Editor's Choices for the Week
Pixel Power. Who isn't hypnotized by Pixar's animation and visual effects? If you raised your hand, go rent the latest flick, Wall-E. Afterward, you'll probably want to head to Philbrook, 2727 S. Rockford, for Third Thursday's. This month, the museum has teamed up with the Art Directors Club of Tulsa to bring in animator Jay Shuster. He discusses his experience working on the film, as well as the movie Cars, the process of making a Pixar masterpiece, and what it's like to work for the company. Seating is first come first serve. 5-8:30pm. Visit philbrook.org for more.
Schmicklefest. Sounds fun, eh? Though this isn't the official title of Denny Schmickle's Art Show, it probably should be. Come out to Dwelling Spaces tonight, 119 S. Detroit Ave., to check out a variety of Schmickle originals. An art professor at Rogers State University in Claremore and a graphic designer, Schmickle dabbles in posters, t-shirts, photography and more, most of which is available for purchase tonight. He insists that he can take none of his creations back home afterward; he wants to sell it all. Come grab some inexpensive, colorful posters and meet the master himself. 6-9pm. Check out dwellingspaces.net for more info.
Sweet n' Sultry. The time is nigh once again for Living Arts' annual fundraiser, the Champagne and Chocolate Gala, at Living ArtSpace, 308 S. Kenosha. Marvel at the ceramic corset models of Nicole Moan (Rampage Studio--OKC), who presents a runway show during the evening.
Also, new this year is the opening of a special exhibit at Liggett Studio entitled, "3 from the Rockies," featuring the work of three Colorado artists. Proceeds benefit the programs offered by Living Arts to develop and present contemporary art forms in Tulsa through education, performance and exhibits. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 day of. 6-10pm. For more, visit livingarts.org
American Chamber Players. With the genre's declining popularity, those who still hold a special place in their hearts for classical arrangements can still enjoy quality performances. Presented by Chamber Music Tulsa, the American Chamber Players perform this afternoon in the John H. Williams Theatre of the Tulsa PAC, 110 E. 2nd St., at 3pm. The six members of the ensemble perform repertoire ranging from familiar masterpieces to neglected gems to newly commissioned American works. This afternoon's repertoire includes pieces by Joseph Haydn and Franz Schubert, both prominent 19th century Austrian composers. For more information, visit tulsapac.com.
Secret's Out. Everyone needs a change of scenery eventually, no matter how subtle. If you're looking to try a new post-work watering hole, head to the outskirts of Tulsa to C.J. Moloney's, 91st Street and 145th E. Ave, in Broken Arrow. Happy hour starts at 4pm and lasts 'til 7, featuring $1.50 22 oz. draws. C.J.'s got something going on every night of the week: Monday is Karaoke night and they've got a DJ on Thursday. They also host live, local bands most nights of the week. "Broken Arrow's Best Kept Secret" is o-u-t. Call 251-1973 for the latest specials and entertainment.
TUesday Ball. Nothing says "Tuesday" like college sports. Some might disagree, but why split hairs? Tonight, the TU Golden Hurricane takes on North Carolina Central at the Reynolds Center, 3208 E. 8th St., at 7:05pm. Though it is still early, the team is off to a good start, having won both exhibition games. Coach Wojcik and the athletes harbor a lot of energy and enthusiasm for the 2008-2009 season. Grab the whole family and come support one of Tulsa's local teams. Visit tulsahurricane.cstv.com for more information.
Night at the Improv. Catch any or all of these cats every Wednesday night at Capella's, 230 E. 1st St., for the weekly Organum Jam. Hosted by some of Tulsa's most active local musicians, anyone interested in joining the fun is invited to do so. The hosts vary from week to week, so every show is slightly different. Bring your instrument or just bring your good vibes -- both are more than welcome. UTW's Josh Kline said it best when he described the Organum folks as "a loose group of like-minded artists who are determined to grow as artists through cooperation and camaraderie." For more info, visit Organum's myspace.
Happy Turkey Day. First and foremost, today is the day to join the ones you love to give thanks for all of your blessings. Thanksgiving is the time to feel grateful for what we have and to forget, for at least a little while, the things we do not. In the long run, the food really is just an added bonus. Impress friends and family with a bit of Thanksgiving trivia: Although traditions of gathering and sharing food with one another have been alive for well over 250 years, Congress only declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1941. Who knew?
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