Thursday, November 5, 2009

What to Do in Tulsa This Weekend

It's going to be unseasonably warm this weekend – highs in the upper 70s and lower 80s, if you can believe it – and it's your solemn responsibility to enjoy the noodles out of it. Good thing there are plenty of events rocking this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Tulsa to help you do that.

In this weekend's set of events, you've got your cage fighting and microbrewed beer-inspired events; your fashion shows and vampire book signings; your country music legends and your battle of the bands. Choose wisely, Tulsans. There's a little something for everybody.

Read on for the complete rundown as heard every Friday morning on the KRMG Morning News with Joe Kelley: What to do in Tulsa this weekend.

Tasha's Picks for the Weekend of November 6


First Draft, Fifth Edition
When: Friday, 5:30pm
Where: Blue Dome Diner, 311 E. Second Street
There's still time to get your tickets to the fifth edition of one heckuva beer tasting event, this year at the spacious Blue Dome Diner. Come for the beer – more than 40 varieties of craftbrew, including several from Oklahoma's five microbreweries – and stay for the food, the wine (yes, wine – homemade, even), the people and the celebrity-judged t-shirt contest. All proceeds benefit the Tulsa Press Club Foundation, which grants scholarships to journalism and communications students. Get your tix at Tulsa Press Club, 415 S. Boston Ave., or call (918) 583-7787.


Wings Over Tulsa/Freedom Hangar Dance
When: Saturday, 9am-3pm; 5-10pm
Where: Tulsa Technology Center, Riverside Campus, 801 E. 91st Street
The weather couldn't be more perfect for an event that will take you back to the romantic and turbulent 1940s. Take the kids to see historical aircraft flights and displays, vintage cars and military vehicles, historical displays and reenactors and the veterans' hall of honor. Then, plan to take up some valuable floor space at one of the biggest swing dances in the country at the Big Band Era event of the year, the Freedom Hangar Dance. If you don't know what to do with that space, grab some free swing dance lessons starting at 5pm. Dinner is served at 5pm (don't forget to pre-order), the pre-show live music and patriotic salute is at 6pm and the 18-piece Sounds of Music Orchestra will strike up at 7pm. In between dances, there's shopping for mementos to be done at the PX. Buy tickets to the dance, which are $17.50 or a table for $150, at the gate or on the Admission to Wings Over Tulsa is $5, or $3 for seniors and military in uniform. Kids 12 and under get in free.


Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School
When: Sunday, Nov. 8, 6pm
Where: Nightingale Theater, 1416 E. Fourth Street
You want some of the funniest people in Tulsa modeling just for you? You got it, and that meeting of theatre and life drawing is right here in Tulsa. Skip evening church service and bring your best pencils and $7 to Nightingale Theater Sunday night and get ready for a one-of-a-kind life-drawing experience. Dr. Sketchy's resident emcee Hilton Price welcomes fellow stand-up comics Corey Douglas and Daniel Fritschie to the state as models for an evening of comedy, posing and the unexpected.


Hed PE
When: Friday, doors at 6pm, show at 7
Where: Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main Street
Now embarking on the Insane Clown Posse Bang Pow Boom Tour, featuring Trip C, INFAMOUS and with SMOKE they gave their offering. Tickets are $16.

Freedom to Soar
When: Friday, 8pm
Where: Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Second Street
Gospel is in the water here in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and this weekend it'll also ring the rafters in Chapman Music Hall. Gospel artist James Fortune, whose hit single “I Trust You” spent more than 25 weeks at the top of the Billboard Gospel charts, will share billing with the women of RiZen, a group that brings R&B and soul to traditional gospel music. Tickets are $10-20.

Battle of the Bands with YAMS
When: Saturday, doors at 11am, performances begin at 11:45am
Where: Tulsa Community College Metro Campus Auditorium
Join this year's celebrity judge Jason Gilardi, fomerly of the alternative band Caroline's Spine, in judging local bands' musicianship, visual presentation, originality, audience response and professionalism. The winning band wins studio recording time and a professional band photo session. Audience participation will be encouraged – in fact, it'll be used to judge the winning band. Look also for some serious raffle prizes. This event benefits the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Alan Jackson
When: Saturday, doors at 6pm, show at 7:30
Where: BOK Center, 200 N. Denver
Imagine being a music star so great that one in every two households in the U.S. Holds a record of yours in their collection. Alan Jackson is that star, and he'll be rocking out in Tulsa this very weekend. Ticket prices are $49.75-$69.75.

Hank III and Assjack
When: Saturday, doors at 7pm, show at 8
Where: Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main Street
Featuring opener Those Poor Bastards. Tickets are $21.25 in advance, $23.25 at the door.

Dallas Brass
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Where: Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center, 701 S. Main Street
This group, a blend of traditional brass instruments with drums and percussion, won't let you simply sit back in your chair and stare at them through your opera glasses. They want you to be part of the production. Tickets to this brass version of the percussion show Stomp are $20.

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Where: Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Second St.
If you've always thought you could have kept up with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as they danced to fiddles and drums below decks of the Titanic, this weekend is your chance to prove it. Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland's premier fiddle ambassador, joins Natalie Haas, a young west-coast cellist, to create the sound of a full Scottish dance band with just two instruments. Tickets to the show are $28. If you seek to become a master of strings yourself, don't miss the two-hour workshop with Fraser and Haas that starts at 2:30. Tickets are $15.

Travis Miner and Rick Fortner
When: Sunday, 5pm
Where: Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. First Street
Tickets in general seating are $15, and spots at reserved tables are $20.

Oklahoma Swing
When: Sunday, 5:30pm
Where: Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main Street
This event, which annual honors outstanding individuals who live their lives up to the standards of Will Rogers, will this year salute Vince Gill. There will be world-class country-style entertainment, sure, but there will also be a roast-and-toast in honor of Vince. Proceeds go in part to Blue Star Mothers of America, Oklahoma Chapter 1. Tickets are $125. Presented by the Rotary Club of Will Rogers.

Great Music, Great Spaces
When: Sunday, 6pm
Where: Boston Avenue Methodist Church, 1301 S. Boston Ave.
Following a commentary on the architecture of BAMC, Tulsa Symphony Chamber Players will perform pieces from Tulsa's (first) heyday: poems by Dame Edith Stilwell, first performed in 1926; and Octet for Wind Instruments by Igor Stravinsky, first performed in 1923. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling (918) 596-7109. Pay $45 to see the entire Great Music, Great Spaces, which includes TSO concerts in the PAC Gallery as well as the opulent Crystal Ballroom in the newly opened Mayo Hotel.

Rob Zombie
When: Sunday, doors at 6:30pm
Where: Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady Street
Know a guy named Robert Bartleh Cummings? No? How about Rob Zombie? Same guy, same great modern Renaissance man. With special guests Nekromantix and Captain Clegg and The Night Creatures. Tickets are $35-$42.50.


Jason and the Argonauts
When: Friday, 7pm
Where: Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Second Street
True to the spirit of the Eddie Murphy movie, only two actors perform all the parts in this original production by Visible Fictions of Glasgow, Scottland. As the story goes, Jason and his “crew” must sail on the Argo to the other side of the world to find the Golden Fleece and bring it back to reunite his people. Tickets are $8.

God and the Ironing Board
When: Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm
Where: Nightingale Theater, 1416 E. Fourth Street
“In the beginning there was man” - and he screwed us! Check out three players – a matriarch, a gay man and a mental health patient – as they tell their real-life stories in the context of a play. Tickets are $20 Friday and Saturday, $10 on Sunday.

Open Studio Party with the Garden Deva
When: Friday, 11am-8pm; and Saturday, 10am-6pm
Where: Garden Deva Sculpture Company, 317 S. Trenton Ave.
It takes someone special to be able to make a living as an artist long enough to throw a 10-year anniversary open studio party. Lisa Regan, the one and only metal sculpture artist known as Garden Deva, whose work adorns gardens public and private throughout Tulsa and, indeed, the entire U.S., is this homegrown special someone. Check out local food, art and music and fire dancing – yes, fire dancing - all day, all for free this weekend. Lots of Tulsa vendors, including the Garden Deva herself, will be on hand to help you out with that lengthy Christmas shopping list.

Museums on Us at Philbrook
When: Saturday, Sunday, 10am-5pm
Where: Philbrook Museum, 2424 S. Rockford Road
Flash your Bank of America credit or check card and visit the museum free this weekend – that's a savings of $30 for a party of four adults. Things to check out while you're there: the Art in Miniature and Auspicious Vision exhibitions, the Exploding Collages workshop for kids aged 6-12 at 1pm and Guys and Dolls in the Saturday Matinee at 1pm. If you can, grab lunch at la Villa Restaurant, which serves food more than worthy of serving within the walls of a space like Villa Philbrook.

