Noel Black http://krcc.org en 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... Of Pen and Paper http://krcc.org/post/pen-and-paper <p></p><p>Big Something intern Patrick Lofgren wanted to know if and why people still physically inscribed their thoughts in that old-time technology known as notebooks, so he we sent him to find out.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:41:48 +0000 Noel Black & Patrick Lofgren 15372 at http://krcc.org Of Pen and Paper The Middle Distance 2.14.14: Heart-Shaped Box http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-21414-heart-shaped-box <p></p><p>Larry Davidson was a country boy. He wore pressed jeans and a big belt buckle, scuffed cowboy boots, and plaid flannel shirts. We were twelve and in sixth grade at a brand new school on the edge of Nashville, Tennessee, set between half-built subdivisions of split-level houses and rolling farm meadows dotted with grazing horses and cows.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:02:00 +0000 Noel Black 15106 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 2.14.14: Heart-Shaped Box The Middle Distance 2.7.14: Untold http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-2714-untold <p>I have spent a month with my mother this winter, her 86<sup>th</sup> and my 60<sup>th</sup>, the coldest January she’s seen in years. Every morning at the breakfast table we flip through the flimsy pages of her small town’s local newspaper, sharing a lurid headline here, a recipe there, agreeing that if the paper gets any worse they might as well stop printing it.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 14:25:02 +0000 Noel Black 14830 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 2.7.14: Untold The Middle Distance 1.31.14: A Place for All http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-13114-place-all <p>This January morning, the Gulf of Mexico is dark blue beneath a blanket of fog peeling off to sea. The day begins with a rose sky and balmy air, a reprieve from last week’s wet and windy cold front and the one the weatherman predicts will arrive again by end of week. This morning the people of Galveston celebrate the weather by heading to the seawall.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:40:51 +0000 Noel Black 14232 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 1.31.14: A Place for All The Middle Distance 1.3.14: Stories of a Pioneer American Family http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-1314-stories-pioneer-american-family <p></p><p>When I arrive in Galveston on the next-to-last day of 2013, my mother has made a soup from the bones of the Christmas turkey. Just a few rags of meat on the bones, but the broth is rich and brown and fragrant. She has tossed in the last scraps of vegetables from her refrigerator and a handful of wild rice.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 23:24:44 +0000 Noel Black 13404 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 1.3.14: Stories of a Pioneer American Family The Middle Distance 12.13.13: Small Talk About Christmas http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-121313-small-talk-about-christmas <p></p><p>The snow has finally stopped falling after four days of constant icy drizzle, but sidewalks are still packed with a three-inch sheet of frozen, thawed and refrozen precipitation. Pedestrians tread carefully, especially along sidewalks that have gone un-shoveled or in shady corridors where the sun rarely reaches the ground. It’s Christmas time in the city.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 00:43:27 +0000 Noel Black 12592 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 12.13.13: Small Talk About Christmas Laugh Lines: An Interview with Poet Tony Hoagland http://krcc.org/post/laugh-lines-interview-poet-tony-hoagland <p></p><p></p><p>Poet Tony Hoagland, author of “Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty," will read tonight at 7 p.m. in the Gates Common Room in Palmer Hall on the Colorado College campus as part of the&nbsp; Visiting Writers Series. The Big Something’s Noel Black sat down with Hoagland to talk about the disconnect between poetry, entertainment and comedy.</p><p>Click <a href="http://www.coloradocollege.edu/events/2013-12-12-visiting-writers-series-tony-hoagland">HERE </a>for complete event information.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 00:01:45 +0000 Noel Black 12591 at http://krcc.org Laugh Lines: An Interview with Poet Tony Hoagland Disruptive Media: An Interview with Noel Maxam About the Future of Content http://krcc.org/post/disruptive-media-interview-noel-maxam-about-future-content <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tonight at 6 p.m. in the Richard F. Celeste </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center here on the Colorado College campus, former Days of Our Lives executive co-producer and director Noel </span>Maxam<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will discuss disruptive innovation in media from Network Television to Netflix. The Big Something’s Noel Black spoke with </span>Maxam<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about soap operas ant the future of local media.</span></p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 23:05:01 +0000 Noel Black 12481 at http://krcc.org Disruptive Media: An Interview with Noel Maxam About the Future of Content The Middle Distance 11.29.13: Season of Contradictions http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-112913-season-contradictions <p><em>(This column originally ran on December 3, 2010. Kathryn Eastburn will return next week.)