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Archive for: September, 2016

Inaugural OKCtoberfest event set for Oct. 1 at OKC Farmers Market


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter On Saturday, October 1, Oklahoma City’s inaugural German-style craft beer festival, OKCtoberfest will be held in the historic OKC Farmers Market District at 1225 SW 2nd Street. OKCtoberfest will feature food trucks, live music, and a “carefully curated selection of local brew.” The festival begins at 2 p.m. and runs until […]

Dr. Freda Deskin, superintendent and founder of the ASTEC Charter Schools, to receive UCO’s distinguished alumni award

Dr. Freda Deskin.  Photo provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Freda Deskin, superintendent and founder of ASTEC Charter Schools, will be honored by University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) as a Distinguished Alumni Award on November 4. The recognition will come at a luncheon in the George Nigh University Center on the UCO campus. According to a press release announcing Deskin’s […]

American Craft Week comes to Paseo Arts District October 1-16

Encaustic flower bouquet by Gayle Curry of the Paseo School of Art.  Photo provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Recent visitors to Paseo Arts District have seen white raffle boxes in 16 of the galleries and businesses. Those boxes, and the raffle tickets available for sale at each location, were the first step (running through the end of September) of the Paseo merchants bringing a national celebration of made-in-America […]

COMMENTARY – One of the Most Critical Issues Facing our State

Mark and Cathy Costello.  Photo provided.

  Cathy Costello, with David Slane OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma boasts a lot of wonderful things to be proud of. We are known for our wonderful country music with many Grammy and CMA (Country Music Association) award winners. We are known for our amazing NBA team. We are Oklahoma strong when tragedy strikes during tornado […]

Capitol Report for September 24: End the death penalty, vote no on S.Q. 776 … and football predictions

News9 reporter Alex Cameron (left) and The City Sentinel editor Pat McGuigan on Capitol Report.

In the latest edition of Capitol Report, Patrick B. McGuigan made the case for ending capital punishment and for a “no” vote on State Question 776 this November. As the state’s deeply flawed execution process became clear over the past two years, the CapitolBeatOK and City Sentinel editor joined death penalty foes. McGuigan opposes S.Q. […]

Big name Oklahomans will lead rally to defeat S.Q. 777 tomorrow

(L-R) Former Gov. David Walters, former Attorney General Drew Edmondson and Cherokee Nation Principal Chief John Baker will speak in opposition to S.Q. 777 at a rally on Sept. 27 at the Tower Hotel in Oklahoma City.  Photos provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter A rally to defeat State Question 777 will be held 5 – 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 27, in the main ballroom of the Tower Hotel, 3233 Northwest Expressway, in Oklahoma City. Well known speakers turning out in support for the rally are former Governor David Walters; former Attorney General […]

Brightmusic’s Jeannette Sias Memorial Concert highlights Chamber Music Reconstructed, Joel Levine to conduct

Brightmusic continues its 2016 season on Tuesday, October 18 with a “Chamber Music Reconstructed” concert featuring Maestro Joel Levine.  Photo provided.

Staff Report Brightmusic continues its 2016 season on Tuesday, October 18 with a “Chamber Music Reconstructed” concert featuring Maestro Joel Levine. The performance unfolds at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Cathedral (127 N.W. 7th Street). Admission is $20 – free for students and active-duty military with I.D. Featured at this gala evening will be the […]

Painted Sky Opera’s production of “The Medium” highlights the power of opera in small spaces

Soprano Barbara Fox DaMaio portrays “Baba,” the lead character in the English language opera, “The Medium.” The show opened Friday (September 23) and continues at 8 p.m. Saturday (September 24) and Sunday (Septer 25) in the CitySpace Theatre at Civic Center. For ticket information:  Civic Center website at or by visiting or calling their box office at 405.297.2264.

Staff Report Painted Sky Opera’s production of “The Medium” offer audiences a unique view of opera – one only a few feet away from the singers. Painted Sky Opera’s presentation of “The Medium” by Gian-Carlo Menotti continued Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sept 25 in the intimate confines of the CitySpace Theatre […]

Green Connections’ 8th Annual Prairie Dinner & Concert will transport guests back to nature

It’s time once again for the Green Connections Annual Prairie Dinner and Concert featuring Kyle Dillingham at Turtle Rock Farm on Saturday, October 1.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter As fall begins, the 8th Annual Prairie Dinner and Concert at Turtle Rock Farm will once again offer guests an intimate experience with nature. The event includes a five-course local food dinner with beverages, a tour of the farm, and a concert complete with fire pit and apple cider. The earth-lovers soirée will take […]

Debate kicks off campaign for Oklahoma County Sheriff

The Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association recently hosted the “Oklahoma County Sheriff Debate" between incumbent Sheriff John Whetsel (left) and State Rep. Mike Christian (right).  The event was moderated by OCCDLA President, Billy Coyle (center).  Photo by Fred Mendoza

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter During a recent debate, incumbent Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel, a Democrat who has held the job since since 1997, absorbed a variety of rhetorical shots from state Rep. Mike Christian, a south Oklahoma City Republican who wants to win the job on November 8. Christian went on the […]

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