Thursday, October 1, 2009

What to Do in Tulsa This Weekend

Ottawa County Fair 2009

Anyone who says there's nothing to do in Tulsa has obviously never lifted a finger from the living room couch during a weekend in October.

If there's not a pumpkin patch and hayride nearby, there's the dozens of one-of-a-kind activities waiting at the Tulsa State Fair. If there's not a 10K to challenge you, there's a fall festival waiting to take the endurance of your appetite for fried cuisine to task.

In other words, don't dare utter that you're bored, else someone might smack you upside the head and then, mostly out of disbelief, take you out on the town and show you not only the error of your ways, but also a jolly good time.

To help you navigate the vast sea of things to do in and around Tulsa this weekend, I present to you, as heard every Friday morning on the KRMG Morning News with Joe Kelley, the latest edition of the TDT Weekend Rundown.

Tasha's Picks for the Weekend of Oct. 2


The Hubs and The Best Indian Taco at Tulsa State Fair 2008

Tulsa State Fair
When: Friday, 10am-Midnight; Saturday, 10am-Midnight; Sunday, 10am-10pm
Where: Tulsa County Fairgrounds, 21st and Yale
Corn dogs and spinney rides and a beer garden, oh my - catch all of that and more at this year's Tulsa State Fair. Feel free to gorge on the spaghetti-shaped ice cream, kettle korn on a stick and deep-fried bananas - after all, what's the Tulsa State Fair without it's acrobatic foodstuffs?Just promise not to puke on your kids when they whine and cry and beg you to ride the Himalaya with them and then march them up the street to Sears for new outfits and hair washings in the bathroom sink. Because I have no idea who would do such a thing. Weekend admission for adults this year is up to $10, with ticket costs for kids aged 5-12 at $6.


Entrance to Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum

40th Annual Zoo Run
When: Saturday, 8:15am for the 1-mi Fun Run; 8:45 for the 5K; 9:00 for the 10K
Where: Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum
Channel your inner cheetah and lace up your sneakers, because it's time to run like crazy through the Tulsa Zoo in the sixth largest race in the state. This event features a race for any pace, from a one-mile, family Fun Run to a 10K. After the dash enjoy live music, face painting and other wild stuff. Registration is $28 on race day, $23 if you pre-register. The Fun Run is $25.


Crosbie Heights Community Farm Potluck and Music Festival
When: Sunday, 2pm
Where: Crosbie Heights Community Garden, 311 S. Phoenix
Anyone and everyone, even our leashed K9 friends, are invited to this neighborhood block party and music festival. Check out the kids' art zone, and don't miss the bicycle-powered blender. This event is free to attend; just don't show up without your favorite homemade dish.


Dave Matthews Band with Willie Nelson
When: Friday, 7pm; doors at 5:30
Where: BOK Center
Ah, Dave Matthews Band - the makers of the soundtrack of my life during those high school and college years. I'm sure I'm not the only one who hears the words, "so much to say," and, without thinking, hits the trail to Gypsy Coffee House in hopes of finding a way to rebel someplace between here and there. After Willie (Willie!) plays his bit and Dave busts out the incredible vocals of Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King, don't forget to post the set list on your blog. Because I'll need to see it to survive. Tickets are still available, and they're $65.

The Red Alert CD Release Show
When: Friday, 8pm
Where: The Marquee, 222 N. Main St.
Catch this homegrown band on Main Street with special Oklahoma City-based guest, Crocodile. Grab a copy of the newest jams from The Red Alert on Audible Frequency.

The Decemberists with Laura Veirs & the Hall of Flames
When: Sunday, 7pm
Where: Cain's Ballroom
All the way from Portland, The Decemberists are at Tulsa's historic Cain's. Advance tickets are $31, or $33 on the day of the event.

