Classy. The Oklahoma Mozart festival is steering away from its norm--classical music--by inviting Chick Corea's innovative acoustic jazz and electric keyboard to Bartlesville Community Center's stage for An Evening with Chick Corea and Gary Burton Duets at 8pm. Similar to Mozart, Corea began studying piano at an early age and has been critically acclaimed as one of the most innovative composers of the 20th century. Tickets for adults run from $55-$35 and $35-$15 for students. Visit okmozart.com for more information on this festival, which runs through June 20.
Spice It Up. Adding to the heat of the summer will be downtown Tulsa's first Salsafest, including a salsa-making contest and a fierce hot chili pepper eating competition. This free outdoor festival is not only about the food, but includes Salsa dancing lessons and Salsa music by Salsa Rhythm Project and DJ Dilation. Located at the Chapman Centennial Green Park from 4-9pm, this event is a great place to take kids of all ages on a Friday afternoon, offering face painting, an interactive project by the Tulsa Girls Arts School and a game called the Sidewalk Salsa Smash. All proceeds benefit Sustainable Tulsa. Visit www.sustainabletulsa.org for contest information.
Dream House. Wanting a new home or some simple renovations to rejuvenate the old? If so, visit the 2009 Greater Tulsa Parade of Homes, consisting of approximately 150 open houses in Tulsa and its surrounding areas, such as Bixby, Jenks, Skiatook and more. Included are homes in varying price ranges, styles and locations. Free advice from homeowners and real estate agents on owning or building a new house is available, along with floor plan ideas and the latest technology seen today. Homes are open from 1-7pm until June 28. For more information, visit www.tulsahba.com.
Need for Speed. Today marks the last day of Sand Springs' third annual Euromotor Extravaganza with an electric grand finale: the autocross race, beginning at 9:30am in the Kmart parking lot on Charles Page Ave. This European and British Car Show begins June 19, with a full day of automobile displays on Saturday. Show entry fees start at $35 and proceeds benefit the Akdar Shriners of Tulsa Transportation Fund.
Winners will be divided into two classes, vintage and modern, and voted on by show participants. For more information on the event and registration, visit www.eumoex.com
Manic Monday. Cowboy Sharkies American Grill and Sports Bar, 5840 S. Memorial Dr., offers a quick remedy if you've caught a case of the Mondays. Stop by for lunch to try the homemade sandwich of the day, served with potato chips or salad and any soft drink for only $5. Or, order the famous surf'n'turf: an 8 oz. steak accompanied with grilled shrimp for $11. Cowboy Sharkies also offers a wide array of beers, from 20 on tap to 40 different bottles, it's hard to choose. The restaurant is open until 10pm, while pizza delivery is available until 4am. Visit cowboysharkies.com for more information.
Feeling Artsy? Peggy Preheim's art exhibit "Little Black Book" displays works of art sure to leave the viewer with a feeling of awe. Her drawings of tiny figures are all done meticulously in pencil, with a keen eye for detail. Preheim also works in the medium of clay and photography. The exhibit is open until July 26, available during the museum's operating hours of 10am-5pm. General admission into Philbrook is $7.50, whereas senior citizens, students and groups of 10 pay a discounted price of $5.50. Admittance is free for members and children 18 years and younger. Visit www.philbrook.org for more information.
Parameters. Convoluted films are either tedious or intriguing, and The Limits of Control has elicited mixed reactions from audiences. Set in modern-day Spain, the film follows the Lone Man through a series of mysterious encounters with equally mysterious characters. Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch borrowed the movie's title from a 1975 essay by William S. Burroughs, which explores systems of control. Longtime favorite Bill Murray also appears in the film. Is the roundabout approach to such elusive subject matter a hit or a miss? See for yourself at Circle Cinema, 12 S. Lewis. Visit circlecinema.com for more.
Best in Show. The hardship of the Great Depression years allowed for a number of creative souls to develop their voices. Time Changes Everything, showing at the Liddy Doenges Theater in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St., envisions a meeting between two of Oklahoma's finest, Bob Wills and Woody Guthrie. These two cultural icons never met, but what if they had? John Cooper and Brad Piccolo from the Red Dirt Rangers portray the musicians. Join the rest of the band for a mini concert following the performance. Visit tulsapac.com for tickets.
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