Archive for September, 2017

  • (A GRAND TOUR): Take a trip on the 10th annual Prescott Area Artists’ Studio Tour

    Sep 1, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon Art doesn’t occur in a vacuum; there’s a context in which it’s made. The artist who makes it, herself, is a defining aspect of that context. So, how do you get to know an artist? Well, the obvious approach is to ask her about her art. (That happened, and you can read the results here.) But there’s also her space and her relationship to that space. There are the little details, the way an artist organizes (or doesn’t) every little thing. An artist’s space is a reflection of herself and is, in a way, a work of art in and of itself. But all of that’s pedantic. Wouldn’t you rather meet the artists and see their spaces for yourself? Well, you’re in luck as it’s almost time for the Prescott Area Artists’ Studio Tour. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 6-8, you can visit 60 juried artists at 40 private studios (plus an additional 38 artists at 4 art centers) and see them in their creative spaces. It’s a self-guided tour and spans the entire Quad Cities. Find out more and see a map of locations at PrescottStudioTour.Com. This event is sponsored by the Mountain Artists Guild & Gallery. ***** Abby Brill, Abby’s Pots, 426 S. Alarcon, Prescott, ceramics How would you describe your work? I do almost exclusively functional work. I try to create

  • Inka-dinka-do you … and me: Considering question(able) marks & extreme stretching

    Sep 1, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Alan Dean Foster's PerceivingsNo CommentsRead More »

    The author and a friend. Courtesy photo. By Alan Dean Foster “Inka-dinka-dee, Inka-dinka-doo … .” That was the great Jimmy Durante’s signature song. Later recorded by, among others, John Lithgow and Ann Margaret. For those of you who remember or enjoy the music of the ’50s, comic songs did not begin with Ray Stevens (kind of hard to imagine something like “Ahab the Arab” making it into the Top 40 these days) or Sheb Wooley or Allan Sherman. I’ll grant you Gilbert and Sullivan. Ah, Allan Sherman, the lyrics of whose parody song “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah” was set to Ponticelli’s “Dance of the Hours”… a ballet to which I alluded in my column on classical music a couple of months ago because it also provided a source of amusement to Walt Disney and his animators, who parodied it in their own way in “Fantasia.” Which naturally leads us into a discussion of the art of scarification, body modification, and tattoos. I have to laugh at the people who think the current frenzy for tattoos is a passing fad or something new. Human beings have been treating their bodies like collagenic versions of silly putty since time immemorial. What possessed the first person, possibly a Neanderthal (Neanderthal jewelry has been recorded back as far as 130,000 years) to pierce their ears, or their nasal septum, or some other unknown body

  • Great American Solar Eclipse update

    Sep 1, 17 • ndemarino • 5ensesNo CommentsRead More »

    As the September issue went to print, 5enses reporter and photographer Dale O’Dell was on his way back to Prescott after photographing the Great American Solar Eclipse from the location above. [Moonrise, Carhenge, Alliance, Nebraska. © Dale O’Dell 2017.] This is an unretouched photograph of the moon rising over Carhenge on April 10, 2017. Carhenge is a land-art installation featuring cars. If a group of cars stacked and arranged to resemble England’s Stonehenge isn’t interesting enough, Carhenge was directly under the path of the moon’s shadow on Eclipse Day, Aug. 21. More than 10,000 people from all over the world descended upon Carhenge in Alliance, Neb. to view the eclipse. The October issue of 5enses will feature Dale’s report and photographs from this momentous astronomical event. *****

