• Single tickets to Kristin Chenoweth's March Oklahoma City concerts on sale today

    Monday, August 31, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    Single tickets are on sale today to Emmy- and Tony-winning actress/singer Kristin Chenoweth's home-state shows March 18-19 at Oklahoma City's Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker.

  • Oklahoma City Community College begins showing National Theatre Live series during Arts Festival Oklahoma

    Monday, August 31, 2015 at 09:43 AM

    A version of this story appears in Monday's Your Life section of The Oklahoman. Screen shot: OCCC begins broadcasting National Theatre Live series during Arts Festival Oklahoma As if fireworks, live music and more than 100 visual artists weren’t enough, Helen Mirren, James Franco and a swashbuckling band of pirates are joining the merriment at the 37th Annual Arts Festival Oklahoma. Plus, Oklahoma City Community College has Benedict Cumberbatch waiting in the wings.

  • L.T.Z. shares hip-hop tribute to OKC (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Monday, August 31, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    Not every 7-Eleven is a right of passage. But you might know the one Oklahoma City-native rapper Tony LeSure is dishing about in a track off of his new album "Barcelona '92." He's self-releasing it Sept. 4 with help from Aesthetic Perception.  LeSure, 25, performs under the name L.T.Z., and here's an exclusive first listen to the song "73210 (The Good)."  After 6 p.m., the 7-Eleven off of Penn and NW 122nd becomes a hangout for people too young to get into actual clubs.  "There were a lot of great things happening and then were a lot of bad things happening," LeSure said in an interview with The Oklahoman. I met with LeSure at Elemental Coffee Roasters

  • 5 Things You Missed at the MTV Video Music Awards

    Monday, August 31, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    The MTV Video Music Awards, an annual awards show honoring the best music videos of the year, are notoriously ridiculous. Here are the five most outrageous moments you might have missed from the 2015 MTV VMAs.

  • Miley Cyrus bares nipple on VMAs


    Miley Cyrus' various costumes for Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards were for the most part nearly naked — and then she took it a step farther and flashed her nipple during a costume change. As the camera panned backstage, Cyrus failed to cover up and the broadcast quickly cut away to the crowd while she continued to talk. She then said, "What's happening? Oh, sorry." Throughout the show, she made drug references and sang about smoking marijuana during the final performance of the show. Mariana Agathoklis, a representative for MTV, said the shot would be removed from future broadcasts of the show. The Parents Television Council, an advocacy group, accused MTV of trying to create controversy.

  • Miley Cyrus and Flaming Lips release surprise collaboration album

    Nathan Poppe | Yesterday

    You won't have to drop a single dime to hear the new Miley Cyrus album. On Sunday night, she capped off her VMA hosting gig with an off-the-wall, drag queen-filled performance with the Flaming Lips and the announcement of a new collaboration record called "Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz." A free album stream of the surprise release hit the Internet shortly after. >> Here's the link "Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz" is a sprawling 23-song messterpiece of a pop record featuring songwriting and production credits from Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd and Dennis Coyne of Stardeath and White Dwarfs.

  • Screen shot: OCCC begins broadcasting National Theatre Live series during Arts Festival Oklahoma

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    During this year’s Labor Day weekend Arts Festival Oklahoma, which annually draws more than 25,000 art lovers to Oklahoma City Community College, the college is launching its foray into National Theatre Live, joining more than 1,100 venues around the world in broadcasting productions from Britain’s world-renowned National Theatre in London.

  • Los Angeles Times Page One Advisory for Sunday, August 30, 2015.

    Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    The following stories are under consideration: CRAVEN-OBIT:LA — Wes Craven, the prolific horror filmmaker behind “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and the “Scream” movies, died Sunday at his Los Angeles home after a battle with brain cancer, according to his representative. He was 76. The Cleveland native was known for his innovative films that took the horror genre to new heights. By Matt Hamilton in Los Angeles. CYBERSPY:TBW — Foreign spy services, especially in China and Russia, are aggressively aggregating and cross-indexing hacked U.S. computer databases — including security clearance applications, airline records and medical insurance forms — to identify U.S. intelligence officers and agents, U.S. officials sa

  • Horror master Wes Craven dies at 76

    Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wes Craven, the prolific writer-director who startled audiences with iconic suburban slashers like "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream," has died. He was 76. In a statement, Craven's family said that he died in his Los Angeles home Sunday, surrounded by family, after battling brain cancer. Craven helped reinvent the teen horror genre with 1984's "A Nightmare on Elm Street." The movie and its indelible, razor-fingered villain Freddy Krueger (played by Robert Englund) led to several sequels, as did his 1996 success, "Scream." "He was a consummate filmmaker and his body of work will live on forever," said Weinstein Co. co-chairman Bob Weinstein, whose Dimension Films produced "Scream.

