There's a lot going on in the T-Town area this weekend, folks, so let's strap in and get this show on the road:
FRIDAY, JUNE 19
Outdoor concerts galore this evening. Head to KingsPointe Village at 61st and Yale to hear Grady Nichols wail on the sax, or grab a picnic dinner and stop at LaFortune Gardens for Hot Rod & The Cruisers. Both events are free and open to the public and get started at 7 p.m.
Love the Tulsa Zoo? Show how much by showing your face at the 19th annual WALTZ on the Wild Side, held tonight starting at 7 p.m. at the Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum. Get your fill of food from 40 Tulsa restaurants as you take in 80 acres of African-themed entertainment and activities. General admission tickets are $150 per. Call 669-6614 for more details.
Got a killer salsa recipe? Put it to the test at the first-ever Tulsa SALSAFEST, kicking off at 4 p.m. at Chapman Centennial Park, downtown at 6th and Boston. Look for live music, salsa dancing lessons, lots of kids' activities, a salsa tasting and, of course, a salsa contest. Don't doubt for a moment that there will be delicious food around, thanks to Tulsa's favorite Fresh-Mex joint, Elote Cafe & Catering.
SATURDAY, JUNE 20
Maybe a concert is more your speed. If so, gitty up to Osage Event Center at Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino, 951 W. 36th Street North. Keith Sweat will be on stage, and tickets to see him are $40. Get 'em while they're hot by calling 699-7667, or stop by the Osage Event Center Box Office at the Tulsa casino location.
ALL WEEKEND LONG, JUNE 19-20
Got black gold running through your veins? Then it'd be more than fittin' for you to head to Glenpool this weekend for the Black Gold Days festival. It's the largest annual celebration in the city, and there will be plenty of crafts, carnival, gospel and bluegrass music to go 'round. Don't miss out on the Talent Showcase, Western music night on Friday and a parade on Saturday. For more details, visit the Glenpool Chamber of Commerce on the Web.
Enjoy peeping in rich people's windows? Then you'll really enjoy the 2009 Greater Tulsa Parade of Homes. Get your guides to the 150 homes on the tour today at your nearest QuikTrip location. Homes are open every day until Sunday, June 28, from 1-7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, especially those looking for tips, hints and inspiration on home improvement. Check out the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa Web site for more information.
The weather this weekend will be perfect for a drive to Bartlesville for the finale of 2009 OK Mozart. Check out the Woolaroc Outdoor Concert with Amici New York & Time for Three, the Classical All Stars Matinee and, of course, the Grand Finale Concert with Amici New York and Tulsa's own Tony Award winner Kristin Chinoweth. Hop on the OK Mozart site for ticket prices, availability and further info.
I like Pinto horses as much as the next person, but there's only one way to tell who's the champion, and that's at the Pinto World Championship at Expo Square this weekend. Horses, ponies and miniatures will compete for World Championship titles at this international event. Check out events like driving and jumping, meander through the huge trade show and hang around for the evening performances. Check pintoworld.com or exposquare.com for more details and scheduling.
You might get to see an emu race if you strike out for Fair Meadows at the Tulsa County Fairgrounds (21st and Yale). Races of the horse variety start at 6 Friday and Saturday evenings and a bit earlier at 4:05 on Sunday. Stop in at the Fair Meadows Sports Bar & Grill while you're around for crab cakes and a pulled pork sandwich. It sounds like a weird pairing, I know, but you'll just have to trust me on this one.
Opening this weekend is the much-anticipated-by-moi movie Year One, starring Jack Black and Michael Cera. A pair of loser hunter-gatherers are banished from their village and are forced to wander the old-testament world in search of redemption and, of course, girls.
Look also for The Proposal, the new Sandra Bullock romantic comedy also starring Ryan Reynolds. Dragon lady manager Bullock takes the hand of one of her underlings in marriage to avoid deportation to her native Canada.
AT THE BOK CENTER
Can you hear the girls squealing yet? The Jonas Brothers are coming to town Monday night at 7 p.m. Opening acts are Jordin Sparks and Honor Society. Prepare thine ears for high pitches emitted at max decibels.
Oops, she did it again. Britney Spears will be in concert at BOK Center Sept. 15, and tickets go on sale this morning at 10 a.m. Get your clicker ready and pelt the BOK Center servers within an inch of their lives.
Keep your peepers on this site for more updates on what do to with your weekends here in T-Town. Be sure to listen in to the KRMG Morning News with Joe Kelley (on the AM dial at 740 and the FM dial at 102.3) every Friday morning at 6:20 (brutally early, I know, but when it comes to doing Tulsa, the early bird gets a gold star for the day) for an brass tacks audio version of my weekly weekend rundown.
Cheers, kids. Get out there and live it up this weekend.