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Science Museum Oklahoma to host Star Trek event at Southwest OKC Public Library

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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Science Museum Oklahoma will bring the “Science of Star Trek” to life with a presentation sponsored by the Southwest Oklahoma City (SOKC) Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.  Science Museum Oklahoma representatives will take participants on an extraterrestrial trip to the sci-fi future at 6 […]

16th annual Fairy Ball set for June 17 in Oklahoma City

The 16th annual Fairy Ball will be held on Saturday, June 17 at the Crown Jewel Amphitheater in Oklahoma City.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The 16th annual Fairy Ball will be held on Saturday, June 17, from 7 – 9: 15 p.m. Sponsored by the Paseo Arts Association, Theatre Upon a StarDanceSwan and the Oklahoma Arts Council, the free children’s costume and dance event will take place in the Crown […]

Sonja Martinez honored as 2017 OKC Pride Parade Grand Marshall

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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The month of June is recognized across America and around the world as LGBTQ Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred in New York City at the end of June 1969. Several events will take place in Oklahoma City to celebrate Pride Month […]

Bach, Brahms and the Best musicians: Brightmusic’s Spring Festival June 8-13, 2017

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Staff Report The Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble will present “Bach and Brahms II” in its sixth annual spring chamber music festival at St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown Oklahoma City. This series of concerts is in some ways a “sequel” to the successful and highly popular Bach and Brahms Spring Festival held in 2012. This year’s four-concert […]

ANALYSIS: The Legislature’s Lost Weekend, and the storm ahead

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Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislators came to the state Capitol Saturday (May 20) for an unusual weekend work session, with an expectation or hope that some progress toward resolution of the state budget might be forthcoming. That, in turn, could possibly trigger a Sunday work day. Instead, it became a lost weekend. That […]

IgniteOKC to present the best ideas in 5 minutes and 20 slides on May 25

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by Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The tenth installment of IgniteOKC will feature 13 speakers showcasing some of Oklahoma City’s best new ideas on Thursday, May 25.  The event will take place from 7-10 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre at The Plaza, 1727 NW 16th St. in Oklahoma City. Doors will open at […]

Manic Monday: As cigarette tax boost falls short in Oklahoma House, Senate plan would enact $510 million in tax hikes

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Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma House of Representatives fell a few votes short of approving a cigarette tax increase on Monday (May 15). Meanwhile, the Senate passed, on a 36-9 vote, increases and changes in law aiming to increase government revenues a total of $516 million. Advocates say the cigarette tax hike, […]

COMMENTARY: A blast from the past (2012) – This land is our land: Law, liberty and free markets

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Patrick B. McGuigan NOTE: In light of recent news, we repost a commentary which first appeared November 29, 2012 on CapitolBeatOK. OKLAHOMA CITY, November 29, 2012 – In the 1920s, when my Canadian-born Irish Catholic grandfather (Bruce Arthur McGuigan) came to Chicago to find work, scattered shop windows still bore signs instructing, “No Irish need […]

Criminal justice reform advocates back Task Force measures at Capitol Rally

Former state Rep. Joe Dorman spoke at the Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform Rally held may 10 at the Capitol in Oklahoma City. Photo by Patrick b. McGuigan

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Criminal justice reform advocates from around the state gathered at the State Capitol on Wednesday (May 11) to urge legislators to advance the remaining Justice Reform Task Force bills, developed through the work of a panel chosen by Governor Mary Fallin, this session. Advocates say that passage of the bills […]

The 2017 Festival of the Arts is underway at Bicentennial Park

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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The annual Festival of the Arts runs through April 30 at Oklahoma City’s Bicentennial Park, located between Civic Center Music Hall and City Hall.  Festivities include more than 140 artists, an expanded children’s art field, mouth-watering food favorites, culinary demonstrations and three performing arts stages featuring early 300 performances. Admission […]

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