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  • Blog: New concerts announced at Pikes Peak Center

    Next year's concert line-up at the Pikes Peak Center is getting juicy. A handful of new shows have been announced in the past couple of weeks: Feb. 11: Roberta Flack, tickets on sale Tuesday, Dec. 23 March 8: David Wilcox, tickets on sale Friday, Dec. 19 March 28: Ani DiFranco, tickets on sale Friday, Dec. 19 Aug. 5: Vince Gill,...

  • AROUND TOWN: Docents help visitors enjoy Fine Arts Center experience

    They're the faces of the Fine Arts Center, who help people enjoy and learn about their arts experiences. That's why docents are so important, said David Dahlin, the center's CEO/president, as he welcomed seven new docents at the holiday awards luncheon Dec. 9 at Garden of the Gods Club and Resort.

  • 'Game of Thrones' author offers to show 'The Interview' in Sante Fe

    In defiance of major theaters’ reluctanceto air a comedy that parodies North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Santa Fe resident and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin is offering to show the film at the Jean Cocteau Cinema. The comedy, staring Seth Rogen and James Franco, has been pulled from every major theater...

  • 'The Interview' Review: Kim plays hoops, loves Katy Perry and is likable. So why the brouhaha?

    That I was one of the relative few to see "The Interview" is not a boast I take any pleasure in. It's with heavy sadness, not pride, that I review Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's North Korean farce. As of Thursday morning, the film has been shelved just a week ahead of its planned release due to terrorist threats by hackers said to be...

  • Texas theater refuses to let terrorist hackers win, will give out free toy guns at 'Team America' screening

    RICHARDSON, Texas — If it's a comedy featuring a North Korean leader that moviegoers want, that's what they'll get. After Sony canceled the release of "The Interview," which depicts a hapless assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a Dallas-area theater pledged to screen "Team America: World Police," which lampoons Kim's...

  • Table Talk: Colorado Springs chefs cook up their best dishes for the Glass Slipper Ball

    One of the most anticipated culinary events is the Glass Slipper Ball at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 7 p.m. Jan. 24. Each year a bevy of talented chefs converge on the ballroom to show off their best appetizers and desserts in the hopes of taking home the People's Choice award. Of course, there's wine to sample...

  • Flying W Wranglers come off the road for holiday show at Stargazers Theatre

    "Our main forte is cowboy music - classic country, Western swing, gospel," he says. "We do the songs everybody grew up on. We

  • Understanding the ecosystem at Audubon Christmas Bird Count

    The number of grackles, Canada geese, several types of doves and one type of hummingbird is growing in the region. The rusty blackbird, however, is diminishing in numbers. That's the kind of information regular bird counts can provide about southern Colorado. On Saturday, the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count takes place at Bear Creek Park....

  • Sony cancels 'The Interview' Dec. 25 release

    NEW YORK (AP) — Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview." The cancellation announced Wednesday was a startling blow to...

  • Norman Bridwell, 'Clifford, the Big Red Dog' creator, dead at 86

    Norman Bridwell, a soft-spoken illustrator whose impromptu story about a girl and her puppy marked the unlikely birth of the supersized franchise Clifford the Big Red Dog, has died at 86. Bridwell, who lived for decades in a house with a bright red door on Martha's Vineyard off Cape Cod in Massachusetts, died Friday at Martha's Vineyard...

  • Country singer Boyd crowned 'The Voice' champion

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — Country fans have spoken again. Craig Wayne Boyd, the country rocker from Blake Shelton's team, was named the winner of "The Voice" Tuesday. Boyd is the third country singer to win the NBC sing-off. The father from Nashville, Tennessee, was up against three finalists from Adam Levine's team: Runner-up Matt...

  • Elton John, David Furnish to tie knot again

    LONDON (AP) — Elton John and his partner David Furnish plan to tie the knot for a second time, following the legalization of same-sex marriage in Britain. The singer's spokesman, Gary Farrow, said Wednesday that the weekend ceremony will be private. Same-sex couples have been allowed to marry in Britain since March. Previously, gay couples...

  • Bill Cosby won't be charged over molestation claim

    LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles prosecutors on Tuesday declined to file any charges against Bill Cosby after a woman recently claimed the comedian molested her around 1974. The rejection of a child sexual abuse charge by prosecutors came roughly 10 days after the woman, Judy Huth, met with Los Angeles police detectives for 90 minutes. The...

