Pick-Up Game. The Tulsa 66ers recruited Leon's on the Restless Ribbon, 3301 S. Peoria, to host its 2009 NBA Development League Draft Party, starting at 6pm. Fans in attendance can watch the D-League Draft picks live on NBA TV at the bar. Enjoy a beer or a glass of wine from Leon's wide selection and feast on any one of Leon's tasty specialties such as their tamales, smoked salmon corndogs or fried artichoke hearts. The 66ers and the 15 other NBA Development League teams will pick one player from some of the best basketball players outside of the NBA for each of the draft's eight rounds in order to fill their training camp roster. Both the 66ers' office staff and the 66ers' Dance Team will be on hand to make announcements concerning the picks and to talk about the upcoming season. Call 933-5366 or leonstulsa.com.
Artsy Fartsy. Looking for something to do on a Friday night? Head down to the Brady District for the First Friday Art Crawl. From 6pm till about 11pm (depending on which part of the district you're in), you can take in the allure of the district's art world. Get into the holiday spirit with the demonstrations of holiday ornaments at the Tulsa Glassblowing Studio or understand the art of making chocolate in the CFC Chocolatier. At the western end of the District, Club 209 will be featuring photos by Nick Powell titled, "Beijing." This one goes till 11pm, but you must be 21 and older to enter. Stroll throughout the Brady District to find the perfect fit to your artistic endeavors.
Dude and Chick Flick. As part of its Saturday Matinee film series, Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Road, shows the classic 1955 comedy musical Guys and Dolls starring screen legend Marlon Brando, music legend Frank Sinatra and KISS front man Gene Simmons. (OK, so it's actually famed British actress Jean Simmons, but she's almost as badass). The film follows the hi-jinks of gambler Nathan Detroit (played by the Chairman himself) as he attempts to both organize an unlicensed craps game, while being hounded by police and repair his broken 14-year engagement with his nightclub singer fiancé. Along the way he meets up with fellow gambler Sky Masterson (Brando) who proposes an intriguing wager Nathan can't refuse. What follows is Hollywood gold in the American Film Institutes 23rd ranked musical. Luck be a lady tonight!
1-3:30pm in the Patti Johnson Wilson Hall. Call 749-7941, or visit philbrook.org
Collectibles. The smell of antiques and collectibles will be in the air this weekend as this is the last day of the Vintage Tulsa Show. From 11am till 5pm, the SpiritBank Center, 10441 S. Regal Blvd., oozes vendors selling clothes, collectibles, dolls, artworks and more for your home-viewing pleasure. For instance, Brenda Haley of Pine Tree Antique Collection offers '40s and '50s glassware, vintage jewelry and post cards, while Sunny Lile brings in book sets, Christmas collectibles and vintage global and kitchen decorator items. Admission is $5 and kids 12 and younger are free. Check out the Web site for a $1 off coupon. For more information, visit vintagetulsashow.com or call 619-2875.
Peep Show. If you're sitting at home with a broken leg, seeing this flick might be a bad idea. Originally made and released in the 1950s, Rear Window makes its short return to Tulsa at Circle Cinema, 12 S. Lewis. While recovering from a broken leg, a photographer sits in his apartment and takes to snooping around his neighborhood through a telescope. His nosy rosy tendencies lead him to believe that a husband murders his wife in the building across the way from him. An investigation of him and his friends ensues with a surprising ending. If you've seen this spoofed enough, it's about time to see the real thing of this Hitchcock culture classic. Call 592-3456 for ticket information.
The Campaign Trail. After pursuing a run for the Oval Office, Mike Huckabee did what every failed presidential candidate does: wrote a book. One of his stops along his nationwide book tour comes right to T-Town, as Mike Huckabee visits one of our Borders locales, 8015 S. Yale. The former Arkansas governor recounts 12 memories of the Christmas holiday from his childhood to throughout his adulthood in A Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories That Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit. Take that hit in book sales, Palin. Huckabee signs copies of the book, and the event is wristband only. Visit mikehuckabee.com for more information, or call 494-2665 to get further event details.
Back on the Prairie. Born in 1867 to homesteaders Charles and Caroline Ingalls, there was little indication that Laura Ingalls Wilder, the future author of the classic eight-part Little House book series, would go on to become one of the best-selling American authors of her era. But more than 70 years later, her famous American series has become a musical show. (Not to mention, a very popular TV show previously.) The Tulsa PAC, 110 E. 2nd St., brings Little House on the Prairie to the stage with familiar faces and stories. Actress Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura during the TV series in the 1970s, has grown up to now play the part of "Ma" in the stage production. Produced by Emmy nominee Amy Sprecher and performed by several others, Little House continues its trademark of telling the story of an American family and their tests and triumphs on the heartland. Tickets range between $20 and $50. Call 596-7122, or visit tulsapac.com for more information.
Great Times. To tickle all of your sensory abilities, the PAC Gallery, 110 E. 2nd St., has a great exhibit and reception offering for the city at 5pm. "Great Music, Great Spaces and Great Images: Art Deco Photos" showcases art deco photos of the city's top architecture by local photographers David Halpern and Ralph Cole. So, where does the music part come in? The TSO Woodwind Trio performs at the reception, while chamber concerts and pieces from the early 20th century will be played throughout different times of the exhibit. The reception features wine and cheese to be sampled during the event. Tickets are $20. For more information visit tulsapac.com.
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