POSTED ON JULY 13, 2011:
Unforgettable Journey. Find the artist within at Theatre Tulsa's presentation of The Pitmen Painters. In 1934, five British pitmen turned in their picks for paintbrushes, making history and discovering within themselves artful expressions. Find new inspiration in these miners --turned arists at the Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Rd. July 7, 9, 13-14 and 16 at 8pm and July 10 at 2pm. Visit philbrook.org for more information.
Spice It Up. Dip, dive and drink up the spicy flavor of the Third Annual Salsafest. Try the spicy jalapeno flavored or the mild mango mix at Chapman Centennial Green Park located at the corner of 6th Street and Boston Avenue. The three categories -- spicy, traditional and alternative -- must include at least one Oklahoma-grown ingredient. Add a little heat to the summer at the chili-pepper eating cost or shake it in the streets with live Salsa music and dance lessons. Bring along the four-legged friends for the Chihuahua costume contest. Get smokin' at 5pm. Visit facebook.com/SalsaFest for more information.
Star Studded Night. Strut your stuff on the red carpet at Urban Tulsa Weekly's Absolute Best of Tulsa Music Awards. Rock, sway, scat, strum or sing-a-long with Artist of the Year nominees Angie Cockrell, Olivia Duhon, Chase Stites and Brandon Clark as they perform at one of Tulsa's biggest music events of the year. Hear who rocked T-Town the hardest at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 777 W. Cherokee St., in Catoosa. Reserve your seats at hardrockcasinotulsa.com/thejoint or by calling 918-384-ROCK.
Cultures Collide. Amine up at the 2011 Tokyo in Tulsa convention. Japanese animation comes to life with music, creative writing, gaming and fashion at this eccentric ride through the wild. Hunt down Vegeta in his Dragon Ball Z costume or come in disguise at Lelouch Lamperouge. All things anime explode on the scene at the Tulsa Convention Center, 100 Civic Center, July 15-17. Heroes of the cartoon world such as Kyle Hebert, Monica Rial and Freezepop are scheduled to make guest appearances. Visit tokyointulsa.com for more information.
Before Disaster. The 21st century saw some of the greatest architecture of the 20th century fall to ruins at the hands of terrorism. See them rise and the excitement surround the World Trade Center buildings in the Richard Quinney's 1969 historical photos. Once Upon an Island: Twin Towers Rising, leads onlookers through a different era -- one of hope and wonder in New York City. More than 100 slides are on display at Price Tower Arts Center, 510 Dewey Ave., in Bartlesville through September 11. Visit pricetower.org for more information.
Classic. Let down your hair and rock out with legendary Def Leppard at the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave. Lace up the platforms and go back in time to 1977 when the hair metal boy band made their head banging debut. The Sparkle Lounge rains down at 7:30pm and the Hysteria is bound to rock Tulsa to its core. Visit bokcenter.com for more information.
Checkmate. Beat the heat by heading down to the Rudisill Regional Library, 1520 N. Hartford Ave., from 3-5pm to get your game on at Board Game Day. Challenge the kids to a wildly exciting game of Uno or checkmate little sister into next week. Set up the Jenga tower and see who can keep it standing the longest. This Sorry, Monopoly, Backgammon kind of day is set aside for the 12-18 year olds. Visit tulsalibrary.org for more information.
Productive Sabbatical. Lock yourself in a room with legendary producer David O. Selznick, screenwriter Ben Hecht and director Victor Fleming as they pull together to hash out the final rendering of Gone With the Wind. See how the legendary film came to fruition -- surviving on a steady diet of bananas and peanuts -- in Moonlight and Magnolias at John H. Williams Theater, 110 E 2nd St., July 21-23 at 7:30pm and July 24 at 2pm. Visit tulsapactrust.org for more information.
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