Christopher Jones, technical director for Hot Springs Village Recreation Department
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