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Anthony Wappel

Passion keeps history alive

Subscriber only"Tony is one of the most important figures we've ever had when it comes to the knowledge and preservation of our local history," says author J.B. Hogan of his friend and collaborator, Tony Wappel. Wappel is the author of three books about Fayetteville history -- Once Upon Dickson, On the Avenue and The Square Book -- and is the archivist records manager for Washington County. There are probably a few people in Fayetteville who know more about the area's history than he does -- but there aren't many. Continue reading...

Young And Talented

Arts Live showcases budding playwright

Subscriber onlyTheater is my true passion," says playwright Charlotte McCombs, whose play, "Independence," is premiering this weekend at Arts Live in Fayetteville. "I love it more than anything else, and I also love writing. So I wanted to combine my two loves into playwriting, which is my main focus right now." Continue reading...

Throwback Thursday

Flamingo Springs Trailer Resort is a blast from the kitschy past

Subscriber onlyWhen the 1950s-inspired trailer resort Flamingo Springs officially opens this June, denizens of Prairie Grove might find their small town inching ever closer to being a prime vacation destination. After all, The Junk Ranch -- a huge, open air flea market -- has been attracting thousands to the area twice a year for five years now. Continue reading...

Stacie Bloomfield

Subscriber onlyTo talk to Stacie Bloomfield for more than 10 minutes is to be charmed by her: The animated artist and founder and owner of the stationery and home goods company, Gingiber, is a bundle of positive energy. With bright eyes behind large, tortoiseshell glasses and a ready laugh, she's open and honest about the challenges and hurdles she's faced as a working mom and business owner. Continue reading...

Seven Sneak Peeks

Home tour supports oldest elementary in town

Subscriber onlyOn May 19, Washington Elementary School's Tour of Homes will continue the tradition -- now 15 years old -- of offering residents the chance to get inside some of the area's most architecturally and historically notable homes. Continue reading...

Catching The Community Bus

‘Shelter’ takes playgoers on a journey

Subscriber onlyWhen Artist's Laboratory Theatre's artistic director Erika Wilhite is excited about something, she talks fast. Really fast. Mile-a-minute, rat-a-tat-tat machine gun fast. When she talks about the theater's upcoming production of "Shelter," it's a little hard to keep up. Continue reading...

Summer Fun On The Horizon

Museums, arts centers, nonprofits offer education, entertainment

Subscriber onlyA wide variety of summer opportunities exist for youngsters in Benton County. Here are some of them. See more extensive lists for both Benton and Washington counties at nwaonline.com/features/whatsup. Continue reading...

Chaos With Chickens

Trike’s new show filled with laughter, interaction

Subscriber onlyThe chickens have certainly come home to roost in Trike Theatre's "Chicken Story Time", a charming adaptation of Sandra Asher's book of the same name. Continue reading...

Summer Fun Ready To Flower

Offerings range from musical theater to mountain biking

Subscriber onlyAs a kid, having three months of lazy summer days stretching out in front of you is a dream. For parents, though, summer can be something of a nightmare as they fight their kids' attempts to spend the days lounging on the couch with their electronics. Finding quality activities to fill the long days is a bit easier given Northwest Arkansas' plethora of youth organizations; our list just the tip of the iceberg. (And don't forget to check public library websites for a robust offering of free summer activities.) Continue reading...

ON THE COVER: The art of beauty

Fashion Week board member: Communication key

Makeup artist and Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week board member Jodie Arrington Franklin can size you up in five seconds and tell you what color palette would look best on your face. Continue reading...

Willi Carlisle

Subscriber onlyWilli Carlisle is a man of contradictions. Continue reading...

Ready For Its Closeup

Movie makers find comfortable haven in NWA

Subscriber onlyBentonville Film Festival fans lucky enough to land a ticket to the competition film "F.R.E.D.I." will get an eyeful of familiar scenery: The sci-fi adventure was shot right here in Northwest Arkansas last summer. Bentonville's downtown square, the Walmart Museum and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art are all featured prominently, though eagle-eyed viewers will also spot scenes shot in Rogers and Fayetteville as well. Continue reading...

'An Old Woman Speaks' About Changing Roles

Subscriber onlyArkansasStaged will present "An Old Woman Speaks" -- a play that uses the words written over the span of nearly 60 years by Fayetteville activist Sue Coppernoll -- on May 2 at Stage 18 in Fayetteville. Jules Taylor, who is credited as having "orchestrated" the production as well as performing in it, says all it took was reading one of Coppernoll's poems for inspiration to strike her. Continue reading...

Five Minutes, Five Questions Author Colson Whitehead

Subscriber onlyAuthor Colson Whitehead burst on the scene in 1999 with his novel "The Intuitionist," a New York Times Notable Book that Kirkus Review called "a dizzyingly-high-concept debut of genuine originality" and a "deftly plotted mystery and quest tale that's also a teasing intellectual adventure." Since then, he's written six other books, including "The Underground Railroad," the winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Whitehead will speak at the Fayetteville Public Library at 7 p.m. today. Continue reading...

When Steel Is King

Bikes shine like gold for Fort Smith businesses

Subscriber onlyVisitors to Fort Smith's Garrison Avenue might hear the distant sound of rumbling engines as May 4 draws closer, heralding the approach of tens of thousands of motorcycles -- and their excited riders -- to celebrate the fourth annual Steel Horse Rally. Continue reading...

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