• Wednesday Video Spotlight: "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "the Big Lebowski," "Saving Private Ryan" and more named to National Film Registry of the Library of Congress

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    The horrors of war, the heroism of sacrifice, a vaudeville pioneer, the devil and a master of the macabre represent the diversity of an elite selection of films recognized for their cultural, historic or aesthetic significance. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures to be named to the […]

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Carrie Underwood's "Greatest Hits: Decade #1" debuts at No. 1 on Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Superstar Carrie Underwood, who hails from Checotah, makes it five for five this week as her newly released “Greatest Hits: Decade #1″ (19 Recordings/Arista Nashville) becomes her fifth consecutive album to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums sales chart, according to a news release. The 25-song collection – which includes her new […]

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Garth Brooks appears and performs on "Jimmy Kimmel Live"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Oklahoma country music superstar Garth Brooks appeared Tuesday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” where he talked about his semi-retired period raising his kids in Oklahoma, his wife Trisha Yearwood, his first album in 13 years, his experience playing professional baseball and his charity Teammates for Kids. Brooks also performed his latest single, the emotional ballad […]

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Blake Shelton and his new "The Voice" winner Craig Wayne Boyd make a songwriter's dream come true

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton overcame long odds to notch his fourth victory on “The Voice” as Team Blake’s country-rock finalist Craig Wayne Boyd won Season 7 of the hit reality TV show. As previously reported, it was a Team Blake vs. Team Adam face-off to cap this season, with Shelton’s bromantic pal Adam […]

  • Kristin Chenoweth to stream new album "Coming Home" on Spotify TODAY

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Broken Arrow native Kristin Chenoweth returned to her hometown to record her first live album “Coming Home,” and she will stream the new release at 5 p.m. today on Spotify. To follow along with the stream, go here. Chenoweth also will be chatting with fans via Twitter (find her @KChenoweth) during the stream. Fans can […]

  • Listen: Beau Jennings "A Little Bit Higher Now," from his Will Rogers-inspired album "The Verdigris"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Oklahoma musician Beau Jennings’ forthcoming record “The Verdigris” is billed as the only true album completely based on the life of Will Rogers and inspired by the places and spaces Rogers inhabited during his lifetime. Produced by Jarod Evans (The Flaming Lips, Broncho) and featuring appearances by Sufjan Stevens and Alan Vest (Starlight Mints), “The […]

  • Listen: Cody Canada and The Departed, "Easy" and "Inbetweener," from new album "HippieLovePunk"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Oklahoma-Texas red dirt rockers Cody Canada and The Departed are getting ready to release a new album called “HippieLovePunk” on Jan. 13, and we’re starting to get an idea of what The Departed sounds like as a four-piece. (If you guessed kind of like Canada and Jeremy Plato’s old band Cross Canadian Ragweed, only with […]

  • Science Museum Oklahoma to offer "Frozen" fun and other special holiday theme programs

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Science Museum Oklahoma is hosting four special holiday-themed programs in the next few days. These programs will incorporate the wonders and thrills of science with the winter season. Designed for students in kindergarten through sixth grade, these programs enable parents to drop-off their kids at the museum while they finish any holiday shopping, cooking, cleaning […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Dec. 17, 2014: Hear December Songs at the Blue Door

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Celebrate the season with December Songs, featuring Amy Speace, Rod Picott and Wild Ponies, at 8 tonight at the Blue Door, 2805 N McKinley. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. For more information, go to www.bluedoorokc.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events. -BAM

  • Video and photos: Miranda Lambert wins female vocalist of the year, Reba McEntire honored as an icon at 1st American Country Countdown Awards

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The pride of Chockie Reba McEntire was honored as an icon, Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert won female vocalist of the year, Checotah native Carrie Underwood performed and showed off her baby bump, Oklahoma-Texas duo Maddie & Tae were among the presenters on Monday’s inaugural American Country Countdown Awards, which aired live on […]

  • Video: Blake Shelton duets with finalist Craig Wayne Boyd on "The Voice," finale is TONIGHT on NBC

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton and his latest “The Voice” contender, country-rocker Craig Wayne Boyd, turned the stage of the reality show into a modern-day honky tonk Monday night with their energetic duet on Randy Houser’s “Boots On.” As previously reported, it’s a Team Blake vs. Team Adam face-off to cap this seasons, with […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Dec. 16, 2014: See Lyric Theatre's "A Christmas Carol" and help feed hungry Oklahomans

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    Today’s featured event: See Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s “A Christmas Carol” at 7:30 tonight at Lyric at the Plaza, 1725 NW 16. Performances of the holiday favorite continue through Dec. 27. Lyric Theatre is once again raising money for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma during the run “A Christmas Carol,” presented by Devon Energy. […]

  • Video: New trailer for Terrence Malick's "Knight of Cups"

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Famously mysterious filmmaker Terrence Malick, who grew up in Bartlesville, now has an unsurprisingly mysterious trailer to go with his new film, “Knight of Cups.” Described as a story of a man dealing with temptations, celebrity and excess, the film stars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Wes Bentley, […]

  • Video: Miranda Lambert featured on Marie Claire cover, releasing "Little Red Wagon" as next single

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Country music superstar Miranda Lambert, who lives in Tishomingo, is featured on the cover of the January issue of Marie Claire magazine, on sale this week. The magazine provided a few snippets of the cover story, including: On writing and singing her own songs: “Early on, an artist told me, ‘Don’t be yourself. Perform and […]

  • Video: Maddie & Tae featured on "Weekend Today" after "Girl in a Country Song" hits No. 1

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Oklahoma-Texas country duo Maddie & Tae appeared Saturday on “Weekend Today” in a segment highlighting the success of the duo’s No. 1 debut hit  “Girl In A Country Song.” Tackling the topic of “bro country,” the segment includes an interview with Maddie & Tae as well as Country Weekly Editor-In-Chief Lisa Konicki who says, “I […]

  • Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and more to be in spotlight at TONIGHT's inaugural Country Countdown Awards

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Several Oklahoma country music superstars will be in the spotlight at the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards, airing live from Nashville’s Music City Center from 7 to 9 tonight on Fox. Based on country music’s longest-running radio countdown show, “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” which has recognized the best in country radio for more […]

  • Monday Catchy Quote No. 344

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Here’s a catchy quote from a movie, TV show or other source to brighten the beginning of your week: Scott: She changed her hair. Wallace: So? It looks nice blue! Scott: Yeah I know, but she did it without making a big deal out of it or anything… She’s fickle, impulsive, spontaneous… What am I […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Dec. 15, 2014: Take advantage of free admission to the Oklahoma City Zoo

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Today’s featured event: The Oklahoma City Zoo, 2101 NE 50, is offering free admission for guests each Monday in December, January and February. The zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, go to www.okczoo.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events. -BAM  

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Dec. 14, 2014: Hear Sisters of Swing at the Norman Depot

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Today’s featured event: NORMAN – Sunday Jazz at The Depot will feature The Sisters of Swing Holiday Jazz Concert at 7:30 today.  This light-hearted musical celebration is now an annual tradition at The Depot, 200 S Jones Ave. Tickets are $10.  Light refreshments will be served. The Sisters of Swing features Mary Reynolds (bass, guitar, […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Dec. 13, 2014: Hear John Fullbright and Travis Linville at Mitchell Hall Theatre

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    Today’s featured event: EDMOND – Hear Oklahoma singer-songwriters John Fullbright and Travis Linville at 8 tonight at Mitchell Hall Theatre at the University of Central Oklahoma, 100 N University Drive. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information or tickets (orchestra seats are sold out, but there are some balcony tickets still available), go to […]