Oklahoma is becoming a place where people are no longer asking, “What is there to do?” and are now asking, “What shall we do?” To help decide what to do, Uncovering Oklahoma’s Calendar of Events features the best of the best unique events happening throughout Oklahoma. Whenever you’re looking for something interesting to do on the weekend or your day off, come here and find out what’s happening. Be sure to follow on Facebook or Twitter as events will often be shared there too!
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Momentum by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition is two nights of ART, LIVE MUSIC, and tons of surprises. This dynamic and unique event works with Oklahoma artists ages 30 and younger in an exhibition created specifically for them, helping them gain experience and meet new audiences. Attendees encounter film, performance, new media, installation, music and more. Featuring Spotlight Artists for 2017 are Lisandro Boccacci, Krystle Brewer, and Summer Zah.
For Momentum OKC’s 16th Anniversary, the event will be hosted on 16th Street in the Plaza District, March 24-25, 2017. Venues include Graphite, District House, and The Venue. Curator is Kate Van Steenhuyse and Emerging Curator is Kyle Cohlmia.
For tickets and more information, visit momentumoklahoma.org
The Industry Flea is an open-air market of artisans, local shops and vintage finds in Downtown OKC. Enjoy this local market event in the heart of Oklahoma City’s Midtown on March 25 and October 7, 2017 from 9 am to 3 pm.
Industry Flea also has your favorite acoustic music performers and food trucks joining the local makers too.
For the list of vendors, visit industryflea.com
The OKCine Latino Film Festival promotes the Latino cultural impact on cinema and has become a showcase for local and international filmmakers with submittals from Mexico, Spain, and South America.
The 3nd Annual OKCine Latino Film Festival will open with a presentation of short films created by teams of high school students. These student filmmakers will be the first to participate in a 4-part Youth Film Workshop conducted by Rogelio Almeida and Victor Caballero. In addition, the festival will include presentations of a variety of feature films, documentaries, and short films, as well as panels and discussions where families and community members will experience a unique, family oriented and spectacular celebration of culture, music and Latin flavors through film.
In addition to the film screenings, guests can stroll down the red carpet, enjoy a display of works from local Hispanic artists, stop for their photo-op, and sample a variety of food and beverages. The evening will be an elegant and enlightening affair.
The film festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at the CHK|UCO Boathouse (732 Riversport Drive, Oklahoma City).
Filmmakers can submit their works via Film Freeway.
The 7th Annual Rhythm of the World: Dance and Music from Around the Globe event will be held Saturday, March 25, 2017. The event will showcase a wide array of diverse local talent and allow audience members to experience the majestic beauty of near and far cultures, complete with a variety of colors and rhythm that embody and exemplify the joy of music and dance. The event will be held at the Auditorium at Randall University (formerly Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College) located at 3701 I-35 S Service Rd, Moore. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, children 5 years or under are admitted free.
Marjan Esaa, founder of Rhythm of the World, suffered a traumatic loss in 2015 that left her empty and drained. She was unable to dance and choreograph and fell into a deep depression. “Dancing is a spiritual experience for me; a way of communicating with God and the world. In mid-March of 2015, I miscarried my second baby, and it was the most difficult and devastating event I have ever experienced. I was drowning in my sadness. The Rhythm of the World, 2016, was fast approaching and I could not decide on a song – let alone a choreography – for my solo piece. Anxiety and insecurity were adding to the emptiness I was already feeling. Then one day, it suddenly occurred to me that I was trying to design a dance of joy while experiencing great pain. I successfully convinced myself that I needed to dance through the sadness. I dedicated the performance to the child we lost, and then let my feelings go. I cannot begin to tell you the weight that came off of my shoulders after I performed “Till I Meet You Again” that night.”
