He Wants to Love You. Senegalese R&B singer Akon will hit the stage at the Tulsa Pavilion, 21st & Yale, on Sat., April 7 for the KHITS 106.9 Spring Break Out concert. Also performing that night will be Lloyd, Baby Boy da Prince and P.D.A. Doors open at 7pm.
Thursday, April 5
The warm spring breezes herald the return of Drillers baseball season in Tulsa. Catch the boys of summer in action tonight at their first game of the 2007 season when they face the San Antonio Missions at Drillers Stadium, 15th & Yale. General admission tickets are free if you stop by QT, Arby's or Subway. Plus, Clown Prince Myron Noodleman will be doing his comedic thang tonight. Should be fun. Games starts at 7pm.
Friday, April 6
Red Dirt Rangers fans rejoice. The boys have been hard at work in the studio cranking out another stellar collection of gritty country-blues-folk'n'roll...and now it's time to set the music free. Join the Rangers as they celebrate their latest release tonight at Bob's, Cain's 2nd Stage, 423 N. Main. For a $15 entry fee you get a rowdy concert and a brand new CD. Woohoo! Doors open at 7:30pm.
Saturday, April 7
Early in his burgeoning career, talented Aussie pianist/singer/comedian David Scheel was dubbed "the new Victor Borge." Luckily, he's doing a pretty good job living up to that lofty accolade. Known the world over for his stunning range of voices and accents, along with his razor wit and mastery of the piano, Scheel is definitely an act not to be missed. See what the fuss is all about when Scheel performs tonight at the Tulsa PAC, 2nd & Cincinnati. Show begins at 7pm.
Sunday, April 8
In the new film Black Book (Zwartboek) a Dutch Jewish girl joins the resistance during the final stages of WWII to find out who betrayed her relatives to the Nazis...an action that led to the death of her entire family. When faced with the opportunity to take her revenge will she have what it takes to do it? Find out tonight at the AMC Southroads, 41st & Yale. Call 622-9544 for showtimes. For mature audiences only.
Monday, April 9
For half a decade, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition has hosted the popular Art Studio Tour--a unique event giving Tulsans an opportunity to tour the studios of local artists and watch working at their craft. This year, OVAC is sponsoring the Art Studio Tour Retrospective exhibition showcasing work from past studio tour favorites like Linda Stilley, Virginia Harrison, Ron Fleming, Jeannie Graham, Ginger Tomshany, Heidi BigKnife, Bob Hawks, and Kate Kline. The exhibition is free at the PAC Gallery, 2nd & Cincinnati.
Tuesday, April 10
Longtime fave Yo La Tango exemplifies what true indie rock is all about: they just do their thing--no matter what's going on around them in the popular music scene--churning out quality record after quality record. The result? A loyal grassroots following that the band them touring to this day. Don't miss them in concert at the Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, along with openers David Kilgour & The Heavy Eights. Doors open at 7pm.
Wednesday, April 11
We get so very few actual masters of the sarod making their way to Tulsa these days, ya know? I mean, it's been ages since we had a great sarod concert here. (Oh wait...we've never had a great sarod concert here. Or even a mediocre one.) Do you even know what a sarod is? It's a stringed instrument, smaller than a sitar, with ties to the Afghan instrument called the rabab. And tonight, Amjad Ali Khan--a world-renowned master of the sarod--will make his way to the Tulsa PAC, 2nd & Cincinnati, for a concert at 6pm. Expand your musical horizons. Be there.
Thursday, April 12
Treat yourself to a brand new art experience tonight. Direct from the Andy Warhol Foundation come exhibits from artists David Kassdorf and Elizabeth Downing. Kassdorf's "Smile (Just Breathe)" features eight monitors of people smiling while eight tracks of breathing play. You are instructed to take in the piece while holding your own smile. Downing's piece, "I Know Your Secret Identity" utilizes two photo booths and reveals your true self on 8x10 print outs. The exhibit is free to the public. Visit www.livingarts.org for details.
Looking Back... In the past five years, many Tulsans have experienced a behind-the-scenes look at the workspaces of local artists through Art Studio Tour, organized by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. Now, in celebration of five years of Studio Tours, OVAC is hosting an Art Studio Tour Retrospective exhibition featuring new work from past studio tour artists, such as Linda Stilley, painter; Virginia Harrison, ceramics; Ron Fleming, wood; Jeannie Graham, painter; Ginger Tomshany, ceramics; Heidi BigKnife, jeweler & printmaker; Bob Hawks, wood; and Kate Kline, fiber arts. Check it out for free in the PAC Gallery, 2nd & Cincinnati.