</em></p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 17:04:18 +0000 Noel Black 11943 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 11.29.13: Season of Contradictions The Middle Distance 11.22.13: Switching It Up http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-112213-switching-it <p></p><p>This year, for the second time in my life I won’t be having Thanksgiving dinner at home. Many years I considered going out and letting some wonderful chef at a restaurant feed my crew, but that just never seemed right. What if they served oyster stuffing? What if there were no mashed potatoes? What if there was no pecan pie? Thanksgiving, after all, might be about the Pilgrims and a bountiful harvest and giving thanks for being alive and all that good stuff, but isn’t it really about doing it the way you’ve always done it? About being a kitchen Nazi?</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:24:24 +0000 Noel Black 11718 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 11.22.13: Switching It Up The International Experimental Cinema Exposition Returns to Colorado Springs http://krcc.org/post/international-experimental-cinema-exposition-returns-colorado-springs <p></p><p></p><p>The 13<sup>th</sup> <a href="https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/tab2.aspx?EventID=1234975">International Experimental Cinema Exposition</a> comes to the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center beginning tonight and running through the weekend. I spoke spoke with Festival Director and Colorado Springs native Chris May about the history of this prestigious event.</p><p>Click <a href="https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/tab2.aspx?EventID=1234975">HERE</a> for complete details.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 23:56:02 +0000 Noel Black 11671 at http://krcc.org The International Experimental Cinema Exposition Returns to Colorado Springs The Middle Distance 11.15.13: In The Bedroom http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-111513-bedroom <p></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 00:15:57 +0000 Noel Black 11414 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 11.15.13: In The Bedroom The Middle Distance 11.8.13: Among the Ghouls and Goblins http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-11813-among-ghouls-and-goblins <p>Last week, amidst the long parade of trick-or-treaters and Halloween festivities, I consciously tried to invoke my beloved departed. Some friends and I even staged a Dumb Feast, the Celtic ritual of Samhain in which guests partake of a silent meal with an empty place set at the head of the table for the spirits of the dead. That night I was able for the first time to close my eyes and summon a vision of those I love who have died — my son, my nephew, my sister, my former spouse — and picture them well beyond suffering, released. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 00:50:38 +0000 Noel Black 11104 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 11.8.13: Among the Ghouls and Goblins The Middle Distance 11.1.13: Life-Giver http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-11113-life-giver <p></p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 22:47:03 +0000 Noel Black 10786 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 11.1.13: Life-Giver Catamount Institute Sustainability Conference http://krcc.org/post/catamount-institute-sustainability-conference <p></p><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; ">The Catamount Institute's Annual Colorado Sustainability Conference begins this Thursday and will cover topics ranging from fires and floods to urban farming. I spoke with Catamount board member Alicia Archibald and Marketing and Communications Director Chris Aaby&nbsp;about the conference.</span></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:17:05 +0000 Jake Brownell & Noel Black 10607 at http://krcc.org Catamount Institute Sustainability Conference Rocky Mountain Women's Film Fest Turns 26 http://krcc.org/post/rocky-mountain-womens-film-fest-turns-26 <p></p><p>The 26<sup>th</sup> Annual <a href="http://www.rmwfilmfest.org/">Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival </a>begins Friday, November 1<sup>st</sup> and runs through the weekend. The Big Something’s Noel Black sat down with Executive Director Linda Broker and Board Chair Lisa Tessarowicz to talk about some changes in the festival and this year’s films.</p><p>Click <a href="http://www.rmwfilmfest.org/">HERE</a> for tickets and complete details.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 22:59:11 +0000 Noel Black 10469 at http://krcc.org Rocky Mountain Women's Film Fest Turns 26 The Middle Distance 10.25.13: What Can't Be Faked http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-102513-what-cant-be-faked <p>Sharpen your pencils, charge up your computers and clear off your desk: November is National Novel Writing Month. Otherwise known to eager scribes across America as NaNoWriMo, a clever web-based arts nonprofit enterprise operating on the belief that within everyone lies at least one great story waiting to be written. And in typical American fashion, why not bang it out in a month? The web site (nanowrimo.org) offers word count gauges, opportunities to compare notes with other writers racing toward the finish line, and plenty of inspiration like this observation by author Neil Gaiman:</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:34:07 +0000 Noel Black 10457 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 10.25.13: What Can't Be Faked Farewell to the Bowed Piano Ensemble? An Interview with Stephen Scott http://krcc.org/post/farewell-bowed-piano-ensemble-interview-stephen-scott <p></p><p>Colorado College Professor Stephen Scott’s Bowed Piano Ensemble is on its way to Jazz and Lincoln Center on October 26 in New York to play one of its final concerts before Scott retires. <a href="http://www.coloradocollege.edu/events/2013-10-22-the-bowed-piano-ensemble-and-friends">The Ensemble will play a preview of this concert this Tuesday night in Packard Hall on the CC Campus</a>. I sat down with Scott to look back on his career as he prepares to retire from teaching.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 17:47:43 +0000 Noel Black 10288 at http://krcc.org Farewell to the Bowed Piano Ensemble? An Interview with Stephen Scott