Archive for March, 2017

  • Chalk It Up!: Hit the streets with Prescott’s premiere chalk art festival

    Mar 31, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    What: Annual chalk street art festival When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday & Saturday, April 22 & 23 Who: All ages & skill levels Where: Parking lot of National Bank of Arizona, 201 N. Montezuma St., Prescott Why: Art, culture, music, & more, benefits the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation Web: PrescottChalkArt.Com Worth: Free, plus premiums with donations BY THE NUMBERS Last year’s Chalk It Up! Event included … • 4,632 attendees (approx.) • 1,544 registered chalkers, namely … • 696 children • 233 youth • 615 adults • 1,250-plus boxes of chalk handed out • 1,457-plus squares colored • 11 guest and featured artists • 14 entertainers • 99 official sponsors • $12,000-plus raised for community mental health programs Source: Wes Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation. GUEST & FEATURED ARTISTS • Lisa Bernal Brethour, Tempe • Dana Cohn, Prescott • Jeff Daverman, Prescott • Dani Fisher & Stephane Leon/Clayote Studios, Prescott Valley • Tywla Johnson, Imperial, Calif. • Scott Mackenzie, Litchfield Park • Lea & Ian Rankin/Rather Be Chalkin’, Youngtown (featured) • Tim Ritter, Orlando, Fla. • Holly Schineller, Tempe • Jamie Tooley, Queen Creek • The Van Patten Family, Prescott (featured) • Kim Welsh, Prescott Valley • Cass Womack, Brandon, Fla. • Willie Zin, Long Beach, Calif. By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Meredith Brown, development assistant at West Yavapai

  • ‘Everything’s Hometown’: Winging it with nature in Prescott

    Mar 31, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Alan Dean Foster's PerceivingsNo CommentsRead More »

    The author in a Tuareg headdress. Courtesy photo. By Alan Dean Foster We’ve lived in Prescott for 36 years and I still take the local nature for granted. It’s amazing how downright blasé you can become over time about such things. It’s usually when we have visitors from out of town, often from metropolitan areas where the only real wildlife tends to hang around liquor stores, that I realize how fortunate we are, and how each of us really needs to take time from work and commuting and the damn TV and the addictive internet to get out and have a look around town for something besides the weekly arts and crafts festival. We’re doubly fortunate because our house backs onto one of the several major creeks that run through town. That gives us access not only to more wildlife but to a greater variety of visitors, as critters that tend to hang out elsewhere come down for the occasional drink. There’s the rare bobcat, and deer, and skunks. We had a bear once, a long time ago, and of course coyotes and javelinas are a steady presence. But to get a real feel for Prescott city wildlife you have to pay attention to the birds. I’m not going to turn this into a birdwatcher column. For one thing, there are better local resources available and for another, I’d probably

  • News from the Wilds: April 2017

    Mar 31, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, News From the WildsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Ty Fitzmorris April arrives in a thunderous proliferation of life — a raucous, enlivening yawp in the Wilds after the long quiet of winter. Snowstorms are an increasingly remote possibility, and the majority of the month is sunny and warm, with butterflies, returning migratory birds, native bees, growing and flowering plants, and mammals in the thrall of mating and bearing young. There is more activity in the natural world than can be easily followed, and the flowering of plants, emergence of insects, return of migrant birds and bats, and the appearance of mammalian young all begin now. The verdant wave of spring swells up from the deserts along south and western facing slopes and riparian corridors, as the new leaves of riverside trees unfurl and the earliest flowers unclasp. These first flowers provide nectar and pollen for butterflies, solitary bees, flies and damselflies that are looking to find mates and lay eggs. Many species of mammals are giving birth, as are the Beavers and Porcupines, while the young of other species, such as the Black Bears, are emerging from their dens and beginning the long process of learning to forage and navigate their landscapes, preying on these early insects and plants. The wave of spring migration gains in volume through April, as the murmurs of the first swallows and bats trickling quietly northward along the creeks grows into a

  • Myth & Mind: The yolk and the sun

    Mar 31, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Myth & MindNo CommentsRead More »

