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Archive for: October, 2017

Puggerfest 2017 becomes a disco scene with the “Village Pug” performers

Boo, a female pug available for adoption through Homeward Bound Pug Rescue, looks like she’s smiling during Puggerfest 2017.  Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – On a perfect fall day Oklahoma City’s Stars & Stripes Park became the grooviest scene ever with cute snorts and curly tails all decked out in 60s and 70s garb. The 14th annual Puggerfest raises funds to benefit Homeward Bound Pug Rescue and Adoption of Oklahoma. […]

World Against the Death Penalty Day raises awareness of capital punishment flaws


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The World Day Against Death Penalty will be observed around the globe on October 10. Created in 2003 by the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty and supported through more than 180 local worldwide initiatives, the 15th annual World Day Against the Death Penalty is held to raise […]

Capitol Report for Saturday, October 7: McGuigan Lauds Lankford’s ‘SUCCEED’ Act, and reflections on sanctity in times of trouble


  In this week’s Capitol Report on News9, the CBS News affiliate in Oklahoma City, journalist Patrick B. McGuigan praised the “SUCCEED” Act U.S. Sen. James Lankford has introduced in Congress. Aiming to advance, in Lankford’s summary, “Compassion, Merit, Prevention and Fairness,” the proposal would create a 15-year process to full legal status for young […]

Tonight and Tomorrow – ‘Tosca’ cast soars with tale love’s triumph and tragedy

Nicole Van Every simmers and burns in the the title role of “Tosca” at the Civic Center’s Little Freede Theatre tonight. Photo Provided

Staff Report   OKLAHOMA CITY, October 7 – The Painted Sky Orchestra’s production of Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca” concludes its run at the Civic Center tonight (8 p.m.) and tomorrow (2 p.m.). Arts and entertainment critic Patrick B. McGuigan, writing for The City Sentinel, praised the current production, saying, “The orchestra under Jan McDaniel provides robust […]

Burlesque queen Adèle Wolf presents her 6th Annual Halloween Spectacular

The sixth annual Halloween Spectacular performance of Adèle Wolf’s Burlesque & Variety Show returns to Oklahoma City on Oct. 28.  Photo by BSukmaneePresents

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – On Saturday, October 28, the sixth annual Adèle Wolf’s Burlesque & Variety Show Halloween Spectacular will return to Oklahoma City.  The holiday event will be held at Oklahoma City Contemporary Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing Blvd at the State Fair Grounds Park. Doors will open […]

October brings Cocktails for Creatures, pumpkins, butterflies, and more to the OKC Zoo

On Friday, October 20, the Oklahoma City Zoo will become the backdrop for Creature and Cocktails the most frighteningly fun, 21 and older, Halloween party of the year. Photo provided

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – As fall approaches, October brings lots of family fun activities to the Oklahoma City Zoo. The Zoo will once again feature a Giant Pumpkin for the Halloween season. This year’s prized pumpkin weighs a massive 820 pounds and hails from Claremore, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma-grown gourd […]

Celebration of Life event will honor peace and justice activist Lydia Polley on Oct. 14

Lydia Polley speaking at the 2013 OK-CADP annual dinner.  Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden and Patrick B. McGuigan October 4, 2017 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Born Lydia Pfrimmer in Arkansas, Lydia Polley came to Crescent, Oklahoma, with her parents at the age of four. She proclaimed to be, “an Okie ever since.” Lydia was a lifelong advocate of “peace and justice for all.”  An unwavering anti-death […]

Painted Sky Opera – Home-grown musical excellence for Oklahoma

Soprano Saira Frank, a Wisconsin native now working with the Painted Sky Opera, will sing the lead role ‘Tosca!’ for two performances of the classic opera, which runs October 6 (8 p.m.), Oct. 7 (8 p.m.) and Oct. 8 (2 p.m.) at the Freede Little Theatre in the downtown Civic Center Music Hall. Visit the Civic Center website at or call thee box office at 405.297.2264. For information, go to Photos by Patrick B. McGuigan

Patrick B. McGuigan High quality professional opera is now “home-grown” in Oklahoma City, through the work of Painted Sky Opera, the state’s first professional theatre company. Painted Sky performers and their friends from Opera on Tap! donated their services to raise money for the American Red Cross (Oklahoma) at a stellar benefit program held on […]

Oklahoma Historical Society to host Roaring Twenties inaugural gala fundraiser


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY — The public is invited to join the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) for an evening of Prohibition-era fun at “A Night in the Life: The Roaring Twenties” on Friday, October 20.  The event will be held from 7–10 p.m. at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi […]

Capitol Report for September 30: The Case of Julius Jones, oil and gas business is popular, and the delayed special session

News9 Alex Cameron (left0 and Patrick B. McGuigan, CapitolBeatOK editor, give the Capitol Report.  Photo provided.

In this week’s Capitol Report segment, journalist Patrick B. McGuigan called on the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to open up the state legal system to allow introduction of new evidence in the case of Julius Jones. Attorneys for Jones, now on death row, have gathered new evidence indicating he is innocent in the killing […]

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