Friday, September 30, 2011

Show preview: Chamberlin embraces Cults

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 6:03 PM

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Any friend of Cults is a friend of mine — just as long as we're talking about the indie-pop duo whose self-titled debut was easily one of this summer's best albums.

And if you agree, you might want to head over to the Triple Nickel tonight to catch Chamberlin. The Vermont-based band has just released an EP that includes a cover of Cults' "Go Outside" alongside un-ironic homages to Kanye, Vampire Weekend and Foster the People.

To help you make up your mind, we've embedded the Chamberlin version below for your listening pleasure, followed by filmmaker Isaiah Seret's brilliantly moving Jonestown-set video for the original.

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Stormwater fees now really overdue

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 5:25 PM

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If you haven't paid your Stormwater fees yet, there's a good chance that you're opposed to the fees on some deep moral level that won't be moved by say, the threat of late fees or having the charges added to your tax bill.

I mean, hey, lots of people have dodged their tax bill with no problem. Like, for instance, Douglas Bruce. Oh, wait ...

Anyway, I hate to be the bearer of bad news for the rest of you, but you just missed the grace period to pay those fees.


Stormwater payments due today
Property owners with past due stormwater fees can make payments to the City of Colorado Springs by 5 p.m. today, September 30, to avoid having the amount turned over to the El Paso County Treasurer for billing with the 2012 property tax invoices. Accounts will be submitted to the Treasurer the week of October 10, 2011. Once submitted to the Treasurer, an administrative fee is added to the total.

To make a payment, please call (719) 385-5903, option 3. Extra staff has been put on duty to answer the calls and process payments today. Callers reaching voicemail should leave their name and number for a return call. Staff’s goal is to return all messages within one hour. All messages left by 5 p.m. today will be returned today to process any payments. Payments can also be made in person at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave., Suite 202.

The stormwater fee was set to zero at the end of 2009; however, all amounts billed for quarters prior to January 2010 are still owed by City Ordinance. City Council voted to refer all past due amounts to the El Paso County Treasurer for collection on 2012 property tax bills. The City is offering a grace period through today to accept payments before sending accounts to the Treasurer.

Approximately 96% of the billed fees have been collected and were used to pay for stormwater capital improvement projects, maintenance activities and program requirements for the City’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit. With the ending of the fee, there is no funding allocated for capital projects. Monies in the General Fund are used for the permit requirements and minimal maintenance activities. All past due fees collected will go toward those two stormwater program areas.

Here is some information on outstanding accounts from the City’s Finance Department (all numbers are approximate estimates as these amounts change continuously as payments are processed):

· 17,521 letters were mailed to past due accounts in mid-September with a grace period to pay past due fees up until Friday, September 30, at 5 p.m. before submitting accounts to the El Paso County Treasurer

· Since the letters were mailed, approximately 3,700 accounts have been paid with many more payments expected today, September 30

· Depending on the number of payments received today, the City has estimated approximately 11,000 to 13,500 accounts will be sent to the El Paso County Treasurer the week of October 10th

· The dollar amount of the accounts remaining unpaid is estimated to range between $800K-$1.25M
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Jonas McCluggage: Bridging art with guerrilla tactics

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 4:42 PM

If you saw our Seven Days blurb this week on Jonas McCluggage's Cakebox Show today and tomorrow, then you've probably already got your scissors on hand. (If you hadn't seen the blurb, read it first, then come right back here for a preview.)

Early this morning, the location of the show was posted on Facebook. I took a jaunt out there this afternoon and shot some photos.

I don't want to share too much, so you'll go on your own, but I would suggest visiting sooner rather than later. While the Facebook page asks people not to take any art until tomorrow, signs at the bridge simply say:

Free art. Bring scissors.

A chunk of Jonas artists statement

Hanging out over the tracks

Presented with love

At the rate this art is already going, these will be all thats left very, very soon.
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  • At the rate this art is already going, these will be all that's left very, very soon.

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Updates and news from the Manitou Chair Project

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Launch day is getting ever closer for the Manitou Chair Project, led by local artist Sean O'Meallie. Here are some noteworthy tidbits surrounding the event:

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The artist is still looking for chairs from Manitoids, just to ensure the chair line reaches all the way to Tubby's Turnaround from the Business of Art Center. Here are the details:

Organizer Sean O’Meallie emphasizes that he is looking for the type of chairs people use every day — but no barstools, no recliners and no beanbags. To avoid blocking the view of the chairs in front of and behind each chair, they should be approximately 30 to 45 inches tall and approximately 15 to 25 inches wide.
Chairs must be registered for intake by calling 632-1388 or emailing jana@thebac.org. Intake will be 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Oct. 6, 7 and 8 at the Business of Art Center’s Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave. By setting appointments for drop-off, organizers hope to minimize inconvenience for those lending their chairs. Anyone who is unable to deliver their chairs may request pick-up service.

