• ‘Hunting Holtzclaw’ series was well-received by The Oklahoman’s digital readers

    ‘Hunting Holtzclaw’ series was well-received by...

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Thu, May 26, 2016

    The note came about four days after the first installment of the “Hunting Holtzclaw” series appeared in The Oklahoman’s printed editions and on The Oklahoman’s apps and Oklahoman.com. It came from The Oklahoman’s customer service department, which so often helps subscribers connect their account to digital access. “I just wanted to let you know that the feedback we are getting in customer service on your Holtzclaw story is great,” said our manager. “Our digital subscribers are anxious to login to read it.” The “Hunting Holtzclaw” story was an Oklahoman exclusive. Until very recently, it was only available for our subscribers.

  • Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park's 2016 season marks 400th anniversary of The Bard's death

    Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park\'s 2016 season...

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 6 hr ago

    A version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman. To read more about Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park's season opener "Much Ado About Nothing," click here. 400 years after The Bard Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park celebrates the legacy of William Shakespeare in new season If you’ve ever gone on a wild-goose chase, looked with your mind’s eye or worn your heart on your sleeve, you’ve been quoting William Shakespeare even if you didn’t know it. “My love for Shakespeare came from the language initially.

  • Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park opens 2016 season with 'Much Ado About Nothing'

    Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park opens 2016...

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 6 hr ago

    A version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman. To read more about Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park's 2016 season, click here. Shakespeare in the Park opens season with ‘Much Ado’ From Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant swapping big-screen barbs in “The Philadelphia Story” to Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis’ “will they or won’t they” bickering on the TV show “Moonlighting,” spirited squabbling often supplies romantic comedies with their charm. As with so many other time-honored traditions of English-language storytelling, fans can thank William Shakespeare, whose popular play “Much Ado About Nothing” provides

  • What to do in Oklahoma on May 29, 2016: Check out the Chuck Wagon Festival at the National Cowboy Museum

    What to do in Oklahoma on May 29, 2016: Check...

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Today's featured event: An annual family favorite, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum's Chuck Wagon Festival is celebrating its 26th anniversary and again features authentic chuck wagon food samples, children’s activities, live western music, square dancing, storytelling and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the National Cowoboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63. For more information, go ot www.nationalcowboymuseum.org. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on May 28, 2016: Check out the first RiverSport Rapids Memorial Day Festival

    What to do in Oklahoma on May 28, 2016: Check...

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    Today's featured event: RiverSport Rapids, 800 Riversport Drive, will host its inaugural RiverSport Rapids Memorial Day Festival from noon to 10 p.m. today. Festivities include whitewater rafting, RiverSport Adventures, yard games, food trucks, a beer garden, food from the Big Water Grill and live music from local favorites Mike Hosty, Jamie Bramble and Loose Change. Admission to the festival is free; parking is $5. For more information, go to boathousedistrict.org. For more Memorial Day weekend events across Oklahoma, click here. For even more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • Video: Jimmy Fallon & Adam Sandler spoof Garth Brooks' 'Friends in Low Places' for Fleet Week

    Video: Jimmy Fallon & Adam Sandler spoof Garth...

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    In honor of Fleet Week, Jimmy Fallon and Adam Sandler joined forces to perform "Friends on All Bases" on "The Tonight Show." The song, which delighted the servicemen and women in the audience, is a parody of Oklahoma country music star Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places." Brooks took to social media to praise the spoof of his seminal hit: "This is HILARIOUS!!!!! @jimmyfallon @AdamSandler what about the third verse???? love, g," Brooks wrote on Twitter. Fleet Week is a Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps tradition in which active military ships recently deployed in overseas operations dock  in a variety of major cities for a week. Once the ships dock, the crews can enter the cities and visit

  • Video: Skating Polly, 'For the View'

    Video: Skating Polly, \'For the View\'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    Big mustaches, washed-out color and tuneful screaming are featured in the new music video from punk-rock sister act Skating Polly, which hails from Oklahoma. The clip is for the Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse's song "For the View," from the duo's new album "The Big Fit," released in March via Chap Stereo.

  • Video: Jabee, 'Exhausted'

    Video: Jabee, \'Exhausted\'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    Oklahoma City rapper Jabee has released the video for his new single "Exhausted," from his upcoming album "Black Future." The clip was filmed in various Oklahoma City area locations, including outside Leadership Square in downtown and inside the recently revamped Castle Row Studios in Del City. As previously reported, Jabee will celebrate the release of “Black Future” with a concert on Saturday, June 18 at the Tower Theatre, 425 NW 23. This will be the first concert in the newly renovated Tower Theatre, according to a news release. Doors will at 7 p.m., and the show will start at 8 p.m. Hosted by Malcolm Tubbs with KOKH FOX 25 News, it will feature performances by L.T.Z.

  • Nature & You: Beaches are not needed for beach towel fun

    Nature & You: Beaches are not needed for beach...

    Neil Garrison | Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    A fun outdoor activity is cloud-watching.

  • Finish strong in the family

    Jim Priest | Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    While we are all called to finish strong in the race of family life, too many family members give up before they reach the end of the journey. .

  • Blake Shelton exhibit opens at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

    Blake Shelton exhibit opens at Country Music...

