Archive for the ‘Feature’ Category

  • Moving pictures: Prescott Film Festival turns nine

    May 4, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Helen Stephenson, founder and executive director of the Prescott Film Festival. The ninth annual film fest is is June 8-16. Individual tickets are $12 ($6 for students). For a full schedule of screenings, workshops, and other events plus ticket packages, visit PrescottFilmFestival.Com.] How did the Prescott Film Festival get started? It started with an idea — which is how most things start, especially creative things — which was to bring independent film to Prescott. Then I formed a nonprofit. Elisabeth Ruffner helped me with that. Doing all the business parts of this, the marketing, all of that, too, makes it a left brain/right brain endeavor. You have to figure out how to bridge that creativity, the fun, the education into something that’s still got legs as a business. You have to write grants. Fortunately, we have a handful of granters, but you can’t rely on that and you have to constantly do grant applications. You have to sell tickets, and you have to do marketing. I didn’t have Facebook until I realized the Prescott Film Festival needed to be on Facebook. How has the goal of the film festival changed from its inception through today? The original end goal was to bring filmmaking back to Arizona. Arizona has a long history in film. And,

  • Monsters: A patented approach

    May 4, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Markoff Chaney From the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, USPTO.Gov/terms-use-uspto-websites … Patent Information Patents are published as part of the terms of granting the patent to the inventor. Subject to limited exceptions reflected in 37 CFR 1.71(d) & (e) and 1.84(s), the text and drawings of a patent are typically not subject to copyright restrictions. The inventors’ rights to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States for a limited time is not compromised by the publication of the description of the invention. In other words, the fact that a patent’s description may have been published without copyright restrictions does not give you permission to manufacture or use the invention without permission from the inventor during the active life of the patent. See MPEP § 600 – 608.01(v) regarding the right to include a copyright or mask work notice in patents. ***** Markoff Chaney is an Earth-based whodunit pundit and (Fnord) Discordian Pope. He has lotsa bills and no sense. Contact him at NoisyNoiseIsNoisome@Gmail.Com

  • “Walk in … Dance Out!”: Summer’s DanceWorks celebrates a decade of dance

    May 4, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Summer Hinton and Russ Hausske, co-owners of Summer’s DanceWorks, who are celebrating 10 years of dance with a recital at 5:45 p.m. June 1 & 2 at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St. Visit Summer’s DanceWorks at 805 Miller Valley Road and SummersDanceWorks.Com.] How did Summer’s DanceWorks get to where it is today? Hinton: Aug. 4, 2008 is when we officially opened our doors and started classes in a little one-room studio up the street from where we are today. I had been teaching in Prescott for 10 years before that. Hausske: It was maybe 600 square feet of floor. We also had a viewing room, but it was half the size of the one we’re sitting in today. Hinton: I taught all the classes then and Mr. Russ taught all the partner dancing. Hausske: We met on Sept. 8, 2007. I was a private investigator — actually, I’m still licensed in Arizona and California — and met her when she was looking for someone to do a master class in West Coast Swing. Hinton: For years, people had been telling me I should open a studio. Even though my dad didn’t get to see it — he passed away — he always wanted me to open my own studio. It seemed like

  • Ancient rock art of the American West: A case of unnecessary endangerment

    May 4, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    Photos by Dale O’Dell Many of these petroglyphs are no longer protected. Find out more at DaleODell.Blogspot.Com. ***** Read Dale O’Dell’s blog post about these images and the larger political and cultural issues surrounding them at DaleODell.Blogspot.Com. See more of Dale O’Dell’s photography and digital art at DalePhoto.Com. Contribute to his “Documentary Photography of Rock Art” project via GoFundMe at GoFundMe.Com/documentary-photography-of-rock-art. O’Dell is this month’s featured artist at Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery, 134 S. Montezuma St., 928-776-7717, and his new work, “Southwestern POP Impressionism,” featuring petroglyphs, is on display through May 23. Find out more at ArtsPrescott.Com

  • Hit the streets: Chalk It Up! celebrates a decade of street art

    Mar 30, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Susan Crutcher, longtime volunteer and event committee member of Chalk It Up!. The 10th annual street art festival is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday & Saturday, April 21 & 22, in the parking lot of National Bank of Arizona, 201 N. Montezuma St. Find out more at PrescottChalkArt.Com.] ou’ve been involved with Chalk It Up! since the beginning, correct? I’m not an original founder, but I’ve been involved since the first year. I drove by, saw it, said, ‘whoa, what’s that?’ stopped and started talking to people, and volunteered to help. … Everybody from the originally committee has dispersed. There was the group of people who started it, then, four years ago, it changed hands and became a fundraiser for the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic. How has the event changed over the past decade? I don’t know that it’s really changed all that much. The things that were originally established have remained. It’s continued to be a free community, family event. It’s still accepting of a range of ages and artistic abilities and physical abilities. One of the benchmarks has always been how inclusive this event is. You see people interacting at Chalk It Up! that you don’t typically see interact. You might see a grandfather on the ground with his grandkids and, next to

