Thursday, November 1
If passionate dance is your thing, don't miss your chance to witness world-class Spanish dancing tonight at the Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St. Dulce Flamenco Internacional will present an evening of traditional flamenco, featuring world-renowned dancer Pol Vaquero along with a company of talented male and female dancers from real gypsy flamenco families. Curtain rises at 7:30pm.
Friday, November 2
The Tulsa Opera is truly jazzed about its 60th anniversary. Help celebrate this evening by attending the Tulsa Opera 60th Anniversary Gala at the Jazz Depot, 5 S. Boston Ave. Dave and the Wavetones will keep the music swinging all night long, punctuated with a special guest performance by soprano Sarah Coburn. Cocktail attire requested. Call 582-4035, ext. 17 to make reservations. Party starts at 7pm.
Saturday, November 3
Animal lovers won't want to miss the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals' state centennial themed Fur Ball Gala fundraising event tonight. Dubbed "100 Years, 100 Tails," the party will feature a silent auction of works created by area artists, along with local gourmet cuisine and wine, and live entertainment by the Frank Brown Trio. Additionally, Oklahoma Secretary of State, Susan Savage, will speak about ongoing efforts to establish new legislation pertaining to puppy mills and class B animal dealers in Oklahoma. It all takes place at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 5 S. Boston Ave. Dress is black tie optional. Patron's party begins at 5:30pm.
Sunday, November 4
The Tulsa Ballet stretches its legs, stylistically, with its latest production, In White. This presentation of contemporary dance features three works by well-known choreographers: "The Concert," an alternately humorous/dramatic look at audience experiences in a concert hall; "Vivace," a neo-classical work set to music by Franz Schubert; and "Bruiser," which parallels dance with boxing, wrestling, and relationships in life. Performance begins at 3pm.
Monday, November 5
Texas singer Kevin Fowler is honky tonk all the way... and he's dang proud of it, by God. If there's any doubt, whatsoever, about his country-ness, song titles such as "Beer, Bait and Ammo" and "The Lord Loves a Drinking Man" should displeel them quickly. If boot scootin' makes you hoot'n'holler, you definitely won't want to miss Fowler in concert tonight at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main. Roger Creager will open the show.
Doors open at 7pm.
Tuesday, November 6
True-blue, diehard, real punk fans (i.e. those who were into punk a few decades before Green Day... yes, it's true kids, there was punk before Green Day) will get rocked properly tonight at the Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, when legends The Misfits take the stage. HotrodboB, Down for Five and Sworn Against will open the show. Doors open at 7pm.
Wednesday, November 7
Kansas City-based rapper Tech9ine has never quite fit into the music biz. It doesn't matter, though... over the years he's just made his own way, forging a music career out of independent releases that feature his fiercely independent/uncensored/unconventional music and lyrics. Touring for the release of his new CD, Everready (The Religion), Tech9ine will make a stop at Cain's Ballroom tonight along with opening acts Pot Luck, Isco-Say and Dog Faced Gods. Doors open at 7pm.
Thursday, November 8
In the thought-provoking, witty new Theatre Club production, Thom Pain (Based on Nothing), we look into the life of a scruffily handsome, passionate, popular college professor who suffers internally from the neglect he received as a child. See a performance this evening at the Tulsa PAC, 110 E. 2nd St. curtain rises at 8pm.
Body Art on Display. The second annual Midwest Body Art Festival is Nov. 2-4 at The Other Side, which is located at 6904 S. Lewis. The three-day festival will be from noon-10pm, Fri., Sat., and Sunday. In addition to tattooing, attendees can expect food vendors, body painting, jewelry vendors and live music at Crush Lounge. The festival will feature more than 30 booths showcasing the latest in tattooing and piercing by local, regional and national artists representing a wide variety of styles and backgrounds. Shading techniques, colors and even the needles used are just some of the differences to be displayed among the artists. Celebrity appearances will also be made by tattooist Kat the Tiger Lady as well as artists from famed A&E reality show "Inked" and the Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company. Tickets are $15- $30. Go to midwestbodyart.com.
California Cuties. The band of 20-year-old California dudes who call themselves Lifehouse is touring with its fourth album in seven years, Who We Are. The new album takes inspiration from their travels to make more and better ballads. Lifehouse will perform live at Cain's Ballroom Fri., Nov. 2, with opening band Midway State. Tickets are $21.25 in advance and $23.25 the day of the show. Doors open at 6pm at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main. Call 866-443-8849 or visit cainsballroom.com for tickets.
Bring it On, Fowler. The name Kevin Fowler usually means a full house and cheering crowds from pubs to arenas to dance halls and county fairs. Fowler's new CD Bring It On delivers Texan country with style, and his honky-tonk anthems such as "Beer, Bait, and Ammo," and "The Lord Loves a Drinking Man" bring out his edge. Surely our local dance hall Cain's can handle his down-home humor and heartfelt sentiment this Sunday, Nov. 4, with Roger Creager opening. Tickets are $19 and doors open at 7pm.
