Celebrate Everyday. Human beings are among the most popular subjects for visual artists to portray. Bodies seem to take on an infinite array of shapes, mirroring the diversity we perceive in everyday life. Tonight at the M.A. Doran Gallery, 3509 S. Peoria, artist Jonathan Sobol joins the public for the opening of his new exhibit "Everyday Paintings." Sobol has been painting for more than 40 years, dabbling in sculpture and portraiture during the advent of his figurative work. His paintings are characterized by rich colors as well as an abstract, playful approach to capturing the human form. 5-8pm. For more, visit madorangallery.com.
No Place Like Home. Oklahoma's unique landscape, with its big skies and expansive feel, inspires many to capture its fluid vistas. Tonight, the Tulsa Artists' Coalition hosts the opening of its new exhibit, "Painted Notes: The Tallgrass Prairie and Recent Work by Mark Lewis." About his work, Lewis said, "I originally started going to the Tallgrass Prairie because I wanted to respond to the open horizon and Oklahoma's transitional skies - getting away from the fixed urban sites where I had been working." Artist's Reception held at the TAC Gallery, 9 E. Brady, from 6-9pm. For more information, visit tacgallery.org.
Ear Candy. Treat your ears to the sounds of the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus' rendition of "Missa Solennelle and Stabat Mater," tonight in the Chapman Music Hall at the Tulsa PAC, 110 E. 2nd St., at 7:30pm. Gounod, the French composer who gave us the romantic operas Faust and Roméo et Juliette, composed "Missa Solenelle," also known as the "Saint Cecilia Mass." First performed in London in 1851, it established Gounod's reputation as a noteworthy composer. Also, Rossini, who brought the world The Barber of Seville, is one of many who set the 13th-century Latin hymn "Stabat Mater" to music. After hearing it, the poet Heinrich Heine wrote that the theater seemed "a vestibule of heaven." Visit tulsapac.com for more information.
Bring your weekend to a close with all things geology. The Tulsa Rock and Mineral Society, now in its 50th year, hosts the Rock and Mineral Show. Expect to see vendors selling rocks, gems, jewelry and fossils. Enhance your understanding of the earth sciences with special exhibitions and educational programs. A children's area provides age-appropriate activities for little ones.
There will also be a silent auction. The show takes place in the Central Park Hall at the Tulsa Fairgrounds, 21st and Yale. Today, you have from 10am-5pm to explore some of the Earth's most incredible natural wonders. For more, visit ttownrockhound.org.
Art for the Arts. Today marks the opening of Alpha Rho Tau's (A.R.T.) 3rd annual juried art show. Through December 8, 40-50 pieces of artwork will be displayed at the student union center on TCC's southeast campus, 10300 E. 81st St. South. Juror is Eleanor Davy Carmack, retired head of the Visual Arts Dept and coordinator of Holliman Gallery, Walter Arts Center at Holland Hall, art lecturer at Oklahoma universities & accredited fine arts appraiser. Best of all, entry fees for this show will be used toward funding an art scholarship to an outstanding TCC art student.
ORU Going to the Game? Okay, sports fans, this is the last exhibition game ORU Men's Basketball plays before diving into their regular season. Watch the Golden Eagles take on the Roger's State Hillcats tonight at the Mabee Center, 7777 S. Lewis, at 7:05pm. These exhibition games prepare the team for the challenging road ahead. Head coach, Scott Sutton, pointed out that this is by far the most difficult schedule to date. Come on out and enjoy the pre-season heat. Senior guard, Robert Jarvis, is looking to take the team to new levels this year. Visit orugoldeneagles.com for more info. P.S. What the heck is a Hillcat?
Liquid Silver. Home of the $5 beer and shot special, Mercury Lounge keeps patrons coming back with a weekly happy hour from 4-7pm. Located on the corner of 18th and Boston, it was voted as the best bar in the 18th and Boston area in UTW's 2008 Absolute Best of Tulsa. Not much has changed since then, for this favorite watering hole maintains its status as a hub for live local and regional music acts performing every week. Genres span from jazz to country to rock n' roll; so, there's something for everyone here. For more, check out mercury-lounge.com.
Vibrant Minds. With the decline in art programs at many public schools, organizations that foster the natural creativity of children are few and far between, but so valuable. The Tulsa Girls Art School Project provides specialized art training to talented and motivated elementary school-aged girls living in the inner city of Tulsa. Tulsa GAS offers professional level art instruction by local art teachers and artists. Today marks the opening of the Tulsa GAS Fall 2008 Art Show, free and open to the public. You can see the girls' latest creations at their studio, 2202 E. Admiral Blvd. For more info, visit tulsagirlsartschool.com.
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