Native Art. In the past, Native American artists from Oklahoma have had to travel to other states to find substantial art markets in which to sell their wares to the general public. The folks at Cherokee Casino, I-44 East, Exit 240A, want to change all that, however. The 2nd Annual Cherokee Art Market will once again draw 200 of the finest Native American artists from around the nation to Catoosa to showcase an impressive array of jewelry, paintings, pottery, basketry, beadwork, sculptures and textiles. The market will be open Oct. 13-14, 10am-5pm. (Pictured: Common Values, Common Ground by Bill Rabbit.)
Thursday, October 11
Beer lovers won't want to miss the Tulsa Press Club's annual fundraiser, First Draft, a celebration of "the brewing arts," tonight at the Atlas Life Building, 415 S. Boston. Get your taste buds around 40 boutique brews from across the globe--pilsners, porters, stouts, lagers and ales--all imbibed from your very own official First Draft pint glass. Fun starts at 5pm. Call 581-8450 for more details.
Friday, October 12
Improv comedy isn't easy. Performers who can successfully transform a random phrase or idea suggested by an audience member into something humorous (in the blink of an eye) are in a league of their own. The concept of an improv comedy three-act play is, obviously, even more impressive. But that's exactly what you'll get at a Spontaniacs show. See it for yourself tonight at Heller Theatre, 5328 S. Wheeling. Show starts at 8pm.
Saturday, October 13
Tulsa pop-rock mainstays Admiral Twin have been hard at work on their new CD, The Center of the Universe, for almost three years now. Whew! Help them (finally) celebrate the release of their new pop opus tonight at the Roc Bar 18th, on the bustling corner of 18th & Boston. Local faves The Red Alert and gloSoul will also perform.
Admission to the show is absolutely free. Music starts around 9:30pm.
Sunday, October 14
As ever, Tulsa is swingin' on a Sunday night. Be sure to catch a performance this evening of Ladies Sing the Blues and Jazz, written and directed by the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame's very own Chuck Cissel. This musical revue showcases the talents of jazz icons Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Lee Wiley and Sarah Vaughan... as performed by local talents Rebecca Marks-Jimmerson, Starr Fisher, Sandy Gardner, Beverly Johnson, Dionne White, Valerie Collins and Keri Compare. Show starts at 5pm.
Monday, October 15
American Idol fanatics remember Elliot Yamin as the oft-under appreciated vocal powerhouse from the fifth season. He managed to come in third place against stiff competition that year... but has since released a well-received, self-titled debut CD. Catch him in concert tonight at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main. HYPERLINK "http://www.joshhoge.com/"; \t "_blank" Josh Hoge and HYPERLINK "http://www.thelastgoodnight.net/"; \t "_blank" The Last Goodnight will open the show. Doors open at 7pm.
Tuesday, October 16
The ever-touring Drive by Truckers will pull into Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, this evening. Joined onstage this time out by keyboardist and songwriter Spooner Oldham, a musical veteran who's backed everyone from Neil Young and Bob Dylan to Aretha Franklin, as well as pedal steel guitarist John Naff, the Truckers are sure to sound better than ever on this tour. Opening act Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses will kick off the evening. Doors open at 7pm.
Wednesday, October 17
"Red Heat: Contemporary Works in Clay," the national ceramics competition and exhibit hosted by Tulsa University's School of Art, features artists from all over the US specializing in everything from functional pottery to pure artistic expression through sculpture. Stop by and check out the competition for yourself today at the Alexandre Hogue Gallery at TU, 600 College Ave. Exhibit is free and open to the public.
Thursday, October 18
Past works from film/video/installation artist Lucy Gunning have included 1994's The Horse Impressionists, featuring a film of a woman imitating the sound of a horse, and 2004's Esc, which follows a drunk businessman trying to find his way through a London train station. See her latest foray into strangely connected societal observation, Focus 4, now on display at Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford. Visit www.philbrook.org for more info.
