Fine Tun­ing

Christophe­r Jones, tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor for Hot Springs Vil­lage Recre­ation Depart­ment

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I live in: The Hi­ram Ab­iff Whittingto­n Val­ley neigh­bor­hood of Hot Springs. I was born and raised in: Illi­nois

What I do for a liv­ing: Tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor for the Hot Springs Vil­lage Recre­ation Depart­ment and free­lance au­dio en­gi­neer.

I lived in Arkansas be­cause: I liked it so much when vis­it­ing my par­ents in the Vil­lage, fol­low­ing their move here in 1996. I’ve been here since 2010.

My dream job would be: Writ­ing and di­rect­ing film

Grow­ing up I wanted to be: A sci­en­tist and pro­fes­sional ath­lete.

The per­son who in­flu­enced me the most grow­ing up was: Monty Python

How im­por­tant are the cul­tural as­pects of the Vil­lage’s per­for­mance fa­cil­i­ties to the com­mu­nity? I don’t think that could be over­es­ti­mated. Mu­sic and the­ater are es­sen­tial ele­ments to­ward the de­vel­op­ment and fos­ter­ing of so­ci­etal har­mony and ed­i­fi­ca­tion, as well as help­ful and ther­a­peu­tic ac­tiv­i­ties for per­sonal well-be­ing. The fa­cil­i­ties un­der my tech­ni­cal di­rec­tion are also used for meet­ings and sem­i­nars, wor­ship, and other im­por­tant com­mu­nity func­tions. The big­gest thing I would like to see ac­com­plished in the next six months is: A new light­ing sys­tem at the Wood­lands Au­di­to­rium. I’m very proud of the new sound sys­tem in­stalled at the Wood­lands last year, as well as the work we’ve done to beef up the sound and stage lights at Coron­ado Com­mu­nity Cen­ter. Th­ese fa­cil­i­ties look and sound great – to me they’re jewels set within the sur­round­ing greens of the Vil­lage. I’m very ex­cited about: The mur­der mys­tery din­ner the­ater romp that I’m writ­ing and di­rect­ing, which is play­ing the first week of Au­gust at the DeSoto Club Event Cen­ter. My fa­vorite parts of work­ing in the Vil­lage are: The peo­ple and events I get to in­ter­act with. Won­der­ful, kind, artis­tic-minded peo­ple and events rang­ing from ballet and clas­si­cal per­for­mances to rock con­certs. My fa­vorite mu­sic grow­ing up was: The stylish pop and psy­che­delic rock of the 60s and 70s. The first car I ever owned was: A bur­gundy 1973 Pon­tiac

Grand Am with a Hol­ley 650 dou­ble pumper four-barrel carb and a 455 cu­bic inch engine. Some of my all-time fa­vorite movies are: “Four Rooms,” “Anony­mous,” and “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid.” I’ll never watch: Tele­vi­sion at home again (haven’t since the 90s). My fa­vorite food is: High­qual­ity sushi (used to live in San Diego). I love Arkansas be­cause: Arkansas loves me. My fa­vorite times of the year are: Spring and fall The most dar­ing thing I’ve ever done: That might come from the hun­dreds of hot air bal­loon flights I crewed in Cal­i­for­nia, al­though some of the moun­tain hikes I’ve taken around the coun­try as­ton­ish even ex­pe­ri­enced hik­ers. My fa­vorite hol­i­day is: Hal­loween

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