Arte Legendario. Experience art from south of the border today. Gilcrease Museum's new exhibit "El Grafico Popular" showcases works by celebrated Mexican artist Alfredo Zalce, including 40 of his prints, lithographs, monotypes and relief prints. Exhibition opens Nov. 17 and will run through Feb. 24, 2008. (Pictured: "Natzahual Coyotl es Embriagado por Tezcatlipoca," relief print, 1964.)
November Heats Up
Thursday, November 15
'80s trip-out punk legends The Meat Puppets will bring their ever-strange musical vision to the stage of the Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, tonight as they tour to support their mesmerizing new CD, Rise To Your Knees. Ha Ha Tonka and Have Fun Dying will open the show. Doors fly wide at 7pm.
Friday, November 16
Tulsa's only independent movie house, Circle Cinema, has decided to jump into the film festival game with its very own, aptly-titled, Circle Cinema Film Festival this weekend. Tonight features Oklahoma's own Four Sheets to the Wind, the tale of a Native American boy coming of age after his father's suicide. Showing at Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis. Call 592-FILM for showtimes.
Saturday, November 17
The war drags on. The housing market is busted. Gas prices are soaring. Seems like there's a lot of general suckiness going on in the world today. What to do about it all? Laugh. A lot. Tulsa's beloved improv comedy troupe, The Comedy Clinic, wants to help you get over your week with its new live show "Vote MAYBE!"
Catch a performance tonight at The Continental, 421 E. 1st St. Funs starts at 7:30pm.
Sunday, November 18
Possessing an unmistakable voice that helped define an entire generation of '90s rock, Seattle's Chris Cornell has helmed two massively successful bands, Soundgarden and Audioslave. Now taking a turn as a solo artist, Cornell will take over the stage tonight at Cain's Ballroom. Earl Greyhound will kick off the show. Doors open at 7pm.
Monday, November 19
Longing to escape Tulsa's nightlife? In past decades, Catalina Island was the home of swingin' big bands, swanky martinis and old school Hollywood glam. Leave it all behind and enjoy a romantic getaway today at 2pm and 7:30pm when the Tulsa PAC Trust presents Catalina: Hollywood's Magical Island, part of the Armchair Traveler Series, at the John H. Williams Theater of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St.
Tuesday, November 20
Muralist and Oklahoma native Olinka Hrdy studied from coast to coast before becoming a staple in Cubism, Bauhaus abstraction and Art Deco during the early part of the 20th century. She studied under architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Bruce Goff and enjoyed a successful career in industrial design. Interested? Go visit the ongoing exhibit of her work "Oklahoma Moderne: The Art and Design of Olinka Hrdy" at Price Tower Arts Center, 510 Dewey Ave., Bartlesville, through Jan. 13. Call 336-4949 or visit pricetower.org for more information.
Wednesday, November 21
Ready to spread your artistic wings? Santa Fe artist, Matt Mitchell, brings his mixed media collection, "A Bird's Eye View," to Tulsa now through Sat., Nov. 24th. Experience Mitchell's interpretation of his flocking friends and their role in nature with his unique printing process that combines monotype, pastel and colored pencil. Fly on down to Joseph Gierek Fine Art, 1512 E. 15th St., to see the collection. Call 592-5432 or go to gierek.com for more information.
Thursday, November 22
It's Thanksgiving. Hopefully you contributed some groceries to a local food bank earlier this month so someone less fortunate can enjoy the festivities as well today. You didn't? Hmmm. OK, then... enjoy the game.
Refreshing Seasonal Fun.
Movie Fest. The first ever Circle Cinema Film Festival starts Thurs., Nov. 15 with Trudell a film that incorporates years of work, 16mm and Super-8 film and archival footage to chronicle the late 1960s. John Trudell and a community group called Indians of All Tribes, occupy Alcatraz Island for 21 months, creating international recognition of the American Indian cause and birthing the contemporary Indian people's movement.
Fri., Nov. 16 brings back Oklahoma's own Four Sheets to the Wind. Sat., Nov. 17 premiers Journals of Rund Kasmusse, Sunday, Nov. 18 is American Indian Graffiti: This Thing Life, and Fri., Nov. 16 brings Ang Lee's, Lust, Caution to the screen exclusively in Oklahoma. Showing in the Quad is the Native Animation Fest. Showing at Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis. Call 592-FILM or visit circlecinema.com for more.
Not Just Meat Suits. The Meat Puppets are making a comeback with their new moody and hypnotic album, Rise To Your Knees. Discover the '80s era band again at Cain's Ballroom second stage next door at Bob's, 423 N. Main, Thurs., Nov. 15. Opening bands are Ha Ha Tonka and Have Fun Dying. Tickets are $18, doors open at 7pm. Call 866-443-8849 or visit cainsballroom.com for tickets.
