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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A hometown adventure

Oklahoma History Center

Today, we know Oklahoma City as a thriving, vibrant city full of fun things to do, great places to shop and world-class restaurants. You might be surprised that our city has a storied history. Born at the sound of a gunshot, Oklahoma City was settled by a historic land run involving 10,000 homesteaders on April 22, 1889. By 1900, the population had more than doubled and on November 16, 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state.

A fun fact for all you history buffs – Oklahoma City was not always the capitol of Oklahoma; nearby Guthrie takes the distinction of being the first. On June 11, 1910, voters decided to move the capitol from Guthrie to Oklahoma City. In fact, the Secretary of State brought the state seal by order of Gov. Haskell to the Huckins Hotel, making the hotel the State Capitol of Oklahoma. Despite the hotel being demolished in 1971, its colorful history lives on. You can read a full account of the state capitol move here. The current Oklahoma State Capitol was built in 1919 at N.E. 23rd Street and Lincoln Boulevard.

These are just a few of the fun facts that you can discover on a self-guided tour of the Oklahoma History Center. Why not check it out and find out about the state’s history for yourself?

Located just northeast of downtown near the Oklahoma State Capitol, the Oklahoma History Center is a great place to explore. Check out the Smithsonian-quality exhibits and more than 2,000 artifacts which reflect the inspiring and adventurous spirit of our state. More information on museum hours and admission prices is available here.

The Oklahoma Museum of History is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society, the keeper of the state’s history. That website is filled to the brim with information that could fill out any school history report or satisfy your curiosity about all things history Oklahoma. Explore photographs, news accounts, oral histories, records and more. It’s definitely our go-to resource for all history questions.

While you’re here, don’t miss the Red River Journey -- a walking tour of the Red River Valley.  In addition to land forms, vegetation and important historical locations, the grounds also include an outdoor oilfield exhibit complete with drilling derricks, a portable derrick and machinery associated with Oklahoma oil explorations.

And an extra fun fact – The street where the Oklahoma History Center is located is named after another well-known and respected immigrant, Dr. Nazih Zuhdi, who was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and performed Oklahoma’s first heart transplant and was a pioneer surgeon in many other ways. Read more about him here and here.

museums, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City history, Guthrie, history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A moment in time

Landrun Wagon Statue

Have you ever wondered what the earliest moments of our city looked like? A stunning visual representation of the first moments can be seen at the Centennial Land Run Monument, near the south end of the Bricktown Canal. Two cast bronze statues have been added recently to the larger-than-life exhibit, bringing the total to 36 pieces of public art.

The monument begins with a soldier and a cannon, firing the shot to start the run. Twenty-four horses and riders are commemorated.  Vehicles used in the race including a buckboard, two covered wagons and a buggy also take center stage. When completed, this piece of art will contain 45 sculptures and will be one of the largest freestanding bronze sculptures in the world, spanning more than the length of a football field.

Next time you are in Bricktown, be sure to check it out. It’s a great way to get a small glimpse of our exciting history.

history, Oklahoma City history, arts and culture, Bricktown
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The sweet sound of music

Live Music

If learning about Oklahoma history teaches us anything, it’s that we are certainly an adventurous group. So it’s probably no surprise that numerous Oklahomans have tried their hand in a variety of fields including expanding their musical prowess. In fact, some of today’s chart-topping songs were written by Oklahomans.

Check out some amazing talents of local and national songwriters and get your creative juices flowing during the Oklahoma Songwriters Festival in downtown OKC April 28-30.

Hob nob with accomplished songwriters from Nashville, Los Angeles and Oklahoma (as well and music executives and industry leaders) during free daytime workshops. Hear from the pros on topics such as Music Biz 101 and how to write a hit song. Sign up here.

