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Pretty As A Peach

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Festival celebrates sweet perfection BECCA MARTIN-BROWN bmartin@nwadg.com It all began in Clarksville in 1938, or so the story of the Johnson County Peach Festival goes. And according to Milisa Woodard, president of this year’s edition, at 76, the festival is the oldest outdoor event of its kind in the state. The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History…

Season And Series Satisfy

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Walton Arts Center overflows with entertainment   JOCELYN MURPHY jmurphy@nwadg.com The Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville announced its full 2017-18 season at the end of June, offering eight collections of diverse programming in addition to the Broadway Series that begins Oct. 3. The 2017-18 season will be the first non-abbreviated season in several years following…

A Gargantuan Exhibition

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Photo Courtesy ArtPrize/Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

“Elephants” by Adonna Khare, detail from the 2012 carbon pencil on paper, 89 feet, 7/8 inches by 32 feet, 3 inches. “Elephants” is now part of the Crystal Bridges permanent collection and is on show for the first time there in “Animal Meet Human.”

‘Elephants’ among works in ‘Animal Meet Human’   “It’s massive. It towers over you.” That’s the first thing viewers will notice about “Elephants,” Adonna Khare’s massive 40-foot-long pencil drawing. On show at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for the first time in a temporary exhibit, “Animal Meet Human,” the 2012 work is a new…

Jazz Women

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Series brings together ‘powerhouse’ musicians   Kansas City’s Lisa Henry and Fayetteville’s Claudia Burson have their own mutual admiration society. “Typically, I’m on a bandstand with all men; it’s just a reality of my life,” says Henry, a jazz vocalist. “The first time I worked with Claudia, it was so refreshing. She has this ability…

Documenting A Wonder Woman

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Friends Eris (left) and Stephanie Lewis speak Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Lewis' living room of her Springdale apartment after the two completed work on a feature-length documentary film about Lewis' aunt, who is a miniatures artist.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Friends Eris (left) and Stephanie Lewis speak Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Lewis’ living room of her Springdale apartment after the two completed work on a feature-length documentary film about Lewis’ aunt, who is a miniatures artist. Filmmakers look at a life in miniature LARA JO HIGHTOWER lhightower@nwadg.com Stephanie Lewis is a…

Three Minutes, Three Questions — Margaret Rutherford

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  “This book is meant to be a reminder of some basic truths about the potentials of long-term commitment. And it is meant to affirm the importance of that commitment. Plain and simple.” That’s Margaret Rutherford’s promise about her first book, “Marriage Is Not for Chickens.” Released April 27, it was created initially as a…

The Younger Set — Firefly Fling

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STAFF PHOTO ANDY SHUPE - Jules Taylor smiles as she performs with Shaky Bugs Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, during First Thursday on the Fayetteville downtown square.

  Shaky Bugs learning, fun at Firefly Fling It might seem as though Jules Taylor is everywhere in Northwest Arkansas — on movie sets, performing with Phunbags comedy improv, helping helm the Fayetteville Film Festival, directing at Arts Live Theatre. But nowhere is she happier than entertaining and educating children with her Shaky Bugs program….