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  • Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies

    LOS ANGELES — Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of "Star Trek" fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died. Nimoy died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home, said his son, Adam Nimoy. He was 83. Although Nimoy followed his 1966-69 "Star Trek"...

  • My close encounter with Mr. Spock

    My encounter with Mr. Spock: In spring 1979, I was the managing editor for the Northern Star, the student newspaper at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Leonard Nimoy was touring in the one-man show “Vincent,” about the life of Vincent van Gough, and he was doing a performance in Aurora, about a half-hour from DeKalb. The play’s...

  • Leonard Nimoy's death draws reaction on Earth — and in space

    A sample of some of the reaction to the death of Leonard Nimoy,  the actor known and loved by generations of "Star Trek" fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock. Nimoy died Friday at age 83. - "I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent and his capacity to love." / "Star Trek"...

  • Blog: Don Williams at Pikes Peak Center rescheduled

    From the Pikes Peak Center: "Due to weather and travel related issues the Don Williams performance on Friday, February 27 has been rescheduled for September 10 at 7 p.m. We encourage all patrons to hold on to their tickets as they will be valid on September 10 at Pikes Peak Center. Dinner purchasers will also have their reservations held on...

  • Smith and Robbie throw a wet blanket into 'Focus'

    Starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, B.D. Wong, Gerald McRaney, Adrian Martinez; directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa; 104 minutes; R for language, some sexual content and brief violence The trouble with movies about "The Big Con" is that they condition us to not believe anything we see up on screen - relationships, who...

  • Colorado Springs area music events starting Feb. 27, 2015

    MUSIC - Arnold Hall - Air Force Academy; 333-4497, ticketmaster.com - Back East Bar & Grill - 9475 Briar Village Point, 264-6161, and 1455 Cipriani Loop, Monument; 488-2252, backeastbar andgrill.com - Bar Louie - 3255 Cinema Point;...

  • Colorado Springs area attraction events starting Feb. 27, 2015

    ESCAPES FRIDAY-SUNDAY GalaxyFest - Costume contests, film festival, workshops and more, Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave. Go online for times and ticket prices: galaxyfest.org. See story on Page 4. ONGOING Air Force Academy Visitor Center - Exit 156B off Interstate 25, North Gate; 333-2025, usafa.mil. Exhibits,...

  • Colorado Springs area art events starting Feb. 27, 2015

    ARTS ONGOING Wine and Art - 4 p.m. Saturdays, The Broadmoor Galleries, 1 Lake Circle; 577-5744, broadmoorgalleries.com. "Accidentally on Purpose" - Friday, Joseph Rottenbacher, Colorado Springs City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave., free; tinyurl.com/kzzol5s. "Colorful Creations" - Pikes Peak Pastel Society, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m....

  • Colorado Springs area stage events starting Feb. 27, 2015

    STAGE OPENING "We Could All Live at Any Moment" - Performance poetry by Phil Ginsburg, jazz trumpet by Kyle Gregory with 3D effects provided by Dada Entry Players, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., $8; cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com. "Sea Marks" - With Mara Purl and Christopher Law, 2 p.m. Friday and...

  • Colorado music, stage, art events and festivals starting Feb. 27, 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: The Fab Four - 7:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Denver, $29-$49; AT. Saturday:...

  • Last-minute tickets available for weather-braving Joshua Bell fans

    The lousy weather doesn't seem to be keeping Joshua Bell's fans away from his nearly sold-out performance. The acclaimed violinist performs at the Colorado Springs Philharmonic at 8 p.m. Thursday. The performance was sold out until a handful of people donated their tickets back to the venue or elected to see a different performance on a...

  • Q&A: Will Forte and show producers discuss "The Last Man on Earth"

    Recently I was able to sit in on a conference call with Will Forte and producers and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller of “The Last Man on Earth.” The show premieres this Sunday on Fox at 8 p.m. You can read my review of this unique new series right here. Below is a transcript of the conversation. Q: How did you come up with the...

  • Table Talk: Colorado Springs Chorale Chefs' Gala principal judge teaches class

    Sixteen lucky people will get a chance to meet and learn from The Colorado Springs Chorale Chefs' Gala principal judge, Allen Smith, who is a chef instructor at The Santa Fe School of Cooking in New Mexico. He will teach his popular "Fundamentals of New Mexican Cookery" at Chefs Catalog, 4697 Centennial Blvd., 4-6 p.m. March 28. For $50 per...

  • Icy plungers in Colorado Springs will help benefit Special Olympics Colorado

    Activities at 11 a.m., plunge at 1 p.m. Saturday, Prospect Lake at Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., $75, $50 students; 1-800-777-5767, specialolympicsco.org/polarplunge. Something else: After-plunge party at SouthSide Johnny's, 2-5:30 p.m., 528 S. Tejon St., free. Intrepid souls are bracing themselves for an icy dip in Prospect Lake...

