• OCCC ends arts festival citing budget cuts, declining attendance

    By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    "This was a very tough decision," OCCC President Jerry Steward said in an announcement.

  • Book review: 'Shaker' by Scott Frank

    By Jim Basile For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Criminal, hero ... or both? Novel follows a killer struggling to survive after a mugging shakes his life up and puts him in jeopardy.

  • Book review: 'The Age of Treachery' by Gavin Scott

    BY KEN RAYMOND Book Editor kraymond@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    A junior fellow at Oxford investigates a murder at the university.

  • Science of showtime: Variety of venues makes OKC a destination for new acts

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    With an uptick in concert announcements and new music festivals emerging in Oklahoma, the conversation is growing about Oklahoma City’s role as a concert destination.

  • Oklahoma City's Festival of the Arts move to Bicentennial Park wins mostly praise

    BY STEVE LACKMEYERBusiness Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    Elliott and Associates design of Bicentennial Park seemed to be tailor-made for the festival. It provided far more seating for visitors, more stable hard-scaped areas for vendors, and an efficient location for public announcement speakers to be heard on the festival grounds.

  • Oklahoma City's 50th annual Festival of the Arts continues to delight

    Published: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    After years of being held near Stage Center and Myriad Botanical Gardens, the Festival of the Arts returned to Bicentennial Park near the Civic Center in Oklahoma City, where the event originated.

  • Writer drives Oklahoma noir novel

    BY BUD ELDER For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    If the name Gene Triplett sounds familiar, it should — his byline has appeared for years within the pages of The Oklahoman, where he worked as city editor and features editor and now, since his retirement from full-time employment, as a sort of reviewer at large.  For his fiction debut, Triplett has penned a crime novel titled “Wheel Man” (available from both Amazon and Barnes & Noble in trade paperback and ebook), in which he takes readers back to a 1990s Oklahoma, post oil boom, that is breeding an underworld of nefarious characters. Each seems determined to deal mass quantities of illegal drugs and rob banks where hidden funds from drug sales are secretly held. The result is a large helping of violence, mayhem and

  • Juggler tosses around jokes, sharp objects at OKC's Festival of the Arts

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Sat, Apr 23, 2016

    The witty trickster from Kansas City, Mo., is running through his solo routines in Oklahoma City this week as the official street performer for the 50th annual festival.

  • Oklahoma artisans show that the job of glassblowing can captivate as an art

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    The artistic demonstration was one of several offered at the 2016 Festival of the Arts in Oklahoma City.

  • Norman Music Festival 9 weekend guide

    By Nathan Poppe and Becky Carman   | Updated: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    It's impossible to make every Norman Music Festival 9 set Friday and Saturday, so Nathan Poppe and Becky Carman have teamed up to hit on the highlights.

  • Prince entertained royally in Oklahoma

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    Prince’s touring career stretched five decades, from 1979 up until his final two “Piano & a Microphone” sets in Atlanta, Ga., on April 14. The musician, actor and creative luminary died Thursday at 57.

  • Despite new setting, food remains star at arts festival in downtown OKC

    By Dave Cathey Food Editor dcathey@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    This year, the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts returns to its original stomping grounds in Bicentennial Park.

  • OKC arts festival returns to original location for 50th anniversary

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    As is tradition, the six-day event also will serve up 200 visual artists from across Oklahoma and the country and almost 300 Sooner State entertainers staging a wide range of live performances — all in its original spot.

  • Guthrie prepares for ’89er Days Celebration

    By Sheila Stogsdill For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Apr 16, 2016

    The annual Oklahoma '89er Days Celebration marks the April 22, 1889, land run, the birth of the state and the overnight forming of Guthrie.

  • Festival of the Arts celebrates 50th anniversary by moving back to its old home

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Apr 15, 2016

    The 50th annual Festival of the Arts is set for 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through April 23 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 24 in Oklahoma City.

  • Book review: 'Vintage Tattoo Flash' offers look back at 100 years of ink

    BY KEN RAYMOND Book Editor kraymond@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Apr 10, 2016

    Jonathan Shaw, himself a tattooist, owns “one of the largest collections of vintage tattoo flash in the world,” according to a news release. In “Vintage Tattoo Flash,” an oversized book suitable for some coffee tables and every tattoo shop, Shaw reproduces some of the original flash art from years past.

  • Oklahoma City Ballet closes its season with family-friendly fantasy 'Peter Pan'

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Sun, Apr 10, 2016

    The boy who never grew up, his fairy sidekick Tinker Bell and the Darling children will be flying high again and outsmarting Capt. Hook when Oklahoma City Ballet performs “Peter Pan” Friday through April 17 at Civic Center Music Hall.

  • Cirque du Soleil soars into OKC with show inspired by ‘Avatar’

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Thu, Apr 7, 2016

    Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring production, “Toruk — The First Flight,” which began Wednesday in Oklahoma CIty, is a prequel to the 2009 sci-fi epic "Avatar."

  • A legend dies: A ‘poet for the common man,’ Haggard was the son of Okies who left the state during the Depression and headed west.

    By Nathan Poppe and Brandy McDonnell Staff Writers | Published: Wed, Apr 6, 2016

    Country legend Merle Haggard, who died Wednesday, was the son of "Okies" who left the state during the Great Depression and headed to California.




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