Stories for January 2009

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Saturday, January 31

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Indian Dance

Lawrence filmmakers take “The Only Good Indian” to Sundance

Kevin Willmott is no stranger to Park City. The KU professor and filmmaker has made his second trip up to this mountainous region of Utah, not for the prime snowboarding or polygamy, but for that swirling maelstrom of celebrity and cinema known as Sundance.

Friday, January 30

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Save & Splurge: Natalie McAnulla

I drink more than I eat. That saves money on food.

Thursday, January 29

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Style Scout: Mick Cottin

My hip-hop name is Billy Gay Cyrus.

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Style Scout: Marilyn Haines

I'm inspired by Elizabeth Berkley's character in "Showgirls."

Tuesday, January 27

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Sunday Bloody Sunday

Stepping out in our Sunday best with a camera and a roll of Tums, we hit as many Bloody Mary specials around town as we could to find out just what it is about Sunday that makes it the “bloodiest.”

Monday, January 26

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Townie Guide to… getting your bowl on

Three words—Bud. Wei. Ser

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Save & Splurge: Misty Boland

Production designer, reader, writer, and... saver/splurger.

Sunday, January 25

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Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (360)

The first scene involves Tim Curry, Mikhail from Lost, and Peter Stormare as Soviets that travel back in time to murder Einstein. If I had never heard of Command & Conquer and the EA marketing team used that last sentence to describe the game, I'd buy it without needing to hear another word.

Saturday, January 24

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Iggy Gets Down

Iggy Baby and his alter-ego Norrit wild out Lawrence

Iggy Baby fully embraces the nu-club culture, but he’s not blind to the merits of the old school. His DJ sets on Thursdays at NEON and his Get Crunk! sets at the Jackpot are just as likely to feature Aaliyah and New Order as fresh underground cuts, laying down a hip-yet-accessible beat for the (un)cool kids to groove to.

Friday, January 23

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"We Ape, We Mimic, We Mock, We Act"

Endurance is insurance for the EMU Theatre

When Nathan Cadman and Andy Stowers staged their first EMU Theatre production in a downtown Lawrence coffee shop, they had more imagination than money. Ten years and over 40 productions later, that may still be true—but their enthusiasm is stronger than ever.

Wednesday, January 21

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Style Scout: Casey Millstein

I try not to be too influenced by anyone, except Beyonce and the 1970s.

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Style Scout: Name: Jonathan Hermes

I'm a little bit country, and a little bit rock and roll.

Monday, January 19

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Toke Dealers

Downtown Lawrence gets a lungful of hookah

The hookah—it’s not just a tentacled water pipe used for smoking exotically flavored tobacco, it’s a cultural bridge. Well, that might be a bit lofty an analogy for what’s essentially an ornate piece of paraphernalia, but at the very least it’s a universal symbol of mellow that knows no boundaries. And Lawrence is just the latest corner of the globe to take a deep hit.

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Save & Splurge: Ashley Renee Jelks

I find me a sugar daddy every now and again if I can, but it's hard to do in a college town, you know?

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Johnny on the Spot

Johnny Quest releases new album and seeks to rebuild local hip-hop community

Lawrence’s reputation as a transient music community overlooks the dedication of dudes like Johnny Quest. The DJ, producer and emcee has been a vital cog in the local hip-hop machine since he was old enough to get X’s on his hand.

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Sonic Unleashed (360)

I can't fathom why Sega insists on destroying a once-great franchise. No other series in the last two decades of gaming has seen such a drastic drop in quality as the Sonic series, and it's about time that Sega sees what made the Genesis games great and try to recreate that feeling.

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Style Scout: Luke McDaneld

I'm not a fan of sweatpants, and I don't like when people throw a bunch of weird stuff together.

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Style Scout: Dayna Brown

I speak to my cats in spanish.

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Can you spare some CHANGE?

Lawrencians’ 2 cents on "hope" and all that we heap on Obama

What some everyday Joe Six-Packs we yanked off the street had to say about the inauguration of Barack Obama...

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Scene It: Box Office Smash (360)

You really can't go wrong with Scene It: Box Office Smash. It's a great value, and you'll want to keep it in your 360 collection for a long time thanks to its social nature.

Monday, January 12

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The Beast Amongst Us

Bestiary show brings out the animal in Lawrence artists

Anthropomorphic lions and tigers and bears—and dogs, and bats, and octopi—oh my!

