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  • WAY-FM changing its frequency this weekend

    If you’re looking for WAY-FM this weekend at its usual frequency at 103.1 FM, you won’t find it. Starting this Saturday the Christian music station is moving to a new location, 92.5 FM. “A fairly new radio station in Pueblo broadcasts on 103.3, just one dial position up from WAY-FM’s 103.1,” said WAY-FM president Bob Augsburg. “Because of...

  • New Batman Affleck backs bat-protection efforts

    BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Two of the stars of the upcoming movie "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" have added some Hollywood heft to a Detroit-area group's efforts to protect bats. Ben Affleck, who plays Batman in the movie; Amy Adams, who plays Lois Lane; and Zack Snyder, the film's director, appear in an Organization for Bat...

  • Colorado Springs French chef serves inexpensive, well prepared bistro food

    Henri Chaperont, owner and executive chef of Le Bistro, 1015 W. Colorado Ave., shows how to prepare a classic French dish, Mussels Mariniere.

  • Blog: Award-winning Russian filmmaker visits UCCS

    Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev will be in town on Wednesday for a screening of his 2003 film, "The Return." In the movie, the father of two Russian boys suddenly returns home after a 12-year absence. He takes them to a remote island for a vacation that turns into a test of manhood. Itwon two Golden Lion honors at the Venice...

  • Video Game Review - 'Sunset Overdrive'

    Title: Sunset Overdrive Format: Xbox One Price: $59.99 Publisher: Microsoft Studios Developer: Insomniac Games ESRB Rating: M (Mature, 17+) The Grade: B+ What is it? The year is 2027 and you live in the American metropolis of Sunset City. The action begins with a massive party where an evil mega-corporation, Fizzco, debuts its new...

  • Video game review: "Sunset Overdrive" will keep you busy

    The game In "Sunset Overdrive," the year is 2027 and you live in the American metropolis of Sunset City. The action begins with a massive party where an evil mega-corporation, Fizzco, debuts its new energy drink - Overcharge Delirium XT. Unfortunately for partygoers, the beverage was rushed to market and most of Sunset City is transformed into...

  • Xbox One gets a limited time holiday price drop

    Looking to give its latest console a sales bump this holiday, Microsoft today announced a limited-time promotional offer on its Xbox One console. Starting this Sunday (Nov. 2) and running until Jan. 3, 2015, the Xbox One will be available for $349. The special pricing of $50 off the system applies to any Xbox One console, including special...

  • Denver International Wine Festival in Broomfield worth the road trip

    Attention, food and wine lovers, here is a festival you'll want to check out: the Denver International Wine Festival at The Omni Interlocken Resort, 500 Interlocken Blvd., Broomfield, Nov. 19 to 21. The event kicks off with a wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19. Celebrity TV chef and cookbook author Sara Moulton is the honorary host of Pairsine,...

  • New Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center CEO sees flourishing arts days ahead

    David Dahlin has a vintage vision for the Fine Arts Center. As the institution's new president and CEO, he wants to see the former home of both Julie and Spencer Penrose and the Broadmoor Art Academy regain the popularity it enjoyed after opening in 1936. "When it was founded, it was a big deal," Dahlin said. "These people were visionary....

  • 'Welcome Back, Kotter' star Marcia Strassman dies

    LOS ANGELES — Marcia Strassman, who played Gabe Kaplan's wife, Julie, on the 1970s sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter," has died. She was 66. Strassman died at her Sherman Oaks, California, home on Friday after battling breast cancer for seven years, her sister, Julie Strassman, said Sunday. "They gave her 2 ½ years to live but she lasted much...

  • Strings and Serpents: 'Let go and let it just cover you'

    Andy Milne is a highly regarded jazz pianist and composer. But that's not a description that really suits the 45-year-old Canadian-American. "Maybe 10 years ago I started to recognize that not all ideas fit into nice little boxes or fit into the box that you want to spend your energy on," he explained. "I just had to give myself license and...

  • DVD Review - 'The Wonder Years' box set

    What’s it all about: When “The Wonder Years” debuted in 1988 it hit a certain sweet spot we all have for nostalgia. After all, who doesn’t look back at their younger days with fondness? Of course it doesn’t hurt that “The Wonder Years” managed to encapsulate so many of America’s most common childhood fond memories onscreen. There’s the...