Don’t miss the songwriter showcases held in the evenings during the festival. Thursday’s showcase will feature local favorites including Kierston White, Michael Fracasso and Beau Jennings. Saturday’s session will give attendees an opportunity to witness some of today’s hottest songwriters in "writer in the round" style performances. Seriously, these guys have worked with everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Aerosmith to Carrie Underwood and Toby Keith and every genre in between. Regardless of your musical preference, we guarantee that you have jammed along to their magnificent work. Purchase tickets for the evening events here.

music, festivals, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: April 26 - May 2, 2016

Food trucks

Tuesday, April 26
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Deuce Days/Jazz Night; 7 to 10 p.m.; Deep Deuce; Event is free.

Wednesday, April 27
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Brining Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.
My Morning Jacket; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, April 28
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Oklahoma Songwriting Festival; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Various locations; Ticket prices vary.
Tony Bennett; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 29
Norman Music Festival; All day; Downtown Norman; This event is free.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Oklahoma Songwriting Festival; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Various locations; Ticket prices vary.
Food Truck Play; 6 to 11 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 535-7532; Admission is free.
Blue Man Group; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, April 30
Norman Music Festival; All day; Downtown Norman; This event is free.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
oNE OKC; All day; Miller Stadium; Event is free.
Oklahoma Songwriting Festival; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Various locations; Ticket prices vary.
Gardens Walking Tour; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Blue Man Group; 2 & 8 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Indy Eleven vs. Rayo OKC; 7 p.m.; Miller Stadium; 232-7223; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 1
Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon; All day; Downtown OKC.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.

Monday, May 2
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
New Orleans Zephyers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Coming together

Oklahoma City Memorial

21 years ago today, our community was forever changed and an unbreakable bond was forged among all Oklahomans. On that April day, 168 Oklahomans died when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed, in what was then the worst terrorist act on American soil.  Hundreds more were wounded and more than 12,000 volunteers and rescue workers participated in rescue efforts, recovery and support.

Out of that act, the grief and the many acts of kindness from around the world that followed the bombing came the Oklahoma City National Memorial. The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial is a beautiful and serene park that rests between two gates etched with the minute before – 9:01 a.m. – and the minute after the attack – 9:03 a.m. In between the golden-hued gates are representations of what happened at 9:02, the minute the bomb went off – 168 chairs with each victims’ name, a reflecting pool and the Survivor Tree, an American elm that miraculously survived the blast and is still growing strong.

While you’re visiting, don’t miss the chance to tour the Memorial Museum. If you haven’t ever experienced the museum, or it’s been a while since you have, we can promise it’s something you won’t soon forget. Renovated with new interactive exhibits just last year, including  ‘Investigation and Justice, survivor experiences and “Gallery of Honor” provide visitors a true sense of the magnitude of that fateful day and the search for justice that followed.  

There’s even an app containing video and audio tours for the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial and Memorial Museum. Search OKCNM in the Apple App Store and in Google Play. Tickets for the museum are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, military personnel and students ages 6-17; and free for children ages 5 and younger.

Oklahoma City history, community, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A Run to Remember

Memorial Marathon sign

We run to remember the victims of April 19, 1995.
We run to honor the survivors and first responders.
We run to never forget.
And we run to ensure the future of the
Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

Each year since 2001, thousands of runners have gathered in downtown Oklahoma City to take part in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. The “Run to Remember” which begins and ends near the OKC National Memorial has grown since its’ inception, now drawing more than 25,000 runners from across the U.S. as well as Japan, China, Germany and the UK. The event has even been labeled "12 Must Run Marathons" by Runner's World magazine.

From the 168 seconds of silence before the race begins to the green banners carefully hung throughout the course which pays tribute to the victims, the race is certainly not one to miss. It is a reminder of the hope, perseverance and pride in our community that grows stronger each day.

Get involved with the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on April 24, whether you want to support a runner, volunteer or run races of several different lengths – a full or half marathon, a relay, a 5k and even a kids marathon completed with a 1.2-mile kids’ fun run as part of the day’s festivities. The full marathon is a Boston-qualifying, USA Track and Field (USATF)-sanctioned event.

