Heeeere's Johnny! The recent success of the Hollywood blockbuster Walk the Line helped re-ignite an international interest in one of America's most notable songwriters, Johnny Cash. Tulsans have an opportunity to catch the new Broadway musical, Ring of Fire, featuring the music of The Man in Black, live onstage at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 2nd & Cincinnati, Nov. 13-15 at 7:30pm, Nov. 16 at 8pm, Nov. 17 at 2pm and 8pm, Nov. 18 at 2pm and 7pm.
Living on the Edge
Thursday, November 8
Are you an aspiring moviemaker? Or just an avid film buff? Get yourself over to the University of Tulsa today for a lecture from screenwriter Brian Nelson, director of such cutting edge films as 30 Days of Night and Hard Candy. Nelson will answer questions and screen Hard Candy at 7pm in Lorton Hall, Room 207. For more information, call 631-3174.
Friday, November 9
Experimental pop... new wave wall of sound... smart rock. All these stylistic monikers apply to up-and-coming stars Mute Math. They perform tonight at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main. Texas-based pop phenoms Eisley kick off the show. Doors open at 7pm.
Saturday, November 10
Originally created from the gum of a tree, latex was often used by ancient Mayans as a material for making bouncing balls. Nowadays, a certain fringe of our population dawns the rubberized tree sap as intimate apparel. If you are one of those folks, you might want to attend "Euphoria: A Journey into the Fetish World," an event celebrating all things latex, leather and vinyl. Entertainment for the evening includes the Just Another Hole Suspension Team, Najmi Sprit belly dancing troupe and an enticing performance by Lu Foxxx of EyeCandy Burlesque. The fun begins at 10pm at the Otherside Event Center, 6904 S. Lewis.
Sunday, November 11
Your kids need to be exposed to some real culture this afternoon (i.e. not Hannah Montana or Sponge Bob.)
It's your responsibility to get them to the Cascia Hall Performing Arts Center, 2520 S. Yorktown Ave., for a Tulsa Youth Opera performance of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance. Don't shirk your cultural duties as a good parent. Curtain rises at 2pm.
Monday, November 12
Ever feel... conflicted? The folks in New York-based band Brand New know how you feel. They'll be dropping by Cain's Ballroom this evening and playing tracks from their latest release, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me. Opening bands Thrice and mewithoutYOU will get things started. Doors open at 6pm.
Tuesday, November 13
After 30 years of successful architectural practice, Tulsan John Brooks Walton decided to make a change. He took up painting in 2003 and he's never looked back. Visit the Performing Arts Gallery, 110 E. 2nd St., and see a collection of his acrylic works. Don't forget your checkbook... all his paintings are for sale. Gallery hours are 10am-5pm.
Wednesday, November 14
One of the perks of working downtown is that you can satisfy your ears and your stomach at lunchtime. Grab your co-workers and head over to the Kathleen Westby Pavilion in the Tulsa PAC for a performance from the Cappella Chamber Singers of the University of Tulsa today at 12:10pm.
Thursday, November 15
What is normal? It's a question that avant garde installation artist/sculptor Lucy Gunning tackles with her new project, "Focus 4." The London-based artist finds unexpected relationships through apparent incongruities and emphasizes the absurd in what most of us take for granted in this lighthearted exhibit. See what it's all about today at Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford. Definitely not to be missed. Visit www.philbrook.org for more information.
From Hanson to The Man in Black
Boxing Monk. In Buddha's Lost Children, a Thai Buddhist monk, armed only with his faith and master boxer skills, wages a battle to help orphaned children fight drug abuse and preserve a vanishing way of life. Showing at Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis, Nov. 8-10. Call 592-FILM for showtimes.
Class Discrepancy. A wealthy woman, Beba, and her live-in housekeeper, Dora, must adjust their entrenched routine and relationship when Buenos Aires is plunged into economic crisis. Though doomed by class prejudices, there is a bond cemented by mutual love from three decades of living together. Live In Maid is a major festival award winner at Sundance, San Sebastian, Toulouse, and Brussels and is showing at Circle Cinema Fri., Nov. 9. Call 592-FILM for showtimes.
