Monthly Archives: May 2014

Artosphere in Northwest Arkansas

Artosphere’s signature event, Trail Mix Concert Tour is back!

Artosphere - Trail Concerts - Northwest Arkansas

Walton Arts Center announces the return of the Artosphere Festival’s signature event, the Trail Mix Concert Tour on Sunday, June 1. Tail Mix combines music, hiking and biking for a one-of-a-kind, free outdoor experience which starts along the beautifully sculpted Art Trail near Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville (1-3pm) and continues along the Frisco Trail in downtown Fayetteville (5-7pm). Rocky Grove Sun Company will provide solar-power for energy-efficient music for Trail Mix. No tickets or registration are required; this event is free and open to the public.

The fifth annual Artosphere spans May and June and features free and low-cost kids and family events, live music, visual arts and more throughout the region. Artosphere’s mission is to celebrate artists, influenced by nature, who inspire us to live more sustainable lives.

Trail Mix Concert routes:

Crystal Bridges Trails: Artists/musicians will be located at the following stops from 1-3pm:

  • Artosphere Percussion near the Compton Gardens
  • Carter Sampson at James Turrell’s The Way of Color
  • Candy Lee & the Sweets at Dan Ostermiller’s Shore Lunch
  • Artosphere Mixed Ensemble at the Twin Bridges area
  • Artosphere Brass at the Tulip Tree Shelter off of the Tulip Tree Trail
  • Street Drums Corps near the Champion Eastern White Pine
  • Martha Redbone Trio at the Museum Store plaza
  • Cry You One at Walker Landing
  • Smokey & the Mirror at Celeste Roberge’s Chaise Gaibon
  • Artosphere Strings at the Rock Ledge Shelter


In collaboration with Artosphere and Trail Mix, Family Sunday at Crystal Bridges will include hands-on fun in the museum, a trail scavenger hunt until 5pm and a family concert at3pm in the Great Hall featuring Time for Three.

Frisco Trail: Artists/musicians will be located at the following stops from 5-7pm:

  • Artosphere Brass at Prairie Street
  • Artosphere Mixed Ensemble between Prairie Street and Mountain Street
  • Candy Lee & the Sweets between Center Street and Mountain Street
  • Carter Sampson at Meadow Street
  • Street Drum Corps on Maser’s art installation, Under the Stars at Nadine Baum Studios
  • Artosphere Strings near Powerhouse
  • Martha Redbone Trio at Arsaga’s at the Depot
  • Smokey & the Mirror at Maple Street
  • Cry You One between W. Prospect and  W. Douglas
  • Artosphere Percussion at W. Prospect and N. Frisco

In collaboration with Artosphere and Trail Mix, UpStream Art will be leading a walking tour of the storm drain murals in the downtown area from 3-5pm, beginning at the Fayetteville Underground.


About the featured performers:

Candy Lee is an award-winning singer/songwriter who combines folk, jazz and indie music to create her own unique style. She, along with her band, Candy Lee & The Sweets, create a funky sound and beautiful, three-part female vocal harmonies.

Cry You One comes from the southeast Louisiana river delta, and their musical stylings are a blend of vocals and fiddle tunes. The band’s music is inspired by the crisis of coastal land loss that is currently taking place in Louisiana.

Fayetteville resident Carter Sampson has gained acclaim across the country, both opening for artists such as Patrice Pike and Christine Kane as well as headlining her own shows at the songwriter’s Mecca, The Blue Door. She was the 2012 winner of the “Best Female Singer-Songwriter” award at the NW Arkansas Music Awards and has three studio albums.

Smokey & The Mirror is a band comprised of Bernice and Bryan Hembree—two former members of the local folk trio, 3 Penny Acre. The duo has been touring for close to a year and performs at venues and events throughout Northwest Arkansas, including the Fayetteville Roots Festival.

Martha Redbone is an indie soul pioneer and a woman noted for her rhythm & blues feel. Her style is an award-winning blend of Native American elements with fund and soul and her deep roots in Appalachian folk.

Three-piece, high-energy percussion groupStreet Drum Corps, takes ordinary objects and turns them into an interactive music performance for all ages to enjoy. The group formed in Los Angeles and was named Drum Ensemble of the Year by Drum Magazine in 2012.

