Archive for the ‘Feature’ Category

  • 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

  • Mary Poppins Coming to Yavapai College Performing Art Center

    Mar 12, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Event, Feature, Yavapai College, Yavapai College Performing Arts CenterComments Off on Mary Poppins Coming to Yavapai College Performing Art CenterRead More »

    By Kennan King and Adriana Hurtado “Winds in the east, there’s a mist coming in, like something is brewing, about to begin,” sings Bert, the charismatic chimney sweep, in the opening lines of one of Walt Disney’s most successful and popular musical movies ever, Mary Poppins. Sure enough, something is brewing, as Mary Poppins: The Musical blows onto Yavapai College’s stage April 5-7. With a talented cast, a Tony Award-winning script, and timeless Disney magic, this production will delight audiences of all ages. Director Nanette Hofer, associate professor of musical theatre at YC, is joyfully at the helm. “The story centers around the Banks family, who live at Number 17, Cherry Tree Lane, London in 1910. Mr. and Mrs. Banks are involved with the demands of daily life and cannot give their children, Jane and Michael, the attention they need. Jane and Michael, in turn, are misbehaving to get attention, which results in their current nanny quitting. Enter Mary Poppins, the ‘practically perfect’ nanny, who teaches with magic and a good dose of plunk. She bonds with the children as no other nanny has.” Hofer continues, “When Mary suddenly leaves the position and mother Winifred hires George’s childhood nanny to take on the job, it sends George and the children fleeing from the comforts of their home. The absence of Mary Poppins becomes more valuable than ever, and the family

  • Ancient Rock Art of The American West: Unnecessary Endangerment

    Feb 10, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureComments Off on Ancient Rock Art of The American West: Unnecessary EndangermentRead More »

    By Dale O’Dell Normally when you see a sign on the bathroom door at a national park or monument it says something like, “Closed for cleaning.” It is definitely not normal to see a sign that reads, “Please Help Save…” the very place where you’re standing. Yet this is what I saw after wrapping up a photo shoot last year at Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. I’d begun my documentary photography project of Ancient Rock Art at Newspaper Rock specifically because it is easy to locate and protected within Bears Ears. Well, I thought it was protected. The sign, as usual, made no difference whatsoever, and now the Monument has been reduced to 15 percent of its previous size and uranium miners are moving in. Newspaper Rock could be destroyed, or access to it denied by a mining company. The environmental impact will be destructive, permanent, and unnecessary. Ancient American Indian rock art, petroglyphs (made by chipping rock surfaces) and pictographs (made by painting or dying rock surfaces), are found throughout the American west. The Native American artworks are between 500 & 4,000 years old and some are even more ancient. These are beautiful symbols and stories, permanently preserved in stone by ancient American Indian shaman-artists. Imagine the native artist of 2,000 years ago: He spent nearly every waking hour simply surviving — hunting, gathering, seeking water and shelter

  • White Spar Art Collective

    Feb 6, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureComments Off on White Spar Art CollectiveRead More »

    By Drew Walden Recently, I sat down with Jonathan Allred, one of the founding members of the White Spar Collective. This Prescott group has been quietly working hard to bring a different vibe to the local art scene, while remaining dedicated to its artists and their work. Drew Walden: I thought we could begin with the origin story of the White Spar Collective. How did it kick off? Jonathan Allred: The idea had been bouncing around with a few of us local painters and artists to have a show that was more contemporary in both work and style. A lot of great artists live here [in the Prescott area], but they’re almost never seen by the public for all sorts of reasons. So we decided to change that by doing our own thing. Originally, it was supposed to be a one-off type of event, so we reached out to Mark and Bethany Walters of the Prescott Public House. They were down. They were creating a local-driven vibe that they thought we fit into, and we thought the space suited our needs. How long ago was all this? The first show was three years ago this month. How did it shift from a one-time thing, into now where you’re having your third anniversary? The short answer is that it kept working. After the first event, most of the artists, patrons, employees

  • Artist to Activist & Beyond: Maria Lynam

    Jan 8, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Event, FeatureComments Off on Artist to Activist & Beyond: Maria LynamRead More »

    By Ed Mickens On January 19, when the Prescott Women’s March gathers for the third year in a row, it will carry a new, more inclusive name, Yavapai County Women March On, but it will still focus attention on the importance of equality, education, healthcare, environment and a thriving community. And in the crowd of women and men will be one of the stalwarts of progressive values in our area: Maria Lynam. Looking back at the first Women’s March in January 2017, Maria recalls, “After the 2016 election I was depressed, and I am not a depressive person, but I was in an emotionally and mentally lethargic state for a few months. Then I happened to see an invitation in the paper to show up at Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist congregation to make posters for a women’s march, so I went. I figured there would be ten or so people. There were 60!”   “Everyone brought their poster supplies, there was no room to work. I didn’t think I would really know anyone, but I seemed connected to everyone there–friends and their friends. That lit the fire under me. I made more than 20 posters for that march.” Maria and her husband, Bill Lynam, had retired to Prescott in 2000. She thought she would devote time to her art, especially her printmaking, and he wanted to focus more on writing

  • There’s No Time Like The Present : except for the 100 years, and maybe 50, too

    Jan 4, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureComments Off on There’s No Time Like The Present : except for the 100 years, and maybe 50, tooRead More »

