• The Food Fight that never was

    Dave Cathey | Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    In case you’re concerned about a “food fight” rising up between the H & 8th Night Market and a new one the city council approved this week, don’t be. Recent coverage here and here indicates that food truck operator Rick Vick didn't win a spot in H&8th's lottery and found it unfair. He felt so strongly, he took his case before Oklahoma City's city council. All true. What wasn't reported was H & 8th has already been coexisting, not competing, with three independent food-truckcentric entities this year. When H&8th returned for its March through October 2015 run, it did so with two new neighbors: Industry Flea and Bleu Garten.

  • Tonight, a book signing for hunters

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    All I know about hunting comes from two books: Arthur H. Neumann's "Elephant Hunting in East Equatorial Africa" (1898) and John Henry Patterson's "The Man-Eaters of Tsavo" (1907).   The latter book -- which records, among other things, Patterson's hunt for two man-eating lions who'd fed on perhaps as many as 135 natives and railroad workers -- inspired three films, including the 1996 thriller "The Ghost and the Darkness," starring Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas. The movie exaggerated the story for dramatic effect, of course, but the lions were quite real. Each measured nearly 10 feet long, and their stuffed bodies can be seen at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History.

  • Amy Bankhead and Natasha Newmann--- Medical Alliance- Kitchen Tour---Oklahoma City--- Parties Extra! Video

    Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    [brightcove][brightcove]4429940520001[/brightcove][/brightcove] Amy Bankhead and Natasha Neumann talk about Medical Alliance on Parties Extra! (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).

  • Sherri Hill named official gown sponsor of the Miss America Competition

    Linda Miller | Updated: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    And the winner is … designer Sherri Hill, the new official gown sponsor of the Miss America Competition.

  • It’s coming: Kylie Jenner lip kit

    Linda Miller | Updated: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Kylie Jenner is developing a lip kit so the masses can get the perfect pout. .

  • Is it "High Tea" or "Aftenoon Tea?"---20-40-60 Etiquette in Oklahoma City

    Updated: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! (Editor's note: Columnist Callie Gordon was married to Matthew Athey on Saturday at the Christ the King Catholic Church. Her new byline is Callie Athey.) By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: I am planning a tea for my mother's birthday. Is there a difference between calling it a "high tea" or an "afternoon tea"? Which is more appropriate?  CALLIE’S ANSWER: I googled this as I did not know. High tea is eaten at the table and usually around dinnertime. Afternoon tea is seen as a small meal between lunch and dinner, sitting around the sofa.

  • "Find the Good" is so nice, we've reviewed it twice

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    In early May, The Oklahoman ran a book review of "Find the Good" by Heather Lende (Algonquin Books, 162 pages, in stores). It was a positive review. I was satisfied with it. But then Dennie Hall -- who was the newspaper's book editor long before I took the job -- sent me a second review of Lende's book last night. Dennie had written the review, of course, and I found it to be so good I knew I had to publish it. Easiest way to get that done is to publish it here, online only, where you can see it right away. I hope you enjoy his review. Read it below.

  • Pottery Barn debuts designer collaboration

    Linda Miller | Updated: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    Looking for a $6 cocktail straw? How about a $10,000 leather sectional? Both are included in Pottery Barn’s new designer collection.

  • Meet author David Farris

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    This week has been light on book signings, but there's one coming up that you won't want to miss -- especially if you're interested in Oklahoma history. Author David Farris will give a presentation and sign copies of his latest book, "Edmond & Guthrie, A Little Off the Tracks: The Lesser Known of Two Oklahoman Towns," from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Best of Books, 1313 E Danforth Rd, Edmond.    I haven't read the book or met Mr. Farris, but I'm confident his book will contain plenty of surprises. I looked into Guthrie's black history several years ago and was shocked by how much I didn't know about the state's former capital.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---I need my shoes!

    Updated: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! (To ask an etiquette question, please email Helen at hfsok@aol.com) By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: When I went to visit my friends, they asked me to take my shoes off when I came inside their house. Is this a new custom? CALLIE’S ANSWER: For some, it is customary and polite to remove your shoes when entering their home. This is mostly a preference. LILLIE-BETH’S ANSWER: This isn’t a new custom, but I don’t think it’s as widespread in the United States as it is elsewhere. There is plenty of debate about the subject, however.

  • City Council to debate Norman Forward proposal

    Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    NORMAN -  City Council members Tuesday night are expected to vote on a Norman Forward proposition that calls for an Oct. 13 special election to pass a 15-year, half-cent sales tax to fund "quality of life" improvements. The council meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building's council chambers, 201 W Gray St. Senior citizens are expected to attend en masse to ask for inclusion of adequate funding in the proposal for a stand-alone senior citizens center. The city has been planning to rely on a 2007 bond election to get about $11.2 million in general obligation funds to remodel the Norman Public Library into a senior citizens center and municipal offices.

