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                                      CONTENTS                                                                   Also Inside This Issue:
                                                                                                                 9 People I Don’t
                                                                                                                 Want to See in 2010 .........10

                                                                                                                 Film Review .....................12
                                                                                                                 Sherlock Holmes is Just
                                                                                                                 Cool!

                                                                                                                 Cinema Rant.....................13
                                                                                                                 Oscar Buzz Should Buzz Off

                                                                                                                 Jared’s Jargons ...................3

                          Page 4                               Page 6                                 Page 7 Events Calendar .................8
                                                                                                                 Concert Scene ..................14
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    Where it All Began                   Pickin’ & Grinnin’                       for Concert




     Well, I think we can all pretty much agree   bringing back the popular Bluegrass All-Star        about something every month, it’s my turn,
that 2009 sucked. Right? Okay, it’s over now      Jam. A crowded house enjoyed the twang-             dammit! Well, the thing that really irritated me
so let’s move forward. I am looking forward       packed power of this performance last year          this year was people. Not people in general,
to a productive and entertaining 2010 and         and they are back by popular demand. For a          most of the time, but specific people. See who
January kicks it off just right.                  night you won’t soon forget, check this event       made (and just missed) my top nine list.
     No Justice at Willie’s Saloon. Who would     out.                                                     Anyway, lots of great entertainment
have ever thought you would hear those words           An OSU alum is coming back to Stillwater       happening this month. Go out and enjoy
again? The guys have been constantly climbing     to put on a very special musical perofrmance.       yourself while you still have some of that
that ladder of success but are bringing it back   And shut up, it’s not Garth Brooks. The lovely      student loan money. Here’s hoping each and
home for a very intimate, acoustic performance    and talented Sarah Coburn returns to her alma       every one of you has as good a 2010 as we are
one night only. Check out what Jerry Payne        mater to show us why Opera News called her          going to have at Stillwater Scene.
had to say about the show, the new CD and         “blissfully sublime.” That sounds about as               Thank you, Stillwater, for helping us
signing their recent record deal.                 shameless as you can get (Take that, Garth!).       grow!
     An overwhelming success last year,                Finally, I decided to write a little rant of
the City of Stillwater Community Center is        my own this month. Kimberly gets to rant
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No Justice Comes Home to
Willie’s, Where it All Began                         going to lie, we were bad.”                              “Even if it’s just like for ten dates, I want
                                                          Since that lackluster first offering, the      to go out on the road with a big tour,” Jerry
                                                     band as a whole has not appeared on stage at        adds.
                                                     Willie’s, even though Rice continued to do his           Luckily, they may have an insider at
                                                     solo shows and occasionally Jerry would sit in      Carved Records. Already a fan of No Justice,
     During the first years of publication, I        with other artists over the years. Now they are     the owner of the label approached the band
wrote an article called “In the Spotlight” that      excited to come back home, in a sense.              soon after starting his label.
featured mostly local musicians. The eleventh             “I think it’s going to be cool,” Jerry adds.        “The guy loves music so he got into this,
issue of Stillwater Scene included such an           “We know what to bring to a room like that,         researched it and put it all together and then
article about a young, up-and-coming guitarist/      but of course we’ve never played full band          got tied in with Sony,” Jerry explains. “He’s
singer that was working many locales on the          acoustic in Stillwater ever.”                       done very well for himself.”
Strip and in Stillwater, including Willie’s,              This show won’t be like their performance           If you simply can’t wait for the new
Mexico Joe’s and the long gone clubs known           on the Live at Billy Bob’s DVD but a simpler,       CD, you may want to check out the show at
as Chub’s (which is now the Black Light              more relaxed and intimate set for only 200          Willie’s January 16, since Jerry says a few
Room at Willie’s), Courts (now a parking lot,        audience members. Tickets are on sale now           songs from the new CD may make their way
I believe) and Wormy Dog (now an apartment           for $20.                                            to the set list as well as the song that landed at
above Hello Gorgeous on the Strip). At the end            “We’ve been doing a lot of acoustic            #6 on the Texas Music Chart’s Top 30 of 2009
of the article, I predicted that this artist would   shows,” Jerry says. “With the addition of Cody      Countdown, Don’t Walk Away.
become “a rising star of the Stillwater music        (Patton), we can expand and do more things               This event will be the first of a monthly
scene,” and as most of my friends know, I am         like that. He’s such a good guitar player.”         concert series bringing bigger acts to Willie’s
always right.                                             In August 2009, No Justice, a band that        Saloon. Johnny Cooper is scheduled to play in
     A month later this artist, Steve Rice,          has faced several lineup changes including the      February and other acts will be announced in
played his first show as the lead singer of No       departure of founding member Tony Payne a           the coming weeks. Jerry, who has also been
Justice and the ride took off from there and         few years back, had to deal with yet another        handling some booking for Willie’s lately, and
recently has showed no signs of stopping.            member’s farewell when longtime guitarist           Joe Farmer, general manager of Willie’s, have
This month Steve Rice returns to the scene of        Brandon Jackson decided to follow a solo            been working for a while to get this series
some of his first local shows, Willie’s Saloon,      career. The band parted ways amicably and           started, and No Justice seemed like the perfect
with his full band for a very special full band      tapped Patton, who formerly played with             way to kick it all off.