  • Violinist Mark Fewer back to thrill Colorado Springs

    Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, conducted by Thomas Wilson, with violinist Mark Fewer, 7 p.m. Saturday (Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave.) and 2:30 p.m. Sunday (First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave.); $5 -$20; 719-633-3649; chamber orchestra ofthesprings.org He just can't stay away. Even though violinist Mark Fewer had to miss...

  • More than 100 local boys perform at "Sing! Raise the Roof" in Colorado Springs

    All-city boy choir presented by Colorado Springs Children's Chorale, 7 p.m. Saturday, Wasson High School, 2115 Afton Way, $5-$10; 633-3562, kidssing.org. Imagine almost 130 preteen and high school-age boys standing on stage belting out Queen's "We Will Rock You." That's the agenda for this weekend's performance of "Sing! Raise the Roof,"...

  • Dining review: Vegan-friendly Manitou Springs cafe the spot for tofu

    Editor's note: Fields writes a monthly review of vegan options at local restaurants. I have a soft spot for tofu - and I have just the tofu spot for you. Adam's Mountain Cafe recently relocated to the east side of Manitou Springs, helping west-side residents like me avoid summer traffic and helping the restaurant avoid floodwaters. Now...

  • TV Review - "The Last Man on Earth"

    “The Last Man on Earth” Cast: Will Forte (“Saturday Night Live,” “Nebraska”), Kristen Schaal (“Bob’s Burgers,” “The Daily Show”), January Jones (“Mad Men”), Mel Rodriguez (“Enlisted,” “Panic Room”), Cleopatra Coleman (“Step Up Revolution”) Airs: The premiere episode airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on FOX The premise: Created by writer/producer...

  • Colorado Springs artist creates family-friendly superheroes

    Jason Meents grew up loving comic books and newspaper comic strips - and never minding the genre was "for kids." A kid he was. "I'd get the newspaper every day and was excited for Sunday because they were bigger and in color," said Meents, 35, who as a boy in Chicago kept binders full of strips he carefully cut from the paper. The...

  • AROUND TOWN: Wine Festival Grand Tasting benefits Conservatory

    Magnifico! A weekend with Paolo, Matteo, Mario, Jeanneth Angel and Antonio and the best wines from what's known as the top half of the boot: Piedmont and Tuscany. The 24th annual Wine Festival of Colorado Springs on Feb. 19-21 went Italian in a big way, featuring winemakers Paolo Canclini, Matteo Molino, Mario Scanu, Jeanneth Angel Tonon,...

  • 'Last Man on Earth' offers clever premise, great cast chemistry

    "The Last Man on Earth" Cast: Will Forte ("Saturday Night Live," "Nebraska"), Kristen Schaal ("Bob's Burgers," "The Daily Show"), January Jones ("Mad Men"), Mel Rodriguez ("Enlisted," "Panic Room"), Cleopatra Coleman ("Step Up Revolution") Airs: The premiere episode airs at 7 p.m. Sunday on Fox. The premise: Created by writer/producer...

  • TV Preview - Getting ready for 'Survivor: Worlds Apart' with two-time Survivor contestant Rob Cesternino

    When “Survivor: Worlds Apart” premieres this Wednesday at 7 p.m. on CBS it will mark the start of the popular reality series’ 30th season. Contestants have been trying to outwit, outplay and outlast each other since 2000 and since then the show has seen several twists to its gameplay. This season players are divided into three tribes based on...

  • Famed violinist Joshua Bell still learning

    There no slowing down in violinist Joshua Bell's career. The 47-year-old has been at the top of his profession since he made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under conductor Ricardo Muti in 1975. He fondly remembers a concert soon after in Colorado Springs. "It's probably about 29 years since I first played with Colorado Springs. I...

  • After the Oscars, diversity remains a topic of discussion

    NEW YORK (AP) — What was missing from the Academy Awards turned out to be the issue that could not be ignored on the night trophies were handed out. The lack of non-white contenders for major acting awards this year became a focus on the day Oscar nominations were announced. Hollywood's commitment to reflecting the nation's diversity, and its...

  • Irish harmonies at Celtic Thunder show in Colorado Springs

    7:30 p.m. Monday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $45-$69.50; 520-74690, ticketswest.com. Six Irish guys drink a cup of tea and walk onto a stage. No, it's not a joke: It's Celtic Thunder, a singing group and stage show from Ireland known for its harmony-rich covers of pop songs, classic Irish fare and originals. They'll perform...

