Brandy McDonnell
Features Entertainment Reporter

Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1 million page views a year for the past two years. Raised on a crop and cattle farm near Lindsay, McDonnell started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school’s 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News and worked for the local weekly through high school. An Oklahoma State University graduate, she will celebrate her 10th anniversary at The Oklahoman in May 2012.


  • United Way's Volunteer Center upgrades website to help Oklahoma City-area agencies and volunteers connect

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    The United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Volunteer Center works to connect potential volunteers — individuals, groups or corporate teams — with the United Way’s 61 partner agencies as well as other local nonprofit organizations. The center recently upgraded www.volunteercentraloklahoma.org to a new, more user-friendly platform that works on smartphones and other mobile devices.

  • Tulsa painter tackles American Indian mascot issue with artistic helmet series

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    A member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Tulsa artist Michael Bearden is addressing the controversial issue of American Indian sports mascots through his latest project, a series of hand-painted helmets titled “Sacred Mascots.”

  • 'What We Do in the Shadows' co-director Jemaine Clement ponders improv comedy and mundane vampires

    By Brandy McDonnell BAM bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    "What We Do in the Shadows" is a delightfully deadpan fake documentary colorfully chronicling the lives of the undead. Released Tuesday on Blu-ray and DVD, the 2014 Sundance Film Festival selection has been credited with infusing fresh blood into the increasingly stale vampire genre, but it actually predates many fang-bearing films.

  • Oklahoma event Ticket Ticker

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Tickets are on sale for events in Oklahoma.

  • Police arrest Oklahoma City country musician on domestic abuse complaint

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER AND BRANDY MCDONNELL Staff Writers | Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    A country musician known as Stoney LaRue was arrested Monday on a domestic violence complaint, Oklahoma City police report. Stoney LaRue Phillips, 38, of Oklahoma City, was taken into custody after his live-in girlfriend called police and told them Phillips pushed her down stairs after an argument.

  • Stoney LaRue jailed on domestic abuse complaint, issues apology

    Brandy McDonnell,Graham Lee Brewer | Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    A version of this story will appear in Wednesday's The Oklahoman. It was written by my excellent colleague Graham Lee Brewer and yours truly. Stoney LaRue jailed on domestic abuse complaint The successful local country musician known as Stoney LaRue was arrested in the early morning hours of Monday on a domestic violence complaint, according to a police report.  Stoney LaRue Phillips, 38, of Oklahoma City, who goes by the name Stoney LaRue as a country music performer, was taken into custody around 7:30 a.m. Monday after his live-in girlfriend called police, alleging Phillips pushed her down the stairs after an argument.

  • Shelton, Lambert announce their divorce after four years

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Tishomingo residents Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announced Monday their divorce after four years of marriage. "This is not the future we envisioned," the former couple said in a statement to The Associated Press.

  • Oklahoma Shakespeare takes Hamlet to college with modern prequel 'Wittenberg'

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Thursday, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park will open its debut production of David Davalos' intelligently witty 2008 "Hamlet" prequel “Wittenberg.” Performances will continue through Aug. 1 at Oklahoma Shakespeare's Paseo Arts District performance space.

  • Deeply rooted in classic country

    By Brandy McDonnell Entertainment Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    The Tulsa musician and his band, the Saddle Tramps, will bring that singular sound — traditional honky-tonk country tinged with red dirt and given a contemporary twist — to Oklahoma City on Saturday for a show at the Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Meinders Terrace. Tovar and the Saddle Tramps will open the latest installment of the Deep Roots Music Series for Kansas City favorites Victor & Penny, who specialize in antique pop with a current flair.

  • Oklahoma event Ticket Ticker

    Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Oklahoma event Ticket Ticker

  • Red dirt music pioneer Tom Skinner dies

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writerbmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Tom Skinner, 61, an elder statesman of the red dirt music community, died Sunday night at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa.

  • Movie review: 'Amy'

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Movie review: Unflinching but never heartless or sensational, “Amy” even challenges the conventional view that the silencing of Amy Winehouse’s signature voice is the most tragic part of her story.

  • Despite stormy weather, musicians at 18th WoodyFest play on in Okemah

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Musicians and fans are gathering in Okemah for the 18th annual WoodyFest music festival, paying tribute to native Woody Guthrie.

  • Ticket Ticker

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Ticket Ticker for upcoming events in Oklahoma.

  • ‘Minions’ remain unabashedly absurd

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    The "Minions" movie may be missing some of the heart of previous movies, but it is still full of silliness and laughs.

  • A life in balance

    By Brandy McDonnell BAM bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Singer-songwriter K.C. Clifford talks about life as a mom and musician.

  • The Damn Quails wing back to Okemah's Woody Guthrie Folk Festival with new music

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The 18th Annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival is set for Wednesday through July 12 at various venues in Okemah, the late, great folk legend's hometown. The nonprofit, all-volunteer Woody Guthrie Coalition organizes the festival each year around the famed minstrel’s July 14 birthday.

  • Oklahoma entertainment ticket ticker

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Oklahoma entertainment ticket ticker.

