• Norman's Mainsite Contemporary Art featuring the work of 3 Italian artists in 'Cultural Connections: Arezzo in Norman,' opening tonight

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 3 hr ago

    NORMAN - The Norman arts community is getting cozy with its sister cities. In an effort to further the bonds between Norman and its sister cities, the Norman Arts Council has established Cultural Connections, a program consisting of a series of exhibitions that will bring international artists to Oklahoma and send Norman artists across the globe to share our heritage and history in new places. The first planned exhibition, "Cultural Connections: Arezzo in Norman," which has brought three Italian artists - Enrique Moya Gonzalez, Sara Lovari and Massimiliano Luchetti - to showcase their work at Mainsite Contemporary Art, 122 E Main, opens at tonight. An opening reception featuring all three artists is set for 6

  • Interview & video: Toby Keith talks new album '35 mph Town,' friendship with Stephen Colbert, Songwriters Hall of Fame honors

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 4 hr ago

    A version of this column appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Songwriting keeps driving superstar Toby Keith on new album '35 mph Town' The Oklahoma native's induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame has put his unlikely friendship with Stephen Colbert in the spotlight.  When Toby Keith was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June, Stephen Colbert was there with a cowboy hat and a surprisingly spot-on rendition of “As Good as I Once Was” to do the honors.

  • Movie review: 'He Named Me Malala"

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 4 hr ago

    An abbreviated version of this review appears in the Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. 3 1/2 of 4 stars. Like its subject, Malala documentary inspires Hollywood may be taking its sweet time making the “Wonder Woman” and “Captain Marvel” movies, but filmgoers don’t have to keep waiting on a Superwoman to see an inspirational heroine on the big screen.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Oct. 9, 2015: Check out Pumpkinville at the Myriad Gardens

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Today's featured event: The fourth annual Pumpkinville pumpkin patch and fall festival opens at 10 a.m. today at the Myriad Gardens, Reno and Robinson avenues. Various games, autumn displays and more than 3,000 pumpkins are featured daily, plus special activities are planned (listed below). The cost is free for Myriad Gardens members. Non-members are $6 per child and $4 per adult. Pumpkin painting is $5 per pumpkin. Pumpkinville, presented by OGE Energy Corporation, continues through Oct. 25 in the Children’s Garden at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Sponsors include OGE Energy Corporation, Express Employment Professionals, Delta Dental, E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation and Allied Arts.

  • Harlem Globetrotters hustling back to Oklahoma City and Tulsa on 90th Anniversary World Tour

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Celebrating nine decades of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters are planning four Oklahoma shows next year for their 90th Anniversary World Tour. The basketball-comedy team will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 and 1 p.m. Feb. 7 at Tulsa’s BOK Center, 200 S Denver, and at 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno. Tulsa tickets begin at $20 and are available online at www.bokcenter.com, at Arby's Box Office at BOK Center, at all ticket outlets, or by calling (866) 726-5287. OKC tickets start at $19 and are available at harlemglobetrotters.com, ticketmaster.com, the Chesapeake Energy Arena box

  • Thursday Video Spotlight: Maddie & Tae launch headlining tour, talk music and stereotypes on 'CBS This Morning'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 11 hr ago

    NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- Maddie & Tae -- Maddie Marlow, 20, of Sugar Land, Texas, and Tae Dye, 20, of Ada -- launched their first headlining tour Wednesday in New York City. The duo also made a visit to "CBS This Morning," where they talked about songwriting, stereotypes, the Grand Ole Opry, mean girls, meeting Oklahoma native Vince Gill and more: “We know you know this, so sing it with us,” Maddie told the packed crowd at Manhattan’s Highline Ballroom Wednesday night. “C’mon.” The audience picked up the chorus to the empowering anthem “Fly” and brought tears to the duo’s eyes two-thirds of the way through their 75-minute set.

  • Thursday Video Spotlight: Bowlsey, 'Powerless'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Check out the intriguing music video to "Powerless," from Oklahoma City hip-hop/neo-soul outfit Bowlsey. The song is from the band's newly released digital EP "Elder." To listen and download the EP, click here.

