Archive for the ‘Feature’ Category

  • As you wish: Method Coffee’s community art project returns

    Dec 1, 17 • ndemarino • FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Joseph Burton, owner of Method Coffee, 3180 Willow Creek Road, 928-777-1067. The annual “Wish Board” participatory show runs early December through mid-January.] How long have you been posting a wish board and how did it get started? I’d say probably six years all together. Thinking back, during that time it started, I want to say something awful was going on. I remember just wanting to give people a format for people to just talk about their New Year’s resolutions in a more meaningful and significant way. We’re all kind of flippant about ideas like that now. … It was altogether an organic process. I really liked the idea of different-colored tags and how it would kind of develop its own aesthetic value as it was contributed to. You probably know how I feel about Method. It serves the community as a gathering place and a community place. I’ve always felt that way and coffee shops have historically and culturally been more than just places where people buy a cup of coffee. There’s a history there with penny universities, and I see that play out in our shop every single day. We have customers that are very, very dear friends that never knew each other until they met at Method. There are people who’ve been

  • A class of their own: Sean Goté Gallery hangs Dutton abstracts & local bronzes

    Dec 1, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood The name Allen A. Dutton should ring a bell. His black-and-white photography of Arizona landscapes and surreal photo montages are — platitudes be damned — vibrant, vital, and evocative. Despite a plethora of shows and works in other mediums, you may not have had the chance to see his abstract painting work or his fleeting but masterful bronze work. Now through the end of 2017, though, you can remedy that thanks to a show at Sean Goté Gallery. And, while you’re there, why not take in some of the jaw-droppingly masterful bronzes of Bronzesmith Fine Art foundry and Gallery. The “Bronzesmith Collection,” which runs alongside the Dutton show, features foundry proofs by the likes of Kim Obrzut, Larry Yazzie, and Oreland Joe, among others. To put it mildly, it’s a heck of a pairing. ***** Visit Sean Goté Gallery at 702 W. Gurley St., 928-445-2323, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, SeanGote.Com. The Allen A. Dutton and Bronzesmith fine Art Foundry and Art Gallery show hangs through the end of 2017. Find out more at BronzesSmith.Com. Robert Blood is a Mayer-ish-based freelance writer and ne’er-do-well who’s working on his last book, which, incidentally, will be his first. Contact him at BloodyBobby5@Gmail.Com

  • A winter’s tale: Post-Christmas native storytelling day returns to Smoki Museum

    Dec 1, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Cindy Gresser, executive director of the Smoki Museum. The annual Storytellers at Smoki event is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, at the Smoki Museum, 147 N. Arizona Ave., 928-445-1230, SmokiMuseum.Org., $6-$7, free to children 12 or under and native people.] How did Storytellers at the Smoki get started? I believe we started this about five years ago. It started pretty small. We just reached out to a few people, to folks we knew would really enjoy it. It turned out to be this wonderful thing where people came and relaxed and heard some really great stories. The kids really enjoyed it. People have folks in town for the Christmas holiday and want something to do, and this has been a hit. We’ve had to move it to a bigger venue. It’s been a great reason to sit around the fireplace. How did it come into being as an event, though? We were looking for another children’s activity, something that would engage kids and also have learning involved in it. One of our volunteers came up with the idea of string games. I remembered playing them when I was a kid. My mom used to crochet and knit, so there was always string around. So I brought in a loop of string and started

