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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Things to Do & See: June 28 - July 4, 2016

Prix de West Art

Tuesday, June 28
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 11:05 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Chivas Guadalajara vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
Dreamgirls; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, June 29
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Maxwell; 7 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary. 
Dreamgirls; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Sonic Summer Movies: Hotel Transylvania 2; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Thursday, June 30
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Taste of Chaos Tour; 5:30 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary. 
Dreamgirls; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, July 1
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.
Dreamgirls; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Corey Morrow; 9:30 p.m.; Wormy Dog Saloon; 601-6276; Tickets are $12.

Saturday, July 2
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Summer Saturdays at the Museum of Osteology; 1 to 4 p.m.; Museum of Osteology; 814-0006; $7 for children and $8 for adults.
Dreamgirls; 2 & 8 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Rio Grande Valley FC Toros vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, July 3
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m. Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.
Red, White and Boom!; 8:30 p.m.; State Fair Park; This event is free.

Monday, July 4
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 11:05 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Plaza District

Plaza District Festival

Dramatic changes in the past 15 years brought new life to the Plaza District. The district was first developed in the 1920s at the end of the city’s trolley line. For the next 40 years the area served as a bustling commercial district for the growing neighborhoods that surrounded it. The district started to a decline through the 70s, 80s and 90s but new development there since has turned it into a thriving hub of creativity.

The Plaza District, located on NW 16 between Classen Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue, is one of the city’s most walkable corridors and contains art galleries, a tattoo shop, restaurants, collaborative work spaces and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, which includes the Thelma Gaylord Academy and a performance space in the 1935-era Plaza Theatre, newly rebuilt and home to professional performance productions and other events. Lyric Theatre was one of the first entities to invest in the district, playing a crucial role in the Plaza’s rebirth.

The District is home to monthly events such as Live! On the Plaza and the Plaza District Festival in September. It is a popular place for visitors who want to find that unique gift, enjoy a drink and soak in an area that now has a hipster, modern vibe.

theater, arts and culture, festivals, Plaza District, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Midtown

Plaza Court Midtown

To see OKC’s renaissance in action, you don’t have to look any farther than the Midtown Distric, centered around Walker Avenue and 10th Street, near St. Anthony Hospital, the city’s first hospital. Midtown connects the energy of downtown with beautiful, historic neighborhoods to its north.

The bustling area continues to develop for people who want to live, work and play in the heart of Oklahoma City, and features housing, retail, night life, hotels and history, with many of its original buildings being brought back to life. The heart of the district is Plaza Court, an 84-year old building that features some of OKC’s favorite restaurants and bars.

Public and private investments have created a thriving district of diversity within its 387 acres. Midtown included the city’s first grocery store, kindergarten and the surviving territorial Victorian homes. Midtown continues to be an urban center in its current-day renaissance as it is one of the hubs of downtown living with a plethora of urban housing recently opened, under construction or announced.

retail, bar, housing, Midtown, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Paseo Arts District

Families in the Paseo

In recent years, we in Oklahoma City have loved seeing the development of defined districts with their own flavor and happenings. And a lot of those have emerged around historic neighborhoods that formed decades ago, in the early days of the city. The Paseo Arts District fits that description as it dates back to the 1920s.

This thriving neighborhood, located mostly between Walker and Lee avenues and NW 30th and 28th streets, was the city’s first shopping district north of downtown and features Spanish revival architecture with original stucco buildings. Its clay tile roofs are still intact, and The Paseo is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Elms, an art gallery and studio built in 1920 at 2810 N Walker, was home to the first Oklahoma City artist studio and gallery and is an art gallery today, JRB Art at the Elms. After several years, small businesses and jazz clubs were added to the district. The Paseo transitioned into an arts district in the ’70s and held its first Paseo Arts Festival in 1977. The festival continues the tradition over Memorial Day weekend annually. In 1987, the City of Oklahoma City designated the Paseo neighborhood as its first neighborhood revitalization project, and it has been a thriving cultural scene ever since. The Paseo Arts Association helps foster this artistic vibe.

If you go, you can tour art galleries, take art classes, shop, eat or mix with artists on a regular basis. Or, you can stroll through the entire district during the Paseo’s First Friday Gallery Walk. More than 60 artists from about 20 galleries participate in this event, from 6-10 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, and it includes themed exhibits, refreshments, guest artists and other entertainment.

arts and culture, festivals, Paseo District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Boathouse District

Kayak in the Riversport Rapids

Maybe no district mirrors Oklahoma City’s modern-day renaissance like the Boathouse District. A little more than two decades ago the Oklahoma River was a local joke that had to be routinely mowed (it wasn’t exactly flowing with water). Thanks to investment from the local citizens through MAPS the river now is a hotbed of activity, features multiple boathouses and is a U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site year-round.

Just last month the one-of-a-kind RIVERSPORT Rapids opened. The project, which is part of the city's MAPS 3 initiative, is one of only six man made white water courses in the entire country. The site will offer different courses ranging from class II rapids (perfect for families and first time rafters) to class IV rapids which will challenge even elite athletes.

The district is not just for Olympic-caliber water athletes but for the whole family. Try out the free fall experience of the Rumble Drop or SandRidge Sky Trail, the tallest adventure course of its kind in the world! We have to admit that both the 700-feet zip line across the Oklahoma River and 72-foot sky slide from atop the sky trail make us feel like kids again. But don’t fret, there is plenty to do for those who prefer a little tamer entertainment. Rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board for the day or test your skills on the climbing walls. There is even a youth zone for the kiddos. And certainly all outdoors men and women (young and young at heart) will love the 13 miles of scenic trails that meander along the Oklahoma River.

Can’t decide what to do? Don’t worry you can buy a RIVERSPORT All Access or Adventure pass. You can buy a day or annual pass and try everything the Oklahoma River has to offer.

Boathouse District, family-friendly, MAPS, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: June 21 - June 27, 2016

OKC Dodgers Uniform

Tuesday, June 21
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, June 22
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Sonic Summer Movies: The Little Rascals; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Thursday, June 23
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Summer Saturdays at the Museum of Osteology; 1 to 4 p.m.; Museum of Osteology; 814-0006; $7 for children and $8 for adults.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.
Concerts at the Beach: The Hollows; 9 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Event is free.

Friday, June 24
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, June 25
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 6 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, June 26
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 3:35 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m. Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, June 27
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Thoroughly Modern(ism)

PHOTO provided by Oklahoma City Museum of Art in anticipation of the Matisse exhibit in 2016. “Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre ... Paris.\

[Photo provided by Oklahoma City Museum of Art © Photo CNAC/MNAM Dist. RMN - Philippe Migeat]

The Oklahoma City Museum of Modern Art will become a classroom for students of modernism during Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernisn from the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Oklahoma City is the only place in North America that you can see this particular exhibit, which will provide 50 works spanning the scope of Henri Matisse’s career and 50 additional major works by Picasso, Renoir, André Derain, Georges Braque, Joan Miro and Amedeo Modigliani.

The exhibit, which is organized by Centre Pompidou, Paris (Europe’s leading museum of modern and contemporary art) and OKCMOA, will run from June 18 until Sept. 18. Members of the OKCMOA can experience an all-day member’s preview of the exhibit on Friday, June 17.

A primer for those who slept through art history class: Matisse (1869-1954) was a French artist regarded as a leading figure of modern art. Matisse was the leader of the Fauve (French for “wild beast”) movement, a critical observer of cubism and a contemporary and rival of Pablo Picasso. While he was also a draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor, he is known primarily as a painter.

arts and culture, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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We (he)art OKC

Red Earth Museum

Oklahoma City’s art scene is not limited to downtown, as galleries showcasing diverse works of art are spread throughout the different districts our great city. No matter what media and style you fancy, there’s sure to be something that piques your interest.

Check out the exhibit “Summer Wheat: Pry the Lid Off” for an interesting exploration of Johannes Vermeer’s The Milkmaid at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. David Steele Overholt’s audio-visual exhibit “In One Ear…” evokes nostalgia by combining overlapping video clips and a radio soundtrack broadcast of images and sounds from the 80s and 90s.  

Exhibit C, one of OKC’s newest galleries, offers an intriguing look at the talents of Chickasaws in Oklahoma.  Jewelry, pottery, paintings and clothing from Chickasaw artisans are just a small sampling of what you can expect to find here. And don’t forget to visit Red Earth Museum’s Art Center for more celebrations and explorations of Native American art and culture.

Get out and see OKC. There are plenty of cultural offerings to keep you busy and we promise you won’t be disappointed.

arts and culture, museums, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Park it

Family biking on a trail

It’s no secret that the City of Oklahoma City has an array of parks, trails, splash pads and programs that will help you enjoy the great outdoors, and during the summer months, the opportunities to enjoy them are more plentiful than ever. To keep you in the know, the Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation department has created a handy guide to enjoying its amenities during the 2016 summer season.

From enjoying a pool day to taking a nature walk, the guide has something for every interest and every age. View the 2016 Summer Program Guide here, and let us know your favorite way to enjoy your neighborhood parks in the comments.

water sports, family-friendly, kids, outdoor recreation, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: June 14 - June 20, 2016

Friends drinking beer

Tuesday, June 14
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 4:35 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, June 15
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 11:15 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, June 16
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 4:35 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, June 17
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma Craft Brew Festival; TBD; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Shop Hop; 6 to 9 p.m.; Automobile Alley; Event is free.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, June 18
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma Craft Brew Festival; TBD; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, June 19
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Widespread Panic; 6 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Sunday Twilight Concert - Kalo; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn; Free.

Monday, June 20
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Nashville Sound vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Advancing OKC

OMRF researcher

Did you know that ground-breaking discoveries are made right here in downtown OKC every day?
At the crossroads of Interstate 35 and Highway 77 and just blocks away from both the State Capitol and downtown’s Central Business District, Oklahoma City’s budding innovation district is helping diversify the city’s growing economy and bringing international notoriety.

OKC researchers are putting the city on the map as a front-runner for bioscience and biotechnology discovery not only in the U.S., but globally as well. In fact, students travel from across the globe for an opportunity to take part in the prestigious Visiting Research Graduate Traineeship Program at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF).

Why is this important, you may ask? These world-class researchers have partnerships with some of the most well renowned universities in the country and could conduct their research anywhere, yet they choose to be in OKC. That is pretty cool, if you ask us.

Curious about what is happening in your city? We bet you didn’t know that all of this was happening right here in your back yard.

bioscience, business, Innovation District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Return on investment

Oklahoma Health Science Center Campus

The expansion of the bioscience and biotechnology industry is paying big dividends throughout all of Oklahoma, contributing more than $6.7 billion in economic activity and supporting more than 51,000 jobs. That’s a lot of moolah, if you ask us.

The 27-acre, $100 million University Research Park, part of the Oklahoma Health Center complex, is home to 37 science-based companies including Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Accele Biopharma, ARL - Analytical Research Laboratories, Moleculera Labs, Cytovance Biologics, Oklahoma Blood Institute, COARE Biotechnology and Dean McGee Eye Institute just to name a few.

This area is also home to i2E (Innovation to Enterprise) which focuses on helping small start-up businesses thrive in Oklahoma.

Additions in the community will include the 95,000 square-feet GE Global Research Center, which will open its doors in the coming months. The project will add 130 high-tech jobs and is expected to have a direct and indirect economic impact of $13 million on the state and local economies.

The benefits in this growing community will not only have an immediate impact on today’s workforce, but also on future generations. The GE Foundation has pledged resources to help ensure that Oklahoma students are prepared for the growing demand of high-tech jobs through the introduction of STEM Empowers OK – a statewide initiative to engage and inspire greater interest among high school students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

It’s an exciting time to be in OKC for sure. The advancements in these areas are sure to have a lasting impact for years to come.

bioscience, business, Innovation District, tech
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Growing a stronger community

Each June a delegation from across Oklahoma travel to the annual BIO International Convention. In fact, many of OKC’s top minds are in San Francisco as you are reading this. Why are they half way across the country, you may wonder? They are networking and spreading the great news about OKC’s thriving bioscience community. In 2015, Oklahoma biotech companies, research institutions, universities and other organizations held 150 meetings with potential partners, investors, employees and more at the OKBio booth. Collaborative efforts like these help lead to long-term success for our companies and organizations, and that helps make for a healthy economy. To learn more about bio in OK, check out www.okbio.org.

bioscience, business, tech
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: June 7 - June 13, 2016

Prix de West Art

Tuesday, June 7
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Mamma Mia!; 7:30 p.m.; OKC Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, June 8
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
deadCenter Film Festival; All Day; 246-9233; All around OKC; Admissions prices vary.
Mamma Mia!; 7:30 p.m.; OKC Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, June 9
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
deadCenter Film Festival; All Day; 246-9233; All around OKC; Admissions prices vary.
Nashville Sound vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 4:35 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Mamma Mia!; 7:30 p.m.; OKC Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, June 10
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
deadCenter Film Festival; All Day; 246-9233; All around OKC; Admissions prices vary.
Read Earth Festival; All Day; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free
Nashville Sound vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Mamma Mia!; 8 p.m.; OKC Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, June 11
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
deadCenter Film Festival; All Day; 246-9233; All around OKC; Admissions prices vary.
Nashville Sound vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, June 12
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
deadCenter Film Festival; All Day; 246-9233; All around OKC; Admissions prices vary.
Nashville Sound vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 6:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, June 13
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Nashville Sound vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Roll out the red carpet

deadCenter film at Myriad Gardens

Oklahoma City's deadCenter Film Festival is celebrating its 16th anniversary June 8-12. Named one of the "20 Coolest Film festivals in the World" by MovieMaker magazine, deadCenter hosts five full nights of fantastic parties and screens more than 100 movies from around the world to 30,000 film fans in theaters across downtown Oklahoma City. 

More than 1,200 films applied this year and 106 were chosen, including 22 feature films and 84 short films. Twenty-four of the films chosen were made in Oklahoma, including four narrative features. Other standouts include Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise and A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story with live performances by Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt, Beck, and Radiohead.

This year, deadCenter is partnering with ACM@UCO in Bricktown to provide a full day of film seminars and classes that are free and open to the public. Classes are led by filmmakers and industry experts and include the following: selling scripts and ideas, editing, casting, acting, cinematography, directing and producing.

To learn more about the festival and to buy tickets, visit www.deadcenterfilm.org.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get jazzy

Guitar Player

For the third year, the OKC Jazz Festival is back to celebrate Oklahoma City’s jazz heritage and its contribution to the music industry with jazz, rock, hip hop and R&B performers starting today through June 4 in Bricktown and the historic Deep Deuce district.

Local and national artists will perform on both indoor and outdoor stages during the five-day festival, and festival headliners Jarreau, Color Me Badd and The Gap Band will perform at the new Criterion Music Hall located in the Bricktown Entertainment District. One of the highlights of the festival is the homecoming of Color Me Badd as part of their 25th Anniversary National Tour.  Formed in Oklahoma City in 1991, Color Me Badd is an American contemporary R&B group that has sold more than 12 million records worldwide.

View the complete schedule and purchase tickets at www.okcjazzfest.com.

Deep Deuce, festivals, live music
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Hey, batter batter

Oklahoma City is known as a place where people are passionate about sports, a trait that is evident at the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) hosted in Oklahoma City, along with the Oklahoma City All Sports Association and the University of Oklahoma. The 2016 WCWS will take place June 2-8 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium – OGE Energy Field in the Adventure District of Oklahoma City. Get tickets to the games.

During the tournament, eight softball teams will be cheered on by around 70,000 spectators. Since 2010, the ASA Hall of Fame complex has welcomed record-setting crowds for the event, and the venue is scheduled as the home of WCWS until at least 2035. The complex is home to four fields and a variety of fan and athlete amenities. While you are cheering on your team of choice, be sure to visit the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum, a shrine to the growing game of softball and the athletes who have taken the sport to new heights.

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Things to Do & See: May 31 - June 6, 2016

Tuesday, May 31
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Tyler the Creator; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 677-9169; Ticket prices vary.
Deuce Days/Jazz Night; 7 to 10 p.m.; Deep Deuce; Event is free.

Wednesday, June 1
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, June 2
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
OKC Jazz Fest; Various; Civic Center Music Hall & Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
Women’s College World Series; TBD; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame-OG&E Field; $15-$25.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, June 3
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
OKC Jazz Fest; Various; Civic Center Music Hall & Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
Women’s College World Series; TBD; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame-OG&E Field; $15-$25.
Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.
H&8th Night Market; 7 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
OKC ProAm Classic; 5:30 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.

Saturday, June 4
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
OKC Jazz Fest; Various; Civic Center Music Hall & Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
Women’s College World Series; TBD; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame-OG&E Field; $15-$25.
R. Kelly; 8 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Minnesota United FC vs. Rayo OKC; 8 p.m.; Miller Stadium; 232-7223; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.
OKC ProAm Classic; 8 a.m.; Film Row; Event is free.

Sunday, June 5
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Women’s College World Series; TBD; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame-OG&E Field; $15-$25.
OKC ProAm Classic; 8 a.m.; Automobile Alley; Event is free.
Peace Love & Goodwill Festival; 10 a.m.; Myriad Gardens; Event is free.

Monday, June 6
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Women’s College World Series; TBD; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame-OG&E Field; $15-$25.
WWE Monday Night Raw; 6:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Memorial Day in OKC

Parade

As we’ve written about in the past, Oklahoma City has deep ties to our armed forces. With Memorial Day approaching, we thought it would be a good time to revisit those connections and look at ways you can celebrate and honor those who have fallen in service to our country.

Of course it all starts with Tinker Air Force Base, one of the largest Air Forces bases in the country. Tinker employs more than 26,000 and is our state’s largest single site employer. The base houses the Air Force Sustainment Center which is the focal point for all the Air Force’s weapon systems, providing crucial support in defending our country. You can read more about Tinker AFB in our past post.

Our city and state have also had the honor of having a battleship and a submarine named after us. Most famously the USS Oklahoma, which fought in the attack on Pearl Harbor. Tragically, 429 crewman were killed in the attack as the ship was sunk. The anchor of the ship is located in Campbell Park, just north of Downtown Oklahoma City. Read more about the USS Oklahoma here.

There has also been a submarine and light cruiser christened the USS Oklahoma City. The submarine is currently active and has been used to fight the War on Terror and illegal drug shipments. The light cruiser fought in both WWII and Vietnam and has accumulated more than 13 battle stars. You can read more about those ships here.  

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Thunderbirds

45th Infantry Museum

One of the best ways to celebrate Memorial Day is to visit the 45th Infantry Museum. Located in the Adventure District, the museum is dedicated to telling the story of the 45th Infantry Division.

The 45th Infantry Division (nicknamed the Thunderbirds) was organized in 1923 under the National Defense Act of 1920. The guardsman saw no major action until 1941, when they were one of the first National Guard units activated for World War II. During the war, the 45th participated in four amphibious landings and fought their way across Sicily, Italy, France and Germany.

During the Sicily campaign, the unit served with General George S. Patton. The renowned general had high praise for the 45th, saying, “Your division is one of the best, if not best division in the history of American arms.” The division led the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp in Germany and the museum includes artifacts from this historic event.

The 45th was activated a second time in June of 1950 for the Korean War. The unit was one of only two National Guard divisions to see combat in the Korean War.

The 45th Infantry Division’s contribution to America is distinguished, as nine men were awarded Medals of Honor and the division sustained more than 25,000 battle casualties.

The museum is a must-visit for anyone with an interest in military history, and features a 15-acre park that holds more than 60 different types of combat vehicles. The museum is so dedicated to telling the story of the 45th that admission is free, although donations are appreciated.

Each Memorial Day the museum holds a special ceremony that begins at 10 a.m.

Adventure District, holiday, military, museums
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The Paseo Arts Festival turns 40

Paseo Arts District

The Paseo Arts Festival is a great excuse to discover (or hopefully rediscover) the fantastic Paseo Arts District. For 40 years the annual festival has brought food, fun, music and yes art to the district’s streets, drawing more than 60,000 visitors.

