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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Hike, bike, scout about, fish for trout and camp like a champ: explore Oklahoma’s nearby state parks

Roman Nose State Park

Despite some of the cold stuff coming down out of the sky lately, it is March and that means spring is indeed on its way—and thus that also means it’s time to get outside and enjoy some nature. Some great places to explore the local flora and fauna (well, mostly flora, which is probably best, let’s be honest), perhaps even on an overnight basis, are Oklahoma’s state parks. We here at The Better Life HQ have been exploring some of the nearby locations just so we can report to you, dear reader, a few ways to best enjoy some of these spots.

  • Roman Nose State Park (near Watonga, OK; approximately 1.25 hours / 75 miles from downtown OKC) – This beautiful lakeside park offers great hiking and mountain biking trail, resulting in memorable views atop the gypsum cliffs at aptly named Inspiration Point. You can also enjoy an 18-hole golf course, a swimming pool and even hayrides (in season) in addition to fishing, canoeing and paddleboating (both of the latter available to rent). Just north of the state park proper lies Lake Watonga, which is a great place for trout fishing as well as bass, catfish and more. As Roman Nose is just far enough away from the metro to “get away from it all” including a lot of OKC’s light pollution, TBLers have enjoyed some starry-eyed stargazing in addition to mountain biking and the views from Inspiration Point, and even a little fishing.
  • Lake Thunderbird State Park (near Norman; approximately 30 minutes / 27 miles from downtown OKC) – Lake T-Bird is large and in charge of two marinas, two swim beaches, more than 200 RV sites, playgrounds, an archery range and a wide variety of hiking (and even equestrian!) trails of various lengths, in addition to a relatively large number of scenic lakeside primitive camping spots. TBLers especially enjoyed the views of a morning fog lifting off the lake as a prelude to a great day hike in the Clear Bay area.
  • Greenleaf State Park (near Braggs, OK; approximately 2.5 hours / 150 miles from downtown OKC) – This is a popular park for a few reasons. First, it’s generally regarded as very scenic and appears on a variety of “best camping parks in Oklahoma”-type lists around the internet. Second, the original WPA-constructed facilities are still in use and have been well maintained, adding to the atmosphere. Third, this is a popular park for families, as the facility boasts playgrounds, basketball and volleyball courts, a swim area, a discovery center, miniature golf, and even a kid’s pond where 16-and-unders can fish without a permit! Permit yourselves to enjoy Greenleaf State Park, especially if you’ve got little campers in tow (though as the park is quite popular, Greenleaf may not be the best place to “get away from it all” and enjoy the quiet side of nature, as TBLers can attest).
  • BONUS: Red Rock Canyon Adventure Park (near Hinton, OK; approximately 1 hour / 56 miles from downtown OKC) – This former state park is now privately operated, which is good news because it means you can still enjoy the unique red sandstone cliffs and canyons, which are favorites for rappellers and climbers. Other standout features of the park are original wagon-wheel ruts left by settlers on their way west in the mid-19th century, as well as great hiking trails, a swimming pool and playground, and a fishing pond. TBLers really appreciated the luxurious swimming facilities after a rather warm hiking adventure in mid-July, as well as being able to camp in the shadow of the cliffs and trees, offering great shade!
camping, day-trip, family-friendly, outdoor recreation, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKC Parks offer something for everyone

Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park

One thing that OKC Parks & Recreation excels at is providing a little something for everyone. Whether you’re into swimming, nature, gardening, cycling, kayaking, fishing, hosting a party or reunion, senior programs, youth programs, adult recreational sports and more, OKC Parks & Rec truly has you covered. Learn more about the OKC Parks system, find something that interests you, and, as they say, “dive in!”

family-friendly, outdoor recreation, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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It’s no hyperbole, in fact we agree: you should go see the OKC Energy FC

OKC Energy FC

In 2014 at Pribil Stadium, play began
11 on a side, all wearing green (well, except the goalie, but you know what we mean)
USL and perhaps beyond was the plan
And fans everywhere were seen.

From McGuinness to Taft in 2015,
Balls were kicked and goals scored
Playoffs that season were no dream,
Nor in ’16 and ’17, as championship hopes soared.

2018’s success built slowly, but no one was bored
In fact, the season ended quite well.
Out of the playoffs despite movement toward,
And now the stage is set to give the foes of 2019 hell.

And so, as in any given spring, hopes will swell
And bearded Laurendi returns to guard the net
The roster is full of players that aim to propel
OKC’s pro soccer club to victory, so go get a ticket.

live sporting events, soccer
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championships coming to OKC

NCAA Basketball

It’s tournament time in OKC! Get your March Madness started early by attending the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Tournament, March 8 to 11 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. This is the last year OKC will hold the tournament after serving as host since 2016, as the show will move to Kansas City in 2020 for at least the next five seasons. Let’s send the ladies out with a bang, OKC!

Tickets start at just $12 for a single game, and the #Big12WBB tournament promises four days of great hoops action. The league has been pretty competitive this season, and even though Baylor hasn’t yet lost in conference play, anything can happen come tournament time (just ask Stanford in 1998 or Tennessee in 2009, for example). The tourney should be a great time for fans of every stripe as we look forward to extending OKC’s famed hospitality to visiting fans from all across the league. Check out the bracket and schedule and make plans to attend!

basketball, live sporting events
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: March 5 - March 11, 2019

LIVE on the Plaza

Tuesday, March 5
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
A Bronx Tale; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, March 6
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Split; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
A Bronx Tale; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, March 7  
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
A Bronx Tale; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Marsha Ambrosius; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, March 8
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
OKC Auto Show; 10 a.m.; State Fair Park.
2019 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship; 6 & 8:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
LIVE on the Plaza; 8 p.m.; Plaza District; This event is free.
A Bronx Tale; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
No Justice; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Whiz Khalifa and Curren$y; 9 p.m.; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, March 9
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
OKC Auto Show; 10 a.m.; State Fair Park.
2019 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship; 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
A Bronx Tale; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Clutch; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Aaron Lewis; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Mt. Joy; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, March 10
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
OKC Auto Show; 10 a.m.; State Fair Park.
2019 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship; 2 & 4:30 p.m. Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
A Bronx Tale; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Los Temerarios Tour; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Watsky; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Northern Arizona Suns vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 2 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
The Big Easy Supper Club with Kevin Griffin; 6 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
Dave Mason; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 11
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Black Swann; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
2019 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship; 8 p.m. Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Horse show central

OKC Horse Show

There’s a long list of things OKC is famous for—its food, its craft beer, the MAPS projects—but did you know that OKC is also famous for being the horse show capital of the world?

OKC hosts more horse shows than any other spot in the entire world—and yes, you read that correctly. The world. Is it the great mix of modern and cowboy culture that makes OKC the perfect spot? Our wonderful venues? We like to think it’s all of the above!

Two of the biggest horse shows each year are the Grand National Morgan Horse Show in October and the AQHA World Championships held in November. No matter the month, you can find a world-class horse show taking place in Oklahoma City. Check the calendar for more events and dates.

equine, horse show, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Enjoy a stroll

cyclists

Need a breath of fresh air? A walk to clear your head? A nice bike ride? Just want to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors? We don’t blame you. OKC’s so scenic and as the weather starts to warm up, this is the perfect time of year for a nice, long walk, run, bike ride, etc. If any of this sounds appealing to you, good news! There’s plenty of trails throughout OKC to help you do exactly that. You can find a list of all of them on the OKC.gov site, as well as a map if you’d like to see how far the trail goes.

Happy trails!

cycling, outdoor recreation, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Live music in March

concert

Local live music fans are in for fun of all genres coming to OKC in March. Pop, rap, country—there’s something for everyone. Here’s some of the more noteworthy shows that you can see in OKC this upcoming month. As always, if you think we missed out on anything, feel free to let us know via Facebook or Twitter.

Wiz Khalifa – March 8 at the Criterion. This iconic rapper has made several top Billboard hits.
Maren Morris – March 16 at the Criterion. A new country music star who already has several prestigious awards and award nominations.
P!nk – March 23 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Grammy award winning pop icon P!nk, returns to OKC on her Beautiful Trauma tour with special guest and Grammy nominee, Julia Michaels.

concerts, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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VeloCity recap

OKC VeloCity

VeloCity is a website aimed at helping keep residents of Greater Oklahoma City up-to-date on important issues. Whether you have lived in the metro for 30 years or 30 minutes it is important that you are informed and engaged with your community. If you haven’t checked out the new site, here are some stories you may have missed in the last two months:

Interview with Ward 7’s Nikki Nice – An interview with the new City Councilwoman of Ward 7.
Oklahoma City named a best place to move to get a fresh start – Livability names OKC one of the best places for a fresh start, largely thanks to our flourishing arts scene.
Mayor Holt delivers first State of the City address – Mayor Holt talks OKC, MAPS 4 and more at his first State of the City.
Economic growth projected to continue, report finds – OKC’s economic forecast for 2019 is looking mostly positive.
Take a quick peek inside the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum – Currently slated to open in spring 2021, things are moving along well for the construction of OKC’s American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.
Exhibit at the Chamber’s first State of Health event – The Chamber’s first State of Health luncheon will be happening in May. Now’s your chance to sponsor the event.

velocity
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: February 26 - March 4, 2019

Shakespeare in the Park

Tuesday, February 26   
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Kiss; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Shen Yun 2019; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
I’m With Her; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, February 27    
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Rob Lake Magic; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, February 28       
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Nothing More; 6:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: Twelfth Night; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; Ticket prices vary.
Justin Moore; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Johnny Cash Birthday Celebration; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, March 1
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; This event is free.
Pops 5- The Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Strfkr; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, March 2
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Dr. Seuss Day in the Gardens; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; $3 for members and $4 for nonmembers.
Mardi Gras on Myriad Street; 2 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
Winter Jam; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Sevendust; 6 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Pops 5- The Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, March 3
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Northern Arizona Suns vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 2 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
The Big Easy Supper Club with Kevin Griffin; 6 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
Dave Mason; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 4
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.

 

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

OKC’s economic engine

Tinker worker

While energy jobs are important to our local economy, most newcomers (and even some longtime residents) are shocked to learn that energy jobs make up only 3.5 percent of Oklahoma City’s employment base. The diversity of our local economy and the size of sectors such as aerospace and bioscience are a surprise to most. Here are some of the sectors having a big impact on our region’s economic health:

Aerospace
Oklahoma City’s aerospace industry is soaring, pun intended. Greater Oklahoma City’s aerospace industry represents more than 36,000 jobs at more than 230 public- and private-sector firms. The state of Oklahoma ranks 12th nationally in the number of aerospace engineers, fifth in aircraft mechanics and service technicians, and eighth in avionic technicians. Aerospace firms now produce $4.9 billion in goods and services locally.

Biotechnology
With the Oklahoma Health Center just north (east?) of downtown, Oklahoma City has long been a hub of biotech research. In recent years, Oklahoma City’s own research institutions have made significant advances in the fields of Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and septicemia, to name a few. Firms in Greater Oklahoma City’s biotech sector boast annual revenues of more than $6.7 billion and employ more than 51,000 workers.

Technology and entrepreneurship
It is no secret that Oklahoma City’s pioneers, both in the past and present, have carried a spirit of entrepreneurship into their business and civic ventures. That spirit is very much alive today in Oklahoma City’s growing entrepreneurship community. From successful tech startups to the inventor’s workbench, OKC is a place where your ideas can get off the ground. (Looking for entrepreneurial resources? Visit www.greateroklahomacity.com [especially the EDIS and LBI tools] and www.i2e.org.).

Energy
Oklahoma City has long been considered a global oil capital, and with good reason. Oklahoma has a rich history of growing successful energy companies and our state Capitol even has a working oil rig on its grounds. But a lot has changed since the early wildcatter days of Oklahoma’s past. Oklahoma energy companies work in petroleum, compressed natural gas, wind power and solar energy, and they use state-of-the-art technology.

aerospace, bioscience, energy, entrepreneur, tech
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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2019 Greater Oklahoma City Economic Forecast

According to the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s 2019 Economic Forecast, an annual report looking at the year ahead for the Oklahoma City economy, the metro’s economy is expected to continue to grow in 2019. In fact, job growth this year is expected to increase by 2.1 percent or 13,600 jobs.

The report also highlights OKC’s impressive population growth. The OKC MSA has grown to 1.4 million people and is expected to add more than 200,000 people by 2020. If the metro continues its current population growth, 2 million people will live here by 2040.

According to the report, urbanization continues to benefit the two largest metros in the state. This is specifically seen in looking at how much of the state’s economy and growth can be attributed to the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metros. Combined, Oklahoma City and Tulsa MSAs now account for 70 percent of the state’s GDP, 66 percent of personal income, and 60 percent of total population (or $7 out of every $10 of goods & services, two out of every three dollars of personal income and three out of every five people).

