Profile: Dr. John L Colbert

Servant leader and superintendent to retire from Fayetteville Public Schools

“You can’t imagine the joy that John L Colbert created for us at Bates Elementary,” said Jason Smith, director of executive administration, classical music and special initiatives at Walton Arts Center. Now 50, Smith attended the Fayetteville school where, as a fourth, fifth and sixth grader, he learned mathematics from Colbert.


Arts & Culture: My Fair Lady Exudes Girl Power

Americans love a good makeover. There have been more than a dozen reality TV shows and countless magazines showcasing the benefits of transformation — new clothes, new makeup, new grooming, new hairdo and, voila, a new you. These external changes might seem superficial, but the experience tends to boost self-esteem and is usually empowering.     


Arts & Culture: TheatreSquared 2022-2023 Season Preview


Announcing a new season at TheatreSquared has always been momentous, said Artistic Director Robert Ford, but these days, it’s even more so.

“It always feels emotional, but right now there’s a sense, too, that it was almost taken away from us, and we didn’t let it happen,” he said. That celebratory atmosphere makes the 2022-23 season particularly exciting.


Entertainment: Falling in Love with Music at Walmart AMP


There’s nothing quite like an outdoor summer concert — unless of course, it’s a fall outdoor concert! As we say goodbye to summer and welcome in the cooler temperatures, Walmart AMP has music lovers from all genres in mind with its upcoming concerts. 

Community: 2022 Fayetteville Roots Festival


As it has for more than a decade, the artist- and chef-led Fayetteville Roots Festival returns with another celebration of music and food to rock the Fayetteville Square. Taking place Aug. 25-27, this intimate experience showcases the unique musical and culinary talent of the Ozarks in unity with nationally recognized musicians and chefs. Artists will take the stage at various venues over the three-day festival, including the Fayetteville Town Center on the historic downtown square, the Fayetteville Public Library Event Center and at the Roots Headquarters.

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Living Spaces: Sustainable, Modern and Inviting

This real estate couple built a home that will suit their family for years to come

Sumer Brandon has seen a lot of houses in her 20 years in real estate.


After graduating from undergrad, Sumer moved back to her hometown of Dallas to get her master’s degree. Sumer’s grandmother advised her to get her real estate license to make a little money while she was in school. With her first house sale, Sumer was hooked.


Eats & Drinks: Review | 52 Kilo

3000 Pinnacle Hills Parkway, Rogers | (479) 367-2411 | www.fifty2kilo.com

The vibe at 52 Kilo in the Pinnacle Hills area of Rogers echoes that of the food — sexy, laid back and ultra-dynamic while avoiding pretentiousness. As the sun sets, the music increases slightly in volume and the atmosphere transforms into something akin to ambient swagger propelled by sharp mezcal, a solid wine list and the ethereal kiss of wagyu.

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Nonprofit: Connecting Students to Ronald McDonald House Charities Through Their Classrooms


Finding time to volunteer and make an impact on the community during a busy school year can be difficult. However, student-led school initiatives can make it easier for students and parents to get involved with local community needs. These initiatives can allow students to positively impact families staying at the local Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room — from inside their classrooms.