It’s a big, busy metro – here’s where to start
► Islands in the Dream
Feb. 18 – May 14, Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Forest scenes to fierce samurai, a wide range of woodblock prints from two centuries of Japanese history star in “After the Floating World,” on display Feb. 18-May 14 at the OKC Museum of Art. Kampai!
► City Sweetness
February 2, Hudson Essex Lofts
After two decades, the sensational celebration known as Chocolate Decadence remains every bit as delicious as ever. Treats from nearly two dozen local restaurants, confectioners and purveyors of treats for the tongue wait to be sampled, along with gourmet coffee, wine, champagne, a steady flow of sensational jazz and auction goodness. Raising funds for Automobile Alley is a thorough joy.
► Melodies and Memories
February 4-25, OKC Civic Center
If you want your plans for the month to sound fantastic, look no further than the OKC Philharmonic: February begins and ends with musical excellence. The Classics concert Feb. 4 welcomes guest conductor Andreas Delfs and cellist supreme Christine Lamprea for an evening of Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Debussy, while impeccable vocalist Tony DeSare closes out the month with a Pops rendition of “Sinatra and Beyond.”
► Bang, Bang, You’re Dead
February 8-26, Lyric’s Plaza Theater
Anyone can try to change the world, but not all changes are for the better. Lyric Theatre takes a musical tour through a dark side of American history – via narratives from noteworthy figures such as Booth, Hinckley, Guiteau, Squeaky Fromme and Lee Harvey Oswald – in Stephen Sondheim’s Tony-winning “Assassins.” It’s a fun exploration of a grim topic, and you’ll probably enjoy it; give it a shot.
► Chansons d’Amour
February 14-18, Santa Fe Depot
Season of romance, you say? Step right this way – the Depot becomes a world apart where lovers can press music to their hearts as Cimarron Opera continues its Salon Series with “La Vie en Rose.” French melodies paired with wine, chocolates, hors d’oeuvres and an intimate atmosphere of no more than 50 patrons total … all that’s missing is you.