Wednesday, January 25, 2017

On sale Friday: Tech N9ne, The 1975, Primus, and more

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2017 at 10:44 AM

The 1975
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Before we get to shows that will go on sale this Friday, here's some good news for music fans who need an excuse to get way out of town this Memorial Day Weekend: Tickets for the three-day Sasquatch! Music Festival go on sale tomorrow (Thursday). This year’s headliners are Twenty One Pilots, Frank Ocean, and Chance The Rapper, along with dozen of support acts that include The Head And The Heart, The Shins, MGMT, Bomba Estereo, Aesop Rock, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Porter Ray, and Thee Oh Sees. The festival takes place May 26-28 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Quincy, Washington. Bring the family! Max out your credit cards!

Meanwhile, here’s our rundown of this week’s newly announced concerts:

Tickets on sale Friday, Jan. 27:
• Tech N9ne’s Strictly Strange Tour,
Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Apr. 8
• Tycho, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Apr. 25
• The 1975, Fillmore Auditorium, May 6
• Papadosio, Red Rocks, May 6
• Primus, with The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Red Rocks, May 16
• Tedeschi Trucks Band, Red Rocks, Jul. 29-30

Tickets already on sale:
• Band in the Backyard,
Vineland, June 16-17
• Blake Shelton, Falcon Stadium, Air Force Academy, Sept. 16
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Friday, January 6, 2017

UPDATE: Excitment over Coachella reminds the world of Anschutz’s ties to anti-LGBTQ organizations

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 3:52 PM

After a Washington Post article exposed donations from Phil Anschutz to anti-LGBTQ hate groups six months ago, news outlets, individuals and organizations called on Anschutz to cease any and all donations to anti-LGBTQ hate groups.

As we reported earlier, he has apparently done so, and expressed support for the rights of "all people" in the process. That prompted this response from One Colorado, a prominent statewide LGBTQ organization, and ProgressNow Colorado:

DENVER — Six months after calling on Colorado billionaire Phil Anschutz to stop funding groups who oppose basic rights and equality for all Americans, including LGBTQ Americans, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, and One Colorado, the state's leading advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans, expressed relief that Anschutz has stopped donating to these organizations.

“Last summer, an article in the Washington Post exposed nearly $200,000 in contributions from the Anschutz Foundation to anti-LGBT hate groups, including the Alliance Defending Freedom and the so-called Family Research Council,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Ian Silverii. “We called on Phil Anschutz to immediately stop funding these groups, for whom anti-LGBT discrimination is plainly central to their mission — and it's our understanding that he has done so.”

"It is heartening to see Phil Anschutz give his unequivocal support of everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, and we appreciate that the Anschutz Foundation has stopped funding anti-LGBTQ hate groups after the Washington Post revealed the funding in their July article," said One Colorado Executive Director, Daniel Ramos. "We are grateful that Phil Anschutz looked at the facts and did the right thing after our organization and others asked him to cease funding these groups."

“We are relieved that Anschutz has ceased funding to grantees when made aware of their anti-LGBT activities, and we'll continue to be vigilant to ensure he keeps this promise,” said Silverii. "We're proud that our organization played a role in helping convince Phil Anschutz to stop funding hate."

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Ah, Coachella. Whatever your personal feelings about writhing around outdoors with thousands of drunk people while watching “the greats” on a stage too far away to see, there’s no denying it’s one of the most anticipated music festivals of the year.

The hype for this summer’s event only got louder when the lineup was released — including queen Beyoncé headlining — with notable appearances by Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar.

But amid all the excitement, some financial details about the festival’s owner, real estate mogul Philip Anschutz, began to resurface. We reported in depth on Anschutz last summer, and took a look at the organizations to which he gives his money. Among these, anti-LGBTQ organizations the Alliance Defending Freedom, the National Christian Foundation and the Family Research Council stood out, as originally uncovered by the Washington Post.

People were appropriately outraged at the time, but the fervor has since died down. Now, thanks to reminders by Esquire, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post (who even mentioned our blog in their story) and plenty more, fans are starting to question the man in charge of Coachella.

