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  • What to do in Oklahoma on Sept. 1, 2014: See "Phantom Unmasked" at the Civic Center

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Instead of taking the day off, cast members from “The Phantom of the Opera” will spend Labor Day unmasking their talents for a good cause. As previously reported, the national touring company is partnering with Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre to put on a one-night-only...

  • Tickets to Oklahoma City Ballet's "Cinderella" on sale Tuesday

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Oklahoma City Ballet is getting ready for its 2014-15 season, which will open next month with the romantic fairy tale “Cinderella.” The clever folks at OKC Ballet are putting single tickets to the Oct. 17-19 production on sale at the stroke of midnight Tuesday. Inspired by the Brothers Grimm and...

  • Monday Catchy Quote No. 330

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    A catchy quote from a special movie that is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a weeklong theatrical re-release: Dr. Peter Venkman: Ray has gone bye-bye, Egon… what’ve you got left? Dr. Egon Spengler: Sorry, Venkman, I’m terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought. - Click here to learn...

  • Carpenter Square Theatre in Oklahoma City opens 31st season with 'Detroit'

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Carpenter Square Theatre’s 2014-15 season opener “Detroit” was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2011 and Obie Award winner for best new play in 2013. The Oklahoma City community theatre company begins its 31st season Friday.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Aug. 31, 2014: Take in music, culture and more at the Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Today’s featured event: TUSKAHOMA – Experience Choctaw cultural exhibits, arts and crafts, stickball games, carnival rides, dancing and live music from Grammy-nominated pop/gospel artist Matthew West at the 67th Annual Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival. Activities begin at 7 a.m. today at the...

  • Carpenter Square Theatre to open 2014-15 season Friday with "Detroit"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    A version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman. Carpenter Square Theatre in Oklahoma City opens 31st season with ‘Detroit’ Carpenter Square Theatre’s 2014-15 season opener “Detroit” was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2011 and Obie Award winner for best new play in 2013....

  • Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, Aloe Blacc, Fall Out Boy and more to perform on MDA Show of Strength Telethon TONIGHT

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

      Superstar country trio Rascal Flatts, which includes Picher-bred guitarist Joe Don Rooney, will be among the performers at the MDA Show of Strength Telethon, benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The 49th broadcast of the television fundraising event will air in primetime from 8...

  • Former Oklahoman journalist draws out a spiritual journey with second career as an artist

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Renee Lawrence left her almost 30-year career at The Oklahoman in 2012 to pursue a full-time art career, specializing in detailed pen-and-ink portraits of people and animals. She is showing her work for the fifth straight year at Arts Festival Oklahoma, the longtime Labor Day weekend event that...

  • Oklahoma City artist Renee Lawrence showing work at Arts Festival Oklahoma, starting TODAY

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    A version of this story appears in Saturday’s The Oklahoman. Former Oklahoman journalist draws out a spiritual journey with second career as an artist Renee Lawrence left her almost 30-year career at The Oklahoman in 2012 to pursue a full-time art career, specializing in detailed pen-and-ink...

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Aug. 30, 2014: Hear Krystal Keith, Pat Green & Little River Band at Country Went Wild Music Festival in Newkirk

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Today’s featured event: NEWKIRK – Hear Little River Band, Pat Green, Corey Smith, Krystal Keith and more today at the Country Went Wild, a two-day outdoor music festival at Native Lights Casino, 12375 U.S. 77. Gates open at 4 p.m. today. The lineup for Sunday includes Eddie Money, Diamond Rio,...



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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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