A pair of Oklahoma country music stars will be making guest appearances on hit CBS shows this week.
On Monday, Checotah native Carrie Underwood plays a pharmaceutical rep and love interest for lead character Ted (Josh Radnor) on her guest-starring role on the hilarious sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.” But she also gets to play a cavegirl, nurse and flight attendant opposite Ted’s pal Barney Stinson (the awesome Neil Patrick Harris) in a historical montage on the episode.
The show airs at 7 p.m. Monday. The role marks Underwood’s acting debut.
Check out a clip from the episode, titled “Hooked,” posted below from Cinemablend.
On Thursday, members of the country trio Rascal Flatts, which includes guitarist Joe Don Rooney of Picher, will guest-star as themselves on an episode of the procedural drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” The episode, titled “Unshockable,” airs at 8 p.m. Thursday.
The episode has the CSI team investigating an electrical accident during a Las Vegas concert that puts Rascal Flatts bassist Jay DeMarcus in the hospital.
This is not the band’s first foray into television and film. In 2006, Rascal Flatts appeared in an episode of the CBS sitcom “Yes, Dear.” The trio made a cameo in 2009’s “Hannah Montana: The Movie.”
Check out the band’s video to its new hit “Unstoppable,” which features clips from the episode.
For more TV news, check out Penny Soldan’s blog at blog.newsok.com/bamsblog.
Today’s featured event:
NORMAN -Hear famed Nashville singer-songwriter David Olney, whose music has been covered by such artists as Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt, and guitarist Sergio Webb at today’s Performing Arts Studio’s Winter Wind concert.
The performance is set for 7 p.m. and will be at the PAS’s home, the historic Santa Fe Depot, 200 S Jones Ave.
For more information, go to www.thepas.org.
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Once again, 3D is here with your movie recommendation for the week. This week’s film is a wonderful little gem from 1961 called “One, Two, Three.” It’s a Billy Wilder picture with a tour de force performance by James Cagney. Unfortunately for fans of great acting, Cagney had such a bad time making this movie that he retired from acting for 20 years.
The movie is set in Germany right after the Berlin Wall was built. It concerns a Coca-Cola executive (Cagney) and his attempts to open the Russian market in East Berlin so that he will be promoted. His plans are spoiled when he is entrusted with the supervision of the teenage daughter of the Coca-Cola president. Her exploits lead to political and legal complications, and Cagney is forced to pull off some rather elaborate shenanigans to get out of the mess she’s created.
This is a movie that is greatly improved by the viewer’s knowledge of the policital situation of the time. Which is not to say that it takes itself at all seriously. This is a comedy and the jokes fly fast and furious. If you like fast paced, witty films or you’re a Billy Wilder fan, you need to see “One, Two, Three.”
For those of you who follow this feature, you should know that next week I will begin my March month of Western movie recommendations. So, keep reading!
The annual “Rocklahoma” music festival will no longer be limited to “hair metal” bands of the 1980s, adding acts from the ’90s to the present day for the revamped 2010 edition to be held Memorial Day weekend in Pryor, Entertainment Editor Gene Triplett reports.
The 1970s are well represented, too, considering this year’s headliner, ZZ Top, first broke out of Texas at the dawn of that decade.
Three-day passes start at $95 and go on sale at 10 a.m. today, exclusively at www.rocklahoma.com. Camping add-ons, VIP packages, and seat upgrades also will be offered at the time of purchase.
The May 28-30 event will take place at the Catch the Fever Festival Grounds near Pryor. It will still feature such ’80s favorites as Cinderella and Tesla. But the roster also includes such ’90s and 2000s bands as Godsmack, Saliva, Buckcherry, Chevelle, Stone Sour, Theory of a Deadman and Saving Abel, as well as Oklahoma bands Aranda and Taddy Porter.
“Rocklahoma” was established in 2007 as a classic rock festival, but organizers are expanding the musical mix to attract a broader audience, organizers said. The outdoor event has been held in July in years past, but the Memorial Day weekend weather should afford more comfortable temperatures, officials said.
The new entertainment portal Planet 46 has launched an Oscar predictions contest. To learn more or play the game, click here and travel to Planet 46.
Movie fans can follow the link and leave their guesses in the comments before the Academy Awards begin 7 p.m. March 7. Of those who guess the most correct answers, organizers will draw a random winner and runners-up.
Be sure to include your e-mail when making your comment (it can be hidden) so that you can be contacted you if you win. The prize package includes a T-shirt, mug, USB drive and more. The grand prize will include movie tickets.
