Where the Boys Are. Let's face it- food and music is an unbeatable combo. Downtown dining has gotten another boost from Joe Momma's, 112 S. Elgin. Known for its creative pies, the new pizza joint hosts live music on most nights of the week. Tonight, Imperius Rex takes the stage. The quirky quartet rocks out with pseudo-nostalgic, poppy alternative tunes. They're heavy on the electric guitar, so plan for a rowdy show. The band's influences range from Spin Doctors to Steve Liddell to the Smashing Pumpkins. To learn more about the youthful group, look 'em up on myspace.com.
Another Lens. Emblematic of modern architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright's work has inspired many artists worldwide. Today marks the opening of "Fallingwater en Perspectiva," a collection of paintings by Spaniard Felix de la Concha at the Price Tower Arts Center, 510 Dewey Ave., in Bartlesville. Fallingwater is recognized as one of Frank Lloyd Wright's most acclaimed works and was designed in 1935 for the Edgar J. Kaufmann family of Pittsburgh. It is the only great Wright house open to the public with its setting, original furnishings, and artwork intact. The exhibition runs through April 26. To learn more, visit pricetower.org.
Forefathers. Local history buffs, rejoice! The folks at the Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 S. Peoria, have been toiling away to prepare "The Magical History Tour: Road to the Governor's Mansion," which opens today. A tangible history lesson takes you through our state's long line of governors. The exhibition features personal memorabilia, fabulous dresses worn by former First Ladies and loads of photographs. The result is a multifaceted display that provides an intimate view of some of the most prominent and influential Oklahomans.
Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-4pm. For more information, visit tulsahistory.org
Spring Forward. The post-holiday lull is finally coming to an end and the entertainment scene is picking up. This evening marks the beginning of the Spring Concert Series at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. First Street. Songstress Rebecca Ungerman kicks off the weekly performances at 5pm. Individual tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, seniors and OK Jazz Hall of Fame members. Round tables down in front are also available for larger parties, but reservations are a must. To learn more, visit okjazz.org.
Can I Bayou a Drink? Ethnic cuisine restaurants seem to be popping up all across Tulsa. Nowadays, one can take a trip anywhere without leaving city limits. If want to spice up dreary January, why not try Crawpappy's for a taste of Louisiana? Did you know that Cajun food developed out of necessity? Impoverished French-speaking immigrants had to adapt to local resources, namely rice, crawfish and sugar cane. Located at 3342 E. 51st St, this midtown spot lives a double life as an eatery by day and a bar by night. For more, call 743-3342.
Good Habits. Former Catholic schoolchildren will especially appreciate Nunsense at the Bartlesville Community Center, 300 SE Adams. Starring good ol' Sally Struthers, the musical comedy follows the Little Sisters of Hoboken in their quest to raise funds for the burial of 52 nuns who were accidentally poisoned. Their only hope is to put on a variety show. Yes, the plot sounds a little morbid, though the production delivers a lighthearted medley of song, dance and good-natured irreverence. One performance only. Ticket prices vary. To learn more, visit bartlesvillecommunitycenter.com.
Saddle Up. Is your workweek dragging along? Get your sports fix tonight with a rousing game of hoops. Tonight, the OSU Men's Basketball team takes on Missouri at the Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater at 8pm. Now that college football is over, we can devote all of our fanaticism to the court. Now, in its 70th season, the Gallagher-Iba Arena remains home to more national championships than any other facility in America. Ticket price for this game is $40. Best of luck tonight, boys. To learn more or to purchase tickets, check out okstate.com.
Native Roots. Here is a chance to experience the culture of one of the few remaining Native American tribes. MA Doran gallery, 3509 S. Peoria, presents its Hopi exhibition featuring vessels and handmade dolls. The Hopi inhabit northeastern Arizona, and the reservation is surrounded by the larger Navajo nation. Hopi means 'peaceful people,' which is reflected in their religion and the ways in which they interact with neighboring communities. Today, there are only about 7,000 members; they have adapted to American culture as well as preserved traditional practices. To learn more about the exhibit, contact the gallery at 748-8700.
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