POSTED ON APRIL 28, 2010:
Thursday April 29
Last Chance. Time is running out to see The Masterworks of Charles M. Russell: A Retrospective of Paintings & Sculpture, before it packs up camp and migrates from Gilcrease, 1400 Gilcrease Museum Road, to the Denver Art Museum. This exhibition is the first major retrospective of Russell's work. Russell was one of the most important artists of the early 20th Century, and as a former cowboy, he was the first artist to portray the American West to have actually lived there. The exhibition will also feature some of his little-before-seen personal effects. The exhibition runs until May 2. Admission to Gilcrease is $8 for adults. For more information, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.gilcrease.org/"; www.gilcrease.org.
Friday, April 30
Two Peas. In touting its new record, Year of the Black Rainbow, Coheed & Cambria visit Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, along with opening bands Circa Survive and Torche. Coheed's music is a mix of alternative, progressive and punk rock, and its albums all tell part of a science fiction narrative called "The Amory Wars," written by lead singer Claudio Sanchez. This most recent album is a prequel to its other discography, which includes four other studio albums. Cain's doors will open at 6:30pm, and the show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are $29. For more information, visit cainsballroom.com.
Saturday, May 1
Long Day's Ride. If you cannot find the time to gallop to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby, then ride over to Claremore to celebrate in Oklahoma style with Derby Day at Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs, 20900 South 4200 Road in Claremore. Of course, Will Rogers Downs will be the horse racing resource with the simulcast of the Kentucky Derby at 5:15pm, but the day's events begin at 9am with breakfast and a handicapping lesson. The annual Derby Day is one of the track's biggest live race days, with stake races beginning at 1:35pm. Chart-topping band Ricochet will end the day's events with country music at 10pm. Breakfast buffet is $4.99. For more information, visit HYPERLINK "http://cn.pr-optout.com/Url.aspx?513886x27347x357740"; \o "http://cn.pr-optout.com/Url.aspx?513886x27347x357740"; www.cherokeestarrewards.com or call 283-8800.
Sunday, May 2
Guten Tag. Those craving some good old schnitzel and polka should look no further than the German-American Society of Tulsa, 1429 Terrace Drive, this weekend for Germanfest, an annual celebration of German-American culture. Musical and dance performances will be put on by musician Sepp Diepolder, the GAST Choir, Fold Dancers, Kinder Folk Dancers and Blaskapelle. Of course, there will be plenty of bratwurst, sauerkraut, schnitzel and potato salad to be had. Doesn't make you even more excited for this year's Oktoberfest? The festival is open 10am--9pm Friday and Saturday and 12pm--5pm on Sunday. For more information, visit HYPERLINK "http://0000rs2.previewcoxhosting.com"; http://0000rs2.previewcoxhosting.com.
Monday, May 3
Arrgh, Matey. If you have not been to The Buccaneer Bar, 1120 S. Harvard Ave., then you have been missing out on one of Tulsa's bars that just might have been your granny's favorite hangout back in her prime. This historic bar has the claim to fame of being one of (if not the) oldest bar in Tulsa and has been getting buck wild for 78 years. Why not start the week off right and check out a piece of Tulsa's history (and its pirates) with a drink in hand? Plus, check out their Ladies Night tonight from 9pm till 11pm. Call 584-4867 for more information.
Tuesday, May 4
Waka, Waka. It might be a month before the actual Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival begins in Arkansas, but the Mountain Sprout band does not mind starting this party a little early with the Waka Pre-Party Tour at the Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main. The jamming joy begins at 7:45pm with openers Dirtfoot and Moai Broadcast. It's never too early to start your Wakarusa party! Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door. This concert is open to all ages. Visit cainsballroom.com for more information.
Wednesday, May 5
Arriba! Always dreamed of celebrating Cinco de Mayo by cheering on two guys flying through the air in an attempt to be the first to put the other in a headlock? Well, this year your dream can finally become a reality with Eloté Café's, 514 S. Boston Ave., first Mexican Wrestling Ring. With the café's eco-friendly bar opening on this holiday, you might be trying out to be the next Luchador after a few shots of tequila. The first wrestlers will put their masks on and head into the ring at 9pm. That's not the only bout you can have for Cinco de Mayo. For a list of other Cinco de Mayo events going on in town, check out page 37.
Thursday, May 6
Exposed Art. If you are looking for some truly stripped down art, check out the Oklahomans for Equality First Thursday Art Opening and Exhibit, which will showcase Artistic Nude Photography by local artist Matt Johnson. An opening reception will be held from 6pm to 9pm at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. Fourth Street. Johnson, owner of Johnson Studios, has been capturing his exposed exposes through a camera lens since 2006. His work has been accepted into galleries in Eureka Springs, and he is now working to show off his pieces in his hometown of Tulsa. For more information, visit okeq.org or call 605-9894.
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