Centennial OSU Style. The Oklahoma State University Department of Art will hold an opening reception of a faculty exhibit celebrating Oklahoma. The "Centennial Annual Faculty Exhibition," a show of current and former art professors that celebrates Oklahoma's Centennial is Fri., Nov. 9, free and open to the public. The reception is 5-6pm in the Gardiner Art Gallery, 108 Bartlett Center for the Visual Arts on the OSU campus. For more information, call 405-744-6016 or visit www.art.okstate.edu.
Wind in the Willows. The Mad Adventures of Mr. Toad takes the audience along with Mr. Toad on his musical mad adventures, as the eccentric but likeable Toad of Toad Hall, ends up in prison for reckless driving after a hysterical episode with the judge. Performances are Sat., Nov. 10 at 2pm and Fri., Nov. 9 at 7:30pm at the Broken Arrow Community Playhouse, in The Main Place at 1800 S. Main St. Tickets are $8 each. Call 258-0077.
Black Leather Fetishes. "Euphoria: A Journey into the Fetish World" is a ball that's all things fetish, featuring the Just Another Hole Suspension Team, the Najmi Sprit belly dancing troupe, and an enticing performance by Lu Foxxx of EyeCandy Burlesque. The event is Sat., Nov. 10, from 10pm-4am at the Otherside Event Center, 6904 S. Lewis. The dress code is leather, latex, or vinyl, all black clothing or full costume. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and you can get 'em at Just Another Hole, east of Aspen on 71st in Broken Arrow, Soul Style Tattoo at 11th and Peoria, also King Tat Graphix at 11th and Pittsburg and Under the Mooch Records on Harvard just north of 21st.
Adventure Universe. Heller Theatre presents Rocket Man by Steven Dietz, Nov. 8-10 and 15-17 at 8pm and Nov. 18 at 2pm. Rocket Man is the story of a man determined to transcend the boundaries of his life, determined to be granted that elusive "second chance." Tickets are $6 for seniors and college students and $8 for adults at Heller Theatre, 5328 S. Wheeling. Call 746-5065 or go to hellertheatre.com for more.
Native Partying. Creek Nation Casino-Tulsa and the Tulsa Indian Club host the annual Native Fall Music Fest in celebration of Native American Month, Nov. 8-10. The festival brings together a variety of talented Native American artists and musicians in a three-day celebration that includes drawings for a pair of tickets to the OU/OSU Bedlam game and special guests University of Oklahoma Heisman Trophy winners Steve Owens, Billy Sims, and Jason White. The two-day music festival at Creek Nation Casino offers a lineup of more than 10 Native American groups ranging from R&B, country to rock and rap. The event is free and open to the public. Go to creeknationcasino.com for more.
Atypical. If you're a fan of new wave electro pop style music then Mute Math just might get ya fired up this Fri., Nov. 9. Founding members Paul Meany and Darren King spent several months mailing their musical ideas back and forth from Missouri to Louisiana until King moved to New Orleans and Mute Math was born. Mute Math is now famous for its first video, "Typical," which was played backwards and aired on YouTube. Playing live at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, Eisley opens. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $18.95 advance or $20.25 day of the show. Call 866-443-8849 or visit cainsballroom.com for tickets.
Revving Your Engine. The Chicago threesome, Chevelle, is coming to Cain's Ballroom this Sat., Nov. 10. The new CD Vena Sera is considered Chevelle's heaviest and most dynamic album to date, which features a variety of sonic styles and tempos, with lyrics that are both a declaration of contempt for the mainstream and a celebration of a counterculture. Doors open at 7pm with opening bands 2 Cents and Tyler Read. Tickets are $27 advance or $29 the day of the show. Call 866-443-8849 or visit cainsballroom.com for tickets.
