Editor's Choices for the Week.
Under the Skin. If you aren't afraid of needles (or, rather, squeamish about the notion of getting poked by them) and you're a fan of the whole tattoo/piercing lifestyle, you certainly won't want to miss out on the Midwest Body Art Festival, Sept. 14-16 at Crown Plaza Ballroom, 100 E. 2nd St. The largest event of its kind in Oklahoma, the festival will feature a host of body artists in all the various categories--from tattooists and piercers to henna and body paint specialists, along with live music, a car show, skateboarding exhibition, and an appearance by the tattooed man himself... Enigma. Event hours are Sept. 14-16, Fri. 2-10pm, Sat. 12-10pm and Sunday 12-9pm. Visit www.midwestbodyart.com for more info.
Festival Fare and More
Thursday, September 13
Sometimes the ugly truth needs to be told. Case in point: The Devil Came on Horseback, the new documentary showing at Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis. The movie chronicles American U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle's decent into Hell as he recounts his experiences in Darfur, Sudan, where an Arab government is still carrying out their sick genocidal campaign to wipe out the country's black African population. Via Steidle's photographs and firsthand accounts, we witness his transformation from a soldier into a humanitarian activist. Call 592-FILM for showtimes and info.
Friday, September 14
Experimental theater is alive in Tulsa. Need proof? Catch a performance of The Grimsby Curse, the new production written and directed by Robert Matson at Nightingale Theater, 1416 E. 4th St. Featuring Tulsa native Lonnie Iannazzo as 17-year-old Theodore Grimsby, a boy who's been locked away for seven years in a room full of old newspapers and family photographs. Find out why...and all about his family's curse, by attending a performance of this unusual and intriguing play tonight. Curtain rises at 8pm.
Saturday, September 15
Make this a cultural exploration weekend.
Discover the delights of the Far East by visiting Utsav India Fest, 11-5pm at Expo Square, 21st and Yale, featuring traditional music and dance, culinary delights (can you smell the curry?), henna tattoos, and a variety of clothes and handicrafts for sale. After that, head over to River Parks West, 2105 S. Jackson Ave., for a taste of Scottish culture at the Oklahoma Scottish Festival. There'll be traditional feats of strength, and rugby matches, and European arts and crafts, and plenty of music from Needfire, Celtic Cheer, The City of Tulsa Pipes & Drums, The Celtic Pride Dancers and The Four Fiddlers of the Apocalypse. And, of course, there'll be haggis. Don't know what that is? Look it up. 10am-11pm.
Sunday, September 16
Tulsans just can't seem to get enough plaid. That's right--Jinx, Frankie, Sparky and Smudge, those wacky singing ghosts from the '50s--are returning to the stage after a two-year hiatus for a new production of Forever Plaid. Sing along with the boys this afternoon at the Tulsa Little Theatre, 1511 S. Delaware. Show kicks off at 2pm.
Monday, September 17
When it comes to modern chamber music, the work of The Kronos Quartet is synonymous with envelope-pushing innovation. Allen Ginsberg, Tom Waits and David Bowie have collaborated with them on pieces, after all. This definitely isn't your grandfather's string quartet, that's for sure. Catch this influential, Grammy Award winning group in concert tonight at the Tulsa PAC, 2nd & Cincinnati. Music begins at 8pm.
Tuesday, September 18
Polaroid manipulating photographer Don Thompson's new exhibit, "Tulsa in a Parade of Color," deftly brings 21 pieces of historic Tulsa landmarks, icons and buildings to life. Don't miss his showcase today at The Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 S. Peoria Ave. Gallery hours are 10am-2pm.
Wednesday, September 19
Head up to Price Tower Arts Center today, 510 Dewey Ave., Bartlesville, and get a look at their new exhibit, "Oklahoma Moderne: The Art and Design of Olinka Hrdy." Featuring the innovative work of Prague, OK-born artist/designer Olinka Hrdy--whose Cubist/art deco/Czech embroidery inspired work made her a active player in the national design scene of the 1920s, as well as a contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright and Bruce Goff--this exhibit is both fascinating and historically revealing. Visit www.pricetower.org for more information.
