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Art, music, theater warm the winter doldrums

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Jan. 7

BELA FLECK & BROOKLYN RIDER — Widely considered the premier banjo player alive today, Fleck is an artist who has completely redefined the limits of th...

ARTISTS’ RECEPTION — For potter David Stephens of Rogers; painters Karolyn Farrell of Fayetteville, pictured, Robin Bray of Eureka Springs; and Benton...

ROMANTIC ECHOES — With Sang-Eun Lee on cello joining the Fort Smith Symphony for an evening of Bartok, Saint-Saens, Schumann, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20, ArcBe...

“CABARET” — Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where life in pre-World War II Germany is growing less beautiful, 8 p.m. Jan. 19; 2 & 8 p.m. Jan. 20...

Book Talk -- With Eureka Springs artist and author Zeek Taylor, 2 p.m., Artist Retreat Center in Bella Vista. Hosted by the Village Lake Writers & Poets. POSTPONED. 268-6463.

Jan. 11

Artists' Reception -- For Fenix Fayetteville artists Cindy Arsaga, Alli Woods Frederick, Jan Gosnell, Samuel Gray, Teresa Hall, Denise Lanuti, Leilani Law, Doug Randall, Eugene Sargent & Steven Schneider, 5-8 p.m., Chancellor Hotel in Fayetteville. Free. Exhibit open through April 2. Email schmidtphotography@gmail.com.

Jan. 13

Collectors Day -- With displays by some two dozen local collectors, including collections of buttons, plushies, toy horses, safety razors, dolls, Andrea bird figurines, die-cast cars, tobacco collectibles, hats, Breyer horses, paperweights, toy trucks, clear glass collectibles, Victorian knife rests, magnets, Raggedy Ann and Andy toys, Hummel figurines, Donald Duck collectibles, circus wagon models, feather bird artwork, Pueblo art, Hardanger embroidery and Asian collectibles, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale. Free. 750-8165.

Jan. 17

Wednesday Over Water -- "The Scoop" with museum curators discussing little-known insights and anecdotes about the American artists in the collection and the regional cuisine of their time, 6 p.m., Crystal Bridges Museum. $50. 657-2335.

Bela Fleck & Brooklyn Rider -- Widely considered the premier banjo player alive today, Fleck is an artist who has completely redefined the limits of the instrument, and veteran string quartet Brooklyn Rider is hailed as "the future of chamber music," 7 p.m., Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. Part of the 10x10 Series. $10. 443-5600.

Bumper Jacksons -- Painting America's story in music from the streets of New Orleans to the hollers of the Appalachian mountains, 7:30 p.m., Blue Lion at UAFS Downtown in Fort Smith. $25. 788-7300.

Jan. 18

Gallery Conversation -- "What's New" with Assistant Curator Alejo Benedetti showcasing the newly painted, site-specific mural by artist-in-residence Nina Chanel Abney, 1 p.m., Crystal Bridges Museum. Free. 657-2335.

Artists' Reception -- For potter David Stephens of Rogers; painters Karolyn Farrell of Fayetteville, Robin Bray of Eureka Springs; and Bentonville artist Mark Vanslyke, 4-7 p.m., First National Bank of Northwest Arkansas in Bentonville. Free. Art on show for three months. cacbentonco.com.

Jan. 19

Artists' Reception -- For "Lasting Impressions: A Retrospective" by artist K. Nelson Harper and "It's time to Address'er Drawers," an installation by Joel Armstrong, 6-8 p.m., Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale. Free. Art on show through Feb. 7. 751-5441.

Ozark Old Time New Time -- A tribute to Ozark music and dance with Still on the Hill, The Ozark Highballers and caller Steve Green, 7:30 p.m., Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. $10-$20. 575-5387.

"Cabaret" -- Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where life in pre-World War II Germany is growing less beautiful, 8 p.m. Jan. 19; 2 & 8 p.m. Jan. 20; 2 & 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21, Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. $36-$80. 443-5600.

Jan. 20

Romantic Echoes -- With Sang-Eun Lee on cello joining the Fort Smith Symphony for an evening of Bartok, Saint-Saens, Schumann, 7:30 p.m., ArcBest Corp. Performing Arts Center in Fort Smith. $17-$45. 452-7575.

Jan. 24

"The Humans" -- As darkness falls outside a ramshackle pre-war duplex, mysterious things start to go bump in the night, secrets are revealed, and family tensions reach a boiling point in this drama by Stephan Karam, through Feb. 18, TheatreSquared in Fayetteville. $17-$48. 443-5600.

Jan. 26

An Evening With Spencer Bohren -- The stories that preface the traditional folk, blues, gospel and country songs are as fascinating and well-crafted as the songs themselves, 7 p.m., Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. $15 & up. 443-5600.

Jan. 27

Gallery Conversation -- "Crystal Bridges' Architecture" with Curatorial Assistant Dylan Turk, 1 p.m., Crystal Bridges Museum. Free. 657-2335.

Masterworks II -- Mozart & Mendelssohn with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, 7:30 p.m., Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. $30-$52. 443-5600.

Jan. 29

At This Performance... -- Four Broadway actors provide a behind-the-curtain look at their lives on the Great White Way for a part concert and part storytelling journey with the stars of tomorrow, 7 p.m., Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. $15-$47. 443-5600.

Jan. 30

UAFS Music Faculty Showcase -- 7:30 p.m., The Blue Lion at UAFS Downtown in Fort Smith. Free. 788-7300.

Jan. 31

Artist's Reception -- For "Ink: The Art of Permanence," drawings by Stacy Bates, 5-6 p.m., Reynolds Room lobby of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center at the University of Arkansas in Fort Smith. Bates specializes in black-and-white pen-and-ink illustrations and murals that combine her two favorite styles -- drawing and printmaking -- resulting in a vintage-esque imagery. Free. Exhibit through Feb. 28. 788-7300.

-- Becca Martin-Brown

bmartin@nwadg.com

NAN What's Up on 01/07/2018

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