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Human Costs of Addiction

Working to combat Oklahoma’s opioid crisis



 



This story is going to be rough. Much like a sequence in a movie in which the camera opens on a shot of the Earth from space and then zooms in by stages to a lone man on the corner of an intersection, the nationwide discussion about opioid addiction needs to move from the number – 330,000 overdose fatalities and counting since 2011 – to the young woman, the individual human being, with a needle in her arm or a pill bottle on her nightstand.
 

Luke Cathey was 19 when he died on Feb. 27. His father, Dave Cathey, who is the food editor for The Oklahoman, not only endured a parent’s most horrific experience – he found his deceased son – he posted a tribute to Luke in that paper on March 1. Rather than avoid the difficult truths that the family has to navigate after a tragic death, Cathey went at it directly, writing, “Luke battled depression starting at 13 and was never completely free of it.”

Luke was not number 329, 997 to his family and friends. He was a young man who hoped to make a career of food – not quite like his father, but in kitchens as a chef. To those who knew him, he was kind and often sad, but quick to joke and daring to a fault. Cathey remembers that his son had a tendency toward being the one who would try things that others wouldn’t.

“He would jump in,” Cathey says. “He’d say, ‘I’ll do it,’ and that cost him his life.”

Cathey is talking about heroin there, a drug Luke said frightened him because of its potency. Like many people who struggle with depression, Luke started using early, and opiates seem to be the preference to combat depression. There is a euphoria attached, sure, but there is also a mind-numbing quality to the drugs that removes the cares of life; not in the “I can overcome them” way, but in that they simply don’t seem to register as long as the brain is numbed.

Heroin is also cheaper than prescription opiates, but that, too, is fraught with complexities. Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate, and it’s often used to cut heroin, which brings the price down but increases toxicity. When we spoke, Cathey said the family was still waiting for Luke’s toxicology report, but he said he had indications that the heroin Luke used was in fact cut with Fentanyl.

The current national obsession with opioid addiction has generated more news stories and segments than are possible to watch or read. John Oliver ran a special segment on “Last Week Tonight” in October of last year. NPR, ABC, CNN and all the other three- and four-letter networks have run special reports. The aggregate noise can have the unwanted effect of encouraging us not to pay attention, an effect made worse by over-reliance on numbers instead of names. People with names have stories attached, not so with numbers.

Public Radio International bothered to ask the obvious question at the close of 2016: “What’s fueling the epidemic?” There is no easy answer, it turns out, but excessive prescribing is helping to exacerbate the problem. The medical community is aware, and some doctors are taking steps to curtail the prescription of opiates post-surgery.


Dr. Ryan Nelson, an orthopedic surgeon in Oklahoma City, works at the HPI Community Hospital and is the founder of the Shoulder and Orthopedic Institute. Nelson is one of many surgeons nationwide who has started injecting Exparel, a non-opiate analgesic, into patients during surgery. Exparel is the brand name of bupivacaine, which Nelson said lodges in fat cells and then slowly seeps out – he used the word “elutes” – over a two to three day period, mitigating the need for post-surgical pain meds.

“Exparel continues to work after the nerve block expires,” Nelson says. “The block typically lasts about 18 hours. With the use of Exparel, we are seeing minimal or no morphine use post-surgery.”

Nelson said he has seen firsthand the cycle of opiate addiction, and because he works with shoulders and knees, including replacement surgeries, his patients range in age from very young to senior citizens.
“I was shocked to see patients in their 60s and 70s coming in addicted,” he says. “I regularly see patients who have been on opiates and could easily have been using anti-inflammatories or even Tylenol [instead].”

The cycle of addiction is famously difficult to treat. Heroin withdrawals can have a life-threatening intensity, so step-down measures are often warranted, including and especially methadone. When taken properly, the drug induces no high, but it feeds the receptors that have become accustomed to opiates. Methadone is ingested daily in doses of 60-100 mgs, and the program is ideally two years – one to recondition the receptors, and one to wean off the methadone. Oklahoma City is home to five public methadone clinics, and one associated with the VA hospital.