  • News from the Wilds: September 2017

    Sep 1, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, News From the WildsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Ty Fitzmorris September glows in golden light, rich with scents of late summer — its sunrises are heady with the fragrance of white Sacred Datura flowers, fading into the noontime butterscotch of sun-warmed Ponderosas, and then into the dusk sweetness of bricklebush. In much of North America, September marks the beginning of the colder part of the year, with last harvests and cold nights. But in the lower latitudes, such as the Mogollon Highlands of Arizona, September is still summer, though with hints and foreshadowings of autumn. The monsoon rains usually continue into the early part of the month, tapering off eventually into glorious sunny days, with extraordinary flowering of purple four-o-clocks, asters, and morning-glories, red penstemons and Scarlet Creeper, yellow sunflowers and daisies, and the tall, strange tree-like Wright’s Thelypody (Thelypodium wrightii), with its white flowers. Insect diversity, too, continues to grow and change, with some of the largest insects of the year making their debut. Look for the large brown Rhinoceros Beetle (Xyloryctes jamaicensis), the Great Ash Sphinx Moth (Sphinx chersis), and the gigantic leaf-mimic katydids of the genus Microcentrum, as well as the harmless (though somewhat alarming) Giant Crab Spider (Olios giganteus), which is often seen in houses as temperatures fall outside. It is in this time of extraordinary plenty that many creatures begin to prepare for the coming cold season. Most of our woody plants

  • Prescott Peeps: Sue Lord

    Sep 1, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Prescott PeepsNo CommentsRead More »

    Why don’t you introduce yourself and the clubs you teach? This is my 25th year at Prescott Unified School District. In the past, I’ve mainly been in the behavioral field. I was a behavioral coach and ran a discipline room for many years. For the last several years, I’ve been the math interventionist for K-4 at Abia Judd Elementary School. I have some sports clubs, but also offer the Prescott Audubon Junior Nature Club as well as The Grand Canyon Club. These are enrichment clubs, after-school clubs really, offered once a week to 14 students at a time on a quarterly basis. It’s basically to introduce them to the Audubon as well as nature. We do a variety of things. I have outreach speakers who come. Mr. Wilson, the Great Horned Owl from the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary. We always have a docent from the Highlands Center, and, typically, someone from Audubon, of course. It’s so wonderful to have these speakers come. I have so much information I could give to them all on my own, but the kids love having speakers. We also do things like making bird feeders, dissecting owl pellets, and hiking and bouldering. Why are clubs about nature and the outdoors important? These children are the stewards of our future and the natural world. There’s so much stuff going on the in the world right now,

  • Plant of the Month: Spotted Knapweed

    Sep 1, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Plant of the MonthNo CommentsRead More »

    By Mara Trushell Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea biebersteinii, synonym Centaurea maculosa) commonly grows as a biennial forb, beginning its cycle merely as a basal rosette. During the second year, the plant develops into a widely branching forb topped with vibrant purple flowers. Spotted Knapweed is a composite, meaning each seemingly single flower is actually a cluster of multiple flowers. The cluster is held by unique bracts that are each lined with narrow, teeth-like projections and come to darkened points. The points arrange into a visually stimulating, checkered pattern that circulate the visual pathway around the flower cluster. These intricate knapweed flowers attract a variety of pollinators from June through October and occur within the majority of Arizona’s plant communities. Spotted Knapweed is native to Eastern Europe and, along with several additional species, have become well established in a wide range of plant and biotic communities, not only in Arizona but across the United States. In several biotic communities, including grassland and prairie, knapweed species have taken over large swaths of land, diminishing species diversity and even generating monocultures. Centaurea species are on many state’s Noxious Weed Lists and Invasive Species Management Lists. In Arizona, seven species are listed, including Centaurea biebersteinii. Research shows that a key component to the success of the species are the chemicals they release from their roots. This chemical not only assists the plants in absorbing nutrients,

  • Bird of the Month: Grace’s Warbler

    By Russ Chappell The opportunity to spot one of Prescott’s least known yet common birds is rapidly coming to an end, as they will soon migrate to Mexico. Grace’s Warblers are one of the least studied American birds because they reside in forested areas, high in mature pine trees, where they forage for insects and spiders, raise their young, and rarely pose in open vegetation. They are, however, sometimes visible flying from the treetops while hovering and catching insects in mid-air. Grace’s Warblers are named for the sister of renowned ornithologist Elliott Couse, who first discovered the species here in Arizona in 1864. Couse is highly respected for his monumental literary works, especially “Key to North American Birds” (1872). Small song birds in the wood warbler family, Grace’s Warblers are approximately 4.7 inches in length with wingspans of 7.9 inches and weight 0.2 to 0.3 ounces. They’re striking birds featuring yellow chins, throats, and breasts; gray backs; white bellies; black streaks on the sides of their chests and flanks, short yellow eyebrows; yellow crescents under their eyes; two white wing bars; and white spots on their tails. The young are similar but paler and less streaked. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the species is classified as “Least Concern.” Their nesting habits are largely unknown because their nests are so well hidden. The nests, themselves, are small

