What works: Ray’s has a wide selection of meats and sides, making it the perfect place for any barbecue lover. What needs work: It’s not a great place for vegetarians, but then again, it is a barbecue joint. The tip: The family atmosphere and the great food make Ray’s a solid addition to anybody’s favorite barbecue spot.
Looking for some fun in Norman tonight? Fling a ding.
The boys of Long Beach, Calif.’s The Fling must be quite the fans of the Sooner State, as they are following up a late-fall show at The Conservatory with tonight’s set at The Deli, 309 White, Norman.
The Dangerbird Records signees play at 8 p.m. with ever-evolving local rock trio The Pretty Black Chains, showcasing material from “What I’ve Seen” and “When the Madhouses Appear,” both of which were released nationally last year.
The Fling’s brand of classic American indie rock recalls acts both new (Delta Spirit, Deer Tick) and old (Guided by Voices, The Byrds), and several of their Western soul ballads have found their way onto TV shows like “Being Human,” “I Just Want My Pants Back” and “Revenge” in recent months.
Enjoy the video for “What I’ve Seen” standout track “Dogpile,” and then catch it live tonight:
The Tulsa singer pays tribute to the late Whitney Houston.
You’d think playing all the instruments on a single track would be intimidating enough, but former Tulsan Ben Rector took it a couple steps further at Norman’s Blackwatch Studios. Per the video below, Rector commands six different instruments (seven, if you count that man-pretty voice of his!) on a cover of one of a much-beloved late diva’s most-beloved songs. That being my favorite Whitney Houston jam, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.”
Compare the two for yourself. Would love to hear opinions in the comments:
Norman becomes the first city in the state to commission its own anthem.
News Mia Cantu
The city of Norman has made history, of a sort, recently becoming the
first municipality in Oklahoma — and possibly the U.S. — to have
commissioned its own anthem. The idea to give the community its own
theme song originated with two Norman residents: Chuck Thompson,
president of Republic Bank & Trust; and Richard Zielinski, artistic
and music director of the newly formed Norman Philharmonic.
Head to Norman tomorrow night for free wine, cheese and Irish songs.
World Literature Today magazine is hosting the biggest Irish-centric cultural event Norman’s seen since U2 rocked its football stadium more than two years ago. Its Puterbaugh Festival Opening Night event is of course much scaled down from the goliath, 360-degree stage in the middle of the OU football field, but arguably more Irish, as playwright Marina Carr graces Oklahoma with her authorial presence.
So head out to Norman’s Performing Arts Studio (known by some as the Train Depot) to enjoy some free wine and cheese; the tunes of Mike Hosty, Ali Harter, Brine Webb and Steven Eiler; and Irish poetry ready by Lauren Zuniga. The musicians will play original songs, as well as covers by Irish artists (think Van Morrison, Fionn Regan, and sigh The Swell Season).
right Ali Harter
Also be sure to check out the Irish Film Festival at Meacham Auditorium Friday night, which costs the same in admission as the Opening Night activities: nothing! Head to ou.edu/wlt for more information, and watch Webb’s recent performance at TEDxOU:
Letters to the Editor David Orr
The new session is barely underway and our legislators have found time
to write all manner of bat@$&* crazy bills about zygotes, stem cell
sweeteners and green lighting the teaching of mythology in science
class, and now they want to drug test others?