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Through Living Eyes - Exhibit expands Indigenous art beyond stereotypes

Subscriber onlyEven before one steps through the doors to the new temporary exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum, art is already on display, drawing the viewer in to the ongoing conversation of what exactly constitutes American art. "Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now" challenges the viewer to consider the often neglected perspective of Indigenous peoples as part of the American experience, and further, what exactly modern Native art can be in that context. Continue reading...

REVIEW: "Maya: Raj and Rozenbridge"

Subscriber onlyWhen you get approval to use a confetti cannon for an event at Crystal Bridges, you really should take full advantage of it. Raj Suresh certainly did at his collaborative show with local duo Rozenbridge on Sept. 27. In an interview with What's Up! ahead of the performance, the stand-up comedian quipped that the green light for use of the confetti cannon was the only reason he chose the art museum as the host venue for his unique performance. And I have to admit, the cannons did give the show a special sort of something. Continue reading...

Magically Musical

Film, live orchestra make for enchanting event

Subscriber onlyFilm, music, a live concert, sitting on a blanket under the stars, Harry Potter -- each of these things has its own special magic attached to the experience of taking it in. For the second year in a row, CineConcerts, the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion and members of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas roll them all into one for an enchanting evening of entertainment. Continue reading...

The Hills Are Alive

Bluegrass favorites return to the Ozarks

Subscriber onlyThe fifth edition of Hillberry Music Festival returns to The Farm outside of Eureka Springs with some refreshing additions and one of its strongest lineups yet for Hillberry: The Harvest Moon Festival starting Oct. 11. The five-month process of converting "The Jerry Shrine" -- formerly a platform on the grounds used for late night performances and jam sessions -- into a full second stage, along with confirmation of new excursions and activities into and around Eureka Springs will offer festivalgoers even more connection with the area and with each other. Continue reading...

Musically, Physically

Amy Helm celebrates a homecoming of sorts

Subscriber onlyIt's a long road to the center / This too shall light Continue reading...

The Power Of Change

Iconic duo adds new musical dimensions, keeps same political passion

Subscriber onlyWhen you've been performing with the same group for more than three decades, bold and new discoveries in your music can feel few and far between. For folk rock icons the Indigo Girls, a different type of band provided a refreshing new perspective for both their music and the live show. Continue reading...

'Walk Like A Man'

Story of Frankie Valli and Four Seasons struts back to WAC stage

Subscriber onlyIt's the music that has permeated our culture -- from TV and movies to radio and commercials, you'd be hard-pressed to find an American who doesn't recognize at least one song by The Four Seasons (whether they realize it or not). The story behind the icons who trilled "Big Girls Don't Cry," growled "Working My Way Back To You" and crooned "Sherry" is less known, but just as captivating. Continue reading...

Layers Of Progress

Band searches for cohesion with variety

Subscriber onlyFrom the very beginning, part of ODESZA's musical M.O. has been continuous improvement, constantly tweaking little details here and there as they build their shows from the ground up. Continue reading...

All The World's A Stage

But local actors can play on big one

Subscriber onlyThe Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville is constantly seeking and creating meaningful ways to engage with the community. And while the venue hosts myriad programs, series and events to enhance guests' connection to performances, some supporters may not realize there are also opportunities from time to time to be a part of the story and the magic of theater that unfolds on stage. Continue reading...

It's Not Goodbye, It's So Long- Iconic Lynyrd Skynyrd brings farewell tour to AMP

Subscriber onlyThe music will never go away. Skynyrd songs will be living on forever, so it's up to you to carry it on when we're all gone." 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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