POSTED ON FEBRUARY 11, 2009:
Editor's Choices for the Week
Take Me Back. Post-WWII counterculture comes alive this evening with Living Arts' The Art of Play #6: "If time were..." A Beat Poetry Playground. Arist/poet Walt Kosty leads activities pertaining to the work of Allen Ginsberg (above), Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. The three comprised core of an American group of writers known as the Beat Generation. The movement flourished in the late 1950's on the West Coast. Ginsberg's most famous works include the poems "Howl" and "America," both a lament toward the conformity that characterized that era. 5-7pm. $10 admission for members and $15 for non-members. For more information or to reserve your spot, call 585-1234 or contact Steve Liggett at email@example.com.
Awakening. When society finally recognized that Victorian values were grossly outdated, someone had to act in a way that defied the norm in order to bring about change. A Doll's House, a play by Henrik Ibsen, tells the story of Nora Helmer's struggle to justify her desire for independence. Does she act in accordance with her own dreams or remain within the boundaries of patriarchal expectations? Presented by the TU theater department; Kendall Hall, 601 S. College. Performances include 8pm tonight and tomorrow and 2pm on Sunday. $10 adults; student and senior discounts available. For more, call 631-2567.
Creative Kiddos. Although the reception has passed, the Tulsa Artists' Coalition Gallery, 9 E. Brady, still has "Minor's Major Works: Works by Tulsa Elementary School Artists" hanging through February 21. This children's art exhibit includes works from students in a number of Tulsa area schools. Participating are Greeley, Grissom, Kendall-Whittier, Mark Twain, Patrick Henry and Zarrow International. Selected students from each school are showing work they created in the classroom. Gallery hours are Thurs.-Sat., 6-9pm, or by appointment. For more information, call the gallery at 592-0041 or visit tacgallery.org.
Guava Jelly. Sad the summer games came and went so quickly this year? Fret not sports fan, the 2010 Winter Olympics are just around the corner. Until then, the Smucker's Stars on Ice "On the Edge" tour hits the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver, this afternoon with a preview of the 2010 games. Performing are some of the best ice skaters from around the world, such as 2006 U.S. National Champion Sasha Cohen, 2007 and 2008 U.S. National Champion Evan Lysacek, six-time U.S. Champion Todd Eldredge, two-time World Bronze Medalist and three-time U.S. Champion Michael Weiss and many more. The show starts at 3pm. Call 596-7177 or visit bokcenter.com for more.
Small World. Feel like a cold beverage? Unwind with coworkers this evening at Mercury Lounge, 1747 S. Boston. Home of the $5 beer and shot special, this midtown mainstay hosts live local music on the weekends. The building used to be a Sinclair service station, but was transformed into a watering hole in March 2005. For all of you workaholics, ML has happy hour specials Monday thru Friday from 4-7pm. As the days grow longer, that patio is startin' to look pretty good... Open everyday from 2pm-2am. For more information, visit mercury-lounge.com.
Saxy. Isn't it grand that galleries around town support our musicians and vice versa? Tonight we have Third Tuesday Jazz, a monthly concert at Gilcrease Museum, 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road. Jazz legend Earl Clark and friends perform at 5:30pm in the Visa Room until 7:30pm. The cost is $8 per person and free for members. A buffet dinner is also available from the Osage Restaurant at an extra $4 per head and the galleries remain open for viewing until 8pm. The museum does not accept reservations, so come early! For more info, call 596-2758.
Out of this World. As the weather begins to warm up (thank goodness), concert season begins, bringing a slew of talented musicians through our fair city. Tonight, Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, brings Galactic to town once again. Get ready to dance your tail off to funky grooves that transcend usual genre boundaries. The quintet comes to Tulsa about once per year, and this time they share the stage with the New Orleans Horns and Members of Rebirth with openers JJ Grey and Mofro. Tickets are $20 in advance or $22 day of. Doors open at 7pm, and the show begins at 8pm. For more, visit cainsballroom.com.
Hot Mic. Thinking of happy hour? Why don't you stay downtown for a change? The time has come once again for the monthly post-work drinks and live music event called Soundproof, presented by Urban Tulsa Weekly and Tulsa Press Club. Tulsa rockers RadioRadio grace the stage this evening with a poignant blend of rebellion and cultural critique. Its first album Watch 'Em All Come Runnin' resonated with a wide range of listeners; here's your chance to catch the group live. The occasion begins at 5:30pm in the Atlas Life Building, Fourth and Boston; the music begins at 6pm.
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