John-Alex Mason Remembered by Jeff Bieri

As the arts community mourns the death of local friend and blues musician John-Alex Mason, KRCC DJ Jeff Bieri remembers him from the first time he played one of his CDs on the Blue Plate Special through his involvement with Blues Under The Bridge and the [...]

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Local entrepreneur and musician Adam Leech took up the old-timey hobby of nickel carving a few years back. In this slide show he takes us through his personal collection of Hobo nickels, including a few of his own.

You can find out more about Leech’s Hobo nickels and the documentary he’s working on about them [...]

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In the above video, produced by the Pikes Peak Library District, Katherine Scott Sturdevant talks about renowned Southwest photographer Laura Gilpin.

Below, in a video produced by Jim Sawatzki of Palmer Divide Productions, Blake Milteer of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Leah Davis Witherow of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and Jeffery Brown, [...]

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(Scans and photos of moths, caterpillars, bats, the landscape and culture of Sonora, Mexico all by Joseph Scheer)

KRCC’s Interview With Joseph Scheer.

It’s hard to remember the last time we heard someone complain that there’s nothing to do in Colorado Springs. The fall arts season is barely underway and it’s already [...]

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It’s no secret that the economy is in pretty bad shape. This month, we’re talking with people across the spectrum to see how they’re faring, what kind of ideas are making an impact, and how even art can grow in uncertain financial times.

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Ludlow, Part 5

On October 1, 2011 By

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The presentation was produced by Noel Black with assistance from [...]

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We haven’t been up to Denver yet, but we can’t wait to see Robert Adams: The Place We Live, A Retrospective Selection of Photographs (on view now at the Denver Art Museum through January 1, 2012).

No one has captured the loneliness and beauty of post-WWII Colorado Springs quite like Robert Adams. [...]

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THEATREWORKS presents their stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s film The 39 Steps. We speak with director Geoffrey Kent about the play.

For tickets and times, you can visit THEATREWORKS’ website by clicking HERE.

[FULL DISCLOSURE: THEATREWORKS is an underwriter of KRCC's The Big Something]

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This past week, former US Poet Laureate Kay Ryan was awarded one of the prestigious MacArthur “Genius” grants. We interviewed Ryan two years ago when she was here at Colorado College to read and lecture. She read poems, talked about why rhyme still matters and what it is that poems do when [...]

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Ludlow, Part 4

On September 24, 2011 By

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The presentation was produced by Noel Black with assistance from Craig Richardson for KRCC. Music is by Uncle [...]

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While the term arborglyphs is usually reserved for the tree carvings of Basque and Irish sheepherders who used aspen trunks to communicate with one another came to the United States to tend sheep in places like the Pacific Northwest and Nevada (see a beautiful slide show of Basque arborglyphs from Nevada HERE) there’s [...]

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Homage to John Suhay in Color

On September 19, 2011 By

If you missed the last Western Skies and THIS SLIDE SHOW of images by the great Pueblo photographer John Suhay, we highly recommend you check it out. We were so taken with Suhay’s images that we made our way to Pueblo over Labor Day weekend and braved the heat, the turkey legs, and [...]

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Ludlow, Part 3

On September 17, 2011 By

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The presentation was produced by Noel Black with assistance from Craig Richardson for KRCC. Music is by Uncle Woody Sullender from the Free Music Archive. Tune in [...]

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Van Briggle Building Up Close

On September 14, 2011 By

Designed by Dutch architect Nicolaas van den Arend, the Van Briggle Pottery building at the corner of Uintah and Glen Avenue is a spectacular example of Flemish farmouse/Arts and Crafts styles and has a wide array of Van Briggle tiles and pottery incorporated into the structure, which were once meant to advertise the signature [...]

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If you missed either or both of the last two installments of David Mason’s Ludlow, never fear: episode 1 is archived HERE, and episode 2 is archived HERE, and you can stream them at your leisure and convenience. If you haven’t already taken a listen, we encourage you to do [...]

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The presentation was produced by Noel Black with assistance from Craig Richardson for KRCC. Music is by Uncle Woody Sullender from the Free Music Archive. Tune in next Saturday, September 17 at 1 p.m. for Part 3 of Ludlow.

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Charles and Bee

On September 8, 2011 By


In 1970, under the leadership of Bee Vradenburg, the Colorado Springs Symphony hired Charles Ansbacher as its new conductor and music director. At that time the symphony was nary a glimmer of what it would become with Vradenburg and Ansbacher at the helm over the next 20 years. This Friday, a free [...]

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Known as Colorado’s own Steel City, Pueblo has an industrial base that continues to evolve today. The city has a rich cultural history and strong community ties. For this edition of Western Skies, we’re going to be exploring the history, industry, and culture of Pueblo.

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The presentation was produced by Noel Black with assistance from Craig Richardson for KRCC with music by Uncle Woody Sullender from the Free Music Archive. Tune in next Saturday, September 10 at 1 p.m. for Part II of Ludlow.

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The Hopi Snake Dance

On August 30, 2011 By

(All photos in this slide show are courtesy of the Pikes Peak Library District/PPLD and the Denver Public Library/DPL.)

Each year at approximately this time, the Hopi people perform The Snake Dance, a sacred ritual believed to bring rain to their desert land in northeastern Arizona. Though it’s no longer an event open [...]

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During our recent forays to Pueblo for our upcoming Western Skies episode on Steel Town (September 4, 2011 at 11 a.m.), we revisited and admired once again the amazing Arkansas Levee mural where we were serenaded by The Haunted Windchimes. Here’s a recasting of the original slide show of the entire length of [...]

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Punks and Monks Revisited

On August 22, 2011 By

On the surface, Colorado Springs Artist and Orthodox monk Luke Shaffer would seem to be the embodiment of spiritual contradiction. On the one hand, he’s a bona fide tonsured monk in the Orthodox tradition. On the other hand, he’s a child of American pop culture who continues to draw and paint the rock ‘n’ roll [...]

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In this, the final installment of our 3-part journey through the outer edges of the KRCC listening area, we meet the owner of drive-in movie theater hotel and learn the value of a well-run ditch. (You can watch Part I HERE , and Part II is HERE).

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