Thursday, April 7, 2016

UPDATE: We effed up: city founder v. golf legend, plus more serious corrections

Posted By on Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 6:28 PM

One more correction to make: On page 17, the bartender for The Warehouse is misidentified as James Winchell. In fact, his name is Stephen Winchell, and we basically raved about how good his cocktails are in our recent review of the restaurant. Again, we regret the error. 


Let's start out here with a full, transparent confession: We made (at least) a few mistakes in this year's InSider Guide, which hit our news racks yesterday. 

We aren't proud of those mistakes. As journalists, our tails are tucked in shame. Erroneous information is never okay to publish. However, we're also human, and everyone knows that shit happens. 

We also have a pretty decent sense of humor as an organization, so please allow this post to be a living blog of shame, where we'll share any further InSider screw-ups as we find them. (By the way, we are correcting these mistakes online, so you'll need to pick up a print copy of InSider in this week's paper for proof of our misfortunes.)

First, a blunder we can laugh at: On page 29, we write that our fair city was founded by none other than General Arnold Palmer. Not, you know, ahem ... William Jackson Palmer. Our newly appointed staff archivist and historian was able to confirm that the real General Palmer loved golfing and sweetened tea (I'm lying!); see for yourself in this unadulterated image:
  • Golf hack by Lauren McKenzie

Second, on page 57, the contact information provided for 503W is incorrect (though it is the correct info for neighboring Benny's). The correct address for 503W, unsurprisingly, is 503 W. Colorado Ave., and the phone number is 471-3370. Our apologies to the fine folks at 503W. 

Last for now (gulp)... We really goofed the entry for The Diveon page 55. The establishment does not serve alcohol, so our calling it a "bar" is untrue. It is, however, a great destination for a bite to eat. We sincerely regret the error. 

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Doctor who inspired "Concussion" to speak at UCCS

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 2016 at 10:51 AM

Dr. Bennet Omalu, who is the inspiration behind the movie Concussion,  will speak at The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs on April 19 as a part of the university's Significant Speaker series.

While the event is still a ways off, those who are interested in attending may want to pick up their tickets early, while they're still $2-$5. 

In case you're unfamiliar, Omalu is the scientist who researched chronic brain injuries in football players.

Scientist who inspired “Concussion” movie to speak at UCCS

COLORADO SPRINGS — Dr. Bennet Omalu, a renowned physician whose research on 
Dr. Bennet Omalu
  • Dr. Bennet Omalu
chronic brain injuries in football players inspired the 2015 movie “Concussion,” will speak April 19 at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Omalu is the headliner for this year’s annual Significant Speaker series. Tickets are on sale at the University Center information desk, $2 for UCCS students, faculty and staff and military with ID. Tickets are $5 for general admission. Ticket prices will increase closer to the event. Omalu will speak at 7 p.m. at Gallogly Events Center on the UCCS campus.

Omalu is credited with discovering Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in deceased NFL players in 2002. He was the first to diagnose and publish peer-reviewed research about CTE, findings that were initially discredited by the NFL. In “Concussion,” Omalu is played by actor Will Smith.

“We’re very excited,” about Omalu’s appearance, said Stephen Cucchiara, assistant director, Office of Student Activities, which sponsors the series with Residence Life and Housing. “I think there’s a good buzz about it on campus.”

A student group last summer came up with a list of dozens of speakers they would like to see visit campus. Their list included Will Smith, as well as Lisa Ling of CNN and author Jose Antonio Vargas. From there, a planning group narrowed the group of possible speakers and swapped Omalu for Smith, who wasn’t available, and polled the student body. Omalu came out on top.

It was a happy coincidence that by that time, interest in “Concussion,” as well as Omalu’s research, had picked up. Meanwhile, football fever is high after the Denver Broncos Superbowl 50 win, Cucchiara said.

Before his speech, Omalu will take part in a dinner that recognizes UCCS students who live on campus and earned a 3.2 or better grade point average for the fall semester. Those students will receive dinner and a ticket to his speech.

Previous Significant Speakers include Jerry Greenfield, Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Randi Zuckerberg and LeVar Burton.

For more information on the event, call 255-3470. To learn more about Omalu, visit http://www.uccs.edu/~speaker/

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 39 bachelor’s degrees, 20 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 11,300 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A Grammy winner's Colorado Springs roots

Posted By on Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 12:36 PM

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Sure, Lady Gaga’s distended David Bowie medley may have felt like a ten-minute demo reel of 20 glitzy car crashes.

