Archive for March, 2019

  • Mary Poppins Coming to Yavapai College Performing Art Center

    Mar 12, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Event, Feature, Yavapai College, Yavapai College Performing Arts CenterComments Off on Mary Poppins Coming to Yavapai College Performing Art CenterRead More »

    By Kennan King and Adriana Hurtado “Winds in the east, there’s a mist coming in, like something is brewing, about to begin,” sings Bert, the charismatic chimney sweep, in the opening lines of one of Walt Disney’s most successful and popular musical movies ever, Mary Poppins. Sure enough, something is brewing, as Mary Poppins: The Musical blows onto Yavapai College’s stage April 5-7. With a talented cast, a Tony Award-winning script, and timeless Disney magic, this production will delight audiences of all ages. Director Nanette Hofer, associate professor of musical theatre at YC, is joyfully at the helm. “The story centers around the Banks family, who live at Number 17, Cherry Tree Lane, London in 1910. Mr. and Mrs. Banks are involved with the demands of daily life and cannot give their children, Jane and Michael, the attention they need. Jane and Michael, in turn, are misbehaving to get attention, which results in their current nanny quitting. Enter Mary Poppins, the ‘practically perfect’ nanny, who teaches with magic and a good dose of plunk. She bonds with the children as no other nanny has.” Hofer continues, “When Mary suddenly leaves the position and mother Winifred hires George’s childhood nanny to take on the job, it sends George and the children fleeing from the comforts of their home. The absence of Mary Poppins becomes more valuable than ever, and the family

  • Inter Section Solo Festival: Stories of Now and Past Offer a Key for Trailblazing the Future

    Mar 12, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, EventComments Off on Inter Section Solo Festival: Stories of Now and Past Offer a Key for Trailblazing the FutureRead More »

        By Jay Ruby   The Sam Hill Warehouse was Prescott’s original depot for the exchange of goods and stories, back when the railroad was the crucial link between the frontier and civilization beyond. Nowadays, material goods mostly arrive by truck, and communications come electronically, but the revamped depot, a Prescott cultural landmark for the past two decades, remains a local, vital center for the ideas and tales that help us shape the future ahead. The new frontier, if you will. Appropriately, the Sam Hill Warehouse will be the site for Inter•Section•Solo, a new festival of solo performance in Prescott hosted by The Carpetbag Brigade. This two-day event (March 29th and 30th) celebrates the art of intimate storytelling with theater, dance and spoken word. Inter•Section•Solo engages performance artists and poets to share well-crafted stories from across the spectrum of human experience that invigoratingly question our traditions and identity. Inter•Section•Solo is an opportunity to live inside the odd questions and memories that resonate through time in the territorial outpost of Sam Hill Warehouse. How did Johnny Appleseed sell cider mash? What was it like to dance inside the circled wagons on the Oregon trail? Was Eve upset about being made from a rib? Where is the wall along the Mason-Dixon line? Are today’s pioneers dancing in a club? Or herding sheep in the desert? Or both? What’s the difference between

  • Inter Section Solo Festival: Questioning Tradition

    Mar 12, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, EventComments Off on Inter Section Solo Festival: Questioning TraditionRead More »

    Inter•Section•Solo Festival Questioning Tradition Saturday, March 30, 7:00 pm Tickets Available at   Poet: Milta Ortiz • Performer: Delisa Myles Milta Ortiz is now a Tucson poet/playwright/performer, whose bicultural reality and immigrant experience shapes the way she sees the world. It has become her superpower as an artist. She’s trained as a playwright formally, with an MFA degree from Northwestern University, as a performance artist in the Bay Area experimental theatre scene, and as a poet in Bay Area slams. She is Associate Artistic director at Borderlands Theater. Poet: Leah Marche • Performer: Jay Ruby Leah Marche has co-founded or founded several arts & culture organizations (BlackPoet Ventures, L!VE POET!C, Storyscope) and campaigns/events (Black Poetry Day, WE JAZZ JUNE, Black Horizons Festival). The Phoenix native also co-produces the JAZZmeetsPOETRY series at The Nash. Listed among Phoenix New Times’ 100 Creatives, the freelance graphic designer is a board member of Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation. Wagon Tracks • Performed by Delisa Myles “Wagon Tracks” examines matrilineal Mormon ancestry and its relationship to the oppressed feminine body. Rivers within us entwine stories of ancestral westward migration and inward descent into deep memory. Inheritance and underworld, blood and water, create the matrix for a new kind of baptism. A body is on its way to becoming a new body. Life is full of cocoons. “I have been traversing the spirals of dance, healing

  • Inter Section Solo Festival: Questioning Identity

    Mar 12, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, EventComments Off on Inter Section Solo Festival: Questioning IdentityRead More »

