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  • Springs high school student spent his summer touring the country in regional theater

    Evan Lennon doesn't get stage fright while standing in front of an audience of 2,000. But he does get nervous before a math test. At 15 years old, Lennon, who is a Springs native, has been stealing the spotlight in "Billy Elliot the Musical" this summer in shows across the country, including regional theaters in North Carolina, Wichita, Kan.,...

  • TheatreWorks' 'Midsummer Night's Dream' isn't your high school Shakespeare

    Two topics many people have preconceived notions about are Shakespeare and hip-hop. Combine the two and you have TheatreWorks' new production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." It's open now through Aug. 22 at Rock Ledge Ranch. This isn't the Shakespeare you studied - or tried to avoid - in high school. It's a modern. hip- hop-flavored take on...

  • List: Top 10 attractions to see around Colorado Springs

    You will never know how much cool stuff there is to do and see in the Pikes Peak region until you’re asked to list just 10 of them. Here's a list of favorites: Cave of the Winds - 100 Cave of the Winds Road, Manitou Springs, off U.S. 24; 685-5444. Terror-dactyl aerial dive, zip line, cave tours, Wind Walker Challenge Course.  -...

  • TV Review - "Mr. Robinson's" class is one you'll want to skip

    “Mr. Robinson” Cast: Craig Robinson (“The Office”), Brandon T. Jackson (“Tropic Thunder,” “Roll Bounce”), Peri Gilpin (“Frasier”), Meagan Good (“Think Like A Man,” “Roll Bounce”), Tim Bagley (“Knocked Up”), Amandla Stenberg (“The Hunger Games”)  Airs: The premiere episode airs Wednesday at 7 p.m. on NBC  The premise:...

  • Dr. Dre announces release of first album in 15 years

    PHOENIX — Hip hop super-producer Dr. Dre says the wait is finally over — he's going to release his first album in 15 years. Dre said on his radio show, Dr. Dre's The Pharmacy, that "Compton a Soundtrack by Dr. Dre" will be available Aug. 7. He said Saturday that the album was inspired by the N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton," a...

  • Colorado Springs area To Do Today calendar for Aug. 1, 2015

    Events Founder's Day and Colorado Day Celebration - Music, games, history and more, to benefit restoration projects at the Evergreen Cemetery, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Evergreen Cemetery, 1005 Hancock Expressway, $10, free for children 12 and younger; evergreencemetery.blogspot.com. Dogs on Deployment Vendor and Craft Show - 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Colorado...

  • Latest 'Mission' is an action- and drama-packed joy ride

    With the new "Mission: Impossible" movie, even if it's the most assured and satisfying of the five so far, it sounds foolish to even mention the things the characters say in between screeching tires, gunfights, knife fights, motorcycle derring-do and the opening act featuring Tom Cruise dangling for real (real enough to make it look cool, and...

  • Colorado Springs area music events starting July 31, 2015

    MUSIC - Angel Mist Park - 13509 Silverton Road; tinyurl.com/o56epjh - Back East Bar and Grill - 9475 Briar Village Point; 264-6161, backeast barandgrill.com - Back East Bar and Grill, Monument - 1455 Cipriani Loop, 488-2252, backeastbarandgrill.com - The Black Sheep - 2106 E. Platte Ave.; 227-7625, blacksheeprocks.com - City...

  • Colorado Springs area stage events starting July 31, 2015

    STAGE OPENING "Julius Caesar" - Opens 7:30 p.m. Friday, runs 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 15, 5 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 16, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E Colorado Ave., $10; cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com. "A Dog's Life" - Musical to benefit Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, opening gala 6 p.m. Thursday, 7...

  • Colorado Springs area attraction events starting July 31, 2015

    ESCAPES SATURDAY Colorado Grown Festival - Workshops, demonstration, crafts, and family-friendly activities to celebrate and discover local history, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St, costs for workshops. Registration required for workshops: tinyurl.com/p59pwux. See story, Page 4. ONGOING Air Force Academy...

  • Colorado Springs area art events starting July 31, 2015

    ARTS Opening Mountain Arts Festival - 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park; mountainartists.com. ONGOING Wine and Art - 4 p.m. Saturdays, The Broadmoor Galleries, 1 Lake Circle; 577-5744, broadmoorgalleries.com. Featured Artists - Marilyn Kirkman...

  • Colorado music, stage, art events and festivals starting July 31, 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 IT: itickets.com MUSIC Friday: Steep Canyon Rangers - 7 p.m., Runyon Theater,...

