• National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore's 'Rare' exhibit opens Saturday at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

    By Brandy McDonnell, BAM | Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    “Rare,” a traveling exhibition spun off the Ponca City native Joel Sartore’s 2010 photography book “Rare: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species,” opens Saturday in Norman.

  • Second annual Wiggle Out Loud children's music festival to rock downtown Oklahoma City on Sunday

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    Genevieve Goings of Disney Junior’s popular act Choo Choo Soul will headline the free family event in Oklahoma City.

  • LeBron, Manziel attend screening for TV comedy

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Johnny Manziel felt as if he was watching himself. As the lead character in "Survivor's Remorse," a TV comedy being produced by NBA superstar LeBron James' company, dealt with the whirlwind of instant celebrity, social media and the trappings of sudden fame, Manziel could easily relate to his own experiences over the past few years. "It's real life," Manziel said, "especially for me." On Thursday night, the Browns' rookie quarterback and James attended a private screening at a local movie theater of "Survivor's Remorse," a Starz network series about the rise of a young basketball player.

  • Review: 3 millennials honor 'This Is Our Youth'

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ah, youth. It's messy, confusing, possibly dangerous — particularly when enveloped in a marijuana haze. A truly well-oiled — should we say well-rolled? — revival of Kenneth Lonergan's "This Is Our Youth" opened Thursday on Broadway at the Cort Theatre with a super cast of rising-star millennials playing Gen-Xers. Michael Cera, making his New York stage debut, once again perfectly captures being an awkward man-boy, while veteran fashionista and acting newbie Tavi Gevinson matches his goofy nervous energy. Kieran Culkin is marvelous as their smug, narcissistic friend. Spending two hours watching these wealthy, unmoored slackers is a treat, even without the contact high.

  • Man accused in Letterman kidnap plot released

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A man who was accused of plotting to kidnap talk show host David Letterman's young son and nanny nine years ago was released from a Montana prison Thursday, state corrections officials said. Kelly A. Frank was heading to Las Vegas, where he will live under the supervision of the Nevada Division of Parole and Probation, according to Montana Department of Corrections spokeswoman Judy Beck. Letterman spokesman Tom Keaney declined to comment. Frank was a painter on Letterman's Montana ranch near the Rocky Mountain Front when he was arrested in March 2005. Frank told an acquaintance that he had a key to the house and knew where the baby slept, according to prosecutors.

  • Wheeldon's colorful 'Alice' _ a really big show

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — It takes nine — yes, nine — tractor-trailers to move all the sets and props for "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," a $2 million extravaganza that arrived in New York this week. No wonder its choreographer, Christopher Wheeldon, calls the production "my big girl." But "Alice" is a girl on the move. She premiered in London, then Toronto, and has played Japan, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. And now, she's arrived in New York — the place many see as the dance capital of the world — a full three years after opening. What took so long? Well, the show's just so darned big. "Strangely enough, there aren't many theaters here that can fit this production," says Wheeldon, 41, who's among the top few cl

  • Elisabeth Moss to star in 'The Heidi Chronicles'

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Elisabeth Moss will play the insecure heroine of "The Heidi Chronicles" in a Broadway revival slated for February. Producers said Thursday that the "Mad Men" star will play the lead in the portrait of a woman who takes a 20-year journey beginning in the late 1960s and changes her attitudes about herself, men and other women. The play will also star Emmy Award-nominee Jason Biggs of "Orange Is The New Black" and "American Pie" fame, Tony Award-nominee Bryce Pinkham from "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" and will feature Tracee Chimo, late of the play "Bad Jews." Tony Award-winner Pam MacKinnon will direct. The creative team will include scenic design by John Lee Beatty and costume design by Jessi

  • Nobody hurt in fire at Houston's Alley Theatre

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    HOUSTON (AP) — Fire has damaged part of the under-renovation Alley Theatre in downtown Houston. Authorities say nobody was hurt in the fire that broke out late Thursday morning in the performing arts venue. Houston firefighters checked some duct work in the air conditioning system as the possible source of the fire. Smoke billowed from the upper part of the structure and some nearby streets were closed. Construction workers were safely evacuated. The Alley Theatre, according to its website, has attracted more than 8 million people to Houston's Theater District since opening in 1968. ___ Online: http://www.alleytheatre.

  • The circus is coming to town _ via movie theater

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Why run away to join the circus when it can come to you — at your local movie theater? The live cinema event company BY Experience will broadcast the Big Apple Circus' new show "Metamorphosis" from New York via satellite to big screens across the U.S. and Canada on Nov. 8. The show, which will be held in a big top in Lincoln Center, features clowns, juggling, acrobatics, aerial trapeze and music. The show's acts use camels, ferrets, horses and trained shelter dogs, and officials boast that the show is so intimate that no one sits more than 50 feet from ringside — except this time, for those watching from a cinema. "For many families across the U.S. and around the world, getting to a circus is quite

  • How an 'unstageable' book became a stage hit

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a rehearsal room near Times Square, Alex Sharp is about to jump. The brand-new Juilliard School graduate with a starring role in Broadway's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" is practicing a scene in which he must leap into the arms of four actors as part of a dream sequence. Arms out like Superman, Sharp jumps. His cast mates catch him and lift him over their heads, but it's all a little awkward. "Stop!" yells co-movement director Scott Graham as the music cuts off. "That wasn't quite it.

  • Oklahoma State Fair: For vendors, a fare fight

    BY DAVE CATHEY, Food Editor | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    When the 108th Oklahoma State Fair begins Thursday, patrons will have numerous new food options.

