What images come to mind when you hear the words “Harley Davidson?” The adventure of the open road? Peter Fonda in “Easy Rider?” Hell’s Angels? The word “hog?” Often, rather than picturing the robust piece of chrome and power itself, the words Harley Davidson conjure up images of freedom and adventurous feelings. For 102 years, the Harley Davidson motorcycle, with its singular purring roar, has inspired people from all walks of life to “embrace the thrill of the great unknown” as it is described on www.harley-davidson.com.
Finnegans Awake, a popular Tulsa Celtic band since 2001, released its first CD, Finnegans Awakenings, at a CD party December 16 at Borders Midtown, 2740 East 21st Street in Tulsa.
Members of the band include Kristal Zwayer who plays pennywhistle, bodhran and flute; Susanne Woolley, fiddle and mandolin; Moby Anderson, five string acoustic bass and Tom Tomshany guitar. Their current repertoire includes Irish and Scottish music, also American folk, French and German ballads.
Their first CD provides the listener a cornucopia of musical styles and includes Irish ballads ‘Riding on a Load of Hay,’ ‘Star of the County Down,’ ‘Finnegan’s Wake;’ two Scottish tunes—a recent one called ‘This Love Will Carry’ and one from the 18th century, ‘Gloomy Winter’s Now Awa’.’ Other selections include toe-tapping reels and jigs, a song from Shakespeare’s play, Twelfth Night and a French love song recorded earlier by Marianne Faithfull, ‘Les Prisons du Roi.’
Tulsa siblings Christy and Hank Hanewinkel III will be releasing their new album, “Put On Your Game Face,” at a CD Release Party, Saturday, Dec. 18 at Cain’s Ballroom . The dynamic duo, known for their imitations of the band, White Stripes, have been making music together since 2003 and won a Spot Award from the Tulsa World in 2004.
If you want to book a vacation with Akin Travel Adventures, don’t expect to visit the travel agency and emerge with an armload of brochures for exotic places. The agency will come to you.
Members of the Rotary Club of Tulsa attended a holiday party in December. The Rotarians have been busy this holiday season in various activities, including ringing the bell for the Salvation Army and volunteering at the Elite Repeat upscale consignment store, located in the Plaza Shopping Center at 81st Street and Lewis Ave. Proceeds from store sales go to the charitable Community Fund of the Rotary Club of Tulsa.
It’s the perfect recipe to ring in the New Year in style—a delectable dinner, great music by two of Tulsa’s finest in the biggest and the most elegant ballroom in Oklahoma. It’s “A Tribute to Motown” with Toni Estes and Grady Nichols at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center.
Several hundred literary enthusiasts attended the First Annual Oklahoma Authors Book Fair Dec.1 at the historic Harwelden mansion where they met more than 20 of Oklahoma’s most distinquished authors and had them sign copies of their respective books for sale at the event.
In recognition of Philbrook’s largest annual donors, the Phillips Recognition Dinner was held Dec. 13 at the Philbrook Museum of Art. The event was chaired by Suzanne Warren and the dinner catered by Southern Hills Country Club and Chef Devin Levine. Executive Director Brian Ferriso welcomed the guests and introduced keynote speaker Joseph Thompson, director of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA).
Here’s a story that could have leapt from the pages of a novel onto the big screen. The film would be about a girl from tornado alley, the progeny of oilmen, who takes innate talent and a Midwest work ethic and makes it big in Hollywood working in film. Never forgetting her roots, she helps some hometown boys realize their silver-screen dreams and brings them, their shared movie project and a lot of Hollywood hoopla back home with her.
The family tradition continues with a touch of class, style and sophistication as Tulsa Ballet presents the holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. From December 10 through December 24, audiences at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center will be dazzled by the unique Art Deco inspired Marcello Angelini production.
Fallingwater. The Guggenheim Museum. Taliesin. These are just a few of the 532 homes, museums and office buildings built by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in his lifetime (1867-1959). Four hundred still stand, and Oklahoma lays claim to three of them: the Richard Lloyd Jones home built in 1929, the Harold C. Price Jr. house and the Price Tower. These architectural masterpieces stand as monuments to the vision and genius of Frank Lloyd Wright. Literally towering above all of them is the Price Tower in Bartlesville. Although Wright designed a number of skyscrapers, the Price Tower with its green copper fins evoking the image of a tree, is the only one that was realized. Coined by Wright as “the tree that escaped the crowded forest,” the tower exemplifies Wright’s fundamental philosophy of integrating the natural environment with architectural design.
It was a star-studded music-filled night in Muskogee last month when The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. inducted Oklahomans Toby Keith, Billy Parker, Tommy Allsup and the Cain’s Ballroom into its 2005 Class at the Civic Auditorium. Making a surprise appearance at the awards ceremony and concert was Carrie Underwood, “American Idol” winner and Oklahoma native, who accepted her Rising Star award.
Good manners never go out of style. Unfortunately, many of today’s youth don’t remember when etiquette was in.
“There’s not as much call for a complete working knowledge of table manners in America today,” says eLiz Hollis, a local etiquette consultant and partner in Creating Solid Impressions (C.S.I.). “Unfortunately, many families only gather all at once around the dinner table at holidays, and most restaurants are too casual to require, or even to allow for, more than basic good table manners. But it is still important to know them.”
The YWCA of Tulsa has a photography exhibit on display titled “Journey to America,” celebrating the many immigrants who call Tulsa their home.