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‘Great’ looks

Jenn ScottBy: Mark Hancock Directed by Moulin Rouge’s Baz Luhrmann, the brand-new film version of the literary classic has an all-star cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Isla Fisher. Its soundtrack boasts Jay- Z, Beyonce, Florence + the Machine and The xx. I have to say, I think Fitzgerald would be quite

Lovely bones

Or, rather, he sees a life that should be celebrated. The retail arm of Oklahoma City’s celebrated Museum of Osteology (the only skeleton museum in the nation, natch), Skulls Unlimited has tapped a new market: preserving the family pet by cleaning and posing its skeleton. Sound morbid? Villemarette believes it’s actually a touching tribute. “The

Freshly brewed community

By: Mark Hancock Much of that revitalization can be credited to the voices of determined residents. Jennifer Hudgens and Dr. Eric Mix, managers of Beans & Leaves Community Coffee at 4015 N. Pennsylvania, have made it their personal mission to see the area around N.W. 39th and Pennsylvania transformed as well. They hope to help

Read instrument

She founded the Oklahoma City Metro Literacy Coalition, which helps adults and children alike improve their reading skills. Its participants vary wildly in age. “I had a 69-year-old grandma call me last week, looking for help on statistics,” Surbeck said. She said the coalition’s purpose is getting people aid they need through their database of

Golfing for good

Toby Keith will celebrate the 10th annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic tournament this weekend. Proceeds go toward construction of OK Kid’s Korral, a cost-free home for pediatric cancer patients and their families. In 2003, Scott Webb, one of Keith’s original band members, lost his 2-year-old daughter to cancer. Keith, after seeing the toll

From runway to OK!

While OFW is still on a smaller scale than New York, Paris or London fashion weeks, this year’s gathering was bigger and included more events than ever before. In fact, it marked the first in which designers came in from cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Dallas and Chicago. The opportunity for Oklahomans to

Sustainable learning

They do not lack for ambition, aiming to transform SixTwelve an oasis for creativity and sustainability. “Our areas of focus will be art, music, film, cooking, gardening and sustainable living practices,” said Young. “We’ll have a preschool during the day, after-school programs for kids and classes for adults.”                         She and Varnum said they have


While it’s more fun to watch a movie with other people than by yourself, heavier cinematic fare doesn’t always work so well in a group where most of the viewers are more blockbuster-minded. What’s a serious film buff to do? This dilemma prompted Alex Palmer to create the OKC Film Club, which holds its second

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