POSTED ON FEBRUARY 4, 2009:
Editor's Choices for the Week
Lovers Unite. Galleries are abuzz with activity at the beginning of each month, and MA Doran Gallery, 3509 S. Peoria, is no exception. Art fans gather here tonight from 5-8pm for the opening of the "Valentine's Group Show," on display for the month of February. Pictured is Kreg Kallenberger's Rock Island Canyon, a sculpture crafted from optical lead crystal and oil paint. MA Doran showcases a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture and more. The reception is free and open to the public. For more information, call 748-8700 or visit madorangallery.com.
Hoot 'n Holler. We all know that laughter is the best medicine; and you can get a healthy dose tonight with Brian Regan at the Mabee Center, 7777 S. Lewis. Regan draws inspiration from childhood heroes such as Johnny Carson, Steve Martin and The Smothers Brothers. He is said to have achieved a delightful balance between sophisticated writing and a strong stage presence. Regan continues to develop his career through partnerships with Comedy Central; and his DVD The Epitome of Hyperbole was named one of the five best comedy albums of 2008. Laugh it off at 8pm, doors open at 7pm. For more, visit mabeecenter.com.
All Hands on Deck! Did you know that Oklahoma has more manmade lakes than any other state, with more than one million surface acres of water? Bring the whole fam-damly to Expo Square today, 21st and Yale, for the final stretch of the Tulsa Boat, Sport and Travel Show. Watercrafts of all shapes and sizes are showcased here, from speedy ski-boats to canoes and luxurious yachts to enormous campers. They also sell a wide variety of nautical essentials like life-jackets (better to be safe than sorry). For avid fishermen and women, check out an extensive array of bait, tackle and other gear. Yes, something for everyone here. Open today from 10am-10pm and tomorrow from 11am-6pm only. Visit exposquare.com for more.
Someday...If you're feeling romantic this afternoon, come to the PAC, 110 E. 2nd St., for the final performance of Tulsa Ballet's Cinderella at 3pm in Chapman Music Hall. Ben Stevenson's rendition of the classic tale has been revitalized with new costumes and sets, and is considered to be the definitive version of this ballet for our time. The ugly stepsisters, portrayed by male dancers, provide a humorous counterpoint to the sweet romance between the delicate Cinderella and her handsome Prince. For more information and for tickets, visit tulsapac.com or call 596-7111.
Finish Me. Tulsa's seen a lot of metal bands come through town recently; and if you're a fan, be sure to check out As I Lay Dying tonight at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main. The new album An Ocean Between Us, is more lyrically diverse than past discs, according to vocalist and one of the founding members, Tim Lambesis. The band prides itself on adaptability and willingness to take things in a new direction. Ch-ch-check 'em out with openers Protest the Hero, Human Abstract and My Children My Bride at 8pm, doors at 7pm. For more, visit cainsballroom.com.
Mellow Mood. There's nothing like a soothing serenade to accompany the evening meal. One of Tulsa's best known singer-songwriters, Steve Liddell, now plays regular Tuesday night gigs at Joe Momma's downtown, First and Elgin. If you haven't heard him before, Liddell draws upon folk, rock, jazz and reggae, among other influences, to create his soulful tunes. He's been a mainstay at the SXSW Music and Film Festival in Austin for the past few years and continues to play locally and regionally. He's even picked up a few awards for his full-length debut album Goodlove. Hear more about Liddell at myspace.com.
Get your Stank On. If you're in need of mid-week relief, celebrate Hump Day tonight at Dirty's Tavern. There are two locations in nearby, so whether you live up north or down south, you can enjoy drink specials, games and live music. Downtown Happy Hour, Mon.-Sat. from 4-8pm features $1 domestic longnecks, $3 48-ounce pitchers and free pool. Brandon Clark puts on an acoustic show every Thursday and Ladies' Night is on Fridays. Find Dirty's downtown at Second and Elgin and in Jenks, 500 Riverwalk Crossing. Educate yourself at dirtysbars.com.
Handicrafts. What's better than working in one medium? Mixed media, of course. The work of Sharyl Landis is a blend of hand-dyed textiles with beaded accents, adding a whimsical, 3D quality to the fabrics. Landis' innate artistic tendencies were fostered since childhood by her mother; and throughout her life, she has explored different combinations of colors, shapes and textures. Landis has had entries in the OKC juried Fiberworks show three times and has displayed her work in Philbrook's Festival of Trees for the last 13 years. Her work hangs now at Thyme Bistro, 3023 S. Harvard, through February 27.
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