acoustic show -- the first time No Justice has       Jason Savory and Clint Osmus, to join their              “We’re trying to get everybody back,
played there since 2002. Tickets are on sale         ranks. Jerry Payne describes the connection as      trying to get the scene back,” Jerry adds.
now and are going fast for the Saturday,             perfection, even though Jerry has given up his                    No Justice continued on page 14
January 16, 2010 performance which kicks off         lead guitarist status.
a new monthly series of special shows hosted              “Cody’s just a phenomonal guitar player,”
by Willie’s.                                         Jerry says. “There are songs I still play lead
     The beginnings of Rice’s relationship with      on, but he’s such a dead-on guitar player I
No Justice appropriately began at Willie’s,          don’t mind just playing rhythm and letting him
in a way. Rice’s regular gigs at Willie’s and        shine and do his deal. He’s definitely taken us
other locations around Stillwater garnered the       up a notch.”
attention of No Justice founding member Jerry             Patton arrived just in time too. No Justice
Payne, who came looking for Rice when their          was in pre-production on their upcoming
original lead singer left the band.                  CD when Patton joined the band. The CD,
     “I started sitting in with Steve occasionally   No Justice’s fourth release and third studio
and Tony (Payne -- Jerry’s brother and also          album, is due in April 2010. As yet untitled,
former, founding member of No Justice) and           the release marks another first for the band -
I decided it was a good fit,” Jerry says. “We        - their first release from upstart Dallas-based
had been auditioning but that kind of went           and Sony-affilliated Carved Records, a new
nowhere. Steve had given me a demo, we were          development for No Justice.
on the way back from Lubbock, Texas, and I                “We signed a deal,” exclaims Jerry.
kept listening to it saying, ‘We’re going to do      “They are a fairly new label but they are going
this.’ We wanted to be unique in our music           to promote this album nationwide. They’re
and our vocals.”                                     pushing it everywhere.”
     In May of 2002, Steve made his debut                 With the support of a new major label
with No Justice. A few weeks later, No Justice       behind them, the band hopes to shoot their
played at Willie’s.                                  first music video to accompany their first
     “We sucked,” laughs Jerry. “I’m not             single and, down the line, a major tour.
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Bluegrass All-Stars will be Pickin’ & Grinnin’
     The idea is simple: bring the best pickers    Wilkesboro, N.C.                                     Tim Crouch is a fiddler, mandolin and
and singers from the bluegrass genre to perform         Rob Ickes is a member of Blue Highway.     guitar player from Strawberry, Ark., who has
in a jam-style setting. Each artist would play     Ickes is the eleven-time IBMA Dobro Player      performed on “The Last Show with David
a couple of songs and speak to the audience,       of The Year and the most awarded individual     Letterman,” “The Conan O’Brien Show,”
perhaps tell a related story. And thus, the        player in the history of the IBMA.              “CBS Early Morning Show” and “Hee Haw.”
Bluegrass All-Star Jam and Workshop was                 Alan Bibey is a mandolin player with       He has also performed with Dolly Parton,
born. On Saturday, January 23 at 7:30pm, the       the group Grasstowne and 2007 Society for       Jerry Reed, Dierks Bentley, George Jones and
super group will make a return visit to perform    Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association’s   Glen Campbell.
at the City of Stillwater Community Center,        Mandolin Player of the Year. He has also             Bryon Berline is considered one of the
315 West 8th Avenue. The workshop will             performed in groups such as Blueridge and       world’s preeminent fiddle players. He has
begin at 3pm.                                      IIIrd Tyme Out.                                               Bluegrass continued on page 7
     Program Coordinator Gloria Short said,
“The response to this performance last year
was so great that we booked them again for
this year.”
     Performance tickets are on sale for $20
for adults, $18 for seniors and $12 for students
(applies to anyone with a valid high school,
college or university I.D.). Cost for the
workshop of your choice is $30 per person.
Purchase tickets for both the workshop and
the concert and receive $10 discount for adults
and $7 off for students. All workshops will be
conducted by members of the Bluegrass All
Star Jam for fiddle, guitar, bass, mandolin, and
resonator guitar (dobro).
     This year’s lineup includes the following
artists:
     Sammy Shelor is a member of the
Lonesome River Band, and in 1995, 1996,
1997 and 1998 he won the International
Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award
for Banjo Player of the Year. He was the co-
winner in 1996 with Scott Vestal.
