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A Black Hills Bonanza

Natural splendor in South Dakota



 



“There’s gold in them thar hills!” was the motto of the first rush of non-Native visitors to the Black Hills. The metal motive fizzled, but the scenic attractions of the western third of South Dakota kept the visitors coming.
 

The Black Hills are part of an ancient mountain chain covered with dark green pine trees that look black from a distance. The area’s appeal was kicked up a notch with the addition of the sculptures on Mount Rushmore. Today, tourists come to marvel at the memorial, enjoy national parks, watch wildlife and motorcycle through the mountains.

South Dakota is like a good buffet – the choices are nigh overwhelming. Here are some of my recommendations – mix and match at your leisure, and then consider coming back for another visit.

 

Start your exploration in the charming little town of Hot Springs, home to the Mammoth Site, a massive excavation area where more than five dozen mammoth skeletons have been discovered. Also in the area is the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, where you can see wild mustangs – descendants of Spanish horses and Choctaw ponies – running free across the prairie.

Wind Cave National Park is home to attractions above and below the ground. The prairie over the cavern is a sanctuary for native species whose numbers have dwindled over decades; bison, elk, antelope, mule deer and prairie dogs now re-inhabit the landscape. Wind Cave inhales and exhales like a living being through a small opening, and its original entrance was thought to be the birthplace of the Lakota Nation. Although lacking spectacular stalactites and stalagmites, Wind Cave is noted for boxwork, sheets of geometric deposits.

Another option in the area is exploring the beautiful calcite crystals, boxwork, drapery, stalactites and stalagmites of Jewel Cave National Monument. Several different tours are offered. The most popular, the Scenic Tour, involves going up and down 723 steps – the equivalent of 40 flights of stairs. Other options include a wheelchair-accessible tour, historic lantern tour and wild caving tour.

 

Sometimes scenery just isn’t enough. That was the thought of South Dakota historian Doane Robinson that led him to contact sculptor Gutzon Borglum, who was working on Stone Mountain in Georgia. Robinson envisioned the Needles, granite spires in the area, being carved into the likenesses of Western heroes. Borglum had his own idea – a panorama of presidents carved into a mountainside. The work took 14 years, 400 workers, almost $1 million and a lot of dynamite before its completion in 1941. It was finally, officially, dedicated as Mount Rushmore National Memorial on July 4, 1991, at the 50th anniversary celebration.


Scenic drives abound in this area and include the Needles Highway with its granite steeples and girdle-tight tunnels, and Iron Mountain Road, a favorite with motorcyclists for its pigtail bridges. Custer State Park deserves at least a day’s exploration. More than a thousand bison roam through the park’s 71,000 acres, along with pronghorn antelope, mountain goats, elk and burros.

Also in the area is the work-in-progress Crazy Horse Memorial. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski worked on Mount Rushmore and was invited by Chief Standing Bear to create a memorial to Native Americans. Work began in 1948. Ziolkowski died in 1982, but family members continue to work on his creation.

 

The northern portion of the Black Hills highlights the region’s mining history. The gold rush started in Deadwood, which grew from a rough mining camp into a rowdy town with legends such as Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane figuring in the city’s history. Today, gamblers come to the casinos to hit it rich. Tourists looking for other treasures will find interesting museums, a trip-back-in-time townscape and Kevin Costner’s Tatanka – a museum and outdoor exhibitions dedicated to the Lakota and the bison.

Nearby, Lead sits atop what was one of the richest gold veins ever discovered. Learn more at the Black Hills Mining Museum and stop at the Homestake Visitor Center for a tour. The Homestake Mine grew from an 1876 mining claim into a huge operation until 2002.

A drive on the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway is a great way to head north to I-90 and a quick detour to a site too close to skip. Across the state line in Wyoming is Devils Tower National Monument. I’m probably dating myself, but I’ve wanted to see this geologic wonder ever since I watched Richard Dreyfuss mold a mashed potato mountain in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I was not disappointed.

 

Heading back east on I-90, we had a couple more South Dakota treats in store. First was Wall – the tiny town with the really big drug store. Growing from free ice water and nickel coffee to draw tourists off the highway in 1931 to a roadside must-see, Wall Drug combines non-stop shopping with interesting – sometimes odd – displays and attractions, everything from donuts to dinosaurs.

