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Hope, Communication

‘The Champion’ a perfect play for the times we live in

Subscriber onlyTheatreSquared's production of "The Champion" by Amy Evans -- first seen in Fayetteville as a workshop production at the theater's New Play Festival in the summer of 2016 -- is a living, breathing work of art, agree its director, Reginald L. Douglas, and Joy Jones, the actress playing Nina Simone. The two have been working hand-in-hand with playwright Amy Evans for over three years, seeing the play move through various permutations, shifting with each subsequent draft. Continue reading...

Lisa Corrigan

A Quest for Justice

Subscriber onlyLisa Corrigan, University of Arkansas associate professor of communications, director of the Gender Studies Program and affiliate faculty in both African and African-American studies and Latin American studies, is smaller in person than one would expect, given her larger-than-life social media presence and literary voice. The author of the award-winning book Prison Power: How Prison Influenced the Movement for Black Liberation frequently takes to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to espouse her advocacy. Her gaze is direct and lively behind large glasses, and she talks fast -- really, really fast -- during a wide-ranging conversation that covers myriad topics germane to the current cultural and anthropological landscape of America: the state of health care (especially in Arkansas), systemic racism and sexism, the rise of the modern white supremacist movement as backlash against our first African-American president, the definition of "white fragility," the importance of political activism ... and the emotional unavailability of Batman that makes him such a bad choice for a boyfriend. Continue reading...

March of Dimes "Signature Chefs" Celebrates Past Successes, Raises Funds for Future

Subscriber onlyMarcus Osborne, honorary chairman for the March of Dimes Arkansas "Signature Chefs" event, says he was drawn to working with the group because of personal connections he had to the organization's mission. The March of Dimes seeks to improve infant health by preventing premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality. Continue reading...

Ten And Growing

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks celebrates continued mission

Subscriber onlyFrom 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, supporters of the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks are invited to sing "Happy Birthday" to the nature sanctuary, which turns 10 years old this year. Continue reading...

A Labor Of Love

Art On The Creeks grows up into unique show and sale

Subscriber onlyProfessional artist, teacher and Art on the Creeks creator and coordinator Tania Knudsen says the art show has exploded since the first event was created seven years ago as a way for her students to share what they had learned and created with the general public. Continue reading...

Dress for Success gives women more than professional clothes

Subscriber only"We have a reputation for providing clothes to women, and that's an important first step, but we are so much more than that," says Virginia Germann, Dress for Success Northwest Arkansas executive director. Continue reading...

New Queen Of Pop

Horticultural artist finds perfect palette at Botanical Garden

Subscriber onlyFor horticultural artist Lissa Morrison, the 46-acre property of the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks is her canvas, plants and shrubs her medium and nature her collaborator. Though the BGO garden manager and designer's artistry is evident everywhere on the currently developed 6 acres, she says she didn't really consider her life's work "art" until recently. Continue reading...

Battle Not To Ban

FPL panel discusses censorship and right to read

Subscriber onlyThe Fayetteville Public Library will mark Banned Books Week by hosting a panel discussion on censorship and the history of banned books at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Continue reading...

No Damsel In Distress

Maid Marion no wallflower in new ‘Robin Hood’

Subscriber onlyWhen Arts Live presents its production of "Robin Hood' this weekend, audiences might be surprised to find a different tale than they're used to hearing about the folk hero. Director Natalie Lane, who adapted the script, says she's given the show a few twists to make it unique. Continue reading...

Funny And Poignant

‘Making God Laugh’ a comedy about family drama

Subscriber onlyFort Smith Little Theatre's comedy "Making God Laugh" by Sean Grennan opened last night and will run through Sept. 30. Continue reading...

History Repeats Itself

Mercantile building finds new life

Subscriber onlyWhen the 8,000-square-foot Southern Mercantile Antiques store -- located at 107 E. Buchanan St. in Prairie Grove -- celebrates its grand opening Saturday, shoppers can rejoice in the the fact that the building's history is being restored and honored -- as well as the huge selection of vintage and antique goods found within. Owner Carrie Kass Nelson has taken great pains to leave the building's bones as they were when it was built around 1896, and the upscale antique market's contents -- many of which are authentic antiques, wood polished to a warm glow -- celebrate that earlier era. Continue reading...

Evelyn Jorgenson

Subscriber onlyIf you stroll through Burns Hall on the Northwest Arkansas Community College campus on any given weekday, you'll see a microcosm of the community: A mosaic of ages, nationalities, ethnicities. Lively conversations and laughter. Students exchanging books and notes with each other. Continue reading...

Rockin' Baker cooks up recipe for employees to find job success

Subscriber onlyWhen you walk into the cozy space that is Rockin' Baker, located in Fayetteville just south of the Northwest Arkansas Mall at 3761 N. Mall Ave., it's the heavenly aroma that hits you first. Owner and operator Daymara Baker and her crew bake fresh loaves of cleverly named breads ("The Grateful Dead" and "Butterfield Trail Mix" sourdough) starting at the crack of dawn each morning. Look around, and you'll see beautiful cafe tables handmade by Baker's husband out of aged cherry from his native Mountainburg. Original art hangs on the wall -- a still life (featuring a beautiful loaf of bread, of course) created by Baker and a series of paintings by a local artist, which are also for sale. Delicious looking bread, salads, sandwiches and cookies fill the glass cases. Continue reading...

Filmmaker Burns Tells Story Of Vietnam War

Subscriber onlyThe Fayetteville Public Library, in collaboration with AETN, will offer a free sneak peak screening of Ken Burns' new documentary, "The Vietnam War," at 2 p.m. Saturday. Continue reading...

Broyles Foundation offers support for Alzheimer's caregivers

Subscriber onlyToday is National Grandparents Day. Molly Arnold and her family will face the day with quiet reflection and sadness: Arnold's grandfather, Frank Broyles, passed away on Aug. 14 of this year and her grandmother, Barbara, died in 2004. Continue reading...