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The Big Something
4:37 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Symbiosis Part 1: An Interview with Ivywild Partners Mike Bristol and Architect Jim Fennell

[Listen to Part 2 HERE]

Beginning tomorrow and continuing through the weekend, Ivywild School will celebrate its grand opening. The Big Something’s Noel Black sat down with Co-Owners Mike Bristol of Bristol Brewing and Jim Fennell, Lead Architect of Fennell Group, and author of the book BUILD IVYWILD. Tune in to KRCC tomorrow, Friday, August 16 at 4:50 p.m. to hear Part 2 of the interview.

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The Big Something
3:23 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Video of Manitou Flood on Lovers Lane

The Big Something
3:07 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

MODBOCO School of Art Opens This Weekend At Ivywild: An Interview with Lauren and Brett Andrus

Credit Claire Swinford

Modboco, a new art school founded by Brett and Lauren Andrus, will celebrate its grand opening tomorrow from Noon to 8 P.M. at the Ivywild Building. I spoke with them about their gallery downtown and how it evolved into a school.

Click HERE for complete information about the school and grand opening.

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The Middle Distance
4:44 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

The Middle Distance 8.9.13: Summer in Full

[Clouds] by Myron Wood, June 1976. Copyright PPLD. Image Number: 002-1619.

The clock is ticking and it’s making me uneasy. I’ve got those back-to-school, back-to-work, back-to-reality, check it off the to-do list, end-of-summer blues.

This year I decided the summer would be mine to do as little as possible in. I would recharge, replenish, rejuvenate. No road trips to places I hadn’t been before or to visit family. This would be the first summer in memory when I just stayed home and received whatever the day delivered.

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The Big Something
3:27 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

COS Native Scores Role in Margaret Cho's New Web Series

Will Boddington (right) in a screen grab from Margaret Cho's new web series "In Transition".

As Hollywood moves to the Web, we're fascinated with the ways that distribution is changing and, in some cases, changing the way films and TV shows are made. Filmmakers who'd have found their careers in the toilet after a straight-to-video release 10 years ago are now bucking the studio system and big budgets to go straight to iTunes along with limited theatrical release. Movies like The Canyons and Margin Call are already proving the model.

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The Big Something
4:52 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Smokebrush and Story Project Move to BAC — An Interview with Don Goede and Sharon Friedman

The Smokebrush Foundation and The Story Project have both just moved to The Business of Arts Center in Manitou Springs. I spoke to both Don Goede, Executive Director of The Smokebrush Foundation, and Sharon Friedman, Founder and Creative Director of The Story Project about the new space and this Friday’s first storytelling event at the BAC.

Click HERE for complete information about this Friday's Story Project event.

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Off Topic
4:49 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Breaking Good: Martile Rowland's Strange Road to Opera Stardom

In celebration of this Wednesday's Opera Theatre of the Rockies POPera concert, here's our feature on Martile Rowland and her amazingly circuitous road to fame.

Click HERE to get complete information on POPera.

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The Big Something
3:54 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

An Interview With GOCA Curator Daisy McConnell

"You Keep Things [3]" by Suchitra Mattai

The Galleries of Contemporary Art at UCCS open a new show called "Visual Environments" tonight, Friday, August 2 at their downtown gallery featuring the work of Pattie Lee Becker and Suchitra Mattai (see images below). A week from tomorrow, GOCA will host its largest fundraiser of the year, an art party called BRILLIANT. I spoke with GOCA Curator Daisy McConnell about the events.

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Old Western Music
12:25 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Ian Tyson and Corb Lund at Chico Basin Ranch

Ian Tyson Cowboy Troubadour

On AUGUST 9th and 10th enjoy a weekend of seated acoustic performances, bonfires, food, camping, and late-night jam sessions at Chico Basin Ranch. Let loose on the dance floor Saturday night, with local band Grass It Up.  Ian Tyson7:30 p.m. Saturday Corb Lund5:00 p.m. Saturday Adam Carroll9:00 p.m. Friday  SHOOTING STARS: One of the greatest meteor showers of the year will be taking place the weekend of the concert, with up to 60 meteors shooting across the sky each hour.

