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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Ride ‘em Cowboys

Under the leadership of head coach Mike Gundy, the Oklahoma State Cowboys have become a staple in the top-25 rankings. According to the odds makers, the Cowboys have 8/1 odds at making the college football playoff this season, good for 15th best in the nation. All-American running back Justice Hill is returning for another season and it’s sure to be an explosive one behind an eager offensive line that includes preseason All-Big 12 lineman Marcus Keyes.

OSU lost Mason Rudolph, the  winningest Cowboys QB in school history, to the NFL and his departure also opens up a good old fashioned battle for the starting job this season. Two elite QB recruits, Spencer Sanders and Hawaii transfer Dru Brown, are the favorites to fillRudolph’s footsteps. But you better keep an eye on dark-horse candidate Taylor Cornelius due to his veteran status on the team as a senior. Under Coach Gundy’s tenure, the Cowboys have  always delivered on the offensive front.

The Cowboys struggled last year on the defensive front, a common theme from many Big 12 teams over the last several years. In an effort to turn things around and bring balance to the team, OSU announced earlier this year that there would be a big change with the addition of a new defensive coordinator from Duke, Jim Knowles. If the Poke’s defense can lend a hand to its offense, the Cowboys are in line to once again make some noise in the Big 12 and be a dark horse for the college football playoff scenario.

In exciting fan news, new renovations to Oklahoma State’s Boone Pickens Stadium will give spectators a revamped experience this fall. The plaza level of the west end zone now features a food court that includes both local and national eating options. A 6,160 sq.-ft. ft. video screen towards the east end zone has been highly anticipated and is sure to provide for improved fan engagement. Perhaps the biggest change to the stadium, however, is the recent announcement that alcohol will be sold throughout the stadium. Beforehand, alcohol was only available in restricted areas in the stadium.

The OSU Cowboys open up their schedule against Missouri State (Aug. 30th); other notable home games include Boise State (Sept. 15th), Texas (Oct. 27th), and West Virginia (Nov. 17th).

college, football
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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August in OKC

The Convention and Visitors Bureau has a brand new video out to talk about August in the city. With 12 concerts, 3 festivals, and other local events in art and culture, stay tuned and get informed with August in OKC.

live music, Visit OKC, arts and culture, attractions, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Live music in OKC

There’s a certain voice to OKC. It wavers in a rekindled vibrancy, as an old man that’s come back to his church choir. Wherever you go here, there’s someone around the corner singing gospel about the best and the worst parts of life and experience.

Back in 1919 over on Second Street, the Aldridge Theater opened and hosted the best jazz musicians in the nation. Now, the building is gone and that music spills onto the streets. Every last Saturday of the month, the historic Deep Deuce District lives again in the Deep Deuce Sessions, a music walk where artists invade local venues and fill the air with gospel, jazz and acoustic sounds.

The Jones Assembly is OKC’s newest spot for music and food, opened in 2017. Pulling big name artists and offering classy food and drink options, this young establishment does its home district of Film Row proud. Down on 23rd Street, the historic Tower Theatre stands proud again with its neon marquee. Sporting a history back to 1937 as an original movie house, this renovated venue hosts up-and-coming regional artists from hip-hop to Americana.

Swing over to the Plaza District where it bleeds with color and creativity. If the Plaza Walls are this district’s bare heart, then Saints Bar and Lounge is its illustrious voice in Saints Sessions. Every Thursday evening, talented, local acoustic and jazz musicians play at this intimate setting where the people are friendly, the drinks are strong and the music is stellar.

At Bleu Garten in Midtown OKC, culture stays local with table games, great drinks, seasoned food trucks and live, local music every Thursday night. With its outdoor setting, Bleu arguably has one of the best atmospheres in town. On the lively Bricktown canal, Michael Murphy’s Dueling Piano Bar is a true star of the city, with pizza by the slice and drinks galore. Open Thursday through Saturday, blisteringly skilled musical performers get their kicks taking requests and razzing audience members.

Just outside the Paseo District lies The Blue Door, a venue that offers a different experience than all the bars and restaurants. The Blue Door doesn’t offer drinks or food (although drinks are BYOB): it offers a quiet, close-knit listening room for the veteran and novice musician alike. Named simply after the color of its doors, this venue makes folk, rock and blues its cornerstone.

This old man doesn’t speak the words the same way as once, nor does he bellow as loud as he could in younger years, but he still finds a hunger for harmony. Etching an echo in kindred hearts, the man and his chorus, the city and its people, keep making this music, onward and ever upward.

Film Row, food, live music, nightlife, Oklahoma City history, Paseo District, Plaza District, restaurants, Bricktown, Uptown 23, Deep Deuce, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 31 - August 6, 2018

Prix de West art

Tuesday, July 31
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.

Wednesday, August 1
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Logic; 6:30 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; Ticket prices vary.
SONIC Summer Movie: Oklahoma!; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.

Thursday, August 2
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
311 & The Offspring; 6:30 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, August 3
Peter Rabbit Tea Party; 2 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; $7 for members and $9 for nonmembers.
2018 Bricktown Reggae Fest; 4 p.m.; Bricktown; This event is free.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; This event is free.
Powerman 5000; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, August 4
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Summer Meltdown: Ice Cream Festival; 6 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
2018 Bricktown Reggae Fest; 4 p.m.; Bricktown; This event is free.
Stone Temple Pilots & Alice in Chains Tribute; 9 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $12.

Sunday, August 5
Kid’s Fest; All day; Farmer’s Public Market; $5 for ages 12 and up. Under 12 is free.
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Toad the Wet Sprocket; 7 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
Sunday Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.

Monday, August 6
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

New World Comic Con

New World Comic Con Photo credit: Keara Phillips-Berlin

[Photo Credit: Keara Phillips-Berlin]

New World Comic Con is a newcomer to the local con scene, having been started in 2015 by OKC’s very own New World Comics & Games. It also happens to be the only nerdy convention that’s permanently (and currently) housed in Oklahoma City (though we’re hoping that’ll change when the MAPS3 Convention Center is complete!) Although less like a full-blown con and more akin to a marketplace with an artist’s alley, it doesn’t make New World Comic Con any less fun for attendees. Besides, it’s hard to argue with a $6 admission fee either way. Several of OK’s most incredible local comic artists/creators and vendors like Natasha Alterici, Jerry Bennett, and New World Comics & Games (obviously) will set up booths that attendees can peruse at their leisure. But of course, it’s not all about comics and Marvel movies: Western cartoons, anime, video games, tabletop games (and shows based on them), fantasy/sci-fi movies and shows—there’s a little something for everyone of all fandoms at NWCC. Attendees have been known to find treasures ranging from rare comics to vintage toys, video games, (fan) art, collectibles, autographed goods, fandom goods (prints, keychains, bookmarks, ita bags, enamel pins, etc.) and more! As if that weren’t enough, guests like Justin Nimmo (the Silver Ranger, Zhane, from Power Rangers in Space) and Count Gregore (local horror hosting legend) have also been known to regularly appear at New World Comic Con.

For congoers who prefer a less congested, less time consuming, family friendly (and budget friendly!) congoing experience—or even people who’ve never been to a con and just want to get their feet wet in the culture of it to see whether or not they like it—New World Comic Con is ideal. This year it’ll be July 28 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Centennial Building at the Oklahoma State Fair Park (same spot as last year).

festivals, State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Homes with a historic flair

OKC Historic House

History is cool. You know it, I know it and real estate agents know it. You might be wondering how we can be so confident that real estate agents know this, too—well, it’s quite simple: The only thing cooler than history is living in it.

