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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...

Homegrown Music Festival moves forward in third year

New Digs, Same Sustainability

Subscriber only"We really learned how to throw a music festival. We learned how to incorporate sustainability aspects into the festival to make sure that we keep our waste to a minimum, that we try to create as much energy as we use, try to offset as much as we can through solar [energy], and basically try to keep our footprint as small as possible." Continue reading...

Naturally Artistic, Artosphere expands, diversifies

Subscriber onlyArt, nature, music, community, sustainability, conservation... The Artosphere Festival combines and celebrates these elements each summer to raise awareness, as well as provide opportunities for people to experience them in nontraditional settings. Entering its ninth year, the annual festival created and hosted by Walton Arts Center blooms across Northwest Arkansas for the next two weeks. Continue reading...

An Innovative Interlude

Summer series puts jazz in the spotlight for 20 years

Subscriber only"The seed for this whole idea came about through a musician who wanted to have a performance opportunity that was really about people coming to hear music, as opposed to [being] about drinking and watching TV in a bar -- and the music being on the side." Continue reading...

Revived Imbibing

WAC festival returns fresh and renewed

Subscriber onlyEighteen years ago, the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville began the state's premier wine festival, Art of Wine. Last year, with the venue's expansion and renovation complete, it was like hosting an all new event. Now, organizers have regrouped and are returning June 8-9 with what they expect to be the best festival year so far. Continue reading...

A Little Night Music

Music fills Gulley Park again this summer

Subscriber onlyFor 21 summers, Gulley Park in Fayetteville has hosted a family-friendly, pet-friendly summer tradition that returns this year on May 31. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome as live music fills the park from 7 to 9 p.m. on six Thursdays through the summer. This year's schedule includes: Continue reading...

6x6 Six Minutes, Six Questions Kory Montgomery

Subscriber onlyColorado's Americana/country/folk rockers The Drunken Hearts have been described as "magnetic" (Elevation Outdoor Magazine) and "a steaming and raucous sound full of emotion and energy" (303 Magazine). With their latest release, "The Prize," in March, the band is gaining momentum on the national scene. Lead guitarist and Northwest Arkansas native Kory Montgomery spoke with What's Up! about his excitement for the album's release ahead of the band's return to Fayetteville with a show at George's Majestic Lounge May 29. Continue reading...

A Bold Legacy

O’Keeffe, modern artists side by side in new exhibition

Subscriber onlyGeorgia O'Keeffe is an American icon. Her bold florals and observational images of landscapes, buildings and the natural world earned her distinction as the "Mother of American Modernism," and her work is some of the most recognizable in the collection at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. On May 26, the museum debuted its new temporary exhibition "The Beyond: Georgia O'Keeffe and Contemporary Art," celebrating O'Keeffe and the themes she explored throughout her career -- alongside a group of 20 modern artists whose work in similar themes extends her legacy. Continue reading...

LIVE! -- Weekend music calendar

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LIVE! in NWA

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Into The Night

New music series expands entertainment options

Subscriber onlyRopeswing Hospitality Group will host a new music series in June at its property Record off the Bentonville downtown square. The $5COVER Music Series aims to be a source of late night entertainment and a place for communal gathering for all ages (above 21), but specifically for young professionals of the area. Continue reading...

Walk On The Wild Side

Zoo promises extraordinary experiences

Subscriber onlyDespite the billboard hanging there, it can still be easy to miss Branson's Promised Land Zoo as you're coasting down Shepherd of the Hills Expressway. Though the drive-through safari entrance calls to mind the Jurassic Park gate, it's easier still to misjudge the more than 75 acres of park filled with unique animal experiences that lies beyond. Continue reading...

REVIEW: 'The Sound of Music'

‘Sound of Music’ tour traditional, delightful

Subscriber onlyThe national tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved classic "The Sound of Music" wraps up its stay in Fayetteville this weekend with three more performances at the Walton Arts Center. I'll be honest, I've heard mixed reviews on the production. I've even heard it go so far as people have left at intermission because they were so disappointed. I'm not sure what day they attended the musical or what may have been going on on stage for that performance, but I'll say the opening night showing to a full house on Tuesday was, without a doubt, not worth walking out of. Continue reading...

A Fresh Look

Beloved musical both traditional, contemporary

Subscriber onlyPicture, if you will, Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved "The Sound of Music" -- film or stage version. What are some of the first things that come to mind? Likely images and musical moments centered around Maria -- Julie Andrews twirling on the mountaintop before sweeping Austrian vistas, the list of Maria's favorite things, the nuns airily wondering how to solve a problem like their youngest member -- the seven von Trapp children, or the political and cultural unease of the Nazis' impending rise to power. Continue reading...

New Act, New Drink

Comedian returns with fresh material

Subscriber onlyWith 30 years of constant touring, it's impossible that comedian Ron White hasn't performed somewhere close to you before (especially since he's visited Northwest Arkansas several times). But if you've somehow missed him, White returns to The Natural State with two performances May 19 at Fort Smith's new entertainment venue, Temple Live. And if you haven't missed him, White's performances in Fort Smith are full of completely unpublished material for his upcoming Netflix special, so he promises you haven't heard any of the jokes before. Continue reading...