Take Off! Did you know the 38th Annual Tulsa Zoo Run is the second oldest running event in Tulsa? This ever-popular event takes place Sat., Oct. 6 and features 10k, 5k and 1-mile Fun Run options for area athletes, winding through Mohawk Park and finishing up on the zoo grounds. Race begins at 8:15am for the Fun Run, 8:45am for the 5k run and 9am for the 10k run. Call 669-6608 for more information about the event.
Clarinets, steel guitars and fireworks
Thursday, October 4
Get a completely altered view of T-Town at the kaleidoscopic WaKOW! Collective multimedia exhibition, "Holy/Oil." This challenging work fuses the historically powerful cultures of oil and religion (dominant in the Tulsa area for decades on end) into one all-encompassing, multi-layered experience that, hopefully, sheds new light on the city and its culture. The exhibit opens tonight at the Myers Gallery, 308 S. Kenosha, with an artist's talk at 6:30pm.
Friday, October 5
Independent filmmakers and independent film-lovers alike won't want to miss out on the 6th Annual Bare Bones Script-2-Screen Film Festival & Movie-Biz Conference this weekend. The conference kicks off today with a slew of workshops, independent movie screenings, seminars, panels and networking parties, culminating with an awards gala on Sunday. Visit www. HYPERLINK "http://www.script2screenfilmfestival.com/"; \o "http://www.script2screenfilmfestival.com/"; script2screenfilmfestival.com for a complete schedule of events.
Saturday, October 6
Tulsa Opera's theme for their new season is "60 Years of Music Worth Seeing." Pretty audacious. To drive their musical point home right off the bat, the revered company will launch their season with the beloved Puccini opera, Tosca. Soprano Isabella Mederi, in her American debut, will lead an impressive cast including Johann Valdimarsson, Peter Lindskoog, and Richard Sutliff. Vocal fireworks aplenty are guaranteed...not to be missed. Catch a performance tonight at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 2nd & Cincinnati, 7:30pm.
Sunday, October 7
The Tulsa Symphony Orchestra invites you to take the family out to the park and enjoy an evening of music while the evenings are still (hopefully) warm and pleasant. Their Symphony at Sunset takes place tonight at the Tulsa Country Club, 701 N. Union Ave., and even features a fireworks display to cap off the night. Music starts at 6pm. Visit www.tulsasymphony.org for details.
Monday, October 8
Travel the world (sort of) from the comfy seats of the Tulsa PAC, 2nd & Cincinnati. The ever-popular Armchair Traveler film series kicks off a new season today with Corsica & the Rivieras, featuring beautiful travel footage that whisks you from the mountains of Corsica to the French seashore to Cinque Terre in Italy. Screenings will take place at 2pm and 7:30pm. Filmmaker Stan Walsh will be present to answer questions.
Tuesday, October 9
If you think pedal steel guitar is relegated only to country music and Hawaiian tunes, think again. R&B/pop/rock/funk combo Robert Randolph and the Family Band features the pedal steel prominently in all their dance floor packing songs and there ain't a cowpoke or hula skirt in sight. Check 'em out tonight at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main... and be prepared to groove all night long. Rose Hill Drive will open the show. Doors open at 7pm.
Wednesday, October 10
The Tulsa Clarinet Quartet will entertain your ears at lunchtime today, for free! Just head over to the Kathleen Westby Pavilion, 110 E. 2nd St., and enjoy the laidback sounds of professional clarinetists Christy Andrews, Rozetta Strother, Mary Lollis and Kristi Sturgeon. Concert begins at 12:10pm. Bring some food. Relax.
Thursday, October 11
If you decided to forego all the hoopla surrounding the unearthing of the Buried Belvedere earlier this year and the subsequent time capsule opening ceremony, now's your chance to view all the '50s artifacts, up-close and personal. Head over to the Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 S. Peoria, and take in their current exhibit, "Flashback '57: Tulsarama & The Buried Belvedere." Gallery hours are 10am-4pm.
