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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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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...

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...