• Single tickets to Kristin Chenoweth's March Oklahoma City concerts on sale today

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 56 min ago

    Single tickets are on sale today to Emmy- and Tony-winning actress/singer Kristin Chenoweth's home-state shows March 18-19 at Oklahoma City's Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker. The Broken Arrow native will be performing in OKC as part of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic's Pops Series. Single tickets are available starting today at the OKC Philharmonic Ticket Office in person at 428 W California in the McAlpine Center, Suite 210, or by phone at 842-5387. They also are available at The Civic Center Music Hall Box Office by phone at 297-2264. The tickets are expected be available online soon via www.myticketoffice.com. Single ticket prices range from $23 to $78.

  • Photos & video: The Flaming Lips and Miley Cyrus perform 'Dooo It' to close Sunday's MTV VMAs

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Oklahoma City-based experimental rockers The Flaming Lips again collaborated with envelope-pushing pop star Miley Cyrus Sunday night at MTV's annual Video Music Awards. Cyrus, who hosted the VMAs, and the Lips closed the show performing their song "Dooo It" with a couple dozen dancing drag queens. Naturally, there's lots of silly string, gyrating and animal costumes involved. As my excellent colleague Nathan Poppe reports, Cyrus capped the performance by announcing the release of her new collaboration record called "Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz," the follow-up to her platinum-selling 2013 release “Bangerz.

  • Video: 'The Librarians' Season 2 to premiere Nov. 1 on TNT, new trailer features double the Christian Kane

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 3 hr ago

    TNT has announced the debut date for the second season of its magically entertaining adventure series "The Librarians": The two-hour Season 2 premiere will air at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 on the cable network.  The show features Oklahoma actor/musician Christian Kane, Rebecca Romijn, Lindy Booth, John Kim, John Larroquette and Noah Wyle as a secret band of adventurers tasked with keeping the world safe from magical artifacts, places and spells - and the nefarious people who would misuse such enchanted objects.

  • Monday Catchy Quote No. 381

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 3 hr ago

    A catchy quote from a movie, TV show or other source to brighten the beginning of your week: Fred: Try saying that five times fast. George: Babbling, bumbling band of baboons. Fred: Babbling, bumbling band of baboons. - Click here to learn the source.

  • Oklahoma City Community College begins showing National Theatre Live series during Arts Festival Oklahoma

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 3 hr ago

    A version of this story appears in Monday's Your Life section of The Oklahoman. Screen shot: OCCC begins broadcasting National Theatre Live series during Arts Festival Oklahoma As if fireworks, live music and more than 100 visual artists weren’t enough, Helen Mirren, James Franco and a swashbuckling band of pirates are joining the merriment at the 37th Annual Arts Festival Oklahoma. Plus, Oklahoma City Community College has Benedict Cumberbatch waiting in the wings.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Aug. 31, 2015: Hear Gwar at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Today's featured event: TULSA - Heavy metal overlords Gwar will play a show on their 30th anniversary tour at 7:30 tonight at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N Main. Doors open at 7 p.m. Butcher Babies, Battlecross and Forever in Disgust also are on the lineup. For more information, go to www.cainsballroom.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • Oklahoma City Theatre Company opening 2015-16 season with still-relevant 'Of Mice and Men'

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    A version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman. Oklahoma City Theatre Company opening 2015-16 season with still-relevant 'Of Mice and Men' Despite all the technological advances, many struggles“Of Mice and Men” remain hauntingly familiar. “This play is set during the Great Depression, and it deals with racial issues. Economic inequality and racial inequality are two big, hot issues right now,” said Rachel Irick, artistic director of Oklahoma City Theatre Company. “We’ve made progress in some areas … but that makes a statement in and of itself that we’re still talking about those issues almost 100 years later.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Aug. 30, 2015: Hear Porch Mice play a Sunday Twilight Concert

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    Today's featured event: This summer, Arts Council Oklahoma City’s Sunday Twilight Concert Series, presented by Devon, invites music lovers of all ages to free, family-friendly concerts at the Myriad Gardens. Oklahoma City garage/country band Porch Mice will play at 7:30 tonight. The concerts take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on the Great Lawn Stage at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, and picnics; however, pets and glass containers are prohibited.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Aug. 29, 2015: Hear The Damn Quails at the Wormy Dog or Bobby Long at the Blue Door

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Today's featured events: Oklahoma red dirt rockers The Damn Quails will celebrate the release of their long-awaited sophomore album “Out of the Birdcage" with a show at 9:30 tonight at the Wormy Dog Saloon, 311 E Sheridan. Doors open at 6 tonight. The Quails will release the new album next Friday via the band's own Swomp Fyst Records. To read my excellent colleague Nathan Poppe's recent interview with the Quails, click here. For more information on the show, go to www.wormydog.com. OR British singer-songwriter Bobby Long will mark the release of his new album “Ode to Thinking,” released earlier this month on Nashville, Tenn.-based Compass Records, with a show at

  • Grammy nominee JD Souther to give free ACM@UCO master class Sept. 11

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma will host a master class featuring Grammy Award-nominated songwriter JD Souther at 11 a.m. Sept. 11 in the first-floor ACM@UCO Songwriting Room, 25 S Oklahoma Ave. The event is free and open to the public, according to a news release.

