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  • The Bachelorette Finale Liveblog - The most dramatic liveblog in Bachelorette history

    Greetings fellow Bach-heads! I'm coming to you live from the comfort of my couch at Casa de Terrones. I'm ready to endure, get this thing over with, survive, celebrate whoever Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe has chosen to be her forever after. And by "forever after" I mean the guy she's probably already broken up with.  I'm your host,...

  • Colorado to sponsor affordable housing for artists in towns

    LOVELAND, Colo. - Colorado is investing in a $50 million plan to find affordable housing for artists in rural communities. And the definition of artist is quite generous - including architects, craft beer brewers and liquor distillers. The plan, announced Monday by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, carries an uncertain price tag. The program...

  • Magazine ranks Broadmoor World Arena 2nd of southwest venues under 10,000 seats

    The Broadmoor World Arena, with a capacity just under 10,000, was recognized by Venues Today magazine's 2015 summer rankings as one of the premier mid-sized venues in the country. The venue ranked second in the southwest region with trendsetting, record-breaking attendance and premier management recognition. The Broadmoor World Arena came in...

  • Manitou Chamber Music Festival runs through Aug. 2

    Now in its second year, the Manitou Chamber Music Festival runs through Sunday, Aug. 2, and features faculty concerts at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church 800 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. Tickets are on sale on the MCMF website: www.manitouchambermusicfestival.com. Tickets are $10/students and seniors, $20/adults, $65 for the season. The...

  • Deaf interpreters in Colorado Springs production of 'West Side Story' help unite hearing, deaf communities

    What would "West Side Story" be without the songs "Tonight" or "America"? We come to a Broadway musical to get caught up in the sweeping ballads and intricate dance moves. But what if you're deaf or hearing-impaired and the deaf interpreter is way off to the side of the stage? By taking your eyes off the action at center stage to figure out...

  • Experts: Time is an enemy in solving Bobbi Kristina Brown's death

    In the months since Bobbi Kristina Brown was found face-down in a bathtub at her townhome in suburban Atlanta until her death in hospice care Sunday, time has been working against forensic pathologists and police investigators now tasked with solving how and why she died. Any drugs the 22-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston might have taken...

  • 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., 7193888287 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday Noon - 6 p.m. Sunday Monument Valley Pool 220 Mesa Road, 7195786636 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday Noon - 6 p.m. Sunday Memorial...

  • Review: Warren Haynes, acoustic band shine on 'Ashes & Dust'

    Warren Haynes featuring Railroad Earth, "Ashes & Dust" (Concord) Thirty-five years in to his career, Warren Haynes returns home to the Appalachian mountains for "Ashes & Dust," a collaboration between the veteran jam-band guitarist and vocalist and the adventurous acoustic band Railroad Earth. A native of Asheville, N.C., Haynes grew up in a...

  • Entertainment news in brief

    Colorado native part of 'Art in the Park' The work of painter and Colorado native Carlos Lucero will be featured as part of Cheyenne Mountain State Park's "Art in the Park" series. "I try to capture the emotion of the subject through their eyes," said Lucero, who has been drawing and painting for more than 30 years. A naturalist, Lucero...

  • Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston, has died

      ATLANTA — A representative for the Houston family has said Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late entertainer Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, has died, about 7 months after she was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub. She was 22 years old. Kristen Foster said Sunday, "Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away...

  • TV Review - House hunters look to get off the grid in "Unplugged Nation"

    “Unplugged Nation” Cast: Unplugged lifestyle expert Jay Gruen Airs: The premiere episode airs Monday at 8 p.m. on FYI The premise: “Unplugged Nation” follows families looking to simplify their lives by moving from urban areas to off-the-grid settings. In every episode, a new family will tour three remote “unplugged” properties....

  • List: Eight places to see animals in Colorado

    Butterfly Pavilion: Spread your wings with more than 1,600 butterflies - and sea creatures and Rosie the tarantula - at this education center in Westminster, the first stand-alone zoo of its type in the nation, founded to foster appreciation of the planet's invertebrates. More info: butterflies.org Cheyenne Mountain Zoo: The beautiful setting...

  • Hot Club of Cowtown headlines 'Fiddles, Vittles and Vino' at Rock Ledge Ranch

    What started as a fun, noncompetitive event 11 years ago for local chefs has turned into a moneymaker for Rock Ledge Ranch. "Fiddles, Vittles and Vino" is a day of food from local restaurants, beer and wine and nationally known bluegrass musicians, all at the bucolic Rock Ledge Ranch setting. The event is Sunday. "We've got a good...

