• Ready to Rocklahoma

    Ready to Rocklahoma

    BY GENE TRIPLETT For The Oklahoman | Updated: 12 hr ago

    PRYOR — Rocklahoma should already be rolling along at a pretty good clip by the time Rob Zombie kicks things into high gear around 8:45 p.m. Friday, unleashing his monster metal from the main stage in front of an audience of thousands, no doubt making this year's Memorial Day weekend rock party one of the more memorable in the musical event's 10-year history. The fiendish frontman and horror filmmaker shares top billing with Disturbed on the opening night of the three-day hard-rocking campout on the sprawling Catch the Fever Festival Grounds, 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, just outside of Pryor.

  • ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ actor helps produce BET doc

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ actor helps produce BET doc

    By DAVID BAUDER AP Television Writer | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    NEW YORK — Actor Jesse Williams says he sees BET's documentary premiering Thursday on the Black Lives Matter movement as a time capsule capturing the conditions that led to the group's formation. Williams, of ABC's “Grey's Anatomy,” is an executive producer and is interviewed in the film “Stay Woke: the Black Lives Matter Movement.” It airs Thursday at 8 p.m. Starting with a recording of the call to police that led to Trayvon Martin's death in Florida, the film describes that and the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Freddie Grey — cases that led to the formation and growth of the protest movement. It traces the group to a frustrated tweet that first used the hashtag #blacklivesmatter.

  • ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ team reflects on breakthrough network sitcom

    ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ team reflects on...

    By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    LOS ANGELES — Television is mostly entertaining, sometimes enlightening and, occasionally, can make a difference. The sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat” hits all the marks. Because of it, along with ABC siblings “black-ish” and “Dr. Ken” (and, at CW, “Jane the Virgin”), network TV's American family photo album is starting to look authentic. The contribution of “Fresh Off the Boat” is especially notable. It's the first network prime-time comedy about an Asian-American family since Margaret Cho's “All-American Girl” in 1994, which lasted a season. “Dr. Ken” star Ken Jeong (“Community,” “The Hangover”) gladly acknowledges that the success of “Fresh Off the Boat” paved the way for his series.

  • Moby has kept busy with new pursuits

    Moby has kept busy with new pursuits

    By Mikael Wood Los Angeles Times  | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    LOS ANGELES — As a famously brainy electronic musician, and a descendant of literary royalty, Moby had plenty of lodestars he might have looked to while writing his first book. There was, for instance, Brian Eno, the pop experimentalist who reflected on his work with U2 and David Bowie in his 1996 volume “A Year With Swollen Appendices.” And the distant ancestor from whom Moby got his nickname: “Moby-Dick” author Herman Melville. In reality, the DJ and producer best known for 1999's multiplatinum “Play” album took inspiration from a more unlikely source: Duff McKagan, the tattooed bassist in Guns N' Roses.

  • Monkee business is happening again

    Monkee business is happening again

    By Randy Lewis Los Angeles Times  | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    When the TV series “The Monkees” premiered on Sept. 12, 1966, by all rights it should have been nothing more than a effervescent bubble on the face of pop culture, something to be enjoyed now, because surely it would burst and quickly vanish. Half a century later, many key players in that strictly-of-the-moment enterprise are as amazed as anyone that the Monkees, once derisively nicknamed “The Pre-Fab Four,” live on in 2016. Today, the first Monkees album with new material in 20 years will be released by Rhino Records. Called “Good Times!,” the album bridges the group's five-decade life span with newly completed tracks from the Monkees' original heyday along with songs recently written and recorded expressly for

  • Projects may affect Memorial Day travel plans

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Roadways in Oklahoma will be busy during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has released a list of construction zones.

  • In brief

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 5 hr ago

    SULPHUR Arts festival is planned American Indian art and artists will be spotlighted during the Artesian Arts Festival on Saturday. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Artesian Plaza adjacent to the Artesian Hotel and Spa, 1001 W First St.  The festival includes music, food, paintings, basketry, jewelry, sculpture, metalworking, beadwork, textiles and pottery. For more information, call the Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts and Humanities at (580) 272-5520. FROM STAFF REPORTS TAHLEQUAH  Doctor honored at White House Dr. Jorge Mera, director of infectious diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Service, was honored at the White House this month for the tribe's commitment to

  • ‘Nashville’ heads into sunset

    ‘Nashville’ heads into sunset

    By Mikael Wood Los Angeles Times | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    To put it in the context with which it's associated, “Nashville” started out as Hank Williams and ended up as Hank Williams Jr. When this ABC series set in country music's capital premiered in 2012, it had some of the subtle realism and classic style that the late roots-music pioneer brought to songs like “Your Cheatin' Heart” and “I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry.” Four seasons later, the show is a louder, tackier, more cartoonish version of what came before.

