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Mayfest Begins May 19

By EMILY RAMSEY

The 44th annual Tulsa International Mayfest celebration will be held May 19-22 in downtown Tulsa. More than 350,000 people are expected to attend the free festival, which will include more than 120 visual artists of fine arts and handmade goods, three indoor art galleries, live music on four stages, and food vendors.

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Greg Weber Anticipates Future of Tulsa Opera

By EMILY RAMSEY

As the Tulsa Opera prepares to begin its 69th season, it welcomes back Greg Weber as general director and CEO.

Weber was originally hired as Tulsa Opera’s managing director in October 2014; however, he left in June 2015, only to return March 1.

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Renaissance Festival Transports Guests

The 21st annual Oklahoma Renaissance Festival at the Castle of Muskogee returns April 30-May 30 with costumed performers, artisans, music, magic, comedy, juggling, jousting and food.

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Bluestone Steak House Emphasizes Pure Ingredients

Local Dining By BLAKE AUSTYN

Purity and quality. That neatly and clearly sums up the mission of Bill Tackett, local restaurateur and chef, who became owner of Bluestone Steak House and Seafood Restaurant, 10032 S. Sheridan Rd., with his wife, Sharon, in 2014.

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Cajun Ed’s Annual CrawFest Returns May 14

On May 14, Cajun Ed’s Hebert’s Specialty Meats, located at 2101 E. 71st St., just west of Lewis Avenue, will host CrawFest 2016, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

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Series Reflects Ballet’s Future

Tulsa Ballet is closing out its 2015-16 season with a triple bill, featuring some of Artistic Director Marcello Angelini’s favorite works.

When asked about his choice of repertory for the program, Angelini speaks about the second half of the season as a reflection of Tulsa Ballet’s past six decades:
“Romeo and Juliet, the first full-story ballet commissioned by the company, is the embodiment of the company’s commitment to create quality classical works for audiences and the country.

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NatureWorks to Unveil Sculpture

On May 5, NatureWorks will donate its 27th bronze monument to the City of Tulsa as part of the organization’s efforts to promote wildlife awareness and art appreciation through public wildlife monuments.

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Marjorie Atwood’s 2016 Mayfest Poster Revealed

Tulsa artist Marjorie Atwood designed the 2016 Tulsa International Mayfest poster. The painting is called Namid, which is a Native American name meaning Star Dancer, and includes silhouettes of known Native American sculptures and a colorful Tulsa skyline. Atwood is a contemporary artist with a 20-year history of painting and exhibiting her work.

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Tulsa Town Hall Announces Season

Nonprofit organization Tulsa Town Hall will begin its 82nd season on Sept. 23 with award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien.

As an internationally recognized broadcaster, O’Brien brings wider exposure to critical issues through her empowering initiatives, in-depth coverage of breaking news and documentaries. She will speak on the topic of “Diversity: On TV, Behind the Scenes & in Our Lives.” O’Brien has been named the Tulsa Performing Arts Center 40th Anniversary Speaker.

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Author Gets Sassy, Writes Second Novel

Martin Keating, a local author and brother of former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, recently published S.A.S.S.Y., his second terrorism novel. He published The Final Jihad in 1996.

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Operation Aware Offers A.R.T

Operation Aware of Tulsa is gearing up for their annual fundraiser project and event, Operation A.R.T., and it’s projected to be a grand Roaring ‘20s affair. Tulsa Metro area students will be paired with professional artists from around greater Tulsa to create a unique artwork together in a Philbrook classroom, which will be auctioned off at the event on May 5 at The Campbell Hotel’s Renaissance Square venue. KTUL News Channel 8’s Kristin Dickerson will emcee for the evening along with guest speaker Lisa Bain. Inlcuded will be a live auction, silent auction, drawings, heavy hors d’oeuvres and live music.

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Tulsa Ballet Stays Busy

HARDESTY CENTER: The Tulsa Ballet’s Hardesty Center for Dance Education is getting closer to completion in Broken Arrow. The development of the facilty is part of a $25 million Integrated Campaign for Tulsa Ballet, the largest fundraising initiative in the history of the company. Construction began in July 2015, and the building is expected to open in August. Upcoming Tulsa Ballet performances include the Emerging Choreographers Showcase, April 22, 24; and the Signature Series, May 6-8, 13-15.

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BTW Class of 1966 to Honor Ten Outstanding Women

Chuck Cissel, president of the Booker T. Washington High School Class of 1966, has announced that the annual Black Women Rock Tea Fundraiser will be held at the Greenwood Cultural Center on Sunday, May 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. The tea will honor 10 accomplished women, graduates from the 1966 class and several women who have been community leaders for years.

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Tulsa Town Hall Presents Presidential Historian & Author Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Tulsa Town Hall 81st season concludes with renowned presidential historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin on Friday, April 22. Author of six critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling books, she received a Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Other bestsellers are The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, Howard Taft, and The Golden Age of Journalism; Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln; The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga; and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. Wait Till Next Year is Doris Kearns Goodwin’s touching memoir of growing up in love with her family and baseball.

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Greater Tulsa Author Christopher Metcalf Releases Fifth Novel: The Perfect Patriot

The April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City changed everything.

For Oklahoma author Christopher Metcalf, the Oklahoma City Bombing holds a permanent place in his memory. He can recall clearly the moment he heard about the bombing on his car radio as he drove to an interview. He was a writer at the Tulsa Business Journal at the time.

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