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 curated 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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– Valentine’s Day
– Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday Events
– St. Patrick’s Day
– Earth Day
– Cinco de Mayo
– Mother’s Day
– Father’s Day
– July 4th
– Oklahoma Oktoberfests
– Halloween and Haunted Houses
– Christmas Lights, Holiday Plays, and Winter Festivities Guide
– New Year’s Eve Celebration Guide
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Leap Coffee Roasters announces its collaboration with poet and visual artist Angie LaPaglia to create the company’s 2020 Artist Series Blend coffee, “Shameless,” set to launch February 1. As in years past, the Leap team has worked together with LaPaglia to create this signature blend that speaks to her work, and a percentage of its sales will benefit the artist.
“When we started Leap four years ago, one of the things we wanted to do was find a creative way to support local art,” says Kari Hirst Starkey, co-owner of Leap. Together with her husband and co-owner Eric Starkey, they created the Leap Artist Series Blend program. Every year they have supported artists in a range of disciplines, from singer/songwriters, to visual artists, to this year, a poet.
According to Eric, “Shameless” is a light-to-medium roast coffee blend that is robust without being bitter, with notes of cocoa, golden raisin, and nutmeg, and a smooth finish. It’s comprised of certified organic beans from Brazil, Guatemala, and Sumatra. The Sumatra coffee co-op is women-owned, which was an imperative for LaPaglia.
“The shape of my life is the result of my gender, and my art is very much about the condition of being a woman,” she says. “So it was important to me that this coffee support women.”
Angie says that the name “Shameless” is derived from her bold approach to poetry. Because of her raw, visceral style she’s been called “the poet who’s not afraid to feel.” Her visual presentations of original poems are known for being powerful and moving, and she says she wanted a coffee that was as bold as her art. “Shameless is not subtle. It very much knows who it is.”
LaPaglia and the Leap team will celebrate the coffee’s debut with a launch party and art opening Saturday, February 1, from 10 am – 1 pm at the Leap retail warehouse, 44 NE 51st Street in Oklahoma City. The event will include music by Norman-based singer/songwriter Lacy Saunders, poetry performances by LaPaglia, and a unique display of some of her most recognized poems.
In addition to furthering her own practice, Angie has plans to leverage her year-long residency to lift up Oklahoma women. She will curate two exhibitions in 2020, one including emerging female artists as young as age 14. She is also collaborating with the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition to bring awareness to women’s issues in the state.
Leap’s Artist Series Blend is a collaborative approach to producing custom coffee blends, with a percentage of sales benefiting a local artist directly. A new artist is chosen each year to produce a signature blend in collaboration with the roasters. Previous local artists with coffee blends include the musical duo “Miss Brown to You” and visual artists Romy Owens, Eyakem Gulilat, and Amanda Zoey Weathers. All Artist Series Blend coffees are available for purchase online at leapcoffeeroasters.net, at select Sprouts and Homeland locations, and at the Leap warehouse, 44 NE 51st Street in Oklahoma City.
Chocolate Decadence is proud to celebrate its 23rd anniversary in 2020, and we invite you to join us for a truly decadent night featuring delicious drinks, unforgettable auction items, live music, and of course savory and sweet chocolate creations from Oklahoma City’s best restaurants!
This year, Chocolate Decadence will be held in Leadership Square as they prepare exciting changes to the event, its brand, and location. The event continues to sell out every year, so don’t miss the chance to celebrate as a sponsor or attendee and be the first to hear about what’s to come in 2021!
All proceeds from this year’s event go directly to the Automobile Alley Association, which funds community projects in the district including light displays, neon sign grants, marketing, street furniture, research, and public art.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit chocolatedecadenceokc.com.