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  • Festival of the Arts gets greener, begins Tuesday in downtown Oklahoma City

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 4 hr ago

    A version of this story appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Oklahoma City’s Festival of the Arts gets greener Festival of the Arts, downtown Oklahoma City’s longtime rite of spring, is expanding its eco-conscious efforts while continuing to celebrate an array of visual, performing and culinary arts.

  • Reduxion Theatre in Oklahoma City to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday Wednesday

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 7 hr ago

    A version of this brief appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Reduxion Theatre to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday Oklahoma City theater company is hosting a party in honor of William Shakespeare on Wednesday in Oklahoma City. On Wednesday, Reduxion Theatre Company will join literature and theater lovers around the world in celebrating the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth.

  • Column and video: George Strait playing final Tulsa show Saturday at BOK Center

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 8 hr ago

    A version of this column appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. George Strait playing final Tulsa show Saturday at BOK Center The King of Country Music is wrapping up his two-year “The Cowboy Rides Away” Tour. “Our hero!” Blake Shelton declared at the end of the Academy of Country Music Awards earlier this month.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on April 18, 2014: Celebrate the release of Horse Thief's new album at ACM@UCO Performance Lab

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Today’s featured event: Celebrate the release of local band Horse Thief’s debut full-length album, “Fear in Bliss,” at 8:30 tonight at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E Sheridan Ave. Deerpeople and Pageantry also will be on the bill. As previously reported, Horse Thief signed last year with Bella Union and released its well-regarded debut EP “Grow Deep, Grow Wild” in April 2013.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on April 17, 2014: Hear the "Art 365" artists talk about their work at [Artspace] at Untitled

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Explore the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s “Art 365″ exhibition and hear from the five artists who created it as they present briefly about the artwork and their creation processes during a panel from 6 to 7:30 tonight at [Artspace] at Untitled, 1 NE 3.

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Oklahoma City Ballet debuts Robert Mills' "Beauty and the Beast" Friday and Saturday

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    On Friday, Oklahoma City Ballet will debut its new version of “Beauty and the Beast,” with choreography by Artistic Director Robert Mills and a new score from frequent collaborator Kermit Poling. Inspired largely by the 1740 Barbot de Villeneuve story “La Belle et la Bete” as well as Jean Cocteau’s 1946 French film of the same title, Mills’ interpretation of “Beauty and Beast” will be the Oklahoma City Ballet’s 2013-14 season finale.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on April 16, 2014: Hear Break Anchor at The Conservatory

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Hear Detroit punk band Break Anchor at 9 tonight at The Conservatory, 8911 N Western Ave. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show also features Little Kicks. Break Anchor features Jay Navarro, the singer/frontman of the Suicide Machines and Hellmouth.

  • Rocklahoma reveals daily lineup for Memorial Day Weekend festival in Pryor

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    PRYOR – The daily band lineup has been revealed for Rocklahoma, the Oklahoma music festival billed as “America’s biggest Memorial Day Weekend party.” Rocklahoma’s all-star lineup this year features Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Staind, Twisted Sister, Deftones and many more from May 23-25 at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor.

  • Red Earth Festival accepting registrations for June 6 parade

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Registrations are now being accepted for the Red Earth Parade, the June 6 event that will celebrate the opening of the 28th Annual Red Earth Festival. The streets of downtown Oklahoma City will vibrate in Native American tribal spirit as hundreds of participants in authentic tribal regalia participate in what has been referred to as America’s most unique parade.

  • Eric Church to play Nov. 1 at Tulsa's BOK Center

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    TULSA – Eric Church’s “The Outsiders World Tour” will launch in North America on Sept. 11 and include a Nov. 1 show at Tulsa’s BOK Center. Tickets for the tour, which beings in Bossier City, Louisiana, will go on sale Friday in select markets with additional information made available on EricChurch.com.

  • Video and stream: Horse Thief releases full-length debut album "Fear in Bliss," plus Neil Young cover "Out on the Weekend"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Oklahoma City-based psychedelic folk-rockers Horse Thief released today their first full-length album, “Fear in Bliss,” via Bella Union Records Worldwide. If you want to hear it before actually buying it – and I highly recommended coming up with the cash because it’s moody and beautiful and kind of haunting – you can stream it gratis via Hype Machine by clicking here.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on April 15, 2014: Hear Geoff Muldaur at the Blue Door

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Hear Geoff Muldaur at 8 tonight at the Blue Door, 2805 N McKinley. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Muldaur is known as one of the great voices and musical forces to emerge from the folk, blues and folk-rock scenes centered in Cambridge, Mass.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on April 14, 2014: Hear Cody Jinks at The Deli

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Today’s featured event: NORMAN – Hear Texan Cody Jinks at 10 tonight at The Deli, 309 White Street. Also, Alan Orebaugh of Mama Sweet and Gabe Marshall of The Damn Quails will play a free show from 7 to 9 tonight at The Deli.

  • Interviews: Oklahoma City Ballet closing season with "Beauty and the Beast"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    A version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman. Oklahoma City Ballet closes season with ‘Beauty and the Beast’ The company’s new adaptation of the “tale as old as time” features choreography by Artistic Director Robert Mills and a new score from frequent collaborator Kermit Poling.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on April 13, 2014: Take advantage of Free Family Day at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Today’s featured event: The public is invited to Free Family Day at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art from noon to 5 p.m. today. The free program is organized around the special exhibition “Come On Down” by New York artist Lisa Hoke and will take place throughout the Mmuseum at 415 Couch Drive in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on April 12, 2014: Celebrate the release of Colourmusic's new album at the Blue Note

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Celebrate the release of Oklahoma experimental art-pop band Colourmusic’s new album at 9 tonight at Blue Note Lounge, 2408 N Robinson Ave. The show also will feature Bed People. My lovely colleague Nathan Poppe chatted with Colourmusic about the group’s new purple-themed creation, “May You Marry Rich,” the third and most challenging Colourmusic full-length album to date.

  • Interviews: Indigenous photography exhibit “Our People, Our Land, Our Images" opens TODAY at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    A version of this column appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. ‘Our People, Our Land, Our Images’ opens at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman The traveling exhibition includes more than 50 works by 26 artists representing three generations of indigenous photographers from North and South America, the Middle East and New Zealand.

  • BAM's Best Bets for April 11-13, 2014: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," RAM National Circuit Rodeo Finals, Poteet Theatre's "Lend Me a Tenor" and Norman 2nd Friday Circuit of Art

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Here are my Best Bets for entertainment in Oklahoma this weekend. A version of the Best Bets appear in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. For more events, go to newsok.com/events. 1. Catch former “American Idol” contenders Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo in the national tour production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at 8 p.m.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on April 11, 2014: Hear Moby and many more at the ACM@UCO Rocks Bricktown Festival

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    See Moby as well as a host of musical artists with ties to the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma at the fifth annual ACM@UCO Rocks Bricktown Festival starting this afternoon in the Oklahoma City downtown entertainment district.

  • Tickets on sale TODAY for Oklahoma shows on "Jesus Christ Superstar" U.S. arena tour

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    A reimagined version of “Jesus Christ Superstar” featuring members of the bands Incubus, *NSYNC, Destiny’s Child and Sex Pistols will stop in Oklahoma City and Tulsa on an upcoming U.S. and Canadian arena tour. As previously reported, the tour will play June 23 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City and June 24 at the BOK Center in Tulsa.