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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

A game changer for OKC

Oklahoma River

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

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

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

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

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

MAPS, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Spiffing up our streets

OKC Streets

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

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

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

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Help write OKC history

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

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

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

MAPS
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Make your voice heard

Vote in OKC

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

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

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

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: February 12 - February 18, 2019

American Banjo Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Bookmark it

VisitOKC YouTube

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

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

attractions, Visit OKC
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Be sure to do the OKC Zoo

OKC Zoo Lion

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

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

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

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

Adventure District, attractions, family-friendly, Oklahoma City history, Visit OKC, zoo
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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February in OKC

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

Visit OKC
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Mixing it up at Factory Obscura

Mix-Tape at the Womb

This story originally ran on VelocityOKC.com.

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

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

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

arts and culture
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: February 5 - February 11, 2019

LIVE on the Plaza

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Concert capital

OKC Concert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flaming Lips Alley

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

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

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

Mayor Holt State of the City

This article originally appeared on VeloCityOKC.com.

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

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

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

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

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

Read the full story at VeloCityOKC.com.

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

Ansel Adams

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

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

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

Paseo First Friday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

2019 Winter Visitors Guide

Visitor Guide

Have some friends or family coming to town or simply need another resource to help you discover more of Oklahoma City? The Oklahoma City Vistors Guide is a magazine you need to get to know.

The Visitors Guide includes everything from festival and event listings, district guides, great info on the streetcar and even a list of OKC’s best cocktails. With Valentine’s Day around the corner you might even get some great ideas of how to spend that special evening with that special someone.

publication, Visit OKC
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Looking for a video?

YouTube

Sometimes selling someone who has never been to Oklahoma City about how great of a community we have can be tough. How do you describe the funkiness of the Plaza, the thrill of the Thunder or the serenity of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum? Sometimes the right words are just hard to find.

The good news is we have a ton of video that can help you show off your hometown to any curious friend or family member. Just visit the Chamber’s YouTube channel for more. Need something in-depth that shows off all the aspects of living in OKC? Check out our relocation video. Want to know what it is like to move to OKC? Check out our Oklahoma City testimonials. Want to show off the restaurant scene in the metro? Yeah, we’ve got a video for that. We could do this all day so just visit the site to see more.

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Anthem Brewing grows with OKCís craft beer scene

Anthem Beer

This story original ran on VelocityOKC.com.

It’s tough to argue with the success and explosive growth of OKC’s craft brewing scene as of late, and don’t think we here at VeloCityOKC HQ haven’t noticed. With all the new offerings “on tap,” so to speak, we thought our readers might enjoy a look inside the goings-on of one of Oklahoma City’s most successful craft breweries. Chamber member Anthem Brewing Company not only makes some fantastic and popular “core beers” that you may already be familiar with, but also features a rotating cask cast of seasonal, experimental and just plain “why-the-heck-not?” beers in their taproom. On your behalf, we tried some (yes, it’s a tough job and all that.) Watch the videos below for a look at Anthem’s brand, taproom and brewery, some of the small-batch beers you can only get in the taproom, future plans and more, and read on for our impressions, tasting notes and pairing suggestions.

Recently, members of the Chamber’s Marketing & Communications staff took an afternoon to visit Anthem Brewing Company's taproom, 908 SW 4th St., to test, taste, rate (on a scale of 1 to 10) the experimental and seasonal offerings available only on-site, and then do our best impression of craft beer experts by channeling our inner cicerones (AKA a beer sommelier) and putting pen to paper. Enjoy!

You can read the results of the taste results here.

beer, nightlife
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Live music for February

concert

If you are a member of the Kiss Army break out your face paint because the Hall of Famers will be in OKC next month as part of their End of the Road Tour. After 45 years, the band announced this would be their final tour and OKC is one of the first stops. As always be sure to hit us up on Twitter, Facebook or the comments below to tell us your favorite show of January.

  • Blake Shelton- Feb. 14 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Shelton, an Oklahoma native, is a seven-time Grammy nominee.
  • Blackberry Smoke- Feb. 19 at the Diamond Ballroom. Blackberry Smoke is a southern rock band who is known for their live performances. 
  • BJ Barham- Feb. 23 at the Blue Door. Barham is the lead singer and songwriter of American Aquarium whose latest album Things Change made many 2018 best of lists.
  • Kiss- Feb. 26 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. These rock legends have sold more than 100 million records and are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
concerts, live music, music
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Things to Do & See: January 22 - January 28, 2019

Chesapeake Energy Arena

Tuesday, January 22
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Portland Trailblazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Tom Segura; 8:45 p.m.; Tower Theatre

Wednesday, January 23
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Tom Segura; 6:30 & 8:45 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, January 24
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Jesse Cook; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, January 25
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Trouble in Tahiti; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Josh Abbott Band; 8:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, January 26
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Northern Arizona Suns vs. OKC Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Justin Timberlake; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Trouble in Tahiti; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Smells Like Nirvana; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Monica/Keyshia Cole; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, January 27
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Trouble in Tahiti; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 5 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, January 28
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

VeloCity: keeping you informed

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.