  • Miley designs, retro Kors: Fashion Week highlights

    Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Miley Cyrus is a designer now, y'all! The pop singer's turn as jewelry crafter was just one of the revelations from New York Fashion Week. There was the "optimistic chic" of Michael Kors' collection and the wild bridal theme of Betsey Johnson. The Associated Press also caught up with David Beckham — also trying his hand at designing — and a 13-year-old designer. Here are the highlights from Fashion Week, Day Seven (just one more to go!). ____ MICHAEL KORS GOES RETRO With embroidered flowers, retro plaids and classic A-line dresses, Michael Kors went back decades for a dreamy collection that could have been classified as "I Love Lucy" chic.

  • Anna Kendrick sings again in 'The Last 5 Years'

    Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    TORONTO (AP) — Anna Kendrick is done with musicals. No really. She swears. "After the last couple of years, I'm so done singing," says Kendrick. "It's so stressful and so much work. It's like being an athlete. It's something you have to maintain and think about." But the problem is that Kendrick keeps getting offered parts in musicals she can't turn down. At the Toronto Film Festival, she premiered "The Last 5 Years," an independent musical based on Jason Robert Brown's cultishly adored off-Broadway musical about a young couple's out of sync romantic life. It's almost wall-to-wall singing, alternating parts between Kendrick's aspiring actress and Jeremy Jordan's rising novelist. Directed by Richard LaGravenese ("P.S.

  • PBS' 'The Roosevelts' spans a century of history

    Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Behold this saga of bygone titans, a trio on an epic scale who share the same name. The latest magnum opus from Ken Burns, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," premieres on PBS as a seven-night, 14-hour extravaganza airing Sunday through Saturday (Sept. 14-20) at 8 p.m. EDT. It is a story that takes a holistic view of greatness, interweaving Theodore Roosevelt, the nation's 26th president and a Republican; his fifth cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a Democrat who was elected four times to the White House as the 32nd president; and TR's niece, Eleanor Roosevelt, who wed FDR, and, even beyond the unique partnership they forged with marriage, lived a life of activism and moral leadership that extended nearl

  • Vanessa Hudgens coming to Broadway as 'Gigi'

    Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's taken a few years, but Vanessa Hudgens has finally made the leap from "High School Musical" to a Broadway musical. The actress-singer will star in a Broadway-bound revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe's musical "Gigi" that first debuts in Washington, D.C. early next year. She's already jumped into twice-a-day vocal exercises and memorizing her lines. "I think, as an actor, the ultimate dream is to be on Broadway. I think it's the true test. There are no second takes. You've got to bring everything you've got for the most critical of audiences," she said by phone Wednesday. "It's an honor, if anything. I'm over the moon." "Gigi," set in Paris at the turn of the last century, comes from the

  • Fantasy writer Graham Joyce dies at 59

    Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Graham Joyce, one of Britain's best known fantasy writers, has died from complications of lymphoma cancer, an ilness he had blogged about extensively. He was 59. Joyce died Tuesday afternoon in a hospital near his home in Leicester, a city north of London, said Simon Spanton, associate publisher of the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Orion Books. Several of his novels received the British Fantasy Award, including "Indigo," ''The Tooth Fairy" and "Some Kind of Fairy Tale," which won last year. He also won an O. Henry Prize for short fiction and the World Fantasy Award for "The Facts of Life." Stephen King, who called him "a truly great novelist," was among those mourning him on Twitter.

  • Gillian Anderson onscreen soon in 'Streetcar'

    Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — If you can't get to London in time to catch Gillian Anderson spinning onstage in "A Streetcar Named Desire," her orbit is about to get larger. Starting Tuesday, Fathom Events, National Theatre Live and BY Experience will broadcast to movie theaters worldwide the fresh, critically cheered take on Tennessee Williams' classic tale from London's Young Vic Theatre. The production, directed by Benedict Andrews, is set in present day New Orleans on a stage that revolves constantly, offering viewers both the shifting perspective of the characters and their slow turns into madness.

  • Review: No surprise the surprise U2 album shines

    Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    U2, "Songs of Innocence" (Interscope) Everything about U2's new album is unexpected. Like its very existence, for one, after the Irish rock band dropped it on iTunes users Tuesday in a surprise move. Then there's its intriguingly narrow and personal scope. And its playful musical adventurousness: The band smoothly shifts gears over variable terrain on a road course as it works through songs inspired by things that seemingly have little do with each other. Each, however, is an experience from youth and young manhood for singer Bono, guitarist The Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. Anthemic opener "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)" is a tribute to The Ramones, the band that fired Bono's imagination as a t

  • Nicki Minaj: Natural look stems from confidence

    Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nicki Minaj, who has recently dropped her colorful and oddball style for a more natural and sophisticated look, says it's because she's more comfortable in her skin. "I kind of feel now that I look more like my regular old self, like what I look like when I'm at home," she said in an interview Tuesday. "I think there's just a little bit more confidence and so I'm like, 'It is what it is. I am who I am. I look like what I look like.' I don't really have to change much of it anymore." Minaj's new look includes her natural black hair color versus the wild and bright wigs she's worn that helped establish her name in pop culture.

  • Settlement sought with heirs on Klimt painting

    Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    VIENNA (AP) — The present Austrian owners of a valuable Gustav Klimt painting say they plan to reach a fair settlement with Jewish heirs of the family who left the artwork behind as they fled the Nazis. The "Bildnis Gertrud Loew" (Portrait of Gertrud Loew" is valued at up to 19.3 million euros ($25 million.) It was abandoned by Gertrud Felsoevary and her family after Austria was annexed by Hitler's Germany in 1938 and is now in the possession of the Klimt Foundation. Foundation members said Wednesday that they want to reach a "fair and just" solution after a committee of experts deemed that the picture fell under Austrian restitution laws. The foundation says it hopes to buy the portrait but also has left open its ret