• Downtown in December launches Friday with tree lighting festival

    Today at 12:00 AM

    Presented by Devon Energy, Downtown in December this year features an array of holiday activities ranging from ice skating in the Myriad Botanical Gardens and zip lining at the Oklahoma River to free Water Taxi rides on the Bricktown Canal and a costumed 5K run starting at Leadership Square.

  • 'Patti Page: Once Upon a Dream' opens at Oklahoma History Center

    Today at 12:00 AM

    Ranging from dolls and dresses to gold records and her Grammy, the “Patti Page: Once Upon a Dream” exhibit marks the first public viewing of the Patti Page Estate Collection and pays homage to the late, great singer born Clara Ann Fowler in Claremore. As part of “Oklahoma @ the Movies,” the exhibit is on view at the Oklahoma History Center until Dec. 31, when it will travel to other sites in Oklahoma.

  • Eddie Redmayne went the distance for Stephen Hawking role

    Today at 12:00 AM

    Redmayne, the slight, red-haired actor who made his name as the noble heartthrob Marius in 2012’s “Les Miserables,” turns in a magnificent performance in “The Theory of Everything.”

  • Lyric Theatre's 'Christmas Carol' to bring theatrical magic to Oklahoma City

    Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Michael Baron’s stage adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” which celebrates its fifth season at Oklahoma City’s Lyric at the Plaza this month and next, honors the original story while taking advantage of some special theatrical magic.

  • The science of setting the NFL schedule

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    The NFL runs dozens of computers for 24 hours a day for 12 weeks to evaluate its millions of possible schedule combinations. Each team's opponents are set at the end of the previous season based on records and the rotation of interdivision matchups. The puzzle is determining which week each game will be played, and which TV slot it will slide into. Close to 20,000 "rules" are programmed in to let the machines know which outcomes should be avoided — everything from dates that stadiums aren't available to keeping a team from playing four straight road games. Undesirable options are inevitable, though, with some worse than others. So "penalties" of varying values are assigned to help the software minimize the unhappy teams.

  • Oklahoma baby boomers: As audiences and performers age, Oklahoma City Philharmonic revamps Pops series

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Balancing the tastes of aging Baby Boomers who had been Oklahoma City Philharmonic season ticket holders for decades with the younger generations of concert-goers the orchestra hoped to attract has been a challenge, Eddie Walker, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s executive director, said.

  • With shake-ups, AC/DC perseveres with album, tour

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — AC/DC finally joined iTunes in 2012 after years of refusing to do so, but make no mistake, the Australian rock band is still old school. "I would like everybody to buy vinyl again," guitarist Angus Young said in an interview. "That's my favorite." He continued with a loud laugh: "They ought to make them portable — iVinyl." AC/DC, which has enjoyed four decades of success, will release "Rock or Bust," its first album in six years, on Dec. 2. It is the follow-up to "Black Ice," which sold 784,000 units during its first week in 2008. The band has yet to join Spotify, something Young said is possible. "I guess, if it's doing a good service.

  • Correction: Britain-Muhammad Ali Documentary story

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — In a story Nov. 25 about a Muhammad Ali documentary, The Associated Press misspelled Veronica Porche's first name. Her name is Veronica, not Veronice. In addition, Maryum Ali's name was misspelled once as Maryam in the story. A corrected version of the story is below: Muhammad Ali daughters promote 'I Am Ali' in UK Muhammad Ali daughters: ex-boxer waiting to see , promoting 'I Am Ali' for first time By NICKI FINLAY Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Muhammad Ali's daughters are in London to promote the British release of the documentary "I Am Ali." They say the former boxing champion is still waiting to see it for the first time.

  • Children's' music star Laurie Berkner new plan

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — This fall, Laurie Berkner has been on a mission that likely will make children and parents happy: making more Laurie Berkners. The singer-songwriter, who Time magazine dubbed "the queen of children's music," has been training teachers to use her songs in a new music program for kids up to 4 years old. The classes, called "The Music in Me," are like having a Berkner in the room. "I'm trying to bottle it and pass it on to someone else," the musician and educator said. While still in its infancy — a pilot program is being used at four Manhattan locations — Berkner hopes it can one day go national, spreading her songs and philosophy.

  • Ferguson officer says he never wanted to kill

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson says he "never wanted to take anybody's life" and feels sorry about the death of Michael Brown. But Wilson says in an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" that aired Wednesday that he followed his training when he shot the unarmed black teenager. During their confrontation, he says, "The only emotion I ever felt was fear and then it was survival and training." Wilson says he only fired at Brown when Brown was facing him, and never when his back was turned. And he says he saw in the teenager a high level of aggression and anger that was "almost unfathomable." Wilson says he understands Wilson's parents' anger because they are grieving their son. He says, "I

  • Sia lights up Australian music industry awards

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    SYDNEY (AP) — Sia and her "Chandelier" lit up Australia's Aria music awards, even without appearing on stage. The singer-songwriter won album of the year for "1000 Forms of Fear" as well as best pop release, best video and best female artist. She didn't attend Wednesday's ceremony in Sydney, but Katy Perry accepted the best female artist gong on her behalf. Iggy Azalea was named best breakthrough artist, and "Fancy" collaborator Charli XCX accepted the award in her absence. "I'm going to drop it off to her and she's going to enjoy it," Charli XCX said. Best male artist was electronica musician Chet Faker and Sheppard was named best group. On the red carpet, Faker talked about his excitement.

  • Talking songs with She & Him

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The musical duo She & Him — that's Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward — convened a 20-piece orchestra to make "Classics," a collection of songs written between 1930 and 1974. It's an eclectic list of compositions popularized by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Herb Alpert, the Righteous Brothers and Dusty Springfield. So we thought it would be fun to talk to the artists about songs that stick out in their minds for various reasons. A SONG YOU'D LIKE TO COVER BUT INTIMIDATES YOU Ward's choice: "This Is Radio Clash" by the Clash. It's one of his favorite bands, but he doesn't think it's in his vocal range. "There is a certain attitude to their music, and to the Ramones' music, that I think is untouchable," he sa

  • Nominee questions fairness of Taiwan film awards

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The golden horse statues have been awarded, but drama hasn't ended from one of Asia's biggest film festivals. Chinese actress Gong Li called Taiwan's Golden Horse Film Festival unprofessional after she lost the best actress category to Taiwanese actress Chen Shiang Chyi. Sometimes called the Chinese Oscars, the Golden Horse Awards are among the most prestigious for Mandarin-language films. While the festival home is Taiwan, the filmmakers and stars who make up the jury and compete for the awards hail from all over the region. In a statement via her manager Monday, Gong questioned the awards' impartiality and said an "unfair" festival would be looked down upon in the film industry.

  • Woman who grew up in Nazi Germany to discuss book at Belle Isle Library in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Author Christine Brandt Faris will discuss her book at Belle Isle Library in Oklahoma City.

  • Art review: Retrospective exhibit at Artspace at Untitled in Oklahoma City shows humor, technique of O. Gail Poole

    By John Brandenburg, For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Show at ArtSpace at Untitled pays a much-deserved tribute to one of Oklahoma’s finest and most beloved artists, the late O. Gail Poole

  • AC/DC drummer clowns around at New Zealand court

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    TAURANGA, New Zealand (AP) — AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd showed up late for a New Zealand court appearance Wednesday and clowned around by jumping on the back of one of his security guards outside the courthouse. Rudd did not enter a plea during his brief appearance. The 60-year-old is charged with threatening to kill, which comes with a maximum prison sentence of seven years, as well as possessing methamphetamine and marijuana. Citing a lack of evidence, prosecutors earlier dropped a more serious charge that alleged Rudd tried to hire a hit-man to kill two people. The New Zealand Herald newspaper reported that during his appearance, Rudd winked at reporters, drummed a rhythm on the dock and then sped away from the

  • Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. 1. (1) One Direction; $5,264,672; $84.08. 2. (2) Paul McCartney; $2,882,026; $139.02. 3. (3) Katy Perry; $1,644,185; $100.75. 4. (5) Britney Spears; $1,423,694; $148.82. 5. (4) Luke Bryan; $1,337,836; $49.62. 6. (7) Marc Anthony; $1,170,987; $104.43. 7. (New) Enrique Iglesias/Pitbull; $1,157,089; $83.60. 8. (8) Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; $992,317; $91.17. 9. (9) Zac Brown Band; $936,847;