  • Colorado All-Star Blues Party slated for Sunday

    The Colorado All-Star Blues Party will be held Sunday at 7 p.m. at Francisco Crossing, 300 S Main St, La Veta. Tickets are $20 at the door. Come listen and dance to an all-star band with Ken Saydak on piano/vocal; Fred James on guitar/vocal; Al Chesis on harmonica/vocal; Mary Ann Brandon on bass/vocals; and Willie Panker on drums. - Saydak's...

  • Colorado Springs chef turns mountain fine dining eatery into a distillery offering smoked meats

    Victor Matthews is never at a loss of ideas for starting new projects or repurposing old concepts. Such is the case for his new Black Bear Distillery (repurposing) and Big Daddy's BBQ (new). His Black Bear Restaurant, 10375 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls, was closed March 17, 2014, after he celebrated its 15th anniversary, to rebuild it...

  • Favorites on display at Colorado Grown Festival in Colorado Springs

    10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., free, $5-$10 per workshop, $15-$30 unlimited workshops, free 12 and younger with paid adult; 385-5990, cspm.org. Colorado has plenty to love, including its people, history and food. The Colorado Grown Festival at the Pioneers Museum will offer a taste of what makes our city and...

  • Vince Gill won't need to showboat at Colorado Springs show

    7 p.m. Wednesday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $47-$62; 520-7469, ticketswest.com. Country music star Vince Gill may have sold more than 26 million albums, won 20 Grammys (the record for a male country artist) and 18 Country Music Association awards, but he still comes off as just a humble guy. Witness the tender performance of...

  • Camp Shakespeare creates full-length production in one week

    By Black Box Theatre's Camp Shakespeare, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Black Box Theatre, 1367 Pecan St., $5-$10; 330-1798, blackboxdrama.com. While other kids lounged by the pool or hung out at the skateboard park, almost two dozen young teenagers busied themselves getting to know Shakespeare. Camp Shakespeare, led by Nancy Holaday, offers...

  • Springs Beer Fest marks ninth year

    1-4 p.m. Saturday at America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, $35/$40 general admission, $50 VIP tickets get revelers in an hour early, available online and at the gate; 1-303-777-6887. Tickets: springsbeerfest.com. When Josh Osterhoudt, then-general manager at Bristol Brewing, partnered with Old Chicago to found the Springs Beer Fest...

  • Free showing of 'Big Hero 6' Thursday in Colorado Springs

    The Promenade Shops at Briargate's 8th Annual Pictures on the Promenade will feature the 2014 Disney family comedy animated film "Big Hero 6" on Thursday, July 30. Admission is free. Bring chairs and blankets. Pre-movie fun will begin at 7 p.m. The movie will begin at sundown in the East Parking lot of the Promenade Shops at Briargate, 1885...

  • 10 of Jon Stewart's highlights from 'The Daily Show'

    NEW YORK (AP) — When he leaves Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" on Aug. 6 after hosting nearly 2,600 episodes, Jon Stewart will have logged too many great moments to count. But here are 10 Stewart highlights — both on and off the show — worth remembering: ___ HAIL TO THE CHIEF (December 2000) Reporting on George W. Bush's remarks as he...

  • 2 houses from 'Breaking Bad' for sale in Albuquerque

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two houses featured on the hit AMC-TV series "Breaking Bad" are up for sale in Albuquerque. A mother-daughter realty team said this week they are helping sell the home where the fictitious Jesse Pinkman made methamphetamine. The two-story, 3,500-square foot, four-bedroom home in Albuquerque's Country Club area is...

  • Fine Arts Center's August First Friday reception promises music, cocktails, demos

    The Fine Arts Center's First Friday Art Walk for Autust will be held on Aug. 7. From 5 to 7:30 p.m. there will be cocktails, music by DJ Prominent, giveaways, demos by three local artists, discounts and a behind-the-scenes look at "Eloquent Objects: Georgia O'Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico." Featured artist Karen Fisher, of Denver,...

  • Outlets at Castle Rock to host NFL legends, golf sensation Paige Spiranac Aug. 2

    The Outlets at Castle Rock will host eight NFL legends as well as 22-year-old golf sensation Paige Spiranac at Outlets at Castle Rock's Rockin' Tailgate Party from 1 to 3 p.m. on Aug. 2 The public is invited to enjoy free events including a tailgate party, meet and greet, and merchandise and autograph signing. "We're extremely honored to...

  • Young Springs musicians thrive under caring Conservatory instruction

    There is room for all local youth at the Colorado Springs Conservatory – regardless of experience, ability or socio-economic status. The Conservatory offers instruction and performance opportunities for students ages 3-19 in instrumental music, vocals, theater, dance/movement and its singular Recording Arts Program. With founding CEO Linda...

