Tuesday, March 29, 2011

UPDATE: Side Dish extras

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 4:55 PM

But wait ... there's more.

Broadway Deli owner Eric Velasquez confirms that he closed his 10-year-old location at 7170 N. Academy Blvd. earlier this week.

Now he's all-in at his new location at 4475 Northpark Drive.

Velasquez says this wasn't the plan all along; instead, he says he's responding to the demands of the moment.

"It's the construction [at Woodmen Road and Academy Boulevard] — we made it through the economy, but the construction has put a hurt on us," he says. "I was really hoping to make it through summer, but I had to do it."

On the positive side of the move, Velasquez says that 90 percent of the regulars that he's spoken to say they'll see him at the new location, just a five- to 10-minute drive away. Plus the new space is larger, allowing him "room to grow and evolve" — it's got banquet space, and Velasquez is looking to also start pizza delivery and obtain a liquor license.

• For the second time inside of 12 months, India Palace has new owners.

Springs-raised Rag Kumar and his family have taken over; his mother, who has cooked for other outfits locally such as Taste of India, does the cooking. Rag says they've always wanted to have their own restaurant.

He also says the new menu features more Northern-Indian styles of cooking, including the use of a little more meat (including beef), though plenty of vegetarian options remain.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily for the lunch buffet and 5 to 9:30 p.m. (till 10 p.m. on weekends) for dinner service.

• In the last couple days, the Gazette has reported that Piazza Wine Bar and Pizzeria has closed at 806 Village Center Drive, soon to be replaced by Wyatt's Pub & Grill, and that the space at 101 N. Tejon St. formerly known as the Metropolitain (note: it was not spelled Metroplitian) will soon turn into something called The Local Food and Drink.

• Lastly, we've discovered yet another yet-to-open, self-serve frozen yogurt operation, which seems to confirm our first noticeable food trend of 2011. Take a look at Lulu's Frozen Yogurt for now, and I'll have details on the tentative opening date and more in our April 7 paper.


—— ORIGINAL POST, 5:45 P.M., FRIDAY, MARCH 25 ——

Ahead of next week's Side Dish column, here's some food buzz:

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  • The crack dealer approaches ...

Boulder Street Coffee Roasters (322. N. Tejon St.) is under new ownership and currently undergoing some work. Signs in the windows direct interested applicants to apply at a website for Colorado Springs Coffee. We'll have more for you once we make contact.

• Several folks have tipped me off to new activity at the old Mr. B's BBQ and Soul Food site at the intersection of Cimarron and Sierra Madre streets. I should be speaking with the site's owner early next week and will hopefully have an update for you then.

• I did speak with Jorge's owner Jorge Ayala this week, and will have info for you in next week's Side Dish regarding the tentative reopening date of the expanding Mexican outfit.

• I've also chatted with the folks who purchased the former Nile Café in Manitou Springs, which is now called the Sahara Café. Again, details in next week's paper.

• Lastly, according to a location page on the corporate website, Colorado Springs should see its first Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt store soon at 7335 N. Academy Blvd. If you'll recall, we told you about the item, nicknamed "crackberry," back in mid 2007, here.

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Art: Restoration vs. Conservation

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 12:42 PM

A coworker and I have waged an argument over the past few months about the nature of art restoration and conservation. The question standing: If a piece of art is flaking or falling apart (read: damaged), should it be restored to its "original" state? (Original meaning what it looked like before, having the help of a professional.)

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I hold that yes, it should be. Or, if a piece is missing, help maintain the integrity of the artwork by adding a new portion but slightly discolor it, so viewers know the difference between the original and the new parts.

My colleague thinks that no such thing should happen. He feels that if a piece of art is disintegrating, that it should go, because any care taken to preserve it subtracts from the artist's intent and workmanship.

Well, I can no longer argue with him about it, but I suggested he attend "The Conservation of Historical Art" and take his grievances up with the presenter Victoria Ryan, an art conservator. The lecture takes place Friday, April 8 at 11 a.m. at the Old Colorado City History Center (1 S. 24th St., occhs.org).

