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Cox Concert Series

April through October; Walmart AMP, Rogers

The Walmart AMP has announced a number of big-name concerts for 2022 including Tim McGraw on April 29, Backstreet Boys on June 17, Cody Johnson on June 25, OneRepublic on Aug. 9 and the Goo Goo Dolls on Sept. 28.  To kick off the season, the Cox Concert Series is offering a truly unique concert experience! Black Panther in Concert on April 15 will give attendees the chance to watch the complete Black Panther film with the musical score performed live by members of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. Schedules and tickets are available at the AMP’s website.

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Fayetteville Roots

March – August; Various locations across Fayetteville

Early-bird tickets are currently on sale for the 12th annual Fayetteville Roots Festival taking place Aug. 25-27! From now until then, Fayetteville Roots has a slew of live music concerts and jam sessions in store for the NW Arkansas community. The Roots HQ concert series will feature Fire in Little Africa, a multimedia hip-hop project commemorating the 1921 massacre of Tulsa’s Greenwood neighborhood known as ‘Black Wall Street’, on March 10, John Smith from Ireland on May 17, and Black Opry Revue featuring Lauren Napier & Joy Clark on June 18 and 19 among many others.

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Soul Nite and Arkansas Black Music Expo

March – April; Various locations across the region

Music Moves presents Soul Nite, a monthly concert series featuring live music and the arts with a rocking afterparty! Live music and the House DJ will keep you on your feet all night long. This month, join Music Moves at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville for Soul Nite on March 19 for a sizzling evening of R&B and Soul music featuring artist Dee Dee Jones!

On April 15-16, Music Moves is set to present the Arkansas Black Music Expo, a two day event celebrating Black/African American culture in Springdale at The Jones Center for Families. The Arkansas Black Music Expo will feature musical performances by Grammy nominees Carl Thomas and Kirk Whalum, with additional regional artists scheduled throughout the event.

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NWA Sessions

March – May; Various locations across the region

Austin, Texas-based music non-profit, Black Fret recently announced its launch of a new Spring concert series in Northwest Arkansas. Black Fret along with The House of Songs will produce a twelve-show concert series at different venues throughout the region. On the first and second weekends of March, April and May bands will be performing together at six free public and six private events held across the region. Each show will feature a Black Fret grant recipient band from Austin or Seattle playing alongside a NWA-based act. The lineup includes artists like Graham Wilkinson, Sydney Wright, Kalu James, Shaina Shepherd, Tony Kamel, Blk Odyssy, Pat Byrne, Beat Root Revival, Western Youth and more. Featured NWA artists include Auralai, Bonnie Montegomery, BAANG, Jasper Logan, Meadow Makers, Willi Carlisle and Dylan Earl.

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Freshgrass | Bentonville

May 20-21; The Momentary

Spanning two days and multiple stages across the Momentary, FreshGrass | Bentonville is an all-ages festival celebrating today’s bluegrass and progressive roots music. Knockout performances will be accompanied by fun family-friendly activities, great local food and drink, homegrown retail vendors, artist merchandise, and more.

The festival will feature Emmylou Harris & The Red Dirt Boys, Margo Price, Sam Bush, The Jerry Douglas Band, Amythyst Kiah, Balsam Range, Bombino, Alison Brown, Red Baraat, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Willi Carlisle, FreshScores: Live Music with Film, The House of Songs, The Black Legacy Project, and more than 15 bands in all!

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Live at Turnbow

April – October; Turnbow Park, Downtown Springdale

The Downtown Springdale Alliance announced its LIVE! at Turnbow season, a live music program featuring musicians from across Northwest Arkansas. The free outdoor concerts take place at Turnbow Park where the community can listen to live, outdoor music while they enjoy a bite to eat or drink in the Downtown Outdoor Dining District. The community can expect to hear a variety of musicians and bands including exciting collaborations with local non-profit music organizations The House of Songs and City Sessions.

