Mozart is OK! It's time again for the annual OK Mozart International Festival in Bartlesville, June 8-16. The festival offers not only classical performances by visiting professional musicians, but also bluegrass, traditional & modern dance, food events, lectures, tours, workshops and much more. For more info, including a complete schedule of events and ticket prices, visit okmozart.com.
Thursday, June 7
Wanna make a bet? Pick your favorite horse (or your favorite color) and put your money down to win tonight at Fair Meadows Raceway, at Expo Square, 21st and Yale. Races begin at 6pm and there should be plenty of beer to help you celebrate your win or forget about your loss.
Friday, June 8
Make it a point this year to learn a little bit about Oklahoma's history with lectures and special events hosted by OSU-Tulsa. Today, learn about the first election Oklahoma held as a state and the dynamics between Democratic Indians and Republican settlers in an engagement titled Stumping for the New State of Oklahoma. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 12pm at OSU-Tulsa, 700 N. Greenwood. Call 584-3333 for more info.
Saturday, June 9
Got pride? Show it at the Pride and Diversity Gala, which concludes today with al all-day festival in Veterans' Park, at 18th and Main. The festival includes art, food, pets, family fun, a beer garden, vendors and more. There's also the Pride Parade, which will set off from 15th and Utica at 10am and finish up at the park. For more info, visit www.OkEq.org.
Sunday, June 10
Remember the Roald Dahl classic story, James and the Giant Peach? Today at 2pm, see a stage version of the children's classic, hosted by Grace Ann Productions at TCC's Van Trease PAC, 81st & Highway 169. Relive horrors of James' abusive aunts and delight in his escape as he floats across the sea in a giant peach with his entourage of magical and bizarre friends. For ticket info, check out myticketoffice.com or 595-7777.
Monday, June 11
If you're between the ages of six and 18, or know someone who is, today marks your (or their) chance to take part in the Tulsa Parks tennis league. There are four divisions, depending on your playing level and the $5 enrollment fee also gets you a T-shirt and awards. Play tennis in the parks through July 21. For more info, or to sign up, call 596-7851 or go to tulsaparks.org.
Tuesday, June 12
Immerse yourself is some history by watching Overlord at the Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis. The film is set around the D-Day invasion in 1944 known as Operation Overlord and combines both new and actual archival footage, lending authenticity to the story. Call 592-FILM for showtimes.
Wednesday, June 13
Philbrook Museum of Art's newest exhibition is called Untamed: The Art of Antoine-Louis Bayre and features the sculptures of Antoine-Louis Barye, who was called one of the greatest French sculptors of the 19th century. The exhibit runs through September 2 at the Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Rd.
Thursday, June 14
Been living in Lonelyland? Want to visit? Tonight, genre-bending soloist Bob Schneider will perform at the Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, with Jenny Owen Youngs opening. The Austin-based musician, notorious for playing smaller venues rather than large amphitheatres, should feel right at home in Cain's. Doors open at 7pm, and tickets are $13.
Catch a Fever. If you're a lover of country music, then scoot yourself on over to Pryor for the four-day 5th Annual Country Fever Music Fest from June 7-10. Headlining acts are, respectively, Ronnie Milsap, Big and Rich, Reba McIntyre and Blake Shelton. There will also be more than 20 other big names in country music. Camping on site is an option, and you don't have to worry about going hungry, thirsty or through shopping withdrawals, as the vendors have you covered. For more info about the fest, and for daily or whole-event tickets, visit countryfeverfest.com or call (918) 824-2288.
They are Going to Burn One Down. Figuratively, anyhow. Can't speak to the literal side. We're talking about Ben Harper and his band of Innocent Criminals, and they're ready to show yo their version of rootsy folk rock, which is, perhaps, all their own. As a real treat, the opener for the evening of Thurs., June 7, is Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist, Tom Morello, performing under the name The Nightwatchman. While his solo act isn't as loud, it's just as powerful. Doors are at 7pm, and this is a sold out show, so hopefully you've already got your ticket. Otherwise, it's "hit the pavement" time.
