• "We’re legislating taste and being arbitrary doing it."

    Steve Lackmeyer,blog,downtown,okc central | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Ed Lynn, owner of the popular Buffalo Wild Wings on Northwest Expressway, may finally get to build his dream house. After living in the suburbs with his wife for the past 25 years, they want to move their home downtown. West Midtown was an appealing choice for the Lynns – a revived neighborhood centered at NW 7 and Shartel is being rebuilt with a mix of renovated existing homes and a lot of new modern contemporary homes. Some call this the cottage district of Midtown, others call it SoSA. I’m sick of the emergence of new districts and conflicting names, so from here on out I’m just going to refer to it as what it is – Midtown or west Midtown.

  • Former Junior League Presidents meet for lunch in Oklahoma City

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Sara Sweet, Kristi Leonard, Nazette Zuhdi-Cleaver, Cristi Reiger. (Photos by Helen Ford Wallace).   Kristen Brown was hostess for a luncheon for past presidents of the Oklahoma City Junior League. She was president in 2013-14. Current President Nazette Zuhdi-Cleaver talked about plans for the new year and the Junior League's health focus and outgoing President Kristi Leonard talked about this year's accomplishments. Cleaver took over as president in June.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 4, 2015: Hear Nicnos play for free at Bricktown 4th Fest

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    Today's featured event: Celebrate Independence Day at Bricktown 4th Fest 2015 in Lower Bricktown Ahis year’s free fest features live music by Nicnos at 8 p.m. at Lower Bricktown “Live at the Green” presented by Chevy and Dr. Pepper. Nicnos is an Oklahoma City-based act known for its original sound, high energy, strong vocals and talented instrumentation. The “Lower Bricktown Live on the Green” concert series, which is typically on Friday nights but has been moved to Saturday this week for the Fourth of July, takes place on the Chevy Stage on the Lower Bricktown Plaza, 115 E Reno, in the Bricktown district of downtown Oklahoma City. For more information on the series, click here.

  • The Haunted House has risen from the dead

    Dave Cathey | Yesterday

    It's official, the the house that sits at the end of the lane called Miramar Drive will haunt again starting tomorrow (Saturday) night. After more than half a century in operation followed by a couple of months dark, The Haunted House reopens with a new owner and name. The new owner is Patrick M. Boylan, who made is fortune as an event planner, and the new name is J. Bruner's at The Haunted House. About nine years ago, Boylan rescued J. Bruner's Steakhouse in Osage Beach, Mo., from an untimely demise. Now, Boylan waves his re-animating wand at the iconic restaurant owned and operated for 51 years by Marian Thibault, who died in May. J. Bruner's at The Haunted House, 7101 Miramar Dr., is taking reservations

  • Shooting Fireworks (with a camera)

    Nate Billings | Yesterday

    Fireworks shows are stunning displays to witness but can be difficult to photograph. I often encourage people to sit back and enjoy the show, leaving their cameras in their bags (or pockets). However, here are some tips if you're interested in trying your hand at fireworks photography and have a camera with manual controls.  1. Use a Tripod. Although camera technology has changed a lot over the years, the fundamental elements for taking photos of fireworks have not. You still need two main ingredients: slow shutter speeds and a steady camera. The best way to steady your camera is to use a tripod. Without a tripod, movement of your camera will cause motion blur and ruin your shot.

  • Richard Mize: Fair housing ruling lost amid furor

    Richard Mize | Yesterday

    Here's a taste of The Oklahoman's Saturday real estate section! My column (below the photo). See the entire section here. Fair housing ruling lost amid furor BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com You can’t be blamed if you missed this controversial Supreme Court ruling — by my count there were about a half-dozen. Federal health care law: in. Same-sex marriage: in. State execution chemicals: in. Anti-gerrymandering state redistricting commissions: in. Ten Commandments monument: out. And the almost overnight surrender of the Confederate battle flag is as tendentious as any court ruling. A boring ol’ ruling on fair housing law barely

  • Former Sooners DB Tito Windham enrolls at Mississippi JC

    Ryan Aber | Yesterday

    Cornerback Tito Windham, who redshirted last year at Oklahoma, has returned close to home. Windham enrolled at Northwest Mississippi Junior College earlier this week, Northwest sports information director Kevin Maloney said in an e-mail to The Oklahoman. The Rangers began summer workouts Tuesday. Windham remains on the Sooners' online roster but OUInsider.com reported in May that Windham was transferring. Windham was a three-star recruit by Rivals.com coming out of high school in 2014 and also had offers that included Florida State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Southern Mississippi. He committed to the Sooners in May 2013. Windham is from Gulfport, Miss., about five hours

  • Thunder NBA Summer League roster includes Mitch McGary, Oklahoma State's Cobbins

    Erik Horne | Yesterday

    The Oklahoma City Thunder's roster for the Orlando Summer League will feature 15 players, led by 2014 first-round draft pick Mitch McGary, 2015 second-round pick Dakari Johnson and former Oklahoma State big man Michael Cobbins. The Thunder's summer league team will also be led by Thunder assistant Darko Rajakovic. This week, the team officially announced former head coaches Monty Williams and Maurice Cheeks as assistants, as well as the addition of former University of Florida assistant Anthony Grant. Grant will be with the team in Orlando, along with assistants Mark Bryant, Mark Daigneault, Royal Ivey, Dave Bliss, and Steve Scalzi.

  • What's going on with Enes Kanter contract talks?

    Berry Tramel | Yesterday

    While the free-agent signings come in waves around the NBA, the waiting continues for Enes Kanter and the Thunder to agree to a deal. It seems inevitable that Kanter winds up with the Thunder, since even if Kanter takes his negotiations to other teams, the Thunder can match the offer. So what’s the hangup? Why the delay? A few things could be holding it up. 1) Kanter’s camp is waiting on the DeAndre Jordan and LaMarcus Aldridge decisions, which will clear up the market for centers. Jordan is waffling, by all reports, between the Clippers and the Mavericks. Aldridge, who knows what he’s doing? Virtually all the other notable big men have cast their claim. Marc Gasol is not even talking to

  • Listen: Amber Hayes' patriotic new song 'Hero's Heart' is inspired by her uncle, a Medal of Honor winner

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    Country recording artist and Weleetka native Amber Hayes has written and recorded a new song titled "Hero's Heart" in honor of her uncle, Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins, who was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2014. Hayes was in attendance at the White House with her uncle when he was presented with the award, which is the United States of America’s highest military honor. “Watching my Uncle Bennie, who is so humble, receive the Medal of Honor at the White House and be recognized for his bravery and service to our country was very emotional, and my entire family is just so, so proud of him," Hayes said in a news release.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 3, 2015: Hear the Charlie Daniels Band at Frontier City


    Today's featured event: Hear the Charlie Daniels Band at 8 tonight at Frontier City, 11501 N Interstate 35 Service Road. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the Sarah Dunn Band takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Along with the music, a fireworks display also is planned. Although the singer, songwriter, guitarist and fiddler has a long career from which to build his set lists – Daniels started writing and performing music in the 1950s – he told me in a 2014 interview that he adheres to the classic show business axiom of giving the people what they want. “If I did a show and didn’t do the familiar music I’d feel like I cheated people — and I would have cheated people.

  • As 'Spirited Away' Blu-ray release reaffirms Miyazaki legacy, 'When Marnie Was There,' possibly Studio Ghibli's last film, comes to theaters

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    A version of this column appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman.  With 'Inside Out,' Disney/Pixar shows signs it has been 'Spirited Away' by Miyazaki's strong female characters Surrounded by her most valued possessions, a girl sprawls in the backseat of her parents’ car, her world upended by her family’s move to a new, faraway home. It was a scene strongly reminiscent of the new acclaimed hit Disney/Pixar film “Inside Out.” But I wasn’t watching “Inside Out.” I was watching my new high-definition copy of the acclaimed hit Hayao Miyazaki film “Spirited Away,” recently released for the first time on Blu-ray.

  • Extended interview & video: The Damn Quails flying back to Okemah's Woody Guthrie Folk Festival with new music

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    An abbreviated version of this story appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. OKEMAH -- Bryon White’s memories of the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival range from eating a piece of folk legend Arlo Guthrie’s birthday cake to watching the movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” with acclaimed singer-songwriters Ellis Paul and Don Conoscenti. “Those are the highlights -- and that was all before I even had any kind of professional record out,” White said. “It’s a really important festival, I think, for anybody who’s trying to write songs and play music.

  • Thursday Video Spotlight: Reba, Brooks & Dunn rock Las Vegas residency

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Check out the highlight reel as Oklahoma native Reba McEntire, former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks reunited onstage June 17 for the premiere their new, one-of-a-kind residency, "Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas" at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Over the past two weeks, the superstar entertainers have performed to sold-out crowds and multiple standing ovations, bringing a unique pairing of their biggest hits and exciting collaborations to the stage night after night. Presented jointly by Caesars Entertainment and AEG Live, the show is a culmination of the friendship and musical admiration Reba, Brooks & Dunn have shared since first touring together in 1993.

  • Thursday Video Spotlight: John Moreland covers Bruce Springsteen's 'Thunder Road'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Here's a little something amazing to start off your long July 4 holiday weekend: Oklahoma singer-songwriter performing an incredible cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road" at 25th Street Studio in Oakland, Calif. I know. You're welcome. If you can either extend your holiday weekend or want to ease the pain of coming back to work after three days off, Moreland will open for Jason Isbell Monday at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, USA. For information and tickets, go to www.cainsballroom.com. Moreland also will be playing next week at the 18th Annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, America, and I'll have lots more info on WoodyFest Friday here at BAM's Blog.

  • Krystal Keith launches 'Plate by Plate' culinary series

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

  • Maroon 5 musician to play Oklahoma City master class

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    All Access Arts, Arts Council Oklahoma City’s arts education initiative, and Bring Back the Music will present a master class featuring Grammy-winning musician PJ Morton Thursday and July 10 at Millwood High School auditorium, 6724 Martin Luther King Ave. Morton, best known as the keyboardist for band Maroon 5, will be accompanied by his five-piece band featuring the Good Times Brass Horns, who appeared in the Tyler Perry movie “I Can Do Bad All By Myself.” The nationally renowned musicians will instruct students individually and in ensembles and discuss the music industry’s changing landscape during the master class sessions at 1 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. July 10. Morton and his band will

  • The Great Divide to kick off Eskimo Joe’s 40th anniversary bash July 20

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    STILLWATER - Red dirt rockers The Great Divide will kick off the 40th anniversary celebration for Eskimo Joe’s, 501 W Elm, with an outdoor show July 20 that will benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation. Other musical attractions on tap for the weeklong festivities at Stillwater’s Jumpin’ Little Juke Joint include an acoustic jam session with Kaitlin Butts, Chad Sullins, Byron White, Gabe Marshall and Thomas Trapp on July 22; DJ Fishr Pryce on July 23; New Tulsa Sound showcase with Dustin Pittsley, Wink Burcham, Jesse Aycock and Paul Benjaman on July 24; and My So Called Band on July 25. For more information, go to www.eskimojoes.com.

  • Janeane Garofalo resets Oklahoma City show for October

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Actress and comedian Janeane Garofalo’s summer Oklahoma City show has been postponed to fall due to a scheduling conflict. The two-time Emmy nominee will perform Oct. 25 at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E Sheridan. All tickets purchased for the original July date will be honored on the new date, plus general admission seats are still available for $25 at www.ticketstorm.com. Ticketholders who are unable to attend the new date, should (866) 966-1777 or email events@ticketstorm.com by Oct. 11 for a refund.

  • Stillwater's Jordan Brown commits to Tulsa

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Stillwater receiver Jordan Brown verbally committed to Tulsa on Thursday, announcing his decision on Twitter. "I'm truly bless(ed) to say that I have committed to the University of Tulsa," Brown wrote. "I will like to thank my family and coaches for me be the student-athlete that I am today! My dreams have come true. God is good." Brown chose the Golden Hurricane over Arkansas State, Army, Navy, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech and Wyoming. He was ranked No. 19 on The Oklahoman's initial Super 30 list for the Class of 2016 top recruits in the state released in February. A 6-foot-2, 198-pound receiver, Brown is one of the most dynamic players in the senior class. He can also play running back.