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

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 3 hr ago

    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.

  • Video: IFC switches 'Documentary Now!' episodes after death of Virginia journalists

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 4 hr ago

    IFC has decided to swap out tonight's planned episode of "Documentary Now!" in the wake of the shooting deaths of a Virginia reporter and photojournalist on live television, reports EW.com. As previously reported, the uproarious new mockumentary series - created by and starring Tulsa native Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Seth Meyers - was set to continue this week with an episode titled “Dronez: The Hunt for El Chingon,” which sends up the "Vice"-style of documentary storytelling. Co-starring Jack Black, the episode follows two journalists (Hader and Armisen) as they try to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Aug. 27, 2015: Hear tall tales and other stories at the 35th Annual Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Today's featured event: See and hear nationally renowned storytellers Megan Wells, Jim May and Charlotte Blake Alston perform tonight, the opening night of the Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival. Organized by the Arts Council Oklahoma City, the festival will mark 35 years of celebrating the ancient art of storytelling today through Saturday at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive. As previously reported, the festival will include evening showcase performances for the three headlining tellers, as well as daytime workshops on Friday and Saturday. In addition, the festival includes several free events, such as Friday and Saturday lunchtime storytelling by the regional group Territory

  • Toby Keith pays emotional tribute to 93-year-old Oklahoma veteran during North Carolina concert

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    Oklahoma country music superstar Toby Keith paid emotional tribute to an Oklahoma military veteran during his Friday night show in Charlotte, N.C. The Norman resident brought 93-year-old retired Lt. Col. Harry Frizzell Sr., who was wearing a University of Oklahoma shirt and apparently accompanied by family members, onto the stage for the concert's encore. "People, listen: 34 years of service, Vietnam, Korea, World War II. He put four kids through our school back home at OU, and he lives up here. He wore his shirt tonight and he wanted to come to the show," Keith said. "I wanted y'all to see what a true American hero looks like.

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Carrie Underwood's official 'Smoke Break' video

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    Checotah native Carrie Underwood pays tribute to strong women with the video for her new single "Smoke Break," the first song from her upcoming album "Storyteller." As previously reported, the video premiered Monday exclusively on "Entertainment Tonight" and ET Online, which visited the country music superstar on the set in the Mojave Desert. Underwood's husband, Mike Fisher, and their infant son Isaiah hung out on her tour bus on the set for the video, her first since welcoming her first child sixth months ago. The "Smoke Break" video was directed by  Randee St. Nicholas, who not only helmed Underwood’s award-winning video for “Blown Away" but also shot the cover art for "Storyteller," which will

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Aug. 26, 2015: Check out Way Back Wednesday at the Oklahoma City Zoo

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    Today's featured event: The Oklahoma City Zoo is wrapping up its Way Back Wednesday summer promotion today, when admission is $1 per person and free for children 2 and younger. The zoo, 2101 NE 50, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Weather permitting, the zoo is offering new “Wild Enrichment” sessions, to show how zookeepers work to enrich the lives of the animals in their care every day. Animal enrichment provides an environment that stimulates natural behaviors with special or new exhibit design, training, food or sensory activity. “Wild Enrichment” sessions are free, and here is the schedule: - 9:30 a.m.     Oklahoma Trails: Rotates between Grizzly bears,

  • The art of the story: Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival celebrates 35th anniversary this week

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    A version of this story appeared in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman. Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival celebrates 35 years of showcasing tale-spinners, oral historians, folklorists and more After doing it professionally for more than 20 years, Megan Wells has deduced that storytelling may be a close cousin of theater but it’s also akin to dancing. “I would say theater is more witness: The audience witnesses. And in storytelling, the audience partners,” she said. “In order for it to be storytelling, it has to all be ruled by audience response. It’s a dance, and the audience is a dance partner.

  • Video: Tulsa duo Desi and Cody release self-titled album

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Tulsa folk/pop duo Desi and Cody today released the pair's eponymous debut album worldwide via iTunes. Married musicians Desi and Cody Clinton spent about three and a half years working on the album, which was recorded in part at Tulsa's Church Studio. “It really is a pretty revealing album,” Cody told my excellent colleague Nathan Poppe in an interview prior to the CD and vinyl release in May. “To finally let it go feels cathartic, like finally letting go of all of that emotional baggage.” Desi and Cody, Mike Hosty and FM Pilots will play the final installment of the Acoustic August Concert Series at Tulsa's Guthrie Green from  2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go

  • Carrie Underwood reveals album cover art for 'Storyteller'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    As previously reported, seven-time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood, who hails from Checotah, will release her new album, "Storyteller," on Oct. 23, and as you can see above, now we know what the cover looks like. EW.com exclusively revealed the cover art in a feature online today that you can see here. The Oklahoma also talks about the album and its first single, “Smoke Break,” as part of Entertainment Weekly’s fall preview issue, on stands now.  Produced by Jay Joyce and written by Underwood, Hillary Lindsey, and Chris DeStefano, the digital single for “Smoke Break” is available for sale at http://smarturl.it/cusmokebreak.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Aug. 25, 2015: Hear Willie Watson at Opolis

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Today's featured event: NORMAN - Hear former Old Crow Medicine Show multi-instrumentalist Willie Watson play a solo show at 9 tonight at Opolis, 113 N Crawford. Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Sherree Chamberlain also is on the bill. Doors open at 8 p.m. For more information, go to opolis.org. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • Former first lady Laura Bush to speak at 2015 Water4 gala

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Former first lady Laura W. Bush will be the keynote speaker at Water4’s annual celebration and gala Sept. 22 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Bush will reflect upon her travel to Africa during her husband's administration as well as post-presidency. The theme of this year’s gala is courage, specifically as it relates to women around the world who bear the brunt of the water crisis, according to a news release. Many women walk an average of 3.75 miles each day to carry water that is sickening and killing their families. Nearly 5,000 of their children die each day from water-related illnesses – that’s almost one every 20 seconds.

  • Video: Carrie Underwood's 'Smoke Break' scores a record-breaking impact week at country radio

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Checotah native and country music supertar Carrie Underwood makes history today at country radio as her new single, “Smoke Break,” earns the highest one-week add total in the history of trade publication Country Aircheck, according to a news release. "Smoke Break" scored 145 Mediabase adds and 159 total Billboard and Country Aircheck reporting stations on board for the song’s official airplay impact date.  As previously reported, "Smoke Break" was produced by Jay Joyce and written by Underwood, Hillary Lindsey, and Chris DeStefano and digitally delivered to country radio late last Thursday, just hours after the superstar announced the single on Facebook.

  • Christian Kane to appear at Tulsa's Wizard World Comic Con

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    After a popular appearance at May's Wizard World Comic Con in St. Louis, Mo., actor/singer Christian Kane will make a home-state appearance in October at Wizard World Comic Con in Tulsa. Known for his regular roles on the TNT series "The Librarians" and "Leverage" as well as for his recurring role on the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" spin-off series "Angel," Kane grew up in Norman and still has family and friends in Oklahoma. The Tulsa pop culture convention is set for Oct. 23-25 at the Cox Business Center, 100 Civic Center.

  • Toby Keith to help launch 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    As Stephen Colbert readies for his run as David Letterman's successor, Oklahoma country music superstar Toby Keith is among the celebrities he's calling on to launch "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" premieres at 10:35 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8 on the CBS Television Network, with a week full of guests spanning the worlds of film, politics, business and music. Guests appearing on Sept. 8 will include Academy Award winner George Clooney, Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and a musical performance by the new "Late Show" bandleader Jon Batiste with his band Stay Human and special guests, according to a news release.

  • Monday Catchy Quote No. 380

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    A catchy quote from a movie, TV show or other source to brighten the beginning of your week: Annie: What is that smell? Jack: It's gas. Annie: We're leaking gas? Jack: We are now. Annie: What, you thought you needed another challenge or something? - Click here to learn the source.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Aug. 24, 2015: Hear Susan Herndon play a free lunchtime show at Leadership Square

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Today's featured event: Hear Oklahoma singer-songwriter Susan Herndon play a free show at noon today at Leadership Square, 211 N Robinson Ave. Herndon recently released her new independent album “Vagabonde,” 10 songs she sang in French or a melange of French and English. Check out my interview with her about the new music here. Today's show is part of the Arts Council Oklahoma City's Art Moves program. For more information, go to www.artscouncilokc.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Aug. 23, 2015: Hear The Elders play Norman's final Summer Breeze Concert of the season

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Today's featured event: NORMAN - Celtic roots-rock band The Elders will close out this year’s free Summer Breeze concert series at 7:30 tonight in Lions Park at the corner of Flood and Symmes. The Elders are Ian Byrne (vocals, percussion, whistle), Steve Phillips (vocals, guitar, mandolin), Brent Hoad (vocals, keyboards, fiddle, guitar), Norm Dahlor (vocals, bass, guitar, banjo), Kian Byrne (drums, bass, mandolin), and Colin Farrell (fiddle, whistle, flute.) Their ability to bring together the art of storytelling with elements both musically progressive and rooted in tradition has won them a broad international fan base and critical acclaim, according to a news release.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Aug. 22, 2015: Hear Horse Thief play a free show at 51st Street Speakeasy

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Today's featured event: Hear Oklahoma City-based Bella Union recording artists Horse Thief play a free show at 9 tonight at 51st Street Speakeasy, 1114 NW 51. Jose Hernandez & The Black Magic Waters and Beach Language also are on the bill for tonight's show. For more information, go to 51stspeakeasy.com. For more events, go to http://newsok.com/events.

  • Alfre Woodard tapped for Marvel's 'Luke Cage' Netflix series

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Tulsa native Alfre Woodard is near a dealto star opposite Mike Colter ("Million Dollar Baby," TV's "The Good Wife") in Marvel's Netflix drama "Luke Cage," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The trade publication reports that Colter's character will be introduced in"Jessica Jones," the second of four Marvel series for Netflix, before being spun off into his own show. During the course of an investigation in New York, private investigator Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) encounters the mysterious Luke Cage — "a man whose past has secrets that will dramatically alter Jessica herself in ways she could never have imagined.

  • Video: Christian rockers Pillar release 'One Love Revolution,' first album in 6 years

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Christian rockers Pillar, who have ties to the Tulsa area, released today "One Love Revolution," their first album in six years. The follow-up to 2009's "Confessions," "One Love Revolution" features what most fans consider the band's definitive lineup: Rob Beckley on vocals, Noah Henson on guitar, Lester Estelle Jr. on drums and Michael "Kalel" Wittig on bass. As previously reported, the current members announced their reunion and plans for a new album  in 2012. "One Love Revolution" is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other digital outlets. According to the band's Facebook, digital copies include the exclusive tune "A Season," which is not available on the physical CD.