Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey says his department is still numb after the death of one of his officers…Governor John Hickenlooper is separating from his wife of ten years, Helen Thorpe…and, the artist Christo is once again delaying the timeline for his Over the River project amid legal challenges against agencies that have given approvals for it.

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Ren Fest Fashion Show

On July 31, 2012 By

We can’t help it. Every year we giddily don costumes and head to the Renaissance Festival in Larkspur, Colorado to sweat turkey grease in 100 degree heat with thousands of other dust-covered nerds in bespoke costumes for what we can only describe as the world’s largest celebration of the anachronism (see last year’s slide [...]

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It’s Blues Time

On July 19, 2012 By

Every year at about this time we like to remind Big Something readers and KRCC listeners what a sleepy little music town this used to be and how if you ever wanted to see a national or international music act you invariably had to drive to Denver. And while we’d like to think [...]

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Local tattoo enthusiasts Kayla Gronseth and Scott Boyer recently published a spectacularly well-researched and well-designed book about an object of their mutual curiosity: Milton H. Zeis, a one-time circus carney who helped popularize tattooing through clever and well-designed advertising and equipment that promised much and delivered, well… it delivered a great deal of iconic [...]

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If you enjoyed the images of “La Casa,” the home overlooking the Pueblo Reservoir designed by Elizabeth Wright Ingraham, granddaughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, here’s another preview of “Solaz,” the home of artist Dawn Wilde. Coincidentally, both homes recently came on the market and “Solaz” is still without a buyer. Stay tuned for [...]

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This slide show is a sneak preview of a longer piece we’re working on about the legacy of renowned local architect Elizabeth Wright Ingraham. Though her name often leaves lips in the same breath as her grandfather, Frank Lloyd Wright, Wright Ingraham managed deftly managed to craft her own style without rejecting her grandfather’s [...]

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Opera Theatre of the Rockies presents Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. We spoke with the founder and artistic director of Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Martile Rowland, about the production which will be her final stage appearance as she portrays Mme. Armfeldt.

Opera Theatre of the Rockies’ production of A Little [...]

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Twenty minutes north of downtown Colorado Springs lies La Foret. Originally Alice Bemis Taylor’s vacation compound and now a conference and retreat center that hosts the annual MeadowGrass music festival each Memorial Day weekend.

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Marbled Endpapers

On May 17, 2012 By

As books begin to vanish into the digital abyss their tangible aspects become all the more charming. Take endpapers, for example: the lovely decorative pages at the beginning and end of a book that both welcome you and bid you a fond adieu at the finish of a great read like a transdimensional portal. [...]

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Colorado is one step closer to creating a legal standard for driving while high. The measure passed the house judiciary committee yesterday after a lengthy hearing…The Bureau of Land Management is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by citizens who oppose the artist Christo’s latest project…and, more than 5.5 million people visited Colorado Springs and El Paso County last year, according to the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s 2011 Stakeholders Report.

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Colorado Springs recently played host to Lady Gaga’s favorite Drag Queen and RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist, Sharon Needles at Bubbles Nightclub. We met with Sharon backstage at Bubbles where she shared her thoughts about Colorado Springs (including Ted Haggard and Garden of the Gods), her place in the drag universe and her [...]

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If you missed the Joseph Scheer exhibition at I.D.E.A. Space last fall and/or this interview we did with him, AND you find yourself disgusted/intrigued with this Springs’s Miller Moth swarm, perhaps this feature will cheer you a bit, if not give you a little more apprecation for our dusty brown visitors.

(Scans [...]

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We decided to take in some culture and wound up visiting with the fine folks over at THEATREWORKS as they were putting the finishing touches on their production of Friedrich Schiller’s Mary Stuart, a play that THEATREWORKS artistic director Murray Ross describes as an Elizabethan version of West Wing.

Mary Stuart runs through [...]

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 This Friday at 5:30 p.m., the Fine Arts Center will unveil the long-awaited mural by Eric Bransby, the last living descendant of the Broadmoor Academy/Fine Arts Center school masters including Thomas Hart Benton, Boardman Robinson and Jean Charlot. Working in a style that originated with the social realists of the new deal, but with [...]

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Almost every year we’re blown away by some of the work by senior art majors at Colorado College and this year is no exception. Eleanor Anderson’s self-described 2.5-dimensional embroidered fabric prints combine a Bauhaus aesthetic with inflences ranging from Jean Gumpper and Mary Chenoweth to Anni Albers. Not surprisingly, the images in the slide [...]

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All works in this slide show are from the Collection of Millie Yawn unless otherwise noted.

If you haven’t yet seen it, don’t miss this last chance to catch the retrospective of artwork by the late Louis Cicotello at the Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS (complete details HERE), a local artist and teacher [...]

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In 2008, internationally acclaimed sculptor, Patrick Dougherty, installed a whimsical and earthy sculptural edifice upon the northeast corner of Cache la Poudre St & Cascade Ave on the Colorado College Campus. We knew it wouldn’t last forever but we were a little saddened when we realized that they were gone.

Jessica Hunter Larsen, I.D.E.A. [...]

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Last summer on Western Skies we gazed into the hazy and complex myths of The West and mystique surrounding cowboy culture. One of our panelists for the Roundtable Discussion was Anne Hyde, Colorado College’s William J. Hochman Professor of History. Hyde is the author of Empires, Nations and Families: A History of the [...]

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Death of a Courtesan

On February 28, 2012 By

This weekend marks Opera Theatre of the Rockies’ 14th season with their production of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata. We recently attended a rehearsal of the opera and spoke with Soprano Annamarie Zmolek and Producer Martile Rowland.

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Domestic Patterns

On February 27, 2012 By

The recent Suburbia show at GOCA 121, and the artwork of Phil Bender in particular, got us thinking about the domestic patterns—rugs, quilts, dinnerware, aprons, art, etc.—that undergird and give shape to the otherwise amorphous mess of our daily lives. Easily absorbed into the background, it’s nice to bring them back the [...]

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Life in Death Valley, Part 2

On February 22, 2012 By

In Part 2 of our talk with local artist and printmaker Jean Gumpper, she discusses what inspired her and what she learned from her residency in Death Valley last April as she gathered material and made the series of small prints in this slide show.

Click HERE to watch Part 1.

If [...]

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