Arts and Entertainment

Songs We Love
3:02 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Songs We Love: Anat Cohen, 'Putty Boy Strut'

Israeli jazz reedist Anat Cohen.
Augusta Sagnelli Courtesy of the artist

It begins with meandering clarinet and clipped, four-on-the-floor percussion. A little bit later comes a countermelody, and the image that comes to mind is something from early New Orleans, or perhaps a Mediterranean folk song. It's even called "Putty Boy Strut" — that could be an obscure Jelly Roll Morton tune, right?

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9:14 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Fault Line Dancers Seek Refuge In The Air, Digital Art And Weekend Entertainment

Perpetual Motion Dance Company performs Amy Nevius' "Aggradation," part of their 11-piece show Fault Line at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center Theater May 15-17.
Peter Dolese, Arts Council of Oklahoma City

The Perpetual Motion Dance Company’s annual spring show does not explore the implied violence of its title Fault Line, but rather the instability caused by a mobile foundation. The 11 dance pieces are strung together by a loose theme.

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2:37 am
Thu May 14, 2015

David Letterman's Top 10 Late-Night Memories (Well, Not Really)

David Letterman, seen here snapping a selfie with his replacement Stephen Colbert, will step down next week as host of the Late Show.
Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 4:05 pm

What I first noticed about David Letterman was how quickly he ditched the suit.

During a taping of the Late Show on Monday at the Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan, he put off donning his suit jacket as long as possible, greeting the crowd in just a shirt and tie for a pre-show Q & A session before shrugging on the coat just as recording began.

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4:21 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Athol Fugard Breaks Fences Around 'The Painted Rocks At Revolver Creek'

Joan Marcus Courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 8:00 pm

At 82, legendary South African playwright Athol Fugard is still actively writing and directing new plays. His latest, The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, which looks at his country during the apartheid era and after, opens off-Broadway tonight.

For decades, Fugard worked tirelessly, both in South Africa and in exile, to illuminate the injustices of apartheid in his plays. And when it finally ended and Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994, Fugard was convinced his career was over.

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Arts and Entertainment
4:12 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Was 1991 The Most Important Year In Pop Music's History?

N.W.A. members Dr. Dre, left, and Ice Cube, center, two of the subjects of the upcoming biographical drama "Straight Outta Compton," discuss the film with director F. Gary Gray during the Universal Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2015 in April. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 6:06 pm

In June of 1991, a rap album by N.W.A. hit the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart for the first time in history. Derek Thompson of The Atlantic writes that music historians have long determined this to be a hugely important moment for pop music.

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Goats and Soda
2:33 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

He Couldn't Stop Painting Rocks — And Now He Has Inspired A Play

Nukain Mabuza paints his stone garden in the mid-1970s.
Rene Lion-Cachet Courtesy of JFC Clarke

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 9:05 am

Two South African artists have come together on an off-Broadway stage in New York City: One is the world-famous playwright Athol Fugard, known for his dramas critical of the cruelties of apartheid. The other is the little-known artist Nukain Mabuza, who carved out an outlet for his creative vision despite the restrictions of apartheid — and now serves as the inspiration for Fugard's latest play, The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, opening May 11.

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Arts and Entertainment
11:24 am
Mon May 11, 2015

House Introduces Resolution Directing University Of Oklahoma To Return Controversial Painting

Bergère rentrant des moutons (Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep), 1886
 Oil on canvas, 
18 1/4 x 15 in.
Camille Pissarro (
France, 1830-1903) Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art; The University of Oklahoma, Norman Aaron M. and Clara Weitzenhoffer Bequest, 2000

Several House lawmakers introduced a resolution Monday morning calling on the University of Oklahoma to research all the objects in its art museum collection to determine if any were stolen during World War II.

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4:18 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

Kamasi Washington's 3-Hour Jazz 'Epic,' Complete With Creation Myth

Kamasi Washington's new album is called The Epic.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 5:52 pm

When Kamasi Washington called his new album The Epic, he meant it.

His band has two drummers, two bass players, both piano and keyboards. There are three horns and two lead vocals. There's a 20-piece choir and a 32-piece string section.

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Assignment: Radio
9:16 am
Sun May 10, 2015

Assignment: Radio - May 10, 2015

Jenny Nunez

It's the final episode of the Spring 2015 season of Assignment: Radio. The theme is "crossing the line." 

When thinking about people who cross the line or push the limits, usually a specific person comes to mind. It could be a friend, a celebrity, a sibling or maybe yourself. They are the people who won’t let the rules stop them from having their own adventure.

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Assignment: Radio
9:10 am
Sun May 10, 2015

University Of Oklahoma Professor Finds Lifelong Lessons In Native American, Other 'Trickster Tales'

Credit MS Ranganathan

A coyote, running away from men who wish to imprison him decides to outsmart them using their weakness - greed.

The coyote hides money in a tree, and when the men find him, he says he wants to make a deal. He said if they would let him go they could have his magic money tree. The coyote shakes the branches and money falls to the ground.

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