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Brandy McDonnell
Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1 million page views a year for the past two years. Raised on a crop and cattle farm near Lindsay, McDonnell started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school’s 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News and worked for the local weekly through high school. An Oklahoma State University graduate, she will celebrate her 10th anniversary at The Oklahoman in May 2012.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center lets artists take on current events with virtual Studio-in-Place residencies

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Oklahoma Contemporary launched last month Studio-in-Place, an online summer residency...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC's 3rd Act Theatre Company to host virtual awards show

The event will end with a free stream of the theater's current touring production, "Drunk Classics: A Midsummer Night's Drink,"...

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OKC's 3rd Act Theatre Company planning fundraising tour 'Drunk Classics: A Midsummer Night's Drink'

3rd Act Theater has partnered with local breweries and wineries for the "Drunk Classics Tour," including Put A Cork In It in...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre seeking submissions for Stage at Home online play series

The professional regional theater also known as CityRep is seeking submissions of new, previously unproduced plays, written for...

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Video: Oklahoman Kassie Sisco competing on new streaming reality show 'The Great Grass Race,' a cross-country lawnmower race

The three-month race -- which starts at Friday morning in Moorpark, California -- is inspired by the movie “The Straight Story.”

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Artistic conversations: Oklahoma Contemporary gives artists opportunties to address current events though Studio-in-Place

When artist Tess Elliot embarked on her digital media project "Infinite Oaks," her focus was on using augmented reality to...

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Watch: Happy birthday, Toby Keith, who recently debuted a new video for 'Don't Let the Old Man In,' which also has been covered by Willie Nelson

The Norman resident in 2018 penned the song after an inspirational encounter with legendary actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood,...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: More than 100 state nonprofit arts organization receive CARES Grants through Oklahoma Arts Council

The Oklahoma CARES Grants were made possible by federal funding provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic...

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New Jurassic Quest Drive Thru heading to OKC

Oklahoma City attendees will be among the first in the nation to go on a quest with an online audio tour that will lead them...

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Blake Shelton one-night-only concert event planned for drive-in theaters, including four in Oklahoma

The series kicks off July 25 with a new performance featuring Shelton, who will be joined by special guests Gwen Stefani and...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Tulsa's Circle Cinema temporarily closes again

The theater will be closed until at least Aug. 7, with continued reevaluation through monitoring case numbers and community...

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Funeral services announced for Charlie Daniels

Oklahoma native Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, Gretchen Wilson and Trace Adkins will perform to honor the life of Daniels.

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Ray Wylie Hubbard, Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow and more to be featured on 'Ringo's Big Birthday Show,' tonight's live-stream charity concert for Ringo...

The show will benefit Black Lives Matter, The David Lynch Foundation, MusiCares and WaterAid through Ringo’s Lotus Foundation.

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OKC Zoo launches Read for Adventure statewide literacy program

The community program was created to provide an engaging activity for Oklahoma families that inspires a deeper appreciation for...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: McKnight Center for the Performing Arts extends 'Orange Plate Special' virtual series

The series offers artists’ insight into what audiences can expect from the upcoming second season performances, provide the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Cherokee Nation postpones opening cultural tourism sites

In coordination with the tribe’s phased reopening plans and the recently announced delay of Phase 3, all tribal museums,...

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Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels dies

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member died this morning at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee....

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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood postpone live-stream concert after possible COVID-19 exposure in their circle

Although the country music stars are fine, the Brooks/Yearwood camp has possibly been exposed to COVID-19, according to this...

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Production to begin in Oklahoma on faith-based TV miniseries 'Centuries Collide'

“Centuries Collide,” a miniseries developed by Impact Productions, will be uncovering the surprising Christian origins of...

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Rare two-spotted bumblebee found at OKC Zoo

Oklahoma’s diverse bioregions provide habitat to a variety of bee species.

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Free downloadable album 'Oklahoma State Parks Soundscapes with Music' released

This release also includes a set of YouTube videos that feature each track of the album accompanied by scenic video footage and...

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Watch: Oklahoma native Kelli O'Hara performs 'If I Loved You' on PBS' 'A Capitol Fourth'

The nation’s 244th birthday celebration featured new performances from iconic locations across the country, including...

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Interviews, images and videos: Oklahoma City Museum of Art brings 'POP Power' to its reopened space

The downtown OKC institution is just the second museum to showcase the travelings exhibit of more than 100 works on paper and...

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Movie review: Despite solid performances and potential, Oklahoma-made film 'Run with the Hunted' gets off track

The gritty crime drama starts with small-town teenager Oscar (Mitchell Paulsen) fishing with his dad (William Forsythe, one of...

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'Power' up: Oklahoma City Museum of Art celebrates biggest names in Pop Art with new exhibit

Keith Haring's action-packed screenprints of neon-hued figures seem to almost vibrate on the walls of the Oklahoma City Museum...

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Review: Filmed version of 'Hamilton' captures pop-culture phenomenon for wide streaming audience

The wait is over, and now scores more people have their shot at "Hamilton." The filmed version of the original Broadway...

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Video: Oklahoma City Philharmonic performs 'America the Beautiful'

The orchestra was was slated to move "Red, White and Boom," its annual July 3 Independence Day concert and fireworks show, from...

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Video: Oklahoma musical ambassador Kyle Dillingham performs 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic' for July 4

The Oklahoma City multi-instrumentalist and singer was commissioned by the U.S. Department of State to submit patriotic content...

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Review: 'Hamilton' captures pop-culture phenomenon for wide streaming audience

After all, Broadway is closed for at least the rest of the year and the tours have been idled due to the pandemic - and even if...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Red Dirt Relief Fund grants $138,500 in COVID-19 relief to 554 Oklahoma music professionals

The effort was funded by the nonprofit with support from George Kaiser Family Foundation, donations from local artists and...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Long-running Fiberworks art show canceled until 2022

The influential Fiberworks exhibition is a statewide juried showcase for fiber artists working in a wide array of media and...

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Movie review: Documentary 'John Lewis: Good Trouble' feels like essential viewing in this moment

One of his most enduring missions has been battling against voter suppression in Black, minority and poor communities, a quest...

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Interview and video: Oklahoma-based Golden Globe-nominated composer Brian Byrne writes Irish music for new show 'Celtic Throne'

Comprised of students from the Carey Academy in England and the Maguire Academy in America, the troupe debuted "Celtic Throne"...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Check out July Fourth weekend events still happening around Oklahoma

Postponed events include Oklahoma City Philharmonic's "Red, White and Boom," Norman's Fourth of July Celebration and Tulsa's...

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Oklahoma-based Irish composer Brian Byrne writes music for new Armstrong Auditorium dance show

For Brian Byrne, a series of unlikely coincidences form the winding path that led to him working on the new production "Celtic...

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Less of a bang: Some Oklahoma Fourth of July celebrations are canceled, but others are continuing despite the pandemic.

Like the rest of 2020, Independence Day celebrations will look different across Oklahoma. Some popular events have been...

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'John Lewis: Good Trouble' PG 1:36 3 of 4 stars It's hard to imagine a more timely film than "John Lewis: Good Trouble," Dawn...

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Oklahoma Fourth of July plans change with the coronavirus pandemic

Most of the time, Oklahoma's Fourth of July calendar resembles a fireworks show: lots of familiar fun, with a smattering of new...

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Video: Filmed version of 'Hamilton' premieres Friday on Disney+, features Oklahoma City University alumna Sasha Hutchings

The Disney+ presentation stars the original Broadway cast, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs and...

