Happy Hour for Art Lovers. It's hot, sticky and miserable outside. What better way to spend an evening than in the cool tranquility of Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford? Philbrook is open until 8pm on Thursdays so you can get your art fix after work. Current exhibits include "The Object Project," selections from the Eugene B. Adkins Collection of Native American and Southwestern Art and a collection of British and American screen prints from the 1970s. And on Fridays there are outdoor films on the lawn, with gates opening at 7:30pm. Philbrook also invites you to take inspiration from its lush landscaping and architecture and paint in the gardens. Call 748-5309 or go to philbrook.org for more information.
Diversity, Thy Name is Rock. The time has come again, Dfest is here. Who's playing this year? Glad you asked. Headlining acts include Stillwater's own The All-American Rejects, The Roots, The Disco Biscuits, Clutch and Paramore. But Dfest is about getting out the word on the local/up-and-coming bands like John Moreland and The Black Gold Band, Cecada, PDA, Three Penny Upright and tons more. For the complete list of bands and events, visit dfest.net. The festival is located in the Blue Dome District located between 1st and 2nd and Detroit and Elgin streets. Gates open at 4pm. See you there!
Bring Your Earplugs. Adrenaline junkies, get ready for an overdose. Biker Boyz Weekend, at Expo Square Central Park Hall, 4145 E. 21st St., promises more motorcycle-related events than you can shake a tire iron at... including a bike show (obviously), a stunt show, safety workshops, a swimsuit competition, lots of parties and lots of vendors. Everything starts Friday night at 5pm and continues Saturday from 10am-8pm.
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Strung Out. When guitarists party, they party hard. See for yourself at "Guitars Gone Wild," an exhibition of solo guitarists sponsored by the Tulsa Guitar Society. Four solo guitarists, including Rod Saunders, Lon de Ada, Pete Astor and Josef Glaude, will perform flamenco, pop, new age, jazz, blues and classical pieces in a round robin format. Tickets are $15 or $20 for table seats. The music begins at 2pm in Norman Theater, Tulsa PAC, 110 E. 2nd St. Call 596-7122 or visit www.tulsaguitar.org or www.tulsapac.com for more.
Looking for a Homer. Our hometown team has about one more month of baseball action during its 2008 schedule. Enjoy a relaxing night once the sun goes down before it's too late. The Tulsa Drillers take on the Arkansas Travelers tonight at 7:05pm. It's ladies' night, so all you gals can enjoy free nail care, back massages and discounted food and beverages. They don't get to hog all the fun though. IHOP's Discover America Road Tour makes a stop at the ballpark as well. IHOP's mascot Pancake Man will be available to take photos and interact with the kids while he hands out lots of coupons and prizes. Oh, what a night to be at the ballpark.
Love Thy Neighbor. What better way to unite your neighborhood community than by a block party? Tulsa Parks introduced us to Neighborfest two years ago and the event continues going strong. The weekly festivity stops every Tuesday at a different Tulsa park in each council district during the summer. This week, bring friends and family members out to Lacy Park, 2134 N. Madison Pl., for an evening of live music, food, a fitness element and more. Neighborfest concludes next week, August 5, at Veterans Park, 1875 S. Boulder, with a "Back to School Rally" where Mayor Kathy Taylor will motivate Tulsa youth to gear up and get excited for the first day of school.
News Hound. In these troubled times, accurate and timely journalism is more important than ever. Hear stories from the front lines of war reporting at the Tulsa Press Club's Page One Feature Program. Washington Post Cairo Bureau Chief Ellen Knickmeyer, whose first newspaper job was at the Tulsa World, will talk about her experiences abroad and the development of her journalistic career. Her appearance will raise money for the Tulsa Press Club and for journalism scholarships at the University of Oklahoma. 11:30am-1pm, Downtown Doubletree, 616 W. 7th St. The lecture is public and free, but tickets are required. Contact Tami Anthamatten at the Tulsa Press Club for more, 583-7737.
The Arty Boys. Youthful creativity is a delicate flame that must be carefully fed and tended. Support some of Tulsa's young artists at the Tulsa Boys' Home's 8th Annual Summer Arts Show and Sell. The show will be held in the Great Room of the Grace Bernsen Education Center at the Tulsa Boys' Home campus, from 5-7:30pm. Many items of the hundreds on display will be for sale at the show, which is the culmination of TBH's annual "Summer Arts" program. The boys of TBH will receive the proceeds from their artwork. Head to the Tulsa Boys' Home, 2727 S. 137th W. 47th Ave. in Sand Springs. Visit www.tulsaboyshome.org for more.
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