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  • Fox TV show "Gotham" explores life before Batman

    "Gotham" Cast: Ben McKenzie ("Southland," "The O.C."), Donal Logue ("Grounded for Life"), Jada Pinkett Smith ("The Nutty Professor," "Collateral"), Robin Lord Taylor ("Accepted") Airs: The premiere airs at 7 p.m. Monday on Fox The premise: Gotham City is home to the one of the world's more recognizable superheroes - Batman. But even before...

  • Ben McKenzie primed to lead Fox's Batman prequel

    LOS ANGELES - Ben McKenzie expects viewers to tune into the premiere episode of Fox's Batman prequel series, "Gotham," on Monday. The series has the name recognition, history and premise to pique curiosity, and "if that gets people to watch, I'll take it," the 36-year-old actor said in a recent interview. The challenge is to get viewers to...

  • Bombastic season opener for the Philharmonic

    Superb symphonic music is back in the Springs. With guest conductor Cristian Macelaru at the helm, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic launched what has the look of its most exciting and challenging season in decades. On this occasion, the experience was an over-the-top sonic spectacular that left much of the audience punch drunk. This...

  • TV Review: 'Gotham' a treat even without Batman

    “Gotham” Cast: Ben McKenzie (“Southland,” “The O.C.”), Donal Logue (“Grounded for Life”), Jada Pinkett Smith (“The Nutty Professor,” “Collateral”), Robin Lord Taylor (“Accepted”) Airs: The premiere episode airs at 7 p.m. Monday on FOX The premise: Gotham City is home to the one of the world’s most recognizable superheroes – Batman....

  • Must See Must Do: What's happening in the Colorado Springs area this weekend

    FRIDAY-SATURDAY The delicate, artistic Japanese flower arranging known as Ikebana is in the spotlight Friday and Saturday at Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. Flower arranging demonstrations, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, are part of the Ikebana International Denver Flower Show "Ikebana & Glass" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days in...

  • ManiFest a celebration of community, arts and more

    Manitou Springs will celebrate community, the arts, health and fitness Sunday at ManiFest, a citywide festival featuring music, food tastings and demonstrations, yoga and creative workshops. The inaugural event, scheduled from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., also features a bike ride in Garden of the Gods and musical performances by Eufórquestra, Mo'...

  • Foodies can get their fill in weeks ahead

    Get ready to do some serious eating during the next couple of weeks. Year No. 4 of Colorado Springs Restaurant Week kicks off Friday and runs through Oct. 4 (unless otherwise noted). Now is the time to experiment and widen your dining-out palate. Here's how it works: 37 participating local restaurants offer special three-course dinner menus...

  • New chili variety pops at Pueblo's Loaf 'N Jug Chile and Frijoles Festival

    There's a new pepper on the block at this year's Loaf 'N Jug Chile and Frijoles Festival in Pueblo. It's called the Pueblo Popper and was born from one scientist's craving for a stuffed chili pepper minus the soggy bottom, says Rod Slyhoff, president of the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce and founder of the festival that gets cooking Friday through...

  • Colorado Springs Restaurant Weeks is in full swing with good deals for dinners for two

    Pizzeria Rustica 2527 W. Colorado Ave., 632-8121, pizzeriarustica.com Price: $30 Appetizer: Large Insalata Mista, regular caprese salad or small antipasto plate Entrée: Any standard menu pizza or pizza-of-the-day Dessert: Two mini gelatos The Public House Pub & Grill 445 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 465-3079,...

  • Colorado Springs Restaurant Weeks is in full swing with good deals for dinners for two

    Note: Most meals are three-course dinners only for two and items listed are per person, unless otherwise indicated. 
 The Airplane Restaurant 1665 N. Newport Road, 570-7656, theairplanerestaurant.com Price: $30 Appetizer: Cheese sticks, potato skins or half tower nachos, to share Second course: Soup or salad Entrée: Deep fried shrimp,...

  • Q&A: Writer/Producer Bruno Heller talks 'Gotham'

    Welcome to the first of two “Gotham” Q&A’s. The transcript below is from a Fox conference call I sat in on with fellow journalists who had a chat with “Gotham” executive producer and writer Bruno Heller. Look for a Q&A with Ben McKenzie (James Gordon) soon. “Gotham” premieres next Monday, September 22. Q: It looks like a very...

  • Colorado Springs Restaurant Weeks is in full swing with good deals for dinners for two

    Pizzeria Rustica 2527 W. Colorado Ave., 632-8121, pizzeriarustica.com Price: $30 Appetizer: Large Insalata Mista, regular caprese salad or small antipasto plate Entrée: Any standard menu pizza or pizza-of-the-day Dessert: Two mini gelatos The Public House Pub & Grill 445 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 465-3079,...

