Bring Out the Best. Laughter is in the air tonight at Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino, 951 W. 36th St. North. Comedians Bruce Bruce and John Witherspoon take the stage and get the audience rolling. Known for his adult comedy but not relying on vulgarity to get a laugh, Bruce has appeared on television, film and stages across the country. Calling Atlanta home, Bruce began his comedy career as a waiter, making both his tables and his staff erupt in laughter. He then took his improv skills to the Comedy Act Theatre in Atlanta. The rest is history. Witherspoon has a similar career path, appearing on television, film and music videos. Tickets start at $20. Call 699-7667 or go to milliondollarelm.com.
Place to Be. If you haven't noticed, the Camelot Hotel is no longer gracing the Tulsa skyline with its aged beauty. Tulsa said goodbye to the historic landmark, built in 1965, in mid December, paving way for another QuikTrip convenience store on Peoria. Didn't get to say goodbye? Myers-Duren Harley-Davidson, 4848 S. Peoria, hosts a Camelot Remembrance Party tonight from 6-9pm. Dress in your favorite renaissance or medieval clothing and relive visits to the eight-story, 330-room building, complete with turret, massive iron gates, moat, drawbridge and a swimming pool shaped like the top of a medieval spear. Bring any photos, stories or memorabilia you might have. Call 743-4440 for more information.
Smokin' Mad Momma. Not sure if his music makes him famous, or his mother. 26-year-old Jesse Aycock plays tonight at downtown Tulsa's new bar, Plan B, 520 E. 3rd St. Aycock's mother, Margie, is the voice behind Musicians and Music Lovers for Smoke-Free Listening, a group she started after seeing how sick her boys (son Dylan is also a local musician) would be after playing shows in smoky establishments. She lobbied for a broader smoking ban than what was implemented in 2003 (See page 11).
No doubt she loves her son and his guitar-pickin' ways. Show starts at 10pm.
Night at the Opera. Muskogee native and rising star Sarah Coburn makes her Tulsa Opera debut in the title role of Lakmé at the Tulsa PAC, 3rd & Cincinnati. The story of ill-fated love begins with a Brahmin priest's daughter falling in love with a British officer against her father's wishes and her religion. The lovers defy everyone and continue their forbidden love. Do they live happily ever after? You'll have to check out the final performance, which begins at 2:30 this afternoon. Tickets range from $20-$95. Visit tulsapac.com for information.
Cause and Effect. On tour after releasing its two new albums They've Actually Gotten Worse Live! and Wolves In Wolves' Clothing, NOFX plays tonight at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main. Joining instruments in 1985, the band has gone through a series of changes in its lineup, but the name has stayed the same. Titled after a failed group called Negative FX, the band wanted the name to highlight its sound against other gimmicky bands. Why not lend your ear to a little originality tonight? Doors open at 7pm. No Use for a Name and Flatliners open. Tickets are $21 in advance and $22 the day of. Visit cainsballroom.com for more information.
Leapin' Lizards! Celebrating its 30th anniversary tour, the musical Annie comes to the Tulsa PAC, 3rd & Cincinnati, tonight at 7:30pm. America's favorite little red-haired orphan brings her story of hope to the stage as she and her fellow orphans sing "It's the Hark-Knock Life," and Daddy Warbuck's joins in on "Tomorrow." The story stemmed from Harold Gray's comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," but it took four and a half years for Michael Charnin, a lyricist and director, to finally get the musical comedy on Broadway. Bring the family and enjoy one of the longest running shows in Broadway history. Performances run through March 9. Call 596-7111 for tickets ($16-$55). $5 of each ticket sold benefits the Humane Society.
From Russia With Love. Spend an evening with four Russians and four cellos, known as Rastrelli Cello Quartet tonight at 8pm in the Tulsa PAC, 3rd & Cincinnati. Known for its versatility, the quartet named itself after a famous Russian architect from three of the group member's hometown, St. Petersburg. Meeting in 2002, the group plays only pieces that were not written for the cello, expanding the instrument to a broader sound. Enjoy an evening featuring pieces by Bach, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Scott Joplin, Paul McCartney and more. The event is presented by Choregus Productions. Call 596-7111 for tickets ($27).
One Big Show. Living Arts of Tulsa presents the 15th Annual New Genre Festival, which allows Oklahoma's most creative artists the opportunity to interact with new forms of contemporary art in a variety of ways. The festival lasts throughout the weekend and kicks off tonight with Giants of Gender at 8pm in the Ethyl Lab, 305 S. Kenosha Ave. The trio behind G.O.G strives to go against certain traditions and explore music that is modern and futuristic. For more band information, visit thegiantsofgender.com. Also check out livingartsoftulsa.com for more information and to view a schedule of events going on at various galleries downtown.
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