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  • U2's longtime tour manager, Dennis Sheehan, found dead

    NEW YORK (AP) — For more than three decades, U2's beloved tour manager, Dennis Sheehan, kept the band running on time. Sheehan died early Wednesday, just a few hours after U2 kicked off its latest tour. But promoters vowed the shows would go on in his memory, and they'd be on schedule. "Dennis always got the band on stage, pretty much on time....

  • Denver drive-in movie theater to unveil giant screen in June

    The new Denver Mart Drive-In Theater in southwest Adams County will have its slightly delayed grand opening at 7:30 p.m. June 12, giving construction crews time to put the final touches on the 300,000-square-foot theater space in the pavilion parking lot. "The rain and the weather that we have endured here in Denver lately was definitely a...

  • Khloé Kardashian upsets social media followers with Instagram selfie

    Another day, another Kardashian scandal. This time, Khloé Kardashian is coming under fire for wearing a niqab in a selfie posted to Instagram while vacationing in Dubai. Khloé shared the image of her dressed in the veil to her 22.9 million followers on Tuesday with the caption "Habibi Love." Habibi is a casual Arabic term of endearment, with...

  • TV Review - David Duchovny takes on Charles Manson in "Aquarius"

    “Aquarius” Cast: David Duchovny (“The X-Files,” “Californication”), Grey Damon (“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” “Star-Crossed”), Gethin Anthony (“Copenhagen” “Game of Thrones”), Emma Dumont (“Inherent Vice,” “Bunheads”), Claire Holt (“The Vampire Diaries,” “The Originals”) Airs: The premiere episode airs Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC...

  • Documentary by former Colorado Springs educator aims to 'bring back trust of teachers'

    Teaching a herd of sheep to move in one direction at the same time works. Similarly, teaching a herd of children to read a book, solve math problems and other lessons doesn't. That's one of the messages conveyed in a new documentary a former Colorado Springs public school teacher created, directed and produced. "Heal Our Schools"...

  • Tinseltown Talks: Arlene Dahl's journey to Hollywood and beyond

    Generally regarded as one of the classic beauties to grace the big screen throughout the 1940s and 1950s, Arlene Dahl's career extended beyond the reach of the camera. "I've had many different careers," Dahl said from her home in New York. "I was a writer for 20 years with a beauty column in the Chicago Tribune, which was syndicated in 180...

  • NBC's new series 'Aquarius' with David Duchovny is everything you'd want in summer program

    "Aquarius" Cast: David Duchovny ("The X-Files," "Californication"), Grey Damon ("Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters," "Star-Crossed"), Gethin Anthony ("Copenhagen," "Game of Thrones"), Emma Dumont ("Inherent Vice," "Bunheads"), Claire Holt ("The Vampire Diaries," "The Originals") Airs: The premiere episode airs at 8 p.m. Thursday on NBC The...

  • Summer fun: coasters, pop culture rides and Orlando Eye

    A dark, submarine-inspired thrill ride in California and swank new offerings at Downtown Disney all top the summer's must-do list for theme park and amusement fans. For those who want more extreme summer adventures, a hybrid wood-steel coaster in Massachusetts and a spinning wing coaster based on Batman in Texas are also new for 2015. "Pop...

  • Photos: Seventh annual MeadowGrass festival in Black Forest

    Here are photos from the seventh annual MeadowGrass festival in Black Forest. The three-day event full of indie, folk, rock and Americana ended Sunday.

  • Denver Comic Con - Day 2 in pictures

    Denver Comic Con 2015 wraps up today. There's still time to catch all the fun but you better act fast. Check out the photo gallery below to see what you've been missing.

  • John Nash: A life of great struggle and even greater success

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Born to an electrical engineer, and later a precocious and dashing young man who attained an Ivy League education, John Nash seemed destined for a life of stunning success. That he achieved, winning a Nobel Prize in 1994, but not without a struggle with mental illness that would make him a household name even more so than...

  • Actress, comedian Anne Meara, nominated for 4 Emmys, dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anne Meara, the loopy, lovable comedian who launched a standup career with husband Jerry Stiller in the 1950s and found success as an actress in films, on TV and the stage, has died. Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. No other details were provided. The Stiller family released a statement to The...

