Thursday, November 19, 2009

What To Do in Tulsa This Weekend

Thanks to nosediving temperatures and our proximity to Turkey Day, it's really beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in T-Town.

Holiday activities are either getting started or ramping up starting Friday night, and there will only be more ways to enjoy the season as we press on toward the night of Santa's yearly trek across what are, thanks to our zany weather here in the great state of Oklahoma, the best weather radars in the country. The fat man doesn't get past nobody 'round these parts.

If you're not quite ready to get neck-deep in holiday cheer, there's plenty to do around town that's just about as far from Christmas as Independence Day. Check the music, art and sports circuits for ways to work out your wiggles before the workweek intrudes on a perfectly good Monday morning.

As heard every Friday morning on the KRMG Morning News with Joe Kelley, this is what to do in Tulsa this weekend.

Tasha's Picks for the Weekend of November 20


Holiday Open House in Jenks
When: Friday-Sunday
Where: Main Street Jenks; Lights On at RiverWalk Crossing Friday night, 5:30-8:30pm
In case the video above - which, by the way, has nothing to do with Jenks or Oklahoma but is practically required YouTube viewing at this time of year - can't manage to put you in the holiday spirit, carriage rides, Santa pictures and a holiday hometown parade are guaranteed to get the job done. There's even a little something for your wallet in all this Christmas craziness: It's a sales tax holiday weekend at participating Main Street Jenks shops, which means you get a discount equal to state and local taxes on all the gifts you buy this weekend. Woot! Don't forget to head to the Lion's Club at 211 N. Elm Saturday morning for a pancake breakfast. Get more details on Holiday Open House weekend here.


Champagne & Chocolate Holiday Gala
When: Saturday, 6-10pm
Where: Living Arts, 307 E. Brady
And you thought no one made corsets anymore. This weekend, take your chance to pore over works by 100 of the best artists in the state, including those of Nicole Moan, expert ceramic corset artist and craftswoman. Heck, you could even model a corset yourself – no, really, there will be an opportunity to do that at this event. Other original pieces have been priced to fit the holiday budget so that everyone can enjoy the privilege of the collecting of art. Plus, look for complimentary champagne and chocolates, plus hors d'oeuvres provided by Tulsa's finest local vendors and chocolatiers. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Patron tickets, which grant admission to a preview party and first dibs on all art work, are $250, all of which can go toward the purchase of art.


Route 66 Marathon
When: Sunday, starting at 7:30am, with the Expo Friday-Saturday
Where: Veterans Park, 18th and Boulder; Tulsa Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A, 100 Civic Center
It might be too late to start training, but it's not too late to register to run in one of the Route 66 Marathon runs. Get thee to the Health and Fitness Expo at Tulsa Convention Center Friday, 11am-6pm, or Saturday, 10am-6pm, to do the deal. Then, bright and early on Sunday morning (at 7:30am for full-, half- and relay-marathoners), lace up those sneaks and pound the pavement, baby. Good luck to all you gnarly runners out there, and don't forget to load up on lots of yummy carbs. I hear there's a pasta dinner at Dilly Deli Saturday night, starting at 5:30 where a trip through the pasta buffet runs $10 (be sure to call Fleet Feet at (918) 492-3338 to RSVP). At about 1/10th of a mile from the finish line, be sure to shield your eyes from the sun that will be gleaming from the chrome on dozens of classic cars on display in the Route 66 Marathon classic car show.


The Greencards
When: Friday, doors at 7pm
Where: Emerson Hall at All Souls Unitarian Church, 2952 S. Peoria Ave.
Their fascination with American roots music, bluegrass especially, drew singer/bassist Carol Young and multiple string-instrument master Kym Warner and violinist Eamon McLoughlin to perform together. Now, with an Americana Music Award and a Grammy nomination under their belts, they're coming to Tulsa to play for us. Tickets are $15, or $13 for students.

Dirtfoot with Randy Crouch
When: Friday, 7pm
Where: Flytrap Music Hall, 514 E. Second Street
The only front porch, whiskey swillin', foot stomping, gypsy, punk, country, grumble, boogie band in the land – and one of my personal and very favorite music acts, too. Randy Crouch opens. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Gaither Vocal Band Reunited Tour 2009
When: Saturday, 6pm
Where: Mabee Center, 7777 S. Lewis Ave.
The GVB got its start in the early 1980s with four guys singing around a piano backstage before a Bill Gaither Trio concert. Gary McSpadden, Steve Green, Lee Young and Bill Gaither were just having themselves a good ol' time, harmonizing on “Your First Day in Heaven,” when Bill decided they should try out their new sound on a live audience that very night. Now, a quarter-century later, you gospel lovers can reap the benefits. Tickets are $35.50 and $45.50.