Register to runSign up to donate or form a team to raise money for the Memorial’s mission. A separate web page is for those who want to volunteer. Don’t miss the Health & Fitness Expo at the Cox Convention Center where you can pick up your race gear and other awesome swag!

If you would like to cheer on the runners, some of our favorite places include:

  • Starting line
  • Bricktown
  • State Capitol Complex
  • Edgemere Park
  • Crown Heights
  • Nichols Hills
  • Classen Boulevard
  • Finish line

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is the sole beneficiary of Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon event proceeds. This is the Memorial’s largest fundraiser. To learn more about the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, click here.

Oklahoma City, running, community, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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oNE OKC

oNE OKC

The sense of community pride and working together for the greater good is in our DNA. It’s what us Oklahoma Citians do. A group of young community leaders are helping organize the first oNE OKC – a community block party – to showcase the northeastern part of Oklahoma City at Douglas High School’s Miller Stadium on April 30.

Plan to hear live music and enjoy the food truck park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participate in a community mural and enjoy pop up shops and fun activities for the entire family.

community, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: April 19 - April 25, 2016

Festival of the Arts

Tuesday, April 19
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; 270-4848; Event is free.
Deuce Days/Jazz Night; 7 to 10 p.m.; Deep Deuce; Event is free.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, April 20
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Brining Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; 270-4848; Event is free.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, April 21
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; 270-4848; Event is free.
Shop Hop; 6 p.m.; Automobile Alley; Free.
Norman Music Festival; 6 p.m.; Downtown Norman; This event is free.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 22
Norman Music Festival; All day; Downtown Norman; This event is free.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; 270-4848; Event is free.
Miami FC vs. Rayo OKC; 7 p.m.; Miller Stadium; 232-7223; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
The Struts; 7:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 677-9169; Tickets are $15.

Saturday, April 23
Norman Music Festival; All day; Downtown Norman; This event is free.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; 270-4848; Event is free.
Swope Park Rangers vs. OKC Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
The Great Divide; 9:30 p.m.; Wormy Dog Saloon; 601-6276; Tickets are $15.

Sunday, April 24
Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon; All day; Downtown OKC.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; 270-4848; Event is free.

Monday, April 25
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

OKCís Rite of Spring

Festival of the Arts

From discovering new artists to experiencing global flavors, Arts Council of Oklahoma City’s Festival of the Arts has been Oklahoma City’s rite of spring for 50 years. And the 50th annual Festival of the Arts, April 19-24, promises to continue this rich tradition in its new location at Bicentennial Park located in front of Civic Center Music Hall.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Every year Festival of the Arts attracts up to 750,000 people over six days. Free admission, amazing art, fantastic food, exciting entertainment and fun activities are all in store for visitors to enjoy at this year’s Festival.

Visual Arts
The Festival features 200 artists from 41 states, including several artists representing the rich culture and talent of Oklahoma.

Culinary Arts
Take a break from the visual and performing arts to enjoy all the fine food that Festival of the Arts has to offer. International Food Row features old favorites like Indian Tacos, Strawberries Newport, Craig & Carter’s Famous Fish Tacos and C’est Si Bon. New additions to this year’s International Food Row include Meat Market Refectory, The Saucee Sicilian, Crepe Brewers and I Don’t Know & I Don’t Care. Each food vendor is partnered with a local arts-related nonprofit agency, so each bite goes to support the arts in central Oklahoma.

Performing Arts
Festival of the Arts has three stages of non-stop performing arts entertainment ranging in scope from the youngest elementary school performers to professional musicians.

Art for Children
Festival of the Arts will include many great activities for children and families. Shop from Festival’s youngest artists at the Youth Art Sale where youth ages 8 to 18 present their own artwork for sale. Young at Art Mart is a special no-adults-allowed section where children can purchase art created by their favorite Festival artists for $5 or less. Children can create their own unique work of art in the Children's Art Field. Face painting for $1 will be available.

