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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...

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

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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...

New, But Familiar

Rock band aims to connect with new release

Subscriber only"The same, but different" is how pop rock group Plain White T's are describing their new album, "Parallel Universe" -- the band's eighth studio album and first release in more than three years. Just announced on June 15, the album is coming this summer, and frontman Tom Higgenson couldn't be more excited, or proud, of the project. 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

LIVE! -- Weekend music calendar

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