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The Middle Distance
8:34 am
Fri June 20, 2014

The Middle Distance 6.20.14: The Way We Fall

Ashes, ashes, we all fall down! 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.

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.

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The Big Something
3:57 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

CS Conservatory Celebrates 20 Years

The Colorado Springs Conservatory is celebrating its 20th 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.

Beginning tonight and running through the weekend, the Conservatory will present the musical Oklahoma at Colorado College’s Armstrong Theater. Click HERE for details and tickets.

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Colorado Traveler
6:00 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Colorado Traveler: A Sea of Grassland Part One

Comanche National Grasslands
Credit Michael Menefee Fort Photo Flickr

   

   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.

At first glance, Comanche National Grassland in southeastern Colorado is not an exciting place. But first, even second, glances don't do justice to the subtle beauty of this hidden corner of Colorado.

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The MIddle Distance
9:13 am
Fri June 13, 2014

The Middle Distance 6.13.14: Tea In My Neighbor's Garden

Credit Kathryn Eastburn

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.

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The Big Something
3:42 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Senga Nengudi Has Arrived, And She's Been Here All Along.

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 Museum of Contemporary Art and The Redline Gallery. We spoke with her about her career and the success she’s now enjoying.

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The Middle Distance
5:47 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

The Middle Distance 6.6.14: Those Long, Parentless Days

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.

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The Big Something
5:16 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Remembering The Execution of Joe Arridy

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.

For complete information about the Joe Arridy memorial service this Saturday, click HERE.

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Colorado Traveler
12:30 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Rocky Mountain National Park: “The Great Lone Land”

Credit Wikipedia

  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.

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.

She recorded her impressions for posterity in one of my favorite books, “A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains,” waxing poetic about the pristine landscape and vividly describing the hardships she encountered. She wrote:

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A Sense of Place
10:47 am
Wed June 4, 2014

A Sense of Place, Episode 4: The Fire Isn't Over

Credit Sarah Stockdale

“The fire isn’t over until restoration is complete” is a catch-phrase that has been floating around Colorado Springs ever since our two most recent fires in 2012 and 2013. But what exactly is “restoration”? When will it be complete? And what is our role in the fight to mitigate future fires? In this episode of “A Sense of Place,” producer Sarah Stockdale takes us on a journey up highway 24 to the Waldo Canyon burn scar, to speak with Theresa Springer of the Coalition for the Upper South Platte, and Eric Perramond, associate professor of Southwest Studies at Colorado College.

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The Middle Distance
4:49 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

The Middle Distance 5.30.14: The Best Kind of Cowboy

Kirk Hanna and Geronimo, by Myron Wood, May 1962. Courtesy of PPLD Special Collections. Image Number: 002-6082.

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.

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The Middle Distance
4:38 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

The Middle Distance 5.30.14: The Best Kind of Cowboy

Kirk Hanna and Geronimo, by Myron Wood, May 1962. Courtesy of PPLD Special Collections. Image Number: 002-6082.

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.

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The Middle Distance
8:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

The Middle Distance 5.23.14: Dives Under

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.

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.

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The Middle Distance
10:50 am
Fri May 16, 2014

The Middle Distance 5.16.14: Enough to Keep Wonder Alive

Credit Photo by Kathryn Eastburn

Every Monday night I drive home from Denver after an evening of teaching. Strangely, it is a highlight of the week. Once I’ve gotten far enough south of the blue lights of Ikea, I can finally see the sky about half way to Castle Rock. The road opens up in gentle curves with just a few cars cruising at the leisurely pace of 9 p.m. The radio drones on, a TED talk that makes me weary about all I don’t know and the irritating sputter of the jittery host, so I switch it off. By now I’ve reached the other side of Castle Rock and a window of near darkness above Larkspur.

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The Big Something
5:31 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Playground Dinosaurs

"Blue and Orange Slide" by Brenda Biondo
Credit Courtesy of Goodwin Fine Art

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, Once Upon a Playground.  You can catch her exhibition of photographs from the book through Saturday at the Manitou Art Center.

Click HERE for more info on the exhibition.

Click HERE to buy the book.

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The Middle Distance
5:37 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

The Middle Distance 5.9.14: Good Fences

Credit PPLD Image 023-162

 

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The Middle Distance
6:44 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

The Middle Distance 5.2.2014: The Family Cat Skull

 

Wherever I live there are two requirements. There must be a kitchen window over the sink, to gaze out when washing dishes. And on the windowsill, there must be the family’s cat skull.

This has been the scenario in every kitchen I’ve had — five of them — over the last 20 years.

