• Album Review: Peaking Lights 'Cosmic Logic' (Weird World)

    BY KELLEN MCGUGAN, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Album Review: Peaking Lights “Cosmic Logic” (Weird World)

  • 'Best American Comics 2014' offers worthwhile sampler of the medium

    by Matthew Price, Features Editor | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    WORD BALLOONS: Writer/artist Scott McCloud serves as editor for the “Best American Comics 2014” anthology.

  • A crippling back injury couldn't stop Oklahoma City-based musician Brantley Cowan

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Oklahoma City musician Brantley Cowan has faced a crippling back injury, fluctuating band members and more on the road to a second EP.

  • UPDATED - Thursday Video Spotlight: Kristin Chenoweth making TV rounds for new album

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    UPDATED at 11:35 p.m. Thursday: I’ve embedded Kristin’s Thursday appearances on “Live! With Kelly and Michael” and “Today.” As previously reported, Emmy- and Tony-winning singer-actress Kristin Chenoweth, who hails from Broken Arrow, released Monday her first live CD, “Coming Home.” A PBS concert special, “Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home,” will air on Nov. 28. The career-spanning […]

  • alt-J to play April 8 Bricktown concert; tickets on sale Friday

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    English indie rockers alt-J are planning an April 8 show at the newly renovated Chevy Bricktown Events Center, 429 E California Ave. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Buy for Less stores, by phone at (866) 977-6849 or online at www.protix.com. Ticket prices are $33 and $43, plus fees. alt-J released in […]

  • Walk the Moon to play May 4 show at Cain's Ballroom; tickets on sale Friday

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    TULSA – Alt-pop band Walk the Moon” will bring its headlining “Talking Is Hard Tour” to Oklahoma for a May 4 concert at Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N Main. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, with prices ranging from $22 to $37. For more information, go to www.cainsballroom.com. Walk the Moon’s sophomore album “Talking […]

  • Cosby takes show to Bahamas amid trouble at home

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Bill Cosby took his comedy show on the road Thursday in the Bahamas as controversy surrounds him at home. The 77-year-old entertainer performed in a small theater at the Atlantis resort in a benefit for a women's service organization, making no mention of the allegations of sexual assault by several women that have resurfaced in recent days. Cosby stuck to his familiar routine of anecdotes about his life, including stories about his childhood growing up in the projects of Philadelphia and some observations about life in the Bahamas drawn from previous visits to the island chain. There were few empty seats for the 90-minute set.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for Nov. 21, 2014

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs for Nov. 21, 2014

  • Cosby removed as advisor at High Point University

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) — High Point University has removed Bill Cosby's name from its board of advisors amid of allegations of sexual assault made against him by four women. The High Point Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/1uNnQj7) the school announced Thursday that it had removed the 77-year-old comedian's name from its National Board of Advisors, a panel comprised of CEOs, "thought leaders and distinguished visionaries." The school's website says board members provide counsel to the school with regard to strategic goals, planning and execution. Among the board's members are Gen. Colin Powell and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Cosby was appointed to the board this past summer.

  • Judge: Monroe letter belongs to auction buyer

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge has ruled that a letter by Marilyn Monroe in which she described the difficulties of performing belongs to a buyer who purchased it at auction for $130,000. City News Service reports the ruling Wednesday is in favor of the auction house Profiles in History and against 75-year-old Anna Strasberg, the widow of Lee Strasberg, who was Monroe's acting mentor. Anna Strasberg once served as administrator of the Monroe estate and collects the actress' memorabilia. She sued the auction house, saying the letter was missing from her collection. She alleged it was stolen. Profiles in History maintained the letter was actually a draft version that was found by a housekeeper at the Hotel

  • Jay Leno cancels gig at Vegas firearms trade show

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Comedian Jay Leno canceled a planned appearance at a firearms trade show on the Las Vegas Strip after learning that a group representing victims of gun violence was gathering signatures urging him not to attend, his publicist said Thursday. Leno made the decision when he was told the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show is hosted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a group that lobbies for gun owners and manufacturers, said Dick Guttman, spokesman for the former NBC "Tonight Show" host. "He thought it was a sporting group," Guttman said. "He understands that it caused concern. He fully understands the sensitivities.

  • Hollywood pays tribute to Mike Nichols

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    In a career that spanned over six decades across all entertainment genres, Mike Nichols collaborated with and influenced an array of show business legends. Here, friends and peers remember Nichols, who died Wednesday at 83: ___ "An inspiration and joy to know, a director who cried when he laughed, a friend without whom, well, we can't imagine our world, an indelible irreplaceable man." —"Heartburn," ''Silkwood," ''Angels in America," and "Postcards from the Edge" star Meryl Streep, in a statement. ___ "His musing were like pearls, his jokes were timeless and perfectly placed, his stories — detailed and wholly entertaining, his warm embrace was where you wanted to live forever. He was my most cherished friend.