        By Markoff Chaney   By now, you’re probably sick of holidays and those inevitable (and inevitably redundant and/or boring) “Year in Review” and “Top Stories of the Year” articles. ¶ Don’t pretend you’ve kept up with the papers. You’ve probably started the New Year with a stack of old news that would make the Collyer brothers balk. Instead of recapping recent events, let’s look toward the future … by looking back a century. Here’s a highly partial, by no means complete list of famous, infamous, or otherwise noteworthy 100-year anniversaries to ponder in 2018. (And for Alert Readers, yes, this intro is nearly identical to that of a similarly themed piece for the January 2015, 2016, and 2017 issues of 5enses. Was it any less effective?) ***** 1919, i.e., 100 years ago 5 things that happened in 1919 • Jan. 16, 1919: The U.S. Congress approves the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, instigating prohibition of “intoxicating liquors,” though it won’t go into effect for one year. The related Volstead Act is later passed on Oct. 28, 1919 against President Wilson’s veto. • Feb. 26, 1919: Grand Canyon is established as a National Park, the 15th such site designated as such. • June 4, 1919: The U.S. Congress approves the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees suffrage to women, though it won’t be ratified by the

  • Art for a Cause: Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery raises funds for The Launch Pad

    Nov 30, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureComments Off on Art for a Cause: Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery raises funds for The Launch PadRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Laura Tully, deputy director of The Launch Pad, 302 Grove Ave., 928-227-0758, TheLaunchPadTeenCenter.Org. The Launch Pad is the beneficiary of Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery’s annual charity art sale fundraiser, which runs Nov. 23-Dec. 26, 134 S. Montezuma St., 928-776-7717, ArtsPrescott.Com.]   What is The Launch Pad and where did it come from? The Launch Pad is a nonprofit teen center that serves kids in the Quad City Area. Courtney Osterfelt started The Launch Pad about five years ago. It came out of the WEB program, Women’s Empowerment Breakthrough, which is a three-day retreat for teenage girls that she started 15 years ago. So, she was doing this weekend every year and the girls kept saying, “Why can’t we do this every weekend?”; “Can’t we have some place where all of us can go all the time?”; and, “Can my brother come?” So, Courtney saw the need for youth involvement in the community. Courtney was my professor at Prescott College and led an independent study with five of us in 2013. We spent the entire semester surveying youth and adults in the community to gauge the need for a teen center and how well it would be received. The next fall, Launch Pad opened. We were renting space out of a tiny little church building,

  • A Fishy Story: The bald-faced truth behind those eagle photos

    Nov 30, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureComments Off on A Fishy Story: The bald-faced truth behind those eagle photosRead More »

    By Dale O’Dell [Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in “Photographic Memories,” 2009, by Dale O’Dell.] When you see pictures in books and magazines of bald eagles I’ll bet you’re pretty impressed. I used to be — until I saw how they were done. If you know where to go, and who to see, photographing eagles is a piece of cake. Not all pictures of bald eagles are shot this way, but a lot of them are. This fish-flinging adventure occurred the second time I’d gone to Alaska to photograph eagles. I’m not going to give away all of the secrets; you’ll have to do your own research if you too want to photograph these majestic and sometimes goofy birds. There’s a town on the southern coast of Alaska (is that vague enough?) where bald eagles congregate in the winter. The eagles range all over the place but gather in one specific spot, out near the beach, where a certain woman feeds them. Although, technically, it’s illegal to feed wild animals, this woman is credited with nearly single-handedly saving the southern Alaskan bald eagle population, so the Fish and Wildlife guys just look the other way when it comes to her feeding activities. She lives across the road from a fish packing plant. Every day during the winter months, when many eagles might starve because there are too few animals

  • Active Visions: Introducing … Save the Dells

    Nov 30, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureComments Off on Active Visions: Introducing … Save the DellsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Joe Trudeau, the chair of Save the Dells. Find out more at SaveTheDells.Org.]   What is Save the Dells and how did it get started? Save the Dells is a local citizens advocacy group advocating for the protection of the Granite Dells as a publicly available space. I started this group two years ago when we learned about a major development that was in the conceptual planning phase that involved several hundred acres of the Granite Dells. A few of us got together at a coffee shop downtown and talked about the rumors we’d been hearing and decided it was the right time for us to take a close look at the proposed development. So, we did that and what we found was really troubling. At that point in the conversation with the Prescott City Council — that is, between the developer and the city council — it was looking like it would be a really bad thing: probably the largest development in the history of Yavapai County and certainly the largest in the history of the Granite Dells. We had to do something.   So what’s happened since the group was formed? We spent about a year just trying to educate ourselves on the issues and getting to know the key players and

  • Story Time: ‘Storytellers’ returns to Smoki Museum

    Nov 30, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureComments Off on Story Time: ‘Storytellers’ returns to Smoki MuseumRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Manuel Lucero IV, assistant director of the Smoki Museum, member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and a participant in “Storytellers,” 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, 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.] Why tell stories at the Smoki this time of year? Traditionally, with most native people, wintertime is the time we tell our stories. It’s a time for our elders. It’s usually too cold to go outside to work or play, so you can eat some good food, maybe play some games, and then you say, “Grandma, Grandpa: Tell me a story.” It’s usually during this time our creation stories are recited. There are stories about the way you should or should not behave, stories about love, and sometimes scary stories. Were you brought up with that as a child? Absolutely. When I was a kid, my favorite story was how Bat got his wings. It’s a story about animals playing a game of stickball — what we call lacrosse today. And, in this story, little Mouse wants to play the game but all the other animals tell him he’s too small. So, Mouse goes over to the winged ones, the flyers, who are picking teams, and they

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