Editor's Choices for the Week
Clay Day. Lovetts Foundation for the Arts, 6528 E. 51st St., continues the January Gallery Talk Series with Ceramics: An Organic Approach. The public is invited to join two of Oklahoma's leading experts in the field, Dr. Jane Aebersold, of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman, and Professor Whitney Forsyth, of the University of Tulsa. The two will conduct an enlightening organic dialogue centered on the world of ceramics. Each of these academic artists brings experience and knowledge to Oklahoma and seeks to make that information accessible to ceramicists, collectors and arts patrons alike. 5-7pm.
Bushwhacked. Things are picking up again at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, after what seems like a post-holiday lull. Tonight the venue welcomes mandolin extraordinaire Sam Bush to the stage from Kentucky. He's been at it since the 1970s with his bluegrass band New Grass Revival. Bush is a pioneer in the newgrass genre, which is a descendent of bluegrass music, marked by rock n' roll grooves and rowdy jams. He has played alongside greats like Emmylou Harris, the Flecktones and David Grisman. Doors open at 7pm, and the music starts at 8:30pm for this all-ages show. Tickets are $28. For more, visit cainsballroom.com.
First Impressions. When we think of Impressionism, we usually think of Van Gogh, Monet and other European painters. It's easy to forget that there is a number of American impressionist painters, too. Luckily, Gilcrease Museum, 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road, hosts "Transcending Vision: American Impressionism 1870-1940," opening today. The exhibition features more than 110 works on loan from the Bank of America. Some of the artists include Childe Hassam, Arthur Wesley Dow, George Inness and Robert Spencer.
As a group, these works explore Impressionism's history in the United States through its French roots and American interpretation. Through May 3; learn more at gilcrease.org
Hands On. Science is fun for kids of all ages, but not everyone has access to an interactive educational facility. The solution? Pack up the lab and take it on the road. Today is the last day of Science Matters at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum, 3624 N. 74th E. Ave. The mobile museum features 10 hands-on exhibits that are both challenging and fun. Students can match wits in a challenge of speed and ingenuity, orchestrate a symphony of sound with bubbling flasks, and dodge lasers while attempting to decipher a secret computer code. For more information, visit oklahomamuseumnetwork.org.
So Euro. While Tulsa's live music scene thrives, electronic music remains particularly scarce. If you're looking for an unusual nighttime destination, check out Templ, 412 E. 2nd St., in the Blue Dome District. The upscale lounge offers dancing, drink specials and a chic atmosphere. Thursday night is ladies' night with free beer for women and 2-for-1 domestics for everyone else. DJ Monad graces the dance floor on Friday and Saturday nights. Contact the club at 377-6952 for more information.
High Strung. Does the music from stringed instruments soothe your soul? If so, the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St., has something special in store. The string quartet Ethel graces the stage tonight for a cabaret performance and tomorrow night in concert, both at 7:30pm. They're fairly unusual for a string group, which blends jazz, classical rock and blues together, enhanced by microphones and amplifiers. Ethel's members include Ralph Farris on viola, Dorothy Lawson on cello, Todd Reynolds on violin and Mary Rowell, also on violin. Tickets are $25-$30 and can be purchased online at tulsapac.com or by calling 596-7111.
Blast from the Past. Since we've discovered dinosaurs, our interest in the ancient reptiles only continues to increase. We've gathered so much information about these fascinating creatures. Humans have gone from inspecting bones to recreating them entirely. And now they're coming to Tulsa! Head to the BOK Center, 400 S. Denver, for Walking with Dinosaurs, an exciting, theatrical production featuring 15 life-size puppets. This is probably as close as we'll ever get to the dinosaurs, unless we are able to manipulate their DNA, but who wants a real-life Jurassic Park? Thanks but no thanks. Through February 1. Get your tickets at bokcenter.com.
New Beginnings. It's hard to believe that January is almost over. You know what that means: art galleries wrap up current exhibits to make way for new creations. There are only a couple more days to see "The Photos of Josh New" at the Oklahoma Equality Center, 621 E. 4th Street. While working in Japan, New discovered his talent and passion for photography. Traveling will do that to ya. Since venturing home, he has honed his skills and broadened his subject matter. New is a Japanese teacher at Booker T. Washington High School. For more, visit okeq.org.
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