• What to do in Oklahoma on Feb. 6, 2016: Hear Micky and the Motorcars at the Wormy Dog Saloon

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 20 min ago

    Today's featured event: Hear Texas country band Micky and the Motorcars at 9:30 tonight at the Wormy Dog Saloon, 311 E Sheridan. As previously reported, Oklahoma-Texas country-rockers Cody Canada and The Departed have released a new video for "All Nighter," the new single from their 2015 release "HippieLovePunk," featuring Willy and Cody Braun of Reckless Kelly and Micky and Gary Braun of Micky and the Motorcars, plus Braun family patriarch Muzzie Braun. To watch the video, click here. Doors open at 6 p.m. to the Wormy Dog show. For more information, go to www.wormydog.com.v For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • Don Williams postpones Oklahoma tour dates after unexpected hip surgery

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams has been forced to postpone his 2016 tour after unexpected hip replacement surgery, according to an email from his publicist. The recently announced 21-city tour was to include a March 10 show at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa and a March 15 concert at the Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center in Midwest City. People who purchased tickets to the Midwest City show by credit card have been issued an automatic refund based upon their ticket purchase, according to a venue spokeswoman. Those who paid in cash or other means should contact the Hudiburg Chevrolet Center Box Office at 297-2264.

  • Video: Pentatonix's Kirstin Maldonado, Jeremy Michael Lewis & Voctave sing medley of Disney ballads

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Grammy-winning singer Kirstin Maldonado of Pentatonix, a former University of Oklahoma student, and her boyfriend Jeremy Michael Lewis joined forces with a cappella group Voctave to deliver a medley of Disney ballads in time for Valentine’s Day.  Jamey Ray, music professor at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., took a wild chance at reaching out to the couple asking if they’d be interested in coming to Orlando to sing with his group Voctave (formerly known as the Magic of Voices). After watching a few videos on Voctave’s YouTube channel, both Kirstin and Jeremy accepted the invite and started working on ideas for an arrangement.

  • Video: 'All Nighter' from Cody Canada & The Departed, feat. members of Reckless Kelly and Micky and the Motorcars

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Oklahoma-Texas country-rockers Cody Canada and The Departed have released a new video for "All Nighter," the new single from their 2015 release "HippieLovePunk," featuring members of Reckless Kelly and Micky and the Motorcars. Filmed at storied honky-tonk Floore's Country Store in Helotes, Texas, the video features Willy and Cody Braun (Reckless Kelly), Micky and Gary Braun (Micky and the Motorcars), and Braun family patriarch Muzzie Braun, along with their respective families. Along with Canada, each one sings a verse.

  • Songwriter Brett James receives CMA Triple Play Award

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 17 hr ago

    NASHVILLE – Nashville’s top tunesmiths, including Oklahoma-bred songsmith Brett James, were recognized this week as the Country Music Association Triple Play Awards were presented at the Seventh Annual CMA Songwriters Luncheon. Seventeen songwriters received the award, which is presented to those who pen three chart-topping hits in a 12-month period. "Songwriters keep Music City playing and I’m honored to return as host for this important event celebrating this significant milestone in their careers,” said Troy Tomlinson, President and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Nashville and CMA Board member.

  • Rodney Carrington filming new comedy special this weekend

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 17 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Bixby comedian Rodney Carrington is filming his new comedy special in Nashville, Tenn., at the Polk Theater as part of his wildly popular “Here Comes the Truth” Tour. He has entertained audiences all over the United States and Canada with his raunchy humor, and will be recording the special this weekend in a two-night comedy extravaganza. Carrington kicks off his takeover of Nashville with two sold-out shows: the first at 7 tonight and the second at 7 p.m. Saturday. Due to popular demand, a 9:30 p.m. show on Saturday has been added. "I'm really looking forward to returning to Nashville. This show will be bigger and better then anything we have ever done in Nashville or

  • National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum opening 4 exhibits in February

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 18 hr ago

    The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63, will host four simultaneous exhibitions starting in February that showcase the American West’s diverse history, artistry and evolving culture that continues to shape our nation today. “We’re very excited about these exhibitions as they offer the public an opportunity to experience and enjoy the West in several new ways,” said museum President and CEO Steven Karr in a news release. “From Western fashion, weather and photography to well-known artists depicting the West’s rich sporting and wildlife culture, the Museum has something for everyone in early 2016.

