Archive for March, 2018

  • ‘Intimacy with Disappearance’: Ævium performance reflects on sexism, ageism, culture, politics, spirit, & ecology

    Mar 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Delisa Myles, who’s performing with Ævium in “Intimacy with Disappearance,” 6:30-10 p.m. with live performances 7-9 p.m., March 23 & 24 at the Natural History Institute, 126 N. Marina St., $15-$50. A free panel discussion, subtitled “Loss, Land, & Relationship,” is 2 p.m. March 25, also at the Natural History Institute.] What exactly will “Intimacy with Disappearance” look like? We’re calling it a “Durational Performance Instillation,” and it involves a melding of dance, a photography exhibition, video projection, and sound installation. It also occurs in several different spaces in the Natural History Institute, so the audience will move between different segments of the performance. So what will people see? They’ll see our experience of being on the land and creating dance within a landscape. There are a lot of dance-in-the-landscape images with the projected video and the photographs. Really, I think, they’ll see our relationships with each other. I think we can’t help but bring that to our performance. Some of our connections go back 25 years. There’s a lot wrapped up in the theme, disappearances. There’s the idea of different kinds of loss, different kinds of letting go. Maybe that’s an actual, physical death, or maybe it’s the kind of letting go you do as you age. There are so many different ways

  • Perceivings: The robots are coming, and they have broccoli!

    Mar 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Alan Dean Foster's PerceivingsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Alan Dean Foster Tesla, which is leading the way in the development of autonomous cars, is not alone in that endeavor. Over the course of the past couple of years, it seems like everyone has jumped on that bandwagon. Not only auto manufacturers but companies like Google, Waymo, Nvidia, Qualcomm, and many more are working feverishly to perfect the technology that will allow you to text freely in your car without risking a citation — not to mention watch a movie, nosh a burrito, chat with your Aunt Bernice about her latest operation, and turn around to yell at the kids without pancaking into the nearest brick wall. But the media has been so focused on the development of autonomous driving for cars that they often overlook equally if not more important applications of the same technology. Autonomous buses. Autonomous trollies. Autonomous trains. And the wholesale transformation of the trucking industry. When the media does discuss such applications, the reportage is usually slathered with a soupçon of woe lamenting the number of jobs that will be affected by such changes. Take the trucking industry. What will all those soon to be out-of-work truckers do? Truckers can make pretty good money. On the other hand, the hours are terrible, the stress is unrelenting, a normal home life is impossible, in certain states and along certain routes the attention of the

  • News From the Wilds: March 2018

    Mar 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, News From the WildsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Ty Fitzmorris March is an alluring month in the Mogollon Highlands, but ultimately a deceptive one. Glorious sunny days abound, glittering with butterflies and migrant songbirds, and highlighted with the earliest wildflowers and luminescent leaves. But March is also one of our wettest months of the year, and most of that moisture comes in the form of snow. Large storm systems over the Pacific Ocean throw off snow storms that sweep into our area from the north, dropping anywhere from inches to feet of snow, and bringing us firmly back into winter. Because of its trickster nature, March one of the more dangerous times for the creatures in the wilds. Many mammals are bearing young now, some insects are emerging from creeks and pupae as winged adults, and birds are making nests or migrating back into the area from the tropics. The dramatic cold snaps can therefore cause many of these species severe temperature and food stress and sometimes lead to their deaths. In spite of the warm temperatures and sunny days, most of the native plants of the Highlands — with the exception of the wind-pollinated trees — refrain from growing and flowering. They will wait until the days are reliably warm and frost-free, each species determining this through a unique combination of day length, soil temperature, number of accumulated days of cold, and other cues. Non-native plants,

  • Photographic Memories: The first pictures I took … and can’t help but keep taking

    Mar 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Photographic MemoriesNo CommentsRead More »

    By Dale O’Dell April 1994: Life is in chaos. The house is a mess. My darkroom and studio have been deconstructed. It is a time of extreme disorganization, stress — and joy. After living in the hustle-bustle metropolis of Houston, Texas, for 12 years we are moving away. We are moving to Arizona, to the country and to a new life doing the same thing, photography. We are forsaking freeways for dirt roads, suit and tie meetings for higher long distance bills, and two-hour E-6 processing for two-day processing. As I pack every photograph I’ve ever taken into a forest of brown corrugated boxes, I pause from time to time to look at the slides, some of them unseen since their original filing. What’s this? Looks like a shot of my feet when loading the camera. Why’d I keep this? I must have had some reason for keeping it, don’t throw it away now. Each subject category gets packed into its own brown box. Portraits, sports, aerial photos, oil rigs (maybe not living in Texas will mean not photographing any more oil rigs, could I be so lucky?), farming photos, travel pictures, religion and the files go on. Religion? What’s this? I’ve never shot for a religious publication; why do I have a file marked religion? I should be packing those boxes, but I must check out this photo file

  • Sean Patrick McDermott talks music, gigging in Prescott, & Small Songs

    Mar 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and musician Sean Patrick McDermott, who performs 7-10 p.m. Thursdays at Jersey Lily Saloon, 116 S. Montezuma St., 928-541-7854. He also performs Fridays regularly at The Point Bar & Lounge, 114 N. Montezuma St., 928-237-9027. You can purchase his EP, Small Songs, via CD Baby, Spotify, and iTunes.] How did you end up performing as Sean Patrick McDermott and how did you end up in Prescott? Well, that’s my name. I’m not sure why I use my full name for music, but I think it sounds nice. I came out to Prescott a couple of years ago and have been playing music and working at Peregrine Book Co. I grew up in Houston, Texas, and I went to music school in Nashville, Belmont University, for two years, which was kind of a crazy place. I went with a bunch of friends, and some of them are studio players now. … Being in that environment, seeing all those incredibly driven people working toward a goal, it helped me contextualize music in a different way as far as being a songwriter and trying to produce music as a kind of product. So, after I was there for a couple of years, I went back to Texas, and had visited here a couple of times, and ended up

