The Great Indoors. The beautiful greenery at Philbrook, 2727 S. Rockford Road, and its vibrant garden life will leave you in awe of Mother Nature's beauty. Of course, after about two or three minutes of the heat, you'll be ready to see what's going on inside the museum. The "American Landscape" exhibit features some soothing paintings of the great American outdoors without actually requiring you to leave the comfort of an air-conditioned room. The exhibit is presented by Alpha Rho Tau, a local civic art group that gives scholarships to TU and TCC art students, and is gone July 6. Call 749-7941 for more information.
Having a Ball. Why go to a baseball museum of fame when one will come to you? Well, part of it anyway. Today at the Driller's Stadium, 4802 E. 15th St., the Family Fun Fest has come to town, featuring 20 baseball-themed attractions, including a traveling minor-league baseball museum, personalized baseball cards, Sports Illustrated Kids magazine covers, batting and pitching cages, slides, bouncy jumps, games, an Xbox 360 game station and more. If you have energy left after all this fun, you might see what the Drillers are up to. They play the Corpus Christi Hooks at 7:05pm. The fest starts three hours before the game and it's totally free. For more info on the fest visit www.principal.com/funfest.
Going, Going, Green. People are buying smaller cars and florescent light bulbs and are recycling more than ever. But wouldn't if be awesome if your home could be green, too? The Tulsa Loft Project is celebrating its completion of eco-friendly lofts with an open house "Red White and Green" event at 1411 S. Rockford Ave. Check out the hip and stylish new loft apartments and learn about all the high-tech (and not so high-tech) methods used to make these homes green. These lofts have been given the highest possible platinum rating by the United States Green Building Council. For more information call (866)834-9074 or visit 1architecture.com.
It's high noon. You've got your six-shooter in tow. A tumble weed rolls by. And then, out of nowhere, the security guard approaches and asks you to please put the antique gun down. Luckily for you, there are more than 300 other pieces of memorabilia from the 101 Ranch exhibit at the Gilcrease Museum of Art, 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road, for you to ogle. Don't be afraid to take your time, pardner, and enjoy the history of the famed 101 Ranch that toured the world during the early part of the 20th century putting on Wild West Shows. Check out the promo posters, photos, curiosities, performer costumes and, of course, the guns used to bring the Wild West alive. Call 596-2700 or visit gilcrease.org
for more information.
Garden Variety. Landscaping and garden work often pepper the summer days for many people. Tonight the Tulsa Herb Society, at the Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S. Peoria, hosts a night with Holly Hoffman, landscape designer. Hoffman has over 20 years of experience in garden and landscape design. Hoffman has many ideas for gardens but she really wants people to kick back and just have fun with their yards. So if you want to have fun and learn some great tips for a healthy garden come listen to Ms. Hoffman and let her experience guide you. 7-8:30pm. Admission is free. Call 746-5125 for more information.
Made for You and Me. Oklahoma has been lucky to be the home for many great musicians such as Bob Childers, the "Godfather of Red Dirt." Childers passed away in April this year. To honor him, the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival is coming to Tulsa tonight at the historic Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main. Jimmy LaFave, Red Dirt Rangers, Mike McClure, The Burns Sisters, Stoney LaRue, Jason Boland, Joel Rafael and Tom Skinner will be honoring the work Bob Childers did for Red Dirt music and the important role he has played in Woody Guthrie Folk Festivals in years past. Hear some of Bob's songs played by the bands that he influenced. Doors open at 6pm, and tickets are $44.50 for general admission seating and $28 for general admission standing. Call the Cain's at 584-2306. The Wood Guthrie Folk Festival will continue Through Sunday in Okemah. Visit woodyguthrie.com for more information about the festival.
Joy Ride. At some point in our lives we've all seen a sculpture that we've wanted to touch. Artist Russell Bellamy from OKC understands this desire and that's why he's created Active Optimism, showing now through August 28 at Living Arts, 308 S. Kenosha, downtown Tulsa. This exhibit is inspired by the playground equipment, specifically swings, that Bellamy grew up with. Bellamy encourages interaction with his work but of course it isn't necessary to evoke the memories of childhood past and the giddiness a good day at the playground could bring. Wake up your inner child and give Living Arts a call to check out this exhibit at 585-1234. Visit livingarts.com for more.
On the Trail. Some people buy a hot sports car for their midlife crisis. Some people play golf or go skydiving. And some people drive cattle across New Mexico. If you find yourself in the latter category then you've probably already seen City Slickers, playing today at the Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis. Kids of all ages will get a kick out of this fish-out-of-water story about a group of friends that take a trip to define themselves as "real men" in the midst of the doubt many people go through as they age. Plenty of laughs, spills and bumps make this adventure story one that'll make you consider saddling up for your own trip of a lifetime. 3:30pm. This showing is brought to you for free by the Tulsa Library. Call 592-3456 or visit circlecinema.com for more.
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