POSTED ON APRIL 8, 2009:
Editor's Choices for the Week
Dollars to Diamonds
Steel Pulse. Northeastern State University prides itself on bringing in world-class, professional musicians to work and perform with students. Tonight, steelpan (aka steel drum) virtuoso Andy Narell joins the university's jazz ensemble under the direction of Dr. Arthur White at the NSU Jazz Lab, 315 N. Muskogee in Tahlequah. Narell first picked up the instrument as a youngster in New York City and his career has taken him across the world from Chicago to Tobago. The concert begins at 8pm; general admission tickets are $12, students pay $6. For reservations call (918)444-4603.
Hoodwinked. The old adage "The more the merrier," still rings true today, especially when it comes to concerts. Let loose tonight at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, for the Bamboozle Road Show, which features some of the nation's hottest young rock bands. Headlining the affair is Florida's own We the Kings (pictured); and joining them are Forever the Sickest Kids from Dallas, Texas, The Cab from Las Vegas, Mercy Mercedes from Greensboro, NC, and Never Shout Never from Joplin, MO. Keep your nose clean, friends, tonight's gonna be a rowdy one. Tickets are $23 at the door, visit cainsballroom.com for more.
Until We Meet Again. Nowadays, keeping folk traditions alive through song is more important than ever. Join Oklahoma's newest Celtic band, Crossroads Celtic Trio, for a performance at All Souls Unitarian Church, 2952 S. Peoria, during its Multi-Generational High Tea, a fundraiser for the church's community service group. These ladies focus on Irish and Scottish music by sharing the history behind the tunes. With Julia Harris on the hammered dulcimer, fiddle and viola; Melissa Schiavone on flutes and whistles; and Dana Maher on Celtic Harp, bodhran and vocals, it's sure to be a whimsical, toe-tapping good time. 3-5pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kiddos.
Hippity-Hoppity. Holidays give us all the opportunity to spend time with loved ones. Spend the afternoon hunting for treat-filled eggs, or dye some real ones with the fam. Easter is not a fixed holiday, but it always falls sometime between late March and early April, following the cycle of the moon. While primarily a Christian holiday, most people observe the popular, secular festivities and, conversely, there are a few denominations who don't celebrate at all. However you choose to spend the day, though, watch your Peep consumption.
Pony Up. Do you remember that scene from Super Troopers when Foster meets Ursula dressed up as a cyclist instead of a biker? Yep, it's a good one. Well, Foster would have felt right at home in Soundpony, Tulsa's favorite bicycle bar. The watering hole hosts a wide array of musical acts, both out of town and local, a killer hot dog deal and plenty of room out back for all you smokers. Happy hour lasts from 3-9pm every day, featuring $1.50 Coors cans, $2 High Life draws and $2.50 six-point cans, among other bargains. Visit thesoundpony.com for more.
Low Budget. What would you do with $20? Would you treat yourself to a fancy dinner? Donate it to charity? Create a masterpiece? Well, Living Arts, 308 S. Kenosha, held a contest called Dollars to Diamonds, for which 20 artists were given a $20 maximum to spend on materials from The Dollar Store. All of the works are colorful, crafty and extremely resourceful; made from everyday items like bars of soap, kitschy home decorations and body care products, the exhibit is a delightful collection that will surely challenge your notions about what art is and can be. Runs through April 23, learn more at livingarts.org.
Noon Tunes. It's time to dig up that old lunchbox again. Join other music lovers for Brown Bag It: Mary Sallee and Christian Morgan, a lunch hour performance at the Kathleen Westby Pavilion of the PAC, 110 E. 2nd St. A former Miss Lawton and soprano Christian Morgan is well-versed in both oratorio and opera and has performed with numerous companies nationwide. She will be accompanied by Mary Sallee on the piano. This program is free and open to the public at 12:10pm. Want to trade my banana for your Snack Pack? Visit tulsapac.com for more.
Stark Naked. Everyone likes to see their creative projects come to fruition, but some artists are more tenacious than others. These are the filmmakers who qualify for the Barebones Film Festival in Muskogee, Oklahoma. The 11-day event shows "character-driven, high concept movie projects of all lengths" and genres including comedies, horror, fantasy, animation, documentaries and more in a number of venues in downtown Muskogee. A 'bare bones' budget is a minimal one, "usually helmed by a multi-tasking filmmaker that produces an independent motion picture by any means necessary." Check barebonesfilmfestivals.org for more (pictured: Jane Shepherd and Christine Haeberman from Bureacracy).
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