Heavy Metal. With the release of its latest album, Red Right Return, Janus is returning to metal music fundamentals, while creating sounds not often found in the genre. Be sure to catch the band when it hits Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main St., tonight as part of a tour to celebrate the record's release. My Darkest Days and Mercy Street will open the show, which starts at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show. Go to cainsballroom.com or call 866-977-6849 for more information.
Watch Your Back. You can assume paraskevidekatriaphobics everywhere will probably be cowering under their bed sheets today with their fingers crossed. This group is terrified of Friday the 13th, and today will be no exception. No one knows for sure why this commonly believed superstition exists, but we do know people have been morbidly dreading it since the late 19th Century. Although the Chinese thought it lucky, many people have hated the No. 13 since ancient times. For those of you who like to just freak people out with the superstition, take time today and get some of your favorite horror classics, such as Friday the 13th, in with friends. Good luck making it through!
Fire Starters. If you loved devouring The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Stieg Larsson's other best-selling books, you won't want to miss his vengeful and troubled female protagonist as she takes the big screen once again. In The Girl Who Played with Fire, mysteries begin to stir and secret pasts reveal when Lisbeth Salander's fingerprints are found on the weapon that killed a researcher and Millennium journalist attempting to expose corruption in the Swedish sex trade. You'll find this second part in the thriller series playing at Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis Ave., this month. Check circlecinema.com for show times and ticket prices.
Doggy Paddling. The past few weeks have been scorching for us and animals.
As the pool season winds down, take yourself and your doggies out for a day at the pool at the K9 Splash. Reed Park at 43rd St. and Yukon Ave. hosts the two-session event that allows dogs to lounge around and do their favorite dive off of the diving board for a little bit of fun in the sun. Tickets are $5 per dog. McClure will host another K9 Splash on Aug. 22. There will be a session at 1pm and 3pm for each pool; however, the 1pm session is already sold out for both. For more information, visit cityoftulsa.org
Good Ol' Times. If you're looking for a bar that's as unique and special as you are, look no further than Caz's Pub, 21 E. Brady St., in the heart of downtown's Brady District. Whether it's adding your two cents to the bathroom walls or tossing your bra to the antlers and getting a free drink, there's a number of ways to say "I was here" at Caz's. Don't miss Ladies Night on Wednesdays and Men's Night on Thursdays. Hours are 2pm to 2am, Mondays through Saturdays, and 5pm to 2am on Sundays. Watch the "Cazcams" at cazspub.com to see if your friends are already there. For more information about Caz's specials and other information, go online or call 585-8587.
Barking and Biting. Throughout human history, dogs have been our best buddies, home security systems and hunting companions. They've also been a source of menacing fear and anxiety, especially when they fit the shape of a pit bull or wild wolf. Dogs of the Empire allows artist Jason Bronner to use this paradox to convey a message about human nature with his canine drawings and paintings exhibited in Living Arts of Tulsa, 307 E. Brady St. The pieces will hang on the gallery walls until Aug. 26. Gallery hours are from 1pm to 5pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and 1pm to 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays. Entry is free. Visit livingarts.org for more information.
Roll 'Em. Although Judith Scott couldn't speak with her mouth, she discovered a way to speak with her art. After being diagnosed with Down syndrome and spending 35 years isolated in an institution, she was finally able to express herself through her abstract yarn sculptures. Outsider: The Life and Art of Judith Scott tells the story of her struggle and shows at Central Library's Aaronson Audtiorium, 400 Civic Center, as part of the Focus Film series, "For the Love of Art." This free event lasts from noon to 1pm, and coffee and light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit tulsalibrary.org.
Everybody Sing. With upbeat reggae rhythms and a reputation for making the audience a contributing part of his performances, London-born Pato Benton's show at The Flytrap Music Hall, 514 E. 2nd St., is sure to be a good time. After achieving fame and topping U.K. and world-wide charts in the '80s and '90s, Benton continues his tours across the world. The Rebellion and The Last Slice will also perform. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show. For tickets and more information, go to flytrapeventcenter.com or call the hall's box office at 794-0238.
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