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  • Country singer Boyd crowned 'The Voice' champion

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — Country fans have spoken again. Craig Wayne Boyd, the country rocker from Blake Shelton's team, was named the winner of "The Voice" Tuesday. Boyd is the third country singer to win the NBC sing-off. The father from Nashville, Tennessee, was up against three finalists from Adam Levine's team: Runner-up Matt...

  • Carmike Cinemas, including 2 in Colorado Springs, pulls 'The Interview' with Sony's support

    Carmike Cinemas has decided to cancel its planned showings of "The Interview" in the wake of threats against theatergoers by the Sony hackers. Sony Pictures Entertainment told theater owners Tuesday that it would be supportive of their individual decisions on whether to show the film, which still is set for a Christmas release, according to...

  • Elton John, David Furnish to tie knot again

    LONDON (AP) — Elton John and his partner David Furnish plan to tie the knot for a second time, following the legalization of same-sex marriage in Britain. The singer's spokesman, Gary Farrow, said Wednesday that the weekend ceremony will be private. Same-sex couples have been allowed to marry in Britain since March. Previously, gay couples...

  • The Golden Controller Awards: The Best Video Games of 2014

    What a great year for the video game industry 2014 has been. Two new consoles beginning to hit their stride, a slew of good games to play on all sorts of different formats and the chance that a virtual gaming headset may actually be on the horizon. What a year!  To celebrate so many great titles it’s time to announce the winners of the...

  • Blog: 'Mary Poppins' extended one week

    "Mary Poppins" strikes again. The popular holiday show at the Fine Arts Center has been extended through Jan. 11. Additional shows include: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (Jan. 8-10) and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 10-11). Tickets: 634-5583, csfineartscenter.

  • Bill Cosby's wife defends him as 'kind' and 'generous'

    NEW YORK — Bill Cosby's wife says the embattled comedian is in fact the man his fans have always loved. In a statement released Monday, Camille Cosby dismisses accusations from more than 15 women that they were drugged and raped by her husband as long ago as the late 1960s. She says these accusers aren't being properly vetted by the media...

  • Blog: Fine Arts Center breaks its own record with 'Mary Poppins'

    Clearly, people love a magical nanny. They most likely leave "Mary Poppins," the Fine Arts Center's current production, carefully wording a Craigslist ad for the perfect au pair. According to a press release sent by the Fine Arts Center, this holiday show has broken the theater's record for most number of tickets sold. The previous holder...

  • Q&A: Kathy Bates talks 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'

    Recently I was able to sit in on a conference call with actress Kathy Bates. Bates plays Ethel in the FX series “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” Below is a transcript of the conversation. Q: What is it that you most identify with in Ethel? Kathy: Her authenticity and her strength, her struggle and also since I’m a cancer survivor,...

  • 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' conquers the box office

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — After three weeks of box office dominance, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1" ceded its reign to "Exodus: Gods and Kings." The biblical epic easily ruled the weekend with a $24.5 million debut, according to box office tracker Rentrak's Sunday estimates, while "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" dominated...

  • Christmas cutie: Prince George images released

    LONDON (AP) — This little prince already knows how to mug for the camera. With a sly grin and robust rosy cheeks, Prince George looks cheerful and self-assured — for a toddler — in pictures released Sunday. His sleeveless sweater features Coldstream Guardsmen in bearskin hats and red tunics. The outfit was completed by black knee socks and...

  • Buyers seek posters from favorites movies at Colorado Springs sale

    Bill and Sandy Espinola scanned the hundreds of movie posters at Kimball's Peak Three Theatre on Saturday looking for ones that grabbed their attention. The couple enjoy movies, and they were each clutching posters as they walked through a dark auditorium, one of two housing the theater's annual poster sale. Proceeds from Saturday's sale...

  • AROUND TOWN: Conservatory/Library 21c areas named in honor of Peggy Shivers

    A chorus of "Shhhhh" was followed by quiet, and then an explosion of cheers as the elevator door at Colorado Springs Conservatory opened and beloved local personality Peggy Shivers stepped out. Looking out at a large gathering of friends, she was shocked and puzzled: "It's not my birthday?" (That was in June when she turned 75.) Somehow, the...

