The Doctor is In. Plan on skipping your next marriage counseling session because comedian Tommy Blaze could be just what the relationship doctor ordered. This so-called "funny Dr. Phil" is known to appeal and connect to audiences of nearly every kind, and he comes to The Loony Bin, 6808 S. Memorial Dr., at 8pm tonight to share some advice. The comedian regularly appears on stage, TV and in the movies and writes his own Internet-based comic strip. Tickets are $6 each, and the comedy club rates the show as a "soft R." His stand-up continues through Saturday. For tickets and more information, go to loonybincomedy.com.
Summer Sun. Long summer nights means an abundance of outdoor summer concerts, which means it's smart to stash the lawn chairs in a convenient, easy-to-find place. You'll need them Friday evening for the second concert in the 2010 Chandler Park Sunset Concert Series, 6500 W. 21st St., for sure. Molly Blanton & The Lost Perceptions kick start the concert, which begins at 7pm and lasts until 10pm, followed by The David Dover Band. Admission and parking are free, and food and drinks will be available. Call the Tulsa County Parks Department at 596-5981 for more information.
Freedom Ride. After hearing the tragic news that a certain summer music festival was cancelled this year, Cain's Ballroom, Crystal Pistol and Soundpony came up with a plan to help console devastated music fans. FreeTulsa! will feature approximately 125 bands on eight stages throughout the course of two days and help support local businesses and charities. It takes place in front of the three music venues at 417 N. Main St. from 4pm to 1:30am Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $15 in advance and $10 for a single day if you buy at the gate. Gates open at 2pm, and the bands start performing at 3pm. Go to freetulsa.com for tickets, the band line-up and more information.
No Slow Moving Here. At first glance, the Blue Turtle Tavern, 6350 S. Lewis Ave., looks like a Mexican restaurant with a new paint job. That's because it once was before it became a bar in 2002. The tavern serves reasonably priced drinks and features a patio, well-stocked jukebox and LCD and plasma TVs. Plus, it's the home of the "Big Old Beer." Sign up at 7pm for the Golden Tee Tournament every Sunday and be there for Ladies Nite on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Service Industry Night on Wednesdays. Happy hour lasts from 3-7pm daily. Call 745-2077 for more information.
It's a Zoo Out There. It's hard to resist the cuteness of the lion tamerin monkeys at Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum, 6421 E. 36th St. North, with their beady black eyes and golden manes. And they're only a few of the more than 2,800 animals the zoo has on exhibit inside one of the largest public parks in the country, so you shouldn't have trouble finding your favorite. The zoo is open from 9am to 5pm, 363 days a year. Admission prices vary, and parking is $2 per car and $10 per bus on weekends and holidays until Oct. 31. Visit tulsazoo.org for more information.
Picked Fresh. Food doesn't get much fresher than what you'll find at the Downtown Farmers' Market at Williams Green, 3rd St. and Boston Ave. Downtown-commuting consumers can support and meet local producers face-to-face every Tuesday from 10:30am to 2pm through October. Depending on the season, Oklahoma-grown tomatoes, onions, eggs, nuts, peppers, honey, herbs and flowers are a few items you might expect to find there. The farmers' market also provides the perfect opportunity to show off the canine member of your family by taking them for a stroll through the market place. For more information call 224-5337.
Large in Oklahoma. If you thought the drinking cups at American fast-food restaurants couldn't get any bigger, Chick-fil-a will prove you wrong. Tulsa Chick-fil-a restaurants will unite at Nienhuis Park, 3201 N. 9th St., to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for largest cup of sweet iced tea. The colossal cup will be nine feet tall and hold more than 1,140 gallons of ice and sweet tea. The Chick-fil-a at Eastside Market already holds the titles for world's largest hand-spun milkshake and largest lemonade. The event lasts from 3pm to 8pm and will include swimming pool access with donation of a school supply item, children's activities, dodge ball tournaments, 1,000 free meals, live music, guest appearances and more. The event benefits the Little Light House and Broken Arrow Neighbors. Visit chick-fil-aworldrecords.com for more information.
A Little Mixed Up. The way everyone sees the world a little differently than the next person can be one of the most beautiful and sometimes frustrating things about life. The same goes for interpreting art. Toyko-born artist Michi Susan lets viewers find their own meanings in her collage and mixed media artwork, New Paintings and Sculptures, displayed in the M.A. Doran Gallery, 3509 S. Peoria Ave. She will be available to talk and discuss her work at the opening reception tonight that lasts from 5-8pm at the gallery, and her art will remain on display for month of August. Call 748-8700 or go to madorangallery.com for more information.
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