• Oklahoma religion briefs for March 28

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Religion briefs for March 28

  • In brief: Norman news briefs

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

    In brief: Norman news briefs for March 28.

  • Nuggets roll to 107-91 win as Jazz drop 4th straight

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — Melvin Hunt keeps hearing how his speedy point guard is in some sort of slump. On the contrary, the Denver Nuggets' interim coach maintained, Ty Lawson has never looked sharper. Lawson and Jameer Nelson each scored 18 points as Denver beat Utah 107-91 on Friday night, handing the Jazz their fourth straight loss. "The kid is playing some of the best basketball I've seen him play," Hunt said of Lawson. "Ty set the tone, he set the table. He spoon-fed some people. He generated offense for different guys in different ways. "That speed is special. It's a special weapon." Right before the game, the Jazz announced that Hot Rod Hundley, the former NBA player who broadcast Jazz games in New Orleans an

  • Mystery of California hilltop piano solved

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — For a couple of days this week, a Southern California hilltop was alive with the sound of — mystery. Hikers venturing to Topanga Lookout in the Santa Monica Mountains found a battered upright piano, sitting on a graffiti-scrawled concrete slab with a panoramic view over the mountains between Calabasas and the Pacific Ocean. Turns out, the piano was used for a music video by Seattle-based artist Rachel Wong. The cinematographer, Michael Flotron, says he and four others used a dolly and rope to haul the 350-pound instrument a mile up the trail on Tuesday. After the shoot, it was too dark to get the piano back down. Flotron says people seem happy to leave it there — but if necessa

  • Gustavo Dudamel, LA Philharmonic agree to contract extension

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — Gustavo Dudamel will be headlining at Walt Disney Concert Hall for at least seven more years, through the 2021-22 season. The charismatic maestro with the wild locks and exuberant baton extended his contract with the L.A. Philharmonic on Friday, ending whispers that he might leave for New York or Berlin. The extension gives the orchestra star power and stability at a time when many symphonies are struggling with finances and trying to reach new audiences. Dudamel’s vibrancy and Venezuelan roots have made him an ideal fit for a city open to innovative programming with a bit of flash. The deal reverberated across the classical music world.

  • Review: Erykah Badu at the Bomb Factory

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    DALLAS Take it from someone who spends a lot of time at music venues — literal lines around the block are a rarity. But there it stood Thursday night, a great mass of humanity, reaching from the double doors at the Bomb Factory’s entrance, clear around the block and very nearly back to the Bomb Factory’s box office windows, just beside the aforementioned doors. It was a mightily impressive thing to behold, and for someone who didn’t live in North Texas during Deep Ellum’s initial, early ‘90s heyday, a taste of what it must’ve been like when everything was firing on all cylinders.

  • Oklahoma Youth Orchestra spring concert features jazz ensemble

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Spring is in the air. Oklahoma Youth Orchestra will play its spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Edmond North High School, featuring concerto winner Julia Weldon, and Oklahoma Youth Jazz Ensemble. The ensemble is the educational program of Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra. Ensemble Manager Brian Gorrel said participants are excited for the opportunity. “We are happy for the first time to partner with the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras on a collaborative concert and provide another genre of music for this fantastic concert,” he said. “The youth orchestras’ long-standing reputation for excellence symbolizes everything we hope to achieve for the Oklahoma Youth Jazz Ensemble.” The concert is open to the public.

  • The Santa Fe New Mexican Terrell's Tune-Up column

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Close your eyes and imagine you’re lost on a foggy night on some uncharted back street off the Reeperbahn in Hamburg or near the port of Amsterdam, where the sailors all meet. From some dangerous little dive you hear music: after-hours blues, off-kilter torch songs, Gypsy jazz, hot Weimar Republic cabaret, “punk noir,” strange tangos, and dark, soulful ballads. But before you can go in, you wake up. Don’t worry. You can find that kind of alluring music on a new collection called Anthology, by Mojo JuJu and the Snake Oil Merchants. In case you’re not familiar with Mr. and Mrs. JuJu’s baby girl, she’s an Australian from Melbourne who has been a solo act for a few years.

