• Jared Deck shares road-tested Americana track '17 Miles'

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Jared Deck was dealing with a rocky marriage. Don’t worry though, it was just onstage.

  • Lawyer says allegations B.B. King was poisoned 'ridiculous'

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 04:38 AM

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two B.B. King heirs who've been most outspoken about the blues legend's care in his final days have accused King's two closest aides of poisoning him, but the attorney for King's estate called the claims ridiculous and police said there was no active homicide investigation.

  • Paseo Arts Festival features variety of art

    Monday, May 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    A variety of art was on display at the 39th annual Paseo Arts Festival, held in the Historic Paseo Arts District. Work from 86 visual artists was set for the festival, including painting, ceramics, photography, woodworking and jewelry. The food court featured a dozen food vendors as well.

  • Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park to open summer season with 'A Winter's Tale'

    Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    As Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park settles into its new Paseo Arts District home and prepares to expand, the professional theater company isn’t playing it safe with its 31st summer season, which includes George Bernard Shaw’s quirky romance “You Never Can Tell,” the recently penned “Hamlet” prequel “Wittenberg” and Shakespeare’s still-timely political drama “Julius Caesar.”

  • Despite challenges, Zimbabwe showcases artists in Venice


    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Stone and wood carvings displayed by street vendors in Zimbabwe reflect a long tradition of sculpture, and despite economic and other challenges, the country's artists are forging new paths and even have displays at one of the world's most prestigious art fairs. Zimbabwe has a national pavilion at the Venice Biennale for the third consecutive time, making it an African standout at the Italian event that Raphael Chikukwa, curator of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, describes as "the Olympics of the visual arts." Chikukwa spoke in Harare last week to The Associated Press after returning from Venice, where the work of three Zimbabwean artists is displayed at the waterfront church of Santa Maria della

  • New on DVD: ‘Saint,’ silliness top picks for new DVDs May 26


    Boxed sets of TV series dominate the May 26 DVD releases. “Major Crimes,” 3 stars : The cable drama hasn’t missed a beat since Kyra Sedgwick moved on and the show became a morphed version of “The Closer.” That’s because the ensemble cast is good enough to make any show look good. The support team includes Lt. Provenza (G.W. Bailey), Lt. Andy Flynn (Tony Denison), Lt. Mike Tao (Michael Paul Chan), Detective Julio Sanchez (Raymond Cruz), tech expert Buzz Watson (Phillip P. Keene ), Dr. Morales (Jonathan Del Arco) and Assistant Chief Russell Taylor (Robert Gossett ). Mary McDonnell has been equal to the task of being the boss of the group. “The Nanny: The Complete Series” 2 stars : The Fran Drescher c

  • Animation: At CalArts and elsewhere, more women are entering the picture — but not always getting work


    Maija Burnett scanned her California Institute of the Arts classroom as nearly 60 new students filtered in, empty notebooks in hand. It was the start of the 2014-15 school year, and Burnett, director of CalArts’ character animation program, was meeting this crop of freshmen for the first time in her largest classroom, nicknamed “the palace.” Surrounded by walls painted entirely black — more conducive to drawing — the students stood up, one by one, to introduce themselves. That’s when it hit Burnett that almost all of them were women. “Where are all the guys?” she recalls thinking. CalArts’ blind admissions process meant administrators had reviewed portfolios without considering names or gender. “We w

  • Ana Veciana-Suarez: Cannes do: Our love-hate relationship with killer heels


    When it comes to shoes, I must confess that my wardrobe choices are rather uninspired. Alas, I veer not from the boring and humdrum. I own bland brown and black shoes, a tan pair and a white, as well as sensible sandals. I’ve yet to add a pair of red shoes to my closet, though it’s been on my list of resolutions every new year. I think a spiffy scarlet or a rousing ruby would make anything I wear pop. I draw the line, however, at stilettos. I do not, will not wear them. At most I’ll don a pair of “kitten heels.” They’re dressy but hardly dangerous. (Plus, don’t you just love the name?) Granted, my distaste might have something to do with the fact that, at five foot seven inches in seventh grade, I towered over t

