Thursday, November 26, 2009

What To Do in Tulsa This Weekend

What, did you think this blog was going to be all Christmas, all the time, from now until Dec. 25? Shame on you. You know there's much more going on in Tulsa than twinkling lights and tinseled trees and scary, overgrown nutcracker soldiers (ahem, cough, Utica Square, cough). Yikes.

Not that there aren't plenty of twinkling lights, tinseled trees and scary, overgrown nutcracker soldiers in this town, now that Thanksgiving is over and the holiday shopping season has officially begun. But, still. The holiday season is a busy one in general when it comes to stuff to do in Tulsa and we're here to cover it all, elves and naughty/nice lists and eight tiny reindeer or none.

As heard every Friday morning on the KRMG Morning News with Joe Kelley, here's what's going on in Tulsa this weekend.

Tasha's Picks for Thanksgiving Weekend 2009


Jason Boland & The Stragglers
When: Friday, doors at 7pm, show at 8:30pm
Where: Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main Street
“When my life was as empty as the bottle by my bed” - ahh. That's classic, red dirt music, right there. Get more of this homegrown music at Cain's this weekend. Randy Crouch opens. Tickets are $19 in advance, $23 at the door.


Garden Glow
When: Saturday, Nov. 28, 4-8pm
Where: Philbrook Museum of Art, 2424 S. Rockford Ave.
Don't use all your Christmas light-gawking energy before Saturday, folks, because this second-annual, free event at one of Tulsa's cherished landmarks is not to be missed. Spend some time perusing the exhibits at Philbrook and then head outside at 6pm to see thousands of lights come to life in the garden. The entire museum will be open to all, and music, food, hot chocolate and kids' activities will be in good supply.


ABA Grand National
When: Friday-Sunday
Where: Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st Street
The wheels are in motion for the greatest race on earth for BMX fans young and old. Racing begins Friday bright and early at 7am with the Race of Champions, an invitational race in which ROC No. 1 plates will be given for class, open and cruiser. The 2009 National Racing Season will conclude on Sunday with the ABA Grand National. With the ABA National No. 1 plate up for grabs in the professional and amateur classes, the weekend is sure to be packed with racing excitement.



Cancer Sucks! Concert
When: Saturday, doors at 5:30pm
Where: Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main Street
Check out acts like Rev Theory, Sweatin' bullets, Chuck Cooley, Drive-By Sonata, Pedal Point, Signum AD and Cold Stone Sober at this fifth annual Cancer Sucks! Concert, presented by KMOD and Cancer Treatment Center of America. Tickets are $10 plus service fees.

HAMMER DOWN and Friends
When: Sunday, doors at 6pm
Where: Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main Street
Check out HAMMER DOWN with guests Of Minds, Carnegie, OtherWise Isadore, Monkey Bones, Sam Cox, Saturday Knight, 7 Strong and more. Tickets are $12.


TU v. Memphis
When: Friday, 2:30pm
Where: Chapman Stadium
Wear blue to head out into the crowds this Black Friday. Go, Hurricanes, go.

Turkey Trot
When: Friday, 9am
Where: RiverParks, 11th and Riverside
Remember all those calories you put away yesterday in the form of pie and gravy and creamy mashed potatoes? Before you go back for leftovers, trot off some of that turkey weight with this 5K and fun run, benefitting Special Olympics Oklahoma. If you haven't yet registered to run, there's still time. Simply show up at the start line bright and early at 7:30am.

Oilers v. Texas
When: Friday, 7:35pm
Where: BOK Center, 200 N. Denver Ave.
Hey, ladies – it's your night tonight at the Oilers game, which means you get discount tickets, free chair massages and “other special perks,” so says the Oilers Web site. Find out exactly what that means at BOK Center tonight as the Oilers take on Texas.

66ers v. Utah
When: Friday, 7:00pm
Where: Tulsa Convention Center, 100 Civic Center
It's time to kick off the Tulsa 66ers season, basketball fans. Watch the home team take on Utah Flash. Tickets are $10-$125.

X-Treme Fighting League Presents Final Fury
When: Friday, doors at 7pm, fights at 8pm
Where: SpiritBank Event Center, 10441 S. Regal Boulevard in Tulsa
Catch 30 gladiators, including two-time Olympian, pride champion and two-time UFC Champion Dale Henderson, put up some serious dukes. Tickets start at $20.

