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Exclusive interviews with artists, reviews of performances, info on upcoming events and anything else we couldn't fit in the What's Up! print edition. If it happens on a stage, you may find it here. Concerts, musicals, plays, comedians and even art — we’ll cover it all.

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REVIEW: Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage

Subscriber onlyFrom the very first moment of the show -- which opens with the same syncopated beats you expect from the movie -- the full house at Wednesday night's opening performance of "Dirty Dancing" at the Walton Arts Center was ready. The air was thick with anticipation. Really. Continue reading...

Five More Minutes

with Eleanor Bergstein

Subscriber only"Dirty Dancing" creator Eleanor Bergstein recently chatted with What's Up! in advance of the live theatrical version of her classic story opening at the Walton Arts Center on March 8. The charismatic author and producer of both versions had too many great anecdotes not to share, so here are some of Bergstein's thoughts on 30 years with Johnny and Baby. Continue reading...

REVIEW: Circus Oz

Subscriber onlyStep right up, one and all, to see one of the greatest shows on Earth! Continue reading...

Review: The Lumineers at the Walmart AMP

Subscriber onlySaturday night brought an exceedingly popular new band to a sold-out crowd at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers. I use the term "new" somewhat loosely -- The Lumineers actually have roots back to the early 2000s when Wesley Schultz (lead vocals, guitar) and Jeremiah Fraites (drums, percussion) started writing and performing songs together. It's more their fame and the ubiquity of their singles that are relatively new. Continue reading...

Roots Festival Day 3

Day three of the Fayetteville Roots Festival began bright and early on Saturday, Aug. 26, when the festival plaza opened to the general public at 8 a.m. during the Farmers’ Market. This is the first year the plaza was open to non-ticket holders and allowed them access to the special Roots Bistro and merchandise tables. Free programming started at 9 at the plaza and the Fayetteville Public Library. Here are some highlights from the events I attended: Continue reading...

A Touch of Roots

Some of the free programming from the seventh annual Roots Festival

Subscriber onlyThe seventh annual Fayetteville Roots Festival had its official launch party at the Fayetteville home of Hershey and Denise Garner on Thursday evening with what has been described by some as one of the best parties of the year in Northwest Arkansas. Continue reading...

Review: Twenty One Pilots at the Walmart AMP

Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun have created something pretty incredible. The duo that is Twenty One Pilots is in the middle of their second worldwide tour -- the "Emotional Roadshow" Tour -- which began less than a month after wrapping their first international headlining trip with the "Blurryface" Tour. Continue reading...