  • Denver Comic Con 2015 - Women take center stage

    Denver Comic Con 2015, a three day event highlighting all things pop culture, runs through Memorial Day weekend.  One of the greatest things about any Con is how it celebrates diversity and Denver Comic Con is no exception. No matter who you are, what you’re into, where you’re from or what age you are, everyone is welcome and accepted....

  • John Nash, wife, 'A Beautiful Mind' inspiration, die in car crash

    TRENTON, N.J. — The Nobel Prize-winning mathematician whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie "A Beautiful Mind" has died in a car crash along with his wife in New Jersey. John Forbes Nash Jr. was 86. Police say John and Alicia Nash were killed in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike on Saturday. A colleague who...

  • Denver Comic Con 2015 - Celebrities, Cosplay and Comics

    Denver Comic Con 2015 runs through Memorial Day weekend and the pop culture event, which started yesterday, began with a bang. The first day of the three day con saw packed crowds taking in panels, scooping up merchandise and rubbing elbows with celebs. I went to panels featuring actors Alan Tudyk ("Firefly," "A Knight's Tale"), Gwendoline...

  • Rain kept crowds smaller, but no less enthusiastic at Territory Days

    Rain and a light smattering of hail Saturday didn't deter fans of Territory Days, and those stalwarts were rewarded when the sun conquered the clouds about 3 p.m. Still, some merchants said tourist numbers were down in Old Colorado City. "Normally we have a lot more wine tasters," said Susan Quintana at Vino Colorado Cellars and Sweet...

  • Colorado Supreme Court gets arguments over Christo project

    DENVER (AP) — A group fighting artist Christo's plan to drape a nearly six-mile stretch of the Arkansas River with translucent fabric is pleading with the Colorado Supreme Court to intervene. An appellate court ruled that even though the state parks department may have failed to follow its own procedures, it was a "harmless error." The...

  • Video Game Haiku Review - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    Title: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Format: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Price: $59.99 Developer: CD Projekt Red Publisher: WB Games ESRB Rating:  M (Mature, 17+) The Grade: A Witcher 3 Haiku Review Geralt’s story ends Find Ciri (not that Siri) Wild Hunt are bad dudes What’s it all about: In the third game of the fantasy series...

  • 20 things to do in the Colorado Springs area on Memorial Day weekend

    Here are your best bets for fun and entertainment this Memorial Day weekend around Colorado Springs and beyond: - For a list of closures, click here.  - For The Gazette's Summer Fun guide, click here. Here's a list of entertainment options in the Colorado Springs area: FRIDAY - The Alleluia Ringers of Concordia University...

  • Blog: Colorado Springs named one of best cities for young artists

    Colorado Springs once again finds itself on a list of good places to be. World Wide Learn, an online website directory of education information for several hundred colleges and universities, culled together a list of the top 15 most inspiring cities for young artists. We came in at No. 9. Denver showed up at No. 12. High five, C...

  • MeadowGrass: 3 days of roots, indie, folk, rock and Americana to fill your soul

    Gates open at 9 a.m. for campers and noon for noncampers Friday, 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, La Foret Conference and Retreat Center, 6145 Shoup Road, Black Forest, $42.50-$150, free ages 12 and younger, paid camping available; rocky mountainhighway.org. Something else: Parking is $10 per day or $25 for the weekend. Free parking is about a...

  • TLC pulls Duggar family series amid misconduct reports

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — TLC pulled the reality series "19 Kids and Counting" from its schedule on Friday, a move that follows reports of sexual misconduct allegations against one of the stars, Josh Duggar, stemming from when he was a juvenile. In a statement, the channel said it was "deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation,...

  • Blog: Local filmmaker and director's music video debuts on Vevo

    Dillon Novak, a former Colorado Springs resident, is now a professional filmmaker and director living in L.A. A music video he directed for Denver musician Rob Drabkin's single, "Stay (the morning light fades)," will be featured on the homepage of Vevo.com on Tuesday. The video was shot entirely in the Springs and with an all-Colorado cast.

  • Territory Days in Old Colorado City is four decades old; event starts Saturday

    10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday, Old Colorado City, along Colorado Avenue between 23rd and 27th streets, free; pro-promotions.com. Shuttle bus runs 10:30 a.m.-6:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Monday, leaves from Coronado High School, 1590 W. Fillmore St., free. After gold...