    Inter•Section•Solo Festival Questioning Identity Friday, March 29, 7:00 pm Tickets Available at   Poet Dan Seaman • Performer Christopher Mankowski Dan Seaman has been writing poetry for 50 years and has publicly performed to a wide variety of audiences throughout the Southwest since 1997. He was host, performer, and co-organizer of the Arcosanti Arizona Statewide Slam Poetry Festival for all 7 years it occurred. He currently is working on a Literary Legacy Project of video and audio productions of his writings.       Poet KJ Miner • Performer Daniela de Guzman KJ Miner is one part small-town boy, two parts city folk. Born in Colorado, raised in Arizona, but grew up more in the 8 years he lived in Thailand than all the years before. He’s been a writer and teacher for many years, but more recently stepped into the world of performance poetry, driven by the need to do more and the desire to shake the silly world awake. Silence will no longer suffice.     Eve’s Revenge • Performed by Christopher Mankowski Eve’s Revenge explores androgyny as a symbol for human spiritual potential and evolution. The performance dissects the paradox of gender identity at the forefront of socio-political discourse with nitty gritty details. “I am dedicated to art and ritual as a means to transformation through psychological, social and spiritual dialogue.” –Christopher Mankowski     What is

  • Yavapai College Performing Arts Shows for March 2019

    Mar 5, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Event, Yavapai College, Yavapai College Performing Arts CenterComments Off on Yavapai College Performing Arts Shows for March 2019Read More »

    By Michael Grady If you’re looking for entertainment and crave the “same old-same old,” your best bet is to put this magazine down, stand absolutely still…and another Spiderman sequel will be along in a few minutes. If, however, you’re looking for something that offers a bit of surprise, Yavapai College is throwing plenty of fantasy, comedy, glitz and grace around – in Prescott and Sedona. Take a look…   Aquila Theatre Company A Midsummer Night’s Dream Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m. Tickets start at $26 “Lord, what fools these mortals be!” Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s primary troublemaker, declares at one point. And he’s right: people behave horribly during Midsummer. Especially where love is concerned. What Midsummer may be is the world’s first rom-com. If you think “Shakespeare” is all wordy, dark and pretentious, Midsummer is a refreshing change. Hermia and Lysander meet in the forest to elope in defiance of the Duke. At the same time, a rift in the fairy kingdom sets … oh, who cares? Love is making people crazy. They collide like hormone-driven bumper cars, and hijinks ensue before the morning sets it right. It’s a story that spins on broad physical humor and precise comic timing … the sort of thing at which Aquila Theatre Company excels. The New York-based theatre company, hailed as “excellent” by The New York Times and “magical” by Backstage, has

  • News From The Wilds: March 2019

    Mar 3, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, News From the WildsComments Off on News From The Wilds: March 2019Read 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 snowstorms 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, as pupae or as winged adults. 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, such as fruit

  • Bird of the Month: March 2019

    Mar 1, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Prescott Audubon Society's Bird of the MonthComments Off on Bird of the Month: March 2019Read More »

     By Russ Chappell   Northern shovelers are dabbling ducks that feed in shallow water, by skimming the surface or by tipping headfirst into the water to graze on tiny aquatic plants, vegetation, larvae, and insects. Common in our area during the winter, shovelers often gather in small groups. Recently, 200 were reported at Watson Lake, and 50 at Willow Lake. Larger than a coot and smaller than a mallard, they can weigh up to 29 pounds with wingspans as great as 33 inches. Their long, shovel-shaped bills, about 2 1⁄2 inch in length, are equipped with over 100 outcroppings called lamellae to filter out tiny crustaceans, vertebrae and seeds as they forage. The male displays a bright white chest, rusty sides, and a green head, and the female a giant orange bill and speckled brown plumage. In flight, males flash blue on the upper wing and green on their secondaries (the speculum). A quiet species, the male making a clunking call, and the female a mallard-like quack. Bolder than many ducks, shovelers often venture close to shore, allowing for easy identification without binoculars or scopes. They are monogamous, bonding on wintering grounds and remaining together until fall migration. After breeding and before migration, males group together in small flocks during a flightless molting period, during which they are inclined to stay hidden in vegetation, especially at night. Nests are small

  • Oddly Enough: March 2019

    Mar 1, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Russ Miller's Oddly EnoughComments Off on Oddly Enough: March 2019Read More »

    By Russell Miller Milt Rubenfeld, a U. S. Combat veteran of WWII, covertly flew for the New State of Israel in 1948 along with another U. S. pilot, named Lenart. Under attack by the Arab States, Israel purchased four S-199’s – designed after the German Messerschmitt BF-109 (… the irony was not lost of these pilots). As of Israel’s independence day – May 14, 1948 – these four planes (and five pilots) constituted the entire Israeli Air Force and stopped the Arab ground forces from marching into Tel Aviv. Rubenfeld, on a one man mission, was shot down and managed to bail out over the Mediterranean Sea. His chute did not fully deploy and he was injured upon landing. Because Israeli citizens did not know an “air-force” existed, many of the friendly moshavniks began shooting at the downed pilot, who, not knowing any Hebrew – began shouting (with his arms raised) all the Yiddish words he knew…like “matzo ball”, and “gefilte fish”! He returned to the U. S. to complete his healing. ODDLY ENOUGH – Milt Rubenfeld is none other than the father of actor Paul Reubens, better known Pee Wee Herman. Milt and his wife Judy were also cast as extras in Reubens 1988 film Big Top Pee-Wee. Bonus Oddly- Flying for another country was extremely dangerous. It could have meant arrest for treason, and losing one’s citizenship. So-

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