A daily commitment to a regimen of non-high-inducing drugs can be a task for any addict, therefore alternative treatments are being considered, as well. Brian Howard, a licensed drug and alcohol counselor, works at a methadone clinic in the metro, but he also runs One Life Treatment in Edmond, an alternative program for addicts.

Howard is a recovering addict himself, so he understands the cycle and the cost of sobriety. “Yeah, I got the free T-shirt, too,” he jokes. “The One Life program is a six-month outpatient program designed so that people can keep living their lives.”


One Life focuses on the whole person, not just the addiction. It combines individual and group counseling with spirituality, financial considerations, physical health and what Howard calls purpose and service. The idea is to get participants “out of themselves.”

“When you’re an addict, you enter into increasing isolation and separation from the important areas of your life,” Howard says. “The program helps them reconnect with all these areas, and it helps them avoid ‘the cliff.’”

The cliff is the drop-off that occurs at the end of a treatment cycle. After two years of methadone treatment, what’s next? The daily dosage, the meeting with the counselor, the consultations with the doctor or nurse all end … and the recovering addict is left to face life without the drugs and without the support network. One Life hopes to provide that network without the two-year methadone cycle.

The treatment, like the causes, is going to have to be multi-faceted, and that includes legislative remedies. Many Oklahomans were angered this year when legislators, including bill author Sen. Ralph Shortey – who, as of this writing, has resigned from the Senate and is facing criminal charges – overturned the results of State Questions 780 and 781, criminal justice reforms that passed with overwhelming multi-partisan support. The reforms included reclassifying some possession charges as misdemeanors instead of felonies, which is a point of agreement, it seems, among Oklahomans of all demographics.

“I have been talking to parents who have had similar struggles since Luke’s death,” Cathey says. “One of those stories involved a young man who overdosed among friends. Those friends were afraid to pick up a phone and call 911. They didn’t know what the criminal penalties would be. Can we at least make it possible for someone to call for help without the fear of jail?”

Related to that appeal, we contacted the Oklahoma City Police Department about increased arrests or cases related to heroin in the metro. Gary Knight, the assistant public information officer, wrote: “After visiting with the captain over our Special Projects Unit, it doesn’t appear that there is [any] spike or significant increase in the amount of heroin cases that we are seeing at this time. He said heroin use might be up a little bit, but again, no significant increase.”

Tragically, that may simply mean that people don’t call out of fear – or like Luke, that the overdose happens when they are alone. For now, Cathey said he and his family are going to focus on policy and legislation. It’s a way to remember Luke’s struggles, work for others caught in the cycles of depression and addiction, and in Cathey’s words, “be present for others.”  

 

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

Cost: $75-$160

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Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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Head outside for a free helping of self-written music with emotional resonance by Oklahoma fixture Abney, courtesy of the Norman Depot.

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Lions Park
450 S Flood
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Telephone: 405.307.9320
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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.

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OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
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It's not quite Hamilton, though it's written by Lin-Manuel Miranda - prepare to get fired up by this upbeat tale of cheerleading competition.

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120 W Harrison
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Telephone: 405.282.2800
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Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
2 S Mickey Mantle
OKC, OK  73104
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Telephone: 405.218.1000
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A Tony-winning comedy wraps up the Carpenter Square season as siblings reunite for arguments, complaints and eventually, bonding.

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Carpenter Square Theater
800 W Main
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Telephone: 405.232.6500
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Edmond's citywide celebration of Independence Day spans more than a week of events, excitement, food and all kinds of fun.

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Throughout Edmond
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Telephone: 405.340.2527
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Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic presents an overview of the artist’s career including around sixty of his oil paintings, stained glass and sculpture. The exhibition...

Cost: $10-12

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Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
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Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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Cost: $170

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

Cost: $75-$160

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma is bringing "the greatest jam session in history" to OKC! This Tony-winning Broadway musical is based on the true story of the famed recording session when Sam...

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

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

Where:
OK Hall of Fame Museum
1400 N Classen
OKC, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.235.4458
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Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic presents an overview of the artist’s career including around sixty of his oil paintings, stained glass and sculpture. The exhibition...

Cost: $10-12

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
Contact Name: Becky Weintz
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The lunch hour sounds better than ever with a free acoustic set from local musicians and an appearance by the Let's Do Greek food truck.

Where:
Kerr Park
102 Robert S Kerr
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.235.3500
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Catch a masterpiece you missed the first time around or just want to re-experience on the big screen.

Where:
Harkins Theatres
150 E Reno
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.321.4747
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Edmond's citywide celebration of Independence Day spans more than a week of events, excitement, food and all kinds of fun.

Where:
Throughout Edmond
Edmond, OK


Telephone: 405.340.2527
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Crank it up on the south side with a high-energy show.

Where:
Diamond Ballroom
8001 S Eastern
OKC, OK  73149
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Telephone: 866.977.6849
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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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Summer camp at the Orr Family Farm offers educational fun with activities such as learning about proper animal care and agriculture, fishing in the ponds, playing challenging games and much more!...

Cost: $170

Where:
The Orr Family Farm
14400 S. Western
Oklahoma City, OK  73170
View map »


Sponsor: The Orr Family Farm
Telephone: 405.799.3276
Contact Name: Shanain
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $75-$160

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


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

More information

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma is bringing "the greatest jam session in history" to OKC! This Tony-winning Broadway musical is based on the true story of the famed recording session when Sam...

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

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


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

More information

A 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

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

Cost: $10-12

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


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Contact Name: Becky Weintz
Website »

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

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


Telephone: 405.235.4458
Website »

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Edmond's citywide celebration of Independence Day spans more than a week of events, excitement, food and all kinds of fun.

Where:
Throughout Edmond
Edmond, OK


Telephone: 405.340.2527
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Come find a piece of furniture you love at the 5th annual community-wide garage sale benefiting Concordia Life Care Community. Proceeds are donated to Concordia’s Good Samaritan Fund, to...

Cost: Free

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Zion Lutheran Church
7701 W Britton Rd
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Summer camp at the Orr Family Farm offers educational fun with activities such as learning about proper animal care and agriculture, fishing in the ponds, playing challenging games and much more!...

Cost: $170

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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
Website »

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

Cost: $75-$160

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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The CODED_COUTURE exhibition looks at the intersection of fashion and technology. Couture clothes are manufactured to a customer’s specific requirements. CODED_COUTURE offers a new definition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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OKCMOA’s Roof Terrace gives visitors the ultimate downtown experience every Thursday evening from April through October with live local music, the best views of downtown OKC, a relaxing...

Cost: $5

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
Contact Name: Becky Weintz
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Be one of the first in Oklahoma City to view CODED_COUTURE, the exhibit of technology-integrated fashion that debuted at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery in Brooklyn during New York Fashion Week. The...

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 Purple Loft Art Gallery is pleased to represent the new work of Abstract Expressionist artists MaryAnn Ceballos and Jerry Piper. These 2 accomplished artists enjoy reinventing themselves...

Cost: Free

Where:
Purple Loft Art Gallery
514 NW 28th
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
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Sponsor: The Purple Loft Art Gallery
Telephone: 405.412.7066
Contact Name: MaryAnn Ceballos

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Join an in-depth conversation inspired by a single work of art in the exhibition “Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic.” Museum facilitators and community guests will kick off the dialogue. A...

Cost: $5 for Non-Members, Free for Members

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Telephone: 405.236.3100
Contact Name: Becky Weintz
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Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma is bringing "the greatest jam session in history" to OKC! This Tony-winning Broadway musical is based on the true story of the famed recording session when Sam...

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

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


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

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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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Come find a piece of furniture you love at the 5th annual community-wide garage sale benefiting Concordia Life Care Community. Proceeds are donated to Concordia’s Good Samaritan Fund, to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Zion Lutheran Church
7701 W Britton Rd
Oklahoma City, OK  73132
View map »


Sponsor: Paige Haag
Telephone: 405.219.2927

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

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

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


Telephone: 673.1218
Website »

More information

Edmond's citywide celebration of Independence Day spans more than a week of events, excitement, food and all kinds of fun.

