Saturday, January 20, 2018

By Nancy Condit

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art was full of people this Saturday afternoon of the last weekend of
Master Strokes: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Golden Age. The drawings, from the
Victoria and Albert Museum in London, included wonderful works by Peter Paul Rubens and
Sir Anthony van Dyck, as well as works by Rembrandt van Rijn.

Of particular notes were three works by Peter Paul Rubens: "Study of a Seated Woman (the
Virgin)," about 1606, drawn with black and red chalk on paper, and the head of "Maria de' Medici,"
about 1622, the French Queen Mother, as she deferentially bows her head to her son the King, Louis XVIII. The third is a reworking of a drawing by an anonymous artist. Rubens reworked "God the Father,"1628-29, by applying a dark wash and white body color to create a sense of volume and strong directional light, read the label. "Rubens may have reworked about 200 drawings to challenge his inventiveness or as inspiration for his paintings," building on those around him. Try it.

There are are ships by Willem van de Velde the Younger: "Vessels Lying at the Mouth of a River," 1660-1670, done with pen and brown ink with a grey wash on paper, and "A Sea Fight, Probably the Battle of Lowestoft, June 1665," done after 1665. And there are Jan van Huijsum's "Studies of
Poppies, French Marigold, Wild Larkspur and a Tulip," along with six "Studies of Nasturtiums,"
1700-1749, done in watercolor over graphite on paper.

Stop by the drawing studio, with a cascade of fruits of all colors, paper, pencils and clip boards to make your own still life drawing. Try it - there are some very good non-perishable fruits available.

The exhibition ends tomorrow, Sunday January 21, with the OKCMOA open from Noon to 5 p.m.

Friday, January 19, 2018


Young Choreographers’ Showcase Opens the Spring Season
at University Theatre
Courtesy University of Oklahoma School of Dance and University Theatre
  Select student choreographers create a production of imaginative, original dance works from the full spectrum of movement styles as the University of Oklahoma School of Dance and University Theatre present Young Choreographers’ Showcase, a program that always surprises and delights audiences. Young Choreographers’ Showcase is scheduled to open at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center, 560 Parrington Oval, Norman.  Additional performances are at 8 p.m. Jan. 26-27 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28. This production is suitable for all audiences.

                OU School of Dance faculty adjudicated students’ choreography to showcase ten exceptional dance works for the production. The choreographers offer a brief description of their work.

                  Amber Bailey is a ballet performance and physical therapy senior from Traverse City, MI. Tautly Linked is a piece choreographed in response to the social tensions within today's society. The work explores how tension can be built and released between people using different dynamics.

Amanda Evans is a ballet performance senior from Copper Canyon, TX. I've Got Sunshine juxtaposes the idealized notion of 'love' sung about in classic love songs with a caricature of a romantic relationship. This piece explores the possibility that perhaps finding your own groove in life is the best way to love yourself and others as well.

                  Gianna Hagnell is a modern dance performance and health and exercise science junior from Lake Bluff, IL. Echos of a Judas Kiss embodies the emotions that an individual transitions through as a result of feeling betrayed.

                  Hannah Knorr, a ballet performance major and health and exercise science minor sophomore from Dayton, OH, choreographed Everybody Swing in a fusion of jazz music with ballet to create a fun and flirty atmosphere. Consumed by the playful aesthetic of 1940s jazz music, an animated couple and a dazzling young woman express each note through the joy of movement.

                  Jessica Liske is a ballet pedagogy junior from Garden City, MI.  Her work Alleviation, shows the struggle of letting go of painful or harmful emotions, and the peace you find once you finally leave them behind. 

                  Emily Nichols is a ballet performance and journalism senior from West Palm Beach, FL. Image is about the painful, internal struggle of someone suffering from an eating disorder and negative body image. The work explores the relationship between mirrors and one’s sense of self.

A 2nd year MFA dance candidate from Kokomo, IN, Sara Pecina choreographed En Route iabout three individuals facing different struggles on their own paths to the same destination.

                  Laura Pratt is a 2nd year MFA dance candidate from Durango, CO. Amor Fati seeks to explore the negotiations necessary for the unfolding of the past, present and future relationship of man and woman experienced through the physical practice of falling. As philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche writes in his book Ecce Homo, " My formula for greatness in a human being is amor fati, that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity.

                  Chiara Ruff is a ballet performance junior from St. Paul, MN: Banyon is a combination of contemporary ballet, music and poetry. The inspiration behind this work is a poem called "Banyan" by Sudeep Sen. The story, told through dance, unfolds with rejected love. A young man turns to write his woes of love on paper, but it all comes out as fragmented poetry, for how can words describe everything in his heart.

Claire Willcutt is a modern dance performance junior from Denver, CO. The Wall is a narrative about a mother, a daughter and a wall.

                These dance works are created in collaboration with Helmerich School of Drama student lighting designers Lydia Brinkmann, Olivia Deluca, Jarrod Fries, Joshua Robbins, Aaron Wade and Brandon Wade.

                Always an audience favorite, Young Choreographers’ Showcase presents talent, imagination and energy in an innovative production of choreographic premieres.

For more information call the OU School of Dance office (405) 325-4051.

Advance purchase tickets for Young Choreographers’ Showcase are $25 for adult; $20 for senior adult, OU employee and military; and $10 for student, plus handling fee. Tickets at the door are $35 for adult and $15 for student, cash or check only.  Tickets also may be purchased online at, by calling (405) 325-4101 or visiting the OU Fine Arts Box Office in the Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd St. For accommodations, please call the box office at (405) 325-4101.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Courtesy of Facebook notification

OKC Pow Wow Club Jan, Feb & March Indian Taco Sales


  • Details


    The Oklahoma City Pow Wow Club, a non-profit corp., will be having our next Indian Taco Sale, Friday, January 19th from 11a - 7p to be held at The Choctaw Alliance, 5320 S. Youngs Ave.

    We will be having our February Indian Taco Sale on Friday, February 16th also at a To Be Announced location.

    We will be having our March Indian Taco sale on Friday March 16th at the Mayflower Congregational Church 3901 Northwest 63rd Street on the North side in Oklahoma City from 11-7.

    $7 Indian Taco with Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Cheese, beans and Beef. (Any item removed on request).
    With Drink and dessert $8

    We will take Credit Cards!

    These fundraisers support our programs and upkeep of our Indian Hills Pow Wow Grounds. The 68th annual Indian Hills Pow Wow is July 27-29th, 9300 North Sooner Road, Oklahoma City.

    We will have space for vendors. $30.00. Call Fran Cady 405-246-5901.
FEBRUARY 16th - 18th

Photo courtesy of Oklahoma City Ballet

Oklahoma City Ballet will present a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s story of The Little Mermaid, which has ignited the imagination of the young and young-at-heart for generations. In this World Premiere ballet, choreographed by Artistic Director Robert Mills, we follow a young mermaid who is willing to give up her identity and her life in the sea to gain a human soul.

This incredible tale of sacrifice for eternal love will feature multimedia projections and spectacular sets and costumes. This version will be inspired by the Andersen story but with a twist that only Mr. Mills can bring to the stage.

Single tickets start at $15 and are available now through OKC Ballet and Civic Center Box offices. They are also available online at  

This version of the classic tale tells the story of The Little Mermaid, who dwells in an underwater kingdom and becomes enchanted by the the world above.  Artistic Director Robert Mills will bring a version to the stage that will not have any singing lobsters, but will instead feature video projections and the music of Alexander Zemlinksy, Alexander Borodin, and other classical composers of the era. 

Patrons can expect to see the beautiful Little Mermaid, the evil Sea Witch, and the handsome Prince, with whom the Little Mermaid falls in love.  This family friendly ballet will “be bright and colorful, touching at moments, and sad at moments, with an uplifting end,” said Mr. Mills. “Guests will love the extraordinary sets and costumes, and the video projections to make the underwater world come to life on stage.”

As an added treat, children are invited to make a craft as a keepsake, sponsored and provided by Oklahoma Contemporary. Following the 2:00 pm Sunday matinee performance, dancers from The Little Mermaid will be available in the main lobby for photos and autographs, while patrons can enjoy refreshments courtesy of Braum’s. 

Performances take place on Friday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.. Single tickets may be purchased by calling Oklahoma City Ballet 405-848-TOES (8637) or online at or by calling the Civic Center Box office at 405-297-2264. All performances take place at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 North Walker, Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City Ballet Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 6800 North Classen, Oklahoma City. 
AT 6 PM WED. JAN. 31

Dr. Ross King to speak on Monet's Water Lilies at OKCMOA
Latest in James C. Meade Friends' Lecture series will be held Jan. 31
Dr. Ross King, author and lecturer,  will present "Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies" at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. The talk, part of the James C. Meade Friends' Lecture series, will center on King's new book "Mad Enchantment." A book signing will precede and follow the lecture.
"Claude Monet is one of the world's most admired and well-known artists," said Tracy Truels, director of learning and engagement. "Dr. King's talk will illuminate what are perhaps his best known works, the water lilies series. This lecture is a must-see for anyone who enjoys impressionist art."
Dr. King added, "Seeing Monet's water lilies paintings, included in museum collections around the world, transports viewers into a peaceful world of harmonious nature. Monet himself intended them to provide 'an asylum of peaceful meditation.' Yet these beautiful canvases belie the intense frustration Monet experienced at the difficulties of capturing the fugitive effects of light, shade, depth and color. Their calmness and beauty also conceal the terrible personal torments-the loss of loved ones, the horrors of World War I, the infirmities of age-that he suffered in the last dozen years of his life."

"Mad Enchantment," King's new book, tells the full story behind the creation of the water lilies series, painted when Monet was in his 70s and in ill health. The incredible story of how this series came to be will be detailed in King's lecture. "Mad Enchantment" will be available for purchase in the Museum Store and King will be signing copies from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. and immediately following the lecture.
King is an award-winning art historian who has published books on French, Italian, and Canadian art and history. His works include "Brunelleschi's Dome," "Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling" and "Leonardo and the Last Supper."

The James C. Meade Friends' Lecture Series supports the Museum's mission of enriching lives through the visual arts. Named for Lifetime Trustee and Friends supporter James C. Meade, the series features internationally recognized speakers, including curators, critics, collectors and cultural figures who engage and educate audiences with current perspectives in the visual arts. 

The lecture is free for Museum members and $5 non-members. Seating is limited; tickets are required for the lecture and will be available at the door. The lecture will be held in the Samuel Roberts Noble Theater at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

TUES. JAN. 23, 7:30 AT

Brightmusic Concert 3 “String Theory”

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 7:30 pm
St. Paul’s Cathedral
127 NW 7th Street (at Robinson)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

On Tuesday, January 23, 2018, Oklahoma City’s Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble will present the third concert of its 2017-18 season, String Theoryfeaturing chamber works for strings by two old European masters and one young contemporary American.  The Ensemble will present quintets by Kenji Bunch, W.A. Mozart and Antonín Dvořák, exploring the expressive range of strings, from the classical-era quintet of Mozart, through the mid-Romantic form of Dvořák to the work for strings by contemporary composer Kenji Bunch.

Music Trivia Quiz: 
What’s in a Name?  The name of one of the composers on this program is not his real name.  Any idea which one?   (The answer may surprise you.)

 The works on the program are: 
  • Kenji Bunch, String Circle (for 2 violins, 2 violas & cello) 
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K.581 (for clarinet, 2 violins, viola & cello)
  • Antonín Dvořák, String Quintet No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 97 (for 2 violins, 2 violas & cello)
The performance will take place at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, January 23 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 127 NW 7th Street (at Robinson).  Individual concert admission is $20 per ticket.  Children, students and active-duty military personnel are admitted free with ID.  More information about this concert is available on Brightmusic’s website at

BrightNews Briefs

Sneak Preview of Summer Festival 2018! 
Brightmusic co-Artistic Directors Chad Burrow and Amy I-Lin Cheng, have given us a sneak preview of Brightmusic Summer Festival VII, Brightmusic goes Hollywood:  The Chamber Music of Film Composers.  Some of the most celebrated writers of film scores are serious classical composers in their own right.  And some of the greats of classical music also composed for film.  The Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble will perform chamber works by Leonard Bernstein, Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev, and Ralph Vaughan Williams, as well as that other Williams.  The program will include works by cinematic legends, such as Miklós Rozsa, Bernard Hermann, Erich Korngold, Ennio Morricone and, of course, John Williams.  

We can’t say it enough!
The Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble is a guest at St. Paul’s Cathedral and is fortunate to be able to perform in this magnificent acoustic chamber. Let’s all show our appreciation by leaving the venue as tidy as we found it. Please pick up your program, cough drop wrappers, etc., before you leave.  By the way, the cushions, which are in limited supply, are provided for those who need one to sit comfortably through the concert, and if you borrowed one, please return it to the stack at the back.

Winter Weather Precautions:  Save these Numbers!   
Slick road conditions are always a possibility in January.  For the safety of our Brightmusic friends and our musicians, Brightmusic concerts will be postponed in the event of dangerous road conditions.  We will strive to make the decision as early in the day as possible, but road conditions can deteriorate rapidly, so there may be short notice.  If you have concerns about travel conditions, listen for an announcement on KUCO (90.1 FM).  Or you may call (405) 550-1484, (405) 216-5595, or (405) 550-7665 for concert status.  Keep these phone numbers handy—just in case. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018


The Salvation Army Opens Its Warming Station
Local agencies to step in and offer support
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma opens its doors at its 1001 N. Pennsylvania Avenue location to those who need emergency overnight shelter during the dangerous cold with the help of its neighbors at The Homeless Alliance, City Care, the United Way of Central Oklahoma and Elite Protection Services.
The Salvation Army warming station will open its doors each evening when the temperatures drop to 32 degrees or below. "May the Lord bless all of those who find themselves out in the frigid conditions as well as those who are stepping in to help as we work together to provide a warm place to those struggling with the cold," said McWilliams.

In addition to its emergency shelter operations, The Salvation Army also provides a warm meal each evening in its Red Shield Diner and Kitchen where anyone in need of a meal can drop in. The evening meal is served at 5 p.m. The Red Shield Diner & Kitchen annually serves over 150,000 meals.
“Thanks to the wonderful support of this community, as well as collaborative partners like The Homeless Alliance, City Care and The United Way, we’re thrilled to be able to open our cold weather shelter," says Major Thomas McWilliams, area commander for The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command. "The bitterly cold temperatures are a significant danger to families lacking proper housing or a dependable source of hot meals.”

The Salvation Army, a United Way of Central Oklahoma partner agency, has a valuable resource in this partnership as opportunities to openly discuss the need has led to several agencies stepping up to help. One of those partner agencies is The Homeless Alliance.

"On any given night in Oklahoma City, there are 1,400 people who are homeless, 300 of whom are unsheltered and living on our streets, under bridges and in camps scattered across our community.  When temperatures drop below freezing those people, our neighbors, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, are at horrible risk," said Dan Straughan, executive director for The Homeless Alliance. "Oklahoma City has a long history of coming together to help our neighbors in need.  In this time of direst need for our city’s 300+ unsheltered homeless people, The Homeless Alliance is proud to stand in the gap with City Care, The Salvation Army and the United Way."