7 Thanksgiving tunes we all have within us

Music plays a large part in the holiday season. In their enthusiasm for winter break, many people have already begun listening to Christmas songs and other holiday carols that completely skip over the closest upcoming holiday: Thanksgiving. Some people excuse this offense by pointing out the lack of Thanksgiving songs, so I have provided a […]

Check in with Kate

Kate Brennan, assistant voice professor and the newest addition to the school of theater faculty, studies several modern styles of voice, theater, and bodywork. She founded the education program at a non-profit theater company, where she serves as artistic director. She also has written two musicals and started her own voice and bodywork style called […]

Ten delicious caf combinations

Everyone gets sick of caf food after a while. Here are ten suggestions to spice up your meals without leaving the caf. 1. BLT brunch bagel Grab a bagel, lettuce, and tomato from the sandwich station. Then, add some bacon from the classics line. If it’s not brunch, you can use bacon bits, but you’ll […]

Five underrated places to go in Oklahoma City

As college students, we often get caught in the endless routine of studying, eating and sleeping. Here are five suggestions to help keep your life fresh and spicy. 5. American Banjo Museum This little gem, located in Bricktown, houses the largest collection of banjos on public display anywhere. It features everything banjo, including miniature, gigantic, […]

Music series opens with Grammy Award-winning group

The Turtle Island Quartet is set to open the 2015 Distinguished Artist Series hosted by the Wanda L. Bass School of Music. The quartet is comprised of violinist David Balakrishnan, cellist Mark Summer, violinist Mateusz Smoczynki, and violist Benjamin von Gutzeit. They will play music by Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck and John Carisi, as well […]

Critic ‘highly recommends’ lost in space film

In this day and age, we all have seen our fair share of “stranded- in-space” movies. With the recent releases of Gravity (2013) and Interstellar (2014) still fresh in our minds, the movie The Martian had a lot to live up to. The movie fol- lows the typical formula. A man gets stranded in space, […]

5 unique costumes that cannot possibly offend anyone 

With Halloween rapidly approaching, students franticly search for the perfect, creative yet cheap costume. No one wants to see another generic ghost, witch, or zombie, but when it comes to dressing as other humans, outfits can easily become offensive. Here are some costume options sure to make their makers stand out in the right way. […]

Thompson Crowned Miss OCU 2016

The 35th annual Miss OCU Pageant crowned Monica Thompson, vocal performance and music theater junior, as Miss OCU 2016. Including Thompson, eight girls competed for this year’s Miss OCU crown, earning scores through private interview, lifestyle and fitness, evening wear, onstage question, and talent categories. Thompson sang “Les Filles de Cadix” for her talent. Her […]

Dance school changes name to define program

The Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management will no longer be known by that name. The school was renamed The Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment to help make the school’s purpose easier to understand, said Melanie Shelley, associate dean and professor of arts management. “It’s an effort for it […]

‘Passionate,’ ‘violent’ baroque opera takes the stage this weekend

The Coronation of Poppea, a baroque opera, opens in the Burg Theater this weekend.

University hosts OCU Week at the Museum

The OCU Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will host “OCU Week at the Museum,” from Sept. 9-14 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the museum for free (OCU ID is required for entry). Currently, the museum is featuring the exhibit: “Gods and Heroes: […]

Entertainment news round-up for Nov. 12

A&E is planning a documentary series about the Wahlberg brothers.  The show, entitled Wahlburgers, will give a behind-the-scenes look into a hamburger restaurant that Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg opened in their hometown of Dorcester, Massachusetts.  The series will premiere on A&E on January 22, 2014 at 10:30 pm.  For more information, click here. Anna Karenina director […]

Bizarre, sloppy editing ruins ‘The Grandmaster’ for critic

By Amanda Ack, Film Critic The Grandmaster is probably a wonderful movie, but I wouldn’t know. I didn’t see it. Instead, I saw a brutally butchered version of Wong Kar Wai’s action masterpiece. For its U.S. release, 22 minutes were cut, scenes were rearranged, and unnecessary details were added to adjust the film for American […]

Entertainment news round-up for Sept. 5

By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Variety has selected its 10 Actors to Watch list for 2013.  Highlights include Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Lea Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color), and Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis).  Profiles of the 10 actors will appear in print on October 8.  For the rest of the list, click […]

The Great Gatsby fails to impress critic

By Amanda Ack, Film Critic The best parts of The Great Gatsby happen when Baz Luhrmann goes full Luhrmann.  If you’re familiar with his previous work (Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet, for example) you know what I mean by “full Luhrmann”:  flashy, campy, and with absolutely no regard for realism or historical context. Unfortunately, […]

Entertainment news round-up for Sept. 3

By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Fox has announced the judging panel for the network’s upcoming season of American Idol.  The panel will consist of Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr.  Former Idol judge Randy Jackson will serve as the show’s “in-house mentor,” replacing Jimmy Iovine.  For more information on Idol’s upcoming season, click […]

Critic finds classic Vietnam film painfully honest

By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Full Metal Jacket hurts.  It is physically painful to watch.  And yet, for the full 116 minutes of its runtime, I couldn’t look away from the screen.  By turns coldly horrifying, sickly funny, and deeply tragic, it’s a vicious gut-punch of a movie that more than deserves its iconic status. […]

Before Midnight takes audience on an emotional journey

By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Only a truly brave filmmaker can put unlikeable characters onscreen and get away with it. Luckily, Richard Linklater is just such a filmmaker, and his Before Midnight benefits greatly from it. With help from co-writers and stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, he creates a film that is by turns […]

Alan Arkin cast in ‘Million Dollar Arm’

By Amanda Ack Alan Arkin has joined the cast of Disney’s upcoming baseball drama “Million Dollar Arm.”  Jon Hamm will also star in the film. For more information on the project, click here.

Jim Carrey to star in ‘Ricky Stanicky’

By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Jim Carrey is set to star in Summit Entertainment’s upcoming “Ricky Stanicky.”  Steve Oedekerk will write and direct the film. For more information on the project, click here.

Julian Sands joins ‘Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks’

By Amanda Ack, Film Critic “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” actor Julian Sands has joined the cast of “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks.”  The film is Richard Alfieri’s adaptation of his play of the same name. For more information on the project, click here.

Anne Hathaway in talks for ‘Interstellar’

By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Anne Hathaway is in negotiations to join the cast of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming “Interstellar.”  Hathaway would star opposite Matthew McConaughey. For more information on the project, click here.

Zoe Saldana in talks to join ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Zoe Saldana is in negotiations to join the cast of Marvel’s upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy.”  Saldana would play “Gamora.” For more information on the project, click here.

Mads Mikkelsen, Bryan Cranston and Rebel Wilson join ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’

By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Mads Mikkelsen, Bryan Cranston and Rebel Wilson will lend their voices to DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming “Kung Fu Panda 3.”  Returning actors from the franchise’s previous films include Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, and and Seth Rogen. For more information on the project, click here.

Dan Stevens in talks for ‘Swallows and Amazons’

By Amanda Ack, Film Critic “Downton Abbey” actor Dan Stevens is in negotiations to star in Charles and Thomas Guard’s upcoming “Swallows and Amazons.”  The film is based on Arthur Ransome’s book of the same name. For more information on the project, click here.

Liam Hemsworth to star in ‘The Raven’

By Amanda Ack, Film Critic Liam Hemsworth is in final negotiations to star in Ricardo de Montreuil’s upcoming “The Raven.”  The film is based on de Montreuil’s short film of the same name. For more information on the project, click here.

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