  • Manitou Springs restaurant wins Wine Spectator award for wine list

    Raise a toast to The Cliff House at Pikes Peak, 306 Canon Ave., Manitou Springs. Since 2001 the restaurant has been selected by Wine Spectator for one of the magazine's "Best of Award of Excellence" for its wine list. Paul York, the general manager, gives a couple of reasons why he thinks they continue to get the award, including this year: -...

  • To Do Today calendar Sept. 19, 2014

    On TV "Man Caves," 7 p.m., DIY: Go he-lunking with the crew as they turn a master bedroom into a nautical nightmare. McClatchy Newspapers Birthdays Actress Rosemary Harris is 87. Actor Adam West is 86. Actor David McCallum ("NCIS") is 81. Singer-
songwriter Paul Williams is 74. Singer Bill Medley is 74. Singer Sylvia Tyson (Ian and...

  • 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' is uncommonly well-made thriller

    Starring Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour, Boyd Holbrook, Adam David Thompson, Brian "Astro Bradley; directed by Scott Frank; 114 minutes; rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, language and brief nudity They've done it at last: made a Liam Neeson-stomps-some-behind flick where, as the credits roll, there's more stuff to be...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Maze' gets lost in overfamiliarity

    This month's "young adults save the future" film franchise is "The Maze Runner," an indifferent quest tale about boys trapped in a gigantic maze with no idea how they got there. A teen boy (Dylan O'Brien) wakes up, screaming, on a freight elevator soaring up to a field, where it promptly drops its "greenie," or newby, into a clatch of rustic...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Tusk' just feels long in the tooth

    Starring Justin Long, Michael Parks, Genesis Rodriguez, Haley Joel Osment; directed by Kevin Smith; 
102 minutes; rated R for disturbing violence, gore, strong language, sexual content Take "The Human Centipede" - the gross-out movie about the mad doctor who stitches humans together - and sprinkle with the old Bob and Doug McKenzie sketches...

  • Gordon Lightfoot knows what's expected

    7:30 p.m. Monday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $43-$68;
520-7469, ticketswest.com. Gordon Lightfoot knows what his fans want: the cream of the crop. The longtime performer is famous for his extensive playbook of beloved folk and pop songs from the 1960s and '70s, including "Sundown," "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" and...

  • Take this song and Grass It Up

    Presented by Gold Hill Mesa Concert Series, beer and wine available, 4-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Gold Hill Mesa, 142 S. Raven Mine Drive, free; 633-2202, goldhillmesa.com. Alabama's loss is Colorado's gain. The popular bluegrass band Grass It Up started in Alabama. Two members, David Jeffrey, guitar and mandolin player, and Shannon...

  • Colorado Springs Restaurant Weeks is in full swing with good deals for dinners for two

    Note: Most meals are three-course dinners only for two and items listed are per person, unless otherwise indicated. The Airplane Restaurant 1665 N. Newport Road, 570-7656, theairplanerestaurant.com Price: $30 Appetizer: Cheese sticks, potato skins or half tower nachos, to share Second course: Soup or salad Entrée: Deep fried shrimp, half...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: A stellar cast lets 'This is Where I Leave You' leave you laughing

    Starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn; directed by Shawn Levy, screenplay by Jonathan Tropper; 103 minutes; rated R for language, sexual content and some drug use "This is Where I Leave You" is a big, broad dysfunctional family comedy, sort of a "Parenthood" pushed into 
R-rated "Adulthood"...

  • REVIEW: Experimental 'Ludlow, 1914' ambitious, but too often confusing

    On April 20, 1914, about 12 miles northwest of Trinidad, two women and 11 children suffered fiery deaths, the end of a long and acrimonious struggle among the Colorado National Guard, the Rockefeller-owned Colorado Fuel & Iron Co. guards and striking coal miners. What came to be known as the Ludlow Massacre was "the culminating act of perhaps...

  • Foodies can get their fill in weeks ahead

    Get ready to do some serious eating during the next couple of weeks. Year No. 4 of Colorado Springs Restaurant Week kicks off Friday and runs through Oct. 4 (unless otherwise noted). Now is the time to experiment and widen your dining-out palate. Here's how it works: 37 participating local restaurants offer special three-course dinner menus...

  • COLORADO SPRINGS ARTS CALENDAR: Sept. 19-25

    ARTS OPENING 3rd Annual Miniature Exhibition - Opening 4-8 p.m. Friday, runs through October, Academy Art & Frame Co., 7560 N. Academy Blvd., 265-6694, academyframesco.com Renaissance: Sculpture as Poetic Pilgrimage - New works by Maria Battista, opening 5-8 p.m. Friday, runs through Oct. 14, Commonwheel Artists Co-op, 102 Cañon Ave,...

