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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.

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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.

The public affairs channel C-SPAN is spending almost a week in Fayetteville and northwest Arkansas.

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a pioneering gospel singer and guitar player from Arkansas, will be among the 2018 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She was born in the Woodruff County town of Cotton Plant in 1915 and achieved fame in the 1930s.  Tharpe was among six acts announced Wednesday for next year's induction ceremony and will be honored in the category Early Influences. 

Stephen Koch, host of the weekly feature Arkansongs, says given her influence, it’s an honor long overdue. He spoke with KUAR during All Things Considered.

Barn exterior at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott
Arkansas State University

PIGGOTT — The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center (HPMEC) has announced dates for its upcoming Riviera Reading Retreat, April 13-14, 2018, at 1021 W. Cherry Street, Piggott. 

Upon registration, participants will receive copies of three novels to read at their convenience.  The titles include Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night and Liza Klaussmann’s Villa America

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JONESBORO – Arkansas’s oldest public broadcasting station, KASU Radio 91.9 FM of Arkansas State University, will present “Jazz for the Holidays”, Saturday Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m., in downtown Pocahontas, at The Rendezvous Event Center, 106 West Everett Street.

Featured musicians will perform traditional holiday songs with jazzed-up arrangements and improvisational jam sections to create a festive atmosphere for all. Admission price at the door is a $10 suggested donation and $5 for students.  The concert has underwriting support from River Bank of Pocahontas and Corning.

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Multiple musicians with connections to Arkansas received 2018 Grammy Award nominations on Tuesday. 

The country music group Little Big Town includes Phillip Sweet who was raised in Cherokee Village in Northeast Arkansas.  That group was nominated for the Best Country Duo/Group Performance Grammy for the song “Better Man.”  That song, which was written by Taylor Swift, was also nominated for Best Country Song.  Little Big Town was also nominated for the Best Country Album Grammy for their CD The Breaker.

Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home in Dyess
Arkansas State University

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The boyhood home of country music icon Johnny Cash is being considered as a nominee for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program's review board is to meet Wednesday to consider 14 properties for nomination to the list of the nation's historic places.

Elizabeth Eckford only had one concern before her first day of school. She wanted to make sure her white dress was finished so she could wear it. The next morning she was wearing the dress as her father paced back and forth in the hallway. She took a city bus to Little Rock Central High School. It was Sept. 4, 1957.

Work is progressing ahead of a ceremonial groundbreaking on Nov. 9 for a National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC commemorating the service of Americans in the military. The memorial likely won’t be completed as initially hoped in time for 100th anniversary of the end of the war, but substantial work should be visible by then.

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Art and culture have always been a way of life in eastern Arkansas and now at least one organization thinks both can become economic drivers in the region.

A Communications degree student due to graduate this week from Arkansas State University finished off her college journalism career with an interview with Hollywood actor and director Stephen Baldwin filmed at the university's television studio.

“I’m a little nervous,” Destiny Quinn admitted as she paced around, anxiously checking her phone every few minutes for a text from Baldwin, who was running late but had promised her an interview about politics, his acting career and life in general.

Bobby Ampezzan, Arkansas Public Media

A new book that details the history of the Rock Island Railroad in Arkansas has been released.   Learn the importance of this railroad to Arkansas and what happened to the Rock Island Railroad in the state.  KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves interviewed KUAR's News Director and author of the book Rock Island Railroad in Arkansas, Michael Hibblen.  Listen to the interview here.  

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