  • The Golden Controller Awards: The Best Video Games of 2014

    What a great year for the video game industry 2014 has been. Two new consoles beginning to hit their stride, a slew of good games to play on all sorts of different formats and the chance that a virtual gaming headset may actually be on the horizon. What a year!  To celebrate so many great titles it’s time to announce the winners of the...

  • Blog: 'Mary Poppins' extended one week

    "Mary Poppins" strikes again. The popular holiday show at the Fine Arts Center has been extended through Jan. 11. Additional shows include: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (Jan. 8-10) and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 10-11). Tickets: 634-5583, csfineartscenter.

  • Bill Cosby's wife defends him as 'kind' and 'generous'

    NEW YORK — Bill Cosby's wife says the embattled comedian is in fact the man his fans have always loved. In a statement released Monday, Camille Cosby dismisses accusations from more than 15 women that they were drugged and raped by her husband as long ago as the late 1960s. She says these accusers aren't being properly vetted by the media...

  • Blog: Fine Arts Center breaks its own record with 'Mary Poppins'

    Clearly, people love a magical nanny. They most likely leave "Mary Poppins," the Fine Arts Center's current production, carefully wording a Craigslist ad for the perfect au pair. According to a press release sent by the Fine Arts Center, this holiday show has broken the theater's record for most number of tickets sold. The previous holder...

  • Q&A: Kathy Bates talks 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'

    Recently I was able to sit in on a conference call with actress Kathy Bates. Bates plays Ethel in the FX series “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” Below is a transcript of the conversation. Q: What is it that you most identify with in Ethel? Kathy: Her authenticity and her strength, her struggle and also since I’m a cancer survivor,...

  • 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' conquers the box office

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — After three weeks of box office dominance, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1" ceded its reign to "Exodus: Gods and Kings." The biblical epic easily ruled the weekend with a $24.5 million debut, according to box office tracker Rentrak's Sunday estimates, while "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" dominated...

  • Christmas cutie: Prince George images released

    LONDON (AP) — This little prince already knows how to mug for the camera. With a sly grin and robust rosy cheeks, Prince George looks cheerful and self-assured — for a toddler — in pictures released Sunday. His sleeveless sweater features Coldstream Guardsmen in bearskin hats and red tunics. The outfit was completed by black knee socks and...

  • Buyers seek posters from favorites movies at Colorado Springs sale

    Bill and Sandy Espinola scanned the hundreds of movie posters at Kimball's Peak Three Theatre on Saturday looking for ones that grabbed their attention. The couple enjoy movies, and they were each clutching posters as they walked through a dark auditorium, one of two housing the theater's annual poster sale. Proceeds from Saturday's sale...

  • AROUND TOWN: Conservatory/Library 21c areas named in honor of Peggy Shivers

    A chorus of "Shhhhh" was followed by quiet, and then an explosion of cheers as the elevator door at Colorado Springs Conservatory opened and beloved local personality Peggy Shivers stepped out. Looking out at a large gathering of friends, she was shocked and puzzled: "It's not my birthday?" (That was in June when she turned 75.) Somehow, the...

  • Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum debuts festive new look - set to music

    The Pioneers Museum is now dolled up for the holidays. Starting Friday, a 3-minute animated light and orchestral music show projects festive scenes onto the front, west-facing side of the historic downtown building. The nightly shows run every 15 minutes from 5:30-9 p.m. through Dec. 31. The granite facade will be wrapped in pink, green and...

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

    Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend in the Colorado Springs area? Here's a start. -Map: See the best Pikes Peak region holiday lights, and add yours. FRIDAY-SATURDAY -Every other year since the early 1990s, an area of Buena Vista has been transformed by more than 200 volunteers into the Christmas story in what becomes...

  • Dining review: Symbiotic relationship at Colorado Springs bistro equals excellence

    For 10 years, Carlos Echeandia has been greeting diners at the door of the bistro that bears his name, but this isn't the only indication of his longevity and attention to detail; much of the staff has remained unchanged in that same period. The symbiotic relationship between front and back of house has a huge influence on a restaurant's...

