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Published: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:00:01 -0700

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Bristol Brewing hosts 14th annual Firkin Rendezvous

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:11:00 -0700

(image) On Saturday, Feb. 17, Bristol Brewing Company hosted 38 breweries and hundreds of craft beer aficionados at the 14-years-running Firkin Rendezvous.…

Photojournalist Joanna Pinneo on documenting climate change and the lives of women

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0700

(image) I recently caught up with my friend Joanna Pinneo, a former National Geographic photographer, who's been covering climate change and its effects on women and families for more than 20 years. Pinneo began photographing rural populations for the International Mission Board, documenting the group helping families, teaching literacy and best practices in agriculture.…

PPLD documents local response to Trump presidency in traveling photo exhibit

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:31:00 -0700

Bill Thomas, Special Collections Photo Archivist at Pikes Peak Library District, considers preserving the cultural heritage of the community to be an integral part of the mission of special collections.

And while the term "cultural heritage" typically calls to mind pioneer days and historical figures, in this case it refers to the development of our community day-to-day, especially in these politically tumultuous times.

Following the Women’s March in 2017, Debbie Vitulli, Senior Library Assistant, created The First 100 Days! photo collection with help from Thomas.…

24 hours of Valentine's Day weddings in Las Vegas

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0700

(image) I live and work with my photographic feet planted in two different worlds. I have trained and worked as a news photographer, currently with the Indy shooting local assignments and pursuing my own self-assigned projects.…

New Fine Arts Center exhibition dismantles Haitian stereotypes

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 10:33:15 -0700

(image) On Saturday, Feb. 10, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College will officially open another culturally significant exhibit in a diverse and exciting season. The Art of Haiti: Loas, History and Memory, a title which curator Anthony Bogues calls “deliberate and precise,” features contemporary Haitian artwork, commenting on the cultural memory of Haiti, the Loas (spirits) that embody the Vodou religion, and the history that informs the art and culture of Haiti today.

Bogues says: “What we’re thinking about is the ways in which people in Haiti, and particularly artists, think about history itself.…

Parks and Wildlife relocates orphaned bear cubs, and the Dixon Trail remains closed to public

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 08:22:28 -0700

(image) Frank McGee, a district wildlife manager with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, says 2017 was a "really horrific year for bears," citing a warm early spring and then a late frost that wiped out budding flowers, a natural food source for local bears. This led to a lot of conflicts between bears and humans in 2017, not just in the Pikes Peak region, but all over the state.…

Brewer's Republic reopens with Tuscan-influenced menu

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:47:00 -0700

(image) After going dark for a mere 48 days, Brewer's Republic has re-opened, beginning February 6th, run by returning owners/Cerberus co-owners Tom Halfast, Jerry Morris and Joshua Adamski.…

Cirque du Soliel's Crystal delights with acrobatics and ice dancing in equal measure

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 11:14:00 -0700

(image) The Jan. 31 opening of Cirque du Soleil: Crystal presented a cast of impressive acrobats, dancers, clowns, jugglers and figure skaters, and it’s safe to say they knocked another Cirque out of the park.

And yes, I said "figure skaters." Crystal shines as the first Cirque experience on ice, which makes for a diverse, high-stakes performance.

Though I have a personal love of figure skating, I seldom buy into the hype of “on ice” experiences, as they can come across as gimmicky.…

The challenge of indoor sports photography

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 01:00:00 -0700

(image) My two boys, Harper, 10, and Jacob, 7, tested for new karate belts this week. It offered a chance for me to practice my indoor sports photography.…

Colorado Craft announces opening

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 01:00:00 -0700

(image) We have word about what’s going into the space that, for 30 years, held the storied Ritz Grill. The replacement restaurant is called Colorado Craft, it’s set to open on Monday, Jan. 22, and it’s run by known figures in the Springs dining scene.…

All Peoples' Breakfast and march builds on Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:37:00 -0700

(image) On Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Monday, Jan. 15, the annual All Peoples’ Breakfast (organized by the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission and the NAACP) saw more than 450 attendees, packed to bursting in Colorado College’s El Pomar Sports Center. Since the breakfast sold out days ago, organizers shuffled late arrivals into the bleachers to watch the program, making for a full house for the second year in a row.

The breakfast included CC students' visual art, poetry and dance; rousing performances by the Women in Red Gospel Choir and local hip-hop artist and activist Kevin Mitchell; thoughtful, facilitated table talks; and inspiring speeches from Sebrena Forrest (a member of the Mohawk Nation who also gave the invocation), and Rosemary Lytle, who discussed King’s concept of The Promised Land.…

Ent Center for the Arts, UCCS' multi-venue, multi-purpose cultural center in pictures

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:31:00 -0700

On Tuesday, Jan. 16, the much-anticipated UCCS Ent Center for the Arts will officially open its doors to the public. The University of Colorado Colorado Springs has focused on every detail of this state-of-the-art, multi-purpose venue, from the ergonomics of new theater seats to the perfect Steinway piano to grace the recital hall.

