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Costa Rica and Pura Vida

The wildlife and wonders of a Central American paradise



 



I’d spent nearly a week in Costa Rica with NAMU Tours and Costa Rican Vacations. I had watched alligators along the Tempisque River in Palo Verde National Park just outside Guanacaste; snorkeled in the Pacific on an afternoon catamaran ride off the coast of Playa Del Coco; earlier in the day, after a visit to Volcanoes National Park, I had gone swimming under the crystal waters of the 250-foot La Fortuna Waterfall.

Half an hour’s ride away was my hotel, the world-renowned Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort and Luxury Hotel. There I would spend my last day in Costa Rica, reflecting on the colorful insanity that had been my stay in the Central American paradise. Shortly, a van would pick me up outside, and after a short drive to the Tabacon Springs themselves, which are largely open to the public, I would surrender myself to a day of steamy mineral water, sublime scenery, cocktails and a touch of quietude.

Boasting six dormant volcanoes, Costa Rica has no shortage of hot springs of varying temperatures, flow volumes and mineral content. Hot springs have long been a soothing respite for visitors drawn to the biologically diverse country’s unprecedented breadth of rainforest hiking trails, zip lines and white water. While many hot spring resorts in the area either re-circulate or drill for the geothermally heated rainwater that fills their pools, Tabacon’s springs are completely natural. The tropical resort offers five different tumbling springs with temperatures ranging from a refreshing 77 degrees F to as hot as 122.

There are two main branches to the steaming river that flows through the hotel and thermal resort’s spectacular gardens, and one cold river spring that flows down the volcano from the rainforest. These streams and rivers collect beneath cascading waterfalls into more than a dozen pools of varying sizes and depths; one is large enough to host a well-appointed swim-up bar. Some smaller pools are available only to guests staying at the hotel, providing utter tropical seclusion with the best views of the Arenal Volcano and the surrounding rainforest.


The Tabacon is an intimate hotel with tremendous personal service, two restaurants and two of its own swimming pools filled with water channeled from the hot springs. In fact, water features, fountains, small falls and pools are everywhere. The rooms themselves are spacious, indulgently comfortable and meticulously decorated with local art, Spanish tile floors, granite countertops and unrivaled views of the surrounding rainforest and the towering Arenal.

To be anywhere in Costa Rica practically requires keeping your head on a swivel and your senses heightened. From every direction, the sound of scurrying and scratching feet, territorial shrieks, throaty warbles, shrill squeals and guttural moans permeate the wet, verdant air. Splashes, subtle hisses and lengthy rattles rise and fall in a euphonious fashion. The occasional pop of color as a tanager dips from one flowering plant to another is a bright reminder that attached to each of the huge numbers – 210 species of mammals, 878 species of birds, 218 species of reptiles and 35,000 species of insects – is something that is beautiful and something that is alive.

Despite its small size, Costa Rica boasts 4 percent of the earth’s living species, and for decades, travelers have been drawn to this biological diversity and splendor. The country claims 27 National Parks, 58 wildlife refuges, 15 wetlands, 32 protected zones and eight biological reserves, each exploding with rivers, streams, waterfalls, coastlines on both the Pacific and the Atlantic – all home to wildlife and beauty beyond imagination.

As I wait for a shuttle to pick me up and take me on the easy ride from the hotel to the hot springs at Tabacon’s Thermal Spa, a hummingbird whizzes impossibly close, en route to one of thousands of flowers in the kaleidoscopic, wandering garden that backs up to the edge of the surrounding rainforest. Along this forest is the narrow road to the hot springs.


Transfixed by acrobatics of the hovering, iridescent hummingbird, I don’t even notice when the shuttle to the springs pulls up. Over the course of my stay, I’d counted hundreds of birds, seen sloths, monkeys, iguanas and frogs. I’d been immersed in wildlife for a week. So much so, that by trip’s end, I began to realize that while I had seen and photographed a lot, I hadn’t really experienced anything at all.

“Pura Vida” (translated as “pure life,” and the most important phrase in all of Costa Rica), says the driver with a toothy smile as he slides open the shuttle door. “You want a ride to the spa?”

