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May 11, 2022

Travel & Art

XNA Art Takeover Begins Today

NWA Daily (Mural at 8th Street Market)

Installation for a brand new mural covering two entire side-by-side service buildings (including the rooftops) along Regional Avenue leading to the Airport starts today, and it is only the beginning of an “XNA takeover.” 

  • In and out: OZ Art Northwest Arkansas and Justkids in a partnership with the Northwest Arkansas National Airport have commissioned a French artist to create a massive scale installation, visible from the air, and an interior installation to match and allow travelers to get a close-up of the artist’s work. 
  • In the name: The exterior art installation will be called “Ice and Slice” as a nod to the classic British air hostess line, “Would you like ice and slice of lemon in your drink?” It will be revealed in its completion at the end of June. 

Stay updated with OZ Art HERE

Music & Entertainment

Arkansas Brew Fest Returns May 15

NWA Daily

Music festivals are happening left and right, and we couldn’t be more excited! The Arkansas Brewgrass Fest will be back for its 5th year on May 15, and it promises a day of good music, good drinks, and good times on the Fayetteville Town Square. 

  • Line-up: A new band from Eureka Springs called Front Porch will be kicking off the festival, then Fayetteville darling Jess Harp will perform before the headliner, Rachel Ammons and her No Man Band. 
  • More than music: There will be brews from local brewery Fossil Cove, CBD cocktails from Buffalo Brothers, free bingo, kids' activities, local arts & craft vendors, and food trucks to enjoy. Admission is $10 and everyone 17 years old and younger will get in free. 

Learn more HERE

Events

Heartland Summit Presents Two Public Events

The Momentary

The Heartland Summit kicks off tomorrow with two community events open to the public, while others are invitation-only. 

  • Events: On May 11, there will be a screening of the HBO documentary “Our Towns,” and a discussion afterward, at The Momentary. The event is free with advanced registration. The following day, May 12, two-time Grammy award-winning string band Old Crow Medicine will perform for the public as part of the Momentary’s Live on the Green Concert Series. Tickets start at $20.
  • Problem-solving: The convening at the Heartland Summit in Bentonville is all about having a conversation with today’s leading thinkers, innovators, policymakers, and investors to create powerful networks that will forge paths of progress and turn great ideas into action. 

Learn more about Heartland Summit HERE

Arts & Culture

Fiddler On The Roof Ends 2021/22 WAC Broadway Season

Walton Arts Center

The 2021/22 Broadway season at the Walton Arts Center is coming to a close, but not without a grand finale. 

  • Showings: Fiddler on the Roof begins tonight as the last show of the season, and it will run through Sunday, May 15. The best seating availability is on Thursday, May 12 at 1:30p, though tickets for all shows are still available.
  • Shows old and new: The team behind South Pacific, The King and I, and Oslo are bringing a “fresh and authentic vision” to a “gorgeous new production” of Fiddler on the Roof this season. The 2022/23 P&G Broadway Series will begin August 9 with My Fair Lady. 

Listen to cast member Not Luz Barenblat talk about the Fiddler on the Roof tour HERE

Food & Drink

Springdale Cidery Wins Awards In International Competition

NWA Daily

The winners of the 4th Annual New York International Cider Competition were recently announced, and a Northwest Arkansas Cidery won three awards. 

  • Awards: With over 300 entries from three different countries, Springdale’s Black Apple Hard Cider won a silver medal, bronze medal, and Arkansas Cider Producer of the Year. 
  • Winning drinks: There were 10 categories. The Black Apple Hard Cider Honey won silver in the Ice Cider category. The Black Apple Hard Cider Wild Berry won bronze in the Fruit Cider category. 

Learn more about the competition HERE

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