Jumping Flea

Jake Shimabukuro is going to be cold. Really cold. Reluctantly leaving behind wife and young son, the Hawaii native is traveling to Northwest Arkansas for the first time this week, and he may be realizing he should have packed more than T-shirts. "Anything under 70 degrees for me is cold," says the 38-year-old ukulele player … Continue reading Jumping Flea

That’s Just Nuts

Sometimes you feel like a nut. And right now, you should. Today is National Nut Day. No, it's not a celebration of coworkers or far-away family members but rather a celebration of the nutty goodness that makes up our favorite spreads and butters and childhood sandwiches. But they're not just tasty. Nuts, like peanuts, almonds … Continue reading That’s Just Nuts

Altitude Attitude

She described the moose as a "presence." She was approaching the saddle of San Luis, a 14,000-foot peak in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. She was about 10 miles north of Creede and thoroughly enjoying the rare wilderness of this high trail. She was walking quietly, which was not uncommon. Being on the trails … Continue reading Altitude Attitude

Dog Day Night

This ain't Star Wars, and he's no Boba Fett. But Duane Chapman, aka Dog the Bounty Hunter, is known for his determined and successful tracking of some of the country's most notorious criminals. He rose to fame (or infamy, as some would describe it), in 2003 with the capture of Andrew Luster in Mexico and … Continue reading Dog Day Night

Squirrel Food

A group of squirrels is called a dray or scurry, but in Northwest Arkansas this weekend, it'll be called "dinner." The National Championship Squirrel Cookoff is Saturday in Bentonville, and according to Joe Wilson, it’s going to be a feast for the senses. "I've had some pretty amazing success with the Squirrel Cookoff," says the … Continue reading Squirrel Food

Good Vibrations

Tommy Chong says a stoned audience is the worst audience to play to. And he would know. Over nearly 50 years in the business of hemped-up entertainment, he and comedy partner Richard "Cheech" Marin have performed all over the world, promoting a lifestyle that doesn't exactly make the audience particularly responsive. "It's hard to keep … Continue reading Good Vibrations

On the Move

Food trucks are all the rage in Northwest Arkansas. Whether they are parked at Shulertown in Fayetteville, on the side of U.S. 71 in Springdale or off Walnut in Rogers, these large, independently mobile vehicles can jet from one side of town to another, selling their unique entrees morning, noon and night. Food trucks, however, … Continue reading On the Move

Truffle Trouble

June is National Candy Month, and according to the National Confectioners' Association, that's a pretty sweet deal. Although the association claims candy accounts for only 2 percent of the calories in the American diet, snackers are no less obsessed with these sweet, chewy, hard, spicy and sour treats. We each eat an average of 22 … Continue reading Truffle Trouble

This is How They Roll

"Baby, you a song. You make me wanna roll my windows down." Country music fan or not, these opening lyrics lead many to break out singing "Cruise," a summer anthem released in 2012 by Florida Georgia Line, skyrocketing the young country duo to international fame. "It was life changing," says singer Brian Kelley. "It was … Continue reading This is How They Roll

Masters of Intrigue

Intrigue Theater is not a magic act. Nothing will magically disappear. No rabbits, doves or animals of any species will be pulled from a hat. There will be no "magic" cliches. It is, for lack of a better term, intriguing. The show opens with the entrance of what would seem to be the quintessential magician's … Continue reading Masters of Intrigue