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Stir In Some Fiddle: Mike Ryan’s new single has a little NWA flavor

If a fiddle can sound familiar, fans of the four-stringed, bowed instrument should listen carefully to Mike Ryan’s new single, “Jacket On.” It’s a traditional country song — love and

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Harmony Of Titans: ‘Phoenix Ascending’ for Haas, Schmidt

If you read about the lives of pianist/composer Heather Schmidt and Paul Haas, music director of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, you might wonder how they ever found time to

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Antoinette Grajeda: Journalist believes BIPOC representation matters in media

This is just one of the fascinating people you might want to keep your eye on in 2022. “I recently learned my maternal great-grandmother wanted to be a journalist, but

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Anticipation: The coming year offers plenty of promise for arts lovers

As we approach the end of 2021 with more pandemic uncertainty than ever, it can be hard to muster even a little bit of optimism for the coming new year.

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Hometown Honors: Springdale celebrates award-winning fiddler Jenee Fleenor

Editor’s Note: This time every year, we look back at some of the noteworthy stories of the past 365 days. This story originally appeared June 20 in What’s Up! There’s

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A Cozy Christmas Evening: UA grad promises new music, laughs, nostalgia

TheatreSquared’s holiday show “The Heart of Christmas: Songs and Stories of the Season” may be just what you need to get into the holiday spirit. A classic cabaret, the show

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A Cozy Christmas Evening: UA grad promises new music, laughs, nostalgia

TheatreSquared’s holiday show “The Heart of Christmas: Songs and Stories of the Season” may be just what you need to get into the holiday spirit. A classic cabaret, the show

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Putting Words To Music: SoNA Singers love annual holiday performance

Their day jobs are different — some in music, many not — but their reasons for giving time and effort to the SoNA Singers are much the same. “I do

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Rearranging The Holidays: Fort Smith Symphony plays new versions of old favorites

Matt Riley didn’t grow up celebrating Christmas. His mother, he explains, was Jewish. But now, it’s Christmas year-round for the composer, his wife and their four children. Riley is also

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Wide Awake And Swingin’: Asleep at the Wheel celebrates 50 years

In the middle of the phone call was an interview. At the beginning and end were Baby Boomer contemporaries chatting about life. Ray Benson, one of the founding members of