Blast from the Past. And the future. George Orwell's classic dystopian novel 1984 is now a play performed by Los Angeles' The Actor's Gang. Directed by Tim Robbins, a performance begins tonight at 8pm in the John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa PAC, 2nd and Cincinnati. Surely you remember the storyline. Winston Smith lives in a totalitarian society where each person is subjected to 24-hour surveillance. His job is to change history by changing old newspaper records to match with the new truth as decided by The Party. But life in a dictatorship makes Winston believe there is a better way. Join Winston and The Party and learn the true definition of Orwellian. The play is not recommended for young children. Call 596-7111 or visit myticketoffice.com for tickets.
Funny Guy. The weekend is finally here. Start it off with an evening full of laughter. The Ed Forman Show comes to you live tonight at the Nightingale Theater, 1416 E. 4th St., at 8pm. Comedian Aaron Ross created the Ed Forman character in the vein of '70s talk show hosts like Johnny Carson. It's really quite the variety show. Ed sings, dances and interviews guests, so maybe you'll be lucky enough to have him pick on you for a laugh or two. Or maybe he'll just discuss one of his inspirational books that has changed many lives. Such works include, "Don't Suffer from Nymphomania... Enjoy It!" and "Poop... or You'll Die!" Call 633-8666 or visit nightingaletheater.com for more information.
Happy Feet. It's time for nine dancers to cut a rug tonight at the John H. Williams Theatre of the Tulsa PAC, 2nd and Cincinnati. The Souls of Our Feet is a fast-paced collection of footwork that restages the best of rhythm tap masterpieces from Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell to the Nicholas Brothers as well as contemporary works of living masters. Led by the live jazz music of the Eddy Hobizal Jazz Trio, the concert brings swinging jazz and 18 feet keeping time to the pulse of an indigenous American art form. The show is presented by the Tulsa PAC Trust. Tickets are $25-$30. Go to tulsapac.com for more information.
Homer. The Tulsa Drillers are at it again. This afternoon they take on the San Antonio Missions at 2:05pm at Driller Stadium, 15th and Yale. If you missed the season opener and haven't caught a game yet, head out to the ballpark and meet the new faces on the team. The Colorado Rockies have sent some talent to the Drillers this year, so we can expect some new changes to the lineup. Or enjoy an old face. You can always rely on Myron Noodleman (pictured above) to bring fun and games to the event. Go to tulsadrillers.com for tickets and more information about the minor leaguers.
1-2-3-4. All right. So she's got Apple to thank for taking her career to new heights. Feist comes to Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, tonight for an evening of a little pop and a little folk. You might remember Ms. Leslie Feist from the indie rock group Broken Social Scene, but the gal's solo career has made quite a run in the past year. With four albums under her belt, her list of Grammy nominations and awards is quite lengthy these days. Hayden opens the show. Tickets are $29 in advance and $31 the day of. Visit cainsballroom.com for more information.
Good to be Free. The Tulsa Artists' Coalition Gallery, 9 East Brady, is displaying some out-of-state artwork throughout April. "Free People: Paintings by J. Lynn Kelly" features carefully blended oil paintings that resemble airbrushing techniques. The Texas native's paintings are colorful, high-keyed, rhythmic portrayals of people that make it hard to determine where one face ends and the next begins. Of his work, Kelly stated, "We're taught from our beginnings to believe we're all separate, distinct entities-individual people isolated from one another. This belief soon generates a sense of solitude." Kelly questions this self-imposed apartheid with "Free People." The TAC Gallery is open Tues.-Fri., 11am-2pm and Thurs.-Sat., 6pm-9pm, or by appointment. Call 592-0041 or visit tacgallery.org for additional information.
At It Again. If you're interested in another 30-minute argument about health care mandates, followed by one more round on the 2002 Congressional vote authorizing the use of force in Iraq, you're in luck. The Circle Cinema, 10. S. Lewis, invites you to a Watch Party for yet another primary debate between the two Democratic candidates. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama agreed to participate in a nationally televised debate in Philadelphia today, in advance of Pennsylvania's April 22 primary. The candidates should be covering familiar ground, as well as any matters that have cropped up since what many thought would be their final debate, held in Cleveland, at the end of February. Call 585-3456 for showtime.
Dig This. It's time again for UTW's monthly Soundproof concert at the Tulsa Press Club, 415 S. Boston. April's show features Tulsa's The Prairie Dawgs, a contemporary acoustic group playing mostly folk and bluegrass tunes. Influenced by Alison Krauss, Neil Young, Patty Griffin and more, The Dawgs are Jo Morton on vocals, Tim Terral on the guitar or mandolin and vocals, J. Pat Murphy on guitar, harmonica and vocals, and Bat Shunatona on bass. Soundproof continues every third Thursday of the month with live music of varying genres. The music starts at 6pm. Come grab a cold drink and we'll see you there!
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