  • Myth & Mind: Blessings under the skirt

    Mar 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Myth & MindNo CommentsRead More »

    By Reva Sherrard There’s a story about the old wall around Milan, Italy. The Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa and his armies were at the gates, ready to storm the city. A young Milanese woman appeared up at the battlements in full sight of the Emperor and his soldiers. She raised her richly embroidered skirts to her waist and, with regal unconcern, began trimming her pubic hair with a pair of shears. Thunderstruck, Barbarossa froze where he stood. His soldiers gaped and crossed themselves, aghast; some dropped their weapons. Confusion and dread spread among the troops, who until moments ago had been hot with battle-purpose. When at last the Emperor raised his voice it was to order a retreat. He would be back, but for that day the city was safe. To celebrate the taunt that had driven Barbarossa from their walls the merchants and nobles of Milan had a marble bas-relief of the woman — raised skirts and all — installed over the gate where she had stopped the army. For centuries after it was known as Porta Tosa, “Shears Gate.” The tale may be apocryphal, but the carving is real; it dates from the 12th century, when Barbarossa laid siege to and eventually sacked Milan. And it’s not as a far-fetched a notion as it seems that a little flashing may have turned back a medieval army. The

  • On the Walls: March 2018

    Mar 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, On the WallsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood Regardless of your political and philosophical views, it’s hard to be against recycling (or, at least, unpopular; just ask Slavoj Žižek). Still, it’s easier to support such efforts than to actively take part in them. Enter Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery. Launching March 23 with an artists’ reception during the 4th Friday Art Walk, “The 3 Rs Show: Recycle, Reuse, Reinvent!” features works by local artists who chose to use at least 50 percent recycled materials in their artistic creations. The exhibition showcases reusable materials and/or methods and includes co-op members and more than seven additional local Arizona artists. So, come see the fruits of these artists’ labors in their attempt to “take on a whole different mission than just using the blue bins each week.” The show runs through April 25, just past Earth Day, April 22. ***** Visit “The 3 Rs Show: Recycle, Reuse, Reinvent!” at Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery, 134 S. Montezuma St., 928-776-7717, ArtsPrescott.Com. The artists’ reception and opening is 5-7 p.m. March 23 during the 4th Friday Art Walk. Robert Blood is a Mayer-ish-based freelance writer and ne’er-do-well who’s working on his last book, which, incidentally, will be his first. Contact him at BloodyBobby5@Gmail.Com

  • Two-bit Column: Clickety-clack

    Mar 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Two-bit ColumnNo CommentsRead More »

    By Justin Agrell I remember how happy my friend was showing off the latest addition to his collection: a real life, honest-to-goodness, IBM Model M keyboard. The Model M is a rare keyboard in that it uses a spring that buckles outwardly creating a nice loud “thwack” on the inside of the key whenever it’s depressed. These types of mechanisms have become rare; modern keyboards simply use rubber and plastic to save money. Many computer industry veterans prefer the old loud actuation because it makes clear that the computer had received your input before the key bottomed out, giving you a slight speed advantage over those using the now-standard plastic- and rubber-backed keyboard. To say nothing of the classic clickety-clack sound that many relate to retro computing. It’s easy to get into the habit of buying and using whatever models are readily available or on sale, but there are definitely times when researching your options and selecting something more in line with your preferences will make you happier. In fact, I believe a certain coffee shop chain has based its entire business model around that very idea. It pains me to know that there are many of you out there who have only typed an email on your phone’s touch screen. You have options; you have colors and switch types; you have the entire skill of touch-typing right at your

  • Oddly Enough: March 2018

    Mar 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Russ Miller's Oddly EnoughNo CommentsRead More »

    By Russell Miller During World War II, when the Japanese occupied the Philippines, they captured over $21 million dollars in U. S. and local cash and bullion. The Japanese used this hard currency to fuel their own war machine. Japanese Pesos were issued to unify their invasion currency. The Filipinos refused to recognize these Japanese Pesos as legal tender and referred to them as “Mickey Mouse Money.” When American troops returned to the Philippines they found areas so littered with these bills it looked as if the streets were awash in autumn leaves. ODDLY ENOUGH … Though literal tons of these bills were burned after the war, more Japanese Invasion Money is still being discovered in island caves, under houses, and in tunnels. And, even for today’s collectors, these bills fetch virtually nothing. ***** Cooperstown, NY was founded by William Cooper, the father of early American novelist, James Fenimore Cooper. Cooperstown has become synonymous with baseball. This was primarily due to a fanciful story about Abner Doubleday inventing the rules for the game in Cooperstown in 1839. The Baseball Hall of Fame, located in Cooperstown, houses tens of thousands of baseball objects and memorabilia and welcomes nearly 300,000 fans per year. ODDLY ENOUGH … In the early 1800s Cooperstown banned the playing of baseball in the streets. The law carried a hefty fine of $1 per participant. ***** Russell Miller

  • Tally Ho, Tismegistus!: March 2018

    Mar 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Tally Ho Trismegistus!No CommentsRead More »

    By Clay Smith ***** Clay Smith is an inveterate absurdist with an ear for cognitive dissonance, an eye for Italian horror movies, and a taste for jalapeño bacon. You can reach him at ClayIsNapping@Gmail.Com

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