Friday, August 14, 2009

What To Do in Tulsa This Weekend

Catch the goods on what's doin' in Tulsa this weekend on this morning's edition of the KRMG Morning News with Joe Kelley? Good, because here's your second helping, plus a little something to wash it down:

Tasha's Picks for the Weekend of Aug. 14


1964: The Tribute
When: Tonight, 8 p.m.
Where: Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Chapman Music Hall
Celebrating their 24th consecutive summer in Tulsa, this group of Beatles impersonators are back to pay tribute to the Fab Four. This show has been hailed by critics and fans alike as the most authentic and endearing Beatles tribute in the world; in short, if you're a Beatles fan, you can't miss this show. Tickets are $23-$46. Whip out your mobile device and check out even more about the show and how to snag some tickets at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center mobile site:

Miss Center of the Universe
When: Tomorrow night, 8-10 p.m.
Where: Nightingale Theater
Think you've got what it takes to represent the spirit of downtown Tulsa's most cherished, mystic landmark? Or, maybe you think you've got what it takes to watch Nightingale Theater's take on the modern beauty pageant. The little theater at 1416 E. Fourth Street is the place for you Saturday night.

When: Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: New Mannford Ramp Campground in Mannford
Cardboard boat races, a BBQ contest, and a watermelon seed spitting contest, oh my. Get it all in Mannford Saturday at the Boats-Melons-n-BBQ festival. Be sure to stick aorund for the hot dog cookout, kids' fishing derby, and games like a three-legged race, a hula hoop contest and a water balloon toss. Admission is free, and live music will play all day.

Free Family Summer Picnic
When: Sunday, 3-7 p.m.
Where: Mohawk Park, 5701 E. 36th St. North
Grab your family, grab your friends and come out to the green, shaded expanse that is Mohawk Park. Get a healthy dose of the splash pad and playground, ice cream and contests and games before summer says sayonara. Don't forget to stop for some face painting, arts & crafts and a bite to eat in the shade of the trees, too. Bring the kids, bring your pets and bring blankets, chairs and your swimsuits. Note: Parking is $2, but the festival, which benefits the orphanage in Zelenograd, Tulsa's Russian sister city, is free.

Paul McCartney in Concert
When: Monday, Aug. 17
Where: BOK Center
If you didn't get enough Beatles action Friday night at 1964: The Tribute at the Tulsa PAC, pull up to the BOK Center to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its opening with a concert by Paul McCartney himself. Even if you don't have the cash for what promises to be one of the biggest shows to come to Tulsa in years, there's still some great music to be had at Third and Denver. Find a spot on ONEOK Plaza to catch to some tunes by Radio Radio, a favorite among local acts with a style influenced by U2, Cheap Trick, Queen and Depeche Mode. The four-man band was most recently featured at Dfest 2009. Good stuff.


Crosbie Heights 101st Birthday Block Party
When: Tomorrow, 12-4 p.m.
Where: Newblock Park, 1414 W. Charles Page)
Crosbie Heights Neighborhood Association will celebrate the 101st birthday of this historic neighborhood with a smashing block party. The celebration and events will include food and live entertainment by Tulsa acts Gwen & Larry, Ernestine Dillard, Kelli Lynn and the Skillet Lickers. Mayoral candidates will be at the event to answer questions and discuss city issues, and kids can enjoy the end of summer with a Jupiter Jump, water slide, face painting and more.

Illinois River BalloonFest
When: Today, 6 a.m.-11 p.m., Tomorrow, 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
Where: Tahlequah Municipal Airport
It's a bit of a drive from T-Town, but Tahlequah offers two days of hot hair balloon competitions, balloon glows, live entertainment, arts and crafts, carnival rides, a jeep rock crawling competition, a tractor pull competition and food vendors for families all over Green Country this weekend.


Rhythm on the River

When: Tonight, music starting at 6:30pm
Where: 41st Street Plaza at RiverParks
Like the outdoors? Love free, live music? Get it all at the new 41st Street Plaza at RiverParks tonight. If you forget to pack dinner and drinks, don't worry – concessions will be available at the park.

RiverWalk Crossing Summer Concert Series
When: Tonight and Tomorrow, 8-10pm
Where: RiverWalk Crossing in Jenks
Jared Tyler Band goes on stage tonight, and McTeggart Irish Dancers of OK is up tomorrow night. If you're on the prowl for something to do Sunday evening, RiverWalk's Wine & Jazz event is Sunday at 6pm, where for $20 you can sip your wine, savor some good food and relax the Monday's-a-comin' blues away.

Stars Go Dim Album Release Party
When: Tomorrow night, doors at 7, event at 7:30.
Where: Cain's Ballroom
Get the new SGD album, Love Gone Mad, for free with each ticket to this show at 2nd Stage in Cain's Ballroom. Pay $8 in advance to get through the door, or $10 at Cain's.