  • Blog: Monsters of Mock are back for Halloween season

    You know it's almost Halloween when the Monsters of Mock tribute bands get rolling. Tonight's the night! The Wild Ones, Forever (a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band) and The Chain (a Fleetwood Mac tribute band) will perform at The ModboCo School of Art at Ivywild School. Local musician Mike Stephens is the man behind the mock. He...

  • Colorado Springs area haunted houses spread seasonal frights

    Fear is subjective: Spiders, clowns, a former storefront full of screaming teenagers. What tingles our nerves, sets our hearts racing and makes our palms damp - a hardwired physiological response meant to alert us to potentially perilous situations - is entirely personal. Thankfully for the many recreational industries supported by this...

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

    Who ya gonna call? Geeks Who Drink. It's "Ghostbusters" trivia night complete with costumes and craziness at 5 p.m. Saturday at Green Man Taproom & Beer Garden, 320 S. Weber St., and simultaneously in 24 other cities nationwide. It's the "Ghostbusters" 30th anniversary. Teams have a six-person max, $5 admission fee for each player. Info:...

  • Stage Flight offers three shows for one price

    Three shows for one price October is Arts Month across the nation and here in the Springs. TheatreWorks, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and the Fine Arts Center have conspired to make it even easier and more affordable for you to get out and get some culture. Stage Flight allows you to choose one performance from each of the three...

  • 'Dear White People' makes you laugh at things that make you furious

    Starring Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Dennis Haysbert, Brittany Curran, Brandon Bell; directed by Justin Simien; 108 minutes; R for language, sexual content and drug use. Does choosing the Syfy network over ESPN mean you're too white? If you like Robert Altman's films more than Tyler Perry's, are you not black enough? These are the...

  • 'Pride' a true-life tale that's easy to cheer

    Starring Ben Schnetzer, George MacKay, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Paddy Considine, Dominic West, Jessica Gunning; directed by Matthew Warchus; 120 minutes; R for language, brief sexual content. The Brits have been making comedies about their lovable village eccentrics forever - at least since "Whisky Galore" in 1949 - and more recent...

  • COLORADO SPRINGS MUSIC EVENTS: OCT. 24-30

    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 -...

  • Colorado Springs area craft fairs starting Oct. 24, 2014

    CRAFT FAIRS Admission is free unless otherwise noted. Send information for local holiday craft fairs at least two weeks in advance to Carlotta Olson at listings@gazette.com. Include dates, times, location with street address, admission cost and contact information to be listed in the paper. Friday and Saturday Craft Bazaar - 9 a.m.-4...

  • 'St. Vincent': a warmhearted entry in sad-Bill Murray canon

    Bill Murray, in a series of beautifully quiet performances ("Rushmore," "Lost in Translation," "Broken Flowers"), has created a persona like no other actor: etching portraits of disappointed men, hiding mild amusement behind a deadpan, indifferent exterior, not quite sure he's pleased with how life has transformed him. In stark contrast with...

  • Keanu Reeves joins forces with his 'Matrix' stunt double to deliver a slick and satisfying revenge thriller

    Starring Keanu Reeves, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Alfie Allen, Dean Winters; directed by Chad Stahelski; 96 minutes; R for strong and bloody violence throughout, language and brief drug use. There are no good guys in "John Wick," but there are some great actors working alongside Keanu Reeves in his darkest and most tormented role...

  • '23 Blast' might be best of this year's true-story high school Christian football dramas

    Starring Mark Hapka, Stephen Lang, 
Timothy Busfield; directed by Dylan Baker; 98 minutes; PG-13 for teen drinking and a crude reference. The inspirational sports drama "23 Blast" tells the true story of Travis Freeman, a high school football star stricken with an infection that destroyed his optic nerve. Stepping behind the camera,...

  • Pianist Shaham coming to Springs to play Brahms

    Before she would talk career or family, pianist Orli Shaham had to share her excitement about coming to Colorado Springs to play Johannes Brahms' "1st Piano Concerto." "Anytime I get to play that piece I feel like the luckiest person on the planet," she said. Shaham will perform two Pikes Peak Center concerts with the Colorado Springs...

  • Side Streets: Readers add to list of Colorado Springs standouts

    Who knew so many famous people once lived in the Pikes Peak region? Clearly not me, judging by the flow of emails and calls from readers nominating more names for the list I began compiling a couple of weeks ago. While I didn't learn of any more scandalous singers, I did learn more about Ruth Etting, the Depression-era singer who lived the...

