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  • Starz releases teaser trailer of Seth MacFarlane's “Blunt Talk” starring Patrick Stewart

    Patrick “Captain Picard” Stewart as you’ve never seen him before? Probably. From executive producer Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy”) and series creator and executive producer Jonathan Ames (“Bored to Death”) comes “Blunt Talk,” a comedy set in the world of cable news that follows an eccentric TV personality and his crew. Patrick Stewart...

  • 'American Sniper' widow speechless after rifle raffle

    For another weekend, moviegoers will be glued to their seats, watching the grit and turmoil of Chris Kyle, the real-life character portrayed in "American Sniper." But for Kyle's widow, Taya, the blockbuster hit is all too real. Fortunately, she's not alone. Friday, Taya was left searching for words after the nonprofit organization...

  • Pros, amateur dirt bike riders take on the dirt and each other at Amsoil Arenacross at World Arena

    Professional dirt bike riders have 15 dirty, sweaty, aggressive laps to prove their worth. Riders on the Amsoil Arenacross tour compete almost every weekend from January to May, when the man with the most points reigns supreme at the championships in Las Vegas. Three days of racing events start Friday at The Broadmoor World Arena. "It's...

  • Colorado Springs likely to have a new balloon festival

    Hot air balloons are expected to fly again in Colorado Springs this Labor Day weekend. On Thursday, the city's Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax Advisory Committee announced it was backing a proposal to bring a hot air balloon event to the city for the holiday weekend. The event has not been named. Final contract negotiations are underway...

  • Free antique appraisals and host of HGTV's 'Room Crashers' at Springs Home and Landscaping Show

    Longtime antique appraiser Michael Amosson once helped a man earn $335,000 for a stack of 150 old letters bearing signatures of the major generals of the Civil War. The man thought they were worth about $5,000. "It was life changing," Amosson says. "He had no idea what he had. I've talked to him on the phone a couple times since then, and he...

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

    Are you looking for something fun to do this week? Here are a few entertainment options in our area to get you started. FRIDAY -The newest addition to the downtown pub, music, coffee shop, craft brew scene has something no one else can match: a climbing wall. The Ute and Yeti, in the historic Ute Theater building - hence the name - at 21 N....

  • 5th suspect arrested in Denver gardens Chihuly art theft

    DENVER — Denver police say they have arrested a fifth suspect in the theft of four glass pieces by world-famous sculptor Dale Chihuly that were taken from an open-air exhibit. In a statement, police said Chance Christie, 20 was arrested Friday on suspicion of theft. Alex Brook, 23, Joseph Parnell, 36, Sean Sorensen, 20, and Auvia Bellamy, 19...

  • Dining Review: A fine view, but missing some Skynyrd and spice

    Bourbon Brothers Southern Kitchen has created a storyline to go along with the menu theme and architectural design, but it distracts more than it enhances. Clapboard siding, chairs on what might be considered a veranda and a dining area evocative of an enclosed porch all contribute to the tale featured on the menu of Prohibition bootlegging,...

  • Miss Universe: New friends, countless dresses and 1 crown

    MIAMI (AP) — Contestants from 88 countries will vie for the title of Miss Universe on Sunday in Florida. The women arrived in Miami nearly two weeks ago ahead of the main event, in which Miss Universe, Gabriela Isler of Venezuela, will pass on her crown. "Today Show" personality Natalie Morales will host the show, at 8 p.m. EST on CBS. WILL...

  • Blog: Former poet laureate of Colorado releases new book

    David Mason, the former poet laureate of Colorado from 2010-2014, will release "Davey McGravy" in March. The new book of poems for both kids and adults follows young Davey McGravy, as he mourns his missing mother and gets lost between the worlds of forest and animals and school and society.  Mason is also the author of...

