Wednesday, November 28, 2012

You should check out stories on college guns, dam deaths and the Springs' 'dark ages'

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Got a minute? You should check out:

• How a Toronto newspaper tells the story of Colorado Springs' "dark ages," as somebody (apparently) put it to the reporter. (National Post)

• A snarky take on the fact that no student has taken the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs up on its offer to allow him or her to carry a gun on campus, as long as they live in a specific dorm. (Gawker)

• The staff remake taking place in the Senate president's office now that Colorado Springs legislator John Morse is in the house. (Denver Post)

• The folks celebrating the death of a dam originally pushed by Colorado Springs Utilities. (Fly Rod + Reel Online)

• All the tiny ornaments made by little hands in Springs schools that will decorate the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree. (Associated Press, via Washington Post)

And feel free to comment on anything we've missed ...

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Art in the Alleyway coming Dec. 7

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 3:33 PM

People luring you into an alleyway sounds like a bad idea, but not when it's a bright alley, dotted with galleries, artwork, food and drink.

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  • Something that looks like this.

That's the idea behind the Art in the Alleyway event scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7 from 4-9:30 p.m. In an effort to raise awareness about the Alley Arts District plans for gentrification — which have been conceptualized by HB&A Architects and Planners and promoted by Brett and Lauren Andrus of the Modbo and S.P.Q.R. — members of Leadership Pikes Peak: Leadership NOW!'s class, with the help of Mayor Steve Bach's Streetscapes team and HB&A, will set up a "pit stop" for pedestrians in the alley running north and south of Bijou Street between Cascade Avenue and Tejon Street.

Here's the gist, from an e-mail from spokesperson Chelsie Reynolds:

We will be a "pit stop" for the pedestrian traffic, rerouting them to walk through the alleyway to stop at the Modbo art gallery and continue on to where our team will be, located in the alleyway behind Remax. We will be getting donated artwork from youth at Spring Creek, Bemis Art schools veterans program, and Cottonwood artists to display along the alley walls, and project the proposed renderings that HB&A is providing to show people what the future could be for the alleyways if we could connect arts and culture in the community.

They hope to also have a food truck, coffee barista and beer to serve to visitors.

For more on the event, click the pdf, and for more on the Streetscapes team, visit their Facebook page here.

Art_in_the_Alleyway_Flyer.pdf

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Dougan to seek re-election

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 2:36 PM

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City Council District 2 representative Angela Dougan has announced she will seek a second term.

Since being elected in 2011, Dougan has become known for her conservative views and tendency to support Mayor Steve Bach. She has been supportive of spending in her own district, especially for a new fire station, but has often made headlines by targeting other city expenditures for ridicule. Dougan has strongly opposed installing Neumann Technology upgrades to the Drake Power Plant.

The following is from her campaign:

Angela Dougan has announced she is officially running for City of Colorado Springs City Council District 2 today, November 28, 2012.

After much exploration into whether I should run for a four year term, I was quite honored to see the overflowing amount of support and encouragement for me to run for re-election. Just this week, I have already picked up nearly 4000.00 dollars in donations and thousands more have been pledged. I am just amazed at the incredible amount of volunteers who are stepping up to help with my campaign. It is very humbling.

I will continue to work hard to be the voice of the citizens of District 2 and will keep demanding that every tax dollar /rate payer dollar is treated as the precious commodity it is, and that government will focus on what government does best; infrastructure, streets, transportation and public safety which will enhance job growth. I pledge to keep bringing common sense back to table.


Angela Dougan was elected in April of 2011 to fill the seat of Darryl Glenn when he was elected to County Commissioner. She has worked with Darryl for over 6 years and they still collaborate on many City and County overlaps. She has served on the PPRTA board, PPACG alternate for two years as well as the Oil and Gas Task Force. Before her time on Council she was very involved in School District 20 by serving on numerous committees and volunteering. She also served on COG, Sustainability Committee and currently serves as a PCT leader for the El Paso GOP. She is mother of two wonderful daughters and is married to Dennis Dougan who has served this city as an Officer/SGT for the CSPD for over 30 years. She has a degree from UCCS in Sociology and strives every day to ensure your voice is heard District 2.