Valerie Girl. The joy of listening to music is that it provides an escape from the drab and dreary caffeine fueled life we live. Good musicians seem to rise above it. Valerie Eskridge sings about the business of day-to-day life and accompanies it with a six string and a little finger picking. It's great background music for conversation and drinks at SoundProof, where The Press Club serves strong drinks for strong minds, in the Atlas Life Building 415 S. Boston. The event is 5-7pm on Thurs., Nov. 15 and free and open to the public. Call 585-7737 for more details.
Don't be Foiled. The unpredictable Blue October is coming to Cain's Ballroom to shake things up this Fri., Nov. 16. The cult band that's making a leap into the mainstream with the release of Foiled in 2006 and a spot on the Saw III soundtrack plays their rock heavy and their ballads light. Opening bands are Yellowcard, Shiny Toy Guns and Lovedrug. Tickets are $36.75 and doors open at 6pm.
Popular Mexican Art. An exhibition of works by Mexican artist Alfredo Zalce (1908-2003) will open at Gilcrease Museum Sat., Nov. 17. "El Grafico Popular" will include forty artworks from one of Mexico's most creative and accomplished artists. The exhibition will focus on his work as a printmaker, consisting of lithographs, monotypes and relief prints. "El Grafico Popular" provides a unique look at one of Mexico's most celebrated and enduring artists. The exhibition opens Sat., Nov. 17 and runs through Feb. 24, 2008, at Gilcrease Museum, 1400 Gilcrease Museum Rd. Call 596-2700 for more.
Living with Art. Living Arts of Tulsa presents the "Champagne & Chocolate" Holiday Art Sale and Silent Auction Sat., Nov. 17 from 6-9pm at Living ArtSpace and Liggett Studio, 308 and 314 S. Kenosha Ave., respectively. More than 45 Oklahoma artists present their work--everything from paintings to pewter vessels, jewelry to turned wood, and photography to pottery, all priced for sale and auction. Oklahoma City's Rampage Gallery's Ceramic Corset Models will be exhibiting Nicole Moan's fabulous ceramic corsets, and attendees can "tie one on" themselves. Free champagne and chocolate from some of Tulsa's best-known confectioners will abound, as well as a cash bar for when the free stuff runs out. Admission is $10. All proceeds benefit Living Arts programs. Call 585-1234 or visit livingarts.org for more.
Maybe Yes, Maybe No. Tulsa's own comedy troupe, The Comedy Clinic, returns to the stage at The Continental, 421 E. 1st St., for the second show of its sixth season, Sat., Nov. 17. Local improvisation veterans Ben Beckham, Maria Swindell-Gus and Jeff Turner are celebrating their 5th anniversary on stage together as The Comedy Clinic in their live show "Vote MAYBE!" All charter members since their 2002 debut, this hysterical threesome will present their local flavor of comedy, which has been described as Tulsa's own version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Showtime is 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. Go to HYPERLINK www.thecomedyclinic.com thecomedyclinic.com for more information.
Cooing Cornell. Chris Cornell, front man for the ground-breaking bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, is more than just a great vocalist... he's a lyricist as well. As Audioslave spreads its wings, Cornell is bringing his new solo work, Carry On, to Cain's Ballroom, Sunday, Nov. 18 with opening band Earl Greyhound. Tickets are $41.75. Doors open at 7pm.
Autumn Jazz. An evening at the Jazz Hall of Fame, 5 S. Boston Ave., will present Mike Bennett on trumpet, featuring vocalist Sharon Moguin, Sun., Nov. 18. The night will also feature Ted Moses on piano, Bill Crosby on bass and Ken Leverette on drums. The music starts at 5pm. Tickets are $10. Call 596-1001 or go to okjazz.org for more.
Quartet in T-Town. The Ysaye Quartet is making their Tulsa debut, Sunday, Nov. 18 at the John H. Williams Theater of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St., at 3pm. The quartet formed in 1984 while the members were still students at the Paris Conservatoire. Ysaye has enjoyed performing in major concert halls throughout the world and has compiled an enviable discography. Interestingly, they performed Ravel's Quartet in F Major in the opening scenes of the movie The Royal Tenenbaums and will also be performing this piece for their debut in Tulsa. Tickets to individual concerts will be available through the PAC ticket office and MyTicketOffice.com. Tickets are $5-$25.
Fools for Tool. Tool is coming to Tulsa. What more do you need to know? Tool's dark and heavy music is delving into higher states of consciousness with Darklore. Now fans can live the music and trip out on Tool's album art by Alex Grey. Tool will be at the Tulsa Convention Center, 100 Civic Center, Mon., Nov. 19. The concert starts at 8pm. Tickets available online at HYPERLINK "http://tccarena.com/"; \o "http://tccarena.com/"; \t "_blank" tccarena.com or call 596-7177.
Next Stop: Catalina. While exploring historical, social, and environmental change, Catalina: Hollywood's Magical Island captures the mystical splendors, natural beauty and romance of Catalina Island. Step back in time to the days of Big Bands and Hollywood stars and experience the exciting Catalina of today. It is presented by the Tulsa PAC Trust as part of the Armchair Traveler Series, Mon., Nov. 19 at 2pm and 7:30pm at the John H. Williams Theater of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $7-$8.
