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Archive for: December, 2010

Jonathan Hils’ Intersection; a study in the nation’s obsession with cars

Hils’ installation of his Intersection exhibit, showing Bedfellows. The exhibit continues through Jan. 2. Photo provided.

Sculptor Jonathan Hils’ exhibit Frontiers Intersection at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, as he writes in his gallery guide, is “a reference to the American identity.” with automobiles. The exhibit closes Jan. 2. Intersection is part of the “NEW FRONTIERS: Series for Contemporary Art that underscores the Museum’s commitment to the art […]

A Festivus for the Rest of Us

Tiffany McKnight poses with the Festivus pole in front of Kyle Van Osdol, who is playing drums for his impromptu jazz band Vanilla

On Dec. 23 eve, roommates Kyle Edward Van Osdol and Steve Schaben hosted their ninth annual Festivus, in their Paseo home. Termed Festivus, for the rest of us, it’s an alternative and new-school holiday that is to be celebrated either instead of, or alongside Christmas. It’s a holiday about nothing. It’s a cheap holiday created […]

Cirque du Soleil presents Alegría during Christmas holiday

Cirque du Soleil will perform its critically-acclaimed show to Oklahoma City audiences through Dec. 26. Photo provided

Alegría will perform through Dec. 26, 2010 for four performances only. Alegría is a Cirque du Soleil classic and an internationally acclaimed production that has entertained more than 10 million people worldwide since its world premiere in Montreal in 1994. In May 2009, Alegría embarked on a new journey, performing the same mesmerizing production, but […]

Opening Night to explode across Oklahoma Skies Dec. 31 on 24th anniversary


Oklahomans are gearing up for the 24th annual Opening Night celebration, our city’s New Years Eve festival of sound, fury and midnight fireworks. This year the locally sourced entertainment vary from alternative rock bands, to comedy troupes to Cirque De Soliel-esque dance groups.  There will 23 acts, all competing for audience attention, spread out across […]

Rep. Nelson cheers as school boards implement special needs law

Rep. Jason Nelson

By Patrick B. McGuigan and Stacy Martin Sentinel Editors Boards of Education in two public school districts dramatically reversed themselves last week, presenting an early Christmas present to a few state students and parents – and a gratifying legal victory to state Rep. Jason Nelson, who represents parts of the MidCity area at the state […]

Economist Larkin Warner sees flat performance in Oklahoma City data

Larkin Warner

A leading Oklahoma economist and the state’s recently-elected chief executive have shared rather sobering sketches of economic data in recent interviews. Governor-elect Mary Fallin told The City Sentinel she is concerned to be hearing that in Oklahoma City, “the real estate market and expansion in certain sectors are coming to a grinding halt.” In that […]

Since 2004, Insure Oklahoma has grown to helping 32,000 uninsured state residents


Editor’s Note: Oklahoma has three, government run health insurance plans (not including Sooner Care, the state’s Medicaid program). They include Insure Oklahoma and two, health insurance high risk pools for those with serious, pre-existing health problems. In a three-part series, the City Sentinel will illuminate the features of these programs and their general eligibility criteria.) […]

City revenues showing strong growth


City tax revenues have grown for the past eight consecutive months, leading a net gain of $11 million in the first half of fiscal 2011, said City Budget Director Craig Freeman. Freeman concedes the momentum began with the spring storms. But as that’s trailed off, spending has continued to be much better than last year. […]

It Always Feels Like Somebody’s Watching

Just one of thousands of cameras that watch our every move each day.

“Every day when I drive to work, I pass a stoplight with a camera on top of it. I want to know what that camera is for, and why? Who is watching me at the other end?” Dr. David Seitsinger asked The City Sentinel in a voicemail recording. In 2003 the Closed Circuit Television, or […]

Wilson Elementary students, faculty celebrate completion of much-anticipated renovation

Aspiring dramatists Abby Miner and Sam Brown performed a witty and enthusiastic excerpt from the works of Shel Silverstein at last week’s school assembly marking the end of renovations and expansion for Wilson Elementary School. Photos by Patrick B. McGuigan

Last week brought a gala celebration to Wilson Elementary, an Oklahoma City public school located in a mid-city area that includes the Heritage Hills neighborhood. Funded partially by the MAPS for Kids program approved by voters in 2001, renovations and new construction were recently completed at Wilson, 2215 North Walker Avenue. The day included an […]

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