  • Glitter Ball to shine Dec. 12 on Film Row

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Film Row’s second annual Glitter Ball will bring back all of the spectacle, sparkle, and whimsy of last year’s original gala, while benefiting three local nonprofits: the deadCenter Film Festival, Sunbeam Family Services and OKC Girls Art School. Presented by Dunlap Codding, 609 W Sheridan, the Glitter Ball will take place Saturday, Dec. 12 on Film Row in downtown Oklahoma City. The event will feature a variety of live performances, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a premium bar and some surprises, along with art for auction organized by and benefiting OKC Girls Art School as well as a special golden ticket raffle. Tickets are $100 for general admission and $200 for the VIP experience. Tickets may be

  • Roger Miller, Jimi Hendrix, Madonna and more nominated for Songwriters Hall of Fame

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 13 hr ago

    The late, great Oklahoma country music star Roger Miller has been nominated for inclusion in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Songwriters Hall of Fame announced this week its slate of nominees to be elected for induction in 2016. Next year's Annual Induction & Awards Gala is set for June 9 in New York City. Miller, who grew up in Erick, is nominated in the deceased songwriters category alongside Beatle George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Bart and Bert Berns. Nominees in the performing songwriters category are Madonna, John Mellencamp, Steve Miller, Tom Petty, Gloria Estefan, Tom T. Hall, Jeff Lynne, Deborah Harry & Chris Stein of Blondie, Michael McDonald, Nile Rodgers & the late

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Oct. 8, 2015: Hear 'The Voice' contender Chase Kerby at The Mix Concert Series on Film Row

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 21 hr ago

    Today's featured event: The Mix Concert Series on Film Row will close out its season at 7 tonight with two local favorites, "The Voice" Season 9 contender Chase Kerby and Matt Stansberry & The Romance at DC on Film Row. DC on Film Row is a free community space hosted by the intellectual property law firm Dunlap Codding and is located at 609 W Sheridan Ave., in the historic Film Row District of Oklahoma City.  As previously reported, OKC singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist Kerby will open the show with his band The Villains. Truck Burger, Bricktown Brewery’s mobile food and beer truck, will be on site to serve the hungry masses, according to a news release.

  • Photo: Ariana Grande adopts Tulsa shelter dog before BOK Center show

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    TULSA – Before Ariana Grande's concert at BOK Center Wednesday night, SMG Tulsa staff members surprised Grande at her meet and greet with eight dogs from ARF Tulsa, the Animal Rescue Foundation of Tulsa. Grande has been known for taking crazy pictures with building staff members throughout her tour, and the SMG team at BOK Center wanted to make sure her night here was memorable, according to a news release. The dog lover that she is, it's safe to say Grande loved the surprise. "This is the most memorable thing a building has ever done for me," said Grande. To top off the special surprise, she immediately fell in love with a Yorkie named Strauss and adopted

  • Miranda Lambert and Alan Jackson play Grand Ole Opry's 90th anniversary

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Grand Ole Opry, presented by Humana, continued its 90th birthday bash Tuesday with two additional star-studded shows.  Country superstar and Grand Ole Opry member Alan Jackson performed and also celebrated the 25th Anniversary of his Grand Ole Opry debut. Jackson became a member of the Opry in 1991. Reigning Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert, who has Tishomingo ties, also appeared along with Marty Stuart, Del McCoury Band, Connie Smith, Kristian Bush, and Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers.

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Carrie Underwood releases 'Smoke Break' lyric video, plans 'Today' show performance

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    Oklahoma native and music superstar Carrie Underwood will celebrate the Oct. 23 release of her new album, "Storyteller," with a Citi Concert Series performance on NBC’s "Today." Fans can look forward to a performance that includes Underwood’s co-written current smash single, “Smoke Break.”  On Monday, the song’s lyric video made its debut on RollingStone.com and RollingStoneCountry.com and it's now available here: Making the lyric video more fun, the Checotah native asked her fans to share images of what they like to do when they need a break.  In return, selected photos are highlighted throughout the video.