I look around. The hummingbird has vanished from the flower, but a handful of parrots chat loudly above and a giant Crested Guan, a turkey-like bird with a sharp red and blue face, crashes through the canopy. Recently, it had stopped raining, but the sound of a million residual droplets of water falling from leaf to leaf toward the forest floor keeps the “rain song” active long after the storm’s passing. Despite this temporary respite, the clouds above the canopy line promise more rain. The world around me, more than ever, feels alive.

“I think I’m gonna walk,” I say, watching an iguana lazily cross the road at the gate of the hotel.

“It’s gonna rain again soon,” says the driver.

A howler monkey sounds its guttural cry from a tree nearby. It is as intimidating as it is beckoning. Thunder cracks in the distance. He is right; more rain is coming.

“All the better if it does,” I reply, and begin the beautiful, wild walk at the base of a volcano along the edge of the lush rainforest, heading to healing hot springs for some pure living – or as they say in Costa Rica, “Pura Vida.”

 

 

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More information

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3000 General Pershing
OKC, OK  73107
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Telephone: 405.951.0000
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The OKCMOA explores the enduring art of Japanese woodblock prints, or ukiyo-e, in this visually dazzling exhibition. Kampai!

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
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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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The Boys and Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County celebrates locals who help inspire and uplift youth in a gala named Believe.

Where:
OKC Golf & Country Club
7000 NW Grand
OKC, OK  73116
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Telephone: 405.602.5712
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The FAI hosts a collection of 50 juror-selected works from pieces submitted for its annual Youth Visions Photography Competition.

Where:
Fine Arts Institute of Edmond
27 E Edwards
Edmond, OK  73034
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Telephone: 405.340.4481
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Oklahoma native Poteet Victory shows off a suite of exceptional portraits and oil paintings, each each finished with his special proprietary glaze.

Where:
Howell Gallery
6432 N Western
OKC, OK  73116
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Telephone: 405.840.4437
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Adventure awaits in this Lyric Theatre adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic - in which an ordinary young boy gains some highly unusual traveling companions.

Where:
Lyric Theater
1727 NW 16th
OKC, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.524.9312
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The special effects might not involve phenomenal cosmic powers, but there's audience participation and the magic of the theatre in this junior production.

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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An exhibition of work by Navajo photographer Will Wilson responds to a landmark collection of Native portraiture by demonstrating the ongoing strength of traditional culture.

Where:
Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art
555 Elm
Norman, OK  73019
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Telephone: 405.325.3272
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Gather for an evening of top-notch tastes and entertainment, to support the flourishing Uptown 23rd area.

Where:
OK History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi
OKC, OK  73105
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Telephone: 405.831.0177
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One thing leads to another, and all roads lead to tragedy, in this compilation of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripedes performed by TheatreOCU.

Where:
OCU Kirkpatrick Auditorium
2501 N Blackwelder
OKC, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.208.5227
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Internationally known multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson’s first Oklahoma solo exhibition will feature recent artworks that draw upon his Native American heritage (Choctaw and Cherokee) and...

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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The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will host Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains. This original exhibition includes nine headdresses from Northern and Southern...

Cost: Admission

Where:
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
1700 N.E. 63rd St
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Sponsor: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Telephone: 918-858-4680
Contact Name: Lacey Boone
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Cost: $20 Adults/ $15 Students/ FREE for UCO students and faculty

Where:
Mitchell Hall Theatre
100 N University
Edmond, OK  73034
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Sponsor: Mitchell Hall Theatre
Telephone: 405.974.3375
Contact Name: Mackenzie Carpenter
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The Gallery at The 42 is pleased to present New Abstractions with Observational Reactions, an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Phillip Potter. The show is open to the public, running for two...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Gallery at the 42
223 NE 4th Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73104
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Sponsor: The Gallery at the 42

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Erick Taylor is a singer-songwriter-player of acoustic rock and eclectic covers. He always tries to have a great time with his audience. No cover, 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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Lost in a fantastical realm, a lone everywoman is forced to discover her inner warrior in this quick-witted adventure comedy.

