Greater Tulsa Reporter
BY TERRELL LESTER
Joe Keough can’t remember the last time he and wife Cindy took a vacation. Four years? Five years? More? Together, they have operated Wranglers B-B-Q for 26 years. They close on Sundays. They work six days a week. Or, until mid-April they did, anyway. That’s when an early-morning fire on April 12 gutted the little eatery at 7915 E. 71st St. “A total loss,” Joe Keough said, sizing up the interior. The outside, he said, is “structurally sound.”Read More
Tulsa reaped many rewards for two weeks in April when a tall, dark, masked and slightly crazed man came to town. A show that has been running since 1986, Phantom of the Opera continues its unchallenged reign of enduring popularity.Read More
I would tell you that this year’s performance season is winding down, but if you saw our May and June calendars, you’d know differently. May leads off with “A Devil Inside,” April 30 and May 1. It’s a dark comedy by David Lindsey-Abaire, performed by Riverside Country Day School’s older students, and is recommended for mature audiences. I really like that the PAC is affordable for schools and that aspiring, young actors can have an opportunity to try out their talents on our stages.Read More
In October, Tulsa Opera welcomed Greg Weber as its new managing director.
Weber brings to Tulsa 30 years experience working with theater and opera companies throughout the world, most recently serving as San Francisco Opera’s director of production since 2011.
The Oklahoma Renaissance Festival is back for its 20th year, May 2-31 at the Castle of Muskogee.
The annual festival will feature more than 600 costumed stage and street performers, merchants and artisans who all have the goal of transporting patrons back to the 16th century.Read More
The Bixby BBQ ‘n Blues Festival returns for its 14th year of music and barbecue, May 1-2 at Washington Irving Memorial Park.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.”Read More