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Look! Down in Pauls Valley!

» Citizens of the sleepy south central Oklahoma burg slept more soundly than usual August 4, as the city streets positively teemed with costumed do-gooders ready to fight evil, uphold truth and justice and celebrate International Superhero Day at the city’s Toy and Action Figure Museum. The brainchild of museum curator Kevin Stark, it’s an idea with its genesis in the Gotham City of the old “Batman” TV show – a city where residents never boggled at the Dynamic Duo’s outfits.

“I assumed that it was so common to see heroes running around in colorful costumes that it just seemed like an everyday happening, and therefore didn’t warrant much notice,” Stark smiles. “I wanted to create that here; that there would be so many costumed heroes running around that it was commonplace! So, really, it started as a joke and an experiment and turned into a wonderful day.” And a historic one as well: rewarding the event’s emphasis on creativity, Pauls Valley now holds the world record – a whopping 124 – for most original costumed superheroes in one place at one time.

But for how long? Stark says plans are already underway to supersede that sensational figure at future festivities, which should include feats of strength and a “Save the Baby” obstacle course.

Stark himself made an appearance in character as The Red Mask (left), but at this rate he may have to change his costumed identity… to THE VISIONARY. (Bum-ba-daaaaaa!)


Use Your Words

» Curioser and… well, bloodier. Bestselling Oklahoma author Gena Showalter, the prolific pen behind the Intertwined and Lords of the Underworld series, is focusing her attention down the rabbit hole with the paranormal thriller Alice in Zombieland, now available in bookstores and at harlequin.com. The first installment in Showalter’s latest young adult series introduces Alice Bell, a 16-year-old orphan who sees dead people – but rather than somber ghosts, they’re murderous reanimated corpses, and fighting them will mean dealing with her strange attraction to menacing rebel Cole Holland. Though clearly inspired by Carroll’s classic, it deals with passion and violence rather than whimsical wordplay; think less Queen of Hearts and more Queen of Braaaaaains.


Peggy Pierce, “Osage Hills Tree”It’s a Snap

» The Norman Park Foundation loves the great outdoors, and is rewarding Oklahomans who share that affinity and can make it look good: the Foundation’s annual Tree Photo Contest has increased the rewards for outstanding depictions of trees and their aesthetic and environmental benefits to a total of $3,000 in prizes awarded in amateur and professional, color and black-and-white divisions. So if you think that they shall never see / a photo lovely as your tree, get your submission in by November 5 – visit normanparkfoundation.com for details and an entry form.


Nature’s Canvas

» Now that the heat is off, sightseers are hoping for some fall fireworks from the state’s arboreal population – but catching the leafy show at its most colorful can be tricky. The Oklahoma Tourism Department notes that last year, foliage seemed to peak between the third week of October and the second week of November, and suggests visiting travelok.com/Fall_Foliage_and_Festivals for weekly updates starting in early October. The Myriad Gardens, no strangers to botanical beauty, are betting on October 12-13, when they’ll ferry guests on a luxury overnight bus tour to Hot Springs and back along the scenic Talimena Drive – visit myriadgardens.org for details. And if you happen to be blazing your own trail through southeast Oklahoma, the 26th annual Robbers Cave Fall Festival and Car Show is October 19-21 in beautiful downtown Wilburton.


Following the Sound

» If retirement is what someone does when they’re no longer capable of or motivated to continue their career, fans of Wanda Jackson can rest easy – the Queen of Rockabilly still has more than her share of the verve that made Bob Dylan call her “an atomic fireball of a lady,” and as for choosing to hang up her career, it’s no coincidence that her new album is titled “Unfinished Business.” Released October 9 (just a few days before her 75th birthday) by Sugar Hill Records, the 10-track effort produced by Justin Townes Earle is the Oklahoma legend’s 31st studio album and one that she calls a return to her roots of country, blues and rockabilly songs. “The band was extra tight; the record just sounds terrific and I’m hoping that my fans enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.”

» KOSU’s recent involvement in covert operations has proven music to the ears of central Oklahoma’s independent music lovers: the NPR station found at 91.7 FM on OKC dials has partnered with ultra-cool underground station The Spy, bringing its spectrum of original programming back to the local airwaves. General manager Ferris O’Brien vows, “We promise to continue bringing the listener the best in new music as well as classics, producing the best specialty shows in the country.”


Calendar Watch

Oct 8 – Canadian Thanksgiving; be thankful for Canadians
Oct 13 – OU-TEXAS
Oct 16 – Boss’ Day (hint)
Oct 31 – Halloween
Nov 1-2 – The True Terror: Sugar Crashes

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More than 20 speakers in a one-track session designed for the digital marketing professional, marketer, business owner or anyone interested in branding, PR, advertising, social media, SEO, search,...

