There is something about our city’s creative energy and sense of community that is palpable and makes me proud to be a Tulsan.
Tulsa Fashion Week, which just finished its inaugural event, is one recent example (see page 31). The growth of Tulsa’s creative communities is inspiring to watch.
In January, Michael V’s Restaurant, 8222 E. 103rd St., will celebrate 10 years in business.
Owners, husband and wife team, Michael and Carol Minden opened the restaurant in 2006 with decades of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
As construction continues for the Margaritaville at River Spirit Resort and Casino (formally known as the River Spirit Casino Phase II expansion), the hotel tower recently reached the halfway mark at 14 floors. The Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant is scheduled to open in fall 2016, with the 27-story hotel tower opening in late 2016.
New attractions are coming to the Halloween Festival at the Castle of Muskogee, 3400 W. Fern Mountain Rd. in Muskogee.
Visitors can enjoy eleven Halloween events at the 60-acre Halloween Theme Park.
The Tulsa State Fair, Oct. 1-11, is back for a “Goat-Tastic” 11 days of food, rides and events.
Free, family-friendly shows take place daily on the fairgrounds including three new shows this year: the Great Cat Experience, Swashchucklers Comedy Pirate Show and the High Diving Pirates. “I’m looking forward to seeing the high divers,” says Fair Manager Amanda Blair. “It’s a pretty shallow pool, but, of course, they’re professionals.”
Gilcrease Museum is known for its collection of Native American art and artifacts. But beyond that, an additional attraction to be found is at the museum’s restaurant, sitting above the beautiful rolling green Osage Hills.
Bodean Restaurant and Market is a Tulsa landmark that has called 51st Street and Harvard Avenue home for nearly 50 years. After being located on the north side of 51st Street for 40 years, the restaurant was forced to relocate with the expansion of Interstate 44 in 2007. It moved across 51st Street to 3376 E. 51st St., where it continues its long-held excellence.
Foundations Restaurant at Platt College, 3801 S. Sheridan Rd., is using its student-run kitchen to prepare culinary students for real-world restaurants, and the public gets to reap the rewards.
The annual Taste of Bixby networking event, hosted by the Bixby Metro Chamber, will be held June 11, 5:30 p.m.-8 at the SpiritBank Event Center.
Philbrook Museum of Art’s newest exhibition, which opened May 31, brings together work from some of the most prominent European artists of the late nineteenth through mid-twentieth centuries including Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Salvador Dalí (1904-1989), Henri Matisse (1869-1954), and Auguste Rodin, (1840-1917) among others.
Running May 3-Sept. 6 is Gilcrease Museum’s exhibition “California Impressionism: Selections from The Irvine Museum.”
Some of the most popular works of art in The Irvine Museum’s collection will be displayed in this exhibition. Arcadian Hills by William Wendt (1865-1946) gets its title from the ancient Greek district of Arcadia, the idyllic paradise of legend and epic poetry. Titles echoing poetry and biblical passages are frequently seen on Wendt’s paintings as a way of praising the beauty and nobility of the California landscape, which he characterized as “Nature’s Temple.”
All summer long in downtown Tulsa’s East Village, the Local Chef Dinner Series is offering Tulsans the opportunity to take widely diverse culinary journeys with well-known local chefs in a Tulsa-based winery.
TEMPORARILY CLOSED: Joe and Cindy Keough, long-time owners of Wrangler’s at 7915 E. 71st St., recently suffered a fire at their restaurant and are temporarily closed. Cindy is concerned for her customers. She says, “I miss my customers! They are family and friends. I love sharing in their lives.” The Keoughs hope to reopen this summer.
As was expected, since opening in December, the Broken Arrow Warren Theatre, 1700 W. Aspen Creek Drive, is holding its own against its competition. This comes as no surprise, considering the movie-watching experiences and amenities offered there stand alone in quality and distinctiveness.
The Oklahoma Renaissance Festival is back for its 20th year, May 2-31 at the Castle of Muskogee.
The annual festival will feature more than 600 costumed stage and street performers, merchants and artisans who all have the goal of transporting patrons back to the 16th century.