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Rising To The Challenge

Fayetteville boy makes good in Vermont kitchen

Subscriber onlyIf Martin Philip hadn't lived it, he might not believe his own story, he admits, laughing. How does a small-town singer end up at the Oberlin Conservatory? How does that singer then morph into a successful investment banker in New York City? And how does that investment banker become a baker in Vermont? Speaking with Philip, it seems the answers to all three questions are the same: Serendipity, determination and hard work. Continue reading...

Art OverView

April offers encaustics, printmaking and Inverse Festival

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The Absurd To The Sublime

APT comedy captures the magic of love

Subscriber only"Living On Love" is like your favorite pair of black high heels: Comfortable, familiar, a drawing room comedy with tried-and-true attributes you immediately recognize. At the same time, it's also sophisticated, urbane, a period piece that makes itself at home among modern sensibilities. Continue reading...

The First Superhero

Sight & Sound debuts ‘Samson’ as new spring show

Subscriber onlyIt was Samson's inclusion in Hebrews 11 that caught the attention of writer and director Jeff Bender. It's a chapter in the Bible about "heroes of faith." Continue reading...

Set Your Clocks Ahead

Time Traveler ready to launch at Silver Dollar City

Subscriber onlyWhat goes 50 mph, drops 10 stories, has a 95-foot vertical loop, a dive loop and a zero G roll and promises almost 2 minutes of screaming, laughing, heart-pumping excitement? Continue reading...

'The Untold Story'

Composer shares anger, fear, frustration, joy in new music

Subscriber onlyStephen and Maura Caldwell both use the phrase "things I can't unsee." When their son William was diagnosed with heart issues before he was born, the Caldwells -- both musicians and music teachers -- entered a world they'd never even imagined. They saw their son turn blue because his heart wasn't pumping properly. They saw him come out of open heart surgery battered and bloody. And they saw other parents in the cardiac ICU deal with the loss of their babies. Continue reading...

The Family Business

Next generation on the way to join Dolly Parton’s Stampede

Subscriber onlyTravis Sullivan is proof that Dolly Parton's Stampede is another family-friendly Branson business. His uncle was a trick rider for the attraction. His aunt works in marketing, his grandmother in the front office. He grew up around the Stampede, spending time watching his uncle perform and learning to trick rope with his cousins. It's where he met his wife, Charly. And they're already working on the next generation. Their baby Breken has loved horses since he was a couple of months old. Continue reading...

ON THE COVER: APT unveils Season 331/3

Ready For A Closeup

Subscriber onlySometimes it's not what you know, but who you know. Continue reading...

Match Made In Heaven

SoNA jazzes up ‘pops’ with big band beat

Subscriber onlyThe repertoire for the evening includes selections from some of the biggest blockbusters to hit the Hollywood movie screens, including "Jaws," "Star Wars," James Bond, "Singin' in the Rain," "The Sound of Music," "April in Paris," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and more. Continue reading...

One Man Can

Activist continues to speak out for inclusion

Subscriber onlyWhen Payton Head heard the "n-word" shouted at him on campus, he was startled -- but not surprised. Continue reading...

'Our Inner Poetic World'

Mummenschanz makes magic

Subscriber onlyDo the math. Mummenschanz co-founder Floriana Frassetto has to be in her middle 60s. After all, she helped create the company -- with Swiss clowns Andres Bossard and Bernie Schürch -- in 1972. Continue reading...

Viva La Vie Boheme!

‘Rent’ an anthem to life and love

Subscriber onlyFor every generation of theater kids, there is the musical. Not "a" musical, "the" musical, the one that defines who they are, what they believe, where they want to go -- and the world they hope they can fix when they get there. Continue reading...

Three Minutes, Three Questions Duncan Galloway, band leader

Subscriber onlyIn its heyday, swing music was as revolutionary as the Beatles in the '60s or hip hop in the '80s. Continue reading...

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...