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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • Colorado Springs area music events starting April 17, 2015

    MUSIC - Back East Bar and Grill - 9475 Briar Village Point; 264-6161, backeastbarandgrill.com - Benny's Restaurant and Lounge - 517 W. Colorado Ave.; 634-9309 - Black Forest Community Center - 12530 Black Forest Road, blackroseacoustic.org - The Black Sheep - 2106 E. Platte Ave.; 227-7625, blacksheeprocks.com - Carey-On Saloon - 6829 Space...

  • Colorado Springs area attraction events starting April 17, 2015

    ESCAPES ONGOING Air Force Academy Visitor Center - Exit 156B off Interstate 25, North Gate; 333-2025, usafa.mil. Exhibits, theater, gift shop and nature trail to the Cadet Chapel. American Numismatic Association Money Museum - 818 N. Cascade Ave.; 632-2646, money.org. The history of money, educational exhibits, special events....

  • Colorado Springs area stage events starting April 17, 2015

    STAGE OPENING Peridance Contemporary Dance Company of New York City - 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 190 W. Dale St., $22.50-$37.50; csdance.org/peridance.html. Burlesque - Featuring Peaks and Pasties, 7 p.m. Saturday, The Mezzanine, 20 N. Tejon St., back alley entrance,...

  • Colorado Springs area art events starting April 17, 2015

    ARTS Opening "Art Aloud" - Art and the written word displayed together, 4-8 p.m. Friday, Academy Art and Frame Co., 7560 N. Academy Blvd.; academyframesco.com. "Creation and Rest" Opening Reception - 5-8 p.m. Friday, Commonwheel Artists Co-Op, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, exhibit runs through May 18; 685-1008, commonwheel.com. "ICE:...

  • Philharmonic goes conventional with Brahms and Tchaikovsky

    Colorado Springs Philharmonic Masterworks, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday; Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $21-$63; 520-7469, csphilharmonic.org In a season that's been distinguished by groundbreaking, adventurous programming, this weekend's Colorado Springs "Classical Masterworks" concerts can simply be described as...

  • Colorado music, stage, art events and festivals starting April 17, 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: Rodney Carrington - 7 p.m., Paramount Theatre,...

  • 'Suge' Knight is ordered to stand trial, taken to hospital

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was hospitalized again on Thursday after a judge ordered him to stand trial on murder and attempted murder charges filed after he ran over two men in a parking lot. Knight's condition and the cause of his latest health problem were not immediately known, but it was the fifth time...

  • 2015 Best of the Springs winners unveiled

    Election, schmelection. We know what you're really dying to find out - all the winners in the 2015 Best of the Springs. You spent weeks nominating worthy contenders, voting and patiently waiting. And now we've got the results - in more than 250 categories, plus dozens of expert picks by staff members. For the rest of the year, you'll have a...

  • Lady Antebellum tour bus catches fire along interstate highway

    GARLAND, Texas — A tour bus for superstar country group Lady Antebellum has caught fire along an interstate near Dallas, though no one was injured. Singer Hillary Scott posted on the group's Facebook page that she, her husband, their tour manager and the driver were on the Dallas-bound bus when a tire caught fire Thursday. Photos show the...

  • WATCH: New 'Star Wars' teaser, cast information revealed at event

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — The force won't officially awaken until December, but Star Wars fans got an early glimpse Thursday with the debut of a spooky new teaser trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." It features the wreckage of a star destroyer, X-Wing battles, the Millennium Falcon in action and a first look at Harrison Ford as Han Solo....

  • Dining review: Fast, fresh and friendly at Colorado Springs Neapolitan-style pizza restaurant

    Thanks to sports, especially basketball and football, I'd come to think of seconds as fragments of time that create the illusion of lasting indefinitely. Duca's Neapolitan Pizza has made me rethink how quickly they really do pass. It takes longer to put on the fresh toppings than it does for these pizzas to bake. From our table, I could see...

  • 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...

  • Step competition in Colorado Springs features teams from around the country

    With Natalie Nunn, from Oxygen network's "Bad Girls Club," and Danger Dean. from 98.9 Magic FM, 7-9 p.m. Friday, City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., $5-$13, $20 VIP meet and greet with Nunn, $2 discount with bag of nonperishable food; 460-2291, lifestepteam@gmail.com They stomp, clap and use their entire bodies as instruments to create rhythms...

  • TV Review - 'The Messengers' blends genres with mixed results

    “The Messengers” Cast: Shantel VanSanten (“Gang Related,” “One Tree Hill”), Jon Fletcher (“City of Dreams”), Sofia Black-D’Elia (“Betrayal,” “Gossip Girl”), JD Pardo (“Revolution”), Joel Courtney (“Super 8”), Diogo Morgado (“Son of God”) Airs: The premiere episode airs at 8 p.m. Friday on The...

