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  • Colorado Springs woman writes of life at the homefront in new memoir, 'No Man's War'

    For Angela Ricketts, the life-changing epiphany came in the middle of the night on Nov. 21, 2010. She woke up with pain in her back and shoulders. It's just a panic attack, she thought as sweat rolled down her neck. The pain got uglier, and she started thinking about going to the emergency room on post. But an ambulance wasn't an option...

  • 'Avengers' unleash 'Ultron' footage at Comic-Con

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Several members of "The Avengers" descended on Comic-Con on Saturday to debut the first footage from the upcoming superhero sequel. Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner and Robert Downey Jr. were on hand with other cast members from "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," including Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie...

  • REVIEW: Opera Theatre of the Rockies' 'King and I' rules

    After seeing Friday's opening performance, it's hard to believe that the Opera Theatre of the Rockies' production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I" was on life support just a week ago. With "King" Ashraf Sewailam in the emergency room, there had to be an air of panic over the cast of 50 and their production team. While we'll never...

  • Comic-Con gets first look at 'Mockingjay' trailer

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The trailer for the next film in the popular "Hunger Games" series is making its premiere at Comic-Con. Fans gathered Friday at the Capitol Gallery in downtown San Diego, where holographic versions of two characters from the film offered visitors a silent welcome before the minute-long teaser trailer was shown. The trailer...

  • Tony-winning play 'Art' probes questions of taste and friendship in Colorado Springs production

    Like a New Yorker cartoon of a scowling museumgoer in the face of a Mondrian, Yasmina Reza's Tony-winning "Art" pivots on the puzzle of modern art: In this case, a ridiculously expensive, stark white painting that was gleefully purchased by one of three friends. "Even though it says it's about art, it's really about friendship," says Sarah S....

  • Table Talk: Fiddles, Vittles and Vino offers plenty of music, food and beverages at Rock Ledge Ranch

    Fiddles, Vittles & Vino X takes over Rock Ledge Ranch, 3105 Gateway Road, 2-8:30 p.m. Sunday. It's one of the best ways to take in some bluegrass music presented by four bands, sample food from 23 local independent restaurants and sip brews and wines from six local beverage vendors while enjoying the great outdoors. It costs $50 per adult...

  • Sara Evans plays at Pikes Peak Center this weekend

    With Robert Earl Keen, 8 p.m. Saturday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $47.50-$57.50; 520-7469, ticketswest.com Country singer Sara Evans surfed rough waters in the gossip columns during her divorce six years ago, but she still believes in love. It's what keeps her popularity high and her success on the charts solid, she thinks....

  • Ohio State marching band director fired for 'sexualized' culture

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band on Thursday after determining he ignored a "sexualized" atmosphere of rituals including students being pressured to march in their underwear and participate in sexually themed stunts. Jonathan Waters had led the band since 2012, and served in lesser...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Wish I Was Here' review: funny, touching, soul-searching

    Starring Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin; directed by Zach Braff; R for language and sexual content; 106 minutes It says something about the state of 
Hollywood filmmaking when two of the summer's best-written, most incisive films about the challenge of strengthening family relationships without giving up your career dreams were...

  • Blues master Ray Wylie Hubbard returns to Colorado Springs

    Show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, Stargazers Theatre & Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, $20 online, $25 plus ticketing fee at the door; 476-2200, stargazerstheatre.com Mixing country music with folk music and then infusing it with bluesy soul is the concoction produced by 67-year-old Ray Wylie Hubbard daily. "I'm not part of the mainstream...

  • Colorado Spring company TheatreWorks' 'As You Like It' a playful take on Shakepeare comedy

    By TheatreWorks, opens Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Aug. 23, Rock Ledge Ranch, 3105 Gateway Road, off 30th Street across from Garden of the Gods, $35, $15 ages 15 and younger, free UCCS students, no kids under 5; 255-3232, theatreworkscs.org. Everybody's a fool in love at some point. At least William...

