If you’re like us and believe that the Pikes Peak Region has an amazing past ahead of us, then you’ll be interested in attending some or all of the one-day Regional History Symposium. Sponsored by Special Collections at the Pikes Peak Library District, the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation, and The Colorado Springs [...]

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We’re going to try something different this time for The Big Something Book Club. Rather than keeping the topic/author strictly local, we’re going to join the #1b1t (aka 1 Book 1 Twitter) discussion started by Wired Magazine contributing editor Jeff Howe. NPR did a story on how this all came [...]

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DISCLAIMER: SOME OF THE IMAGES IN THIS SLIDESHOW DEPICT GRAPHIC NUDITY.

For a small liberal arts college without much of a reputation as a visual arts school, Colorado College has been home to some fantastic student artists in recent years such as Blaise Larmee and Streeter Wright among quite a few others.

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On April 14, Colorado College graduate Mark Fiore found out that he had made history as the first political cartoonist to win the Pulitzer Prize in an online-only format. For a decade now, Fiore, who graduated in 1991, has been creating Flash-animated web-cartoons skewering politicians and policies across the political spectrum.

Fiore also [...]

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Women's Music Revisited

On April 19, 2010 By

National Record Store Day this past weekend inspired us to go digging through KRCC’s extensive collection of vinyl to see what visual gems we might find. What grabbed us more than anything as we browsed were the dark scribbles on the covers of a whole category of music in the FOLK section. “WOMENS MUSIC” [...]

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(“Demolition of the Alta Vista Hotel on 118 North Cascade Avenue”, 1963. Photograph by by Helen and James McCaffery. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image number 266-10006.)

If you follow The Big Something, then you know that we like to practice a form of process journalism that involves [...]

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We ran both of these slide shows last November, but thought you might like to see them again as Mr. O’Meallie has a new show opening this Friday, March 26 at the Fine Arts Center as part of the Conflict/Resolution exhibition.

The first slide show is about the toys and toy concepts O’Meallie [...]

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We’re very pleased to remind you that The Jazz Loft Project Radio Series will air every Thursday evening at 9 p.m. through April 29 during Dick Fairley’s Jazz Excursion, which plays from 8 to 10 p.m. Briefly, the series is about a loft in New York City’s Flower District where LIFE photographer W. [...]

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Last June we featured the 1 Year + Dictionary + Photography project by local photographers Heather Oelklaus, Carol Dass and Monica Escalante.

The project was this: pick a random word from the dictionary ever single day of the year in 2009 and take a photograph of something inspired by that word. The photographs [...]

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$10,000 Vote for the Arts

On February 22, 2010 By

Back in early January we told you about the $10,000 Art Creates Community grant from the Bee Vradenburg Foundation and Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado.

Well, the submissions are in and it’s time for you to vote. Here are the entries with links to more information about each project:

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People often ask us when we think we’ll run out of ideas for The Big Something. It’s a good question, and all things have beginnings, middles and ends. But without trying to sound cheeky, we truly believe there are an infinite number of ways to see things with new eyes every day without straining [...]

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Tour de Mose T

On January 31, 2010 By

Call it outsider, self-taught, folk, primitive, indigenous or anything you want. Regardless, the artworks in the “Seeing Stories” exhibition at Colorado College’s I.D.E.A. Space represent some of the most recognizable examples of a 1990s art-world movement that redefined what it meant to be an “artist” and to be collectible. Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime paintings, [...]

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(Slide show is best viewed in full-screen mode by clicking on the arrows in the lower right-hand corner of the player. Click the right and left arrow buttons on the lower left to move through the slides. All photos by Noel Black and Michael Myers.)

Two years ago, I spent two days [...]

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Bumpersticker Babylon

On January 14, 2010 By

Maybe it’s the ideological divide that runs down that imaginary Mason-Dixon line called Academy Boulevard. Or maybe it’s the pyramid power of Pikes Peak. Whatever it is, people in Colorado Springs love bumperstickers and obviously believe abundantly in their power to communicate identity, political ideas, music preferences and cute things about dogs and cats. [...]

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We’re very pleased to announce that the second book in our bi-monthly Big Something Book Club will be Ann Zwinger‘s Beyond the Aspen Grove. We chose it both because we aim to choose books that pertain to the life and culture of the Pikes Peak Region, but also because Zwinger’s 1970 [...]

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If you missed our two-part post on the past, present and future of trolleys in Colorado Springs last October, now would be a good time to have another look (Part 1 is HERE, and Part 2 is HERE). Why?

Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT) is hosting a public meeting Tuesday, Jan. [...]

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What better way to leave the past decade behind and start the next than with a brilliant arts idea and $10,000 to make it happen? The most amazing thing about this Art Creates Community Grant from The Bee Vradenburg Foundation and Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado is, well… many [...]

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It’s interesting to watch newspapers, television stations and radio stations converge here on the web. Increasingly, all media outlets are just that: media outlets. Or perhaps, multi-media outlets would be more accurate. And while many lament (rightly) the demise of the daily newspaper, the daily newspaper is having to reinvent itself (rightly) for [...]

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In the first installment of this series, which ran last Wednesday right before Thanksgiving, we took a look at local artist Sean O’Meallie‘s former career as a toy inventor.

In this second installment, O’Meallie talks about how the toy inventing business influenced his art.

(Y’all know we love your comments! Or send [...]

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Toymaker Tell-All (Part 1)

On November 25, 2009 By

It’s hard to forget the incisively playful artworks of Colorado Springs-based sculptor Sean O’Meallie. Like toys, their bright colors, high contrasts and sleights of wit give them a primordial visual and tactile appeal. What you may not know is that O’Meallie spent many years working in the highly secretive toy business as an [...]

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We’re very pleased to announce the first-ever book for the first-ever Big Something Book Club: Jon Krakauer’s Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman.

More about why we chose this book below. But first, here are a few simple things we hope our book club will do:

1). Foster [...]

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Even with the All Pikes Peak Reads spotlight shining brightly on the writings of Science Fiction master Robert A. Heinlein (author of Have Spacesuit—Will Travel, one of the books on the APPR list for this year’s space theme), few are aware that Heinlein and his wife Ginny called Colorado [...]

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Founded by Jim Trissel in the late-1970s, The Press at Colorado College has long been a little-known sanctuary for the dying art of letterpress printmaking. But up until this past summer, the press was housed in a cramped and somewhat dank basement of a campus residence hall. After a nearly-190,000 pound move, the Press [...]

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