  • List: Top 10 attractions to see around Colorado Springs

    You will never know how much cool stuff there is to do and see in the Pikes Peak region until you’re asked to list just 10 of them. Here's a list of favorites: Cave of the Winds - 100 Cave of the Winds Road, Manitou Springs, off U.S. 24; 685-5444. Terror-dactyl aerial dive, zip line, cave tours, Wind Walker Challenge Course.  -...

  • Table Talk video: Ramon Q's Foodstruck in Colorado Springs

    Elizabeth Giberti, who with her husband, Michael, owns Ramon Q's Foodstruck, prepares quinoa salad tacos. Ramon Q's serves a combination of Mexican and Italian foods from a flashy orange mobile truck. It's been seen parked at Mill Hill Saloon and at Motor City for breakfast. Check food truck apps like Roaming Hunger, Street Meat and Food...

  • Chambers named Chief Meteorologist at FOX21

    Today Fox21 announced that Justin Chambers has been promoted to Chief Meteorologist.  “Justin has been a great addition to the FOX21 news team. He’s a skilled weather storyteller and has learned quickly the challenging dynamics of forecasting in the Pikes Peak Region. We are pleased to have him as our new Chief Meteorologist,” said Fox21...

  • WWE cuts ties with Hulk Hogan amid report of slurs

    STAMFORD, Conn. — World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has severed ties with Hulk Hogan amid a report that one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling history used racial slurs in a conversation caught on a sex tape. The company deleted most references to Hogan on its website and issued a statement Friday saying it had terminated...

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

    Here's a look at some of your best entertainment options in the Colorado Springs area over the next few days: - List: Top 10 attractions to see around Colorado Springs. Details here. - List: Loads of free summer concert series in Pikes Peak region parks. Details here.  FRIDAY - El Paso County Fair ends this weekend....

  • 'Sharknado 3' has the sharks, but not ratings of last year

    LOS ANGELES — Fearsome sharks rained down once more in the latest "Sharknado" TV movie, but they didn't create the ratings deluge of last year's installment. An estimated 2.8 million viewers tuned in for Syfy's campy "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!" starring Ian Ziering and Tara Reid. In comparison, 3.9 million viewers watched 2014's "Sharknado 2."...

  • Watch: Air Force Academy cadet woos Taylor Swift in video, on Facebook

    U.S. Air Force Academy cadet Brett Hagen really, really wants pop music star Taylor Swift to be his date for an upcoming dance. A Facebook page titled: "Taylor Swift, will you go to the USAFA ring dance with me?" and a separate YouTube video, starring the cadet, were created to reiterate the point. Hagen's plea in the four-minute video is...

  • 'Planes Fire & Rescue' to be featured Thursday at free Briargate film series

    The Promenade Shops at Briargate continues it free July film series, Pictures on the Promenade 2015, on Thursday night. Bring your chairs and blankets to watch the family-friendly film "Planes Fire & Rescue." Pre-movie fun, including an appearance by Goose from 92.9 Peak FM, contests, trivia and giveaways, begins at 7 p.m. The film...

  • TheatreWorks in Colorado Springs gives 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' a hip-hop hue

    By TheatreWorks, opens Thursday, July 30. Tuesdays through Saturdays, through Aug. 22, Rock Ledge Ranch, 3105 Gateway Road, $36, $18 ages 17 and younger, 4 and younger not admitted; 255-3232, theatreworkscs.org Something else: Prologue lecture with artistic directors Tina Packer and Jon Jory, 6 p.m. Aug. 3, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955...

  • Table Talk: Colorado Springs garden center offers samples of roasted chilies

    It's getting close to chili-roasting time. Alice Robinson, who with her husband, Dan, owns Spencer's Lawn and Garden Centers, 1430 S. Tejon St., is getting ready to host a couple of Quesadilla Days, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 15 and 22. On those days she sets up several hot plates on which she cooks quesadillas with different types of roasted...

  • Wonderland to headline Blues Under the Bridge festival in Colorado Springs

    Gates open at 1 p.m. Saturday, under the Colorado Avenue bridge, 218 West Colorado Ave, $40, $91.50 for VIP, bluesunderthebridge.com Something else: Carolyn Wonderland, 9 p.m. Friday, The Gold Room, 18 S. Nevada Ave., $10. Growing up in Houston, Carolyn Wonderland would echo the chirps of mockingbirds outside her window. She'd harmonize...

  • Dining Review: Cajun finds a home in Manitou; you may find decadence

    The availability of crawfish at BooDad's Louisiana Cafe's menu started a discussion about the tiny crustaceans that went from nostalgic to best-eating techniques. It's no wonder this was a topic of conversation: Crawfish, along with other proteins, is featured on as many as eight different items, from salads to wraps, from po'boys to etouffee...

