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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Register to vote

Vote February 13

On Feb. 13 citizens of Oklahoma City will have the chance to vote for Oklahoma City mayor and three seats on the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education. If you are not registered to vote in Oklahoma City don’t fret because you still have time. The deadline to register is this Friday.

If you aren’t eligible to vote ask yourself three simple questions:

  • Am I 18 years old?
  • Am I a U.S. citizen?
  • Am I a resident of Oklahoma City?

If you answered yes to all three questions chances are you can register.

Also it is important to remember that even though your mailing address might be in Yukon, Edmond or another community, you may still actually live in Oklahoma City and are eligible to register. If you pay your trash bill to the City of Oklahoma City odds are you can vote.

To get your voter registration form visit the election board website. To read up on all the candidates be sure to read our election guide here.

community, election, government
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKCivics 101

OKC Government

While we are on the subject of voting we feel like an informed voter is a good voter. If you are new to Oklahoma City why not start with a brief civics lesson on the basics of our local government?

Check out more about how Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County and the state governments are structured on the site’s Government Page. The Chamber’s www.greateroklahomacity.com has a list of local municipalities surrounding the Oklahoma City area.

You can also go directly to these institutions’ home pages:

community, election, government
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Better know a district

OKC Skyline

You don’t have to read our blog very long to figure out local districts are a big deal in Oklahoma City. Whether you are getting funky in the Plaza, living it up in Bricktown or getting adventurous in the Adventure District there is a corner of the city that is perfect for you.

We will be the first to admit that getting to know the districts in OKC can be a little overwhelming for newcomers. Getting to know your Midtowns from your Uptowns might take some time. Luckily that is why we are here. Over the next month or so we will be giving you in-depth looks at each district. Until then here is a quick snapshot of each district:

  • Adventure District- the most aptly named district in OKC, home to the Oklahoma City Zoo, Remington Park, Science Museum Oklahoma, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and more.
  • Asian District- a vibrant enclave of Asian culture in the heart of OKC. You’ll find some of the best Asian food in the region here.
  • Automobile Alley- Just north of Downtown, this district used to be the primary location of the city’s car dealerships. Today it is home to local dining and shopping.
  • Boathouse District- home to future Olympians, this district features stunning architecture and is an outdoorsmen’s dream.
  • Bricktown- this former warehouse area is OKC’s prime entertainment district.
  • Classen Curve- located in NW OKC this district features great shopping and dining.
  • Deep Deuce- the center of urban living in OKC.
  • Film Row- what was once home to the film distribution industry for the region is now one of the metro’s quickest developing districts.
  • Midtown- the perfect mix of local retail and historic homes.
  • Paseo Arts District- eclectic art and great restaurants are the name of the game for this district.
  • Plaza District- the epicenter of funky local retail in OKC.
  • Stockyards City- this district is a blast to the past and pays homage to the metro’s western heritage.
  • Western Avenue- an eclectic mix of local restaurants and bars, retail shops and boutiques, antique and furniture stores and fine art galleries make up Western.
  • Uptown 23rd- anchored by the historic Tower Theater, you'll find great locally-owned restaurants and bars, as well as fun boutiques
Bricktown, Classen Curve, Deep Deuce, Film Row, Midtown, Paseo District, Plaza District, Adventure District, Stockyards, Asian District, Uptown 23, Automobile Alley, Western Avenue, Boathouse District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Good ride Cowboy

Rodeo

Some of the toughest cowboys and cowgirls in the world will convene in Oklahoma City this week for a couple of big-time events with some big-time money on the line. Whether you know exactly what a rank bull means or want to discover the rodeo for the first time, we promise you’ll have a blast at both events.

The International Finals Rodeo takes place Jan. 19- 21 at State Fair Park and will feature the top cowboys and cowgirls of the IFR competing for their share of $250,000 in prizes in various events.

