Ferocious as Ever. Rock icons Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will blast the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino, 951 W. 36th St. N., on Fri., July 13 at 8pm. A genuine trailblazer, Jett has been adored by fans of all genres of rock music and has served as a role model to girl rockers by breaking down the industry's gender barriers. Now out with a new album, she's proved she's far from calling it quits. Call 699-7777 for more info.
Thursday, July 12
For those who like their country music tempered with a healthy dose of modern rock, Randy Rogers and his hard-workin' band are just the ticket. They'll be hitting the stage tonight at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, along with opening act Candy Coburn. Doors open at 7pm.
Friday, July 13
Since the '80s, good ol' Weird Al Yankovic has been taking aim at the biggest pop, rock and rap hits, skewering them mercilessly--and hilariously--with brilliant song and video parodies (i.e. "Eat It," "Amish Paradise," and "Smells Like Nirvana") which are frequently far more entertaining than the original (for which we say thank you Al...thank you). Don't miss Yankovic in all his multimedia glory in concert tonight at the Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady. Doors open at 7pm.
Saturday, July 14
Tulsa's yearly celebration of all things barbecue, the 10th Annual Art of Barbecue event, hosted by the Arts & Humanities Council, is in full swing today. Between 11:15am-2pm you can purchase taster kits and sample the goods from barbecue cooks who have converged on T-Town from across the nation to compete for first place. Vote on your favorite cook and stick around to find out who takes home the prize money. It's all happening at the Schusterman Center at 41st & Yale. More info at ahct.org. After you're full, head over to the Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady, for an evening with The Killer, the one and only Jerry Lee Lewis in concert. Doors open at 7pm. He's a living legend...you DO NOT want to miss this opportunity.
Sunday, July 15
Ah, hair metal.
Do memories of poodle-coiffed men wearing embarrassing neon spandex pants while singing mind-numbingly goofy lyrics get you all misty eyed? If so, you'll surely be in attendance for the last day of the much-ballyhooed Rocklahoma festival in Pryor. This weekend has seen all the heavy-hitters in the genre hitting the stage...including Ratt, Quiet Riot, Skid Row, Slaughter, Great White, Warrant, Poison, Dokken, White Lion and Vince Neil, among many others. Today's lineup will feature Twisted Sister, Queensryche, Jackyl, Great White, L.A. Guns, Steelheart and Britny Fox, plus more. Whew! Can you smell the hairspray? Visit www.rockfeverfest.com
for directions to the concert site and a complete schedule of events.
Monday, July 16
Did you get properly rocked all weekend long out in Pryor (see above entry)? Slip into a laid back vibe tonight at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, as they host Reggae Night, featuring English Roots Reggae legends, Steel Pulse, along with Joseph Israel, and Tulsa's own Sam & The Stylees and Citizen Mundi. Doors open at 7pm.
Tuesday, July 17
New Orleans-based combo Galactic are all over the map, stylistically. Funk, electronica, blues, hip-hop, jazz...they all make prominent appearances in this quintet's indefinably intriguing music. When you add opening reggae act Dubconscious into the mix, what you've got this evening is a beat heavy, dance floor packing experience at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main. Doors open at 7pm.
Wednesday, July 18
Oh no! Baby Jaguar has lost his growl! It's up to Nick Jr. to help him get it back. (Don't worry, your little kids will understand what all this means.) Take the family to Go, Diego, Go Live! The Great Jaguar Rescue, a new interactive show at the Tulsa PAC, 2nd & Cincinnati, and you'll sing, do the cha-cha, and wear special jaguar masks while learning about how special you are. Two shows today! 10:30am and 7pm.
Thursday, July 19
Don't forget . . . it's the Oklahoma Centennial year! To help keep your state pride running high, visit the Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 S. Peoria, and explore their current exhibit, "Divided Territory, the Quest for Sequoyah," which details the process that led two territories--one decidedly native American, the other mainly Anglo--to join together to form the State of Oklahoma. Exhibit runs through through July 28.
The Son of a Preacher Man. Randy Rogers and his swingin' band may just be the next big thing out of our neighbor to the south, and lucky for Tulsans, they seem to like that stage of the Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main. You'll have a chance to catch their unique merger of traditional country and modern rock on Thurs., July 12. Joining them will be sultry sensation Candy Coburn. The doors will be kicked open at 7pm, and advance tickets to the show will cost $15 in advance at the Box Office, Starship Records, Reasor's or gettix.net.
If You've Got Rock Fever... Then the only cure is the first annual Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, OK. For four days, July 12-15, you can be non-stop rocked out by bands such as Ratt, Queensryche, Quiet Riot, Skid Row, Slaughter, Great White, Warrant, Poison, Vince Neil and Twisted Sister. Are you beginning to see a theme here? If this sounds like you bag, baby, you can buy one-day tickets or whole-event passes. It you don't wanna make the haul to Pryor every day, you can even camp out. For a complete lineup and other pertinent info, visit rockfeverfest.com.
