Thursday, September 20
Don't miss Tortilla Heaven, the smart, one-man comedy starring Comedy Central's Jade Esteban Estrada tonight at Nightingale Theater, 1416 E. 4th St. Examining three generations of a Mexican family trying to find common ground culturally and linguistically. This 2004 Gertrude Stein Literary Award-winning play, directed by David Miguel Estrada, is equally funny and thought provoking. Curtain rises at 8pm. Call 633-8666 for info.
Friday, September 21
Those of you who are hip to the current worldwide Celtic music scene will no doubt know who Bodega is. They're Scottish... they're award-winning... and they're apparently quite energetic and fabulous onstage. Which is precisely why the Tulsa PAC, 2nd & Cincinnati, is excited to bring them to Tulsa for their ongoing Celtic Music Series. Show starts tonight at 8pm.
Saturday, September 22
It's finally beginning to cool off... getting all autumnal and Oktoberfesty outside. Well, not quite. It's still September after all. But wait! If schnitzel and accordions and lederhosen are your thing, the third annual DeutschesFest in Bixby will definitely provide you with a good warm-up for all the festing to come. Entertainment by the German American Society of Tulsa, plenty o' food and even a Dachshund race will make today quite Germanic indeed. It's all happening at Washington Irving Memorial Park and Arboretum in Bixby at 13900 S. Memorial Dr. Visit www.bixbychamber.com for more details.
Sunday, September 23
Guitar virtuoso Edgar Cruz has been wowing Oklahoma crowds for years with his amazing finger work. Catch him in a genre-blending concert this afternoon at North Intermediate High School Auditorium, 808 E. College, Broken Arrow, as the kick-off concert in the Broken Arrow Arts & Humanities Council's 2007-2008 Encore Series. Fellow guitar wizards Michael Kelsey, Richard Smith and Mark Anthony Cruz will join him onstage. Music starts at 3pm.
Monday, September 24
Get your banjo fix tonight (assuming you actually need one... and you probably do whether you realize it or not) by heading over to Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, for Railroad Earth and Hot Buttered Rum in concert. Join the "Hobos" (loyal, traveling Railroad Earth fans) on the dance floor and have yerself a good ol' stomp of a time.
Doors open at 7pm.
Tuesday, September 25
The latest exhibit at Gilcrease Museum, "Charles Banks Wilson: An Oklahoma Life in Art," explores the work of this globally renowned illustrator, muralist, lithographer and sculptor. Gilcrease's collection of Wilson's work is comprehensive, ranging from his first forays into art as a student to his revered Native American portraiture and portrayals of Oklahoma life. Don't miss it. Gilcrease Museum is located at 1400 Gilcrease Museum Rd.
Wednesday, September 26
Christian music that literally rips your skull off, throws it against the wall, and then kicks it repeatedly with steel-toed boots. That's one way to describe Jesus metal band Underoath. If you need this kind of treatment tonight, head over to Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, for their sonic assault beginning at 6pm. Opening bands Everytime I Die, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster will also crank it up to 11.
Thursday, September 27
Polaroid-manipulating photographer Don Thompson's current exhibit, "Tulsa in a Parade of Color," presents 21 new pieces that reveal several Tulsa historic buildings and icons in a new light. Check them out today at The Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 S. Peoria Ave. Gallery hours are 10am-2pm. Admission is free.
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Lederhosen! The third annual DeutschesFest 2007 is coming to Washington Irving Memorial Park and Arboretum in Bixby at 13900 S. Memorial Dr., Sat., Sept. 22. Here, you'll taste authentic German food and enjoy entertainment by the German American Society of Tulsa (GAST) singers and dancers, the brass band "Blaskapelle," an accordion band and more. New this year is the Dachshund race and a dog agility presentation featuring a German breed, which will commence at 10:30am. A 10k volksmarsch registration and walk starts at 9am. Peruse crafts and information booths and make a bid at the silent auction. For more information, check out Bixbychamber.com.
Pelicans and Flying Cows, Oh My. On Sept. 21 and 22, Grand Lake will host the Pelican Festival at the Flying Cow Arena (on Hwy 59 just six miles north of Grove and five miles south of I-44 at the Afton exit). Activities, including arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, and live entertainment, will take place from 3 to 7pm on Fri., plus a barn dance from 7 to 10pm. Gates open at 9am Sat. and close with another barn dance. The latest ATV's and sporting goods will be on display, and you can test your skills to win prizes and trophies in the archery competition. Bill Adkins and Marshall Mitchell will be playing both country and classic rock, and there will be a parade on Main Street on Sat., themed "Oklahoma Centennial: 100 Years of Change," at 10am. Go to grandlakefun.com or call 866-LUV-GRAND for more information.
