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ON THE COVER: Home To Eureka

May Fest brings artists, authors back

Almost no one is "from" Eureka Springs. But many people come home to Eureka for the May Festival of the Arts, part family reunion, part rite of spring, a time of year when locals and visitors -- some so regular they have earned "local" status -- get together after a long, isolated winter. Continue reading...

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A Lifelong Legacy

Charlie Daniels still giving the fans what they want

Subscriber onlyAt 81 years old, with 42 (studio, live, compilation, country/rock and gospel) albums, four published books and a fifth one (a novel) on the way, plus six decades of making music, Country Music Hall of Famer and icon Charlie Daniels still does what he guesses to be close to 300 interviews a year while touring his band across the country. He has 52 official dates left this year. Continue reading...

Best Bets: May

Outdoor music heats up; O’Keeffe decorates gallery

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Chaos With Chickens

Trike’s new show filled with laughter, interaction

Subscriber onlyThe chickens have certainly come home to roost in Trike Theatre's "Chicken Story Time", a charming adaptation of Sandra Asher's book of the same name. Continue reading...

The Face Behind The Voice

Actress joins authors at annual Books in Bloom

Subscriber onlySusan Ericksen is a classically trained actor with a master of fine arts in acting from the Meadows School for the Arts at Southern Methodist University. So when asked about the joy of voicing audio books, she hauls out a line from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." In the comedy, Nick Bottom, a weaver by trade and an actor by serendipity, says: "Let me play the lion too. I'll roar so well that it'll be an inspiration to anyone who hears me. I'll roar so well that the duke will say, 'Let him roar again. Let him roar again.'" Continue reading...

LIVE! in NWA

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Summer Fun Ready To Flower

Offerings range from musical theater to mountain biking

Subscriber onlyAs a kid, having three months of lazy summer days stretching out in front of you is a dream. For parents, though, summer can be something of a nightmare as they fight their kids' attempts to spend the days lounging on the couch with their electronics. Finding quality activities to fill the long days is a bit easier given Northwest Arkansas' plethora of youth organizations; our list just the tip of the iceberg. (And don't forget to check public library websites for a robust offering of free summer activities.) Continue reading...

It's Personal

Rockers connect in bizarre, hard-to-classify music

Subscriber only"If I wasn't in Mastodon, this is a show I would definitely go to as a fan of rock, hard rock, bizarreness," says Mastodon bass player Troy Sanders while doing laundry at home in Florida. "It's a long tour, and I'm going to bring all my nice, clean tee shirts, so that's how I'm preparing for tour." Continue reading...

Performing History

Fort Smith orchestra debuts Florence Price symphony

Subscriber onlyFor symphonic music, the first few decades of the 20th century were "the best of times [and] the worst of times." Composers like Aaron Copland and George Gershwin were writing music that was "overtly American," with sweeping harmonies Copland described as his "vernacular" style and Gershwin spanning the genres of pop music, classical music and even jazz. Continue reading...

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BFF Film 'Find Me' Rooted In Genuine Diversity

Tom Huang's Bentonville Film Festival entry, titled "Find Me," has nothing to do with his ethnicity -- first-generation Chinese-American -- or the fact that the cast is Asian, Latina and African-American. That, he says, is the whole point. Continue reading...

Four Minutes, Four Questions Slingsby Theater Company

Subscriber onlyWhen Australia's acclaimed Slingsby Theatre Company is developing a new production for its immersive repertoire, artistic director Andy Packer and his team are looking for a story with enough at stake "for the audience to really go on an emotional journey with the central character." Transformative themes of coming-of-age, gaining wisdom, of finding one's way back from desolation or uncertainty are prominent in Slingsby's works to connect with audiences and provide a sense of hope. Packer answered a few questions for 'SUP in advance of the company's Saturday visit to the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville with its production of "The Young King." Continue reading...

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ON THE COVER: It's Marvel-ous!

Superheroes star at Bentonville Film Fest

Meg Ryan will be the Bentonville Film Festival's first Legacy Award honoree. Geena Davis, BFF co-founder, will be back in town. The festival will offer 42 competition films. Los Lobos will perform. And a Family Trail Ride will give a nod to Northwest Arkansas' burgeoning bicycle culture. Continue reading...