• Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 7-13

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    June 7: Singer Tom Jones is 75. Actor Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskell on "Leave It to Beaver") is 72. Talk-show host Jenny Jones is 69. Actor Liam Neeson is 63. Singer-songwriter Johnny Clegg is 62. Actor William Forsythe is 60. Record producer L.A. Reid is 59. Musician Prince is 57. Singer-guitarist Gordon Gano of Violent Femmes is 52. Rapper Ecstasy of Whodini is 51. Drummer Eric Kretz of Stone Temple Pilots is 49. Guitarist Dave Navarro is 48. TV personality Bear Grylls is 41. Guitarist-keyboardist Eric Johnson of The Shins is 39. Comedian Bill Hader is 37. Actress Anna Torv ("Fringe") is 36. Actor Michael Cera is 27. Rapper Iggy Azalea is 25. June 8: Comedian Jerry Stiller is 88. Actor James Darren is 79. Singer Nancy Sinatra is 75.

  • Voting open for additional Oklahoma Showcase band at Center of the Universe Festival

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    One more band is yet to be announced to play the Oklahoma Showcase at the Center of the Universe Festival, and organizers need your help to figure out who. There are 45 bands vying for the spot, with voting now open through midnight Friday. To vote, go to surveymonkey.com/s/2015COUFEST . The Center of the Universe Festival is set for July 24-25 in the Brady Arts District. Single-night tickets are $40, and a weekend pass is $70. A VIP option is also available. Ticket prices increase July 1. Tickets can be purchased at centeroftheuniversefestival.com . Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Ex-NASA artist Laurie Anderson receives Yaddo Artist Medal

    Updated: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The first artist in residence at NASA likes to point out she was also the last artist in residence at NASA. Musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson says there are "a lot of departments" in the government that could use artists. Anderson spoke Monday at a New York ceremony hosted by Yaddo, the Saratoga Springs-based artist colony where she had a residency last year. She received Yaddo's annual Artist Medal and dedicated it to her late husband, Lou Reed. During her brief remarks she imagined Congress' decision to end the NASA program in 2006 after she had served for two years: $30 million for drones? No problem.

  • Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner react to Caitlyn Jenner

    Updated: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Caitlyn Jenner's loved ones were among numerous well-wishers to support her coming out Monday in Vanity Fair. Her stepdaughter, Kim Kardashian West, tweeted: "How beautiful! Be happy, be proud, live life YOUR way!" Khloe Kardashian declared: "We were given this life because you were strong enough to live it! I couldn't be prouder!!! Caitlyn ." The third K sister, Kourtney, chimed in: "Freedom! Stunning." Jenner daughter Kendall Jenner added "be free now pretty bird.

  • Review: Country trio Gloriana lacks heart, emotion on album

    Updated: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    Gloriana, "Three" (Emblem/Warner Bros.) Despite plenty of vocal talent, Gloriana has struggled to establish an identity in the ultra-competitive country radio world. The trio's third album once again shows off sterling harmonies and crafty arrangements — but leaves little emotional substance for fans to connect with. The problem may be the production of pop mastermind Matt Serletic, who has guided the band from the beginning. His busy arrangements, while clever, leave little room for the singers — brothers Mike and Tom Gossin and Rachel Reinert — to convey much warmth or personality. The result is an overly processed sound focused on lightweight material about relationships.

  • High court throws out conviction for Facebook threats

    Updated: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday threw out the conviction of a Pennsylvania man prosecuted for making threats on Facebook, but dodged the free-speech issues that had made the case intriguing to First Amendment advocates. Chief Justice John Roberts said it was not enough for prosecutors to show that the comments of Anthony Elonis about killing his ex-wife and harming others would make a reasonable person feel threatened. But the high court sent the case back to the lower court without clarifying exactly what the standard of proof should be. The ruling was a narrow victory for civil liberties groups that had urged the court to make it tougher to convict people who make crude comments on social media that might be

  • Music Review: Mike + Ruthy Band serve up musical melting pot

    Updated: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    The Mike + Ruthy Band, "Bright As You Can" (Thirty Tigers) On "Bright As You Can," the husband-and-wife duo The Mike + Ruthy Band sing that their heroes are all on the other side, and it's true the album draw on sources a Smithsonian Folkways archivist would recognize. But the Woodstock, New York, couple's broad, colorful palette of Americana is timeless. Their musical melting pot combines country twang, Cajun chug, R&B swing and gospel fervor, and the result is distinctive material like the banjo funk of "Golden Eye." Such ambitious reach could have made for a disaster, but everything is masterfully performed as Mike Merenda and Ruthy Ungar sing about the charms of hard work, homemade wine and free parking.

