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Moments To Remember

Freedom Fest seeks to bring veterans, community together

Subscriber onlyBoth Dorothy Cardiel and her husband, Andrew, are veterans. He served in Vietnam in the mid-1960s, and she in California in the mid-1970s. Cardiel knows first-hand some of the challenges of finding services veterans desperately need. She also knows that many -- most -- of the younger veterans are not involved with organizations like the American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars and don't have access to the resources those groups can provide. Continue reading...

Peaceful Coexistence

Color finds its place beside corrosion

Subscriber onlyIn some ways, says artist Gregory Moore, his work has already survived its own apocalypse. Continue reading...

Summer Gets Serious

Long weekend shifts fun into overdrive

Subscriber onlyMemorial Day, observed this year on May 28, the last Monday in May, honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it became a federal holiday in 1971. Continue reading...

Water, Water, Everywhere

Park offers families thrills, chance to chill

Subscriber onlyEarly in the morning, while the rest of Branson is waking up, Gerald Jenkins climbs to the top of the mountain and surveys his domain. Continue reading...

3x3 Three Minutes, Three Questions Lisa Wingate

Subscriber onlyLisa Wingate's book, "Before We Were Yours," has been chosen as this year's If All Arkansas Read the Same Book selection, and she'll kick off the event June 2 with a presentation and book signing at the Bentonville Public Library. But first, on May 20, Wingate will be one of the featured authors at the 12th annual Books in Bloom in Eureka Springs. She answered these questions for What's Up! prior to her visit to Arkansas. Continue reading...

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All The People, All The Time

Showboat has something for every musical taste

Subscriber onlyThere's an old saying about not pleasing all of the people all of the time. Continue reading...

Step Back In Time

Dogpatch lives again in new documentary

Subscriber onlyThe story has to start way back in 1934, when a cartoonist named Al Capp envisioned a place called Dogpatch. Continue reading...

All In The Family

Hughes Music Show runs gamut of ages and genres

Subscriber onlyBranson's Hughes family could field not just both sides of a football team but both sides of a football game. That's not what makes their music show popular, but it is unarguably unique. Continue reading...

SDC Hosts Bluegrass

Subscriber onlySilver Dollar City's Bluegrass & BBQ has won accolades for presenting the top bluegrass acts in the world. So it's funny when noted promoter D.A. Callaway, who is busy booking more than 60 bands on six stages across 24 days, says: "We don't make any attempt to define it." Continue reading...

Shepherd Fills Hills With Song

Subscriber onlyIt might seem like Branson has always offered music for most every taste. Jeff Johnson thinks he's found a little room for more. Continue reading...

ON THE COVER: Home To Eureka

May Fest brings artists, authors back

Almost no one is "from" Eureka Springs. But many people come home to Eureka for the May Festival of the Arts, part family reunion, part rite of spring, a time of year when locals and visitors -- some so regular they have earned "local" status -- get together after a long, isolated winter. Continue reading...

Performing History

Fort Smith orchestra debuts Florence Price symphony

Subscriber onlyFor symphonic music, the first few decades of the 20th century were "the best of times [and] the worst of times." Composers like Aaron Copland and George Gershwin were writing music that was "overtly American," with sweeping harmonies Copland described as his "vernacular" style and Gershwin spanning the genres of pop music, classical music and even jazz. Continue reading...

The Face Behind The Voice

Actress joins authors at annual Books in Bloom

Subscriber onlySusan Ericksen is a classically trained actor with a master of fine arts in acting from the Meadows School for the Arts at Southern Methodist University. So when asked about the joy of voicing audio books, she hauls out a line from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." In the comedy, Nick Bottom, a weaver by trade and an actor by serendipity, says: "Let me play the lion too. I'll roar so well that it'll be an inspiration to anyone who hears me. I'll roar so well that the duke will say, 'Let him roar again. Let him roar again.'" Continue reading...

ON THE COVER: It's Marvel-ous!

Superheroes star at Bentonville Film Fest

Meg Ryan will be the Bentonville Film Festival's first Legacy Award honoree. Geena Davis, BFF co-founder, will be back in town. The festival will offer 42 competition films. Los Lobos will perform. And a Family Trail Ride will give a nod to Northwest Arkansas' burgeoning bicycle culture. Continue reading...

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