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House Of The Rising Sun

New venue offers fresh entertainment experience

Don Nelms will tell you he doesn't have a strong relationship with the local music scene. Sure, he has musician friends and respects what they do, but he wouldn't consider himself among Northwest Arkansas' music influencers. That may be about to change, though, with the opening of the Sunrise Stage music venue, connected to the Sunrise Guitar shop.

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Dig A Little Deeper

Musical twosome gives fans everything they’ve got

Husband and wife duo Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent -- better known as Shovels and Rope -- brought their rocking, Southern Gothic brand of Americana/folk music to the mainstage of the Fayetteville Roots Festival in August. Now they're returning for a show at George's Majestic Lounge on Saturday, and they might just bring everything but the kitchen sink to the stage.

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Inverting Expectations

Year two of festival inclusive, challenging

Artist Paul Rucker was in college the first time he heard of Emmett Till -- more than three decades after the 14-year-old's lynching made national news and became emblematic of the cruelty and oppression faced by African Americans. Rucker began to realize a disconnect existed between the history we are taught and the true history of our nation.

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Artfully Arranged

Flowers, art complement each other in inaugural event

Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest, and up-right.

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More Than A Feeling

‘Dirty Dancing’ everything fans want

Eleanor Bergstein doesn't care why you like "Dirty Dancing" -- whether for the love story, the pretty costumes or the overarching themes -- she's just excited if you like it at all. But in recent history, the creator of the iconic film has noticed more and more people are drawn to the issues presented in the story -- and their continued relevance today.

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All The Right Moves

Dance competition shares art form with NWA

Last Saturday, four choreographers from across the country converged in Little Rock at the Ballet Arkansas studio. The company will host its winter VISIONS choreographic contest this weekend, for which the four artists are the finalists from more than 50 competitors. The choreographers cast their proposals with Ballet Arkansas dancers and were given just 11 hours over the week to execute the 5- to 7-minute performances that will premiere at the Walton Arts Center on Saturday.

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LIVE! in NWA

Data Drums -- 9 p.m., with Ten High, The Wirms, and Elephantom, Backspace, Fayetteville. $5.

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Dancing From The Heart

Love, joy, dance connect BodyTraffic, audience

Los Angeles-based dance company BodyTraffic aspires to have something for everyone -- both in the audience and on the stage. Founded a decade ago by dancers Lillian Barbeito and Tina Berkett, the company's repertoire has expanded to become a bucket list of contemporary choreographers for the performers.

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Five Minutes, Five Questions

‘Border Cantos’ cculptor, composer Guillermo Galindo

Artist and composer Guillermo Galindo is the creative force behind the found-object sculptures seen in "Border Cantos: Sight & Sound Explorations from the Mexican-American Border," the current temporary exhibition on display at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. Galindo's sound-producing sculptures -- used as unconventional instruments -- provide a soundscape for the exhibition where, combined with large-scale photographs by Richard Misrach, they reveal stories of the border.

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Look A Little Deeper

Art is more than meets the eye

Is the act of looking a choice or a compulsion? How about seeing? Are they the same?

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