    By Reva Sherrard In the beginning, before the worlds had form, the sun thrust her right hand over the sky’s edge. She did not know what her place was to be, nor did the moon and stars know where to shine. Now that the stuff of time and place is differentiated and the wheels of the sun’s chariot turn the day and year on a set path, a monstrous wolf pursues her through the sky. All that is begun must also end, and one day this clockwork will run down. When the serpent round the earth’s middle sets the oceans loose and the dead rise to battle, the wolf will devour the sun and stop the turning of time. Or we could say that one day our star’s fiery heart will run out of fuel; one day its expansion and contraction towards death will disrupt the complex balance that keeps its satellite the Earth in a settled orbit, and the cycles of movement that make time will gradually or violently come unpinned. Whether our life can exist independently of our sun is an academic question. What is beyond questioning is that our life — human life, life on Earth — was and is given and ruled by the Sun. So of all her movements, her return from darkness at dawn has the greatest mythic significance as a cornerstone of human

  • Prescott Peeps: Ida Kendall

    Mar 31, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Prescott PeepsNo CommentsRead More »

      How long have you been in Prescott and how did you get involved with The Frame & I and The Art Store? We moved to Prescott in 1980 when I was a kid. I grew up here and went to school here. We spent a few years in Tempe, but almost died because of the heat. The Frame & I was originally owned by Joe and Joanna Hensley. She was an artist and they’d started the shop to support her art. Originally it was one really tiny room. I hired on about eight years into their ownership. I was a college student at the time. Prior to that, I’d been working with my dad as a real estate appraiser. This was back when there was the first big deregulation in the 1990s, so that didn’t work out. I’d always been an artist and creative person, so I decided to look around at picture framing shops and I had a certain amount of woodworking skills from classes in high school and college. Looking back, I was lucky they were looking for someone at the time; people tend to come here and stay for a long time. I wasn’t really thinking about staying long term until about two years into it when I realized how much I enjoyed it. It’s constantly changing, not the same thing every day. You see so

  • Choose your own adventure: Sedona Open Studios Tour offers myriad paths

    Mar 31, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    What: Sedona Open Studios Tour When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, April 28-30 Who: 59 artists from the Sedona Visual Artists Coalition Where: Sedona, Cornville, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, & Camp Verde Why: Art, culture, commerce, & socialization Web: SedonaArtistsCoalition.Org, Facebook Worth: Free ***** By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and artists on the Sedona Open Studios Tour as noted. Find out more about the tour, April 28-30 at studios in Sedona, Cornville, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, and Camp Verde, at SedonaArtistsCoalition.Org and via Facebook.] No. 44: Mike Upp, potter and Sedona Open Studios Tour organizer Earth & Fire Ceramic Design, 1525 S. Aspaas Road, Cornville EarthAndFireCeramicDesign.Com, MJUpp10@Gmail.Com, 503-789-4437 How about an overview of the Sedona Open Studios Tour? Basically the studio tour is an event that gives people the opportunity to go inside the private workspaces of artists who are on the tour. It’s very different than an arts festival or gallery show where you’re looking at art but typically not meeting the artist or seeing their workspace. It gives you a chance to talk to the artist about their process, about how they do their work. You also get to see demos at some of the studios. It’s much more in depth than what you see at an arts festival or at a gallery show. You talk to the artist, you talk

  • Get Involved: GYCC & Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters

    Mar 31, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Get InvolvedNo CommentsRead More »

    In these features, 5enses highlights individuals and organizations in the community that are making a difference. They were inspired by Alert Reader Aarti Pani and community leaders Sadira DeMarino and John Duncan. Thank you, Aarti, Sadira, and John. Want to nominate a do-gooder or a doing-gooder group? Email tips to 5ensesMag@Gmail.Com with “Do Good” in the subject line. Don’t like who we feature? Do some good deeds or start your own group and tell us about it. Remember, our community is whatever we make it. ***** Get Involved: Greater Yavapai LGBTQ Community Coalition Who are you and what do you do? I’m Chris Duarte, chair of GYCC, which stands for Greater Yavapai LGBTQ Community Coalition. The GYCC provides an umbrella of support for the LGBT community of Yavapai County and, in some cases, Northern Arizona. We point anybody who wants to be involved to services, activities, events, and education around any topic that involves the LGBT community. We have monthly general meetings, a board of 11 that meets monthly in public, as well as five subcommittees. The general meetings, which are every third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, have guest speakers from the community. We just had someone from the VA come and talk about LGBT clients and health, we’ve had Competitive Arizona, ONE Community, and intend to invite the Suicide Coalition. The