We took a tour of the new space, exploring all the new opportunities that the center will provide for UCCS and the professional entities attached to it — TheatreWorks and the Galleries of Contemporary Art.

The building itself shines on its perch on North Nevada Avenue, a sweeping silver edifice, with Starr Kempf’s iconic kinetic sculptures spinning in the wind as we drive up.…

Colorado Craft to replace The Ritz

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:22:00 -0700

(image) On Thursday, January 11, members of various local media outlets were invited to a preview dinner at Colorado Craft, the public house concept that takes the place of the long-standing Ritz Grill. We'll have the full story in the issue coming out Wednesday, January 17.…

Hiking Raspberry Mountain, closures coming on the New Santa Fe Trail, and free National Park access for MLK Day

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 10:44:37 -0700

(image) Located west of Monument and south of Palmer Lake, Raspberry Mountain is a broad, wide peak next to Mt. Herman. It suffers an identity crisis, overshadowed by its more popular neighbor, Mt Herman, and sharing the exact same name of a peak near Divide in Teller County (thanks to whatever genius thought that was a good idea).…

Pueblo artist uses 'Kindness Rocks' as form of public protest

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:53:00 -0700

(image) The Kindness Rocks Project made a local splash last year, with the group 719 Rocks inspiring the public to spread brightly colored stones throughout the area code. The goal was to get people to paint rocks with beautiful pictures or inspirational sayings, and to spread a little kindness by placing them randomly in public places.…

Five reasons to photograph for free

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 01:00:00 -0700

(image) A recent discussion thread in an online group for professional photographers raised the question of working for free. A photographer asked if others were receiving calls from assignment editors seeking free photography of people, events or both.…

Wobbly Olive releases new menu from executive chef Supansa Banker

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:38:00 -0700

(image) We're a few months out from Wobbly Olive West still — co-owner Sean Fitzgerald estimates mid-February at this point — but corporate executive chef Supansa Banker has released her first menu at the 4.5-year-old original Wobbly Olive. Indy editor Matt Schniper and I were invited to join other local media heads for a preview of some of the menu's standout items December 11.…

PPCC's photography portfolio exhibition

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:00:00 -0700

(image) I remember printing a landscape photograph and putting it on display in Armstrong Hall at Colorado College as a young photographer. It was an exhilarating moment for me, showing my work to the world.…

The joy of accidents in photography

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 01:00:00 -0700

(image) In photography, accidents happen. A photograph could be out of focus or poorly exposed, or the composition could be off.…

Road trip hike: Homestead Ranch Regional Park

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:05:10 -0700

(image) Located east of the Springs, near Peyton, Colorado, Homestead Ranch Regional Park is a 450-acre gem of the El Paso County Parks system that flies mostly under the radar.…

Incline Friends releases fundraising calendar showcasing region's favorite hike

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:59:00 -0700

(image) The Manitou Incline is undoubtedly one of the region’s most popular hikes. Known for its difficulty, the famous stairs gains almost 2,000 feet of elevation over less than a mile, with 2,744 steps, making it one heck of a workout.…

The time I photographed President Obama

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:03:09 -0700

(image) Former White House photographer Pete Souza recently published a book of photographs from President Barack Obama’s two terms called Obama: An Intimate Portrait. It’s a lovely collection of images from his eight years as the White House photographer.…

Aspen forests and the appeal for photographers

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:49:53 -0700

(image) The first fresh snow arrived last week and I decided to take a trip up the Pikes Peak Highway with my camera. Last summer, during a bike trip to Catamount reservoir I had a seen a forest of Aspens along the highway that I thought would make for some beautiful landscape photographs.…

The challenge of dance photography

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 01:00:00 -0700

(image) Every year I’m invited by the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre to photograph their marquee event, "Dance, Dessert and Dreams." It’s a performance sponsored by the non-profit and takes place in Wasson High School theater.…

DACA: Colorado Springs "Dream Team" rallies Congress to act

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 18:25:00 -0700

(image) "Most people have kind of forgotten about it," says Nayda Benitez about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the program that gives undocumented youth temporary protection from deportation and permits to work/study in the United States. "But for me and the 17,000 other beneficiaries (in Colorado), we think about it every single day," she told the crowd gathered on a cold Thursday afternoon in front of City Hall.

Benitez is a DACA recipient with a scholarship at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.…