Thursday, September 20
OKC artist Sarah Williams-Hearn is going places in the art world. One look at her new exhibit, "Connecting Constellations of an Intangible Universe," now on display at Living Arts of Tulsa, 308 S. Kenosha, reveals her unique vision of the world as she playfully explores and interprets scientific ideas about our ever expanding universe through her art. Gallery hours are 5-8pm.
Inked! Big Link Entertainment and Fat Lip Entertainment present the Midwest Body Art Festival, the largest tattoo convention in Oklahoma, featuring body art vendors, artists and live music... plus special guest Enigma. $5 will get you entered into the tattoo competition ranging in categories from best color to best tribal to best of the day. Booths will be set up to host and showcase the best in body art, nationwide. Body art includes a wide range of expressions, from tattooists and piercers to other body artists showcasing talent such as henna tattoos, body paint, etc. The festival also includes artwork like drawing and paintings from local and regional artists. Big Link and Fat Lip believe strongly in diversity, thus making the Midwest Body Art Festival so much more than just tattoos. There will also be a car show present on the grounds. Visitors of every age can enjoy at least one aspect of the event, including the kids who are sure to be impressed by the skateboarding exhibition which will be held at Crown Plaza Ballroom, 100 E. 2nd St., Sept. 14-16, Fri. 2-10pm, Sat. noon-10pm and Sunday noon-9pm. Visit www.midwestbodyart.com or 488-0100 for more info.
No Labels, Please. Butch Walker is a solo artist with a band and his favorite word is fuckle. The website is a fuckle of pictures and songs of Walker and his band, the Let's Go Outs, but doesn't actually say anything about the music, which is the point Walker wants to make. He's not going to be labeled as punk, rock or pop, because well, he's just got a fuckle of a sound that includes a Jerry Lee-style piano, drums, lead vocals and guitars with some synthesizer effects. He likes to roll like the old guys...Costello, Elton and Petty. It's that simple. See him live at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, on Fri., Sept. 14, with openers Charlotte Sometimes and Hymns, tickets are $18 advance and $20 at the door. Order by phone at 866-443-8849, Cain's Ballroom box office, 423 N. Main St. or at cainsballroom.com. Doors open at 7pm.
Folk Emotion. Irish folk singer Damien Rice might bring a tear to your eye with his romantic minor melodies and emotionally charged lyrics. Rice's songs have been featured on popular TV shows like Grey's Anatomy and One Tree Hill, plus he's got a social conscience and stays active in humanitarian efforts around the world. See him at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main St., on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 7pm. Tickets are $32 advance and $35 at the door. Order by phone at 866-443-8849, Cain's Box Office or cainsballroom.com.
National Pride. Celebrate Seminole culture during the 39th Annual Seminole Nation Days Festival, offering cultural exhibits and traditional dances and honoring the 151st Anniversary of the Treaty of 1856, which established the beginning of the present day Seminole Nation. Other activities include a princess pageant, parade, sports tournaments, Native American arts and crafts, vendors, and a free carnival with a 60-foot Ferris wheel. Performing are Ghost Riders-The Legends, Smiling Vic and The Soul Monkeys, Mark Chesnutt and Shawna Russell. For those who love the traditional festival cuisine of funnel cakes, sausage and other yummy treats, there will be plenty of food vendors present serving up your favorite festival fare, plus traditional Native American cuisine. The Seminole Nation Days Celebration is just off of Interstate 40 in Seminole at the Mekusukey Mission, Sept. 14-16. For more information call 405-257-6287.
East and West. Explore the colorful culture of India at Utsav India Fest on Sat., Sept. 15, 11-5pm at Expo Square, 21st and Yale. Discover India and all its splendor with dance, music, crafts, cuisine, and spices. India Fest is the annual event organized by the India Association of Greater Tulsa (IAGT) to promote cross-cultural appreciation and celebrate the cultural heritage of the Asian Indian community in the greater Tulsa area. Highlights of the festival include music and dance performances, culinary delicacies, henna tattoos, activities for kids, and exhibition and sale of traditional clothes and handicrafts. Tickets for kids age 4-11 are $1 and for adults are $3. For more information, visit HYPERLINK www.iagtok.org iagtok.org or call 615-2383.
