Thursday, October 15, 2009

What to Do in Tulsa This Weekend

Don't you love being that one person at the dinner table – or at the bar or at the candy stand, wherever it is you prefer to procure your nourishment – who knows more than anyone else about what's going on in Tulsa that weekend?

That's what we're all about on Fridays here at – giving you the power of social engineering through knowledge of all of the exciting, swanky, downhome, and straight-up weird things happening in this city before 8am Monday morning. The only bad news about subscribing to this blog is that you'll never again be able to loaf on the couch all weekend with a clear conscience.

It's a great weekend for football and the arts in Tulsa this weekend, folks – and you only thought those two things didn't go together. In case you slept through the audio version of the rundown of all that is this weekend's sports and theater productions and more on the KRMG Morning News with Joe Kelley (for shame!), scroll freely to avoid missing a single play.

Tasha's Picks for the Weekend of Oct. 16


Sleep With the Sharks
When: Friday, 6pm-Saturday
Where: Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks
Imagine falling asleep alongside a soothing Coral Reef, or waking up to a Bull Shark swimming right overhead - it can happen this very weekend in Jenks. Sleepovers at the Aquarium are a splash (tee hee!), complete with activities, dinner, breakfast, snacks, movies and maybe even a bit of shut-eye. Slumber under the sea with the whole family or, if you're aged 10-14, brave the high seas alone. Cost is $30, or $25 for members.


Football. It's all about the football.
When: All day Saturday
Where: Dallas, Stillwater or your favorite pub
The Sooners will be taking on the Longhorns late Saturday morning while the Cowboys will be gearing up to win their homecoming game against Mizzou later that night. If you can't hit the trail to Dallas, at least catch the game on Channel 8 with the folks who didn't leave the night before for Walkaround in Stillwater. For my fellow Cowboys out there, don't miss the Sea of Orange parade starting at the corner of Main and 12th on Saturday at 2pm (as if you needed to be told). Be sure to wave at Garth Brooks – he'll be there as a grand marshal, along with Barry Sanders and Robin Ventura.


Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead Skeleton-Making Workshop
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Where: Living Arts of Tulsa, 307 E. Brady
Expand your fall holiday horizons beyond all the tired trick-or-treating and participate in this cultural festival – you know, the one we all learned about in Spanish class – in a hands-on way. Kids as well as adults are welcome to build and paint a papier-mache skeleton for the Day of the Dead Arts Festival, slated for Nov. 1. The cost is $20, and families are welcome to go splits on a skeleton. Participants are invited to take part in the skeleton parade and dance at the festival. Register by calling 585.1234.

For the Kids

Pumpkin Town

Halloween Stuff to Do in Tulsa
When: Now-Oct. 31
Where: All over Tulsa
For everything from scary-but-not-too-spooky haunted houses to pumpkin patches to visit in the Tulsa area, head to this post from earlier this week.

The Fearless Honkah Hunters
When: Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm and 8pm
Where: Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Liddy Doenges Theatre
Forget the Ghost Busters – this is a new generation, and Gen Z prefers local paranormal investigators. Honkah, an ancient Muscogean word, describes spooks, spirits, ghosts and monsters – anything, really, that is bone-chilling. Now that you know what the heck Honkah is, there's something mysterious happening in Indian Country that will take a team of Honkah Hunters to investigate. The EMF meter is on, the digital audio and video recorders are powered up and your funny bone is ready to be tickled in this family-friendly production. Tickets are $8.

Mamma's Book Club: Where the Wild Things Are
When: Saturday, 11:30am
Where: Joe Momma's Pizza Downtown
The first book club event celebrating Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs was a huge success, and now it's time to get down with one of the most beloved children's books of all time: Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak. Get to Joe Momma's early for craft time, some fun with pizza dough (it really is fun – just ask my 2-year-old, an certified expert on good times). All ages are welcome.

Mommy & Me Skate
When: Saturday, 11:30am
Where: Tulsa Oilers Ice Rink, 6413 S. Mingo Road
What could be cooler than skating across an ice rink with dear ol' Mom? Plus, I hear there's going to be free cookies. Admission is $6.50, and skate rental is $2.50.

Where's Your Mummy?
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Where: Philbrook Museum
Gonna be a mummy for Halloween? How about an Egyptian princess? Better learn the symbols used in ancient Egypt, then. After, paint a scary sarcophagus. Cost is $7, or $5 for members.

On the Cheap

Chili on the Square
When: Friday, 11am
Where: Bartlett Square, at Fifth and Main in downtown Tulsa
This annual lunch-hour fundraiser for Blended Love, a local not-for-profit group that works with children of divorce, will fill the heart of downtown with the smell of chili to kick off the weekend. Check out the live music by local acts, too. I hear that even Mrs. Oklahoma Heather Rouba will be there. The cost? A mere $5.

