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A Grand Night For Singing

Soprano joins SoNA for ‘jocular and haunting’ Gloria

Subscriber onlyTalking with Tami Petty by phone might make you believe she's a jazz singer. On this Monday in late April, she has a smoky voice that could easily be imagined scatting with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald. Continue reading...

Already In Orbit

Meteor Guitar Gallery flies high as BFF music venue

Subscriber only"Meteor" turned out to be a prophetic name for a business in Bentonville that took off like ... well, a rocket. Continue reading...

Riding in to the future

Statue latest tribute to founder of Army Rangers

Subscriber onlyThe cover of Newsweek on Jan. 4, 1943, shows a dashing soldier astride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle chatting with French Gen. Henri Giraud. Even though he was born in Fort Smith, his hand-tinted image probably wouldn't be easily recognized by many in the region. Continue reading...

Silver Dollar City best in the company of friends

Silver Dollar City best in company of friends

Subscriber onlyI always refer to Silver Dollar City as "the Happiest Place in the Midwest." To me, it is. I didn't have a particularly happy childhood, but the Branson, Mo., theme park is among my best memories. And that's remained true throughout my adult life. Dan and I always loved taking Amanda there. Larry and I celebrated our engagement there. My sisters and I have had a blast every time we've gone. And a couple of weekends ago, I got to take the folks I call "my Little Rock family" there for the last season of World-Fest, which ends May 1. Continue reading...

The Joy Of The Music

Jazz trumpeter keeps his gospel roots firmly planted

Subscriber onlyByron Stripling describes his father as "a little black kid from Georgia who followed his dream to be a classical singer." Continue reading...

Love, Longing And Loss

‘Bridges of Madison County’ crosses boundaries

Subscriber only"I don't like feeling sorry for myself. That's not who I am. And most of the time I don't feel that way. Instead, I am grateful for having at least found you. We could have flashed by one another like two pieces of cosmic dust. Continue reading...

Tiny But Mighty

Toad plans to jump in the middle of Spring Fest

Subscriber onlyToad is not a pit bull. But sometimes Northwest Arkansas Pit Bull Ambassador founder Cheryl Gibson has to make an exception. Continue reading...

Stephanie Michelle Lewis

A life enjoyed intensely

Subscriber onlyStephanie Lewis, head of the art department at Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville, exudes intensity. It goes with her description of herself as opinionated, independent and sometimes disturbingly honest. Continue reading...

New Name, Same Notion

Fayetteville Film Fest fosters Arkansas moviemakers

Subscriber onlyFor most of a decade, Fayetteville's Seedling Film Association has hosted the Offshoot Film Festival. The combination of "a focus and dedication to Arkansas filmmakers but also an openness to national and international submissions" has made it a success, says Dan Robinson, the executive director. Continue reading...

And A Pinch Of Cyanide

ACO’s ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ oddly funny

Subscriber onlyIt's the double-take that hooks the audience every time. Continue reading...

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