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Dustin Prinz - Eleven

Few musicians take the time to master their instrument in the way that Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Dustin Prinz has; he’s a guitar virtuoso in every sense of the word, and Eleven gives him the chance to show just how far he can push that skill.
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Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss

Listening to Horse Thief’s previous release — the haphazardly melodramatic Grow Deep, Grow Wild — felt like a chore. Whatever potential the Oklahoma City folk-pop act demonstrated on the EP was obscured behind a formulaic, contrived and ultimately hollow cloud. But it at least offered a glimmer of promise for a band consisting of, frankly, five pretty talented dudes. Critics saw it; the band’s management saw it; its current label, Bella Union, saw it; and its increasingly fervid fan base saw it.
04/08/2014 | Comments 0

Colourmusic — May You Marry Rich

There’s always a sense of danger when debuting songs in a live setting and playing them well. Without having heard the studio versions, expectations are set according to the live incarnations. But capturing the breadth of free-flowing atmosphere and sheer volume on a disc, vinyl or digital file isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially for a band as vociferous as Colourmusic.
04/01/2014 | Comments 0

Em and the MotherSuperiors — Churches into Theaters

As titles go, Churches into Theaters is an apt descriptor for the debut album from Oklahoma City rockers Em and the MotherSuperiors. It’s a reverential record, one that shares the gospel of classic rock, blues and soul but embraces the need to refashion it for modern times, channeling The Dead Weather, Grace Potter and Cage the Elephant along the way.
03/25/2014 | Comments 0

Rachel Brashear — Revolution

Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.
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French film director's autobiographical documentary "The Beaches of Agnes" succeeds

Joe Wertz January 14th, 2010

The Beaches of Agnes"Friday-Saturday, Jan 15-16Oklahoma City Museum of Art415 Couch Drive 236-3100 A whimsical, self-guided journey back through the peaks and valleys of her life, "The Beaches of Agnè...

The Beaches of Agnes"
Friday-Saturday, Jan 15-16
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive

A whimsical, self-guided journey back through the peaks and valleys of her life, "The Beaches of Agnès" is an autobiographical documentary that serves as a playful highlight reel for French film director Agnès Varda ("Vagabond").

Quirky without being pretentious or preening, "Beaches" combines archival footage and video shot with a small camcorder by an 80-something-year-old Varda, who takes audiences back to her childhood, photography roots and early cinematic association with French New Wave " an adoration that formed alongside her love for famed French filmmaker Jacques Demy ("The Umbrellas of Cherbourg"), whom she married.

As Varda walks backward " literally " through "Beaches," she recounts her life with footage of friends and colleagues like Harrison Ford, American filmmaker Zalman King and Chris Marker, an eccentric French artist, writer and filmmaker who appears in the form of an animated cat.

The most revelatory grains of "Beaches" are the moments when she remembers her husband, and although she offers little in terms of behind-the-scenes explanation " he died of AIDS complications in 1990 " she's unguarded about how deeply their relationship affected and still shapes her thoughts, career and life.

Poignant even if you know nothing about French cinema, "The Beaches of Agnes" is touching, sad and unexpected.
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