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BC-OK--Oklahoma Weekend Planner, OK

May 3, 2019


Wire Editors,

Photo Editors,

The AP’s updated plan for the weekend. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact 405-522-2121.



FOR USE Sunday, May 5, and thereafter:


NORMAN, Okla. _ Every business starts as an idea. Sometimes they grow from small seeds, others materialize in a flash, but they all had to start somewhere. Dr. Tom Lumpkin, director of entrepreneurship and economic development at OU’s Price College of Business, said the path to business success begins with vetting that idea. He said they may find out that not everyone loves their idea as much as they do. That’s not to say they should give up, he said, but that feedback should help drive them to a better direction. By Mack Burke, The Norman Transcript. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1056 words. Pursuing photos.


TULSA, Okla. _ Seeing a crew of people lugging cameras and lighting equipment and setting up a filming location isn’t as rare a sight in the Tulsa area as was once the case. And not just for the making of commercials, or student films or amateur efforts. April alone has seen the filming of a television series, a feature film for family audiences and a documentary shooting in the city, said Abby Kurin, who is the director of the Tulsa Office of Film, Music Arts & Culture. The state has seen an increase in filmmaking ever since the institution of the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program years ago, which allows filmmakers to receive as much as 37% back on the money they spend in the state. By Michael Smith, Tulsa World. SENT IN ADVANCE: 714 words. Pursuing photos.


FOR USE Monday, May 6, and thereafter:


OKLAHOMA CITY _ With the crowd bobbing in front of her, the booze flowing around her and the jazz group bouncing behind her, singer Chanda Graham grabbed the microphone and belted out a lyric that ignited the Ice Event Center and Grill. Gathered recently in the corner pocket of an Oklahoma City shopping center, the crowd erupted in applause and been there, done that cheer at Graham’s rendition of “Your Husband is Cheating on Us,” the bluesy song about scandalous love by late soul singer Denise LaSalle. It’s a common scene at Ice and a growing number of metro-area venues. To the delight of the enduring genre’s fans, jazz musicians from across the region are coming to the metro area to jam. By Josh Dulaney, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 573 words. Pursuing photos.


ENID, Okla. _ Main Street Enid is organizing a poetry contest, with the winning words serving as inspiration for a downtown mural, plus a little cash and recognition for the poet who wrote them. In addition to a $150 prize, the winner’s name and words will grace the new mural once completed. Once the poem is selected, another contest will be held to find the best mural design, each submission based upon the theme of the poem. Tompkins said recent artwork of local students sparked the idea to host the contest. By Mitchell Willetts, Enid News & Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 338 words. Pursuing photos.

^The AP, Oklahoma City