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Jack of all theatrical trades finds joy in creative energy

BECCA MARTIN-BROWN bmartin@nwadg.com Julie Gabel is a theatrical jack of all trades: She teaches, she directs, she acts, she designs — and she’s master of them all. Q. Can you

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Cat lady shares her collection at Shiloh Museum

BECCA MARTIN-BROWN bmartin@nwadg.com Lona Mullins’ cat collection may be filled with cute, happy faces and figurines that just cry out to be cuddled. But the Cave Springs collector — who

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Jesse Cook’s talent has traveled the globe

BECCA MARTIN-BROWN bmartin@nwadg.com Jesse Cook is a talented performer whose “masterful, intricate, fluid and melodic finger-picking guitar technique and musicianship” have won him international acclaim and a JUNO Award, the

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Terra Studios promises life after difficult decision

LARA JO HIGHTOWER lhightower@nwadg.com The first thing Terra Studios executive director Val Gonzalez wants you to know is this: Even though the manufacturing of the famous Terra Studios’ ‘Bluebirds of

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Polar Express whisks families away to North Pole

JOCELYN MURPHY jmurphy@nwadg.com It was wrapped in an apron of steam. Snowflakes fell lightly around it. A conductor stood at the open door of one of the cars. He took

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‘Best Pageant Ever’ returns to ACO

LARA JO HIGHTOWER lhightower@nwadg.com “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” may be nearly 50 years old now — the novel was written by Barbara Robinson in 1971 — but it remains

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ACO Chorale presents annual holiday concert

BECCA MARTIN-BROWN bmartin@nwadg.com “Everyone has a voice and the capacity to sing,” says Denice Parkhurst, director of the Arts Center of the Ozarks Chorale. “I love working with like-minded people

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‘Christmas’ play gives back to VBHS actors

BECCA MARTIN-BROWN bmartin@nwadg.com Ask Jessica Fisher to brag on her kids, and she’s ready. “These students are extremely dedicated and have a great passion for their art,” says Fisher, the

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Pilot Arts kids bring ‘The Mighty’ to stage

BECCA MARTIN-BROWN bmartin@nwadg.com “I was (am) like every kid who thinks superpowers are cool,” says Missy Gipson, founder of Pilot Arts, a Fayetteville-based theater company. When it came to creating

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‘Little Women,’ Big Musical

Story is still the heart of beloved novel on stage LARA JO HIGHTOWER lhightower@nwadg.com For 150 years, Louisa May Alcott’s novel “Little Women” has been perpetually beloved. The sentimental story