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Around The World In Two Semesters

UAFS adds international flair to 38th Season of Entertainment

Subscriber onlyAt first glance, the 2018-19 Season of Entertainment might appear to be more musical than in the past. Stacey Jones, associate vice chancellor for campus and community events at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, says it's probably more family friendly, too, but that's by happy accident, not design. Continue reading...

Breathing Life Into Art

Retrospective looks at Pennebaker’s evolution

Subscriber onlyThe names Frank Lloyd Wright and E. Fay Jones often appear together in discussions of the sleek, sculptural architecture both created. Continue reading...

Worth A Thousand Words

Photos reveal evolution of ‘Our Natural State’

Subscriber only"The photographers [chosen] for the exhibit are among the best to ever photograph in the Natural State," says Chuck Davis, photographer, photo historian and curator of "Our Natural State," on show through Aug. 17 at the Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale. The nearly 90 images "convey the state's vortex of transitioning values, told from the point of view of the artists and their subjects." Continue reading...

'Comic-Con For History Geeks'

Shiloh Museum hosts history fair Saturday

Subscriber onlyThe Shiloh Museum of Ozark History tries to leave no question unanswered -- and they come in at a daunting rate. The more complicated ones -- requests for research into building or home histories, family genealogy, obituaries, cemetery and land patent locations -- number 350 to 400 a year. And then, there are the others, some of which require Kleenex. Continue reading...

Sticky Situation

Amazeum celebrates birthday with ‘Tape and Tunnels’

Subscriber onlyDustin Griffith got wrapped up in a sticky job this summer at the Scott Family Amazeum. As lead exhibits developer, he was tasked to package a new offering, titled "Tape and Tunnels: Ordinary Materials, Extraordinary Uses." Continue reading...

Where Are They Now?

Horton retires after 30 years of eye care

Subscriber onlyIt's the end of an era for eye care in Fayetteville. Joe Horton, who has been seeing patients for 30 years at Family Eye Care just south of Hobby Lobby and the Bank of Fayetteville's College Avenue location, retired at the end of June. We asked him to join us for a "Where Are They Now?" Q&A. Continue reading...

Vibrant Visions - Artists reveal the magic in minutiae

Artists reveal the magic in minutiae

Subscriber onlyThere are threads that link the artwork of Lauren Fensterstock and Amber Cowan -- although it's likely neither woman has thought much about them. They're obvious, though, in speaking with them both in relationship to the exhibit "The Bleak and the Burgeoning," open this summer at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. Continue reading...

Notes On History

Dom Flemons expands on musical narrative

Subscriber onlyIf an Ancestry.com existed for American folk music, Dom Flemons would be its founder and most prolific contributor. When he started listening to the rock and blues and country of the 1960s, he says he "fell into this rabbit hole of music." But he also started building a rabbit warren of nooks and crannies and corners, intersections where the early 20th century music of Huddie William Ledbetter -- better known as Lead Belly -- intertwines with that of his contemporaries like Blind Lemon Jefferson and then snakes forward to become part of the music of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and even Nirvana. Continue reading...

'An American Salute'

SoNA returns to the AMP for Fourth of July festivities

Subscriber onlyChoosing music for a Fourth of July concert is "deceptively difficult," says Paul Haas, music director of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. Continue reading...

Fiddle While You Work

Music a way of life for FHS alum Betse Ellis

Subscriber onlyBetse Ellis might not be unfailingly ebullient -- but she certainly comes across that way. Continue reading...

Shall we gather?

Shiloh Meeting Hall ready to get busy

Subscriber onlyEven its greatest admirers admit that the newly refurbished Shiloh Meeting Hall is "elegant in its simplicity." In other words, the white-washed two-story structure doesn't have wrap-around plantation porches or gingerbread trim, no stonework, no brickwork, no rolling green lawns and no majestic hill to perch on. Continue reading...

The Hills Come Alive

Opera again echoes through the Ozarks

Subscriber onlyIt's been a staple of summer in the hills of Carroll County for 68 years, but Nancy Preis, general director of Opera in the Ozarks, says its goals have matured just as have the communities surrounding it. Continue reading...

Simplicity endures

Museum exhibit celebrates architect Fay Jones

Subscriber only"I never tried to be a little Frank Lloyd Wright," architect Fay Jones said in a video accompanying the Old Statehouse Museum's "Outside the Pale" exhibit. "Mr. Wright himself assured me there was no such thing." Continue reading...

'Selected' At Shiloh

Guest curators celebrate museum’s half-centennial

Subscriber onlyIt's huge and heavy, black and white, a monstrosity of a machine that no businessman could even imagine using nowadays. After all, our phones have calculators on them, right? This adding machine -- state of the art in its time -- is just a piece of the past of a little town called Pettigrew. Continue reading...

A Question Of Survival

‘The Gin Game’ personal to Smokehouse actors

Subscriber onlyPerhaps Jonelle Grace Lipscomb has the most personal perspective on "The Gin Game," the comedy-drama she's starring in this month with the new Smokehouse Players theater troupe. Continue reading...

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