• New Mencken book features unpublished material

    Updated: 47 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 60 years after his death, we still have not heard the last from H.L. Mencken. Next week, the Library of America will publish "The Days Trilogy," a bound and expanded edition of three popular memoirs by the celebrated journalist and linguist that were released in the 1940s: "Happy Days," ''Newspaper Days" and "Heathen Days." Along with the original books are some 200 pages of commentary that he had requested not to be released in his lifetime. Biographers have drawn upon the additional writings, which became available in 1981, but the Library of America volume marks the first time they have been collected in book form.

  • Isaacson, Chast on National Book Awards longlist

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Walter Isaacson's group portrait of digital pioneers and cartoonist Roz Chast's illustrated memoir about her parents have made it to the nonfiction longlist for the National Book Awards. Isaacson's "The Innovators" and Chast's "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" were among 10 books announced Wednesday by the National Book Foundation. Also cited were a pair of books about early U.S. history, John Demos' "The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic" and Matthew Stewart's "Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic," and two World War II histories, Ronald C.

  • Actress Mia Farrow reveals her motto: 'I'm trying'

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Acting on Broadway is hardly a vacation, but if you're Mia Farrow, it just might be. Her day job these days, after all, is speaking out about genocide and atrocities. Farrow, 69, has taken a break from international horrors to return to Broadway for the first time in 16 years to perform in A.R. Gurney's play "Love Letters," in which two would-be lovers read aloud letters exchanged over a lifetime. Farrow, whose screen credits include "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Purple Rose of Cairo," says she's been so focused on Syria, Haiti, Gaza, Sudan, Chad, the Central African Republic, Congo and the Darfur region that she often forgets she's an actress.

  • Theater Review: Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park's 'Macbeth'

    BY JOHN BRANDENBURG, Special Correspondent | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Theater Review: Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park’s “Macbeth”

  • Silent auction, music, prizes to highlight OU art museum's membership party in Norman

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Members of the public can learn more about the University of Oklahoma’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and sign up to be a supporter at the annual Art Association membership party Friday in Norman.

  • 1965 'Cinderella' star to attend Broadway version

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Cinderella onstage on Broadway next Tuesday will have another Cinderella in the audience — Lesley Ann Warren. Warren, who starred in the 1965 television version of "Cinderella," is slated to attend the Sept. 23 production of "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" and join the cast during the curtain call to sing "Ten Minutes Ago." "I'm really looking forward to it," Warren said by phone Monday from Los Angeles. The actress hasn't seen the show live but caught one song during the Tony Award telecast and called it "scrumptious." Warren's turn as Cinderella, which came eight years after Julie Andrews played the part in a TV movie, also starred Walter Pidgeon, Stuart Damon, Ginger Rogers and Celeste Ho

  • Angela Lansbury reprising 'Blithe Spirit' on tour

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Angela Lansbury is returning to a winning stage role and taking it on the road. Producers said Tuesday that the 88-year-old TV legend and five-time Tony Award winner will reprise her role as Madame Arcati and lead a cast of "Blithe Spirit" on a tour that will take it from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. In Noel Coward's comedy, Lansbury plays an irrepressible spiritualist who inadvertently summons from beyond the grave the first wife of an English novelist. The "Murder, She Wrote" star won a Tony in the role in 2009. The tour plays Los Angeles Dec. 9-Jan. 18, 2015, plays San Francisco from Jan. 20-Feb. 1, Toronto from Feb. 10-March 15 and Washington, D.C., from March 17-29 at the National Theatre. <

  • $13K restitution ordered in Banksy defacement case

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — A California man pleaded guilty Monday to defacing two Park City murals believed to have been done by the mysterious British graffiti artist Banksy. If David William Noll, 36, pays $13,000 in restoration costs before a November sentencing hearing, prosecutors say they won't seek jail time as part of a plea deal. Noll told a judge Monday that he suffers from bipolar disorder, and he had little memory of driving to Park City and damaging the works on New Year's Eve. "Banksy" is a pseudonym for the graffiti artist known for silhouetted figures and spray-painted messages that show up in unexpected places. His works have sold for as much as $1.1 million at auction.