  • Renee Zellweger: 'People don't know me in my 40s'

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Renee Zellweger says she looks different because she's "living a different, happy, more fulfilling life." The 45-year-old Oscar winner issued a statement to People magazine late Tuesday after she became a trending topic on Twitter, with many fans claiming the actress had become "unrecognizable." Her appearance at a Hollywood...

  • Q&A: Actress Anna Gunn talks 'Gracepoint'

    Recently I was able to sit in on a conference call with actress Anna Gunn. The “Breaking Bad” vet is starring in the new drama “Gracepoint,” which airs Thursdays on Fox. Below is a transcript of the conversation. Q: You had mentioned at the premiere that you kind of dove right into Broadchurch getting ready to shoot Gracepoint. Did you...

  • Colorado artist's sculpture wins top award in Mason City, Iowa

    MASON CITY, Iowa — A statue of a farmer leaning on a spade has been selected from among 20 other sculptures as the most popular in Mason City. The work, called "The Farmer," is this year's winner of the People's Choice award in the north Iowa city. The city will buy it for $15,000 and put the winning sculpture by Lawrence Starck of Loveland,...

  • Shatner, 'Star Trek' director to meet about role

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Star Trek" may be the next frontier for William Shatner — again. Shatner, who played the original James T. Kirk, says he's meeting soon with Roberto Orci, who's directing "Star Trek 3," to discuss reprising his Kirk in the rebooted franchise. "I had a talk with him the other day," says Shatner. "So there's talk — simply talk...

  • Fashion icon mourned in Dominican homeland

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Designer Oscar de la Renta was mourned Tuesday in the Dominican Republic as a native son who brought glamour and prestige to a largely poor country better known for baseball and beaches than elegant evening wear. The death of the style icon Monday at his home in Connecticut came as Dominican designers,...

  • Actress Daniele Watts charged with lewd conduct

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Daniele Watts, who suggested she was detained by police because of racial profiling after she was found in a parked car with her boyfriend, was charged Tuesday with lewd conduct. Watts, 28, and her boyfriend Brian Lucas, 43, were each charged with a single misdemeanor count that carries a potential sentence of six...

  • Channels removed from Dish amid pact spat

    ENGLEWOOD — Channels such as Cartoon Network and CNN are no longer part of Dish's programming lineup as a deadline has passed for the satellite TV provider and Turner Broadcasting to renew their distribution agreement. Dish Network Corp. said Tuesday that Turner refused to extend the overall deal. But Turner— a division of Time Warner Inc. —...

  • Art for the Cure exhibit to close with silent auction, awards

    Sponsored Content: The Bridge Gallery will host an exhibit closing for “Art for the Cure: The Courageous and Beautiful” from noon-3 p.m. on Sunday. The ceremony will feature a silent auction and an awards ceremony for the People’s Choice Winner. The gallery, located at 218 W. Colorado Ave., has hosted the exhibit since October 3.“Someone from...

  • It's 'Gidget' with a few twists in TheatreWorks' high camp production

    It's "Beach Blanket Bingo" meets "Gidget," with a side of "Sybil" and a spritz of 1960s slasher film. The new production "Psycho Beach Party," by famed female impersonator Charles Busch, opens at TheatreWorks on Thursday. Playwright Busch will also be in town to perform a cabaret, "Charles Busch: Hit the Lights," on Monday and Oct. 28. The...

  • FX launching online 'Simpsons World' experience tomorrow

    Tomorrow FX Networks will unleash Simpsons World, an interactive digital and online experience centered on the animated television series “The Simpsons.

  • Halloween attractions up the scare factor

    Halloween seems to be getting scarier, with attractions going ever-more interactive and in-your-face. At Knott's Scary Farm in Buena Park, Calif., guests are outfitted with neon-green laser guns and ordered to shoot actors portraying zombies by aiming at their heads. At the Dent Schoolhouse in Cincinnati, a butcher appears to demonstrate how...

  • Video Game Haiku Review - 'Alien: Isolation'

    Title: Alien: Isolation Format: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Price: $49.99-$59.99 Publisher: Sega Developer: The Creative Assembly ESRB Rating: M (Mature, 17+) The Grade: B –   Alien: Isolation Haiku Review Poop your pants scary Hide or die in gnarly way   Hide, move slowly, hide What’s it all about:...

  • Denver Comic Con 2015 tickets on sale now

    Tickets for the May 23-25, 2014 Denver Comic Con are on sale to the general public today. Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura from the 1966 “Star Trek” series, and Lindsay Wagner, who played Jamie Sommers from “The Bionic Woman” are two of the first celebrities signed up to attend.  “This year DCC is on Memorial Day weekend, so...

