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Making Programming Magic Together

Inside OKC’s collaborative tech community



Ryan Hoegg, Amanda Harlin, Jesse Harlin.

 

To begin, there is a blank screen. At the end, there is fully functional computer software code and huge databases that help companies and organizations deliver their services every day.

In between, there is “magic.” That’s how JavaScript code developer Amanda Harlin describes what she gets to do every workday.

“You get to be a magician – an actual magician – helping whoever needs it,” she says.

To a client who needs her code skills the most, it must seem that way. One month hardly anyone knows who that client is, the next, they are connecting with people everywhere to sell, influence or show the world who they are and what they are about.

Amanda’s husband, Jesse Harlin – also a JavaScript developer – finds surprises that can seem somewhat magical.

“The reason I got into this was because I was trying to make generative music,” Jesse says. Generative music is produced by computer systems and is evolutionary by its programming. “I liked the idea of making a piece of music that I knew I would like because of constraints, but it would surprise me.”

Those of us who are not skilled at programming might think of all programs as static and only changing when more code is applied or changed.

But coding software to generate unexpected results produces an outcome that may even surprise the author of the code, as Jesse pointed out. “I liked the idea of a video game that had generative content because I could play a level having been the person that made the game. I would be surprised at what it gave back to me, and it would be enjoyable.” Magic.

 

But Amanda knows that this kind of magic isn’t just an illusion. It’s real and makes a difference in people’s lives. “The most exciting thing is that you can make something that matters. There are problems that you can solve right now,” she says. “You can make an app to help first responders after a tornado. You can make maternity prenatal apps that help [mothers-to-be] talk to their doctor better. There are so many things that you can do to help communities through open-source software.”

Her comments show a growing sense of civic-mindedness among programmers that is prominent on the Oklahoma City tech scene.

When she’s not working for a paying client, she is busy with groups such as Nerdy Girls-OKC and Nerdy Girls-Tulsa that promote confidence among girls and young women who are interested in computers and the code that makes them run.

This strong civic sense is something that is not unique to Amanda.

 

Today, the local tech community has a core group of code specialists who have a clear sense of the civic value of their skills. The Code for OKC project is an example of a nationwide trend of code-writing and big-data skills being used for the public good.

How does a citizen look into the Oklahoma City budget and figure much of anything out unless they have experience evaluating city budgets? In reality, they don’t. And Code for OKC volunteers believe that the budget of their city represents all of the city’s citizens, so it should be understandable to them. That’s why the group is developing code to apply to the budget database of Oklahoma City that will eventually let citizens easily pick and choose what kind of online information they want to see, and in what form.

Outside of the Code for OKC group, one person is especially excited about the possibilities: Doug Dowler, budget director for Oklahoma City. Rather than being on the defensive, he is all for the volunteer group’s efforts.

“My perspective is that it means more transparency and openness in local government, and giving citizens easier access to our information,” he says. “With our budget book, we try to put a lot of things in there that meet best practices for all of the information and transparency. Well, it ends up being 700 pages long before you get all of that done.”

Since his department works to develop a budget with integrity, he wants it to be understandable.

Lucas Watson talks with a Techlahoma Meet Up group of coders at The 404.


“So I really appreciate what they’re doing to make the budget information more accessible,” he continues. “And they have more of those tools from the technology perspective that help make it easier to digest and understand.”

 

But where does all of this collaboration come from among coders and big-data gurus? The short answer: It’s a part of the culture of the profession to collaborate rather than compete.

Jesse and Amanda Harlin started a foundation called Techlahoma to give people who develop code an organizational mechanism to gather and learn from each other. Its biggest event, and main fundraiser, is the annual Thunder Plains conference in Oklahoma City. This year’s packed opening and closing sessions challenged the popular image of the lone coder.

The reality of the profession in general and Oklahoma City’s tech community in particular is all about humans communicating with one another to develop code that anyone can understand five years hence. User groups seek to learn from each other on their own time, to increase the understanding of the code that they write. There is no pay for this, but a big pay-off of growth.

 

James Gray, a code developer for the Ruby code language, has been writing, blogging, podcasting and speaking about computer code for a number of years. He agreed that there is a tendency toward isolation because the profession draws introverts. But he went on to point out that, “the further you get in programming – the better and better you get – programming has very little to do about computers and a lot about people. Programming is very much a communication-oriented, people-centric thing. Teaching computers to do something, that’s the easy part. Getting people to understand what’s going on, that’s the hard part.”

Allen Smith and Mark Smith are independent consultants who help companies manage massive quantities of data. Their days are filled with helping large, fast-paced corporations, such as Sonic, make growing data streams yield quality results faster. So what do they do for fun? This summer they joined a user group to test out new data programs with baseball statistics as they attended OKC Dodgers games.

