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Elephant in the room

PETA still up in arms about circuses

Subscriber onlySometimes, the proverbial elephant isn't in the middle of the room. It's in the middle of your email. Continue reading...

New name reflects regional growth

Rogers Little Theater now Arkansas Public Theatre

Subscriber onlyROGERS -- The Rogers Little Theater started as a small-town community troupe performing wherever it found the space. Continue reading...

Legacy Of Diversity

ACO invites everyone to play along

Subscriber onlyHarry Blundell, ACO director of theater, is convinced that it's diversity that gives the Arts Center of the Ozarks its niche in the Northwest Arkansas arts community. Continue reading...

Mixing It Up

Variety spice of life for harpist

Subscriber only"People go to the harp and angel connection, which is lovely but not necessarily always appropriate," says harpist Beth Stockdell. "I'll often ask people what they want to hear and they will say, 'I don't know any harp music.' But that wasn't the question! I can play from almost every genre. Almost every harpist can play 'Stairway to Heaven,' so maybe ask me to play Taylor Swift's 'Shake it Off,' a favorite Beatles' song or something else that speaks to you. Continue reading...

Dream Team

Hoops history being written at Silver Dollar City

Subscriber onlyA trick-shooting basketball team isn't exactly part of the history of Silver Dollar City, but the Harlem Globetrotters are making history at the Branson, Mo., theme park. Continue reading...

Food For Thought

Taste of NWA a reflection of trends, community

Subscriber onlyWhether it's at home or dining out, dinner isn't just dinner anymore. It's a "food experience," says Chef Mario Valdovinos, director of R&D Culinary Services for Tyson Foods. Continue reading...

The old and the new

Shiloh Museum celebrates ‘Settling the Ozarks’

Subscriber onlyThe Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, which was started with a collection of arrowheads in the former library building on Springdale's West Johnson Avenue in 1968, celebrated the opening of "Settling the Ozarks" at a reception April 30. The new permanent exhibit, which is focused on the 1841 Lewis-Reed cabin, is part of a renovation marking the museum's 50th anniversary in 2018. Continue reading...

The Search For Home

Vietnamese Arkansan considers quest in new play

Subscriber onlyCompare it to Qui Nguyen's best-known play, "She Kills Monsters"; the reputation of his theater company, the Obie Award-winning Vampire Cowboys of New York City; and just the titles of works in development, among them "War Is F***ing Awesome," "Samantha Rai and the Shoguns of Fear" and "Six Rounds of Vengeance" -- a sequel to "Soul Samarai." "DUST" might be the closest thing to a "straight play" in the young playwright's canon. Continue reading...

Teach A Kid To Fish

Shiloh Museum educator shares her own history

Subscriber onlyJudy Costello is a city kid. Continue reading...

Slam Dunk

‘Magic/Bird’ bounces from rivalry to friendship

Subscriber onlyIn the 1980s, there were really only two teams in basketball -- the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers -- and only two players: the Celtics' Larry Bird and the Lakers' Earvin "Magic" Johnson. Lovers of hoops agree the modern-day NBA would not be what it is without the way they defined the sport and reinvigorated the fan base with their Hall of Fame rivalry. Continue reading...

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