Monthly Archives: February 2014

Golden Dragon Acrobats bring Cirque Ziva to NWA

Cirque Ziva 

Walton Arts Center is excited to welcome Cirque Ziva for a one-night-only performance on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 7pm. Tickets range from $24-$35 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 479.443.5600 or by visiting www.waltonartscenter.orgFor downloadable photos, visit our Cirque Ziva Dropbox.


Cirque Ziva is the latest theatrical performance by the Golden Dragon Acrobats, who have been recognized as the preeminent Chinese acrobatic company in the United States. Each year, director and producer, Danny Chang, and his wife and choreographer, Angela Chang, attend acrobatic competitions around the world to select the most elite performers for the Golden Dragon Acrobats. The company began touring the U.S. in 1985 and has performed in all 50 states with over 200 performances. Although they have been actively touring for almost 30 years, the Golden Dragon Acrobats remain the only Chinese acrobatic company to tour the United States year-round.

In 2005, the Golden Dragon Acrobats performed on Broadway in a seven-week run, and earned nominations for the New York Drama Desk Awards, including Best Choreography and Most Unique Theatrical Experience. They’ve also earned countless positive reviews all over the country, including the Washington Post, who stated, “The Golden Dragons represent a well-placed sampler of a highly stylized art form. There is precision and beauty about everything these performers do.”

Cirque Ziva is exciting, fast-paced and family-friendly. All ages are welcome to come and enjoy traditional Chinese acrobatics, dance and costumes, ancient and contemporary music and modern theatrical techniques.

Cirque Ziva is part of the Kimberly Clark Family Fun Series with additional support provided by Lee & Linda Scott and David & Rosamond Banks. Media support is provided by NWA Media. For tickets, call the box office at 479.443.5600 or visit

10th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Festival

Chocolate for Eureka Springs Chocolate Festival

10th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Festival

will be held Saturday, February 15th, 2014 from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center

207 W. Van Buren, Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632

Don’t miss this event in Eureka Springs, Arkansas!  Tickets for adults are $12 and $6 for children age six and under.  Tickets may be purchased at the door, by calling (800) 638-7352, or by emailing or

For Lodging information please visit

Chicago: The Musical at Walton Arts Center

Chicago: The Musical and “Seinfeld” Star, John O’Hurley Bring the Ole Razzle Dazzle to NWA!

Walton Arts Center presents Chicago

Walton Arts Center is proud to present Chicago: The Musical as part of the 2013-2014 Proctor & Gamble Broadway series. The show will have seven performances running from Tuesday, March 11 until Sunday, March 16. Tickets range from $39-$83 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 479.443.5600 or by visiting

Show dates and times:

  • ·         Tuesday, March 11 – Thursday, March 13 at 7pm
  • ·         Friday, March 14 & Saturday, March 15 at 8pm
  • ·         Saturday, March 15 & Sunday, March 16 at 2pm

In this production of Chicago, Billy Flynn will be played by John O’Hurley, best known for his role as “J. Peterman” on “Seinfeld,” the number one syndicated series in the world. Others may recognize O’Hurley as the ultimate champion on season one of “Dancing with the Stars,” a former host of “Family Feud,” and a headliner in stage productions such as “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” He has released a number of musical albums and written two books, including the New York Times Bestseller “It’s Okay to Miss the Bed on the First Jump: And Other Life Lessons I Learned from Dogs.”

Chicago is the number one longest-running American musical in Broadway history and has been honored with six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy Award. The film adaptation of the show received six Academy Awards and featured some of Hollywood’s most well-known talent. This national tour of Chicago features the same 1920s decadence, themes of corruption and violence and classic Fosse-style choreography that has entertained audiences around the world since 1975. Audiences familiar with the film and the stage production of the show will immediately recognize the familiar characters of crooked housewife Roxie Hart and her cellmate, Velma Kelly, as well as their slick criminal lawyer, Billy Flynn.

