• It's the Most Wonderful Match of the Year

    David Morris | Updated: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    Yes, it's a wonderfully good match. And for a good cause. This holiday season, Oklahomans can double the impact of their gift and feed twice as many hungry Oklahomans.  Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, sat among our new, comfy pillows in The Oklahoman's video studio this morning. We talked about a generous match underway until Jan. 15, 2016, as every donation to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma will be matched by Chesapeake Energy Corporation and the Cresap Family Foundation, up to $500,000, for a $1 million total impact.  [brightcove]4650004984001[/brightcove] Bivens says the RFBO typically provides five meals for every dollar donated.

  • Christian Kirkpatrick Keesee is Beaux Arts Ball King

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Sun, Dec 6, 2015

    The 2015 Beaux Arts Ball king, Christian Kirkpatrick Keesee, comes from a long line of family members who were community visionaries and volunteers. This list includes his grandmother Eleanor Kirkpatrick, who was the first chairman of the Beaux Arts Ball in 1946, and his grandfather John Kirkpatrick, who was the 1956 king. The new king was introduced, amid pomp and ceremony, Nov. 28 at the formal Beaux Arts Ball at Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. Until he was introduced, his name was kept secret from the debutantes, escorts, pages, former kings and family members and guests. When asked what the Beaux Arts Ball tradition means to him, Keesee answered: “It is the 70th anniversary of the ball, and it was

  • Sugar tongs and booing Scrooge

    David Morris | Updated: Thu, Dec 3, 2015

    I met Lexi Windsor at an event a few years ago at the Farmer’s Market. I was there to shoot video of The Oklahoman’s Food Editor, Dave Cathey, who was emceeing or judging something along with Windsor. Fast forward to this morning and Windsor is in studio alongside Melissa Griffith to talk about “A Christmas Carol," produced by Lyric Theatre. In its fifth year, the holiday tradition kicked off its 2015 run last night and continues through Dec. 27. By the way, the headline is in reference to comments made around the 2:45 mark of this video. [brightcove]4644464640001[/brightcove] Notice the activity outside the studio during the 8+ minute interview.

  • Doggone good weekend ahead downtown

    David Morris | Updated: Thu, Dec 3, 2015

    Living in the downtown Oklahoma City and Midtown area has its advantages from a work/play standpoint. It's gaining ground in other areas, such as having a nearby vet for your pets. The guy behind Midtown Vets, a full-service veterinary hospital at NW 10th and Hudson, visited our studio this morning to explain a few of his latest endeavors. Dr. Leonardo Baez opened Midtown Vets around two years ago, towards the end of 2013. Before working in Midtown, he operated the Animal Emergency Centers in Oklahoma City and Norman. And now he's helping host the "Dog Day in December" event. He explained in the below interview that all proceeds benefit "I Am Not Alone," a veterinary care program to help the pets of the

  • Today in The Oklahoman's studio: Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015

    David Morris | Updated: Thu, Dec 3, 2015

    Fairly busy day in the studio, we'll see how things pick up throughout the day. 9 am - Jenni Carlson leads studio debriefs with reporters who cover OU and OSU football and basketball. We'll produce 4-5 videos from this session. Including Jenni and Berry Tramel debating the following in their weekly "Press Row" segment: OU ranking in the playoff: Could they move up? Riley stay for CFP? Durant/Kobe: Kobe didn’t come to KD’s defense for coming to his defense 10:15 am - In light of yesterday’s shootings in San Bernardino, CA, and increasing public concern, the Oklahoma City Police Departments will give information on “What to do in the Event of an Active Shooter,” this morning at 10:15 AM in the

  • Best of Books gets a do-over

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Thu, Dec 3, 2015

    Oklahoma best-selling authors Mike Turpen, Tim Washburn, Gwendolyn Hooks and Gary Conrad, along with musician Philip West, will be at Best of Books on Saturday for an event called "Power of ... Books Saturday." The writers and musician spent last Saturday at the Edmond bookstore, 1313 E Danforth Rd. The ice storm knocked out power to the store, though, and many customers likely thought its doors were shuttered or the roads were too dangerous. So this week is a do-over. Some of the authors who committed to appearances at the store last week cannot attend this week, but those who remain have proven popular with readers. Conrad writes mysteries. Hooks is a children's author.

  • Video: Boots and Ballgowns Gala ready to raise funds for Infant Crisis Services

    David Morris | Updated: Wed, Dec 2, 2015

    [brightcove]4642991008001[/brightcove] Event co-chairs Kristine Browne and Callie Merritt preview the 8th annual Boots and Ballgowns Gala, a fundraiser for Infant Crisis Services. I hadn't met either Kristine or Callie before today. One of the best parts of my job is to meet new people, find out where they're from, what's their story, how was their holiday, etc. Turns out Callie hosted over 60 people for Thanksgiving, and I think she said 16 under-6 year olds. That's a lot of family. Pass the eggnog. Both were great interviews and passionate about supporting Infant Crisis Services.

  • Sexy Hair pays homage to James Dean cool

    Linda Miller | Updated: Wed, Dec 2, 2015

    Style icon James Dean is the ambassador for Sexy Hair’s new marketing campaign.