When: Saturday, 11am
Where: Crimson Canaveral
It's Bedlam time, baby. Watch the Sooners take on the Cowboys in the latest edition of smackdown in this epic rivalry.

Holiday Stuff

Black Friday Weekend
When: Weekend of Nov. 27
Where: Throughout Tulsa's indie scene
Get the full scoop here on which of Tulsa's hip and funky independent shops are offering deals that will have your pocketbook smiling so hard, it'll have wrinkles by Sunday night.

Arvest Winterfest
When: Now-Jan. 4
Where: Third Street between Denver and Frisco
Wanna see the largest (fake!) Christmas tree in the entire state of Oklahoma? Then you've gotta check out the new and improved, second-annual Arvest Winterfest celebration. Get your chance to ice skate outdoors (always an iffy prospect when it comes to Oklahoma winters) on a 60-by-150-foot rink, snag some yummy food, live entertainment, photo ops with the Segway Santa and a carriage ride through the streets of downtown Tulsa. If you miss it this weekend, don't worry. Winterfest continues through Jan. 4. Get a listing of a full months' worth of Winterfest goodness here (PDF).

Rhema Holiday Light Display
When: Now-Christmas
Where: Rhema Bible College, 1025 W. Kenosha Street
Making Tulsa visible from space for the 27th year in a row, Rhema expects to draw more than 200,000 from all over Oklahoma and our surrounding states to show off their 1.8 million lights. The kicker? Once you fight the traffic and find parking, there isn't one. It's all free and open to the public.

Lights on the Hill at Chandler Park
When: Fridays-Sundays, starting Nov. 27 thru Dec. 27, 6-9pm
Where: Chandler Park, 6500 W. 21st Street
When it comes to aerial views of neighborhood Christmas lights (not to mention the view of the skyline), it's tough to beat the top of the hill at Chandler Park. Throughout the rest of this month and into the next, take a drive through three miles of bright lights and whimsical displays, catch live performances by local high schools, churches and more. Plus, snag a scenic horse-and-carriage ride. Be sure to stay tuned until Dec. 5 from 4-6pm, when you and the kiddos can have your photo snapped with Santa. Don't forget to bring enough cookies and milk to share.

Wonderland of Lights
When: Fridays-Sundays, starting Friday-Dec. 20, 5-9pm
Where: Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve, southwest of Barlesville
Ever seen a buffalo with a red, glowing nose? You just might if you head to Woolaroc for its Wonderland of Lights. See 650,000 lights, sing carols, sit back for a wagon ride and a cup of cider, see Santa and sneak a peek at the Holiday Horseman, all on Oklahoma's own 3,700-acre wildlife preserve. Just, whatever you do, don't tip Rudolph. Admission is $8 for guests aged 12-64 and $6 for seniors. Children 11 and under get in free.

Christmas Kingdom
When: Friday, Nov. 27-Christmas
Where: The Castle of Muskogee, 3400 Fern Mountain Road
There's nothing like a 20-foot inflatable to get a person into the holiday spirit. Get that and 999 other Christmas Inflatables, along with thousands of lights, in this fourth annual, free event. Check out the horse carriage rides starting at 6pm, and don't miss Christmas in the Garden Room, cookies and hot chocolate (nightly from 6-10pm), tractor-drawn hay rides and a visit with Father Christmas (Fridays and Saturdays, 6-9pm). Check out the full calendar of events at

Prelude to Christmas
When: Saturday, 7pm
Where: Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Lyon Chapel Fine Arts Center in Bartlesville
Let the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra, led by Conductor Lauren Green, present an evening celebrating the Art of Christmas. Guests will enjoy both visual and musical art pieces that capture the best of the season. After the concert, guests will be led down a lighted path to the new patio in front of the Janice and Charlie Drake Library as the lights of the La Quinta Mansion flicker to life. Then, watch for fireworks to light up the sky. Stick around afterward for cookies and cocoa. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and children. Family tickets are $25.