Lovesick or Seasick? The film Golden Door portrays 1904 Sicily, in which Salvatore Mancuso (Vincenzo Amato) has recently lost his wife and dreams of a better future for himself. So he boards the next steamship for America where he meets a beautiful Englishwoman, Lucy (Charlotte Gainsbourg). This couple from drastically different cultures develop a distinctive bond and eventually fall in love. But once they make it to Ellis Island, will they be able to leave their pasts behind and start a bold new life together? Find out at the Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis, when the film opens July 20. Call 592-FILM for showtimes.
Blues of the Heart. The Mental Health Association in Tulsa will present Battling the Blues Through Music, a free concert for a great cause. The event will take place on Fri., July 13 at 7pm at London Square, 58th and Lewis. The money donated by concertgoers will benefit the Mental Health Association. The Wanda Watson Band, a regional favorite known for their soulful blues sound, will headline the evening. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and settle in for an evening of entertainment. For more information, call 382-2409.
Get Saucy! Tulsa loves its BBQ, and now it's time for the 10th Annual Art of Barbecue event hosted by, and benefiting, the Arts & Humanities Council. On Fri., July 13, from 6pm-12am, patrons can enjoy free admission, music by Mary Cogan & The Mid Life Crisis Band, local art, a kids' zone & sampler kits from over 15 teams for $5. On Sat., July 14, the event runs from 11am-4pm. From 11:15am-2pm, people can purchase Taster Kits (including a drink) for $10 and vote on their favorite BBQ. All the festivities take place at the Schusterman Center at 41st & Yale, and free parking is available at Promenade Mall. More info at ahct.org.
Polka Your Eyes Out. The Prince of Parody, Weird Al Yankovic, is ready to make you laugh and dance when he takes the stage of the Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady, on Fri., July 13. You're likely to hear hits such as "Eat It," "Smells Like Nirvana," "Amish Paradise" & "White & Nerdy," but Al's live shows are also usually full of silly antics, costume changes and a multimedia extravaganza...so bored you won't be. Doors are at 7pm, and tickets will run you $40-50 at the Box Office, 58-BRADY or bradytheater.com.
Keep On Movin.' Sultry vocals symbolizing spirit and strength. Melodical and lyrical dance portraying intimacy and love. Visual artists illustrating movement and growth. Dynamic African drumming tied in with jazz. That's Movement of Life, the latest show from drummer Arthur Thompson. You can see it on the stage of the Norman Theatre of the Tulsa PAC, 2nd & Cincinnati, on July 13-14. Showtime is 7pm, and tickets are $10, $15 for table seating. Get yours at the Box Office, myticketoffice.com. or 596-7111.
Don't Expect Him to Tell You His Secrets. Master magician Steve Lancaster will make coins, playing cards and other ordinary objects vanish, reappear and float in mid-air as he demonstrates the art, mystery and humor of magic. Maybe you can figure them out: Lancaster uses TV cameras and big screens at his shows, so no matter where you sit, you won't miss a thing. He will perform two shows on Fri., July 13 in the Doenges Theatre of the Tulsa PAC: one at 7pm and another at 9pm. All tickets are $18 in the usual outlets.
Play Like a Girl. On Fri. & Sat., July 13 & 14, in conjunction with the Tulsa Auto Expo & Auction, the Green Country Roller Girls are planning their first home roller derby tournament at the Expo Building on the upper level at the Fairgrounds, 21st St. between Harvard & Yale. Attending the tournament will be area leagues, including NorthWest Arkansas Roller Girls (NWARG) from Fayetteville, AR; River Valley Roller Girls from Ft. Smith, AR; and ICT Roller Girls from Wichita, KS. This tournament promises to deliver lots of great, all female, roller derby action! For a full schedule of events, visit greencountryrollergirls.com.
Feel the Rhythm. It's Reggaefest time again at the Jenks RiverWalk Crossing & Amphitheater, across the 96th St. Bridge, Sat., July 14. Visitors can enjoy the concerts for free, as well as the diverse atmosphere that Reggaefest brings with its eco-friendly vendors, Jamaican foods and visitors from around the state and beyond. Coolers are welcome, but no glass is allowed. Performances will include African dancers, solo jams on a DIY drum set, Local Hero, Sam & the Stylees, Trauma, The Move and headliners Jah Roots. The show is from 4-11pm. For more info, visit myspace.com/reggaefesttulsa.