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B.J. Thomas, Lisa Loeb, George Thorogood and more to perform on live-stream 'Rock For Relief' benefit concert

The “Rock For Relief” benefit show will be hosted by Lou Brutus and Riki Rachtman and talent interviews conducted by Alice...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Lawton International Festival canceled

The festival has been an annual tradition since 1979, and about 400 volunteers assist with the event every year.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: AdaFest 2020 canceled

The event, which was slated to feature Grammy-nominated Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Fullbright, has been canceled out of...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Metropolitan Library System postpones third phase of reopening; staffer at Bethany Library tests positive for COVID-19

The Metropolitan Library System is the public library system serving Oklahoma County residents. It includes 19 library branch...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: The Black Crowes cancel Tulsa tour date

Emails will be sent to all ticketholders with more information and notifying them of their refund options.

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Interview and video: Oklahoma Native American filmmaker Sterlin Harjo talks new documentary 'Love and Fury,' Indigenous art, 'Reservation Dogs' and more

The Holdenville native also is paying homage to survivors with this week's live-streaming premiere of his documentary short...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State's Fourth of July plans change with the pandemic

Many venerable events have been canceled or postponed, while other celebrations are carrying on but with changes designed to...

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'Love and Fury': Oklahoma Native American filmmaker Sterlin Harjo continues telling Indigenous stories

Oklahoma filmmaker Sterlin Harjo wanted to showcase the Native American artists that he knows and loves, and he was willing to...

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Zachary Levi to play Kurt Warner in the movie 'American Underdog,' set to film in Oklahoma

The film will be given wide distribution by Lionsgate and is expected to begin production later this year.

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Maddie & Tae, Rascal Flatts, Kylie Morgan and more to be featured on tonight's 'CMA Summer Stay-Cay'

The streaming event will celebrate the legacy of CMA Fest, the world’s longest-running country music festival taking place in...

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Audible announces multi-project deal with Gunpowder & Sky, to launch with St. Vincent project

The St. Vincent project will followed by narratives focused on renowned recording artists Smokey Robinson and Alanis...

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Video: Watch the trailer for 'Finding Big Country,' the documentary on Oklahoma State basketball star Bryant 'Big Country' Reeves, debuting tonight on ESPN

"Finding Big Country" will be the second documentary about OSU basketball to premiere on ESPN this week.

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Oklahoma actor Micah Weese part of global cast of today's live-stream Zoom production of Shakespeare's 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'

A professional actor and musician, Weese is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma’s Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama.

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Longtime OKC artist Thomas Batista Correa dies

Born in La Guaria, Venezuela, Correa was a longtime Oklahoma City resident whose vivid abstracted paintings were widely...

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Downtown OKC's Midtown Walkabout returns for month of July

Midtown Walkabout Month will take place all day on Saturdays in July and will feature summertime promotions and activities for...

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Oklahoma City artist Thomas Batista Correa dies

Longtime local artist Thomas Batista Correa was found dead Sunday night in an Oklahoma City house fire. He was 56. "He could...

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Oklahoma Native American filmmaker Sterlin Harjo invited to join Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Metropolitan Library System moves LitFest online, prepares for next phase of reopening

In addition, the Metropolitan Library System is slated to begin Monday the next phase of its reopening following its...

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Kristin Chenoweth, Cody Alan and Ty Herndon to co-host tonight's live-stream Concert for Love and Acceptance

Produced by Herndon’s newly formed charitable foundation, The Foundation for Love & Acceptance, the event will count GLAAD and...

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Video: Garth Brooks announces second live-stream request show, moves stadium date to 2021

Brooks, who was born in Tulsa and grew up in Yukon, also announced Monday that he has rescheduled for a second time his stadium...

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Video: Happy birthday to Gary Busey, starring with Dennis Quaid in the upcoming podcast 'Uncle Drank'

One of Audio Up’s newest properties, the "Uncle Drank: The Totally Hammered" podcast is set to premiere later this year and...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Yukon's Iron Thistle Scottish Festival rescheduled for fall

Tickets already purchased for the April dates will be honored at the rescheduled autumn dates, which were announced today.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma Hall of Fame at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum reopening this week

The museum announced today that guests also will be required to wear masks.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Broken Arrow's Scotfest canceled for first time in 40 years

The Celtic music festival and Highland games showcase was planned for Sept. 18-20 in in Broken Arrow.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC Zoo reopens more attractions

Attraction capacity still will be limited daily to allow social distancing among guests. Guests can pre-purchase tickets for...

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UPDATED - Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Movie theaters around the state begin reopening after COVID-19 closures

While Gov. Stitt's Open Up & Recover Safely Plan allowed for movie theaters to begin reopening May 1, many of them are just...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC's Plaza District Festival canceled

Although it has been cancelled, the Plaza District is still encouraging people to visit the district and partake of its many...

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Video: Check out the trailer for the Eddie Sutton documentary 'Eddie,' premiering tonight on ESPN

The documentary was initially scheduled to headline deadCenter 2020, which was moved primarily online due to the coronavirus...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Paseo Arts District brings back First Friday Gallery Walk in July

All guests are asked to wear masks, follow directional signage, practice social distancing and use the provided hand sanitizer,...

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UPDATED: Edmond's Armstrong Auditorium to showcase new Irish dance production 'Celtic Throne'

"Celtic Throne—The Royal Journey of Irish Dance" explores the ancient origins of Irish step dance and celebrates the...

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Garth Brooks' drive-in concert entertains more 350,000 across North America

The concert was created exclusively for the drive-in event. It was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, with Brooks' full band.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma Youth Orchestras planning online fundraiser Play It Forward: LIVE!

The event will feature several musical performances from the outstanding students, interviews with alumni and special guests...

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Now playing: Oklahoma movie theaters reopening following coronavirus closures

The handsome new seats the Oklahoma City Museum of Art unveiled back in February in its historic Samuel Roberts Noble Theater...

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Watch: Pentatonix releases quarantine-theme EP 'At Home'

The EP features six new tracks, including covers of hits by The Weeknd, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Clean Bandit and The Cranberries.

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Oklahoma City Museum of Art hosting virtual Sonic Free Family Day Sunday

The Sonic Free Family Day activities go virtual at noon Sunday.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma State Fair's cancellation leaves a big hole in 2020 calendar

The Oklahoma State Fair's Board of Directors announced Friday that the fair has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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'EVERY DAY EPIC,' an outdoor screening of experimental films by Black artists, scheduled for tonight in OKC

The films center Black interiority, highlighting moments that might otherwise seem ordinary into the realm of the epic.

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Oklahoma State Fair's cancellation expected to have a ripple effect

In 2007, fiddler Kyle Dillingham and his bandmates in Horseshoe Road played 33 shows in 11 days at the Oklahoma State Fair. The...

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Video: NBC's 'The Sound of Music Live!,' starring Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer and Audra McDonald, streaming for free this weekend

It remains the most-watched live musical television event since its broadcast revived the format in 2013.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa cancels for the first time in history

Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa welcomes upwards of 60,000 people annually to River West Festival Park in a five-day celebration of the...

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Interview and audio: Turnpike Troubadour Kyle Nix releases solo debut 'Lightning on the Mountain & Other Short Stories'

"Lightning on the Mountain & Other Short Stories" was recorded and co-produced by Wes Sharon (Turnpike Troubadours, John...

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Interview and videos: OKC rapper Jabee releases timely new album 'This World Is So Fragile And Cruel I'm Glad I Got You'

Since the coronavirus has brought touring to a halt, Jabee is planning a pop-up art installation called "Glad I Got You" at 9...

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'Fragile and Cruel': OKC rapper and activist Jabee releasing timely new album

Even as he prepares to release his first album in almost four years, Jabee Williams wishes he had a little more time. "The hard...

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Not just fiddling around: Turnpike Troubadour Kyle Nix releases first solo album

For Kyle Nix, releasing his debut solo album just feels right, even in a time of so much upheaval. “Right now, I feel like I’m...

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Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum offering Eyewitness Tours, Better Conversations sessions

Continuing practices for the safety and health of all visitors and museum staff, all attendees must wear masks.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: American Banjo Museum's Americana Fest goes virtual

This year’s lineup will be headlined by Oklahoma’s own Byron Berline Band.

