William Blake was an English poet whose work inspired Ralph Vaughn Williams’s compositions. courtesy Wikipedia

Concerts with Commentary educates about music

Tenor Kim Childs, oboist Lisa Wagner and flautist John Rush perform Ralph Vaugh Williams and Carl Philipp Emanual Bach. On Thursday Nov. 7, the music department presented Concerts with Commentary, which consisted of “Ten Blake Songs” by Ralph Vaughn Williams and Carl Phillipp Emanual Bach’s “Sonata for Flute in A Minor.” This one was rather […]

The lights and effects throughout the concert created an engaging and exciting environment for fans. photos by Mary Bergwell

Twenty One Pilots energizes BOK with animated show

Tyler Joseph and Josh Dunn entertain Tulsa audience with colorful displays and inspiring performances. I’m going to preface this article by saying that nothing I could write could ever encapsulate the sensory overload induced by a Twenty One Pilots concert. I’ve been a fan of this band for years, and I have even had the […]

Andy Blankenbuehler choreographed “Bandstand,” bringing energy to the stage. courtesy Jeremy Daniel

“Bandstand” delivers emotional account of war trauma

Jennifer Elizabeth Smith performs with vulnerability and complexity, adding to the depth of the musical. The Broadway sensation, “Bandstand,” opened in New York City in 2015 and made its way to Tulsa for one single night last Tuesday. “Bandstand” tells the story of the aftermath of World War II through the lives of returning veterans […]

Director Taika Waititi (left) played Hitler, the imaginary friend of Jojo, played by Griffin Davis (right). courtesy Fox Searchlight Pictures

Satirical film “Jojo Rabbit” proves deeply moving

In a humorous and innovative account of World War II propaganda, the film critiques nationalism. “Jojo Rabbit” had its Oklahoma premiere at Circle Cinema this past Tuesday. The film originally had a limited release starting on Oct. 18 and was later released nationally on Nov. 8. “Jojo Rabbit” is satirical film about World War II, […]

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Playback: Explosions in the Sky – “The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place”

You hear lots of lyrics these days. Our modern perception of music is nearly inseparable from vocalists — the dashing young person clenching a microphone at the front of the stage, reaching down to return high-fives and share in selfies — and given how the modern musical zeitgeist leans heavily toward rap, words and music […]

My Chemical Romance welcomed back to the Black Parade

While its members pursued solo careers after the band’s separation, the alternative rock band announced a reunion concert. My Chemical Romance announced on Oct. 31 that they will be having a reunion concert in LA on Dec. 20. The band, which split up in 2013, has been a favorite of emo kids all around the […]

West has hinted at plans to release a Christmas Sunday service album, “Jesus is Born.” courtesy GOOD Music/Def Jam Recordings

Kanye West’s “JESUS IS KING” lacks self-awareness

The rapper and newly declared gospel artist’s latest album features hackneyed sounds and lyrics. Following a tumultuous series of failed release dates and a scrapped record (“Yandhi”), Kanye West’s ninth studio album, “JESUS IS KING,” finally dropped last month. Clocking in at a solid 27 minutes, the record presumably confirms West’s latest musical habit: frustratingly […]

Robert Eggers’s “The Lighthouse” is his second film, following “The Witch.” courtesy A24

“The Lighthouse” demonstrates impeccable storytelling

Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe perform with undeniable grace in this intimate and confounding film. As this decade draws to a close, moviegoers are inevitably going to start asking what the greatest films of the 2010’s are. People’s tastes are very subjective, and there is never going to be a “right answer” to this question […]

Kyle MacLachlan (right), along with other actors who worked with David Lynch (left), presented the director with his award. courtesy Wikimedia Commons

David Lynch wins Lifetime Achievement Award

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored the acclaimed director for his filmmaking. On Oct. 27, 2019, American Director David Lynch won an honorary Academy Award for his lifetime achievements in filmmaking and his humanitarian causes. At the 11th Annual Governor’s Awards ceremony, an awards ceremony created by The Academy of Motion Picture […]