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  • Q&A: Actor David Tennant talks 'Gracepoint'

    Recently I was able to sit in on a Fox conference call with actor David Tennant, star of the new series “Gracepoint.” The actor, best known to American audiences as Dr. Who, talked about the differences between this show and the U.K. version it’s based on (“Broadchurch”), speaking with an American accent (he’s a Scot) and working with “Breaking...

  • Blog: Film 'Valley Uprising' about rock climbing counterculture

    If you're into scaling big rocks, you'll probably be into the feature-length documentary, "Valley Uprising," at Armstrong Theater at Colorado College. From the press release: "Sender Films, have made a feature-length documentary about the counterculture history of rock climbing, Valley Uprising.  Narrated by film star, Peter...

  • Blog: Free Tesla lecture at Colorado College

    This summer I learned that readers love Nikola Tesla, the inventor who lived in the Knob Hill neighborhood of the Springs for eight months in 1899-1900. On Thursday, Oct. 2, you have another chance to quench your thirst for all things Tesla. W. Bernard Carlson, the author of the recently published biography, "Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical...

  • Game review: 'Forza Horizon 2'

    "Forza Horizon 2" What is it? An open-world racing game set in Europe. The action in "Forza Horizon" centers on the Horizon Festival, an automotive and music festival that has brought fans from all over the world to take part in a celebration of racing competition and car culture. 
The good: Balanced controls. One of the things I've always...

  • Video Game Review - Beautiful 'Forza Horizon 2' offers tons of driving fun

    Title: “Forza Horizon 2” Format: Xbox One Price: $59.99 Publisher: Microsoft Studios Developer: Playground Games ESRB Rating: E 10+ (Everyone 10 and older) The Grade: A  What is it? An open world racing game set in Europe. The action in “Forza Horizon” centers on the Horizon Festival, an automotive and music festival that has...

  • Colorado approves $5M incentive for Tarantino film

    DENVER — Colorado on Friday approved a $5 million incentive package to lure production of the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film "The Hateful Eight." The Oscar-winning screenwriter's movie could be filmed on a 900-acre ranch west of the ski town of Telluride, depending on local permit approval, The Denver Post reported...

  • Must See Must Do: What's happening around Colorado Springs this weekend

    Here's a look at some of the top events happening in the Colorado Springs area this weekend and into next week: FRIDAY-SUNDAY - The Colorado Springs Oktoberfest is a local German celebration modeled off of the multi-week celebration held each year in Munich. The Oktoberfest consists of large quantities of Paulaner beer, traditional food...

  • Inaugural tattoo show in Colorado Springs full of patriotism

    7:30 p.m. Saturday, Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., $19-$78; 520-7469, ticketswest.com, heroshow.org. This tattoo isn't the permanent kind. The inaugural Colorado International Tattoo is a large, colorful spectacle that celebrates patriotism with music, pipes and drums, dancers and military, police and civilian groups. The...

  • High-tech aid, Colorado Springs-area foods among restaurant's lures

    Editor's note: Fields writes a monthly review of vegan options at local restaurants. Imagine being allergic to eggs, lactose intolerant, having a wheat sensitivity or following a vegetarian or vegan diet. Now imagine the amount of time spent at a restaurant quizzing the server about ingredients on the menu - often more time than actually...

  • Table Talk: New Colorado steakhouse is 'stunning'

    There's a new steakhouse in Denver that is worth the drive: Perry's Steakhouse and Grille, 8433 Park Meadows (the Vistas at Park Meadows). The steakhouse is just the second one outside of Texas - and the 11th overall - for the Houston-based, family-owned restaurant chain, The 11,000-square-foot restaurant is stunning, with an open concept...

  • More kegs and wiener dogs at this year's Oktoberfest

    4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-
11 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Security Service Field, 4385 Tutt Blvd., $10-$14, $8-$12 active military and 65 and older, $5 ages 6-20, $28 weekend pass; 635-8803, csoktober fest.com. Something else: Wiener dog races, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Maypole dances, 4 p.m.
Friday, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 4...

  • COLORADO SPRINGS STAGE CALENDAR: Sept. 26-Oct. 2

    STAGE SATURDAY "The Chips are Down" - Fountain Community Theater, melodrama, 7 p.m. Saturday, Beckett Event Center, 6436 S. U.S. 85, Fountain, behind Sarge's Grill, 233-5192, on Facebook, tickets click4tix.com "Ruby Red Rumpus" - Fundraising stage show and silent auction, 6:30 p.m., Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., 465-6321,...

  • COLORADO SPRINGS ARTS CALENDAR: Sept. 26-Oct. 2

    ARTS WEDNESDAY Artini - Kickoff for the Pikes Peak region's "October Arts Month" celebration, 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, The Mansion, 20 N. Tejon St., music, theatre, dance and visual entertainment, free, sponsored by COPPeR, 634-2204, coppercolo.org. ONGOING "Ambiguous Balance" - Work by Laura McCracken, through Saturday, The Bridge Gallery,...