Celebrating Safe Communities
When: Saturday, 10am-5pm
Where: LaFortune Park, 51st and Yale
The kiddos can compare their toy sheriffs' badges with the real thing this weekend at this showcase of area law enforcement organizations. Plenty of fun will be on hand for the kids and there will be food for all while it lasts. Plus, in the spirit of Crime Prevention Month, stock up on crime prevention and safety tips. This event is free and open to the public.

When: Saturday, 11am-5pm
Where: Village Vet Animal Clinic, 2026 W. Houston Street in Broken Arrow
Dress up your favorite pooch for the pet costume contest, a pet and owner look-alike contest, games for the kiddos and a visit from Safari Joe's. Admission is free and everyone, including all types of pets, is welcome.


Wayne Newton

Freaktoberfest 2009
When: Friday, doors at 7pm
Where: FlyTrap Music Hall
This shin-dig is the self-proclaimed most kick-ass Halloween party in Tulsa. Enjoy live, local music, and wear your best costume for the chance to win $100 cash. Plus, buy chances to win an electric guitar and a tattoo. Freaktoberfest, indeed.

OK Electric 09
When: Friday, doors at 7:30pm; Saturday, workshop at 1pm, doors to concert at 7:30pm
Where: Living Arts, 307 E. Brady
This ain't just new electronic music, folks – it's electronic multimedia. Check out Axis and Glass Magnet Friday night and The Constructs and Tim Kaiser Saturday night. In between, catch a transduction construction workshop with electronic musician Tim Kaiser for $10. Tickets for each concert event are $10, or $8 for members.

Wayne Newton
When: Saturday, 7pm
Where: Osage Event Center
Celebrating his 50th year in show business, Mr. Vegas himself will perform live in Tulsa this weekend. Let's hope he regales us with “Red Roses for a Blue Lady” - my favorite Wayne Newton tune. Tickets start at $40 and are available at the Osage Event Center Box Office.

Murderfest Tulsa
When: Sunday, doors at 1pm
Where: Cain's Ballroom
You can't miss the ninth edition of Tulsa's biggest, heaviest Halloween show, especially since it kicks off in just enough time for you to get home from Sunday school, change into less angelic garb and head downtown. Check out nearly 20 bands and try your luck for the title in one of several costume contests. Advance tickets are $9, or $13 at the door.


A Streetcar Named Desire
When: Now-Sunday, 8pm and Sunday, 2pm
Where: Chapman Theater at University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Drive
Like Tennessee Williams? The real question is, who doesn't? Head to TU this weekend to catch their theater program's production of the 1947 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Streetcar Named Desire. Call 631.2566 for parking information and tickets.

Lucia di Lammermoor
When: Friday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2:30pm
Where: Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Who doesn't love a tale of love, family politics, madness and murder? Try this 17th century Scotland rendition on for size. Soprano Sarah Coburn, the famous daughter of Senator Tom Coburn and a former Miss Oklahoma, has proven her ability to take any leading role to new heights.

Finders Creepers
When: Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm
Where: Sapulpa Community Theater, 124 S. Water Street
Two boys pack up and hit the trail to spend the weekend with their Uncle Bob, only to discover that he's a mortician and there's a funeral scheduled for Monday. It's not long before things start to go bump in the night. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students. Reservations are required, so call the theater at 227.2169 before heading out.

As You Like It
When: Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm
Where: Clark Theatre, 11440 E. Admiral Place
Be transported to the mythical forest of Arden and follow Rosalind, considered by many to be Shakespeare's greatest female character, who is forced to flee her evil uncle by disguising herself as a boy. Comedy and, somehow, romance ensue. Tickets are $8, or $6 for students. Call 669-6455 for reservations.

Eye Candy Burlesque Presents Third Time's a Charm
When: Saturday, 8pm
Where: Blue Dome Diner
If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing these girls perform then I highly suggest you get your poor, deprived soul to Blue Dome Diner Saturday night for this anniversary celebration. Catch guest performances by Hilton Price, along with Eva Chablis, Oliver Clozehoff, Scarlett Poppy, Shea Butter, Iris the Artiste, Xanaboobs (!), Slippery Sue (!!) and Katerina the Naughty Ballerina. Don't miss music by Sam & The Stylees at 9pm. Tickets are $12.