Meanwhile, Anschutz apparently told the Rolling Stone that the uproar was "fake news," and that he had ended all contributions to the groups in question.

"Recent claims published in the media that I am anti-LGBTQ are nothing more than fake news – it is all garbage," he told the Rolling Stone. "I unequivocally support the rights of all people without regard to sexual orientation."

Whatever his assertions, it's safe to say that proud feminist Beyoncé isn't down with prejudice toward the LGBTQ community, and we imagine many of the performers on the lineup aren't either. So we’re left to wonder what the public backlash is going to accomplish.

Will Queen Bey back out? Will there be a massive boycott? Or will Anschutz' response calm the public? Considering three-day passes start at $399, the controversy could lead some to choose a different use for their money.

Whatever ends up happening, this immediate outcry is encouraging. It wasn’t always that someone’s ties to anti-LGBTQ organizations caused public disavowal. Nowadays it's almost a career-ender.

After gospel singer Kim Burrell’s anti-LGBTQ rant went viral, she got kicked off Ellen and faced tons of backlash from others involved in the film Hidden Figures, the soundtrack of which she contributed to.

Plus, looking back on this summer, plenty of high-profile musicians refused to tour in North Carolina in light of its controversial bathroom legislation, which restricts the rights of transgender individuals to use public restrooms. The state faced some economic downturn as a result.

Then, of course, many of us still remember the Chick-fil-A fiasco, or the boycott on Barilla pasta, both due to anti-LGBTQ sentiments expressed by the companies’ owners.

We may not know what the future holds for Coachella yet, but it’s nice that people are starting to speak up.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Tom Petty, PJ Harvey, and K.Flay top this week's concert announcements

Posted By on Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 10:27 AM

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Shows sell out, you get sad, we’re here to help. Here are this week's new concert announcements and on sale dates.

Tickets on sale Friday, Dec. 16:
K.Flay, Black Sheep, Feb. 7
DevilDriver, Summit Hall, Denver, Feb. 12
Dance Gavin Dance, Black Sheep, Feb. 25
Voodoo Glow Skulls, Black Sheep, Apr. 2
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, with Joe Walsh, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, May 29

Tickets on sale Saturday, Dec. 17:
Lionel Richie & Mariah Carey, Pepsi Center, Denver, Apr. 23 (On Sale Dec. 17)

Tickets now on sale:
PJ Harvey, Fillmore, Denver, May 2
Elephant Revival, Red Rocks, Morrison, May 21

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

UPDATE: Youth filmmakers to be featured on PBS

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 3:21 PM

Rocky Mountain PBS reached out to me today to clarify that Legg's film is a part of a new series called “Insight with John Ferrugia.”

The special that Legg is featured on is called “Surviving Suicide” and will feature an interview with Legg and clips from her film.

PBS will be airing more YDA films in the future, though it's not yet decided what programs they will be a part of.

"We are excited to work with the Youth Documentary Academy and looking forward to what the possibilities are in the future," Laura Frank, PBS president and general manger of news, says. "These are talented filmmakers."

——- ORIGINAL POST, WEDNESDAY, 4:47 p.m. ——-

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As a journalist, I try not to get emotionally involved in my stories.

But it's tough not get excited when a bunch of ambitious, talented, bright, local teens get the recognition they deserve. So, excuse me if I seem a little giddy when I tell you that the Youth Documentary Academy is partnering with Rocky Mountain PBS. PBS is going to be broadcasting YDA's short documentaries, giving these powerful films a wider audience.

Madison Legg’s 2015 film Under the Wire will be the first to air. You can watch it on Thursday, December 15, at 7 p.m.

I wrote about Legg's film, and several other YDA films, here in October.

YDA is led by award-winning filmmaker Tom Shepard, who grew up in the Springs. The program offers training to talented teens free-of-charge, giving them the tools and skills to tell their own stories through film. 

So what stories do teens have to tell? How about the pain of a completed or attempted youth suicide? Or the struggle of growing up with a debilitating disease? Or the division in the black community based on skin shade?

In other words, these films are made by kids, but they weren't treated with kid gloves. YDA's young filmmakers explore deep subjects in surprisingly raw ways. Prepare the tissues. 

