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Hey Ryan, Welcome to the club!

Subscriber onlyDear Ryan Lochte, We want to wish you a hearty congratulations on all those many, many gold medals you won at the Olympics. Continue reading...

'Stop staring at all that blood; it won't do you any good'

Subscriber onlyIt is a truism to say that comedy comes from misery. Clowns are depressed, fueled by anxieties and neuroses. To be funny you have to present something true and to present something true you have to confront the awful emptiness at the world's core. You have to stare down the absurdity of creation. Continue reading...

FX kick-starts fall season with return of Strain

Subscriber onlyOrdinarily, I'm not one to get worked up over TV fantasy/horror thrillers. Continue reading...

Delightful Supergirl offers entertaining supporting cast

Subscriber onlyWhat is it? Supergirl, Season 1, 20 episodes on three Blu-ray discs from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Continue reading...

Styx, Smoke, classical concerts among outing opportunities

Subscriber onlyStyx -- Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James "J.Y." Young (vocals, guitars), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums) and Ricky Phillips (bass), along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo -- headline "An Evening With Styx," 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Walmart AMP, 5079 W. Northgate Road, Rogers. Doors open at 6. Tickets are $31-$55.50 plus applicable fees. Call (479) 443-5600 or visit the website, amptickets.com. Continue reading...

Olympic also-rans: Gold medal isn't all that glitters

Subscriber onlyDespite all its trouble behind the scenes, Hubby and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, which wrapped up a week ago today. I kept up with more during these games than I had in previous ones, noting the irony of yelling at the TV during swimming or gymnastics rather than the customary football or basketball game. Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Subscriber onlyHappy birthday. There will be victories and upgrades between now and the end of the year, but the thing that deserves the most celebration is your increasing ability to demonstrate compassion and direct it toward yourself. You'll influence a broader group in January. You'll become a part of a new family of sorts in March. Continue reading...

Address friend’s word choice

Subscriber onlyDEAR CAROLYN: One of my best friends committed suicide two years ago, devastating me and our group of friends. It has been an incredibly hard healing process. Continue reading...

A night in Harlem

Rookie seeks out Apollo, jazz, eclectic dining, discovers new Renaissance above Manhattan’s 110th Street

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK -- Take a walk on 125th Street. Check out the Apollo Theater marquee, the latest exhibit at the Studio Museum, the patio dinner crowd on Lenox Avenue, the high-priced brownstones, the locals of all hues striding past Afrocentric sidewalk stalls while a drum circle grooves across the street. Continue reading...

Gibraltar more than a big rock

Subscriber onlyGIBRALTAR -- Barbary macaque monkeys are the star attractions in Gibraltar. Still, this historic port town is steeped in military history around the landmark Rock of Gibraltar. The town wears its scars well with plenty to offer visitors who make the trip. Continue reading...

In Aix-en-Provence, the city is the attraction

Subscriber onlyWestminster Abbey, the Eiffel Tower, the Sistine Chapel -- these are some of the reasons you came to Europe. They're also why millions of other tourists are here as well. Nothing kills a sightseeing buzz like waiting in line for hours to see a popular sight or being crammed shoulder to shoulder as you squint up at Michelangelo's masterpiece. Continue reading...

Club news

Subscriber onlyRotary The Bella Vista Sunrise Rotary Club will hold a breakfast meeting at 7 a.m. Wednesday at the Concordia Retirement Center, 1 Concordia Drive in Bella Vista. The speaker will be Sgt. Eric Palmer of the Bella Vista Police Department to discuss the new Explorer Club. Continue reading...

Briefly

Subscriber onlyAt-risk children offered snacks Continue reading...

Local organization paving Open Avenues for disabilities

Subscriber onlyOn a recent Friday morning at Open Avenues, the warehouse is lively with chatter and movement. The employees of the organization -- which offers employment, skill training and job placement services for adults with disabilities -- had a late night -- a group outing to a Naturals game. Continue reading...

Theater group, Hogs kick off seasons

Group lauds students, program backers

Subscriber onlyTheatreSquared opened another season with big news Aug. 16 at its annual kickoff party at the home of Denise and Hershey Garner in Fayetteville. Continue reading...