• UCO Musical Theater in Edmond gets naughty and nice for holiday season

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    Titled “Naughty and Nice and a Little Bit Nuts,” the University of Central Oklahoma Musical Theater division's show resembles a holiday storybook familiar to many, complete with Santa Claus and zany elves. It will be presented starting Thursday in Edmond.

  • Oklahoma religion briefs

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    Oklahoma religion news and notes

  • Shawnee to kick off holiday season with Christmas parade

    By Sheila Stogsdill For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    The Downtown Shawnee Christmas Parade and other holiday festivities are scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Holiday programs also are planned at Oklahoma Baptist University and St. Gregory's University in Shawnee.

  • Tulane edges Stephen F. Austin in Music City, 60-59

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dylan Osetkowski's layup with 16 second left capped a furious Tulane comeback for a 60-59 win over Stephen F. Austin in the Challenge in Music City tournament Friday night. Stephen F. Austin (2-3) took a seven-point lead, 59-52 on Demetrious Floyd's 3-pointer with 3:41 left, but it was the final points the Lumberjacks would score in the game. Melvin Frazier got to the rim for a layup and Cameron Reynolds added a pair of free throws with 1:43 left and Jernard Jarreau added a layup with 1:12 to go to make it a one-point game, 59-58. Osetkowski grabbed the rebound after Kain Harris missed a jumper with 21 seconds left and scored the game winner.

  • Rocker Jack White's Third Man Records store opens in Detroit

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Rocker Jack White has opened a Third Man Records store in his hometown, the Motor City. The Grammy-nominated White — the singer, guitarist, drummer and producer who rose to acclaim in the duo The White Stripes — was on hand Friday for the satellite location's grand opening just north of downtown Detroit. Hundreds flocked to the store, which next year plans to launch a vinyl record pressing plant. The shop opened with vinyl reissues from Tamla Records, including releases by Marvin Gaye, the Supremes and Miracles. White founded Third Man in Detroit in 2001. He left Detroit for Nashville, Tennessee, where Third Man is based.

  • Gathering of the Vibes music festival to take 1 year off

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The Gathering of the Vibes music festival in Bridgeport is taking a one-year hiatus. Founder Ken Hayes posted a note on the festival's site Friday saying he has decided not to pursue holding a festival in 2016. He also said the festival will return and the hiatus is simply a "pause, an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the memories, explore new and exciting festival initiatives while planning our triumphant return in 2017." The four-day festival celebrated its 20th anniversary this summer and its 11th appearance at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, where an estimated 25,000 people attended in July. It began in 1996 as a tribute festival following the death of Grateful Dead guitarist Jerr

  • Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride, The Band Perry and more featured on 'A Nash Icon Christmas'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Offering a shining assortment of country superstars, Nash Icon Records has released "A Nash Icon Christmas"across digital retailers.  The digital EP features Rascal Flatts (which includes guitarist Joe Don Rooney of Picher), The Band Perry, Martina McBride and Justin Moore putting their own twist to classic Christmas tunes.  A father of three, Moore said in a news release, “The holidays are special because I take time away from the road to enjoy my wife Kate and our girls Ella, Kennedy, Klein. They’re still pretty young so we play a lot of the more upbeat Christmas songs like ‘Run Rudolph Run’ on repeat.

  • Turnpike Troubadours frontman Evan Felker to play Woody Guthrie Folk Festival fundraiser in Okemah

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    OKEMAH - The frontman for acclaimed Oklahoma red dirt band Turnpike Troubadours will play a fundraiser for the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival next month. The Evan Felker & Friends is set for 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at Okemah's historic Crystal Theatre, 401 W Broadway. The benefit show will support the Woody Guthrie Coalition, which organizes the annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. The coalition also announced that the Turnpike Troubadours are scheduled to play the 2016 WoodyFest in July. The band’s fourth release – self-produced and self-titled – was released in September and peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart on Oct. 10. The band has been touring almost nonstop since

  • Musical 'The Bridges of Madison County' hits the road

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — On tour this winter is a Broadway musical about the one that got away, in more ways than one. "The Bridges of Madison County," with a superb score by Jason Robert Brown, starts an eight-month U.S. tour on Saturday that features both a story about a lost soul mate and a chance at musical redemption. The Broadway show that sparked it — starring Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale — closed after just 137 performances in 2014 but the show's staging and Brown's Tony Award-winning songs get another chance to soar. "I'm very grateful that these audiences around the country will get a much more direct experience of the piece," Brown said. "To be able to really say, 'This is the way we meant the show to be' is

  • Singer-songwriter Lera Lynn breaks out from 'True Detective'

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer songwriter Lera Lynn looks nothing like the character she played on season two of HBO's crime noir series, "True Detective," who sang woeful drug ballads in a seedy dive bar. Lynn said the main actors Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell probably never caught a glimpse of her on set without her makeup on, which included track marks and bruises on her arms, dark circles under her eyes, oily hair and yellow teeth. "I looked a lot worse in person than on camera, thankfully," said Lynn in her home studio in Nashville, Tennessee. "I did tell Colin and Vince once, 'Just so you know, I am a healthy regular person.'" Lynn was selected by producer and composer T.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Nov. 27, 2015: Hear K.C. Clifford at the Blue Door