Roundup the Family. As part of the Oklahoma Centennial celebrations, and in the spirit of the Dewey Roundup days, the Dewey Civic Association is partnering with Washington County for its third annual two-day Dewey Western Heritage Festival, Sept. 22-23. Festivities begin on Sat. with the Tom Mix Festival in downtown Dewey, followed at 2:30pm by the Western themed Centennial Parade where spectators will be provided a sneak preview of the following day's Wild West Show entertainment. On Sunday the gates at Prairie Song open at 9am for the Prayer Breakfast and the Cowboy Church service at 10am. As part of the Washington County Centennial celebration this year's Western Heritage Weekend gate fees for admittance will be waved. The County is also providing free bus rides to Prairie Song on Sunday from Tri-County Technology Center and Washington County Fairgrounds beginning at 11am for the Wild West Show. Patrons driving to Prairie Song, 402621 W. 1600 Rd., Dewey, 5.5 miles east of Dewey on Durham Rd, will need to pay $5 for parking. Call 336-8709 or visit cityofdewey.com for more info.
Rock vs. Cancer. On Sept. 22nd Precision Body Art is hosting the CancerSucks Block Party, with a car and bike show at 5pm. There will be a $5 fee to enter a car or bike with all of the proceeds going to CancerSucks.com for Cancer research. Around 7pm that night there will be a free concert featuring The Brandon Clark Band, The Electric Rag Band, My Dead X, Fighting Tomorrow and First Lady Assassins. Also, a percentage of the tattoo proceeds made by Precision Body Art that day will go to CancerSucks.com. The block party is at the Precision Body Art studio, 8268 E. 71st Street. Call 392-8677 for more information or go to cancersucks.com.
Mad About Plaid. After two years away from the stage, Jinx, Frankie, Sparky and Smudge are back with Forever Plaid. Performances are Sept. 14-16 at Tulsa Little Theatre, 1511 S. Delaware, 8pm on Fri. and Sat., and 2pm on Sunday. The cast this year includes Justin Boyd, Tracy Watson, Mike Pryor and Mark Powell with Bruce Wilkin and Jim Bates providing accompaniment. Tickets are $25 with discounts for students, groups of ten or more and senior citizens. Call 744-7340 or go to tulsamusicals.com.
From Scotland With Love. For the third year in a row, the Oklahoma Scottish Festival returns to River Parks West, 2105 S. Jackson Ave., Sat., Sept. 15 and Sunday, Sept. 16 to celebrate its 28th year. There will be a free opening night Roll Call of The Clans fire ceremony, Fri., Sept. 14 at dusk. A new event this year will be the rugby exhibition...England vs. Scotland on Sat., and Ireland vs. Wales on Sunday. The Celtic Concert Sat. night at 7pm is $5 for the night or free with festival ticket, in the Edinburgh Entertainment Tent with Needfire, Celtic Cheer, The City of Tulsa Pipes & Drums, The Celtic Pride Dancers and The Four Fiddlers of the Apocalypse. The festival features piping and dance exhibitions, food and merchandise vendors, children's glen and Jerry Van Dyke will be the voice of the Highland Athletics. Visit www.HYPERLINK www.okscottishfestival.org okscottishfestival.org for more information. Gates open Saturday 10am to 11pm and Sunday 9:30am to 5pm. Saturday night's Celtic concert is from 6 to 11:30pm, and the cost is $10 per day.