Festival of Trees
When: Now-Dec. 13
Where: Philbrook Museum, 2424 S. Rockford Ave.
The 25th annual fundraiser benefitting Philbrook Museum features designer trees, works by local artists and gingerbread houses. Just, try not to eat them before everyone else gets a chance to do some gawking. General admission is $8.50, or $6.50 for seniors, students, groups of 10 or more and free for kids 18 and under.

Garden of Lights
When: Now-Christmas
Where: Honor Heights Park in Muskogee
Count 'em - one million lights, baby. It takes 120 acres to contain all that Christmas cheer at Muskogee's Honor Heights Park. The fun continues through Dec. 31.

Other Stuff

T-Town Trolley Coat Drive
When: Friday, 10am-5:30pm
Where: Various Tulsa-area locations
Get free tickets to the Friday night Oilers game with a donation of a coat – hoodies, jackets, heavy winter coats, it all works - to benefit homeless Tulsans. The T-Town Trolley will stop at several locations around Tulsa throughout the day, ending at BOK Center in time for the night's Oiler's game. The McNellie's stop is at 10am, the Leon's on Brookside stop is at 1pm, the Jenks Camille's stop is at 3pm and the BOK Center stop is at 5:30pm.

Buy Nothing Thanksgiving
When: Friday, 1-6pm
Where: Tulsa Free Store, 308 S. Phoenix
Buy Nothing Day is an international day of protest against consumerism. Join the Tulsa effort by stopping at Third and Phoenix for a turkey dinner instead of a mall-induced headache. Be prepared to try a Bike Soup smoothie, the blender for which is powered by Paul Tay's own bike. I hear they're rather tasty.

Cheryl Pallant at Living Arts
When: Friday, 7pm
Where: Living Arts, 307 E. Brady
Pallant, both a dancer and a poet, integrates the processes and concepts of movement into her poetry. She holds the Lubell Visiting Assistant Professorship and teaches creative writing in the English Department at the University of Tulsa. This Friday, she'll share some of her work at the new location of Living Arts. Cost is $7, or $5 for members.

Facebook Meet & Greet
When: Friday, 8pm
Where: Flytrap Music Hall, 514 E. Second Street
Ever wondered how you'd connect with all those beautiful people you're “friends” with on Facebook? This weekend, Flytrap is giving you a chance to find out. Tickets are $10 in advance, $20 at the door.

Morning Bird Walk @ Oxley
When: Saturday, 8am
Where: Oxley Nature Center, 5701 E. 36th Street North
Chirp, chirp! An Oxley staff member will lead a bird walk, suitable for all ages and levels of expertise. Bring binoculars if you have them and meet at the Nature Center.

Jim Stovall
When: Saturday, 10am
Where: Barnes & Noble Woodland Plaza, 8620 E. 71st Street
Jim Stovall is the author of 12 books, including the best seller, The Ultimate Gift. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, too, including the Presidential Humanitarian Award. Meet the man face to face this Saturday, right here in Tulsa.

Deck the Halls Historical Home Tour
When: Sunday, 1-5pm
Where: Broken Arrow Historical Museum, 400 S. Main Street
Ever wondered about the pasts of some of Broken Arrow's first homes? Get the scoop this weekend, thanks to the Broken Arrow Historical Society. Cost is $10. Proceeds benefit the BAHS.


Fantastic Mr. Fox
When: Opened Wednesday
From Yahoo! Movies: George Cloony's supplies the delicious voice of the wayward hero in director Wes Anderson's animated adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl story. Rated PG.

Ninja Assassin
When: Opened Wednesday
From Yahoo! Movies: A skilled assassin engages in a deadly game of cat and mouse to take down the elusive secret society of killers-for-hire that trained him. Rated R.

Old Dogs
When: Opens
From Yahoo! Movies: Robin Williams and John Travolta are not-so-kid-savvy bachelors who are unexpectedly charged with the care of 7-year-old twins. Also starring Seth Green. Rated PG.

Free for Kids: Velveteen Rabbit
When: Saturday, 11am
Where: Circle Cinema, 12 S. Lewis
Thanks to Kids First and Ziegler's Art and Frame, parents can unwind from this weekend of shopping craziness by taking their kids to sit in a nice, quiet, dark theater for an hour and a half or so, completely free. Plus, the movie is a classic, always a good thing.
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