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  • Taylor Swift wins artist of the year at iHeartRadio Awards

    The iHeartRadio Music Awards should be called the iHeartTaylorSwift Awards. The pop singer cleaned house at the show Sunday, winning artist of the year and song of the year for "Shake It Off," and even assisted Madonna by strumming her guitar onstage while the pop icon sang a new song. "More than anything in the world, I just hope that any of...

  • Q&A: Actor Michael Ealy talks about joining the cast of "The Following"

    Recently I was able to sit in on a FOX conference call with Michael Ealy. The actor joins Kevin Bacon as a cast member of “The Following” beginning tomorrow (Monday). Below is a transcript of the conversation. Q: You’ve mostly played the good guys, so on The Following, it sounds like your character is going to be pretty evil.  Can you...

  • HBO's 'Going Clear' leaves future of Scientology unclear

    The only murky thing in "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief," HBO's scathing new documentary, is: What will happen to the church that sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard built more than 60 years ago after it airs? The two-hour film directed by Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney is a merciless examination of the Church of...

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

    The gypsy world returns to the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts as Caravan of Thieves fills Friday night with stories and songs, spontaneous outbursts and theater. As their advance publicity says, get prepared for "Swinging Serenading Firebreathing Circus Freaks." Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show at 7 p.m. Tickets $17-$27, trilakesarts.org,...

  • Colorado Springs area attraction events starting March 27, 2015

    A listing of some of the most popular attractions in the Pikes Peak region.

  • Blog: New Mezzflix at The Mezzanine

    Moviegoers, you have a new destination spot in town. It's called "Mezzflix," and it starts at The Mezzanine downtown on Saturday. Every other month, folks can gather to view short and long films of all kinds and have a conversation about filmmaking with the movie makers. This Saturday's lineup includes Pete Schuermann’s...

  • Colorado Springs area stage events starting March 27, 2015

    STAGE OPENING "4,000 Miles" - Opens 7:30 p.m. Friday, runs 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through April 12, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., $32 and up; csfineartscenter.org. Peaks and Pasties - 9 p.m. Saturday, The Gold Room, 18 S. Nevada Ave., $15-$25; ticketfly.com. "Comedy's Best Kept Secret Tour" -...

  • Colorado music, stage, art events and festivals starting March 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 DC: denvercenter.org MUSIC Saturday: Home Free - 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Denver, $30-$100; AT. Saturday: Jeff Tweedy - 8:30 p.m., Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver,...

  • Another E.T. is out of place on Earth in Dreamworks' 'Home'

    Starring the voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin; directed by Tim Johnson; 94 minutes; PG for mild action and some rude humor "Home" is an energetic, obvious animated comedy packed with the sort of low humor and silly laughs that drive very small children wild. It's a lesser Dreamworks work, in other words, no more ambitious than...

  • 'It Follows' is creepy-good

    Starring Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Lili Sepe, Daniel Zovatto; directed by David Robert Mitchell; 100 minutes; R for disturbing violent and sexual content, graphic nudity, language The diabolical "It Follows" is spare, unnatural and full of chills. Writer/director David Robert Mitchell forms a provocative filmic world of slowly unfolding...

  • Salt and Pepper don't add up to enough laughs in 'Get Hard'

    Kevin Hart finds himself shoehorned into a Will Ferrell buddy comedy in "Get Hard," a politically incorrect romp that only rarely romps. It's a "Trading Places" variation, with Ferrell as James, a top-dollar fund manager busted by the Feds and set to go to prison. So he turns to someone for help in acquiring survival skills for "inside," to...

  • Colorado Springs area music events starting March 27, 2015

    MUSIC - Back East Bar and Grill - 9475 Briar Village Point; 264-6161, backeastbarandgrill.com - Back East Bar and Grill, Monument - 1455 Cipriani Loop, Monument; 488-2252, backeastbarandgrill.com - Black Forest Community Center - 12530 Black Forest Road; blackroseacoustic.org - The Black Sheep - 2106 E. Platte Ave.; 227-7625,...

  • Colorado Springs area art events starting March 27, 2015

    ARTS Opening Al B Johnson and Phil Vallejo Opening Reception - 6 p.m. Saturday, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., exhibit runs through April 18; cottonwood centerforthearts.com. Lupita Carrasco and Jonathan Sulinski Opening Reception - 6 p.m. Saturday, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., exhibit...