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Earth Day Festival

Sunday, April 24; Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Join the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks as they celebrate 52 years of Earth Day with their own Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 24, from 1 to 5 pm. This outdoor event includes family-friendly activities, crafts, music, games and giveaways. Visit booths featuring various community partners and explore six cultivated acres of garden beauty! In addition, the City of Fayetteville will be giving away free saplings and Greedy Goats NWA will have live goats for guests to pet and feed. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the Garden, but please pack in and pack out.

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Bentonville Soup 

Thursday, April 21; Park Springs Park, Bentonville

Bentonville SOUP is a micro-granting dinner celebrating and supporting creative projects in and around Bentonville. For a $10 donation, attendees receive a plate of food, a drink, and a vote. Food is supplied by area businesses and attendees alike in a collaborative, potluck style. A suggested donation of $10 gets you a vote and a plate to share in the potluck dinner provided by all attendees.

At each SOUP dinner there are four presentations on projects that benefit Bentonville. Projects can be focused on a range of topics, such as art, urban agriculture, social justice, peacemaking, education, and technology.

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NWA Gives 2022

Thursday, April 7; Virtual

You’re invited to an epic 12 hours of giving on Thursday, April 7 from 8am to 8pm for NWA Giving Day! By joining this campaign you can strengthen your favorite local charitable organizations and build community throughout the region.

In the five years since NWA Gives was created, 300 local nonprofit organizations have raised close to $4.5 million to support their vital community services. Northwest Arkansas has hundreds of nonprofits that aim to improve the lives of its residents. These organizations range from multimillion-dollar professionally run institutions to small 100% volunteer-run charities that aim to improve local problems. No matter how they are run or who they serve, nonprofits can only thrive if they raise funds to support their work. A large portion of these funds come from the general public. Without this revenue stream, local nonprofits can’t accomplish their missions. From homeless shelters to community literacy initiatives, nonprofits in NWA contribute to making our region stronger!

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2022 NWA Pride Weekend

Saturday, June 18; Fayetteville

The 19th Annual Northwest Arkansas Pride Weekend, the largest LGBTQ Pride celebration in Arkansas, will be held one week earlier than usual on Saturday, June 18 in Fayetteville. After the parade, shimmer into Saturday night with Northwest Arkansas Pride’s most fabulous event, Glitterville!

Staged at Fayetteville’s most legendary establishment, George’s Majestic Lounge, Conway superstar and winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13, Symone, and Fayetteville’s Maddy Morphosis of Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 14 headline the official party of NWA Pride with internationally known circuit DJ Joe Pacheco. Glitterville’s local lineup features Arkansas entertainers DJ Tyler Moore, Taylor Madison Monroe, Jazmyn Turrelle, and Miss Gay Arkansas America Athena Sinclair.

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Joe Martin Stage Race

May 19-22; Fayetteville and surrounding areas

The Joe Martin Stage Race is a 4-day, 4-stage professional men and women’s cycling race along with a 2-day, 3-stage amateur stage race held in the spring each year in Fayetteville. 2022 will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the amateur races; 20th anniversary on the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour (PRT) and 8th year to be on the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Americas Tour calendar.

Over 750 athletes and teams from 27 countries and all 50 states will be attending the race. Check the stage race website for schedules and more.

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2022 Minority Mountain Bikers Week

Wednesday, March 30 – Sunday, April 3; Bentonville

Riders from all over the country will meet in Bentonville for the second annual Minority Mountain Bikers – Bike Week. Bentonville has become a must-ride spot for mountain biking after millions of dollars have been invested to improve the trails and infrastructure in and around the town. Riders can look forward to having 4 days of amazing rides, including guides, shuttles and lessons (both riding and bike maintenance).

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Square 2 Square

Saturday, May 7; Razorback Greenway

Registration is now open for the 2022 Square to Square bike rides. The upcoming spring event features a 30-mile trip that travels from Fayetteville to Bentonville on the Razorback Greenway. The in-person spring ride will take place on Saturday, May 7. A virtual ride option of 15 or 30 miles will be offered in May, which is National Bike Month.

