Archive for the ‘Event’ Category

  • Natural histories: The art & science of science & art

    Nov 1, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Event, Portfolio5,192 CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon At first blush, the 250 prints in the Josephine Michell Arader Natural History Print Collection are a dizzying floral and faunal cacophony. In one image, a pair of Great Auks enjoy a dynamic scene with severe cliffs and choppy seas. In another, gruesome eels swim in an illusory ether stacked row upon impossible row. Others depict plants — some in acute, meticulous realism, some in a surreal limbo including multiple stages of development. From a scientific perspective, you could divvy these prints up by taxonomy, geography, or morphology. From an artistic perspective, you could divvy them up by chronology, technique, or stylistic sensibilities. By all means, do that — a large selection from the collection is on display Nov. 8 – Dec. 14 at the Prescott College Art Gallery at Sam Hill Warehouse, while an ongoing rotation of prints debuts at the college’s nascent Natural History Institute this month — but before you delve too deep into delineation, just look at them. Just. Look. “Well, the first thing is that some of them are just jaw-droppingly gorgeous,” says Dr. Tom Fleischner, director of Prescott College’s nascent Natural History Institute. “There are some of them, like the Great Auks, that I just can’t keep my eyes off of.” That simple act of looking was the first step that lead to the creation of these images. It’s the starting

  • [VIDEO] ‘Mushroom Madness!’ recap and info

    On Saturday, Aug. 3, Northern Arizona University mycologist Erik Nelson lead a fungi talk and hike, “Mushroom Madness!” at the Highlands Center for Natural History, in Prescott. In case you missed it, here are a few factoids, photos, and videos: Fungi are the fruiting, reproductive bodies of mycorrhizae. More than 2,000 species of trees have a symbiotic relationship with fungi and their ilk. The vast majority of herbaceous plants — some 300,000 species — have a similar relationship with mycorrhizae, though not necessarily mushrooms. Practically all uncooked mushrooms are probably at least mildly carcinogenic. Yes, that includes the ones at the salad bar. In many cases, cap color is one of the least reliable mushroom identification features. In Arizona, Shaggy Manes (Coprinus comatus), Lobster Mushrooms (Hypomyces lactiflorum), Aspen Boletes (Leccinum insigne), and Common Puffballs (Lycoperdon perlatum) are among the easiest edible mushrooms to identify. Regardless, further reading and trained help is recommended before hunting, identifying, and consuming wild mushrooms. ***** Read more online at Erik Nelson’s website, TaneLorn.Us.  

  • An alien gathering: Notes from the 2013 Roswell UFO Festival

    Jul 30, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Event, Feature, Photo Gallery5,621 CommentsRead More »

    Illustration, photos, & story by Dale O’Dell In 1947 something fell out of the sky and crashed near Roswell, New Mexico. It may’ve been an alien spacecraft, a weather balloon, or nothing at all, but its effect on the community was profound. That alleged UFO crash spawned an urban legend — and an economic boom — for Roswell. And so, 66 years after the whatever-it-was was hauled off and the alien bodies were put into deep-freeze, I arrived at the 2013 Roswell UFO Festival. Every Fourth of July weekend, the town holds its annual UFO festival. Main Street is shut down, the portable concert stage is set up, the vendors fill the street. Attendees are treated to costume contests, parades, and all sorts of alien-themed silliness. People come from all over the world to mix with morbidly obese Americans dressed as grey aliens and sweat in the 100-degree heat of the New Mexico Desert. A real heatstroke-hoot. Better drink some more alien juice and stay hydrated. The first event I attended was the alien pet costume contest held on the Civic Center lawn. Everybody loves seeing little dogs parade around in costumes that, while embarrassing to other dogs, make humans laugh. Name a better opportunity to spray paint Fido green and display the poor critter in front of 400 similarly dressed humans. The most appropriate dog to dress up in

  • Miles of smiles

    Jul 30, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Event, Feature5,405 CommentsRead More »

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Vincent van Gogh, Helmut Vogel, and Annie Alexander walk into a sunflower field. Van Gogh smiles and paints an image exploring the violent explosion of life and death that inspires generations of artists and art lovers. Vogel smiles and pens a mathematical formula predicting the dizzying spirals of their florets that has myriad engineering and design applications. Alexander smiles, and the Prescott resident hatches a plan that spreads smiles to countless people and benefits our less fortunate denizens. OK, not much of a punch line — but it’s true. And it’s heartwarming. For nearly two decades, Alexander has sold fresh sunflowers at 204 N. McCormick St. Proceeds go to The Smile Project, the nonprofit she started to help area homeless get dental work. Summer sales are on the honor system — Alexander insists that’s an integral part of this — and the project usually raises a few hundred dollars. Some years The Smile Project can help dozens of homeless; some years it can only help a few. And now they’ve got helping hands: Inspired by the project, Sergio Montes and Prescott Dentistry helped 28 people on June 28. Indeed, Alexander and her sunflowers — and her neighbor’s, after her yard was consequently colonized — have made countless people smile. “Hmm,” Alexander muses, chewing on a tagline for the project. “What makes you smile?”