Let the Good Times Run. At Fair Meadows Race Track at Expo Square, 21st & Yale. Whether your love is horses or betting on them, you're sure to have fun out in the sun (or inside in the AC). The season's opening night will be on Thurs., June 7, and the live racing will continue through June 10 from 6-10pm every night. For more information on the track, horses or how to place bets, visit fairmeadows.com or call 743-7223.
A Long Way From Home. But not too far in sentiment. Blues-Rock band Indigenous just keeps coming back to Tulsa for more, and we're oh, so glad. Their native and familial sound goes well in the Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, where they will, once again, play on Friday, June 8. Doors are at 7pm, and advance tickets are $18 at the Box Office, Starship Records, Reasor's stores or www.gettix.net. Opening the show will be local bad-ass Steve Pryor and Nebraska natives, The Kris Lager Band.
1,487 Miles Off Broadway. Nestled among the woods of Gilead, WI, rests the Spitfire Grill, a cozy little spot where the owner knows where you want to sit and how you want your eggs. It's a tiny town where tiny minds scheme up the kind of rumors that thrive in tiny diners. Yet that is exactly where parolee Percy Talbot goes after being released from prison to find a place where she can start over again. And Percy brings change to the small town. See The Spitfire Grill at the Broken Arrow Community Playhouse, 1800 S. Main in BA on June 7-10. Curtain is at 8pm, except Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $6-13 and may be bought at the Box Office or 258-0077.
Beware the Brewster Sisters. In Arsenic and Old Lace, the 1939 play from Joseph Kesserling, things aren't always as they seem, especially after newlywed Mortimer discovers his aunts' penchant for "helping" lonely, old men find peace in death and that insanity runs in his family. This play shows that some jokes are timeless and that you shouldn't always trust little old ladies. See it at Sapulpa Community Theatre, 124 Water St. in Sapulpa, June 8-10 and 15-17, with 8pm performances on Friday and Saturday and 2pm matinees on Sundays. Tickets range from $5-10. For more information and reservations, call 227-2169.
Rock Me, Amadeus. It's that time of year again when we flock north to Bartlesville for the OK Mozart International Festival to pay tribute to Maestro Wolfie and music. This year, of course, will celebrate 100 years of Oklahoma's statehood and will offer something for everyone during the nine-day festival, June 8-16. Not only will there be classical music, but also bluegrass, traditional & modern dance, food events, lectures, tours, workshops and much more. For a complete listing of events and schedules, visit okmozart.com. To get your tickets, call (918) 336-9800, visit the Box Office or myticektoffice.com.
In a Land Far, Far Away... Experience the stage version of Roald Dahl's classic story, James and the Giant Peach, when it hits the stage of TCC's Van Trease PAC, 81st & Highway 169. Witness the horrors of his abusive aunts, Spiker and Sponge and then delight in his escape as he floats across the sea in a giant peach with his entourage of magical and bizarre friends. Showtimes on June 8-9 and 15-16 are at 7pm. On June 9-10 and 16-17, curtain is at 2pm. Tickets range $15-20, and may be purchased at the Box Office, myticketoffice.com or 595-7777.
For the Love of the Footie. Offside is a new film about a group of Iranian girls that attempts to enter Tehran's Azadi Stadium dressed as boys in order to watch a big football match but during which some get caught and arrested because, after the establishment of the Islamic Republic in Iran, women were no longer allowed to enter the stadiums. This comedy lightly veils some of the deeper implications of such laws in countries such as Iran. It will open on Friday, June 8 at Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis.
War, Remastered. Stuart Cooper's 1975 film, Overlord, is set around the D-Day invasion in 1944 known as Operation Overlord. The film follows one particular soldier, who hesitantly joins the war efforts, muses on being a part of the war machine and endures premonitions of his own death. The film combines both new and actual archival footage, lending some authenticity to the story, and it's been completely remastered for this re-release, so the film feels as relevant as it did in its initial release. It will play June 10 and 12 at Circle Cinema. Call 592-FILM for showtimes.