From Peak Radar:

Victoria Ryan, an art conservator, will present a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the detailed procedures to preserve old art pieces. She recently completed work on an 1895 painting of George Washington by local artist, Charles Craig. The painting was originally donated to Washington Elementary School by the artist but has since traveled to several Westside schools and currently hangs at West Elementary.

Ms. Ryan will help you understand the difference between “conservation” and “restoration” which you may hear recommended on TV’s Antiques Roadshow. She has operated Art Care Services, in Colorado Springs, for twenty years, has served on the faculties of Queen’s University, Ontario and the University of Denver.

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Night of Fetish and Queer Youth Prom

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 10:42 AM

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From the listings desk: Here are two very different listings that came in late from the Pride Center of Colorado Springs.

Ascension IV — A Night of Fetish, about what you'd guess, a self-billed largest fetish event in southern Colorado; "a cabaret of kinky provocateurs" for anyone 18 and up. Hit the website for a full list of entertainment. $10. Sat., April 2, 10 p.m. Underground, 110 N. Nevada Ave., undergroundbars.com/fetish.

Queer Youth Prom support, donations are needed to supply food and drinks for this event on April 1, which must be purchased through the Pikes Peak Center's private catering company. As little as $5 will help. Contact Inside/Out Youth Services to inquire, 328-1056, shawna@insideoutys.org.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Energy conference coming to town

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 4:59 PM

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"Leadership from across science, industry, policy and finance" will expand their carbon footprint this April by fossil fueling their way to the Springs for the 2011 Global New Energy Summit.

Here's the agenda, which includes sessions on natural gas, the future of fossil fuels, domestic and international energy policy, the potential for interdependent renewable energy supplies, and so on.

Keynotes and other speakers will include Colorado's U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, former Gov. Bill Ritter, and these people:

Dan Arvizu — director - NREL
Suedeen Kelly — former commissioner - FERC
Tom Baruch — founder & partner emeritus — CMEA Capital
Marianne Kah, chief economist, ConocoPhillips
Joe Welch — chairman & CEO — ITC Holdings Corp
Nancy Tuor - group president and corporate sponsor for sustainability — CH2M Hill

The conference will be held April 17-19 at the Broadmoor. If you are interested, and haven't registered yet, you can still get in (but it's gonna cost you the late-registration fee). Here you go: Check out the rates.

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'You don't know the power of the dark side'

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 4:27 PM

So we're putting together a look at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center's 75th anniversary celebration and we keep running across tons of cool facts that we, meaning me, had no idea about. Like, did you know that Frank Lloyd Wright, Langston Hughes, Jimmy Stewart and the Trapp Family Singers ("The hills are alive ...") have all made appearances at the Center?

So here's another view, from the guts of the museum, which contain the coolest doors this side of the Death Star. In the elevator are giant works from former Broadmoor Art Academy director Boardman Robinson (not to mention curator Blake Milteer and a host of other fine folks). The only thing missing from the video is "The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)".

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Bahr out of town until run-off

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 2:45 PM

The Bahrs are adding to their sizable gang.
  • The Bahrs are adding to their sizable gang.
Brian Bahr's campaign has announced that the mayoral candidate will be traveling out of the country until mid-April.

Bahr and his wife are traveling to China to adopt two daughters, ages 5 and 9. The Bahrs started the adoption process in 2009, and the arduous ordeal has finally ended — unexpectedly — in the middle of the election.

"I consider traveling to China to pick up our daughters and to finalize the adoption as the most important thing I could be doing right now, regardless of whether there are political consequences," Bahr stated in a press release. "After so many months of waiting, we're grateful to finally receive travel approval. We are excited to meet our daughters, to embrace them, and to bring them home!"

If Bahr is a finalist in the April election, he will still have time after he returns from China for a short campaign blitz before the May 17 run-off.

The Bahrs already have five living children, as well as a son who passed away at birth.

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Somnombulance and a sneak peek at the Peak

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 12:21 PM

So my jackass cold kept me from attending Black Fox Brewing's second anniversary party that I told you about here last week.

But a friend went and calls the featured Somnombulance beer a "must-try."