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. –The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is featuring award-winning Oklahoma country music megastar Blake Shelton in an exhibit that opened today. "Blake Shelton: Based on a True Story," supported by SunTrust, features Shelton’s red-cushioned chair from NBC’s "The Voice," among other artifacts. The career-spanning exhibition chronicles the Ada native’s rise to fame using special memorabilia from his life and career. It follows his childhood and his move to Nashville as a teen, to his multi-platinum recording breakthrough, to becoming a national celebrity on NBC’s "The Voice.

  • Sofia Vergara and Avon to launch fragrance

    Sofia Vergara and Avon to launch fragrance

    Linda Miller | Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    Sofia Vergara’s new fragrance for Avon will launch this fall.

  • Art grants will fund American Indian exhibits at OU, OSU

    Kathryn McNutt | Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University have received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to help fund exhibits highlighting American Indians. The OSU Museum of Art was received an Art Works award of $15,000 from the NEA to support an exhibition of artwork and programming centered on female deities in Native American creation stories.   The exhibition, titled "From the Belly of Our Being: art by and about Native creation," features work by contemporary Indigenous women whose art is known to honor the feminine forces found in the artists’ tribal genesis stories. It will be on view Sept. 26 through Jan. 28 at the OSU Museum of Art.

  • Variety of festivities planned across Oklahoma for Memorial Day weekend

    Variety of festivities planned across Oklahoma...

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    An abbreviated version of this story appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Memorial Day weekend promises variety of festivities across state No matter what the calendar says, the unofficial start of summer is here. Memorial Day weekend has arrived, and venues across Oklahoma are planning a variety of events will honor the troops, showcase live music, spotlight the arts and deliver high-flying fun. The possibility of severe storms is expected throughout the week, so be sure to stay weather aware wherever and however you celebrate the holiday weekend.   Here are just some of the Memorial Day weekend happenings planned across the state.

  • Troubled KC-46 could face more delays

    Troubled KC-46 could face more delays

    Matt Patterson | Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    The KC-46A aerial refueling tanker could be facing more problems as Boeing races to deliver the troubled aircraft to the Air Force late next year. Aviation Week reports that a delay of up to six months could be on the horizon thanks to technical problems and issues with the supply chain. The KC-46 will have a presence in Oklahoma when it is finally delivered. There will be a maintenance facility at Tinker Air Force Base and Altus Air Force Base will serve as a training center for its crew.  The first 15 tankers had been slated to be delivered in Aug. 2017. The latest delay could ignite renewed debate in congress about the project's funding, the publication reports.

  • Movie review: 'Alice Through the Looking Glass'

    Movie review: \'Alice Through the Looking Glass\'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    A version of this review appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. 2 1/2 of 4 stars. Movie review: "Alice Through the Looking Glass" The rare summer sequel that manages to improve on its predecessor, “Alice Through the Looking Glass” still comes marred with plot holes bigger than the Red Queen’s head. Despite its financial might, Tim Burton’s 2010 live-action adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland” was a curiously dank, dreary and uninspired affair. With Burton stepping back into a producer’s role, director James Bobin (2011’s “The Muppets”) manages to bring much-needed color and verve to the second trip to Wonderland, or

  • What to do in Oklahoma on May 27, 2016: See Carpenter Square Theatre's '4000 Miles'

    What to do in Oklahoma on May 27, 2016: See...

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    Today's featured event: See Carpenter Square Theatre's production of “4000 Miles,” a multiple award-winning comedy-drama by Amy Herzog, at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the theater, 800 W Main in downtown Oklahoma City. Performances continue through June 4.  “4000 Miles” was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, won both the 2012 Obie Award for Best New Play and the 2012 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award, and was Time Magazine’s No. 1 Play of 2012.  The story centers on two outsiders – one a grieving young man and the other his elderly grandmother.

  • The Morning Brew: President Obama makes historic visit to Hiroshima

    The Morning Brew: President Obama makes...

    Darla Slipke | Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    Welcome to Friday! Here are a few news stories to start your day. PResident OBAMA VISITS HirOSHIMA President Barack Obama on Friday visited Hiroshima, Japan, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit since American forces dropped an atomic bomb on the city in 1945. The bombing on Hiroshima and a second bomb attack three days later on Nagasaki killed more than 200,000 people. During Obama's visit Friday, he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laid wreaths at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

  • Baylor scandal is a slap in the face to all women, none more than Kim Mulkey

    Baylor scandal is a slap in the face to all...

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Wonder what Kim Mulkey thinks about all this? That question has been running through my head in recent weeks as continually damning information about Baylor football and its mishandling of rampant allegations of violence against women. Reports piled up indicating that football players were assaulting women, and worse, the university and the police were not handling the cases properly. An independent investigation by a third-party law firm was recently commissioned by the school. We can assume what it discovered wasn't good. On Friday, Baylor fired football coach Art Briles. And again, I'm thinking of Mulkey. I know, I know, in these parts, the women's basketball coach is not a

  • Baylor scandal a black eye on the Big 12?

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Thu, May 26, 2016

    The commissioner for Big 12 just happened to be down the street when news of Baylor firing football coach Art Briles came Friday morning. Bob Bowlsby has been posted up at the Big 12 baseball tournament this week, so our man Ryan Aber talked to him about Briles' firing (as well as several other important issues facing the league). You can read that story here. The most interesting thing Bowlsby said? The Baylor scandal is a black eye on the entire Big 12. There's no doubt that league school's association with Baylor has a residual effect. People see Baylor on a helmet or jersey, and they immediately identify the Bears as part of the Big 12.




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