Page 1

pop

- Q&A wih Abby Stiglets - Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark - Dustbowl is back - Brantley Gilbert interview

A Mind-Blowing Experience Blow Four is an interactive art piece stirring up a wind storm at Fred Jones. POP sat down with its creators, SuperUber, to get the story behind this unique creation.


pop Kendall Brown, editor Kelsey Marcussen, layout artist CONTACT US

Phone: 366-3533 Fax: 366-3516 pop@normantranscript.com WEEKLY DEADLINE NOON TUESDAY All faxed or mailed information submitted must be typed and send to pop@normantranscript.com. NINE NIGHTS CALENDAR Submissions should include event name, time, date, location and admission price. PATRONS Photo submissions must be highresolution and include caption information with the names of people in the photo, along with the date, place and name of event where it was taken. Photos are printed as space allows.

pop is published each Friday by The Norman Transcript, P.O. Box 1058, Norman, OK 73070. To advertise, call 366-3554. CORRECTION POLICY

Corrections of errors in fact will be published in this space and will be made as soon as possible after the error has been brought to the editor’s attention CONNECT Facebook.com/ normanpop Twitter.com/ transcriptpop ON THE COVER

photo provided by Kyle Phillips

2

pop

High notes

THE DISH by Kendall Brown

Swapping Clothing and Heart Here’s something I never thought I’d admit to people out loud before, much less in writing, in a mass published paper: over the last year, I’ve gained weight. We’re not talking a pound or two. I have successfully managed, through a love of fancy cooking and trashy reality shows, to pack on about thirty pounds. As you would imagine, thanks to this Rock of Love and fried chicken fiesta I’ve been throwing myself, there’s a significant portion of my closet that no longer fits. If you’re a man, you might not understand why it’s such a big deal for a woman to be writing this in the paper. If you’re a woman, you probably understand. And you probably think I’m crazy for writing it. Either way, you’re definitely confused as to what this has to do with the Oklahoma art scene. It has everything to do with it. Driven by the local art scene, a movement is brewing. It’s not anything new, but I’ve only recently discovered it. It’s called a clothing swap. Here’s how it works. Either a local business or homeowner opens their doors for the swap, allowing anyone interested to come over during a designated time (typically a range of four to five hours.)

Friday, Aug., 26, 2011

Attendees comb through their closets ahead of time, pulling out any clothing that they don’t want any more, for any reason, as long as it’s still in good condition. The event is come and go, with attendees showing up in waves, some staying only for a little while, and some staying the entirety of the event combing through new clothing as it arrives. The organization system is often just a rough guideline. The swap I attended had this set of rules: shirts and blouses to the left, pants and dresses to the right, shoes and accessories in the kitchen and PLEASE take more than you came with. Let me repeat that last part: please take more than you came with. Not all swaps have this request, some actually limit your bounty to the same number of bags you arrive with. Either way, you’re getting your “monies” worth — that being figurative, of course, since the whole thing is free. And boy, did I get my fill of clothing. Pants, blouses, dresses, a cute set of heels — I even managed to snag a hand-crocheted blanket (to whoever gave that up —thank you.) As I was “shopping,” I saw the clothing I had brought being looked over by the other attendees, and got a definite thrill anytime I saw someone nod in satisfaction, stuffing the shirt or pants into

their bag. The best part is, whatever is left over at the end isn’t going to waste either. Swap hosts gather up all of the remaining clothes and deliver it to their charity of choice, such as Re-Run Junction or the Salvation Army. That way, the clothing has a chance to continue to live on, rather than dying a slow death in the musty shadows of a forgotten closet. These swaps really encapsulate the spirit of the local art scene for me. First, it’s very much an artist-driven event. Many of the same women are out every month at Second Friday Circuit of Art — for that matter, creating the artwork hung in the galleries — are the ones organizing the swaps. Second, one of the things I have always loved about our artistic environment in Oklahoma, as compared to a larger market, such as Chicago or New York, is how connected everyone is. This ‘bring what you can, take what you need’ philosophy is not regulated to clothing swaps here. So that’s it. I’m proud of you, Norman. Not only does no-longer-size-four me have cute new clothes to wear, but I’ve been reminded of the good, kind heart at the center of Norman’s art scene. It’s something we all need to be reminded of, every once and awhile.

ONION RINGS

O’Connell’s Gwenn Hare, Crystal Carman and Nadine Lawmaster nominated O’Connell’s this week as their favorite spot in Norman to snag some onion rings. According to the O’Connell’s menu, these famous onion rings are made in ‘the wee hours of the morning’ by cutting single-hearted sweet yellow onions and hand-breading them. For the bargain price of $1.95, you can snag a basket of these delicious treats. The Dish is a weekly feature dedicated to reader suggestions on Norman’s culinary highlights. Next week’s category: Ice — who makes your favorite? To nominate, email pop@normantranscript.com.

