First it was the 540 McTwist by Mike McGill in 1984,

then the 720 by Tony Hawk in 1985,

then the 900 by Tony Hawk in 1999,

then the 1080 by 12-year-old Tom Schaar in 2012,

and then the second 1080 by 16-year-old Colorado Springs resident Jono Schwan this [...]

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Full disclosure, I make several brief appearances in The Western Way, a documentary produced by Susan Loo Pattee and the Cheyenne Mountain Heritage Center that seeks to broadly decode the odd DNA of Colorado Springs and its histories through the voices of many including Colorado College Professor Ann Hyde, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur Lyda [...]

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The Middle Distance, 7.12.13: Words for Nostalgia

There is a joke about a young man entering heaven. As he approaches the pearly gates, he sees a group of angels bound in chains. The young man asks St. Peter why and St. Peter replies: “Oh, they’re from Tennessee. We have to lock them up [...]

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If you haven’t already made the pleasant trip up the pass to Green Mountain Falls to see the amazing Tomas Saraceno sculpture, “Cloud City”, at the Green Box Arts Festival, this week is your last chance to do so before it comes down. We had the pleasure to wear the instutional slip-on [...]

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No, not Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds; the artist/performance art Nick Cave. If you haven’t heard about his exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, we highly recommend it and managed to snap these photos of his new, decidedly silver-themed Soundsuits before the guard tsk tsked us.

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The Middle Distance 7.5.13: The Contract of Your Birth

For the past few years, I have been part of a monthly lunch group of women who write, read and love books. When we get together, we begin talking about our work, but the conversation quickly shifts to family concerns: How are the kids? [...]

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The Middle Distance 6.28.13: Hey Yawwwwwwl!

A friend asked me yesterday what’s been in the news. She had not been paying attention. Let’s see, I said. More killing in Syria, more guns flowing in so even more will be killed. Edward Snowden is holed up somewhere in Moscow while the U.S. and Russia [...]

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A memorable name in the realty game can’t hurt. We’ve been collecting these local realtor names for many years (no joke) now, and wanted to get to 10, but will settle for these 8 greats. Starting from the bottom:

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KRCC was invited along other media organizations to tour the devastation of the Black Forest Fire last Friday. These are photographs of some of what we saw.

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RIP Judy Noyes

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We were saddened to learn of the death of Judy Noyes, longtime co-proprietor of Chinook bookshop and City Councilwoman, yesterday. Our condolences go out to the entire Noyes family.

HERE is an article I wrote about the closure of Chinook in 2004.

And HERE‘s an article Kathryn Eastburn wrote.

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The Midddle Distance 6.21.13: A Week in Summer

The week began with peonies. I counted 50 buds on the largest bush in the garden. They seemed to burst from their tight round buds all at once.

“Look at the girls in their ball gowns,” my friend said when she saw them, fluffy and [...]

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If you’re looking for something unsmoky, non-hot and FREE to do tonight, don’t miss How to Survive A Plauge, an amazing documentary about the Act Up movement’s struggles to get the Reagan and Bush administrations to fund AIDS research screening at the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center on the CC Campus tonight [...]

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We hope that you, like us, are as excited about The Colorado Springs Philharmonic’s Summer Symphony Series, which begins next Wednesday, June 26 in Mountain Shadows Park at 6 p.m. with the Colorado Springs Together concert to commemorate the 1-year anniversary of the Waldo Canyon Fire:

…Colorado Springs Together features the Flying W [...]

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We’re thrilled that there’s a parking lot full of local food trucks parked right across the street from Palmer High School and Acacia Park and you should be, too, because the food is of many amazing varieties, all delicious. Also, there are great little raised-bed gardens in cattle watering tanks and amazing chaise Adirondack [...]

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Saw one near Colorado College and another downtown. They seem to be made of the same material as the crosswalk paint.