  • Cirque show scene returns after performer's death

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A key battle scene near the end of Cirque du Soleil's "Ka" show is returning more than a year and a half after a performer fell 94 feet to her death when a wire rope snapped during the stunt. Cirque du Soleil officials have invited reporters to a Dec. 3 preview of the scene's return at the MGM Grand hotel-casino on the Strip. Cirque expects to add the scene intermittently to regular performances for the ticket-buying public starting next week, and it will be part of every performance by Dec. 12, said Alexandria Baum, a spokeswoman for the show. Changes have been made to the choreography and equipment used in the scene, she said.

  • Thanksgiving comic-book reading: JSA #54

    Matthew Price | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    “JSA” #54, cover-dated January 2004, was released 11 Thanksgivings ago, for the 2003 holiday.  The issue, by Geoff Johns and Don Kramer, is one of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed issues.  The Carlos Pacheco cover also makes it a go-to for the holiday. The story features a team up of sorts between two teams of superheroes: The […]

  • Nobel Prize for DNA discovery going to auction

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The 1962 Nobel Prize James Watson won for his role in the discovery of the structure of DNA is going on the auction block. The auctioneer says the gold medal could bring $2.5 million to $3.5 million on Dec. 4. Christie's says it is the first Nobel medal to be offered at auction by a living recipient. Watson made the 1953 discovery with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins. He says part of the proceeds will go to the University of Chicago, Clare College Cambridge, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Long Island Land Trust and other charities. The auction also includes several Watson papers. Handwritten notes for his acceptance speech are estimated at $300,000 to $400,000. Crick's Nobel medal s

  • UPDATED: Garth Brooks cancels TV appearances, citing "civil unrest" after Ferguson decision

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    UPDATED at 12:55 p.m. Tuesday: You apparently can cancel at least some of those DVR recordings, Garth fans. Oklahoma country music superstar Garth Brooks issued an email to his mailing list around noon with the subject “a personal message from Garth” that casts doubt on whether he will be making all his scheduled appearances. We […]

  • Nielsen's top programs for Nov. 17-23

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Nov. 17-23. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. NFL Football: various teams, CBS, 26.36 million. 2. NFL Football: Dallas at N.Y. Giants, NBC, 22.38 million. 3. "NCIS," CBS, 18.1 million. 4. "60 Minutes," CBS, 17.19 million. 5. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 16.86 million. 6. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 14.67 million. 7. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 14.61 million. 8. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 14.3 million. 9. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 13.33 million. 10. NFL Football: Pittsburgh vs. Tennessee, ESPN, 12.77 million. 11. "Madam Secretary," CBS, 12.41 million. 12. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 11.62 million

  • Rough week for Fox in Nielsen ratings

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — If Fox launches a comeback over the next couple of years, the network may very well look upon the week before Thanksgiving 2014 as its low point. The Nielsen company said the struggling network finished fifth in prime-time viewership behind Spanish-language network Univision last week. Univision was helped by coverage of the Latin Grammy Awards last week. The highest-ranked Fox show in Nielsen's weekly ratings was the "Batman" prequel "Gotham," the network's biggest success of the fall. Still, Nielsen said 45 other programs had a bigger audience than the 6.5 million people who watched "Gotham." On ABC, "The American Music Awards" saw its ratings go down slightly from last year, but it was easily respon

  • Cosby philanthropy shadowed by sexual allegations

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Cosby's record of big donations to colleges and other institutions has been a key part of his rosy public image. But even his generosity can't stand apart from the rising tide of allegations made by women accusing him of sexual assault. A North Carolina school, High Point University, removed the 77-year-old entertainer from its National Board of Advisors, a panel that includes retired Gen. Colin Powell. The university referred to Cosby as "one of the most influential performers of our time" when it announced his appointment last July. The Berklee College of Music said in a statement Monday that it is "no longer awarding an online scholarship in Mr. Cosby's name. The college has no further comment at