Archive for February, 2019

  • Four Women Out of Hand

    Feb 15, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Art Gallery, EventComments Off on Four Women Out of HandRead More »

    [Editor Notes:Later this month, as part of its ongoing dedication to the promotion of local contemporary art, Thumb Butte Distillery will host “Four Women Out of Hand,” an exhibit featuring recent work from Prescott artists Suzanne Justice, Rita Toikka, Holly Nelson, and Brandelyn Andres. 5enses asked one of those artists, who is also a professor of art history at Yavapai College, to tell us what to expect when this highly anticipated show opens on February 22.] By Brandelyn Andres “Four Women Out of Hand” is comprised of candid, powerful, provocative personal testaments, articulated through image and object, that addresses emotions and experiences that most can readily identify with. The result is an investigation – shared simultaneously by artist and viewer – into the realities that are frequently glossed over by the artificial nature of social media and the implied social regulations that dictate “appropriate” conduct. Increasing cultural pressures encourage us to carefully curate the ways that we present and perform our lives, with all of its facets – from the mundane to the deeply personal – now available for public scrutiny. The themes that “Four Women Out of Hand” present function as advocacy: to encourage the authenticity that is critical for meaningful interactions with one another. If the private is now considered public, we may as well be honest about the gritty actualities of life. As constructs of gender receive increasing

  • Ancient Rock Art of The American West: Unnecessary Endangerment

    Feb 10, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureComments Off on Ancient Rock Art of The American West: Unnecessary EndangermentRead More »

    By Dale O’Dell Normally when you see a sign on the bathroom door at a national park or monument it says something like, “Closed for cleaning.” It is definitely not normal to see a sign that reads, “Please Help Save…” the very place where you’re standing. Yet this is what I saw after wrapping up a photo shoot last year at Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. I’d begun my documentary photography project of Ancient Rock Art at Newspaper Rock specifically because it is easy to locate and protected within Bears Ears. Well, I thought it was protected. The sign, as usual, made no difference whatsoever, and now the Monument has been reduced to 15 percent of its previous size and uranium miners are moving in. Newspaper Rock could be destroyed, or access to it denied by a mining company. The environmental impact will be destructive, permanent, and unnecessary. Ancient American Indian rock art, petroglyphs (made by chipping rock surfaces) and pictographs (made by painting or dying rock surfaces), are found throughout the American west. The Native American artworks are between 500 & 4,000 years old and some are even more ancient. These are beautiful symbols and stories, permanently preserved in stone by ancient American Indian shaman-artists. Imagine the native artist of 2,000 years ago: He spent nearly every waking hour simply surviving — hunting, gathering, seeking water and shelter

  • Yavapai College Performing Arts Center Shows for February 2019

    Feb 7, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Music, Theatre, Yavapai College, Yavapai College Performing Arts CenterComments Off on Yavapai College Performing Arts Center Shows for February 2019Read More »

    By Michael Grady Into the cold, grey heart of February, Yavapai College Performing Arts Center brings three bold and evocative acts: dancers, musicians, and vocalists who will take you (in spirit, at least) to the verdant hills of Ireland and the hallowed halls of Cambridge – with a smoldering dose of modern song and brass in between. For reservations – or additional show information – call the YCPAC Ticket Office at (928) 776-2000, or visit   Bria Skonberg Friday, February 8, 7:30pm Tickets from $32 How good is Bria Skonberg? Good enough to get the buttoned-down Wall Street Journal raving: “One of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.” Vanity Fair dubbed the Canadian singer/songwriter/trumpeter as a millennial who is “shaking up the jazz world.” Bria Skonberg’s ability to work new sass and pop into jazz classics – and then segue gracefully over to her own musical creations – makes her that rarest of creature: a living jazz innovator. She alternates her amazing trumpet skills with smoky, torch song vocals that recall the sound of Norah Jones. Her flair for contemporary songwriting creates a sophisticated jazz sound reminiscent of Diana Krall, Harry Connick, Jr., or Michael Bublé. Lest you think her just a critical darling, Bria and her band have left a trail of enthusiastic crowds across the entire Jazz-osphere: the Jazz Festivals at Monterey, Newport, Montreal,

  • What’s Up?: The Heart of Pluto February 2019

    Feb 7, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, What's up?Comments Off on What’s Up?: The Heart of Pluto February 2019Read More »