Not far south of Wall is an entrance to Badlands National Park. Pioneers must have gotten an awful shock as they came across the prairie only to find it falling away into a landscape of barren hills and hoodoos. The drive through the park revealed mile after mile of desert-like scenery, punctuated by a few bighorn sheep. As the sun went down, the colors deepened into rich reds, yellows, even lavender.

We spent the night in one of the few cabins in the park – Cedar Pass Lodge – and I awoke in time to watch the sunrise. I drove alone, stopping at overlooks, breathing fresh morning air, hearing nothing but the wind. The changing light made magic on the scene.

What an amazing finish to a trip filled with wonders. And like a great Chinese meal, I’m already ready for more.

 

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July 2017

Come out to the 2017 Youth Nationals on July 22 - 29 in OKC at the State Fair Park for 8 days of exciting horse show classes. Enjoy world-class shopping, delicious food vendors, a stick horse...

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State Fair Park
3001 General Pershing Blvd
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Grab a snack, find a seat and let your imagination run wild! Each weekend in July, we’ll look at timeless truths from Hollywood blockbusters. At every service, you can expect a...

Cost: Free

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Life.Church
7800 S. Walker
Oklahoma City, OK  73139
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Sponsor: Life.Church
Telephone: 405.216.5433
Contact Name: Rachel Key
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Expand your skills and explore your creativity this summer. Enrollment is open for our four- and eight-week classes designed for artists at any level. Under the guidance of experienced instructors,...

Cost: $75-$160

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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Oklahoma Contemporary’s second edition of Guerrilla Art Park features six Oklahoma artists, ranging from emerging to well established. This year, many of the artists chose to focus on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary's Showroom
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.604.0042
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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Gather with other Star Wars enthusiasts to celebrate what started a long time ago in a galaxy far far away., and celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of STAR WARS. The festival will take...

Where:
OKC Farmers Market
311 S Klein Ave
Oklahoma City, OK  73108
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Sponsor: Revolve Productions
Telephone: 405.810.6977
Contact Name: Tobi Coleman
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These in-gallery guided tours of "Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic" will provide conversation-based insights and in-depth looking experiences. Pre-registration is recommended. Sunday,...

Cost: Free for members, $15 for non-members (includes gallery admission)

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Telephone: 405.236.3100
Contact Name: Becky Weintz
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Enjoy a “Broadway-style” theatrical review of the Chisholm Trail and Great American Songs of the West, performed and narrated by the Michael Lasser Trio, sponsored by the Chisholm Trail...

Cost: $20; $10 for members/students

Where:
Simmons Center
800 Chisholm Trail Parkway
Duncan, OK  73533
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Sponsor: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Telephone: 580.252.6692
Contact Name: Stacy Cramer Moore
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She has a folksy sound, with some profanity and a ton of sweetness. Here to bring reality to your eardrums. No Cover Charge! Smoke- and Vape-Free!

Cost: Free

Where:
NOIR Bistro & Bar
701 W Sheridan Ave
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.637.9389
Contact Name: George Adams
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Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic presents an overview of the artist’s career including around sixty of his oil paintings, stained glass and sculpture. The exhibition...

Cost: $10-12

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
Contact Name: Becky Weintz
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Politically charged and unapologetically feminist, this shows harnesses the talents of dozens of local women creators, with proceeds benefiting OKC Artists for Justice.

Where:
Current Studio
1218 N Penn
OKC, OK  73107
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Telephone: 673.1218
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Close out the week in musical pleasure with a free concert from Arts Council OKC.

Where:
Myriad Gardens
301 W Reno
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.270.4848
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A slice of American (and Oklahoman) history retakes the spotlight in this exhibition of works created under the New Deal's Federal Art Project.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
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Head outside for a free helping of rootsy, folksy, Seattle-centric sound, courtesy of the Norman Depot.

Where:
Lions Park
450 S Flood
Norman, OK  73069
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Telephone: 405.307.9320
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Week 9 | July 24-28 | Vik Muniz Brazilian photographer Vik Muniz creates complex collages from materials such as toy soldiers, trash and vintage postcards to recreate iconic artworks, scenes and...

Cost: $100-$215

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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Expand your skills and explore your creativity this summer. Enrollment is open for our four- and eight-week classes designed for artists at any level. Under the guidance of experienced instructors,...