And yes, that guy from Hamilton’s rap acceptance speech was a little embarrassing, especially coming right on the heels of Kendrick Lamar’s serious-as-your-life hip-hop performance.

And of course the “rockin’ finale,” in which Pitbull was joined by Joe Perry and Robin Thicke, was not, as he claimed, “history in the making” — at least not in a good way.

But Grammy voters did better with some of yesterday's awards, including a Best Folk Album win for Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn’s full-length debut as a duo.

Colorado Springs actually has a long-standing connection to Washburn, who graduated as Colorado College’s first East Asian Studies major in 1999 and gave the school's commencement speech in 2012.

Earlier this month, the duo spent three days at the college, where they held master workshops, performed at the Kathryn Mohrman Theatre, and appearing on the faculty-member hosted KRCC program Critical Karaoke.

So congratulation not only to the two winners, but also to the local college that helped make it all possible. You can stream the Critical Karaoke program here.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

WWP strikes up the band? Or not?

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 11:53 AM

  • Screenshot from the American Patriots Jazz Orchestra website

As a follow-up to our story in this week's issue
about the Wounded Warrior Project, we've encountered conflicting stories involving WWP's efforts at bringing in money.

On one hand, Doyle Combs, owner of Heartsong Studios and leader of the American Patriots Jazz Orchestra, says his group has an "arrangement with WWP to help raise money." The band's website says it was "created to support the Wounded Warrior Project of America."

But WWP spokesman Rob Louis disagrees, saying via email, "They are not affiliated with Wounded Warrior Project, and do not fundraise for us."

Combs gives a different story.

"The arrangement I have with them is, I can operate independent Wounded Warriors benefit shows and they will approve each show," Combs says, "and when they approve it as a benefit, I’m able to take our expenses out and then write them a check. That’s legal. Once they approve that particular show, they will send Wounded Warrior materials and we pass those out at the door, and I recognize wounded warriors from the area wherever I am."

To book a show, one must fill out a "performance request" that names Wounded Warrior Project as the cause and dictates size of the venue and ticket prices.

The orchestra is comprised of active duty and retired musicians from the armed services. "Most are former Falconnaires," Combs says, referring to the Air Force Academy Band.

So far, the band hasn't booked any gigs, but is working with an agent, Combs reports. "All I have to do is get approval through the national [WWP] office in Jacksonville, Florida, then the events office in Jacksonville, Florida, will let this office know that we’re going to be doing it."

He continues,"They send out emails of our presentation to all their alumni, people who give to the warriors every month."

Combs hopes the band can arrange for a concert in Colorado Springs, but he's also looking to book a tour in Texas on behalf of WWP.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

My snow walk to work

Posted By on Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 3:12 PM

My colleague Pam Zubeck gave us a more utilitarian post this morning regarding how the snowfall has affected county, city and federal programming locally. 

For my part, I wish to share some pictures I snapped on the way into work this morning, as I walked two milesfrom the Shooks Run area to downtown. I observed how a few people were taking advantage of the snow and how the snow buried and beautified ordinary objects and landscapes. There's not much else to it — other than to say, hey, at least I didn't put 'em on Facebook. 

A mural with white borders. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • A mural with white borders.

Making the morning run happen anyway. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Making the morning run happen anyway.

Around a foot fell near downtown, give or take a little. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Around a foot fell near downtown, give or take a little.

Cross country skiing right in the streets. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Cross country skiing right in the streets.

An okay spot to hide a tent and camp for now, but when the water rises ... - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • An okay spot to hide a tent and camp for now, but when the water rises ...

Doggie jackets — guaranteed to make everyone say "awwwwww" in a really cutesy voice. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Doggie jackets — guaranteed to make everyone say "awwwwww" in a really cutesy voice.

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Ten songs to hear while it's still 2015

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2015 at 3:47 PM


At a time when 100,000 albums and singles are being released every year, it doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out that there’s more going on in contemporary music than just Taylor Swift and Drake.

So, with that in mind, our year-end issue includes a feature on ten of the best 2015 songs you've never heard of. They range from Janelle Monae’s strident “Hell You Talmbout” to punk duo Slaves’ jeering “Cheer Up London.”

