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OKC Zoo’s Art Gone Wild exhibit open Aug 22 – Sept 16 at Myriad Gardens to benefit wildlife conservation

Art Gone Wild, a collection of paintings created by animals at the Oklahoma City Zoo will take place at Myriad Botanical Gardens from Aug. 22 through Sept. 16.  Facebook photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Art Gone Wild, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s wildest animal art show, is returning for 2019.  After taking a break in 2018, the OKC Zoo has announced that the Art Gone Wild exhibit will take place downtown at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, […]

Banjo Fest 2019 scheduled for Sept. 5 – 7 in Oklahoma City

Banjo Fest 2019 will feature the Alison Brown Quintet, the Grascals with Kristin Scott Benson, and Buddy Wachter & Johnny Baier on Sept. 7 and the OCCC Performing Arts Center.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The 2019 Banjo Fest, hosted by the American Banjo Museum, will take place Thursday through Saturday, Sept 5 – 7 in downtown Oklahoma City. The entire Banjo Fest weekend package is available for $125 per person. The package includes: a Welcome Reception, Hall of […]

Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble 2019-20 Season will celebrate women composers

French composer  Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983) will be among five women composers featured during the 2019-2020 season of the Brighmusic Chamber Ensemble. Her piano trio is one of the highlights slated for Concert 1, on September 24 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Oklahoma City. For information about the ensemble and upcoming concerts, visit

The City Sentinel, Staff Report Oklahoma City, OK – Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble will celebrate the contribution of notable women composers, from Clara Schumann to contemporaries such as Libby Larsen, during its 2019-2020 season. This year the ensemble marks Brightmusic’s 17th as Oklahoma City’s premier classical chamber music presenter. The five-concert regular season will also include […]

REVIEW: ‘Metaphor, philosophy, and dream language’ – Ebert was right: Toy Story 4 is great

Toy Story 4.  Publicity art.

A Brief Review by Patrick B. McGuigan   “Toy Story 4” is a blockbuster headed toward a billion dollars in ticket sales around the world, having earned back many times its budget. The voice of Tom Hanks seems ageless in his reprise as Sheriff Woody, Tim Allen is stellar as the voice of Buzz Lightyear, […]

In Good Hands: “We forget, but He doesn’t” – A ‘Breakthrough’ worth seeing

Chrissy Metz portrays Joyce Smith in this dramatic scene from the movie “Breakthrough”. Publicity Photo.

A Review, by Patrick B. McGuigan   In a film released last spring and now headed to DVD and other electronic formats, a fine ensemble cast delivers a powerful testimonial about events that took place only five years ago. “Breakthough” came to the screen through the efforts of a cadre of Christian performers, technicians and […]

Paseo on August 2: Soak Up Summer at First Friday Gallery Walk

The Paseo Art Space presents “Tour de Quartz,” an exhibition of artwork created by Oklahoma high school students during the 2019 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain.  Photo provided.

The City Sentinel, Staff Report   As Oklahoma’s first arts district, the Paseo Arts District continues to grow with restaurants, galleries and retail. The community is invited to the First Friday Gallery Walk every month, rain or shine. Galleries and shops stay open late, and the evening marks the opening of new exhibitions each month. […]

10th Annual Fiestas Patrias OKC scheduled for Sept 15 at Wiley Post Park

The 2019 Fiestas Patrias OKC, an event celebrating Mexico’s Independence Day, will take place on Sunday, September 15 at Wiley Post Park in Oklahoma City. Scissortail Community Development Corporation Facebook Photo.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter For the 10th consecutive year, the Fiestas Patrias OKC 2019 Festival will celebrate Mexican Independence Day on Sunday, September 15 from 1 – 10 p.m. at Wiley Post Park, 2021 S. Robinson Avenue, in Oklahoma City. The free event is open to the public. This event will feature internationally […]

OKIE Event: Acclaimed best-selling author Daniel Silva will come to UCO Central Boathouse

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Patrick B. McGuigan, The City Sentinel   The Oklahoma Israel Exchange (OKIE) is hosting “An Evening with Daniel Silva” this Thursday evening. As summarized in an OKIE publicity post on Facebook, “Since he burst onto the literary scene with his electrifying debut, New York Times best selling author Daniel Silva has firmly established himself as […]

At Paseo: “Visions” – Vicki McGuire is featured artist at Contemporary Art Gallery beginning July 5

Norman artist Vikki McGuire brings her "Visions" to Contemporary Art Gallery, 2928 Paseo through July 28.  Photo provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Norman artist Vikki McGuire brings her “Visions” to Contemporary Art Gallery, 2928 Paseo, which will showcase her colorful abstract acrylics throughout July in the historic Paseo neighborhood/arts district of Oklahoma City. While McGuire sometimes paints in a representational style, she finds that painting abstracts gives her the most freedom as […]

Book Review: John J. Dwyer’s novel “Mustang: A Novel of World War II” is magnificent


Patrick B. McGuigan, Editor and Publisher   The story of Lance Roark, son of pacifist Mennonites in western Oklahoma, began in John J. Dwyer’s novel, “Shortgrass.” That 2017 novel introduced readers to a peaceful enclave of western Oklahoma, where whites of primarily Germanic ancestry lived in relative harmony with Comanches and other Native American tribes, […]

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