Wild-n-Out. At least, that's what Katt Williams used to be. Now, perhaps, he's more "in" than ever and unleashing his talent on the world. The actor, comedian and rapper is now touring to support his solo efforts and will be hitting Tulsa on the stage of the Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady, on Sunday, June 10. Doors swing wide at 7pm, and tickets are all $52. You can pick yours up at the Brady Box Office, 58-BRADY or bradytheater.com.
Still Searching... For that something special in music, and perhaps Son Volt have found it. Jay Farrar, formerly of Uncle Tupelo, is now leading the band to success, and now they want to share a bit of that with Tulsa and the Cain's Ballroom, where they will perform on Sun., June 10 with New Orleans soulstress, Shannon McNally. Doors open at 7pm, and advance tickets are $19 at all the usual places.
Horses of All Hues. Hundreds of colorful horses, ponies and miniature horses will come together during the annual Pinto World Championship Horse Show in the Livestock Complex at Expo Square, 15th between Harvard & Yale, June 12-23. The 12-day competition will showcase talented equines and their exhibitors in a wide array of disciplines including jumping, reining, driving, roping, pleasure and halter. Tack, supplies, clothing, jewelry, furniture, trucks, trailers and much more merchandise will be available for purchase for the duration of the show. For more information, visit www.pintoworld.com. To learn more about the Association, visit www.pinto.org or call (405) 491-0111.
More Than Black and White. The Black Keys, consisting only of guitarist and vocalist Daniel Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney, are here to prove that you only need two folks to be a blues-rock power group. These guys can make a lot of noise, and you'll have your chance to find out on Wed., June 13, when they take over the Cain's Ballroom with alt-grunge sensation Dinosaur Jr. Doors open at 7pm. Advance tickets are $14.25 at the usual spots. It's an 18+ show only, so leave the kiddies at home.
They Travel to Get Beat! The Arkansas Travelers, that is. They just can't get enough of our Tulsa Drillers, who can't resist a little neighborly rivalry. They'll have another engagement June 13-16 at Drillers' Stadium at 15th & Yale. The game on the 13th is Wayback Wednesday, so the Drillers will be kickin' it old school, whatever that means. It's also another kids' clinic night, which promises plenty o' fun for the wee ones. The 14th is Clunker Car Night, which means a few fans will ride away (hopefully) in a clunker. For the rest of ya, it's Thirsty Thursday, so drink yer $1 beer a smile. Friday the 15th brings more Fireworks after the game, and the 16th brings free Driller hats to the first 1,500 fans to enter the stadium. All games start at 7pm, and you can pick up tickets at the Box Office, tulsadrillers.com or 744-5901.
Getting Creative Juices Flowing. Mr. Squiggles and The Professor have a fun--and educational--show for Tulsa area youth each Thursday this summer, June through August 15. Through music, humor and hands-on activities, children will learn to incorporate creativity into daily life. Showtimes are at 9:30am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm at the Art Play Center, 7974 E. 41st St. $10 admission includes an art project book and tour of the Tulsa Stained Glass Studio. For more information call 665-2646 or visit www.artplaycenter.com.
Another View of SELF. A self-taught photographer, Edmond Bollo combines creative energy, fun, and a unique eye to create landscape, fine art and portrait photographs. Born and raised in Cameroon, Central Africa, and now leaving in Tulsa, Bollo has spent the last decade traveling throughout North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He says his passion for travel, combined with a sense of the abstract, allow him to strive to immortalize the beauty around him. SELF Gallery, located at 2012 E. 11th St., will show his works through June 29 and can be viewed by appointment through email@example.com or 231-8669.
Art, Unleashed. Acclaimed by the critic Théophil Gautier as the "Michelangelo of the Menagerie," Antoine-Louis Barye (1795-1875) was called one of the greatest French sculptors of the nineteenth century. Rodin acknowledged him as his teacher and his work was an important inspiration to Henri Matisse. This exhibition, Untamed: The Art of Antoine-Louis Bayre, features more than 130 highlights from the Walters Art Museum's renowned collection of his sculptures. It runs through September 2 at the Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Rd., 749-7941.