Contact her at dougancampaign@gmail.com

Web site will be www.angeladougan.com to be up by New year’s

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Wind power can reduce global warming

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Wind energy, Drake Power Plant, oil and gas regulations

Perhaps it's appropriate that today Environment Colorado released a report from the Environment America Research and Policy Center that concludes that:

"Coal- and natural gas-fired power plants pollute our air, are major contributors to global warming and consume vast amounts of water — harming our rivers and lakes and leaving less water for other uses. Wind energy has none of these problems. It produces no air pollution, makes no contribution to global warming and uses no water."

So begins the "Wind Power for a Cleaner America" report, a copy of which is here:
Colorado_Wind_Study.pdf

The reason the report is appropriate at this time is two-fold:

First, last night, the Colorado Springs City Council adopted an ordinance that clears the way for oil and gas drilling within the city limits. The vote was 6-3. Councilors Jan Martin and Val Snider opposed the regulations based on concerns for the environment, while Council President Scott Hente voted no, because he doesn't like the state telling the city, which has home-rule powers, what it can and can't do to regulate land use.

The vote means that come January, Ultra Resources of Houston can proceed with drilling two wells for which the state has granted permits on the Banning Lewis Ranch in eastern Colorado Springs. The company undoubtedly will be applying for additional permits as well. Too, other companies possess mineral rights in El Paso County and are interested in drilling.

Second, the City Council is reportedly negotiating with the Sierra Club to delay installing emissions control equipment on coal-fired Drake Power Plant until a study is completed about how to replace the plant and when. We reported on that here.

So it seems like a breath of fresh air to find out that we can escape the travails of fossil fuels by simply relying on wind.

The report says that America has more than doubled use of wind power since 2008, and that wind has displaced the equivalent of the pollution created by 13 million cars.

But here's what I don't understand. If it's true as the report says that wind energy makes no contribution to air pollution, what kind of power is fueling the factories that crank out the wind turbines, windmills and transmission lines required to create wind energy?

We asked that question, and got this response from Anneli Berube, regional field organizer with Environment Colorado:

Perhaps we should have been a little clearer. At the point of generation, wind produces no pollution or consumes no water. You are right that the manufacture of wind turbines and the transporting of them uses energy; which would yield some environmental impacts. But, energy is used to make fossil fuel and nuclear plants, energy is used in the extraction of fuels during mining and drilling, and energy is used to transport the fuels to the plants, all of which also have additional environmental impacts from those sources which we did not include in the comparison. The same is true for the transmission lines.

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The scourge of demon sex

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 1:32 PM

A succubus caught in action.
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  • A succubus caught in action.

Here's an inexplicable item we found in our news feed.

Alternet picked up on a recent article featured in Charisma magazine about Contessa Adams.

The Charisma article goes into detail about Adams' belief that, back in the day, she was the sexual plaything of demonic spirits.

For nearly two decades, Contessa Adams felt as though she had no power against the demonic violators of her body. She felt trapped in secrecy and shame and knew that the demons tormenting her wanted things to stay that way.

But God had another agenda for Adams when she found Christ in 1979. The former stripper has a ministry through which she exposes one of Satan's darkest secrets—sexual demons.

These spiritual rapists, as Adams describes them in her book, Consequences, often prey on people by performing sexual acts through nightmares and erotic dreams. Some people become so dependent upon these demonic experiences that they actually look forward to them.

This isn't the first time Charisma wrote about Adams. Back in 2000, the magazine did a story about her escape from voodoo.

