Author Archives: Nick Brothers

University Libraries Open the Digital Ozark Folksong Collection

Posted by Nick Brothers |
Courtesy Photo by Robert M. Mottar

Mary C. Parler (left) tape recording musicians in Oriole barbershop, Bentonville, Arkansas, ca. 1950s. From the Mary C. Parler Photographs Collection (MC896) at the University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections.

University Libraries and the Special Collections Department will officially open the digital Ozark Folksong Collection this Friday, Aug. 28, in Mullins Library.

Fayetteville Roots Fest Keeps Growing

By Nick Brothers |
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The Punch Brothers will be headlining this year’s Roots Fest. The band is renown for their mastery of instruments and progressive bluegrass style.

What started out as a small event of folk musician friends at Greenhouse Grille for a day has grown to become a successful urban festival that showcases some of the best of Fayetteville has to offer.

The Weekly Lowdown: Civil Rights Ordinance Early Voting Starts Sept. 1

By Nick Brothers |
Staff Photo Nick Brothers

Local Artist Jason Jones is painting a mural on the downtown Fayetteville square.

Well we’re here, Fayetteville. It’s time to vote again and decide the rights of LGBT people in Fayetteville.

Same-sex Couples in Nature

By Amanda Bancroft |
Amanda Bancroft

At least 450 species of animals, including dolphins, bonobos, penguins, giraffes, koalas, flamingos, bison, guppies, albatross, bighorn sheep, ostriches, guppies, and yes – butterflies too – have been observed creating same-sex pairings in the wild.

Seasons of Opportunity

By Risa D’Angeles |

Everything in our world has a specific time (a season) in which to accomplish a specific work. A “season” that begins (opportunity) and ends (time’s up).

The Issue Goes Beyond Jared

By Pamela M. Hudspeth |
Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle leaves the Federal Courthouse in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 following a hearing on child-pornography charges. Fogle agreed to plead guilty to allegations that he paid for sex acts with minors and received child pornography in a case that destroyed his career at the sandwich-shop chain and could send him to prison for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

What most people, though, don’t realize is that long after Jared goes into his jail cell and this case is replaced by another, these children – though they will receive counseling, etc., will live with this until they are six feet under.

The “Upcoming” Election

By Dane La Born |
Dane La Born

Turn on your televisions as of late and all you’ll see from the news pundits are talking information about the GOP debates, as well as how the Clinton campaign is handling itself.

Wait Lifting: On Moving A Relationship Further

By Amy Alkon |

Try to think of this as artisanal dating. Maybe he’s finished building the bed out of antique Popsicle sticks but his carpal tunnel kicked in while he was killing the flock of ducks for the mattress or spinning the cotton for the sheets.

The Art of Imperfection: Luthier Builds Instruments by Hand

By Nick Brothers |

With each rapid scuff to the sitka spruce arch top guitar, the luthier wipes away the fluffy-looking wood shavings with a brush of his rugged, calloused hand.

Like Mother Like Daughter: Audrey LeBert to Read as Featured Writer for Ozarks Poets and Writers Collective

By Robert Laurence |
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Audrey LaBert with her daughter Alyssa.

Twenty-four-year-old Audrey LeBert is a poet. Her daughter Alyssa, who is 3, is “Way cooler than I am and makes better poetry than any of mine.”