International Flair. Tulsa folkloric dance theatre presents Café Aman: The American Dream, a performance featuring dancers from the groups Purple Roses of Cairo, the Tribal Roses and a variety of others from across the world. The plot consists of a crushed tavern owner who has recently lost his most prized possession: his business. Stricken with pain, a journey through his memories allows him to realize his recollections of the past will never fade, yet he can, and will, move forward. This dramatic dance unfolds July 2-3, 7:30pm, at the Liddy Doenges Theatre. Tickets are $17 and available online at tulsapac.com.
Early Bird. Ready for copious firework displays and the pungent smell of grills firing up all over city? Extend the holiday's festivities and receive your fill of patriotic tunes and a special salute to our armed forces courtesy of Signature Symphony's annual "Fourth on the Third: A Celebration of Patriotic Music" concert. The symphony is comprised mostly of local professional musicians and is in its 31st year. The event will be held at Vantrease PAC, located on TCC's Southeast campus, 10300 E. 81st St., at 7:30pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Go to tulsacc.edu to reserve tickets.
Revolution. Don't forget to wear those goofy red, white and blue sunglasses or that silly Uncle Sam hat collecting dust at the bottom of your closet on the Fourth of July. As you watch the red glare of the fireworks to commemorate the day that gave us life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, think back to our founding fathers and the revolution they started on this very soil. In the sweltering heat, in their fancy white powdered wigs, without air conditioning. A little American trivia: on July 4th, 1826, the celebration of our nation's 50th birthday, John Adams and author of the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson both died.
Stylin'. There's no doubt that the Brady District is one of the hipper places in town. The area seems to just drip cool.
Club 209, 209 N. Boulder, fits the districts' artsy and eclectic vibe with its chic atmosphere and swanky cocktails. Tonight and every Sunday is Sound of Music Karaoke from 8pm-12am. Fridays are usually Trivial Pursuit nights and you'll find a mix of local musicians performing live on Saturday nights. The bar also plays the role of art house with periodic gallery openings and ongoing participation in the Brady Art Crawl. Club 209 opens at 7pm Thursday-Sunday for the summer. Visit myspace.com/club209tulsa
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Cool Kids. Tonight, American Idol 7th season runner-up David Archuleta finesses the crowd before Disney Channel star Demi Lovato at the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave. While Archuleta was just a runner-up on Idol the guy was still a fan favorite and we can forgive him for not being from Oklahoma. The guy can sing, enough said. Lovato's rise to fame has taken a path similar to that of Hannah Montana before her. Her rocking pop style is sure to please the teenyboppers in your family. The show starts at 7:30pm. Call 596-7177 or visit bokcenter.com.
Queen of Rock'n'Roll. Encouraged by Elvis Presley--the King of Rock'n'Roll himself--Oklahoma native Wanda Jackson pioneered rockabilly music for women, becoming one of America's first major female country and rockabilly stars to make it in the big leagues. As a testament to her talents, she's a two-time Grammy nominee who was recently inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame through the avid persistence of other musicians, such as Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen. This rock star is set to hit the stage at Cain's, 423 N. Main, at 8pm. Tickets are $24 for general admission and $39 for Gold Circle (the tables in the front). To purchase tickets, visit cainsballroom.com.
Take Me to the River. Eco-junkies now have an outlet to meet, greet and save the world together. Tulsa Green Drinks is a monthly (held on the 2nd Wednesday), informal gathering for folks interested in sustainability to commune and share ideas about how to make Tulsa a more environmentally friendly, efficient place to live work and play. The location changes every time, and tonight, the meeting takes place at Elote, 514 S. Boston, 5:30pm. This is an opportunity for like-minded Tulsans to organize green initiatives and make new friends. Learn more about the event at tulsagreendrinks.blogspot.com.
Diamond in the Rough. Brookside is turning up the heat with the newest regular gig: Back Door Thursdays, a weekly drag show that's sure to entertain and enlighten the masses at Jewel, 3340 S. Peoria Ave. The wild night is presented by Catia Lee Love w/ special guest Tina Turner--oops!--Lawanda Jackson, who was crowned miss gay USA Classic 2009. Both men and women can feast their eyes on male and female go-go dancers, there for everyone's viewing pleasure- whether gay or straight. Jewel is open Thursday-Sunday at 9pm; visit jeweltulsa.com for more.
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