  • Country singer Josh Gracin headlines Olympic Downtown Celebration in Colorado Springs

    "American Idol" may have gotten country singer Josh Gracin a foot in the door, but it was up to him to keep the door from shutting. He has succeeded. The ex-Marine, who placed fourth on the TV singing 
competition in 2003, has released four albums and scored several hit singles, including "I Want to Live," "Stay with Me (Brass Bed)" and...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: Keaton clicks with Douglas, 'And So It Goes'

    Starring Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Sterling Jerins, Frances Sternhagen, Rob Reiner; directed by Rob Reiner; 93 minutes; PG-13 for some sexual references and drug elements Two old pros show the kids how chemistry works in a romantic comedy in "And So It Goes," a love-the-last-time-around romp that'll give its target audience the warm...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Lucy' an ambitious popcorn popper

    After a decade when the only person to take her seriously was Woody Allen, Scarlett 
Johansson seems to have found her groove of late, with the new actioner "Lucy" as further confirmation of her niche. She has been a poker-faced Russian comic book heroine in "The Avengers" universe, a murderously humorless alien in "Under the Skin" and a...

  • Local A&E news

    A new king for the stage On Saturday, they lost their king. On Sunday, they found a new one. Ashraf Sewailam was ready to open Friday in the title role for Opera 
Theatre of the Rockies' production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I" (Friday through Sunday) but broke both his wrists in a bicycle accident. The show's stage...

  • 4-day Comic Con festival kicks off in San Diego

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Like Batman responding to a beaming Bat signal in the sky, fans are streaming to San Diego for the 45th annual Comic-Con pop culture extravaganza. The four-day festival celebrating film, TV, video games, comic books, costumes and other popular arts kicks off with a preview Wednesday night and goes full force Thursday at the...

  • Conor Oberst dismisses lawsuit against accuser

    NEW YORK (AP) — Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst has dropped his federal libel lawsuit against a woman who accused him of sexual assault in online comments. The Bright Eyes singer's attorney filed the notice of voluntary dismissal Friday in New York federal court. The move comes after Oberst's publicist released a statement from the woman...

  • Chuck Palahniuk brings "Fight Club" sequel to comics

    Chuck Palahniuk is breaking the first two rules of Fight Club: He's talking about Fight Club. The author's devotees probably won't mind since what's on his mind these days is more of the characters and world he created in his 1996 book, which was adapted three years later into director David Fincher's cult film starring Edward Norton and Brad...

  • Freddie Mercury’s long-time assistant reflects on the singer; Queen tribute band playing Colorado Springs

    For 12 years, Peter Freestone watched his employer and best friend, Freddie Mercury, perform to packed concert venues. Mercury, the glamorous linchpin of Grammy Hall of Fame band Queen, died in 1991, leaving behind iconic songs such as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites the Dust” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” His...

  • Tree honoring former Beatle killed by beetles

    In the truth is stranger than fiction department, Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge, whose district includes Griffith Park, told Pop & Hiss over the weekend that the pine tree planted in 2004 near Griffith Observatory in memory of George Harrison will be replanted shortly because the original tree died as the result of an insect...

  • Star Wars Car, a Doomsday doll: Toys of Comic-Con

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to designing coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel's dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the...

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman's kids won't get fortune

    Philip Seymour Hoffman did everything in his power to make sure his children were "normal." When the Capote actor died of a heroin overdose in February, he left the bulk of his estate to his partner, Mimi O'Donnell, and added the unusual request that their offspring be raised outside of Los Angeles. According to his accountant, David...

  • Freddie Mercury's personal assistant puts finishing touches on Queen tribute show

    8 p.m. Wednesday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $30-$59; 520-7469, ticketswest.com "Queen - It's a Kinda Magic!" isn't just any Queen tribute show. This one is Freddie Mercury approved - in a tangential sort of way. Peter Freestone, longtime personal assistant to Mercury, provided some finishing touches to the 13-year-old show....

  • Tinseltown talks: Patty McCormack's 'Bad Seed' still sprouting

    It's been 60 years since William March's chilling novel "The Bad Seed" was published in 1954. The book was promptly adapted for a long-running Broadway play and later a successful 1956 film, both starring Patty McCormack as young Rhoda Penmark, who today would be classified as a sociopathic killer. Rhoda is a manipulative, selfish little girl...

  • Food fight! New show whips up fun

    "Food Fighters" Cast: Host Adam Richman ("Man vs. Food," "Fandemonium"); celebrity guest chefs include Lorena Garcia, Stefan Richter and Marcel Vigneron. Airs: The premiere airs at 7 p.m. Tuesday on NBC The premise: The best amateur cooks in America put their signature dishes to the test against five professional chefs in this high-stakes...

