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Conservation Day Remembers Past, Looks To Future

Subscriber onlyThe Compton Gardens and Conference Center in Bentonville will celebrate its mission of environmental stewardship today as it hosts Compton Conservation Day from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Continue reading...

Amy Tu -- World view, NWA roots

World view, NWA roots

Subscriber onlyAmy Tu, executive vice president and general counsel at Tyson Foods, left and returned to Fayetteville twice. In between, she traveled the world as she climbed ever higher in her career, hitting both U.S. coasts, the center of the country and many locales overseas, including a seven- year stint in London. Continue reading...

Take It Outside

Crystal Bridges continues music in the North Forest

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is determined to make the most of its 120 gorgeous, park-like acres. Take its Forest Concert Series, for example. Continue reading...

Making music for others - Fayetteville musicians operate ‘home-style’ studio

Subscriber only"Everything down to the color scheme and the books on the wall swaddle you like a ... goose down comforter. There's plenty of space to think and lots of different places to work. It is not a temple to beer and debauchery or a place piled high with gear or a slick, big, empty room. It's a place where the coffee is strong, and the cats are soft." Continue reading...

Four Minutes, Four Questions Nate Powell

Subscriber onlyOn Aug. 3, graphic novelist and Arkansas native Nate Powell will appear at the Fayetteville Public Library to discuss his work -- including his new, Arkansas-set novel "Come Again" -- sign books, and offer a writing workshop. Continue reading...

Jeane Mack - Every kid is savable at Washington County Juvenile Detention Center

Subscriber onlyJeane Mack has a big heart for the youth who come her way, whether their roads to the Washington County Juvenile Detention Center where she is director are paved with bad luck, bad choices or bad living situations -- or, in most cases, a combination of all three. Continue reading...

A 'Toast' To Innovation

Fundraiser introduces new Fayetteville school

Subscriber onlyThe Ann Brown Memorial School, a new private school that will start its first academic year for kindergartners and first-graders this fall, will host its first fundraiser on July 22 at the campus site at 2237 S. School Ave. in Fayetteville. Continue reading...

All Spun Up - Rogers Cycling Festival brings cyclists to town for serious fun`

Subscriber onlyWhen Greg Lindley and Matt Crafton were first approached by the Rogers Chamber of Commerce to bring a biking element to the Frisco Festival more than five years ago, the avid cyclists rose to the occasion by creating two unique events -- Race for the Spike and Frisco 5 Poker Ride. Both events were so successful that, in 2015, the duo were able to create the Rogers Cycling Festival, a three-day event focused solely on their favorite sport. It has since exploded into a nationally known spectacle with nine different races -- two of them sanctioned by USA Cycling, the governing body for bicycle racing. Continue reading...

Out of This World

Imagination takes flight on North Lawn

Subscriber onlyThe setting for Crystal Bridges' Sci-Fi Outdoor Movie Series, which kicks off on July 26 with the 1956 classic "Forbidden Planet," is the North Lawn of the museum. It's directly in the shadow of the futuristic-looking R. Buckminster Fuller creation "Fly's Eye Dome" -- and adult public programs manager Sara Segerlin says that was no accident. Continue reading...

One 'Fine' Musical - ‘My Fair Lady’ a joyous journey for FSLT director

Subscriber onlyWhen Lerner and Loewe's "My Fair Lady" opened on Broadway in 1956, it was an immediate sensation. The New York Times theater critic Brooks Atkinson called it a "wonderful" and "genius" production. Famed Broadway composer John Kander said it was "the perfect show." Continue reading...

Magaly Licolli - Worker rights are her passion

Subscriber onlyFor Magaly Licolli, advocating for others' rights started with advocating for her own. Continue reading...

Backstage Hero - Stage managers do the work you don’t know needs to be done

Subscriber onlyAt about 6:15 p.m. during a Thursday evening in May, the crew of TheatreSquared's production of The Hound of the Baskervilles were bustling around Nadine Baum Studios at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, readying the space for the 7:30 p.m. show time. Props were checked , seats were de-linted, floors were swept -- and dozens of feet above the stage, the footfalls of Shannon Jones, the stage manager, were heard as she carefully made her way along the catwalk. Continue reading...

Performing Partnerships

ACO season celebrates diversity

Subscriber onlyThe Arts Center of the Ozarks recently released a glimpse into its 2018-19 season and, says Executive Director Kathleen Trotter, the goal of the arts organization is to include even more of the community than in the past. Continue reading...

Not Just For Fun

WAC workshops teach kids valuable skills

Subscriber onlyNorthwest Arkansas teens with a penchant for the performing arts -- be it on or off the stage -- are in luck. Continue reading...

HIGH PROFILE: Arkansas commercial real estate developer Tommy Van Zandt hasn’t let paralyzing midlife accident deter him

Subscriber onlyTommy Van Zandt was 49 years old on the blustery February day he climbed up a 10-foot ladder to cut limbs off a tall tree on the property of his Fayetteville home. Continue reading...