All proceeds from the Festival support Arts Council Oklahoma City’s year-round, free and low-cost programming. Another unique way to support this effort is by attending the Angels and Friends Party. It boasts entertainment, fare from OKC’s best restaurants, an open bar and a chance to celebrate the arts and the coming of spring with OKC’s most devout arts supporters.

festivals, food, live music, music, arts and culture, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Where the art is

Throwing pottery

Oklahoma City has artistic opportunities for every interest and discipline. From taking art classes to supporting community theater, you are sure to find the perfect place to embrace your hidden artistic talents while supporting the arts in Oklahoma City.

Whether you want to brush up on your basket-weaving or discover your inner Picasso, the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center offers workshops and classes in a variety of mediums. The Oklahoma City Museum of Art also offers a roster of classes geared for both families and adults of all skill levels, including a studio sampler class for those who want to take an art class but aren’t sure where to begin. The artist-in-residence program at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel also offers drop-in opportunities to explore interesting art forms – current artist-in-residence Gayle Curry paints with encaustics (wax), and her live studio space is open to the public. Be sure and check out area art galleries for other options.

For a taste of local thespian talent, the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Jewel Box Theatre, and the Carpenter Square Theatre all produce a full roster of live performances, ranging from classic musicals to locally-scripted dramas. And if you want to combine dinner and a show into one extravaganza, Greater Oklahoma City is home to the state’s only full-time professional dinner theater. The Yellow Rose Dinner Theater showcases Oklahoma talent in original productions, all while the audience gets to enjoy a delicious meal. These community-based theaters offer audition opportunities, so if theater footlights are calling your name, be sure to check their websites for audition notices.

If making beautiful music is more your style, you can also join one of OKC’s many community choirs or orchestra organizations. Canterbury Voices offers choruses for both adults and children, and its 125-member adult chorus is the largest of its kind in the state. OK City Chorus is an all-women chorus with a goal to preserve the American art form of four-part a cappella barbershop music. For the former band geeks among us (no judgement), the Oklahoma Community Orchestra offers performance opportunities with its 75-member organization.  

family-friendly, music, theater, arts and culture, education
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Control the weather

Weather art exhibit

Whether you love or hate Oklahoma City’s ever-changing weather conditions, a new interactive art exhibit at the Arts District Garage will allow you to show Mother Nature who’s boss by controlling the weather. The installation, called “Small Talk About the Weather,” consists of nine bands that swirl along the length of the pedestrian corridor of the garage. LED lights illuminate the bands and display synchronized patterns; an artistic representation of Oklahoma City’s weather.

Visitors can also activate the color and movement by moving in front of the sensor window.  A small ledge allows visitors to place their mobile device and “translate” movement from a video or other active display on their small screen into a pattern of lights and movement on the bands. Visit the display at the pedestrian corridor on the first floor of the Arts District Garage at 431 W Main St.

arts and culture, weather
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: April 12 - April 18, 2016

Chesapeake Energy Arena at night

Tuesday, April 12
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Deuce Days/Jazz Night; 7 to 10 p.m.; Deep Deuce; Event is free.

Wednesday, April 13
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Brining Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.

Thursday, April 14
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Barry Manilow; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 15
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Premiere on Film Row; 6 p.m.; Film Row, Sheridan Avenue in Downtown; Free to attend.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
‘night, Mother; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Peter Pan; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Amy Schumer Live; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, April 16
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
‘night, Mother; 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Peter Pan; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Saved by the Crawl; 5 to 10 p.m.; Deep Deuce.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Wade Bowen; 9:30 p.m.; Wormy Dog Saloon; 601-6276; Tickets are $18.

Sunday, April 17
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
‘night, Mother; 1:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Peter Pan; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 18
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Asian District

One thing newcomers to our great city are always surprised of is the vibrant Asian community that permeates our city. The epicenter of the community and culture is the Asian District, located around NW 23rd and Classen.

