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  • Interview and photos: Artist/inventor Rufus Butler Seder brings optically animated "LIFETILES" murals to Science Museum Oklahoma

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, May 16, 2014

    A version of this column appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Science Museum Oklahoma to feature optically animated art of Rufus Butler Seder Opening Friday, the “LIFETILES” exhibit will include 45 eye-popping murals by the artist/inventor, who is also known for his mesmerizing children’s books Gallop!,” “Swing!,” Waddle!,” “Star Wars Scanimation” and “Wizard of Oz Scanimation.” On the second floor of Science Museum Oklahoma, a drummer wails away on the skins, a tap dancer executes fancy footwork, and a constellation transforms into a Pegasus that promptly soars away.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on May 16, 2014: Hear Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder at Zoo Amphitheatre

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, May 16, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Styx and Foreigner will launch “The Soundtrack of Summer” co-headlining tour featuring former Eagles guitarist/songwriter Don Felder at 7 tonight at Oklahoma City’s Zoo Amphitheatre. Combined, the artists sold more than 250 million albums worldwide. They’ve had 36 No.

  • Blake Shelton, Wanda Jackson, Alfre Woodard among 2014 Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductees

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, May 16, 2014

    A version of this story appears in Friday’s The Oklahoman. Oklahoma Hall of Fame names 2014 honorees The Oklahoma Heritage Association has announced its 2014 Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductees. The hall’s 87th class will consist of Wanda Jackson, Blake Shelton, Alfre Woodard, Harold T.

  • Tickets on sale TODAY for Black Keys and St. Vincent's Dec. 20 Tulsa tour stop

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, May 16, 2014

    The Black Keys will embark on an extensive North American tour this fall that includes a Dec. 20 show at Tulsa’s BOK Center. As previously reported, Tulsa native St. Vincent will perform as special guest at the BOK Center concert, along with several other dates on the tour.

  • Tickets on sale TODAY for Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson: Immortal World Tour," coming to Oklahoma City in July

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, May 16, 2014

    The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil will bring “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour,” one of the top 10 grossing music tours of all time, July 22-23 to Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno. Since its world premiere in Montreal in October 2011, the acrobatic and musical tribute to the late King of Pop has thrilled audiences across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on May 15, 2014: Hear Wanda Jackson play a benefit show at the Greens Country Club

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, May 15, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Wanda Jackson, the Oklahoma-born pioneer of rockabilly music who is still going strong in her 60th year in show business, will perform her first solo concert in three years in her hometown of Oklahoma City from 6 to 10 tonight at The Greens County Club, 13100 Green Valley Drive.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on May 14, 2014: Hear The Band Perry at Grand Casino in Shawnee

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, May 14, 2014

    Today’s featured event: SHAWNEE — Hear country trio The Band Perry at 8 tonight at Grand Event Center located inside Grand Casino Hotel and Resort. The sibling band was hailed as the hardest-working country band of 2013. In 2014, the band performed the pre-game show at Super Bowl XLVIII and will help advise the Team Blake hopefuls during the battle rounds on season six of “The Voice.” Since releasing their self-titled debut album on Republic Nashville in 2010, The Band Perry has ascended to dizzying heights.

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Tyson Meade releases "Nihilists Need Love Too" video, streaming "Tomorrow in Progress" ahead of May 20 drop

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, May 14, 2014

    Tyson Meade, former frontman of outstanding Oklahoma alternative rock bands Chainsaw Kittens and Defenestration, has released the official music video for “Nihilists Need Love Too,” a cut from his upcoming solo album “Tomorrow in Progress.” And it’s just as bizarre as we might have hoped.

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Wanda Jackson's "Funnel of Love" featured in movie "Only Lovers Left Alive"

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, May 14, 2014

    Oklahoma’s own Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson can be heard in writer-director Jim Jarmusch’s (“Broken Flowers”) new movie “Only Lovers Left Alive,” currently playing in Oklahoma City at AMC Quail Springs 24. The vampire romantic dramastars Tom Hiddleston (“Thor”) and Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton”) as an immortal couple whose latest reunion is disrupted by the arrival of her dangerously impulsive sister (Mia Wasikowska, Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”).