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 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.

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Register to vote this week

vote

Whether you have lived in Oklahoma City your whole life or just moved here, being active in local government and voting is one of the most important things you can do. With a handful of Oklahoma City Council elections coming on Feb. 12, now is a great time to register.

The deadline to register to vote in the next election is Jan. 18. To get your voter registration form visit the election board website. At the site, you can also find your polling location, request an absentee ballot and view a sample ballot.

The upcoming election will decide who will serve the citizens of Wards 2, 5, 6 and 8. You can find a Ward map here if you aren’t sure what Ward you live in.

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

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OKC districts 101

Plaza District

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

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

  • Adventure District- the most aptly named district in OKC, home to the Oklahoma City Zoo, Remington Park, Science Museum Oklahoma, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and more.
  • Asian District- a vibrant enclave of Asian culture in the heart of OKC. You’ll find some of the best Asian food in the region here.
  • Automobile Alley- Just north of Downtown, this district used to be the primary location of the city’s car dealerships. Today it is home to local dining and shopping.
  • Boathouse District- home to future Olympians, this district features stunning architecture and is an outdoorsmen’s dream.
  • Bricktown- this former warehouse area is OKC’s prime entertainment district.
  • Classen Curve- located in NW OKC this district features great shopping and dining.
  • Deep Deuce- the center of urban living in OKC.
  • Film Row- what was once home to the film distribution industry for the region is now one of the metro’s quickest developing districts.
  • Midtown- the perfect mix of local retail and historic homes.
  • Paseo Arts District- eclectic art and great restaurants are the name of the game for this district.
  • Plaza District- the epicenter of funky local retail in OKC.
  • Stockyards City- this district is a blast to the past and pays homage to the metro’s western heritage.
  • Western Avenue- an eclectic mix of local restaurants and bars, retail shops and boutiques, antique and furniture stores and fine art galleries make up Western.
  • Uptown 23rd- anchored by the historic Tower Theater, you'll find great locally-owned restaurants and bars, as well as fun boutiques
Adventure District, Uptown 23, Asian District, Western Avenue, Automobile Alley, Bricktown, Classen Curve, Deep Deuce, Film Row, Midtown, Paseo District, Plaza District, Stockyards
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Veteran Job fair to be held Jan. 24

career fair

The DAV/RecruitMilitary Veterans Job Fair will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free event is open to all veterans, transitioning military personnel, National Guard members, Reserve members and spouses.

More than 100 job opportunities will be available. See jobs posted online here, and see the current exhibitor attendee list here.

employment, jobs
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Things to Do & See: January 15 - January 21, 2019

Myriad Gardens

Tuesday, January 15
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Rio Grande Valley Vipers vs. OKC Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
The Phantom of the Opera; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, January 16
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
The Phantom of the Opera; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.

Thursday, January 17
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Parker McCollum; 6:30 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
The Phantom of the Opera; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Coop Showcase; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 8:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Tickets prices vary.

Friday, January 18
2019 International Finals Rodeo; All day; State Fair Park.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Iowa Wolves vs. OKC Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
The Phantom of the Opera; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, January 19
2019 International Finals Rodeo; All day; State Fair Park.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
The Phantom of the Opera; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Pop Evil; 7:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, January 20
2019 International Finals Rodeo; All day; State Fair Park.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
The Phantom of the Opera; 1:30 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Santa Cruz Warriors vs. OKC Blue; 2 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Corrosion of Conformity; 7:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, January 21
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebrations; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.
WWE Raw; 6:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.  

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Accolade HQ

OKC Accolades

Did you know Oklahoma City was recently named America’s most livable community? Whether it is praise for our quality of life, affordable living, employment opportunities or even for our culinary scene, the national media takes notice of OKC.

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

accolade, cost of living, employment, food, restaurants
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ABetterLifeOKC.com: resources

ABL resources

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

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

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

moving, Oklahoma City, social media
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Hereís what you missed on VeloCity in December

OKC VeloCity

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

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Take a picture

So you’ve moved to Oklahoma City and it didn’t take you long to realize just how special the 4-0-5 is. Now it is time to tell your friends and family across the country why OKC is the place to be. However, we know that sometimes it can be hard to find the exact right words to explain what makes the metro so special. Is it the friendly people or the bustling districts? Is it because OKC offers world-class quality of life amenities and you can actually afford to live here? Or maybe Russell Westbrook just makes it 20 percent cooler? Really, the reasons are endless. How about you just send them a link our newest video?

cost of living, moving, Oklahoma City
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Things to Do & See: January 8 - January 14, 2019

Lyric Theater

Tuesday, January 8
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. OKC Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Austin Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, January 9
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
The Phantom of the Opera; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, January 10
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
The Phantom of the Opera; 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, January 11
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
The Phantom of the Opera; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Wade Bowen; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, January 12
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
The Phantom of the Opera; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
A Date with the Duke; 5 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
San Antonio Spurs vs. OKC Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
LIVE on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; This event is free.
Sam Riggs; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, January 13
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
The Phantom of the Opera; 1:30 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, January 14
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.

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