Friday, August 28, 2009

What to Do in Tulsa This Weekend

Can you believe the weather we'll be having here in Tulsa this weekend? I'm in shock. No temperatures above 86 all the way through to Tuesday, and there's not a chance of rain until time to head back to work Monday.

Whew, doggies. That's a lovely weekend, right there.

As my momma always said, there's no better send-off for an unusually mild Oklahoma August than a weekend chock-full of outdoor goings-on. As told on Friday morning's edition of the KRMG Morning News with Joe Kelley, here is your insider's guide to this event-studded weekend made in heaven.

Tasha's Picks for the Weekend of Aug. 28


International Year of Astronomy Sidewalk Astronomy with Astronomy Club of Tulsa
When: Friday night, 8:30pm
Where: RiverWalk Crossing (also Saturday night, 8:30pm) and Bass Pro Shop in Broken Arrow
With temperatures in the 80s and clear skies all around, the weather this weekend is looking to be rather choice for stargazing. Head to Broken Arrow or Jenks this weekend to take advantage of the uncanny knowledge and space-age equipment of the members of Astronomy Club of Tulsa, our very own group of local, amateur stargazers. My bet is that the kids will be begging for more, so bring a datebook to jot down the date of the next meet-up.

Midnight Movie at Circle Cinema
When: Friday night, midnight (of course)
Where: Circle Cinema, 12 S. Lewis Ave.
What's better than a movie showing at midnight? A movie showing at midnight in one Tulsa's most cherished movie house. Plus, the movie is Dead Snow, and it's about zombie Nazis. Just try to beat that with a stick. Bring $6.25 to buy a whole seat, but I reckon you'd only need the edge.


Hardwork Summer 2009
When: Saturday night, doors at 7pm, show at 8pm
Where: The Marquee, 222 N. Main St.
For an $8 advance ticket, it's impossible to get a better cobbling of local musical talent than this. This sixth event in the Hardwork Summer 2009 series will be an evening with the fabulous Fiawna Forte', Native Lights, Callupsie, Dead Sea Choir and Unwed Sailor. Tickets to see these Dfest darlings at the door are $12, or snag tickets beforehand at Under the Mooch Records or Dwelling Spaces.

The Paul Thorn Band
When: Sunday, 8pm, doors at 7pm
Where: Cain's Ballroom, Second Stage
I don't think I could say it better than Urban Tulsa Weekly did in this week's edition of 7+One: “Thorn's songs are conduits for that gritty part of the South where beleaguered wisdom is as likely from the bottom of a bottle of Johnny Walker Red as it is from the pulpit of an old country church.” Advanced tickets are $18, $20 at the door. Seth James opens.


Red Dirt Rangers 20-Year Anniversary Celebration
When: Friday night, 7pm
Where: Cain's Ballroom
Can you say free? If you can, but only if you're willing to throw down a few bucks to support charity anyway, head to Cain's Ballroom for some good ol' Oklahoma-style red dirt tunes by the one and only RD Rangers. See also Medicine Show and Turnpike Troubadours. All proceeds will hit the road toward a worthy charity.

Tulsa Boy Singers Annual Recruitment Concert
When: Friday night, 6:30pm
Where: Trinity Episcopal Church, 5th and Cincinnati
Haul your neighborhood vocally gifted boy aged 8-18 downtown Friday night to audition to join one of Tulsa's favorite choirs. Bid on goodies at the silent auction, and enjoy an hour-long concert by the Tulsa Boy Singers. It's all free and open to the public.

Equality Center Concert Featuring Rebecca Ungerman
When: Friday night, 8-9:30pm
Where: Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. Fourth St.
Don't know Rebecca Ungerman? You've been missing out, my friend. She's only the Absolute Best Female Vocalist of 2009, according to Urban Tulsa Weekly readers (and, trust me, UTW readers know a thing or two about good tunes). Pay $10 to get through the front door to see this woman belt out selections from her first solo CD, “I Just Want.”

My Solstice/A Good Fight
When: Friday night, 7pm
Where: The Marquee, 222 N. Main St.
Don't mess with local act My Solstice. Ticket prices haven't been posted, so check it out at the door.

Lee Ann Womack
When: Saturday night, 7pm
Where: Osage Event Center, 951 W. 36th Street North
When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, don't miss a class act like Womack, especially for chump change like $35.

Kawnar in Concert
When: Saturday night, 8-10pm
Where: RiverWalk Crossing in Jenks
Love Kawnar? You'll love him even more when he's free. Hit the trail toward Jenks Saturday night to catch him live at the RiverWalk Crossing Amphitheater. He'll be serenading the audience with spots from “Unclear” and “Be Dffrnt,” plus tons of remixed cover songs. And maybe, just maybe, there will be songs from A Hard Week's Night with local act P.D.A.


Birthing the Crone: Lisa Wilson's Crone Chronicles
When: Friday night @ 8pm, Saturday night @8pm
Where: Nightingale Theater, 1416 E. Fourth St.
Menopause? Madness? Mid-life crisis? Losing your mind? And all that jazz. This show claims to be a one-woman journey into the scariest part of growing up. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for TU employees and students. Bring cash, and not just because it looks good – it's all the Nightingale wants out of you commie credit-card carriers.

Kubos-Tesseract: Celebrating 40 Years of Living Arts in Tulsa
When: Friday night, 6:30pm
Where: Living ArtSpace, 308 S. Kenosha Ave.
Join Living Arts for a celebration of its 40th anniversary that will be unlike any other. Come ready to be involved. Look for local acts Brian Haas & Friends, Bryce Brimer, JD McPherson, Charlotte Rhea and Mark Whittig. The party benefits the new Living ArtSpace taking shape on Brady. Tickets are $50 and are available by phone at 585.1234.

