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  • Bruce Jenner comes out as transgender, says 'I am a woman'

    NEW YORK — In the 1970s, Bruce Jenner was a symbol of American masculinity as an Olympic champion. Nearly 40 years later, in an extraordinary television interview, Jenner told the world that he identifies as a woman and has felt gender confusion since he was a little boy growing up in the New York suburbs. Jenner let his hair down — literally...

  • Adam Sandler movie sparks debate over American Indian images

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A group of American Indian actors walking off the set of an Adam Sandler movie has sparked a debate over why Native American stereotypes in media have endured. It also shows that more Native Americans are voicing their opinions. This week, eight actors quit the production of the satirical Western "The Ridiculous Six"...

  • PBR bulls, riders entertain fans in 15/15 Bucking Battle

    When the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) rolls into the Broadmoor World Arena May 2-3 for the “Built Ford Tough Rumble in the Rockies” event, fans can expect fresh entertainment, including the final 15/15 Bucking Battle of the PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series. The 15/15 Bucking Battles were added to select events in 2012, and feature the PBR...

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

    Here are some of the best bets for fun this weekend and beyond in the Colorado Springs area: FRIDAY-SUNDAY - Call it a Steampunk Resurgence in Victor this weekend. This "steampunk" harkens back to the 1890s and the use of steam power for mining during the gold camp days. The old-fashioned weekend festival includes a paranormal...

  • 'Ex Machina': a mesmerizing robot creation

    Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, Sonoya Mizuno; directed by Alex Garland; 108 minutes; R for graphic nudity, language, sexual references and some violence "Ex Machina" is an exquisite puzzle box of a picture. It baffles. It unsettles. It intrigues. At its center is a robot named Ava (Alicia Vikander), the creation of...

  • 'Little Boy' bites off more faith-based lessons than it can chew

    Starring Jakob Salvati, Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson, David Henrie and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa; directed by Alejandro Monteverde; 100 minutes; PG-13 for some mature thematic material and violence Racism and religion, hatred and friendship, bullying and war, atomic bombs and the consequences of using them - heavy stuff to pack into a faith-based...

  • Crowe's old fashioned 'Water Diviner' aims to heal an old war wound

    Starring Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Yilmaz Erdogan, Jai Courtney, Dylan Georgiades; directed by Russell Crowe; 111 minutes; R for war violence including some disturbing images The century-old open wound of Gallipoli, Australia's ill-fated entry into World War I, makes a vivid and grim backdrop for Russell Crowe's "The Water Diviner," a...

  • Powerful 'Mandarin' program concludes Vanguard series

    Colorado Springs Philharmonic Vanguard performance, Josep Caballé-Domenech conductor, 8 p.m. Saturday; Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $21-$63; 520-7469; csphilharmonic.org. It connects history, politics and art more effectively than any other of writer/producer Gerard McBurney's "Beyond the Score" multimedia explorations. For...

  • Colorado Springs area music events starting April 24, 2015

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

  • Colorado Springs area attraction events starting April 24, 2015

    ESCAPES SATURDAY AND SUNDAY TECO Train Show - 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center, 3650 N. Nevada Ave., $6, $9 for family or three or more, $5 for seniors and military, with ID card, free for children younger than 12 with an adult, $8 early shoppers beginning at 8 a.m.; 574-4382,...

  • Colorado Springs area stage events starting April 24, 2015

    STAGE OPENING "African Culture Night" - 6-9 p.m. Friday, Springs Dance, 4705 Centennial Blvd., $25. Reservations: 635-1004. "Vaudeville a la Mezz" - 7 p.m. Saturday, The Mezzanine, 20 N. Tejon St., back alley entrance, $10; 428-6974, themezzcos.com. "The Gala Of The Royal Horses" - North American equestrian tour, 7:30...

  • Colorado Springs area art events starting April 24, 2015

    ARTS Opening "Art in the Park" - With wildlife photograph Ron Drummond, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, 410 JL Ranch Heights Road. Day pass $7 per vehicle required; 576-2016. Black Forest Arts and Crafts Guild Spring Sale - Opens 9 a.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. May 1 and 2, 10 a.m. May 3, Black Forest Community Center, 12350 Black...

  • Colorado music, stage, art events and festivals starting April 24, 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: Savoy - 7 p.m., Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison,...

