• Bennington Museum offers free admission Saturday

    Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Bennington Museum is offering free admission on its community day. The event takes place Saturday to celebrate the annual student art show and the reopening of the museum of art, history and innovation after being closed for January. Other new exhibits on view are Marble, photographs by Jen Morris and Centers, Circles, Squares, Grids, Works by printmaker Vincent Longo. The annual student art show includes artwork from the area's elementary, middle and high school students. Students will receive certificates of participation on Saturday. The show runs through March 13.

  • Production celebrates Black History Month at Oklahoma City-area libraries

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    Rhythmically Speaking, a singing, dancing and acting troupe, is touring libraries in Oklahoma County's Metropolitan Library System this month, portraying the story of Hannah Atkins.

  • Calif. attorney joins effort to recover Nazi-looted painting

    Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's attorney general is asking a federal appeals court to reverse a ruling allowing a priceless 19th century painting to remain in a Spanish museum rather than going to the heirs of a Jewish woman forced to hand it over to the Nazis during the Holocaust. Attorney General Kamala Harris said Friday she recently filed a friend of the court brief with San Francisco's 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of Lilly Cassirer's family. Cassirer was forced to give Camille Pissarro's "Rue Saint-Honore, Apres-midi, Effet de Pluie" to the Nazi government in 1939 for $360 and a visa allowing her to leave the country.

  • BC-AP Entertainment and Arts Digest,1st Ld-Write-thru

    Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

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  • Oklahoma City artist pays colorful tribute to the resilience of women with 'War Zones' exhibit

    By Brandy McDonnell BAM bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Oklahoma City artist Ebony Iman Dallas’ new solo exhibition “Women in War Zones” celebrates the courage and fortitude of women while raising awareness of serious issues they face in the United States and around the world. Sponsored by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, “Women in War Zones” debuts Friday at The Project Box, an art space in the Paseo Arts District.

  • 5 places in L.A. to soak up Oscars vibes

    Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's Oscar season in Los Angeles. With the 88th annual Academy Awards scheduled for Feb. 28, here are five places in L.A. to soak up those glitzy Oscars vibes and maybe even run into one of the nominees. ___ THE PENINSULA BEVERLY HILLS The Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel is known as the ultra-luxe stay for Oscar nominees. While the hotel won't name names, Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett have stayed there, and Oscar winners Anne Hathaway and Reese Witherspoon have been spotted there. VIP guests get personally monogrammed - yes, monogrammed - pillowcases.

  • Essentials: Toronto, from what's new to classic attractions

    Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) — Grab your toque (what Canadians call a wool hat) and get your game face on if you're heading for the NBA All-Star Game in the 6ix —a term coined by rapper Drake, Toronto's unofficial ambassador, for his hometown. The 6ix, referring to the city's six jurisdictions, is just one of several nicknames for Canada's largest city and financial hub, along with T-dot, Toranna and Toronto the Good. And don't forget #WeTheNorth, the marketing slogan promoted by Toronto's basketball team, the Raptors. Whatever you call it, Toronto's multicultural, cosmopolitan vibe is likely to warm you up so fast that you'll be thinking #YouTheNorth before you know it.

  • Glass expert digs into secrets of historic Venetian process

    Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A modern-day glassblower believes he has unraveled the mysteries of Renaissance-era Venetian glassmaking, a trade whose secrets were so closely guarded that anyone who divulged them faced the prospect of death. Today's glassblowers work with methane-fired furnaces, electric-powered kilns, good lighting and proper ventilation. The craftsmen of Murano, an island near Venice, didn't have such technology, yet they still turned out museum-worthy pieces known for their artistry and beauty, using techniques that remained exclusive for centuries.

  • Great Plains Art Museum to boast 19th century engravings

    Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Great Plains Art Museum's first exhibition of the year will feature 19th-century engravings of wildlife that roamed the American plains. The museum announced that "Denizens: Wildlife on the Western Frontier," will open Friday with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibition includes vintage engravings from 1770 to 1902 that show different aspects of humans' relationship with bears, bison, elk, antelope, wolves, cougars, eagles, osprey and feral horses. The show includes artists Frederic Remington, George Catlin, Karl Bodmer, Alfred Jacob Miller, John James Audubon, and William de la Montagne Cary. The Great Plains Art Museum in downtown Lincoln is free and open to the public from 10 a.m.

  • AP PHOTOS: Lion dance tradition thrives in Malaysia

    Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The traditional art of the Chinese lion dance is nowhere near perishing in Muslim-majority Malaysia. As Lunar New Year approaches, lion dance troupes here are practicing their coordinated movements in the noisy routine that is believed to ward off evil spirits and garner good luck. It's a centuries-old tradition dating back the Han Dynasty, when lion dancers were mostly from martial arts schools who used their acrobatic kicks and jumps to ring in the new year. These days, it is kept alive by an ethnic Chinese minority that makes up 22 percent of Malaysia's 30 million people — and by people like master craftsman Siow Ho Phiew (pronounced "See-ow hoe pew").