Here's to You. The Press Club's annual fundraiser, First Draft, takes a look at the beer brewing arts Thurs., Oct. 11 from 5-8pm, in the Atlas Life Building, 415 S. Boston. Sample 40 craft beers from around the world including, ales, stouts, porters, pilsners and lagers. Attendees will receive a pint glass with the First Draft logo and a magazine style event program. Proceeds support the Press Clubs mission to promote excellence in Journalism, encourage exchange of ideas between the community and news media and encourage students to pursue journalism careers. Tickets are $30 advance and $35 at the door. Call 581-8450 or email Kathryn.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Party Like Its 1999. If you've never seen Prince live, Vince Gibbs as Prince is the next best thing. You may have seen him in Missy Elliot's "Work It" video as Prince or at a Legends in Concert show. If not, then Fri., Oct. 12 is your lucky day because Prince is coming to Tulsa to party like its 1999... a tribute to Prince at the Continental, 1st and Elgin at 10pm. Cost is $7.
Comedypalooza. Take the PG-rated Who's Line is it Anyway and give it an R rating to get Kaminski and Kramer's Full Impact. This show is full of celebrity impersonations, music, audience involvement, skits and standup comedy. These guys are definitely ready to show you a good time, Oct. 11-14 at Loony Bin Comedy Club, 68th and Memorial. Call 392-5653 for reservations and show times.
Reality Bites. Walk through a real nightmare this month to see the leading killers of America's youth depicted live and realistically. The Guts Nightmare encompasses grueling scenes of suicide, drunken-driving accidents, school shootings, drugs and molestation. As brutal as this walk through sounds, there is a solution and an approach to positively impact participants presented at the end of the tour. Due to the graphic nature, participants must be at least 12 years old. Tickets are $8 at the door and $15 for an express pass. The Nightmare is open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays in Oct. Doors open at 7pm and tickets go on sale at 5pm at Guts Church, 9120 E. Broken Arrow Expy. Call 622-4422 or visit gutschurch.com for more info.
All Fired Up. It's that time of year again when the University of Tulsa's School of Art becomes host to three nationally known artists for the annual ceramics exhibit and competition. "Red Heat: Contemporary Works in Clay" is open thru Oct. 26 at the Alexandre Hogue Gallery at TU and features everything from functional pottery and decorative ceramic dishware to sculptural ceramic work. In addition to the activities surrounding "Red Heat," the School of Art is hosting artist Deborah Kahn, Thurs., Oct. 11 at 4pm in Phillips Hall, Room 211. Kahn is a 2004 Guggenheim Fellow in Visual Arts and her oil paintings are on display at the Bowery Gallery in New York. Oliver Herring is speaking Thurs., Oct. 18, at 7pm in the Lorton Lecture Hall. Herring's style is popular in the contemporary art world and his work is featured in the Art 21 PBS series. The public lectures and "Red Heat" exhibit are free and open to the public at TU, 600 S. College Ave. Call 631-2739 for additional info.
Spur of the Moment. All a Spontaniacs improv show requires is a dozen cupcakes, suspension of disbelief and audience participation. See a soap opera unfold in three acts as the players create characters and crises with total disregard for reality. Six funny people doing three outrageous acts in one fresh, new, made-up-on-the-spot play. This new brand of improvisational comedy premieres at Heller Theatre Fri., Oct. 12 at 8pm and is intended for adults. Tickets are $5 Heller Theatre 5328 S. Wheeling. Call 746-5065 for reservations.
Hot to Trot. Girl, leave your man at home and check out the Chippendale stud-muffins this Sat. night at Cain's Ballroom. The Broadway-style shows were established for the sheer entertainment of women and have become an icon of American culture around the world. The Men of Chippendales will be at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, for one night only, Sat., Oct. 13. Ages 17+ and an I.D. is a must. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Order by phone at 866-443-8849 or cainsballroom.com.
Down South. Down could be a state of mind or it could mean close to the ground, but this Down means "down south," as in New Orleans. Originally a Pantera side project, Down is touring with the new CD, Over the Under, which mixes blues, southern rock and metal together like Spanish moss in a magnolia tree. See them live Sunday, Oct. 14 at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main. Doors open at 7pm, tickets are $25 advance and $29 the day of the show, order by phone, 866-443-8849 or cainsballroom.com.
