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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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Roots Fest Day 4

Notes from 2017 Roots Festival

Subscriber onlyDay 4 of Roots Fest 2017, Saturday, was the only day the festival plaza -- location of the pop up bistro, festival merchandise, and art works created throughout the weekend -- was open to the public. The entire morning's schedule was open to the public, in fact, with music acts performing on the plaza and at the Fayetteville Public Library, a yoga class in the Pryor Center off the square, and back-to-back Taste & Talk panel discussions. This popular series that pairs chefs, farmers, brewers and other food experts with each other for discussions on their respective crafts was expanded from last year and hosted at intimate venue Stage Eighteen. The most noteworthy program of the morning, though, was the annual chef cook-off, which took place during the Farmers' Market. Continue reading...

Roots Fest Day 3

Notes from 2017 Roots Festival

Subscriber onlyDay 3 of Roots Fest 2017, Friday, was the first full day of Roots programming -- 9 a.m. to after midnight. With free community programming happening in both Fayetteville and Bentonville on top of the culinary events and music lineup, it is impossible for one to hit every single thing happening at Roots. It does, however, provide the opportunity to pick and choose from topics of interest or new experiences. Continue reading...

Roots Fest Day 2

Notes from 2017 Roots Festival

Subscriber onlyDay 2 of Roots Fest 2017 happened on Thursday and saw the annual VIP official opening party. New this year was a special lunch benefiting festival sponsor Feed Communities -- a nonprofit concerned with security and sustainability of local food systems. Continue reading...

Roots Fest Day 1

Notes from 2017 Roots Festival

Subscriber onlyRoots Festival 2017 opened last night with a special culinary tasting event hosted by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. (With a conscious effort to enhance and expand -- both geographically and in content -- the culinary pillar of the festival, organizers are partnering with more venues and organizations in Bentonville than in previous years.) Continue reading...

Squirrels, Beware

Ray Wylie Hubbard to ‘Tell the Devil’ in Arkansas

Subscriber onlyI run over squirrel in Arkansas ... Continue reading...

REVIEW: The Wedding Singer

Subscriber only"You need to write a review," Jocelyn Murphy, the associate editor of The Free Weekly, said. "You've had so many good things to say about this play." Continue reading...

Eight Minutes, Eight Questions with Jo Dee Messina

Subscriber onlyCountry music singer Jo Dee Messina comes to Cherokee Casino in West Siloam Springs, Okla., for a free concert at 9 p.m. today. Since her breakout in 1996 with the hit "Heads Carolina, Tails California," Messina has charted 16 Top 40 songs and sold more than 5 million albums. Among her nine No. 1 songs are the memorable hits of the late '90s and early 2000s "Bye, Bye," "I'm Alright," "Stand Beside Me" and "Bring On the Rain." Continue reading...

'Motown' Loud And Proud at Walton Arts Center

Subscriber only"Motown: The Musical" uses all the elements of theater at its disposal to tell the history of how the Motown Record Company and some of its biggest songs came to be: glitzy costumes, catchy well-known tunes, big, moving stage pieces, animated and live action projections, breaking the fourth wall, and real moments from history. Continue reading...

A Bridge Or A Wall?

Life, love and cell phones pondered in APT play

Subscriber only"There are only one or two sacred places left in the world where there is no ringing." Continue reading...

REVIEW: Mary J. Blige at Walmart AMP

Subscriber onlyROGERS -- Mary J. Blige showed why she's referred to as the Queen of Hip Hop Soul. She shared not only her music, but glimpses of her strength and life in her high energy and emotional performances. Continue reading...

REVIEW: Train at the Walmart AMP

Subscriber onlyPat Monahan told me early this month in our preview interview for What's Up! that his "Play That Song Tour" sounds like summer. After a beautiful, lightly breezy night at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion on Monday, I think I have to agree. Continue reading...

Pull Up a Chair

Festival offers a seat at the chef’s table

Subscriber onlyBITE NWA, Northwest Arkansas's two-day food festival, is going through a few changes for its third year. Continue reading...

5x5 Five Minutes, Five Questions Aisha Tyler

Subscriber onlyI am convinced Aisha Tyler is slowly taking over television. You can hear her voice on Season 8 of FX's "Archer"; the Season 12 finale of CBS's "Criminal Minds" airs next week and she's already wrapped filming on season 13; Tyler's fifth season with The CW revival of "Whose Line Is It Anyway" begins at the end of the month; and she is a daily host on CBS's "The Talk," which is where I caught her on her lunch break between tapings. Continue reading...

SOME THOUGHTS: "THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME"

Subscriber only(This write-up is more an exploration of my thoughts on the show and less an official review, so I have identified it as such.) Continue reading...

5x5 Five Minutes, Five Questions Justin Kauflin

Subscriber onlyApril is Jazz Appreciation Month and in celebration, the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville is hosting a month of spectacular musicians. The next show takes place Saturday in Starr Theater: The Justin Kauflin Trio, featuring the child prodigy of the same name. Before Kauflin's performance, visitors also have the chance today to see "Keep On Keepin' On" -- the film, created over five years, the depicts the friendship between Kauflin and his mentor, music legend Clark Terry. Continue reading...

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