  • Parties Extra! Video---Jane Kelly and Patrick Kelly from JJ Kelly Bridal Salon

    Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    [brightcove][brightcove]4414706757001[/brightcove][/brightcove] Jane Kelly and Patrick Kelly talk about wedding dresses and debutante dresses and Idoappointments on Parties Extra!

  • Ten Commandments Monument Goes Up In Rush Springs

    Adam Kemp | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    A group of Christians in Rush Springs installed two massive, granite tablets with the Ten Commandments inscribed on them outside of a downtown business.  Duane Gibbs, 75, owns the business at the corner of N. Rush and W. Blakely in the heart of downtown Rush Springs. He says his church and several others had been planning the monuments for weeks, paid for them and installed them in time for the large crowds from the Rush Springs Watermelon Festival to see them this past weekend.  Gibbs said people waited in line this weekend to take pictures with the statues.  "They are beautiful," Gibbs said. "I think everybody in Rush Springs is probably a Christian. Or at least they are a veteran

  • What do "Red Dawn" and Virginia Woolf have in common?

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    On this day in 1912, Virginia Stephen married Leonard Woolf, thus uniting two talented writers and sexual libertines. Virginia Woolf, who was British, penned such classics as "To the Lighthouse," "A Room of One's Own," "Mrs. Dalloway" and "Orlando."  The couple were part of a group of progressive intellectuals and writers known as the Bloomsbury Group, after the place where she grew up. Among the other members were author E.M. Forster, best known as the author of the 1924 novel "A Passage to India," and John Maynard Keyes, a macroeconomist whose ideas are still talked about today ... especially during election cycles.

  • Kon-Tiki

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    Thanks to History.com for reminding me of this. On this day in 1947, Thor Heyerdahl and his adventurous companions completed their "4,300-mile, 101-day journey from Peru to Raroia in the Tuamotu Archipelago, near Tahiti."  Heyerdahl, an anthropologist from Norway, had a theory that people from South America populated the Polynesian islands by allowing the sea's natural currents to carry freely their lightweight balsa rafts. So he and his friends went to Peru to build their own balsa raft, constructed of materials the prehistoric South Americans might've had on hand. Timbers were held together with ropes made of natural fibers. Heyerdahl and company even built a sort of cabin atop the boat to provide relief from the

  • Parties Extra! Video---Marion Paden and Lee Ann Stone---Leadership Oklahoma

    Updated: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    Marion Paden and Lee Ann Stone talk about Leadership Oklahoma on Parties Extra! [brightcove][brightcove]4401350726001[/brightcove][/brightcove]

  • Find things to do on new event listings on NewsOK and Oklahoman.com

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    We like to launch new parts of our large website quietly.  We don't tell anybody. We just launch a new feature. That's what happened about a month ago when we upgraded our pages and listings for a calendar of events in Oklahoma. We set it up and tested it. We cleaned it up and tweaked it. Then we built the new pages and launched it.  But we didn't shout about it. We just changed the links in the navigation on NewsOK.com, added some widgets to Oklahoman.com and kept an eye on the traffic patterns.  It would be one thing if we were making a major change to a part of the site that was heavily used by a large part of our audience. We would correspond with our users if we did that.

  • Meet author C.J. Box tonight

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    Mystery novelist C.J. Box will visit Full Circle Bookstore tonight.  He is promoting his newest book, "Badlands," and will talk and sign books at store at 50 Penn Place in Oklahoma City. His signing will begin at 6:30 p.m. If you're new to Box's work, "Badlands" is a great place to start. Although its protagonist, Cassie Dewell, appeared in a previous novel, she wasn't the main character. Now she gets center stage in the first of a planned series of books. As I wrote in my review of "Badlands": "Dewell is a great character: a single mother with a son and a hippie mother, a woman with a tendency to bend the rules.

  • 7 times Oklahoma was featured on 'The Daily Show'

    Richard Hall | Updated: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Jon Stewart has always had a way of sharing his thoughts on current affairs, and he did it for 16 years as host of "The Daily Show." Thursday's episode is Stewart's last, and he'll definitely be missed. He, in many ways, is the voice of a generation, and his ability to put ridiculousness on blast is unparalleled. Oklahoma has made its way onto the show a good number of times. No doubt many of these instances were Stewart being critical (yet hilarious!) about the political landscape our state currently finds itself in, but it's hard for anyone to argue against the points he made and the passionate (and hilarious!) way he made them. Love him or hate him, Stewart called it like he saw it, and that's what makes

  • Library of Congress National Book Festival

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    If you’ve been itching for a chance to visit Washington, D.C., you may want to make a trip to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Sept. 5. The center will host the 15th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival, which offers a host of reading-related experiences. Doors will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., with events beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets are not required, and admission is free. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are the honorary chairs of the event, which will include information about literacy programs, a graffiti wall, contests and giveaways, story reading, interactive reading and literacy games, discussions by representatives of every state, a virtual maze and more. For more