Participants must register in advance and will receive a goody bag with a synthetic t-shirt and a finisher medal. Adults (ages 14+) can register for $35, while youth (ages 13 and under) can register for $20. A family of 3-5 household members can register for $85.

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Bentonville Bike Fest

Friday, June 17 – Sunday, June 19; Bentonville

The 2022 Bentonville Bike Fest, presented by Mobil 1, will take place June 17-19 at the Mama Bear pump track next to 8th Street Market in Bentonville. According to a press release, this year’s festival features an expanded roster of exhibitors, where attendees can test some of the newest bikes on the market and buy cycling gear. All entertainment and access to the venue is free.

Bentonville Bike Fest has become an annual celebration of cycling culture, welcoming cyclists, bike fans and families of all disciplines, ages, skill levels and abilities.

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In Some Form or Fashion

Now – March 27; The Momentary in Bentonville

Six contemporary artists transform the galleries with mixed-media artworks exploring the cultural implications of fashion. Together, they invite us to consider how the garments we purchase, wear, and dispose of shape our identities.

Embracing the unique architecture of the Momentary, the mixed-media installations will be on view throughout the building, creating a diverse and engaging exploration of the intersection of art and fashion while examining the role of consumer culture in our society.

In Some Form or Fashion is organized by the Momentary and curated by Kaitlin Garcia-Maestas, associate curator, with Taylor Jasper, curatorial assistant.

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Art in Fashion

Now – March 31; Fayetteville Public Library

Water media artist Cheryl Kellar sees the world around her through the magical lens of fashion. “Art in Fashion” is an exploration of fashion in the daily lives of New Yorkers and Northwest Arkansans alike. Kellar was curious as to whether there would be a noticeable difference in this personal expression between New York, the recognized fashion capital of the United States, and that in Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas. Clearly, art is always in fashion. Geographic influences exist, but it is obvious fashionistas are everywhere!

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Fashioning America: Grit to Glamour

Sept. 10, 2022 – Jan. 30 2023; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville

Fashioning America: Grit to Glamour is Crystal Bridges’ first exhibition dedicated to fashion and the first to present American fashion as a powerful emblem of global visual culture, amplified by movies, television, red carpets, and social media.

The exhibition emphasizes the work of designers who immigrated to America, Native American and Black designers, as well as iconic fashion brands and their impact on visual culture in every decade. This sweeping presentation conveys how American fashion and its contributions reflect the American spirit of ingenuity on the national and world stages.

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Walton Arts Center 2022-2023 Season

August 2022 – May 2023; Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville

Walton Arts Center announced the 2022-23 Procter & Gamble Broadway Series, featuring six must-see shows: My Fair Lady, Pretty Woman: The Musical, Chicago, Tootsie, Moulin Rouge! The Musical and Hadestown. The six-show slate features the most combined Tony victories of any season in the venue’s history!

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Theatresquared Season 17

August 2022 – July 2023; Theatresquared in Fayetteville

TheatreSquared unveiled a new seven-play season full of laughter, music, and exciting world premieres:

  • “It Came From Outer Space!” – a brand-new musical comedy adapted from the cult favorite ’50s sci-fi film
  • “Detroit ’67” – a play by MacArthur Genius Fellow Dominique Morisseau and winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama
  • “Stones in His Pockets” – winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy
  • “A Christmas Carol” – a Northwest Arkansas holiday tradition
  • “Poor Yella Rednecks” – a play by Arkansas-born author and Oscar nominee Qui Nguyen
  • “Sanctuary City” – selected by the New York Times as Best Theatre of 2021, Critics Pick
  • “Chicken & Biscuits” – fresh from its 2021 Broadway debut
  • “Violet” – a New York Times Critics’ Pick
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Cox Concert Series

April through October; Walmart AMP, Rogers

The Walmart AMP has announced a number of big-name concerts for 2022 including Tim McGraw on April 29, Backstreet Boys on June 17, Cody Johnson on June 25, OneRepublic on Aug. 9 and the Goo Goo Dolls on Sept. 28.  To kick off the season, the Cox Concert Series is offering a truly unique concert experience! Black Panther in Concert on April 15 will give attendees the chance to watch the complete Black Panther film with the musical score performed live by members of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. Schedules and tickets are available at the AMP’s website.