  • Lawyer says allegations B.B. King was poisoned 'ridiculous'


    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two B.B. King heirs who've been most outspoken about the blues legend's care in his final days have accused King's two closest aides of poisoning him, but the attorney for King's estate called the claims ridiculous and police said there was no active homicide investigation. Three doctors determined that King was appropriately cared-for, and King received 24-hour care and monitoring by medical professionals "up until the time that he peacefully passed away in his sleep," attorney Brent Bryson told the AP on Monday. Daughters Karen Williams and Patty King allege that family members were prevented from visiting while King's business manager, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson, hastened th

  • Right at Home: New floral prints bring spring indoors


    Floral motifs pop up every spring in home-furnishing collections, and after a long winter they're always a welcome sight. But this year, there seem to be more of them than ever, and they feel particularly fresh. New York interior designer Elaine Griffin says it began a few seasons back with a movement toward kinder, gentler silhouettes and patterns. "Design has been trending toward a subtle but high-impact femininity," she says. "It started with softer, more fluid shapes in upholstery. Paler or more glamorous finishes for case goods. Dressmaker-inspired details like pleated-ruffle and grosgrain-trimmed throw pillows and draperies. "There's no more feminine pattern than florals, and from the runway to decorative fabrics

  • ‘In the Name of My Daughter’ is for Francophiles only


    Agnes Le Roux (Adele Haenel) is a young divorcée who has a strained relationship with her mother Renee (Catherine Deneuve). Renee runs a casino, and Agnes wants to sell her shares and settle into the bourgeois life of a shopkeeper. But Renee balks at handing over the money. The casino has seen better days, and its future is in doubt. Mobsters would like to take it over — which means that Renee has more to worry about than just a disgruntled daughter. Renee relies on the advice of her lawyer Maurice (Guillaume Canet), who understands what’s going on at the casino perhaps better than she does. But he’s also ambitious. So much so that it makes Renee uncomfortable.

  • Holiday Box Office Lowest Since 2001

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    This was a Memorial Day Hollywood would love to forget, says the Huffington Post. Typically the fourth weekend of May is one of the biggest of the year at the box office. This year, the industry’s estimated take between Friday and Monday in the U.S. and Canada was $190 million, according to Rentrak. That is the lowest since 2001—particularly bad when considering that average ticket prices have risen 44% over that time, according to the National Association of Theatre Owners. The key reason for the empty multiplexes was the weak performance of “Tomorrowland,” the weekend’s sole new big-budget movie and a rare misfire for Walt Disney Co.

  • ‘Hitchcock/Truffaut’ looks at great directors’ careers


    CANNES, France — It is, film people agree, one of the few indispensable books on the movies. It’s the printed record of an unprecedented conversation, a tape-recorded colloquy between two exceptional directors, Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut, talking candidly about the philosophy as well as the mechanics of their craft. Yet even though “Hitchcock/Truffaut,” first published in 1967, is a memorable reading experience, turning it into a documentary film would seem a daunting task. But Kent Jones had a different opinion. “I didn’t see any problems,” he says. “I was really into the challenges.

  • For ‘Mediterranea,’ director Jonas Carpignano draws on real-life events in Africa


    CANNES, France — To prepare for “Mediterranea,” his new scripted film about boat refugees to Europe, first-time feature director Jonas Carpignano thought about simply interviewing the people who made the treacherous journey of hundreds of miles across Africa to ports in countries such as Morocco and Algeria. Instead he decided on another approach: He took the journey himself. Beginning in Burkino Faso at the country’s southern border with Ghana, Carpignano spent three weeks trekking north through lawless parts of Africa with refugees, facing the same hunger, thirst, bandits and disease they encountered. He peeled off only when he was warned, in Algeria, of an al-Qaida presence in the area.

  • Documentary by former Colorado Springs educator aims to 'bring back trust of teachers'


    Teaching a herd of sheep to move in one direction at the same time works. Similarly, teaching a herd of children to read a book, solve math problems and other lessons doesn't. That's one of the messages conveyed in a new documentary a former Colorado Springs public school teacher created, directed and produced. "Heal Our Schools" "illuminates the problems federal and corporate takeover have created in our schools and provides teacher-generated solutions." It will debut with screenings in Colorado Springs on Friday, Saturday and June 13. Laurie Gabriel, who taught music, drama, choir and orchestra for 27 years in public schools in Colorado, most recently in Colorado Springs School District 11, spent four years and a chun

  • Oklahoma Historical Society releases Bob Wills record

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Never before released recordings of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys have been released on vinyl by the Oklahoma Historical Society.

  • Chuck Wagon Gathering draws children to National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Stormy weather did not slow down the annual Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children’s Cowboy Festival in Oklahoma City.

  • Made in Oklahoma Festival coming to Midwest City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    The Sheraton Midwest City Hotel at the Reed Conference Center in Midwest City will be the location for the Made in Oklahoma Wine, Beer and Food Festival.

  • Youths do well in Moore chess tournament

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    The Challengers Chess Club tournament was May 16 in Moore.

  • The Latest: Flash flood emergency declared in Houston area

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    11:15 p.m. CDT The National Weather Service has declared a flash flood emergency for southwest Harris County in Texas as a severe storm brings heavy rain to the Houston area. The weather service reported 5 to 7 inches had fallen there Monday night and an additional 2 to 4 inches were possible. Authorities urged residents to avoid all travel. CenterPoint Energy reported nearly 63,000 customers were without power in the Houston area. An announcer at the Houston Rockets game against the Golden State Warriors asked fans not to leave because of severe weather in the area. 10:30 p.m. CDT What a sheriff described as a "pretty destructive" tornado has destroyed four homes in Central Texas, killing a man.

  • Twister kills 13 in Mexico border city; 12 missing in Texas

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico (AP) — A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant away from its mother. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said. In Texas, 12 people were reported missing after the vacation home they were staying in was swept away by rushing floodwaters in a small town popular with tourists. The baby was also missing after the twister that hit Ciudad Acuna, a city of 125,000 across from Del Rio, Texas, ripped the child's carrier from the mother's hands and sent it flying, said Victor Zamora, interior secretary of the northern state of Coahuila. Rescue workers dug through the rubble of damaged homes in a race to f

  • Actress, comedian Anne Meara, nominated for 4 Emmys, dies

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anne Meara, the loopy, lovable comedian who launched a standup career with husband Jerry Stiller in the 1950s and found success as an actress in films, on TV and the stage, has died. Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. She was 85. No other details were provided. The Stiller family released a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday describing Jerry Stiller as Meara's "husband and partner in life." "The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long," the statement said. Born in Brooklyn on Sept. 20, 1929, she was a red-haired, Irish-Catholic girl who struck a vivid contrast to Stiller, a Jewish guy from Manhattan's Lower East Side who was two years o

  • Agent: 'Lawrence of Arabia' star Omar Sharif has Alzheimer's

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Legendary "Lawrence of Arabia" actor Omar Sharif is battling Alzheimer's disease, his agent Steve Kenis confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday. No additional details were provided about the 83-year-old or his care. His son, Tarek Sharif, revealed the diagnosis in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo on May 23. The Egyptian-born Sharif rose to international stardom with his role in the 1962 epic "Lawrence of Arabia"— Sharif's first English-language film. He earned an Oscar nomination for his turn as Sherif Ali in David Lean's iconic film opposite Peter O'Toole. Sharif followed the breakthrough performance with the title role in Lean's "Doctor Zhivago," co-starring Julie Christie.

  • Homer writer starts new romance series

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    HOMER, Alaska (AP) — As romance writers go, Jennifer Bernard said she still thinks of herself as a newbie — even though she has published six novels, three novellas and a short story in three years. That's faster than some Homer boat builders crank out skiffs. "It's odd to say. It's a lot of books," Bernard said in a phone interview from Dallas, Texas, where she was attending the Romantic Times Booklovers Conference. On May 26, Avon Books publishes Bernard's seventh novel, "All of Me," and the first in a new series, Love Between the Bases. Bernard has signed a three-book contract with Avon. Her first six novels, the Bachelor Firemen series, were set at the fictitious San Gabriel Firehouse.