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  • CBS releases photos of Colorado native Melissa Benoist as Supergirl

    Look! Up in the air ( Or more appropriately, in the studio)! It's Supergirl! The costume for CBS's upcoming series "Supergirl," played by Colorado native Melissa Benoist ("Whiplash," "Glee") was revealed by CBS today.

  • Must See Must Do: Top entertainment options in the Colorado Springs area this weekend

    Tossing "water" all over the audience, upsy-downsy dribbling and dunks, and one-upping the Washington Generals competitors just never gets old. The Harlem Globetrotters return to The Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., for family- rated craziness and new comedy at 7 p.m. Friday, $19-66 at ticketswest.com. How do creative...

  • Blog: We Us Our Artist's Market opens Friday

    Art alert! A new gallery, We Us Our Artist's Market, will pop up shortly downtown.  It will feature art by dozens of Colorado artsts, including a showcase of work by Tylan Troyer.  Here's another tidbit to entice you: RL Cole will play at the grand opening. If you're unfamiliar with his music, go here. Did you listen? Am I right...

  • 11-year-old sent home from school for Christian Grey costume

    LONDON — Thousands of British students mark World Book Day by going to school in costume as their favorite fictional characters. But one 11-year-old found himself in a bind when he dressed as Christian Grey, the S&M-loving billionaire hero of erotic thriller "50 Shades of Grey." Teachers at Sale High School in northwestern England sent...

  • Stranded on K2, two climbers face death in 'K2' at Millibo Art Theatre

    By Millibo Art Theatre, opens Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through March 28, Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., $16 Thursdays, $22 Fridays-Sundays; 465-6321, themat.org. There aren't many shows that use designated rock climbing sessions during the rehearsal process. Patrick Meyers' mountain climbing...

  • Colorado Springs area music events starting March 6, 2015

    MUSIC - Benny's Restaurant and Lounge - 517 W. Colorado Ave.; 634-9309 - The Black Sheep - 2106 E. Platte Ave.; 227-7625, blacksheeprocks.com - The Broadmoor World Arena - 3185 Venetucci Blvd.; 477-2100, worldarena.com - Carey-On Saloon - 6829 Space Village Ave.; carey-onsaloon.com - Cottonwood Center for the Arts - 427 E. Colorado...

  • New exhibit of bird art by John James Audubon and Kevin Sloan at Fine Arts Center

    Saturday through May 31, Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., $12, $10 students with ID, free 12 and younger with parent or guardian; 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org Something else: Fine Arts Center members-only preview, 5-7 p.m. Friday, artist lecture with Kevin Sloan and Blake Milteer, executive museum director and chief...

  • Colorado Springs area stage events starting March 6, 2015

    STAGE OPENING Harlem Globetrotters - 7 p.m. Friday, The Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., $19-$121; worldarena.com. "A Little Princess" - Opens 7 p.m. Friday, runs 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through March 15, First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave, $15, $12 seniors or military, $5 students, at door...

  • Colorado Springs area art events starting March 6, 2015

    ARTS Opening First Friday - 5-8 p.m. Friday, art walk, entertainment, galleries open, downtown Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City, Cañon City; downtowncs.com, shopoldcoloradocity.com, canoncity.com. "A Naturalist and an Artist: John James Audubon and Kevin Sloan" - Members-only preview 5-7 p.m. Friday, exhibit opens to public Saturday,...

  • Colorado Springs area attraction events starting March 6, 2015

    ESCAPES SATURDAY AND SUNDAY Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet - Charity auction, vendors, tattoo competition, live music, beer garden and food, 9 am.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday, Freedom Financial Services Expo Center, 3650 N. Nevada Ave., $6-$9, free for ages 12 and younger; pro-promotions.com. See story, Page 4. ONGOING Air...

  • Dining review: Enjoy humble, well-made food at Manitou eatery

    A restaurant named for the room or area in which meals are prepared indicates confidence in what's going to emerge. That's the case at The Kitchen, a recent addition to the dining scene in Manitou Springs. The uncomplicated, easy-to-remember name reflects two things. First, an emphasis on made-from-scratch food; in fact the eatery's tagline is...

