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‘I’m not done rebelling’: Meet WSU’s punk rock School of Music director

‘I’m not done rebelling’: Meet WSU’s punk rock School of Music director

Andrew Linnabary, Digital Managing Editor

April 4, 2019

Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn was, by his own admission, a mess-up as a teenager. He didn’t use the word “mess-up” to describe his younger self — the one he used isn’t fit for print. Sternfeld-Dunn grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. He was bright but unmotivated, and kind of a jerk, he said. His...

A weekend at the opera

A weekend at the opera

Pamela Dominguez, Culture Reporter

April 4, 2019

The most beautiful and boisterous vocals on campus are featured in this weekend’s operas, “L’Enfant” and “Gianni Schicchi.” This dreamy double feature showcases two whimsical one-act operas featuring the students of Fine Arts. “L’Enfant” follows a troublesome young boy who treats...

In Monikahouse, a Wichita State student has created the city’s most powerful art experience

In Monikahouse, a Wichita State student has created the city’s most powerful art experience

John Darr, Culture Editor

April 4, 2019

Monikahouse is a home-turned-life-size dollhouse that seizes the hearts of visitors with unbelievable force. If you are doing anything else this Friday evening, cancel your plans and see it instead. The walk-in art exhibit came to life at the hands of Wichita State MFA candidate Monika Maddux. Maddux...

Wichita Art Museum’s Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit features artifacts, fashion

Wichita Art Museum’s Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit features artifacts, fashion

Becca Yenser, Art Critic

April 4, 2019

The Wichita Art Museum’s spring exhibition, Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image, Style, is on display now. ​Revered for her bold, transformative paintings, O’Keeffe is equally admired for her personal aesthetic and unwavering, unapologetic sense of self. Stanford University professor Wanda Corn, in...

Darr: Korine’s ‘The Beach Bum’ isn’t a good comedy, which is why you should see it

Darr: Korine’s ‘The Beach Bum’ isn’t a good comedy, which is why you should see it

John Darr, Culture Editor

April 1, 2019

There’s a rare type of confused laughter where your brain can’t decide if what you’re looking at is too sad and weird to be funny. “The Beach Bum” might be the first comedy to traffic almost exclusively in invoking this confused laughter from the audience. At the heart of “The Beach Bum”...

Dichotomy of youth, young manhood anchor Kill Vargas’s ‘Laugh It Off’

Dichotomy of youth, young manhood anchor Kill Vargas’s ‘Laugh It Off’

Ryan Crews, Columnist

April 1, 2019

As their live sets prove, Kill Vargas’s “boy howdy, let’s get rowdy” punk aesthetic works to high success. It has proven to be a formula that they can ride to midwestern musical acclaim. Their new album, “Laugh It Off,” begins with an expected bang through punk opener “Midnight Fools,”...

All-American star and Bengals cornerback Davontae Harris traces his success to Wichita roots

All-American star and Bengals cornerback Davontae Harris traces his success to Wichita roots

Eduardo Castillo, Reporter

April 1, 2019

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback and Wichita native Davontae Harris spoke at a Wichita State Black Student Union meeting Thursday — addressing the hardships he had to endure from his youth through his college years. Davontae attended Wichita South High School and went on to Illinois State University,...

Final Friday to spotlight WSU women

Final Friday to spotlight WSU women

John Darr, Culture Editor

March 28, 2019

The women of Wichita State lead the charge for a special edition of Wichita’s Final Friday tomorrow. With March being National Women’s History Month, exhibits will focus on the art of women in the city. There’s never been a better time to go downtown and take in the wonderful work of local artists....

Chicken N Pickle’s Succulents and Sangria event is as delectable as it sounds

Chicken N Pickle’s Succulents and Sangria event is as delectable as it sounds

Becca Yenser, Reporter

March 28, 2019

Promoted as “a unique, indoor/outdoor entertainment complex,” Wichita’s Chicken N Pickle sprawls a full two acres on the corner of 13th Avenue and Greenwich Road. The large space, new to Wichita, allows for multiple areas dedicated for specific aims. Indoor and outdoor pickleball courts, corporate...

Dominguez: ‘Us’ earns its universal terror through excellent filmmaking

Dominguez: ‘Us’ earns its universal terror through excellent filmmaking

Pamela Dominguez, Columnist

March 25, 2019

A testament to his directorial excellence and relevance, Jordan Peele’s sophomore feature, “Us,” broke through the weekend as a box office force to be reckoned with. His debut film, “Get Out,” remains highly acclaimed as one of the most successful thrillers of the millennium. Led by Lupita...