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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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 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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Colorado is no stranger to the military. From active bases to a large veteran population, many residents of the state have some kind of association with the armed services. This month for Western Skies, we’re exploring some of those relationships.

You can listen to the entire episode here, or download it by right-clicking [...]

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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 [...]

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Ghost Army

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Kinky Boots, the quirky independent British film, has been turned into a splashy Broadway musical with a score by pop icon Cyndi Lauper. Reporter Jeff Lunden takes look.

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The editor in chief of Newsweek and the Daily Beast, joins NPR’s Steve Inskeep to talk about women taking on big cultural challenges, and the stories of how they got there.

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It’s hard to imagine that a person who makes books would be glad that the author and book are dead. But such is the “strang” world of Aaron Cohick, The Printer of The Press at Colorado College and the proprietor of the New Lights Press. (The title of the show, as it were, comes [...]

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Showbiz info is everywhere now, making it harder to sustain Hollywood’s slang-filled must-read as a daily print publication. The magazine printed its last daily this week but will continue online and in a weekly edition. Cultural historian Neil Gabler explains why this shift is significant.

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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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It’s opera time in Colorado Springs again.  For the past 15 years, Opera Theatre of the Rockies has steadfastly kindled the fire of haute culture here in the shadow of America’s Mountain.  In a marked departure from last year’s tragedy, Verde’s La Traviata (click HERE to view last year’s segment), the Opera Theatre presents [...]

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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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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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One of the biggest topics right now across the state is oil and gas development, specifically, hydraulic fracturing. Communities, industry, and the state are all working to ensure their interests are protected. But it’s a complicated issue, and often contentious. This month for Western Skies, we’re holding a magnifying glass up to fracking, the rules, regulations, and community concerns. (This month’s image by artist and rig-worker, Streeter Wright.)

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Monday, February 4, 4:30 – 6:30pm Cross-Currents Film Series presents: The Infidel Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Art Center Film Screening Room Free and open to the public Mahmud is a loving husband, doting father and an admittedly “relaxed” Muslim: a normal guy living an everyday life.  That is until a chance discovery turns his [...]

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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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Inaiah Lujan–crooner and songsmith of Haunted Windchimes and Sugar Sounds fame–released today a collection of rough cuts and lo-fi recordings of twelve songs that he wrote in 2012. As he describes on his bandcamp page, the recordings on this digital album were never necessarily intended for public consumption…

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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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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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News

November 23, 2014 | NPR · The two sides have been trying to hammer out a historic accord curbing Iran’s nuclear programs, but with less than 24 hours before a self-imposed deadline, there is still no news of a deal.
 

Facebook
November 23, 2014 | NPR · Female Marines are being humiliated and generally degraded by their peers on Facebook. The groups’ pages are frequently shut down, but return within days due to a dedicated following.
 

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November 23, 2014 | NPR · In this installment of our semi-regular Word Watch series, we look at a popular term for the practice of never being on time.
 

Arts & Life

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November 23, 2014 | NPR · The muscle man with the ponytail was once on track to become Mr. America. But a car accident shattered Tony Little’s hopes of competing. Just when he hit rock bottom, he got a life-changing idea.
 

DreamWorks Animation
November 23, 2014 | NPR · Tom McGrath, an executive producer of Penguins of Madagascar who also co-directed the first three films in the franchise, says he came to voice the part of the penguin Skipper kind of by accident.
 

November 23, 2014 | NPR · Given two words, change the first consonant sound in each word to the same new consonant sound and you’ll phonetically name two things in the same category.
 

Music

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November 23, 2014 | NPR · Folk heroes Richard and Linda Thompson split up, creatively and romantically, in the early 1980s. Now their son Teddy has brought them together — along with other family members — for a new album.
 

November 23, 2014 | NPR · Allegro arrived on Broadway with a cast of close to 100 and the biggest advance ticket sales in Broadway history at the time. But reviews were mixed and the musical only lasted a season.
 

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November 23, 2014 | NPR · The Norwegian group has a age-old salve for those who can’t stand “Jingle Bell Rock” — 15th-century English carols.
 

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