On Saturday and Sunday the PBR: Built Ford Tough Series will make its annual return to the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The event features the best bull riders in the world matching up with the rankest bulls for their piece of a $140,000 payout. Both bull riding aficionados and novices will have a night they won’t forget.

live sporting events, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: January 16 - January 22, 2018

Tuesday, January 16
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
John Hiatt & The Goners; 8 p.m.; Hudson Performance Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, January 17
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, January 18
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Mono; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.

Friday, January 19
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Reno Bighorns vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Madness The Sequel- Hip Hop Showcase; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $12.
International Finals Rodeo; 7:30 p.m.; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, January 20
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
International Finals Rodeo; 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
PBR Express Employment Professionals Invitational; 6:45 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Back to the Future; 1 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.

Sunday, January 21
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
International Finals Rodeo; 1:30 p.m.; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
PBR Express Employment Professionals Invitational; 1:45 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Hustle vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 2 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Monday, January 22
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Enter the Dragon; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Tackling Twitter

social media on phone

So you recently moved to your amazing new hometown of Oklahoma City and you signed up for our little blog (on the left of the page). Now what? While we want to be your No. 1 source for living, working and playing in OKC, there are a lot of great resources that can help make you an OKC expert in no time.

If you really want to get to know a town and stay on top of the comings and goings, Twitter is a great start. Here is a good beginner list of accounts to follow. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list. If there is anyone you feel we’ve left out, put them in the comments below for all to see.

General news, info and events
@BetterLifeOKC – Get the 4-1-1 on the 4-0-5
@okcchamber – Greater OKC Chamber
@VisitOKC – Oklahoma City CVB

Sports
@okcthunder – Oklahoma City Thunder – NBA basketball
@okcblue- Oklahoma City Blue – NBA Development League affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder
@okc-dodgers – Oklahoma City Dodgers – AAA Affiliate of the MLB Los Angeles Dodgers
@EnergyFC – Oklahoma City Energy – OKC’s USL Pro soccer team, affiliate of MLS Sporting KC

City stuff
@cityofokc – City of Oklahoma City
@MickCornett – Mayor of Oklahoma City
@okcpd- Oklahoma City Police
@okcfd- Oklahoma City Fire
@EMBARKOK- Oklahoma City Transit
@Maps3- updates on the MAPS program
@okcparks- Oklahoma City Parks & Rec
@ParkingOKC- All things parking OKC
@fly_OKC- Official account of Will Rogers World Airport
@okczoo- Oklahoma City Zoo

Media and Blogs
@AboutOKC – About.com’s OKC guide
@JournalRecord – Daily business news
@NewsOK – Daily news
@OKGazette – OKC alternative weekly news
@OklahomaRock – Local music news, shows, bands, more
@YelpOKC – What’s good in OKC

live sporting events, networking, Oklahoma City, social media
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Accolades and acclaim

OKC Accolades

Did you know Oklahoma City was recently named a top city for millennials? Whether it is praise for our quality of life, affordable living, employment opportunities or even our romantic side, the national media takes notice of OKC.

It seems like every day a new accolade or honor is being announced and it is a daunting task to keep up-to-date with the latest news. You can check the Better Life website for an always-fresh list of accolades. Be sure to share with your friends and family to show them we aren’t the only ones singing the praises of OKC.

accolade, cost of living, employment, moving
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A cornucopia of resources

You’ve heard us talk about it before, but if you are new to our great city or even thinking about a move to Oklahoma City, you should check out www.abetterlifeokc.com. It is a great resource for everything you need to know about calling OKC home.

While we are on the subject of social media, dive into the resources page at www.abetterlifeokc.com/resources for more social media fun. You’ll find all kinds of handy links that will help you immerse yourself in Oklahoma City’s digital world.