Fall Kicks In
Moon Walkers. The surviving crewmembers of the Apollo missions tell their stories through a combination of technology and nostalgia in In the Shadow of the Moon. Jim Lovell and Buzz Aldrin are featured in the film that focuses on one of the defining passages of American history: the Apollo Space Program literally brought the aspirations of a nation to another world. Awe-inspiring footage and candid interviews with the astronauts who visited the moon provide an unparalleled perspective on the state of our planet. The fifth of six films to celebrate the Oklahoma Centennial at Circle Cinema, In the Shadow of the Moon, opens Fri., Oct. 5 at Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis, with guest astronauts William Reid Pogue on Oct. 5 and John Bennett Herrington on Oct. 12. Call 592-FILM or visit www.circlecinema.com for showtimes.
Fine Art Persecuted. For twelve years, the Nazis looted and destroyed art on a scale unprecedented in history. But heroic young art historians and curators from America and across Europe fought back, mounting a miraculous campaign that would rescue and return the millions of art works displaced by the war. The Rape of Europa is a feature documentary that takes the audience on an epic journey through seven countries and into a violent whirlwind of fanaticism, greed, and warfare that threatened to wipe out the artistic heritage of Europe. Joan Allen narrates the chronicle about the battle over the very survival of centuries of western culture, which opens Sunday, Oct. 7 at Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis, with a guest speaker from Philbrook Art Museum. Call 592-FILM or circlecinema.com.
Give Me Cain's or Give Me Death. Who's from Tulsa and named his band after that giant California water pipe? If you guessed David Terry, the man behind Aqueduct, then you'll probably be at Bob's (Cain's second stage) for a dose of that lovelorn indie-pop music. The new CD, Or Give Me Death, is idiosyncratically Terry and features a grand piano, new loops and more electric guitar. See him at Bob's, Fri., Oct. 5 at 8pm with The Red Alert. Tickets are $13 at Cain's Box Office, 423 N. Main, or order at 866-443-8849 or cainsballroom.com.
Bonamassa Me. He played with B.B. King when he was 12 years old, Guitar Player voted him 2007 Blues Player of the Year, and he recently topped the Billboard charts with his blues song, "Sloe Gin." Joe Bonamassa's seventh studio album, Sloe Gin has been called a magic mirror album: it serves up reflections from the listener's own disposition. He's bringing his bluesy style to Cain's Ballroom Sat., Oct. 6 with Crosby Loggins and Dustin Pittsley HYPERLINK "https://www.268store.com/dcb.php?m=product_detail&p=141"; \t "_blank" opening. Tickets are $26.50, go to Cain's Box Office, 423 N. Main, order by phone 866-443-8849 or cainsballroom.com. Doors open at 7pm.
Family Rock. Taking influences from Led Zeppelin, Jimmie Hendrix, Stevie Wonder and his hometown church services, Robert Randolph and the Family Band's new CD, Colorblind is a mixture of all parts. Featuring Jason Crosby on the Hammond B2 organ, Robert Randolph on the pedal steel, Danyel Morgan on bass and Marcus Randolph on drums, the Family Band's got a sound from way out, and they're coming to Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main on Tues., Oct. 9 with Rose Hill Drive. Doors open at 7pm, tickets are $24, go to Cain's Box Office, order by phone 866-443-8849 or cainsballroom.com.
Screamo-Emo. It's a double whammy with Senses Fail and New Found Glory co-headlining with openers Set Your Goals and The Receiving End of Sirens, (who comes up with these names?), at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, on Wed., Oct. 10. Doors open at 7pm, tickets are $23 advance or $28 the day of the show, go to Cain's Box Office, 423 N. Main, order by phone 866-443-8849 or cainsballroom.com.
Artsy Fartsy. On Sat., Oct. 6, Utica Square is home for a day to over 130 artists for Art in the Square. This gathering of artists and patrons provides a casual outdoor environment to view and purchase some new works starting at $10; Utica Square, 21st & Utica, from 10am-5pm, it is free and open to the public.
