Interview, photos and music: OKC entertainer Lucas Ross gets otherworldly with new album ‘Banjos in Space’

By Brandy McDonnellAn abbreviated version of this story appears in Thursday's Life & Style section of The Oklahoman.'Banjos in Space'OKC entertainer Lucas Ross reaches for the stars with new albumWhen considering the vast history of music, movies and television series based on outer space, several sonic signifiers might come to mind, from the brassy power of John Williams’ “The Imperial March” from the “Star Wars” saga to the eerie theremin included in Bernard Herrmann’s score for 1951’s “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”The bright, tinny sound of a banjo isn’t often associated with the far reaches of the galaxy, which is precisely why Lucas Ross wanted to explore such unlikely, otherworldly territory with his latest collection of comedic, kid-friendly tunes.“Some of it came from all the ‘Star Wars’ things that have been going on, and especially recently, all the space stuff, with Rover and with us going to Mars,” Ross said.Read more on NewsOK.com

Chance for rain Tuesday morning in OKC

Staff reportsThere is a chance for thunderstorms Tuesday morning in Oklahoma City, the National Weather Service reported.
Oklahoma City will have a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms before 11 a.m..
Temperatures will be in the low 90s Tuesday.
The Oklahoma City forecast shows daily, high temperatures through Sunday in the 90s with sunny skies.Read more on NewsOK.com

Summer Bible school activities continue in OKC area

Staff reportsMetro-area churches continue to host vacation Bible school as July looms on the horizon. Several houses of worship offering the popular summertime activities — free unless otherwise noted — include:

Wickline United Methodist Church:
417 Mid-America Blvd., Midwest City, "Roar," 5:15 to 8 p.m.Read more on NewsOK.com

Van stolen from OKC non-profit

From Staff ReportsA non-profit organization that works to end the cycle of addiction in the state is asking the public’s help after their van was stolen earlier this week.The Peaceful Family Solutions van was stolen from the organization’s driveway sometime between 3:30 p.m.Read more on NewsOK.com

Hotel, housing, retail and dining are among proposals for former OKC schools headquarters

By Steve LackmeyerBusiness writerslackmeyer@oklahoman.comThree groups are competing to redevelop the former Oklahoma City Public Schools Administration campus, which consists of multiple historic buildings nestled between the Metro Park Neighborhood and Midtown.
The developers include a group led by a familiar preservationist; Far Wespen, a New York investment group that has spent the past several years acquiring blocks to the east of the campus; and Carpathia, a partnership between Ross Group and Nelson+Stowe of Tulsa.
Carpethia’s proposal focuses on the former Roosevelt school, the main building at 900 N Klein Ave., with plans showing a mix of retail and dining anchored around a hotel.Read more on NewsOK.com