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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 82

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3f 1997 The Palm Beach Post s SECTION D COMING UP With a popular TV show, successful restaurants and a new Creole cookbook, Emeril Lagasse is one hot cook. THURSDAY IN FOOD INSIDE ELLIE LINGNER A man with a vision and a squad of volunteers serve hearty meals to the area's needy in Boynton Beach. PAGE 3D South Palm Beach County Living ACCENT i ) TV -T, - I V MIAMI CITY BALLET How does the tree grow? l duide wire j The INutcrackers The tree is initially about Thorn Smith . .... - I t f f f s f I 9 feet tall. A wire connected to stage pulleys lifts the tree. v--.,-y s s f j dm. Two thin guide wires run through the tree to its wood base. They keep the tree steady as it climbs. Someone stands behind the tree during the scene and helps the tree rise without hitches. The bee isn't really full size. It's like a big hoop skirt The tree is about 2 feet deep. It is made of black velour fabric stretched over a series of FAU seeing stars at fall graduation ' 'Star power. That's what Winston Scott has. That's why Florida Atlantic University wants him. The space walking astronaut, scheduled to touch down Friday on the shuttle Columbia, will receive a doctorate in ) U CI How many lights? I J YXM aluminum frames that form the tiers of the tree. As the tree rises, the fabric grabs the frame below I J X. f ruryiigntsneiptne . I v ' Vv V trpp Innk alivp I tr X - - MM- it and pulls it up. Forget the flying sleds ; S I, f Whenthetree r 1 I J reaches its full , !v X , 4 height 100 strobe fj K f , ) ' ? lights flash beneath V A wood base anchors the tree and the guide and showers of snow. wires. At the end of Act I, the Q the tiers for a guide wires pull up the tree, lt-VAS Vf-if'f IIK1V clearing the stage for Act II. rCJ fi , adding a ' A ', r " J magical effect How fast does it grow? humane letters next Wednesday at FAU's fall commencement. "We try to find people who've made a contribution to the nation he's done that," FAU spokesperson Lynn Laurent! said, "plus he's The tree takes about one minute to fully extend to its 27-foot height Scott How much does the tree cost? About $35,000. Just how do they get that tree to grow? It's not the helicopter in Miss Saigon or the chandelier in Phantom of the Opera, but it's the same idea: the special effect that comes to dominate a theatrical production. In The Nutcracker, it's a Christmas tree. Well, not just any Christmas tree, but one that typically grows from 10 feet to about 30 feet. As we enter the height of Nutcracker season, with Miami City Ballet's production beginning Thursday at the Kravis Center and Ballet Florida's due later this month, we take a look at the engineering behind the show's magic. BALLET FLORIDA 7r' if v-, . How does the tree grow? Pull wire The audience first sees a 12-foot-tall tree. Three pull wires lift the tree U DrrTriii i vi '7 from above. Painted and decorated to appear three-dimensional, the tree is actually flat and made of heavy canvas, A Base of the tree The canvas is folded like an accordion at the base of the tree. Are the candles real? Nope. The candles use a special bulb that flickers like a real flame. There are 96 candles and 150 lights on the tree. The presents and gifts cover the base of the tree from the audience's view. A wire pulls up the canvas to increase 1 the tree's height to 33 feet. i 7 To aid the effect of the tree from South 'Florida." A Coconut Grove native with relatives in Riviera Beach, Scott earned a music degree at Florida State University in 1972. Then he became an aeronautical engineer and test pilot. --"He had the audacity to play the FSU fight song during an earlier trip into space," Laurenti said, "but we'll excuse that since FSU is a lesser school." Other honors: Exiting Chancellor Charles Reed gets the Presidential Distinguished Service Medallion, and ex-sheriff and Boca Raton police chief Charles McCut-cheon, Class of '66, receives the alumni hall of fame award. Get set for Red Planet Ball " Speaking of space, eight planets are aligned this week ... and right in