Cost: $75-$160

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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Oklahoma Contemporary’s second edition of Guerrilla Art Park features six Oklahoma artists, ranging from emerging to well established. This year, many of the artists chose to focus on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary's Showroom
1146 N. Broadway
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.604.0042
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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The CODED_COUTURE exhibition looks at the intersection of fashion and technology. Couture clothes are manufactured to a customer’s specific requirements. CODED_COUTURE offers a new definition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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A suite of new works by local artist Dr. Jim Cobb fills the newly renovated and restored Depot in this colorful exhibition.

Where:
Santa Fe Depot
200 S Jones
Norman, OK  73069
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Telephone: 405.307.9320
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Crank it up on the south side with a high-energy show.

Where:
Diamond Ballroom
8001 S Eastern
OKC, OK  73149
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Telephone: 866.977.6849
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Week 9 | July 24-28 | Vik Muniz Brazilian photographer Vik Muniz creates complex collages from materials such as toy soldiers, trash and vintage postcards to recreate iconic artworks, scenes and...

Cost: $100-$215

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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Expand your skills and explore your creativity this summer. Enrollment is open for our four- and eight-week classes designed for artists at any level. Under the guidance of experienced instructors,...

Cost: $75-$160

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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Oklahoma Contemporary’s second edition of Guerrilla Art Park features six Oklahoma artists, ranging from emerging to well established. This year, many of the artists chose to focus on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary's Showroom
1146 N. Broadway
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.604.0042
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
Website »

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The CODED_COUTURE exhibition looks at the intersection of fashion and technology. Couture clothes are manufactured to a customer’s specific requirements. CODED_COUTURE offers a new definition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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Aimed to educate and empower attendees in an effort to fight stigma often surrounding people affected by HIV/AIDS, this event will feature keynote speaker Jeanne White-Ginder, one of...

Cost: $65 - $10,000

Where:
Skirvin Hilton Hotel
1 Park Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund
Telephone: 405.348.6600
Contact Name: Russell Shelton
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Fresh from his critically acclaimed sold-out production in Washington, D.C., Signature Theatre’s Matthew Gardiner will guest-direct this classic American musical with new energy and...

Cost: $30-90 (military and child discounts available)

Where:
Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall
201 N Walker Ave
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Telephone: 405.524.9312
Contact Name: Cynthia Bedford
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A joint exhibition of Western portraiture and iconography from Oklahoma Hall of Fame artists Mike Larsen and Harold T. Holden.

Where:
OK Hall of Fame Museum
1400 N Classen
OKC, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.235.4458
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Catch a masterpiece you missed the first time around or just want to re-experience on the big screen.

Where:
Harkins Theatres
150 E Reno
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.321.4747
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A slice of American (and Oklahoman) history retakes the spotlight in this exhibition of works created under the New Deal's Federal Art Project.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
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A suite of new works by local artist Dr. Jim Cobb fills the newly renovated and restored Depot in this colorful exhibition.

Where:
Santa Fe Depot
200 S Jones
Norman, OK  73069
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Telephone: 405.307.9320
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Play ball! OKC's warriors of the diamond get set to host Reno.

Where:
Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
2 S Mickey Mantle
OKC, OK  73104
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Telephone: 405.218.1000
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Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic presents an overview of the artist’s career including around sixty of his oil paintings, stained glass and sculpture. The exhibition...

Cost: $10-12

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
Contact Name: Becky Weintz
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Come out to the 2017 Youth Nationals on July 22 - 29 in OKC at the State Fair Park for 8 days of exciting horse show classes. Enjoy world-class shopping, delicious food vendors, a stick horse...

Cost: Free

Where:
State Fair Park
3001 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Sponsor: Arabian Horse Association
Telephone: 303.696.4500
Website »

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This summer, Oklahoma Contemporary is kicking off Showroom|Showcase, a series of installations by local artists in the Showroom, located at 11th and Broadway. Our first featured artist is Rachel...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary's Showroom
1146 N. Broadway
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.604.0042
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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Week 9 | July 24-28 | Vik Muniz Brazilian photographer Vik Muniz creates complex collages from materials such as toy soldiers, trash and vintage postcards to recreate iconic artworks, scenes and...

Cost: $100-$215

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
Website »

More information

Expand your skills and explore your creativity this summer. Enrollment is open for our four- and eight-week classes designed for artists at any level. Under the guidance of experienced instructors,...

