Archive for May, 2019

  • May Cover: PCA’s “Hunchback of Notre Dame”

    May 20, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Event, Feature, Prescott Center for the Arts, TheatreComments Off on May Cover: PCA’s “Hunchback of Notre Dame”Read More »

    By Ed Mickens   Prescott Center for the Arts will close out its 2018-19 season with a blockbuster: The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The show runs from May 30 to June 16 on the PCA main stage, which is, perhaps appropriately, a converted church. Don Langford, whose previous credits include Les Miserable and Sweeney Todd, directs a cast of 36 in this beautiful production based on Victor Hugo’s classic 1831 tale. This stage version is adapted from the 1996 Disney animated film, with its Academy Award-nominated score, and includes new songs with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. What makes a monster and what makes a man? How do each of us address the inner struggles that are common to all mankind? Questions like these are posed throughout the story of Hunchback. They are what drew Langford to the show, along with an operatic score that combines beautifully with the grand themes of the story. Langford says, “Menken and Schwartz’s songs and lyrics are delivered in a classical style that will appeal to both Broadway musical buffs and fans of the classics alike.” The show features 14 Congregants who play multiple roles, plus six principals, including the very talented Jeremy Zuhlke as Quasimodo, Leah Morales as Esmeralda, and Darrell Rowader as Claude Frolo, along with a 17-member choir. One of those choir members, Linda Rowader is a

  • Global Stilt Congress: Board the Citizen Ship at Arcosanti

    May 16, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, EventComments Off on Global Stilt Congress: Board the Citizen Ship at ArcosantiRead More »

    By Jay Ruby   “Citizen Ship: The Legislation” will make its public debut at Arcosanti on May 31 and June 1, as the culminating performance of the 2019 Global Stilt Congress. Performers will include Prescott’s Carpetbag Brigade theatre troupe and stilt walkers from around the world who have been studying at Arcosanti for two weeks during Global Stilt Congress. This experimental “Citizen Ship” will explore what constitutes membership within the franchise of our society. Its language will be acrobatic stilts, the spoken word poetry of KJ Miner and Leah Marche, and the banjo music of 19th century American songwriter Stephen Foster, as interpreted by musician Steven Ayers. Global Stilt Congress is a gathering hosted annually by The Carpetbag Brigade at Arcosanti’s experimental urban laboratory. The unique architecture of the site serves as a high-desert arena for stilt-oriented performers and practitioners from around the world. They come together for two weeks to exchange skills, develop craft, and strengthen our community and network. Creating a vocabulary of exchange beyond the realm of verbal language allows for deep artistic interaction. During Global Stilt Congress, invited teachers and directors share their techniques, compositional strategies and life experiences through classes, lectures, and a culminating, site-specific performance project. The Carpetbag Brigade applies acrobatic stilts as a medium to engage artists from diverse cultures in collaborative process resulting in unique cross-cultural projects. The group started in Prescott in

  • What’s Up: Black Holes May 2019

    May 5, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, What's up?Comments Off on What’s Up: Black Holes May 2019Read More »

    By Adam England Recently, the science community has been filled with chatter about the first ever image of a black hole. But what is a black hole? And if it is truly a “black hole,” how can we see it? The idea was first conjectured in 1784 by English astronomer and clergyman John Michell, who hypothesized that a body in space with a mass much greater than the sun, yet occupying a similar sized area, may have a gravitational pull so strong that not even light could escape. It would only be detectable by its effect on orbiting bodies in its vicinity. A mind-boggling concept for his time, Michell’s theory defined light as a particle, and excitement waned when light was learned to be wavelike in the early 1800s. The next mind to delve into the realm of super-dense gravity wells, and the potential effect on light, was Albert Einstein in 1915. His thinking opened up a “Golden Age” of black hole thought, with a slew of scientists studying these new concepts: the “event horizon” (the edge of a black hole’s gravity field beyond which not even light can escape); “gravitational lensing” (the way light curves around a strong gravitational field); and “gravitational waves” (a disturbance in space and time resulting from the interactions of such large masses). The technology to study and prove such theories, however, still had a

  • Bird of the Month: Black-chinned Hummingbird May 2019

    May 3, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Prescott Audubon Society's Bird of the MonthComments Off on Bird of the Month: Black-chinned Hummingbird May 2019Read More »

      By Russ Chappell   Black-chinned hummingbirds are small and slender with fairly straight bills. They are about 3.5 inches long, weigh about 0.2 ounces, and have 4.3-inch wing-spans. Males have green backs with a prominent purple band around their necks, plus velvety black chins, dishwater white bellies and dark tails. Females and immature birds are green above and whitish below, with females displaying white tips on their outer three tail feathers. Both genders have black bills, the female being longer than the male, and tend to spread their tail feathers wider in flight than other hummingbirds. Their heart rate, at rest, is about 480 beats per minute, and on cold nights they enter torpor, with rates dropping to 45–180 beats per minute. They breath 245 breaths per minute at 91 degrees Fahrenheit, and 420 breaths per minute at 55 degrees Fahrenheit, and sporadically while torpid. These hummingbirds construct compact, deep-shaped nests of plant down, spider silk and cocoon fibers, which expand as the chicks mature. They parent up to three broods with two eggs each, per year, and incubation is roughly 15 days. The white eggs are the size of coffee beans. When hatched, the chicks are about one-quarter inch long, with two rows of thin, downy feathers on their backs, and eyes closed. They leave the nest in 21 days. They feed at flowers and feeders and also

  • News From The Wilds: May 2019

    May 3, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, News From the WildsComments Off on News From The Wilds: May 2019Read More »

    By Ty Fitzmorris   May is the great turning of spring to summer in the Mogollon Highlands of Arizona. Winter is firmly past, and in most years the seasonal creeks run with the very last percolating snowmelt while an extraordinary diversity of flowers abound. But May is also the beginning of the dry season, as regional climate patterns shift. The winter storms that had been flung our way from large storm systems over the Pacific are replaced by northering warm, wet air masses from the Gulf of California. Eventually these air masses will mature into the titanic cumulonimbus and torrential rains of our summer monsoon, but they are fueled by heat, which will not build sufficiently until late June. We are lucky enough to have not one, but two distinct flowering seasons per year—our first great flowering happens this month, though it will be muted by extremely dry conditions, while the other great flowering is after the monsoon rains of mid-summer. Interestingly, many of our flowering plant species are unique to one or the other period. This bimodal flowering season is matched by peaks in activity in our animal species, as well. Insect activity follows flowering very closely, as insects either pollinate flowers or disperse the seeds that result from that pollination. The peak in bird, mammal, reptile and amphibian activity follows shortly after insects, as insects constitute much of

  • Oddly Enough: May 2019

    May 3, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Russ Miller's Oddly EnoughComments Off on Oddly Enough: May 2019Read More »

      By Russell Miller Needlefish Depending on the species, needlefish can range in size from as small as one inch to nearly six feet in length. They travel in small schools, feeding on fish, crustaceans, and krill on the surface of the water. Swimming at extremely fast speeds (over 35 miles per hour) they often leap clear of the water to capture prey. Though caught and eaten for food, their green bones, can make them visually unappealing. Needlefish have no stomachs. Rather than using acid to digest their food, they produce an enzyme called “trypsin” which breaks down protein. Oddly Enough – Needlefish have been responsible for at least two known human deaths. It is not unusual for them to leap clear of the water, especially at night, colliding with people on boats or docks and spearing them in a lethal manner. ***** 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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