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  • Movie review: 'A Most Violent Year'

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    A version of this review appears in Friday’s Weekend Live section of The Oklahoman. 3 1/2 of 4 stars. Movie Review: ‘A Most Violent Year’ Less your standard gangster thriller than a compelling character study of a man under pressure, “A Most Violent Year” builds on writer-director J.C. Chandor’s...

  • Album review: Cody Canada and The Departed “HippieLovePunk”

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    A version of this review appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman.  Cody Canada and The Departed “HippieLovePunk” (Underground Sound) For fans of: Cross Canadian Ragweed, Mike McClure, Todd Snider. Oklahoma-Texas red dirt rockers Cody Canada and The Departed make a powerful...

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Jan. 30, 2015: Attend the closing reception for the 'Wanderlust' African art exhibit

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Today’s featured event Check out the closing reception for the group show “Wanderlust: Nomadic Interpretations of Contemporary Africa” from 6 to 10 tonight at The Project Box, The Project Box, 3003 Paseo in the historic Paseo Arts District. “Wanderlust” features more than 25 paintings,...

  • Tickets on sale to 2015 Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame induction

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    BRISTOW – Tom Skinner, Tom Paxton, Jana Jae, the late Otto Gray and His Oklahoma Cowboys, the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma and the late Sherman Halsey will be honored in March as the 2015 inductee class of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. The 2015 induction concert and ceremony is set for March 14 at...

  • Rush to launch 40th anniversary tour May 8 in Tulsa; tickets on sale TODAY

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    TULSA — Celebrating 40 years, Rush will take its “R40 Live Tour” to 34 cities throughout North America this summer, beginning May 8 in Tulsa and finishing Aug. 1 in Los Angeles. The concerts will highlight four decades of the band’s music, and the Tulsa show will be played at the BOK Center, 200...

  • Miranda Lambert adds extra ‘Platinum’ Oklahoma tour date; Tulsa tickets on sale TODAY

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    TULSA — Country music superstar and Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert has confirmed a second Oklahoma date for her 2015 “Certified Platinum Tour.” Lambert will perform Feb. 28 at Tulsa’s BOK Center, 200 S Denver. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today and prices are set at $54.75 and $39.75...

  • Tickets on sale TODAY for 'Weird Al' Yankovic's May Oklahoma tour stops

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Fresh off the biggest year of his storied career, musical funnyman “Weird Al” Yankovic is embarking on his 2015 “Mandatory World Tour,” which includes May stops in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Slated to visit more than 100 cities throughout North America, Europe, and Australia, the tour follows the...

  • Primus bringing Willy-Wonka inspired tour to Oklahoma City in May; tickets on sale TODAY

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Thrash-funk band Primus is bringing of world of “Pure Imagination” to Oklahoma City with its “Primus and the Chocolate Factory” tour. The band’s eighth studio album with be a full “funhouse mirror” cover of the soundtrack to the 1971 musical movie “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” The...

  • Oklahoma indie film 'Posthuman Project' gets theatrical release

    By Brandy McDonnell, BAM | Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    After a successful run on the film festival circuit, the micro-budget superhero teen drama is opening Friday at AMC Quail Springs Mall 24 for a limited release that the filmmakers are hoping will get expanded.

  • Album review: Cody Canada and The Departed 'HippieLovePunk' (Underground Sound)

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Oklahoma-Texas red dirt rockers Cody Canada and The Departed make a powerful debut as a power quartet with “HippieLovePunk,” an oddball title that manages to aptly describe the album’s musical mix.



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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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