Nathan Poppe
Features Entertainment Writer and LOOKatOKC Editor
Entertainment Writer and LOOKatOKC Editor Nathan Poppe, is a documenter of all things entertaining. The Middle of Nowhere is his blog and a depository of everything that makes the Midwest unique. The coasts have a massive amount of influence on the country, but everything winds up funneling its way to the middle. So Poppe scoops it up and displays it all here. His other duties include editing the Weekend Life section and LOOKatOKC. He has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Oklahoma State University and has collaborated with hundreds of local and national musicians. Poppe joined the Features section at The Oklahoman in March 2014.

  • ‘The Scent of Rain and Lightning’ to be filmed in state, officials say

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Film producers for the big screen adaptation of “The Scent of Rain and Lightning” revealed initial casting on Monday. Based on Nancy Pickard’s book, the film stars Maika Monroe, best known from her role in the horror sleeper hit “It Follows,” and soon to be seen in “Independence Day: Resurgence.” Also joining the cast are Maggie Grace (“Taken,” “Lost”) and Brad Carter (“True Detective”) of the forthcoming “Black Mass,” the Johnny Depp gangster vehicle about Whitey Bulger. Grace also serves as a producer on the film. Filming for “The Scent of Rain and Lightning” begins in Oklahoma in the fall. The budget is estimated in the $3 million range.


    Compiled by Nathan Poppe  For LOOKatOKC | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    I've never noticed so many events in the Myriad Botanical Gardens until this summer. The 15-acres of land, located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, has been growing as a community hub over the years. I've seen some of my favorite deadCenter screenings there. I laughed my face off during last year's Internet Cat Video Festival. I even got to see Wanda Jackson there during last year's OKCFest after eating a cheeseburger from the Ice House. For those of you paying attention, here's a handy guide to a ton of entertainment that's being offered over the next couple of months at the Gardens. FREE CONCERTS Sunday night doesn't have to be all laundry and early bedtimes. For 35 years, the Sunday Twilight Concert

  • Muralists wanted for Western Avenue event

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Bigger is better for public art on Western Avenue. For a second year, the lengthy stretch of local businesses will add murals to their buildings in celebration of their annual Taste of Western culinary event held at Will Roger’s Theater on Oct. 15. The event invites Western Avenue businesses to share their dining creations and promote Oklahoma artists. Western Avenue Association executive director Rachael Taylor said last year's murals elevated the district and gave the avenue a fresh identity. "I like that it all happened in one big swoop," Taylor said in an interview with The Oklahoman. " We just did five at once to start the process. It was always intended that we'd add more each

  • 'The Real Enemy' hits the web for free

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    The documentary so interesting that it almost got banned from deadCenter Film Festival has hit the web. "The Real Enemy" focuses on the buildup and aftermath of the black mass that took place Sept. 21, 2014 inside of the Civic Center. I talked with the film's creators earlier this year. Tate James and Daniel Helm had a lot to say. You can watch the film for free on YouTube. It's a fitting replacement for "True Detective" if your patience has been exhausted. "The Real Enemy" is wildly entertaining and glimpses into some topics that rarely get explored with a level head.

  • Movie review: 'Southpaw'

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Wanna watch Jake Gyllenhaal bleed profusely for two hours? That’s the plight of his fictional boxer Billy “The Great” Hope inside and outside of the boxing ring in “Southpaw.” The film has been in production limbo for several years and was originally supposed to star rapper Eminem, but it eventually found sure footing in its star. The unapologetically brutal sports tale from director Antoine Fuqua is a winning father/daughter drama wrapped inside a straightforward redemption flick. Gyllenhaal’s Oscar-caliber performance is the draw here, and he delivers the goods. He reportedly regained the 30 pounds he shed for another drama,”Nightcrawler,” and

  • Movie review: 'Ant-Man'

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Here's a new Marvel movie that didn't bug me. Welcome to the 12th film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and easily the loosest, most fun entry to date. Paul Rudd tackles the role of the in-again, out-again con-man Scott Long, who adopts a super suit with ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength. But "Ant-Man" is less origin story and more heist film. It relates to "Ocean's 11" more than "Avengers." I will say, however, the flick has more than its fair share of similarities to the first "Iron Man" film. It features a villain (Corey Stoll, channeling his old "House of Cards" nemesis Frank Underwood) with a mind for business and a bruised ego. Check. There's a beautiful love interest (Evangeline Lilly,

  • 'Ant Man' more 'Ocean's 11' than 'Avengers'

    By Nathan Poppe | Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    “Ant-Man” is less origin story and more heist film.