Cost: $75-$160

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
Website »

More information

Oklahoma Contemporary’s second edition of Guerrilla Art Park features six Oklahoma artists, ranging from emerging to well established. This year, many of the artists chose to focus on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary's Showroom
1146 N. Broadway
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.604.0042
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
Website »

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The CODED_COUTURE exhibition looks at the intersection of fashion and technology. Couture clothes are manufactured to a customer’s specific requirements. CODED_COUTURE offers a new definition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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This lecture will focus on artists and photographers who are looking at the past, recreating portraits through the camera’s lens while others are re-staging beauty as a performative act. They...

Cost: $5

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Telephone: 405.236.3100
Contact Name: Becky Weintz
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Fresh from his critically acclaimed sold-out production in Washington, D.C., Signature Theatre’s Matthew Gardiner will guest-direct this classic American musical with new energy and...

Cost: $30-90 (military and child discounts available)

Where:
Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall
201 N Walker Ave
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Sponsor: Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Telephone: 405.524.9312
Contact Name: Cynthia Bedford
Website »

More information

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic presents an overview of the artist’s career including around sixty of his oil paintings, stained glass and sculpture. The exhibition...

Cost: $10-12

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Contact Name: Becky Weintz
Website »

More information

A joint exhibition of Western portraiture and iconography from Oklahoma Hall of Fame artists Mike Larsen and Harold T. Holden.

Where:
OK Hall of Fame Museum
1400 N Classen
OKC, OK  73106
View map »


Telephone: 405.235.4458
Website »

More information

A suite of new works by local artist Dr. Jim Cobb fills the newly renovated and restored Depot in this colorful exhibition.

Where:
Santa Fe Depot
200 S Jones
Norman, OK  73069
View map »


Telephone: 405.307.9320
Website »

More information

Oklahoma Children's Theatre junior thespians tackle the tale of wonder and whimsy and good times for all, with a stripe-chapeaued cat orchestrating it all.

Where:
OCU Children's Center for the Arts
2501 N Blackwelder
OKC, OK  73106
View map »


Telephone: 405.951.0011
Website »

More information

A slice of American (and Oklahoman) history retakes the spotlight in this exhibition of works created under the New Deal's Federal Art Project.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

Show More...
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Come out to the 2017 Youth Nationals on July 22 - 29 in OKC at the State Fair Park for 8 days of exciting horse show classes. Enjoy world-class shopping, delicious food vendors, a stick horse...

Cost: Free

Where:
State Fair Park
3001 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
View map »


Sponsor: Arabian Horse Association
Telephone: 303.696.4500
Website »

More information

This summer, Oklahoma Contemporary is kicking off Showroom|Showcase, a series of installations by local artists in the Showroom, located at 11th and Broadway. Our first featured artist is Rachel...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary's Showroom
1146 N. Broadway
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.604.0042
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
Website »

More information

Week 9 | July 24-28 | Vik Muniz Brazilian photographer Vik Muniz creates complex collages from materials such as toy soldiers, trash and vintage postcards to recreate iconic artworks, scenes and...

Cost: $100-$215

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
Website »

More information

Expand your skills and explore your creativity this summer. Enrollment is open for our four- and eight-week classes designed for artists at any level. Under the guidance of experienced instructors,...

Cost: $75-$160

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
Website »

More information

Oklahoma Contemporary’s second edition of Guerrilla Art Park features six Oklahoma artists, ranging from emerging to well established. This year, many of the artists chose to focus on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary's Showroom
1146 N. Broadway
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.604.0042
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
Website »

More information

The CODED_COUTURE exhibition looks at the intersection of fashion and technology. Couture clothes are manufactured to a customer’s specific requirements. CODED_COUTURE offers a new definition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
Website »

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OKCMOA’s Roof Terrace gives visitors the ultimate downtown experience every Thursday evening from April through October with live local music, the best views of downtown OKC, a relaxing...

Cost: $5

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Contact Name: Becky Weintz
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These in-gallery guided tours of "Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic" will provide conversation-based insights and in-depth looking experiences. Pre-registration is recommended. Thursday,...

Cost: Free for members, $10 for non-members (includes gallery admission)

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Telephone: 405.236.3100
Contact Name: Becky Weintz
Website »

More information

Fresh from his critically acclaimed sold-out production in Washington, D.C., Signature Theatre’s Matthew Gardiner will guest-direct this classic American musical with new energy and...

Cost: $30-90 (military and child discounts available)

Where:
Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall
201 N Walker Ave
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Sponsor: Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Telephone: 405.524.9312
Contact Name: Cynthia Bedford
Website »

More information

A suite of new works by local artist Dr. Jim Cobb fills the newly renovated and restored Depot in this colorful exhibition.

