The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 3, 1997 · Page 83
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 83

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The Palm Beach Post WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1997 INSIDE COMING UP With a popular TV show, successful restaurants and a new Creole cookbook, Emeril Lagasse is one hot cook. THURSDAY IN FOOD WEEKEND PREVIEW Still not into the holiday spirit? Several communities are planning holiday parades on land and sea. PAGE 3D ' Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee and Lake Communities MIAMI CITY, BALLET r rt Thorn Smith How does the tree grow? ' The tree is initially about 9 feet tall. A wire connected to stage pulleys lifts the tree. . , 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 ' f " a J7 I VL jrs and helps the tree rise without hitcnes. fS The tree isn't really full Tt'c likp a hicr honn skirt The tree is about 2 feet : f deep. It is made ot blacK veiowr fi FAU seeing stars at fall graduation Star power. That's what Winston Scott has. That's why Florida Atlantic University wants him. The spjsce walking astronaut, scheduled to, touch down Friday on the shuttle Columbia, will receive a doctorate in i V VrT How many lights? ( f ty CZ V VI reft,, feolnrtu. V S How many lights? Fifty lights help the fabnc stretched over a series pi aluminum frames that form thjs tiers of the tree. As the tree rises), the fabric grabs the frame below w' N.S'. C i 1 lrr.lr oliira f J tree look alive. height 100 strobe 1- X ' i uct cuifi jr Forget the flying sleds S j I When the tree ( Ul reaches its full f When the tree reaches its full it and pulls it up. " A wood base anchors and showers of snow. lights flash beneath Vi the tree and the guide wires. At the end of Act I, the A. guide wires pull up the tree, the tiers tor a few seconds, adding a magical effect clearing the stage for Act 11 humane letters next Wednesday at FAU's fall commencement. "We try to find people n ?4 il Uniu fact tlnae St Ortaut L 1 7 who've made a The tree takes about one minute to fully extend to its 27-foot height. contribution to the nation he's rvzv o done that," FAU x 5 1 1 spokesperson Lynn Laurenti Scott said, "plus he's 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. T BALLET FLORIDA How much does the tree cost? About $35,000. '"f-T-V , Guide wire T- " I How does the tree grow? Pull wire The audience first sees a 12-foot- 'tnll h-pp Three mill wires lift the tree from above. Painted and decorated to appear three-dimensional, the tree is Are the actually flat and made oi heavy canvas. I I I 1 II I I I M I ! lit I -l.V... Jl candles real? Nope. The candles use a Nope. Base of the tree T The canvas is folded like an special bulb that flickers specia zJ accordion at the base of the tree , f jf pi ..t 'i like ' are9e The presents and gifts cover the base of the tree from the audience's view. A wire pulls up the canvas to increase a real flame, mere 96 candles and 150 a i liehts on the tree. A the tree s height to 66 teet To aid the effect of the tree growing, a red velvet backdrop is lowered as the tree is raised. 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 FS'U fight song during an earlier trip info 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 Re,d 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 haslive 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 bltfes and perhaps even comedy. 251 has a nice sound to it "I don't know how we're doing . " li llnui fact rlne v-s " i". vi J ' 11 J the tree grow? It takes about 40 seconds to extend to its full height T INSIDE Why is the tree so important in local productions of The Nutcracker? Page 4D , a I ne oki scenery is uicn puucu "Jj underneath a larcre aluminum Ctz'A pipe and back up into the stage ngging. Pull wire Pull wire r xu it i r The backdrop is rolled up into the stage rigging. The new red velvet backdrop is lowered. f X ,4cUi j flu t 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 Jiff 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. r Ft McCarthy I v art a 04 1 . much does 3 3- the tree cost? 00'' About $30,000. Graphics by SEAN TEVIS Story by CHARLES PASSY llsewhere: comedian Marty AI-lefot Ta-boo with Leonard and StOvny Sessa; Bryant Gumbel at Amin; Florida Marlin Darren (next ye where?) Daulton and wife Ni-chcle shopping at.The Esplanade. . 'fhe new identity crisis: Can you stop a thief from stealing your good name? ?' . .......... . . ii n it "V j.' i.t tv victim," says Beth Givens, director of the Privacy after becoming a victim of identity theft. By Connie Koenenn 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 perpetrators got their identity numbers." 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 doesn't pay attention to this crime they go after robbers with guns but not robbers with paper and card issuers and department stores will write off the Please see STOLEN IDENTITY) 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 depressing topic because there's nothing you can d to ensure you won't become a Los Angeles Times Signs of the Information Age: One of the emerging home appliances for today's sawy 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 dollars and thou ands of hours rebuilding her once-spotless credit record Illustration by SEAN TEVISStafffrtist

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