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The Spirit of Oaxaca

Southern Mexico and the making of mezcal



 



Shortly after 8p.m., from small second-story balconies, families watch and wave as I leave the mezcaleria, stepping out into the dry air of colonial downtown Oaxaca, Mexico – where I am swept into a percussive, frenzied parade of colorful skirts, twirling giants and brassy horns playing traditional Mexican music through narrow cobblestone streets. Caught up in the spirit of mezcal and all things Oaxaca, I stay with the candlelit procession. Wherever such a kaleidoscopic parade ends, an exponentially larger fiesta will begin.
 

At every intersection, more join. The Latin-infused melody of spritely horns and buoyant tubas repeats, growing louder, and drums beat with greater intensity as we make our way toward the town square and the famed La Iglesia de Santa Domingo where hundreds have gathered.

Lining the perimeter of the square, under a full moon, vendors hawk fruit juices and balloons while elderly women sell tamales, as well as an exotic variety of worms and grasshoppers. Meanwhile, the men cook arrachera (skirt steak), over an open flame, filling tacos and tortas late into the night. I eat and then it is time for more mezcal.

Mezcal, known for its soulful properties, is an ancient agave-based spirit, exclusive to the state of Oaxaca. Unlike its cousin tequila, which is made from one kind of agave, mezcal is made from more than 30 different kinds, and is always locally grown and distilled by fire, hand and horse. Mezcal’s passionate, leathery, uplifting flavor is subject to change based on how it is cooked and what agaves are harvested. No matter the method of preparation, Oaxaca’s mezcal is as enchanting as it is ever-present throughout the Mexican state.

Mezcalerias are small, local, family-owned bars that can be found throughout Oaxaca. These intimate establishments have limited seating, serve only mezcal and employ bartenders who are extremely well-versed in the roots of their particular brand.

Forty-five minutes outside Oaxaca City in the high Sierras, I arrived in the modest village of San Baltazar Guelavila. Here, Los Angeles-based entrepreneurs Fausto Zapata and Vicente Cisneros distill El Silencio, their increasingly popular brand of mezcal that began as a simple passion project and has quickly begun to appear in some of the premier cocktail lounges of the United States.

It is here, at a small palenque, or mezcal distillery, where El Silencio uses more than 50 local hires and a horse to ensure that their product makes its way from the rattlesnake-infested agave fields to the distillery, and into the bottle. It completes its journey under the watchful eye of Master Mezcalier Pedro Hernández, a ninth-generation “Maestro Mezcalero.”

Left: The breathtakingly beautiful Iglesia de Santo Domingo | Right: Smoky, sweet and complex, mezcal rewards the contemplative palate.


If the previous night’s parade was an example of Oaxaca’s urban hysteria, the perilous trek into the Sierra Madres could only be described as rural pandemonium. Along with several jimadors (the men who harvest agave), their machetes and various other impossibly sharp tools, I load up in the back of a well-worn flatbed, and we begin to zigzag along sinuous ridgelines and narrow, rocky mountain roads.

As the last bastions of tire tread give way to an irrationally rocky, unmarked, Martian-like path toward the agave fields, we still have almost an hour under the blazing sun to go.

The sun is merciless, and the bottle of water I brought is gone. All I can think of is death, and an impeding crash into a cactus-lined ravine followed by dehydration-induced hallucinations, brought mercifully to end by the bite of a poisonous rattlesnake … yet we press on toward the agave fields.

Agave, when ready for harvest, is aged between 10 and 12 years. With the agave’s spiny leaves, a blazing sun and armed militias of angry bees, removing the thick leaves is a laborious, painful process. Not to be shamed, I grab a machete and, bees be damned, start to hack away the leaves of the agave plant, eager to get to the fruit at the center.

Once harvested, Fausto pulls out a bottle of El Silencio and we taste a drink. With my foot on an agave pineapple, as the drink burns its way down my throat, I look out forever into the Sierras and taste a lot more.

We return to the palenque, where employees hack dense, sticky pineapples into quarters. Once chopped, the pieces are loaded into a hand-dug hole filled with volcanic rock and burning mesquite wood. The choice of wood dictates the mezcal’s flavor. Once the pineapple pieces have filled the smoldering hole, the pile is covered with a tarp and three inches of soil, then left to cook underground for 72 hours.

Clockwise from top: The finished product of the mezcal-making process is a drink worth showcasing. | Oaxaca’s arid climate nonetheless supports a variety of flora | Jimadors cut and cook agave plants to begin the distillation process.


The pieces are then moved into another pit to extract the cooked sugars. A scrappy horse pulls a giant grinding stone in circles, crushing the pieces until the charred remains of wood are a sticky pulp. The pulp is then mixed with spring water and fermented, turning it into an agave wine – at which point it begins making its own alcohol.

Finally it is distilled. The alcohol is vaporized, twice distilled and held to an intensive taste test done only by the Maestro Mezcalero. Once blessed, it is bottled on site, boxed and shipped to the United States.

In the shade of the palenque, we join the villagers and the team from El Silencio for carne asada and a variety of moles so complex that each is worthy of its own story. The village is alive, as it has been for centuries, with the spirit of mezcal.

The following night, there is no parade. The streets of Oaxaca are emptier, and without the enticing colors from the previous night and the reverberating sounds in my ears, I see so much more than before. We make our way to another rich mole dinner. I’m sunburned, dehydrated and elated. As we walk, I look into the mezcalerias and watch as mezcal is poured. That night, poolside, as we toast the successes and the journey of the day, I know that the mezcal with which we toast has had a journey of its own. But it’s not just a journey. It’s a parade … a giant, timeless, parade. And where that parade ends, the fiesta begins.

 

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Cost: Admission

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View map »


Sponsor: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
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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

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View map »


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Website »

More information

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Where:
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View map »


Telephone: 405.478.2250
Website »

More information

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OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
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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
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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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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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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
Website »

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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 »

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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
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

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
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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
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Telephone: 405.478.2250
Website »

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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
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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
View map »


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
View map »


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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