  • Blog: 'English Summer Soiree' features Gilbert and Sullivan music

    Gilbert and Sullivan fans are sure to find this weekend's event of interest. First Congregational Church will present "An English Summer Soiree" on Sunday. The event features two performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s "Trial by Jury" and English songs by Noel Coward and Ivor Novello. Adam Bond, who recently played Jesus in CNN's...

  • Ranking the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

    Enjoy Marvel movies? Of course you do. What’s not to like? They’re fun, action packed and have just the right amount of humor. These superhero films are guaranteed summer blockbusters and at this point, it’s clear the formula for the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a winning one. Heck, even the completely misguided trailers for “Ant-Man” can’t...

  • Magazine ranks Broadmoor World Arena 2nd of southwest venues under 10,000 seats

    The Broadmoor World Arena, with a capacity just under 10,000, was recognized by Venues Today magazine's 2015 summer rankings as one of the premier mid-sized venues in the country. The venue ranked second in the southwest region with trendsetting, record-breaking attendance and premier management recognition. The Broadmoor World Arena came...

  • 'Vacation' an over-the-top homage to its predecessor

    The great American family road trip seems, in the 32 years since we first met the Griswolds, as antiquated a concept as ever. Middle class families fly now - device enabled, efficiency obsessed and always aware of the outside world. Families flew in 1983, too, of course. "National Lampoon's Vacation" actually begins with a bit of a debate...

  • Michael Dante beams in to 'Star Trek' convention

    On Aug. 6, thousands of sci-fi fans will invade Las Vegas for a massive four-day "Star Trek" convention. Over a hundred "Star Trek" celebrities from the franchise's five series are scheduled to attend (see creationent.com), including Michael Dante. As any "Star Trek" fan worth his or her weight in tribbles knows, Dante guest-starred in the...

  • The Bachelorette Finale Liveblog - The most dramatic liveblog in Bachelorette history

    Greetings fellow Bach-heads! I'm coming to you live from the comfort of my couch at Casa de Terrones. I'm ready to endure, get this thing over with, survive, celebrate whoever Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe has chosen to be her forever after. And by "forever after" I mean the guy she's probably already broken up with.  I'm your host,...

  • Colorado to sponsor affordable housing for artists in towns

    LOVELAND, Colo. - Colorado is investing in a $50 million plan to find affordable housing for artists in rural communities. And the definition of artist is quite generous - including architects, craft beer brewers and liquor distillers. The plan, announced Monday by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, carries an uncertain price tag. The program...

  • Manitou Chamber Music Festival runs through Aug. 2

    Now in its second year, the Manitou Chamber Music Festival runs through Sunday, Aug. 2, and features faculty concerts at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church 800 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. Tickets are on sale on the MCMF website: www.manitouchambermusicfestival.com. Tickets are $10/students and seniors, $20/adults, $65 for the season. The...

  • Deaf interpreters in Colorado Springs production of 'West Side Story' help unite hearing, deaf communities

    What would "West Side Story" be without the songs "Tonight" or "America"? We come to a Broadway musical to get caught up in the sweeping ballads and intricate dance moves. But what if you're deaf or hearing-impaired and the deaf interpreter is way off to the side of the stage? By taking your eyes off the action at center stage to figure out...

  • Experts: Time is an enemy in solving Bobbi Kristina Brown's death

    In the months since Bobbi Kristina Brown was found face-down in a bathtub at her townhome in suburban Atlanta until her death in hospice care Sunday, time has been working against forensic pathologists and police investigators now tasked with solving how and why she died. Any drugs the 22-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston might have taken...

  • List: Public swimming pools (and a beach) in Colorado Springs

    Want to cool off in Colorado Springs and looking for a public swimming area? Here are some options:  Portal Pool 3535 N. Hancock Ave., 7193888287 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday Noon - 6 p.m. Sunday Monument Valley Pool 220 Mesa Road, 7195786636 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday Noon - 6 p.m. Sunday Memorial...

  • Brew tour takes charitable giving message to Colorado Springs craft beer crowd

    The Community Partnership for Child Development is taking its message on the road in a vehicle inspired by, and tailored for, the craft beer demographic. Hops on the Bus invites those of legal drinking age on board for a two-hour tour of three west-side Colorado Springs breweries, complete with chauffeured ride, beer samples and appetizers....

  • Review: Warren Haynes, acoustic band shine on 'Ashes & Dust'

    Warren Haynes featuring Railroad Earth, "Ashes & Dust" (Concord) Thirty-five years in to his career, Warren Haynes returns home to the Appalachian mountains for "Ashes & Dust," a collaboration between the veteran jam-band guitarist and vocalist and the adventurous acoustic band Railroad Earth. A native of Asheville, N.C., Haynes grew up in a...

