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Inverting Expectations

Year two of festival inclusive, challenging

Subscriber onlyArtist Paul Rucker was in college the first time he heard of Emmett Till -- more than three decades after the 14-year-old's lynching made national news and became emblematic of the cruelty and oppression faced by African Americans. Rucker began to realize a disconnect existed between the history we are taught and the true history of our nation. Continue reading...

Let There Be Light

‘Retrograde’ starts from different perspective

Subscriber onlyDirector Cole Wimpee says the concept for his show, "Retrograde," premiering at Backspace (541 W. Meadow St.) at 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday, came out of a collaboration with University of Arkansas lighting designer Emily Clarkson. Continue reading...

Finding The Right Note

Acclaimed guitarist joins UA faculty

Subscriber onlyOne can't help but wonder: How did a critically acclaimed guitarist, composer and educator -- whose career to date has spanned nine albums as bandleader across jazz, rock and classical new music styles -- a musician who has toured throughout the U.S., Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and India and performed and recorded with a who's who of artists wind up teaching at the University of Arkansas? Continue reading...

Two Languages Better Than One

Trike Theatre creates new telling of ‘Cinderella’ tale

Subscriber onlyThe inspiration for the upcoming bilingual production of "Adalita y Su Caballo: A Rodeo Cinderella" was born from a bilingual production of "The Odyssey Experience," adapted and directed by Christopher Parks four years ago, says Trike Theatre's artistic director, Kassie Misiewicz. Continue reading...

House Of The Rising Sun

New venue offers fresh entertainment experience

Subscriber onlyDon Nelms will tell you he doesn't have a strong relationship with the local music scene. Sure, he has musician friends and respects what they do, but he wouldn't consider himself among Northwest Arkansas' music influencers. That may be about to change, though, with the opening of the Sunrise Stage music venue, connected to the Sunrise Guitar shop. Continue reading...

Dig A Little Deeper

Musical twosome gives fans everything they’ve got

Subscriber onlyHusband and wife duo Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent -- better known as Shovels and Rope -- brought their rocking, Southern Gothic brand of Americana/folk music to the mainstage of the Fayetteville Roots Festival in August. Now they're returning for a show at George's Majestic Lounge on Saturday, and they might just bring everything but the kitchen sink to the stage. Continue reading...

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Five Minutes, Five Questions Ann Patchett

Subscriber onlyAnn Patchett is the author of seven novels -- "The Patron Saint of Liars," "Taft," "The Magician's Assistant," "Bel Canto," "Run," "State of Wonder" and "Commonwealth" -- plus three works of nonfiction, has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize and a dozen more prestigious awards and, since opening Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tenn., in 2011, has become a spokeswoman for independent booksellers. Continue reading...

As Smooth As Silk

‘Intimate Apparel’ glides lyrically across heart

Subscriber onlyAt a recent rehearsal for Lynn Nottage's "Intimate Apparel" at TheatreSquared, director, actors and assorted designers are preoccupied with the minute, technical details that must be ironed out in any production so close to opening. The beautifully detailed set by scenic designer Jean Kim, which fills the T2 auditorium and offers patrons a startlingly intimate view of the performances, embodies four different spaces -- all bedrooms. Actor Britney Walker-Merritte must exit one side of the set and enter another in a short amount of time, requiring practice. The musical recording of ragtime piano music must be matched to the hand movements of the piano-playing actor on stage, and sound designer Sinan Zafar starts and stops the recording of piano playing until the coordination is perfect. Continue reading...

'The Janoska Style'

Bringing improvisation back to classical music

Subscriber onlyTheir names may be new to American audiences, but the members of the Janoska Ensemble have pedigrees far longer than this story. Continue reading...

Feminine Form

Art considers what it is to be a woman

Subscriber onlyArtist Sara Segerlin's work is a constant juxtaposition of internal and external: The physical domain versus a dreamscape; the confines of an urban environment opposing the boundlessness of the natural world. She considers where the edges of these dimensions collide and explores how the concrete and the cerebral affect her as an artist and as a woman. Continue reading...

A Joyful Feeling

Fiber artists share celebration of creation

Subscriber onlyThe fiber arts medium employs diverse materials -- from wool to acrylic -- and techniques -- embroidery, quilting, felting, etc. -- to produce two- and three-dimensional works of art. The pieces can be decorative or functional, but they each have different textures, and even different voices, depending on the source of the fiber and the process it undergoes. Continue reading...

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Break Out Into Fun

Students spring out of school next week

Subscriber onlyKeeping kids entertained during spring break can be a real headache -- until you look around Northwest Arkansas and realize that a wide variety of activities exist for kids of all ages and all interests. Sports, arts and crafts, theater -- we've got you covered in our spring break guide. Continue reading...

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