  • Audience to select symphony's logo from Colorado Springs students' designs

    A classroom assignment turned into a job for the 20 students in Tiffanie Davis' advanced graphic arts class at Pine Creek High School. The project became an exciting twist on the same-old, same-old schoolwork, said sophomore Tristan Blandford. "It was really good seeing what it's like to be a graphic designer in the business world," he said....

  • 'Adaline' is a love story for the ages

    Hollywood long ago ceded "love that stands the test of time" to the realm of science-fiction and fantasy, so "The Age of Adaline" falls neatly into a genre that includes "The Time Traveler's Wife," "About Time" and even "Somewhere in Time." But building this film around all the willowy, world-weary grace that Blake "Gossip Girl" Lively can...

  • FOX showing confidence in "Wayward Pines," first episode viewable tonight

    The FOX network is showing a lot of confidence in their new dramatic series, “Wayward Pines.” The premiere of the 10-episode first season will be available to watch for free starting at midnight tonight and ending next Thursday (4/30). The episode will be on FOX On Demand via participating pay-TV providers, including AT&T U-verse, Bright...

  • American Indian actors quit Adam Sandler movie over names

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A group of American Indian actors have walked off the set of an Adam Sandler movie over complaints about stereotypes and offensive names. Actor Loren Anthony told The Associated Press on Thursday that he and eight others quit the production of the satirical Western "The Ridiculous Six" after producers ignored their...

  • Buildings where The Walking Dead was filmed are up for sale

    ATLANTA (AP) — Nine buildings in downtown Grantville, Georgia — where hit television drama The Walking Dead was filmed — are up for sale. Grantville's former mayor says the structures — virtually the entire downtown — are on the eBay online auction block until Friday in hopes of finding a buyer who can breathe new life into the town on the...

  • Table Talk: Colorado Springs coffee shop expanding food menu

    Eric Umenhofer, owner of Colorado Coffee Merchants, 302 E. Fillmore St. is stepping up the food game at his coffee house and roasting facility. He has opened up the east side of his store to make room for a diner bar. That, in part, is because since January, Stephanie Lyman, owner of Steffi's Confections, has expanded her candy making at the...

  • Taste of Old Colorado City celebrates Colorado Springs' west side

    1-4 p.m. Sunday, Bancroft Park, 2408 W. Colorado Ave., $30-$35, $10 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger; must buy tickets online, info@tasteofocc.com, tasteofocc.com. Over the years that it's served as a town square and hub for the city's historic west-side commercial district, Bancroft Park has seen many lives - but never a proper loo. "We...

  • Dining review: Finding a vegan-friendly brewhouse in Colorado Springs

    Editor's note: Fields writes a monthly review of vegan options at local restaurants. Colorado Spring is proving to be a town where a vegan can grab a beer with friends while easily enjoying a decent plant-based option or two. Trinity Brewing Co. is no exception; in fact, it may have set the bar for brewhouse vegan dining. Though Trinity's...

  • "The Amazing Deaf Cattle Dog' to perform at Colorado Springs Pet Expo

    10-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Colorado Springs Event Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd., $6, $3 ages 11-16, free 10 and younger; cspetexpo.com. Angelyne chose Eric Melvin, as he recalls. Nine years ago, Melvin visited a litter of rambunctious Australian cattle puppies. All but one little female pup came over to interact with him....

  • Movie on runner and tribe of 'superathletes' coming to town

    The tale of a Boulder ultrarunner who befriended a tribe of Mexican Indian "superathletes" is coming to the big screen in Colorado Springs. "Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco," which will be shown April 30 at Stargazers Theatre, depicts the reclusive Tarahumara tribe of Mexico's Copper Canyons, whose members were capable of covering...

  • Video: Royal horses in Colorado Springs

    A trio of four legged athletes were strutting their stuff in downtown Colorado Springs on Tuesday. The group was part of the Royal Horse Gala show that will be performing at the Broadmoor World Arena on Saturday night.  The trainers and their honed-to-perfection athletes were wowing a small crowd in front of Centennial Hall.  Rene...

  • 5 classic TV shows that deserve a reboot

    With all the TV shows recently announced for reboots, it seemed like a good time to update and re-post this blog column I put up almost a year ago. Jon Hamm as Thomas Magnum? Selma Hayek running Fantasy Island? I’d like to see that. What's the most popular word in Hollywood? "Reboot." Creating original programming is not just hard work but...

