Start in Style. Tulsa Oktoberfest begins Oct. 18, but before you get too deep into that pitcher of locally brewed seasonal, why not first take an Oktoberfest run with some of your closest friends and happy new acquaintances at the 2nd annual Lederhosen Lauf. A 4-mile timed run begins at 6pm, winding through the trail course on the east and west sides of the river. A 1-mile run begins at 6:15pm. Resgistration starts at 5pm. River West Festival Park, 2100 S. Jackson Ave. Visit fleetfeettulsa.com for more info.
Getting Closer. Rumble downtown Friday night to see Westbrook, Aldrich, Durant, and the rest of the Oklahoma City Thunder bring pre-season cloudy weather to the Phoenix Suns. 7pm at the BOK Center, 8200 S. Denver Ave.
Lights ... Celebrate the native vision of filmmakers Mark Williams, Ryan Red Corn, Sterlin Harjo, and a number of other independent cinematic artists in the Red Fork Native American Film Festival. Featured is Williams' The Unrest, a telling of true and harrowing events at the Stone Creek Indian Boarding School. An art market will showcase paintings and other visual arts by regional artists. Runs October 19-20 at the TCC West Campus,7505 W. 41st St.
Deep Roots. Keep an ear to the street, and the beat, on Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma Day at the Guthrie Green, 111 E. Brady St. Sponsored by Tulsa Roots Music, feed your soul with the Harlem-influenced sounds of Shemekia Copeland's Chicago blues, Shannon McNally's country soul, and Samantha Crain's indie storytelling. The fun is free, with this downtown get down lasting from 2:30-6pm.
Pony Up. Not your average prance in the park, the U.S. National Arabian and Half-Arabian Horse Show features the finest of this exotic breed. Curiosity piqued? Give in and come down to the Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St., admission is free and the event is open to all ages. See the best of what both the East and the West have to offer at this exciting show. Event begins at 8am at the Ford Truck Arena.
Who's Evil Now?
Unfortunately, not too many stage shows offer the choice of "splatter" or "non-splatter" seating. Of course your average show doesn't include dismemberment by chainsaw. Evil Dead: The Musical takes all the horror and absurdity of films such as Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, and every musical theater piece you've seen, and puts it into one night of wholesome fun. 7:30pm and 10:30pm at Scream Country Haunted Forrest, 15853 W. 101st St., Drumright.
Do It! Here's something for those of you who want to get something done for the community with other folks who know how to do it. The Tulsa Young Professionals Arts Initiative gathers people of various backgrounds -- from arts and culture to business -- to find ways to promote economic growth. Held at the Fab Lab, 710 S. Lewis Ave., the meeting begins at 6pm. Don't miss this chance to connect with others who wish to make a difference.
Minstrel in the Gallery. Although prog king Ian Anderson has, according to his own reports, long ago hung up his tights and codpiece, this front man of Jethro Tull still knows how to put on an out-of-the-ordinary show. Anderson and his band will perform Tull concept-album classic Thick as a Brick, as well as the new sequel piece Thick as a Brick II at 8pm in The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 777 W. Cherokee St., Catoosa.
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