Posts Tagged ‘Robert Blood’

  • A life & death matter: Stephen Jenkinson talks about dying wisely

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

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Stephen Jenkinson, teacher, author, and subject of the documentary “Griefwalker.” Jenkinson is in Prescott for three events. He’s speaking 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10 at Peregrine Book Co., 219 N. Cortez St. He’ll be at a screening of “Griefwalker,” 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10 at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Davis Learning Center, 3700 Willow Creek Road, $25. He’s giving one of his signature talks, “Die Wise: Making meaning of the Ending of Days,” 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the ERAU Davis Learning Center, 3700 Willow Creek Road, $115. Find out more and purchase tickets at OrphanWisdom.Com.] You’re known for speaking and writing about dying and death. How did you get into that? Well, I’m not employed by anybody; it’s an arbitrary call in that sense. I don’t have a job title or anything like that. The entire enterprise is self-appointed. The intention is to call into deep question the prevailing attitudes in the death trade. It’s a task I’ve given myself. What can people expect from your talks? You’re asking me about people’s expectations and that’s for them to answer, not me. The easiest way to say it is that I’m not in the customer satisfaction business. I’m not selling anything. What people’s expectations are, I couldn’t begin to guess. I could say that even if you

  • Thought for food: Amber Bosworth digs into ‘5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche’

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

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Amber Bosworth, director of “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” and artistic director of 4AM Productions. “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche,” a 4AM Productions event, is 6 & 8 p.m. Sept. 29 & 30 & Oct. 6 & 7 at Stage TOO, North Cortez Street Alley, between Willis and Sheldon streets, 928-445-3286, 5LezEating.BPT.Me. Tickets are $17 online, $22 door.] What’s “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” about? Well, it’s about five women, all members of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein. It takes place in the 1950s, and they’re doing a quiche breakfast every year for this sisterhood. Again, it’s the 1950s, and, basically, when the bomb hits and all hell breaks loose, they end up in a bunker and they’re the last people left. They live together and, of course, all their secrets come out. All of them but one basically admit that they’re lesbians. They weren’t able to live their truth, but the bomb changes things and it’s time for them to be true to themselves. Would you tell us about the characters? There’s Lulie, and she’s the president of the group. She’s very patriotic, very gung ho at the beginning, and then everything changes for her. There’s Dale: She’s never looked at man since she was 3-years-old and

  • A spirited show: Art SWOOP & Creative Spirit return to ’Tis

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

    By Robert Blood Perhaps you’ve heard tell of the wild costumes, of famous works of art and artists come to life. Maybe you’ve heard about the ludicrously affordable Art SWOOP: for a $25 ticket, $25 that directly benefits art education programs via ’Tis Art Center & Gallery, you get to take home an original piece of art by one the area’s finest fine artists. The whole FUNdraising bacchanal — officially the 12” x 12” Art SWOOP & Creative Spirit Costume Party — is nigh. It’s 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, as a matter of fact. Entry is free. SWOOP tickets are $25. You can find out more via the ’Tis website, TisArtGallery.Com. ***** The 12” x 12” Art SWOOP & Creative Spirit Costume party  is 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Third Floor Banquet Hall of ’Tis Art Center & Gallery, 105 S. Cortez St., TisArtGallery.Com, free entry, $25 SWOOP tickets

  • What’s in a name?: Heinrich Lyle debuts ‘Shameless Dick’

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

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Heinrich Lyle, author of “Shameless Dick: Odyssey of a Cad.” Lyle has a book reading, time TBA Saturday, Sept. 16 at Peregrine Book Co., 219 N. Cortez St., 928-445-9000, PeregrineBookCompany.Com.] Why don’t you introduce yourself and your new book? I’m Heinrich Lyle, and I’ve lived in Arizona for about 11 years. Moved here from Los Angeles, where I was an actor, and I’m the author of “Shameless Dick: Odyssey of a Cad.” That project was really conceived years ago, when I was in college. It went through a few different incarnations. For a while, it was a musical play. I even wrote a few crazy songs for it. Then it was a straight narrative novel, but I stalled half way through it and shelved it for a couple of years. Then, one day, I was reading Dante’s “Inferno” and I kind of likened that story to my story: This is one man’s descent into his own hell, into purgatory. I also liked the terza rima style, those three-line stanzas, but I didn’t want to follow the rhyme pattern because I thought that’d be kind of tedious for the reader. I just liked that idea and aesthetic on the page. Once I had that, I worked out the whole thing and finished it in a

  • The main drag: The ladies (& gent) of 4 A.M. Productions’ ‘Drag Time’

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

    By Robert Blood We here at 5enses have lobbied pretty hard for drag as a medium in Prescott. We’ve talked to queens, interviewed the event organizer, and just, in general, tried to get the word out. You know what people really respond to, though? Pictures. And, girl, do we have pictures for you today. And, oh yeah, there’s another drag show coming up. … Drag Time • 7 & 9 p.m. Aug. 18 & 19: 4AM Productions presents “Drag Time,” hosted by Aimee V Justice with the talents of DeeJay Galaxy, Piper M Shay, and CoCo St. James. (Prescott Center for the Arts Stage Too, alley between Cortez and Marina streets behind Prescott Center for the Arts, 208 N. Marina St., DragTime.BPT.ME, $15 advance, $20 door) Plus, a special message from 4AM Productions: “With the success of the shows and the support of the Prescott Center for the Arts, the amazing, talented Phoenix drag community, Greater Yavapai LGBTQ Coalition, and the volunteer crew of 4AM Productions, we are proud to be announcing we will be adding plays and other events. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and our new website 4AMProductions.Net for up and coming events and shows.”

