Jocelyn Murphy

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Beyond The Screen

BFF keeps diverse audience engaged

Subscriber onlyThe third year of the Bentonville Film Festival will see the expansion of youth initiatives to further the festival's ethos of inspiring young minds. Continue reading...

Stories Often Untold

Exhibit gives voice to historical directors

Subscriber onlyAs film became an increasingly popular form of entertainment during the throws of racial segregation in America, the African American cinematic experience developed its own -- now largely forgotten -- history separate from Hollywood. These "race films" were created by African Americans for their own communities -- rarely, if ever, seen by white audiences, they oftentimes weren't even shown in theaters. Continue reading...

Celebrity Status

Party puts guests in the spotlight

Subscriber onlyArtinfusion is known for throwing the best parties around. So we couldn't pass up the opportunity to really become part of the excitement around Bentonville Film Festival!" Continue reading...

All That's Jazz

Student musicians learn secrets from local pros

Subscriber onlyOn Sunday, International Jazz Day, a group of high school musicians will give their first performance at the Walton Arts Center as the NWA Jazz All-Stars Youth Ensemble. They have been rehearsing for months with professional musicians from the Fayetteville Jazz Collective under the direction of Rick Salonen with the University of Arkansas music department, and now they're ready for the limelight. Continue reading...

Where The Music Takes You

Puppets, projection give unique perspective

Subscriber onlyIt's easy to tell a story without dialogue. Silent films did it for years. But what about with no dialogue and without the information of facial expressions? What kind of story can you tell through silhouette and music? Continue reading...

5x5 Five Minutes, Five Questions Geena Davis

Subscriber only"If a movie comes out that seems to do right by women, probably I had something to do with it," Geena Davis said to laughs during a 2016 lecture at the University of Arkansas that drew in a standing-room-only crowd to Giffels Auditorium. "But I'm not in this for the credit." Continue reading...

Turn Up The Volume

AMP sizzles with summer songs from country to classic to hip-hop

Subscriber onlyFor its 12th season (the fourth at the current Rogers location), the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion continues pursuing its mission of presenting a diverse summer lineup that speaks to the Northwest Arkansas music community. Continue reading...

A League Of His Own

TV star brings comedy to West Siloam Springs

Subscriber onlyA television show on FX about a group a friends (who might sort of hate each other) and their fantasy football league garnered a bit of a cult following during its seven-year run. Now one of the stars of "The League," Steve Rannazzisi, is happily revisiting his stand-up roots and exploring new territory. Continue reading...

From The Soul

Music moves, creates, builds

Subscriber onlyWhat could make music executives from Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Nashville, Toronto and Stockholm and songwriters from around the world all converge on Bentonville for a weekend? How about a new multi-day songwriter festival and music conference? Continue reading...

SOME THOUGHTS: "THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME"

Subscriber only(This write-up is more an exploration of my thoughts on the show and less an official review, so I have identified it as such.) Continue reading...

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Winners Jodie Franklin (left) for small business, Julie Joyce, winner of the High Hoof award, and Tr...

Winners Jodie Franklin (left) for small business, Julie Joyce, winner of the High Hoof award, and Tracey Brown for large business ...

Published: April 2, 2017

Nate Stevens (from left), Nichole Simpson-Stevens, Rick Sorrell, Lindsey Gobus and Brian Williams en...

Nate Stevens (from left), Nichole Simpson-Stevens, Rick Sorrell, Lindsey Gobus and Brian Williams enjoy wine samples during Wineto...

Published: November 6, 2016

At the seventh annual Brandon Burlsworth Legends Dinner, this year’s honoree Judy McReynolds (second...

At the seventh annual Brandon Burlsworth Legends Dinner, this year’s honoree Judy McReynolds (second from right) poses with her s...

Published: October 30, 2016

Alexandria (from left) and Joe Ferguson, Levon and Courtney Ogden, and Courtney, holding Lawson, and...

Alexandria (from left) and Joe Ferguson, Levon and Courtney Ogden, and Courtney, holding Lawson, and Hunter Norton gather at the p...

Published: October 2, 2016

Country singer and finalist on season 9 of NBC’s “The Voice,” Barrett Baber will headline the Saturd...

Country singer and finalist on season 9 of NBC’s “The Voice,” Barrett Baber will headline the Saturday night mainstage at the Dick...

Published: September 16, 2016

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