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If you're a fan of gray and black, you might want to stay away from the Washington County Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 18. The Color Vibe 5K is coming and things are going to get bright.  This fun-filled run will almost make you glow in the dark.  
Science-fiction fans are in for a treat as Robert Jackson Bennett, the two-time award winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel and an Edgar Award winner for Best Paperback Original, will read on Wednesday, July 15 at 7 pm at the Fayetteville Public Library, located at 401 West Mountain Street. The 2010 recipient of the Sydney J Bounds Award for Best Newcomer will also lead a fiction writing workshop that morning at 10 am. Register online for it.
Independence Day is a time to celebrate our freedom by spending time with friends and family and, of course, watching fireworks! If you’re looking to watch the rockets’ red glare during the Fourth of July weekend, Northwest Arkansas is the place to be.  Our friends at the Fayetteville Flyer put together a roundup of all of the best places in Fayetteville and the surrounding cities to check out the festivities:
Each summer the Walton Arts Center injects Fayetteville and the Northwest Arkansas region with a jolt of culture - symphonies, installations, ballet and much more during the annual Artosphere Festival. The event, which is in its sixth year, focuses on Arkansas’ arts and nature and runs from June 16 to June 27. The much anticipated festival is a cornerstone of the Walton Arts Center’s yearly programs.“At its heart, Artosphere represents what makes Northwest Arkansas so special”, says Jenni Swain, VP of Programming at Walton Arts Center. “This festival gives the community the opportunity to interact for two full weeks with over 150+ artists visiting our region and sharing their art form with us.  This challenges us to see our community through a different lens and invites meaningful dialogue about nature through innovative arts experiences.”
While California boasts a reputation as a wine state, Arkansas is certainly no stranger to vino.  Just look south of us to Altus, where all sorts of delicious grapes are grown. For the last 15 years, Fayetteville has offered premier wine tasting events at the Walton Arts Center’s Art of Wine Festival. This three-day event draws oenophiles from around the country who come to sample hundreds of wines, delicious foods from area restaurants and fantastic entertainment.
It only took a few hours for the NCAA Super Regional to sell out as Razorback Foundation members and season ticket holders placed over 10,000 orders. Fans can't wait to come cheer on the no. 2 seed Razorbacks against the no. 1 seed Missouri State. The Hogs are 49-21 all-time against Missouri State, including winning 10 of the last 11 meetings in the series.
Interactive. Experimental.  Engaging.  These are words that best describe productions by The Artist’s Laboratory Theatre, Fayetteville's site specific theatre troupe. In the past their "Sheet Fort Experience" and the "New Now" series have continually entertained a packed house, whether that house was Tricycle Farms or the Fayetteville Underground art gallery. Now they are moving up the hill to the Mount Sequoyah Conference Center, located at 150 N. Skyline Dr, for their latest work “Ctrl+Alt+Del,” a site specific, immersive theatre experience about the impact of technology and social media on community and culture. “Ctrl+Alt+Del” is an original play created from an ongoing performance series called “The New Now.” The premise of the project is that a team of customer service workers, who work for an organization called “The New Now,” invite the public to their headquarters for product testing and other service related experiments, and the stakes are raised when suddenly in the middle of a standard procedure, something dear is taken from “New Now,” and the audience must join the gang on the quest to return it.
Writers go through many drafts before the final product and playwrights are no exception. But when your work requires actors, what do you do?  You workshop it. On June 18-28, TheatreSquared will welcome five playwrights to the stage at the 2015 New Play Festival. This unique event will give theatre lovers the opportunity to get a sneak preview of five great plays right here in Downtown Fayetteville. “It’ll be a rich and exciting festival,” said Robert Ford, Artistic Director. “Every kind of comedy from low-brow to high-, plus some sharp social commentary. Scripts that are still in their infancy. Another that’s already slated for off-Broadway. And an amazing group of actors, directors and playwrights.”
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