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  • Documentary "Healed," about Oklahoma music professor's life with MS, airing TONIGHT on OETA

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Renowned musician and University of Central Oklahoma professor of music Jim Klages was at the height of his career in the late 1980s. As the cornet soloist for “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, Klages was a member of the country’s most elite collection of musicians, and on...

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 8, 2014: See Lyric Theatre's "The Little Mermaid"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Watch Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma debut its production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” at 7:30 p.m. today through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Civic Center, 201 N Walker. The musical is based on Disney’s beloved 1989 animated movie, which...

  • Blue Door planning 6th annual Bob Childers tribute TONIGHT

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Esteemed Oklahoma City listening room the Blue Door is hosting its sixth annual tribute to Bob Childers, the singer-songwriter known as “the godfather of red dirt music,” at 8 tonight. “Every year we gather to honor our friend and songwriter Bob Childers. To say he was important to the...

  • Misty Copeland visiting OKC Ballet Summer Intensive, doing public book signing TODAY

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Acclaimed ballet dancer Misty Copeland, a soloist with the American Ballet Theatre, will sign copies of her memoir “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,” at noon today at the Oklahoma City Ballet studios, 7421 N Classen Blvd. The signing event will be begin with a brief lecture and Q&A....

  • "Fabergé: Jeweler to the Tsars" coming to Oklahoma City Museum of Art in 2015

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    More than 230 rare and storied treasures created by the House of Fabergé will be celebrated in a new exhibition coming next to year to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. “Fabergé: Jeweler to the Tsars” will be on view from June 20 through Sept. 27, 2015, the museum has announced. The...

  • Garth Brooks' Ireland shows canceled

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    After much controversy, Oklahoma country music megastar Garth Brooks has canceled five Irish concerts scheduled for later this month that were supposed to herald the start of his long-awaited comeback tour. The Associated Press reports that all five Dublin concerts were called off today after the...

  • Video: BRONCHO releasing new album "Just Hip Enough to Be Woman" Sept. 16, planning North American tour

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Oklahoma punk band BRONCHO and Dine Alone Records announced today the release of “Just Enough Hip To Be Woman” by sharing the album’s first single, “Class Historian.” To listen to “Class Historian,” click here. Or see a video of the band playing it live below. “Just Enough Hip To...

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 7, 2014: Hear Sex Snobs at The Blue Note

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Hear Oklahoma City punk band Sex Snobs play an album release show at 9 tonight at The Blue Note, 2408 N Robinson. The show will celebrate the release of the group’s new seven-track album “Lonely,” which you can hear and purchase here. Sex Snob  James...

  • Monday Catchy Quote No. 322

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    A catchy quote from a movie, TV show or other source to brighten the beginning of your week: Ron: You’re a little scary sometimes, you know that? Brilliant… but scary. - Click here to learn the source. -BAM

  • Garth Brooks planning 11 a.m. Thursday press conference

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Oklahoma country music megastar will appear at a press conference at 11 a.m. Oklahoma time Thursday that will stream at garthbrooks.com, where he will presumably make a big announcement. As previously reported, Brooks’ site promised Thursday “The wait is over … 7/7,” the cryptic message...

  • Flaming Lips, Miley Cyrus and Moby release very NSFW video for "Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Oklahoma City-based psychedelic rockers The Flaming Lips and their super-fan Miley Cyrus debuted today the very NSFW (not safe for work) video for their trippy song ” Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain.” The video also features Moby in the role of a kind of wizard type. Like many of the...

  • Video & interview: Dallas artist Jason Willaford turns vinyl billboards into thought-provoking wall hangings for Oklahoma exhibit

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    A version of this story appeared in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman. Dallas artist Jason Willaford repurposes billboards into thought-provoking vinyl wall hangings Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center is showing an exhibit of the artist’s work titled “Vinyl Exposed,” through Aug. 22,...

  • Carrie Underwood & Miranda Lambert featured on Country Weekly cover

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Country Weekly magazine is celebrating “Girl Power” on the cover of its July 14 issue, on sale now. The cover features Checotah native Carrie Underwood and Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert, who have the hottest record going right now with their fiery duet, “Somethin’ Bad,” already...

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 6, 2014: See The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (with video)

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Check out the 50th anniversary 4K digital restoration of the Beatles’ beloved feature film debut “A Hard Day’s Night” at 2 p.m. today at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s Noble Theater, 415 Couch Drive. For more information, go to www.okcmoa.com. For more...

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 5, 2014: Check out OKC Improv at Reduxion's Broadway Theater

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Everybody and Their Dog, one of Oklahoma City’s first comedy improvisation troupes, will perform a 20th anniversary show at 9 tonight at Reduxion Theatre Company’s Broadway Theater, 914 N Broadway Ave., as OKC Improv begins its “Wet Hot Improv Summer” run through...

  • Extended interview: Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles talks collaborations, solo album and tour before Saturday's Oklahoma show

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    This is an extended version of an interview that appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Jennifer Nettles explores sweet solo opportunity with “That Girl” The Sugarland singer and tourmate Brandy Clark will play Saturday at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee....

  • Happy Fourth of July! Here are 10 Oklahoma celebrations happening today!

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    A version of this story, which I co-wrote with the excellent Jessica Allison, appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Get your Fourth on Oklahomans can celebrate independence with festivities featuring food, music and plentiful fireworks. Like Americans across this great...

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 4, 2014: Check out the First Friday Gallery Walk in the Paseo Arts District

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Happy Independence Day! Celebrate freedom of expression during the monthly Paseo First Friday Gallery Walk from 6 to 10 tonight in the Paseo Arts District. See new work by local artists, partake of light refreshments and hear live music in the historic...

  • Video: Remember our military on July 4 with Carrie Underwood's "Keep Us Safe"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    This Fourth of July weekend, take time to remember our military servicemen and women who dedicate themselves to keeping our country safe. As previously reported, Checotah native Carrie Underwood, an 11-time Academy of Country Music Award winner, co-penned a song specifically for the academy’s...

  • Kyle Dillingham & Horseshoe Road spending July 4 on goodwill tour in Liberia

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    Oklahoma music trio Horseshoe Road is spending this Fourth of July performing in Liberia, West Africa. After a successful U.S. State Department tour of Russia, Burma, Korea and Taiwan last year, Horseshoe Road – Kyle Dillingham, Peter Markes and Brent Saulsbury – has been selected again for a...



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