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[2 Jun 2014 | One Comment | 3,055 views]

Women of Northwest Arkansas and beyond are invited for a weekend of rest, rescue and redemption at the third annual Captivating Heart Retreat.
Captivating Heart is Oct. 17-19 at New Life Ranch in Colcord, Okla. (about 10 minutes west of Siloam Springs, Ark.). Sponsored by Strings Attached Ministries, the retreat is inspired by the book Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge.
The retreat is designed for women (age 16+) of all backgrounds and faiths although the Christian Bible will be used as a reference point. Cari Kaufman of Strings Attached Ministries and …

Arts & Entertainment, Book reviews, Featured »

[17 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 7,764 views]
Respectful, fitting treatment of a tale that started 30 years ago

Back in 1984 Tim Stryker released Fazuul, a multi-user adventure game that made its way to several bulletin board systems (BBS) when the notion of dialing up another computer and interacting with other users online was somewhat novel.
A BBS, for those who are unfamiliar, was essentially a computer that hosted messages, files and “door games” such as Fazuul. Those old door games had quite a number of fans. Jes Simon, author of Beautiful Zurt, was clearly a fan of Fazuul — her book is based on the old text adventure. …

Arts & Entertainment, Modern Audio Theater, Wikipedia Brown »

[31 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 6,358 views]
Wikipedia Brown: ‘The Case of the Tenacious Trojan’ (conclusion)

Welcome back to the serialized adventures of Wikipedia Brown. Welcome back? Yes, Episodes 1 and 2 are complete and you’ll find them here. We left off last week after the second part of Episode 3, the Case of the Tenacious Trojan, and you’ll find that here. Miss the first part? We’ve got you covered and you’ll find that here.
Please bear in mind that these serialized adventures were originally meant to be heard and not read. However, only the first episode was produced and you’ll find that here. Will more be …

Arts & Entertainment, Old time radio (OTR), Weekend OTR »

[28 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 3,790 views]
Weekend OTR: Adventures of Sam Spade

Another weekend? Why that must mean it’s time for another installment in our Weekend OTR series.
What’s on tap for this journey into the glorious world of the Golden Age of Radio? It’s time to stop in and see what hardboiled detective Sam Spade is up to, folks, to get ready.
Before you listen to this week’s program that, why not take a minute or two and visit the good folks at OTRCat.com? You’ll find a huge selection of old time radio programs over there and prices that are hard to beat. …

Arts & Entertainment, Old time radio (OTR), Weekend OTR »

[13 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 3,281 views]
Weekend OTR: Dragnet

Got plans for the weekend? Whatever they are, why not take a little time and enjoy our latest installment in the famed Weekend OTR series.
What’s in store this weekend? Why, a classic Dragnet episode — one of the most popular programs during the Golden Age of Radio era. Hot dog!
Before you listen to this week’s program that, why not take a minute or two and visit the good folks at OTRCat.com? You’ll find a huge selection of old time radio programs over there and prices that are hard to beat. …

Arts & Entertainment, Awesome Site of the Week, Music »

[9 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 3,803 views]
Awesome Site of the Week: Dillion USA

First off, it’s important to point out that we generally don’t highlight sites that are selling things here at First Arkansas News. It’s a good idea to mention that because our Awesome Site of the Week — Dillion U.S.A. — is dedicated to showing off a lot of guitars the company has for sale. We’ve not gotten a dime to talk about Dillion as First Arkansas News isn’t in the habit of trying to pass public relations off as useful content — it barely breaks even every year, but it’s …

Arts & Entertainment, Modern Audio Theater, Wikipedia Brown »

[8 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 2,258 views]
Wikipedia Brown: ‘The Case of the Tenacious Trojan’ (Part 2 of 3)

Welcome back to the serialized adventures of Wikipedia Brown. Welcome back? Yes, Episodes 1 and 2 are complete and you’ll find them here. We left off last week after the start of Episode 3, the Case of the Tenacious Trojan, and you’ll find that here.
Please bear in mind that these serialized adventures were originally meant to be heard and not read. However, only the first episode was produced and you’ll find that here. Will more be produced in the future? Perhaps. We’ll just wait and see, huh?
At any rate, we …

Arts & Entertainment, Old time radio (OTR), Weekend OTR »

[5 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 1,821 views]
Weekend OTR — Cisco Kid

It’s another weekend and that means it’s time for another installment in  our Weekend OTR series.
Our visit to the wide, wonderful world of old time radio brings us to the great Southwest to follow the exploits of that Latino Robin Hood, the Cisco Kid. Indeed, the Cisco Kid was more than just the subject of a song by War, so get ready for some great entertainment thanks to a show that was quite popular during the Golden Age of Radio.
Before you listen to this week’s program that, why not take …

Arts & Entertainment, Holiday OTR, Old time radio (OTR), Weekend OTR »

[4 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 1,592 views]
Fourth of July OTR: Life with Luigi

Happy Fourth of July and welcome to a special edition of our Weekend OTR series. Before getting down to the serious business of shooting off fireworks and relaxing with family and friends, why not take some time to listen to a holiday-specific old time radio show?
Our journey into the wild, wonderful world of the Golden Age of Radio brings us to the Life With Luigi program. It’s a light-hearted comedy, to be sure, and this one hits on the Fourth of July holiday with gusto. So, enjoy it.
Before you listen to …

Arts & Entertainment, Awesome Site of the Week »

[30 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 2,849 views]
Awesome Site of the Week: Jony Ive Redesigns Things

It’s time once again for another installment in our famed Awesome Site of the Week series. It’s our chance to point out a few sites that are totally awesome but you might not have run across in your Internet travels. No, these aren’t the big boys that have marketing dollars to spend on television ads and the like, but these sites are put together by people who deserve some attention for their great work.
What’s the awesome site this week? The side-splitting Jony Ive Redesigns Things. That is a Tumblr site …