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Local crooner Mike Clark is featured today over at Daytrotter, a website that describes itself thusly:

Daytrotter has analog recording studios in Davenport, Rock Island, London, Nashville, Asheville, San Francisco, Austin, NYC and LA, recording one-of-a-kind, 4-song sessions, with the best young and legendary bands in the world, both night and day. We’ve taped [...]

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While we’re not exactly sure how the emphasis on the younger Lasater’s East Coast prep-school pedigree will help the average beef producer see the virtue in producing grass-fed beef, you can decide for youself HERE.

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As part of the 36 Views of Pikes Peak Project (official submission guidelines for the juried exhibition coming soon—stay tuned), we snuck into the Pioneers Museum while they were taking down a recent exhibit about the marketing of America’s mountain and snapped some of the historic postcards. Check out this gem of bad, sexist, out-of-scale [...]

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The new Charles Bunnell exhibit at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center isn’t dazzling. But it is amazing! Bunnell was a hugely important figure in the history of the Broadmoor Academy and tended to absorb all of his influences with a fluidity of style the both imitated and expanded beyond them. What you get [...]

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Springs-based Photojournalist Bryan Oller got several of his Black Forest Fire photos picked up by TIME Magazine’s Lightbox Blog HERE

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While local photographer Camera Karma/Heather Oelklaus’s pinhole camera truck is NOT the largest pinhole camera in the world, it is still huge and far more mobile, and definitely (can we say it?) amazeballs! Just look at this image made up of 84 8×10″ gelatin prints:

And here’s Heather with the truck:

And here’s [...]

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The Middle Distance 6.7.13: Songs Arise

Call it whatever you want: sing-along, community sing, hootenanny. Singing together as humans has evolved as a tool of survival. Tribal histories were passed down in song. Urgent messages of pending invasions were delivered in the code language of rhythm and song. Revolutions were spearheaded by song. [...]

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The Middle Distance 5.31.13: A Revelation

For several years now, out here in the middle distance, I have made regular pilgrimages to Louisville, Kentucky, where at age 50, I entered graduate school. Coming to Kentucky, the state of my birth, was a homecoming of sorts after many years living out west.

The graduate [...]

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News

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July 28, 2014 | NPR · A California judge sided with Shelly Sterling against her husband, Donald Sterling, giving the green light to the sale of the team, which she’d arranged in May.
 

NPR
July 28, 2014 | NPR · For this week’s Sandwich Monday, we try a sandwich with a cult following. It’s the Korean steak from Rhea’s Market and Deli in San Francisco.
 

NPR
July 28, 2014 | NPR · One-click online shopping is changing how we shop. Stores with leases as short as a day are proliferating — meaning a storefront can be a designer clothing store one day and a test kitchen the next.
 

Arts & Life

NPR
July 28, 2014 | NPR · For this week’s Sandwich Monday, we try a sandwich with a cult following. It’s the Korean steak from Rhea’s Market and Deli in San Francisco.
 

July 28, 2014 | NPR · Alan Cheuse reviews A Replacement Life, Boris Fishman’s humorous account of Holocaust survivors in today’s New York.
 

July 28, 2014 | NPR · Only one movie in July, Transformers: Age of Extinction, has broken the 100 million mark during its opening weekend. Box office receipts all summer have proven anemic. Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with RENTRAK, talks to Audie Cornish about the box office slump.
 

Music

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July 28, 2014 | NPR · His style may be his own, but it distinctly recalls the sound of the 1950s. The vocalist, guitarist and songwriter shares his love of 45 rpm records and raw, live rock ‘n’ roll.
 

July 28, 2014 | NPR · Jenny Lewis achieved musical fame as part of the indie band Rilo Kiley, which broke up in 2011. Her third solo album announces a new chapter in her career — and perhaps her life.
 

Courtesy of the artist
July 28, 2014 | NPR · Dave Brubeck called her “one of the greatest jazz pianists I have ever heard.” She digs up an old tune and calls two Monk numbers on this 1992 episode of the program.
 

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