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  • Interview: Jason Aldean brings big country sound to Oklahoma City tonight with 'We Were Here Tour'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    A version of this interview appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Jason Aldean brings big country sound to Chesapeake Arena tonight Like his latest hit goes, country music fans are sure gonna know Jason Aldean was here. Over the past decade, the Georgia native has...

  • Movie review: 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    A version of this review appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. 2 1/2 of 4 stars. 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' is surprisingly entertaining  "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So...

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Feb. 5, 2016: See 'Quilts and Color' before it closes at Oklahoma City Museum of Art

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Today's featured event: See the special exhibition "Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston" before it closes Sunday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive. Museum hours are 10 am. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. "Quilts and Color"...

  • Homeless artists to exhibit work at Paseo Gallery One in February

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    This month, artists who are experiencing homelessness will display their work in an art show in the Paseo District. The exhibit will begin with an opening reception during the Paseo First Friday Gallery Walk Friday and will be on view throughout the month of February at Paseo Gallery One, 2927...

  • Oklahoma City artist pays colorful tribute to the resilience of women with 'War Zones' exhibit

    By Brandy McDonnell BAM bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Oklahoma City artist Ebony Iman Dallas’ new solo exhibition “Women in War Zones” celebrates the courage and fortitude of women while raising awareness of serious issues they face in the United States and around the world. Sponsored by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, “Women in War Zones”...

  • Movie review: 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' is surprisingly entertaining

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer  bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is exactly what the title indicates: Jane Austen’s beloved 19th-century comedy of manners and matrimony set in an alternate universe in which the English countryside has been overrun by hordes of the undead.

  • Jason Aldean brings influential country sound to Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Arena

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Since county music superstar Jason Aldean, 38, has focused on playing stadiums the past few years, it’s been a while since he’s made a stop in Oklahoma City. But that changes Friday when he brings his high-octane “We Were Here Tour" to Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • Oklahoma event Ticket Ticker

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Oklahoma event Ticket Ticker includes details on concerts by Disclosure, Asleep at the Wheel and Wade Hayes, plus a moving screening.

  • Work by Italian artists debuts at Paseo Plunge during 'Cultural Connections' encore

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    As previously reported, Norman Arts Council brought three Italian artists to Oklahoma as a part of an art exchange program between sister cities called Cultural Connections last fall. Those who missed the exhibition - "Cultural Connections: Arezzo In Norman" - will get a second chance to see the...

  • Photos: Carrie Underwood stages biggest tour of her career with "The Storyteller Tour- Stories in the Round"

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Checotah native Carrie Underwood’s “Storyteller Tour - Stories in the Round” launched Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla., and continued Monday in Atlanta, both to sold-out 360-degree crowds.  The tour's 17 semi-trucks and eight buses rolled into Greensboro, N.C., for the third show Wednesday...



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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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