• Vermont's Castleton State College to host free film festival

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Castleton State College is going to be hosting an international film festival. What's intended to be the inaugural edition of the monthlong Castleton International Film Festival aims to bring films from around the globe to the Castleton-Rutland community. It will feature six foreign films in the month of March. Showings will take place on Tuesday and Thursday nights. The first showing will be March 3. The films are free and open to the public. Communication Professor Michael Talbott says many people have little exposure to foreign cinema. He sees the festival as a way to expose people to foreign films.

  • Abandoned house photos make accidental political statement

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The timing is coincidental, but organizers hope it's also serendipitous: An exhibit of photographs of abandoned houses in eastern North Carolina is opening at the state Museum of History as lawmakers returning for a new legislative session are being urged to restore a historic preservation tax credit. The exhibit, titled "Rural Revival: Photographs of Home and Preservation of Place," opened Feb. 20 and is on view through Sept. 27. The photographs were taken by Scott Garlock of Macon in Warren County, whose fascination with old houses began when he explored one near Salt Lake State Park in Ohio.

  • Nicholls State professor writes, co-produces film

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — An adjunct Nicholls State University professor wrote and co-produced a short film that's been shown at the DC Independent Film Festival in Washington. The film, "Call Me Cappy," includes footage filmed in Houma, and it will be shown at Nicholl's Le Bijou Theater in the Bollinger Memorial Student Union at noon March 24 and later in March at the Fort Myers Film Festival in Florida. Professor Melissa Remark based the 17-minute film on a short story she wrote for a creative writing class at the University of New Orleans. Remark cited her background in yoga as a personal inspiration for the story, particularly a Buddhist book of sayings called "The Dhammapada.

  • Festival seeks artists

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    BELLEFONTAINE — The Logan County Art League has announced a call for fine artists and fine craftspeople to participate in Art on the Beach, a juried show. The 8th annual art festival will be Aug. 1-2, at Oldfield Beach in Lakeview. The exhibit will be an opportunity for artists to show and sell their work. Each year Art on the Beach draws hundreds of visitors. For an application, call 937-465-7845 or email georgiabyers@hotmail.com. The deadline for early-bird entry at a reduced rate is July 1. This is a juried show.

  • The path to Main Street

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    The person charged with shepherding the development of Pryor’s historic downtown commercial district is B.J. Cummings who serves as director of Pryor’s Main Street program. Her journey to this leadership position is almost as complex as the process of trying to return downtown to a bustling commercial district. She grew up in Arkansas, the youngest of seven children. Always curious and hard working she ended up with two somewhat-opposing majors in college. She earned one degree in accounting and a second degree in marketing attending both the University of Central Arkansas and Arkansas State. After working first in accounting, she ventured to Oklahoma in 1978 when she joined the staff of KWEN radio, then a top 40 station,

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Feb. 28, 2015: Hear Miranda Lambert at Tulsa's BOK Center

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Today’s featured event: TULSA – Hear Tishomingo resident and country music superstar Miranda Lambert play the latest stop on her “Certified Platinum Tour” at 7:30 tonight at the BOK Center, 200 S Denver. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Justin Moore, RaeLynn and JukeBox Mafia will be the special guests for the show. For more information, […]

  • 2 acclaimed Egeli artists stage showcase at Maryland Hall

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Like father like . daughter? Peter Egeli, 80, is a well-regarded painter and portrait artist. A son of famed portraitist Bjorn Egeli, a native of Norway, he grew up in a family where every one of his siblings picked up the paintbrush en route to becoming acclaimed artists. His son, Stuart Egeli, took another path. A 1992 Naval Academy graduate, he had a 24-year career in the Navy. His daughter Lisa, 48, has now followed in his paint-spattered footsteps, becoming a third-generation member of the Egeli artistic legacy. She, too, is a portrait and landscape artist. Her portraits hang in institutions and in public and private collections.

  • Analysis: Mosul Museum video from Islamic State could be a staged drama

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    The Islamic State group wants the global community to know that there’s a new sheriff in town. So it wrecked a museum full of precious sculptures and on Thursday posted video of the vandalism on the Internet. At least, that’s what their video wants you to think. The video quickly went viral, but there is reason for some skepticism. Militants inside the Mosul Museum in northern Iraq are shown calmly going about the business of smashing 3,000-year-old statues from the ancient Assyrian empire and other historical dynasties. An on-camera narrator, citing verses from the Quran, confidently explains the destructive iconoclasm against pre-Muslim works of art as a necessary fulfillment of Muhammad’s dictum against the worship o

  • Spanish police arrest 9 on suspicion of selling fake art

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have broken up a gang that allegedly created and then sold fake works of art purporting to be by renowned artists including Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Joan Miro. Officers have arrested nine suspects in the eastern region of Valencia, including the alleged counterfeiters and intermediaries involved in selling the fakes online and through galleries, an Interior Ministry statement says. The investigation began following a complaint that art objects had been stolen from a house in the eastern city of Denia. Police proceeded to search seven addresses and seized 271 works, including canvasses, sculptures and documents to be used in the falsification of the art's provenance.

