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  • Labor Day Weekend Activities in Colorado Springs and beyond

    Friday-Sunday Phish - Popular jam band plays Dick's Sporting Goods Park, 8000 Victory Way, Commerce City, $49.95-$60, 1-303-727-3500, dickssportinggoodspark.com Friday-Monday A Taste of Colorado - Food from Denver restaurants, music, kids activities, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to...

  • Not a good night for movie stars at Emmys; 'Breaking Bad' wins big

    The Emmys welcomed plenty of movie stars to television's biggest awards show, including Julia Roberts, Woody Harrelson, Kevin Spacey, Mark Ruffalo and the reigning Oscar winner for best actor, Matthew McConaughey. All were sent home empty-handed. Instead, the Emmys opted for the tried and true Monday night, giving a long goodbye kiss to...

  • 'Breaking Bad' and 'Modern Family' win Emmy Awards

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Modern Family" and "Breaking Bad" triumphed at Monday's Emmy Awards, proving that established broadcast and cable fare retains the power to fend off challenges from upstart online series such as "Orange Is the New Black." The ceremony's emotional high point came with Billy Crystal's restrained and graceful remembrance of...

  • Video Game Review - 'Madden NFL 15'

    Title: Madden NFL 15 Format: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Price: $59.99 Publisher: Electronic Arts Developer: EA Tiburon ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) The Grade: A  What is it? The 26th edition of one of gaming’s most popular sports franchises. That’s right; Madden football titles have been around for 26 seasons. 26! Of course, there’s...

  • Greek Festival offers culinary, cultural treats

    Running out of food is a sign of a good party, or at least that was what folks said at the Pikes Peak region's 16th annual Greek Festival that culminated Sunday, when every pound of lamb, chicken and gyro meat had sold out an hour before the event was scheduled to end. More than 1,500 people indulged in food, music and dance at the Archangel...

  • Miley Cyrus: 'I'm in constant gratitude of life'

    NEW YORK (AP) — Miley Cyrus said when she stole the night at last year's MTV Video Music Awards, she didn't realize her impact and influence. Now, the singer says she wants to use her powers for good. The 21-year-old is assisting the Hollywood homeless center My Friend's Place by launching a Prizeo campaign, urging her feverish fans to donate...

  • Actor-director Richard Attenborough dies at 90

    Son tells BBC that British actor-director Richard Attenborough has died at 90. Acclaimed actor and Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, whose film career on both sides of the camera spanned 60 years.

  • 'Guardians' retakes box office, tops summer films

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Guardians of the Galaxy" became the summer's top-grossing movie at the North American box office with a $17.6 million weekend that narrowly bested the young adult melodrama "If I Stay," while the long-delayed "Sin City" sequel, "A Dame to Kill For," flopped. With an estimated $17.6 million in its fourth weekend of release, the...

  • DINING REVIEW: Carlos Miguel's offers a lot of menu options, many so-so

    A multipage menu should be considered a warning sign. Too many available options often mean few will be exceptional. Such is the case at Carlos Miguel's Mexican Bar & Grill Briargate (one of seven in the region), which boasts five large pages of Southwestern food items, featuring more than a dozen different categories from appetizers to...

  • Colorado State Fair opens with divisive sideshow

    PUEBLO — The Colorado State Fair opens Friday — with a carnival sideshow that has been shut down in one Colorado county after parents complained. The Fair in Pueblo plans to again include a sideshow claiming to feature the world's smallest woman. "Little Liz" has appeared at the fair several times, but her show at the Boulder County fair...

  • Chicago blues guy Joe Moss gives it all he's got on stage

    4-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Gold Hill Mesa, 142 S. Raven Mine Drive, free; 633-2202, goldhillmesa.com. Joe Moss likes to take the blues and throw in half a dozen other musical genres. "My music really runs the gamut, from soul, funk, rock, jazz, a little bit of country sometimes, R&B," he says. "We turn into a jam band live because we all...

  • BLOG REVIEW: 'Green Valley' undermined by sound and sameness

    There was a lot on the line Thursday night for a lot of people. Huge forces and great talents collaborated to realize the latest incarnation of Roger Ames and Elizabeth Bassine's work in progress: "How Green Was My Valley." The participating organizations for this first of two presentations included the Central City Opera, the Chamber...

