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Multicultural, Multifaceted

WAC continues season with diverse offerings

Subscriber onlyA new year marks a fresh start -- new and exciting possibilities. That could also describe the spring semester of the Walton Arts Center 2017-18 season. With more than 30 shows between now and the end of May -- not to mention Artosphere's jam-packed schedule coming in June -- the WAC in Fayetteville strives to leave no entertainment palette unsatisfied with internationally lauded musicians, Broadway productions, comedic offerings, family programming and more. But this shouldn't surprise anyone who's lived in Northwest Arkansas for more than a few days. What may come as a surprise is the sheer volume of performances and events you find yourself or someone else in the family dying to go see. Continue reading...

The Revue Review

Music writer looks back at favorite shows of the year

Subscriber onlyWhen I started thinking about end-of-the-year music coverage, I realized my listening habits in 2017 haven't been quite as varied as usual. There was a lot of '80s-inspired pop (very big right now), a solid amount of "Hamilton" (for the third year), and lots of time spent listening to Taylor Swift (I'm not sorry). But thinking back on my musical experiences of 2017, it was the live shows I attended that stood out. Continue reading...

Artistic Beginnings

Living art fills out New Year’s celebration

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Epicurean Expansions

Culinary scene collaborates with community

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All About Art

Crystal Bridges furthers inclusive initiatives

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Venue Variety Is The Spice

Music lovers gain even more choices

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An Inspirational Hook

‘Finding Neverland’ soars with magic, imagination

Subscriber onlyWhen an actor with a body of work as rich and storied as John Davidson says a show is the most enjoyable experience he's had in a role, you know that outlook has weight to it. The Broadway and television veteran got his acting start more than 50 years ago and has starred as the Wizard in "Wicked," Harold Hill in "The Music Man" (formerly his most fun role, he says) and was the TV host of "The Hollywood Squares" and "That's Incredible!" among others. Continue reading...

Flurry Of Fun

Symphony returns for snowy show

Subscriber only"If it's not one of those iconic holiday experiences at this point, I think it's well on its way," Scott Galbraith says of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas' annual performance of "The Snowman: A Family Concert." Galbraith is the vice president of programming and executive producer at the Walton Arts Center, co-presenter of the concert featuring the charming animated film about the friendship between a boy and a snowman. SoNA will perform the score live as the silent film is played. Continue reading...

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...

LIVE! in NWA

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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...

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...