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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Area of innovation

Innovation District

We say it loudly, we say it proudly, and we proclaim it roundly—like leaves on trees and green on peas, entrepreneurship is in Oklahoma City’s very DNA. We’re going to stop the rhyming (for now) just so we can point out that no other city can lay claim to the kind of beginnings and history our city has experienced. Oklahoma Citians have proven time and time again that we’re adept at taking advantage of opportunities, figuring out solutions to problems and working together to remove obstacles to our success.

One of the coolest things that we’re doing in that vein is looking at ways to bring together all the entrepreneurship, innovation and assets in the Automobile Alley district and the Oklahoma Health Center area in order to take innovation and entrepreneurial activity there to the next level. Along with our friends at The Brookings Institution and Project for Public Spaces, the OKC “innovation district” partners have begun an 18-month study of this area, looking at its economic strength, quality of place, current assets and coming up with ways of linking people, places and creating more synergy and entrepreneurial activity. It’s a very OKC thing to do, when you think about it. Get more information on this effort and sign up for updates at www.okcinnovation.com and following @OKCinnovation on Twitter, and (now back to the rhyming) you can stay-up-to-date soundly, if not profoundly. And if they were around today, innovative luminaries like Antonio Gaudi would surely drive an Audi, say howdy, and get rowdy down at JJ’s Alley after hanging out and working and creating economic value in the innovation district.

entrepreneur, Innovation District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Attain some entrepreneurial VeloCity

Pardon the pun in the headline, but hey! Speaking of innovation and entrepreneurship, did you know we recently published an edition of VeloCity, OKC’s e-magazine, specifically devoted to startup activity here in OKC? Put down the Pokemon Go for a few seconds and get some training on local entrepreneurship instead. Check out www.greateroklahomacity.com/startups to read articles, see videos and other great features on some of our biotech stars, tech-based startups, some of the hotspots for tech innovation—and even a look at some of Oklahoma City’s past “startups” that have wrought great success. Level up when it comes to startups in OKC!

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entrepreneur, Innovation District, tech
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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So what’cha want, fledgling entrepreneur?

(with apologies to the Beastie Boys)

Well, just plug this in like you’re named Beuller, Ferris

You can get Easy Cheese here, not like you’re in Paris

You know we get fly without getting (illegally) high

You can get entrepreneurial info and I’m-a tell you all why!

 

That’s right, future entrepreneur, you’re not losing your mind. Did you know our new economic development website has info to help you along your entrepreneurial journey? Just head over to www.greateroklahomacity.com’s Small Business section and check out the links at the top, like our SizeUp Tool for market information and research, the Entrepreneurs in OKC section for inspiration, and the Resources for Entrepreneurs to get some insight and info to help get your innovative idea and business off the ground, right here in Oklahoma City, one of the best large cities to start a business.

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business, entrepreneur
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A Twitter Time Machine

Entrepreneurship has been part of Oklahoma City’s DNA from the get-go. To get a closer look at the land run, we got some plutonium, a flux capacitor and a little backwards-engineering / technical cross-pollination and found some tweets from that day, along with some more of OKC’s defining historical events.

Land Run - April 22, 1889


 

“Wild Mary Sudik” Well Gushes in South OKC - March 26, 1930

 

 

 

The Skirvin
September 26, 1911

February 26, 2007

July 16, 1935 – World’s First Parking Meter Installed in Downtown OKC

April 8, 1941 – What is to become Tinker AFB sited in OKC

Feb 3, 1964 – FAA’s sonic boom tests begin over Oklahoma City

 

December 14, 1993 – MAPS Passes

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history, Oklahoma City history, social media
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 26 - August 1, 2016

Prix de West Art

Tuesday, July 26
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark; 364-3700; Event is free.
Fiddler on the Roof; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, July 27
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Sonic Summer Movies: Spiderman; 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.
Fiddler on the Roof; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Tampa Ray Rowdies vs. Rayo OKC; 8 p.m.; Miller Stadium; 232-RAYO; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, July 28
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Blink-182; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Fiddler on the Roof; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Astronomy Nights in the Garden; 8:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Friday, July 29
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
2016 Bricktown Reggaefest; 4:30 p.m.; Bricktown; Event is free.
Eats on 8th; 7 p.m.; 8th and Harvey; 234-7960; Event is free.
Fiddler on the Roof; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Floating Films: Jaws II; 8:30 p.m.; Riversports Adventures; 552-4040; Event is free.

Saturday, July 30
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Industry Flea; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Slide the City OKC; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; 911 Shartel; Ticket prices vary.
Fiddler on the Roof; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
2016 Bricktown Reggaefest; 4:30 p.m.; Bricktown; Event is free.
Minnesota United FC vs. Rayo OKC; 8 p.m.; Miller Stadium; 232-RAYO; Ticket prices vary.
Blue Edmondson; 9:30 p.m.; Wormy Dog Saloon; 601-6276; Tickets are $10.

