Archive for July, 2015

  • Moving pictures: Programmers pick their favorite features from the sixth annual Prescott Film Festival

    Jul 3, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Portfolio3,941 CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood Regardless of what you read about the event itself, the Prescott Film Festival lives and dies by the stories its movies tell. “People always ask me about the theme,” said Helen Stephenson, founder and executive director of the festival. “This year — more so than any other, I think — it’s movies that movie you.” You’re welcome to geek out about a director’s inventive use of non-diegetic sounds, dramatic lighting, and the subtle effects of the mise-en-scène, but the bottom line — regardless of genre or production quality — is compelling storytelling. “It’s the ‘So what?’ factor,” Stephenson said. “If you ever start to think, ‘So what?’, then you’ve lost the audience and you need to move on. … Really, it’s all about the stories.” Unto that end, we here at 5enses are kicking up our feet, hitting the concession stands, and letting the movies (and people who’ve already seen them) speak for themselves. But first, a couple orders of business. … The sixth annual Prescott Film Festival runs Wednesday through Sunday, July 22-26 with screenings at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center and Community Room, both at Yavapai College, 1100 E. Sheldon St. See the full schedule and buy tickets online at PrescottFilmFestival.Com. (Tickets are $12 per screening ($6 for students) and $195 for a platinum pass.) Special events include: • “Hollywood Through the Looking Glass,”

  • The tao of mix-ins: A heterogeneous ice cream manifesto

    Jul 3, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Alan Dean Foster's Perceivings3,981 CommentsRead More »

    By Alan Dean Foster Ice cream. There. Feel better already, don’t you? It’s strange how just reading certain words can give us a little endorphin boost. You don’t even have to hear them spoken out loud. Food is especially effective this way. Watch. Fried Chicken. Chocolate. Brussels Sprouts. Uh-oh. Killed the mood with that last one. But seriously, ice cream. Even if you can’t eat dairy, there’s soy ice cream, ice cream made with coconut milk, and other variants that allow for it to be degustatorily all-inclusive. Down the line, of course, there’s sorbet, fruit popsicles, Italian ices, and more. But this is about ice cream. Specifically, what is currently defined as artisanal ice cream. Because this paper is about science and art, right? I’m going to leave the “science” of ice cream aside. Maybe for another column. Can’t write too much about ice cream, because every time I type the word, there’s that little endorphin jolt again. While history is full of references to what we would call sherbets, or flavored ices, what we today call ice cream first came to the fore in Italy in the 17th century. Italians, and everybody else, have been monkeying with the process and ingredients ever since. It’s hard to think of another popular food that has been subject to so many variations. You can buy ice cream in every imaginable (and some

  • News From the Wilds: July 2015

    Jul 3, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, News From the Wilds5,158 CommentsRead More »

    By Ty Fitzmorris July in the Mogollon Highlands of Arizona growls with the rumbling of the afternoon clouds, and rings with the first drops from the monsoon storms. After the high temperatures and low relative humidity of June, the plants and animals of the wild areas are at their most stressed, at high risk of death from extreme temperatures and lack of water. But during this time many species gave birth to their young, provisioned nests, and laid eggs in anticipation of a coming time of abundance and growth. Though this was a gamble, the first, massive raindrops near the beginning of the month, and the first flush of monsoon flowers that follow, prove it to be well-founded, and so the second grand flush of life begins. Though the climate of the Central Highlands can be harsh for part of the year — dry and fire-scorched in early summer, cold and snowy in the winter — these tough times are typically followed by some of our most exuberant seasons. So it is with the annual drought of June, which is followed by the coming of the monsoon rains in July. Even in years such as this one, which has been near average in terms of precipitation, the July showers are a real cause for celebration. They are, however, something of a mixed blessing — they will bring a second wave

  • Oddly Enough: July 2015

    Jul 3, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Russ Miller's Oddly EnoughNo CommentsRead More »

