• 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.

  • Book review: 'Alice' by Christina Henry

    By Ken Raymond Book Editor kraymond@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Sep 13, 2015

    ‘Alice’ goes farther down the rabbit hole.

  • Oklahoma City Ballet, cellist partner to open season with ‘Exurgency’

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

    Innovative cellist, composer and technophile Zoe Keating will make her solo debut in Oklahoma on Friday and Saturday when she performs on stage with the Oklahoma City Ballet. The company is opening its 2015-16 season with “Exurgency — A Triple Bill,” headlined by an encore performance of Matthew Neenan’s ballet based on three of Keating’s songs.

  • Septemberfest brings free family fun to Oklahoma History Center

    By Brandy McDonnell BAM bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and first gentleman Wade Christensen will host the 19th annual Septemberfest on Saturday at the Oklahoma History Center, which will offer free admission to go along with an array of free special attractions.

  • Festival of the Arts officials seek $1.5 million for relocation expenses in Oklahoma City

    BY STEVE LACMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    A request for $1.5 million in tax increment financing to assist in relocating the Festival of the Arts to the park area surrounding the Civic Center Music Hall and City Hall won approval Tuesday from a review committee and is set for a vote next by the Oklahoma City Council.

  • DeadCenter Film Festival announces appointment of new executive director

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Sep 9, 2015

    DeadCenter Film Festival added a new cast member to its credits Wednesday. The festival hired Oklahoma City native Lissa Gumerson-Blaschke as its new executive director. The festival turned 15 in June and attracted more than 30,000 people to downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Expanding the box: Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition increases number of artists at 12x12 Art Fundraiser

    Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Mon, Sep 7, 2015

    The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition's 12x12 Art Fundraiser offers a chance to contrast and compare the works of artists from across the state. Although they work in a big range of styles and media, each artist must create a piece that measures no larger than 12 inches by 12 inches or, for three-dimensional pieces, 12 inches high, wide and deep.

  • Del City strip club called public nuisance to reopen

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Sep 6, 2015

    Fantasy Island, in Del City, Oklahoma, is getting ready to reopen after Oklahoma County District Judge Patricia Parrish decided the closure violated a state law that requires city officials to give the club's owner an opportunity to be heard first.

  • Book review: 'Alice' by Christina Henry

    By Ken Raymond Book Editor kraymond@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    Christina Henry's "Alice," a modern retelling of Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," retains all the surreality of Carroll’s tale but makes it even darker, leading readers into a city that’s fantastical, scary and frankly more satisfying than Carroll’s original, writes Ken Raymond, The Oklahoman's Book Editor.

  • Book review: 'Between the World and Me' by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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

    “Between the World and Me” is a chance for Ta-Nehisi Coates to tell his son the lessons of being black in America — an experience that is complex, nuanced and, at times, raw.

  • Book review: 'Billion Dollar Ball: A Journey Through the Big-Money Culture of College Football' by Gilbert M. Gaul

    By Ed Godfrey Outdoors Editor egodfrey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Sep 6, 2015

    Ed Godfrey, The Oklahoman's Outdoors Editor, reviews "Billion Dollar Ball: A Journey Through the Big-Money Culture of College Football" by Gilbert M. Gaul.

  • Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre to feature premieres, guest appearance by 'Star Trek' actor

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre’s 14th season takes flight this month with a wide range of theatrical destinations, from Neverland to ancient Rome to Avenue Q. Robert Picardo, best known for his role as the holographic doctor on “Star Trek: Voyager,” will be along for the ride as a guest star in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”

  • Civic Center Foundation narrows search

    By William Crum Staff Writerwcrum@Oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    A Civic Center Foundation committee plans to make a final selection by the end of the month on a partner to present its Broadway series in Oklahoma City.

  • Labor Day weekend offers many events across Oklahoma

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Fairs, music and arts festivals, rodeos and fireworks are among the events happening during the three-day holiday weekend that celebrates the end of summer before fall comes in Oklahoma.

  • Wes Craven's Tulsa connection

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Horror fans are mourning the death of Wes Craven, whose directorial work included the "Scream" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street" franchises. He was also known for stand-alone films such as "The People Under the Stairs" and "The Serpent and the Rainbow," based on Harvard scientist Wade Davis' nonfiction book about Haitian voodoo.  Craven's first feature film is the unsettling cult classic "Last House on the Left" (1972), which contains graphic rape and torture. He had begun his  career shooting pornographic movies, and "Last House"ended up as a grindhouse, rape-revenge sexploitation film. According to a 2009 article on the FilmJunk.

  • Diamond Ballroom’s memories will shine in new book

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY Staff Writer rmedley@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Oklahoma City photographer Vernon L. Gowdy III, 60, is working on a book to save the stories and performers' photos from the Diamond Ballroom.

  • Book review: 'Holy Cow' by David Duchovny

    By Jim Basile For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    David Duchovny, star of the hit TV series “The X-Files,” has penned "Holy Cow, a hilarious and thought-provoking novel with a unique protagonist, Elsie Bovary, and a slapstick supporting cast.

  • Book review: 'The Table of Less Valued Knights' by Marie Phillips

    By Betty Lytle for The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Marie Phillips, author of the No. 1 best-selling “Gods Behaving Badly,” returns with another irreverent book, a spoof of the legend of King Arthur and Camelot that rates right up there with Monty Python.

  • Oklahoma's best-selling books

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Best-selling books in Oklahoma

  • Book review: 'The Unnoticeables' by Robert Brockway

    By Ken Raymond Book Editor kraymond@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Robert Brockway’s “The Unnoticeables” flashes between alternating narratives set in 1977 New York City and 2013 Los Angeles. Around the middle the disparate stories make sense together, and it’s a fun but peculiar race to the end.