Legislative Digest

The Legislative Digest is your weekly look at the happenings of Oklahoma’s state legislature, upcoming bills and the terms to know. We’re back with the latest and greatest (for a given definition) legislation passing through Oklahoma’s legislature. Bills, once introduced, are then passed off to different committees to be considered more in-depth by people who […]

The disapproval ratings for Governor Fallin and the Oklahoma state legislature pale in comparison to the public’s distaste for education funding, suggesting that education affects people’s view of government. Graphic by Madeline Woods

Okla. education woes cause disapproval ratings to soar

Voters condemn the legislature and Governor Fallin’s work, but not for their legislation or general policies as one might assume. A recent poll created by Sooner Poll, an independent non-partisan Oklahoma political pollster, stated that Oklahoma support of their government is currently at a low point. Of 419 eligible Oklahoma voters, 58 percent have an […]

Whistleblower bill would provide necessary protection

A new whistleblower bill, if passed, will allow state employees to file civil action lawsuits. State Rep. Bobby Cleveland introduced legislation this week aimed at strengthening the rights of whistleblowers. HB 2528 amends current statutes to allow employees who’ve reported wrongdoings the right to file a civil action lawsuit against their former employers and coworkers. […]

The entire cast was onstage for the climactic death of the earl, a surprising moment for Monty due to his own failed assassination attempts. Courtesy Celebrity Attractions

Award-winning musical proves it’s worth its salt

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” came through Tulsa last week, and the variety of songs and characters helped illustrate why it won a Tony in 2014. “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” was not a whodunit, but rather a who did it. The wildly popular and award-winning Broadway musical came to Tulsa […]

Paddington’s story celebrated kindness and immigrants, a lesson the world could use today. Courtesy StudioCanal

“Paddington 2” surprisingly charming, worthwhile

While not the first film a college student would think of seeing, “Paddington 2” elicits a general feeling of wholesomeness that makes the admission price worth it. From the first scene on, I was entranced by the simple charm of “Paddington 2.” It was almost culture shock going from the saccharine, caffeinated trailers that played […]

The event exuded casualness, with backlogs of zines stacked on benches and free for the taking. Photo by Ethan Veenker

Tulsa Zine Night a niche, underground experience

Prominent in Tulsa’s underground literary scene, Broken Thumb Press hosts Tulsa Zine Night annually in an effort to bring zines to the forefront of Tulsa’s art culture. The pH Community House is tucked away at the end of a neighborhood on Phoenix Avenue. Featuring a mural of a koi fish on its north wall, the […]

Musically, the EP is populated with long, ringing tones overlaid with beats and vocals. Courtesy Domino Recording Company

Panda Bear’s new release daring in its limited format

A solid IDM EP, Panda Bear’s “A Day With the Homies” is perhaps more interesting because of its limited-run, vinyl-only release, a confounding distributive decision. CD copies of Panda Bear’s (a.k.a. Noah Lennox’s) 1999 self-titled debut are difficult to track down, and even the copy on which I may or may not have spent around […]

A showcase of art that one inmate made with the same dimensions as her cell window accompanied the reading. Photo by Michaela Flonard

Poetic Justice, Vol. 3 eye-opening, rage-inducing

The event focused on poetry from female inmates in Oklahoma, also featuring a screening of the documentary “Grey Matter.” Oklahoma has almost double the number of incarcerated women than any other state in the U.S. This fact kept coming up during the Poetic Justice event at Magic City Books last Saturday. The event was part […]

The gallery is deceptively simple in display, with each piece featuring intricately made and placed ceramic chunks. Photos by Emily Every

“To Be Seen” an examination of division between art and audience

Sarah Gross’s installation at Living Arts, with its inclusions of ceramics and Islamic-inspired architecture, challenges the audience more with each piece. Sarah Gross is a veritable connoisseur of human and visual divisions, and her ceramic exhibit “To Be Seen” is proof. The exhibit is based on motifs of ornamentation in Islamic architecture and is composed […]