  • The ties that bind: National Cowboy Museum exhibit in Oklahoma City explores the art and history of bolo ties

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    For such a simple, distinctly Western adornment, the bolo tie — a length of braided leather or cord decorated with metal tips and fastened with an ornamental clasp or slide — has become not only a fashion accessory with international appeal but also a clever canvas for many skilled artists. Starting Friday, about 370 bolo ties and materials associated with them will be featured at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in “Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage and Contemporary Artistry,” a traveling exhibition organized by Sandfield and the Heard Museum in Phoenix.

  • University of Oklahoma School of Dance to host Dance Partners event

    From Staff Reports  | Published: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    The University of Oklahoma School of Dance will host a meeting and presentations for Dance Partners, the primary external support group for the school, on Feb. 11. The event will celebrate Raul Raimondo Rebeck, the 2016 Susan E. Brackett Distinguished Visiting Artist Chair.

  • Glitter, feathers, paint: New Orleans preps for Mardi Gras

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's glitter season in New Orleans. A time for feathers, paper mache, sequins, paint, bailing wire, bones, and just about any other item that can be used for decoration. Across garages, kitchen tables and warehouses, residents are feverishly sewing elaborate costumes, painting floats and decorating custom throws. Outside of New Orleans, Mardi Gras has often been perceived as a raucous time of drinking too much beer, throwing beads and nudity. But to those who live here and essentially put on the show for the world, it's a wildly creative time of personal expression, rich history and family fun. Behind the parades and pageantry are regular citizens who spend all year and often a lot of their own money to transfo

  • Meet a 'living, breathing' historical figure as James Madison portrayer visits Oklahoma City

    By Matthew Price Features Editor  mprice@oklahoman.com  | Published: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    The age of the brainy hero has arrived, says Bryan Austin, who portrays fourth president James Madison while representing the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Va., and around the world. Austin will be in Oklahoma City on Thursday for a living history performance at the Oklahoma History Center.

  • Serenity Now: Austin's Elisabet Ney Museum evokes a past era

    Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Four miles from the bustling state capitol, a castle-like structure sits in a corner of Austin's Hyde Park neighborhood. It's built from white stones, complete with columns and a square tower. Out front, a field of native greenery teeming with tall purple and yellow wildflowers seems to have been lifted from the Texas plains and left to grow as nature intended. This is the Elisabet Ney Museum, a historic site housing works by Ney, a celebrated German sculptor. Ney and her physician-philosopher husband, Edmund Montgomery, left Europe amid political turmoil in 1871 and decided to come to Texas. She established her studio and home here in 1892, naming the site Formosa, Portuguese for beautiful.

  • OSHA cites 'Texas' producers over deadly fireworks blast

    Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    PALO DURO CANYON STATE PARK, Texas (AP) — Federal officials have issued citations against a group that puts on the outdoor musical "Texas" after a stage manager was killed last summer when two containers of fireworks exploded at the production venue in Palo Duro Canyon. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the citations, issued Jan. 28, on Tuesday. OSHA says the Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation Inc. failed to train workers on the use of explosives, provide fire-retardant clothing, perform a hazard assessment and develop a written hazard communication program. OSHA proposes $42,000 in penalties.

  • Frida Kahlo exhibition opens in Russian museum

    Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russia's first major exhibition dedicated to Mexican surrealist painter Frida Kahlo has opened in a St. Petersburg museum. The exhibition that opened Tuesday in the Faberge Museum features three dozen works by Kahlo, famous for her poignant self-portraits. The paintings come from various collections in Mexico, and officials said it took four separate planes to transport them to Russia because of safety precautions. The organizers said the exhibition spans the entire Kahlo's career and includes some of her most iconic paintings.

  • Kansas City museum learns it has a real Hieronymus Bosch

    Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, has learned that a 16th century oil-wood panel the museum owns was painted by the Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch. The work, "The Temptation of St. Anthony," was previously attributed to the artist's workshop. The piece is on loan to the Het Noordbrabents Museum in Den Bosch, The Netherlands, which is Bosch's hometown, for an exhibition opening Feb. 13. The show in Holland marks 500 years since Bosch's death in 1516. The attribution of the work was made by the Bosch Research and Conservation Project, which sent a team to Kansas City to study the painting and concluded that it could "be ascribed to Bosch with confidence." There are only about 25 paintings — includ

  • Nature camps aim to draw kids from screens to the outdoors

    Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    In this age of screens and busy schedules, nature day camps are in demand, and many offer a more diverse array of experiences than parents probably realize. "Offering children direct contact with nature — getting their feet wet and hands muddy — should be at the top of the list of vital camp experiences," says Richard Louv, author of "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder" (Algonquin Books, 2008). His writings are cited by many nature camp directors as inspiring their work. Nature-oriented day camps are held in county parks, private preserves, botanical gardens and other green places across the country.

  • Allied Arts Month proclaimed in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    This is the 45th anniversary of Allied Arts. The nonprofit supporting artistic ventures in the greater Oklahoma City area will strive to raise $3.25 million for the local arts community through its annual fundraising campaign.