Where:
Santa Fe Depot
200 S Jones
Norman, OK  73069
View map »


Telephone: 405.307.9320
Website »

More information

Oklahoma Children's Theatre junior thespians tackle the tale of wonder and whimsy and good times for all, with a stripe-chapeaued cat orchestrating it all.

Where:
OCU Children's Center for the Arts
2501 N Blackwelder
OKC, OK  73106
View map »


Telephone: 405.951.0011
Website »

More information

A slice of American (and Oklahoman) history retakes the spotlight in this exhibition of works created under the New Deal's Federal Art Project.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

The nearly 100-member-strong concert ensemble of skilled volunteers heads outside for a performance in the park.

Where:
Chisholm Trail Park
500 W Vandament
Yukon, OK  73099
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Website »

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Do you hear the people sing? And by the people, we mean Upstage Theater, who are presenting this stirring tale of love, redemption and revolution.

Where:
Mitch Park
1501 W Covell
Edmond, OK  73003
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Telephone: 405.285.5803
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Free lunchtime serenades to sonically spice up your Thursdays.

Where:
Downtown Library
300 Park Ave
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.231.8650
Website »

More information

A joint exhibition of Western portraiture and iconography from Oklahoma Hall of Fame artists Mike Larsen and Harold T. Holden.

Where:
OK Hall of Fame Museum
1400 N Classen
OKC, OK  73106
View map »


Telephone: 405.235.4458
Website »

More information

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic presents an overview of the artist’s career including around sixty of his oil paintings, stained glass and sculpture. The exhibition...

Cost: $10-12

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Contact Name: Becky Weintz
Website »

More information

Politically charged and unapologetically feminist, this shows harnesses the talents of dozens of local women creators, with proceeds benefiting OKC Artists for Justice.

Where:
Current Studio
1218 N Penn
OKC, OK  73107
View map »


Telephone: 673.1218
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Come out to the 2017 Youth Nationals on July 22 - 29 in OKC at the State Fair Park for 8 days of exciting horse show classes. Enjoy world-class shopping, delicious food vendors, a stick horse...

Cost: Free

Where:
State Fair Park
3001 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
View map »


Sponsor: Arabian Horse Association
Telephone: 303.696.4500
Website »

More information

Week 9 | July 24-28 | Vik Muniz Brazilian photographer Vik Muniz creates complex collages from materials such as toy soldiers, trash and vintage postcards to recreate iconic artworks, scenes and...

Cost: $100-$215

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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This summer, Oklahoma Contemporary is kicking off Showroom|Showcase, a series of installations by local artists in the Showroom, located at 11th and Broadway. Our first featured artist is Rachel...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary's Showroom
1146 N. Broadway
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.604.0042
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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Expand your skills and explore your creativity this summer. Enrollment is open for our four- and eight-week classes designed for artists at any level. Under the guidance of experienced instructors,...

Cost: $75-$160

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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Oklahoma Contemporary’s second edition of Guerrilla Art Park features six Oklahoma artists, ranging from emerging to well established. This year, many of the artists chose to focus on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary's Showroom
1146 N. Broadway
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.604.0042
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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The CODED_COUTURE exhibition looks at the intersection of fashion and technology. Couture clothes are manufactured to a customer’s specific requirements. CODED_COUTURE offers a new definition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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 Join Oklahoma River Cruises for a night of Hawaiian themed tunes and beautiful views, enough to make even Don Ho jealous! View the evening ferry schedule online for evening departure...

Cost: $6-15

Where:
All OK River Cruise Landings
Oklahoma City, OK  73109


Telephone: 405.702.7755
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Join OKC Improv at the Paramount Theater for a night of live, interactive, unpredictable comedy! 7:30 - Get Off My Lawn/High Noon Sirens/KHALC. 9:30 - Friends W/Benefits/Hat Trick/The Artful...

Cost: $10 for one show, $15 for both

Where:
The Paramount Theatre
11 N Lee
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Fresh from his critically acclaimed sold-out production in Washington, D.C., Signature Theatre’s Matthew Gardiner will guest-direct this classic American musical with new energy and...

Cost: $30-90 (military and child discounts available)

Where:
Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall
201 N Walker Ave
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Telephone: 405.524.9312
Contact Name: Cynthia Bedford
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Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic presents an overview of the artist’s career including around sixty of his oil paintings, stained glass and sculpture. The exhibition...

