We’re big fans of collections and the collecting impulse here at The Big Something. Collectors are the front line curators of the future, and yet their personal obsessions far too often remain private. Local photographer Carol Dass, a Big Something collaborator, shared one of her collecting obsessions with us: a selection of her postcards […]

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Planet Alley Revisited

On August 6, 2012 By

I’ve had a thing for alleys since I was little. Most of my friends lived along four blocks in the old North End of Colorado Springs that were all connected by an alley through which we had a great deal of freedom to roam. Without the speeding cars on Nevada Avenue and most adults, […]

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We were just as surprised as you probably are that there’s a Southern Colorado Koi Club (socokoi.org). The club held a benefit auction that we just had to go check out. Fish named Golem, $40,000 collections, bear fences … it didn’t disappoint!

(Learn more about Japanese Carp HERE.)

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25 Local Etsy Wonderments

On November 22, 2011 By

As the holiday shopping season fast approacheth, we took a look at what the local Etsy sellers had to offer (simply click on the “Shop Local” button on the lower-left-hand side of the page and type in your zip code) and came away bedazzled by the sheer magnitude of the hidden online community […]

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Putt Putt Apocalypse

On March 28, 2011 By

While visible signs of the recession in the Pikes Peak region so far have been limited primarily to a few stark inconveniences like unkempt medians, darkened streetlights and unfilled potholes, a recently abandoned put put golf course in central Colorado Springs serves as a discomfiting metaphor and reminder of how quickly even the grandest […]

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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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Where Your Rain Goes

On August 10, 2010 By

With the frequency of recent afternoon and evening deluges, we thought you might like to take a peak into the fascinating and, often, beautiful world of underground drainage tunnels (among other underground concrete structures). Narration and photographs provided by local caver and photographer Duncan Gold.

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Still Life at Yard Sale

On June 23, 2010 By

Nothing says summer in America quite like a yard sale. On the surface, it’s a great way to get rid of unwanted consumer goods and earn a little extra cash/find stuff you may or may not have been looking for on the cheap. But it can also be an extraordinarily personal act of revelation in which individuals turn their front yards and garages into intimate thrift stores of memory.

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There’s still an other-worldliness and anonymity about alleys that’s… yes, magical.

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I Wonder Who We Are

On December 21, 2009 By

(click on the “captions” in the lower right hand corner of the slideshow to see the names of the photographers)

Since we started The Big Something in June we’ve been asking readers to submit photos to our Flickr pool and featuring them in our daily emails with the idea of providing alternative […]

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Spectacular Underworld Photos

On November 23, 2009 By

DISCLAIMER: KRCC IN NO WAY ADVOCATES THAT ANYONE EXPLORE DRAINAGE TUNNELS LIKE THOSE DEPICTED IN THESE PHOTOS. PHOTOGRAPHER DUNCAN GOLD IS AN EXPERT CAVER WHO DOES EXTENSIVE RESEARCH AND CAREFULLY MONITORS THE WEATHER BEFORE ENTERTING A TUNNEL. DRAINAGE TUNNELS ARE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS PLACES THAT CAN FLOOD WITHOUT WARNING AND HAVE CLAIMED MANY LIVES.

These […]

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Following up on our promise to bring you the finest culture that Colorado Springs’ alleys have to offer in our first installment (Planet Alley: The Strange and Distant World Behind Your House, which featured the alleys of the West Side), we now bring you the alleys of the Old North End.

(We verily […]

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I’ve had a thing for alleys since I was little. Most of my friends lived along four blocks in the old North End of Colorado Springs that were all connected by an alley through which we had a great deal of freedom to roam. Without the speeding cars on Nevada Avenue and most adults, […]

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Why not start small? Together at last, KRCC and the Independent Film Society of Colorado bring you: The Big Little Short Film Contest: 10 minutes, 3 months, Go! The 1st and only prize will be to have your short film or video screened at the 2010 IFSOC Indie Fest next Spring.

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How To Be A Zombie

On July 16, 2009 By

(all photos by Don Goede)

This Sunday, Newspeak will reprise its zombie bike contingent for the 19th Annual PrideFest Parade. While makeup artist Mark Modeer, owner of Zeezo’s downtown, won’t be doing the makeup for this year’s group, we thought we’d haul out the amazing old photos from two years […]

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What could be more summer in Colorado than a tour through Garden of the Gods? But at what cost? We pity the tourist who hasn’t the slightest inkling that whole place is really just an amusement park built by Artus Van Briggle for… The entire conspiracy is revealed here in this video by local […]

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Dear Big Something subscribers and KRCC Members, as you may have already heard, we’re doing an extra one-day fund drive this Sunday, June 28. It’s the end of our fiscal year and we need to make an extra push to recuperate almost $160,000 in lost underwriting revenue and some added expenses.

One of […]

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We’re delighted to announce that, by popular demand, two of the Victorian “fancy craft” hair wreaths we featured here on The Big Something last week have been placed on display beginning today, Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. We hope you’ll go see them both because they’re incredible […]

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Shoegazer Grafitti

On June 18, 2009 By

The debate about whether graffitti is art or vice-versa is a bit tedious, if you don’t mind us saying so. There are certainly instances where some young wastrel’s poorly scrawled tag amounts to little more than a dog lifting his leg on a hydrant. That said, the hideous paint-roller cover-up jobs (usually in brown […]

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78 photographs of iris is probably overly indulgent, but we couldn’t help it: they were myriad and many-colored and so, so …. sigh.

Why doesn’t Colorado Springs have an iris festival? They couldn’t be easier to grow in the Colorado Springs climate and to share with your friends and neighbors. In fact, HERE […]

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Wet Pets

On June 9, 2009 By

We were just as surprised as you probably are that there’s a Southern Colorado Koi Club (socokoi.org). The club held its first benefit auction this past Saturday at Badgers Tree Moving out east of town and we just had to go out and gawk. Fish named Golem, $40,000 collections, bear fences … it […]

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A big part of the way we see ourselves as a community comes through the pictures we take and share. Few would dispute that Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods would be among the first images to come to mind when you say “Colorado Springs”; or that old steel mill smokestacks would […]

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Many things in the Pikes Peak region go unseen, but none more sordid and none more underground than Pixie Jousting.

Music = “Strange Victory, Strange Defeat” by the Silver Jews! (If you buy the song from this link, KRCC gets a portion of the proceeds. Thanks!)

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