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New Plan Lays Out Overhaul For Crisis Care In Wichita Area

Crisis care in the Wichita area is about to undergo a major overhaul. A new plan released Thursday lays out the steps to improving mental health and substance abuse services over the next five years.

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Manna Wok

Sep 24, 2010
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If you didn’t already know this, I’m half Asian-- half Filipino, specifically. I grew up eating rice with every meal, fish with heads on, chicken with feet on, fermented things, and every soy product known to man.  My parents are adventurous eaters, so my brother and sister and I ate all kinds of weird stuff from the get-go.  There is no food I won’t try at least once.

My Tho

Sep 10, 2010

I have good news. We are seriously blessed with wonderful Vietnamese food in Wichita.

If you are unfamiliar with Vietnamese cooking, it is easy to like, even for a beginner. It’s fresh and healthy, relying on noodles and rice, small amounts of meat, and lots of vegetables and fresh herbs. Oftentimes raw ingredients will be used to garnish cooked dishes by the diner to her own tastes, so it’s a great cuisine for people who like to play with their food.

Isn’t passion great? Not the romantic kind of “oh, baby, I love you, I love you” passion, but the everyday sort of passion that people feel for practically every kind of imaginable thing.

Lots of good folks locally feel pretty strongly about college football. Some of them are convinced that Wichita State University made a wrong-headed move when it punted its own football program into the trash bin of history at the end of the 1986 season.

There is always a conspicuous absence of WSU on the sports pages this time of year as Kansas State and KU become the subjects of endless speculation about this season’s football teams.

The unprecedented nastiness of this season’s primary campaign seems noteworthy. Has there ever been a political atmosphere as charged with negativity as this one? Have there ever been so many candidates who’ve had so little to say about what they are actually in favor of? Okay, we did hear some platitudes about “Kansas values.” But mostly we heard negative messages telling us what they were against. They were against President Obama. They were against health care reform. They were against taxation. They were against undocumented immigrants.

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Wichita has a long and proud history as a baseball town-- from club games in the 1870s, to serving as the home of the NBC Tournament since its beginning in 1935, to the national championship success of Wichita State University. But last month marked the anniversary of a lost piece of Wichita baseball history that almost seems too strange to be true: A game in 1925 between the Wichita Monrovians-- an all African-American professional team-- and the Wichita chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.

So my family went out of town for a week and Wichita had a whole lot of rain during that time. There was the usual indicator of too much moisture in Wichita yards: a mushrooming bumper crop of political yard signs.

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Marginalia: Emerging Poet Diana Arterian On 'Playing Monster :: Seiche'

Diana Arterian is the Spring 2020 Visiting Emerging Poet at Wichita State University. Her book, Playing Monster :: Seiche, is a book-length poem, a blending of two collections, tackling abuse by her father and anxiety about her mother's stalker.

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Sunday, March 1

It's engaging conversation and inspiring tunes from Motown Gospel musician Brian Courtney Wilson this Sunday on Soulsations. The Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter will be in concert in Ark City, Kansas, on March 7 along with Motown Gospel labelmate Gene Moore and other artists. Wilson is currently working on a new album. His latest release, A Great Work, reached #1 on Billboard's Gospel Airplay chart.

Here's Wilson performing "A Great Work" at the 2019 Stellar Gospel Music Awards:

Friday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1

Crossroads wraps up the February Soul Blues feature with more music from Otis Clay, along with tracks from Little Milton, Mighty Sam McClain, Johnny Rawls, John Nemeth with the Bo Keys, and soul blues pioneer Bobby Blue Bland. We’ll hear some classics from Bland in hour one and then a concert special in hour two featuring a band led by his son along with specials guests John Nemeth, Janiva Mangess and Sugaray Rayford. We’ll also hear the latest from saxophonists Mindy Abair and Terry Hanck, K.C. favorite Nick Schnebelen, and guitarist Tinsley Ellis.

Monday, February 24

The final Monday of every month, we present Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, a monthly concert series showcasing top world music artists and groups who have appeared at the prestigious annual festival that takes place each spring in Savannah, Georgia.

This time, in conjunction with the February Carnival Hotspots feature, we’ll hear music from Brazilian mandolin and choro master Danilo Brito and his Quintet.

