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  • What to do in Oklahoma on Dec. 28, 2014: Have a laugh with Rodney Carrington at Grand Casino in Shawnee

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    Today’s featured event: SHAWNEE – Oklahoma comedian and singer-songwriter Rodney Carrington is wrapping up a two-night stand at 5 p.m. today at the Grand Hotel Casino and Resort, Interstate 40 at Exit 178. Tickets to Carrington’s “Camouflage and Christmas Lights” start at $55. For tickets and...

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Dec. 27, 2014: Hear Stoney LaRue at Riverwind Casino

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Today’s featured event: NORMAN – Oklahoma City-based singer-songwriter Stoney LaRue will play at 8 tonight at Riverwind Casino, 1544 W State Highway 9. The Taft, Texas-born and southeastern Oklahoma-bred musician is touring in support of “Aviator,” his third studio album and his debut on the eOne...

  • They Might Be Giants to play Diamond Ballroom May 15

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Grammy-winning alternative rock band They Might Be Giants will play “An Evening With They Might Be Giants” May 15 at the Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S Eastern Ave. Tickets are $19 in advance and $24 the day of the show. Tickets are on sale at Buy For Less locations in Oklahoma City, Reasor’s and...

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Dec. 26, 2014: Hear Jabee at 51st Street Speakeasy

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Hear Oklahoma City rapper Jabee perform a free “Gift Raps” show at 10 tonight at 51st Street Speakeasy, 1114 NW 51. The lineup also will include 12 & Stik, Regg and MXM. Attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items. For more information, go to...

  • Video & map: Opening Night to ring in 2015 by bringing something old, something new in downtown Oklahoma City

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    A version of this story appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Opening Night to ring in 2015 by bringing something old, something new in downtown Oklahoma City For the 29th year, the Arts Council of Oklahoma City is organizing Opening Night, a family-friendly New Year’s Eve...

  • Video and interview: Hard Working Americans member Jesse Aycock has red-letter 2014

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    A version of this column appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Hard Working Americans member Jesse Aycock has red-letter 2014 In addition to becoming an official member of the supergroup Hard Working Americans, Tulsa musician Jesse Aycock toured with The Secret Sisters and...

  • Hard Working Americans member Jesse Aycock has red-letter 2014

    By Brandy McDonnell, BAM | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    In addition to becoming an official member of the supergroup Hard Working Americans, Tulsa musician Jesse Aycock toured with The Secret Sisters and played on albums for fellow Oklahomans Samantha Crain, John Moreland, Paul Benjaman Band and Pilgrim.

  • Opening Night to ring in new year by bringing something old, something new in downtown Oklahoma City

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Updated: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    For the 29th year, the Arts Council of Oklahoma City is organizing Opening Night, a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Movie Review: 'Unbroken'

    Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    “Unbroken,” the remarkable true story of Olympic runner and World War II hero Louis Zamperini, is finally making it to the silver screen. In her second feature as a director, Angelina Jolie does justice to Zamperini’s harrowing tale of survival, determination and forgiveness, even if she adheres...

  • Movie Review: 'Into the Woods'

    Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    Movie review: The long-awaited screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Into the Woods” has its moments, but unfortunately, plain ones outnumber the grand in the often-plodding fairytale mashup.



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Brandy McDonnell


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Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1 million page views a year for the past two years. Raised on a crop and cattle farm near Lindsay, McDonnell started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school’s 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News and worked for the local weekly through high school. An Oklahoma State University graduate, she will celebrate her 10th anniversary at The Oklahoman in May 2012.


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