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  • Where to watch Fourth of July weekend fireworks in the Colorado Springs area

    There will be several licensed fireworks displays throughout El Paso and Teller Counties on the Fourth of July. Here's a list: Friday - Fort Carson fireworks displays can be viewed at around 9:15 p.m. either on base through gate 1 (access off of Highway 115) or Gate 20 (access off of Interstate 25), or from Cheyenne Mountain State Park at...

  • Emilia Clarke conquers the big screen with a 'Terminator'

    LOS ANGELES - The secret about overnight success in Hollywood is that it never actually happens that way. To the casual observer, Emilia Clarke might look like one of the lucky ones: The young British actress was seemingly plucked out of the ether to star as Daenerys Targaryen on HBO's wildly popular "Game of Thrones." Just a few years later,...

  • 'A Little Chaos' had a lot of potential - but doesn't quite deliver

    Oh, this one should have been a charmer. "A Little Chaos" reunites Kate Winslet with Alan Rickman, who so perfectly played the taciturn but soulful Colonel Brandon to her lovestruck Marianne Dashwood in "Sense and Sensibility" two decades ago. Also on hand is Matthais Schoenaerts, who recently established himself as a dreamy period-film...

  • Colorado Springs area music events starting July 3, 2015

    MUSIC - Ancient Mariner - 962 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs; 685-5503, facebook.com/legendaryancientmariner - Back East Bar and Grill - 1455 Cipriani Loop, Monument; 488-2252, backeastbarandgrill.com - Bancroft Park - 2408 W. Colorado Ave. - Banning Lewis Ranch - 6885 Vista del Pico Blvd; banninglewisranch.com - The Black...

  • Colorado Springs area stage events starting July 3, 2015

    STAGE OnGOING "Adventures with Tom Sawyer" - 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. Fridays, through Sept. 11, The Simpich Showcase Marionette Theatre, 2413 W. Colorado Ave., $12-$14; simpich.com. ROFL - Comedy Only Open Mic, sign up at 9:30 p.m. every first, third and fifth Thursday, The Underground Pub,...

  • Colorado Springs area art events starting July 3, 2015

    ARTS Opening First Friday - 5-8 p.m. Friday, art walk, entertainment, galleries open, downtown Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City, Cañon City; downtowncs.com, shopoldcoloradocity.com, canoncity.com. Pikes Peak Art and Music Festival - 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive;...

  • Colorado music, stage, art events and festivals starting July 3, 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: Blues Traveler - With Guster, Hanson, 7 p.m., Red Rocks...

  • Colorado Springs area attraction events starting July 3, 2015

    ESCAPES FRIDAY Rib Cook-off and Ride for the Brand Championship Ranch Rodeo - 4 p.m. cook-off, rodeo at 6:30 p.m., Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, $8-$50; championshipranchrodeo.com. TUESDAY Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Parade - 6:30 p.m., Tejon Street from St. Vrain Street to Vermijo Avenue;...

  • For 43rd year, Colorado Springs Philharmonic to play free Fourth of July concert

    Activities and concessions begin at noon Saturday: Fort Carson 4th Infantry Division Bands noon-3:45 p.m.; USAF Academy Band's Blue Steel at 5:30 p.m.; The Colorado Springs Philharmonic at 7:30 p.m.; fireworks at dusk; Memorial Park, free, http://csphilharmonic.org/concert/summer- symphony-july-4/ What goes better with the boom of fireworks...

  • Well-known Colorado Springs chef bowing out after long career

    Lawrence "Chip" Johnson has hung up his knife roll. The former owner and executive chef of The Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery, 25 W. Cimmarron St., announced via email June 23 at 6:20 p.m., "I am departing The Warehouse and retiring from the restaurant business effective immediately." Who can blame him? He's been a chef or owner for 40...

  • Sculpture, dance, bluegrass, progressive music at Green Box Arts Festival

    Green Mountain Falls channels the vibrant performing arts culture of New York City for a week and a half every July. The Green Box Arts Festival is a surfeit of music, dance, art, classes, hikes, stargazing and more, offered mostly for free in multiple venues and locations throughout the tiny mountain town 14 miles west of Colorado Springs....

  • NBC holding auditions for new reality show in Denver this weekend

    Want to be on TV and win big bucks? NBC is offering Colorado residents a chance to do just that this weekend. The network is teaming up with LeBron James production company, Springhill Productions, on a yet to be named reality show and is holding an open casting call this Sunday.  There’s not a lot of information on the format of the...

