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#2 Lynryd Skynryd
Dixie Rock. When it comes to classic southern rock'n'roll, Lynyrd Synyrd are still the undisputed kings of the genre. Catch them in concert Fri., Aug. 31, at Buffalo Run Casino, 1000 Buffalo Run Blvd., Miami, OK. Jason Boland and the Stragglers will open the show, which begins at 8pm.
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Red All Over. Oklahoma's very own Red Dirt music scene is still going strong after all these years. Head down to The Red Dirt Harvest Festival at Grape Ranch, six miles south of Highway 27 in Okemah, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, and get yourself an earful of good time Okie music this weekend, featuring The Red Dirt Rangers, Brandon Jenkins, Stoney Larue, Mike McClure, Randy Crouch and many more artists. Camping is available. Visit www.reddirtfestival.com for more info.
(HEADLINE) Summer's Last Holiday
Thursday, August 30
This is the last week to witness "Untamed: The Art of Antoine-Louis Bayre," the current exhibit at Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford, featuring more than 130 sculptures, paintings and drawings from the "Michelangelo of the Menagerie." Hailed as "one of the greatest French sculptors of the nineteenth century," Bayre specialized in action-filled renderings of animals and men in conflict. It all ends Sept. 2...don't miss it.
Friday, August 31
Fiddler wannabes and fiddle enthusiasts alike won't want to miss the Jana Jae Fiddle Camp & Music Festival at Grand Lake, a weekend full of concerts, workshops and demonstrations to be held at both the Grove Civic Center and at Snider's Camp, located one mile south and half a mile east of Honeycreek Bridge in Grove. Visit www.grandlakefestivals.com for more info and to register for workshops.
Saturday, September 1
Tonight is the last night to catch a performance of Born Again Yesterday, the funny/poignant/startling story of one man's born again fundamentalist Christian experience and his decision to leave it all behind...as portrayed by comedian/actor Justin McKean in a one-man comic tour-de-force at the Nightingale Theater, 1416 East 4th St. Performances will take place at 8pm and 10pm. Call 633-8666 for more information.
Sunday, September 2
DC Minner's annual Dusk 'til Dawn Blues Festival has become a popular end-of-summer musical happening out in Rentiesville, OK (15 minutes south of Muskogee). This year's lineup features 35 bands from 10 states--that's 65 hours of music--all crammed into one weekend, with concerts running from 5pm-5am each night. The whole affair is family friendly, featuring a kid's village, art tent, and drum workshops. Go to dcminnerblues.com for a complete schedule of events.
Monday, September 3
It's Labor Day! Make the most of your day off. Get yourself (and the whole family) over to Drillers Stadium, 15th & Yale, for the team's season finale against the Wichita Wranglers. Labor union members get in free! Game starts at noon.
Tuesday, September 4
At one time, French singer Edith Piaf--a girl who rose from the slums of Paris to fabulous heights of international stardom in the in the '40s, '50s and '60s--was the highest paid celebrity in the world. Eventually, "the Little Sparrow" had to crash. Head over to Circle Cinema tonight, 10 S. Lewis, and catch a screening of La Vie En Rose, the new film biopic about this iconic entertainer. Call 592-FILM or go to www.circlecinema.com for showtimes.
Wednesday, September 5
It's the middle of the workweek...you deserve a night of comedy to help get you through to the weekend. Former combat medic-turned-comedian Robert Hawkins knows how to keep you laughing all night long. Tonight, he'll take over the Looney Bin Comedy Club, 6808 S. Memorial Dr., for shows at 8pm and 10pm. Visit www.looneybincomedy.com for more info.
Thursday, September 6
The fall art season kicks off at Utica Square tonight with a new exhibit, "Viewpoints," at Color Connection Gallery, 2050 Utica Square, featuring paintings, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, baskets, glass, and other unique three dimensional artwork by Margaret Enright, Jeannie Graham, Anke Dodson, Robert Reed, Linda McIntyre, Barbara O'Neil, Carla Perry, Joanna Duck Tuers, Joey Frisillo, Diane Salamon, and Shirley Ward. Gallery hours are 10am-5:30pm. An opening reception will be held tonight from 5-8pm.
