Monthly Archives: June 2017

Fireworks, Music And Fun

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Fireworks will conclude a day of festivities Tuesday at the Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers.

Fourth of July includes SoNA at the AMP “It’s kind of strange … that the piece every American orchestra plays in its July 4th concert celebrates the Russian victory over Napoleon and France,” muses Paul Haas, music director of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. But there’s “something about the cannon fire and the glorious music”…

‘Motown’ Loud And Proud at Walton Arts Center

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Motown the Musical

CLIFTON OLIVER (Berry Gordy)
Clifton Oliver is honored to be a part of the Motown family. Broadway: The Lion King (Simba), In The Heights (Benny opposite Jordin Sparks), Wicked (Fiyero). Nat'l Tours: The Lion King (Simba), Rent (Benny & Collins), Ragtime (Ensemble). Regional: Pal Joey (Arkansas Rep.), Kinky Boots (Lola's standby for Bill Porter), West Coast Tour of The Scottsboro Boys (Charlie/Victoria), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Victor), Godspell (Judas) MUNY. Television: "Law and
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ALLISON SEMES (Diana Ross)
Chicago native. B.M. Opera at UIUC, M.M. from NYU-Steinhardt.  Broadway credits: Motown the Musical, Florence Ballard & The Book of Mormon, Nabalungi U/S, Swing. Other credits include: The Color Purple National Tour, Dreamgirls, Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Wiz, Candide. I want to thank you Bethany and everyone at Telsey, Renee, my CCC/ KACC/ GIAME families, Momma & Poppa Bear, Emile, QVD, and my friends for the unconditional love and support!
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NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER (Smokey Robinson)
Born in Bermuda and raised in Boston, MA. Studied at both The Boston Conservatory and The Juilliard  School. 1st National Tour: In The Heights. Off-Broadway: Rent, Hurt Village. Thank you family, friends and SMS for your lurve and support.


JARRAN MUSE (Marvin Gaye)
A native Jersey boy couldn't be happier living his dream.  God is good yall. Broadway/NYC: Motown The Musical, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Dreamgirls; International Tours: American Idiot, Dreamgirls, Hairspray, 42nd Street. Regional Theater: Marriott Lincolnshire, Portland Center Stage (Will Parker in Oklahoma!), Goodspeed, Fulton Opera Houses, Pittsburgh CLO.  Thank you to Mr. GORDY, Charles, and Telsey for this new opportunity to bring Marvin to stage
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ERICK BUCKLEY (Ensemble)
Broadway/National Tours: Valjean in Les Miserables, Uncle Fester in The Addams Family, Dave in The Full Monty, Piangi in The Phantom of the Opera, Gangster #1 Kiss Me, Kate, Roger in Grease

    Courtesy Photo “Motown: The Musical” brings portrayals of some of your favorite performers, like The Jackson Five, to the Walton Arts Center Stage through Sunday. “Motown: The Musical” uses all the elements of theater at its disposal to tell the history of how the Motown Record Company and some of its biggest songs…

Pushing Past Paper — Making Ripples

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Amanda Bancroft did this drawing of Costa Rica’s fiery-throated hummingbird for PRIDE month. It was her first drawing using drafting film, colored pencil and chalk.

Alternative surfaces help artists save trees For the adventurous nature lover and artist, treeless substitutions for paper are a brave new world. If you love trees and want to use less paper, these synthetic surfaces will charm anyone with the results they can produce. Many of them last for centuries, recycle plastic from the waste…

LIVE! in NWA

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Backroad Anthem — After making the move to the home of country music, Nashville, Tenn., Arkansas-bred country rockers Backroad Anthem are back in our neck of the woods for two shows on Sunday and Monday. The group will perform at Choctaw Casino in Pocola, Okla., at 7 o’clock both nights. Pursuing a new sound, the five musicians will release an EP of all new songs this year, giving fans something to look forward to. backroadanthem.com. Free.

Today (6/29) Mudlarks — 6 p.m., Bear’s Place, Fayetteville. Rain Kings — 7 p.m., with Ricky Young. Choctaw Casino, Pocola, Okla. Rozenbridge — 6 p.m., Crystal Bridges, Bentonville. Stephen Pigman — Dickson Street Pub, Fayetteville. Lindsay Will — Foghorn’s on Green Acres, Fayetteville. The Greg Creamer Band — Foghorn’s on W. 15th, Fayetteville. Steve Dimmitt…