Archive for January, 2014

  • The future is now(ish): a postcard from C.E.Yes!

    By Paolo Chlebecek Since 1967, the Consumer Electronics Show — or C.E.Yes!, as we like to call it — has been a haven for geeks and nerds alike. This year’s show, one of the largest Las Vegas conventions, was no exception. While it’s impossible to see (let alone report on) all of the 2 million square feet of show space, let’s review a few items of note. … For at least the last 15 years (which is how long I’ve been going) TVs have been the center of attention. The ever-increasing size and sharpness is easy to see. This year’s curved OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) TVs were a big hit. Supposedly, with very large and wide curved screens, you’re sitting equidistant from all parts of the screen and therefore seeing an undistorted, immersive image. There are even models that transform from flat to curved — the best of both worlds. While the jury is still out on curved screen benefits, everyone seemed to tout its joys. I’m still waiting for a really good glassless 3D TV. Every major manufacturer had at least one to show off but Changhong, a manufacture from China, had the most impressive one. The 3D depth and color were astounding. I’d never heard of Changhong, but the quality of their products was amazing. As good if not better than our old friend Samsung. One of

  • Playtime: A postcard from the Jazz Education Network International Conference

    Jan 31, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Mike's Musical Musings16 CommentsRead More »

    By Mike Vax I’ve just returned from a most enlightening week in Dallas, where I attended the Jazz Education Network International Conference. The Jazz Education Network is an organization dedicated to jazz teachers, students, and musicians. It’s a fairly new organization this being their fifth annual conference. Attendees included people from all over the U.S. and foreign countries from all walks of life. One of the intriguing things about this convention is that world-famous jazz musicians perform and work with young students and their teachers. There are performances and works from 8 a.m. to midnight every day of the convention. The schedule is similar to any trade show or business, science, or education gathering except for the fact that there are constant performances. Some performances are by professional musicians and bands, some are by school or university bands, and others are a combination of both. The last of these are probably the most fun. The joy on the faces of the young music students is remarkable. They’re actually performing with musicians they’ve heard on recordings or seen on TV — or even in the movies. Interactions like these are what this convention is all about. We, who have made our livings playing jazz music, passing the torch to the next generation of musicians destined to keep “America’s Original Art Form” alive and lively. There’s also an adjunct part of the

  • Seeing red & gold

    By Helen Stephenson From Groundhog Day to Presidents Day to International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day, February is crammed with special days. And, oh, there’s that other February holiday that people either love or hate. Yep, Valentine’s Day. If you’re in a fabulous relationship you float around all day smiling, deeper in love. If you’re single or in a rocky relationship … well, it may not be your favorite day of the year. It’s said that the roots of Valentine’s Day come from the martyr Valentinus. During the time of the Roman Empire, soldiers were forbidden to marry. But Valentinus went ahead and performed those ceremonies and, as an additional crime, also ministered to Christians. He was summarily executed and became a martyr. So, apparently, love and death are the themes of the day. Sounds about right. If suffering for love isn’t how you’d like to celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Prescott Film Festival has a unique offering this year: a dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. Diners will enjoy live violin music from our own wandering minstrel, the talented Phoebe Agocs. After dinner, the fest presents an evening of romantic short films. There will be comedy about relationships, missed opportunities (that, in the end, could be a good thing), a hilarious film about dating, and even one with a martyr for those who want to

  • Soil toil — or — All (green) thumbs

    Jan 31, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, The Local BeetNo CommentsRead More »

    By Heather Houk “The thin granitic soils may need considerable boosting. Generally speaking, native plants can cope far better with the temperature extremes, undependable rainfall, and browsing wildlife. It is extremely important to protect new plants from too much sun and use chicken wire to prevent their being eaten by animals.” —From “General Comments About Gardening in This Region, USDA Zone 7” I was looking for a planting schedule for the Central Highlands of Arizona when I came across this quote from the North American Butterfly Association. I felt two things. First, I smiled a mischievous smile of satisfaction and thought how much tougher we are as Western gardeners. Then, I laughed out loud and thought about how much tougher it is to be a gardener here. I’m a Michigan native who’s spent the better part of a decade living in the Southeast and, rather smugly, fancied myself a fantastic gardener. I could grow just about anything I planted, be it a flower or vegetable garden. I thought I was queen of the green thumb. Then, 16 years ago, I moved to Prescott and started taking Prescott College classes in things like soil science, natural history and ecology, and, the pièce de résistance of my academic career, agroecology. I studied, researched, and planted a wide variety of native and non-native agricultural crops in Chino Valley. This is where I learned