Lynyrd Skynyrd
When: Tomorrow night, doors at 7, event at 8
Where: SpiritBank Event Center in Bixby
The droves of Oklahoma Lynyrd Skynyrd fans will be crowded around the front doors of SpiritBank Event Center in Bixby tomorrow night to see the southern boys' and girls' favorite rock band. General admission on the floor is $25; reserved tickets are $45.

Wild Women of Oklahoma Jazz Concert Series
When: Sunday, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Jazz Depot, 111 E. First St.
Brenda Johnson and her trio perform. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and college students, $5 for high school students and younger. Tables for eight may be reserved for $20 per person.

Theater and The Arts

Crazy 'Bout Patsy

David Sedaris
When: Tickes on sale to the general public today, show is Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Tulsa Performing Arts Center
The literary world's super rockstar is coming to Tulsa again this fall. Don't waste time; these tickets will go fast.

Wizard of Oz, Opening Weekend
When: Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow at 2:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
Where: Tulsa Spotlight Theater, 1381 Riverside Drive
With Tulsans pining for more Oz after Wicked split last weekend, Tulsa Spotlight Theater comes to the rescue with its stage production of Wizard of Oz. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for children. They're available by calling 587-5030 or by visiting

Crazy 'bout Patsy
When: Tomorrow night, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Tulsa Little Theatre, 1511 S. Delaware
Sherrill Douglas pays tribute to the famous songstress through what's being called an uncanny sonic and aesthetic interpretation. Tickets are $25 and are available by phone at 430.5364 or online at

Other Stuff

Drillers Homestand

Tulsa Drillers Six-Game Homestand
When: Tuesday, Aug. 12-Monday, Aug. 17
Where: Drillers Stadium
The Tulsa Drillers are hosting the Frisco RoughRiders (Texas Rangers) and the Midland RockHounds (Oakland A's) in a six-game homestand at Drillers Stadium that began its run August 12 and will continue through Monday night. All games in the stand will begin at 7:05pm with the exception of the game on Sunday, August 16 that will start at 6:05pm. The promotions schedule will feature HD Night/50¢ Hot Dogs/DAV Card Sets tonight and fireworks tomorrow night. Tickets are on sale at the Drillers Stadium Ticket Office or online at

Great Grand Bobber Drop
When: Saturday
Where: Grand Lake
Driving around Grand Lake this weekend, you might spot 5,000 fishing bobbers being dropped from a helicopter into the water. Those bobbers will be numbered and dropped in the Honey Creek, Sailboat Bridge Shangri-La and Elk River areas by whirly bird. The lucky Okies who dip them out of the water over the course of the next couple of weeks stand to win some serious prizes, including a trip for two to the Bahamas. Admission is free.

Green Country RV and Boat Clearance Sale
When: Today, noon to 9 p.m.; Tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. And Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
Where: QuikTrip Center at Expo Square
This show of anything and everything in the world of summer recreational vehicles will feature 260,000 square feet of exhibits from the leading RV dealers in this area. Look for $50 million in the latest in deluxe motor homes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, camping trailers and more outdoor gear. Admission is $7 for adults and kids 12 and under are free.

Keeping Up With Keepers
When: Tomorrow and Sunday
Where: Tulsa Zoo, 6421 E. 36th St. North
Sponsored by the Tulsa Chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers, Keeping Up With Keepers is an educational program offered each year at the Tulsa Zoo. Kids and adults alike can get a behind-the-scenes look at what a typical workday is like for a Tulsa zookeeper. Proceeds benefit various wildlife and conservation groups.

LGBT Families Initiative @ Oklahoma Aquarium
When: Tomorrow, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Oklahoma Aquarium
Join Tulsa's LGBT Families Initiative at Oklahoma Aquarium. Bring the whole family and experience the thrill of the shark tank and more. If you think you'll be coming out (pun totally intended), e-mail volunteer Tara Saylor.

Nationwide Kiss-In
When: Tomorrow, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Where: Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. Fourth Street
All you need is love – at least, that's what the Nationwide Kiss-In is all about. The Tulsa incarnation of this event, sponsored by Oklahomans For Equality, will host couples, friends, family – anyone looking for a good smooch, really – who want to say loud and proud that there's nothing wrong with public displays of affection, no matter who you love.


Anonymous said...

Just as a heads up, it's a little confusing when you list things on these posts (which are very helpful, mind you) as "today" or "tomorrow" because if someone reads the post on Saturday or even Sunday, they have the wrong frame of reference. It would be more useful if it just said "Friday and Saturday", etc. Just my two cents.

Tasha said...

I agree - it is pretty confusing. I'll list the day from now on.

Anything else I could do to make these listings more user-friendly, everyone? They're for you to use and abuse, so let me know how to format them to best enable you to do that.

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