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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A night at the theatre

Oklahoma City Ballet the Nutcracker

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

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

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

arts and culture, ballet, holiday, Plaza District, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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December in OKC


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

attractions, ballet, holiday, horse show
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

This combo has our hearts

OKC Ballet Dancers

If you are searching for a new take on a classic date night or even have a child in your life who loves the magic and beauty that is ballet, plan an outing to the Civic Center Music Hall on October 20 - 22 to see Swan Lake.

Swan Lake is the tale of Odette, a beautiful maiden, and the Prince who loves her. Their love is challenged when an evil sorcerer transforms Odette into a swan - will their love remain true? This ballet explores the basic notions of classic takes on good vs. evil. Swan Lake comes to life through the Tchaikovsky score, with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic accompanying the Oklahoma City Ballet. The craftsmanship and dedication given to this performance will leave audiences in awe as they find themselves captivated by each twist in the storyline.

Tickets are on sale now, so be sure to call the box office or order your tickets online soon, as you won’t want to miss out on attending this beautiful ballet.

arts and culture, ballet, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Downtown in December

Downtown in December Sandridge Santa Run

We know, we know … Winter doesn’t technically start for another month. The trees still have leaves but we can’t help but look ahead to one of our favorite times of the year in Oklahoma City. Nothing wrong with planning ahead right?

There’s no place like home for the holidays… isn’t that how the song goes?! At any rate, there’s no truer statement in Oklahoma City. Just because the temperatures are cooling off, doesn’t mean that the fun is slowing down.

Downtown in December kicks off in a few weeks and it will be chock-full of fun, family activities that we’re sure you and your little angels will want to be a part of. Just watch out for Santa as he makes his way through downtown on his Segway. He’ll be handing out treats for boys and girls of all ages.

Fun family activities include:

  • Free Holiday Water Taxi Rides: All aboard for a fun-filled cruise on a Bricktown Water Taxi! On designated evenings in November and December, everyone can enjoy a fun-filled float down the beautifully-adorned Bricktown canal.
  • Saturday with Santa: Bring the kiddos downtown on to the Devon Energy Center each Saturday in December, to visit meet Santa himself, make crafts, and participate in holiday-themed activities.
  • Prance, dance, jog or run through downtown as part of the SandRidge Santa Run. The ultimate goal is just to have fun! Events include a 5K race, a one-mile fun run or a free Santa Claus kids' dash. Did we mention this is also a fabulous chance to Rumble the Bison and the Thunder Girls?
  • We triple dog dare you to take part in Little Willie’s Triple Dog Dare. The stair climbing challenge will test your endurance and speed as you climb 138 flights of stairs or recruit a couple of friends to take part in the relay challenge.
  • Hit the slopes for a little snow tubing at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Choose either the bunny slopes regular slope for the true adventure seeker.
  • Get in the holiday spirit while you learn about Oklahoma’s diverse Native American culture at the Red Earth Treefest. Trees will be decorated with ornaments honoring tribes including the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes, Chickasaw Nation, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Comanche Nation, Osage Nation.

There are plenty of indoor activities to get you in the holiday spirit as well. Check out the following family-friendly performances throughout the season.

kids, movies, music, outdoor recreation, running, theater, ballet, Bricktown, downtown, family-friendly, holiday
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Edmond

Here at the Better Life we know Oklahoma City is a lot more than the OKC city limits. In fact, we like to think of it as Greater Oklahoma City. There are many great communities just outside of our city that help add entertainment and housing options to our region. Every once in a while we like to take a look at some of these communities. Today we will look up north beginning in Edmond.

Edmond is our neighbor to the north and is actually the state’s sixth largest city with a population of just over 81,000. Edmond is hard to beat for a suburb. We aren’t just blowing smoke as CNBC ranked it No. 1 on its “10 Perfect Suburbs” list.

Arcadia Lake is a great place to catch some outdoor fun. The fishing at Arcadia is great as you can catch bluegill, catfish and bass year around. Wait … year around? “Who wants to fish in the frigid temperatures of January?” you might be asking. Well, the lake has a heated, covered dock for just that type of occasion. Arcadia is one of the youngest lakes in Oklahoma, as it opened in 1987. You can also swim, boat, water ski and play disc golf. The lake also has some quality trails for hiking, biking and horse riding.

Are you into the performing arts? You can catch a variety of great shows in Edmond starting with an event at the Armstrong Auditorium.  It is a luxury venue that hosts premier concerts and performing arts, ranging from the Russian National Ballet to classical, jazz or even bluegrass music, depending on the season.

Edmond is also home to University of Central Oklahoma’s Jazz Lab. Every week the lab features live entertainment with food and drink of course. 

This is just a small taste of things to see and do in Edmond. What are some other can’t miss events or attractions in Edmond? Let us know in the comments.

ballet, concerts, cycling, Edmond, fishing, live music, mountain biking, music, outdoor recreation, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A work of art

There are plenty of indoor activities to get you in the holiday spirit as well. Check out the following family-friendly performances throughout the season.

ballet, holiday, music, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

On Pointe

Known for being one of the finest regional ballet companies in America, the Oklahoma City Ballet is the resident dance company of the Civic Center Music Hall. Its repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary and includes renowned guest dancers, choreographers and collaborative artists. With the holidays swiftly approaching, now is the time to pas de bourrée your way to some tickets for the Oklahoma City Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker. The 2013 performances of this masterpiece will be on stage Dec. 13-15 and Dec. 20-22.

The Rat King not your thing? Performances on the docket for 2014 include Carmen (Feb. 7-9, 2014) and Beauty and the Beast (April 18-20, 2014) with more to be announced.

[photo credit: Rocky Chen]

ballet, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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