  • Country Star Ty Herndon Talks Coming Out, His New Work And A More Progressive Nashville

    Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    Country singer Ty Herndon hopes that the support he received after coming out last year is indicative of a progressive Nashville, one that's becoming more tolerant toward the LGBT community than in years past, The Huffington Post reports. "One of the biggest fears I had in coming out and being authentic was that I wouldn't get to continue doing what I do for a living, and that's country music," he told The Huffington Post in an interview. "How great is it that I have the opportunity, for the first time in my life, to sing about truth? That makes me a very happy man."

  • Enrique Iglesias undergoing reconstructive hand surgery

    Updated: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Enrique Iglesias is undergoing reconstructive hand surgery in Los Angeles after his fingers were sliced during a recent concert. His representative said in a statement to The Associated Press that surgery on the 40-year-old singer will be completed Monday. Iglesias sliced some of his fingers when he grabbed a drone during a concert in Tijuana, Mexico, on Saturday. He was "semitreated" at the side of the stage to stop the bleeding. "Thank you to all for your concern and good wishes. Enrique is currently undergoing reconstructive hand surgery today," the statement read. "Enrique will resume his tour July 3rd in Mexico City. We appreciate all your wishes and prayers.

  • Atlantic City's Playground Pier tabs food, music managers

    Updated: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Developer Bart Blatstein has chosen managers for the food and musical offerings at The Playground, the oceanfront Atlantic City pier he is redeveloping. Garces Events, with celebrity chef Jose Garces, will provide food and beverage offerings for all the restaurants at T Street, one portion of the pier. Bonfire Entertainment from Philadelphia will bring in acts from virtually every music and entertainment genre for the seven venues at T Street, located on the pier's first floor. The Playground is the new name for what used to be The Pier Shops at Caesars. It's slated to open over the July 4 weekend.

  • Spain: Folk singer Pantoja leaves jail for family visit

    Updated: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish folk singer Isabel Pantoja has been let out of prison for four days after completing part of her two-year sentence for money laundering. The 58-year-old smiled and waved to fans and journalists Monday as she left the Alcala de Guadaira jail in Seville province with her brother. The fixture in Spain's gossip magazines and TV shows qualified for the pass to visit relatives but must return to jail later this week. Pantoja was convicted of laundering money for Julian Munoz, a former boyfriend and mayor of the resort city of Marbella. She was previously married to the bullfighter Francisco "Paquirri" Rivera, who died in the bullring in 1984.

  • Michelle Veintimilla on Broadway playing young Chita Rivera

    Updated: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — If Chita Rivera ever wants a quick reminder of her past, she only needs to walk down a hall and knock on Michelle Veintimilla's Broadway dressing room. There she'll find a smiling, effervescent 22-year-old just out of school who is a spitting image of the theater icon when she was just starting out. Veintimilla plays a younger version of Rivera's character in "The Visit," the Tony Award-nominated musical with a story by Terrence McNally and songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb. Rivera, 82, has been known to playfully slap the younger woman on the rear end and say: "I know that butt. I have that butt, too. That was my body.