  • Legendary horror film director Wes Craven dies at age 76; made 'Nightmare on Elm Street'

    Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Legendary horror film director Wes Craven dies at age 76; made 'Nightmare on Elm Street'

  • 'Straight Outta Compton' wins top spot again; 'War Room' exceeds expectations

    Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — “Straight Outta Compton” continued its streak at No. 1, but it was the faith-based family drama “War Room” that shook up the box office by debuting at No. 2. “War Room,” from Sony Pictures Entertainment’s TriStar label, had been expected to open at $4 million to $5 million. Instead, it launched with an estimated $11 million in ticket sales at just 1,135 theaters in the U.S. and Canada — about one third the number of screens for “Straight Outta Compton.” Made for about $3.5 million, “War Room” is the latest from the Kendrick brothers, Alex and Stephen. It is Sony’s fifth collaboration with the duo, who also were behind the 2008 Christian hit “Fireproof,” which cost just $500,000 to

  • Rare silent Native American movie of 1920s attracting a lot of interest

    Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    A nearly 100-year-old movie, which showcases 300 Kiowa and Comanche people from Kansas and Oklahoma, is now showing on Netflix. The rare silent movie, “The Daughter of Dawn,” was made in 1920. Only one copy of the movie, which was filmed on highly flammable and easily decomposable silver nitrate film, was made. It was shown to the public only once, at a 1920 viewing in Los Angeles. The lone surviving copy of the movie was found in a North Carolina garage nearly 15 years ago where it had been stored for decades. The Oklahoma Historical Society purchased the copy in 2007 for $5,000. Grants were received to restore it. Amazingly, the entire movie – all 83 minutes – survived. The film was digitized, with closed capt

  • 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.

  • Under new TV contract, US Open returns to Sunday men's final

    Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time since 2007, the U.S. Open men's final could be played on a Sunday. That is the traditional final day of a Grand Slam tennis tournament, including in New York — until five straight years of rain, followed by a two-year schedule change partly prompted by that wet weather, pushed the last match to Monday. Now, under the U.S. Tennis Association's new TV contract with ESPN, the sport's fourth major of the season will look like the first three. Gone for good is "Super Saturday," the old format pairing the men's semis and women's final. The men get their desired day off between the last two rounds, while the women's semis are now in Thursday prime time.

  • Nelson Shanks, painter of presidents and royalty, dies at 77

    Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    ANDALUSIA, Pa. (AP) — Nelson Shanks, a painter renowned for his portraits of prominent figures ranging from presidents to a pope to royalty, has died. He was 77. Shanks died Friday at his home in Andsalusia, in Bucks County, according to Bill Wedo, spokesman for the Studio Incamminati art school Shanks founded with his wife, Leona. Shanks painted well-known subjects such as Princess Diana, Pope John Paul II, presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, and a group portrait of the first four women to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. He was called "the most talented contemporary traditional portraitist" by D. Dodge Thompson, chief of exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

  • 'Compton' tops box office for 3rd week; 'War Room' surprises

    Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Christian drama "War Room" made a surprise bid for the box-office lead, Zac Efron's music drama "We Are Your Friends" fell completely flat and the N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton" keeps chugging along. Universal's "Straight Outta Compton" topped the box office for the third-straight week with $13.2 million at North American theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The film, which has now made $134.1 million in total, has continued to dominate August moviegoing. It joins "Jurassic World" as the only movies to lead the box office three consecutive weeks this summer. The late August weekend held scant competition for "Straight Outta Compton," but "War Room" nearly matched it.

  • The Fleming Museum of Art hires new curator

    Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The University of Vermont's Fleming Museum of Art has a new curator. Andrea Rosen most recently served as the assistant curator and manager of student programs at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine. She was hired as Fleming's curator after a national search. The museum said this week that Rosen will oversee and curate from the museum's collection of 25,000 art and anthropology objects from around the world, and bring national and international traveling exhibitions to the galleries. Rosen earned her master's degree in art history and museum studies at Tuft University.

  • New York town's large collection of WWII vet photos endures

    Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — During World War II, hundreds of servicemen in uniform had their photographs taken at a popular tavern near the Hudson River in upstate New York. Seventy years after the war officially ended with Japan's surrender on Sept. 2, 1945, Siciliano's Restaurant is long gone, but the black-and-white portraits endure. Only a few of the people photographed by Mechanicville restaurant owner Charlie Siciliano are still living. Public displays of photographs of local servicemen and women were common in many U.S communities during the war, but few have survived.

  • French film festival to land at MSSU in spring

    Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Thanks to a grant from the French-American Cultural Exchange Foundation, Missouri Southern State University will be the host for a French film festival on its campus in the spring. The university received a $2,200 grant to become part of the Tournées Film Festival, a program offered in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. The program, now in its 20th year, has partnered with more than 450 universities to bring French cinema to campuses in the United States. Its mission is to promote French culture and help colleges and universities in the United States create a yearly French film series that might one day become self-sustaining.

  • China's leadership fans smoldering antipathy toward Japan

    Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — By administrative order, dramas about resisting the Japanese wartime enemy will fill Chinese TV channels this week as China celebrates — including with a massive military parade — the victory over Japan 70 years ago. Combined with pervasive patriotic education that goes to great lengths in detailing Japanese atrocities, the order on programming from Sept. 1-5 ensures that the Chinese public — generation after generation — always remembers the country's past humiliation as well as the bitter but valiant efforts to resist the Japanese. "We are reminded of the war against Japan so constantly that I have developed an inherent antipathy toward Japan," said Cong Yuting, a 26-year-old teacher from the northe

  • 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.

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

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

  • Oklahoma fine arts notes

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Oklahoma fine arts news and notes notes

  • Oklahoma's best-selling books

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

    Best-selling books in Oklahoma