Take a look at the built landscape of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. What you see — shopping malls, big-box stores, comfortable suburbs and cookie-cutter office complexes — could be anywhere in the American West. The goal, as Mayor John Suthers says, is to build a city worthy of our extraordinary setting, but […]
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“If you’re lucky, you get one or two good ideas in your life,” said TheatreWorks founder Murray Ross. “When I came to UCCS in 1975, I literally arrived in a cloud of dust. The school was only 10 years old and the road wasn’t paved. I had been hired teach Shakespeare and start a theater […]
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One year ago this weekend the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience opened at El Pomar’s Penrose Heritage Museum. The heritage museum originally opened in 1941, blocks from its newest iteration, which is located just across the street from The Broadmoor Hotel. It exhibits a variety of unusual transit modes, from carriages that were once part […]
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Before 500 attendees at the Pioneers Museum’s annual fundraising breakfast on Aug. 27, museum curator Leah Davis Witherow unveiled what may be the most exciting Colorado Springs startup since … well, perhaps since General Palmer’s survey crew drove the city’s first stake at what is now the southeast corner of Pikes Peak and Cascade avenues […]
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The Art and Facts of Business, a delightful exhibition that opened last week at the Pioneers Museum, brings vivid life to the vanished enterprises that once graced Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. There’s a glowing illuminated sign from the Burns Theater, a saddled, full-size plaster horse that once stood before Bingo’s Saddle Shop […]
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What’s the most dangerous painting in America? There are plenty of candidates, including Chris Ofili’s The Holy Virgin Mary and Andrés Serrano’s Piss Christ. Both have come under attack from conservatives, citing the artists’ deliberately blasphemous depictions of sacred subjects. Yet unless you know what materials the artists used, neither image is blasphemous. They’re strangely […]
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When the El Paso County Courthouse was completed in 1902, the building’s clock tower was a favorite perch of local commercial photographers. Their photographs, many available in the Pikes Peak Library District’s digital archives, show an urbanist’s dream. It was a dense, low-rise, busy, eminently walkable city. Everything was within reach — it was a […]
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People make purchasing decisions based on emotion and logic. Say you want to buy a car with specific features, including a five-speed manual transmission. That’s the logical side of the decision-making — finding a car with the specific features desired. Then say you find the car with the features and fall in love with the […]
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In Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Old Colorado City and much of the Pikes Peak region, our artistic renaissance shows no signs of slowing down. First Fridays have become delightful, with TMA (Too Much Art) — there are so many shows, openings and ongoing exhibitions that even the most crazed art lover can’t go to every […]
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Think things are quiet at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center? Think exiting curator Blake Milteer is quietly moving to Scotland, leaving vacant galleries sprinkled with a few randomly selected works from the permanent collection? Think that Joy Armstrong, his successor and curatorial co-conspirator at the FAC, is just sitting around making vague plans for […]
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Pikes Peak Community College received $1 million from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation June 29, its largest single gift in 48 years of operation. The grant will be used to renovate PPCC’s Downtown Studio Campus and to create a portal into downtown Colorado Springs at 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave. Construction will begin this […]
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As the four-year process of merging the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center with Colorado College moves slowly along, it seems a cultural shift is already well underway. That shift has impacted the Fine Arts Center, but a recently created draft statement of a “museum subcommittee” created as part of the strategic planning process predicts cultural […]
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