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Big Buzz

Environment pollinates artist’s canvas

At first glance, the kudzu vines, honeycomb and giant bees spilling over the walls around The Hive -- the restaurant inside Bentonville's 21c Museum Hotel -- may seem like themed decor. However, closer inspection reveals curious objects and creatures that don't belong, imbuing the installation with mystery and even a sense of the macabre. The piece by Johnston Foster is titled "BuzzKill" and morphs The Hive itself into a work of art.

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Shoe-in

Museum offers look at history, significance of running shoes

Every day you've got running shoes on, it's a good day.

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Something To Talk About

Werner uses music, humor, common ground to connect with audience

When Susan Werner visits a town, she wants to know its stories: What's the local specialty you just have to try? Who is the quirky character at the barber shop or the coffee shop everyone has a story about? What are the town's unique traditions?

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Fresh As Newly Fallen Snow

Musical brings nostalgia, played with real camaraderie

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas

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Creative Conversation

Context informs artist’s work

In viewing any of artist Lynda Benglis' sculpture or painting work, the influences of growing up along the shores of Lake Charles in Louisiana, of crawfish digging in the mud or of the dichotomy of her religious upbringing split between Protestantism and Greek Orthodox may be opaque. But these are just a few pieces of her past that came to shape -- literally and figuratively -- the work Benglis produces and the answers she seeks in her art.

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Comedy Without Bounds

Arkansas comedian leans on local, international roots for global success

"If you were to look at a Venn diagram of what would create a successful comedy album, none of these things would intertwine. You wouldn't think an Indian dude living in Northwest Arkansas is going to have any kind of success in comedy."

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United In Christ And In Music

‘American Idol’ alum opens up on album, national tour

Though performer Jasmine Murray considers herself a "newbie" to the world of concert touring, she is certainly no novice at holding the spotlight. At just 25 years old, the Season 8 "American Idol" finalist, 2014 Miss Mississippi title holder and subsequent finalist at Miss America 2015 just released her first studio EP and is in the middle of her first nationwide tour with fellow "Idol" alumni Mandisa and Danny Gokey.

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5x5 Five Minutes, Five Questions Andy Hall, Infamous Stringdusters

In June, progressive bluegrass outfit the Infamous Stringdusters released a collection of live recordings of their full album "Laws of Gravity," and on Oct. 27, the quintet will debut their new five-song covers EP, "Undercover Vol. 2." Fans and new listeners will hear songs from both on Friday evening as the acoustic group returns to the Hillberry Harvest Moon Festival in Eureka Springs for a headlining performance. Dobro player Andy Hall took a few minutes during the group's heavy touring schedule to answer these questions for What's Up!

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Little Instrument, Big Sound

Ukulele player offers surprising spirit

What comes to mind at the mention of a dynamic, evocative instrument? The piano? The violin? How about the ukulele?

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Community Activated

Beer, music, tech invite audience in

By Monday, John Paul White -- formerly of The Civil Wars -- will have played both Northwest Arkansas' largest and most successful music festival as well as a festival at our largest music venue in the span of two months. The folk musician performed on the Friday night mainstage at this year's Roots Festival and on Saturday, he returns to Northwest Arkansas to headline the second year of AMP Fest.

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Trumpet/sousaphone player Jon Lampley demonstrates his animated stage presence at the Walmart AMP in...

Trumpet/sousaphone player Jon Lampley demonstrates his animated stage presence at the Walmart AMP in May while performing with Ohi...

Published: October 13, 2017

Trumpet/sousaphone player Jon Lampley demonstrates his animated stage presence at the Walmart AMP in...

Trumpet/sousaphone player Jon Lampley demonstrates his animated stage presence at the Walmart AMP in May while performing with Ohi...

Published: October 13, 2017

Trumpet/sousaphone player Jon Lampley demonstrates his animated stage presence at the Walmart AMP in...

Trumpet/sousaphone player Jon Lampley demonstrates his animated stage presence at the Walmart AMP in May while performing with Ohi...

Published: October 13, 2017

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Day 1 of the 2017 Roots Festival began at Crystal Bridges Museu...

NWA Democrat-Gazette/JOCELYN MURPHY Day 1 of the 2017 Roots Festival began at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonvil...

Published: August 25, 2017

Winners Jodie Franklin (left) for small business, Julie Joyce, winner of the High Hoof award, and Tr...

Winners Jodie Franklin (left) for small business, Julie Joyce, winner of the High Hoof award, and Tracey Brown for large business ...

Published: April 2, 2017

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