September 28, 2016: NPD Crime Report

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September 28, 2016: Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Crime Log

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September 28, 2016: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

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SFA Gardens’ Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature Arkansas container gardening specialist

Dr. James A. Robbins, extension specialist in commercial ornamentals at the University of Arkansas’ Division of Agriculture, will be the guest speaker for the SFA Gardens’ monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series, slated for 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

Dr. James A. Robbins, extension specialist in commercial ornamentals at the University of Arkansas’ Division of Agriculture, will be the guest speaker for the SFA Gardens’ monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series, slated for 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. Dr. James A. Robbins will present “Reflections on the Changing World of Ornamentals in the USA.”

For the past 18 years, Robbins has been an extension specialist in commercial ornamentals at the University of Arkansas’ Division of Agriculture. His role is to support all green-industry businesses, including garden centers, wholesale growers and landscapers.

Robbins’ research emphases is in container fertility, container substrates, woody-plant evaluation and nursery inventory.

A self-described plant geek and addicted plant photographer, Robbins has directed the Arkansas Statewide Plant Evaluation Program since 1999. He also has been very involved in research and extension activities related to the use of ‘unmanned aircraft systems’ in agriculture since May of 2000.

The Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series is held the second Thursday of each month and includes a rare-plant raffle after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series fund are always appreciated.

Parking is available at the nearby Raguet Elementary School, 2428 Raguet St., with continual shuttle service to the Brundrett Conservation Education Building.

For more information, call (936) 468-4129 or email grantdamon@sfasu.edu.

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September 27, 2016: NPD Crime Report

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Backstage magic takes center stage in musical production

The cast of "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" rehearses fight scenes in the rock musical.

The cast of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” rehearses fight scenes in the rock musical.

Angela Bacarisse believes “it takes a village” to bring all the pieces of the production puzzle together to form a successful play.

The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre professor often describes working in theatre in two ways: the human connection, and the mechanical connection.

“When you see how many people are involved, it becomes clear that we are a buzzing beehive of a small village,” she said.

Richmond sophomore Daniel Hicks as Andrew Jackson's father rehearses a scene in "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson."

Richmond sophomore Daniel Hicks as Andrew Jackson’s father rehearses a scene in “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.”

That’s the situation underway as theatre students prepare to open the rock musical “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” Oct. 4 on the W.M. Turner Auditorium stage as the first Mainstage Series performance of the year. Along with Bacarisse as director and choreographer, Dr. Tod Fish, associate professor of choral activities for the SFA School of Music, is musical director, and Longview senior theatre major Tanner O’Neal is student assistant director.

“I often tell students that for every person on stage, there are between 10 and 15 people off stage making the show happen,” Bacarisse explained, “from playwright to publicity, costume and sound design to props and painting.”

With music and lyrics by Michael Friedman and a book by Alex Timbers, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” takes a comedic look at the founding of the Democratic Party and portrays Andrew Jackson, America’s seventh president, as an emo rock star. Emo is a style of punk rock music but with more complex arrangements and lyrics that deal with more emotional subjects. The process for this play began with research for both Bacarisse, as the director, and for Leander junior Kayla Peterson, dramaturg for the production.

 Baytown senior Taylor Dobbs (on ladder), assistant scenic designer, assembles sets with the help of student crews.

Baytown senior Taylor Dobbs (on ladder), assistant scenic designer, assembles sets with the help of student crews.

“Dramaturg is really just a fancy word for research assistant,” Peterson said. “My main job is to study the historical and contextual background of the show and compile the information in a way that is comprehensive and straightforward for the cast. The ultimate end result is that the cast members have a greater understanding and appreciation for the characters they play, as well as the world in which those characters exist.”

The next step, according to Bacarisse, was to gather a design team and share ideas about the script. A number of student designers are working on the production, including Nacogdoches senior Cloey Hammonds, who is completing her second costume design for a Mainstage production. Kingwood senior Bruce Moran serves as sound designer.

“As a sound designer, it is my job to analyze the script and find the places where sound effects or music can be used to help shape the world of the show,” Moran said. “Designing sound is more than just making noise, though that is always the end result. On average, a good sound design requires weeks to come together, but the end result is a character that is heard but not seen.”

All of the designers, faculty or student, rely on skilled technicians to get the job done, Bacrisse said. In particular, several students work as skilled theatrical electricians for the musical, including Hutto junior Brittany Tennis, who is the master electrician in charge of all lighting equipment, making sure that it is placed where the designer wants it and has proper electrical circuiting.

“I am also responsible for updating paperwork and supervising the student crew and making sure that they stay safe and are properly handling our equipment,” Tennis said.

With a large set, designed by theatre Professor Tara Houston, and lots of stairs to climb, cast members are in for an aerobic workout, Bacarisse said. As an ensemble piece, the musical has everyone, with the exception of the student cast as Andrew Jackson, playing multiple roles.

“Along with costume changes, there will be differences of character physicality and vocal work to consider,” she said. “Everyone is going to be stretched by this production.”

Costume, hair and makeup designer Cloey Hammonds of Nacogdoches builds an 18th century coat for one of the "Founding Father" characters in "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson."

Costume, hair and makeup designer Cloey Hammonds of Nacogdoches builds an 18th century coat for one of the “Founding Father” characters in “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.”

Pulling all these people and their contributions together is the vital job of the stage manager, Bacarisse explained, which for “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” is Brownsboro senior William Odom, who is stage managing his fourth major production at SFA. He also oversaw the School of Theatre’s production that traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland in August 2015, and he was an assistant on a number of other productions, including the musical “Spamalot” in 2014.