  • New 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare' trailer features virtual Kevin Spacey and a new co-op mode

    This week Activision released another trailer to get gamers prepped for November's newest "Call of Duty" offering. This time you'll get a peek at an eerily accurate looking virtual Kevin Spacey (in full on angry Frank Underwood mode) and you'll view some of the action in Exo-Survival, "Advanced Warfare's" four-person co-op mode.  You can...

  • Blog: October is Arts Month

    Something feels a little special about October, doesn't it? Perhaps because it's Arts Month. The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) will kick-off the month-long appreciation with Artini, a free public event, at The Mansion downtown. Talented members of our community will be on hand to give a taste of what they do best,...

  • Impersonator shines light on the legendary Will Rogers

    You think you know somebody, and then a historical impersonator comes along and changes everything. Doug Watson, a longtime Will Rogers impersonator from Oklahoma, recently shed light on the local Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, a tall, imposing tomb on the side of Cheyenne Mountain created by Spencer Penrose, a businessman and philanthropist...

  • Alcatraz exhibit is tribute to political prisoners

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An exhibition by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has transformed the former island prison of Alcatraz into a tribute to the world's political prisoners, some famous and some forgotten. Called "@ large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz," the installation opens Saturday at the former maximum-security prison in the San Francisco...

  • TV Review: Anthony Anderson brings the laughs in "black-ish"

    “black-ish” Cast: Anthony Anderson (“Departed,” “Transformers”), Tracee Ellis Ross (“Girlfriends”), Laurence Fishburne (“The Matrix,” “Mystic River”) Airs: The premiere episode airs at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on ABC The premise: Like any parents, Andre "Dre" (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) Johnson want to give their...

  • Rock Ledge Ranch Traditional Powwow set to make history Saturday

    Native American veterans in headdresses. Rattling gourds. Traditional Native American drumming. And a new princess. History will be made Saturday at the Fifth Annual Garden of the Gods Rock Ledge Ranch Traditional Powwow. For the first time in almost four decades, a powwow princess will be crowned - 14-year-old Shauna Jackson, who attends...

  • Almost $100,000 awarded to local arts and cultural organizations in Colorado Creates grant program

    Colorado Creative Industries awarded almost $100,000 in grants to 14 local arts and cultural organizations on Monday. The Colorado Creates grant program provides financial support to statewide nonprofit cultural organizations and government agencies that produce arts and cultural activities. This year, the program gave out 162 grants in 32...

  • TV show "Black-ish" a heart-filled comedy

    "Black-ish" The premise: Like any parents, Andre "Dre" and Rainbow Johnson (Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross) want to give their children the best. But their offspring's childhood is turning out to be much different from theirs. As their kids get older, they realize two things - there is a price to pay for giving their children more than...

  • Fox TV show 'Gotham' explores life before Batman

    "Gotham" Cast: Ben McKenzie ("Southland," "The O.C."), Donal Logue ("Grounded for Life"), Jada Pinkett Smith ("The Nutty Professor," "Collateral"), Robin Lord Taylor ("Accepted") Airs: The premiere airs at 7 p.m. Monday on Fox The premise: Gotham City is home to the one of the world's more recognizable superheroes - Batman. But even...

  • Q&A: Actor Ben McKenzie talks 'Gotham' and James Gordon's moustache

    Last week I sat in on a Fox conference call with actor Ben McKenzie, star of the TV show “Gotham.” McKenzie, who plays a younger version of future Gotham City commissioner James Gordon on the show, talks about how nice The Penguin is, about the famous Gordon moustache and who his favorite Batman villains are. The series premieres tonight and...

  • Bombastic season opener for the Philharmonic

    Superb symphonic music is back in the Springs. With guest conductor Cristian Macelaru at the helm, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic launched what has the look of its most exciting and challenging season in decades. On this occasion, the experience was an over-the-top sonic spectacular that left much of the audience punch drunk. This...

  • Gordon Lightfoot knows what's expected

    7:30 p.m. Monday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $43-$68;
520-7469, ticketswest.com. Gordon Lightfoot knows what his fans want: the cream of the crop. The longtime performer is famous for his extensive playbook of beloved folk and pop songs from the 1960s and '70s, including "Sundown," "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" and...

  • Ben McKenzie primed to lead Fox's Batman prequel

    LOS ANGELES - Ben McKenzie expects viewers to tune into the premiere episode of Fox's Batman prequel series, "Gotham," on Monday. The series has the name recognition, history and premise to pique curiosity, and "if that gets people to watch, I'll take it," the 36-year-old actor said in a recent interview. The challenge is to get viewers to...

