Noel Black

The Big Something, Producer

Noel Black is a Colorado Springs native. He has worked as a print journalist, blogger and radio producer everywhere from San Francisco and New York City, but has always considered the Pikes Peak region home.  Noel oversees a fleet of Colorado College interns overseeing the production of KRCC's The Big Something. He is also the author of many chapbooks and two full-length books of poems, including La Goon, (The New Heave-Ho Press, 2013), which you can read online for free HERE and Uselysses, (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011), which you can read online for free HERE.

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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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The Big Something
5:06 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

The Middle Distance, 7.19.13: Porches

This was a great week for porch sitting. In the afternoon, massive moisture-laden clouds billowed above the 14-thousand foot tall mountain and churned into dark thunderheads. The sky began to vibrate and rattle and belch and finally, fat raindrops pounded the street and sidewalk and filled the gutters and poured from the downspouts.

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Culture
3:41 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Major Skateboard Contests Come to Colorado Springs

This weekend, the local skateboarding non-profit SK8-Strong will host the Rocky Mountain State Games, an amateur contest at Memorial Park. They’ll host a professional contest at Memorial Park on the weekend of August 8. The Big Something’s Noel Black sat down and spoke with SK8-Strong’s founder, 16-year-old professional skateboarder Jono Schwan, and Rachel Reinhard, a local professional who recently competed in the X-Games in Brazil.

Get all the details about this weekend's amateur contest and the August 8 - 10 Rampage over at Sk8-Strong.

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A Big Something
4:31 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

A Nick Cave Sneaky Preview

No, not Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds; the artist/performance art Nick Cave. If you haven't heard about his exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, we highly recommend it and managed to snap these photos of his new, decidedly silver-themed Soundsuits before the guard tsk tsked us.

And here's a painfully quick peek courtesy of the DAM:

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A Big Something
4:18 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Last Chance to See the Saraceno Sculpture

If you haven't already made the pleasant trip up the pass to Green Mountain Falls to see the amazing Tomas Saraceno sculpture, "Cloud City", at the Green Box Arts Festival, this week is your last chance to do so before it comes down. We had the pleasure to wear the instutional slip-on booties, walk through its Bucky ball bubble cluster, and shuffle across its vertiginous plexi floors last week. You can't help but think that the future and nature can coexist!

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Western Skies July 2013
11:31 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Western Skies: July 2013, "Gender and Sexual Identity"

Western Skies: July 2013, “Gender and Sexual Identity”

As the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, last month, in many ways, the gay rights movement seems to be pushing forward faster than many had anticipated. Some are already turning toward other complex issues, like gender. This month’s Western Skies brings a variety of community perspectives on an issue that can confuse even those who study it. Please note, some content may be considered unsuitable for sensitive listeners.

You can listen to the full episode here:

Western Skies is a collaboration between KRCC News and The Big Something.

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Culture
1:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

The Middle Distance 5/24/13: At Their Own Hands

Teddy Eastburn

As Memorial Day approaches, far too many American families are not thinking about what they’ll cook on the grill, but how they will remember their military dead, particularly the growing number who died at their own hands, of suicide. I am the mother of one of those soldiers. My son was a reservist between deployments in the summer of 2007. He had served in Iraq in 2005 in a Special Operations unit and was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan at Thanksgiving. He floundered between civilian jobs and was increasingly enraged and irritated. His sleep patterns were labored and erratic.

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