  • Santa clauses: Reflections on, by Terry Nolan, Mayor Santa

    Dec 1, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    “Number one, he’s got a real beard and he’s just a jolly-type person. He’s so giving of himself and always has been for the community. He’s just so great in that Santa role.” ~Sue Palacios “The first time was 20 years ago, when I did it for the vet center. They needed someone and I just volunteered. I’ve been doing it more than 20 years now and still do it to this day. … That first year, it just came naturally. I just enjoy the kids so much, little kids especially. They’re cute and it’s just awesome to see them smile.” ~Terry Nolan “Other Santas, they can look the part really good — we’re talking $3,000 suits — but the way he handles the kids is … . It’s hard to put into words. I’ve been doing this with him for five years and the closest thing I can come up with is that he’s so grandfatherly. He absolutely loves the kids.” ~Chad Castigliano “He’s just so community-oriented and talented with the kids. It’s like his second calling. There’s the ho-ho-ho kind of Santa, and there’s Terry. With him, there’s no rush and he gets to know each child he interacts with. When they’re afraid, he takes his time and tries to win them over, and he’s very good at that.” ~Patti Lake “I was raised in Phoenix and

  • Acting out/up: ‘Dr. Wanker’s Short Adventures’ wraps up season one

    Dec 1, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Kevin Goss, writer, producer, and star of “Dr. Wanker’s Short Adventures,” which is available on YouTube via Dr. Hans Wanker’s channel.] Why don’t you introduce us to your web series, “Dr. Wanker’s Short Adventures”? It revolves around this short actor who actually has a doctoral certificate in theater from a school in this fictitious country, Schweisenland. He comes to America on a work visa and gets a job at a community theater in Prescott. In the first episode he loses that job and falls and hits his head and has a vision of being on a movie set. So, he decides to pursue that and go to L.A. in search of a movie career. The series follows him in Hollywood going to auditions and not getting cast and having to get a job as a flower delivery person for a florist and meeting a woman. This love interest plants a seed in his head that the reason he’s not getting cast is because he’s too short and he decides to figure that one out — if that’s really the reason. Initially, he thinks it’s because of his European accent, so he goes to a vocal coach, but after that he realizes that, hey, some of the most famous actors in Hollywood have accents. Michael

  • S(tr)addling communities: Annual Arts Prescott show raises funds for Bethany’s Gait

    Nov 3, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Jody Miller, member of Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery, 134 S. Montezuma St., 928-776-7717, ArtsPrescott.Com, whose annual charity show opens with an artists’ reception on Nov. 24 and runs through Christmas.] What is the Arts Prescott Cooperative’s annual charity show and how did it get started? The gallery, itself, opened in 1994 and, ever since, there’s been a charity fundraiser show from Thanksgiving to Christmas. It’s kind of the gallery’s way of giving back to the community that’s supported it over the years. … The process goes like this: A couple of months before the holidays, members of the gallery do a sales pitch at the general meeting of a charity they think is deserving of support. The members get a month to think it over, then come back and vote. This year, it’s the charity that I pitched, Bethany’s Gait. In past years, there’ve been a lot of different groups. Last year it was Skyview School, which I think was the first time we supported a school. The year of the big fire, we did a fundraiser for the town of Yarnell. We’ve done groups like Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Yavapai Food Bank, and Hungry Kids. We try to do a different one every year and cover areas of the community we feel

  • Building blocks: Ecosa Institute rethinks renewable

    Nov 3, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Jessica Hernreich, executive director of the Ecosa Institute for Ecological Design, 300 E. Willis St., 928-541-1002. Find out more at Ecosa.Org.]   What is the Ecosa Institute for Ecological Design? It’s an ecological design school. We’re a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and we teach the principals of ecological design. We break the mold of a traditional design education in the sense that we pack what would happen in two years in a design school into a 15-week total-immersion semester wherein we teach the earth sciences: ecology, hydrology, biology, and climate science in conjunction with the design arts. There’s an emphasis on architecture, but there’s also a big focus on product design, landscape design, graphic design, and urban planning, as well as material sourcing for the fashion, building and product industries.   What exactly is “ecological design”? Ecological design asks how do we create something that follows the logic of nature, that goes beyond sustainability or green building. The idea is to create systems, landscapes, and buildings rooted in the ecology of a place. That’s true sustainability. … Sustainability, for us, is a baseline. Our job is to do regenerative work.   Each cohort goes through the program in one semester, correct? Is there a certificate or some other sort of designation upon completion of the program