  • Music camp rocks girls' world

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    About 40 campers ranging from age 8 to 17 recently worked on their rock prowess during Oklahoma City’s inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls, held at SixTwelve, a new community space in the Paseo Arts District. The camp’s mission is to empower young girls and teach them how to love themselves.

  • Movie review: 'Trainwreck'

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Believability is a funny thing. So is “Trainwreck,” a romantic comedy that provoked so many laughs during my screening that dozens of jokes were rendered inaudible. That’s a good thing. The summer movie season has delivered several record-breaking, blockbuster efforts and the only thing more unbelievable than their advertising budgets is, in fact, believability. From […]

  • Edmond street and music festival expands, announces July lineup

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer | Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Edmond's Heard on Hurd street festival returns Saturday night, expanding one block south on Broadway to First Street. More than 35 food trucks and pop-up shops are scheduled for the event.

  • 11 stray observations from Woody Fest 2015

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival turned 18 last weekend, and it’s an oddity. More accurately, it’s the music festival equivalent to a hammock. It sports an incredibly laid-back atmosphere, which a lot of festival’s don’t have. That’s both refreshing and helps make everything feel squarely about the music. I understand most artists even wave their […]

  • The 5 best Okie albums of 2015 (so far)

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write today. No seriously, the output of high quality releases is borderline bazonkers. Even as I wrote this article, I realized Samantha Crain is mere days away from releasing a new album WHILE Tallows debuted the first song off off of its sophomore effort. Coincidentally, it […]

  • Words Within Wires shares "Nodding Sheep" (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Shawnee native Ken Thompson and Oklahoma City-born Corey Smothers are all about music. So much so they don’t have any Words Within Wires band photos. Thompson told me in an email they’re too distracting. After meeting at work and sharing a mutual appreciated for music, the two decided to record together. Here’s your first opportunity […]

  • deadCenter Film Festival searches for new director amid rebranding

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer | Updated: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    The deadCenter Film Festival announced Tuesday it is rebranding to the deadCenter Film Institute. Along with the name change and focus shift, the festival began searching for a new executive director.

  • Trout Fishing in America to headline free music festival

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    The Grammy-nominated Arkansas folk duo Trout Fishing in America will headline the third rendition of Wiggle Out Loud, Oklahoma City's only free, outdoor family music festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at Bicentennial Park, 500 Couch Drive.

  • Ripple Green release catchy rock gem "Timepiece" (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    It’s surprising that the members of Ripple Green don’t have the same last name. The Oklahoma City-based rock trio have remained inseparable since kindergarten, stuck at the hip as friends. I originally thought they were brothers. Perhaps, cut from the same cloth as Kings of Leon. They have, however, played together in some shape for more than a decade. Here’s your […]

  • West Fest reveals festival headliner, music schedule

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Western Avenue is throwing its hat in the yearly street and music festival ring with the emergence of West Fest. The festival announced its headliners and music schedule Wednesday morning for the free event taking place Sept. 19 from noon to 10 p.m. Tulsa’s Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey is headlining West Fest alongside a slew […]

  • Tulsa's Jacob Tovar releases Western kiss off "Three Good Reasons" (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Jacob Tovar has three reasons for leavin’ Tulsa. July, August and you. Hopefully, those things won’t drive the Perry-native too far away because his debut album is country-fried gold. Here’s an exclusive listen to Jacob Tovar and the Saddle Tramps’ first single “Three Good Reasons.” It’s off of the group’s self-titled LP “Jacob Tovar and […]

  • Tulsa's Sports reveals chilltastic track "Panama" (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    “Naked All The Time” isn’t just an album name, it’s a mission statement. Sports singer Cale Chronister, 21, recorded the vocals for the Tulsa trio’s new album in the nude. You can’t argue with the dreamy results on “Panama,” the second single off of “Naked All The Time” which will get released digitally on July […]

  • 16 stray observations from OKCFest 2015

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    OKCFest ended Saturday night and so did the metro’s major festival trifecta (Norman Music Festival, deadCenter, OKCFest). I’ve never attended so many music and film festivals in Oklahoma in a single year. It’s insane. With that growth, comes bigger expectations from the public. Here’s a discussion I don’t hear enough about: It takes a ton […]

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Nathan Poppe Tue, Aug. 04 2015 12:27:52 PM CST @JLBoydston I'm a big fan too but all this hushed press and no reviews makes me sweaty. Not in a good way either.
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