IN public|private
When: Friday night, 7:30-10pm
Where: Heller Theatre, 4825 S. Quaker
Grab some buds and descend on Heller Theatre for an exhibition of 10 photo collages by Marty Coleman, depicting Tulsa anchors and reporters (including yours truly, along with the likes of Chera Kimiko, Lori Fullbright, Terry Hood, Kristin Dickerson and my bud Holly Wall and others) shown in ways you haven't seen on TV or in print. The show will help to kick off the grand opening of Heller Theatre. Ben Sumner, host of Up Late, will emcee, and there will be plenty of music and food and performance previews to go around.

Crayons! Improv
When: Friday night, 7pm
Where: Burnett Mansion in Sapulpa, 320 S. Main St.
If you haven't yet managed to see this fledgling improv act, this weekend, it's time. Head to one of Sapulpa's most regal and revered historic (rumor has it it's also one of the most haunted) homes and get in on the act as the Crayons! Kids set you up for laugh after laugh. A ticket is $10, and that includes dessert.

Other Stuff

Hibiscus Anniversary Celebration
When: Saturday
Where: Hibiscus Caribbean Cafe, 3316 S. Peoria Ave.
It's our one and only Caribbean cafe and bar, and this weekend marks the first anniversary of its opening on the swanky ground zero for food doods, Tulsa's Brookside. Look for live music and lots of yummy food and true-to-form, island-style drinks.

Tulsa 66ers Dance Team Auditions
When: Saturday, 10am
Where: Mabee Gym, University of Tulsa Campus
So you think you can dance? Grab $15 and get thee to try out for the 2009-10 66ers Dance Team. Check-in and registration starts at 10am, with warm-ups and auditions at 10:30.

Custom Knife Show
When: Saturday
Where: Tulsa Convention Center Conference Hall
As a member of the community of the food obsessed, I'm fully aware that a person can never have too many knives. If you agree, you should be at Tulsa Convention Center this Saturday to check out the custom knife show there, courtesy of the Knife Group Association of Oklahoma.

The Green Gala
When: Saturday night
Where: Harwelden Mansion, 2210 S. Main Street
The members of one of Tulsa's greatest green proponents, the Tulsa Young Professionals, will be getting down with their tree-hugging selves this weekend at one of Tulsa's most treasured historic homes. Look for familiar faces in the form of local artists, a “green” carpet, catering by Elote Cafe & Catering and musicians of the likes of Annie Ellicott, Eric Himan and Roger Jaeger. Come dressed to the nines and ready to take in all that a cash bar has to offer. Admission is free, but be sure to RSVP to TYPros Exec Chris Oden by e-mailing her at

Tulsa Raceway Park Goings-On
When: Saturday, starting at 10am
Where: Tulsa Raceway Park, 3101 N. Garnett Road
With events ranging from an autism benefit to a Salute the Troops tribute during the Midnight Drags that allows servicemen and women to get through the front gate free of charge, the Midnight Drags is packing more than pistons this weekend.

Just Between Friends, Continued
When: Through Saturday, 9am-7pm; Friday is 25% off, Saturday is 50% off marked merchandise
Where: Expo Square Exchange Center
There is no need to shop overpriced mall and department stores – at least, not when the Just Between Friends Sale is in town, and this weekend wraps it up for T-Town until spring. Find deals on everything from strollers to onesies to wipes warmers at this huge sale. We're talking 1,200 consignors and 100,000 items, sprawled over 58,000 square feet here, people. Bring cash, checks or credit cards, and be ready to pay a few bucks to get in – oh, and don't forget a laundry basket or bag to hold your items while you shop, especially on 50%-off day. In fact, bring an extra. It's for me.

Oklahoma Pinto Horse Association Show
When: Saturday-Sunday, showtime at 9am
Where: Expo Square Exchange Center
The Pinto is one diverse breed, and all the different types and sizes can be seen at Expo Square this weekend. Get more information by calling 744.1113 or by downloading the showbill from the Oklahoma Pinto Horse Association Web site.

Tulsa Oilers Alumni Game
When: Saturday night, 7-10pm
Where: Tulsa Oilers Ice Arena, 64th and Mingo
The good ol' days will return to the Tulsa Oilers Ice Center again this weekend for the second annual Oilers alumni game. Tickets at the door are $20, and that includes a postgame party with the players.


Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo
When: Friday night @ 8pm and 10pm; Saturday night @ 8pm and 10pm
Where: Circle Cinema, 12 S. Lewis
Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo is director Bradley Beesley's new documentary that goes behind prison walls to follow convict cowgirls on their journey to the 2007 Oklahoma State Penitentiary Rodeo. Be sure to hang around after the first showing (or arrive early for the second screening, depending on how you look at life) for a Q&A with Beesley, producer James Payne and former Oklahoma State Department of Corrections inmates and prison staff who were featured in the film. Yee-haw!

The Final Destination
When: Opens Friday
Teens tempt death again in the fifth installment of the hit horror franchise. And guess what? It's in HD. No, 3-D HD. Would I kid you about such awesomeness?

Halloween II
When: Opens Friday
The director with the coolest named ever (I could be writing of none other than Rob Zombie) picks right up where the 2007 Halloween remake left off, taking Laurie through a violent tale of psychological horror in the wake of Michael's rampage through Haddonfield.

At the BOK Center

Alan Jackson Tickets On Sale

When: Saturday, 10am
Where: BOK Center
Tickets prices range $49.75-$69.75 for this Small Town Southern Man's Nov. 7 concert. Even though Jackson has sold more than 50 million records and has had 25 No. 1 singles since kicking off his career 2 years ago, he still likes bologna. At least, that's what he said in the song.


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