Big Smith Live
When: Saturday, doors at 7pm
Where: Flytrap Music Hall, 514 E. Second Street
Check out this band from Springfield composed of five cousins and a fiddle player, cranking out raucous acoustic music that captures the spirit of their native Ozarks. Tickets are $8, or $10 at the door.

Tulsa Symphony: The Music of America
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Where: Tulsa PAC, Chapman Music Hall, 110 E. Second Street
Get ready for some jazz, swing and showtunes in this exhibition of music Americana. Guest trumpeter Walter White put together the arrangements for all of the Great American Songbook selections performed for the evening, including artists from Gershwin to Ellington. Tickets are $10-65.

Generation Bridge in Concert
When: Saturday, 10pm
Where: Club 209, 209 N. Boulder
If the word “unplugged” describes your music more than how you like your blankets at this time of year, head to Club 209 for a set by this local acoustic duo. There's no cover charge, and there's plenty of local art on the walls of ogle.

The Rev. Cortez Rex in “The Rev. James Cleveland Story”
When: Sunday, 5pm
Where: Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. First Street
General admission seating is $15, or $22 for a chair at a table of reserved seating.

I Musici de Montreal with Guest Pianist Katherine Chi
When: Sunday, 3pm
Where: Tulsa PAC, John H. Williams Theatre, 110 E. Second Street
This chamber orchestra of 15 musicians presents a vast repertoire, extending from the baroque to the contemporary. The orchestra presents a busy schedule of over 100 concerts per session per season throughout the world, including three prestigious series in Montreal. The program will include Mozart: Divertimento in D Major; Elgar: Serenade for Strings in E Minor; Chopin: Variations in B-Flat Major on Mozart's La ci darem la mano; Dvorak: Serenade for Strings in E Major. Tickets are $25.

Social Genosyde, StArBox, The Dancing Bear, Colin and Scott Band and More
When: Sunday, doors at 6pm
Where: Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main Street
Also with Joy Kasper, The Fiascos and Milos Fare. Admission is $12.

Arts and Theatre

The Rivalry
When: Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 1:30pm, 7:30pm
Where: Gilcrease Museum, Tom Gilcrease Jr. Auditorium, 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road
Get ready, history buffs, because some of the most famous debates in U.S. History, namely the 1858 debates between Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln, will come to life this weekend. The Vincent Downing Theatre Company will bring its full cast from off-Broadway performances at The Irish Repertory Theatre for the Tulsa performances. Tickets are $30, or $25 for members and $8 for students.

Indwelling: An ORU Dance Concert
When: Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm
Where: Oral Roberts University, Howard Auditorium, 7777 S. Lewis Ave.
The ORU Dance department kicks off its season this weekend with a diverse collection of dance works from the historical Pas de Quatre to fresh, contemporary works to flamenco, rhythm tap and new works from the fundamentals and advanced choreography courses. Tickets are $10, or $7 for students and seniors, and are available via the Mabee Center ticket office.

When: Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm
Where: TCC Van Trease PACE, 10300 E. 81st Street
Looking for a Greek name for your baby? Choose here: Set in the city of Argos a few years after the Trojan war, this tragic play by Sophocles is based around the character of Elektra and the vengeance that she and her brother Orestes take on their mother Clytemnestra and step-father Aegisthus for the murder of their father, Agamemnon. I'd go with Agamemnon if I were you – it's very stately. Tickets are $10.

The Crucible
When: Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 8pm
Where: Tulsa PAC, Liddy Doenges Theatre, 110 E. Second Street
Abigail returns again to turn life in Salem upside down – or, rather, hang it in the gallows. Presented by Theatre Tulsa. Tickets are $15. Tickets are $15.

The Shape of Things
When: Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm
Where: Tulsa PAC, Charles E. Norman Theatre, 110 E. Second Street
If you always thought John Milton might have been onto something with that whole Paradise Lost schtick, check out this modern-day tale of the fall of man. After a chance meeting in a museum, Evelyn, a sexy, aggressive artist and Adam, a shy, insecure student become embroiled in an intense love affair. What could possibly go wrong? Tickets are $25.

Born Again Yesterday
When: Sunday, 7pm
Where: Nightingale Theater, 1416 E. Fourth Street
For anyone who knows the comedian Justin McKean and thinks he's a funny guy, just wait until you see him play 12 different characters, from hardcore Christian fundamentalists to God himself, all in one production. This play is for anyone who can identify with a man recovering from a childhood in a household run by fundamentalists. Tickets are $10.

Loony Bin Locals
When: Sunday, seating starting at 7:30, show starts at 8pm
Where: The Loony Bin Comedy Club, 6808 S. Memorial Drive
A full 20 comics will take the stage this Sunday in a show of Tulsa's newest up-and-comers with the city's hottest rising stars. Guests 18 and up are invited to the R-rated show. A full menu of drinks and noshes will be available. Admission is $5.