    By Adam England February 14th we celebrate Valentine’s Day and the birthday of our Great State of Arizona. One astronomical discovery in early Arizona history is that of Pluto at Flagstaff Lowell Observatory. Percival Lowell had begun the hunt for his “Planet X” in 1906, and died in 1916 unaware that he had actually imaged Pluto. 23-year-old Clyde Tombaugh continued taking photographs and comparing them under a blink-comparator, eventually locating what would later be called Pluto on Feb. 18th 1930. In 2006, NASA launched the New Horizons probe to explore Pluto, which culminated in the July 2015 flyby of the dwarf planet and its five moons. As the probe approached the planet, it began to take images, and the Heart of Pluto immediately stood out. Named the Tombaugh Regio, it is a smooth area of mostly nitrogen ice, surrounded by rock and ice mountains soaring over 11,000 feet from the surface. Data revealed glacial activity along these mountain ranges, similar to what we see on earth in the polar climates. New Horizons continues to operate, and recently flew past Ultima Thule, an object 25% further from us than Pluto. Data continues to come in from the edges of our Solar System, with the initial images showing a snowman shaped object likely from the collision of two separate objects. ***** If you would like to learn more about the sky, telescopes,

  • Drunken ShakesBeer: Comedy of Errors

    Feb 6, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, TheatreComments Off on Drunken ShakesBeer: Comedy of ErrorsRead More »

    By Mona Stephens Special to 5enses        Across the world, maybe the universe, William Shakespeare is proclaimed to be the greatest writer to command the English language. However, hundreds of millions of Americans only know his name and that he wrote plays. Most have never heard nor seen a Shakespearian masterpiece. It’s an issue the local Prescott branch of the Denver Colorado acting group “The Wit’s Shakesbeer” aims to solve.     “The Wit’s Shakesbeer” is a theater group that performs classical Shakespeare in pubs and breweries, while drunk. The goal is to bring Shakespeare to individuals who wouldn’t normally have exposure to, or appreciation of, the legend’s work. They do so in a way that’s light, and that meets people where they normally are.      The Prescott group, founded last year, when Jacob d’Armand brought this concept with him from Denver. Denver, of course, is a great theatre town, as well as a great drinking town. But it didn’t take long for Jacob to find local actors and volunteers to help him make this Denver favorite a Prescott reality. Through 2018, the group put on plays that local Prescottonians say is “comical in every way.” But don’t just take it from the locals. Drunken Shakespeare, as a whole, as been called an experience that “can’t be replicated” by the Wall Street Journal. That’s often because no one

  • White Spar Art Collective

    Feb 6, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureComments Off on White Spar Art CollectiveRead More »

    By Drew Walden Recently, I sat down with Jonathan Allred, one of the founding members of the White Spar Collective. This Prescott group has been quietly working hard to bring a different vibe to the local art scene, while remaining dedicated to its artists and their work. Drew Walden: I thought we could begin with the origin story of the White Spar Collective. How did it kick off? Jonathan Allred: The idea had been bouncing around with a few of us local painters and artists to have a show that was more contemporary in both work and style. A lot of great artists live here [in the Prescott area], but they’re almost never seen by the public for all sorts of reasons. So we decided to change that by doing our own thing. Originally, it was supposed to be a one-off type of event, so we reached out to Mark and Bethany Walters of the Prescott Public House. They were down. They were creating a local-driven vibe that they thought we fit into, and we thought the space suited our needs. How long ago was all this? The first show was three years ago this month. How did it shift from a one-time thing, into now where you’re having your third anniversary? The short answer is that it kept working. After the first event, most of the artists, patrons, employees

  • Vagina Monologues Q&A with Heidi Hampton

    Feb 6, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Event, TheatreComments Off on Vagina Monologues Q&A with Heidi HamptonRead More »