According to Adams' autobiography, Consequences, Satan claimed her from birth by using a midwife named Flossie—a known witch on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

"In retrospect, my theory for all this was that when the servant of Lucifer blew breath into my mother...hell spoke," she writes. "The monarch of hell uttered, 'Both can live, only if I have the soul of the child!' [My] mother admits that she was voodooed or hexed, as it were. One could easily say that from my birth I was raised by a hexed, voodooed or a demon-possessed woman."

Adams had other relatives who were involved in the occult. The most notable was her maternal grandfather, who was a witch doctor. He was considered a "good" one because he reversed spells and curses that were cast on family members.

For Adams, practicing voodoo and various forms of Santería was kid stuff, she says. There was a deeper evil she craved, and she literally had an appetite for it. One of her favorite delicacies was "black pudding"—a concoction containing raw animal blood.

Yum.

Anyway, you can imagine the treatment that Alternet gave Adams' "demon sex" claims.

Then God came along and ruined everything, I mean saved her, putting her on the path to righteousness and helping others who are (naked) wrestling with their own sex demons.

But demons aren't just about getting laid. They're wreaking havoc all over the place, in addition to the mischief they've wrought on confused Christian genitalia.

The primary demon fighter in the modern Christian world is the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), a global network of Charismatic Christian ministries devoted to Dominionism, the idea that they must take over public institutions in order to save America and the world from ... demons (and gays, of course).

It's interesting that the Alternet article jumps (rather abruptly) to the issue of NAR.

We wrote about the apostolic movement a while back, when we profiled Robert Henderson and his local apostolic center, Wellsprings.

During the research for that article, I came across an article by researcher Rachel Tabachnick detailing Charisma magazine's love affair with the Pentecostal leaders in NAR.

A November Charisma Magazine article is titled the “Rising Tide of Influence: How Pentecostalism is gradually changing the dynamics of American Politics.” But most of the leaders in the article are not traditional Pentecostals — they are apostles and prophets of the New Apostolic Reformation. The NAR is one of the current forces behind the radicalization of the Religious Right, and in turn, U.S. politics. NAR leaders teach a dualistic worldview in which all other religions and philosophies, including secular democracy, are considered controlled by demonic entities in a cosmic battle with Christianity. They are leaders on social issues, like fighting abortion and gay rights, but they also emphasize a mandate to take “dominion” over all of the “Seven Mountains” or cultural power centers — arts, business, education, family, government, media, and religion.

But getting back to this most-recent Charisma article on demon sex and Adams: Why? Or, more specifically, why was another article published about a 13-year-old book? The demonic sex-life of a former stripper is sexy, no doubt, and worthy of pondering at length, but this is seriously missing what we in the biz call a "news hook."

Unless, of course, there has been an uptick in accounts of demon sex attacks?

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If you don't vote for Wild Fire Tees ...

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 1:27 PM

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... then "the rapid oxidation of a material in the exothermic chemical process of combustion," as fire is explained by Wikipedia, wins. It's like when eating Freedom Fries meant personally defending the invasion of Iraq, except better because the folks behind Wild Fire Tees are awesome, and not really stupid and embarrassing, like Freedom Fries.

Anyway, what we're trying to say is the Denver Egotist, a widely read trade website for designers and ad people, is taking votes for its best campaign of the last year, and WFT is nominated.

"To our sixth annual Colorado Agency of the Year poll (which is coming next week), we're offering the opportunity to acknowledge the best campaign produced in the square state this year," reads the post. "We've culled our entire year of posts on The Egotist — more than 2,000 in total — and chosen 13 of the most applauded campaigns."

Considering that WFT helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for people affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire, and is now creating stuff to help victims of Hurricane Sandy, you've got to hope it wins. And hey, so far, so good: As of this writing, it's crushing the competition, winning 40 percent of the vote.

So do your part to introduce a little envy into the day of the other designers, and vote your hometown team to victory. They'd do it — or, at least, make a shirt about it — for you.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Springs gets failing grade on LGBT rights

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 9:43 PM

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The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, has given Colorado Springs 45 out of 100 points for protecting LGBT rights.

