Rollin' Hard. Having a nice set of earplugs may not be a bad idea tonight. Starting at 5:30pm, bikers will line-up for the 7th annual Rumble and Roll motorcycle parade and party. The bikes will roll from Lot 5 of Expo square through Cherry St. and onto Brookside. When the rolling is over, the rumble can really start with the Mid-Life Crisis band kicking the party up a notche between 33rd and 36th. The party goes on until 11pm. Riders who want to roll in this parade can still sign-up for just $10. All proceeds from the parade go to the Make-A-Wish foundation. Registrants are also eligible to win a $2,500 shopping spree at Myers-Duren Harley-Davidson. Call 743-4440 for more information. Be ready to roll.
For Art's Sake. Sometimes art is meant to inspire. Sometimes it's meant to be full of meaning and sometimes it's not meant to do anything. The "Right to Left" art exhibit, showing at Artifacts Gallery, 819 E. 3rd St., is a combination of all of the above. Some of the featured artists were inspired by sniffing paint and punk rock. One of them got his start making fake ids. The point is that art can come from classically trained virtuosos or it can come from everyday folk with a penchant for skateboarding, like a few of the artists featured tonight. Expect to see images you'll recognize from pop culture and things you may have never expected to see. The show is from 8-10pm. Call 809-7959 or visit leftfieldproject.com for more info on the artists.
There's just something about cracking open a fresh pecan that says home. This year's 25th Annual Pecan Festival in downtown Okmulgee is sure to make you glad to be an Okie. Events include a country and western street dance, a pizza eating contest, a doughnut eating contest, a biscuit throwing contest, a husband calling contest and a turtle race just to name a few. Sounds fun, but where are all the pecans? Well most of them are in the 10-foot pecan pie. Just wait until you see the 60-foot baker that made the pie. Oh wait, he won't be there, he's got an arm wrestling match with the Golden Driller. The festival runs June 5-7 from 11am-10:30pm. Visit okmulgeechamber.com
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Beam Me Up. It is a misconception that the Trek Expo, at the John Q Hammons UMAC Center, 6836 S. Mingo, is only supposed to have stars from the various Star Trek franchise offerings. Yes, everyone's favorite cadet Wesly Crusher (Wil Wheaton) will be there, Chekov (Walter Koenig) and Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) from the original series will be there as well. These guys are all great, but you won't want to miss Richard Herd who played George's boss on "Seinfeld" (yes, he was also on "Voyager") and, drum roll, none other than "Al" himself, Dean Stockwell from "Quantum Leap" will be there too. "Al, I don't understand it. I've already told Nichelle that I had a crush on her in 5th grade, why haven't I leaped yet?" Take a walk down memory lane and pay homage to the people that built your childhood June 6-8. Visit trekexpo.net for more info.
Songs of the South. All the way from beautiful Birmingham, Alabama, The Broken Letters, playing tonight at The Monolith, 2428 E. Admiral Blvd., are here to deliver their driving and clean electric guitars, minimal drums and forlorn vocal melodies. The band finds inspiration in gospel music and they actually formed the band in a rural Southern Baptist church in Alabama. Its sound does not quite hit the gospel sound mark you may expect, but the soothing rock style will give you time to contemplate the deeper things in life. Or you can just stand there and drool like everyone else. Visit myspace.com/thebrokenletters to hear for yourself.
Not Quite Yet. Sometimes you can just feel it when a band is about to make it big, or at least big enough. Edison Glass plays tonight at Crush Lounge, 6914 S. Lewis, with Nightmare of You, The Graduate and Paper Rivals opening. Edison Glass has toured with the recent up-and-comers Paramore, so you know they're legit. Don't you want to be able to say "I saw them when..."? Well, this is your chance. Visit myspace.com/edisonglass or myspace.com/crushlounge for more.
And Then She Was Found. What is it with these overachievers and their need to be so talented that they can star, direct, and co-write a film? Well, Helen Hunt may now add her name to that list of Hollywood's workaholics with her movie And Then She Found Me, playing tonight at the Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis. Basically Helen Hunt's character is a school teacher divorces Matthew Broderick's character and Hunt's adopted mother dies too. Shortly after all this mess Bette Midler shows up as Hunt's bio-mom while Hunt falls in love with the father of one of her students. Gee, life sure can be complicated. Call 592-3456 or visit circlecinema.com for more info.
Horse of a Time. We've come a long way since using horses for everything from farming to transportation. But with gas prices on the rise, who knows, maybe they will become a necessary conveyance again soon. Until then, learn what you can at the Pinto World Trade Show, at the Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex at Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st Pl. See all types of horses, ponies and miniatures strut their stuff with various competitions including roping, driving, reining and much more. If you've already traded in your Ford Bronco, pick up supplies for your real bronco from the 65 vendors offering everything a horse owner could need. Visit pinto.org or call (405) 491-0111 for questions. The event continues through June 21.
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