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Kat Wislon

Now in its third year, Inverse Performance Art takes over Northwest Arkansas with a dizzying array of performances from local, national and international artists. 

When founder Cynthia Post Hunt stopped by to discuss this year's events we learned that Inverse owes a lot to a giant edible cupcake Post Hunt created for her first performance. 

After months of practice, winners of this year's University of Arkansas Music Honors Recital competition showcase their hard work at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center this weekend. In addition to the recital, the students also recorded professionally with Bentonville's Haxton Road Studios.

"It was such an amazing opportunity to do something like this so young," says clarinetist Nathan Barker. "There's just something cool about going into the soundroom and hearing yourself."

This week three Fayetteville venues host kick-off events for "Intersections: A Month of Art and Performance Supporting Women," a collaboration between women artists, musicians and other luminaries throughout Northwest Arkansas dedicated to supporting and illustrating their impact on local culture. 

"It's really celebrating and supporting anybody who identifies as a woman in many different sectors," says organizer Samantha Sigmon. 

Travis Emmett

Prolific classical guitarist Gyan Riley's new album Sprig is an ecosystem of emotive instrumentals emerging from an intimate recording session in Joshua Tree's remote Harrison House.

"A sprig is this singular unit that can grow and expand outward in any sort of direction- there's endless possibilities," says Riley. "I really liked that as a compositional idea."

The University of Arkansas' Lyrique Quintette's upcoming album is their first in over a decade, representing six composers from across the Western hemisphere. After more than a year of hard work they're excited to show the public what they've been up to.

"It covers different Latin rhythms, and it has that flavor of dancing," says basoonist Lia Uribe. "I can imagine as  I'm playing the movement and the gestures while dancing that we're trying to emulate."

"It's definitely a labor of love," says Timothy Thompson.

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