     Don Rigsby is a two-time Grammy
nominee and two-time Society for the
Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America
(SPBMA) Traditional Male Vocalist of the
Year. He shared two IBMA awards while
performing with Longview and sang on a
Grammy-winning album by rocker John
Fogerty. He emerged onto the national scene
as a member of Bluegrass Cardinals and
played with JD Crowe and the New South.
     Terry Baucom is a banjo player who has
performed in such groups as Doyle Lawson
and Quicksilver, IIIrd Tyme Out, Lou Reid,
Terry Baucom and Carolina among others.
Baucom recently received his own model of
banjo with the Deering Banjo Company.
     Steve Gulley is a vocalist/guitar player
with Grasstowne, who with co-writer Tim
Stafford received the International Bluegrass
Music Association’s 2008 Song of the Year
for “Thru the Window of a Train.”
     Kim Fox is a member of 3 Fox Drive. Fox
is an accomplished vocalist and songwriter
and past winner of the Chris Austin Song-
writing Competition Award at MerleFest in

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OSU Alum Sarah Coburn Returns for Concert
                                                     She most recently received the 2009            University and a Bachelor of Music Education
                                                Artist of the Year Award from the Washington        degree from OSU.
                                                National Opera. The award salutes young artists         Tickets for the concert are already on sale
                                                who have displayed exceptional artistic merit       and can be purchased at the Student Union Hub
     Allied Arts will open the year with the    in their appearances with Washington National       on the OSU campus or by phone by calling
return of Oklahoma State University Alum        Opera and recognizes their professional             (405) 744-7509. For more information, visit
Sarah Coburn live in concert Thursday,          growth and development. Coburn received a           the Allied Arts website at http://union.okstate.
January 14, at 8pm in the Seretean Center       Master of Music degree from Oklahoma City           edu/alliedarts.
Concert Hall.                                                                                       Instrumental Album of the Year for “Slide
                                                Bluegrass continued from page 6
     Praised as “blissfully sublime” by Opera   recorded with diverse musician like Rolling         Rules.”
News, Coburn, a soprano, captivates audiences   Stones, Willie Nelson, Bill Monroe, Vince                Kenny and Amanda Smith are a husband-
with her “precision placement, mercury speed,   Gill, Doobie Brothers and more. His music has       and-wife group who won the IBMA’s
and a gorgeous liquid gold tone, gilded by a    been featured on television and feature films       Emerging artist of the Year award in 2003.
thrilling top and bottom register.” She has     including Star Trek and “Basic Instinct.”           Kenny is a two-time IBMA Guitar Player of
performed at the Metropoliltan Opera, the            Dale Ann Bradley has her own band and          the Year.
Kennedy Center as well as many other other      is the 2007, 2008 & 2009 IBMA’s Female                   Tim Stafford is the guitarist with the
venues.                                         Vocalist of the Year.                               group Blue Highway. Stafford is also a great
                                                     Michael Cleveland is a Louisville, Ky.         songwriter and has songs recorded by many
                                                native who has been blind from birth and            in bluegrass. He, along with Steve Gulley,
                                                began fiddling at the age of four. He is a seven-   received the IBMA award for 2008 Song of
                                                time IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year. In 2009        the Year for their “Thru the Window of a
                                                he won the IBMA award for Instrumental              Train.” He has also produced several award
                                                Performance of the Year for “Jerusalem              winning projects.
                                                Ridge”. His group, Michael Cleveland and                 Mike Bub is a five-time IBMA Bass
                                                Flamekeeper, won the 2007, 2008 and 2009            Player of the Year who has performed with
                                                IBMA awards for Instrumental Group of the           some of the greats such as Del McCoury Band,
                                                Year.                                               Peter Rowan and Tony Rice, Shawn Camp
                                                     Marshall Wilborn has been a part of            and Vince Gill. Bub is the music director for
                                                several bands over the course of his career,        Pickin’.
                                                including The Johnson Mountain Boys and                  Cindy Baucom is the master of ceremonies
                                                The Lynn Morris Band as well as a stint with        for the Bluegrass All-Star Jam. She is the host
                                                Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mnt. Boys                of the nationally syndicated radio show “Knee-
                                                & Longview. He currently is a member of             Deep in Bluegrass,” which is distributed by
                                                Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper and               the John Boy and Billy Radio Network and
                                                received the IBMA’s 2009 Bass Player of the         goes out to more than 70 radio stations. She
                                                Year award.                                         was named the 2005 IBMA Broadcaster of the
                                                     Phil Ledbetter is a dobro player with the      Year.
                                                group Grasstowne. He won the 2005 IBMA                   The event “Pickin’ - A Bluegrass All-Star
                                                awards for Dobro Player of the Year and             Jam,” was started in 2006 at the Paramount
                                                                                                    Center in Bristol, Tenn. The show was based
                                                                                                    loosely on another event that was held at the
                                                                                                    Paramount in the early part of this decade.
