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Holidays Launch with Arts and Entertainment


November in Tulsa is rich with entertainment. Celebrities, big-name bands and Grammy-winners galore can add variety to your holiday-time planning. And, if the fine arts and family-friendly events are more your style, look no more. Tulsa-area venues comprise a cornucopia of it all.

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Philbrook Museum Offers Behind-the-Scenes Look

In October, Philbrook Museum of Art opened Museum Confidential, running through May 6, 2018.

This groundbreaking exhibition, unique to Philbrook, gives visitors the opportunity to observe museum practices, hear stories, and see an unprecedented number of never-before-seen works of art. The format of this exhibition allows Philbrook Director (and Museum Confidential curator) Scott Stulen the opportunity to present a unique, behind-the-scenes experience that illuminates the inner workings of museums, collections and their workers.

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Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma's Giving Spirits Returns Oct. 27

The fourth annual Giving Spirits, to benefit the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, returns Friday, Oct. 27, at Cain’s Ballroom in downtown Tulsa.

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Entertainment Is Your Ticket to Happiness


Are you on a quest for health and happiness? A current issue of “Time” magazine carried an article titled “New Ways to Become Happier — and Healthier.” Among the suggested approaches for feeling better fast, without a drastic revamp of your life, is to attend events. “People get more joy from experiences than things, and many memories sweeten with time,” advised the article. I couldn’t agree more.

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Tulsa’s First Friday Art Crawl Holds Onto Popularity

Out & About in Greater Tulsa by EMILY RAMSEY

In September, I attended my first First Friday Art Crawl in a long time.

I am embarrassed to relate how long it actually has been, so I will leave that a mystery.

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Castle of Muskogee Welcomes Halloween

The Castle of Muskogee’s Halloween Festival has returned, running Sept. 29 – Oct. 28. Visitors will find a collection of culinary creations, over 30 craft, home décor and clothing shops, and entertainment for the entire family, including 11 Halloween attractions for all degrees of thrill seekers.

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Crystal Bridges: A Destination Not to be Missed

Out & About in Greater Tulsa By EMILY RAMSEY

For a number of years, my sister lived in Scottsdale, Arizona, and, later, Redondo Beach, California.

As delighted as I was to have an excuse to visit these areas, I was also highly envious. Not only because my sister got to call these places her home but also because of the easy accessibility to so many other desirable locations. In just a couple of hours, she could be in Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, San Diego, Las Vegas, Santa Fe.

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Runway Tulsa Returns Sept. 27-30

Runway Tulsa is bringing national and local talent for a week of fashion events with a purpose Sept. 27-30. The week will kickoff with a VIP event at Lexus of Tulsa and end with a runway finale featuring top designers from all over the country.

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Tulsa's Entertainment Season Off to an Exciting Start


If I had an opportunity to recap what I did over school break, as many students are asked to do this time of year, I would gladly share my summer. My husband and I spent several weeks in Italy, centering our trip on the nine-day Umbrian Jazz Festival. Featuring preeminent musicians from around the globe, the immersive experience spoiled us with non-stop jazz on a world stage. We also attended the opera “Aida,” presented in Verona’s first-century Roman arena, and a classical music festival held in Perugia’s medieval buildings and piazzas. Besides the pure enjoyment of the history, music and art, along with Italy’s great wine and food, I valued the experience as training — tuning my ears and eyes so I can better evaluate and appreciate my entertainment encounters at home.

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In Dewey, Tom Mix and the Wild West Live On


It was that hat that set him apart. It stuck up like a water tower on the tallgrass prairie. It was common for early day movie cowboys to proclaim their good intentions by donning white hats, but in the case of Tom Mix, his absurdly tall, white hat seemed to be saying he was not only a good-guy cowboy but perhaps the good-est of the good-guy cowboys by virtue of that big headpiece.

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Tulsa Roots Concerts Return to Downtown Tulsa


The sixth annual Tulsa Roots Rocks the Green free concert series returns to downtown Tulsa’s Guthrie Green in the Brady Arts District. The event will take place on each Sunday, Sept. 10-Oct. 1, 2:30-6:45 p.m.

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Chalk It Up Donation

AVB SUPPORTING ARTS: AVB Bank recently presented a $1,500 donation to ArtsOK in support of the Chalk It Up Arts Festival. This is the sixth annual year for the event: bringing together artists, both professional and amateur, to create chalk art masterpieces onto the Rose District Main Street in Broken Arrow. Chalk It Up allows participants of all ages and skill levels to create chalk artwork. The event begins Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. and runs until Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. Pictured are AVB Chairman of the Board Kelley Rash, left, and ArtsOK Board Member LaTonya Cundiff.

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Air Show Coming to Okmulgee

The City of Okmulgee, the Okmulgee Area Development Corporation, and Okmulgee Regional Airport announced that the first-ever air show will be held in Okmulgee on Saturday, Sept. 30.

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Gatesway to Hold Balloon Festival

Gatesway Foundation announces the 21st Anniversary Gatesway Balloon Festival to be held Sept. 15-17 at Chisholm Trail South Event Park, located at 21101 E. 101st St. (4000 E. New Orleans), just east of NSU in Broken Arrow. In addition to being the 21st appearance of the community festival, this year will mark the return of “Oklahoma’s original Balloon Festival” to Broken Arrow.

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Talk of Tulsa Show Chorus Welcomes Deke Sharon for Aca Jam

The Talk of Tulsa Show Chorus welcomes Deke Sharon to Tulsa for the Aca Jam. Sharon is a singer, composer, arranger, producer, director and teacher of a cappella music. The Boston Globe called him “a one man A Cappella revolution.” Entertainment Weekly dubbed him “The Father of Contemporary A Cappella.” Known for his infectious cheerfulness, Sharon is best known for his work on “Pitch Perfect” and “Pitch Perfect 2.”

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