• Production celebrates Black History Month at Oklahoma City-area libraries

    Today at 12:00 AM

    Rhythmically Speaking, a singing, dancing and acting troupe, is touring libraries in Oklahoma County's Metropolitan Library System this month, portraying the story of Hannah Atkins.

  • Jason Aldean brings influential country sound to Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Arena

    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    Since county music superstar Jason Aldean, 38, has focused on playing stadiums the past few years, it’s been a while since he’s made a stop in Oklahoma City. But that changes Friday when he brings his high-octane “We Were Here Tour" to Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • Oklahoma City's American Banjo Museum planning exclusive Steve Martin exhibit

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 07:18 AM

    The American Banjo Museum’s newest exhibit, "The Banjo World of Steve Martin," provides a look at the musical side of one of America’s favorite entertainers.

  • U.K. duo Disclosure shares Oklahoma concert date

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Call your local cobbler and set some time aside to get your dancing shoes shined. U.K. duo Disclosure is making its first visit to Oklahoma on May 13 at The Criterion. The Grammy nominated electronic dance artists are kicking off their tour in Mexico and making their way through North America this spring.  Tickets for the Oklahoma City show will be available beginning noon Feb. 5 via Disclosure’s site here. Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence make up Disclosure. They make the sort of slickly repetitive dance music that wraps tightly around your brain and never leaves. I love the track "When a Fire Starts to Burn." Disclosure will also perform at numerous festivals, including

  • Victoria Justice talks 'Rocky Horror' at Super Bowl

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — "Dammit, Janet," there's another musical coming to television, and Victoria Justice could not be happier to hear those words. The television star will play Janet Weiss in a "re-imagined" version of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," a classic stage musical and cult film. "It's been an amazing experience so far to be a part of such an iconic classic film. Kenny Ortega is directing it. Laverne Cox is starring in it. Adam Lambert is going to be in it," Justice told The Associated Press on Thursday at a Super Bowl event promoting Verizon's #minute50 VR event in San Francisco. Richard O'Brien brought "The Rocky Horror Show," to life on the London stage in 1973, and Broadway two years later.

  • John Scofield goes back to the future on Grammy-nominated CD

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jazz guitarist John Scofield went back to the future on his Grammy-nominated CD "Past Present," reuniting members of his acclaimed quartet from the early 1990s to play his new compositions. Though nominated twice before, the 64-year-old Scofield has never won a Grammy. But at the Feb. 15 awards ceremony in Los Angeles, he's up for two Grammys — for best jazz instrumental album and best improvised jazz solo for the CD's title track, which the guitarist describes as "futuristic blues." Scofield credits his wife and manager, Susan, for coming up with the album's title, which he says has multiple meanings.

  • McCrory's 1st re-election campaign ad linked to Super Bowl

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory's first television commercial of his re-election campaign seeks to connect the Carolina Panthers' Super Bowl run with the Republican's time in office. McCrory's campaign said the ad would run Friday through Super Bowl Sunday on broadcast and cable in all major markets. The campaign declined to provide how much was spent on the ad. McCrory narrates the ad in which he talks about a lower unemployment rate, tax changes and teacher pay raises in North Carolina but that "we just don't always get the respect we've earned." The commercial closes with McCrory throwing a football to a child and saying "Keep Pounding, Panthers." The governor has been appearing on radio stations in recent we

  • WATCH: Oscars Speed Painting - Tom Hardy

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Getting ready for the Oscars? Check out this speed drawing of Tom Hardy, and stop by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art for their 2016 Academy Award®-nominated films, January 15-March 13.

  • BC-AP Entertainment and Arts Digest,1st Ld-Write-thru

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    If you have questions, please contact Shelley Acoca at sacoca@ap.org or Steve Loeper at sloeper@ap.org. Expanded AP content, beyond what appears here, can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact apcustomersupport@ap.org or call 877-836-9477. For reruns of stories and questions about the best-seller lists, call the Service Desk at 800-838-4616. Times are EST. If you would like the AP Entertainment Digests emailed to you, please notify Steve Loeper at sloeper@ap.org. UPDATES FRIDAY, FEB.

