POSTED ON MAY 20, 2009:
Editor's Choices for the Week
Haven of Harmony Community Garden
Five to One. It's hard to believe that the summer months are rapidly approaching, bringing new events with them. However, there's still time to catch the last few days of TAC Gallery's 5x5 Art Show & Sale, 9 E. Brady. This annual fundraiser for the Tulsa Artists' Coalition features donated paintings from area artists on a 5x5 canvas, all priced at $55. In turn, this show gives the public an opportunity to buy affordable yet high-quality local work. Gallery hours are Thurs.-Sat., 6-9pm. The paintings will be on display through the end of the month. Visit tacgallery.org for more.
Trailblazer. Grab your camping gear and a few buddies for Memorial Weekend in the great outdoors. Thundermoon Ranch, just 20 minutes south of Tulsa in Mannford, hosts Backwoods Bash Music Festival, a three-day party featuring more than 25 bands from five states. Bands from Tulsa include Steve Liddell tonight at 10pm and Paul Benjaman Band (pictured) at 11:30pm. Tomorrow sees Hiphopotamus and Duende perform while the Desert Wind Belly Dancers shake it at 3pm on Sunday afternoon. Admission is just $20 at the gate for the whole kit-n-kaboodle. A Memorial Day Service takes place at 11am Sunday to honor our brave soldiers. For more, visit backwoodsbash.com.
Personal Space. Things are getting steamy at the Tulsa PAC, 110 E. 2nd St. Closer is a brutal, honest, and often funny examination of modern romance and betrayal. As the lives of four strangers become intimately entwined, they spiral downward, desperately longing for intimacy and love as emotions and passion rage beyond their control. This play, written by Patrick Marber, is directed by Meghan Hurley. It contains strong adult language and sexual situations, and is recommended for mature audiences. Production runs tonight at 8pm, tomorrow at 2pm, as well as next weekend. Check tulsapac.com for a schedule and tickets.
Dirt Don't Hurt. Tulsa neighborhoods are banding together to address food insecurity and provide healthy options for families. Today marks the opening of the Haven of Harmony Community Garden, 920 S. New Haven, with live music, food, information booths from local organizations, activities for the kiddos and more. This is a celebration of local food production and community initiatives. Even if you don't live in the area, stop by to learn how to start your own operation from 2-5pm. A wise gardener once said, "Give a man a fish, he eats for a day; teach a man to fish, and he eats for a lifetime." Call 906-9513 for more information.
Rememberance. Summer is right around the corner and Memorial Day is finally here. While it is great to have a three-day weekend to spend more time with friends and family and maybe head out to the lake, we also have extra time to remember the sacrifices made by the men and women in military service for which this day was created. For some tips on cutting loose this weekend, check out UTW's Summer Brews article on page 20 and enjoy your day off and then take some time to hug a vet and say "thanks" for all they do.
Sweet! There's a bar at 51st and Sheridan that has a killer patio, happy hour specials, live music on weeknights and a funny name to boot. Go on, say it out loud. Pickle's Pub and Grill, 4902 S. Sheridan Road, has $10.50 buckets and $2 mini pitchers for happy hour, 4-7pm. Come on out and catch your favorite Tulsa bands any night of the week as well as entertainer DJ Louis every Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Take your hog to the bar on Thursdays for Bike Night with Bill Snow. Call 664-6800 for more information.
ROFL. Music and comedy go together like bees and honey. Phil Hogan started off his career playing bass, singing and rocking out through the '70s and '80s. Then in 1990, the North Carolina native tried his hand at improv during a few open mic nights and the rest is history. Hogan infuses a Southern flavor into his music, stand-up, impressions and a handful of parodies. He'll make you laugh whether you're a fan of the clean stuff or if you like edgier comedians. Hogan performs tonight through May 30th at the Loony Bin, 6808 S. Memorial. Call 459-1017 or visit loonybincomedy.com/tulsa.
Open Spaces. Peaceful landscapes and dreamy equine renditions characterize the oil paintings of Jeffrey Hogue's "Prairie Noir" series, now on display at Joseph Gierek Fine Art gallery, 1512 E. 15th St. For this endeavor, Hogue explained, "I focus on the seemingly mundane images of familiar Oklahoma landscapes and try to enter into a deeper relationship whereby I melt into a more direct encounter and begin to see and feel new things. When I am full of self the world is small and dingy. When I am empty and open, it can be rife with scale and mystery." Meet Hogue tonight at a reception from 5-8pm. Thru June 27; visit www.gierek.com for more.
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