This year’s festival will take place May 28 through May 30 and feature more than 80 visual artists. Stroll through the booths and check out the art on your way to two different stages showcasing Oklahoma entertainers and musicians. And bring the kids for some hands-on fun in the children’s area (at no cost).

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Things to Do & See: May 24 - May 30, 2016

Paseo Arts District

Tuesday, May 24
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Real Monarchs SLC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 6 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
Floggy Molly; 7:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 677-9169; Ticket prices vary.
Bullets over Broadway The Musical; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 25
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Brining Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Tech N9ne; 7:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 677-9169; Ticket prices vary.
Bullets over Broadway The Musical; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, May 26
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Deftones; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 27
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Eats on 8th; 6 p.m.; Midtown; 234-7960; Event is free.
Bullets over Broadway The Musical; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 28
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Paseo Arts Festival; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; Event is free.
Bullets over Broadway The Musical; 2 & 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 29
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Paseo Arts Festival; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; Event is free.
Bullets over Broadway The Musical; 2 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 30
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Paseo Arts Festival; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; Event is free.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Shop till you drop in OKC

Girls Shopping

The last few years have had us buzzing about all the new retailers who are making their way to OKC. And there seems to no signs of a slowdown in our future. We don’t know about you, but one of the things we love about OKC is the absolute perfect mix of national retailers and eclectic locally-owned boutiques.

Following the successful openings of H&M in Quail Springs Mall (which we hear was the largest opening in the Midwest by the way) to Cabela’s, TopGolf and iFly, we can’t wait to see what the future holds for our city.

One booming area might be something to hang your hat on in some cities, but not in OKC. Call us overachievers, but we revel in the fact that each and every area of our city is thriving with new developments. From the ever-growing list of tenants at the Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City and Westgate Marketplace to the continued success and vibrancy at Penn Square Mall, most retailers agree that OKC is where they want to be. We can’t wait to see what the future holds as The Market at Czech Hall near Yukon opens this year with a slate of top-notch tenants.

We would be amiss not to give kudos to the different districts in the heart of OKC. Each district has its own flair and showcases fun and funky boutiques as well as world-class restaurants. Get more information on each of our district here.

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Resources for retailers

For Sale Sign

What makes OKC a prime place for retailers? It could be that we continue to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the entire country for major metropolitan areas. Or it could be our low cost of living which for us at Better Life headquarters simply means more money for shopping. One thing is for certain, retailers love OKC and we, of course, love the steady stream of new shopping and dining options.

Has all this talk about retail success made you wonder about maybe opening up your own shop and trying your hand? You might be surprised to learn that the graduate entrepreneurship programs at both University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University ranked in the top 25 recently by the Princeton Review. So you can get the skills you need to succeed right here at home.

If you are ready to try your hand at the fast-paced life of a retailer, you’re in luck: okcretail.com is a website dedicated to helping the world know about how easy it is to find retail success in OKC. Scout for locations, pull demographic reports, find out about permitting and even peruse property listings from the literally anywhere. You can also hear success stories from others who are proud to have a retail presence in OKC.

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Planting the seeds for growth

Recon Booth

In OKC, we mean business – literally. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the city of Oklahoma City and a number of the other community partners are always looking for new ways to attract new businesses to our community. It is with this goal in mind that a group from OKC is heading west to Las Vegas next week for the International Council of Shopping Centers RECon conference. We’ll have an opportunity to tell more than 36,000 retailers, business owners and developers how great OKC is in a mere three days.   

Why is bringing new retail to OKC important? In short, retail is what makes our city go. Sales taxes in Oklahoma City fund the city’s core services and day-to-day operations. That’s important stuff like police, fire, street maintenance, the Zoo, parks, etc. While property taxes can be used to fund voter-approved bond issues for specific capital projects, Oklahoma law actually prohibits cities from levying property taxes for services. So shop till you drop – not only will enjoy finding great deals on fabulous items, but you’ll be helping keep our city great.

