• 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.

  • Fatal South by Southwest crash brings first wave of lawsuits

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The first wave of victim lawsuits since four people died at the South by Southwest music festival accused organizers Thursday of safety lapses after a driver smashed through a barricade and into a crowd of concertgoers. Aspiring rapper Rashad Charjuan Owens has remained jailed on capital murder charges since the March crash that authorities say happened while Owens fled police during an attempted midnight traffic stop. Hundreds of music lovers were milling outside a bustling district of clubs at the time. The crash also left nearly two dozen people injured, and organizers of the once-obscure Austin festival have faced questions since the accident about how they have managed the event's transformation in

  • NYC rapper pleads not guilty to gun, drug charges

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — An up-and-coming rapper pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges he moonlighted as a gun-toting member of a New York City street gang responsible for several shootings during turf wars over drug trafficking. Ackquille Pollard, who performs under the name Bobby Shmurda, was ordered held on $2 million bail at a hearing in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. His attorney, Howard Greenberg, failed to convince a judge that his client should be released without bail because he was framed and had no reason to run. "He is a legitimate entertainer," Greenberg said. "He is rich. He is busy. He is always on tour." The Brooklyn-born Pollard is best known for the hit song "Hot Boy.

  • AP Explains: Stephen Colbert vs. "Stephen Colbert"

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Stephen Colbert leaves Comedy Central's satirical political talk show "The Colbert Report" after nine years Thursday night. He will become host of the "Late Show" on CBS, replacing David Letterman in May. So ends the "Stephen Colbert" character he created: the outlandishly tongue-in-cheek conservative host who leapt from late-night TV to become a political and pop culture phenomenon. Many of his "Colbert Nation" fans are left trying to imagine life without his incessant lampooning of the Washington establishment and TV pundits. Here's a brief explanation of Stephen Colbert and the alter ego he is retiring: A SATIRICAL SPIN-OFF: The actor and comedian first created his Colbert character in 1997 as a correspondent for Comedy Ce

  • New York Fashion Week booted out of Lincoln Center

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — C'est la vie, fashionistas. The city of New York and Lincoln Center are evicting the invitation-only, twice-yearly Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in a court spat over destroyed trees and displaced park benches. A judge Friday approved a pretrial settlement in a complaint brought by community groups. They objected to the onslaught of the fashion industry at Damrosch Park, a 2.4-acre stretch on the Upper West Side that is adjacent to and managed by Lincoln Center. The groups argued the insular nature of the fashion shows that draw top designers and hundreds of buyers, editors and journalists violate laws governing public use of the land.

  • Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film and ultimately could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions of dollars. That the hack included terrorist threats and was focused on causing major corporate damage, rather than on stealing customer information for fraud like in the breaches at Home Depot and Target, indicates a whole new frontier has emerged in cybersecurity. Suddenly every major company co

  • Oakland joins LA in banning circus elephant tool

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The circus will stop coming to Oakland in a few years after a tool used by elephant handlers was banned in the city. The Oakland City Council earlier this week unanimously approved an ordinance outlawing bullhooks. The instrument resembles a fireplace poker, with a sharp hook on one end that is used by trainers to control the animals. Oakland is now the second California city, after Los Angeles, to ban the use of a bullhooks. The circus will stop performing in Los Angeles in summer 2016 following the approval of its ban in the spring. The Oakland ban takes effect in 2017. "(That) will be the last time we will be in Oakland because we can't perform without the elephants," said Stephen Payne

  • 'Sorority Sisters' draws criticism, loses sponsors

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — VH1 says it's sticking with "Sorority Sisters" despite criticism of the reality show's depiction of black sorority members and the growing defection of commercial sponsors. There are no plans to change the 10-episode series that "seems to be connecting with its audience," the channel said in a statement late Wednesday. About 1.3 million people watched Monday's debut episode. The show drew protests even before airing, both when it was announced last summer and when a promotional video was released online. The video showcased typical reality show fireworks, with insults and tears among its cast of sorority members who graduated from Atlanta-area colleges.

  • Timeline of the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    It's been four weeks since hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace began their cyberterrorism campaign against Sony Pictures Entertainment. In that time thousands of executive emails and other documents have been posted online, employees and their families were threatened, and unreleased films were stolen and made available for illegal download. The hackers then escalated this week to threatening 9/11-like attacks against movie theaters scheduled to show the Sony film "The Interview." That fanned security fears nationwide and resulted in the four top U.S. theater chains pulling the film from their screens, ultimately driving Sony to cancel the film's release. Here's a look at key developments in the hack: Nov.

  • 'Team America' screenings also pulled from theaters

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Programmed as a playful substitute to "The Interview," Trey Parker and Matt Stone's North Korea comedy "Team America: World Police" also has been pulled from theaters. After Sony dropped its planned Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" on Wednesday, a handful of theaters across the U.S. plugged in screenings of "Team America," the 2004 puppet film that parodies former North Korea leader Kim Jong Il. Cleveland's Capitol Theatre said its long-planned "Team America" screening was canceled Thursday by Paramount Pictures, the studio that released the film. The theater had booked the film in October, intending it as a 10th anniversary midnight showing. Texas' Alamo Drafthouse said it had to pull its plans to s

  • Dick Van Dyke tells seniors 'Keep Moving' in upcoming book

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dick Van Dyke plans to put his upbeat approach to old age between covers in a new inspirational book. Weinstein Books announced Thursday that the veteran star of screen, stage and TV is calling his guide "Keep Moving, and Other Tips and Truths About Old Age." Publication is planned for the fall of 2015, just in time for his 90th birthday next December. Van Dyke promises he won't sugarcoat anything. He acknowledges that growing older typically means aches, ailments and the loss of loved ones. Nonetheless, he promises readers there's "a beautiful life waiting for you." His secret: "Just keeping moving." Still active in show business, Van Dyke is appearing in "Night at the Museum: Secret of th