  • Fashion trends women are embracing

    Linda Miller | Updated: Wed, Dec 2, 2015

    Celebrity style expert Robert Verdi shares how women are changing their wardrobes this season.

  • Nice feedback makes for a good week on NewsOK and The Oklahoman

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    This space is usually saved for me to talk about our digital products. I write about all the apps our subscribers can access as part of their subscription. Or I write about the early access to articles for our subscribers. Sometimes I'll write about the newest innovation on NewsOK.com or something remarkable being produced by the video production team in our downtown studios.  But this week is a bit different. This week, I am sharing share some comments from loyal readers of The Oklahoman -- the one that gets delivered in your driveway or purchased at your local news stand. There are stacks of pages of text and images every day that detail the life in our community.

  • Parties Extra! Video---Dewey Joe Beene jr. "lights up" your parties

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    [brightcove]4630529338001[/brightcove] Dewey Joe Beene jr.

  • "Pete the Cat" author to visit Oklahoma libraries

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    No. 1 New York Times best-selling children's author Eric Litwin will perform three times in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area next week. Litwin is the author of "Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes" and its three sequels. He has also written the new musical series "The Nuts." He will perform at two libraries: — 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Belle Isle Library, 5501 N Villa. — 12:45 and 1:45 p.m. at Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S Walker Ave. "We're excited to have Eric visit our libraries," Kristin Williamson, children's outreach coordinator, said in a news release. "His program is a combination of interactive storytelling and music.

  • New version of Kevin Durant’s signature shoe available Friday

    Linda Miller | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Nike is releasing new versions of eight athletic shoes on Black Friday, including past favorites and popular styles like Kevin Durant's signature shoe.

  • Share your fall foliage photos with us!

    Tiffany Gibson | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    The holidays are right around the corner, the cold is creeping in and the leaves are changing, so let's see some fall foliage photos before it's too late. Tag your photos with #OKFallFoliage on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter through Nov. 25 for a chance to win a $50 gift card from Bedford Camera & Video. We're giving away five to our top winners. And, we'll even run some of the photos in The Oklahoman and feature them in a gallery on NewsOK.com.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Need a snappy comeback?

    Callie Gordon,Lillie-Beth Brinkman,Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace   QUESTION: I was in the elevator recently on my way visit a friend in the hospital. I had on a new shirt and vest and really thought I looked stylish. A lady (stranger) looked at me, grabbed my cuff and said “well, these sleeves are really too long. You might want to cut them off.” I was shocked and said nothing. Is there a polite retort for “mind your own business?” CALLIE’S ANSWER: I don’t think you need to say anything at all. Be confident in your look, and don’t mind strangers.

  • Flint celebrates Valentine's day before Thanksgiving

    Dave Cathey | Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    Chef Josh Valentine started today as the first in a series of guest chefs who will join Flint, 15 N Robinson Ave.  Valentine, who finished third in season 10 of the hit Bravo show, "Top Chef" and a Del City native, is a Coach House Apprenticeship Program and most recently worked at Carlton Landing. He owned and operated the Divine Swine before leaving for "Top Chef" in Seattle and followed at FT33 in Dallas. Valentine returned home to help open The George. Valentine will work alongside executive chef Elizabeth Howe, who said she was thrilled to have Valentine coming to her kitchen.

  • Disney star collaborates with Sherri Hill on prom collection

    Linda Miller | Updated: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    Laura Marano of TV’s “Austin & Ally” worked with designer Sherri Hill on a prom dress collection for 2016.

  • Updated dining options for Thanksgiving

    Dave Cathey | Updated: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    We didn't have room to get the updated list into print this morning, so here it is online. We will continue to update the list as long as information comes our way. Just got some updated info on what's going on at R&J Lounge and Supper Club, and all I can say is "Bumpasses!" As always, reserve your spots in advance to ensure service, and if you're ever going to reach deep for a big gratuity, keep in mind the folks cooking and serving you Thanksgiving dinner are doing so at the expense of their own families. Yes, they are making money on behalf of those same folks, but it's a sacrifice that deserves as much compensation as you can muster. As usual, many cafeterias and 24-hour chain diners are open for some amount

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---How about December birthdays?

    Callie Gordon,Lillie-Beth Brinkman,Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: If someone's birthday is in December, is it appropriate to give them one gift and say it's for both their birthday and Christmas?  CALLIE'S ANSWER: Absolutely! It is so nice and thoughtful to get a present for birthday/Christmas. LILLIE-BETH'S ANSWER: You could ask your friend how she or he feels about that. I'm sure it's not the first time this has come up after a lifetime of December birthdays, so you could get a feel for her opinion on this posed as a general discussion.

  • Trochta's Flowers and Garden Center---Justin Edwards and John Corbett---Parties Extra! Video---Oklahoma City

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    [brightcove]4611647701001[/brightcove] Justin Edwards and John Corbett from Trochta's Flowers and Garden Center talk about holiday flowers on Parties Extra! Justin Edwards and John Corbett (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).