The scorecard is a part of a study of 137 U.S. cities called the Municipal Equality Index. Only one other Colorado city — Denver — was scored. It received 97 points.

The scores were based largely on the presence of friendly laws and policies. For instance, whether the local police department had an LGBT liaison, whether there was a nondiscrimination policy for city employment, and whether the city had a Human Rights Commission. A pdf of the scorecard can be accessed here.

Read on:

HRC’s New Municipal Equality Index Details the State of LGBT Equality in Two Colorado Cities

First of its kind nationwide evaluation of LGBT inclusion in municipal law and policy finds cities need to do more to protect LGBT employees and citizens


WASHINGTON — A new report on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality in America’s cities by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, rated 137 cities across the nation, including Colorado Springs and Denver. The Municipal Equality Index (MEI), the first ever rating system of LGBT inclusion in municipal law, finds that while many U.S. cities lag behind in protections for LGBT people, some of the most LGBT-friendly policies in the country have been innovated and implemented at the municipal level, including in states with laws that are unfriendly to the LGBT community. The MEI was issued in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute. The average score for cities in Colorado is 71 out of 100 points, which exceeds the national average. Colorado Springs earned 45 points and Denver scored 97 points.


Key findings from the MEI create a snapshot of LGBT equality in 137 municipalities of varying sizes drawn from every state in the nation — these include the 50 state capitals, the 50 most populous cities in the country, and the 25 large, 25 mid-size, and 25 small municipalities with the highest proportion of same-sex couples.


The 100-point cities in the MEI serve as shining examples of LGBT inclusivity, with excellent policies ranging from non-discrimination laws, equal employee benefits, and cutting-edge city services. As America moves forward in support of LGBT equality, cities across the country are on the forefront of this movement. Cities in every region of the country are fighting for equality at the most intimate level of government. At the same time, cities across the country also have room for improvement. The MEI articulates a path forward and celebrates the success of cities doing this important work.


MEI at a glance:

Eleven of the 137 cities surveyed earned a perfect score of 100 points — these cities came from both coasts and in between, were of varying sizes, and not all are in states with favorable laws for LGBT people;
A quarter of the cities rated scored over 80 points;
45 percent of cities surveyed obtained a score of 60 or higher;
Nearly a third of cites scored between 40 and 60 points, showing good intentions on behalf of municipal governments but also opportunity for improvement; and
Just under a quarter of the cities scored less than 20 points, including eight cities that scored under ten points and three that scored zero.

The MEI rates cities based on 47 criteria falling under six broad categories:

Non-discrimination laws;
Relationship recognition;
The municipality’s employment practices;
Inclusiveness of city services;
Law enforcement; and
Municipal leadership.

In today’s world, cities must compete for business and brain power. Research shows that to do this, they must treat their LGBT citizens with dignity and respect. Acclaimed Professor Richard Florida authored the forward for the MEI. Professor Florida is a pioneer in research into how the nurturing of a “creative class” (entrepreneurs, artists and architects, researchers, scientists, engineers, and other professionals) creates prosperous, economically competitive cities.


“State and city leaders in Colorado have taken critical steps to protect gay and transgender people,” said Brad Clark, Executive Director of One Colorado, the state’s leading LGBT advocacy organization. “But more can be done to ensure that LGBT Coloradans have the same chance as anyone else to pursue health and happiness, earn a living free, be safe in their communities, and take care of the ones they love.”


“Our nation is on an irreversible path forward in LGBT equality and local and state-level advocacy ensures our voices are heard in public squares across the country,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “This index gives advocates and municipal lawmakers a potent tool to improve the lives of LGBT people.”


"Advances at the local level are often unheralded, but they are critical to building the momentum we need for statewide and federal victories," said Rebecca Isaacs, Executive Director of Equality Federation Institute. "The Municipal Equality Index not only recognizes the remarkable progress that state equality groups and local partners have made in cities and towns across the country, but is a powerful tool to help push local governments to do better."


