• Alan Thicke hosts 'Dancing Pros' in Oklahoma City

    Today at 12:00 AM

    Actor Alan Thicke makes his first visit to Oklahoma City when he emcees “Dancing Pros Live” Saturday at the Civic Center Music Hall.

  • Whirling Dervishes of Rumi to perform in Oklahoma City

    Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The Whirling Dervishes of Rumi, an 800-year tradition, will perform Feb. 6 at the Oklahoma City Community College Visual and Performing Arts Center.

  • Oklahoma musician John Calvin Abney releases debut full-length album

    Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    “Better Luck,” Oklahoma artist John Calvin Abney’s first full-length release, is due out this week. “Better Luck” was recorded in less than two weeks during late spring 2014 at the illustrious Tiny Telephone in San Francisco, with co-producers Jacob Winik and Tulsa artist John Moreland and instrumental help from friend and often-bandmate Kyle Reid and San Francisco-based drummer Peter Labberton.

  • Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra brings happy sounds to Oklahoma

    Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The New Zealand-based Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, which features 11 ukulele players and a bassist who also sing, is playing Oklahoma City Community College’s Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater on its first U.S. tour.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Jan. 25, 2015: Celebrate the release of John Calvin Abney's 'Better Luck' LP at the Blue Door

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    Today’s featured event: Celebrate the release of Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Calvin Abney’s first full-length album, “Better Luck,” at 8 tonight at the Blue Door, 2805 N McKinley. Doors for the album release show open at 7:30 p.m. M. Lockwood Porter also is on the bill. My fine colleague Becky Carman reports that “Better Luck” was […]

  • Items from storied Caribou Ranch recording studio sold

    Updated: 26 min ago

    DENVER (AP) — Auctioneers have sold nearly 500 items from a recording studio that put the Rocky Mountains on the rock and roll map. The sale was held Saturday at Caribou Ranch, where stars like Michael Jackson and Elton John recorded in a converted barn and relaxed in cabins named for Native American chiefs. Highlights included an antique mahogany Steinway & Sons grand piano used by Elton John and a Gibson bass guitar said to have been played by Chicago band musician Terry Kath. No estimate was available on the money raised. The Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/onjq38v) reports producer James Guercio turned the ranch into a major recording studio from the 1970s until a fire damaged the control room in 1985.

  • 'American Sniper' holds top spot at weekend box office

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "American Sniper" hit the mark with moviegoers again. The Navy SEAL drama starring Bradley Cooper topped the box office for a second weekend in a row with $64.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The total haul for the Warner Bros. film now stands at $200.1 million. The Universal thriller "The Boy Next Door" featuring Jennifer Lopez as a teacher who engages in an affair with a younger man debuted in second place with $15 million. The weekend's other major new releases weren't even in the neighborhood of "The Boy Next Door." The animated fantasy "Strange Magic" opened in a distant seventh place with $5.5 million, while the Johnny Depp dud "Mortdecai" flopped in ninth place with $4.1

  • 'Birdman'? 'Boyhood'? SAG Awards to offer Oscar preview

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    The 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards should offer a low-key preview to the Academy Awards and a chance for favorites to begin polishing up their acceptance speeches. The show kicks off Sunday night at 8 p.m. EST from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The two-hour ceremony will be broadcast live on TNT and TBS. Vying for the evening's top honor, best ensemble, are: "Birdman," ''Boyhood," ''The Grand Budapest Hotel," ''The Imitation Game" and "The Theory of Everything." Because actors make up the largest portion of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the SAG Awards are considered one of the most telling Oscar previews. Individually acting winners usually mirror each other exactly, or very nearly.

  • 'Birdman' wins Producers Guild's top trophy

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Birdman" received a welcome lift on its flight to the Oscars after winning the Producers Guild of America's highest film award Saturday night at a ceremony in Los Angeles. The win delivers needed momentum to Alejandro Inarritu's showbiz romp following its upset loss to "The Grand Budapest Hotel" in the Golden Globes' comedy category earlier this month. It's now neck and neck in the Oscar race with Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," which won in the Globes drama category. Many of the PGA's 6,700 members are also Oscar voters and for the past seven years, the guild's choices for its top trophy went on to win the best-picture prize at the Academy Awards.

  • Contestants vie for Miss Universe crown in Miami on Sunday

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — A new Miss Universe will be crowned Sunday night in Miami, with participants from 88 countries taking part. The contestants were narrowed to 15 during Wednesday's preliminary competition, but the results won't be announced until the live show, which airs at 8 p.m. EST on NBC. "Today Show" personality Natalie Morales is hosting the show. And before Miss Universe, Gabriela Isler of Venezuela, crowns the next winner, viewers will hear a performance from singer Nick Jonas. The women have been participating in events around Miami from a golf outing to a Zumba class in the past two weeks.

