POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2011:
Grub 'n Grass. Toss the kids (not literally) into the Kiddie Korral, guzzle down a giant helpin' of award-winning chili and enjoy the good vibrations flowin' from one of three stages at the Bluegrass and Chili Festival, Sept. 8-10. Construct your very own beaded necklace or paint the kids' faces to look like ferocious tigers in the arts and crafts area. When the rockin', rollin', paintin' and eatin' is done, stroll through the car show and pick up a few goodies at the market. Speed to Claremore Expo Center, 400 S. Veterans Pkwy., to get in on the good time. Visit visitclaremore.org for more information.
Death Becomes Her. Be reincarnated with Veronica as she discovers that the afterlife isn't much more relaxing than her stressful worldly state was to begin with. Discover the true meaning of life with Miss Witherspoon, as she is known by her afterlife guide, in a hilarious and thought-provoking whirlwind at Henthorne Performing Arts Center, 4825 S. Quaker, Sept. 9-10, 13 & 16-18. Call 918-746-5065 for more information.
Encore, Encore.Weave through the fairytale melodies of Fate and Folklore as Tulsa Symphony opens their 2011-2012 season at the Chapman Music Hall in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St. Ride the mystifying sound of "Divertimento" into the heart-gripping melody of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4. Live happily-ever-after with guest conductor Jose-Luis Novo beginning at 7:30pm. Visit tulsapac.com for more information.
Moment of Silence. Honor victims and those who fell trying to protect and rescue during the most catastrophic terrorist event in the history of America at Hope, Healing & CommUNITY. Former Mayor Susan Savage kicks off the 9/11 Commemoration at 2pm at the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave. Celebrate America's resilience with tunes from Eric Himan, Little Joe McLerran and Red Dirt Rangers from 3:30-6pm, and mosey through the First Responder Street Expo in honor of Tulsa's finest. Visit occjok.org for more information.
Giddy Up. Saddle up short stuff and gallop through the Ford Truck Arena of Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St., to catch a glimpse of some big competitors in short-form. The American Miniature Horse Registry National Show trots into town Sept. 8-18. Cheer on 1700 miniature horses as they jump, drive and overcome obstacles at this year's fiercest mini competition. Visit shetlandminiature.com for more information.
Storming Sound. Rain, wind and Mother Nature's fury won't get to the stage this go 'round as The Flaming Lips heat up the microphone at Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady St. Jam through the pre-millennial alternative rock with the Okie-bred crew Sept. 13-14. Get psychedelic with "She Don't Use Jelly" or slide into the 21st century with "I Can Be a Frog". Morph through the doors at 7pm on opening night. Visit bradytheater.com for more information.be ailing you.
Classical Covers. Relax to the soothing tunes of Appassionata Duo at Harwelden Mansion, 2210 S. Main. Sway to violin strings of Tulsa Symphony's Jeff Cowen and float away as harpist Jill Wiebe performs Claude Debussy's "Clair de Lune". Pick up the pace and get your groove on when the duo takes on tunes from the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The evening begins at 7pm. Visit appassionataduo.com for more information.
Slingin' Sauce. Spice it up with a slew of sloppy sauces, saucy sounds and soulful stages at this year's Rock 'n Rib Festival, Sept. 15-18 at the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave. Try barbeque from the folks at Willingham's World Champion BBQ in Memphis, Tenn. or keep it local with The Pigmen from T-Town. Kick it Okie-style with the Red Dirt Rangers and learn a few tricks of the trade with cooking demonstrations from The Curtis Culinary Stage. Visit bokcenter.com for more information.
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