Deadwood Edition Issue #212

September 9, 2008

Winds of Change

Coal, Kansas Politics, and The New Activism

It's another overflow Monday evening at the Free State Brewery, and they're wobbling like bowling pins out on the patio. In a ritual instigated in large part by bargain-priced beer, townies of all stripes gather in number on this night to jostle, slosh on, and holler at each other. The din of the place is a physical presence and the tap handles move like metronomes. Hippies hang with lawyers and students debate professors, boundaries blurred by conviviality and a torrent of Copperhead Ale.

Townie guide to... Wieners and Boobs

"'Sex, a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs' is a play written by Joe Lo Truglio, Micheal Showalter, and David Wain-the guys who did 'The State,' 'Wet Hot American Summer' and 'The Ten.' It's basically a kids show, but for an adult audience. It's centered loosely around Jack Greenburg-played by Tim Vickers-the new sheriff of Teaneck, NJ, and his campaign to rid the town of hookers and gigolos, controlled by the evil Tad Theaterman, played by Aarron Ross."

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Four Songs for Suzannah Johannes to Sing

Lawrence songwriter releases bewitching debut EP

It was only a couple years ago that Suzannah Johannes started writing songs and performing; first as a solo artist, now as a full-bodied affair that plays to a talented Lawrence cast's laid-back skill set.

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Dead Time

Native Lawrence filmmakers return to screen their time-bending chiller, "Suspension"

"It's a sci-fi stalker thriller, if you had to put it in a genre," says Alec Joler of the feature-length film he and Ethan Shaftel filmed in and around Lawrence. That pretty effectively sums up "Suspension," a moody little exercise in psychological dysfunction about a man who discovers he has the ability to stop time and the woman he comes to obsess over.