Archive for August, 2018

  • Imaginationings: The Tale of Shovelman

    Aug 12, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Russ Miller “Lucille, God gave me a gift. I shovel well. I shovel very well.” ~The Shoveler, “Mystery Men” When Ms. Troglodyte turned to her mate and said, “Grog, if that pile of saber-tooth bat guano was just six feet to the left, I could watch the herd migration so much clearer from the cave entrance.” Mr. Grog, being a dutiful Neanderthal and wishing to keep peace in the cavern, attempted to move the daunting pile with his massive callused hands. This may well have been the moment his eye fell upon the mastodon scapula left over from the ceremonial cookout which inspired the critical prehistoric notion of the shovel. He was also the ancestor of my father. My dad knew his way around a shovel and, consequently, so do I. Alongside my father, I have shoveled truckloads of manure, sawdust, gravel, topsoil, rocks, sand, and mud so thick and deep it would suck the shoes off a horse. And, I’m talking Percheron, here. Since our ancient ancestor’s discovery, the purpose of a shovel hasn’t changed. We use this basic tool to move a pile of stuff from one location to another. Even if a shovel is being used to dig a hole, the principle remains the same. Setting posts, digging a footing, planting trees, cutting irrigation channels, or removing snow or ice from driveways; “in situ” material locations

  • True as steel: The art of Natalie Krol

    Aug 3, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Natalie Krol. See more of Krol’s art at NatalieKrol.Com.] Were you into art as a kid? I took a journalism class in junior high school, and that’s where I learned I loved expressing myself through prose. Poetry, though, became my favorite. I wrote a lot of poetry and tackled all the “why” questions. Why is there war in the world? Why are people unhappy? That’s big stuff to get into, right? And it was great fun. … When I moved into high school I got into literature. When I got married, I wanted a career that would let me stay home with my kids, so I started writing children’s stories. I remember one about a little cloud that talked to children about how the rain came. I decided one day that I would illustrate my stories. I’d met a gal who’d taken classes at the Chicago Art Institute, and I asked her to teach me to illustrate. I was about 21 at the time. I had one baby and another one in the basket. So, I went to her home and took eight lessons. Realizing I knew about as much as she did about art, I decided, hey, I’m going to art school, and I fell madly in love with the art world.

  • Perceivings: (He)’Art Beats’ & flowers

    Aug 3, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Alan Dean Foster's PerceivingsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Alan Dean Foster The program I’m going to talk about is called “Art Beats,” and even if you’re an art lover, you probably haven’t seen it. Or heard of it. Not your fault. I only came across it because we recently purchased a 4K-capable TV. I hadn’t bought a new TV in 10 years and wanted one because as my vision gets worse, the TVs thankfully get larger. But I didn’t know much about 4K. Roughly speaking, 4K provides four times the definition of HD (high-definition) TV. For a great deal of television, that doesn’t make any difference. Talk shows don’t benefit from being shot in 4K. Neither do situational comedies or “Bob Bakes Burgers.” It makes a huge difference for a show like “Art Beats.” Not only are resolution, color, etc. astounding in 4K, but for the first time I found myself looking at images on TV of artworks I had seen in person and finding the reproduction true to life. Utilizing 4K cameras, the production team for “Art Beats” was able to take its time lingering lovingly over not just individual art works but small sections of those works, much as an art book would employ closeup shots of different parts of a painting or sculpture to emphasize specific aspects of an artist’s work. This wasn’t as important when the subject was as massive as Michelangelo’s “David,”