  • Images & interview: Oklahoma artist Ebony Iman Dallas showcases strength with 'Women in War Zones'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 15 hr ago

    A version of this column appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Oklahoma City artist pays tribute to 'Women in War Zones' Ebony Iman Dallas firmly believes in the strength and resilience of women. “I grew up with a very strong group of women – my mother, my aunts – who were just very independent. I grew up admiring them,” Dallas said. “I feel like I grew up watching a lot of positive, strong women doing positive things in the community. So, this show highlights that women aren’t just sitting around twiddling their thumbs and waiting for the world to fall. We’re doing things to make the world a better place and to inspire others.

  • Interview: Jason Aldean brings big country sound to Oklahoma City tonight with 'We Were Here Tour'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 15 hr ago

    A version of this interview appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Jason Aldean brings big country sound to Chesapeake Arena tonight Like his latest hit goes, country music fans are sure gonna know Jason Aldean was here. Over the past decade, the Georgia native has become one of the top-selling and trend-setting superstars in the format. All six of his albums have been deemed platinum by the Recording Industry Association, which also has designated him the biggest-selling male country artist in digital history, with more than 24 million single certifications.

  • Movie review: 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 15 hr ago

    A version of this review appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. 2 1/2 of 4 stars. 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' is surprisingly entertaining  "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins both author Seth Grahame-Smith’s best-selling 2009 novel “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and director-screenwriter Burr Steers’ (“17 Again”) surprisingly entertaining new cinematic adaptation of it.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Feb. 5, 2016: See 'Quilts and Color' before it closes at Oklahoma City Museum of Art

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Today's featured event: See the special exhibition "Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston" before it closes Sunday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive. Museum hours are 10 am. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. "Quilts and Color" spotlights nearly 50 quilts with bold palettes and inventive designs from the acclaimed Pilgrim/Roy Quilt Collection. Influenced by 20th century art developments such as abstraction, optical art and the color field movement, Paul Pilgrim and Gerald Roy collected quilts from the late-19th to mid-20th centuries with similarly bold and striking designs.

  • Barker part of Naval Air Station Corpus Christi anniversary

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Former "The Price is Right" host Bob Barker will return to a Texas military installation where he became a Navy fighter pilot to help celebrate its 75th anniversary. Naval Air Station Corpus Christi on Thursday announced the 92-year-old Barker will be the guest speaker at its March 12 celebration. The Navy installation has supported pilot training and operations since opening in 1941. A Naval Air Station Corpus Christi statement says Barker became an aviator and earned his wings on Dec. 6, 1944. He achieved a lieutenant junior grade rank. Barker began hosting "The Price is Right" in 1972. He retired from the game show in 2007. ___ Online: http://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/

  • Hope College inaugurating concert hall amid arts expansion

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Hope College's new $35 million Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts includes an 800-seat concert hall, a recital hall with seating for up to 125, rehearsal rooms and a dedicated organ studio. The school is inaugurating the concert hall on Friday and Saturday night with more than 100 students performing during its 28th annual Musical Showcase. Much of the 64,000-square-foot Center for Musical Arts opened for the start of the school year in August. The Center for Musical Arts and the school's $7 million Kruizenga Art Museum were built without the use of tuition money, school President John Knapp said, and they'll be supported by an endowment equal to 25 percent of their construction cost.

  • ‘Panda’ was an international collaboration

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    The idea for one of the most ambitious collaborations to date between China and Hollywood didn’t come from an embassy office in Washington or Beijing, or from a power lunch in Beverly Hills, but from a bunch of Bruce Lee fans brainstorming in the San Fernando Valley over a decade ago. “We were just trying making a movie about kung fu ‘cause we liked kung fu,” said “Kung Fu Panda 3” director Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who served as head of story on the first “Kung Fu Panda” and has shared directing duties on the last two films. “We never thought of it as a business decision.” With China set to become the largest film market in the world by 2017, if it wasn’t a business decision at first, it is now.

