“It is the inspiration of the Olympic Games that drives people not only to compete but to improve, and to bring lasting spiritual and moral benefits to the athlete and inspiration to those lucky enough to witness the athletic dedication.”― Herb Elliott, Australian middle-distance runner and three-time Olympic gold medalistLike many medalists, Michelle Dusserre Farrell’s path to the podium began in front of a TV. She wasn’t quite 4 years old, but still remembers how it felt to watch the “Sparrow from Minsk,” Olga Korbut, dazzle the world and reset the bar for competitive gymnastics at the 1972 Munich Olympics.“It got me excited about the sport, then it was my mom putting me into a gymnastics class, and then four years later watching Nadia (Comăneci) score her first perfect 10,” said Farrell, who went on to earn a spot alongside Mary Lou Retton, and a silver medal for Team USA, at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, when she … [Read more...] about Colorado Springs Olympic Museum has inspiration in its bones
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THURSDAYCoolio, the man behind “Gangsta’s Paradise” and more than 17 million records sold, comes to Sunshine Studios Live, 3970 Clearview Frontage Road, for an 8 p.m. show, doors open at 7. Also on the bill: Hexrated, Pretty Vague, Observe 23, Dmartian, Colorblind, Dbamm, Delinkwintz, Mac Frenzi. Tickets are $19-$200, ticketfly.comFRIDAYExtra special: Adam Aijala & Ben Kaufmann of Yonder Mountain String Band perform "The Sheriff Saga," a collection of songs from the past 20 years, 7 p.m. , Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., $25-$40 tickets on Eventbrite. VIP party and happy hour at 5 p.m. tinyurl.com/y37vweqxFRIDAYHe has toured with Tech N9ne and made history with mixtapes and a #WebbyWednesday series. Chris Webby comes to The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., for a 7 p.m. show, along with Chainstore Collective, Ian Taylor and Legacy. $25-$100, blacksheeprocks.comFRIDAY-SATURDAYThink chocolate and Roald Dahl's absolutely fun musical,"Willy Wonka," by … [Read more...] about 15 things to do in and around Colorado Springs this weekend: Meow Wolf Elitch’s, Simpich show, Herb Fest, Earth Day, Easter Sunrise
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Free days at museums, parks and cultural institutions are essential to making the Front Range family-friendly. That’s because in the fast-changing metro area, which continues to experience high rates of growth (with the attendant cost-of-living increases), families need accessible, all-ages activities that don’t require $50 in concessions, surcharges or branded swag.Fortunately, the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District — the seven-county metro area’s tax district that supports hundreds of arts and culture nonprofits — continues to fund free days at marquee metro-area cultural attractions, and we’ve taken the liberty of rounding them up. On a weekly basis, organizations such as Hudson Gardens (6115 S. Santa Fe Drive in Littleton) offer free daily entry for those whose idea of a good time includes picnics, nature walks and birdwatching. And new this year, … [Read more...] about Every free day at the Denver Zoo, museums and other cultural hotspots in 2019
THURSDAY-FRIDAYOpening weekend for the new Boot Barn Hall at Bourbon Brothers, 13071 Bass Pro Drive, the Frontmen, 8 p.m. Lead vocalists from Lonestar, Restless Heart and Little Texas. Tickets: bootbarnhall.comFRIDAY-SATURDAYFor a really WildNight at the Zoo, how about an overnighter for kids ages 5 and older? Explore the animals' world by moonlight and listen to the sounds. Supper is pizza and veggies followed with s'mores, and there's a cereal and yogurt breakfast before the morning zoo tour. The adventure starts at 6 p.m. and is over at 8 a.m. To register for this or the next WildNights: cmzoo.org/wildnightsFRIDAY-SUNDAYJust as thousands of beautiful snow geese start their migration, learn all about them at the High Plains Snow Goose & Heritage History Festival in Lamar. The festival's 17th year includes really early-morning tours, goose hot spots and birder secrets. highplainssnowgoose.comOpening weekend for a special exhibition, through May 26, of works by artists who followed … [Read more...] about 14 weekend things to do around Colorado Springs this weekend: new music venues, handbells, count birds, sort pennies, Lake George history
At the end of last year, POLITICO Magazine asked historians if 2017 had been the craziest year in American politics. That was before 2018, when several of President Donald Trump’s onetime cronies were indicted for financial crimes, when rapper Kanye West delivered a soliloquy in the Oval Office and when an accidental alert had Hawaii residents convinced nuclear missiles were inbound for a full 38 minutes. That was before one midterm election and three government shutdowns, before the Trump administration ordered migrant children be separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border and before the president’s historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It was before the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, and before 13 federal agencies issued a dire report on climate change that the White House attempted to bury. How will history remember this wild year? Which events were significant and which were distractions? POLITICO Magazine asked the smartest historians we know … [Read more...] about What Will History Books Say About 2018?