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  • Colorado Springs Mexican restaurant offers fall specials

    La Casita Mexican Grill owner and president Janet Sawyer Gerber has made changes over the years with her three-restaurant chain. First, you may remember we reported that she opened a new location in Pueblo. In less than a year she has decided to vacate that spot. "We pulled out of Pueblo. It was just too hard to commute between each store,"...

  • DINING REVIEW: At Margarita at Pine Creek, vegans get the fine dining treatment

    Winding around Commerce Center Drive through a number of hotels, one would never guess that a quaint, adobe archway next to Embassy Suites is the entrance to a fine-dining experience with a laid-back atmosphere. Entering The Margarita at Pine Creek for the first time, I was torn between walking to the vast patio with a view promising an...

  • Nickel Creek's reunion includes Colorado Springs show with local favorite Elephant Revival

    With Elephant Revival, 8 p.m. Saturday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $39.50-$59.50, 799-4139,
pikespeakcenter.com The trio of musicians in Nickel Creek grew up performing together, but ultimately it was the nearly seven years spent concentrating on their own separate musical interests that made returning the stage together all the...

  • Must See Must Do: Aug. 29-Sept. 4

    FRIDAY-MONDAY One of the state's top traditions is A Taste of Colorado in Denver's downtown Civic Center Park at the intersection of Colfax Avenue and Broadway. Food from more than 50 major Denver restaurants, a culinary showcase at a live outdoor kitchen, classes, Coors Sports Zone and a Friday fireworks show. Entertainment includes En...

  • Video: Monument's Miguel Dakota named 'America's Got Talent' finalist

    He has become “the heartthrob” of this season’s “America’s Got Talent” but Miguel Dakota’s vocals also swept him into the first six spots of the Top 12 on Wednesday night in New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. Dakota, 22, and his band Spiral Lion, will have a little time away from the stage because the show will choose another...

  • Officials: Joan Rivers rushed to hospital

    NEW YORK — Joan Rivers is in a New York City hospital Thursday after she was rushed from a doctor's office when she went into cardiac arrest, police and hospital officials said. The 81-year-old comedian's condition wasn't immediately known. "This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she is being...

  • Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt wed privately at chateau in France

    NEW YORK — Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in the French hamlet of Correns, a spokesman for the couple says. Jolie and Pitt wed in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends at Provence's Chateau Miraval. In advance of the nondenominational civil ceremony, Pitt and Jolie obtained a marriage license...

  • VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Experience and fine tuning make 'Madden 15' as successful as the rest of the series

    What is it? "Madden NFL 15" is the 26th edition of one of gaming's most popular sports franchises. That's right: "Madden" football titles have been around for 26 seasons. Of course, there's a reason for that. This series has been one of the most consistent and reliable in video game history and as longtime "Madden" fans would expect, this...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Cavalry' compact, biting tale of righteous man tested by his faith

    Will Father Lavelle die for our sins? That's the only question that matters in "Calvary," the latest parable of Irish faith and the violent foibles of humanity from Irish playwright and filmmaker John Michael McDonagh. He's cast his muse, Brendan Gleeson, as the priest in an Irish coastal village, a "good man" who the locals treat with...

  • New Colorado Springs 10,000-square-foot concert venue kicks off fall series with Baskery

    7 p.m. Sunday, The Gold Room, 
18 S. Nevada Ave., $15-$50; 634-4653, goldroomlive.com, ticketfly.com. A long-vacant, downtown Utilities building is now The Gold Room, one of the city's newest entertainment venues. The folk rock band Baskery, three sisters from Sweden, kick off the venue's fall concert series on Sunday. The building is...

  • Artists celebrate Tesla in currents, frequencies and waves in Colorado Springs exhibit

    Works by David Fodel, Matthew Ostrowski, Michel de Broin, Dmitry Gelfand and Evelina Domnitch, Björn Schüelke, neuroTransmitter and Dove Bradshaw, opening reception 
4:30 p.m. Thursday, runs through Oct. 18, I.D.E.A. Space, Cornerstone Arts Center, Colorado College, 825 N. Cascade Ave., free; 389-6606, 
theideaspace.com. The...

