Arts and Entertainment

Book Reviews
12:41 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Cozy 'Blue Thread' Is Unabashedly Domestic

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 8:35 am

You don't read Anne Tyler to have your worldview expanded, or to be kept awake at night anxiously turning pages. You read, instead, for the cozy mildness, the comfort of sinking into each new warmhearted, gently wry book.

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Arts and Entertainment
4:49 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

Dr. Benjamin Myers Is The New Oklahoma Poet Laureate

Shawnee's Benjamin Myers Named Oklahoma State Poet Laureate.
Credit Oklahoma Arts Council

The Oklahoma Arts Council has announced Governor Mary Fallin’s appointment of Dr. Benjamin Myers as Oklahoma’s State Poet Laureate for 2015-16. A literature professor at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Myers is an award-winning author and scholar whose poems have appeared in prominent international journals.

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Music Interviews
4:35 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

Bird Of A Feather: Rudresh Mahanthappa On Learning From Charlie Parker

Rudresh Mahanthappa's latest album is Bird Calls.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 8:53 am

In the early 1980s, when a young sixth-grader in Colorado first heard Charlie Parker, his life was transformed. Now a world-class saxophonist, Rudresh Mahanthappa is paying homage to Parker with his new album, Bird Calls. Mahanthappa says it's a tribute to Charlie Parker — but there are no Charlie Parker songs here.

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Music Interviews
12:58 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

JD McPherson: A Walk On The Psych Side Of Early Rock 'N' Roll

JD McPherson's latest album is Let the Good Times Roll.
Kelly Kerr Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 8, 2015 10:41 am

JD McPherson says there's no contest for the best record ever made: Little Richard's "Keep A-Knockin'." With that as his touchstone, it's no wonder that McPherson's latest album, Let the Good Times Roll, sounds the way it does — and yet there's something besides homage going on in the music. The roots rocker says that for his sophomore release, he wanted to make what he calls "'50s psychedelic."

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Theater
4:45 am
Sat February 7, 2015

For John Cameron Mitchell, Midlife Crisis Means Returning To 'Hedwig'

John Cameron Mitchell will play Hedwig on Broadway until April 26.
Joan Marcus Courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 10:48 am

Hedwig and the Angry Inch got rave reviews when it premiered off Broadway in the late 1990s. Since then, Hedwig, a gender-bending East German rock musician, has been portrayed by the likes of Neil Patrick Harris and Michael C. Hall. But for the first time since the play's debut and 2001 film adaptation, Hedwig is once again being played by the man who created every punk and glam-rock inch of her — John Cameron Mitchell. Mitchell tells NPR's Scott Simon where he got the idea for Hedwig:

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Television
5:00 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Missing Your 'Breaking Bad' Fix? 'Better Call Saul' Will Hit The Spot

Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman on AMC's "Better Call Saul."
Ursula Coyote AP

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 1:24 pm

Here is something that seems like a spoiler, but really isn't.

The first few minutes of Better Call Saul will answer a question that nagged Breaking Bad fans since the show ended in 2013: Whatever happened to fast-talking lawyer Saul Goodman?

Bob Odenkirk, who plays Goodman, says Better Call Saul had to answer that question first so viewers could focus on the new story.

"To satisfy that a little bit gets that out of the way," he says. "Now let's go and do this journey about who is Saul Goodman, really?"

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Theater
4:49 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Much To His Chagrin, On Broadway Larry David Has To 'Wait And Talk'

Larry David hasn't been in a play since the eighth grade, but he's written and stars in a new comedy called Fish in the Dark, directed by Anna D. Shapiro. "I didn't think it was going to get any laughs at all," he says. "The first time we did it, like every laugh was a surprise to me because I was expecting nothing."
Joan Marcus Courtesy of Philip Renaldi Publicity

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 1:24 pm

These days, when Larry David leaves work at the stage door of the Cort Theater, fans are lined up for his autograph. At age 67, David is now a Broadway star — and that's new, scary territory for him.

David was co-creator of the TV sitcom Seinfeld and starred as himself — a cantankerous guy who says exactly what's on his mind — in the raucously funny HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. He hasn't been in a play since he was in eighth grade, but now he's written one called Fish in the Dark, and it's his name in lights.

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Arts and Entertainment
4:29 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Jazz Hall Of Fame Pays Insurance Debts In Full

Credit okjazz.org

A major insurer who had the financially shaky Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame on the hook for around $11,200 a couple weeks ago after the museum failed to pay its workers' compensation premium on time now says the debt's been settled.

A State Farm Insurance spokesman said Friday the debt had been settled.

If both parties didn't agree on what was owed, an asset liquidation hearing could have started in court to probe how much property the jazz hall had could be turned over to the insurer to settle its debt.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
3:00 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Joe Sample On Piano Jazz

Joe Sample.
Courtesy of the artist

Pianist and composer Joe Sample (1939-2014) began studying his instrument at age 5 and was exposed to a variety of musical traditions as a child. While still in high school in the late 1950s, he formed The Jazz Crusaders, a band he kept together for much of his professional life. On this episode of Piano Jazz from 2005, Sample and Marian McPartland team up for "I've Got Rhythm," and Sample solos in his original tune "Carmel."

Originally broadcast in the fall of 2005.

Set List

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Author Interviews
10:01 am
Fri February 6, 2015

On Board A City Bus, A Little Boy Finds The Route To Gratitude

"Nana, how come we don't have a car?" CJ asks. "Boy, what do we need a car for?" Nana replies. "We got a bus that breathes fire."
Christian Robinson Courtesy of Penguin Random House Publishing

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 9:15 am

Last Stop on Market Street is a new picture book that takes children on a journey, not to an imaginary land far, far away but to a much more real place by way of a city bus. CJ is riding with his grandmother, Nana, and along the way, he encounters a variety of passengers — a man covered in tattoos, an elderly woman with a jar of butterflies, a blind man and his guide dog, teens listening to music.

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