the middle, Mars. How apropos that on Saturday the Armory Art Center will host the Dancing on the Red Planet Ball. Guests will enter through a rocket ship. Inside are a rumbling volcano and music by the Sheffield Brothers. For tickets ($125), call 832-1776. Music breaks out on island Around Palm Beach: With a 7-foot grand piano in Acquario's lounge, somebody has to play it. Who better than Patti Wicks, Thursday through Saturday, and Norman Kubrin, Monday through Wednesday. Kubrin's still at The Chesterfield hotel on weekends. ; - Newly opened 251 on Sunrise has live music or a DJ every night. Jazz already is a Tuesday staple with Susan Merritt and her weekly guest player. Sax man Dave Hubbard is up next. Owners James Fazio and Allen Heise, fresh from Chicago, also are planning some blues and perhaps even comedy. 251 has a nice sound to it "I don't know how we're doing viz growing, a red velvet backdrop k is iuwcicu aa uic ucc ia laiacu. How fast does the tree grow? It takes about 40 seconds to extend to its full height. f' r Tho nlA tMnmv ie ttipn nnllpH I V INSIDE Why is the tree so important in local productions of The Nutcracker? Page 4D KjJ underneath a large aluminum i pipe and back up into the stage . I rigging. 1 B - I...--. - 4 Pull wire .1 . ,1 The backdrop is rolled up into the stage rigging. The new red velvet backdrop is lowered. i i i 1 hi m r)k! It kjt s- '-5' a" . ": 1 1 mil , f -'. it; our phone number isn't even published," Heise said of the response at 251. Visiting the bar Saturday night: Brooke Shields, Jenny McCarthy with Ray Manzella, and on Friday, Photo by STEVEN CARASCourtesy Ballet Florida r - v- ' 'A is If-1 Ballet Florida uses a 6-year-old tree for its Nutcracker at the Kravis. The tree has 300 ornaments, 200 lights and functions like an accordion. 1 McCarthy pipe v -'' How much does " iitm00 the tree cost? ' About $30,000. f Graphics by SEAN TEVIS Story by CHARLES PASSY Ivana. s -Elsewhere: comedian Marty Al-lerfat Ta-boo with Leonard and Sunny Sessa; Bryant Gumbel at Aici; Florida Marlin Darren (next yelar. where?) Daulton and wife Ni-ch6ie shopping atThe Esplanade. The new identity crisis: Can you stop a thief from stealing your good name?t victim," says Beth Givens, director of the Privacy I: Rights Clearinghouse in San Diego, where ID theft : has jumped to the No. 1 complaint on hot-line calls. ' "Most victims don't even know how the perpetra- I-tors got their identity numbers." If Identity theft now accounts for an estimated 15 percent to 25 percent of total credit card fraud losses annually. Yet, Givens said, no one keeps track , of dollar figures. "Generally, law enforcement j doesn't pay attention to this crime they go after robbers with guns but not robbers with paper and I card issuers and department stores will write off the Please see STbLEN IDENTITY) By Connie Koenenn Los Angeles Times Signs of the Information Age: One of the emerging home appliances for today's savvy consumer is a paper shredder. "I picked up one for 60 bucks at Costco," says Mari Frank, an attorney from Laguna Niguel, Calif. "I shred anything that has my personal or financial information, including unsolicited, pre-approved credit card applications. I shred each document into two different bags before I throw it away." A little extreme? Not for Frank, who spent more than a year, hundreds of dol'irs and thou, ands of hours rebuilding her once-spotless credit iccord after becoming a victim of identity theft. That's the crime of stealing personal information name, address and Social Security number will do for starters to fraudulently obtain credit cards, ATM cards, blank checks or the cash proceeds from mutual funds or insurance policies. The perpetrators use their false IDs to rent houses, buy cars, sign up for cellular phone service and obtain more false IDs. The victim, whose credit record is left in shambles, has to pick up the pieces alone a job so thankless that support groups are starting to form around the country. "It's a dc;jressing topic because there's notl)) ing you can do to ensure you won't become a Illustration by SEAN TEVISStaff Artist

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