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When I was 17, someone made me read The Great Gatsby. I don’t remember the English teacher’s name, but I do remember the reverence and the slight hint of a romantic crush in her voice when she introduced our class to F. Scott Fitzgerald. I became [...]Continue Reading →
On May 10, 2013 By Noel Black
I’m writing because Sunday is Mother’s Day, and at this late date, out here in the middle distance, I am still as confounded by the holiday as I was when you were growing up.
Yesterday someone asked me what I [...]Continue Reading →
As we head into the home stretch of the Spring membership drive here at KRCC, it’s time once again to peek behind the curtain of public radio’s Oz and put names with the faces of the Great Impartial Radio Gods of NPR and their celebrity doppelgangers because, well, it’s just fun. Plus it’s a perfect [...]Continue Reading →
Here are the mothers, hands on hips, surveying the table for space, considering what, if anything, might be missing. Aunt Erma presides, my grandmother’s sister who still lives on these remaining acres of family land. Aunts and uncles and cousins have come from as far as the [...]Continue Reading →
This Saturday, the Gamelan group Tunjung Sari will present Temu Wicara Bali: A Celebration of Balinese Performing Arts in honor of the twentieth anniversary of Gamelan at Colorado College. We spoke with I Made Lasmawan and Professor of Ethnomusicology Victoria Lindsay Levine about the music of Gamelan, it’s origins and its importance in Balinese [...]Continue Reading →
Back in 2011, we produced this slide show and radio feature (above) on local artist/teacher George Vandersluis and his involvement in the “Ghost Army,” a unit of WWII artists who created a modern Trojan horse: mass deceptions including inflatable fake tanks and sound effects records that helped the allies win the [...]Continue Reading →
If you could see the snow flowing down past the bedroom window, silencing the mid-April morning, you might not know where you are. Then you would remember: you are at home at the foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains where this is the peculiar incarnation of spring.
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In the 1970s, the Environmental Protection Agency sent 70 photographers out into the American landscape to”photographically document subjects of environmental concern,” a project known as DOCUMERICA that was interpreted widely by these photographers, and which yielded some stunning (and often horrifying) results. After reading a recent NPR blog post about the project, [...]Continue Reading →
If you missed yesterday’s reading and talk with New York Times reporter John Schwartz, author of Oddly Normal: One Family’s Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality, never fear! We spoke with him at length here at KRCC yesterday:Continue Reading →
I bought this book on impulse. There was that charming cover with earthen bowls nestling beans and seeds and vegetables, with labels handwritten in pencil. It was April and the urge to put seeds in the ground had become overwhelming, even in the face of a [...]Continue Reading →
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Photographer and UCCS Instructor Carol Dass‘s exhibit Mother at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is yet another great example of the ways that our local arts organizations are digging into the rich [...]Continue Reading →
If the cowboy is nothing more than a myth, no one told the folks at Western Jubilee Recording Company in Colorado Springs. Home to dozens of cowboy musicians and folk outliers such as Grammy winner Norman Blake, this tiny little recording company downtown is one of the hidden treasures of the Pikes [...]Continue Reading →
On April 3, 2013 By Noel Black
Unless you’re afraid of heights, Colorado Springs native Keith Ladzinski has had an amazingly enviable photography career. After starting out with camera around his neck as as a skateboarder in the 1990s, Ladzinski began using strobe techniques he’d learned from skateboarding photography to shoot outdoor adventure shots. His techniques produced such stunning results [...]Continue Reading →
On March 29, 2013 By Noel Black
