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  • Interview: Toby Keith's hometown Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic raises record $1.2 million

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 34 min ago

    NORMAN – It turns out Toby Keith is quite the talented auctioneer. The country music superstar and Norman resident’s yearly hometown fundraiser, the 12th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic, generated a record $1.2 million over last weekend. The two-day event took place May 15-16 at...

  • Stormy weather washes out Music & Mayhem Festival, but many Memorial Day events still planned across Oklahoma

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    An abbreviated version of this column appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Despite stormy weather, Memorial Day weekend events are planned across Oklahoma The eighth Music & Mayhem Festival has been canceled due to flooding at Oklahoma’s Lake Eufaula, but many other...

  • Movie review: 'Far From the Madding Crowd'

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    A abbreviated version of this review appears in the Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. 4 of 4 stars. Movie review: ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ Far from a staid and dusty old story of bygone days, Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s new cinematic version of Thomas Hardy’s oft-adapted 1874...

  • What to do in Oklahoma on May 22, 2015: See Carpenter Square Theatre's 'Good People'

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Today’s featured event: See Carpenter Square Theatre’s production of “Good People,” David Lindsay-Abaire’s award-winning comedy-drama that focuses on the struggles and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America, at 8 tonight. Performances continue through June 6 at 800 W....

  • Movie review: 'Far From the Madding Crowd'

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Far from a staid and dusty old story of bygone days, Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s new cinematic version of Thomas Hardy’s oft-adapted 1874 novel “Far From the Madding Crowd” glows with life and vitality, while reining in the romantic melodrama.

  • Despite stormy weather, Memorial Day weekend events are planned across Oklahoma

    By Brandy McDonnell, BAM | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    The eighth Music & Mayhem Festival has been canceled due to flooding at Oklahoma’s Lake Eufaula, but many other music events, arts festivals and military service member salutes across the state are planned to go ahead during the holiday weekend that marks the unofficial start to summer.

  • Memorial Day weekend events planned across Oklahoma

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    A version of this story appears in Thursday’s The Oklahoman. Oklahoma communities plan Memorial Day weekend events across the state Oklahoma can expect more spring storms for the unofficial start of summer, so folks should call ahead to make sure their favorite event is still on before hitting...

  • What to do in Oklahoma on May 21, 2015: Hear Built to Spill at ACM@UCO Performance Lab

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Today’s featured event: Idaho indie rockers Built to Spill will perform in concert at 8 tonight at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E Sheridan in Bricktown. Wooden Indian Burial Ground and Junebug Spade will open the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. For tickets and information, go to...

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Ray Wylie Hubbard plays 'Mother's Blues' on 'Late Show with David Letterman'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    As I’m watching David Letterman’s final episode of CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman,” I happened to check my email and catch one from a reader, John Long, who had apparently perused my list of the Top 10 Oklahomans who played the “Late Show with David Letterman” and killed it. He reminded me...

  • Swon Brothers to play July 18 at Hard Rock Tulsa; tickets on sale Thursday

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    CATOOSA – Muskogee natives The Swon Brothers are set to perform one of their signature “Swoncerts” July 18 at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, 770 W Cherokee Street. Tickets start at $35 and go on sale Thursday. Since their days on Season 4 of NBC’s “The Voice,” under the...



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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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