Old-School Headbangers. Get ready to rock out for a solid three days to a 30-band lineup at the Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre, 2101 NE 50 St. in Oklahoma City, this weekend. The Rock N America Music Festival features performances from bands such as the Scorpions, Twisted Sister, Ratt and Cinderella on two stages, as well as food and art vendors, party areas and more music on the midway. On Saturday, $5 from every single-day ticket will go to cancer research in Ronnie James Dio's name. Today is a free day featuring 12 bands, but ticket prices vary for the rest of the festival. For more information, visit zooamp.com.
Life is a Highway. With hits such as "What Hurts the Most" and "Take Me There," Rascal Flatts has impacted the country music scene since 1999, and it's about to hit the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave., tonight. Band members Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney have earned more than $9 million in sales from their six albums and won several American Music Awards and People's Choice Awards throughout the years with their emotionally moving music. Doors open at 6:30pm, and the show begins at 7:30pm. Tickets cost $49.50 and $69.50 depending on seating, and the center is offering a four-ticket package for $99 -- while supplies last. Check out bokcenter.com for tickets and more information.
Up All Night. If you have fond memories of staying up all night watching horror movies with your friends in your younger days, you won't want to miss Circle Cinema's, 12 S. Lewis Ave, Slumber Party 2. Tulsa's only nonprofit and independent movie theatre kicks off the night at 10pm with The Evil Dead, followed by four more surprise movies. Pizza and bagels from Joe Momma's Pizza and Old School Music Café are free, and other food and drink options, T-shirts, posters and additional items will be available. The $20 tickets might be gone, but there's no doubt you still have opportunities to find someone who changed their mind! If you stay until 7am, you'll even get a $5 refund. Call 585-3456 or go to circlecinema.com for tickets.
Love and Tragedy. If you think opera belongs to generations past, think again.
The tragic love story of Dido and Aeneas comes to life this weekend at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St., thanks to an all-youth cast from the Central Fine and Performing Arts High School and The Oklahoma Girls Chorus. English Baroque composer Henry Purcell's opera, inspired by Virgil's Aeneid, tells how witches conspire to take down Queen Dido and the city of Carthage by persuading her lover and Trojan prince, Aeneas, to continue his journey to Italy. Hurry up, the cast performs its last performance today at 2pm in the John H. Williams Theatre. To buy tickets, which are $15 each, go to tulsapac.com
Proof's in the Painting. Artist Michael Christopher showcases his return to painting at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center's, 621 E. 4th St., monthly show. Verisimilitude - New Paintings by Michael Christopher presents Christopher's new paintings via a series of graphic novels that he started a few years ago. Don't let your eyes deceive you, though. While the paintings look like the work of oil, it's actually digital -- created from digital software. Christopher is well-known throughout Tulsa for his participation in the performing arts community as an organizer for the Tulsa Artists Coalition and the founder of Tulsa Center for Contemporary Art. The show continues through the end of the month. For more information, visit okeq.org.
Into the Cosmos. For those seeking a light lunch that won't weigh you down in the heat or casual conversation over sophisticated martinis, the Cosmo Café is for you. From sandwiches and salads to chocolaty desserts, gourmet coffees and a variety of teas, this Brookside café and bar embraces diversity in its selections. Open from 11 to after midnight daily, Cosmo offers a happy hour every day at noon, as well as weekly drink specials. Don't forget, you guys voted this the 2010 Absolute Best of Tulsa Brookside Bar, so follow-up proudly. Visit cosmo-cafe.com or call 933-4848 for more information.
Back to the Wild West. Hold on to your blinging chain because the rappers are descending on Tulsa, or the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino's Osage Event Center, 951 W. 36th St., to be exact. Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube team up as part of their "How the West was One" tour to promote Ice Cube's September 24 album release of "I am the West". Both rappers gained their fame in the '80s and '90s, and their world-wide popularity continues today. The show begins at 7pm, and tickets cost $50. Call 699-7667 for more information or stop by the Osage Event Center Box Office.
Up in the Air. Space and aviation history becomes a hands-on experience at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium, 3624 N. 74th E. Ave. Since its beginnings as the Tulsa Municipal Airport's Hangar 1 in 1928, TASM has housed numerous historic aircraft and many remain on exhibit. The museum's 50-dome planetarium seats up to 110 people at a time and offers them a chance to view the stars up close. Admission prices cover museum admission and one planetarium show and range from $7 to $12. Children under the age of three are free to enter. The museum is open from 10am to 5pm Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 1pm to 5pm on Sundays. Go to tulsaairandspacemuseum.com for more information.
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