  • Review: Les Violons du Roy

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Founded in 1984, the Québec-based chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy derived its name from Les Vingt-quatre Violons du Roy, the orchestra that filled the Palace of Versailles with music for 135 years, from 1626 to 1761, through the reigns of three French monarchs, Louis XIII, Louis XIV, and Louis XV. This modern “tribute band” opened its concert last Sunday at the Lensic with selections from Les Boréades by Jean-Philippe Rameau, the final opera of the composer most associated with the last of those kings. Rameau was the most daring orchestral colorist of the late Baroque, and the orchestra — comprising two oboes, a bassoon, and two horns, in addition to strings — rendered his music in vivid hues.

  • BRIEF: Hapa presents contemporary Hawaiian music

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    The Lensic Performing Arts Center hosts a dazzler on Sunday, March 29, with the group Hapa presenting contemporary Hawaiian music. Hapa’s founder, New Jersey native Barry Flanagan, works with Kapono Na’ili’ili. Thus the duo’s monicker, which means “half” — half Hawaiian and half not. And their sound? Per the group’s website, “Expect to hear hypnotic, liquid guitar runs woven around clear, tenor Hawaiian vocals and immaculate harmonies driven by poetic lyrics exulting the rapture of the Hawaiian landscape, history, and mythology.” To this rich mix, Na’ili’ili and Flanagan add elements of American folk-rock.

  • From 'Hound Dog' to top dog: Oklahomans enter Elvis tribute competition in Branson

    BY JIMMIE TRAMEL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    I n an Elvis tournament, are there hound dogs instead of underdogs? The ninth annual Branson Elvis Festival is taking place this weekend in Branson, Missouri. The festival’s centerpiece will be an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest at 7 p.m. Saturday in Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater. Among 16 Elvis Presley tribute artists (don’t call them impersonators) vying for the king’s throne are two Oklahomans — EJ Sharp of Claremore and Brent Giddens of Okmulgee. Competitors from London and Canada also are in the field for one of the few Elvis contests sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • April highlights Latino films, music and poetry

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    April highlights Latino films, music and poetry Nancy Flores Austin American-Statesman I first began listening to the powerful music of Grammy Award-winning artist Lila Downs as a college student, just as I was learning about social justice movements around the world and navigating the cultural shock of my own experience transitioning from living on the Texas/Mexico border to Austin. For Downs, who grew up splitting her time between Oaxaca and Minneapolis with her Scottish-American father and Mixtec Indian mother, the spirits of both sides of the border are ingrained in her music, which is inspired by everything from Mexican folk to indigenous culture and contemporary rhythms.

  • Zayn Malik says he worries he's let fans down by leaving 1D

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Zayn Malik says he worries that he's let One Direction fans down by leaving the world-conquering boy band, but couldn't carry on in a role that made him unhappy. Malik quit the group this week, saying he wanted "to be a normal 22-year-old." He had earlier pulled out of One Direction's world tour, citing stress. He told Friday's edition of Britain's Sun newspaper that "I did try to do something that I wasn't happy doing for a while" to keep fans happy. "I only ever tried to do it for the fans, and it was only ever for them," he said. He said he felt upset that "I may have let them down in some sort of way." "It's not that I've turned my back on them or anything, it's just that I can't do that

  • Bill Clinton's 'flaws' the subject of off-Broadway musical

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Clintons are going back to the White House this spring — onstage, that is. "Clinton the Musical," the brainchild of two Australian brothers, makes its off-Broadway debut in April with a hysterical premise and a gentle look back at the '90s. The play celebrates the first baby-boomer president — the one who preferred briefs to boxers, played a sax on national TV, presided over an economic boom and got himself impeached. "The thing that endeared Bill Clinton and continues to endear him to the American public is that he was a very identifiable human being," said Paul Hodge, who wrote the music and lyrics and co-wrote the story. "He was clearly human and he had flaws like everyone.

