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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Rain or shine, the Norman Mardi Gras Parade has been going for over 20 years. The 23rd Annual Norman Mardi Gras Parade will be on Saturday, February 25, 2017 in Downtown Norman from 7-9 pm. It is Norman’s only night parade and Oklahoma’s original mardi gras parade. The 2017 theme is “Light It Up!” The parade is family friendly and bands are highly encouraged to participate! The event will roll in cold weather and is still expected to have over 4,000 spectators downtown to enjoy the fun.
Registrations for floats are due February 23rd.
Royalty this year is Rebecca Bean and Matthew Clinton of STASH.
The parade runs in circles. It starts from Jones at Main, East to Crawford, Commanche, then Jones and circles twice.
The Award Party will be held at Puebla (305 E. Main, Norman).
For more information visit normanmardigrasparade.com
The 6th Annual Zydeco Gumbo Cookoff fundraiser will be on February 4th from 6-9pm at Scratch (428 E. Main, Norman). Anyone can enter at no cost! Admission is $15 at the door for Gumbo, band, and refreshments. For more information and to enter the cookoff, visit normanmardigrasparade.com
The Legend of the $5 Milkshake is a Quentin Tarantino themed art show at the 51st Street Speakeasy. Just like the director they are paying homage to, this show will embody a wealth of colliding influences to create an experience worth more than the sum of its parts, which is also kind of like a Tarantino movie.
INFORMATION FOR ARTISTS
Like the other shows, submissions are open. Since a lot of people have shown an interest in this particular theme, submissions to about 2 or 3 pieces per artist. Curator, James Nghiem, wants to try to make sure pieces are relatively small (no larger than 24×24). This is all negotiable as well, but we do have limited space and this is something you should keep in mind.
If you would like to submit work for the show, email James at robotsavescity AT gmail.com. For every piece you wish to submit, they need the TITLE, PRICE, ARTIST NAME and WEBSITE/CONTACT INFO. $10 from every sale will benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Outside of that, they’re not taking any commissions, so price your art to move or how you see fit.
INFORMATION FOR PEOPLE
Like the Wes Anderson show last year, costumes are welcome. Dress as your favorite Tarantino film character to help create an immersive environment for the night.
As far as food goes, I have it on good authority that the Speakeasy is putting together a menu that pays homage to Jack Rabbit Slim’s from “Pulp Fiction.” We’ve teased theme-menus in the past, but Greg is excited about this one.
Upstairs in the Scotch Room (kind of a tiny hidden room) they’ll be screening movies throughout the night. Josh Lathe, host of Comedy Fight League, is assembling a squad of smarminess to put on a Riff-Trax-style screening of “Jackie Brown.” Also, local alt comedy stalwarts the Saadboys will be screening their Tarantino-inspired short film as well.
The art will be upstairs in the makeshift gallery space, and musical acts will be downstairs.
As always, the show is 21 and up. The Speakeasy is still a bar, and there’s no getting around that if you’re underage. The show is free, but there will be a suggested donation of $3 at the door. This money will go to the bands and the people putting on the show if you feel kind enough to support them too.
WHAT IS NEW GENRE?
New Genre refers to non-traditional forms of art, which are experimental and fresh. The New Genre Festival presents a diverse range of artists, many of whom cross disciplinary lines, to create exciting new artworks. These works push the limits of traditional media while incorporating the new media made possible by today’s technology.
UNTITLED, OH. #8
by KYLE TRIPLETT (RUSTON, LA)
Opening – First Friday, March 3, 2017
This installation will conceptually and visually explore elements of place through layers of mediated and remediated information that relate to the natural and the artificial experience of landscape. The exhibition will combine the tangible physical qualities of clay objects and tiles with the ephemeral characteristics of digital media, specifically digital video projection. The installation will be large in scale using the entire allotted space. Installation continues through March 25.
