JASPER -- The entrance to the ranch -- a high sign between two posts -- perches atop a hill. The road is narrow and rutted, overhung, claustrophobic at night. If you're approaching by car, bats cut through headlights, and it seems there's an abyss just beyond that sign.
SEARCY -- The front yard hosts a few cars, a no-trespassing sign, a porcelain toilet lying on its side, a tangle of scrap wood, unidentifiable mechanical bits and several cats who broadcast their relation via half-bobbed tails.
United Cerebral Palsy's annual event "Once Upon a Time" was held in the Courtyard Marriott ballroom, a space awash in twinkling lights and heady jazz courtesy of Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers. (A slow, boozy rendition of the Gershwins' "Summertime" absolutely slayed.)
At a casual wine and hors d'oeuvres party at Good Food by Ferneau, company dancers from Ballet Arkansas and a handful of visiting choreographers mingled three days before the Visions competition on Aug. 22 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.