  • Billie Joe Armstrong musical comes to Atlantic Theater Co.

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Green Day front man and "American Idiot" co-creator Billie Joe Armstrong's new musical, the final installment of Dominique Morisseau's Detroit trilogy and the world premiere of a David Yazbek musical will be the highlights as the Atlantic Theater Company celebrates its 30th anniversary season. Armstrong's "These Paper Bullets!" — "a modish rip-off" of "Much Ado About Nothing" about a Liverpool rock band finding its way in the '60s London music scene — arrives in November, adapted by Pulitzer Prize- and Emmy Award-nominated writer Rolin Jones. It was first done by the Yale Repertory Theatre. Morisseau's "Skeleton Crew" starts performances in January, exploring how auto plant workers navigate the possibili

  • 27 fun facts about Stevie Wonder

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    A marketing-savvy producer dubbed the 11-year-old musician Little Stevie Wonder. What a prophetic decision, because Stevie turned out to be one of the most revered musicmakers of our time, with catchy, creative songs about relationships and social issues. He’s performed for presidents, kings and queens; recorded with some of music’s biggest names; visited the top of the charts many times, and won rooms full of awards. What he hasn’t done is perform live very often. It’s been 27 years since his last Twin Cities performance. So in honor of Sunday’s show at Target Center in Minneapolis, we offer 27 fun facts about Stevie Wonder. 1. In his 53-year career, he has recorded for only one record label: Tamla, one of the Motown imp

  • Four Seasons for education

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will headline this year’s Education Foundation of Odessa fundraiser, starting at 8:30 p.m. April 7 at the Ector County Coliseum. Craig Van Amburgh, the co-chairman of the concert, said he’s excited to have Valli and the Four Seasons performing this year. “Frankie probably has the most recognizable falsetto voice in the history of Rock and Roll,” Van Amburgh said. “If you look at the string of hits that the Four Seasons have had, it’s absolutely amazing how they’ve influenced our culture.” Van Amburgh said there are many reasons why people should support the show.

  • Album review: Courtney Barnett album just an everyday triumph

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit” Courtney Barnett 4 stars (out of 4) ——— After releasing a combo platter of her two EP’s last year that included witty indie hits such as “Avant Gardener,” Courtney Barnett’s first proper studio album arrives with expectations to meet. “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit” (Mom & Pop/Marathon Artists/Milk!) exceeds them. It’s a great record that doesn’t try too hard. Barnett’s songs make a virtue of casualness, an off-handedness that can turn razor sharp in the middle of a run-on-sentence. Somehow, the Australian singer-guitarist has made something fresh out of everyday vignettes performed on everyday instruments

  • Fator tells his story in new show

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Terry Fator had dreams of making it big as a performer back when he was a young boy growing up in Texas. It took him a few decades and many ups and downs to make them all come true, but now the season two winner of “America’s Got Talent” has been headlining his own show in Las Vegas for seven years with his ventriloquist act that combines music, comedy and celebrity impressions. “My parents owned a janitorial business, so I grew up a janitor,” Fator said. “I would use that time while I was mopping, vacuuming and cleaning toilets to practice my ventriloquism. It was always my dream to be a professional entertainer using ventriloquism as the vehicle for that.

  • Decemberists find new joy in a ‘Terrible World’

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    When Colin Meloy and his bandmates in the Decemberists took a break in 2011, the agenda was open-ended. The band’s steady growth had paid off in a new commercial peak — the Portland quintet’s “The King is Dead” had debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. But Meloy, guitarist Chris Funk, keyboardist Jenny Conlee, bassist Nate Query and drummer John Moen wanted off the record-release-tour cycle they had been on for a decade. Meloy poured his energies into his family and a long-simmering childrens book trilogy with his wife, Carson Ellis. It wasn’t a given that when the band got back together for a few days in May 2013 that there would be a new Decemberists album at the end of the road.