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Cathy O’Donnell was different from everyone else. Had she not been, no one would have paid to watch her on the silver screen. And watch moviegoers did – from her first film, 1946’s Academy Award-winning Best Picture “The Best Years of Our Lives,” to her last, 1959’s Best Picture winner “Ben Hur.”

Actor Farley Granger, who co-starred with O’Donnell in two film noir classics, wrote in his memoir that she “was very different from anyone I’d ever met: lovely, shy, wistful and ethereal.” She wasn’t pretty in the Hollywood sense, but she had an enchanting presence, and the fairy-tale life she led began long before Hollywood. To begin with, Cathy wasn’t her real name.

At the 1946 Academy Awards: Olivia de Havilland, Harold Russell, Cathy O’Donnell and Anne BaxterShe was born Ann Steely on July 6, 1923 in Siluria, an Alabama mill village near Birmingham and a far cry from the glamour of Hollywood. Her family moved to Oklahoma City when she was 12, where young Ann attended Harding Junior High School and Classen High School before studying stenography for a year at Hill’s Business. She worked as a secretary for the army induction center but had aspirations of acting, stemming from the days when her father, a school teacher by day, operated the local theater by night – giving the kids ample chances to get lost watching news reels, cartoons, war movies and westerns.

Eventually, the adventurous Ann Steely quit her day job and took acting classes at Oklahoma City University, becoming an occasional feature in student productions. She told her brother Joe she hadn’t liked “office work,” calling it “torture” and dramatically adding she’d have died if she’d had to stay in it much longer.

But acting quickly became something she took very seriously – she soon decided to leave Oklahoma City, and in 1944 went to Los Angeles to meet David O. Selznick in Hollywood. She’d sent a letter and picture to the producer and received a quick reply. When Steely arrived in California, she met with Selznick’s casting director, who promised to arrange an audition. But while she was waiting, she got her big break: whether or not she actually met agent Ben Medford at the lunch counter in Schwab’s drugstore as legend has it, he introduced her to the great star-maker Samuel Goldwyn.

“All the daydreams I had as a little girl are coming true.” - Cathy O’Donnell to Kyle Crichton, 1948

A glamorous Cathy O'Donnell

Despite her Midwestern awkwardness, she impressed Goldwyn enough for him to arrange a screen test. He then signed Steely to a contract, determined to make the would-be starlet into an ingénue. She studied acting, ballet and diction at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, and was soon hired to a touring production of “Life With Father.” She begged Goldwyn to arrange her casting in Tennessee Williams’ “You Touched Me” instead and to adopt the new name “Lark”; Goldwyn was reportedly unimpressed by both suggestions, and convinced her to change her first name to Cathy and “Steely” to the Irish surname of “O’Donnell.”

After a stint in “Little Women” and an uncredited film debut as a nightclub extra, “Miss O’Donnell” was cast in 1946’s “The Best Years of Our Lives,” in which she played Wilma Cameron opposite real-life handicapped veteran Harold Russell. She didn’t know it, but the film’s director, William Wyler, had seen and been impressed by her performance in “Life With Father.”

At the 1946 Academy Awards, O’Donnell proudly accepted Fredric March’s Best Actor award for his work in “The Best Years of Our Lives” – the film also garnered awards for Best Director (William Wyler), Best Actress (Olivia de Havilland), Best Supporting Actress (Anne Baxter) and Best Supporting Actor (Harold Russell)... and a radiant O’Donnell was in the midst of it all.

O’Donnell with brother Joe Seely; she began work as a secretary at the army induction center at the time her brother entered the military during WWII.Her followup roles included “They Live By Night” (1948) opposite Farley Granger, and she was slated to appear with him again alongside David Niven and Teresa Wright in “Enchantment” – but she was dropped from the project when she eloped with William Wyler’s older brother Robert.

“My uncle fell in love with Cathy during ‘The Best Years,’” explains niece Catherine Wyler. “He was always crazy about her, but my family was quite surprised when they married because of the age difference. Uncle Robert was a sweet, lovely guy, but he was my father’s ‘less celebrated’ brother. He always served as my father’s confidante. He did re-writes and associate-produced on a lot of scripts for William Wyler films.”

