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Artistic Endeavors

Rogers brings art to community, community to art

Subscriber onlyFiber art and photography and bead works and ceramics and quilting and wreaths -- oh my! The second Art on the Bricks pop-up art walk takes over historic downtown Rogers on Dec. 14 -- and the second Thursday of every month -- as artists of varying media showcase their creations at some 30 shops, restaurants, bars, nonprofits and service providers. Continue reading...

A Christmas Collaboration

Young cellist performs concerto with SoNA

Subscriber onlyCellist Michael Tynes has been perfecting Camille Saint-Saëns' Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor for more than a year and a half. He's spent months pouring over each section at a time of the progressive piece, examining every note. Continue reading...

Sip, Sip, Hooray

The Hive indulges in eating

Subscriber onlyWith the end of the year full of gift-giving, (hopefully) helping those less fortunate and taking stock of where you'd like to see the next year go, sometimes it's nice to take a moment and treat yourself. That's what The Hive's last Fork + Bottle dinner of the year is all about: "Indulgence." Continue reading...

The Heart Grows Fonder

Band parties at George’s before taking restorative absence

Subscriber onlyThe life of a musician on the road is grueling. Exceptionally few groups have the funds or the fortune to travel in their own tour bus, so most instead pack all their members, instruments and equipment into a van night after night. Countless hours behind the wheel, little time spent anywhere but the venue at each stop, sometimes sleeping in a bed, sometimes on the couch or the floor at a friend of a friend's -- it's a lifestyle that would weigh on anyone. Continue reading...

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When Meaning Meets Music

Eight voices better than one for VOCES8

Subscriber onlyWhen an ensemble of professional singers blend their multi-layered harmonies, and their lush voices fill an auditorium, the effect can be ethereal -- even (or perhaps especially) in another language. Music is, of course, universal in its allure -- across most divisive boundaries. A cappella groups like the award-winning British ensemble VOCES8 have tapped into that transcendent quality of vocal performance as a stirring art form with an ability to leave an audience spell-bound. Continue reading...

An Easy Intimacy

Artist connects through music, experience

Subscriber onlyOnly a few short years ago, Ira Wolf was a fresh new artist, getting her start singing in bars like many who came before her. Her songwriting was the result of a big breakup, dropping out of college and the heartbreak and sense of displacement that followed. Continue reading...

Just Like You Remember

Rudolph rises to new popularity on stage

Subscriber onlyThe little reindeer with the bright red nose who saved Santa one foggy Christmas Eve has appeared in a handful of movies and cartoons, but none more famous than the NBC 1964 stop-motion special that became an instant holiday classic. On Dec. 2, that beloved version of Rudolph's story returns to the Walton Arts Center stage -- complete with the full cast of characters: Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, the Island of Misfit Toys and even Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster. Continue reading...

Score One Free For The Kids

New WAC program engages whole family

Subscriber onlySome parents may take their children to the theater every chance they get so they can bond over a shared love of the live art form (or just over the show tunes). And some parents may simply be looking for a family-friendly activity to get everyone out of the house during the winter break. In either case, the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville offers a fun new program fit for the whole family with Kids Night on Broadway. Continue reading...

Big Buzz

Environment pollinates artist’s canvas

Subscriber onlyAt first glance, the kudzu vines, honeycomb and giant bees spilling over the walls around The Hive -- the restaurant inside Bentonville's 21c Museum Hotel -- may seem like themed decor. However, closer inspection reveals curious objects and creatures that don't belong, imbuing the installation with mystery and even a sense of the macabre. The piece by Johnston Foster is titled "BuzzKill" and morphs The Hive itself into a work of art. Continue reading...

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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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Day 1 of the 2017 Roots Festival began at Crystal Bridges Museu...

NWA Democrat-Gazette/JOCELYN MURPHY Day 1 of the 2017 Roots Festival began at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonvil...

Published: August 25, 2017

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

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