Noel Black http://krcc.org en Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: Springs Native and Marketplace Reporter's First Documentary http://krcc.org/post/breaking-cycle-poverty-springs-native-and-marketplace-reporters-first-documentary <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Colorado Springs native, and <em>Marketplace</em> Education Correspondent Amy Scott is in the process of finishing her first documentary called <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/834506127/oyler-a-documentary-film"><em>Oyler</em></a>.&nbsp;</p><p>The Big Something’s Noel Black spoke with her about the story.</p><p>Click <a href="http://www.marketplace.org/sites/default/iframes/oneschool/av.html">HERE</a> to check out Scott's <em>Marketplace</em> multi-media pieces on Oyler.</p><p>Watch the trailer below:</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:02:29 +0000 Noel Black 22441 at http://krcc.org Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: Springs Native and Marketplace Reporter's First Documentary What Does Hegel Have to Do With The Motorcycle Helmet? http://krcc.org/post/what-does-hegel-have-do-motorcycle-helmet <p></p><p>The <a href="https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1309315">4<sup>th</sup> International Journal of Motorcycle Studies Conference</a> will take place beginning tomorrow, July 17 through Saturday. Conference organizer and UCCS Professor Alex Ilysova spoke with The Big Something’s Noel Black about the kinds of films and lectures the average motorcycle enthusiast can expect.</p><p>Click <a href="https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1309315">HERE</a> for more information and to register.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Noel Black 21705 at http://krcc.org What Does Hegel Have to Do With The Motorcycle Helmet? Hear, Here! heads to Nationals: An Interview with Susan Peiffer and Mallory http://krcc.org/post/hear-here-heads-nationals-interview-susan-peiffer-and-mallory <p></p><p>Local poetry slam team from <a href="http://cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com/hear-here/">Hear, Here!</a> will head to the <a href="http://nps2014.poetryslam.com/">national slam competition</a> from August 5th. We spoke with curator Susan Peiffer and Mallary McHenry about slam poetry, the Colorado Springs style and their campaign to raise money to get to nationals.</p><p>Click <a href="https://www.booster.com/hearhere">HERE</a> to buy a limited edition t-shirt that will contribute Hear, Here!'s travel and expenses.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Noel Black 21703 at http://krcc.org Hear, Here! heads to Nationals: An Interview with Susan Peiffer and Mallory The Middle Distance 7.4.14: Brown Sugar http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-7414-brown-sugar-0 <p></p><p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:33:15 +0000 Noel Black 21445 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 7.4.14: Brown Sugar Wish We Were Here Debuts Saturday, July 5 http://krcc.org/post/wish-we-were-here-debuts-saturday-july-5 <p></p><p>CLICK <a href="http://krcc.org/post/wish-we-were-here-pilot-i-other">HERE </a>TO LISTEN TO THE FULL EPISODE!</p><p>KRCC, Radio Colorado College, an NPR member station, will broadcast the pilot episode of its new hour-long radio show and podcast, <em>Wish We Were Here</em>, on Saturday July 5 at 3 p.m.; and Friday, July 11 at 7 p.m. on KRCC 91.5 FM and KRCC.org.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:52:26 +0000 Noel Black 21135 at http://krcc.org Wish We Were Here Debuts Saturday, July 5 Congratulations To These 36 Views Artists! http://krcc.org/post/congratulations-these-36-views-artists <p></p><p>Congratulations to the following artists whose work was selected for the 36 Views of Pikes Peak Post Card Exhibition (and keep in mind that Hokusai actually produced <strong>46</strong> images). The opening and reception will be at the new <a href="http://ppld.org/21stCenturyLibrary">PPLD&nbsp; Library 21c</a> on Friday, July 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. with plenty of time to make it to the <a href="http://www.uccs.edu/goca/ART/36-Views-of-Pikes-Peak.html">curated exhibition at GOCA from 5 to 9 p.m.</a> the same evening.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:40:36 +0000 Noel Black 21119 at http://krcc.org Congratulations To These 36 Views Artists! The Middle Distance 6.27.14: Yard Sale http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-62714-yard-sale <p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:12:54 +0000 Noel Black 21100 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 6.27.14: Yard Sale The Middle Distance 6.20.14: The Way We Fall http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-62014-way-we-fall-0 <p></p><p></p><p><em>Ashes, ashes, we all fall down! </em>God, how we loved falling down when we were short and close to the ground. Remember the crash, the exaggerated poses of collapse, legs overhead, torso twisted crazily? Falling down the least gracefully, most dramatically, was the whole point.</p><p>Even when a fall was a surprise, when it caused minor injury, a scrape or a cut, the Band-aid was a badge of honor, the scabbed over abrasion a battle scar to be proud of.