Thursday, September 24, 2009

What to Do in Tulsa This Weekend

Well, Tulsa, we've officially made it through the summer and into the first weekend of fall.

Not only are we set up for excellent weather, but there's also a full slate of events to keep us busy until time to head into the next workweek. Anyone who whines that there's nothing to do in Tulsa needs just one glance at this weekend's roster o' fun to know that we live in one of the most cosmopolitan, strange, funky and downright exciting cities in the country.

And now, as heard on the Friday morning edition of KRMG Morning News with Joe Kelley, here's how to get down with T-Town during this most supreme of Oklahoma weekends.

Tasha's Picks for the Weekend of September 25, 26 & 27


Greek Holiday Festival
When: Now-Saturday, 11am-10pm
Where: 12th and Guthrie
Opah! Tulsa's oldest ethnic festival is here again. Get your fill of everything from Turkish coffee to baklava to spanakopita as you sit back and enjoy the skilled moves of more than 80 authentically costumed dancers, live music and tours of the beautiful Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Admission is a measly $2 after 4pm; before that, it's free.


Oklahoma Championship Steak Cook-Off
When: Saturday, noon-8pm
Where: Trinity Episcopal Church, downtown at Sixth and Cincinnati
Get ready to salivate, people: This is the largest steak dinner in all of Oklahoma. Teams of cooks will compete in the grilling competition and vie for $5,000 in cash awards. At 5pm, guests can buy a 16-oz., certified Angus ribeye with all the trimmings for a mere $20. This meatastic feastival is sponsored by the Brotherhood of St. Lawrence. For still more details or to enter the competition as a grilling team, visit the cookoff on the Web.


STBC Sixth Annual Car Show
When: Sunday, 5-7pm
Where: South Tulsa Baptist Church, 103rd and Sheridan
We're talking 400 cars here, from Model Ts to Dodge Vipers. DJ Dale Turner will be on hand with some stealthy tunes, and plenty of burgers and dogs will be hot and ready for the feasting. Admission to the festival is free; you even get an autograph by Taylor Treat, a.k.a. Miss Oklahoma. STBC will accept donations of non-perishable food at the event for its Ministry Center in West Tulsa, so be sure to show up packin' at least a couple of cans.



When: Friday, 7:30pm
Where: Tulsa Performing Arts Center, John H. Williams Theatre
Who'da thunk it: Broadway-inspired tunes in the styles of jazz, folk and rock, all wrapped up in musical theatre and, of all things, electric violins? If you're reading this before Friday morning at 8am, you still have a chance to win a pair of tickets to this show over at Tulsa Art Blog. Bonus!

Sixth Annual Blues Challenge
When: Saturday, doors at 3pm
Where: VFW Post 577, 1109 E. Sixth Street
Joint the Blues Society of Tulsa as its decides who to send to Memphis at the 2010 International Blues Challenge. Plenty of food and drinks will be on hand. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.

When: Saturday, 5pm
Where: Naifeh Ranch, near Sapulpa at 9700 W. 81st Street
Help to raise money for Sapulpa High School engineering and science students and rock out to some sweet tunes by the likes of Earl Clark and Men Behind the Wire at the same time. Admission is a donation of $20, and all proceeds go to the school in honor of Woody Naifeh, who was a local engineer, wood carver, music lover, banjo player and all around Renaissance man.

Tulsa Symphony: The Music of Germany
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Where: Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Chapman Music Hall
Get your fill of Bach and Brahms, and I don't mean the candy and the ice cream. Ticket prices range $10-$65.

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey Album Release Show
When: Friday, 8:30pm
Where: The Marquee, 222 N. Main Street
JFJO has a ton of new material, and the guys can't wait to tell you all about it. Tickets for the show are available at Dwelling Spaces, Starship Records, Shades of Brown and They're $10 in advance, $15 the day of the show.

Daughtry Tickets on Sale
When: Saturday, 10am
Where: BOK Center
Daughtry will perform with Theory of a Deadman and Cavo at BOK Center Dec. 15. Tickets are $31.50-$41.50.

Taylor Swift in Concert
When: Sunday, 7pm
Where: BOK Center
Guys, you can't complain too much when the wife or your girlfriend drags you to BOK Center Sunday evening for this concert, which also involves one, Kellie Pickler. If you're just hearing about this concert for the first time, don't get your hopes of snagging tickets up too high – the event is totally sold out. Maybe you could still hear the show if you pressed your ear against the side of the arena. If anyone gives that a shot, let me know how it turns out.