Where:
Throughout Edmond
Edmond, OK


Telephone: 405.340.2527
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  73016
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Telephone: 405.524.0738
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A Tony-winning comedy wraps up the Carpenter Square season as siblings reunite for arguments, complaints and eventually, bonding.

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


Telephone: 405.232.6500
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $10-12

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


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Contact Name: Becky Weintz
Website »

More information

Come find a piece of furniture you love at the 5th annual community-wide garage salebenefiting Concordia Life Care Community. Proceeds are donated to Concordia’s Good Samaritan Fund to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Zion Lutheran Church
7701 W Britton Rd,
OKC, OK  73132
View map »


Sponsor: Concordia Life Care Community
Telephone: 405.219.2927
Contact Name: Paige Haag

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Come spend an evening under the trees enjoying local bands with your family.

Where:
Hafer Park
1034 S Bryant
Edmond, OK  73034
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Telephone: 405.359.4630
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A joint exhibition of Western portraiture and iconography from Oklahoma Hall of Fame artists Mike Larsen and Harold T. Holden.

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


Telephone: 405.235.4458
Website »

More information

It's not quite Hamilton, though it's written by Lin-Manuel Miranda - prepare to get fired up by this upbeat tale of cheerleading competition.

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


Telephone: 405.282.2800
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Summer camp at the Orr Family Farm offers educational fun with activities such as learning about proper animal care and agriculture, fishing in the ponds, playing challenging games and much more!...

Cost: $170

Where:
The Orr Family Farm
14400 S. Western
Oklahoma City, OK  73170
View map »


Sponsor: The Orr Family Farm
Telephone: 405.799.3276
Contact Name: Shanain
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $75-$160

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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The CODED_COUTURE exhibition looks at the intersection of fashion and technology. Couture clothes are manufactured to a customer’s specific requirements. CODED_COUTURE offers a new definition...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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Dust off those chaps and spurs and saddle up! Enjoy country music, party mix and a cash bar on these weekend cruises. View the evening ferry schedule online for evening departure times, and pay...

Cost: $6-15

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


Telephone: 405.702.7755
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The Purple Loft Art Gallery is pleased to represent the new work of Abstract Expressionist artists MaryAnn Ceballos and Jerry Piper. These 2 accomplished artists enjoy reinventing themselves...

Cost: Free

Where:
Purple Loft Art Gallery
514 NW 28th
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
View map »


Sponsor: The Purple Loft Art Gallery
Telephone: 405.412.7066
Contact Name: MaryAnn Ceballos

More information

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma is bringing "the greatest jam session in history" to OKC! This Tony-winning Broadway musical is based on the true story of the famed recording session when Sam...

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

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


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

More information

Enjoy light snacks, a cash bar and the splendor of the sky on a Sunset Cruise. Boarding at 7:45 p.m. in June.

Cost: $35

Where:
Exchange Landing
1503 Exchange Avenue
SW, over the bridge from Farmer's Market
Oklahoma City, OK  73109
View map »


Telephone: 405.702.7755
Website »

More information

It's not quite Hamilton, though it's written by Lin-Manuel Miranda - prepare to get fired up by this upbeat tale of cheerleading competition.

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


Telephone: 405.282.2800
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 673.1218
Website »

More information

Summer is a perfect time to join Cimarron Opera in revisitng the classics via Gilbert & Sullivan's comic masterpiece. It's about duty.

Where:
Nancy O'Brien Center
1801 Stubbeman
Norman, OK  73069
View map »


Telephone: 405.364.8962
Website »

More information

Crank it up on the south side with a high-energy show.

Where:
Diamond Ballroom
8001 S Eastern
OKC, OK  73149
View map »


Telephone: 866.977.6849
Website »

More information

A Tony-winning comedy wraps up the Carpenter Square season as siblings reunite for arguments, complaints and eventually, bonding.