  • Colorado music, stage, art events and festivals starting March 6, 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: Bleachers - With Joywave and Night Terrors of 1927, 7 p.m.,...

  • 'A full-on rock show' with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic

    With the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Brent Havens guest conductor. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Pikes Peak Center. $21-$63; 520-7469; pikespeakcenter.com. Now available with an orchestra: Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Doors, The Eagles, Queen, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, U2, Whitney Houston and Lou Gramm, the voice of Foreigner....

  • Blog: Screenplay Mentoring Program now open

    Here's some motivation for any struggling screenwriters out there. The Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media's Screenplay Mentoring Program is now accepting finished scripts by Colorado screenwriters. Free! Submit, and your screenplay will be assigned to one of several reviewers who will then give you a written critique. You...

  • Video Game Haiku Review - "ScreamRide"

    Title: ScreamRide Format: Xbox 360, Xbox One Price: $29.99-$39.99 Developer: Frontier Developments Publisher: Microsoft Studios ESRB Rating:  E10+ (Everyone 10 and over) The Grade: C+   ScreamRide Haiku Review Make avatars scream Control fast roller coasters Destroy structures too What’s it all about: “ScreamRide” is...

  • Blog: Want to be in a movie? Casting call for horror/thriller movie in southern Colorado town

    So, you want to be in a movie? Now here's your chance. Casting begins March 21 for "Diggers", a mining horror/thriller to be filmed in Trinidad. Here are the details: Writer/Director and Cinematographer of the 2014 Independent Film “Dawn of the Crescent Moon” begin casting for their latest feature “Diggerz,” a mining horror/thriller....

  • TruTV’s first scripted show to be set in Denver

    The TruTV network is dipping its toes into scripted television, greenlighting its first comedy with a Colorado connection, “Those Who Can't.” The comedy centers on a trio of frustrated high school teachers who work at the ficitional Buchanan High School. The series stars show creators Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy, members of...

  • TV Review - "American Crime" is a tense, complex drama

    “American Crime” Cast: Felicity Huffman (“Transamerica,” “Desperate Housewives”), Timothy Hutton (“Leverage,” “Taps”), Benito Martinez (“The Shield”) Penelope Ann Miller (“The Artist,” “Kindergarten Cop”), Johnny Ortiz (“McFarland, USA”) Airs: The premiere episode airs at 9 p.m. Thursday on ABC The premise: In Modesto, California,...

  • Mumford & Sons to headline 2-day music festival in Salida

    DENVER — Mumford & Sons is bringing its traveling music festival to Colorado. The British band announced Monday that its Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers series will be in Salida on Aug. 21 and 22. They will perform along with acts including the Flaming Lips, the Vaccines, Jenny Lewis, Dawes and TuneYards. The festival could attract...

  • Q&A: Kevin Bacon discusses the new season of 'The Following'

    Recently I was able to sit in on a conference call with actor Kevin Bacon, star of the Fox TV show “The Following.” The third season of the series premieres tonight. Below is transcript of the converstation.  Q: Can you talk a bit about some of the new threats that we’re going to see this season?  Kevin: Mark is still there. ...

  • Photos: GalaxyFest 2015 in Colorado Springs

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • GalaxyFest returns to Colorado Springs: 'Think of Comic-Con but a whole lot more'

    10 a.m. Friday-11:30 p.m. Sunday, Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave.; $25-50; galaxyfest.org. Say you got ahold of the teleporting machine from the movie "The Fly" and filled it with every genre convention you could think of - comics, anime, steampunk, sci-fi, etc. Fire it up, and GalaxyFest would be the hybrid mutant that comes out the other...

  • Must See Must Do: Entertainment options around Colorado Springs this week

    "Sea Marks" is a Purl family tradition and a labor of love. It was 30 years ago that actress/author Mara Purl and Christopher Law were featured in the play at the Fine Arts Center. Mara calls "Sea Marks" "romantic, haunting, poignant." The director: Mara's father, theater pro Ray Purl. As her father neared his March 3 100th birthday, Mara and...

  • 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...

  • '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...

  • 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.  ...

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