• What to do in Oklahoma on Nov. 28, 2014: Catch Jason Boland & The Stragglers and Cody Canada & The Departed at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 16 hr ago

    TULSA – Red dirt players Jason Boland & The Stragglers are planning two Thanksgiving weekend shows in their frontman’s home state. Boland, a Harrah native, and his cohorts will play their ninth annual Leftover Turkey show featuring fellow Oklahoma-Texas band Cody Canada & The Departed at 8:30 tonight at Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N Main in […]

  • Q&A: Mama Sweet releasing long-awaited album "21 Echo"

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 16 hr ago

    A version of this Q&A appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Oklahoma Band Q&A: Mama Sweet The Norman-based red dirt band is celebrating its long-awaited sophomore studio album “21 Echo” with a a series of three release shows at the Blue Door and The Deli starting Thursday. Neither time nor distance has […]

  • "Patti Page: Once Upon a Dream" at Oklahoma History Center pays homage to iconic Oklahoma singer

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 16 hr ago

    A version of this column appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. ‘Patti Page: Once Upon a Dream’ opens at Oklahoma History Center Ranging from dolls and dresses to gold records and her Grammy, the “Patti Page: Once Upon a Dream” exhibit marks the first public viewing of the Patti Page Estate Collection […]

  • Downtown in December launches TODAY with tree lighting festival

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 16 hr ago

    A version of this story appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Downtown in December launches Friday with tree lighting festival Presented by Devon Energy, the monthlong extravaganza this year features an array of holiday activities ranging from ice skating in the Myriad Botanical Gardens and zip lining at the Oklahoma River to […]

  • Album review: Kristin Chenoweth, “Coming Home” (Concord Records)

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 16 hr ago

    A version of this album review appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Kristin Chenoweth, “Coming Home” (Concord Records) For fans of: Broadway, Idina Menzel, Dolly Parton. Broken Arrow native Kristin Chenoweth’s powerhouse voice and bubbly personality are spiked with a homecoming punch of emotion and exhilaration on her first live album, “Coming […]

  • Thursday Video Spotlight: Kristin Chenoweth's PBS special "Coming Home" airs Friday

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    Kristin Chenoweth is almost home. As previously reported, the Tony- and Emmy-winning actress/singer’s concert special, “Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home” will make its TV premiere at 8 p.m. Friday on PBS, including Oklahoma’s OETA. The career-spanning special was recorded in August in her hometown of Broken Arrow and will air as part of the PBS Arts […]

  • Thursday Video Spotlight: Christian Kane stars in "The Librarians"

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    I’m getting really stoked about the Dec. 7 premiere of the “The Librarians,”  a new 10-episode series from TNT that builds on the network’s hit movie trilogy “The Librarian” and stars Oklahoma-bred actor Christian Kane. TNT is staying very much in its family so to speak, as Kane is coming back to the network where […]

  • Thursday Video Spotlight: Gregory Jerome "Grito" and "Belafonte"

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    Oklahoma City rapper Gregory Jerome has been up to some interesting music-making this fall. Check out his live video of “Belafonte,” the tale of a man who persevered through the journey of life with the help of his Heavenly Father, which uses a sample of Harry Belafonte’s “Merci, Bon Dieu” to express thanks to God for […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Nov. 27, 2014: Skate at the Devon Ice Rink

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Happy Thanksgiving! Skate the Devon Ice Rink from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, Reno and Robinson in downtown. The Devon Ice Rink is part of the 13th annual Downtown in December celebration. Check out my feature on Downtown in December Friday. For more information, go to www.downtownindecember.com. For […]

  • Thursday Video Spotlight: Hinder releases new song "Hit the Ground" with new lead singer Noal Neal

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    Oklahoma City rockers Hinder have released the lyric video for “Hit the Ground,” the first song from their as-yet-untitled 2015 album. The lyric video recently premiered on Billboard.com, and the trade publication chatted with drummer Cody Hanson about the band’s fifth studio album, which will be its first with new lead singer Nolan Neal. “One […]

  • Rodney Carrington bringing laughs to Shawnee's Grand Casino Dec. 27-28

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    SHAWNEE – Oklahoma comedian and singer-songwriter Rodney Carrington is planning a two-night stand Dec. 27-28 at the Grand Hotel Casino and Resort, Interstate 40 at Exit 178. Tickets to Carrington’s “Camouflage and Christmas Lights” start at $55. For tickets and information, call 964-7777 or go to www.grandboxoffice.com. -BAM

  • Oklahoma City's annual “Hip Hop Nutcracker” adding beats to classic Dec. 5-7

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    Members of RACE Dance Company join forces with students from seven Oklahoma City Public High School dance programs for the return of Oklahoma City’s annual “Hip Hop Nutcracker.” Performances are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-6 and 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at Bishop McGuinness High School, 801 NW 50. General admission tickets can be purchased at a […]

  • Loretta Lynn to play Jan. 29 show at Hard Rock Casino Tulsa; tickets on sale Friday

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    CATOOSA – “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and Country Music Hall of Famer Loretta Lynn will perform in concert Jan. 29 at the The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, 770 W Cherokee Street. Tickets start at $40 and go on sale Friday For ticket and information, call (918) 384-7625 or go to The Joint section […]

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Pentatonix has a hit with holiday album "That’s Christmas To Me," performing during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Vocal sensations Pentatonix soar into the holiday weekend with their new holiday album “That’s Christmas To Me” jumping to No. 3 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart, according to a news release. Plus, the group is holding on to the No. 1 spot on the Holiday Album Chart for the fifth consecutive week, selling more than […]

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: David Cook's new song "Wait for Me"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    “American Idol” Season 7 winner David Cook, who has Tulsa ties, released a new single, “Wait for Me,” Monday via iTunes. “The song itself is different; it’s more piano based, and that was a conscientious effort with writing the new stuff,” Cook told The Hollywood Reporter. “The angle was creating music I wasn’t comfortable creating […]

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Garth Brooks sings old hit and new single on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" before canceling other TV appearances

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Oklahoma country music superstar appeared on Tuesday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” where he and his band raced through his classic hit “Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up)” and then Brooks sat down with just his guitar to give an emotional performance of his new single “Mom.” The longtime Owasso resident also […]

  • Movie review: “Penguins of Madagascar”

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    A version of this review appears in Wednesday’s Life & Food section of The Oklahoman. 2 1/2 of 4 stars. Movie review: “Penguins of Madagascar” The super-spy wannabes seize the big-screen spotlight for the first time with the “Madagascar” spin-off, a funny, frenetic and ultimately forgettable romp. The super-spy wannabes seize the big-screen spotlight for […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Nov. 26, 2014: Hear Dawn & Hawkes at the Blue Door

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Hear Austin, Texas-based indie folk/Americana duo Dawn & Hawkes 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

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

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 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 […]

  • Movie review: "The Theory of Everything"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    A version of this review appears in Wednesday’s Life & Food section of The Oklahoman. 3 1/2 of 4 stars. Movie review: ‘The Theory of Everything” Already a Tony Award winner at age 32, Eddie Redmayne (“Les Miserables”) seems a lock for a best actor nomination for his nuanced portrayal of brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking […]