Kate Carlton reports for "Ahead of the Storm: The Oklahoma Tornado Project." She covers Oklahoma's efforts in tornado response and preparation for future storms. Kate served as the Community Calendar Producer from January to August in 2013 and worked as a reporter for Assignment: Radio.
The Norman Music Festival descends upon downtown Norman this weekend. Over 300 bands perform over the span of the three-day event. One Oklahoma singer-songwriter, JD McPherson, grew up in Buffalo Valley. He says living in such a small town encouraged him to pursue music.
“Where I grew up, there wasn’t a lot down there. It was pretty rural. My dad was into music and I developed an affinity for music. There’s little pockets of musicians down there, but probably the best thing that happened to me was being isolated like that. All you want to do is just play guitar and listen to music and read about music,” says McPherson.
With two festivals and a major marathon, the Oklahoma City metro stays busy this weekend. Here are some things you may not want to miss.
The Norman Music Festival takes over downtown Main Street Thursday through Saturday. Thousands of people and over 300 bands flood the stages to deliver a free, family-friendly event. Steven White, co-chairman of the festival, says this year’s headliners like The Joy Formidable and JD McPherson are doing “incredible” things across the country.
Oklahoma Contemporary displays Bryan Adams’ “Exposed” exhibit through May 17. Adams may be best known for “Summer of ‘69” or “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” but over the past 12 years, he has also worked as a photographer.
April is usually when we experience spring showers, warmer weather, and a number of music concerts. Even though we’re currently experiencing wet winter weather instead of sunny, blue skies, the shows must go on.
For victims, life after a sexual assault is often filled with shame, fear and frustrating legal battles. For perpetrators, life after conviction is complicated, especially after they finish serving time in prison. According to Oklahoma’s Sex Offenders Registration Act, those convicted of a sexual felony cannot live within a 2,000-foot radius of a school. And, as straightforward as that sounds, it might be significantly easier said than done.
In February of this year, Governor Mary Fallin delivered her State of the State address. In that speech, she praised Oklahoma for its job growth. The state currently boasts a 5.1 percent unemployment rate, one of the lowest in the nation. While Oklahoma residents have a better chance of finding a job, there are still many who need help.
Since the 18th century, Americans have adopted St. Patrick’s Day as an unofficial celebration of all things Irish. This weekend, our state turns green in honor of the saint who drove the snakes out of Ireland.