Sweet Sounds. This week we're hitting you with a lot of music, so why not get things started on the softer side? Mindy Bartlett catches her audience's attention with soulful lyrics that she hopes get stuck in your head. Mindy plays tonight's Sound Proof concert at the Tulsa Press Club, 4158 S. Boston. This is Urban Tulsa Weekly's intimate monthly music, food and drink party. Mindy began her musical career in church, and her music still carries the simple resonance of a hymn. Her mellow style and moody, melodic guitar lend a sense of urgency to her sound. David Cook played Sound Proof last October, so who knows what this gig could lead to? Sponsored by UTW and the Atlas Grill. 5-7pm. Call 583-7737 for more.
Bellowing From Below. There's just something about a haunted old opera house that is very intriguing. It's creepy. It's scary. But it's also romantic and that is what has kept The Phantom of the Opera, playing at the PAC, 110 E. 2nd St., in business for so long. Phantom studies the human soul in ways a newcomer may not expect. Despite its engrossing storyline, Phantom is truly a grand show that anyone and everyone can enjoy. Beautiful sets, memorable songs and, of course, the phantom himself, what a character! This guy has been trolling around the sewers under ye olde opera houses for who knows how long...all while going insane and being a musical genius. Then he hears the beautiful Christine and must decide if it is time to resurface. Get ready for the action. Phantom runs through July 13.
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Jazz Hands. What could be better than some cool jazz on a warm summer night? Jazzfest 2008, presented by the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, features outdoor performances by Rockin Acoustic Circus (pictured above), Hamilton Armstrong & Friends, Uptown Horns, What's That, headliner Tom Braxton and more. Bring your lawn chairs, but leave pets and coolers at home. Food and drink are available. Come enjoy an evening "under the stars" from 6pm-12am at the Jazz Depot, 111 E. First St. Call 596-1001 or visit okjazz.org for more. You can also catch the Rockin' Acoustic Circus at Broken Arrow's "Tuesdays in the Park" concert series. See below.
Thought Bubble. Comic books are only for kids, right? Wrong. Head to the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, 2021 E 71st St., to see "The Jewish Graphic Novel," a collection of original works from Jewish graphic novelists. The exhibition features the work of the late Will Eisner and Joe Kubert, as well as later artists Peter Kuper and James Sturm and newcomer J.T. Waldman. These pioneering graphic novelists convey narratives that illustrate Jewish social history, literature, traditional text, social issues and mythical heroism. Visit www.jewishmuseum.net or call 492-1818 for more.
Kickin' it Old School. This will be a performance unlike any other. Matisyahu, born Matthew Miller in West Chester, PA, plays the Cain's Ballroom, 429 N. Main, at 7pm. He took the name Matisyahu, the Hebrew equivalent of "Matthew," after he became observant. Matisyahu's electrifying mix of Orthodox Judaism and classic reggae music, with a hip-hop infusion, is certainly outside the norm. He seeks to use his music as the conduit for messages of peace and unity, without letting ego or worldly desires impede that communication. Also, he puts on a bomb-diggity of a show. Sam and the Stylees and Hiphopotamus open. Call 584-2306 or visit cainsballroom.com for more.
Weeknight Windup. You usually have to wait for a weekend to show up (and who knows when that will be) to see a quality outdoor concert. Thanks to the "Tuesdays in the Park" series at Central Park, 1500 S. Main, in Broken Arrow, you can hear great performers like this week's bluegrass lineup Rockin' Acoustic Circus and Springstreet (pictured above). Unfortunately, this is the last week you can enjoy these weeknight mini-music-fests. So, if you like bluegrass or just being outside, head out to Broken Arrow and have yourself a good old time. Fun starts at 7pm. Visit artsba.org or call 259-4300 ext. 258 for more.
Ahoy There. Yar, wouldn't it be great to live life on the seas, fighting pirates and exploring around the world? Well here's your chance to hear a seaward story that hits close to home. "A Sailor's Life: The Story of the U.S.S. Tulsa" is an exhibit at the Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 S. Peoria, that tells the tale of the ship named for this fine, and oh-so-landlocked city. The exhibit features a scale model of the ship, the ship's bell, a diary with stories from a real-life Tulsa Seaman, naval uniforms and the only Medal of Honor ever awarded to a Tulsan. This exhibit sets sail at the end of the month so act fast while you've got your sea legs. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturdays, 10am-4pm, and admission is free. Call 712-9484 or visit tulsahistory.org for more.
Pickin' and a Grinin'. Summer is officially here and what better way to celebrate than with a giant bluegrass festival? The Skiatook Bluegrass Festival, at the Skiatook Sports Complex Park, features bluegrass acts The Wilders, Newfound Road (pictured above), The Chapmans, Neverly Hillbillies, Cedar Hill and many, many more. Other events include the junior fiddle contest, bluegrass music workshops, food vendors and arts and crafts. Don't miss the bluegrass karaoke or you'll feel constant sorrow and you'll see trouble through all your days. Tickets are $12 for a day or $20 for Friday and Saturday. Visit skiatookbluegrass.com for directions and more.
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