In case of rain, a change in location for will be announced closer to the date of the event. For more information about these performance or others, visit



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Here comes Gosling at Trike Theatre in Bentonville, Arkansas

From their “Little Trike Series”, Trike Theatre, Northwest Arkansas’ professional Theatre for Youth, presents their season finale, HERE COMES GOSLING! This interactive, intimate theatrical experience caters to young audience members, 2-5 years old, and is brought to life by four talented professional actors. See how Trike Theatre transforms it’s  black box studio-theatre into Rabbit’s underground home and the bigger-than-life world outside. Based on the book by Sandy Asher, this adventure invites the young audience to visit  Rabbit in his home, meet the EXUBERANT, impatient Froggie,  sing songs in anticipation of meeting a new friend, help the characters prepare for their picnic, and best of all, meet baby Gosling!

Trike’s Youth Theatre production of HERE COMES GOSLING! “hops” to life on May 23rd at Trike Theatre’s black box studio-theatre, 209 NE 2nd Street in Bentonville. Performances run until June 8th. Tickets are $5 and are available on Trike’s website: Seating is limited, so get your tickets today! For more information, email:

But that’s not all… Trike Theatre Academy offers an array of summer camps for ages 4 years through 12th grade. For a list of summer camps and their descriptions, visit:

WHAT: Here Comes Gosling! Adapted by Sandy Asher from her picture book

Music by Ric Averill

SUMMARY: From their “Little Trike Series,” Trike Theatre brings you, HERE COMES GOSLING!, adapted by Sandy Asher from her picture book, music by Ric Averill. This interactive theatrical experience caters to young audience members 2-5 years old. Join us as we help professional actors read a favorite story, sing, pick from a garden, sit down to a picnic, and best of all meet baby Gosling!

PERFORMANCE LOCATION: Trike Theatre’s black box studio-theatre @ 209 NE 2nd Street, Bentonville, AR

WHEN: May 23rd – June 8th

TICKETS: Call Trike Theatre 479-464-5084 or go online:

Tickets: $5

For a list of cast members and production staff, please email

Opera in the Ozarks presents A Taste of Opera in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Opera in the Ozarks - Taste of Opera Night

Opera in the Ozarks cordially invites you to celebrate the opening of our 64th season with Two Memorable Evenings of Fabulous Food and Incredible Entertainment.

Each Taste of Opera will feature a scrumptious meal and wonderful entertainment. Four outstanding singers from the Opera in the Ozarks company will delight you with your favorite Broadway Musical classics, Neapolitan love songs and your favorite opera arias.

Thursday, May 29, 2014:  6:00 PM at Historic 1886 Crescent Hotel, 75 Prospect Avenue, Eureka Springs, AR

Wednesday, July 16, 2014: 5:15 PM at Historic 1886 Crescent Hotel, 75 Prospect Avenue, Eureka Springs, AR

Tickets are $55 each. To purchase tickets or for more information about Opera in the Ozarks call (479) 253-8595 or  buy tickets online.

Memorial Day Activities Announced for Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area

Memorial Day Weekend is time for family activities at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area.  Bring a picnic lunch to the park, and enjoy the outdoors and the freshness of a new spring.

Saturday May 24th

  • Seven different hiking trails from 3/10 mi. to 9 mi.
  • 24 miles of biking/horse trails
  • Ozark Plateau Trail scavenger hunt any time of the day
  • 10:00 AM  “Exploring the Hobbs visitor center”
  • 10:30 AM.  Mother Nature Reads
  • 2:00 PM   Box Turtle

Dutch oven Workshop   10 AM – 2 PM

Ever wondered how those people cook in a Dutch oven?  After this four-hour workshop people will be asking you how to cook in a Dutch oven.  We will learn the basics of food prep and cooking in our state cooking vessel.  After we cook and enjoy our three-course meal, all the secrets of this great past time will be revealed to you.

Cost:  $40 includes workshop, lunch & Dutch oven 101 cookbook       OR

$105 includes workshop, lunch, a Lodge 6 qt. Dutch oven and a Dutch oven 101 cookbook.  Workshop is limited to the first 15.  Registration and pre-payment required.  Call 470-789-5000 for more information and to register.


