New Life. "A Restorative Place: The Butterfly Lantern" is an installation by Tulsa artist Yiren Gallagher now on display at Living ArtSpace, 308 S. Kenosha. The opening reception begins tonight and the exhibit runs through May 22. The lantern exists in Chinese culture as part of a complex relationship between the known and unknown. The lantern is covered with a translucent skin and imbued with butterfly spirits. "My motivations for this project have their roots in the human story, the collective memory of our past," Gallagher said. Hear about this story and learn more about the artist' interpretation and his purpose for the lantern from 5-9pm tonight.
Visit livingarts.org for more details.
Block Party. You know all those local bands you think are so great? Well, all those musicians and singers had to start their career somewhere. Riverfield Country Day School, 2433 W. 61st St., wants to give their students a shot at impressing a large crowd at tonight's third annual Riverfield Rocks Street Party. Nine students lead their bands and take over the stage in an effort to really see if they've got the talent they need to succeed. Students work year round on the show and invite the public to attend the event for free. Call 446-3553 for more information. Benefits will go the Riverfield Rocks program, which uses modern and classical rock music to teach the fundamentals of musical performance, theory and expression to the students.
Beer and Brats. Two of the finer things in life. A deadly combination, really. The German-American Society of Tulsa presents its annual Germanfest on the lawn at the GAST Center, 1429 Terrace Dr. The menu and entertainment are sure to draw a crowd. We're talking bratwursts with sauerkraut, schnitzel sandwiches, and kartoffelpuffers (those sound awesome). Enjoy music and dance from the Polka Timers, the Tulsa Accordion band and GAST singers and Kinder Folk Dancers.
Oh yeah, and there is beer. Germanfest hours on Saturday are 10am-9pm and Sunday, noon to 5pm. Visit gastulsa.org
for more information. Cheers!
Bros. Tell ya what. Brothers are such a powerful thing. The Avett Brothers have plenty of room in their family for you tonight at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main St. If you haven't listened to last year's Emotionalism, you owe it to yourself to do so. The North Carolina band takes traditional bluegrass music, adds elements from different genres and turns it into something both familiar and well, untraditional. Doors are at 7pm and Matt Butcher gets the show started. Tickets are $19 in advance and $21 the day of. Visit cainsballroom.com for more information.
Party Time. It's Cinco de Mayo! And there are great fiestas going on all over town in celebration of the victory of Mexican forces over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Did you think we were celebrating Mexico's Independence Day? Yeah, no. That is on September 16. Here in the United States, the majority of us celebrate Mexican culture on May 5. Check our Live Music listings for places hosting live music and parties for this honorable day in Mexican history. Reminder: It is Monday night. You do work tomorrow. And too many margaritas can spell disaster.
Derby Days. Raising horses is not easy. Well, neither is horse whispering for that matter (just ask Robert Redford). But after the training is finished and that young pony has grown up, then comes the fun part. Racing. The First Saturday in May is a documentary showing at Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis, that focuses on six jockeys all striving for the blanket of roses at the Kentucky Derby. The Derby attracts over 150,000 people each year and is the first leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. All the struggles and challenges of racing are revealed as the jockeys try to make their way to the Derby. Visit circlecinema.com for more information.
Good Eye! Nothing beats a night at the ballpark folks. Add some cold brewskis and some peanuts and we're set. Play ball! The Tulsa Drillers take on the Arkansas Travelers tonight at 7:05pm at Drillers Stadium, 15th and Yale. The Drillers have suffered some tough losses as of recent and have struggled from the pitcher's mound in particular. They need you. As the oldest professional sports franchise in the city of Tulsa, the Drillers are more than ready to pack the bleachers and swing for the moon. Come out and watch the Drillers send Arkansas travelin' home with a loss. Boo-ya!
Oh, How Modern. Is it time to give your home a makeover? Are things looking a little old-fashioned and out-of-date around the house? Stop by Modern Tulsa at the Fadem residence, 6259 S. Jamestown Ave., for ideas on sprucing up the old place and introducing some classic styles that define modern décor and art. Celebrate Tulsa's pop-culture heritage at this event presented by the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture from 7-9pm tonight. Call 583-5550 or visit moderntulsa.net for more. Pictured above: Mayo Meadow liquor store, 21st and Yale. From the Robert E. Buchner Collection. Photo by Ben Newby
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