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  • Video: Oklahoma City Theatre Company dives into diverse 2014-2015 season

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    A version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman.  Oklahoma City Theatre Company embraces diversity with 2014-2015 season The Oklahoma City Theatre Company faced controversy last year surrounding its production of “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told,” but that hasn’t stopped the community theater group from selecting more provocative works […]

  • Video: Reduxion Theatre hits the accelerator with 2014-2015 "Scandalous Season"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    A version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman. Oklahoma City’s Reduxion Theatre Company hits the accelerator with ‘Scandalous Season’ The nonprofit Reduxion Theatre Company is boosting its number of productions from four to six while expanding its Classics for Kids program, making its mission of “revisiting the […]

  • At 60, Newport Jazz Fest looks to the future

    Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein is more interested in where jazz is going than in where it's been as he marks the 60th anniversary of the granddaddy of all outdoor jazz festivals. That's why the 88-year-old Wein is celebrating the milestone by adding a third day of music at Fort Adams Park on Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay dedicated to emerging artists such as trumpeter Amir ElSaffar's Middle Eastern-influenced quintet, the jazz-funk-rock band Snarky Puppy and Darcy James Argue's Secret Society. "The focus of this year's festival is what is the future of jazz," said Wein, interviewed at his apartment on Manhattan's East Side.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 27, 2014: Hear Larry Mitchell Trio play a Summer Breeze concert in Norman

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Today’s featured event: NORMAN – The Larry Mitchell Trio takes the stage at 7:30 tonight in Norman’s Lions Park at the corner of  Flood and Symmes, as part of the Summer Breeze free concert series presented by The Depot (formerly known as the Performing Arts Studio). The Larry Mitchell Trio is a dynamic rock instrumental […]

  • 'Ant-Man' cast revealed: Lilly, Douglas, Rudd

    Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The "Ant-Man" cast is set. Paul Rudd was previously revealed as the tiny title superhero. But at Marvel's Comic-Con panel Saturday, Evangeline Lilly confirmed she'll play Hope Pym. Michael Douglas plays her dad, Dr. Hank Pym. And Corey Stoll is set to play the villain Darren Cross, also known as Yellowjacket. Rudd called the role "a mind-bender." Douglas said he'd long looked at Marvel films "from afar with tremendous envy" and was excited to join the comic-based world. Director Peyton Reed, who took over for Edgar Wright after he exited over creative issues, has been coming to Comic-Con for 20 years and been an "Ant-Man" fan for even longer.

  • Jenny McCarthy Says She Did Not Criticize Melissa McCarthy

    Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    In an interview with People, Jenny McCarthy is slamming the rumors and setting the record straight by saying she did not criticize her cousin, Melissa McCarthy's weight. Jenny tells People, "There is a crazy story going around that I once told my cousin, Melissa, that she would have to lose weight in order to get into show business. Nothing could be further from the truth." Even though Jenny acknowledges she did help her cousin get a foot in the door of show business, Jenny further tells People that everything her cousin accomplished, "she has accomplished through hard work and her extraordinary talent, and I've only ever encouraged and supported and wished her the very best." Continue reading...

  • Book review: 'Here's Clare' by Robert L. Haught

    Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Reporter and political aide closely tied to Oklahoma publishes first novel.

  • Book review: 'Shattered (Iron Druid Chronicles)' by Kevin Hearne

    Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    The newest installment in Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles is also the first released in hardback.

  • Publishers Weekly best-sellers

    Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Publishers Weekly best-sellers

  • Mike Turpen turns book into Oklahoma City University scholarship dollars

    By Ken Raymond, Book Editor | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Former Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Turpen’s new book is at the heart of an effort to raise $150,000 in Oklahoma City University scholarship funds.

  • Oklahoma fine arts news in brief

    Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Oklahoma fine arts news in brief

  • Oklahoma's Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators will host retreat

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Oklahoma’s Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators will host its 2014 fall retreat in Stroud.

  • Oklahoma City Theatre Company embraces diversity with 2014-15 season

    By Brandy McDonnell, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Theatre Company faced controversy last year surrounding its production of “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told,” but that hasn’t stopped the community theater group from selecting more provocative works for its 2014-2015 season, which includes the musical version of Stephen King’s terror tale “Carrie,” the classic French comedy “Tartuffe” and Terrence McNally's often-protested drama “Corpus Christi.”

  • Oklahoma City's Reduxion Theatre Company hits the accelerator with 'Scandalous Season'

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    The nonprofit Reduxion Theatre Company is boosting its number of productions from four to six while expanding its Classics for Kids program, making its mission of “revisiting the classics” a year-round quest. The 2014-2015 season will include such adventurous fare as “Sweeney Todd,” “Dangerous Liaisons” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

  • Book review: 'Don't Ever Get Old' and 'Don't Ever Look Back' by Daniel Friedman

    By Glen Seeber, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Daniel Friedman’s lead character and narrator in the books, “Don’t Ever Get Old” and “Don’t Ever Look Back,” is a retired Jewish homicide detective, Baruch “Buck” Schatz.

  • Book signing

    Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Book signing

  • 'Blacklist' fans get black fedoras at Comic-Con

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Fans gathered for the panel for NBC's drama "The Blacklist" on Saturday received black fedoras, in honor of the character played by James Spader. On "The Blacklist," Spader is Raymond "Red" Reddington, a fedora-wearing former fugitive who turns himself in to be an informant. The catch: He will only deal with rookie agent Elizabeth, played by Megan Boone. As season one unfolded, speculation grew that Red could be Elizabeth's father. On Saturday's panel, Spader, along with executive producers Jon Bokenkamp and John Eisendrath, wouldn't say much about the true nature of their relationship. Bokenkamp acknowledged "that question is central to the conceit of the show" but said they wouldn't provide an

  • Rihanna's Alleged Stalker Arrested

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    According to the New York Daily News, a 53-year-old homeless man stalked and threatened Rihanna at her $14.6 million apartment in SoHo, New York. The New York Daily News reports Kevin Mcglynn delivered handwritten notes to her SoHo home three times and was caught on surveillance. In addition to those three, authorities told the publication that four letters were also sent to her home in California. In the letters, he "repeatedly called her a b—ch” and threatened to “bum (rush) in her apartment." Continue reading...

  • Marvel announces 'Guardians of the Galaxy' sequel

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — "Guardians of the Galaxy" hasn't opened in theaters yet, but a sequel is already in the works. Director James Gunn and star Chris Pratt announced the planned sequel Saturday during Marvel Studios' Comic-Con presentation. "Guardians of the Galaxy" follows a motley team of otherworldly misfits, including a talking raccoon, led by Pratt's character. The film opens Friday. The sequel is set for release on July 28, 2017.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 26, 2014: See the Internet Cat Video Festival today at the Myriad Gardens

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    Today’s featured event: As previously reported, the nationally touring Internet Cat Video Festival will be sauntering into Oklahoma City today at the Great Lawn of the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Curated, compiled and edited by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Internet Cat Video Festival has been lauded by NPR, The New York Times, The […]