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

6 bonus quotes from Mormon punk band Tartar Control

Posted By on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 1:20 PM


The two human members of hardcore Mormon band Tartar Control have a lot to say.

So much so, in fact, that there wasn’t room for all of our favorite quotes in this week’s Tartar Control interview.

You can go there to find the group's lead singer Robert Selander and guitarist-vocalist Sean Hart holding forth on everything from the missionary potential of Pokemon: Go to the construction of their own robotic bandmate.

Meanwhile, as a bonus for hardcore music fans and Mormon iconoclasts, here are six additional quotes that didn’t quite make the cut:

Sean on Mormon presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s 2012 defeat: “We were devastated. I thought for sure that he was a shoe-in. And honestly, this election season, I will be writing him in for president. And Robert will be doing the same.”

Robert on his and Sean’s high school band The Smiths: “We didn’t know that was already taken.”

Robert on Sean’s description of Tartar Control's debut CD cover: “What Sean said about Robot coming with us to Heaven, that’s not true. He can’t come.”

Robert on Leftover Crack: “For the first two years of listening to Leftover Crack, we couldn’t decipher what they said. And that’s really the fun of listening to punk rock, is decoding it.”

Sean on the vulgar elements in Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s The Book of Mormon: “They’ve done so much to bring popular attention to the church, but it’s a double-edged sword, I know. And we hope to be on the other edge of that sword, and hope to be equally as sharp.”

Robert on the importance of skepticism: “You can’t take everything we do literally. That’s silly. Who would do that?”

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Soldiers will do battle — in Rio Olympic Games

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 2:37 PM

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  • Carson soldiers will compete in the 2016 summer games.
For all those who thought soldiers did nothing but protect our country 24/7, here's news about Fort Carson's contribution of athletes to the U.S. Olympic team in Rio de Janeiro next month.

According to a news release, the Mountain Post will introduce 15 Army "soldier athletes" at a media availability on Tuesday at 10 a.m. They'll compete in seven sports.

From the release: 
Fifteen Soldiers will represent in seven sports as athletes and coaches at the Olympic Games. Col. J.J. Love, U.S. Army Installation Management Command deputy G9 and chief of staff, will open the press conference. Media will have the opportunity to conduct one-on-one interviews with Soldier-Olympians. The remainder of the day will be demonstrations in the sports the Soldier-Olympians will be representing at the Games.

The Soldier-Olympians are:
Sgt. 1st Class Keith Sanderson – Shooting
Staff Sgt. Michael Lukow - Para Archery
Staff Sgt. John Nunn - Track and Field
Sgt. Hillary Bor – Track and Field
Sgt. Elizabeth Marks - Para Swimming
Sgt. Nathan Schrimsher - Modern Pentathlon
Sgt. Caylor Williams – Wrestling (alternate)
Sgt. Whitney Conder – Wrestling (alternate)
Spc. Paul Chelimo – Track and Field
Spc. Shadrack Kipchirchir - Track and Field
Spc. Leonard Korir - Track and Field
Spc. Ildar Hafizov – Wrestling (alternate)
Capt. Andrew Locke - Rugby 7's
Sgt. 1st Class Joe Guzman - BoxingStaff Sgt. Dennis Bowsher - Modern Pentathlon
So now you can watch for these competitors when viewing the televised games, and cheer your soldiers on.

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Get your Ash downtown, Pokémon take over the Indy

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 1:40 PM

Welcome to the Colorado Springs Independent, flagship newspaper of the Colorado Publishing House, and local Pokémon GO gym. 

As of this writing, we here in the newsroom don't know a lot about the recent Poké-explosion, outside of the social media onslaught that's come with it, and this explainer courtesy of Vox, but that should change as several staffers — who shall remain nameless — have started catching them all.

What we can tell you, if you're familiar with Pokémon of old, is that the mobile app is a real-time virtual representation of the beloved card game; you travel around capturing a variety of Pokémon to later battle and evolve in more places around your location. Here's a trailer:

We also know that our office building, at 235 S. Nevada Ave., is now a designated gym site, where GO players can battle against other Pokémon. (Word is there's a Pokémon on the property as well — don't ask me to name it — near one of the art installations located along the south side of the building.)