  • MOVIE SHORTS: Aug. 29-Sept. 4

    OPENING Note: This list is sometimes trimmed for space. "50 to 1" - (Drama adventure, PG-13, 110 minutes) Not reviewed. A misfit group of New Mexico cowboys find themselves on the journey of a lifetime when their crooked-footed racehorse qualifies for the Kentucky Derby. Cinemark Carefree Circle, in IMAX. "As Above/So Below" - (Horror, R,...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'The November Man' is low quality with a high body count

    Pierce Brosnan's perfect hair barely budges in the breeze, he fixes his eyes in that narrowed, steely stare and you remember, yes, he was a pretty good James Bond. But he's not Bond, not at 61. He's this fellow named Devereaux, and back in the day, when he showed up for an assignment it was like winter had hit. Everything was dead. That's why...

  • Local A&E news: Local artist in New York City exhibit

    Works by local artist Denise Dethlefsen will be featured in "The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition," at the Agora Gallery in New York City. The show will be up through Sept. 11.

  • Billy Crystal remembers Robin Williams at Emmys

    Billy Crystal, left speechless by Robin Williams' death, paid tribute to his great friend and comedy brother at the Emmy Awards, movingly remembering him as "the greatest friend you could ever imagine." Following the Emmys' in memoriam segment Monday night, Crystal appeared on stage at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre to honor Williams, who was...

  • Not a good night for movie stars at Emmys; 'Breaking Bad' wins big

    The Emmys welcomed plenty of movie stars to television's biggest awards show, including Julia Roberts, Woody Harrelson, Kevin Spacey, Mark Ruffalo and the reigning Oscar winner for best actor, Matthew McConaughey. All were sent home empty-handed. Instead, the Emmys opted for the tried and true Monday night, giving a long goodbye kiss to...

  • 'Breaking Bad' and 'Modern Family' win Emmy Awards

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Modern Family" and "Breaking Bad" triumphed at Monday's Emmy Awards, proving that established broadcast and cable fare retains the power to fend off challenges from upstart online series such as "Orange Is the New Black." The ceremony's emotional high point came with Billy Crystal's restrained and graceful remembrance of...

  • Video Game Review - 'Madden NFL 15'

    Title: Madden NFL 15 Format: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Price: $59.99 Publisher: Electronic Arts Developer: EA Tiburon ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) The Grade: A  What is it? The 26th edition of one of gaming’s most popular sports franchises. That’s right; Madden football titles have been around for 26 seasons. 26! Of course, there’s...

  • Greek Festival offers culinary, cultural treats

    Running out of food is a sign of a good party, or at least that was what folks said at the Pikes Peak region's 16th annual Greek Festival that culminated Sunday, when every pound of lamb, chicken and gyro meat had sold out an hour before the event was scheduled to end. More than 1,500 people indulged in food, music and dance at the Archangel...

  • Miley Cyrus: 'I'm in constant gratitude of life'

    NEW YORK (AP) — Miley Cyrus said when she stole the night at last year's MTV Video Music Awards, she didn't realize her impact and influence. Now, the singer says she wants to use her powers for good. The 21-year-old is assisting the Hollywood homeless center My Friend's Place by launching a Prizeo campaign, urging her feverish fans to donate...

  • Actor-director Richard Attenborough dies at 90

    Son tells BBC that British actor-director Richard Attenborough has died at 90. Acclaimed actor and Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, whose film career on both sides of the camera spanned 60 years.

  • 'Guardians' retakes box office, tops summer films

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Guardians of the Galaxy" became the summer's top-grossing movie at the North American box office with a $17.6 million weekend that narrowly bested the young adult melodrama "If I Stay," while the long-delayed "Sin City" sequel, "A Dame to Kill For," flopped. With an estimated $17.6 million in its fourth weekend of release, the...

  • Top 10: Reasons to visit the Colorado State Fair

    Half a million people will head to the 142nd Colorado State Fair in Pueblo this year, according to the fair's media guide. Starting Friday, they'll wander across nearly 100 acres and through 60 permanent structures and attractions.\ They'll explore exhibits by 4-H and Future Farmers of America organizations. They'll eat meatball sandwiches,...

  • DINING REVIEW: Carlos Miguel's offers a lot of menu options, many so-so

    A multipage menu should be considered a warning sign. Too many available options often mean few will be exceptional. Such is the case at Carlos Miguel's Mexican Bar & Grill Briargate (one of seven in the region), which boasts five large pages of Southwestern food items, featuring more than a dozen different categories from appetizers to...

  • Colorado State Fair opens with divisive sideshow

    PUEBLO — The Colorado State Fair opens Friday — with a carnival sideshow that has been shut down in one Colorado county after parents complained. The Fair in Pueblo plans to again include a sideshow claiming to feature the world's smallest woman. "Little Liz" has appeared at the fair several times, but her show at the Boulder County fair...

