• 'Bullets' misfires: Strong performances can't overcome musical narrative's shortcomings in Oklahoma City presentation

    \'Bullets\' misfires: Strong performances can\'t...

    BY RICK ROGERS For The Oklahoman | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Theater review: Presented in Oklahoma City by Celebrity Attractions, the national touring production of “Bullets Over Broadway” boasts a cast with an abundance of talent. Unfortunately, the musical narrative that lets them down.

  • Meet David Korins, the man behind the look of 'Hamilton'

    Meet David Korins, the man behind the look of...

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — When you see the Broadway smash "Hamilton" — if you're lucky enough to see it, that is — you should know that something important quietly happens at intermission. The walls get bigger: Stagehands add 8 feet to the brick walls at the back of the stage. It's a subtle change, reflecting the musical's transition from showing the nation's birth in Act 1 to building a nation in Act 2. It's a touch supplied by David Korins, who earned his first Tony Award nomination for his deceptively simple-looking set. The scenic designer, who has created worlds for "Grease Live!" and Kanye West, isn't bothered if the audience doesn't pick up on the change. "No one sees it. They're busy reading their programs and buyin

  • Lowrider car culture takes summer spotlight in New Mexico

    Lowrider car culture takes summer spotlight in...

    Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Those classic cars called lowriders are the focus of a summer celebration in Santa Fe. The spotlight on lowrider culture includes exhibitions at the New Mexico History Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Art. The low-to-the ground cars are decked out with hydraulics, chrome and candy-colored paint jobs. The celebration kicked off Sunday when more than 100 lowriders cruised into one of the state's most historic plazas in the heart of Santa Fe. Lowriders have become fixtures across the Southwest. There are some similarities with the cars that cruise the streets in California and Texas, but there are also differences with the culture that has been thriving for decades in New Mexico.

  • Reputed mobster indicted on new gun charges after search

    Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A reputed mobster has been indicted on weapons charges stemming from a search of his Connecticut home by federal agents who were looking for a half billion dollars' worth of stolen artwork. A federal grand jury Tuesday indicted Robert Gentile, 79, on one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, and one count of possession of an unregistered silencer. Both charges carry possible sentences of up to 10 years in prison. Federal authorities said they seized a .22-caliber Browning semi-automatic pistol, a 9 mm Walther semi-automatic pistol, a .38- caliber RPB Industries, M11-Al semi-automatic pistol, and an unregistered silencer during the May 2 search of Gentile's Manchester prope

  • RIGHT AT HOME: Decor from glass artists

    RIGHT AT HOME: Decor from glass artists

    Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Chris Ahalt's menagerie of blue whales, pink hippos and gold giraffes looks like a flotilla in a really fun dream. Their balloon-animal bodies are gathered at the point of attachment in a tight little knot, tethered to a tiny lead weight. But they aren't latex. Ahalt, who lives in Minneapolis, makes the whimsical yet realistic-looking creatures out of blown glass. "Balloons, to me, suggest celebration, children and wonder," he says. "The animals that I pick appeal to those child-like sensibilities as well." But there's profundity in his designs, as well. He crafts animals that are facing endangerment; rendering them in glass, he says, highlights not only their beauty but their precarious existence.

  • Weston's 'The Mirror Test' captures diplomatic side of war in Iraq and Afghanistan

    Weston\'s \'The Mirror Test\' captures diplomatic...

    Steve Decker, Deseret News | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Boots to the ground American diplomat J. Kael Weston addresses the diplomatic balance and intricacies of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — countries that are a long way from the State Department (his employer), the Pentagon and the White House.

  • AP-IL--Illinois News Digest 6pm, IL

    Updated: Mon, May 23, 2016

    Good afternoon. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 6 p.m. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or chifax@ap.org. Herbert G. McCann is staffing the desk. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. DREW PETERSON CHESTER, Ill.

  • Hong Kong axes provocative skyscraper art installation

    Hong Kong axes provocative skyscraper art...

    Updated: Mon, May 23, 2016

    HONG KONG (AP) — Days after it was launched, organizers have canceled an art installation on Hong Kong's tallest skyscraper that carried a politically provocative message about the city's relationship with mainland China. The organizers of a large-scale public art exhibition said in a statement Sunday that they were dropping the light show on the building's exterior, which featured a countdown to the end of Hong Kong's status as a special region of China. Local artists Sampson Wong and Jason Lam used the LED lights on the 118-story International Commerce Center's facade to display the number of seconds left until June 1, 2047, to stir debate amid growing concerns about Hong Kong's future under Beijing's rule.

  • BC-AP News Digest 7:25 am

    BC-AP News Digest 7:25 am

    Updated: Mon, May 23, 2016

    Here are the AP's latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. Reorders Top Stories. ------------------------- NEW & DEVELOPING -------------------------- BALTIMORE POLICE DEATH — Judge to announce verdict in Freddie Gray case against Baltimore officer. SENT: 280 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 10:30 a.m. court hearing. AUSTRIA-ELECTION — Austria: Tight presidential election reveals a split nation. SENT: 140 words, photo. --------------- ONLY ON AP --------------- INDY 500-CHAMPIONS SURVEY-GREATEST RACE — Al Unser Jr.'s victory over Scott Goodyear in 1992 is the greatest race in Indianapolis 500 history, according to an exclusive AP sur

  • Photo exhibit shows Yellowstone changes over 140 years

    Photo exhibit shows Yellowstone changes over...