Dr. Sketchy's Tulsa Presents Lucky DeLuxe
When: Sunday, doors at 5pm
Where: Nightingale Theater, 1416 E. Fourth Street
Luck be one luxurious lady this Sunday. Lucky DeLuxe is coming to Tulsa all the way from Kansas City to post for your drawing pleasure. She's not just a burlesque performer with the Kansas City Society of Burlesque – she's also a stand-up commedienne. Bring your art supplies and $7.


Football: Oklahoma v. Texas
When: Saturday, 11am
Where: Dallas

Football: Oklahoma State v. Missouri
When: Saturday, 8:15pm
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater
It's homecoming time in Stillwater this weekend, and they're doing things up right for the Missouri game Saturday night.

Tailgaitin' on 75
When: Friday, 10am-2pm
Where: George Nigh Rehabilitation Center along HWY 75, on the northern edge of Okmulgee
More than just a tailgate party, this not-so-little shindig is more like a celebration of football in Oklahoma. College alumni players from your favorite universities will be on hand to sign autographs, and the poster machine will be in full working order so everyone at the party can take home a poster-sized image of them hanging out with their favorite athlete. A battle of the bands – high school marching bands, to be exact – will commence at 11am. Catch also the pie throwing contest, an ice sculpture, a tricked-out-truck contest, and more. Plus, Rep. Dan Boren will be on hand – for luck, perhaps?

R.K. Gun & Knife Show
When: Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 9am-4pm
Where: SpiritBank Event Center
If you like pointy things and weapons that go boom, head to SpiritBank Event Center this weekend to get a load of more than 500 tables of guns, knives and guns and knives accessories. Admission, which is good for both days, is $3 for kids, $10 for adults. Youth under 6 get in free.

Compound Pro Wrestling: Don't Mess With Texas
When: Saturday, 8pm
Where: Compound Pro Wresting, Third and Sheridan
The Texas faction is the dominant faction of the Compound. Can anyone put the smackdown on them? Head out to the grounds of Sheridan Avenue Christian Church to find out. General admission tickets are $5.

Other Stuff

RiverWalk Crossing, Jenks

Tulsa Fall Fling
When: Friday-Sunday
Where: Clarion Hotel, 2600 N. Aspen in Broken Arrow
At the event that claims to be the most fun per square dollar on the dance floor, look for dance workshops and contests showcasing everything from amateur swing to the professional, Dancing With the Stars-caliber stuff, complete with cash rewards. Tickets are $79.

Paws in the Park
When: Saturday, 9am-noon
Where: RiverWalk Crossing in Jenks
Love pet tricks? Get an eyeful in Jenks this weekend, along with a pet costume contest and works of art by man's best friend. Radio Disney will entertain, and plenty of pet supplies and goodies will be on hand for purchase. Paws in the Park benefits the Humane Society of Tulsa, which relies solely on donations to continue to promote responsible pet ownership. Adoptions are down 50 percent, and donations are looking even worse. Give a furry friend a second chance at life by heading to RiverWalk Crossing this weekend.


Tulsa Pipe Organ

Where the Wild Things Are
When: Opens Friday
Max is a rambunctious boy who feels misunderstood at home. What else to do but to escape to where the Wild Things are? In the book this Max kid seems like a real brat, but I'm sure he comes out smelling like roses in the movie. Rated PG.

Law Abiding Citizen
When: Opens Friday
An everyday guy decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets his family's killers free. A real feel-good kinda flick. Rated R.

The Stepfather
When: Opens Friday
When a troubled teen returns home from a year at military school, he finds his mother in love and busy planning a wedding with his soon-to-be-stepfather and new housemate. The new guys he wants them to become the perfect family. Then they all sit down around a campfire and cook smores and sing Cumbaya. The end...I wish. Rated PG-13.

Silent Film Night
When: Friday, 7pm
Where: Tulsa Technology Center in Broken Arrow, 4600 S. Olive
It's Silent Movie Night! Check out the 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera, plus a good vintage cartoon thrown in for laughs. Organist Bill Rowland will provide accompaniment on the pipe organ – cool as heck, right? Admission is free, the popcorn is free, and the lemonade is $5. Just kidding. The lemonade is free, too.

Red Fork Native American Film Festival
When: Friday, 6pm; Saturday, noon
Where: Tulsa Community College West Campus, 7505 W. 41st Street
TCC will host this 11th of Red Fork Native American Film Festivals – Oklahoma's longest, continually running film festival, by the way. RFNN is a presentation of of films that showcase the work of native actors, writers and directors, or entertaining and informational films that focus on the experiences of indigenous people. Look also for the Native American art market featuring paintings, pottery and all kinds of handmade items. This free film festival typically draws hundreds, so get around to early to grab a good seat.

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1 comment:

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