Time Warp, Anyone? It's almost become a Halloween tradition here in T-Town. For the third straight year, American Theatre Company's production of The Rocky Horror Show will take over the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 2nd & Cincinnati, bringing the transsexual Transylvanian, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, and his cast of singin', dancin' weirdos to the stage for some outlandish fun. Showtimes are Oct. 25-27 at 8pm.
Thursday, October 25
Rogers State University in Claremore will have the distinction of debuting the musical Woody Guthrie's American Song in the state of Oklahoma. Written by Peter Glazer, this production features selections from Guthrie's impressive repertoire (he wrote more than 1,000 songs), including such standards as "This Land is Your Land" and "So Long, It's Been Good to Know You." Debut performance is tonight at 7pm in the Black Box Theatre at RSU, 1701 W. Will Rogers Blvd. in Claremore.
Friday, October 26
For a night of thought-provoking theatre, try the original, one-woman play, An Evangelist Drowns, tonight at the Liddy Doenges Theatre at the PAC, 110 E. 2nd St. Based on the story of Aimee Semple McPherson, a compelling and popular evangelist who overdosed on drugs in 1944, the play focuses on the last few hours of this troubled woman's existence as she contemplates the significant moments in her life. Performance begins at 8pm.
Saturday, October 27
In the mid-'80s, at the very height of height of MTV-fostered syntho-pop mania, Texas bad boys ZZ Top single-handedly kept the blues-rock torch lit on American pop and rock radio, stringing together several hit songs and videos (i.e. "Legs" and "Sharp Dressed Man") that eventually became classics. The still-bearded bunch will crank it up this evening on the Buffalo Run Casino's outdoor stage, located off of I-44 at 8520 S. Hwy. 69A. Concert starts at 7pm.
Sunday, October 28
Get jazzed this evening. Tulsa chanteuse Janet Rutland performs her renditions of classic Hollywood musical numbers--along with guitarist Randy Wimer, drummer Dave Breashears, bassist Brad Morris and trumpeter/vocalist Jeff Shadley--in "Screen Gems" tonight at The Jazz Depot, 1st & Boston. Concert starts at 5pm.
Monday, October 29
Local artist Brooke Apker Knight finds inspiration all around her... from the people in her life and their everyday lives and personal passions. Then she translates what she witnesses into expressionistic acrylic paintings and drawings that flirt with all-out whimsy. Her current exhibit, "Chords" is on display at the PAC Gallery, 2nd & Cincinnati.
Gallery hours are 10am-5:30pm. Free admission.
Tuesday, October 30
Get in the Halloween spirit tonight. Take your kiddos to HallowMarine at the Oklahoma Aquarium, 300 S. Aquarium Dr., in Jenks. Featuring a haunted sunken ship, ghost pirates, an indoor kids' carnival, trick-or-treat trail and spook house, your kids might accidentally learn something about aquatic life while having a boatload of fun. Of course, costumes are encouraged. Visit www.okaqurium.org for more details.
Wednesday, October 31
It's Halloween. Scare the crap out of someone you love. Then eat candy.
Thursday, November 1
As it turns out, size does matter. See what we mean at the annual "American Art in Miniature" fundraising exhibition at Gilcrease Museum, 1400 Gilcrease Museum Rd. Almost 200 artists have contributed works no larger than 9" x 12" unframed and sculptures no taller than 12" exclusive of the base. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Gilcrease Museum's educational and public programs. Silent auction will begin at 5:30pm. Visit www.gilcrease.org/aaim for more information.
The Freaks Come Out at Night
Get Your Freak On. If you don the best costume out of everybody who attends the 33rd annual Freakers Ball at Cain's, 423 N. Main, you could win $1,000. And with the addition of the fifth stage this year, there will be 30 live bands for your entertainment, plus the best costume contest at 11pm chosen by fellow freakers. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $11 advance, $13 day of. Call 866-443-8849 or visit cainsballroom.com for tickets and other information.
Trick-or-Fish. The Oklahoma Aquarium is getting into the Halloween spirit with HallowMarine. The fish and other saltwater creatures are now swimming in pirate-infested waters with a haunted sunken ship and ghost pirates. Kids and their grown ups can come for the indoor kids' carnival, trick-or-treat trail and spook house. The little pirates and mermaids, ghosts, goblins, superheroes and princesses are invited to wear their costumes for the games, prizes, candy and surprises in the tanks. As an added bonus, all Oklahoma Aquarium exhibits are open at a discount off regular admission, Oct. 27-31, from 6:30-9pm. The final night of HallowMarine is on Wed., Oct. 31 and will begin with a costume contest and prizes. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for kids at the Oklahoma Aquarium, 300 S. Aquarium Dr. in Jenks. Go to okaqurium.org for more.
