Brushing Up. Ida Red Boutique, 3346 S. Peoria, will host an open house that will have an appearance of Jack Frank: Tulsa A to Z, about Tulsa's colorful history and legendary landmarks. There will be a showing of Frank's A to Z DVD on Ida Red's large projector, and Frank will also be signing copies. Ida Red will be showing off both their new space and their new merchandise and offering wine and snacks for attendees. Frank's Tulsa A to Z covers historical figures and Route 66 icons in addition to familiar Tulsa landmarks and locales, and a signed copy would make a great stocking stuffer for anyone who wants to know more about, or who can't get enough of, Tulsa and Oklahoma history. Call 949-6950 or visit idaredboutique.com for more information.
Around the Corner. Focusing on American Fine Crafts and featuring diverse mediums from blown glass and ceramics to fiber and prints, the Gallery on Sixth Street, 2207 E. 6th St., (one block west of Lewis on 6th), will hold an open house starting tonight and continuing into tomorrow from 10am to 8pm. The Gallery on Sixth takes a road rarely traversed in the art world, making a point of putting their artists and patrons ahead of pure profit chasing. They also want to educate the community-at-large about crafts through shows and education and promote local artists. A fresh approach in the art world for sure and the pieces at the Gallery certainly reflect this innovative model. For more information, visit thegalleryonsixth.com.
All Lit Up. Public Service Company of Oklahoma and other sponsors are once again bringing the annual PSO Holiday Parade of Lights to downtown Tulsa. Beginning at 7th and Cincinnati, the route then goes to 4th St., over to Boulder and back up to 7th St. Featuring holiday floats, marching bands, dance teams, drill teams, giant helium balloons and, of course, lights, the parade is bound to please and entertain even the grinchiest among us. Now a Tulsa tradition, the 20th annual Holiday Parade of Lights is definitely a must-see for long-time Tulsa residents and recent Tulsa transplants. The parade starts at 6pm. For more information, visit tulsadowntown.org.
A Girl and Her Toy. The beloved holiday classic The Nutcracker is once again resurrected by the Tulsa ballet for the holiday season. The troupe will join the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and director Marcello Angelini as he presents a 1920s-era Art Deco interpretation of Tchaikovsky's immortal 1892 ballet in Tulsa PAC's Chapman Music Hall, 110 E. 2nd St. Angelini's version takes beautiful heroine Clara away from 19th century Germany and transplants her in roaring '20s Paris where the timeless story plays out from the French capitol's famed Opera House to the lush gardens of beautiful Versailles.
A must-see for all ages. Tickets are $15-$55. For more information, visit tulsapac.com
How High. Frequently cited as one of the greatest films ever made, Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock's rendition of the French novel The Living and the Dead, has thrilled and entertained audiences since its 1958 release. Now, Tulsa's Circle Cinema, 12 S. Lewis, brings one of the Master of Suspense's greatest achievements back to the big screen. James Stewart portrays acrophobic detective John "Scottie" Ferguson, a retired policeman who is hired to follow the mysterious and enchanting Madeline played by Kim Novak. He becomes obsessed and enters a dizzying world of death and pursuit. Beautiful filming locations, an amazing score by Bernard Hermann, and solid supporting acting from Barbara Bel Geddes helped make this tale of suspense and obsession one of Hitchcock's personal favorites. For show times and ticket information, please call 592-3456.
Back in the Day. Director Joe Landry adapts It's a Wonderful Life from the 1946 Frank Capra classic novel for the 21st century audience. Travel back to a 1940s radio sound stage where five actors play dozens of characters (including idealistic George Bailey) in a "live radio broadcast" rendition of the beloved holiday story at the Charles E. Norman Theater, Tulsa PAC, 110 E. 2nd St. Distraught and depressed George Bailey contemplates suicide on Christmas Eve but with divine intervention from guardian angel Clarence--and a series of flashbacks--he is convinced not to take a leap off a bridge. Probably a studious decision. This imaginative adaptation gives the classic story a novel twist and is sure to delight and move audiences of all ages. The curtain rises at 8pm, and performances continue through Dec. 20. Tickets for tonight's performance--for a fundraiser--are $40. For more information, visit tulsapac.com.
New Hangout. South Tulsa's trendiest, newest upscale bar features more than 140 wines, more than 85 beer selections and a full liquor bar. Il Bacio, 8922 S. Memorial Drive, is a non-smoking bar with specials to please several palates, including $2.50 Shiner Bock draft, $5 flirtinis, $2 lemon-drop shots and $4 glasses of Leese Fitch Cabernet Sauvignon. The bar's inviting wood and stonework interior makes it perfect for a classy date or a casual get-together, or you can ask about private party reservations for special occasions or business meetings. Regardless of your reasons, stopping by is a must because Il Bacio is destined to become one of the classiest mainstays of South Tulsa's rapidly expanding nightlife. Call them for more info at 906-0781.
Tears of a Clown. Drawing inspiration from photography and sculpture as well as traditional painting, artist Bryan Cooper's surreal style sucks in viewers with his sometimes mysterious and moody, other times zany and bright, but always emotional portraits. The PAC Gallery, 110 E. 2nd St., presents Portraits: The Art of B. Cooper and brings his award-winning, claymation-like works to downtown Tulsa for a free showing. Appearing in New York City's Society of Illustrators Museum as well as several books including the Workbook and Directory of Illustration and Society of Illustrators 48, B. Cooper's work is a rare treat for the eyes. All framed portraits will be available for purchase. Admission is free. For more information, visit tulsapac.com.
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