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  • Festival of the Arts Sculpture Park carves out more colorful look in Oklahoma City

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    The long-running celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts begins Tuesday in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City production of 'South Pacific' features homecoming

    By Rick Rogers, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Oklahoma City University graduate will play Nellie Forbush in a production of “South Pacific” that is a collaborative effort of Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre and OCU.

  • Rocsi Goes on 'Selfie Patrol' at MTV Movie Awards

    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    The 2014 MTV Movie Awards provided a ton of great selfie opportunities and the celebs took full advantage!

  • Jack White records songs, releases vinyl in hours

    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jack White played his new single "Lazaretto" for a couple of hundred fans on Record Store Day and four hours later a copy of the performance was available on a limited run of vinyl. The singer and guitarist called it the "world's fastest-released record." But don't look for it in the Guinness World Record Book, as White admitted he doesn't know if anyone else has attempted the feat. The stunt was a promotion for Record Store Day and his upcoming album, "Lazaretto." White performed Saturday morning at his Third Man Records label. As he was playing, fans could watch on television the acetate record being cut in a room behind the stage.

  • Review: Oklahoma City Ballet enchants with 'Beauty and the Beast'

    By Kathleen Redwine, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Review: The Oklahoma City Ballet closes its 2013-14 season Saturday with two performances of its new adaptation of the classic fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast.”

  • Mrs. Obama to appear on May episode of 'Nashville'

    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is going a little bit country. The first lady's office says she'll appear on the May 7 episode of the ABC country music drama "Nashville." The episode is titled "All Or Nothing With Me" and is set at Fort Campbell. Mrs. Obama and the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, Jill Biden, are scheduled to the visit Army base in Kentucky on Wednesday to address a jobs summit and career forum for service members, veterans and their spouses. The appearance is for the third anniversary of their nationwide initiative to support military families, called Joining Forces. The first lady's appearance on "Nashville," by video, is also for Joining Forces. Mrs.

  • Sen. Warren's book focuses on working family woes

    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — At the beginning of her new book, "A Fighting Chance," U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren describes the moment she grew up. She was 12, living in Oklahoma with her family, and noticed her mother putting on a dress for a job interview to answer telephones at a local Sears store. Warren's father had had a heart attack and bills were piling up. Her mother's stubborn insistence to hold onto the family home not only sets the young girl on the path to adulthood but also lays out the larger theme of Warren's life work: the struggle of working families to get a fair deal in an economic and political system rigged against them.

  • Big names among prospective Buffalo Bills buyers

    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is prepared to make a bid to buy the Buffalo Bills. Donald Trump's on board, too. Don't discount the family of Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs. And include New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi's name for added spice. It's not every day — or every year — an NFL franchise goes on the market as the Bills are, following owner Ralph Wilson's death last month. Wilson's wishes to have the team sold rather than passed on to his family raise the possibility of the Bills relocating from the city that's been home for more than 50 years. Toronto and Los Angeles are potential landing spots because owners would have an opportunity to make more money than in Buffalo, the NFL's

  • Anita Baker countersues home improvement company

    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    DETROIT (AP) — Grammy Award-winning singer Anita Baker has countersued a company that says it hasn't been paid for work done on her Detroit-area home. The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1gJy7lA) Saturday that Baker's attorney says lawyers for Ray A. Smith Painting & Decorating "intended to put her in as embarrassing a light as possible." The 2011 lawsuit against Baker led to a warrant for her arrest, but the warrant was dismissed last month. The company claims Baker owes it $15,000 for work done on her Grosse Pointe, Mich., home, but the singer's lawyer has said Baker didn't know she had been sued. A hearing related to the original lawsuit is scheduled for April 25 in Wayne County Circuit Court.