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:34:49 +0000 Noel Black & Kathryn Eastburn 20751 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 6.20.14: The Way We Fall CS Conservatory Celebrates 20 Years http://krcc.org/post/cs-conservatory-celebrates-20-years <p></p><p><a href="http://www.coloradospringsconservatory.org/">The Colorado Springs Conservatory</a> is celebrating its 20<sup>th</sup> Anniversary in the Colorado Springs Community. The Big Something’s Noel Black sat down with executive director Linda Weise to talk about how far they’ve come.</p><p>Beginning tonight and running through the weekend, the Conservatory will present the musical Oklahoma at Colorado College’s Armstrong Theater. Click <a href="http://www.coloradospringsconservatory.org/upcoming-events-and-performances-list/">HERE</a> for details and tickets.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:57:37 +0000 Noel Black 20769 at http://krcc.org CS Conservatory Celebrates 20 Years The Middle Distance 6.13.14: Tea In My Neighbor's Garden http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-61314-tea-my-neighbors-garden <p></p><p>I wasn’t a tea party kind of girl, back before the term was appropriated by right-wing politicos. When we played house as kids in the early 1960s, I portrayed the husband, pecking the wife on the cheek and jetting off to work or adventure as I imagined men did. A beautifully set table with dainty cups and manners to match held little charm for this tomboy.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:13:51 +0000 Noel Black 20449 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 6.13.14: Tea In My Neighbor's Garden Senga Nengudi Has Arrived, And She's Been Here All Along. http://krcc.org/post/senga-nengudi-has-arrived-and-shes-been-here-all-along <p></p><p>Colorado Springs-based artist, educator and activist Senga Nengudi hasn’t had much in the way of local recognition despite the fact she’s been collected by The Museum of Modern Art in New York and The Brooklyn Museum. Denver has just given Nengudi her due with two openings at both the <a href="http://mcadenver.org/senganengudi.php">Museum of Contemporary Art</a> and <a href="http://redlineart.org/art/events/exhibitions/senga-nengudi-the-performing-body.html">The Redline Gallery</a>. We spoke with her about her career and the success she’s now enjoying.</p><p>Watch RSVP:</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:42:01 +0000 Noel Black 20172 at http://krcc.org Senga Nengudi Has Arrived, And She's Been Here All Along. Remembering The Execution of Joe Arridy http://krcc.org/post/remembering-execution-joe-arridy <p></p><p>This Saturday at The Greenwood Cemetery in Canon City at 11 a.m., a memorial service will be held for Joe Arridy , a developmentally disabled man who was executed for murder in 1936, and posthumously pardoned in 2011. We spoke with Craig Severa, Advocacy Specialist from the ARC of the Pikes Peak Region, about Arridy’s legacy.</p><p>For complete information about the Joe Arridy memorial service this Saturday, click <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/277501642419476/">HERE</a>.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 23:16:16 +0000 Noel Black 20123 at http://krcc.org Remembering The Execution of Joe Arridy The Middle Distance 5.30.14: The Best Kind of Cowboy http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-53014-best-kind-cowboy-0 <p></p><p>My heroes haven’t always been cowboys, but after moving to Colorado and getting to know a choice few, that changed. I was lucky as a journalist to spend time with Duke Phillips of Chico Basin Ranch, south of Colorado Springs, and witness his dedication to responsible land management and conservation. And I was privileged as a reporter back in the 1990s to hear Kirk Hanna explain to a room full of environmentalists how ranchers like him could help them achieve their goals if they’d just put aside their stereotypes and prejudices.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 22:38:37 +0000 Noel Black 19796 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 5.30.14: The Best Kind of Cowboy The Middle Distance 5.23.14: Dives Under http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-52314-dives-under <p></p><p>She wakes up swimming. The ambient noise machine next to the bed is set on Rushing Stream. She surfaces to the sound of its loud electronic burble and, for a minute, can’t remember where she is.</p><p>It’s that kind of morning. The coffee maker sputters and spumes, the waiting pot barely askew on its fitted stand but just enough for a steady stream of brown liquid to miss its mouth and inch across the kitchen counter. She wipes the dark water and spilled grounds with a stained dishcloth that needs to be retired to the trash.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Noel Black 19362 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 5.23.14: Dives Under The Middle Distance 5.16.14: Enough to Keep Wonder Alive http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-51614-enough-keep-wonder-alive <p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 16:50:36 +0000 Noel Black 19165 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 5.16.14: Enough to Keep Wonder Alive Playground Dinosaurs http://krcc.org/post/playground-dinosaurs <p></p><p>Manitou Springs-based photographer Brenda Biondo has just released a new book of photographs of antique and vintage playground equipment. We spoke with Biondo about the project and her book, <em>Once Upon a Playground</em>.