  • Rascal Flatts release new album "Rewind," performing TONIGHT on "The Voice"

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, May 13, 2014

    Country music superstars Rascal Flatts, which includes Picher-bred guitarist Joe Don Rooney, is releasing today their ninth studio album, “Rewind,” on Big Machine Records. The album comes just as the lead single “Rewind” is nearing the top of the country radio charts.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on May 13, 2014: See a special one-night presentation of the Combat Paper Project "Paper Dolls" series in historic Film Row

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, May 13, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Individual Artists of Oklahoma and The Paramount OKC are teaming up to present a special one night collaborative presentation of the Combat Paper Project, “Paper Dolls” series and veteran-inspired art! The special, free event will begin at 6:30 tonight at the Paramount OKC theater, 701 W Sheridan in the historic Film Row District, just across the street from the IAO.

  • Oklahoma rockers Nuns release debut album "Opportunities"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, May 13, 2014

    Tulsa-based rockers Nuns are releasing their debut album “Opportunities” today via Passive Recordings. My excellent colleague Nathan Poppe recently premiered the track “Beautiful Little Fool” on his Middle of Nowhere blog, and you can hear it by clicking here. Nuns frontman Hank Hanewinkel III told Nathan that “Opportunities” is a break up album.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on May 12, 2014: See the photo exhibit "Not Just Another Day in May"

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, May 12, 2014

    Today’s featured event: See “Not Just Another Day in May,” a photography exhibition commemorating the storms that affected central Oklahoma in May 2013, on view through May 30 at Leadership Square, 211 N Robinson. May 2013 was a devastating month for the people of central Oklahoma.

  • Concert review: John Fullbright shines superstar bright at Saturday's Oklahoma City-area album release show

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sun, May 11, 2014

    To see more of Nathan Poppe’s photos of Saturday night’s show, click here. To read my recent interview with John Fullbright, click here. EDMOND – Oklahoma has produced more than its share of music luminaries, especially for such a small and humble country crossroads.

  • Interview: World-famous Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass brings his U.S. lecture tour Wednesday to Oklahoma City

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sun, May 11, 2014

    A version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman. Zahi Hawass bringing the secrets of ancient Egypt to Oklahoma City The world-famous archaeologist and TV personality will bring his U.S. lecture tour Wednesday to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, where he will present his talk “The Pyramids, Mummies and Cleopatra: Recent Discoveries.” From the towering grandeur of the Sphinx to the golden glory of King Tut’s funerary mask, ancient Egypt continues to captivate the curious with its beautiful secrets.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on May 11, 2014: Hear Michael Fracasso and Tom Skinner at the Blue Door

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sun, May 11, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Hear Oklahoma songsmith Tom Skinner and Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter Michael Fracasso at 8 tonight at the Blue Door, 2805 N McKinley. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20, but the show is free for mothers since it’s Mother’s Day.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on May 10, 2014: See Reduxion Theatre's "Henry V"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, May 10, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Reduxion Theatre Company is staging in May William Shakespeare’s famous historic play “Henry V,” about the life of England’s King Henry V. The show is being performed at the company’s new space, at 914 N Broadway Ave., in Oklahoma City’s Automobile Alley.

  • Wanda Jackson to SHINE at Thursday Oklahoma City benefit show

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, May 9, 2014

    Wanda Jackson, the Oklahoma-born pioneer of rockabilly music who is still going strong in her 60th year in show business, will perform her first solo concert in three years in her hometown of Oklahoma City from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday at The Greens County Club, 13100 Green Valley Drive.

  • Charlie Christian International Music Festival moving to Lawton; 29th annual event set for May 21-26

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, May 9, 2014

    LAWTON — In its 29th year, the Annual Charlie Christian International Music Festival is moving from Oklahoma City to Lawton, where it is set for May 21-26 at Fairmont Creamery, 411 SE Larrance St., and other venues. The lineup includes Chester Thompson, Lao Tizer, Grady Nichols, Matt Stansberry & The Romance, TaylorMade Jazz, Brothers Dupree and more.

  • Tickets go on sale TODAY for "American Idols Live! Tour," coming July 30 to Tulsa's Brady Theater

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, May 9, 2014

    Season 13 finalists C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf will be performing on the “American Idols Live! Tour,” playing July 30 at the Brady Theater, 105 W Brady in Tulsa.