• The BAM's Blog 9th annual Valentine's Day movie list

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 13 hr ago

    For lovebirds who prefer not to get roped into a Valentine's Day at the multiplex a veritable flock of romantic movies is just a DVD, Blu-ray or streaming video away. From a new and improved live-action version of a classic fairy tale to an excellent adaptation of a Jane Austen favorite, here are a few of my favorite picks for a romantic night in with a movie. Way back on Feb. 14, 2008, I posted my very first entry on the newly launched BAM's Blog: a list of my favorite films appropriate for Valentine's Day viewing. Some traditions are worth keeping, so I update the list every year to include a few new films that I'm loving on this day of devotion. The list now numbers more than 50 recommendations, including some

  • Maddie & Tae make Fashion Week debut

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Oklahoma-Texas country duo Maddie & Tae - Maddie Marlow of Sugar Land, Texas, and Tae Dye of Ada - made their New York City Fashion Week debut Thursday, attending three top shows – Jay Godfrey, John Paul Ataker and Go Red for Women. The fashion-forward 20-year-olds sat front row at Go Red for Women alongside "Access Hollywood’s" Billy Bush and Miss Universe Olivia Jordan, watching as actresses Lennon & Maisey Stella, ballet dancer Misty Copeland and "Today" co-host Tamron Hall all strutted their stuff on the runway in support of heart disease. As previously reported, while in NYC, the platinum-selling singer-songwriters also performed their sassy new single "Shut Up and Fish" Thursday on

  • Garth Brooks sells more than 60,000 tickets for Kentucky concerts

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Oklahoma country music superstar Garth Brooks has topped 60,000 tickets for four concerts at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., and tickets are still selling, according to a news release. The concerts will be: Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m. Friday, April 8 at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at 10:30 p.m. As previously reported, Brooks, who was born in Tulsa and raised in Yukon, announced a single Louisville, Ky., date earlier this month. But when tickets went on sale today, three more shows were soon added. It's a trend that we've seen throughout "The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood" There will be an eight-ticket limit per

  • Video: Vince Gill releasing new album 'Down to My Last Bad Habit' today

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 22 hr ago

    Country Music Hall of Famer and MCA Nashville recording artist Vince Gill, who was born in Norman and grew up in Oklahoma City, is releasing his new album "Down To My Last Bad Habit" today. As previously reported, Gill wrote/co-wrote, co-produced and is a featured musician on all 12 songs on "Down To My Last Bad Habit." “Forty years into this, it’s still as much fun as it’s ever been to play music,” Gill said in a news release. “At the end of the day, what I get excited about is doing something I haven’t done before. When I record a song, I feel successful if I’ve accomplished something new.

  • Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton Charlie Wilson and more with Oklahoma ties contend for Grammys

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 22 hr ago

    A version of this story appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton Charlie Wilson and more with state ties contend for Grammys When the 58th Annual Grammy Awards are handed out Monday night, several contenders with Oklahoma ties will be in the running. Hosted for the fifth year by LL Cool J, the Grammys will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Monday on CBS.  Already a seven-time Grammy winner, Carrie Underwood, who hails from Checotah, is nominated for best country solo performance for her hit "Little Toy Guns," from her 2014 compilation "Greatest Hits: Decade #1.

  • 10 picks for Valentine's Day weekend entertainment in Oklahoma City

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 22 hr ago

    A version of this story appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. A time for romance 10 picks for entertainment this Valentine's Day weekend It may be mid-February, but Reduxion Theatre Company is tapping into the magic of “Midsummer” in honor of Valentine’s Day. The nonprofit theater company is opening its new production of William Shakespeare’s crowd-pleasing romantic comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Friday.   “It has so much romance in it. It’s just brimming at the seams with romance,” said Reduxion Managing Director Erin Woods. “And it’s everyone’s favorite. Everyone knows about ‘Midsummer.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Feb. 12, 2016: Hear Stoney LaRue at the Diamond Ballroom

