• Track Debut: Applied Music Program's synthtastic "Shadows"

    Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    It’s usually a bad sign when my phone hits me with a notification later than midnight. But that wasn’t the case early Tuesday when I received an email with an Applied Music Program track attached to it.

  • BRONCHO premieres new video for 'NC-17'

    Monday, March 2, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    NPR today premiered Oklahoma punk-rockers BRONCHO’s new video for “NC-17,” and if you’ve ever suspected that the band is contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the video might provide you with proof.

  • TV review: 'House of Cards' Season 3

    Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Being the president ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. That’s my biggest takeaway from my marathon viewing session of the third “House of Cards” offering.

  • Canadian pianist returns to perform with Oklahoma City Philharmonic

    Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Louis Lortie will be soloist at the Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s classics concert Saturday.

  • Netflix sparks question: What is a movie?

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    It was recently announced that former Chicago improviser Tina Fey’s new TV show, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” would not air on NBC like her colossal hit “30 Rock,” but would be available for streaming on Netflix. Then it was announced that Netflix will begin production on a new “feature film” featuring the character of Pee-wee Herman, titled “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday.” Herman, you’ll likely recall, is the alter ego of the 62-year-old former Los Angeles improviser Paul Reubens, whose career was stymied in 1991 after a scandal involving an adult theater, a modest transgression as these things go today.

  • The hills are alive as ‘The Sound of Music’ movie celebrates its 50th anniversary

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Late in “The Sound of Music” production — after a helicopter’s downdraft had knocked Julie Andrews over, after rain clobbered the schedule and budget, and after an angry farmer poked holes in a manmade brook — the leading lady delivered a tentative prediction. “This smells as if it might be a success,” Andrews said. The 1965 musical was so phenomenally popular that it was nicknamed “The Sound of Money” and dubbed “The Mint.” The movie played in American theaters for 4½ years until the studio withdrew it with plans for a re-issue; the demand in England was so insatiable that the film set a record with 170 weeks at a London theater.

  • Council approves start-up for public arts program

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    The Hutchinson City Council took the first steps to create a public arts program Tuesday by unanimously voting for staff to draft an ordinance. The ordinance will create a public art program operated by the city; establish a public art trust fund through a percent-for-public-art allocation from eligible capital improvements funds; and develop a Public Art Design Council to provide oversight and administration. The proposal was brought to the council by Citizens’ Collective for Creative Placemaking, a group dedicated to public art. Some council members expressed concern about personnel and the long-term implications of such an ordinance. “As we create this we don’t want to lose our intent,” City Council mem

  • EDITORIAL: Hutch public art

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Hutchinson is fast putting itself on the map as an art community. That’s by design, as evidenced by the concerted efforts of artists such as Jennifer Randall and Julie Black and community organizers such as Meryl Dye and Kari Jackson Mailloux. The latest manifestation of these efforts is the establishment of a formal, citywide public art program. A Citizens’ Collective for Creative Placemaking was formed back in the fall, and a public art program has been proposed to use art in its many forms to enhance the visual appearance of the city and add to Hutchinson’s draw for visitors. The Hutchinson City Council unanimously approved the proposal Tuesday. The plan calls for the creation of a seven-member Public Art Desig

  • Review: 'A Kim Jong-Il Production' is a fascinating tale

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    "A Kim Jong-Il Production" (Flatiron Books/Macmillan), by Paul Fischer Here's an easy one: North Korea's Kim Jong Il orders a famous South Korean film director and his actress wife kidnapped and brought into the country to remake a tepid film industry with dreams of international glory. Of course you should read this. People interested in North Korea have been having a book bonanza.

  • BRIEF: Young shutterbugs show works at Fine Arts Institute of Edmond

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    EDMOND — The eighth annual Youth Visions Photography Competition, sponsored by the teen board at the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond, showcases teen photographers in Oklahoma alongside professional photographer Tony Grider. More than 130 teen photographs were submitted, and 50 works were accepted to hang in the gallery at the Fine Arts Institute, 27 E Edwards, in March. The art of Grider, a local award-winning photographer, will be displayed with the Visions Photography Competition winners. Acting as juror, Grider selected 10 photographs to receive $25 cash awards and ribbons. Grider’s photographs use natural light whenever possible with beautiful objects and landscapes.

  • Australian radio station may face penalties for royal hoax

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's highest court on Wednesday cleared the way for a radio station to face penalties over a 2012 prank call to a London hospital that was caring for the Duchess of Cambridge. A nurse who transferred the call committed suicide after the broadcast. Two Australian DJs from radio station 2DayFM impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and her son, Prince Charles, when they phoned a London hospital in 2012 to ask about the condition of the Duchess of Cambridge, who had been hospitalized for severe morning sickness. Nurse Jacintha Saldanha took the call and passed it on to a colleague who described Kate's condition. Three days after the call was broadcast worldwide, Saldanha, 46, was found dead in her room.