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Things to Do & See: May 17 - May 23, 2016

OKC Arena

Tuesday, May 17
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Las Vegas 51s vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Dave Matthews Band; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.
Gregg Allman; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 18
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Brining Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Ellie Goulding; Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; 602-0683; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, May 19
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Salt Lake City Bees vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 20
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Salt Lake City Bees vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 21
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
The Exchange on Film Row; 6 p.m.; Film Row, Sheridan Avenue in Downtown; Free to attend.
The Beach Boys; 7 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Salt Lake City Bees vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Randy Rogers Band; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 22
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Salt Lake City Bees vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 1:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. Rayo OKC; 7 p.m.; Miller Stadium; 232-7223; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 23
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Las Vegas 51s vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Bullets over Broadway The Musical; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

All Points South

We often brag about Oklahoma City’s ideal location at two of the nation’s major arteries, Interstates 35 and 40. Sure, our equidistance between both coasts makes us a great location for business, but it also has benefits for residents, too. A quick drive south on I-35 offers plenty of sites to see and towns to enjoy. Get to know your state as you explore these southern points!

Norman
With its close ties to the University of Oklahoma, this town is a quick escape from Oklahoma City with attractions for every age. You would be remiss if you missed Norman’s museums and educational attractions, including the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Read some of our past coverage on Norman attractions here.

Pauls Valley
Pauls Valley is home to The Toy and Action Figure Museum, one of Time Magazine’s “Top 50 Most Authentic American Experiences” and a must-see museum for the kid at heart. The Toy and Action Figure Museum houses more than 13,000 classic pop culture figures, and it’s also home to the Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection, which features Oklahoma cartoonists like Chester Gould (of Dick Tracy) and Jack and Carole Bender (from Alley Oop).

Sulphur and Davis
Just east of I-35, the towns of Sulphur and Davis are in the heart of the Chickasaw Nation and are an easy distance to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and the Lake of the Arbuckles. The Chickasaw National Recreation Area is Oklahoma’s oldest national park and offers campsites and opportunities for biking, boating, water sports and hiking, to name a few. Nearby is the Chickasaw Cultural Center, The Artesian Hotel, Casino and Spa, the ARTesian Gallery and Studios, and Bedré Fine Chocolate Factory.

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Hit the rails

If you are looking to travel in the tradition of a bygone era (or just want to avoid gridlock and road rage), then Oklahoma City’s Heartland Flyer may be your ideal way to travel. Leaving from the Santa Fe Station at 8:25 a.m., the Heartland Flyer makes a daily round trip to the Amtrak station in Ft. Worth and back to OKC. From Ft. Worth, connections are available to Dallas, Chicago or San Antonio via the Texas Eagle.

The Heartland Flyer, which is usually made up of two Superliner Coaches and a Superliner II Coach/Café Car, comes wired for electricity with outlets dispersed throughout the train. With more leg room than most automobiles, you can stretch out and enjoy the scenic view of southern Oklahoma during your trip. The train is also part of the National Park Service’s Trails & Rails program, an innovative partnership that highlights the natural and cultural heritage of the land along the train’s path. Between May and October, a National Park Service guide from the Chickasaw National Recreation Area will provide on board narratives about the history of southern Oklahoma.

In addition to taking you south of the Red River, the Heartland Flyer makes stops in Norman, Purcell, Pauls Valley and Ardmore, giving you the option of taking in the history and attractions of other Oklahoma towns before catching the return train to Oklahoma City.

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On the road to adventure

Adventure Road Logo

All this talk about travel got you itching for a road trip, but you don’t know where to start? Lucky for you, Adventure Road has trip resources along Interstate 35, with information on more than 200 stops along the way (including several right here in OKC!).

Check out their website for trips centered around subjects, like foodie adventures or girls’ getaways, and for deals on destinations near year. You can even save destinations and itineraries for the future, so you will be prepared no matter when or where wanderlust hits you. 

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Things to Do & See: May 10 - May 16, 2016

Tuesday, May 10
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.

Wednesday, May 11
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Brining Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.
An Evening with Sturgill Simpson; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, May 12
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
New Orleans Zephyers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 13
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Bedlam Baseball; 6:30 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
LIVE! on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free
Disclosure; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 14
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Las Vegas 51s vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Luke Bryan: 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.
A Philharmonic Gala; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 15
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Las Vegas 51s vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
St. Louis FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 6 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 16
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Las Vegas 51s vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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