• Theaters collaborate to bring 'The Mountaintop' to Oklahoma

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, Guthrie’s Pollard Theatre and the Poteet Theatre are collaborating to stage the Oklahoma debut of the celebrated play “The Mountaintop” throughout February, which is Black History Month. The intimate drama by Katori Hall boldly reimagines the final night of MLK’s life.

  • Oklahoma lifestyle briefs

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Oklahoma lifestyle briefs

  • All-black towns revitalized in colorized exhibit

    By Max Nichols, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    “Colored Memories” is an exhibit featuring colorized photos of early all black towns in Oklahoma. The exhibit is open at the Oklahoma History Center.

  • Oklahoma fine arts notes

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Oklahoma fine arts notes

  • Bill Cosby's show in Ohio draws a few protesters


    SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Bill Cosby's stand-up tour has stopped in northern Ohio, where it drew several protesters before the show. The comedian himself received standing ovations before and after his performance. Police in Sandusky had extra officers at the theater while Cosby performed Friday night. The 77-year-old face sexual assault accusations from at least 15 women, with some of the claims dating back decades. He denies the allegations and has never been charged with a crime. Bev Penfield was holding a sign reading "Respect women, rape is no joke." She tells The Blade (http://bit.ly/1683JDs ) she felt she had to be there. Protester Cece Hesch says it's about valuing entertainment over "doing the right thing.

  • 1st time advertisers make a play with Super Bowl spots

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — More Super Bowl ad rookies will be trying to score a touchdown this Sunday. There will be 15 new Super Bowl advertisers this year, the most since 2000, before the economy fell into what would be the first of two recessions since. Advertising experts say the rookie interest in Super Bowl ads is a positive sign that companies are feeling good in the most recent economic recovery. New advertisers like Carnival cruises and Skittles candy are hoping to capitalize on the massive size of the Super Bowl audience: The game is advertising's greatest showcase, with more than 110 million people expected to tune in to watch to the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.

  • Rap music mogul 'Suge' Knight arrested in fatal hit-and-run

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marion "Suge" Knight, the impresario of gangster rap, has long been a perpetrator and victim of the violent life he promoted in song. On Friday, he was portrayed as both. Sheriff's deputies booked the former hip-hop music mogul on suspicion of murder after they said he hit and killed a man with his pickup truck, injured another and then fled. His lawyer said he was an innocent victim who accidentally ran over his friend and the other man as he tried to escape an attack. The incident was the latest in a long line of brushes with death and the law for the 49-year-old founder of Death Row Records, one of the genre's leading labels. Knight started the label that helped solidify West Coast rap with

  • Pro wrestler cheats at Wing Bowl, hides food in fanny pack

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Professional wrestling star Mick Foley was ejected from the Wing Bowl eating contest Friday after stuffing uneaten chicken wings into a fanny pack. People following the event on social media dubbed Foley's attempt at boosting his wing total "inflate gate," a play on the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots' deflated football controversy. Chicago's Patrick Bertoletti won with a Wing Bowl record 444 wings in 26 minutes. He edged out 2014 champion Molly Schuyler, of Bellevue, Nebraska, who eclipsed her record 363-wing mark with 440 wings. The fan-favorite Foley, who's known in the ring as Mankind, said after his ouster that he didn't want to overstuff himself and get sick, like other competitors.

  • Number of Las Vegas visitors in 2014 climbs to 41.1 million

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A record 41.1 million visitors descended on Las Vegas last year. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority confirmed Friday what it had already been anticipating: 41.1 million visitors, up 3.7 percent from 39.7 million in 2013, stayed overnight at the destination in 2014. The total visitor volume is the most the destination has ever seen in one year. Of those, 5.2 million visitors attended one or more of the 22,103 conventions held last year. Both figures are up compared with the year prior. The agency says 3.1 million visitors came to Sin City in December, up 5.5 percent. Conventions held and meeting attendance dropped in December, as did the average daily rate and revenue per available room in

  • DA: May be illegal for mayor to give 'Undercover Boss' money

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — It may have been illegal for the mayor to promise $155,000 in gifts to needy city employees as part of his appearance on the CBS show "Undercover Boss," and the state Ethics Commission has been contacted about the matter, the district attorney said. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto pledged the money to four workers during his appearance on the show last month. Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr.'s office "made certain inquiries concerning the payments," but it "has no active investigation involving the city's participation in the program," said Zappala spokesman Mike Manko. Zappala told KDKA-TV, the local CBS affiliate, that "salaries of public employees are negotiated. You cannot just

  • This 2015 movie guide will hold you over until summer

    By Gene Triplett and Dennis King, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Gene Triplett and Dennis King explore the science fiction flicks, sequels and comedy films filling theaters early this year.