You can go read about and listen to all of them here. In these waning hours of 2015, they just might make you feel a little better about the year gone by.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Beatles albums to begin streaming Christmas Eve

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 2015 at 12:07 PM

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fans — at least those who don’t limit their listening to vinyl — will get an early Christmas present this year, as the Fab Four finally come to streaming music services.

It was announced Wednesday that the group['s 17-album catalogue will come to most of the major players, including Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon Prime, Slacker and Spotify.

The Beatles were among the last holdouts. Others who belatedly took the plunge include 

Frank Zappa, whose original catalogue began streaming in 2012

Led Zeppelin, who succumbed to Spotify in late 2013, and then went stateside earlier this year, and

Taylor Swift, whose 10-second Apple boycott ended in June.

That still leaves the Dave Clark 5 — as well as King Crimson and Tool — but pretty much everyone else is now onboard.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Denver calling on Colorado composers for theme song

Posted By on Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 5:20 PM

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Much like superheroes, cities need theme songs. Or at least Denver does.

The Mile High City will be spending $5,000 to commission a composer for its official “City and County Building Chime.”

Proposed signature tunes need to be uplifting, lively, positive, and celebratory — none of that “Phantom of the Opera” or “Bells of Rhymney” stuff — and they must also be limited to 10 notes (C, D, E, F, G, A, B, B flat, C, and D).

Entries are restricted to Colorado artists, and must be received by Friday, January 15.

You can find more rules — lots of them — here.
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Friday, October 30, 2015

Long live the ghouls!

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 3:28 PM

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Here we are, a day before Trick or Treat time, and the city has some advice for keeping your Halloween safe.

For the kids:
1. There's safety in numbers so have your child go out with friends. They should be accompanied by a responsible adult.
2. Plan a safe route in an area that is known to you.
3. Carry a light or one of those nifty chemical glow sticks. Never carry anything illuminated by an open flame.
4. Kids should be able to see and be seen. Lighter colored costumes are easier for motorists to see at night. Add some reflective tape to their costume. Make sure your child can easily see out of a mask so they won't trip over curbs or objects that can't be easily seen in the dark.
5. Choose a costume without long trailing fabric. This can cause a child to trip or it may touch flames in jack-o’-lanterns or other decorations. If you make your own costume, use materials that won’t catch on fire easily if they come in contact with heat or flame.
6. Use safe pedestrian practices. Stay on main walkways and well lit sidewalks. Cross streets at intersections. Do not walk in between parked cars.
7. Children should NEVER enter a stranger's home or vehicle. Avoid approaching homes that are dark or that appear to be unoccupied.
8. Inspect ALL treats before allowing your child to eat them! Any item that is not factory wrapped or appears to have been rewrapped should be discarded. If something seems suspicious…. throw it out.
9. Make sure your home is safe to receive trick-or-treaters. Roll up those garden hoses and put your sprinklers away. Turn on that porch light and be sure to remove any clutter that might be hazardous to youngsters who come to your door.
10. Keep decorations away from candles, light bulbs or heaters. Consider using flameless candles or glow sticks in your jack-o’-lantern, and Keep exits clear of decorations.
11. Consider an organized neighborhood party or Halloween event for the youngsters in your community. They can be a lot more fun than a long door-to-door trek and much safer too.
12. If you are driving Halloween afternoon or evening, Be Extra Alert!! In their excitement, young children may dart across streets so please use caution.
For the adults who will celebrate this unholy holiday, McDivitt Law Firm is providing a lift home without charge for those who imbibe too heavily. Here's it's release:
In an effort to keep our streets safe this Halloween, McDivitt Law Firm is once again providing free cab rides to anyone who needs to get home safely after a night of celebration. The “Safe Ride Home” program is through Yellow Cab in Colorado Springs and City Cab in Pueblo, and will be offered between 10:00pm – 3:00am on Saturday, October 31, 2015.

McDivitt has been offering the program since 2007 and has given more than 20,000 safe rides home to residents of Southern Colorado. The firm will pick up the tab for any Yellow Cab or City Cab ride, as long as the passengers are headed home – the free ride is not available from a bar or a restaurant to another drinking establishment. (See below for all the guidelines).

It’s on McDivitt!
For a free ride home, call one of the following cab companies and tell them your ride home is on McDivitt Law Firm:

• Colorado Springs
Call Yellow Cab of Colorado Springs at (719) 777-7777.