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

    Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend in the Colorado Springs area? Here's a start. -Map: See the best Pikes Peak region holiday lights, and add yours. FRIDAY-SATURDAY -Every other year since the early 1990s, an area of Buena Vista has been transformed by more than 200 volunteers into the Christmas story in what becomes...

  • Dining review: Symbiotic relationship at Colorado Springs bistro equals excellence

    For 10 years, Carlos Echeandia has been greeting diners at the door of the bistro that bears his name, but this isn't the only indication of his longevity and attention to detail; much of the staff has remained unchanged in that same period. The symbiotic relationship between front and back of house has a huge influence on a restaurant's...

  • Crumpet the Elf bares all in 'The SantaLand Diaries' at Millibo Art Theatre

    Crumpet the Elf is about to get real on the holidays. For those unfamiliar, he's the star of "The SantaLand Diaries," stemming from an essay by humorist and writer David Sedaris. The 90-minute, one-man show is based on the one holiday season Sedaris spent working as a Christmas elf in SantaLand at Macy's department store in New York City....

  • Colorado Springs chef teaches clients of AspenPointe culinary skills

    Brent Beavers, training chef at AspenPointe's Café at Citizen's Service Center, prepares a curry chicken soup.

  • Chris Rock shines in 'Top Five'

    Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, JB Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg; directed by Chris Rock; 101 minutes; R for strong sexual content, nudity, crude humor, language throughout and some drug use. "I don't feel funny anymore," claims Andre Allen, the...

  • 'Exodus' is impressive, but might leave you cold

    Sprawling and spectacular, brawny and bloody, Ridley Scott's "Exodus: Gods and Kings" stabs an exclamation point onto a year peppered with religious films, one that began with the less conventional and trippier "Noah." This is Old Testament as action epic, featuring a two-fisted, Hittite-slaying "Prince of Egypt," a Moses selected to lead the...

  • Colorado Springs area music events starting Dec. 12, 2014

    MUSIC - Arnold Hall - Air Force Academy; 333-4497, ticketmaster.com - 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 - Brewer's Republic - 112 N....

  • Colorado Springs area attraction events starting Dec. 12, 2014

    ESCAPES THROUGH jAN. 11 Skate in the Park - Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave., $10, includes skates, free for children younger than 4 with paying adult. Go online for dates and times: downtowncs.com.

  • Colorado Springs area stage events starting Dec. 12, 2014

    STAGE 
OPENING "Rhinoceros" - Opens Friday, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 21, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 
427 E. Colorado Ave., $5-$15; theatredart.org. "God with Us" - Original production, Friday and Saturday, Charis Bible College, 
800 Gospel Truth Way, Woodland Park, $80-$100. Advance tickets:...

  • Colorado Springs area art events starting Dec. 12, 2014

    ARTS ONGOING Wine and Art - 4 p.m. Saturdays, The Broadmoor Galleries, 1 Lake Circle; 577-5744, broadmoorgalleries.com. "Play" - Sean O'Meallie & Jason Chase, through Saturday, GOCA 1420, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway; 255-3504, uccs.edu. Emma Powell - Juggling Butterflies - Through Wednesday, I.D.E.A. Space, Colorado College, Edith Kinney...

  • Colorado music, stage, art events and festivals starting Dec. 12, 2014

    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 MUSIC Saturday: Animals as Leaders and Devin Townsend - 8 p.m., Gothic Theatre, Denver,...

  • Snubs, surprises highlight Golden Globe nominations

    NEW YORK — "Birdman" is soaring. "Boyhood" keeps growing. "Selma" is on the march. And "Unbroken" is... missing in action. In nominations for the 72 annual Golden Globes announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, California, the season's Oscar favorites largely stayed on course, with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Birdman" spreading its wings the...

  • Scott Rudin, Amy Pascal apologize for Jolie, Obama remarks in Sony hacking scandal

    LOS ANGELES — Angelina Jolie and her highly anticipated "Unbroken" may have been shut out at the Golden Globe nominations, but she was still in the Hollywood spotlight Thursday, following the latest in a series of leaked emails in the Sony hacking scandal that calls the actress and director a "spoiled brat." Scott Rudin, the high-powered...