The historic neighborhoods of OKC aren’t just some of our oldest, but they’re beautiful, rich in character, lined with trees and close to everything. Needless to say, we’re very proud of our historic neighborhoods. So proud, in fact, that we have a list of some of OKC’s most prominent historic neighborhoods to help you find the best one for you! 

housing, moving
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Downtown dreaming

Downtown OKC Housing

One of the most common reasons people love downtown OKC so much is that it gives you all the benefits of urban living without a lot of the more typical disadvantages. For city life, there’s nothing more ideal than downtown OKC! It’s full of businesses; it’s walkable (and will soon have a streetcar to help you get everywhere even faster!); it’s full of art, history, entertainment and culture; and you’ll never have to worry about finding a parking space if you’re in the mood for a Thunder or Dodgers game! To learn more about downtown living in OKC, you can check our site’s urban neighborhoods page.

cost of living, downtown, housing
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Wide open spaces

OKC Suburban Home

A wise man once said about moving,

“Yeah, it usually helps a lot when you know where exactly you’re moving.”

And we couldn’t agree more!

Housing is important, that goes without saying. Equally important is finding the right housing for you. And for some, the right kind of housing isn’t quite in the city part of Oklahoma City—it’s something rural or suburban! Which is why we here at TBL have assembled a guide for those of you interested in rural or suburban housing. Give those links a try and let us know if you were able to find your perfect neighborhood!

housing, moving
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 24 - July 30, 2018

OKC Civic Center show

Tuesday, July 24
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Pentatonix; 7 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; Ticket prices vary.
Yellow Submarine Film; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Oklahoma Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Mamma Mia!; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.

Wednesday, July 25
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Yellow Submarine Film; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Oklahoma Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Fresno FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
Mamma Mia!; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
SONIC Summer Movie: The Muppet Movie; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.

Thursday, July 26
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Oklahoma Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Mamma Mia!; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Ray Wylie Hubbard; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Full Moon Bike Ride and Run; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; $5 per person.

Friday, July 27
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
El Paso Chihuahuas vs. Oklahoma Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Book of Love; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Mamma Mia!; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, July 28
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
New World Comic Con; 10 a.m.; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
Mamma Mia!; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
38 Special; 7 p.m.; Frontier City; Free with regular park admission.
El Paso Chihuahuas vs. Oklahoma Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
San Antonio FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
Riders in the Sky; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, July 29
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Mamma Mia!; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma City 48 Hour Film Project; 4 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
El Paso Chihuahuas vs. Oklahoma Dodgers; 6:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Sunday Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.

Monday, July 30
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
El Paso Chihuahuas vs. Oklahoma Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Oklahoma City Zoo

Giraffe at OKC Zoo

Does anything conjure fond elementary school memories quite like the word “zoo”? Are field trips to the zoo not perhaps the great equalizer among elementary schools across the country? Clearly they can’t be, because if they were then OKC kids would have an unfair advantage since the OKC Zoo is a favorite OKC destination for all ages.

The OKC Zoo covers more than 100 acres and has ~1900 animals in a wide array of habitats. Elephants, giraffes, tigers, rhinos -- all your favorites are there! Visitors from all across the country are known to spend entire days traversing our beautiful zoo—and who can blame them? There’s plenty to see and do! Even outside of visiting the various habitats the OKC Zoo has set up, visitors are welcome to eat, shop, watch shows and learn to their heart’s content!

zoo, Adventure District, attractions, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Science Museum

Science Museum OK

Complete and utter darkness. Darkness so strong you can’t even see your own hand in front of you. Until you notice a faint glow above your head—the faint, familiar glow of stars. Slowly, the glowing becomes strong enough that the darkness isn’t all that dark anymore. In fact, it looks almost inviting. Now there’s millions of small glowing specks in the sky and no city lights to distract you from them. Just you and a beautiful glittered sky. You hold your gaze, totally fixed to this breathtaking sight. And then a voice—a loud, seemingly omnipresent voice—reminds you that “We’re looking at the view from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in late October of last year.”

Oh, right, of course. You got so hung up on the beauty of it all that you forgot—you were in a planetarium all along!

Such were the beginnings of Oklahoma’s illustrious Science Museum (which some of us older Okies might still mistakenly call by its former name The Omniplex from time to time). Originally a humble planetarium, the Oklahoma Science Museum has grown to be Oklahoma’s largest (and most fun!) testament to the joys of science of all kinds: geology, biology, seismology, if it ends with -ology, it has a presence there! With more than 350,000 square feet of pure hands-on science fun, it’s easy to see why the Science Museum is considered to be one of Oklahoma’s best and most creative museums.

museums, Adventure District, attractions, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The American Pigeon Museum and Library

Pigeon

Throughout mankind’s history, one hero has always been there. Watching over us, guiding us, inspiring us and helping us when nobody else could. I’m talking, of course, about the most underrated species in all of recorded history: the pigeon.

I know that may sound a bit exaggerated, but think about it for a moment! Some of the most landmark events in human history would’ve gone much differently (and much slower) if not for the bravery and intellect of the carrier pigeon. Some carrier pigeons were even made decorated war vets because of it! Does the sheer thought—the awe-inspiring mental image—of these beautiful warriors have your full attention now? It should.

Enter The American Pigeon Museum and Library: The first and only museum dedicated to the mighty pigeon in the entire country. Visitors can peruse the illustrious history of the great carrier pigeon, learn about pigeon breeding, look at awards/records from pigeon racing, or enjoy some lovely art portraying the noble pigeon! Depending on the time of day you visit, you might be able to see some rare pigeons too: pigeons with more feathers than you ever dreamed a pigeon could have, pigeons with extraordinarily long legs, colorful pigeons who look more like aviary royalty, and more. And, if you’re interested in learning more about the fascinating history of the pigeon, there’s a library attached to the museum that has more pigeon-related records, documents, references and literature than you could ever imagine.  

attractions, family-friendly, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Ethnic food

Bowl of Pho

As far as food in OKC goes, we’re pretty well known for our steaks, barbecue and burgers. But what you might not realize is that we’re much more than that. Oklahoma City has an emerging reputation as a pilgrimage all foodies must make—a pilgrimage that involves stops with steaks, bahn mi, tacos, bratwurst and so much more. So, to help you on your culinary conquest, we’ve assembled a list of some of our favorite ethnic eateries across OKC. Obviously, this isn’t a complete, exhaustive list of all the ethnic food to be found in OKC, just some local favorites! If you don’t see your favorite haunt on the list, let us know because all of us here at BetterLife HQ love to eat and to try new hot spots in OKC!

Mexican: Ted’s Café Escondido, San Marcos, Iguana Mexican Grill, Big Truck Tacos, Abuelo’s, Mama Rojo Mexican Kitchen, On the Border
South American: Café DO Brasil, Café Kacao, La Brasa
African: Queen of Sheba
Italian: Stella, Patrono, Victoria’s, Bravo Cucina Italiana
European: Ingrid’s (German), La Baguette (French)
Middle Eastern: Couscous Café, Nunu’s Mediterranean Café, Zorba’s
Chinese: Chow’s Chinese Restaurant, Golden Phoenix, Kwan’s Kitchen
Indian: Sheesh Mahal, Taj Cuisine of India, Gopuram Taste of India
Japanese: Sushi Neko, Tokyo Moon, Tamashii Ramen, Goro Ramen
Korean: B Won, Gogi Go, Taste of Korea
Thai: Panang Thai Restaurant, Sala Thai, Suphattra’s Thai Kitchen
Vietnamese: Golden Phoenix, Lee’s Sandwiches, Pho Cuong, Pho Lien Hoa, VII Asian Bistro

Didn’t see your favorite on here? Let us know through the comments and via social media!

food, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 17 - July 23, 2018

OKC Concert

Tuesday, July 17
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
New Orleans Baby Cakes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 4:35 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Oh Wonder; 7 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, July 18
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
New Orleans Baby Cakes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Seether; 7:15 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Langhorne Slim; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
SONIC Summer Movie: Space Jam; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.

Thursday, July 19
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
New Orleans Baby Cakes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
COOP Showcase; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $8.

Friday, July 20
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
3 Doors Down & Collective Soul; 7 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; Ticket prices vary.
Concert at the Bricktown Beach ft. My So Called Band; 8 p.m.; Bricktown Beach; This event is free.

Saturday, July 21
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Kidz Bop LIVE; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Tickets price vary.
Kountry Wayne; 7 & 9 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Black Label Society; 7:15 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Buckcherry; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, July 22
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Yellow Submarine Film Sing-A-Long; 4 & 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Daryl Hall, John Oates and Train; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Tickets price vary.
Sunday Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.

Monday, July 23
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Yellow Submarine Film Sing-A-Long; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Get in the know, read VeloCity

VeloCity website

Getting to know your new hometown is about more than knowing where to eat or what to do with your free time. Becoming a citizen of a community is also about being engaged with what is going on.

This month, www.VeloCityOKC.com was launched to help keep residents, new and old alike, informed on the issues that will help continue our community’s rise.

Velocity will feature economic updates, business developments, lifestyle guides and numerous other topical articles that tells our city’s story as it unfolds today.

The new site highlights the inherent brilliance of our technology industry, the fervent innovation of our entrepreneurs the eager pride of our tourism industry and much more. From infrastructure projects to investing companies, or state policy changes to new, local festivals, VeloCity puts a magnifying glass to every excellent person, idea and business that comprises this tempered city and its grassroots renaissance.

The velocity of any entity can be defined by two innate attributes: speed and direction. The velocity of any community can be defined by the same, and OKC is one with speed and direction toward the future. Like the winding Oklahoma River, carving away at its walls, inventing new passages, and pushing forward a steadfast progress, Oklahoma City presses onward with VeloCity.

business, community, publication
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The Library – A School, a Stage, a Home

Its ideation came in 1889, in the early meetings of the Philomathea Club, a women’s study group. Set out to improve community culture and education, members raised funds to establish Oklahoma City’s first public library, which found its first home in an unused room in the Commercial Club, now the Chamber of Commerce. This fledgling institution grew to become Oklahoma City’s Metropolitan Library System, and, nearly 130 years following, operates wide and proud. Now incorporating 19 locations spanning across the greater OKC area, the Metropolitan Library System provides a plethora of resources, programs, and events to its citizens year-round.

The Metro Library System contains online and physical databases spanning far in subject, from auto engine repair to health & wellness, or from job preparedness to simple homework help. It also offers programs on GED preparation, adult education, and even how to become a US citizen. The Metro website provides book lists covering multiple topics, and also features an eBook collection titled “Indie Oklahoma”, which is fueled by the Self-e program, where young authors can submit works.

One of our favorite things about the Metropolitan Library System is its constant list of events occurring throughout all the locations, all the time. The Northwest Library hosts “Teen Time” every Monday evening, featuring varying activities. Nicoma Park and Harrah libraries are each hosting a “Spy School” in July, designed for younger children to learn if they have what it takes to be a spy. Also in July, Southern Oaks and Harrah libraries will host “OKC Zoo: Animal Acoustics-The Remix!” where kids can come learn about the musical styles animals are fond of.

The highlight of the Metropolitan Library System’s events is the Neighborhood Arts programs, where, every June and July, the Metro Library hosts performances of family-friendly music, theatre, and comedy. This year, Neighborhood Arts features four performing acts, appearing at various locations: Rhythmically Speaking, an educational theatre troupe, will present a moral story about a dinosaur egg; Sugar-Free Allstars, a musical duo, will perform their signature family funk; Adam & Kizzie, another musical pair, will show audiences just how many different ways you can rock out; and OKC Improv, a comedic acting group, will encourage audience involvement in their fun and games. You can find out more about these performances here.

