Archive for March, 2018

  • Hit the streets: Chalk It Up! celebrates a decade of street art

    Mar 30, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Susan Crutcher, longtime volunteer and event committee member of Chalk It Up!. The 10th annual street art festival is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday & Saturday, April 21 & 22, in the parking lot of National Bank of Arizona, 201 N. Montezuma St. Find out more at PrescottChalkArt.Com.] ou’ve been involved with Chalk It Up! since the beginning, correct? I’m not an original founder, but I’ve been involved since the first year. I drove by, saw it, said, ‘whoa, what’s that?’ stopped and started talking to people, and volunteered to help. … Everybody from the originally committee has dispersed. There was the group of people who started it, then, four years ago, it changed hands and became a fundraiser for the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic. How has the event changed over the past decade? I don’t know that it’s really changed all that much. The things that were originally established have remained. It’s continued to be a free community, family event. It’s still accepting of a range of ages and artistic abilities and physical abilities. One of the benchmarks has always been how inclusive this event is. You see people interacting at Chalk It Up! that you don’t typically see interact. You might see a grandfather on the ground with his grandkids and, next to

  • Perceivings: Who steals unsellable art?

    Mar 30, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Alan Dean Foster's PerceivingsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Alan Dean Foster I love art, and I like to think I have reasonably wide-ranging tastes. As I’ve said before in these columns, I don’t have much use for modern art of the Koons/Johns/Lichtenstein variety because I don’t think “repurposing” another artist’s work constitutes a valid expression of originality. Or to put it another way, it’s plagiarism. The “art world” apparently thinks otherwise, and who am I to criticize when someone takes a panel of a comic strip (drawn by a real artist, who can actually like, you know … draw), blows it up to giant size, and puts a six-figure price tag on the bottom? I do confess to a certain liking for Jackson Pollock’s work, perhaps because my wife does a better Pollock than Pollock (the artist, not the fish). Notwithstanding that, I’m still waiting for someone to explain the difference to me between a Koons balloon dog and one from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Come to think of it, if Macy’s blew up a balloon dog and used it in the parade, would it count as a parade balloon or art? If I had the money (and more wall space), there is certain art I’d like to own. I’d love to have a Margaret Brundage, and a Chesley Bonestell, and a Bierstadt or a Church. But it’s not necessary, because you can now purchase reproductions

  • News From the Wilds: April 2018

    Mar 30, 18 • 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’s 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 westfacing 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, such as 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 roar of

  • A Sedona Sojourn: Take another trip on the Sedona Open Studios Tour

    Mar 30, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Mike Upp, potter and Sedona Open Studios Tour organizer. Find out more about the tour, April 27-29 at studios in Sedona, Cornville, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, and Camp Verde, at SedonaArtistsCoalition.Org and Facebook.] What’s your pitch for this year’s Sedona Open Studios Tour? The unique hook of the open studios tour is that you’re getting to interact with the artists in their workspace instead of seeing their work in a gallery or seeing it at an arts festival. This time there are 67 artists and approximately 42 physical studios for the tour, which is April 27, 28, and 29. Some of those studios have numerous people. You actually get to see what the artists’ workspaces look like and, in many spaces, there are demos of people at work. It makes it more of a learning experience, more than just a passive thing. The tour is quite sprawling, geographically. It’s safe to assume this is self-directed? Absolutely. People tend to get the brochure and say, OK, I like glass, ceramics, and photography, so I’m going to go to these studios. We do have a few people who pride themselves on going to all of them, but it’s mostly self-selective. You go to the art forms that you appreciate and collect, and you see what else is in

  • Toys: A patented approach

    Mar 30, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Something ElseNo CommentsRead More »

    By Markoff Chaney From the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, USPTO.Gov/terms-use-uspto-websites Patent Information Patents are published as part of the terms of granting the patent to the inventor. Subject to limited exceptions reflected in 37 CFR 1.71(d) & (e) and 1.84(s), the text and drawings of a patent are typically not subject to copyright restrictions. The inventors’ rights to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States for a limited time is not compromised by the publication of the description of the invention. In other words, the fact that a patent’s description may have been published without copyright restrictions does not give you permission to manufacture or use the invention without permission from the inventor during the active life of the patent. See MPEP § 600 – 608.01(v) regarding the right to include a copyright or mask work notice in patents.   US7488231B2, “Children’s toy with wireless tag/transponder,” Inventor: Denise Chapman Weston, Current assignee: MQ Gaming LLC, Original assignee: Creative Kingdoms LLC, Priority date: 2000-10-20 US6360693B1, “Animal toy,” Inventor: Ross Eugene Long III, Original assignee: Ross Eugene III, Priority date: 1999-12-02. US6887120B2, “Snappable toy with interchangeable portions,” Inventor: Joel B. Shamitoff, Original assignee: Joel B. Shamitoff, Priority date: 2001-08-14. US4673374A, “Articulated limb assembly for figure toy,” Inventor: William Kelley, Current assignee: Mattel Inc., Priority

  • Two-bit Column: Cut to the quick: Considering the cable cabal

    Mar 30, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Two-bit ColumnNo CommentsRead More »