Native Heritage. The Cherokee Art Market returns to Cherokee Casino Resort in Tulsa Oct. 13-14. Unique and distinguished Native American art from across the nation by the top 200 elite Native American artists will be on display. Patrons will have the opportunity to view and purchase native paintings, sculptures, weavings, baskets, clothing, jewelry, and photography. To complement the art collection there are live performances of singing, dancing, and storytelling plus a Native American Art symposium. The Cherokee Casino is on I-44 and the 240A exit in Tulsa. Admission is free. Call 384-6990 or visit cherokeeartmarket.com for more information.
An American Idol at Cain's. Quick, who's the guy who came in third place on the fifth season of American Idol? Elliot Yamin did and he got some coveted props from Simon Cowell for his vocals that season. Yamin is now taking his debut CD Elliot Yamin on tour and he'll be stopping off at Cain's Ballroom Mon., Oct. 15. The debut CD is a jumble of ballads, hip hop, R&B and pop songs, surely to please everyone in the audience at different times. Playing with openers HYPERLINK "http://www.joshhoge.com/"; \t "_blank" Josh Hoge and HYPERLINK "http://www.thelastgoodnight.net/"; \t "_blank" The Last Goodnight, doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $22 advance and $25 day of the show, order by phone, 866-443-8849 or cainsballroom.com.
Keep on Truckin'. That's what the Drive by Truckers do...they keep on truckin' and this time around they're not touring with a new CD. The Dirt Underneath tour is an opportunity for the band to strip down to the essentials and get some inspiration from the road. Joining the tour is John Neff on pedal steel and guitars. Also joining the tour is keyboardist and songwriter Spooner Oldham, who's played with everyone from Neil Young and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin. The Dirt Underneath Tour heads to Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, on Tues., Oct. 16, with openers, Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses. Doors open at 7pm, tickets are $19 advance and $21 day of the show, order by phone at 866-443-8849 or online at cainsballroom.com.
Twelfth Fright. There's not only twelve nights of Christmas, but twelve nights of hair-raising thrills and chills too. Frontier City is home to the annual Fright Fest and everyone is invited to Oklahoma's largest Halloween celebration featuring entertainment that is "family by day" and "fright by night." Between the monsters roaming the park and ghouls lurking around every corner, guests are sure to get the thrill of their life. Fright Fest includes activities for the little goblins on the Pumpkin Patch Trick-or-Treat Trail and The House of Battoos. Big goblins can scream their heads off in the Haunted House on Fri. nights, Saturdays and Sundays. Frontier City is north of Oklahoma City on I-35, between Hefner Rd. and N.E. 122nd St. Fright Fest is free with park admission.
Welcome home, JFJO. One of Tulsa's most popular national acts, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, is coming back to Tulsa to visit the Jazz Hall of Fame for a performance at the new Jazz Depot, 5 S. Boston Ave. this Fri., Oct. 12, at 7:30pm. This American progressive postmodern jazz trio has played in classic venues all over the world. The trio is Brian Haas on piano, Reed Mathis on bass guitar and Josh Raymer on drums. Tickets are $13. Call the Jazz Depot at 596-1001 or visit okjazz.org for info.
Women of Song. Ladies Who Sing the Blues and Jazz, the original production written and directed by Chuck Cissel, debuts at the Jazz Depot this Sunday, Oct. 14, at 5pm. This brand new performance showcases the towering talents of musical icons Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Lee Wiley and Sarah Vaughan. Local song stylists Rebecca Marks-Jimmerson, Starr Fisher, Sandy Gardner, Beverly Johnson, Dionne White, Valerie Collins and Keri Compare round out a cast of female vocalists honoring these icons. Jazz stalwarts Chuck Gardner, Bill Crosby and Ken Leverette are providing the musical backing. Tickets are $10. Call the Jazz Depot at 596-1001 or visit okjazz.org to get 'em.
