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-- THIS WEEKEND! -The Grand Illusions of Rob Lake

Saturday, January 12, 2019 • 7:00 pm Grand Event Center - 777 Grand Casino Blvd. One of the world’s most celebrated illusionists, Rob Lake’s mind blowing illusions have dazzled and entertained millions across network television, in Times Square, on the Vegas strip, Atlantic City, and before sold-out audiences in casinos, arenas, and theatres worldwide. His astonishing original illusions are uniquely presented as awe-inspiring storytelling on the grandest scale.

Leann Rimes at the Grand

Friday, January 18, 2019 • 8 PM Grand Event Center - 777 Grand Casino Blvd. LeAnn Rimes will be performing at the Grand Casino on Friday, January 18! LeAnn Rimes is an internationally multi-platinum selling acclaimed singer and ASCAP award-winning songwriter. For more information and tickets, visit

Sweeney Todd at the Shawnee Little Theatre

February 8th - February 16th Shawnee Little Theatre - 1829 N Airport Dr For information and tickets, visit If you have an event you would like to see in our Event Calendar, call Cheyenne Meadows at (405) 214-3963 or email For advertising, call Brad Casto at (405) 214-3950 or email


Announces January COOP Showcase Lineup

Oklahoma musicians – Samantha Crain, John Calvin Abney and Kierston White – will Perform on January 17 OKLAHOMA CITY (1/2/2019) – Tower Theatre teams up again with COOP Ale Works to host a monthly concert series supporting Oklahoma City’s music scene. January's COOP Showcase features performances by critically-acclaimed, local artists Samantha Crain, John Calvin Abney and Kierston White on Thurs., Jan. 17 at Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City. Local embroidery artist, Sam Smith, will display her artwork in the Tower lobby. Tickets are on sale now. Samantha Crain is a Choctaw singer, songwriter, poet, producer and musician from Oklahoma. She is a two-time, Native American GRAMMY Award winner and her discography has been critically-acclaimed by media outlets such as Rolling Stone, SPIN, Paste, No Depression, NPR, PRI, The Guardian, NME, Uncut and others. She has toured extensively other the past 11 years nationally and internationally, presenting rollicking, folk-rock shows with a band and intimate, folk-leaning solo performances. Crain has toured with The Avett Brothers, Langhorne Slim, First Aid Kit, Neutral Milk Hotel, Murder By Death, The Mountain Goats, Brandi Carlile and many other bands and artists. For the past decade, John Calvin Abney has made a name for himself as a solo artist and sought-after sideman. He’s toured as lead guitarist for fellow Oklahoman John Moreland, recording with him on his last two acclaimed albums, and in between, the prolific Abney found time to add another impressive record to his own catalog (2016’s “Far Cries And Close Calls”), supporting the release with a run of solo shows during a whirlwind year filled with as much struggle as success. Abney’s newest full-length, “Coyote,” draws

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from this tumultuous time, fearlessly staring down distance, isolation and fading love, as well as loss, fear and disassociation from the self. Kierston White is a singer, guitarist and songwriter from Shawnee, OK who performs solo and with trio The Tequila Songbirds (Camille Harp, Elizabee). She is part of a new generation of Oklahoma songwriters giving fresh legitimacy to the craft. The occasional heavy vibrato of her voice quivers with the sensibility of a broken heart breaking forward through the fog and mist of lost love and new freedom. White released her first and only album in 2014 and looks forward to a new record in 2019. Local visual artist, Sam Smith, is currently a vendor at DNA Galleries in the Plaza District, where she sells various quirky embroidery pieces. She also creates and sells personalized commissioned embroidery work and is the host of the podcast Odd Artist. Her work can be found scattered throughout various homes and businesses in the Oklahoma City area. The COOP Showcase is Thurs., Jan. 17 at Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at, calling 405-70-TOWER, or by visiting a Tower Theatre Box Office, located at Citizens Bank of Edmond and Tower Theatre. Tower Theatre is Oklahoma City’s most iconic, live music venue, located at 425 NW 23rd Street in historic Uptown 23rd. For more information about the COOP Showcase, upcoming events at Tower Theatre and to purchase tickets visit

TOWER THEATRE Concert Schedule

January 12 - Sam Riggs January 17 - Coop Showcase January 19 - Glitter Ball: Moulin Rouge January 22 - Tom Segura: Take It Down Tour January 23 - Tom Segura: Take It Down Tour January 24 - Jesse Cook January 25 - 4th Ave - Initiation Tour 2.0 January 26 - Tinder Live! With Lane Moore January 27 - Peter Murphey February 8 - Flatland Cavalry w/ Mitchell Ferguson February 9 - Murder By Death and J Roddy Walston & The Business

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Movies OPENING This

Weekend in Shawnee! "THE UPSIDE"

"A DOG'S WAY HOME" A dog travels 400 miles

"GREEN BOOK" In 1962, Tony "Tony Lip" Vallelonga, a tough bouncer,


A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who's hired to help him. Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman star in the comedy drama. (Rated PG-13 for suggestive content and drug use). (2:05). OPENS FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 AT MOVIES SIX AT SHAWNEE MALL.

