Editor's Choices for the Week
Many Hands. It's inspiring to behold a finished piece of art, but it's even more so to see the artist in progress. This evening, Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Road, hosts its monthly Third Thursday event from 5-8pm. Artists Aaron Whisner and Darshan Phillips of Live4This studio create a collaborative work right before your eyes. Attendees are invited to join in as well on an enormous canvas provided by Philbrook. Third Thursday events vary from month to month, covering a wide range of media. Free with museum admission. Visit philbrook.org for more information.
Red Fish, Green Fish. With all the hullabaloo surrounding our large, brand-new entertainment venues, it's easy to forget the lil' guys. If you're looking for a quirkier holiday performance, check out the Sapulpa Community Theatre's production of A Tuna Christmas, the sequel to comedy A Greater Tuna. Join a cast of eccentric characters as they meddle with amusing holiday catastrophes just 24 hours before Christmas. The theater is located at 124 S. Water in Sapulpa. The performance begins at 8pm, and there's a matinee tomorrow at 2pm. Call 227-2169 for tickets.
Painted Pony. Feeling crafty? This afternoon, Gilcrease Museum hosts its Family Art Workshop from 10am-12pm and from 1-3pm. Today, children ages five to ten and chaperoning adults have the opportunity to make Wild West tote bags, correlating with the "101 Ranch" exhibit. Acoustic country musicians will be there to play holiday music for families as they make their way around the museum. Punch and cookies are served throughout the day.
Kids can also get their pictures taken with a cowboy Santa. For more information on all Gilcrease Museum events, call 596-2700 or visit gilcrease.utulsa.edu
Keep Your Eyes Peeled. The end of the month marks the end of many exhibits in local galleries, and Circle Cinema, 12 S. Lewis, is no different. Check out the latest by photographer and ophthalmologist Mark Weiss. His work features a variety of styles, techniques and subjects, but all pay homage in some way to the gift of sight. Dr. Weiss has his own practice in his homey Swan Lake area office and has set up a clinic at the Day Center for the Homeless, giving free eye exams to those in need. The proceeds from the photos benefit the Circle Cinema foundation. For more, visit circlecinema.com.
Bread 'n Butter. There's a bar at 51st and Sheridan that has happy hour specials, live music on weeknights and a funny name to boot. Go on, say it out loud. Pickle's Pub and Grill, 4902 S. Sheridan Road, has $10.50 buckets and $2 mini pitchers for happy hour, 4-7pm. Come on out and catch your favorite Tulsa bands on any night of the week and entertainer DJ Louis every Saturday and Sunday. Free on New Year's? Join the Pickle's crew for live music along with a champagne toast and ball drop at midnight. Call 664-6800 for more information.
Think Small. Eye-catching art doesn't have to be enormous or loud. In fact, some of the most thought provoking pieces are modest, featuring a more muted palette with emphasis on texture. This seems to be the theme for the Annual Small Works Show at MA Doran Gallery, 3509 S. Peoria. This mixed media exhibit includes paintings, sculpture, American crafts and ornaments. It ends tomorrow, so time's running out. MA Doran Gallery presents art from local, national and international artists. Gallery hours are Tue.-Sat. from 10:30am-6pm. For more information, visit madorangallery.com or call 748-8700.
Lighten Up. Although the Tulsa area boasts a number of impressive Christmas light displays, few come close to the annual wonderland at Rhema Bible College, 1025 W. Kenosha, in Broken Arrow. The school first introduced the spectacle in 1982 with about 60,000 lights and has been drawing crowds in the thousands to its campus from all across Oklahoma and surrounding states. This year, the lighting crew illuminated the area with 1.5 million lights, synchronized to Christmas music. If you haven't experienced this surreal, seasonal staple, grab the fam and a thermos of hot chocolate and head to B.A. for an unforgettable Christmas Eve. For more, visit rhemabiblechurch.com.
Joy to the World. You've looted the stockings, opened presents and cleaned up the carrot stubs and cookie crumbs left by Santa and his crew. Merry Christmas! Now it's time to sit back and enjoy what really matters- egg nog...with the family. Light the fire and snuggle with kith and kin for 24 hours of A Christmas Story, help little Billy with his new Lego set (do kids still play with Legos?) or play a game of Scrabble with your folks. Bottom line: enjoy the day with the people in your life who matter most.
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