POSTED ON DECEMBER 2, 2009:
Center Ring. Whatever happened to Ringling Bros.? Who knows, but in the meantime, check out another three-ring circus coming to T-Town. Carson & Barnes bring their world-class circus to Tulsa at the Pavilion at Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St. Featuring high-flying trapeze antics, elephants and other animals galore, the circus is a great place for the young and the youngat- heart to kick off the holiday season. The circus has an opening day special with $5 admission on Friday. Admission is $17 for adults and $10 for children on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit exposquare.com.
Live from Santaland. Ever wonder what it's like to be a 33-year-old Christmas elf? Tired of your run-of-the-mill fuzzy, family oriented Christmas plays? Then forget "The Nutcracker" and "A Miracle on 34th Street" because American Theatre Company is bringing Santaland Diaries to town for the third year in a row to Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St. Renowned humorist and essayist David Sedaris' experience as one of Santa's elves features Mike Pryor in a one-man show as Crumpet the elf. Crumpet is forced to deal with long lines, loud kids, Phil Collins and people searching for an "ethnically correct" Santa Claus in this sardonic journal about the dark side of everyone's favorite holiday. The show runs Dec. 3-12 at 8:15pm. Call 596-7122, or visit tulsapac.com.
Feeling Frosty. Born in sunny California and reborn in snowy Vermont, Robert Frost became famous for his pastoral poems inspired by the northeast. Now, the Tulsa Artist Coalition will bring three of Frost's winter-themed poems to life in a juried art show titled "Frost on Winter" at the TAC Gallery, 9 E. Brady. Local artists were given a chance to submit up to two entries inspired by the poems. The winning artists will be displayed and awarded with a $200 prize for Best in Show, three $300 Jurors awards and a $100 People's Choice award. The show runs through Jan. 2. Call 592-0041 or visit tacgallery.org.
No Ends Here. The Blue Dome District's newest contemporary bar/venue, Enso, 104 S. Detroit, will celebrate its grand opening tonight with music, fun and (obviously) drinks. Describing themselves as "a social bar with a setting for the artistic community and alike" and featuring free WiFi access, this non-smoking bar is sure to be a downtown favorite. The bar features live performances from DJs, acoustic performers and a monthly tribute to soul called "The Nitty Gritty." Sip on their Guiness Milkshakes, which are becoming wildly popular for the new club. Come dance, drink and socialize at the bar that is providing a "new vibe for Tulsa". Visit Enso at myspace.com/ensobar.
Center Ring. Whatever happened to Ringling Bros.? Who knows, but in the meantime, check out another three-ring circus coming to T-Town. Carson & Barnes bring their world-class circus to Tulsa at the Pavilion at Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St. Featuring high-flying trapeze antics, elephants and other animals galore, the circus is a great place for the young and the young-at-heart to kick off the holiday season. The circus has an opening day special with $5 admission on Friday. Admission is $17 for adults and $10 for children on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit exposquare.com.
Still Movements. In addition to an already impressive exhibit of local artists, Oklahomans for Equality brings the photographs of Robert Giard to Tulsa's Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. 4th St. Noted for his portraits of gay and lesbian literary figures like poet Allen Ginsberg, playwright Edward Albee and author David Leavitt, Giard is also well known for his landscapes and nudes. On loan from Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript library, this photographic archive focuses on his portraits and the work of local artists. It will be displayed until January. Call 743-4297, or visit okeq.org for more information.
Pucker Up. A call to the Kiss Army: Get out your leather and your black and white make-up because legendary arena-rockers KISS is bringing their world famous live show to T-town's BOK Center, 200 S. Denver. Formed in the early '70s, the band has been rocking audiences with massive hits like "Strutter," "Beth," "Rock and Roll all Nite," and, of course, "Detroit Rock City." One of the most successful touring bands of all-time, KISS provides a thrilling, fist-pumping and delightfully campy show. A KISS show is a must-see for all fans of hard rock and glam. It set the standard for arena hard rock, and it has yet to be bested by anyone in their 35 years as a touring act. Rock on. Show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets range between $29.50 and $128. Call 894-4200 or visit bokcenter.com.
Another Point-of-View. An exhibit featuring the work of painters Sophy Brown, Jerry Ricketson, Janice Sugg, Kristen Vails and sculptors Christian Burchard and Kirsten Kainz, the Fall Perspective Annual Group Show comes to a close today at Lovetts Gallery, 6528 E. 51st St. The exhibit's focus is on the reclamation and redefinition of the West, and indeed, the great states of the American West are well represented with Oklahoma painters Ricketson and Vails, Wyoming metal sculptor Kainz, and Colorado painter Brown. From a buffalo made of scrap iron to imaginative horses made of burl and to paintings of the vast, timeless prairie, this exhibition has something for even the most discerning art enthusiast. Call 664-4732, or visit lovettsgallery.com for more information.
Plead the Fifth. Tulsa will never be the same when Tampa-based group Underoath hits one of the four stages at Cain's Ballroom, 423 North Main St. Currently on the U.S. leg of their tour, these six guys have been shaking up the rock scene in heavy and experimental. Delivering its latest album, Lost in the Sound of Separatation, last year, the band will perform hits from this and the previous four albums. The show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are $23.25 in advance, and $27 for the day of show. For more information, visit cainsballroom.com or call 918-584-2306.
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