  • Clear as folk: Reflections on Celtic Concert Series, culture, & community

    Nov 3, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and David McNabb, the director of Prescott’s Celtic Concert Series. Contact him at 928-771-1218 or McNabbPrescott@AOL.Com.] How did you end up organizing Celtic concerts in Prescott? I started back in L.A. I was at Pepperdine University back in the 1970s and I was president of the Scottish club. There were two girls that grew up singing together there and there was a sister, though she didn’t go to Pepperdine, but after we graduated, she connected with me and started performing as the Browne Sisters with their cousin, George Cavanaugh, on guitar, and they wanted to find some places to play. I was pretty well connected with the Scottish community in Southern California, so that’s how I got started promoting Celtic concerts. Was Scottish and Celtic culture an important part of your background prior to that? I grew up listening to the bagpipes and traditional Scottish music and singers and going to the Scottish Highland Games, wearing the kilt, all of that. It’s always been a part of my cultural heritage. … Actually, I got married in Scotland in 1993. My wife is from the north of Scotland, above Loch Ness. We got married on a little country church on the shore of Loch Ness and had the reception at a castle in Dingwall and spent

  • From scratch: Introducing Prescott’s Outlaw Donuts

    Nov 3, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Isiah Canady, owner of Outlaw Donuts, 414 W. Goodwin St., 928-379-5606, OutlawDonutsInc.Com.] How long has Outlaw Donuts been around? February makes it three years living in Prescott/Prescott Valley with my wife and kids. We opened our doors on June 14 and we had a grand opening for Outlaw Donuts on July 26. What’s your background? I’m a certified chef — French cuisine — and traveled all over Spain, Morocco, and Germany. My mother’s a tax accountant and we put our brains together on opening a B&B-like business. Opening up a B&B these days is like trying to open up a taxicab company in the day of Uber, so we decided on a bakery. After two months of prepping for a full bakery it kind of turned into a donut shop. The name comes from a theme we were going to do with outlaws on motorcycles, but because this is Prescott it became a cowboy outlaw. … I’m trained in baking and in pastries, and everything, but I hadn’t done anything like this in the industry before. Baking requires a lot of different skills. It’s a lot of leaveners, mixing, battering, the temperatures of everything. The elevation plays a big role here. Hot order cooking came naturally to me. This didn’t come naturally to me,

  • Chance of a ghost: Week of the Dead offers variety of haunts, old & new

    Oct 6, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon The “Week of the Dead” is a week of events and workshops leading up to the Day of the Dead that promote the art, culture, history, and folklore of Arizona. Each of the events benefits its respective non-profit and sponsors including the Prescott Center for the Arts, Smoki Museum, West Yavapai Guidance Center, and Yavapai Cemetery Association. “Day of the Dead” art exhibit • Oct. 2-Nov. 2: Art show featuring Día de los Muertos-themed pieces. Benefits the Prescott Center for the Arts. (PCA Gallery, 208 N. Marina St., 928-445-3286, free admission) “Ghost Feast” • Oct. 11: A dinner-theatre-inspired evening of tapas and “Ghost Talk TOO!” teasers on the El Gato Azul patio. (El Gato Azul World Bistro, 316 W. Goodwin St., 928-445-1070, $30, RSVP) Ghost Talk TOO!” • 6, 7:30, & 9 p.m. Oct. 21,22, 27 & 28: Period costumes, creepy props, mood lighting, eerie sound effects, spooky sets, special effects, and more adorns a series of vignettes in this multi-genre ode to Arizona history and folklore. Directed by Erica Muse, written by Parker Anderson. (Prescott Center for the Arts Stage TOO!, alley between Cortez and Marina streets behind PCA, 928-445-3286, $10-$13) “Historic Cemetery Walk” • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28: Dearly departed spirits from Arizona’s past tell their stories on this hour-long guided tour through the gravesites of Yavapai County pioneers. (Citizens Cemetery, 815

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