Good Time Blues. The Stillwater Blues Festival, Sept. 14-15, continues to grow...with more than 5,000 spectators expected this year. This popular annual event is free to the public and features award winning regional, national, and local blues acts, such as headliners Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King. The festival celebration features more than 50 blues artists performing consecutively on two stages, and kicks off Sat. at 11:30am with the blues guitar competition, which is open to three levels of participants: youth up to 16 years, 17-21 years, and 22 years and up. Contestants in the youth and intermediate levels can also compete in the adult level but must pay for each entry. The entry fee is $15 per person, per level. Judges will determine the top blues guitarist in each level and monetary plus other prizes will be awarded. The Blues in the School talent showcase features local Jr. High and High School students who have learned the structure of the blues at school and at after school workshops. The blues guitar competition finalist will "blues it up" for the winner's title. The festival will take place outside the Stillwater Community Center, on the corner of 9th & Duncan St. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Miscellaneous food and retail venders will be at the festival. For a schedule send an email request to email@example.com, or call 405-533-8433 for more information.
Past Alive. "Tulsa in a Parade of Color" is an exhibit of photographs by Don Thompson and opens Sept. 15 at The Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 S. Peoria Ave., museum hours are 10am-2pm, Tues.-Sat., and admission is free. The Tulsa community has an opportunity to view the 21 pieces of several Tulsa historic buildings and icons, such as the Mayo, Cain's Ballroom, and structures from the Greenwood area. The works are created in the Polaroid manipulated process. Thompson has over 35 years of photographic experience, beginning his career as a writer and photographer for the U. S. Army in the 1960s. His work, "Black Settlers in Tulsa," is on permanent display at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa. His works are available at the Frame Maker, Lovett's Gallery and Dwelling Spaces in Tulsa. Call 712-9482 or go to tulsahistory.org. The exhibit will hang through Nov. 15.
New Old World. Oklahoma native Olinka Hrdy, (1902-1987), was an artist influenced by Cubism, Bauhaus abstraction, Art Deco and Czech Embroidery. During her studies at OU, she produced wall murals that got the attention of architect Bruce Goff, who commissioned a cycle of nine music themed murals for his 1929 Riverside Drive project. This led to future commissions including the stage curtain and entryway mural for the Historic Brady Theater. She traveled from New York to Wisconsin where she studied at Frank Lloyd Wright's school in Spring Green, to Hollywood as an industrial designer following World War II, before coming home to Prague, OK, where she remained until 1987. Constructivism, art deco and Czech folk art are exhibited in "Oklahoma Moderne: The Art and Design of Olinka Hrdy" at Price Tower Arts Center, 510 Dewey Ave., Bartlesville, Sept. 13-Jan. 13. Admission is $4, call 336-4949 or pricetower.org for more information.
Native Lens. The 1st Annual Osage Nation Film Festival, Sept. 14-15, in historic downtown Pawhuska, offers two days of classic movies of yesterday and today. The festival begins Fri. at 6pm in Pawhuska's own Constantine Theatre and continues Sat. at 10am, featuring the soon-to-be released documentary by Celia Xavier, The Osage Indian Murders: Surviving the Reign of Terror, film footage of the Hominy Indians Professional Football team, & Jimmy Stewart's The FBI Story. Workshops are offered to those who aspire to become professional directors and/or writers or those who are simply looking for a fun hobby, and will be led by Oklahoma's own Steve Judd, a University of Oklahoma student who was recently selected as one of ten writers to take part in the Writer's Track, an ABC/Disney Summer Television & Film Workshop. The weekend promises a Red Carpet Event, special guest appearances, and more, with a special announcement at the end of the festival. Workshops are free with admission bracelet. Bracelets will be available at the following locations: The Osage Nation Gift Shop/Welcome Center, 222 W. Main, and The Osage Tribal Museum located at 819 Grandview. Parking is available for large buses. For more information, call the Osage Tourism Office at 948-5860 or visit osagetribe.com.
Multi-Stylist. Guitarist Tommy Emmanuel plays folk, rock, jazz, country and blues guitar all over the globe in more than 300 concerts every year. He comes to Tulsa for one night only, Sunday, Sept. 16 at 7pm at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 2nd & Cincinnati, to show off the fancy finger fretwork that has made him famous throughout the world. During the '70s and '80s, his band Dragon played on tour with Air Supply, Men at Work and Tina Turner. He has since played with some of the world's greatest guitarists, including Les Paul, Eric Clapton, Joe Walsh and Stevie Wonder. Opening for Emmanuel will be Australian female duo Bluehouse. Tickets are $30, at tulsapac.org or ticket office, 110 E. 2nd St. or 596-7122.
