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Reelin' In The Years

Trout Fishing duo shares ‘The Strangest Times’

Subscriber onlyCatch Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood in a great mood at the same time, and it's unlikely you'll get a serious answer to anything -- but they'll mean everything they say. After 41 years playing together as Trout Fishing in America, the musicians know each other better than anyone but their wives do. And that means they riff off each other verbally the same way they do musically. Continue reading...

Playing In The Silence

Shadow Ensemble scores red carpet party

Subscriber onlyRyan Cockerham thinks films are fine things. But that's not where his passion lies. He scores silent films with a live band -- which he calls the Shadow Ensemble -- to enjoy the juxtaposition of music, musicians and the movies. Continue reading...

Enter Here

Festival opens doors to filmmakers

Subscriber only"We shot overnight for two weeks in December in a mud pit in Sonora during the coldest temperatures of the year," remembers Billy Chase Goforth. "The location was a dry pond, but we had rain just before the shoot, so it turned to slick mud. We had a cast and crew of 50 out there trying to stay warm in 10-15 degree weather. In the dark. Cameras were freezing up. We were running gas heaters just off camera to keep the actors a little more comfortable." Continue reading...

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Filmmaking 101

Screenwriter believes anyone can, many should

Subscriber onlyDon’t wait around for permission.” Continue reading...

Hidden Meanings

Russian composer’s symphony more than meets the ear

Subscriber onlyIn the 1960s, fans of English pop rockers The Beatles looked for hidden meanings in their songs by playing the records backwards. Continue reading...

Pieces Of Lives

Quilts are ‘scrappy,’ and so is quilter

Subscriber onlyEach morning, I jump out of bed and say to myself, 'What shall I make today?'" Jan Murray Brown says, grinning from ear to ear. "And then I'm out my door and walking through downtown Springdale, on the Razorback Greenway, past the Shiloh Museum and along Spring Creek, seeing the light, hearing the sound as I go. Continue reading...

Round three

Cancer back, but this time, it will not win

Subscriber onlyThis may not be my circus, but these are my monkeys. And my heart aches for this family -- MY family -- fighting cancer so much like what killed my college sweetheart less than two years after we found each other again. Continue reading...

A Conversation In Music

Jazz great Marsalis opens UAFS Season of Entertainment

Subscriber onlyIt's 9:30 a.m. Eastern time, and saxophonist Branford Marsalis is sitting in a barber's chair. He laughs a little ruefully, saying it's not for a haircut but a shaving of his head. It's the only dignified thing to do when you have half a head of hair, he says. Continue reading...

'Troubles And Triumphs'

‘Searching for the Seventies’ sees environment through camera lens

Subscriber onlyAn exhibit titled "Searching for the Seventies" might lead viewers to expect images of Woodstock, Vietnam, pot parties and tie-dye. Continue reading...

Hands And Hearts

Artisan pins her hopes on Clothesline Fair

Subscriber onlySometimes a pot is just a pot, and a pumpkin is just a pumpkin. Continue reading...

Transcending Time

‘Shepherd of the Hills’ still the story of the Ozarks

Subscriber onlySometimes fiction is stronger than fact. And when the two meet as they have in Branson, the result is a tale so iconic it's lasted 110 years. Continue reading...

Ridin' The Rails

Train show pays homage to Rogers roots

Subscriber onlyTrains don't take center stage at the Frisco Fest very often, in spite of the name. Continue reading...

Spin, Roll, Scream!

Silver Dollar City launches $26 million coaster

Subscriber onlyBrad Thomas sounds like a little kid who knows he's going to get everything he wants for Christmas. Continue reading...

Pieces Of Present, Past Combine in Museums, Galleries

Subscriber onlyJust because the great crystal giant is the big kid on the block, don't think American art is all Northwest Arkansas has to offer. There's a wide variety of both history and art throughout the metroplex. Continue reading...