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  • From 'Hound Dog' to top dog: Oklahomans enter Elvis tribute competition in Branson

    BY JIMMIE TRAMEL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    I n an Elvis tournament, are there hound dogs instead of underdogs? The ninth annual Branson Elvis Festival is taking place this weekend in Branson, Missouri. The festival’s centerpiece will be an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest at 7 p.m. Saturday in Dick Clark’s American Bandstand...

  • April highlights Latino films, music and poetry

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    April highlights Latino films, music and poetry Nancy Flores Austin American-Statesman I first began listening to the powerful music of Grammy Award-winning artist Lila Downs as a college student, just as I was learning about social justice movements around the world and navigating the...

  • Bill Clinton's 'flaws' the subject of off-Broadway musical

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Clintons are going back to the White House this spring — onstage, that is. "Clinton the Musical," the brainchild of two Australian brothers, makes its off-Broadway debut in April with a hysterical premise and a gentle look back at the '90s. The play celebrates the first...

  • Billie Joe Armstrong musical comes to Atlantic Theater Co.

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Green Day front man and "American Idiot" co-creator Billie Joe Armstrong's new musical, the final installment of Dominique Morisseau's Detroit trilogy and the world premiere of a David Yazbek musical will be the highlights as the Atlantic Theater Company celebrates its 30th...

  • Athens Daily Review, Texas, Jeff Riggs column

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    I go to sleep every night with the television. Often, early in the morning, I wake up to the television. I go to sleep to my favorites, including Forensic Files or Snapped. This morning, as is the case with many mornings, I woke up to I Love Lucy. It’s like going way back in time. I so loved...

  • Movie review: Nobody plays Pacino like Pacino in ‘Danny Collins’

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    “Danny Collins” may be the closest Al Pacino ever gets to playing Pacino the Legend on the big screen. Perma-tanned under that vast black mane and Mephistophelian goatee, blinged in the Jersey Italian style, effortlessly larger than life and bowl-you-over charming, this is the post “Hoo-Hah”...

  • Track Debut: DEERPEOPLE's surfy tune "She Skates Boards And She Gets Real High"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Half deer. Half people. All fun. That’s the recipe for DEERPEOPLE’s new song that can be messily abbreviated as “SSBAGRH” and heard exclusively here. It’s the fourth track off of the Oklahoma City-based band’s full-length LP, “There’s Still Time for Us to Die.” Bassist Alex Larrea sent me the...

  • Constantly evolving and taking chances, Mary Chapin Carpenter brings acoustic tour to Oklahoma City

    By Brandy McDonnell, BAM | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter is bringing her spring acoustic tour to Oklahoma City Community College Monday for a show at the Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater.

  • Oklahoma band Q&A: Found Footage

    By Becky Carman, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Becky Carman interviewed Found Footage about being anti-promotional, Dust House’s first physical release and the freedom to change.

  • Q&A: Julie Andrews on ‘Music’ and musicals


    As she celebrates the 50th anniversary of “The Sound of Music,” the lively and humorous Julie Andrews, 79, spoke with The Times by phone recently about the status of the movie musical genre, her blossoming friendship with Lady Gaga and the complexity of the Oscars’ best picture category. — I...

  • Denver, LA musicians find universal stories behind headlines


    DENVER (AP) — The trials of young people brought to the U.S. before they are old enough to know what it means to be illegal are the themes of an album being released Thursday featuring Shawn King of the Denver-based group DeVotchKa. The music was first created for Antonio Mercado's play...

  • Ruby Jewel Knorr-Myers


    Ruby Jewel Knorr-Myers died peacefully among loved ones on the morning of Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in Broken Arrow, Okla. at age 91. She was born on April 4, 1923 in Selt, Mo., one of eleven children of Zona Francis (nee Evans) and Harvey Earnest Stark. On Jan. 18, 1946 she married Alfred Oscar...

  • ‘Sound of Music’ and ‘Pretty Woman’: Spirited women drive two beloved movies


    There is a very specific portrait of a lady that has long enthralled Hollywood. A young woman of modest means falls for an older man of wealth. Both the woman and the man are transformed by love, and though it might seem indelicate to mention, the money factors in. A significant improvement in...

  • Tunisians assure Star Wars sets safe from Islamic State


    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — It was a flood of messages from concerned friends abroad that alerted the president of Tunisia's Star Wars fan club that the sets of his beloved film were under attack by militants — at least according to exaggerated reports in the foreign press. In a country still reeling...

  • Austin American-Statesman Joe Gross column


    Austin American-Statesman Joe Gross column Joe Gross Austin American-Statesman A few more notes on South by Southwest: --Trey Edward Shults' drama "Krisha" and Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber's "Peace Officer" -- about a Utah sheriff who established his area's first SWAT team, with grim...

  • Fusebox Festival: Out-of-bounds arts festival is free -- and free ranging


    Fusebox Festival: Out-of-bounds arts festival is free -- and free ranging Jeanne Claire van Ryzin Austin American-Statesman This time around, the Fusebox Festival is going local. With its embrace of community issues surrounding East Austin, Austin's annual edgy arts festival this year...

  • Tracy Byrd selected for Texas Country Music Hall of Fame


    Rain may have dampened and canceled the Tracy Byrd concert this past weekend, but the local country music star still had plenty to smile about that day. Byrd learned that he will be inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame this summer when Tommie Ritter-Smith, CEO of the Texas Country...

  • 'American Idol'-like talent competition app launches


    LOS ANGELES (AP) — For anyone who's ever dreamed of being on "American Idol" or "The Voice" as a performer or judge, a new app seeks to make their fantasy come true. The talent competition app "Chosen" from David Hyman, the former CEO of Beats Music, is launching Thursday for invitees on Apple...

  • Game review: ‘Mario Party 10 Wii U’ keeps the party rolling


    The “Mario Party” series has been floating around for four console generations, with few of them going to the effort to really shake up the core formula. The point has always been to finish with the most stars and beat your friends at a handful of mini-games. That formula, for better or worse,...

  • Music accompanies Oklahoma teacher's rise above rough start in life

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Tony Flores was recently named Putnam City Schools’ teacher of the year. He is now in the running for Oklahoma’s teacher of the year.



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