Here's what she said:

This one is made using coffee beans, Ghirardelli caramel and vanilla beans. On the east coast, they drink something called Coffee Cabinets (it may just be a Rhode Island thing). This is one beer I'd use to supplement the coffee syrup. So good!

That's no surprise to me, considering how much I enjoyed Black Fox's La Noche del Diablo beer at the All Colorado Beer Festival.

As soon as my cold is kicked ... and assuming there's any left, I'm heading out to try this beer. Though that may be a futile endeavor, because a note on the Black Fox Facebook page says that it is out at Bristol Brewery, and is "now only available at the party or wherever it can still be found on tap."

And while on the topic of beer, yet again, another quick update on Pikes Peak Brewing Company, courtesy of local beer guru Eli Shayotovich, who took a tour of the facility-in-progress on Saturday.

Watch the second episode of his Mad Man's Epic Beer Time show here, and you'll take the tour with him:

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First Friday in OCC starts this week

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Its not a spring image, but its what you might see this Friday.
  • It's not a spring image, but it's what you might see this Friday.

From the listings desk: This is just a reminder that First Friday art walks start up again this week in Old Colorado City. From 5 to 8 p.m. about a dozen businesses will be open with refreshments, showcases of new art and artists to chat with.

Establishments include: Arati Artists Gallery, A Call to Life, Hunter Wolff Gallery, Kathleen McFadden's Range Gallery, Michael Garman Museum, Simpich Showcase, Yobel Market and more.

Right now, Friday's forecast looks to be sunny and in the high 60s. Here's hoping it stays that way.

For more information, visit bestartontheavenue.com.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

News from the BAC

Posted By on Sun, Mar 27, 2011 at 8:25 PM

If you'll excuse the self-promotion — I'm a member of the board of directors at the Business of Art Center — there are some upcoming events worth sharing that involve the Manitou Springs nonprofit.

• Saturday, April 2, 5-6 p.m. happy hour, 6-8 p.m. “Drink and Draw” workshop sampler. $20 for four workshops on drawing with live models, stenciling, paper folding with painting and stamping, and lantern-making sculpture. Artists of all skill levels welcome.

• Friday, April 22, 5-8 p.m. Opening receptions for: “Passion Retold,” frescoed images by Kevin Thayer; “Becoming Animal,” new work by Pauline Foss; “A Retrospective,” work by painter Lance Green; and “Prints of Peace,” art by at-risk students.

• Friday, April 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m. “Artful Antics for Adults,” a collaboration between the BAC and the Manitou Springs Arts Academy. For $30 pre-registration ($35 at the door), artists and wannabes can make art using physical spontaneity and humor, led by visual art and theater instructors.

In addition, the BAC will be a partner in “The Chair Project,” spearheaded by acclaimed sculptor Sean O’Meallie. Plans call for a line of 500 to 1,000 empty chairs extending from the BAC up the middle of a deserted Manitou Avenue on an early morning in October 2011. The three-hour-long installation will be documented through photography and video, which will be displayed at the BAC in 2012, and through posters and other memorabilia.

In other BAC-related news, the nonprofit recently more than doubled its board of directors. The new members are: Roland Etcheverry, a former IT executive and psychologist; Natalie Johnson, owner of Black Cat Books in Manitou Springs; John-Alex Mason, renowned musician and vocalist; Chuck Murphy, president of Murphy Constructors; Linda Ross, BAC ceramics artist; and Jim Woods, president of MckinleyWoods management consultants.

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Listings leftovers

Posted By on Sun, Mar 27, 2011 at 11:13 AM

From the listings desk: Here are a few extra events you might want to know about.

• "Aftershocks: Images After Sexual Abuse," a multimedia event hosted by Joyce Aubrey as part of the Finding Our Voices art exhibit. Aubrey will share 20 of her paintings, followed by a reading of original poetry by survivors of sexual violence. Free. Sat., March 26, 1 p.m. Business of Art Center, 517 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. fovcosprings.org.

• Mile High Bargain Fine Art Fair, a sale of vintage prints, paintings and sculptures, including works by Charles Bunnell, Edgar Britton, members of the Broadmoor Art Academy and more. Fri., March 25-Sat., March 26, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun., March 27, noon to 5 p.m. Gilmore Art Center, 2119 Curtis St., Denver. 303/308-1270.