Search For Our Okie Identity. Through Sept. 16, the Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville, 510 Dewey Ave., will be exhibiting "Out of Oklahoma: Contemporary Artists from Ruscha to Andoe." Starting with the Pop Art movement of the '60s and traveling through abstraction, minimalism, photorealism and even the new figurative painting. The work of 20 artists, including Larry Clark, John Fincher, and Daniel Lang, encompasses works in paint, watercolor, photography, glass, bronze and more to represent the diversity of Oklahoma and its people. For more info, visit pricetower.org.
Collaborative Art at Its Best. The Tulsa Artists' Coalition, 9 E. Brady, will present "Our Colors" through June 23, featuring the artwork of two young artists, Darshan Phillips and Aaron Whisner, who work collaboratively under the name "live4this." According to the artists, "The crew was developed because we were tired of the status quo. With inspiration we challenge, develop and push each other collaboratively. We have a true passion for what we do and that shows in our attitude and outlook on life. It's what we live for." For more information, call 592-0041 or hit tacgallery.org.
Underneath the Same Big Skies. Orion the Hunter, Leo the Lion, and Ursa Major the Great Bear are all well-known constellations in the night sky, but do you know where to find the patterns of Long Sash or the Rabbit Tracks? TASM Planetarium presents a live Centennial program discovering what patterns the American Indians saw in the heavens that represented their history and everyday life. Explore these legends and constellations in Native American Skies at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum's Planetarium, 3624 N. 74th E. Ave. Call 834-9900 for showtimes.
The Joys of the Simple Life. Through Aug. 26, you can glimpse the beauty, elegance and simplicity of rural American life through the art of Andrew Wyeth. The rarely-seen works in "Andrew Wyeth Drawings and Watercolors: Selections from the Marunuma Art Park Collection, Japan," may allow you to see more clearly into the rural existence of the Christina and Alvaro Olson family of Cushing, Maine, which Wyeth so loved painting. The exhibition is at Gilcrease Museum, 1400 Gilcrease Museum Rd. For more information, call 596-2700.
Your Dream Job... was to be an astronaut when you were a kid, right? Well, now you can glimpse the magnificence of floating in space with Astronaut, the most recent film to show at Tulsa Air and Space Museum's Bertlesmeyer Planetarium. It argues that the exploration of space is the greatest endeavor humankind has ever undertaken. You will explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, and encounter the perils that await space travelers, as they subject a test astronaut, Chad, to everything space has to throw at him. Discover if you have what it takes to become an astronaut! The planetarium is located at 3624 N. 74th E. Ave. For showtimes, call 834-9900.
On Modernity. The National Contemporary Realism Exhibition, showing through June 16, brings together a group of local, national and international artists whose paintings stem from the European tradition of depicting everyday imagery with astonishing accuracy. Subjects range from the conventional still life to portraiture and landscape. What differentiates contemporary realists from the past are the subjects that are represented, and the way in which these subjects take life on the canvas. See the work of these artists at M.A. Doran Gallery, 3509 S. Peoria, 748-8700.
For the People. The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, 2021 E. 71st, will display a traveling exhibition on the life and artwork of the Polish-born Jewish artist, Arthur Szyk, through June 24. The exhibition includes a selection of both the artist's manuscript illustrations and political art from the 1930s and 1940s created to call attention to Nazi atrocities across Europe, as well as to advocate for social justice and civil liberties in America. The museum is open Mon.-Fri., 10am-5pm and on Sundays from 1-5pm. For more information on the museum or exhibit, call 492-1818.
A Little Piece of Peace. Every 3rd Fri. of the month, Peace House Tulsa, 306 S. Phoenix, will bring you Infusion, an evening of music and poetry that will transport you back into the Jazz Era of Harlem. The show starts at 9pm, and the lineup includes The Mistress of Metaphor: Sharon Smith Knight, Renowned Drummer: Bob "Pacemaker" Newham, and The Ultra Cool Songstress: Miss Stacie Lynn. There will also be a special performance from Wordweaver: Deborah Hunter. $5 gets you into the show. For more info, call 599-8959.
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 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.
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 through July 28.
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.
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 through Sept. 30.
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.
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.
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