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The First Lady of Fiddle. The Jana Jae Fiddle Camp & Music Festival at Grand Lake is bringing together fiddle enthusiasts for a weekend of entertainment and food, Aug. 31--Sep. 2. From 10am-4pm, participants can check out the workshops, master fiddle demonstrations and group fiddling at the Grove Civic Center. Bring lawn chairs to Snider's Camp, located one mile south and half a mile east of Honeycreek Bridge in Grove for an evening of free music and $5 BBQ and fried fish. Call Snider's Camp at 787-7760 reservations and call 1-800-526-2523 or go to grandlakefestivals.com to register for workshops and more information.
Enter the Comedy Zone. Cowboy Sharkies, 5840 S. Memorial, is bringing in the comedy this Sat., Sep. 1, with Cee Jay Jones and David Glardon. Cee Jay began his standup comedy career in 1994 on Showtime at the Apollo. During his career he's opened for Chris Tucker, Cedric the Entertainer and Chris Rock. His comedy is totally outrageous and nothing is off limits. Also appearing this weekend is David Glardon, author of the "Everyday Life" humor column. He tried his hand at stand up four years ago and he continues to deliver down home humor to everyday situations. Showtimes are at 8pm and 10:30pm. Call 280-9000 for more information.
Feelin' Looney. After three years serving as an expert combat medic, Robert Hawkins made the next logical career move and went into standup comedy. Since taking the stage 10 years ago, Hawkins has released two comedy albums, worked as a writer and guest star on the sitcom Titus, and starred in his own "Comedy Central Presents" standup special. Laugh out loud at Looney Bin Comedy Club, 6808 S. Memorial Dr., Sept. 5--9. Showtimes are 8pm and 10:30pm on Fri. and Sat., tickets are $10. Call 459-1017 or go to looneybincomedy.com for more information.
Life in Pink. Le Vie En Rose, translated, "The Life in Pink," stars Marion Cotillard, who plays French icon Edith Piaf. Born into poverty in the mean streets of the Belleville district in Paris, Piaf's magical voice, known as the soul of Paris, made her a star in Paris and New York. But in her audacious attempt to tame her tragic destiny, the Little Sparrow--her nickname--flew so high she could not fail to burn her wings. La Vie En Rose opens Fri., Aug. 31 at Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis. Call 918-592-FILM or go to www.circlecinema.com for showtimes.
Ready for the Wind Up. The Tulsa Drillers play the Arkansas Travelers at 7pm, Thurs., Aug. 30 and Fri., Aug. 31. Bring your bucks for $1 drinks on Thirsty Thursday, which is also the night the Drillers host College Football Night. The first 1,000 fans will receive a special Drillers and Eskimo Joe's T-Shirt. Friday is Drillers Cap Night, and the first 1,500 fans of all ages will receive a Drillers Cap.
On Sat., Sept. 1, come hungry because the hot dogs are 50 cents at the game against the Wichita Wranglers, beginning at 7pm. And Tulsa's own Myron Noodleman, the "Clown Prince of Baseball," will perform throughout the night for fans. Sunday, Sept. 2 is the last fantastic fireworks show of the season after another bout with the Wranglers at 6pm. And, Birdzerk will perform spontaneous, outrageous, cool and capricious comedic routines.
Celebrate Labor Day at the ballpark, on Mon., Sept. 3 at 12pm with the Drillers and the Wranglers. It's the season finale, and the game is free for labor union members. Head over to Drillers Stadium, 21st and Yale, for your last chance of the season to see our boys in action. Go to www.tulsadrillers.com for more info.
Angry in Oklahoma. Let out all the urban angst you've been keeping locked up inside. Rapper Chamillionaire is coming to Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, this Fri., Aug. 31 to share with you the trials and tribulations of growing up on the north side of Houston, TX. Known as the "Truth from Texas," Cham's style is versatile, from singing about hood politics in "No Snitching" to "Here Comes the Rain," Cham's personal tribute to surviving the hard times. Featuring Taggiz, doors open at 7pm, tickets are $26 at the door and $29 day of the show. Order tickets online at cainsballroom.com, call 866-443-8849, or go to Reasor's Customer Service, Starship Records and Tapes or Cain's Box Office from 10am-3pm.
Rise Against Society. Chicago's rock band, Rise Against, formed out of the punk underbelly of the Windy City about seven years ago. This band isn't just about having a good mosh, even though they have a talent for inciting a crowd to do so, but are here to enlighten the masses with politically charged lyrics addressing a multitude of social issues, such as animal cruelty. Every band member is vegetarian and they have an animal rescue link on their website to which donations may be made. The summer's This is Noise Tour brings the band to Cain's Ballroom this Tues., Sep. 4., with Canadian hardcore emo metal bands, Silverstein and Comeback Kid. Doors open at 6:30pm, tickets are $25.50 advance and $27.50 day of the show.
