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  • Interview & photos: Acclaimed ballet dancer Misty Copeland makes first trip to Oklahoma City

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    A version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman. ‘Life in Motion’: Acclaimed ballet dancer Misty Copeland makes first trip to Oklahoma City Misty Copeland, just the third black female soloist and first in two decades at New York’s esteemed American Ballet...

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 13, 2014: Hear Motley Crue at Tulsa's BOK Center

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    Today’s featured event: TULSA – After more than three decades together, rockers Motley Crue are bringing their “Final Tour” to Tulsa for a show at 7 tonight at the BOK Center, 200 S Denver. Doors open at 6 p.m., and Alice Cooper will be opening up the show. Back in January, Motley Crue...

  • Video & interviews: Stories of Woody Guthrie's childhood shared at Okemah's WoodyFest

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    A version of this story appears in Saturday’s The Oklahoman. Stories of Woody Guthrie’s childhood shared at Okemah festival Longtime Okemah residents, members of the Guthrie and musicians gathered Friday during WoodyFest to record their memories of the folk icon for posterity. OKEMAH —...

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 12, 2014: Hear Miss Brown to You at UCO Jazz Lab

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Today’s featured event: EDMOND – Hear Oklahoma City band Miss Brown to You at 8 tonight at UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E Fifth. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, go to www.ucojazzlab.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events. -BAM

  • ICYMI video: Kelli O'Hara makes patriotism sound beautiful on PBS' "A Capitol Fourth"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    In case you missed it, Elk City native Kelli O’Hara was among the performers last week on PBS’ star-studded televised Independence Day celebration “A Capitol Fourth.” Since patriotism isn’t just for the Fourth of July, I’m sharing the video here and now. Plus, the Oklahoma City...

  • 5 must-see performers at this weekend's Woody Guthrie Folk Festival

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    A version of this story appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. The 17th annual WoodyFest continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a poetry reading, historical presentations, benefit events, and, yes, lots of live music at various venues in Guthrie’s hometown of Okemah....

  • Woody Guthrie Folk Festival brings more than just music to Okemah

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    A version of this story appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. I highly recommend picking up a paper copy just to appreciate graphic artist Suzanne Green’s excellent design for this section cover story. Like Woody Guthrie, WoodyFest is about more than just music The 17th...

  • Matthew Alvin Brown's homegrown musical theater career soars with "Little Mermaid" and more

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    A version of this column appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Actor’s homegrown musical theater career takes flight Oklahoma City actor/singer Matthew Alvin Brown is more than halfway through a demanding run of no less than eight theatrical productions in a 12-month...

  • Tickets on sale Saturday for Santana's Oct. 3 show at Tulsa's Brady Theater

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    TULSA – Legendary rockers Santana will bring “The Corazon Tour” to the Brady Theater this fall as part of the historic venue’s centennial celebration. “An Evening with Santana” is set for Oct. 3 at the theater, 105 W Brady. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. Tickets to the...

  • A child's review: Lyric Theatre's "The Little Mermaid"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    A version of this review appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Make a royal date and plan to come early and stay late for Lyric Theatre’s “The Little Mermaid.” My mom took Gram, my brother Gabe and me to opening night Tuesday at the Civic Center, and it was the best...

  • Tickets on sale TODAY for Slayer's Oklahoma City show

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    After playing a few sold-out shows together in May, Grammy-winning metal band Slayer is reuniting with Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus for a November-December tour that will include a Nov. 17 show at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center, 429 E California. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday...

  • Garth Brooks starts comeback with new record deal, plans for new album and digital music release

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    A version of this story appears in Friday’s The Oklahoman. Garth Brooks begins comeback The Oklahoma country music superstar announces new record deal and album, along with plans for a world tour and a long-awaited foray into digital music. The comeback is officially on for Oklahoma country...

  • "The Sound of Music Live!" starring Carrie Underwood receives 4 Primetime Emmy Award nominations

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Nashville, Tenn. – Last December, Checotah native Carrie Underwood took on the starring role of Maria in “The Sound of Music Live!” on NBC. Now, the unprecedented television production has received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations. “The Sound of Music Live!” three-hour blockbuster...

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 11, 2014: Hear Pat Green in Shawnee

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Today’s featured event: SHAWNEE — Texas country standout Pat Green will perform at 5 today at the Black Hawk Casino, 42008 Westech Rd. Doors open at 4 p.m., and special guests include Kyle Park, Backroad Anthem and Jason Young. Advance tickets are $25, plus fees. For tickets and information,...

  • Garth Brooks announces new record deal and album

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Oklahoma music megastar Garth Brooks announced that he has inked a new record deal with Sony Music Nashville and is working on his first album of new material since retiring in 2001. The album, which could be a double album, will likely be released sometime around Black Friday. A longtime holdout...

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 10, 2014: Hear Old Crow Medicine Show at Tulsa's Brady Theater

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Today’s featured event: TULSA – Hear Old Crow Medicine Show at 8 tonight at the historic Brady Theater, 105 W Brady. Doors open at 7 p.m. The show will feature special guest Dale Watson. For more information, go to www.bradytheater.com. - BAM

  • Tonight's Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss & Jason Isbell show at the Zoo Amphitheatre has been cancelled

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Sorry, country and Americana music fans. Oklahoma City’s Zoo Amphitheatre has announced (and I’ve confirmed with them) that tonight’s big show starring Willie Nelson & Family, Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas and Jason Isbell has been cancelled. Refunds will be...

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 9, 2014: Despite the rain, "Frozen" is still playing at Myriad Gardens' Sonic Summer Movie Night

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Today’s featured event: See the smash animated film “Frozen” for free at 9 tonight as part of Sonic Summer Movie Nights at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno Ave. The Gardens confirmed on Facebook this afternoon that the movie is still on for tonight despite the rainy weather today....

  • Woody Guthrie Folk Festival begins TONIGHT in Okemah with Pete Seeger tribute

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Today’s featured event: OKEMAH – The 17th Annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival starts tonight and continues through Sunday at various venues in the late, great folk icon’s hometown of Okemah. WoodyFest kicks off at 7:30 tonight at the historic Crystal Theater, 401 W Broadway Street, with the...

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" teaser No. 2 - "The Mockingjay lives"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Lionsgate continues its stylish ad campaign for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ with today’s release of a second teaser trailer expanding on evil Panem President Snow’s (Donald Sutherland) propaganda efforts to undermine the coming uprising. While Snow intones gravely about...



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