What You Want. Take a little rock, a lot of country and some pretty clever lyrics and out will pop Jerrod Niemann. A nominee for CMA's New Artist of the Year, this show will not disappoint. A songwriter by nature, fans may want to take this opportunity to learn the lyrics to They Should Have Named You Cocaine, because everyone needs to sing a song like that at least once in a lifetime. So pick up the new album, Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury, learn the lyrics and come out to Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main St., to two-step, rock-out or sway beneath the disco ball, whichever may be appropriate. Opening the show is another rising star, Kyle Park. The mic gets hot at 8pm but be there at 7pm for good measure. Advanced tickets are $20 or same-day tickets will cost $22. Visit cainsballroom.com for more information.
Holiday Spirits. A little haunting is happening around town and there are some experts that want to share their knowledge (and spooky experiences) about Tulsa's Ghosts of Christmas Past. Get to Ida Red Boutique, 3336 S. Peoria Ave., to listen as Teri French, author of "Tulsa's Haunted Memories," recounts some of Tulsa's haunted history. She will be appearing with Tulsa's Paranormal Investigation team and will surely send some local residents running scared. The event is from 7-10pm. Visit idaredboutique.com for more information.
Visions of Sugarplums. Oklahoma's largest parade is about to march through downtown and the whole city needs to show up. Every kid, young and old, loves to watch massive floats navigate through seas of people and oversized helium gingerbread men waltzing around Blue Dome District. So bundle up with scarves, hats and coats, pile friends and family in the car and get downtown. McNellie's Holiday Parade of Lights takes off from 7th St. & Cincinnati Ave. at 6pm. Line the streets as it makes its way to the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver. Good ol' Saint Nick himself is even set to make an appearance.
Bah Humbug. Ebenezer Scrooge and Bob Cratchit have made their way back to the Tulsa stage for the 34th year at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come invite audiences to come and learn what it means to have the spirit of the season. So bring along any resident Scrooge that may be sharing your holiday and hope that they are haunted by the three ghosts too (or at least get the hint). The American Theatre Company presents A Christmas Carol Dec. 9-12, 15-19 and 21-23. Performances begin at 7:30pm with matinees on Sundays at 2pm. Travel through this famous ghost story for $24. Visit tulsapac.com for more information.
Pop into Tulsa's local bar with a hip vibe. Enso Bar & Lounge, 230 E. 1st St., welcome patrons to stop in and get a free slice of pizza to go with the perfectly concocted drink. Snuggle up on the big red sofa or belly up to the copper-top bar but be sure to bring some friends and enjoy the evening. Pizza is only available on Mondays from 5-8pm. Visit ensobar.com for more information.
Shining Knight. That castle just seems to change with the seasons. Just so happens that the Castle in Muskogee, 3400 W. Fern Mountain Rd., may have the world's largest collection of holiday inflatables with over 2000 displays, some as large as 20 ft. tall. Catch a hayride or a horse drawn carriage through Christmas Kingdom and then go warm up at the Royal Garden Café with a cup of hot cider. The castle will be open 6-10pm through New Years Eve. Inside addition closed on select dates. No admission to drive through the kingdom. Visit okcastle.com for more information.
Hick Humor. Buckle up and stay seated as Tim Statum takes the stage at Loony Bin Comedy Club, 6808 S. Memorial Dr. His southern charm is just about as thick as can be until he starts in on his life of growing up in backwoods, America. Suddenly the charm takes a sharp turn for a crude, albeit hilarious demeanor. Find Tim through Dec. 18. Show times are at 8pm with encore performances on Friday and Saturday at 10:30pm. Wednesday and Thursday tickets are $6; Friday and Saturday tickets are $10. Visit loonybincomedy.com for more info.
Winter Heat. Musical experiences are a must and if ever able to combine genres in a truly spectacular manner, it is important to do so. Sure, the album is good but to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter Tour 2010 is an experience that should be fully embraced. Get out to the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver, and listen as a slew of instruments, towers of fire and perfectly choreographed laser lights leave crowds screaming for more. The flames literally start shooting at 8pm. Tickets range from $27-59.50. Visit bokcenter.com for more information.
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