N-E-W Trio
When: Sunday, 3pm
Where: Tulsa Performing Arts Center, John H. Williams Theatre
Like polished? Like ravishing? Like piano trio music? There's no better place for you this Sunday than the TPAC at the N-E-W Trio show. These guys - a cellist, a pianist and a violinist - are touring as they pursue graduate, artist diploma and doctoral degrees at the Juilliard School in New York City. As soloists, each member has won the School's concerto competition, leading to performances at Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Hubba, hubba. Tickets are $25.

Theater and Art

First Friday Art Crawl
When: Friday, 6-11pm
Where: Brady District in downtown Tulsa
Think you've got what it takes to crawl from Gypsy Coffee House to Wallace Engineering, Brady Artists' Studio, CFC Chocolatier, Tulsa Glass Blowing Studio, Tulsa Artists' Coalition, Chrysalis Salon and then (whew!) to Lola's? My bet is that you do, especially if it means unwinding at Club 209 afterward. The event is free, unless you don't yet own a good pair of walking shoes.

The Spontaniacs!
When: Friday, 8pm
Where: Heller Theatre at Henthorne Park, 4825 S. Quaker
Every Spontaniacs show is a three-act soap opera featuring characters you only think you know. Each act is created from scratch in front of a live audience. The players keep the show going with short-form improv games so that you, dear theatre goer, never get a bathroom break. Show content may be mature depending on the Spontaniacs' moods. Tickets are $5.

Art in the Square
When: Saturday, 10am-5pm
Where: Utica Square
Swanky Utica Square will be the backdrop for more than 90 Tulsa artists as they showcase the best of their works to promenading passersby. Look for art ranging from watercolors to pottery to woodturning. Each artist will be on hand to answer questions and to visit with art lovers. This event is free, even if it does celebrate what Utica Square likes to call "the art of shopping."

Charlotte's Web
When: Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 11am
Where: Tulsa Performing Arts Center, John H. Williams Theatre
If you weren't raised on this precious story of a humble pig, then I'm sorry, your momma just didn't raise you right. Tickets to this production of the children's classic are going fast, so get to the TPAC Web site lickedy-split if you still need some.

The Oedipus Cycle
When: Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm
Where: Howard Auditorium on the Oral Roberts University campus
Oral Roberts University Theatre will present three Greek classics all weekend long at ORU. The troupe will breathe fresh air into a timeless play by performing Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone as one, while recreating the atmosphere of ancient Greek theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors. They are available at the Mabee Center on the Web.

"The Stitcher" at Tulsa Sci-Fi & Horror Weekend
When: Friday, 3-10pm; Saturday, 10am-8pm; After party 7:30-10:30pm
Where: Tulsa Convention Center, in downtown Tulsa at 3rd and Houston
Catch a screening of "The Stitcher" with a Q&A with cast and crew following. Prizes and giveaways, along with the old crowd from the comic book store and Crystal's Pizza, will also be in attendance. A one-day pass is $20, or get in for the entire weekend for $30.

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

Angry Filmmaker's Workshop
When: Saturday, 11am-2pm
Where: Nightingale Theater
If you are a filmmaker in Tulsa and you're ready for some affordable continuing education, make it a point to be present at this workshop. Led by Kelley Baker, the Angry Filmmaker himself, for a mere $10, this is one golden opportunity for Tulsa film nuts looking to improve their game. Kelley will be selling and signing his Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide books ($10-25) after the workshop.

A Murder of Comics
When: Sunday, 8-10pm
Where: Nightingale Theater
It's been a long time since Jason Brown has brought his smart and irreverent comedy to the Nightingale. The Nightingale folks are really packing a punch this time around by serving up in addition to Brown Josh Mills, Paul Major, Brent Ford, Cade, Sam Higgins, Jay Dee and Susan Freeman. Tickets are $5.