  • Monument performer sings his way onto 'America's Got Talent'

    The clapping and hooting started as soon as Miguel Dakota stepped up to the microphone on NBC's "America's Got Talent." "Oh, I know what it is. I get it," said judge Howie Mandel, "because you're an attractive man." The baby-faced Dakota, a 22-year-old blues and soul singer and guitarist from Monument, proceeded to wow the four judges and...

  • Batman will not appear in Fox's 'Gotham' series

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Yes, the new Fox series "Gotham" will feature a young Bruce Wayne, but don't expect him to turn into the caped crusader. Creator Bruno Heller told journalists Sunday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that "If there is a superhero on this show, it's Gotham." "To me, heroes are more...

  • Fox admits 'Idol' has lacked engaging contestants

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — "American Idol" needs to find contestants the audience cares about. That's a criticism Fox's chairman and CEO, Peter Rice, admitted to journalists Sunday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. "We haven't found in the last two years a group of kids who've captured the imagination of the...

  • Film, TV legend James Garner, reluctant hero, dies

    LOS ANGELES — Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western "Maverick" led to a stellar career in TV and films such as "The Rockford Files" and his Oscar-nominated "Murphy's Romance," has died, police said. He was 86. He was found dead of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles Saturday evening,...

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

    Here's a look at some of the best bets for fun and entertainment over the next few days in the Pikes Peak region: Even the goofy-foots will go for big air this weekend at the Rocky Mountain AM Jam at Memorial Park Skateboard Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave. It's all about skateboarding, and it's for amateurs of all ages. Action starts at 9 a.m....

  • Dining review: Her Story Café a good fit, even near books

    As much as I loved libraries when I was a kid, I would have never considered eating my lunch - or anything else - in one, and I am fairly confident the librarians would have frowned upon the idea. Libraries and attitudes change, and I have to admit that eating near books, especially in Library 21C, the Pikes Peak Library District's newest,...

  • Blues Under the Bridge: Australian singer, slide guitarist credits American influences

    Saturday, Under the Colorado Avenue bridge, 218 W. Colorado Ave., $35-$40, $25 KRCC and Pikes Peak Blues Community members; 473-4801, bluesunderthebridge.com Something else: Other performances include Alvin Youngblood Hart and Boogie Shoes (Jake Loggins and Austin Johnson), 5-8 p.m. Friday, The Mining Exchange, a Wyndham Grand Hotel, 8 S....

  • 3-day music festival moves to Sports Authority Field in Denver

    The organizers behind Riot Fest announced Friday morning that they have found a new Colorado home for their three-day September music extravaganza — Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. The announcement came a week after the event — featuring high-profile artists like the Cure, Primus, the Flaming Lips and Weezer — was denied...

  • Seductive images expose dark side of America's diet

    It wasn't simply one commercial. It was a childhood awash in them. Like most of our childhoods, more or less. Printmaker Sam Cikauskas has channeled the sweet myth making of Mountain Dew, Heinz ketchup, Coca-Cola and other products into a series of lithographs. "I guess it's my response to growing up eating these products and kind of...

  • Oprah lawsuit over Colorado trail access dismissed

    TELLURIDE — A lawsuit accusing Oprah Winfrey of allegedly blocking access to hiking trails near her property above Telluride, Colorado, has been dismissed. The Telluride Daily Planet reports (http://bit.ly/1zOSt98 ) that a judge dismissed the case from San Miguel County District Court, saying that it should have been filed in Mountain...

  • TERROR-dactyl: Anxiety, fear and joy on new Colorado Springs ride

    My day began with a text from my mom reminding me to bring an extra pair of pants to work - she knew I would be riding the TERROR-dactyl. On Thursday, Cave of the Winds unveiled the ride, which sits 200 feet above the floor of Williams Canyon and reaches speeds near 100 mph. I'm afraid of heights so watching videos of passengers dropping...

  • Longtime KRDO meteorologist says goodbye

    KRDO News Channel 13 Meteorologist Marty Venticinque, whose last on-air shift was Thursday morning, is leaving the station to teach middle-school math and science and work as an athletic director in the Colorado Springs area. He had been with the station since August 1999 and news director Jene Nelson said, "We wish him the very best as he...

  • Get a taste of former Denver Dry Goods department store tea room menus at special dinners in Canon City

    Al and Linda Ballard, owners of The Ca?n City Queen Anne restaurant and tea house in Ca?n City, are never at a loss for ideas for unusual themes for their special teas and dinners. And, for some of us of a certain age, their newest theme, Tribute to the Denver Dry Goods "Tea Rooms," will resonate. The tea rooms operated at the department store...