It's safe to say that GO is a hit, but it's not all well and good. Police in Missouri have said they believe armed robbery suspects have used the game to lure victims to secluded locations, as reported by The Guardian, and social media was buzzing when a Wyoming teen found a dead body while searching for Pokémon

All in all, though, the game is meant to be a fun way to get players outside and moving (just be careful). And if you're ready to battle or need to add to your Pokedex, make your way downtown to the Indy office. We're apparently very Poké-friendly.

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

4 ways to celebrate the Fourth in the Pikes Peak region

Posted By on Sun, Jul 3, 2016 at 7:07 PM

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It's America's 240th birthday. Let the celebrations commence. Here are four ways to celebrate Independence Day in the Pikes Peak region:


Get an early start. Stretch it out and get a solid pre-barbecue calorie burn in at the Palmer Lake July 4 Fun Run. The 4-mile track starts at the Palmer Lake Santa Fe trailhead, ending in the town of Monument. Bring the kiddos along for the kids' Fun Run, which includes prizes, and stick around downtown Monument afterwards for the town's annual holiday parade. Entry fees start at $15, proceeds benefitting Palmer Lake Elementary School, the run starts at 7 a.m.


Beer and hotdogs are all well and good, but take some time beforehand to consider what you're celebrating. Today, join Mountain Fold Books for its annual "Whose America?" Fourth Community Read-Through of "great works of American dissent," from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pay tribute to those whose struggle was harder than most — you'll have plenty of time to tear it up afterwards.


Now it's time for beer, corn hole and food. Lucky for you, it just so happens to be Red Leg Brewing Company's birthday too, and you're invited to the party. Food trucks will be on-hand to help sop up some of 10 new beer releases you'll be enjoying throughout the day. It's free to attend, and chances are you'll be drinking and/or eating anyways. So why wouldn't you go? The party starts at noon.


Finally, it wouldn't be the Fourth of July without fireworks, more food and beer and patriotic ballads. So make your way to Memorial park for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's Summer Symphony. It's free to attend, and picnics are welcome, with a beer garden and food vendors on-site. The festivities start at 5:30 p.m., fireworks begin after dark. Enjoy one of the Springs' staple summer events in lieu of those piddly fireworks you've been stashing in the closet.

So don your red, white and blues, and give a nod to the ol' Stars and Bars. Be safe, and have a happy Fourth of July.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Second wave of Riot Fest acts includes Julian Marley, 2 Chainz, and Gogol Bordello

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 1:59 PM

When Riot Fest unveiled its lineup last month, organizers promised a second wave of acts to follow. Earlier Tuesday morning, they announced a handful of additional artists who'll be playing the Denver music festival, which will be taking place at the National Western Complex Sept. 2-4.

The most significant — for Jamaican music fans, at least — will be Bob Marley's son Julian performing Bob Marley & The Wailer’s 1977 Exodus album in its entirety. Other newly announced acts are Gogol Bordello, DeVotchKa, 2 Chainz, and The Lillingtons.

The festival also announced that single-day tickets will go on sale Tuesday, along with additional three-day festival passes. 

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

How do you cure a hangover?

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2016 at 3:51 PM

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If you're old enough, you might remember old cartoons where some drunken dog, or cat or other animal staggered around before saying, "Now I've seen everything. Hiccup."

Well, I feel like invoking that phrase regarding a news release that just landed in my inbox about the $1.9 billion "hangover protection industry."

Yep. That's right.

The release promotes a product called NOHO, which I'll let you decide where that label must have come from.

From the releasee:
It’s time to end the misery and keep the party going with the NOHO Shot and the NOHO Gold mixer, the ultimate beverages for hangover protection. NOHO’s award-winning, all-natural formula is designed to pre-load your body with vitamins and nutrients to build a powerful force field against a nasty hangover. They do not contain sugar, caffeine or any other stimulant and do not compete in the oversaturated energy drink market.

