POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2010:
Kick off the scariest month of the year in true ghoulish fashion by haunting the Halloween Festival at the Castle, 3400 Fern Mountain Rd. in Muskogee. The gates creak open at dusk and invite unsuspecting fools to creep through Dracula’s hallowed labyrinth or spend an evening at Bates hotel where many of history’s most terrifying characters live. Since little witches and warlocks may not be fully prepared to come face to face with terror, Halloween Land provides a space where little ones can trick or treat and enjoy a dress up carnival that is spook free. The spooking commences each Friday and continues through Saturday and of course, All Hallows Eve will conclude the season’s festivities. Ticket prices vary. For more information, visit okcastle.com.
Coping. Ponchos and umbrellas are welcome as Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main St., hosts Citizen Cope and his newest studio album, The Rainwater LP. Storms are bound to stir as Clarence Greenwood entertains the masses with his gravelly and always-sultry voice, bare lyrics and stripped sound. Complimenting the tunes of Cope is Gary Clark Jr., a blues and soul musician opening the evening. A night of honest music, simplistic style and powerful instrumentation draws followers closer and ignites Citizen Cope fires in newcomers. The doors open at 7pm and the rain starts coming down at 8pm. Tickets are $28 for same-day purchases and all early birds pay $25. For more information, visit cainsballroom.com.
Creepy Castle. Kick off the scariest month of the year in true ghoulish fashion by haunting the Halloween Festival at the Castle, 3400 Fern Mountain Rd. in Muskogee. The gates creak open at dusk and invite unsuspecting fools to creep through Dracula's hallowed labyrinth or spend an evening at Bates hotel where many of history's most terrifying characters live. Since little witches and warlocks may not be full prepared to come face to face with terror, Halloween Land provides a space where little ones can trick or treat and enjoy a dress up carnival that is spook free. The spooking commences each Friday and continues through Saturday and of course, All Hallows Eve will conclude the season's festivities. Ticket prices vary. For more information, visit okcastle.com.
Until Then or Now. Decades of music will be remembered and celebrated as three-time Grammy award winner, Delbert McClinton stops at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main St., to assimilate newcomers and enthrall his faithful. The timeless artist tours through Tulsa with his latest album, Acquired Taste. McClinton's resume boasts singles ranging from country to rock, pop, jazz and blues, enough of a selection to keep audiences reeling for more. This blues brother at heart, always has a surprise up his sleeve to entice fans and wow critics. Opening for the all-encompassing performer is The Dustin Pittsley Band. Experienced in the Tulsa music scene, Pittsley is bound to bring some local flavor to Cain's dance floor. Advanced tickets are $26 and same day entry can be purchased for $29. The doors open at 7pm and the show kicks off at 8pm. For more information, visit cainsballroom.com.
Now that the Tulsa State Fair is in full swing and the first weekend of October has come and is quickly going, get out to Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St., and take advantage of the long-awaited cool fall air. While this year's festivities offer everything from the Rodeo to Disney on Ice, there are plenty of daily events that won't squeeze any extra cash out of that wallet. Go enjoy a thrilling BMX bike show or an amusing Sea Lion Splash. If by chance you've already been there and done that, check out the fair's more lively offers by swinging by the Birthing Center or Surgical Suite. For the betterment of all, it is best to discover what those entail on your personal time, this is surely not for the faint of heart (or stomach). In the beginning, middle and end of this journey, don't forget to stuff yourself with endless mounds of corndogs, funnel cakes, turkey legs and fried Oreos. Gate admission for adults is $10 on Friday through Sunday and $8 Monday through Thursday. Ticket prices for children age 5-12 are $6 and children under 5 are free. Visit tulsastatefair.com for more information.
Bite Me. Join synthesizing indie rockers, Vampire Weekend as they crone about their disdain for Oxford Commas and dream weave their way through I Think Ur A Contra. Front man, Ezra Koenig, and band comes out at night to sink their teeth into Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady St., and steal the life out of audiences. Dream pop band, Beach House and the global inspired and bred trio, The Very Best, open for the bloodthirsty indie rock headliners. These night dwellers invite living snacks, or spectators, to arrive at 6:30pm. Tickets are available for $32.50 and $35, depending on how close to the action one prefers to be. For more information, visit bradytheater.com.
Tulsa Talent. Welcoming known and the not so known Green Country aspiring artists is the Gypsy Coffee House and Cyber Café, 303 N. Cincinnati Ave. Guitars strum, piano plays, poetry rhymes and other more unorthodox events take center stage, aka the chair, and entertain coffee and tea drinkers from 7pm to 12am tonight. Any open mic hopefuls can feel free to register for a timeslot at 5pm. Hazelnut coffee and a wide selection of teas are available to console the attendees or compliment the performers, whichever may be necessary.
Owl City. Take flight with Soren, Eglantine and Gylfie as they carry audiences through an adventure of a lifetime. Coming to Cinemark IMAX in 3D, 10802 E. 71st St., in 3D, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole promises to steal adventure seekers and epic story lovers into a new universe as owls become unsuspecting heroes and cause viewers of all ages to fall in love with the endearing birds of the night. Based on the books by Kathryn Lasky, the presumed mythical Guardians have to be sought after by an otherwise average and head-in-the-clouds owlet, Soren. Joined by other young owls in the journey, Soren daringly seeks out the Guardians in hopes of defeating the evil Pure Ones and saving the owl kingdom. The soaring has begun and aspiring heroes or festering villains don't want to miss out on this adventure. For all the old wise owls, tickets are $13 and owlets that haven't quite reached that 12-year mark are $10.50. For more information and show times, visit cinemark.com.
Stained Pallet. The first Thursday of the month has come as expected and the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. 4th St., ushers in a fantastic local artist for display in their art gallery. October's featured artist is The Glass Station, located in Broken Arrow. The display brings inspiration, explosion of color and fused glass together to form stained glass windows, vases or simply decorative ornamentation to life. The reception begins at 6pm, launching Oklahomans for Equality October gallery showcase. The doors will remain open until 9pm and art lovers should not miss out on viewing this beautiful showcase. Visit okeq.org for more information.
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