Marjan’s husband, Dr. Steve Scott is a licensed psychologist and explains, “Grieving is a process, and an individual process at that. A major milestone in Marjan’s grieving process was when she performed a choreographed piece dedicated to the child we lost. I know it helped Marjan and myself; and I hope it also touched the lives of others who were struggling with their own grief.”
“I’m grateful for so many things, especially my newest son Lucas Gabriel who was born in October, 2016. My solo piece this year aims at expressing that feeling of joy and thankfulness to God for the lives of my two sons Lucas Gabriel and Victor Miguel. I also cannot wait for the world to see the newest piece performed by Mystical Hips Dance Troupe, my student group,” shares Marjan.
Each year, local performers represent many global traditions including: Hawaiian Hula from the Halau Hula ‘O Nani dancers, Mexican Folkloric dances by Norahua Folklorico Mexicano, Latin-flavored dances from Candela Latin Dancers from Clips ‘N Hips, Traditional Indian dancing by Nritya Arpan Dance School, Bellydancing by Marjan and her Mystical Hips Dance Troupe, Hip Hop by Men of RACE and many more.
The 7th Annual Rhythm of the World: Dance and Music from Around the World event will be held on Saturday, March 25th at the Auditorium at Randall University (formerly Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College) located at 3701 I-35 S Service Rd, Moore. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, children 5 years or under are admitted free.
Tickets can be purchased online at TheRhythmOfTheWorld.com.
“Through collaboration, artists are able to make something each would not be able to make as individuals. It is only through the combinations of talents that ideas, styles, presentations can evolve and push artists to develop in new ways.”
Sarah Engel and Suzanne Thomas Justice || Nesting Instincts
The Holey Kids || Confessional
Erin Latham, Kelly B. Rogers, and Lauren B. Zuniga || Love Notes to the Neighborhood
Artists were selected from a call for proposals. Each team selected has been provided curatorial support, space, and an honorarium to create work specifically for this exhibition.
Current Thursday events are also when patrons can pick up their art from the Art-of-the-Month Club subscription. Our February artist is Zachary Burns. Read more about Art-of-the-Month here.
Exhibition runs February 9 to March 26.
Opening reception: February 9, 6-9pm (Sponsored by The Wedge Pizzeria)
Artist reception: March 9, 6-9pm (Sponsored by The Wedge Deep Deuce)
Closing Reception and Sunday Soup: March 26, 6-9pm (Sponsored by Elemental Coffee)
Uptown 23rd District’s fourth annual fundraiser, Uptown Uncorked, is Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the Oklahoma History Center. Come and enjoy the district’s food and beverage-tasting event that features Uptown restaurants and merchants. The monies raised from the event support the beautification of medians and public spaces along 23rd Street, Uptown 23rd events and programming efforts, all of which help to improve the appearance and livability of Oklahoma City’s urban core.
During the event, patrons will sample food, wine and beer, be entertained by great music, participate in a raffle and have the opportunity to mix and mingle with other Uptown 23rd friends and fans. Join in the renaissance of the Uptown 23rd District, making it one of the city’s premier business, arts, and entertainment districts.
For tickets and sponsor packages, visit https://uptown23rd.com/uncorked/
Step back in time for a day of revels at the Medieval Fair. The annual Medieval Fair arrives March 31 – April 2, 2017 at Reaves Park in Norman from 10 am to 7 pm each day. Enjoy mirth and merriment with kings, queens, knights and fools as the kingdom comes alive.
Held annually since 1977, this living history fair features arts, crafts, food, games, educational exhibits, demonstrations and ongoing entertainment at seven stages.
Entertainment for the whole family includes minstrels, dancing, theater and reenactments, jugglers, knights jousting on horseback and human chess games. Brightly costumed characters include King Arthur, mermaids, and the fair’s royal court.
Browse through the medieval village of over 200 art and craft booths offering unique and handcrafted wares. Offerings include pottery, wood crafts, stained glass, armor, costumes, fairy wings, jewelry, leather crafts, hair garlands, and much more. Watch master crafters demonstrating their skills.