  • AROUND TOWN: 2015 Colorado Springs Debutantes announced

    Nineteen young women who just celebrated their high school graduation and are planning their freshmen year in college have been chosen as the 2015 Colorado Springs Debutantes. Those selected for this 49th social season were named for their school accomplishments, volunteer activities and contributions to the community as well as for the...

  • SUVs, muscle cars help auto industry maintain momentum

    DETROIT (AP) — Americans again bought vehicles that sit up high and come loaded with features like backup cameras and smartphone capabilities in June. Horsepower was also in; gas-sipping not so much. SUVs of all sizes continued to fly off dealer lots. Sales of the larger Ford Explorer rose 30 percent; Nissan's Rogue small SUV posted a 54...

  • Dining review: Wood-fired pizza to savor at Colorado Springs pizzeria

    Standing in line to order a meal often conjures negative images; after all, it's part of what makes fast food, well you know: fast. Fortunately, neither all lines nor all cuisines are created equal. Yes, Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza does have a queue and its menu is posted on the wall (it also has hand-held versions to peruse while waiting to...

  • Nearly 90 artists, music, art demos at Pikes Peak Art & Music Festival

    10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, $5 includes admission for all three days, free ages 16 and younger, free on Saturday with military ID; 475-2465, pikespeakartfest.com The Pikes Peak Art & Music Festival stepped up its game this year. About 150...

  • 75th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo kicks off this month

    Grounds open at 4 p.m. Wednesday through July 10 and 10 a.m. July 11 for pre-rodeo activities including mutton bustin' tryouts, gold panning, pony rides, mechanical bull rides, climbing wall and more, rodeo at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday through July 11, 12:45 p.m. July 11, Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, $15.75-$43.75,...

  • Report: TV Land pulls 'Dukes of Hazzard' reruns

    The debate over the Confederate flag continues to spread to the entertainment world. A week after Warner Bros. announced it would no longer sanction the manufacturing of "Dukes of Hazzard" merchandise featuring the flag, TV Land announced it's pulling reruns of the 1980s’ TV series featuring John Schneider and Tom Wopat as Bo and Luke Duke in...

  • Video Game Haiku Review - "Batman: Arkham Knight"

    Title: Batman: Arkham Knight Format: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Price: $59.99 Developer: Rocksteady Publisher: Warner Bros. ESRB Rating:  M (Mature, 17+) The Grade: A Arkham Knight Haiku Review Mark Hamill is back The Batmobile is awesome Arkham Knight is who? What’s it all about: This final game in the “Batman: Arkham”...

  • Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck say they're getting divorced

    LOS ANGELES — Actors Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck say they've decided to divorce after 10 years of marriage. The couple announced in a joint statement Tuesday that the decision comes after careful consideration. They say they remain committed to co-parenting their three children, Violet Affleck, Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck and Samuel...

  • 5 Ways to Improve "Arrow"

    In the summer of 2012 I was sent a batch TV pilots from The CW network. It contained shows that were to premiere in the fall. There were four series in the set but I only remember one, the pilot for “Arrow.” At the time The CW was a network known primarily for “America’s Next Top Model” and programs that appealed to the YA crowd so the...

  • Chew on this: 5 top dining spots in the Colorado Springs area

    Who has the best burger in Colorado Springs? How about best barbecue or pizza? Gazette readers voted and so did we. Here are the results: - Best Barbecue - Best Burger - Best Burrito - Best Pizza - Best Fish Taco Visit Best of the Springs for a complete list of dining bests.

  • Time to terminate

    Thirty-one years and counting, and the Terminators keep rolling off the assembly line like new iPhones, upgraded with shape-shifting abilities, rebooted Sarah Conner assassination levels and, one presumes, better selfie cameras. "Terminator Genisys," directed by Alan Taylor ("Thor: The Dark World"), is the fifth entry in the series begun by...

  • This 'Mike' sequel isn't so magical

    There's an early scene in "Magic Mike XXL" that hints at what this much ballyhooed sequel woulda, coulda, shoulda been. Mike Lane, played by the well-nigh irresistible Channing Tatum, is alone in his furniture workshop. As he saws, measures and sands, the beat of the music he's listening to starts to transport him. He can't stop himself: He...

  • 'Dinner and a Rodeo' coming to Pikes Peak region

    The Pikes Peak Chapter/Military Officers Association of America will host "Dinner and a Rodeo" on Friday at Norris Penrose Arena, Hank's Club Terrace. Cost is $28 per adult, $14 per child and includes western buffet dinner and admission to the Ride for the Brand Ranch Rodeo. Members, anyone eligible to join MOAA, friends, and family are all...

