POSTED ON FEBRUARY 25, 2009:
Editor's Choices for the Week
Waltz with Bashir
As the World Turns. Three cheers for post-modernism; Tulsans get a healthy dose with an intriguing array of visual and performance arts. TAC Gallery, 9 E. Brady, presents "The Axis Mundi Archives: An Installation by Cindy Zimmerman," in conjunction with Living Arts' New Genre Festival. Zimmerman explores artifacts derived from her first year as a working artist in Okmulgee. Reception is free and open to the public, 5-7pm. Performances continue Feb. 27, 5-7pm; Feb. 28, 1-7pm; Mar. 1, 1-4pm). For additional information, read "" on page 36 of this issue.
Kith and Kin. Back in the day, a fine fellow once said "The more the merrier." It stuck; and the old adage rings true tonight with the Family Jam. The Blank Slate, 1st and Detroit, is an ideal place for such a raucous gathering that includes Paul Benjamin Band, Jesse Aycock, Dustin Pittsley (above), Little Chairs, Whirligig and Steve Pryor. Actually, there's no telling who'll show up. But expect to hear some of Tulsa's yummiest artists all in one place. Blues, rock and jam band fans, rejoice. 7pm.
Alumnus Among Us. It's fun to see where your high school classmates end up, especially if they've carved a cool career for themselves. See one of Booker T. Washington's finest tonight at Gospel, Grits and Gershwin, a fundraiser benefiting the school's Foundation for Excellence. Pictured above is Dan Piraro, creator of the quirky comic strip "Bizarro." Piraro performs his comedy routine alongside student talent at the Jazz Depot, 111 E. 1st St., upper level from 9:30am-12:30pm. Admission is $45; call 747-7186 to check for ticket availability.
Horsin' Around. Humans have shown intense fascination for animal choreography for thousands of years. Check out one of the finest efforts to date with the Lipizzaner Stallions this afternoon at the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver. The stately white creatures have been taught to dance and prance in unison, which makes for quite a spectacle. The dazzling equine ballet boasts more than 400 years of history and has seen enormous popularity worldwide. Two performances only, 2pm and 6pm. Ticket prices vary; call 894-4252 or visit bokcenter.com for more information.
Puttin' on the Ritz. The week starts with a bang and enjoy upbeat ragtime favorites at the Tulsa PAC, 110 E. 2nd St. Join the Turpin Tyme Ragsters for the toe tappin' tunes of Scott Joplin, Eubie Blake, Luckey Roberts and, of course, composer Tom Turpin, the seven-piece band's namesake. The originally American genre peaked in the early 20th century, predating jazz. Tickets are $20/general admission and $5/students and can be purchased by calling 596-7122 or online at myticketoffice.com. 7:30pm in the John H. Williams Theatre. For more information, visit ragtimefortulsa.com.
Why Choose War? Rarely do animated films tackle delicate subject matter; and even more rarely do they portray it thoughtfully. Waltz with Bashir, now showing at Circle Cinema, 12 S. Lewis, does both. Golden Globe winner for "Best Foreign Film" (among other awards), Ari Folman's visually stunning, surreal masterpiece explores a past marred by the horrific massacre during the 1982 Lebanon War. The Israeli government denies any accountability to this day; and this film, in a way, serves to honor the estimated 3,000 victims and explores forgotten personal and historic truths. For showtimes, visit circlecinema.com.
Que Syrah Syrah. "Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance," said Benjamin Franklin. If that's the case, then a visit to Vintage 1740, 18th and Boston, would be a good idea. The comfy, tastefully decorated bar offers more than 60 wines from all over the world by the taste, glass or bottle; and the menu changes monthly. If you're not a vino fan, there are a number of specialty drinks to try. Open Monday through Saturday at 4pm. For more information or to see the menu, visit vintage1740.com.
Echoes. Let's face it, some of our favorite artists will never die; and those who changed the music world live on through the efforts of the most dedicated fans. The Pink Floyd Experience is such a production. With a careful balance between sound and light, the audience becomes part of this intimate atmosphere, recreating the connection elicited by the original group. Doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:30pm at the Mabee Center, 7777 S. Lewis. Ticket prices vary and can be purchased by calling 495-6000. For more information, visit mabeecenter.com.
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