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 [...]

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We’re continually blown away by the fruits of the house music scene here in the Pikes Peak region. We’ve long contended that much of what defines and defies our local culture is ability to remain, or at least to appear, secret or hidden. Given our spotty track record for supporting arts and culture that isn’t [...]

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Ex-Pat Australian Poet Cally Conan-Davies now spends part of the year in the Pikes Peak Region. Along with her quick wit and nimbly turned lines (see “Ace” below), she’s also an accomplished amateur photographer with an fresh eye for the unexpectable details buried in the ordinary. In this slide show, we’ve gathered a [...]

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The Middle Distance 2.22.13:Age-Rage-Oholic

It is time to confess. I am an age-rage-oholic.

What’s that, you say? It’s the unreasonable creeping of heat up my spine and into my face when I see that someone young and bright and attractive has accomplished at, say, age 30, what I have coveted and dreamed about and [...]

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We hope you had a chance to read the amazing Inferno (A Poet’s Novel) by Eileen Myles, our selection for The Big Something Book Club, and that you’ll make it her reading tonight at Colorado College at 7 p.m. in the Gates Common Room as part of the Colorado College Visiting Writer’s Series.

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We’ve gotten a lot of good submissions for the 36 Views of Pikes Peak Project so far and thought we’d do a little critique to help point participants in the direction of what we’re looking for. As a general comment, we want to either get as far away as possible from the received images [...]

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The Middle Distance 2.15.13: Perfect Day

I caught up with a friend, recently, who after many years of being single is remarrying this summer. Following a period of solitude and consideration of what she wanted in life, she decided to actively pursue a long-term relationship with a man. She found him [...]

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We’re very pleased to announce that KRCC’s The Big Something, The UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art downtown site, GOCA121, and The Pikes Peak Library District will all collaborate on an exhibit of the community-wide 36 Views of Pikes Peak Project during the Summer of 2014. We’ve already received a number of excellent [...]

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The Midddle Distance 2.8.13: Both Sides of the Octagon

I can only imagine the scene on Tuesday afternoon at the grand old Orpheum Theater in downtown Phoenix. Not a traveling Broadway show or a concert, but a memorial service for a local man, Mark Hummels, a 43-year old attorney gunned down during a [...]

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We hope you plan to attend tomorrow night’s opening of Ceramica at GOCA 121, the Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS’s downtown gallery, because two of our great local ceramicists will have their work on display. If you aren’t already familiar with their work, here are two Big Something’s we did with “3-D Political [...]

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In all the debate about hydraulic fracturing/fracking, voices of the roughnecks–those who do the actual drilling–are seldom heard. In this audio piece, artist Streeter Wright speaks about his experiences working on the rigs in eastern Utah and western Colorado. Wright’s voice is accompanied by the music of Alex Koshak.

And here’s an audio [...]

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The Middle Distance 2.1.13

Donald Anderson has done what most writers and would-be writers wish they had done: kept all the snippets and notes and observations of a lifetime — some funny, some profound, some more developed than others, some mere grace notes — and put them together in what he calls “a [...]

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Calling all painters, photographers, printmakers and writers of all stripes. Today we’re officially launching our year-long 36 Views of Pikes Peak Project. Based on Hokusai’s 36 Views of Mt. Fuji (see slide show above), we’re looking to explore the myriad ways that Pikes Peak draws our entire listening area together and defines us. What [...]

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The Middle Distance 1.18.13: The Only Possible Grace

My friend Cate said she squirmed through the first half of Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen’s comedy film The Guilt Trip, seeing a bit too much of herself in Streisand’s character, Joyce, an unrelentingly overbearing Jewish mother.

My sister and I saw the film [...]

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If we could order you to do one thing, which we can’t, it would be to go to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and see the Floyd Tunson show before it closes this Sunday. Watch the feature we put together on Tunson in his studio above.

If you’ve already seen it, see [...]

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It’s been a long time since we did a book club, and we’re going to do it differently this time. Primarily, we’re simply going to invite you buy the book Inferno (A Poet’s Novel) by Eileen Myles and then come to her reading at Colorado College on February 21 at 7 [...]

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Tony Tirado, one of my favorite (and least self-promoting) local painters, recently poked his head up on Facebook and posted this amazing homage to Josef Albers.

It just as quickly disappeared. Someone please help him have a massive show. Thanks, Noel Black

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The Middle Distance 1.11.13: All The Light We Used to Have

Nearly every wall of my mother’s house is lined with tables, bookcases, or a chest with drawers. And every time I come for a stay, I go through all of those drawers, one at a time.

Before the sun is up, Mama picks [...]

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Our friend Victoria Rust and her family are looking for a short-notice intern to work on their farm in Trinidad, mostly with animals. Here are the details and contact info if you’re interested:

We are looking for a short-term farm intern starting January 16th. The internship would be ending on February 17th. Housing [...]

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This week’s cover story over at The Independent is an excellent example of a particular kind of journalism that alternative weekly newspapers used to be known for, i.e. taking on morally ambiguous issues that raise difficlt questions about who we are as a community and a society. Treating the thorny subject of “revenge [...]

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New Bowie Song for 66th

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For those of us who wish David Bowie’s music never left the 1970s, we can at least take heart that this latest video fro his new song “Where Are We Now” (released today for his 66th Birthday) hearkens back to Low-era with ambi-futuro-ballad languor applied to the streets of Berlin. With art direction by creepy [...]

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Of Moose and Drones

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The Big Something Skunk Works has been working, for some time, on an unmanned drone (tri-copter) in hopes of bringing you the kind of useless and beautiful footage that these Norwegian hobbyists were able to retrieve with theirs. Enjoy, and keep your eyes out for our Big Something Drone footage in 2013.

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · About 58 percent of California is currently in the worst of the four drought levels used by experts, in conditions normally seen only once every 50-100 years.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The truce is set to begin at 8 a.m. local time Friday. Envoys will also travel to Cairo to negotiate a possible longer peace deal.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · China has been a big and growing market for U.S. corn. But then farmers started planting a kind of genetically engineered corn that’s not yet approved in China, and the Chinese government struck back.
 

Arts & Life

Well Go USA
July 31, 2014 | NPR · The very prolific James Franco directs a Cormac McCarthy adaptation that struggles to overcome a repulsive main character with whom it’s almost impossible to empathize.
 

IFC Films
July 31, 2014 | NPR · The drama War Story is trying to wrap itself around both a personal story of a traumatized journalist and some larger social issues. Despite a strong central performance, it succeeds only partially.
 

Courtesy of Sundance
July 31, 2014 | NPR · The eight-part drama that begins Thursday stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a British baroness with an Israeli passport. She’s a fearless actor in a show full of kidnappings, seductions and betrayals.
 

Music

July 31, 2014 | NPR · Harvest Records used to be known for having a strong link to the progressive rock sound of 1970s London. After laying dormant for years, the label is back, and looking for a new identity.
 

Courtesy of Jerry Graham Publicity
July 31, 2014 | NPR · The New York rapper on the music industry — from sitting on the shelf, to refusing deals, posthumous releases to sales expectations — music journalism and taking risks, personal and professional.
 

July 31, 2014 | WPLN · Sometimes the kids you hear on records for kids aren’t really kids. In fact, there’s a crew of adult singers in Nashville that specializes in sounding young — very young.
 

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