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Culture, Sense of Place
6:43 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

A Sense of Place, Episode 3: Remembering the Pinyon Canyon Opposition Coalition

Credit Lee Farese

In this episode of “A Sense of Place,” producer Sarah Stockdale speaks with Doug Holdread, Steve Wooten and Grady Grissom, members of the Pinyon Canyon Opposition Coalition. In 2007, when Fort Carson proposed to expand a maneuvering site onto ranch-lands, land-owners came together with environmentalists and activists  to protect their lands. This episode explores how the coalition’s success, and why they continue to fight for their lifestyle and their land.

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Culture
3:24 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

On Film and a Politics of Compromise: An Interview with Brian Price

Brian Price

    

Brian Price is a visiting professor at Colorado College from the University of Toronto, where he teaches in the Department of Visual Studies. He will be giving a talk entitled “Aesthetic Inequality and Political Seriousness,” tonight at 7 in the Cornerstone Arts Center. KRCC's Gracie Ramsdell sat down with Price to learn a little more about his work. For more information about the event, click HERE.

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Culture
1:31 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Off the Page: An Interview with Performance Poet Joshua Bennett

Joshua Bennett

Award winning poet, Joshua Bennett is in town this evening to give a performance at Armstrong Hall. Currently a doctoral candidate at Princeton University, Bennett has performed his original works at venues around the country including the NAACP Image Awards, the Sundance Film Festival, and President Obama's Evening of Poetry and Music at the White House.  KRCC's Emilia Whitmer sat down to talk with him about his work.

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The Middle Distance
4:06 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

The Middle Distance, 4.25.14: Pushing Through the Dirt

Credit "Scarecrow, Florence, CO." by Myron Wood, May 1976. Copyright Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 002-2990.

 

The soil is really not warm enough yet, but who knows when it will be? It’s the nature of late spring/early summer here in Colorado that whatever progress is made by the sun’s warming rays during the day will be negated by chilly nights. There may or may not be a monsoon. Could it snow yet one more time?

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The Middle Distance
2:35 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

The Middle Distance 4.18.14: A Dream Life From Books

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.

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The Big Something
2:21 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Local Art Legend Hits the Road

Good news from the FAC and for our locality:

Tunson’s Son of Pop Traveling

To Albuquerque and Billings

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Culture
5:11 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

A Sense of Place, Episode 2: Pop's Tomato

Different varieties of tomato seedlings at Penn's house.

 

This is the story of an heirloom tomato seed that one family has been growing in Colorado since they came to homestead in the San Luis Valley 125 years ago. Penn Parmenter, an avid seed-saver from Westcliffe, got a hold of the tomato seed just before the man who had been growing it passed away. Over time, Penn was able to reconnect the man's family with the precious heirloom and help them to rekindle their relationship with this extraordinary inheritance. 

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The Big Something
4:57 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

How to Win A Pulitzer: An Interview with Gazette reporter Dave Philipps

Gazette Reporter and Colorado Springs native Dave Philipps won the Pulitzer Prize yesterday 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.

Click HERE to read "Other Than Honorable".

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The Middle Distance
5:53 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

The Middle Distance 4.11.14: Soldier's Heart

“The front-line soldier I knew lived for months like an animal, and was a veteran in the cruel, fierce world of death. …”

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A Sense of Place
3:16 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A Sense of Place, Episode 1: Urban Agro-Forestry at Shooks Run

This is the first installment of  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.

Tune in two weeks from now on April 16 at 4:50 p.m. at the same time to hear the next installment.

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The Middle Distance
10:46 am
Fri April 4, 2014

The Middle Distance 4.4.14: The Nearest Thing to Telepathy

In the early 1970s, in high school, my boyfriend was in a rock band and I was a groupie. My best friend, Hunter, and I planned our afternoons around band practice in the garage at the red-headed drummer’s house in suburban Memphis. When the band played a gig — at a bar mitzvah, a birthday party, a dance in the Moose Club hall — we came along and carried long spooled cords, microphone stands and portable lighting from the car to the stage.

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The Middle Distance
7:22 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

The Middle Distance 3.28.14: A Sprightly Dance

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.

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The Middle Distance
6:41 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

The Middle Distance 3.21.14: I Didn't Get It

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.

“If you experience it, it’s the truth. The same thing believed is a lie.”

“In life, understanding is the booby prize.”

This was my handwriting but the ideas might as well have been written in code.

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The Big Something
4:55 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Remembering Artist Bill Cummins with Sean O'Meallie

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.

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.

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