  • TV Review: 'Gotham' a treat even without Batman

    “Gotham” Cast: Ben McKenzie (“Southland,” “The O.C.”), Donal Logue (“Grounded for Life”), Jada Pinkett Smith (“The Nutty Professor,” “Collateral”), Robin Lord Taylor (“Accepted”) Airs: The premiere episode airs at 7 p.m. Monday on FOX The premise: Gotham City is home to the one of the world’s most recognizable superheroes – Batman....

  • History Colorado makes its way to Colorado Springs on Monday

    History Colorado officials will be in Colorado Springs on Monday to gather ideas and suggestions from residents as the state updates its plan to preserve Colorado's most important historical sites and resources. "The basis for the meeting is we are doing our 5-year update on the state preservation plan, which is named 'The Power of Heritage...

  • Thousands turn out for powwow at Garden of the Gods

    More than 3,500 people attended the fifth annual Garden of the Gods Rock Ledge Ranch Traditional Powwow on Saturday, many more than the few hundred that attended last year's event and enough that organizers are considering expanding the event. Jimmy Blackwolf Ramirez, chairman of the powwow committee and a Southern Ute/Aztec tribal elder,...

  • Must See Must Do: What's happening in the Colorado Springs area this weekend

    FRIDAY-SATURDAY The delicate, artistic Japanese flower arranging known as Ikebana is in the spotlight Friday and Saturday at Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. Flower arranging demonstrations, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, are part of the Ikebana International Denver Flower Show "Ikebana & Glass" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days in...

  • ManiFest a celebration of community, arts and more

    Manitou Springs will celebrate community, the arts, health and fitness Sunday at ManiFest, a citywide festival featuring music, food tastings and demonstrations, yoga and creative workshops. The inaugural event, scheduled from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., also features a bike ride in Garden of the Gods and musical performances by Eufórquestra, Mo'...

  • Foodies can get their fill in weeks ahead

    Get ready to do some serious eating during the next couple of weeks. Year No. 4 of Colorado Springs Restaurant Week kicks off Friday and runs through Oct. 4 (unless otherwise noted). Now is the time to experiment and widen your dining-out palate. Here's how it works: 37 participating local restaurants offer special three-course dinner menus...

  • New chili variety pops at Pueblo's Loaf 'N Jug Chile and Frijoles Festival

    There's a new pepper on the block at this year's Loaf 'N Jug Chile and Frijoles Festival in Pueblo. It's called the Pueblo Popper and was born from one scientist's craving for a stuffed chili pepper minus the soggy bottom, says Rod Slyhoff, president of the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce and founder of the festival that gets cooking Friday through...

  • Q&A: Actor James Spader talks 'The Blacklist'

    Recently I sat in on an NBC conference call with actor James Spader, star of the television show “The Blacklist.” The second season of the series begins Monday at 9 p.m. Below is a transcript of the conversation. Q: In last season’s finale, we saw the burn scars on Red at the close after we had heard that Liz’s father rushed into a fire to...

  • Colorado Springs Restaurant Weeks is in full swing with good deals for dinners for two

    Pizzeria Rustica 2527 W. Colorado Ave., 632-8121, pizzeriarustica.com Price: $30 Appetizer: Large Insalata Mista, regular caprese salad or small antipasto plate Entrée: Any standard menu pizza or pizza-of-the-day Dessert: Two mini gelatos The Public House Pub & Grill 445 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 465-3079,...

  • Colorado Springs Restaurant Weeks is in full swing with good deals for dinners for two

    Note: Most meals are three-course dinners only for two and items listed are per person, unless otherwise indicated. 
 The Airplane Restaurant 1665 N. Newport Road, 570-7656, theairplanerestaurant.com Price: $30 Appetizer: Cheese sticks, potato skins or half tower nachos, to share Second course: Soup or salad Entrée: Deep fried shrimp,...

  • Q&A: Writer/Producer Bruno Heller talks 'Gotham'

    Welcome to the first of two “Gotham” Q&A’s. The transcript below is from a Fox conference call I sat in on with fellow journalists who had a chat with “Gotham” executive producer and writer Bruno Heller. Look for a Q&A with Ben McKenzie (James Gordon) soon. “Gotham” premieres next Monday, September 22. Q: It looks like a very...

  • Colorado Springs Restaurant Weeks is in full swing with good deals for dinners for two

    Pizzeria Rustica 2527 W. Colorado Ave., 632-8121, pizzeriarustica.com Price: $30 Appetizer: Large Insalata Mista, regular caprese salad or small antipasto plate Entrée: Any standard menu pizza or pizza-of-the-day Dessert: Two mini gelatos The Public House Pub & Grill 445 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 465-3079,...