American Art in Miniature
When: Now-Nov. 8
Where: Gilcrease Museum, 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road
Bring a magnifying glass, folks, because these little works of art, limited in size to 108 square inches, are definitely worth more than a squint. More than 180 American artists are represented in this exhibition, continuing through Sunday. Get a preview of the pieces on the Gilcrease Museum Web site.


OSU v. Iowa State
When: Saturday, 2:30pm
Where: Ames, Iowa
Catch it on Cox Cable Channel 8.

OU v. Nebraska
When: Saturday, 7pm
Where: Lincoln
Catch it on Cox Cable Channel 8.

TU v. Houston
When: Saturday, 6:30pm
Where: Chapman Stadium

Pinto Horse Association World Show
When: Now-Sunday
Where: Expo Square in the Ford Truck Arena, 4145 E. 21st Street
Hundreds of horses, ponies and miniatures will compete for World Championship titles in this international event. Look also for a trade show featuring jewelry, tack, trailers and everything in between, along with glittering evening entertainment like the Denny Tuttle Memorial Versatility Showcase.

Freestyle Cage Fighting
When: Saturday, 7pm
thWhere: Osage Event Center, 951 W. 36th Street North
See Shonie “Mr. International” Carter go after OKC's “Mad Dog” Macias, two former top UFC fighters, this weekend at Osage Event Center in a mixed martial arts smackdown. A full dozen fights will feature fighters from Tulsa, McAlester, Pryor, Coweta and Fort Gibson. And don't miss the two female bouts, either. Tickets start at $30.

Tulsa's Mock Marathon and Half
When: Saturday, 7:30am
Where: Veterans Park, 18th & Boulder
Wish you could practice for the Route 66 Marathon, kicking off at Veterans Park later this month? Actually, you can. Head to Veterans Park early on Saturday to try your legs at 22 miles or, if you're holding back, 13.1. This is a casual run – no commemorative t-shirts or timing gear – and the cost is a donation of $5.

Other Stuff

American Girl Fashion Show
When: Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 10am; Sunday, 1pm
Where: Junior League of Tulsa, 3633 S. Yale Ave.
If the girl in your life is into anything and everything American Girl (and what girl isn't?), you'll rue the day you didn't take her to the Junior League's American Girl Fashion Show. Get started Friday night with the Patron Party, complete with dinner, a silent auction and gifts for all the girls in attendance. Saturday kicks off the fashion shows, starting at 10am and continuing at 1pm and 4pm. The fun continues Sunday with shows at 1pm and 4pm. The Saturday and Sunday shows both feature local models and include a gift for all girls, as well as refreshments. Tickets to the patron party are $50, and general seating at the Saturday and Sunday shows is $30. Buy tickets by phone by calling (918) 663-6100.

Tulsa Health Department H1N1 Walk-In Clinics
When: Saturday, 9am-12pm
Where: Expo Square Exchange Center
There's nothing worse than spending an exciting, event-filled weekend sick on the couch. The next worst thing might be standing in line waiting to be inoculated, but still, it's the second-worst thing. Plus, it'll ensure that you're healthy and ready to do Tulsa during the weekends to come. The vaccine is available to these groups: All children aged 6 months-18 years; pregnant women; frontline heathcare workers; custodial parents of infants less than 6 months of age; persons 19-64 years of age with chronic medical conditions. The Tulsa Health Department will continue to hold walk-in clinics as the supply of the vaccines increase, so continue to check back at their flu hotline at (918) 595-4500 for details. It wouldn't hurt to follow THD on Twitter, either.

Vintage Tulsa Show
When: Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm
Where: SpiritBank Event Center in Bixby, 10441 S. Regal Boulevard
If you like garage sales, you're going to love the Vintage Tulsa show. It's 35,000 square feet of collectibles, antiques, toys, books, pottery, glassware, records, dolls, clothing, furniture and, if you can believe it, more. Admission is $5 for adults, parking is free and kids under 12 get in free. Don't forget to snag the $1 off coupon from the Vintage Tulsa Show Web site before you head to Bixby.

Fall Furry Scurry
When: Saturday, 10:30am-12:30pm
Where: Hicks Park, 3443 S. Mingo Road
Dubbed a cornucopia of canine cavorting, this event is a fun-filled morning for dogs and their owners. Check out the 1/2- and one-mile fun runs, local pet-friendly businesses with booths full of goodies to ogle, doggie games and door prizes. Registration for the fun run is $15, but everything else is free and open to the public.

