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The 'begats' of one big family

Love builds relationships as strong as blood

Family. I've been thinking a lot about the concept lately with the birth on March 18 of Gordon's first grandchild.

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Arts organizations likely to bloom

Two things you can guarantee about the arts in Northwest Arkansas: Something new will always be on the horizon, and there will always be growth in unexpected places. The following organizations have some of the most growth in the near future.

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Building a cultural bridge

Walton Arts Center, Crystal Bridges Museum bookend arts growth

Culture in Northwest Arkansas did not burst fully formed from the vestibule of the Walton Arts Center in 1992. It already existed in well-respected theater and music programs at the University of Arkansas; in community theaters in Springdale, Rogers, Siloam Springs and Fort Smith; and in history museums in Springdale and Rogers.

Walton Arts Center announces upcoming Broadway season

WAC season dances, sings and struts

At first glance, the Walton Arts Center's 2017-18 Broadway season might seem very traditional -- mostly musicals that might fairly be called "chestnuts."

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Five Minutes, Five Questions Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett is the author of seven novels -- "The Patron Saint of Liars," "Taft," "The Magician's Assistant," "Bel Canto," "Run," "State of Wonder" and "Commonwealth" -- plus three works of nonfiction, has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize and a dozen more prestigious awards and, since opening Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tenn., in 2011, has become a spokeswoman for independent booksellers.

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Finding The Right Note

Acclaimed guitarist joins UA faculty

One can't help but wonder: How did a critically acclaimed guitarist, composer and educator -- whose career to date has spanned nine albums as bandleader across jazz, rock and classical new music styles -- a musician who has toured throughout the U.S., Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and India and performed and recorded with a who's who of artists wind up teaching at the University of Arkansas?

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'The Janoska Style'

Bringing improvisation back to classical music

Their names may be new to American audiences, but the members of the Janoska Ensemble have pedigrees far longer than this story.

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The right words

Gentry students create books about cancer

It was a very serious occasion.

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'An Abomination Of Desolation'

Hawkins House recalls task of spring cleaning

Life in the Rogers Historical Museum's Hawkins House -- built in 1895 -- tends to be seasonal. In the fall, the theme is usually mourning and turn-of-the-century funerals to complement Halloween. Christmas is celebrated in December, and Victorian weddings in the summer.

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Hitting The Right Note

Cellist finds niche in St. Lawrence String Quartet

Christopher Costanza has no idea why he plays the cello.

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