At the time of the new couple’s nuptials, Goldwyn was still smarting from the desertion of William Wyler – who, upon completion of his pre-war contract, left to join with Frank Capra and George Stevens in the independent production company Liberty Films. Wyler had become one of Goldwyn’s “cash cows,” as “The Best Years of Our Lives” grossed $11.3 million – so for Goldwyn, Wyler’s abandonment was both personal and professional. Granger wrote in his memoir, “Goldwyn took this situation personally and said Willy Wyler had put his brother up to marrying Cathy.” Granger later told his “Strangers on a Train” co-star Laura Elliott that O’Donnell had married Wyler to spite Goldwyn, who told O’Donnell “she would never work again.” Certainly all ties between O’Donnell and Goldwyn were permanently severed, but O’Donnell did finally get that interview with Selznick; she promptly signed with him, re-teaming in 1950 with Granger in another film noir classic: “Side Street.”

Over the next decade, O’Donnell appeared in “Detective Story” (primarily, as she said at the time, “because William [Wyler] was producing and directing”), “Roman Holiday,” the cult horror classic “Terror in the Haunted House” and the epic “Ben Hur,” in which she played Charlton Heston’s sister Tirzah.

By the end of the 1950s, O’Donnell was a fashion icon, both on- and off-screen. For more than a decade she had been photographed for, and profiled in, publications such as The American Magazine and Picture Show, Picturegoer, Redbook, The Sunday News, Screenland, Movie Album, Motion Picture and Snappy Shots.

She then appeared on television a few times, making her last episodic appearance on “Bonanza” in 1964, but mainly enjoying the comfortable and ordinary domestic life into which she and Robert had settled. Their comfortably sized California ranch home, designed by famous builder Robert Byrd, was on Wetherly Drive just above the Sunset Strip. Niece Kathy Steely explains, “I also recall visiting Aunt Ann/Cathy’s house in West Hollywood. We always joked that because the landscaping was tiered, she had a two-story back yard.”

O’Donnell first became ill around this time. “She had tell-tale signs of cancer,” says Catherine Wyler, “and hadn’t done anything about it, and by time she got to the doctor, it was too far advanced.”

In looking back to the time of their aunt’s illness, Donnell’s nieces and her nephew reflect on how well they knew their aunt. “Since Aunt Ann/Cathy lived so far away in California, and we were in Oklahoma,” recalls Kathy Steely, who was only 12 at the time of O’Donnell’s passing. “We didn’t see her much, but I was in awe of having a ‘movie star’ aunt!”

“As children growing up, we did feel special having a ‘movie star’ aunt,” concurs David Steely. He adds his aunt must have sensed his musical ability – he had played the guitar since age 11 – because she “once gave me several of her poems as lyrics to any music I might write.”

Shortly thereafter, “She phoned my father,” David Steely recalls, “and said, ‘There’s a new movie being made that calls for several children. Would you consider letting the kids audition?’ and my father said, ‘Absolutely under no circumstances whatsoever would I remotely consider that!’ The movie was ‘The Sound of Music.’”

In Rome for the filming of  “Ben Hur”: Robert Wyler, Cathy O’Donnell, James D. Zellerbach (U.S. ambassador to Rome) and Charlton HestonEven if O’Donnell’s plans had come to fruition, one glitch would have been that her brother-in-law William Wyler dropped out of directing the film. Melanie Wyler says “Cathy O. knew about auditions for ‘The Sound of Music’ because my father was originally slated to direct that film. But he pulled out of the project because, given his background and Jewish heritage, he couldn’t, in his words, ‘make a movie about singing Nazis.’”

Cathy O’Donnell finally died from complications due to cancer at the age of 46, on her 22nd wedding anniversary. Throughout her lengthy illness, she drew strength from her faith, having converted to Catholicism after coming to Hollywood. Catherine Wyler remembers, “Cathy O. became Catholic after her marriage to my uncle, and I recall my because my parents jokingly saying a Catholic convert’s more ‘Catholic’ than the Pope. She was very devout, though my uncle and father were secular Jews. Catholicism gave Cathy O. more romance and drama.”

Even with all the credits to her name, O’Donnell didn’t consider herself a huge success. Catherine Wyler remembers that “She wasn’t very satisfied with her career because there were a lot of ‘B’ movies.” Nonetheless, of Donnell’s 17 films, all in starring/featured roles, seven are classic film-noir/quasi-noir, making her a major contributor to that genre.

“I remember Cathy O. as a very lovely, quiet, sweet person,” remembers Sheldon. Catherine Wyler concurs, adding, “But, she wasn’t practical; she liked to live in a dream world, and she always thought of herself as a young woman.”

Funeral services for O’Donnell were held in Forest Lawn on April 11, 1970. Her obituary described her as “a resident of Oklahoma City during the early 1940s” and “the wife of a motion picture executive.”

Ann Steely’s journey from Oklahoma City to Hollywood had been a long one, and was the stuff of which dreams are made.

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Telephone: 405-340-1975
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The Roof Terrace bar and live music season is back with a jammin’ music lineup. Check out the lineup of musical performers for this season on the website!

Cost: $5

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, AL  73102
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Sponsor: Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Telephone: 405-236-3100
Contact Name: Becky Weintz
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Due to recent tax law changes, an uncertain future for Social Security and the shift toward employee-directed retirement plans, the need for sound financial strategies has never been greater. In...

Cost: $49

Where:
UCO Customized Education
1 Santa Fe Plaza, Suite 100
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: UCO Customized Education
Telephone: 405-974-3030
Contact Name: Jessie West
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Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown OKC Library
300 Park Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Center for the Book & The Red Earth MFA
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Cost: Free

Where:
Mitchell Hall Theatre
100 E 5th
Edmond, OK  73034
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Telephone: 405-974-3375

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The name alone should be all music fans need to hear. To have a genuine legend like the 18-time Grammy winner performing hits like I Left My Heart in San Francisco here in OKC is a treat that truly...

Where:
OKC Civic Center
201 N Walker
OKC, OK
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Telephone: 405.297.2264
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Color reigns joyfully in the mixed media creations of this printmaker, experimenter and award-winner.

Where:
Santa Fe Depot
200 S Jones
Norman, OK
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Telephone: 405.307.9320
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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
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
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Free lunchtime serenades to sonically spice up your Thursday: Evangeline Vournasos.

Where:
Downtown Library
300 Park
OKC, OK
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Telephone: 405.231.8650
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The University of Oklahoma celebrates its 125th anniversary with a trove of treasures from the history of science; artifacts, informational exhibits and much more about the legendary astronomer and...

Where:
Across the OU Campus
401 W Brooks St
Norman, OK  73019
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Telephone: 405.325.4142
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Over 100 richly detailed black-and-white and color photographs fill this exhibition of selected works from the cameras of father-son artists Bank and John Langmore.

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd
OKC, OK  73111
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Telephone: 405.478.2250
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In celebration of the many extraordinary acquisitions that have made the Oklahoma City Museum of Art the premiere collecting institution in central Oklahoma, this exhibition tells the story of the...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: OKCMOA
Telephone: 405-236-3100
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An interactive exhibition studded with art and information about the varied ways extreme weather has shaped the history of the American west.

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd
OKC, OK  73111
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Telephone: 405.478.2250
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The volunteer concert ensemble, nearly 100 members strong, tunes up for a spring concert featuring its Young Artist Competition winner.

Where:
Yukon Fine Arts Center
850 Yukon
Yukon, OK
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Native art simply doesn't get much better than this: an all-star collection of highlights from pieces made by the Master Artists in the Red Earth Festival's first 30 years.

Where:
Red Earth Museum
6 Santa Fe
OKC, OK
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Telephone: 405.427.5228
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The FAI hosts a collection of beauty produced by guest artist James Coplin.

Where:
Fine Arts Institute of Edmond
27 E Edwards
Edmond, OK
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Telephone: 405.340.4481
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Drop by and pore over prizewinning works from UCO students that took honors at this year's ADDY Awards.

Where:
UCO Melton Gallery
100 N University
Edmond, OK
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Telephone: 405.974.3774
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An all-ages hotspot is alight with music - get the latest list online.

Where:
89th Street Collective
8911 N Western
OKC, OK
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Tubby teen Tracy may not be a ravishing beauty, but she can dance - and when you've got it, flaunt it. Especially if it puts you in a position to enact social progress.

Where:
Pollard Theatre
120 W Harrison
Guthrie, OK
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Telephone: 405.282.2800
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The visually engaging Paseo gallery hosts a collection of jewelry and mixed media creations that beg closer inspection.

Where:
In Your Eye Gallery
3005 Paseo
OKC, OK
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Telephone: 405.525.2161
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Audiences of this Celebrity Attractions show will find themselves part of the studio audience for a 1952 filming session of the redhead comedienne's namesake show, complete with period ad...

Where:
OKC Civic Center
201 N Walker
OKC, OK
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Telephone: 800.869.1451
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For more than a century - this is the 102nd show - creators in training at OU have combined their skills to present showcases such as these, with prizes for the most outstanding.

