Posts Tagged ‘James Dungeon’

  • ‘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

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • (A GRAND TOUR): Take a trip on the 10th annual Prescott Area Artists’ Studio Tour

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

    By James Dungeon Art doesn’t occur in a vacuum; there’s a context in which it’s made. The artist who makes it, herself, is a defining aspect of that context. So, how do you get to know an artist? Well, the obvious approach is to ask her about her art. (That happened, and you can read the results here.) But there’s also her space and her relationship to that space. There are the little details, the way an artist organizes (or doesn’t) every little thing. An artist’s space is a reflection of herself and is, in a way, a work of art in and of itself. But all of that’s pedantic. Wouldn’t you rather meet the artists and see their spaces for yourself? Well, you’re in luck as it’s almost time for the Prescott Area Artists’ Studio Tour. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 6-8, you can visit 60 juried artists at 40 private studios (plus an additional 38 artists at 4 art centers) and see them in their creative spaces. It’s a self-guided tour and spans the entire Quad Cities. Find out more and see a map of locations at PrescottStudioTour.Com. This event is sponsored by the Mountain Artists Guild & Gallery. ***** Abby Brill, Abby’s Pots, 426 S. Alarcon, Prescott, ceramics How would you describe your work? I do almost exclusively functional work. I try to create

  • Moon dance: The total solar eclipse of 2017 comes to Prescott (and, you know, everywhere else in the U.S.)

    Jul 25, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon The last time it happened was Feb. 26, 1979. It’s been more than 38 years since that event: a total solar eclipse visible across the contiguous U.S. And, on Monday, Aug. 21, you can see it again — hey, stop staring: that’s the Sun! — from right here in good ol’ Prescott. The partial eclipse lasts two to three hours, though it won’t reach totality here. Prescott’s zenith is a 75 percent eclipse around 10:30 a.m. There’s a deluge of information about the eclipse online, but if you want to experience some local flair, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better gathering than that hosted by the Prescott Astronomy Club. From 9 a.m. through noon, at the Civic Center Amphitheater, 7501 E. Civic Circle, in P.V., there’ll be presentations, displays, hands-on activities, and more. Below, Adam England, publicity coordinator for the Prescott Astronomy Club, shares some info about the event. ***** What does the Prescott Astronomy Club have in store for the solar eclipse? The event, itself, is 9 a.m.-noon on Monday, Aug. 21. There’ll be presentations. One is from members of the Prescott Astronomy Clubs with telescopes with filters so people can view the Sun and Moon in real time. There’s also a local photography club who’ll show how to safely photograph the sun before, during, and after an eclipse, as well as any other time,

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