POSTED ON NOVEMBER 11, 2009:
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The ORU Theater Department presents Life x 3, a play that the London Sunday Times calls “brisk, brittle, funny and lethally accurate.” It all starts when astrophysicist Hubert Finidori and his off kilter wife Inez show up for researcher Henry’s dinner party a day early. Henry and his wife Sonia must do their best to impress Hubert, on whom Henry’s chances of a lucrative promotion rests, who is brutal to his own wife while lusting after Sonia. This odd setup creates a fascinating study of human nature. 8pm curtain at the Charles E. Norman Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St. Catch additional performances tomorrow night at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Call 596-7122 or visit tulsapac.com.
Fair Trade. The Southroads Barnes and Noble location hosts the Oklahomans for Equality Book Fair Nov. 12-15, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the OKEq Art Gallery (Shown above is an image from famed Tulsa architect and artist John Brooks Walton; "Walton Lines" shows at OkEq thru November). The primary goal of the fundraiser is to raise enough money to bring Robert Giard's currently touring exhibit of photographs to the gallery in December and January. Redeemable coupons and vouchers are available at the Center (621 E. 4th St) or you can simply mention the Book Fair at the register in order to receive credit for the purchase. Whether you are just getting a jump on your holiday shopping, or picking up a little something for yourself (like the latest Madonna album or the newest book from Kathy Griffin), either way you'll be benefiting a great cause. 5231 E. 41st. Call B&N at 665-4580, or visit okeq.org for event and contact info.
Dinner Date. The ORU Theater Department presents Life x 3, a play that the London Sunday Times calls "brisk, brittle, funny and lethally accurate." It all starts when astrophysicist Hubert Finidori and his off kilter wife Inez show up for researcher Henry's dinner party a day early. Henry and his wife Sonia must do their best to impress Hubert, on whom Henry's chances of a lucrative promotion rests, who is brutal to his own wife while lusting after Sonia. This odd setup creates a fascinating study of human nature. 8pm curtain at the Charles E. Norman Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St. Catch additional performances tomorrow night at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Call 596-7122 or visit tulsapac.com.
Chuggin' Along. McNellie's Pub joins Fleet Feet Sports in presenting the James E. McNellie's Pub Run, a four-mile trek through Tulsa's beautiful and historic downtown to benefit the YMCA. The run begins at McNellie's, taking participants through the Brady and Blue Dome districts before returning to the front of the pub where the run ends. Following the run, the festivities continue at McNellie's, where two free beers will be provided per participant (over 21). Non-alcoholic drinks and food and entertainment will also be provided. All entrants receive a free long sleeve t-shirt commemorating the event. The run begins at 3pm, with a one-mile fun run beginning at 3:10pm. Cost is $20 per entry or $25 the day of the run. For ten bucks more, athletes can sign up for the Guinness Challenge, where runners must drink three 12-ounce "pints" of ye olde Vitamin G during the run for a cash prize, and of course, bragging rights.
Gotta Have Faith? Are you losing your religion? Well fortunately for you, recovering fundamentalist Justin McKean brings his one-man comedy Born Again Yesterday to the Nightingale Theater today and next Sunday, Nov. 22. McKean, who hopes that the play builds bridges between people of different faiths (and non-faiths), performs as characters from all across the Christian spectrum, from believers to non-believers (and back). From an atheistic character who wants to start "National Blasphemy Day" to the more religious residents here in the buckle of the Bible Belt, McKean's true story makes you laugh and cry and then laugh again. 8pm to 10pm at the Nightingale Theater, 1416 E. 4th. Call 633-8666 or visit nightingaletheater.org.
Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive & Dodge. The origins of dodgeball, the greatest game the world has ever known, are shrouded in mystery. Before humankind created the rubber ball, it was played by ancient Mesopotamians to honor the great dodgeball god, Youroutitis. Opposing teams would play to the death, hurtling stones in celebration of the annual fertility festival. Centuries later, the Romans modified the game by pitting animals against humans. Later, Ostrogothic tribes replaced the traditional stones with animal leather, and in the 19th century, the French invented the "below the waist" rule to prevent embarrassing beret and cigarette accidents. Today, it is played from the parks of America to the plains of Africa. Whiteside Park Community Center celebrates the centennial year of Tulsa Parks with multiple 100 Person Dodgeball Games tonight at 8pm. Refreshments and door prizes are provided. Pre-register to guarantee a spot or show up by 7:30. 4009 S Pittsburg Ave. Call 746-5040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fiancée Swap. Believed by some to have been written at the behest of Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II, Mozart's epic opera Cosi Fan Tutte (rough translation: "Women are like that" or, more accurately "Thus do they all") first premiered in Vienna in 1790. Mozart and collaborator Lorenzo Da Ponte borrowed from famed Italian storyteller Boccaccio's Decameron, and immortal bard Bill Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew to create this opera buffa (comedic opera) about "fiancée swapping." Don Alfonso bets dynamic duo Ferrando and Guglielmo (think singing Batman and Robin without the crime-fighting, or Hall & Oates without the funky basslines) that he can prove that their fiancés are just as "fickle" as "all women", and moderately sexist old-world hilarity ensues. Non siate ritrosi! Come out and see it! Tickets are $18, $15 for seniors. Circle Cinema, 12 S. Lewis. Call 585-3456 or visit circlecinema.com.
Wonder Years. When tragedy inevitably impacts your life, what do you do? Join Channel 2 anchor Erin Christy as she moderates a panel of speakers including a psychologist, a history professor and a minister who explore these issues with the aid of journalist Geraldine Brooks' acclaimed debut book "Year of Wonders." Brooks won the Tulsa Library Trusts' Distinguished Author Award for this moving book about a 17th century outbreak of bubonic plague, and how it impacts one small village in rural England. The villagers, among them a rector and his wife and a young widow, face difficult practical and moral questions and struggle with their humanity as they deal with both the plague, the other villagers, and themselves. This work of historical fiction is destined to become a classic of the genre, and the panel discussion is sure to be interesting, enlightening and informative. 7pm in the Aaronson Auditorium. Tulsa Central Library, 400 Civic Center. Call 596-7977 or visit tulsalibrary.org.
Women. Greek master playwright Sophocles (and the Tulsa Community College Theatre Department) brings us one of the great plays about a great woman of mythology, the one who gave us the name of the complex: Elektra. Written in 410 BCE, the play still manages to enthrall modern audiences just as it did in the outdoor amphitheaters of old. In classic disturbing ancient Greek tradition, the extremely messed up and dysfunctional relationships between family members provides great drama. A few years after the Trojan War (the one Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom fought in), shamed house servant Elektra and her returning veteran brother Orestes plot to avenge their father Agamemnon's murder at the hands of Clytemnestra and her new sugar daddy Aegisthus. Recommended for mature audiences and directed by Eudaemone Jervis Battilega. 8pm in the Southeast campus Studio Theatre. 10300 E. 81st. Call 595-7777 or visit myticketoffice.com.
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