, we open in 19 th -century London, where Sir Lionel Frost fancies himself a great adventurer, but isn’t taken seriously by his peers. Frost determines that to gain their acceptance he must find incontrovertible evidence of some mythological animal, and heads off in search of the elusive sasquatch. And find the sasquatch he does, though it’s hardly the “beast” he expects.

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Wednesday, April 17

Listen for selections from Robin Trower’s 1973 solo debut album, Twice Removed From Yesterday as well as music from Thin Lizzy’s Vagabonds of the Western World.

Thursday, April 18

We’ll hear music from I Love You. It’s A Fever Dream, the latest from The Tallest Man On Earth plus selections from John Martyn’s London Conversation.

Friday, April 19

Warp & Woof is the second full-length release of 2019 from Dayton, Ohio’s incredibly prolific Guided By Voices. We’ll hear music from this new recording as well as songs from Bob Mould’s 2019 effort, Sunshine Rock.

Saturday, April 20

April 21 marks the sixtieth birthday of The Cure’s Robert Smith. We’ll hear selections from Smith and his band, which was recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as well as some his more notable guest appearances with other artists.  

Monday, April 22

Listen for selections from Truce, the 1982 release from Robin Trower and Jack Bruce as well as music from Paul Gilbert’s Behold Electric Guitar.

Tuesday, April 23

We mark the birthday of poet and playwright William Shakespeare with a number of musical selections inspired by his works.

Wednesday, April 24

Vol.2: High and Inside is the 2011 release from The Baseball Project, featuring member of R.E.M., The Dream Syndicate and Young Fresh Fellows. For this sophomore release, the core group invited friends such as Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie and Steve Berlin of Los Lobos to guest on the album. The songs range in topic from baseball legends Reggie Jackson (“The Straw That Stirs The Drink”) and Pete Rose (“Pete Rose Way”) to a defense of the Minnesota Twins (“Don’t Call Them Twinkies”). Listen for music from this release as well as music from John Fogerty’s Centerfield.

April 19/21

Crossroads continues the April feature, celebrating Chicago Blues Past and Present, with a special in hour two celebrating Chicago blues legend Muddy Waters in a concert performance with three former members of his band – John Primer, Paul Oscher, and Bob Margolin. We’ll hear music in the first hour from new albums by all three artists, along with selections from Muddy himself, from the Muddy Waters Tribute Band, and from Guy Davis.

Plus new blues releases and a preview of local and regional blues concerts in the coming week.

Monday, April 15

Night Train marks birthdays of bassist, jazz educator and NEA Jazz Master Richard Davis (including music he did as a leader, and with Sarah Vaughan, Bill Lee (Spike’s dad) and Chico Hamilton), and the "Empress of the Blues,” Bessie Smith (including one of her classics, Dinah Washington’s tribute album, and a Jazz Profiles special in hour two). Plus April featured artist Stanley Turrentine, bassist Jaco Pastorius, and new releases featuring two great jazz vocalists – Betty Carter (in the first album of previously unreleased material in over two decades) and Catherine Russell.

Tuesday, April 16

Night Train marks birthdays of popular and eclectic jazz flutist Herbie Mann, guitarist Ulf Wakenius (including work he did with both Ray Brown and Oscar Peterson), and composer Henry Mancini and continues with music from April featured artist Stanley Turrentine with music from his CTI days and with soul jazz organ great Jimmy Smith. Plus new music from Michael Wolff, Etienne Charles, the Soul Message Band, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, the Chicago Soul Jazz Collective, and Lyn Stanley.

Wednesday, April 17

In conjunction with the April feature of music from soul jazz tenor great Stanly Turrentine, Night Train highlights contemporary jazz organists who offer a modern take on the classic soul jazz sound. Among the artists featured are Larry Young, the Organik Vibe Trio, Ed Cherry (with organist Kyle Koehler), Will Bernard (with organist Brian Charette), Dave Anderson (with organist Pat Bianchi), the James Carter Organ Trio, and the Funky Organics.

Thursday, April 18

Night Train marks birthdays of drummer Danny Gottlieb (including music he did as part of the Pat Metheny Group), pianist and composer Hal Galper (as a leader and as part of the Phil Woods Quintet), and singer Madeleine Peyroux (including a Song Travels special in hour two of the show). Plus new music from drummer Mark Walker, guitarist Stephane Wrembel, and Juno-nominated singer Holly Cole.

Monday, April 15

Global Village continues the April Richard Thompson feature with "Tabor Does Thompson,” Richard Thompson songs done by one of the great voices of English folk music, June Tabor, from solo releases and projects she did with the Oyster Band and Martin Simpson. Plus new UK folk releases from Talisk and Lau, along with the latest from Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya, Finnish accordionist Markku Lepisto with organist Mikko Helenius, and the twin sisters Las Hermanas Caronni.

Tuesday, April 16

This time in the Global Village, it’s classic and contemporary reggae and some reggae from unusual places. We’ll hear Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, Rita Marley, the Gladiators, and reggae revivalist Jesse Royal from Jamaica, New Zealand’s Black Seeds, Greek-American reggae performer Christos DC, Ghanian reggae artist Rocky Dawuni, roots reggae classics revisited by the Expanders, reggae meets Bollywood with MC Yogi, reggae meets jazz with Olu Dara, and reggae meets rock guitar cult hero David Lindley

Wednesday, April 17

Global Village remembers South African bassist, songwriter and band leader Sipho Gumede on his birthday with music from one of his own albums, with the band Spirits Rejoice, and with Juluka. We’ll also hear April featured artist Richard Thompson in a guest appearance with Beausoleil, and new music from UB40, Mimmo Epifani, the Alba Griot Ensemble, and Jupiter & Okwess.

Thursday, April 18

Global Village marks the Independence Day of Zimbabwe with music from a number of artists from that country, including the legendary Thomas Mapfumo whose chimurenga sound was an integral part of the independence movement; acclaimed singer-songwriter Oliver Mtukudzi; traditional mbira player Ephat Mujuru; one of the first major female artists to play mbira, Stella Chiweshe; and popular dance bands, the Bhundu Boys and the Four Brothers.

Friday, April 19

Global Village highlights music from Turkey this time, including traditional music from the newly reissued Music of Turkey compilation, the meeting of Turkish and other musical forms on Baul Meets Saz and the latest release from Coşkun Karademir, a new album from London-based Turkish singer-songwriter Olcay Bayir, and some classic and contemporary Anatolian psychedelic rock ranging from the pioneering Cem Karaca to a new album in the style from Umut Adan.

(Note: The concert has been relocated to the Burford Theater in Arkansas City.)  

Folk music legend Pete Seeger would have turned 100 years old on May 3.

For his friend and fellow musician John McCutcheon, it was important to mark the elder performer’s legacy. The result is the album To Everyone in All the World: A Celebration of Pete Seeger.



Kansas Gives Up On Its Long-Running Effort To End Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid Funding

Kansas has dropped its effort to terminate Planned Parenthood’s participation in Medicaid, ending a three-year-long court battle that the state lost at every turn. The change in policy wasn’t announced publicly but rather came in the form of a joint stipulation to dismiss Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit challenging the state’s move.

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