Don't Shoot Him, He's Just the Piano Player. Australian David Scheel is regarded internationally as one of the best solo musical comedy performers in the world. Scheel's raconteur-style of the ridiculous things in everyday life, always delivered in a huge range of voices and accents, have led to frequent comparisons with Peter Ustinov and Robin Williams while his brilliant musical spoofs on the piano (as well as his serious playing of the instrument) saw him dubbed "the new Victor Borge" early in his career. He'll play one night only in the Williams Theatre of the Tulsa PAC on Sat., April 7, at 7pm. Tickets are $20.
King of the Sarod. Amjad Ali Khan is the world-renowned master of the musical instrument the sarod. He will appear in concert in the Williams Theatre of the PAC at 6pm, Wed., April 11, with his sons Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan, each of whom has established a critically acclaimed musical career. The three represent the six and seventh generations of sarod players.
The Sarod is a stringed instrument, smaller than a sitar, with ties to the Afghan instrument called the rabab. The word sarod is derived from Persian "sarood," meaning melody, which is what your ears will be treated to: lovely Melodies from India. Tickets range $25-50.
Get Dirty. Okie faves the Red Dirt Rangers are releasing their new CD on Fri., April 6, and to celebrate, they're hosting an evening of tunes on the 2nd stage at the Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main. $15 not only gets you in the door for the fun show, it'll also get you a brand, spankin' new copy of their new CD. Not a bad deal. You can only get tickets at the door, though, so make sure you're there when then doors swing open at 7:30pm.
The Death Trip Continues. Midwestern-turned-LA industrial hardcore band Static X is ready to blow out your ears, so be ready. They'll descend upon the Cain's Ballroom on Mon., April 9, bringing you their own version of love songs--the love of death, that is. Joining them will be experimental metal band OTEP and metal punkers, 2 Cents. Get your moshin' shoes on. Doors open at an early 6:30pm for the show, and advacen tickets are $25. Get yours at the Box Office, Starship Records, Reasor's or gettix.net.
They've Got It. And now, for the prolific indie-rock band with incredible longevity, it's Yo La Tengo. They'll be playing our beloved Cain's on Tues., April 10. Bringing you all sorts of noises to pique your senses. There's no telling which songs they'll choose from their 15 albums, but it's guaranteed you'll have a fun, weird time. Sharing the stage that night will be David Kilgour (no, not the Canadian politician) & The Heavy Eights, bringing their New Zealand fame along with them. Doors are at 7pm, and advance tickets are going for $19. Get yours now.
Jeff Killed John. It's a good week for metal at the Cain's Ballroom. Welshmen Bullet for My Valentine will be dropping in to heat things up on Wed., April 11. No longer playing Metallica, Nirvana & Limp Bizkit covers, these guys are seriously ready to rock your sox off. $21 in advance will also get you in to see Las Vegans Escape the Fate (with their singer Ronnie Radke) and mysterious band The Confession. This promises to be a loud night. Doors are at 7pm. Be there.
Turn, Turn, Turn. As King Solomon said, and later the Byrds sang, "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. We learn to accept this more with each passing year. Some of it is sorrowful and some is nostalgic, but I like to remember that some is for the best." So says Karen Greenawald, photographer of the latest show at Thyme Bistro, 3023 S. Harvard. "With this show, I offer a look at things past, those which are passing and a glimmer of the future. I hope for a time to laugh and a time to embrace those we love while we can. Please, take another look with me." The show will run through May.
He wants to love you. Akon does it all: writes, raps, sings, produces and tours. Now he's on his way to Tulsa for the K-Hits Spring Break Out concert. On Saturday, April 7, he'll show you what his life is like, now that he's not "Lonely" anymore. Joining him will be Lloyd Harlin Polite, Jr., or just Lloyd to his fans & friends, and N'awlins rapper Lil Boy da Prince. Doors are at 7pm for the show, which is at the Expo Square Pavilion, 17th between Harvard & Yale. Tickets are $30-40 and may be bought at the Box Office, exposquare.com or 376-6000.
Life on the Plains. Try this on for size: Apparently, Oklahoma, if that is where OKC artist Clint Stone intends, is "fly over country," and strange things happen here. It's quiet, with chaos being restrained by car doors and into the far corners of dark fields. His works are the recordings of the people, places and dreams of fly-over country. "The Life of Piper and Other Bi-Products of Fly Over Country" is a collection that helps recollect the never-ending narrative. They are simply the sets, props and background of the story. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, see for yourself at Living Arts, 308 S. Kenosha. If you can't wait that long, read more at livingarts.org.