Where:
Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art
555 Elm
Norman, OK
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Telephone: 405.325.3272
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It's a play about a play that's about to become a hit - maybe. If everyone involved can refrain from messing with it, which ... isn't very likely.

Where:
Jewel Box Theater
3700 N Walker
OKC, OK
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Telephone: 405.521.1786
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Step into another world where Summer Wheat explores an extensive portrayal of what she imagines to be behind the wall in Vermeer’s historical painting, The Milk Maid. Wheat will create an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
3000 General Pershing Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Telephone: 405.951.0000
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This multi-media exhibit showcases artwork by the late Willard Stone and his family members.

Cost: Included in Museum Admission

Where:
Oklahoma Hall of Fame at the Gaylord-Pickens Museu
1400 Classen Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.235.4458
Contact Name: Marissa Raglin
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The Champions of Health awards recognize those who make a difference in the health of Oklahomans. Winners in select categories will receive $5,000 for their organization or program, and will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
, OK


Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma
Telephone: 918-551-2064
Contact Name: Amy Pulliam
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Art classes designed for artists at any level to nourish and build creativity and skills. Under the guidance of experienced instructors, class options are available in ceramics, 2-D arts, fiber...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
3000 General Pershing Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Telephone: 405-951-0000
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In One Ear … is a kaleidoscopic study of broadcast media's influence on forming and keeping relationships. In the new media installation by David Steele Overholt, a generatively...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary's Showrrom
1146 N. Broadway Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
Telephone: 405-951-0000
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Features coffee table, rare, and collectible books for all ages and interests. This year’s offering includes an excellent selection of history, military history, children’s books, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Norman Public Library
225 N Webster
Norman, OK  73072
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Sponsor: Friends of the Norman Library
Telephone: 405-701-2600
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One hundred of the founding members of the Guardian program will be honored at this year’s Reach for the Stars gala benefiting Youth Services for Oklahoma County. The Guardian program was...

Cost: $150

Where:
Chevy Bricktown Event Center
429 E. California
Oklahoma City, OK  73104
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Sponsor: Youth Services for Oklahoma County
Telephone: 405-235-7537
Contact Name: Cass Hayes
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Cost: $10

Where:
UCO Jazz Lab
100 E 5th
Edmond, OK  73034
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Telephone: 405-974-3375

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Over 100 richly detailed black-and-white and color photographs fill this exhibition of selected works from the cameras of father-son artists Bank and John Langmore.

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd
OKC, OK  73111
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Telephone: 405.478.2250
Website »

More information

Whether you're Scots or nots, there's fun to be had at Yukon's annual convocation of dancers, musicians, food vendors, sheep herders and caber tossers.

Where:
Kirkpatrick Family Farm
1001 S Garth Brooks
Yukon, OK
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Telephone: 405.834.1876
Website »

More information

Audiences of this Celebrity Attractions show will find themselves part of the studio audience for a 1952 filming session of the redhead comedienne's namesake show, complete with period ad...

Where:
OKC Civic Center
201 N Walker
OKC, OK
View map »


Telephone: 800.869.1451
Website »

More information

It's a play about a play that's about to become a hit - maybe. If everyone involved can refrain from messing with it, which ... isn't very likely.

Where:
Jewel Box Theater
3700 N Walker
OKC, OK
View map »


Telephone: 405.521.1786
Website »

More information

For more than a century - this is the 102nd show - creators in training at OU have combined their skills to present showcases such as these, with prizes for the most outstanding.

Where:
Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art
555 Elm
Norman, OK
View map »


Telephone: 405.325.3272
Website »

More information

Tubby teen Tracy may not be a ravishing beauty, but she can dance - and when you've got it, flaunt it. Especially if it puts you in a position to enact social progress.

Where:
Pollard Theatre
120 W Harrison
Guthrie, OK
View map »


Telephone: 405.282.2800
Website »

More information

The time is now for the OU School of Dance to exhibit some modern marvels of movement.

Where:
OU Reynolds PAC
560 Parrington Oval
Norman, OK
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Telephone: 405.325.4101
Website »

More information

The visually engaging Paseo gallery hosts a collection of jewelry and mixed media creations that beg closer inspection.

Where:
In Your Eye Gallery
3005 Paseo
OKC, OK
View map »


Telephone: 405.525.2161
Website »

More information

Drop by and pore over prizewinning works from UCO students that took honors at this year's ADDY Awards.

Where:
UCO Melton Gallery
100 N University
Edmond, OK
View map »


Telephone: 405.974.3774
Website »

More information

Self-billed as the best listening room in Oklahoma, it certainly has some of the best music - check online for updates.

