• Video: Disney's 'Descendants' starring Kristin Chenoweth premieres tonight

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    "Descendants," Disney's latest experiment in transforming its famous animated characters into live-action figures, premieres at 7 tonight on the Disney Channel. As previously reported, the telefilm will featuring Tony- and Emmy-winning singer/actress Kristin Chenoweth, a Broken Arrow native, butting heads with her onscreen daughter Mal, played by Dove Cameron of the Disney series "Liv and Maddie." The cast of the adventure comedy also includes Booboo Stewart as Jay, son of Jafar; Sofia Carson as Evie, daughter of the Evil Queen; Cameron Boyce as Carlos, son of Cruelle de Vil; and Mitchell Hope as Ben, the son of Belle and the Beast.

  • Video: Ripple Green release new EP 'Timepiece,' celebrating with free Oklahoma City show

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Ripple Green, a rock trio from Oklahoma, is celebrating the release of its new EP "Timepiece" with a free show at 10 tonight at the 51st Street Speakeasy, 1114 NW 51. The album is out today via Dice and Drum Records. My excellent colleague Nathan Poppe recently debuted the first single and title track, what he calls a "catchy rock gem," on his Middle of Nowhere blog. This single and its music video video were recorded during the band’s six-month stint throughout Europe in 2014, according to a news release. The song started out as a projection of longing for the sun, particularly the sun of Oklahoma, but it soon turned into an account of how people’s lives revolve around other

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 31, 2015: Hear Holly Miranda at the Blue Door

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Today's featured event: Indie singer-songwriter Holly Miranda, who recently released her self-titled sophomore album on Dangerbird Records, will play at 8 tonight at the Blue Door, 2805 N McKinley. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. On a trip intended to jump-start the creative process for new material, Miranda reflects in press materials, “I had a dream that I was going to rent a house in Joshua Tree and go write by myself for a month. I’d never been there before, but I woke up the next day and booked the first house I found and left a few days later. It was about getting away from the chatter of Los Angeles and reconnecting with myself and nature.

  • 48 Hour Film Project racing back to OKC this weekend

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    The 48 Hour Film Project, the world’s largest timed filmmaking competition, is returning to Oklahoma Friday through Sunday as teams from across the state will race to produce short films from start to finish over the course of one weekend using quick-witted creativity, helter-skelter innovation and gallons of caffeine.  The contest is part of a global competition in which teams compete for the chance to win a $5,000 grand prize and the opportunity to take their film to Hollywood and to screen at the Cannes International Film Festival’s Short Film Corner in 2016.  On Friday, each team will draw a movie genre from a hat and be assigned a character, prop and line of dialogue that must be

  • OETA wins Emmy for broadcast of CityRep's 'Grapes of Wrath'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    The Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA), Oklahoma's network of PBS member stations, recently received a Regional Emmy Award for its broadcast last fall of Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre's production of "The Grapes of Wrath." OETA won the Emmy in the Arts/Entertainment - Program/Series/Special category at the Heartland Emmy Awards earlier this month for “Back in Time: The Grapes of Wrath,” from producer Robert Burch and photo/editor Ryan Long. To read more of the Heartland Emmy Award winners, click here.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 30, 2015: Hear Kevin Welch at the Blue Door

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Today's featured event: Hear singer-songwriter Kevin Welch at 8 tonight at the Blue Door, 2805 N McKinley. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Welch's poetic songs paint pictures of real people-people you know, people you've seen-so clearly that you realize quickly he's a keen observer of the human experience. His songs have an almost film-like quality in their vision and beauty. After growing up in Oklahoma, where he played in the popular regional band Blue Rose Cafe, Kevin moved to Nashville in the late 1970s, upon the suggestion of his friend John Hadley, a professor at the University of Oklahoma. Once in Nashville, he became a songwriter for Tree International.