For starters, that is where this adventurous little blog lives. Bookmark it (or, even better, sign up for weekly emails if you haven’t already) and share it with the world (or at least someone you know). You’ll also find links to some stunning OKC photography and video. The Community Links/Resources page highlights some great newspapers, blogs and social media accounts that will help keep you in the know and your finger on the pulse of all things OKC.

moving, Oklahoma City, social media
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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January in Oklahoma City

Just because the holidays are over that doesn’t mean the fun stops in Oklahoma City. Don’t just take our word for it though. Go check out the January in OKC video from our partners at the Convention and Visitors Bureau for a look at all of this month’s happenings. From Thunder basketball to the Color Purple and everything in between, the calendar is packed full this month in the 4-0-5.

Adventure District, attractions, Thunder
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The Oklahoma City Way to Cinema Verite

Film Row OKC

Between the popularity of projects like ESPN’s “30 for 30” series, “Jim & Andy” on Netflix, Frederick Wiseman’s “Ex Libris,” Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War,” “School Life” and others, one could argue that the documentary film scene has never been stronger or more varied. Get in on the action this Sunday, January 14, as you make your way to docLAHOMA, the state’s only documentary film festival. Appropriately located in OKC’s historic Film Row district at the Paramount, this free(!) festival features five different subject “blocks” of programming, with multiple docs in each. The fun begins (and the bar opens) at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, so don’t miss the chance to check out some of the newest, best indie docs to hit the screen!

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/165978737346120/permalink/165979684012692/

festivals, film, Film Row, free
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: January 9 - January 15, 2018

Science Museum Oklahoma

Tuesday, January 9
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Science Museum Oklahoma Augmented Reality Pop-Up Museum; Regular Museum; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Free with museum admission.
Sole Expression: The Art of the Shoe; Regular Museum; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Free with museum admission.
Portland Trailblazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Lady Bird; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.

Wednesday, January 10
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Science Museum Oklahoma Augmented Reality Pop-Up Museum; Regular Museum; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Free with museum admission.
Sole Expression: The Art of the Shoe; Regular Museum; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Free with museum admission.
Lady Bird; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.

Thursday, January 11
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Science Museum Oklahoma Augmented Reality Pop-Up Museum; Regular Museum; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Free with museum admission.
Uncle Lucius; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $15.

Friday, January 12
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Science Museum Oklahoma Augmented Reality Pop-Up Museum; Regular Museum; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Free with museum admission.
OKC Boat & RV Show; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; OKC State Fair Park; 787-0787; Ticket prices vary.
Black Label Society; 6:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 800-514-3849; Ticket prices vary.
Coop Showcase; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; This event is free.
Young Dolph; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, January 13
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Science Museum Oklahoma Augmented Reality Pop-Up Museum; Regular Museum; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Free with museum admission.
OKC Boat & RV Show; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; OKC State Fair Park; 787-0787; Ticket prices vary.
Insamuch Foundation Classic Series- Joshua Roman; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Bijou & LO’99; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Sunday, January 14
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
DocLAHOMA Film Festival; All Day; The Paramount; Admission is free.
Science Museum Oklahoma Augmented Reality Pop-Up Museum; Regular Museum; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Free with museum admission.
OKC Boat & RV Show; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; OKC State Fair Park; 787-0787; Ticket prices vary.
Dunkirk; 4 & 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.

Monday, January 15
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration; 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; $2 suggested donation for Peace Dove Craft.
Selma; 4 & 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Sacramento Kings vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Better Life: Giving you the 411 in the 405

Downtown OKC Skyline

Here at Better Life HQ our goal is simple. We want to help you get to know your new hometown a little better. Oklahoma City is a diverse metro with new pockets of development and events being added at the blink of an eye. Even for the most seasoned of OKC natives, staying on top of everything to do in our city can feel like an endless task.

We understand that moving to a new city can be overwhelming and intimidating. However, with a little knowledge (our part) and an open mind and an adventurous streak (your part), you will quickly find out OKC is a place where you can get involved quickly and make a difference.

