Crystal Clear. Sometimes, the most beautiful things in life are sitting right in front of us. It takes an artist like James Andrew Smith to show us this and he will do so tonight at Joseph Gierek Fine Art, 1512 E. 15th St. Smith's paintings capture the beauty of seemingly everyday things due in large part to his intense attention to detail. Smith's still life paintings will challenge you to see the world through the eyes of an artist. If you're up for the task, the gallery is having an opening reception tonight from 5-8pm. Call 592-5432 or visit gierek.com for more. The exhibition will run through June 21.
Golden Oldies. At first glance, you may expect a documentary about a group of singing senior citizens to fly under the radar. But what makes this movie different? Young @ Heart, playing at the Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis, follows this group of talented seniors as they take modern, hip music and add a level of warmth and sincerity that is sure to make your heart smile. They sing songs from Coldplay to The Clash to Jimi Hendrix to Sonic Youth. You'll never hear these songs the same way again. Visit circlecinema.com or call 592-3456 for more.
Rockin' the Trees. The camping and festival music seasons are upon us and what better way to celebrate them both than with the Backwoods Bash at Thundermoon Ranch & Paintball, 33440 W. 51 St. South, in Mannford. Steve Liddel, The Banner Year, Cannonball Sunday, Ghosts and more perform. Expect fun, some good music and maybe an awkwardly placed branch under your sleeping bag. The Backwoods Bash is donating some of the proceeds from this event to charity. So get out there, have some fun and help a couple good causes. Visit backwoodsbash.com for more info and directions, you might need them if you left your GPS at home.
Take Me Out. What's better than a nice Sunday baseball game? Nothing unless you've got kids that like to eat (studies conclude that most children do, in fact, like to eat). The Tulsa Drillers, playing the Midland RockHounds at Expo Square, 4802 E 15th St., are giving kids 14 and under free hotdogs, ice cream and milk. Awesome, right? But wait, there's more. There will also be balloon and face paint artists on hand to maintain the fun level at an 11. Kids interested in learning how to get better at baseball from the pros, for free, need only show up for the pre-game baseball camp in their baseball or softball uniform. Game is at 2:05pm. Visit tulsadrillers.com for more.
Day of Remembering. Aside from a free day off work, Memorial Day is a day to remember those who fought and died for this country. So, if you know a veteran that's still with us give him/her a hug and say thank you. Floral Haven Cemetery, 5364 S 129th East Ave., will be displaying flags, holding a blood drive, sending care packages to troops overseas and much more during the weekend. Visit fhaven.com for more. Enjoy your day off (if you get one) and remember these holidays exist for a reason.
Talented Tulsans. You think you've got what it takes to proclaim yourself the most talented in Tulsa? Well, here's your chance. Starting today, parks across the city will begin their summer-long showcase of talented individuals and groups competing for $500 and, of course, bragging rights. Sign up now and show the city you've got some skills. This series of talent shows will be running until August 5, so hurry and get your act together while you've still got time. Visit tulsaparks.org to get signed up.
Read and Rock. What's better on a hot summer day than a nice book? How about having a big party to get you in the readerly spirit? Teens are invited to check out Red Alert as they perform at the Helmerich Library's, 5364 S 129th East Ave., kick off event for the Teen Summer Reading program. Reading is good for you. Seriously, you're doing it right now. So get to the library, rock out and read a few books. You won't regret it. 6-8pm. Visit tulsalibrary.com or call 596-2466 for more.
Art Abroad. France is beautiful this time of year. Don't have time to visit? That's okay because artist Derkek Penix is bringing France to Tulsa with his exhibition of paintings at the Harwelden Mansion, 2210 S Main St. Penix's expressionistic works will take you away to a beautiful landscape that will make you feel as though you've been there yourself. Treat yourself to this mini-vacation tonight from 5-8:30pm. 25 percent of the proceeds from tonight's show benefit Family & Children's Services.
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