What makes a movie American? The question isn’t what makes a movie a Hollywood movie, but what makes it ours? One wonders as one watches “The Farewell,” a film new to the local 13-plex.
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“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” is one of the best movies of the summer. And of the year. Those moviegoers who like movies about individual characters will find it especially pleasing. Folks who like to laugh will find it very amusing.
After a career as an engineering consultant and professor, Steven Moser, 62, is embarking on a new journey as a painter.
When on the move, it is always important to find the right pathway. Today we’ll learn about an organization which is helping local communities find the right pathways – in this case, toward healthier living.
The new movie “The Kitchen” at least gives the ticketholder an atmospheric effect. The film’s shape has been heavily influenced by the comic book series on which it is based. After a viewing, one feels very much as if one has been forced through a story in panels.
“Dora the Explorer and the Lost City of Gold” is a new feature film. It is loosely based on an old Nickelodeon channel cartoon. The title character is a bilingual 7-year-old. She likes to explore.
“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” is a new film based on three long-popular collections of ghost or horror tales. The first of the books was published in 1981, but author Alvin Schwartz would surely have acknowledged his debt to older fiction.
“It’s me again, Hank the Cowdog.” These words begin every book in the “Hank the Cowdog” series, followed closely by “Head of Ranch Security.”
On May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory, Leland Stanford drove home a ceremonial gold spike to mark the meeting of the eastern and western lines of the Transcontinental Railroad. The western portion of the line, beginning near Sacramento, California, was a monumental challenge.…
Swedish film director Lasse Hallstrom made a movie, released two years ago, called “A Dog’s Purpose.” In it we watched a dog go through several lifespans, always reincarnating and looking for his original owner (Dennis Quaid). The dog’s voice-over narration was spoken by Josh Gad.
Shopping in the produce aisle can take time, if one stops to look and study all the fruits and vegetables on display. If only those fruits and vegetables could be packaged together – maybe even with a recipe to help my family use them. Today we’ll learn about an innovative program which is s…
“Hobbs and Shaw” is a new movie with characters taken from the “Fast and Furious” series. And with sentimental references to “family” taken from the “Fast and Furious” series. And with action, action, action.
Almost 35 years after the release of his “major label debut album,” “Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.,” they now refer to him by just his first name. As if he were Cher.
Could the extension service do for health what it has done for agriculture through the years? During the past century, American agriculture — with assistance from agricultural research and extension — has been transformed from subsistence farming to an agricultural system that is the envy of…
As you’ve perhaps noticed, this hasn’t been a great movie summer. Now “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” retrieves the season. It is maddeningly inefficient but thoughtful and well-acted. And it is certainly one of the best, and the most generally unobjectionable of the films of director Quenti…
The final show in this summer’s Arts in the Park series was an act with a fascinating modus operandi. Black Jacket Symphony is the name of the operation. On Friday night they were the rock band Journey on the bandstand in City Park.
This year’s winners at the Riley County Fair 4-H Foods and Nutrition Division did an outstanding job. Although they are all busy with multiple projects for the fair, you can tell they spent a great deal of time cooking and baking to prepare great entries. Here is a quick glimpse at what some…
There’s such a thing as a midday slump, but Thursday afternoon at Meadowlark Hills’ newly opened entertainment courtyard was hardly sleepy. With a live music performance featuring local artists underway and a snack buffet on the opposite end, those living in the retirement community enjoyed …
Where do bibles and rifles connect? That unlikely combination can be found in the history of Kansas, and particularly in one historic rural community church. This church is continuing to serve its members and its historic legacy.
For those of us attending the free Arts in the Park show at the Norvell Band Shell, Friday night was ballad night. The performer was Wichita (or McPherson) singer and songwriter Aaron Lee Martin.
Editor's note: We asked Mercury readers to share their memories of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the 50th anniversary of which was Saturday.
Richard and Colleen Umscheid of Manhattan celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their children and grandchildren on a trip to Colorado in June. They will be celebrating with family during a private dinner at the beginning of August.
ALMA — Wine and cheese complement one another like… well, wine and cheese. From heady blends to soft and mild cheeses, the pairing options can be overwhelming and sometimes involve trial and error until you find a combo that tastes perfect together.
“Meanwhile, back at the ranch….” That line from an old western movie might also describe the work of a non-profit organization which is celebrating the ranching heritage of the Flint Hills region.
“Annabelle Comes Home” is a classic sort of haunted house story. It may not please Shock and Bleed horror movie fans, but it will entertain a large audience.
The Mikey Needleman Band had a couple of powerful assets that helped them amuse the Arts in the Park audience Friday in a way they hadn’t been entertained at the earlier shows I’d attended.