Where:
Weitzenhoffer Theater
563 Elm
Norman, OK  73019
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Telephone: 405.325.4101
Website »

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Multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson interweaves fiber art, ceramics, video and performance art, painting and elements and influences from his Choctaw/Cherokee heritage for this captivating exhibition...

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
3000 General Pershing
OKC, OK  73107
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Telephone: 405.951.0000
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An OKC premiere of the much-lauded new play set in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, as survivors find themselves confronting their new reality and shared relationships.

Where:
Carpenter Square Theater
800 W Main
OKC, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.232.6500
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Graviats, goofiness and everything in between - Lithgow looks back on his varied career in this theatrical memoir, Stories by Heart.

Where:
OCCC Theater
7777 S May
OKC, OK  73159
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Telephone: 405.682.7579
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The triumphant reunioin of the beloved Oklahoma post-grunge rockers.

Where:
Bricktown Events Center
429 E California
OKC, OK  73104
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Telephone: 405.236.4143
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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  73106
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Telephone: 405.524.0738
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Jugglers, jesters, knights and fools mingle with many, many vendors to provide a weekend of entertainment and atmosphere, olde-schoole style.

Where:
Reaves Park
2501 Jenkins
Norman, OK  73072
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Telephone: 405.325.8610
Website »

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Adventure awaits in this Lyric Theatre adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic - in which an ordinary young boy gains some highly unusual traveling companions.

Where:
Lyric Theater
1727 NW 16th
OKC, OK  73106
View map »


Telephone: 405.524.9312
Website »

More information

The FAI hosts a collection of 50 juror-selected works from pieces submitted for its annual Youth Visions Photography Competition.

Where:
Fine Arts Institute of Edmond
27 E Edwards
Edmond, OK  73034
View map »


Telephone: 405.340.4481
Website »

More information

Oklahoma native Poteet Victory shows off a suite of exceptional portraits and oil paintings, each each finished with his special proprietary glaze.

Where:
Howell Gallery
6432 N Western
OKC, OK  73116
View map »


Telephone: 405.840.4437
Website »

More information

Oklahoma City's premier platform for improvised comedy theatre presents its next showcase, with shows Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Each show is $10, or see both for $15. Enjoy...

Cost: $5 - $15

Where:
Paramount Theatre
11 N. Lee Ave
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.637.9389
Contact Name: George Adams
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A barbeque buffet, special look at current exhibitions and a screening of John Wayne's classic film The Cowboys - sound good, pilgrim?

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd
OKC, OK  73111
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Telephone: 405.478.2250
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Join the crowds and hear the roar as OKC hosts San Antonio.

Where:
Chesapeake Arena
100 W Reno
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.208.4800
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Subtitled The Next 50 Years of Oklahoma Art, this exhibition covers some of the state's creative expression in the post-WWII era, including works by Doel Reed, Richard Goetz, Eugene Bavinger...

Where:
OK Hall of Fame Museum
1400 Classen
OKC, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.235.4458
Website »

More information

An exhibition of work by Navajo photographer Will Wilson responds to a landmark collection of Native portraiture by demonstrating the ongoing strength of traditional culture.

Where:
Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art
555 Elm
Norman, OK  73019
View map »


Telephone: 405.325.3272
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

A photographic collection that's deliberately a bit ... odd, it mines camerawork from the 20th century for images depicting the enigmatically uncanny.

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


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

Gripping, dynamic, visually engrossing - the cover art of classic Western paperbacks isn't often found in museums, but this exhibition makes a case that perhaps it should be.

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


Telephone: 405.478.2250
Website »

More information

The OKCMOA explores the enduring art of Japanese woodblock prints, or ukiyo-e, in this visually dazzling exhibition. Kampai!

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


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

Nicole Emmons-Willis and Tessa Raven combine their sculptural prowess to explore dreaming, specifically the American Dream, and man's effect on Earth.

Where:
IAO Gallery
706 W Sheridan
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.232.6060
Website »

More information

They made the West come to life on screen; this photography collection showcases more privtae moments in their lives off camera and behind the scenes. Subjects include John Wayne, Bing Crosby, John...

