El Paso County officials have rescheduled its Flood Preparedness Town Hall for residents of Chipita Park and Cascade for Monday, April 22 at Ute Pass Elementary at 6:30 PM. This comes after Tuesday’s planned meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather.

You can watch a video of Monday night’s Flood Preparedness Town Hall below [...]

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“They’re With the Band,” from Popeye.com.

King Features and dBpm Records are combining creative forces with the release of a new cartoon and animated music video for Wilco’s latest single, “Dawned On Me,” featuring Popeye the Sailor Man and the Chicago band.

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In 1958, Colorado Springs artist Lew Tilley produced a couple of magnificent films whilst in the employ of the Alexander Film Company concern. The first film explores the confluence of public libraries, public safety, cooking and more! The second film examines the amateur rocket craze that swept the Pikes Peak region in the late 50′s, [...]

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In 1936, Colorado Springs mega-man Spencer Penrose produced an advertorial documentary film titled Curious Colorado. The film showcases the various Penrose-owned properties and attractions of the Pikes Peak region, including the Cheyenne Mountain Auto Highway & Lodge, The Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, The Mt. Manitou Scenic Incline and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Gardens, [...]

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We recently met with Austrian artist Hermann Nitsch at the exhibit of his work, Bloodlines: Paintings by Hermann Nitsch, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. In addition to painting, Nitsch’s artistic practice includes a sort of theatre of reality which bears a passing resemblance to the mystery plays of Europe in the [...]

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Robert Belfour – Breaking My Heart from PPLD TV on Vimeo.

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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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In this installment of The Theatre-ist, The Theatre-ist delves into the THEATREWORKS production of Boeing Boeing, a French farce set in 1960′s Paris. (Full disclosure: Theatreworks underwrites with KRCC)

Boeing Boeing runs through Feb 13th. For more information, you can visit THEATREWORKS’ website HERE.

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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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We recently took a field trip to the American Numismatic Association’s Money Museum in downtown Colorado Springs where we had occasion to speak with curator Doug Mudd about the museum’s current exhibit, A House Divided, Money of the Civil War. The exhibit explores the roles the monetary systems of the North and the [...]

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A Cowboy Christmas Carol

On December 14, 2010 By

Not content with presenting the same holiday classics in the same holiday way, THEATREWORKS has combined Charles Dickens’ venerable Victorian yuletide staple, A Christmas Carol, with the heritage of the American West. Internationally renowned Cowboy Poet, Waddie Mitchell, retells the familiar tale of Scrooge, Tiny Tim, et al. in his own words. In [...]

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Each year, the Navigators at Glen Eyrie present a truly unique holiday offering, the madrigal banquet at the former residence of Colorado Springs’ founder, William Jackson Palmer. The banquet was the brainchild of Springs resident Dave McIntosh who has been transforming the castle into a middle-ages holiday wonderland and feasting hall for the past 22 years with the help of countless volunteers. Come along on this video journey as we speak with McIntosh about the madrigal banquet and take a sneak peak at the mellifluous, multi-course banquet.

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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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Women's Film Fest Trailers

On November 4, 2010 By

As always, we bring you a whole host of trailers for features at our fantastic local film festivals. This weekened it’s the 23rd Annual Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, which celebrates the films and achievements of women filmmakers from around the world.

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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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The Original Monster Truck

On October 25, 2010 By

This historic Chevy commercial was shot on the declivities of Pikes Peak by Alexander Film Company. At first it seems that this might be nothing more than a routine drive up the Pikes Peak Highway in an attempt to impress the less savvy of their would-be customers with the dramatic backdrops offered by Pikes Peak. But then they actually drive the truck up… well, not straight , but pretty darn straight up at least a part of the mountain.

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Bellowed from the Bell Towers

On October 11, 2010 By

The concept for the video of this song, “Normandy” was to shoot Rence Seyb (aka pachisi champion, aka Dear Rabbit) singing and performing atop as many of the downtown bell towers as possible. We originally wanted to shoot from tower to tower—to connect the dots between all the towers, but it didn’t quite work out that way. The day we shot last year turned out to be the coldest, lowest-visibility day of the fall (and even colder on the towers), which worked well for the song.

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If you, like us, have been glued to the AMC series Mad Men about New York’s advertising industry and our post-WWII obsession with selling ourselves our own manufactured images and ideas about ourselves, you’ll find this brief promotional video about our own local television Mad Men at The Alexander Film Company (courtesy of the Pikes Peak Library District) enlightening.

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Art Guffaw: "I Was a Mime"

On September 27, 2010 By

It’s day 6 of the fund drive, and the Manitou Art Theater’s Babette and Art Guffaw reflect on the importance of KRCC to their relationship.

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Lavender Film Fest Trailers

On September 23, 2010 By

The 11th Annual Pikes Peak Lavender Film Festival begins tomorrow night at the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center with what looks to be an excellent lineup of shorts and features. As we try to do for all locally produced festivals, here’s a schedule of the feature films with their trailers.

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There been a huge resurgence of interest in the legacy of inventor and engineer Nikola Tesla in recent years. Locally, renewed interest has been sparked by this year’s “All Pikes Peak Reads” on the theme of “Innovation” and the fact that Tesla conducted some of his most ambitious experiments in Colorado Springs in 1899.

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When Klunkers Were King

On July 27, 2010 By

It’s hard to imagine Colorado without mountain bikes. The knobby-tired bicycles are so ubiquitous now that it seems almost impossible that there was a time when trails were mostly for hiking. It may also be hard for you to believe that mountain bikes were once called “balloon-tired klunkers” and that the people who rode them wore t-shirts and jeans or shorts instead of spandex/”Tron suits”.

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This is it, Blues fans: Blues Under the Bridge 2010 is this Saturday at 3 p.m. under the Colorado Avenue bridge, 218 West Colorado Ave. You can get your tickets at KRCC (912 N. Weber) up until 5 p.m. on Friday or Independent Records Outlets or at ticketweb.com. Tickets are $18 [...]

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