  • Tunneling for neutrality: Concerning streams of consciousness

    Sep 1, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Two-bit ColumnNo CommentsRead More »

    By Justin Agrell My wife and I are “cord cutters.” We found that the alternatives to paying for television finally grew too numerous to continue paying a premium for the commercial-filled, product-placed offerings of our cable company. We pay for just internet now and for services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. We’ve been free from our cable television ties for more than three years and will never look back. Once you’re used to streaming, you’ll wonder how you ever put up with the way things were before. We now watch whatever we want whenever we want to. The movies are feature-length and not “edited for television,” and we do not have the commercials wasting our time. Recently we noticed something strange, though. Youtube channels and other streaming sources began to buffer (pause to catch up due to a slow connection) far more often and would no longer just play through without interruption. We assumed it was an upset “in the cloud” and learned to ignore it until a good friend of mine recommended using something called a VPN (Virtual Private Network). He told us that our local internet provider was slowing the connection to streaming sites and that once he subscribed to a VPN service he could watch his shows without issue. Now, being in the tech industry, I was aware of VPNs. They’ve been around for decades. In my

  • Oddly Enough: September 2017

    Sep 1, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Russ Miller's Oddly EnoughNo CommentsRead More »

    By Russell Miller In the skull of a saltwater catfish called a sail-cat, there is a bone that, when dried, resembles a crucifix. On one side can be seen a figure on a cross, capped by a “crown of thorns” made of short ribs. On the reverse side, a slab of bone resembles a majestic robe being held up by a figure with arms raised. This fish, common to the waters off the coast of Florida has been dubbed the “Crucifix Fish.” This unique bone itself comes from the roof of the animal’s mouth. ODDLY ENOUGH … When the dried object is shaken, it rattles. The noise is caused by the otoliths, or tiny “ear stones” contained in two bony bladders which aid in swimming balance and locomotion. The rattling is likened to the dice cast by the Roman soldiers as they gambled for the seamless robe of Christ at the crucifixion, as the story goes. ***** The Coturnix or Pharaoh Quail, indigenous to Egypt and North Africa, is the only quail that truly migrates. When it migrates, it moves in huge numbers, and generally walks. They seldom perch in trees. The speckled eggs hatch in a remarkably short 17 days with chicks fully capable of foraging for themselves. When alarmed, the quail often from-up in circles and fluff out their feathers which resemble quills in appearance, like a hedgehog

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: September 2017

    Sep 1, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    Catered by Reva Sherrard “Plainwater” By Anne Carson Both intimate and dazzling, my favorite essay from this collection is “Part V: The Anthropology of Water,” where Carson takes the reader on a pilgrimage in search of water. ~Lacey “Too Much and Not the Mood: Essays” By Durga Chew-Bose With intense lyricism, Chew-Bose ruminates on moments of her childhood and what it means to be a creative woman today. Both memoir and cultural criticism, “Too Much and Not the Mood” is poignant, philosophical, and deeply personal. ~Lacey “Sophie Calle: True Stories” By Sophie Calle As a writer, photographer, installation artist, and conceptual artist, Sophie Calle presents something unique, absorbing, and honest with “True Stories.” ~Lacey “My Dyslexia” By Phillip Schultz Required reading for anyone who has ever been made to feel broken or unimportant due to a learning disability. Schultz will revive your belief in the beauty and extraordinary intelligence that come thanks to, rather than in spite of, learning disabilities. ~Bekah “Catching the Big Fish” By David Lynch Yes, it’s a book by the film director David Lynch. Sparse and minimal, Lynch explores the creative process by homing in on the idea of sparking the fire from within. Surrealism and Transcendental Meditation collide! ~Joe “Summerlong” By Dean Bakopoulos A novel of surburban love both marital and extramarital. Tender, funny, and irresistible. ~Michaela “A Visit from the Goon Squad” By Jennifer

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