  • 'Paper Towns' hits all the right John Hughes-inspired notes

    Starring Nat Wolff, Cara Delevinge, Austin Abrams; directed by Jake Schreier; 109 minutes; PG-13 for some language, drinking, sexuality and partial nudity - all involving teens. There's something incredibly satisfying about a well-executed high school film that hits all the right John Hughes-inspired sweet spots. "Paper Towns," adapted from...

  • 'Vatican Tapes' is a sorry shadow of 'The Exorcist'

    "THE VATICAN TAPES" Starring Michael Pena, Kathleen Robertson, Djimon Hounsou, Olivia Dudley; directed by Mark Neveldine; 88 minutes; PG-13 for disturbing violent content, and some sexual references; D The antichrist is a woman. This may sound like a belief held by misogynist men's rights activists, but it's also the thesis of the religious...

  • A pugilist parable of transformation in 'Southpaw'

    If you've ever wondered what might have happened to Job if he had a strong left hook, "Southpaw" may be the film for you. The rapid descent of light heavyweight champ Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) in Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama is of biblical proportions. Not weeks after Hope - rich, happy, successful - has defended his belt and unblemished...

  • TV Talk - “Buying the Rockies” features Colorado mountain living

    What: “Buying the Rockies” Channel: Destination America Date/Time: Mondays, 7 p.m. Real estate reality shows are a dime a dozen but finding one set in Colorado is incredibly rare. But that’s just what I found when I stumbled across “Buying the Rockies” on Destination America. The program, which started July 13, follows people looking for...

  • Registration is open for 2015 Pikes Peak WorldQuest

    The Colorado Springs World Affairs Council announces the 2015 Pikes Peak WorldQuest: A Local and Global Trivia Challenge, on Friday, Aug. 28, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. All are invited to test their knowledge of the Pikes Peak Region, Colorado and the world. Hosted by the CSWAC Young Professionals, the event will feature food, drinks and trivia. It...

  • Colorado Springs Jazz Party slated Oct. 30-Nov. 1

    Friends of Colorado Springs Jazz will present the Colorado Springs Jazz Party Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at Antlers Hilton Hotel, 4 S. Cascade, Colorado Springs. The Jazz All-Stars performing include: Rossano Sportiello, piano; Jeff Barnhart, piano, vocal; Nicki Parrott, bass, vocal; Richard Moten, bass; Eddie Metz, drums; Chuck Redd, drums, vibraphone;...

  • Migos 'Young Rich Nation' comes to Paramount Theatre

    Hip Hop group Migos, best known for the 2013 single "Versace," will be making their way to Denver on Aug. 6 for a performance at Paramount Theatre. Migos will be performing music from their recent album along with mixtape hits. Tickets are $32.50 plus fees; VIP GA Pit tickets are $99 plus fees. Tickets are available for purchase at...

  • Colorado Freeride Festival starts Thursday at Winter Park

    The 2015 Colorado Freeride Festival, the state's premier gravity mountain biking event, kicks off Thursday at Winter Park Resort. At the four-day event, nearly 800 athletes will be competing in four disciplines; Air Downhill, New Belgium Super Downhill, Epic Singletrack Cross-Country, and Maxxis Slopestyle, with a new...

  • Klee blog: Drink up, Rockies fans — beer prices are competitive, at least

    Are the plunging Colorado Rockies driving you to drink? Then Coors Field is a fine place to be. We've long known the ballpark at 20th and Blake was more fun house than house of wins. At least the price of beer is competitive, if the on-field product is not. The Rockies are right around the MLB average on beer prices, according...

  • Chris Brown's Manila departure delayed over fraud allegation

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Grammy award-winning singer Chris Brown's departure from Manila was delayed Wednesday because of fraud allegations against him and his promoter for a canceled concert last New Year's Eve in the Philippines. The recording artist, who performed at a packed concert Tuesday night in Manila, was prevented from leaving on...

  • Maine brewer makes beer out of live lobsters, sea salt

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine brewer is offering a quicker way to consume two of the state's summertime staples: beer and lobster. Oxbow Brewing is serving up beer brewed with live Maine lobsters and a dash of sea salt. Brewmaster Tim Adams says the lobsters were placed in a mesh bag and suspended in a kettle full of boiling wort during the...

  • Warner Bros. announces deal with LeBron James. Is a new 'Space Jam' movie next?

    Warner Bros. and LeBron James announced a partnership on Wednesday that would cover projects ranging in TV, film and original digital content. “LeBron James has one of the most powerful, well-known brands in the world and we are excited to be in business with him and his partner, Maverick Carter, and SpringHill Entertainment,” Warner Bros....

  • 3-day ARISE Music Festival kicks off Aug. 7 in Loveland

    Folk-icon Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary), documentary producer-activist Josh Fox (Gasland), musical headliners Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Polish Ambassador and herbalist Brigitte Mars are all appearing at the ARISE Music Festival at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland. Part music festival, part well-being symposium, ARISE will feature...

