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ON THE COVER: Downtown Is Uptown

New plays open new UA theater

The University of Arkansas Department of Theatre is on the move -- both literally and figuratively. Next week, department chairman Michael Riha will unveil the ambitious renovation of the UA Global Campus Theatre, where UA students and faculty playwrights will also stage ArkType, a brand new, weeklong play festival. Continue reading...

LatinX Theatre Project Communicates, Educates, Inspires

Subscriber onlyLatinX Theatre Project -- an innovative, experimental theater collective that strives to communicate the youth immigrant experience -- burst on the theatrical scene last year with their vibrant play "Follow Me @ Tio Sam," which detailed the struggles of an immigrant father who is wrestling with the decision to leave the United States and return to Mexico. Now in its second season, the theater troupe returns to the stage with its new production, "Scratch That!" Continue reading...

A Whole New World

Young actors soar in ‘Aladdin’

Subscriber onlyJulie Gabel, director of Arts Live's upcoming musical "Aladdin" -- based on the animated film of the same name -- says Disney has a knack for choosing great material. Continue reading...

Time For Innovation

Fort Smith Symphony plays new tune in 2018-19 season

Subscriber onlyIt's time, John Jeter says -- time for jubilation, Time for Three, time for Chaplin, time for the Fort Smith Symphony to lead the way into a new approach to concerts for the 95-year-old orchestra. Continue reading...

LIVE! in NWA

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'Beautifully' Enduring

King the songwriter you didn’t know you knew

Subscriber onlyFalling in love at 16 and getting married too young, going through a divorce, having children and having what you thought was going to happen not work out -- Carole King's story is about so much more than her music. Continue reading...

Remembering Joey

Friends, musicians honor life of reggae artist

Subscriber onlyHari Newmark grew up with Joey Fennel. They went to Woodland Junior High and Fayetteville High School together. He was there when "Joey" became "Joseph," a step toward "breaking away from being a kid to becoming a man," Newmark says. And he remembers when Fennel's stage name became "Joseph Israel," a reflection of both his music and his spirituality. Continue reading...

One Man, Many Faces

Woody Guthrie speaks through one actor’s passion

Subscriber onlyRandy Noojin's reasons for writing and presenting a one-man tribute to Woody Guthrie are as multi-faceted as the show he has created. Continue reading...

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Comedian Brings 'Smoove' Humor To Cherokee Casino

Subscriber onlyLadies and gentlemen, we are in a Smoove season. Continue reading...

Charming Chemistry

Musicians find magic in on- and off-stage harmony

Subscriber onlyWhen a musician has solo and group credits on her resume, it seems to be the norm that she achieved some level of success as part of a group and eventually broke off to pursue a solo career. That is (sort of) the case with two members (Sara Watkins, Aoife O'Donovan) of folk trio I'm With Her. The third member, Sarah Jarosz, took the more unusual path from solo (Grammy Award winning) artist to joining a trio. Now, just shy of four years after the first time the threesome came together for an impromptu performance in Colorado, they've seen the name of their band co-opted by a presidential campaign, released their debut album and embarked on a world tour. Continue reading...

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ON THE COVER: Take note

Country rocker, AMP lineup both defy expectations

Talking to Brantley Gilbert on the phone is like calling up any one of your down-home buddies -- he's friendly, casual, charming. His easy warmth and laid-back disposition are abundant, even though he's busy completing his "honey do list" while home in Georgia for only a few days. He talks about his wife and his new son, and you can hear the pride through the phone. Continue reading...

3x3 Three Minutes, Three Questions Daniel Roebuck

Subscriber onlyAudiences might know him best for his roles on TV shows like "Matlock" -- he was Cliff Lewis; "Nash Bridges" -- as Rick Bettina; and "Lost" -- where his explosive exit as Dr. Leslie Arzt in the finale of the first season shocked viewers. But Daniel Roebuck also has a long list of films to his credit, not just as an actor but as a writer and director. Continue reading...