LETTERS TO EDITOR To the Editor, Thank you so much for upgrading POP, which is filled with meaningful articles, calendars, and reviews of the arts in Norman. Special kudos goes to Kendall Brown’s article on arts in education in Friday’s Pop. This is not a new battle; however, we need to be reminded, on a regular basis, of the importance of the arts in education. We are fortunate to live in Norman, a community the supports the arts! I also appreciate the Norman Transcript and its continued arts advocacy. Thanks again, “Mike” Marshall

To the Editor, I am enjoying POP, especially since you are including books and authors. Thanks. Ann Champeau Do you have a thought or an opinion that you want to share with POP? We want to know what you think! Just send in a Letter to the Editor to Kendall Brown at pop@nor mantranscript.com or by mail 215 E. Comanche Street, Nor man, OK 73069


Light up your July... Voted Best Asian Restaurant By The Norman Transcript 4 Years in a Row!

BUFFET TO GO AVAILABLE PRIVATE ROOMS FOR PARTIES, MEETINGS, OR FAMILY GATHERINGS 3720 W. Robinson, Ste. 112 Ph: (405) 447-1555 • (405) 447-1556

Come on in for... great

services

Brookside Mortgage Classic Vision Edward Jones Emphysis Medical Mgmt. Harcourt Education Phil Parker DDS SAIC Steve Owens Insurance Group Sylvan Learning Center Vantage Diagnostic Imaging Vision Martial Arts Academy William Delay

delicious restaurants unique

specialty stores

Investment strategies. One-on-one advice.

full service health club & spas

Brookhaven Village Plaza, Norman Located beside Sylvan Learning Center

405-321-8474

amaiworld.com World Champion and Certified Instructor

Free Beginner’s Course

Insurance Professionals Serving your Commercial, Personal, Health, and Life Insurance needs

Financial Advisor .

3770 W Robinson St Ste 108 Norman, OK 73072 405-360-3284

www.edwardjones.com

Creating America’s Future Leaders...Today!

Steve Owens Insurance Group

Mark A Johnson, AAMS®

Member SIPC

Visit our store in Brookhaven Village 3720 West Robinson, Norman, OK 73072 405.217.9556 • chicos.com

A Norman Tradition NW 36TH & ROBINSON, NORMAN • 321-7500

3700 W. Robinson, Suite 230, Norman

255-7089 Friday, Aug., 26, 2011

pop

3


reviews

How to handle your rowdy Unicorn Reverb Babylon, a true work of beauty by Levi Lee for POP

“Forget Real Estate – the future is in Unicorns!” In the vein of books advising on how to survive a zombie or robot apocalypse, Adams Media brings us another guide to a much brighter and glitter-coated fictional world. “Raising Unicorns: Your Step-By-Step Guide to Starting and Running a Successful—and Magical!—Unicorn Farm,” by Jessica S. Marquis, looks to prance into all fantasy lover’s hearts with it’s logistical, practical approach to a fantastical subject matter. Like the guides that have come before it, “Raising Unicorns” is equal parts of silliness and logical extension. I’ve always held to the principle that the “devil is in the details,” and this book is pretty much all details. Taking a fictional concept and carrying it out to its furthest logical conclusions is something that my inner nerd can always take delight

in! Each chapter tackles a different aspect of the mythical business venture, from “Different Ways to Obtain Unicorns” to “The Expanses and Limits of Unicorn Magic.” Tongue-in-cheek, “Unicorns” tells the hazards of unicorn farming, right down to the unicorn’s tendency to develop severe ADHD. No stone is left unturned as “Unicorns” tries to anticipate every situation you would encounter as a potential unicorn farmer. As said earlier, this is just the latest in a slew of books that have been released that take science fiction, fantasy and horror ideas, and bring them into the practical light of the real world. Using a semi-satirical tone

and a generous smothering of deadpan humor, “Unicorns” fits in nicely among its humorous, fantasy guidebook brethren. The big difference being it takes on a genre that is more light-hearted. That tone, though, is only because the nature of the subject matter is glittery unicorns and not flesh-eating monsters. Speaking as someone who tends toward stories involving the latter, I was pleasantly surprised by “Raising Unicorns.” Some of the humor is obvious, but it’s an enjoyable read. Keep in mind this is best read slowly and savored. Reading it too quickly can turn the humor stale. That is the primary weakness of these books. It’s easy to wander into “one-note-joke” territory. Yet, for those unicorn enthusiasts out there or those just looking for some amusement, you could definitely do worse. As far as starting an actual unicorn farm goes? Well, let’s just say there isn’t a better book to prepare you for a prodigious endeavor.