Fall Into Color. Color Connection Gallery, 2050 Utica Square, launches the fall art season with a special exhibit, "Viewpoints." An opening reception will be held from 5-8pm on Thurs., Sept. 6. The gallery exhibits original work by regional artists including paintings, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, baskets, glass, and other unique three dimensional art work. New works will be on display by Anke Dodson, Margaret Enright, Joey Frisillo, Jeannie Graham, Linda McIntyre, Barbara O'Neil, Carla Perry, Robert Reed, Diane Salamon, Joanna Duck Tuers and Shirley Ward. Gallery hours are Tues.-Sat. 10am-5:30pm. Call 742-0515 for more information.
Playing in the Dirt. Up from the dusty clay in Stillwater grew the Red Dirt Rangers and Red Dirt music. The best way to know this musical genre is to experience it for yourself; check them out this weekend at The Red Dirt Harvest Festival at Grape Ranch, six miles south of Highway 27 in Okemah, Aug. 31-Sep. 2. Brandon Jenkins, Stoney Larue and many more will join the Rangers for a weekend chock full of music, wine and entertainment. And there's a special performance for weekend pass holders on Friday: "100 Years of Oklahoma Singing & Songwriting," The Red Dirt Rangers, Mike McClure, Randy Crouch, Tom Skinner, Bob Childers, Scott Evans, Don Morris, Susan Herndon, Greg Jacobs and whoever else might show up are scheduled to start at 8pm. Look forward to some special jams by all of the above in honoring Oklahoma Singers & Songwriters over the last 100 years. Campers and guests arriving on Fri. will need a pass for the entire weekend, $30 in advance or $40 at the gate. Camping is available in the pecan grove for the weekend. There are no day passes available on Fri. evening. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $20 a day or $40 for the weekend. Feel free to bring a blanket or reasonably sized lawn chair. No umbrellas. Go to reddirtfestival.com for more information.
Party From Dusk 'til Dawn. Those good 'ol boys at DC Minner's Blues Club in Rentiesville know how to get down. Aug. 31--Sept. 2, the Dusk 'til Dawn Blues Festival will commence from 5pm--5am nightly, at DC Minner's Down Home Blues Club, 701 DC Minner St., in Rentiesville. The festival is $15 a day and includes 35 bands from 10 states, which means 50 sets and 65 hours of music this weekend. The festival is made for the whole family; featuring a kid's village, art tent, plus drum and jam workshops. There are indoor and outdoor stages. Parking is free across the road and you can car-camp there also, no hook-ups. Plus, there are many hotels and motels to choose from in the area, or you can check out Fountainhead State Park on Lake Eufaula, first come first served. They fill up fast due to the holiday weekend. Go to dcminnerblues.com for more information.
Mountain Culture Reaches the Plains. Think outside the prairie by attending the first-ever showing of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, coming from the Banff Centre in the Canadian Rockies. This year's tour features a collection of inspiring and thought-provoking action, environmental, and adventure mountain films. Traveling to remote landscapes and cultures while featuring adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2006-2007 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world. Brought to you by Cedar Creek Presents, showing one night only at the Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis, at 7pm with a fundraising social hour for Kendall Whittier, Inc., from 4-6pm. Tickets are $21, and all proceeds go to Kendall Whittier, Inc. Call 946-6567 to order tickets, and visit banffcentre.com/mountainculture for more information on the film festival.
Long Live Rock'n'Roll. Southern rockers Lynyrd Synyrd perform at Buffalo Run Casino's outdoor stage, in Miami, 1000 Buffalo Run Blvd., Fri. Aug. 31, with Jason Boland and the Stragglers opening. Johnny Van Zant, younger brother of Ronnie Van Zant, sings the old hits we all know and love, like "Call Me the Breeze" or "That Smell." Two original members still tour with the band, guitarist Gary Rossington and keyboardist Billy Powell. Other current members include bassist Ean Evans, Rickey Medlocke (who played drums with Skynyrd for a short time in 1971) from Blackfoot on guitar, and Michael Cartellone on drums. Dale Krantz Rossington (from the Rossington Collins Band) and Carol Chase sing background vocals. Tickets are $40. Call 542-7140 ext. 2200, or go to gettix.net.