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• National Mill Dog Rescue/Whole Foods Market Five Percent Day, the grocery chain two Colorado Springs locations will donate five percent of all its sales on Sat., April 9 to the NMDR. milldogrescue.org.

• Book signing with Mary Roach, a reading and talk with Roach, the widely published author of the nonfiction books Stiff and Spook. Roach will discuss her new book, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, in which she explores the strange complexities of space travel, covering "the consequences of vomiting in your helmet during a space walk and the feasibility of sex in zero gravity." $5. Sun., April 3, 2 p.m. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder. boulderbookstore.indiebound.com.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

A sign of the times

Posted By on Sat, Mar 26, 2011 at 9:15 AM

The same nostalgia fueling posts by fellow bloggers Bryce Crawford and J. Adrian Stanley is alive within me. Thursday, I witnessed history in the making when a new sign was bolted onto the roof of the Flowerama on the corner of East Platte Avenue and North Circle Drive, replacing the skeleton of a sign that teased of this moment, and ushering in a new and improved era.

Like all good stories, this one starts in a golden time that once was. Here is Flowerama-past, when a dozen roses were a mere $12.99. This image is forever entombed for our children and children's children in the annals of Google Earth’s street-view, where it was pilfered for this retrospective:

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Here is Flowerama-present circa Thursday, ushering in the new era:

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You really don’t mind dropping the extra dollars on a dozen roses when it funds this level of beautification. We’ll always have the memories…

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Church makes kids fat

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Religion: Making kids fat throughout the ages.
  • Religion: Making kids fat throughout the ages.

In the old days, before science provided increasingly bizarre study results, children had to rely on their own imaginations to get out of going to church.

There was playing sick or pointing to a supposed mountain of homework that needed to be completed. And, of course, there was my personal favorite childhood cop-out: "I think I'd rather just stay here and read the Bible." (Translation: Wahaha!)

Anyway, kids today can just say, "No thanks, mom, I'm really trying to watch my weight." Yep, science has proven it: Church makes young people fat.

Is it all that talk of fish and loaves? The cookies the old ladies pile onto the coffee table? The after-church Sunday breakfast at the local pancake parlor? Is the "body of God" more fattening than any of us ever suspected?

Hard to say, hard to say. But one way or another, statistics show that little Danny and Suzy are getting replenished with more than the glory of god in your local house of worship. Their cup is being filled, so to speak, likely with full calorie soda. A mighty fortress is not their mouths.

... OK, I'll stop. Here's what MSNBC had to say:

The study, presented at a meeting of the American Heart Association, followed 2,433 men and women starting between the ages of 20 and 32 for 18 years. Study subjects were all of normal weight at the beginning of the study. By the end, however, those who had attended a religious function at least once a week were more likely to be obese, posting a body mass index of 30 or higher. Previous research by Northwestern Medicine has found a correlation between religious involvement and obesity in middle age and older adults.

Read the full article here.

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UPDATE: Guess who won't pay their light bill

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 4:51 PM

UPDATE:
My apologies but I gave you incorrect information on one point. The
litigation trust was actually funded with $14.5 million, not $25
million.

Again, my apologies.

Robert Emmers
Sitrick And Company
1840 Century Park East
Ste. 800
Los Angeles, CA 90067
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In the last three years, Colorado Springs Utilities has been forced to eat nearly $1.5 million in uncollectible accounts due to bankruptcy filings. That includes a sizable bill incurred by the Gazette, an obligation shed by the newspaper's parent company during its bankruptcy proceedings.

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According to bankruptcy documents filed in January, Utilities is owed $16,144 because the debt was "disallowed" by the bankruptcy court. In other words, Utilities can probably kiss that money goodbye.

Another document states the sum was disallowed from collection from Gazette parent Freedom Communications due to "insufficient documentation to determine whether and/or to what extent the claim constitutes a 503(b)(9) claim."

Documents show that Utilities stood to lose more, but did recover a payment of $72,628 from Freedom.