  • Crumpet the Elf bares all in 'The SantaLand Diaries' at Millibo Art Theatre

    Crumpet the Elf is about to get real on the holidays. For those unfamiliar, he's the star of "The SantaLand Diaries," stemming from an essay by humorist and writer David Sedaris. The 90-minute, one-man show is based on the one holiday season Sedaris spent working as a Christmas elf in SantaLand at Macy's department store in New York City....

  • Colorado Springs chef teaches clients of AspenPointe culinary skills

    Brent Beavers, training chef at AspenPointe's Café at Citizen's Service Center, prepares a curry chicken soup.

  • Chris Rock shines in 'Top Five'

    Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, JB Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg; directed by Chris Rock; 101 minutes; R for strong sexual content, nudity, crude humor, language throughout and some drug use. "I don't feel funny anymore," claims Andre Allen, the...

  • 'Exodus' is impressive, but might leave you cold

    Sprawling and spectacular, brawny and bloody, Ridley Scott's "Exodus: Gods and Kings" stabs an exclamation point onto a year peppered with religious films, one that began with the less conventional and trippier "Noah." This is Old Testament as action epic, featuring a two-fisted, Hittite-slaying "Prince of Egypt," a Moses selected to lead the...

  • Colorado Springs area music events starting Dec. 12, 2014

    MUSIC - Arnold Hall - Air Force Academy; 333-4497, ticketmaster.com - Back East Bar & Grill - 9475 Briar Village Point; 264-6161, backeastbarandgrill.com - Black Forest Community Center - 12530 Black Forest Road; blackroseacoustic.org - The Black Sheep - 2106 E. Platte Ave.; 227-7625, blacksheeprocks.com - Brewer's Republic - 112 N....

  • Colorado Springs area stage events starting Dec. 12, 2014

    STAGE 
OPENING "Rhinoceros" - Opens Friday, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 21, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 
427 E. Colorado Ave., $5-$15; theatredart.org. "God with Us" - Original production, Friday and Saturday, Charis Bible College, 
800 Gospel Truth Way, Woodland Park, $80-$100. Advance tickets:...

  • Colorado Springs area attraction events starting Dec. 12, 2014

    ESCAPES THROUGH jAN. 11 Skate in the Park - Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave., $10, includes skates, free for children younger than 4 with paying adult. Go online for dates and times: downtowncs.com.

  • Colorado Springs area art events starting Dec. 12, 2014

    ARTS ONGOING Wine and Art - 4 p.m. Saturdays, The Broadmoor Galleries, 1 Lake Circle; 577-5744, broadmoorgalleries.com. "Play" - Sean O'Meallie & Jason Chase, through Saturday, GOCA 1420, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway; 255-3504, uccs.edu. Emma Powell - Juggling Butterflies - Through Wednesday, I.D.E.A. Space, Colorado College, Edith Kinney...

  • Colorado music, stage, art events and festivals starting Dec. 12, 2014

    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: Animals as Leaders and Devin Townsend - 8 p.m., Gothic Theatre, Denver,...

  • Snubs, surprises highlight Golden Globe nominations

    NEW YORK — "Birdman" is soaring. "Boyhood" keeps growing. "Selma" is on the march. And "Unbroken" is... missing in action. In nominations for the 72 annual Golden Globes announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, California, the season's Oscar favorites largely stayed on course, with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Birdman" spreading its wings the...

  • Scott Rudin, Amy Pascal apologize for Jolie, Obama remarks in Sony hacking scandal

    LOS ANGELES — Angelina Jolie and her highly anticipated "Unbroken" may have been shut out at the Golden Globe nominations, but she was still in the Hollywood spotlight Thursday, following the latest in a series of leaked emails in the Sony hacking scandal that calls the actress and director a "spoiled brat." Scott Rudin, the high-powered...

  • Holiday season complete with 'Deck the Hall' at Pikes Peak Center

    It's not Christmas until all 130 of the Colorado Springs Chorale auditioned singers, plus special guests the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Brass Ensemble and two accompanists, perform during the traditional "Deck the Hall" event. "It's become a staple for some segments of the population," says Daniel Brink, interim conductor for the show....

  • Colorado Springs pastry chefs construct a life-size gingerbread house at Broadmoor

    So what happens when you cut 14 chefs loose with 400 pounds of powdered sugar, 300 pounds of flour, 
200 pounds of candy, 120 pounds 
of butter, 100 pounds of honey, 
95 pounds of egg whites, 73 pounds of eggs and 10 pounds of spices during the holiday season? They roll up their white jacket sleeves and build a life-size gingerbread house....