  • Manitou Springs restaurant wins Wine Spectator award for wine list

    Raise a toast to The Cliff House at Pikes Peak, 306 Canon Ave., Manitou Springs. Since 2001 the restaurant has been selected by Wine Spectator for one of the magazine's "Best of Award of Excellence" for its wine list. Paul York, the general manager, gives a couple of reasons why he thinks they continue to get the award, including this year: -...

  • To Do Today calendar Sept. 19, 2014

    On TV "Man Caves," 7 p.m., DIY: Go he-lunking with the crew as they turn a master bedroom into a nautical nightmare. McClatchy Newspapers Birthdays Actress Rosemary Harris is 87. Actor Adam West is 86. Actor David McCallum ("NCIS") is 81. Singer-
songwriter Paul Williams is 74. Singer Bill Medley is 74. Singer Sylvia Tyson (Ian and...

  • 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' is uncommonly well-made thriller

    Starring Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour, Boyd Holbrook, Adam David Thompson, Brian "Astro Bradley; directed by Scott Frank; 114 minutes; rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, language and brief nudity They've done it at last: made a Liam Neeson-stomps-some-behind flick where, as the credits roll, there's more stuff to be...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Maze' gets lost in overfamiliarity

    This month's "young adults save the future" film franchise is "The Maze Runner," an indifferent quest tale about boys trapped in a gigantic maze with no idea how they got there. A teen boy (Dylan O'Brien) wakes up, screaming, on a freight elevator soaring up to a field, where it promptly drops its "greenie," or newby, into a clatch of rustic...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Tusk' just feels long in the tooth

    Starring Justin Long, Michael Parks, Genesis Rodriguez, Haley Joel Osment; directed by Kevin Smith; 
102 minutes; rated R for disturbing violence, gore, strong language, sexual content Take "The Human Centipede" - the gross-out movie about the mad doctor who stitches humans together - and sprinkle with the old Bob and Doug McKenzie sketches...

  • Take this song and Grass It Up

    Presented by Gold Hill Mesa Concert Series, beer and wine available, 4-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Gold Hill Mesa, 142 S. Raven Mine Drive, free; 633-2202, goldhillmesa.com. Alabama's loss is Colorado's gain. The popular bluegrass band Grass It Up started in Alabama. Two members, David Jeffrey, guitar and mandolin player, and Shannon...

  • Colorado Springs Restaurant Weeks is in full swing with good deals for dinners for two

    Note: Most meals are three-course dinners only for two and items listed are per person, unless otherwise indicated. The Airplane Restaurant 1665 N. Newport Road, 570-7656, theairplanerestaurant.com Price: $30 Appetizer: Cheese sticks, potato skins or half tower nachos, to share Second course: Soup or salad Entrée: Deep fried shrimp, half...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: A stellar cast lets 'This is Where I Leave You' leave you laughing

    Starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn; directed by Shawn Levy, screenplay by Jonathan Tropper; 103 minutes; rated R for language, sexual content and some drug use "This is Where I Leave You" is a big, broad dysfunctional family comedy, sort of a "Parenthood" pushed into 
R-rated "Adulthood"...

  • REVIEW: Experimental 'Ludlow, 1914' ambitious, but too often confusing

    On April 20, 1914, about 12 miles northwest of Trinidad, two women and 11 children suffered fiery deaths, the end of a long and acrimonious struggle among the Colorado National Guard, the Rockefeller-owned Colorado Fuel & Iron Co. guards and striking coal miners. What came to be known as the Ludlow Massacre was "the culminating act of perhaps...

  • Foodies can get their fill in weeks ahead

    Get ready to do some serious eating during the next couple of weeks. Year No. 4 of Colorado Springs Restaurant Week kicks off Friday and runs through Oct. 4 (unless otherwise noted). Now is the time to experiment and widen your dining-out palate. Here's how it works: 37 participating local restaurants offer special three-course dinner menus...

  • COLORADO SPRINGS ARTS CALENDAR: Sept. 19-25

    ARTS OPENING 3rd Annual Miniature Exhibition - Opening 4-8 p.m. Friday, runs through October, Academy Art & Frame Co., 7560 N. Academy Blvd., 265-6694, academyframesco.com Renaissance: Sculpture as Poetic Pilgrimage - New works by Maria Battista, opening 5-8 p.m. Friday, runs through Oct. 14, Commonwheel Artists Co-op, 102 Cañon Ave,...

  • COLORADO SPRINGS STAGE CALENDAR: Sept. 19-25

    stage OPENING Comedian Stacy Pederson - 2 p.m. Saturday, Gold Bar Room Theatre, 123 Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 344-9274, imperialhotel restaurant.com "Will Rogers' Story As America's Story" - Historic characterization by Doug Watson, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990, reservations...

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