  • CBS casts Colorado native to play 'Supergirl'

    Colorado native Melissa Benoist has been cast as the titular character in the upcoming CBS series, "Supergirl." The series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, who's had success bringing DC characters to TV with The CW's "Arrow" and "The Flash."  Benoist, who was raised in Littleton and graduated from Araphoe High School in...

  • Ill-conceived take on Shakespeare's fairy tale makes for bad "Dream"

    Starring the voices of Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Elijah Kelley, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Alfred Molina, Meredith Anne Bull; directed by Gary Rydstrom; 99 minutes; PG for some action and scary images "Strange Magic," an animated riff on "A Midsummer Night's Dream" that took root in the imagination of executive producer George...

  • Colorado Springs area stage events starting jan. 23, 2015

    STAGE 
OPENING "Six Women in Search of Perfect Play" - Rocky Mountain Deaf Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., $20; csfineartscenter.org. "Eye Sockets/Hip Sockets" - Dance/choreography duo HIJACK, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Colorado College, Edith Kinney Gaylord...

  • Colorado Springs area art events starting jan. 23, 2015

    ARTS Opening Winter Student Art Show Opening Reception - 5-7:30 p.m. Friday, Pikes Peak Community College, The Downtown Studio Campus Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., runs through Feb. 21; 502-3135. "Extending the Line" - Opens Monday, runs 1-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 1-5 p.m. Saturdays, through March 7; Colorado College, I.D.E.A. Space, Edith...

  • Colorado Springs area attraction events starting Jan. 23, 2015

    ESCAPES ONGOING Air Force Academy Visitor Center - Exit 156B off Interstate 25, North Gate; 333-2025, usafa.mil. Exhibits, theater, gift shop and nature trail to the Cadet Chapel. American Numismatic Association Money Museum - 818 N. Cascade Ave.; 632-2646, money.org. The history of money, educational exhibits, special events....

  • Colorado music, stage, art events and festivals starting Jan. 23, 2015

    OUT OF TOWN AT: altitudetickets.com (formerly tickethorse.com) AX: axs.com BT: bouldertheater.com FT: foxtheatre.com TM: ticketmaster.com TW: ticketweb.com TF: ticketfly.com TL: ticketliquidator.com LN: livenation.com DC: denvercenter.org MUSIC Saturday: Alvin Risk - With Kodak to Graph, 8:30 p.m., Fox Theatre, Boulder, $15-$17;...

  • Fruitcakes to fly in skies of Manitou Springs once again

    Dust off the fruitcakes and head to Manitou Springs. One of the town's most beloved events, the Great Fruitcake Toss, is back after being canceled in 2014. The reinvented competition will take place Jan. 31 in Memorial Park. "I feel like it's one of those things that makes Manitou so unique and unusual," said Annie Schmitt, event organizer...

  • Colorado Springs area music events starting Jan. 23, 2015

    MUSIC - Arnold Hall - Air Force Academy; -4497, ticketmaster.com - Back East Bar & Grill - 9475 Briar Village Point; 264-6161, backeastbarandgrill.com - Benny's Restaurant and Lounge - 517 W. Colorado Ave.; 634-9309 - Black Forest Community Center - 12530 Black Forest Road; blackroseacoustic.org - The Black Sheep - 2106 E. Platte...

  • Colorado Springs wine festival features wines of Italy

    For 24 years, the Wine Festival of Colorado Springs has been the best weekend of sipping and education about the juice of the grape - and this year will be no exception. Scheduled Feb. 19 to 21, the focus of the three days will be an immersion into wines of Italy, the world's largest wine producer by volume. Guest winemakers include Paolo...

  • Philharmonic brings musical flavor of Spain to Pikes Peak Center

    This weekend, Colorado Springs Philharmonic music director Josep Caballé-Domench, a native of Barcelona, will welcome guitarist Pablo Villegas, a native of La Rioja, Spain. This is not the first time the 37-year-old guest soloist has been under the baton of the 41-year-old maestro. "I know him well," said Villegas. "I had the pleasure to work...