Today’s featured events:
Catch OKC Improv‘s final night of shows in its inaugural seven-week run at 8 and 10 tonight at Ghostlight Theatre Club, 3110 N Walker.
The 8 p.m. show will feature stand-up comic Brad Porter and Twinprov’s “The Doppelgangstas: Live in Concert” performance. The 10 p.m. show will feature the OKC Improv All-Stars and the debut of “Villain: The Musical!,” an improvised three-act 45-minute musical inspired by the Broadway hit “Wicked” and Joss Whedon’s “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.”
OKC Improv performances will resume in April. For more information, go to www.okcimprov.com.
Take in hands-on art activities, mini-tours and live performances featuring r.a.c.e. dance company from noon to 4 p.m. today during the Family Day celebrating the exhibit “Jason Peters: Anti.Gravity.Material.Light” at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive.
For more information, call 236-3100 or go to www.okcmoa.com.
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The song that has been on my brain the most this week:
- “Til I Hear It From You,” the Gin Blossoms, from the 1995 “Empire Records Soundtrack.”
This week, I climbed into the way-back machine and revisited my college days by watching the musical coming-of-age drama “Empire Records.” Besides featuring youthful performances from Renée Zellweger, Liv Tyler and Robin Tunney, the film also boasts an amazing soundtrack, with contributors ranging from AC/DC and Gwar to Dire Straits and The Buggles to big-time ’90s bands like The Cranberries, Better Than Ezra and Dishwalla.
Watching the movie reminded me of how much I loved the Gin Blossoms back in my younger days. “Til I Hear It From You” reached No. 9 on the Billboard 100 and was ubiquitous in 1995, the year I graduated high school and started college at Oklahoma State University. Hearing this song brings back memories of spring days driving with the windows rolled down and radio turned up in my ’68 Mustang Fastback.
Kevin Smith (Associated Press photo)
My colleague George Lang recently traveled to New York to talk to Kevin Smith about the filmmaker’s new buddy-cop movie, his disappointment over the box-office take for previous movie “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” and, of course, the recent controversy that brewed when Smith Tweeted about Southwest Airlines booting him off a flight because he was allegedly too big for a single seat.
Does Smith plan to make a movie about his “unfriendly skies” experience? Click here to travel to Planet 46 and find out.
Here is a list of some of the many and varied events happening around Oklahoma this weekend. For more options, go to www.wimgo.com.
UPDATE: Due to winter weather, Jimmy Webb was unable to get out of New York and make the Feb. 26-27 Oklahoma City shows. They have been delayed one month. Tickets bought for the Feb. 26 show will be honored at the March 26 show; tickets for the Feb. 27 show will be honored at the March 27 performance. For more information or to get a refund, go to www.bluedoorokc.com.
- Hear Elk City native and songwriting star Jimmy Webb and opening act John Fullbright perform at 8 p.m. today and Saturday at the Blue Door, 2805 N McKinley. Information: 524-0738 or www.bluedoorokc.com.
- Take in hands-on art activities, mini-tours and live performances featuring r.a.c.e. dance company from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday during the Family Day celebrating the exhibit “Jason Peters: Anti.Gravity.Material.Light” at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive. Information: 236-3100 or www.okcmoa.com.
- Listen to red dirt singer/songwriter/musician Stoney LaRue at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Wormy Dog Saloon, 311 E Sheridan. Doors open at 6 p.m. Information: 601-6276 or www.wormydog.com.
Hush Hush Commotion
- Celebrate Oklahoma City indie rock band Hush Hush Commotion’s three-year anniversary at 8:30 tonight at The Conservatory, 8911 N Western. Information: www.conservatoryokc.com.
- Experience a “Fantastique!” musical tale of unrequited love when the Oklahoma City Philharmonic performs Hector Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique,” at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Civic Center, 201 N Walker. Information: 842-5387 or www.okcphilharmonic.org.
- Celebrate the release of The Texas Sapphires’ new album, “As He Wanders,” at 8 p.m. Saturday at Route 66 Bowl’s Silver Dollar Saloon, 3810 NW 39 Street. Doors open at 7 p.m. Information: 946-2717 or www.66bowl.com.
Craig Ferguson (Associated Press file photo)
- THACKERVILLE – Laugh along with comedian/late-night TV host/author Craig Ferguson at 9 tonight at WinStar World Casino. Or hear Air Supply at 8 p.m. Saturday at Winstar. Information: www.winstarworldcasino.com.
- OKLAHOMA CITY & TULSA – Hear Dallas alt-country band the Old 97s at 8 tonight at the Wormy Dog Saloon, 311 E Sheridan. For more information, go to www.wormydog.com. The Old 97s also will play at 8 p.m. Saturday at Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N Main in Tulsa. For more on that show, go to www.cainsballroom.com.
- Get the blues with Ike Lamb & the Creepers at 9:30 tonight at The Blues Saloon, 2525 NW 10. Information: www.myspace.com/thebluessaloonokc.
- See Reduxion Theatre Company’s production of “Twelfth Night,” Shakespeare’s tale of cross-dressing and mistaken identity at 8 p.m. today or Saturday at City Arts Center Theater, State Fair Park. This is the show’s final weekend. Information: 651-3191 or www.reduxiontheatre.com.
- Laugh out loud as Oklahoma City-based Red Dirt Improv at 9 tonight at the Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery, 706 W Sheridan. The theme for tonight’s show is Boob Tube Review, AKA TV night. Information: www.reddirtimprov.com.
- Catch Winter Jam featuring Third Day, Newsboys, NewSong, Tenth Avenue North, Fireflight, Tony Nolan, Sidewalk Prophets, Robert Pierre and Revive at 5 p.m. Saturday The Ford Center, 100 W Reno. Information: www.okfordcenter.com.
- NORMAN & OKLAHOMA CITY – Hear The Non with Mount Righteous at 9 tonight at The Opolis, 113 N Crawford in Norman. Information: www.starlightmints.com/opolis.html. Or listen to The Non with The Rocketboys and Leo Goes Grr at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Conservatory, 8911 N Western.
- Listen to Green Corn Revival at 10 p.m. Saturday at 51st Street Speakeasy, 1114 NW 51. Information: www.myspace.com/51speakeasy.
- Catch the last two performances in OKC Improv’s inaugural run at 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday at Ghostlight Theatre Club, 3110 N Walker. The 8 p.m. show will feature stand-up comic Brad Porter and Twinprov’s “The Doppelgangstas: Live in Concert” performance. The 10 p.m. show will feature the OKC Improv All-Stars and the debut of “Villain: The Musical!,” an improvised three-act 45-minute musical inspired by the Broadway hit “Wicked” and Joss Whedon’s “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.” Information: www.okcimprov.com.
Arlo Guthrie (Associated Press file photo)
From Friday’s Weekend Look section of The Oklahoman.
Arlo Guthrie plans return to WoodyFest in July
Folk singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie will return to Oklahoma this summer to pay tribute to his father, music legend Woody Guthrie.
Arlo Guthrie will play at the 13th annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival July 14-18 in his father’s hometown of Okemah, event organizers announced this week.
The nonprofit Woody Guthrie Coalition organizes the event during the week of the elder Guthrie’s July 14 birthday. Woody Guthrie died in 1967 of Huntington’s disease.
Arlo Guthrie last played the event, also known as WoodyFest, on its 10th anniversary in 2007.
In a 2007 interview with The Oklahoman, he said he is thrilled with the growing festival and the other honors his father has received in his home state, including induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
“I think he’d get such a kick out of that, just knowing him. I think, you know, everybody finds it difficult to be a prophet in their own hometown, and he was no exception. However, I think enough time has passed so that he may not be seen as a prophet, but he definitely is seen as being profitable,” he said with a chuckle.
His father wrote hundreds of political anthems, children’s songs and ballads. His family has worked diligently to get Woody Guthrie’s work out into the public.
“I think my dad has had enough time go by so that people around the world can decide whether they think he’s any good or not, and I think the verdict is in. And I think that’s why it’s easier now to put together the festivals and honor the man the way the state has. I think it’s wonderful,” Arlo Guthrie said.
In the course of his four-decade career, the younger Guthrie also has become a folk icon. The celebrated songwriter of “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” “The Motorcycle Song” and “Coming into Los Angeles” played at Woodstock and has stayed active over the years. Just last year, he performed at the 50th anniversary of the Newport (R.I.) Folk Festival and at Pete Seeger’s star-studded 90th birthday bash.
Others scheduled to perform at WoodyFest 2010 are LaFave, Terri Hendrix, Ellis Paul, Stonehoney, Sam Baker, Antje Duvekot, Don Conoscenti, Audrey Auld, Ronny Elliott, John Fullbright, Joel Rafael, the Red Dirt Rangers and SONiA. Woody Guthrie’s youngest sister, Mary Jo Guthrie Edgmon, is the festival’s perennial guest of honor.
The free four-day festival will include indoor and outdoor concerts, panel discussions, children’s events, open mikes, poetry readings and more. The festival will conclude with the annual Hoot for Huntington’s, a free-form musical jam that raises money for the Oklahoma chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society.
For information, go to www.woodyguthrie.com.