  • News From the Wilds: August 2018

    Aug 3, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, News From the WildsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Ty Fitzmorris August susurrates with storm and shower interwoven with the cacophony of resonant thunder and the assonance of cicada song. In the high heat of summer, the monsoon rains turn the land to emerald, and it seems as though living things are everywhere. Many mammals are teaching their young to forage in this time of plenty. Meanwhile, young birds are on longer and longer forays away from their parents. Ectothermic animals, such as lizards and snakes, whose body temperatures are tied closely to ambient temperatures, are at their most active now, chasing insect and rodent prey, while insects, from the minute leafhoppers to the massive Saturn moths, enter their time of greatest abundance. The majority of woody plants bear their seeds during this season, including Coffeeberry (Rhamnus californica), Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana), Apache Plume (Fallugia paradoxa), and all seven of our oak species. Many herbaceous (non-woody) plants are growing and flowering now, most of which are specialist monsoon plants and did not appear in the spring. This is the time of plenty for many birds and mammals, as insects of all types proliferate, from giant moths to enormous strange and beautiful beetles, to dragonflies, who reach their peak now, while alien-like cicadas measure the day’s heat with their shrill cries. This second flowering brings with it a glut of insect prey, which sends a wave of life through our

  • What’s Up?: Sagittarius

    Aug 3, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, What's up?No CommentsRead More »

    By Adam England August in Northern Arizona gives us some of the best views of the galaxy in which we reside — the Milky Way. So-called since ancient times, the Milky Way is named for its dense clusters of stars that create a “milky” swath across the sky. From our study of other galaxies, we’ve deduced that our own is a barred spiral galaxy with arms of star systems and nebulae stretching up to 180,000 light years from end to end. At the center of the Milky Way — as well as at the center of almost all other known massive galaxies — lies a super-massive black hole named Sagittarius A* (pronounced “Sagittarius A-Star”). The many stars in relatively close proximity to each other and in perpetual orbit around Sagittarius A* form the basis of one of the longest recognized constellations, Sagittarius. Sagittarius is the archer in Babylonian and Greek mythology, usually depicted as a half-man/half-horse, i.e. a centaur, drawing his bow. His arrow points to the heart of Scorpius — the bright red star Antares — should the scorpion ever attempt to attack Hercules after his triumph over the hunter Orion. The most recognizable stars of the constellation form what is known as “The Teapot,” with a handle and spout. The Milky Way rises to the Northwest as a puff of steam rising from the kettle. The handle of

  • Simmyology: Why Not? Bellydance returns with ‘Beat the Heat’

    Aug 3, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Lisa Hendrickson of Why Not? Bellydance. The troupe’s annual free “Beat the Heat” public performance is 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Holiday Courtyard, 150 Montezuma St., on Whiskey Row. Workshops are held Saturday at the Holiday Courtyard and Elk’s Theatre. Register for $10 plus $5 for each class at WhyNotBellydance.Com. Workshop space is limited and first come, first served.] What is “Beat the Heat”? It’s a weekend devoted to bellydance workshops and a public performance. This August will be the third year we’ve done it. The basic idea is to bring together different bellydance troupes throughout the state of Arizona so we can just connect and learn different movements and watch each other perform. The workshops are open to dancers, even those who’ve never done bellydance before. They take place throughout the day Saturday in the Holiday Courtyard and at the Elks, then, at night, we have the public performance. That’s so we can enjoy each other’s performances and expose the public, at large, to bellydance. That part is always free and open to the public. That public part of this — what are some of the misconceptions surrounding bellydance? Sometimes there’s a notion around bellydance that it’s very cabaret like, just a solo artist who’s dancing and often there are glittery

  • On the Walls: ‘Faces & Figures’ + ‘2 Creative Cronies from Cordes’