Industrial Grace. Take a gander at the world through the work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. His internationally acclaimed large-scale photographs of "manufactured landscapes," capture quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams to create stunningly beautiful art from civilization's materials and debris. The film Manufactured Landscapes follows Burtynsky through China as he shoots the evidence and effects of the country's massive industrial revolution. With breathtaking sequences, such as the opening tracking shot through an almost endless factory, the filmmakers also extend the narratives of Burtynsky's photographs, allowing meditation on our impact on the planet and witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste. Showing at Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis, Oct. 11, 14 and 16. Call 592-FILM or go to circlecinema.com for showtimes.
Everybody Needs a 303. The OK Electronic Music Festival includes exclusive premiere video documentary from electronic music pioneers like Dave Smith, the inventor of MIDI, and workshops and performances presented by Dave Gedosh, professor at University of North Texas Center for experimental music and inter-media. The workshops cover multi channel recording, recording techniques, gesture and space. Also, OK Electric 2007 features a host of audio and visual performances, including new works by Gedosh, Tulsa natives Stevedore, Glass Magnet, Novachild, Terminal Shock, Axis, Gary Hickey along with Oklahoma City artists Oblyvaeon, Aero Plex, Simulated Dawn, and last but not least, from Austin TX, CTRL. The OK Electronic Music Festival commences Oct. 12 and 13 at Living Arts of Tulsa, 308 S Kenosha Ave. $8 day pass, $20 weekend pass, which includes VIP after party with DJ Joel B. and Mike Scott. Call 585-1234 or go to livingarts.org/music for a complete schedule.
From Rags to Riches. The Centennial Ragtime Festival: Oklahoma Ragtime Connections at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 2nd & Cincinnati, starts Fri., Oct. 12, at 2:30pm with dynamic banjo/piano duo, Nora and Mark Hulse, alongside William "Ragtime Bill" Rowland and Bob Ault, playing old time rags that were published in Oklahoma or have other Oklahoma connections. At 7:30pm pianist Donald Ryan and guitarist Glenn Jenks will play that old time rag into the night. The festival continues on Sat. at 2:30pm with the future of Rag featuring young performers playing solo and in duets. The festival wraps up at 7:30pm, with Jeff Barnhart, band pianist, and Brian Holland on stride piano for the grand finale. The festival is at John H. Williams Theatre, at the PAC, 110 E. 2nd St. Tickets are $20 at ragtime4tulsa.org, 596-7111 or tulsapac.com.
Brown Bag Special. Pianist Amy Cottingham began playing the piano and violin at age three but her talents don't stop there... she also sings, composes, arranges, transcribes, teaches and performs classical and jazz. Her compositions of varying styles have been performed in Tulsa by the Signature Symphony and by local schools. She self-produced her CD of original compositions and has performed with vocal and instrumental ensembles around the world. Bring your lunch to the Kathleen Westby Pavilion at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center on Wed., Oct. 17, at 12:10pm. Concert is free and open to the public.
Keeping the Beat. The Yamato ensemble travels with several dozen large and small drums, including the odaiko drum made from a huge 400-year old tree, displaying the instruments' versatility and instinctive appeal, both in street performances and in large concert halls. The ten members of Yamato display their acrobatic abilities and elite physical fitness throughout the show as they run and leap all over the stage during the entire performance. And don't think you're not invited to participate. Throughout the high-energy show, the drummers also engage the audience, inviting members to participate by clapping to help keep the beats that range from a delicate tapping to explosive, thunderous rhythms. Choregus Productions bring the ancient art to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center this Wed., Oct. 17 at 8pm, in the Chapman Music Hall. Tickets are $18-$47, and to get 'em, call 596-7111 or go to tulsapac.com.
It's Back in Style. Prairie dresses and farm clothing are all the rage... that is if it's 1907. Actually, people were responsive to high fashion 100 years ago, and the Friends of the Murrell Home invite the public to attend a special Oklahoma Centennial celebration in which models demonstrate the useful and stylish clothing of the year that Oklahoma became a state. The fashion show features 20 models from the Oklahoma Historical Society wearing 60 outfits that men, women, and children would have worn in 1907. Models in the style show will be wearing everyday apparel, dress clothing, specialty outfits, and formal attire in the Historical Society's reproduction clothing collection. And during the show, guests are treated to a Victorian tea party. The show starts at 2pm on Sat., Oct. 13, at the Armory Municipal Center in Tahlequah. Reservations are required due to limited seating. Tickets are $15. Call 456-2751 or email email@example.com to make reservations.
