Notebook: January 2017
What Tulsans are talking about
Philbrook becomes a movie set
Philbrook Museum of Art was recently in the spotlight when Starbright Productions filmed a portion of its feature film “Starbright” at the museum Nov. 14-17.
During filming, the museum remained open during regular business hours, but the gardens were closed. The schedule included overnight filming from 5 p.m.-5 a.m., according to Philbrook officials.
In the film, “a young orphan escapes the realities of her life by fantasizing about and then entering a fairy tale world,” according to IMDB.com, which estimates the film’s budget at $30 million. Other filming locations include California, Louisiana, Italy and Thailand.
This is not the first time Philbrook has been utilized as a film set. In 2004, scenes from the feature film “Return to Sender,” a romantic thriller, were shot on the museum’s front lawn.
At press time, a release date had not been set for “Starbright,” which is still in production.
Musicians pay tribute to Leon Russell
Tulsan Jeff Rindt is the author and lead singer of a song that honors late Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell. It is available for free download at longliveleon.com.
The project began after Russell’s heart attack in July, when Rindt was at Russell’s former recording compound at Grand Lake. It was a famous 1970s haven for rock icons such as Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Bob Dylan.
Rindt recorded “Long Live Leon” with other seasoned musicians from the U.S. and Europe who are fans of Russell. Their intention was to support his return to the stage and thank him for what he meant to them, but the final mix and mastering were in process when Russell died Nov. 13. Rindt rewrote the lyrics and re-recorded the song that day.
Waiting Child Gallery relaunches
A series of traveling displays that introduce Oklahomans to children in state custody has been revamped and is making its way across Oklahoma.
The purpose of the Waiting Child Heart Gallery is to give children in Department of Human Services custody the ability to share their own stories in an effort to find them forever families.
As part of its relaunch, the Heart Gallery has a new website, heartgalleryofoklahoma.com, that includes photos and profiles of children available for adoption. It will soon show videos of these children telling potential families about their interests, hopes and dreams.
Galleries are available to host temporarily by contacting Gay Larson at 918-284-4888 or email@example.com. Venues must be indoors and must accommodate the 20-by-6.5-foot exhibit and visitors, preferably for one month.
Visit the Heart Gallery website for a schedule of local appearances.
Voices of Oklahoma
— Francis Rooney III, Oklahoma native, CEO of Manhattan Construction and former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. He will take office Jan. 3 as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida’s 19th district.
“Voices of Oklahoma” is an oral history project supported by the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities at the University of Tulsa.