    5enses talks with director Heidi Hampton about the play that’s empowering the women of Yavapai County, again. Mona Stephens sat down with Heidi Hampton, the woman behind The Vagina Monologues in Prescott, told us about this year’s show, what the production is all about, what you have been missing, and how you can experience it for yourself, in a just few weeks. By Mona Stephens  The Vagina Monologues is coming to Prescott next month. What is it and who started it? The Vagina Monologues is kind of a movement, started by Eve Ensler in 1996. It’s a collection of monologues: one-person pieces and ensembles pieces that mostly deal with women’s issues. It started as a one-woman-show, Off-Broadway, that aired on HBO. It was just Eve and a mic, standing as she went through all the monologues. The issues the monologues cover run the gamut. One is the story of a Bosnian rape camp survivor. But some of them are fun and original, there are a lot of those. It’s all about women: the good, the bad and the ugly. When did you first hear about the Vagina Monologues and get involved? I auditioned for another play in 2008 and it was my, you know, “big return to the stage.” I thought I could do it and, well, I didn’t get the part. But I did backstage stuff and was the

  • Film For Thought:Making a Leap By Mikki Russ

    Feb 6, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, FilmComments Off on Film For Thought:Making a Leap By Mikki RussRead More »

    Prescott-based writer Mikki Russ shared with 5enses how she came to her newest venture: “Out to Lunch,” an upcoming film featuring another local, performer and 1970s singing sensation Toni Tennille. By Mikki Russ         When I decided to do this film, I hadn’t decided to do this film.      Let me backup. My friend Mike introduced me to Toni Tennille. THE Toni Tennille from Captain and Tennille! Mike meets for coffee about once a week with his friend group, and I tagged along. I am decidedly not a morning person.      “This is my friend Mikki,” Mike said to Toni. “She’s a playwright.”      Now he wasn’t wrong. I had written a few short plays for various reasons, in a handful of settings. But he wasn’t exactly right either. I had no large, glitzy production under my belt. I had written a short play that was featured in the Female Playwrights Festival, as a semi-finalist, two years prior. I had been a featured playwright for the Protest Plays Project with a three-month residency. I was proud of those things for sure, but still…      There it hung. “My friend Mikki … the playwright.”      Toni radiates sunshine. It just embraces you. She pulled out a chair and sidled up next to me. “Nice to meet you. You know what you should write? A play

  • Seed MANIA: Molly Beverly

    Feb 6, 19 • ndemarino • 5ensesComments Off on Seed MANIA: Molly BeverlyRead More »

    By Molly Beverly Have you ever wanted to grow your own tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes or zucchini? Would you like to improve your vegetable gardening skills? Would you like a room full of experts to answer your veggie questions? Are you thinking I’m nuts for bringing this up mid-winter? No! Because it’s time to start planning for spring. Seed Mania! will help you plan for a great garden season. It’s a free event on Saturday, February 23, where you’ll be able to pick up the seeds, advice, information and supplies needed to grow your own food this summer. You’ll be able to buy seed for the ten easiest food plants to grow at bulk prices (cheap!) from beans to zucchini. Local home gardeners will offer their own tried and true seed saved from their own most successful gardens. And Terroir Seeds of Chino Valley (“From the soil to the seed to the food you eat”) will be selling their line of heritage seeds. All seeds offered at Seed Mania! will be open pollinated and non-GMO. Seed Mania! is more than just seeds. You can get advice, tools and supplies from master gardeners, home growers, farmers, Yavapai College instructors, community gardeners, and local businesses. And there will be worms from Natural Wonders worm farm with information on vermiculture. You’ll find information on healthy eating, fruit trees, building soil, organic fertilizers, garden design,

  • Beyond the Veil: Love February 2019

    Feb 6, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Beyond the Veil, Danna TemplemanComments Off on Beyond the Veil: Love February 2019Read More »

    By Danna Templeman      The guides say every month should be the month of love, but we here in physical form usually don’t live in the place of love twelve months a year. Why? Love feels divine, love changes the chemistry in our brains, and love conquers all other emotions. I don’t mean only romantic love. Love for our children, families, friends, and pets. People can love a tree or the planet.      The guides say we get in our own way. We allow all of our earthbound issues to cloud our way to love. Yes, some love money or a substance, but that is more desire than love. There is some cloudiness around people loving their religions or political party. If there is hate behind the feeling, there cannot be love. Love doesn’t hurt. Hatred for another’s values doesn’t equal love. Being able to love others with respect to their beliefs is the only way through our current circumstances.      As we ascend to higher vibrational frequencies, we see the patterns of the past. We as humans need to evolve into more loving beings, or the past hatred will continue to dominate our lives.      Love is free! It costs nothing to love with all of our hearts. It is limitless how wonderful it can make us feel. “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle

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