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Kingston Trio Concert to Benefit Will Rogers H.S.

The Kingston Trio, the American folk and pop music group that launched the folk revival of the late 1950s to the early 1960s, will present “Holiday Cheers” at the Will Rogers High School Auditorium, 3909 E. 5th Pl. in Tulsa on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m., sponsored by the Will Rogers High School Community Foundation.

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Tulsa Roots Music to Rock Guthrie Green

By JULIE WENGER WATSON

Tulsa Roots Music returns to Guthrie Green on Sept. 11 for its fifth season of Tulsa Roots Rocks the Green, a free, all-ages concert series. On four consecutive Sundays this urban park in downtown Tulsa will be filled with an eclectic mix of nationally and internationally touring bands, along with local and regional performers and free kids’ crafts.

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Tulsa PAC Kicks Off Its 40th Anniversary Season

Show Buzz by NANCY HERMANN

The PAC’s 40th anniversary season is big, varied and promises to be one of the most exciting ever.

Closing out August are three musicals that continue into September: Theatre Tulsa’s companion productions of “Oklahoma!” and “The Will Rogers Follies,” and Theatre Pops’ “Heathers.” Hardly missing a beat Sept. 9-18 is Tulsa Project Theatre’s “The Who’s Tommy.” This poignant, touching musical is a tad dark and every bit a rock- music experience. It won five Tony Awards in 1993 with hit numbers like “See Me, Feel Me” and “Pinball Wizard.”

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Vision For Children Holds Third Annual Fundraiser

A little over eight years ago Dr. Tom Vanderpool (a local Jenks optometrist) went on a fishing trip to Bimini, Bahamas, with a few of his buddies. What he expected to be some down time with friends and relaxing in a beautiful location was spoiled by an unexpected storm. Because of that storm, and Vanderpool’s curiosity, many children in the Bahamas can see better today.

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Tulsa State Fair Brings Fun for All

By EMILY RAMSEY

The Tulsa State Fair returns Sept. 29, running through Oct. 9, bringing new and returning entertainment, with its theme “Picture This” encouraging fairgoers to “get social,” says Sarah Thompson, with the Tulsa State Fair.

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Jill Solomon’s Exhibit Spotlights the Selfie

By EMILY RAMSEY

Broken Arrow resident and photographer Jill Solomon’s exhibit Narcissique Touriste, which was on display for a week in August at the Broken Arrow Historical Society, centered around Solomon’s love for Paris and the unexpected discovery she made when she visited there in April.

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Girl Scouts Announces Events

As a new school year begins, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma (GSEOK) is announcing a series of upcoming events.

On Sept. 24, GSEOK will hold a community open house at its new 30,000-square-foot office building: the Hardesty Leadership Center at 4810 S. 129th East Ave.

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Jenks' Art on Main Returns Oct. 8

CELEBRATING LOCAL: Art on Main returns to downtown Jenks Oct. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The annual festival features art, wine and music made by Oklahomans and has earned the prestigious Redbud Award from the Oklahoma Department of Tourism for its contributions to the state’s tourism industry.

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Pei Wei Chooses Tulsa as Test Market

Asian-inspired fast casual restaurant Pei Wei has chosen Tulsa to serve as a test market for 17 original dishes and for the introduction of a new restaurant design.

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Tulsa-Based Orchestras Complement OK Mozart

By GLENDA RICE COLLINS

Three well-established Oklahoma orchestras recently played a significant role in advancing Oklahoma’s premiere music festival OK Mozart (OKM) during a pivotal year for the week-long event, held June 11-18 at the Bartlesville Community Center (BCC). Those three orchestras are Tulsa Symphony Orchestra (TSO), principal guest conductor Daniel Hege; Signature Symphony at TCC (SSTCC), artistic director and conductor Andrés Franco; and Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra (BSO), music director and conductor Lauren Green.

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The Heat is On with Hot Entertainment this Summer

Show Buzz by NANCY HERMANN

The summer endures, and we know you are looking for a cool and comfortable place to enjoy some kickback time. July and August at the Tulsa PAC offer a variety of musicals and dance programs that will keep you engaged and entertained.

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James Pepper Henry Anticipates Gilcrease Expansion

By EMILY RAMSEY

Editor’s Note: Gilcrease Museum’s Executive Director James Pepper Henry is one of Greater Tulsa Reporter’s “10 People to Watch in 2016,” as announced in its January 2016 issue. GTR was the first news group in greater Tulsa to introduce People to Watch, which launched in January 2009.
Throughout the year, GTR will publish a series of articles featuring each of its “10 People to Watch,” with next month’s issue to feature Jenks Mayor Kelly Dunkerley.

Although Gilcrease Museum Executive Director James Pepper Henry always planned to one day return to Oklahoma, a state that sits close to his heart, the circumstances that brought his return caught him a bit by surprise.

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July 4 Folds of Honor Freedomfest

Folds of Honor FreedomFest presented by QuikTrip returns for the annual River Parks July 4th celebration. This year’s event will bring back two family-friendly festival locations: Veterans Park at 18th Street and Boulder Avenue and the newly-renovated River West Festival Park, 2100 S. Jackson Ave. An evening packed with fun, food, family and friends will culminate in a fireworks show launched from the nearby 21st Street bridge over the Arkansas River.

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Experiencing the Art of Ballet, Italian Style

By NANCY HERMANN

There is a reason that tourists worldwide cannot get enough of Italy. It’s a country where history is deep, where food is a revelation and where the land is both breathtaking and bountiful.

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Tulsa Ballet’s Hardesty Center to Open July 30 in B.A.

Tulsa Ballet’s Hardesty Center for Dance Education, 1901 W. New Orleans St. in Broken Arrow, will open to the public on July 30.

The 21,000-square-foot facility will be an extension of Tulsa Ballet’s dance school, currently operating solely out of its Brookside location. The building will house four studios, each with a professional basket-woven sprung floor with Marley covering, ten-foot mirrors and a state-of-the-art sound system. The site will also include The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation Performance Studio, which will serve as a performance venue for ballet students and educational outreach programs, as well as a functioning dance studio. Also in the facility will be administrative office space, boys and girls dressing areas, and a lobby. Tulsa Ballet II, the organization’s pre-professional ensemble and performing arm of the Center for Dance Education, will also offer performances in the Zarrow Studio.

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