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The Big Something
4:43 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

The Middle Distance 8.2.13: The Serendipity of Yes

Boudhanath Stupa

Out here in the middle distance, the light is sometimes so harsh and bright that we want to draw the shades and just rest in cool darkness. The impulse to retreat has never been stronger than in these years approaching old age.

At home I am safe, is my mantra. At home I know who I am.

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The Big Something
3:37 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Locally Produced Web Series Seeks Your Help - An Interview With Zach Wolfson

Springs resident Zach Wolfson just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $28,000 for the second season of his web series Beyond the Gallery. I spoke to Wolfson about the first season and his vision for the project:

You can watch the entire first season of Beyond the Gallery HERE. And here's an episode from the first season that feature's Colorado Springs enamel artist Pat Musick:

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The Big Something
4:15 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

PPAC Announces Nominees for the 2013 Awards for Excellence in the Arts

In case you missed the announcement (we did, sorry): The Pikes Peak Arts Council just announced its nominees for the 2013 Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

If you'd like to get your tickets for the September 20, 2013 event, you'll find all the info HERE

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The Big Something
3:46 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

The Brilliant Sean O'Meallie: How Does He Do It?

Lucky for those of you who plan to attend the Gallery of Contemporary Art's Brilliant Benefit on Saturday, August 10, local artist Sean O'Meallie has "Got A Handle On It: Circus", one of his deceptively whimsical sculptures, available for auction. You know how these things go: A piece worth $3-$4K could be yours for as little as... well, who knows? But it'll likely be quite a deal, particularly when you watch this slide show that shows that the art of making things look easy is indeed still difficult.

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The Big Something
4:45 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

An Interview With the Cast of The Sound of Music

This weekend, Opera Theatre of the Rockies will present an operatic version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music at Colorado College’s Armstrong Hall. I sat down and spoke with performers Jennifer DeDominici, Peter Tuff, Mallory Hybl and Jack English.

Complete event information including ticket info can be found HERE.

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The Big Something
4:26 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

The Middle Distance 7.26.13: A Few Old Memories

The older I get, the smaller my memories. I don’t mean that I remember less, necessarily, but that I remember differently. Instead of entire seasons or full days or complete events, I remember specific sensory experiences tied to concrete objects — the smell of fresh, unused construction paper on the first day of school; the hard waxed surface of a black speckled linoleum floor; the weight of the hard plastic telephone receiver in my six-year-old hand.

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The Big Something
12:32 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Photos from Blues Under the Bridge 2013 by Rock Photographer Larry Hulst

Blues Under the Bridge 2013

If you missed this past weekend's Blues Under the Bridge, we take you back there in this internet time machine right now with the photographs of renowned local rock photographer Larry Hulst and "No Cheap Seats in Heaven" by The Slide Brothers.

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The Big Something
7:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

The Middle Distance 7.26.13: A Few Old Memories

The older I get, the smaller my memories. I don’t mean that I remember less, necessarily, but that I remember differently. Instead of entire seasons or full days or complete events, I remember specific sensory experiences tied to concrete objects — the smell of fresh, unused construction paper on the first day of school; the hard waxed surface of a black speckled linoleum floor; the weight of the hard plastic telephone receiver in my six-year-old hand.

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The Big Something
3:30 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Indy on Upcoming Roy Linton Show at ModBo

We're thrilled that the Modbo will present the graphic work of long-lost native Colorado Springs artists Roy Linton Jr. and Sr., and Roy Funnell ("The Three Roys") who formed Hobbit Hole posters in 1969.

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The Big Something
2:55 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Calligraphiliac Alert

Today is the last day to catch a public lecture at the The Summit at Colorado Springs: The 32nd Annual International Calligraphy Conference, being held at Colorado College. Randall Hasson will lecture on “The Personality of the Letterform – How Alphabet Changes Culture” at Armstrong Hall on the NE corner of Cache la Poudre and Cascade Avenue at 7:30 p.m. 

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The Big Something
4:44 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Voices and Faces of Pride, Part 1

Raina and Amanda by Sean Cayton

This past weekend, photographer Sean Cayton and I talked to couples and friends at PrideFest 2013 about how the event felt different after civil unions were legalized in Colorado and the Defense of Marriage act was struck down by the Supreme Court. Here are photos and voices of some of the people we spoke with. Stay tuned for more!

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The Big Something
3:39 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Congratulations to the 2013 Palmer Land Trust Conservation Award Winners!

This just in:

Palmer Land Trust Announces 2013 Award Winners

Colorado faces some of the greatest conservation challenges in the nation.  And it responds with some of the greatest conservation successes—championed by people for whom protecting important places, leading by example, teaching our children about the natural world, and setting new benchmarks for a sustainable future are a part of their daily lives.  Each year Palmer Land Trust honors four of these champions at the Southern Colorado Conservation Awards:

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The Big Something
5:06 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

The Middle Distance, 7.19.13: Porches

This was a great week for porch sitting. In the afternoon, massive moisture-laden clouds billowed above the 14-thousand foot tall mountain and churned into dark thunderheads. The sky began to vibrate and rattle and belch and finally, fat raindrops pounded the street and sidewalk and filled the gutters and poured from the downspouts.

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Culture
3:41 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Major Skateboard Contests Come to Colorado Springs

This weekend, the local skateboarding non-profit SK8-Strong will host the Rocky Mountain State Games, an amateur contest at Memorial Park. They’ll host a professional contest at Memorial Park on the weekend of August 8. The Big Something’s Noel Black sat down and spoke with SK8-Strong’s founder, 16-year-old professional skateboarder Jono Schwan, and Rachel Reinhard, a local professional who recently competed in the X-Games in Brazil.

Get all the details about this weekend's amateur contest and the August 8 - 10 Rampage over at Sk8-Strong.

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A Big Something
4:31 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

A Nick Cave Sneaky Preview

No, not Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds; the artist/performance art Nick Cave. If you haven't heard about his exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, we highly recommend it and managed to snap these photos of his new, decidedly silver-themed Soundsuits before the guard tsk tsked us.

And here's a painfully quick peek courtesy of the DAM:

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A Big Something
4:18 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Last Chance to See the Saraceno Sculpture

If you haven't already made the pleasant trip up the pass to Green Mountain Falls to see the amazing Tomas Saraceno sculpture, "Cloud City", at the Green Box Arts Festival, this week is your last chance to do so before it comes down. We had the pleasure to wear the instutional slip-on booties, walk through its Bucky ball bubble cluster, and shuffle across its vertiginous plexi floors last week. You can't help but think that the future and nature can coexist!

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The Middle Distance
9:14 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

The Middle Distance 6.28.13: Hey Yawwwwwl!

Paula Deen

The Middle Distance 6.28.13: Hey Yawwwwwwl!

A friend asked me yesterday what’s been in the news. She had not been paying attention. Let’s see, I said. More killing in Syria, more guns flowing in so even more will be killed. Edward Snowden is holed up somewhere in Moscow while the U.S. and Russia argue about extradition. Mmmmm … The Supreme Court’s ruling on the Voting Rights Act and Prop 8 and gay marriage.

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Culture
1:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

The Middle Distance 5/24/13: At Their Own Hands

Teddy Eastburn

As Memorial Day approaches, far too many American families are not thinking about what they’ll cook on the grill, but how they will remember their military dead, particularly the growing number who died at their own hands, of suicide. I am the mother of one of those soldiers. My son was a reservist between deployments in the summer of 2007. He had served in Iraq in 2005 in a Special Operations unit and was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan at Thanksgiving. He floundered between civilian jobs and was increasingly enraged and irritated. His sleep patterns were labored and erratic.

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Changing Western Landscapes
10:56 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Robert Adams: Photographs of a Changing Landscape

Colorado College student Sarah Kelsey worked with Jessica Hunter-Larsen, curator of the IDEA space, and a fellow student, Jeffrey Moore, to curate an exhibit of one-time CC Professor Robert Adams’ photographs documenting the West’s changing landscape. Born in New Jersey in 1937, Adams spent part of his childhood in Denver, only returning to Colorado in 1965.

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