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The Producers poster.
The Foundation of Arts

The Foundation of Arts opens Mel Brooks' The Producers this Saturday at the Forum Theater in Jonesboro.  Ann Kenda with Arkansas Public Media went behind the scenes to meet the actors as they prepare for this colorful, and sometimes controversial, musical theater favorite. 

Alison Krauss
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – The 2018 Johnny Cash Heritage Festival is pleased to announce a special featured presentation with performances by Grammy record-holder Alison Krauss, award-winning singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson, Grammy-winning producer/performer John Carter Cash, and pop/soul/country artist Ana Cristina Cash, with more to come. 

Johnny Cash boyhood home
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – The Johnny Cash Boyhood Home, an Arkansas State University Heritage Site, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the nation’s official list of historically significant properties.

Tito Deler
Alexander Thompson

JONESBORO – KASU and the Department of English, Philosophy and World Languages at Arkansas State University, together with the West End Neighborhood Association, will present the Arkansas Roots Music Festival Saturday, April 14.

The festival will begin at 12 noon at Jonesboro’s City, Water, and Light Park at 1123 S. Culberhouse St.  In case of rain, the festival will move to A-State’s Humanities and Social Science Building, Auditorium 1028. 

Bill Clinton was known as the rock ‘n’ roll president – the first from a generation that grew up on the music to reach the highest office in the nation. Sunday, he spoke at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock at the opening of a temporary exhibit that looks at the impact rock music has had over the years on politics and social movements.

JONESBORO – Arkansas State University’s Fowler Center will present Steep Canyon Rangers Friday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. as the next installment in the 2017-18 series.

The Steep Canyon Rangers' newest album "Out in the Open" made its debut hitting #1 on Billboard's Bluegrass Album Chart.   With "Out in the Open," Steep Canyon Rangers affirm their place as one of the most versatile and idiosyncratic bands in all of contemporary American music.

Student actors and crew from Arkansas State University are moving into bold new territory with an ambitious staging of "In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play" by Sarah Ruhl.  Ann Kenda with Arkansas Public Media takes us behind the scenes to a tech rehearsal.

"In the Next Room" opens on Friday, February 16 at 7:30pm at AState's Simpson Theater.

The city of Walnut Ridge is the only city in Arkansas where the Beatles ever set foot during their touring days as a band, and seven years ago Mayor Charles Snapp and a group of civic leaders wanted to commemorate the event with a festival. This year, it struck gold.

Zach Williams
Wikipedia

Two Arkansas musicians took home Grammys Sunday night at the 60th annual ceremony in New York City. 

Zach Williams said on his Facebook page that he was “blown away” after winning Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for “Chain Breaker.”

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) - A city in northwest Arkansas is looking to potentially repair the former home of Sen. J. William Fulbright.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Springdale's City Council took a look Tuesday at a historical preservation firm's proposed $600,000 renovation for the Rabbit Foot Lodge. The lodge was home to Fulbright and his family from 1934 to 1946.

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