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


Telephone: 405.478.2250
Website »

More information

The characters don't have to be good people to make up a great comedy; see for yourself in this Sooner show.

Where:
Sooner Theatre
101 E Main
Norman, OK  73069
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Telephone: 405.321.9600
Website »

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This Pulitzer-winning play for mature audiences features Charlotte (born as Lothar), a transvestite who survived her own family and the Nazi and Communist regimes.

Where:
Lyric Theater
1727 NW 16th
OKC, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.524.9312
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At Dash Bash Game On! you will relive the big-haired glory days of the '80s, headlined by classic retro video games. Hosted by and benefiting Autism Oklahoma, a local nonprofit serving more...

Cost: $50

Where:
Central Oklahoma Homebuilders Association
420 East Britton Road
Oklahoma City, OK
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Sponsor: AutismOklahoma
Telephone: 405-830-5948
Contact Name: Stacey Weddington
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Get a preview of how the 220-ton cancer-fighting cyclotron works to kill cancer cells and save lives during this annual cyclotron tour. In addition to viewing the cyclotron, visitors can...

Cost: Free

Where:
ProCure Proton Therapy Center
5901 W Memorial Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK  73142
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Sponsor: ProCure Proton Therapy Center
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Internationally known multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson’s first Oklahoma solo exhibition will feature recent artworks that draw upon his Native American heritage (Choctaw and Cherokee) and...

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

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will host Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains. This original exhibition includes nine headdresses from Northern and Southern...

Cost: Admission

Where:
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
1700 N.E. 63rd St
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Sponsor: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Telephone: 918-858-4680
Contact Name: Lacey Boone
Website »

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Zoom on over for the Orr Family Farm Super Hero Party! Wear your favorite super hero costumes and meet heroes like Superman, Spiderman, Batman and Captain America - be sure to bring a camera for...

Cost: $25

Where:
The Orr Family Farm
14400 S. Western
Oklahoma City, OK  73170
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Sponsor: The Orr Family Farm
Telephone: 405.799.3276
Contact Name: Shanain
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Public Ferry Services resume April 1, so come take a ride with Oklahoma River Cruises. In the month of April, ferry services will operate Friday through Sunday, with the first trip departing...

Cost: $6-$15

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


Telephone: 405.702.7755
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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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Sound artist Nathan Young performs Lullaby for Peyote Tapes, followed by a curated selection of video art and film shorts by Native American artists.

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
Website »

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Cost: $20 Adults/ $15 Students/ FREE for UCO students and faculty

Where:
Mitchell Hall Theatre
100 N University
Edmond, OK  73034
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Sponsor: Mitchell Hall Theatre
Telephone: 405.974.3375
Contact Name: Mackenzie Carpenter
Website »

More information

The Gallery at The 42 is pleased to present New Abstractions with Observational Reactions, an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Phillip Potter. The show is open to the public, running for two...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Gallery at the 42
223 NE 4th Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73104
View map »


Sponsor: The Gallery at the 42

More information

Erick Taylor is a singer-songwriter-player of acoustic rock and eclectic covers. He always tries to have a great time with his audience. No cover, smoke- and vape-free!

Cost: Free

Where:
NOIR Bistro & Bar
701 W. Sheridan Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.637.9389
Contact Name: George Adams
Website »

More information

A photographic collection that's deliberately a bit ... odd, it mines camerawork from the 20th century for images depicting the enigmatically uncanny.

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


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

Subtitled The Next 50 Years of Oklahoma Art, this exhibition covers some of the state's creative expression in the post-WWII era, including works by Doel Reed, Richard Goetz, Eugene Bavinger...

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


Telephone: 405.235.4458
Website »

More information

An exhibition of work by Navajo photographer Will Wilson responds to a landmark collection of Native portraiture by demonstrating the ongoing strength of traditional culture.

Where:
Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art
555 Elm
Norman, OK  73019
View map »


Telephone: 405.325.3272
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

Multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson interweaves fiber art, ceramics, video and performance art, painting and elements and influences from his Choctaw/Cherokee heritage for this captivating exhibition...