  • SudSisters: The brew run tradition runs deep in Colorado

    A team of new brewers entered the field this month when the Colorado Springs Sky Sox played their season opener at Security Service Field - the club's first game as the top affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, which it joined in a two-year player development contract last year. Seems like the perfect time to consider those dual indulgences of...

  • Blog: Fine Arts Center ramps up offerings

    Lots of change is afoot at the Fine Arts Center. Much of it is to prepare for the big upcoming Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit that opens June 27. FAC president and CEO David Dahlin said he expects tens of thousands of visitors to the "Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe and Still Life Art in New Mexico." And when those folks show up, from across...

  • Best of the Springs: Living the good life in Colorado Springs

    Many of you picked up this year's Best of the Springs magazine at our party last week or received it with your Sunday subscription. And now, the online edition is here. Click here to read about this year's best of the best in dining, shopping, city life, arts and entertainment, and sports in the Colorado Springs area. If you're wanting a...

  • 'Full House' revival coming to Netflix

    - Netflix has ordered a 13-episode revival of "Full House, titled "Fuller House" - though not for obvious reasons.  The multi-camera comedy sequel will focus on original cast members Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin, and Andrea Barber. John Stamos, who will act as a producer, is also slated to guest-star, while discussions with...

  • Colorado company brings BB-8 droid to Star Wars universe

    Sphero, a Boulder based toy company, confirmed today their involvement in the latest “Star Wars” franchise. BB-8, the new droid featured at last week’s Star Wars Celebration and in a previously released trailer, is a technological contribution by the company. That’s right, BB-8 isn’t a product of CGI, it’s actually real. “What an incredible...

  • Blog: Local artist on display at Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center

    The photo of local artist Cas Foste's work caught my eye and wouldn't let go.  If the one image she sent us -- a black and white photo of four pregnant women with giant paper mache heads -- is any indication, I should drive down to Pueblo for a looksee at the whole exhibit. "Waldo Chicken" is on display at the Sangre de Cristo Arts...

  • Almost 500 sculptures in Broadmoor Galleries new show

    Opening reception 3-9 p.m. Thursday, runs through May 23, Broadmoor Galleries, The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Circle, free; 577-5744, broadmoorgalleries.com Broadmoor Galleries is set to host its largest sculpture exhibit ever. About 500 bronze and wood sculptures by more than 25 nationally and internationally known artists will fill the gallery at...

  • Best of the Springs magazine available Monday at The Gazette

    If you didn't make it to the Best of the Springs party last week and aren't a subscriber, you can swing by The Gazette, at 30 E. Pikes Peak Ave., starting Monday to pick up a copy of the issue for $3.49. The lobby is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Best of the Springs online version will be available April 21 at...

  • Lambert wins 4, but Luke Bryan takes top prize at ACM Awards

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Miranda Lambert won four awards, including album and song of the year, but the singer lost the night's top prize to Luke Bryan at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards. It was a repeat of the Country Music Association Awards in November, where Lambert won multiple prizes but lost the big award to Bryan. "Listen...

  • Photo Gallery: StarFest 2015

    I went up to Denver on Saturday to check out StarFest. The scifi convention has pretty much anything a pop culture fan can dream of - cosplayers, celebrities, panels, contests and plenty of cool items to purchase.  The con ends today but there's still plenty of time to check it out if you have the time. Below is a photo gallery of what I...

  • Email: Ben Affleck asked PBS to not reveal slave-owning ancestor

    BOSTON — Ben Affleck requested that the PBS documentary series "Finding Your Roots" not reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor, according to emails published online by whistleblower site WikiLeaks, and the information never appeared on the program. PBS and Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, host of the show that traces the ancestry of...

  • Watch: Boulder's Sphero rolls out in 'Star Wars' preview

    BOULDER — "Star Wars" fans were treated to a bit of Boulder-bred robotic wizardry in a split-second shot toward the end of the trailer of the movie seen around the world. Sphero, the robotic ball manufacturer run by Boulder-based and TechStars alum Orbotix, crafted a rolling droid that was used in the new preview for "Star Wars: The Force...

  • List: Celebrate Earth Day at Garden of the Gods

    9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, 3105 Gateway Road, free; 634-6666, gardenofgods.com; 578-6777, rockledgeranch.com Something else: A shuttle bus will run through the day from Rock Ledge Ranch Park Historic Site to the Garden of the Gods Visitor and...