The Art and Romance of Opera. Tulsa Opera opens its season by celebrating "60 Years of Music Worth Seeing," with the classic opera: Tosca, by Giacomo Puccini on Sat., Oct. 6. The tale takes place in Napoleonic Rome and tells of the ill fated and beautiful opera diva Floria Tosca and what she must do to rescue her lover, Cavaradossi, who has been trapped in the web of the lecherous Chief of Police, the Baron Scarpia. Premiering in America is soprano Isabella Mederi as Tosca and tenor Johann Valdimarsson as Cavaradossi. Returning to the stage are some of Tulsa Opera's favorites: baritone Peter Lindskoog and Tulsa native Richard Sutliff as the Sacristan. Tosca is showing at the Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St., Oct. 6 and 12 at 7:30pm and Oct. 14 at 2:30pm. Tickets start at $20, call the ticket office at 866-298-2530 or tulsaopera.com.
Every Honeybee Fills with Jealousy. The joint will be hoppin' with songs such as "Honeysuckle Rose," "Your Feet's Too Big" and "Mean to Me," when The Liddy Doenges Theatre transforms into The Cotton Club for Grace Ann Production's new musical tribute to Thomas "Fats" Waller. E. Kirby, Jr. directs and performs in the fabulous and fun Ain't Misbehavin' along with Donnie Nabors and Carrie Compere, Vashonda Sherra, Crystal Bailey and Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame recipient Donald Ryan, at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St. Performances will take place Oct. 5-6 at 8pm, and Oct. 7 at 2pm. Tickets are $35 for table seating, $25 adult admission and discounts are available for students and seniors. Call the ticket office at 596-7111 or tulsapac.com.
From the Page to the Stage. The production of Junie B. Jones is part of the Tulsa PAC Trust's Imagination Series, adapted from Junie B. books: First Grader (at Last!), Boss of Lunch, and One-Man Band with lyrics by Marcy Heise and music by Zina Goldrich. The heroine of the books by Barbara Park is lighting up the stage Fri., Oct. 5 at 7pm and Sat., Oct. 6 at 11am in the John H. Williams Theatre, 110 E. 2nd St. Tickets are $4 for the morning performances and $7-$8 for the evening and Sat. performances, call the ticket office at 596-7111 or go to tulsapac.com.
Armchair Travelers: Hop To! Take a refreshing journey along the rocky roads of Corsica--the most mountainous island in the Mediterranean, cross the Ligurian Sea and explore the extended Riviera from Cannes in France to Carrara and the Cinque Terre in Italy. Filmmaker Stan Walsh will be on hand at each screening of Corsica & the Rivieras to chat and answer questions, Oct. 8 at 2pm and 7:30pm, at the John H. Williams Theatre, 110 E. 2nd St. Tickets are $8, go to tulsapac.com or call 596-7122.
Brown Bag It and Chill. It all started with four friends getting together to play some quartets and voila! Tulsa Clarinet Quartet was born in the spring of 2000. The members--Christy Andrews, Rozetta Strother, Mary Lollis and Kristi Sturgeon--are all professional clarinetists who also give private lessons. TCQ has performed as "Artists in the Schools" in Tulsa area schools with support from the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa and the Tulsa Starlight Band. The quartet's first CD, Caroling Clarinets, was released last December. Chill with the Tulsa Clarinet Quartet on Wed., Oct. 10 at 12:10pm, at the Kathleen Westby Pavilion, 110 E. 2nd St. for free.
Pow Wow Epiphanies. Philbert Bono, a member of the Cheyenne Indian nation, lives in Lame Deer, MT, and dreams of the old ways--when his people lived close to the land and not in the "American Third World squalor" of trailer parks and corner liquor stores. Philbert's a lumbering giant of a guy...nothing ever seems to bother him and nothing can wipe that beatific grin off his face. The man-child Philbert, a naive, trusting, soul-wise character is followed throughout the film, on a course toward gradual enlightenment. The film Pow Wow Highway is showing Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1:30pm with an introduction and commentary by Dr. Joseph Kestner, University of Tulsa, at Tom Gilcrease, Jr. Auditorium, 1400 Gilcrease Museum Rd. call 596-2700 for more information.