Sharp Dressed Men. What is it about facial hair that preserves youth? ZZ Top may be on to something with their hairy faces because they don't look all that different now from 1986. If you were a fan of any of their music videos on MTV (back when MTV still played music videos) then you'll be pleased to know that ZZ Top has all three original members and still brings the thunder with mega hits like "Legs," "Just Got Paid," and "Tubesteak Boogie." Experience the wall of sound for yourself this Sat., Oct. 27 at the Buffalo Run Casino's outdoor stage, located off of I-44 at 8520 S. Hwy. 69A. Tickets are $40 advance and $45 the day of the show. Call 866-443-8849 or go to gettix.net for tickets and info.
Jamming the Depot. The last outdoor concert of the year for all you jazz lovers out there and for those who don't know they like jazz yet. The Jazz Depot, at 1st Street and Boston is having an open house and jamFEST this Fri., Oct. 26 at 6pm. Tours of the new Jazz Hall of Fame location will be available along with music, food and drinks. Go to okjazz.org for more.
Good Time Tunes. Hear some of the musical jewels from classic Hollywood musicals, including "Singin' in the Rain," "The Way We Were," "The Godfather" and other favorites when the diva of the original production, Janet Rutland, sings her heart out in "Screen Gems" at The Jazz Depot. She'll stun you with her vocals along with band members Randy Wimer on guitar, Dave Breashears on drums, Brad Morris on bass and Jeff Shadley on trumpet and vocals. Tickets are $10 for the Screen Gems production at the Jazz Depot at 5pm this Sunday, Oct. 28.
Hey, Woody Guthrie, Where Are You? Woody Guthrie escaped harsh family life in Okemah, OK, by hitting the road and traveling from Texas to California working odd jobs until he landed his own radio show in Los Angeles. His travels provided the inspiration for his songs of praise and protest, "This Land is Your Land," "So Long, It's Been Good to Know You," and "Pastures of Plenty." Peter Glazer adapted the musical, Woody Guthrie's American Song, from over 1,000 of Guthrie's songs, and Rogers State University will be the first theatre to present Woody Guthrie's American Song in Oklahoma. The musical starts this Thurs., Oct. 25 at 7pm in the Black Box Theatre at RSU, 1701 W. Will Rogers Blvd. in Claremore, and will show through Oct. 27. Tickets are $5. Call 343-7521 for more.
What's up with Evangelists? Aimee Semple McPherson, a charismatic evangelist who learned how to harness the power of the media and popular culture before succumbing to a drug overdose in 1944, is the topic of an original, one-woman play, An Evangelist Drowns. Written by Dr. Gregory Thompson, head of Rogers State University English department, focused his play on the final hours of the evangelist's life as she looked back and revisited her most significant moments. Mariah Owen, a 21-year-old RSU student from Claremore, will carry the entire one-woman show on her shoulders, playing a 54-year-old McPherson. The play will be at the Liddy Doenges Theatre at the PAC, 110 E. 2nd St., from Oct. 25-27. Tickets are $15. Call 596-7122 or visit tulsapac.com for more information.
Fashionistas. The Ihloff Salon and Day Spa is hosting its 10th Annual Masters Fall Collection Thurs., Oct. 25 at the Tulsa Convention Center Assembly Hall, 100 Civic Center. The Ihloff Masters Fall Collection X will benefit Resonance, Tulsa's premier non-profit support center for women and their families. Stunning before-and-after transformations of over 20 makeover recipients highlight the evening. Corporations and groups from around the Tulsa region sponsor a woman from their organization, or from Resonance, to receive a full makeover, including hairstyle, hair color and makeup. The results of the makeovers are transformational and the debut of their new look at the fashion show can be a tremendous self-esteem boost. Go to HYPERLINK "http://www.ihloffspa.com"; ihloffspa.com for more information.
Halloween in the Streets. It's time to show off you and your pet's costumes at the annual Boo Ha Ha parade this Sat., Oct. 27 on the Restless Ribbon, otherwise known as Brookside, 49th-33rd Streets on S. Peoria. The Brookside Lions Pancake breakfast starts at 7am and then it's trick or treating time. The pet costume contest starts at 12pm and the children's costume contest is at 1:30pm at the Food Pyramid. Go to www.brooksidetheplacetobe.com for more information.
It's a Bus Tour. But not any old bus tour, it's a tour of the "Williamsburg of the West," AKA Guthrie, OK. The bus leaves from the Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 S. Peoria, at 7:45am with John English as the guide. A representative from the Guthrie Convention and Visitors Bureau will be there to meet and greet at the Scottish Rite Temple, which is the largest Masonic Temple in the world. Then it's lunch and a tour of the Romanesque architecture in town. Last stops are the Oklahoma Territorial Museum and shopping on your own. Tickets are $75 per person. Go to tulsahistory.org for more information.