Fall Finale Horse Show
When: Friday-Sunday
Where: Expo Square, Built Ford Tough Arena, 4145 E. 21st Street
The show, presented by the Oklahoma Hunter & Jumper Association, is recognized by all three organizations. It's even rated an “S” schooling show. Big awards will be at stake for competitiors.

Cliff Keen Tulsa Nationals
When: Friday-Saturday
Where: Expo Square Pavilion, 4145 E. 21st Street
Purportedly the oldest, most prestigious junior wrestling event in the world (I guess the wresters of ancient Greece don't really count), more than 2,000 wrestlers aged 4-16 years and hailing from about 40 states will converge upon Tulsa to get their smack down.

8 on 8 Flag Football Tournament
When: Saturday, 10am-5pm
Where: Haikey Creek Park, 113th and Garnett Road
This isn't your Craigslist 8 on 8 football tourney, folks. In this case, there's a pretty serious cash prize - $1,000, to be exact, plus free entry into the next tournament. Entry per team is $250 for a max of 12 and a minimum of 8 players; brackets will be in double elimination format. There are prizes for second and third place, too – and trophies! - and there's still time to register at

OU v. Texas Tech
When: Saturday, 11:30am
Where: Lubbock

TU v. Southern Miss
When: Saturday, 6:30pm
Where: Hattiesburg

Oilers v. Wichita
When: Sunday, 4pm
Where: BOK Center, 200 N. Denver Ave.
Check out Tulsa's home hockey team take on the team from Wichita. Stay tuned for the post-game skate with players. Doors open an hour and a half before each game and there are plenty of options at BOK Center for supper; if you're hungry, showing up early for Oilers games is the way to go. Tickets are $10-30.

Skate, Rattle & Roll
When: Sunday, doors at 6pm
Where: Broken Arrow Roller Sports, 551 W. Oakland
It's roller derby time! Watch the Green Country Roller Girls take on Central Arkansas Roller Derby (C.A.R.D.). Tickets are $12 at the door, $10 in advance and kids aged 12 and under get in free.

Holiday Stuff

Turkey Tea Party
When: Friday, 10am
Where: Whiteside Park, 4009 S. Pittsburg Ave.
Load up the kids and head to Whiteside Park in south Midtown to make turkeys and remember the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday. All participants must be pre-registered, so be sure to call the park at (918) 746-5040 to sign up. Kids aged 2-5 are welcome. Cost is $6.

Lights On at Riverwalk Crossing
When: Friday, 5:30-8:30pm
Where: Riverwalk Crossing in Jenks
Check out what the Riverwalk might look like if it doubled as a runway. Plus, visit Santa, catch performances by the Jenks Dance Academy and carolers and snag a carriage ride.

Salvation Army Angel Tree Lighting and Ceremony
When: Saturday, 3pm
Where: Woodland Hills Mall, 7021 S. Memorial Drive
Get warmed up for next week's Lights On event at Utica Square by stopping by Woodland Hills Mall this Saturday to watch a giant angel tree go up in lights. Don't forget to pick a few angels off the tree while you're at it. You get the warm fuzzies, the angels get a Christmas. It's a good trade, I'd say.

2009 Festival of Trees
When: Sunday, 10am-Dec. 13
Where: Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Ave.
Get excited about the holidays by basking in the glow of dozens of artfully decorated Christmas trees in one of Tulsa's world-class art museums. This year marks the 25th anniversary of this celebration, the Philbrook's Festival of Trees. Don't forget to snag one of the FoT commemorative pins from the Philbrook Gift Shop, a place to keep in mind when it comes to shop for stocking stuffers.

Capitol Christmas Tree @ Philbrook
When: Sunday, 3-5pm.
Where: Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Ave.
Every year, a different state is selected to provide the massive Christmas tree that sits outside the U.S. Capitol. This year, for the first time, the lucky tree is a Blue Spruce from Arizona. The 85-foot giant will make its way across the country, stopping in Oklahoma to stand tall at Philbrook Museum. Stop by yourself and sign a message on the trunk that will go all the way to Washington D.C.

Other Stuff

Cuddle Monster

An Affair of the Heart
When: Friday, 9am-6pm; Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm
Where: Expo Square, QuikTrip Center, 4145 E. 21st Street
Dozens of Tulsa billboards wouldn't lead you astray. We've all been hearing about An Affair of the Heart, a show of nearly 700 booths of arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles, accessories and gourmet foods. Sounds to me like a one-stop shop for a Christmas shopping jumpstart. Show admission is $6 and is good for all three days.