WE ARE ALL CONNECTED, ELEMENTALLY
Installation – Holographic Work
By SALLY WEBER (AUSTIN, TX)
Opening – First Friday, March 3, 2017
In this exhibition, the elements carbon, gold, and iron are integrated with works of light. Early alchemists believed metals matured in the ground, transforming over time from base metals to the royal metals, silver, and gold. Their intent was to carefully transmute metals from one stage to another speeding up the process. Iron, the most abundant metal in the universe, is the actual transformative metal. Its fusion in the core of a star triggers a supernova and the subsequent creation of all the heavier metals including silver, gold, uranium and plutonium and is fundamental to the earth and all life. Installation continues through March 25.
For the complete schedule of events, visit livingarts.org/new-genre-art-festival.
Since 2013, Red Dirt Film Festival has brought people from around the world to Stillwater. A generous collaboration with OSU Theatre Department will make it possible for festival goers to attend all the film screenings for free, and organizers are expecting a record number of attendees.
This year, the festival will include the inauguration of the No-Coast Music-Industry Festival, March 3, at Eskimo Joe’s. No-Coast is the first step to growing the festival into other media.
After four years as a successful film festival in Stillwater, Red Dirt Film is growing into the music industry with the inaugural edition of No Coast Music-Industry Festival. It’s the next step in building Red Dirt Film as an all-inclusive media event, and it’s all happening on the second night of the four-day fest Artist lineup includes Joe Mack, Tres Dudes, Aaron Hale and Bethany Keen will perform at Stillwater’s world-famous venue, Eskimo Joe’s March 3.
No Coast and film screenings are free and open to the public. No Coast is 21 and up.
For more information, visit RedDirtFilm.com.
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.
The Paseo Arts District’s First Friday Gallery Walk features more than 80 artists in more than 25 galleries participating, all within walking distance. Paseo galleries offer special themed exhibits, refreshments, guest artists and a variety of entertainment opportunities. The night typically features four to six Art Opening Receptions to showcase the new work of the gallery/studio owners or the work of guest artists.
Come visit Oklahoma City’s historic arts district to experience dozens of galleries, three restaurants, and a handful of shops stand in distinctive Spanish Mission Revival style buildings, all within a two block distance.
The First Friday Gallery Walk starts on the First Friday of every month at 6 pm and lasts until 10 pm.
Watch Uncovering Oklahoma’s Artist Statement Minute series for artist talks to learn about some of the show openings in the Paseo.
For more information on the Paseo Arts District, visit thepaseo.com
The Underground Monster Carnival is an old school carnival themed convention with prizes, costume contest, special exhibits room, vendors, and workshops. For the collectors, the carnival hosts vendors selling sci-fi, fantasy, horror, steampunk, as well as art, apparel, crafts, books, comics, movies, and toys.
The Underground Monster Carnival encourages EVERYONE to get dressed up as anything such as monsters, superheroes, movie/tv characters, scary creatures, sexy pin-ups, steampunk, anime, furries, and especially, originally ideas. If you do dress up, stick around for the costume contest to win prizes.
Admission is $11 adults and children 11+, $7 ages 10 and younger, and under 3 years old is free. The event is from 1 pm to 9 pm.
For more information, visit undergroundmonstercarnival.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)
The 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk is a monthly, citywide celebration of art in Norman. It’s a collaboration between artists, art organizations, and businesses, brought to you by the Norman Arts Council. All events are free and open to the public from 6pm to 9pm.
The main action happens in Downtown Norman where many of the businesses are having art shows, live music, giveaways, and other fun activities.
Live! on the plaza is the plaza district’s second friday art walk. Each second Friday, Plaza District businesses stay open late with featured artists, live music, special events, local shopping and much more!
LIVE on the Plaza is presented by Fowler Volkswagen of Norman and Oklahoma Employees Credit Union. Located on the 1700 block of NW 16th, visit the Plaza District during LIVE on the Plaza. Parking in available on street, in Lyric Theatre’s lots in the center of the district and just west of 16th & Indiana. Additional parking can be made in the surrounding neighborhoods.
LIVE! ON THE PLAZA WILL HAPPEN EVERY 2ND FRIDAY, RAIN OR SHINE. 7PM – 11PM(ISH)