August’s Prime Entertainment Picks

This Month’s Top 10

 

It’s A Big, Busy Metro Out There – If You Can’t Make It To Everything, Here’s Where To Start →

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Artist Nathan Sawaya in the studio.

Two Million Little Pieces

Clay, bronze, marble … LEGO? The toy’s versatility allows it to make a transcendent leap into a sculptural medium in the patient hands of visionary Nathan Sawaya, who uses tens of thousands of LEGO pieces to create a spate of astonishingly detailed works. This traveling exhibition, The Art of the Brick, is the very definition of a block party.

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Death of a Salesman’s Career

The OKC Theatre Company has a set of rules for this show, and they’re very simple: Always. Be. Captivating. Always be captivating. The infinitesimal margin between a measure of success and abysmal failure leaves desperate employees little room for scruple in David Mamet’s (which means be braced for some explosively explicit expletives) Pulitzer-winning powder keg “Glengarry Glen Ross.”
 

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That Thinking Feeling

The crucial element for success is the possession and retention of knowledge that is by definition unimportant. Fun, right? The National MS Society’s Smarty Pants Trivia Night is inarguably entertaining, with raffle prizes and wine drawings to give extra enticement to rapt audiences, and great prizes for those who can maintain their brains amid the strain.

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A Matter of Pubic Interest

In an absolutely perfect selection to inaugurate its “Scandalous Season,” Reduxion Theatre Company goes back to the classics – more than two thousand years back – for Aristophanes’ comedy about gender … um, relations. A community-wide lockout forces the men of Greece to choose between love and war as Tyler Woods directs the salaciously saucy “Lysistrata.”

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Here Come the Haute Steppers

Ten local luminaries, including last year’s champion Dr. Ronald Sutor, have been practicing their moves and are now ready to partner up with professional dancers to dazzle the crowd and take home the 2014 honors at Dancing for a Miracle. Dinner, cocktails, auction action and quite a lot of stuff-shaking make a knockout fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital Foundation; enjoy!

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To Catch a Beef II

A trifle delayed but still fresh and hot: the 4th annual Battle of the Burger is back on the menu. A tug-of-war and pie making contest serve as undercards to the title bout, as restaurants, nonprofit teams and individual gurus of the grill cook for audiences and a panel of expert judges to determine who among their number will reign supreme as Commander-in-Beef … until next year.

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K.T. Sullivan

A Star Is Home

The Broadway Tonight series is back at UCO, and they’re ringing in the new season with a blend of razzle-dazzle (the introductory show is called “Colored Lights,” which bespeaks a shot of theatrics) and genuine talent, thanks to the cabaret sizzle of K.T. Sullivan. The seasoned stage veteran and effervescent soprano also happens to be a native Oklahoman making a triumphant return.

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Taste Sensations

Proceeds from the 7th annual Tour de Palate will benefit the Go Mitch Go Foundation’s ongoing fight against blood-borne cancers, so guests will have that much extra reason to enjoy the musical entertainment from ZuZu’s Petals, temptations of the auctions and wine pull and wide array of flavors from more than a dozen local restaurants and bakeries.

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Donald Davis

Tales: You Win

It’s not really a must-”see” event, since the visual element isn’t preeminent. That doesn’t make the OKC Storytelling Festival any less mandatory, though – guest experts Donald Davis, Syd Lieberman, Lynette Ford and Bil Lepp use their distinctive gifts for weaving syntax and pronunciation and judicious silences into something more than a story: a wholly mesmerizing magic spell.

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There Goes the Sun

The midday heat is notoriously fierce during Oklahoma’s Augusts, so the Firehouse Arts Center prefers to wait a bit later before unveiling the flood of creativity known as the Midsummer Nights’ Fair. Over two dozen artists display their efforts, kids have a designated space to exercise their own creativity and there’s food and music, and a touch of magic, for all.

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