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The Middle Distance
5:07 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

The Middle Distance 8.30.13: September Morning

I have a friend in New Mexico who used to rope off the entire month of September and keep it for nothing but hiking in the mountains, hunting grouse and fishing for trout in the Rio Grande. He was and still is a hard-working writer who chose this vacation month for its natural splendor — changing seasons, cooler temperatures, the river running low and clear. He was religious about his Septembers, about not letting worldly concerns keep him from his earthly communion.

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The Big Something
4:07 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Interview with Manitou Mayor Marc Snyder and Andrea Chalfin, Part 3: RMJ

Credit Marc Huebert

In this third and final installment of my interview with Manitou Mayor Marc Snyder and KRCC News Director Andrea Chalfin, we discuss recreational marijuana and how revenues may or may not help with flood cleanup and mitigation.

Click HERE to listen to Part 1 of this interview about flood mitigation.

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The Big Something
4:50 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Interview with Manitour Mayor Marc Snyder, Part 2

Credit Bryan Oller

Last week, I interviewed Manitou Mayor Marc Snyder and KRCC News Director Andrea Chalfin about mitigation efforts related to the Waldo Canyon burn scar flooding. In this second part of the interview, I speak to Snyder about cleanup efforts and plans for next summer. Tune in tomorrow to hear the final part of the conversation about the future of Recreational Marijuana in Manitou Springs.

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The Big Something
4:55 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Waldo Burn Scar Mitigation: An Interview with Manitou Mayor Marc Snyder and Andrea Chalfin

One of the metal nets in Queen's Canyon
Credit Andrea Chalfin

Much of the work being done to help prevent another disaster like the August 9 flood in Manitou Springs can’t be seen. As flood watches and warning continue to threaten the Waldo Canyon burn scar area on an almost daily basis, I sat down with Manitou Mayor Marc Snyder and KRCC News Director Andrea Chalfin to talk about what’s planned and what’s already been done to mitigate the flood threat.

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The Middle Distance
6:08 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

The Middle Distance 8.23.13: Summer of 1971

Memphis, 1971
Credit Ted Eastburn

Summer of 1971. Our hip-hugger bell-bottom jeans are worn thin in the seat and we like to wear them with flimsy halter tops. It’s possible we are emulating the hippies in San Francisco we’ve seen on the news since hippie sightings are still rare here in Memphis, Tennessee. We will be high school seniors in the fall and this, we faintly realize, is our last summer of real freedom.

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The Big Something
4:51 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

The Ins and Outs of Disaster Photography: An Interview with Bryan Oller

Black Forest Fire
Credit Bryan Oller

Local Freelance Photojournalist Bryan Oller took some of the most memorable photos of the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires, and he’s been covering the flooding in Manitou. I spoke with him about the challenges of documenting disasters so close to home.

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The Big Something
5:04 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Aftermath of the Manitou Flood: An Interview with Kelly Snyder, Farley McDonough and Hannah Rockey

Credit Bryan Oller

It’s been just over a week since the August 9 flood in Manitou Springs. I spoke with Kelly Snyder, Board President of the Business of Art Center who took over much of the volunteer organizing in Manitou; resident Hannah Rockey, and Farley McDonough, Owner of Adams Mountain Café to talk about the aftermath and the future.

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The Big Something
4:18 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Build Ivywild Part 2: An Interview with Jim Fennell and Mike Bristol

Beginning today and continuing through the weekend, Ivywild School celebrates its grand opening. Yesterday we posted Part 1 of my interview with Co-Owners Mike Bristol of Bristol Brewing and Jim Fennell, Lead Architect of Fennell Group, and author of the book BUILD IVYWILD.

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The Middle Distance
5:27 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

The Middle Distance 8.16.13: Ripe for Transformation

Several lifetimes ago, when I was the mother of three young boys, I understood the concept of escapist reading in the summertime. Grabbing reading moments between afternoon trips to the pool and T-ball games, I required something lightweight and entertaining, easy to read in small bites. And since I wouldn’t remember what I read anyway, mainstream chick lit, good or bad, usually fit the bill.

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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

If you haven't already seen this video by Cheyene Grow of Grow Motion Video of last Friday's flood as seen from a home just above Lovers Lane in Manitou, do give it a watch. It compresses 40 minutes into 4 and gives an instructional look at how powerful even a relatively small flooding event can be. 

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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