  • Photos, video & interview: The ties that bind - National Cowboy Museum exhibit explores the art and history of bolo ties

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 19 hr ago

      An abbreviated version of this story appears in Thursday's Life & Style section of The Oklahoman. YOLO Bolo National Cowboy Museum exhibit explores the art and history of bolo ties It has been a style choice of superstars and politicians, with singing cowboy Roy Rogers, rapping “Thrift Shop” customer Macklemore and former President Ronald Reagan among the famous faces – or rather, necks -- known to boast one.

  • Images & interview: Oklahoma artist Ebony Iman Dallas showcases strength with 'Women in War Zones'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 23 hr ago

    A version of this column appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Oklahoma City artist pays tribute to 'Women in War Zones' Ebony Iman Dallas firmly believes in the strength and resilience of women. “I grew up with a very strong group of women – my mother, my aunts – who were just very independent. I grew up admiring them,” Dallas said. “I feel like I grew up watching a lot of positive, strong women doing positive things in the community. So, this show highlights that women aren’t just sitting around twiddling their thumbs and waiting for the world to fall. We’re doing things to make the world a better place and to inspire others.

  • Interview: Jason Aldean brings big country sound to Oklahoma City tonight with 'We Were Here Tour'

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    A version of this interview appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Jason Aldean brings big country sound to Chesapeake Arena tonight Like his latest hit goes, country music fans are sure gonna know Jason Aldean was here. Over the past decade, the Georgia native has become one of the top-selling and trend-setting superstars in the format. All six of his albums have been deemed platinum by the Recording Industry Association, which also has designated him the biggest-selling male country artist in digital history, with more than 24 million single certifications.

  • Movie review: 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    A version of this review appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. 2 1/2 of 4 stars. 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' is surprisingly entertaining  "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins both author Seth Grahame-Smith’s best-selling 2009 novel “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and director-screenwriter Burr Steers’ (“17 Again”) surprisingly entertaining new cinematic adaptation of it.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Feb. 5, 2016: See 'Quilts and Color' before it closes at Oklahoma City Museum of Art

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    Today's featured event: See the special exhibition "Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston" before it closes Sunday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive. Museum hours are 10 am. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. "Quilts and Color" spotlights nearly 50 quilts with bold palettes and inventive designs from the acclaimed Pilgrim/Roy Quilt Collection. Influenced by 20th century art developments such as abstraction, optical art and the color field movement, Paul Pilgrim and Gerald Roy collected quilts from the late-19th to mid-20th centuries with similarly bold and striking designs.

  • Homeless artists to exhibit work at Paseo Gallery One in February

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    This month, artists who are experiencing homelessness will display their work in an art show in the Paseo District. The exhibit will begin with an opening reception during the Paseo First Friday Gallery Walk Friday and will be on view throughout the month of February at Paseo Gallery One, 2927 Paseo. The exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public. The featured artists participate in “fresh stART,” a program of the Homeless Alliance and City Care designed to provide people experiencing homelessness in Oklahoma City with a supportive environment for creating art. Similar art programs in regional cities have shown positive results.