is looking for work with his nightclub is closed for renovations. The most promising offer turns out to be the driver for the African-American classical pianist Don Shirley for a concert tour into the Deep South states. Although hardly enthused at working for a black man, Tony accepts the job and they begin their trek armed with The Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide for safe travel through America's racial segregation. Together, the snobbishly erudite pianist and the crudely practical bouncer can barely get along with their clashing attitudes to life and ideals. However, as the disparate pair witness and endure America's appalling injustices on the road, they find a newfound respect for each other's talents and heart to face them together. In doing so, they would nurture a friendship and understanding that would change both their lives. Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali star in the Golden Globe winning drama. (Rated PG-13 for thematic content, language including racial epithets, smoking, some violence and suggestive material), (2:10) OPENS FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 AT MOVIES SIX AT SHAWNEE MALL.

in search of her owner in this family adventure drama starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Ashley Judd. (Rated PG for thematic elements, some peril and language), (1:36) OPENS FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 AT THE CINEMA CENTRE 8. The story of the legendary rock music band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985). Rami Malek stars as Freddy Mercury in the Golden Globe winning biographical drama. A sing-a long version will be screened at certain times this week. Check theatre for schedule. (Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, suggestive material, drug content and language), (2:14) OPENS FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 AT THE CINEMA CENTRE 8.


"REPLICAS" A daring synthetic biologist, after a car accident

kills his family, will stop at nothing to bring them back, even if it means pitting himself against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force and the physical laws of science. Keanu Reeves stars in the sci-fi mystery. (Rated PG-13 for thematic material, violence, disturbing images, some nudity and sexual references), (1:47) OPENS FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 AT THE CINEMA CENTRE 8.

After serving five years in prison, wild child Tanya looks to her buttoned-up, by-the-book sister Danica to help her get back on her feet. The feisty ex-con becomes suspicious and concerned when Danica tells her that she's in a long-distance, online relationship with a mysterious man she's never seen. As the polar opposites start to collide, Tanya soon discovers that her sibling's picture-perfect life may not be what it seems. Tiffany Haddish and Missi Pyle star in this romantic comedy. ( Rated R for sexual content and language throughout, and for drug material. ), (1:50) OPENS FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 AT HORNBECK THEATRE DOWNTOWN.




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ECU to Present “Dragons Love Tacos and Other Stories” on January 17th

East Central University, in conjunction with Theatre Works USA, will present “Dragons Love Tacos and Other Stories” on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ataloa Theatre of ECU’s Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center. “Dragons Love Tacos and Other Stories” is a musical revue of beloved contemporary children’s books, geared toward those in grades kindergarten through the fifth grade. The revue will center around such books as Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri; Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein; The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds; Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen and Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa School Days by Erica Silverman and painted by Betsy Lewin. The show makes curriculum connections with communications and language arts. Literature and music along with relationships and family. Themes include: likes and dislikes, friendship, family, getting along, perseverance and dreaming big. Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults. They can be ordered online by going to or by calling 580-559-5751 or emailing Discounts are also available on early purchases of tickets. A matinee is available for schools by contacting the box office. Musical scenes are being provided by Brendon Milburn and Janet Allard; Sam Salmond; Mark Sonnenblick and Ben Wexler; Marcus Stevens and Joe Kinosian; Stevens and Brian Lowdermilk. Original direction is by Stevens, choreography is by Wendy Seyb and scenic design is by Brian Dudkiewicz. The costume designer is Dustin Cross. Sponsors for the show include: The ECU Foundation Inc., Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Humanities, Oklahoma Arts Council, ECU Cultural Activities Committee, Masonic Centennial Endowment for Cultural Enrichment, the Vinita Oliver Centennial Fine Arts Endowment, Citizen’s Bank, Vison Bank, Communication Federal Credit Union, Score Broadcasting, The Ada News, Ada Nissan, LaQuinta Inns and Suites, Sante Fe Cattle Co. and Chicken Express.

Here is a brief look at the books represented in the show: Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri Dragons love all sorts of tacos – except spicy ones! When a boy throws his new dragon friends a spicy salsa taco part, red-hot trouble ensues. Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

It’s bedtime for the little red chicken. Papa is going to read her a story, but the chicken can’t help the interrupting. Will the chicken ever get to sleep?

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

This is a story about the creative spirit in all of us. Vashti can’t draw. Then the teacher says, “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.” Vashti discovers she is an artist after all.

Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride by Kate DiCamillo, Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

Mercy, a porcine wonder, and Mr. Watson go for a ride every Saturday in Mr. Watson’s automobile. But one Saturday, guess who winds up behind the wheel?

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa School Days by Erica Silverman, painted by Betsy Lewin

Yee Haw! Cowgirl Kate and her loyal horse Cocoa are the perfect pair. They do everything together until school is in session – and horses are not allowed!

First Round Barn Rendezvous of the year set for January 13 The Arcadia Round Barn will kick off the 2019 season of its Round Barn Rendezvous jam sessions on Jan. 13. Acoustic musicians will play and sing in the loft of the barn from noon to 4:30 p.m. Hot drinks and cookies will be provided. Admission is free to the Arcadia Round Barn but donations are accepted. The Round Barn is located six miles east of Interstate 35 on Historical Route 66 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about live music at the Arcadia Round Barn, call Joe Baxter at 405-833-1350. Shawnee News-Star


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