Sports, Football and More

Oklahoma v. Miami
When: 8pm
Where: Dolphin Stadium in Miami

Tulsa at Rice
When: 6:30pm
Where: Rice Stadium in Houston

17th Annual Tulsa Memory Walk
When: Saturday, registration at 8:30am, walk at 10am
Where: Oral Roberts University campus
Choose between the 3/4-mile or the 2-mile track to benefit the Alzheimer's Association and the 75,000 Oklahomans, their families and caregivers struggling with this disease. It's not too late to sign up; visit the Memory Walk on the Web to learn more.

Dickens of a Ride
When: Saturday; Registration at 6am, ride at 8am
Where: Gazebo Park at Muskogee Ave. and Will Rogers Blvd., Claremore
If you're tired of your tried-and-true trails, give this ride a go. It begins in downtown Claremore, where you can choose to ride through the scenic countryside west of Claremore, through Oologah and on to the Claremore Lake area or through the rolling hillsides east of Claremore, all in enough time to be back by lunch. Don't forget to fuel up and grab some pancakes at the 5:00am breakfast. The ride supports the programs and projects of Claremore Main Street Inc., which helps to fund preservation and economic development projects. Registration is $15-30.

United States Autosound Competition International World Finals
When: Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-6pm
Where: Tulsa Convention Center, in downtown Tulsa at 3rd and Houston
Impressive title, even more impressive decibel levels. The dB Drag Racing Association and the USACi will co-locate the 22nd Annual USACi World Finals and the 12th Annual dB Drag Racing World Finals in downtown Tulsa. This championship of car audio is a must-see for anyone who gets googly-eyed over fully customized cars and their stereos.

Kids Stuff

Hardesty Regional Library

Renaissance Fair
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Where: Martin Regional Library
William Shakespear has lost his inspiration, and his plays will disappear if you don't help him get it back. Yikes! A world without Shakespear? No, thank you. See history up close, jam to music, get elbow-deep in crafts, battles and laughs. This event is free and for all ages.

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday; Check for times
Where: Expo Square Pavilion
Rev up for non-stop fun with three Disney blockbusters: CARS, The Little Mermaid and The Lion King. Then check out what's doin' in Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and the smokin' Disney Fairies (from the looks of the Web site, Dads, this show won't exactly be a total snoozer). Tickets are $20-36.

Halloween Stuff


Pumpkin Patches Opening This Weekend
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Throughout Tulsa
Check out Carmichael's on Friday and Livesay Orchard in Porter on Saturday, and don't forget Pumpkin Town, which opened earlier this week. For even more patch-a-rific destinations, check out my list of Tulsa-area pumpkin patches.

The Maize Haunted Maze Opening Weekend
When: Friday and Saturday
Where: 32506 E. 61st St. in Broken Arrow
There's more to do at The Maize than just get lost - paintball, for one. Campfires, cow trains, hay rides and rubber ducky races for two through five. The Maize will be open Fridays and Saturdays throughout October, as well as on Halloween. But, no one is exactly stopping you from going right now.

Opening Weekend of The Castle of Muskogee Halloween Festival
When: Friday and Saturday, 6pm-10pm
Where: 3400 W Fern Mountain Road
If you haven't made it down to Muskogee for this 60-acre Halloween-themed park, you're missing out on a Green Country tradition. With a slew of activities ranging from not scary to really scary, the admission price of $0 is one heck of a deal. Activities cost, though, but there are discount packages for that - check out the $15 Child's Fun Pack and the Adult Fun Pack for $20, both of which include a spooky hayride and a turn in the Ultimate Maze. Boo! And I mean that in a good way.

Opening Weekend of Nightmare XVII
When: Friday-Saturday
Where: Guts Church, off the BA between Memorial and Mingo
Scary indeed, especially if you're not warned beforehand about the "little chat" at the end. Tickets are $8, or $15 for an express pass. While the Guts folks say it's cool for kids, I wouldn't recommend it for any child who wasn't old enough to be mortally embarrassed by a parental unit's request that he take his lunch to school in a brown paper bag.