                                                                                                    The event was “Knee-Deep In Bluegrass - The
                                                                                                    Acutab Sessions,” which had different artists
                                                                                                    performing songs from the recording project
                                                                                                    of the same name. “Knee Deep In Bluegrass”
                                                                                                    won the Recorded Event of the Year in 2001
                                                                                                    as chosen by members of the International
                                                                                                    Bluegrass Music Association.
                                                                                                         Bluegrass All-Start Jam is part of the
                                                                                                    Living Out Loud: 2009/2010 City of Stillwater
                                                                                                    Community Center’s Performing Arts Series,
                                                                                                    which is sponsored by the City of Stillwater,
                                                                                                    Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment
                                                                                                    for the Arts, Stillwater Radio and Suddenlink.
                                                                                                         To purchase tickets visit http://tickets.
                                                                                                    stillwater.org or call (405) 533-8433. Tickets
                                                                                                    will be available at the door as long as they
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                    Stillwater Scene - 9
9 People I Don’t Want to See in 2010                there. Is there a Moscow Scene Magazine?                 Jay Leno: The happiest day of my life
                                                          Everyone on MTV and VH1: No, I do not        in 2004 was when Leno announced he was
                                                    want to see your crib, I do not want to work for   retiring from late night and handing the reins
                                                    Diddy and I definitely don’t want to visit the     of the Tonight Show over to Conan O’Brien.
                                                    real world of the Jersey shore. When the Real      What none of us expected was the biggest
     The year 2009 was a whirlwind of the           World started on MTV more than 20 years            failure of the Fall 2009 season: The Jay Leno
good, the bad and the ugly. As the year finally     ago, I thought to myself, “This may be the end     Show. All through most of the spring and
came to a close, I had the realization that there   of civilization as we know it.” For a teenager,    summer we were warned it was coming at
are so many people I, and probably most of          I was pretty clairvoyent. Little did I know that   least three times per hour on any station we
you, could do without in this brand new year.       this type of programming would dominate the        were watching. Even Leno himself got sick
This is just a small list of the top nine.          airwaves two decades later with no signs of        of the constant promotion. Just think how we
     Tiger Woods: So we found out in                slowing down. Just the titles of these shows       felt. And then, the show sucked. It didn’t just
December that the great one was swinging            alone evoke an emotive regurgitation that I        suck, it blew! Then it continued to get worse!
more than just a five iron. In fact, he was         should only feel on New Year’s Day. For the        How do you take away five quality hours of
probably putting from the rough a little more       Love of Ray J, Real Chance at Love, Sex Rehab      network drama (Okay, maybe not all quality.
than he should have been. Okay, we get it. He       with Dr. Drew, Bully Beatdown and 16 and           It is NBC, no doubt!) to put this hack on the
cheated on his wife. Guess what, American           Pregnant are just a smattering of what these       air? I hear the WB is going to try the same
public. It happens! I’m not saying it’s right,      two cable channels spend 22 hours per day          thing with Carrot Top in 2010. Again, God
but do we really need to know the names of all      offering the unsuspecting viewer. Wouldn’t it      help us!
eighteen holes he’s been playing lately? Tiger      be nice to see an actual music video on here             The Kardashians: Leave it to the E!
needs to take a break from golf, like he says       from time to time?                                 Network, the same cable lexicon that had
he will, and hope the media-crazed people will            Heidi & Spencer: While MTV, VH1              nightly “reenactments” of Michael Jackson’s
forget or at least find someone new to focus        and other cable channels were busy making          trial earlier this decade starring Jimmy
their ire upon.                                     normally annoying people famous for no damn        Kimmel as Jay Leno, to make a family of
     Pussy Vampires: Bram Stoker would be           reason, these two poster children for birth        spoiled brats famous for no freaking reason.
rolling over in his grave after watching the        control kicked the door down and proclaimed        Let’s review: Kim is famous for having a big
latest trend to sweep the entire world. When        to the world, whether they wanted to hear it or    ass and a sex tape (with the aforementioned
did vampires become such pussies? Like TV’s         not, that they had arrived. Not only have they     Ray J of all people), according to Joel McHale
Craig Ferguson, I have no interest in watching      become the most despised couple on television      of the Soup; Khloe, the fat one, is famous for
a vampire movie where the vampires are              since Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein           marrying a Los Angeles Laker; and Kourtney
concerned about someone’s feelings. Vampires        (yes, Star magazine linked the two “Americas       is famous for getting pregnant out of wedlock
are the undead and should be concerned with         Most Wanted” as a romantic couple in 2004),        and recently having a spawn of her own to
ripping the throats out of the necks of as many     but they have even written a book about it.        turn into a young jackass with his own TV
as they can and converting a few deserving          Okay, so Sarah Palin probably wrote their          show in 12-15 years. There’s also Kris, the
souls. Back in the day vampires were cool,          book but that doesn’t make it any better. Heidi    mother, who controls all their lives like a
but now it seems like these new age vampires        thinks she is a talented singer, even though       midget Cruella DeVille, and Bruce Jenner, the
are giving teenagers more reasons to commit         I’ve only seen her lip sync, and Spencer just      former Olymipian, who never seems to have a
suicide because Bella or Edward told them to        loves being an ass. They say they love each        clue about anything. These are the role models
in a wet dream. I should probably blame some        other, but as soon as the cameras finally stop     our younger generation is looking to now for
of this on Anne Rice and Interview with the         pointing at these horrible excuses for animal      guidance, and you’re not scared? Repent now
Vampire; but if we can start burning books          organisms, I think the honeymoon will be                          9 People continued on page 11
again, I would like to start with the Twilight      over.