  • New entertainment venue joins downtown Colorado Springs scene

    Live music choices just keep getting better around here. The newest addition to the scene is The Gold Room, a 330-seat venue on the first floor of the old utilities building next to The Mining Exchange - A Wyndham Grand Hotel. It's owned by Perry Sanders, who's letting the Rocky Mountain Highway group (same group who does MeadowGrass Music...

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

    Here's a look at some of the top events around the Colorado Springs area this weekend: FRIDAY-SUNDAY - Opa! Here's to a rousing weekend of spanakopita, baklava, springing and leaping sirtos dances, Hellenic clothing and jewelry and just plain fun with an ancient history. It's the 16th Annual Greek Festival and what a perfect year, since...

  • Artist Christo says 'Over the River' project at a standstill

    CANON CITY — The artist Christo says his plan to suspend nearly 6 miles of silvery fabric in sections over the Arkansas River is in a "stand-still situation." The 79-year-old artist updated supporters on his "Over the River" project during a luncheon in Canon City, Colorado, on Thursday. The Daily Record reports (http://bit.ly/1tsEG49 )...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: Despite sameness, 'Sin City' sequel a slice of nihilistic noir

    "Sin City" is back in all its lurid, gory glory, a vivid and visceral graphic novel come to life in the capable hands of Robert Rodriguez and co-director and comic book creator Frank Miller. If anything, it's a more gorgeous experiment in green screen digital sets and black and white videography, complete with selective splashes of color - a...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: Young love lives or dies with one decision in 'If I Stay'

    Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Stacy Keach; directed by R.J. Cutler; 103 minutes; PG-13 for thematic elements and some sexual material Chloe Grace Moretz takes on her first real star-vehicle romance in "If I Stay," an adaptation of Gayle Forman's novel. Moretz is Mia, a Portland, Ore., high school...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'When the Game Stands Tall' is 'Friday Night Lite'

    Starring Jim Caviezel, Alexander Ludwig, Michael Chiklis; directed by Thomas Carter; 115 minutes; PG for thematic material, a scene of violence and brief smoking "When the Game Stands Tall" is a solid if unsurprising and uninspiring melodrama built around high school football. It's the latest of that peculiar sub-genre of sports films, in...

  • Colorado Springs is home to several food and wine festivals

    Looking for some opportunities to eat yourself silly this weekend? Here are a few to check out: - Pasta in the Park, Myron Stratton Home Campus, 2525 Colorado Highway 115, 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $120 per person, which includes wine and beer tasting along with pasta sauce cook-off tasting. A full dinner is served. Details: 633-1462,...

  • Huey Lewis set to rock Colorado Springs, but not sure about his spot in pop culture

    8 p.m. Friday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $55-$85; 520-7469, ticketswest.com If you breathed air anytime near the '80s, you know the lyrics to at least a few Huey Lewis and the News songs. "The Heart of Rock & Roll," "I Want a New Drug," "The Power of Love," "Hip to Be Square," "If this Is It." Their 1983 album "Sports"...

  • Melissa Etheridge brings her raspy authenticity in a solo show in Colorado Springs Monday

    7 p.m. Monday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $45.50-$60; 799-4139, pikespeakcenter.com For at least one generation of women (and yes, probably some men), singer-
songwriter Melissa Etheridge has told their stories. Of heartache, certainly. Of defiance and struggle. And, sometimes, of happiness, the kind so pyrotechnic that it's...

  • Australian indie band The Griswolds finds unexpected success, playing Colorado Springs

    7 p.m. Friday, The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., $10.34-$12; 227-7625, blacksheeprocks.com. The Griswolds had a First World band problem: They shot to fame without having enough material to fill a 30-minute show or a debut album. It was a dream come true - a dream they didn't even realize they had. In early 2012, the four-piece indie...

  • Local A&E news

    Monument man featured
 in New York fashion show Neil Grotzinger, of Monument, recently presented his fashion line in the Pratt Senior Fashion Show in New York. The 2010 Lewis-Palmer High School graduate was also named on Vogue's "Top 10 2014 Fashion Graduates to Watch." Compiled by Jennifer Mulson, 636-0270, jen.mulson@gazette.

  • Three food-centric movies will leave you hungry

    Warning: Don't even think about seeing one of the following movies on an empty stomach. A collection of recent foodie flicks have scenes so mouthwatering you'll be starved by the time the show ends. "Chef" "Chef" had me salivating for a Cuban sandwich before the final credits rolled. Even a simple grilled cheese sandwich was made to look so...

