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Something (Not Quite) Familiar

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“What’s cool about Straight No Chaser is they do a very similar thing in the sense that they’re taking familiar material and twisting it into a new context,” says Postmodern Jukebox creator Scott Bradlee, center. “It’s a very entertaining show, and it has that kind of upbeat atmosphere that matches ours very well. You’re going to see two great acts that are doing really creative stuff and keeping the audience engaged throughout. It’s definitely feel-good entertainment.”

Groups add fresh twist to famous hits JOCELYN MURPHY Sunday promises a night of music to Northwest Arkansas unlike anything the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion has hosted before: a show of co-headlining performers taking today’s popular hits and turning them on their heads. Straight No Chaser is the all-men a capella group from Indiana…

Helming A Memorial

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Musician’s fans hope for statue, restored boyhood home in Marvell Bill Bowden The cotton fields of Turkey Scratch are occasionally invaded by foreign tourists taking pictures. They’re fans of Levon Helm, looking for tangible evidence of the musician’s roots in the Arkansas Delta. After taking selfies with the city limits sign, they need someplace to…


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Cranford Hollow — It’s a boot stomp on a dusty bar floor. It’s the clang of a whiskey bottle at last call. It’s grit. It’s the sounds of the South. It’s Cranford Hollow — a blended mix of Southern rock, Appalachian fiddle music and American rock ‘n’ roll. The quintet from Hilton Head Island, S.C. returns to Smoke & Barrel Tavern in Fayetteville for a show on Saturday, blending elements of blues, old-time country and psychedelic rock, and a sprinkle of Sea Island hoodoo. $7.

Today (8/3) Randall Shreve — Dickson Street Pub, Fayetteville. Josh Abbott Band — JJ’s Beer Garden and Brewing, Fayetteville. Russ Hutchison — JJ’s Grill, Bella Vista. Jon Dooly — JJ’s Grill, Dickson Street. Will Gunselman — JJ’s Grill, Fayetteville. Jabe Burgess — JJ’s Grill, Fort Smith. Lazy Daisy — JJ’s Grill, Rogers. Will Brand —…

Summer Night Symphonies

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A cicada hangs from a grass flower Wednesday, June 1, 2011, in Fayetteville. Cicadas can be heard as a loud humming as the 13-year cicada have begun to emerge in the area. Also called the 13-year locust, these periodic cicadas join the species of cicada that we see every year at this time. The call of the male, which is used to attract a mate, can become quite loud where there are large numbers of the insects.

Nature provides free concerts to those willing to hear AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Summer concert season is well under way, and our area offers quite a lot of great, free entertainment like the Gulley Park Concert Series, Botanical Garden events and of course, the big-time ticketed tours at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion. But don’t…

‘A Very Rich Experience’

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Lisa (Emily Riggs of Fayetteville), from left, stage manager Celeste Richard of Fayetteville, director Morgan Hicks of Bentonville and Ruth (Lauren Halyard of Rogers) rehearse for the ArkansasStaged reading of “Collected Stories” at 21C Museum Hotel in Bentonville.

Words are enough for ‘Collected Stories’ LARA JO HIGHTOWER University of Arkansas assistant professor Morgan Hicks knows her way around large-cast theater productions. This spring, she directed “Lysistrata” for the UA and “The Ding-Dong” for TheatreSquared. She also spent the summer coordinating the large-scale Arkansas New Play Festival, the Summer Academy for Young Adults…

Switching It Up

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Sara Segerlin of Crystal Bridges Museum and Paula Henry of Crepes Paulette collaborated on a film illustrating the dance of crepes for this year’s “Sensory Iconoclasts” project.

Artists, chefs trade roles in ‘Sensory Iconoclasts’ BECCA MARTIN-BROWN NWA Democrat-Gazette This year marks the fifth “Sensory Iconoclasts” project at the Arts Center of the Ozarks, and “Case and I wanted to ‘switch’ up roles this year,” says Eve Smith, ACO director of visual arts and founder of the event with chef Case Dighero. The…

Still Amazing

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Two years in, allure of Amazeum continues LARA JO HIGHTOWER When Bentonville’s Scott Family Amazeum opened in July of 2015, leaders of the project predicted that around 180,000 guests would visit the children’s museum in its first year of operation, says Shannon Dixon, the Amazeum’s director of development and communications. Those predictions turned out…

8 Days a Week

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Closing Reception — For Fenix Fayetteville art show, with music by blues and jazz performers Sharon Bourbonnais and Beth Galiger (pictured) & a reading by Gerry Sloan, 5-8 p.m. today, Walker-Stone House in Fayetteville. Music is $5 at the door. Email

THURSDAY (8/3) Tontitown Grape Festival — With spaghetti dinners, a carnival and live music at 9 p.m., along U.S. 412 in Tontitown. Admission is free; various activities charge a fee. Collection Highlights — Focused on some of the best-known works in the main galleries, 2:30 p.m., Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville. Free. 657-2335. Closing…

Heart Of The Community

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Photographs taken at the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market by Joshua Duke will be on show in the Bank of Fayetteville lobby tonight during a book signing by Tony Wappel and J.B. Hogan, authors of “The Square Book: An Illustrated History of the Fayetteville Square, 1828-2016.”

Bank of Fayetteville hosts art show, book signing BECCA MARTIN-BROWN Like his ancestors before him, John Lewis wanted the building on the northwest corner of the Fayetteville square to be part of the community. “He had a deal worked out with the [University of Arkansas] Press to bring authors in and have book signings,”…