Ahead on Ozarks at Large, Michael Tilley from The City Wire discusses building permit numbers for northwest Arkansas, Inspire Theatre prepares for its debut performances this weekend, and music from Vintage Pistol; the Fayetteville-based band will perform next weekend at Wakarusa, but they also recently performed in our studio.
The first special session of Governor Asa Hutchinson's time in office has come to a close. Jacob Kauffman from our content partner KUAR in Little Rock has a recap of what bills legislators passed this week.
Inspire Theatre, a new, professional musical theatre company, will peform its debut show this weekend. Performances of "Song: A Celebration of Women in Musical Theatre" are scheduled for 8 p.m. May 29-30 at Grace Point Church in Bentonville.
The annual food drive had an initial goal of 5,000 pounds of food, but organizers say because of generous support from event sponsors and from the community, more than 40,000 northwest Arkansas resident's won't have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. Meanwhile, drainage improvements could close a portion of Highway 264 in Bethel Heights this weekend, and the Drennen-Scott Historic Site in Van Buren gets a grant to help restore a neighboring historic working-class home.
The Little Craft Show is hosting its first springtime event Saturday at Shiloh Square. Becca says there are plenty of other entertainment options this weekend including performances of "Three Billy Goats Gruff" by Trike Theatre, the debut of Inspire Theatre, and Mudtown Days in Lowell.
The Fayetteville-based band Vintage Pistol earned a spot at this year's Wakarusa Music Festival by winning a contest earlier this winter. Their performance Thursday night will be the first appearance at the festival for the band.
Clara Schumann's piano trio in G minor, op. 17, is the only four movement work she ever composed. Although she herself dismissed the piece as "effeminate and sentimental," the piece had a fan in Mendelssohn. Hear it in a recording from the Castle Trio on Friday's program.
On today's edition of Ozarks at Large, a look at what new requirements for computer science courses mean for Arkansas' high schools, plus a visit to Artex Ranch. The tree farm is a wildlife haven, water quality savior, and hunter's paradise.
Earlier this year, Governor Asa Hutchinson signed into law a measure requiring all public high schools and charter schools to offer at least one computer science course. University of Arkansas professor John Gauch was among several educators and industry leaders who helped design the course requirements.