series.                                                   Any Reality Show Singing Contestant:
     Sarah Palin: So this is the best our great     Watch out America, Susan Boyle is fugly and
nation can do for a female Vice-Presidential        coming this way. In other breaking news:
or, God help us, Presidential candidate? I          Adam Lambert is gay and going to shove all
won’t even talk about her politics, because I       of our faces into his crotch unless his album
don’t think her pundits have figured all of them    goes multi-platinum. As if American Idol
out for her yet, but this puppet definitely has     wasn’t bad enough, now we have the Singing
something stuck up her ass and has to make a        Bee and Sing Off! Didn’t the fans of AI learn
zillion television appearances to let us know it.   anything from the worthless victories of
Plus, she wrote a book. Okay, really someone        Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino and Taylor
else probably wrote the book but that doesn’t       Hicks? Hell, the losers of this show are doing
make it any better. I have already accepted the     better than the winners and that is just the
fact that all I will hear about in 2012 is Palin    first sign that something is rotten in Denmark.
running for President, so please give me 2010       Now even Paula Abdul can’t take it anymore.
and stay in your frozen tundra while hunting        The last thing I want to see is Ellen DeGeneres
from a helicopter. And wave hello to Russia         giving Simon Cowell a lap dance heading into
for me. If you get elected, I may be relocating     the commercial breaks.

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9 People continued from page 10                    Same sex marriage is inappropriate in her eyes,      and glamorized version of Etta James, Tina
      network!                                     but masturbating for a video camera multiple         Turner and Aretha Franklin all rolled into one
      Jon and Kate Plus Their Eight: Jon           times and sending it around is what the bible        narcissitic, overindulging package. The fact
Gosselin has made every “most hated” list that     stands for. I remember that commandment.             that she made the nearly exact same music
can be imagined this year, but very few have            Lady Gaga, androgenous pop star deluxe.         video for three different songs last year should
said much about the great Kate. Don’t get me       Call me crazy, but I just don’t like her music.      be a symbol of her lack of creativity but people
wrong, Jon is rather douche-like, but Kate         Okay, she makes great dance songs supposedly,        keep falling for it. And ladies everywhere will
seems to me to be a real bitch. I haven’t met a    but all of this chatter about whether or not         be begging for years for their men to “put a
woman so fertile since that one time at Arby’s,    she’s a man is more irritating than her Poker        ring on it” because of the most annoying song
but that is no reason to become a celebrity.       Face. Even Boy George had the balls to let           of the year. I am... Sasha Fierced out!
Congratulations, you have eight obnoxious          everyone know he was a guy in women’s                     Kanye West, the last of the pop stars I
little brats. You’re not the only ones and there   clothes when Culture Club was popular and            will complain about this year (2009). When
have got to be more deserving parents out          the eighties were a lot less understanding than      he jumped up on the MTV stage, grabbing the
there for a show like this. But, sadly, Jon and    the 21st century.                                    microphone away from the victorious Taylor
Kate are national icons now. Remember when              Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers,             Swift, and proclaimed Beyonce’s “Single
being an icon meant you had accomplished           tween pop stars turned megalomaniacal by             Ladies” the best music video of all time was
something and not just had a cheap camera          the Disney world domination machine. Do              the final straw. Not because of his behavior
crew follow you around for a few weeks out         I have to really explain this one? No, I will        towards Swift, although that was deplorable as
of the year. My advice to Jon and Kate: Go         not listen to any of their music on principal        well, but here was this egocentic hack stealing
away, save some of that TLC money for all the      alone. No, I will not watch their TV shows           the spotlight from another artist (who at least
therapy your kids will need in the very near       and/or movies, again, on principle alone. The        writes most of her own material) and trying
future and stop bitching and moaning about         fact that the Jonas Brothers have a cutesy little    to upstage her. The video being glorified is
every little thing that your former significant    nickname like “Jo Bros” is enough reason for         the same one mentioned above for “Single
other does. Have some dignity for yourself,        me to dislike them. On the other side, Miley         Ladies,” and at least the voters at MTV
each other and your children for whom you          Cyrus can’t decide whether she wants to be           realized that it was duplicated for two more
both obviously care so much.                       Hannah Montana or herself is bothersome as           songs and denied her the prize. In your face,
      Honorable Mentions: These people were        well. Thanks, Billy Ray, for pushing this strip-     Beyonce! And shut the hell up, Kanye!
