• Video: Garth Brooks performs "People Loving People" on the American Music Awards

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Check out this video of Oklahoma country music legend Garth Brooks singing on Sunday’s American Music Awards. Brooks performed via satellite from one of his sold-out “Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood” shows in Greensboro, N.C. The Tulsa-born and Yukon-bred superstar perform “People Loving People,” the first single from his recently released comeback album […]

  • Kristin Chenoweth to appear on "The Chew" TODAY

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Tony- and Emmy-winning actress/singer Kristin Chenoweth, who hails from Broken Arrow, will appear today on the cooking-theme talk show “The Chew,” which airs at noon on ABC. As previously reported, Chenoweth has been making the TV rounds in support of her newly released first live CD, “Coming Home.” A PBS concert special, “Kristin Chenoweth: Coming […]

  • Interview and video: Set in a fictional long-lost Oklahoma settlement, 'PleasureTown' podcast revives the radio drama tradition

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    A version of this story appears on the cover of Monday’s Your Life section of The Oklahoman. ‘PleasureTown’ podcast revives the radio drama tradition About a year ago, Oklahoma native Erin Kahoa and Texas native Keith Ecker, who are now both based in Chicago, started the “PleasureTown” podcast, which delves into the lives of colorful […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Nov. 24, 2014: Laugh with comedian Kyle Kinane

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Hear stand-up comedian Kyle Kinane at 8 tonight at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center (formerly City Arts Center), 3000 General Pershing Blvd. at State Fair Park. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma comics Spencer Hicks, BradChad Porter and Cameron Buchholtz. For tickets and information, go to www.ticketstorm.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events. […]

  • Carrie Underwood wins American Music Award

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    Checotah native Carrie Underwood was among the winners on tonight’s American Music Awards. She was named Favorite Female Artist – Country over Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert and up-and-comer Kacey Musgraves. Here is the full winners list, via Billboard.com: Artist Of The Year  Iggy Azalea Beyoncé Luke Bryan Eminem Imagine Dragons John Legend Lorde One Direction […]

  • Garth Brooks, Olivia Munn, Taylor Swift, Pitbull and more to be featured on American Music Awards TONIGHT

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    Taylor Swift will be presented with the inaugural Dick Clark Award for Excellence at tonight’s 2014 American Music Awards, airing live from 7 to 10 tonight on ABC. Swift will also take to the stage to open the show with the world television premiere performance of her new single “Blank Space.” She joins a line-up […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Nov. 23, 2014: Hear Kierston White and John Moreland at the Blue Door

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Hear Oklahoma singer-songwriters John Moreland and Kierston White 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

  • Earthy work: Former Oklahoma geologist hopes he’s found second career as an artist

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    [brightcove]3904072638001[/brightcove] A version of this story appears on the front page of Saturday’s The Oklahoman. Earthy work: Former Oklahoma geologist hopes he’s found second career as an artist After a series of oil-field injuries cut short his career as a consulting well-site geologist, Oklahoma City resident Joeallen Gibson Jr. has worked for the past four […]

  • Video: Trisha Yearwood makes media rounds for her new album "Prizefighter: Hit After Hit"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    As previously reported, longtime Owasso resident Trisha Yearwood released this week “Prizefighter: Hit After Hit,” her 12th studio album and first in seven years. As you can see embedded below, she has been making the media rounds to promote the new release. The album, released via Sony Music Nashville, combines 10 of her best-known hits […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Nov. 22, 2014: Hear Travis Linville at the Blue Door

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Hear Oklahoma musician Travis Linville 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

  • "Beat the Bots" box office-only presale for Foo Fighter's September show set for Saturday at Chesapeake Energy Arena

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    The Foo Fighters are following up the release of the band’s most ambitious album, “Sonic Highways,” with its biggest North American tour, which will include a Sept. 29 show at Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno. Tickets for the Foo Fighters 2015 tour will first go on sale via the “Beat the Bots” […]

  • Miyazaki means magic as three films by the Japanese animation master debut on Blu-ray

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    A version of this column appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Miyazaki means magic as three of the Japanese animation master’s films debut on Blu-ray This week, Disney released on Blu-ray English-dubbed versions of three of Miyazaki’s films — 1989’s “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” 1997’s “Princess Mononoke” and his directorial swan song, 2013’s […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Nov. 21, 2014: Hear Loretta Lynn at Shawnee's Grand Casino

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Today’s featured event: SHAWNEE —  Hear “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and multiple-gold-album selling artist Loretta Lynn bring more than 50 years of classic country hits at 8 tonight at Grand Event Center located inside Grand Casino Hotel and Resort, Interstate 40 at Exit 178. A career spanning more than five decades began with the breakthrough single, […]

  • Movie review: "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    A version of this review appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. 3 of 4 stars. Movie review: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1’ Katniss Everdeen goes to war, but the games are still on in the grim yet enthralling third film in the blockbuster franchise. Although “Mockingjay – Part 1” occasionally […]

  • Thursday Video Spotlight: "Foxcatcher" tells the tragic tale of two former University of Oklahoma wrestlers

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Check out these interviews and trailers from the acclaimed new film “Foxcatcher,” starring Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and a nearly unrecognizable Steve Carell. Directed by Bennett Miller (“Capote,” “Moneyball”), it tells the real-life story of former University of Oklahoma wrestlers Dave Schultz (Ruffalo) and Mark Schultz (Tatum) and how their involvement with enigmatic and mentally […]

  • UPDATED - Thursday Video Spotlight: Kristin Chenoweth making TV rounds for new album

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    UPDATED at 11:35 p.m. Thursday: I’ve embedded Kristin’s Thursday appearances on “Live! With Kelly and Michael” and “Today.” As previously reported, Emmy- and Tony-winning singer-actress Kristin Chenoweth, who hails from Broken Arrow, released Monday her first live CD, “Coming Home.” A PBS concert special, “Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home,” will air on Nov. 28. The career-spanning […]

  • alt-J to play April 8 Bricktown concert; tickets on sale Friday

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    English indie rockers alt-J are planning an April 8 show at the newly renovated Chevy Bricktown Events Center, 429 E California Ave. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Buy for Less stores, by phone at (866) 977-6849 or online at www.protix.com. Ticket prices are $33 and $43, plus fees. alt-J released in […]

  • Walk the Moon to play May 4 show at Cain's Ballroom; tickets on sale Friday

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    TULSA – Alt-pop band Walk the Moon” will bring its headlining “Talking Is Hard Tour” to Oklahoma for a May 4 concert at Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N Main. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, with prices ranging from $22 to $37. For more information, go to www.cainsballroom.com. Walk the Moon’s sophomore album “Talking […]

  • "Hunger Games Ultimate Marathon" TODAY at Harkins Bricktown 16

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    May the odds be ever in your favor on today hen Harkins Theatres presents the “Ultimate Hunger Games Marathon,” including showings of the first two epic installments of the global phenomenon and the 8 p.m. showing of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.” Tickets are currently on sale at the box office and at […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Nov. 20, 2014: Hear concert pianist Sergio Monteiro at Armstrong Auditorium

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Today’s featured event: EDMOND – Award-winning concert pianist Sergio Monteiro will perform in recital at 7:30 tonight at the Armstrong Auditorium, 14400 S Bryant Road. The program will feature works from composers W.A. Mozart, Frederic Chopin, Robert Schumann and Henrique Oswald. Monteiro is recognized for his fiery playing that combines an extraordinary depth of musicianship […]