Get Your Eat On. As if 14 local bands weren't cool enough, there are fireworks. But there's also a boatload of ribs to be had at the Rib Crib Rock 'n Rib Festival this weekend. Champion pitmasters will be bringing their ribs and rib-related paraphernalia from as far away as Virginia and Florida for your pig-consuming pleasure. Held outside the BOK Center and E. Third Street and Frisco Avenue, the festival runs four days--that's more than a whole weekend of championship barbecue, cooking demonstrations, a kids zone, and the ONEOK Outdoor Stage. Runs 11am to midnight, through Saturday, and 11am-3pm on Sunday. Hey, cleanup is going to be a bitch. Attendance is free. Pay for the swineflesh.
They're Just Actors. They're Lying. Heller Theatre presents a comedy about blurring the lines between acting and reality in Show People, opening tonight and running through next week. Heller rarely if ever does anything that isn't straight up awesome, so missing this would be like missing a midnight premiere of a Star Wars movie, and that's just something you don't ever do. Ever. Tickets are $10 at the door for a 7:30pm curtain.
If You Just Can't Wait for Fried Vegan Beef Chocolate...
The Tulsa Fair is still a few days off, but there's plenty of fairing to do at the 99th Annual Rogers County Fair. And yeah, next year's will probably be freaking huge. Vendors, fireworks, and all the good times and heart-healthy snacking options associated with fairs everywhere will be in full effect at the Claremore Expo Center Thursday through Sunday. And it's free!
The Weather Will Probably Rock, Too. Join people who really love music for a free, all-ages show at the Guthrie Green every Sunday in September. This week has Dan Zanes, Max Gomez, and a quartet of hard-rocking brothers called Kongos. The music at Tulsa Roots Rocks the Green starts at 2:30pm, and as always, it's free.
Not Your Regular Open Mic Painfulness. Cody Clinton (of Desi and Cody) hosts the least painful open mic around on Mondays at the Colony. Even if you're not a performer, Open Mic Night with Cody Clinton is a great place to be, as you're hearing original music from many of Tulsa's great musicians and songwriters. Sure, occasionally someone will sneak in a Nirvana cover, but for the most part, this is a night of originality. Want to play? Get there early.
Bring Your Own Instrument
Once you've chilled at the Colony with the singer/songwriter crowd, head to the Jazz Depot for the Depot Jams, where local jazz players join forces to kick out some pretty badass jazz. Play or listen. But if you're going to play, be sure you can actually play. Ain't no power chords at a gig like this. 5:30pm and free.
"Kemosabe" Actually Means "Idiot." Find out more fun facts while learning a new tongue at the Beginning Osage Language class at Zarrow Library. The class, presented by the Osage Nation Language Program, runs Wednesday nights from 6-7pm.
Is That A Shadow Puppet, Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?
The Nightingale Theater, long the Neil Armstrongs of Tulsa theater, presents The Cyclops. While it's ancient Greek theater, it will be anything but boring, as shadow puppeteer John Cruncleton does things with shadow puppets most people can't even imagine. And he often has the puppets do things to each other that are illegal in some states. The show runs through Sunday, $10 at the door.
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