Friends and filmmakers Jesse Zook Mann and Evan Kleinman decided to go deeper into Judaism, in search of the more edgy side of contemporary Jewish life, and the result was the documentary Punk Jews. It's a sixty-minute, multi-faceted portrait of a global community, told in six stories, including tha ... More >>
Due to concerns about his health and advanced age, Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will resign at months end -- the first pontiff to do so since the 1400s. The news created a Pope-size explosion on Twitter, and meme makers are already busy as well. Below, see our favorite early tweets plus a ... More >>
One of the key goals of the Denver Jewish Film Festival is to get people outside of the Jewish faith engaged. "For us, getting the word out to the Jewish community is easy; getting the word out to the larger community is more challenging," says Roberta Bloom, director of the festival that kicks off ... More >>
Colorado's Catholic bishops say they will "undertake a full review" of a lawsuit in which Catholic Health Initiatives, an Englewood-based operator of 78 Catholic hospitals in seventeen states, has argued that it can't be held liable for the deaths of two unborn babies because fetuses are not people. ... More >>
It's almost here, guys. This Tuesday will mark the official opening date of the national tour of one of the laugh-crackingest, award-winningest musicals in recent history -- but more important, it came out of local minds. We've been writing about Matt Stone and Trey Parker's The Book of Mormon since ... More >>
The City of Houston has released Run, Hide, Fight, a video designed to help people survive a mass shooting in a public place. According to CBS News, the $200,000 production was issued early due to the Aurora theater shooting, hitting YouTube days before this weekend's Sikh temple slayings. It's a te ... More >>
Hundreds of fans lined up to buy The Book of Mormon tickets on Sunday, since the musical written by hometown heroes Trey Parker and Matt Stone will start its road tour here in Denver next August. For those who managed to snag seats, Jenn Wohletz, who spent several years in Utah, offered up t ... More >>
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who created The Book of Mormon , are hometown heroes -- and that alone is reason for a "Glory Hallelujah" all around. Tickets for the musical sold out in record time yesterday; for those lucky enough to have snagged them, there are a few things about the LDS faith that yo ... More >>
Lori Callahan is not a Mormon.Even though we may have made the "wrong assumption, wrong conclusion" about the onslaught of "I'm a Mormon" billboards across the state, comedian Lori Callahan still sees a correlation. She can't help but think that as the election draws closer, Republican presid ... More >>
Trey ParkerTrey Parker and Matt Stone, the Colorado boys who made the big time with South Park, are used to pushing the envelope and making people mad. But they managed to make one hthalljr so angry by winning nine Tony awards, including Best Musical, for The Book of Mormon that he forgot ho ... More >>
In the beginning, Michael Hancock had a very good start to Thursday: Coming off a smooth performance in a bumpy mayoral debate, he survived an appearance on Peter Boyles's show and then learned he was ahead of Chris Romer in two polls -- one by RBI, one by his own pollster. But then the crea ... More >>
It's been not much more than a month since The Book of Mormon, the sweet and dirty musical send-up of Mormonism from South Park creators and Denver locals Trey Parker and Matt Stone, opened on Broadway to the adulation of everybody -- and now its dominance is official: Yesterday, Book of Morm ... More >>
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the longtime brains behind South Park, Colorado's most famous semi-fictional mountain town, took it all the way to Broadway on Tuesday when The Book of Mormon opened to glowing reviews. The musical, a sendup of Mormon culture starring two "elders" on a mission trip ... More >>
Bring it back home!Type "The Book of Mormon" into Google right now, and the first thing to come is the eponymous play by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, two Colorado boys who went on to become, we think it's fair to say at this point, the greatest satirists of a generation. From South Park to Tea ... More >>
Last week, we wrote about the case of Katia Birge, who claims to have been raped by a Denver Catholic lay minister in 2008. Today, her father, attorney Tom Birge, called to dispute a statement made by the Archdiocese of Denver spokeswoman -- and to clarify other points.
Chaput. SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is criticizing Catholic officials in Denver, including Archbishop Charles Chaput, for their handling of the Katia Birge case. Birge claims to have been raped by a Denver lay minister in 2008, when she was 25 years old.
The guy who invented Scientology also wrote this.The dark empire of Church of Scientology, well known for its extensive real estate holdings, expanded its reach in Denver yesterday by throwing down $8.5 million in cash money on a new facility to house its secretive minions. Believed by its ad ... More >>
A CitizenLink graphic gives the two major parties equal time -- kind of.Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family and Focus on the Family Action are not one and the same. The former is a 501(c)(3) founded in 1977 by the Reverend James Dobson to promote family values from a Christian perspect ... More >>
Now that South Park bad boys Trey Parker and Matt Stone have announced plans for a Broadway production titled The Book of Mormon, congregants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are bracing themselves for some savage jokes about polygamous prophets, complicated underwear, annoy ... More >>
Focus on the Family president and CEO Jim Daly.The Colorado Springs Gazette's parent company may have declared bankruptcy this week, but the paper's still reporting the big news in its community, including details about layoffs at Springs-based Focus on the Family; 75 jobs, or about 8 percent ... More >>
Sixty Legionnaires of Christ receive their ordination from Pope John Paul II in 1991.The Legion of Christ made the wrong kind of headlines when it was revealed that the Catholic organization's founder, Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, who died in 2008, had fathered children -- which means he ... More >>
Tenzin Zopa in an image from director Nati Barartz's "Unmistaken Child." Unmistaken Child, which opens tomorrow, June 26, at the Mayan Theatre, is a remarkable documentary about a fascinating ritual of Tibetan Buddhism: the search for a reincarnated master in the body of a child. Tenzin Zopa is cho ... More >>
A Flickr Photo This is a message to all the Chosen: Remember when you were thirteen and you wore your hand-me-down,powder-blue, three-piece suit to celebrate becoming a man? When Aunt Esther pinched your cheek so hard it made your soul hurt? Obviously, your mother was taking pictures of all of this ... More >>
Zone in on your zen (and blow off tax day) on Wednesday, April 15, when Parallel Seventeen, the modern Vietnamese restaurant at 1600 East 17th Avenue, rolls out a special a la carte menu to celebrate the birthday of Oh, Ye Great Buddhist, Shakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, who was born on A ... More >>
An image from the Solidarity Institute home page accessible from ecatholichub.net. In "Bob Beauprez Re-emerges -- as a Pro-Catholic Robo-caller for Bob Schaffer," a blog published yesterday, I wrote about a recorded phone message I received on Sunday in which 2006 gubernatorial candidate Bob Beau ... More >>
Rabbi Jamie Korngold. The holiest days of the Jewish year have arrived, which means it’s time for cynical, kvetching people everywhere to count their blessings and remember why, even in the midst of the Great Depression Sequel, they have reason to celebrate. Last Tuesday was Rosh Hashanah, the J ... More >>
An image from South Park's "The Return of Chef" episode. The August 10 death of Isaac Hayes at age 65 spurred warm statements from individuals throughout the entertainment industry -- but apparently nothing thus far from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the Coloradans who created South Park, the Comedy ... More >>
A June 17 More Messages blog revolves around a column written by Colorado Springs Independent scribe Rich Tosches about Colorado Springs Gazette editorial page editor Wayne Laugesen. In the piece, an activist accuses Laugesen of insensitivity and more in regard to comments he made in a series of e-m ... More >>
Get some exercise in the park. Joseph Brady was first introduced to T'ai Chi in 1967 at Brooklyn Tech, his New York high school that was one-third Chinese. "I got turned on to it then and have been doing it ever since," he says. On April 14 and the 21, he and his wife Jacqui Shumway will host T' ... More >>
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