  • Cornerstone Arts Week in Colorado Springs brings in poet Robert Pinsky and dance duo HIJACK

    A former United States poet laureate, Colorado College alumnae turned professional dancers and a 13-foot-tall sculpture made of vinyl and zippers. That's what the annual Cornerstone Arts Week is all about - celebrating art and the collaborations between artistic disciplines. The annual Colorado College event is 15 years old, says event...

  • Video Game Haiku Review - 'Saints Row: Gat out of Hell'

    Title: Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell Format: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Price: $19.99 Other availability: Saints Row IV: Re-Elected - PS4, Xbox One ($29.99), Saints Row IV: Re-Elected and Gat Out of Hell Bundle – PS4, Xbox One ($49.99) ESRB Rating: M (Mature 17+) The Grade: B   Gat Out of Hell Haiku Review Go to hell, by...

  • Blog: Colorado College course on 'Mean Girls' grabs limelight

    Mean girls have always been around, and will always be around. The question is why? That’s the heart of “Queen Bees, WannaBees and Mean Girls,” a recent two-week course at Colorado College that’s receiving quite a bit of attention. Lisa Hughes, professor of comparative literature, screened three films during the course: Tina Fey’s 2004...

  • Q&A: Actor Rainn Wilson talks 'Backstrom'

    Recently I was able to sit in on a conference call with actor Rainn Wilson. The former “The Office” star that drove his co-workers nuts as Dwight Schrute is now playing another annoying character, Everett Backstrom. Premiering tomorrow on Fox, “Backstrom” features Wilson as a curmudgeonly police detective (You can read my review of the new...

  • DA: 4 charged in Chihuly heist from Denver Botanic Gardens

    The Denver District Attorney's Office has charged four people in the theft of Dale Chihuly artwork from a Denver Botanic Gardens display last summer. Alex Brook, 23, and Joseph Parnell, 36, have been charged with theft, tampering with evidence and felony criminal mischief. Sean Sorenson, 20, and Auvia Bellamy, 19, were also charged with...

  • 'Sniper' success reveals power of conservative audience; generates off-screen controversy

    NEW YORK — Empty seats were hard to come by at Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" over the holiday weekend, where the R-rated Iraq War drama — all words seldom attached to "blockbuster" — rolled to the kind of runaway success that makes Hollywood sit up and take notice. The film, which blew away box-office expectations with a superhero-sized...

  • TV Review - Rainn Wilson channels his inner Archie Bunker in 'Backstrom'

    “Backstrom” Cast: Rainn Wilson (“The Office”), Dennis Haysbert (“24,” “The Unit”), Genevieve Angelson (“House of Lies”), Thomas Dekker (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) Airs: The premiere episode airs at 8 p.m. Thursday on FOX The premise: Detective Lieutenant Everett Backstrom (Rainn Wilson) is a man with no filter. After...

  • Blog: ChitChat is back at GOCA121

    Need a boost of creativity and mind expansion on a random Tuesday night this winter? Head downtown to GOCA121 for ChitChat, a five-part series that smashes together two seemingly eclectic ideas that always seem to generate common threads by the end of the night. Each night features two speakers and hands-on and participatory learning. I went...

  • Suburban unrest in 'Detroit' at TheatreWorks

    Welcome to suburbia - the setting of "Detroit," a Pulitzer Prize-nominated play by Lisa D'Amour. In this anywhere setting, two very different married couples live next door to each other in an average neighborhood. And though they struggle to feel normal, they each feel the ground shake beneath them as financial struggles and the fear of...

  • 'Backstrom' a nontraditional detective story

    "Backstrom" Cast: Rainn Wilson ("The Office"), Dennis Haysbert ("24," "The Unit"), Genevieve Angelson ("House of Lies"), Thomas Dekker ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles") Airs: The premiere episode airs at 8 p.m. Thursday on Fox. The premise: Detective Lt. Everett Backstrom (Rainn Wilson) is a man with no filter. After a five-year...

