One Catchy Tune. Nearly 5 million people have watched the robotic head bopping characters in the cartoon music video "Young Folks" on YouTube and now you too can stop the whistling the contagious tune. The Swedish trio Peter Bjorn & John bring their third album, Writers Block, to Cain's Ballroom tonight at 7pm.
Thursday, November 22
Forgive your parents for sending you to camp and grab hands around the fire this afternoon for the showing of Summercamp! at Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis. While there actually is no fire, you can warmly reminisce the moments of 90 young adolescents discovering themselves and paving their futures during three weeks at Swift Nature Camp in northern Wisconsin. Don't be late. Show starts at 2pm. Call 592-FILM for more information.
Friday, November 23
Cancer does suck and attending the third annual Cancer Sucks Benefit Concert will aid in the fight against it. Ten bands light up the stage tonight at Cain's Ballroom and $10 get you in the door. Word has it there will be autographed rock'n'roll memorabilia handed out, too. Want to rock a little harder, a little longer? Visit cancersucks.com to make a donation that furthers cancer research. Doors open at 5:30pm.
Saturday, November 24
The only thing better than a cheap ticket is a free ticket, and Oklahoma football fans can watch the OU/OSU game at no cost this afternoon at Circle Cinema. With the vengeful Sooners keeping their eyes on San Antonio and the Cowboys celebrating their secured bowl eligibility, expect a sweet 102nd Bedlam Series showdown. The gentle rivalry lights up Memorial Stadium in Norman with kickoff at 2:30pm.
Sunday, November 25
Top the weekend off with a little jazz from inductee and pianist Pat Moore and her ensemble Leon Rollerson on bass and Edward "Spike" Gore on drums tonight at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 5 S. Boston. Whether you want to sit, back, relax and tap your feet or put on your dancing shoes, the trio will prepare the soul for the week ahead.
Call 596-1001 for more information.
Monday, November 26
Little Johnny's dreams of being a rockstar can finally come true. The Found Sound Noise Orchestra Workshop, taught by Austin Giles of the Red Headed Step Children, allows young people to create and perform original music at their own experience level. The lesson-packed, one week course invites kids of all ages to develop their musical ear in a variety of forms. The classes begin tonight and last through Nov. 30 at Liggett Studio, 314 S Kenosha Ave. Cost is $50, with scholarships available. Contact Scott Hiberling, Youth Activity Center Director for Youth Services of Tulsa at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 382-4427.
Tuesday, November 27
She stole the spotlight with her iconic style and ran away with the glory. Who ever even knew Blondie was a group? Now, Debbie Harry of the late '70s punk rock/new wave band brings her solo album successes to Brady Theater tonight at 7:30pm. The blonde sensation who changed your hair color and your wardrobe in the 80s has released six solo albums now and enjoyed international fame. Call 58-BRADY or visit bradytheater.com for more information about.
Wednesday, November 28
It's a party tonight as all energy fills Cain's Ballroom tonight with musical varieties Congress of a Crow, The Oh Johnny Girls and DJ Sarahtonin. With the captivating guitar licks of Congress of a Cow, the vintage style of The Oh Johnny Girls, and the entrancing beats of artist DJ Sarahtonin, a Wednesday night has never packed so much fierce potential. The show starts at 7pm. And... you must be 21 to enter.
Thursday, November 29
Are the walls in your house feeling a little bare? Grace them with the paintings of local artist, John Brooks Walton. Trading the drafting pencil for the acrylics in 2003, the architect and architectural historian combines his nationally recognized talents in a series of works to be displayed at the Performing Arts Gallery, 110 E. 2nd, Mon.-Fri., 10am-5pm. Visit the gallery today, the show will be gone tomorrow.
Shanghaied. A new film from Ang Lee, the winning director of Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, the new film Lust and Caution will surely not disappoint and won't be embarrassing to admit to watching. Set in Shanghai, 1942, the espionage thriller tells the story of a young woman getting swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure. Rated NC-17, so if you're under 17 don't even try to get in. Showing at 4:30pm, 7:30pm at Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis, Thurs., Nov. 22. Call 592-FILM.
Koom By Ya. What happens when 90 teenagers get stuck in the woods for three months? No, not Lord of the Flies. It's Summercamp!. Filmmakers Bradley Beesley and Sarah Price submerge themselves into the curious camp subculture of Swift Nature Camp in northern Wisconsin, where they witness the highs and lows of adolescent rituals among a diverse array of adolescents from all economic and social backgrounds. Showing at 2pm, Thurs., Nov. 22, at Circle Cinema.