• Pueblo & Pueblo West
Call City Cab of Pueblo at (719) 543-2525.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Black Vinyl Friday

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 4:22 PM

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While REI can afford to close its stores in support of the Black Friday boycott, most record shops can’t. Especially now that Record Store Day organizers have unveiled the lineup of exclusive, limited-edition releases that will be available the day after Thanksgiving.

The Black Friday Record Store Day event is more low-key than its annual counterpart in April, but the releases announced today are similarly eclectic.

Hardcore crate-diggers and vinyl fetishists will be fighting over "must-have" collectibles — a pink-vinyl ninja star-shaped Ariel Pink seven-inch, a box of “Obscure Giants of Acoustic Guitar” trading cards, a newly written-and-recorded gold vinyl Shuggie Otis single — while ignoring "maybe they shouldn’t have" releases like… well, we’ll leave that for you to decide.

In the meantime, check out the complete list of upcoming releases
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

SXSW announces first round of 2016 performers

Posted By on Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 4:04 PM

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The South by Southwest Music Festival on Tuesday unveiled its initial wave of performers for next year's festival, which will take place from March 15-20.

The first of what will ultimately add up to more than a thousand acts include longtime Nick Cave collaborator Barry Adamson, German chanteuse Laura Carbone, British shoegaze band Yuck, former Fishbone frontman Angelo Moore's Brand New Step, and Austin hometown heroes Band of Heathens and Jon Dee Graham.

You can also go to sxsw.com to find a short list of panels, ranging from the history of Ardent Records to Talib Kweli and Jarrett Myer holding forth on launching new labels in the digital age.

