Archive for August, 2013

  • A room with a view

    Aug 30, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Portfolio17 CommentsRead More »

    By Jacques Laliberté By nature of their work’s subject matter and their inexperience in the marketplace, young artists in Prescott function in the background with an urge and energy that seldom surfaces. Yet, they not only consider Prescott their hometown; they identify themselves with the town, its history, and its evolving attitudes. But forging a personal identity as an artist in any town — let alone one as staid as ours — is a challenge for 20- and 30-somethings. Enter the Shed Project, a new art exhibit space at 513 Madison St. designed to expose young and emergent artists to Prescott’s cultural arena. For the past three months, the storage shed-come-art space has opened its doors every couple of weeks for ball lightning, one-night-only displays and the occasional noise show. All the signs of a nascent movement are in play: a regional language backed by a body of work that coalesces into a recognizable local style. Co-mingled with the current Southwestern idiom — itself bound by an entrenched history — the fresh perspective of younger artists like those at the Shed Project may energize Prescott’s fine arts and, in the process, just might expand our community’s vision of who we are. Consider the following. …   Galen Trezise Taking the oppressive Arizona heat as a metaphor — and excuse — for creative languor would be an easy route for Prescott

  • The immateriality of the original

    Aug 30, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Alan Dean Foster's Perceivings21 CommentsRead More »

    By Alan Dean Foster In a stove in a small village in Romania likely rest the ashes of at least three of seven paintings stolen last year from the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam. When confronted, the mother of one of the alleged thieves said that she burned them (i.e., the evidence) to try and protect her son. She has now changed her story and says that she didn’t burn them. Three of the stolen works were on paper, but the others were on canvas. Traces of paint pigment, canvas, nails, and more were found in the stove’s ashes. The works were by Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Lucian Freud, Henri Matisse, Paul Gauguin, and Meyer de Haan. Some of these names you certainly recognize. Others you may not. That’s not important. Nor is their collective monetary value, estimated to be in the tens of millions of dollars, important. Nor do I wish to discuss the profound ignorance of the thieves, who plainly knew so little about art and the art market that they, for one moment, believed they could actually sell any such immediately recognized masterpieces on the open market. Or for that matter, on the black market. What I want to talk about is the fact that the pictures are gone and, does it really matter? Every moderately known painting by an artist of record has been photographed, digitized, and

  • Rusty gates & falling leaves: The science of decay

    Aug 30, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Guide17 CommentsRead More »

    You say decay like it’s a bad thing. Just about every organic thing that’s ever been or will ever be undergoes decomposition — even you. So why revile it? Why, excuse the pun, refuse it? Sure, it’s convenient to harangue a process that literally describes and metaphorically refers to the decline and diminishing of a stable entity. But, at its core, decay is a process of transformation by which the very components of life are repurposed and reincarnated. Like most things in life (and death), it’s a matter of perspective. If you need an attitude adjustment on the subject of decay, science has you covered. The factoids sprinkled throughout this guide are the results of genuine, bona fide scientific research. They have, however, been simplified to ease consumption by the casual reader (and to ease writing by the casual writer). If you’ve got a question about this or that datum, it’s up to you to crawl the Interwebs in search of an answer. Or open a book, assuming you can find one that’s not passed its shelf life. You experience the world through sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste. Why not submit those five senses to the inexorable march of time to better understand decomposition?   Sight Every year, as temperatures drop and the weather turns, deciduous trees loose and lose their leaves. Elementary (and elementary school) science tells us

  • News From the Wilds: September

    Aug 30, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, News From the Wilds29 CommentsRead More »