NOHO, Inc. is a publicly traded startup (OTC: DRNK) that is expanding rapidly and growing sequentially. The company is on its way to becoming a leader in the $1.9 billion hangover protection industry. Most consumers prefer the mixed component of their drinks and will do anything to ensure the fun never ends. NOHO fulfills both needs by producing healthy and delicious beverages that serve these high-growth markets.

Americans currently spend roughly $200 billion on alcoholic beverages every year. Internationally that number is expected to jump to $1.3 trillion by 2018. This represents an enormous, untapped market as more consumers are educated about hangover protection. Unlike some products that claim to stop a hangover, NOHO “The Hangover Defense” Shot and NOHO Gold aren’t merely headache medicine in disguise. They are the real deal – a way to shield your body from an awful aftermath.
I've only suffered from a couple of hangovers in my life, which might give you an idea  how much of a party girl I'm not, but in those isolated cases, I followed advice from a more experienced friend. She prescribed a malt and greasy hamburger on the day after. And I believe that's a pretty good answer.

What's your favorite hangover remedy?

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Riot Fest unveils 2016 lineups

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Even Donald Trump cares about Riot Fest!
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So Chicago gets Morrissey. Denver gets Jane's Addiction. And we all get Ween.

Following up on the news of the Misfits reunion 
that will be taking place at this year’s Denver and Chicago Riot Fests, event organizers this morning announced the first round of bookings for the multi-genre event.

Among the acts who’ll be playing both cities are Ween, Death Cab for Cutie, the Meat Puppets and the aforementioned Misfits.

Other bands will be playing only one city. Like Denver, for instance, where fans can see Jane’s Addiction performing Ritual De Lo Habitual in its full glory, while the Chicago lineup boasts Social Distortion doing a 20th anniversary rendition of White Light, White Heat, White Trash.

NAS, Sleater-Kinney and Tyler, the Creator will all be playing Denver, while Chicago has a lock on Method Man & Redman, Rob Zombie and The Specials.

Meanwhile, Chicago’s Morrissey devotees can swoon over the fact that their beloved idol will be headlining down that way. Up here, their Colorado counterparts can appreciate having one more excuse to feel miserable.

Denver’s Riot Fest will be held at the National Western Complex Sept. 2-4. The Chicago version runs from Sept. 16-18 at Douglas Park.

Look for plenty of details about both events at riotfest.org.

Meanwhile, here is the full Denver lineup to date…
The Original Misfits (Featuring Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Wolfgang Von Frankenstein), Ween, Death Cab For Cutie, Jane’s Addiction, Sleater-Kinney, NAS, Deftones, Fitz & The Tantrums, Descendents, NOFX, Underoath, Bad Religion, Thursday, Tyler, the Creator, Pepper, Jake Bugg, Motion City Soundtrack, Wolf Parade, The Hold Steady, Yo La Tengo, Sleigh Bells, Chevy Metal, Vince Staples, Suicidal Tendencies, Flatbush Zombies, The Dandy Warhols, Hatebreed, Lagwagon, The Aquabats, Glassjaw, The Wonder Years, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, Danny Brown, Against Me!, Meat Puppets, Leftöver Crack, Dan Deacon, Murder By Death, Rogue Wave, Converge, Billy Talent, Fucked Up, Set Your Goals, Juliette Lewis & The Licks,Touché Amoré, Frnkiero andthe Cellabration, Pouya, White Lung, Plague Vendor, People Under the Stairs, Fat Nick and Don Krez, Violent Soho, Judith Hill, Tigers Jaw, Bleached, Diarrhea Planet, Planes Mistake For Stars, Dee-1, Kirk Knight, Somos, Turnover, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Bryce Vine, 3Teeth, Night Riots, Holy White Hounds, Jule Vera, Microwave, Death Spells, Diet Cig, Donna Missal, High Waisted, Culture Abuse … MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Reunited Misfits to headline Riot Fest

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2016 at 3:43 PM

Some good news for anyone who’s mourned the fact that the “classic” Misfits lineup has not walked among us for more than 33 years: Cofounders Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only have buried the hatchet, at least for the moment, in order to play Riot Fest shows in Denver and Chicago.