  • Colorado Springs native battles it out on Food Network's 'The Great Food Truck Race'

    Colorado Springs native Nicole Hoffman, a graduate of Doherty High School, moves on to the second stage of "The Great Food Truck Race." The fifth season airs Sunday on the Food Network channel. Hosted by celebrity chef Tyler Florence, the series features eight teams of rookie food truck operators who travel from California to Florida. Each...

  • The Every. 'Simpsons.' Ever. marathon starts tomorrow.

    The 12 day "Simpsons" marathon starts tomorrow. 25 seasons, 552 episodes, one movie, all on the FXX network. Pretty sure the extra "X" stands for "Xtreme." I'll be watching periodically. Just wish my DVR was big enough to hold that much programming.

  • KOAA-TV welcomes new morning anchor

    Local NBC affiliate KOAA-TV announced today that Shellene Cockrell, a Colorado Springs native and 1994 Miss Colorado, will soon be joining Adam Atchison on the station's morning anchor desk. A former reporter and anchor for KWGN in Denver, the Mitchell High School graduate is also the host and analyst of the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog...

  • Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

    NEW YORK — Few would recognize his face, but most would know his voice: that booming baritone that for nearly four decades would introduce the lineups on "Saturday Night Live." Don Pardo, the durable television and radio announcer whose resonant voice-over style was widely imitated and became the standard in the field, died Monday in...

  • Oil pipeline opponents plan concert in cornfield

    NELIGH, Neb. (AP) — Willie Nelson and Neil Young will headline a concert next month in a Nebraska cornfield organized by opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast. Bold Nebraska said Monday the concert will be held Sept. 27 on a farm near Neligh in northeast Nebraska. Tickets go on sale...

  • Bike movies and movies with bikes inspire, amuse

    Imagine a scene, one in which we first meet our dashing hero face-to-face as he emerges - unscathed, despite all odds - from dispatching a band of would-be marauders lurking over yonder rise. Our hero sweeps in, oozing tasteful chest hair and testosterone . on his Schwinn. Yeah. "You don't see James Bond very often on a bike," said Michelle...

  • Love of bikes bonds father, son despite distance

    If you were a kid in a certain neighborhood in Minneapolis about 15 years ago, and you had an old, ratty, snaggle-spoke bike so broke no repair guy wanted to touch it, Dean Carr was the bike man for you. Carr loved bikes, especially the ones that needed it the most. "Dean loved working on the old, tattered bikes that most of us in the shop...

  • TINSELTOWN TALKS: A stamp of approval for Van Johnson

    The 1940s have been called the decade of the bobby-soxer, a time when young girls with a fondness for short socks developed an infatuation for pop singers and movie stars of the day. One source of their youthful admiration was Van Johnson, a Hollywood heartthrob with an endearing boy-next-door charm; he was a top box-
office draw throughout...

  • Lessons of stigmas, stereotypes in Williams' death

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jamie Masada, the owner of the fabled Los Angeles-based comedy club the Laugh Factory, vividly remembers a warm exchange with comic Richard Jeni of the two sharing words of encouragement and gentle ribbing. "The next day I heard he put a gun in his mouth and blew his head off," recalled Masada of Jeni's 2007 suicide. "At that...

  • Mr. T pities criminals as he awaits jury duty

    ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. (AP) — Lawrence Tureaud, better known as Mr. T, was in true form as he waited outside a suburban Chicago courthouse to be called for jury duty. Sporting his usual Mohawk and wearing an FBI sweatshirt and hat, but not a gold chain, the star of "Rocky III" and TV's "The A-Team" signed autographs and made his feelings known....

  • City politics may push Balloon Classic out of Colorado Springs

    The Colorado Balloon Classic's 38th annual celebration this Labor Day weekend will be its last in Colorado Springs, the organization behind the event announced Friday. Because of "politics within the city, increasingly rigid special event procedures and an onerous 2015 LART (city sponsorship) application," the Colorado Springs Balloon Classic...

  • DINING REVIEW: Downtown sushi spot offers quirky combos and fresh flavors

    If California rolls are the sedans of the sushi world - something basic, dependable and recognizable - then many of the specialty rolls at Fujiyama are the sports cars: loaded with extras, full of spunk, sure to turn heads and worth every penny. As with many restaurants, 
Fujiyama's California rolls are certainly reliable, but I was more...