Other Stuff

The Hubbub

Last Saturday Cherry Street Farmers Market
When: Saturday, 7-11am
Where: 15th and Peoria at Lincoln Plaza
Join the vendors of the Cherry Street Farmers Market as they wrap up their 2009 market season. Plus, this Saturday gives shoppers a chance to donate fresh, locally grown produce to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. Live music this week will be provided by red dirt singer/songwriter Don Morris.

Becoming an Outdoors Woman 2009
When: Friday-Sunday
Where: Camp Waluhili (45 mins east of Tulsa)
Located right on the shores of Ft. Gibson Lake, Camp Waluhili's 219 acres of forest and lake shoreline offer a wide variety of habitat for the BOW program, sponsored by Camp Fire USA Green Country Council in Tulsa. Bring your tent and camp out under the stars and enjoy meeting new people and learning rugged skills. Check out the lessons firearms, fly fishing, night hikes, tracking and backpacking. Who knows - maybe you'll be the next mysterious new cast member on Lost. Cost ranges $205-220.

MayFair: St. Mary's Under the Stars
When: Saturday, 7-11pm
Where: 1347 E. 49th Place
Join other food and friends lovers to support the Church of St. Mary's and their many ministries, specifically the School's Education Trust Fund and updating technologies in the Parish meeting rooms. Part of this package deal will be a fine meal, a live auction and dancing. Ole!



Capitalism: A Love Story
When: Opens Friday
Michael Moore is at it again, folks, and this time he's after Capitalism. How does that make you feel? Rated R. For language. I can't imagine.

The Invention of Lying
When: Opens Friday
Don't tell anyone, but I have a monster crush on Ricky Gervais. Now, go see this movie and cleanse yourself of my madness. Rated PG-13.

Toy Story and Toy Story 2 3-D Re-Release
When: Opens Friday
Sid and Scud are terrorizing Andy, Buzz and Woody again - this time in 3D. Rated G.

Whip It
When: Opens Friday
Tired of being pushed into beauty pageants by her Texas parents, teen Bliss finds herself joining a roller derby team. Plus, Drew Barrymore, both in front of and behind the camera. Rated PG-13.

When: Opens Friday
Two dudes - diametric opposites - have found a way to survive a world overrun by zombies. The last Twinkie on Earth fall into their hands after all. Rated R.

It Might Get Loud
When: Friday, 7-10pm
Where: Circle Cinema
Love anything and everything electric guitar? Check out this documentary from the point of view of three significant rock musicians. Don't miss the live Skype chat with director David Guggenheim following the premier. Rated PG.

Script-2-Screen Independent Film Festival & Movie Biz Conference
When: Friday, 9am-10pm; Saturday, 9am-10pm
Where: Tulsa Community College Metro Campus, 909 S. Boston Ave.
Script-2-Screen is to indie film makers as Dfest is to homegrown bands. Check out the premier showing of a slew of indie films, panels of in-the-know folks in the film industry and the red-carpet gala at the end of the two-day festival and conference. Tickets range $8-30.


Lanna said...

Am I wrong, or is the Indie Emporium just next weekend? I went to the website and it just shows the 9th and 10th.

Tasha said...

Lanna, you're absolutely right. Sorry about that. It's all better now. Thanks a ton for pointing it out - I would have totally shown up at the VFW on Saturday and looked like a dorkus aurelius. You saved me!

Lanna said...

Phew - I know a ton of people volunteering (hopefully including myself) and we'd have all been in a panic! Thanks!

Amber said...

I'm exhausted just reading about everything going on in Tulsa this weekend!

Went to the fair last night for Ford Family Fun night - toured the fun house, rode bumper cars, ate raspberry popcorn, had a blast!

Thanks for the tips on the Nightingale Theater front, btw!

P.S. How's your standing in the Makeover War?

Brooklyn said...

1. Thanks for the corn maze listing!
2. I cry to miss the Decemberists. I can't go but would URGE everyone and anyone they can drag along to see this concert. For emphasis:

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