Wendy Red Star & Harrell Fletcher Interview
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Today is the last day of the “Exchange Economies” exhibit at the Colorado College I.D.E.A. Space, and we highly recommend you swing by to have a look between 12:30 and 7 p.m. today, particularly to see the […]

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The Scoop on Brian Nemeth

On December 13, 2010 By

If you’ve ever walked more than half-a-block through downtown Colorado Springs in the past decade, you’ve likely been approached (or accosted) by one of Colorado Springs’ greatest characters: Brian Nemeth. A self-styled poet and aspiring news anchor, Nemeth relentlessly peddles his raunchy and frequently belligerent poems and opinions as one-sheet photocopied handouts for a […]

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Jim Bishop Uncensored

On December 6, 2010 By

For more than 40 years, Jim Bishop has been constructing his castle, his way, with his own two calloused hands 40 miles southwest of Pueblo in the San Isabel National Forest. Bishop is well known for his outspoken frankness about, well, all manner of things. You too can behold the wondrous madness of Jim […]

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The Fish Tank Bible

On December 2, 2010 By

(all photographs by Michael Myers)

In the Fall of 2000, Pastor Iva Bowers, a native of Panama who came to the US in 1979, had just appeared on the Queen Latifah show as a Tina Turner impersonator when she found out she had breast cancer. As she recovered from her illness, she received a […]

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An Elf at Work

On November 22, 2010 By

It’s almost Black Friday and we thought you might like to see these two slide shows of one of Colorado Springs’ greatest elves’ work. Before becoming a renowned sculptor of playful, toy-like objects, Sean O’Meallie designed and made toys.

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Remembering Joni Sheram

On November 15, 2010 By

Last week, playwright and actor, Joni Sheram passed away aged 62. In southern Colorado, Sheram is most well-known for her long teaching career at Widefield High School and for Cups, a one-woman show she wrote and performed at the Manitou Art Theatre and that is where I had the good fortune of meeting her, while she was in preparations for the premier of the show. Here, you can watch my interview with Joni and some snippets from her performance of Cups.

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A Potter's Process

On November 10, 2010 By

Manitou Springs potter and all-around clay artist Mark Wong shares the magical secrets of his trade with us.

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Home Is Where The Art Is

On October 18, 2010 By

Local arts maven Kathleen Fox Collins takes us on a tour of what is certainly one of the most interesting and unusual homes in Colorado Springs. It was designed in the 1950s by the husband-and-wife architectural team of Gordon Ingraham and Elizabeth Wright-Ingraham (Granddaughter of Frank Lloyd Wright) for the Mitguard family near the bluffs in Palmer Park. Constructed in 1956, a whole series of renovations and fantastical, mind-boggling embellishments were later added by the home’s owner, Don Vail. While the structure itself is an interesting example of local mid-20th Century modernism, its Vail’s finish work inside and outside that gives the home its amazing character.

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Art Guffaw: "I Was a Mime"

On September 27, 2010 By

It’s day 6 of the fund drive, and the Manitou Art Theater’s Babette and Art Guffaw reflect on the importance of KRCC to their relationship.

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CultureTron is joined by Art Guffaw and Babette from the Manitou Art Theatre in this very special Culture Cast Weekend Roundup.

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Van Briggle Building Up Close

On September 15, 2010 By

This Saturday, The Colorado College Women’s Education Society, or W.E.S., will give their annual tours of the historic Van Briggle Pottery building at the corner of Uintah Street and Glen Avenue every hour between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The building, which was originally designed to be a kind of high-art tourist trap for train passengers by Ducth architect Nicolaas van den Arend, is a spectacular example of Flemish farmouse/Arts and Crafts styles with a wide array of Van Briggle tiles and pottery incorporated into the structure as a means of advertising his signature ceramic wares for sale.

Take a sneak preview of some of the building’s beautiful details.

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Stick Work

On September 8, 2010 By

Internationally acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty, the man behind the “stick huts” on the Colorado College campus at the northeast corner of Cache la Poudre and Cascade in Colorado Springs, has just been featured in the latest issue of People Magazine and has just published a book. We spoke with Dougherty during the creation of his piece on the CC campus.

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It’s almost impossible to believe how controversial many of Christo and Jean-Claude’s projects have been. After all, they work with fabric. Yet even in New York City the infamous Orange Gates took 26 years to realize after many controversies. The Over the River Project, which would cover 5.9 miles of the Arkansas River, is no different and there are 11 days left to comment.

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When we heard about Victorian hair wreaths collection at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum we were incredulous, but knew we had to see them. Bizarre memento mori? Objects of exquisite revulsion? Seeing them, however, led to an even greater degree of disbelief and even fewer words.

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Pueblo’s Arkansas Levee mural is a great example of how something widely perceived as negative (graffiti, in this case) can be turned into a cultural opportunity. At 3-miles long and growing, it is (according to the Guiness Book of World Records) the world’s longest continuous painting.

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Is summer over? Let’s hang on a little longer with this slide show of the Manitou Penny Arcade’s unofficial museum of stencil art set to an audio collage of sounds from the games.

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Where Your Rain Goes

On August 10, 2010 By

With the frequency of recent afternoon and evening deluges, we thought you might like to take a peak into the fascinating and, often, beautiful world of underground drainage tunnels (among other underground concrete structures). Narration and photographs provided by local caver and photographer Duncan Gold.

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Michael Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has been touring the nation over the past year for the Arts in Crisis Tour, a program implemented following the economic downturn designed to assist arts and cultural organizations better position themselves during the lean times. Craig Richardson spoke with Kaiser during his visit to Colorado Springs.

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In this slide show, outgoing printer and teacher Colin Frazer talk about his work, the move and the new home for The Press at Colorado College.

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The clarion call of Pikes Peak and the surrounding area has been answered by a multitude of people seeking a better life for the better part of two centuries. Sometimes it works out and other times it doesn’t. This comic strip of sorts dating to May of 1859 in the Pikes Peak Library’s archives tells the tale of Honest Abner Howe and his journey to Pike’s Peak in search of a rapid fortune.

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David Mason can put another feather in his wreath: Colorado Poet Laureate. Governor Bill Ritter will officially make the announcement on the West Steps of the State Capitol in Denver on Thursday, July 1 at 9:30 a.m.

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A few years back, we inherited a large bureau that had a brightly-colored stack of old semi-psychedelic posters tucked away in the bottom drawer. Full of mischievous proclamations and aphorisms, the posters were created in the early 70s by a Palmer High School student named Roy Linton…

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Idris Khan in Context

On June 24, 2010 By

For those of you who plan to attend Idris Khan’s artist talk and Susan Grace’s performance of Schubert’s piano sonatas this Saturday evening at 4 p.m. in the I.D.E.A. Space Gallery at the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, we put together a brief slide show of Khan’s work to help further contextualize the video piece in the gallery, “Last 3 Piano Sonatas…after Franz Schubert”

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