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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: 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...

5x5 Five Minutes, Five Questions SEEK Fayetteville

Subscriber onlyThe Walton Arts Center does more programming than many people realize. One particular program that's been flying a bit under the radar is called SEEK -- and it's just for you young 'uns. The next SEEK event is on Thursday before, during and after that evening's performance of the WAC's upcoming Broadway show, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time." The event celebrates some of the best things Fayetteville has to offer and is the perfect opportunity for college students and young professionals to learn more about the cool things happening at the WAC. Randi Cruz, public relations coordinator at the WAC and one of the creators of SEEK answered these questions for What's Up to provide some insight. Continue reading...

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...

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