Tuesday, February 25

It’s carnival time in the Global Village! To celebrate Fat Tuesday, Global Village heads to several carnival hot spots, including Brazil for some samba, Trinidad for calypso and steel drum music, and the Crescent City for the Mardi Gras Indian group Wild Tchoupitoulas, and such New Orleans favorites as Professor Longhair, the Hawketts, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Wednesday, February 26

This time in the Global Village, we highlight music from throughout the career of the legendary Orchestra Baobab. Formed in 1970 and combining Cuban and Senegalese music, the band became one of the most influential groups of the era. New styles and sounds led to Baobab disbanding in the ‘80s, but they reformed in 2001 and found both their past and later releases attracted a new world music audience.  We’ll also hear music from Colombia’s Systema Solar, the Gypsy Cuban Project, and one of the giants of Congolese rumba, Franco with his Orchestre OK Jazz.

Thursday, February 27

It’s Independence Day in the Dominican Republic and the climax of a month of carnival celebrations that go on there every year. Global Village celebrates with classic and contemporary merengue and bachata from Juan Luis Guerra, Wilfredo Vargas, Luis Vargas and more.

Friday, February 28

Global Village celebrates Dia de Andalucía, marking the date in 1980 when Andalucía became an autonomous community in Spain. We’ll celebrate by sharing music from there and from Andalusian musicians. We’ll hear music from acclaimed classical guitarist Segovia - one of the first artists given the “Favorite Son of Andalucía” award, new-flamenco guitarists Paco de Lucia and Vicente Amigo, folk group La Jambre, the meeting of jazz and flamenco with pianist Chano Dominguez, and of Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes with acclaimed flamenco singer El Cigala, and both Radio Tarifa and also Javier Ruibal who brought together music of southern Spain and northern Africa.

Monday, February 24

Night Train marks the birthday of David Fathead Newman with music from his first Ray Charles Presents debut and a later album he did in tribute to Charles in hour one, along with a special feature with music and an interview with Newman in hour two. Plus more Tadd Dameron music for the February feature and the latest from guitarist Steve Khan and saxophonist George Coleman.

Tuesday, February 25

Two specials tonight for Mardi Gras from Club McKenzie (showcasing rare sounds from ‘20s New Orleans) and from Riverwalk.

Wednesday, February 26

Night Train highlights pianists tonight, both legendary and contemporary. We’ll hear music from Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Horace Silver, Red Garland, and Erroll Garner, along with the latest releases from Keith Jarrett, Roberto Fonseca, Bill Cunliffe, Lynne Arriale, and Lisa Hilton.

Thursday, February 27

Night Train marks birthdays of Django-inspired guitarist Stephane Wrembel, pianist and composer Joey Calderazzo, and saxophonist Dexter Gordon – including music he did with February featured artist Tadd Dameron in hour one and a special about him in hour two of the show. We’ll also hear the Grammy nominated Afro-Caribbean album from David Sanchez, and recent albums from guitarist Joshua Breakstone (in tribute to the Jazz Messengers), and saxophonists Bobby Watson, Vincent Herring and Gary Bartz (in tribute to Charlie Parker).

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Saturday, February 22

We’ll hear selections from Twist The Lens, the latest by The Pedaljets as well as selections from Lilly Hiatt’s upcoming album, Walking Proof.

Monday, February 24

Never Not Together is the latest from Nada Surf and the band’s ninth LP. Listen for music from that release as well as selections from As We Go Wandering by Possessed By Paul James.

Tuesday, February 25

Founded by Josh Haden, Spain has enjoyed critical acclaim and a loyal fanbase during its lifetime. We’ll hear music from the group’s 2014 release, Sargent Place, which features Haden’s father, bass legend Charlie Haden, on the track “You and I.” Plus: Selections from the elder Haden’s work with Ornette Coleman on the landmark 1961 album This Is Our Music.

Wednesday, February 26

Surrender Your Poppy Field is the latest release from the ever-prolific Guided Voices. We’ll hear selections from it as well as from A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die, the 1981 album by Los Angeles’ the Flesh Eaters.

Thursday, February 27

Gigaton is the upcoming release from Pearl Jam. Listen for music from that recording as well as selections from Kingdom in My Mind, the latest from The Wood Brothers.

Friday, February 28

Released in 1990, Time’s Up is the second album from New York City’s Living Colour and features guest appearances from James Earl Jones, Little Richard, Queen Latifah and Doug E. Fresh. We’ll hear music from that recording as well as music from Bob Mould’s 1989 solo debut, Workbook.

Saturday, February 29

We’ll preview our March featured artists, Tami Neilson and Lilly Hiatt.