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  • Empty spaces get fresh StArt in downtown Norman

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A monthlong StArt initiative of the Norman Arts Council features a re-imagined downtown, using empty spaces for artwork to attract visitors and make the area more walkable and art friendly.

  • Review: Chris O'Dowd shines in 'Of Mice and Men'

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — There are hordes of teenage girls waiting outside the Longacre Theatre each night hoping to squeal over uber-muffin James Franco. But true theater fans should be waiting for his co-star to emerge. Chris O'Dowd, known more for films like "Bridesmaids" and "Friends With Kids," turns in a very impressive performance as the mentally challenged Lennie in a fine revival of "Of Mice and Men." Franco? He's pretty good in his Broadway debut as George, but O'Dowd, in a tricky role, steals the show. John Steinbeck's play about friendship and humanity in rural California is smartly directed by Anna D. Shapiro, with evocative sets by Todd Rosenthal and rich lighting from Japhy Weideman.

  • Theater review: Jewel Box Theatre presents 'You Can't Take It With You'

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Ensemble cast at Jewel Box Theatre provides comedic evening with “You Can’t Take It With You.”

  • 1986 'selfies': Warhol self-portraits are for sale

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Works by Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons are among the highlights at auction next month. Sotheby's is offering a 1986 group of six Warhol self-portraits expected to bring between $25 million and $35 million on May 14. The identical silk-screen images in different colors depict Warhol in his famous "fright wig." The current Warhol auction record is $105 million for his "Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)." Koons' 7-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture of "Popeye" could bring $25 million at the same sale. It's one of three. Christie's also is offering a Koons work on May 13. His 9 ½-foot-long stainless steel "Jim Beam J.B. Turner Train" is estimated at $25 million. It's filled with bourbon.<

  • Review: Audra McDonald divinely channels Lady Day

    Updated: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — One of the supreme honors this Broadway season is to go to Circle in the Square, close your eyes and hear a ghost. Five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald in her new show has somehow summoned the feisty, proud and unbowed spirit of Billie Holiday, who died of cirrhosis of the liver in 1959. If a voice has DNA, McDonald has cracked the code for Lady Day's. In the evocative and touching "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill," which opened Sunday, McDonald nails Holiday's reedy, back-of-the-throat voice and her laconic style as she performs about a dozen of Holiday's best known songs, including "God Bless the Child," ''What a Little Moonlight Can Do," and "Strange Fruit.

  • Fine arts briefs

    Published: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Fine arts briefs for April 13.

  • Samo the plaster duck was found Friday in Norman

    BY JANE GLENN CANNON, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Samo, a 200-pound plaster duck that children loved to climb on, was found Friday after it was discovered missing Thursday from Lions Park in Norman.

  • 'The Cherry Orchard' at the University of Oklahoma is darkly comedic, boasts large cast

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    “The Cherry Orchard” was previewed by a large cast in period costumes at the University of Oklahoma’s Weitzenhoffer Theatre in Norman.

  • 'Our People, Our Land, Our Images' opens at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman

    By Brandy McDonnell, BAM | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    The traveling exhibition “Our People, Our Land, Our Images” includes more than 50 works by 26 artists representing three generations of indigenous photographers from North and South America, the Middle East and New Zealand.

  • Review: A glorious 'Bullets Over Broadway' kills

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The new musical "Bullets Over Broadway" begins with a Mafia goon firing a machine gun into the theater curtain, spelling out the title of the show. He's also symbolically spelling out the glorious return of Susan Stroman. The bullets are a staccato punctuation that the award-winning director and choreographer is back to her winning ways after a few stumbles, including this season's uneven "Big Fish." But at the helm of this thrilling Woody Allen 1994 film adaptation, Stroman has created musical theater bliss, fittingly at the St. James Theatre, the venue where her last megahit, "The Producers," was staged. "Bullets Over Broadway" opened Thursday and has to have become a Tony Award favorite.

