First it was the 540 McTwist by Mike McGill in 1984,

then the 720 by Tony Hawk in 1985,

then the 900 by Tony Hawk in 1999,

then the 1080 by 12-year-old Tom Schaar in 2012,

and then the second 1080 by 16-year-old Colorado Springs resident Jono Schwan this [...]

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Local crooner Mike Clark is featured today over at Daytrotter, a website that describes itself thusly:

Daytrotter has analog recording studios in Davenport, Rock Island, London, Nashville, Asheville, San Francisco, Austin, NYC and LA, recording one-of-a-kind, 4-song sessions, with the best young and legendary bands in the world, both night and day. We’ve taped [...]

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The new Charles Bunnell exhibit at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center isn’t dazzling. But it is amazing! Bunnell was a hugely important figure in the history of the Broadmoor Academy and tended to absorb all of his influences with a fluidity of style the both imitated and expanded beyond them. What you get [...]

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While local photographer Camera Karma/Heather Oelklaus’s pinhole camera truck is NOT the largest pinhole camera in the world, it is still huge and far more mobile, and definitely (can we say it?) amazeballs! Just look at this image made up of 84 8×10″ gelatin prints:

And here’s Heather with the truck:

And here’s [...]

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Today’s the very last day to buy your tickets for this weekend’s Meadowgrass Music Festival at the discounted price and, sadly for you, camping sites are all sold out. But day passes for $50 and full festival passes for $85 can still be had HERE.

If you’ve never been, let’s just say La [...]

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Colorado College student Sarah Kelsey worked with Jessica Hunter-Larsen, curator of the IDEA space, and a fellow student, Jeffrey Moore, to curate an exhibit of one-time CC Professor Robert Adams’ photographs documenting the West’s changing landscape. Born in New Jersey in 1937, Adams spent part of his childhood in Denver, only returning to Colorado [...]

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Ghost Army

Back in 2011, we produced this slide show and radio feature (above) on local artist/teacher George Vandersluis and his involvement in the “Ghost Army,” a unit of WWII artists who created a modern Trojan horse: mass deceptions including inflatable fake tanks and sound effects records that helped the allies win the [...]

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Photographer and UCCS Instructor Carol Dass‘s exhibit Mother at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is yet another great example of the ways that our local arts organizations are digging into the rich [...]

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If the cowboy is nothing more than a myth, no one told the folks at Western Jubilee Recording Company in Colorado Springs. Home to dozens of cowboy musicians and folk outliers such as Grammy winner Norman Blake, this tiny little recording company downtown is one of the hidden treasures of the Pikes [...]

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Unless you’re afraid of heights, Colorado Springs native Keith Ladzinski has had an amazingly enviable photography career. After starting out with camera around his neck as as a skateboarder in the 1990s, Ladzinski began using strobe techniques he’d learned from skateboarding photography to shoot outdoor adventure shots. His techniques produced such stunning results [...]

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It’s hard to imagine that a person who makes books would be glad that the author and book are dead. But such is the “strang” world of Aaron Cohick, The Printer of The Press at Colorado College and the proprietor of the New Lights Press. (The title of the show, as it were, comes [...]

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We’re deeply embarrassed to admit that we had no idea that local artist and UCCS lecturer Senga Negundi-Fittz had (get ready): a recent retrospective of her performances at Thomas Erben Gallery in New York, and that it was written up in New York Times review, and that the Museum of Modern Art [...]

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We’re continually blown away by the fruits of the house music scene here in the Pikes Peak region. We’ve long contended that much of what defines and defies our local culture is ability to remain, or at least to appear, secret or hidden. Given our spotty track record for supporting arts and culture that isn’t [...]

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We’re very pleased to announce that KRCC’s The Big Something, The UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art downtown site, GOCA121, and The Pikes Peak Library District will all collaborate on an exhibit of the community-wide 36 Views of Pikes Peak Project during the Summer of 2014. We’ve already received a number of excellent [...]

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We hope you plan to attend tomorrow night’s opening of Ceramica at GOCA 121, the Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS’s downtown gallery, because two of our great local ceramicists will have their work on display. If you aren’t already familiar with their work, here are two Big Something’s we did with “3-D Political [...]

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If we could order you to do one thing, which we can’t, it would be to go to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and see the Floyd Tunson show before it closes this Sunday. Watch the feature we put together on Tunson in his studio above.

If you’ve already seen it, see [...]

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Tony Tirado, one of my favorite (and least self-promoting) local painters, recently poked his head up on Facebook and posted this amazing homage to Josef Albers.

It just as quickly disappeared. Someone please help him have a massive show. Thanks, Noel Black

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Grant Sabin and drummer Alex Koshak dropped by KRCC on the 4th of December to debut a few tracks from Grant’s upcoming release Anthromusicology on Blank Tape Records. The Grant Sabin Band will have a CD release show on the 14th of December, 2012, at Stargazers Theatre. Doors open at 7pm and show starts [...]

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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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Of all the hidden treasures we try to bring you on The Big Something, few rate as highly as the reclusive local artist Floyd Tunson. A long-time art teacher at Palmer High School, Tunson has been “retired” for over a decade during which time he has devoted himself full-time to his first love. Now [...]

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On Tuesday, October 30 from 4:30 – 7 p.m. at the Coburn Gallery on the Colorado College Campus (at the NW corner of Cache la Poudre and Cascade), The Big Something will jump out of the internet and into Coburn Gallery for our first ever Big Something Exhibition. Featuring the mischievous posters [...]

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Half As Common from mimi cave on Vimeo.

We’ve been planning for some time to feature the work of local photographer Bill Starr on the Big Something, but have been daunted, admittedly, by the sheer volume of Starr’s work. We’d just finally screwed up the courage to spend some time [...]

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There’s a lot to look forward to at the Fine Arts Center this fall, not the least of which is the Floyd Tunson Retrospective Son of Pop, which opens on October 27. But we also want to implore you to see, if you haven’t already, the spectacular current batch of exhibitions, a startling [...]

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News

October 19, 2014 | NPR · The newspaper’s heartfelt column about a political cartoon that was widely criticized as racist raises a question: Did editors learn the right lessons from the uproar?
 

October 19, 2014 | NPR · The 30-person team is designed to be deployed nationally in case anyone else in the country is diagnosed with Ebola. The team would provide medical assistance to hospitals.
 

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October 19, 2014 | NPR · Suni, a 34-year-old northern white rhino, was the first to be born in captivity and only one of two breeding males known to exist.
 

Arts & Life

October 19, 2014 | NPR · In her new book The Lives of Muhammad, Boston University professor Kecia Ali discusses the different ways that Muslim and non-Muslim biographers have depicted the prophet over the centuries.
 

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October 19, 2014 | NPR · Geena Davis has played unforgettable roles in movies like Beetlejuice and A League Of Their Own. But before her acting debut in Tootsie, she worked at a clothing store in window displays.
 

October 19, 2014 | NPR · The newspaper’s heartfelt column about a political cartoon that was widely criticized as racist raises a question: Did editors learn the right lessons from the uproar?
 

Music

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October 19, 2014 | NPR · With its roots in punk and heartland rock, LP3 is a rattling, unpinnable record that doesn’t know when to stop baring its soul.
 

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October 19, 2014 | NPR · Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz spend their second album feeling and defining the contours of each other’s voices, trading verses, lines and leads. They call it “blood harmony,” which about sums it up.
 

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October 19, 2014 | NPR · The singer, formerly known as Cat Stevens, tackles weighty existential questions by looking backward, using the blues to unlock buried memories.
 

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