Each year, the Navigators at Glen Eyrie present a truly unique holiday offering, the madrigal banquet at the former residence of Colorado Springs’ founder, William Jackson Palmer. The banquet was the brainchild of Springs resident Dave McIntosh who has been transforming the castle into a middle-ages holiday wonderland and feasting hall for the [...]

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We took a little trip to the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater for a behind-the-scenes look at the THEATREWORKS production of You Can’t Take it With You. We spoke with actors Missy Moore and Logan Ernstthal as well as the director of the play, Geoffrey Kent.

You Can’t Take it With You runs through [...]

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The Middle Distance 12.7.12: The Image Becomes a Phantom

In her treatise on photography, Susan Sontag said, “Today everything exists to end in a photograph.” Witness any public event in the 21st century, crowd members’ arms extended outward with smartphones pointed in every direction and understand how prophetic that statement was way back in [...]

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Historian Richard Marold explores the history of the Pierce Arrow Motor Car Company and the Colorado Springs resident who owned an entire fleet of the luxury automobiles.

Spencer’s Pierce Arrow’s

Richard Marold is a local historian who works as a Chautauquan and portrays Winfield Scott Stratton, Franklin Roosevelt and Nikola Tesla. [...]

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What better feeling exists than finding that perfect holiday gift for your friends and family? Perhaps that good feeling can be compounded by supporting the local economy by purchasing unique treasures from local artists and crafts people via etsy.com. We scoured the local etsy listings and found some marvelous treasures that we’re sure will put [...]

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Historian Richard Marold explores the lasting legacy of one of the Pikes Peak region’s most influential residents, Julie Penrose.

The Legacy of Julie Penrose

Richard Marold is a local historian who works as a Chautauquan and portrays Winfield Scott Stratton, Franklin Roosevelt and Nikola Tesla. He is also editor of Cheyenne [...]

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It’s about time that the iPhone caught up with the awesomeness that is the history of Old Colorado City. Don Kallaus, member of the Old Colorado City History Center, discusses the genesis of the new iPhone app that delivers unto you the ghost of the world that haunts your OCC now-a-days.

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The Middle Distance 11.9.12: “Honey, It’s Jest Foo-ood”

In a parallel life, I think I might have been a cafeteria lady, baking industrial sized trays of yeast rolls every morning in a stainless steel kitchen, ladeling out clouds of mashed potatoes and smothering them with milk gravy.
Last Sunday I spent [...]

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Today, from 4:30 – 7 p.m. at the Coburn Gallery on the Colorado College Campus (at the NW corner of Cache la Poudre and Cascade), The Big Something will jump out of the internet and into Coburn Gallery for our first ever Big Something Exhibition. Featuring the mischievous posters of Roy Linton, [...]

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(All photos in this slideshow are by Helen and James McCaffery, courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Best viewed in full screen mode by clicking on arrows in lower-right corner of slide show)

Warning: For those who imagine a quaint and walkable downtown Colorado Springs full of beautiful buildings, apartments [...]

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In this week’s episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn embraces the obsessive mathematics of aging.

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Of all the hidden treasures we try to bring you on The Big Something, few rate as highly as the reclusive local artist Floyd Tunson. A long-time art teacher at Palmer High School, Tunson has been “retired” for over a decade during which time he has devoted himself full-time to his first love. Now [...]

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THEATREWORKS and Curious Theatre Company (Denver, CO) have teamed up to present The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, a 2010 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama by Kristoffer Diaz. The play is staged in the world of professional wrestling, but leave your preconceptions at the door. We spoke with director Chip Walton [...]

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Big news for a small garden last week: The Demonstration Garden at the Corner of Mesa Road and Glen Avenue in Monument Valley Park was bestowed the honor of First Place for landscape design by the All-America Selections organization, a non-profit, formed in 1932, that promotes plants that work well all across the country. [...]

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Graceful trees line lake in Monument Valley Park with dirt road at left. “1607″ printed on back. Caption on back reads “Monument Valley Park. Colorado Springs, Colorado. Monument Valley Park is the main park within the city limits. It was built by the late General William J. Palmer at a cost of $750,000 and donated [...]

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Local historian, Richard Marold remembers longtime Cheyenne Mountain School teacher, principal, superintendent, coach and all-around renaissance man, Lloyd Shaw. Shaw was inducted into the Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 Hall of Fame on Friday October, 12th.

Richard Marold Remembers Lloyd Shaw, Renaissance Man

Here is some footage shot by Lloyd Shaw in [...]

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Lloyd Shaw (1890-1958), scholar of Western square dancing, sits in a chair at a desk holding a piece of paper.

Click HERE to browse more images at the Pikes Peak Library District’s Digital Photo Archive.

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In this week’s Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn ruminates on the struggle for faith.

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Colorado State Supreme Court Justice, water resource advocate and poet, Gregory J. Hobbs will be speaking at the UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art’s H20: Water, Culture & Politics lecture series October 11th. The lecture series is presented in conjunction with Eric Tillinghast’s installation, Rain Machine.

Justice Hobbs sat down with Andrea Chalfin [...]

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We recently uncovered some shocking information regarding Big Something intern and recent Colorado College graduate, Jake Brownell. It turns out that the young man we know as an earnest, polite and responsible member of the community spent his youth as a gangster rapper. Well, perhaps gangster is a little hyperbolic, but he did cut a [...]

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This morning Democracy Now! was broadcast live from the Tim Gill Center for Public Media in Colorado Springs. You can watch the program below:

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