Profile: Jules Taylor
Fayetteville Theater Artist Creates Her First Film with a Little Help From Friends
Jules Taylor, a Fayetteville theater artist and educator, embraced every available arts-focused extracurricular while growing up in small-town Llano, Texas. “But it wasn’t until high school in Plano that I was able to learn about acting and theater,” Jules said. Later, while in college in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she expanded her repertoire to include film work but always in front of the camera. To work behind the camera had been a longtime dream for her. Jules’ first short film, In a World Full of Loneliness, celebrates the universal power of connection, and it will be screened this month at the 2023 Fayetteville Film Festival.
Arts & Culture: Experience a Johnny Cash Concert Like Never Before
JOHNNY CASH – The Official Concert Experience, coming to Walton Arts Center Oct. 14-15, brings songs and stories from the “Man in Black” to the stage in an innovative way that you’ve never seen or heard before.
The only show officially endorsed by the Cash estate, this new production uses performance clips from episodes of “The Johnny Cash TV Show” projected above the stage while a live band and singers accompany him perfectly in sync.
Arts & Culture: Haunted Harmonies
Symphony of Northwest Arkansas presents its first-ever Halloween concert
Performing under the baton of guest conductor Lawrence Loh, and right on the heels of a bold season kickoff last month, the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas continues its 2023-24 mainstage season at Walton Arts Center on Oct. 28 with Haunted Harmonies: A Halloween Concert.
Prepare your best, no, spookiest attire for this chillingly fun Halloween concert experience. Symphony musicians will play iconic Halloween-ish tunes — think music from popular movies like Jaws, Bride of Frankenstein, Harry Potter, Star Wars, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Witches of Eastwick and more.
Arts & Culture: An Unforgettable Journey
The Band’s Visit at TheatreSquared
This autumn, get ready for a rich theatrical experience right in the heart of Fayetteville as TheatreSquared proudly presents The Band’s Visit from Oct. 11 through Nov. 5. With music and lyrics by David Yazbek and book by Itamar Moses, this 10-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical is set to take the stage in a co-production with Writers Theatre of Glencoe, Illinois.
Arts & Culture: New Exhibit
George Dombek’s fall open studio
Over the last 26 years, for a few weekends in the fall, George Dombek has opened his studio in Goshen to allow the public to view his most recent works of art, explore the beautiful grounds and gardens he has created, and meet the artist himself. This fall Dombek will open his studio on every Saturday and Sunday from Oct. 21-22 through Nov. 11-12. Guests to this fall’s open studio will be treated to a special first look at Dombek’s new paintings.
Nonprofit: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Honors Northwest Arkansas’ Finest
The Arkansas Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has selected 20 of Northwest Arkansas’ finest young professionals to raise awareness and funds to get one step closer to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis. Despite medical progress made possible by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, precious lives are still lost each year due to this progressive, genetic disease.
Eats & Drinks: City Park
As the cradle of mountain biking in this part of the country, Northwest Arkansas doesn’t have a shortage of places to roll into after a long, demanding ride. But the newest must-see destination may be the most impressive yet, and you certainly don’t need to arrive on two wheels to enjoy all its virtues. City Park opened during summer, and despite the searing temperatures, it has become Fayetteville’s latest, greatest local hangout spot. The folks behind Feed and Folly, another one of my favorite eateries in town, have created an environment that boasts equal parts open-air casual atmosphere and stick-to-your-ribs quality grub.
Destination: Follow the Pig Trail to Hog Heaven
The scenic byway known as the Pig Trail is steeped in tradition as the route for Hog fans heading to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville for Razorback football games. The 19 miles of highway winding through the deeply wooded Boston Mountains region of the Ozark Mountains between Fayetteville and Ozark has been used for decades by U of A students and sports fans. In recent years, the Pig Trail’s allure has grown by drawing accolades as a motorcyclist’s paradise for its picturesque vistas and exciting serpentine stretches of hairpin curves, switchbacks and rolling hills.
Living Spaces: Legacy of the Land
Six generations have lived on this land in Prairie Grove, and this family continues the tradition by remodeling their grandparents’ home to make it their own
For six generations, Natalie West Bartholomew’s family has lived on and worked their family farm in Prairie Grove. In 1860, Roger J. West, Natalie’s great-great grandfather, founded the farm. Part of the Civil War Battle of Prairie Grove was fought on their land, and legend has it that the original house was used as a Union hospital during the battle.
Words: Five Fall Reads from Pearl’s Books
From a historical fiction about Abraham Lincoln's late son to the quirky tale of a non-magical private investigator working with magical teens to solve a murder, readers of all ages will find something they can enjoy at Pearl's Books. Pick up Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, Lone Women by Victor LaValle, Magic for Liars by Sarah Bailey, Garlic and the Vampire by Bree Paulson or Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween by Lisa Morton as your next fall read.