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
3000 General Pershing
OKC, OK  73107
View map »


Telephone: 405.951.0000
Website »

More information

Gripping, dynamic, visually engrossing - the cover art of classic Western paperbacks isn't often found in museums, but this exhibition makes a case that perhaps it should be.

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


Telephone: 405.478.2250
Website »

More information

The special effects might not involve phenomenal cosmic powers, but there's audience participation and the magic of the theatre in this junior production.

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


Telephone: 405.951.0011
Website »

More information

The characters don't have to be good people to make up a great comedy; see for yourself in this Sooner show.

Where:
Sooner Theatre
101 E Main
Norman, OK  73069
View map »


Telephone: 405.321.9600
Website »

More information

Oklahoma native Poteet Victory shows off a suite of exceptional portraits and oil paintings, each each finished with his special proprietary glaze.

Where:
Howell Gallery
6432 N Western
OKC, OK  73116
View map »


Telephone: 405.840.4437
Website »

More information

Oklahoma City's premier platform for improvised comedy theatre presents its next showcase, with shows Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Each show is $10, or see both for $15. Enjoy...

Cost: $5 - $15

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


Telephone: 405.637.9389
Contact Name: George Adams
Website »

More information

The Thunder's D-League affiliate brings its A-game to battle Texas.

Where:
Cox Center
1 Myriad Gardens
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.208.4667
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Norman Arts Council's singular fundraiser offers good food, great drinks, lavish auction items and one heck of a party; it's a fully stacked deck for enjoyment.

Where:
MAINSITE Contemporary Art
122 E Main
Norman, OK  73069
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Telephone: 405.360.1162
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Don't let the uniforms fool you: These cats can really swing. Dedicated touring performers of a true American art form, the Army's big band experts are an outstanding treat.

Where:
OCCC Theater
7777 S May
OKC, OK  73159
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Telephone: 405.682.7576
Website »

More information

This Pulitzer-winning play for mature audiences features Charlotte (born as Lothar), a transvestite who survived her own family and the Nazi and Communist regimes.

Where:
Lyric Theater
1727 NW 16th
OKC, OK  73106
View map »


Telephone: 405.524.9312
Website »

More information

Adventure awaits in this Lyric Theatre adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic - in which an ordinary young boy gains some highly unusual traveling companions.

Where:
Lyric Theater
1727 NW 16th
OKC, OK  73106
View map »


Telephone: 405.524.9312
Website »

More information

Nicole Emmons-Willis and Tessa Raven combine their sculptural prowess to explore dreaming, specifically the American Dream, and man's effect on Earth.

Where:
IAO Gallery
706 W Sheridan
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.232.6060
Website »

More information

They made the West come to life on screen; this photography collection showcases more privtae moments in their lives off camera and behind the scenes. Subjects include John Wayne, Bing Crosby, John...

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


Telephone: 405.478.2250
Website »

More information

The OKCMOA explores the enduring art of Japanese woodblock prints, or ukiyo-e, in this visually dazzling exhibition. Kampai!

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


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

An OKC premiere of the much-lauded new play set in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, as survivors find themselves confronting their new reality and shared relationships.

Where:
Carpenter Square Theater
800 W Main
OKC, OK  73106
View map »


Telephone: 405.232.6500
Website »

More information

Jugglers, jesters, knights and fools mingle with many, many vendors to provide a weekend of entertainment and atmosphere, olde-schoole style.

Where:
Reaves Park
2501 Jenkins
Norman, OK  73072
View map »


Telephone: 405.325.8610
Website »

More information

One thing leads to another, and all roads lead to tragedy, in this compilation of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripedes performed by TheatreOCU.

Where:
OCU Kirkpatrick Auditorium
2501 N Blackwelder
OKC, OK  73106
View map »


Telephone: 405.208.5227
Website »

More information

Lost in a fantastical realm, a lone everywoman is forced to discover her inner warrior in this quick-witted adventure comedy.

Where:
Weitzenhoffer Theater
563 Elm
Norman, OK  73019
View map »


Telephone: 405.325.4101
Website »

More information

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