January’s Prime Entertainment Picks

Chef Anne Burrell

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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A Blast of Flavor

Each January, St. Anthony Hospital hosts a Celebrity Chef event, featuring a heart-healthy dinner and cooking demonstration from a culinary luminary. And as viewers of the Food Network know, if there’s a talented, enthusiastic, crowd-inspiring chef wanted, the cheerfully luminescent Anne Burrell more than fills the bill. Bon appetit!

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Don’t Stop Creating

Everyone has occasional bursts of creativity, but for OKC artist and graphic designer Corey Lee Fuller, “sometimes” wasn’t enough – he challenged himself to create something new (drawings, photos, even doodles) every day for a year. The collected assemblage of ideas, in an exhibit called “The Daily Artifact,” contains much to ponder, and potential inspiration for viewers.

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Toga Party

Some days you just can’t seem to free yourself from a lifetime of servitude by finagling a marriage between your owner and a courtesan belonging to your neighbor’s pleasure house. Lies, chicanery, bumbling and outright silliness combine for one of musical theater’s finest farces as Jewel Box revisits ancient Rome in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”

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Growth Industry

Got a hankering for warmer weather? This might make the craving even stronger: The OKC Home & Garden Show is three days of top-tier products, contacts for service providers and ideas and advice from experts in the fields of redecorating, home remodeling, landscaping and more. Special guests include bestselling cookbook author and “recipe hacker” Todd Wilbur and HGTV gardening expert William Moss.

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Let It Blow

While nature may be in a state of quiet slumber, OKC’s Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble is eagerly rehearsing up a storm, the better to light up listeners’ lives with the revivifying concert “Shanties, Songs and Serenades.” The wind-oriented musical feast includes pieces by Mozart, Francaix, Matthew Arnold and more.

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Photo courtesy Armstrong Auditorium

A Rousing Performance

The story is over 300 years old, but the magic is by no means gone – especially when the pros dancing to the great Petipa’s choreography and accompanied by the enduring Tchaikovsky score to “Sleeping Beauty” are none other than the stunningly skilled Moscow Festival Ballet, in Edmond for one singular fairy-tale-worthy show.

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The Hit Parade

Time to don the tuxedo and lay in a cigar or two – the black-tie evening of mixed martial arts excitement and premier old-school pugilism known as OKC Charity Fight Night is back in Bricktown. The OKC Police Athletic League’s child assistance activities are the beneficiaries of proceeds from the boxing spectacular hosted by announcing great Michael Buffer.

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The Whole Kitten Caboodle

That’s what audiences will get in “Cats” as The Studio of the Sooner Theatre’s Junior Production class supplies 3rd-7th grade mini-thespians for its mysterious musical foray into the feline kingdom of Macavity, Griddlebone, Jennyanydots, Old Deuteronomy and the other Jellicle kittens in the “Memory”-able T.S. Eliot classic. Consider it the pick of the litter.

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The Fresh Scoot

Nearly 14,000 babies and toddlers go through a lot of formula, diapers and other necessities in a year … which means the local humanitarian nonprofit Infant Crisis Services needs support in helping to supply them. So don black tie and/or the titular gear and prepare for dinner, dancing, cocktails and a good ol’ time at the spirits-lifting Boots & Ball Gowns gala.

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Gary Montgomery, "Last Buffalo"

Vision Quest

Sometimes we can all benefit from a little perspective. Visiting the Red Earth Museum this month allows 19 award-winning Native artists with Oklahoma ties to share individual viewpoints through their works and their words, as each piece in the Red Earth Master Artist Show “Through the Eyes of the Artist” is accompanied by explanatory quotes from its creator.

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