  • COLORADO SPRINGS STAGE CALENDAR: Sept. 19-25

    stage OPENING Comedian Stacy Pederson - 2 p.m. Saturday, Gold Bar Room Theatre, 123 Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 344-9274, imperialhotel restaurant.com "Will Rogers' Story As America's Story" - Historic characterization by Doug Watson, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990, reservations...

  • COLORADO SPRINGS MUSIC CALENDAR: Sept. 19-25

    MUSIC - Back East Bar & Grill - 9475 Briar Village Point, 264-6161, backeastbarandgrill.com - Black Forest Community Center - 12530 Black Forest Road, blackroseacoustic.org - The Black Sheep - 2106 E. Platte Ave., 227-7625, blacksheeprocks.com - The Cliff House at Pikes Peak - 306 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 785-1000, thecliffhouse.com -...

  • Local A&E news

    New Colorado poet laureate Gov. John Hickenlooper recently announced the appointment of Joseph Hutchison as Colorado's new poet laureate. Hutchison is a Colorado native and lives in Indian Hills. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. He...

  • COLORADO SPRINGS ESCAPES CALENDAR: Sept. 19-25

    ESCAPES Saturday Historic Van Briggle Building Tour - 9 a.m., tours every 15 minutes until 3 pm., 1125 Glen Ave., $10, children 12 and under, 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu Garden of the Gods Powwow at Rock Ledge Ranch - 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Gateway Road and North 30th Street, 578-6777, rockledgeranch.com Rocky Mountain OktoberfestPlus...

  • Out of Town calendar: Sept. 19, 2014

    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: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - 6:30 p.m., Red Rocks, Morrison,...

  • Blog: Free museum admission Saturday, Sept. 27

    Next Saturday you can get indulge your inner historian during the 10th annual Museum Day Live! (The exclamation mark is theirs, not mine, though it is exciting.) Smithsonian magazine will once again provide free admission to select museums around the country, including four local museums: Miramont Castle, ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of...

  • MTV to air documentary about transgender youths

    NEW YORK (AP) — Laverne Cox will host a documentary on MTV and Logo next month that profiles seven young transgender people. The special, "Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word," will air simultaneously on the two channels on Oct. 17. Cox, a transgender actress, was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in Netflix's "Orange is the New Black."...

  • TV Review - Tea Leoni shines in 'Madam Secretary'

    “Madam Secretary” Cast: Téa Leoni CQ (“The Family Man,” “Deep Impact”), Tim Daly CQ (“Wings”), Bebe Neuwirth CQ (“Cheers,” “Jumanji”), Zeljko Ivanek CQ (“Argo,” “Damages”), Keith Carradine CQ (“Deadwood,” “Cowboys & Aliens”) Airs: The premiere episode airs at 7 p.m. this Sunday on CBS The premise: Téa Leoni stars as...

  • Rock Ledge Ranch Traditional Powwow set to make history Saturday

    Native American veterans in headdresses. Rattling gourds. Traditional Native American drumming. And a new princess. History will be made Saturday at the Fifth Annual Garden of the Gods Rock Ledge Ranch Traditional Powwow. For the first time in almost four decades, a powwow princess will be crowned - 14-year-old Shauna Jackson, who attends...

  • WATCH: Monument's Miguel Dakota misses out on $1M 'America's Got Talent' payday

    Rhode Island magician Mat Franco was the big winner of NBC's "America's Got Talent" TV show finale on Wednesday. Local fan favorite Miguel Dakota, a 22-year-old singer-songwriter from Monument, finished last out of six finalists, much to the disappointment of the booing crowd at Monument's Pikes Peak Brewing Co. Excited fans gathered to watch...

  • 'Red Violin' turns 'Ruby' for philharmonic season opener

    Philippe Quint has a special relationship with John Corigliano's "The Red Violin Concerto." "I'm playing it all the time these days," he said from his New York City home. The 40-year-old Russian-
born violinist will be the guest artist for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's season opening concerts this weekend. The all-American program also...

  • WATCH: Was Miguel Dakota's 'Billie Jean' enough to win 'America's Got Talent?'

    Monument musician Miguel Dakota returned to his solo singer songerwriter roots on Tuesday's "America's Got Talent" on NBC. The reality series concludes Wednesday with a two-hour finale starting at 7 p.m. Voters across America will decide who takes home $1 million and a headlining show in Las Vegas. The 22-year old had two chances to wow the...

  • Video Game Review - Bungie delivers another hit with 'Destiny'

    Title: Destiny Format: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Price: $59.99 Publisher: Activision Developer: Bungie ESRB Rating: T (Teen) The Grade: B+ What is it? Bungie, the creators of “Halo,” and Activision, the publisher of “Call of Duty,” have created a brand new intellectual property (IP). With “Destiny” gamers finally get their hands on...