    By Russell Miller On December 8, 1942, two American pilots sighted a bullet-riddled P-40 fighter plane with old, outdated markings flying over China from the direction of Japan. A bloody pilot, slumped over the controls, made a weak attempt to wave slowly at the two fliers. Seconds later, the plane crashed. Little was found to identify the pilot, however, a diary was discovered in the wreckage. The journal traced the plane back to an island called Mindanao. Somehow, a forgotten American plane, flown by an unknown pilot found its way through more than 1,000 miles of hostile territory to crash on allied soil. ODDLY ENOUGH … The cryptic P-40 had no wheels. This has led many to speculate as to how the machine ever managed to take off at all. ***** The Sea Cucumber has some unique survival skills. It can eviscerate itself, spewing out its internal bits. This allows the predator to consume the cucumber’s expelled organs while it crawls away to hide and grow a new set of guts. ODDLY ENOUGH … The Sea Cucumber can also drastically constrict certain sections of its body, breaking up into three pieces. If the predator is satisfied with the middle or hind section, the head of the cucumber can sneak off and grow a replacement body. ***** Russell Miller is an illustrator, cartoonist, writer, bagpiper, motorcycle enthusiast, and reference librarian. Currently,

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: July 2015

    Jul 3, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    By Peregrine Book Co. staff “The Coral Sea” By Patti Smith This collection of poems written for Robert Mapplethorpe is Smith’s final gift to him. After writing “Just Kids,” in which Smith promised him she would write of their story, she has saved “The Coral Sea” to express the pain and sorrow she felt after losing him and to capture the person he was in a way that only she knows how. — Lacey “Collected Poems” By Federico Garcia Lorca Lorca is incredibly skilled in not only conveying so much passion within his poems, but in his ability to create vivid imagery that reminds the reader of the beauty and turbulence that surrounded him in pre-Franco Spain. This is a wonderful collection of poems by one of the most celebrated Spanish poets. — Lacey “Explorers of the Nile” By Tim Jeal Jaw-dropping adventure, larger-than-life personalities, and a truly epic quest for the source of the Nile, in a new and revelatory treatment of the events that inspired the 1990 film “Mountains of the Moon.” Jeal is both a colorful, exciting storyteller and a meticulous historian, using long-buried sources to build the most accurate depictions yet of the people involved — including, wherever possible, the explorers’ African guides, porters, and friends. — Reva “The Buried Giant” By Kazuo Ishiguro In “The Buried Giant” Ishiguro surpasses even his earlier masterpiece, “The Remains

  • Rug addiction: A rehabilitated vice for the up- & downtrodden

    Jul 3, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Jacy Lee Whenever you enter a crowded room, you never even pay attention to me. You talk to everyone without even saying a word to me. I feel like you just walk all over me sometimes. I’m not some neglected, significant other, totally taken for granted. I’m a rug — also totally taken for granted. The history of rugs, in the Western world, should be anything but taken for granted. A rug was a prized possession, almost non-existent in Europe until the Middle Ages. Tapestries were common among the elite, but tapestries were made for walls and weren’t durable enough for floors. The capacity to actually weave rugs didn’t hit Europe until the 1500s. But the craze to cover cold stone or rough wood floors really blossomed earlier than that with the Crusades. The Crusaders returned back to Europe with various items from the Middle East. Rugs — mostly smaller size, or “scatters” — were among these items. The major rug weaving areas of the world were, and still are, the Middle East and Near East. Rugs from these areas are known as Oriental rugs. Only a small amount of Oriental rugs are from the Orient, but rather most are from countries like Iran, Iraq, Turkey, India, Pakistan, and many of the provinces and independent states of the one-time U.S.S.R. The commonly used term “Caucasian rugs” refers to rugs