Of course, the closer we get to the event, the bigger the names will be. In the meantime, here’s round one:
3ballMty (Monterrey MEXICO)
Abjects (London UK-ENGLAND)
The Academic (Mullingar IRELAND)
Barry Adamson (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Adée (Kalmar SWEDEN)
Alex G (Philadelphia PA)
Alice on the roof (Brussels BELGIUM)
Aloa Input (Munich GERMANY)
Altimet & the Kawan Band (Kuala Lumpur MALAYSIA)
Anamanaguchi (New York NY)
And The Kids (Northampton MA)
Angelo Moore & The Brand New Step (San Francisco CA)
Astrid S (Berkak NORWAY)
Autobahn (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)
Avec Sans (London UK-ENGLAND)
The Ballroom Thieves (Boston MA)
The Band of Heathens (Austin TX)
Bee's Knees (Los Angeles CA)
Better Person (Berlin GERMANY)
Beverly (Brooklyn NY)
Big Phony (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Bird Dog (Los Angeles CA)
Birdy Nam Nam (Paris FRANCE)
Birthmark (Brooklyn NY)
Black Asteroid (Brooklyn NY)
Bombino (Agadez NIGER)
Boulevards (Raleigh NC)
Brass Bed (Lafayette LA)
Bye Bye Badman (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Laura Carbone (Mannheim GERMANY)
Rosie Carney (Donegal IRELAND)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (London UK-ENGLAND)
Cash+David (London UK-ENGLAND)
Caveman (New York NY)
Ceasetone (Reykjavik ICELAND)
Chambao (Málaga SPAIN)
Chirkutt (Dhaka BANGLADESH)
Cirkus Funk (Cali COLOMBIA)
Cóndor Jet (Providencia CHILE)
Consulado Popular (Bogotá COLOMBIA)
The Crookes (Sheffield UK-ENGLAND)
Crystal Castles (Toronto CANADA)
Dash Rip Rock (Slidell LA)
David Wax Museum (Charlottesville VA)
Demob Happy (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Élage Diouf (Montréal CANADA)
Dirty Fences (Brooklyn NY)
Dolce (Umeå SWEDEN)
Downtown Boys (Providence RI)
Dubioza Kolektiv (Sarajevo BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA)
Eau Rouge (Stuttgart GERMANY)
Emufucka (Tokyo JAPAN)
Expert Alterations (Baltimore MD)
Sarah Farina (Berlin GERMANY)
Lena Fayre (Los Angeles CA)
Fear of Men (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Few Bits (Antwerp BELGIUM)
Ian Fisher (Berlin GERMANY)
The Foreign Resort (Copenhagen DENMARK)
Andy Frasco & the U.N. (Los Angeles CA)
A Giant Dog (Austin TX)
Matt Gilmour's Patient Wolf (Austin TX)
Gold Class (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Jon Dee Graham (Austin TX)
William Harries Graham & the Painted Redstarts (Austin TX)
Guerilla Toss (New York NY)
Haihm (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Hanggai (Beijing CHINA)
Har Mar Superstar (Minneapolis MN)
Hinds (Madrid SPAIN)
Howardian (New York NY)
Hyperpotamus (Caranca SPAIN)
Illionaire Records (Dok2 & The Quiett) (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Silvana Imam (Stockholm SWEDEN)
Imran Aziz Mian Qawwal (Rawalpindi PAKISTAN)
Into It. Over it. (Chicago IL)
Is Tropical (London UK-ENGLAND)
Jahkoy (Toronto CANADA)
Jambinai (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Joan Of Arc (Chicago IL)
John GRVY (Madrid SPAIN)
Jointpop (Port Of Spain TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO)
Judah & the Lion (Nashville TN)
Marina Kaye (Marseille FRANCE)
Josh Kelley (Park City UT)
The Kickback (Chicago IL)
La Banda Morisca (Jerez De La Frontera SPAIN)
Lazyeyes (Brooklyn NY)
Lois (Madrid SPAIN)
Demi Louise (Boronia AUSTRALIA)
Love X Stereo (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Lushes (Brooklyn NY)
Mai Nimani (Hyderabad PAKISTAN)
Mamamoo (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
MC Lars (Oakland CA)
Methyl Ethel (Perth AUSTRALIA)
Micachu and the Shapes (London UK-ENGLAND)
Mise en Scene (Winnepeg CANADA)
Missi & Mister Baker (Portland OR)
Moving Panoramas (Austin TX)
Mr Muthafuckin eXquire (Far Rockaway NY)
Mumiy Troll (Vladivostok RUSSIA)
The National Parks (Provo UT)
Now, Now (Minneapolis MN)
Oil Boom (Dallas TX)
Paul Oscher (Austin TX)
Overload (Lahore PAKISTAN)
Owen (Chicago IL)
The Parrots (Madrid SPAIN)
PHASES (Los Angeles CA)
Platonick Dive (Livorno ITALY)
The Pocket Rockets (Los Angeles CA)
Ron Pope (Nashville TN)
Prince Rama (New York NY)
PUP (Toronto CANADA)
Pure Bathing Culture (Portland OR)
Quebe Sisters (Dallas TX)
Quiet Life (Portland OR)
Reuben and the Dark (Toronto CANADA)
Emitt Rhodes (Hawthorne CA)
Self Defense Family (Los Angeles CA)
Skyline (Austin TX)
Sleepers' Reign (Herentals BELGIUM)
Son Little (Trenton NJ)
Southern Hospitality (London UK-ENGLAND)
The Spook School (Edinburgh UK-SCOTLAND)
Suboi (Saigon VIETNAM)
Sunflower Bean (New York NY)
Summer Heart (Malmo SWEDEN)
Sur du monde (Rosario ARGENTINA)
Sy Ari Da Kid (Atlanta GA)
Tarmac (Medellin COLOMBIA)
The Nightowls (Austin TX)
Throwing Shade (London UK-ENGLAND)
Vaadat Charigim (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)
Victim Mentality (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Victoria+Jean (Brussels BELGIUM)
Waco Brothers (Chicago IL)
Wahid Allan Faqir (Rahim Yar Khan PAKISTAN)
The Wet Secrets (Edmonton CANADA)
Glenn White (New York NY)
Wildhoney (Baltimore MD)
Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders (Christchurch NEW ZEALAND)
Womps (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Wordburglar (Toronto CANADA)
XYLØ (Westlake Village CA)
Yarn (New York NY)
Yuck (London UK-ENGLAND)

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Mallrats invade the FAC

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 2015 at 8:46 AM

Kevin Smith's 7:30 p.m. show on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center has already sold out. 

But news came Tuesday that a second performance has been added at 9:45, this time co-featuring actor Jason Mewes, better known as the character Jay from the duo's classic breakout film, Clerks

Following the recent opening of an ambitious graffiti exhibit inside the fine art setting, the arrival of two celebs best known for smut humor confirms that edgier new programming for the venue thankfully isn't an isolated incident. 