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OKC's deadCenter Film Festival draws global virtual audience

deadCenter sold passes to people from 25 foreign countries and 42 states.

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Myriad Gardens planting 'Seeds & Stories' for first Member Appreciation Weekend

The theme for the Members Appreciation Weekend will be "Seeds & Stories," and the decorations will pay homage to classic...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Jewel Box Theatre offering live drive-in comedy experience

A parking space will be left between each car to allow for social distancing.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma Art Crawl to feature artists across the state

More than 225 artists in 33 cities will be showing their stuff in their yards, under their carports and in their driveways.

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Revving up the creativity community: Oklahoma Art Crawl to roam all over the state

Oklahoma art lovers, start your engines. Part road rally, part drive-in arts festival and part treasure hunt — complete with...

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2020 Norman Music Festival canceled due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic

NORMAN — The 2020 Norman Music Festival has been canceled in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. "NMF is looking at new...

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'Seeds & Stories': Myriad Gardens plants first Membership Appreciation Weekend

A coconut tree is springing up right in downtown Oklahoma City. The iconic palm from the classic children's book "Chicka Chicka...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Sonic Summer Movie Nights move to Scissortail Park

The Sonic Summer Movie Nights are 8 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Norman Music Festival 2020 canceled

The free, independent festival annually brings hundreds of acts and thousands of music fans to downtown Norman for three days...

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OETA to kick off new season of 'Back in Time' and 'Gallery America,' featuring Oklahomans Kate Barnard, Vanessa Jennings, Tyson Meade and more

New host of “Gallery America,” Robert Reid, catches up with Tyson Meade, an artist, performer, songwriter and musician residing...

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Video: Rascal Flatts announces new EP 'How They Remember You,' debuts title track

A seven-track project, Rascal Flatts’ new EP will include six unreleased tracks as well as the group's heartfelt rendition of...

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PBS' 'A Capitol Fourth' to feature Kelli O'Hara, Trace Adkins, The Temptations and more

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional live "A Capitol Fourth" will not be staged on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol;...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Yukon Freedom Fest to return for July 3-4 but festival to be scaled down

The festivities will kick off the evening of July 3 with the "Tribute to Yukon Veterans" at Chisholm Trail Park.

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Grammy-nominated Oklahoma performer John Fullbright to play summer home-state shows

Fullbright will perform Aug. 1 at The Mercury Lounge Tulsa. It will be a limited capacity live performance.

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OKC's Scissortail Park announces lineup for 'Live from the Lawn' summer concert series

Guests are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs to enjoy an evening of quality music in the park.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City Museum of Art announces plans for reopening its Noble Theater

Seating will be limited to less than 25% capacity, with seats and rows blocked off between guests to facilitate social...

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Watch: Check out the lyric video for 'Fugitive,' the new single from alt-country band Oklahoma Uprising

The song features Mosman on vocals and guitar; Travis Lyon on bass; Stuart Godfrey on guitar; Braden Russell on fiddle; Zach...

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Watch: Samantha Crain plays her quietly catchy new song 'Pastime,' featured by Apple Music

The follow-up to her 2017 album "You Had Me at Goodbye," "A Small Death" is available for pre-order.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Matchbox Twenty announces rescheduled tour, including OKC show

All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new concert dates.

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OKC's deadCenter Film Festival announces winning films

The winners of this year's film awards were announced Saturday night, including the recipients of the new Audience Awards. The...

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Peter Froslie named director of the University of Oklahoma School of Visual Arts

A member of the OU School of Visual Arts faculty since 2010, Froslie has taught numerous courses related to art, technology and...

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Oklahoma Historical Society establishes new online outlet to learn about state's Black history

Historic topics highlighted include the Tulsa Race Massacre, the Civil Rights Movement, early Oklahoma and All-Black towns.

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Preview: John Legend to host Father's Day TV special tonight, with OKC announced as recipient of COVID-19 assistance program

As part of tonight's TV special will be the announcement that the nonprofit Accelerator for America will provide technical...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC's Canterbury Youth Voices' performance at D-Day memorial ceremony in France postponed to 2021

The D-Day commemorative celebrations in France began in 1945 and were canceled this year for the first time in response to the...

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Interview: Edmond filmmaker Ryan Bellgardt named deadCenter Film Festival Oklahoma Film & TV ICON

It's a heady honor for a filmmaker whose first deadCenter memory is attending a midnight screening of Kaufman's 2006...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC's Canterbury Youth Voices' performance at D-Day memorial ceremony in France postponed to 2021

The singers of Oklahoma City-based Canterbury Youth Voices will have to wait another year to travel to Normandy, France, and...

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From fan to filmmaker: deadCenter ICON Award winner Ryan Bellgardt reflects on his movie career

Ryan Bellgardt has attended the deadCenter Film Festival in many roles over the years: film fan, press member, moviemaker and,...

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Artistic assistance: With its festival postponed, Red Earth launches online directory to aid Native artists

Stuart Sampson's home studio is getting a little crowded. "I have at least eight paintings sitting on the floor. All my wall...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: RACE Dance Collective postpones Dance Your Stance in downtown OKC

Dance for Your Stance is a collaboration between RACE Dance Collective and dancers in the Oklahoma hip-hop community.

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OKC's Myriad Botanical Gardens planning first Member Appreciation Weekend

The event will include story times, seed growing lessons and seed kits to take home, vendors and unlimited rides on Mo’s Carousel.

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Listen: Oklahoma native Gregory Jerome releases new song 'American Spirit' for Juneteenth

Officially commemorated on June 19, Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of slaves in America.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: 'Impractical Jokers' stars postpone OKC show to 2021

All tickets for the original performance will be honored, so patrons should hold on to their tickets.

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Showbiz Cinemas Edmond celebrating Father's Day weekend by showing 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'

Showbiz Cinemas Edmond is currently one of the only open theaters in the Oklahoma City metro area due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Video: Tickets for Garth Brooks' drive-in concert event to go back on sale Saturday after glitch

Billed as the largest ever one-night show to play at outdoor theaters across the United States and Canada, Brooks' show will be...

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Video: NBC's 2014 production of 'Peter Pan Live!,' starring Christopher Walken, Allison Williams and Kelli O'Hara, streaming for free this weekend

The musical adaptation of J.M. Barrie's classic tale stars Allison Williams as the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up; Academy Award...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Plaza District postpones tonight's anticipated 'Solidarity in the Plaza: Black Lives Matter' due to record rise in COVID-19 cases

Although the festivities would be primarily outdoors, Plaza District Executive Director Selena Skorman said as many as 10,000...

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Interview and video: OKC nerdy rock band Dr. Pants releases abstract electronic album 'Objectionable Object'

Deliberately titled "Objectionable Object," the abstract new album premiered on Dr. Pants' Bandcamp earlier this month and...

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OKC's deadCenter Film Festival changes leads as Lance McDaniel steps down and Alyx Picard Davis steps up

As the festival heads into its final weekend of streaming films, panels, moviemaker Q&As and other content at...

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Abstract experimentation: OKC nerdy rock band Dr. Pants pivots with new album 'Objectionable Object'

David Broyles admits that an all-instrumental album of experimental electronic music might be a strange choice for the first...

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Changing leads: As Lance McDaniel leaves deadCenter Film, Alyx Picard Davis prepares for action

Lance McDaniel never could have imagined that his last deadCenter Film Festival as the nonprofit organization's executive...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: As movie productions get back to action, Oklahoma film proponents see a potential boom

With the pandemic forcing Americans to spend more time at home watching TV and movies, the streaming wars are heating up even...

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Carpenter Square Theatre to continue 'CST LiveOnline!' with live-stream radio show-style production of 'The Postman Always Rings Twice'

The theater does not plan to reopen until late fall for Season 37, but “CST LiveOnline!” is allowing Carpenter Square to...

