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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Uniquely Colorado

On August 8, 2011 By

In our latest installment of Western Skies, we set out across Colorado to explore our backyard with the hope of discovering that which defines the unique identity of our state. If you missed yesterday’s broadcast of Western Skies, or if you haven’t had a chance to view the slide shows that accompany the [...]

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A Date With Darth Vader

Imagine you’re young, naive and the biggest Star Wars fan ever. But you’re a girl—a young woman even— and fans are generally, you know, boys. But you’re brave and you decide go to a fan convention by yourself. Not long after you get there you get to [...]

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Jackie Houston, owner of the North End Diner, has been collecting salt and pepper shakers for 15 years at her restaurant on Hancock just north of Fillmore. During that time she may well have amassed the largest collection of salt & pepper shakers in Southern Colorado. Jackie showed us a few of her [...]

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It’s been just over a year ago now that Carl Kasell, along with the rest of the Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! crew descended upon Colorado Springs to put on their show at the Pikes Peak Center. We were lucky enough to corner Mr. Kasell and ask him why a venerated newsman would partake [...]

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Following a massive search for Lawrence Leighton Smith’s replacement as music director, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic has selected Josep Caballé-Domenech. You’ll remember that Caballé-Domenech was a mid-process addition to the field of five finalists when he was in town filling in for Maestro Smith. Up to this point, the Barcelona native Caballé-Domenech has maintained [...]

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For artist Harrell Fletcher, community itself it art. Though an object—a public sculpture, another artist’s paintings, documentay photographs from another museum, a rug—are sometimes at the heart of his based art projects, the work itself is always about human relationships and processes of community understanding. This Sunday at I.D.E.A. Space at Colorado College, Colorado College [...]

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Southern Colorado is no stranger to the armed forces. With a collection of military installations, it’s not uncommon to see uniformed men and women around Colorado Springs and beyond. This month, we take a look at some of the issues concerning the military, from the very worst, to perhaps, some of the very best.

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Dave Philipps Reading from Lethal Warriors

Dave Philipps Interview at KRCC

Local journalist and author Dave Philipps read at Colorado College from his book Lethal Warriors about the 506th Infantry Regiment (aka the Band of Brothers) at Fort Carson and the deadly results of a lack of effective support [...]

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The Barber of Seville

On February 24, 2011 By

Martile Rowland, founder and artistic director of Opera Theatre of the Rockies came by the station to talk with us about this season’s production: Rossini’s The Barber of Seville at the Pikes Peak Center.

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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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The Yates Family Tattoo Legacy

On February 15, 2011 By

Our intern, Ruby Kimberly, produced this fantastic slide show about the Yates Family and their enormous influence on tattoo culture in Colorado Springs.

Anyone who lives in Colorado Springs has probably noticed the seemingly disproportionate number of tattoo shops scattered throughout the city. So when I heard a statistic that Colorado Springs has [...]

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(Slide show contains images of the first Broadmoor Academy catalog from 1921 and images by artists who taught at the Broadmoor Art Academy. Catalog and images courtesy of Blake Wilson and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center).

When you think of great southwestern arts colonies, you probably think of Taos and Santa Fe, [...]

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Kathryn Eastburn did this interview with Springs native Jim Lewis last summer when he was nominated for a Tony for the book for the hit Broadway musical “Fela!”. You can now see the production live in HD Feb. 1 (tonight), 2, 8 and 9 at Theatreworks as part of the National Theater Live broadcast. Click [...]

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In the late 19th Century, the residents of Colorado Springs celebrated the fertility of their thriving new city by festooning themselves and all manner of their conveyances with flowers. The Flower Parade marched the streets of downtown Colorado Springs from 1893 to 1912, when it was transformed into a more “Cowboys and Indians” type [...]

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Roy Linton Now, Part II

On January 25, 2011 By

DISCLAIMER: The artwork featured in this slide show contains some nudity and may be considered offensive to some people.

In the years since Roy Linton, his father and his friend Roy Funnell created the posters featured in yesterday’s Big Something, Roy Linton became a world-class auto body painter and turned his personal creative [...]

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For as impersonal as Facebook and the monotemplate it creates for all your contacts can seem, artist Sarah Milteer found the social networking site to be a goldmine of photographs for her intimate portraits of her friends in the arts community. In this slide show she talks about the project and why she’s drawn [...]

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Bettina Swigger Exit Interview

It’s always hard to keep ‘em down on the farm, and, sadly, the Pikes Peak Region will lose another great friend to the arts this week as Bettina Swigger, the first Executive Director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, departs to become the Executive Director [...]

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In 1983, local artist Clarence Shivers was commissioned by the Miller Brewing Company to illustrate its annual calendar celebrating the accomplishments of civil rights luminaries. We asked his wife Peggy to talk to us about the portraits. In the slide show above, Peggy takes a look back at the time in the 1980s [...]

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Remembering Fred Schumm

On December 27, 2010 By

Last week, we learned of the recent passing of Fred Schumm, whom we had the great good fortune of interviewing earlier this year, at his home in Cherry Hills, NJ . Schumm, a Springs native, conceived of and built marvelously artful and one-of-a-kind playground sculptures for the parks in Colorado Springs.

Following World War [...]

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A few years ago, upon the release of the film What Would Jesus Buy, I spoke with producer Morgan Spurlock (of Super Size Me and 30 Days fame) and director Rob VanAlkemade about the frenzy of consumerism around the holidays. The film focuses on Reverend Billy and his Church of Stop Shopping as they go [...]

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Wendy Red Star & Harrell Fletcher Interview

Today is the last day of the “Exchange Economies” exhibit at the Colorado College I.D.E.A. Space, and we highly recommend you swing by to have a look between 12:30 and 7 p.m. today, particularly to see the amazing Harrell Fletcher and Wendy Red Star installation [...]

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The Scoop on Brian Nemeth

On December 13, 2010 By

If you’ve ever walked more than half-a-block through downtown Colorado Springs in the past decade, you’ve likely been approached (or accosted) by one of Colorado Springs’ greatest characters: Brian Nemeth. A self-styled poet and aspiring news anchor, Nemeth relentlessly peddles his raunchy and frequently belligerent poems and opinions as one-sheet photocopied handouts for a [...]

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