Half Empty or Half Full? "Facets of Perception" represents an unusual collaboration among artists who have individually agreed to arrange and paint objects of still life that include one identical element--a small glass tumbler. The exhibition is organized by a New York-based association of still life painters called Zeuxis and presented by The University of Tulsa's School of Art and the Alexandre Hogue Gallery, 600 S. College Ave. in the Phillips Hall. Painters as diverse as Chardin, Manet, and Matisse demonstrated how the simple motif of the half-filled glass could capture complete, complex worlds of light; though small, its reflective surfaces, crystalline highlights, and distorting refractions would seem to contain the entire light and atmosphere of a complicated still life.
The exhibition includes paintings by the 23 members of Zeuxis and their invited guests. Their paintings vary from the highly naturalistic to the semi-abstract, from the expressionistic to the firmly controlled. The inclusion of the one identical object highlights their very different approaches and demonstrates the wide possibilities of still life painting today. The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color 36-page catalogue with an essay by Martica Sawin and will be on display through Sept. 28. Gallery hours are Mon.--Fri., 8:30am-4:30pm. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Call 631-2202 for more information.
American History Up Close. "1776 - 1876: A Century of American History in Art" opened Fri., Aug. 24 at the Gilcrease Museum, 1400 Gilcrease Museum Rd., and will be on display through Dec. The exhibit has original commemorative portraits of the people involved in the revolution, expansion, and southern secession, as well as painted historical scenes of the defining moments in American history. John Vanderlyn's Neoclassical painting of Washington and Lafayette and the Battle of Brandywine has returned to the museum after being on display at the new museum on George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate.
The exhibition also includes several rare documents from one of the premier archival collections in the United States. Among the documents included in the exhibition is the only known certified copy of the Declaration of Independence, Washington's Address to the Delaware Nation, Andrew Jackson's correspondence to his wife Rachel, a rare broadside of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Lincoln, and a letter from George Custer discussing field operations only months before the events on the Little Big Horn River in 1876. Call, 596-1400 or visit gilcrease.org for more info.
Tulsarama Relived. Through March 31, 2008, "Flashback '57: Tulsarama & The Buried Belvedere" allows patrons to see the items in the time-capsule plus other artifacts and images from 1957. Tulsa's History Museum is located at the Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 S. Peoria. Hours are 10am-4pm, Tues.--Sat. For more details, call 712-9484 or go to HYPERLINK "http://www.tulsahistory.org/"; \o "http://www.tulsahistory.org/"; tulsahistory.org.
See the Genesis of Tulsa. A selection of photographs from the Beryl Ford Collection featuring Tulsa's schools is on display through Nov. 1 at Tulsa's History Museum in the Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 S. Peoria. Thousands of vintage photographs collected by Tulsa historian Beryl Ford have been scanned since the collection was acquired last year by the Rotary Club of Tulsa. Museum hours are 10am-4pm, Tues.-Sat. Call 712-9484 or go to tulsahistory.org for more information.
Nightingale Theatre is Hot This Summer. One of Tulsa's hottest picks for entertainment, The Nightingale Theater, has got your weekend covered. Don't miss Born Screaming in America: A tribute to Bill Hicks by Brian Rattlingourd who wrote and stars in this bio-play and tribute to stand-up comedian Bill Hicks (1961-1994). In 1993, Rolling Stone declared Hicks the "Hot Stand-Up Comic" of the year. Show closes this Fri., Aug. 31 from 8-10pm.
Get your fundamentalist fix with, Born Again Yesterday, a story about a man in recovery from being raised fundamentalist: "Hello, my name is John, and I'm a fundamentalist. It has been one week since I've judged someone fit for eternal damnation."
Local comedian and actor, Justin McKean, portrays multiple characters in this comic chronicle of a man being born again from having been born again. Funny, sassy and at times touching and startling, Born Again Yesterday is the tale for our times, politically, socially and spiritually. Show closes this Sat., Sept. 1, 8-10pm. Nightingale Theater, 1416 East 4th St. No reservation required. Call 633-8666 for more information.
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.
Icon of the Great American West. Through Sep. 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.
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.
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THE ABOVE LISTINGS ARE FOR WEEK OF 27 July -- 3 August, 2006
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