POSTED ON MARCH 11, 2009:
Editor's Choices for the Week
DIY. The pleasant spring weather is so invigorating; it makes everyone want to start home improvement projects. If you're looking for some ideas and information, visit the Tulsa Home and Garden Show this weekend. Presented by the Home Builder's Association of Greater Tulsa, THGS is the longest running event of its kind in the region, now in its 60th year. Visitors can see the latest in home improvement trends and talk to more than 450 exhibitors about exciting projects. The event runs through Sunday; tickets are $8 for adults; children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by a paid adult. QuikTrip Center in Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St. Call 663-5820 or visit tulsahba.com to learn more.
Holla. Tulsa doesn't see a lot of rap come through town; so if you're fan, then you may enjoy The Game- L.A.X. World Tour, featuring Jay Rock (above), tonight at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main. The Game a.k.a. Jayceon Terrell Taylor rose to fame in 2005 after a successful debut album The Documentary, for which he earned two Grammy nominations and the distinction of the tenth best-selling album in the United States that same year. His third album L.A.X. will likely be his last, so see him while you can. Tickets are $25 in advance, $27 at the door; doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:45. For more, visit cainsballroom.com.
All-American. Back in the day, rock 'n roll was crude, rude and endearing. Why are so many of today's rockers total divas? If you yearn for that long-gone swagger, check out Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers tonight at Flytrap Music Hall, 514 E. 2nd St. The band is best known back home for composing baseball's Arizona Diamondback's theme song, called the "Dbacks Swing," a huge hit with the team's fans. Tickets to the show are $17.50 in advance, $20 at the door. Local fave Brandon Clark takes the stage beforehand. For more, visit flytrapmusichall.com.
Le Twist. As part of its ongoing March French film festival, the Circle Cinema, 12 S. Lewis, presents the nail-biter Towards Zero. Guillaume Neuville invited his ex-wife, Aude, as well as his wife du jour Caroline to summer vacation at his wealthy aunt's house. Of course, things are already tense. What sane person invites an ex-wife to a family vacation? Then, to make matters worse, rich aunty Camilla is found murdered in her bed. Does this sound like an Agatha Christie book to anyone else? Oh that's right, it was. Call 585-3456 or visit circlecinema.com showtimes and more.
Real Nice, Y'all. The fun, simple rhythms that characterize much of the music from the Midwest are popular with folks from coast to coast; though, sometimes the specific genre can't be pinpointed. If you like a little ambiguity, you'll likely enjoy She Swings, She Sways tonight at Exit 6C, First and Detroit. "Basically, we steal the best elements of the music we like and when the six of us play together, it just comes out kind of sounding like us," says Cory Canny, acoustic guitar and vocals. "We've been described as Americana, folk, pop, indie, and polka..." Interesting, eh? Show starts at 9pm; check out myspace.com/sheswingsshesways for more.
Feelin' Lucky? Unless you like being pinched (and some of us do), don't forget to wear something green while you're outy on the town. Yes, it's Saint Patrick's Day, probably the most raucous celebration next to Mardi Gras. Almost every bar in town does something to observe the holiday; and it usually involves rivers of green beer, plenty of pinching and, if you're lucky, a jig or two. If you want to go the whole nine yards, try Arnie's for some lively Irish tunes; Pickle's sees the Anderson Pipe Band perform and a handful of other bars in town will have great live music. See the listings on page 40.
East Meets West. Tonight at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St., the Chinese dance and music company Divine Performing Arts takes the stage at 7pm. Divine creates a radiant spectacle using colorful costumes, advanced chorography and a digital backdrop portraying everything from glowing palaces to rolling grass fields. The group performs a mixture of classical, folk and story-based dance with music created just for this show combining elements of Eastern and Western music. The group is based in New York and seeks to revive centuries old artistic traditions repressed since the rise of a communist state in China. Call 596-7122 or visit tulsapac.com for more.
Last Caw. So, how are those gallons of green beer that you drank the other night treatin' ya? If you're still feeling froggy, the only cure might be another drink. Since the weather's warmed up, that patio over at Crow Creek Tavern, 3534 S. Peoria, is lookin' pretty darn good. The rustic décor, an enormous selection of tap beer and daily comfort food specials amounts to an inviting, casual atmosphere. Check UTW's live music calendar for bands on most days of the week. If you're not a beer fan, try something from CC's extensive wine list. Check crowcreektavern.com or call 749-9100 for more information.
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