    By Ty Fitzmorris The mammals of the Central Highlands are, for the most part, at the peak of their year. Food is abundant, and most species are not under any real food or water stress, so it’s now that the contests for mates begin. Mule and White-tailed deer, Elk, and Pronghorn all begin their annual rut in September after their antlers and horns are fully grown. This period is defined by male competition for females and territories. Fighting, scent-marking, and tree-marking are common. Coyotes, foxes,  and porcupines are also finding mates and breeding. Sensing the shortening days, other mammals, such as squirrels and chipmunks, are stashing food for the coming cold season. Some species of birds start to migrate into our area from the north toward the end of the month, and we’ll see species that we haven’t seen in numbers since spring. Violet-green and Northern Rough-winged swallows can be found in large numbers during this time, though they’ll have continued their travels by mid-October. Hummingbirds and warblers, mostly in fall plumage, will pass us as they fly south. Look, also, for the earliest migrant hawks from the north, including Ferruginous, Swainson’s, and some very early Rough-legged hawks. ***** A very brief survey of what’s happening in the wilds …  High mountains • Coyotes begin courting and can be seen running in pairs. • Elk breeding season begins, and sometimes

  • The electric company

    Aug 30, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Outside the FrameNo CommentsRead More »

    By Sadira DeMarino “Greetings.” “Get Well.” “Happy Birthday.” “Thinking of You.” These, and many other expressions, are how we reach out to those we care about no matter how close or far apart we live. You no doubt remember when we all looked forward to waiting for the mailman and checked our mail boxes to see what they held. With the invention of the Internet, email, and social networking websites, you could argue that handwritten letters and cards have taken a backseat. But what if we could combine thoughtful correspondence and the Internet? And what if a digital card could transport you somewhere else? “I think about people sitting in offices that haven’t seen a tree or ventured out in nature in a long time,” says Prescott artist Debanie Hael. And that’s the jumping off point for her new ecard business, eCard Art, which launched Aug. 20.   Digital greetings If you haven’t been the lucky recipient of an ecard, you don’t know what you’re missing. Ecards are animated versions of paper greeting cards. Hael personalizes the concept through her use of beautiful images and videos shot in the Southwest. Looking at each one is like opening a window into the beauty of the region we’re so lucky to live in. Just take a moment to sit back and venture out on a mini vacation. Hael has a history of

  • Have a seat: YCPAC hopes to to parlay renovation into innovation

    Aug 30, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Feature18 CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon “Some people said, ‘Those seats are OK — they only need to be cleaned,’” says Mayes, who took over as the facility’s director in August 2012. “I just smiled and thought to myself they were all just cleaned last year.” Wear and tear take their toll. The seats, like the rest of the performance hall, hadn’t been updated since the facility opened in 1992. “Twenty years is kind of a magic number when it comes to renovations on a performing arts center,” said Mayes, who hails from Michigan but has worked all over the country. “We’re right on time — actually, with 21 years, maybe even a little late.” The majority of the renovation project — which also includes two new concession areas and upgrades to existing kitchen and concession facilities — comes in at roughly $800,000. Work by GLHN Architects and Engineers and Haley Construction began during a three-week closure earlier this year, was halted for the Prescott Film Festival and the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering, then resumed with a six-week closure. The bulk of renovations are track to end just in time for a Sept. 21 Lonely Street Productions performance. “There are lots of other things: We’ve redone stage, audio booth, and kitchen prep areas, too,” Mayes says. “But those seats, that’s what people will notice first.”   Colors and creature comforts One of the

  • Crêpe Crusader

    Aug 30, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Brain Food4,624 CommentsRead More »

    By Jimmy Polinori Brunch is a frequent occurrence in my home. Entertaining is one of my favorite joys in life. For a recent Sunday gathering, I decided to try something new and whipped up a large batch of crêpes and surrounded our table centerpiece with fun ceramic bowls we found at the local dollar store. The bowls were filled with all kinds of delicious fillings both savory and sweet. And the concept was a huge success. The word crêpe is French for pancake and is derived from the Latin crispus meaning “curled.” Crêpes originated in Brittany (fr. Breton), in the northwest region of France, which lies between the English Channel to the north and the Bay of Biscay to the south. Crêpes were originally called galettes, meaning flat cakes. The French pronunciation of both words is with a short E as in bed. Crêpe making has evolved from cooking on large cast-iron hot plates heated over a wood fire in a fireplace to hot plates that are now gas or electric heated. The batter is spread with a tool known as a rozel and flipped with a spatula. On Feb. 2 crêpes are offered in France on the holiday known as Fête de la Chandeleur, Fête de la Lumière, or “jour des crêpes.” Not only do the French eat a lot of crêpes on this day, but they also do

