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Hanukkah, New Moon & Christmas – Days & Nights of Wonder

With the Sun entering Capricorn (Dec. 21, solstice), winter is here (northern latitudes). Mars (actions!) is retrograde and Mercury (communication) begins its retrograde (in Capricorn) on December 29th. In the

Cover Story

5×5: Melissa Carper talks about new album, busking and who inspires her

Melissa Carper is a busy woman. She’s in a number of bands — The Buffalo Gals, Sad Daddy and Carper Family Band, to name just a few. Plus she’s a


Yearend Top 10: CACHE creates space, funds for art

Editor’s Note: This is April Wallace’s first selection. It comes from stories written throughout the year, with bits published Feb. 20, July 24 and some posted purely on social media,


Yearend Top 10: Victory Theatre slated for Walton-funded renovations

Editor’s Note: As we do every year, The Free Weekly staff looked back to see what arts stories we published in 2022 that we expect will have a lasting impact


Yearend Top 10: Hembrees press pause on Roots, play on as Smokey & the Mirror

Editor’s Note: This is Monica Hooper’s first choice for top stories. It originally ran Oct. 17. The founders of Fayetteville Roots announced Oct. 14 that they will “pause the festival

Family Friendly

Joy on ice: Skating rink a blessing for Community Rescue Mission in Fort Smith

An Illinois company delivered Christmas to the Community Rescue Mission via 18-wheeler just before Thanksgiving. Inside the truck were enough planks of synthetic ice to create a 50-by-60-foot ice rink.

8 Days a Week

8 Days A Week

Dec. 22 (Thursday) Winter Movie Marathon — 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., Bentonville Public Library. Free. “Polar Express” — Movie and hot chocolate bar, 11 a.m., Springdale Public Library. Free.


LIVE! Music: Brick Fields celebrates ‘Blues Therapy’ Dec. 21 at FPL

Every Wednesday night for the last 10 years, a community in Fayetteville has come together to share in the healing power of music. “A lot of people started calling it

Male Call

If it’s good enough for King Charles, is it good enough for me?

Q. A while back you wrote in answer to a reader’s question that you do not approve of a man’s wearing a pinkie ring. And yet, the new King Charles