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‘Minari’s’ Youn Yuh-jung has relatable response to meeting Brad Pitt

“Minari” became the latest movie filmed at least in part in Oklahoma to earn Oscars glory at Sunday night’s 93rd Academy Awards, and Youn Yuh-jung did more than just make history with her best supporting actress win. 

The 73-year-old South Korean co-star of writer-director Lee Isaac Chung’s semi-autobiographical family drama managed to charm the world when she practically swooned while accepting her Oscar from Shawnee-born producer and movie star Brad Pitt. (Film fans will recall that Pitt won the best supporting actor Oscar last year for “Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood,” which meant he got to present supporting actress this year.) 

Although Pitt’s Plan B produced “Minari,” which filmed in the Tulsa area in 2019, Youn met him for the first time on the Oscars telecast. 

“Oh, Mr. Brad Pitt, finally. Nice to meet you. Where were you while we were filming in Tulsa?” Youn breathlessly started her acceptance speech. 

Her relatable reaction — I mean, what woman wouldn’t get a little woozy meeting Pitt for the first time? — led off a hilarious speech. But Youn didn’t stop charming people once she exited stage right: She continued into the press room by posing photos with Pitt and then gamely fielding some questions about her experience, including one journalist who wanted to know what the movie star smelled like. 

“I didn’t smell him. I’m not (a) dog,” Youn said with a laugh.

Kevin Durant wins Oscar for producing ‘Two Distant Strangers’ 

Former Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant also earned an Oscar during Sunday night’s Academy Awards. 

Durant, an Oklahoma Hall of Famer who is now with the Brooklyn Nets, and Mike Conley, of the Utah Jazz, were among several executive producers on “Two Distant Strangers,” which won the Oscar for best live-action short film.

The half-hour short film is available on Netflix. Here is the synopsis:

In this Oscar-winning short film, a man trying to get home to his dog becomes stuck in a time loop that forces him to relive a deadly run-in with a cop.

Durant wasn’t in attendance at Sunday’s ceremony, perhaps due to the COVID-19 protocols that were in place. 

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Airdate revealed for Russell Westbrook’s Tulsa Race Massacre doc

The History Channel has announced the premiere date for its new two-hour documentary “Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre,” produced by former OKC Thunder star (who now plays for the Washington Wizards) and philanthropist Russell Westbrook.

The documentary will air at 7 p.m. May 30, on the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre.

Directed by Peabody and Emmy award-winning director Stanley Nelson (“Freedom Riders”) and Peabody and duPont-Award winner Marco Williams (“Two Towns of Jasper”), the documentary commemorates the 100th anniversary of the horrific Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, one of the worst acts of racial violence in American history, and calls attention to the previously ignored but necessary repair of a town once devastated. 

The History Channel is also partnering with WNYC Studios to launch a new six-part podcast series “Blindspot: Tulsa Burning” on May 28 as complementary audio content, according to a news release. Produced in collaboration with KOSU public radio in Oklahoma, the podcast explores how Tulsa’s Greenwood District endured destruction and how the traumatic event continues to take a toll — through conversations with survivors, descendants, historians and local experts. 

Plus, through its “Save Our History” philanthropic initiative, the network is helping to preserve the historic Vernon AME Church, the only standing Black-owned structure from the Historic Greenwood Avenue and Black Wall Street era with a grant to help preserve aspects of the building.  Funds from the Save Our History grant will help restore areas such as the refuge room in the church basement where Black citizens of Tulsa sought safe harbor during the 1921 massacre. The church also plans to build a Prayer Wall For Racial Healing using the exterior wall of the basement, which upon completion will be the only prayer wall for racial healing in the world. “Save Our History” is The History Channel’s initiative to save and preserve important sites and stories throughout the U.S.

The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre is now recognized as one of the worst acts of racial violence in American history. Between May 31 and June 1, 1921, mobs of white residents attacked, set aflame and ultimately destroyed the Greenwood District, which was at that time one of the wealthiest Black communities in the United States, earning it the name “Black Wall Street.” 

“Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre” takes an in-depth, sobering look at the tragic events of a century ago and focuses on a specific period, from the birth of Black Wall Street to its catastrophic downfall over the course of two bloody days and finally the fallout and reconstruction. The documentary also follows the city’s current-day grave excavation efforts at Oaklawn Cemetery, where numerous unmarked coffins of victims who were killed and buried during the massacre have been recovered.

It will also feature rare archival footage and imagery from the time, coupled with commentary and interviews from numerous historians, city leaders, and activists, including the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum, the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission and the Historic Vernon A.M.E. Church, among others.