  • Lily James takes on fierce role as zombie killer in twist on ‘Pride and Prejudice’

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES — It hits you as soon as Lily James walks into the room: The star of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” looks like she has been whisked out of the 19th century by some form of time traveler, wrapped in modern garments and deposited in the 21st century. The look has worked for her on the TV show “Downton Abbey” and the film “Cinderella.” It also makes her the right choice to play Elizabeth Bennet in the twisted version of the Jane Austen novel as written by Seth Grahame-Smith. James looks like she and Austen could have been best of chums. James read both “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and Austen’s original novel before being cast as the liveliest Bennet daughter. “I studied ‘Pride an

  • Illustrators win gold medals for book, editorial art

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The annual gold medals awarded by the Society of Illustrators in New York are considered the Oscars of the profession. Three internationally recognized artists are getting the top honor Friday for images they created for books. Allen Crawford, of Mount Holly, New Jersey, won gold for "Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself" — poet Walt Whitman's celebration of the human psyche. Alenka Sottler, of Slovenia, won her gold medal for a poetry book illustration titled "Eurydice" that probes the Greek myth. And Francesca Sanna, an Italian-born resident of Switzerland, received a medal for her work in "The Journey" — a book that explores the heart wrenching need to abandon one's home amid war.

  • Monty Python star John Cleese will no longer perform at university campuses as political correctness kills comedy

    Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    John Cleese said he will no longer perform or give talks at university campuses because political correctness has taken over. The Monty Python star revealed that he has been advised not to perform to students as the fear of offending has expanded so far that any kind of criticism is now seen as "cruel". Mr Cleese said it is down to people who cannot control their emotions, so seek to control others, and worries that it could lead to a society like that in the iconic dystopian Orwell Novel.

  • Solange Knowles loses her wedding ring in New Orleans parade

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Solange Knowles lost her wedding ring while riding in a New Orleans parade an as honorary member of the Krewe of Muses. Staci Rosenberg is captain of the all-female group. She says in an email that the singer-songwriter and younger sister to Beyonce lost the ring Thursday night along St. Charles Avenue. The group says a reward is being offered but hasn't given any details on it. ___ This story has been corrected to show that Solange Knowles is the younger sister, not older sister, to Beyonce.

  • Moscow exhibition free for women wearing high heels

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — A music video with more than 33 million views online has inspired organizers of a Moscow art exhibit to offer free admission to women who turn up wearing high heels. The video by Leningrad, one of Russia's most popular rock bands, tells the story of a young woman going on a date with a man called Sergei to a show of works by Vincent van Gogh. Moscow's Art Play announced earlier this week that it will offer free admission to its multimedia van Gogh exhibition to women wearing high heels, and give a 50 percent discount to any man whose name is Sergei. Kira Marinina, deputy curator of the exhibition, said organizers decided that offering discounts in the current economic situation would offer an occasion "t

  • Coen brothers movies quote quiz

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    Those Coen brothers, they do have a way with words. Time after time, in movie after movie, certain phrases pop out that, once heard, instantly cement themselves in the mind and ever after evoke the pictures they come from. With their latest movie, “Hail, Caesar!,” now in theaters, we offer a walk down Coen memory lane in the form of a quiz that asks you to match quote to picture. Some are easy—B and G are instantly identifiable to anyone with even a passing acquaintance with Coen cinema—and others, not so much. Oh, and there are two separate entries from one movie, just because that particular picture is such a gold mine of choice verbiage that it deserves at least two bites of the apple, and, frankly, more. Enjoy.

  • The Cult deftly climbs new heights on 'Hidden City'

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    The Cult, "Hidden City" (Cooking Vinyl) The Cult has had its ups and downs over the more than 30 years since its debut. "Hidden City" shows the band climbing new heights. Led by mystically inclined singer and lyricist Ian Astbury and down-to-earth, riff generating guitarist Billy Duffy, the band's 10th album, "Hidden City," rocks fiercely but leaves room for both a heavy heart and a light touch. Samples of the rip-roaring drive include opening cut "Dark Energy," ''No Love Lost" and "G O A T," drummed into submission by John Tempesta. Bob Rock's fifth stint as the band's producer also gives The Cult the confidence to tone it down sometimes and wander into sounds and styles reminiscent of David Bowie, U2 and Nick Ca

  • Elton John strips off the gloss on 'Wonderful Crazy Night'

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    Elton John, "Wonderful Crazy Night" (Island) Elton John puts some pep in his pop on "Wonderful Crazy Night," a more upbeat, natural-sounding album than recent efforts. Driven by distinctive piano riffs and benefiting from the energy provided by the return of longtime drummer Nigel Olsson and guitarist Davey Johnstone, the 10 tracks, including lead single, "Looking Up," shine without gimmicks. Lyricist Bernie Taupin and percussionist Ray Cooper — tambourine on five tracks — also lend their talents to John's 33rd studio album, his third in a row produced by T Bone Burnett and the most streamlined of the trio.