  • In plane sight

    By Matt Dean The detainee is prepped by his captors, placed aboard an obscure civilian aircraft, and then flown to an undisclosed location and forcibly held for an indeterminate amount of time. When the extraordinary rendition program was expanded after 9/11, the CIA quickly (and quietly) began transferring large numbers of suspected terrorists to a handful of so-called “black sites.” The CIA used civilian aircraft that were registered through private front companies to transport the suspected terrorists. Aviation enthusiasts and plane spotters provided a string of clues that helped bring the extraordinary rendition program to the American public’s attention. Some of the planes that were used for the extraordinary rendition program included the Boeing 737, Lockheed C-130, Cessna 208, and Gulfstream IV. There were likely more, as well as other types of aircraft, but these planes were clearly identified and linked to the program. The planes were owned by non-existent companies and operated by indistinct charter businesses. In late 2002, an aviation enthusiast was using an online service for tracking the flight plans of commercial and private aircraft when he noticed something strange: four private planes were headed to an obscure location know as Desert Rock Airstrip near the Nevada Test Site. This was notable because civilian aircraft didn’t fly to DRA. It was rarely used and usually only by the Department of Energy. The aviation enthusiast who noticed the

  • The myth of Sassafras

    By Gene Twaronite Long before science, humans sat around campfires and spun tales about how various plants and animals came into being. While our evidence-based knowledge has largely supplanted these stories, that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy them. Take sassafras, for example. According to scientists, it’s a deciduous tree in the laurel family native to eastern North America and central China. It can be easily identified because some of its leaves are lobed, like mittens or fingers. Now I’m sure there’s some perfectly logical scientific explanation for why its leaves are shaped that way. But first, sit back and let me tell you a tale. Sassafras loved his rock. It was the joy of his life — his thing, the fulfillment of his very existence. There was nothing he’d rather do than sit atop its mossy throne and sip his morning coffee. But one morning, the gods decided to play a trick on him (as gods so often do). They plucked his beloved rock from the edge of the ferny woods and, just like that, set it on top of Mount Futilius. Then they peered over the edge of their cloud and watched. When Sassafras arrived at the woods that morning, his rock was gone. There was only a deep impression where it had rested. Frantically, he searched every corner of the woods and fields and each street in

  • That’s a wrap

    By Helen Stephenson The Prescott Film Festival lived up to its new tagline, “Movies that Move You,” and was an unqualified success. Don’t believe me? Just ask anyone who was there. Audience members left with emotions running high after watching some of the 93 films screened this year. Some left with tears of laughter and joy while others left inspired to make the world a better place, grateful for knowledge obtained at the festival. Larger over-all attendance, spectacular after-parties, and a beautiful VIP greenroom combined to create our best fest ever (… so far). One highlight was a screening of Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing” with special guest Emma Bates, from the film. Another was the festival’s first film retrospective. This year’s highlighted the work of documentary filmmakers Beth and George Gage. Five Gage & Gage films were presented including “From the Ground Up: 10 years after 9/11.” New York fireman’s widow Andrea Garbarini, the film’s executive producer, was at the screening and presented the Prescott Fire Department a special cross made from metal from the Twin Towers. The Gage’s latest film, “Bidder 70,” was the festival’s closing night film. Tim DeChristopher, the subject of “Bidder 70,” joined the Gages at the festival live via Skype for a Q-and-A after the screening. Another highlight was the festival’s first-ever program of all Prescott short films, called “Prescott on the Big

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