  • Oscars explains why Joan Rivers wasn't in tribute

    The late Joan Rivers didn't have to be at Sunday's Oscars ceremony to make her presence felt. Many fans were upset that Rivers, the caustic queen of so many red carpets, was not pictured during the annual In Memoriam TV segment that honors those connected to the film industry who have died in the previous year. Rivers died in September....

  • Correction: Bobbi Kristina Brown story

    ATLANTA (AP) — In a Feb. 22 story about Bobbi Kristina Brown, The Associated Press reported erroneously where Brown has been hospitalized. Police said Brown was first taken to North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, Georgia, after she was found unresponsive Jan. 31. She is now being treated at Emory University Hospital. A corrected version of the...

  • Q&A: Aisha Tyler talks 'Archer' and 'The Daily Show'

    Recently I sat in on a conference call with actress/host/author Aisha Tyler, who voices the role of Lana Kane on the TV series “Archer.” Aside from talking about the popular FX show, Tyler discussed her time on “Friends” and whether or not she’d want to be the next host of “The Daily Show.” Below is a transcript of the conversation.  ...

  • Oscars speeches filled with political activism, pet issues

    Much of the chatter going into the Oscars was about the lack of diversity in the Academy's choices, specifically the dearth of nominations for "Selma." But while there were plenty of references to racial justice during the ceremony — drawing tears from the movie's David Oyelowo at one point — issues mentioned in acceptance speeches ranged...

  • Oscars spread around awards to 'Birdman,' 'Boyhood,' 'Ida'

    LOS ANGELES — In an Academy Awards largely populated by smaller, independent films, Hollywood spread its awards around at a stormy Oscars heavy on song-and-dance, occasionally lacking in clothes and punctuated by passionate stands for equality. Six of the eight best-picture nominees took awards at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday: Wes Anderson's...

  • High collars and demure gowns on the Oscars red carpet

    igh collars replaced sexy cutouts and a classic look in blacks and whites took hold of the Oscars red carpet Sunday night with help from a smoking Saint Laurent worn by Margot Robbie and a heavily pearled look for fashion It girl Lupita Nyong'o. There was a slight show of color. Anna Kendrick was in a coral silk-and-chiffon gown with a jeweled...

  • FLYINGHIGH'Birdman' soars with win for best picture and three other Oscars

    Los Angeles - The long take of "Birdman" has stretched all the way to the Academy Awards, where the jazzy, surreal comedy about an actor fleeing his superhero past, took Hollywood's top honor in a ceremony punctuated by passionate pleas for equality. On a stormy night in Hollywood, the 87th annual Academy Awards - which came in humbled by...

  • Live Blog - The 87th Academy Awards

    This Sunday ABC will be airing the 87th Academy Awards and The Gazette will be covering the event online. Media columnist Terry Terrones (Hey, that's me!) will be live blogging the show starting at 4:30 p.m. and won't stop until the last Oscar has been handed out. The movie industry's biggest night is must see TV, so join the...

  • Oscar spotlight draws attention to industry diversity issue

    It was a year ago that Lupita Nyong'o, shortly before winning the Academy Award for best supporting actress, gave a speech about what she called "dark beauty." Nyong'o, who so dazzled Hollywood and the Oscar- viewing public through awards season, spoke tenderly of receiving a letter from a girl who had been about to lighten her skin before...

  • Predictions: What will and should win at the Academy Awards

    LOS ANGELES - Ahead of Sunday's 87th Academy Awards, Associated Press film writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr share their predictions for a ceremony that could be a nail biter. BEST PICTURE COYLE: Will Win: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Birdman" comes home to roost despite the landmark accomplishment of "Boyhood." As a celebration of...

  • Top 5 Netflix options on a snowy weekend indoors

    When a world-ending snowstorm looms, the wise plan ahead. You know: shovel, salt, streaming movie queue. Here are a few options, snow-themed and not, available on Netflix for those not heading hill-ward: “The Honorable Woman” (2014): Maggie Gyllenhaal won a 2015 Golden Globe for her miniseries turn as an Anglo-Israeli baroness whose work to...

  • Cash'd Out channels the Man In Black; weekend show set for Colorado Springs

    8 p.m. Saturday, Stargazers Theatre & Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive.; $15/20; cashdout.com or 476-2200 There are tribute bands that play bars and bar mitzvahs, and there are tribute bands like Cash'd Out. Since forming a decade ago, the California-based quintet helmed by Johnny Cash impersonator Douglas Benson has won best tribute...

  • Colorado College's 'Silenced Film Series' reveals flaws of film industry

    One Colorado College student is shining a light on the seamy underbelly of Hollywood. Rebecca Celli, a 21-year-old senior, wants people to know about inequalities in the film industry and be more mindful of what they watch. She's the driving force behind the "Silenced Film Series," an event she organized after spending the last several years...

