What's Up in the 405
Saturday, Oct. 20
Learning should be a lifelong process – and though the world is way too vast and complicated for a one-day event to address every interesting topic under the sun, Oklahoma Humanities is giving guests an amazing amount to think about in this collection of knowledge, viewpoints and fascinating stuff. Appearances by Mark Twain and Will Rogers, group discussions on the intersection of religion and politics, a live recording of a “Game of Thrones” podcast, competitive book pitches … and it all concludes with a keynote address called “Gut Churn” examining the creative process, by NPR’s Jad Abumrad, founder of “Radiolab.”
OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker, OKC, 235.0280, okhumanities.org
Time for Three
Thursday, Oct. 18
One for the money, two for the show, three for an even better show. That’s the plan at Armstrong Auditorium, which is kicking off its 20th anniversary performing arts season with a guest performance from the string ensemble and self-described “classically trained garage band” Time for Three. Bach, bluegrass, The Beatles – it’s all up for grabs thanks to their wide range of arrangements.
Armstrong Auditorium, 14400 S Bryant, Edmond, 285.1010, armstrongauditorium.org
Friday, Oct. 19
This weekend, the FJJMA is inviting guests to visit a version of the ’60s – sleek and sophisticated, but teeming with spies. The museum’s Sandy Bell Gallery is being transformed into an immersive, espionage-filled environment for enjoyment, with food, drinks, celebration and even a very good cause back here in the real world: Funds raised will help upgrade the museum’s accessibility equipment, including updated wheelchairs, gallery stools and assistive listening devices.
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm, Norman, 325.3272, ou.edu/fjjma
Art on Tap
Friday, Oct. 19
The traditional gift for a 15th anniversary is something made of crystal, and the more modern option is a watch … but in this case, the present is another round of celebration with more than 80 varieties of beer to sample. Food from excellent local restaurants and live music help round out the atmosphere, and the proceeds help maintain the museum’s ongoing slate of special programs and exhibitions. Bottoms up!
OKC Museum of Art, 415 Couch, OKC, 236.3100, okcmoa.com
A Night in the Life
Friday, Oct. 19
Considering that this fundraiser is thrown by and benefiting the Oklahoma History Center, it’s even more appropriate to call it a blast from the past. Swing over to “1940s Flyboys and Riveting Gals” for an evening of live entertainment and big band music for dancing, plus heavy hors d’oeuvres and period-inspired cocktails, a more relaxed Officers’ Club area and a photo booth where guests can insert themselves into WWII-era propaganda posters. Brace yourself for some boogie-woogie.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi, OKC, 521.2491, okhistory.org
Celebracion de la Cultura Latina
Saturday-Friday, Oct. 20-Nov. 2
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center is presenting three exhibitions that showcase Latino culture: photographer Chris Ortiz’s wide-ranging “Portraits of Latinx Identity,” colorful prints by L.A.-based community art center Self-Help Graphics and local artists’ submissions to a Dia de los Muertes show. The trio of exhibitions runs through that holiday, but Saturday’s opening is a great time to visit, because the opening day features complimentary food and drink, drop-in studio activities, story time, student and professional mariachi performances, the Yúmare Folkloric Dancers and a special musical set by local singer/songwriter Lincka.
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing, OKC, 951.0000, oklahomacontemporary.org