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Archive for: November, 2011

Elixir of Love, Operatic Romantic Comedy, at OCU’s Bass School Nov. 18-20


Staff Report Oklahoma City University presents “The Elixir of Love,” one of opera’s most popular romantic comedies, in three performances Nov. 18-20. Gaetano Donizetti’s signature work tells of a magic potion and a love triangle involving a likeable bumpkin, a dashing sergeant and the bewitching town flirt. “Elixir of Love mixes hilarity, tenderness, and vocal […]

Community Action Project receives $22 million grant from George Kaiser Family Foundation to support State Pilot Program, Grant will support early childhood education programs and classes

George Kaiser Family Foundation executive director Ken Levit, Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi, parent John KayKay and his son of the same name, Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Keith Ballard and Karen Kiely, Community Action Project chief operating officer. Photo Provided.

Special to the City Sentinel Early childhood education programs in Oklahoma received a major boost in funding today thanks to a $22 million grant to Community Action Project (CAP) from George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF). CAP’s vision is to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by improving the prospects of long-term economic success for very […]

Tom Guild announces for Fifth Congressional District Seat


By Patrick B. McGuigan Executive editor Tom Guild is running for Fifth District Congressional seat. The retired University of Central Oklahoma professor announced last week he will seek the Democratic Party nomination in next year’s primary. Guild’s formal entry into the 2012 campaign built on his formation of an exploratory committee in October, when he […]

An Oklahoma Battle for Religious Freedom and the Bill of Rights

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By Rep. Charles Key A recent lawsuit filed by a Norman woman may be the most important in decades because it contends the state is violating its own Religious Freedom Act and state and federal constitutions. Kaye Beach alleges citizens are forced to provide biometric information to receive a driver’s license and are being enrolled […]

Chickasaw and Choctaw assert rights to city water pipeline; competing parties ignore Caddo rights


By Patrick B. McGuigan Executive Editor A legal and policy joust over water rights – pitting two major Oklahoma Indian tribes against the city of Oklahoma City – has grown increasingly acrimonious. The controversy unfolds as participants in the unfolding litigation have usually avoided reference to the aboriginal interests of a smaller tribe. Meanwhile, U.S. […]

Oklahoma’s Inability to collect lnternet sales taxes costs state millions


By Ron J. Jackson, Jr Oklahoma Watch Patti Tepper-Rasmussen doesn¹t have to wonder whether her Oklahoma City toy store is losing business to the Internet. She knows for a fact. People will tell me in the store,” said Tepper-Rasmussen, whose Learning Tree Toys, Books and Games, Inc. has been an Oklahoma City fixture since 1985. […]

Searing and unforgettable – “Next to Normal” is a different kind of musical

Seated at right, Stacey Logan as Diana visits with a therapist portrayed by Matthew Alvin Brown as she tries another time to conquer her mental illness in CityRep’s production of “Next to Normal/” The show continues this weekend at Civic Center Music Hall with performances Friday, Saturday and a closing Sunday Matinee (ticket info here). Photo by Wendy Mutz

by Patrick B. McGuigan Executive Editor Stacey Logan comes home to The Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre in ‘Next to Normal,” a stirring and often disturbing musical just months away from its first-round on Broadway. She is Diana, the wife and mother afflicted with demons of the mind which she, her family and for the most […]

Schlafly rallies Eagle Forum to support conservative goals, oppose President Obama’s re-election

From left, Bunny Chambers, George Faught, Phyllis Schlafly at the recent awards dinner for Oklahoma Eagle Forum. Chambers, state chairman of the group, and Schlafly, the forum's national founder, honored Faught for his pro-life legislative efforts. Photos by Don Spencer

By Patrick B. McGuigan Executive Editor Eagle Forum of Oklahoma honored Phyllis Schlafly, an Illinois grandmother, mother and political activist who has been one of the most influential conservatives of the past 60 years, as she advanced favored policy goals and ideas at a recent dinner in the Gaylord Center at Oklahoma Christian University. Schlafly […]

“Next to Normal” — CityRep brings powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning play to Oklahoma City

From left, Stacey Logan and Matthew Alvin Brown in CityRep’s production of “Next to Normal.” The production opens this weekend and continues through November 20. Photos by Wendy Mutz

Staff report Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (CityRep) continues their Tenth Anniversary Season with the 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical “Next to Normal,” with Music by Tom Kitt and Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey. With a contemporary score, the play has garnered widespread praise an emotional powerhouse of a musical about a family trying to […]

Advocates call for more public school reform, expanded choice and options

Cutline: Speaking last week at Langston University-OKC with a focus on education reform issues were, from left, filmmaker Bob Bowdon, retired Los Angeles public school educator Larry Sand, and University of Oklahoma student Taylor Star. Joining the discussion was Brandon Dutcher (not pictured) of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs Photo by Tyler Roberts, for The City Sentinel.

By Patrick B. McGuigan and Stacy Martin Sentinel Editors Two nationally-known education reformers visited Oklahoma last week, with a stop at Langston University’s Oklahoma City campus. They advocated more vigorous forms of school choice, and changes in teacher tenure and other policies. Joining them to discuss education policy at Langston on Lincoln Boulevard was Brandon […]

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