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, Paul Simon, Brad Paisley & Emmylou Harris play All for the Hall New York City

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    NEW YORK —An all-star lineup, reaching across generations and genres, drew a rousing response from a sold-out PlayStation Theater audience during Tuesday's All for the Hall fundraising concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The stripped-down acoustic performances focused attention on the artistry of songwriting and singing—talents delivered with grace and power by the lineup of Oklahoma natives Vince Gill and Carrie Underwood, along with Emmylou Harris, Brad Paisley and Paul Simon. “The magic of these nights is the diversity that winds up onstage,” said Gill, who co-hosted the evening with Harris. “It’s not just about hits and

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley prepare for 2015 CMA Awards, to feature Eric Church, Hank Williams Jr., Thomas Rhett and Fallout Boy

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    The 2015 Country Music Association Awards are less than a month away, and check out this fun video of Checotah native Carrie Underwood and fellow superstar Brad Paisley co-hosting the show. Underwood and Paisley will co-host the show for the eighth straight year. The 49th Annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 on the ABC Television Network. The association announced this week at the three-hour gala will kick off in high gear with one of the night’s top nominees Eric Church with iconic Country rocker Hank Williams Jr. for a world premiere of Williams’ new Nash Icon release, followed by Brad and Carrie's highly

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight with photos: Miranda Lambert receives star on Music City Walk of Fame, says she feels inspired since moving to Nashville

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Miranda Lambert, Steve Cropper and E.W. “Bud” Wendell received stars on the Music City Walk of Fame and the late, legendary Johnny Cash were honored with stars during an induction ceremony Tuesday in the Walk of Fame Park. As previously reported, the newest group of inductees received the 67th, 68th, 69th and 70th stars.  Inductees are recognized for their significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and for contributing to the world through song or other industry collaboration.

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Oklahoma musician Maggie McClure to make sitcom debut tonight on 'The Middle'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Oklahoma musician Maggie McClure will make her sitcom debut on tonight's episode of "The Middle," airing at 7 p.m. on ABC. The singer, songwriter and pianist, who hails from Norman but is now based in Los Angeles, will be making her acting debut in a hot-pink piano-key sweatshirt that she said on Facebook and Reverb Nation that she pulled out of her own personal wardrobe. Although its her most definitive foray into acting to date, it's not the first time since moving to L.A. a few years ago that McClure has found an opportunity to work in television.

  • Video: Gary Busey eliminated on 'Dancing with the Stars,' vows to remain in spirit

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    The Busey-isms have run out on "Dancing with the Stars" A week after channeling Gomez Addams, Tulsa native Gary Busey recalled his Buddy Holly days -- and was ultimately eliminated -- on Monday night's episode of "Dancing with the Stars." The theme of this week's episode on the dancing contest was "Most Memorable Year," and for Busey, that's 1979, when he got his Oscar nomination for playing the legendary rocker in the movie "The Buddy Holly Story." "It took him from being an average Joe to like he couldn't go anywhere without someone shouting his name," Busey's son and fellow actor Jake Busey said in an interview.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Oct. 7, 2015: Hear Albert Hammond Jr. at Opolis in Norman

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Today's featured event: NORMAN – Hear Albert Hammond Jr. play at 9 tonight at Opolis, 113 N Crawford. The Strokes guitarist's autumn tour is in support of his third solo album, and first in five years, "Momentary Masters," which was released July 31 in the United States via Vagrant/BMG. In a recent phone interview with my excellent colleague Gene Triplett, Hammond outlined his steps and intent in creating his latest LP. "Right off the bat I went into this one with the excitement of having a band that I felt like I wanted to play with," he told Gene. "I didn't know how deeply we would go as a band. I didn't know that it would end up the way it did. But that was something definitely very different.

  • Russell Westbrook, Ronnie Dunn, Joe Castiglione among presenters at 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook and Grammy-winning country music superstar Ronnie Dunn will be among the presenters at the 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony. As is tradition, the accomplished Oklahomans being inducted into the 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame class each have selected a family member, friend or colleague to formally present them at the November banquet and induction ceremony.