HOT L Baltimore
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 8pm
Where: Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Forget Mrs. Dalloway and get down with this much seedier, less British edition of the day-in-the-life meditation. A tale of how the residents of the Hotel Baltimore (so run down that the E is missing from the marquee) meet and interact with each other during the course of a single day turns into a call for Americans to recover lost values and restore itself not just in its own eyes, but also in the eyes of the world. Be sure to meet my buds/power actors Justin McKean and Brigid Vance after the show.

Government Death Cheese: A Decomposition on Dying American!
When: Friday & Saturday, 8pm
Where: Nightingale Theater, 1416 E. Fourth
Anarchist healthcare reform shadow puppetry. What more could you want? Tickets are $5.

Rabbit Hole
When: Friday and Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm
Where: Heller Theatre, 4825 S. Quaker
Escape your own rabbit hole for one night and make your way to the newly opened Heller Theatre at Henthorne Park for this production of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner.

For the Kids

Sidewalk Astronomy
When: Friday, 7:30pm
Where: Bass Pro Broken Arrow; Riverwalk Crossing in Jenks
Did you know that it's the International Year of Astronomy? Well, it is, and the Astronomy Club of Tulsa is ready to help you get hip with the cosmos with their public observing events. Simply follow the giant telescopes.

Tallgrass Prairie Preserve Open House
When: Saturday, 11am-5pm
Where: Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Pawhuska
Saddle up for the 60-mile drive northwest to Pawhuska, home of the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, for an open house to celebrate 20 years of every naturalist's idea of heaven. Bring a brown bag lunch and stay tuned for trail hikes, naturalist walks, nature photography and driving tours of the lands where bison roam free.

Momma's Saturday Book Club: The Inaugural Edition
When: Saturday, 11:30am
Where: Joe Momma's Pizza downtown, Second and Elgin
Bring your kids for food specials, the making of a piece of art entirely out of meatballs, and a chance to toss their own pizza dough. Then settle in for a reading of the book most appropriate for this particular party, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Be sure to grab your chance to win passes to the theatrical release of the movie version of the book, along with gift certificates to Dwelling Spaces and Joe Momma's. Now that's what I call a nice little Saturday.

Education Rocks!
When: Saturday, noon to 8pm
Where: Veterans Park, 18th and Boulder
Looking for a way to make higher education possible? Look no further. Tulsa Community College has put together not only a clearinghouse of information on how you can rock the unsuspecting college campus of your choice come next fall, but has also amassed some of Tulsa's hottest musical acts for a free concert, just for you. See? Learning can be fun after all.

Smithsonian Day
When: Saturday
Where: Philbrook Museum
Enjoy free general admission for you and a worthy buddy, thanks to Smithsonian magazine.

Jellydots Jam
When: Saturday, 11am and 3pm
Where: Tulsa Performing Arts Center, John H. Williams Theatre
The Tulsa Children's Museum presents this Austin-based, eclectic rock and roll band that is known for its quirky, inventive songs about the feelings we all encounter in childhood: The disappointment of a dropped cookie, the excitement of racing toy cars or the freedom found on a bicycle. Tickets are $10.

Starry Safari
When: Saturday-Sunday
Where: Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum
Starry Safari, a Tulsa Zoo-sanctioned sleepover on the wild side, is just one more reason to be a member of Tulsa Zoo Friends. Check out stargazing and an Xtreme science show, along with dinner, free zoo train and carousel rides marshmallow roasting and songs and tales around the campfire. In the morning will be breakfast and a zookeeper chat featuring African penguins. For Tulsa Zoo Members only. For more info on the event and how to become a Zoo Friend, call 669-6603.

Guy Stuff

Tulsa Classic Car Auction
When: Saturday, 10am-5pm
Where: Tulsa Convention Center, Exhibit Hall AB
Behold and vie to own 150 classic cars, from classic vintage pickups to street rods and sports cars. Admission is $5, or free with an American Parking stub.

Tulsa v. Sam Houston State
When: Saturday, 6pm
Where: Chapman Stadium
Catch TU's home opener as they take on Sam Houston State. Don't forget to get your tailgate on before the game at Hurricane Alley and Tailgate Alley. Do remember to wear blue, as you'll look like a tourist (or worse) otherwise.

Strikeforce Challengers
When: Saturday, doors at 7pm, show at 8
Where: SpiritBank Event Center, at 101st and Memorial in Bixby
Fight, fight, fight! Watch the Cummings v. Kennedy, Mixed Martial Arts throwdown, presented by none other than Rockstar Energy Drink, for $25.

