POSTED ON JULY 29, 2009:
Promising. The one thing that makes Orphan worth seeing is Fuhrman; her physical transformation in the last 20 minutes is something remarkable.
Thurs., July 30
Whodunit. The 2009 Hardwelden Murder Mystery presents "A Camp David Discord, or An Inconvenient Ruth," July 30-Aug. 1 and Aug. 6-8 at Harwelden Mansion, 2210 S. Main St. Written by Tulsa World arts writer James D. Watts, the live murder mystery, an annual fundraiser for the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, involves the audience in sleuthing while they enjoy meal and wine. This year's mystery happens at Camp David, the scene of an historic event, the wedding of the President of the U.S. to his vice president. Murder and mystery abound, and it's up to the audience to solve the thing before the end of dessert. Tickets to the evening are $45 per person, and seating begins at 7pm. For reservations, call 584-3333, extension 32. For more information, visit www.ahct.org.
Rear End. Every year the Pearl Gallery, 1201 E. 3rd St., celebrates the brutal, unforgiving Oklahoma heat with an always eclectic show entitled "The Long Hot Summer Show" featuring fun summer-themed works as well as nudes. While summer isn't quite over, this show is. Tonight is your last chance to take it all in and consider if the nudes have the right idea. After all, what better way to enjoy the rare cool breeze than in your birthday suit? The gallery is open from 1-6pm tonight. Call 588-1500 or visit pearlgallerytulsa.com.
Sat., Aug. 1
Save the Birds. Tulsans, here it is: Wild Brew, the huge microbrew beer tasting and restaurant crawl. $55 buys an all-you-can-eat buffet from the best restaurants around town, including In the Raw (ABoT winner for "Best Restaurant on Brookside") and Bodean's (ABoT winner for "Best Seafood"). Not to mention a plethora of beer from brewers around the world. Profits go to the Sutton Center, an international leader in avian conservation, committed to saving the bald eagle's natural habitat in Oklahoma. So, come help save the birds at 5-8pm at Expo Square's new Central Park with some great food, drink and music by Mid-Life Crisis, Shelby Eicher and Mark Bruner. Visit www.wildbrew.org for more information.
Sun., Aug. 2
Movie-d Out. What do Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, London and Tulsa all have in common? All are sites for the 2009 United Film Festival, which takes place this weekend at the Circle Cinema, 10. S. Lewis. The full lineup includes 11 movies during three days. Starting in Tulsa in 2002, the festival brings together a wide-array of filmmakers from diverse backgrounds. Tonight's films include: Bicycle Dreams, Fagbug, New Brow: Contemporary Underground Art and The Rock-Afire Explosion. All film screenings are $8 and all access passes go for $50 for all movies and $25 for five films. Visit www.unitedfest.com/tulsa for more information.
Mon., Aug. 3
Urban Blight. Take a trip down the ordinary but with much different eyes. "Urban Impressions: An Exploration of Seeing," a photography exhibit by David Varmecky at the Tulsa PAC Gallery, takes urban scenes most would call mundane and shows them in a different, eye-opening light. Varmecky quotes painter Victor Shklovsky in his press release: "If we start to examine the general laws of perception, we see that as perception becomes habitual, it becomes automatic, which means that we are not actually seeing our everyday environment." Varmecky earned an MFA in photography from the University of Tulsa and completed a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. He currently teaches photography part-time at Tulsa Community College. Open Monday through Friday, 10am-5:30pm. Visit tulsapac.com for more information.
Tue., Aug. 4
Cheers. Lift up your glasses to Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino this August in celebration of its four-year anniversary. And if slots and poker don't excite you, maybe $1 million or a four day trip to the Bahamas will. On Aug. 4 and 11, Osage will draw names every 30 minutes as finalists to win the big $1 mill on Aug. 16. Also, on Tuesday from 8pm-midnight is open mic night, so get your fill of debauchery. So, thanks Osage for four years of winnings (we won't mention the losings on its birthday). Visit www.milliondollarelm.com.
Wed., Aug. 5
Cosmopolitan. Tonight the classic quintessential indie film Buffalo '66 will be shown as part of the Downtown CineSeries, a free outdoor film and music event at The Green on Third St., between Williams Center and the PAC. Buffalo '66 captures all the quirky weirdness that makes indie film so fun. From its creative casting to the gritty cinematography, Billy Brown's post-jail adventure has come to define the modern era of art house movies. Live music starts at 7:30pm and the film begins at dusk. Visit circlecinema.com for more.
Thurs., Aug. 6
Surroundings. View the world through rose-colored glasses at the opening reception for Tulsa artist Nicholas K. Clark. His exhibit starts at the Equality Center, 621 E. 4th St., tonight during the monthly "First Thursday" event. Utilizing a variety of mediums, from acrylics to oils, his artwork captures the small but significant details of a figure, such as the curves of a body or the features of a hand, with splashes of vibrant color. "My work has always been guided by those things that I have absorbed from everyone and everything around me," Clark said. His exhibit is in conjunction with the Oklahomans for Equality organization, which was founded in 1996 to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. For more information, visit www.okeq.org.
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