Cancer Sucks. The third annual Cancer Sucks Benefit Concert, featuring ten bands for $10 is Fri., Nov. 23 at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main. "Cancer Sucks" was coined during a memorial motorcycle ride from Kansas to Florida after the death of Donna Holland White, a wife, mother and avid motorcyclist. Along with the annual Cancer Sucks concert, donators can go to CancerSucks.com to support cancer research. Bands include The Vanished, Dirty Penny, Seven Story Drop, A.D.D., Bageyes, Down For Five, Radio Radio, Run Like Woodrow, Motive For Movement and John Moreland & The Black Gold Band. Doors open at 5:30pm. Call 866-443-8849 or visit cainsballroom.com for tickets.
Get Crackin'. A 30-minute television program will carry viewers through the making of one of the community's greatest holiday traditions in "The Nutcracker Behind the Curtain," which premieres Friday, November 23, at 12:30pm on KOTV Channel 6. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Tulsa Ballet will air the show both on Friday on Channel 6 and again on Saturday at 2:30pm on CW Channel 12/19.
"The Nutcracker Behind the Curtain" gives the history of America's most popular ballet and carries viewers through the creation of Marcello Angelini's version which is unique to Tulsa. Audiences are invited to go backstage with the dancers and see this holiday tradition come to life.
Tulsa Ballet's version of The Nutcracker begins at the Paris Opera House with a Christmas party. Audience favorites, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Snowflakes, the Mouse King, and the Nutcracker's army share the journey and the rousing national dances pay tribute to Russia, Arabia, Spain and China.
See how the sets and costumes that Charles Clark of the Lawton Constitution said were "like something that could be found on the walls at The Louvre. The costuming was meticulous enough for close-ups in an Oscar-winning film."
"The Nutcracker Behind the Curtain" kicks off the season of this timeless holiday tradition that continues when Tulsa Ballet opens The Nutcracker at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center on Saturday, December 15, at 2pm. For more information about The Nutcracker and additional performances, visit www.tulsaballet.org.
Ice, Ice, Baby. Imagine cold air nipping at your nose as you ice skate and twirl under the stars on a winter night. As of Fri., Nov. 23, the Oilers Ice Center, 6413 S. Mingo, has got the rice, but you have to provide the magic. It's the only outdoor rink in the Tulsa area. $8 to hit the ice and $2.50 to rent skates. Open 12-8pm Mon.-Sun. For more information go to oilersicecenter.com or call 252-0011.
Culture in Balance. Full-blood Muscogee Indian actor and playwright Will Hill, and artistic director of Mahenwahdose Productions, bring The Adventures of Alex Birdsong to the stage, Nov. 23-25. Ancient storytellers of old take a young Native American girl, Alex Birdsong, into the magical world of folklore and legend. Guided by the storytellers, Alex gains an understanding of the importance of staying true to her cultural traditions while appreciating and respecting today's modern world. Performances at 8pm and 2pm Sunday in the Charles E. Norman Theatre of the Tulsa PAC, 110 E. 2nd St. Tickets are $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and students, $6.50 for groups of 10 or more, and $5 for children. Call 596-7122 or visit tulsapac.com.
The Show Must Go On. Theatre Tulsa presents The Dresser, Nov. 23-25 and Nov. 29--Dec. 1, at the Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa PAC. 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 purchase online at HYPERLINK http://www.myticketoffice.com myticketoffice.com. For more information, go to theatretulsa.org.
Horsing Around. The ponies are having a party at the Mabee Center, 7777 S. Lewis Ave., from Fri., Nov. 23 to Sunday, Nov. 25. In My Little Pony Live! The World's Biggest Tea Party, Pinkie Pie and her seven Ponyville friends each have an extra-special talent and skill to help with the party. The 90-minute highly interactive musical features singing, dancing and audience participation. Tickets are $13-$20 and available at 495-6000 or at mabeecenter.com.
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? Check out the last day of "A Bird's Eye View," the solo exhibition of new mixed media works by Santa Fe artist, Matt Mitchell. 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.
