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  • Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 5-11

    Updated: 33 min ago

    April 5: Singer Allan Clarke of The Hollies is 73. Actor Max Gail ("Sons and Daughters," ''Barney Miller") is 72. Actress Jane Asher is 69. Singer Agnetha Faltskog of Abba is 65. Actor Mitch Pileggi is 63. Guitarist Mike McCready of Pearl Jam is 49. Country singer Troy Gentry of Montgomery...

  • Days of yore celebrated at Medieval Fair in Norman

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    The 39th annual Medieval Fair in Norman drew thousands of visitors.

  • Selena's dad: Mixed feelings about fans marking star's death

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Twenty years after Selena was killed in Texas by her fan club president, the "Queen of Tejano" will be remembered with concerts, lookalike contests and a massive festival in April. Her father has mixed feelings about the celebrations. Abraham Quintanilla Jr. says his family...

  • Jay Z, Madonna, Minaj among owners of new streaming service

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay Z are among the A-List musicians who are co-owners of Tidal, a streaming service being billed as the first artist-owned platform for music and video. The membership-based service — similar to subscription service Spotify — will provide music and...

  • Review: In 'Lambert & Stamp,' the backstage story of The Who

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    The teenage revolution was in full force on the fall 1964 night that Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp stumbled into the Railway Tavern, a London pub where a band called the High Numbers was playing and mods were gyrating. It was London's Swinging '60s, with its subculture explosion and stylish...

  • NBC, Cirque du Soleil bringing 'The Wiz' to TV, Broadway

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Wiz" is coming to TV and back to Broadway with productions from NBC and Cirque du Soleil. NBC said Monday it will air a Dec. 3 live production of the hit 1970s stage reinvention of "The Wizard of Oz." Its partner on the TV version will be Cirque du Soleil's new stage...

  • Sorry, hipsters; you can't bring selfie sticks to Coachella or Lollapalooza

    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    First, museums kicked them out. Now, music festivals are doing the same. Nothing is sacred, Mashable reports. Selfie sticks, the long-feared danger to humankind, have been officially banned at Coachella andLollapalooza this year, according to the music events' websites.

  • New NMF8 schedules and lineup additions are here

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Two Fowler car dealerships are driving the headlining stages at Norman Music Festival 8 this year. NMF organizers released the full schedules this morning for the Fowler Honda depot stage and the Fowler Toyota main stage. We’re less than a month away from the free, three-day festival...

  • iHeartRadio Music Awards might be one show too many

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    The stated theme for this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards was “My Journey,” which meant that the show featured, in addition to performances and acceptance speeches, artists describing formative moments in their careers. There was Kelly Clarkson talking about winning “American Idol.” There was...

  • Stevie Wonder surprises Baptist church

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Those attending New Salem Baptist Church in north Minneapolis were surprised by a famous visitor during Sunday's service. There in the front pew was singer, songwriter and musician Stevie Wonder who happened to be in town for a performance at the Target Center. The Rev....

  • Nameberry: Classic boys’ names: The Alexandrians from Alex to Xander

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    There are several girls’ names — Mary, Margaret, Elizabeth, Katherine — that have spawned copious numbers of female variations and nicknames, as have boys like John and William, but there is one name whose progeny has embraced both genders, and that name is Alexander. In 2013, there were 19...

  • ‘Outlander’ star had to unlearn her modeling skills

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    PASADENA, Calif. — When Caitriona Balfe headed for L.A. to become an actress she’d already spent 10 years as an international high fashion model. She had left home at 18, answering an invitation to Paris to shimmy down the runway. But her dream was to be an actress, and modeling proved an...

  • Outrage over Jamie Foxx's Bruce Jenner joke at awards

    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Some viewers of the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday night took to social media to vent about the opening monologue, saying one controversial joke crossed the line, CNN reports. Musician and actor Jamie Foxx hosted the second annual awards show in Los Angeles. "We got some ground-breaking...

  • Taylor Swift wins artist of the year at iHeartRadio Awards

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    The iHeartRadio Music Awards should be called the iHeartTaylorSwift Awards. The pop singer cleaned house at the show Sunday, winning artist of the year and song of the year for "Shake It Off," and even assisted Madonna by strumming her guitar onstage while the pop icon sang a new song. "More...

  • Merle Haggard shines on with Oklahoma benefit concert

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    On Thursday, the hard-touring “Okie from Muskogee” singer-songwriter will begin a run of three Oklahoma performances with a fundraising show for the innovative program S.H.I.N.E. and its nonprofit foundation.

  • BRIEF: More than 138,000 attend free Juan Gabriel concert

    Updated: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    More than 138,000 people attended Mexican superstar Juan Gabriel's free concert in Juárez on Saturday night, officials said Sunday. The four-hour show took place at "The X" monument on the Plaza de la Mexicanidad next to the border. "I do want to emphasize that, due to insecurity, a few years...

  • Human spirit on display in two films

    Updated: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    The protagonists of “Woman in Gold,” starring Helen Mirren, and “Seymour: An Introduction,” a documentary by Ethan Hawke, are both in their 80s, resilient individuals whose strength of spirit works like a lighthouse beam showing the way. In each of those new films, the light shines on a younger...

  • Michelle Obama declares 'Black Girls Rock!'

    Updated: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life. "No matter who you are, no matter...

  • Oklahoma art and theater notes, March 29

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Art and theater notes, March 29

  • Love's songs inspired by those who are missed

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Oklahoma native Lisa Reagan Love will celebrate the release of her new album, “Realm of Dreams,” with a benefit concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday



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