“Grandma” handles difficult subjects with poise

Delicate is the last word one might use to describe the titular grandmother in the movie “Grandma,” but the movie itself is a delicacy. Where society’s taste in recent years have certainly shifted toward the heavy hot-sauce and creams of the film world, the action thrillers and raucous comedies, occasionally it is pleasant to sit […]

CHVRCHES album Every Open Eye is a sophomore spectacle

CHVRCHES (pronounced “Churches”), an electronic indie-pop trio from Scotland, released their first album in 2013. The Bones of What You Believe was a fun but fairly simple record that proved that the group had potential. Their new album, Every Open Eye, proves they are here to stay. Lyrically and instrumentally, Every Open Eye diversifies CHVRCHES’ […]

Twenty One Pilots provide “TØP”-tier entertainment

The concert began with a short set by Finish Ticket, an indie pop rock band that showcased more rock than pop. During their slowest song, the audience waved their cell phones and lighters without prompting from the band, eliciting a grateful response from Finish Ticket’s members. Reminiscent of punk rock due to the lead vocalist’s […]

Rocket League excites casual and competitive players alike

A new game has exploded into the world of e-sports. Rocket League, a fast paced team based game where supersonic rocket powered cars can also fly and play soccer, rolled out in early July for Playstation network and Windows PC. The game is a sequel to developer Psyonix’s previous title Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle Cars […]

Twenty-One Plus

True Blue Dew (times two) 3 oz. blue curaçao 2 oz. coconut rum 1 oz. triple sec 4 oz. unsweetened coconut cream 2 oz. simple syrup ice Pour all ingredients into blender. Fill to liquid level with ice. Blend and serve with a straw. (Note: this recipe makes two; share with a friend! I’d suggest […]

Kenneth Goldsmith tells American tragedies with poetry

Kenneth Goldsmith, the First Poet Laureate of the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, stood in front of a nearly-full Tyrrell Auditorium on Tuesday night. Known for wearing a pink suit on The Colbert Report and a paisley suit during a reading at the White House, on that night Goldsmith was wearing white suit and pants, […]

Metal Gear Solid V captures ugliness of revenge

The Metal Gear Solid series is now nearly two decades old. It originated in the grainy, polygonal renderings of the PlayStation 1. Besides pioneering the stealth genre, it advanced games as a way to weave a narrative, exploring topics with a level of immersion only available to that medium. In 1998, it discussed the contrary […]

Shepherd’s Cross Pumpkin Festival delights visitors

Shepherd’s Cross Pumpkin Festival began last week and will be continuing through Halloween. Located in Claremore, just short of an hour’s drive outside of Tulsa, the family-friendly pumpkin patch offers a wide selection of pumpkins at good prices. In addition to selling pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, colors and patterns, Shepherd’s Cross has free activities […]

An overly simplistic take on good and evil buries “Black Mass”

Twenty five years ago this month, Martin Scorsese unveiled Goodfellas, a knockout success that gained immediate entry into the American film canon. In case you haven’t seen it (and I would make a plug for it, although this isn’t the place), just know that it’s a disturbingly good-natured romp through the glamorous lives of low-level […]