By Doug Hill for POP

Terry “Buffalo” Ware Reverb Babylo OkieMotion Records (2011)

Norman’s Terry “Buffalo” Ware is a cheater. He makes love musically to no less than 10 different guitars on his new 14 track album recorded between 2008 and April 2011. Ware’s talented fingers intimately know their way around this stringed harem that includes a 1963 Gretsch Corvette, 1980 Fender Squire Bullet and 1956 Gibson Les Paul. The seven amplifiers used in the groove with these fine instruments are of a similar vintage. All this primo gear is catalogued individually in the notes. The compositions are Ware originals, save one collaboration with Gregg Standridge and covers of Jimmy Webb,

Dustbowl Arts Market this weekend Special to POP The Dustbowl Arts Market, Norman’s semi-annual handmade market and music festival, is gearing up for its August show. Saturday, Aug. 27th, Buchanan Street on Campus Corner will be buzzing with activity. Artist and handmade crafters from the region will be lining the street, selling their creations. Families will have the opportunity to enjoy a multitude of activities and 20 local bands will be providing awe-

4

pop

some entertainment throughout the day. With the help of presenting sponsors, Fowler Volkswagen and Campus Corner, new additions have been made to this year’s schedule. In addition to the open air retail market, kids zone and music stage, a second music stage has been added. Blackwatch Studios has booked over twenty hours of music. Patrons can enjoy the laid back tunes of Denver Duncan or rock out to this year’s head-

Friday, Aug., 26, 2011

liners, Stillwater’s Colourmusic. “We created Dustbowl to be a place where artists, crafters and musicians can flourish and feel supported and valued. It’s a wonderful feeling when people from the community come out and see what’s going on in our great little town.” says Dustbowl cofounder, Katie Huskerson. “Dustbowl patrons have the opportunity to support a nontraditional, community oriented shopping experience and enjoy the talents of local musi-

cians.” Dustbowl Arts Market will be an all day event with the street market open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Kid Zone will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Dustbowl Music Festival will be 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. This project was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Norman Arts Council Hotel Tax Grant Program. For more information including full vendor and music lineups, visit www.dustbowlartsmarket.com

Carole King and John Fullbright. Several local musicians accompany Ware’s guitar sorcery on drums, piano, bass and organ. Only one cut has vocals and fittingly Ware sings about the peril and punishment of infidelity. It has male back-up singers crooning along with a barely audible faux scratchy vinyl record hiss in the back-

ground. Ware is at his best playing the upbeat surf guitar that could be the score for sexy spy movies with lots of chase scenes and romance on the beach. “Sliding Into The Blue Door” is a reference to OKC’s storied music lover’s room and manages to be a sonic amalgam of red dirt, folk and citified rock. Ware may not be true to any one guitar but the love in his heart for reverberation is pure. A CD release party for Reverb Babylon is Saturday at the Blue Door, 2805 N. McKinley in OKC.

UNIVERSITY THEATRE NINE MAINSTAGE PRODUCTIONS ON CAMPUS A PERFECT NIGHT OUT WITH FRIENDS!

DRACULA THE CORONATION OF POPPEA OPERA SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE THE NUTCRACKER BALLET YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS’ SHOWCASE MARY STUART MOZART’S DON GIOVANNI OPERA CONTEMPORARY DANCE OKLAHOMA SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL SEASON SUBSCRIPTION VALUE PACKAGES ENTIRE SEASON, BEST VALUE!

UBER PACKAGE - ALL NINE SHOWS f£ÇxÊ 1/ÊÊUÊÊfÇxÊ-/1 /Ê f£ÎxÊ - "1 /Ê­- ",]Ê"1Ê 1/9É-/Ê Ê/,9®Ê

VARIETY PACKAGE - FOUR SHOWS £Ê  Ê ,]Ê 

]Ê"* ,Ê1- 

ÊfÇÇÊ 1/ÊÊUÊÊfÈxÊ - "1 /ÊÊUÊÊf{äÊ-/1 / IN YOUR OU ARTS DISTRICT ou.edu/finearts/events theatre.ou.edu

OU FINE ARTS BOX OFFICE (405) 325-4101 The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution. For accommodations on the basis of disability call (405) 325-4101.


