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  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 22, 2014: "Look on the Bright Side of Life" with Lyric Theatre's "Spamalot"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Today’s featured event: “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” and see Lyric Theatre’s staging of the Monty Python musical “Spamalot” at 7:30 tonight at the Civic Center, 201 N Walker. Performances continue at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday....

  • Video: Reba McEntire releases "Pray for Peace" music video

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Remember a couple of months ago when Oklahoma country music superstar Reba McEntire invited fans to help create a music video for her lovely new song “Pray for Peace”? Well, the Oklahoma native released the final result on Facebook today, and it’s just as uplifting as we could have hoped....

  • Blake Shelton and his "History in the Making" featured on Country Weekly cover

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton is featured on the cover of the July 28 issue of Country Weekly magazine, on sale now. The feature, titled “History in the Making,” chronicles the Tishomingo resident and “The Voice” co-star’s serious roll. Shelton is racking up No. 1...

  • Photos: Blake Shelton performs to a sold-out crowd of more than 40,000 at Chicago's Wrigley Field on his "Ten Times Crazier Tour"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Oklahoma country superstar Blake Shelton celebrated a sold-out stadium show at Chicago’s Wrigley Field this weekend, topping out capacity with more than 40,000 fans in attendance. Joining the short list of artists who have performed at the iconic setting, the Ada native is only the fourth...

  • Trail Dance Film Festival in Duncan issues 2015 call for entries

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    DUNCAN – Named one of the top 25 “coolest” film festivals by MovieMaker Magazine, film entries are now being accepted for the 2015 Trail Dance Film Festival. The mission of the Trail Dance Film Festival is to encourage originality and creativity as well as promote the film industry in...

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 21, 2014: Hear Steely Dan at Chesapeake Energy Arena

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Hear Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Steely Dan play on their “Jamalot Ever After” Tour at 8 tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno. My terrific colleague Sandi Davis recently spoke with guitarist Jon Herington, who has been playing famous licks and solos for...

  • Monday Catchy Quote No. 324

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    A catchy quote from a movie, TV show or other source to brighten the beginning of your week: Mayor Ollie Perkins: I guess you know what you’re doing, Sheriff. Jason McCullough: I don’t know what I could have said to give you that idea, Mayor. -Click here to learn the source. -BAM

  • Oklahoma native James Garner dies

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    Oscar-nominated actor and Oklahoma native James Garner has reportedly died at the age of 86. He was found dead of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles Saturday evening, Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Iniquez told the Associated Press early Sunday.

  • Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park brings family-friendly version of "Midsummer Night's Dream" to Myriad Gardens

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    A version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman. ‘Midsummer’ family performance planned Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park is bringing a little family-friendly magic to midsummer in the Myriad Botanical Gardens. The company will perform a special hour-long version of...

  • Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park sets sail with "Pericles" for "Bare Bard" indoor show

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    A version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman. Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park sets sail with “Pericles” For only the second time in its three-decade history, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park is staging the lesser-known and rarely performed “Pericles”...



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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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