They're Playing Basketball. Expect a packed house to watch the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans in pre-season action at the BOK Center. The final score won't matter, but don't miss a chance to see Kevin Durant in action and cheer for the state's only major professional sports team (no OSU jokes, please). Game time is 7pm.
More Than Drinking. The first full day of Tulsa Oktoberfest brings with it more than just a chance to try some authentic German beers. There's plenty of food and live music, including a (probably) non-polka nighttime performance from rockers We the Ghost. From 11am-1am at River West Festival Park. Admission $6, nearby parking extra. The festival opens a day earlier with evening hours and continues through Sunday.
Weirdest Tour Ever. If there's one single date that marks the "Alpocalypse," this is it. "Weird Al" Yankovic not only visits with his The Alpocalypse Tour, he will help Rogers State University Public Television with their UHF25 Location Tour fundraiser. Check out sites from the 1988 cult classic filmed in Tulsa, then meet Al himself. UHF tour tickets $50, must be purchased in advance at rsu.tv. Meet at 11:45am at the Brady Theatre, where Al performs at 8pm. Want more? Circle Cinema is screening UHF all day.
Arias for All of Us. A true masterwork that's withstood the test of time, The Marriage of Figaro spotlights both the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the talent brought in by the Tulsa Opera company. Tickets from $25, at 2:30pm in Chapman Music Hall at the Tulsa PAC. An earlier performance takes place Friday.
A Splash of Chestnut. They stand a bit majestically as one of the world's oldest and most distinguished horse breeds. The 2013 U.S. National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show spotlights this noble animal as well as the trainers who put in the work to make them shine. At Expo Square, tickets $10. Event runs Oct. 18-26.
Hear This. The spotlight shines today on Woody Guthrie with the release of a major new box set from Rounder Records. If you don't want to shell out around $120 for it, a more economic and immersive option is to spend time at the Woody Guthrie Center in the Brady Arts District. Tickets $8. From 10am-6pm.
A Dread Worth Having. Based on a possibly true story, Hex House is a real scream. It recreates a 1940s-era Tulsa home, like the one where two young women spent their nights shivering in a cold basement as the lady of the house lived in luxury. But why? The haunted house's website, tulsahexhouse.com, carries fair warning: "You will be touched inside the attraction and there will be no mercy shown to the frightened." Tickets from $15. Opens at 7:30pm; check the website for other dates and times.
You'll Want Some Spice With That. Sometimes a pumpkin is just a pumpkin. That can even be pretty wonderful, if you have a bit of culinary skill. To learn, there's All Things Pumpkin Cooking Class at Whole Foods Market. The fun starts at 6:30pm, but an RSVP is required. Call 918-712-7555 for details.
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