reviews

A comedy of suspense Inside with Brantley Gilbert By Jeff Johncox POP writer

Everyone knows what it takes to make a great horror film. You need suspense, a great premise, good writing, strong (enough) acting — though that’s not always a must — and suspense, suspense, suspense. The problem with Guillermo del Toro’s newest film, “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” isn’t that the suspense isn’t there, but it’s that the nonintentional comedy is so prevalent throughout that it takes you out of the suspenseful situations. Such as a creepy scene where little Sally, played by relative newcomer Bailee Madison, finds her teddy bear moving at the command of mischievous, evil creatures who whisper to her. She walks slowly to the stuffed animal, as it raises its arms and moves its head unnaturally, and instead of being frightened, the audience is more likely to chuckle at the ridiculousness of the beings working the toy like a puppet, or their soover-the-top-creepythey’re-funny whispers. That’s the main problem with “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark:” it takes the viewer out of

2 of 4 the experience with its clumsiness. Del Toro, who wrote the screenplay based on the 1973 TV movie of the same name, he (and many others) claimed scared him so much as a child it inspired his career path. But this new update — which is almost saved by Madison’s amazing performance and Katie Holmes’ full interest and commitment to her role as the step-mother-to-be who’s the only person Sally can confide in — just isn’t suspenseful. The audience is repeatedly brought out of the film by corny, cheesy or ludicrous situations. And it doesn’t help that you find out exactly what is whispering to

poor, little Sally so early in the film. Add an absurd opening sequence set some time in the past, and the tone for the film is ruined by its cheesiness. This could have been played off, though. Del Toro and director Troy Nixey could have gone for over-thetop and tongue-incheek. Instead, they show the creatures too soon and don’t acknowledge the cheesiness of some characters, like Jack Thompson’s creepy caretaker stereotype. He obviously knows too much! If only those kids and that dog didn’t get in the way! OK, it’s not that bad. It’s no “People Under the Stairs.” But is it scary? In parts. Madison and Holmes do their best, but Guy Pearce, as Sally’s unconvinced father, is mailing in his performance. And the CGI effects of the creatures themselves don’t seem scary as much as comical — and a little too similar to del Toro’s “tooth fairy” creatures from the beginning of one of his best films, “Hellboy II.”

By Andrew W. Griffin for POP

Success has come quickly for rising country star Brantley Gilbert, a talented songwriter and engaging performer who will be playing Norman’s Riverwind Casino tonight in support of his latest album, “Halfway to Heaven.” Gilbert, a native of Jefferson, Ga., has a new single out: “Country Must Be Country Wide.” It’s a gritty country-rocker touting the fact that regardless of where you’re from in America, “there’s a station playin’ Cash, Hank, Willie and Waylon” and “there’s cowboys and hillbillies from farm towns to big cities.” How true! And Gilbert means it, much like his singing pal and fellow Georgian, Jason Aldean. Gilbert’s own “Halfway to Heaven” has done very well on the iTunes Country chart and reached number one on the Billboard “Heatseekers” chart. Not bad. And with a song like “Kick It in the Sticks,” Gilbert embraces the somewhat clichéd idea of heading back in the woods and partying it up. Rural fare, for sure, but tuneful.Success has come quickly for Gilbert and, as he said to the press recently, “If you’re gonna live, do something with it. Make it great.” Talking to POP recently, Gilbert said that coming from the Athens, Ga. area, home to famous college-rock bands

from R.E.M. to The B-52’s, he appreciated the musical heritage of his hometown. “Everything I listened to, I think I’ve taken something away from,” Gilbert said. “I think there’s something in that music that motivates you.” At 19, Gilbert was involved in a nearly-fatal car accident. After that, he decided to dedicate his life to music. He started out playing acoustic solo gigs before satiating his growing fanbase, who wanted to rock out, by putting a band together. Now 27, Gilbert has been finding out that through the success of Jason Aldean and Colt Ford that people wanted to hear him too. He signed to Ford’s Average Joe’s label, and after “Halfway to Heaven” came out in 2010, he moved to the bigger Valory/Big Machine label in Nashville, where he relocated to. “Dirt Road Anthem,” which was a number one country song for Aldean earlier this year, incorporates rap, something Gilbert worked on with Ford. Both men recorded it before Aldean made it a monster hit. Gilbert also said his “jaw was on the floor” when it went big. “I wanted to know if I could write a rap song,” Gilbert said, adding that he “couldn’t be happier” for Aldean for having a hit with his song. Gilbert said that while it is going on two years since his last album was released, he is scrambling to write new

