Home Base. Local sports fans now have an opportunity to become a little more philanthropic, thanks to the Tulsa Drillers and its Knock Out Violence program. The team has partnered with Domestic Violence Intervention Services and Call Rape in order to raise money for the organizations. Those interested can pledge a certain dollar amount for every home run hit. Last season the Drillers hit 119 home runs. Based on that number, a person who pledged $2 per home run would donate $238 to DVIS/Call Rape. In 2008, the program generated more than $18,000 in new funds for DVIS. Download a pledge card at dvis.org.
More Art, Less Fart. Ahhh, one of the greatest Tulsa traditions is upon us once again. Venture to Mayfest this weekend, which features the work of 120 artists, three stages of diverse entertainment and a KidZone with a bunch of free, family-friendly activities. The festival takes place in the bosom of downtown on Main Street between 3rd and 6th Streets, the Green at 3rd between Main and Boston, and 4th between Main and Boston. Hours are from 11am-11pm today and tomorrow, and 11am-6pm on Sunday. Learn more at tulsamayfest.org.
Somethin' to Talk About. Famous for her bluesy ballads, all-American songstress Bonnie Raitt plays Osage Million Dollar Elm casino, 951 W. 36th St. North, tonight at 7pm. It's no secret that Raitt has enjoyed a successful career that spans almost three decades and that she is a four-time Grammy award winner. What you may not know, however, is that she is an enthusiastic political activist with a soft spot for environmental preservation; she is one of the founding members of Musicians United for Safe Energy. Admission is $55 for the 21+ show. For more, milliondollarelm.com.
High-brow theatrical performances meet drawing class this evening with Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School at the Blue Dome Diner, 311 E. 2nd St., at 7pm. As its name implies, this is no ordinary event: for a measly $7, attendees are invited to bring their creative ally of choice, be it graphite pencils or watercolor paints, charcoals or macramé to artfully render a bevy of beautiful, intriguing folks. Featuring the women from Eye Candy Burlesque, it's the perfect way to consummate the weekend. DJ monad regulates the low-key mood, while a cash bar and catering from Lambrusco'z keep the creative juices flowing. 6-10pm. Visit myspace.com/drsketchystulsa
All That Glitters. Feel like a dance party tonight? Strap on those stilettos, round up your posse and head to Jewel, 3340 S. Peoria. This chic, classy dance club in the heart of Brookside is open Thurs.-Sat. and offers a number of enticing perks. Patrons can book a table, a section or the entire club for their next private party. Brides-to-be and their BFFs can reserve a section for the bachelorette party free of charge and bypass those pesky lines. Ladies' night out is Thursday, while Friday and Saturday nights are 23+ only. Appropriate dress is required; visit jeweltulsa.com for more.
Stop, Look & Listen. Nowadays, visual art and music go hand in hand. Gilcrease Museum 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road, has followed suit with its Third Tuesday Jazz concert series. The Frank Brown Trio (pictured) takes the stage tonight from 5:30-7:30pm in the Vista Room. The galleries will remain open until 8pm for your viewing pleasure. General admission is $8, while Gilcrease Members are free; a buffet dinner from Osage Restaurant is available for an extra $4. Reservations are unavailable, so punctuality is a must. For more, visit gilcrease.org.
Pucker Up. If you've been yearning to see a quirky French film lately, look no further. Shall We Kiss explores the complexity of romance through the lighthearted tale of Emilie and Gabriel, who meet by chance and spend an enchanting evening together. At the end of the night, Gabriel offers Emilie a "kiss without consequences," to which she declines, purporting that all of our actions affect those around us...even something as simple as a kiss. Showing at Circle Cinema, 12 S. Lewis in French with English subtitles. For showtimes, visit circlecinema.com.
Lend an Ear. Downtown professionals have few places to unwind after work in the area. That's why the Tulsa Press Club and Urban Tulsa Weekly have teamed up to bring you Soundproof, a free acoustic show featuring popcorn to munch on, drink specials and, of course, live local music. This month we present Tulsa singer songwriter and guitarist Josh Richards. One need not be a Press Club member to attend. This casual event takes place in the Atlas Life Building, 4th and Boston, from 5-7pm, tunes start at 6pm. For more, visit urbantulsa.com.
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