  • Chicago blues guy Joe Moss gives it all he's got on stage

    4-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Gold Hill Mesa, 142 S. Raven Mine Drive, free; 633-2202, goldhillmesa.com. Joe Moss likes to take the blues and throw in half a dozen other musical genres. "My music really runs the gamut, from soul, funk, rock, jazz, a little bit of country sometimes, R&B," he says. "We turn into a jam band live because we all...

  • BLOG REVIEW: 'Green Valley' undermined by sound and sameness

    There was a lot on the line Thursday night for a lot of people. Huge forces and great talents collaborated to realize the latest incarnation of Roger Ames and Elizabeth Bassine's work in progress: "How Green Was My Valley." The participating organizations for this first of two presentations included the Central City Opera, the Chamber...

  • New entertainment venue joins downtown Colorado Springs scene

    Live music choices just keep getting better around here. The newest addition to the scene is The Gold Room, a 330-seat venue on the first floor of the old utilities building next to The Mining Exchange - A Wyndham Grand Hotel. It's owned by Perry Sanders, who's letting the Rocky Mountain Highway group (same group who does MeadowGrass Music...

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

    Here's a look at some of the top events around the Colorado Springs area this weekend: FRIDAY-SUNDAY - Opa! Here's to a rousing weekend of spanakopita, baklava, springing and leaping sirtos dances, Hellenic clothing and jewelry and just plain fun with an ancient history. It's the 16th Annual Greek Festival and what a perfect year, since...

  • Artist Christo says 'Over the River' project at a standstill

    CANON CITY — The artist Christo says his plan to suspend nearly 6 miles of silvery fabric in sections over the Arkansas River is in a "stand-still situation." The 79-year-old artist updated supporters on his "Over the River" project during a luncheon in Canon City, Colorado, on Thursday. The Daily Record reports (http://bit.ly/1tsEG49 )...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: Despite sameness, 'Sin City' sequel a slice of nihilistic noir

    "Sin City" is back in all its lurid, gory glory, a vivid and visceral graphic novel come to life in the capable hands of Robert Rodriguez and co-director and comic book creator Frank Miller. If anything, it's a more gorgeous experiment in green screen digital sets and black and white videography, complete with selective splashes of color - a...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: Young love lives or dies with one decision in 'If I Stay'

    Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Stacy Keach; directed by R.J. Cutler; 103 minutes; PG-13 for thematic elements and some sexual material Chloe Grace Moretz takes on her first real star-vehicle romance in "If I Stay," an adaptation of Gayle Forman's novel. Moretz is Mia, a Portland, Ore., high school...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'When the Game Stands Tall' is 'Friday Night Lite'

    Starring Jim Caviezel, Alexander Ludwig, Michael Chiklis; directed by Thomas Carter; 115 minutes; PG for thematic material, a scene of violence and brief smoking "When the Game Stands Tall" is a solid if unsurprising and uninspiring melodrama built around high school football. It's the latest of that peculiar sub-genre of sports films, in...

  • Colorado Springs is home to several food and wine festivals

    Looking for some opportunities to eat yourself silly this weekend? Here are a few to check out: - Pasta in the Park, Myron Stratton Home Campus, 2525 Colorado Highway 115, 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $120 per person, which includes wine and beer tasting along with pasta sauce cook-off tasting. A full dinner is served. Details: 633-1462,...

  • Huey Lewis set to rock Colorado Springs, but not sure about his spot in pop culture

    8 p.m. Friday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $55-$85; 520-7469, ticketswest.com If you breathed air anytime near the '80s, you know the lyrics to at least a few Huey Lewis and the News songs. "The Heart of Rock & Roll," "I Want a New Drug," "The Power of Love," "Hip to Be Square," "If this Is It." Their 1983 album "Sports"...

  • Melissa Etheridge brings her raspy authenticity in a solo show in Colorado Springs Monday

    7 p.m. Monday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $45.50-$60; 799-4139, pikespeakcenter.com For at least one generation of women (and yes, probably some men), singer-
songwriter Melissa Etheridge has told their stories. Of heartache, certainly. Of defiance and struggle. And, sometimes, of happiness, the kind so pyrotechnic that it's...

  • Australian indie band The Griswolds finds unexpected success, playing Colorado Springs

    7 p.m. Friday, The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., $10.34-$12; 227-7625, blacksheeprocks.com. The Griswolds had a First World band problem: They shot to fame without having enough material to fill a 30-minute show or a debut album. It was a dream come true - a dream they didn't even realize they had. In early 2012, the four-piece indie...

