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Get sweet on sauerkraut

On “Beat Bobby Flay,” when chef Flay’s world-famous tacos were bested by Brian Tsao’s Korean beef and kimchi version, the not-so-happy Bobby found out the hard way that fermented cabbage (that’s sauerkraut and kimchi) is just what’s needed to create a tasty, healthful meal (and an entertaining TV show).

With $41.4M, 'Captain America' holds off 'Rio 2'

"Captain America" continued to flex its Marvel muscle at the global box office, as "The Winter Soldier" took in $41.4 million domestically and $60.6 million overseas.

Review: Forum Theatre presents delightful ‘Man of La Mancha’

The Forum Theatre presents the classic “Man of La Mancha,” featuring Wichita’s own Ray Wills.

Hollywood has faith in Christian films

There’s a new power player at the box office, one that doesn’t need an agent: God.

Performers say social messages in musical ‘Memphis’ are relevant today

Joey Elrose figures that during the course of the 2½-hour running time of “Memphis,” the 2010 Tony-winning best musical that opens Tuesday in Century II as the final show this year for Theater League, he’s only off stage for about 7½ minutes.

A warning for people who think they’ll never be like their parents

Here’s a warning to young people who think they are never going to be like their parents. Those of you who think “I’m not going to be like that when I get old” better think again.

‘Fargo’ now a TV show? You betcha

Is it risky to bring a big-screen masterpiece like “Fargo” to television? You betcha.

New bunch of baseball books covers the bases

Play ball! The baseball season is under way, and spring baseball titles are blossoming. There’s a lot to strike your fancy here: books on the 1954 and 1976 seasons; a biography of baseball’s most polarizing player not named Alex Rodriguez; a memoir by one of my favorite all-time Mets; an account of one of the greatest World Series ever; and George Will’s meditation on Wrigley Field, “A Nice Little Place on the North Side” (Crown Archetype, $25).

Novellas showcase all of Brown Dog’s adventures

“Brown Dog” by Jim Harrison (Grove Press, 525 pages, $27)

Sunday Arts calendar (April 13)

“Die Fledermaus,” operetta, 2 p.m. Sun., Miller Concert Hall, WSU. Tickets $16, $14 faculty/seniors/military, $6 non-WSU students, WSU students free. Call 316-978-3233.

Historian tackles first three millennia of the story of the Jews

“The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD” by Simon Schama (Ecco, $39.99)

Best-sellers from Watermark Books and Eighth Day Books (April 13)


Revisiting NYC’s 1964 World’s Fair, 50 years later

NEW YORK (AP) – You can just barely see them through the window of the No. 7 subway as it rattles into the elevated station in Corona, Queens: a gigantic steel sphere, two rocket ships, and towers that appear to be capped by flying saucers.

Louisville: 5 free things for visitors to do

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – When it’s Kentucky Derby season in Louisville, money seems to flow faster than the Ohio River. Hotels and restaurants fill up; bars serve mint juleps and fine Kentucky bourbon. Shopping includes a hunt for the colorful hats worn as a Derby tradition. Parties are thrown, and wagers are plunked down on can’t-miss colts and longshots alike as fans guess which horse will win the famous race at Churchill Downs.

Setting the Easter table

While Easter isn’t until next weekend, this weekend’s spring backdrop is perfect for making preparations, as well as for enjoying on its own. Between the clear sweet birdsong that greets me in the morning and the loud yellow forsythia that catches the setting sun, I’m already getting a form of sugar rush from all the beauty.

Make cheery vases with scrapbook paper

Washi tape is so popular right now, but the patterns are limited, and buying many different patterns to mix and match can get costly.

Event to aid Cowley County Humane Society

Cowley County Humane Society will host its 10th annual Wizard of Pawz tasting and auction benefit on Saturday.

With overabundance of Chihuahuas in shelters, groups exporting them

Retired orthopedic surgeon Peter Rork and his co-pilot Doyle, a black Labrador retriever, spend their free time flying precious, sometimes barking, cargo in Rork’s Cessna. His last flight in March included 30 small dogs traveling from Arizona to a shelter in Idaho.

Ministering to mudslide survivors takes many forms

SEATTLE – Enio Aguero had never been to Oso, Wash., before late last month. But he recognized the faces.

Adopt a pet (April 12)

Kenny the Goofball, a male boxer mix, 1 year and 5 months old, is available for adoption from Kansas Humane Society.

Mix and match colorful dishes, linens

Light and breezy, super easy. That’s a good motto when it comes to setting a stunning table for Easter. Effective spring tablescapes are filled with intriguing layers and a beguiling combination of colors, yet they feel airy and fresh. Here are five ways to achieve this delicate balance.

The Grapevine (April 12)

As we visit master gardener Everett Price’s garden in Haysville this week, we find:

Suicide intervention important, no matter the season

Spring, with its longer days, blooming flowers and rising temperatures might seem like a time of peak happiness, but some studies indicate that suicides are more common in the spring and summer months than in December. Researchers don’t know why they’re higher in these seasons, but they say that friends and loved ones should not be lulled into thinking a brighter season necessarily means a brighter mood for someone who is struggling with mental health issues. Intervention is important no matter the month.