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

    Here are some of the top events happening around Colorado Springs this weekend: FRIDAY-SUNDAY - Here's your chance to tip your hat to former Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton. It's Todd Helton Weekend at Coors Field as the Rockies host the Cincinnati Reds. The weekend celebration culminates Sunday with the Rockies retiring Helton's...

  • Robin Williams' wife: He had Parkinson's disease

    LOS ANGELES — Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease at the time of his death, his wife said Thursday. In a statement, Susan Schneider said that Williams, 63, was struggling with depression, anxiety and the Parkinson's diagnosis when he died Monday in his Northern California home. Authorities said he committed suicide....

  • OneRepublic lead singer in Hickenlooper campaign ad

    OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder tries to teach Colorado's governor how to play "Counting Stars" on guitar and concludes in the political ad that Gov. John Hickenlooper should stick to his day job. "This is going to break your heart," Tedder says after hearing Hickenlooper sing and play guitar. "It's my professional opinion you do not have a future...

  • Colorado Springs Philharmonic kicks off program offering free tickets to kids

    When the Colorado Springs Philharmonic puts its 2014-2015 individual tickets on sale Friday, it'll inaugurate Free for Kids, a program designed to open up new musical worlds for children. The new program offers up to two free tickets for kids ages 7-17 with the purchase of one adult ticket to any of 14 scheduled concerts. For many families,...

  • AROUND TOWN: Saving wild mustangs like the stallion named Cloud

    Local filmmaker Ginger Kathrens thought a wildlife film about mustangs would be the simplest of projects. After all, she told herself, horses just stand around in a field and graze all day. Off she went to the Pryor Mountains, near the border of Montana and Wyoming where what is considered a "historically significant" herd roams. Instead...

  • TABLE TALK: A Palmer Lake restaurant changes their menu and has spruces up the interior

    Sometimes change is good. Chris and Kerri Bohler, owners of The Villa, 75 Colorado Highway 105 in Palmer Lake, have gradually transitioned away from serving a core of traditional Italian foods. The idea is to bring back the style of food that Chris, the executive chef, was known for when he and Kerri owned the B&E Filling Station Restaurant....

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Let's Be Cops' falls short

    Starring Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Nina Dobrev, James D'Arcy, Rob Riggle, Andy Garcia; directed by Luke Greenfield; running time 104 minutes; Rated R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity, violence and drug use The laughs are loud, lewd and low in "Let's Be Cops," a spoof of cop "buddy pictures" that is pretty...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Giver' delivers an over-familiar future, sharply observed

    The film version of "The Giver" is briskly directed in bright, confident strokes, scripted to emphasize its thought-provoking qualities and acted by players, young and old, who are "all in" on the future they're portraying. As adaptations of young adult sci-fi go, it holds its own against the many successes of this "teens save the future"...

  • Top Air Force performers bring a little bit of home to service personnel in their free variety show

    7:30 p.m. Thursday, Arnold Hall, Air Force Academy, 2308 Cadet Drive, free; 333-4497, usafasupport.com/acade
my-concerts. Tops in Blue is a traveling morale boost. Made up of 35 to 40 active duty Air Force men and women, the musical 
variety show has traveled the world for more than 60 years, entertaining both deployed troops and their...

  • World famous cyclists race through Colorado Springs

    Some of the best cyclists in the world will race through Colorado Springs on Thursday. For the third time in four years, Colorado Springs made the cut as one of the seven stages of the USA Pro Challenge. The 524-mile race begins Monday in Aspen and finishes Aug. 24 in Denver. Riders will cross the state and even pedal up Hoosier Pass, at an...

  • Kidz Bop Kids turns Top 40 kid-friendly

    7 p.m. Friday, Pikes Peak Center,
190 S. Cascade Ave., $25.50-$45.50; 520-7469, ticketswest.com. Kidz Bop's mission is simple: Take popular Top 40 songs, rewrite the lyrics in a kid-friendly way and have kids perform them. "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry. "Story of My Life" by One Direction. Songs like these...

  • MOVIE MINIS: Short takes on movies playing in Colorado Springs Aug. 15-21

    OPENING "Magic in the Moonlight" - (Romance, PG-13, 97 minutes) Not reviewed. In this Woody Allen period piece, an Englishman (Colin Firth) is brought in to debunk a psychic (Emma Stone). "What If" - (Comedy, PG-13, 102 minutes) Not reviewed. Medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) is a loser in love. Just when he decided to put his...

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