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  • List: Loads of free summer concert series in Pikes Peak region parks

    Clean up the folding chairs, pack a picnic and head to a free concert in one of the numerous parks across the Pikes Peak region. This summer, you can find live music almost every night of the week, with opportunities to hear your favorite local bands or to check out new musicians from around the state. FIRST & MAIN SUMMER CONCERT SERIES...

  • 'Can't Buy Me Love' star, Colorado native dies at 43

    GREELEY — Amanda Peterson, best known for her role in the 1987 romantic comedy "Can't Buy Me Love," has died. She was 43. Sgt. Mike Moran with the Greeley, Colorado, police department says Peterson was found dead at an apartment complex Sunday evening. She was alone, and an investigation into her death is ongoing. No other information was...

  • Blog: New concert venue downtown

    There's a new concert venue in town -- The Back Lot. Silver Moon Presents the all-ages spot downtown at 104 W. Cucharras St., next to the Bargain Book Warehouse. All ages means no alcohol, but food trucks will be on the premises and they'll serve soft drinks in-house. You'll also need to bring your own lawn chair or chair. The first...

  • Bill Cosby said he got drugs to give women for sex

    PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby admitted in 2005 that he got quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with, and that he gave the sedative to at least one woman and "other people," according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press. That woman and a second woman testified in the same case that they...

  • TV Review - Andy Samberg and Kit Harington star in tennis mockumentary "7 Days in Hell"

    “7 Days in Hell” Cast: Andy Samberg (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Saturday Night Live,”), Kit Harington (“Testament of Youth,” “Game of Thrones”), Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”), Fred Armisen (“Portlandia,” “Saturday Night Live”) Airs: This 45-minute special will be available on HBO GO and HBO NOW July 8 and will air on HBO July 11 at 8 p.m. ...

  • Colorado drive-in theaters offer summer nights of nostalgia

    PUEBLO - It won't be dark for a couple of hours, so Chuck and Marianne James lean against their red pickup parked behind the snack shop and poke at a tray of fried chicken and french fries. They feed crumbs to their two dogs, who saunter in and out of the front seat, and watch as the line of cars gradually swells. "This is it, this is really...

  • 'Humans' star William Hurt says AI sentience is 'inevitable'

    NEW YORK - For William Hurt it isn't a question of whether someone will invent a robot with feelings, it's a matter of when. "I think I may be pretty good at saying if this and this is true then this and this are true," says Hurt. "So from the moment I took a look at it, it was all absolutely inevitable." The Oscar-winning actor says he's...

  • 'Shark Week' returns for 28th year with first Cuban visit

    LOS ANGELES - Sharks are serious business this summer, with "Sharknado"-style flippancy a barely heard echo following grisly attacks on beachgoers off the Florida, California and North and South Carolina coasts. Seriousness also marks the tone of Discovery Channel's Shark Week which, after veering off course with programs that lopsidedly...

  • Local entertainment briefs

    Voice studio sends 15 to 'Idol' auditions "American Idol" producers have contacted Paula Baack, director of Peak Performance Voice Studio for the second time. In 2009, her student Scott McIntyre made the show's Top 10. Since then, whenever "American Idol" is nearby, the producers call upon Baack to send potential singers. This Friday, Baack...

  • AROUND TOWN PHOTOS: 19 young women named 2015 Colorado Springs Debutantes

    Nineteen young women who just celebrated their high school graduation and are planning their freshmen year in college have been chosen as the 2015 Colorado Springs Debutantes. Those selected for this 49th social season were named for their school accomplishments, volunteer activities and contributions to the community as well as for the...

  • 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. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday Noon - 6 p.m. Sunday Monument Valley Pool 220 Mesa Road 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday Noon - 6 p.m. Sunday Memorial Park Recreation Center 280 S....

  • 8 festivals to attend in Colorado

    Crested Butte Wildflower Festival: They don't call it the Wildflower Capital of Colorado for nothing. Wildflowers bloom all summer, but from July 13 to July 19, the little town celebrates flower power with guided hikes, garden tours and more. More info: crestedbuttewild flowerfestival.com Underground Music Showcase: Denver's nonprofit indie...

  • From Colorado Springs' Memorial Park to Monument, Pikes Peak region celebrates Fourth o July

    Thousands sprawled out across Memorial Park's lawn Saturday, passing plates of funnel cakes and bags of kettle corn, tossing Frisbees and listening to the sound of the symphony. For much of the day, the crowds waited. And during the final hours of the Fourth of July, they - some covered with umbrellas and rain jackets - watched the sky light...