  • Oklahoma City Museum of Art starts "Celebrating Studio Ghibli!" film series TONIGHT; more Studio Ghibli titles coming to Blu-ray in 2015

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Japanese animation giant Studio Ghibli boasts one of the most remarkable records of accomplishment of any film studio, and Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s film program will celebrate the work of the great animation studio this holiday season, starting tonight. The museum is bringing nine of Studio Ghibli’s most acclaimed films to Oklahoma City audiences […]

  • Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking tools left behind and the involvement of at least one computer in Bolivia previously traced to other attacks blamed on the North Koreans. Experts cautioned that hackers notoriously employ disinformation to throw investigators off their tracks, using borrowed tools, tampering with logs and inserting false references to language or nationality. The hackers are believed to have been conducting surveillance on the network at Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.

  • Thursday Video Spotlight: St. Vincent, "Birth in Reverse"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Tulsa native St. Vincent has released the official music video to “Birth in Reverse,” from her self-titled 2014 solo album, and if you want to see one of the best female rock guitarists working today absolutely throw it down, this is the video for you. Along with fronting Nirvana at their Rock and Roll Hall […]

  • Miyamoto on 'amiibo,' 'Zelda' and 'Mario' movie

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Shigeru Miyamoto seems giddy — and with good reason. The veteran Nintendo designer behind such landmark video-game franchises as "Mario Bros." and "Donkey Kong" is happy that after three years of sluggish sales for Nintendo's touchscreen-centric Wii U console, the Kyoto, Japan-based gaming giant is bouncing back, just like the famous springy plumber dreamed up 33 years ago by Miyamoto. With the recent popularity of "Super Smash Bros." and "Mario Kart 8," as well as the successful launch of the "amiibo" interactive toy figure line, Miyamoto has a few reasons to smile.

  • Broadway's 'Cabaret' to go on US tour in 2016

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Kit Kat Klub is hitting the road. Roundabout Theatre Company said Thursday its revival of the revival of "Cabaret" will launch a tour in January 2016 and visit over 20 cities in North America. Details will be revealed later. "Cabaret" centers on the world of the indulgent Kit Kat Klub in Berlin as it becomes intertwined with the world outside, which gets more precarious on the brink of World War II. The songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb include "Willkommen" and "Tomorrow Belongs to Me." The current Broadway revival, which teams up performer Alan Cumming, director Sam Mendes and choreographer Rob Marshall and the creative team from the 1998 revival, has been a hit, starring Michelle Williams and now

  • 2 more former Sony workers sue over data breach

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two more former employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment are suing the company over the massive data breach in which their personal and financial information was stolen and posted online. The lawsuit filed in a Los Angeles federal court on Wednesday seeks class-action status for current and former Sony employees who information was hacked from the company's servers. The breach, which a U.S. official has said is linked to North Korea, resulted in the release of Social Security numbers, financial, medical and other personal info for about 50,000 Sony workers. The suit by Denver resident Joshua Forster and Ella Carline Archibeque of Los Angeles is the third such lawsuit filed against Sony this week.

  • Play about Sherlock Holmes plans to hit Broadway in 2017

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's elementary, really. With all things Sherlock Holmes popular now, it's no wonder that he's coming to Broadway next. Producers said Thursday that a play about the cunning detective will come to Broadway in 2017. Called "Sherlock Holmes," it will be written by the British writing team of Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel. It is being billed as an original tale offering "a new and deeply theatrical exploration of the mind of the famous detective, while remaining faithful to the mysterious world created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

  • Bruce and Kris Jenner finalize divorce

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Court records show Kris and Bruce Jenner have finalized their divorce, but they won't be officially single until March. A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday signed off on the couple's divorce judgment that ends the pair's 23-year marriage. The Jenners filed divorce petitions in September, citing irreconcilable differences. California law requires couples to wait six months to become officially divorced. Bruce Jenner won a gold medal in the men's decathlon in the 1976 Olympics, although he is best known to a younger generation as Kim Kardashian's stepfather. He and ex-wife Kris frequently appeared on the reality series "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" along with their children.

  • Craig Ferguson to end 10 years as host of 'Late Late Show'

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's not such a great day, America — not for fans of Craig Ferguson. Ferguson, television's kinetic Scottish cutup, on Friday brings to a close his decade-long run as host of CBS' "The Late Late Show." Airing Friday at 12:35 a.m. EST, he concludes a grand stretch of silliness and smarts that, while never posing much of a ratings threat to talk-show rivals, struck a chord with a loyal following (and earned him a coveted Peabody Award for his 2009 interview with — of all people — Archbishop Desmond Tutu). Smarts with silliness. Last April, Ferguson told viewers he was stepping down. "CBS and I are not getting divorced, we are consciously uncoupling," he said, puckishly echoing the words of es

  • Deaths and sex allegations rock the comedy world

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — For comedians, there was very little to laugh about in 2014. Three pioneering comic legends died — David Brenner, Joan Rivers and Robin Williams — and Bill Cosby went from America's dad to an alleged serial sexual predator. "It's unfortunate when you lose anybody. To lose three and to have these allegations with Cosby, it's a tough year," said Christopher Mazzilli, co-owner of the Gotham Comedy Club. The year began with exciting late-night transitions for Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers, but soon started on a litany of loss, beginning with the death in March of the lanky, toothy-grinned Brenner, whose brand of observational comedy paved the way for Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Reiser.