Despite the minimalist elements of the show, Chicago remains as glamorous as ever. There is little set and few costume changes, allowing the talents of O’Hurley and the rest of the cast to take center stage. In addition to some of theater’s most recognizable musical numbers, Chicago establishes a conversation about the creation of sensational headlines through malicious crimes, making it as relevant to today’s audiences as ever. Time Magazine calls it “A triumph,” Newsweek declares it as “Smashing,” and Entertainment Weekly agrees thatChicago is “Broadway’s most electrifying show.”

Birds and Breakfast at Hobbs State Park

Wild Birds Unlimited and Hobbs State Park

Our feathered friends will be at center stage at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area during our second annual program series: Birds and Breakfast.  Come enjoy a cup of coffee or juice and have breakfast with the birds. Have you ever seen all the feathers of a goldfinch or chickadee or other songbird up close? Well this is your chance.  You will witness this unique scientific process up-close, and then help us release the birds back into the wild.

From 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. for four Saturdays the Wildlife Society of the University of Arkansas will be catching song birds, handling these birds, and then releasing them back into the wild.  Learn about how this type of research has taught us many things we now know about birds.

Breakfast sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited.    

Where:  Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area Visitor Center (Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection)

Dates:    Saturdays: February 15, March 1(as part of Hobbs Celebrates Leopold), April 12 (as part of our Earth Day Celebration) and May 3 (as part of International Migratory Bird Day)

Time:    9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Cost:      All activities FREE! Registration not required. For more information call:  479-789-5000

Hobbs State Park - Conservation Area

Walton Arts Center’s 14th Annual Art of Wine Festival – June 12-14, 2014

Art of Wine - Walton Arts Center

Walton Arts Center is proud to announce the 14th Annual Art of Wine Festival, June 12-14. This is a multi-day wine and food festival for novices and connoisseurs alike and will feature exquisite wines from around the world and cuisine from the finest restaurants in Northwest Arkansas. Tickets are on sale today and can be purchased by visiting or by calling the box office at 479.443.5600.  For downloadable photos, visit Art of Wine Dropbox.

All proceeds from Art of Wine support Walton Arts Center programs that provide greater access to the arts, including the 10×10 Arts SeriesArtosphere: Arts & Nature FestivalTake-a-Seat and Walton Arts Center’s arts education programs which impacts over 50,000 students and teachers. Last year, over $115,000 was raised to help support arts programs.


2014 Art of Wine Events:

The Winemaker’s Dinner: Thursday, June 12, 6pm on stage in Baum Walker Hall, $200 per person.

Uncorked! Wine Tasting: Friday, June 13 at 7pm, Walton Arts Center, $80 per person.

Premier Tasting: Saturday, June 14 at 6pm, Walton Arts Center, $150 per person.

For more information about the Art of Wine Festival, click HERE. Must be 21 or older to purchase tickets.

The 14th Annual Art of Wine is generously sponsored by Liquor World, E&J Gallo Winery, Central Distributors, Moon Distributors, Glazers, American Airlines, Premium Brands, Ghirardelli, Regions Insurance, and Arvest Bank.

2013 Art of Wine Festival Picture - Walton Arts Center

Jubilant Sykes

Jubilant Sykes in concert in Siloam Springs on February 28


John Brown University is pleased to welcome Grammy Award-nominated and world-renowned baritone Jubilant Sykes to the Berry Performing Arts Center in Siloam Springs, Arkansas!

February 28th 7:30pm, LIMITED SEATING

For ticket information visit (Tickets are $20 each), or call (479) 524-7382.

Razorback Regional Greenway

The Razorback Regional Greenway will connect six cities across two counties in Northwest Arkansas. When it’s completed later this year, you will be able to bike, walk or run from north Bentonville to Fayetteville. The foundation has supported the Greenway since its inception because it will be a catalyst for new business opportunities, community development and healthy lifestyles.

The public-private partnership leading the project was recently recognized by experts at the forefront of the field for their strategic planning.

This video highlights the 36-mile, multi-use trail, and I encourage you to help us spread the word about this unique amenity.

It’s a great time to be in Northwest Arkansas, isn’t it? The region leads on so many fronts – business, the arts, top-tier schools and, soon, a world-class, multi-use trail system!