  • Cuba's Los Van Van on the go, coming to once-hostile Miami

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    MIAMI BEACH, Florida (AP) — Los Van Van, one of Cuba's greatest dance bands, once made history of a sort just by playing in Miami, overcoming city attempts to ban the concert and braving thousands of enraged protesters to put on a concert in the heart of anti-Castro activism. Now the group is returning to a different, less polarized Miami as part of its fifth U.S. tour, just as the Obama administration is easing a half-century of restrictions on Cuba, making travel to and from the island easier. "Times have changed a lot," said Samuel Formell, the group's leader, during an interview with The Associated Press.

  • Court denies bid for new trial in Michael Jackson case

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court on Friday upheld a jury's decision that the promoter of Michael Jackson's ill-fated comeback concerts was not responsible for his death. The 2nd District Court of Appeal issued a 39-page ruling a week after attorneys for Katherine Jackson argued for a new trial. The court found the verdict in favor of concert promoter AEG Live LLC was legal. The court also upheld rulings by a trial court judge that narrowed the case to a single claim that AEG negligently hired, retained and supervised the doctor later convicted of causing Jackson's death. Jackson died in June 2009 while preparing for his "This Is It" shows.

  • Gilcrease copy of Declaration of Independence moved to new research center

    By JAMES D. WATTS JR. - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Moving a few pieces of paper from one secluded place to another usually doesn’t require the presence of armed guards. But when the pages in question happen to be the only certified copy of the “birth certificate” of the United States of America known to exist, extra care is taken. On Thursday, Gilcrease Museum transferred its certified copy of the Declaration of Independence, signed by Benjamin Franklin, Silas Deane and Charles Thompson, from the documents area of the museum, along the Groenendyke Corridor — which is lined with paintings by George Catlin, past Gilcrease Rendezvous artists and memorabilia from the 101 Ranch — to its new home in the most secure section of Gilcrease’s recently opened Helmerich

  • Theater prize inspired by Philip Seymour Hoffman gears up

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A new theater prize inspired by Philip Seymour Hoffman has been launched, seeking play submissions that "exhibit fearlessness." The Relentless Award, the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play, comes with an annual award of $45,000 and the promise of influential workshops. "Phil was so relentless in his pursuit of truth in his art," said playwright David Bar Katz, who helped create The American Playwriting Foundation that gives out the award. "Anything that even slightly smacked of not being as true as you could possibly be, he would detect and call out. The idea is to take his approach to work and use it to help others." Submissions will be t

  • Miranda Lambert leads ACM Awards with 8 nominations

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Miranda Lambert is continuing her reign as contemporary country queen with eight nominations at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. The ACMs announced Friday that Lambert is the top contender, including a nomination for entertainer of the year, pitting her against top-billing male stars Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line. Lambert is also nominated for album of the year for "Platinum," female vocalist of the year as well as vocal event and video of the year for "Somethin' Bad'" with Carrie Underwood. "Automatic," Lambert's hit single, earned her a nomination for song of the year and two nominations for single record of the year since she also co-wrote the song.

  • Oklahoma entertainment highlights

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Oklahoma entertainment highlights

  • Review: CSC's new 'A Month in the Country' lacks nuance

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Careless actions can have unexpected consequences, as demonstrated in the great 19th-century Russian playwright Ivan Turgenev's classic "A Month in the Country." The comedy of manners, about all kinds of love among Russian aristocrats and their employees on a country estate, resonates with tragic undertones as realism and romanticism battle it out. There are touching moments and classy performances in Classic Stage Company's greatly condensed production, which opened Thursday night off-Broadway at their intimate downtown space.

  • Amy Poehler feted by Harvard's Hasty Pudding

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Amy Poehler turned the tables on her roasters, poking fun at Harvard and its famed Hasty Pudding theater troupe during its annual Woman of the Year award Thursday. The actress joked at the irreverent affair that she never expected to be feted by the Ivy League school she raised a "middle finger" to growing up in nearby Burlington, Massachusetts. "I want to thank Hasty Pudding for reminding us how hard it is to write funny jokes," she said after two student roasters teased her about past roles in comedies such as "Baby Mama" and "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.

  • Desert stars: Celebs converge on Phoenix for Super Bowl 49

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — The desert is great for stargazing, and that will certainly be the case as the Super Bowl takes over Phoenix and its suburbs. Comedians Joel McHale and Kevin Hart will crack jokes for partygoers, newcomer Charli XCX will perform for troops and then revelers at ESPN's party, and Jamie Foxx and Drake will hold court at a pair of lounges at a swanky Scottsdale hotel. The events range from private, invite-only festivities to fan-friendly events that are open to anyone who buys a ticket.