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  • ‘America’s Got Talent’ looking for next great thing

    Tue, November 19, 2013 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Kenichi Ebina, winner of the last "America's Got Talent" competition.

    Kenichi Ebina, winner of the last “America’s Got Talent” competition.

    Are you still singing into your hairbrush in front of the mirror?

    Inventing dance moves with your roommate?

    Making a list of all the open mics in town so you can do your big comedy routine?

    Now is the time to be brave. The NBC TV show, “America’s Got Talent,” is holding auditions in Denver on Saturday, Dec. 7. They accept any age and any talent. That means you. And me. I’ll see you there, with my big rollerblading acro yoga routine. I kid, I kid!

    Auditions will be at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. Pre-register: agtauditions.com.

  • ‘The Wizard of Oz’ cast members will drop in via hot air balloon for meet and greet

    Mon, November 18, 2013 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    wizard of oz balloonCast members from “The Wizard of Oz,” the upcoming production at the Fine Arts Center, are getting a ride to the FAC via hot air balloon on Tuesday.

    Kids can visit with characters, including the scarecrow, wizard, Dorothy and Toto, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. just west of the museum.

    The show runs Dec. 5-29; 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org.

  • CC professor and Cheynenne Mountain High School graduate to give TEDx Talks

    Tue, November 12, 2013 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Here’s hoping you’ve sat yourself down and watched at least one TED talk (ted.com/talks) by this point.

    These 18-minute or less mini-lectures cover a gamut of topics. Their tagline is: Ideas Worth Spreading.

     Colorado College Associate Sociology Professor Kathy Giuffre

    Colorado College Associate Sociology Professor Kathy Giuffre

    Two of this weekend’s TED presenters come from the Springs: Colorado College Associate Sociology Professor Kathy Giuffre and Sara Volz, a 2013 Cheyenne Mountain High School graduate.

    “TEDxMileHigh: Women | Values + Instincts” is Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Newman Center. The x in the title indicates it’s an independently organized TED event.

    From the CC press release about Giuffre:

    “The presentation is based on her research on the island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands in the South Pacific, where she spent a sabbatical year studying the artists. Giuffre also took a Colorado College sociology class to Rarotonga for two weeks in 2007 to study Polynesian culture. Her work in Polynesia led to the book “Collective Creativity: Art and Society in the South Pacific” (Ashgate 2009).”

    Bio of Volz from the TEDx Talk website:

    “Freshman at MIT studying molecular biology.  She was the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search winner for her work developing more efficient methods to produce algae biofuels using artificial selection.”


    When: 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16

    Where: Newman Center, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver

    Tickets: $49.50, $39.50 student, $69.50 VIP; 1-303-871-7720, newmanboxoffice@du.edu, tedxmilehigh.com/its-here-announcing-the-initial-lineup-for-november-16

  • Downtown ice rink returns for the holidays

    Fri, November 8, 2013 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    ice skatingHere’s a way to put a little rosiness in the cheeks – the ice skating rink in Acacia Park will return starting Nov. 23.

    It’s a 675 square-foot, real ice rink. Downtown! It’s so “It’s a Wonderful Life!”

    I never made it by last year for a skate. Did you? That won’t happen again. I am all over it.

    The rink will be open daily through Jan. 5. Admission is $5 Mondays-Thursdays, $6 Fridays-Sundays and free for ages 4 and younger with a paying adult. You can bring your own skates or rent them for $3.

    There will also be live music, food vendors and Santa during skating hours. You can find the schedule here: http://www.downtown80903.com/events/skate.

    The rink is a collaboration between the City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Services and Downtown Colorado Springs.

  • Works by Nathan Solano open at The Broadmoor Galleries

    Wed, November 6, 2013 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Nathan Solano

    Nathan Solano

    I love hearing about successful people who don’t find their groove until a little bit later in life.

    Colorado artist Nathan Solano is one of them. The artist started his painting career at 40 with no formal art training.

    His work has been featured in The Artists Magazine, Art of the West, SouthWest Art, Western Art Collector, Taos Magazine, Western Horseman, Cowboys and Indians and the Wildlife Art Magazine.

    A show of his works opens at The Broadmoor Galleries on Thursday, Nov. 7. Solano will also be there.

    The free opening reception is 4:30-8:30 p.m., The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Circle; 577-5744, broadmoorgalleries.com.






    "Summer Reading," oil on canvas, by Nathan Solano

    “Summer Reading,” oil on canvas, by Nathan Solano


    "Out of the Loop," oil on canvas, by Nathan Solano

    “Out of the Loop,” oil on canvas, by Nathan Solano

  • Sam Gappmayer leaving the Fine Arts Center

    Tue, November 5, 2013 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Sam Gappmayer

    Sam Gappmayer

    Sam Gappmayer, president and CEO of the Fine Arts Center, will step down from duties Nov. 22.

    He’ll be the new director at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in Peoria, Ill., confirmed Warren Epstein, communications director at the FAC.

    Gappmayer started at the FAC in 2008.