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 23 hr ago

    Today's featured event: Hear Oklahoma singer-songwriter Stoney LaRue at 8:30 tonight at the Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S Eastern Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, go to www.diamondballroom.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • Video: Maddie & Tae perform 'Shut Up and Fish' on 'Live with Kelly and Michael'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Oklahoma-Texas country duo Maddie & Tae - Maddie Marlow of Sugar Land, Texas, and Tae Dye of Ada - appeared on today's episode of "Live with Kelly and Michael" to perform their fun new single "Shut Up and Fish": -BAM

  • Carrie Underwood to be honored, perform at Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Checotah native Carrie Underwood will be one of the honorees and performers at Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night this spring, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The event is scheduled for April 9 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix. Fellow performers will include Brooks and Dunn (which includes former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn), David Foster, The Tenors and Sinbad. Another Oklahoma native and country music superstar, Reba McEntire, will host the black-tie event for the 11th consecutive year. Also making another trip is Foster, who returns to serve as musical director. Carson Palmer, Dr. Francis Yeoh, Yank Barry and the Argyros family all will be honored alongside Underwood,

  • Toby Keith to play The Players Championship Military Appreciation Day

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Continuing a PGA Tour tradition of honoring men and women in uniform, The Players Championship today unveiled a full slate of military appreciation activities and programs for the 2016 event, including a special performance by Oklahoma country music superstar Toby Keith on Tuesday, May 10, during Military Appreciation Day. New in 2016, the Military Appreciation Day Ceremony at 6 p.m. and concert at 6:30 p.m. will be on the 17th hole - instead of the traditional location on the back of the clubhouse lawn - when the tournament returns to The Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on May 10-15.

  • Selena Gomez, Ice Cube, Ed Sheeran and more to present on Grammy Awards

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    A diverse, all-star lineup of Grammy nominees, previous winners and film and TV stars will take the stage as presenters for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. This year’s presenters include current Grammy nominee Cam; two-time Grammy Award winner/host of "The Late Show," Stephen Colbert; two-time Grammy Award winner and current three-time nominee Common; host of "The Late Late Show," James Corden; actress Kaley Cuoco; singer/actress Selena Gomez; singer/actress Ariana Grande; Ice Cube; O’Shea Jackson Jr.; actress Anna Kendrick; current Grammy nominee Seth MacFarlane; Emmy Award-winning TV/radio host and producer Ryan Seacrest; current four-time Grammy nominee Ed Sheeran; and four-time Grammy Award winner Sam Smith.

  • Taylor Swift to open Monday night's Grammy Awards

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    The Recording Academy today adds its final round of performers to the stellar lineup of more than 30 artists, set to perform at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. Seven-time nominee Taylor Swift will open the show with a song from her Grammy-nominated album "1989," according to a news release. Four-time nominees Alabama Shakes, two-time nominee Joey Alexander and two-time nominee Miguel are also set to take the stage at the Grammys.  The 58th Annual Grammy Awards. will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Monday on the CBS Television Network. Previously announced performers include Checotah native Carrie Underwood; Adele; Travis Barker; James Bay; Justin

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Feb. 11, 2016: See Lyric Theatre's 'Mann ... And Wife' in the Plaza District

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Today's featured event: Check out Lyric Theatre's world premiere production of "Mann ... And Wife" at 7:30 tonight at Lyric at the Plaza, 1727 NW 16. In this musical comedy about modern dating, written by Douglas J. Cohen and Dan Elish, the loveably romantic Henry Mann (Zachary Prince) searches for the perfect date to his ex-fiancée’s wedding. The musical is part of Lyric's New Works Initiative, and you can read my feature on that project here in the coming days. Performances continue through Feb. 21. For tickets and information, go to lyrictheatreokc.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • Blake Shelton invites Gwen Stefani to be his adviser on 'The Voice' Season 10