  • Comedian Frank Caliendo to perform in Pueblo this fall

    Comedian Frank Caliendo will be performing in Pueblo this September. Caliendo will be playing Pueblo Memorial Hall, Friday September 18, sharing his observations and impressions with his family friendly brand of comedy at a 7:30 p.m. show. Caliendo is known for his impersonations of famous actors (Morgan Freeman, Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro),...

  • Songwriter Ani DiFranco, with renewed creative fire, ready for Colorado Springs show

    8 p.m. Saturday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $32-$42; 520-7469, ticketswest.com Ani DiFranco is on the road again. This time, though, she's alone. After her second child was born, the folk singer/songwriter tried to take him on tour with the rest of her family. It seemed like a given after her first child, a daughter, turned out...

  • Chefs' Gala celebrates 30 years of Colorado Springs cuisine

    5 p.m. Sunday, Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave.; $95; reservations, 634-3737, cschorale.org When chefs compete, diners win. For 30 years, the Chefs' Gala has invited the Pikes Peak region's culinary masters to submit their best appetizers, entrees and desserts for tasting and judging at the Springs' premier foodie...

  • Winery in Monument serves dinners in a private wine cellar

    If you haven't visited Catriona Cellars, 243 Washington St. in Monument, you might want to make plans to treat yourself to lunch or dinner there one day soon. Or better yet, reserve the private cellar dining room to dine with a few other couples. That's because the place has a new executive chef, Jonathan Randazzo. He is a graduate of Paragon...

  • 'Comedy's Best Kept Secret Tour' won't be a secret for long

    With Dan Frigolette and Erik Anker, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sunshine Studios Live, 3970 Clearview Frontage Road, $8; 392-8921, sunshinestudioslive.com Two East Coast comedians recently embarked on a cross-country tour to get their names out there and celebrate the funny people they find along the way. "Comedy's Best Kept Secret...

  • New anchor joins KOAA morning team tomorrow

    Ira Cronin, formerly a morning anchor at WCNC in Charlotte, North Carolina, will be joining KOAA-TV’s Shellene Cockrell on the anchor desk of “News5 Today” beginning Friday. Cronin had been at WCNC since 2001, starting as a sports anchor and producer and taking over the morning anchor desk four years ago. He is an AP and Emmy award winning...

  • It's official, 'Downton Abbey' to end with season 6

    It seems that Julian Fellowes has finally run out of ways to torture Anna and Mr. Bates. Carnival Films and Masterpiece on PBS today announced that Season 6 will be the final season of the hit drama series “Downton Abbey.” Carnival’s Managing Director and executive producer of “Downton Abbey,” Gareth Neame said, “Millions of people...

  • Blog: Master guitarist Pierre Bensusan at Stargazers

    Care to hear a master of his craft? Pierre Bensusan is an internationally known French-Algerian acoustic guitarist, singer and composer. He'll perform at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center on Thursday, March 26. I hear he's called the "Mozart of Guitar." "Like a handful of musicians -- such as Leo Kottke, Martin Taylor and Bert Jansch --...

  • New Colorado Springs balloon event will offer variety

    A wakeboarding exhibition, beer garden and a food truck competition could join hot air balloons at Memorial Park this Labor Day weekend. Scott Appelman, organizer of the inaugural Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off, said those attractions and others are being considered as part of the new version of the festival to be held Sept. 5-7. "The...

  • Does One Direction go in new direction after Zayn Malik?

    LONDON — And then there were four: Zayn Malik said Wednesday he is leaving chart-topping boy band One Direction "to be a normal 22-year-old." In an announcement that broke teenage hearts and sent social media into a tizzy, Malik's bandmates said they were sad to see him go "but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the...

  • Blog: Free admission for kids at Denver Art Museum

    Time to get some culture in the littles.  The Denver Art Museum will now offer free general admission to ages 18 and younger for the next five years. It's thanks to a five-year gift from Scott Reiman and the Reiman Foundation. Kaiser Permanente provided a one-year grant that also supports the Free for Kids program. Free admission also...

  • Blog: Mountain Shadows fire memorial wins award

    “Heart,” the fire memorial sculpture in Mountain Shadows Park, recently won the 2015 Mosaic Arts International best in show award. The sculpture was created by Eileen Gay of Sparks, Nev.

  • Interactive: Want to entertain the kids over Spring Break? Here are some solutions around Colorado Springs

    A tour of Spring Break activities in Colorado Springs

  • Deep Dive - Ranking the 'Fast & Furious' movies and giving love to 'Tokyo Drift'

    With April quickly approaching it’s hard not to get excited about the upcoming release of the next film in Universal’s action movie franchise, “The Fast & the Furious.” “Furious 7” debuts April 3 and like a lot of other people, my brother and I are sure to see it day one. So great is our anticipation that we swapped long winded emails over...

  • ‘The ‘X-Files’ returns to FOX this summer

    Good news truth seekers, Mulder and Scully are coming back to the small screen after a 13-year break. Fox has ordered a six-episode “The X-Files” series that will be helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter. Actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will also be back, reprising their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana...

  • Relationship at the heart of '4,000 Miles' at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

    Amy Herzog's award-winning comedy- drama play "4,000 Miles" offers a peek into a relationship we might never normally be privy to. Leo is an aimless 21-year-old (Benjamin Bonenfant), fresh off a cross-country bike ride, who makes a surprise visit to Vera, the 91-year-old grandmother (Billie McBride) he's never gotten to know. He decides to...

  • Video Game Haiku Review - "Battlefield Hardline"

    Title: Battlefield Hardline Format: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Price: $59.99 Developer: Visceral Games Publisher: Electronic Arts ESRB Rating:  M (Mature, 17 and older) The Grade: B   Battlefield Hardline Haiku Review Battlefield goes cop Grappling hook and zipline. Yeah! Miami Vice ‘15...

  • 'Batman: Arkham Knight' delayed, new trailer will make you want it even more

    The release date for the highly anticipated video game “Batman: Arkham Knight” has been pushed back a couple weeks. It will now be released June 23. Considering most games that get delayed are moved back several months, this isn’t that big of a deal. Until you see the new extended trailer and are reminded how sweet playing this game is going to...

  • Sand painter comes to Colorado Springs to demonstrate art - and love of Bahá'í faith

    Mitchell Silas paints on his knees, grabbing pinches of colored sand that he swiftly sprinkles into precise shapes, demonstrating a ritual of his Diné culture, formerly known as Navajo. His public painting isn't only a nod to tribal traditions, however. It's also intended to attract people to learn about the Baha'i faith. At the Baha'i...

  • Keeping classical cool: Oldest US arts group turns 200

    BOSTON (AP) — Before Beyonce, there were the Beatles. Before the Beatles, there was Brahms. And before Brahms was even born, there was the Handel & Haydn Society. America's oldest continuously operating arts organization — which introduced the nation to composers like Chopin and Strauss, the 19th century editions of Top 40 hitmakers like Jay-Z...

  • Chihuly show pushes Denver gardens to nation's No. 1 spot

    DENVER - Denver Botanic Gardens had more visitors last year than any other public garden in North America, edging out the Washington, D.C., attraction that usually tops the list. Denver gardens CEO Brian Vogt credited a popular show by contemporary glass artist Dale Chihuly and the opening of a science exhibit. He also has seen increasing...

  • 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. The grown-ups can head out for their own evening as kids ages 6-10 enjoy a Kids Night Out Friday at Bear Creek Nature Center and Park, 245 Bear Creek Road. From 6 to 9 p.m. the kids will have a hot dog cookout, explore trails, learn about the...

  • Twisted Sister drummer A.J. Pero dies at 55

    The drummer for the heavy-metal band Twisted Sister has died. A.J. Pero was 55. The band says Pero died Friday of an apparent heart attack. Anthony Jude Pero powered the fast-paced sound of Twisted Sister, one of the most famous 1980s metal groups. He was well-known for a scene in the video for 1984's "We're Not Gonna Take It"...

  • Woodland Park musician in rehab after January wreck that left him unconscious for weeks

    A Woodland Park musician is moving with the help of a walking harness as he recovers from a January car crash that left him unconscious for weeks. Charles Ortega, a principal tuba player for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, suffered a traumatic brain injury, a fractured pelvis and other broken bones in a Jan. 18 rollover crash near Monument...

  • Blog: Local students perform with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic

    Some local student will perform alongside the Colorado Springs Philharmonic with the help of Carnegie Hall. It's part of a collaboration between the orchestra and Carnegie's Weill Music Institute. The culmination of the year-long adventure is "Link Up: The Orchestra Moves," a spring kids concert with the orchestra at the Pikes Peak...