In the Gray Area. Set during the end of WWII, Black Book (Zwartboek) is the story of a Dutch Jewish girl who narrowly survives the war in Holland. She joins the resistance to find out who betrayed her family after they were killed in an attempt to reach the liberated south. In a classic question of means justifying the ends, you'll have to guess if the young girl has what it takes to act on the revenge she craves. This is an AMC Select Film and opens at AMC Southroads on Fri., April 6, and is intended for mature audiences. For showtimes, call 622-9544.
What's in a Name? The Namesake, a film adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's novel, tells the story of the Ganguli family's move from Calcutta to New York, as they embark upon a lifelong balancing act to meld into a new world without forgetting the old. Though parents Ashoke and Ashima long for the family and culture that enveloped them in India, they take great pride in the opportunities their sacrifices have afforded their children. Paradoxically, their son Gogol is torn between finding his own unique identity without losing his heritage. Even Gogol's name represents the family's journey into the unknown. This is an AMC Select Film and opens at AMC Southroads on Fri., April 6, and is intended for mature audiences. For showtimes, call 622-9544.
Secret Smiles. And now for something fresh. Come check out two new installation exhibits brought to you by the lovable Andy Warhol Foundation. Artists David Kassdorf and Elizabeth Downing want to expose you, literally. Kassdorf's "Smile (Just Breathe)" has 8 monitors showing people smiling & plays 8 tracks of people breathing and asks you to take it all in while smiling. Downing's "I Know Your Secret Identity" is actually 2 photo booths, one which is intended for individuals and another for groups. How do you look on film? Find out when your 8x10 is printed. You can view these exhibits at Ligget Studio, 314 S. Kenosha through April 26. There is no charge for this surreal experience. If you wanna know more, read the artists' statements on livingarts.org.
Drillin' for Wins. It's time for another fun-filled season with Colorado Rockies-affiliated team, the Tulsa Drillers. Hopefully it will also be a win-filled season. Check 'em out Thurs.-Sat., April 5-7 as they play their first series against the San Antonio Missions. All games start at 7pm and are played at Driller Stadium, 15th & Yale. GA tickets for the 5th & 6th games are free at QT, Arby's & Subway. Clown Prince Myron Noodleman will have an appearance on the 5th, and Birdzerk will fly overhead on the 6th. Also, the first 5,000 fans will enjoy a schedule magnet to keep them updated throughout the season. On the 7th, enjoy 50 cent hotdogs with your ballagame. Get your tickets at the Box Office, 744-5901 or tulsadrillers.com.
Get Ready for the Wind Up! The Tulsa Drillers second series of the season will be against the Corpus Christi Hooks, April 8-10. The game on Sunday starts at 4pm, and the first 500 fans will receive KC Royals tickets. There will also be an Easter Egg hunt & free food for kids under 14. Monday's game starts at 7pm, and they'll be giving away trees, tax advice and goodies for the ladies. The Tues. game starts at 12pm and promotes fun in the sun. Community Care College will also be providing free haircuts, massages and free shoe shines!
Prize-a-Palooza. Not only will the Tulsa 66ers promise to bring you exciting action as they take on Austin for their very last home games of the season, but many prizes will also be given away to recognize the best fans of the NBA D-League! The first 1,066 fans are guaranteed an original 66ers wind-up toy, but the real prize will be if these guys can wrap up the year with a win. The game starts at 7pm Fri., Apr. 6 in Expo Square's Pavilion, 17th St. between Harvard & Yale. For tickets, visit the Box Office or call 585-8444.
It's the End of the World As We Know It. The Tulsa Artists' Coalition presents "Pucker Up To The Apocalypse with Cassandra Wonderly," April 6-28 at their gallery, 9 East Brady. The artist's reception will be held April 6th, 6-9pm, and is free and open to the public. Wonderly says her found art 3D collages aim to show that good trumps evil--even in dire times. No matter what awaits us in the future we'd be wise to embrace it with compassion, hope and humor. Gallery hours are Tues.-Fri. from 11am-2pm and Thurs.-Sat. from 6-9pm. For more information, call 592-0041 or visit tacgallery.org.