Whiskey A Go Go. Jason Boland and the Stragglers bring The Bourbon Legend to Cain's Ballroom, Sat., Nov. 24, with Sunny Sweeney. Jason Boland walks the musical line. He merges vintage country sensibility with something a little strange and unusual that his loyal fans sop up like whisky in the jar-o. Their third album The Bourbon Legend, hits shelves Oct. 31. Tickets are $14 in advance or $16 the day of the show. Doors open at 7pm.
Tasty Jazz. The Jazz Depot presents two dynamic concerts Sat., Nov. 24, featuring Tulsa's own jazz vocalist, Annie Ellicott, and from New York, vocalist Erin Austin. The two popular singers perform under the umbrella of the musical group, Sr. Threadius Mongus. The concert features original compositions and favorite jazz standards by the likes of Charlie Mingus and Thelonius Monk. The first show is 6-8pm and the second show is 9-12 pm at the Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. 1st St. Tickets are $12 advance and $15 at door. Go to okjazz.org or call the Jazz Depot at 596-1001 for more.
Bedlam! Even if you can't make it to the game you can still watch it in style. Circle Cinema is airing the OU/OSU game Sat., Nov. 24 on the big screen. Come with a good attitude because Sooners and Cowboys might have to sit next to each other. Everything will be all right. The airing is free and open to the public. Call 592-FILM for gametime.
Play it again Pat! Sunday features Oklahoma Jazz Hall inductee and pianist, Pat Moore and her ensemble with Leon Rollerson on bass and Edward "Spike" Gore on drums. Get ready for a knock-out performance as this group knows how to bring an audience to their feet. The music begins Sunday, Nov. 25 at 5pm at the Jazz Hall of Fame. Tickets are $10. Call 596-1001 for more.
Young Folks. Writers Block, the third album from the indie pop, new wave band Peter Bjorn & John features that infectious song "Young Folks" that gets stuck in your head from the moment you wake up until you go back to bed. But, that's beside the point. The point is the Swedish lads are coming to Cain's Ballroom, Sunday, Nov. 25. Tickets are $20 advance or $22 the day of the show. Doors open at 7pm.
Found Orchestra. Found Sound Noise Orchestra Workshop by Austin Giles starts 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 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. The cost is $50, with some scholarships available depending on financial need. Classes held at Liggett Studio, 314 S Kenosha Ave. To enroll, contact Scott Hiberling, Youth Activity Center Director for Youth Services of Tulsa at email@example.com or call 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 Madonna and Gwen Stefani, Debbie Harry was rock's reigning blonde pin-up icon, and both are quick to acknowledge her inspiration. On the heels of her sixth solo album Necessary Evil, Deborah Harry performs 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 or by calling the Brady Theater Ticket Office at 58-BRADY.
Congress in Session. Congress of a Crow and The Oh Johnny Girls plus DJ Sarahtonin take on the stage at Cain's Ballroom, Wed., Nov. 28. It's bound to be a good time. What else could happen when you mix The Oh Johnny Girls from OKC who have a Dick Dale-esque vintage sound with Congress of a Crow's heavy energy? Add some DJ Sarahtonin for a good time to be had by all. Tickets are $8 and the doors open at 7pm. The show is 21 and over.
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.
Singing and Playing at the Same Time. The true Austin, Tex. musician Bob Schneider is visiting Tulsa's humble ballroom with AM joining in on the, "Songs Sung And Played On The Guitar With People In The Room Tour 2007". Tickets are $17 in advance and $19 the day of the show, Thurs., Nov. 29. Doors open at 7pm, at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main. Call 866-443-8849 or cainsballroom.com for tickets.
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 is for sale at the Performing Arts Gallery, 110 E. 2nd, 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.
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, now through Jan. 13. $4 admission. Call 336-4949 or visit pricetower.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 located at 2727 S. Rockford Rd. For more information call 749-7941 or visit HYPERLINK "http://www.philbrook.org"; philbrook.org or artsandartist.org.
Popular Mexican Art. An exhibition of works by Mexican artist Alfredo Zalce (1908-2003) continues at Gilcrease Museum. Alfredo Zalce, "El Grafico Popular" includes forty artworks from one of Mexico's most creative and accomplished artists. The exhibition focuses 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 runs through Feb. 24, 2008, at Gilcrease Museum, 1400 Gilcrease Museum Rd. Call 596-2700 for more.
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," not only showcases 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 continues now through March 9, 2008.
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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