Allen says, “It was fun! We had a great time learning new ways of looking at data and watching baseball all at the same time.”

This is what programmers do. What would be work for the rest of us is both play and work for those who are immersed in this life. And the results benefit us all.

 

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Telephone: 405.478.2250
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Telephone: 405.951.0011
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
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Where:
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3000 General Pershing
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Telephone: 405.951.0000
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Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 405.235.4458
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More information

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Where:
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View map »


Telephone: 405.604.6602
Website »

More information

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Where:
Bicentennial Park
500 Couch
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View map »


Telephone: 405.270.4848
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

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

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


Telephone: 405.236.3100
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
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View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

The FAI hosts a collection of beauty from painter and instructor James Coplin.

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


Telephone: 405.340.4481
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

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Where:
OCU Children's Center for the Arts
2501 N Blackwelder
OKC, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.951.0011
Website »

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The legacy continues as students from the OU School of Visual Arts present their creations in this show celebrating its 103rd annual iteration.

Where:
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555 Elm
Norman, OK  73019
View map »


Telephone: 405.325.3272
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Cost: Free

Where:
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View map »


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

More information

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Cost: Admission

Where:
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
1700 N.E. 63rd St
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View map »


Sponsor: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Telephone: 918-858-4680
Contact Name: Lacey Boone
Website »

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Telephone: 405.340.4481
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More information

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Where:
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500 Couch
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View map »


Telephone: 405.270.4848
Website »

More information

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


Telephone: 405.235.4458
Website »

More information

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415 Couch
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

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Where:
Kasum Contemporary Fine Art
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View map »


Telephone: 405.604.6602
Website »

More information

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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

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

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

The legacy continues as students from the OU School of Visual Arts present their creations in this show celebrating its 103rd annual iteration.

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


Telephone: 405.325.3272
Website »

More information

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


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

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National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
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Telephone: 405.478.2250
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The Blue Door
2805 N McKinley
OKC, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.524.0738
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Say hi to Bali Ha'i as Jewel Box belts out a Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.

Where:
Jewel Box Theater
3700 N Walker
OKC, OK  73118
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Telephone: 405.521.1786
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The downtown concert hall keeps pounding out the hits with a return from the energetic rapster.

Where:
The Criterion
500 E Sheridan
OKC, OK  73104
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Telephone: 405.406.7484
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The story of a planned flop that turns out to be a smash hit, Pollard is hoping for a much more straightforward success in this relentlessly comic Brooks adaptation.

Where:
Pollard Theater
120 W Harrison
Guthrie, OK  73044
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Telephone: 405.282.2800
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The diriving force behind podcast Never Not Funny and a veteran presence before and during Conan, Jimmy Pardo is one excellent comedian.

Where:
ACM@UCO Performance Lab
329 E Sheridan
OKC, OK  73104
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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
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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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A mix of '90s and 2000s rock n' roll and some killer originals. Baker is an engaging, talented singer and guitarist!  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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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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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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The Paseo gallery hosts a visually arresting show featuring new works in acrylic by Jon Clarke.

Where:
In Your Eye Gallery
3005 Paseo
OKC, OK  73103
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Telephone: 405.525.2161
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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
Website »

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The writers of Chicago and Cabaret take a stab at a musical whodunnit, as OU theater students embroil themselves in the mayhem.

Where:
Elsie Brackett Theater
600 Parrington
Norman, OK  73019
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Telephone: 405.325.4101
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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
Website »

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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
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Telephone: 405.478.2250
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Say hi to Bali Ha'i as Jewel Box belts out a Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.

Where:
Jewel Box Theater
3700 N Walker
OKC, OK  73118
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Telephone: 405.521.1786
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
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

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The story of a planned flop that turns out to be a smash hit, Pollard is hoping for a much more straightforward success in this relentlessly comic Brooks adaptation.

Where:
Pollard Theater
120 W Harrison
Guthrie, OK  73044
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Telephone: 405.282.2800
Website »

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Broadway performer and man of many talents Todrick Hall shares a personal spin on the land somewhere over the rainbow - don't miss it!

Where:
OKC Civic Center
201 N Walker
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.297.2264
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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
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
Website »

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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
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Telephone: 405.478.2250
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The FAI hosts a collection of beauty from painter and instructor James Coplin.

Where:
Fine Arts Institute of Edmond
27 E Edwards
Edmond, OK  73034
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Telephone: 405.340.4481
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Born in Alaska and a frequent world traveler, Tippeconnic's emphatic visual style is informed by but by no means limited to interpreting his father's American Indian heritage.

Where:
Kasum Contemporary Fine Art
1706 NW 16th
OKC, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.604.6602
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A veritable flood of creativity in many forms - paintings, sculpture, music, even food - fills downtown in this week of celebration; there's nothing else quite like it.