The blog is posted to the website every Tuesday, rain or shine. In Oklahoma City, it is mostly shine though. You can also sign up to get the blog emailed to you each week here. Don’t worry, we don’t spam you consistently. Just one e-mail, every Tuesday. We pinky swear.

And of course we want to hear from you. Are you new to OKC? What kind of things are you interested in learning about? If you’ve lived here a long time what do newcomers need to know? Let us know in the comments below, shoot us an e-mail or get a hold of us on Facebook and Twitter.

P.S. Although we focus on people new to OKC, we love nothing more than helping people who have lived in our community for a while rediscover their hometown and find cool new things to do in OKC.

community, moving
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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ABetterLife: The Website

Better Life Website

One more tool you need for your relocation arsenal is www.abetterlifeokc.com. A Better Life OKC is more than just an awesome blog about how cool Oklahoma City is; it is also a great and easy-to-use relocation site. The website goes into more depth for people who are moving (or at least thinking of moving) here. If you are curious about OKC there is a good chance the Better Life has the info you are looking for.

If you are moving to Oklahoma City, housing is important right? The website has information on everything from historic neighborhoods to urban, suburban and pastoral neighborhoods. There is even an apartment listing, a list of realtors and moving resources.

The site has everything you need to know about life in OKC, from educational options to employment and health. There is so much great content and data we can’t even begin to highlight all in this space. You need to check it out for yourself.

education, employment, housing, moving
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Other relocation resources

Besides our blog (of course), a great resource for new residents is the Oklahoma City Welcome Guide. What is a welcome guide you might ask? Well, exactly what it sounds like: A guide to make you feel welcome in Oklahoma City. It’s everything you could want to know about moving to OKC in one very handy publication. It has great info on housing, education, employment, health, weather and so much more (plus a lot of pretty pictures). The latest version of the guide can always be found here. Also be sure to check out our relocation video and be sure to share both with friends, family, peers, coworkers, pets … well you get the point.

moving, publication
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Best of 2017

Riversport Rapids

Each year, we like to take a look back at some of our favorite posts of the past year. 2017 was a big year for our city and the groundwork was laid for several projects and initiatives that could shape our metro for decades to come.

  • Tinker Turns 75- Tinker Air Force Base is a major driver of the OKC economy and this year it turned the big 7-5.
  • Innovation District- Entrepreneurship has been in our city’s DNA since its founding in a single day. This year an effort in placemaking, centered around a proposed innovation district, took huge strides towards reality.
  • Craft Beer Explosion- The craft beer scene in Oklahoma City has been on the rise for a while with some local breweries who have won big honors. However, recent efforts to modernize our state’s liquor laws have set the stage for local breweries to reach a whole new level.
  • Various Venues- With the opening of several new venues, live music had a big year in OKC.
  • Infrastructure Investment- This fall OKC residents voted yes on a landmark infrastructure package that will invest more than $1 billion in our roads, bridges and public safety.
  • A River’s Rise- Check out our new storytelling feature on the rise of the Oklahoma River.
music, Oklahoma River, Tinker, beer, community, Innovation District, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: January 2 - January 8, 2018

Devon Ice Rink

Tuesday, January 2
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.

Wednesday, January 3
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
The Color Purple; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, January 4
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
The Color Purple; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, January 5
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; This event is free.
The Color Purple; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, January 6
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
The Color Purple; 2 & 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
More than Human: A Celebration of David Bowie; 5 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
South Bay Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, January 7
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
The Color Purple; 2 & 7 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Monday, January 8
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Kick off the New Year in style

NYE in OKC

For 30 years, Opening Night has been the center of New Year’s Eve fun in Oklahoma City. Put on by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, Opening Night offers fun for the entire family with performances throughout downtown OKC featuring acts such as The Wise Guys, Edgar Cruz, OKC Improv and more. Trust us, there is absolutely zero chance of a less than stellar New Year’s Eve. Did we mention there’s fun for the whole family? The youngsters are sure to enjoy face painting, an interactive art project, and lively music performances. And the fireworks finale is a show-stopping spectacle that you won't soon forget.