  • The wave returns

    May 30, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Event5,600 CommentsRead More »

    It’s hard to explain the annual Tsunami on the Square Performing Arts and Culture Festival to folks who’ve never seen it. It’s like a circus. And it’s like Cirque du Soleil. And it’s like a show kids put on in the backyard. Tsunami on the Square fanatics and first-timers alike have plenty to enjoy, including 10 hours of live performances on the Yavapai County Courthouse Square. This   year, there are performers from all over the U.S., Colombia, and U.K. These include Nemcatacoa Teatro — a world-class acrobatic stilt walking group — from Bogota, Columbia and Hojarasca Música Andina — a musical group specializing in Andean music — from Antioquia, Colombia, thanks to help from the Southern Exposure grant program, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and others. They’ll be performing with The Carpetbag Brigade, led by Tsunami founder Jay Ruby. Most events are free. Times and locations vary, so visit TsunamiOnTheSquare.Org for up-to-the-minute scheduling information. Here’s a peak at 2013’s Tsunami performances: “Creating Art in a Society of Conflict” 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8:. Nemcatacoa Teatro presentation at Peregrine Book Company. “Traditions of Stilt Walking in Columbia” 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9: Nemcatacoa Teatro presentation at Prescott Public Library’s Founders Suites. Circus Camp for Kids 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, June 8-13: Youth learn juggling, stilt walking, acrobatics, costume making, and other skills and perform at

  • [Video] Alan Dean Foster talks Star Wars, Star Trek, & Hollywood

    Apr 26, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Event, Video20 CommentsRead More »

    On Sunday, 2013-04-21, Prescott-based science fiction legend and flagship 5enses columnist Alan Dean Foster talked about “Splinter of the Mind’s Eye” as part of the Prescott Film Festival’s Sci-Fi Mini-Fest at Yavapai College in Prescott, Ariz. Watch his talk and Q-and-A, in five parts, bellow

  • [Video] Rod Roddenberry brings ‘Trek Nation’ to Prescott

    Apr 26, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Event, Video5,514 CommentsRead More »

    On Saturday, 2013-04-20, Rod Roddenberry talked about “Trek Nation,” a documentary about his father, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center in Prescott, Ariz., as part of the Prescott Film Festival’s Sci-Fi Mini-Fest. Watch his Q-and-A, in three parts, bellow

  • Prescott: the final frontier

    Mar 28, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Event4,386 CommentsRead More »

    By Helen Stephenson As if you’d pass on seeing William Shatner belt out “Kaahhnn” on the big screen. As if you’d pass on meeting someone who’s donned one of the infamous red shirts. As if you wouldn’t fight off the herd of javelinas around your car to hear Alan Dean Foster read from “Splinter of the Mind’s Eye.” Prescott Film Festival is giving you yet another incentive to attend its inaugural “Sci-Fi Mini-Fest”: Rod Roddenberry, son of legendary Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, is visiting Everyone’s Hometown for a special screening of “Trek Nation.” The convention includes three days of film, star gazing and workshops April 19-21 at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. “Trek Nation” tickets are $10 ($5 for students of any school and Yavapai College employees). All other films are $6 ($3 ibid). Workshops and readings are free. Find out more and look up show times at PrescottFilmFestival.Com and YCPAC.Com. Films Rod Roddenberry’s autobiographical documentary “Trek Nation” screens Saturday.  Rod was just 17 when his father passed away. This film is his personal exploration of his father — discovering who he was and the legacy he left behind. Other featured movies include “Forbidden Planet.” Originally written to be a low-budget film called “Fatal Planet,” the writer, producer, and special effects team pitched it to MGM. Investors said yes to their $1 million budget, which later nearly doubled

  • Broad Strokes art show opens at ‘Tis on 2013-03-13

    Mar 12, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Event4,891 CommentsRead More »

    From ‘Tis Art Center & Gallery: Broad Strokes, an exhibition of six women artists, will open at ‘Tis Art Center & Gallery, on the Mezzanine from March 16 through April 13. The show features six Prescott area women painters: Dorothy Ray, Marla Smith, Alice Gunter, Linda Umphrey, Cathy Gibbons, and Bonnie Casey. An artists’ reception is Friday, March 22, in conjunction with the 4th Friday Art Walk. Wine and light appetizers will be served.   Artistic motivations Dorthy Ray is “drawn to subject matter that reflects moments of time. The capture of movement and light within the images I paint is important to communicate a mood that connects with the viewer.” Marla Smith’s “goal as an artist is to convey to the view the same feeling of joy and beauty that I experience with these fleeting moments, whether it’s a beautiful sunset, an approaching storm, or an early morning light with the promise of a new day. Capturing the personalities of a favorite animal is a special gift.” Alice Gunter feels “all of anyone’s life is composed of thousands of quick impressions, and we say ‘how beautiful,’ and they’re gone. A painting captures a moment’s impression in a magic way. If the painter is good, and lucky, the viewer will feel the air, see the sunlight shimmer or sense the fogs cling, hear the laughter of the child on the

  • It’s the Buckeys: The ins & outs of Prescott’s finest arts award show

    Mar 1, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Event21 CommentsRead More »

    By Donald Fezziwig Glittering gowns? Teary speeches? What could it be? It’s awards season again. For those of you who just moved to Prescott from Des Moines, Iowa: You’ve heard of the Oscars, the Emmys, the Tonys, etc. — all very nice awards shows in their own way. But have you ever seen the Buckeys? Now there’s a slice of Yavapai County. We’re talking about the Third Annual Buckey Awards for Excellence in the Arts — a celebration of artists, performers, and arts supporters of hometown creativity. The award is named for Buckey O’Neill, who, besides being a sheriff, soldier, lawyer, and rancher, was a writer and publisher in turn-of-the-century Prescott. This year’s Buckey Awards are at 7 p.m. Saturday, 2013-03-09, at the Prescott Center for the Arts, 208 N. Marina St. Tickets are $10 and seating is limited. Buy them from the Prescott Center for the Arts office or at the door.   Windfalls If previous Buckeys are any indication, some of this year’s honorees will be virtually unknown to some. “We weren’t playing in bars; we weren’t as well known as some bands; we almost didn’t go to the awards show,” said Tres Ikner of local alt-pop group Dutch Holly, which won Outstanding Musical Artists in 2011. “But when they started reading off the finalists, Jen (Jupiter, the other half of Dutch Holly) turned to me and said,

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