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Bill Hader is the hit-movie-making, Make-A-Wish-granting hero of the summer

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    It seems like it's been a pretty great summer for Tulsa native Bill Hader. The former "Saturday Night Live" player starred in two wildly different, critically acclaimed box office hits: He gave voice to twitchy Fear in Disney/Pixar's new beloved blockbuster "Inside Out," and he played his first leading man role, opposite current "it" comic Amy Schumer (with LeBron James as his character's BFF, no less) in the raunchy rom-com "Trainwreck." In addition, the Make-A-Wish Foundation recently published video of Hader granting a teenage cancer survivor's Make-A-Wish request to prank her entire high school.

  • Blake Shelton honors Ada radio station as the first to play his music

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    ADA – Radio station KADA recently was recognized by Ada native Blake Shelton and Warner Brothers Records for being the first radio station to play Shelton’s music. The framed platinum record award presented to the station also commemorates one million album sales of Shelton’s 2013 album, “Based on a True Story.” KADA is owned and operated by the Chickasaw Nation, according to a news release. Station General Manager Roger Harris explained one reason KADA played the country superstar's music before anyone else. “Blake’s dad, Dick Shelton, was a car salesman next door to our station. He would bring early recordings on cassette and ask us to play them.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 29, 2015: Hear Wink Burcham and Ali Harter at The Deli

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Today's featured event: NORMAN - Hear Wink Burcham and Ali Harter, along with Ryan Jones and Mike Byars, at 10 tonight at The Deli, 309 White Street. Brad Fielder and Ryan Lawson will play a free show from 8 to 10 p.m. at the venue. For more information, go to http://thedeli.us. For more events, go to http://newsok.com/events.

  • Sneak peek clips: Rascal Flatts sits down with Dan Rather on tonight's 'The Big Interview'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Superstar country trio Rascal Flatts spends an hour in conversation with well-known newsman Dan Rather at 7 tonight on “The Big Interview.” Broadcast on AXS TV, “The Big Interview” provides in-depth excursions into the lives and careers of some of America's most influential entertainers. Rascal Flatts includes guitarist Joe Don Rooney, who grew up in Picher, plus lead singer Gary LeVox and bassist/keyboardist Jay DeMarcus, who are cousins who grew up together in Ohio. They're talking about how they formed their trio, how their religious beliefs end up in their music, what they think it means to be country and much more in the interview. lead singer Gary LeVox, guitarist/vocalist

  • Video: Oklahoma City comedian Spencer Hicks to record live comedy album Wednesday

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Local comedian Spencer Hicks will record his debut album live with a comedy showcase at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Will Rogers Theatre, 4322 N Western Ave. The show is free and open to the public, and will also feature a performance by BradChad Porter. Guests must be at least 21 to enter. Cash bar. Doors open at 7 p.m. Hicks has been involved in the Oklahoma City comedy scene since 2004, and has shared the stage with Dave Chappelle, Rob Delaney and Paul F. Tompkins. He’s a co-founder of comedy booking and promotions company OKC Comedy, a contributing writer for The Lost Ogle blog, and a popular host for local events like IgniteOKC.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 28, 2015: See 'Posed & Composed: Portraits of Women from the Permanent Collection' at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Today's featured event: The Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, showcases the diversity of the female portrait in the latest exhibition, "Posed & Composed: Portraits of Women from the Permanent Collection." "This exhibition considers one of the most enduring subjects in the history of Western art: portraits of women," said Film and American Art Curator Michael J. Anderson, in a news release. "Instead of designing the gallery with the paintings arranged chronologically, we have sought to highlight commonalities in pose, gesture, color, composition, and subject matter. In being viewed outside their immediate historical contexts, they begin to speak to each other in new and unexpected ways.

