Summer Sounds. A local musical act performs every Thursday night at the hip shopping mecca that is Utica Square for its Summer's Fifth Night concert series. This week check out the rockin' blues stylings of Mary Cogan. But, as summer draws to an end, so does this concert series. The last Fifth Night is scheduled for the last Thursday this month, with sax player Grady Nichols. Utica Square is located at the southeast corner of Utica and 21st. Visit uticasquare.com for more info.
First Impressionist. If you met a guy who builds Harleys and hotrods and had tattoos going down both of his arms, what would you guess is his secret talent? Crushing beer cans on his head? No, that's a gift, not a talent. How about a prolific artist with an eye for color composition? Bingo, we have a winner. Mike Sexton, showing off his style tonight at the Self Gallery, 2012 E 11th St., will make you think twice about judging a book by its cover. Or a man by his tattoos. The reception is tonight from 7-10pm. Call 231-8669 for more information.
Keep on Rolling. What better way to raise money than by throwing a big party? The Green Country Roller Girls are doing just that with their Derby Deeds auction and party at Capella's and Exit 6C, on the corner of 1st and Detroit. The Roller Girls are gearing up for their new season and they need a bankroll to keep their skates rolling. There will be a live Roller Girl auction, a silent auction, live music from John Moreland and the Black Gold Band and Kelli Lynn and the Skillet Lickers.
Doors at 8pm. $10 cover, 21 and up. Visit greencountryrollergirls.com
for more info on the party.
No Kidding Around. What's more American on a Sunday afternoon than a nice game of baseball? How about free hotdogs and ice cream for the kids? The Tulsa Drillers are playing the Midland RockHounds today and kids 14 and under will enjoy free hotdogs, ice cream and milk from Borden. There will also be a balloon artist and face painting. The game starts at 2:05pm at Expo Square, 4802 E. 15th St. Visit tulsadrillers.com for more information. All that's missing is the apple pie.
Missing Milan. It would be nice if everyone could afford to go to Florence and see a classic Italian opera the way it was meant to be seen. Now you don't have to make the trip because the Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis, has brought the operas of Florence to Tulsa. This week the Circle is showing La Forza, a tragedy written by Giuseppe Verdi and performed at the Teatro del Maggio. Aside from sounding great, these performances were filmed in digital high definition so you know they'll look amazing too. The Circle is showing these operas every other Monday through September 22. Call 585-3456 or visit circlecinema.com for more.
Painfully Clear. Sometimes it can be a bit of a struggle to find the message in an artist's work. That is certainly not the case with Gloria Hammer's "Monsters in My Closet" exhibit, on display now at the Tulsa Artists Coalition Gallery, 9 E. Brady. Hammer's work reflects the pain women endure to appear fashionable. Hammer worked in the fashion and advertising business for 20 years so she is a bit of an expert on all things both fashionable and uncomfortable. Hammer's work will be on display until August 23. Visit tacgallery.org or call 592-0041 to make an appointment to drop by.
Southern Guests. It is no secret that Austin produces some of the best musicians in the region. Tonight, see some Texas talent for yourself as Amy Annelle and Ralph White perform at the Soundpony Lounge, 409 N. Main. These two take the "Keep Austin Weird" campaign to heart. But don't worry, T-Town will be represented at the show, too, courtesy local singer/songwriter Fiawna Forte. Show starts at 10pm. Call 582-7669 or visit myspace.com/soundponylounge for more info.
Classy Retreat. A lot of bars around town tend to be sweaty, noisy and not very dignified. Sounds like fun doesn't it? If, for whatever reason, you desire a break from the norm, check out Vintage 1740, 1740 S. Boston. Vintage prides itself on having an excellent wine selection, with more than 60 labels from around the world from which to choose. The folks there are constantly updating and trying out new wines every month. Vintage also has a nice selection of beers and other drinks and an atmosphere reminiscent of a comfortable, yet classy, living room. Call 582-0700 or visit vintage1740.com to learn more.
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