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Wherein we peruse the news that was new last week...

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These Boots Are Made For Walking

Painter Molly Murphy and the Less Traveled Truth

When you begin a conversation about Art in Lawrence, it usually doesn't take long before you're talking about Molly Murphy. Whether as curator for art shows at the Bourgeois Pig and Lawrence Arts Center, or as a member and gallery partner of the Fresh Produce Art Collective, Murphy's full-bore involvement in the local art scene frequently earns positive comment — but it's her painting that provokes the most chatter.

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Stitch & Bitch

It’s not just for 5-year-olds (or 85-year-olds) anymore!

Knitting! Crochet! Crafts!!! For a few years now this has been the big trend, sweeping the nation, taking places by storm, et cetera.

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Save & Splurge: Adam Murphy

I'm into drink specials when they're for Shiner Bock.

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Atlas Chugged

Rooftop Vigilantes sober up, make record

Zach Campbell, Oscar Allen Guinn, Hannah Hyde and Seth Weise join us to toast the release of “Carrot Atlas” and use our bathrooms.

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Smackdown vs. RAW 2009 (360)

Wrestling fans that also happen to be casual gamers will eat this up, but the game probably won't appeal to anyone who doesn't enjoy Vince McMahon's weekly circus of chair-swinging muscleheads and scantily-clad women.

Friday, January 9

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Super Bowl prize giveaway? Sure, why not.

For some reason, Pepsi sent me (the video games editor) a giveaway offer for our readers. Name this classic NES football game for a chance to win a Super Bowl prize pack.

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Townie guide to... Working the net

Drinking while IM-ing your buddy who is also drinking still counts as drinking alone.

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Style Scout: Dan Komiya-Fakhrai

I'm definitely feeling the fanny pack.

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Style Scout: Arianne Cordray

Pizza Lunchables are my favorite food in the world.

Thursday, January 8

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Bearly Legal

The Kansas City Bear Fighters are too blue for bluegrass

Penning tunes about cybermen and apocalyptic repopulation, this trio’s sense of humor is bellied by a Depression-era sound rooted in early jazz, hokum, ragtime, and Hawaiian music. Since they're such a spontaneous bunch, we figured we’d just throw a microphone in front of them and see what happens.

Tuesday, January 6

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Rock Band 2 (Wii)

It's great that Harmonix was able to squeeze the features of the 360 and PS3 versions into this Wii edition (if a little late). Overall, the game is still the go-to multiplayer music gaming experience.

Monday, January 5

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Dissolute and Resolute

New Year's Resolutions from the young and drunk

On New Year's Eve, we sought to document 29 resolutions for 2009. The following are entirely from that evening's festivities, capturing the hope, dread and multiple forms of intoxication that wafted through the air as 2009 ominously loomed.

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Iraq Chalk Jayhawk

A local soldier's perspective on waste and progress in the war

A few weeks ago our man in Baghdad, Paul VanCleave, returned to Lawrence after his second tour of duty with the Kansas Army National Guard. We caught up with him before he ships out again to talk about the insanity of the war, and then some...

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Townie guide to… facial follicular fortitude

Ain't nothing but time can grow this stuff.

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Style Scout: Pearl Martin-Eagle

I'd like to see a roller skating and an ice skating rink.

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Style Scout: John Momberg

I think at least 3% of my body is made of biscuits and gravy.

Saturday, January 3

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Animal Crossing: City Folk (Wii)

There's something intangible about Animal Crossing that makes it inexplicably charming and addictive. There really is no objective to the game outside of earning money to pay off your loan to Tom Nook (the town shop owner/mortgage broker/raccoon), but it's still a great experience.

Friday, January 2

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Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party (Wii)

There's only so much you can do with a collection of minigames and some basic motion controls, and it all feels worn out at this point with the Wii. Hopefully, the upcoming MotionPlus attachment breathes new life into this genre, because it has quickly grown tiresome.

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Tin Pan Hawley

Hawley Shoffner does a little singerin’ and ivory ticklerin’

Hawley Alexandra Shoffner can surely be forgiven for tallying up late fees at the local library. Her eloquent songs for piano and ukulele often take inspiration from biographies and historical events, but they’re artfully timeless in their dedication to good melodies and spirited performances.