On Sept. 3, Tulsa City-County Library officially opened its temporary downtown branch, Librarium, which will be open for two years as Central Library undergoes renovations. Librarium will offer the latest in library services and equipment.
B.A. Theatre Breaks Ground
GROWTH COMING: On Sept. 24, Warren Theatres broke ground on its new luxury movie theatre to be located in the Shops at Aspen Creek, located on Tucson Street (121st Street), between Aspen Place and Elm Place in Broken Arrow. From left, Mayor Craig Thurmond, Developer Danny Signorelli, Warren Theatres Founder Bill Warren and Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce President Wes Smithwick.
Choregus Productions Holds Gala
INAUGURAL : From left, Marianne Herrold, Leslie Shelton and Tracey Norvell enjoy the music, food and performances at Choregus Productions’ first fundraiser, called Celebrate Choregus: The Black and White Inaugural Gala. Funds raised from the event will benefit the educational and community outreach programs, which earned Choregus the 2012 Oklahoma Governor’s Arts in Education Award.
New Balloons Come to Gatesway Fest
A 140-foot American bald eagle, a 425-pound ladybug and the world’s largest flying pig will make appearances at the Gatesway Balloon Festival, Sept. 20-21 at Claremore’s Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs.
Tulsa State Fair Brings New Shows
Organizers of the Tulsa State Fair are holding true to their aim to consistently bring new and highly-anticipated artists and entertainment acts to the event’s annual lineup.
OK Mozart Artistic Director Makes NY Debut
Constantine Kitsopoulos, Conductor and Artistic Director for the OK Mozart International Festival, will make his New York Philharmonic debut leading a program titled Hitchcock! on September 17-18 as part of OF SCORE: Film Week at the New York Philharmonic. Alec Baldwin, who is serving as Artistic Advisor for the week-long event, will host Kitsopoulos’s Sept. 17 concert, and actor Sam Waterston will host the Sept. 18 concert.
Will Rogers Memorial Celebrates 75 Years
The Event, the first major fund-raiser for the Will Rogers Memorial Foundation, has evolved into a two-day celebration of the Life of Will Rogers and the 75th Diamond Jubilee of the Will Rogers Memorial Museum. Founders and early pioneers of the Memorial will be recognized.
Landmark Ballet Opens Tulsa Ballet’s 2013/14 Season
Tulsa Ballet opens its 2013/14 season Sept. 27-29 with the mixed repertory evening Rite of Spring. The performance includes Paul Taylor’s stirring reminiscence on , Company B, and the Oklahoma premiere of Jorma Elo’s One/End/One.
Fair Entertainment Includes Something for All
It would be all too easy to get lost in the lengthy list of shows and performers coming to this year’s Tulsa State Fair, Sept. 26-Oct. 6. The number of venues alone could make one’s head spin. It goes without saying, therefore, that ample use of the fair’s itinerary planner that can be accessed through its website or with the smartphone app will prove more than just somewhat useful.
Zoo Welcomes Snow Leopard
On Aug. 7, the Tulsa Zoo welcomed 12-week-old Niko, an endangered snow leopard, into his new home in the Robert J. LaFortune WildLIFE Life in the Cold building.
Starlight Band Performs
MUSIC: Starlight Band has been drawing crowds to its summer concerts since 1947. The free shows have, most recently, taken place at River West Festival Amphitheater. The band recently wrapped up its successful 2013 summer concert series. Starlight Band is Oklahoma’s only professional concert band and includes more than 50 musicians. Band members also perform with the Signature Symphony, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and the Bartlesville Symphony.
2013-14 Performance Season Opens at the PAC
It’s showtime! The performance season at the launches in September. Last season, 270,000 people attended the more than 500 events that were staged at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center! I’m always excited when someone tells me of a dawning interest in chamber music or opera; that they’ve seen a Broadway show for the first time or become hooked on dance. 2013-14 is going to be excellent for both theatre newbies and established fans.
WALTZ ON THE WILD SIDE:
This year’s Tulsa Zoo friends fundraising event, WALTZ on the Wild Side, was held June 21 and was another successful event. From left are Patron Chairs John and Sandy Stava, President and of Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc. Terrie Correll and Honorary Chair Donne Pitman. This year’s WALTZ on the Wild Side benefited the Mary K. Chapman Rhinoceros Exhibit, slated to open in 2014.
Stage Shows at PAC Foster Cultural Climate in Tulsa
In the interesting case of Disney’s The Lion King that played at the Performing Arts Center this summer, the musical came in like a lamb and went out like a lion. Roaring. The economic impact to the City of Tulsa was colossal!
Rehearsal Space Comes to Brady
“People walk in and say, ‘This space is amazing. Don’t tell anyone about it,’” says Facilities and Event Coordinator Shannon Easton regarding Fly Loft, the community rehearsal space recently opened in the Mathews Warehouse building in the Brady Arts District.
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