“Stage managers have to be able to see the whole picture – what is needed and when,” Bacarisse said. “The stage manager is the ‘master mechanic’ that keeps the machine moving forward.”

Countless hours of rehearsals, building sets and costumes and providing the technical support for a production this size keep students busy for weeks prior to opening night.

“The hardest part about working in academic theatre is that once we get students trained, they graduate,” she said. “But what joy to know we are sending good artists out into the working world.

“There is no magic; it is sheer human labor,” Bacarisse said. “But if what the audience sees appears to be magic, then we have all done our jobs well.”

“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” runs Oct. 4 through 8. The show is recommended for mature audiences. A content advisory may be viewed at www.theatre.sfasu.edu.

Single tickets are $15 for adult, $10 for senior and $7.50 for student/youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.theatre.sfasu.edu. Performances are at 7:30 nightly.

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Art students assist in curating ‘State of the Union’ exhibition

 Dana Younger's "Legends of the Lone Ranger Part I: Andrew Jackson and the Indian Removal Legislation" is a feature of the exhibition "State of the Union," showing Oct. 4 though Nov. 5 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

Dana Younger’s “Legends of the Lone Ranger Part I: Andrew Jackson and the Indian Removal Legislation” is a feature of the exhibition “State of the Union,” showing Oct. 4 though Nov. 5 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art will host “State of the Union” exhibition Oct. 4 through Nov. 5 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches. An opening reception is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6.

“State of the Union,” which includes painting, drawing, photography, fibers, sculpture, metalworking, ceramics, silk-screening, digital art and video, is designed to showcase how artists today are reacting to the world around them, according to Lauren Selden, associate professor of art and whose students participated in curating the exhibition.

Showing during the final weeks of the 2016 general election season, the exhibition will focus on social and political themes, including political campaigns, environmental concerns, education, immigration, human rights, trade, globalization and other contemporary concerns, Selden explained.

“During election season, it is a nice time to reach out to the art world and find out what contemporary concerns are illustrated through art making,” she said.

Multiple artists were invited to submit work, and students in the Art 492 Professional Practices course curated the exhibition, which includes the work of artists from across the U.S. and Mexico.

Beyond the benefit of bringing contemporary work from artists ranging across media, the exhibition serves as “a high-impact, student-learning experience,” Selden said.

The students will learn the many components of setting up a professional exhibition, including selecting and arranging work, receiving shipped artwork, writing professional documents for the exhibition, building furniture for the exhibition, preparing text panels and labels, placing vinyl letters, installing the exhibition, corresponding with the artists, hosting a reception, taking down the exhibition, and returning the shipped work to individual artists.

“Preparing an exhibition is a valuable experience for these students and will aid them when they exhibit their own BFA exhibitions,” Selden explained. The experience also illustrates future job opportunities available in the arts, she said.

Each work will have a short statement that expresses how the artist arrived at his/her completed works. These statements will also give the viewers a glimpse into the contemporary social and political themes being addressed.

“Although this show addresses contemporary concerns, the work is often subtle and can be viewed by people from all political backgrounds,” Selden said. “There will be one work in which the artist encourages interaction and connection to social media; this work will be showcased especially at the opening reception.

“We are thankful to the Cole Art Center and the participating artists for allowing this great learning opportunity and to be part of the SFA exhibition schedule,” Selden said.

Admission to the exhibition, which is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Visual Arts and Nacogdoches Junior Forum, is free. Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. Gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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Concerto winners to perform with Orchestra of the Pines

The Orchestra of the Pines at Stephen F. Austin State University will spotlight this year’s concerto winners in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Each work in the program, which is titled “A Musical Homage,” pays homage to another work, according to Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras at SFA. The program opens with “Le Tombeau de Couperin,” a work by Maurice Ravel, who pays homage to the Baroque master, François Couperin, Moon said.

“Written originally as a piano suite, Ravel conveys the subtle nuance of French Baroque music through his work, well-crafted for chamber orchestra two years after the completion of the piano suite,” Moon explained.

The orchestra will present its first concerto winner, Claire Salli, a senior music education major from Arlington, who joins the orchestra in performing the first two movements of Paul Creston’s Concerto for saxophone and orchestra.

“While being an American composer, Creston attributes his compositional influences to composers of the Baroque era – Bach and Scarlatti, two composers who lived in the same time as Couperin, as well as Debussy and Ravel, the masters of Impressionistic music,” Moon said.

Salli has been a member of SFA’s Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony and Lumberjack Marching Band. Last year, she was the tenor saxophonist in the Zephyr saxophone quartet, which advanced as semi-finalists in the 2016 North American Saxophone Alliance quartet competition. Salli has taught private lessons, marching band and music sectionals in Denton, Nacogdoches and the Houston area. She has been a camp counselor for the SFA summer band camps as well as a unit counselor at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. In 2014, Salli was a conductor for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in saxophone performance after she graduates this spring.

The second half of the concert features works by Czech composer Antonín Dvořák. Graduate student Kelsey Quinn of San Antonio, the second concerto winner, will join the orchestra in performing “Song to the Moon” from Dvořák’s most famous opera, “Rusalka.”

“One could perhaps interpret Dvořák’s opera as a clairvoyant homage, inspiring the story of a famous Disney movie,” Moon said. “The orchestra concludes the evening with Dvořák’s mighty Symphony No. 8 in G major, a monumental work in its own right.”

Quinn recently received her bachelor’s degree from SFA and is continuing her education here as a graduate student. She graduated magna cum laude and is a member of the music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda. She has performed such roles as Marie in “The Most Happy Fella” and Marenka in “The Bartered Bride.” She was a semi-finalist in regional competitions in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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