You can read the forecast at www.OKCChamber.com/forecast.

business
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Interview with Ward 7’s Niki Nice

Nikki Nice

The story original ran on VeloCityOKC.com.

Nikki Nice is a first-term City Councilor representing Ward 7 in OKC after winning a runoff election last November. She recently took the time to sit down with VeloCityOKC and tell us about her background, which led to on-air radio jobs at Perry Publishing & Broadcasting’s KRMP & KVSP in OKC as well as other markets, why she ran for city council, her thoughts on some of Ward 7’s assets (including her favorite spots to eat) and challenges, and Oklahoma City in general.

VeloCityOKC: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Councilwoman Nice: I was born and raised here. I grew up in Capitol View, attended Millwood Public Schools, and my church was literally across the street, Greater New Zion Baptist Church. From there, I went to Northeast High School to be a part of the biomedical sciences program there. I didn't want to go to Northeast, but my mom made me go to be a part of the bio-med program, but when I got there, I had 10 of my Millwood friends there with me. Their parents obviously thought it was best for them to be a part of the bio-med program too, so that pretty much made my high school transition much easier, to have some of those friends.

There I [also] did Newsroom 101, yearbook, journalism. I didn't play sports, but I was the basketball manager. I had a few favorite teachers, but one was Ms. Karen Parks [now Patton]. She was our English, yearbook, and journalism teacher. I was also afforded the opportunity to be taught by Ms. Nancy Davis, Jr. -- her mom [Nancy Randolph Davis] was the first African-American student to attend Oklahoma State University, so we got a lot of great history from Ms. Davis.

I was also part of YLX, and I did student council, so [in terms of] civic engagement, community, and leadership, those things shaped me. Even at Millwood, being a part of Brownies, and Girl Scouts, and things like that. Just being active in my church; my mom made sure I was very active in church, reading the church announcements and things like that, ushering with her.

And you are a Langston grad; what did study during college?

I started my college career at the University of Central Oklahoma... My major had always been journalism & broadcasting. I wanted to be a sportscaster, because I love sports. My favorite baseball team is the Cincinnati Reds--I'm so excited now that Matt Kemp is now a Red. And obviously the Thunder, because I was also originally a SuperSonics fan. And I am a [Dallas] Cowboys fan, because my mom was a Cowboys fan, so we would watch football on Sundays, and she pretty much taught me football, and she would scream at the TV at Tony Dorsett and all the football players.

What got me into radio was my church. We had a church broadcast on Saturdays at 1220 AM. After I did that, I was like, “I think I like this. People don't have to see me.”

Read the full interview with Councilwoman Nice at VelocityOKC.com.

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OKC becomes a “Gigacity”

Cox News Conference

The story original ran on VeloCityOKC.com.

It's well-known among politicians, investors and entrepreneurs that the Internet — and access to it — is an economic engine. It helps connect Americans to education and government services. It serves as a platform for new ideas and companies that wind up changing the world. And it reduces costs for consumers and businesses everywhere.

At a press conference held at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, Mayor David Holt and Cox Communications announced that homes throughout the metropolitan area have access to 1 gigabit broadband internet speeds. Cox Communications customers can utilize this powerful connection, equal to 1,000 megabits per second (Mbps), to download 100 songs within 3 seconds, 1,000 photos in 16 seconds and a 2-hour movie in 8 seconds.

“Like virtually all cities, Oklahoma City depends on a partnership with the private sector to provide for our citizens’ ever-growing digital needs,” said OKC Mayor David Holt, “and so I am always grateful when companies like Cox step up and make these kinds of investments. This infrastructure will benefit our existing citizens and their businesses but will also continue to improve Oklahoma City’s profile as a place for job creators and entrepreneurs to relocate. It means a lot to our city’s unity that we maintain that kind of equity, and it fulfills our vision of ‘One OKC.’ I commend Cox not just for providing this service but for the effort to ensure it is provided to all.”

“This new service provides our residents and businesses with the technology they are demanding, this is another distinguishing, quality-of-life factor that differentiates our community and helps attract talent in a very competitive environment,” said Roy Williams, president and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.

“Our Gigablast service meets the needs of today’s internet users who increasingly have multiple internet-dependent devices in their homes and desire faster speeds for entertainment, communication, safety and a range of other purposes,” said Kristin Peck, Cox Communications’ vice president of public affairs. “Cox Communications’ sizeable network investments, including a $10 billion network infrastructure investment, help us stay significantly ahead of demand and enable smart homes, smart businesses and smart cities – all of which depend on reliable fast internet service.”