AMC’s ‘Mad Men' begins a 2-part final season

AMC’s “Mad Men” returns at 9 p.m. Sunday for the beginning of its swan song: The first seven episodes of season seven start airing this month (AMC calls it “The Beginning”), and the final seven episodes (aka “The End”) will air in 2015.

Downtown club will answer Wichita’s comedy cravings – and more

There’s been a bit of a laugh deficit in Wichita since the Loony Bin, the city’s only comedy club, closed 13 months ago.

Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman on 'The Late Show'

CBS took little time in naming a replacement for David Letterman as host "The Late Show." A week after Letterman announced his retirement, CBS named Stephen Colbert as his replacement. “Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” Colbert said in a statement. He added: “I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.”

Crown Uptown’s ‘I Love a Piano’ quite loveable

You probably can already hum the tunes. You may even know all the words. But you’re still going to love “I Love a Piano,” Crown Uptown Theatre’s fresh and energetic take on more than 60 of Irving Berlin’s classic and beloved songs.

Antojitos Salvadoreno serves serious eats from El Salvador

I love ethnic hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and so should you. Their food is honest, the prices are affordable, and the people are friendly and appreciative. Wichita has many of these hidden treasures, one of which is the newly opened Restaurante Antojitos Salvadoreno. As the name implies, it specializes in treats from El Salvador.

Upcoming concerts (March 21, 2014)

Gridiron 2014, Friday and Saturday, Orpheum ($22-$32, selectaseat.com)

Great Plains Renaissance Festival to feature tomato hurling

The annual spring edition of the Great Plains Renaissance Festival, a celebration of all things medieval, will take over Sedgwick County Park this weekend, filling it with two days of jousting, Celtic singing, vendors and turkey legs.

Weekend events: Art at the Arb, ‘War Paint,’ ‘Songs from the Heartland’

Art at the Arb, an annual festival of music, art and nature at Belle Plaine’s Bartlett Arboretum, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. The grounds, which are blooming with thousands of colorful tulips, will feature artists selling furniture, garden antiques, photographs, birdhouses and more. The Arboretum’s stage will stay busy both days with a diverse lineup of jazz, pop and bluegrass musicians such as Jerry Hahn, Sara Hickman and Lucky People. At noon on Sunday, Arboretum owners Robin Macy and Kentucky White will perform. The event also will feature several food vendors, including Mulvane favorite Luciano’s serving Italian food and also Freddy’s Frozen Custard. The event is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and admission is $5 at the gate. For more information and directions to the arboretum, visit http://www.bartlettarboretum.com/.

Weekend shows: Lydia Loveless, Rob Thomas and Sons of the Pioneers

Lydia Loveless at Lizard Lounge. Say that three times fast, then mark your calendar to attend her show, which is at 9 p.m. Friday at the venue, 300 S. Greenwich Road. Loveless is an alternative country singer and songwriter from Ohio who is touring in support of her just-released new album, “Somewhere Else.” The show starts at 9 p.m., and admission is $5 at the door. Attendees must be 21 or older. For more information, call 316-558-8426.

Midwest’s Chevelle to bring hard rock to Cotillion

Hard-hitting rock bands aren’t as pervasive as they were a generation or two ago. But Chevelle can care less about trends.

Gig Guide (April 11, 2014)

To submit information for Gig Guide, go to events.kansas.com/listings. Gig Guide listings must be submitted by noon Monday. Listings must include dates, times, cover charge, genre of music played and a daytime phone number. There is no charge.

Gardener’s almanac (April 12)

Watch the weather – While we’ve had some really warm days, and Friday was the date of the average last spring frost, the forecast still calls for lows at night near 33 degrees – and some snow! (The snow is fine; it insulates plants on cold nights.) If you have planted a gamble garden with such things as tomatoes already, be prepared to cover plants on cold nights.

Why we lie

When University of North Dakota student Kelsey Askegaard, of St. Paul, Minn., doesn’t want to go out with her friends she gives them a false excuse. Jenni Miska, of Maple Grove, Minn., exaggerates her stories to emphasize a point. And, Halae Anderson, of Twin Valley, Minn., deceives her friends to prevent them from taking advantage of her belongings.

Service project brings high-schoolers, preschoolers together

Robin Eshelman’s e-mail appeared in my inbox last week like a bouquet of dandelion blossoms delivered by a toddler – an adorable and heartwarming gift salvaged from the mess of weeds.

Peeps contest: Who should win?

The Eagle received a lot of diverse entries for its Peeps diorama contest. The judges are still deliberating. Who do you think should win?

How much for prom? In the Midwest, about $835

American families with teens are spending less on prom this year, but the spring tradition is no cheap date, according to a survey by Visa Inc.

Versatile, fresh mini cakes fit for Easter dessert

Chocolate seems to reign supreme when it comes to Easter. And while it’s hard to deny the appeal of cocoa, this spring holiday also begs for something fresh and citrusy.

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