People often forget about the library: it is often not so flashy, popular, or exciting compared to other institutions of learning. Neither is it a school, nor a stage, nor a home, but it can be all of these things still. What it is, assuredly, is a place for you and your family to grow with the community around you. Whatever you’re trying to accomplish, be it fixing your old lawn mower or putting a smile on your child’s face again, there’s going to be something waiting for you at your local library.

family-friendly, free, library
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Frozen favorites

Capitals Ice Cream

Summer is in full swing here in the Sooner State. If you are anything like us, the hot temps make you crave your favorite frozen treats. If you are new to the area and need some ideas check out the 5 to Try-Frozen Favorites video our buddies at the Oklahoma City CVB recently put out. Was your favorite frozen food not included? Hit us up in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter and let us know.

food, restaurants
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Things to Do & See: July 10 - July 16, 2018

Plaza District Festival

Tuesday, July 10
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Hello, Dolly!; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, July 11
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Interstella 5555 by Daft Punk; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Las Vegas Lights FC vs. OKC Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
Hello, Dolly!; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center; Ticket prices vary.
SONIC Summer Movie: Paddington 2; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.

Thursday, July 12
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Thirty Seconds to Mars; 7 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; Ticket prices vary.
That Thing You Do; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Hello, Dolly!; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, July 13
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
LIVE on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; The Plaza District; Ticket prices vary.
The Smashing Pumpkins; 7:00 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Lee Brice; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Hello, Dolly!; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, July 14
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Garden Bros. Circus; 1 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Hello, Dolly!; 2 & 8 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center; Ticket prices vary.
Asleep at the Wheel; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, July 15
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Hello, Dolly!; 2 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center; Ticket prices vary.
Sunday Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.
Jimmie Vaughan; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, July 16
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
New Orleans Baby Cakes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
C.W. Stoneking; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

End of the Trail statue

Just the word “Oklahoma” will generally evoke one of two (maybe both?) images:

Thunder

The Wild West

And although we love the Thunder, today we’re here to talk about the latter: The Wild West. With the exception of Thunder, Oklahoma’s known for, above all else, its rich Wild Western history. This incredible history is preserved for all to see in OKC’s National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Featuring galleries full of Native American and Western attire, firearms, artifacts and even movie props, it’s easy to see why the Cowboy Museum is considered to be one of OKC’s most unique (and quintessentially Oklahoman) attractions. Visitors flock to the museum from all corners of the country looking for their dream Wild Western learning experience and who can blame them? It’s only the most extensive collection of Western art, history and memorabilia (more than 28,000 pieces!) in the world.

arts and culture, museums, western heritage
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Prix De West

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum art

The Prix De West is a fan favorite event at the Cowboy Museum. Happening every summer for the past 46 years, The Prix De West is a “prestigious invitational art exhibit of more than 300 Western paintings and sculpture by the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation with art seminars, receptions and awards.”

Basically, it’s an incredibly captivating Western art exhibition with pieces that are simply the best of the best. Artists and lay-people alike come from all across the country every year to marvel at the incredible works of art featured in Prix De West. This year it’ll be in the Museum through Aug. 5. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to witness the absolute cream of the crop in Western art.

arts and culture, museums, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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deadCenter U

deadCENTER U

You may know that deadCenter is an amazing film festival hosted right here in OKC, but did you also know that they have a program that allows high schoolers to get filmmaking experience? The program is called deadCenter U and every summer it accepts 60 high schoolers to meet filmmakers, learn how to use equipment, watch some fantastic indie movies, make a short film and more. Parts of the program have been taught by people who’ve worked on “Breaking Bad,” “The Godfather Part II,” “The Big Bang Theory” and, perhaps the most famous teacher to have ever worked with deadCenter U, “Children of the Corn” director Fritz Kiersch (who’s also a professor at OCU.) Applications for 2018 may be closed, but for any aspiring filmmakers in OKC, deadCenter U is 100 percent worth keeping an eye on!

education, film
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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July in OKC

July is a busy month in the 4-0-5 with 16 home games for your Dodgers, OKC 4th Fest, a ton of great concerts and so much more. Let our friends over at the CVB fill you in with their July in OKC video.

