Messy Good Time. Want to know what it would feel like to be an artist in the 1950s? Check out Philbrook's Third Thursday event, "Splatter, Drizzle, and Swirl: Pumped Up on Pollock." Listen to a little jazz, grab a drink and see why Pollock was called "Jack the Dripper." Check out the abstract expressionist paintings in the "Auspicious Vision" exhibition by artists Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning, then try out a little drip and drizzle yourself. This event is presented in conjunction with Tulsa's Young Professionals and is free with museum admission. 5:30-8pm. For more information, visit philbrook.org.
Push Play. Tulsa Community College hosts the 11th annual Red Fork Native American Film Festival, which opens Thursday at 6pm. The festival celebrates Native American films, artwork and culture and consistently draws more than 1,000 attendees. The films' writers, directors and actors are often on hand to meet the audience and answer questions. The festival begins to show films at 7pm tonight, and concludes Saturday afternoon. Free to the public. The event will be held at TCC's West Campus, 7505 W. 41st St. For more information, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.myspace.com/redforknaff or call 595-8079" www.myspace.com/redforknaff or call 595-8079. Shown: Sterlin Harjo's Barking Water.
Coffee Drinkers Unite. Every third Saturday of the month, Topeca Coffee offers a public cupping. Held at the café in the newly reopened Mayo Hotel, Topeca offers insight into the coffee we drink during this monthly event. Professional baristas will cup coffees and discuss the impact of origin, processing, storage and roasting on the final cup quality. Topeca owner John Gaberino told UTW "that coffee is a more complex drink chemically that wine." This is a must event for coffee enthusiasts looking to learn more about their beverage of choice.
Starts at 10am. Sign up at the café or by email to email@example.com
Burning Holes in the Night Sky. You know "King of the Hill"? Of course you do. And now, in your head, the melody is playing and you have a vision of four guys standing outside drinking beer. Well, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers have been called "the best live band in America" by the New Haven Register and has had six albums debut in the top 10 of Billboards Internet Sales Chart. Come see them live in concert at the Marquee, 222 N. Main. Advance tickets are $13 and $17 at the door. Red Eye Gravy opens the show, which starts at 9pm. For more information, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.azpeacemakers.com"; www.azpeacemakers.com.
Get Small, Y'all. If good things come in small packages, then Tiny Lounge, 818 E. 3rd St., takes the cake when it comes to nightlife. Head to the East Village to enjoy a stiff drink with Chuck Norris, a real regular who you will find hanging on the women on the walls at Tiny. And regardless of the temperature outside, the side patio is alive and happening. Curl up by the heater outside when the weather is chilly; throw down on the dance floor to the sounds of live music when the weather is warm. Point is... things are happening at this bar year-round. And if they aren't, put your dead presidents in the jukebox and start something. Visit Tiny Lounge on MySpace for more information.
Heaven on Earth. Star Wars: In Concert is ready to leave a BOK Center, 2nd and Denver, audience in wonderment tonight. The concert features music from all six of John Williams' epic Star Wars scores. This multi-media event is perfect for any true Star Wars fan. It features stunning visuals, a live orchestra, choir and narration, and an exclusive exhibit of Star Wars costumes, props and production artwork. Tickets start at $37. Doors open at 5:30pm and show starts at 7:30pm. For more information, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.bokcenter.com"; www.bokcenter.com.
Small Talk. Short attention span? No problem. The Young Architects' Forum of Northeastern Oklahoma is hosting CHiT|CHaT, an event focusing on art in every form. There will be 10 presenting artists who keep things short, sweet and fun. Photographers, painters, graphic designers, screen printers and, of course, architects will be there to present and, well, chit chat. Each presenter has the opportunity to show 20 sides and present their work. The event will take place at Joe Momma's Pizza, 112 S. Elgin. Food, beer and art... what more can you ask for? Starts at 7pm.
Hearty Arty. Sharon Allred is an artist whose fascination with color, texture and design was sparked as a young child growing up on Oklahoma dairy farms. Tonight, she is preparing to open her exhibit "Expressions from the Heart" at the All Souls Unitarian Church Gallery, 29th and Peoria. She paints in oil, watercolor, and acrylic and will be at her exhibit's opening reception from 5:30-8:30pm. For more information, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.allredart.com"; www.allredart.com.
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The Haunted Castle in Muskogee
Ready for a good scare? Need a place to take your 5-year-old daughter where she won't get nightmares? Then head on out to the Castle of Muskogee every weekend in October. There are events for all ages, ranging from cute and cuddly to gory and terrifying. Come and experience The Trail of Blood, Domus Horrificus, Casa Morte, the Ultimate Maze, a startling Hayride, the Torture Chamber and Halloween Land for children 8 and under. Parking and admission is free, but certain events vary in price. For more information, go to www.okcastle.com.
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