In addition, The History Channel is also joining the Westbrook’s Why Not? Foundation, WME, RedFlight Innovation and Values Partnerships to create an educational and experiential initiative which will provide Tulsa-area students with STEAM kits focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. Digital versions of the curriculum will also be available for students nationwide.

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Flaming Lips performing tonight on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

Oklahoma City-based psychedelic rockers The Flaming Lips will perform “Will You Return / When You Come Down” tonight on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” airing at 10:35 p.m. weekdays on ABC.

Special guest Micah Nelson (aka Particle Kid) will play along with the Lips.

The song is from the Lips’ 2020 critically acclaimed concept album “American Head.” 

The Grammy-winning band performed “American Head” in its entirety for the first time last week at The Criterion. A special “4/20” show, it was the Lips’ 10th Space Bubble Concert at the OKC venue. 

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant portal reopens

The application portal for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, which provides emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by COVID-19, reopened this afternoon.

As NPR reports, the Small Business Administration (SBA) began accepting applications for its Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG), a $16 billion program set up by the SBA to help struggling music venues, live event spaces, theaters, museums and more, on April 8. The portal was open less than a day when it had to be closed due to technical issues. 

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. 

Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. 

For more information, go to www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/shuttered-venue-operators-grant.

Cody Johnson to play summer show at Chesapeake Arena

A slew of new concert dates have been announced today as venues anticipate a safer time for live music during this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chesapeake Energy Arena will welcome back country music star Cody Johnson on June 25. The show will mark the downtown OKC arena’s first concert back since the COVID-19 shutdown in March 2020. Johnson had planned to play the venue last summer but was forced to cancel due to the pandemic. 

Chesapeake Energy Arena has implemented enhanced health and safety measures to help ensure the highest standards of wellness during events, according to a news release. Seating capacity will be reduced, and tickets will be sold in physically distanced “pod” groups. As an additional precaution for fans, face masks are currently required and guests are encouraged to practice proper hand hygiene while at the venue. 

Johnson sold out more than 45 shows in 2019 alone, including packed houses at the historic Ryman Auditorium and RODEOHOUSTON for the second consecutive year.

His first major-label release “Ain’t Nothin To It” skyrocketed to No. 1 on both the Billboard Top Country Albums and All-Genre Digital Sales charts. Also reaching Top 10 on Billboard 200, it became the third-highest pre-added album of all time in the country music genre on Apple Music at the time of release.

Johnson’s platinum-certified “On My Way To You” has recently been named one of NSAI’s “10 Songs I’d Written 2020” and marks his first Top 10 hit at country radio. His latest single “Dear Rodeo” was co-written by Johnson and Dan Couch as a personal tribute to Johnson’s previous bull-riding career, and it struck such a chord with fellow rodeo rider and Oklahoma native Reba McEntire that they recorded a duet version.

Tickets to the June show go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster. For more information, go to www.chesapeakearena.com. 

Marc Anthony to play Oklahoma autumn concert

TULSA — Latin music star Marc Anthony will launch his new U.S. Tour Aug. 27, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas, and play in 23 cities, including Tulsa.

The tour will stop at the BOK Center for an Oct. 15 show.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and will be available online at www.bokcenter.com. 

Considered one of the most influential artists of his time and a true ambassador of Latin music and culture, Anthony has received numerous gold and platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America and has been credited with more than 30 Billboard chart hits and over 7.1 billion views on YouTube.

For fans looking for the VIP experience, VIP packages will be available for purchase. These VIP Packages will allow fans to reserve premium seating, dedicated entrance, merchandise gift, commemorative VIP laminate, parking pass, Etc. For more information, go to www.marcanthonyonline.com. 

Ingrid Andress and Riley Green to play summer shows in Durant

DURANT – Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant will welcome two up-and-coming country music artists this summer at its Grand Theater: ACM New Female Artist of the Year nominee Ingrid Andress will perform on June 11 and outlaw country artist Riley Green on June 25.

Andress recently was nominated for three ACM Awards and received three Grammy nods. She co-wrote and co-produced every song on her debut album, “Lady Like,” which features her platinum-selling, No. 1 debut single “More Hearts Than Mine,” nominated for ACM’s Single of the Year, and her current single “Lady Like,” which is climbing the country radio charts.

Named ACM’s 2020 New Male Artist of the Year, Green’s full-length debut album “Different ‘Round Here” was released in 2019 and has produced the gold-certified No. 1 hit “There Was This Girl” and the platinum-certified single “I Wish Grandpa’s Never Died. Named a CMT Listen Up Artist and one of MusicRow’s 2019 Next Big Things, Green recently released his latest EP “If It Wasn’t for Trucks.” 

Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday. For tickets and information, visit www.choctawcasinos.com/choctaw-durant/entertainment/upcoming-events.

— BAM 

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