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Pretty As A Peach

Festival celebrates sweet perfection

Subscriber onlyIt all began in Clarksville in 1938, or so the story of the Johnson County Peach Festival goes. And according to Milisa Woodard, president of this year's edition, at 76, the festival is the oldest outdoor event of its kind in the state. Continue reading...

Still Innovative At 37

UAFS season offers ‘Cinderella’ and Steampunk

Subscriber only"It's one of the most balanced seasons we've ever had," Stacey Jones, associate vice chancellor for campus and community events, says of the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith's Season of Entertainment 37. "We have some of the top performers in the world in the areas of music and theater performing in this year's season." Continue reading...

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A Community's Vision

Festivals combine to lift up city

Subscriber onlyAs The Unexpected festival in Fort Smith enters its third year, one challenge for organizers likely was how to keep event surprising and fresh. What started as a mural festival -- making Fort Smith an unexpected city of murals -- expanded its reach (to Fayetteville) as well as its mediums in its second year. Now the festival's next move is to combine with Fort Smith's other major artistic event -- The Peacemaker Music and Arts Festival. Continue reading...

Season & Series Satisfy

Walton Arts Center’s full season overflows with entertainment

Subscriber onlyThe Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville announced its full 2017-18 season at the end of June, offering eight collections of diverse programming in addition to the Broadway Series that begins Oct. 3. The 2017-18 season will be the first non-abbreviated season in several years following the expansion and renovation that now enables the center to utilize both its performance spaces at the same time. Create-your-own subscriptions and several ticket packages are available for purchase already at 443-5600 or waltonartscenter.org, and individual tickets for most performances go on sale Aug. 7. Continue reading...

Artistic Growth

Peacemaker expands in third year

Subscriber onlyBoard members for the Peacemaker Music and Arts Festival in Fort Smith have been trying to get acclaimed American rock/jam band Gov't Mule to Riverfront Park since the festival's inception. For the event's third year, they did. Continue reading...

Musical Common Ground

Three bands congenially converge for ‘Wheels of Soul’ tour

Subscriber onlyOne band started in 1969, one in 2004 and a third in 2010. Continue reading...

Satisfy, Surprise, Surpass

SoNA season introduces more music to love

Subscriber only"For this season -- and really any season -- my goal is threefold," says Paul Haas, music director of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. "First, to satisfy the audience member, to give them something truly special. Second, to surprise the audience member, to surpass their expectations and give them a new approach to the concert experience. And third, to highlight the incredible musicians who make up this extraordinary ensemble." Continue reading...

A King's Tribute

Fan brings Elvis to life on stage

Subscriber onlyGrowing up in Shelby, N.C., Travis Powell started young. He was 4 years old, he says, when he was performing as Elvis in his grandparents' living room. Continue reading...

Bloom Where You're Planted

FSLT’s ‘Secret Garden’ s lush, magical place

Subscriber onlyThe Fort Smith Little Theatre will mount the musical version of the beloved classic children's book "The Secret Garden," beginning with a Gala Opening Night event at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Continue reading...

Making Her Own Way

Musician finds her sound

Subscriber onlyKansas City, Mo., native Lauren Anderson has taken a leap off the safe path and into the artistic world of music -- now calling Nashville, Tenn. home. That's not to say the "safe path" of music therapy is anything bad, but when "music is something you can't ignore," and "it's like it's in your blood," as Anderson says, a person must make creating music priority No. 1. "It's like I couldn't not pursue it full time," she says of when she decided it was time to leave the world of music therapy. Continue reading...

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Eight Minutes, Eight Questions with Jo Dee Messina

Subscriber onlyCountry music singer Jo Dee Messina comes to Cherokee Casino in West Siloam Springs, Okla., for a free concert at 9 p.m. today. Since her breakout in 1996 with the hit "Heads Carolina, Tails California," Messina has charted 16 Top 40 songs and sold more than 5 million albums. Among her nine No. 1 songs are the memorable hits of the late '90s and early 2000s "Bye, Bye," "I'm Alright," "Stand Beside Me" and "Bring On the Rain." Continue reading...

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Still Amazing

Two years in, allure of Amazeum continues

Subscriber onlyWhen Bentonville's Scott Family Amazeum opened in July of 2015, leaders of the project predicted that around 180,000 guests would visit the children's museum in its first year of operation, says Shannon Dixon, the Amazeum's director of development and communications. Those predictions turned out to be far too conservative. Continue reading...

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