Halloween Come Late. If you haven't noticed the fiend skulls all over town then you probably aren't aware that the Misfits, the legendary punk band with 30 years of experience behind them, will be hitting the stage at Cain's Ballroom on Mon., Nov. 5. Jerry Only, the founding member of the Misfits, said he was taking a risk in resurrecting the band that he started in his youth, but now he's stronger, smarter and faster and touring with original drummer Robo and Dez Cadena on guitar. Opening bands HotrodboB, Down for Five and Sworn Against will kick off the show. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are $23 in advance and $27 the day of the show.
The King of Rap.
Kansas City rap king Techn9ine is coming to Cain's Ballroom this Wed., Nov. 7. Aaron Yates, the man behind the nine, is known for his open and uncensored approach to rap. His new album, Everready (The Religion), is symbolic of his rise and fall and rise again in the music industry. The show starts at 7pm with Pot Luck, Isco-Say and Dog Faced Gods. Tickets are $23 day of the show and $22 in advance.
Cheers, Good Fur Balls!
The theme for this year's Fur Ball Gala is "100 years, 100 Tails" in celebration of the hundreds of tails helped throughout the year by Oklahoma Alliance for Animals, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to reducing pet overpopulation through community collaboration and education. "100 Years, 100 Tails" is also the signature artwork created for the event by Tulsa artist Matt Moffett and will be up for live auction, in addition to a silent auction of works by local artists and craftsman, gourmet cuisine, vintages and live entertainment by the Frank Brown Trio. Oklahoma Secretary of State, Susan Savage, will speak about current efforts to introduce new legislation of puppy mills and class B animal dealers in Oklahoma. The Fur Ball Gala is Sat., Nov. 3 at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 5 S. Boston Ave. starting with a patron's party at 5:30pm. The dress is black tie optional and tickets are $100. Call 742-3700 or go to animalallianceok.org for more information.
The World Needs Another Folk Singer... Don't you just love a man with two first names? A lot of greats had two first names like Bob Dylan and Elton John. Meet Josh James, Tulsa's own broody, moody folk singer extraordinaire. He is kindly entertaining the media suits at the Tulsa Press Club this Thurs., Nov. 1 at Soundproof in the Atlas Life Building, 415 S. Boston, 5-7pm. Drink and food specials to boot, free and open to the public. Call 583-7737 for more.
Tulsa Opera Turns 60. Celebrate six decades of "Music worth Seeing" at the Tulsa Opera 60th Anniversary Gala this Fri., Nov. 2, at 7pm at the Jazz Depot. Dinner, dancing to the music of Dave and the Wavetones, and a special guest appearance by soprano Sarah Coburn will highlight the evening. Dress in cocktail attire and dance the night away. Individual tickets start at $250. Make your reservation by contacting Rusty Kidd in the development office, 582-4035, ext. 17, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's Black and White. An evening of humor, entertainment and athleticism is in store for local audiences when Tulsa Ballet raises the curtain on In White at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St., Nov. 2-4. In White is a presentation of contemporary dance featuring three works by well-known choreographers. The trilogy includes "The Concert," which is complete with both humor and dramatic storytelling as audiences relate to the experiences found in a concert hall, like having to switch seats because their fellow patrons have confused their tickets or wanting to switch seats because their view is blocked by a lady's large hat. In "Vivace," choreographer Val Caniparoli sets the neo-classical work of pure dance with a twist to music by Franz Schubert. The third piece, "Bruiser," choreographed by Stanton Welch and set to music by Graeme Koehn, reveals the flipside of a dancer's grace by illustrating the parallel between boxing, wrestling, and other sports with relationships and life. Individual tickets for In White are $20-$70.Call 749-6006 or 596-7111 or purchase online at tulsaballet.org and myticketoffice.com.
Southern Art for Sale. Architect and architectural historian John Brooks Walton has been in private practice in Tulsa since 1960. In 1990 Southern Living magazine listed him as one of the 25 outstanding southern architects in the U.S. He began painting with acrylics in 2003, with his many years of architectural training in composition and colors influencing his style. Walton's art will be for sale at the Performing Arts Gallery Nov. 1-30, Mon.-Fri., 10am-5pm. The event is free and open to the public. Call 596-7122 or go to tulsapac.com for more info.