Sunday, July 31
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma City Summer Music Festival; Gates open at 1:30 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; 602-0683; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, August 1
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.

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

A great escape

Feeding Lorikeets at the Zoo

OKC is home to one of the best zoos in the country, in our humble opinion. In fact, we are home to one of the oldest zoos in the southwest with a vast collection of the world’s most exotic animals. With more than 500 species of animals including 87 species of mammals, 117 species of birds, 153 species of reptiles and amphibians and 155 species of fish and aquatic invertebrates and marine mammal, we promise that you’ll be channeling your inner animal lover in no time flat.

Discover your inner wild side and get up close and personal with grizzly bears, sea lions, Galapagos tortoises and elephants during hands-on encounters. Take a walk on the wide side and enjoy feeding the giraffes or lorikeets, touching stingrays, playing in the Children’s Zoo, exploring the elephant habitat or a variety of other wildlife experiences. Seriously, the OKC Zoo’s calendar is chock-full of events – from story times with zoo keepers to painting in the wild – your family fun day is one not soon to be forgotten.

In the fall, be sure to visit the red panda exhibit to get an oh-so-cute look at the zoo’s newest oh-so-cute arrival. A red panda cub, born earlier this month, is the 15th cub born at the OKC Zoo since the red panda program began in 1988. Since the youngsters take a few months to bond with their parents, don’t be surprised if the proud parents aren’t visible in the general viewing area.

Adventure District, family-friendly, kids, zoo
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Going way back! 

Feeding giraffes at the zoo

Remember when $1 made you feel like a king or queen? Ah, the good ol' days. Head over to the Oklahoma City Zoo on Wednesdays during the months of July and August for $1 “Way Back Wednesday” admission for guests of all ages. If Wednesdays don’t quite work with your schedule, don't fret. The zoo is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day (except for a few holidays) and is always a great bargain for family fun. For the total experience, consider a zoo-it-all pass which includes rides, attractions, shows, feedings and more! So hop aboard the Elephant Express and get ready for a fun-filled adventure.

Adventure District, family-friendly, zoo
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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You’ve got a friend in me

Kids at the Zoo

You don’t have to have the singing voice of Gayla Peavey to make a difference in the lives of OKC’s zoo animals. There are several ways that you can make a hippo-sized impact for mere peanuts.

Consider becoming a ZooFriend. In addition to scoring unlimited free admission to our world-class zoo for a year (and numerous other benefits), you’ll be helping support the Oklahoma City Zoo further its mission to educate, research and provide exceptional care for our animals. Another way to support the OKC Zoo is through animal “adoption.” You can be the proud parent of any animal in the kingdom from sea lions to giraffes and elephants to snow leopards.  But the best part – when you adopt an animal at the OKC Zoo, you get all of the fun with none of the responsibilities. Don’t worry about the stinky fish or creepy crawlies that your animal thrives on; just make sure you visit often to check on your new-found friend.

Adventure District, community, zoo
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 19 - July 25, 2016

OKC Energy Player [Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

[Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

Tuesday, July 19
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark; 364-3700; Event is free.
Full Moon Bike Ride & Run; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Wednesday, July 20
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Sonic Summer Movies: Hook; 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Thursday, July 21
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Auto Alley Shop Hop; 6 p.m.; Automobile Alley; Event is free.
Movie at the Beach: Dolphin Tale; 9 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.

Friday, July 22
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Hillsong UNITED; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Jason Boland & the Stragglers; 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.
New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
True Sky Credit Union Summer Movies: Ant Man; 8:30 p.m.; Riversports Adventures; 552-4040; Event is free.
Micky and the Motorcars; 9:30 p.m.; Wormy Dog Saloon; 601-6276; Tickets are $10.

Saturday, July 23
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Tulsa Roughnecks FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, July 24
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Summer Oklahoma Bridal Show; 1 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500.
New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 6:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m. Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, July 25
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
New Orleans Zephyrs 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, July 12, 2016

Happy trails to you

Whether you run, bike or hike, Oklahoma City has many options throughout the metro that residents can choose from when looking for a nice exercise trail. The trail system of OKC currently has 10 intertwined trails stretching across the majority of the city. These trails include the Bert Cooper Trails, Earlywine Trail, Hefner-Overholser Trail, Katy Trail, Lightning Creek Trail, Oklahoma River Trails, Overholser Trail, South Grand Trail, Tinker-Draper Trail and the West River Trail. Recreational activities are abounding within each of these trails so the options are endless. The Bert Cooper Trails are located along Lake Hefner with easy access to the restaurants along the East Wharf, fishing docks, Stars & Stripes Park and the Lake Hefner Golf Course. The Overholser Trail is another trail with fun amenities including kayak and canoe rentals, a café, and even zip lines. No matter your interests, Oklahoma City’s expanding trail system will give you a way to enjoy the great outdoors.

cycling, family-friendly, outdoor recreation, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Rollin’ on the West River Trail

Summer is the perfect time to get outside and explore your new hometown, and Oklahoma City’s extensive network of trails will help you do just that. Through MAPS 3, Oklahoma City’s current capital improvements program, the community will have invested more than $39 million in its trails by the end of 2017. MAPS 3-funded trails include the West River Trail, which opened in 2015. This outdoor trail, stretching 7.5 miles from Lake Overholser to the Oklahoma River Trail, provides residents a place to be outdoors and engage in bettering their health. With a scenic view winding through the trees along the river, the West River Trail offers you a little getaway the next time you are looking to get out and about.