  • ¡Mayday! and Murs bring collaboration tour to Colorado Springs

    7 p.m. Friday, The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., $20-22; 227-7625, blacksheeprocks.com When veteran L.A. rapper Murs joined Miami hip-hop group ¡Mayday! for a track on the band's 2012 album, "Take Me to Your Leader," the musical chemistry was undeniable - for the artists and for their fans. "And after that, we talked back and forth...

  • Shakey Graves does Americana with a suitcase; performance set for Ivywild School

    Shakey Graves is gaining a foothold in Americana and folk music. Even before the Hollywood actor-
turned-musician released his sophomore album in October, "And the War Came," it reached No. 12 on the Americana Music Association radio airplay chart. Shakey's just his stage name. His real moniker is Alejandro Rose-Garcia, and he'll perform...

  • List of nominees for 72nd Golden Globe Awards

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Nominees for the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, California, by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association: MOTION PICTURES —Picture, Drama: "Boyhood," ''Foxcatcher," ''The Imitation Game," ''Selma," ''The Theory of Everything." —Picture, Musical or Comedy: "Birdman," ''The...

  • CBS sets Letterman's last show for May 20

    NEW YORK (AP) — More than 32 years of late-night talk will pass into history next May 20, with CBS' announcement Wednesday that David Letterman will host his final "Late Show" on that day. If Letterman makes all of his scheduled broadcasts until then, CBS said he will have hosted 6,028 versions of the "Late Show" and its NBC predecessor, "Late...

  • CIA report casts new pall over 'Zero Dark Thirty'

    NEW YORK (AP) — The damning Senate Intelligence Committee report on post-9/11 interrogation techniques has cast a new pall over the 2012 film "Zero Dark Thirty." Kathryn Bigelow's docudrama about the hunt for Osama bin Laden ignited controversy for implying that the "enhanced" interrogation techniques of the detainee program helped lead to...

  • Full list of Screen Actors Guild Award nominees

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nominees for the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards announced Wednesday: MOVIES — Actor: Michael Keaton, "Birdman"; Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game"; Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"; Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler"; Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher." — Actress: Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"; Reese...

  • Pine Creek High School's HeART Gallery raises awareness about teen suicide

    Pine Creek High School seniors hope a student art gallery will help raise awareness and start a conversation about teen suicide prevention. The school has lost at least one student to suicide every year since senior Mackenzie Heath was a freshman. Those devastating losses prompted her and nine other seniors on the student council to make...

  • Cuba Gooding Jr. cast as OJ Simpson in new FX miniseries

    Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. will play football star turned murder defendant O.J. Simpson and Emmy Award and Golden GlobeAward nominated actress Sarah Paulson will portray prosecutor Marcia Clark in the first installment of Ryan Murphy’s new anthology miniseries for FX, “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.” Murphy...

  • Unique musical offerings offer distinct styles of expression

    Just in time for the music lover in your family, here are reviews of three new compact discs from musicians who have played a big part in the local music scene over the past year. While performed by classical artists, it's hard to imagine three more distinct styles of expression. "Got a Little Rhythm" Amy Burton, soprano; Patrick Mason,...

  • Blog: Kimball's poster sale

    Here's an excellent holiday gift and way to give back, all rolled up into one. Kimball Bayles, owner of Kimball's Peak Three Theater downtown, will hold a move poster sale on Saturday. They're from movies he's shown over the last five years, and range in price from $5-$30. The proceeds from the sale go to The Gazette's Empty Stocking Fund....

  • Q&A: Jimmy Smits talks 'Sons of Anarchy'

    Recently I was able to sit in on a conference call with actor Jimmy Smits, who plays Nero Padilla on the TV show “Sons of Anarchy.” The series wraps up tonight at 8 p.m. on FX. Below is a transcript of the conversation.

  • Colorado Springs theater group opens in new space with 'Rhinoceros'

    It is perhaps fitting that Theatre 'd Art's first performance in its new space at Cottonwood Center for the Arts is Eugene Ionesco's play, "Rhinoceros," a tale about transformation - and pachyderms. "It deals with the nature of conformity and what it means to change into something else, how your perspective - outlook, ideology, philosophical...

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