  • Blog: Start baking, pie contest coming up

    You know that old hand me down blackberry pie recipe from great aunt Gerda? Dust it off - it's time to enter Manitou Springs' “Good Old Summertime Ice Cream Social & Pie Baking Contest." Contestants are needed. Pick up an application at the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce office or download one from manitousprings.org....

  • List: Loads of free summer concert series in Pikes Peak region parks

    Clean up the folding chairs, pack a picnic and head to a free concert in one of the numerous parks across the Pikes Peak region. This summer, you can find live music almost every night of the week, with opportunities to hear your favorite local bands or to check out new musicians from around the state. FIRST & MAIN SUMMER CONCERT SERIES...

  • 8 places to celebrate the Fourth of July in Colorado

    Here are some of your best options for celebrating the Fourth of July around Colorado: Cherry Creek Arts Festival: This annual event offers a free spectacle of music and performing and culinary arts, July 3-5 in Denver. cherrycreekartsfestival.org Rollin' on the Riverwalk: An "epic" fireworks display along with music from the Pueblo...

  • TV Review - Animals fight back in "Zoo"

    Cast: James Wolk (“The Crazy Ones,” “Mad Men”), Billy Burke (“Revolution,” “Twilight”), Kristen Connolly (“House of Cards,” “The Whispers”), Nora Arnezeder (“Safe House,” “The Words”), Nonso Anozie (“Cinderella,” “Game of Thrones”) Airs: The premiere episode airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. on CBS The premise: Based on the James Patterson...

  • Downtown Bike Fest celebration rocks on despite storm

    Afternoon rain squalls didn't dampen the enthusiasm of thousands of bikers who roared into downtown Colorado Springs on Sunday for the Tejon Street Bike Fest. The storm prompted flash-flood warnings and a brief hail spattering in western Colorado Springs and brought a dusting of snow to Pikes Peak, where racers waited out weather delays for...

  • Colorado Music Hall of Fame relocates to Trading Post at Red Rocks

    What do John Denver, Judy Collins and Flash Cadillac all have in common? They're Colorado musicians who are also members of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. The nonprofit organization recently relocated from its temporary home at 1stBank Center in Broomfield to its permanent, 3,000-square-foot home in the Trading Post at Red Rocks in...

  • Prankster invades Kanye West stage at Glastonbury festival

    LONDON (AP) — Kanye West declared himself "the greatest living rock star on the planet" at Britain's Glastonbury festival. But that didn't prevent a prankster from invading the rapper's performance and upstaging him. West's headline set Saturday night was briefly interrupted when comedian Lee Nelson stormed onto the stage, rapping along with...

  • Luke Bryan, Paisley, Bentley headline 1st NYC country fest

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Big Apple has a country music radio station, and country music stars of all sizes regularly perform and sell out New York City: Shania Twain is headlining Madison Square Garden this week. Yet for all the music festivals the city hosts, there hadn't been a major country music festival — until this weekend. Country fans took...

  • A dozen Georgia O'Keeffe works on exhibit at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

    Georgia O'Keeffe's work has tugged at art enthusiasts and casual observers for almost a century. Even if they don't know her name, they recognize the images she favored so often: extreme close-ups of bright yellow calla lilies, pink and purple pansies, and black irises; New York City buildings standing staunchly underneath a glowing moon; the...

  • AROUND TOWN: Big prize for playful sculpture

    Being fully appreciated for what you do never gets old for an artist. When well-known local artist Sean O'Meallie and his wife, Mary, heard his name called from the stage at City Auditorium, he gasped a bit and Mary teared up. O'Meallie had just learned he was receiving the $10,000 Art on the Streets juror's prize for his playfully quixotic...

  • Competing racers, cars, motorcycles featured at downtown Colorado Springs Hill Climb fan fest

    5-10 p.m. Friday, downtown along Tejon Street, from Platte Avenue to Colorado Avenue, free; 685-4400, ppihc.com/fan-fest When Spencer Penrose proposed a race to the top of Pikes Peak on his newly converted Pikes Peak Highway in 1915, surely he was met with a few side eyes. The major benefactor to the city had just converted an old carriage...

  • Blog: Backstage party with Springs Ensemble Theatre

    Here's your chance to rub elbows with the actors you see on stage at Springs Ensemble Theatre and other companies around town.  SET will host the Backstage Summer Jam Sessions on Saturday, June 27, for adults and kids alike. Adults can drink Bristol beer and wine and play games in the alley, including giant Jenga, cornhole...

  • Blog: Ryan Tedder guitar up for auction at Pickin’ on the Divide

    Ever hear of One Republic? They're just a little rock band with three Colorado members, including Ryan Tedder and Zach Filkins, who met in 1996 while attending Colorado Springs Christian School. Well, they've done pretty well for themselves in the music business, winning American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, World Music...

