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  • Go Miguel, go!

    Thu, July 31, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Our prodigal son, Miguel Dakota, from Monument, has once again made us all proud.

    The 22-year singer and guitar player is making waves on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” So many waves, in fact, that last night he made the semi-finals of the show, a definite coup.

    He competed with 11 other acts Tuesday night, and his full-band rendition of The Beatles’ “Come Together” scored with viewers, who voted him into the top five.

    He’ll eventually compete in the top 24,  once all the acts have performed and the viewer votes are in, and then, hopefully, the top 12.

    Check out his winning performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5FhcH2m1ls

    Dakota is flying back to Colorado for a Saturday night concert at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts. He’ll perform with his band Spiral Lion, and I heard from Michael Maddox, a board member of the center, that the show is sold out. Sorry, fans.

    But guess who gets to go? I do, I do! I’ll take a listen and have a looksee at our latest celeb, and report back from the frontlines on just how much he rocked. It’s a tough job, but… you know the rest.

  • Miguel Dakota performs tonight (Tuesday)

    Tue, July 29, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Miguel Dakota in New York City

    Miguel Dakota in New York City

    Miguel Dakota, the 22-year old Monument singer songwriter, sings for his supper tonight on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

    Twelve acts will perform live at Radio City Music Hall, then people across the country will vote for their favorite. The top five are revealed tomorrow night.

    There are four rounds of quarter finals, which narrows the playing field to 24. Those 24 acts go to two rounds of semi-finals, which will reveal the top 12. The top 12 perform and six of them go to finals.

    Will Miguel Dakota be one of them? Tune in tonight and see how he does. We’re rooting for you from Colorado, Miguel!


  • Free blues music by national acts

    Thu, July 17, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Alvin Youngblood Hart

    Alvin Youngblood Hart

    Blues Under the Bridge rides again this Saturday.

    It’s that day of the summer when you walk around your westside neighborhood, and hear the faint sound of the blues waft by on the breeze.

    Headlining this year is Sugaray Rayford. Other acts include Australian Kara Grainger, Alvin Youngblood Hart and Al Chesis and the Delta Sonics.

    One of the coolest parts, in my humble opine, is the handful of free pre-festival shows at downtown venues.

    Grainger plays tonight, Thursday, July 17, at 8 p.m. at Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse and Pub.

    Hart plays from 6-9 p.m. Friday, July 18, at The Mining Exchange – A Wyndham Grand Hotel.

    Chesis plays at 9 p.m. Friday, July 18, at Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse and Pub.

    The festival is Saturday; bluesunderthebridge.com.



  • Kevin Bacon has left the building

    Thu, July 3, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Sorry, friends. Kevin Bacon is gone.

    Yesterday, he allegedly posted a photo of the Manitou Incline on his Facebook page,  talking about how scared he was of it. That must have been an old photo, because all of my sources indicated he was long gone from our fair city.

    I emailed one of the producers of “Cop Car,” the movie he was here shooting, and she said Bacon left town June 18 to go on tour with his band, The Bacon Brothers, which includes his brother, Michael. And according to their website, they have a tour stop on Saturday at the Frontier Days Festival in Illinois.

    The Bacon Brothers

    The Bacon Brothers

    “Busy man,” she wrote.

    She also wrote: “I know he enjoyed your incline a couple times.”

    And yes, readers, I begged and implored this producer to help me set up a time to meet Bacon and get a selfie. I emailed, I called, I even sent the original video and asked her to watch it. Nada.

    So. Looks like Bacon Watch 2014 is over. Who’ll be next? Something tells me it won’t be long before some other celebrity is walking our downtown streets, eating 5-star meals at our Broadmoor and trudging up our crazy outdoor staircases.

  • Manitou Springs accepted into Colorado Creative Districts Program

    Mon, June 30, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    At the same time Downtown Colorado Springs recently became a certified Creative District, Manitou Springs was also accepted into the Colorado Creative Districts Program as a candidate district.

    That means the little town works toward certification for two years. Candidates are offered direct funding and professional assistance, training and networking with peers. Candidate districts can apply for certification at the end of two years.

    Each candidate is awarded a $5,000 matching grant from Colorado Creative Industries.


  • National Theatre Live at UCCS this weekend

    Fri, June 27, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    TheatreWorks hosts National Theatre Live, a handy program that brings live international theater to screens around the country.


    Periodic broadcasts of shows from The National Theatre of Great Britain are brought to a screen at UCCS.


    This weekend, two live performances of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” will be broadcast from London to Centennial Auditorium.


    The play, based on the novel by Mark Haddon, is about a 15-year old boy who’s gifted at math but struggles with human emotions. When he’s suspected of killing a neighborhood dog, he begins writing a book about his investigation into the death.