Walk the Walk. After a sudden trip to the ER to remove multiple blood clots from Isaac Hanson's arm, neck and lungs, the boys are back in town. Hanson is bringing The Walk tour to Cain's this Sunday, Nov. 11 to help raise awareness of the poor living conditions and the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa, which was inspiration for their latest CD, The Walk. Tickets for the Oct. 3 canceled show will be honored at this show. Tickets are $33 advance or $38.50 the day of the show. Doors open at 7pm with Ingram Hill. Call 866-443-8849 or visit cainsballroom.com for tickets.
Brand Spankin' New. Brand New encompasses that good old American music sound. The New York based band is hitting the road with its new CD, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me and has recently released the single, "Knife and Fork" on iTunes, which was rumored to have been leaked onto the internet last Jan. Brand New is playing Cain's this Mon., Nov. 12 with opening bands Thrice and mewithoutYOU. Tickets are $27.50 advance or $31 the day of the show. Doors open at 6pm. Call 866-443-8849 or visit cainsballroom.com for tickets.
Parlay! Tulsa Youth Opera presents special family performances of The Pirates of Penzance. In The Pirates of Penzance, Frederic was, as a child, apprenticed to a band of tenderhearted, orphaned pirates by his nurse who, being hard of hearing, had mistaken her master's instructions to apprentice the boy to a pilot. The Tulsa Youth Opera is a tuition-free chorus for young singers ages 8-18. Each season Tulsa Youth Opera is featured in a Tulsa Opera main stage opera or in a special concert. This year the Youth Opera is performing at the Cascia Hall Performing Arts Center, 2520 S. Yorktown Ave. Sat., Nov. 10 at 7pm and Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Call the Tulsa Opera Ticket Office at 587-4811.
The World of Books. Tomás and the Library Lady, a true story, with music by José Cruz González, has encouraged audiences of all ages to rediscover and fall in love with the magical world of books. Based on the life of Tomás Rivera, this play follows a migrant worker family from state to state, finally settling in Iowa. Tomás' grandfather, Papa Grande, tells the family exciting stories of adventure and wonder. When Tomás knows all of the stories by heart, Papa Grande tells him of a place full of stories he has never heard before--the library. Tomás meets the library lady and is changed forever. Tickets are $8 at the John H. Williams Theatre of the Tulsa PAC on Fri., Nov. 9 at 7pm. Call 596-7122 or visit tulsapac.com.
Symphony No. 1. An Evening of Contrast with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, featuring Prokofieff: Symphony No. 1, "Classical;" Britten: Suite on English Folk Songs; and Brahms: Symphony No. 1. Andrew Massey will conduct this concert. He is the resident conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and his orchestral work "Early Mourning" premiered in Sept. 2003. Tickets are available through the PAC ticket office and MyTicketOffice.com. Individual tickets range from $16-$48. The performance begins at 7:30pm at the Chapman Music Hall of the Tulsa PAC Sat., Nov. 10. Call 596-7122 or visit tulsapac.com.
Secular Religion. Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, accompanied by the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, presents "Pious and Pagan--A Concert of Contrasts," featuring Duruflé's Requiem, which deftly captures Christian piety in one of the most acclaimed requiems ever written. This is followed by Mendelssohn's Die erst Walpurgisnacht, a Tulsa premiere that recounts Goethe's tale of Christians coming to destroy the Druids. Tickets are $20 at the Chapman Music Hall of the Tulsa PAC. Performance takes place Sunday, Nov. 11 at 3pm. Call 596-7122 or visit tulsapac.com.
The Man in Black. The music of the Man in Black ignites the stage in the new Broadway musical Ring of Fire, featuring 38 signature songs from the legendary Johnny Cash. Stories of passion, redemption, humor, and salvation set the stage ablaze in this musical celebration of the world's most famous rebel. Featuring favorites like "Walk the Line," "Hurt," "Folsom Prison Blues," "A Boy Named Sue," and the title track, "Ring of Fire." Performances are Nov. 13-15 at 7:30pm; Nov. 16 at 8pm; Nov. 17 at 2pm and 8pm; and Nov. 18 at 2pm and 7pm at the Chapman Music Hall of the Tulsa PAC. Tickets to individual shows are available through the PAC ticket office and MyTicketOffice.com.