The two Jersey horror-punk originators will once again be flying their fiend-skull flag, with longtime guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein and an as-yet-unnamed drummer coming along for the ride. At this point, the band has given no indication whether the reunion will extend beyond the two festival gigs.

This morning’s announcement is just the tip of the iceberg for Riot Fest organizers, who’ll be occupying Denver’s National Western Complex Sept. 2-4. Look for the full three-day lineup to be announced next Wednesday. 

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

UPDATE: The go karts are coming ... in July

Posted By on Tue, May 3, 2016 at 10:31 AM

The go karts are still coming, but they won't be here until June. According to Overdrive Raceway:

The Grand Opening of Overdrive Raceway in Colorado Springs has been delayed due to weather. Because of all the recent snow we can no longer open Memorial Weekend as planned. The new opening date is July 2, 2016. 

——- ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 20, 3:12 P.M. ——-
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I have always liked to drive fast.

Back in the 1990s, I was the teenager that made you cuss in front of your kids — the crazy person driving 120 mph and weaving between traffic. I was the one flashing my lights at you when I zoomed up behind you in the fast lane, signaling for you to get your slow ass over. I was the one who passed you in the no-passing lane on that scary mountain road.

That was me, and I am sorry. I was a total jerk.

As a real, bonafide adult, I have taken out my love of going fast on other things, like mountain bikes and — on a special occasion — go karts. Yes, I'm an adult and I like go karts. Go karts are fun

The problem with go karts, however, is that they are only in Denver. There used to be a trailer along the highway on the northern end of the Springs that advertised a new go kart track coming soon — and got me all excited for like three years — but the track never seemed to show up.

So imagine my excitement when I received a press release this morning stating that the "first two-level indoor electric go kart facility in the country" was being built in Colorado Springs. Apparently, this fancy new track will even have cars that can accommodate people who don't have legs or don't have the use of their legs. Here's the whole release:

Jim Mundle, a double amputee, will offer hand-controlled go karts for amputees, paraplegics and disabled racers

Colorado Springs, CO - On May 28, 2016, Colorado Springs will be home to a new indoor recreation business – the first two-level indoor electric go kart facility in the country. The new entertainment project is being built at Polaris Pointe, a new retail complex southeast of Interstate 25 at North Gate Boulevard, east of the Air Force Academy, next to Bass Pro Shops. “This was the perfect location for us,” says Owner Jim Mundle, “Bass Pro Shops gets 2 million visitors a year. We’re hoping to capitalize on that traffic and become a destination for visitors and tourists in Colorado Springs and the entire Rocky Mountain region.”

Overdrive Raceway will be a housed in a 68,000 sq. ft. steel building and will feature two ¼ mile Formula One race tracks on two floors. The first level will be a technical track with adult and child karts, the second level will be a track built for speed. The race track has a $6 million dollar price tag and will offer a concession area, pro shop, arcade, party area, bar & lounge and conference rooms. “I expect this to be the perfect destination for birthday or office parties and corporate retreats, but I also want to help the disabled.” says Mundle.

Mundle is a double amputee, having lost both his legs below the knee to staph infections as a result of Type 1 Diabetes. But despite his setbacks in life, he keeps a positive outlook and wants to help others. That’s one reason he’s purchasing four hand-controlled go karts for those who cannot use their legs to drive. The specialty-made karts cost more than $12,000 each and currently in development at the kart manufacturer in Italy. Mundle says he plans to order them as soon as they’re available. The hand-controlled karts are for amputees, those who are paralyzed from the waist down, or disabled in a way where they can’t drive a car, but can still use their hands. “We really want to be inclusive to everyone,” says Mundle. “Businesses can be a vehicle for good and I want to give people experiences they couldn’t otherwise have.”

Each track can accommodate 10 racers at a time. The goal is to record the fastest time. Electric karts offer more torque than traditional gasoline karts. Adult karts have a top speed of 55 mph, while the child karts top 25 mph. Overdrive Raceway will provide helmets and safety training to everyone before they ride. The facility will also offer summer camps for kids, league racing for adults, private parties and full track rental.