One More Time. It's that time again for the Broken Arrow Arts & Humanities Council to present the 2007-2008 Encore Series, a series of shows rich in music and energy. This year's season starts Sunday, Sept. 23 with guitar virtuoso Edgar Cruz and friends presenting the Oklahoma Guitar Summit. Cruz will be joined by progressive acoustic player Michael Kelsey, finger style master Richard Smith and classical guitarist Mark Anthony Cruz. The concert begins at 3pm, with doors opening at 2:30pm. Tickets are $10, but an Encore Series season pass is also available for only $25, which is good for all three Encore Series events. All shows are at North Intermediate High School Auditorium, 808 E. College, Broken Arrow. Go to www.artsba.org or call 259-4300 for information.
Take A Walk...With Your Pet. Oklahoma's largest pet festival, Paws in the Park, will include a one-mile dog walk and other activities, from 9am to 3pm on Sat., Sept. 22 at Hunter Park, 5804 E. 91st St. Activities include games and contests for pets, amazing demonstrations from dog tag agility to flyball, pet photos artwork creation with pets, microchipping and, for the first time, patrons will have a chance to honor a living or deceased pet. Participants are encouraged to have friends and family sponsor their one-mile walk through pledges to HST. The winning pledge earner's pet will receive "Alpha Dog" status for next year's Paws in the Park promotions. All proceeds will benefit HST, one of the leading no-kill animal welfare organizations in Oklahoma. Registration is $25 and can be done at www.tulsapets.com, by mail or by person.
Night of the Green Invaders. In addition to the regular Pearl Farmer's Market fare, this Thurs., Sept. 20 is Eco-Fest. "Green Vendors" who are environmental and ecologically supportive of green country's urban and rural communities, will be present with solar ovens, biofuels, and community garden planning among other environmentally sound practices, from 4-8pm, at Centennial Park, 6th and Peoria. And don't miss Chef Teri of Bohemia Catering demonstrate the solar oven and try out some sustainable recipes. Call 640-5408 or sustainablegreencountry.org for more information.
Garden Arts. Living Arts of Tulsa's 6th Annual Living with Art in the Garden Tour features installation art and a fundraiser supplementing the grants for Living Arts of Tulsa, the Myers Gallery and art classes offered to adults and children. Five distinctly different gardens express the personality of the homeowner and the landscape. Some gardens are small-scale, densely planted, with hide-and-seek artwork and others boldly incorporate artwork into the landscape. Then, there are the tidy and architecturally serene gardens. This year's tour features a demonstration garden at Eugene Field Elementary School. Tickets are $10 each and good for both days, Sat. and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23. Guests are encouraged to bring cameras and gather ideas for their own gardens. Homeowners, artists and landscapers will be available to answer your questions. For more information, visit www.livingarts.org or call 585-1234.
Oklahoma Life. Gilcrease Museum's new exhibition, "Charles Banks Wilson: An Oklahoma Life in Art," will not only showcase the museum's holdings but will also include a number of artworks from private collections and several new paintings that have never been on public view. Charles Banks Wilson is one of Oklahoma's premier artists whose artworks have been collected and exhibited around the globe. Gilcrease Museum holds one of the most comprehensive collections of Wilson's work, ranging from his early years as an art student and illustrator to his extensive series of Native American portraits and scenes of Oklahoma life. Working in a variety of mediums, Wilson is an accomplished illustrator, muralist, lithographer, sculptor, and teacher. His work has been widely acclaimed for its attention to detail and insightful composition. The exhibition opens Sept. 21 and will continue through March 9, 2008 at 1400 Gilcrease Museum Road. Call 596-2700 or go to www.gilcrease.org for more info.
Family Ties. Tortilla Heaven, a comedy written by Celeste Angela Estrada, who won the 2004 Gertrude Stein Literary Award, is a one-man show starring Comedy Central's Jade Esteban Estrada, in which he acts out three generations of a Mexican family trying to relate to one another. The first generation lives a humble life and makes a home feel more like home, the second generation abandons its roots in order to assimilate to the big city life, and the third generation is trying to understand everything without knowing the native language of Mexico. When the generations finally meet, speaking the same language seems to be the easy part of a difficult journey of understanding why family can be so different. Whether you love or hate them, they are going to be there when you need help the most. Directed by David Miguel Estrada. Performance is Thurs., Sept. 20 from 8pm at the Nightingale Theater, 1416 E. 4th St. Call 633-8666 for info.
Grapes of Wrath. Arguably one of the most important events to shape Oklahoma's first 100 years is the 1930s era of black blizzards. Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis, presents PBS's American Experience documentary, the fourth of six special films to celebrate the Oklahoma Centennial. The film explains the hardships that drove people west to California, but more importantly details the trials of the majority that stuck it out for eight dry, windy years. American Experience captures the spirit of the times in both pictures and emotions, with special guest Imogene Glover, a Dust Bowl survivor. The film airs Thurs., Sept. 20 at 7pm and is free. Call 592-FILM for showtimes.