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Fayetteville Roots

March – August; Various locations across Fayetteville

Early-bird tickets are currently on sale for the 12th annual Fayetteville Roots Festival taking place Aug. 25-27! From now until then, Fayetteville Roots has a slew of live music concerts and jam sessions in store for the NW Arkansas community. The Roots HQ concert series will feature Fire in Little Africa, a multimedia hip-hop project commemorating the 1921 massacre of Tulsa’s Greenwood neighborhood known as ‘Black Wall Street’, on March 10, John Smith from Ireland on May 17, and Black Opry Revue featuring Lauren Napier & Joy Clark on June 18 and 19 among many others.

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Soul Nite and Arkansas Black Music Expo

March – April; Various locations across the region

Music Moves presents Soul Nite, a monthly concert series featuring live music and the arts with a rocking afterparty! Live music and the House DJ will keep you on your feet all night long. This month, join Music Moves at the Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville for Soul Nite on March 19 for a sizzling evening of R&B and Soul music featuring artist Dee Dee Jones!

On April 15-16, Music Moves is set to present the Arkansas Black Music Expo, a two day event celebrating Black/African American culture in Springdale at The Jones Center for Families. The Arkansas Black Music Expo will feature musical performances by Grammy nominees Carl Thomas and Kirk Whalum, with additional regional artists scheduled throughout the event.

SHOW ME

NWA Sessions

March – May; Various locations across the region

Austin, Texas-based music non-profit, Black Fret recently announced its launch of a new Spring concert series in Northwest Arkansas. Black Fret along with The House of Songs will produce a twelve-show concert series at different venues throughout the region. On the first and second weekends of March, April and May bands will be performing together at six free public and six private events held across the region. Each show will feature a Black Fret grant recipient band from Austin or Seattle playing alongside a NWA-based act. The lineup includes artists like Graham Wilkinson, Sydney Wright, Kalu James, Shaina Shepherd, Tony Kamel, Blk Odyssy, Pat Byrne, Beat Root Revival, Western Youth and more. Featured NWA artists include Auralai, Bonnie Montegomery, BAANG, Jasper Logan, Meadow Makers, Willi Carlisle and Dylan Earl.

SHOW ME

Freshgrass | Bentonville

May 20-21; The Momentary

Spanning two days and multiple stages across the Momentary, FreshGrass | Bentonville is an all-ages festival celebrating today’s bluegrass and progressive roots music. Knockout performances will be accompanied by fun family-friendly activities, great local food and drink, homegrown retail vendors, artist merchandise, and more.

The festival will feature Emmylou Harris & The Red Dirt Boys, Margo Price, Sam Bush, The Jerry Douglas Band, Amythyst Kiah, Balsam Range, Bombino, Alison Brown, Red Baraat, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Willi Carlisle, FreshScores: Live Music with Film, The House of Songs, The Black Legacy Project, and more than 15 bands in all!

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Live at Turnbow

April – October; Turnbow Park, Downtown Springdale

The Downtown Springdale Alliance announced its LIVE! at Turnbow season, a live music program featuring musicians from across Northwest Arkansas. The free outdoor concerts take place at Turnbow Park where the community can listen to live, outdoor music while they enjoy a bite to eat or drink in the Downtown Outdoor Dining District. The community can expect to hear a variety of musicians and bands including exciting collaborations with local non-profit music organizations The House of Songs and City Sessions.