Wristbands are just $8 in advance and you can pick them up at 7-Eleven Stores of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, MidFirst Bank locations and Plenty Mercantile. You can also get wristbands for $10 at the event.

And don’t worry about grabbing grub before heading downtown – seriously, they’ve thought of everything – the city’s best food trucks will be on-hand to serve up a variety of exciting food. Get your dinner on Finale Alley any time before midnight!

family-friendly, festivals, food, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Thunder in the New Year

OKC Thunder Drummers

Why not ring in the New Year with Russell Westbrook and 18,000 of your rowdiest friends as the Thunder take on the Dallas Mavericks on New Year’s Eve? Get your tickets here. Be sure to check out the menus at downtown restaurants as many will feature special New Year’s Eve menus.

What are you doing to usher in 2018? Don’t hesitate to hit us up on Facebook or Twitter with questions or ideas. All our posts are also tagged by topic so you can easily find past blogs for information, everything from attractions to downtown and much more.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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And the Oscar goes to

Tower Theatre in Uptown 23rd

In our humble opinion, one of the coolest things about the renovation of the historic Tower Theatre is how the building’s history as a film house has been kept front and center. If you didn’t know, the Tower Theatre originally opened in 1937, and served as the premier movie house in Oklahoma City for almost 40 years. While the renovation of the historic theatre has mainly focused on the facility as a live music venue, you can also catch some of your favorite films there as well. “Home Alone”, “This is Spinal Tap”, “Christmas Vacation” and “Shawshank Redemption” are just a handful of the movies playing between now and the end of the year. The Tower even offers a full bar for movie showings. Check out their schedule to see when your favorite movie is playing.

The Tower Theatre is far from the only unique place to see a movie in Oklahoma City. On the third Friday of each month, the 21c Museum Hotel features a movie screening as part of their Filmography series, a partnership with deadCenter Film and OKC Film Society. These screenings are absolutely free.

Finally, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art has been the metro’s art house cinema for years. Their film program mainly focuses on independent cinema but occasionally sprinkles in films such as “Die Hard” for special holiday screenings. They even offer special ticket packages that include dinner at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art Cafe.

museums, nightlife, film, free, history, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get the low down on universities

OU Campus in Norman

As a regular reader of this blog, you’re keeping up-to-date on all the things to do and see in OKC. As you can tell, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. But what about the rest of your day? If you have a hankerin’ for hustle in the form of college credits, you’re in luck – there are more than 140,000 students just like you here, and 18 public and private colleges and universities in Greater Oklahoma City from which you can choose.

Fancy a law degree? You’re covered, counselor. Medical school? The laughter we get from the question is the best medicine. Musical theater? We sing a six-second affirmative (with full orchestral backing and maybe even a twirl and jazz hands). Liberal arts? No fancy analysis necessary. Veterinarian? You vet you can. Want to do research? Get a Ph.D. and be smarter than that can of Dr. Pepper. We’re running out of ridiculous ways to respond to these questions, but rest assured, whatever you want to do in the world of higher education (even if it’s “become a rock star”), you can probably do justice to your diploma dream here in OKC.

To learn more about the opportunities in higher education in Oklahoma City, check out the Universities section of this website and our “OKC At a Glance” publication.

college, education, university
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 26, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Snow Tubing in OKC

Tuesday, December 26
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, December 27
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
Shawshank Redemption; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Toronto Raptors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, December 28
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.

Friday, December 29
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
No Country for Old Men; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 30
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
Deep Deuce Sessions; 7 p.m.; Deep Deuce District; This event is free.