Brown Baggin' It. Grab a sack lunch and enjoy some music downtown on Wed., Nov. 14, when the Cappella Chamber Singers of University of Tulsa perform chamber music from the Renaissance through the 20th century and beyond. Performance will take place at the Kathleen Westby Pavilion of the Tulsa PAC at 12:10pm and is free and open to the public.
Screenwriting 101. Fans of the award-winning independent film Hard Candy and the number one box office vampire epic 30 Days of Night will not want to miss screenwriter Brian Nelson when he visits The University of Tulsa campus next week. Nelson will screen Hard Candy and answer questions from the audience at 7pm, Thurs., Nov. 8 in Lorton Hall, Room 207 the TU campus. Coming from a theater background, Nelson teaches stage directing at the University of Southern California. He has also published a daily meditation book, Earth Bound, on spirituality, science, philosophy and art. For more information, call 631-3174.
Better Living through Architecture. Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Rd., presents "Frank Lloyd Wright and the House Beautiful" Nov. 11--Jan. 20. This exhibit is a visually rich showcase of Frank Lloyd Wright's passion for creating a new way of life through architecture. With approximately 100 objects, the exhibition includes furniture, metal work, textiles, drawings, publications, and accessories from the collection of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, AZ, and other public and private collections. The exhibition is the first devoted to the noted architect's decorative and graphic designs since the '70s. For more information call 749-7941 or visit HYPERLINK "http://www.philbrook.org"; philbrook.org or HYPERLINK "http://www.artsandartist.org"; artsandartist.org.
Country with Attitude. She's gutsy, she's bold, and she's classic country with an attitude. There is no one else like Tanya Tucker and she's coming to Tulsa's Historic Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady, Sat., Nov. 10. Tucker continues to be busy, now with a new book called 100 Ways to Beat the Blues on Fireside, and starring in her own reality show, Tuckerville, on The Learning Channel (TLC). Concert begins at 7pm. Tickets are $35, $45 & $55 at bradytheater.com or call 58-BRADY.
Like Another Hole in the Head. A.D.D. One would think that means Attention Deficit Disorder, but in this case it's a Acoustic Deficit Disorder. The vocalist sounds very similar to Adam Duritz of Counting Crows... his voice is smooth, throaty and breaks with emotion at the injustice of it all. The music provides a nice touch to drinking at the Tulsa Press Club, which has food and drinks at a special price for Soundproof on Thursday evening, Nov. 8 in the Atlas Life Building, 415 S. Boston, from 5-7pm. The event is free and open to the public. Call 583-7737 for more.
At Ease Soldier. The Commodores, a specialty unit in the United States Navy, present the finest in American jazz and big band music. Since 1969, some of the most legendary jazz musicians have performed with the ensemble, including Ray Charles, Bob Johnstone and James Moody. The group has opened for the Beach Boys and appeared on Good Morning America. This 18-member band performs music ranging from swing to contemporary jazz. In 2005, The Commodores released their newest album, Three Shades of Blue, which highlights the rich history of jazz music. The United States Navy Commodores Band performs Thurs., Nov. 8 at 7:30pm at the Chapman Music Hall of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.
Mind Power. "Mind Over Matter" ArtCore Studios Fall Project Presentation is Sat., Nov. 10 from 7-9pm. "Mind Over Matter" is an interactive installation that guides the viewer through a gigantic human body filling the Living Arts gallery, 308 S. Kenosha. Viewers walk thru the maze like vein system, which takes them to each unique body part that each student worked on individually. Admission is free.
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 Center Gallery inside the Tulsa PAC through Nov. 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.
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. See Thom Pain at the Charles E. Norman Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Nov. 8-10 at 8pm. Call 596-7122 or visit tulsapac.com for tickets.
Figuratively Speaking. 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.
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.
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 HYPERLINK "http://www.tulsahistory.org/"; \o "http://www.tulsahistory.org/"; tulsahistory.org.
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