• Poetic license: Oklahoma artist and poet Kerri Shadid expands her creativity

    Today at 12:00 AM

    Through fall 2015, the airy studio in the northwest corner of the landmark Skirvan hotel’s first floor will be the permanent home for Edmond native Kerri Shadid’s popular Poetry Stand, for which she writes spontaneous custom poems on the spot, as well as a place for her to marbleize paper and fabric, host marbling workshops and explore other types of creative expression.

  • Oklahoma band Q&A: Traindodge

    Friday, December 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Becky Carman talks to Traindodge singer Jason Smith about X, Y and Z

  • Oklahoma City resident flew alongside real-life 'Unbroken' star

    Friday, December 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Francis Craven retells his time flying over the Pacific, looking forward to seeing “Unbroken” and flying alongside a tornado.

  • TV on the Radio, “Seeds”

    Friday, December 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Back from its origin planet toting sounds unknown and a style all its own, Brooklyn, N.Y., pioneer TV on the Radio has gone through a fabulous and mystifying transformation on “Seeds,” its fifth proper studio album since the band’s inception in 2001.

  • Incoming U. of Illinois President Timothy Killeen

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    NAME: Timothy L. Killeen. AGE: 62. BORN: Cardiff, Wales. CURRENT POSITION: Vice chancellor for research at The State University of New York and president of The Research Foundation at the university. PREVIOUS POSITIONS: Assistant director for geosciences at the National Science Foundation; research professor at the University of Colorado; more than 20 years as a faculty member and administrator at the University of Michigan. MEMBER: National Academy of Engineering, American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the New York Academy of Sciences. EDUCATION: University College London, Ph.D. in atomic and molecular physics. FAM

  • 5 reasons the Wii U won the console war in our house

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    The console war is a messy one, but the Wii U stood out amidst the competition. Here's why.

  • Video: Bruce Campbell to play Santa on "The Librarians" Christmas episode

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Please excuse my inner nerd girl, who is completely freaking out right now: Cult favorite Bruce Campbell is playing Santa Claus in this Sunday’s Christmas episode of “The Librarians.” Bruce Campbell – the “groovy” mighty chin! – and Oklahoma’s own Christian Kane, who stars in “The Librarians,” on TV at the same time? I may […]

  • Video: Toby Keith, Jon Stewart, James Franco and more sing "We'll Meet Again" on "Colbert Report" finale

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Oklahoma country music superstar Toby Keith, Bryan Cranston, Willie Nelson, Alan Alda, George Lucas, Cyndi Lauper and James Franco were among the celebrities who turned out to sing Stephen Colbert off the air Thursday night. “The Colbert Report” ended its nine-year run so that Colbert (the man, not the character he played as the Comedy […]

  • Amazon, Macmillan reach multiyear deal

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Another major publisher has reached a multiyear deal with Amazon.com. Amazon and Macmillan CEO John Sargent confirmed this week that they had agreed to terms for both print and electronic books. The deal will allow Macmillan to set prices for e-books, an arrangement known as the "agency model," and appears similar to agreements Amazon reached in the past two months with Hachette Book Group and Simon & Schuster. Authors at Macmillan range from Jonathan Franzen and Hilary Mantel to Oprah Winfrey and Bill O'Reilly.

  • FBI confirms North Korea behind Sony hack

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    The FBI confirmed Friday that North Korea was behind the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures, according to USA TODAY. "As a result of our investigation, and in close collaboration with other U.S. Government departments and agencies, the FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions,'' a FBI statement said. "While the need to protect sensitive sources and methods precludes us from sharing all of this information, our conclusion is based, in part, on similarities in specific lines of code, encryption algorithms, data deletion methods, and compromised networks."

  • Little Big Town to play March 28 Enid show

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    ENID – Grammy-winning country group Little Big Town has added a spring leg to its “The Pain Killer Tour” that will conclude with a March 28 show at the Enid Event Center, 301 S Independence. The country quartet – Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet, and Kimberly Schlapman – is touring in support of its […]

  • Smashing Pumpkins' Corgan looks ahead, not back

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — The Smashing Pumpkins are dead. Long live the Smashing Pumpkins. It's fair to say lead singer Billy Corgan has an ambivalent relationship with his band — as well as with the music industry, the media, fellow musicians and his fans. "People say, 'Are you going to break up the band?'" Corgan said backstage before a recent London show. "What band is there to break up? There is no band." Corgan may be the Pumpkins' only remaining original member, but the non-band has just released its eighth studio album, "Monuments to an Elegy." A slice of grungy pop-rock featuring guitarist Jeff Schroeder, who joined the Pumpkins in 2007, and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, it's received good reviews — though not good

  • Stephen Colbert retires his 'Report' and the host he played

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Colbert is dead. Stephen Colbert is immortal? Long live Stephen Colbert! Nine years of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" came to an end Thursday night along with its mythical presiding pundit, as the real-life Stephen Colbert bade the audience farewell. He was last seen gliding through the clouds in the backseat of Santa's sleigh beside Alex Trebek (don't ask). Before that, after offing the Grim Reaper and declaring himself immortal (don't ask), he led a glorious singalong in the studio with a room of luminaries ranging from "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, Andy Cohen and Big Bird to George Lucas, Arianna Huffington and Henry Kissinger.

  • Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country's access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism. At first glance, U.S. options for responding to the hacking attack are limited. Bringing the shadowy hackers to justice appears a distant prospect. A U.S. cyber-retaliation against North Korea would risk a dangerous escalation. And North Korea is already targeted by a raft of sanctions over its nuclear weapons program.

  • Entertaining last-minute gift ideas: BAM's local and online recommendations

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    A version of this column appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Christmas is less than a week away, but if you want to give an entertainment or artsy present with an Oklahoma flair, you don’t have to go far to shop for out-of-the-gift-box options. Christmas is less than a week away, and […]

  • Source: Hackers send new message to Sony

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    The hackers behind a devastating cyberattack at Sony Pictures have sent a new message to executives at the company, crediting them for a "very wise" decision to cancel the Christmas day release of "The Interview," a source close to the company told CNN. The email message was received by Sony's top executives on Thursday night and was obtained by CNN. The source said that the company believes the email was from the hackers because it followed a pattern of previous messages, sent to a list of particular executives and formatted in a particular way.

  • Reduxion Theatre tries something new with first holiday show, "Jane Austen's Christmas Cracker!"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    A version of this story appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Reduxion Theatre tries something new with “Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker!” The theater company’s first holiday production is an interactive ball that features performers portraying Jane Austen, her sister and niece as well as playing the author’s famous fictional characters. Last Friday, […]

  • Kid Rock to perform pre-race concert at Daytona 500

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kid Rock will perform a pre-race concert at the Daytona 500 in February. Daytona International Speedway said Friday he will play several hits as well as new single "First Kiss." Kid Rock's appearance coincides with the launch of his album "First Kiss." The album will be released Feb. 24, two days after the showcase race. He joins a long list of past pre-race performers at the Daytona 500, including Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Lenny Kravitz, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Bon Jovi. Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III calls Kid Rock an "avid NASCAR fan" who will provide fans with a "spectacular performance.

  • 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb': 3 points for parents

    Shawn O'Neill, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Information for parents about the film "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb."

  • Movie review: "Annie"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    A version of this review appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Movie review: “Annie” Quvenzhane Wallis, 11, the fiercely compelling Oscar-nominated star of the drama “Beasts of the Southern Wild” brings a winning charm to the title role of the updated movie musical. She’s barely 11 years old, but Quvenzhane Wallis already […]

  • Ford House sells Cezanne painting for $100 million

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich. (AP) — The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House kept secret its 2013 sale of an oil painting by French post-impressionist Paul Cezanne to a private buyer for $100 million to help protect Detroit-owned artworks under threat due to the city's bankruptcy. The sale appeared on the nonprofit institution's 2013 tax form and removes from the 1929 Grosse Pointe Shores mansion a painting that had been in the Ford family since the mid-20th century, the Detroit Free Press reported (http://on.freep.com/1CaRTTa ) Friday. Ford House president Kathleen Mullins confirmed to the newspaper the sale of "La Montagne Sainte-Victoire vue du bosquet du Château Noir," which was painted around 1904. It depicts a mountain in south

  • 'Annie': 3 points for parents

    Shawn O'Neill, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Information for parents about the film "Annie"

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Dec. 19, 2014: Hear Traindodge at the Blue Note

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Hear Oklahoma City heavy rock band Traindodge at 9 tonight at the Blue Note, 2408 N Robinson Ave. Tilts and Found Footage also will be on the bill. My terrific colleague Becky Carman talked with Traindodge’s Jason Smith for this week’s Oklahoma band Q&A, and among other things, they talked about the […]

  • Auschwitz victim suitcases get high-tech storage

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Auschwitz museum says some of the victims' 3,800 suitcases have been put into a state-of-the-art protective storage room partly funded by the European Union. Spokesman Pawel Sawicki told The Associated Press on Friday that 1,800 suitcases have been placed into air-conditioned, fireproof storage cupboards tailored to fit the various sizes of luggage. Another 2,000 suitcases are on display but will be rotated into the storage room. Many of the suitcases are signed by their owners. One is from Else Sara Ury, a German-language Jewish author of children's books popular in Germany in the 1920s and '30s. She died in an Auschwitz gas chamber in 1943. More than 1.