Posts Tagged ‘James Dungeon’

  • Play Dead: Celebrate Día de los Muertos at The Smoki

    Oct 5, 18 • 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 Smoki Museum. The Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead celebration is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 28, at the Smoki Museum, 147 N. Arizona Ave., 928-445-1230, SmokiMuseum.Org.] What is Día de los Muertos? Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is one of the fastest growing celebrations in the United States, but it’s roots are in Mexico. Our mission, for our area here at the Smoki, is one that has no international boundary or border. The indigenous people who live in southern Arizona also lived in northern Mexico. We were given the opportunity to bring Day of the Dead to the museum several years ago and we seized it. Since that time, this has become one of our most popular events at the Smoki. Everyone from little kids to elderly people can enjoy painting their faces and dressing up and celebrating the lives of the people they love, even if they’re gone. So what does that look like? Well, we have Ballet Folklorico, we have mariachi, we have children from La Tierra performing, and we have dancing, and the Why Not? Bellydance troupe. There’s food and drinks and crafts for the kids. There are sugar skulls and vendors. The highlight of the day is the procession we

  • On the Stage: ‘The Laramie Project’ with all-teen cast comes to Prescott stage

    Oct 5, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Jarvell Williams, director of “The Laramie Project,” and Robert Zinni, social studies teacher at Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy and production education coordinator. “The Laramie Project,” via 4AM Productions, is 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 1-3 at Yavapai College, 1100 Sheldon St., 928-776-2000, $15 online, $20 door, student discounts available.] Jarvell Williams, director of “The Laramie Project” So what is “The Laramie Project”? It’s a production created in 2000 by Tectonic Theater Project that was a response to the 1998 death of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old openly gay college student in Laramie, Wyoming. It’s a collection of verbatim interviews from select residents of Laramie put together as a series of short scenes. … The story is about letting people talk about their experiences and how they feel in the aftermath of his death. There’s a lot about who he was as a person and how people view homosexuality in the town. There’s also some scenes about the trial of the two young men who attacked him and tied him to a fence. There’s also a portrayal of someone reflecting on that trial and how the town has just tried to move on and, more importantly, how it affected the entire country. That’s some pretty heavy stuff. It’s important to note that this was the

  • Old Haunts: ‘Ghost Talk’ returns to Stage Too

    Oct 5, 18 • ndemarino • UncategorizedNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Erica Muse, co-director of 2018’s “Ghost Talk,” which is 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26, 27, & 31, plus 2 p.m. Oct. 28 at Stage Too, alley between Cortez and Marina streets behind Prescott Center for the Arts, 928-445-3286, PCA-AZ.Net, $10-$15.] What is “Ghost Talk”? It’s a series of performances, a compilation of different ghost stories from around Yavapai County. But they’re not just ghost stories — they’re all fact-checked, so they’re about or based on events and people for which there’s actual historical evidence. For example, there’s a pretty well-known legend about a ghost at Hotel Vendome — her name might be Annie — but that’s not backed up by any historical facts, so it’s not one we use. So, all the stories in “Ghost Talk” are based on things that actually happened. Now, whether those places are still haunted is up to each individual person to decide. “Ghost Talk” is a Prescott institution. How long has it been going on? In its current form, this is its second year. Last year, Prescott Center for the Arts decided on moving it from the main stage to Stage Too. Prior to that it was taking place at the big theater for about nine years, back when it was written and directed by Karen Murphy. Now it’s

  • Going Places: Prescott Area Artist Studio Tour returns

    Aug 31, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Cindi Shaffer, participating artist and executive member of the Prescott Area Artist Studio Tour, and Johanna Shipley, first-time participating artist on the tour. The 11th Prescott Area Artist Studio Tour is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 5-7. The opening gala is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the Elks Theatre & Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St. Visit PrescottStudioTour.Com for a complete list of participants and more.] Cindy Shaffer, Astral Glass Studio, 697 Sixth St. Suite 106, AstralGlassStudio.Com, AstralGlassStudio@Gmail.Com. What is the Prescott Area Artist Studio Tour and how does it work? You visit artists in their studios and actually get to see how they work. With my own medium, people often don’t understand that I start off with sheets of glass and stack them and fire the piece multiple times. The studio tour allows you a different way of looking at mediums and interacting with artists and finding out more about what you’re looking at. A lot of us do demos, and that education piece is a big part of this. … I think the more the public realizes how much time you put into the process, the more people appreciate the final result. Also, the demos help expose the kids and the big kids to more parts of the

  • Meeting of minds, cultures: Prescott Powwow returns to Watson Lake

    Aug 31, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Manuel Lucero IV, chairman of the Prescott Powwow, of the Cherokee Nation. The Prescott Powwow is Sept. 21-23 at Watson Lake Park, 3101 Watson Lake Park Road. Find out more at PrescottPowwow.Org.] What is the Prescott Powwow? A powwow is a gathering of native people. Most powwows, these days, are inter-tribal powwows with people coming from all over the continent to dance and pray and trade. These have been going on for hundreds of years. It’s usually in the summertime. It’s a time to see old friends, make new friends, meet relatives you never knew you had, trade, and, some times, marriages come out of the meetings. It’s about sharing with other people, about having a good time. We’ve been doing the Prescott Powwow for 12 years. Unlike some other powwows or social gatherings you may go to, there are no contests or money to be made. People come to our powwow because they love to do it. … The powwow usually starts with the grand entry, which is like a parade with all of the dancers from all over the different regions of this continent, which we call Turtle Island, which is North America. It goes into dance demonstrations of different styles from different regions, and from there, there are social dances as