Art: 21 at Philbrook. Philbrook is showing two episodes from PBS' Season Four: Art: 21--Art in the Twenty-First Century, which consists of four episodes: "Protest," "Ecology," "Paradox" and "Romance." Filmed in the artists' studios, homes, and exhibition spaces, the featured artists speak directly to the audience in their own words, reflecting on their inspiration and working processes. Discussion will follow the hour-long preview of "Paradox" and "Romance," Thurs., Oct. 4, 6-7:30pm. Free with museum admission at Patti Johnson Wilson Hall-Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Rd. Call 748-5309 or check livingarts.org and pbs.org/art21 for more information.
Versions of Tulsa. The WaKOW! Collective really outdid themselves with their kaleidoscopic versions of Tulsa, wrapping it neatly in the subject of "Holy/Oil." The multimedia work explores the cultural, ethical and aesthetic intersections of oil and religion in Tulsa...the foundations of the city. The work evolved by visiting many specific sites in Tulsa associated with the regional history of either oil or religion, and collecting raw materials through writing, audio recording, and photography. The Wa-KOW! Collective then altered, edited and arranged the materials, while incorporating samples from songs, films, texts and images related to Tulsa. The resulting experiments consist of multilayered works that echo and transform the original documents into something new. The collective opens Thurs., Oct. 4, 5-8pm, with an artists' talk at 6:30pm, at the Myers Gallery, 308 S. Kenosha. Gallery hours are Saturdays 1-4pm and Thursdays 5-8pm.
Don't Just Sit There, Do Something! Living Arts of Tulsa wants all poets and those impacted by war to join in a night of poetic declaration. Witness triumph over tragedy during the exploration of the art of war at home and abroad. Confidence and the Living Arts Performance Committee curates The Art of War--poetry and performance Sat., Oct. 6 at Living Arts of Tulsa, 308 S. Kenosha, 8pm, $7 non-member and $5 members. Visit livingarts.org or call 585-1234.
Sunset Serenade. Delight your ears, Sunday, Oct. 7 at Symphony at Sunset...an evening of music and fireworks with Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. The gates of Tulsa Country Club, 701 N. Union Ave., open at 3pm, the music starts at 6pm and fireworks are at dusk. Free parking at OSU-Tulsa and shuttle to the club, tickets are $10 at the Club or call 584-3645 or tulsasymphony.org.
Talking T-Shirts. Old T-Shirts are the center of attention for this month's Equality Center exhibit, "Out of the Closet." The show is a retrospective of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) themed T-Shirts from the private collection of former gift-shop owner Tom Neal. The displayed shirts, both regional and international, will offer a glimpse into the history of the gay rights movement as seen through T-Shirt design. The opening meet-the-artist reception is Thurs. from 6-9pm and is catered by Brother's Pizza Depot. The exhibit will remain up through the month of Oct., and can be viewed Mon.-Sat. from 3-9pm. The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center is located at 621 E. 4th St., in downtown Tulsa, more info at okeq.org.
Bad to the Bone. Get into the independent film craze at the 6th Annual Bare Bones Script-2-Screen Film Festival & Movie-Biz Conference. Held at Tulsa Community College-Metro Campus, 9th & Cincinnati, Oct. 5-7, the festival has a variety of events: workshops, panels, seminars, independent movie screenings, networking parties, red carpet photo walks and an awards gala. Tickets are $10. Complete listings and schedules are at HYPERLINK "http://www.script2screenfilmfestival.com/"; \o "http://www.script2screenfilmfestival.com/"; script2screenfilmfestival.com or call 616-1335.
Musical Heritage. Take in a traditional method for preserving Native American history and culture at the free Flute Festival in Tahlequah. Inspired by the Flute Circle at the Cherokee Heritage Center, the Flute Festival includes two days of performances, 50 vendors and 3 days of workshops beginning Fri., Oct. 5. There is also a variety of free educational workshops, musical performances and art by the Cherokee Artists Association. Since it is a centralized location, the festival coordinators are able to bring in many artists who are not willing to travel across the nation. The festival is on the grounds of Tenkiller Lodge located in Keys, OK, a few miles south of Tahlequah. For more information, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.okflutefest.com"; okflutefest.com or call 457-4893.