  • Holiday season complete with 'Deck the Hall' at Pikes Peak Center

    It's not Christmas until all 130 of the Colorado Springs Chorale auditioned singers, plus special guests the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Brass Ensemble and two accompanists, perform during the traditional "Deck the Hall" event. "It's become a staple for some segments of the population," says Daniel Brink, interim conductor for the show....

  • Colorado Springs pastry chefs construct a life-size gingerbread house at Broadmoor

    So what happens when you cut 14 chefs loose with 400 pounds of powdered sugar, 300 pounds of flour, 
200 pounds of candy, 120 pounds 
of butter, 100 pounds of honey, 
95 pounds of egg whites, 73 pounds of eggs and 10 pounds of spices during the holiday season? They roll up their white jacket sleeves and build a life-size gingerbread house....

  • ¡Mayday! and Murs bring collaboration tour to Colorado Springs

    7 p.m. Friday, The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., $20-22; 227-7625, blacksheeprocks.com When veteran L.A. rapper Murs joined Miami hip-hop group ¡Mayday! for a track on the band's 2012 album, "Take Me to Your Leader," the musical chemistry was undeniable - for the artists and for their fans. "And after that, we talked back and forth...

  • Shakey Graves does Americana with a suitcase; performance set for Ivywild School

    Shakey Graves is gaining a foothold in Americana and folk music. Even before the Hollywood actor-
turned-musician released his sophomore album in October, "And the War Came," it reached No. 12 on the Americana Music Association radio airplay chart. Shakey's just his stage name. His real moniker is Alejandro Rose-Garcia, and he'll perform...

  • List of nominees for 72nd Golden Globe Awards

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Nominees for the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, California, by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association: MOTION PICTURES —Picture, Drama: "Boyhood," ''Foxcatcher," ''The Imitation Game," ''Selma," ''The Theory of Everything." —Picture, Musical or Comedy: "Birdman," ''The...

  • CBS sets Letterman's last show for May 20

    NEW YORK (AP) — More than 32 years of late-night talk will pass into history next May 20, with CBS' announcement Wednesday that David Letterman will host his final "Late Show" on that day. If Letterman makes all of his scheduled broadcasts until then, CBS said he will have hosted 6,028 versions of the "Late Show" and its NBC predecessor, "Late...

  • CIA report casts new pall over 'Zero Dark Thirty'

    NEW YORK (AP) — The damning Senate Intelligence Committee report on post-9/11 interrogation techniques has cast a new pall over the 2012 film "Zero Dark Thirty." Kathryn Bigelow's docudrama about the hunt for Osama bin Laden ignited controversy for implying that the "enhanced" interrogation techniques of the detainee program helped lead to...

  • Full list of Screen Actors Guild Award nominees

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nominees for the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards announced Wednesday: MOVIES — Actor: Michael Keaton, "Birdman"; Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game"; Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"; Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler"; Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher." — Actress: Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"; Reese...

  • Prepare for your spoonful of sugar with 'Mary Poppins' at Fine Arts Center

    One of the most magical nannies of all time is about to fly through the air and sing with chimney sweeps. "Mary Poppins" opens Thursday at the Fine Arts Center. "It's one of my favorites," says director Scott RC Levy, artistic director at the FAC. "The movie is one of my favorites. I waited two years to get the rights to do the show. It's...

  • Pine Creek High School's HeART Gallery raises awareness about teen suicide

    Pine Creek High School seniors hope a student art gallery will help raise awareness and start a conversation about teen suicide prevention. The school has lost at least one student to suicide every year since senior Mackenzie Heath was a freshman. Those devastating losses prompted her and nine other seniors on the student council to make...

  • Cuba Gooding Jr. cast as OJ Simpson in new FX miniseries

    Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. will play football star turned murder defendant O.J. Simpson and Emmy Award and Golden GlobeAward nominated actress Sarah Paulson will portray prosecutor Marcia Clark in the first installment of Ryan Murphy’s new anthology miniseries for FX, “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.” Murphy...

  • Unique musical offerings offer distinct styles of expression

    Just in time for the music lover in your family, here are reviews of three new compact discs from musicians who have played a big part in the local music scene over the past year. While performed by classical artists, it's hard to imagine three more distinct styles of expression. "Got a Little Rhythm" Amy Burton, soprano; Patrick Mason,...