Where:
The Blue Door
2805 N McKinley
OKC, OK
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Telephone: 405.524.0738
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Heat up your month with a powerhouse live performance.

Where:
Firelake Arena
18145 Rangeline
Shawnee, OK
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Telephone: 405.273.1637
Website »

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In celebration of the many extraordinary acquisitions that have made the Oklahoma City Museum of Art the premiere collecting institution in central Oklahoma, this exhibition tells the story of the...

Cost: Varies

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


Sponsor: OKCMOA
Telephone: 405-236-3100
Website »

More information

An interactive exhibition studded with art and information about the varied ways extreme weather has shaped the history of the American west.

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd
OKC, OK  73111
View map »


Telephone: 405.478.2250
Website »

More information

The University of Oklahoma celebrates its 125th anniversary with a trove of treasures from the history of science; artifacts, informational exhibits and much more about the legendary astronomer and...

Where:
Across the OU Campus
401 W Brooks St
Norman, OK  73019
View map »


Telephone: 405.325.4142
Website »

More information

The Annual Downtown Edmond Arts Festival displays more than 100 artists with live music, food vendors and a children's area. The festival hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m....

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Edmond
30 W 1st St
Edmond, OK  73003
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Telephone: 405-249-9391
Contact Name: Elena Listen
Website »

More information

Color reigns joyfully in the mixed media creations of this printmaker, experimenter and award-winner.

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


Telephone: 405.307.9320
Website »

More information

The casino is hopping this month, with sensational stars including Aaron Lewis.

Where:
Riverwind Casino
1544 W Hwy 9
Norman, OK
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Telephone: 405.322.6464
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Native art simply doesn't get much better than this: an all-star collection of highlights from pieces made by the Master Artists in the Red Earth Festival's first 30 years.

Where:
Red Earth Museum
6 Santa Fe
OKC, OK
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Telephone: 405.427.5228
Website »

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Rock music combined with physical comedy seasoned with vivd spectacle - all without a word spoken. If you're feeling blue, here's the joyous cure.

Where:
OKC Civic Center
201 N Walker
OKC, OK
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Telephone: 800.869.1451
Website »

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E.B. White's classic coming-of-age nature tale.

Where:
Oklahoma Children's Theatre
2501 N Blackwelder
OKC, OK
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Telephone: 405.951.0011
Website »

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This multi-media exhibit showcases artwork by the late Willard Stone and his family members.

Cost: Included in Museum Admission

Where:
Oklahoma Hall of Fame at the Gaylord-Pickens Museu
1400 Classen Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73106
View map »


Telephone: 405.235.4458
Contact Name: Marissa Raglin
Website »

More information

Step into another world where Summer Wheat explores an extensive portrayal of what she imagines to be behind the wall in Vermeer’s historical painting, The Milk Maid. Wheat will create an...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 405.951.0000
Website »

More information

Art classes designed for artists at any level to nourish and build creativity and skills. Under the guidance of experienced instructors, class options are available in ceramics, 2-D arts, fiber...

Cost: Varies

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


Telephone: 405-951-0000
Website »

More information

The Champions of Health awards recognize those who make a difference in the health of Oklahomans. Winners in select categories will receive $5,000 for their organization or program, and will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
, OK


Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma
Telephone: 918-551-2064
Contact Name: Amy Pulliam
Website »

More information

Features coffee table, rare, and collectible books for all ages and interests. This year’s offering includes an excellent selection of history, military history,children’s books, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Norman Public Library
225 N. Webster
Norman, OK  73069
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Sponsor: Friends of the Norman Library
Telephone: 405-701-2600
Website »

More information

 Let your inner artist explore. Students ages 5-12 will use a variety of mediums to create various works of art. Students can choose from: Exploring Still Life to Contemporary Collages

Cost: Varies

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


Telephone: 405.951.0000
Website »

More information

In One Ear … is a kaleidoscopic study of broadcast media's influence on forming and keeping relationships. In the new media installation by David Steele Overholt, a generatively...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
Telephone: 405-951-0000
Website »

More information

Cost: Free

Where:
Mitchell Hall Theatre
100 E 5th
Edmond, OK  73034
View map »


Telephone: 405-974-3375

More information

Cost: $15

Where:
UCO Jazz Lab
100 E 5th
Edmond, OK  73034
View map »


Telephone: 405-974-2100

More information

Audiences of this Celebrity Attractions show will find themselves part of the studio audience for a 1952 filming session of the redhead comedienne's namesake show, complete with period ad...