  • Garth Brooks concert canceled due to NHL finals in Tampa

    Updated: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A couple of weeks ago, "Disney on Ice: Frozen" almost fell victim to the Tampa Bay Lightning's playoff run. Now, it's Garth Brooks. Officials announced Sunday that all three Amalie Arena performances of the Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood have been canceled due to scheduling by the NHL and NBC on June 6 for the Stanley Cup Final. Ticketholders will be refunded. Officials considered moving two Saturday performances to Sunday, but decided getting the equipment moved on such a tight schedule raised safety issues. In a statement, Brooks said officials with Amalie Arena and the NHL did everything possible to remedy the situation. He says they will try to reschedule if they can find a d

  • Enrique Iglesias Continues Concert After Slicing Hand on Drone

    Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    ABC News reports singer Enrique Iglesias is recovering after his fingers were sliced when he grabbed a drone during a concert in Tijuana, Mexico . The accident happened Saturday, when Iglesias was performing in front of 12,000 fans, and things appeared to be going fine: Iglesias was in the middle of singing his hit “Escape.” Video from a fan in the crowd captured the frightening moment when his hand got caught in the drone’s sharp rotating blade.

  • Kim Kardashian, Kanye West expecting second child

    Updated: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kimye are expecting another baby. Kim Kardashian says she is pregnant with her second child with Kanye West. She revealed the news in a clip that appeared after Sunday's episode of the E! reality show "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." The show documented her fertility struggles, and she confided that an attempt to conceive through in vitro fertilization had failed. The clip shows Kardashian telling her sister, Khloe, that a blood test following another attempt confirmed she was pregnant. Kardashian and West have a nearly 2-year-old daughter, North West, who was born on June 15, 2013. They got engaged four months later in an elaborate marriage proposal in front of family and friend

  • 7 free things for families to do in Oklahoma City this summer

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    Free festivals, concerts, movies and more abound in the Oklahoma City metro area during the summer months.

  • Garth Brooks cancels Tampa concerts

    Published: Sun, May 31, 2015

    The scheduling of the NHL's Stanley Cup Final is prompting Garth Brooks to cancel three shows set for Tampa next weekend. With the Tampa Bay Lightning making the finals against the Chicago Blackhawks, the NHL and NBC slated Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at Tampa's Amalie Arena — the same day Brooks had two concerts scheduled for the same venue. According to a statement on Brooks' website, the involved parties considered moving the singer's Saturday concerts to the following day. However, the logistics of such a quick turnaround proved to be untenable for Brooks' team.

  • 'San Andreas' shakes way to top spot at domestic box office

    Updated: Sun, May 31, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson out-muscled the competition at domestic movie theaters as the earthquake epic "San Andreas" hauled in an estimated $53.2 million over the weekend. It was Johnson's biggest debut for a non-sequel as the top-billed actor, according to box office tracker Rentrak. The action star helped the movie over-perform on the West Coast despite fears that audiences in earthquake-prone regions would stay away, said Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros., which distributed the film made by its New Line unit. "Some people felt they'd be a little nervous watching such a disaster hit both Los Angeles and San Francisco, but there was a curiosity factor," Fellman said. "They

  • Forget Taylor Swift: Spotify is all about heavy metal

    Published: Sun, May 31, 2015

    "Whether it's wearing a 'battle jacket' full of sewn on patches of their favorite bands, buying every vinyl color and edition of their favorite album, tattooing their favorite band mascot on their arm or traveling exceptionally long distances to concerts and festivals, metalheads are extremely diehard and dedicated to their favorite bands and the genre as a whole," Bob Lugowe, director of promotions and new media at Relapse Records. That dedication came through in data published by Spotify that found metal has the most loyal fans across the world of any major genre by a wide margin. Pop was a distant second, followed by folk and country. Spotify calculated loyalty by looking at how often people returned to the core bands of these genres, specifically compiling anonymized data about how many listeners there are to how many plays over a period of time. Spotify focused on a lineup of heavy metal core bands including Metallica, Slayer, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Sepultura, Pantera, Cradle of Filth and Anthrax.

  • Taylor Swift Brings ''Bad Blood'' BFFs Onstage

    Published: Sun, May 31, 2015

    Taylor Swift  upped the fierce factor during a recent concert of her 1989 tour. At her gig at Ford Field in Detroit on Saturday, the 25-year-old country-turned-pop star brought onstage two of her BFFs and co-stars from her recent femme fatale-themed "Bad Blood" music video—Victoria's Secret supermodel Martha Hunt, 26, and model Gigi Hadid, 20. The blonde trio strutted down a mock runway as Swift performed her hit "Style" from her new hit album 1989.




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