  • First Look: Gerwig shines in a delightful "Mistress America"

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig, the crack-pot team behind "Frances Ha," have proven their delightful screwball talents once more with "Mistress America," which premiered Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival. The film is a dreamy and idiosyncratic comedy about two enigmatic soon-to-be stepsisters who are just trying to figure out how they fit in the world, One, Tracy (Lola Kirke, who audiences might remember from a bit part in "Gone Girl") is an introspective Barnard freshman and aspiring writer who can't seem to find any friends. The other, Brooke (Gerwig), is a 30-year-old romantic and striver who lives in her own alluring, albeit delusional, reality. Everything changes for Tracy when she enters Br

  • Quick Quote: Mindy Kaling on confidence

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — "I have a personality defect where I sort of refuse to see myself as an underdog... It's because of my parents. They raised me with the entitlement of a tall, blond, white man." —Mindy Kaling tat Sundance, on where her confidence comes from ____ —Sandy Cohen, www.twitter.com/APSandy.

  • TV talk show pioneer Franklin, who gave Pacino chance, dies

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Pioneering radio and TV host Joe Franklin, who gave breaks to the likes of Al Pacino and Bill Cosby on his variety show long before they became famous and who boasted he never missed a broadcast in decades, has died at age 88. He died Saturday of cancer, which he had had for a few years, longtime producer and friend Steven Garrin said. Franklin often is credited with developing the standard TV talk show format, sitting behind a desk while interviewing wanna-be celebrities, minor celebrities and the occasional bona fide celebrity. The host of "The Joe Franklin Show" started in TV in 1950. By the early 1990s, he often said, he had chatted with more than 300,000 guests, including Marilyn Monroe, Liza Minn

  • Alan Thicke hosts 'Dancing Pros' in Oklahoma City

    By Sandi Davis, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Actor Alan Thicke makes his first visit to Oklahoma City when he emcees “Dancing Pros Live” Saturday at the Civic Center Music Hall.

  • 'Pageant'

    BY RICK ROGERS, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    The musical comedy “Pageant,” a riotous spoof of beauty contests, opens at Lyric at the Plaza in Oklahoma City this week. In this comedy by Albert Evans, Bill Russell and Frank Kelly, the six women vying for the Miss Glamouresse crown are all played by men.

  • Book signing

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Book signing

  • Local best-sellers

    Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    Local best-sellers

  • Book review: 'On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller' by Richard Norton Smith

    Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    Book review: ‘On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller’ by Richard Norton Smith

  • Oklahoma features briefs, Jan. 25

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Features briefs, Jan. 25

  • Book review: 'Give Me Liberty: Speakers and Speeches That Have Shaped America'

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Christopher L. Webber’s book on some of the great speeches in American history will delight history buffs.

  • Oklahoma art and theater notes, Jan. 25

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Art and theater notes

  • 'Racing Extinction' documentary a call to save the planet

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — It's not too late to save the planet, but documentarian Louis Psihoyos says the time is now. The filmmaker behind 2009's Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" returns to the natural environment for his latest film, "Racing Extinction," which premiered Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival. "Documentaries, to me, are the most powerful way to change the world," he said. "My hope is that if you can show people the beauty of these animals, there's a chance to save these things." Where "The Cove" shone a spotlight on the abuse of dolphins and other underwater wildlife, "Racing Extinction" expands the scope to life on land, as well.

  • Lock of Lincoln's hair among items auctioned in Dallas

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    DALLAS (AP) — A collection of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia that includes a lock of the slain president's hair has been sold for more than $800,000 at auction Saturday in Dallas. The Donald P. Dow collection brought top bids totaling $803,889, doubling expectations, said Eric Bradley, spokesman for Dallas-based Heritage Auctions. Greg Dow said his father, who died five years ago, was fascinated with presidential assassinations. The lock of hair, taken by Surgeon General Joseph K. Barnes shortly after Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth, sold for $25,000. An 1861 letter written by Booth to a friend boasting about his career and value as an actor sold for $30,000.

  • Nikki Reed coy about love for Somerhalder, but not animals

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Nikki Reed was coy when asked about her rumored engagement to actor Ian Somerhalder, saying only, "Life is really great right now and I'm so excited for the future." But she was effusive about her love for animals. The entertainer came to Sundance on Saturday to host the third annual Catdance Film Festival, a celebration of cats on screen that benefits the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Reed says she's been an animal advocate since she was a kid. "I learned how to change a cloth diaper on a raccoon," she said. "I was maybe 8 or 9." Her mom let her bring home "any and every thing that needed love or needed food," including, for a brief time, a coyote.