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Artistic Growth

Peacemaker expands in third year

Board members for the Peacemaker Music and Arts Festival in Fort Smith have been trying to get acclaimed American rock/jam band Gov't Mule to Riverfront Park since the festival's inception. For the event's third year, they did.

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A Community's Vision

Festivals combine to lift up city

As The Unexpected festival in Fort Smith enters its third year, one challenge for organizers likely was how to keep event surprising and fresh. What started as a mural festival -- making Fort Smith an unexpected city of murals -- expanded its reach (to Fayetteville) as well as its mediums in its second year. Now the festival's next move is to combine with Fort Smith's other major artistic event -- The Peacemaker Music and Arts Festival.

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Season & Series Satisfy

Walton Arts Center’s full season overflows with entertainment

The Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville announced its full 2017-18 season at the end of June, offering eight collections of diverse programming in addition to the Broadway Series that begins Oct. 3. The 2017-18 season will be the first non-abbreviated season in several years following the expansion and renovation that now enables the center to utilize both its performance spaces at the same time. Create-your-own subscriptions and several ticket packages are available for purchase already at 443-5600 or waltonartscenter.org, and individual tickets for most performances go on sale Aug. 7.

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Food For Thought

‘Chef’s Table’ offers more than pretty plates

Each plate of food tells a story. In its use of ingredients or in its preparation methods, it can be a story of the region it came from. It can make connections to art or history or emotions. And food can tell the story of the person who made it, as it does in the Netflix documentary series "Chef's Table."

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A 'Luv' Worth Sharing

Moreland cuts new music, with new feel, same artistry

John Moreland isn't really used to having a significant audience yet. Though his recent release "Big Bad Luv" is his fourth solo album, the Oklahoma native says he was writing and performing for so long without anyone noticing or caring that the attention he's received of late hasn't changed much for him. The only question he's considering in his music is "Does this feel right for me?"

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The Perfect Brew

Beer, trails combine for good time

A city's trail system provides more than an even path to walk on. Connecting parks or community destinations, collaborations between restaurants/businesses and outdoor activities, offering a free alternative for active endeavors -- a comprehensive trail system can improve the overall health and quality of life of a community.

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Culinary Connections

Museum feeds senses with art, food

Food is a cultural event, reasons Case Dighero. Dighero is the director of culinary programming and events at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, where food is celebrated and connected to art by the creative minds of the culinary staff.

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Semi-Charmed Music

Third Eye Blind’s depth still resonates

What keeps an album -- not just one or two singles, but the full album -- relevant for decades? Plenty of albums are turning 20 this year, but how many are still spinning on current playlists? It's got to be more than some catchy hooks, says Stephan Jenkins, lead singer of the alternative rock band Third Eye Blind.

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Published: April 2, 2017

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Published: November 6, 2016

At the seventh annual Brandon Burlsworth Legends Dinner, this year’s honoree Judy McReynolds (second...

At the seventh annual Brandon Burlsworth Legends Dinner, this year’s honoree Judy McReynolds (second from right) poses with her s...

Published: October 30, 2016

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Published: October 2, 2016

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Country singer and finalist on season 9 of NBC’s “The Voice,” Barrett Baber will headline the Saturday night mainstage at the Dick...

Published: September 16, 2016

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