POSTED ON APRIL 1, 2009:
Bruce Springsteen at the BOK Center
Editor's Choices for the Week
Harpstrings. "And tears are heard within the harp I touch," said Petrarch. Harps are one of our oldest and most treasured instruments, with the earliest depictions dating back to 4000 BCE in Egypt. This evening, see Megha Morganfield pluck and strum her way to bliss, taking the audience along for the ride. The international award-winning Celtic harpist, vocalist, teacher/composer and more has released a number of albums that celebrate her love for life. See her at 7pm in the All Souls Church in the chapel, 2952 S. Peoria. Learn more about the songstress at meghasong.com.
Clubbin'. Tulsa's self-proclaimed "Arts Bar" celebrates spring with a new exhibit. Tonight, Club 209 welcomes artist Dana Idlet for the opening of "Viewed, Glued and Tattooed," and her colorful abstract renditions of acrylic on multimedia. Meet Idlet tonight at 7pm, 209 N. Boulder Ave. Artists interested in painting live can do so on Thursdays and music fans can enjoy mellow jazz or folk every Saturday night in April. The swanky space features warm, red décor and comfy lounge chairs--perfect for a relaxing night out with a couple of martinis. Visit club209tulsa.com for more.
Blast from the Past. Hey babes, grab some Aqua Net, a poofy dress, some leg warmers and heat up that crimping iron; Hey dudes, bleach your jeans, grab your white blazer and try to re-pierce that left ear of yours. It's time for some good, clean fun all night long! Tonight, the Blank Slate hosts 80s Prom, an opportunity to bust out your favorite gaudy garments and relive the good ol' days when you were crazy for Swayze, and hot for...Molly Ringwald. The time has come to go from totally geek to totally chic.
Caretaker. Few human phenomena rival the power of a mother's love for her children. Sadly, though, some kids are denied this bond. Up for sale right now are two paintings by artist Sharon Allred whose portion of the proceeds benefit the Laura Dester Shelter, 619 S. Quincy, a haven for neglected and abused Tulsa children. Allred herself is a nurturer; she studied Fashion Design and Art, but then became a registered nurse working in cardiology and picked up oil painting as her career evolved. She regularly uses her talent to enrich the community. See Allred's paintings at Starbucks, 1832 Utica Square (pictured: "My Baby").
Joan of Budapest. The Circle Cinema, 12 S. Lewis, in conjunction with the Tulsa Council for Holocaust Education, presents the film Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh as part of this year's Interfaith Holocaust Remembrance Event. The film chronicles the tale of a 22-year old Hungarian woman who, during World War II, escaped to Palestine only to join British forces to parachute behind German lines in Hungary to rescue Jews from Nazi persecution. Senesh was eventually captured, tortured and killed by her Nazi captors. Call 585-3456 or visit circlecinema.com for showtimes.
Big Boss Man. The acts at the BOK Center just keep getting bigger and better. Tonight, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band graces the stage, and he's sure to draw a warm welcome. Before you catch The Boss though, whet your whistle with Woodshed Revival, as part of the OneOK Outdoor Concert Series and sponsored by yours truly. The alternative rock/country band hits the stage at 5:15pm. All major BOK Center concerts this season begin with an outdoor performance from a local act to get fans' blood pumping for the main event. Learn more at bokcenter.com.
Good Times. What does Tulsa sound like? Well, one could say that it's a blend of local greats from years' past, but with crucial original flair. Paul Benjaman Band is such a group, whose sound is reminiscent of JJ Cale, mixed with the endurance of Van Morrison and the spontaneity of Miles Davis. Benjaman's songwriting and guitar, supplemented by Khadija Goz' on the Rhodes, Andrew Bones on drums and Bo Hallford on bass makes for a delightful combination that's fun for all involved. See them tonight at Lola's, 5 E. Brady, around dinnertime.
Go With The Flow. Premiere gaming facilities and luxe entertainment have never been closer to home. In case you missed its grand opening, River Spirit Casino, formerly Creek Nation Casino, is up and running. Its sleek facilities were built with relaxation and sophistication in mind. For instance, the Mystic River Lounge features a gently winding floor plan and simple, yet striking décor; Elements Steakhouse and Grill embodies the ultimate casual fine dining experience; the Rain Bay Café is perfect for a light repast; patrons can sample international cuisine at Visions Buffet, or let loose at Scoreboard Sports Bar. It's time to get your game on at 81st and Riverside.
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