  • Rita Wilson recovering after double mastectomy

    NEW YORK — Rita Wilson is recovering after undergoing a bilateral mastectomy for breast cancer. The 58-year-old actress and singer, who had been appearing in Larry David's play "Fish in the Dark" on Broadway, will return May 5, according to her publicist, Heidi Schaeffer. Wilson, in a statement to People magazine, said Tuesday that she is...

  • 'Serial' the podcast event coming to Denver

    “Serial,” the serialized podcast tracking a murder case with a unique modern storytelling style, is coming to Denver. Julie Snyder, senior producer and co-creator of the show, will give a talk Wednesday, May 20, at the Denver Art Museum Sharp Auditorium. Snyder will pull back the curtain on how they made a nonfiction podcast feel like a...

  • Tinseltown Talks: From Colorado Springs to Hollywood, Richard Erdman looks back

    From the moment acting teachers, directors and even fellow actors first laid eyes on him, they knew Richard Erdman belonged in films. Erdman, who turns 90 in June, was born in Enid, Okla., and at the age of 5 his family moved to Colorado Springs, where they lived for nine years. "It was a beautiful place to grow up. My father left when I...

  • Colorado student attending Coachella killed by train near music festival site

    A University of Colorado student who was attending the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival over the weekend was struck and killed by a train near the site of the mammoth music festival in Indio, Calif., officials said Monday. Jannik Andersen, 23, was hit by a train in the 45000 block of Pacific St. in Indio at 3:05 a.m. Saturday,...

  • Sci-fi con StarFest returns to Denver this weekend

    Have a pop culture itch that needs scratching? Like Patty and Selma Bouvier, do you have a deep love of all things MacGyver? If so you’re in luck. StarFest, Denver’s longest running sci-fi convention, returns this weekend and is celebrating its 38th year. This year’s lineup of celebrity guests includes actors from “The Twilight Saga,” “Star...

  • Todd Rundgren drops by Colorado Springs in support of new album

    7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $30-$40; 520-7469, ticketswest.com Musician Todd Rundgren didn't even know his latest album, "Global," was his 25th release until somebody told him. "I figure I've got at least another five or six in me, maybe more," he says. The 67-year-old is touring in support of the new...

  • Woodley, 'Fault In Our Stars,' win big at MTV Movie Awards

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vin Diesel sang, Channing Tatum danced and Zac Efron showed off his toned abs yet again as the best shirtless winner for the second year in a row at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards. "This is definitely not the Oscars," said "22 Jump Street" star Jillian Bell as she arrived for MTV's 24th annual irreverent treatment on Hollywood...

  • Q&A: Milo Ventimiglia talks about his new role on "Gotham"

    Recently I had a chance to sit in on a FOX conference call with actor Milo Ventimiglia. The former star of “Heroes” has a multi-episode arc on “Gotham” that starts Monday. Below is a transcript of the conversation. Q: The version of the Ogre that you’re playing is quite different from the comic book. Can you kind of talk a bit about what you...

  • Former El Paso County Sheriff talks about soon-to-be released book on Ute prayer trees

    That twisted tree with the bent trunk might not be a mere freak of nature; it very well could be a "culturally modified tree" distorted intentionally by Ute Indians up to 450 years ago. Throughout the Pikes Peak region, such trees abound. And each has a story to tell, former El Paso County Sheriff John Wesley Anderson told about 200 listeners...

  • 'The Longest Ride' is indeed long

    Starring Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, Alan Alda; directed by George Tillman Jr.; 124 minutes, PG-13 for some sexuality, partial nudity, and some war and sports action The pretty coed doesn't want to go, doesn't seeing herself "as a rodeo gal." But her sorority sisters insist she ogle the "easy on the eyes"...

  • 'Danny Collins': Al Pacino unleashed as aging pop star

    Starring Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale, Christopher Plummer; directed by Dan Fogelman; 106 minutes; R for language, drug use and some nudity Much of Dan Fogelman's dramedy "Danny Collins" involves watching Al Pacino wander around in flashy suits, being charming to people in a very larger-than-life,...

  • 'Freetown' is a Mormon missionary road trip drama without a lot of drama

    Starring Henry Adofo, Phillip Adekunle Michael, Michael Attram, Alphonse Menyo; directed by Garrett Batty; 113 minutes; PG-13 for thematic situations involving violence The early days of Liberia's long civil war provide the backdrop to "Freetown," a modestly budgeted odyssey about Mormon missionaries fleeing the country for neighboring...

  • 'Merchants of Doubt': How climate-change denial is sold

    Starring Frederick Singer, Naomi Oreskes, Jamy Ian Swiss, James Hansen, Marc Morano, Bob Ingliss; directed by Robert Kenner; 96 minutes; PG-13 for brief strong language Anyone who cares about their children's future, indeed the planet's future, should see "Merchants of Doubt." Robert Kenner's expert adaptation of science historians Naomi...

  • 'Woman in Gold' an adequate film on dazzling Klimt paining

    "That's quite a painting," someone says in "Woman in Gold" on first glimpsing Gustav Klimt's celebrated "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I." And anyone seeing the artwork in person during its brief visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or at its current home at New York's Neue Galerie would have to agree. The saga of how this dazzling...

