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Episode 252: Exploring the Artistic Vision of Northwest Arkansas with Shannon Jones, Theater Squared’s Trailblazing Executive Director

Meet Shannon Jones, the dynamic new executive director of Theater Squared. Armed with a BFA in stage management from the University of Central Florida, Shannon has extensive experience in the arts. Her journey to Northwest Arkansas, initially hesitant, was persuaded by Theater Squared’ artistic director, Bob Ford. Since her arrival in 2014, Shannon has significantly influenced the local arts community, managing over 350 performances annually and leading the Schools Tour program. Her commitment to the arts and community engagement highlights her role as a transformative figure in Northwest Arkansas’s cultural landscape.”

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Episode 251: Discover Culinary Passion: Join Maudie Schmitt’s Journey from New Orleans Roots to NWA Restaurant Success

Raised above her parents’ restaurant in New Orleans, Maudie Schmitt grew up enveloped by the vibrant culinary culture, which sparked her lifelong passion for cooking. Despite a career in education, she nurtured this passion through catering, leading to the opening of Cafe Rue Orleans in Northwest Arkansas. Today, it stands as a testament to her dedication to authentic cuisine and the enduring love of food.

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Bonus Episode: Join Us for The Northwest Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Council Weekend 2024

In this episode, we delve into the essential nature of the NWA Martin Luther King Jr. Council and their weekend of celebrations around the birthday of Dr. King here in Northwest Arkansas. Showcasing a range of culturally engaging activities, these events aim to unite the community and honor Dr. King’s message.

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Episode 247: Exploring the Magic of Independent Bookstores in Northwest Arkansas: A Conversation with Daniel and Leah Jordan of Pearl’s Books

Daniel and Leah Jordan of Pearl’s Books join Randy Wilburn to discuss their journey in the independent bookstore world. Opening in February 2021, Pearl’s Books has become a local favorite, innovating to stay connected with the community despite the prevalence of online giants like Amazon. They host pop-up events, support local authors, and foster book clubs, proving the relevance of brick-and-mortar bookstores in the digital era. Pearl’s Books is a testament to the enduring charm and importance of physical bookshops in fostering a love for literature.

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