Continental Antique Show
When: Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-4pm
Where: Expo Square, Central Park Hall, 4145 E. 21st Street
If there's one thing Oklahomans know, it's antiques. Plenty of oldies-but-goodies will be displayed for perusal this weekend at Tulsa's fairgrounds. Admission is $6 for adults and seniors, and children under 12 are admitted free.

Cuddle Monster Party
When: Friday, 5pm
Where: Dwelling Spaces, 119 S. Detroit
Kids all over Tulsa have enjoyed Cuddle Monsters since they made their debut downtown at Dwelling Spaces, and now the family of monsters is growing. What more could you want for a cause for celebration? Snacks and beverages and plenty of good times will be on hand, as will the plushies we Tulsa patriots have grown to know and love.

Public Star Party
When: Friday, 5:30pm
Where: Mounds Observatory
Bet against the forecast for cloudy skies by heading out to Mounds for this big leaguers of star parties. Enjoy the view through several different types of telescopes, some bigger than you are, and hear talks by members of the Astronomy Club of Tulsa. Families are welcome, but mind thine children. To find the observatory, check out this map.

11th International Transgender Day of Remembrance
When: Friday, 7:30pm
Where: Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. Fourth Street
Join the international transgender community in recognizing the victims of anti-transgender hatred, prejudice and violence. Special musical guests are Council Oak Men's Chorale and Sisters in Song, with clergy from the faith community participating. This service publicly mourns and honors the lives those who might otherwise be forgotten.

30th Annual Martha Gragg Doll & Toy Show
When: Saturday, all day
Where: Expo Square Exchange Center, 4145 E. 21st Street
Demi Moore apparently isn't the only one who collects lifelike dolls. Parking is free, admission is $4.

Creative Cartoons
When: Saturday, 1pm
Where: Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Ave.
Calling all cartoon lovers: Hang out with Andrea Wamble, the creator of Shrek, and learn how to create your own crazy cartoon character. Wamble comes to Philbrook from Dallas where she was the creative director of the accredited art school Art-A-Rama. Cost is $7, of $5 for members.

Introduction to Encaustic Painting
When: Saturday, 1pm
Where: Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Ave.
Ever painted with beeswax? If not, this is your chance. Encaustic paintings use melted beeswax, resin and pigments to create an amazing surface that can be built up to create translucent, yet textured, layers. All skill levels are welcome. Cost is $40, or $32 for members.

Meet Illustrator Lane Smith
When: Saturday, 3pm
Where: Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Ave.
Jump all over this rare opportunity to meet Lane Smith, the Tulsa-born children's book author and illustrator best known for his work in The Stinky Cheese Man, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and Hooray for Diffendoofer Day. Smith will show examples of his illustrations, demonstrate his drawing technique and talk about his life as an illustrator. Stick around after for a book signing. Reservations are required, so get on the phone to (918) 748-5320 to sign up.


The Twilight Saga: New Moon
When: Opens Friday
Bella Swan delves deeper into the mysteries of the supernatural world she yearns to become part of, only to find herself in greater peril than ever before. Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, a.k.a. hot wolf boy. If you're a mom in need of a night out, join the gals of at B&B Sapulpa Cinema 8 Theater at 7:10pm and bask in the teenage flashbacks. Rated PG-13.

The Blind Side
When: Opens Friday
Sandra Bullock stars as a well-to-do suburban mom who forms an unlikely friendship with a teen she takes in from the other side of the tracks. Rated PG-13.

Planet 51
When: Opens Friday
The sudden arrival of an alien – an American astronaut named Captain Charles – wreaks havoc among the little green inhabitants of a distant planet stuck in the throes of that played-out, cheerfully innocent rendition of 1950s America. Rated PG.

Art & Copy
When: Opens Friday
Where: Circle Cinema, 12 S. Lewis Ave.
Got a special place in your heart for advertising? Whether or not we want to admit it, we all do – even if it only shows on Super Bowl Sunday. Catch this film about the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time – people who have profoundly impacted our culture, yet are virtually unknown outside their industry.

A Serious Man
When: Opens Friday
Where: Circle Cinema, 12 S. Lewis Ave.
It's 1967 and Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, just learns his wife is leaving him for one of his more pompous acquaintances. His brother sleeps on his couch, his son is a nightmare and his daughter steals money from his wallet to save up for a nose job. What's to do but consult three different rabbis in search of the state of being of the mensch – a serious man?

Troll 2
When: Friday, 11pm; Saturday, 11pm
Where: Circle Cinema, 12 S. Lewis Ave.
The original boogeyman is back – again, and this time it's from the 90s. Show up at Circle Cinema in your jammies to take part in the Tulsa tradition that is the Midnight Movie – plus, some of the best of the good bad cinema.


September said...

Congratulations on the Tulsey last night, Tasha! Glad I finally got to meet you in person...good times...

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