  • Blog: Kimball's poster sale

    Here's an excellent holiday gift and way to give back, all rolled up into one. Kimball Bayles, owner of Kimball's Peak Three Theater downtown, will hold a move poster sale on Saturday. They're from movies he's shown over the last five years, and range in price from $5-$30. The proceeds from the sale go to The Gazette's Empty Stocking Fund....

  • Q&A: Jimmy Smits talks 'Sons of Anarchy'

    Recently I was able to sit in on a conference call with actor Jimmy Smits, who plays Nero Padilla on the TV show “Sons of Anarchy.” The series wraps up tonight at 8 p.m. on FX. Below is a transcript of the conversation.

  • Colorado Springs theater group opens in new space with 'Rhinoceros'

    It is perhaps fitting that Theatre 'd Art's first performance in its new space at Cottonwood Center for the Arts is Eugene Ionesco's play, "Rhinoceros," a tale about transformation - and pachyderms. "It deals with the nature of conformity and what it means to change into something else, how your perspective - outlook, ideology, philosophical...

  • Pugsley from 'The Addams Family' dies

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ken Weatherwax, who played the child character Pugsley on "The Addams Family" television series in the 1960s, has died. He was 59. Weatherwax died of a heart attack at his Box Canyon, California, home over the weekend, said Joey D. Vieira, his half brother. Weatherwax's body was found on Sunday. Pugsley, the son of Gomez and...

  • Colorado Springs chef shows the tricks of making pad thai

    Jasmine Andrew, owner of Narai Siam Cuisine, prepares pad thai. Visit gazette.com to view the video.

  • Royal Visit: Obama meets with Prince William

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a meeting of president and prince. Britain's Prince William, on a whirlwind three-day visit to the U.S., made a brief stop at the White House Monday for an Oval Office sit-down with President Barack Obama. The two men, both in dark suits, sat side-by-side and exchanged pleasantries before a crush of journalists before...

  • What kinds of commercials are you exposed to during an NFL game?

    I can’t stand television commercials. I dislike them so much that I usually watch my favorite shows only after they’ve been recorded on my DVR. Of course there are times when a TV viewer has no choice but to be exposed to ads. Sporting events like NFL games aren’t much fun to watch if the game has already been played, so watching them live is...

  • Correction: Royals-US Visit story

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Dec. 7 about Prince William and his wife, Kate, visiting New York, The Associated Press reported erroneously that it was the couple's first official U.S. visit. They made an official trip to California in 2011.

  • The 5 Best New TV Shows of 2014

    When examining the television landscape of 2014, it’s hard to imagine the industry having a better year. With streaming services gaining legitimacy in the world of TV (and yes, it’s still television if a show comes from Netflix or Amazon), networks and cable companies have had to up their game. In 2014, they did just that. TV viewers are...

  • Replay: Mild December night brings out thousands for Colorado Springs parade

    A year after temperatures hovering near zero degrees cut attendance and some participants, the 30th annual Festival of Lights parade through downtown Colorado Springs drew animated crowds that filled the sidewalks and enjoyed the relatively warm 30-degree night. For attendees, the weather for the parade was exactly what they had hoped for....

  • Watch: Festival of Lights Parade replay

    The Festival of Lights Parade is a December tradition. No matter how far you've flung yourself around the world in the past three decades, you can always come back and count on a holiday parade downtown on the first Saturday of the last month of the year. The parade's executive director, Terry P. Collinson, on the 2012 parade: "When we had...

  • Bill Cosby show in Pueblo gets refund requests

    PUEBLO — Some people are asking for refunds for an upcoming Bill Cosby show in Pueblo on Jan. 16. The Pueblo Chieftain reports (http://tinyurl.com/n3y5xeo) no refunds have been awarded but that hasn't stopped some ticketholders from asking. In recent weeks more than a dozen women have alleged that Cosby drugged them and sexually assaulted...

  • Beyonce, Pharrell, Sam Smith lead in Grammy nods

    NEW YORK (AP) — The year's brightest newcomer, Sam Smith; the most nominated female in Grammy history, Beyonce; and mega-producer Pharrell led the Grammy Award nominations, with six nominations apiece. Smith's "In the Lonely Hour," Beyonce's surprise self-titled release and Pharrell's "G I R L" will compete for the coveted album of the year,...

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