The Norman Transcript

April 11, 2013

Welcome to N-town

By Hannah Cruz
N-town editor

NORMAN — Welcome to N-town!

After months of planning, our team is proud to debut our first 32-page monthly arts and entertainment section.

The brain child of The Norman Transcript’s editorial, design and advertising departments, N-town has been packed full of dynamic arts and entertainment coverage. Our hope is that these pages will provide a vivid glimpse into the ever-expanding, ever-creative art scenes Norman is fostering within its own city limits.

Between the many arts organizations like Norman Arts Council, The Sooner Theatre, University of Oklahoma’s Arts District, Norman Philharmonic, The Jacobson House Native Art Center, Norman Public Arts, Performing Arts Studio and Firehouse Art Center — not to mention festivals like Jazz in June, Norman Music Festival and May Fair Arts Festival as well as the multitude of private businesses — I think it’s safe to say: Norman is overflowing with the arts.

This inaugural section highlights some of April’s most significant upcoming events. On the top of the list, our cover story is Norman Music Festival. On page 14, you can learn about the free, three-day festival that has been putting local musicians in the limelight for six years, and brought tens of thousands of music fans to our historic Downtown District.

Other upcoming events we’re covering include the University of Oklahoma’s productions of Contemporary Dance Oklahoma, a modern dance show, and the musical comedy “On the Town,” as well as Sooner Theatre’s “Hello, Dolly!” And don’t miss insight into Norman’s two big upcoming art exhibits: The National Weather Center Biennale and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s “Stirring the Fire” photography exhibition.

After reading N-town, be sure to get out there and experience Norman’s art scene for yourself. Whether you’re listening to live music, seeing art created by local artists in person or enjoying a performance or two, Norman has something to offer for everyone.

As a kid I grew up dreaming about rainy-day recesses so I could stay inside and color ballerinas and elephants. When I was an early adolescent, my mind was crammed full of showtunes from my favorite musicals like “Guys and Dolls” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” I passed hours in middle school playing the trumpet, in high school I was on the stage acting or dancing and in college I found myself in the women’s choir. In the midst of it all I obsessively journaled, read books and watched movies.

Without a doubt, I loved the arts, and it’s a passion that’s only gotten stronger with time.

Living in a community like Norman has reinforced my love-affair with all things creative. As the editor of the Transcript’s arts and entertainment section, I hope our coverage will reflect the buzz of art, music, theater and dance that is constantly humming in this City of Festivals.

In the months — hopefully years — to come, I look forward to highlighting arts events, organizations and individuals that are helping to support Norman as the vibrant, exciting community it is today.

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Have any suggestions for us? Comments? Praises? Give me a shout out at hcruz@normantranscript.com. I’d love to hear from you.