  • February favorites

    Jan 31, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Around ... ... the Corner5,946 CommentsRead More »

    By Ruby Jackson Due to the absence of wintry weather, I’ve found myself out-of-doors a good deal lately watering thirsty plants and trees, hiking and biking, and generally enjoying balmy above-average weather. But part of this time has been allotted to wondering where the heck winter is and — dare I say it? — craving snow. I’m ready: I’ve got a new all-wheel drive car, snow pants, boots, and sleds all accumulating dust. There are benefits to the lovely weather, though. Instead of building snowmen, I’ve been shopping the first season of the Prescott Community Market’s outdoor Winter Market over at Prescott College. There are quite a few vendors including two of my favorites from the regular farmers market: Whipstone Farms and Burning Daylight Farm. In mid-January, I purchased the most amazing fresh carrot bunches — a welcome alternative to the ones I’d been buying at the grocery that seem straight out of a Dickens’ novel. You’ll also find local honey and lavender along with baked goods, samosas, and homemade pastas. Visit 10 a.m.-2 p.m., every Saturday through April. Whipstone Farms’ produce is also enhancing plates at Soldi Back Alley Bistro (formerly Soldi Food Cart), 111 Grove Ave. The restaurant is still serving up gourmet street food out of their cute-as-a-button kitchen on wheels, but now, in addition to the patio, they offer indoor seating. The grand reopening was Jan

  • Let’s get primitive

    Jan 31, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Holistic Fitness5,729 CommentsRead More »

    By Lauren Antrosiglio For many people, going to gym classes or doing cardio on an elliptical machine is a matter of practicality, if not routine. However, your mountain-climbing, snowshoeing, hiker friends may be onto something. Science says so. Mind your mind According to a 2008 study conducted at Glasgow University in Scotland, exercising outdoors has a 50 percent higher positive effect on mental health than exercising at the gym. The study, which involved 2,000 subjects, showed that people who were physically active outdoors exhibited lower stress levels and a better mood/emotional response than people who exercised indoors. In a 2009 study from the University of Illinois, it was shown that children and preteens with ADHD exhibited higher levels of focus and concentration after walking in a park for 20 minutes. Did the same hold true for those who walked through city or neighborhood streets? Nope. The sunnier side of things Ready to head outside for a workout? You might want to leave the sunglasses at home. Ultraviolet light, which your body converts into Vitamin D, isn’t just absorbed through the skin; it’s also absorbed through your eyes. According to research published in 2012, wearing sunglasses blocks more than 1,500 wavelengths of light that are needed to nourish and protect your eyes. One way to keep your eyes out of direct sunlight but allow them to be receptive to the full

  • Happy anniversary 5enses!

    Jan 6, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, NewsNo CommentsRead More »

    As of January 2014, 5enses is 1-year-old! To celebrate, some of our fabulous contributors and advertisers have donated wares for a contest. (Thank you, all, so much.) To enter, send your name and contact info to 5ensesmag@gmail.com along with the answer to the following question: What actor is mentioned by character or movie in every 2013 5enses guide? The contest is open to everyone — even people who contribute to the publication. Entries must be received by Feb. 1 to be entered in the prize drawing. The winners will be announced in the March issue of 5enses. Missing a few paper copies? All the guides are online here, at 5ensesMag.Com, here, as well as on ISSUU, here. Prizes are as follows: First Place: An autographed copy of Alan Dean Foster’s “Flinx Transcendent” (the last Pip & Flinx adventure); a goodie bag from The Art Store, a Prescott Farmers Market apron, and a $10 gift certificate to Snap Snap. Second Place: An autographed print by Jacques Laliberté, a free class via Prescott Arts Journey (formerly Textiles & Textures Artisans Studios), a Prescott Farmers Market T-shirt, and a $5 gift certificate to Snap Snap. Third Place: Autographed copies of Dale O’Dell’s “Cow Abductions!” 2014 calendar and “Actual Photos of UFOs,” a Prescott Farmers Market promotional item, and a $5 gift certificate to Snap Snap. Special thanks to The Art Store, Alan Dean