Cost: $10-12

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
Contact Name: Becky Weintz
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A slice of American (and Oklahoman) history retakes the spotlight in this exhibition of works created under the New Deal's Federal Art Project.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
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A joint exhibition of Western portraiture and iconography from Oklahoma Hall of Fame artists Mike Larsen and Harold T. Holden.

Where:
OK Hall of Fame Museum
1400 N Classen
OKC, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.235.4458
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Enjoy light snacks, a cash bar and the splendor of the sky on a Sunset Cruise. Boarding at 7:45 p.m. in July.

Cost: $35

Where:
Exchange Landing
1503 Exchange Avenue
SW, over the bridge from Farmer's Market
Oklahoma City, OK  73109
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Telephone: 405.702.7755
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The OKC Museum of Art screens overlooked treasures and unsung independent films.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
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Politically charged and unapologetically feminist, this shows harnesses the talents of dozens of local women creators, with proceeds benefiting OKC Artists for Justice.

Where:
Current Studio
1218 N Penn
OKC, OK  73107
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Telephone: 673.1218
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The OKC Museum of Art screens overlooked treasures and unsung independent films.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
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Oklahoma Children's Theatre junior thespians tackle the tale of wonder and whimsy and good times for all, with a stripe-chapeaued cat orchestrating it all.

Where:
OCU Children's Center for the Arts
2501 N Blackwelder
OKC, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.951.0011
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A suite of new works by local artist Dr. Jim Cobb fills the newly renovated and restored Depot in this colorful exhibition.

Where:
Santa Fe Depot
200 S Jones
Norman, OK  73069
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Telephone: 405.307.9320
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Do you hear the people sing? And by the people, we mean Upstage Theater, who are presenting this stirring tale of love, redemption and revolution.

Where:
Mitch Park
1501 W Covell
Edmond, OK  73003
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Telephone: 405.285.5803
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Come out to the 2017 Youth Nationals on July 22 - 29 in OKC at the State Fair Park for 8 days of exciting horse show classes. Enjoy world-class shopping, delicious food vendors, a stick horse...

Cost: Free

Where:
State Fair Park
3001 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Sponsor: Arabian Horse Association
Telephone: 303.696.4500
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Grab a snack, find a seat and let your imagination run wild! Each weekend in July, we’ll look at timeless truths from Hollywood blockbusters. At every service, you can expect a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Life.Church
7800 S. Walker
Oklahoma City, OK  73139
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Sponsor: Life.Church
Telephone: 405.216.5433
Contact Name: Rachel Key
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This summer, Oklahoma Contemporary is kicking off Showroom|Showcase, a series of installations by local artists in the Showroom, located at 11th and Broadway. Our first featured artist is Rachel...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary's Showroom
1146 N. Broadway
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.604.0042
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
Website »

More information

Expand your skills and explore your creativity this summer. Enrollment is open for our four- and eight-week classes designed for artists at any level. Under the guidance of experienced instructors,...

Cost: $75-$160

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
Website »

More information

Learn how to make your own 3D book sculpture with artist Kelly Campbell Berry in this full-day workshop - participants will learn the basics of creating book art by choosing the "right"...

Cost: $65

Where:
[Artspace] at Untitled
1 NE 3rd
Oklahoma City, OK  73104
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Sponsor: [Artspace] at Untitled
Telephone: 405.815.9995
Contact Name: Holly Hodge
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Departs Exchange Landing | Saturdays (May  – August) | 11:40 am Experience history as you never have before. Colorful Oklahoma characters will reenact history through the eyes of...

Cost: $6-15

Where:
Exchange Landing
1503 Exchange Avenue
SW, over the bridge from Farmer's Market
Oklahoma City, OK  73109
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Telephone: 405.702.7755
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Oklahoma Contemporary’s second edition of Guerrilla Art Park features six Oklahoma artists, ranging from emerging to well established. This year, many of the artists chose to focus on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary's Showroom
1146 N. Broadway
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.604.0042
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
Website »

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Scratch Art Stained Glass Windows, Saturday, July 1, 1- 4 pm Floral Collages, Saturday, July 8, 1-4 pm Fashionable Footwear, Saturday, July 15, 1-4 pm Watercolor Block Prints, Saturday,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Telephone: 405.236.3100
Contact Name: Becky Weintz
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Saturday cartoons aren’t just for the children anymore. Share the classics with your crew every Saturday on an Oklahoma River Cruise. Kids 6 and under ride free.

