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A Perfect Fit

Acquisitions expand MONAH narrative

Subscriber onlyDavid Bogle, founder of the Museum of Native American History in Bentonville, didn't intend to cover the spectrum from Cherokee to Pre-Columbian. He didn't even intend to start a museum. Continue reading...

The Eureka Connection

Road to Grammy included stop in the Springs

Subscriber onlyMike Fleming grew up in St. Louis, went to college in Columbia, Mo., and has lived most of his adult life in Nashville, Tenn. But coming back to Northwest Arkansas to play at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center is still a lot like coming home. Fleming, now a standup bass player with the Grammy-winning Steeldrivers, performed at the one of the country music shows in Eureka Springs from 1981 to 1988, lived at Holiday Island, and he and his wife had their first daughter at the hospital in Springdale. Continue reading...

Packing Peanuts

There’s more to Carver, park ranger promises

Subscriber onlyThe George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, Mo., is as unique as the man it memorializes. Born during the Civil War, Carver was the first African-American to attend Iowa Agricultural College -- now Iowa State University -- let alone earn bachelor's and master's degrees there. And he was the first to have a national monument dedicated to him, just a few months after his death on Jan. 5, 1943. Continue reading...

Return To War

Play reminds that peace still elusive

Subscriber onlyTen years has passed since TheatreSquared debuted "My Father's War," an original play by company founder Bob Ford based on the World War II recollections of his father-in-law. Continue reading...

Start Your Engines

Hot Wheels rev up fun at Amazeum

Subscriber onlyFor the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, "the idea for the exhibit was pretty simple at the start." Continue reading...

Er-Gene Kahng, Arkansas Philharmonic

Subscriber onlyFlorence Price is getting a lot more attention than she did during her lifetime. Born in 1887 to a middle-class family in Little Rock, Price attended New England Conservatory, one of the few conservatories that admitted African-Americans at the time. But it wasn’t until 1931, after she’d moved her family to Chicago and divorced her abusive husband, that Price began to write music for the orchestral world. She faced two challenges, she said in a 1943 letter to conductor Serge Koussevitzky, a story in this month’s New Yorker reports: “My dear Dr. Koussevitzky, To begin with I have two handicaps — those of sex and race. I am a woman; and I have some Negro blood in my veins.” Continue reading...

'Fifty From Fifty'

Shiloh Museum showcases pieces of past

Subscriber onlyCarolyn Reno has had a uniquely fortunate position with the Shiloh Museum for 34 years of its 50-year history. She is the one who knows its collections most intimately. Continue reading...

Forever in my heart

Funny stories convey friend’s real mission in life

Subscriber only"There are some times in life when the only thing you can do to cope is to laugh." Continue reading...

Historically Hilarious

APT actors follow in long line of funny ‘Producers’

Subscriber onlyZero Mostel and Gene Wilder. Continue reading...

Art OverView

Works address abstraction, ethnicity, ornament

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Perfecting The Puzzle

Casting director finds joy in furthering careers

Subscriber onlyIt's impossible not to share Stephen DeAngelis' enthusiasm -- three parts proud parent, two parts carnival barker and 95 parts a fan of the mediums he populates with people. Continue reading...

Legend, Legacy

Bell exhibit recalls one man and his community

Subscriber onlyJohn Bell Jr. wouldn't be entirely happy about the exhibit of his work currently open at the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum as part of the city's bicentennial celebration. Continue reading...

Walk The Walk

Native ancestry guides attorney’s environmental mission

Subscriber onlyHe is described as "a leading figure in critical race theory, environmental law and federal Indian law," and his CV will explain that he was educated at Stanford University, Yale Law School and the University of Michigan Law School; that he was Bryant Smith Chair in Law at the University of Texas School of Law and taught at The University of Minnesota Law School, where he served as associate dean; that he is a former president of the Association of American Law Schools; and that he was deputy assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and counsel to then U.S. attorney general Janet Reno. Continue reading...

Wonders Upon Wonders

Massive wildlife museum brings world to Missouri

Subscriber onlyIt's impossible for most people to afford to go "around the world in 80 days" -- except in the novel and film of that name. But travelers to a new museum in Springfield, Mo., can transcend both space and time to stand in the middle of a 21st century diorama and smell the wild, feel the wind and see four species of mountain sheep. They can visit the African Savannah and get close enough to almost touch lifelike elephants, giraffes, rhinos, crocodiles and zebras. They can plunge to the depths of the ocean and explore a sunken shipwreck, now home to reef dwellers like eels, groupers and lobsters. And they can stand in the middle of an ocean habitat teeming with zebra sharks, leopard rays and sea turtles. Continue reading...

Old Times, New Times

Musical traditions of Ozarks meet face to face

Subscriber onlyThey all caught the bug at someone's knee. Continue reading...

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