    By Justin Agrell We were stunned. How long had it been? Four years? At least three, to be sure. We were over at my wife’s family’s house and had just settled in to watch a program. Suddenly, the show stopped and commercials started to play (and play (and play)). We must’ve spent at least five minutes staring at advertisements until we finally just left the room. Was this really the norm that everyone dealt with for so many years? Yes, for many of us, it is clear that cable television is dead. Technology will always evolve and moving pictures are no exception. From silent films to drive-in movies to large air-conditioned theaters, we’ve witnessed a steady change in how we consume video. First, we were forced to go to theaters. Eventually, we took in video at home. Television grew more advanced as we demanded more channels and bigger screens. We fought ads and annoying antenna alignments by adopting a shiny new technology called cable. The cable companies promised an advertisement-free experience without the need for antennas via cable boxes and monthly payments. Later, a technology war ensued and we watched a to-the-death struggle between Sony’s Betamax and JVC’s VHS portable video tape standards and we bought movies to watch at home. By then, cable had somehow snuck commercials back in to the viewing experience. By the time DVDs became popular,

  • Oddly Enough: April 2018

    Mar 30, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Russ Miller's Oddly EnoughNo CommentsRead More »

    By Russell Miller The first known air powered rifles were designed around 1580. These very rare, large caliber weapons were used to hunt game by the very rich. Around 1779, a Tyrolean inventor named Girandoni came up with a much more robust and practical model called a “wind rifle.” It had an effective accurate range of 100 yards and was used in the service of the Austrian army from 1780 until 1815. The compressed air reservoirs required 1,500 pumps by hand to fill and were sufficient for about 30 rounds of .46 caliber balls. This was a staggering rate of fire for the times. The interchangeable gas canisters were built into the butt-stock, or hung from the fore-stock in front of the trigger guard. ODDLY ENOUGH … These guns were carried by Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition (1804-06) and demonstrated to every new Native American tribe they encountered. This was done primarily to invoke awe and respect. Many natives referred to this wonder as “something from the gods.” ***** The “Arkansas” was a Confederate ironclad ship that experienced a stellar career during the American Civil War while fighting on the Mississippi River. She was cobbled together with scraps and hastily painted brown to cover the rust on her uneven sheet metal paneling. Even her 10 salvaged guns were comprised of four different calibers. Amazingly, the “Arkansas” disabled Union

  • Tally Ho, Trismegistus!: April 2018

    Mar 30, 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

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: April 2018

    Mar 30, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    Catered by Reva Sherrard “How to Build a Girl,” by Caitlin Moran Sincere to the point of (hilarious) obscenity. A sweet-and-sour story about growing up and the ultimately brutal reality of what it means to be a woman. ~Bekah “The Child Finder,” by Rene Denfield Shining light in the darkest of places, “The Child Finder” is a terrifying, beautiful book. I couldn’t put it down. ~Michaela “Bad Feminist,” by Roxane Gay Reading this book is like hanging out with your best friend. Brilliant, honest, and hilarious. ~Michaela “City on Fire,” by Garth Risk Hallberg This novel, Hallberg’s first, is stellar. I marveled at the beauty of his sentences, fell in love with his characters, and didn’t want it to end. ~Michaela “Nadja,” by André Breton The author of “The Surrealist Manifesto” forays into fiction. He uses Dadaist and Surrealist techniques in an interesting juxtaposition of images and words that strongly influenced the “illustrated novel” of today. ~Joe “Binti,” by Nnedi Okorafor This story is heartwarming in the most surreal way possible. From the first paragraph I was swept into an absolutely alien, but still somehow comprehensible world. And from there I traveled with Binti — I was afraid of Binti — and eventually, I found peace with Binti. ~Jon “The Pelican Tree,” by Marnie Devereux Local author Devereux is back with her second book of poetry. Her sincerity is refreshing,

  • Photographic Memories: The story of the shoe tree

    Mar 30, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Photographic MemoriesNo CommentsRead More »

    By Dale O’Dell A shoe tree is a tree with shoes on it. It’s kind of like a Christmas tree, except it’s decorated with footwear instead of ornaments. According to my internet research, there are more than 50 shoe trees in the United States — one or more for each state. Because they’re such bizarre sights, I always stop and photograph shoe trees when I find them during my travels. I’ve photographed shoe trees (and one “shoe fence”) in Arizona, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Texas, and Utah. And it’s not always shoes in the trees. I’ve seen trees with socks, hats, T-shirts, and even bras hanging from them. So what’s the deal with shoe trees? How did this practice of tossing shoes into trees get started? The most common story I’ve found comes from American folklore. According to legend, a newlywed couple had an argument while driving to their honeymoon and the bride became so angry she threw her new husband’s shoes into a tree. He never got his shoes back, and when others came along later they added their shoes to the collection and the shoe tree was born. Other urban legends about the origin of the shoe tree: throwing shoes into trees on the last day of school; hanging shoes from tree branches to denote a place where you can buy illegal drugs; discharged soldiers throwing combat

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