close to making my list, but came just short       pole-dancing role model onto preteen girls                What will 2010 bring us? More of the
of the top nine. Unfortunately, they deserve a     everywhere. The world is a better place for it.      same I’m sure, but at least we all, myself
good, less-wordy thrashing.                             Beyonce, yes another pop star. Fine, I’ll       included, will have something to bitch and
      Carrie Prejean, the former Miss California   say it. I don’t find anything attractive about her   moan about at the end of the year. Happy New
who was later dethroned for being a dirty, whiny   at all. I find her hideous, and I don’t get most     Year, everyone!
whore hiding under the cloak of Christianity.      men’s drool-worthy stares at this weakened




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Sherlock Holmes is Just Cool!                      people make up what I consider to be the party     the movie would have been quite pedantic
                                                   poopers of the world who think that things         and bland. But Ritchie captures a mood and
                                                   should always remain how they have been for        feeling that is unmistakably brilliant and quite
                                                   decades: stale, boring and stereotypical. These    entertaining.
                                                   party poopers and Sherlock Holmes bashers               The end of the movie leaves things quite
      It’s simple math: Director Guy Ritchie       neglect the small fact that Ritchie’s movie        open to see the ongoing story of Holmes,
is cool, Robert Downey Jr. is cool, detective      treats Holmes and Watson much like they are        Watson and the one lady in Holmes’ life,
stories are cool. Therefore, Sherlock Holmes       in the books by Doyle (but with a little kick in   Adler. McAdams’ Irene Adler is the only
is cool and why shouldn’t it be?                   the pants).                                        person who seems to be able to keep Holmes
      Cool has never looked so cool. The movie          I couldn’t have been happier than when        guarded yet still vulnerable at the same time.
is filled with slow motion sequences, inventive    Downey Jr. (Holmes) and Jude Law (Watson)          He gets tricked by her halfway through the
use of voice over, elaborate disguises,            were bickering back and forth on camera            movie in a funny and harmless way, but
debonair accents and dashing costumes.             about silly, nonsensical things. The character     at the end of the film you realize that Irene
Ritchie’s reinvention of Sir Arthur Conan          relationship was one to envy -- two friends        might also have very similar feelings towards
Doyle’s characters Sherlock and Watson not         who truly trust each other are hurt by small       Holmes. This type of open-endedness leads
only are fun but also very true to the original    things and would do anything to help one           me to believe there might be a sequel or series
imaginings. These detailed accuracies make         another. The obvious love relationship isn’t       of films that Ritchie plans to make with the
the movie fresh and exciting.                      between Rachel McAdams’ character (Irene           three lead characters.
      Holmes is a lazy drinker, one who lays       Adler) and Holmes but between the two men.              Because of the stellar directing, writing,
about on the floor a lot and doesn’t really care   To watch them manipulate each other and            editing and general coolness of the movie
who thinks what about whom. He is a fighter        deride one another was quite enjoyable yet felt    (which I think that only Ritchie could have
and knew martial arts. He was quite a slimy        comfortable and authentic.                         done), Sherlock Holmes is one to see in the
creature until he met Watson who made him               When it comes down to it, the story doesn’t   theater. It is fun, stars talented actors and
more presentable to society. Ritchie brings to     matter too much because the relationship           reinvents a traditional duo in history with class
life these unique and endearing characters in      between Holmes and Watson, performed               and humor. See Sherlock Holmes and pray for
Sherlock Holmes with finesse and charm.            masterfully by Downey Jr. and Law, is the          a sequel.
      Anyone who thinks they know how              heart of the film. Even the editing, camera
Sherlock Holmes should look and act is             style and way the film was shot by Ritchie
probably making bad assumptions based              trumped the actual story or plot. Without the
on lack of information, bad existing film          stylized violence, tense action sequences,
adaptations or a lousy imagination. These          witty dialogue and re-inventive characters,




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Oscar Buzz Should Buzz Off!                        me want to roll my eyes. Who determines the         why?). My point is that this movie has such
                                                   qualifications for “Oscar worthy” anyway?           hype affixed to it that it cannot be a simply
                                                   Does a film have to be culturally poignant          enjoyable movie anymore. It has been elevated
                                                   or does it just have to be fun? When an actor       to a level that makes the visceral experience
                                                   portrays a character in an unusual way, does        non-existent. It also might generate a similar
     Filmmakers, actors, writers and producers     that make them an “Oscar worthy” contender?         negative response to The Blind Side in respect
(not to mention everyone else involved in the      So much ambiguity surrounds the nominations         to racial and socio-economic issues.