Oklahoma City experienced an influx of Vietnamese immigrants in the 1970s who were looking to escape religious and political persecution. Those new citizens helped establish OKC as one of the most underrated centers of Asian cuisine in America. We aren’t kidding when we say our city has some of the best and most authentic Vietnamese food this side of the Pacific. Of course we’ve been known to succumb to hyperbole at times so don’t take our word for it. Check out this article on Vietnamese food in Oklahoma City from the New York Times.

The Asian District is not just limited to Vietnamese food though. You can also find Tokyo-style sushi, Taiwanese bubble tea, Hong Kong-style dim sum and so much more.

The bustling district is also home to shops, nightclubs and Super Cao Nguyen, one of the largest Asian grocery stores in this part of the United States.

nightlife, restaurants, Asian District, food
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Moving made easy: specialty grocery stores

We know moving is stressful and while big ticket items like housing and schools can turn your hair grey, simple things like, “where am I going to shop?” can also turn into major inconveniences.

The good news is that no matter your proclivity, Oklahoma City has a ton of options outside of your standard grocery stores. Organic, local or ethnic, the metro has a place nearby to satisfy your growling stomach.

How would one easily find what they are looking for? Well we’ve made it easy for you. Check out the Specialty Grocery Store page on our website. While we consider ourselves all knowing when it comes to OKC we might not have thought of every place. Have a specialty grocery store we missed that people need to know about? Let everyone know in the comments or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter.

food, shopping
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The Criterion

From Grammy-winning psychedelic rockers to country music superstars and Jazz pioneers, Oklahoma City has a diverse and impressive music history (read more about that here). The OKC music scene got even better this month as The Criterion opened up for its first show. Oklahoma native Ben Rector had the honors of being the first concert in the new ballroom.

Located in East Bricktown, The Criterion can hold up to 4,000 concert goers and has formed a partnership with world-renowned entertainment company Live Nation to help book shows.

That partnership is paying off as a diverse group of well-known acts are already scheduled to play the ballroom in its opening months. Rock band My Morning Jacket, singer-song writer Sturgill Simpson, Grammy-nominated duo Disclosure and comedian Brian Regan are just a sample of the already announced concerts. Check out the full list here and grab your tickets. They are going fast.

live music, music, Bricktown, concerts
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SchmoozaPalooza

SchmoozaPalooza

Are the hairs on your arms starting to stand up in excitement? That can only mean one thing! Oklahoma City’s most fun networking event, SchmoozaPalooza, is tonight! We know this is a lot of exclamation points, but that is just the kind of fun there is to be had at Schmooza.

Doors will open at 4 p.m. today and the rocking good times will go onto until 7 p.m., at the Oklahoma Expo Hall at State Fair Park. A $10 admission, which includes a drink ticket, will give you a preview of the latest products and services (which means free stuff!) from Chamber member exhibitors while enjoying live music, networking activities, food tastings from more than 20 restaurants and caterers and door prizes (scroll down at the link to see our wonderful exhibitors).

We know you are already sold but just in case we haven’t tickled you fancy enough there is also a theme: western wear. That is right, bust out your cowboy hat, boots and rhinestones and we will see you tonight.

networking, food, live music
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Things to Do & See: April 5 - April 11, 2016

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Tuesday, April 5
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Deuce Days/Jazz Night; 7 to 10 p.m.; Deep Deuce; Event is free.

Wednesday, April 6
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Brining Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Turok – The First Flight; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, April 7
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Turok – The First Flight; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 8
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
ACM@UCO Metro Music Fest; Noon to 2 a.m.; Bricktown; Event is free.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free
Turok – The First Flight; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, April 9
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Turok – The First Flight; 4 & 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
St. Louis FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 10
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Turok – The First Flight; 1:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 11
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
L.A. Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

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