  • Rededication of Kirk Newman Art School set in Kalamazoo

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is rededicating its Kirk Newman Art School. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1BmeSN8 ) that the ceremony Friday will celebrate Newman's contributions to the arts and announce a major gift from longtime supporters Rosemary and John Brown. The school will use the gift to create scholarships, and update equipment and technology. Newman came to Kalamazoo in 1949. He became the school's first full-time instructor and was director from 1961 to 1978. The school now has about 3,000 students who participate in camps and classes in ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, printmaking, fiber arts, photography, digital media and glass fusing.

  • Young shutterbugs show works at Fine Arts Institute of Edmond

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    The eighth annual Youth Visions Photography Competition in Edmond showcases teen photographers.

  • Four Oklahoma students will receive poetry awards

    From Staff Reports | Yesterday

    Students from Midwest City-Del City, Tulsa and Deer Creek schools and the University of Oklahoma win Newman Young Poets Awards.

  • Art review: 'Madonnas' exhibit in Oklahoma City shows variety of prairie women

    By John Brandenburg, For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    The “Madonnas of The Prairie” exhibit of more than 100 works is on display at The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on March 4, 2015: Hear pianist Wayne McEvilly perform his last Oklahoma lunchtime show at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Today’s featured event: Wayne McEvilly, a longtime performer with Arts Council Oklahoma City, will be performing one last Art Moves performance before his departure from Oklahoma from noon to 1 p.m. today at the auditorium of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive. McEvilly will be playing classical improvisations to a backdrop that […]

  • Herschel Walker shares story with service members at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City

    By John Parker, For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Former NFL player Herschel Walker recently visited Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City.

  • Oklahoma City University professor will lead tour of Germany

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    An Oklahoma City University professor and author is organizing a summer tour of World War II sites in Germany.

  • BRIEF: Local artist pens pet cartoons for magazine

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    Leslie Thompson has been drawing since she was three years old growing up in New Hampshire. “I had a dog growing up, so I’ve combined my two loves,” she said. Thompson hand draws whimsical cartoons of dogs and cats, and starting this issue, her creations will run quarterly in PETacular magazine. She should have plenty of material, considering her home and heart have been filled with rescue pets in her 35 years living in Colorado Springs. “The humor inspires me, it happens every day,” she said. Sometimes she catches it on paper, sometimes with her camera or in poetry. One of her favorite subjects is Goose, her 10-year-old Great Pyrenees/Labrador Retriever mix.

  • Hilton brother Conrad agrees to plead to assault on flight

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paris Hilton's youngest brother, Conrad, agreed to plead guilty to assaulting flight attendants on a trip from London to Los Angeles last year during which authorities say he called other passengers "peasants" and threatened to kill crew members. Hilton, 20, signed the agreement Tuesday and is set to appear in court Thursday, but will officially plead guilty to the misdemeanor later, said the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. The offense carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail, a year of probation and a $5,000 fine, but under the deal prosecutors said they would ask a judge to give Hilton only probation. Hilton's attorney, Robert Shapiro, did not immediately reply to an after-hours pho

  • F. Glenn Miller Jr. will stand trial in Jewish center killings

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    A Johnson County judge on Tuesday ordered white supremacist F. Glenn Miller Jr. to stand trial for killing three people outside Jewish facilities last April in Overland Park. After a day and a half of preliminary hearing testimony, District Judge Kelly Ryan found that prosecutors had established probable cause to try Miller for capital murder and five other felony counts related to the April 13, 2014, rampage. Prosecutors wrapped up their case with testimony linking firearms recovered from Miller’s car with shell casings and bullet fragments left at the two shooting scenes. Other testimony focused on the autopsy results. Miller, 74, allegedly drove from southwest Missouri to Johnson County to kill Jewish people. Three

  • KC artist Mark Allen tests the 'Ethereal Waters' on billboards, at Blue Gallery

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    Two billboards going up this week above the Missouri Bank building at 125 Southwest Blvd. arrive none too soon, reminding winter-weary Kansas Citians that the swimming pool season is on the way. One shows three women playing cards in the bottom of a swimming pool — long hair, lacy dresses and cards floating free around them. The other shows a woman trying to catch 40 winks underwater, a pillow under her head, a white sheet billowing around her. The images on those 10- by 23-foot billboards are part of Kansas City artist Mark Allen’s series of underwater photographs called “Ethereal Waters.” Other photos in the collection can be viewed up close when Allen’s solo show opens this week at Blue Gallery.

  • Ovechkin's 2 goals lift Capitals past Blue Jackets, 5-3

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A great start, a clutch penalty kill at the end, and Alex Ovechkin in between spelled success for the Washington Capitals. Ovechkin added to his NHL-leading total with two goals Tuesday night, leading the charge in a 5-3 victory that extended the Columbus Blue Jackets' losing streak to seven in a row. "I liked our start, then we had a huge penalty kill at the end," said coach Barry Trotz. "And we had a nice power play to pull away and get the fourth goal. Plus, we got some big saves from (Braden Holtby). Now, we'll get out of here." Eric Fehr and Tom Wilson also scored, and Marcus Johansson added an empty-net goal for the Capitals, who solidified their hold on the first wild-card playoff spot in

  • Oklahoma City Philharmonic music director, conductor will resign in 2018

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Maestro Joel Levine, who became the Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s music director when the orchestra formed in 1988, told the board of directors he will step down from his position at the end of the 2017-18 season.