Avant Chamber. Kronos String Quartet, Grammy award winner for Best Chamber Music in 2004 and film score composers, will perform at the Tulsa PAC, 2nd & Cincinnati, Mon.-Tues., Sept. 17-18, at 8pm. The quartet has worked with many world-renowned composers and musicians since its inception 30 years ago. Integral to Kronos' work is a series of collaborations with many of the world's foremost composers. In addition to composers, Kronos counts numerous artists from around the world among its collaborators, including Allen Ginsberg, Zakir Hussain, Modern Jazz Quartet, Tom Waits, Betty Carter, and David Bowie. Krono's music is on soundtracks for Requiem for a Dream, Heat and The Fountain. Tickets are $47, tulsapac.org or 596-7122.
Town and Country. Sweet Biscuits is the story of the creation, development, and evolution of black towns in Oklahoma. Today, 13 black towns are still in existence, though there were as many as 50 at one time. Some came by choice and others by force. Regardless of how they formed, their strength and determination were clear. Sweet Biscuits follows an African-American family from the cotton fields of North Carolina to the red dirt plains of Oklahoma. Who and what did they leave behind? Why did they choose Oklahoma? What is happening with these towns today and how do we remember those towns that no longer exist? Performance takes place Fri., Sept. 14 at 7pm. This show is presented by the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust at the Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa PAC, 2nd & Cincinnati. Tickets are $8. Go to tulsapac.org or call 596-7122.
Art Party. The Fourth Annual Vision West Block Party, Sat. Sept. 15, showcases Southwest Tulsa Public Schools with musical performances by students and more than 60 exhibits from community organizations. Free and open to the public with food and drinks for sale. Take a tour of the new cafeteria as well. Call 447-5127 for an exhibitor slot. Webster High School, 1919 W. 40th St., 4-7pm.
Check Your Funny Bone. Laughter will be heard from downtown to uptown this year as The Comedy Clinic brings its brand of humor to The Continental, 421 E 1st St., for its 6th season. The 2007-2008 premier is on Sat., Sept. 15th at 7:30pm. Founders Jeff Turner and Ben Beckham are joined by charter Clinic member Maria Swindell and all have been showcasing decades of theater and comedy experience in their live show, which has been described as Saturday Night Live meets Whose Line is it Anyway? The Comedy Clinic has been known for its original sketches but plan on a full season of hysterical improv games, which include audience participation. Advance tickets are $9 and $10 at the door. Advance tickets must be purchased by Fri., Sept. 14 and are available at HYPERLINK "http://www.thecomedyclinic.com"; thecomedyclinic.com or by calling 664-0414.
Kites Away. Kites of all shapes, colors and sizes will dot the skies of east Tulsa, Sat., Sept. 15, at the first-ever KiteFest, hosted by the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium. KiteFest will be near the Boy Scouts of America Tulsa facility, 4295 S Garnett Rd., 11am-3pm. The event is open to all ages. No previous kite making or kite flying experience is required. Registration opens at 11am, and participants will be able to make kites from 11am-2pm. Richard Dermer, past president of the American Kitefliers Association, (AKA), will give 15-minute presentations on kite flying history, the role of kites in aviation, kite safety, and Ben Franklin and modern uses of kites. The Tulsa Windriders (Tulsa chapter of the AKA) will demonstrate their kite flying skills, followed by a student kite contest. KiteFest will conclude with an awards ceremony. Tickets purchased in advance are $4 each at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum, 3624 N. 74th E. Ave., and $5 each for the general public. More information at HYPERLINK "http://www.tulsaairandspacemuseum.com/"; \o "http://www.tulsaairandspacemuseum.com/"; TulsaAirandSpaceMuseum.com or 834-9900.