  • WeekAhead

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    Music Friday American Shadows and The Fabulous Minx, 10 p.m., Mercury Lounge, 1747 S Boston Ave. (Tulsa) Battle of the Bands, 7 p.m., Cain's Ballroom, 423 N Main. (Tulsa) Bryce Merritt, 8 p.m., UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E Fifth. (Edmond) The Hideouts, 9:30 p.m., (CD Release), Wormy Dog Saloon, 311 E Sheridan. Softaware, Saint Loretto & Sports, 8:30 p.m., 89th Street Collective, 8911 N Western. Split Lip Rayfield, 8 p.m., The Vanguard, 222 N Main. (Tulsa) Saturday Backwoods Country Music Show, 7:30 p.m., Centre Theatre, 110 S Bickford Ave., 295-9008. (El Reno) Bad Influence, 8 p.m., Newcastle Casino, 2457 U.S. 62 Service Road. (Newcastle) Byron Berline Band, 7:30 p.m., Double Stop

  • Memorial Day weekend promises variety of festivities across state

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    No matter what the calendar says, the unofficial start of summer is here. Memorial Day weekend has arrived, and venues across Oklahoma are planning a variety of events that will honor the troops, showcase live music, spotlight the arts and deliver high-flying fun. The possibility of severe storms is expected throughout the week, so be sure to stay weather aware wherever and however you celebrate the holiday weekend.   Here are just some of the Memorial Day weekend happenings planned. For more, check out page 2D and the Oklahoma Tourism website at www.travelok.com.  45th Infantry Division Museum's Memorial Day Ceremony: The ceremony honoring U.S. service members will include a helicopter flyover, massing of the

  • Ticket ticker

    Ticket ticker

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    Edgefest to rock Zoo Amphitheatre The 1975 (pictured), Good Charlotte and X Ambassadors will rock Oklahoma City July 31 when Edgefest 2016 makes a stop at the Zoo Amphitheatre, 2101 NE 50. The lineup also will feature PVRIS, The Unlikely Candidates and New Beat Fund. Tickets are on sale at Buy For Less locations in OKC, Brady Box Office and Starship Records in Tulsa, by phone at (866) 977-6849 or online at www.protix.com. Prices are $39.50 for general admission lawn seats and $59.50 for general admission VIP pit seats. For more information, go to www.thezoo amphitheatre.com. Banjo Museum plans first Americana Festival The American Banjo Museum, 9 E Sheridan Ave., will host its inaugural Americana

  • Hanson’s Hop Jam boasts big Tulsa fun, bigger crowd

    Hanson’s Hop Jam boasts big Tulsa fun, bigger...

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    TULSA — Don't let that hit song fool you, because Hanson is anything but a one-hit wonder. The same brothers responsible for 1997's bubble-gum rock classic “Mmmbop” have rewired the enthusiasm of fans, friends and family into a near harmonious celebration of Okie and national music talent. Oh, and beer. An incredible amount of craft beer, too. The celebration is called The Hop Jam Beer and Music Festival, and it's the climactic celebration of a real holiday called Hanson Day weekend.  Thousands of people turned out for the most recent offering last Sunday. There's a secret genius behind this hybrid beer and music celebration. It combines the enthusiasm of hardcore Hanson fanatics with the appeal of day

  • Entertainment highlights in and around OKC

    Entertainment highlights in and around OKC

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    EAT IT The Oklahoman will host a music-listening party from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in front of its west entrance in downtown OKC. The event will be on Robinson Avenue, between Main Street and Sheridan Avenue, across from the Colcord Hotel lobby entrance. Lunchrox will feature a tribute DJ set to Prince, Merle Haggard and David Bowie. The Flying Pig BBQ food truck will sell food. Patrons can walk foster dogs from the Central Oklahoma Humane Society, and the event is free to attend. HOOFING IT NORMAN — Experimental Baltimore band Horse Lords will perform at 10 p.m. Friday at Opolis, 113 N Crawford Ave., with Shishio, Urbane Ponytail and Karger Traum. Show is for ages 21 and older.


    Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    June 3 Tim McGraw, WinStar World Casino. (Thackerville) 3 Hannah Wolff album release, Annie Oakley, Blue Note. 4 Red Brick Nights featuring Kyle Reid and the Low Swingin' Chariots, downtown. (Guthrie). 4 Vince Gill with Lee Ann Womack, Enid Convention Center. (Enid) 5 Hosty, The Deli. (Norman) 7 Lucinda Williams, Paramount. 8 Samantha Crain, Nick Jaina, Blue Door. 9 Summer Cannibals, Poolboy, Opolis. (Norman) 12 Built to Spill, ACM@UCO Performance Lab. 16-18 GFest featuring Kacey Musgraves, Love-Hatbox Sports Complex. (Muskogee) 17 Sex Snobs, Black Canyon, 51st Street Speakeasy. 17-18 Bricktown Blues Festival, Reno and May. 18 Jabee “Black

  • Give thanks on Memorial Day during moment of remembrance

    Universal Uclick | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    DEAR ABBY: Americans are at their best when they unite around a noble purpose. On Memorial Day, that purpose is the National Moment of Remembrance. On that day, all Americans are asked to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time to honor our fallen. In 1971, No Greater Love, a patriotic organization, was founded by a woman named Carmella LaSpada. It initiated the National Moment of Remembrance in 1997, which was established by Congress in 2000. The Moment is observed by thousands of Americans at Major League Baseball games across the country. For more than 40 years, the AFL-CIO, North American trade unions, ironworkers and sheet metal, air, rail and transportation workers along with No Greater Love have honored our

  • Q&A with Patti Verhille

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Weather-related losses may be tax-deductible under IRS rules Q: What's a casualty loss, and who can claim the loss on their tax returns? A: The Internal Revenue Service defines it as “the damage, destruction, or loss of property resulting from an identifiable event that is sudden, unexpected or unusual.” If you experience damage to personal, income-producing or business property, you may be able to claim a casualty loss deduction on your income tax return.   Q: When is a casualty loss deductible? A: Generally, it's deductible for the year in which the loss occurred.

  • Nation world briefs

    By The Associated Press | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Students escape flooding cave KENTUCKY | HORSE CAVE — A group of college students trapped by flash flooding on a field trip to a Kentucky cave Thursday waded through neck-deep water to get to safety, authorities said. The 19 people who escaped more than six hours after entering Hidden River Cave included students from Clemson University, four tour guides and two police officers who became trapped when they tried to rescue the group, Kentucky State Police trooper B.J. Eaton said. The cavers became stranded in a portion of the cave known as “The Attic,” which has a higher ceiling, he said. The Clemson students had planned a five-hour trip exploring the cave as part of their geology studies when torrential



    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Uptown 23rd is set to see the first new construction of housing and retail in decades with final plans approved this week for a mixed-use development on a corner once home to a Hemi's Pizza. The project, Uptown Olie, will include a two-story retail building at 1007 NW 23 and six 2,400-square-foot, three-story town homes to the north at 1000 NW 24. Architect Duane Mass said both buildings will add a more contemporary look to the corner of NW 23 and Olie Avenue. “The materials are very much the same, and it's the same character and design,” Mass said. “They are meant to be complementary toward each other to bring a more unique and contemporary design to 23rd.

  • Deaths

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 4 hr ago

    ADA Walters, Velma Joyce, 80, owner and operator of Joyce's Beauty Box, died May 25. Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Criswell, Ada). ALTUS Deaver, Craig Devon, 56, weapon analyst for civil service, died May 23. Celebration of life 10 a.m. Saturday (Lowell-Tims, Altus). BETHANY Tipton, Dorothy May, 87, homemaker, died May 25. Services 11 a.m. Saturday (Mercer-Adams, Bethany). BRISTOW Langston, Adrian V., 37, merchandiser, died May 25. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Freeland Center (Hutchins Maples Matherly, Bristow). CADDO Jackson, Inez, 87, died May 23. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Voca Baptist Church, Atoka County (Holmes- Coffey-Murray, Durant). CHOCTAW Stephens, Robert Charles

  • What We're Talking About

    What We\'re Talking About

    AP | Updated: 4 hr ago

    BUTTERFLY HIGHWAY: Six states and the Federal Highway Administration have agreed to make the roadsides along Interstate 35 friendlier for bees and butterflies to help the plant-pollinating insects boost their declining populations.