Sunday, January 19, 2020

SHOWCASE: Thurs. Jan 23 - Sun. Jan 26

University Theatre will present a production of engaging, original dance works created by select student choreographers from the University of Oklahoma School of Dance in Young Choreographers’ Showcase. The production is scheduled to open at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23.
Always an audience favorite, Young Choreographers’ Showcase presents talent, imagination and energy in an innovative production of choreographic premieres. The dance production will take place in the Elsie C. Brackett Theatre, 563 Elm Ave., on the OU Norman campus. Additional performances are set for 8 p.m. Jan. 24 through 25 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26. This production is suitable for all audiences.
The School of Dance welcomes students from the Talulah Centro Integral de Danza to Young Choreographers’ Showcase, as they present two dance works. OU School of Dance alumna Vanessa Villaneuva is the director of Talulah Centro Integral de Danza, Cancun, Mexico. This dance company unites their dance styles and build on their strengths to elevate the spirit of dance.
"Each year our students amaze and inspire audiences with their creativity and risk taking,” said Michael Bearden, director of OU School of Dance. “This year’s program will not disappoint as the students in the School of Dance have channeled their talents in order to speak powerfully with their youthful artistic voices.”
OU School of Dance faculty adjudicated students’ choreography to showcase 10 exceptional dance works for the production. This year’s choreographers are Keeleigh Everett, Tessa Fungo,J’aime Griffith, Joni Keaton, Noah Klarck, Greta Nuñez, Caroline Preskitt, Justin Rainey, Christa St. John and Cameron Terry. These dance works are created in collaboration with Helmerich School of Drama student lighting designers. They are Harrison Best, Lydia Brinkmann, Cassi Crain, Ian Evans, Logan Roscoe, Colby Smith, Anna Steele and Logan Wynn.
A brief description of each work highlights a mix of aesthetics and perspectives by the choreographers.
Keeleigh Everett is a modern dance performance sophomore from Garland, Texas. Her piece titled, Joke No More, is about        the idea that the happiest people can be the saddest people as well. The piece features the mental state of a clown who puts on a happy face for others, but by the end we learn how he truly feels.
Tessa Fungo is a modern dance performance sophomore from La Cañada Flintridge, California. Her dance work Sighs of the Depths plays with the idea of nothingness… lacking narrative and existing in a void. The title of the song being used is Suspirium, which translates to “sigh,” functioning as a homophone to play with the idea of how large nothingness can be.
J’aime Griffith is a first-year master of fine arts in modern dance candidate from New Orleans. Griffith choreographed Am I There Yet?—a piece about the journey of self-discovery onward, upward and forward.
Joni Keaton is a ballet performance and international area studies senior from Rockville, Maryland. Her dance work titled She Was a Planet, delves into the physicality of embodying a “new skin,” as the dancers use movement to push the boundaries of curiosity that we feel about ourselves and the limits of our abilities.
Noah Klarck is a ballet performance junior from Collierville, Tennessee. His piece, Salvation, explores a relationship between two people and how they interact with one another under stressful circumstances.
Greta Nuñez is a first-year master of fine arts in dance candidate in dance from Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. Her piece SWITCH is about how people react differently to big changes in life. The way one was raised determines how one confronts life in hard situations, such as being alone and away from your family and friends.
Caroline Preskitt is a ballet performance and neurochemistry senior from Denver, CO. Her piece Interitus, stems from the Latin word for ruin. The dance is about the ability of humankind to destroy as well as its ability to change for better. It features a collaboration with OU students Alex Leasau, sound designer, and Montserrat Ruffin, visual artist from the OU School of Visual Arts.
Justin Rainey is a ballet pedagogy senior from Fayetteville, Arkansas. His piece is titled One Day at a Time.
Christa St. John is a second-year master of fine arts candidate in the OU School of Dance. Her piece, Nocturne, is an excerpt from the ballet Divertimento created in collaboration with composer and Baker Professor of Music Brian St. John. The work is a fusion of electronic music, animation and ballet.
Cameron Terry is a modern dance performance junior from Atlanta, Georgia. His piece, That 70s Shuffle, explores the idea of blending classical ballet and modern dance to 70s music by African American musicians. With classical ballet considered historically a white art form, it creates a sense of irony and juxtaposition with the music and allows the dance to be educational for dancers and audience alike. The work demonstrates that different types of music can be used to create bold and innovative ballets and that there isn't one set type of music to which ballet must be performed. 
The production staff consists of Bearden, artistic director; Boyko Dossev and Leslie Kraus, OU School of Dance faculty coordinators; Charlotte McGaughy and Tatum Smith, stage managers; Jeff Baldwin, technical director; Kasey Allee-Foremen, associate producer; and Mary Margaret Holt, producer.
Advance 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 by 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.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019



This holiday season, visitors to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art can be inspired by art from "Renewing the American Spirit," socialize at a mid-century holiday party, view an array of independent films, and watch the Arts Council Oklahoma City Opening Night fireworks from the Museum's Roof Terrace.

"The Museum is the perfect spot for people to gather this holiday season—whether that's loved ones looking to create memories together or individuals looking for inspiration," said Dr. Michael J. Anderson, Interim President and C.E.O. "In 'Renewing the American Spirit,' visitors can experience a unique, uplifting, and historical look into depression-era art, or they can head to the Theater and take in a 35mm screening during our Richard Linklater holiday retrospective. Our diverse selection of exhibitions and programming offers something for everyone to enjoy."

In addition to "Renewing the American Spirit," visitors will enjoy a new mini-exhibition, "One Must See Many Things," that features 20 lithographs from Ben Shahn's "Rilke Portfolio: For the Sake of a Single Verse," in which the artist illustrated German poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s novel, "The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge" (1910). Beginning Dec. 21, a gallery rotation in the exhibition "From the Golden Age to the Moving Image" will make way for 11 genre and history paintings by significant artists such as Jacob Jordaens the Elder and Jean-François Millet – bolstering the immaculate re-installation of the permanent collection that occurred earlier this year.

Love's Third Thursday: Art on Ice is Dec. 19 from 5 to 9 p.m. and features a mid-century cocktail lounge complete with drinks and light bites from Museum Cafe, and garnished with a live piano performance of the standard jazz fare and holiday classics. Guests to Love’s Third Thursday will receive one free drink ticket for our signature cocktail, 20% off in the Museum Store, and access to the Museum.

Opening during Art on Ice and screening Dec. 19 to 29, Museum Films will present “Merry Christmas, Mr. Linklater!" An eleven-film odyssey through the portfolio of one of the greatest American independent filmmakers, "Merry Christmas, Mr. Linklater!" celebrates the broad artistic scope and experimental spirit of Richard Linklater’s remarkable career, which encompasses Oscar winners, cult classics, family-friendly comedies, and groundbreaking animated features.

Following a special New Year's Eve three-course menu in the Museum Cafe, the Roof Terrace will be open 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. to watch the Arts Council Oklahoma City Opening Night fireworks display. This ticketed event includes one glass of champagne. Reservations for dinner in the Museum Cafe can be made online or by calling (405) 235-6262 and include a ticket to the Roof Terrace event. 
Note: Roof Terrance viewing of the fireworks are available separately. The OKCMOA is also an Opening Night venue before the fireworks. Separate tickets are available for both. The editor. 

The Museum is open Wed. to Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun. 12 to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, college students and kids 5-18. Children 5 and under are free.

For a full list of events visit

Monday, December 9, 2019

Blogger's comment:
"The School of Rock" is terrific,
"Where'd You Go Bernadette"
was, sadly, a let down for me.
By Nancy Condit



A Richard Linklater retrospective series will screen December 19-29

This holiday season, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA) presents “Merry Christmas, Mr. Linklater!,” an original, eleven-film retrospective spanning the 30-year career of one of America’s most celebrated independent filmmakers.

“Richard Linklater is one of the most innovative American directors working today,” said Michael J. Anderson, Interim President and C.E.O. “From his 90s cult classics, ‘Slacker’ and ‘Dazed and Confused,’ which both take place on a single day, to the acclaimed ‘Before trilogy, which revisits the same couple once a decade, to his Oscar-winning coming-of-age epic ‘Boyhood,’ filmed over the course of 12 years, Linklater’s work as a director and screenwriter is distinguished by a profound commitment to exploring cinema’s relationship to time.”

“But despite their extraordinary artistry, these are also funny, moving and hugely entertaining movies about friendship and family that resonate with viewers across generations. Much like the films of Wes Anderson, who served as the subject of the Museum’s 2016 retrospective, Linklater’s work has a warm, celebratory quality that makes it a natural fit for this year’s holiday series.” Anderson said. “Once again, we’re excited to have the opportunity to screen films on 35mm, including iconic teen movie ‘Dazed and Confusedand Linkater’s visionary animated adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s science-fiction classic, ‘A Scanner Darkly.’”

Tickets are now on sale and are $5 for OKCMOA Members, $9 for adults, $7 for seniors (62+), college students with IDs and teens ages 13 to 18 and $5 for children 12 and under. “Merry Christmas, Mr. Linklater!all-access passes are available for purchase online and at the box office; prices are $30 for OKCMOA members and $50 for non-members. The Museum Cafe bar offers a variety of beer, wine and spirits for movie-goers to enjoy during screenings.   

The series opens on Thursday, December 19 with a 35mm screening of “Dazed and Confused.” 

Other highlights include Linklater’s delightful family-friendly crowd pleaser “School of Rock,” starring Jack Black; and “Everybody Wants Some!!” a hilarious ‘spiritual sequel’ to “Dazed and Confused set in 1980. 

“Merry Christmas, Mr. Linklater!” closes with two of the director’s most recent films: “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” an inspiring family adventure based on Maria Semple’s best-selling novel, and “Last Flag Flying,” a beautifully acted road movie starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne.

For more information on “Merry Christmas, Mr. Linklater!” and more upcoming Museum Films events, visit:

Sunday, November 24, 2019