  • Places & dimensions: Anne Legge goes with, against the grain

    Jul 3, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Prescott-based artist Anne Legge. See Legge’s art as part of “Les Femmes de Montage” show and auction Saturday and Sunday, July 11 & 12 at the Hassayampa Inn’s Marina Room, 122 E. Gurley St., 928-778-9394. The show benefits the Yavapai Humane Society. See Legge’s artwork at AHLArt.Com and Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery, 134 S. Montezuma St., 928-776-7717.]   How did you get started creating art? Everyone in my family is an artist. I started private lessons when I was 9-years-old. I moved to New Orleans my senior year of high school and so I was surrounded by music and culture and art. After graduating, I went to college in Oregon at Pacific University. After graduation, I went right back to New Orleans and continued painting and enjoying the culture. I worked in an art gallery there for a year and a half. After that, I went to L.A. to work in animation, which I did for about 16 years. I’m still currently working in animation on a freelance basis. I started working with fine arts and woodworking about 13 years ago. I love working with wood as a medium, finding something that will capture the natural beauty of the wood.   How’s your art changed during the past 13 years? When I first started

  • Kohlrabi

    By Kathleen Yetman Kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea) is an alien-looking vegetable. Also known as “cabbage turnip” from the German words kohl meaning cabbage and rabi meaning turnip, kohlrabi is a botanical variety of cabbage that was bred to have a bulbous stem. At first glance, it appears to be a root vegetable, similar to a turnip, but the bulb grows above the ground, making it an interesting sight. Kohlrabi matures between 38 and 62 days from seed to harvest depending on the variety. Like cabbage, it comes in both green and purple, and is in season here in Yavapai County from May through December. Similar to other members of the Brassica family, kohlrabi can withstand light freezes and prefers mild temperatures. The stem (or bulb) stores well when refrigerated for several weeks, while the leaves stay fresh for three to four days. Kohlrabi was first grown in Europe around 1500 and was imported to the U.S. 300 years later. While kohlrabi has been popular in Europe for centuries, it is just beginning to find a place in farmers markets and kitchens here in the U.S. Kohlrabi has a flavor akin to broccoli stems and is best harvested when small. Stems that are much bigger than 3 inches begin to develop woody fibers, especially in the lower part of the expanded stem. This vegetable is a good source of thiamin, folate, magnesium,

  • Lesser Nighthawk

    By DeeDee DeLorenzo Each spring, the arrival of the Lesser Nighthawk from its wintering grounds in northwestern and central Mexico to northern South America is a sure sign that summer’s just around the corner. They begin arriving between the first part of March and early May with the largest number showing up in April. It’s a summer resident in the western and southern part of Arizona and remains here until heading south and out of the country between early August and late October. The Lesser Nighthawk is the bird you see swooping around the lights in the Safeway parking lot or Little League ball field chasing flying insects at dusk. When there are young to feed, it may also be observed flying high over a field in the morning hours gathering prey. Its flight is a bit erratic as it flaps and then glides, flaps and then glides, tipping from one side to the other. About all you can see of this grayish-brown bird in the growing darkness are two white or buff-y oval patches near the tips of its wings. If you manage to find a Lesser Nighthawk in the day, you’ll see that their upper side is actually mottled black, grayish white, or buff. To differentiate the sexes look at the “cut” across the throat – the male’s throat is white and the female’s and immature’s are buffy-colored

  • Candid cameras: Stately statements about the state of the surveillance state

    By Paolo Chlebecek Look up! To your left. No, your other left. Do you see it? The camera there. Well, it sees you. The prevalence and pervasiveness of digital cameras lately is astonishing. What can you do to mitigate this current issue, or how can we avoid cameras or Closed Circuit TV (aka CCTV) altogether? I try to focus on positive things and this subject need not be a negative one. Even though many feel any and all surveillance or spying is bad, we don’t always appreciate what cameras can do for us. Electronic video surveillance has been with us longer than computers. The first CCTV system was installed by Siemens in Germany in 1942 for observing the launch of V-2 rockets. Today it’s estimated that 30 million surveillance cameras are deployed in the United States alone. They produce over 4 billion hours of footage a week. This rate grows daily. So the answer to our first question about how to mitigate or avoid cameras is clear. You can’t. To quote Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy: “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.” Is that a problem? Maybe; maybe not. New apps like “Periscope” from Twitter make our lives even less private than before. “Periscope” allows you to post unedited raw video from any smartphone to the web for all to see live as it happens. Some say that’s

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