  • Elaine Stritch mourned as a feisty, funny broad

    NEW YORK (AP) — Elaine Stritch was more than a Broadway actress. She was a New York institution, strolling around in a fur coat, pork pie hat or oversized sunglasses. She often wore shorts and ties, or just black stockings and a white flowing shirt. Her weapon of choice was the zinger. "I like anything I don't know about," she said in a 2010...

  • El Paso County Fair opens Saturday with several 'characters'

    A man with a thousand voices is one of the stars at this summer's El Paso County Fair. OK, maybe not a thousand, but definitely at least a dozen. Joe Gandelman, a ventriloquist from San Diego, will perform daily with about 12 of his characters at the fair in Calhan. It opens Saturday and runs through July 26. "I always like performing,"...

  • Native American Intertribal Festival and Traditional Powwow opens Saturday

    10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Grand Entry, Freedom Financial Services Expo Center, 3650 N. Nevada Ave., $2 adults, Native Americans in full regalia and children age 12 and younger free, bring chairs as seating is limited; 329-0251, onenationwt.org Powwow etiquette: Don't touch or photograph a Native American performer or instrument...

  • AROUND TOWN: Opening night for The Mezzanine

    Onlookers downtown may have been puzzled on July 11 as people headed toward the same back alley and what had been the nondescript rear of a building that had been, in busy city-alley fashion, lined with overflowing trash containers, broken glass and delivery trucks. It was opening night for The Mezzanine, also known as The MZ and The Mez, and a...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Purge' sequel gets it all out of our systems

    Starring Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Zoe Soul, Kiele Sanchez; directed by James DeMonaco; 100 minutes; R for strong disturbing violence and for language The clever conceit behind James DeMonaco's 2013 sleeper hit "The Purge" was not that American society had resolved its crime/inequality/ population problems with an annual...

  • Manitou Chamber Music Festival and String Quartet Program opens Tuesday

    Opening performance of Manitou Chamber Music Festival, with music by Telemann, Martinu, Beethoven and Brahms, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 800 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, $10-$20; 632-9534, manitouchambermusicfestival.com Something else: Festival runs through Aug. 3 OK, you classical music addicts: You'll certainly...

  • Amateur Pianists International turns 14

    7 p.m. Friday, David Korevaar in recital, event runs through Sunday, Packard Hall, Colorado College, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., $5-$20, 577-4556, coloradosprings conservatory.org Chuck Cabell turned 78 last week. His brainchild, the Colorado Springs-based Amateur Pianists International, turns 14 this summer. This "youngster" became too much...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: This 'Sex Tape' should be erased

    Starring Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Lowe, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper; directed by Jake Kasdan; R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use; 90 minutes The cinematic equivalent of herpes, "Sex Tape" is an uncomfortable embarrassment to raunchy comedies everywhere. Fortunately, no medication is required after being...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Persecuted' fails as a thriller aimed at the Religious Right

    Starring James Remar, Bruce Davison, Fred Dalton Thompson, Gretchen Carlson, Brad Stine; directed by Daniel Lusko; 91 minutes; PG-13 for violence and thematic elements The unholy bond between religion and politics is the background for "Persecuted," a confused and confusing thriller about a TV preacher ruined by a sinister government plot....

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Planes 2' is twice as good as the original, which isn't saying much

    "Planes: Fire & Rescue" is roughly twice as good as its predecessor, "Planes," which was so story-and-laugh-starved it would have given "direct to video" a bad name. Yes, there was nowhere to go but up. The sequel's story is about something: Dusty the racing plane learns to be a S.E.A.T. (a Single Engine Ariel Tanker), a firefighting plane....

  • Local A&E news

    New grants announced from Bee Vradenburg Foundation Bee Vradenburg Foundation trustees recently approved $28,000 in grants. Money went to Blues Under the Bridge, sponsored by KRCC 91.5 FM, and the Colorado Springs Music and Arts Center, a program that provides music, drama, dance, mentoring, creative writing and other forms of artistic...

  • New film 'Book of Life' animates Day of the Dead

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Guillermo del Toro is helping to open the "Book of Life." The Oscar winner is producing the animated feature by first-time director Jorge Gutierrez, and joined him at Fox Studios on Monday to unveil footage from the film, set for release in October. "Book of Life" is rich with imagery from Mexican folklore, with a special...

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