  • Plant of the Month: The four o’clocks

    Mar 31, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Plant of the MonthNo CommentsRead More »

    By David Moll Nowadays, classification of organisms is definitively established through genetic analysis. Before this technology, there were many morphological and biochemical traits used to sort organisms into related groups. Within the flowering plants, it was the flowers themselves that were used as a pivotal characteristic. The number and arrangement of floral parts were like a beacon leading botanists through an overwhelming forest of malleable growth forms and secondary attributes. The four o’clocks provide a brief but interesting floral stumbling block. That large, often colorful, structure that seems to be a corolla, is actually a calyx formed of united sepals. Commonly aiding in this illusion is a united group of bracts below the flowers that resembles a more typical calyx. Contrary to outer appearances, these attractive plants have no flower petals. Flower parts come and go throughout evolutionary time, but botanists can tell the difference between these various structures by examining vascular traces in the flower. Once this was sorted out, the four o’clock family (Nyctaginaceae, which includes Bougainvillea), unlike many others, has so far remained intact through all the technological scrutiny. We don’t need to be so technical. Once learned, mostly in the field, unifying characteristics of plant families can lead us to identifications, understandings, and greater appreciation. The four o’clock name may also be misleading. It comes from the habit of flowers opening in the late afternoon and

  • Bird of the Month: Thinking inside the box – A special Bird of the Month collaboration – Wood duck

    By Peter Pierson Take a walk through Watson Woods Riparian Preserve past a small pond just off the trail and watch and listen. You may hear the distinct song of a yellowthroat or a yellow warbler at home in the cover of willow and cottonwood along the wetlands of this restored riparian preserve. A pair of ducks emerge from the partially submerged trees and glide into the sunlight. The brilliant foliage along the head and back of one, the male, distinguishes it as a wood duck. Once threatened because of habitat loss and over-hunting, the wood duck has made a comeback, even in its marginal range in preserved and restored riparian wetlands here in the arid Southwest. With recovering beaver populations in the West, there are more quiet ponds from their dam construction activity offering habitat for wood ducks. In the Watson Woods Riparian Preserve, the wood duck, yellowthroat, yellow warbler, and other habitat-dependent species are establishing themselves in and along wetlands. Those wetlands were restored through the efforts of Prescott Creeks and scores of volunteers who’ve helped reestablish functioning streambeds and floodplains and planted thousands of trees in the preserve. Prescott Creeks and Prescott Audubon Society have partnered to set up nest boxes in Watson Woods and suitable habitat along Willow Lake to aid in nesting success of wood ducks. Wood ducks are cavity nesters, preferring holes in mature

  • 12 steps from Prescott: Prescott is your portal to … well, anything

    Mar 31, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Markoff Chaney It’s 2 a.m. and you’re reading a Wikipedia entry entitled “List of people who have declined a British honour.” Wait — how’d you get here? Weren’t you looking for info about how telescopes work? And what’s Sir Alfred Hitchcock doing on a list of people who’ve rejected the title?! As someone or other once said, “everything’s connected … especially on Wikipedia.” There’s a (practically) endless source of (partially vetted, mostly true) information just a few swipes and/or clicks away. But where to begin? How about at home, right here in Prescott. Using the Wikipedia article on “Prescott, Arizona” as your starting point, you can take a tour of tangentially related art, science, history, philosophy, economics, and even the film career of Christopher Lee. Tribes, plants, & seaman 1. Yavapai-Prescott Tribe 2. Indian Reorganization Act 3. John Collier 4. John Collier Jr. 5. San Francisco Art Institute 6. Dogpatch, San Francisco 7. Dogfennel (links to Anthemis) 8. Cultivar 9. Plant Breeders 10. Genetically Modified Food Controversies 11. Greenpeace 12. Sailormongering History, slurs, & fast food economics 1. Arizona Territory 2. Gadsden Purchase 3. Franklin Pierce 4. Historical rankings of presidents of the United States 5. James Buchanan 6. Doughface 7. Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. 8. Imperial presidency 9. Economic globalization 10. Cultural globalization 11. Big Mac Index 12. KFC Index Pros, prose, & political advisors 1. Red-light district

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