Saturday, February 6, 2016


  • Movies | February 05, 2016

    It’s hard to know why ‘50 Shades of Black’ was made


    We also assume that there will be nothing subtle about “50 Shades of Black,” that the comedy will be all slapstick, puns, references to racial stereotypes, and the coarsest permissible bodily functions humor. In short, we assume the movie won’t be funny. It isn’t.

  • Movies | February 03, 2016

    New Disney film sappy but also adventuresome


    If the new Disney movie “The Finest Hours”—what a wretched title, by the way—had the studio’s usual variety of “sparkling” stars, it might have been a little too much.

  • Movies | February 02, 2016

    Western fans can enjoy ‘Jane Got a Gun’ here


    One of the problems for the viewer is that gang members look pretty much alike. I thought the brother of leader Colin (Ewan McGregor with a black mustache) was shot and killed at four different times as the movie ran.

  • Neighbors | February 01, 2016

    King of local chess scene says he was born to play games


    A Manhattan resident for about 50 years, Mort works as a sales representative for Three Men Tree Service, a business he helped start years ago that focuses on keeping trees healthy. When Mort isn’t working, he’s likely playing chess or bridge.

  • Arts & Leisure | February 01, 2016

    Latest library program ‘exceptionally ambitious’


    This past Friday the Atma Trio (Slawomir Dobrzanski, piano; Cheung Chau, cello; and special guest violinist Ben Sayevich) played an exceptionally ambitious program for a capacity audience in the Kansas State University library’s music-friendly Hemisphere Room.

  • Arts & Leisure | January 31, 2016

    Keeping journal for 52 years has helped man be happier, healthier

    Charley Kempthorne wakes each morning before sunrise, pours a cup of black coffee, opens his computer and writes in a private journal that he began in 1964.

  • Arts & Leisure | January 31, 2016

    Beach exhibit to bring rare volume to Manhattan

    Something wicked cool this way comes. One of the first published books of William Shakespeare’s plays will be on display in Manhattan for the month of February, with a number of events to accompany it.

  • Off The Beat | January 31, 2016

    Let it snow: Enjoy beauty of winter


    With another storm expected this week, it’s time to take off the training wheels. Once the sidewalks and windshields are clear, try to walk around town and enjoy the temporary art exhibit.

  • Books | January 30, 2016

    Novel highlights Civil War prison conditions

    In Tracy Groot’s book, “The Sentinels of Andersonville,” thousands of Union prisoners crowd into a Confederate prison named Andersonville 10 miles from Americus, Georgia, during the last part of the Civil War.

  • Books | January 30, 2016

    Mitch Albom tells poignant story of music man

    Readers might know Mitch Albom as an author, but many don’t know that he is also a musician. His newest novel, “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto,” shows his love of music through the fictional Frankie Presto — “the best musician there ever was.”

  • Books | January 30, 2016

    Feminist worthy romance novels at the library


    Did you know that there are websites, blog posts and news articles dedicated to finding awesome and non-traditional romance novels? There are! After spending an excessive amount of time looking at these resources, I began reading again, and boy, have I loved it.

  • Books | January 30, 2016

    Story of fictional mountain village explores deafness, power of senses

    There is not a single quotation mark in “Soundless” because there is not a single line of dialogue. Spoken dialogue, that is. Every member of Fei’s tiny mountaintop village is born deaf.

  • Gardening | January 30, 2016

    Increasing home value with design

    Strategically placed trees that shade homes can reduce attic temperatures as much as 40 degrees, thereby reducing air conditioning needs. Proper design reduces nitrate leaching from the soil into the water supply and reduces storm water issues.

  • Arts & Leisure | January 30, 2016

    Trek to the tower, Shakesbeer, ‘Forward’ and more

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    Part of Shakespeare in the Little Apple, a semester-long series of campus and community events honoring the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. 

  • Arts & Leisure | January 28, 2016

    Shakespeare, drag show, Tyler Gregory and more


    This month, K-State will celebrate “Shakespeare in the Little Apple” with a visit from the First Folio, a collection of his plays that his actor-friends published shortly after his death.

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