Glow, Little Glowstick. Glowstick is a theatrical musical experience in which a curious young boy winds through a musical maze, at the center of which lies the alchemical mystery of the glowstick's glow. Who knows the secret? Is it his mother, the milkman, or the messiah? It could be Luba, the tuba-loving freak, or Paper-Bag Jones, the blind bluesman? Don't miss the most original balls-out musical fantasia, playing three weekends at Nightingale Theatre, 1416 E. 4th, April 6-7. Showtime is 8pm both nights. Call 633-8666 for reservations and more info.
The Advent of Art. The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Biennial IX is scheduled for to run through May 6. Every other year, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) holds the exhibit to spotlight and reward excellence in Oklahoma artists. The call for artists is now available and is open to artists working in all 2-D media, including painting, drawing, printmaking and photography. Artists must be residing in Oklahoma and at least 18 years of age. Submitted works should be original, completed in the last two years and not produced by an art student. For a full prospectus, artists can visit the OVAC website at www.ovac-ok.org or call 405-232-6991.
Golf, It's Tulsa's Kind of Sport. The Tulsa Historical Society and the PGA present "A History of the Season's Final Major," which celebrates the history and tradition of the HYPERLINK "http://www.pga.com/pgachampionship/2007/index.html"; \t "_blank" PGA Championship. The collection tracks the Championship from the beginnings of match play to the modern era of stroke play, from Champions like Gene Sarazen and Walter Hagen to today's icons such as Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Visitors to the exhibit can see the progression of golf and its technology by viewing mementos from PGA Champions through clothing, equipment, scorecards and other memorabilia. The PGA exhibit will be on display at the Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 S. Peoria, through Aug. 1. Admission is free. To make tour reservations or for more information, call 712-9484.
He is Manuel. He dressed Johnny Cash in black. He created jumpsuits for Elvis. The bands Aerosmith, Lynard Skynard, ZZ Top and the Beatles have all worn his artistry. Presidents and movie stars have proudly donned his couture. He is a designer and an artist. He is Manuel. His current exhibit, "Star Spangled Thank You Tour" is a celebration of his career as a performance costume designer and will also showcase 50 one-of-a-kind jackets that pay tribute to the uniqueness of each of the 50 states. The show will run through July 29 at Gilcrease Museum, 1400 Gilcrease Museum Rd. For more information, call 596-2700 or visit gilcrease.org.
Tulsa, Through the Looking Lens. Through the end of April, the Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 S. Peoria, will be showing the Beryl Ford Photos after teaming up with Rotary Club of Tulsa and Tulsa City-County Library to expedite public access to the renowned collection. Thousands of vintage photographs collected by Tulsa historian Beryl Ford have been scanned since the Rotary Club of Tulsa acquired the collection last year. For its part, the Tulsa Historical Society will manage, preserve and display the collection and will become the new owner of the vast majority of the archives. Come check out what Tulsa looked like back in the day and from a historian's perspective. Call 712-9484 for more info.
Boomers and Sooners. During the first few years of the twentieth century, a series of events took place that lead Congress to grant single statehood for the Oklahoma and Indian Territories together. The exhibit, "Divided Territory, the Quest for Sequoyah," details the process that led two territories, each desiring to be admitted to the Union as their own separate state, to join together to form the State of Oklahoma. Come see this and other exhibits at the Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 S. Peoria, through July 28. For more info, call 712-9484 or visit tulsahistory.org.
Circa 480 B.C. Witness, for the first time, the Battle of Thermopylae on the massive screens of IMAX for a feel of what it was like to be a Spartan defending your ground against the ferocious Persians. Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel and from the same director of Dawn of the Dead, 300 promises to be a violent, yet powerful, film about defending honor and your homeland, to the bitter end. Showing at Cinemark IMAX, 10802 E. 71st. Call 307-2629 for showtimes.
Art From the Majestic East. The newest exhibit at the Price Tower in Bartlesville is "Tokyo: The Imperial Capital," which features 64 woodblock prints by Koizumi Kishio (1893-1945), who captured Tokyo's rebirth as a modern city trying to maintain its identity after the devastating earthquake of 1923. The exhibition will run through May 13 and is available for public viewing 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday and 12-5pm Sundays. For more information, please call 336-4949 or visit pricetower.org.
Celebrate Oklahoma's Rich History! In 1945, Thomas Gilcrease commissioned Vinson Lackey to research, record, and then create works of art representing the early institutions of Indian Territory.
This historic group of Oklahoma's pre-statehood buildings included forts, old Indian capitols, agencies, schools, churches, homes, and industrial structures. Each painting was to be a faithful reproduction of the original structure. The project took Lackey four years to complete.
He traveled to the sites and made sketches of the terrain, took copious notes, and tracked down any available information that might be useful to the project.
