Makerspace, Get Appy, and Poke
Stories Dawn Garcia, Stephanie Wilson and Robyn Griggs Lawrence
- Pikes Peak libraries help you bring your creative project to life. Read
- Here’s a look at new releases. Read
- Colorado Springs will soon have a new place to party. Read
- Entrepreneur Dan Bilzerian, known as “The King of Instagram,” launches his next product. Read
- Our editor-in-chief’s hottest hits of the month. Read
- Poke hits the Springs. Read
- At long last, the beloved In-N-Out Burger is coming to Colorado. Read
- An app with 2,000 trained listeners who aren’t there to offer advice or give feedback. Read
Meet Your Makerspace
Pikes Peak libraries help you bring your creative project to life.
You have a creative vision that’s begging to see the light of day. Trouble is, you don’t have the space or the tools to make it happen. If you live in Southern Colorado, now you do.
The Pikes Peak Library District offers makerspaces—areas within the library with access to tools, materials, and machines, including button makers, jewel-crafting tools, sewing machines, 3D printers, and laser cutters—at East Library, Sand Creek Library, and Library 21c.
All you need is a valid library card. Staff members are available to walk you through how to use the equipment and provide assistance.
Here’s a look at new releases.
With the awards season in full gear, it’s also a time for some fun new releases in film and TV. On the big screen, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn gives new meaning to female prowess with Birds of Prey: The Emancipation of Harley Quinn opening February 7. This long-awaited female-led film will throw you into a seductive, violent tailspin that will feed your need for a strong badass movie, welcoming you back into the DC Comics universe. Releasing that same day is a dark and bloody indie horror flick starring Elijah Wood called Come to Daddy. In the vein of reviving the past, the film Fantasy Island (inspired by the 1970s TV show) will release on Valentine’s Day, and it’s anything but campy. Guests are invited to the most seemingly perfect island to live out their fantasies, but what they’ve asked for is dark and twisted and will push them to their limits. Keep your eyes peeled for the long-awaited remake of The Invisible Man, written and directed by Leigh Whannell. Opening February 28, the film stars Elizabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen.
Netflix releases Locke and Key on February 7, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You on February 12, and Season 2 of Narcos: Mexico on February 13. Hulu releases the premiere of High Fidelity on February 14, Starz releases the long-awaited Season 5 of Outlander on February 16, and AMC releases Season 5 of Better Call Saul on February 23.
Party With The Gods
Colorado Springs will soon have a new place to party.
Veteran-owned Red Leg Brewing Company is building an $8 million, 14,000-square-foot playground with a brewery, taproom, food court, and outdoor event center on two and a half acres near the entrance to Garden of the Gods Park. The new space for sips is expected to open this summer.
Red Leg founder Todd Baldwin says the project “cements our dedication to make Red Leg a permanent fixture in our community, not just as a brewery, but as an operation that all of Colorado Springs can enjoy and be proud of.”
Red Leg’s mission is to “serve those who serve,” and the company is named for the red stripe that Civil War artillery soldiers wore on the battlefield. North of Douglas County, its beers can only be found at Buckley Air Force Base.
Red Leg Brewing / redlegbrewing.com
Ignite with Flavor
Dan Bilzerian, known as “The King of Instagram,” first built his empire using social media marketing. In 2017, he launched Ignite, a line of CBD products, which has since expanded to include vapes, drops, toothpicks, topicals, pet products, gummies, and lip balm. Flavor profiles include blood orange, lemon, cherry, lavender, and tropical fruit. Its all-natural CBD drops are blended with essential oils. Topicals are made with 100 percent plant-based ingredients. Its newest products are the 350 mg full-spectrum drops and bath bombs.
Available online at ignitevapes.co.
By Stephanie Wilson, Editor in Chief
1. Primary Focus
A New Hampshire law requires the Granite State to be the first presidential primary in the nation. This election cycle, that goes down on February 11, after which my home state becomes irrelevant for another four years.
2. Leap of Faith
While the calendar year is 365 days, it takes the Earth 365.24 days to orbit the sun. Every four years, we add an extra day to the month of February because without it, the calendar would be misaligned with the seasons by 25 days after just 100 years.
3. Born This Way
The odds of being a “leapling”—a person born on a leap day—is 1 in 1,461.
4. Right On
On February 29, some places celebrate Bachelor’s Day or Sadie Hawkins Day—both a nod to the old Irish tradition that gave women the right to propose marriage to a man on leap day. If he declined, he was required by law to pay a penalty, often in the form of gloves so she could hide the shame of her bare ring finger.
5. Modern Love
Since we’re not all Irish, but we are all feminists (because we all believe in the equality of the sexes, of course), any of us can propose to whomever our heart desires whenever we want. Except Valentine’s Day. There’s no law prohibiting it but, sweetie, pay-as-you-go forced romance is anything but romantic.
6. PETA Violation
The origins of the canned-love holiday are as cruel as a red rose delivery in February is clichéd. According to NPR, V-day traces back to the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a brutal fete during which naked men sacrificed dogs and goats—and whipped women with the animal hides. Stop, in the name of love.
Poke hits the Springs.
Poke, the traditional Hawaiian dish featuring raw fish, soy sauce, seaweed, and vegetables, has hit Colorado Springs in a big way. If it seems like suddenly there’s a poke place on every corner—well, that’s because there is. Here are three of our favorites.
Sushi chef Tommy Hwang’s impressive menu of Hawaiian poke gets a Japanese touch at this fast-casual joint. Build your own bowl, choose a signature bowl, or indulge in a Poke-ritto, an oversize sushi roll that’s eaten like a burrito.
This Denver-based ramen and poke chain has an impressively varied menu including sushi, ramen, and tapas in addition to fresh poke bowls. Gluten-free options are plentiful.
Ninja Bowl Xpress
Build your own bowl at one of two Colorado Springs locations. If it’s too cold to go out, get one delivered.
At long last, the beloved In-N-Out Burger is coming to Colorado.
Founded in 1948, California-based franchise In-N-Out Burger was the first drive-through hamburger stand in California, and it has a cult following of fiercely loyal fans. Over the years, Coloradans have watched helplessly as the beloved chain has expanded into Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah, just walking on by as if we didn’t exist.
Finally, the wait is over. Coloradans won’t have to travel outside the state to get their animal style burgers. In-N-Out will open its first Colorado restaurants by Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree and in Colorado Springs later this year.
Come On, Get Appy
Going through something? We all experience moments when we could use some support. Some of those moments are life-changing, while others are a part of everyday life. If you need to get it off your chest, you need to get Happy, the app.
Described by Vice as “like Uber but for ‘Happy Givers,’” Happy connects you to one of more than 2,000 trained listeners who aren’t there to offer advice or give feedback. They’re just there to support you and make you feel heard. They’ll give you the space to speak openly, anonymously, for as long as you’d like.
February is American Heart Month, and the path to a healthier heart should be filled with warm-hearted companions. For every individual caller referred by the American Heart Association through May 31, 2021, Happy will donate a free first-time call valued at $24 to the American Heart Association’s Support Network, for a minimum donation of $50,000. So download the App now. Call, get support, and be happy.
Available for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play happythemovement.com