Hit the Streets. Spend a day strolling the patch of Peoria that stretches between 36th and 38th Streets this Sat., Sept. 22 at the annual Brookside Artzz Festival. More than 50 artists will pitch tents under which a variety of locally made art will be on display and for sale. Some of the media included will be raku, giclee, oils, pottery and jewelry. Also, local jazz musicians, including Janet Rutland, Randy Wimer, Leon Rollerson and Soundz Good, will perform at various locations on Brookside. The festivities will last from 11am to 5pm, and the event is free and open to the public. Visit www.brooksidetheplacetobe.com for more information.
Get Some Peace. If you missed Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers at the Cross Canadian Ragweed Family Jam last weekend in Oklahoma City, catch them Thurs., Sept. 20 at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, with Stoney LaRue. The guys formerly known as The Refreshments have been making an even bigger impact on the country/pop rock scene as RCPM, and, joined by LaRue, should shake things up a bit at Cain's this weekend. LaRue's style blends varied elements of country, blues and soulful rock into cohesive, vocal driven performances. Tickets are $17 in advance and $19 the day of the show. Call 866-443-8849 or visit www.cainsballroom.com or the Cain's Box office for tickets.
Euro-Rock. On Sunday, Sept. 23, get your groove on at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, with popular London band Bloc Party. They'll bring the Brit jitter guitar pop that's melodic, dark and danceable, with openers Deerhoof, from California, and Seattle's Smoosh. Tickets are $29 and doors open at 7pm. Call 866-443-8849, visit cainsballroom.com or the Cain's Box office for tickets.
Jamboree. We hope your grass is blue because Railroad Earth and Hot Buttered Rum are gracing the stage at Cain's this Mon., Sept. 24. Railroad Earth established themselves as a regular to the festival circuit just after their first recording in 2001. Hailing from New Jersey, Railroad Earth has toured all over the country gathering a loyal following of "Hobos," who tour with them and archive their concerts. Tickets are $18 and doors open at 7pm. Call 866-443-8849 or visit cainsballroom.com or the Cain's Box office for tickets.
I Do Solemnly Swear... Underoath, a metallic Christian band that takes your angst and whaps it upside your head, will appear at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, on Wed., Sept. 26, with Everytime I Die, Maylene and the Son's of Disaster. Show starts at 6pm, and tickets are $22.25 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Call 866-443-8849 or visit cainsballroom.com or the Cain's Box office for tickets.
Young Love. Tulsa Ballet presents Michael Smuin's Emmy Award-winning production of Romeo and Juliet, possibly Shakespeare's most compelling tragedy, Sept. 21-22 at 8pm and Sept. 23 at 3pm. The story is one that never grows old and is never told with more empathy than through dance, with music by Serge Prokofiev. The timeless tale of spiritual love, physical attraction, family conflict and a tragic ending provides an impressive start to Tulsa Ballet's 51st season. All performances in the Chapman Music Hall of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St. For tickets and information, visit either www.tulsapac.com or www.tulsaballet.org.
The Royals. In The Lion in Winter, by James Goldman, King Henry II of England has three sons by Eleanor of Aquitane: Richard, Geoffrey and John. All three want to rule, but Henry favors the youngest, Eleanor favors the eldest, and the middle son hopes to play both ends against each other and come out on top. Uneasy is the head on which the crown lies, and uneasy the truce between a matchless king and queen. Theatre Tulsa presents this 1966 Broadway classic, Sept. 21-23 and 27-29, in the Liddy Doenges Theater of the Tulsa PAC, 2nd & Cincinnati, with all shows beginning at 8pm, except for the Sept. 23 matinee, which begins at 2pm. For tickets and information, visit www.tulsapac.com.
Celtic Stars. The Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust will present a one-time performance by Bodega Fri., Sept. 21 at 8pm in the John H. Williams Theater of the Tulsa PAC, 2nd & Cincinnati. Together their music has a kind of fierce energy, imagination, and joie de vivre that you just don't hear very often. This award-winning five-piece Scottish band is making huge waves on the Celtic scene...and all before the age of 20. Tickets are $20 and $25 and may be purchased at www.tulsapac.com or by calling 596-7111.
New Directions. The Koresh Dance Company, based in Philadelphia, blends ballet, modern dance and jazz and will bring its act to Tulsa's PAC, 2nd & Cincinnati, in the John H. Williams Theater, Sept. 24 and 25 at 8pm. Founded in 1991, Koresh selectively chooses his dancers to create the most dynamic and exhilarating dance troupe possible. The troupe was founded by Israeli choreographer Ronin Koresh. His original choreography has resulted in sold-out performances throughout the nation. The show is presented by the newly formed Choregus Productions. Tickets are $32 and may be purchased at www.tulsapac.com or the PAC box office.
Past Alive. "Tulsa in a Parade of Color" is an exhibit of photographs by Don Thompson 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, through Jan. 13. Admission is $4, call 336-4949 or pricetower.org for more information.
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, through 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.
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.
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.
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.
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