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Today's featured event: Hear Oklahoma City singer-songwriter K.C. Clifford at 8 tonight at the Blue Door, 2805 N McKinley. OKC indie folk band Annie Oakley will be the special guest for the show. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. For more information, go to www.bluedoorokc.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • AP PHOTOS: Famed Conde guitars still handmade in Madrid

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish flamenco guitars are known for their lightness, rich wood colors and full-bodied, crisp musical tones. Within this world, guitars made over the past century by luthiers of the Conde family in Madrid are among the most revered, with orders coming in from as far away as the United States and Japan. World-renowned musicians like the late Paco de Lucia and Leonard Cohen have enjoyed guitars made by members of the Conde family, as have Al Di Meola, David Byrne and Lenny Kravitz. Carrying on the family tradition is Mariano Conde, who operates out of his workshop in downtown Madrid where he and his son, also called Mariano, build their hand-made, individually sounding, classical and flamenco guitars.

  • Horse Thief joins Okie Christmas album cast (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Yesterday

    Snap out of your Thanksgiving food coma and put down those Black Friday shopping bags. It’s time to get on board with one of my favorite holiday traditions. Fowler Volkswagen of Norman announced the release of its fifth Christmas record on Friday. The vinyl collection features nine songs and hits shelves on Dec. 11. Here’s an exclusive debut of Horse Thief’s contribution, a cover of the Hawaiian holiday gem "Mele Kalikimaka.” Oklahoma City-based Horse Thief frontman Cameron Neal said he chose the song because of his appreciation for “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” It’s a family tradition for him to watch the 1989 John Hughes classic.

  • Entertainment highlights in and around Oklahoma City

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Entertainment highlights in and around Oklahoma City

  • Head in the 'Clouds': Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne celebrates Miley Cyrus' birthday and revisits critical 1995 favorite 'Clouds Taste Metallic'

    By Gene Triplett For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Wayne Coyne was sitting in the guest house of the Cyrus family’s Nashville home doing phone interviews to promote Friday’s release of “Heady Nuggs 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic 1994-1997.”

  • Memorial to Rhode Island nightclub fire closer to $2M goal

    Updated: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — The slow road to build a permanent memorial at the site of a nightclub fire that killed 100 people 12 years ago is getting shorter, as organizers said they are inching closer to raising the $2 million they need to complete it. The Station Fire Memorial Foundation has now raised $1.3 million after recently receiving several large donations, and the end is in sight for the yearslong effort, organizers said this month. "By this time next year, we should be done," said Jody King, whose brother, Tracy, was killed in the blaze. The 2003 fire in West Warwick was started when the rock band Great White set off pyrotechnics inside The Station nightclub, which had flammable foam lining its walls and cei

  • The Latest: Belgium says likely Paris fugitive gets help

    Updated: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — The latest on the attacks in Paris and security alert in Brussels. All times local: 7:40 p.m. Belgian Justice Minister Koen Geens said that Paris fugitive Salah Abdeslam is "likely" getting support from others during his continued flight from authorities. After a manhunt stretching for nearly two weeks, Geens said it was unlikely Abdeslam could hide for so long on his own. "If someone is on the run on his own, he is caught quickly, while it is tougher to find someone who is not alone. The latter is likely," he told VTM network after Thursday's meeting of the national security council. He said it was obvious Abdeslam was part of a bigger network. "It is clear it was a cell that operated with lo

  • Pawn shop, entertainment venue opens in Sioux Falls

    Updated: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A 70,000-square-foot pawn shop and entertainment venue in Sioux Falls opened its doors on Saturday. Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry also features a gun range, firearms retail store, foundry, tattoo shop and a 24-hour live rock 'n' roll radio station. KBAD 94.5 FM went on air at 9 a.m. Saturday. CEO Chuck Brennan says the owners of American Jewelry & Loan in Detroit consulted with him on the project. Guests at the weekend grand opening will include Les and Seth Gold from TruTV's "Hardcore Pawn." Brennan is owner of Dollar Loan Center, which has 100 locations in multiple states.

  • Bill Clinton back on fundraising trail for wife's campaign

    Updated: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton is going on a fundraising swing reminiscent of his presidential campaigns of the 1990s. But this time he's doing it for his wife. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign has scheduled more than a dozen December events featuring the former president as her team prepares for an end-of-year finance deadline ahead of the first contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. The fundraising blitz, Bill Clinton's most aggressive stretch of the year, shows how Hillary Clinton's campaign can multiply her money largesse with the help of her husband, one of the Democratic party's most prolific rainmakers. Working together, the couple will hold at least five fundraising events on some single

  • Adele announces first tour in five years for new album '25'

    Updated: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Adele has announced her first tour since 2011, with a string of European dates in support of her record-breaking new album, "25." The British singer announced Thursday that she will play venues in Britain and Europe starting Feb. 29 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Adele has previously said she finds touring lonely. But in a video on Facebook, the 27-year-old said she was "relieved to finally tell you I am of course coming on tour and I can't wait to see all of you there." The album sold a record 2.4 million copies in its first four days in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. In Britain, it sold 737,000 copies in its first week. The first single, "Hello," is a hit on both sides of the Atlantic.