Sunday May 25

  • Seven different hiking trails from 3/10 mi. to 9 mi.
  • 24 miles of biking/horse trails
  • Ozark Plateau Trail scavenger hunt any time of the day
  • 10 AM   Guided Ozark Plateau trail hike – 3/10 mi.
  • 10 AM – 1 PM   Wildflower Identification
  • Noon – 1 PM   “Make and Take Flower Crowns”
  • Noon – 3 PM   5th Anniversary and party celebrating the Park’s 5th birthday – free cake and refreshments
  • 1 PM – 4 PM   “Mammal Skulls”
  • 2 PM    Guided Historic Van Winkle Trail hike – ½ mi.
  • 3 PM    Nature Detective

For more information on these and other future activities and events at Hobbs State Park, go to or call 479-789-5000.

Artosphere in Northwest Arkansas

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The Chapel Music Series returns!

Back by popular demand, this series will once again feature wonderful live music performed in the most beautiful and intimate settings throughout the region.

Tickets are just $10!

Shannon Wurst Tuesday, May 20, 6:30pm Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs Wurst’s voice — one that wraps around you like sweet, slow molasses — has firmly established her at the intersection of everyman folk and Americana!


Cry You One

A Project of ArtSpot Productions & Mondo Bizarro Thursday, May 29, 6:30pm Mildred B. Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista This musical amalgam features Cajun fiddle tunes, call-and-responses and dream-like vocal pieces that intersect for a set of exhilarating and enchanting music.

Artosphere 2014 is here! Walton Arts Center proudly presents the fifth annual Artosphere Festival featuring kids and family events, movement, visual arts and music performed throughout May and June all over the region. The mission of the Artosphere Festival is to celebrate artists, influenced by nature, who inspire us to live more sustainable lives.


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Cinderella Strikes Again!

BENTONVILLE, AR  –  Trike Theatre brings to the stage a surprising version of the classic tale of Cinderella. Using mass communication, the playwright Eric Coble, satisfies our need for information, while blending charm and humor into this classic fairy tale. The story is told through interviews by two rival investigative television reporters, Deb Jabber and Sonny Glamour, competing for the scoop of finding out the identity of the woman behind the glass slipper. Interviews include a fairy godmother in desperate need of a day-planner, mice in the witness protection program, a Shoemaker with a secret, Pinocchio and his cricket, Jack and his cow, as well as other fairy-tale celebrities. The audience gets into the act as they help the main characters to solve the mystery. So grab your imagination and your family members and come watch this hilarious fairy tale, Cinderella Confidential.

The show’s director Julie Gabel shares, “I’m so pleased that families will have the opportunity to experience this version of the classic tale of Cinderella. While working on this Theater for Youth production with these four amazing professional actors, I found myself falling in love with the story all over again. I also found myself laughing, really laughing each time I watched it. It’s so great to belly laugh … truly … that feels good!”

Trike Theatre’s “Theatre for Youth” production of Cinderella Confidential is fun, family-friendly and springs to life on May 10th at NWACC’s White Auditorium and runs until May 11th. Tickets are available on Trike’s website: Adults: $12; Students and Seniors: $10. Come enjoy this familiar story … with a twist!  For more information,

But that’s not all… Trike Theatre Academy offers an array of summer camps for ages 4 years through high school aged students. Registration is available now! Details can be found on our website:


Cinderella Confidential

by Eric Coble

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

SUMMARY: Cinderella Confidential, by Eric Coble is an offbeat rendition of the classic tale of Cinderella. In this version of the story, two investigative reporters compete for the scoop of the century by interviewing story book characters who have information that may help to solve the mystery … the true identity of the owner of the lone glass slipper. Please join us as this hilarious fairy tale unfolds.


NWACC White Auditorium – Burns Hall; 1 College Drive, Bentonville, AR


May 10th – 10am, 2pm and 6:30pm May 11th – 2pm


Call Trike Theatre 479-464-5084 or go online:

Adults: $12; Students and Seniors: $10

For a list of cast members and production staff, please email