Flamenco like You've never Seen. International flamenco star Pol Vaquero, one of the most notable young male dancers in Spain, will burn up the stage when he guest stars with Dulce Flamenco Internacional for a riveting evening of Spanish dance and music. These artists are from gypsy flamenco families who continue the tradition of flamenco that has been in their families for generations, and they continue to define the flamenco of today. This all-new concert presents a variety of male and female dance solos, musical solos and dance duets in a voyage through passion, power, joy, love, struggle and death. Thurs., Nov. 1 at the Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10-$45. Call 596-7122 or tulsapac.com for more.
Isn't He Charming? George Romero directs Scott Heberling in the Theatre Club production of Thom Pain (Based on Nothing). In this witty anecdotal performance, the audience looks into the life of a college professor who is devastated by childhood neglect, but as an adult has a handsome, slightly scruffy demeanor. He lectures with passion and ends up bewildering and bewitching his students. Tickets are $10. Showing at the Charles E. Norman Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center Nov. 2-3 and Nov. 8-10 at 8pm. Nov. 4 starts at 2pm. Call 596-7122 or visit tulsapac.com for tickets.
Non-traditional Celts. Defying the laws of tradition, The McDades' Celtic-rooted music fuses the spontaneity of jazz improvisation and infectious global rhythms. Their cutting edge sound is the perfect complement to their fiery performances. With vocal harmonies that can only come from a family and an obvious love of music, The McDades feature both energetic instruments and sensitive vocals. Tickets are $20 and $25. The McDade's will be performing at the John H. Williams Theatre of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Nov. 2 at 8pm. Call 596-7122 or go to tulsapac.com for tickets.
Music for a Song. The Second Annual Sickle Cell Musical & Talent Extravaganza is Sat., Nov. 3 at 6pm at the John H. Williams Theatre of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Community talent and creativity ranging from church choirs, praise dancers and poets to middle school fashion models will be spotlighted at the Oklahoma Chapter of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America's Second Annual Musical and Talent Extravaganza. In addition to providing lively family entertainment, a goal of the Extravaganza is raising awareness about sickle cell disease. The show also helps young people on the SCDAAO Youth Mentorship Committee. Tickets are $5. Call 428-1974 or register online at sicklecell-ok.org.
Artist Shane Hemberger has been doing some thinking lately about the process of getting to know new things. He examines how the mind acquires and constructs meaning for objects that go from new and discomforting to fitting into daily life. Hemberger is a painter whose work has been displayed around the state of Oklahoma in numerous solo and group exhibitions. He studied at Oklahoma State University under Dean Bloodgood where he received his BFA and continues to show his work locally. Shane has resided in Oklahoma since he was five years old and has been an artist all his life. "Acquisitions: Figure Paintings by Shane Hemberger," is showing at the Tulsa Artists Coalition Gallery, 9 E. Brady, from 11am-2:00pm Tues.--Fri., and 6-9pm Thurs., Fri. & Sat. Call 592-0041, or go to tacgallery.org for more information.
The Day of the Dead. The 11th Annual Dia de Los Muertos Arts Festival is Thurs., Nov. 1 from 5-11pm at Tulsa Living Arts, 308 S. Kenosha. This lively festival features Hispanic food, live music, and cultural activities for the children, a skeleton parade, a street dance, as well as an exhibition of altars made by local artists and the general public. This event is free and open to the public. In many Hispanic countries, this traditional holiday honors those who have passed away by celebrating their life. Relatives of the deceased create altars or adorn gravesites with flowers, food and mementos.
Three Dog Night. Legendary music icons Three Dog Night will headline the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Concert Thurs., Nov. 1, at 8pm, to honor Hoyt Axton, a talented songwriter responsible for some of their most well-known hits. With Axton's song, "Joy to the World," Three Dog Night went all the way to #1 on the charts, and later hit the #5 spot with another of Axton's songs, "Never Been to Spain." At the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Concert, some of their most well-loved hits will be performed with founding members Cory Wells and Danny Hutton on lead vocals, original keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon, original guitarist Michael Allsup, along with Pat Bautz on drums and Paul Kingery on bass and vocals. The concert will be held at the newly renovated Muskogee Civic Center. Order tickets on muskogeetickets.com or by phone at 684-6363, ext 21. The ticket prices are $25.00, $35.00, and $45.00, plus handling fees.
Hardcore Country. Grammy award winner and platinum recording artist, Travis Tritt will be live in concert at the Bartlesville Community Center, Thurs., Nov. 1. Over the course of his 15-year career, the Georgian has delighted fans and disarmed critics by exploring his deep love of hardcore country, flashing ability and affinity for bluegrass...revealing unexpected sensitivity as a balladeer, winning respect as a formidable songwriter and, most emphatically, drawing widespread recognition as one of the finest vocalists the genre has ever known. Doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are $42, $52, and $72, at the Bartlesville Community Center's box office, 300 SE. Adams, or call 336-2787 or go online at bartlesvillecommunitycenter.com.
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.
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.
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.
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 tulsahistory.org.
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