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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...

Shoe-in

Museum offers look at history, significance of running shoes

Subscriber onlyEvery day you've got running shoes on, it's a good day. Continue reading...

Fresh As Newly Fallen Snow

Musical brings nostalgia, played with real camaraderie

Subscriber onlyI'm dreaming of a white Christmas Continue reading...

Something To Talk About

Werner uses music, humor, common ground to connect with audience

Subscriber onlyWhen Susan Werner visits a town, she wants to know its stories: What's the local specialty you just have to try? Who is the quirky character at the barber shop or the coffee shop everyone has a story about? What are the town's unique traditions? Continue reading...

Creative Conversation

Context informs artist’s work

Subscriber onlyIn viewing any of artist Lynda Benglis' sculpture or painting work, the influences of growing up along the shores of Lake Charles in Louisiana, of crawfish digging in the mud or of the dichotomy of her religious upbringing split between Protestantism and Greek Orthodox may be opaque. But these are just a few pieces of her past that came to shape -- literally and figuratively -- the work Benglis produces and the answers she seeks in her art. Continue reading...

Comedy Without Bounds

Arkansas comedian leans on local, international roots for global success

Subscriber only"If you were to look at a Venn diagram of what would create a successful comedy album, none of these things would intertwine. You wouldn't think an Indian dude living in Northwest Arkansas is going to have any kind of success in comedy." Continue reading...

United In Christ And In Music

‘American Idol’ alum opens up on album, national tour

Subscriber onlyThough performer Jasmine Murray considers herself a "newbie" to the world of concert touring, she is certainly no novice at holding the spotlight. At just 25 years old, the Season 8 "American Idol" finalist, 2014 Miss Mississippi title holder and subsequent finalist at Miss America 2015 just released her first studio EP and is in the middle of her first nationwide tour with fellow "Idol" alumni Mandisa and Danny Gokey. Continue reading...

Little Instrument, Big Sound

Ukulele player offers surprising spirit

Subscriber onlyWhat comes to mind at the mention of a dynamic, evocative instrument? The piano? The violin? How about the ukulele? Continue reading...

Community Activated

Beer, music, tech invite audience in

Subscriber onlyBy Monday, John Paul White -- formerly of The Civil Wars -- will have played both Northwest Arkansas' largest and most successful music festival as well as a festival at our largest music venue in the span of two months. The folk musician performed on the Friday night mainstage at this year's Roots Festival and on Saturday, he returns to Northwest Arkansas to headline the second year of AMP Fest. Continue reading...

5x5 Five Minutes, Five Questions Andy Hall, Infamous Stringdusters

Subscriber onlyIn June, progressive bluegrass outfit the Infamous Stringdusters released a collection of live recordings of their full album "Laws of Gravity," and on Oct. 27, the quintet will debut their new five-song covers EP, "Undercover Vol. 2." Fans and new listeners will hear songs from both on Friday evening as the acoustic group returns to the Hillberry Harvest Moon Festival in Eureka Springs for a headlining performance. Dobro player Andy Hall took a few minutes during the group's heavy touring schedule to answer these questions for What's Up! Continue reading...

Feeling The Music

Interaction at the core of band’s grooves

Subscriber onlyThe New York-based, (mostly) Ohio natives that make up Huntertones may be part of the Starrlight Jazz Series at Fayetteville's Walton Arts Center, but to call the group simply a jazz ensemble doesn't really do anyone justice. Continue reading...

Artworks Of Color

Crystal Bridges’ 2018 choices intended to instigate conversations

Subscriber onlyBy then a few months into its sixth year of operation, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will host the first of its three temporary exhibitions of 2018. "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, "a dive into the experience of black artists in America from the 1960s through the 1980s will make the first of only two state-side stops from Feb. 3 to April 23. Continue reading...

Jazzed Up!

Art is set to music at Crystal Bridges Museum

Subscriber onlyThere’s not always a direct link between what [Stuart] Davis was painting and the world of jazz in terms of subject matter, but I think there always was a connection in the spirit of how he created.” Continue reading...

Three Minutes, Three Questions With Darrin Vincent of Daily & Vincent

Subscriber onlyNew member of the world famous Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., and multi-awarded group Dailey & Vincent will bring their full band and energetic live performance to the Har-Ber High School Performing Arts Center in Springdale at 7 p.m. Continue reading...

Bikes, Blues & BBQ

Festival Stages vs. George’s Stages

Subscriber onlyBlues music has become inextricably entwined with the fabric of motorcycle rallies across the country. Perhaps it's because of the deep American roots the bikes and the blues both share. Whatever the reason, blues musicians -- and their genre-crossing peers with elements of rock, country and bluegrass -- will once again fill the weekend with free music for the annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ festival. Continue reading...

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