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Amante still by Dennis Spielman


My Thanksgiving Special is an interview with Theresa Zaizar, Mel Roberts, and Carl Victor Moore of the upbeat Jazz band, Amante. The band members share their musical history, what people can expect when attending or booking one of their shows, and then they perform their original song, ‘Til Your Tears Are Gone. Joining them on the song is Maurice Johnson on Guitar and James Keys on drums.

I shot this video back on November 8th with the intention of airing this on Thanksgiving. I had to wait on a new external hard drive for me to edit this video as I was running low on space and it would’ve been difficult to render it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Illuminations - photo by Dennis Spielman

Illuminations: A Northern Lights Experience in the Crystal Bridge

Yesterday my wife and I were invited to preview a take on holiday lighting inside the Crystal Bridge Conservatory before it opens to the public this Friday. Professional designers from Lightswitch, Toucan Productions, HYBYCOZO and used the latest technology to take the Myriad Botanical Gardens’ holiday display to the next level, beyond strings of lights.

Illuminations - photo by Dennis Spielman

The production company Lightswitch, with offices in Chicago, Hong Kong, New York, Orlando, and San Francisco, was hired to produce “Illuminations: A Northern Lights Experience in the Crystal Bridge” for Oklahoma City’s 30-year-old icon located in the heart of downtown. This light show uses nontraditional lighting techniques with the latest and greatest tools in entertainment technology to create an experience that can be enjoyed by guests of all ages. The display will evoke and enhance the personality of the Conservatory’s collections.

On the music end, Toucan Productions in Oklahoma City gives Illuminations another layer with the sound design as the lights work in sync to the music.

Illuminations - photo by Dennis Spielman

Inside the Crystal Bridge Conservatory are interactive lanterns by HYBYCOZO cast geometric shadows and make for a fun photo opportunity.

This show is proudly presented by OGE Energy Corp., with sponsors Devon Energy, Tinker Federal Credit Union, and Delta Dental. Hours are Tuesdays through Sundays, 6 p.m., last entry at 9 p.m. Closed Mondays. Open New Year’s Eve, 6-11 p.m. Closed December 8, 14 & 15 for private events. Admission for Gardens members is $5 adults, $3 children. For nonmembers cost is $7 adults, $5 children ages 3-12. Children 2 and under are free.

Continue your holiday adventure at the gardens with the Devon Ice Rink and Mo’s Carousel. For more information visit

Illuminations - photo by Dennis Spielman

It’s an expereince worth checking out.

Thank You Patrons

Thank You Patrons!

Today is #ThankYouPatrons Day! I want to take a moment to say thank you to all of my supporters on Patreon who help contribute to the success and growth of my shows like Uncovering Oklahoma, Yes! Science!, Tales Unveiled, and Quarter Minutes. Thank you!

I have some wonderful projects planned for 2019 that won’t be possible without you so thank you!

ArtNow 2019 - photo by Dennis Spielman

ArtNow 2019

Yesterday, I was invited to a private curator-led tour for Oklahoma Contemporary’s ArtNow 2019 exhibit with co-curators Alyson Atchison and Patrick Reynolds. For ArtNow 2019, they traveled from Locust Grove to Frederick, and all points between, to build an exciting survey of contemporary art being created in Oklahoma today.

Oklahoma Contemporary’s signature ArtNow celebrates Oklahoma’s vibrant contemporary art community. The 2019 exhibition, opening November 16, 2018, provides a snapshot of Oklahoma’s diverse art scene. The exhibit wraps up with an art sale, the “party with a purpose” on January 18, 2019.

Tacos at OSO - photo by Dennis Spielman

OSO on Paseo

OSO in the Paseo Arts District is a taco shop with different tacos and cocktails than you’re going to find anywhere else in Oklahoma City. It’s nice enough to enjoy for a casual date night or drop by for lunch in your yoga outfit.

In this Uncovering Oklahoma interview, Chris McKenna, Executive Chef at OSO on Paseo; and Kindt Steven Myers, Director of Hospitality for Humankind Hospitality, discuss what you can enjoy at OSO.

My wife and I recently had a conversation about how no one in the city made cocktails out of coconuts or pineapples and we were both excited to learn that OSO does. It’s nice to see someone doing it!

Worked late yesterday to get this video done. Been busy with freelance work lately, which has been great. I’m still a long way from doing the live studio setup. Tomorrow, I’m filming a tour of the 2019 ArtNow show at Oklahoma Contemporary, which I’ll edit later that evening so I can share it Friday. Friday I’ll be at Creative Mornings, a Factory Obscura press event, interview for the new art exhibit at Oklahoma Science Museum, and taking photos for my holiday gift guides, which I’ll be releasing starting next week. Not sure what I’m doing Saturday just yet, but Sunday at some point we’ll be recording the season finale of Tales Unveiled.

In December, filming for Uncovering Oklahoma becomes difficult because of the holidays as everybody is typically too busy to be interviewed. I’ll be focusing on editing two feature documentaries of mine and writing for my books, which I have three that I’ve been bouncing between (they are connected with each other).

That’s what’s going on!

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