May 3-6, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
If your troupe is named Perpetual Motion, it stands to reason that you’d want to be constantly moving forward, right? The OKC company is about to premiere a fresh production, and for the first time in its history, the show will include a full story in addition to dazzling imagery and dizzying grace. A fantastic voyage awaits an imaginative young girl – and the audience – in the all-ages fable Cora’s Door, coming to Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center May 3-6.
Through January 6, Sam Noble Museum
Great white sharks are already a pretty scary concept, even if you’ve never seen Jaws. Now imagine a version about the size of a semi truck, packing 250-plus serrated teeth in a mouth so big it could swallow Michael Jordan sideways. Then come take a look: A 60-foot walkthrough sculpture of the largest shark that ever lived stars in Sam Noble’s new exhibition Megalodon, depicting a monster that ruled the waves 2 million years ago.
May 18-20, Oklahoma River
Among the many reasons for celebrating the return of warmer weather, one is particularly splashy: Higher temperatures mean the OKC Riversport complex is back in action. And to mark the occasion, the second Whitewater Festival offers a weekend of tackling the zipline and climbing walls, and shooting the rapids in kayaks and rafts – even cheering action on and off the river in the new BoaterX extreme kayaking competition or pump track offroad bike races. Get out and enjoy!
May 10-11, The Criterion
Local nonprofit Focus on Home spends all year working to supply furniture and necessities for families in need, so it’s upping the ante for its annual Design Appetit event: The Slumber Bash aims to provide 50 deserving kids with 50 new beds. Individual sponsors are treated to a lavish dinner from legendary OKC chef John Bennett Thursday, then join a fun-filled party with their sponsored kids on Friday. Good times and sweet dreams await.