  • Colorado Springs area art events starting April 10, 2015

    ARTS Opening Andres Orlowski Exhibit Opening Reception - 6-8 p.m. Friday, G44 Gallery, 1785 S. 8th St., exhibit runs through May 16; g44gallery.com. "Finding Our Voices" Art Exhibit - 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave.; findingourvoicescs.org. "A Collection of Abstract Paintings" Opening - Lisa Cardenas,...

  • Colorado Springs area stage events starting April 10, 2015

    STAGE OPENING "Divas, Divas, Divas" - Madam's Renegade Cabaret, 7 p.m. Friday, The Mezzanine, 20 N. Tejon St., back alley entrance, $10; 428-6974, themezzcos.com. "Death Takes a Holiday" - 7:30 p.m. Friday, Colorado College, Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., free; 389-6607,...

  • Colorado Springs area music events starting April 10, 2015

    MUSIC - Arnold Hall - Air Force Academy; 333-4497, ticketmaster.com - Back East Bar and Grill - 9475 Briar Village Point; 264-6161, backeast barandgrill.com - Benny's Restaurant and Lounge - 517 W. Colorado Ave.; 634-9309 - Black Forest Community Center - 12530 Black Forest Road; blackroseacoustic.org - The Black Sheep...

  • Colorado Springs area attraction events starting April 10, 2015

    ESCAPES ONGOING Air Force Academy Visitor Center - Exit 156B off Interstate 25, North Gate; 333-2025, usafa.mil. Exhibits, theater, gift shop and nature trail to the Cadet Chapel. American Numismatic Association Money Museum - 818 N. Cascade Ave.; 632-2646, money.org. The history of money, educational exhibits, special events. Cave...

  • Colorado music, stage, art events and festivals starting April 10, 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: Tamela Mann - 6 p.m., Colorado Convention Center, Denver,...

  • Blog: All the single ladies (and men)

    Looking for love? A new documentary series, "First Dates," is casting singles out of the Denver area to go on first dates. Along with a camera crew, of course. You have to fill out a fairly lengthy application, which might feel like filling out an online dating site questionnaire. There are questions like: "What makes you stand out? What do...

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

    Missing a branch on your family tree? Learn the best hints from experts on how to search your family's ancestry during Family Discovery Day, 12:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday at the LDS Church, Colorado Springs Stake, 150 Pine Ave. It's free and led by members of the Pikes Peak Geneaological Society. A second Family Discovery Day is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. the...

  • 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Preview - The women of Westeros (and Jon Snow) take center stage

    “Game of Thrones Season 5 Preview” Cast: Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Aidan Gillen (Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and about 50 others Airdate, time: Season five...

  • Colorado Springs culinary expert is honored with a scholarship in her name

    Maylen Gasper and Lisa Mazza are happy culinary students. They each were awarded $2,600 Fran Folsom Culinary Arts Scholarships to further their studies at Pikes Peak Community College. Gasper also was awarded the Blue Star Scholarship of $2,600, given to a student whose vision is to leave a lasting impact on the Colorado Springs culinary scene....

  • Dining review: Colorado Springs sushi restaurant offers unique names, flavor combos

    With apologies to Shakespeare, a sushi roll by any other name is not always a good one. Fortunately, they are at Sushi O Sushi. The components may be similar to other places, but each sushi chef incorporates his own spin on the Japanese specialty. This is evident in the unusually named rolls and the combination of ingredients. At this strip...

  • Recycled Percussion performs at Air Force Academy

    7:30 p.m. Friday, Arnold Hall Theater, U.S. Air Force Academy; $25-38; 333-4497, ticketmaster.com Inspired by the performances of street musicians, Justin Spencer started his musical career with high school talent shows and barter gigs, playing drums at cafeterias around his New Hampshire home in exchange for free lunches. "This is way back...

  • Blog: Manitou Springs High School slam poetry team's piece on distracted driving

    April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. News to me. Maybe to you, too? But I'm glad to support it, especially when I'm driving around and see all those bent heads over their phones. I'd like to go one step further, though, and make it illegal to talk on the phone while you're driving. I don't do it, do you? I know how incredibly...

  • 'MythBusters' bring science variety show to Colorado Springs

    7:30 p.m. Saturday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $43-$153; 520-7469, ticketswest.com Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman have demolished buildings, sunk cars, re-enacted video games, tried Chinese water torture and wondered if a cat really does always land on its feet. And it's all in the name of science. Since 2003, the duo behind...

  • Taylor Swift says her mother is battling cancer

    NEW YORK — Taylor Swift revealed to her fans that her mother has cancer. Swift wrote about the news in a post on her Tumblr on Thursday, which her representative confirmed. Swift said she wants to keep the details private, but said her mother wanted her fans to know what was going on. The 25-year-old singer said she asked her mother to see...

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