  • Entertainment news in brief

    Colorado native part of 'Art in the Park' The work of painter and Colorado native Carlos Lucero will be featured as part of Cheyenne Mountain State Park's "Art in the Park" series. "I try to capture the emotion of the subject through their eyes," said Lucero, who has been drawing and painting for more than 30 years. A naturalist, Lucero...

  • Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston, has died

      ATLANTA — A representative for the Houston family has said Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late entertainer Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, has died, about 7 months after she was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub. She was 22 years old. Kristen Foster said Sunday, "Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away...

  • TV Review - House hunters look to get off the grid in "Unplugged Nation"

    “Unplugged Nation” Cast: Unplugged lifestyle expert Jay Gruen Airs: The premiere episode airs Monday at 8 p.m. on FYI The premise: “Unplugged Nation” follows families looking to simplify their lives by moving from urban areas to off-the-grid settings. In every episode, a new family will tour three remote “unplugged” properties....

  • List: Eight places to see animals in Colorado

    Butterfly Pavilion: Spread your wings with more than 1,600 butterflies - and sea creatures and Rosie the tarantula - at this education center in Westminster, the first stand-alone zoo of its type in the nation, founded to foster appreciation of the planet's invertebrates. More info: butterflies.org Cheyenne Mountain Zoo: The beautiful setting...

  • LIST: Eight restaurants to visit in Colorado

    Here's eight must-visit restaurants in Colorado. Casa Bonita: It's a restaurant. It's dinner theater. It's a funhouse for kids. Order Mexican food and then sit back and watch the show, including dives from a 30-foot waterfall, gunfights and more. An arcade and puppet shows round off your visit to Lakewood. More info: casabonitadenver.com...

  • Hot Club of Cowtown headlines 'Fiddles, Vittles and Vino' at Rock Ledge Ranch

    What started as a fun, noncompetitive event 11 years ago for local chefs has turned into a moneymaker for Rock Ledge Ranch. "Fiddles, Vittles and Vino" is a day of food from local restaurants, beer and wine and nationally known bluegrass musicians, all at the bucolic Rock Ledge Ranch setting. The event is Sunday. "We've got a good...

  • Table Talk video: Ramon Q's Foodstruck in Colorado Springs

    Elizabeth Giberti, who with her husband, Michael, owns Ramon Q's Foodstruck, prepares quinoa salad tacos. Ramon Q's serves a combination of Mexican and Italian foods from a flashy orange mobile truck. It's been seen parked at Mill Hill Saloon and at Motor City for breakfast. Check food truck apps like Roaming Hunger, Street Meat and Food...

  • Chambers named Chief Meteorologist at FOX21

    Today Fox21 announced that Justin Chambers has been promoted to Chief Meteorologist.  “Justin has been a great addition to the FOX21 news team. He’s a skilled weather storyteller and has learned quickly the challenging dynamics of forecasting in the Pikes Peak Region. We are pleased to have him as our new Chief Meteorologist,” said Fox21...

  • WWE cuts ties with Hulk Hogan amid report of slurs

    STAMFORD, Conn. — World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has severed ties with Hulk Hogan amid a report that one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling history used racial slurs in a conversation caught on a sex tape. The company deleted most references to Hogan on its website and issued a statement Friday saying it had terminated...

  • Must See Must Do: Best bets for fun around Colorado Springs this weekend

    Here's a look at some of your best entertainment options in the Colorado Springs area over the next few days: - List: Top 10 attractions to see around Colorado Springs. Details here. - List: Loads of free summer concert series in Pikes Peak region parks. Details here.  FRIDAY - El Paso County Fair ends this weekend....

  • 'Sharknado 3' has the sharks, but not ratings of last year

    LOS ANGELES — Fearsome sharks rained down once more in the latest "Sharknado" TV movie, but they didn't create the ratings deluge of last year's installment. An estimated 2.8 million viewers tuned in for Syfy's campy "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!" starring Ian Ziering and Tara Reid. In comparison, 3.9 million viewers watched 2014's "Sharknado 2."...

  • Watch: Air Force Academy cadet woos Taylor Swift in video, on Facebook

    U.S. Air Force Academy cadet Brett Hagen really, really wants pop music star Taylor Swift to be his date for an upcoming dance. A Facebook page titled: "Taylor Swift, will you go to the USAFA ring dance with me?" and a separate YouTube video, starring the cadet, were created to reiterate the point. Hagen's plea in the four-minute video is...

  • 'Planes Fire & Rescue' to be featured Thursday at free Briargate film series

    The Promenade Shops at Briargate continues it free July film series, Pictures on the Promenade 2015, on Thursday night. Bring your chairs and blankets to watch the family-friendly film "Planes Fire & Rescue." Pre-movie fun, including an appearance by Goose from 92.9 Peak FM, contests, trivia and giveaways, begins at 7 p.m. The film...

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