  • EDITORIAL: Oklahoma ScissorTales: U.S. Rep. Mullin taking heat over valid points about leadership

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    IT’S common for people to complain that our nation has too many politicians and not enough true leaders. But when U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, voiced that opinion, he was quickly accused of dismissing “any conservative candidate for president …” At a recent event, Mullin gave general comments stressing the importance of looking primarily at leadership qualities, not just partisan affiliation, when electing the next president. Mullin noted that, “If we elect somebody who divides this country because he’s as far to the right as this president (Barack Obama) is to the left ... we’re going to still be at an impasse.

  • Oklahoma City businessman, philanthropist Jackie Cooper dies at 82

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Oklahoma City businessman and philanthropist Jackie Cooper died Friday. He was 82. Cooper founded Jackie Cooper BMW and Jackie Cooper Electronics, but perhaps was best known for his effort to raise money for HIV/AIDS care. Cooper got his start selling cars at his dad’s Oldsmobile dealership in Yukon when he was 16. He took over the shop five years later. Cooper and his wife, Barbara, in 1991 helped start Red Tie Night, which benefits the Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund. Their son Jerry died of AIDS two years earlier. “The Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund wouldn’t exist without Jackie and his family,” fund President David Chansolme said Friday. “They have taken this organization and made it into the biggest fundraiser in

  • Icon Leonard Nimoy, NASA 'ambassador' dies at 83

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Few TV and movie franchises have had as much impact on American culture than “Star Trek,” and on Friday, the world bid farewell to one of the cult classic’s icons, Leonard Nimoy, world famous to “Star Trek” fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock. The much-loved actor, director and photographer died of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 83. “I was a big Trek fan, mostly the original series and ‘The Next Generation,’” Jeffrey Brown, executive director of the Kathleen C. Cailloux City Center for the Performing Arts and Playhouse 2000. “The character of Mr. Spock was always one of my favorites.

  • Spock's ears: A pointy trademark for Leonard Nimoy

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonard Nimoy, who died Friday at age 83, likely had the most famous lobes in Hollywood. As the logical half-human, half-alien Mr. Spock in "Star Trek," his pointy Vulcan appendages became a signature — and a nuisance — for the actor. Here's a few facts about those iconic ears: ___ AURAL HISTORY "Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry was determined to have Nimoy don pointed ears as the Enterprise's chief science officer. It was easier said than done. Before the first episode was filmed, numerous designs of the ears' shape and size were created before he settled on the perfect ears.

  • Tough sledding: Snow slows Dallas down; freezing drizzle on way

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    The snow may have stopped, but that doesn’t mean an end to the cancellations, postponements and dangerous roads that made a mess of Friday. Freezing drizzle is likely to pose problems Saturday until the temperature finally passes 32 degrees in the afternoon. But it’ll be tough to top the troubles people faced Friday. How bad was it? By midafternoon, almost every expressway in Dallas County showed up in red on the Google traffic map, indicating traffic was moving at a glacial pace. But the lowlight was probably on southbound U.S. Highway 75 in Melissa, where 13 cars and a couple of big rigs were transformed into a tangle of ice-coated sculpture. The accidents closed the highway, but fortunately, no serious inju

  • Lawmaker reimbursed costs for lavish office decor

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock repaid $40,000 from his personal checking account for redecorations to his congressional office in the style of the TV show "Downton Abbey," according to financial records reviewed by The Associated Press. Schock paid $35,000 earlier this month to the owner of the Illinois decorating firm Euro Trash, and $5,000 more on Thursday, the records showed. His official House expense account had previously paid the group for its services. Schock, a rising star in the Republican Party, has been under scrutiny for using taxpayer money to pay for the redecorating, as well as using his official and campaign funds for flights on donor-owned planes and concert tickets.

  • Carman to perform Oklahoma City concert on 'No Plan B' tour

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Christian recording artist Carman will perform Saturday in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma religion briefs for Feb. 28

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Religion briefs for Feb. 28

  • Skillet will headline Winter Jam 2015 in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Contemporary Christian rock band Skillet will be among the recording artists and groups performing as part of the Winter Jam 2015 concert set for March 7 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • 5 life lessons movies taught me: The Karate Kid

    Richard Hall | Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Movies hold a very special place in my heart. Not only as a form of entertainment, but as an unrivaled art form that has taught me a number of life lessons. This week’s movie is “The Karate Kid,” the 1984 classic starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita. Daniel LaRusso and his mentor, Mr. Miyagi, make […]

  • Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Oklahoma City-area community briefs