Celebrating the Past and the Present. Three days of festivities celebrates The University of Tulsa's 100 years in the city of Tulsa, Oct. 11-13. A Homecoming Gala dinner honoring the past, present and future of TU and the city of Tulsa will be at 6:45pm, Fri., Oct. 12 in the Donald W. Reynolds Center on campus, 600 S. College. Other events include everything from a bonfire with fireworks to an elegant Homecoming Gala. Additional activities include reunions for the Classes of 1957 and 1967, Women's Basketball, Soccer and a Class of 1997 Law Reunion. For a grand finale, the Golden Hurricane football team takes on Marshall at 6pm, Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium. Call 631-2555 or go to utulsa.edu/alumni/homecoming.
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. 12 at 7:30pm and Oct. 14 at 2:30pm. Tickets start at $20. Call the ticket office at 866-298-2530 or visit tulsaopera.com.
Green Evolution. Take a walk through living history on Sunday, Oct. 14 with the Brady Heights Historic District Green Renovation tour. The tour highlights home remodels that have preserved historic integrity of the district while incorporating energy and resource conservation. Brady Heights is as old as Oklahoma herself, one of the homes on the tour predates statehood while the other homes were built between 1904 and 1930. The homes were originally built with leaded glass, carriage houses and broad porches. There are nine homes featured in this year's tour, which addresses both products and practices for better living. Call 592-9135 for tickets or go to greencountryok.com.
Hungry, Hungry Hippos. Hurricane Mason will be lending their rock and roll hands to Safari's Interactive Animal Sanctuary in Broken Arrow on Sat., Oct. 13. This fundraiser/party benefits Safari's, a non-profit organization, which helps feed rescued animals through the winter. The park will open at noon and attendees can walk the facility, visit, play with and learn about the nearly 200 rescued animals including bears, lions, tigers, wolves, zebras, alligators, snakes, and birds. Starting at 5pm, Hurricane Mason will roll out a special all-ages, 2-hour concert, heavy on their brand of hard drivin', high flyin', hard rockin' earth music. Tickets are $10 for advance tickets and $15 day of event at Safari's Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary, 26881 E. 58th St., Broken Arrow. Go to HYPERLINK "http://www.safarissanctuary.org/"; \o "http://www.safarissanctuary.org/"; \t "_blank" safarissanctuary.org or call 853-6516.
Parading Oklahoma. To commemorate Oklahoma's first 100 years, the Oklahoma Centennial Commission is planning the largest parade in state history, the Oklahoma Centennial Parade. With an expected cast of thousands, the Oklahoma Centennial Parade is scheduled to run through downtown Oklahoma City on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 2pm. Presented by Noble Corporation, the Oklahoma Centennial Parade is designed around the theme "Celebrate Oklahoma! A Unique History. An Extraordinary Future" and will fill downtown Oklahoma City streets with professionally-designed floats, giant helium-filled balloons of state icons and children's favorite characters, performance groups, celebrities and marching bands. The two mile-long route begins near Stage Center, at W. Sheridan and N. Hudson Ave., then proceeds east down Sheridan to Robinson Ave. At Robinson, the parade will turn right and proceed south to Reno Ave. then turn left and proceed east to N. E. K. Gaylord Boulevard. At Reno and Gaylord, the parade will turn left and move north into N. Broadway, where it will end at N.W. 8th St. The Centennial Parade is free and open to the public. For more information, visit HYPERLINK www.okcentennialparade.com okcentennialparade.com.
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 exhibit runs thru Oct. 25 at the Myers Gallery. Gallery hours are Saturdays 1-4pm and Thursdays 5-8pm.
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 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.
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.
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 thru Oct. 28, 10am-5:30pm. Show is 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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