Where:
Bicentennial Park
500 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.270.4848
Website »

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Hearty food, heart-stirring music, plenty of games, competitions and feats of strength - highlights of Scotland's culture take center stage in this annual fest.

Where:
Kirkpatrick Family Farm
1001 S Garth Brooks
Yukon, OK  73099
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Telephone: 405.834.1876
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Students realize how much they miss their sweet teacher when they misbehave once too often and her substitute is a terror, in theis OK Children's Theatre 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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The legacy continues as students from the OU School of Visual Arts present their creations in this show celebrating its 103rd annual iteration.

Where:
Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art
555 Elm
Norman, OK  73019
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Telephone: 405.325.3272
Website »

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Music, music and more music - more than 300 bands of every description unite for a sonic tsunami to please the ears of tens of thousands of listeners in this free annual treat.

Where:
Downtown Norman
101 E Main
Norman, OK  73069
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Website »

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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
Website »

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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
View map »


Sponsor: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Telephone: 918-858-4680
Contact Name: Lacey Boone
Website »

More information

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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Jade Castle is a singer-songwriter from OKC, who started performing on stage at age 9 and has been obsessed with it ever since. She plays many shows around the metro and has started branching...

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 mix of '90s and 2000s rock n' roll and some killer originals. Baker is an engaging, talented singer and guitarist!  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

The OKC Museum of Art screens overlooked treasures and unsung independent films.

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


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

The OKC Museum of Art screens overlooked treasures and unsung independent films.

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


Telephone: 405.236.3100
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  73106
View map »


Telephone: 405.524.0738
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

A trip to the amusement park becomes even more tempting with a shimmering set from For King & Country and Stars Go Dim.

Where:
Frontier City
11501 N I-35 Service
OKC, OK  73131
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Telephone: 405.478.2140
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He's quick with a quip or a song, and thoroughly entertaining overall in addition to being pretty funny - get tickets in advance so you don't have to improvise.

Where:
Riverwind Casino
1544 W Hwy 9
Norman, OK  73072
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Telephone: 405.322.6464
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A three-mile run might not sound so very daunting, but this circuit traverses a grueling variety of obstacles - climbing, splashing, crawling and eventually partying with triumph.

Where:
Lost Lakes
3501 NE 10th
OKC, OK  73117
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Telephone: 413.834.4498
Website »

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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

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

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

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

The downtown concert hall keeps pounding out the hits with a crowd-pleasing show from the Texan post-rockers .

Where:
The Criterion
500 E Sheridan
OKC, OK  73104
View map »


Telephone: 405.406.7484
Website »

More information

The story of a planned flop that turns out to be a smash hit, Pollard is hoping for a much more straightforward success in this relentlessly comic Brooks adaptation.

Where:
Pollard Theater
120 W Harrison
Guthrie, OK  73044
View map »


Telephone: 405.282.2800
Website »

More information

Born in Alaska and a frequent world traveler, Tippeconnic's emphatic visual style is informed by but by no means limited to interpreting his father's American Indian heritage.

Where:
Kasum Contemporary Fine Art
1706 NW 16th
OKC, OK  73106
View map »


Telephone: 405.604.6602
Website »

More information

A veritable flood of creativity in many forms - paintings, sculpture, music, even food - fills downtown in this week of celebration; there's nothing else quite like it.

Where:
Bicentennial Park
500 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.270.4848
Website »

More information

The writers of Chicago and Cabaret take a stab at a musical whodunnit, as OU theater students embroil themselves in the mayhem.

Where:
Elsie Brackett Theater
600 Parrington
Norman, OK  73019
View map »


Telephone: 405.325.4101
Website »

More information

Hearty food, heart-stirring music, plenty of games, competitions and feats of strength - highlights of Scotland's culture take center stage in this annual fest.

Where:
Kirkpatrick Family Farm
1001 S Garth Brooks
Yukon, OK  73099
View map »


Telephone: 405.834.1876
Website »

More information

Students realize how much they miss their sweet teacher when they misbehave once too often and her substitute is a terror, in theis OK Children's Theatre production.

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


Telephone: 405.951.0011
Website »

More information

Say hi to Bali Ha'i as Jewel Box belts out a Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.

Where:
Jewel Box Theater
3700 N Walker
OKC, OK  73118
View map »


Telephone: 405.521.1786
Website »

More information

The legacy continues as students from the OU School of Visual Arts present their creations in this show celebrating its 103rd annual iteration.

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


Telephone: 405.325.3272
Website »

More information

Music, music and more music - more than 300 bands of every description unite for a sonic tsunami to please the ears of tens of thousands of listeners in this free annual treat.

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


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

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