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


Telephone: 405.232.6500
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 405.235.4458
Website »

More information

A 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

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

Cost: $10-12

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
Contact Name: Becky Weintz
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Come find a piece of furniture you love at the 5th annual community-wide garage salebenefiting Concordia Life Care Community. Proceeds are donated to Concordia’s Good Samaritan Fund to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Zion Lutheran Church
7701 W Britton Rd,
OKC, OK  73132
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Sponsor: Concordia Life Care Community
Telephone: 405.219.2927
Contact Name: Paige Haag

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Edmond's citywide celebration of Independence Day spans more than a week of events, excitement, food and all kinds of fun.

Where:
Throughout Edmond
Edmond, OK


Telephone: 405.340.2527
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Expand your skills and explore your creativity this summer. Enrollment is open for our four- and eight-week classes designed for artists at any level. Under the guidance of experienced instructors,...

Cost: $75-$160

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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Departs Exchange Landing | Saturdays (May  – August) | 11:40 am Experience history as you never have before. Colorful Oklahoma characters will reenact history through the eyes of...

Cost: $6-15

Where:
Exchange Landing
1503 Exchange Avenue
SW, over the bridge from Farmer's Market
Oklahoma City, OK  73109
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Telephone: 405.702.7755
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Scratch Art Stained Glass Windows, Saturday, July 1, 1- 4 pm Floral Collages, Saturday, July 8, 1-4 pm Fashionable Footwear, Saturday, July 15, 1-4 pm Watercolor Block Prints, Saturday,...

Cost: Free

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

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

Where:
Exchange Landing
1503 Exchange Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK  73109
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Telephone: 405.702.7755
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Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma is bringing "the greatest jam session in history" to OKC! This Tony-winning Broadway musical is based on the true story of the famed recording session when Sam...

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

Where:
Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall
201 N Walker Ave
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Telephone: 405.524.9312
Contact Name: Cynthia Bedford
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The CODED_COUTURE exhibition looks at the intersection of fashion and technology. Couture clothes are manufactured to a customer’s specific requirements. CODED_COUTURE offers a new definition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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Dust off those chaps and spurs and saddle up! Enjoy country music, party mix and a cash bar on these weekend cruises. View the evening ferry schedule online for evening departure times, and pay...

Cost: $6-15

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


Telephone: 405.702.7755
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Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma is bringing "the greatest jam session in history" to OKC! This Tony-winning Broadway musical is based on the true story of the famed recording session when Sam...

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

Where:
Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall
201 N Walker Ave
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Telephone: 405.524.9312
Contact Name: Cynthia Bedford
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Crank it up on the south side with a high-energy show.

Where:
Diamond Ballroom
8001 S Eastern
OKC, OK  73149
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Telephone: 866.977.6849
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It's not quite Hamilton, though it's written by Lin-Manuel Miranda - prepare to get fired up by this upbeat tale of cheerleading competition.

Where:
Pollard Theater
120 W Harrison
Guthrie, OK  73044
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Telephone: 405.282.2800
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A joint exhibition of Western portraiture and iconography from Oklahoma Hall of Fame artists Mike Larsen and Harold T. Holden.

Where:
OK Hall of Fame Museum
1400 N Classen
OKC, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.235.4458
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Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic presents an overview of the artist’s career including around sixty of his oil paintings, stained glass and sculpture. The exhibition...

Cost: $10-12

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
Contact Name: Becky Weintz
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A Tony-winning comedy wraps up the Carpenter Square season as siblings reunite for arguments, complaints and eventually, bonding.

Where:
Carpenter Square Theater
800 W Main
OKC, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.232.6500
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Politically charged and unapologetically feminist, this shows harnesses the talents of dozens of local women creators, with proceeds benefiting OKC Artists for Justice.

Where:
Current Studio
1218 N Penn
OKC, OK  73107
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Telephone: 673.1218
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Summer is a perfect time to join Cimarron Opera in revisitng the classics via Gilbert & Sullivan's comic masterpiece. It's about duty.

Where:
Nancy O'Brien Center
1801 Stubbeman
Norman, OK  73069
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Telephone: 405.364.8962
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Edmond's citywide celebration of Independence Day spans more than a week of events, excitement, food and all kinds of fun.

Where:
Throughout Edmond
Edmond, OK


Telephone: 405.340.2527
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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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