  • True as steel: The art of Natalie Krol

    Aug 3, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Natalie Krol. See more of Krol’s art at NatalieKrol.Com.] Were you into art as a kid? I took a journalism class in junior high school, and that’s where I learned I loved expressing myself through prose. Poetry, though, became my favorite. I wrote a lot of poetry and tackled all the “why” questions. Why is there war in the world? Why are people unhappy? That’s big stuff to get into, right? And it was great fun. … When I moved into high school I got into literature. When I got married, I wanted a career that would let me stay home with my kids, so I started writing children’s stories. I remember one about a little cloud that talked to children about how the rain came. I decided one day that I would illustrate my stories. I’d met a gal who’d taken classes at the Chicago Art Institute, and I asked her to teach me to illustrate. I was about 21 at the time. I had one baby and another one in the basket. So, I went to her home and took eight lessons. Realizing I knew about as much as she did about art, I decided, hey, I’m going to art school, and I fell madly in love with the art world.

  • Simmyology: Why Not? Bellydance returns with ‘Beat the Heat’

    Aug 3, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Lisa Hendrickson of Why Not? Bellydance. The troupe’s annual free “Beat the Heat” public performance is 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Holiday Courtyard, 150 Montezuma St., on Whiskey Row. Workshops are held Saturday at the Holiday Courtyard and Elk’s Theatre. Register for $10 plus $5 for each class at WhyNotBellydance.Com. Workshop space is limited and first come, first served.] What is “Beat the Heat”? It’s a weekend devoted to bellydance workshops and a public performance. This August will be the third year we’ve done it. The basic idea is to bring together different bellydance troupes throughout the state of Arizona so we can just connect and learn different movements and watch each other perform. The workshops are open to dancers, even those who’ve never done bellydance before. They take place throughout the day Saturday in the Holiday Courtyard and at the Elks, then, at night, we have the public performance. That’s so we can enjoy each other’s performances and expose the public, at large, to bellydance. That part is always free and open to the public. That public part of this — what are some of the misconceptions surrounding bellydance? Sometimes there’s a notion around bellydance that it’s very cabaret like, just a solo artist who’s dancing and often there are glittery

  • On the Rocks: Take a tour of the Prescott Gem & Mineral Show

    Jun 29, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Maggi Lieber, co-chairman, life member, and newsletter writer for the Prescott Gem & Mineral Club. The club’s 15th annual Prescott Gem & Mineral Show is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 3 & 4 & 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 5 at Prescott Valley Event Center, 3201 N. Main St. , $4-$5, children under 12 free with paid adult. Find out more at PrescottGemMineral.Org.]   What exactly is the Prescott Gem & Mineral Show and what can you tell us about the vendors? This is our 15th annual show and sale. There’ll be more than 60 vendors selling a variety of things, all lapidary-, rock-, gem-, mineral-, and jewelry-related. Some of the vendors are members of the Prescott Gem & Mineral Club, others come from Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. We even have one coming up from Texas. They’re mostly coming from all over the Southwest. We have an approximate 80 percent return rate on vendors. It’s a good indoor show, climate control, and you don’t have to worry about the wind blowing away the wares — not that rocks wound blow away, mind you. To make sure we have quality vendors, they have to have at least 80 percent rock-/mineral-/gem-related materials.   The event seems to cater to rock hounds and jewelry people alike. What’s

  • Eye of the needle: Northern Arizona Tattoofest returns

    Jun 1, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and festival founders and organizers Tony and Adrienne Carey. The Northern Arizona Tattoofest is June 29-July 1 at Prescott Resort & Conference Center, 1500 AZ 69. Find out more and purchase tickets at NorthernAZTattooFest.Com.] Let’s start with the basics: What exactly is a tattoo convention? Tony: It’s a gathering of tattoo artists and there’s live tattooing on-site. There are some live tattoo contests and performances, too. Ideally we’re looking to attract people who want to get tattooed, but it’s for anyone with an interest in tattoos, even if they’re just curious. One of the things we get is that someone will come who’s thought about getting a tattoo, will look at some art or actual tattoos and get inspired to get tattooed on the spot. How does the festival work? Tony: You can buy tickets online in advance, or you can just purchase them at the door. Once you’re inside the venue, you can look at people’s work and negotiate with individual tattooers. Some of them take appointments, but there are plenty of walk-ups, as well. It’s a chance to walk around and see if you vibe with any of the artists more than others. There’s a buzz to events like this and you may end up surprised by how exciting it is. There’s a

  • 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,

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