Look Out, Here Comes The Killer... Jerry Lee Lewis, that is. Not quite sure where or why he picked up that nickname, but he's been makin' a whole lotta music (from a whole lotta genres) over the past 50 years. There's no telling what choice songs you'll get to hear at the Brady Theater on Sat., July 14. One thing's for sure: he'll be rockin' that piano and you'll wanna get up and boogie. Doors will swing open for the crowds at 7pm, and advance tickets cost either $42 or $52 dollars at the usual outlets.
On the Fly. On Sat., July 14, Theatre Pops and Nightingale Theater will present an experiment in total theater immersion culminating in a provocative evening of theater and music--all conceived, written, and rehearsed in just 24 hours! In Locked In, participating artists will enter an alternate universe at precisely 8:01pm on July 13 and emerge exactly 24 hours later with a fully realized theatrical presentation. Catch the show on the stage of the Doenges Theatre of the Tulsa PAC. Tickets are $10-12.
Battle Between the Best. On Sat., July 14, the Tulsa Historical Society is bringing and free screening of The Greatest Game Ever Played to the Circle Cinema. The film is a crowd-pleasing underdog epic based on the inspirational true story of the 1913 US Open, where 20-year-old Francis Ouimet defeated his idol, 1900 US Open champion Harry Vardon. The desires of both men for acceptance provide the background for an amazing contest of skills. The movie starts at 1pm, but get there early to ensure a seat.
Keeping It In the Family. The young brother/sister duo Red Alert proved they deserved the Rising Star Award at the 2004 Spot Awards when they later won the local John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Battle of the Bands and went on to win the national competition! Now, you can see them on the stage of the Norman Theatre of the Tulsa PAC on Sunday, July 15. They will perform original rock songs and ballads, as well as some cover tunes. A family act in every sense of the word, the siblings will be joined by their father, other musicians and perhaps some local celebrity guest stars. The show starts at 7pm, and tickets are $10, or $15 for table seating.
If You Didn't Get Enough at Reggae Fest, come on down to the Cain's Ballroom for Reggae Night on Mon., July 16. The headliner will be English Roots Reggae legends, Steel Pulse. They will be joined by a dub jam band out of Fayetteville called Joseph Israel, and Tulsa's own "get off your butt and dance to the riddims of the world" bands: Sam & The Stylees and Citizen Mundi. So, if Reggae & its musical soul brothers are your thang, this is your week. Doors for the show will open at 7pm, and advance tickets are $19 in all the usual places.
Beat the Heat. Stay indoors for this kind of football, af2, and check out Tulsa's newest sport pastime. If you haven't caught an indoor arena football game yet, you're missing out. Our Tulsa Talons are rocking the league, with only one season loss thus far. On Mon., July 16, they'll face off with the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz, and it'll also be Vegas Night. The action starts at 7pm in the Tulsa Convention Center, 7th & Houston. Tickets range from $10-50, so there's a seat for everybody in the house. Get yours at the Talons Box Office, carsonattractions.com or 584-2000.
A Musical Evolution. On Tues., July 17, Galactic will, once again, hit the stage of the Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main. Every time this band comes to town, they seem to have incorporated a new style or sound into their repertoire, making them deliciously difficult to define: are they funk? Jazz? Blues? Hip-hop? Electronica? Decide for yourself. They'll be bringing a dub/reggae octet out of Georgia called Dubconscious with them, who incorporate social & environmental awareness into their music & lyrics. So, it looks to be like a booty-shakin' night. Doors will open at 7pm, and you can get advance tickets for the nice round price of $20.
Vamanos, Diego! Join Diego, Nick Jr.'s action-adventure hero, as he helps Baby Jaguar get his growl back in the brand-new live show, Go, Diego, Go Live! The Great Jaguar Rescue at the Tulsa PAC, 2nd & Cincinnati. The show is interactive, with all the children in the audience getting their own Jaguar masks, which they then use to help rescue animals during the show. Audience members sing, do the cha-cha, travel down a rainforest river, and learn how each of us is special in our own way. There will be three shows: two at 7pm on July 17-18 and a 10:30am performance on the 18th. Tickets range in price from $12.50 to $36.50.
Let's Go, Drillers! Let's go! This week, the Tulsa Drillers have 4 chances to beat the Springfield Cardinals in their home stadium at 15th & Yale. On Sunday the 15th, it's Kids Eat Free, iPod giveaway night and Fan Appreciation Night, meaning that Drillers will be working at various spots throughout the park and signing autographs before the game.
On Mon., it's the increasingly popular Ladies' Night, where female fans will receive free nail care, massages, spinal exams and other luxury services. Tues. the 17th brings Free Ticket Night (pick 'em up at Arby's) and free samples of the new Pepsi Max. Then, on Wed., the Drillers will go old school style with the Game Shows of Yesteryear. All games start at 7pm, with the exception of a 6pm first pitch on Sunday. For tickets, visit the Box Office, tulsadrillers.com or call 744-5901.