    Updated: Mon, May 23, 2016

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Boulders shift, canyons erode, old trees fall, new ones grow and tourists crowd Yellowstone National Park, the length of their vacations barely any time at all in the stream of history. A century and a-half is nothing in the eons of often violent geology that made Yellowstone. Even so, an exhausting project by a Jackson photographer shows how an ecosystem protected for that long can change in ways obvious and subtle. Brad Boner visited dozens of sites in the park photographed by William Henry Jackson in 1871, the year before Congress made Yellowstone the world's first national park. Boner painstakingly replicated in color more than 100 of Jackson's black-and-white photographs.

  • Edmond dedicates its largest piece of artwork

    Edmond dedicates its largest piece of artwork

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 23, 2016

    Edmond taxpayers and private donors paid $201,184 for "Touch the Sky," a sculpture by artist David McGary, who died in 2013 and was a noted western sculptor, known as a master of realism.

  • Older and Bolder Dancers of Oklahoma City kick up their heels to inspire others

    Older and Bolder Dancers of Oklahoma City kick...

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Mon, May 23, 2016

    Needs & Deeds: The Older and Bolder Dancers of Oklahoma City may tear up a dance floor with the vigor of youngsters, but the nonprofit dance troupe is made up of women and men 62 and older. The group performs primarily in nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, assisted-living centers and adult day care facilities throughout the metro area.

  • Keeping it quirky: Paseo Arts Festival in Oklahoma City celebrates 40th anniversary, maintains bohemian spirit

    Keeping it quirky: Paseo Arts Festival in...

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    A Memorial Day weekend tradition, the 40th annual Paseo Arts Festival in Oklahoma City will feature 86 visiting artists from across the state, region and country, plus 85 neighborhood artists, along with three stages featuring live local music, more than a dozen food vendors, a beer garden, two children’s art areas and plenty of colorful characters. For the past decade, artist Collin Rosebrook has been working to evolve the former street party and hippie flea market into the nationally recognized juried fine-arts festival it has become, while keeping the free-spirited vibe that makes the event — and the Paseo — unique.

  • BC-NH--New Hampshire News Digest 6 pm, NH

    Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    Upcoming New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Sunday, May 22, 2016. Good evening. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in New Hampshire. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the Concord bureau at 603-224-3327. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking news and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNows. UPCOMING TOMORROW: MENTAL HEALTH CAMPAIGN CONCORD, N.H.

  • Long-forgotten Edmund Tarbell painting restored

    Long-forgotten Edmund Tarbell painting restored

    Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An oil painting by American impressionist Edmund C. Tarbell that was rolled up and forgotten for more than a century has been restored just in time to be included in a large retrospective of the artist's work. "Woman With an Oar and a Gentleman" joined the exhibit at the Discover Portsmouth visitors' center Friday after months of restoration work by art conservationist Jeremy Fogg. The "Illuminating Tarbell" exhibit opened in March and ends June 3. "I would've liked to have it done sooner, but I wasn't going to rush the conservation just to get it into the show," said Fogg.

  • AP-CA--California News Digest, CA

    Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    Hello! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in California. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Los Angeles bureau at 213-626-1200, losangeles@ap.org, or to the AP-San Francisco bureau at 415-495-1708, sanfrancisco@ap.org. Robert Jablon is on the Los Angeles news desk, followed by Daisy Nguyen. Olga Rodriguez is on the San Francisco news desk. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-626-1200 or fsbaker@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will kee

  • BC-NH--New Hampshire News Digest 1:30 pm, NH

    Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    Upcoming New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Sunday, May 22, 2016. Good afternoon. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in New Hampshire. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the Concord bureau at 603-224-3327. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking news and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNows.

  • Czech painter, illustrator, cartoonist Adolf Born dies at 85

    Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) — Adolf Born, a Czech painter, illustrator, cartoonist, caricaturist and author of animated movies for children, has died. Born's daughter Erika told Czech public television he died Sunday morning at home in Prague. He was 85. Born's grotesque paintings and pictures have been displayed at exhibitions around the globe while he received various international rewards and honors, including the Grand Prix at the International Salon of Cartoons in Montreal and the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in France. In his homeland, he was loved by children for his animated movies, among them the "Mach and Sebestova" cartoon series about two schoolmates whose dreams become reality with help from a magical telephon

  • Two art shows at Oklahoma City's JRB gallery offer contrast

    Two art shows at Oklahoma City\'s JRB gallery...

    BY JOHN BRANDENBURG For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    There is a stark contrast between the upbeat abstract acrylics of Beth Hammack and the downbeat steel sculpture of Bryan Rapp, on view during May at JRB Art at The Elms Gallery in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma features briefs

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    Oklahoma nonprofits and arts highlights for May 22.




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