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Budding Artistry

Crystal Bridges’ grounds always ready for a closeup

Subscriber onlyMost everyone familiar with the museum knows how important complimenting, reflecting and celebrating nature is at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. The building itself was designed with these ideals in mind and is surrounded by a 120-acre park comprising areas with unique characteristics, more than 3.5 miles of trails and outdoor artworks and installations. Have you ever considered, though, the effort that goes into making the flora and fauna of the grounds another engagement opportunity for visitors? Continue reading...

When The Music Moves You

Celebrated musician brings New Orleans to Arkansas

Subscriber onlyWhen guitar player Ted Ludwig was forced to leave his New Orleans home in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, he and his family ended up settling in Central Arkansas -- first out of necessity, but then out of affection for the place. Though the hurricane's aftermath was of course devastating, Ludwig says the move was like a reset for his music and allowed him to step into a more central role. Continue reading...

Variety Is The Spice - WAC season aims to provide entry point for all

Subscriber onlyIn this, the Walton Arts Center's 26th year, Fayetteville's performing arts center continues its mission of providing diverse programming that will engage, enrich and enchant Northwest Arkansas audiences. Continue reading...

LIVE! in NWA

Subscriber onlyAug. 5: CongaKeyz Jazz Duo -- 11 a.m., Bella Vista Farmers Market. Continue reading...

Cash, Cabs, Comedy - Ben Bailey steps out from behind the wheel

Subscriber onlyBen Bailey says his voice and the back of his head get recognized more than his face. Though the comedian has been doing stand-up for 25 years, he's now best known as the host of Discovery Channel's game show "Cash Cab." The show -- on which New York City taxi hailers unknowingly hop in Bailey's cab and have the chance to win money by answering trivia questions -- was revived in December after a hiatus with a batch of six episodes. Following that success, it returned last week with a new season. Continue reading...

Cohesive, Comfortable

Taking Back Sunday is living the dream

Subscriber onlyIt's like apples and peanut butter, Shaun Cooper says. "It" being the co-headlining tour where Cooper's band Taking Back Sunday joins progressive/alternative rockers Coheed and Cambria crossing the U.S. for the first time in their some 16 years of friendship. Continue reading...

Sweet Freedom - The Wilderness approaches new music one song at a time

Subscriber onlyThough they've only been making music as a group since 2015, Ontario rockers The Wilderness recognize the changing landscape that is the music industry and are shifting their focus from full, cohesive albums to individual singles they can produce as the inspiration strikes. Continue reading...

'It's Just Been a Dream'

Matt Sallee brings new groove to Pentatonix

Subscriber onlyLast year, Matt Sallee was singing in a wedding band. Though he had been in a cappella groups since high school, including professionally, he recalls the days of "singing in bars to five people." Continue reading...

A Good Cause To Rock -- Peacemaker Festival appeals to performers, audiences in Fort Smith

Subscriber onlyIn its fourth year, the nonprofit Peacemaker Festival in Fort Smith will continue its mission of bringing diverse musical acts to downtown Fort Smith and supporting local charities, while actually scaling down the size of its lineup. Continue reading...

Culinary History -- Speaker shares important stories through food

Subscriber onlyHow do you begin to tell the history of a people within a medium where they have been ignored, discarded and sometimes even actively erased? Culinary journalist and author Toni Tipton-Martin begins, in her lectures, with an exercise in implicit bias. Continue reading...

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A cappella group Pentatonix performed at the Walmart AMP in Rogers Wednesday, July 25 with special g...

A cappella group Pentatonix performed at the Walmart AMP in Rogers Wednesday, July 25 with special guests Echosmith and Calum Scot...

Published: July 27, 2018

Sloths enthusiastically greet visitors to the Promised Land Zoo in Branson.

Sloths enthusiastically greet visitors to the Promised Land Zoo in Branson.

Published: May 20, 2018

Trumpet/sousaphone player Jon Lampley demonstrates his animated stage presence at the Walmart AMP in...

Trumpet/sousaphone player Jon Lampley demonstrates his animated stage presence at the Walmart AMP in May while performing with Ohi...

Published: October 13, 2017

Trumpet/sousaphone player Jon Lampley demonstrates his animated stage presence at the Walmart AMP in...

Trumpet/sousaphone player Jon Lampley demonstrates his animated stage presence at the Walmart AMP in May while performing with Ohi...

Published: October 13, 2017

Trumpet/sousaphone player Jon Lampley demonstrates his animated stage presence at the Walmart AMP in...

Trumpet/sousaphone player Jon Lampley demonstrates his animated stage presence at the Walmart AMP in May while performing with Ohi...

Published: October 13, 2017

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