  • Billy Joel weds girlfriend during July 4 party at New York estate

    NEW YORK — Billy Joel married girlfriend Alexis Roderick in a surprise ceremony at the couple's annual July 4 party. The singer's spokeswoman Claire Mercuri says New York Gov. Andre Cuomo presided over Saturday's nuptials at Joel's Long Island estate. She says the small group of family and friends at the party didn't know the couple planned...

  • Where to watch Fourth of July weekend fireworks in the Colorado Springs area

    There will be several licensed fireworks displays throughout El Paso and Teller Counties on the Fourth of July. Here's a list: - Know the rules if you're lighting up fireworks Saturday - In Cripple Creek at 9:30 p.m., at City Park on the corner of Bennett Avenue and 1st Street - In Woodland Park at 9:30 p.m., at the Ute Pass Cultural...

  • List: 17 great ways to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend around Colorado Springs

    Here's a list of Fourth of July events Saturday and the entire weekend in the Colorado Springs area. - Will 100,000 show up for Colorado Springs Philharmonic concert and fireworks at Memorial Park? - Watch what you light on Fourth of July in Pikes Peak region - Friday-Sunday Pikes Peak Art and Music Festival - 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10...

  • Colorado Springs Philharmonic director expects record crowd at Fourth of July concert

    What goes better with the boom of fireworks than a side of symphony? Back for its 43rd round, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic will light up Memorial Park on the Fourth with tunes and plenty of red, white and blue to go around. "It's an event that makes our community great - it's a gift back to the community to make us all stronger," said...

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

    Here's a look at some of your best entertainment options in the Colorado Springs area over the long holiday weekend and beyond: - Busy rodeo time this week starts with Friday's Ride for the Brand and a yummy rib cook-off at Norris-Penrose Event Center. Teams from all over the West will compete for their legendary brands in traditional...

  • Nearly 90 artists, music, art demos at Pikes Peak Art & Music Festival

    10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, $5 includes admission for all three days, free ages 16 and younger, free on Saturday with military ID; 475-2465, pikespeakartfest.com The Pikes Peak Art & Music Festival stepped up its game this year. About 150...

  • Dining review: Wood-fired pizza to savor at Colorado Springs pizzeria

    Standing in line to order a meal often conjures negative images; after all, it's part of what makes fast food, well you know: fast. Fortunately, neither all lines nor all cuisines are created equal. Yes, Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza does have a queue and its menu is posted on the wall (it also has hand-held versions to peruse while waiting to...

  • Emilia Clarke conquers the big screen with a 'Terminator'

    LOS ANGELES - The secret about overnight success in Hollywood is that it never actually happens that way. To the casual observer, Emilia Clarke might look like one of the lucky ones: The young British actress was seemingly plucked out of the ether to star as Daenerys Targaryen on HBO's wildly popular "Game of Thrones." Just a few years later,...

  • 'A Little Chaos' had a lot of potential - but doesn't quite deliver

    Oh, this one should have been a charmer. "A Little Chaos" reunites Kate Winslet with Alan Rickman, who so perfectly played the taciturn but soulful Colonel Brandon to her lovestruck Marianne Dashwood in "Sense and Sensibility" two decades ago. Also on hand is Matthais Schoenaerts, who recently established himself as a dreamy period-film...

  • Colorado Springs area music events starting July 3, 2015

    MUSIC - Ancient Mariner - 962 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs; 685-5503, facebook.com/legendaryancientmariner - Back East Bar and Grill - 1455 Cipriani Loop, Monument; 488-2252, backeastbarandgrill.com - Bancroft Park - 2408 W. Colorado Ave. - Banning Lewis Ranch - 6885 Vista del Pico Blvd; banninglewisranch.com - The Black...

  • Colorado Springs area art events starting July 3, 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. Pikes Peak Art and Music Festival - 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive;...

  • Colorado Springs area stage events starting July 3, 2015

    STAGE OnGOING "Adventures with Tom Sawyer" - 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. Fridays, through Sept. 11, The Simpich Showcase Marionette Theatre, 2413 W. Colorado Ave., $12-$14; simpich.com. ROFL - Comedy Only Open Mic, sign up at 9:30 p.m. every first, third and fifth Thursday, The Underground Pub,...

  • Colorado music, stage, art events and festivals starting July 3, 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: Blues Traveler - With Guster, Hanson, 7 p.m., Red Rocks...