  • Side Streets: Manitou Springs lands in national spotlight with 'peanut pushers' museum exhibit

    Manitou Spring, the village that gave us coffin races and fruitcake tossing competitions, is unveiling it's latest quirky celebration: a fest for the "Pikes Peak Peanut Pusher." On Friday night, the Manitou Springs Heritage Center will open at 6 p.m. for a free party honoring Ulysses Baxter, a rockabilly singer from Oklahoma who got on his...

  • 'Poltergeist' remake surpasses original

    It's infrequent and particularly satisfying when the remake of an especially memorable film equals or exceeds the experience of the original. In 1982, "Poltergeist" saw the brilliant pairing of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's" low-budget horror director Tobe Hooper with far more mainstream screenwriter and producer Steven Spielberg for an...

  • Tomorrow isn't what it used to be in 'Tomorrowland'

    Starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie; directed by Brad Bird; 130 minutes; PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and peril, thematic elements and language; C+ "Tomorrowland" is Brad Bird's Jeremiad against the dystopia that is modern culture, with its yen for zombie apocalypses, environmental catastrophes and the 24...

  • Online video

    Thomas English, owner of English Dockside West, prepares his famous shrimp and crab rice dish. Visit gazette.com to view the video.

  • Colorado Springs area art events starting May 22, 2015

    ARTS ONGOING Wine and Art - 4 p.m. Saturdays, The Broadmoor Galleries, 1 Lake Circle; 577-5744, broadmoorgalleries.com. Group Sculpture Show - With more than 25 sculptors, through Saturday, The Broadmoor Galleries, 1 Lake Circle; 577-5744, broadmoorgalleries.com. "All That Feels" - Touchable art exhibit through Saturday, Cottonwood Center...

  • Colorado Springs area stage events starting May 22, 2015

    STAGE OPENING "Flamenco Night" - With Soul and Duende Co., 7 p.m. Friday, Manitou Bindu, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, $15-$25; squareup.com/market/luciana-da-silva. "Vaudeville a la Mess" - 7 p.m. Saturday, The Mezzanine, 20 N. Tejon St., back alley entrance, $10; 428-6974, themezzcos.com. Gabe Rutledge - 8 p.m. Thursday-May 30,...

  • Colorado Springs area attraction events starting May 22, 2015

    ESCAPES Saturday-Monday Territory Days - 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Old Colorado City, free admission; shopoldcoloradocity.com. ONGOING American Numismatic Association Money Museum - 818 N. Cascade Ave.; 632-2646, money.org. The history of money, educational exhibits, special events. Arcade Amusements Inc....

  • Colorado Springs area music events starting May 22, 2015

    MUSIC - Back East Bar and Grill - 9475 Briar Village Point; 264-6161, backeastbarandgrill.com - Black Forest Community Center - 12530 Black Forest Road; 495-4468 - The Black Sheep - 2106 E. Platte Ave.; 227-7625, blacksheeprocks.com - Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave.; 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com - Front Range Barbeque...

  • Colorado music, stage, art events and festivals starting May 22, 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: Walk off the Earth - 7:30 p.m., Fox Theatre, Boulder, $25;...

  • Local artist's kites on display in Colorado Springs

    Dragon kites crafted by local artist Demitriades are on display through June 30 in the Citizen Art Gallery at City Hall. A reception for the artist and public will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. June 5 at City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. Demitriades started making kites as a child, using sticks, paper, string and odd bits of sheets for the tails. Her...

  • WATCH: David Letterman leaves late night with thanks and a smile; Manning delivers top 10

    NEW YORK — There are those who will argue that the world of television hasn't suffered such a loss in nearly a generation, and they're right. When David Letterman signed off CBS' "Late Show" for good Wednesday, he closed the book on more than his own incomparable career in late night. He closed out a broadcasting epoch that also...

  • Table Talk: Cañon City has new dining options at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

    If you're looking for an edgy dining experience, you should check out a couple of new places at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park in Cañon City. Executive chef Beau Green is creating concession food with flair at Café 1230 - a state-of-the-art restaurant 1,230 feet above the Arkansas River, over looking the gorge and bridge. From the large...

  • Dining review: Breakfast in the company of Colorado bears

    My guess is The Hungry Bear Family Restaurant has almost as many references to bears in its décor as eggs cracked each day in its kitchen - and this is one busy diner. Bears are everywhere in this popular Woodland Park eatery. They're featured on placards, photos and drawings. Teddy bears adorn shelves along the walls. I like bears as much as...

