POSTED ON NOVEMBER 25, 2009:
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Instead of mobbing the malls and department stores during the annual Black Friday festivities, take in family time at the annual Arvest Winterfest. Set in front of the BOK Center on Third Street, the festival invites families to ice skate on a make-shift ice rink or to watch from a warming tent. The festival also includes the display of Oklahoma’s largest Christmas tree and the PSO Parade of Lights on Dec. 12. Take in the outdoor entertainment or the eggnog, apple cider or horse and carriage ride at the festival. The outdoor entertainment is free, to skate with rentals is $8, with your own skates or for children 3 and under is $5. For more information, visit bokcenter.com or call 894-4242.
Vision of Arts. Where can you see more than 200 works of art known as some of the greatest pieces of modern artistry? Right here in Tulsa. "Auspicious Vision" (coined for its acuteness of its collector) is on exhibit at Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Road, until Saturday. "Auspicious Vision" is a collection of 227 works from Edward Wales Root, who collected a great collection of American modern art throughout the first half of the 20th Century. Root donated 227 works from more than 80 artists to the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. Now, for its golden anniversary, the collection is traveling around the country for others to witness its influence in the modern art era. $7.50 or $5.50 for seniors. Visit philbrook.org.
Warm Winter. Instead of mobbing the malls and department stores during the annual Black Friday festivities, take in family time at the annual Arvest Winterfest. Set in front of the BOK Center on Third Street, the festival invites families to ice skate on a make-shift ice rink or to watch from a warming tent. The festival also includes the display of Oklahoma's largest Christmas tree and the PSO Parade of Lights on Dec. 12. Take in the outdoor entertainment or the eggnog, apple cider or horse and carriage ride at the festival. The outdoor entertainment is free, to skate with rentals is $8, with your own skates or for children 3 and under is $5. For more information, visit bokcenter.com or call 894-4242.
Family Feud. Tune into Fox Sports Network at 11:30am for the annual Bedlam Series. Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma take to the gridiron in Norman at Memorial Stadium, 180 W Brooks St., for the intrastate battle. No. 11 OSU looks to lock up its fourth straight road win against the Sooners. However, OU leads the series 79-17-7 throughout the more than century-old rival and looks to add no. 80 to the record. So grab your team colors, flag and friends for this season event. Tickets are $99 if you're looking to travel to Norman. For more information, visit soonersports.com or okstate.com.
Ride Sally Ride. High-flying bicycle competition lands itself in T-Town this weekend with the last day of championships today. American Bicycle Association's Grand National Championships wraps up today at the QuikTrip Center, 4145 E. 21st St. BMX Pro members will race for a place in the final heats of the Grand National Championships, which will be hosted later in the day. At the end of the day, find out who goes home a Grand Championship and leaves others in the dust. See BMX riders such as Khalen Young, David Herman and Mike Brabant race for glory. Races start at 8am. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit exposquare.com or call 744-1113.
Dream a Dream. Pink elephants and animated rabbits keep invading your dreams? Want to know what it all means? Attend Dreaming and Visualization by metaphysician Terrance Bellows at Owen Community Center, 560 N. Maybelle Ave. As a part of the Holistic Community Series, he'll teach what dreams really mean and how to interpret those pink elephants and darn rabbits. Bellows will also explain how to connect your wisdom and inner awareness on a day-to-day basis. Class starts at 6pm. The fee is $10 and only for people 18 years of age or older. For more information, call 596-1485.
Sizzling Songstress. Five-time Grammy award winning soprano, Kathleen Battle, brings the holiday season to a high note with her performance at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St., in Chapman Music Hall. With music spanning more than 30 years in classical music, Battle performs from varying areas including Baroque and contemporary. She has also sung accompanied by some of the world's greatest orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Tickets range between $20 and $75. The performance starts at 7:30pm. For more information on this performance, visit tulsapac.com.
Familiar Faces. Don't miss a craving of Italian Salmon Salad or Italian Nachos from Cosmo Café. The new locale on Brookside, 3334 S. Peoria, still brings the sophisticated styling of its original sandwich, café and bar that was originally on 68th Street and Memorial. Take a bite of the honey ham and brie sandwich or sip on the Detox Cosmo. This place isn't in the cosmos, but its food certainly is. For more information, visit cosmo-café.com or call 933-4848.
Holiday Celebrations. The holidays start in art at the M.A. Doran Gallery with its 30th Anniversary and annual Holiday Show. This year's show is a culmination of thanking the artists, collectors and friends for their loyalty to the gallery throughout the years as well as a featured exhibit to the gallery's artists for the holidays. Works include artists such as Otto Duecker, Jeanie Gooden and Ron Fleming. Reception for the gallery opening is tonight from 5pm till 8pm, and all are welcome to attend. The show runs now through Jan. 2, 2010. For more information, visit madorangallery.com, or call 748-8700.
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