Where:
OKC Civic Center
201 N Walker
OKC, OK
View map »


Telephone: 800.869.1451
Website »

More information

Tubby teen Tracy may not be a ravishing beauty, but she can dance - and when you've got it, flaunt it. Especially if it puts you in a position to enact social progress.

Where:
Pollard Theatre
120 W Harrison
Guthrie, OK
View map »


Telephone: 405.282.2800
Website »

More information

The time is now for the OU School of Dance to exhibit some modern marvels of movement.

Where:
OU Reynolds PAC
560 Parrington Oval
Norman, OK
View map »


Telephone: 405.325.4101
Website »

More information

The visually engaging Paseo gallery hosts a collection of jewelry and mixed media creations that beg closer inspection.

Where:
In Your Eye Gallery
3005 Paseo
OKC, OK
View map »


Telephone: 405.525.2161
Website »

More information

Whether you're Scots or nots, there's fun to be had at Yukon's annual convocation of dancers, musicians, food vendors, sheep herders and caber tossers.

Where:
Kirkpatrick Family Farm
1001 S Garth Brooks
Yukon, OK
View map »


Telephone: 405.834.1876
Website »

More information

It's a play about a play that's about to become a hit - maybe. If everyone involved can refrain from messing with it, which ... isn't very likely.

Where:
Jewel Box Theater
3700 N Walker
OKC, OK
View map »


Telephone: 405.521.1786
Website »

More information

E.B. White's classic coming-of-age nature tale.

Where:
Oklahoma Children's Theatre
2501 N Blackwelder
OKC, OK
View map »


Telephone: 405.951.0011
Website »

More information

The Annual Downtown Edmond Arts Festival displays more than 100 artists with live music, food vendors and a children's area. The festival hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m....

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Edmond
30 W 1st St
Edmond, OK  73003
View map »


Telephone: 405-249-9391
Contact Name: Elena Listen
Website »

More information

In celebration of the many extraordinary acquisitions that have made the Oklahoma City Museum of Art the premiere collecting institution in central Oklahoma, this exhibition tells the story of the...

Cost: Varies

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


Sponsor: OKCMOA
Telephone: 405-236-3100
Website »

More information

An interactive exhibition studded with art and information about the varied ways extreme weather has shaped the history of the American west.

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd
OKC, OK  73111
View map »


Telephone: 405.478.2250
Website »

More information

Over 100 richly detailed black-and-white and color photographs fill this exhibition of selected works from the cameras of father-son artists Bank and John Langmore.

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd
OKC, OK  73111
View map »


Telephone: 405.478.2250
Website »

More information

Multiple sclerosis stops people from moving; pooling efforts in a fundraising event like this helps move the world closer to a cure.

Where:
Wild Horse Park
1201 N Mustang
Mustang, OK
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Telephone: 405.488.1300
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Citizens Caring for Children is lining up dinner, dancing, auctions and games for guests to enjoy while helping Oklahoma's children living in foster care.

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd
OKC, OK
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Telephone: 405.753.4099
Website »

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For more than a century - this is the 102nd show - creators in training at OU have combined their skills to present showcases such as these, with prizes for the most outstanding.

Where:
Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art
555 Elm
Norman, OK
View map »


Telephone: 405.325.3272
Website »

More information

The Assistance League's spring assembly of juried art, children's art education, food vendors, live music and family activities is still a ball after all these years.

Where:
Andrews Park
201 W Daws
Norman, OK
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Telephone: 405.321.9400
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The downtown concert hall keeps pounding out the hits with performances like this one.

Where:
The Criterion
500 E Sheridan
OKC, OK
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Telephone: 405.308.1803
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This event is three miles total, but it's far from a jaunt in the park - the course is as crammed with epic obstacles as the day is with entertainment for runners and observers alike. It should be...

Where:
Wake Zone Cable Park
3510 NE 10th
OKC, OK
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Telephone: 617.797.7226
Website »

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Cimarron Opera closes out its Salon Series by welcoming local vocal artists to the stage to share a variety of musical tales.

Where:
Santa Fe Depot
200 S Jones
Norman, OK
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Telephone: 405.364.8962
Website »

More information

The University of Oklahoma celebrates its 125th anniversary with a trove of treasures from the history of science; artifacts, informational exhibits and much more about the legendary astronomer and...

Where:
Across the OU Campus
401 W Brooks St
Norman, OK  73019
View map »


Telephone: 405.325.4142
Website »

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