1) While you may feel like you’ve traveled back in time, there are ATMs available.
2) Pets are allowed, though not encouraged because of the large crowds, and leash laws are strictly enforced.
3) While the event is free, parking is not. For a fee, you can park one block south of Reaves Park at Lloyd Noble Center on Jenkins Avenue.
4) To get the best view of the shows, arrive early to get a close spot.
5) Visitors to the Fair should be aware of the City of Norman’s ordinance that prohibits smoking in City parks.
6) Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
For more information on the Medieval Fair, visit medievalfair.org.
ONE is Norman’s most looked forward to annual art parties and so get ready for a night of foolish fun and frivolity! This year’s theme is a little mischievous with food, drink, and plenty of surprises – it will be a whimsical night you will not want to miss.
The evening features a silent auction and blind raffle with fabulous art and tons of decadent, shiny, pretty things you know you can’t live without! The party starts at 7 p.m. and runs through 11 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at MAINSITE Contemporary Art, 122 E. Main in Norman.
The lush VIP lounge will be open to all sponsors and VIPs with exclusive access to a premium bar serving up specialty cocktails. Sooner Legends Catering keeps you sated with quirky and playful noshes. Sponsors and VIPs are invited to continue the merriment at the Fool’s Ball After Party.
As always, ONE celebrates the entire arts community in Norman and raises money to support the operations of the Norman Arts Council.
Hearts Sponsor – $2,500
Includes logo recognition on all event materials, 10 VIP tickets ($100 value each), 10 tickets to the After Party
Spades Sponsor – $1,000
Includes logo recognition on all event materials, 6 VIP tickets ($100 value each), 6 tickets to the After Party
Clubs Sponsor – $500
Includes logo recognition, 4 VIP tickets ($100 value each), 4 tickets to the After Party
VIP – Aces – $100
1 VIP ticket, access to VIP lounge with premium open bar and signature cocktails and after party
Regular Joker – $50
1 general admission ticket to the ONE event, includes open bar and appetizers
For more information, click here.
Don’t be A. Fool and miss out on the most coveted event in Norman!
The Oklahoma City Ghost Tour is a monthly walking tour that will tell spooky historical tales of Bricktown and downtown Oklahoma City. Come hear about:
… the mysterious first death following the Land Run of 1889,
… hidden tunnels where people were said to born, live, and die without ever seeing the sun,
… and the most haunted hotel in Oklahoma!
Walks will meet outside the west entrance of the Kingman building on S. Oklahoma Avenue and will last a little over an hour. The route is all outdoors and follows public sidewalks, so it should be wheelchair accessible.
Tickets are $10, paid upon arrival. Cash or card is fine. Each guest receives a commemorative glow-in-the-dark wristband as your ticket.
Check out jeffprovine.com for more information, including more upcoming tours across the state.
The First Friday Art Crawl was established in 2007. This year-round monthly event features all of the galleries, studios and museums as well as the part-time galleries in various shops opening their doors to show art. The Art Crawl is held on the first Friday of the month and open from 6–9 pm.
In line with its original purpose, local artists are given an opportunity to display and sell their work. This event has grown from 50–100 people visiting 4–6 venues to an event that has drawn over 3,000 people and continues to attract new people to Downtown Tulsa. Besides the mini-galleries being open, the established museums and galleries offer free admission and many shops stay open late. During any given Art Crawl, visitors can expect visual art, performances and maybe a few fireworks! Each venue offers something different and creative, a true hallmark of the Brady Arts District.
First Friday is a perfect date night starting with a cocktail, coffee or early dinner on one of the many patios. It can also be a leisurely browse of the art and a great late dinner or nightcap at the District’s unique restaurants or clubs. Families can find many options from kid-friendly gallery shows to live music in the park. For those who like to linger even later, stay for one of the clubs, bars or coffee shops – many of which offer live entertainment.