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'CBS This Morning' to examine Tulsa Race Massacre as part of Juneteenth coverage

Officially commemorated on June 19, Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of slaves in America.

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Oklahoma native Mary Millben to be featured on new online series 'Impact Now'

“Impact Now” is a new, one-hour, online series profiling and featuring global leaders, entertainers, influencers, sports...

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Russell Westbrook, Alfre Woodard, Sen. Kamala Harris and more to appear on virtual Tulsa Block Party for Juneteenth

Baratunde Thurston, Dr. Tiffany Crutcher, "Watchmen" creator Damon Lindelof, Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson...

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'Dateline NBC' special 'The Long Road to Freedom' to focus on wrongfully convicted Tulsa brothers

The one-hour broadcast, "The Long Road to Freedom," is part of NBC News’ network-wide series, “Inequality in America.”

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HBO to make all episodes of 'Watchmen' - which depicts the Tulsa Race Massacre - free to watch this weekend

The network also will air a marathon of the 2019 series starting at noon Friday, which is Juneteenth.

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Trisha Yearwood, Kelly Clarkson, Benedict Cumberbatch and more to receive stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Opera legend Luciano Pavarotti, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson and jazz icon Charlie Parker will be given...

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Documentary 'John Lewis: Good Trouble' to make U.S. premiere Friday at Tulsa's Circle Cinema

"John Lewis: Good Trouble" will open in theaters and on demand July 3, and it will be playing in multiple Oklahoma theaters.

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Video: Political parody group Founders Sing releases 'Stay Home Oklahoma' clip ahead of President Trump's Tulsa rally

The video features the singing likenesses of famous Oklahoma natives Brad Pitt (actor and filmmaker), Garth Brooks (country...

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Preview: Celebrations of Juneteenth, Black arts planned across Oklahoma this weekend

Between worldwide protests in response to the May 25 death of George Floyd while in police custody to President Trump's...

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Ready for 'action': Oklahoma film industry poised for a possible boom following the coronavirus pandemic

On Friday, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild of America,...

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Cultural celebration: Events showcasing Juneteenth and Black arts planned across Oklahoma

Candice Jackson's interest in self-care resulted in an outbreak of creativity during the coronavirus pandemic. "I started with...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Inaugural Oklahoma International Dance Festival moves online

Classes will take place via Zoom with a limit of 14 dancers per class in order to maximize feedback and personalize training.

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Video: Check out Garth Brooks' uplifting new song 'We Belong to Each Other'

"Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts shared the new song.

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Preview: Final episode of 'Mike and Carrie: God & Country,' short film series featuring Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher, debuts tonight

Throughout the four-part digital series, the couple has been providing insight into how they continually sustain their...

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UPDATED: Downtown OKC's Scissortail Park to launch 'Live from the Lawn' concert series, feature 'Okie All Stars' show

The debut concert in the "Live from the Lawn" series will feature several of the artists who performed on "Scissortail Streams"...

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OETA to air 'Race in Oklahoma' special

“Race in Oklahoma” will explore the history of racism in Oklahoma, policing, systemic issues (health, education and the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: For King & Country's OKC show canceled

Although most of the tour has been postponed, a few dates, including the OKC concert, have been canceled.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Choctaw Nation modifies its Labor Day Festival

The well-known event schedule is being narrowed to focus on cultural events and activities.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys postpone OKC show

Formed by Bob Wills in 1933, the band continues today under the leadership of Jason Roberts, a Western Swing star and two-time...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC's Diamond Ballroom plans to reopen with July concerts

Staffers have located optimum spots for additional sanitizing stations and devised new configurations for social distancing.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC's Jones Assembly reopening Wednesday with new live music series and summer menu

The Jones Assembly will be hosting the new "Local Tap" summer concert series from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday on the outdoor patio.

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OKC's deadCenter Film Festival continues with Community Showcase

deadCenter is partnering with various organizations like Allied Arts, Lyric Theatre, Arts Council Oklahoma City's Art Moves,...

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El Sistema Oklahoma receives grant from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute

The mission of El Sistema Oklahoma is to serve the community by engaging children within an ensemble-based music program so...

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'MVSKOKE VOICES: Contemporary Native American Art' showing at Wewoka's Seminole Nation Museum

An artist reception is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug 15 at the museum, 524 S Wewoka Ave.

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Watch: '60 Minutes' delves into the haunting history of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Even with armed black veterans resisting the invasion of their neighborhood, more than 1,200 homes were destroyed, and many of...

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Garth Brooks' drive-in concert to show at four Oklahoma theaters

Designed in light of the coronavirus pandemic, the event was billed as playing at 300 drive-in theaters across North America,...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Lineup and dates announced for virtual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival

Among those making their WoodyFest debut include Oscar-winning Irish vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Glen Hansard;...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC Improv cancels autumn Oklahoma City Improv Festival

The nonprofit arts organization, which is based in the Plaza District, is resuming its improv classes this week but has not yet...

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OKC's Kingdom Media Club announces 'Okie Summer Movie Series,' to launch with 'The Goonies' 35th anniversary screening

Kingdom Media Club Executive Director Kyle William Roberts, an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, will conduct the discussion with...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC's Canterbury Youth Voices' performance at D-Day memorial ceremony in France postponed to 2021

Because the D-Day celebrations were canceled for 2020, Canterbury Youth Voices will instead make their eagerly awaited trip to...

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Oklahoma art organizations share creative plans for NEA grant funding

The mostly forgotten true story of Guthrie native James Herman Banning, an aviator who in 1932 partnered with Oklahoma City...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma Shakespeare getting creative after canceling remainder of season

The company - which this year officially became a small professional theater under Actors' Equity Association, the union...

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Groundbreaking arts: Oklahoma nonprofit organizations receive NEA grants for creative projects

When Louisa Jaggar was shopping for books for her first grandson, who is African American, with her pal Pat Smith, they were...

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Star-crossed season: Oklahoma Shakespeare cancels season, gets creative in light of coronavirus pandemic

In William Shakespeare's iconic tragedy "Romeo & Juliet," Friar Laurence's vital message to the exiled beau is delayed when...

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Watch: Oklahoma duo The Imaginaries debut cinematic 'Revival' music video, playing as part of the deadCenter Film Festival

Directed by Reagan Elkins of Intellego Media and filmed all over Oklahoma, the "Revival" video features Henry and McClure as...

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Tulsa Race Massacre to be examined on Sunday's '60 Minutes'

Scott Pelley reports on the race massacre, in which an estimated 300 people – mostly African American men, women and children –...

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OKC Zoo to start weekly summer Sip & Stroll event for adults

The event is for guests 21 and older and limited to 900 visitors per night. It will offer a chance to explore an outdoor path...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: TobyMac postpones Tulsa show to 2021

Fans who cannot attend the newly scheduled date may request a refund through July 12 at their original point of purchase.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Virtual tour offered of OKC Orchestra League Symphony Show House, benefiting OKC Philharmonic

All tour tickets, designer sales, pop-up boutique sales and even the sale of the whole house will benefit the music education...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Poison postpones summer Tulsa tour stop

Ticketholders are encouraged to keep their tickets, which will be honored at the rescheduled date that will be announced at a...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OETA launching summer OETA Art Club for middle and high school students

OETA Art Club combines clips from OETA’s award-winning arts series, "Gallery America," with discussion guides and activities...

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National Cowboy Museum offering meet and greet with Cowboy Tim

The meet and greet is free with museum admission.

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Interview and video: Oklahoma actress Cate Jones premiering feature film directorial debut 'She's the Eldest' at deadCenter Film Festival

Her black-and-white film is premiering as part of the 20th Anniversary deadCenter Film Festival, which started Thursday and...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Artists and art groups release free custom color sheets for children and adults

Even as the state's phased reopening continues, the summer heat may continue to keep Oklahomans inside their houses and looking...