  • Sutton Foster and Jeanine Tesori bond backstage

    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — There were two visitors to Sutton Foster's Broadway dressing room the other day. One was a new friend, the other an old one. One makes beautiful music. One just barks. Foster was entertaining composer Jeanine Tesori, who has written the music for Foster's latest show, and Mabel, her new fluffy pup rescued from a Texas animal shelter and just spayed. "She'll just lick you to death," Foster warns about the terrier-and-dachshund mix. The mood is decidedly mellow backstage at the American Airlines Theatre, where Foster and Tesori are putting the final touches on "Violet," a musical that marks their third Broadway collaboration. "Is this our third?" asks Tesori. "It feels like more because I've

  • Listen: Tyson Meade streams "Dusty Comes Up For Air" from his upcoming album "Tomorrow in Progress"

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Tyson Meade, former frontman of outstanding Oklahoma alternative rock bands Chainsaw Kittens and Defenestration, has premiered another track from his upcoming solo album “Tomorrow in Progress.” To listen to the epic trippiness of “Dusty Comes Up For Air,” via Out.com, click here.

  • Listen and download: Oklahoma rapper Gregory Jerome releases free new track "Belafonte" ahead of Festival of the Arts, Norman Music Festival performances

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Local community activist and hip-hop artist Gregory Jerome will make appearances at two of central Oklahoma’s biggest spring festivals, the Festival of the Arts and Norman Music Festival, fresh off the release of his newest single, “Belafonte.” Jerome dropped “Belafonte,” the tale of a man who persevered through journey of life with the help of his Heavenly Father, on Friday.

  • Video: Sugar Free Allstars, Flaming Lips, Wanda Jackson offer vinyl releases TODAY for Record Store Day

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    It’s Record Store Day, the seventh annual celebration where participating record stores coordinate exclusive vinyl, cassette and CD releases. Guestroom Records in Oklahoma City and Norman and Trolley Stop Record Shop are among the record stores in the metro celebrating with live music and giveaways.

  • Video: Oklahoma City Thunder begins playoff run tonight vs. Memphis Grizzlies

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    The No. 2 seed Oklahoma City Thunder will match-up against the No. 7 seed Memphis Grizzlies in the First Round of the 2014 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at 8:30 tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno. The series will continue with Game 2 at 7 p.m.

  • Oklahoma City Ballet's 2014-15 season to include "Cinderella," "Nutcracker," "Romeo & Juliet," Sinatra, Moby and more

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    As previously reported, the Oklahoma City Ballet is wrapping up its 2013-14 season this weekend with its beautiful new adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast,” and the company has unveiled the diverse lineup for its 2014-15 season, which ranges from a beloved fairy tale and adored Shakespeare to a new “Nutcracker” and a triple bill with music ranging from Moby to Frank Sinatra to Patsy Cline.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on April 19, 2014: See Oklahoma City Ballet's "Beauty and the Beast"

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Today’s featured event: See the Oklahoma City Ballet’s new adaptation of the “tale as old as time” “Beauty and the Beast” at 2 and 8 p.m. today at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker. The performance are the final of the company’s 2013-14 season.

  • Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas; retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. ___ NBC's "Meet the Press" — Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine's prime minister; Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. ___ CBS' "Face the Nation" — Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Mass.; Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. ___ CNN's "State of the Union" — Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont.; Lukman Faily, Iraq's ambassador to the United States; Kim Beazley, Australia's ambassador to the U.S. ___ "Fox News Sunday" — Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the U.S.

  • Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas; retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. ___ NBC's "Meet the Press" — Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine's prime minister; Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. ___ CBS' "Face the Nation" — Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Mass.; Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. ___ CNN's "State of the Union" — Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont.; Lukman Faily, Iraq's ambassador to the United States; Kim Beazley, Australia's ambassador to the U.S. ___ "Fox News Sunday" — Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the U.S.

  • Oklahoma City area community news in brief

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Oklahoma City area community news in brief

  • Tickets on sale now for "Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular" Oct. 24-26 Oklahoma City show

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Dinosaurs again roam the earth when the production, “Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular,” based on the award-winning BBC Television Series, returns to North America this summer. As previously reported, “Walking with Dinosaurs” will stomp back into Chesapeake Energy Arena Oct.