  • Mike Nichols, crafter of films, plays, dies at 83

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A legend of film, theater and comedy in nearly equal measure, Mike Nichols was an unquestioned fixture of smart, urbane American culture across a relentlessly versatile, six-decade career that on stage or screen, reliably coursed with crackling intelligence. Nichols won nine Tonys, an Oscar, several Emmys and a Grammy. He made up the lanky half of his groundbreaking comic duo with Elaine May. As a director, he made countless performers — from Dustin Hoffman to Melanie Griffith — into stars. To acclaim, he adapted Edward Albee, Neil Simon, Tony Kushner and Arthur Miller. Nichols, who died Wednesday night in New York at 83, was a supreme orchestrator of material, talent and taste.

  • ABC, CBS, NBC won't carry Obama

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — ABC, CBS and NBC decided against covering President Barack Obama's speech on immigration live on Thursday, although the Spanish-language Univision network is delaying its telecast of the Latin Grammy Awards to show the address. The news networks CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC all planned to air Obama live. Obama is planning to speak at 8 p.m. EST to announce that he is ordering federal action on immigration, angering Republican leaders in Congress. The major broadcast networks generally carry presidential speeches on matters of national security and other important issues.

  • Master of all mediums Mike Nichols dead at 83

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A legend of film, theater and comedy in nearly equal measure, Mike Nichols was an unquestioned fixture of smart, urbane American culture across a relentlessly versatile, six-decade career that on stage or screen, reliably coursed with crackling intelligence. Nichols won nine Tonys, an Oscar, several Emmys and a Grammy. He made up the lanky half of his groundbreaking comic duo with Elaine May. As a director, he made countless performers — from Dustin Hoffman to Whoopi Goldberg — into stars. To consistent acclaim, he adapted Edward Albee, Neil Simon, Tony Kushner and Arthur Miller. Nichols, who died Wednesday night in New York at 83, was a supreme orchestrator of material, talent and taste.

  • Five memorable movies from Mike Nichols

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Nichols was a master of self-satire, a man of wealth and education and connections for whom his best targets were those of wealth, education and connections, from the vapid Californians of "The Graduate" to the military brass of "Catch-22." Here are highlights from the long film career of Nichols, who died Wednesday at age 83: "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966) — Nichols was already a top stage director when he made a spectacular film debut by adapting Edward Albee's play about the bickering, self-loathing spouses George (a history professor) and Martha (daughter of the college president).

  • Broadway to honor Mike Nichols by dimming lights

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway theaters plan to dim their marquee lights Friday night in memory of Mike Nichols, a nine-time Tony Award winner whose work onstage ranged from the silly "Monty Python's Spamalot" to the heartbreaking "Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman." The Broadway League says the lights will be dimmed for one minute at 7:45 p.m. Nichols died Wednesday at 83. He won directing Tonys seven times and won twice for producing. He also will be honored by Lincoln Center, which on Thursday will broadcast a special message on its digital posters dotted along West 65th Street in Manhattan from 7:45 p.m.-8 p.m. Nichols directed Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes" and Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" at Lincoln Center.

  • Bill Cosby remains Temple University trustee

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Temple University says Bill Cosby remains a trustee of the Philadelphia institution despite renewed scrutiny of sexual assault allegations against him. At least three women have publicly discussed their allegations against Cosby in recent weeks. Through his lawyer, the 77-year-old comedian has strongly denied wrongdoing. Cosby has never been charged. Cosby, who was born and raised in Philadelphia, is Temple's most famous alum and has been a trustee since 1982. The entertainer often speaks at commencement, drawing huge cheers. In 2006, Cosby settled a lawsuit filed by a former Temple employee who alleged he drugged and fondled her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion.

  • Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 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; $6,029,257; $85.25. 2. (2) Paul McCartney; $3,049,271; $133.03. 3. (3) Katy Perry; $1,716,731; $101.59. 4. (4) Luke Bryan; $1,526,069; $53.03. 5. (New) Britney Spears; $1,423,694; $148.82. 6. (6) Rod Stewart/Santana; $1,204,003; $102.80. 7. (7) Marc Anthony; $1,170,987; $104.43. 8. (8) Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; $992,317; $91.17. 9. (9) Zac Brown Band; $936,847; $52

  • Putting Oscar on the block

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — 'Tis the season when many stars are preparing for months-long campaigns with the distant hope of bringing home an Academy Award come February. But winning isn't the only way to snag one of the coveted statuettes. Enthusiastic collectors with several hundred thousand to spare can achieve Oscar glory at the right auction house. And they could do it next as soon as the weekend. The latest prize to go under the hammer is James Cagney's 1942 best actor Oscar for his role in "Yankee Doodle Dandy." Auctioneer Nate D. Sanders has required an $800,000 minimum bid for the trophy, which they predict could sell for upward of $1 million by the time the auction closes Thursday night.