Take My Picture. The University of Tulsa's School of Art features three Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibitions, beginning with photography from David Varmecky. The exhibit begins today and runs until March 7, with an opening reception scheduled for March 6, which means if you like what you see, you can come back a second time to celebrate with the artist. The next two showings run March 13-28, and artists include Johanna Burton, painting and textiles, and J.D. McPherson, Jr., video installations. The events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Call 631-2739 for more information.
Dirty Dancing. Things are going to get a lil' risqué tonight at the Continental, 409 E. 1st. The venue turns into a 19th century musical hall this evening at 10pm, with Eye Candy Burlesque and DJ Moody bringing their theatrical entertainment to the stage. The women of Eye Candy Burlesque include Lu Foxxx, Savonne The Minx, Katerina The Naughty Ballerina, Scarlet Poppy, Eva Chablis and the lovely emcee, Momere. Featuring a blend of satire, performance art and adult entertainment (a little strip tease if you will), the show is sure to keep you entertained and tickle your fancy. Visit myspace.com/tulsaeyecandyburlesque to get a sample of the dancing divas.
Baby Steps. Gather the troops and start a revolution at Soccer City Tulsa, 5817 S. 118th E. Ave., at 2pm today. A $9 ticket gets you an afternoon of action-packed soccer. The Tulsa Revolution shoots to score against the Northern Illinois Rebels. The team is new to the American Indoor Soccer League this season and is the first professional soccer program in Tulsa since the Tulsa Roughnecks in 1984. Although the league has been off to a pretty slow start, it stays optimistic, saying that sometimes it's "better to be the tortoise than the hare," and believes that there is a place for indoor soccer in this country. This may be a lofty goal considering the US refuses to care much for outdoor soccer. But go check these boys out anyway.
Spreading the Love. Raise your hand if you read the cover story "The 66ers Need Love, Too" in the Feb. 7-13 issue of Urban Tulsa Weekly (online at urbantulsa.com). Wow, that's a lot of hands. So you're all ready to watch the Tulsa 66ers play the Bakersfield Jam at the Expo Square Pavilion, 1701 S. Louisville, at 5pm. After three seasons at the Expo, the D-Leaguers plan to take their game to Bixby for the 2008-2009 season. The announcement was formally made last week at a press conference, with plans being unveiled for a new events center at 105th and Memorial Drive. And while this doesn't necessarily help out the revitalization of Tulsa, the guys will at least keep their team name and logo. Go 66ers!
On the Road Again. Thinking about traveling to the Middle East? Yeah, we didn't think so. Play it safe by joining retired pathologist Dr. John Minielly for an adventure through Syria, Lebanon and Jordan during his lecture On the Road from Damascus in the Aaronson Auditorium at the Central Library, 400 Civic Center, at noon. Travel along on this "Lonely Planet" traveler-like adventure from Damascus to the Wadi Rum desert (of "Lawrence of Arabia" fame), by way of Palmyra, Beirut and Petra, and ending up at the Dead Sea. This event is for adults and teens. Call 596-7977 or visit tulsalibrary.org for more information.
Some Great Hands. The University of Tulsa School of Art presents a ceramics lecture and workshop at 4pm today in the Jerri Jones Lecture Hall in Phillips Hall on the TU campus. Artist Beth Cavener Stichter will speak for a public lecture and tomorrow she will conduct a ceramic workshop with demonstrations of sculpting techniques from 9am-4pm. Stichter's work features lifelike animals with vivid features and expressive movements. She builds solid stoneware sculptures, often with 2,000 or more pounds of clay, then cuts the piece into sections, hollows them out and reassembles them before firing. For more information, call 631-2739. For more photos, visit www.followtheblackrabbit.com. Free and open to the public.
Turn It Up. With the release of their new album, Year of the Crow, State Radio delivers their message onstage tonight at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main. A mix of rock, punk and reggae, the socially and politically charged trio is fronted by songwriter and guitarist Chad Stokes, who you may remember as the voice behind the band Dispatch. The evening opens with Modern Motion, a similarly charged reggae group from Florida. Doors open at 7pm. Advanced tickets $14, day of $16. Visit cainsballroom.com for information.
Tough Situation. Photographer Paul Nicklen brings select images from his collection Polar Perils: Impacts of Global Warming to F&M Bank and Trust Company, 1330 S. Harvard. Nicklen, who grew up on Baffin Island, completed a degree in marine biology at the University of Victoria and was employed as a wildlife biologist in the Northwest Territories. His work as a scientist left him frustrated, so he embarked on a photography career to help bridge the gap between what he was learning as a biologist and what he believes the public needs to know about habitat loss and other threats to wildlife. The evening begins at 6pm. $75 for individuals and $125 for a couple. Call 748-4100 for more.
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