Cox is making significant upgrades to its infrastructure in Oklahoma City as part of the company’s commitment to invest $10 billion in its network over the next five years. DOCSIS 3.1 technology builds on the strength of Cox’s fiber-based network and provides the ability to roll out gigabit internet speeds throughout more neighborhoods at a faster pace. Cox has committed to offering gigabit speeds to all customers – not just a select few – and an array of speed and pricing options to all homes and businesses, not just chosen neighborhoods.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: February 19 - February 25, 2019

Library book sale

Tuesday, February 19
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Blackberry Smoke; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, February 20    
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Rio Grande Valley Vipers vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Lettuce; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, February 21        
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Third Thursday at OKCMOA: A Night at the Oscars; 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Tickets are $12.
Born of Osiris; 6 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Jon Wolfe; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, February 22
Leake Classic Car Show & Auction; All day; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
The Friends of the Library Book Sale; All day; State Fair Park; Event entry is free.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Midtown Rotary Spelling Bee; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
La Sylphide; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 8:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, February 23
Leake Classic Car Show & Auction; All day; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
The Friends of the Library Book Sale; All day; State Fair Park; Event entry is free.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Sacramento Kings vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
La Sylphide; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, February 24
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
La Sylphide; 2 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Donavon Frankenreiter; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, February 25
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Shen Yun 2019; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

A game changer for OKC

Oklahoma River

If you are new to OKC, you may think that the Oklahoma River has always flowed freely just south of downtown, or that the Chesapeake Energy Arena has always welcomed screaming sports fans. Actually, the hallmarks of Oklahoma City’s renaissance are relatively new and they all got their start when Oklahoma City residents approved the Metropolitan Area Projects in December 1993.

Before that time, Oklahoma City had endured an economic recession and many of its workforce left for other areas. When an airline chose to locate a production facility in another place because their employees didn’t want to relocate to Oklahoma City, community leaders knew they had to change their investment strategy.

From that motivation, the groundbreaking MAPS program was born—a temporary 1-cent sales tax that was used to construct public facilities debt free. The first iteration of that program brought Oklahoma City back to life and gave us iconic facilities like the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Bricktown Canal, Cox Convention Center, Chesapeake Energy Arena and the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library—all facilities that we can’t imagine OKC without.

The program was so successful that it was repeated two times: the MAPS for Kids program in 2001 and the MAPS 3 program in 2009. MAPS for Kids infused $800 million in capital investments for schools throughout Oklahoma City. Like other MAPS projects, MAPS for Kids has played a fundamental part in improving the daily lives of Oklahoma City residents. By investing in Oklahoma City student’s schools and programs, MAPS for Kids has also invested in the future of Oklahoma City.

More recently, MAPS 3 expanded the quality-of-life improvements to include a new downtown convention center, a new downtown park, the Oklahoma City Streetcar, the whitewater center at RIVERSPORT Rapids, the Bennett Event Center at State Fair Park, senior health and wellness centers throughout the metro, and more trails and sidewalks to help connect pedestrians to parks, schools and employment centers.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Spiffing up our streets

OKC Streets

Did you know that the City of Oklahoma City maintains more than 3,500 miles of roadways within the city limits? Oklahoma City is massive, and that means that a lot of time and effort goes into improving our infrastructure. Each year, the City’s Public Works department completes about $100 million in bond projects, which include street resurfacing, streetscapes, sidewalks, trails and bicycle infrastructure.

Alongside the bond program, the Better Streets, Safer Oklahoma City 27-month temporary penny sales tax was approved in 2017 that will generate $240 million of revenue for streets, sidewalks and trails. All of the planned City projects except for those related to water and wastewater improvements have been mapped, and additional information is available on the City’s website at www.okc.gov/pw. You can also see a list of Better Streets Safer City projects available at www.okc.gov/bettersafer.

Want to learn more about how the Public Works department improves your neighborhood streets? Read a recent Q&A with Shannon Cox, Public Works public information and marketing manager, at VeloCityOKC.com.