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Oklahoma band The Imaginaries planning Facebook Live celebration of the 'Revival' music video release in conjunction with deadCenter Film Festival

The duo is planning a Facebook Live Q&A and premiere party at noon today in conjunction with Oklahoma City's deadCenter Film...

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Colors of coronavirus: Oklahoma arts organizations offer specialty coloring sheets during pandemic

Growing up, Joshua Boydston associated road trips with the new coloring books his mom would buy to keep him occupied along the...

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Oklahoma actress Cate Jones premiering feature film directorial debut 'She's the Eldest' at deadCenter Film Festival

For fans of Oklahoma's burgeoning independent film scene, Cate Jones is a familiar face. "When I was little, my sisters and I...

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Video: Flaming Lips give the ultimate social distancing performance on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'

The Grammy-winning psychedelic rockers performed their iconic hit "Race for the Prize," from their seminal 1999 album "The Soft...

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Video: Martin Scorsese officially welcomes cinephiles to OKC's virtual deadCenter Film Festival tonight

His welcome message is presented by deadCenter and the Oklahoma Film + Music Office.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum reopens with new exhibits and AR experience

The 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing was April 19, but instead of welcoming crowds of people to pay their...

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A guide to the first virtual deadCenter Film Festival, which is launching today

The 20th deadCenter Film Festival is a virtual event, and here's how you access that goodness.

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deadCenter Film Festival includes black filmmakers discussion hosted by OKC Councilwoman Nikki Nice

Other deadCenter 2020 selections created by black filmmakers include "Test Pattern," "Things of Beauty Burn" and "Justin."

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OKC's Plaza District to host Black Lives Matter event highlighting local black artists

To protect against the spread of COVID-19, social distancing and mask wearing are encouraged.

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OKC artist Marilyn Artus brings 'Her Flag' project celebrating 19th Amendment centennial back to Oklahoma

Artus has sewed on the last seven stripes at her Oklahoma City home while live-streaming on social media. Saturday's OKC event...

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Video: Garth Brooks announces summer concert event at drive-in theaters across North America

The event will take place rain or shine and will begin at dusk.

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'Her Flag' flies home: OKC artist Marilyn Artus to sew on Oklahoma stripe for cross-country art project honoring 19th Amendment centennial

When Oklahoma City artist Marilyn Artus first started criss-crossing the country a year ago to add the stripes to "Her Flag,"...

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Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum offers new amenities after three-month closure

It's not unusual to find visitors waiting for the doors to be unlocked when the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum opens in...

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Video: Garth Brooks to make announcement Thursday on 'Good Morning America'

Brooks, who was born in Tulsa and grew up in Yukon, teased the announcement on Monday's episode of his weekly Facebook Live...

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deadCenter Film Festival to include all-star live Zoom screenplay table read

deadCenter 2020 is set for Thurday-June 21 and will be primarily online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Frontier City adds 'mask free break zones'

Frontier City reopened Friday with a mask requirement, temperature checks, required reservations and other safety protocols to...

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Video: Oklahoma dancer Keagan Capps wows on 'World of Dance'

Celebrity judges Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough and Ne-Yo praised the Moore teenager.

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Flaming Lips to be musical guest tonight on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'

The Grammy-winning psychedelic rockers released last month their first new recording of 2020.

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Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher's web series 'Mike and Carrie: God & Country' continues tonight

Throughout the four-part digital series, the couple is providing insight into how they continually sustain their marriage,...

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Journey guitarist and Oklahoma native Neal Schon to appear this afternoon on Joe Bonamassa's live-stream show 'Live from Nerdville'

Since it is unclear when the music industry will be able to have in-person concert performances, "Live from Nerdville," an...

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Five Oklahoma organizations receive grants from National Endowment for the Arts

The grants announced today are part of the NEA's regular grant-making process, separate from grants related to funding made...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Norman's MAINSITE Contemporary Art reopens today

The gallery will operate with a limited capacity, and its staff highly recommends any and all visitors wear a mask and adhere...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum reopening today

The museum has implemented new procedures to enhance health and safety protections for visitors and employees.

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Russell Westbrook to produce 'Terror in Tulsa' docuseries on Tulsa Race Massacre

Between May 31 and June 1, 1921, mobs of white residents attacked, set aflame and ultimately destroyed the Greenwood District,...

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Documentary on Tulsa's Black Wall Street in the works from LeBron James and Maverick Carter's SpringHill Entertainment

The Tulsa Race Massacre was one of the worst episodes of racial violence in U.S. history.

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Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum receives $1 million gift from Paycom CEO Chad Richison

The museum announced in March that it was closing temporarily due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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'Surviving R. Kelly' producer dream hampton attached to limited documentary series based on Tulsa Race Massacre

Approaching the centennial anniversary of the 1921 tragedy, the working title for the project is "Black Wall Street," according...

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National Cowboy Museum opening early for Elder Hour

The first hour of business will be devoted to senior visitors.

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Billie Holiday documentary 'Billie' to open this year's deadCenter Film Festival

Oklahoma City's deadCenter Film Festival starts Thursday and continues through June 21.

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OKC Zoo opening earlier in the summer

Due to the threat of the coronavirus, the zoo continues to take strong precautions to protect guests and staff members alike.

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Oklahoma Film + Music Office to offer free virtual introductory film classes as part of deadCenter Film Festival

Smithsonian Magazine recently named deadCenter Film Festival one of eight film festivals worth virtually attending this year.

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Oklahoma City Museum of Art to offer free admission for children and teens

Prior to the museum's temporary closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, admission for visitors 17 and younger had been $10.

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UPDATED: Kristin Chenoweth, James Corden, Audra McDonald and more to be presenters on Saturday's Drama Desk Awards

Founded in 1955, the Drama Desk Awards honor outstanding achievement by professional theater artists on Broadway, Off-Broadway,...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Oklahoma City announces opening date and safety protocols

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor OKC is implementing extensive new safety measures and hygiene protocols, including several new...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Cody Johnson's summer OKC show canceled

Ticketmaster will automatically refund customers at the point of purchase within two weeks, according to the announcement.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Alan Jackson's 2020 Oklahoma arena tour stop rescheduled for 2021

The Country Music Hall of Famer has rescheduled his Tulsa tour stop for a second time due to the pandemic.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Tool cancels 'Fear Inoculum Tour,' including OKC show

The tour was organized to support Tool's new album "Fear Inoculum," which arrived last summer after years of anticipation.

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Video: OKCThunder Films to premiere documentary 'Everyday Saint' at deadCenter Film Festival

“The Everyday Saint” will kick off deadCenter’s community corner, which will feature films, film classes and panel discussions...

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Watch: OKC rapper Jabee releases powerful music video for timely new song 'Clic,' with the message 'Stop killing us'

The recent making of the video northeast Oklahoma City drew attention when Jabee worked with his friend Dustin Sliger, owner of...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Citizen Potawatomi Nation cancels FireLake Fireflight Balloon Festival and Outdoor Nation Expo

The festival was canceled on counsel from Citizen Potawatomi Nation Health Services Chief Medical Officer George A. Vascellaro,...

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Interview and photos: OKC rapper Jabee Williams uses lighted sign to send message after George Floyd's death

In light of national events, Mayor David Holt issued a lengthy statement on social media Saturday about Oklahoma City's...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Norman's Fourth of July Celebration in Reaves Park postponed due to pandemic

The rescheduled event featuring a fireworks display and performances from local artists will serve as an opportunity to...

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Video and interview: OKC rapper Jabee releases new single and video 'No Allegiance'

The song is the latest advance single from his upcoming double-LP "This World Is So Fragile And Cruel I’m Glad I Got You," due...