  • Colorado Springs area attraction events starting July 3, 2015

    ESCAPES FRIDAY Rib Cook-off and Ride for the Brand Championship Ranch Rodeo - 4 p.m. cook-off, rodeo at 6:30 p.m., Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, $8-$50; championshipranchrodeo.com. TUESDAY Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Parade - 6:30 p.m., Tejon Street from St. Vrain Street to Vermijo Avenue;...

  • Well-known Colorado Springs chef bowing out after long career

    Lawrence "Chip" Johnson has hung up his knife roll. The former owner and executive chef of The Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery, 25 W. Cimmarron St., announced via email June 23 at 6:20 p.m., "I am departing The Warehouse and retiring from the restaurant business effective immediately." Who can blame him? He's been a chef or owner for 40...

  • Sculpture, dance, bluegrass, progressive music at Green Box Arts Festival

    Green Mountain Falls channels the vibrant performing arts culture of New York City for a week and a half every July. The Green Box Arts Festival is a surfeit of music, dance, art, classes, hikes, stargazing and more, offered mostly for free in multiple venues and locations throughout the tiny mountain town 14 miles west of Colorado Springs....

  • NBC holding auditions for new reality show in Denver this weekend

    Want to be on TV and win big bucks? NBC is offering Colorado residents a chance to do just that this weekend. The network is teaming up with LeBron James production company, Springhill Productions, on a yet to be named reality show and is holding an open casting call this Sunday.  There’s not a lot of information on the format of the...

  • SUVs, muscle cars help auto industry maintain momentum

    DETROIT (AP) — Americans again bought vehicles that sit up high and come loaded with features like backup cameras and smartphone capabilities in June. Horsepower was also in; gas-sipping not so much. SUVs of all sizes continued to fly off dealer lots. Sales of the larger Ford Explorer rose 30 percent; Nissan's Rogue small SUV posted a 54...

  • 75th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo kicks off this month

    Grounds open at 4 p.m. Wednesday through July 10 and 10 a.m. July 11 for pre-rodeo activities including mutton bustin' tryouts, gold panning, pony rides, mechanical bull rides, climbing wall and more, rodeo at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday through July 11, 12:45 p.m. July 11, Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, $15.75-$43.75,...

  • Report: TV Land pulls 'Dukes of Hazzard' reruns

    The debate over the Confederate flag continues to spread to the entertainment world. A week after Warner Bros. announced it would no longer sanction the manufacturing of "Dukes of Hazzard" merchandise featuring the flag, TV Land announced it's pulling reruns of the 1980s’ TV series featuring John Schneider and Tom Wopat as Bo and Luke Duke in...

  • Video Game Haiku Review - "Batman: Arkham Knight"

    Title: Batman: Arkham Knight Format: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Price: $59.99 Developer: Rocksteady Publisher: Warner Bros. ESRB Rating:  M (Mature, 17+) The Grade: A Arkham Knight Haiku Review Mark Hamill is back The Batmobile is awesome Arkham Knight is who? What’s it all about: This final game in the “Batman: Arkham”...

  • Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck say they're getting divorced

    LOS ANGELES — Actors Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck say they've decided to divorce after 10 years of marriage. The couple announced in a joint statement Tuesday that the decision comes after careful consideration. They say they remain committed to co-parenting their three children, Violet Affleck, Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck and Samuel...

  • 5 Ways to Improve "Arrow"

    In the summer of 2012 I was sent a batch TV pilots from The CW network. It contained shows that were to premiere in the fall. There were four series in the set but I only remember one, the pilot for “Arrow.” At the time The CW was a network known primarily for “America’s Next Top Model” and programs that appealed to the YA crowd so the...

  • Time to terminate

    Thirty-one years and counting, and the Terminators keep rolling off the assembly line like new iPhones, upgraded with shape-shifting abilities, rebooted Sarah Conner assassination levels and, one presumes, better selfie cameras. "Terminator Genisys," directed by Alan Taylor ("Thor: The Dark World"), is the fifth entry in the series begun by...

  • This 'Mike' sequel isn't so magical

    There's an early scene in "Magic Mike XXL" that hints at what this much ballyhooed sequel woulda, coulda, shoulda been. Mike Lane, played by the well-nigh irresistible Channing Tatum, is alone in his furniture workshop. As he saws, measures and sands, the beat of the music he's listening to starts to transport him. He can't stop himself: He...

  • 'Dinner and a Rodeo' coming to Pikes Peak region

    The Pikes Peak Chapter/Military Officers Association of America will host "Dinner and a Rodeo" on Friday at Norris Penrose Arena, Hank's Club Terrace. Cost is $28 per adult, $14 per child and includes western buffet dinner and admission to the Ride for the Brand Ranch Rodeo. Members, anyone eligible to join MOAA, friends, and family are all...

  • Blog: Start baking, pie contest coming up

    You know that old hand me down blackberry pie recipe from great aunt Gerda? Dust it off - it's time to enter Manitou Springs' “Good Old Summertime Ice Cream Social & Pie Baking Contest." Contestants are needed. Pick up an application at the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce office or download one from manitousprings.org....

  • 8 places to celebrate the Fourth of July in Colorado

    Here are some of your best options for celebrating the Fourth of July around Colorado: Cherry Creek Arts Festival: This annual event offers a free spectacle of music and performing and culinary arts, July 3-5 in Denver. cherrycreekartsfestival.org Rollin' on the Riverwalk: An "epic" fireworks display along with music from the Pueblo...

  • TV Review - Animals fight back in "Zoo"

    Cast: James Wolk (“The Crazy Ones,” “Mad Men”), Billy Burke (“Revolution,” “Twilight”), Kristen Connolly (“House of Cards,” “The Whispers”), Nora Arnezeder (“Safe House,” “The Words”), Nonso Anozie (“Cinderella,” “Game of Thrones”) Airs: The premiere episode airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. on CBS The premise: Based on the James Patterson...

  • Downtown Bike Fest celebration rocks on despite storm

    Afternoon rain squalls didn't dampen the enthusiasm of thousands of bikers who roared into downtown Colorado Springs on Sunday for the Tejon Street Bike Fest. The storm prompted flash-flood warnings and a brief hail spattering in western Colorado Springs and brought a dusting of snow to Pikes Peak, where racers waited out weather delays for...

  • Colorado Music Hall of Fame relocates to Trading Post at Red Rocks

    What do John Denver, Judy Collins and Flash Cadillac all have in common? They're Colorado musicians who are also members of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. The nonprofit organization recently relocated from its temporary home at 1stBank Center in Broomfield to its permanent, 3,000-square-foot home in the Trading Post at Red Rocks in...

  • Prankster invades Kanye West stage at Glastonbury festival

    LONDON (AP) — Kanye West declared himself "the greatest living rock star on the planet" at Britain's Glastonbury festival. But that didn't prevent a prankster from invading the rapper's performance and upstaging him. West's headline set Saturday night was briefly interrupted when comedian Lee Nelson stormed onto the stage, rapping along with...

  • Luke Bryan, Paisley, Bentley headline 1st NYC country fest

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Big Apple has a country music radio station, and country music stars of all sizes regularly perform and sell out New York City: Shania Twain is headlining Madison Square Garden this week. Yet for all the music festivals the city hosts, there hadn't been a major country music festival — until this weekend. Country fans took...

  • A dozen Georgia O'Keeffe works on exhibit at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

    Georgia O'Keeffe's work has tugged at art enthusiasts and casual observers for almost a century. Even if they don't know her name, they recognize the images she favored so often: extreme close-ups of bright yellow calla lilies, pink and purple pansies, and black irises; New York City buildings standing staunchly underneath a glowing moon; the...

  • AROUND TOWN: Big prize for playful sculpture

    Being fully appreciated for what you do never gets old for an artist. When well-known local artist Sean O'Meallie and his wife, Mary, heard his name called from the stage at City Auditorium, he gasped a bit and Mary teared up. O'Meallie had just learned he was receiving the $10,000 Art on the Streets juror's prize for his playfully quixotic...

  • Competing racers, cars, motorcycles featured at downtown Colorado Springs Hill Climb fan fest

    5-10 p.m. Friday, downtown along Tejon Street, from Platte Avenue to Colorado Avenue, free; 685-4400, ppihc.com/fan-fest When Spencer Penrose proposed a race to the top of Pikes Peak on his newly converted Pikes Peak Highway in 1915, surely he was met with a few side eyes. The major benefactor to the city had just converted an old carriage...

  • Blog: Backstage party with Springs Ensemble Theatre

    Here's your chance to rub elbows with the actors you see on stage at Springs Ensemble Theatre and other companies around town.  SET will host the Backstage Summer Jam Sessions on Saturday, June 27, for adults and kids alike. Adults can drink Bristol beer and wine and play games in the alley, including giant Jenga, cornhole...

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