  • Colorado Springs show celebrates American muscle car era

    American Muscle Cars Show, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday, Colorado Springs Event Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd.; $5, free for children 10 and younger; $25 to register a car; aceent1.com, 719-329-4736. When Ace Cosley moved from Detroit to Colorado Springs eight years ago, he brought along a Motor City mentality - and a history organizing and...

  • Peyton Manning to appear on Letterman's final show

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is one of the guests  on David Letterman's final "Late Show" episode, reports FOX Sports and other media outlets. Manning, who has appeared on Letterman's show several times over the past few years, is in New York and will take part in the taping on Wednesday afternoon. Letterman, who is from...

  • Summer Fun Guide: A zoo that's hands-on

    Space on my phone is a precious and limited resource, so most videos are deleted as soon as I've downloaded them to my computer. But two are off limits. And they'll remain so as long as I have the device. The videos show two of my daughters, then ages 3 and 2, bravely stretching out their hands to feed carrots to Kimba, one of the African...

  • Summer Fun Guide: Small town, 'hip' town

    Fort Collins: If you don't already love it, you might just eschew it, out of spite for its growing coolness. But there are a few places in this world that are impossible to dislike, and Fort Collins is one of them. The town might not have Colorado Springs' spectacular views, but the blossoming tech hub's collection of local breweries ranks...

  • Summer Fun Guide: Heading for the hills

    A few strokes before midnight, I rolled my truck to a stop outside Buena Vista, stepped out and turned off the lights. Then I looked up. There, beneath the glittery lights of the Milky Way and the nearby Collegiate Peaks, I breathed deep. I let the cool, pristine air tickle the pores of my skin while my eyes danced from star to star. My mind...

  • Celebrating the end of the election with a beer (or three)

    Election Day is here! That may seem a weird amount of anticipation for a small election with only one race – Mary Lou Makepeace vs. John Suthers for Colorado Springs mayor – but as The Gazette’s elections editor, I’ve had to deal with this beast since January. The city and runoff (thank you, voters) elections have consumed so much of my time,...

  • Amy Winehouse director says we all share blame for her death

    CANNES, France (AP) — Amy Winehouse was many things: artist, icon, victim of celebrity. For London-born director Asif Kapadia, she was basically the girl next door. Kapadia, who made award-winning documentary "Senna" about Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna, lived and worked in some of the same north London neighborhoods as Winehouse. Like millions...

  • My 'Survivor: Second Chance' ballot: 20 picks and a Shambo shoutout

      Let's be honest, the concept of “Survivor: Second Chance” is as gimmicky as Exile Island (which sort of worked) or the Medallion of Power (which was a horrible failure). But when it comes down to it, so what? The two headed monster of Jeff Probst and Mark Burnett are having us do exactly what they want us to do - talk about “Survivor.”...

  • Taylor Swift makes history at Billboard Music Awards

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Taylor Swift had a historic night at the Billboard Music Awards: The pop star is the most decorated artist in the show's history with 20 wins, beating Garth Brooks' 19-win record. She won eight awards Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, including top artist, and also opened the show with the premiere of...

  • Les femmes (and les blockbusters) are all the talk at Cannes

    CANNES, France (AP) — This year's Cannes Film Festival is about halfway through, but one thing is already clear: This festival belongs to les femmes. From the word go, this year's Cannes has been dominated by women and debate about gender equality in the movie industry. Yearly topics regularly grip the festival, raging through the Cannes...

  • Saluting David Letterman with a Top Ten List of what sets him apart

    David Letterman leaves late night Wednesday after 33 years when he retires from CBS' "Late Show," his TV home since 1993. Now, drawing inspiration from his "Top Ten" lists, we offer a list of what made him special. - 10. Exposing TV for the charade it often is. Before most TV figures thought to do it (or dared), Letterman bit the hand that...

  • American viewers getting more chances to watch cycling on TV

    The explosive growth of cable sports networks over the past two decades has helped to bring the predominantly European sport of cycling to more and more Americans, from the fanatics to the casual viewer who might not know a peloton from a derailleur. Just last week, folks with the right television package could spend the morning watching beIN...

  • Ad it up: A splendid drama, 'Mad Men,' comes to an end

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner promised a finale that was "dramatic and appropriate." He delivered. This incomparable drama set in the 1960s New York advertising world concluded its seven-season run Sunday night on AMC with a resolution that rang true to its spirit and likely left its devotees satisfied, even as they bade it...

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