Run, Don't Walk. All good things must come to an end. Tonight is your last chance to catch the latest exhibit at Living Arts Gallery, 308 S. Kenosha. Artist Russell Bellamy from OKC has created "Active Optimism" based off inspiration from the playground equipment, specifically swings, that he grew up with. Bellamy encourages interaction with his work, but it isn't necessary, to evoke the memories of childhood past and the giddiness a good day at the playground could bring. Hurry on over or visit livingarts.com for more.
Kudos to Ludo. Described as "vigilante bushwhackers with a heart of gold who are out to bang your psyche and love you dead," Ludo is coming to town and performing with the Feds at the Marquee, 222 N. Main, tonight at 7:30pm. The hard-rocking indie band is ready to debut its album You're Awful, I Love You to the Tulsa music scene, where it got its start. The five-man band started in Tulsa back in 2003 and now calls St. Louis home. Welcome the gents back and see if the band can accomplish its mission to "entertain people without making them dumber." Tickets to the all-ages show are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
One Last Chance. Ready to say good-bye to white? Why not go to a party where everyone is wearing just that? Club Majestic, 124 N. Boston, is having its end of summer White Party, which gives you a chance to dance the night and summer away in a pristine sea of white. Club Majestic caters to the gay, lesbian and transgendered community and welcomes people from all walks of life. So if you're ready for a good time, some hopping beats and atmosphere powered by a state of the art lighting and sound system, then this is certainly the party for you. Twenty-one and over only. Call 584-9494 or visit clubmajestictulsa.com for more.
Equality has found a friend in the art exhibit "TreeSpeak," on display now at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center Gallery, 621 E. 4th St. The show is a New Orleans-focused ensemble featuring the works of native Tulsa photographer Shelly Ledford and painter Dawn DeMott. The exhibit was opened in August to commemorate the Katrina tragedy and looks forward to the continued rebirth of New Orleans. As August winds down, so does this exhibit. Catch it today for your last chance to see the beautiful art. Call 743-4297 or visit www.okeq.org/gallery.cfm
We Built This City. So let's take a day off, shall we? Labor Day was first celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City. Since then, the holiday has been a way to honor the work past and present generations have done to keep this country moving forward. Traditionally, it is thought that one should not wear white after today, but no one really pays attention to that rule anymore. Like most other holidays, Labor Day marks a transition, namely the end of summer. Say goodbye to 195-degree days and hello cool air. So take the day off, relax and take it all in. Football season is here and things are going to get crazy.
An Arts Empire. Ha! And you thought it was all music and plays going on at the Tulsa PAC, 2nd & Cincinnati. You didn't even know that the facility had a visual arts gallery that showcases local and national artists each month. Catch September's exhibit "The Riddle: The Enigma of Art," featuring recent abstract paintings by David Cade. Opening today, the exhibit includes more than 20 large works in oil and mixed media. The exhibit ends September 26. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-5:30pm, and during all Chapman Music Hall events.
Not So Proper. It is unusual that a gambling, womanizing and poor man is allowed to marry into the French aristocracy. But The Last Mistress, playing at the Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis, is anything but a usual film. Set in 19th century France, Ryno de Marigny has won the hand of Hermangarde, the gem of the French aristocracy. The only trouble is Marigny has had a mistress for the last ten years and she is not so thrilled about this marriage. See the lies, the lust and the passion that marks this beautifully filmed piece of French cinema. Leave the kids at home for this one due to some rather heated erotic scenes. Call 585-3456 or visit circlecinema.com for more.
Taste Test. The 29th Annual Bluegrass & Chili Festival begins today on the grounds of the Claremore Expo Center. Weekend festivities include concerts by national and regional artists, various talent competitions and a ranch rodeo and trade show. All the festival activities are family-friendly with plenty of fun options for the little buckaroos. What have we forgotten to mention? Oh yes, chili! Cooks compete in several divisions and the winning cook will represent the Festival in the World Cook-off. The festival opens at 4pm today and tomorrow. Saturday hours are 11am-11pm. Admission is free.
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