Monday, January 11, 2010

Things to Do in Tulsa This Week

Theater at OSU-Tulsa

What follows are the events that have Tulsa buzzing this week. From midget motorsports smackdowns to a talk from one of Tulsa's best-known coffee aficionados on the green side of the drink, it's all happening in Tulsa this week.


Chili Bowl Nationals
When: Monday-Saturday
The nation's motorsports spectacle that is to the sport what the Super Bowl is to football is upon us, Tulsa. The 24th Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals is closing in on a quarter-century of unforgettable racing action atop the QuikTrip Center's quarter-mile Tulsa Expo Raceway clay oval at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds. It all kicks off Tuesday night, Jan. 12. The event culminates with Saturday night's (Jan. 16) 50-lap championship main event. The entry list for the event is at 266, representing a worldwide field. Racers began practice today and will go on strong until 8pm. Tomorrow, the qualifying events get started. Don't miss it.

Booksmart Tulsa: The Secret Lives of Great Artists
When: Tuesday, 7pm
Where: Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Ave.
This ain't your grandma's book club, y'all. Booksmart Tulsa, the book club for cool kids who happen to like to read, is hosting Elizabeth Lunday, author of the book, Secret Lives of Great Artists, at the museum where there seems to always be something rockin' going on, the Philbrook. If you've ever wondered what kind of mischief Picasso and van Gogh got up to when they weren't painting, don't miss this talk/presentation, shaken not stirred with a dose of trivia, prizes and a cash bar. E-mail Booksmart Tulsa to RSVP.


Marshall Brewing Company

Meet the Brewer: Marshall Brewing at Campus Grill
When: Wednesday, 5pm
Where: Campus Grill, 3148 E. 11th Street
Thanks to the newest outgrowth of the famous - no, legendary - Brookside By Day, there will be food. Thanks to Tulsa's very own brewery, there will also be beer. If you're not hungry or thirty enough to show up for those things, come for the giveaways.


Where the Art Is: An Arts Celebration with Billie Letts
When: Thursday, 7pm
Where: Central Library, Aaronson Auditorium, Fourth and Denver
If you're an Oklahoman and you're not familiar with writer Billie Letts, it's time to educate yourself. Bonus: Have fun this Thursday evening while doing it. Actors from Playhouse Theatre Tulsa will perform dramatic readings from Lett's novels, Billie herself will talk for a bit, and she'll sign your copies of Where the Heart Is, The Honk and Holler Opening Soon, Made in the U.S.A. and Shoot the Moon. Don't forget to check out "13 Ways of Looking at Billie," an arts exhibit featuring a variety of artistic interpretations of Letts by the Whiteside Portrait Painters. Don't miss your chance to win two tickets to "August: Osage County," the play by Letts' Pulitzer-winning son, Tracy Letts, that will be at Tulsa Performing Arts Center starting Jan. 26.

Green Drinks: Brian Franklin of DoubleShot Coffee Company
When: Thursday, 5:30pm
Where: Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Ave.
Brian Franklin, owner of Double Shot Coffee Company, will be the guest speaker at the first Green Drinks meeting of twenty-ten. Coffee at DSCC is roasted onsite in a restored 1953 Vittoria, and Brian's beans and their procurement will be the subject of his talk. How many of us have really considered what goes into that daily indulgence that fuels our lives, careers, and social gatherings? Where did it come from? Who produced it? If you've ever asked yourself these questions, you owe it to yourself to learn one man's hard-won answers to those questions.

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