  • Video & photos: Kristin Chenoweth recalls her Oklahoma roots at Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    As previously reported, Emmy- and Tony-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Friday in a ceremony attended by Carol Burnett, Kenny Ortega, Diane Warren and Dove Cameron. Although Friday's live stream didn't work, video now has been released of the ceremony: A Broken Arrow native, Chenoweth recalled her Oklahoma roots when she accepted the honor of the 2,555th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “Growing up in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, I never, ever, ever thought I would get to come to Hollywood, let alone be where people could walk all over me,” Chenoweth quipped. Burnett called herself the petite multimedia star's No. 1 fan. “I

  • Monday Catchy Quote No. 376

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    A catchy quote from a movie, TV show or other source to brighten the beginning of your week: Patrick Star: Justice is best soft served. - Click here to learn the source.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 27, 2015: Catch Dino O'Dell at Northwest and Capitol Hill libraries

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Today's featured event: Dinosaur O’Dell (better known to his fans as “Dino”), a children’s musician, educator and storyteller based in Kansas City, will perform free shows today at 10:30 a.m. at Northwest Library, 5600 NW 122, and at 2 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 334 SW 26. The free performances are part of the final week of the Metropolitan Library System's Neighborhood Arts program. Dino, who released earlier this month his latest picture book, "Zar and the Broken Spaceship," will perform throughout the week at various library locations. For more information, go to www.metrolibrary.org. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • Alfre Woodard to be featured on new season of 'Who Do You Think You Are?,' debuting tonight

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    The two-time Emmy nominated series "Who Do You Think You Are?" returns this summer to share more fascinating stories, and shed light on surprising revelations, of the real life family history of celebrities. Executive Produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, the new season premieres at 8 tonight on TLC.  Participants this season include Bryan Cranston, J.K. Rowling, Tom Bergeron, Ginnifer Goodwin and Tulsa native Alfre Woodard. Woodard, an Oscar nominee and 2014 Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee, strives to find out more about the paternal side of her family, and explores how her surname came to be, in this season.

  • Tulsa artist Matthew Bearden takes on American Indian mascot issue with painted helmet series

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    An abbreviated version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman. Tulsa painter tackles issue of American Indian mascots with artistic helmet series Under the bright lights, a gleaming line of helmets showcase mascots and logos no team has ever worn -- and almost certainly, no team ever will. A portrait of the pope in his tall hat called a mitre. An American Indian warrior with the feathers of his war bonnet rendered instead as bullets and bombs. A white devil bearing a wide grin. “You still have the Red Devils, you got your Blue Devils, and now you got your White Devils,” said the artist, Matthew Bearden. “A little message behind it … but some of it is

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 26, 2015: Hear Adam & Kizzie play a Summer Breeze concert in Norman

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Today's featured event: NORMAN - Adam & Kizzie take the stage of The Depot’s free Summer Breeze concert series at 7:30 tonight in Norman’s Lions Park at the corner of Flood and Symmes. Adam and Kizzie Ledbetter are a married couple who after having been best friends in high school went their separate ways, performing all over the world. Kizzie sang for Disney for years in Tokyo and the Bahamas, while Adam focused primarily on straight-ahead jazz piano, which took him to Brazil, Italy, France and his well sought after four-piece band, New Growth, was established.

  • Audra Mae playing Oklahoma City benefit show tonight

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Singer-songwriter Audra Mae, an Oklahoma native now based in Los Angeles, will play a hometown benefit show at 7:30 tonight at Will Rogers Park Amphitheater, 3312 N Portland. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Backstage Players, the alliance support group for children who participate in the Northwest Optimist Performing Arts Center. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/BackstagePlayers. Tickets will be available at the door for a minimum donation of $5 for adults and $3 for children. A Putnam City High School graduate, Mae not only performs and records her own music but also has written songs recorded by Miranda Lambert, Avicii, Kelly Clarkson, Joy Williams and Celine Dion. For more information,

  • ‘Comedy Get Down’ brings Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley and more to Oklahoma City tonight

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Cedric The Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy will come together to for ‘The Comedy Get Down’ at 8 tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno. Ticket prices range from $46.75 to $62.75. Tickets are available at (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, go to www.chesapeakearena.com.




Advertisement