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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...

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...

'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...

Growing Freely

New music, new member lead band into future

Subscriber onlyNeo-soul, Boston-based pop-rockers Lake Street Dive had been together going on 14 years when they started shaping their seventh full-length album, "Free Yourself Up." The swaggering May release became not only an exhortation to the listener, but a statement of purpose for the band as they explored new territory in method, production and personnel. Continue reading...

Music All Week Long

AMP schedule bursting with talent

Subscriber onlyWhat's Next For Walk The Moon? Continue reading...

Sonic Explorations

Band finds technology can be a good thing

Subscriber onlyIndie pop/rockers Houndmouth didn't set out to create a concept album when they were writing tracks for their third record, "Golden Age." But when they looked back on the group of songs that would make up the album, an undeniable theme emerged by happy accident, shares bassist Zak Appleby. Continue reading...

Diving Deep

Chicago revisits classics for tour

Subscriber onlyComing off the longest break they've had in "years and years" -- a whole month -- rock gods Chicago returned to the road in May to make this their 51st consecutive year of touring together. Yep, let that sink in -- after five-plus decades and 36 albums together, the group Billboard has recognized as the "greatest of all time" American band in both singles chart success and album chart success is still rocking out. Continue reading...

Artist Grégoire Pont Four Minutes, Four Questions

Subscriber onlyUsing a combination of “simple drawings and sparkling animation” alongside a live orchestra, French illustrator Grégoire Pont projects his artwork in real time to the music in a process he calls Cinesthetics. On June 19, Pont joins the Artosphere Festival Orchestra for their “Beethoven Masterworks” concert, where he will perform during Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral.” Pont took a moment to answer a few questions for What’s Up! in advance of his very first concert in the United States. Continue reading...

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