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Help write OKC history

Now that you understand how the power of a penny can change a city, I bet you are ready to dream up some projects that will boost Oklahoma City’s growth for the next generation. Luckily for you, the City is soliciting feedback for the next round of MAPS. Mayor David Holt and the members of City Council are inviting everyone to submit ideas for a potential MAPS 4 at ideas4maps.com. The City is requesting that the ideas be transformational, specific things that will propel Oklahoma City forward.

You can also submit your ideas on social media using the hashtag #ideas4maps or by mailing a letter to Mayor David Holt, Attn: MAPS 4, 200 N Walker Ave. 3rd floor, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.

And just to settle any fears you might have: A new MAPS program would leave the current Oklahoma City sales tax rate of 4.125 percent unchanged. The Better Streets, Safer City temporary 1-cent sales tax that is helping to fund nearly $800 million in street repairs expires at the end of March 2020. If residents adopt a MAPS 4 plan this year, the overall sales tax rate in most of OKC would remain 8.625 percent (8.975 percent in Canadian County and 8.875 percent in Cleveland County because of county sales taxes).

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Make your voice heard

Vote in OKC

If all this talk of Oklahoma City’s growth and potential has you bursting with civic pride, we have the perfect outlet for you. Today, Oklahoma City residents in Wards 2, 5, 6 and 8 will have the chance to choose who will serve on the City Council for the next four-year term, which begins in April 2019. A total of 12 candidates filed to run for Oklahoma City Council, including incumbents David Greenwell (Ward 5) and Mark Stonecipher (Ward 8). Other candidates are James Cooper, Mike Dover, Suzanne Broadbent, Tracey Halley Terrell and Marilyn Davidson for Ward 2; Kristina Hull for Ward 5; Nathaniel Harding, JoBeth Hamon and Jim Holman for Ward 6; and Lauren Durmas for Ward 8.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, never fear! The Chamber recently surveyed each candidate on issues that are important to Oklahoma City’s growth. See their responses at VeloCityOKC.com.

Other municipalities throughout the metro area also have candidates standing for city and school board elections. View all elections for Oklahoma, Canadian and Cleveland counties, and make sure you take the time to vote today!

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Things to Do & See: February 12 - February 18, 2019

American Banjo Museum

Tuesday, February 12
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.

Wednesday, February 13     
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Cursive; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary. 

Thursday, February 14        
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Blake Shelton; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Mulholland Drive/Fire Walk With Me; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $15. 
August Burns Red; 7:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, February 15
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Nadia Comaneci International Invitational; All day; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Saved-by-the-90s Celebration; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

Saturday, February 16
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Nadia Comaneci International Invitational; All day; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Monster Jam; 1 & 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Todd Snider; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary. 

Sunday, February 17
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Nadia Comaneci International Invitational; All day; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Monster Jam; 1 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, February 18
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Office Space; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $10. 

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Bookmark it

VisitOKC YouTube

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is an awesome video worth? For some of the best videos on Oklahoma City we suggest you bookmark the Visit OKC YouTube page. If you are a newcomer to OKC it is a great place to learn about what to do in the 4-0-5. Our friends at the Oklahoma City and Convention and Visitors Bureau keep it updated with great videos on all our attractions, exciting districts, fun events and so much more.

Check out this great resource for a crash course on all things fun in OKC!

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Be sure to do the OKC Zoo

OKC Zoo Lion

One thing that can surprise newcomers and visitors to Oklahoma City is that we have one of the best-ranked and largest zoos in America. With 100 acres and more than 1,900 animals, there is a reason the Oklahoma City Zoo is on every local’s must-do list. With an array of gorgeous habitats, it should come as no surprise that people are known to spend entire days there. And who can blame them? With plenty to eat, watch and experience there’s never a shortage of wild things to do.

The Oklahoma City Zoo welcomes more than 1 million visitors each year and is located in the Adventure District, just northeast of downtown.

The zoo has been a priority of our city since pre-statehood days. The zoo opened in 1902 in what was then called Wheeler Park. Damages from the flooding of the Oklahoma River eventually forced the zoo to move to its present day location in 1920. In 1990, the residents of Oklahoma City voted for a 1/8-of-a-cent sales tax to help fund the zoo.

The zoo is also in the early stages of planning for a $71 million renovation that could bring more exciting exhibits and amenities to the world-class attraction.

attractions, family-friendly, Oklahoma City history, Visit OKC, zoo, Adventure District
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February in OKC

Still looking for a good date night idea? Don’t worry—as always, our friends at the CVB are here to help with their monthly video covering some of the best things going on in OKC. This month in OKC you can rock out at the Jones Assembly, try brunch at Osteria and shop at Affair of the Heart.