making of movies) long to see themselves           for Oscars, but the fact that the buzz word              Generally, movies that get buzz either
recognized in the world’s biggest awards           “Oscar” can control evaluations as it does is       are a disappointment or a wild success (due to
ceremony: the Oscars. They want to be              manipulative and overused.                          expectations), but more importantly, they are
nominated, but more than that they desperately          I find it not only pointless but perhaps       no longer just a movie with which one has a
desire to be the one individual that snags the     detrimental that a movie that has just been         personal experience. Instead, they are a “Oscar
golden statuette. This desire has gotten out of    released gets elevated beyond justification just    worthy” movies with stigma and purpose. It
control and is hurting the movie industry in a     because some of the early critics start talking     cannot be ignored but only praised and gloated
big way.                                           it up as “Oscar worthy.” Recently I watched         about. This type of adulation interferes with
     It is understandable that individuals         “At the Movies” and one of the hosts, A. O.         the experience and also with the evaluation of
want success and recognition; but when that        Scott, talked up the movie Up in the Air so         the movie.
becomes the only goal for some to be happy, it     decadently, I knew had to see it before the              As much as I enjoy watching the Oscars
starts to intrude on the joy I get from watching   Awards show. I saw the movie and came to the        (on DVR, fast forwarding through the
their movie. A movie premier should not be         conclusion that the Oscar buzz by Scott killed      commercials and the acceptance speeches),
elevated or discredited just because reviewers     the buzz for the movie. Up in the Air is just an    I think that “Oscar buzz” is a buzz kill that
say that it is or is not “Oscar worthy.” I just    average movie, insightful and well-acted, but       shouldn’t be such an important part of
want to watch a good movie, not experience         just an average movie by Jason Reitman.             advertisement for a movie. We should all
what some would consider an Oscar contender.            Another example that I offer is the widely     watch movies year round and then evaluate
I even ask myself, “what does this so-called       touted Precious. Precious tells the story of a      the movies at the end of the year, decide what
Oscar experience even feel like?”                  poor, overweight and underprivileged African-       we thought was good and then announce them
     Just the phrase “Oscar worthy” makes          American girl who has it extremely hard.            at that time. The preoccupation of deciding
                                                   According to mostly everyone who has seen           whether or not a movie is going to win an
                                                   the movie, it is poignant, culturally insightful,   Oscar is too much pressure and interferes with
                                                   well told and well acted. I have not seen           the experience of watching the movie.
                                                   the movie (primarily because the Stillwater              Promoting a movie because you think that
                                                   Carmike hasn’t brought it to town…I wonder          George Clooney is going to win Best Actor for


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                                                                                                       it does no good for the movie but also detracts
                                                                                                       from the initial experience of the movie as just
                                                                                                       a movie. I wish that people could learn that



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                                                                                                       movies are for entertainment and not to take
                                                                                                       things so seriously.
                                                                                                            Hollywood has an awards ceremony to
                                                                                                       recognize individuals for what they did the
                                                                                                       previous year. We should enjoy that one night
                                                   Be Our Friend                                       of festivities, awards and excitement, not an
                                                                                                       entire year of what-ifs and maybes. I think

                                                   on MySpace!                                         the 24-hour news networks have infected
                                                                                                       Hollywood with the need to constantly
                                                                                                       comment on the current state of movies. This
                                                   Log on and search for                               preoccupation with ranking movies as they
                                                                                                       premiere has created an “Oscar buzz” monster




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                                                                                                       that ravages the movie industry, leaving it
                                                                                                       weary, tired and pretty worn out. By the time
                                                                                                       the Oscars arrive, we already know who the
                                                                                                       winner is.
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No Justice continued from page 4                           Jerry also says it’s harder to keep people’s
“We’ve got a whole group of artists from              attention anymore, regardless of how good a
Texas coming up. Travis Linville is going to          songwriter they are.
