Arts and Entertainment

OneSix8
12:49 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Curbside Chronicle Photographers, Vendors Print Fresh Perspectives

Ryan West, Robert and Geovanny de Leon pose in front of the Homeless Alliance's WestTown drop-in center on northwest 4th at Virginia Avenue, also home of The Curbside Chronicle office.
The Curbside Chronicle

Robert is a modern-day newsie. But he doesn’t hawk a tabloid or news rag on the streets of New York or Mexico City. He sells The Curbside Chronicle at busy intersections in northwest Oklahoma City. Some sales days are better than others.

“I did do really well Friday. I had 31 magazines and I sold out in less than two hours,” said Robert, who chose not to share his last name. “I didn’t have any more and I was upset with myself ‘cause I should have bought at least 60.”

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Arts and Entertainment
2:04 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

A Capella Is More Popular Than Ever, Thanks To This Guy

Deke Sharon performs on the Chinese edition of The Sing-Off in 2012. (Courtesy)

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 6:56 am

A cappella is as popular as ever, and who knows that better than Deke Sharon. He is the vocal producer for the a cappella competition TV show “The Sing-Off.” He also directed the live “Sing-Off” show which is currently touring the country.

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Theater
4:08 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Bill Nighy And David Hare Team Up Again In 'Skylight' Revival

Bill Nighy is starring a revival of David Hare's 1995 drama Skylight. "I adore it. It's probably my favorite play," he says.
John Haynes Philip Rinaldi Publicity

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 6:54 pm

Actor Bill Nighy is best known in the U.S. for his appearances in films such as Love Actually and Pirates of the Caribbean. But in England, he's a well-known stage actor, and one of his most successful collaborations is with playwright David Hare. They're together again on Broadway in a revival of Hare's 1995 drama, Skylight.

The actor and the writer first worked together on a television movie in 1980 and they've been working on and off ever since.

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Music Articles
10:39 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Billie Holiday: A Singer Beyond Our Understanding

Billie Holiday has become a mythic presence in absentia.
William Gottlieb Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 6:54 pm

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Music Interviews
4:08 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Cassandra Wilson 'Couldn't Wait' To Reinvent The Billie Holiday Songbook

Cassandra Wilson's Billie Holiday tribute album is titled Coming Forth By Day.
Mark Seliger Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 7:54 am

Vocalist Billie Holiday was born 100 years ago this week. Today, her place in music history is clear.

"I think we witness in Billie Holiday's music the beginning of the jazz vocal age, really," fellow vocalist Cassandra Wilson says. "Her phrasing is very conversational, and it swings — it moves with the musicians. She's very much in charge of her place in the music. She's in control of the story, and in control of her cadence."

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
4:51 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

John Pizzarelli On Piano Jazz

John Pizzarelli.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli is one of the hottest jazz acts around. With his swinging and sophisticated style, he makes music that sounds both classic and modern. He's the son of jazz guitarist John "Bucky" Pizzarelli, who helped him get his start.

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Arts and Entertainment
1:38 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

That's No Emoji, That's A Work Of Art

“Under the Wave off Kanagawa,” Katsushika Hokusai, about 1830–31 (MFA Boston)

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 2:30 pm

There's a good chance you've seen “The Great Wave.” The 19th century woodblock print by Japanese artist Hokusai depicts a towering blue ocean crest and it has been adored, co-opted and parodied by other artists and in ad campaigns for everything from blue jeans to beer.

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OneSix8
5:42 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Mysterious Spooky Lights, Quilting And Venezuela Night

Christopher Shaneyfelt

A university English professor and his former student believe they have solved the mystery of the spooky lights haunting the Oklahoma-Missouri border just east of Quapaw. Modern-day pioneer Marna Davis teaches children to piece by hand during Saturday for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

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Television
4:07 am
Fri April 3, 2015

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same As 'Mad Men' Winds Down

The times, they may be changing — but the cast of AMC's Mad Men find it difficult to change with them.
Frank Ockenfels AMC

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 2:21 pm

(Be warned: Some spoilers about Sunday's episode follow.)

If Mad Men has a mission statement, it's probably this: The times may change tremendously, but people rarely do.

Even when they really want to.

Consider the show's lead character, hotshot ad man Don Draper, a cool, in-control success to those who know him the least. As Sunday's episode begins, he is single again, a second marriage left in tatters due to his wandering eye.

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Mountain Stage
10:57 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Hot Club Of Cowtown On Mountain Stage

Hot Club of Cowtown.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Hot Club Of Cowtown makes its sixth visit to Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. The band formed in 1996, when guitarist and singer Whit Smith answered an advertisement placed by singer and fiddler Elana James. After moving to Austin, the pair added upright bass player Jake Erwin, and the trio quickly made a name for itself by fusing hot jazz and Western swing. The band has since become a favorite at fairs and festivals across Europe, and has opened stadium shows for Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.

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