What's Up This Weekend
Friday-Saturday, February 24-25
Returning to OKC with a celebration of the late great Frank Sinatra is jazz singer, pianist and composer Tony DeSare.
The New York native will be joined by his guitarist Edward Decker and bass player Steve Doyle to delight fans with many favorites, including “Come Fly with Me,” “My Way,” “Fly Me to the Moon” and many more.
Led by the equally legendary conductor Joel Levine, the first half of the show will feature a “Guys and Dolls” medley and a Cole Porter medley.
Hailed as a “Sinatra acolyte” by the New York Times, after getting his big break as lead in Off-Broadway musical “Our Sinatra,” you can rest assured that DeSare is a fitting choice for a tribute to “Ol' Blue Eyes” himself.
OKC Civic Center, 201 North Walker, OKC, 297.2264, , okcphil.org
Mr Burns: A Post-Electric Play
Friday, February 24 – Sunday, March 5
In a world where all that’s left is a campfire surrounded by a group of survivors sharing their memories of an episode of “The Simpsons,” the only way to go is, presumably, up.
Anne Washburn’s dark and yet enlightening comedy looks at the shaping of future civilizations based on the one-track media minds of the survivors.
The way that pop culture and media images of one generation can become the myths and legends of future civilizations is acted out over a time span of 82 years.
Described as “downright brilliant” and “so smart it made your head spin” by the New York Times, the show will be co-produced by CityRep and TheatreOCU.
OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker, OKC, 297.2264, okcu.edu/events
Norman Mardi Gras Parade
Saturday, February 25
Light it Up is the theme of this year’s annual Mardi Gras Parade in downtown Norman.
This year’s royal seats will be taken by Norman entrepreneurs Rebecca Bean and Matthew Clinton, who have helped to revitalize the downtown area and turn it into the vibrant arts area it is today.
Downtown Norman, East Main to Porter , normanmardigrasparade.com
Saturday, February 25
The Oklahoma band is sure to pack The Criterion this Saturday with their rootsy mix of country, folk and Americana - cue rockin’ guitars and fiddles.
The five-piece group is returning to home turf after a series of dates across the UK and Netherlands; Oklahoma marks the start of another extensive U.S. tour for this hardworking five-star band.
The Criterion, 500 E Sheridan, OKC, criterionokc.com
The Wedding Singer
Friday-Sunday, February 24-26
Featuring a cast of 8th-12th grade students from the Sooner Theatre’s own Senior Production class, this rom-com – with an emphasis on the com – follows Robbie Hart and his quest to sabotage every wedding, after being jilted at the altar.
The show’s sensational new score does for the ‘80s what “Hairspray” did for the ‘60s.
Sooner Theatre, 101 E. Main, Norman, 321.9600, soonertheatre.org
March 1-Monday, April 3
A good artist can make viewers see what he or she wishes; this show is filled with portraits that aren’t even there.
The pieces in Oklahoma native Poteet Victory’s latest series, called “Abbreviated Portraits,” don’t actually contain any faces, but focus on enough hints, symbols and suggestive graphic elements to help the viewer’s eyes fill in the identity in question … hopefully, anyway.
The show will be on display through the month, but don’t miss the opening artist’s reception this Wednesday – the abbreviated portraitist will only be there for a brief time.
Howell Gallery, 6432 N Western, OKC, 840.4437, howellgallery.com