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Tulsa Roots Concerts Return to Downtown Tulsa

By JULIE WENGER WATSON

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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Kristin Chenoweth Holds Third Camp

By MEAGAN COLLINS

For her third-annual Broadway Bootcamp, Kristin Chenoweth returned home to Broken Arrow to train and mentor 45 students from around the country for one week in June.

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Tulsa’s Music Scene has Rich History, Bright Future

Searching for the Sound by Bryan Cantrell

Greetings, readers of GTR. Great news: I got my own column!

Okay, so you may not be as excited about that as I am… yet. But I’ve made it my goal to create excitement among all of my readers; excitement about the most valuable resource we have here in Greater Tulsa: music.

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American Theatre Company Announces ‘Return of the Ecclectics’ for 2017 Benefit

American Theatre Company announces the Return of the Ecclectics for the theatre’s 2017 Annual Benefit and Show. ATC premiered Eddie and the Ecclectics in 1981 with the production running through 1997. Based on the mythical rock and roller Eddie Edwards, a rock and roller who wrote and performed all, and that’s all, of the major rock and roll songs during the 1950s and 1960s. It is truly “The music you know and love!”

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Postoak Lodge Opens Willow Café

Postoak Lodge & Retreat, 5323 West 31st St. N., recently opened Willow Café as an added convenience for weekend guests, says Trisha Kerkstra, Postoak general manager.

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Salata Opens

On July 20, Salata opened its first Tulsa-area restaurant at 6030 S. Yale Ave. in Kings Pointe Village. This is the second Salata in Oklahoma, with two more Tulsa-area locations planned to open in the fall.

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GREENWOOD LEGACY GATHERING:

Enjoying the recent Greenwood Cultural Center’s Legacy Award Dinner in honor of former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating are, top row from left, Johnny Brookins, Maurice Jones, Michael Washington, Chuck Cissel and Jonathan David Harris. Front row, from left are retired Oklahoma Senator Maxine Horner, Dianne Jones, Jacqueline Boynes and Connie Fisher.

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EDISON REUNION:

The Tulsa Edison High School Class of 1962 held its 55th Class Reunion in June in the Brady Arts District. From left are Brad Williams, Nancy Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Phil Schlecht, Carolyn Murray, Ted Murray, Kathy Welsh, Bob Welsh, Jean Crawford and Jim Crawford. The class enjoyed music from classmate Dr. Doug Moore and his band.

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Celebrity Attractions Names Kristin Dotson CEO

Celebrity Attractions, nationally touring Broadway presenter, has announced the appointment of Kristin Dotson as chief executive officer effective July 1, succeeding Ed. Payton, who is retiring. Drew Payton and Kay Payton continue to support and lead as the owners board of directors, and Broadway producers for Celebrity Attractions.    

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Philbrook Showing Cheech Marin’s Chicano Art

“Chicano art is American Art.” — Cheech Marin

From the Techno and House dance parties of the backyards and warehouses of East Los Angeles to the border refugia of El Paso to the ancient storytelling strong enough to survive the Rio Grande crossings, Chicano thrives on community.

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Tulsa Ballet Dancers Celebrate 60 Years

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is courtesy of a long-time volunteer and supporter of the Tulsa Ballet.

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