Barefoot is Back. Barefoot in the Park follows young New Yorkers Corie and Paul Bratter (played by Lara Wells and Steven Remington), fresh off their whirlwind honeymoon, as they begin their married life together in a tiny fifth floor walk-up. He is a conservative young lawyer. She is a free-spirited romantic. Throw in her meddling mother (Donna Carter), their eccentric upstairs neighbor (Josh New), and a hilarious sequence of misunderstandings that test the boundaries of their love. Performances through Oct. 7 at Sapulpa Community Theatre, 124 S. Water, 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2pm on Sundays. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, call the SCT box office at 227-2169.
Step Right Up! The Carnies are coming to Tulsa for the annual Tulsa State Fair, through Oct. 7. This year the Fair hosts four new rides with Viper, Genesis, Wave Swinger and Extreme, a creative arts exhibit, an 11-foot tall tree man--yes, that tree is actually following you--as well as exhibitors from all 77 counties in Oklahoma, lots of fair food and other goodies. Gates are open from 8am-9pm, and tickets are $8, but there are promotions every day that'll save you a buck or two. Check out www.exposquare.com/fair, or go to the Expo Square box office, at 21st and Yale, for more information.
Look Again. Trained as a sculptor, Lucy Gunning has, for the past 15 years, focused on film and video installation works that examine the idiosyncrasies of human behavior. Gunning's work exudes a sympathetic curiosity as she underscores the strangeness that often lies at the heart of apparently normal human behavior. The understated simplicity of Gunning's filmed scenarios--a woman imitating the sound of a horse (The Horse Impressionists, 1994) or drunken businessmen trying to navigate their way home through London's Liverpool Station (Esc, 2004)--gradually reveal subtle psychological insights, tensions between fantasy and reality and levels of complexity within her chosen subject. Gunning's work de-familiarizes the familiar by disrupting and undermining social conventions and expected behavior through play and humor.
For her newest project, "Focus 4," Gunning developed a new work that was unveiled at Philbrook, 2727 S. Rockford Rd., and will be on display through Dec. 30. Call 749-7941 or visit www.philbrook.org for more information.
Ya Gotta Laugh. Wonderful World, written by Richard Dresser and directed by Lisa Stefanic, is a fast-paced comedy about family misunderstandings between two brothers competing for their mother's attention and their girlfriends' patience. The plot spirals out of control as gossip and truth become interchangeable. Showing at Heller Theatre, 5328 S. Wheeling Ave., Oct. 4-6 at 8pm. Call 746-5065.
Our Very Own. In honor of Oklahoma's 100th birthday, Pierson Gallery presents "Oklahoma Artists: A Centennial Celebration," an exhibit of noted Oklahoma artists Charles Banks Wilson and Alexandre Hogue. Both men rose to national prominence as painters, muralists and printmakers whose work expresses the life and landscape in which they lived. A large collection of Wilson's early and recent paintings, drawings and lithographs will be on display at the gallery. A series of six paintings created during Hogue's graphic period in the 1970s will be shown during this exhibit.
"A Centennial Celebration" runs through Nov. 10. Gallery hours are Tues.-Fri. 9:30am-5:30pm and Sat. 10am-4pm at 1307-1311 E. 15th St. Call 584-2440 or piersongallery.com.
Intuitive Transitional Artsy. Brooke Apker Knight is a young Tulsa artist who finds inspiration in people and their passions...from music to motherhood to domestic pleasures. She paints in an expressionist style that borders on whimsical. For her, the simplicity of forms and faces makes the people and things she portrays more universal and accessible. "Chords" is an exhibition of recent acrylics and drawings, showing at the PAC Gallery, 110 E. 2nd St. Oct. 4-28, 10am-5:30pm, free.
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 will continue through March 9, 2008, at 1400 Gilcrease Museum Road. Call 596-2700 or go to www.gilcrease.org for more info.
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.
American History Up Close. "1776-1876: A Century of American History in Art" will be on display at the Gilcrease Museum, 1400 Gilcrease Museum Rd., through December. 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.
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