be a regular. We’re trying to get a vibe back              “I think that back when Jason and those
into this place.”                                     guys were playing, they did play a lot of cover     January 2010
     Other acts that have been Stillwater             songs to fit the mood, which you kind of have       1 - BB King @ Riverwind Casino, Norman
nightlife regulars in the past that Jerry is          to do, but they also pumped original music at       2 - Hot Club of Cowtown @ Cain’s Ballroom
hoping will return include Mama Sweet and             them and I think people really started to relate    8 - Brad Paisley @ Ford Center, OKC
                                                                                                          10 - First Lady Assassins @ Cain’s Ballroom
Travis Kidd. Jerry says he is currently looking       to those songs, to Jason and Cody,” explains
                                                                                                          11 - 100 Monkeys @ Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa
for sponsors to help cover the cost of booking,       Jerry. “But now people who are trying to            14 - Franke Lee @ Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa
advertising and other expenses as well.               rebuild the whole thing go, ‘I want you to sit      15 - Travis Ledoyt as Elvis @ Riverwind Casino
     Many of the acts Jerry mentioned have            here and listen to me play a song you’ve never      19 - Never Shout Never @ Cain’s Ballroom
been long missing from the Stillwater music           heard before.’ It’s hard to walk into a bar and     22 - Larry the Cable Guy @ Riverwind Casino
scene and have found musical homes elsewhere          say, ‘Man, I like the band but I don’t know         22 - Reverend Horton Heat @ Cain’s Ballroom
in the state. Jerry is hoping to start a revival of   what they’re playing.’ You’ve got to get them       23 - Peaches & Herb @ MDE Casino, Tulsa
sorts for the old days when the music scene           in there somehow and then you’ve got to keep        24 - Fiery Furnaces @ Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa
was bustling up and down the Strip.                   them.”                                              25 - Everclear @ Diamond Ballroom, OKC
                                                                                                          27 - Yo La Tengo @ Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa
     “When Cody (Canada), Jason (Boland)                   It has been a topsy-turvy year for No
                                                                                                          29 - Eli Young Band @ Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa
and Stoney (Larue) were here, it was every            Justice and 2010 looks like it may start just       30 - Eli Young Band @ Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa
night of the week,” Jerry says of the music           right for the band. They first have to overcome
scene in the early-mid 2000’s. “One of those          a slight challenge: How to get a big stage          February 2010
                                                                                                          1 - The Used @ Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa
guys would be playing in some bar each and            production on that little stage at Willie’s?        2 - Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band @ Cain’s
every night. We don’t have that anymore.                   “We did 240 shows last year out of a           3 - That 1 Guy @ Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa
Now you’re battling with drown night, hip             van,” Jerry laughs. “We can figure out how to       4 - Chris Duarte Group @ Flytrap, Tulsa
hop night and karaoke night. Before those             get on the stage at Willie’s.”                      5 - Bleu Edmondson @ Wormy Dog, OKC
weren’t options. They were just listening to               Get your tickets now at Willie’s Saloon        5 - Casting Crowns @ SpiritBank EC, Tulsa
live music and the places would be packed.            and don’t miss the fun on January 16. For           6 - Corey Smith @ Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa
When Michael’s College Bar went away, I               more information about the band, please visit       6 - Joan Rivers @ MDE Casino, Tulsa
think the scene changed, the crowd changed.”          www.nojustice.com.                                  9 - Waka Winter Classic @ Cain’s Ballroom
                                                                                                          11 - Crash Kings @ Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa
                                                                                                          12 - Edge Original Music Showcase @ Cain’s
                                                                                                          12 - Eli Young Band @ Riverwind Casino
                                                                                                          13 - Aaron Watson @ Wormy Dog, OKC
                                                                                                          13 - Roberta Flack @ Riverwind Casino, Norman
                                                                                                          14 - Kris Kristofferson @ Mabee Center, Tulsa
                                                                                                          15 - RJD2 @ Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa
                                                                                                          17 - Badfish: Sublime Tribute Band @ Cain’s
                                                                                                          19 - Mike McClure @ Wormy Dog, OKC
                                                                                                          20 - George Strait @ Reba McEntire @ BOK
                                                                                                          21 - Henry Rollins @ Diamond Ballroom, OKC
                                                                                                          21 - Yonder Mountain String Band @ Cain’s
                                                                                                          23 - Killswitch Engage @ Cain’s Ballroom
                                                                                                          25 - Billy Joel & Elton John @ Ford Center
                                                                                                          26 - Old 97’s @ Wormy Dog, OKC
                                                                                                          27 - Old 97’s @ Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa
                                                                                                          March 2010
                                                                                                          2 - Eric Clapton @ BOK Center, Tulsa
                                                                                                          3 - moe @ Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa
                                                                                                          4 - Boom Box @ Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa
                                                                                                          5 - John Mayer @ Ford Center, OKC
                                                                                                          5 - Norah Jones @ Brady Theater, Tulsa
                                                                                                          5 - STS9 @ Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa
                                                                                                          6 - Bob Wills Birthday with
                                                                                                               Texas Playboys @ Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa
                                                                                                          6 - Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis @ MDE Casino
                                                                                                          9 - Citizen Cope @ Diamond Ballroom, OKC
                                                                                                          Check out the full list of area concerts
                                                                                                          at www.stillwaterscene.com!
                                                                                                          BOK - BOK Center, Tulsa
                                                                                                          Brady - Brady Theater, Tulsa
                                                                                                          Cain’s - Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa
                                                                                                          CCBEC - Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center, OKC
                                                                                                          Diamond - Diamond Ballroom, OKC
                                                                                                          MDE Casino - Million Dollar Elm Casino, Tulsa
                                                                                                          RW - Riverwind Casino, Norman
                                                                                                          SpiritBank EC - SpiritBank Event Center, Tulsa
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