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Bixby Loves BBQ

By EMILY RAMSEY

The Bixby BBQ ‘n Blues Festival returns for its 14th year of music and barbecue, May 1-2 at Washington Irving Memorial Park.

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Guthrie Green Hosts Tulsa Roots Music Bash

By JULIE WENGER WATSON

The 2nd annual Tulsa Roots Music Bash returns to Guthrie Green in downtown Tulsa April 18. The lineup for this free, all-ages festival includes Austin’s Latin blues-rock band Los Lonely Boys, the ska revival sounds of The English Beat with Dave Wakeling, Afropop star Rocky Dawuni and rapper Joe Driscoll with Sekou Kouyate. The Calliope Youth Circus opens the day at 2:30 p.m., performing acrobatics on the lawn. Children’s activities, belly dancing and hula-hoops are also part of the mix.

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Signature Symphony at TCC Names New Maestro

Andrés Franco has been named the new artistic director and conductor of the Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College. The TCC Board of Regents approved the hiring at the March 12 meeting. The vote capped off an intensive national search and selection process following the announcement that Dr. Barry Epperley, founder of the orchestra would retire.

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Tulsa Ballet Announces Season

Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini announces the 2015/16 Season. This monumental lineup aims to strike a unique balance between audience favorites and World Premieres by some of the world’s most in-demand choreographers. Tulsa Ballet performances will take place at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Studio K located in the Tulsa Ballet headquarters, as well as a spring series in The Lorton Performance Center on the campus of The University of Tulsa.

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Center of Universe Adds to Local Buzz

Out & About in Greater Tulsa By EMILY RAMSEY

It warms my heart to see all that is happening in Tulsa.

I certainly hold no ill will toward Oklahoma City, but I must say it is thrilling, and has been a long time coming, to see the renewed interest of companies in our fair city over our nearby capital: notably, Costco opening in South Tulsa, possibly by the end of the year, and, boosting Brookside’s appeal, the February opening of Urban Outfitters and Trader Joe’s setting up shop by the end of the year.

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Dinosaurs Return to Tulsa Zoo

It’s going to be another year of prehistoric proportions as Zoorassic Park returns to the Tulsa Zoo. Zoorassic Park 2 will take guests back in time with 26 life-like creatures. The temporary exhibit, which lasts through August, will showcase 11 dinosaur species, nine of which are making their first stop at the Tulsa Zoo. The exhibit will also feature two bug displays, including a grasshopper and ladybug. These displays will feature magnified creatures of the natural world, showcasing their hidden beauty while changing the way you look at insects.

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OSUIT Orangefest Welcomes Craig Wayne Boyd

OrangeFest, an Okmulgee festival formerly known as Super Saturday, is set for April 10-11, expanding into a two-day event with activities in downtown Okmulgee and on the OSU Institute of Technology campus. Admission and parking are free.

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G.T. Bynum Named ‘Champion of the Arts’

Tulsa City Councilor G.T. Bynum was honored as Theatre Tulsa’s 2015 “Champion of the Arts” at the theatre company’s recent Broadway Bash.

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Fundraiser Welcomes NFL Great

NFL Football great and best-selling author Tony Dungy will serve as the keynote speaker at the 22nd Salvation Army William Booth Society Dinner, May 19 at the Cox Business Center.

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An Eclectic Mix of Shows Due at PAC for April

Show Buzz By NANCY HERMANN

New York Times crossword puzzle master Will Shortz will be Tulsa Town Hall’s next speaker, so with that in mind, I’m suggesting that our PAC April roster of events could be described with an eight-letter word and the clue “all-embracing.”

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Bixby Graduate On National Stage

By EMILY RAMSEY

Bixby High School graduate Corey Kent White has helped to put a spotlight on his hometown with his recent entrance onto this season of NBC’s The Voice as a member of Team Blake Shelton.

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Chicago Returns to Hard Rock’s Joint May 13

Chicago has twice sold out The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa. On May 13, the rock and roll band looks to repeat that feat for a third time.

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Philbrook Exhibit Spotlights American Modernism

On Feb. 8, Philbrook Museum of Art debuted “From New York to New Mexico: Masterworks of American Modernism” from the Vilcek Foundation Collection. The exhibit will be on display through May 3. Organized by Philbrook Chief Curator and Curator of American Art Catherine Whitney, this original exhibition explores the fertile period in America’s national story that resulted in the country’s first truly homegrown, modern art movement. Drawn from the Vilcek Foundation Collection in New York City, this presentation represents the first time many of these notable works will be accessible to the public. Collectively, these works, by some of the 20th century’s most innovative and colorful modernists including Georgia O’Keeffe, Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, and Arthur Dove, demonstrate how the artists came together under the banner of American identity to create a shared visual language of abstraction.

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Cherokee Nation Launches Monthly Program Highlighting People, Places, History, Culture

The story of the Cherokee Nation is one of strength, heartache, survival and resilience, and its culture is among the richest, most vibrant and storied in all of Indian Country. Now, those stories are being shared with the world. “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” is a new monthly, 30-minute news magazine-style program featuring the people, places, history and culture of the Cherokee Nation. “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” is hosted by Emmy-winning journalist and Cherokee Nation citizen Jennifer Loren, a former longtime anchor at KOTV, News on 6.

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OK Mozart Announces 2015 Concert Lineup

The OK Mozart Festival launched its upcoming season at Bartlesville Community Center recently with a gala Launch Party where Artistic Director Constantine Kitsopoulos announced an exciting line-up of concerts and guest artists. The “Music of Italy” will be the theme for this year’s festival set for June 6-13.

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