Day: March 12, 2017

Etzanoa Night will feature premiere of Quivira: Conquistadors on the Plains

A premiere showing of the Archaeology Channel’s documentary on a large Quivira Indian community that settled more than 500 years ago along the banks of the Walnut River in Arkansas City will take place at the recently restored Burford Theatre in downtown Ark City next month. The film, entitled “Quivira: Conquistadors on the Plains,” will be shown on the theater’s big screen. It is part of a celebration that will include hors d’oeuvres, a wine tasting, a cash bar, dancing and live entertainment. The event starts at 6 p.m. March 24. Admission is $20. Guitar legend Clayton Crawford will perform a mix of blues, R&B, rock and jazz numbers. The “Etzanoa Night” event is named after a settlement of about 20,000 Quivira Indians who lived northwest of the confluence of the Walnut and Arkansas rivers, in what now is the eastern Ark City area. The Quivirans were ancestors of the Wichita tribe, archaeologists say. The event is sponsored by The Trust Company of Kansas, which has an office in Ark City, and by the Etzanoa Conservancy, a nonprofit group. The Archaeology Channel documentary was shot during two weeks of major archaeology studies conducted in during the summer of 2015 in central and southern Kansas, where there were several Quivira settlements. Study participants spent a week in McPherson and Lyon counties, and a second week in the Ark City area....

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“Dirk Gently” a confusing, crazy, ultimately rewarding challenge for viewers

“Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency,” a crazily random television show brought to us by the BBC, might be one of the most confusing things I’ve ever tried to watch. That said, it all wraps up nicely in the end, but if you are a person who needs to understand what is happening when it happens, it might not be your cup of tea. This show is based on the work of Douglas Adams, the author who gave all of us “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” On that note, I can say it was a little like listening to Zaphod Beeblebrox trying to explain trigonometry after Humma Kavula took half of his heads. The entries to describe this show on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes are both tiny and give no real information about the series. Unfortunately, if I were to speak too much about what happens, I would be giving away major plot points. The popularity of this show is so huge that it had a panel at San Diego Comic-Con that was full — before the show even was aired. Dirk Gently is a private detective who befriends a 30-year-old bellboy named Todd Brotzman. The duo then are launched into an insane adventure to solve a crime, but encounter about five other random plot lines along the way that initially make no sense whatsoever. The other characters seem...

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