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Ink Life Tour Tattoo and Music Festival

9 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday
10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday
10 a.m.-9:15 p.m. Sunday
Grand Casino Hotel and Resort
777 Grand Casino Blvd., Shawnee

Friday: Wayne Static of Static-X, Bash
Saturday: Drowning Pool, Love & Death

Sunday: Buckcherry, Murder F.M., The Virgin Mary’s

<![CDATA[COVER STORY: Ferris doesn’t take this day off - Questionable choices can lead to great memories, especially on St. Patrick’s Day.]]> When one is a local celebrity, he or she will often be tapped to do a lot of silly stuff. When the local celebrity is named Ferris O’Brien, St. Patrick’s Day plans are pretty much guaranteed for life.]]> <![CDATA[OKC Film Club celebrates one year - ]]> <![CDATA[OKG7 Shop: Get crafty - ]]>

March is National Craft Month. Handcrafted items by Okies are becoming more and more available to the general public, thanks to local purveyors such as Collected Thread and DNA galleries, both in the Plaza District, and a demand for homegrown wares among OKC’s savvy shoppers. But what about making your own goods? Who can help you in your quest? Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

<![CDATA[Happy birthday - Literary icon and Oklahoma native Ralph Ellison gets a yearlong centennial tribute.]]> All year, Oklahoma City celebrates the 100th birthday of one of its most distinguished sons: novelist, writer, scholar and literary critic Ralph Ellison. ]]> <![CDATA[OKG 7 SHOP - Love who you’re with ]]>

Let’s just be honest here. Valentine’s Day isn’t about true love or big babies with bows and arrows; it’s about presents (and delicious dinners, but mostly presents). The mushy day of romance and gifts is a little over a week away, and OKC has loads to offer in the romance department. Don’t worry; it has you love-haters covered, too.

<![CDATA[Ruff stuff - Dogs may be man’s best friends, but a weekly reading program proves they love story time with kids just as much.]]> Every Wednesday evening at The Village Library, Charley Nickell is making a difference in the lives of children. Her best qualities are her patience and her ability to make every child who visits her feel like he or she is the only person in the room. ]]> <![CDATA[Well done, Jack - Weldon Jack offers more than a barber’s chair — it offers art, too.]]> Barber shops do not have to look like they have for a hundred years.]]> <![CDATA[Losing to win - Gluten-free diets, grapefruit diets, pills, potions and remedies don’t beat common sense for weight loss and management.]]> Ever tried a sauerkraut and hot dog diet? Mike Harvey of Guthrie admitted he has followed this and other weight loss schemes. ]]> <![CDATA[Yes to de-stress - Oui candles are more than wax; they are handcrafted works of art.]]> Angela Hodgkinson’s home smells like vanilla, cedarwood, rose and packing peanuts. Her candle business, Oui, is small enough to be contained in a oneroom studio, though she sells to highend retailers in eleven cities across the US, including New York City, Austin, Los Angeles and Seattle.]]> <![CDATA[Song and dance - Chicago the musical hits the marquee of the Civic Center Music Hall — and a nearly sold-out run.]]> Chicago, the award-winning national touring musical revival, is a spectacular treat for Oklahoma City. This is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history, and its sleek, jazzy, fun, dark, sexy, amazing songs and dances, along with its high-energy performances, will make for a memorable night for those lucky enough to see it. Accolades cover the show from head to toe.]]> <![CDATA[Garden variety - Oklahoma County Master Gardener program will expand its community outreach through 2014.]]> Many green thumbs in Oklahoma City thank Oklahoma County Master Gardener program for their expertise.]]> <![CDATA[Instalove - A long-distance photo share turns into a down-home, real-life love affair.]]> After two years following each other on Instagram, an Oklahoma City woman asked her British follower to meet on Skype for a cup of tea.]]> <![CDATA[Made for TV - Gangster Eliot Ness hits the small screen by route of an Oklahoma author.]]> If the name Eliot Ness doesn’t ring a bell, he’s the lawman played by Kevin Costner in The Untouchables who made a name for himself bringing down gangster Al Capone. ]]> <![CDATA[Acting out - The top theatrical production of 2013 doesn’t favor glitz or pomp, but substance.]]> A theater company that was founded to stage musicals produced the best play in 2013, and a theater company that focuses on plays gave us the best musical. Go figure.]]> <![CDATA[Hot house - Yes, it’s a giant gingerbread house. Yes, it’ll be on display through the new year.]]> Making a gingerbread house is at the heart of many families’ holiday traditions. Now, Ingrid’s Kitchen, located in the heart of Oklahoma city at 3701 North Youngs Blvd. (2 blocks west of Pennsylvania Avenue on NW 36th Street) is getting in on the act with a life-size gingerbread house.]]> <![CDATA[Velvet underground - No longer the medium of art sold on street corners, velvet is a fave for Trent Lawson.]]> By day, Trent Lawson is a mild-mannered preparator at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, helping to display other people’s work. But by night, he’s a superhero of the local art scene who recently has gained increasing notoriety for paintings featuring pop-culture mashups with nods to art history and absurdist humor on that most refined of material, velvet.]]> <![CDATA[Most Fabulous donation - One believer donated $100 for each religious leader who signed the petition against the show, organizers said. That’s $7,400.]]> Making headlines the past couple of weeks has been a small play by OKC Theatre Company and a letter from a group of pastors demanding the play be closed. The ruckus over The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told has actually resulted in the theater company receiving several large donations. Artistic Director Rachel Irick said an anonymous donor contributed $7,400. That’s $100 for every pastor’s name on the letter.]]> <![CDATA[Deck your halls - ]]> If the inside of your house isn’t holiday-ready and looking like the Griswold family residence by now (think: Christmas Vacation), you’re almost out of time.]]> <![CDATA[All that - Adult actress Jesse Jane is more than, well, a porn star. She’s also a local, loves Warren Theatre and performs live four nights this week.]]> Jesse Jane, born Cindy Taylor in 1980 and raised in Moore, still calls the city home. A former cheerleader and Hawaiian Tropic model, now a bona fide adult film star, the 33-yearold still lives in — and loves — the Sooner State, she said.]]>