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  • Ice skate with an Olympian

    Mon, December 30, 2013 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Rachael Flatt

    Rachael Flatt

    Brush off the skates and dust off the triple Salchow jump. It’s time to impress.

    Rachael Flatt, a U.S. Olympic Figure Skater, will host a free two-hour skate sponsored by Memorial Hospital. It’s from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, at Colorado College Honnen Ice Arena.

    Flatt will compete in the upcoming 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. She graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School in 2011, and is majoring in biology at Stanford University. Last summer, she worked as an intern in Memorial Hospital’s surgery center.

    When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2
    Where: Colorado College Honnen Ice Arena, 30 W. Cache La Poudre St.
    Cost: Free; donations to the Memorial Hospital Foundation are welcome

  • Befuddled at ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

    Thu, December 26, 2013 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    "Inside Llewyn Davis"

    “Inside Llewyn Davis”

    I took myself to a movie on Christmas – the Coen brothers’ latest, called “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

    It started auspiciously enough, with a gorgeous song by Oscar Isaac, who stars as Davis.

    He sat on a chair on a stage in a Greenwich Village bar circa 1963, and lulled me into my happy music place with “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me.” I was sure this movie would be a slice of cinema heaven.

    And yes, I’ll say that the soundtrack is the best I’ve heard in years, which isn’t surprising, as it was produced by T-Bone Burnett. He’s the man who also did the soundtrack to the Coens’ 2000 film, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” which earned multiple Grammy awards.

    The music was the best part, though I certainly didn’t mind staring at Isaac, who was in every scene. But I left feeling robbed of my time. The ending? What the what? What happened? I won’t spoil it for you, but I was left feeling befuddled.

    I went home and searched online for answers. Nobody had them. Handfuls of critics acknowledged feeling similarly, and one interview with the Coen brothers laid bare their thoughts:

    “It became clear early on that it [had no plot],” Ethan continues. “The audience isn’t hanging on what’s going to happen next because not much is happening.”

    Yeah, the audience isn’t just left hanging, they’re left irritated, too. I heard murmurs in the crowd when the screen went black at the end.

    “Well, that was different,” one woman said.

    Have you seen it? What’s your review? Email me: jen.mulson@gazette.com.

  • Nechie Hall appointed as interim president and CEO at Fine Arts Center

    Tue, December 17, 2013 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Nechie Hall

    Nechie Hall

    Nechie Hall will start Jan. 2 as the interim president and CEO at the Fine Arts Center.

    She and her late husband founded PRACO (Public Relations Advertising Company), which is now Vladimir Jones.  She still serves as CEO and chairman, but retired from the day-to-day operations of the company, now led by her daughter, Meredith Hall Vaughan.

    Hall replaces FAC board chairman Jim Raughton, who has served as acting CEO since the departure of previous CEO Sam Gappmayer.

    The FAC is still in the process of a national search for a permanent CEO.

  • Free independent movie screenings this weekend

    Thu, December 12, 2013 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    movie projectorFilm buffs, prepare yourselves for some serious movie watching.

    The Independent Film Society of Colorado will show 15 independent movies on Sunday, none of which have had a public screening in the Springs.




    When: Noon-9:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15
    Where: Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St.
    Cost: Free; ifsoc.org

    Here’s the list:

    12:00 pm – P.D.A. – 8 min – Directed by Patrick Hancock – IMDb

    12:10 pm – Nawang Gombu: Heart of a Tiger – 47 min – Written by Bev Chapman – IMDbOfficial Website

    12:59 pm – Kasvukausi (Growing Season) – 70 Min – Directed by Sampsa Huttunen – IMDb – Finnish with English subtitles

    2:11 pm – Changing Tempo – 17 min – Directed by Scott Hughes – IMDb – Writer/producer Amy Fortier and some of the cast will be present

    2:35 pm – Same Odds – 12 min – Directed by Dudley May – IMDb

    2:49 pm – Coney Island: Dreams for Sale – 80 min – Directed by Alessandra Giordano – IMDbOfficial WebsiteFacebook

    4:11 pm – Revelations – 11 min – Directed by Laura G. Chirinos – IMDb

    4:24 pm – The Firebird – 25 min – Directed by Antonis Tsonis – IMDbOfficial Website

    4:51 pm – Everything Happens for a Reason – 15 min – Directed by Florian Schott – IMDb

    5:08 pm – La Redempcio dels Peixos – 88 min – Directed by Jordi Torrent – IMDb – Catalan with English Subtitles

    6:38 pm – The Puritans – 24 min – Directed by Sean Robinson – IMDbOfficial Website

    7:04 pm – Trains – 15 min – Directed by Cleopatra Coleman and Mick Coleman – IMDb

    7:21 pm – Older Children – 65 min – Directed by Duncan Riddell – IMDbFacebook

    8:26 pm – Freshwater – 17 min – Directed by Trevor Smith – IMDbFacebook

    8:45 pm – Chicken – 26 min – Directed by Jessica Sue Burstein – IMDbOfficial Website