  • With 'Inside Out,' Disney/Pixar shows signs it has been 'Spirited Away' by Miyazaki's strong female characters

    By Brandy McDonnell BAM bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    With Miyazaki’s retirement from filmmaking last year, his Studio Ghibli animation house has suspended the production of new features. Sadly, what could be the final movie from Studio Ghibli, “When Marnie Was There,” will show July 24-26 and July 30 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

  • Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park goes beyond The Bard with 'You Never Can Tell'

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park will continue its 31st summer season in July with Shaw’s “You Never Can Tell,” opening Thursday on the Myriad Gardens Water Stage in Oklahoma City.




Brandy McDonnell Fri, Jul. 31 2015 10:41:27 AM CST Video: Disney's 'Descendants' starring Kristin Chenoweth premieres tonight http://t.co/KR4mrj1VzL
Brandy McDonnell Fri, Jul. 31 2015 09:34:13 AM CST Video: Ripple Green release new EP 'Timepiece,' celebrating with free Oklahoma City show http://t.co/XQv2ooRpuP
Brandy McDonnell Thu, Jul. 30 2015 12:20:39 PM CST 48 Hour Film Project racing back to OKC this weekend http://t.co/epwMomHxOl
Brandy McDonnell Thu, Jul. 30 2015 11:13:37 AM CST OETA wins Emmy for broadcast of CityRep's 'Grapes of Wrath' http://t.co/1WguVzY1BE
Brandy McDonnell Wed, Jul. 29 2015 01:29:52 PM CST What to do in Oklahoma on July 29, 2015: Hear Wink Burcham and Ali Harter @TheDeli_Norman http://t.co/bNBUASNaNc
Brandy McDonnell Wed, Jul. 29 2015 01:29:16 PM CST #BlakeShelton honors Ada radio station as the first to play his music http://t.co/FoA9YTPfUE
Brandy McDonnell Wed, Jul. 29 2015 11:13:48 AM CST Wednesday Video Spotlight: Bill Hader is the hit-movie-making, Make-A-Wish-granting hero of the summer http://t.co/Te0jTrVk2W
Brandy McDonnell Tue, Jul. 28 2015 12:20:01 PM CST Video: Oklahoma City comedian Spencer Hicks to record live comedy album Wednesday http://t.co/XykCWlXGvv
Brandy McDonnell Tue, Jul. 28 2015 12:14:25 PM CST Sneak peek clips: Rascal Flatts sits down with Dan Rather on tonight's 'The Big Interview' http://t.co/NihuNk9Ayu
Brandy McDonnell Tue, Jul. 28 2015 10:02:01 AM CST What to do in Oklahoma on July 28, 2015: See 'Posed & Composed: Portraits of Women from the Permanent Collecti... http://t.co/1Dzepsg3PA
Brandy McDonnell Mon, Jul. 27 2015 12:09:12 PM CST Okla. law was broken with #BlakeShelton's secret divorce filing from #MirandaLambert http://t.co/Mj2N2jinkF
Brandy McDonnell Mon, Jul. 27 2015 08:07:54 AM CST What to do in Oklahoma on July 27, 2015: Catch Dino O'Dell at Northwest and Capitol Hill libraries http://t.co/o8GTNzW7PG
Brandy McDonnell Sun, Jul. 26 2015 09:39:59 PM CST Also on my @AWFJ @theweekinwomen blog, is @TrainwreckMovie a feminist success or a feminist failure? http://t.co/GqMyXJvUvH
Brandy McDonnell Sun, Jul. 26 2015 09:36:26 PM CST In my @AWFJ @theweekinwomen blog re @ghibli_intl's When Marnie Was There, where will new animated girls come from? http://t.co/CAJ4jHQSP9
Brandy McDonnell Sun, Jul. 26 2015 02:23:32 PM CST Alfre Woodard to be featured on new season of 'Who Do You Think You Are?,' debuting tonight http://t.co/tfZX4O2MQj
Brandy McDonnell Sun, Jul. 26 2015 01:54:00 PM CST Tulsa artist Matthew Bearden takes on American Indian mascot issue with painted helmet series http://t.co/E3s8Uaa2fE
Brandy McDonnell Sun, Jul. 26 2015 01:32:43 PM CST What to do in Oklahoma on July 26, 2015: Hear Adam & Kizzie play a Summer Breeze concert in Norman http://t.co/S7VPSjbFiv
Brandy McDonnell Sat, Jul. 25 2015 09:04:46 AM CST RT @CoUFest: #COUFEST love @AmericanAuthors What a night! Shall we do it again tonight? https://t.co/LFR4ozscxa
Brandy McDonnell Sat, Jul. 25 2015 08:03:54 AM CST Audra Mae playing Oklahoma City benefit show tonight http://t.co/NTMXLeqNGB
Brandy McDonnell Sat, Jul. 25 2015 07:22:52 AM CST What to do in Oklahoma on July 25: Celebrate National Day of the American Cowboy at National Cowboy Museum @ncwhm http://t.co/XHICRPwB0R

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