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  • 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.

  • Art Review: 'Ansel Adams: An American Perspective' and 'Brett Weston: Land, Sea and Sky'

    Published: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Art Review: ‘Ansel Adams: An American Perspective’ and ‘Brett Weston: Land, Sea and Sky’

  • Acrylic paintings debut at Flip's Wine Bar in Oklahoma City

    Published: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    A show of acrylic paintings on paper and panel by Santa Fe and former Oklahoma City artist Elizabeth Hahn will debut April 12 at Flip’s Wine Bar.

  • Adelante! Gallery closing in Oklahoma City's Paseo Arts District

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Shortly after celebrating her 10th anniversary in December, Adelante! Gallery owner Cythnia Wolf has decided to shutter her gallery in the historic Paseo Arts District neighborhood in Oklahoma City.

  • Review: Washington great in 'A Raisin in the Sun'

    Updated: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Talk leading up to opening night of the latest Broadway revival of "A Raisin in the Sun" hinted at flaws — it was coming back too soon, a lead actress had to be replaced late, and Denzel Washington is just too old for it. Turns out none of that matters: The show that opened Thursday night at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre is blistering, beautifully acted and superbly touching. Set in 1950s Chicago, Lorraine Hansberry's play centers on the struggling Younger family, who anxiously await a $10,000 insurance check — and the ensuing squabbles over how to spend it. So many meaty subjects are here: assimilation, manhood, racism, classism, sexism and honor.

  • Review: 'Dom Hemingway' lewd, yet heartfelt

    Updated: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    A temperamental, egotistical, British ex-con with a soft side for the daughter he left behind, Jude Law is magnetic as the title character in "Dom Hemingway," an amusing tale of vengeance, debauchery and redemption told stylishly by writer-director Richard Shepard. Dom is introduced shirtless while delivering a verbose rant about his genitalia, which he likens to titanium, a Renoir or Picasso painting, a Nobel Prize winner, a cheetah, lightning and more. Few outrageous comparisons are spared. His speech could be seen as a pathetic attempt at a pick-up technique, except he's so puffed up. It's clear he could care less whether anyone agrees with him or not — and his delusion is hilarious.

  • Emotional 'Triangle' tells parallel love stories

    Published: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    Part of Lyric Theatre’s commitment to the staging of new works, “Triangle” features music by Curtis Moore and lyrics by Thomas Mizer. Their story alternates between 1911 and 2011, a device that allows the show’s characters to create connections through time.

  • Review: 'Heathers: The Musical' shallow but catchy

    Updated: Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — All of the fantastically mixed-up characters in "Heathers: The Musical" seem plagued by the show's timeless catch phrase, a telling rhetorical question: "What's your damage?" There's plenty of damage to go around in Westerberg High, the wildly chaotic, often cruel, but always colorful wonderland at the center of off-Broadway's latest theatrical remake of a cinematic favorite. Like the cult classic movie it's based on, this dark, demented comedy somehow keeps us in stitches though treading not-so-lightly on some of the most troubling subjects in the social curriculum of American youth — bullying, school violence and teen suicide.

  • Elton John to have 'quiet' wedding with partner

    Updated: Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    Elton John and his partner David Furnish are planning a low-profile wedding in May, following a change in British law allowing gay marriages. The singer told NBC's Today show that he wants to celebrate "very quietly," and added: "It will be a joyous occasion and we will have our children." The two men, who have been in a civil partnership since 2005, have two children. In quotes released on NBC's website Monday, the singer said: "We shouldn't just say 'Oh, well, we have a civil partnership, we're not going to bother to get married'. We will get married." Same-sex marriages were allowed for the first time in Britain Saturday, when a new marriage law came into effect.

  • Hockey great Gordie Howe releasing book in October

    Updated: Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hockey great Gordie Howe has a book deal. G.P. Putnam's Sons announced Monday that Howe's memoir, "Mr. Hockey," will come out Oct. 14. The publisher says the book will be "the definitive account" of Howe's life, starting with his birth in a farmhouse in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan and delving into his extraordinary five-decade career. The 85-year-old Howe was a six-time winner of the Hart Trophy for the league's most valuable player and played on four championship teams with the Detroit Red Wings. Putnam is an imprint of Penguin Random House. Last year it released Bobby Orr's memoir.

  • Review: Menzel shines but 'If/Then' too sloppy

    Updated: Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The new musical "If/Then" is all about imagining different scenarios, so let's get straight to it: If you love Idina Menzel, then go see it — she tears the rafters off the theater while going through a mid-life crisis. But if you like smooth, tight shows, then find something else to do. An uneven — maybe not completely finished — show opened Sunday at the Richard Rodgers Theatre with an intriguing, ambitious premise and a leading lady with a shockingly good voice, but a clumsy story and too few impressive songs. At one point in a recent preview, a pair of discarded socks from a previous scene sat on the stage forlornly as the musical trundled on, a sign that it lacks a certain seasoning despite a pre-B

  • Denzel Washington on 'Raisin' and Sidney Poitier

    Updated: Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Denzel Washington you meet backstage at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre is not exactly living a glamorous Hollywood life. He's more like a college kid during finals. He wears a black Yankee cap, black sweat pants and blue sneakers. There are free weights on a counter and a bottle of diet cola. Notebooks and papers are everywhere. He's fighting off the New York chill with some chicken noodle soup laced with hot sauce. "Have a seat," the star says, waving to a banged-up sofa and settling down in his own seat in front of a makeshift desk made from a mini-fridge. "I've got good heat here.

  • Community briefs

    Published: Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    Community briefs

  • '89er Button to feature land run theme

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    Guthrie’s ’89er Days celebration kicks off April 14.

  • Norman project to re-imagine Main Street

    BY JANE GLENN CANNON, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    A three-day live demonstration of how downtown Main Street in Norman could be transformed is part of a bigger, month-long public arts initiative planned for April in Norman.

  • Art Review: Norman exhibit proves art runs in family

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    Art Review: A father and son show of oil and acrylic paintings by Brad Price and Nathan Price, called “Generations” is on display at the Performing Arts Studio’s Depot Gallery in Norman.

  • Depp eerie as mad machine in 'Transcendence'

    Updated: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Footage of the sci-fi drama "Transcendence" previewed at CinemaCon in Las Vegas shows an eerily convincing Johnny Depp as a terminally ill scientist turned unruly machine in the Wally Pfister film that asks: What if we could upload a human mind into a computer? Warner Bros. was the final studio to preview its upcoming titles at the theater exhibitor's convention Thursday, and it ended with an impressive crew of A-listers led by Depp. The "Transcendence" clips were packed with explosions, sentimental moments between Depp (as Will) and leading lady Rebecca Hall (as Evelyn), and striking supporting performances by Kate Mara and Paul Bettany.