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Parade this

OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
Stake your claim Saturday in downtown Norman as the ’89er Day Parade makes its way through the streets to commemorate the anniversary of the Great Land Run of 1889.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Urban renewal

Phone the neighbors, wake the kids: Defunct local popsters The Neighborhood reunite for the Norman Music Festival.


Stephen Carradini

The Neighborhood
12:30 a.m. Friday, Norman Music Festival
Opolis, 113 N. Crawford

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Semi-charmed show

Third Eye Blind to play Diamond Ballroom on Friday

I love the post-school quiet. The cap-and-gown thing is behind me, but I still eagerly anticipate the calm that comes over my home of Norman when college students leave town for their summer abodes. Since musicians work pretty much on college schedules, too (note the blast of shows that corresponded with the end of finals), this week is a welcome respite from the manic months of spring-release season.

But for musicians, it’s merely a pause, as summer touring/festival season soon will be upon us. Seeing as Zoo Amphitheatre is already open for business, in some regards, it’s already upon us. But I think Third Eye Blind at Diamond Ballroom this Friday will really be the kick-off.

Is there any better summer music than 3EB? I heard that if you play “Semi-Charmed Life” backward, there’s a sunshiny voice that tells you to roll down your windows and sing. Yeah. It’s that good. I’ve heard that 3EB also released some new music recently, but is anyone going to hear that? No. Let’s hear some “Jumper”! “Motorcycle Drive-By”! “Semi-Charmed Life” again!

Whether or not Third Eye Blind is up your alley, grab these free MP3s while you’re here:
1.    “Grandfather’s Gun” — Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. Unsurprisingly, vintage jazz and big-band sounds play in this first taste of new album “Tulsa Race Riot Suite” by the post-everything melodic masters. (Stream only)
2.    “Milkman” — EMA. Weird, uneasy, interesting electro-pop cut from the excellently titled “Past Life Martyred Saints.”
3.    “Lost Cause” — Bird Call. This stark cover of a Beck tune is a surprisingly calm take from the usually excitable Chiara Angelicola (pictured).
4.    “My Heart’s a Cannonball” — Lelia Broussard. A shuffling, neo-country take on her singer/songwriter pop.
5.    “The Greeks” — Is Tropica. You know when bands sometimes put up a big huge sign that says “MASSIVE TECHNO BREAK COMING,” and then it happens, and it’s awesome?

by Stephen Carradini 05.18.2011 3 years ago
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The last Samurai

Now reunited and it feels so good, Norman atmospheric rockers The Samurai Conquistadors prepare for battle again.


Chris Parker

The Samurai Conquistadors with Lollipop Factory and The Forever Years
9 p.m. Friday
Opolis, 113 N. Crawford, Norman, 820-0951

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

There and back again

Each entry of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy graces us with a one-day-only run

I do believe J.R.R. Tolkien was foreshadowing this event in the following famous lines: One (movie reel) ring to rule them all; one ring to find them (“them” being The Nerds); one ring to bring them all (to a movie theater); and in the darkness bind them.

Oddly enough, I was reluctant at first to give “The Lord of the Rings” films a try. I had never read the books growing up because my mom didn’t care for “The Hobbit” as a child and decided, against all evidence to the contrary, that I wouldn’t like it, either.

The first of the trilogy opened in movie theaters at almost the same time as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” and I, for some unfathomable reason, saw it as competition to my beloved Harry. (Seriously.) I stayed away until friends finally cajoled me into seeing it.

Like most nerds, I was instantly hooked. I made up for lost time by reading “The Hobbit” and the trilogy in short order, moved on to Tolkien’s other works, and then took a “Myth and Tolkien” class in college. (Again, seriously.) I was by far the coolest kid in class — a class that included one young lady bringing in her Casio keyboard to play us all a few of Tolkien’s famous poems, or lays, she had put to music — but that’s kind of like saying you’re the skinniest kid at fat camp.

Now a decade since the first film was released, Fathom Entertainment and Warner Home Video are bringing the trilogy back to the big screen for just one 7 p.m. screening at select theaters. “The Fellowship of the Ring” will play June 14, “The Two Towers” follows on June 21, and “The Return of the King” finishes up the saga on June 28.

In the metro, the event is only playing at Spotlight 14 in Norman and Cinemark Tinseltown. Each film is the extended version (so remember to use the potty beforehand) and will open with an intro from Our Lord and Savior himself, Peter Jackson.

For tickets and more info, visit Fathom Events.

by Jenny Coon Peterson 05.31.2011 3 years ago
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Food flock

Comfort food with a twist takes flight at Blackbird Gastropub in Norman.

Food and Drink Features

Carol Cole-Frowe
You won’t find four-and-20 blackbirds baked in any pies at the newly opened Blackbird Gastropub, 575 S. University in Norman, but you will find an updated take on classic dishes.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011