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Things to Do & See: July 3 - July 9, 2018

Small Town Fireworks

Tuesday, July 3
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s “Red, White & Boom”; 8:30 p.m.; State Fair Park; This event is free.

Wednesday, July 4
OKC 4th Fest; All day; RIVERSPORT Rapids & Adventures; This event is free.
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Red Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, July 5
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Red Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, July 6
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; This event is free.
Red Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Xscape; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, July 7
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Eli Young Band; 7 p.m.; Frontier City; Free with park admission.
Red Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks vs. OKC Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, July 8
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Yellow Submarine Film (4K Restoration); 1, 3:30 and 6 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Red Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 1:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Paramore w/ Foster the People; 7 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre; Ticket prices vary.
Sunday Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.

Monday, July 9
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Yellow Submarine Film (4K Restoration); 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Party like its 1776

Kids on the 4th of July

It’s almost here! America’s 242nd birthday! And that means fireworks, neighborhood cookouts, fun at the lake – or down on the river – and the smell of sunscreen.

OKC really knows how to do Independence Day and whether you like cooking out, enjoying the outdoors, or just watching a good fireworks display, you don’t have to go very far to find what July 4th is all about, the celebration of America's birthday as the fireworks adorn the sky. And in the Oklahoma City metro area, you have plenty of options for July 4th fireworks. Plus, many of the events have turned into multi-day affairs with games, activities, free live music concerts and much, much more. Get detailed information here on:  OKC 4th Fest, Red, White & Boom at State Fair Park, Bethany's Freedom Festival, Edmond's LibertyFest, Yukon's Freedom Fest, Midwest City's Tribute to Liberty and Moore's Celebration in the Heartland.

What better place to get together with friends and families to celebrate our country's Independence Day than out on the lake. Enjoy campsites, water sports, fishing, picnicking, kite-flying and other outdoor recreation, or simply find a place to sit back, relax and take in the view. The Oklahoma City metro area has several excellent lake options. Get all the details here.

Lakes aren't the only place where you can enjoy the outdoors on the Fourth. If you prefer your fun to be land-based, visit one of the many city parks for playgrounds, sports fields, gyms, golf courses, trails and more. And for the water fun, check out the city pools or the many spraygrounds sites.

So, put on your red, white and blue, light some sparklers, and get ready to "Ooh!" and "Ahh!" as you enjoy some patriotic fun with your family this 4th of July. Be safe and have fun!

holiday, outdoor recreation, parks, family-friendly, festivals, free
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Live music in July

Concert in OKC

July is a big month for live music in OKC, especially if you like rock. Here is a quick preview of some the concerts going down in July. Of course we didn’t list everything. Let us know in the comments or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook with what shows you are excited for this month.

  • The Pixies- July 1 at the Jones Assembly: Beware because tickets for this highly anticipated show are already getting hard to find.
  • Kesha- July 2 at the Zoo Amphitheatre: The popstar has sold nearly 70 million records worldwide.
  • The Smashing Pumpkins- July 14 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena: The 90s favorite is making a stop in OKC on their first tour with their original lineup since 2000.
  • Seether- July 18 at the Diamond Ballroom: The South African rockers are zeroing in on 20 years since their formation.
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard- July 26 at the Tower Theatre: This Oklahoma-born singer songwriter is a legend of the Americana scene.
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates + Train- July 22 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena: Did you know Hall & Oates are the No. 1 selling duo in music history?
concerts, live music
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OKC in 2020

We know we talk about the future of Oklahoma City a lot … like a ton. We just can’t help it. We’re excited because the next couple of years are going to take our beloved OKC to another level. With dirt now moving at the Downtown Park and Conventions Center, plus the streetcar being tested, big changes are coming to OKC. But words are just words. Even though we think we can spin a good yarn the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words rings pretty true. But if a picture is worth a thousand words how many words is a video of what downtown will look like in 2020 worth?

