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Backstreet Boys, A Raisin in the Sun

Here’s a look at what’s happening in Northwest Arkansas, sponsored by the Sunkist Mini Can Variety Pack.

2022 PAINT THE CITY RED

Get ready to party with a purpose.

The American Heart Association is hosting its annual Paint the Town Red event on Friday, June 17. This year’s theme is “painting party”. Attendees are encouraged to wear their summer festival/concert attire.

DJ Derrick will spin the music all night and Funk Factory will take the stage.

The event takes place at JJ’s Live in Fayetteville from 7 p.m.

BACKSTREET BOYS AT THE AMP

The Backstreet Boys’ long-awaited concert takes place tonight at the Walmart AMP as the boy band bring their “DNA” World Tour to northwest Arkansas with Delta Goodrem opening for it.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 7:30 p.m.

JUNETEENTH SNEAKER BAL

Also taking place this weekend, Four the Culture is hosting its first Juneteenth Sneaker Ball on Saturday, June 18 at 8 p.m. at the Doubletree in Bentonville.

It’s your chance to network, dance and celebrate Juneteenth as well as put on your fancy clothes and favorite sneakers. There will be music, a live painting demonstration and more.

Four the Culture is on a mission to create activity and vibes in NWA.

GRAPE IN THE SUN

The River Valley also has several events planned for Juneteenth, including a play starring Grammy Award winner Shirley Murdock.

“A Raisin in the Sun” is a nationally acclaimed, Tony Award-winning play about a family struggling with different definitions of the “American Dream.”

The Fort Smith production will take the stage Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Arcbest Performing Arts Center.

Saturday’s play is directed by Fort Smith resident Silvia Mathis.

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