Dennis Spielman

The real and imaginative adventures of Dennis Spielman

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Overholser Mansion

A Chance Meeting at The Overholser Mansion

I am excited to debut the first episode of Tales Unveiled, a narrative podcast series about two people exploring their local urban legends.

EPISODE 1:
A reporter for TSSN, Sam Saxton, is among several guests invited to tour Oklahoma City’s Overholser Mansion. As Sam records the tour for his new podcast series exploring urban legends, he has a chance meeting with Professor Geoff DeRoot, who researches the paranormal history of Oklahoma. When the two get separated from the tour group, they begin to question the whether or not the mansion is haunted.


Tales Unveiled is a production of The Show Starts Now Studios and is produced by me, Dennis Spielman. The voice of Sam Saxton is Dennis Spielman. The voice of Professor Geoff DeRoot is Jeff Provine. Lisa Escalon plays as herself. The voice of Mrs. Overholser is Lynn Keller. Featuring music from John McGaha.

The Overholser Mansion is a real place you can visit for yourself in Oklahoma City. For information about tours visit OverholserMansion.org.

2018-07-10 Will Rogers Gardens

5 Lesser-Known Scenic Parks in OKC

While many are familiar with the Myriad Botanical Gardens and Lake Hefner, this video showcases five of Oklahoma City’s lesser-known scenic parks, which include Kitchen Lake Park, Will Rogers Gardens, Lake Overholser/Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge, Martin Park Nature Center, and Bluff Creek Park.

Tomorrow: Episode 1 of Tales Unveiled will be released! Be sure to subscribe to it via Apple Podcasts, PodBean app, or at TalesUnveiled.com.

Fashioning Art from Paper

Fashioning Art from Paper and Third Thursdays

“Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper” at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art features 78 life-size, trompe l’œil paper costumes by Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave encompassing over 500 years of fashion history. The museum is the exclusive regional venue for the exhibition.

Fashioning Art from Paper at the OKC MOA - photo by Dennis Spielman

“The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is honored to be one of the co-organizers of this prestigious retrospective and national tour,” said President and CEO E. Michael Whittington. “This is the first time de Borchgrave’s four innovative paper fashion collections have been shown together and visitors will enjoy both the scale of the works and range of styles presented. From Marie de Medici to Coco Chanel to Les Ballets Russes, this exhibition is sure to amaze and delight.”

Fashioning Art from Paper at the OKC MOA - photo by Dennis Spielman

de Borchgrave (born 1946) is a prominent Belgian artist, painter and sculptor, best known for her paper costumes. Programming and events throughout the summer will be inspired by “Fashioning Art from Paper” including classes, camps, workshops, public tours and events.

The exhibition will run until September 9, 2018.

Third Thursdays at the Museum

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s Third Thursdays program features live music, a special menu at the Museum Cafe, full bar on the Roof Terrace, and access to the Museum’s galleries. Admission is just $5; food and libations are available at an additional cost. This year, the Museum’s Roof Terrace will be open to the public only during Third Thursday events.

“The Museum has always been busy on Thursday evenings,” said E. Michael Whittington, President and CEO. “We are thrilled to offer even more reasons to visit with our new Third Thursday series presented by Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores. Throughout the year, Third Thursday will be a fantastic way to visit the Museum and channel your ‘inner Michelangelo’ while enjoying great food and drinks in a unique atmosphere. We are grateful to Love’s for their partnership in this innovative new Museum program.”

“We are excited to support a full year of Third Thursdays,” added Jenny Love Meyer, vice president of communications at Love’s. “The recent growth and development of our downtown area has been significant and Third Thursdays will continue to build on this momentum. We believe the arts are a vital part of a vibrant downtown and are committed to increasing access for everyone in our community.”

The Museum will continue extended hours and $5 admission every Thursday, but special programming and the opening of the Roof Terrace will occur only on the third Thursday of the month.

Admission to the Museum on Thursday evenings is $5, and no other discounts apply. Admission for Museum members is always free. More information about Third Thursdays, including how to purchase tickets, can be found on the Museum’s website, okcmoa.com.

I’m on the Oklahoma City Real Estate Show

Last week, I met with Landon Whitt who interviewed me for his podcast, Oklahoma City Real Estate Show, which was just released. Landon’s series discusses housing market trends in the metro but also interviews people in the community to discuss what’s going on. The main topic of discussion was my documentary, District Up!, but also talked about Oklahoma City in general, Inviting Art, and The Show Starts Now Studios. You can hear my interview at around the 17-minute mark.

Sophia Massad at the Plaza Walls - photo by Dennis Spielman

Sophia Massad – Alone at Night

In this music session, I visited indie/alternative musician, Sophia Massad, in the Plaza District. In this video, Sophia shares the history of her musical journey, what inspires her, and talks about her newest single, Alone at Night, which she also performs for Uncovering Oklahoma.

I haven’t filmed a music session in ages. Mainly, I had struggled with making the videos look good. By working on Yes! Science! I got better at editing solo interviews without needing b-roll. I’m happy with how well this turned out! If people like it, I’ll be sure to do some more.

“Alone at Night” will be available everywhere on July 6th, 2018. The song is Massad’s second release in the past three months. “Insecurities” released in early May, having been met with such a warm reception, getting articles in multiples magazines, newspapers, blogs, and radio play, Massad’s fan base began to thrive. With “Alone at Night” being fully written and engineered by Sophia Massad herself, there is plenty of excitement for the new single release. There will be a single release party on July 6th at VZD’s with Bowsley and Johnny Manchild and the Poor Bastards.

Sophia Massad at the Plaza Walls - photo by Dennis Spielman

The single features Tristan Todd from Pax on lead guitar, Tyler Sexton with a second guitar part, Chris Anderson on bass, Brock Wilson on drums, and Garrison Brown on the horns, and the song was mixed and mastered by Dustin Ragland. Massad released her first album in 2014, joined The So Help Me’s in 2017, and most recently started this passion project with the mission to create and share her rawest music. Her style, inspired by the Alabama Shakes and Amy Winehouse, is both formidable and poetically honest.

Sophia Massad and her band will be playing at Heard on Hurd in Edmond on July 21st and are preparing to announce tour dates.

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