"The freedom to be ourselves is most important where we live, work and raise our families. That's why it's so crucial that local and municipal governments understand the need to make life better for LGBT people. We work hard to make sure openly LGBT people participate in government as elected and appointed officials, and the MEI will be a great resource for them," said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute.


The full report, including long form scorecards for every city and a searchable database, is available online at www.hrc.org/mei.



The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.


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Council passes panhandling ban

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Two weeks ago, when City Council gave its initial approval to a solicitation ban downtown, not many people spoke in defense of panhandlers. Instead, those opposed to the ban said it would move panhandlers to other parts of the city, causing problems.

But things were different today. Plenty of speakers spoke on behalf of panhandlers and the homeless, calling the ban an unconstitutional limit on free speech and an attack on the poor.

Loring Wirbel, co-chair of the Colorado Springs chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the organization plans to sue the city over the ban, to which Council gave its blessing today on an 8-1 vote. (Val Snider cast the "no" vote.)

Speakers gave a range of reasons why they disagreed with the ban. Former City Councilor Tom Gallagher said he believed the ban violated a legal settlement the city made with a street performer in the 1990s. (City Attorney Chris Melcher disagreed.) Another speaker said that the ban was a violation of Republican values of "small government." And community activist Raven Martinez argued that banning panhandling was an attack on the poor that was against Christian values, saying to Council: "You answer to God."

But the ordinance also got support from downtown leaders and business owners, who said panhandlers are scaring away customers.

The panhandling ban could go into effect in December. Council also approved a ban on panhandling along state highways, which will include U.S. Highway 24 and could include Colorado Avenue, though the latter was unclear to the city attorney.

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Help us send 2012 packing, with pics

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 4:43 PM

If you've got some high-resolution pictures from 2012 that simply NEED an audience, please read below. Then load up an email to newsroom@csindy.com. Thanks!

Year in Photos

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You should check out stories on beer, pit bulls and the Denver Broncos

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Got a minute? You should check out:

• What's going on with the barley wine at Phantom Canyon Brewing Co. (Focus on the Beer)

• Where to get free coffee. (Colorado Springs Bargains)

• The new gallery and boutique opening downtown. (Colorado Springs Business Journal)

• This list of local "businesses that specialize in a specific item and bakeries worth writing home about." (Hungry Chicken Homestead)

• How the Bon Shopping Center continues to grow. (Gazette)

• Where to eat in Elbert. (The Dive Review)

• The stone wall that the Denver Broncos' secondary has become. (Denver Post)

• The shooting of a pit bull in Commerce City. (Westword)

And feel free to comment on anything we've missed ...

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What the twitters are saying about Steaksmith

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 11:39 AM

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With the news yesterday that Steaksmith will likely file for bankruptcy soon, Colorado Springs' meat scene took a blow. Of course, how big of one is up for debate, and going by some the tweets we pulled on the topic, reaction is mixed.







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Council to cut deal with Sierra Club?

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

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City Council meets today at 1 p.m. in closed session on a matter involving Colorado Springs Utilities.

It's not a reach to suppose that session will deal with demands from Sierra Club to shut down Martin Drake Power Plant. The deal probably won't go quite that far — yet — but likely will include a months-long delay in installing emissions control technology on Drake until a study is completed about how and when to retire the coal-fired generating plant that dates back more than 80 years. The study is to be completed next year.

According to documents obtained by the Independent under open-records laws, City Attorney Chris Melcher's office has been working with Sierra Club on the QT. An e-mail from Sierra Club's lawyer to Melcher dated Nov. 14 states:

Sierra Club is interested in seeing if we can work out an arrangement in which Sierra Club would not file a Clean Air Act citizen lawsuit enforcement action regarding NSR [new source review] violations at Drake and Nixon during the pendency of Colorado Springs' evaluation of the prudency of retiring the Drake plant. We discussed in our meeting last week some of the elements we would want in that arrangement. After further internal discussion, we have some additional elements which we believe are in everyone's best interest. I will draft a proposed agreement and forward it to you all as soon as possible for your review.