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Christina Aguilera may be returning to the coaching panel for "The Voice" Season 10, but Gwen Stefani will be back on the NBC reality show, too. People.com reports that Ada native and "The Voice" coach Blake Shelton has invited Stefani, his girlfriend, to serve as his Team Blake adviser on the show's upcoming season, which begins Feb. 29. "We know we collaborate well together as coaches, so of course I would have her as my mentor, and she's so smart and talented!" the country singer, 39, tells People.com. Shelton, who has been on "The Voice's" four-coach panel every season, has competed against Stefani twice on the show. This year's coaching panel also includes Pharrell Williams and Adam Levine, the

  • Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Garth Brooks, Pentatonix nominated for iHeartRadio Music Awards

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    The nominations have been announced for the iHeartRadio Music Awards, and several music stars with Oklahoma ties are among the contenders. The 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards are set to take place April 3 at the historic Forum in Los Angeles, and will be televised live on TBS, TNT, and truTV at 7 p.m. The show also will be simulcast on iHeartMedia stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio digital music platform. Checotah native Carrie Underwood is nominated for Female Artist of the Year. Ada native Blake Shelton is nominated for Country Artist of the Year. Garth Brooks, who was born in Tulsa and grew up in Yukon, is nominated for Best Tour.

  • Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Hank Williams Jr. to perform at Kris Kristofferson tribute

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Norman resident Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Hank Williams Jr., Jack Ingram and Lee Ann Womack will help pay tribute to music legend Kris Kristofferson next month. They have been added to the lineup for a March 16 event at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., called “The Life and Songs of Kris Kristofferson,” a concert that will salute the singer-songwriter who has penned classics like “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” and more.

  • Script to upcoming play 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' to be published in book form

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Scholastic announced today that it will publish the script to the upcoming play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" in book form later this year, with a concurrent eBook version to be published on Pottermore.com.  "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I & II," by J.K. Rowling and Jack Thorne, will be released on July 31, 2016, according to EW.com. July 31 is Harry’s birthday, according to Rowling's incredibly popular seven-book series. As previously reported, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," a play in two parts, officially opens at the Palace Theatre London in July 2016, with preview performances from late May 2016.

  • Eagles and Jackson Browne to pay tribute to Glenn Frey on the Grammy Awards

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Six-time Grammy Award winner Glenn Frey will be honored at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards when the late musician’s bandmates join close friend and collaborator Jackson Browne to perform a classic hit from the Eagles’ legendary songbook. Eagles members – including eight-time Grammy Award winner and current nominee Don Henley, Grammy Award winner Bernie Leadon, three-time Grammy Award winner Timothy B. Schmit and five-time Grammy Award winner Joe Walsh – will be joined by Browne in a one-time-only special tribute to Frey. The 58th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Monday on the CBS Television Network.

  • Video: Bill Hader and Fred Armisen help Hall & Oates announce 2016 tour

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Fans of Tulsa native Bill Hader and Fred Armisen's hilarious IFC television series "Documentary Now!" undoubtedly got a kick out of seeing the pair's fictional soft-rock band Blue Jean Committee helping actual soft-rock stars Daryl Hall and John Oates announce their 2016 summer tour: The tour launches May 13 in Dallas but doesn't currently include any Oklahoma dates. That's unfortunate because the tour announcement makes me instantly like Hall & Oates more. To see a list of their tour dates, click here.

  • Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park announces 2016 season

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Featuring works that are passionate, provocative and playful, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park has announced its 2016 season, which includes some favorites by The Bard, a classic comedy adapted by David Ives ("Venus in Fur") and a special add-on performance in honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. "Much Ado About Nothing" by William Shakespeare Directed by Lance Marsh June 2-25 Myriad Gardens   Love’s in the air when Don Pedro’s army, drunk with victory from the war, descends upon Leonato’s country estate in Messina.  Traveling with him is Claudio, who wants to marry Leonato’s daughter Hero.




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