Sunday, December 31
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
2018 Opening Night Finale 5K; Bicentennial Park; 3 p.m.; Registration fees vary.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Opening Night; 7 p.m.; Downtown; Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 night of the event.
Uptown Get Down New Year’s Eve Party; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
The Drop- NYE at the Jones ft. My So Called Band; 10 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, January 1
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Light up your night

Bricktown Christmas Tree

Maybe it is just us but something about driving around in the car on a crisp December night to look at Christmas lights instantly makes us feel like a kid again. If the sight of Christmas lights instantly takes you from Scrooge to Buddy the Elf, then we’ve got some good news for you: Oklahoma City does Christmas lights right.

We compiled a list of some can’t miss stops on your 2017 Christmas light tour.

  • Devon Energy Center’s giant-sized ornaments have again taken their places on the lawn and outside the Colcord, as well as in the rotunda. Bonus points if you take a picture in front of them for your Christmas card.
  • Bricktown Canal Lights plus free water taxi rides equal the best of ways to make nighttime the brighttime.
  • The Bricktown Christmas Tree is up and blazin’ at the 3rd Base Plaza at the ballpark until January 1.
  • The Automobile Alley Lights on Broadway are located between 4th and 10th streets. Auto Alley does not mess around with its 180,000 lights along eight blocks.
  • Headed east? Then hit up Midwest City’s Holiday Lights Spectacular at Joe B. Barnes Park.
  • Headed west? Then hit up Yukon’s Christmas in the Park in what is actually three interconnected parks.

What are your favorite neighborhood displays? Let us know in the comments or via Twitter or Facebook and help us get the word out.

holiday, kids, Midwest City, Yukon, Automobile Alley, Bricktown, family-friendly, free
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Shopping made easy

OKC Pop Up Shops

We all know the feeling. Heck, most of us are feeling the same thing this time of year. Christmas is right around the corner and we still haven’t finished up our shopping. If you haven’t wrapped up your shopping yet, there’s no need to fret. Your friends at Better Life Central are here to save the day with last minute Christmas ideas that everyone on your list is sure to love. Give a gift uniquely Oklahoma from The Black Scintilla, Plenty Mercantile or Exhibit C.

Are you looking for a one-stop experience to gather all of today’s trendy must-have gifts? You are sure to find it at one of OKC’s malls including the OKC OutletsQuail Springs MallPenn Square Mall, or perhaps peruse the various rotating offerings at the Holiday Pop-Up Shops in Midtown. And gift certificates to some of OKC’s coolest destinations are sure to make anyone on your list shout with glee. From high-flying fun and whitewater adventures to a day of golf, your gift list will be complete in no time flat.

If you want more great shopping ideas be sure to visit the shopping section of our website.

shopping, golf, local goods, outdoor recreation, retail
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Red Earth Treefest

Seminole Tree Photo Provided By Red Earth Museum

[Photo provided by Red Earth Museum]

You’ve heard us talk about the history and heritage of OKC. Why not explore some of our rich heritage and maybe start a new tradition with your own family this holiday season? There’s no better place to get in the holiday spirit than in OKC.

Explore Oklahoma’s Native American culture at the Red Earth Treefest. Your family is sure to be amazed at 25 Christmas trees adorned with handmade ornaments from Oklahoma tribes including the Cheyenne and Arapaho, Chickasaw, Citizen Potawatomi, Comanche and Osage nations, each showcasing the distinctive and diverse cultures of the Native nations and tribes that call our great state home. This year’s exhibition will run through Jan. 5 at the Red Earth Museum and Art Center and is completely free. That means you don’t have a single excuse to miss it.