Will you all be seeking City Council approval of this arrangement in principle or does City Council have to approve the exact language of our agreement?

You can read the Sierra Club's letter in which it threatens to sue, along with the e-mail correspondence that followed, here:

Sierra_Club_-_final.pdf

It's unclear whether the deal puts off installation of the Springs-based Neumann Systems Group emissions equipment, but the fact the deal is being made in secret troubles Patrick Davis, who has served as a consultant for Neumann.

"These types of closed-door secret meetings inevitably breed contempt and foster distrust of elected officials," Davis says. "Utility ratepayer owners deserve know what's going on behind those closed doors."

Council has previously approved installing the Neumann technology, from which ratepayers stand to gain 3 percent of gross sales for years to come on other systems sold by Neumann.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

’Tis the season for affordable art

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 7:26 PM

From the listings desk: It's the time of year for gift-y art shows, a chance for you to not only shop local and all that jazz, but to procure yourself someone you love a piece of art that's more affordable than usual. Here's a round-up of some local small works/holiday art shows. If you know of another not mentioned here, please let us know in the comments or via e-mail to listings@csindy.com.

Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Place, 475-2444, csfineartscenter.org. Annual Teacher's Art Sale, a collection of ceramics, paintings, jewelry and more. Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org. Art for a New Start, a show of artwork donated for families who lost their homes in the Waldo Canyon Fire. Selections are on a first-come, first-served basis. Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. Opening reception for families and donors, Fri., Nov. 30, 6-9 p.m. Handmade Holiday, a show and sale of hand-crafted artwork and crafts from locals, with live music, warm beverages and cookies and other holiday entertainment. Saturdays, Sundays. through Dec. 25. BAC Annual Holiday Show, a showcase of the BAC's studio artists, offering up works in ceramics, painting, mixed media, print work and more. Dec. 7 through Jan. 19. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 7, 6 p.m.

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  • From Sangre, "Striker Bowl" by Arlyss Gross

Commonwheel Artists Co-op, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008, commonwheel.com. Commonwheel Artists Co-op Annual Holiday Market, a show and sale of gift-able artwork by over 35 Colorado artists. Through Jan 6.

Cottonwood on Tejon, 214½ N. Tejon St., cottonwoodgallery.wordpress.com. Holiday Boutique, an art show and sale, featuring pieces from Colorado artists, all under $100.

Fare Bella Studio and Gallery, Tracy Miller Fine Art.
  • From Fare Bella Studio and Gallery and Tracy Miller Fine Art.

Cup and Bowl Gallery, 116 Midway Ave., Pueblo, 719/404-3469, cupandbowl.org. A Cup & Bowl Christmas, an exhibition of work from Linda Cates, Kuky Harrington, Maria Hughes and Laura Lester. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 7 , 5 p.m.

Fare Bella Studio and Gallery, 16 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 720/226-4315. 100 for $100, a holiday art show featuring original works by Coni Grant, Patti Filler, Laura Reilly and others. Also held in Tracy Miller Fine Art. Nov. 30 to Dec. 31. Opening reception, Fri., Nov. 30, 6 p.m.

Gallery 113, 113 N. Tejon St., 634-5299, gallery-113.com. Art Gift Show, as the name implies, handmade items ranging from scarves and jewelry to photographs, stone arts and prints. Nov. 28 through Dec. 25. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 7, 5 p.m.

Kreuser Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 630-6347, abigailkreusergallery.com. Holiday Art Market, a sale featuring art work from local artists like Carole Reece, Marie David, Dana Long, Tim Davis, Randall Barbera, Abigail Kreuser and others. Through Nov. 30.