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Earth Day Festival

Sunday, April 24; Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Join the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks as they celebrate 52 years of Earth Day with their own Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 24, from 1 to 5 pm. This outdoor event includes family-friendly activities, crafts, music, games and giveaways. Visit booths featuring various community partners and explore six cultivated acres of garden beauty! In addition, the City of Fayetteville will be giving away free saplings and Greedy Goats NWA will have live goats for guests to pet and feed. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the Garden, but please pack in and pack out.

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Bentonville Soup 

Thursday, April 21; Park Springs Park, Bentonville

Bentonville SOUP is a micro-granting dinner celebrating and supporting creative projects in and around Bentonville. For a $10 donation, attendees receive a plate of food, a drink, and a vote. Food is supplied by area businesses and attendees alike in a collaborative, potluck style. A suggested donation of $10 gets you a vote and a plate to share in the potluck dinner provided by all attendees.

At each SOUP dinner there are four presentations on projects that benefit Bentonville. Projects can be focused on a range of topics, such as art, urban agriculture, social justice, peacemaking, education, and technology.

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NWA Gives 2022

Thursday, April 7; Virtual

You’re invited to an epic 12 hours of giving on Thursday, April 7 from 8am to 8pm for NWA Giving Day! By joining this campaign you can strengthen your favorite local charitable organizations and build community throughout the region.

In the five years since NWA Gives was created, 300 local nonprofit organizations have raised close to $4.5 million to support their vital community services. Northwest Arkansas has hundreds of nonprofits that aim to improve the lives of its residents. These organizations range from multimillion-dollar professionally run institutions to small 100% volunteer-run charities that aim to improve local problems. No matter how they are run or who they serve, nonprofits can only thrive if they raise funds to support their work. A large portion of these funds come from the general public. Without this revenue stream, local nonprofits can’t accomplish their missions. From homeless shelters to community literacy initiatives, nonprofits in NWA contribute to making our region stronger!

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2022 NWA Pride Weekend

Saturday, June 18; Fayetteville

The 19th Annual Northwest Arkansas Pride Weekend, the largest LGBTQ Pride celebration in Arkansas, will be held one week earlier than usual on Saturday, June 18 in Fayetteville. After the parade, shimmer into Saturday night with Northwest Arkansas Pride’s most fabulous event, Glitterville!

Staged at Fayetteville’s most legendary establishment, George’s Majestic Lounge, Conway superstar and winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13, Symone, and Fayetteville’s Maddy Morphosis of Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 14 headline the official party of NWA Pride with internationally known circuit DJ Joe Pacheco. Glitterville’s local lineup features Arkansas entertainers DJ Tyler Moore, Taylor Madison Monroe, Jazmyn Turrelle, and Miss Gay Arkansas America Athena Sinclair.

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Joe Martin Stage Race

May 19-22; Fayetteville and surrounding areas

The Joe Martin Stage Race is a 4-day, 4-stage professional men and women’s cycling race along with a 2-day, 3-stage amateur stage race held in the spring each year in Fayetteville. 2022 will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the amateur races; 20th anniversary on the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour (PRT) and 8th year to be on the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Americas Tour calendar.

Over 750 athletes and teams from 27 countries and all 50 states will be attending the race. Check the stage race website for schedules and more.

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2022 Minority Mountain Bikers Week

Wednesday, March 30 – Sunday, April 3; Bentonville

Riders from all over the country will meet in Bentonville for the second annual Minority Mountain Bikers – Bike Week. Bentonville has become a must-ride spot for mountain biking after millions of dollars have been invested to improve the trails and infrastructure in and around the town. Riders can look forward to having 4 days of amazing rides, including guides, shuttles and lessons (both riding and bike maintenance).

SHOW ME

Square 2 Square

Saturday, May 7; Razorback Greenway

Registration is now open for the 2022 Square to Square bike rides. The upcoming spring event features a 30-mile trip that travels from Fayetteville to Bentonville on the Razorback Greenway. The in-person spring ride will take place on Saturday, May 7. A virtual ride option of 15 or 30 miles will be offered in May, which is National Bike Month.

Participants must register in advance and will receive a goody bag with a synthetic t-shirt and a finisher medal. Adults (ages 14+) can register for $35, while youth (ages 13 and under) can register for $20. A family of 3-5 household members can register for $85.

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Bentonville Bike Fest

Friday, June 17 – Sunday, June 19; Bentonville

The 2022 Bentonville Bike Fest, presented by Mobil 1, will take place June 17-19 at the Mama Bear pump track next to 8th Street Market in Bentonville. According to a press release, this year’s festival features an expanded roster of exhibitors, where attendees can test some of the newest bikes on the market and buy cycling gear. All entertainment and access to the venue is free.

Bentonville Bike Fest has become an annual celebration of cycling culture, welcoming cyclists, bike fans and families of all disciplines, ages, skill levels and abilities.

SHOW ME

In Some Form or Fashion

Now – March 27; The Momentary in Bentonville

Six contemporary artists transform the galleries with mixed-media artworks exploring the cultural implications of fashion. Together, they invite us to consider how the garments we purchase, wear, and dispose of shape our identities.

Embracing the unique architecture of the Momentary, the mixed-media installations will be on view throughout the building, creating a diverse and engaging exploration of the intersection of art and fashion while examining the role of consumer culture in our society.

In Some Form or Fashion is organized by the Momentary and curated by Kaitlin Garcia-Maestas, associate curator, with Taylor Jasper, curatorial assistant.

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Art in Fashion

Now – March 31; Fayetteville Public Library

Water media artist Cheryl Kellar sees the world around her through the magical lens of fashion. “Art in Fashion” is an exploration of fashion in the daily lives of New Yorkers and Northwest Arkansans alike. Kellar was curious as to whether there would be a noticeable difference in this personal expression between New York, the recognized fashion capital of the United States, and that in Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas. Clearly, art is always in fashion. Geographic influences exist, but it is obvious fashionistas are everywhere!

SHOW ME

Fashioning America: Grit to Glamour

Sept. 10, 2022 – Jan. 30 2023; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville

Fashioning America: Grit to Glamour is Crystal Bridges’ first exhibition dedicated to fashion and the first to present American fashion as a powerful emblem of global visual culture, amplified by movies, television, red carpets, and social media.

The exhibition emphasizes the work of designers who immigrated to America, Native American and Black designers, as well as iconic fashion brands and their impact on visual culture in every decade. This sweeping presentation conveys how American fashion and its contributions reflect the American spirit of ingenuity on the national and world stages.

SHOW ME

Walton Arts Center 2022-2023 Season

August 2022 – May 2023; Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville

Walton Arts Center announced the 2022-23 Procter & Gamble Broadway Series, featuring six must-see shows: My Fair Lady, Pretty Woman: The Musical, Chicago, Tootsie, Moulin Rouge! The Musical and Hadestown. The six-show slate features the most combined Tony victories of any season in the venue’s history!

SHOW ME

Theatresquared Season 17

August 2022 – July 2023; Theatresquared in Fayetteville

TheatreSquared unveiled a new seven-play season full of laughter, music, and exciting world premieres:

  • “It Came From Outer Space!” – a brand-new musical comedy adapted from the cult favorite ’50s sci-fi film
  • “Detroit ’67” – a play by MacArthur Genius Fellow Dominique Morisseau and winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama
  • “Stones in His Pockets” – winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy
  • “A Christmas Carol” – a Northwest Arkansas holiday tradition
  • “Poor Yella Rednecks” – a play by Arkansas-born author and Oscar nominee Qui Nguyen
  • “Sanctuary City” – selected by the New York Times as Best Theatre of 2021, Critics Pick
  • “Chicken & Biscuits” – fresh from its 2021 Broadway debut
  • “Violet” – a New York Times Critics’ Pick
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