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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...

All In The Family

Musician’s solo project reinvigorates NEEDTOBREATHE

Subscriber onlyJosh Lovelace was raised on folk music and intentional family time spent together around the tunes. This foundation is what inspired him to become a musician. So when he finally had the opportunity to create his own family album and "come full circle with those really happy memories I had with my family," he was thrilled to realize his passion in a project his own children could enjoy -- his debut solo album, "Young Folk." Continue reading...

Look To The Streets

Event, collection bring urban jive to NWA

Subscriber onlySasha Rayevskiy is a Northwest Arkansas artist known for the murals and street art he has produced in the area since his arrival a few years ago. His art covers walls from Jonesboro to Springfield to Fort Smith and his work has been displayed at events like Bentonville Film Fest and NWA Fashion Week. Now the creator is collaborating with local businesses Rock City Kicks, BLK MKT ARK and Baseline Collective for an experiential event, Beyond The Streets. He will debut his new apparel collection in an immersive night of fashion and music. Continue reading...

Connected Through Culture - World musicians offer inspiration

Subscriber only"When people think of jazz, I think they [imagine] one thing in particular, and this one is just going to blow the doors off of whatever they think." -- Jennifer Wilson, WAC public relations director. Continue reading...

Who Tells Your Story? - ‘Hamilton’ producer rewrote the game

Subscriber only"In New York, you can be a new man." Continue reading...

Review: 'Late Nite Catechism' brings the laughs to Walton Arts Center

Subscriber onlySo, I'll be honest, I had to look up the definition of the word "catechism" (a form of teaching, for the also un-initiated) before I interviewed actress Nonie Newton-Riley ahead of her one-woman comedy show "Late Nite Catechism" at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, which opened last night (9/6). I've been to a few Catholic weddings, but that's pretty much the extent of my experience with the religion. I couldn't tell you the names of more than a handful of saints, and I don't remember much of what I was taught in my own church growing up. But I can say even I -- along with the multitude of Methodists, one Jew, some converts, the nonreligious and a few "heathens" in last night's audience -- had a delightful time learning from "Sister" in the fully interactive show. Continue reading...

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