  • A Sedona Sojourn: Take another trip on the Sedona Open Studios Tour

    Mar 30, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Mike Upp, potter and Sedona Open Studios Tour organizer. Find out more about the tour, April 27-29 at studios in Sedona, Cornville, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, and Camp Verde, at SedonaArtistsCoalition.Org and Facebook.] What’s your pitch for this year’s Sedona Open Studios Tour? The unique hook of the open studios tour is that you’re getting to interact with the artists in their workspace instead of seeing their work in a gallery or seeing it at an arts festival. This time there are 67 artists and approximately 42 physical studios for the tour, which is April 27, 28, and 29. Some of those studios have numerous people. You actually get to see what the artists’ workspaces look like and, in many spaces, there are demos of people at work. It makes it more of a learning experience, more than just a passive thing. The tour is quite sprawling, geographically. It’s safe to assume this is self-directed? Absolutely. People tend to get the brochure and say, OK, I like glass, ceramics, and photography, so I’m going to go to these studios. We do have a few people who pride themselves on going to all of them, but it’s mostly self-selective. You go to the art forms that you appreciate and collect, and you see what else is in

  • Planting the seed: STEM-based SciTech Fest returns

    Mar 30, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Andy Fraher, director of STEM outreach at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, who’s hosting the fifth annual Prescott Regional SciTech Fest, 10-4 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at Embry-Riddle, 3700 Willow Creek Road. Find out more at AZSciTech.Com and Facebook.] What exactly is the Prescott Regional SciTech Fest and what happens there? It’s a festival for people drawn from organizations from the local area to focus on science and technology and innovation. It’s an opportunity for the public to see exactly what’s going on in those worlds from the perspective of Prescott and Yavapai County. Having said that, there are some presenters from outside the area. It’s a chance to get some ideas and see some of the cool new things coming up in Science Technology Engineering and Math. Why is STEM important? It’s especially important for younger people to know about the advances in technology that are taking place. They need to know how these systems work to better their own lives and, hopefully, pursue a career in those fields down the road. With STEM, some of the new innovations are solving old problems with new technology. That’s something we stress at Embry-Riddle, and I should mention it’s our first year hosting the SciTech Fest. Several student groups will be presenting, too. What’s the target age

  • ‘Intimacy with Disappearance’: Ævium performance reflects on sexism, ageism, culture, politics, spirit, & ecology

    Mar 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Delisa Myles, who’s performing with Ævium in “Intimacy with Disappearance,” 6:30-10 p.m. with live performances 7-9 p.m., March 23 & 24 at the Natural History Institute, 126 N. Marina St., $15-$50. A free panel discussion, subtitled “Loss, Land, & Relationship,” is 2 p.m. March 25, also at the Natural History Institute.] What exactly will “Intimacy with Disappearance” look like? We’re calling it a “Durational Performance Instillation,” and it involves a melding of dance, a photography exhibition, video projection, and sound installation. It also occurs in several different spaces in the Natural History Institute, so the audience will move between different segments of the performance. So what will people see? They’ll see our experience of being on the land and creating dance within a landscape. There are a lot of dance-in-the-landscape images with the projected video and the photographs. Really, I think, they’ll see our relationships with each other. I think we can’t help but bring that to our performance. Some of our connections go back 25 years. There’s a lot wrapped up in the theme, disappearances. There’s the idea of different kinds of loss, different kinds of letting go. Maybe that’s an actual, physical death, or maybe it’s the kind of letting go you do as you age. There are so many different ways

  • Sean Patrick McDermott talks music, gigging in Prescott, & Small Songs

    Mar 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and musician Sean Patrick McDermott, who performs 7-10 p.m. Thursdays at Jersey Lily Saloon, 116 S. Montezuma St., 928-541-7854. He also performs Fridays regularly at The Point Bar & Lounge, 114 N. Montezuma St., 928-237-9027. You can purchase his EP, Small Songs, via CD Baby, Spotify, and iTunes.] How did you end up performing as Sean Patrick McDermott and how did you end up in Prescott? Well, that’s my name. I’m not sure why I use my full name for music, but I think it sounds nice. I came out to Prescott a couple of years ago and have been playing music and working at Peregrine Book Co. I grew up in Houston, Texas, and I went to music school in Nashville, Belmont University, for two years, which was kind of a crazy place. I went with a bunch of friends, and some of them are studio players now. … Being in that environment, seeing all those incredibly driven people working toward a goal, it helped me contextualize music in a different way as far as being a songwriter and trying to produce music as a kind of product. So, after I was there for a couple of years, I went back to Texas, and had visited here a couple of times, and ended up

  • Oddly Enough: Russ Miller reflects on his own strange-but-true tale

    Feb 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Feature, Russ Miller's Oddly EnoughNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Russ Miller, Prescott-based illustrator, polymath, and creator of “Oddly Enough,” which runs in, among other places, the publication you’re reading right now.] How did you get started doing “Oddly Enough”? Probably one of the big reasons why I started “Oddly Enough” was because of a library. It was the one here, actually, in the Carnegie building. It was in the late ’50s or early ’60s. I used to get dropped off in the summer there because, well, I’m sure my folks had other stuff to do. But I was in the kids’ section at the Gurley Street corner, the bottom section of that building. At one point, as a kid, you’ve read everything of interest in there, but the upstairs was daunting. It was dark, hardwood, and quiet. I remember I started looking around up there and, man, there was some really good stuff. I remember this one particular book I kept trying to check out. It was about strange people — basically, about freaks, when you get down to it — people who’d been in horrible accidents and other stuff. At the time, librarians could say, “No, put that book back on the shelf, sonny.” So, I kept trying and one day they had someone else working there and he just stamped the

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