  • On the road to find the world's funniest person

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was last summer and Israeli-Palestinian tensions were at the highest they'd been in some time when Jamie Masada hit on a formula for world peace: Forget about guns and bombs, and just tell jokes to each other. The onetime stand-up comic is, after all, the owner of the venerable Hollywood nightclub The Laugh Factory, so...

  • Brad Pitt war film wraps up London Film Festival

    LONDON (AP) — Brad Pitt was bringing the London Film Festival to a storming conclusion Sunday with "Fury," David Ayer's mud- and blood-splattered tale of a tank crew in the closing days of World War II. The film offers a brutal depiction of combat, but Pitt says filming it has made him a better father to his six children with Angelina Jolie....

  • Side Streets: List of famous Colorado Springs-area residents lengthens

    Turns out my list of famous Colorado Springs residents was far from complete. Luckily, plenty of Side Streets readers were happy to fill in some of the gaps with their suggestions after my column last week. None quibbled with my suggestion that silent movie superstar Lon Chaney, eccentric genius inventor Nikola Tesla and Peanuts cartoonist...

  • Side Streets: Royalty to attend film about combat vet's recovery from PTSD and embracing Indian heritage

    American royalty will be on hand Friday as the documentary "Sitting Bull's Voice" plays at Palmer High School. From what I've learned about the film, there are several themes that should resonate with residents of the Pikes Peak region. The documentary traces the life of Ernie LaPointe, a soldier in Vietnam who spent decades struggling with...

  • 'Halo: The Master Chief Collection' has gone Gold, hard drive specs announced

    Earlier today Microsoft announced details on the upcoming “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” for Xbox One. The game has gone Gold, which means copies are being created on discs for distribution.  A couple of other tidbits of info were gleaned from a letter to Halo fans written by Dan Ayoub of 343 Industries. The release date for the...

  • Blog: Sample the arts scene with Stage Flight

    October is Arts Month across the nation, and here in the Springs. TheatreWorks, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and the Fine Arts Center have conspired to make it even easier and more affordable for you to get out and get some culture. Stage Flight allows you to choose one performance from each of the three organizations for $99. Right...

  • 16 dead in accident at South Korean concert

    SEOUL, South Korea — Sixteen people watching an outdoor pop concert in South Korea fell 20 meters to their deaths Friday when a ventilation grate they were standing on collapsed, officials said. Photos of the scene in Seongnam, just south of Seoul, showed a deep concrete shaft under the broken grate. A Seongnam official announced the deaths...

  • Quentin Tarantino film gets permit, with provisions, to use Telluride ranch

    DENVER — San Miguel County Commissioners have approved a special-use permit to let Quentin Tarantino use a ranch near Telluride to shoot the upcoming film "The Hateful Eight." The Denver Post reports (http://goo.gl/MkZN8T ) the permit adds speed and parking limits, plus a $25,000 bond for road repair and re-vegetation. The nearly...

  • 'Men, Women & Children:' Terrifying social media tale

    Starring Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Emma Thompson, Jennifer Garner, Dennis Haysbert, Judy Greer; directed by Jason Reitman; 119 minutes; R for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue throughout (some involving teens) and for language Imagine a world in which lies could be spread without consequence, where a slight slice of...

  • 'Fury' makes a fine B-movie vehicle for Wardaddy Brad Pitt

    This bit of heroics isn't "what I wanted to do," Brad Pitt's battle-scarred sergeant, and a hundred movie sergeants before him, growl. "But it's what we're doing." "Fury" is the sort of World War II movie Hollywood used to churn out four or five times a year - a gritty, grunt's eye-view of combat. The grit is bloodier and R-rated now, as is...

  • 'Book of Life' offers up a Mexican tale told in animated Mexican colors

    Starring the voices of Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman, Kate del Castillo, Ice Cube, Placido Domingo; directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez; 95 minutes; PG for mild action, rude humor, some thematic elements and brief scary images "The Book of Life" is a Mexican-accented kids' cartoon so colorful and unconventionally dazzling...

  • 'Best of Me' is the worst of Nicholas Sparks

    Starring Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden, Gerald McRaney, Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato, Sean Bridgers; directed by Michael Hoffman; 113 minutes; PG-13 for sexuality, violence, some drug content and brief strong language For an hour or so, Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden gamely swim against the current, fighting the torpid tide of tripe...

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