This Probably Guarantees a Rainstorm. But a little rain has never deterred Tulsans from their beloved Tulsa State Fair, which opens today at -- believe it or not -- the fairgrounds. Live music all the way until it shuts down (on October 6), rides, and there's always something fried that has heretofore never been fried in the history of mankind. Belly up.
Preferably Without The Hair Grease. Return to the American graffiti '50s & '60s at the Route 66 Cruisers Cruise-In, where the music kicks off at the NeMar Center in Calremore at 4pm and goes well into the night with free hotdogs and burgers. Saturday features a car show, and that day's events start at 8am.
Don't Look Him Directly in the Eye. Comedy Central's Lewis Black hits Osage Events Center at Osage Casino tonight with his latest stand-up act, The Rant is Due. Enjoy watching him come closer and closer to becoming completely unhinged as he rants about politics, religion, and pop culture. It's a funny night, but probably not for the faint of heart. Doors open at 6pm, and the show starts at 7pm.
Bacon Is the New Black. The Nightingale Theatre is looking to raise some funds. And what other way would the theater that just opened a shadow-puppets version of an ancient Greek play come up with if not BaconFest Tulsa? Running from 11am-4pm and featuring sampler plates of all sorts of bacon-based foods from Tulsa chefs and others, BaconFest will be held on E. 4th Street between S. Peoria and S. Utica Avenues and will also send you home with bacon-themed swag. And who doesn't need more of that in their lives? Don't like bacon? Screw you. Tickets for the fundraiser are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate.
I Always Thought That They Were Balls of Gas Burning Billions of Miles Away. See the stars in all their glory at Explore Our Cosmic Neighborhood: Earth Just Right, sponsored by the Broken Arrow Sidewalk Astronomers. Starting at 6:30pm at Broken Arrow Library South -- at 101st and Aspen -- there's a talk about one of many elements of our solar system. Once it's good and dark, you'll get a chance to look through some sweet telescopes at Saturn and other cool things in the universe. That is, unless the Universe decrees that it will be cloudy that day. In that case, go home and watch 2001.
Fall Means Pumpkins.You can't carve a jack-o-lantern (or an intricate, silhouetted rendering of the second Death Star battle) without a pumpkin, so it's a good thing for you that the Pumpkin Festival at Shepherd's Cross in Claremore kicks off today. Hit the pumpkin patch between 10am and 6:30pm, hit the hay maze, and even make a scarecrow. You'll have as much fun as your kids. I mean, unless you're afraid of scarecrows. Then you're kinda screwed.
It's Almost Disguised Enough. But it's still exercise. Ugh. But you can dance yourself thin by attending Zumba at Whiteside, led by perennial favorite and Absolute Best of Tulsa nominee Christy Hays. Allegedly a fun version of working out, Zumba classes run every Wednesday form 6-7pm through December 18 at Whiteside Community Center.
Friend? Some of Your Foldin' Money's Come Unstove. See the best version of Homer's The Odyssey ever filmed as O Brother, Where Art Thou? brings Clooney, Turturro, and Tulsa's own Tim Blake Nelson to the Guthrie Green's free Movie in the Park series. Seriously, this Ulysses Everett McGill is a better (and more hilarious) Odysseus than Armand Assante ever dreamed of being. Get there early, as this one will be packed.
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