Teach a Friend to Home Brew Day
When: Saturday, 10am-4pm
Where: High Gravity Homebrewing & Winemaking Supplies, 7164 S. Memorial Drive
Yes, it's too early for Christmas music on the radio, but it's not too early to get in the gift-giving mood – that goes double for the gift of beer. Join High Gravity owners Dave and Desiree Knott at Teach a Friend to Brew Day. Members of the High Gravity Homebrew Club, along with men and women of FOAM (Fellowship of Oklahoma Ale Makers – a lucky acronym, if I've ever seen one) will be set up in front of the store giving demonstrations and helping you with your burning beer brewing questions. Pizza will be provided and new home-brewers can take advantage of discounts the day of the event.

If I Were Going, I Would Go To...
When: Saturday, 11:30am
Where: Tulsa-City County Libraries
Did you know Tulsa has eight sister cities in this world? It's true. This weekend, your kids can explore a few of them with Tulsa's libraries. For Utsunomiya, Japan, head to Owasso Library; San Luis Potosi, Mexico, will be at Collinsville Library; Zelenograd, Russia, at Martin Regional; Tiberias, Israel, at Herman & Kate Kaiser Library. These programs will feature music, food, traditional dress, games and more. These events are free and are all-age appropriate. Check back next weekend for more Sister Cities fun.

Tempted Book Signing
When: Saturday, 2pm
Where: Borders, 2740 E. 21st Street
Did you know the authors of the House of Night Series, including the runaway hit, Tempted, are a mother-daughter team from right here in T-Town? They've been on tour since late last month, but they'll be sticking closer to home this Saturday, so get your copies and your squealing voices ready.

Fall Drum Circle & Potluck
When: Saturday, 7pm
Where: Living Artspace, 307 E. Brady
If drumming is therapeutic, then this event just might heal your inner child. At the very least, you'll have a ton of fun. Bring a dish, a drum if you have one and enjoy some of Tulsa's best drumming community. Cost is $3.

Booksmart Tulsa: Ayelet Waldman
When: Sunday, 10am
Where: Congregation B'nai Emunah, 1719 S. Owasso Ave.
Think you could use some parenting lessons? Don't come to Waldman for PC advice. She just wrote the book on bad mothering entitled, you guessed it, Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace. Waldman, a mother of four, will bring to T-Town her views on motherhood that are so controversial that they caused a near mommy attack on Oprah. Admission is free, but it'd sure be nice if you brought two childrens' books with you for donation to McClure Elementary. Don't miss it.


Disney's A Christmas Carol
When: Opens Friday
Just in time to kill the buzz of your first eggnog of the year, Ebenezer Scrooge bursts into theatres, starting Christmas with usual miserly contempt. Starring the rubber faced Jim Carrey (who else?). Rated PG.

The Fourth Kind
When: Opens Friday
Aliens! A psychologist unwittingly discovers some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented. Starring Milla Jovovich. Rated PG-13.

The Box
When: Opens Friday
An unhappily married couple find a small wooden box on their doorstep. Surprise! It contains instant wealth. Problem is, it also instantly kills someone the bearer doesn't know. Bummer. Starring Cameron Diaz and James Marsden. Rated PG-13.

Coco Before Chanel
When: Opens Friday
Where: Circle Cinema, 12 N. Lewis Ave.
Even Coco Chanel had to pay her dues on the bottom rungs. This movie portrays Chanel's life from its obscure beginnings to the heights of the fashion world. Starring Audrey Tautou. Rated PG-13.

Kid Flix: Where the Red Fern Grows
When: Saturday, 2:30pm
Where: Gilcrease Museum, 1400 Gilcrease Museum Road
Set in the Ozarks of Oklahoma, this is the story of a boy growing up with the dream of owning hunting dogs of his own. After working and saving, he makes his dream come true. Help the kids learn the importance of love, friendship, persistence and faith. Admission is free. Rated G.

Guys and Dolls
When: Saturday, 1pm
Where: Philbrook Museum, 2424 S. Rockford Ave.
Gamblers, gangsters and the Save a Soul Mission are just part of what's in store in this comic musical. Starring Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and Jean Simmons.


Maria said...

You missed the TU football game Saturday! :)

Tasha said...

Didn't miss it, my friend - it's there, in the sports section.

Maria said...

Oh, I didn't JUST miss the TU game. I missed the entire sports section! BTW-- TU is selling $10 Wilson Holloway t-shirts with proceeds going to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of OK at the game and TU bookstore.

Tasha said...

Good news, Maria. Thanks for sharing. GO HURRICANES!

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