All Your Power. As it does at the beginning of every month, the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. Fourth St., welcomes a new exhibit. As the opening for Tulsan Nick Kountoupis' work falls in the midst of Pride 2009, this is a particularly auspicious occasion. The native Oklahoman's art spans an array of media from pottery and stained class to photography and metalsculpt. His featured endeavor, "Digital Painting," came about accidentally when he discovered how to create simple paintings with a digital editing program. Reception is from 6-9 tonight at the center; the work will be on display through June. Visit okeq.org for more.
Crappy Meal. Tonight from 6-9pm at Mathews Warehouse, 100 E. Brady, Grace Grothaus' installation "McWilderness" opens. Grothaus' work tends to focus on the relationship people have with the environment, however disconnected that may be, as well as the role technology fills in this relationship. In this exhibition Grothaus seeks to draw attention to the commodification of wilderness and mankind's affinity for such artificial replication. Think putt-putt course with a message. Grothaus will be on hand for the event along with other artists selling their work for the Brady Arts District First Friday Art Crawls. Call 584-3333 ext. 14 for more information.
East Meets West. Hopping the pond over to Asia for a weekend cultural retreat isn't something that fits the budget for a lot of folks. Luckily for Tulsa, Martin Regional Library, 2601 S. Garnett Rd., brings the culture to us. The Asian-American Festival explores China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and other countries. The day begins at 10:45am with a Dragon Dance, featuring a 70-foot dragon from China. The day features martial arts demonstrations; Kyoto, Japan art exchange exhibit and workshop, a manga exchange and workshop, bamboo flute music, classical Indian dance, Chinese folk dance, a Japanese tea ceremony and children's dances and songs in Japanese and English. Visit www.tulsalibrary.org for more.
Plant Pals. Nothing perks up a drab interior like a few houseplants. Novice gardener? Check out some of the hardiest options at the Cacti and Succulent Society Show & Sale at the Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S. Peoria Ave. Cacti and succulents like aloe and Aagave are very low maintenance, need very little water and are perfect for the budding green thumb. Also, nothing feels better on a sunburn than fresh aloe that you've cultivated yourself. Pick one up and learn a little about these delightful companions from 10am-5pm. Visit tulsagardencenter.com for more.
Rise and Shine. South Tulsa and Bixby are growing faster than ever. Boasting more than 80 beers, Rooster's, 105th and Memorial, has a brew for everyone. Specials, live music and events abound with musician Chris Clark and $5 drown night on Sundays, free poker and prizes on Mondays, Ladies Night with free domestics on Tuesdays, the always popular Brandon Clark on Wednesdays plus Rick Berry and an all day happy hour on Thursdays. You really can't beat the lunch special: two hot dogs or brats, chips and a beer for $5. Rooster's is open seven days a week from 11am-2am. Call 364-COCK for more info.
Rocking the Suburbs. The 2009 Tuesdays in the Park concert series kicks into full gear tonight at Central Park, 1500 S. Main, in downtown Broken Arrow. Local jazz great Grady Nichols (pictured) fills the park with some smooth sounds but he isn't the only one heating up this season. Next Tuesday the Mike Bennett Orchestra plays some big band classics. On the 23rd local diva Mary Cogan performs and on June 30 Les Gilliam, the official "Oklahoma Balladeer," wraps things up. All shows begin at 7pm. Visit www.artsba.org for more.
Fashion Fiefdom. If you're into high fashion (and high prices) there are only a few places in the world to look: New York, Paris and Italy. Valentino Garavani is hands-down one of the biggest names in the biz. The documentary Valentino: The Last Emperor, playing at the Circle Cinema, 12 S. Lewis, provides a candid look into the life of powerful fashion mogul. The film provides a look at the larger themes in the industry today while at the same time telling the story of the unique relationship between Valentino and his partner of 50 years, Giancarlo Giammetti. Call 585-3456 or visit circlecinema.com for showtimes.
Big Red. Abstract art lends itself to an infinite number of interpretations; and for the month of June, Tulsan Jeanie Gooden shares her gift at MA Doran Gallery, 3509 S. Peoria. Her massive acrylic paintings first catch the eye due in part to their sheer size, but quickly mesmerize viewers with rich, raw textures and captivating color schemes. Gooden's latest batch of paintings feature a splash of red in every one, "used as a reminder to focus on love, hope and all things good," she said. Artist reception is from 5-9pm; free and open to the public. Visit madorangallery.com for more.
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