Cost: $15 (free for kids 6 and under)

Where:
Exchange Landing
1503 Exchange Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK  73109
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Telephone: 405.702.7755
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The CODED_COUTURE exhibition looks at the intersection of fashion and technology. Couture clothes are manufactured to a customer’s specific requirements. CODED_COUTURE offers a new definition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
Website »

More information

Fresh from his critically acclaimed sold-out production in Washington, D.C., Signature Theatre’s Matthew Gardiner will guest-direct this classic American musical with new energy and...

Cost: $30-90 (military and child discounts available)

Where:
Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall
201 N Walker Ave
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Sponsor: Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Telephone: 405.524.9312
Contact Name: Cynthia Bedford
Website »

More information

 Join Oklahoma River Cruises for a night of Hawaiian themed tunes and beautiful views, enough to make even Don Ho jealous! View the evening ferry schedule online for evening departure...

Cost: $6-15

Where:
All OK River Cruise Landings
Oklahoma City, OK  73109


Telephone: 405.702.7755
Website »

More information

Join OKC Improv at the Paramount Theater for a night of live, interactive, unpredictable comedy! 7:30 - After Hours/What's Happening/Horse Feathers 9:30 - Partners in Time/Red State, Blue...

Cost: $10 for one, 15 for both

Where:
The Paramount Theatre
11 N Lee
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Website »

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Fresh from his critically acclaimed sold-out production in Washington, D.C., Signature Theatre’s Matthew Gardiner will guest-direct this classic American musical with new energy and...

Cost: $30-90 (military and child discounts available)

Where:
Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall
201 N Walker Ave
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Sponsor: Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Telephone: 405.524.9312
Contact Name: Cynthia Bedford
Website »

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Jade Castle is a singer-songwriter from OKC and recently graduated from the Academy of Contemporary Music with her bachelor's degree in vocal performance. Jade started performing on stage at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Noir bistro & Bar
701 W Sheridan
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.637.9389
Contact Name: George Adams
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Oklahoma Children's Theatre junior thespians tackle the tale of wonder and whimsy and good times for all, with a stripe-chapeaued cat orchestrating it all.

Where:
OCU Children's Center for the Arts
2501 N Blackwelder
OKC, OK  73106
View map »


Telephone: 405.951.0011
Website »

More information

Do you hear the people sing? And by the people, we mean Upstage Theater, who are presenting this stirring tale of love, redemption and revolution.

Where:
Mitch Park
1501 W Covell
Edmond, OK  73003
View map »


Telephone: 405.285.5803
Website »

More information

Play ball! OKC's warriors of the diamond get set to host Tacoma.

Where:
Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
2 S Mickey Mantle
OKC, OK  73104
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Telephone: 405.218.1000
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A trip to the amusement park becomes even more tempting with a fun-filled set from the '70s superstars.

Where:
Frontier City
11501 N I-35 Service
OKC, OK  73131
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Telephone: 405.478.2140
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Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic presents an overview of the artist’s career including around sixty of his oil paintings, stained glass and sculpture. The exhibition...

Cost: $10-12

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Contact Name: Becky Weintz
Website »

More information

A slice of American (and Oklahoman) history retakes the spotlight in this exhibition of works created under the New Deal's Federal Art Project.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

Terrible monsters, heroic critters and tons of glimpses into history fill this exhibit honoring the life of pioneering titan of stop-motion animation and special effects Ray Harryhausen.

Where:
Science Museum Oklahoma
2020 Remington
OKC, OK  73111
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Telephone: 405.602.6664
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A joint exhibition of Western portraiture and iconography from Oklahoma Hall of Fame artists Mike Larsen and Harold T. Holden.

Where:
OK Hall of Fame Museum
1400 N Classen
OKC, OK  73106
View map »


Telephone: 405.235.4458
Website »

More information

Politically charged and unapologetically feminist, this shows harnesses the talents of dozens of local women creators, with proceeds benefiting OKC Artists for Justice.

Where:
Current Studio
1218 N Penn
OKC, OK  73107
View map »


Telephone: 673.1218
Website »

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It's not whether you win or lose at the casino-style games fueling this fundraiser, it's the fun you have and the knowledge that you're helping the ailing kids of Make-a-Wish Oklahoma.

Where:
Cox Center
1 Myriad Gardens
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.286.4000
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