Last Sunday, Christian churches around the world remembered Jesus’ final entry into Jerusalem on a donkey. Revelers along the road spread palm fronds and, according to the New Testament, many laid their coats on the road to make a path for this unlikely king who [...]Continue Reading →
If you live anywhere near the Waldo Canyon Burn areas or any of our many creeks and drainages west of downtown Colorado Springs, you will definitely want to read J. Adrian Stanley’s article “Why Flooding Off the Waldo Canyon Burn Scar Will Be Fierce” in last week’s issue of The Colorado Springs [...]Continue Reading →
We were fascinated to learn yesterday from The Gazette that the Spencer Penrose’s rustic-posh Cheyenne Mountain Lodge may rise from the ruins:
The Broadmoor hotel in Colorado Springs is adding a second rustic retreat — planning to build an 8,000-square-foot lodge and up to 20 cabins on top of Cheyenne Mountain where hotel [...]Continue Reading →
Over the last 13 years, there have been three brief moments when the world grew so quiet I could nearly hear my own heartbeat. The first was in 2000 when I read Colorado author Kent Haruf’s deceptively simple and deeply humane novel Plainsong. The second was in 2004, [...]Continue Reading →
There’s a great little chapbook of poems by the poet Ron Padgett called Poems I Guess I Wrote comprised of poems that the author claims with great sincerity to have no recollection of having written. We take a lot of photos for The Big Something, most of which just get dumped onto my [...]Continue Reading →
On March 18, 2013 By Noel Black
We were deeply saddened to hear the news of Jason Molina’s death from organ failure related to alcohol consumption at only 39 years old. Molina was a force in the indie revival in roots music in the 90s and 2000s that included bands like Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, Whiskeytown, Will Oldham (aka Bonnie Prince Billy, [...]Continue Reading →
On March 15, 2013 By Noel Black
On the road to the mountains, March clouds hang heavy with the promise of snow. Winding past Florissant and Lake George and across the flat expanse of South Park, columns of sunlight peek out then disappear. Hoosier Pass is windy and wet, and by the time [...]Continue Reading →
I want to apologize for ever referring to someone as a “sweet old lady.” Forgive me, sisters. I wasn’t thinking when I did it, and I hadn’t yet reached the age where I could be described by that cloying pejorative phrase. I’m still not there, but at [...]Continue Reading →
We’re deeply embarrassed to admit that we had no idea that local artist and UCCS lecturer Senga Negundi-Fittz had (get ready): a recent retrospective of her performances at Thomas Erben Gallery in New York, and that it was written up in New York Times review, and that the Museum of Modern Art [...]Continue Reading →
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KRCC presents JOHN PRINE
Saturday, May 4th – Pikes Peak Center
Reserved seating on sale now at all Ticketswest locations, or on line at www.ticketswest.com
2013 MEADOWGRASS MUSIC FESTIVAL – featuring Blitzen Trapper, Kristen Hersh, Anais Mitchell, Chauncy Crandall & the Rocket Flies, Sera Cahoone, and many many many many more!
Three days and nights of music at beautiful La Foret in Black Forest – Memorial Day Weekend, May 24th, 25th, and 26th.
Full festival details through www.meadowgrassmusicfestival.org
KRCC Member discount tickets available only at the KRCC Studios – 912 N. Weber Street, Colorado Springs, or by calling 719-473-4801 or 1-800-748-2727.
7th Annual Blues Under The Bridge – July 20th, 2013
WATERMELON SLIM & THE WORKERS, JOHN HAMMOND, BLUES CARAVAN W/ JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR, THE SLIDE BROTHERS, D.B. REILLY, and THE JUST US LEAGUE
www.BluesUnderTheBridge.com for festival information
KRCC Member tickets on sale for $25. General Public tickets on sale for $35. VIP tickets $91.50. Day of show tickets $40 at the west gate. Tickets available through www.TicketFly.com or at KRCC.
Pre-festival Party Friday July 19th from 5-8pm at the Wyndham Grand Mining Exchange with Watermelon Slim, and Big Jim Adams!
Pikes Peak Center, Saturday October 12th, 2013 8pm
KRCC member pre-show meet and greet opportunity 6:30-7:30pm – pre-show meet and greet tickets available for $40 to members ONLY at the station.
Advance KRCC member tickets on sale now through August 2nd through www.TicketsWest.com. Enter member promo code and click find.
General Public tickets on sale August 2nd, 2013