  • Pentatonix to release debut studio album of new original material Oct. 16

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Grammy Award-winning and platinum-selling recording artists Pentatonix are set to release their debut studio album on Friday, Oct. 16 via RCA Records. The self-titled album will feature new original material from the group, which includes former University of Oklahoma student Kirstin Maldonado, according to a news release. It will be available for pre-order starting Sept. 4. Additionally the first single, “Can’t Sleep Love” will be available on Sept. 4.  As previously reported, Pentatonix last week released the music video for its cover of OMI’s “Cheerleader." The video has already received more than 4 million views.  The group has been performing the track this summer on their tour

  • Carrie Underwood to be a guest judge on 'Project Runway' season finale

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Seven-time Grammy winner and Oklahoma native Carrie Underwood will appear on Lifetime’s Emmy-nominated "Project Runway," joining Nina Garcia and Zac Posen as a guest judge on the show's season finale. As previously reported, Underwood will be stepping to center stage in the fashion world during New York’s Fashion Week at the Calia by Carrie Underwood show to present the fall collection of her fitness and lifestyle brand. The "Project Runaway" season finale show tapes Friday, Sept. 11 with Emmy Award winners Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn. The finale episode will air at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 on Lifetime, according to a news release.

  • Mac Miller rapping into Tulsa, Oklahoma City; tickets on sale today

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Pittsburgh-based rapper Mac Miller has announced the "The GO:OD AM" tour, in honor of his upcoming album of the same name, due out Sept. 18 on Warner Bros. The autumn outing includes Oklahoma shows Oct. 27 at Tulsa’s Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N Main, and Oct. 28 at Oklahoma City’s Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S Eastern Ave. Tulsa tickets range from $32.50 to $47.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at www.cainsballroom.com. OKC tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Buy For Less locations in Oklahoma City, Reasor’s and Starship Records in Tulsa, by phone at (866) 977-6849 and online at www.protix.com. General admission tickets are $29 in advance. For more information, go to

  • REO Speedwagon flying into Oklahoma for 2 November shows

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Classic rockers REO Speedwagon are planning two November tour dates in Oklahoma. Fronted by Kevin Cronin since 1972, the band will play Nov. 6 at 7 Clans First Council Casino Hotel, 12875 N U.S. 77 in Newkirk. Tickets go on sale Friday and will be available at www.ticketstorm.com. One year after performing to a capacity crowd, the “Keep on Loving You,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “Time for Me to Fly” hitmakers also will play a return engagement Nov. 12 at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, 70 W Cherokee Street in Catoosa. Tickets go on sale Thursday and will be available at www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com. For more information, go to

  • Extended interview & video: Maddie & Tae ready to 'Start Here' with debut album, out today

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    An abbreviated version of this story appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Girls in a country song Maddie & Tae are ready to 'Start Here' with highly anticipated debut album, out today When Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye warble about dumping an annoying fishing buddy out of the boat on their new album, the hilariously catchy lyrics can’t help but snare a little truth. That’s because their feisty ditty “Shut up and Fish” is loosely based on a real-life incident that took place in Dye’s home state of Oklahoma.

  • Video: Guthrie's Pollard Theatre goes 'Crazy' for musicals in 2015-16 season

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    A version of this story appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Guthrie's Pollard Theatre goes 'Crazy' for musicals in 2015-16 GUTHRIE -- The Pollard Theatre is going for “Crazy” for musicals for its 29th season. Not only is the Guthrie theater currently staging the popular country music tribute “Always … Patsy Cline,” but the company also is planning for 2015-16 three more musicals: the bluesy, jazzy and gospel-infused adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel “The Color Purple” (Oct. 9-31); the family-friendly and socially conscious 1960s dance party “Hairspray” (April 29-May 21); and the state premiere of Green Day’s rock opera

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Aug. 28, 2015: Laugh along with Myq Kaplan at the Myriad Gardens

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Today's featured event: Laugh along with stand-up comedian Myq Kaplan, a contender on the 10th season of "America's Got Talent," at 8 tonight at the Myriad Gardens Water Stage, 301 W Reno. OKC Improv and local comic Spencer Hicks will open the show. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For tickets and information, go to www.ticketstorm.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • Thursday Video Spotlight: John Newman's 'Tiring Game,' featuring Charlie Wilson

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Oklahoma native and R&B legend Charlie Wilson lends his incredible voice to "Tiring Game," the new single from English soul singer John Newman, and also appears in the newly released video: "Tiring Game" is from Newman's second album "Revolve," out Oct. 16. Wilson, who recently added Washington Post and New York Times best-selling author to his resume with the release of his memoir "I Am Charlie Wilson," has become a go-to guest vocalist and mentor among young hit-makers like Newman, Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams, Shaggy and more.

  • Thursday Video Spotlight: Kristin Chenoweth talks fear of flying, manscapes Conan O'Brien's brown on 'Conan'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Emmy- and Tony-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth, who hails from Broken Arrow, appeared this week on "Conan," and not surprisingly, hilarity ensued. She talked about some creepy encounters with fellow passengers that helped her get over her fear of flying. She shared one of the gross things about being a Broadway singer that they probably don't teach you in school. And she brought Conan O'Brien to tears by taking tweezers to his eyebrows for a little "manscaping." Chenoweth has been keeping busy since wrapping up her Tony-nominated run in the Broadway revival of "On the Twentieth Century.

  • Calia By Carrie Underwood to show at New York Fashion Week event in September

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Dick's Sporting Goods and Checotah native Carrie Underwood have announced plans to show the new Calia by Carrie Underwood line at the brand’s first New York Fashion Week event. The presentation will take place on Sept. 10 and will be the first activation at NYFW HQ, the official headquarters for New York Fashion Week and new satellite hub for the wider fashion community, according to a news release. At the private event, the country music superstar - and the line's lead designer - will be present to show off the fitness and lifestyle brands’ first Fall / Winter collection.




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