• Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park finds irreverent yuletide humor in 'The Santaland Diaries'

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Dec 13, 2015

    Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park is celebrating the season with David Sedaris' modern cult classic “The Santaland Diaries,” a one-man show starring Waugh as the grumpy department store Santa’s helper Crumpet the Elf.

  • Great book gifts for children

    BY KEN RAYMOND Book Editor kraymond@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Dec 13, 2015

    The Oklahoman's book editor Ken Raymond offers suggestions that he says would be ideal books to give children as Christmas gifts.

  • Even after retiring to Oklahoma, entertainer Joe Sears remains true to Tuna, Texas

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Dec 11, 2015

    Oklahoma native Joe Sears, the co-star and co-creator of four wildly popular two-man plays set in the fictional third-smallest city in Texas — “Greater Tuna,” “A Tuna Christmas,” “Red, White and Tuna” and “Tuna Does Vegas” — may have retired from acting, but he remains a busy theater writer and director with projects going in Bartlesville, Dewey and Tulsa.

  • Comics gifts to place under the tree

    BY MATTHEW PRICE Features Editor  mprice@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Dec 11, 2015

    Comics columnist Matt Price for The Oklahoman writes about gift ideas for comics fans.

  • Oklahoma City's Reduxion Theatre celebrates holidays with second annual interactive 'Christmas Cracker'

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Dec 11, 2015

    Oklahoma City's Reduxion Theatre Company is dancing into the holidays with its second annual “Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker!" This year's show will offer a different sampling of Regency era dances and carols, new scenes from Austen’s venerable stories and a much larger venue.

  • Book review: 'Ghostlight' by Sonia Gensler

    By Betty Lytle For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Dec 6, 2015

    Sonia Gensler's "Ghostlight" sheds light on the spooky.

  • Audiobook review: Austen classic 'Pride and Prejudice' gets refreshing new voiceover

    By Amy Raymond Staff Writer araymond@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Dec 6, 2015

    Audiobook review: “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, narrated by Rosamund Pike (Audible, 11 hours, 35 minutes, available Dec. 8.)

  • Husband-and-wife team from Oklahoma pen funny Christmas tale with 'Alcoholidays'

    By Brandy McDonnell BAM Feautures Writer | Updated: Thu, Dec 3, 2015

    For years, Norman couple Melanie Wilderman and Ted Satterfield spent the three-hour Christmas Day drive between their families’ homes collecting funny yuletide observations. Those notes from Noel became the inspiration for their irreverent original comedy “Alcoholidays,” which Oklahoma City Theatre Company is staging this month in the Civic Center’s CitySpace Theatre.

  • Governor's Arts Awards winners honored

    From Staff Reports  | Published: Wed, Dec 2, 2015

    Governor Fallin and the Oklahoma Arts Council on Wednesday presented the 40th annual Governor’s Arts Awards to 12 individuals and eight organizations whose efforts have impacted the arts in their communities or throughout the state.

  • OU reaches settlement with French woman over Nazi-looted artwork

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Dec 2, 2015

    The University of Oklahoma has reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed by a French woman over a painting that was stolen from her family by German troops during World War II, university officials confirmed Wednesday.

  • For Kelli O'Hara, OCU honor is 'beautiful time'

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Dec 1, 2015

    Capping a year during which she won her first Tony Award, Kelli O’Hara, 39, was conferred an honorary doctorate of humane letters during a ceremony Monday at Oklahoma City University’s Petree Recital Hall, where she said she performed many times as an undergraduate, from her entrance audition to her senior recital.

  • Artist brings unusual encaustic processes to Skirvin residency

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    Gayle Curry, an Oklahoma City encaustic painter and printmaker, is getting the chance to share the medium she loves with a wider audience as the new artist-in-residence at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel.

  • Gifts from the galaxy: Items related to the popular "Star Wars" movie franchise have flooded the marketplace — including Oklahoma stores — just in time for Christmas

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer chinton@oklahoman | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    In step with the Dec. 17 premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the latest feature film in the popular sci-fi series, retailers, including many in Oklahoma, have flooded the galaxy with a wide assortment of items. And the variety isn’t limited to toys like the “Star Wars" BB-8 remote-control robot — far from it.

  • The Archivist: Crooked Oak Schools in Oklahoma City honors historic ties to oil field

    By Mary Phillips For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    Crooked Oak Public Schools in Oklahoma City owes much of its start to the oil field industry. It's no surprise that the school's mascot is a roughneck, the toughest of drilling rig workers, and the students are known as the Ruf-Nex.

  • The gift with a magical fit for almost anyone

    By Ken Raymond Book Editor kraymond@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    The Oklahoman's book editor, Ken Raymond, suggests a dozen books worth giving.

  • 'Crossroads of Commerce' illustrates Oklahoma's accomplishments

    By Max Nichols For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    Oklahomans have been walking onto the stage of history for more than three centuries with skills and values needed to face the challenges and seize the opportunities of free enterprise. The Oklahoma Historical Society is presenting many of their dramatic stories in the new exhibit “Crossroads of Commerce: A History of Free Enterprise in Oklahoma.”

  • Former host of NBC's news program calls OKC bomber’s conviction cathartic to America

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    In a recently released memoir, David Gregory, the former host of NBC's "Meet the Press," said the conviction of Timothy McVeigh was cathartic to America.

  • 'Polar Express' Train Ride builds steam in its second Oklahoma trek

    By Brandy McDonnell BAM bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    After a strong Oklahoma debut in 2014, “The Polar Express” Train Ride, a whimsical hourlong trek based on the 1985 children's book and the 2004 computer-animated movie keeps chugging along, already becoming a holiday tradition for many families. It takes place aboard the Eastern Flyer, departing from Bristow.

  • Oklahoma native Kristin Chenoweth stars in effort to 'erase' breast cancer

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Broken Arrow native Kristin Chenoweth returned to Oklahoma recently to speak at Celebrate Pink OKC, a fundraising luncheon and fashion show benefiting Oklahoma Project Woman, an organization that provides breast health care services for people with no health insurance and limited financial resources. The cause is personal for Chenoweth, whose mother and beloved voice teacher, among others, both are breast cancer survivors.

  • Oklahoma City will be the only North American venue for exhibit featuring masterworks by Matisse, Picasso and others

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    “Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris” will bring more than 100 works of art from France to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art next summer. The exhibit includes nearly 50 paintings, sculptures and works on paper by celebrated artist Henri Matisse, along with masterworks by Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Georges Braque, Andre Derain, Fernand Leger and Amadeo Modigliani.