To get the little ones into the artistic spirit: "No Sitting at the Chair Fair!" is a free art workshop for kids in grades 3-5. Hosted by the Manitou Springs Arts Academy, kids will create mixed media pieces that incorporate "drawing, designing, games and movement." Held Sunday, Oct. 2, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Manitou Springs Elementary School (110 Pawnee Ave.) The workshop is first-come, first-served, so sign up in advance by e-mailing manitouspringsartsacademy@gmail.com. More info at 685-2141.

And lastly, just a bit of news; O'Meallie was named Artist of the Year at the Pikes Peak Art Council's recent awards ceremony. Read about this honor, as well as info about the Chair Project at large, at manitouchairproject.org/wordpress.

And look out for the Indy's coverage of the project in next week's paper.

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Go back in time with The Gazette

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 11:37 AM

From the listings desk: Listings is hard, we know. Mistakes are made, given the volume of information.The Gazette undoubtedly knows this, too. Take today's Go!, which included this listing, a favorite of ours that also hit print through much of the summer:

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The Denver Art Museum's blockbuster, Tutankhamun: The Golden King & the Great Pharaohs, closed Jan. 9.

Actually, all of the other shows — except A Visual Alphabet: Herbert Bayer's Anthology Paintings — have closed as well.

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Hooch in the house and Swine flying soon

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Bryce Crawford and I are leaving shortly for the Great American Beer Festival , but I wanted to post a couple of quick food/drink-related notes before I go.

First, I discovered an awesome new policy at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company last night, during the preview of Assassins: incoming performing arts director Scott RC Levy has now allowed drinks to be carried into the theater.

Whats a theater show (especially one with guns) without some booze to accompany it?
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  • What's a theater show (especially one with guns) without some booze to accompany it?

It's a brilliant move (one that makes you wonder why it wasn't allowed up until now) that should boost drink sales for the FAC. I greatly enjoyed sipping on a scotch throughout the show last night, rather than having to quickly down something during intermission.

A second quick update related in part to the FAC: chef Bill Sherman of Amuzé at the FAC says that his other culinary initiative planned for Palmer Lake, The Flying Pig, has been delayed again.

Sherman says he's now awaiting a pre-opening inspection, but "we are finally close."

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Preview: Stream Damon Albarn's next project — right here, right now

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 10:03 AM

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Think of it like Paul Simon's Graceland album — except that instead of it being a major-label pop crooner recruiting South Africans to fill the multi-platinum void left by Art Garfunkel, it's actually Blur/Gorillaz svengali Damon Albarn bringing like-minded indie producers to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for a totally brilliant Oxfam charity benefit.

Which, I guess, doesn't make it much like the Graceland album at all.

Although it won't be released until next week, you can stream Kinshasa One Two by DRC Music it in its entirety below. Learn more about the project, and pre-order the album, by going here.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Rick Perry took a virgin heffer night ridin'

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 4:36 PM

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Bad Lip Reading — a group that dubs sound over what it looks like the target is saying — may be the best thing on YouTube, and thanks to a recent post by the Denver Egotist, we know they've turned their sights on presidential candidate James Richard "Rick" Perry.

Rarely have I tried harder to not annoy my coworkers by giggling incessantly. (Note: Rarely do I try at all, as well.)

Ice cream — that is cheap. Fact. And then I suspended Marsha off this bridge and took a virgin heffer night ridin' for a while; we never got a dead spirit. We hated it though — it's disgusting. Someone had a grade-a lungfish decorate their home for a married fools function.

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Video: Smooth Stones live at the Pikes Peak Center's Studio Bee

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 1:22 PM

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If you missed the first installment in the new series of Studio Bee showcases at the Pikes Peak Center, here's your chance to watch last week's half-hour performance by Colorado Springs soul/jazz/hip-hop group Smooth Stones.

Along with the trio's "no profanity 100% HOT Righteous music," you can hear fine funky basslines and some solid songwriting, especially when frontman Charles "Lucky" Gibbs switches over to keyboards for the Stevie Wonder-inspired "Triple Love" midway through the set.

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UPDATE: It's a sign!

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Academy spokesman Lt. Col. John Bryan has called to tell us he misspoke: Bryan now says he doesn't know specifically the impetus for Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz's letter, but that the academy fully understands the message it contains.

——- ORIGINAL POST, WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28, 1:01 P.M. ——-

If you're driving on Woodmen Road east of Lexington Avenue, you might notice a non-traditional billboard.

This one, funded by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, is a reprint of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz's Sept. 1 edict titled, "Maintaining Government Neutrality Regarding Religion."

MRFF founder Mikey Weinstein, an academy grad, issued this statement about the sign, which was motivated by Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Mike Gould not disseminating the directive to everyone at the academy but rather just to academy leadership.

Today MRFF has paid for a public billboard in Colorado Springs containing the entirety of USAF Chief of Staff Norton Schwartz's Sept. 1, 2011 watershed directive on the imperative of religious neutrality to all USAF members.

MRFF takes this extraordinary action in direct reaction to USAF Academy Superintendent Michael Gould's astonishing refusal to distribute Gen. Schwartz's directive to all Academy personnel under his command. MRFF has twice demanded that Gould so distribute this directive from the Commander of the most powerful air force on planet earth. As a result of Gould's ludicrously transparent and revelatory refusal to distribute the USAF Chief of Staff's religious neutrality directive to all Academy personnel, staff, cadets and government contractors, MRFF's client load at the Academy has shamefully and precipitously skyrocketed from 297 to 341 in just the last 9 days.

Since Gould will not spread this critically important message of religious neutrality generated by his boss, General Schwartz in the Pentagon, MRFF is compelled, yet once again, do Gould's duty for him. With this billboard displaying Gen. Schwartz's desperately needed demand for religious equanimity, MRFF will give voice to the voiceless who suffer from horrendous religious oppression and tyranny everyday under Gould's control at the Constitutionally-challenged U.S. Air Force Academy. Personally, as President and Founder of MRFF, Gould's willful, abject failure to do that which is clearly right here can perhaps best be characterized by the observation that I have never known a more vulgar expression of betrayal and deceit.

But academy spokesman Lt. Col. John Bryan says Commandant of Cadets Brig. Gen. Richard Clark gave copies of Schwartz's letter to his air officer commandings (AOCs) and squadron leaders to disseminate to cadets on Monday.

"Gen. Clark's approach was similar to Gen. Gould's a few weeks ago, when he held his weekly staff meeting w/his senior commanders and directors, passed out some copies of the CSAF memo and discussed its message with those senior USAFA commanders and directors—directing them to ensure this message got out to permanent party, staff and cadets, here," Bryan writes in an e-mail. "It's what we call the Chain of Command and how we communicate quite often."

In an interview, Bryan says, "I don't know why it's such an issue. Has every cadet seen this? Probably not. Has ever permanent party [faculty and staff] seen this? Probably not. That memo wasn't written for the academy." He says it was aimed at an Air Force missile training program in which Biblical references were used.

"[Gould] trusts his commanders to get the word out," Bryan says, stressing that, "From the times these cadets hit basic training, they get religious respect training."

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Indy Minute

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 7:59 AM

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The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre starts the 2011/2012 season off with a bang, while six grand pianos duel it out at Packard Hall and the Harvest Festival helps you celebrate the season. Jack Ward has the details in this week's Indy Minute.

Tune into the Indy Minute — as seen on ABC affiliate KRDO News Channel 13 — each week for details on all the events that entertain and bring our community together. It's simulcast on KRDO News Radio 105.5 FM and 1240 AM.


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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Colorado Mountain Brewery to open second location on the west side

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 6:57 PM

More of this goodness, headed to the west side soon.
Co-owner Scott Koons confirmed today that he will be opening a second Colorado Mountain Brewery location in the former Van Briggle Pottery building at 600 S. 21st St.

The second location comes just over a year after Colorado Mountain Brewery's opening near the Air Force Academy, and it is just the beginning of larger expansion plans for the company, according to Koons.

We'll have more for you about those plans, as well as a timeline for this new location's opening and a look at the tentative brew and food menu in tomorrow's Indy.

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Stormwater bullying to stop

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 2:50 PM

For city and county officials, it was an embarrassing situation: A collection agency hired to gather delinquent Stormwater fees dipping into tills at businesses and using other bullying tactics.

And it will stop.

This just came in from the city:

City Council stops till tap collections of City debts
City Council met in closed session on Tuesday, September 27, and decided to instruct A-1 Collections to no longer use till taps as a means of collecting on any judgments related to any City accounts. The City Council first learned of this collection method late Friday, September 23, from media reports and scheduled a closed session after their Formal Council Meeting yesterday to end this procedure effective immediately.