  • Moving pictures: Jeff Robertson & co. keep sight of the Big Picture

    Jan 3, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Portfolio14 CommentsRead More »

    By Jill Craig A pair of over-sized computer monitors perch on a large, otherwise spartan desk. The monitor on the right offers a frozen frame of something like translucent strands of fabric. A large black rectangle of textured soundproofing leaps from the wall behind the desk. The monitor on the left offers rows of video clip thumbprints including a variety of angles, close-ups, and wide shots. A chunky couch roosts against the opposite wall. Below the thumbprints, three or four horizontal lines hold seemingly random numbers and images. An assortment of video equipment broods around the rest of the room. And, each occupying a chair in the new Big Picture Video Production office in Prescott, Jeff Robertson and Zack Drake stare at the pair of monitors. Drake finishes setting up the duo’s most recent project — promotions for Prescott artist Annie Alexander. He’s been busy editing each thumbprint, which is actually bits of video, into smaller, more selective movements. Each instant has been strategically placed into a narrative that runs along the horizontal spaces on the left-hand monitor. Drake hits play and the end result, a three-minute promotional video, dances across the right-hand monitor. What looked like fabric reveals itself to be long strands of Alexander’s high-quality handmade paper hanging from the ceiling of a white studio space. The paper creates a jungle of finely textured, organically colored vines. In

  • Sad to say: The science of depression

    Jan 3, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Guide14 CommentsRead More »

    Once holiday hubbub and hoorahs taper off, we fanciful folks are left staring down the barrel of overzealous resolutions, credit card debt, and either a hefty hangover or an overly resilient cold — maybe both — to say nothing of the dismal weather forecast. Gloomy propositions and premonitions abound, but that’s no reason to stay down in the dumps. Want to mangle or at least manage your melancholy? Science has you covered. The information in this guide was dutifully drawn from scientific studies, data, and reports on said scientific studies and data (and, in some cases, reports on said reports on said scientific studies and data). It’s been summarized and edited into sound-bite-style prose for easy perusal, although, if you’re looking for the cold, hard facts, you’d be better served by examining the original data yourself. Some of this information can help brighten your blues. Other tidbits only serve to further refine your moody color palette for comparison’s sake. With any luck, the observer effect will be ever in your favor. You experience the world through sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste. Why not drag your five senses through the mud to make yourself feel good about feeling bad?   Touch Feeling touchy lately? That’s not just a metaphor; depression can actually lower your pain threshold. That’s because a chronic bad mood or attitude dampers the level of neurotransmitters, including

  • News From the Wilds: January

    Jan 3, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, News From the Wilds17 CommentsRead More »

    By Ty Fitzmorris January, and the long quiet of winter now reaches its coldest and snowiest period in the Central Highlands of Arizona. Every animal has a set of strategies for making it through this time of scant resources and dangerous temperatures ranging from hibernation (female Black Bears) to growing thicker coats (Bobcats and deer) to staying in well-stocked dens (ground squirrels, chipmunks, and beavers). Insects and herbaceous plants have adapted their lifecycles such that only their eggs and seeds overwinter. Meanwhile, trees decrease photosynthesis (either by dropping leaves or by insulating them with thicker coatings) and alter their chemistry (increasing lipid content and membrane permeability) to decrease risk of frost damage. In many cases, these adaptations, both physiological and behavioral, are remarkably complex. But glimmers of the coming Spring continue as well. Some animals “plant their seeds” for the coming year, including Bears, Otters, and Great Horned Owls, who are all giving birth. Many wind-pollinated trees are in flower, while the broad leaves of cottonwoods, alders, and ash are gone, thus allowing pollen to travel farther without as many obstacles. Unfortunately, many species of juniper are included in this, which makes the next several months the peak allergy season for humans in the Central Highlands. January, with its snowfalls and floods, is one of the best times of the year to study the activity of mammals through tracking in

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