Until digital devices compress all novels into the ALLNOVEL, enabling such devices to instantly create the novel you want to read from an algorithm based on your DNA, credit card information and Safeway discount card (a few weeks from now, we’ve heard), people will probably continue to write novels. Steven Hayward, Associate Professor of Literature at Colorado Colleges, is such a person. Hayward read a segment of his new novel, Don’t Be Afraid, for us and talked about his writing in advance of his reading tomorrow night.

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Murray Ross shares with us his tale of transformation made possible by the simple act of listening to KRCC. Oh and hark! You can join KRCC just by clicking this here “JOIN KRCC” button. It’s just that simple!

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Stephen Scott’s much-beloved Bowed Piano Ensemble will premiere a new work commissioned by former New York Philharmonic English horn soloist Thomas Stacy this evening in Packard Hall on the Colorado College campus. Scott invited us to record the first movement of the piece during their final rehearsal [...]

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(This slide show contains images from the time of the opening on the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and images of art and articles from The Fine Art Center School’s heyday in the 1930s and 40s under Boardman Robinson. Thanks to Blake Wilson for the Life magazines and all those noted in the [...]

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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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([Kirk Hanna] by Myron Wood, May 1962. Copyright Pikes Peak Library District, courtesy of Special Collections. Image Number: 002-6084.)

Photograph of Kirk Hanna (1955-1998), age 7 appears in Little Wrangler by Nancy Wood.

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Poster Boys Found, Part I

On January 24, 2011 By

Way back in July of 2009 we first brought you these posters by Roy Linton . After some effort, and then some more effort, we were able to locate Roy and record his memories of “Hobbit Hole Posters,” a collaboration, it turns out, between three Roys: Roy Linton Sr., his son Roy Linton [...]

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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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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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The Changing Colors have been one of our favorite local bands here at The Big Something for the last couple of years . Their debut album, Ghost of Red Mountain (see our 2009 post about it and listen to 3 songs HERE, and buy the album from Blank Tape Records HERE), a [...]

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R.I.P. Street Art in COS?

On January 10, 2011 By

Back before Obama was elected with no small amount of help from street aritsts like Shepherd Fairey—creator of the now-iconic red, white and blue Obama HOPE posters —, and Ron English—creator of the Abraham Obama campaign, which made a stop locally—, Colorado Springs had something of a thriving, if not small, [...]

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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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Sometime in the late 1930s/early-1940s, Colorado Springs artist Archie Musick (whose amazing hand-built home in Garden of the Gods we profiled HERE) created a mind-boggling 75-page hand-made Christmas card booklet for his friend Laura Bunnell filled not just with words or images, but with painstakingly rendered, hand-pulled stone lithographs. Local art collector Blake [...]

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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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Jim Bishop Uncensored

On December 6, 2010 By

For more than 40 years, Jim Bishop has been constructing his castle, his way, with his own two calloused hands 40 miles southwest of Pueblo in the San Isabel National Forest. Bishop is well known for his outspoken frankness about, well, all manner of things. You too can behold the wondrous madness of Jim [...]

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Stratton's Streetcars

On November 23, 2010 By

In this slide show of images from the Pikes Peak Library District’s Digital Photography Archive with text by Marshall Sprague from his history of the region, “Newport in the Rockies” (read by Craig Richardson), we hope you’ll catch a glimpse of Colorado Springs’ former public transportation glory as it was funded by millionaire gold king Winfield Scott Stratton.

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An Elf at Work

On November 22, 2010 By

It’s almost Black Friday and we thought you might like to see these two slide shows of one of Colorado Springs’ greatest elves’ work. Before becoming a renowned sculptor of playful, toy-like objects, Sean O’Meallie designed and made toys.

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Remembering Joni Sheram

On November 15, 2010 By

Last week, playwright and actor, Joni Sheram passed away aged 62. In southern Colorado, Sheram is most well-known for her long teaching career at Widefield High School and for Cups, a one-woman show she wrote and performed at the Manitou Art Theatre and that is where I had the good fortune of meeting her, while she was in preparations for the premier of the show. Here, you can watch my interview with Joni and some snippets from her performance of Cups.

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An early (and lighthearted) documentarian of life in Old Colorado City in the early 20th Century, Ira Current was born in Colorado Springs October 30, 1910. He developed a keen interest in photography when he was 16 years old which would soon lead him to a job with Stewart Brothers photo finishing in Colorado Springs. In 1928, shortly after his graduation from Colorado Springs High School (now Palmer High School) he used the salary he earned at Stewart’s ($5 a week) to purchase a Cine Kodak, the first amateur film camera produced, for $25, a tripod for $25 and two hundred feet of film for $5 and produced his first film, “Four Wheels”, a chronicle of soap box style races, inspired by the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, near the Garden of the Gods.

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Whether you like or appreciate the musicianship of this brand of metal, you’d think the fact that Jag Panzer is probably the biggest band ever to come out of Colorado Springs (in terms of album sales and international fame—see interview below) would earn them some modicum of respect here in the Pikes Peak region. Alas, few have even heard of them.

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Home Is Where The Art Is

On October 18, 2010 By

Local arts maven Kathleen Fox Collins takes us on a tour of what is certainly one of the most interesting and unusual homes in Colorado Springs. It was designed in the 1950s by the husband-and-wife architectural team of Gordon Ingraham and Elizabeth Wright-Ingraham (Granddaughter of Frank Lloyd Wright) for the Mitguard family near the bluffs in Palmer Park. Constructed in 1956, a whole series of renovations and fantastical, mind-boggling embellishments were later added by the home’s owner, Don Vail. While the structure itself is an interesting example of local mid-20th Century modernism, its Vail’s finish work inside and outside that gives the home its amazing character.

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Anyone who attended the Colorado Springs Symphony in the 1970s or 80s during Charles Ansbacher’s tenure as conductor will remember the man who, no more than a wand himself, helped make this city such a magnificent and magical place to live and grow up.

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News

AP
October 30, 2014 | NPR · Police say Frein opened fire on two state troopers at the Pocono Mountains more than a month ago. He was described as a survivalist.
 

American Red Cross
October 30, 2014 | NPR · An NPR investigation revealed how the emergency organization funneled its resources away from storm victims to create an “illusion of mass care.” The Red Cross tells PBS NewsHour that’s not true.
 

Orlando Sentinel
October 30, 2014 | NPR · Gary Morse developed a mega retirement community called The Villages. His Florida haven for retirees grew to become the largest master-planned community in the country. Morse died Wednesday at 77.
 

Arts & Life

October 30, 2014 | NPR · Michel Faber’s best-seller, The Crimson Petal and the White, captured the feel of Victorian London. His latest is a literary science-fiction tale that might disappoint hard core sci-fi fans.
 

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October 30, 2014 | NPR · For Halloween, NPR movie critic Bob Mondello remembers scaring up some frights from his first job at a movie theater.
 

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October 30, 2014 | NPR · Is it safe to park on the street, or are you risking a ticket? The more signs there are, the more confusing that question gets. Designer Nikki Sylianteng has found a way to help.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
October 30, 2014 | NPR · The song is the exuberant sound of a novice exploring the possibilities of alternative electronic dance music with no real rule book or manual at his disposal.
 

Mountain Stage
October 30, 2014 | NPR · Hear a live set from the banjo master, who’s long been expanding the instrument’s possibilities.
 

Courtesy of Big Machine Records
October 30, 2014 | NPR · Swift has received accolades and damnation mostly for her image or the messages she supposedly sends, which must be irritating for a musician so clearly devoted to perfecting her techniques.
 

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