 

holiday, museums, native american, western heritage
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Things to Do & See: December 19 - December 25, 2017

OKC Thunder Fans

Tuesday, December 19
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
Die Hard 2; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Reno Bighorns vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 7 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, December 20
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
Mandy Harvey; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 7:30 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, December 21
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
Winter Solstice Night in the Gardens; 6 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 7: 30 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
Steve Earle and the Dukes; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, December 22
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation; 6:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Casey Donahew; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 677-9196; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 8 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 23
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 2 & 8 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, December 24
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 2 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, December 25
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A night at the theatre

Oklahoma City Ballet the Nutcracker

We don’t know about you, but nothing gets us in the holiday spirit quite like the classics (although the BC Clark jingle and lights of Automobile Alley are close). One line from “A Christmas Carol” puts an end to our inner Grinch quicker than you can say Tiny Tim. The great thing about living in Oklahoma City is just about every night in December you can catch one of your favorite holiday classics being performed.

Lyric Theater’s annual performance of “A Christmas Carol” is an Oklahoma City favorite. This is the seventh year of Lyric’s performing the Dickens classic, and you can catch the run through Dec. 24. If you miss this, you might get some unwanted visits from your ghost of Christmas Past.

Running through Dec. 19, you can experience the Oklahoma City Ballet’s rendition of the Nutcracker at the Civic Center Music Hall. In our opinion, the Nutcracker is a great way to introduce people to the ballet.

theater, arts and culture, ballet, holiday, Plaza District
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December in OKC


It is a new month, and that means another great video from our friends at the Convention and Visitors Bureau highlighting all there is to do in the 4-0-5 this month. Check out the link for information on the Nutcracker, NRHA Futurity Show, Red Earth Tree Festival and more. These videos are great to share with out of town family and friends to let them know all the fun they are missing in OKC.

attractions, ballet, holiday, horse show
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Getting around

Skydance Bridge over I 40 at night

Don’t know your I-40s from your I-35s? What exactly is a Broadway Extension and why is it extended to begin with? Learning to get around your new hometown is one of the most overwhelming aspects of relocating. If you are wondering about anything from bus service to our airport, be sure to visit the transportation page of our website. When you combine Oklahoma City’s efficient traffic grid with the fact it sits at the center of several major interstates, it is easy to see why the metro has one of the shortest commute averages in the U.S.  In Oklahoma City, it is simply easier to get around. Next year it is going to get even easier when the Oklahoma City Streetcar makes its debut.

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Artist in residence

Skirvin Hilton

Some might call the Skirvin’s Artist in Residence a hidden gem in Oklahoma City. As part of the program, the Skirvin offers its one-of-a-kind studio space to world-class artists. The unique program gives visitors a chance to interact with the artist and get a first-hand look at their process.

The current artist-in-residence will be Marissa Raglin. Raglin is a local visual artist who works in collage and resin. As the 2017-18 Skirvin Hilton Artist in Residence, Raglin will create a new body of collage work. Raglin will also help guests make their own postcards using vintage pictures. 

The opening reception happens tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. and will include free drinks and snacks. The opening reception will also coincide with the lighting of the Skirvin’s holiday tree. Don’t worry if you can’t make tonight’s reception because Raglin will be exhibiting at the Skirvin until next September.

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Things to Do & See: December 12 - December 18, 2017

OKC Pop Up Shops

Tuesday, December 12
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Pan’s Labyrinth; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Robert Earl Keen’s Fam-O-Lee Back to Country Jamboree; 9 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Tickets are $35.

Wednesday, December 13
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Batman Returns; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 7: 30 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, December 14
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Sioux Falls Skyforce vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 7: 30 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, December 15
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 7 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 8 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 16
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Devon Saturdays with Santa; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; This event is free.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
Shops at Myriad Gardens; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; This event is free.
Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 2 & 7 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 2 & 8 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
Agua Caliente Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, December 17
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
Shops at Myriad Gardens; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; This event is free.
Home Alone; 10:30 a.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
Home Alone 2; 1:30 p.m..; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes; 2 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 2 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 2 & 7 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma City Holiday River Parade; 6 p.m.; Boathouse District; This event is free.

Monday, December 18
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
This is Spinal Tap; 6:30 p.m..; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 7 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

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