songs. “I’m trying my best,” he said. “They give me time to write but it’s so hectic and crazy.” Asked who has been inspiring him musically, Gilbert doesn’t hesitate to reply “Sean McConnell.” “He’s a wonderful songwriter,” Gilbert said of McConnell, the Texas singersongwriter whose recent album got an “A” grade in Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Report last year. Asked about the rise of so many country artists from the Peach State – Alan Jackson, Luke Bryan, Sugarland, etc. – Gilbert chuckled and said, “There must be something in the clay down there.” Gilbert said his five-piece touring band is a great bunch of guys and that they look forward to getting out and bringing his soulful countryrock to people. And what of a Brantley Gilbert show? What can folks at Riverwind expect? “Buckle your seat belt and get ready to scream a lot. It’s pretty wide open. A few ballads but even they are cranked up,” he said. And asked about the most interesting thing to happen to him on the road, Gilbert said: “A guy came up to me after the show, handed me his dog tags and said, ‘Thanks for getting me through Iraq.’ That was a pretty powerful thing.” For more information on tonight’s show, go to www..riverwind.com.

Friday, Aug., 26, 2011

pop

5


cover story: interactive art

A Mind-Blowing Experience The story of SuperUber’s journey to blow up some art By James S. Tyree for POP

T

he Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s newest addition truly is breathtaking. Blow Four features a contemporary table-like horizontal surface on which colorful particles float in constant motion. It also has four thin poles, each with a ring on top, that stand off each of the table’s four sides. When people join together and blow through the rings, the graphic particles floating on the surface begin to band together until they form a larger, distinguishable picture. “This is literally a living, breathing piece of art,” said Michael Bendure, communications director at the Fred Jones Jr. museum. Bendure said Blow Four is the first interactive piece of art to join the museum’s permanent collection. The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is on the University of Oklahoma campus at 731 Elm Ave. According to the museum’s description, “The visitor’s air is what keeps the image alive — without it, it goes back to its resting state.” Blow Four was created by SuperUber, a media design and art company based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Russ Rive, one of the company’s three partners, spent all of last week in Norman to supervise the project’s installation. The work of technological art opened Aug. 19 in the museum’s lower level.

6

pop

“It’s in our gallery with contemporary and modern art from our permanent collection, so this is the perfect setting,” Bendure said.

Blow Four’s media are custom electronics and software, projection, wood and metal. In addition to the table-like sur

face and blow rings on metal poles, the installation has a computer placed in the ceiling, above the screen, along with “super-sensitive

Transcript Photo by Kyle Phillips

Russ Rive, one of the three partners of the company that designed the art, shows people how to make the interactive piece work at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

Friday, Aug., 26, 2011


air sensors.” The breath of visitors activates the sensors, which transmit information wirelessly through the air and to the computer. The data leads to the forming of one of 21 programmed pictures via projection onto the table. The graphic illustrations range from a colorful outline of Oklahoma to the Fred Jones Jr. museum itself — though its shape looks a bit like a tiara.

Rive said the museum’s computer for Blow Four can be monitored and modified online from SuperUber’s staff in Rio de Janeiro. That will allow SuperUber designers and programmers to make seasonal or other occasional changes to the screen’s colors and shapes. Rive is an electronics engineer; its other leaders are Liana Brazil, a multimedia designer with a master’s degree from New York University, and Marcelo Pontes, an architect

and set designer. More information on the company, including photos of other works its staff and partners have created and installed around the world, can be found on its website at www.superuber.com. But in a way, Rive said, interactivity makes each person who experiences a SuperUber installation a joyful co-author of that piece. “I want people to appreciate the

Transcript Photo by Kyle Phillips

Eileen Schaumleffle blows into a ring on interactive art piece Blow Four making graphic particles come together to form a picture. The artwork is the newest piece to come to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

lighter side of life,” said Rive, a native South African who lived in the United States before moving to Brazil nearly 10 years ago. “They should leave a happier person after interacting with us.” Hye-Jin Hwang (pronounced hed-zin wong), one of four OU students who tried Blow Four on the morning it opened, clearly enjoyed its interactive nature as museum officials hope. “I think it’s really cool; I’ve never seen anything like this,” Hwang said. “This is something I can actually participate in at the museum.” With its splashy, moving colors and the wonder of which shape they will make next, Rive expects Blow Four to be a hit among visiting children — and for visitors not so young. Ghisl ain d’Humie re s, t he mu s e u m ’s d i re c t o r, a g re e s. “T his ne w wo rk is sure t o be ex t re m e l y p o p u l a r fo r v i s i t o r s of all ages and will add an excit ing ne w dime nsion t o our visit or s’ expe r i e n c e , ” d’Humieres said. T h e d i re c t o r a l s o s a i d B l ow Four “t ake s t he muse um int o the 21st century’s new media culture, and ties to the university’s School of Art and Art History curriculum.” Blow Four can be seen and experienced any time the Fred Jones Jr. museum is open during regular hours or for special occasions. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Monday. For more information on Blow Four or any museum work, exhibit or program, call 325-3272 or visit www.ou.edu/fjjma.