  • Group seeks updates for aging Colorado Springs asset

    Dave Weesner displays unvarnished pride when discussing the 92-year-old Colorado Springs City Auditorium, but he's quick to state the obvious. The place could use a little freshening up. During a recent visit to the downtown arena and theater at 221 E. Kiowa St., Weesner joined fellow members of a local booster group in dissecting the...

  • Photos: Cosby takes Denver stage despite protest over sex-assault claims

    DENVER — About 100 people chanting "Rape is not a joke!" and "No means no!" protested outside a theater in Denver before comedian Bill Cosby took the stage on Saturday, but his performance night went on without a disturbance. Earlier in the day, a woman held a news conference at a nearby hotel to accuse him of sexually assaulting her in 1986....

  • Protesters outside Bill Cosby's first Colorado weekend show; laughter inside

    More than a dozen protesters gathered on Friday night outside Pueblo's Memorial Hall to protest Bill Cosby's performance. Pueblo resident Rae Carnevale, 29, organized and invited the group through Facebook, she said. She started an event page called, "Rape is Not Funny," after Cosby made a joke about rape at a show in Canada earlier this...

  • Cosby set to take stage in Denver despite planned protest

    DENVER — Embattled comedian Bill Cosby is set to take the stage in Denver on Saturday, despite a protest planned over sexual assault claims directed against him. Cosby, 77, performed at a packed show in Pueblo without disruption on Friday and is slated for two shows in Denver, where protesters are expected outside the downtown venue. About 25...

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

    Here are some of the top events over the next few days around Colorado Springs and the Front Range: FRIDAY -'Zen Cowboy' Chuck Pyle releases new CD at Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts. Details about the show here.  - The Colorado College Tigers host No. 8 Nebraska-Omaha in college hockey tonight and Saturday.  - Grab your friends...

  • NBC firmly shuts door on Bill Cosby

    PASADENA, Calif. — The door is firmly shut to Bill Cosby's return to NBC, the network's top entertainment executive said Friday. "That's safe to say," NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said Friday when asked if the network would ever again do a project with Cosby, who 30 years ago was the sitcom king with the network's "The Cosby...

  • Dining review: Deli near Colorado College dishes up fresh, satisfying food

    Wooglin's Deli & Cafe sits in the shadow of Colorado College, but when it comes to the food, Wooglin's shines. The reality is that the order-at-the-counter eatery could fit in anywhere. It emphasizes fresh, well-prepared food that's relatively easy on the wallet and satisfying to the palate. It's true that CC students and faculty can use...

  • Blog: Local artists make it big on billboards

    If you happen to be driving on Wahsatch St., just north of Costilla St., make sure you look up at the billboard. Local artist Deb Komitor's painting of aspen trees on a beautiful blue sky day is splashed all over it.  The Pikes Peak Arts Council and Tracy Miller Gallery are collaborating with Lamar Outdoor Advertisting to put up...

  • Colorado Springs area stage events starting Jan. 16, 2015

    STAGE 
OPENING Burlesque - Featuring Peaks and Pasties, 7 p.m. Saturday, The Mezzanine, 20 N. Tejon St., back alley entrance, $10; 428-6974, themezzcos.com. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble - 7 p.m. Monday, Colorado College, Armstrong Theatre, inside Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St., free; 389-6607. Bill Bowers'...

  • Colorado Springs area art events starting Jan. 16, 2015

    ARTS Opening Martin Luther King Jr. Community Art Exhibit - 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park; wpmlk.org. "Accidentally on Purpose" - Joseph Rottenbacher, 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Colorado Springs City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave., free; tinyurl.com/kzzol5s. ONGOING Wine and Art - 4 p.m. Saturdays,...

