Talk About Tradition! The Tulsa Pow Wow, an intertribal Native American gathering featuring ceremonies, games, arts and crafts, native dress contests and, of course, dancing, has been an annual event since 1952. To experience all the pageantry and festivities for yourself, head over to the Tulsa Convention Center, 7th & Houston, July 20-22. Admission to the event is only $5 each day (but kids get in for free). For a full schedule of events visit tulsapowwow.org.
Thursday, July 19
Local celebrities and media types will be stepping up to the plate tonight (literally) for a good cause during the Homerun for the Homeless softball tournament. Proceeds raised from this event will help fund the downtown-based Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless. The competition will take place at Drillers Stadium, 15th & Yale. First pitch is at 7pm.
Friday, July 20
True-blue Beatles fanatics who haven't yet experienced 1964 in the 22 years they've been coming to Tulsa have no excuse for missing out on this musical spectacle for yet another year. Widely hailed as the best Beatles tribute act on the planet, 1964 is meticulous in their attention to minutiae... from the Fab Four's clothes and hair, to their amps and gear, to their guitar solos and harmonies, to their individual stage mannerisms (i.e. John always chews gum onstage, Ringo's head bobbing thing, etc.) The entire spectacle is, in a word, trippy. Catch them in concert tonight at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 2nd & Cincinnati, 8pm.
Saturday, July 21
Still in the mood for some good ol' '60s pop after last night's pseudo-Beatles musical excursion (see above)? Youth Onstage will take you back to the early '60s to explore the life and music of doo-wop singer Ellie Greenwich tonight in "Leader of the Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Musical." Curtain rises at 8pm at the Southeast Campus-TCC's Studio Theater, located in the VanTrease Performing Arts Center, 81st & Hwy 169.
Sunday, July 22
Make your laidback Sunday night a musical one. Tonight you get your choice between cool jazz or fiery roots music. For the jazz lovers, SCORE featuring Sandy Gardner, presents A Letter From the Depot, an original production written and conceived by Gardner, at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. 1st St. Show starts at 5pm. Or, for a healthy dose of blues, rockabilly, swing, country and Cajun music, check out Cindy Cain and Sparkplug in concert at the Tulsa PAC, 2nd & Cincinnati, also at 5pm.
Monday, July 23
If you're a card-carrying, chapter-quoting Harry Potter fan, you were probably part of the wild-eyed throng crammed into cinemas citywide last week for the midnight premier of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. But ask yourself...did you have an IMAX experience? If not, hop onto your little broom and fly straight over to Cinemark IMAX, 10802 E. 71st, for a shot of Harry on the big, BIG screen. For showtimes, call 307-2629.
Tuesday, July 24
The year: 1904. The place: a steamship bound for America, carrying hundreds of Europeans running to the promised land for a chance to start their lives over with a clean slate. The characters: Salvatore, a recent widower from Italy with hopes for a better future, and Lucy, a beautiful Englishwoman. The two meet...and fall in love. The question: will their love survive once they reach the shores of America and leave the boat? Find out what happens tonight in the new film The Golden Door, now showing at the Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis. Call 592-FILM for showtimes.
Wednesday, July 25
There are only two days left to experience "Sites Unseen," the current exhibit now on display at Living Arts of Tulsa, 308 S. Kenosha. This showcase features the works of painter Alan Frakes of Tulsa, and photographer and architecture professor Wes Janz of Indiana. Their pieces explore "the impression the common everyday dumpster has made on our urban landscape" along with the unbelievable amount of waste generated by Americans on a daily basis. Visit livingarts.org for gallery hours.
Thursday, July 26
Need a little refresher course on American history? Got 90 minutes to spare? That's all the eccentrics in the Reduced Shakespeare Company need to guide you through hundreds of years of ups and downs in the good ol' US of A. The Compleat History of America (Abridged), will take you from Christopher Columbus to Dubya in an hour and a half...and keep you laughing all the way. Head over to the Tulsa PAC, 2nd & Cincinnati, and get yourself edu-ma-cated. Curtain rises at 8pm.
Preserving Traditions of the Past. Every year since 1952, the Tulsa Pow Wow has served as a gathering point for intertribal Indians to gather, share and celebrate their histories and futures. The Pow Wow encompasses social activities such as dances, games and ceremonies in which all Indians can participate. There will also be arts & crafts, native dress contests, as well as the honoring of the 2007 Pow Wow Princess. The festivities will be held July 20-22 in the Tulsa Convention Center at 7th & Houston. Admission is $5 per day, but children under 5 are free. For more information, please visit tulsapowwow.org.
Calling All Muggles! It's time to catch the fifth film installment of the Harry Potter mania. Even if you already saw it opening night, now you can see it on IMAX. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, young Potter is about to start his fifth year at Hogwarts. He's desperate to get back to school and find out why his friends Ron and Hermione have been so secretive all summer. However, what Harry is about to discover in his new year at Hogwarts will turn his world upside down. Cinemark IMAX is located at 10802 E. 71st. For showtimes, call 307-2629.
Get Hot... While you sit in the gardens of Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Rd., and watch the 1959 comedy classic, Some Like It Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. The story details two ex-gang men with hits on their heads who go into deep cover as women singing with a band. What ensues are multiple layers of mistaken identity and non-stop hilarity. Bring a blanket and picnic and enjoy the grounds when the gates open at 7:30pm Fri., July 20. The film will start around dusk. The cost is $7 for non-members. For more info, call 749-7941.