Witching Hour Cinema. Circle Cinema's opening at the witching hour for the showing of two grisly tales of murder and mayhem. On Fri., Oct. 26, at midnight, My Bloody Valentine tells the tale of a sleepy mining town, Valentine Bluffs, after a methane gas explosion trapped six miners in a shaft when key members of the crew left early to attend the town Valentine's Dance. Six weeks later, the sole survivor of the accident, Harry Warden, was rescued; he survived on the flesh of his fallen coworkers and went mad. He cut out the hearts of the guilty crew members, leaving a warning that the same would happen if the town ever again held a Valentine's Day celebration again. When a group of young miners and their girlfriends decide that the town has gone without a party long enough, a murderous maniac in mining gear begins to wickedly dispatch townsfolk in bloody and creative ways.
Sat., Oct. 27 at midnight, Friday the 13th is back on the big screen to scare and tantalize any unsuspecting guests. The campers at Camp Crystal Lake don't take the local loony's warnings seriously that the camp has a "death curse," and one by one, the counselors seem to drop as they engage in acts of pre-martial sex, smoking dope, and drinking. No two murders are alike, but who is the killer? Circle Cinema is at 10 S. Lewis and both movies are showing at midnight. Call 592-FILM or go to circlecinema.com for more information.
Relatively Rich. In the mystery farce Hide and Shriek by Tim Kelly, June Hunger is being hounded by a dangerous young woman who is convinced June stole her man. June heads for the hills where she is taken in by a bizarre hillbilly family because she looks like Daisy Belle, a relative who disappeared after she hid $60K... though she still gets a quarterly check from a law firm. June agrees to impersonate Daisy Belle in order to collect the checks. The over-the-top action, chills and thrills, and funny dialogue come alive this Fri. and Sat., Oct. 25-28 at the Broken Arrow Community Playhouse, 1800 S. Main in Broken Arrow. Tickets are $13. Call 258-0077 or visit bacptheatre.com for tickets and other information.
The Outlaw: U.S. Government. Indians, Outlaws and Angie Debo is a documentary about how historian Angie Debo exposed the government's plan to steal mineral rich land from its rightful tribal owners. Special guest Susan King, who plays Debo, will be present for a Q&A session after the film, which is showing at the Circle Cinema Thurs., Oct. 25 at 7pm. The film is free.
Functional Jumpsuits. The name Red Jumpsuit Apparatus was kinda a fluke for the young self-starters from Florida... but it ended up a fine representation of their functional, multi-purpose musical style that's got a hemline of pop, a lining of punk and inseam of sceamo durability. The Jumpsuits will be at Cain's Ballroom Wed., Oct. 31 for a thrilling Halloween night, featuring Hawthorne Heights, Amber Pacific and New Years Day. Doors open at 7pm at Cain's Ballroom. Tickets are $25. Call 866-443-8849 or visit cainsballroom.com to get 'em and other info.
Peas in a Pod. So I guess American Idol really does make or break new stars, and it's all make for Bucky & Jason. These guys have been "raising the bar" for new male artists since they've emerged with smash singles, chart-topping albums, and a level of success that hasn't been achieved by debut country males in years. Raisin' the Bar tour featuring Jason Michael Carroll and Bucky Covington. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are $24 advance, $28 day of at Cain's Ballroom.
Towels and Socks. The Christian band with a mission, David Crowder Band, is stopping at Cain's Ballroom Fri., Oct. 26, on the Remedy Club tour. Bring towels and socks. Like we said, they're on a mission to help the homeless and towels and socks are among the most needed items by shelters. The concert also features Phil Wickman and The Myriad. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are $24 advance, $29 day of the show.
Good Things Come in Small Frames. Isn't everything cuter when it's small? Get out your bifocals and wallet for the annual "American Art in Miniature" fundraising exhibition, which opened Oct. 20 at Gilcrease Museum.
All works of art are no larger than 9" x 12" unframed and sculptures are no taller than 12" exclusive of base. This year, nearly 200 artists are participating, with proceeds from the sale benefiting Gilcrease Museum's educational and public programs. The American Art in Miniature silent auction art sale will be Thurs., Nov. 1 at 5:30pm, at Gilcrease Museum, 1400 Gilcrease Museum Rd. Call 596-2758 to register or visit www.gilcrease.org/aaim for more information.
Dammit Janet! Let's do the Time Warp again, The Rocky Horror Show is back for round three at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Oct. 25-27 at 8pm. Dr. Frank-N-Furter and his unusual housemates will be dancing and singing 'til the saucers come home. John H. Williams Theatre, 110 E. 2nd St. Tickets are $24 call 596-7122 or tulsapac.com.
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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