Freedom spokesman Bob Emmers says Utilities' bill, along with many others, were to be paid from a $25 million litigation trust account set up during the bankruptcy proceedings. Problem is, Freedom owed way more than the $25 million, so some creditors took it in the shorts.

"Freedom is out of it at this point," Emmers says. "This trust has final say if those remaining creditors will get paid. Unfortunately, there were a lot of folks who got lots of money disallowed."

That's nice. Getting a pass on part of your utility bill, while you increase costs to your customers. Which is to say subscribers are reporting their renewal notices come with a jacked-up price, and some are saying, "No, thanks." One recent renewal notice told the customer the price would increase to $225 a year from $168. All while the newspaper that hits the driveway is getting smaller.

Anyway, Freedom isn't alone in its bankruptcy situation. Utilities spokesman Steve Berry says bankruptcies that affect the city-owned utility are going up. Here's the data Berry provided.

In 2008, Utilities wrote off $402,734 because of 1,493 bankruptcy filings.
In 2009, Utilities wrote off $302,695 because of 1,828 bankruptcy filings.
In 2010, Utilities wrote off $740,370 because of 1,835 bankruptcy filings.

Generally speaking, the data show that commercial accounts are responsible for the biggest write-offs, though they comprise the smaller segment of bankruptcy filings, as compared to residential. For example, last year, 26 percent of the bankruptcies affecting Utilities were commercial, but they accounted for 73 percent of the amount Utilities wrote off.

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LCD Soundsystem's farewell show will stream live

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 3:52 PM

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When IndyBlog breathlessly previewed the LCD Soundsystem show last fall at the Fillmore Auditorium, we had no way of knowing it would be Colorado's last chance to witness James Murphy and his band live.

Unless, that is, you count the Madison Square Garden webcast announced earlier today.

On Saturday, April 2, the band's farewell performance will be streamed live by Pitchfork via this link. It's a one-time deal, so mark your calendar now.

Here's a little more about the show, courtesy of the press release the band put out announcing its retirement:

good people of earth:

lcd soundsystem are playing madison square garden on april 2nd, and it will be our last show ever. we are retiring from the game. gettin’ out. movin’ on. but for just one more night, we will be playing with friends and family for nearly 3 hours—playing stuff we’ve never played before and going out with a bang. and we’d like you to be there.

if you would, we’d love it if people all came in white. or black. or black and white. and come ready to have fun, please. and come early, as the festivities will be opened by our favorites, liquid liquid. yes: liquid liquid.

if it’s a funeral, let’s have the best funeral ever!!!

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Will Lamborn sign the pledge?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 3:35 PM

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Congressman Doug Lamborn hates the idea of big government spending constituents' hard-earned tax dollars on socialisms so much that he introduced a (probably unconstitutional) bill into the U.S. House that would shut off the geyser of dollar bills to the "left-leaning" National Public Radio.

This is a principled stance, OK? Lamborn says that government is just too big:

Congressional Republicans must show the American people that we are serious about cutting spending and reducing the size and scope of the federal government. We simply cannot afford to subsidize NPR, or any other organization that is not doing an essential government service. The government must learn to live within its means.

Well, well. Maybe there's some truth to that. It is awfully expensive to wage war. And those big-time tax breaks we are giving good corporate neighbors like G.E. don't come cheap, neither.

So on Monday, a group of Lamborn's tax-strapped constituents are gonna see if he'll put an end to another wasteful, socialist giveaway of their hard-earned dollars: the huge subsidies to not-exactly-struggling oil companies.

According to Fremont County businessman, Paul Carestia, "This idea stems from Congressman Lamborn's strongly endorsing that corporations that are profitable to stand on their own two feet, and not taking subsidies from the U.S. government. And what we would like for him to do — if that's a reasonable position to take — we believe that it would also be a reasonable position to take with other members of private industry, namely the energy industry."

"And so, we would like him to pledge," he continues, "and that is our goal on Monday, is to get him to sign our pledge that he will take the same stand that he is taking against NPR with the energy industry."

Carestia and others will be in front of Lamborn's district office this coming Monday at 10:30 a.m. His office is located at 1271 Kelly Johnson Blvd., #110.

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