Friday, Aug., 26, 2011

pop

7


featured artist of the week

&A

Q

with

This week we had a chance to speak with Abby Stiglets, a painter working out of Edmond and showing all over the area. Most recently, Stiglets displayed her work at Dreamer Concepts here in Norman during the By. Kendall Brown August Second Friday Circuit of Art, along with author Nicole Garber, whom she designed a book cover for. Stiglets creates fantastical creations, often combining animal and human and heavy symbolism for her paintings.

Abby Stiglets

Q: Tell us about yourself as an artist: A: I have never strived to be famous. I have only strived to be better than I was before. I am very competitive and try my best to improve my technical skills and what I want to convey, painting after painting. Q: When and why did

you decide to become an artist?

A: I didn't decide. I was just born this way, I was always drawing since the moment I had crayons. I use to make cartoon strips and pass them as notes around to my friends in elementary school. Neither of my parents are painters, but they have amazing, creative minds. My mom was always extremely crafty and my father comes up with songs and skits to perform at conventions that they have for his job. Art by Abby Stiglets

Q: Why paint? What

made you choose that as your medium?

A: All my favorite artists are painters. I enjoy how strong the colors in paint are compared to other mediums. I like my work to be loud. Q: What is your process? A: Collage. I take clippings of ideas, sketches I've done, pictures from magazines, photos, all these things I think are beautiful and I try to knit them together to create one solid piece. For example. I wanted to paint iguanas once. Thought I never tried to paint a reptile, sounds fun and a challenge, then I saw a birdcage I loved and wanted to paint it, then I thought...ohhhhh, I want to paint one of my cats, and before I knew it, I had a painting of a Cat masked woman, with a birdcage for a dress, filled with iguanas. I want, what I want, when I want it, is the best way to describe my method.

says alot about me before I have a chance to realize it. I look at the final product and am a little shocked about what I think it means about me. What my subconscious is trying to say to me.

Q: What inspires you? A: Everything! My new career is currently inspiring me. I am going to paint an entire Oil and Gas series. My daughter inspires me. My work has become less dark ever since she was born. My fans inspire me, telling me what they like about my work and how it has touched them. Other artists inspire me to improve when I see amazing technical skill. Q: Do you do anything besides paint (any other hobbies or jobs)? A: I have recently made resin pendant necklaces which was a fun venture to find a new way to show my work. I have just finished two book covers and more to come for an awesome new author, Nicole Garber.

Q: You clearly seem to work with a lot of Abby’s favorite places: symbolism in your Before a show: Any vintage paintings. Can you talk a little bit about shops Eat at: the Pink Elephant Cafe that? A: I was a psychology minor in highschool and I had a lot of emotional issues when I was younger. Art was my therapy and what made me feel special. I think my work

Play at: Thom Roses's house. When I am in Norman, it is usually to visit him and his amazing wife Ashley and their four kids. They have chickens in their backyard! What is more fun than that?! Shop at: Hastings — they have everything! Late night: I am too old. I don't go out late anymore Check out her work: www.aby3.com

8

pop

Friday, Aug., 26, 2011


movies

The MOVIE GEEK with

Jeff Johncox

NOW PLAYING

DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK Starring: Guy Pearce, Katie Holmes, Bailee Madison, Julia Blake Rated: R What Jeff says: This is a reimagining of a 1973 madefor-TV movie that is generally considered one of the scarier movies of the decade and has a cult following. Screenwriter Guillermo del Toro has never steered me wrong before, so bring on the creepy!

Coming Soon Sept. 2: Apollo 18 Starring: None credited Rated: TBA Sept. 2: The Debt Starring: Sam Worthington, Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, Jessica Chastain Rated: R

New Releases ¥ Colombiana A young woman, after witnessing her parents’ murder as a child in Bogota, grows up to be a stone-cold assassin. Pg-13. (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) ¥ Don t Be Afraid of the Dark A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own. R. (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) ¥ Our Idiot Brother A comedy centered on an idealist who barges into the lives of his three sisters. R. (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14)

Also Showing ¥ 30 Minutes or Less Two fledgling criminals kidnap a pizza delivery guy, strap a bomb to his chest, and inform him that he has mere hours to rob a bank or else...R. (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) ¥ Bridesmaids Picked as her best friend’s maid of honor, lovelorn and broke Annie looks to bluff her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals with an oddball group of bridesmaids. R. (Robinson Crossing) ¥ Captain America: The First Avenger After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America s ideals. PG-13. (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14)