  • Colorado Springs area attraction events starting March 20, 2015

    ESCAPES FRIDAY-SUNDAY Colorado Cosmic Con - Dance, celebrity panels, artist alley, contests and more, Hotel Eleganté Conference and Event Center, 2886 S. Circle Drive. More details: Go to coloradocosmiccon.com/#home or see story on Page 11. ONGOING Air Force Academy Visitor...

  • Colorado Springs area art events starting March 20, 2015

    ARTS Opening "Snow Softly Falling" Opening Reception - 5-8 p.m. Friday, Commonwheel Artists Co-Op, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, exhibit runs through April 20; 685-1008, commonwheel.com. "Gallery of Living Art" - 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, First Lutheran Church, 1515 N. Cascade Ave.; Joan or Judy,...

  • Colorado music, stage, art events and festivals starting March 20, 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 Saturday: Martin Sexton - With Stephen Kellogg, 7 p.m., Boulder...

  • Sean Penn flexes action-hero muscles in 'Gunman'

    Starring Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance; directed by Pierre Morel; 115 minutes; R for strong violence, language and some sexuality At one point in "The Gunman," the new Sean Penn geopolitical thriller, our star goes surfing. It's supposed to show he has a reckless side, since he's surfing in unsafe...

  • 'Insurgent' one-ups 'Divergent'

    "Insurgent" doesn't seriously diverge from the "Divergent/Hunger Games/Maze Runner" formula until its final act. Up until then, this "Divergent" sequel is Young Adults Save the World generic. It's action-packed in the extreme, as young heroine Triss (Shailene Woodely) and "Dauntless" hunk Four (Theo James) run from the armed, motorized thugs...

  • Colorado Springs area stage events starting March 20, 2015

    STAGE OPENING "Vaudeville a la Mezz" - 7 p.m. Saturday, The Mezzanine, 20 N. Tejon St., back alley entrance, $10-$20; 428-6974, themezzcos.com. "Improv Colorado" - 7:37 p.m. Saturday, Black Box Theatre, 1367 Pecan St., $10-$12; blackboxdrama.com. Thai Rivers - Opens 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. March 27 and 28,...

  • Colorado Springs area music events starting March 20, 2015

    MUSIC - Back East Bar & Grill - 9475 Briar Village Point; 264-6161, backeastbarandgrill.com - Back East Bar & Grill, Monument - 1455 Cipriani Loop, Monument; 488-2252, backeastbarandgrill.com - Black Forest Community Center - 12530 Black Forest Road; blackroseacoustic.org - The Black Sheep - 2106 E. Platte Ave.; 227-7625,...

  • Blog: John Hammond cancels at Pikes Peak Center, show goes on

    The Pikes Peak Center just announced that John Hammond will be unable to perform Saturday, March 21, due to a serious family illness. However, Charlie Musselwhite will still perform. He'll do a solo set at 8 p.m., followed by a full set with his band. Refund requests will be taken up to the start of the performance on Saturday. Call the box...

  • Former worship leader Matt Maher on third tour of Broadmoor World Arena's Rock and Worship Roadshow

    As soon as Matt Maher starts to sing his contemporary worship songs on stage, he sees a familiar expression on fans' faces. It's the "Oh, I didn't know he was the guy who wrote that song moment," he says from the road, where he's touring for the third time with The Rock & Worship Roadshow. Maher has been a full-time, touring musician...

  • Costumed attendees the real stars of Colorado Cosmic Con in Colorado Springs

    What do the Butcher Babies, World Wrestling Entertainment's Shelly Martinez and comic book artist Tom Rasch have in common? They're all special guests at the second Colorado Cosmic Con this weekend at the Hotel Eleganté Conference and Event Center. It runs Friday through Sunday. Comic conventions like these that focus on comic book art,...

  • Dining review: Old Colorado City restaurant serves up distinctive fare

    Mother Muff's got a new do and it's anything but matronly. Formerly Meadow Muffins, the place has a fresh look, expanded menu and new owners. Long gone is the general clutter that I recall from the past. Instead, the beautiful stained glass windows and tin ceiling command attention. The interior of Mother Muff's Kitchen and Spirits highlights...

  • Table Talk: Colorado Springs Chefs at Pikes Peak Food & Wine Expo win prizes and bragging rights

    On Sunday, Broadmoor Hall at The Broadmoor was filled with more than 800 people who enjoyed food, wine and spirits from about 80 local restaurants and suppliers at the Pikes Peak Food & Wine Expo. Two big attractions were the chef-media teams, who prepared an appetizer and an entreé from mystery ingredients, and the bartender competition....

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