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R ick Culver didn't take long to answer when asked what he wanted for Christmas. "How long can the list be?," the executive director of Rodeo of the Ozarks said. "I just want a happy next year and to be healthy." More than two decades ago sponsorship of Springdale's Christmas parade was in question. Some organization needed to step in and take over. In came the Rodeo of the Ozarks executive board. The rodeo board decide to saddle up and take command of what has become one of the area's largest Christmas events. After all, they had the logistics experience needed to pull it off. "With us doing the Rodeo of the Ozarks parades in July and June for so many years, it just made sense that we would do the Christmas parade," Rick explained. "We've been doing the rodeo parades for a long time. We know how to do a parade." For almost three quarters of a century the board has been producing what has become one of the top five outdoor rodeos in the country. They know their stuff. "This is going to be the 74th year," Rick said. "It started in 1944 during the war and they were looking for something for people back home to do, to keep spirits up. Shorty Parsons and some of Springdale's founding fathers got together and decided that they would have a rodeo." Maybe a longshot, but it worked. Boy, did it work. More than 50 years later the rodeo board again stepped in to contribute and make a mark on Springdale and the Ozark's community. "For the last 21 years we've put on the Christmas parade for Springdale," Rick said. "It starts at the rodeo grounds and goes down Emma Avenue to Harris Avenue. It's just a big part of downtown and a big deal for the city and the citizens." The annual parade is organized in cooperation with another annual city event. "It coincides with the lighting of the city's Christmas tree on Shiloh Square," he added. "The schools will have carolers there. It's turned into a big event." Rick assured the parade will include everything one expects from a community Christmas event. "There will be floats, bands, businesses, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts," he assured. "It will be everything from A to Z. Our float contest winner every year has the privilege of having Santa Claus be on their float the following year. Last year it was one of the elementary schools here in Springdale, so this year Santa will ride their float." That elementary school float carrying the Jolly Old Elf will, as tradition dictates, be the grand finale of the Christmas Parade of the Ozarks. "It's a tradition," Rick said. Christmas Parade of the Ozarks ready to roll Rodeo of the Ozarks proud of Christmas contribution to community By Dave Woods NWA Democrat-Gazette Sunday, November 19, 2017 Christmas Activities, Events & Shopping NWA Democrat-Gazette • 9 merry christmas & happy hanukkah Christmas Many people think Christmas is on December the 25th and that's all there is to Christmas. 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TVMA + Universal Soldier: The Return ('99) Jean-Claude Van Damme. TVMA o JOCELYN MURPHY NWA Democrat-Gazette T here's not always a direct link between what [Stuart] Davis was painting and the world of jazz in terms of subject matter, but I think there always was a connection in the spirit of how he created." Robert Ginsburg, executive director of the Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society and the jazz curator at the Walton Arts Center, spoke to artist Stuart Davis' vibrant style — as it relates to the music that often inspired him — during the opening week of Crystal Bridges Museum's new temporary exhibition, "Stuart Davis: In Full Swing." The exhibition, some 86 works from across five decades of the Philadelphia painter's career, demonstrates Davis' artistic vocabulary of bold color and abstract form. Though he was at the forefront of bringing French avant-garde art to America, his work could often not be confined to any one "-ism" of the time: Instead, he would incorporate many different elements into his art while putting his own spin on all of them. Tromp l'oeil details, Pop art (before there was Pop art), Cubism, his own style of abstraction, wording, composition, depth of field, humor — Davis experimented with it all. "He doesn't think of his works as abstract; they're all rooted in places and things," said Harry Cooper during a media preview of the exhibition. Cooper is the senior modern art curator at the National Gallery of Art, where the exhibition was organized. Though he experimented with styles, Davis was meticulous about planning the work through drawings before he got to the canvas. That is, until he got to the canvas. "The idea of having planned everything but at the same time allowing room for mistakes, and then to turn those into improvisations takes a page from the jazz playbook," Cooper said. In the '40s, Davis comes to what really makes him unique, added Margi Conrads, director of curatorial affairs at Crystal Bridges. "He starts looking back to previous work to see what he can pull forward." In the chronology of the exhibition, the viewer begins to see elements from Davis' early works like wording and references to pop culture, as well as more series where he creates variations around the same subject — just as a jazz musician or composer music; it requires a knowledge and yet it leaves room for spont And then the other way is just h music actually is structured. So D art sort of ran a parallel life to jaz think it's going to be fun to have a that kind of fill in around the visua aspects of it." In partnering with the Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society for much of the programming surrounding the exhibition, Crystal Bridges will give guests the opportunity to build even m connections between Davis and jazz m but also between the art and their own understanding of both mediums. "When you combine the senses in a w that reinforces the artistry, you really hav something, and Crystal Bridges has done a great job of doing that," Ginsburg said of the educational, musical and lecture programming that will bring together the museum and the Jazz Society. "That's one of the great things about this collaboration," Ginsburg said. "We FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017 F 'Stuart In Full S WHEN — On disp Jan. 1. WHERE — Crystal Museum of Ame Bentonville COST — $8/nonmem members and und INFO — 418-5700, BONUS — Visit the C Bridges website for full schedule of jazz programming surrou the exhibition. Art is set to music at Crystal Bridges Mu COVER Courtesy Whitney Museum of America Art Crystal Bridges guests may be familiar with artist Stuart Davis' work as five of his pieces are part of the museum's permanent collection. Seen as an extensive collection, the exhibition highlights the jazz rhythms in Davis' works even further with the soft sounds of jazz music played in the galleries throughout the run of the exhibition. music; it requires a knowledge and yet it leaves room for spont And then the other way is just h music actually is structured. 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