All That Jazz. If you still haven't checked out the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame's new digs in the old Depot building, 111 E. 1st, here's another chance. On Sunday, July 22, SCORE will perform, featuring Sandy Gardner in an original production written and conceived by Gardner, titled A Letter From the Depot. The show starts at 5pm, and general admission tickets range from $3-10. For more details or to make a reservation, call 596-1001.
Are You in the Zone? "In the Zone: A Real Man's Guide to Real Life Stuff" is a fast-paced event combining live teaching with top speakers, honest guy-talk about life's challenges, outrageous sports clips, multi-media scrambles, and some serious belly laughs. Created by men who are stoked about life and pumped about getting together with a few thousand like-minded men of faith. It's anything but a business-as-usual men's conference. The action takes place at 7pm on Friday, July 20 at the Mabee Center, 7777 S. Lewis. $30 tickets can be picked up at the Box Office, 495-6000 or mabeecenter.com.
Vroom! Vroom! Youth Onstage will present "Leader of the Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Musical" at the Southeast Campus-TCC's Studio Theater, located in the VanTrease Performing Arts Center, 81st & Hwy 169, on July 20, 21, 27, 28 at 8pm and July 22 and 29 at 2pm. This hit Broadway musical celebrates the life and music of Ellie Greenwich, whose doo-wop sounds skyrocketed to the top of the sixties charts. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8.75 for students and can be purchased at the Box Office, myticketoffice.com or 595-7777.
Are They 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.
Hit a Homer! On Thurs., July 19, local media and celebs will participate in Homerun for the Homeless, a softball tournament aimed at raising funds for the downtown-based Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless. Gates open at 6pm at Drillers Satdium, 15th & Yale, and the game will begin at 7pm. Adult tickets are $5, and children under 13 are admitted free. For more information about the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless visit tulsadaycenter.org. For details about the Homerun for the Homeless, call 599-0029.
Almost as Good as the Real Thing. If you've never seen the show 1964 in the 22 consecutive years it's been coming to T-Town, you've got another chance...the boys are back to pay homage to the Fab Four. They have spent years researching the Beatles phenomenon, from the boots, outfits and Vox amplifiers to the mannerisms, voices and the unmistakable harmonies, the essence of the Beatles has been captured and recreated to perfection, both musically and visually. They will perform one night only, Fri., July 20, at the Tulsa PAC, 2nd & Cincinnati. Tickets are $46.50 and $21.50 at the Box Office, myticketoffice.com or 596-7111.
America in 500 Words or Less. Six hundred years of history in just 6,000 seconds! From Washington to Watergate, the Bering Straits to Baghdad, New World to New World Order, the three artistic guerillas of the Reduced Shakespeare Company will take you on a 90-minute phantasmagoria ride through the hilarious quagmire that has been American History in the Compleat History of America (Abridged). If you saw the Complete Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged), you'll know just what to expect. The show will run at 8pm on July 20-21 and 26-28, with a 2pm matinee on the 22nd in the Doenges Theatre of the Tulsa PAC. General admission tickets are $17.50 at the usual outlets.
She's "Crazy." Always...Patsy Cline tells the true story of Louise Seeger, a devoted fan who meets the legendary country music star by chance at a Houston honky-tonk in 1961. Thus begins an unlikely friendship that continues through letters and phone calls. The show is now back in Tulsa, featuring 17 of Cline's hits, including "Crazy," "Sweet Dreams" and "Walkin' After Midnight," with Janet Rutland reprising her role as Patsy Cline. The show will run July 20-22, 26-28 and Aug. 2-4 in the Williams Theatre of the Tulsa PAC. Tickets are $20-24 in the normal places.
A Good Year to be an Okie. In celebration of Oklahoma's centennial, Susan Herndon will sing original songs about drought, outlaws, fur traders, waterways, stolen cars, losing friends and Interstate 40. In addition, there will be some songs in French, some full of red dirt, and some by noted Oklahoma songwriters, such as Woody Guthrie and Jimmy Webb. You can see her show, Oklahoma Waters, at 8pm on Sat., July 21 in the Norman Theatre of the Tulsa PAC. General admission tickets are $10, and table seating is $20.
Burning Down the House. Join the Sparkplug quintet for an evening of rockin' roots featuring the heated vocals of Cindy Cain, the high lonesome tenor of Don Miller, and the fiery fretwork of Rusty Miller. Take a hot ride across the musical map of blues, rockabilly, swing, country, Cajun, and points in between. Their show will be at 5pm on Sunday, July 22 in the Norman Theatre of the Tulsa PAC. General admission tickets are $15, and table seating is $22.
Rockin' for the Lord. Enjoy a free concert featuring Christian recording artist Allen Asbury for one night only, Sunday, July 22nd at 5pm at Parkview Baptist Church, 5805 S. Sheridan. Asbury is a man who is obviously doing what he loves, making music in God's name. He wears a smile and the laughter in his voice hints at the same happiness and love that are heard in his upbeat and soulful music. Everyone is welcome to attend this show.
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.
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.
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 Sep. 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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