POSTED ON JANUARY 20, 2010:
Seven Plus One
Jazz on Hand. The Jazz Depot, brings together two talented artists, Annie Ellicott and Nathan Fifield, for a 5 p.m. concert. Tulsa native Ellicott is a jazz singer and rising star who often performs at the Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. First St. Fifield is currently Tulsa Balletís music director, and he is a frequent guest conductor at Houston and San Francisco Ballets. While both artists have separately released albums, Ellicott and Fifield recently released a collaborative album entitled Something Tells Me. The new album, which will be available for purchase at the concert, features music written by Fifieldís late brother Joseph, who, like Nathan, was a prolific performer and composer. Tickets will be $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, college students and Jazz Hall members, and $5 for youth older than 12. Call 281-8600 for more information.
Modern Art. Every month at Philbrook brings a different speaker and a different feature, and it doesn't change in the new year. This month's Third Thursday at Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Road, features Eames Demetrios and his presentation on "Design vs. Style and Other Eames Philosophies." Demetrios is the director of Eames Office, which is dedicated to preserving, extending and communicating the work of designers Charles and Ray Eames. Demetrios is also the author of An Eames Primer and will present a lecture and discussion on the artists' work, processes, philosophies and influence in the world of modern design. The event starts at 5:30 pm, and the lecture at 6:30pm. Admission to the event is free with museum admission, $7.50. For more information, visit philbrook.org.
Helping Others. In light of the recent tragedy that has devastated Haiti, Americans have been coming together in efforts such as Tulsa Reaches Out, a benefit that will be held at Ida Red Boutique, 3346 S. Peoria Ave. The event features performances by several bands as well as a live auction with items from Tulsa area businesses, artists, musicians and celebrities. Sean Carass, founder of the Congo relief organization Falling Whistles, is scheduled to speak. The Red Cross will be collecting donations, too. If you're looking for a way to contribute, there will be several other avenues open for providing aid to this troubled area, including a $5 T-shirt, for which 100 percent of the sales will benefit Haiti. The benefit begins at 7 p.m. For more information, call 949-6950.
Pretty and Classic. Conductor Piotr Sulkowski comes to Tulsa Community College's VanTrease Performing Art Center for Education, 10300 E. 81st St., as a part of the 2009-2010 Signature Classics Season. Each month, a guest performer or conductor is featured in the series, and Sulkowski, of Krakow, Poland, is January's guest. He returns to Tulsa for a program that will include Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings and the "Adagietto" from Mahler's 5th Symphony, as well as a new work from Poland. The Signature Symphony Strings serves as the orchestra for this concert. The show starts at 8pm. Tickets are between $21.75 and $32.50. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 595-7777 or visit HYPERLINK "http://signaturesymphonyatttc.org"; signaturesymphonyatttc.org.
Jazz on Hand. The Jazz Depot brings together two talented artists, Annie Ellicott and Nathan Fifield, for a 5 p.m. concert. Tulsa native Ellicott is a jazz singer and rising star who often performs at the Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. First St.. Fifield is currently Tulsa Ballet's music director, and he is a frequent guest conductor at Houston and San Francisco Ballets. While both artists have separately released albums, Ellicott and Fifield recently released a collaborative album entitled Something Tells Me. The new album, which will be available for purchase at the concert, features music written by Fifield's late brother Joseph, who, like Nathan, was a prolific performer and composer. Tickets will be $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, college students and Jazz Hall members, and $5 for youth older than 12. Call 281-8600 for more information.
Travel to the Southwest. Eugene Brady Adkins, grandson of historical Tulsa figure and oilman Tate Brady, developed a love for the Southwest at an early age. For 40 years, he accumulated more than 3,000 works that focus on images of the American West. Now, "A Passion for the West: Paintings from the Eugene B. Adkins Collection" has come to Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Road, to showcase Adkins' collection. Museum officials have said, "In all, the Adkins' material includes not only outstanding paintings and other artwork, but also invaluable records of a unique and important collection that was created by a Tulsa native." The exhibit continues through Jan. 31. General admission to the museum is $7.50. For more information, visit philbrook.org.
Cultural Blending. Ballet is regarded as a beautiful dance with formal techniques and graceful movements and gestures that tell a story. Ballet Folklorico de Mexico makes a presentation of dancing traditions of Mexico at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St., in the John H. Williams theatre. In 1952, Amalia Hernandez founded the company and set out to preserve the Mexican dancing traditions. The company has won more than 200 awards for its artistic merits, and the music, sophisticated wardrobe and original choreography have made it a staple in the ballet world. Presented locally by Choregus Productions, the show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are $40. For more information, visit tulsapac.com.
Circus App. While many might be popping into view a classic oldie film or a new foreign flick, the Circle Cinema's Gallery 2, 12 S. Lewis, buzzes with art fanatics. In it, Scott Raffe presents his exhibit of "Circus iPhone." The exhibit features 24 photos, 12 each from the Circus Flora, a European-style, one-ring circus featuring The Flying Wallendas, and Zoppe, an Italian family circus that dates back to 1842. The cool part is that while the photos look like they've been taken more than 100 years ago, they were actually taken with Raffe's iPhone. The exhibit continues through Feb. 28. For more information, visit circlecinema.com.
Wood Up. What can you do with a 4-by-4 inch block of wood? That's the question that was posed to local participating artists, and you can find out at the first ever Block Party, hosted by Art Director's Club of Tulsa at Ralph Cole's Studio, 615 E. 4th St. Participating artists have been challenged to think outside of the box of wood and to create an art object by carving, sculpting, painting or anything that the artist can think to do. In the end, 41 pieces of art--in honor of the organization's 41st year--will be on display. Completed blocks will be auctioned off. Proceeds of the event go to support art students. Admission to the event is $4, and there will be a cash bar, too. For more information, contact email@example.com.
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