Culture http://krcc.org en Colorado’s Best Beaches http://krcc.org/post/colorado-s-best-beaches <p></p><p>Summer’s end already looms near. How can that be? But it’s true – some kids go back to school in less than a month.</p><p>Sooo ….</p><p>Have you been to the beach yet?</p><p>Even though Colorado is a landlocked state, plenty of Rocky Mountain lakes and reservoirs offer miles of shoreline for swimming, playing or just relaxing by a sparkling body of water.</p><p>Right here in Colorado Springs, we have Prospect Lake with a roped-off swim beach and lots of sand for building castles. They even supply the buckets. And if you’re unsure of your swim skills, there’s a lifeguard on duty.</p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Linda DuVal 21741 at http://krcc.org Colorado’s Best Beaches 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 The Middle Distance 7.25.14: A Happy Tune http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-72514-happy-tune <p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:24:20 +0000 Jake Brownell 22422 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 7.25.14: A Happy Tune The North Rim – Across the Great Divide http://krcc.org/post/north-rim-across-great-divide <p>The Grand Canyon has a split personality.</p><p>Your experience at one of America’s most iconic sights may well depend on <em>which</em> Grand Canyon you choose.</p><p>The popular South Rim bustles with activity, with 45 million visitors a year vying for parking spots, rooms at lodges, tables in restaurants and even a place in line at the gift shop check-out.</p><p>There’s a town, Tusayan, just outside the park, with still more lodging and dining options. The South Rim is accessible most of the year.</p><p>Then there’s the North Rim.</p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Linda DuVal 21736 at http://krcc.org The North Rim – Across the Great Divide The Middle Distance 7.18.14: Our Houses, Ourselves http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-71814-our-houses-ourselves <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">I’ve moved recently and have survived to tell the tale. Here are a few moving tips that might make your transition from old home to new home a little less difficult.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:36:26 +0000 Jake Brownell 22078 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 7.18.14: Our Houses, Ourselves Opera Theatre of The Rockies Tackles a Broadway Classic http://krcc.org/post/opera-theatre-rockies-tackles-broadway-classic <p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:34:44 +0000 Jake Brownell 22112 at http://krcc.org Opera Theatre of The Rockies Tackles a Broadway Classic 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? South Park City: The Old West Town That Never Was http://krcc.org/post/south-park-city-old-west-town-never-was <p></p><p>Step off the boardwalks onto the dusty streets of South Park City, and you step back in time. Is it too much, then, to ask that a pair of gunslingers appear for a shoot-out?</p><p>Well, probably.</p><p>This isn’t a Western ghost town – though you could fool some folks. It’s a museum in the old mining town of Fairplay.</p><p>And it’s nothing like the adult cartoon series on TV. No snarky little kids, crude language or dark humor. Just history that practically comes alive before you.</p> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Linda DuVal 21085 at http://krcc.org South Park City: The Old West Town That Never Was 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 7.11.14: Jump In http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-71114-jump <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:58:09 +0000 Jake Brownell 21766 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 7.11.14: Jump In Colorado Traveler: Call of the Wild http://krcc.org/post/colorado-traveler-call-wild <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The howl of the wolf is a song rarely heard in Colorado these days. The wild ones are gone, driven to extinction by hunting since 1945. The controversy about reintroducing them to the state rages on as we speak. But you can hear their howls at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, tucked into a secluded sanctuary near the town of Divide, just west of Colorado Springs, up Ute Pass.</span></p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Linda Duval 21052 at http://krcc.org Colorado Traveler: Call of the Wild Crested Butte: WILD about FLOWERS http://krcc.org/post/crested-butte-wild-about-flowers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Summer comes late to Colorado’s high country, but as the snow finally recedes from the peaks of the West Elk Mountains, the wildflowers grow bolder, get taller and paint the slopes with a veritable rainbow of colors.</p><p></p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Linda DuVal 21049 at http://krcc.org Crested Butte: WILD about FLOWERS 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 Colorado Traveler: A Sea of Grassland Part Two http://krcc.org/post/colorado-traveler-sea-grassland-part-two <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, we talked about the hidden beauty of Comanche National Grassland, in southeastern Colorado. We talked about the abundant wildlife and the rock art. But there’s so much more.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; Also in the canyon are ruins of a squatter's cabin, similar to ruins seen all over the grasslands -- stacked but crumbling walls of rocks.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Linda DuVal 20852 at http://krcc.org Colorado Traveler: A Sea of Grassland Part Two PPLD Looks Beyond the Book with New Library 21C http://krcc.org/post/ppld-looks-beyond-book-new-library-21c <p></p><p></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:59:13 +0000 Jake Brownell 20819 at http://krcc.org PPLD Looks Beyond the Book with New Library 21C 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 Colorado Traveler: A Sea of Grassland Part One http://krcc.org/post/colorado-traveler-sea-grassland-part-one <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;As far as the eye can see, the prairie stretches, endlessly flat until it meets a stark blue sky at the horizon. An occasional dark dot in the distance might be a shrub or a cow, but the dominant gray-green, tan and buff tend to blend into one homogenous hue.</span></p><p></p> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Linda DuVal 20421 at http://krcc.org Colorado Traveler: A Sea of Grassland Part One 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. The Middle Distance 6.6.14: Those Long, Parentless Days http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-6614-those-long-parentless-days <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>In summer, we spent all day every day at the playground, risking, if not life, then certainly limb. Arms, legs, knees, elbows, ankles, wrists, necks, eyes, ears, noses, teeth and toes. We scrambled from monkey bars to swings to merry-go-round; dodgeball to kickball to horseshoes; through sudden afternoon thunderstorms, grueling heat, and swirling clouds of pale dust churned up by hundreds of flip-flopped, bare and tennis-shoed feet.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 23:47:41 +0000 Kathryn Eastburn 20125 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 6.6.14: Those Long, Parentless Days 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 Rocky Mountain National Park: “The Great Lone Land” http://krcc.org/post/rocky-mountain-national-park-great-lone-land <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Long before the tourists came, before the roads were built and the trails improved, an intrepid Englishwoman explored the vastness of what is now Rocky Mountain National Park.</span></p><p>Isabella Bird’s sojourn came in the fall of 1873 and winter of 1874, not long after the mountain man and before the area’s first ranches were established.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 18:30:08 +0000 Linda DuVal 20033 at http://krcc.org Rocky Mountain National Park: “The Great Lone Land” A Sense of Place, Episode 4: The Fire Isn't Over http://krcc.org/post/sense-place-episode-4-fire-isnt-over-0 <p></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:47:12 +0000 Sarah Stockdale 20027 at http://krcc.org A Sense of Place, Episode 4: The Fire Isn't Over The Middle Distance 5.30.14: The Best Kind of Cowboy http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-53014-best-kind-cowboy <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 22:49:28 +0000 Jake Brownell 19777 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 5.30.14: The Best Kind of Cowboy 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