  • Local A&E news

    Monument man featured
 in New York fashion show Neil Grotzinger, of Monument, recently presented his fashion line in the Pratt Senior Fashion Show in New York. The 2010 Lewis-Palmer High School graduate was also named on Vogue's "Top 10 2014 Fashion Graduates to Watch." Compiled by Jennifer Mulson, 636-0270, jen.mulson@gazette.

  • Three food-centric movies will leave you hungry

    Warning: Don't even think about seeing one of the following movies on an empty stomach. A collection of recent foodie flicks have scenes so mouthwatering you'll be starved by the time the show ends. "Chef" "Chef" had me salivating for a Cuban sandwich before the final credits rolled. Even a simple grilled cheese sandwich was made to look so...

  • Colorado Springs native battles it out on Food Network's 'The Great Food Truck Race'

    Colorado Springs native Nicole Hoffman, a graduate of Doherty High School, moves on to the second stage of "The Great Food Truck Race." The fifth season airs Sunday on the Food Network channel. Hosted by celebrity chef Tyler Florence, the series features eight teams of rookie food truck operators who travel from California to Florida. Each...

  • The Every. 'Simpsons.' Ever. marathon starts tomorrow.

    The 12 day "Simpsons" marathon starts tomorrow. 25 seasons, 552 episodes, one movie, all on the FXX network. Pretty sure the extra "X" stands for "Xtreme." I'll be watching periodically. Just wish my DVR was big enough to hold that much programming.

  • KOAA-TV welcomes new morning anchor

    Local NBC affiliate KOAA-TV announced today that Shellene Cockrell, a Colorado Springs native and 1994 Miss Colorado, will soon be joining Adam Atchison on the station's morning anchor desk. A former reporter and anchor for KWGN in Denver, the Mitchell High School graduate is also the host and analyst of the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog...

  • Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

    NEW YORK — Few would recognize his face, but most would know his voice: that booming baritone that for nearly four decades would introduce the lineups on "Saturday Night Live." Don Pardo, the durable television and radio announcer whose resonant voice-over style was widely imitated and became the standard in the field, died Monday in...

  • Oil pipeline opponents plan concert in cornfield

    NELIGH, Neb. (AP) — Willie Nelson and Neil Young will headline a concert next month in a Nebraska cornfield organized by opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast. Bold Nebraska said Monday the concert will be held Sept. 27 on a farm near Neligh in northeast Nebraska. Tickets go on sale...

  • Bike movies and movies with bikes inspire, amuse

    Imagine a scene, one in which we first meet our dashing hero face-to-face as he emerges - unscathed, despite all odds - from dispatching a band of would-be marauders lurking over yonder rise. Our hero sweeps in, oozing tasteful chest hair and testosterone . on his Schwinn. Yeah. "You don't see James Bond very often on a bike," said Michelle...

  • Love of bikes bonds father, son despite distance

    If you were a kid in a certain neighborhood in Minneapolis about 15 years ago, and you had an old, ratty, snaggle-spoke bike so broke no repair guy wanted to touch it, Dean Carr was the bike man for you. Carr loved bikes, especially the ones that needed it the most. "Dean loved working on the old, tattered bikes that most of us in the shop...

  • TINSELTOWN TALKS: A stamp of approval for Van Johnson

    The 1940s have been called the decade of the bobby-soxer, a time when young girls with a fondness for short socks developed an infatuation for pop singers and movie stars of the day. One source of their youthful admiration was Van Johnson, a Hollywood heartthrob with an endearing boy-next-door charm; he was a top box-
office draw throughout...

  • Lessons of stigmas, stereotypes in Williams' death

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jamie Masada, the owner of the fabled Los Angeles-based comedy club the Laugh Factory, vividly remembers a warm exchange with comic Richard Jeni of the two sharing words of encouragement and gentle ribbing. "The next day I heard he put a gun in his mouth and blew his head off," recalled Masada of Jeni's 2007 suicide. "At that...

  • Mr. T pities criminals as he awaits jury duty

    ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. (AP) — Lawrence Tureaud, better known as Mr. T, was in true form as he waited outside a suburban Chicago courthouse to be called for jury duty. Sporting his usual Mohawk and wearing an FBI sweatshirt and hat, but not a gold chain, the star of "Rocky III" and TV's "The A-Team" signed autographs and made his feelings known....

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