  • Colorado Springs area attraction events starting Jan. 16, 2015

    ESCAPES ONGOING Air Force Academy Visitor Center - Exit 156B off Interstate 25, North Gate; 333-2025, usafa.mil. Exhibits, theater, gift shop and nature trail to the Cadet Chapel. American Numismatic Association Money Museum - 818 N. Cascade Ave.; 632-2646, money.org. The history of money, educational exhibits, special events....

  • Colorado Springs area music events starting Jan. 16, 2015

    MUSIC - Arnold Hall - Air Force Academy; 333-4497, ticketmaster.com - Back East Bar & Grill - 9475 Briar Village Point; 264-6161, backeast barandgrill.com - Benny's Restaurant and Lounge - 517 W. Colorado Ave.; 634-9309 - Black Forest Community Center - 12530 Black Forest Road; blackroseacoustic.org - The Black...

  • Colorado music, stage, art events and festivals starting Jan. 16, 2015

    OUT OF TOWN AT: altitudetickets.com (formerly tickethorse.com) AX: axs.com BT: bouldertheater.com FT: foxtheatre.com TM: ticketmaster.com TW: ticketweb.com TF: ticketfly.com TL: ticketliquidator.com LN: livenation.com DC: denvercenter.org MUSIC Saturday: Rob Drabkin - 9 p.m., Bluebird Theater, Denver, $14-$16; AX. Saturday:...

  • Security beefed up for Bill Cosby's Friday show at Pueblo's Memorial Hall

    Out of the 1,600 seats in Pueblo's Memorial Hall, 1,400 have been filled for Bill Cosby's "Far From Finished" tour on Friday. No refunds are available, said general manager Brian Hoffman, though there has been a steady stream of requests. Management is also ramping up security based on reports from recent Cosby appearances. "There was a...

  • Nominations add intrigue if not diversity to Oscar race

    The Oscar nominations added intrigue if not diversity to an Academy Awards race by favoring one late-season release ("American Sniper") over another ("Selma"). The flip-flopping of fortunes, however, did little to dislodge the humble coming-of-age epic "Boyhood," which has steadily grown into the movie to beat in a little-seen Oscar field,...

  • Gloria Allred sets 'Teach In' before Bill Cosby's shows in Denver

    Prominent women's-rights attorney Gloria Allred is joining the chorus of voices denouncing Bill Cosby's Saturday shows at the Buell Theatre in Denver. The Los Angeles-based attorney will hold a "Teach In Speak Out" session at 2 p.m. at Denver's Crawford Hotel, 1701 Wynkoop St., on Saturday. Cosby is scheduled to take the stage for 5 p.m....

  • 'Zen Cowboy' Chuck Pyle releases new CD at Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts

    They call Chuck Pyle the "Zen Cowboy." The almost 70-year-old country and folk guitarist and songwriter from Palmer Lake is known for his storytelling as much as his songwriting and finger picking. He performs Friday at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts in Palmer Lake. "I make people happy," he says. "I tell them stories - everyone loves a...

  • Rice cake pounding Saturday in Colorado Springs celebrates Japanese New Year

    Those who marked the arrival of 2015 with a pounding head and wasted day can take a mulligan and restart the year right - by pounding rice at a traditional New Year's Mochitsuki celebration, sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Southern Colorado. For more than a decade, the society has hosted the mid-January event welcoming the new year...

  • Table Talk: Colorado Springs eateries and fast food chains offer healthier menu items

    January has become the time of year for making changes, usually in the form of lifestyle switches like pledging to eat healthier. And, lo and behold, restaurants are here to help you with those choices. Whether you are looking to cut a few calories or just interested in eating food without preservatives, here's a look at some places that are...

  • James Cameron says 'Avatar' sequel delayed until late 2017

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Director James Cameron said Wednesday that writing three "Avatar" sequels is such a complex job he's delaying the first new film a year and it will now be released in late 2017. Cameron plans to film the highly-anticipated sequels at one time and then release the three films over consecutive years. The first had...

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