¥ The Change-Up A comedy in which a married father accidentally switches bodies with his best friend, leading to a series of wildly complex difficulties. R. (Warren Threatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) ¥ Conan the Barbarian The tale of Conan the Cimmerian and his adventures across the continent of Hyboria on a quest to avenge the murder of his father and the slaughter of his village. R (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) ¥ Cowboys and Aliens A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys are all that stand in their way. PG-13 (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) ¥ Crazy, Stupid, Love A father’s life unravels while he deals with a marital crisis and tries to manage his relationship with his children. PG-13 (Warren Theatre) ¥ Final Destination 5 Survivors of a suspensionbridge collapse learn there’s no way you can cheat Death. R. (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) ¥ Fright Night A teenager suspects that his new neighbor is a vampire. R (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) ¥ Green Latern A test pilot is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe. Pg-13 (Robinson Crossing) ¥ The Hangover Part II Two years after the bachelor party in Las Vegas, Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug jet to

Thailand for Stu s wedding. Stu s plan for a subdued prewedding brunch, however, goes seriously awry. R. (Robinson Crossing) ¥ The Help A look at what happens when a southern town’s unspoken code of rules and behavior is shattered by three courageous women who strike up an unlikely friendship. PG-13 (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) ¥ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 The final chapter begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione continue their quest of finding and destroying the Dark Lord s three remaining Horcruxes. Voldemort finds out about their mission, doubling the danger, and the biggest battle begins and life as they know it will never be the same again. PG13. (Hollywood Spotlight 14) ¥ Kung Fu Panda 2 Po joins forces with a group of new kung-fu masters to take on an old enemy with a deadly new weapon. PG. (Robinson Crossing) ¥ Monte Carlo Three young women vacationing in Paris find themselves whisked away to Monte Carlo after one of the girls is mistaken for a British heiress. PG. (Robinson Crossing) ¥ Mr. Popper s Penguins The life of a businessman (Jim Carrey) begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel. (Robinson Crossing) ¥ One Day After spending the night together on the night of their college graduation Dexter and Em are shown each year on the same date to

see where they are in their lives. They are sometimes together, sometimes not, on that day. ¥ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too. PG-13. (Robinson Crossing) ¥ Rise of the Planet of the Apes An origin story set in present day San Francisco, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy. PG-13. (Warren Threatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) ¥ The Smurfs When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours. PG (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) ¥ Spy Kids: All the Time in the World A retired spy is called back into action, and to bond with her new step-chil-

dren, she invites them along for the adventure to stop the evil Timekeeper from taking over the world. PG. (Warren Theatre, Hollywood Spotlight 14) For Hollywood Spotlight 14 showtimes, call 579-0911 or visit gohollywood.com. For Robinson Crossing 6 showtimes, call 447-1005 or visit starplexcinemas.com. For Warren Theatre showtimes, call 703-3777 or visit warrentheatres.com.

a 3-D premium will be applied to each purchased 3-D ticket. Why wait in line? PRINT TICKETS AT HOME www.GOHOLLYWOOD.com

• no passes

no passes or supersavers

COLOMBIANA • (PG13) 1:10 3:55 6:50 9:40 OUR IDIOT BROTHER (R) 1:40 4:30 7:25 10:05 DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK (R) 1:30 4:05 7:00 9:55 THE HELP (PG13) 1:00 4:20 7:35 RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (PG13) 1:20 4:15 7:10 10:00 THE SMURFS 2D (PG) 1:35 4:25 7:15 9:45 ONE DAY (PG13) 1:15 3:50 6:40 9:20 HARRY POTTER (PG13) 1:05 4:00 6:55 9:50

30 MINUTES OR LESS (R) 1:50 4:40 7:30 10:15 CONAN THE BARBARIAN 3D (R) 1:20 4:10 6:45 9;25 THE CHANGE UP (R) 3:40 9:15 COWBOYS AND ALIENS (PG13) 1:00 6:30 FINAL DESTINATION 5 3D (R) 1:45 4:35 7:20 10:10 FRIGHT NIGHT 3D (R) 1:45 4:35 7:05 9:35 SPY KIDS 4 2D (PG) 1:25 6:35 SPY KIDS 4 3D (PG) 3:45 9:10

Friday, Aug., 26, 2011

pop

9


NINE NIGHTS IN NORMAN 27 SAT

MUSIC

26 FRI 8 p.m. — Brantley Gilbert, Riverwind Casino 10 p.m. — My So Called Band Presents the Dream Team All Star Show, The Brewhouse, $7 TBA — Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, The Deli pop pick