    What: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

    When: 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28 and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 29

    Where: Centennial Auditorium, in Centennial Hall, UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway

    Tickets: $15, $13 subscribers, free UCCS students; theatreworkscs.org/ntlive.html, ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/about-us

    Something else: Free parking in Lot 3



  • Swing on in Green Mountain Falls

    Wed, June 25, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    The Swings in Green Mountain Falls

    The Swings in Green Mountain Falls

    The Green Box Arts Festival is set to open on the Fourth of July, and along with it, The Swings, which is open now.

    The giant, interactive installation is set up overlooking Gazebo Lake in Green Mountain Falls. You can’t miss it. I headed up earlier this week to get a gander at the huge 10-seat swing set and meet the co-creator, Melissa Mongiat, from Montreal.

    It was rejuvenating to swing again, but what made it even better were the musical notes that played each time you swung.

    A blue swing corresponds to a harp tone, yellow is a vibraphone, pink is piano and green is guitar. The higher you swing, the higher the note. And if everybody gets in each others “bathtub,” what we used to call swinging in synchrony as kids, more complex musical sounds emerge.

    Thirty minutes before the swing set gets turned off, the music turns into a soft electronica version of itself.

    The Swings was designed by Daily tous les jours, a Montreal design studio. The larger original version of The Swings opened in Montreal in 2011, and is still open on a seasonal basis to the public. The smaller version in Green Mountain Falls is on tour, and we’re lucky enough to be its first tour stop.

    “The installation connects people, and you can experience nature in a new way,” Mongiat said. “It’s midway between urban design and interactive art.”

    The exhibit is open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily through July 13. It’s free; greenboxarts.org.



  • Georgia O’Keeffe at the Fine Arts Center in 2015

    Tue, June 17, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Georgia O’Keeffe was the talk of a late afternoon garden party at the Fine Arts Center Monday.

    David A. Dahlin, the new CEO and president of the FAC, announced 2015 is the year of O’Keeffe, to the sound of much applause from FAC board members, staff and others.

    Georgia O'Keefe's "Oriental Poppies"

    Georgia O’Keefe’s “Oriental Poppies”

    The museum will exhibit “Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe” and “Still-Life Painting in New Mexico” June 27–Sept. 13, 2015.

    The works will be on loan from across the country, said Blake Milteer, museum director, including from Dallas and Orlando.

    An exhibit of Myron Wood’s photos of O’Keeffe will also open sometime next year.

  • Somebody stole our Kevin Bacon photo

    Fri, June 13, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    You read that right – a reader submitted a photo (though not a selfie) that somebody snapped of her and Kevin Bacon. How do you like them apples? That is a bitter, bitter apple, my friends.

    Sarah Kittle with Kevin Bacon

    Sarah Kittle with Kevin Bacon

    Reader Sarah Kittle found Kev at the top of the Manitou Incline on Tuesday afternoon, and sent me a photo, which I kind of have to love. How sweet of her to think of me! Oh, and guess what? It was her FIRST TIME hiking the Incline! What a nice reward she got, eh? I don’t remember that kind of treat waiting for me after my first slog to the top, do you?

    I interrogated Kittle on her Bacon run-in:

    Me: What was he like? 

    Sarah: Kevin was nice but seemed like he didn’t want to draw a lot of attention to himself.

    He was hiking alone, wearing a big hat and sunglasses.

    Kevin was at the top of the incline around 12:45 PM yesterday. He was taking photos.

    Me: Did he say how long he’d be in town? Was it his first time on the incline? 

    Sarah: Sorry, didn’t ask either of the above questions.

    And she wasn’t the only one to spot him. Other Facebook friends also alerted me to another woman who found Kev on the Incline Tuesday, too. That one looks like a selfie. Curses! Stolen right out from underneath us.

    Ah well. You win some Kevin Bacon, you lose some Kevin Bacon. He could still be around the Springs, you know, lurking, waiting to surprise us. I half expect that guy to come strolling into The Gazette reception area downtown during one of his breaks from shooting the indie film “Cop Car.” I mean, he must have heard all the kerfluffle from locals about his visit here, right?


  • Two artists win cash prizes at Art on the Streets reception

    Fri, June 13, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    The streets are alive with the new Art on the Streets sculpture garden.

    Two artists were recognized Thursday, June 12, at the exhibit’s opening reception at City Auditorium.

    Andrew Ramiro Tirado from Colorado Springs won the juror’s award and a $10,000 prize for “Lacuna,” the giant arm made from redwood and paint that hangs in the atrium of Plaza of the Rockies.

    Tim Upham from Fort Collins won the People’s Choice award and $1,000 for “Red Springs Garden” in last year’s exhibit. The sculpture looked to me like colorful giant pick-up sticks in front of City Hall.

    Eleven pieces were selected from 65 applicants to decorate downtown for the next year in the 16th annual program by Downtown Colorado Springs and Community Ventures, and presented by U.S. Bank.