  • One man trying to bring Broadway into 21st century

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — When John Travolta shocked theater fans by mangling the pronunciation of Idina Menzel's name at the Oscars, one person saw a gift in the slip — Damian Bazadona. Bazadona, the president and founder of the advertising and marketing firm Situation Interactive, had been hired by Menzel's new show "If/Then" to create some buzz and here it came, one horrible syllable after another. Bazadona and his team, already assembled in a conference room on Oscar night, instantly won the Internet by creating a graphic — "We Know Her Name — it's Idina Menzel" — and posting it on Facebook and Twitter, along with videos and content. People went nuts. "If/Then" got invaluable exposure.

  • Oklahoma features briefs, Sept 14

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    Features briefs, Sept 14

  • Artists try to 'transcend the box' at 12x12 exhibition in Oklahoma City

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s 12x12 Art Fundraiser annual art exhibit and auction features the works of 150 artists from across the state, with a catch: Each work must be no larger than 12 inches by 12 inches, or for three-dimensional pieces, 12 inches high, wide and deep.

  • Sandi Patty, Kathy Mattea among performers for Oklahoma City Community College's Performing Arts Series

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    After years of hosting entertainers in its 285-seat Bruce Owen Theater, Oklahoma City Community College is marking its first full Performing Arts Series season inside the 1,000-seat Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater, which opened in February.

  • Oklahoma City's Canterbury Choral Society season aims to be extraordinary

    BY RICK ROGERS, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    Canterbury Choral Society will kick off its 2014-15 season in Oklahoma City on Oct. 10 with “Gloria Cubed.”

  • Oklahoma City Ballet kickoff party set

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    The event raises awareness for the 2014-2015 annual campaign

  • Oklahoma fine arts notes

    Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    Oklahoma fine arts notes

  • 'LOVE' artist Indiana doesn't show at celebration

    Updated: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    VINALHAVEN, Maine (AP) — Reclusive artist Robert Indiana was expected to make an appearance outside his Maine island residence Saturday to take part in a celebration of his art around the world on his 86th birthday, but he didn't emerge from his home, disappointing dozens of fans. The event was called International HOPE Day and took place in cities across the world. Indiana was expected to make a public appearance outside his home and studio on Vinalhaven Island, where dozens of fans had hoped to get his autograph on commemorative prints that they purchased from event organizers outside his home. Kathleen Rogers, Indiana's publicist, said he is in poor health and isn't used to being around large groups of people.

  • Museum to put 3 O'Keeffe paintings up for auction

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in New Mexico said Friday it will sell three works by the American modernist painter to benefit its acquisitions fund. Going on the auction block is one of O'Keeffe's most well-known flower paintings — "Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1." The painting is expected to fetch as much as $15 million when Sotheby's offers it as the centerpiece of its American art sale in New York in November. The other two works are "On the Old Santa Fe Road" and "Untitled (Skunk Cabbage)." Those paintings are expected to bring in $3.7 million combined. The larger-than-life image of the white bloom of the jimson weed will be on view in Los Angeles and Hong Kong before returning to New York

  • 'American Psycho' musical hits a rough patch

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The attempt by the musical "American Psycho" to come to New York isn't going smoothly. The off-Broadway company Second Stage Theatre said Friday it will no longer stage the musical based on Bret Easton Ellis's novel. Second Stage was to have started performances of it in February 2015. Artistic Director Carole Rothman said in a statement that Act 4 Entertainment, which owns the rights to the story, "have decided to not move forward with the production at Second Stage." The fate of the musical is now unclear. The book for the stage version was written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Duncan Sheik penned music and lyrics for more than a dozen original songs.

  • Oklahoma filmmaker seeks to complete documentary chronicling Japanese love affair with country and western music

    By Adam Kemp, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    Oklahoman’s film is in its last week of funding on Kickstarter.com, a website dedicated to crowd-sourcing money for projects like documentaries. The group is trying to raise $35,000.

  • 'The Sound of Music' to tour without 'varnish'

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Award-winning director Jack O'Brien is working on a touring version of "The Sound of Music" starting next year, but he promises he won't be "trotting out your mother's version." O'Brien, who has helmed such winning Broadway productions as "The Coast of Utopia" and "Hairspray," said he'll try to strip the show back to its essence, dropping a lot of the "whiskers on kittens and warm woolen mittens" stuff. The tour will launch in September 2015 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and producers said it will travel around North America for multiple seasons, playing multi-week and weeklong engagements. The cast has yet to be announced.