Cost: $250

Where:
Tower Theatre
425 NW 23rd St
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
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Sponsor: BigWing
Telephone: 405.475.4185
Contact Name: Janelle Archer
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This year will mark the eighth time the John F. Kennedy Awards have been celebrated, honoring individuals making a significant contribution to Oklahoma, its communities and its people, while paying...

Cost: $300

Where:
Skirvin Hilton Hotel
1 Park Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: Santa Fe Family Life Center
Telephone: 405-840-1817
Contact Name: James Timberlake
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More than 20 speakers in a one-track session designed for the digital marketing professional, marketer, business owner or anyone interested in branding, PR, advertising, social media, SEO, search,...

Cost: $250

Where:
Tower Theatre
425 NW 23rd St
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
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Sponsor: BigWing
Telephone: 405.475.4185
Contact Name: Janelle Archer
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Price Tower Art Gallery in Bartlesville will host Women Artists of the West's 48th annual juried art exhibition, featuring over 200 original art works, created by women in all mediums, subjects...

Cost: Free 2018-09-21,22,23

Where:
Price Tower Art Gallery
510 S. Dewey Ave.
Bartlesville, OK  74003
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Sponsor: Price Tower Arts Center
Telephone: 918.336.4949
Contact Name: Angelina Bourgou
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Escape the ordinary, and learn about OKC from a different point of view. Relax in the climate controlled cabin on one of our 65’ cruisers, or enjoy the breeze on the viewing deck and listen...

Cost: $15 for Seniors and kids under 12, $20 Adults

Where:
Regatta Landing
701 S. Lincoln Blvd.
OKC, OK  73109
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Telephone: 405.702.7755
Contact Name: Business Office
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A fabulous art auction to raise money to help support Oklahoma A+ Schools at UCO.

Cost: $100

Where:
CHK|Central Boathouse
732 Riversport Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73129
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Sponsor: Oklahoma A+ Schools at UCO
Telephone: 405.974.3791
Contact Name: Heather Bryant
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The evening Cocktail Cruise offers stunning views of the downtown skyline, the Boathouse District and Finish Line Tower, the Wheeler Ferris wheel and quite possibly an amazing Oklahoma sunset. Come...

Cost: $15 for Seniors and kids under 12, $20 Adults

Where:
Regatta Landing
701 S. Lincoln Blvd.
OKC, OK  73109
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Telephone: 405.702.7755
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Join supporters in communities across the nation for the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This family-friendly event raises funds to support the...

Cost: $10 for adults or children six and older

Where:
Stars and Stripes Park
3701 S. Lake Hefner Drive
Oklahoma City , OK  73116
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Telephone: 405.403.7762
Contact Name: Emily Drover
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Let’s end childhood cancer. Together! This September, supporters across the country will unite to participate in the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, an exciting, family-friendly...

Cost: $10 for Registration

Where:
Stars and Stripes Park
3701 S Lake Hefner Dr
Oklahoma City, OK  73116
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Sponsor: ALSAC St. Jude Oklahoma City
Telephone: 405.403.7762
Contact Name: Emily Drover
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Price Tower Art Gallery in Bartlesville will host Women Artists of the West's 48th annual juried art exhibition, featuring over 200 original art works, created by women in all mediums, subjects...

Cost: Free 2018-09-21,22,23

Where:
Price Tower Art Gallery
510 S. Dewey Ave.
Bartlesville, OK  74003
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Sponsor: Price Tower Arts Center
Telephone: 918.336.4949
Contact Name: Angelina Bourgou
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Escape the ordinary, and learn about OKC from a different point of view. Relax in the climate controlled cabin on one of our 65’ cruisers, or enjoy the breeze on the viewing deck and listen...

Cost: $15 for Seniors and kids under 12, $20 Adults

Where:
Regatta Landing
701 S. Lincoln Blvd.
OKC, OK  73109
View map »


Telephone: 405.702.7755
Contact Name: Business Office
Website »

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The evening Cocktail Cruise offers stunning views of the downtown skyline, the Boathouse District and Finish Line Tower, the Wheeler Ferris wheel and quite possibly an amazing Oklahoma sunset. Come...

Cost: $15 for Seniors and kids under 12, $20 Adults

Where:
Regatta Landing
701 S. Lincoln Blvd.
OKC, OK  73109
View map »


Telephone: 405.702.7755
Contact Name: Business Office
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