  • Artfully giving back: Les Femmes des Montage return with 13th annual show

    Jun 18, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Barb Wills of Les Femmes des Montage. The 13th annual Les Femmes des Montage show is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 8 in the Hassayampa Inn’s Marina Room, 122 E. Gurley St. Find out more at LesFemmesDesMontage.Weebly.Com.] What’s the origin of Les Femmes des Montage? This is a group of female artists that originally started out as teachers who donated 10 percent of their sales to art programs in elementary schools. Over the years, it’s evolved into a group of eight or nine women and we work with a nonprofit and we also donate 10 percent of our sales to that group. Why an all-women group? That’s just how the group started out. It was a group of art teachers and it just happened to be a group that was all women. We liked the name Les Femmes des Montage and figured if we were going to keep the name, we should probably keep the group all female. We do have guest artists every year, though, and have had males in that spot. So the group was all-female because of circumstance. Still, does the group’s makeup affect the art in any way? I think that just by our nature of being all woman, we come at art with a different esthetic. There are probably

  • Greet outdoors: Zoo Littles program inspires serious play

    Jun 2, 17 • ndemarino • 5ensesNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood Hi. Happy. iPad. Those were my daughter’s first three words. The third was probably my fault. In general, I dislike the outdoors and rarely miss an opportunity to extoll the virtues of electricity and air conditioning. Still, we try to spend as much time as possible with her outdoors — you know, just to offset the screen time with a more tangible reality. Unfortunately, she’s a hair too young for the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary’s Zoo Littles program. After talking with Alex Schopp, the zoo’s marketing and event coordinator, about it, we’ll certainly be enrolling her next year. And we’re looking forward to it. You’ve still got time to sign up now, though. The Zoo Littles program runs 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, May through September, at the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, 1403 Heritage Park Road, 928-778-4242. Find out more at HeritageParkZoo.Com. Here’s Schopp’s pitch. … What exactly is the Zoo Littles program? It’s an outdoor program to help them engage with nature and their surroundings and just get outside, really, and interact with soil and plants and animals and the environment. We started it last year, so this is our second year of the program. It’s for children ages 3-5, and it runs two hours a day on Wednesdays and Saturdays, May through September. Each class costs $10 or it’s $35 per block of four

  • A matter of record(s): TRAX Records returns to Prescott three decades later

    Apr 28, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood The interior of TRAX Records looks exactly like what you’d expect from a small-town indie vinyl shop. The walls are lined with classic and new records beneath which runs row after row of LPs. A central island is buoyed by CDs, and, in the corner, rests an assortment of record players, concert DVDs, and various music-related errata. It’s cozy and unassuming. The music playing over the stereo is familiar and behind the counter stands a friendly guy who looks a bit like Paul McCartney. Often clad in a band T-shirt, sometimes donning a suit coat, he’s all smiles and is, naturally, excited to talk about music. TRAX Records has been at 234 S. Montezuma St. since November of 2016, but longtime Prescott residents might think it sounds a bit too familiar. Owner Daryl Halleck talks about his store’s storied history. … How long have you been in Prescott and how long has TRAX Records been here? Trax Records has been here since November of last year. I’ve been here since 1986, so that was 31 years in March. It’s all come full circle for me. When I first came to Prescott it was for a summer to visit family and I fell in love with it. I loved the downtown, I loved the courthouse, which looked a lot like the clock tower from “Back to the Future,”

  • Choose your own adventure: Sedona Open Studios Tour offers myriad paths

    Mar 31, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    What: Sedona Open Studios Tour When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, April 28-30 Who: 59 artists from the Sedona Visual Artists Coalition Where: Sedona, Cornville, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, & Camp Verde Why: Art, culture, commerce, & socialization Web: SedonaArtistsCoalition.Org, Facebook Worth: Free ***** By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and artists on the Sedona Open Studios Tour as noted. Find out more about the tour, April 28-30 at studios in Sedona, Cornville, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, and Camp Verde, at SedonaArtistsCoalition.Org and via Facebook.] No. 44: Mike Upp, potter and Sedona Open Studios Tour organizer Earth & Fire Ceramic Design, 1525 S. Aspaas Road, Cornville EarthAndFireCeramicDesign.Com, MJUpp10@Gmail.Com, 503-789-4437 How about an overview of the Sedona Open Studios Tour? Basically the studio tour is an event that gives people the opportunity to go inside the private workspaces of artists who are on the tour. It’s very different than an arts festival or gallery show where you’re looking at art but typically not meeting the artist or seeing their workspace. It gives you a chance to talk to the artist about their process, about how they do their work. You also get to see demos at some of the studios. It’s much more in depth than what you see at an arts festival or at a gallery show. You talk to the artist, you talk

  • Networking opportunities: Prescott PC Gamers Group take gaming to the next level, dimension

    Feb 27, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Justin Agrell, aka quadcricket, founding administrator of the Prescott PC Gamers Group. Find out more about PPCGG’s monthly LAN parties at PPCGG.Com or vis Facebook. The monthly fee is $10.] When and why did you form the Prescott PC Gamers Group? We started on Feb. 15, 2014. That’s when I started the group, which used to be hosted at Game On in Prescott, back when it was there. A little after that, we made it official. The idea is for local PC gamers to have a place to meet up and talk. It’s not just a LAN party; it’s a community. We’re active on Facebook and have forums online, too. … I moved here from Florida in 2007, and I used to help administer a LAN party there. I missed the community and there wasn’t a LAN party scene here except in Phoenix. So, if no one else is going to do it, you’ve got to do it yourself. I figured, let’s see if there’s any interest whatsoever and let’s see what happens. I started spreading the word and got a few people together. It was small, but nice, and it kept going and grew from a party to a community. Some of the members on site aren’t even in Prescott anymore; they still

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