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Mixing it up at Factory Obscura

Mix-Tape at the Womb

This story originally ran on VelocityOKC.com.

A stirring is rippling through the contemporary art scene in Oklahoma City. There is a special group of creatives looking to mix things up once again, proving to ourselves and the world that our city truly is brimming with art, culture and innovation. This collective of local artists is Factory Obscura. Founded in 2017 to provide immersive art experiences, build a creative economy and support arts education, Factory Obscura is quickly becoming a contemporary arts juggernaut. With ambitious plans to establish a large-scale permanent home here in the heart of OKC, the collective has already completed three experiences, each growing in scale and complexity over the last two years. The organization recently joined the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.

Factory Obscura hosted the first of these one-of-a-kind experiences, Midnight Dinner, in November 2017, where a limited number of guests were invited to gather in a top-secret location for an intimate performative dinner party and fundraiser. This event was a preview for their next endeavor later that same month, entitled SHIFT, a free temporary immersive experience created through the artist-in-residence program at Current Studio. More than 20,000 people traversed this full-sensory exploration through the landscape of human consciousness. Building on this success, Factory Obscura launched BEYOND in October 2017, a mystical art odyssey celebrating the time of year when the veil between worlds grows thin. In the few short months of its run, more than 13,000 people crossed its arcane threshold into other dimensions.

Now Factory Obscura is making its biggest waves yet by embarking on its first permanent experience, Mix-Tape. Located inside the iconic Womb Art Complex in Automobile Alley, the first phase of Mix-Tape will open March 21, 2019, including a gift shop with merchandise by Factory Obscura, Meow Wolf and the Flaming Lips, plus interactive installations in the lobby. Meanwhile, the collective will continue to build a 6,000-square-foot experience opening Sept. 21, 2019. Join in and follow along with this truly unique-to-OKC art experience at www.factoryobscura.fun.

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Things to Do & See: February 5 - February 11, 2019

LIVE on the Plaza

Tuesday, February 5
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Orlando Magic vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
On Your Feet!; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, February 6      
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Sorry to Bother You; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $10. 
On Your Feet!; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, February 7         
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
House Party Pajama Party; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $10. 
On Your Feet!; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, February 8
An Affair of the Heart; All day; State Fair Park; Tickets are $10.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
LIVE on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; This event is free.
On Your Feet!; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Flatland Cavalry; 8 p.m. Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, February 9
An Affair of the Heart; All day; State Fair Park; Tickets are $10.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Harlem Globetrotters; 2 & 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
On Your Feet!; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
The West Wing Watch Party; 3 p.m.; Tower Theatre; This event is free.

Sunday, February 10
An Affair of the Heart; All day; State Fair Park; Tickets are $10.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
South Bay Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 2 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
On Your Feet!; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, February 11
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Portland Trailblazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Krush Groove; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $10. 

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Concert capital

OKC Concert

The live music scene in Oklahoma City has never been healthier due to the opening of several venues over the past several years. From arena shows to outdoor amphitheaters, intimate listening rooms and mid-sized venues for indie darlings, Oklahoma City now has a home for any act. Here is a rundown of places to see live music in OKC. However, don’t take this as an exhaustive list. If you know of a great place to catch music in OKC that we didn’t mention, give us a shout in the comments or on Twitter or Facebook.

Chesapeake Energy Arena – While it is most famous as the home to the Thunder, the ‘Peake is also where the biggest names in music make their stops in Oklahoma City. Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Billy Joel and Elton John are just a handful of artists who have played there over the years. Justin Timberlake, Blake Shelton, Kiss, Pink, Kenny Chesney, Ariana Grande, 21 Pilots, Carrie Underwood and Chris Stapleton already have shows booked for this year.

The Criterion – Opening in 2016, The Criterion is located in east Bricktown. This 4,000-seat-capacity venue is across the street from the Steelyard development in a suddenly hot quarter of OKC’s premiere entertainment district. My Morning Jacket, Explosions in the Sky, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, The xx and Lil Wayne have all played there. Maren Morris, Justin Moore, Hozier and Death Cab for Cutie are just a handfuls of artists with upcoming shows at the venue.