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Listen: Oklahoma singer-songwriter Beau Jennings releases acoustic album 'Son of Thunderbird'

Jennings performed and recorded the forthcoming album himself, with contributions from friends John Calvin Abney, Andy Adams,...

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TV special 'United We Sing: A Grammy Salute to the Unsung Heroes,' to feature Harry Connick Jr., Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock and more

The special will feature performances by Connick, Jon Batiste, Andra Day, John Fogerty, Jamie Foxx, Herbie Hancock, Cyndi...

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Interviews, photos and video: National Cowboy Museum showcases Native American pottery traditions with 'Colors of Clay' exhibit

Since the museum was closed for two months due the coronavirus pandemic, the museum has extended "Colors of Clay" through June 21.

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'Colors of Clay': National Cowboy Museum's exhibit showcases diverse Native American ceramics

In 2009, Oklahoma artist Chase Kahwinhut Earles literally began lighting a fire under one of his tribe's recently rekindled...

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Tonkawa Film Festival announces 2021 dates

After a successful first year that included films from across the country as well as a special screening of the feature film...

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Watch: Oklahoma singer Sophia Massad releases music video for soulful new single 'She'

The song is Massad’s first release in 2020, in anticipation of the release of her full-length album, which has been postponed...

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Video: OKC band Dr. Pants releases new album 'Objectionable Object'

Dr. Pants has previously been known primarily for nerdy rock music, which makes this project seem like a bit of a hard left,...

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Interview: Oklahoma moviemaking brothers Jacob Leighton Burns and Zachary Burns bringing time-travel thriller to virtual deadCenter Film Festival

The Burns brothers still will get to participate in their home state's largest film festival: "Shifter" is among the more than...

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Oklahoma filmmakers follow deadCenter Film Festival into virtual realm

Oklahoma moviemaking brothers Jacob Leighton Burns and Zachary Burns were expecting to spend 2020 traveling across the country...

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Lyric video: OKC photographer and artist Madelyn Amacher releases debut single 'candles' under the moniker heartspace

The cover and promo art were done by local photographer Brittany Berbena-Phillips, and the video was created by local...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition organizing Oklahoma Art Crawl

The free event is open to any artist who applies by June 12 and follows the guidelines. Participating artists will be listed on...

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Randy Rogers, Read Southall Band, Kaitlin Butts and more to play inaugural Weedstock at Stillwater's Tumbleweed Dancehall

The three-day music festival, billed as highlighting peace, love and music, is slated for Aug. 20-22 at the venerable...

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Check out the trailer for 'Lunch Box,' the upcoming virtual play by Norman's Namron Players Theatre

Sheryl Martin, Namron's artistic director and playwright-in-resident, spent nine months packing her "Lunch Box" when the...

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Watch: Audra Mae covers The Beatles with a little help from Aubrie Sellers, Alayna Rogers and Nariah Francois

A Putnam City High School graduate based in Nashville and Los Angeles, the singer-songwriter recorded the cover pre-coronavirus...

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Virtual 2020 Kelli O’Hara Awards to be presented Wednesday

Despite the cancellation of the national ceremony, OKC Broadway and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma will present this year's Virtual...

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45th Infantry Division Museum opens new exhibit 'Treasures from the Collection'

The museum reopened to the public May 15 following a two-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Watch: Ray Wylie Hubbard teams with Ashley McBryde and The Cadillac Three for new music videos

The tracks are from Hubbard’s forthcoming album, "Co-starring," which will be his debut release on Big Machine.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC's Rodeo Cinema and Tulsa's Circle Cinema announce reopening dates

The nonprofit movie theaters closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Listen: Oklahoma-California band Sports returns with irresistible new song 'Tell You Something'

The song represents Sports' first new material since the 2018 album "Everyone's Invited."

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma State University's McKnight Center for the Performing Arts launches virtual performance series

The series will offer artists’ insight into what audiences can expect from the upcoming second season performances, provide the...

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'The Truth Behind Joe Exotic: The Rick Kirkham Story' airing Tuesday on Investigation Discovery

ID's Joe Exotic special centers on Rick Kirkham, the former TV reporter whose aspirations of making a Joe Exotic reality TV...

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See the official trailer and poster for the Oklahoma-made thriller 'Run with the Hunted'

Written and directed by Tulsan John Swab, “Run With the Hunted” is his second film to use the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate...

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Listen: Oklahoma-Texas icon Ray Wylie Hubbard partners with Ashley McBryde for new song 'Outlaw Blood'

In a behind-the-scenes video, Hubbard says he's a big fan of the emerging Nashville renegade, so he was thrilled that McBryde...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Central Oklahoma theaters and performing arts groups find alternate ways to put on a show

With the COVID-19 crisis canceling live shows, temporarily shuttering venues and restricting gatherings for the foreseeable...

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Oklahoma movies to stream: A range of comedies have been made in Oklahoma

Oklahomans' stalwart sense of humor has worked its way into many movies made in the Sooner State.

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RIP Oklahoma power pop songwriter Moon Martin, who wrote Robert Palmer hit 'Bad Case of Loving You'

Although he was more well-known in Europe than in his home country, Martin was one of the most critically acclaimed artists of...

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Listen: Oklahoma singer-songwriter Beau Jennings releases wistful new acoustic song 'Static Automatic'

Jennings performed and recorded the forthcoming album himself, with contributions from friends John Calvin Abney, Andy Adams,...

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Kelli O'Hara to be featured on tonight's virtual 'The Seth Concert Series,' hosted by Seth Rudetsky

Seth Rudetsky’s internationally acclaimed Broadway concert series that first began in Provincetown, Massachusetts, at The Art...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State's venues, theaters, event organizers and more get creative in response to the pandemic

The Bureau of Economic Analysis and National Endowment for the Arts found that the arts and culture contributed $877.8 billion,...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State museums and attractions readying to reopen

Some are reopening in phases, and most have new safety protocols in place.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State tourism industry doubles down on advantages after hard hit from pandemic

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, no industry took a bigger hit from the pandemic than the hospitality business. It's...

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OKC Broadway announces finalists for Virtual 2020 Kelli O’Hara Awards

Despite the cancellation of the national ceremony, OKC Broadway and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma will present a virtual 2020 Kelli...

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Getting creative: Hard hit by the pandemic, Oklahoma's A&E sector works to adapt

Adam Norwest was hoping that Oklahoma City audiences would be ready for laughs. His Bricktown Comedy Club was among the first...

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In light of George Floyd's death, OKC rapper Jabee Williams makes a statement with lighted sign

Oklahoma City rapper Jabee Williams has never shied away from making a statement with his music. On Friday, he made one in...

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Venerable Bricktown Events Center closes in coronavirus fallout

The Bricktown Events Center is closing indefinitely in the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. The venerable venue has hosted...

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Oklahoma tourism industry trying to cowboy up after hard hit from coronavirus pandemic

Visitors returning to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum are greeted by the cardboard countenance of the new...

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Reopening plans: Oklahoma museum and attractions start resuming public hours after coronavirus closures.

It's been a long, lonely spring at Oklahoma's museums, attractions and historical sites. Most have been shuttered since...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Rescheduled dates announced for Red Earth Native American festival

A juried art market, Native dance presentations, storytelling, musical performances and consultations with art experts will be...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma Shakespeare cancels remainder of 2020 season

Now scrapped, Oklahoma Shakespeare's 2020 season was originally scheduled to run from February through December and feature...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Bricktown Events Center announces indefinite closure

Not only has the coronavirus pandemic devastated the event planning business, but it also has left an ongoing uncertainty about...

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Video: Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O'Hara among Oklahoma City University alumni participating in tonight's 'The Stars Align' virtual benefit concert

"The Stars Align" will stream on the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' Facebook page and YouTube channel starting at 7 tonight.

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Listen: Grammy-nominated Ro James, who has Oklahoma ties, releases new album 'Mantic'

The album features collaborations with R&B all-stars like Brandy ("Plan B"), Miguel ("Too Much") and Masego ("Slow Down").

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Watch: OKC's Flaming Lips release ethereal new song and video 'Flowers of Neptune 6'

The track is accompanied by a video filmed here in the Grammy winners' home state of Oklahoma and directed by frontman Wayne...

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Video: NBC's 2016 production 'Hairspray Live!,' starring Kristin Chenoweth, Harvey Fierstein and Ariana Grande, streaming for free this weekend

The all-star cast includes Oklahoma native Kristin Chenoweth, Harvey Fierstein, Ariana Grande, Derek Hough, Jennifer Hudson and...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC's 3rd Act Theatre Company reopening performing space and closing first season with 'Moonglow'

The final Sunday performance, on June 28, will be streamed online, and the theater will be closed,

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Harn Homestead Museum prepares to reopen

Safety protocols include limits on the number of people inside buildings, mask recommendations, social distancing and increased...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC Pride Week & Festival goes virtual

OKC Pride will continue with a June celebration in a new, creative and unique way that ensures the safety of residents and...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Edmond Historical Society & Museum plans reopening

The museum's “Trees in Our Town” exhibit has been extended. It will now close on June 27.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Neighborhood Arts programs at Metro Library System going online

Neighborhood Arts is a summertime staple in Oklahoma County. The program provides performances for families across the metro...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Metropolitan Library System readying for Phase 2 of reopening

For Phase 2, all libraries will offer expanded services, including computer use, scanning, faxing and copying.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Science Museum Oklahoma reopening to the public next week

New precautions and procedures now in place include dozens of sanitation stations throughout the museum where guests will have...

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Movie review: Oklahoma filmmakers bring refreshing innovation to familiar sci-fi themes with 'The Vast of Night'

But Patterson and his cohorts manage to bring a distinctive style and verve to the familiar formula that makes "The Vast of...

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Interviews and video: Oklahoma filmmakers achieve sci-fi dream with acclaimed feature film debut 'The Vast of Night'

The debut feature film from Edmond director Andrew Patterson "The Vast of Night" premieres Friday on Amazon Prime Video after a...

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Interview and video: Oklahoma singer-songwriter Kat Lock releases coronavirus quarantine album 'an existence'

With so many significant life changes, the independent musician was able to release this month her latest album, "an...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: American Banjo Museum announces reopening date

Guests will be asked to wear face masks, use social distancing and avoid contact with exhibits and artifacts.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Vast of Night'

"THE VAST OF NIGHT" PG-13 1:29 3 1/2 stars A relatively small but unquestionably talented troupe of primarily Oklahoma...

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Life changes: Norman singer-songwriter Kat Lock turns personal turmoil into 'an existence'

Kat Lock already was grappling with a series of personal upheavals — a major breakup, a life-changing diagnosis, the grounding...

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Out-of-this-world adventure: Oklahoma filmmakers' critically acclaimed movie 'Vast of Night' lands on Amazon

Imagine, if you will, a small town seemingly lost in time, just waiting for some curious souls to harness its cooperative...

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Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma hosting live-stream premiere of Broadway musical 'Allegiance' starring George Takei and Lea Salonga

In partnership with Broadway On Demand, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma will receive 25% of every ticket sold as a donation.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Artesian Online Art Market showcasing Chickasaw and Southeastern Indian art

The Chickasaw Nation announced last month that it was canceling its in-person 2020 Artesian Arts Festival out of an abundance...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Durant's Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival cancels summer season

The cancellation extends to the Children's Theatre Workshop and Young Actors' Studio.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: The Mountain Goats' OKC concert rescheduled for fall

The Tower Theatre and its companion venue, Ponyboy, are both closed due the coronavirus pandemic. Reopening dates have not yet...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Lindsey Buckingham cancels OKC show

The Criterion has postponed or canceled several other shows due to the pandemic.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma Historical Society announces reopening dates for its museums and sites

All staffers will wear masks, and visitors are encouraged to wear masks as well.

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Video: Oklahoma Arts Institute virtual choir performs 'One Voice' featuring Kyle Dillingham and Peter Markes

The participants — including alumni of the Summer Arts Institute, educators who participate in the nonprofit's programs and its...

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OKC's deadCenter Film Festival announces cast reunions, panels and classes and more for virtual 20th anniversary event

In honor of the festival's 20th anniversary, organizers are planning a deadCenter Oklahoma film flashback series.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center goes online for Studio-in-Place and Camp-in-Place

Through biweekly interviews, live-streamed videos and other engaging content, online viewers get an inside glimpse into the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Duncan's Chisholm Trail Heritage Center announces reopening date

Face covering or masks are required for all guests and staff while inside the center.

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Apple reportedly teaming with Paramount for Martin Scorsese's adaptation of 'Killers of the Flower Moon'

According to Variety, the deals have not yet closed but are likely to be inked in the coming days.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Factory Obscura announces phased reopening, safety requirements for 'Mix-Tape'

Its reopening is planned in phases, with safety guidelines such as mandatory masks for guests, required advanced reservations...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Hobart's Celebration of Freedom rescheduled for fall, General Tommy Franks Museum to reopen

The Celebration of Freedom is organized annually by the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum, along with the...

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Watch: Kelli O'Hara covers James Taylor's 'Fire and Rain' on PBS' 'National Memorial Day Concert'

O'Hara, who hails from Elk City and Edmond, dedicated her performance to all the Gold Star families and people who have lost...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Backstreet Boys announce rescheduled 2021 tour dates, including OKC show

The hitmakers earlier this month postponed their 2020 North American tour dates in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: 'Live From Cains' to feature Paul Benjaman, Jesse Aycock and Beau Roberson tonight

During this “Live From Cain’s: Session,” hosted at www.facebook.com/cainsballroom, fans will be treated to a behind-the-scenes...

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Watch: Carrie Underwood fans celebrate the 15th anniversary of her 'American Idol' win

Underwood beat out runner-up Bo Bice in the "American Idol" Season 4 finale on March 25, 2005.

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Edmond's Armstrong Auditorium announces 2020-2021 Performing Arts Series lineup

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Armstrong Auditorium will follow the state’s health guidelines. Tickets will be fully...

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Video: Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher's web series 'Mike and Carrie: God & Country' premieres tonight

In the series trailer, the couple, who will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary in July, talks about their differing...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Museum of Osteology in OKC announces reopening

The 7,000-square-foot Oklahoma City museum, which features more than 800 animal skeletons, announced in mid-March that it was...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City Museum of Art reveals reopening date and plans

The museum will reopen with exhibitions on all three floors. In addition to “POP Power from Warhol to Koons,” “Dale Chihuly:...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Frontier City announces reopening date, safety protocols

Six Flags General Manager Trevor Leonard spoke exclusively to "Good Morning America" Tuesday morning from Frontier City to...

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Watch: OKC duo Husbands' 'Manhorse' gets clever barrier-grid animation video from Lamar + Nik

Lamar + Nik have previously devised inventive videos for the likes of Pixies, The Shins and fellow Okie Samantha Crain.

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Video: Oklahoma artist Harvey Pratt talks about the Native American Veterans Memorial under construction in Washington, D.C.

The dedication of the memorial is planned to take place on Veterans Day, which is Nov. 11.

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OKC journalist Ali Meyer wins Gracie Award

The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created by, for and about women in radio, television, and interactive media.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Tulsa Zoo reopens to members today, to the public June 1

The Tulsa Zoo will reopen with key changes in place to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19. The changes include limiting...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: McAlester Christian pop singer Estella Kirk releases encouraging video and song 'Shelter in the Storm'

The new song was produced by Josh “Igloo” Monroy (JoJo, Melanie Martinez) and co-written by Fontana, a former top celebrity...

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Watch: MercyMe captures a coronavirus mood with video for new song 'Hurry Up and Wait'

Inspired by the scripture Isaiah 40:31, the song offers encouragement for people feeling isolated, idled and frustrated by the...

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Video: Gary Busey stars in new Amazon Prime series 'Gary Busey: Pet Judge'

The Oscar-nominated actor will be joined in the courtroom by Mike E. Winfield, who will act as the bailiff; Ian Abramson, who...

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Video: Kelli O'Hara, Trace Adkins, Cynthia Erivo, Renee Fleming and more to appear tonight on PBS' 'National Memorial Day Concert'

The special 90-minute presentation of the "National Memorial Day Concert," featuring new and relevant content for these times...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC Philharmonic Associate Concertmaster Marat Gabdullin remotely assembles global orchestra to record original work 'Covid Romance'

The final video 4 1/2-minute video features players from the U.S. Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Qatar and Japan. It...

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Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition's grant programs aid state artists with diverse projects

Organized in 1988, OVAC is a nonprofit organization that supports Oklahoma visual artists realize their potential through...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Lyric Theatre lays off full-time staffers

The venerable nonprofit theater announced last month that it was postponing all remaining shows on its 2020 subscription season...

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'Covid Romance': OKC Philharmonic violinist Marat Gabdullin forms global ensemble to remotely record an original work

When the coronavirus pandemic temporarily shuttered the Civic Center and put the Oklahoma City Philharmonic on hiatus,...

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Artistic assistance: OVAC's quarterly grants help Oklahoma creatives with a variety of projects

Known for her experimental filmmaking, stop-motion animation and installation works, Nicole Emmons is relishing opportunities...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC's Riversport reopening whitewater rafting, tubing, ropes course and more

The adventures are resuming this Memorial Day weekend as part of Riversport’s COVID-19 Phase II re-opening.

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Photos and video: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani release 'Nobody But You' behind-the-scenes video, perform on 'Red Nose Day Special'

The romantic single is Shelton's 27th No. 1 hit on the country chart and Stefani's first country chart-topper.

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It's World Turtle Day and the OKC Zoo is celebrating

Plus, the zoo is sharing a series of live “turtle talks” on Facebook until 11:30 a.m. today focusing on turtle conservation –...

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National Cowboy Museum opening new exhibit 'Girls of the Golden West'

On display through Aug. 30, the exhibit will offer a chance for guests to view rarely seen treasures from the vault and...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Shawnee's Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art announces reopening plans

The museum at first will be limiting admission to 10 visitors in the gallery at a time.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Paseo Arts District's Fairy Ball canceled

Paseo Arts District Executive Director Amanda Bleakley said the Fairy Ball festivities might be combined this year with Theatre...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Noble's Rose Rock Music Festival postponed

The 39th annual event was originally slated for June 5-7 in downtown Noble.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band's OKC show canceled

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, though, Buffett is shifting his 2020 U.S. tour dates to 2021

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Video and interview: OKC indie pop and blues musician Stephen Salewon releases romantic video to new ballad 'You Belong With Me'

Salewon, 30, was born in Nigeria and lived there until age 13, when he moved to the United States. Living in Oklahoma, he has...

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Interview and video: The Nixons release first new music collection in 20 years with EP 'Sonic Boom'

Not only have the 1990s hitmakers continued to play shows together - when there isn't a global pandemic keeping the musicians...

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Kelli O'Hara to lead Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts' Memorial For Us All Sunday

A secular community remembrance, the event welcomes all to celebrate the lives of those who have left us too soon.

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Human Together: Virtual music festival to showcase artists from Oklahoma and beyond during coronavirus pandemic

Although he is the co-founder of Oklahoma's largest film festival, Jayson Floyd doesn't consider himself an event planner. But...

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The Nixons drop 'Sonic Boom' EP, featuring first new music in 20 years

Three years after The Nixons first reassembled for an Oklahoma City show, the rock band's reunion continues to reverberate. Not...

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Video: Wes Studi PSA brings attention to the toll of coronavirus on Native American communities

Studi also has released 30-second and 60-second PSAs aimed at Native Americans and advising them on how to protect themselves...

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Video: Check out the first trailer for the Oklahoma-made thriller 'Infamous,' starring Bella Thorne and Jake Manley

"Infamous," previously titled "Southland," filmed last summer in Guthrie and multiple communities in central Oklahoma.

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NBC's 'The Sound of Music Live!,' starring Carrie Underwood, to stream for free

The Shows Must Go On!, which has aired several free full-length recordings of Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals and tributes, is...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC's Asian Night Market Festival canceled

Presented by the Asian District Cultural Association and OKC Parks, the festival was scheduled for June 27 at Military Park in...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Plaza District raises more than $20,000 to support retail and restaurant employees

With more than 200 individual donations, the Plaza Support Fund surpassed its goal of $16,000.

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John DeSantis and Daniel Gilchrist to play baddies in Oklahoma movie 'The Kiamichi Project'

The pair joins costars Australian Nathan Jones and actress Meg Foster in the action-horror mashup.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: The Weeknd delays 'The After Hours Tour,' including Oklahoma show, to 2021

But the "Can't Feel My Face" hitmaker announced today on social media that he is delaying the tour a year due to the COVID-19...

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Oklahoma Historical Society Director Bob Blackburn announces his retirement

Blackburn began his career with the state historical society in 1979 after he completed his Ph.D. in history from Oklahoma...

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Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, OneRepublic and more to appear on 2020 'Red Nose Day Special'

Julia Roberts, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Paul Rudd, 5 Seconds of Summer, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Garner, Ricky Gervais,...

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OKC contestant Mark Wilson to appear on 'The Price Is Right'

"The Price Is Right" airs at 10 a.m. weekdays on CBS.

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Video: Blake Shelton performs with Gwen Stefani, winner Todd Tilghman on 'The Voice' season finale

Blake and Gwen's performance was dedicated to the staff and volunteers of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Maroon 5 postpones tour, including OKC concert, to 2021

Meghan Trainor was slated to open for Maroon 5 on all the band's summer dates, and it looks like the "All About That Bass"...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Backstreet Boys postpone 2020 North American tour, including OKC show

The Backstreet Boys were planning to kick off the 2020 North American leg of "The DNA World Tour" July 10 in New York.

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OKC's Painted Sky Opera announces plans for 2020-2021 season

The company was forced to postpone its 2019-2020 season closer slated for May 14-17 in the Civic Center’s CitySpace Theatre due...

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Oklahoma Humanities partnering with Smithsonian Institution for traveling exhibit 'Crossroads: Change in Rural America'

Museums, libraries, historical societies, and other cultural organizations in communities with populations of up to 20,000 are...

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Rascal Flatts gives remote performance on 'American Idol' finale, cancels farewell tour due to coronavirus pandemic

The "Rascal Flatts Farewell: Life Is a Highway Tour" was due to kick off this summer and take the group from coast to coast.

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Watch: Jacob Tovar's beautiful ballad 'I Felt Love' showcased in video directed by Sterlin Harjo

The first single from his upcoming album "Good Reasons" was penned by Tovar, John Fullbright and Roger Ray.

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OETA receives $1 million donation from Paycom founder through Richison Family Foundation

More than 2 million viewers tune into OETA on a weekly basis.

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Hanson, Dawes and Alexander 23 to appear on streamed music festival Sessions to raise funds for coronavirus relief

Hosted by Hannah Rad, the festival will feature performances and conversation live exclusively on Twitch and will benefit the...

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Oklahoma drive-in theaters attract film fans during coronavirus pandemic

For Oklahoma film fans who want to catch a movie somewhere other than their couch, one of the state's drive-in theaters is one...

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Listen: Kyle Nix of Turnpike Troubadours drops 'Lightning on the Mountain,' sizzling title track from his upcoming solo album

The album was recorded and co-produced by Wes Sharon (Turnpike Troubadours, John Fulbright, Parker Millsap) in Norman.