As of June, this mobile home par was delinquent on fees.
  • As of June, this mobile home par was delinquent on fees.

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Drilling likely to be iced temporarily

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 11:26 AM

As interest in drilling for oil and gas heats up in eastern El Paso County, the county is realizing it's not prepared.

Lathen: Wants to be sure.
  • Lathen: Wants to be sure.

The Development Services Department will ask commissioners tomorrow to suspend accepting new land use applications for oil and gas exploration for four months.

“We’ve had two very well attended town hall meetings and one informative work session where Development Services and County Attorney staff reviewed the types of local regulations used in other Colorado counties where they have a lot of experience with oil and gas operations,” Commissioner Chair Amy Lathen said in a press release, “but we need to make sure that we have the right procedures in place before we are asked to consider applications for potentially large drilling operations.”

If approved, the suspension would last until January.

Meantime, commissioners will hold a second work session to discuss land use regulations specific to oil and gas exploration following the Thursday meeting. The session starts at 1 p.m. in the third floor hearing room, 27 E. Vermijo Ave.

By way of background, Ultra Petroleum of Houston bought about 18,000 acres of the Banning Lewis Ranch out of bankruptcy recently and wants to drill on the property. To do that, the land will either have to be de-annexed and placed under county land development rules, or its master plan changed to allow drilling rather than traditional residential and commercial development for which it now is zoned. Ultra has said it wants to change the annexation agreement, which spells out the developer's responsibility for building roads, police and fire stations and other infrastructure.

Banning Lewis was a chief reason for the Southern Delivery System pipeline project that's now under construction and will divert $2.3 billion from customers' wallets over the next 30 or so years to fund the pipeline.

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Bonus CineFiles: Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace, The Magnificent Seven, The Return of the Magnificent Seven, and The Exterminator!

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 7:20 AM

Most weeks, I review more DVDs than the Indy can fit into print. You can look for extra write-ups here, on the IndyBlog.

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Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace (NR) (Blu-Ray)
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

I waited all day this past Friday for my review copy of Star Wars: the Complete Saga on Blu-Ray. It never came, but this kid-friendly spin-off, based on the popular video games, did. Am I disappointed? Sure. But it could be worse. I actually enjoyed this uber-silly non-canon Star Wars tale that is reminiscent of a more family-friendly Robot Chicken spoof more than anything else. Jedi Master Yoda takes a group of younglings on a field trip to the Senate chambers when they run into a trouble-making young orphan named Han. They discover a nefarious plot by Emperor Palpatine to steal secret rebel plans, with comical results. At only 22 minutes long, it manages to be more fun and fast-paced than the entire whole of The Phantom Menace. You know… thinking about having to sit through that again, I’m almost glad I didn’t get those original saga Blu-Rays. Almost.


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The Magnificent Seven / The Return of the Magnificent Seven (NR) (Blu-Ray)
MGM/20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

One of the fondest memories I have of my dad is, when I was a young un’, on Saturday afternoons, watching the western movies that ran like clockwork on the local UHF station. There’d be standbys like Shane or The Alamo, easily mingling with cultish flicks like They Call Me Trinity or A Fistful of Dynamite. One of my favorites was the action-packed The Magnificent Seven and its sequel, The Return of the Magnificent Seven. Based on Akira Kurasawa’s The Seven Samurai and featuring an all-star cast led by Yul Brenner and Steve McQueen, these are real testosterone-driven actioners, with the titular heroic gunslingers defending the poor and downtrodden from gangs of blood-thirsty bandits and the like. There’s no black or white here, no moral ambiguity; good’s good, bad’s bad. That’s why I loved these movies so much: They were heroes to look up to and admire. In retrospect, exactly like my dad.


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The Exterminator: Unrated Director’s Cut (NR) (Blu-Ray)
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It must have sucked to have lived in a major metropolitan area in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Look at movies like Death Wish, Vigilante or Defiance, which show that living in the ghetto war zones of New York City or L.A. was a veritable death sentence, one doled out with no remorse by only the most comically neon-painted of multi-racial punks and thugs. It was kill-or-be-killed, and when the dirty cops weren’t doing their job, you picked up a blowtorch and did it yourself! One of the best revenge flicks was 1980’s The Exterminator, finally released on Blu-Ray by Synapse. Robert Ginty is a Vietnam vet, minding his own business, working a job down at the loading docks, when his Army buddy is ruthlessly cut down by a local gang. Using all his hand-to-hand skills, he wages a bloody one-man war on crime that is even more delirious thanks to this thrilling new director’s cut.

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