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Greatest Story Ever Told

Epic setting conveys family’s heart for Christmas

Subscriber onlyEverything about the Sight & Sound Theatre in Branson is big -- 2,000 seats, a 300-foot wrap-around stage, life-size set pieces with GPS technology, 650 employees and a herd of animals ranging from parrots to llamas. Continue reading...

Three Minutes, Three Questions Benny McCarty, Danu

Subscriber only"Omnipresent is the astonishing versatility and exuberance of the band's members, ever tempered by the desire to allow the tune to speak for itself," critic Geoff Wallis writes of the band Danu. "The net result is that Danu remains some distance apart from (and several shoulders above) the majority of their contemporaries." Continue reading...

Red Ryder Rises

‘Christmas Story’ takes APT veteran back to beginning

Subscriber onlyTen-year-old Ralphie Park has only one worry in his life: Will Santa bring him the "official Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot Range Model air rifle with a compass and this thing which tells time built right into the stock" he dreams of for Christmas? Continue reading...

5x5 Five Minutes, Five Questions Jonathan Story

Subscriber onlyJonathan Story has always gotten around. Continue reading...

Ralphie Got It Wrong

Rogers has personal connection to Daisy BB gun

Subscriber only"Ralphie got it wrong," Joe Murfin says. "The gun for which Ralphie so ardently lobbies never existed." Continue reading...

Music Feeds Holiday Hope

Subscriber only"I know that I can't fix things," muses Christian musician David Phelps. "I think we all know deep down that the world has always gone through times of great turmoil. I mean, the world was a mess, and that's why Jesus came in the first place. Continue reading...

Lighter Than Air

Performers reach new heights at Dixie Stampede

Subscriber only"There is no feeling like it," says Lezlie Young. "Soaring above the arena as the Sugar Plum Fairy and bringing the toys to life is terrific." Continue reading...

Dark And Light Mingle in 'Mountain Music'

Subscriber onlyAfter six years, Perry Fowler has settled on a name for what he and partner Mark Baran play: mountain music. Continue reading...

A Woman's Western

Local connections follow film to big screen

Subscriber onlyIn a classic Western, Julie Richards might have been a minor character -- a "kept" woman with an abusive past and a heart of gold. Continue reading...

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Out And Proud

New chorus intended to celebrate diversity

Subscriber onlyWhen Jeff Walker was growing up in Warsaw, Mo. -- a town of about 2,000 about an hour and a half north of Springfield -- there were no role models for him. He knew he was gay, but the only gay men he knew were "flamboyant and ultra-feminine -- nothing I wanted to identify with." Continue reading...

Addicted To Art

Annual holiday sale benefits Community Creative Center

Subscriber only"The problem with clay," says Marcella Thompson, "is it's like opioids -- one class, and you're hopelessly addicted." Continue reading...

Southern Mountain Soul

FHS grad brings old music home

Subscriber onlyBetse Ellis laughs at the suggestion, then says yes, perhaps she did go over to the dark side. "Fiddle" was certainly not an instrument she ever intended to play when she was learning violin as a youngster in Fayetteville. Continue reading...

Meet The Artists

Gallery at Midtown turns into Santa’s workshop

Subscriber onlyJaquita Ball knows what a mature art market looks like -- and she knows Northwest Arkansas isn't one quite yet. Continue reading...

Celebrating 17 Seasons

New artists and favorites back for Holiday Art Show

Subscriber onlySusan Shore might be better known for her music than her art, but her catalog of wearable creations just keeps growing. What started with earrings she made for herself expanded last year to include felted wool vests, and this year, she'll debut a new collection of upcycled necklaces Dec. 1-3 at the Holiday Art Sale. Continue reading...