As for the customer experience, Mundle, who used to work as a chef at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort in Orlando, Florida, is using the personalized training he received at Disney to offer world-class customer service here in Colorado. “This won’t just be an attraction, it will be an entire experience. This has been my dream for the past four years. We want people to feel good when they leave and to know we exceeded their expectations. We have a fun business but we want customer service to be our motto and our focus. In this country, a lot of that has been lost.” 

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Radiohead ends disappearing act with new single and video

Posted By on Tue, May 3, 2016 at 10:04 AM

Here's some good news for Radiohead fans who felt more deprived than usual after the band blacked out virtually all of its social media presence earlier this week.

Turns out it was all a clever way to set up the release of a new video, which was posted earlier this morning.

While there's no embedding available at this point, you can view the video by clicking this link:


The single itself will be available for purchase from iTunes, along with the other usual outlets, tomorrow. 
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Hunger, the Onion, Seth MacFarlane, and one surprised local woman

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 5:22 PM


The woman in this Onion  screenshot is Jenny Bealis-Schell, the co-owner of Design Rangers, a local Colorado Springs mom, and, apparently, something of a sudden celebrity.

In the last month, Jenny, who says she generally dodges cameras, has been featured in a web commercial seeking to raise money for hungry people and been featured in the aforementioned satirical article on the Onion, a story that was retweeted by Seth MacFarlane (the television producer, filmmaker, actor and singer who created Family Guy). She's also been the subject of many a commenter, including one who has insulted her "acting" and another who called her "annoying."

To say this has been surprising for Jenny is an understatement.

The genesis of this brush with fame began in the late 1970s. Jenny was 4 years old when her parents divorced. She says her dad didn't pay child support, and her mom, who worked as a waitress, often had little money. Mother and daughter moved to a piece of property that her mom got in the divorce, which was located in a ghost town just outside Victor, Colorado.

The cabin home had an outhouse, and no electricity or running water. For five years, mother and daughter scraped by, living in many ways as though it were the 1800s. Because money was scarce, Jenny was sometimes hungry. She fondly remembers neighbors who invited her to their homes for holiday meals, and a store that once gave her a bag of Christmas presents.

Her friend's family, she says, often watched her in the mornings before school when her mother worked early shifts. She remembers her friend's father making sourdough pancakes every morning. The food was a gift, as was the relief from her rugged circumstances.

“We didn’t have a TV and we had like kerosene lanterns," she recalls, "so just to walk into a house with electricity was a big deal.”

Because of her upbringing, Jenny has been eager to help the local food bank, Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. Last year, she was the keynote speaker at Care and Share's fundraising luncheon and she says she was thrilled that the nonprofit was able to surpass its goal. Afterward, she said people would sometimes come up to her at random and tell her they heard her speech and were touched by it.

So when Care and Share called her again early this year, saying they wanted to submit her story for a commercial, she was excited. Every year, Walmart does a fundraising campaign with Care and Share's parent organization, Feeding America. Walmart stores send a portion of the proceeds from certain products, as well as donations made at cash registers, to Feeding America, which uses the money to buy food. The campaign is called  "Fight Hunger, Spark Change."  

This year, Walmart wanted to film profiles of people who volunteered with a Feeding America food bank and run them as ads on the web. After a national search, Walmart selected two stories from Colorado Springs, including Jenny's. A director from London and a film crew from New York came to the Springs to film the spots.

They even took Jenny back to her old hometown for part of the shoot.

“Having the film crew with me was so surreal and emotional,” she says.

In late March, the web ads started popping up. Then, on April 18, friends alerted Jenny to the Onion article.  Despite the less-than-generous headline, Jenny says she was thrilled. She and her husband love the Onion, as does her college-age son. And she was also excited about being in a MacFarlane tweet.

“It still think it’s like pretty cool," she says of the Onion article.

Adding, “Finally I’m going to get cool mom points.”

As for the negative comments, Jenny says she isn't really hurt. 

 “I'm not an actress," she says. "So I don’t care if [a commenter] calls me a shitty actress, because I’m not an actress.”
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