Curses! The Grimsby Curse, an experimental and original play, written and directed by Robert Matson, will feature Cast Me! winner and Tulsa native, Lonnie Iannazzo. Since the age of ten, 17-year-old Theodore Grimsby has been locked in a dim room filled with stacks of old letters, yellowed newspapers and faded photographs about his family. He slowly discovers a deadly curse put upon his empty family tree and the only way for Theodore to stop it before it catches up to him is to go back to the very beginning of his bloodline. Iannazzo, winner of last summer's reality web show, Cast Me!, plays the innocent, boyish Theodore and all of the past Theodore Grimsby's before him from an 1800s circus hand worker to a 1920s vaudeville performer to an 1980s punk thrasher. The Grimsby Curse also features a small ensemble of actors, who play the past lives of Theodore's family, friends, loved ones and enemies. Performances will take place Fri., Sept. 14 and Sat., Sept. 15 at 8pm, with a 2pm matinee performance at the Nightingale Theater, 1416 E. 4th St. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students. Call 633-8666 to reserve a spot or get more info.
Hand Made History. Arts and crafts have been an important part of Cherokee history for centuries. Woven baskets and hand-made textiles once made out of necessity are now fine works of art. In celebration of Cherokee history and art, the Cherokee Heritage Center, 21192 Keeler, Park Hill, will host the 12th Annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show and Sale, Aug. 25-Oct. 7. Unlike the annual Trail of Tears Art Show, the homecoming show is only open to artists who have membership in the Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band or Eastern Band of Cherokees. Artists from across the nation will compete in numerous categories for cash awards. For more information on this prestigious art show or on becoming a member of the CNHS, call the Cherokee Heritage Center at 456-6007, or visit the Web site: www. HYPERLINK "http://www.cherokeeheritage.org/"; \o "http://www.cherokeeheritage.org/"; cherokeeheritage.org.
The Horror... The Devil Came on Horseback is a powerful and original film that exposes the tragedy taking place in Darfur as seen through the eyes of an American witness who has since returned to the U.S. and is now taking action to stop it. Using the exclusive photographs and firsthand testimony of former U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle, The Devil Came on Horseback, takes the viewer on an emotionally charged journey into the heart of Darfur, Sudan, where an Arab run government is systematically executing a plan to rid the province of its black African citizens. The film allows us to witness Steidle's transformation from soldier to observer to witness and, finally, to passionate activist and moral hero, Sept. 13 at Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis. Call 592-FILM for showtimes and info.
Family Plot. A new comedy from director Frank Oz, Death at a Funeral, follows the exploits of a dysfunctional British family as they gather for the patriarch's funeral. On the morning of their father's funeral, the family and friends of the deceased each arrive with his or her own roiling anxieties. As comedic mayhem and unfortunate mishaps ensue on every front, it is now up to the two brothers to hide the truth from their family and friends, and figure out how to not only bury their dearly beloved, but also the secret he's been keeping. The film premieres this Fri., Sept. 14, at the Circle Cinema. Call 592-FILM for showtimes.
Oklahoma Original. The American Masters documentary Ain't Got No Home examines the life and career of musician Woody Guthrie and how he used his talents to document American History. The screening is Mon., Sept. 17, and is free...with special musical guest Greg Klaus singing Guthrie's songs, and Mary Jo Edgmon, Guthrie's sister, introducing the film. It's all part of the Circle Cinema's Centennial Celebration. Call 592-FILM for details.
The Greatest of All American Musicals. The legendary Broadway musical Gypsy, comes to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 3rd and Cincinnati, Chapman Music Hall, Sept. 13-16. This musical legend packs a wallop. Theatre giants Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim, and Jerome Robbins combine forces to trace the glitzy showbiz rise of two daughters, fueled by an overbearing, ambitious stage mother, Rose, as her larger-than-life dreams turn them into stars. Gypsy reaffirms America's love of good old-fashioned entertainment with songs like "Let Me Entertain You," "Some People," "You Gotta Have A Gimmick," and "Everything's Coming Up Roses." Sunday matinee, weekend and weekday showtimes vary. Call 596-7111 to order tickets, or go to celebrityattractions.com.