10

7 p.m. — David Leach Jazz Trio, Othello’s, Free TBA — Mike Hosty Solo, The Deli

8 p.m. — Urgh! A Music War film screening, Dreamer Concepts, $5 9:30 p.m. — Captain Eyeball Experience with The Bohemian Spirit Vintage Dancers and OKC Thunder Girl Kelsey Self, The Hidden Castle

30 TUE

7 p.m. — Travis Linville, The Deli, Free 10 p.m. — The Damn Quails, The Deli

31 WED

1 THU

TBA — Deli AllStar Jam, The Deli

9 p.m. — Caleb McGee Rocks!!!, Othello’s, Free 10 p.m. — Robert Banks and Classic Edge, The Brewhouse, $5

pop pick

6:30 p.m. — The Dodos, The Luyas, and Deerpeople, Oklahoma Memorial Union, Free

12 p.m. — Dustbowl Music Festival, Buchanan Street, Free

pop pick

11 a.m. — Dustbowl Arts Market, Buchanan Street, Free

1:30 p.m. — School of Dance Nutcracker Auditions for Children’s Roles, Reynolds Performing Arts Center, Free pop pick

7 p.m. — University of Oklahoma Theatre Guild Membership Party, Oklahoma Memorial Union University Club

11 a.m. — Dustbowl Kid Zone, Buchanan Street, Free

Friday, Aug., 26, 2011

2 FRI 10 p.m. — O Fidelis, Othello’s, Free 10 p.m. — Son Del Barrio, The Brewhouse, $5

pop pick

9 p.m. — Wallpaper Series Fundraiser Show featuring Ex Oblivione, Papa Win, Pilgrim and Pine, Caravact and Hood Mason, The Deli, $5

3 SAT 8 p.m. — Oklahoma Composers Salon Concert, Sonder Music, Dance and Art, free 10 p.m. — Camille Harp, Othello’s, Free TBA — Ben Irwin, The Brewhouse, Free

9 a.m. — Sara Schneckloth Drawing Workshop, Fred Jones Art Center, Free 1:30 p.m. — Sara Schneckloth Public Lecture, Fred Jones Art Center, Free 5 p.m. — Sara Schneckloth Reception, Lightwell Gallery, Free

10 a.m. — Free Admission Tuesday, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Free 6 p.m. — Fingerweaving Classes, Jacobson House Native Art Center

9:30 a.m. — Cleveland County Horse Show, Cleveland County Fairgrounds

pop

29 MON

pop pick

pop pick

5 p.m. — Girl Power PhotoVoice Exhibition, Zarrow Hall Community Room, Free

OFF BEAT

F I L M & L I T ,P E R F O R M I N G A R T S

VISUAL ARTS

10 p.m. — Maggie McClure and Shane Henry, Othello’s, Free

10 p.m. — Elizabeth Speegle Band, Othello’s, Free 10 p.m. — Never My Hero with Angelical Tears, The Brewhouse, $5 TBA — Hosty Duo, The Deli

28 SUN

EVENT SUBMISSIONS

9:30 — “The Last Man on Earth” at Movies in the Park, Santa Fe Depot, Free

To get your show or event in POP’s Nine Nights calendar, send the event name, time, date, location and admission price to pop@normantranscript.com. Weekly deadline is noon Tuesdays. 4 p.m. — Kelly Kolar: University Redefining the role of the Universities & Cities play, College of Architecture, Joe & Jane Buskuhl Gallery, Free 5 p.m. — Norton Lecture: Eugene Enrico “Culture Wars of Venice and the Birth of Public Opera”, Pitman Recita Hall, Free

6 p.m. — Dreamer 37: Before the Fall fashion presentation and exhibit opening, Dreamer Concepts, Free

12 p.m. — Nim Chimpsky Day, Andrews Park, Free


patrons: summer breeze

Photo by Kyle Phillips

Brian Dunn and Stephanie Dunn sit at Summer Breeze listening to great music.

Photo by Kyle Phillips

Chris and Donna Walsh enjoy the music and weather at Summer Breeze

Photo by Kyle Phillips

Doug Kristen and Sophia Fox brought the family out to enjoy some lively music.

PHOTO SUBMISSIONS Photo submissions for Patrons must be high-resolution and include caption information with the names of people in the photo, along with the date, place and name of event where it was taken. Photos are printed as space allows.

Photo by Kyle Phillips

Madelinn Brown and Megan Morgan listen Patrice Pike to Summer Breeze

Friday, Aug., 26, 2011

pop

11


pop - Aug 26, 2011  

Norman's entertainment magazine

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you