  • Yukon theater presents play about Vietnam era

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    The play “A Piece of My Heart” highlights the emotional toll of the war. It will be presented by the Stage Door theater in Yukon.

  • Two-artist show offers contrast at Paseo show in Oklahoma City

    Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Belarus native Igor Turovskiy and Oklahoma native Joe Turk showcase new paintings exhibit in Oklahoma City’s Paseo.

  • High school senior selected to perform with Oklahoma City Symphonic Band

    By Sarah Hussain, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Yukon High School senior Josh Bartrug received $500 and the opportunity to perform with the Oklahoma City Symphonic Band.

  • Review: 'Threepenny Opera' is energetic, fluid'

    Updated: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mackie's back in town, and he and his fellow degenerates are serving up their anger and irony in The Atlantic Theater Company's energetic revival of "The Threepenny Opera," which opened Monday night off-Broadway at the Linda Gross Theater. This fluid production of the famously sardonic musical by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill is directed and choreographed by Martha Clarke, with music direction by Gary S. Fagin. Weill's discordant, jazz-infused score is well-served by a brassy, bowler-hatted seven-member band led by Fred Lassen on keyboard. Brecht and Weill based their 1929 work on John Gay's 1728 parody, "The Beggar's Opera," creating a scathing satire of the Weimar era in Germany.

  • Man charged with felony stalking of Selena Gomez

    Updated: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man arrested twice in one week at Selena Gomez's house was charged Monday with felony stalking and violating a court order to stay away from the singer-actress. Che Cruz, 20, pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday afternoon, and his bail was set at $160,000. He was arrested Friday after he returned to Gomez's home just hours after he was released from jail in a case in which he was ordered to stay away from her. The Los Angeles district attorney's office said Cruz jumped the fence at Gomez's home before his second arrest. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison. He is due back in court April 17.

  • Theater's power couple: Diane Paulus, Randy Weiner

    Updated: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — She's the darling of Broadway. He's the champion of cutting-edge theater in New York. Her Tony Award-winning musicals — like the revivals of "Pippin" and "Porgy and Bess" — soar with emotion and splendor. His are likely to involve a cocktail, a mask or a half-dressed dwarf. Talk about drama in a relationship: Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner are celebrating their 19-year marriage this year, he a producer and writer winking on the outside of the conventional theater world, and she a director fighting for change from within. "We're always looking for ways out of what people think is traditional theater," says Weiner during a joint interview with his wife. "Audiences want to go along. They really want to

  • Review: 'The Realistic Joneses' is quirky, too odd

    Updated: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — You know when people first meet and it can be instantly awkward? They talk over each other, make inane comments and sometimes completely miss the point? Well, that pretty much never ends in Will Eno's quirky, existential Broadway debut. In "The Realistic Joneses," which opened Sunday at the Lyceum Theatre, Eno has two couples meet for the first time and makes their interactions so tortured and weird that he seems to be suggesting that language itself is a terrible way for humans to communicate. "This was fun," one says to the others after the initial meeting. "I mean, not fun, but, definitely some other word.

  • Middle Ages return to Norman with annual fair

    BY SARAH LOBBAN, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    The 38th annual Medieval Fair opened at Reaves Park in Norman on Friday. The fair continues through Sunday.

  • Edmond girl, 10, becomes national singing sensation

    By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Olivia Kay, of Edmond, is fresh off a national television performance and has cyberspace videos with hundreds of thousands of clicks.

  • George W. Bush tells Jenna: I hope world leaders see 'spirit' of my portraits

    Published: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    In an interview that will air Friday on TODAY, Jenna Bush Hager talks to her father, former president George W. Bush, about his passion for painting, as his portraits of fellow world leaders are set to go on public display. Bush started painting after leaving the White House in 2009, and more than two dozen of his portraits will be part of an exhibit called "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy" at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Bush told his daughter that none of the world leaders he painted, including Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin and the Dalai Lama, have seen their portraits yet. They will be revealed for the first time on TODAY Friday.