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Highlights- Outside the Lines, Arkansas Air Museum, Get Creative

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Outside the Lines
Eclectic jazz/swing/bluegrass/none-of-the-above band Outside The Lines reunites for shows this Friday and Saturday at Mike Shirkey’s Goodfolk Productions when violinist Jenee Fleenor returns to Northwest Arkansas this month.

Joining guitarist Ed Nicholson, mandolinist Stan D’Aubin and bassist Emily Kaitz (who occasionally perform as a trio in Jenee’s absence), Jenee completes the original quartet that formed in 1999 when Jenee was a junior at Springdale High School.

This time of year often finds Jenee returning from her glamorous life in Nashville (from whence she tours as part of country music star Terry Clark’s band, in addition to doing session work and co-writing songs) to visit her mother Helen Keener. A few years after moving to Nashville in 2002, Jenee had the good sense to marry Duane Fleenor, a man with a last name that rhymed with hers. Outside The Lines has done shows with Jenee at Goodfolk every December since she left town, and they are always spectacular. All the musicians are known for their virtuosity, creativity and spontaneity and they inspire each other on stage. Shows at 8 p.m. Tickets $15 by calling 521-1812.

Joyeux Noel
The OMNI Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology shows socially conscience and compelling films throughout the year and this week will be showing a film that reflects the true spirit of the holiday season. This Sunday night at 7, OMNI will show Joyeux Noel in the sanctuary of United Campus Ministries at 902 West Maple St. in Fayetteville. The film is based on a true story about soldiers serving in WWI. On Christmas Eve in 1914 a group of soldiers on the Western Front called an informal and unauthorized truce. Soldiers serving on both sides laid down their weapons and met to share a moment of peace. This film dramatizes this event, which brought French, British and German soldiers together, although they knew that their superiors would not tolerate the action.

A trip to the museum

The Arkansas Air Museum at Fayetteville’s Drake Field, is a good place to visit this holiday season, when indoor activities beckon. And, if you have last minute shopping needs, the museum shop has a wide variety of aviation related items like kites, planes, puzzles and books ranging from under $5 to around $30. The pocket kites for $3.50 make especially good stocking stuffers. The building itself, a wooden hanger designed and built by Henry George in 1943, is impressive and has quite a history. The museum has a collection of planes ranging from open cockpit models from the 1920’s and 1930’s, to experimental aircraft and even a jet. In addition to its permanent collection, the museum has a rotating exhibit of planes, since some of them are still being flown. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily except on Christmas, New Year’s Day and Thanksgiving. Admission is $12 families, $6 adults, $4 children age six to 12 and under six free.

Get creative at Imagination Studio
If you want some help feeding your creativity or if you want to introduce your kids to things creative, YouthCAN!’s Community Imagination Studio in Fayetteville has just the ticket. For the holiday season, the center has programs for all ages available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Friday and Saturday and Dec. 27, 28 and 29. Staff artists will be on hand to assist in making crafts such as fun and funky ornaments and personalized picture frames to display holiday memories. Participants can also create a collage depicting a favorite winter scene or try their skills in the painting studio and create an original artwork. Participants can join in on all of the projects or can choose just one. The cost is $5 for adults and children, and free for parents of participating children. YouthCAN! is at 818 N. Sang St. For more details call 442-8585.

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