&nbsp; You can catch her exhibition of photographs from the book through Saturday at the Manitou Art Center.</p><p>Click <a href="http://www.thebac.org/Main/">HERE</a> for more info on the exhibition.</p><p>Click <a href="http://www.onceuponaplayground.com/onceuponaplayground/Home.html">HERE</a> to buy the book.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 23:31:07 +0000 Noel Black 19137 at http://krcc.org Playground Dinosaurs The Middle Distance 4.18.14: A Dream Life From Books http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-41814-dream-life-books <p>Here’s what I remember: My sisters and I are still small enough to fit on our grandfather’s lap as a threesome, one on each of his outstretched thighs, the smallest tucked in the middle between his legs, her back pressed against his broad belly. My grandfather’s body is soft and he wears loose pants worn shiny and thin, as smooth as bed sheets. Those of us propped on a leg lean back against his broad shoulders and together we focus eight eyes on a small cardboard book nestled in his rough hands.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:35:16 +0000 Noel Black 17854 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 4.18.14: A Dream Life From Books Local Art Legend Hits the Road http://krcc.org/post/local-art-legend-hits-road <center><iframe frameborder="0" height="500" scrolling="no" src="http://krccnetwork.org/tbs/slideshow/Floyd_Tunson_Slides/_files/iframe.html" width="600"></iframe></center><p></p><p>Good news from the FAC and for our locality:</p><blockquote><p></p><p><strong>Tunson’s <em>Son of Pop</em> Traveling</strong></p><p><strong>To Albuquerque and Billings</strong></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:21:26 +0000 Noel Black 17840 at http://krcc.org How to Win A Pulitzer: An Interview with Gazette reporter Dave Philipps http://krcc.org/post/how-win-pulitzer-interview-gazette-reporter-dave-philipps <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Gazette Reporter and Colorado Springs native Dave Philipps <a href="http://gazette.com/the-gazette-and-reporter-dave-philipps-win-pulitzer-prize/article/1518222">won the Pulitzer Prize yesterday</a> for his investigative report “Other Than Honorable,” published last May. KRCC’s Noel Black spoke with Philipps about the award, the story and how it affected him.</p><p>Click <a href="http://cdn.csgazette.biz/soldiers/index.html">HERE</a> to read "Other Than Honorable".</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:57:35 +0000 Noel Black 17757 at http://krcc.org How to Win A Pulitzer: An Interview with Gazette reporter Dave Philipps The Middle Distance 4.11.14: Soldier's Heart http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-41114-soldiers-heart <p>“The front-line soldier I knew lived for months like an animal, and was a veteran in the cruel, fierce world of death. …”</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:53:21 +0000 Noel Black & Kathryn Eastburn 17543 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 4.11.14: Soldier's Heart A Sense of Place, Episode 1: Urban Agro-Forestry at Shooks Run http://krcc.org/post/sense-place-episode-1-urban-agro-forestry-shooks-run <p></p><p>This is the first installment of&nbsp; A Sense of Place, an 8-week collaboration between The Big Something and The State of the Rockies at Colorado College. The series will explore environmental histories and issues in southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. In this first piece, producer Sarah Stockdale talks to Gary Rapp about the Shooks Run Agro-Forestry Project in Colorado Springs.</p><p>Tune in two weeks from now on April 16 at 4:50 p.m. at the same time to hear the next installment.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:16:50 +0000 Noel Black & Sarah Stockdale 17257 at http://krcc.org A Sense of Place, Episode 1: Urban Agro-Forestry at Shooks Run The Middle Distance 4.4.14: The Nearest Thing to Telepathy http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-4414-nearest-thing-telepathy <p></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:46:34 +0000 Noel Black 17242 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 4.4.14: The Nearest Thing to Telepathy The Middle Distance 3.28.14: A Sprightly Dance http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-32814-sprightly-dance <p>This time of year I begin wishing for the sight of daffodils in bloom. Where I grew up, they usually began to show their yellow faces in late February or early March, depending on whether they enjoyed full sun or grew in dappled shade beneath a tree. I remember the appealing instructions for naturalizing a lawn with daffodils: Pick up of fistful of the bulbs that look like small onions, and toss them as you’d toss chicken feed or grass seed. Plant them where they land. Plant hundreds of them. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 01:22:04 +0000 Noel Black 16904 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 3.28.14: A Sprightly Dance The Middle Distance 3.21.14: I Didn't Get It http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-32114-i-didnt-get-it <p></p><p>Recently I came across some old notes that might as well have been written in Sanskrit. Aphorisms, clever sayings that seemed to turn on themselves.</p><p>“If you experience it, it’s the truth. The same thing believed is a lie.”</p><p>“In life, understanding is the booby prize.”</p><p>This was my handwriting but the ideas might as well have been written in code.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:41:47 +0000 Noel Black 16575 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 3.21.14: I Didn't Get It Remembering Artist Bill Cummins with Sean O'Meallie http://krcc.org/post/remembering-artist-bill-cummins-sean-omeallie <p></p><p>Local artist Bill Cummins was a character, a caricature, and a cartoon all rolled together in a Republican tofu sandwich. He passed away last month at the age of 84. Artist Sean O'Meallie and I remember his cognitive contortions, his art, and his trademark wintergreen odor.</p><p>We highly encourage you to come see the closing of his exhibition this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Manitou Arts Center. There will be an informal rememberance of his life during the closing.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 22:55:00 +0000 Noel Black 16265 at http://krcc.org Remembering Artist Bill Cummins with Sean O'Meallie Michael Hannigan Announces Retirement From PPCF http://krcc.org/post/michael-hannigan-announces-retirement-ppcf <p></p><p>Michael Hannigan, Executive Director of the <a href="http://www.ppcf.org/">Pikes Peak Community Foundation</a> Announced his retirement in this press release on March 3:</p><p><em>Michael Hannigan, Executive Director of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation (PPCF), has announced his retirement from the organization effective December 31, 2014.</em></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:38:06 +0000 Noel Black 16268 at http://krcc.org Michael Hannigan Announces Retirement From PPCF The Middle Distance 3.7.14: The Experience of Seeing http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-3714-experience-seeing <p>Last week I traveled to Seattle for a convention of writers — more than 10,000 of them — in a massive convention center. The event was bustling and hectic and hyper-scheduled from early morning to late at night. Harried conventioneers with plastic nametags lugged heavy totebags, studied maps and diagrams, and rushed up escalators and down long corridors from panels to readings, to absorb wisdom and inspiration for their art.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:11:56 +0000 Noel Black 15948 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 3.7.14: The Experience of Seeing 36 Views of Pikes Peak Submission Guidelines http://krcc.org/post/36-views-pikes-peak-submission-guidelines-0 <p>With many apologies for the delay, here are (at last) the official guidelines for submission to the 36 Views of Pikes Peak Project along with dates for exhibition. The biggest change, for those of you who have already submitted, is that we are asksing for phsyical submissions of postcard-size images. So here goes:</p><p><strong>36 Views of Pikes Peak Juried</strong><strong> Postcard Exhibit at PPLD</strong></p><p><strong>A collaboration between KRCC, UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art, PPLD, Colorado College, and the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum:</strong></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:19:26 +0000 Noel Black 11413 at http://krcc.org 36 Views of Pikes Peak Submission Guidelines What is Lakme, You Ask? http://krcc.org/post/what-lakme-you-ask <p></p><p><a href="http://www.operatheatreoftherockies.org/">Opera theater of the Rockies</a> opens its production of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakme">Lakme</a> this Thursday at Armstrong Hall on the Colorado College campus. We sat down with three of the cast members to talk about its incredibly difficult aria and the fact tha the flower song is better known than the opera itself.</p><p>For complete information and tickets, click <a href="http://www.operatheatreoftherockies.org/">HERE</a>.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Noel Black 15589 at http://krcc.org What is Lakme, You Ask? The Middle Distance 2.21.14: On Your Marks... http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-22114-your-marks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I will be 60 years old in just a little over a month. I have lied about my age for decades, pretending always to be a year older than I really am, to soften the blow of aging, to get used to the idea. But this year I am claiming 60 because it feels important, an urgent starting line.</span></p><p><em>On your mark</em>: You have limited time left to get your life’s work done.</p><p><em>Get set</em>: Be clear about what that work is. Don’t kid yourself and don’t let anyone talk you out of it.</p><p><em>Go</em>.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:03:38 +0000 Noel Black 15370 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 2.21.14: On Your Marks...