• HBO special 'Vice' takes hard look at harsh drug sentences

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer mpatterson@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    President Barack Obama’s historic visit to the federal prison in El Reno is highlighted in a special episode of "Vice" premiering at 8 p.m. Sunday on HBO.

  • 5 questions with Edmond author Rachel Vincent

    Published: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    Edmond author Rachel Vincent discusses the inspiration behind her latest book, "Menagerie."

  • Book review: 'Menagerie' by Rachel Vincent

    By Ken Raymond Book Editor kraymond@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    Best-selling Edmond author Rachel Vincent has written at least 20 books, many of them in the supernatural romance genre. Her new book, “Menagerie,” is aimed at a more mainstream audience, and she may just have another best-seller on her hands.

  • Singer's dream: Gospel recording artist Sandi Patty partners with Oklahoma university to offer worship team leadership program

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Sep 26, 2015

    Gospel recording artist Sandi Patty, who says she always wanted to be a teacher, is realizing her dream through a special partnership with Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City.

  • 'Bipartisan fiddler' is set to add Trump's Oklahoma State Fair visit to roster of performances

    By Brandy McDonnell BAM bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    Internationally known Oklahoma violinist Kyle Dillingham said he is booked to play what could potentially be the biggest crowd of his career Friday in conjunction with Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s planned appearance at the Oklahoma State Fair.

  • Oklahoma-based movie crew is using 16 mm film for new short

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    Oklahoma City-based filmmaker J.T. Hathaway is armed with a shoestring budget, a modest crew and a Bolex H16 REX-4 from 1965 to create "Upland." Hathaway and his crew have shot roughly a third of the film but are looking for help to complete the process.

  • De Niro and Hathaway star in love story, just not a romantic one

    By Dennis King For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    Placing the famously gruff, taciturn Robert De Niro on a dais next to the prim, chipper Anne Hathaway initially seems akin to pairing a brawler with a ballerina. But it's that clash of types that informs "The Intern," Nancy Meyers’ lightly romantic tale that casts De Niro as 70-year-old, buttoned-down guy struggling with retirement ennui, and Hathaway as a young go-getter juggling family with the nonstop demands of a high-tech startup.

  • Sooner Theatre offers community — and song

    BY SHARLA BARDIN For The Oklahoman | Updated: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    NORMAN — The Sooner Theatre is a place where people can watch a new musical or their favorite musician or audition for a production and discover their own hidden talents. The theater, at 101 E Main in downtown Norman, offers year-round events that include in-house musical theater productions, concerts, special events and performing arts classes at The Studio of the Sooner Theatre. “We're just so blessed to have this little jewel in Norman,” said Jennifer Baker, executive director. “I think what we're doing is important. It's not just about singing and dancing. It's about community.

  • HeyDay provides serious entertainment

    BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    NORMAN — At HeyDay Entertainment, fun is serious business. A $6 million renovation has tripled the play center's size and added a two-level bowling alley. Eight of the lanes are upstairs in an adults-only lounge with a bar island, fireplace, pool tables and outdoor patio. Downstairs visitors can choose from laser tag, a laser maze, arcades, a rope course, 16-lane bowling alley and an outdoor landscaped miniature golf course. Party rooms are available for all size groups. The entertainment center at Interstate 35 and Indian Hills Road reopened in October 2014 after being closed for two months while the renovation was completed.

  • Book review: 'Lagoon' by Nnedi Okorafor

    By Ken Raymond Book Editor kraymond@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    The basic premise of “Lagoon” is simple enough. Extraterrestrials have landed in the ocean near Lagos, Nigeria, and they have sent an ambassador to meet with the president of the West African nation. The execution of the plot, though, is anything but simple.

  • Book review: 'The Blackthorn Key' by Kevin Sands

    Ken Raymond Book Editor kraymond@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    Kevin Sands’ debut novel, “The Blackthorn Key,” is intended for readers ages 8 to 12, but teens and grown-ups will enjoy it, too. As Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl series, said of Sands’ book: “Magic, adventure and things that go boom — I love this book!”

  • Rapper 2 Chainz sued by Oklahoma City lawyer

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    Oklahoma City attorney Kent Bridge is seeking "in excess of $10,000" from the Atlanta-based artist, 2 Chaniz, whose real name is Tauheed Epps.

  • 'Immortales' exhibit brings ancient busts to Norman from Rome

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    The University of Oklahoma's Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is the sole destination for the special exhibition “Immortales: The Hall of Emperors of the Capitoline Museums, Rome,” which has brought to the U.S for the first time a selection of 20 marble busts from the collection of what is considered the world’s oldest museum.

  • Book review: 'The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes' by Lawrence Block

    By Ed Godfrey Outdoors Editor egodfrey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Sep 20, 2015

    “The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes” is a story that is steamy, violent and not the kind of reading your Sunday school teacher would recommend.

  • Downtown Oklahoma City's come a long way

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Sep 19, 2015

    If you returned to Oklahoma City for the first time in 20 years, you might not believe what you see. But stick around — many more changes are on the way.

  • Book review: 'Me, My Hair and I,' edited by Elizabeth Benedict

    By Yvette Walker Staff writer ywalker@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Sep 20, 2015

    These tales speak of youth, identity and self-esteem

  • New movie 'Black Mass' raises memories of 1981 Tulsa mob hit

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer mpatterson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    "Black Mass," starring Johnny Depp and opening Friday, tells the story of Whitey Bulger, the Boston mob boss who orchestrated the killing of a Tulsa businessman.

  • Review: 'Disney on Ice presents Frozen' at the Oklahoma State Fair

    By Brandy McDonnell Staff Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    Review: 'Disney on Ice presents Frozen' at the Oklahoma State Fair

  • Western Avenue hosts music festival Saturday

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Sep 17, 2015

    If you're driving along Western Avenue on Saturday, be on the lookout for three miles of party. The inaugural WestFest is a free celebration aiming to highlight the district's businesses from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. The street will be closed between NW 41 and 43 to make way for live music, food trucks and beer. About 40 committee members have been planning the festival for months, and it all started when Western Avenue Executive Director Rachael Taylor asked one question: What do you want to see? “The street festival was the request we got,” Taylor said. “We polled the district. … Nearly every single person said we want a street festival, meaning shut down the street and throw a gigantic party.

  • Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre soars into 2015-16 season with 'Peter and the Starcatcher'

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

    Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre's 14th season is opening with the state and regional premiere of "Peter and the Starcatcher," a "Peter Pan" prequel. The show is a co-production with Oklahoma City University's theater department.