You might have missed hearing me on the Morning News with Joe Kelley this morning on KRMG, but don't worry. I'll be back on the air next week. Until then, have a blast this weekend and get your butts to these events:
Kathy Griffin at SpiritBank Event Center. If you haven't been out south to check out Regal Plaza, you're doing yourself a real disservice. Take the opportunity tonight and snag a bite of the best Chicago-style pizza in town at the new, two-story Savastano's location before you head over to the SpiritBank Event Center for some laughs courtesy of comedienne Kathy Griffin. Tickets (pricey though they are) are still available at Indigo Joes in Regal Plaza or by calling the Spirit Bank Event Center at 369.9360. Doors are at 7, show at 8.
Brady District Art Crawl. For about a year now, galleries in the Brady Arts District have been joining forces to collectively open their doors on the first Friday of each month. Greg Gray, owner of Club 209, organizes the event, which involves the Tulsa Artists' Coalition Gallery, Club 209, CFC Chocolatier, the Tulsa Glassblowing Studio and Donna Prigmore's pottery gallery holding exhibit openings and other art-related events all on the same night, at the same time. The entire event is free and open to the public. This edition of First Friday Art Crawl starts at 6 at Gypsy Coffee House and ends at 11 at Club 209, so stick around downtown after work today and get ready to be enlightened.
Films on the Lawn, Second Saturdays at Philbrook. What's more relaxing than kicking back with some dinner and a movie? Kicking back with some dinner and a movie under real, live stars, that's what. Get your fill Friday night on the north lawn at Philbrook Museum with the 1967 film, Cool Hand Luke. Gates open at 7:30, and the movie starts at about 9. Cost is $5 for members, $7 for not-yet-members. Bring a picnic dinner, a blanket and a few lawn chairs. If you're still up for some museum musing on Saturday, come by Philbrook for free admission and a slew of activities from 10:30-4, ranging hands-on art projects to scavenger hunts. Highly fun for the famsters.
First Friday Night Concert at LaFortune. Bring your favorite lawn chair or blanket and sit back and relax to the sounds of a local band. Head to the Gardens of LaFortune Park - along 51st Street between Yale and Hudson - at 7 p.m. to get in on the action with Three Hour Tour, a classic rock band. These concerts happen free-of-charge each first Friday of the month, so be sure to tune in the first week of August for the next act.
Crayons! Improv. Ever been to the Agora Coffeehouse, in the Fontana Shopping Center at 51st and Memorial. Hip little place, it is. It's even hipper when it's full of local improv comedians. One of times will happen Friday night starting at 8 p.m. Bring $5 or risk being the butt of one of the players' spur-of-the-moment jokes.
PlayDate. Looking for something to do this weekend that's off the beaten path? Look no further than the Blue Dome Diner, downtown at Second Street and Elgin Avenue. Starting at 8 Saturday night will be games galore, food, dancing and general splendid-time-havin', totally filling up the huge space in the back of BDD. Just try to find this much fun under one roof anywhere else in town for the PlayDate admission price of $10. Everyone, from singles to couples to groups, is invited because, duh, everyone likes to play.
12th Annual Art of Barbeque. Thanks to Oklahoma Central Credit Union and the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, Tulsans can bear witness to a world-class barbeque cook-off, officially sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. For all the yummy fun, head to OU-Schusterman Center at 41st and Yale tonight starting at 6 p.m. and tomorrow 11-4. Folks can get the People's Choice Tasting Kit on Saturday for 10 smackaroos, and that's only from 11:30-2. There will be some serious cash to win at this event - think $10,000 - so come ready to compete, or just to enjoy some overwhelming deliciosity.
Tokyo in Tulsa 2009. Tokyo in Tulsa is a Japanese and Pop Culture convention centered on Japanese animation. Head to this event for music, creative art and writing, gaming of both the video and tabletop variety and fashion. This event is on all weekend, so head downtown to the Tulsa Convention Center for some non-stop fun starting today (Friday) at 2 p.m. Registration at the door is $40 for the entire weekend, $20 for a day pass. See the Tulsa Convention Center site for a schedule of Tokyo in Tulsa events.
You make me feel like dancing, Tulsa. Show off your own moves and learn a few, too, with Ballroom Dancers of Tulsa at their Friday night event. Come to the Elks Lodge at 5335 S. Harvard for $10 dance lessons with a island luau theme. Come at 7 for the lessons; the dance starts at 8. For more info, go to the Ballroom Dancers of Tulsa Web site.