Archive for April, 2019

  • Prescott Center For the Arts: Prescott Teen Summer Stock Program

    Apr 10, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Prescott Center for the Arts, TheatreComments Off on Prescott Center For the Arts: Prescott Teen Summer Stock ProgramRead More »

    Prescott Center for the Arts has announced that it will hold auditions for its 2019 Teen Summer Stock Ensemble, May 3 and 4. The program will run from June 5 – July 21 in Prescott. Scott Neese, of the music faculty at Yavapai College, will be returning to direct this summer’s production of Kiss Me Kate, the lively 1948 musical by Cole Porter, adapted from William Shakespeare’s comedy, The Taming of the Shrew. Neese’s goal is to continue to provide an educational experience in theater with the challenges and rewards of an outstanding production. Designed for older teens, age 15-22, Teen Summer Stock Ensemble (TSSE) is an exciting and intensive program meant to provide a taste of what it’s like to work in a professional theatre setting. The teens are immersed in the process of mounting a full-scale musical on the Prescott Center for the Arts stage. The production is staffed by professionals with industry experience so that participants can get a taste of every aspect of the production process. The skills they learn range from dancing, singing, and acting, to set construction, costume design, and makeup. Regular workshops and tutorials give them lifelong skills in performing arts and theater production. Last summer, over 30 teens performed the award-winning musical, Shrek, to over 1,000 patrons. Robyn Allen, executive director of Prescott Center for the Arts, stated, “The growth of youth

  • Yavapai College Performing Arts Shows for April 2019

    Apr 4, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Yavapai College, Yavapai College Performing Arts CenterComments Off on Yavapai College Performing Arts Shows for April 2019Read More »

    By Michael Grady On the surface, Yavapai College’s spring season might seem like just a flying nanny, a brass band, a singer, and a guy with a tiny guitar. But a closer look reveals attractive details beneath: an emerging drama program, an innovative brass ensemble, a classic tenor voice, and a ukulele that must be heard to be believed.   Mary Poppins Friday, April 5, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2 & Sunday, April 7, 3 p.m. Tickets start at $25, with $10 youth tickets No, Mary Poppins is not new. Everyone remembers the iconic 1964 movie, with an attractively aloof Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke murdering a cockney accent. The star here is Yavapai College’s Performing Arts Department. The drama program has hit its stride doing large-cast, family-friendly musicals. It helps that the Performing Arts Center has an enormous proscenium stage that’s perfect for big musicals. YC knows that, and fills every inch of it with spectacle. With that in mind, Mary Poppins is worth a look. The songs are legendary, the local performers are always good. And it’s fun to revisit the dynamics of upper-crust British family life, and wonder how all those kids aren’t in therapy.   Presidio Brass Friday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25, with $10 youth tickets Maybe you think brass music isn’t your thing. But if you appreciate the way

  • News From The Wilds: April 2019

    Apr 3, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, News From the WildsComments Off on News From The Wilds: April 2019Read 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 is 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 western facing 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, as are the beavers and porcupines, while the young of other species, such as the black bears, are emerging from their dens. Now begins the long process of learning to forage and navigate their landscapes, preying on these early insects and plants. 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 neotropical warblers

  • What’s Up? Mercury

    Apr 3, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Prescott Astronomy Club Presents:, What's up?Comments Off on What’s Up? MercuryRead More »

    By Adam England Mercury – “The Messenger of the Gods” – races around the Sun every 88 days, and was observed by nearly every known ancient culture for being the most mobile object in the sky. It reaches its greatest Western elongation on April 11th, making it most visible and highest above the horizon in the morning sky. It can be spotted low on the Eastern horizon just before sunrise. Mercury was so named after the Roman deity who was the god of communication and travel, among other things. The very root of the name is thought to stem from the prefix merĝ- meaning border, as he guided souls to the underworld. As viewed from Earth, the planet Mercury never strays far from the horizon, moving along the border of day and night in its quick orbit of the Sun. The closeness to the sun has proven a double-edged sword to the little planet, stripping away its atmosphere and baking the surface, which is heavily cratered and similar in appearance to the Moon. This indicates little or no tectonic activity for billions of years. The temperatures on the surface range from 800°F in daytime to below -280°F at night. Being so close to the sun has also made it very difficult to study from Earth or with spacecraft. NASA probes Mariner 10 visited in 1974-75 and MESSENGER collected over 100,

  • Bird of the Month: April 2019

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

    By Russ Chappell Turkey vultures, also called turkey buzzards, are North American scavengers that clean up the countryside one bite at a time! Often visible along roadways or soaring over the countryside, their super-sensitive sense of smell aids them in locating fresh carcasses. With wingspans as great as six feet, they can be misidentified as large raptors. However, their in-flight “V” shaped wing formation makes them easy to identify. They hang around open farmland and landfills, clumsily hopping along the ground, or occasionally standing erect with wings spread in the sunlight to warm up, cool down or dry off. They roost in trees, on rocks, and other high, secluded spots at night. Rarely attacking live prey, they prefer deceased mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, fish, and will often wait for carcasses to soften in order to pierce the skin more easily. Several may gather at a carcass, but usually only one feeds at a time, chasing the others off and making them wait their turn. Skillful foragers, they consume the softest bits first, and their immune systems protect them from botulism, anthrax, cholera, or salmonella. However, they are susceptible to pesticides and lead poisoning. To form a nest, turkey vultures scrape out a spot in the soil or leaf litter, pull aside obstacles, or arrange scraps of vegetation or rotting wood. There is one brood yearly, consisting of one to three

  • Oddly Enough: April 2019

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

    By Russell Miller Pinacate beetles, also known as “stink bugs” live primarily west of the Mississippi. They are generally black and have leathery wing-covers overlaying delicate flight wings, which are never used. Most insectivores avoid them because of their stench secreted when threatened. Assuming a head down, butt up position, they present a sticky series of droplets or spray (up to 20 inches away!) which quickly changes the mind of their pursuer. The Grasshopper Mouse (a truly carnivorous rodent) however, has learned to grab the stinkbug, jam its behind in the dirt, (neutralizing its defense) and eating its head off before dining on the rest of the bug. ODDLY ENOUGH – Grasshopper mice actively stalk and kill other rodents as well as scorpions, crickets and beetles. They are aggressive, territorial and voracious. They communicate over long distances by howling, like miniature coyotes. Their pure-tone cry is even audible to humans. ***** Russell Miller is an illustrator, cartoonist, writer, bagpiper, motorcycle enthusiast, and former reference librarian. Currently, he illustrates books for Cody Lundin and Bart King

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