Best In Show. Through July 28 will be "Anthology 2007," Tulsa Artists' Coalition's Annual Juried Members Show, in their gallery at 9 E. Brady. Each juror will choose a work to receive a Juror's Choice Award and all three jurors will decide upon "Best of Show." There will also be a People's Choice Award where the public can vote on the artwork they appreciate. The opening reception is July 6, from 6pm to 9pm and is free and open to the public. Gallery Hours during exhibit will be 11am-2pm Tues.-Fri. and 6-9pm Thurs.-Sat. For more info, call 592-0041 or visit tacgallery.org.
Dumpster Diving. "Sites Unseen," now showing at Living Arts of Tulsa, 308 S. Kenosha, is an exhibition combining the oil paintings of artist Alan Frakes from Tulsa and the photography of architecture professor Wes Janz of Indiana. It addresses the impression the common everyday dumpster has made on our urban landscape and the overwhelming amount of materials that are discarded everyday in the U.S. and around the world. There will also be some work by Janz's students who explore leftover materials...and people. It closes July 26, and you can view it from 5-8pm on Thursdays and 1-4pm on Saturdays. For more info, call 585-1234 or visit livingarts.org.
A Rock Odyssey, Of Sorts. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber brought the world Jesus Christ Superstar in 1970, and it's still dazzling stages all over. The rock opera highlights the political and interpersonal struggles of Jesus and Judas during the last week of their lives, brought up to modern speed. If you've never seen it, it's quite a lot to behold and take in, but well worth it. You can see JCS at TCC Southeast's PAC, 81st & Highway 169, July 13-15. Showtime is 8pm, except for the 2pm matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $25-50 and may be bought at the Box Office, myticketoffice.com or 595-7777.
King Arthur, Like Never Before. Okay, exactly like the film, but never before that. It's Monthy Python's Spamalot!, lovingly ripped off Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, Spamalot is the outrageous musical comedy, complete with flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen and show-stopping musical numbers. You can see it July 12-15 at the Tulsa PAC. The show is recommended for mature audiences only. Tickets will run you $37-63 for the evening of hilarity, in all the usual places.
Views Of an Ancient Land. Through Aug. 19, you can view "Celestial Nights" at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, 2021 E. 71st. The exhibit will feature black and white photography by Neil Folberg of the night skies over Israel. Folberg's photographs describe places where the spiritual is at once near, imprinted in the forms of the arid landscapes, and far away in the dark, starlit recesses of space. The museum is open Mon.-Fri., 10am-5pm, and on Sundays from 1-5pm. For details, call 492-1818.
The Essence of Woman. In her collection of paintings, titled "The Feminine Aura," Jeannie Graham explores the beauty, tensions and fragility of young women's efforts to define themselves as individuals in a complex society. The paintings reflect a personal expression of concern and delight as these young people accomplish the transition from girlhood to womanhood. The paintings are built around a collection of photographs taken by the artist or painted from life in her studio. The images are not meant to reflect the exact likeness of the subject, but to be a reflection of her attitude and her aura. You can view them through July 26 in the Tulsa PAC Gallery.
What Do You Like in Your Meatpie? Light Opera Oklahoma continues its season theme of "Men Behaving Badly" with the worst-behaved of all: Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street. In this Stephen Sondheim musical, which premiered on Broadway in 1979, Todd returns to Victorian-era London after being wrongfully imprisoned for 15 years in Australia. He and Mrs. Lovett, a baker of meat pies, cook up a tasty revenge on the judge who sent him "down under." Your last chance to see the show is Fri., July 13, in the Williams Theater of the Tulsa PAC, 2nd & Cincinnati. Tickets are $15 for GA or $20 for table cabaret seating. Get yours at the Box Office, myticketoffice.com or 596-71411.
Icon of the Great American West. Through Sept. 30, you can witness Space Silent Spirit: Maynard Dixon's West. Dixon's style moved from defined realism toward modernism, abstraction, and cubism--though he spurned such titles. He simply sought the poetic beauty of the West and in the process created some of the most iconic images of the American West of the early 20th century. See them for yourself at Gilcrease Museum, 1400 Gilcrease Museum Rd. For more information, call 596-2700.
For Your Viewing Pleasure. Thru Aug. 26, you can take another peek at the personal collection of the late Hungarian-born Jewish artist, Theodore Fried, a selection of paintings of animals and still lifes. Fried was a rising star in post-WWI Paris, exhibiting alongside Picasso, Kandinsky, Munch, and Nolde in a circle of young expatriate painters before fleeing the German occupation of Paris in 1940. This unique and thankfully recovered collection will show at The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, 2021 E. 71st. For details, call 492-1818 or visit jewishmuseum.net.
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.
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.
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, 2445 S. Peoria, through July 28.
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.
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