Editor's Choices for the Week
Twinkle Lights. The Christmas season just doesn't seem complete without taking a gander at neighborhood light displays. After your hearty holiday meal, pile into the car with the family and drive around Tulsa's many well-lit, festive neighborhoods. No part of Tulsa should be without enchanting DIY decorations. There are some particularly lovely ones. But sometimes, it's even more fun to join together in laughter at the tacky ones. There are plenty of those, too. Who knows? Maybe you'll be inspired to kick it up a peg next year. After all, it's never too early to start planning...
Tall Tale. For many people, the holidays conjure up memories of pain and displeasure. Time with family seems tortuous and the solace that most find in the holiday is impossible to grasp. If you're still not ready to leave the season behind, head to the Circle Cinema tonight, 12 S. Lewis, for A Christmas Tale. The three youngest children of the Vuillard clan concoct a scheme to bring family together and discover the love between them that has been latent for years. Will it work? The flick runs through January 1. Visit circlecinema.com for showtimes.
Frostbite. The hockey season is in full swing. If you haven't seen the Tulsa Oilers play in the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave., wait no longer.
Tonight the boys take on the Mississippi Riverkings who beat the Oilers in a home game victory back in November. It's time to bundle up and head downtown because now the puck is in the Oilers' rink. This grudge match has all the undertones of a grade-A hockey face off. The teams hit the ice at 7:35pm. Visit tulsaoilers.com
for more info.
Road Trip. It's easy to bypass an art museum when it's too pricey. From now through Tuesday, December 30, the University of Oklahoma's Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave. in Norman, has lowered admission to $3 per family. Now's the time to check out its varied collections; from Native American art and contemporary art to photography and sculpture, there's something sure to fascinate every member of the family. For more information about FJJMA, visit ou.edu/fjjma or call (405) 325-3272. PS: check out the cool holograms in the basement!
Luck O' the Irish. One of Tulsa's favorite Irish pubs has a long history here in ol' T-Town. In 1956, Arnie Simmons opened the original Arnie's on 15th St.; after a period of growth and decay, the bar moved to its current location at 2nd and Elgin almost 10 years ago. Among its offerings is the "Strong Beer Special," currently $3 Sierra Nevada through January 4. If you want something a little less robust, take advantage of Arnie's domestic deals. They also have free pizza Fridays. Patrons can find live music here many nights out of the week. For more information, check out arniesbar.com.
Captured History. It seems like everyone is celebrating the revitalization of the old Mother Road, including local artists and restaurateurs. If you're in the mood to reminisce, come down to Lola's at the Bowery, 5 E. Brady, to check out the colorful images by Michael Scruggs. He's photographed quintessential Route 66 landmarks and has manipulated some of them in order to enhance the emotions that many of his subjects evoke. His technique makes for some provocative and amusing visual effects. For more information about the exhibit, call Lola's at 592-7995.
Pick Your Poison. Woohoo! There are still a few more hours to relish 2008, then BAM! New Year, New You. Are you ready for personal transformation in '09? You've still time to come up with your resolutions. Until then, embrace your inner glutton/lush because there is so much to do tonight in Tulsa. Almost all of the favorite nightspots are hosting live music and rivers of champagne, so take your pick. Also, the cabbies will be out and about this evening, so let's support our ever-reliable designated drivers. Split the cost with friends to ensure that y'all make it home in one piece. Happy New Year from UTW!
The Big Picture. Did you vow to expose yourself to the art world in '09? Head to the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. 4 St., to welcome photographer Josh New. The native Tulsan is a graduate student in photography at the University of Tulsa and currently teaches Japanese at Booker T. Washington High School. New's travels abroad revealed a love of the exotic and for photography. He has since returned home to hone his skills. Reception is from 6-9pm. The exhibit will be on display through the month of January. Gallery hours are Mon.-Sat., 3-9pm. Visit okeq.org for more information.
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