POSTED ON MAY 26, 2010:
Salute to Summer. Break out that barbecue grill from last summer, as itís time for the great American pastime of grilling. While youíre enjoying the outdoors, though, donít forget the real reason for Memorial Day is to remember the fallen soldiers who have fought bravely for our country for centuries. Fly a flag on the porch of your home or maybe visit a memorial thatís commemorated to the fallen soldiers. You could also check out the events being hosted around town such as the black-tie gala at Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Catoosa, hosted by the Folds of Honor Foundation, that will honor President George H.W. Bush.
Hi Chuckles. Dante might not be a familiar name (or possibly even face), but he could be as he does his stint at the Loony Bin Comedy Club, 6808 S. Memorial. He's won $10,000 on America's Funniest Home Videos, been seen cast on Last Comic Standing and holds the record for the most comedy awards presented to a comic at the BET Comedy Awards. He's one of the most well-known comics touring the United States, and he's touching down in Tulsa for a four-day gig. Plus, you can see local comedian Jay Dee emcee each night. Shows are at 8pm, Wednesday-Thursday, and 8pm and 10:30pm, Friday-Saturday. Tickets are $6 for Wednesday and Thursday, and they are $10 Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit loonybincomedy.com.
The Last Hurrah. It's so hard to say goodbye to a duo that's been around in the country scene for longer than a decade, but Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, better known as Brooks and Dunn, are making their last rounds. The duo has been traveling the country as a part of "The Last Rodeo" tour. Last year, the band announced its intentions to go their separate ways, and this tour gives the band an opportunity to say thanks and goodbye to its loyal fans at the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver. You don't want to miss your chance to tell them "I Can't Get Over You," one last time. Tickets are $35.50, $49.75 and $69.75. Doors open at 6pm, and the show starts at 7:30pm. For more information, visit bokcenter.com.
Dogged Weekend. The "dog" days of summer bring a special meaning to the QuikTrip Center, 4145 E. 21st St., this weekend. Mid Continent Kennel Club and Seminole Kennel Club of Shawnee hosts its Tulsa Roundup Dog Shows. More than 2,000 dogs will be participating in the five-day event, which features eight different breed specialties as well as the all-breed conformation, obedience, rally and agility competition. In addition, there will be more than 60 vendors on hand with special offers, information and treats for the dogs and dog lovers. Admission is free during the entire weekend. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music Camp. While tons of people might be heading to Pryor, Okla. for Rocklahoma, know that there are other festival options out there for you. The Backwoods Bash Music and Camping Festival hosts its major music fest in Old Walnut Creek State Park on Keystone Lake for "Good Music. Good People. Good Times." The festival is said to bring in "major" indie acts locally and regionally to perform. The headlining act for the weekend is the Red Dirt Rangers, but crowds can also check out more than 25 bands from five states, including Tulsa's own Sam and the Stylees, Ghosts and The Televised. The entire weekend is only $20 admission, plus you can camp out, grill and more during the weekend of events. For more information, visit http://www.musiclovr.com/backwoodsbash/2010/.
Salute to Summer. Break out that barbecue grill from last summer, as it's time for the great American pastime of grilling. While you're enjoying the outdoors, though, don't forget the real reason for Memorial Day is to remember the fallen soldiers who have fought bravely for our country for centuries. Fly a flag on the porch of your home or maybe visit a memorial that's commemorated to the fallen soldiers. You could also check out the events being hosted around town such as the black-tie gala at Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Catoosa, hosted by the Folds of Honor Foundation, that will honor President George H.W. Bush.
Not My Gumdrop Buttons. Return to Far, Far Away for a final time and in 3D as Shrek 4 plays at Cinemark IMAX Theatre, 10802 East 71st St. Married with children and as a celebrity in the kingdom, Shrek wishes for the days when he could stretch his ogre tendencies. He makes a deal with good, ole Rumpelstiltskin who sends him to an alternate Far, Far Away where ogres are hunted and he and Fiona have never married -- or even met. Dive into the final adventure with Shrek, Fiona, donkey and a very fat Puss in Boots as they try to return to the normal universe. Tickets are $13.00 for adults and $10.50 for children. For showtimes and more information, visit Cinemark.com.
O-O-Oklahoma. Native Oklahoman Andrew Polk takes his love for his home state a step further with The Oklahoma Series now displaying at Living Arts, 307 E. Brady. Polk focuses mostly in abstract art that is created through digital and mixed media, painting, drawing and printmaking. With the use of these different media, Polk creates art that can be static but not seen, only imagined. His artwork has been seen across the United States in Arizona, Denver and now in Oklahoma. The exhibit displays through June 24. The gallery is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, 1-5pm and Thursday-Friday, 1-9pm. For more information on the exhibit or the artist, visit livingarts.org.
Blues Weekend. As the festival season continues its domination, the Skiatook Bluegrass Festival is throwing its hat into the ring with its annual festival. Crowds will be entertained at the Skiatook Sports Complex, 3020 W. 133rd St. N., with bands such as The Hillbenders, Hankerin' for Hank and the Zoograss Boys. If you're in-between performances, though, check out several other activities available such as the Junior Fiddle Contest, Bluegrass Karaoke or check out the several food vendors on hand. The festival runs through June 5. Tickets are $20 for the entire weekend, $5 for tonight's Gospel Night or $10 on Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit www.skiatookbluegrass.com.
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