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Idris Khan in Context

On June 24, 2010 By

For those of you who plan to attend Idris Khan’s artist talk and Susan Grace’s performance of Schubert’s piano sonatas this Saturday evening at 4 p.m. in the I.D.E.A. Space Gallery at the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, we put together a brief slide show of Khan’s work to help further contextualize the video piece in the gallery, “Last 3 Piano Sonatas…after Franz Schubert”

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Following World War II, Colorado Springs native Fred Schumm enrolled in the Fine Arts Center where he met photographer Myron Wood. They became great friends and Myron documented Fred’s fantastical playground sculptures in Conejos and Boulder Crescent Parks. Craig Richardson spoke with Fred Schumm, now 85 and living in New Jersey, about the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Myron Wood and the playground sculptures he constructed while working for the city. Shortly after the sculptures in Conejos and Boulder Crescent parks were completed, Schumm was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study art in Italy.

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Colorado Springs native Jim Lewis attended Cheyenne Mountain High School then went on to Colorado College to study history and philosophy and eventually became a Broadway book writer. He’s nominated for a Tony Award for his book Fela! about the great Nigerian singer Fela Kuti. Kathryn Eastburn spoke with Lewis by phone.

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Both cynic and prophet, Chuck Snow is nothing if not a Quixotic keeper of the flame of the Southern Colorado rock scene that must often be rekindled from embers, even when it when it means stoking the fire with cover songs at a happy hour on Tejon Street. We’re certain that Chuck will be both honored and dismayed to hear the plaintive, leathery melodies of the Lo-Fi Cowboys, his new band, described as a decidedly Colorado Springs sound.

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Meadowgrass, which starts this evening, isn’t the only reason to go to La Foret as you will see in this video tour of the campus with Abby Sienkiewicz.

Speaking of Meadowgrass, congratulations to Michael Comora who won the two weekend passes to Meadowgrass by leaving this fantastic little brush-with-fame story on our new [...]

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Qu'est que c'est Parkour?

On April 29, 2010 By

What is Parkour, you ask? Free Running?

We asked Justin Sheaffer, a former aspiring Olympian in gymnastics and 2009 graduate of Cheyenne Mountain High School who recently placed 3rd at the “X3M Parkouring Championships” to explain. He brought a group of friends including Josh and Joel Lobeck to demonstrate the finer points of this [...]

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Yesterday we brought you the first part of “A Local’s Unofficial Tour of Manitou’s Springs” Part 1 (which you can watch HERE). Here in Part 2 you’ll learn which spring is most likely to make you angry and which spring is named after a long-forgtotten 8’6″ basketball coach. Enjoy!

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As tourist season fast approaches, Craig Richardson goes along with locals Jim Jackson, Birgitta DePree, Don Goede and Warren Epstein for a tasting and tales from the gurgling fonts that give Manitou Springs half its name. Click HERE for Part II.

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(“Demolition of the Alta Vista Hotel on 118 North Cascade Avenue”, 1963. Photograph by by Helen and James McCaffery. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image number 266-10006.)

If you follow The Big Something, then you know that we like to practice a form of process journalism that involves [...]

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If you’re one of the lovely individuals who has, in spite of your loveliness (and perhaps because of your older computer), been having difficulty watching some of our slide shows, we have good news:

Our YouTube Channel is now full of video versions of the slide shows. We’ll also be posting links [...]

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