• Oklahoma band Q&A: Traindodge

    Friday, December 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Heavy rock band Traindodge has been chugging along for 18 years now, with a slew of devoted fans and a deep catalog of recordings.

  • 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.

  • Oklahoma City's Reduxion Theatre tries something new with 'Jane Austen's Christmas Cracker!'

    Friday, December 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    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.

  • Listen: Cody Canada and The Departed, "Easy" and "Inbetweener," from new album "HippieLovePunk"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Oklahoma-Texas red dirt rockers Cody Canada and The Departed are getting ready to release a new album called “HippieLovePunk” on Jan. 13, and we’re starting to get an idea of what The Departed sounds like as a four-piece. (If you guessed kind of like Canada and Jeremy Plato’s old band Cross Canadian Ragweed, only with […]

  • Science Museum Oklahoma to offer "Frozen" fun and other special holiday theme programs

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Science Museum Oklahoma is hosting four special holiday-themed programs in the next few days. These programs will incorporate the wonders and thrills of science with the winter season. Designed for students in kindergarten through sixth grade, these programs enable parents to drop-off their kids at the museum while they finish any holiday shopping, cooking, cleaning […]

  • The AP picks its Top 10 theater of 2014

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — This year's best-in-theater list includes a musical with multiple murders, another with a cross-dressing German, one that's set in a decadent Berlin nightclub, the revival of an America masterpiece and we celebrate someone who broke an important barrier. Our Top 10 list of the best in theater in 2014: 1. "Hedwig and the Angry Inch": The cult story about a transgender East German rock star seemed just to be waiting for its time to shine on Broadway and Neil Patrick Harris turned out to be a perfect fit for her high heels. 2.

  • Broadway seeks a new Carole King with open auditions

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — If you think you can sing "It's Too Late" and "So Far Away" like Carole King, some Broadway producers would like to hear from you. Nationwide open casting calls were announced Wednesday to find a new King and other cast members for "Beautiful — The Carole King Musical." There will be auditions in New York on Jan. 16; Seattle on Jan. 24; Orlando, Florida, on Feb. 7; Pittsburgh on Feb. 21; and Chicago on Feb. 28. The current King, Tony Award-winner Jessie Mueller, is leaving the show in March. In addition to the Broadway show, there's a West End production set to begin in February and a U.S. tour kicks off in Rhode Island in September. ___ Online: http://www.BeautifulOnBroadway.

  • ‘Run The Jewels 2’ is the year’s most important record

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    There’ve been some really good records this year. The New Pornographers set up a confectionary and spun out bombastic, brilliantly colored rock indebted to glam and new wave. YG offered a more hardened perspective on the same hardscrabble Compton, Calif.-life as Kendrick Lamar did two years ago. Sturgill Simpson walked up to Big Nashville, looked it in the eye and told it off just by writing a handful of forward-thinking country songs. St. Vincent continued to hone her aesthetic into an even more efficient, provocative package. It was a good year. But we — the American popular music-listening audience — didn’t need any of those records.

  • Brianna Bailey's rebuttal: 8 best Christmas movies ever

    Brianna Bailey | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    I noticed a few glaring omissions to Richard Hall's list of his top eight Christmas movies, so this is my rebuttal.

  • NYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats fly

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The blow that the hacking attack has dealt Sony is spreading beyond the entertainment corporation itself to theater chains and movie goers alike. And the financial toll is adding up too. Threats of violence against movie theaters. The New York premiere of "The Interview" canceled. Leaks of thousands more private emails. Lawsuits by former employees that could cost tens of millions in damages. The fallout from the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack that began four weeks ago exploded Tuesday after the shadowy group calling themselves Guardians of Peace escalated their attack beyond corporate espionage and threatened moviegoers with violence reminiscent of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

  • Van Zandt fretted directing Springsteen in 'Lilyhammer'

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's always a bit uncomfortable having to tell your boss what to do. So imagine how Steven Van Zandt felt when he directed his longtime friend and E Street Band mate Bruce Springsteen when The Boss made his acting debut — appearing in the third season finale of the Netflix dramedy "Lilyhammer." (Springsteen also briefly appeared in the 2000 film "High Fidelity," but as himself rather than in an acting role). He says he was honored that Springsteen agreed to appear in the episode, which began airing on Nov. 21 and marked Van Zandt's directorial debut, but there was "a little bit of anxiety involved.

  • Eric Idle brings 'Not the Messiah' to Carnegie Hall

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — And now for something completely different. During a time of year when Handel's "Messiah" is frequently presented around the world, Eric Idle of Monty Python fame brought "Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy)" to Carnegie Hall, a comedic oratorio based on the movie "The Life of Brian." From the opening overture of John Philip Sousa's "The Liberty Bell" — familiar as the theme of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" on BBC from 1969-74 — the audience laughed loudly and repeatedly Tuesday night through the second of two shows at the New York City premiere performances. "Not the Messiah" tells the story of Brian, born next door to Jesus and mistaken by others as God's son.

  • Stanford aims to bring player pianos back to life

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford University wants to unlock the secrets of the player piano, which brought recorded music into living rooms long before there were cassettes, compact discs or iPods. Stanford researchers have launched an ambitious effort to restore and study instruments known as reproducing pianos that recorded major composers performing their own work in the early 20th century. "This technology of the reproducing piano was really astonishing to people at the time because they could hear major pianists playing music exactly the way they played in performance," said Jerry McBride, head music librarian at Stanford.

