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  • ‘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

  • On the Stage: ‘The Vagina Monologues’

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

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Heidi Hampton, director of “The Vagina Monologues,” which runs 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 & 24 at the ERAU Davis Learning Center, 3700 Willow Creek Road, $12-$15. Buy tickets online at VMPrescott.BPT.Me. All proceeds benefit Prescott Area Shelter Services. A 4AM Productions event.] What are “The Vagina Monologues”? It’s a collection of stories that Eve Ensler put together 20 years ago. She’d interviewed these women who run the gamut: rape survivors, incest survivors, homeless women, sex workers, you name it. Originally she did a collection of 12 monologues as a one-woman show. Now, women read different scripts and each year a new monologue gets put into the rotation. … Some people think it’s just a bunch of women talking about their vaginas. Believe it or not, there’s a little bit more to it than that. Some of the pieces are monologues of particular women’s stories, and others are made up from several different women. How did you end up staging this in Prescott? I’ve been with the “Monologues” for 10 years now. This is my first year in Prescott. I moved here about a year ago to help take care of my parents, who are 91. In the past, I found out, “The Vagina Monologues” were done by Prescott College and Embry-Riddle (Aeronautical University), but

  • (Ca(r)t): Dale O’Dell steers into automotive art

    Dec 29, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Dale O’Dell Are you looking for something a little different for your next family vacation? Is the beach too crowded with starlets posing for paparazzi? Did bears eat your tent the last time you went camping? Perhaps the outdoor music concert has lost its appeal? Does Disneyworld give you the creeps? Maybe you’ve already seen the Grand Canyon four times. What are you going do, and where will you go to do it? Here’s a crazy idea for you: Go see some Big Art! Most Big Art in America is called “installation” or “land art,” but I’m not writing about the highbrow sculptures in front of corporate offices that we all ignore, oh no. I’m writing about lowbrow, cheesy-fun, borderline kitsch, land art installations featuring cars. “Automotive Art.” The American love affair with bigness and the automobile has inspired some artists to use the car as both subject and medium for large-scale outdoor art installations. And this art is much more fun than what you’ll find in some white-cube art gallery where the artworks are obtuse and overpriced. With automotive art you can still play outdoors and you won’t need a docent to explain “meaning.” I’ve visited and photographed the four most famous automotive art installations in America. And you’ve got to slow down to find these places because, at a distance, they can look a lot like junkyards

  • There’s no time like the present … except for maybe 100 years ago, and maybe 50, too

    Dec 29, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead 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 and half-century. Here’s a highly partial, by-no-means complete list of famous, infamous, or otherwise noteworthy 100-year and 50-year anniversaries to ponder in 2018. (And for Alert Readers, yes, this is a nearly identical intro to a similarly themed piece that’s run the past few years in 5enses. Was it any less effective?) 15 things that happened in 1918 • Jan. 8, 1918: Woodrow Wilson delivers his “Fourteen Points” speech outlining the principles of peace to be used for negotiations to end World War I. • January, 1918: Spanish flu, i.e. influenza (specifically H1N1), is observed in Kansas, kicking off the 1918 flu pandemic in the U.S. Worldwide, the influenza pandemic infects 500 million people resulting 50 million-100 million deaths, then three to five percent of the world’s population. In the U.S., alone, life expectancy dropped by a dozen years as a result. • Feb. 6, 1918: The “Representation of the People Act” gives most women over the age of

  • Yelp review of the planet Earth

    Dec 29, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Jacques Laliberté  We visited this quaint planet — it’s in a corner of the Milky Way galaxy — on the recommendation of the wife’s carbon surgeon. I guess those guys are used to another level of accommodations because the wife and I found our experience downright unpleasant. Let me explain: First, the hospitality encountered in North America — a brash continent whose citizenry are highly active and their demeanor brusque — was not up to universal standard. The wife then reminded me that these sentients do not travel off-planet so wouldn’t know how others comport themselves. They eyed us askance, making no attempt to disguise their discomfort. The foodstuffs we sampled were spiced in unique and concordant ways, as their native organic ingredients are found no where else, and trying local food is one reason we travel. Unfortunately, the human serving us was undergoing life-span changes which nullified her empathy. Regional temperatures were tolerable, though we remained bound to our SCn-pacs just in case. The single, newer star — affectionately dubbed “Sun” — that lights Earth is agreeably dull — with one caveat, below — adding a warm hue to the surroundings. Travel Advisory! The light/dark cycle this star generates during Earth’s intervallic rotation is alarmingly brief and would’ve caused us to pupate if not for our medications. All our pre-trip research did not describe this potential horror. Beware

  • Paws for art: Clayote Studios

    Dec 29, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Dani Fisher, founder and co-owner of Clayote Studios, 8198 Spouse Drive, 610-823-3742, ClayoteStudios.Com.] How and why did you start Clayote Studios? I started Clayote Studios 23 years ago. I’m an artist and and an art teacher, and I’ve worked in public schools and psych hospitals. I learned what works and what doesn’t, and developed my own after-school program and teaching methods. … There are a lot of reasons to have an art program outside of the school. They’ve taken away the right in public schools to hug kids and they’re so worried about standards and testing and liability all the time. It’s hard to teach and reach out in that environment. What’s your background and how did you end up in Prescott Valley? I was born in Arizona. My mom does jewelry and my dad’s a carpenter, so they helped me a lot with art from a young age. I graduated from Thunderbird High School in 1992, then went to NAU, then I went back to school out east. I kept going back to school. I’m 43 and I have eight degrees. This program we’re doing has been going on for a really long time. Most of my time has been in Arizona and Pennsylvania. Mud Puppies, which is our after-school program, draws on

  • 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

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