What's Up in the 405
Miller in May
Sunday, May 19
The event is on the 19th, but 20 is the number on organizers’ minds, as Oklahoma City’s Miller neighborhood is excited to open its doors and welcome visitors for the 20th time. Seven houses, from grand domiciles to a groovy studio apartment, will be showcased on the 2019 home tour, and each stop promises a unique look at the character created through the homeowners’ appreciation of historic residences mixed with their personal styles.
To mark the 20th anniversary, this year’s event includes a Silent Art Auction as part of Saturday night’s Miller by Moonlight kickoff festivities. Participating artists in the auction include Terry Clark, Sue Hale, Basil Martin III, Sarah Lee Gossett Parrish and Prescott Krysler, among others.
Located between NW 10th, NW 16th, May and Villa, this beautiful area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and brims with character and charm – take this sterling opportunity to see for yourself.
Miller Neighborhood, 2700 NW 14th et al., OKC, Miller in May on Eventbrite
La Targedie de Carmen
Friday & Sunday, May 17 & 19
One of the most popular operas in history is getting a streamlined reinterpretation, cutting the runtime nearly in half, paring the cast down to four singers and turning the intensity way up. (Which is saying something considering the passion, jealousy and body count of the original.) Painted Sky Opera sings of a bloody love triangle between gypsy, bullfighter and soldier in “La Tragedie de Carmen.”
OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker, OKC, paintedskyopera.org
Saturday, May 18
The temperature is rising, and the season of watery entertainment centered on the Riversport OKC complex is heating up with the return of the OKC Whitewater Festival. A day packed with thrilling racing for kayaks and rafts is interspersed with opportunities for family fun, including a new 600-foot waterslide and an all-day dog adoption event. It should be wet, wild and wonderful.
Oklahoma River, 800 Riversport Drive, OKC, riversportokc.org
Saturday, May 18
All aboard – the deadCenter Film Festival is coming up soon, and organizers are getting a jump start on the celebration with a yacht rock-themed shindig at the Governor’s Mansion. Guests can expect easy, breezy music; nautical themed cocktail dress; delicious complimentary food from the Social Order Dining Collective, wine and specialty cocktails; plus, performances from a wide range of music and dance acts – and if you see someone from the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, congratulate them on their 40th anniversary. Jubilation ahoy!
Governor’s Mansion, 820 NE 23rd, OKC, deadcenterfilm.org
NOTE: Due to severe weather in the OKC forecast, organizers have rescheduled this event for Saturday, June 8
It’s all about community - Northeast OKC Renaissance’s 4th annual oNE OKC annual street festival will be headlined by nationally recognized music duo Adam and Kizzie and will feature a host of vendors, kids and wellness activities, including obstacles courses and yard games, food trucks, live music, poetry, a community mural and much more. Councilwoman Nikki Nice along with DayQuann Ervin will serve as event emcees. The annual community-based block party highlights major revitalization projects in Northeast Oklahoma City and aims to strengthen the economic growth of the area with the goal of connecting the Eastside community with OKC as a whole, so go meet new neighbors and make a friend or two.
NE 23rd & Rhode Island, OKC, neokcr.org
Sunday, May 19
The OKC Symphonic Band is an all-volunteer group of nearly 100 professional and amateur musicians united in their love for instrumental performance. The Oklahoma Community Orchestra’s 75 members – also all volunteers – are celebrating the organization’s 35th anniversary this year. An opportunity to hear either entity perform is hardly to be missed; this very special combined concert should be truly sonically spectacular. The more, the melodious-er.
Oklahoma Christian University, 2501 E Memorial, Edmond, okcband.org