POSTED ON MARCH 4, 2009:
"Che" at the Circle Cinema
Editor's Choices for the Week
Arty Pants. Graduation is an important occasion in any student's life, especially for those earning a Master's degree. The thesis is a culmination of educational milestones, and the TU MFA Exhibit showcases a varied body of work. Join painter Ty Smith, printmaker Cristiana Prado and ceramicist Joe Blair at the Alexander Hogue Gallery, 2935 E. Fifth St., for a celebration of their creative and academic accomplishments. Pictured above is Smith's Garden State. The reception is free and open to the public from 5-7pm; the exhibit hangs through March 28.
All in the Family. It's been clear for a while that Tulsa's Hanson family (yes, we're talking Isaac, Taylor and Zac) has pretty good genes. Tonight, check out Avery Hanson's first art show, "Drops of Color," at Ida Red Boutique, 3346 S. Peoria. Apparently, the young talent has been toiling away in the kitchen, baking cupcakes for guests. Come and grab one while they last from 7-11pm. Ben Kilgore completes the evening with good tunes for an all-around yummy event. Sheesh, those Hansons...musicians, artists, what next? For more, visit idaredboutique.com.
Stomp Your Feet. Oklahoma tribes work tirelessly to keep native traditions alive, and Tulsa Libraries serve as a vital conduit for tribe events. Today, the downtown Central Library, Fourth and Denver, presents the American Indian Festival of Words. Activities going on throughout the building include puppet shows, artist demonstrations and a stomp dance, a special performance by the Keetoowah Cherokee Youth Choir. Other activities include an American Indian author panel presentation and children's crafts. Other featured cultural demonstrations finger-weaving belts, Cherokee baskets and cornhusk dolls. Free and open to the public, 11:15am-2:30pm. For more, visit tulsalibrary.org or call 596-7977.
Holyday. What better way to honor the Sabbath than by seeing a production about a struggling Christian boy-band? Yes, Altar Boyz is the clever account of the Boyz' last night of their "Raise the Praise" U.S. tour. Of course, they want to make it big but intend to raise spirits and save souls all along the way. The result is a good-natured comedy that incorporates killer dance moves, elicits a few laughs and spreads an important message about faith, friendship and brotherhood. See it this afternoon at 3pm in the Liddy Doenges Theatre of the Tulsa PAC, 110 E. Second St. For more, visit tulsapac.com.
Revolver. The vacant spaces throughout downtown and the Brady District are slowly being filled with a variety of new businesses. Let us be the first to welcome Crystal Pistol, 417 N. Main, to the bunch. Sandwiched between Cain's Ballroom and Soundpony, the new bar is an eclectic, cowboy-themed addition. It's barely a week old, so live music is yet to come; but until then, patrons can pick out their favorite tunes on an old-school juke box, start a friendly game of foosball or play a round of Charlie's Angels pinball. Swing by to find out more.
Crucifixiation. The vampire craze is still going strong, especially in Tulsa. If you're a fan, Tulsan P.C. Cast and her daughter Kristin, authors of the wildly popular "House of Night" series, are at Barnes and Noble, 5231 E. 41st St., this evening at 7pm to celebrate the release of their newest and fifth installment, Hunted. This event is part of a national tour that spans California to Canada. It's kind of a big deal, though, for it's the ladies' first hardcover book. For more about the series, visit houseofnightseries.com.
Scrap the T-shirt. You see this face everywhere, but do you know more about Ernesto "Che" Guevara than his nickname? You either love him or you hate him; but don't decide before seeing Che at Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis, sometime this week. The controversial, Marxist guerilla warrior and revolutionary (played by Benicio Del Toro) invaded Cuba in 1956 with a band of 80 rebels led by Castro, in an effort to overthrow U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista. More than 40 years after his execution, Guevara's legacy remains powerful, yet controversial. For more information, see "Hate Mail" on page 24.
Dive Right In. The Tulsa visual arts world is bustling with activity; and it's hard to choose which receptions to attend. Pearl Gallery, 1201 E. Third St., invites the public to its opening of "Line and Lens: The Work of Shawn Wilson and Don Thompson" from 5-8pm. Wilson's sumi-e works, or Japanese wash paintings, effectively channel the tradition with delicate brush strokes, ample white space and simple color schemes. Next, inspiration for Thompson's "Floras" series came straight from Mother Nature herself. Both artists are native Oklahomans with more than three decades of experience apiece. Exhibit hangs through April 11.
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