  • Work by Italian artists debuts at Paseo Plunge during 'Cultural Connections' encore

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    As previously reported, Norman Arts Council brought three Italian artists to Oklahoma as a part of an art exchange program between sister cities called Cultural Connections last fall. Those who missed the exhibition - "Cultural Connections: Arezzo In Norman" - will get a second chance to see the artwork as part of an encore showing at the Paseo Plunge, 3010 Paseo. The exhibition will open during the First Friday Art Walk in the Paseo Arts District Friday with an opening reception lasting from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will stay on view through Saturday, March 5. Artists Enrique Moya Gonzalez, Sara Lovari and Massimiliano Luchetti created much of the artwork onsite at Norman's Mainsite Contemporary Art, where the

  • Photos: Carrie Underwood stages biggest tour of her career with "The Storyteller Tour- Stories in the Round"

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Checotah native Carrie Underwood’s “Storyteller Tour - Stories in the Round” launched Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla., and continued Monday in Atlanta, both to sold-out 360-degree crowds.  The tour's 17 semi-trucks and eight buses rolled into Greensboro, N.C., for the third show Wednesday night to continue its highly-successful 2016 run. Already, fans and critics are raving about her stand-out performances coupled with the dramatic in-the-round stage production, according to a news release.

  • Garth Brooks breaks his Ottawa ticket sales record - again

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    No joke: Oklahoma country music superstar Garth Brooks today once again broke his Ottawa, Ontario, ticket sales record. His previous record was 36,952 tickets sold and was set Sept. 2-3, 1996, when Canadian Tire Centre was called Ottawa Palladium. As of today, he has sold more than 60,000 tickets for Canadian Tire Centre, according to a news release. His Ottawa shows are planned for April 1 (yep, April Fool's Day) through April 3. Tickets for the 3 p.m. April 3 show are still selling. There is an eight-ticket limit per purchase. Tickets can only be purchased at www.canadiantirecentre.com/Garth or  (844) 442-7842 for Visa, MC or Amex.  Tickets will cost $79.98 (Canadian dollars).

  • Video: Screening of documentary ‘Through the Lens Darkly’ planned in Oklahoma City

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    A one-night-only screening of the documentary “Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers And The Emergence Of A People"  is planned for 9:12 p.m. Feb. 25 at Cinemark Tinseltown and XD, 6001 Martin Luther King Blvd. A 2014 Sundance Film Festival selection, the film explores how African-American communities have used the camera as a tool for social change from the invention of photography to the present. Tickets are $12. At least 78 people must buy tickets by Feb. 18 for the screening to take place. To buy tickets or get more information, go to https://tugg.com/events/85968.

  • Parker Millsap prepares new album 'The Very Last Day,' debuts new single 'Pining'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Just days after John Moreland made his national TV debut on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," another Oklahoma singer-songwriter is making noise nationally. Purcell native Parker Millsap, 22, debuted his gorgeous new single "Pining" today at via Entertainment Weekly. Listen to it here.  As EW.com notes, "Pining" has more of a poppy sound than much of Parker's previous work. “I was just driving down the road and thought, ‘I wonder if I can write a pop song, while driving down a road?’” the singer tells EW.com, offering a laugh alongside his explanation for the track’s origins. “I was listening to a lot of Motown at the time, I’m sure that had something to do

  • Video: Vince Gill readies for album release with NPR's 'First Listen,' Guitar Center feature, 'Six Degrees of Vince Gill'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Oklahoma native and Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill is getting very busy in the days leading up to the Feb. 12 release of his new album, "Down to My Last Bad Habit." “Take Me Down,” the first single from the album, features vocal assists by Little Big Town and has already been shipped to radio.  “A masterful appraisal of the volcanic force of love,” one critic calls it. Hear it at http://www.npr.org/2015/11/19/456382190/songs-we-love-vince-gill-take-me-down. Starting today, fans can preview the entire album on National Public Radio’s “First Listen” site at http://www.npr.

  • Wade Hayes returns to Oklahoma to play the new The Pickin’ Parlor

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    TISHOMINGO – Country singer Wade Hayes will return to his home state for an 8 p.m. show at the new venue The Pickin’ Parlor, 607 E Main Street. The “Old Enough to Know Better” singer-songwriter, a Bethel Acres native who recently beat cancer twice, released his latest album, “Go Live Your Life,” in June 2015. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the Tishomingo show. Tickets are $15 at the door; admission is free for children younger than 12. For more information, call (615) 427-5224 or look up The Pickin’ Parlor on Facebook.