Voyage to Italy Art Exhibit. The Tulsa Artists' Coalition opens the fall art season with "Many Voyages: Paintings by Crystal Cardenas", through Sept. 29 at the Tulsa Artists' Coalition Gallery, 9 E. Brady. Cardenas has created a personal romantic survey of Italian cities, where landscape and color represent deep emotions. She says, "These paintings exude dark and somber colors, or are luminous with golden lights of early mornings or late evenings. These illuminations mirror and infuse the golden lights that are within Italy. Viewers are drawn to these lights, colors and forms, perhaps unaware of subliminal representation of the Italian architecture, sunlit valleys and passionate ambiences." Cardenas grew up in Tulsa. She received her B.F.A in studio painting at the University of Louisiana in Monroe, LA, and attended graduate school at The University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS, where her main focus was in painting. Cardenas is currently living in Tulsa and shows her artwork at the Pearl Gallery. Gallery hours are Tues.-Fri., 11am-2pm, and Thurs., Fri. and Sat. from 6-9pm. Call 592-0041 or go to tacgallery.org. This event is free and open to the public.
Is Eight Really Enough? Perhaps you'll know after viewing the new work of eight Alternative Outsider Artists, (AOA). The exhibit, "Eight is Enough," is showing at Liggett Studio, 314 S. Kenosha Ave., through Sept. 27. AOA was founded to allow artists, who have not shown or rarely exhibited, a chance to enter the art community, which appeared relatively tight and closed to unknown free-thinking artists. Outsider artists produce from their own sense of reality. AOA's position is not to define any field of art, since art itself should be about freedom of aesthetics and opinions for the artist and those who admire it. Currently eight artists contribute to the exhibits. Gallery hours are Thurs. 5-8pm and Sat. 1-4pm. Call 694-5719 or visit www.liggettstudio.com.
Science and Art. Oklahoma City Artist Sarah Williams-Hearn, a rising "art star" in Oklahoma according to Living Arts Artistic Director Steve Liggett, says the ideas for the works in her new exhibit, "Connecting Constellations of an Intangible Universe," are "driven by a multitude of scientific theories." For example, the image titled Resonant Frequencies of a Parallel Universe is drawn on an old player piano reel. Not only does this paper represent a mechanical code that is now obsolete, but it also represents the relationship of music, a piano's resonant frequency of a vibrating string to the tiny one-dimensional loop of oscillating filament that makes up a "string" in string theory. If string theory is true, this paradigm shift opens the door to unbelievable possibilities in human understanding. The subject matter in this exhibition explores the relationships of such possibilities. The exhibit features photographs as well as sculptural pieces and a site-specific installation. Exhibit runs until Sept. 27. Living Arts is located at 308 S. Kenosha. Gallery hours are 1-4pm on Sat. and 5-8 on Thurs., or by appointment, 585-1234. More at Livingarts.org.
Acoustic Duo. Amy Ray and Emily Sailers, better known as The Indigo Girls, have 20 years of musicianship together...but they refuse to get old and in the way. Their new CD, Despite our Differences, is fueled by their passion for the environment and social justice. "Pendulum Swinger," one of their new songs, describes the power behind social change swinging from one institution to another, the lyrics peppered with southern colloquialisms. These girls from Georgia are sure to comfort your aching spirit or incite it to action. Catch them in concert at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, on Thurs., Sept. 13. Doors open at 7pm, with opening southern rock band, Three5Human, $29 adv. and $31 day of the show. For tickets call 866-443-8849 or go to Cain's Box Office.
Fall Into Color. Color Connection Gallery, 2050 Utica Square, launches the fall art season with a new exhibit, "Viewpoints," which will run through September. 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.
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.
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.
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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ANYTHING ABOVE THIS IS CURRENT FOR THE WEEK IN PRODUCTION.
THE ABOVE LISTINGS ARE FOR WEEK OF 27 July -- 3 August, 2006
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