Other Stuff

Creek County Free Fair
When: Now-Monday
Where: Creek County Fairgrounds, south of Kellyville on Highway 66
If you're in the market to get revved up for the Tulsa State Fair, this is the way to do it. Check out horse and livestock shows, a carnival, free concerts, a hypnotist and monster truck rides, all ready for you absolutely free.

September Harvest at Stone Bluff Cellars
When: Saturday, 7:30am until midafternoon
Where: Stone Bluff Cellars, 24145 E. 191st Street South (get directions online) LINK!!!!
If you've never helped with a grape harvest, this is where you have to be bright and early Saturday morning. Join Stone Bluff winemakers Bob and Sandy McBratney as they take the fruit off the vine and then, in the flamboyant style of Lucille Ball, stomp the grapes to kingdom come. Bring comfy clothes, a pair of boots and get ready to work as hard in the morning as you'll play in the afternoon.

Tidy Up Tulsa with Taylor
When: Saturday, 8-11am
Where: Green Country Event Center, on 31st Street b/w Garnett and 129th
If you're a whiz with a pointed stick and a trash bag, don't miss this clean-up event coordinated through the Tulsa Metropolitan Environmental Trust, the City of Tulsa, the Tulsa Beatification Foundation and the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

Downtown Adventure Walk
When: Saturday, 9-11am
Where: Owen Park Community Center, 560 N. Maybelle Ave.
Discover downtown in a whole new way. Join this adventure walk will be led by a Tulsa native who will school you on Tulsa's heritage in art deco architecture. Grab a cup of coffee and bring the whole family along for this free – yeah, I said free – event. Be sure to pre-register by calling 596.1485, just to make your impending presence known.

Drillers Garage Sale
When: Saturday, 8am-2pm
Where: Inner parking lot directly in front of Drillers Stadium, 15th Street and Yale Avenue
The baseball season is over. That means it's time for the Drillers to clean up and clean out – this time, for good. Help Tulsa's favorite baseball team get packed and ready to head to their new downtown stadium by snagging some hot deals on Drillers stuff at the team's garage sale. Items for sale will be stadium picnic tables, folding chairs, TVs, stadium signs and concessions equipment – just what you always wanted. Team jackets, batting helmets, cracked bats and leftover Drillers merchandise will also be up for grabs. You might want to use the Gate 7A entrance next to the Health Department for access to the garage sale. Because the Drillers said so.

Tulsa Walk to Stop Child Trafficking
When: Saturday, 9am-2pm
Where: Riverwalk Amphitheater in Jenks
You, your business and/or your student group can help to raise money for STOP Child Trafficking Now! by participating in this inaugural walk. Check in is at 8am. Register at Stop child Trafficking Now! on the Web.

Calabash at Tidal School Vineyards
When: Saturday, 5:30-8:30pm
Where: Tidal School Vineyards in Drumright, 54560 W. Highway 16
If you love seafood, you'll love Calabash, a celebration of the old-school fishing community tradition of serving up fresh-caught seafood with live music and local wines and beers. The menu of the modern festival will feature crab legs, fried shrimp, baked white fish and fried clam strips, not to mention a hardy helping of side dishes and desserts. Bring $35, a mega pack of wet wipes, one of those plastic bibs with the lobsters printed on them and be ready to chow down.

An Evening of Wine & Roses
When: Saturday, 7-9pm
Where: Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S. Peoria
Love wine? How do you feel about food? If I just managed to grab your attention, then you need to be in Midtown Saturday night at the Tulsa Municipal Rose Garden at a fundraiser event for Tulsa Garden Center. Make a bet with your date about which of you can taste the a greater number of the 150 wines that will be available, all complimented by hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Tickets are $60 for Tulsa Garden Center members, $75 for non-members. Reservations and required, so call 746.5125 to claim your spot.


When: Opens Friday
At least this yet-another-coming-of-age-film-with-the-competitive-performing-arts-hook is a remake of the 1980 hit film of the same name. Redeemed! Rated PG.

When: Opens Friday
Murderous warriors. Erased memories. Deep space. Sounds like the movie version of my laundry room. Rated R.

When: Opens Friday
In this movie, Stepford Wives meets The Matrix meets Second Life meets Bruce Willis. Mmm...Bruce Willis. Rated PG-13.

Midnight Movie at Circle Cinema
When: Friday and Saturday, 11pm
Where: Circle Cinema
It's Aliens this time around. These Midnight Movie events are an absolute blast. If you've never been, go. It's your one excuse to wear pajama pants in public. Tickets are $8.25.


Brigid said...

Thanks for the plug! You're a dollface.

Maria said...

As a TU and college football loving woman, I don't think "guy stuff" is an accurate description for the TU football game! Gender stereotypes be damned!

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