  • Blog: Poor Richard’s Rico’s Café & Wine Bar celebrates same-sex marriage decision

    The folks at Poor Richard's are celebrating the Supreme Court's landmark decision guaranteeing people the right to same-sex marriage. Head to Rico's Café & Wine Bar today to raise a free toast. What: Free three ounce pours of wine and beer When:  Friday, June 26 Where: Rico’s Café & Wine Bar,  322 N....

  • The Winery at Pikes Peak in Cascade serves light lunches, sweets, espresso and wine

    On our recent return from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen we planned to drop in at The Wines of Colorado in Cascade for lunch. The place was hopping. And for good reason. The food is always great and the patio by the bubbling creek relaxing. But for us, lunch at Marv Parliament's popular eatery was not destined to come to fruition. After...

  • Motorcycle culture on display at downtown Colorado Springs Bike Fest

    Jim Wear knows the obvious appeal of girls in bikinis, endless bottles of Corona and rows and rows of shiny, shake-the-ground motorcycles closing down a city street. But there's more to the annual Tejon Street Bike Fest than that. "To the untrained eye, it looks like a huge, crazy party and there's all these people running around all day,"...

  • Flash Cadillac and Colorado Springs Philharmonic pair up at Summer Symphony

    Concessions and activities begin at 3 p.m., Colorado Springs Youth Symphony and Colorado Springs Children's Chorale featuring Kyle Dillingham at 4 p.m., The Haunted Windchimes at 5:30 p.m., Flash Cadillac and the symphony at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Bear Creek Regional Park, 21st...

  • Colorado Springs area art events starting June 26, 2015

    ARTS Opening "Eloquent Objects: Georgia O'Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico" - Members preview 5-9:30 p.m. Friday, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Opens to public Saturday, runs through Sept. 13, go online for ticket prices; 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. ONGOING Wine and Art - 4 p.m. Saturdays, The Broadmoor...

  • Colorado Springs area stage events starting June 26, 2015

    STAGE OPENING "Adventures with Tom Sawyer" - Opens 7 p.m. Friday, runs 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. Fridays, through Sept. 11, The Simpich Showcase Marionette Theatre, 2413 W. Colorado Ave., $12-$14; simpich.com. Burlesque - Featuring Peaks and Pasties, 8 p.m. Saturday, The Mezzanine, 20 N. Tejon St.,...

  • Colorado music, stage, art events and festivals starting June 26, 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: "Super Freestyle Explosion - Jammin' 101.5 True Old School...

  • Dining review: A multicourse Moroccan adventure in Manitou Springs

    Editor's note: Fields writes a monthly review of vegan options at local restaurants. I've lived in Colorado Springs for just over two years. Each time I would drive into Manitou Springs, passing Moroccan restaurant Tajine Alami, I would think, "I should eat there" (Middle East and North Africa cuisine can be incredibly vegan friendly). On a...

  • AMC releases new teaser trailer for "Fear the Walking Dead"

    Even though AMC is yet to confirm a release date for "Fear the Walking Dead" (it's supposed to premiere sometime in August), the network sure seems to enjoy teasing viewers with short trailers for the new series.  Last week we saw a character running for what seemed to be his life in slow motion. Today AMC released a trailer where a...

  • “Falling Skies” Season 5 Preview (Spoiler Free!)

    Cast: Noah Wyle (Tom Mason), Moon Bloodgood (Dr. Anne Glass), Will Patton (Col. Weaver), Colin Cunningham (John Pope), Drew Roy (Hal Mason), Sarah Carter (Maggie), Maxim Knight (Matt Mason), Connor Jessup (Ben Mason), Doug Jones (Cochise), Mpho Koaho (Anthony), Mira Sorvino (Sara) Airdate, time: Season five premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday...

  • Rapper Rick Ross arrested on kidnapping, assault charges

    ATLANTA (AP) — Rapper Rick Ross is accused of forcing a man into a guesthouse at his suburban-Atlanta mansion and beating him in the head with a handgun, chipping his teeth and mangling his jaw so badly that he's unable to chew food, authorities say in court records. Ross was taken into custody Wednesday by a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive...

  • TV Review - AMC's "Humans" raises questions about advanced technology

    “Humans” Cast: Gemma Chan (“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” “Secret Diary of a Call Girl”), Katherine Parkinson (“Pirate Radio,” “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People”), Tom Goodman-Hill (“Mr. Selfridge,” “Everest”), Will Tudor (“Game of Thrones,” “Tomorrow”), William Hurt (“Broadcast News,” “Children of a Lesser God”) Airs: The...

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