While this 1950s vintage promotional film for Colorado Springs isn’t as wonderfully campy as Time To Live!, it’s ripe with exquisitely over-rendered ad copy that doesn’t fail to marvelously capture our bygone and “glamorous little city of 65,000″ as the narrator and his wife Blessing live the dream of the pioneers in style [...]

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The amazing Botero exhibit at the Fine Arts Center will close this week. You can get a firsthand peek at what the art handlers at the museum will go through to move his monumental sculptures with this feature we produced shortly after the show opened on May 30.

In our ongoing quest to [...]

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In case you missed it the first time around, please enjoy this encore presentation of the very first Big Something we ever published to the KRCC website on May 21st of this year. It’s a guided audio tour of Pat Musick’s home in Garden of the Gods, which her father, the artist Archie Musick, built [...]

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In our ongoing quest to take you behind the scenes of everything, we bring you this candid look (and listen) at the installation of the monumental sculptures for the Baroque World of Fernando Botero exhibit that opened recently at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.. Tariana Navas-Nieves, Curator, Hispanic and Native American [...]

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One of the most consistently overlooked aspects of Colorado Springs culture is its rich art history. During the first half of the 20th Century, Colorado Springs was second to none among arts colonies west of the Mississippi. One thing we hope to do on a monthly basis here at The Big Something is bring [...]

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Tariana Navas-Nieves, Curator of Hispanic and Native American Art for the Fine Arts Center, gave KRCC a sneak peak of one of the FAC’s latest acquisitions, a gift of six photographs by Peruvian Photographer Diego Lama.

Says Navas-Nieves:

He [...]

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(We recommend clicking on the arrows in the lower right hand of the slide show to view it full screen).

Few people outside the arts community remember the Colorado Springs-based artist Archie Musick. Musick arrived via freight train in 1924 and began to study at the Broadmoor Art Academy. He quickly became [...]

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Tom McElroy has lived and worked as a conceptual and avante-garde artist in Colorado Springs for 40 years. Tomorrow, the Fine Arts Center Modern opens “Atomic Elroy’s Hometown,” a video, performance and installation exhibit exploring McElroy’s self-described complex relationship with Colorado Springs. KRCC’s Aaron Retka stopped by during preparations for the opening and [...]

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In 2003, Richard Rubin set out to talk to every American veteran of World War I he could find. With help from the French, he tracked down dozens of centenarian vets and recorded their stories in a new book called The Last of the Doughboys.

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The renowned chef may be famous for his Michelin-star-winning restaurants, but he also runs a string of gourmet bakeries. He shares some favorite confections for Easter, with recipes for hot cross buns, marshmallow eggs and carrot muffins.

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U.S. and other NATO troops are spending less time fighting the Taliban and more time making local Afghan governments self-sufficient. It’s a slow process.

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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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67% of skiers and snowboarders in the country now wear helmets on the slopes, according to the National Ski Areas Association. That’s compared to 25% who wore helmets ten years ago. Rabah Kamal of Colorado Public News shares how helmets are preventing serious injury, but with limits.

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Containment as of 6PM: 70%. The Red Cross has closed the YMCA Shelter. Cheyenne Mountain High School remains open.

Sheriff Terry Maketa Orders Closure of Old Stage Road and Gold Camp Road

Fire danger remains extremely high with low relative humidity levels, unseasonably warm temperatures and an abundance of fire fuels. Fire fighting resources are spread thin due to the ongoing effort to fight the Waldo Canyon Fire.

For these reasons, Sheriff Terry Maketa has ordered a road closure in the 2100 block of Old Stage Road effective at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3, 2012. The closure effectively denies access to Gold Camp Road. To solidify the closure of the area, the Teller County Sheriff’s Office will close Gold Camp Road within their jurisdiction at Lazy S Ranch Road. The closure will remain in affect until further notice. For those with homes within the closure area, access into the area will be granted with proof of residency.

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KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin on KPCC in California and Minnesota Public Radio: http://www.scpr.org/programs/patt-morrison/2012/06/28/27175/colorado-fire/

and:

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/29/daily-circuit-colorado-wildfires/

Official City map of the new Evacuation downgrades is available at the Colorado Springs website, here. (.pdf file).

Press briefing: 8PM

Evac lifts downgraded to pre-evacuation status as of 9pm:

Cedar Heights – [...]

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In this week’s episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn drives backwards down memory lane.

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If you missed the Joseph Scheer exhibition at I.D.E.A. Space last fall and/or this interview we did with him, AND you find yourself disgusted/intrigued with this Springs’s Miller Moth swarm, perhaps this feature will cheer you a bit, if not give you a little more apprecation for our dusty brown visitors.

(Scans [...]

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All works in this slide show are from the Collection of Millie Yawn unless otherwise noted.

If you haven’t yet seen it, don’t miss this last chance to catch the retrospective of artwork by the late Louis Cicotello at the Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS (complete details HERE), a local artist and teacher [...]

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KRCC’s Delvin Neugebauer reviews new releases from Battles, Black Lips, Bootsy Collins, The Donkeys, Marianne Faithfull, Fonda, Foster the People, Kids on a Crime Spree and The Yes We Cans, as well as the Rave On Buddy Holly compilation. All the albums reviewed are recent additions to KRCC’s music library. Tune in to any of [...]

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Each summer a particular refreshment seems to mysteriously make its way from our subsconscious toward our frontal lobes to become the mascot drink of the summer. Last year it was rosemary lemonade with Manitou spring water. This summer it’s Key Lime Mango Lassi (all due credit to my wife and the ready [...]

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KRCC’s Delvin Neugebauer reviews new releases from Blue Sky Black Death, Fleet Foxes, Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, Booker T. Jones, The Kills, Shannon & the Clams and Poly Styrene, as well as the Positively Pikes Peak compilation. All the albums reviewed are recent additions to KRCC’s music library. Tune in to any of [...]

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This April, voters in Colorado Springs will decide on a strong-mayor and seven spots on the city council. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin sat in on a media panel at two voter forums, and that audio is available in each race.

Voter information from the city of Colorado Springs can be found here. Residents [...]

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In Memoriam, 2010

On December 21, 2010 By

As the year comes to a close, we remember some of the many luminous individuals no longer with us who made our community a better place to live.

Dr. Ted Eastburn, former City Council member, open Space advocate, and affordable healthcare advocate:

Click HERE to read Kathryn Eastburn’s rememberance.

Bo [...]

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