Though I'll pretty much plan to never see the phrases “Lake Wobegon days with anal jokes” and "Teabagging in the UK" inside an FAC press release again. Ever. 

'This job would be great if it wasn't for the fucking customers.' (Clerks)
  • 'This job would be great if it wasn't for the fucking customers.' (Clerks)

Anyway, here's all the details in a press release:

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Vote now for 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 11:12 AM

Ever since the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions started in 1986, they’ve offered music enthusiasts non-stop opportunities to gripe about deserving artists who've been ignored year after year. (Most common complaints: “That’s not even rock and roll.” “Where’s Warren Zevon?”)

Thursday morning, the Cleveland-based organization added more fuel to the fire by announcing its “short list” of 2016 nominees, from which the public can vote online for their five favorites. The collective result will then be counted as a single ballot among approximately 800 others. Voting runs through December 9 here, with winners to be announced later that month.

And now, let the complaining begin!

P.S. Below are the nominees and their current tallies, as of Thursday at 11 AM:


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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Put on your sneakers and stripes

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 11:32 AM


If you're a runner or walker and like wearing funny clothes, here's an event for you. The Waldo Waldo 5k Walk & Run is in its fourth year and is coming up in a couple of weeks.

Here's the release:
Last year over 3,100 participants dressed as Where's Waldo to raise money for Waldo Canyon restoration and trails and open space maintenance in Colorado Springs. The event has raised more than $100,000 since 2012!

This year, the 4th annual Waldo Waldo 5k Walk & Run will be in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs. Join thousands of Waldos and Wendas on October 17th at the Pioneers Museum where the walk and fun run starts and finishes. Exhibitors, food trucks, Bristol beer garden and music will add to the festivities.

Day of event registration opens at 7:30 a.m., huge group photo at 9:30 a.m. and first wave starts at 9:45 am. The $35 registration fee ($40 morning of event), includes a "Where's Waldo?" costume kit with Waldo glasses, beanie and long sleeve shirt. Wenda costume kits and mini-Waldo kits for kids ages 6-12 are also available. Kids 5 and under are free (but do not receive a costume.) The Waldo Waldo 5K is open to all ages and all abilities.

The Waldo Waldo 5K was set up as a response to the Waldo Canyon Fire in 2012. The 5K raises money for The Waldo Waldo Fund, a fund of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, which supports natural disaster and fire recovery efforts, and trails and open space maintenance in Colorado Springs and the surrounding community. Money is granted from this fund to the primary event beneficiaries Trails and Open Space Coalition and Rocky Mountain Field Institute.

“With thanks to the Downtown Partnership and the City of Colorado Springs, we’ve got a new course that stretches from the Pioneers Museum to Colorado College and back, and this will be the biggest, best, and most red-and-white-striped fun run yet” said Chelise Foster, event creator and organizer.

elope, Inc., a leading designer and distributor of costumes and accessories, has held the DreamWorks “Where’s Waldo” license since 2008. “The Waldo costume has been one of our best sellers for years,” said CEO Kevin Johnson. “We love contributing our passion and support to The Waldo Waldo 5K, and watching a sea of Waldos running together is an incredible experience for our team. It’s become a signature event, and it’s definitely one of our favorite ways to give back to our community here in Colorado Springs.”

This event has been made possible due to gracious support from presenting sponsor elope, inc., platinum sponsors Downtown Partnership and Whole Foods Market, and a whole host of other very generous sponsors, contributors and volunteers.

Online registration and more information is available at the waldowaldo.com

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Time is running out to register for zombie run

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 12:20 PM

The county wants you to be prepared for just about anything. - EL PASO COUNTY
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  • The county wants you to be prepared for just about anything.

You have until Thursday to register for this Saturday's 3k run from the undead.

El Paso County's Be Prepared… Don’t Be A Zombie 2015 Zombie Run will be hosted at Fox Run Regional Park. The first run starts at 10 a.m. Runners will be chased by zombie hordes who attempt to take their flags. In order to get a new flag, runners have to answer a question about emergency preparedness. The point, obviously, isn't to prepare the public for zombies, but to ready them for the very real disasters like fires and floods. 

Register here. The cost is $10-$30 per runner. Proceeds will go to support community emergency preparedness activities. 
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