Culture http://krcc.org en The Middle Distance 8.29.14: Legacy http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-82914-legacy-0 <p>It’s not unusual out here in the Middle Distance to begin wondering what we will leave behind when we’re gone. I’m not planning on going anywhere any time soon, but if middle age has taught me anything it’s that lives can end gracefully and naturally with time for reflection, or they can end suddenly and unexpectedly, leaving black holes in their wake.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:44:51 +0000 Noel Black 23967 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 8.29.14: Legacy The Middle Distance 8.29.14: Legacy http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-82914-legacy <p>It’s not unusual out here in the Middle Distance to begin wondering what we will leave behind when we’re gone. I’m not planning on going anywhere any time soon, but if middle age has taught me anything it’s that lives can end gracefully and naturally with time for reflection, or they can end suddenly and unexpectedly, leaving black holes in their wake.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:44:48 +0000 Noel Black 23966 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 8.29.14: Legacy East Germany: Behind the Berlin Wall http://krcc.org/post/east-germany-behind-berlin-wall <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some anniversaries are truly worth celebrating. When the Berlin Wall came down 25 years ago, we saw rubble remaining from World War II and ugly gray concrete buildings erected by the Communist regime. That was 1989.</span></p><p>A year later, East and West Germany were officially reunified. Today, East Germany has blossomed into an inviting destination of modern hotels, fine restaurants and restored historic attractions.</p> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 By Linda DuVal 23025 at http://krcc.org East Germany: Behind the Berlin Wall The Middle Distance 8.22.14: The Long, Slow Crawl of Baseball http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-82214-long-slow-crawl-baseball <p></p><p>When we were kids, the long, slow crawl of baseball colored our summer afternoons. Red clay dirt. Freshly drawn baselines of powdered white chalk. Little League Cardinals in red and white; Orioles in orange Pirates in green. Fingers stained by Pixi-Stix from the concession stand.</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:52:06 +0000 Noel Black 23679 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 8.22.14: The Long, Slow Crawl of Baseball Pueblo: City of Unexpected Treasures http://krcc.org/post/pueblo-city-unexpected-treasures <p></p><p>If you haven’t been to the Colorado State Fair, then you probably also haven’t visited Pueblo much, either.</p><p>You should … do both, I mean.</p><p>Pueblo may be the most overlooked and underestimated destination in the state.</p><p>The fair is the perfect excuse to go to the Steel City. It runs from Aug. 22 to Labor Day, Sept. 1, and includes a carnival, live concerts by famous artists, Western culture, a rodeo and all the trappings. And don’t miss out on the alarmingly unhealthy but tasty fair food!</p> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Linda DuVal 23197 at http://krcc.org Pueblo: City of Unexpected Treasures The Middle Distance 8.15.14: How Much Is Enough? http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-81514-how-much-enough <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This mid-August morning, the cool air already begins to hint at fall. The light is soft and gray. The only sound is the crunch of gravel as I walk down the alley, green bucket in hand, to the garden I tend, about a block away from where I now live.</span></p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:12:41 +0000 Jake Brownell 23373 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 8.15.14: How Much Is Enough? Riding the Rails in Colorado http://krcc.org/post/riding-rails-colorado <p></p><p></p><p>Few sounds evoke Colorado’s history more than the mournful call of a train whistle echoing through a canyon.</p><p>It was by train that many settlers and miners came here, and commerce got its foothold on the state. It was by train that schoolteachers, preachers and families traveled to create such communities as Georgetown, Durango, Silverton – even Denver and Colorado Springs.</p> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Linda DuVal 22923 at http://krcc.org Riding the Rails in Colorado The Middle Distance, 8.8.14: The Soundtrack of Their Lives http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-8814-soundtrack-their-lives <p></p><p></p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 02:05:22 +0000 Noel Black 23057 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance, 8.8.14: The Soundtrack of Their Lives LITTLETON: Still a little town http://krcc.org/post/littleton-still-little-town <p></p><p>Once upon a time, there was a little town southwest of Denver that served as the hub for a farming community. Founded by a surveyor-turned-entrepreneur, Richard Little, he named it for himself: Littleton.</p><p>The town grew. Denver grew. Eventually their boundaries merged. But Littleton has retained its own unique personality despite its becoming what is commonly thought of as a Denver suburb.</p> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Linda Dulal 22374 at http://krcc.org LITTLETON: Still a little town The Middle Distance 8.1.14: Unlike Any Other http://krcc.org/post/middle-distance-8114-unlike-any-other <p></p><div class="page" title="Page 1"><div class="section"><div class="layoutArea"><div class="column"><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Why is this day unlike any other?</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Noel Black 22635 at http://krcc.org The Middle Distance 8.1.14: Unlike Any Other 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