Do your civic duty and help the mayor and her cohorts find direction for the museum by letting 'em know you heard about the show in your ever-lovin' UTW. Gilcrease Museum, 1400 Gilcrease Museum Rd., through Sept. 30. For more information, call 596-2700.
Native Art, a Retrospective. Through April 22, the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah will be hosting "Cherokee Pottery: People of one Fire," an exhibit featuring of 80 ceramic pieces made by the Cherokee people that spans centuries of dramatic culture changes.
The time honored art tradition is well represented in this varied collection of distinct cultural importance. The museum is open from 10am-5pm Mon.-Sat., and 1-5pm on Sunday. For more information or directions, call (888) 999-6007 or visit www.CherokeeHeritage.org.
America 24/7. In the 1930s & '40s, Oklahoma artists were part of the "American Scene" movement, a reaction in part to abstraction and other modernist movements. These artists documented the America they knew best, whether it was the hills of Oklahoma, the ranch land of West Texas or the shores of New England.
They worked with a single purpose: to capture the myths and truths of an America that was rapidly changing. An exhibit of these works, "The Oklahoma Scene," at Philbrook Museum, runs through Aug. 5. For more information, call 749-7941.
Without Reservations. Through Apr. 22, Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Rd., will present Changing Hands, the second installment in the exhibition series created by the Museum of Arts & Design, New York.
The exhibition showcases works by 90 contemporary Native American artists from the West, Northwest and Pacific (including 24 from Oklahoma) who are pushing the borders and conventions of their own visual customs.
The works will be grouped by theme rather than area or tribe, illustrating the universality of ideas and images. For more information, please call 749-7941.
The Longing for Liquid. Oasis in Space is a stunning film voyage that transports the audience through the solar system, galaxy & universe in search of liquid water--a key ingredient for our life on earth.
With a proven, audience-tested story, visually immersive imagery and an original musical score, the film is enjoyable for all ages. You can see Oasis in Space at the Berlesmeyer Planetarium at the Tulsa Air & Space Museum, 3624 N. 74th E. Ave. For showtimes, call 834-9900.
Watch Out For Those Black Holes. In the animated film Dark Star, Subrah, a young teenager prone to getting into trouble, is excited to be going home after spending three years at her father's astronomy research station...and not a moment too soon! Subrah and Sweeps, her helper robot, take viewers on an unforgettable journey through space from a gaseous nebula to the grip of a massive black hole.
This film is meant to be both fun and educational for children, but it's truly an experience that the whole family can enjoy. Dark Star is now showing at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum's Bertelsmeyer Planetarium, 3624 N. 74th E. Ave. Call 834-9900 or visit www.tulsaairandspacemuseum.org for showtimes.
A Philbrook Retrospective. As part of the celebration leading up to the Centennial of Oklahoma's statehood in Nov. 2007, Philbrook presents A History of the Oklahoma Annual Artists Exhibition, which was hosted by Philbrook from 1940-1976.
The exhibit also discusses Philbrook's role in promoting the visual arts in the Sooner State. The exhibit will run through Apr. 29, 2007 in the Founders Room of the museum and is included with the regular price of admission at Philbrook, 2727 S. Rockford Rd., 749-7941.
From Old World to New. "From Shtetl to the Sooner State" is an exhibit at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, 2021 E. 71st St., which traces ancestors of contemporary Oklahoma Jews back to the European communities in which they lived.
The fascinating historical exhibit features photographs and objects from the museum's permanent collection as well as a number of loaned artifacts. It will run through Apr. 2007. For more information about the museum or exhibit, call 492-1818.
Starry Nights. The Tulsa Air and Space Museum's Planetarium, 3624 N. 74th E. Ave., will present Oklahoma Centennial Sky, a retracing of the night skies from long ago and the Oklahomans whose aviation careers helped map the skies for tomorrow.
During this engagement, which runs through April, photographs taken from space by Oklahoma Astronaut William R. Pogue will be on display in the lobby. Tickets are $4-6.
Set in Stone. The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, 2021 E. 71st, will be hosting an exhibit from Israeli artist Sara Aldouby through Apr. 8 titled "Jewish Themes in Stone." Aldouby comes from a family of Holocaust survivors and chooses stones from areas in the Holy Land that have special meaning to her. She uses the linear character of the stones to help her enhance the forms and emotional expression of the biblical women she builds into her sculptures. The Museum is open 10am-5pm, Mon-Fri., and Sunday 1-5pm. For more information, call 492-1818.
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