Mardosz Fine Art Gallery, 109 S. Corona St., mardoszfineart.com. Miniatures Show, a series of small paintings by Chuck Mardosz, Eric Michaels, Richard Dahlquist and Dean Mabe. Through Dec. 31.

Marmalade at Smokebrush, 219 W. Colorado Ave., #210, 444-1012, smokebrush.org. CHRISZAIHAMANKUS, a seasonal group art show with works by Don Goede, Kat and Bob Tudor, Jeff Kallaus, Justin Kovach and others. Opening reception, with a short play by Ethan Engel and Jennifer Mulson, music by the New Depressionists and Crystal & the Curious, and more. Fri., Dec. 7, 6 p.m.

Modbo, 17C E. Bijou St., 633-4240, themodbo.wordpress.com. Fifth Annual Small Works Show, a show and sale of nearly 300 works of art, all under 24 inches in each dimension, and hung salon-style in the galleries. Also held in S.P.Q.R. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m. to midnight.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org. Own Your Own Art Show & Sale, Sangre's annual art bonanza, with walls filled top to bottom with reasonably priced artwork for the holidays. Through Dec. 29.

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James Balog's Chasing Ice comes to Denver

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 6:59 PM

This weekend, the New York Times published an opinion piece by James Atlas about the future of global warming, and what New York City could look like if only minimal efforts are made to curb our contributions to a hotter world.

melting glacier, Extreme Ice Survey

The picture was grim. The article postulates that oceans could potentially rise 12 feet by 2300 if we continue to make only "moderate pollution cuts." For the Big Apple, that means La Guardia and John F. Kennedy airports "are permanently submerged, as are Coney Island, the Rockaways and neighborhoods along Jamaica Bay."

The results are similarly disastrous in Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, and, of course, New Orleans. (You can see the whole thing in a nifty interactive sidebar here.)

At least there are folks like Atlas, and James Balog, whom we interviewed back in 2010, out watching our melting glaciers and spreading the word on this concern. Balog, a photographer and the head of the research project, Extreme Ice Survey, has charted global glacial recession for years now in a fascinating way, with years-long time-lapse videos. The effect of the videos are not only scientific, but strangely beautiful.

Balog and the ice are also the subjects of a film documentary, Chasing Ice, which is making the rounds of theaters today. The film is directed by Jeff Orlowski, edited by Davis Coombe (who shared an Oscar for Saving Face) and co-produced by Paula DuPré Pesmen and Jerry Aronson (DuPré Pesmen received Academy Awards for The Cove, Aronson a nomination for The Divided Trail: A Native American Odyssey.)

Per such a talented group, Chasing Ice has taken awards across the film festival circuit, from Best Documentary at the Big Sky Film Festival to Excellence in Cinematography for a U.S. Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. It grabbed audience awards at fests such as the South by Southwest Film Festival and the Palo Alto Film Festival and bagged a the Norman Vaughan Indomitable Spirit Award at MountainFilm in Telluride and Best Adventure Film at the Boulder Film Festival.

The film is now on screens at Chez Artiste in Denver through Nov. 29. Buy tickets here. For more about the film, check out Sunday's Denver Post interview with Balog and Orlowski here.

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Local dining-staple Steaksmith reportedly to close

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 3:14 PM

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Today, the Gazette reported that Steaksmith, the 31-year-old Academy-corridor purveyor of beef and seafood, closed over the weekend and will soon file for bankruptcy.

"The restaurant had employed 27 before the closing but was no longer generating enough income to make payments on $200,000 in loans Hubert said he had taken out to acquire the business in 2008 and keep it operating," writes Wayne Heilman. "He said the restaurant had improved in the past several months after struggling in 2010 and 2011, but not enough to make the loan payments."

Though often mentioned as being popular with locals, the restaurant had an uphill battle with the declining business along Academy, not to mention its dated dining room and expensive food. Our June review of one meal said "the much-lauded restaurant cares" about its patrons' experience, but that our $27 steak "was a delicious pink, until the last brown-and-chewy quarter of it."

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