  • Lack of snow hampers filming of Quentin Tarantino movie in Colorado

    DURANGO — Warm weather and low snowfall have been hampering the filming of Quentin Tarantino's latest film in Telluride. The Durango Herald (http://bit.ly/1CUqLIV ) reports that Telluride has only had 7 inches of snow in the last 30 days, forcing the director to shoot indoor scenes of "The Hateful Eight", which is set during a post-Civil...

  • YouTube sensation Jacob Whitesides stops in Colorado Springs

    With Jacquie Lee, 7 p.m. Friday, The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., $20-$22, VIP $125; 227-7625, blacksheep rocks.com. This is the music career that social media built. The YouTube videos of Jacob Whitesides, a 17-year-old singer and guitar player from Knoxville, Tenn., have earned 10 million views. He has more than 1 million Twitter...

  • 'Tosca' to mark first collaboration for local musical titans in Colorado Springs

    Colorado Springs Philharmonic Masterworks, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday; Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $21-$63; 520-7469; csphilharmonic.org. Forget the mortal combat that takes place between Baron Scarpia and Floria Tosca in Puccini's beloved operatic tragedy "Tosca." For our community, the far more interesting encounter...

  • Dining review: Food stands out at Colorado Springs Mexican grill

    With three doors, Quijotes Mexican Grill is like a diner's version of "Let's Make a Deal" - Which one do you choose? Fortunately, well-prepared food with traditional south of the border flavors is behind each one. My first visit to Quijotes was at night, and the most promising of the three entrances, because it was well lit, proved to be the...

  • Colorado Springs resort plays host to celebrity chefs, wine and spirit experts at culinary weekend

    Prepare yourself for an over-the-top weekend of eating and drinking when The Broadmoor staff put their minds together to create a culinary experience. After all, we are talking about a resort with a Forbes Five Star and an AAA Five Diamond rating. So, not surprising, the Taste & Savor planned for March 5-8, with more than 16 chef and...

  • Air Force Academy general takes to Twitter in hopes of joining Ellen DeGeneres show

    The Air Force Academy's top general took to Twitter on Wednesday to ask television host Ellen DeGeneres to bring her show to the 4,000-cadet campus north of Colorado Springs and offered to arrange for DeGeneres a flight with the Air Force Thunderbirds. In Tweets sent to producers of The Ellen Show from Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson's account, the...

  • AROUND TOWN: Hundreds help Celebrate Youth in the Arts

    The lobby and ballroom of Hotel Eleganté were transformed into a Hall of the Arts on Feb. 12 as 460 guests went to breakfast to Celebrate Youth in the Arts, a benefit for the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony and Colorado Springs Children's Chorale. Sounds greeting those arriving as well as hotel guests were made by a combination of violins and...

  • Blog: Downtown traffic signal cabinets will get a makeover

    Downtown Colorado Springs cannot be stopped. They are constantly coming up with ideas to better our downtown environment. And I, for one, appreciate their work, as I happen to both live and work downtown. They've just announced the new program, "INTERSECTION," which will eventually feature original artwork designs on 12 downtown traffic...

  • Colorado movie mix-up shows 'Fifty Shades of Grey' to 'SpongeBob' audience

    "SpongeBob GreyPants." Or maybe "Fifty Shades of SpongeBob." Joe Jaramillo of Johnstown sat in the MetroLux 14 theater in Loveland Monday morning with his granddaughter waiting for "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" film to start. He noticed that the previews all seemed to have a romantic flavor but didn't think much of it until the...

  • Video Game Haiku Review - 'Evolve'

    Title: Evolve Format: PC, PS4, Xbox One Price: $59.99 Developer: Turtle Rock Studios Publisher: 2K ESRB Rating: M (Mature 17+) The Grade: B –   Evolve Haiku Review Team up, kill monsters From peeps who made Left 4 Dead DLC costs what?!? What’s it all about: “Evolve” is a 4 vs. 1 multiplayer shooter. In the game four...

  • Blog: Pikes Peak Studio Tour seeks new management

    Up for grabs: Pikes Peak Studio Tour. Owner and director Rhonda Van Pelt has decided to give up managing the weekend-long event that allows the public to visit the studios of local artists. She's looking for somebody to take over. Interested? Contact her at: info@pikespeakstudiotour.com  Want to get a feel for the event? Take a...

  • Colorado Springs' arts and cultural community says it will benefit from City for Champions

    The Pikes Peak region's cultural community turned out in force Tuesday to support City for Champions, as leaders of several arts organizations said the proposed tourism initiative has the potential to boost the local creative sector - not just the area's economy. About 250 people attended a meeting at Studio Bee in the downtown Pikes Peak...

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