Dennis Spielman

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Recording Your First Album

I’m excited to premiere Art & Victory, a monthly discussion panel series for creative entrepreneurs. The show is a production of The Show Starts Now Studios and is done in collaboration with OkSessions, Resonator, Norman Music Festival, and the Norman Arts Council.

In theme of the Norman Music Festival, the topic for April’s panel was Recording Your First Album. The conversation touched upon various aspects, including finding the why behind your music, mistakes made, and planning tips.

This panel took place at Resonator in Downtown Norman. Hosted by Christian Pearson from OkSessions, Christian is passionate about growing Oklahoma’s music scene. 

About The Panelists:

Desiree Yearby was born and raised in Oklahoma City. Desiree started attending local hip-hop shows when she was 16 and chased the feeling she felt there for the last 12 years. When she was 22, she started to attend major music festivals which is where she built a lot of industry relationships. The last 12 years Desiree has thrown showcases, started the blog/site Gotsteeze.net, booked festivals in OKC and Tulsa, became an adjunct professor at the University of Central Oklahoma teaching Social Media Marketing to the School of Contemporary Music.

Sophia Massad is an alternative/indie-rock artist, reigning from Oklahoma City. Her sultry to sassy vocal tones sculpt her unique sound. With her rugged charm, exuberant sense of humor, and absurd performance style, Sophia Massad pours herself into every song. Her musical style, inspired by the Alabama Shakes, Amy Winehouse, and Fleetwood Mac, can be both lawless and poetically honest. Massad’s biting lyrics reveal raw and transparent frustration.

Severin Olsen is the lead singer and guitarist for the band Brooding. Severin has written and recorded music for over 5 years now in a home studio including multiple singles, EPs and albums throughout various bands.


I’m currently preparing for next month’s panel, which will discuss promoting yourself online as a solo creative entrepreneur. Be sure to visit the Art & Victory website. I’ve gotten lots of positive feedback about this project and so I hope it continues to grow. I know this idea is far out there, but I think it would be cool to see other cities open up their own Art & Victory chapters, much like 1 Million Cups, Startup Grind, and Creative Mornings.

Factory Obscura Mix-Tape Phase 1

Factory Obscura, the artist collective responsible for SHIFT, BEYOND, and other interactive art experiences in Oklahoma City, has opened phase one of “Mix-Tape,” their first permanent installation. The collective is creating the new immersive, visual, auditory, and tactile art experience inside the iconic art complex, The Womb, in Oklahoma City’s Automobile Alley.

Through the Mix-Tape experience, the artists of Factory Obscura will produce a 20th-century version of the classic audio autobiography, creating immersive artistic representations of songs that speak to the artists’ journeys as individuals and as a collective.

In this Uncovering Oklahoma episode, I interviewed Kelsey Karper and Hugh Meade about this experience. In telling of their journey so far, I’ve included b-roll of their past two exhibitions. I’ve been saving the footage for a feature documentary that I will mostly like produce when they open their own location.

Visit the Mix-Tape at 25 NW 9th Street in Oklahoma City or at factoryobscura.com

Welcome to the Plaza Walls Trailer

Welcome to the Plaza Walls explores the history, the challenges faced, and the community benefits of the curated outdoor mural exhibition known as the Plaza Walls in Oklahoma City. The documentary includes interviews with artists, project managers, and supporters.

On Monday, April 15th, the ten year anniversary of Uncovering Oklahoma, I will be screening the movie at the Tower Theatre! Doors open at 6 pm with the movie starting at 7 pm. In addition to the screening of the documentary, there will be a showing of short films from my Quarter Minutes series, Plaza Walls merchandise for sale, Q&A session, and a raffle to win prizes.

Get your tickets now for $10. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Plaza Walls/Oklahoma Mural Syndicate.

The documentary will be available on Amazon for streaming and BluRay on Friday, April 19th.

I hope to see you at the premiere watch party!

Mix-Tape and Art

I visited Mix-Tape with Factory Obscura at The Womb; checked the new art gallery space, The Art Project; and the progress of Denise Duong’s new mural in Film Row. All this happened on Thursday, March 21, 2019.

El Toro Chino

Translating from The Chinese Bull in Spanish, El Toro Chino is an adventure in food by fusing together Latin and Asian Cuisine in Norman. Gerry and Jennifer Reardon share their story behind the restaurant and what makes them unique.

Cocktails at El Toro Chino - photo by Dennis Spielman

El Toro Chino is located at 2801 36Th Avenue NW in Norman. For more information, including hours and menu, visit their website at https://www.eltorochino.com

Dinner at El Toro Chino - photo by Dennis Spielman
Dinner at El Toro Chino - photo by Dennis Spielman

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