• Book review: 'The Fold' by Peter Clines

    By Jim Basile  For The Oklahoman  | Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    Peter Clines’ “The Fold” is modern science fiction at its almost finest. The novel is accessible and approachable and built upon an intriguing concept. Unfortunately, the showdown in the final third of the book doesn’t quite live up to the promising premise.

  • Book review: 'Doctor Who: City of Death' by James Goss and Douglas Adams

    BY KEN RAYMOND Book Editor kraymond@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    Tale traveled through space & time.

  • Reception set for Oklahoma City artist's state Capitol art showing

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    A reception will be held Friday for Oklahoma City artist Ronna Pernell and her "Unspoken Woman" exhibit. The reception will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the North Gallery at the state Capitol.

  • Longtime presenter of Broadway shows sues Oklahoma City for permit

    By Nolan Clay and William Crum Staff Writers | Updated: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    The longtime presenter of the "Best of Broadway" series in Oklahoma City is asking a federal judge to rule the show must go on. Celebrity Attractions of Tulsa is suing because it is not being allowed to put on shows at the Civic Center Music Hall for the 2016-17 season.

  • Trolley Stop Record Shop anniversary bash to feature Turtles drummer, other bands Saturday

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY Staff Writer rmedley@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    The Trolley Stop Record Shop will celebrate its fourth birthday with live bands and a rock legend from the 1960s and '70s on Saturday. Featured performer is Johny Barbata, 70, of Ada, a former drummer for The Turtles, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship.

  • OKC Philharmonic education conductor brings joys of symphony to children

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    In his fifth season as the OKC Philharmonic’s education conductor, Maestro Matthew Troy, 35, is preparing for the launch of the orchestra’s Discovery Family Series, which kicks off Nov. 22 with a Western-theme concert.

  • Book review: 'The Poe Estate' by Polly Shulman

    By Betty Lytle For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    Spooky ideas circulate in "The Poe Estate," the continuation of a series by award-winning author Polly Shulman.

  • Book review: 'Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits' by David Wong

    BY KEN RAYMOND Book Editor kraymond@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    Fans of David Wong’s previous novels — “John Dies at the End” and “This Book Is Full of Spiders” — will find much to love about his new stand-alone novel, “Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits,” which is set about 20 or 30 years from now.

  • Book review: 'The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories' by Stephen King

    BY KEN RAYMOND Book Editor kraymond@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    Over all, “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams” is a richly realized examination of what it means to be mortal, constructed by one of the world’s most celebrated talents. Stephen King has spent a lifetime imagining what hides in the darkness; now he’s mature enough to know it doesn’t take a monster to create despair.

  • Book review: 'Hollow Man' by Mark Pryor

    By Jim Basile For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    Twists, turns, betrayals flesh out "Hollow Man."

  • Norman guitarist Terry 'Buffalo' Ware keeps rocking

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    Guitarist Terry "Buffalo" Ware, 65, one of Oklahoma's most respected sidemen, is stepping into the spotlight Sunday, when he and Gregg Standridge will celebrate their new collaborative album “Everybody’s Got One” with a release show at the Blue Door in Oklahoma City.

  • Professionals team with autistic young adults in Oklahoma to create animated short film

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    A whimsical story chronicling a young boy’s adventures with the Grim Reaper is being told through an animated film project launched by filmmakers affiliated with AutismOklahoma. Twelve autistic young adults who are interested in animation as a career helped with the project.

  • Book review: Punctuation book makes its point well

    BY AMY RAYMOND Staff Writer araymond@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 6, 2015

    In “Making a Point,” David Crystal traces the rise of everything from the comma to perhaps the most overlooked piece of punctuation — the space. If you love comma drama, this is the book for you.

  • Book review: 'The Secret Life of Anna Blanc' by Jennifer Kincheloe

    Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

    “The Secret Life of Anna Blanc”is the debut novel of Jennifer Kincheloe, a research scientist turned writer of historical mysteries. It won the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Award for mysteries in 2013, even though its official release date was Nov. 3.

  • Traveling exhibit at OKC museum tells story of colorful quilts as art form

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Nov 7, 2015

    The exhibit “Quilts and Color,” opening Saturday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, features 45 quilts from the Pilgrim/Roy Collection, which now numbers more than 1,500 quilts, with patterns ranging from double wedding rings and log cabins to nine patches and trees of life.

  • James Bond scholar doubles as OU professor

    By Bradon Long Staff Writer blong@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 6, 2015

    OU professor Lisa Funnell teaches a class on gender roles in society and how those roles have changed throughout the years using James Bond movies as a teaching aid.

  • Miranda Lambert, Maddie and Tae win Country Music Association awards

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Wed, Nov 4, 2015

    Miranda Lambert added to her trophy collection, while Oklahoma-Texas duo Maddie and Tae scored their first prize at Wednesday’s 49th Annual CMA Awards.

  • Book review:

    By Betty Lytle For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Nov 1, 2015

    “Let Me Die in His Footsteps” by Lori Roy (Dutton, 325 pages, in stores) Edgar Award winner Lori Roy's Southern Gothic book, “Let Me Die in His Footsteps,” is based on the last lawful public hanging in the United States. The story is told through the eyes of two women, a generation apart. It opens on a Kentucky lavender farm in 1952, when Annie Holleran reaches 15 ½ years old. Annie has the “know-how,” the sense of knowing a thing will happen before it occurs, a curse that has haunted the women in her family. Annie has been feeling the uneasiness that means trouble is coming. Her grandmother, who also has the “know-how,” attributes Annie's feeling to the fact that, as country folks put it, at 15 ½ she

  • Oklahoma artists to make Cultural Connections in Italy

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    O. Gail Poole, Douglas Shaw Elder and Tim Stark have been selected as the first group of Oklahoma artists to travel overseas to exhibit at one of Norman’s four sister cities as part of the Cultural Connections program.

  • Strong Oklahoma ties will wrap around country music awards show

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

    Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and other country music stars with Oklahoma ties will vie for trophies at the 49th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday.