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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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10 children's songs more annoying than 'Baby Shark'

With the advent of YouTube, many of these ditties are easily accessible for the dreaded repeat plays.

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OKC Mayor David Holt and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti teaming up to discuss influential Oklahoma artist Ed Ruscha and 4 more Oklahoma entertainment headlines you...

Blake Shelton celebrates his 10th anniversary on "The Voice," Olivia Munn helps NYC police catch a suspect and an Oklahoma...

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OKC rapper J French releases Notorious B.I.G. remix in time for anniversary of icon's death and 4 more Oklahoma entertainment headlines you need to know

The Oklahoma-made movie "Minari" added more prizes to its rather crowded trophy case at Sunday night's 26th Annual Critics'...

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Acclaimed Oklahoma writer Honorée Fanonne Jeffers uses her words to highlight human moments

Almost 250 years before Amanda Gorman galvanized viewers of President Biden's inauguration and Super Bowl LV with her uplifting...

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Tulsa musician Jesse Aycock is 'Under the Gun' with new single and 7 more Oklahoma music notes

Oklahoma music documentary series "Play It Loud" announces artists for Season 6: Stephen Salewon, Adam Aguilar, Johnny Manchild...

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Oklahoma's film and TV industry is bringing in millions of dollars and thousands of jobs

Ben Hall's recent cinematic adventures have ranged from embodying a suspected vampire in a remote cabin near Tahlequah for a...

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Drive-in concerts featuring TobyMac and Casting Crowns pulling into OKC due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Fans can sit in their vehicles - or at least remain in their parking spaces - to maintain social distancing.

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OKC Philharmonic collaborating with local Black artists to share authentic history of 'Ragtime and All That Jazz'

A powerful presence on the central Oklahoma arts scene, W. Jerome Stevenson, who is African American, will host the Oklahoma...

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New Julius Jones documentary to premiere Friday in OKC and 6 more Oklahoma film headlines you need to know

Oklahoma screenwriter Kevin Costello ("Brigsby Bear") has nabbed a hit with the new live-action/animated hybrid "Tom & Jerry."

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Car show: Drive-in concerts pull into OKC this spring

At least two drive-in concerts will pull into Oklahoma City this spring as the live music industry continues to navigate the...

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'And All That Jazz': OKC Philharmonic collaborates with Black performers to share ragtime history

W. Jerome Stevenson believes that America is at its best when its people come together. "This is what makes America great. It...

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US Poet Laureate, Oklahoma native Joy Harjo releases first album in a decade

Tulsan Joy Harjo – the first Native American named Poet Laureate of the United States – digs deep into the indigenous red earth...

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The Golden Globes named a movie made in Oklahoma the best foreign language film - the thrill and weirdness of 'Minari's' big win

Although "Minari" is undeniably an American movie - made in America, by Americans, about the American dream - it was nominated...

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Meet the diverse young artists spotlighted in Oklahoma's 'Momentum' - and get a sneak peek at some of their work

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition isn't letting COVID-19 derail its "Momentum," the nonprofit organization's annual showcase...

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Lyric Theatre is performing its entire 2021 season outside due to COVID-19 - find out what shows OKC's largest professional theater is staging

Last September, Lyric was among the first professional theaters in the country to resume live performances by staging the...

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A movie made in Oklahoma has received a controversial Golden Globe nomination - explaining the polarizing nod for 'Minari'

Oklahoma City film fans will be able to see "Minari" at Rodeo Cinema and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art starting Feb. 19. A24...

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Keeping the 'Momentum': Young Oklahoma artists get the chance to shine in annual spring showcase

More than 50 rising stars on Oklahoma's art scene are getting their chance to shine this spring. The Oklahoma Visual Arts...

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Lyric Theatre is exploring the great outdoors with its 2021 shows

Lyric Theatre is taking its entire 2021 season outside due to the lingering COVID-19 pandemic. The Oklahoma City professional...

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Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and more nominated for ACM Awards, plus 5 more Oklahoma music notes

Hear new music from Oklahomans Carrie Underwood, Travis Linville and Kitt Wakeley.

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6 reasons to see the eye-catching exhibit 'Moving Vision' at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Don't be fooled: The artworks in the Oklahoma City Museum of Art's new exhibit "Moving Vision: Op and Kinetic Art from the...

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Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio meet with Osage Nation leaders about 'Killers of the Flower Moon' and 5 more Oklahoma film and TV headlines

Plus, Tom Hanks' drama 'News of the World' will be honored at Western Heritage Awards at the National Cowboy Museum, and Trisha...

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6 reasons to see the eye-popping exhibit 'Moving Vision' at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Although it is only a little larger than a shoe box, the interlocking cubes in Robert Bruce Stevenson's acrylic sculpture...

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7 must-see highlights in central Oklahoma museums that you can see anytime

It's Museums Advocacy Day, the annual time frame that the American Alliance of Museums sets aside for showing support for...

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Spotting the Oklahoma stars as Disney+ starts streaming 'The Muppet Show' and 4 more Oklahoma entertainment headlines

The makers of the upcoming movie "American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story" issued over the weekend a casting call for extras...

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California's 'King of Cool' grew up in OKC. Now his work is back in his hometown

"Ed Ruscha: OKLA," the second major exhibition in Oklahoma Contemporary’s new $30 million home, is believed to be the first...

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New exhibit 'Ed Ruscha: OKLA' digs into iconic artist's Oklahoma roots

Ed Ruscha is considered the King of California Cool, the unofficial artist laureate of Los Angeles and an iconic American...

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OKC Philharmonic plays on despite COVID-19, weather delays

The Oklahoma City Philharmonic is promising to bring “Burst of Energy” with its Saturday Classics concert, featuring selections...

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The Jones Assembly launching Music First patio concert series, plus 4 more Oklahoma music notes featuring Samantha Crain, Branjae, Kylie Morgan and Mothica

Oklahoma singer-songwriter Samantha Crain has released an illuminating new song called "Bloomsday," complete with a music video...

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Due to extremely cold weather, OKC Zoo extends closure

The OKC Zoo was initially scheduled to be closed through Wednesday due to the extreme winter weather, but zoo's leadership has...

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6 reasons to see the Oscar contender 'Minari,' which was made in Oklahoma

One of my favorite films of 2020, writer-director Lee Isaac Chung’s beautifully bittersweet family drama "Minari" is opening in...

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Black art and resilience celebrated in downtown OKC with 'Still Here' exhibit

About a dozen Black artists are featured in the new interdisciplinary art exhibition "Still Here: The Cosmology of Black...

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Eclectic art exhibit celebrates Black resilience at Myriad Gardens' Crystal Bridge gallery

Whether she is painting on canvas or handcrafting one of her new embroidery portraits, Suzanne Thomas prefers to work in...

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6 reasons to see the made-in-Oklahoma movie 'Minari'

Almost two years after filming began in the Tulsa area, "Minari" is cropping up in Oklahoma again. One of my favorite films of...

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See a virtual screening for a Native music documentary narrated by Wes Studi and 4 more Oklahoma movie headlines

Also, Oklahoma's largest film festival, deadCenter, is extending its submission deadline.

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Russell Westbrook's Tulsa Race Massacre documentary to air on The History Channel

“Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre” (working title) will take an in-depth, sobering look at the events of a century ago and...

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Film fans mourn longtime 'OETA Movie Club' host B.J. Wexler

The iconic World War II romance "Casablanca" introduced me to Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, the classic screwball comedy...

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OCU vocal professor Florence Birdwell, who taught Tony winners Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O'Hara, dies

Renowned voice professor Florence Birdwell — who mentored Tony Award winners Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O'Hara as well as...

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OKC Philharmonic postpones weekend concerts due to winter weather

The extreme winter weather this week created multiple challenges for the orchestra, including the closures of many COVID...

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Jesse Plemons cast in Oklahoma movie 'Killers of the Flower Moon'

“Killers of the Flower Moon” chronicles the mysterious murders of Osage Nation citizens in 1920s Oklahoma, after the oil boom...

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Drew Barrymore and Ayesha Curry show love for Curbside Flowers and 5 more Oklahoma entertainment headlines with Vince Gill, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood,...

Oklahoma native and Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill was among the country music stars - along with Maren Morris, Ryan...

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Oklahoma vocal professor Florence Birdwell, who taught Tony winners Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O'Hara, dies

In 2015, Birdwell achieved the rare feat of having two of her former students nominated for Tony Awards in the same category in...

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Oklahoma film fans remember 'OETA Movie Club' host B.J. Wexler

Wexler died Feb. 10 at the age of 83, and the hearts of movie fans across the state broke.

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UPDATED: Flaming Lips' frontman Wayne Coyne describes expanding OKC Space Bubble Concerts: 'looks like something out of a futuristic movie'

With the full March 11-14 run sold out, the Lips announced this week two additional Space Bubble Concerts for March 19-20 at...

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Makers of Oscar hopeful 'Minari' 'ever grateful' to make the movie in Oklahoma

The Oscar buzz for "Minari" continues to build ahead of next month's nominations announcement for the April 25 Academy Awards.

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Family drama 'Minari' continues to earn acclaim for its relatable immigrant story

Wearing a blindfold and holding a divining rod, Oklahoma City actor Ben Hall paces steadily across a field of tall, lush grass...

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14 Valentine's Day movies to stream

Between the winter weather forecast and the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, there might never be a better Valentine's Day than...

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Stephen Salewon is on 'Cloud Nine' in time for Valentine's Day and more Oklahoma music notes with Kyle Reid, Casii Stephan and Parker Millsap

Tulsa-based singer-songwriter Casii Stephan showcases her prettily soulful voice on the bright new ballad, “Here Comes The Light."

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OKC Ballet gets sparks flying for Valentine's Day weekend with romantic, revolutionary classic 'The Firebird'

"The Firebird at Home," a video-on demand option with unlimited viewing from today through Feb. 28, is available for $34.

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14 romantic movies to stream for Valentine's Day

Between the winter weather forecast and the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, there might never be a better Valentine's Day than...

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OKC's long-awaited First Americans Museum opening soon, with support from NEA grant

Two Tulsa-based organizations - Chamber Music Tulsa and the Philbrook Museum of Art - are receiving NEA grants to fund projects...

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The Flaming Lips add more OKC Space Bubble Concerts as demand remains high

Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne spent much of March 11, 2020, enveloped in one of his signature "Space Bubbles" and walking...

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OKC's long-awaited First Americans Museum to open in fall with support from National Endowment for the Arts

When the long-awaited First Americans Museum opens in fall, it will be with two inaugural exhibitions and support of the...

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'Minari' and 'Body Brokers' coming soon to theaters and more Oklahoma movie and TV news

Plus, Native American actor Lily Gladstone, known for her roles in Kelly Reichardt’s acclaimed independent films "First Cow"...

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Tulsa Race Massacre history recounted in PBS documentaries airing tonight and premiering in spring

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre this year, PBS has announced the upcoming premiere of a new...

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See Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani's new Super Bowl commercial and 6 more entertainment headlines featuring Christian Kane, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood,...

Oklahoma actor Christian Kane's latest action series "Almost Paradise" is streaming for free on IMDb TV, Amazon’s free...

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8 types of Valentine's Day getaways to take around Oklahoma

If another night of Netflix and chill holds no appeal, Oklahoma has miles of romantic road trips, scenic views and memorable...

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OKC Broadway working to reschedule touring musicals idled by COVID pandemic

All Broadway shows have been canceled through at least May 30 due to the pandemic. Along with the New York theaters and shows,...

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8 types of Valentine's Day road trips to take around Oklahoma

Love isn't always easy, and love in the time of COVID-19 can be especially challenging. It's almost Valentine's Day, and many...

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OKC Broadway working to bring back nationally touring musicals sidelined by COVID-19

For the past 11 months, Elizabeth Gray's job has resembled repeated attempts at solving a 16-sided Rubik's Cube. The general...

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Christopher Plummer dies - 5 favorite moments from his long acting career

The talented and debonair Canadian actor spent more than half a century in the entertainment business but remained arguably...

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Mothica's 'forever fifteen' marks somber anniversary, and 5 more Oklahoma music notes, featuring John Calvin Abney, the late Jimmy LaFave, Wood Willow, Shawn...

It's Bandcamp Friday, and prolific Oklahoma musician John Calvin Abney has released exclusively on Bandcamp an intriguing...

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Oklahoma City Ballet lighting up the stage with revolutionary ballet 'The Firebird'

OKC Ballet is performing Valentine's Day weekend at the Civic Center, where the COVID-19 protocols include required face masks,...

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Oscar front-runner 'Nomadland' rolls into OKC in an unusual format for an indie drama

In these unusual days for the entertainment business, an Academy Award front-runner is getting an unusual theatrical rollout....

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deadCenter adds Indigenous film award, former Oklahoman receives posthumous Golden Globe nomination and more film and TV news

As part of its Black History Month programming, the Metropolitan Library System is presenting a Facebook Live conversation with...

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OKC Ballet to light up the stage with revolutionary ballet 'The Firebird'

When Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes company debuted Igor Stravinsky's ballet "The Firebird" at the Opera de Paris, it was...

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OKC film fans can see an Oscar front-runner in a surprising place this weekend

Trailblazing writer-director Chloé Zhao's delicately understated road movie "Nomadland" opens Friday in Oklahoma City in a...

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COVID continues to change Oklahoma's 2021 event calendar

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum announced today that it is postponing its 60th anniversary Western Heritage...

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Ahead of Super Bowl halftime performance, The Weeknd shifts tour dates, including Oklahoma concert, as COVID pandemic continues

The Weeknd's "The After Hours Tour" was originally slated to start in 2020, but now it won't start until early 2022.

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Another OKC event has been postponed for 2021 due to COVID

A longstanding Memorial Day weekend tradition, the 2021 Paseo Arts Festival was originally scheduled for May 29-31. The 2021...

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COVID keeps shifting Oklahoma event plans - here's the latest on Heard on Hurd and Chocolate Decadence

The rollout of the coronavirus vaccine, though, isn't going to be able to save all the Oklahoma events we know and love.

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Oklahoma Shakespeare using COVID pandemic intermission to renovate Paseo Arts District space

The venerable arts organization has announced plans for a spring grand opening - possibly on Shakespeare's April 23 birthday -...

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Remembering Cloris Leachman, kicking with 'Cobra Kai' and more Oklahoma entertainment headlines featuring Kristin Chenoweth, Miranda Lambert and Kelly Lang

Broken Arrow native Kristin Chenoweth donned a Glinda-esque white suit to pay homage to our country's history-making new Vice...

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With COVID-19 pandemic lingering, OKC theaters continue to adapt their storytelling options

How Lyric Theatre, Carpenter Square Theatre and 3rd Act Theatre Company are continuing to pivot through the pandemic.

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As COVID-19 continues, OKC theaters keep adapting their storytelling options

Since the COVID-19 pandemic failed to take its final bows at midnight Jan. 1, Oklahoma City theaters are continuing to...

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Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park using COVID-19 intermission to renovate its theater space in Paseo Arts District

William Shakespeare famously penned the line "All the world's a stage" for the morose nobleman Jaques, one of the characters in...

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Oklahoma artist Paul Ruscha sets the table for dubious tribute to President Trump - check out the art installation 'Dinner for Donald'

On view through March 7, the exhibit "OK/LA" features an eclectic array of paintings, photographs, books and more by Mason...

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6 Oklahoma friends went to L.A. to pursue their artistic dreams. They all made it big - now their work is back together in their home state

Cheeky humor, personal obsessions and intimate portraits abound in the exhibition "OK/LA," an eclectic showcase of works by...

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OKC theater to show silent movies by Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd for 'Silent Nights'

It's a rare chance to see these truly classic films on the big screen with theater-quality sound, and film fans may find that...

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Oklahoma native Paul Ruscha returns to home state with provocative art installation dedicated to Donald Trump

NORMAN — In a prominent place in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, a vast table seems set for fine dining with a crisp white...

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Six OKC friends went to L.A. to pursue their art, their work is now back together in their home state

NORMAN — A cheerful clown appears to grin out of the smooth surface of a knotty pine plank, while the companion piece bears a...

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Sundance Film Festival goes 'Beyond Film' with Tulsa Race Massacre, Native storytelling at Oklahoma Satellite Screen

The "Beyond Film" events will focus on providing a platform for Black, Indigenous, people of color and LGBTQ+ creatives.

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It's almost Groundhog Day - again - and an Oklahoma City theater is offering a full day of showings of the Bill Murray movie

Rodeo Cinema - the nonprofit arthouse theater located in historic Stockyards City - will be screening the 1993 comedy classic...

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COVID cancels Hanson's Oklahoma Hop Jam festival for second straight year

Hanson also took to Facebook today to announce that its Hanson Day hometown fan gathering will be reimagined this year due to...

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OCCC interim president: "It does not accurately represent history, and it does not accurately reflect the respect, empathy and admiration we have for the...

OCCC Executive Vice President Danita Rose, whose maternal grandfather was of Cherokee descent, said in today's announcement...

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Virtual program highlighting Oklahoma's growing film industry for 30,000 students

The Oklahoma Film + Music Office is joining forces with Junior Achievement, Creative Oklahoma and Maverick Arts as well as...

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Oklahoma City and Tulsa make MovieMaker's 2021 list of 'Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker'

The pre-Oscar buzz for the Tulsa-made movie "Minari" was getting louder even as the Moviemaker list dropped: "Minari" was...

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A breakout indie rock star from Oklahoma made a fantastic late-night debut playing his song 'Boomer'

Bartees Strange earned widespread acclaim with first LP, "Live Forever," released last fall via Memory Music.

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Festival of the Arts returning to downtown OKC this summer

Downtown Oklahoma City's long-running Festival of the Arts will return this year after it was canceled in 2020 due to the...

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6 Oklahoma entertainment headlines for the week, featuring Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Bartees Strange, Greyson Chance, Kings of Leon, The Flaming Lips

Check out new music from Kings of Leon and Greyson Chance, plus look for Bartees Strange and Blake Shelton coming soon on...

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OKC's Festival of the Arts to return in summer after its COVID-19 cancellation in 2020

The six-day event billed as OKC's "rite of spring" will be shifting to summer to give more time for coronavirus vaccines to be...

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Tulsa artist Joe Cappa brings creepy cartoon 'Ghost Dogs' to hometown for Sundance Film Festival showcase

Tulsa's Circle Cinema has been selected as the official Sundance Satellite Screen for Oklahoma.

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Tulsa's Circle Cinema is an official Satellite Screen for one of the world's most prestigious film fests

Fueled by recurring dreams of being trapped in a haunted house, Joe Cappa had an idea for a short film so compelling he...

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10 things to know about the Oklahoma Cultural Ambassador whose sculpture is in President Biden's Oval Office

The influential Native American artist Allan Capron Haozous, who was to become known as Allan Houser, was born on June 30,...

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The Sundance Film Festival comes to Oklahoma - and showcases state's growing film industry

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's Sundance Film Festival - which usually takes place in Park City, Utah - is not only...

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An Oklahoma-Texas music legend's long-awaited 'Austin City Limits' debut airs this weekend - here's how to watch

A 1970s cosmic-country legend, Ray Wylie Hubbard is currently enjoying one of the great second acts in music, and viewers can...

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OKC Pride parade to march downtown for first time ever as organizers announce 2021 festival

Also, Oklahomans For Equality will host its Pride Parade & Festival in Tulsa., and the two organizations will collaborate on...

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Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne muses on COVID pandemic life ahead of 'World's First Space Bubble Concerts' in OKC

Billed as "the World's First Space Bubble Concerts," the shows - which have received worldwide media attention - reflect the...

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'Celebrating America,' Oklahoma dancers, singers, landmarks featured in President Biden's inauguration day special

The primetime special featured a diverse group of everyday Oklahomans, while also showing off the skill and resourcefulness of...

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'Celebrating America': Oklahoma performers appear in primetime inaugural special

Brandon Graves almost forgot to tune in Wednesday night to "Celebrating America," the star-studded primetime special heralding...

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In response to COVID, Flaming Lips on the verge of playing 'the World's First Space Bubble Concerts' in OKC

From California's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to various Oklahoma City stages for hometown New Year's Eve...

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Oklahoma's burgeoning film industry will be spotlighted at prestigious film fest

For the fourth consecutive year, a movie filmed primarily in Oklahoma will make its world premiere at the Sundance Film...

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Watch Jennifer Lopez croon Woody Guthrie's 'This Land Is Your Land' at President Biden's inauguration

Along with J.Lo performing Guthrie's signature song, Oklahoma native Garth Brooks also crooned the hymn "Amazing Grace" at this...

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Watch Garth Brooks singing 'Amazing Grace' at President Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony

The Country Music Hall of Famer, who was born in Tulsa and grew up in Yukon, performed just after Biden's first speech after...

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Oklahoma singer-songwriter nominated for Folk Alliance Artist of the Year

Oklahoma singer-songwriter Samantha Crain in 2020 released "A Small Death," an album came out of a grim period of physical and...

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In time for MLK Day, a new OKC interdisciplinary art exhibit showcases Black resilience

The exhibit is on view free to view at the Crystal Bridge Conservatory in the Myriad Botanical Gardens.

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An OKC artist planned to show her work in Washington, D.C., until the Capitol riot changed her plans. But she still has Sundance.

A statement piece that took three years and 36 artists to create, "Her Flag" commemorates the Aug. 26, 1920, adoption of the...

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Garth Brooks, Dick Van Dyke, Joan Baez and more to receive Kennedy Center Honors

Oklahoma native and country singer-songwriter Garth Brooks is set to become the third Sooner State native to receive the...

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Capitol riot delays display of OKC artist's 'Her Flag'

Oklahoma City artist Marilyn Artus was all set to see her cross-country collaborative "Her Flag" project make its Washington,...

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Downtown OKC's Carpenter Square Theatre reopens after COVID-19 closure

After keeping its downtown stage dark for the past 10 months, Carpenter Square Theatre reopened its doors this weekend with...

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After COVID closure, downtown OKC's Carpenter Square Theatre opens Season 37 with comedy

"From Door to Door" is the first in-person show Carpenter Square has staged since its Feb. 21-March 14 production of Scott Z....

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Martin Scorsese's 'Killers of the Flower Moon' is finally set to film in Oklahoma soon - and here's how to be a part of it

Filming on the eagerly awaited movie - which was delayed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic - is planned to occur from...

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How Oklahoma film fans can see the documentary 'Unapologetic,' showcasing Black activists

Oklahoma City's deadCenter Film has partnered with Film Festival Alliance on Saturday, in its first Film Festival Day of 2021,...

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Dennis Quaid talks 'bigger than life' opportunity to play Ronald Reagan in upcoming Oklahoma film 'Reagan'

Quaid soon will have the opportunity to make his third movie in Oklahoma: He said he will reunite with sibling filmmakers Jon...

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Oklahoma 'Vast of Night' filmmaker wins breakthrough award at New York's Gotham Awards

The Tulsa-set limited series "Watchmen," which was the big winner at this year's Primetime Emmy Awards, garnered the Gotham...

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How COVID changes and Oklahoma's growing film industry impacted my top 10 movies of 2020

Even when they were forced to close their physical theaters, art houses like the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Rodeo Cinema,...

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How COVID-19 and Oklahoma's film industry growth impacted top 10 movies of 2020

Movie theaters shut down, streaming services ramped up, and superheroes and other tentpole protagonists were suddenly sidelined...

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Toby Keith presented National Medal of Arts by President Trump for 'extraordinary contributions to American music'

National news outlets reported that Trump was presenting the performers with the high honor Wednesday afternoon about the same...

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Toby Keith and Ricky Skaggs reportedly receive National Medal of Arts at White House as Trump is impeached

The National Medal of Arts is considered the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the U.S. government. It is...

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Garth Brooks becomes third Oklahoman to earn Kennedy Center Honors

The Kennedy Center Honors announced today that the rest of its 43rd class will be multi-disciplinary artist, choreographer and...

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Expected Oscar contender 'Judas and the Black Messiah' to show in Oklahoma as part of 2021 Sundance Film Festival

Warner Bros.' fact-based film "Judas and the Black Messiah" will screen Feb. 1 at Admiral Twin Drive-In and Circle Cinema.

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OETA offering virtual screening of new short documentary 'Back in Time: Osage Murders - The Reign of Terror'

Many may be familiar with the story of the Osage murders due to David Grann’s popular book "Killers of the Flower Moon: The...

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From Pop Art to postmodernists, OKC Museum of Art celebrates 75th anniversary of key collection

Since 1965, the Beaux Arts Society has contributed more than $1 million for art acquisitions at the museum.

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Oklahoma City Museum of Art celebrates 75th anniversary of eclectic Beaux Arts Collection

A pair of Dalmatians circle a collection of golden candlestick holders, a monocled dummy perches on the lap of a ventriloquist,...

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Dennis Quaid returns to Oklahoma to play a president in 'Reagan'

Although they share "sunny dispositions," Dennis Quaid admits he didn't see at first a resemblance between Ronald Reagan and...

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Get a sneak peek at the upcoming Cody Canada and Cross Canadian Ragweed MusicFest tribute album

The album’s digital street date is set for Friday, followed by the physical street date on Jan. 22 for both a CD and vinyl.

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Oklahoma Native American woman's prom dress added to Smithsonian museum's new exhibit 'Girlhood (It's complicated)'

In April 2018, Teen Vogue featured Cornell and her prom date, Jalen Black, in an article on how Native teens were using prom...

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New Oklahoma band Saugeye pays homage to beloved dog with folksy ode 'Keystone Lillie'

Saugeye’s sound is a roots music hybrid of folk, blues, country and rock.

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6 must-see art exhibits showing in OKC in the first half of 2021

If becoming more cultured is one of your New Year's resolutions, the museums and art centers in the Oklahoma City metropolitan...

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A portrait from the 1700s is the newest addition to an OKC museum's collection

In addition, a large-scale biblical painting by Luca Giordano anchors the new History, Narrative, and Genre gallery.

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Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition picks three emerging 'Momentum 2021' Spotlight Artists

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s "Momentum" annually features Oklahoma artists ages 30 years and younger, working in...

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6 must-see art exhibits showing in OKC in the first half of 2021

If becoming more cultured is one of your New Year's resolutions, the museums and art centers in the Oklahoma City metropolitan...

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Renowned Native American artists Kiowa Six's stories told with exhibit 'Kiowa Agency' at University of Oklahoma museum

On view through Jan. 17 at Norman's Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, the exhibit "Kiowa Agency: Stories of the Six" is reexamining...

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Get to know the seminal Oklahoma Native American artists the Kiowa Six

On view through Jan. 17 at OU's Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, the exhibit "Kiowa Agency: Stories of the Six" is re-centering...

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Exhibition reframes legacy of renowned Native American artists, the Kiowa Six

NORMAN — Nearly 100 years after they began their studies at the University of Oklahoma, the Kiowa Six are still considered some...

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Get to know the seminal Oklahoma Native American artists, the Kiowa Six

The University of Oklahoma is reexamining the legacy of the seminal Native American artists known as the Kiowa Six: a...

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Remastered release of the late Jimmy LaFave's 'Highway Angels … Full Moon Rain' is a bittersweet 2020 Oklahoma music highlight

LaFave’s self-produced tape won the Austin Chronicle Reader’s Poll Tape of the Year Award in 1988.

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UPDATED: Downtown OKC's Scissortail Park planning New Year's Eve Early Bird celebration for families

At 7 p.m., park officials will commence the 2021 “midnight” countdown and present a five-minute fireworks show to ring in the...

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Look on the 'Bright Side' going into 2021 with Oklahoma teen Christian pop artist Estella Kirk

Kirk was wrapping up her first EP album with producer Kira Fontana when the coronavirus outbreak hit in the spring, so they...

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Groove along to the trailer for the documentary 'The Ventures: Stars on Guitars,' celebrating the biggest instrumental rock 'n' roll band of all time

Written and directed by Staci Layne Wilson - daughter of The Ventures' sole surviving original member, Don Wilson - the rock...

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Listen to The Swon Brothers' moving song 'Travelin' On,' featuring hall of famer Vince Gill

As we're all "Travelin' On" into a New Year, check out the country-blues waltz of the same name by Nashville, Tennessee-based...

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Watch crooner Chelsey Cope play OKC Mayor David Holt's 'City Hall Sessions'

The singer-songwriter plays a mellow, folky acoustic set that shows off her evocative voice.

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Country music hitmaker Wade Hayes returns to Oklahoma for 'Play It Loud' music series

The Nashville, Tennessee-based singer-songwriter talks about how much his hometown of Bethel Acres has changed, opens up about...

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Oklahoma singer-songwriter Carter Sampson looks ahead with new piano ode 'There's Always Next Year'

She will play a "Live from Home" show at 7 p.m. Wednesday at www.facebook.com/CarterSampson.

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Downtown OKC's Opening Night 2021 New Year's Eve celebration will give 2020 a virtual goodbye

Produced by Arts Council Oklahoma City, Opening Night 2021 will feature a myriad of musical and acrobatic acts, an interactive...

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Downtown OKC's Opening Night will welcome 2021 with streaming New Year's Eve celebration

When Colby Wedel was growing up, ringing in the new year meant tuning the television to "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve."...

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Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center looks to future as inaugural exhibit 'Bright Golden Haze' draws to a close

After 12 years of planning and two years of construction, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center was ready in March to welcome the...

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Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center looks to future as sun sets on inaugural exhibit in its new home

The golden sun gives off a radiant gleam, twinkling stars create stunning patterns and intricate shadows adorn the walls and...

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Listen to an Oklahoma astronaut playing a classic Christmas song in outer space 55 years ago

On Dec. 16, 1965, Wally Schirra and Thomas Stafford, who comprised the Gemini 6A crew, reported sighting an mysterious object...

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Feel the heavenly peace with Oklahoma Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra's lovely performance of 'Silent Night'

The ensemble is accompanied by local musician and arts leader Peter Dolese on folksy harmonica.

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8 Oklahoma entertainment headlines for the week, featuring Wes Studi, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, 'Minari' and more

From top celebrities to everyday folks, Oklahomans and Oklahoma stay in the entertainment headlines.

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Downtown OKC's Finale 5K New Year's Eve race goes virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic

Proceeds directly support the nonprofit Arts Council Oklahoma City and its mission of “bringing the arts and the community...

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Add mariachi flair to your holidays with Oklahoma native Kelly Lang and T.G. Sheppard's original new duet 'Christmas in Mexico'

If you can't travel for the holidays this year, take a four-minute Mexican Christmas vacation with this new release.

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Listen to the National Cowboy Museum's social media star Tim read the original holiday story 'Twas the Night Before Christmas in the West'

In a rather tragic and challenging year, the story of how Tim Tiller, the museum's director of security and operations...

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Flaming Lips release new video for original 2003 song 'A Change at Christmas' and loan Santa a Space Bubble for OKC Children's Hospital visit

In the weird and wild days of 2020, perhaps nothing could be more fitting for Christmas week than The Flaming Lips releasing a...

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Taika Waititi and Sterlin Harjo show 'Reservation Dogs' gets series order at FX

The series is co-created by Harjo ("Four Sheets to the Wind," "Mekko"), who also directed the pilot episode, and Waititi (“JoJo...

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Watch an Oklahoma family's Christmas light show set to a 'Frozen' theme

It is the Miranda Family's 2020 entry into the xLights Around The World Project, a yearly video compilation showcasing animated...

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OKC's Scissortail Park hosting seasonal outdoor procession with Phil Kline's 'Unsilent Night'

NPR recently named "Unsilent Night" as one of the best ways to commemorate the holidays safely during the coronavirus pandemic...

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OKC Museum of Art celebrating holidays with 'Christmas in Paris' virtual film series

Streaming passes for the "Christmas in Paris" series are $10 per film. The museum receives 50% of all virtual ticket sales, so...

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Oklahoma native B.J. Thomas making his hits brighter with candle collection

The four-time Grammy winner marked this year the 50th anniversary of his classic Oscar-winning hit “Raindrops Keep Fallin' On...

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OKC Museum of Art's 'Shared Lives, Distant Places' photo exhibit shows viewers other lands

Showcasing nearly 100 of the museum’s recent gifts, "Shared Lives, Distant Places" features images captured by six renowned...

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OKC Museum of Art shows new gifts with photo exhibit 'Shared Lives, Distant Places'

In a year when staying home has been encouraged because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art...

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Oklahoma music video masters create a miniature cardboard world for Taylor Bennett's 'Don't Wait Up'

The video was filmed this year during the coronavirus pandemic while High was here in Oklahoma, Harper was in Seattle and...

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An Oklahoma filmmaker made a Chinese movie in his home state - here's the story of 'Dinosaur World'

Plus, Ryan Bellgardt teased what his new movie "Ghoster," which he currently is filming here in Oklahoma, has in common with...

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OKC's Jewel Box Theater wrapping first production in its new home this weekend with 'Steel Magnolias'

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the theater is offering limited, socially distanced seating as well as its first...

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Former 'The Voice' contestant from Oklahoma debuting virtual Christmas concert tonight

The hourlong virtual holiday event will feature Brian Nhira with his live band and special family moments with his wife, Sonia,...

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Native women artists' works spotlighted in landmark exhibit 'Hearts of Our People,' making final run at Tulsa's Philbrook Museum of Art

On view through Jan. 3, "Hearts of Our People" is wrapping up its trailblazing tour, which has continued for more than a year...

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Oklahoma indie filmmaker Mickey Reece builds on his surrealistic signature style with arthouse horror movie 'Climate of the Hunter'

The psychological drama is set in the 1970s, and the period costumes, lighting and production design all boast a kind of...

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OKC filmmaker Mickey Reece talks his vampire mystery 'Climate of the Hunter,' '70s cuisine and his fantastical upcoming film about Garth Brooks and George Jones

"Climate of the Hunter" is opening today in select theaters, including Tulsa's Circle Cinema, with an on-demand and digital...

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Oklahoma filmmaker Mickey Reece's homegrown horror movie 'Climate of the Hunter' bows in theaters

Although he was born in 1982, Oklahoma City filmmaker Mickey Reece has a deep affection for the 1970s — hot dog-baked potato...

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Native female artists make their mark in groundbreaking exhibit at Tulsa's Philbrook Museum of Art

TULSA — From a Kiowa cradleboard dating to the 1890s and a Hopi clay jar from the 1920s to a 2018 Anishinaabe basket shaped...

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Oklahoma-made movie 'Wild Indian' to premiere at 2021 Sundance Film Festival

In addition, the latest movie from Oklahoma native and prolific producer Mickey Liddell and an animated short from University...

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Creed frontman Scott Stapp to play Frank Sinatra in movie 'Reagan,' filming in Oklahoma and California

"Reagan" filmed in the Oklahoma City and Guthrie areas from September to November before the production moved to California...

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$3 million in CARES Acts grants awarded to Oklahoma arts and cultural organizations

Funding was prioritized for organizations with arts-based missions that serve geographically isolated areas, under-resourced...

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Oklahoma musician Beau Jennings and Tower Theatre to debut live-stream Christmas concert tonight, benefiting Regional Food Bank

Clerestory AV, the Oklahoma City-based independent record label that has released Jennings' last few projects, has agreed to...

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Disney details Taika Waititi and Sterlin Harjo show 'Reservation Dogs,' Chris Paul film for Investor Day

"Reservation Dogs" stars D’Pharoah Woon-A-Tai, Devery Jacobs, Paulina Alexis and Lane Factor.

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Arts Council OKC partners with OKC Thunder to offer mural contest for young BIPOC artists for Opening Night virtual New Year's Eve event

Five artists ranging in age from 18 to 25 - Anthony Brock, Jasmine Jones, Shakurah Maynard, Jessie Kay Shelton and Verdean...

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OKC musician Chase Kerby's new band Hotel Nights' wintry video for 'Pains of the Weekenders' is a mood on an Oklahoma snow day

"Pains of the Weekenders" is the title track of Hotel Nights' debut EP, a four-song collection released Friday that you can...

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9 Oklahoma entertainment headlines for the week, featuring Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Leona Mitchell and more

From top celebrities to everyday folks, Oklahomans and Oklahoma stay in the entertainment headlines.

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25 ways to celebrate Christmas in Oklahoma in 2020

Although many events have been canceled due to the autumn ice storm and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, outdoor, drive-by or...

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5 must-see holiday light displays in the Oklahoma City metro in 2020

Although 2020 hasn't been the most joyous, a myriad of dazzling light displays are helping to make the holidays merry and...

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5 must-see holiday light displays in the OKC metro

Although 2020 hasn't been the most joyous year, a myriad of dazzling light displays are helping to make the holidays merry and...

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25 ways to celebrate Christmas 2020 in Oklahoma: From lights displays to quirky attractions, holiday merriment abounds even in 2020

Between the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the autumn ice storm, 2020 has proven quite the Grinch for Oklahomans looking to...

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Rodeo Opry offering live-stream memorial concert tonight in honor of the late OKC Johnny Cash tribute artist

The Minneapolis native began a side career as a performer in 1985 when he won a statewide talent contest at the Minnesota State...

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Alan Jackson's Tulsa concert rescheduled again due to COVID-19 pandemic

The country music superstar was originally scheduled to perform in March 2020.

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Watch James Marsden talk about getting his start modeling for Oklahoma newspaper

While chatting remotely with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest Thursday, Marsden also discussed his recent move from Los Angeles to...

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Oklahoma's Pollard Theatre bringing back 'A Territorial Christmas Carol' for virtual 'fireside' production

Set in Oklahoma shortly after the land run, "A Territorial Christmas Carol" takes place in the home of Ben and Liz Moody, who...

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OKC's Painted Sky Opera continuing Christmas tradition with 'Amahl and the Night Visitors'

Since each show is limited to 50 attendees to allow for social distancing, Saturday's matinee also will be live-streamed, and...

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Voices of Christmases past return for newly virtual tradition

GUTHRIE — W. Jerome Stevenson sees some significant similarities between America's struggles with the coronavirus pandemic and...

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Yuletide tradition: Painted Sky Opera opening delayed season with family Christmas favorite 'Amahl and the Night Visitors'

After spending six years establishing an operatic Christmas tradition, Painted Sky Opera's co-founders were determined to keep...

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Myriad Gardens planning Holiday Market after Devon Ice Rink canceled

Attendees will be able to do their holiday shopping and support local vendors, partake of food trucks fare and check out the...

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Lyric Theatre's immersive outdoor 'Christmas Carol' a special holiday gift to OKC

Ten months into the pandemic, the opportunity to attend live, in-person theater is a special blessing this season, and even...

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Lyric Theatre takes 10th annual 'A Christmas Carol' outside to historic Harn Homestead

In a year when so many annual events and holiday traditions have been canceled or changed due to the coronavirus pandemic,...

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Oklahoma country singer Bailey Rae's 'The Voice' run comes to an end

The episode cut the Top 9 contenders to the Top 5 who will compete in next week's finale.

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Oklahoma family's vintage holiday display to be seen tonight on TV show 'The Great Christmas Light Fight'

ABC will air two back-to-back episodes of the yuletide competition series starting at 7 tonight.

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Shazam! Back-to-back Zachary Levi movies filming in Oklahoma

Levi starred in the hit 2019 DC Comics movie adaptation "Shazam!" and is set to reprise the role in the sequel "Shazam! Fury of...

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Tulsa's Bob Dylan Center to host live-stream event with Broadway cast of 'Girl From The North Country'

Bob Dylan made headlines this week when Universal Music Publishing Group, Universal Music Group's leading, global music...

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Oklahoma country singer Bailey Rae channels Ray Charles in 'The Voice' Top 9 performance

Bailey Rae also joined fellow Team Legend contestant John Holiday and Cami Clune from Kelly Clarkson's team to sing Bastille's...

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OKC TV personality and musician Lucas Ross releases new album with wife Aubrie Ross

After marrying in 2006, Lucas began his career in media and entertainment as Aubrie started the nonprofit organization...

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Oklahoma State Art Collection moving to a new home in restored state Capitol

The $1.3 million needed to relocate the gallery was approved unanimously by State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight...

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OKC's Canterbury Voices presenting traditional Christmas concert with new digital streaming option

Sunday's sold-out concert, which will feature the flagship adult chorus singing beloved holiday selections like "White...

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OKC Ballet celebrates the holidays with 'The Nutcracker: Short & Sweet'

COVID-19 protocols at the Civic Center include required face masks, limited, socially distanced seating and temperature checks...

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OKC Ballet returns to Civic Center stage with 'The Nutcracker: Short & Sweet'

“Our dancers are anxious to return to the stage and bring a little holiday joy during this stressful time, and our patrons seem...

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Canterbury Voices pairs traditional Christmas concert with new streaming option

First introduced in Jerry Herman's 1966 Broadway musical "Mame," the seasonal standard "We Need a Little Christmas" has taken...

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Blake Shelton has executive produced another Hallmark Christmas movie - and here's how to watch it

“Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas” is a new original premiering at 9 tonight on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries as part of...

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Grammy-nominated Oklahoma native Luke Dick debuts 'Red Dog' soundtrack

The film, which premiered at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, and played the deadCenter Film Festival in Oklahoma City,...

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OKC 'Nerd Power Groove Rock' band Dr. Pants releases two new songs for Bandcamp Friday

The new singles are the follow-up to Dr. Pants' summer album release "Objectionable Object."

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Kelli O'Hara to perform live-stream concert

O’Hara’s latest project is the HBO’s new series "The Gilded Age," in which she will star alongside Christina Baranski and...

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French photographer Anouk Masson Krantz's exhibit 'West: The American Cowboy' making 'grand debut' at National Cowboy Museum

The venerable Oklahoma City museum is the organizing institution and premiere venue for the exhibit, which Krantz expects to...

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OKC Philharmonic's Christmas concert going virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic

The OKC Philharmonic's leadership opted to make its "A Classic Christmas" a virtual event performed without an audience due to...

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Oklahoma-made hip-hop holiday movie 'Finding Carlos' debuts today

The film is inspired by the classic story ballet "The Nutcracker," and multiple options are available for Oklahomans to view it...

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French photographer Anouk Masson Krantz captures 'The American Cowboy' in OKC exhibit

Growing up in France, Anouk Masson Krantz was intrigued by iconic images from half a world away. "I didn't come to America...

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Oklahoma City Philharmonic takes Christmas concert virtual due to pandemic

The Oklahoma City Philharmonic is taking its holiday spirit virtual in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. After planning to...

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You can check out Oklahoma-made film adaptation of 'The Nutcracker' beginning Friday

A new Oklahoma-made holiday hip-hop movie inspired by the classic story ballet "The Nutcracker" will be released Friday with...

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Oklahoma City's Opening Night New Year's Celebration going virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic

Opening Night was originally scheduled to be an outdoor event at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark with extensive safety protocols...

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Listen to Carrie Underwood sing in Spanish for the first time on duet 'Tears of Gold'

Just when you think you've heard country music superstar Carrie Underwood do everything with her famous powerhouse voice, the...

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Mosaic sculptures 'Triptych' to be featured in new Norman park

Ruby Grant Park, 3110 W Franklin Rd., opens to the public on Friday.

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Oklahoma Americana duo The Imaginaries showcasing Chickasha holiday festivities with 'Hometown Christmas' music video

This year, Chickasha's new downtown Christmas decoration has caused a social media sensation. In addition to strings of lights...

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Carrie Underwood looks and sounds like a yuletide angel in the trailer for her new HBO Max Christmas special 'My Gift' - here's how to watch the show

Underwood is planning quite the media blitz to promote the new holiday special, starting tonight on the Grand Ole Opry’s Circle...

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Oklahoma country singer Bailey Rae wins first Wildcard Instant Save of 'The Voice' Season 19

The small-town country crooner delivered a beautiful old-school rendition of Lee Ann Womack's "Never Again, Again"

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2021 Sundance Film Festival coming to Oklahoma movie theater

The nonprofit Circle Cinema is the official Satellite Screen for the festival in Tulsa and will serve as the only venue in...

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OKC 'The Polar Express' Train Ride and Oklahoma Railway Museum's Christmas Train canceled due to pandemic

The Oklahoma Railway Museum has canceled all its remaining 2020 events.

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Oklahoma country singer Bailey Rae keeps it classic as 'The Voice' Season 19 live playoffs begin

Rae covered the Kenny Rogers classic "Sweet Music Man" in her first Live Playoffs performance.

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OKC Philharmonic postpones November concert due to state's rising COVID-19 numbers

The orchestra's board and management has cited the rising seven-day rolling COVID-19 rate, the diminished capacity of intensive...

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COVID-19 relief grants of up to $100,000 available to Oklahoma arts and cultural sector

Oklahoma’s creative sector, which relies heavily on in-person fundraising and event-generated earned income, has been...

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Oklahoma Songwriters Festival goes virtual this weekend

An Ada native who has been based in Nashville, Tennessee, for the past decade, Maloy created the Oklahoma Songwriters Festival...

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Oklahoma Songwriters Festival goes online in fifth year

Like so many other musicians, Zac Maloy missed out on plenty of opportunities during this year's coronavirus pandemic. But he...

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National Women’s History Museum launches virtual exhibit on Oklahoma Native American ballerina Maria Tallchief

The exhibit explores the life and career of Tallchief, an Oklahoma native and member of the Osage Nation who became the first...

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Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Christmas specials return to TV - here's how to watch

The classic holiday Peanuts specials also will stream ad free and in HD on Apple TV+.

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Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre to present virtual 'A Christmas Carol' starring Tony winner Jefferson Mays

The production was directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Michael Arden ("Spring Awakening," "Once on This Island").

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Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond releases new essay book 'Frontier Follies,' plans virtual event tonight

She even gives readers a glimpse into her Oklahoma quarantine life in the new book.

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Air date announced for Carrie Underwood's HBO Max Christmas special

In the Max Original, Underwood performs a combination of beloved traditional favorites celebrating the joy and hopefulness of...

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The Jones Assembly postpones Local Tap event due to COVID-19 pandemic

The event has been delayed to 2021 out of caution and following Gov. Kevin Stitt's new mandate for bars and restaurants in...

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Oklahoma History Center celebrating 15th anniversary with free admission, new exhibit 'Launch to Landing: Oklahomans and Space'

This exhibit focuses on the many Oklahomans who played a part in the US air and space program, as well as early Oklahoma...

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After quick sell-out, tickets on sale today for Flaming Lips' second OKC 'Space Bubble' live concert

The second Space Bubble concert is also expected to sell out immediately, according to a news release.

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How to watch Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood's newly announced live holiday TV special

Brooks and Yearwood will perform live by request from their home recording studio, Studio G, singing songs of the season for...

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Oklahoma native Kylie Morgan named 2021 Artist to Watch

Morgan was the only country artist selected for the program’s class of 2021.

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Kevin Dillon added to 'Reagan' biopic that has been filming in Oklahoma

The Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Award nominee has been tapped to play Warner Bros. Studios founder Jack Warner in the biopic.

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Watch Blake Shelton's sweet shout-out to Gwen Stefani after winning Top Country Artist at E! People's Choice Awards

While the "Happy Anywhere" singer thanked his record label and team, he also expressed most of his gratitude for the fans who...

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Fiddler Kyle Dillingham honored as Oklahoma Ambassador of Goodwill

Previously honored Ambassadors of Goodwill include Toby Keith, Kristin Chenoweth, Katrina Elam, Roger Miller, Reba McEntire,...

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'Wolfwalkers' dazzles as animated Irish fairy tale

Expect Irish animation house Cartoon Saloon to keep intact its well-deserved streak of earning an Oscar nomination for every...

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Today's Google Doodle honors Maria Tallchief, Oklahoma Native American prima ballerina

Tallchief is one of the Five Moons, five groundbreaking Native American prima ballerinas from Oklahoma who achieved global...

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'Vast of Night, 'Minari,' 'Watchmen' - all with Oklahoma ties - nominated for Gotham Awards

The IFP Gotham Awards is one of the leading awards for independent film and signals the kick-off to the film awards season.

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OKC's Carpenter Square Theatre live-streaming old-fashioned holiday radio show

Carpenter Square broadcasts their radio-with-video shows live from the studio of RK-1 Productions near Scissortail Park in...

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OKC's 3rd Act Theatre Company opens political comedy 'Running Mates'

What happens when a husband and wife run against one another for mayor? This fast-paced political comedy brings new meaning to...

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Carrie Underwood does more holiday giving with new original Christmas song

The Oklahoma native releases the yuletide song “Favorite Time of Year” today exclusively with Amazon Music.

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Tulsa native Ben Rector pens a homey 'Thanksgiving Song' - with a scrumptious video to match - for his first Christmas album

Due out Nov. 13, “A Ben Rector Christmas” also features his joyful renditions of frequently covered yuletide favorites like...

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Aaron Sorkin joins Kristin Chenoweth as guest lecturer for Oklahoma City University's new Master’s in Screen Acting program

Students will learn how to develop, pitch and produce their own content and gain invaluable experience working alongside and...

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Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Maren Morris win big at 2020 CMA Awards

Oklahoma native Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker co-hosted the awards show from Music City Center in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.

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Flaming Lips announce OKC date for 'world's first actual Space Bubble live concert'

The art-rockers have been testing the concept of space bubble shows this year during the pandemic.

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6 things to know about tonight's CMA Awards

Country music superstars and previous CMA Awards winners Reba McEntire, who hails from Chockie, and Darius Rucker will host...

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Designed by Oklahoma artist Harvey Pratt, National Native American Veterans Memorial opens in Washington, D.C.

Congress originally commissioned a national memorial for Native American veterans in 1994, a decade before the Museum of the...

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Full circle: Oklahoma artist Harvey Pratt celebrates opening of National Native American Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

When Oklahoma artist Harvey Pratt selected the Washington, D.C., site for the National Native American Veterans Memorial, a...

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Watch OKC singer-songwriter K.C. Clifford's timely 'Rise Up' video and see her in virtual concert tonight

The video was directed by Rachael Meyers and accompanies one of the anthems from Clifford's self-titled seventh album, which...

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Oklahoman Bailey Rae and Virginian Sid Kingsley get coaches buzzing on 'The Voice' Battle Rounds

The two singers gave stellar performances and sounded incredible together, wowing all four coaches.

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Oklahoma City Museum of Art celebrating diamond anniversary with new exhibits and gifts

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art traces its roots to early statehood efforts of the Oklahoma Art League and Art Renaissance...

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Enid artist tells starry stories with massive public artwork 'Under Her Wing Was the Universe'

After three and a half years of fundraising, planning, constructing and sometimes contending with naysayers, Romy Owens'...

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UPDATED: Celebration of life planned in memory of renowned OKC artist Michi Susan

Born and raised in Tokyo, she moved to Oklahoma City in 1978 and soon became a fixture in the Paseo Arts District as well as in...

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Oklahoma musician Samantha Crain's music featured in new movie 'The Dark Divide'

"The Dark Divide" is based on the true story of renowned butterfly expert Dr. Robert Pyle's (David Cross) perilous 1995 journey...

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Oklahoma gets a mention in post-election 'Saturday Night Live' cold opening

In a cold opening segment that aired just hours after Joe Biden was declared the long-awaited winner in the contentious...

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Enid artist Romy Owens' massive public artwork 'Under Her Wing Was the Universe' achieves liftoff

ENID — In the universe Romy Owens has created, every star has a story. Under the towering steel canopy of her monumental...

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Oklahoma City Museum of Art celebrates 75 years with new gifts, exhibits

For three-quarters of a century, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art has kept open a window to the wider world for Oklahomans. "I...

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'The Nutcracker' reimagined as a hip-hop holiday tale in new Oklahoma-made film coming soon

The feature film, produced in Oklahoma, tells the story of a skateboarding teenager trying to reconnect with his father and...

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Magic Lantern event in Paseo Arts District delayed due to power outages after ice storm

The nonprofit dance company Theatre Upon a StarDanceSwan has reimagined the annual autumn event due to the the coronavirus...

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Oklahoma film and TV job retraining opportunities offered for workers affected by coronavirus pandemic

The Communities Foundation of Oklahoma (CFO) partnered with others in the public and private sectors to support Community CARES...

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Kristin Chenoweth talks Food Network's 'Candy Land,' Netflix's 'Holidate' and 'Tiger King' fandom

Although she recorded the "Tiger King" parody "Little Pieces,” her voiceover role in “The Witches” and her new duet with...

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Tulsa native Ben Rector stirs up original ode to Turkey Day for his first Christmas album

Ben Rector’s first Christmas album doesn’t start out like other yuletide collections. “My wife really doesn't like to listen to...

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Oklahoma native Kristin Chenoweth keeps performing through pandemic

Kristin Chenoweth never envisioned herself starring in a Food Network show. Of course, before the bizarre plot twists of 2020,...

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Downtown OKC's Devon Ice Rink opening delayed until further notice

The Devon Ice Rink will be limiting the number of skaters on the rink and taking other social distancing measures.

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Oklahoma's Holba’ Pisachi’ Native Film Festival going virtual due to coronavirus pandemic

This year’s festival will encompass four areas: a music video portion, comedy, workshop and a short film segment.

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'I Can Only Imagine' filmmakers the Erwin Brothers are casting their new Oklahoma project, based on another inspirational true story

Jon Erwin and Andrew Erwin will direct and produce through their Kingdom Story banner the inspirational sports biopic "American...

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First-time Oklahoma poll worker describes long day helping with Tuesday's historic election

ENID — From before the polls opened until the last ballot was cast at Precinct No. 308, Romy Owens got a behind-the-scenes...

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It's Will Rogers' birthday: The Cherokee Nation celebrated by announcing plans to purchase his Oklahoma birthplace museum

A small signing ceremony took place at the museum today to coincide with Will Rogers’ birthday and formalize the acquisition...

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Long-running Oklahoma Holiday Lights Spectacular canceled due to ice storm damage

According to city officials, there was substantial damage to trees in the park and to the light displays that had been...

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Oklahoma sculptor's 'Birdwatching OKC Thunder Lightning Dance Party' to be showcased on 'Gallery America'

This week's episode of "Gallery America" chronicles Slack’s largest public installation, which stretches along Classen...

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Oklahoma City University delays live-stream production of reimagined 'Cosi fan tutte' due to ice storms and power outages

The plot — encompassing love, faithfulness, forgiveness, mistaken identities and a bet gone awry — will unfold as performers...

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Another OKC performing arts organization introduces digital streaming of its concerts in response to COVID-19

Canterbury Voices launched its 2020-2021 season Nov. 1 at the Civic Center Music Hall with the beloved piece now known as...

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Oklahoma country singer Bailey Rae wows on 'The Voice' Blind Auditions - and ends up on a surprising team

Rae - who hails from the small town of Roberta, which is near Durant - showed off a strong and appealing old-school drawl on...

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Stressed about the election? Check out the OKC Zoo's cute new baby rhino - and then vote on her name

As Oklahomans head to the polls this week, this is a fun opportunity for younger audiences to also participate in a voting...

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An Oklahoman is joining the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside Steve Earle, Bobbie Gentry and more

Now with more than 300 major-label cuts, Brett James' catalog includes hits such as “Cowboy Casanova” by Underwood, “It’s...

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Want to work in the Oklahoma film industry? OKC residents who have lost jobs due to the pandemic can apply for retraining grants

Richard Janes, who is a partner and co-founder in the Oklahoma Film & Television Academy and Green Pastures Studio, said that...

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OKC Philharmonic musicians share favorite John Williams' movie music moments ahead of tribute concerts

The Oklahoma City Philharmonic will pay homage to the five-time Oscar winner with "The Magic of John Williams" Friday and...

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OKC's Lyric Theatre planning outside yuletide with 'A Christmas Carol'

Lyric's reimagined "Christmas Carol" will be a 75-minute production that will have audiences moving with the performers to...

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Free Day of the Dead festival planned today in OKC's Scissortail Park

The Festival de Vida y Muerte is a family-friendly celebration presented by Supermercados Morelos that will share the...

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Lyric Theatre is taking the yuletide outside to Harn Homestead

Michael Baron is feeling a little like Walt Disney these days. Instead of creating a theme park with immersive rides, though,...

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Musical movie magic: OKC Philharmonic musicians share their favorite John Williams cinematic memories ahead of tribute concerts

Over the past six decades, John Williams has created all kinds of movie magic, putting terror out to sea with "Jaws," blasting...

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Watch Tulsa alt-glam rockers Golden Ones channel horror movies in their video for 'Blood Stained Mouth,' out just in time for Halloween

Golden Ones are set to release their debut LP, "Nowhere Fast" Nov. 27 on the Tulsa-based nonprofit label Horton Records.

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31 scary movies to stream for Halloween

The list ranges from from venerable classics and new scares to family-friendly favorites and adults-only terror, with a few...

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8 Sean Connery memorable movie moments

With his sex appeal, screen presence and skill at delivering one-liners, it's not surprising that he racked up countless...

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Tulsa band Golden Ones offering glittery alt-glam originals on upcoming album 'Nowhere Fast'

Fronted by powerhouse vocalist Sarah Frick, the band pays homage to David Bowie and takes its name from a line in “Oh! You...

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Celebrate Oklahoma's only mummies for Halloween

Families can stop by Shawnee's Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art today and pick up a free Mummy Day activity bag.

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Watch Kristin Chenoweth take on 'Tiger King' in Halloween episode of 'Live with Kelly and Ryan'

The Oklahoma native and Broadway star is an outspokenly rabid fan of the hit Netflix docuseries, which colorfully chronicles...

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Listen: Music legends Charlie Wilson and Smokey Robinson make a soulful combo on new ballad

The collaborative ballad was this week's No. 1 most-added R&B song

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7 Oklahoma entertainment headlines for the week, featuring Kristin Chenoweth, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, 'The Voice' and more

From top celebrities to everyday folks, Oklahomans and Oklahoma stay in the entertainment headlines.

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Go behind the scenes of the crime-thriller 'Out of Exile,' one of many Oklahoma movies filming despite pandemic

Oklahoma's film industry continues to show promising growth even amid the lingering coronavirus pandemic, which has halted or...

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Crime thriller 'Out of Exile' is filming in Oklahoma despite the pandemic

The cheerful pink trim of Oklahoma City's vintage Flamingo Apartments contrasts with the grim adornments of a crime scene: the...

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Still good eating or time to toss it? How to know if your food is safe after the storms and power outages

As the power comes back on for thousands of Oklahomans affected by this week's ice storms, the dreaded time has come to open up...

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New Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center announces details of landmark exhibit by Oklahoma Cultural Treasure

"Ed Ruscha: OKLA" will feature objects spanning the artist’s more than 60-year career that explore his relationship to Oklahoma.

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Alfre Woodard's acclaimed 1996 film 'Follow Me Home' streaming for free, with special Zoom events on social justice starting tonight

Along with Woodard, the film features Benjamin Bratt, Jesse Borrego, Calvin Levels, Steve Reevis and Salma Hayek.

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Christie's auctioning T. Boone Pickens' Western art collection today

A key piece of the collection is Remington’s 1900 painting "The Signal (If Skulls Could Speak)," which officials expect to...

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Watch The Flaming Lips rock out with an OKC crowd all in 'space bubbles' in new 'Assassins of Youth' video

The art-rockers lensed the distinctively socially distanced performance earlier this month at The Criterion, where both the...

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'Reagan' biopic filming in Oklahoma halts production after crew members reportedly test positive for COVID-19

The biographical drama - starring two-time Golden Globe nominee Dennis Quaid (who previously worked in Oklahoma on "I Can Only...

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Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani get engaged in Oklahoma

Shelton and Stefani first starting dating while co-starring on the hit NBC show "The Voice" in 2015,

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Keller Williams' OKC show canceled due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic

All tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase, according to a news release.

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More details revealed about LeBron James' 'Dreamland' documentary about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

As the event's 2021 centennial approaches, several film and television projects are telling the story, which is still timely in...

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Oklahoma country singer-songwriter Allie Colleen, daughter of Garth Brooks, scores top 40 hit

Colleen, 24, is a graduate of Nashville's Belmont University with a degree in Songwriting and Music Business.

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Southeast Oklahoma's Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show 2020 suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic

The long-running event brings 17,000 visitors to southeastern Oklahoma each year, just in time for the fall colors.

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OKC chorus Canterbury Voices bringing classical comfort to pandemic days with 'Brahms Requiem'

After the chorus was forced to cut short its 2019-2020 season in the spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, Canterbury Voice...

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Canterbury Voices launches with a 150-year-old requiem for comfort

“Typically, requiems are written ... to honor the dead ... and ‘Brahms Requiem’ was actually written for the living, meant to...

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Country singer-songwriter Kylie Morgan teams with Walker Hayes on relatable 'Cuss a Little'

The Oklahoma native starting writing songs at the age of 12 and gained national attention from music producers and television...

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Listen to OKC pop singer-songwriter Josh Roberts' angsty new single 'Lovers Do'

An Oklahoma native who cut his teeth in Nashville, Tennessee, writing, performing, recording and traveling the country playing...

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6 Oklahoma entertainment headlines for the week, featuring Reba McEntire, Hanson, Woody Guthrie and more

From top celebrities to everyday folks, Oklahomans and Oklahoma stay in the entertainment headlines.

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Oklahoma native Paxton Pennington debuts soaring single 'On the Weekend'

The Norman native describes the new song as "my take at a shimmery guitar-based cross between Sam Fender and Ryan Adams while...

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Oklahoma hip-hop artist S Reidy taps into pandemic angst with latest single 'Flowers'

Since the pandemic has largely brought the concert and touring industries to a standstill, many musicians like Reidy are...

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9 Halloween celebrations for families that don't involve trick-or-treating during a pandemic

Local municipalities like Oklahoma City, Edmond and Norman aren't trying to prohibit trick-or-treating on Oct. 31, but they are...

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New tricks: 9 Halloween celebrations for families that don't involve trick-or-treating during a pandemic

In a normal year, having Oct. 31 fall on a Saturday is an ideal setup for Halloween, especially for families heading out to...

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Hinder guitarist Mark Austin King channels '90s alternative rock with side project Caffeine Genius

A five-song EP titled "Look What My Computer Did" made its digital debut in spring, and King has released a few more songs and...

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Alt-country band Oklahoma Uprising hopes for a 'High Sign' on debut album

The album is "about the power of perseverance and radical love as a means of hope during polarizing times."

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Oklahoma country singer-songwriter Jeremy Castle imagines 'If 2020 Was a Country Song'

Castle, who grew up in Blanchard, started playing guitar in high school and has been writing and performing music since...

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Fundraising concert Rock ’n Folk ’n (no) Chili Cook-off planned at Tulsa's historic Cain's Ballroom with new format due to pandemic

Usually known as the Rock ’n Folk ’n Chili Cook-off, the annual event benefits Horton Records, a Tulsa nonprofit record label.

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Oklahoma-raised Bartees Strange earns acclaim for genre-defying debut album 'Live Forever'

The musician and activist was born in Britain, raised in Oklahoma and is now based in Washington, D.C.

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OKC's National Cowboy Museum and Rodeo Historical Society postpone 2020 Rodeo Hall of Fame Weekend due to COVID-19 pandemic

The 2020 Rodeo Hall of Fame Weekend inductees were chosen via popular vote by Rodeo Historical Society membership.

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Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani win big on CMT Music Awards

Plus, it was a year of firsts for Gabby Barrett, who scored her first win for Breakthrough Video of the Year, presented by past...

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Oklahoma Americana duo The Imaginaries embrace cinematic opportunities during pandemic

The duo provided the soundtrack to the Oklahoma-made family film "Camp Arrowhead," which was recently released to buy or rent...

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Watch TikTok star Mothica deliver potent stripped-down version of breakout hit 'Vices'

In June, she posted a TikTok video that depicted her listening to the masters of her upcoming album, specifically to the master...

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Tulsa-born St. Vincent joins 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, MasterClass roster

Plus, St. Vincent collaborated with the Grammy-winning country band The Chicks (formerly the Dixie Chicks) to play electric...

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Oklahoma filmmaker Mickey Reece's acclaimed horror movie 'Climate of the Hunter' getting theatrical release

"That's incredibly exciting:" Oklahoman Jacob Ryan Snovel, a producer and actor on the film, talks about the movie's track to...

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Oklahoma-Texas music icon Ray Wylie Hubbard making 'Austin City Limits' debut tonight - here's how to watch

The Hugo native released this summer his first major-label album, appropriately titled "Co-Starring." His 17th studio album -...

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Holiday snow tubing at OKC's Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

Part of OKC's Downtown in December, the event features different sized snow slides for all ages, and the ballpark is...

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Oklahomans Lamar + Nik hand-cut 4,500 frames to create a Grammy winner's eye-popping new music video

Oklahomans Jesse Lamar High and Nik Harper also have devised inventive videos for the likes of Pixies, The Shins and fellow...

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University of Oklahoma art museum reexamines legacy of seminal Native American artists the Kiowa Six with new exhibit

"Kiowa Agency: Stories of the Six" explores the ways in which these artists were engaged in cultural preservation throughout...

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OKC indie rock duo Husbands sings about growing up in a superstar's shadow on single 'Garth'

Husbands will be the next local artist featured on the Norman Music Festival’s new live-stream series, NMF Transmissions.

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Oklahoma-California indie rock duo Sports take on codependency and Amy Grant with new song 'Baby Baby'

Split between Los Angeles and Norman, indie rock duo Sports - Cale Chronister and Christian Theriot - is working on a new,...

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Grab a tissue and check out the last song from the late, legendary Oklahoma musician Steve Ripley

Ripley got by with a little help from his friends - including fellow Oklahomans Vince Gill and Isaac Hanson of the band Hanson...

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Listen: Oklahoma band Beau Jennings & The Tigers find it 'Hard to Party' during pandemic

"Obviously the pandemic has been a massive setback to live music, but there have been some nice cracks in the pavement,"...

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Give yourself a break by watching Oklahoma singer-songwriter Samantha Crain's full-band performance of 'Reunion'

The new full-band video lensed in black and white at Lunar Manor Studio offers a chance to gain a much greater appreciation of...

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AMC and Harkins cinema chains offering private movie theater rentals starting at $99

The movie studios have responded to the ongoing pandemic by postponing most of their planned 2020 blockbusters to 2021. That...

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Ancient Rome coming to Oklahoma: OKC Museum of Art to host landmark exhibit 'The Painters of Pompeii'

Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, burying much of the countryside around the Bay of Naples, including the ancient Roman cities...

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Oklahoma singer Anthony Mason auditions for 'The Voice' Season 19, premiering tonight

Ada native Blake Shelton is back for his 19th straight season on the reality show, with his pop-star girlfriend Gwen Stefani,...

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Garth Brooks announces release dates for long-awaited new album 'FUN' and live collection 'Triple Live Deluxe'

The Oklahoma native is planning a live interactive preview of the albums this week.

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Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts partners with Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition for artist grants

In the first year of partnership, grants will be issued as COVID-19 economic relief grants in the form of Oklahoma Visual...

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Oklahoma band DocFell & Co. reveals 'Revelations' despite pandemic

This post is part of Oklahoma Music Week here on BAM's Blog, a look at how Oklahoma musicians have been been handling the...

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Listen to the late Oklahoman Leon Russell and Bruce Hornsby channel Barry White on 'Anything Can Happen'

Although Russell died in 2016 at the age of 74, hearing his voice on Hornsby's new take on "Anything Can Happen" brings a...

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Oklahoma pumpkin carver Daniel Miller talks about winning Food Network's 'Halloween Wars'

Every autumn, "Halloween Wars" pits six teams featuring three culinary artists in a series of beat-the-clock theme challenges,...

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Oklahoma 'Halloween Wars' champion Daniel Miller shares pumpkin carving tips

As Halloween celebrations become more elaborate, many people are looking to level up from the traditional jack-o-lantern and...