The Tower Theater – a lot of excitement has surrounded the resurrection of one of the “grand old dames” of OKC’s early movie house scene. The main space has room for 700 standing on the main floor and an additional 264 (seated) in the balcony, and a smaller “studio” space handles 100 standing or 50 seated. One of the Tower’s strengths is the diverse acts the venue books.

The Jones Assembly –The Jones Assembly is a renovated, 100-year-old, 20,000-square-foot space on Film Row (just south of the 21C Museum Hotel) featuring a 1,600-capacity performance venue as well as a true dining destination. Acts like Jeff Tweedy, Jenny Lewis, Brothers Osborne and St. Paul & the Broken Bones are on the calendar in the coming months.

ACM@UCO Performance Lab – this performance space in Bricktown hosts plenty of touring acts in addition to ACM@UCO gigs (which is itself a pretty cool story, speaking of music), seating 200 and 500 standing. The Lab has hosted Dr. Dog, Sean Lennon, Okkervil River and Ben Taylor.

In addition to the new venues, stalwarts like the Zoo Ampitheater, the Diamond Ballroom and indie-focused venues Opolis and 89th Street Collective are still booking great shows and adding diversity to OKC’s live music scene.

concerts, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Catch a star

Flaming Lips Alley

Music is a big part of our region’s history, identity and culture. Stretching all the way back to Woody Guthrie singing about the depression, Oklahoma has a strong tradition of producing influential musicians across a variety of musical styles.

Specifically, here in OKC the talent is just as diverse. From Grammy-winning rockers to country superstars and early jazz pioneers, check out a list of some of the famous musicians who have or still call Oklahoma City home: Oklahoma City Blue Devils, Color Me Badd, Mason Williams, Hinder, Garth Brooks and Neal Schon. Also check out these bios for a little reminder of why Wanda Jackson Way, Charlie Christian Boulevard, Vince Gill Avenue and Flaming Lips Alley are named as such.

Oklahoma City history, history, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Mayor Holt gives first State of the City address

Mayor Holt State of the City

This article originally appeared on VeloCityOKC.com.

More than 1500 Oklahoma City business leaders filled the Cox Convention Center last Thursday as OKC Mayor David Holt delivered his first State of the City address.

Holt recognized the event as a special opportunity for the community to come together and consider important issues. And one of the most significant issues in the last 25 years has been the various MAPS projects. The decision to undertake those projects has proven to be a game-changer for Oklahoma City.

“Twenty-five years ago last month, the voters of Oklahoma City made the now-legendary commitment to the first MAPS, our city’s groundbreaking initiative to improve our quality of life,” Holt said. “On that December day, we decided to invest in ourselves, to meet challenges and seize opportunities, and nothing has ever been the same.”

The Mayor touted surveys that consistently show the residents of OKC are more than satisfied that, when it comes to the daily services citizens rely on, the city is meeting expectations.

“How do we know? We ask you,” he said. “Every year, our city conducts a scientific survey of our citizens, and the results have been consistent for a decade. You are the most satisfied customers in the nation. Almost across the board, you rank our city services very high, higher than other citizens in other cities rank theirs. And listen to this, as a place to live, 82 percent of our citizens say Oklahoma City is good or excellent. That is 28 percentage points higher than the national average for a large city. Twenty-eight points. The national average is 54 and we’re at 82. Do you know how powerful that is when I’m pitching Oklahoma City to job creators? That I can say the people who live here love living here more than the people in any other large city?”

Read the full story at VeloCityOKC.com.

government, MAPS, Oklahoma City
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West

Ansel Adams

Beginning at the age of 14 in 1916, Ansel Adams begin his career as a photographer. Over the course of his life he took more than 40,000 photos, mainly involving nature, and influenced generations of photographers with his work.

Starting Feb. 1 and running through May, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art will be hosting the Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West exhibit that celebrates the work of Adams and other photographers who captured the beauty of the American West.

arts and culture, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: January 29 - February 4, 2019

Paseo First Friday

Tuesday, January 29     
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
All the President’s Men; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $10. 

Wednesday, January 30
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Zodiac; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $10. 

Thursday, January 31
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission

Friday, February 1
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
First Friday on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; This event is free.
Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
PBR; 7:45 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
The Hot Sardines; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
My So Called Band; 10 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, February 2
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
PBR; 6:45 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Iliza: Elder Millennial Tour; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
The Hot Sardines; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, February 3
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.

Monday, February 4
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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