  • Colorado Springs-area singer Miguel Dakota two performances away from $1 million

    Does Miguel Dakota have a $1 million performance in him? After thousands auditioned for Season Nine of NBC's "America's Got Talent," one of Monument's own made the final six last week. The 22-year-old blues and soul singer-guitarist will compete for the last time on Tuesday, going up against five other acts, including an acrobatic troupe,...

  • CBS: Rihanna out of NFL telecast

    NEW YORK (AP) — CBS and Rihanna are splitting up, more fallout from the Ray Rice domestic violence incident and the turmoil it has caused for the NFL. The network said Tuesday it was permanently editing a song featuring Rihanna's voice out of its Thursday night NFL telecasts — after the singer issued a profane tweet about it. A portion of...

  • Thriller eyes L.A. dark side

    The pulsating shimmer of Los Angeles at night can seem either like a dream-scape fantasia or a topography of nightmares. In the new film "Nightcrawler," it is both, a land of opportunity and madness and left in some measure for the viewer to unravel. The directing debut for Dan Gilroy, who also wrote the screenplay, the film enters the world...

  • REVIEW: 'Destiny' offers stunning environments, fun gameplay and a fresh storyline

    What is it? Bungie, the creators of "Halo," and Activision, the publisher of "Call of Duty," have created a brand new intellectual property. With the release of "Destiny," gamers finally get their hands on one of the most anticipated new titles of the fall, playing as a Guardian of the last city on Earth, 700 years in the future. This sci-fi...

  • Fall movie preview showcases drama, comedy and plenty of page-to-screen adaptations

    The mountain of summer sequels and reboots has finally been conquered. It's now time to make way for a bevy of darker, weirder dramatic films as the road to awards season starts to narrow. If you're a heavy reader, then you'll recognize several of these films: The term best-selling novel is almost synonymous with big-budget spectacle at...

  • Clothing makes the woman in 'Love, Loss and What I Wore' at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

    Opens Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-
Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 28, Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., $20; 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. Something else: The FAC wants to know what is your most significant, most evocative, most dear article of clothing? Send a video about it, featuring the article of clothing, if possible, to...

  • Fall's 10 Best New TV Shows (and 5 to avoid)

    Every fall, TV aficionados are treated to a barrage of new programs. Some will hit it big, others will slowly fade away. To save you the time and effort, and because I’m a nice guy, I’ve watched the pilots for this fall’s new shows. All 35 of them. To keep things simple I focused only on programs a majority of people can watch, which means...

  • Happy red cup leads to happy new Miss America

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Miss New York Kira Kazantsev won the Miss America pageant Sunday night, with the help of a red plastic cup. For her talent performance, Kazantsev sang Pharrell Williams' "Happy" while sitting cross-legged on the stage and banging a red plastic cup on the floor. That immediately touched off a furor on social media...

  • TINSELTOWN TALKS: Rose Marie's nine decades of entertainment

    Rose Marie may be best known as wisecracking Sally Rogers in the '60's CBS sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show," but she began performing nine decades ago at an age when most children would still be potty training. With a phenomenal singing voice as a child, she rocketed to fame overnight. "I have no idea where that voice came from, I think God...

  • Fall TV preview

    Every fall, TV lovers are treated to a barrage of new programs. To save you the time and effort, and because I'm a nice guy, I've watched the pilots for this fall's new shows. All 35 of them. So what's hot this fall? Shows with a main character who has great powers of perception. What's not? Comedies. I watched so many bad comedies. Keep in...

  • Happy red cup leads to happy new Miss America

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Miss New York Kira Kazantsev won the Miss America pageant Sunday night, with the help of a red plastic cup. For her talent performance, Kazantsev sang Pharrell Williams' "Happy" while sitting cross-legged on the stage and banging a red plastic cup on the floor. That immediately touched off a furor on social media...

  • 'THE ROOSEVELTS:' The man with the words

    As problems go, winnowing down a lifetime of knowledge into a mere 14 hours ranks a tough one. "I could have done a hundred hours," says Geoffrey C. Ward, laughing. The seven-time Emmy winner has written nearly every documentary renowned filmmaker Ken Burns has produced, including "The Civil War," "Baseball" and "Jazz." Ward has also...

  • Q&A: Oscar winner Octavia Spencer talks about her new series, 'Red Band Society'

    Recently I was able to sit in on a conference call with actress Octavia Spencer (“The Help,” “Fruitvale Station”). She was speaking with media members to promote her new TV series, “Red Band Society.” The Academy Award winner plays a nurse who works in a pediatric ward in the new coming of age dramedy. The show premiere airs this Wednesday at 8...

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