Archive for the ‘5enses’ Category

  • 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

  • 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 & 7.pm. 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

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