• Video: Corey Kent White performs Bad English's 'When I See You Smile'; voting open now for 'The Voice' Top 8

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Bixby country singer Corey Kent White performed a stripped-down, lightly country-fried rendition of the Bad English 1989 arena rock power ballad “When I See You Smile” on tonight’s Top 8 live performance episode, to the delight of the ladies in the live studio audience. As previously reported, White, who is competing on Oklahoma country music […]

  • Video: Blake Shelton performs 'Sangria' on 'The Voice'

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    As previously reported, coach Blake Shelton, who hails from Ada, performed his sexy new single “Sangria” on tonight’s episode of “The Voice.” As usual, he got excellent backup from “The Voice” Season 2 contender Gwen Sebastian, who has toured as a backing vocalist for both Shelton and his wife Miranda Lambert since her run on […]

  • Video: Corey Kent White competes in Top 8 TONIGHT on 'The Voice'; Blake Shelton to perform his new hit 'Sangria'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 16 hr ago

    Bixby country singer Corey Kent White will perform in the Top 8 tonight on “The Voice” as he continues his quest to win Season 8 of the NBC’s hit reality singing contest. As previously reported, it will be a week of reunions as former coaches visit to assist the current coaches: Usher will advise Adam […]

  • Video: First trailer for Disney's 'Descendants," co-starring Kristin Chenoweth

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Check out the first trailer for this summer’s Disney Channel original movie “Descendants,” starring Broken Arrow native Kristin Chenoweth as Maleficent. As previously reported, “Descendants” is Disney’s latest experiment in transforming its famous animated characters into live-action figures, featuring the Tony- and Emmy-winning Chenoweth butting heads with her onscreen daughter Mal, played by Dove Cameron […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on April 27, 2015: See Shevaun Williams' 'Women of the World' exhibit at the state Capitol

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Today’s featured event: In her exhibit “Women of the World,” Norman photographer Shevaun Williams offers a taste of her well-recognized architectural images in addition to expressing her admiration for the women she has photographed during her travels around the world. Williams’ exhibit is on view through June 21 in the North Gallery of the state […]

  • Monday Catchy Quote No. 363

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    A catchy quote from a movie, TV show or other source to brighten the beginning of your week: Tony: That man is playing Galaga! Thought we wouldn’t notice. But we did. - Click here to learn the source. -BAM

  • Q&A: Red Dirt Relief Fund helps Oklahoma music people in times of need

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    A version of this story appears in Monday’s Your Life section of The Oklahoman. To read more about the Bob Childers’ Gypsy Cafe benefiting the Red Dirt Relief Fund, click here. Red Dirt Relief Fund helps Oklahoma music people in times of need Modeled on the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ MusiCares Foundation, […]

  • Bob Childers' Gypsy Cafe songwriting festival to celebrate songs, benefit Red Dirt Relief Fund Wednesday in Stillwater

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    A version of this story appears in Monday’s Your Life section of The Oklahoman. To read more about the Red Dirt Relief Fund, click here. Bob Childers’ Gypsy Cafe songwriter festival will benefit Red Dirt Relief Fund in Oklahoma The 2015 Bob Childers’ Gypsy Cafe will bring together 55 Oklahoma singer-songwriters for a series of […]

  • Interview & video: Country singer Jimmy Wayne shares his story to help foster children, plays Oklahoma show Thursday

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    A version of this story appears in Monday’s Your Life section of The Oklahoman. Check out the 2010 video of the end of my first meeting with Jimmy Wayne, when he crossed through Oklahoma on his Meet Me Halfway way. Country singer Jimmy Wayne tells his painful but ultimately uplifting story to help foster children […]

  • Downtown Oklahoma City Festival of Arts Sunday schedule

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    The 49th Festival of the Arts ends today, with hours from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at its longtime home at the Festival Plaza, on Hudson Avenue and at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. The event annually brings in about 200 visual artists from across Oklahoma and the country, almost 300 Sooner State entertainers staging a […]

  • Oklahoma Girl Scout Katie Francis breaks her own cookie sale world record

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    A version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman. Oklahoma Girl Scout breaks her own cookie sale world record Oklahoma City seventh-grader Katie Francis, who made international news in 2014 with her record-smashing sales feats, moved 22,200 boxes of Samoas, Do-si-dos, Trefoils and other tasty treats by the time the […]

  • Oklahoma artistic leaders weigh in on creativity

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    The 2015 Outlook special section of The Oklahoman explores creativity, so we asked several Oklahoma artistic leaders WHAT CREATIVITY OR INNOVATION IN A CITY MEANS TO ME. Here are their answers: “What I believe creativity and innovation means is that the city has created an environment that allows people to feel like they can participate […]

  • deadCenter Film Festival celebrating 15 years of celebrating indie film this summer

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    A version of this story appears in Sunday’s Outlook special section of The Oklahoman. deadCenter Film Festival celebrating 15 years of celebrating indie film Oklahoma City’s deadCenter isn’t just growing as a film festival, it is growing into more than a film festival. Zeroing in on its 15th anniversary, deadCenter isn’t just growing as a […]

  • Dramatic growth: Central Oklahoma theater scene gets bigger and better

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    A version of this story appears in Sunday’s Outlook special section of The Oklahoman.  To select the photos for this story, I asked local theater leaders to name their favorite recent show that their organization staged as well as their favorite show another company had produced. Dramatic growth: Central Oklahoma theater scene gets bigger and […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on April 26, 2015: See Jewel Box Theatre's 'Come Blow Your Horn'

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    Today’s featured event: See Jewel Box Theatre’s production of “Come Blow Your Horn” at 2:30 p.m. today at the theater at First Christian Church, 3700 N Walker. Jewel Box is closing its 2014-15 season with esteemed humorist Neil Simon’s first Broadway play, which was made into a 1963 film starring Frank Sinatra. The theater is […]

  • Downtown Oklahoma City Festival of Arts Saturday schedule

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    The 49th Festival of the Arts continues from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at its longtime home at the Festival Plaza, on Hudson Avenue and at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. The event annually brings in about 200 visual artists from across Oklahoma and the country, almost 300 […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on April 25, 2015: See Pollard Theatre's 'Shrek: The Musical' in Guthrie

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Today’s featured event: GUTHRIE – See the Pollard Theatre’s new production of “Shrek: The Musical” at 8 tonight at the downtown theater, 120 W Harrison Ave. Performances continue through May 23. For more information, go to www.thepollard.org. For more events, go to newsok.com/events. -BAM

  • Downtown Oklahoma City Festival of Arts Friday schedule

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    The 49th Festival of the Arts continues from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at its longtime home at the Festival Plaza, on Hudson Avenue and at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. The event annually brings in about 200 visual artists from across Oklahoma and the country, […]

  • Interview, photos & video: Comedy juggler Dan Raspyni balances juggling and jokes at Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    A version of this story appears in Friday’s The Oklahoman. Festival of the Arts street performer balances juggling and jokes Dan Raspyni, an acclaimed comedy juggler from California, is performing his crowd-pleasing show daily during the Festival of the Arts in downtown Oklahoma City. Along with flipping out the cactus and cigar boxes and keeping […]

  • Video & interview: Oklahoma City Johnny Cash tribute artist Philip Bauer to perform Tuesday on TV show 'World’s Greatest Tribute Bands'

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    A version of this column appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Johnny Cash impersonator from Oklahoma to appear on TV series ‘World’s Greatest Tribute Bands’ As a tribute artist, Philip Bauer walks the line between fantasy and reality, between taking his job seriously and not taking himself too seriously. The Oklahoma City […]




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