  • New Star Wars film, video game trailers premiered this week and they are awesome

    The Star Wars Celebration is taking place in Anaheim, CA this weekend and it's already started off with a bang. A new trailer for the film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (Han and Chewbacca!) was released yesterday and today video game fans were treated to the first reveal footage of "Star Wars: Battlefront" (Darth Vader, Boba Fett, flying...

  • PBR celebrates history, future of bull riding in Springs

    Professional Bull Riders (PBR) is all grown up and ready for “Built Ford Tough Rumble in the Rockies” May 2 and 3 at the Broadmoor World Arena. Colorado has been the home of the world’s premier bull riding circuit since its inception. Established in 1992, Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) first official workplace was nothing more than a rented...

  • Blog: Hula hoop event gets its glow on

    Hips will undulate, oscillate and rotate as hula hoopers invade Schryver Park in Manitou Springs on Sunday. Third Eye Art Supply and Gallery in Manitou Springs presents "Manitou Fire & Glow Hoops," an even that will bring together hoopers, both young and old, to get their hooping on. Some of the hoops will be lit by fire, others by...

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

    It's a celebration of decades of military service and history this weekend at the 95th anniversary festivities at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 101, 702 S. Tejon St. Open to veterans, service members and military families, the anniversary opening ceremony is 7 p.m. Friday, the major celebration at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and a Sunday brunch at 10...

  • Table Talk: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center reopens popular dining spot

    The Garden of the Gods Gourmet catering and events culinary team is once again in place at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. "We are not only going to be once-again running the restaurant (Café 36), but we are now their exclusive caterer for a period of at least two years," emailed Lynn Schlemeyer, vice president of marketing for the...

  • 'While We're Young' contemplates growing up with grace

    Starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Driver; directed by Noah Baumbach, 97 minutes; R for language "While We're Young" is a hilarious, incisive and honest comedy about facing the realities of growing up well into your 40s - until it's not anymore. At about the two-thirds mark, writer-director Noah Baumbach steers his...

  • 'Unfriended' unfolds excruciatingly online

    Starring Shelley Hennig, Moses Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki; directed by Levan Gabriadze; 81 minutes; R for violent content, pervasive language, some sexuality, and drug and alcohol use - all involving teens Taking aim at cyberbullies on their home turf, Levan Gabriadze's "Unfriended" envisions an "I Know What You Did Last...

  • 'Mall Cop 2' is forgettable

    Starring Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Neal McDonough, Shirley Knight, Daniella Alonso; directed by Andy Fickman; 94 minutes; PG for some violence Cinema lovers, you should thank God for Kevin James. This oft-ridiculed screen giant is here to answer a question that has plagued mankind for decades now: What would a film be like if every...

  • 'Child 44' fiasco from the start

    Starring Noomi Rapace, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Vincent Cassel, Charles Dance, Jason Clarke; directed by Daniel Espinosa; 137 minutes; R for violence, some disturbing images, language and a scene of sexuality Life in postwar Russia was brutal. Stalin's Soviets were cracking down on dissidents. Food was in short supply and the winters were...

  • 'Monkey Kingdom' reveals a revolution in cuteness

    Narrated by Tina Fey; directed by Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill; 85 minutes; G "Monkey Kingdom," Disneynature's latest Earth Day offering, is an intriguing peek inside the social structure of macaque monkey society in Sri Lanka. So while it's got plenty of cute macaque monkeys, playing and cavorting, there's also a little social...

  • Hill and Franco reinvent themselves for the dark cynicism of 'True Story'

    One is a newly disgraced New York Times reporter desperately in search of a career- reviving scoop. The other is a newly captured accused murderer, a man who has been on the lam using the Times reporter's identity as he fled the country. They're roughly the same age, both opportunists and story tellers, each cynical enough to use the...

  • UCCS music festival features an eclectric group

    Through April 25; all concerts start at 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation per concert; Information-255-5134, uccs.edu/~peakfreq. Friday, Centennial Hall Auditorium on the UCCS campus, VAPA Music Alumni Concert; Saturday, Centennial Hall Auditorium on the UCCS campus, Philip Blackburn and Friends; Thursday, University Hall 168 on the UCCS campus,...

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