  • Churchill painting sells for record $2.8 million

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — A painting by Winston Churchill of the fishpond at his rural home has sold for just under 1.8 million pounds ($2.8 million), almost double the previous record for his work. "The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell" surpassed the 1 million pounds paid at auction in 2007 for another painting by Britain's World War II prime minister. The painting was a star lot at a Sotheby's sale Wednesday of possessions of Churchill's daughter, Mary Soames, who died in May. History-minded collectors snapped up several pieces for well over their estimated value. A red ministerial briefcase from Churchill's time in Cabinet sold for 158,500 pounds ($249,083). Its upper pre-sale estimate had been 7,000 pounds. A signed photo to

  • Verona's Arena to get $17.5 million restoration

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    MILAN (AP) — Verona's famed Roman amphitheater, home to one of the world's premier opera festivals, will be the first large beneficiary of a new Italian government initiative to encourage private donations to protect cultural treasures. Italian bank Unicredit and the nonprofit foundation CariVerona signed a deal Wednesday with Verona's mayor to restore the arena at a cost of 14 million euros ($17.5 million). The project aims to secure the open-air Verona Arena, the third-largest Roman-era amphitheater to survive antiquity, against erosion from rain, which has damaged the seating areas, stairs and modern-day infrastructure like the electrical system.

  • The D'oh of Homer: Professors employ TV's Simpsons

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Bart and Lisa Simpson have been in elementary school for 25 years. But that hasn't stopped them from showing up on college campuses. Universities across the country are using satirical references from "The Simpsons" to grab students' attention and convey lessons in literature and all manner of popular culture. "If the references are important enough to be lampooned by 'The Simpsons,' these works must be important cultural milestones," says Hofstra University adjunct English professor Richard Pioreck, who has been incorporating the denizens of Springfield into his courses for about a decade. He currently teaches a course about the Broadway theater and how "The Simpsons" have embraced various musi

  • Fraternity suspended over 'Beyonce' holiday card

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A University of Pennsylvania fraternity has been suspended pending an investigation into a holiday card showing the mostly white group posing with what it says was a Beyoncé sex doll. Phi Delta Theta's national leadership halted its Penn chapter this week amid concerns the image — criticized as racist and misogynistic — shows a lack of judgment that's inconsistent with its values. The chapter issued an apology and says it displayed poor judgment by including the sex toy in a holiday picture. They say they weren't being racist. In excerpts published by the Daily Pennsylvanian student newspaper, the chapter called the doll "distasteful" and acknowledged it could be offensive to some people.

  • More theaters bail on 'The Interview' in wake of hackers' threat

    Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    More theaters are yanking "The Interview" from their holiday schedules in the wake of a threat from hackers urging moviegoers to avoid seeing the film on Christmas Day, according to The Los Angeles Times. New York-based Bow Tie Cinemas said Wednesday it was scrapping plans to screen the Sony comedy at its 55 movie theaters, which have roughly 350 screens. Bow Tie is one of the oldest theater chains in the country with theaters in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia and Colorado. 

  • Central Texas TV meteorologist shot, gunman sought

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    EDDY, Texas (AP) — Authorities are searching for a gunman who shot a Central Texas television meteorologist during an altercation in the station parking lot. The Department of Public Safety says the attack happened around 9:15 a.m. Wednesday outside KCEN-TV in Eddy, 75 miles north of Austin. The suspect ran away. Investigators are seeking a motive for the gunfire. A message left for management of KCEN, the NBC affiliate in the Waco area, wasn't immediately returned Wednesday. KCEN, on its website, identified the victim as morning meteorologist Patrick Crawford. Trooper D.L. Wilson says the victim was in his personal vehicle when the suspect approached, the two argued and the employee was shot. Crawford was

  • Dish adds Netflix app to some of its set-top boxes

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dish is making it easier to watch video from an online rival, Netflix. The satellite TV company said Wednesday that it is adding the Netflix app to its latest set-top boxes, its second-generation Hopper devices released in February 2013. Dish wouldn't say how many customers have that box. Customers with older boxes would need a replacement to use the feature. Dish customers also must subscribe to Netflix's $9-a-month service on their own. TiVo also makes a device that combines regular TV channels with online video services, but Netflix said Dish is the first U.S. pay TV provider to add the app to its own set-top box. Netflix has similar deals with cable companies overseas.

  • Richard C. Hottelet, last of original 'Murrow's Boys,' dies

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Richard C. Hottelet, the last of the original "Murrow's Boys," the pioneering group of wartime journalists hired by CBS radio newsman Edward R. Murrow, has died. He was 97. CBS News spokesman Kevin Tedesco said that Hottelet died early Wednesday morning at his home in Wilton. Hottelet was a foreign correspondent for the United Press in Berlin at the start of World War II — and even spent several months in a Nazi prison — before joining CBS in London in 1944. He reported from many battlefronts, and went on to become CBS' correspondent for the United Nations, an assignment he began in 1960. He resigned in 1985 to join the U.S. Mission to the U.N.

  • Christmas countdown 2014: Amazing Spider-Man #166

    Matthew Price | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    In today’s Christmas countdown, we take a look back at a Spider-Man holiday tale from 38 years ago.  I first reviewed this one as part of my “2,011 in 2011″ comic-book challenge to read 2.011 comic books in the year 2011.  The comic has a cover date of March 1977, which means it was on […]

  • Country singer Boyd crowned 'The Voice' champion

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — Country fans have spoken again. Craig Wayne Boyd, the country rocker from Blake Shelton's team, was named the winner of "The Voice" Tuesday. Boyd is the third country singer to win the NBC sing-off. The father from Nashville, Tennessee, was up against three finalists from Adam Levine's team: Runner-up Matt McAndrew, Chris Jamison, who took third place and Damien Lawson, who nabbed fourth. This is the fourth win for country star Shelton. "We went into this thing with the odds stacked against us," Shelton said Tuesday during a post-finale news conference.