  • Artist Carlos Lucero to be featured in Art in the Park at Cheyenne Mountain State Park

    The work of painter and Colorado native Carlos Lucero will be featured as part of Cheyenne Mountain State Park's "Art in the Park" series. "I try to capture the emotion of the subject through their eyes," said Lucero, who has been drawing and painting for more than 30 years. A naturalist, Lucero primarily paints wildlife but he also does...

  • AROUND TOWN PHOTOS: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center sashayed to an O'Keeffe look

    If artist Georgia O'Keeffe had been invited to a "glam soiree" in her name, no doubt she would have been attired in her requisite black clothing. It wasn't to be at Sashay, an evening of brightly colored, splashy-floral frocks with 300 guests paying homage to O'Keeffe's art shown in upstairs galleries at the Fine Arts Center. And attendees...

  • Cheyenne Mountain State Park holding inaugural photo contest

    Cheyenne Mountain State Park's announces its inaugural photo contest. Photographers - both amateur and professional - are invited to submit photos taken in the last year that showcase Colorado's beauty or wildlife. Entries can be made until August 10 at 5 p.m. Cheyenne Mountain State Park will even help to bring you to beautiful places to...

  • HBO inks deal with former ESPN columnist Bill Simmons

    Bill Simmons, the founding editor of Grantland and former writer at ESPN, and HBO have entered into a major exclusive multi-year, multi-platform agreement highlighted by a new weekly series coming next year. “We have been fans of Bill Simmons and his work for a very long time,” said Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. “His...

  • Manitou Springs group trying to save iconic snowman

    An iconic rust-colored snowman sculpture in Manitou Springs is in danger of being sold and shipped out of the area. "Rusty" is so popular with locals and selfie-taking tourists that the Manitou Springs Arts Council is trying to save him by raising money to keep him just where he is. "Rusty the Snowman" has been smiling at visitors in Soda...

  • One Colorado presents 'Back on Board: Greg Louganis'

    Denver's annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender film festival, CinemaQ, will kick off with an exclusive screening and VIP reception on Thursday, July 23, at 5:30 p.m. at Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver. One Colorado is sponsoring CinemaQ's Opening Night as well as the 7:30 p.m. screening of the documentary "Back on Board:...

  • Pianist John O'Conor to present all-Beethoven recital in Salida

    Salida-Aspen Concerts will present pianist John O'Conor in an all-Beethoven recital at 7:30 p.m., Monday, July 27, in the auditorium of Salida High School, 26 Jones Ave. O'Conor, a master interpreter of Ludwig van Beethoven, has played with leading orchestras throughout the world and appeared in Salida in 2008-2009. He will be interviewed on...

  • Wildfire film to debut in Colorado Springs this week

    "Unacceptable Risk," a film about fighting wildfires in Colorado, will debut in Colorado Springs on Wednesday night . The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with a climate change expert and longtime Colorado Springs firefighter Jim Schanel . The 12-minute film examines Colorado's devastating wildfire seasons in 2012 and 2013 and...

  • 'Seinfeld' actor Richard Herd shows off his artistic talents

    When actor Richard Herd returned home from a recent road trip to Colorado, his most prized souvenirs weren't typical tourist trinkets. "I stopped at towns along the way for directions to the local junkyards," said Herd from his West Coast home. "People would stare at me and ask 'Aren't you an actor? Weren't you on 'Seinfeld'?" But...

  • TV Review - Get ready for a full on schlock attack with “Sharknado 3”

    “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” Cast: Ian Ziering (“Beverly Hills 90210”), Tara Reid (“American Pie,” “Van Wilder”), Cassie Scerbo (“Make It Or Break It,” “Bring It On: In It To Win It”), David Hasselhoff (“Baywatch,” “Knight Rider”), Bo Derek (“Tommy Boy,” “10”), Frankie Muniz (“Malcolm in the Middle,” “Agent Cody Banks”) Airs: Wednesday...

  • Trendy but calm: Adult coloring books selling like crazy

    NEW YORK - Adult coloring books are giving Harper Lee a run for the money on best-seller lists this summer. Dover Publications has sold more than 3 million adult coloring books with titles like "Flower Fashion Fantasies." Quarto Publishing will have 1.3 million in print this year ranging from mandalas to fairies. "Secret Garden: An Inky...

  • Entertainment news in brief

    Shelton, Lambert announce divorce NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After years of tabloid gossip claiming marital troubles, country music's top couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announced their divorce after four years of marriage. The news was confirmed in a statement by the couple to The Associated Press, issued by their representatives Monday....

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