Artist Rex Ray: Native Son

On November 12, 2012 By

Here’s another hand-to-the-forehead discovery about a native of Colorado Springs who went on to become an amazing artist: Rex Ray (neé Michael Patterson) was born in 1956 and grew up in Colorado Springs. Like so many before and since, he left in his teens and moved straight to San Francisco, spent his [...]

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When cultural institutions have been around as long as KRCC, it can be easy to forget that it hasn’t always been here and that it remains a fluid organization created, molded and sustained by groups of individuals and their visions. One of the most influential individuals in the station’s history is, undoubtedly, Mario Valdes. [...]

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While we don’t like to indulge in puns as often as newspapers, we couldn’t help ourselves any more than we could when we indulged in the eye candy that was this past weekend’s annual Good Times Car Show in Old Colorado City. From Dodge to Delorean, the cars on display represent the best designs [...]

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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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When architect Ryan Lloyd, his wife Valerie and their two kids moved to Colorado Springs from Portland, Oregon, they struggled to find a home that suited their cosmopolitan tastes in the neighborhoods they wanted to live in. After several years of looking without luck they came upon a foreclosure at the edge of Pleasant [...]

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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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If you find yourself up Denver way anytime in the next few weeks, be sure to check out West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977 at MCA Denver. Though it does have the faintest waft of stale patchouli and latter-day baby boomer hagiography about it (what doesn’t [...]

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In our second and final installment of “A Brief History of Colorado Springs as Intrepreted via a Pile of Old Matchbooks” “A Wandering Conversation Inspired by the Presence of a Pile of Old Matchbooks” we talk about local treasures that have gone and some that remain such as the Trail Dust Steakhouse, The Hungry [...]

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KILO Responds!

On December 13, 2011 By

KILO’s program director and morning show host, Ross Ford, was kind enough to offer a response to our inquiry regarding KILO’s recent use of familiar KRCC logography:

As a 37 year old male i don’t even know where to find you on the dial. So i think all this can be categorized as “radio [...]

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It has recently come to our attention that a local radio station has been marketing itself in a fashion that resembles the marketing efforts of KRCC. Colorado’s pure rock station, KILO 94.3FM has, for some time now, been using the Colorado license plate theme that so many loyal KRCC listeners and members have long associated [...]

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When Noel Black was out a-antiquing recently, he came across a treasure trove of old matchbooks from local businesses. We dumped them out on a table and had a little chat about the matchbooks themselves and we reminisced about the businesses they advertised.

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We were invited inside the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station (often mistakenly referred to as NORAD, which conducts some of its operations inside the mountain), but weren’t allowed to take pictures. The Air Force did, however, give us a disc full of seldom-seen historic construction images without captions and some publicity photos, including photos of [...]

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It’s hard to believe that KRCC is 60 years old this year. Just to put that in context, we’re 20 years older than National Public Radio (which turns 40 this year). When cultural institutions have been around as long as KRCC, it can be easy to forget that it hasn’t always been here and [...]

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February 28, 2015 | NPR · Marky Ramone, who has just written a memoir called Punk Rock Blitzkrieg, will see if he can correctly answer three questions about Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.
 

February 28, 2015 | NPR · Racial tensions between blacks and whites are at the heart of the “Ol’ Man River” musical. Asian-American actors say it doesn’t make sense to get on board.
 

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February 28, 2015 | NPR · From Lana Del Rey to Father John Misty, musicians in the current pop moment who expose themselves, warts and all, do so in isolation, without support or challenge from a like-minded community.
 

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February 28, 2015 | NPR · A Californian by way of North Dakota, with a voice that belies his gender, the singer-songwriter takes pride in being hard to pin down.
 

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February 27, 2015 | NPR · In honor of Black History Month we went down to NPR’s Washington, D.C., headquarters to show Sam Greenlee’s 1973 film and host a conversation about its resonance.
 

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