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Ferris O’Brien: DJ, “Spy” Master

Talking about OKC’s champion of the radio waves



Ferris O’Brien

 

For many people, music is a coping mechanism, or at least a way of integrating our experiences with our emotions. For nearly three decades, Ferris O’Brien has been helping Oklahomans do exactly that, as well as shaping the musical tastes of thousands of people around the state.

“My first experience with Ferris was the same as a lot of people,” says Jonathan Fowler, Fowler Auto VP and community arts advocate. “I listened to him on radio in the ’90s. I had started a new school in Oklahoma City and was living in Norman. It wasn’t smooth at first, but eventually got better. Ferris was a big part of that transition for me.”

O’Brien, a Houston native, came to Oklahoma to attend OU, but his first radio job was at KDGE (The Edge) in Dallas. For anyone who loved alternative music – especially punk, post-punk and grunge – The Edge was the brass ring that eluded the Oklahoma City market. It was the music that was exploding all over the U.S., but not in Oklahoma.

“I learned everything I think I know at The Edge,” O’Brien says. “Everything The Spy is – format, additions, rotations – all came from Edge procedures.”

The Spy (KSPI) falls off the tongues of under 40s – and some under 50s – with a sincere affection, as if they are speaking of a good friend. For people like Fowler, The Spy was that friend who helped with life’s transitions and disappointments, as well as provided the musical backdrop to good times and milestones. The friendly voice behind it, and the guru who chose the music, was Ferris O’Brien.

Ryan LaCroix, who hosts the Oklahoma Rock Show on KSPI, met Ferris in 2009, but he had been listening to the voice for many years. “I listened to 93.7 KSPI when I was in high school in Yukon. You could only pick up the signal after the sun went down, but I vividly remember writing down bits of lyrics in my car to find out what song that was I just heard.”

Consolidation of media following the Telecommunications Act of 1996 made it difficult for independent or alternative bands to gain airtime. Around the country, DJs such as O’Brien – shaped in the heyday of ’70s FM radio – continued to fight for independent music. In fact, O’Brien is widely known for championing bands long before they made it big.

“The Spy undoubtedly has the largest collections of songs from The Flaming Lips in the world,” LaCroix says. “Hits, deep album cuts, b-sides, remixes, live versions. It’s incredible. Before All-American Rejects broke big in Stillwater, they used to send him their demo tapes and unreleased material.”

Stillwater was the locus of O’Brien’s kingdom through the ’90s. After 95X in Oklahoma City switched formats (away from alternative to adult easy listening), he accepted an offer to remake Stillwater’s KSPI here. In an incredibly unusual move, he was given creative control.

That transition would lead to The Spy, although the result was not as long-lived as it should have been. O’Brien spent nearly five years retooling KSPI, but in the end, industry consultants recommended a format change – to Britney Spears and other teen-pop icons.

He would spend the next several years playing specialty shows on radio around central Oklahoma, and in 2009, he purchased 105.3 FM. To do so, he had to enter into agreements with Citadel Communications, one of the largest media companies in the world. When the relationship crumbled, Citadel attempted to keep all the branding materials associated with The Spy. O’Brien said one of his proudest accomplishments is besting Citadel and retaining The Spy brand.

From August 2009 through most of 2010, he focused on developing programs, retooling the station, and solidifying The Spy brand. At the same time, O’Brien’s influence continued to shape the music scene in central Oklahoma, both in choices of programming and in helping artists and promoters get non-mainstream music into venues around the state.

Kerry Myers promotes independent artists around the state, and in some cases, even after they relocate. She counts O’Brien as one of her principal mentors. “Ferris has always offered support and guidance to me and my endeavors,” she says. “He’s a true mentor to me and others around the state.”

Singer-songwriter and Elms vocalist/guitarist Chelsea Cope moved to Oklahoma City seven years ago. She is a creative, smart songwriter with an indie rock sound that departs from the mainstream in the best ways possible. In terms of her career since coming to Oklahoma City, Cope gives O’Brien a good deal of credit for providing a showcase for her talent.

“Coming from a state that lacks in the arts compared to other larger cities, he has really broadened the way people think about music,” Cope says. “It’s not just Garth Brooks and Carrie Underwood.”

The final major shift came in late 2010 when O’Brien looked at the station’s ratings. “We figured out that nine of 10 listeners accessed The Spy by means other than radio,” he says. “We decided to try the format online. In December 2010, we went exclusively online.”

Taking an audience – at that time – of nearly 20,000 listeners to an online platform would be a risk for traditional radio, but O’Brien had carved out a non-traditional brand, so the listeners followed. The format worked through all of 2011, and then KOSU called and asked him to bring The Spy back on a part-time basis. O’Brien agreed, and so you can catch those specialty programs on 91.7 FM again from 7 p.m. - 5 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and during morning and evening slots on Sunday – in addition to the virtual airwaves.

“This would never have worked in Dallas,” O’Brien says. “It’s this city, the people – everyone got behind it.”

 

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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 »

More information

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

Cost: $5 - $15

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

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

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

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

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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
View map »


Telephone: 405.325.3272
Website »

More information

A slice of American (and Oklahoman) history retakes the spotlight in this exhibition of works created under the New Deal's Federal Art Project.

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


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 405.478.2250
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 405.232.6060
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: 405.478.2250
Website »

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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
Website »

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

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

Cost: $50

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Admission

Where:
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
1700 N.E. 63rd St
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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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