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. 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 Performing Arts Center.
Flying Solo. Isn't it sweet to sit in the tan desert and observe the shock of color from a nearby bird or witness the flight of a hawk? "A Bird's Eye View" is a solo exhibition of new mixed media works by Santa Fe artist, Matt Mitchell through Sat., Nov. 24. Mitchell is fond of using his imagination to bring out the personalities of his winged friends, from quiet and shy to territorial and aggressive. Mitchell prefers artistic interpretation of what he sees in nature over the scientific text book illustration of every feather and placement of color. By using a unique printing process that blends monotype, pastel and colored pencil Mitchell is able to achieve large blocks of bright color that shout feelings of freedom, spirited flight and bold energy. The exhibition is free and open to the public at Joseph Gierek Fine Art, 1512 E. 15th St. Call 592-5432 or go to gierek.com for more.
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. Hours are Mon.-Fri., 10am-5pm or during Chapman Music Hall performances. The event is free and open to the public.
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. "Acquisitions: Figure Paintings by Shane Hemberger" is showing at the Tulsa Artists Coalition Gallery, 9 E. Brady, from 11am-2pm Tues.--Fri., and 6-9pm Thurs., Fri. & Sat. Call 592-0041, or go to tacgallery.org for more information.
Better Living through Architecture. Philbrook Museum of Art presents "Frank Lloyd Wright and the House Beautiful," through 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. Philbrook Museum of Art is at 2727 S. Rockford Rd. For more information call 749-7941 or visit HYPERLINK "http://www.philbrook.org"; philbrook.org or HYPERLINK "http://www.artsandartist.org"; artsandartist.org.
Oklahoma Life. Gilcrease Museum's 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.
New Old World. Oklahoma native Olinka Hardy, (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.
The Show Must Go On. Theatre Tulsa presents The Dresser, Nov. 23-25 and Nov. 29--Dec. 1, at the Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St. The Dresser follows an English actor who is having difficulty remembering who he is and what his lines are right before a production of King Lear. The actor's dresser tries valiantly to prepare him to go on stage as King Lear, and with a Herculean effort he finally makes it on stage only to give the performance through an air raid. For tickets call 587-8402 or online at HYPERLINK http://www.myticketoffice.com myticketoffice.com and for more information go to HYPERLINK www.theatretulsa.org theatretulsa.org.
Found Sound Orchestra. Found Sound Noise Orchestra Workshop by Austin Giles is on Nov. 26-30 from 4-6pm, providing an environment where young people can create and perform original music in a group setting with no previous experience. Students will focus on all forms of percussion, including traditional drum set, found objects, created items, and hand drums. This is a one week intensive with Austin Giles of the Red Headed Step Children. Cost: $50 and some scholarships are available depending on financial need. Classes are at Liggett Studio, 314 S Kenosha Ave. To enroll, contact Scott Hiberling, Youth Activity Center Director for Youth Services of Tulsa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 382-4427.
High Tide. With Blondie, she and Chris Stein brought the worlds of disco and rock together with "Heart of Glass", "Dreaming", "The Tide Is High", and "Call Me" and broke ground by combining hip-hop and pop on "Rapture." Before there was Madonna and Gwen Stefani, Debbie Harry was rock's reigning blonde pin-up icon, and both are quick to acknowledge her inspiration, as are countless female (and male) rockers who have since formed bands. On the heels of her sixth solo album Necessary Evil, Deborah Harry will be performing live at Tulsa's Historic Brady Theater Tues. Nov. 27. Doors open at 6:30pm and show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are $29, $39 & $49 and can be purchased at bradytheater.com, Tulsa's Historic Brady Theater at 105 W. Brady, or by calling the Brady Theater Ticket Office at 58-BRADY.
Jonesy Boy. The greatest living country singer, George Jones, is coming to Tulsa's Historic Brady Theater, Thurs., Nov. 29. George Jones first hit the charts in 1955 with "Why, Baby, Why." In 2004 he celebrated his 50th Anniversary as a recording artist with the release of a 3-CD set entitled George Jones 50 Years of Hits, which featured one hit for each year of his career. Now at the age of 75, George Jones still headlines nearly 100 concerts a year. Enjoy "An Evening With George Jones" at Tulsa's Historic Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady. Doors open at 6:30pm and show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are $35, $45, and $55 at bradytheater.com or call 58-BRADY.
Santa's Little Helper. SuperOVUM performs improvisational comedy on Sat., Nov. 30th at 8pm at Living Art Space, 308 S Kenosha Ave. SuperOvum is Tulsa's only long form, all female comedy improv troupe and they're back for an evening of laughs coupled with social consciousness. Just in time for the holiday season, these funny ladies will explore the multi layered topic of "consumerism" in their new show, "Here's Your Change". As always SuperOVUM invites the audience to participate in the fun. Tickets are $8. For more information call 585-1234.
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