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Topic: cats

Night music

‘Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber’ comes to OU

 I saw “Phantom of the Opera” for the first time in Toronto at the historic Pantages Theatre, which was home to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famous production for more than a decade.

It was the summer before sixth grade, and it was one of those memorable trips that was full of firsts: first big train ride; first time in a large, vibrant city (I’m not counting Detroit); first time seeing professional musical theater. I loved it.

My experience with ALW’s “Cats” wasn’t as spectacular, mostly because I was seated behind what I’m assuming was the Detroit chapter of the Giants Society of America. Seriously, all I saw were cats leaping into the wings.

But even if you’ve never so much as seen a glimpse of Joseph or his “Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” you’ve got to admit ALW can score one hell of a musical. And, lucky us, his music is coming to the University of Oklahoma.

Tickets are on sale now for a one-weekend-only showcase of “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.” The production is running April 14-17 at the Sharp Concert Hall inside OU’s Catlett Music Center.

This event mines the talent of OU’s creatives, with 30 vocalists, the university’s symphony orchestra, choirs and dancers. It’s all going to combine for a truly fantastic production. It will perform selections from ALW musicals like “Cats,” “Evita,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and more.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students. Call 325-4101.

by Jenny Coon Peterson 02.18.2011 3 years ago
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Lick yrself clean

Feast on this meow mix.

There comes a time in every cat lady’s life when the strange love she has of her cat(s) can be shared with the world without coming off as incredibly weird. For me, that time is now.

Meet LCD Catsystem,  otherwise known as “Dammit, why didn’t I think to record myself meowing songs?” Because, you guys, I totally do that. It’s mostly as a joke … mostly.

Anyway, I’m just going to go ahead and let the “meowstros” of LCD Catsystem explain their adventure into the land of awesome:

“Not since the deified cats of Ancient Egypt have cats been treated with such respect. This new generation learned from their owners the ways of the world as they experienced it. They saw the same films, they read the same books, and certainly listened to the same music. Some of these animals became even more nuanced and subtle arbiters of taste than their owners, perhaps owing to markedly superior sensory perception to humans. This is the spring from which LCD Catsystem flows, a wealth of inspiration and genius where one would not be sticking her neck out by predicting the next great movement in art. LCD Catsystem is the ultimate collection of the genius of the current cat scene.”

Here is LCD Catsystem putting their paw mark on one of my favorite LCD Soundsystem songs, “Dance Yrself Clean.” (And you need to stick around through the whole song — if you know the James Murphy version, you know it really builds to something great.) And a request, can we get “New York, I Love You” next?

by Jenny Coon Peterson 09.01.2011 2 years ago
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Go right meow

The second longest-running Broadway show ever, ‘Cats,’ prances onto the local stage.

Performing Arts

Jenn Scott
7 p.m. Thursday-Sunday; 2 p.m. Sunday
Lyric at the Plaza
1727 N.W. 16th
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

That holiday with the hearts

Happy Valentine’s weekend, everybody!

Okay, I know that V-Day is generally a consumeristic ploy to sell a massive amount of heart-shaped candy and greeting cards, not to mention flowers ... but the point behind it all, I think, is to stop and remember the things you love, whether that's a person, a group of people, a dog, a family or just yourself.

The cool thing about this city is that it comes equipped with fun having for all. So whether you're celebrating this weekend, Tuesday or thereafter, here are some things to keep you busy.

First off, get your OKCityCard. It's one of the primary fundraisers for Allied Arts, and February is Allied Arts Month, so it only makes sense. They are $50, which is donated in entirety to Allied Arts.

It's a pretty sweet deal and partners with more than 200 locations around the metro. If you're running low on ideas (or cash), then just peruse the list of discounts at

Are you a little bookish? Head to Full Circle Bookstore, 1900 Northwest Expressway at 50 Penn Place, on Tuesday for live music, wine sales, 10 percent off any book with the word “love” in the title and a roaring fireplace.

Cozy in a couple and ready to grow your family? This is your chance to do so. The Central OK Humane Adoption Center at 7500 N. Western is offering a lovable deal: All dogs and cats are free to adopt Saturday and Sunday.

If you feel like getting out on the town tonight, hit up the second annual LOVE on the Plaza. You can expect a kiss cam, lots of local art and some live music. You can even participate in a Valentine's creation contest or take part in a power performance piece hosted by Cole Dewey Design called “The Gay Agenda,” which features two men performing daily routines that a heterosexual couple would perform.

No matter what you decide, show some local love in honor of St. Valentine.
by Jenn Scott 02.10.2012 2 years ago
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Purr-fect fix

OKC’s City Council is slated to take up a measure to reduce the euthanasia rate for cats in the animal shelter.


Nicole Hill
Of the 10,000 cats taken in last year by the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter, half never left.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Pet sights

Fido meets fine art in an annual event where attendees can take home original works and man’s best friend.

Visual Arts

Susannah Waite
Sit. Stay. Art!
7-10 p.m. Saturday
Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery
706 W. Sheridan
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Raid: Redemption

If there’s a better action film this year, ‘The Raid’ will kick its ass into nonexistence.


Rod Lott
Fans of pure action cinema are apt to grow delirious with glee over The Raid: Redemption, an Indonesian crime thriller that relies so much upon the universal language of violence, one could enjoy it without subtitles.
Monday, August 6, 2012

Precious cargo

Orphaned dogs are finding homes up north, thanks to interstate coordination among animal-rescue groups.


Jerry Shottenkirk
A number of Oklahoma City dogs are in need of a good home after being given a second chance, thanks to the Central Oklahoma Humane Society and some unlikely friends up north.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Reigning cats and dogs


Gazette staff
Okies love dogs. (We guess we kind of like cats, too.) But now it’s official. A veterinary medicine group said so.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Pet rescue

Oklahomans band together to assist pet-recovery efforts in the wake of the May 20 tornado.


Tim Farley
Country music superstar Miranda Lambert and her mother, Bev, knew before the May 20 twisters touched down that their help would be needed in the Sooner State.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013