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Things to Do & See: June 26 - July 2, 2018

Tuesday, June 26
2018 NRHA Derby; All day; State Fair Park; This event is free.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Freaky Friday; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, June 27
2018 NRHA Derby; All day; State Fair Park; This event is free.
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Freaky Friday; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Shakey Graves; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
SONIC Summer Movie: Little Giants; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.

Thursday, June 28
2018 NRHA Derby; All day; State Fair Park; This event is free.
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Freaky Friday; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, June 29
2018 NRHA Derby; All day; State Fair Park; This event is free.
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Bad Wolves and FATN; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Cody Johnson; 7 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; Ticket prices vary.
Freaky Friday; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Adam & Kizzie Album Release Show; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary. 

Saturday, June 30
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
2018 NRHA Derby; All day; State Fair Park; This event is free.
Freaky Friday; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Title Night OKC; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
A.I./Minority Report; 6 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Trace Adkins; 7 p.m.; Frontier City; Free with regular park admission.

Sunday, July 1
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
2018 NRHA Derby; All day; State Fair Park; This event is free.
Freaky Friday; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Sunday Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.
Sam Morrow; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, July 2
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
2018 NRHA Derby; All day; State Fair Park; This event is free.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Get out the vote

Vote Buttons

Hopefully we don’t have to tell you how important it is to exercise your right to vote and, luckily, you will have the opportunity to do so on Tuesday, June 26. In addition to the primary elections for several statewide and local offices, Oklahoma residents will also be able to vote on one state question.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at your polling precinct on Tuesday, June 26. You can request an absentee ballot or participate in early voting on Thursday, June 21 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.); Friday, June 22 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Saturday, June 23 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at your county election board. The Oklahoma Election Board online voter tool can help you confirm your voter registration, find your polling place and view a sample ballot. Independent voters also have a chance to make their voice heard; in Oklahoma, the Democratic Party allows you to vote in its primary and runoff elections.

community, election
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The Deep (Deuce) end

Deep Deuce sign

The Deep Deuce district is the heart of Oklahoma City in more ways than just its central location. Deep Deuce, one of the most historically significant areas of Oklahoma City, was the home of African-American culture in the 1920s and ‘30s and, during that time, it gave birth to a vibrant jazz music scene. The district was home to jazz legends Charlie Christian and Jimmy Rushing, to name a few. Fans of great works of American literature will recognize another famous resident – Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man, was born there in 1913.

The vibrancy of Deep Deuce is still alive and well today. The district has reinvented itself as a hub of urban living and includes local favorite restaurants, bars and coffee shops. It’s also home to downtown Oklahoma City’s grocery store, Native Roots Market. Even if you don’t call the district home, it’s the perfect place to meet friends for a weekend drink or to enjoy Deep Deuce Sessions, a monthly night celebrating OKC’s best musicians at venues throughout the district.

nightlife, Oklahoma City history, restaurants, Deep Deuce, festivals, live music
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Celebrating our Native American culture

Red Earth Museum

There’s no better place to appreciate Oklahoma City’s significant Native American culture than the Red Earth Museum. Located downtown, the Red Earth Museum features a permanent collection of more than 1,000 Native American art items of all types, from pottery, beadwork and basketry to fine arts and textiles. Educational programs based on the museum’s exhibits, workshops and demonstrations are also available throughout the year.

Its “mission is to promote the rich traditions of American Indian arts and cultures through education, a premier festival, a museum and fine art markets,” and is definitely worth checking out the next time you’re downtown.

museums, native american, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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