No Pressure. The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition gave six artists $10,000 each and a year to create artwork for an exhibit planned to travel around the state. Could you handle that pressure? The exhibit, dubbed "Art 365," lands in Tulsa tonight. The exhibit and opening reception will be at two locations, the Alexandre Hogue Gallery at the University of Tulsa, 2930 E. 5th St. and the Liggett Studio, 314 S. Kenosha Ave. in downtown Tulsa. The reception lasts from 5-7pm and then crowds are encouraged to head to Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis, to watch a documentary about the artists. Now that all their hard work is over, the artists can sit back and eagerly await the opinions of the public...ok, well maybe the pressure isn't totally off. Visit ovac-ok.org for more info.
Side Splitters. Who doesn't like to laugh? If you answered "no one, that question is stupid," then this may be the night for you. Tonight at Heller Theatre, 5328 S. Wheeling, the Laughing Matter Improv show is set to deliver some side splitting comedy. This is no traditional stand-up routine. The Laughing Matter Improv Troupe makes audience participation a big part of the show. It's kind of like Who's Line is it Anyway? but local and better. So if you're up to the task of laughing (and maybe being laughed at) head over to Heller Theatre tonight at 8pm and check out the show. Who knows, maybe you'll discover your inner comedian. Call 746-5065 for reservations or more information. The show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $5.
Sometimes a rock is more than a rock. Fans of geology rejoice! The Gem Faire, at Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st Pl, is here. Gems and minerals from around the world will be on display and for sale for use in jewelry and art. Master jewelers will be on hand giving workshops on how to create your own jewelry using gems and beads. The Tulsa Rock and Mineral society will give demonstrations and have educational displays available. You're sure to have a gem of a time. Hours are Fri., 12-7pm; Sat., 10am-7pm; and Sunday, 10am-5pm. Admission is $5, valid for the entire weekend. Visit gemfaire.com
or call (503)252-8300 for more information.
Kickin' it Old School. The laws of physics are always causing trouble. While gravity is technically not a law, it does cause more injuries to stage divers than any other astral force. The Texas-bred Old 97's are aware of this and that is why they named their newest record Blame it on Gravity. Catch the band tonight at the Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, and listen to songs of wisdom regarding the issues of aging and mortality. Sounds heavy, yes, but frontman Rhett Miller and the band are pretty rockin' despite the gravity of this blurb. Visit cainsballroom.com or call 584-2306 for more.
Out and Open. Coming out can be a difficult move for a gay person. The film Anyone and Everyone, playing tonight at the Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis, follows the lives of gay individuals and the way their families deal with the news. Families are represented from a large assortment of races and cultural backgrounds. The theme of the film is to demonstrate that even with so many cultural differences between these families; their reactions to knowing their child is gay are often times very similar. This event is sponsored by PFLAG and Tulsa Pride 2008. The opening reception starts at 6:30pm. Call 585-3456 or visit circlecinema.com for more.
Park It. Getting out to local parks is one of the best things to do during the summer months. The Broken Arrow Arts Council knows this and that's why they are having Tuesday's in the Park. This week is gospel week with 4 For One performing at Central Park, 1500 S. Main in downtown Broken Arrow. The band has performed around the region and they play a mixed musical style dedicated to the Christian ministry. The show starts at 7pm. Visit artsba.org or call 259-4300 ext. 258 for more information.
Red River Weirdoes. Some say that Austin is the Seattle of the south. The local motto of that fine city is "Keep Austin Weird." From this southern, yet weird melting pot comes the band The Gourds, performing tonight at Plan B, 520 E. 3rd St. The Gourds take a little country and add a little rock, with a twist of irony and wit for a style that is truly its own. Help the Austinion dream and support the weird. Who knows, maybe a little of the oddness will rub off on Tulsa. Visit myspace.com/clubplanb for more info.
Equal Parts Art. Art can be powerful stuff. Tonight at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. 4th St., is the art of Oklahoma City resident Dennis Olson. Olson's work is part of the one night only Tulsa Pride "More Color" Art show featuring more than 60 artists. Olson's work will remain at the Equality Center's gallery throughout June. This opening event is from 5-9pm. The gallery is open Monday-Saturday, 3-9pm. Visit okeq.org for more information.
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