Posts Tagged ‘Robert Blood’

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

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

    By Robert Blood We here at 5enses have lobbied pretty hard for drag as 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

  • Canvasing the community: High Desert Artists take art to seniors

    Jan 30, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations with Pamela Lopez-Davies and Deanna Matson, the former of whom is the High Desert Artists communications director and the latter of whom is a new member of the group. Contact the High Desert Artists via their Facebook Page, High Desert Artists Inc.] What can you tell us about the High Desert Artists? Matson: The group has been active in Chino Valley as a nonprofit for 30 years. Right now, we have artists that represent painting — oil, acrylic, water color —and artists who draw, who create fine art, and who make jewelry. The goal of the group is to continue volunteer work to teach seniors how to paint at the Chino Valley Senior Center. We also do community outreach and have small grants for local nonprofit agencies. Right now we have 23 members, and another goal is to grow that number. Over the past 30 years, that number has changed. We’re looking for photographers, people who work with computer graphics, crafters, quilters, sculptors, and, really, all the arts and crafts are welcome in the group. The dues are $24 per year, and a family can join for $40. Meetings are on Saturdays. Lopez-Davies: There’s a business portion to the meetings. Sometimes there are activities or demonstrations by local artists. We talk about upcoming activities and shows. An example

  • One for the books: The Purple Cat celebrates one year turning pages

    Jan 30, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Shari Graham, owner of The Purple Cat used books store. Their one-year anniversary celebration, replete with prizes and entertainment, is Feb. 3 and 4 at 3180 Willow Creek Road, 928-776-0116.] Can you give us a little background about yourself and the story behind The Purple Cat’s name? I had a tax accounting business in Prescott for 17 years, so this has been a nice departure for me, really, where I get to interact with people. That’s what I enjoy the most. Plus you get to hear good jokes. … The name is because, well, simply put, it makes me smile. When I was getting ready to open the shop, I had about two pages-worth of ideas for names and, honestly, they were all boring. I wanted something memorable and, when I saw the clip art of the cat we use for our logo, the name and that little guy’s face made me smile. That’s it. Looking back, a year in, what do you wish you would’ve known starting out a used book store? I wish I would’ve known more about what trends to expect, when are the slows times and busy times, things like that. Summer was a lot slower than I expected, then the fall started out slow then turned out to be

  • Notch on wood: Yavapai Toy Makers craft toys for children in need

    Dec 2, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Perry Breitenstein and Mike Foster, board president and secretary of the Yavapai Toy Makers, respectively. Find out more at YavapaiToyMakers.Org.] How did the Yavapai Toy Makers get started? Breitenstein: Ed Harrison, who passed away in October — he was our founder. He started the group about six years ago. As I understand it, he couldn’t sleep one night, went online, and discovered how many children were diagnosed with cancer every hour of the day and how much time they spent at the hospital. So, instead of making furniture for our homes, we started making wooden toys for children who are sick. From there it grew, and now we give toys to kids in foster care, with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), for children who’ve lost their homes from fires, and just children in need…. When we first started, it was in the wood shop at Yavapai College making 15 toys a month. Now, we make about 700 toys a month and deliver them all over the state. The first group we ever donated to was the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and we still donate to them to this day. I should mention we’re incorporated as a 501(c)(3). We also donate toys to CCJ (Coalition for Compassion and Justice) a couple of times a year, Stepping

  • Fancy footwork: Local youth take the stage in touring ‘Nutcracker’

    Nov 22, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Marina Rogova O’Brien, director and choreographer for the local portion of Ballet Victoria’s “The Gift of the Nutcracker,” 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Dec. 2 & 3 at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St., 928-776-2000, YCPAC.Com, $18-$38.] How did you get involved in the production? I’m a professional dancer and choreographer. I’ve been teaching at Yavapai College for the past nine years — dance and fitness classes. About two years ago, we got a new dean in the Performing Arts Department, Dr. Craig Ralston. Since Craig has taken that position, we’ve gotten a lot more musical theater. He’s gotten the staff involved in a lot of artistic performances. Last year, I was involved in “The Secret Garden” show, and this year we’re getting “The Nutcracker.” It’s an adapted version called “The Gift of the Nutcracker” done by a professional troupe, Ballet Victoria company from Canada. They bring their professional dancers here, and they do most of the solo dancing and lifts, but the corps of ballet is local kids. Craig said it’d be a nice show for Prescott to feature local kids, but we needed to have a local choreographer. I agreed and started working with Paul Destrooper, the artistic/executive director on the Canadian end. I became 100 percent responsible

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