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The 'begats' of one big family

Love builds relationships as strong as blood

Subscriber onlyFamily. I've been thinking a lot about the concept lately with the birth on March 18 of Gordon's first grandchild. Continue reading...

Arts organizations likely to bloom

Subscriber onlyTwo things you can guarantee about the arts in Northwest Arkansas: Something new will always be on the horizon, and there will always be growth in unexpected places. The following organizations have some of the most growth in the near future. Continue reading...

Building a cultural bridge

Walton Arts Center, Crystal Bridges Museum bookend arts growth

Subscriber onlyCulture in Northwest Arkansas did not burst fully formed from the vestibule of the Walton Arts Center in 1992. It already existed in well-respected theater and music programs at the University of Arkansas; in community theaters in Springdale, Rogers, Siloam Springs and Fort Smith; and in history museums in Springdale and Rogers. Continue reading...

Walton Arts Center announces upcoming Broadway season

WAC season dances, sings and struts

Subscriber onlyAt first glance, the Walton Arts Center's 2017-18 Broadway season might seem very traditional -- mostly musicals that might fairly be called "chestnuts." Continue reading...

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...

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...

'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...

The right words

Gentry students create books about cancer

Subscriber onlyIt was a very serious occasion. Continue reading...

'An Abomination Of Desolation'

Hawkins House recalls task of spring cleaning

Subscriber onlyLife in the Rogers Historical Museum's Hawkins House -- built in 1895 -- tends to be seasonal. In the fall, the theme is usually mourning and turn-of-the-century funerals to complement Halloween. Christmas is celebrated in December, and Victorian weddings in the summer. Continue reading...

Hitting The Right Note

Cellist finds niche in St. Lawrence String Quartet

Subscriber onlyChristopher Costanza has no idea why he plays the cello. Continue reading...

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