Good head, better heart
Jeffery Koenig is a tall man; he stands over 6 feet. His quiet, reserved and watchful demeanor prompts more than one friend to refer to him as a "gentle giant."
Clarke Buehling puts heart, soul into music
Take a look at the photo on musician Clarke Buehling's website -- cleverly called "Buehling Banjos" -- and you'll see a distinguished photo of the man himself. Buehling stands with one of his beloved banjos and wears a suit, tie and handlebar mustache from the 19th century -- his favorite era of musical history. The look was not simply donned for the artifice of the photo -- it's pretty much how Buehling looks on any given Wednesday. The jacket might be traded for a vest and the stylized cravat for a bow or bolo tie, but Buehling perpetually -- and charmingly -- looks as though he just left the Vaudeville stage.
‘Avenue Q’ considers universal themes in unique way
"Avenue Q," the 2004 Tony Award winner for Best Musical that opens at University Theatre this weekend, begins with a sunny song that introduces the audience to an urban block of row houses, populated by puppets and humans alike. Fans of classic episodes of a certain PBS educational series of the 1970s and 1980s will find the scene familiar. Or they will until Princeton, a puppet who is a recent college graduate, launches into "What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?" which, in turn, segues into "It Sucks to be Me," a song that features puppets and humans arguing about who is the biggest failure.
Pop-up art show seeks to raise awareness
A one-day pop-up art show featuring local artists will be held from noon until midnight Saturday in downtown Springdale. The show, called "Women in Jail," is the brainchild of Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette news reporter Scarlet Sims, who wanted to bring community attention to a troubling trend in the Northwest Arkansas area.
The Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra's upcoming concert "Humor in Music" is a good chance to poke a little bit of good-natured fun at the usually serious genre of classical music, says APO Executive Director Jason Miller.
Audiences attending Cirque Mechanics' production of "Pedal Punk," part of the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith's 37th Season of Entertainment, should brace themselves for quite the spectacle. The New York Times described the American circus troupe's performances as "exceptional, evocative, eye-catching and grossly entertaining ... in a word, excellent."
Church leader leaves legacy
As the Rev. Lowell Grisham sits in the back yard of his beautiful home in Fayetteville, Murphy and Lovie -- his family's tiny spitfire dogs -- mill about his feet. Grisham absent-mindedly strokes the head of Murphy as he talks about stepping down as the Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, a job he has had for 20 years.
Drama collective mounts six new plays
Ann Hopkins, a founder of the Eureka Springs' Five and Dime Drama Collective, says the group is a synergetic relationship between writers and performers that originated with Eureka Springs' Writer's Colony at Dairy Hollow.
Block St. Theatre Co's third production, Samuel Beckett's "Krapp's Last Tape," opens tonight at The Nines in Fayetteville. The one-person show will feature fan favorite Bill Rogers in the title role.
Potluck Arts brings circus arts, community together
Potluck Arts will move two steps closer to its goal of exposing Northwest Arkansas audiences to contemporary circus arts in November, when the company will present works by two critically acclaimed international performance troupes at the Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale.