Michael B. Jordan stars in “Just Mercy” as young lawyer Bryan Stevenson. courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures

“Just Mercy” tackles racism in the prison system

“Just Mercy” tells the true story of a lawyer trying to acquit a man on death row. Films that tell a great story are easy to find. Visit any theater in Tulsa and whatever you choose will likely offer one. But a film that tells a true story, a story that is little discussed and […]

Aubrey Plaza hosted the Indie Spirit Awards this year, adding humor to the event. courtesy PopSugar

The Indie Spirit Awards celebrate diversity and creativity

A viewing party hosted by Circle Cinema for this award show brought movie-lovers together. On Saturday, Feb. 8, Cinema Circle hosted a party for the Independent Spirit Awards. This award event only celebrated the achievements of small, independent movies. Although each one was small in production value, they were not small in strong acting, writing […]

Louise Brooks delivers a personal and tragic performance as Thymian, the protagonist of “Diary of a Lost Girl.” courtesy Hom-Film AG

“Diary of a Lost Girl” explores the stigma of female sexuality

Circle Cinema screened this classic silent film as part of their Silent Saturday series. Every second Saturday of the month, local independent theater Circle Cinema shows a classic silent film accompanied by live organ music. The organ is an authentic 1928 fully acoustic organ originally used when Circle Cinema showed silent films. This month, Circle […]

A Novel Idea 2/10/20

If you’re feeling misunderstood: “Where The Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens Topping the New York Times Bestseller list for 20 consecutive weeks, “Where The Crawdads Sing” instantly became a national sensation. The book describes itself as a cross between a murder mystery and a coming-of-age story. The protagonist, Kya, is one of the most likable […]

Tulsa Symphony combines classics with contemporary music

For their fifth Classics concert, the symphony performed Greig, Mozart and Torke. On Saturday, Feb. 8, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra performed downtown at the Tulsa PAC. The night was an overflow of joyful, colorful music — each time the symphony played a movement, the audience erupted into applause. The auditorium was packed with people waiting […]

Dmitri Shostakovich is considered one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. courtesy Roger and Renate Rössing

Tulsa Signature Symphony performs Shostakovich with intensity

Shostakovich’s fifth symphony gives a commentary on communism, lending emotional weight to history. On Saturday, Jan. 25, the Tulsa Signature Symphony performed Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony in D Minor, Op. 47. There was a mild crowd consisting of students and older music lovers. Though it was a smaller crowd, the audience knew what they were expecting: […]

Nimrod offers Day of YA to prospective writers

The Tulsa Public Library will host this free event, offering writing workshops and a diverse panel of speakers. On Feb. 7, Nimrod will offer a young adult fiction day. While Nimrod’s fall convention answered questions on editing, writing techniques and how perspective influences writing, the spring conference narrows its focus to the “young adult” genre […]

Eilish released “When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” with her brother, Finneas. courtesy Interscope Records

Billie Eilish takes home all four major Grammy Awards

At only 18 years old, Billie Eilish became the youngest person and the first woman to achieve this. At the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards red carpet, the event before the actual Grammys start, Billie Eilish distinguished herself from other artists with her neon green roots and the luxe spin on her gender-neutral and baggy style. […]

“Cats” movie adaptation so bad it’s bad

The Broadway musical adaptation oversexualizes its CGI characters and presents an incoherent story. When I heard all the outrageous reviews of the new “Cats” movie, of course my first instinct was to race to see it before they could re-release it with the edited CGI. Instead of a good time laughing at a movie so […]

Kevin Barnes, Of Montreal’s frontman, wrote “UR FUN” about his girlfriend. courtesy Polyvinyl Record Co.

Of Montreal’s “UR FUN” not fun at all, actually

The indie artist’s newest album betrays the inventiveness of their previous discography. A series of uncharacteristically straightforward, boring synth pop singles led up to Of Montreal’s 2020 release, “UR FUN.” (Yes, it’s a bad album title. The cover art also blows. We don’t have to get into it.) Of Montreal’s front man and polyamorous super […]