• Sherri Shepherd to make her Broadway debut

    Updated: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A wicked stepmother has been picked for Cinderella on Broadway — Sherri Shepherd. "The View" co-host said on the daytime talk show Tuesday that she will make her Broadway debut in the musical opposite Keke Palmer in the title role on September 9 at the Broadway Theatre. Shepherd will end seven years on "The View" this Friday. She has been on "Dancing with the Stars" and "30 Rock" as Tracy Morgan's wife, Angie Jordan. Her film credits include "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire," ''Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" and "Guess Who." The traditional fairy tale has been given a sly and witty makeover by Douglas Carter Beane. The songs by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II include "In My

  • Obituary: Humble and gracious, Tulsan Billie Letts unchanged by later-in-life literary fame

    By TIM STANLEY - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Leading up to the premiere, where she would at last get to see her beloved characters come to life on screen, Billie Letts quietly worried about what Hollywood had done to them. But her fears were soon allayed. After seeing the movie with an audience for the first time, the Tulsa native was satisfied and even surprised, she told the Tulsa World later. Not only had Novalee Nation and the other characters from Letts’ novel “Where the Heart Is” survived the transition to film, they had been treated with the respect she felt they deserved. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Merged Oklahoma City school starts second year focused on classics, Christian studies

    By Chris Schutz, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    The Academy of Classical Christian Studies in Oklahoma City uses a curriculum drawn from the Middle Ages.

  • Artists with autism show their work in “Big Swanky Art Show” in Oklahoma City's Paseo district

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    The two-night “Big Swanky Art Show III” kicked off last weekend during the Paseo Arts District’s First Friday Gallery Walk and continues from 7 to 9 p.m. this Friday at Istvan Galley during the monthly LIVE on the Plaza art walk in Oklahoma City.

  • Touring 'Hamlet' gets a standing ovation at UN

    Updated: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A production of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" that hopes to visit every country in the world in two years landed at the United Nations on Monday, with the tale of the dithering Danish prince getting a boisterous, standing ovation from top diplomats. The stripped-down Shakespeare's Globe theater production played inside a chamber in the U.N.'s New York headquarters for some 500 guests, against a backdrop of real world crises in Gaza and the Ukraine. "It's an absolute delight to be here. It's extraordinary. It feels very, very odd. But very pleasurably odd," said Dominic Dromgoole, the Shakespeare's Globe artistic director. "We like bold ideas. We like bold, simple — some would say stupid — ideas.

  • Keke Palmer to be Broadway's 1st black Cinderella

    Updated: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Like many girls, actress and singer Keke Palmer grew up dreaming of meeting a prince who would whisk her away to a life of love and happiness. In her case, it's going to happen — eight shows a week on Broadway. Palmer said she'll be stepping into the title role in "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" starting Sept. 9 at the Broadway Theatre. She will become the first African-American to play the part on the Great White Way. Twenty-one-year-old Palmer will be making her professional stage debut. She has appeared in the films "Barbershop 2: Back in Business" and "Akeelah and the Bee," has a BET talk show, "Just Keke," and been on TV in Showtime's "Masters of Sex." Her albums include the 2007 CD "So Unc

  • Blues art exhibit to open at B.B. King Museum

    Updated: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    INDIANOLA, Miss. (AP) — An exhibit of 30 paintings of Mississippi blues performers will go on display Aug. 21 at the B. B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center. The work by Mississippi artist H.C. Porter is paired with oral histories collected and edited by Lauchlin Fields and heard through hand-held audio devices. An opening reception is planned from 6-8 p.m. on Aug.21 and is free and open to the public. Porter's original works of art are classified as mixed media, combining painting, printmaking and photography. More information on the Indianola museum and the exhibit is available online at www.hcporter.com/bluesathome and www.bbkingmuseum.org.

  • Look Exhibits

    Updated: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Exhibits “Oil and Wood,” artwork by George Bogart and Jim Henkle, through Sept. 14, and Helen Frankenthaler’s “Head of the Meadow” exhibit, through Oct. 12, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm, 325-3272. (Norman) Zoozeum exhibit, “Aquaticus: An Ocean on the Prairie,” through Sept. 26, Oklahoma City Zoo, 2100 NE 50, 427-2461, Ext. 618. Norman Arts Council and University of Oklahoma School of Art & Art History Sculpture Program Outdoor Exhibit, through Aug. 31, Lions Park, 450 S Flood, 325-2691. (Norman) Art Exhibit by Anji Bryner, Gallery 66, 6728 NW 39, through Aug. 27, 314-2430. Jason Willaford presents “Vinyl Exposed,” through Aug. 22, Oklahoma Contemporary, NW 10 and May at State

  • Book signings

    Published: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    Book signings

  • Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre plans eclectic 2014-2015 season

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    Oklahoma City Repertory Theatrewill start its 13th season “trampling out the vintage” with the American classic “The Grapes of Wrath” and end it frolicking down “Avenue Q,” one most popular and outrageous musicals of the past decade. Three hot new plays are planned in between, as the professional theater prefers for a season of regional, state and local premieres.

  • Oklahoma features news in brief

    Published: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    Features briefs, August 3

  • Oklahoma art and theater notes

    Updated: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Art and theater notes, August 3

  • Updated dinosaurs stalk America in arena show

    Updated: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — What does a man who spends his work days creating animatronic dinosaurs do on his day off? If you're Sonny Tilders, you go see the real thing in person. Tilders, the creative director of The Creature Technology Co., couldn't resist recently stopping by the American Museum of Natural History while in New York to see some genuine fossils up close. "I wanted them to move. Just one of them," Tilders says, laughing. In his day job, they do: Tilders is the driving force behind the "Walking with Dinosaurs, the Arena Spectacular," which has returned for a North American tour with 20 updated lifelike dinosaurs, including many sporting feathers, the ability to reach up and eat leaves, and three new babies.

  • Oklahoma nonprofit news in brief

    Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Oklahoma nonprofit briefs for Aug. 3.

  • Lyric Theatre will present 'A Little Night Music' in Oklahoma City

    BY RICK ROGERS, For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City will bring its 2014 summer season to a close this week with an encore presentation of “A Little Night Music.”

  • 'Art Gone Wild' exhibit showcases paintings by Oklahoma City Zoo animals.

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer bmcdonnell@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    The fifth annual art show opens Friday night in the a.k.a. gallery in the Paseo Arts District of Oklahoma City.

  • Manet portrait coming to NYC auction

    Updated: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Edouard Manet's portrait of an actress will star at Christie's fall auction where it's estimated to bring $25 million to $35 million. The work is widely known by its French title, "Le Printemps" (lu PRAHN'-tahm), which means "spring." It's been on loan at the National Gallery of Art for two decades. The 1881 painting depicts actress Jeanne Demarsy (zhahn day-mahr-SAY') with a frilly parasol, lacy bonnet and floral dress. It's being offered on Nov. 5. Christie's says it has remained in the same family for over 100 years. Sale proceeds will benefit a private American foundation that supports environmental, public health and other causes. The current Manet auction record is for a self-po

  • Tickets on sale for 'Prairie Home' fall shows

    Updated: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Tickets are on sale for the fall run of humorist Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" in St. Paul. Keillor opens the new season of his public radio show at the Fitzgerald Theater on Sept. 20. Fiddler Sara Watkins and the Hot Rize bluegrass band are musical guests. After the 5 p.m. broadcast, the annual Prairie Home Street Dance takes place on Exchange Street in front of the theater, with a sit-down supper, dancing in the street and contests. The event is free — except for refreshments — and open to the public. "A Prairie Home Companion" also broadcasts from the Fitzgerald on Sept. 27 and Oct. 4, 11 and 18. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster outlets or online, or in per

  • Brian Dennehy, Mia Farrow to star on Broadway

    Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A.R. Gurney's romantic play "Love Letters" is about to hit Broadway again with some big movie stars. The two-person work, composed of letters exchanged over a lifetime between friends who grew up together, will star Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow from Sept. 13 to Oct. 10, then Carol Burnett and Dennehy from Oct. 11 to Nov. 7, then Alan Alda and Candice Bergen from Nov. 8 to Dec. 5, then Stacy Keach and Diana Rigg from Dec. 6 to Jan. 9, and finally Anjelica Huston and Martin Sheen from Jan. 10 to Feb. 1. The show will run at the Nederlander Theatre under Gregory Mosher's direction. The play was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. It debuted on Broadway starring Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards in 1989.

  • 5K to Monet event to benefit Edmond's Fine Arts Institute set for Aug. 23

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    The 5K to Monet event to benefit Edmond’s Fine Arts Institute will be Aug. 23.