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When Steel Is King

Bikes shine like gold for Fort Smith businesses

Visitors to Fort Smith's Garrison Avenue might hear the distant sound of rumbling engines as May 4 draws closer, heralding the approach of tens of thousands of motorcycles -- and their excited riders -- to celebrate the fourth annual Steel Horse Rally.

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'He is an activist'

D’Ander Jones works for diversity in region

Fayetteville activist D'Andre Jones has a habit of seeing a need and stepping in to see if he can solve it.

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PROFILE: Life experiences lead to empathy

Madi Hutson connects with teens looking to improve their lives

There is a particular energy that is sourced working side-by-side with teenagers, says Teen Action Support Center's executive director Madi Hutson. Take TASC's recently opened space on Emma Avenue in downtown Springdale called "The Station." This innovative "teen collaboratory" serves as a hub for Washington County teenagers as TASC works with partners like the Artist's Laboratory Theatre, Tech Hogs Robotics, the youth artist collective Stitches and the University of Arkansas to provide teens with meaningful activities and community service programs.

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ON THE COVER: Downtown Is Uptown

New plays open new UA theater

The University of Arkansas Department of Theatre is on the move -- both literally and figuratively. Next week, department chairman Michael Riha will unveil the ambitious renovation of the UA Global Campus Theatre, where UA students and faculty playwrights will also stage ArkType, a brand new, weeklong play festival.

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PROFILE: Welcome home, world traveler

Monika Fischer-Massie

Monika Fischer-Massie, executive director of Welcome Health, Northwest Arkansas' first free health clinic, was born in a town named Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Good luck pronouncing that, though it rolls easily off of Fischer-Massie's tongue, accompanied by her soft German accent. The small town -- population approximately 27,000 -- is located in Bavaria, Germany, in the Alps on the Austrian border. Google it, and you'll find photo after photo of a town green and lush in the summer and sparkling with glittering snow in the winter, with streets lined with buildings so charming they look as though they're straight out of a Disney scene shop.

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Staged Surprises

One-person plays challenge actors, audiences

ArkansasStaged prides itself on making extraordinary theater in interesting spaces.

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Dreams do come true

Fundraiser gives prom another chance

You got stood up. Your corsage gave you hay fever. The wrong guy (or girl) asked you to go. Your limo had a flat tire on the way to the event. Your mom insisted on giving you and your beau a ride to the dance. Your date got busted for spiking the punch. The band was lame. There was no band. The band played all Celine Dion, all the time.

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Training Wheels

Lilly learns life lessons in Trike production

Lilly shows up at school one day with her prized possession -- the keenest purple plastic purse you've ever seen -- and is so distracted by the marvelousness of her treasure that she interrupts the teacher's lesson and suffers appropriate consequences. Who among us can't relate to Lilly's disappointment and embarrassment? How she handles these emotions is at the heart of Trike Theatre's production of "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse," opening this week at the Walton Arts Center. Trike artistic director Kassie Misiewicz says, as a parent, she found lots to use as life lessons in Kevin Henkes' tale about Lilly.

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Maker's Space: Artist Kat Wilson explodes with ideas

You must drink your morning coffee to have a conversation with Kat Wilson. The celebrated visual artist is perpetually firing on all pistons, and her ideas -- which come fast and furious -- are fantastical and complex.

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COVER STORY: 'A Little Bit Of Everything'

‘Once’ just the beginning for TheatreSquared

The mood was high on March 11 at Fresco Restaurant, right off the square, as Fayetteville's TheatreSquared celebrated the announcement of its 2018-19 season with donors. And why wouldn't it be? The theater will move into its 13th season with a momentum few regional theaters ever imagine reaching. If those in attendance at the festivities were to walk a mere three or four blocks west, they would be standing at the site where TheatreSquared's new $31.5 million dollar facility is morphing slowly but surely into the gorgeous glass, concrete and wood-beamed building it's destined to become in time for the 2019-20 season.

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Residents of Magdalene House wash dishes in the modern farmhouse-style kitchen. The mission of St. P...

Residents of Magdalene House wash dishes in the modern farmhouse-style kitchen. The mission of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Faye...

Published: December 14, 2017

Anita and Edward Hejtmanek, founders of Heartwood Gallery, pause in front of a display of Anita’s st...

Anita and Edward Hejtmanek, founders of Heartwood Gallery, pause in front of a display of Anita’s stained glass jewelry.

Published: December 3, 2017

The Dashwood women’s trials and tribulations are the subject of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility...

The Dashwood women’s trials and tribulations are the subject of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility.” A witty, fast-moving adapta...

Published: October 13, 2017

Department of theater designers displayed their work outside the banquet hall at Saturday night’s ev...

Department of theater designers displayed their work outside the banquet hall at Saturday night’s event.

Published: May 14, 2017

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