    Aug 3, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, On the WallsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood Two shows featuring two artists swapping places in the middle of the month on the middle, mezzanine floor in the middle of downtown Prescott. It’s two too much, I tells ya, two too much! The first show is “Faces & Figures” and features clay works by Saveria Judge and paintings by Maryhelen Ewing. The show runs from the time you read this through Aug. 14. The second show is “2 Creative Cronies from Cordes” and features mixed media by Judy Kaufman and welded steel by Darrell Woods. The show runs from Aug. 15-Sept. 14. Both shows are in the mezzanine at ‘Tis Arts Center & Gallery. The opening reception for “Faces & Figures” already happened — thus is the curse of a printing schedule — but, thankfully, you can probably make the reception for “2 Creative Cronies from Cordes” — as well as for another show, “Highlands Center for Natural History and ‘Tis Fine art Photography” during this month’s 4th Friday Art Walk. It’s time to double down on art. ***** Visit “Faces & Figures” through Aug. 14 and “2 Creative Cronies from Cordes” from Aug. 15 to Sept. 14 at ‘Tis Art Center & Gallery, 105 S. Cortez St., 928-775-0223, TisArtGallery.Com. Opening reception for the latter is 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 during the monthly 4th Friday Art Walk Robert Blood is a Mayer-ish-based freelance writer

  • Two-bit Column: Simply writing

    Aug 3, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Two-bit ColumnNo CommentsRead More »

    By Justin Agrell My interest was piqued when I heard the word “DOS.” I was told that George R. R. Martin had used an old DOS program to write his entire “A Song of Ice and Fire” (commonly referred to as the Game of Thrones) series. I had to verify the information and, sure enough, he used Wordstar 4.0 running on some ancient computer with DOS to create his masterpiece. Apparently he prefers no help with his writing. No distracting spelling or grammar checks, no pop-ups or messages for licensing or updates. This lead me to the discovery of no-distraction writing tools. Apparently Martin is not the only author who just wants to be left alone while writing. Authors of all kinds use, and have crafted, tools for creative writing that protect their concentration from being broken. So far, I have tried the honest-to-goodness Wordstar 4 on DOS, Wordgrinder on Linux, and Vim and Focuswriter available on all major platforms. It actually surprised me that Wordstar was free and readily available. I installed DosBox first (a free DOS emulator). Then I searched the net and with no trouble at all I had found and downloaded the now-famous editor. The setup was a bit tricky, having to mount multiple drives and such, but the effort was well worth it. The program is simple, learning all the available options was quick, and

  • Oddly Enough: August 2018

    Aug 3, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Russ Miller's Oddly EnoughNo CommentsRead More »

    By Russell Miller The aroma of the skunk (a member of the weasel family) can be detected by the human nose as far away as one mile. A skunk is capable of accurately spraying its musk at a target 12 feet away. Their opportunistic diet includes eggs, insects, grain, decaying animal flesh, and produce. The only known enemy of the skunk is the great horned owl, which can swoop down and kill a skunk before it has a chance to react. ODDLY ENOUGH … The skunk is the only mammal known to intentionally hunt and eat bees. They have been observed standing on their hind legs to agitate hives — for the sole purpose of driving the bees out so they can eat them. ***** On Aug. 19, 1980, Saudia Flight 163 took off from Riyadh International Airport with 287 passengers and 14 crew members aboard. Seven minutes into the flight the crew received on-board smoke warnings. The captain immediately decided to return to the airport. Less than three minutes after a completely successful touchdown, the aircraft came to a stop and the engines were shut down. When the ground personnel opened the aircraft, they found everyone inside, dead. Oddly Enough … The crew were found still strapped into their flight station seats. All the passengers were found in the front half of the fuselage. Three minutes after this shocking

  • Clothes Encounters: ‘Drag Time’ returns to Prescott

    Aug 3, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    It’s that time once again, and 4AM Productions has an exciting new venue … Thumb Butte Distillery! Here are the deets and, of course, the glamor shots. Drag Time • 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25: 4AM Productions presents “Drag Time,” hosted by Aimee V. Justice with the talents of Aubrey Ghalichi, Sasha Bratz, and, for the first time in Prescott, Nikki Knowles. (Thumb Butte Distillery, 400 N. Washington Ave., DragTime.BPT.ME, $10 online, $15 door) *The bar will be open and lite fare is included in the ticket price

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