Other MAPS 3-funded trails include the Will Rogers Trail (which will connect Lake Hefner to the Oklahoma River trails) and Lake Draper Trail. Both are scheduled to be complete by the end of next year.

cycling, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Cyclists of a feather ride together

Whether you want to get in shape or meet new people, Oklahoma City has both competitive and recreational cycling clubs and events across the metro in which you can participate – no matter your experience level. Each of these cycling organizations welcome novices and also provide events throughout the year.

For those more interested in spectating than riding, be sure to check out the Wheeler Criterium, Oklahoma City’s cycling festival. This is a weekly event that takes place every Tuesday, from March 11 until Sept. 9, at the Downtown OKC Airpark. The Wheeler Criterium provides an opportunity for families and friends to engage in what this city has to offer, especially during the summer months. Food trucks only add to the atmosphere for a nice evening out in OKC!

Did we miss your favorite cycling event or organization? Let us know in the comments!

cycling, festivals, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 12 - July 18, 2016

Film Row sign

Tuesday, July 12
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Wizard of Oz; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, July 13
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Wizard of Oz; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Puerto Rico FC vs. Rayo OKC; 8 p.m.; Miller Stadium; 232-RAYO; Ticket prices vary.
Sonic Summer Movies: Minions; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Thursday, July 14
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Wizard of Oz; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Movie at the Beach: Dolphin Tale; 9 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.

Friday, July 15
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
The Exchange and Film Row; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Film Row; Event is free.
Wizard of Oz; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, July 16
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Wizard of Oz; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Weezer & Panic! At the Disco; Doors open at 6 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; 602-0683; Ticket prices vary.
New York Cosmos vs. Rayo OKC; 6:30 p.m.; Miller Stadium; 232-RAYO ; Ticket prices vary.
Orange County Blues FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, July 17
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
OklaCon; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Tickets are $25.
Oklamania; 6 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m. Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, July 18
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Glass Animals; 7 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary. 

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Industry changers

From Grammy-winning rockers to country superstars and early jazz pioneers, Oklahoma Citians have left their mark on nearly every genre of music and have changed the industry in remarkable ways. OKC is or has been home to a long list of musicians including Color Me Badd, Leona Mitchell, Hinder, Garth Brooks, Neal Schon, Nathan Followill and Kristen Chenoweth.  But since the city’s infancy, OKC residents have been changing the face of music. Take a stroll through Bricktown and you might discover Wanda Jackson Way, Charlie Christian Boulevard, Vince Gill Avenue and Flaming Lips Alley. The impact of these musical icons can be felt in not only Oklahoma City, but the entire world.

music, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Rock on OKC!

OKC is home to some of the coolest music venues around. But don’t take our word for it. Take a quick trip around the city on any night and you’re sure to find awesome live music at more than one venue.

From the Criterion– one of the city’s newest music and entertainment venues – to Chesapeake Energy Arena ssome of the biggest names in music bring their fun and lively shows to our great city throughout the year. But there are also plenty of more intimate venues who host cool shows all over town. Don’t forget about spots like XIIIX Lounge (formerly Kamps 1310 Lounge), 89th Street Collective, The Blue Note, Opolis, Blue Door, the Diamond Ballroom, the Chevy Bricktown Events Center, the ACM@UCO Performance Lab and more.

Prefer concerts of the outdoor variety? Check out the Sunday Twilight Concert Seriesat the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. From classic rock and pop to jazz, salsa and big band – they’ve got it all covered. Several of the city’s districts also feature live music as part of their monthly event. Check out LIVE on the Plaza, First Friday Gallery Walk in the Paseo Arts District, or Shop Hop in Automobile Alley. The city’s food truck parks also feature a variety of live music.

festivals, live music, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A piece of OKC history

For 80 years, OKC’s  Zoo Amphitheater has been a local favorite for musicians and music lovers, but the venue has a storied history. It was constructed from native red sandstone in the mid-1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, an organization formed under President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Projects Administration, to carry out public works projects during the Great Depression.

Between 1933 and 1936, approximately 400 men lived in tents and wooden barracks in the area while they laid the groundwork for Lincoln Park, the Oklahoma City Zoo and the Zoo Amphitheatre. “The Circus of 21 Death-Defying Acts” was the first performance to be held at the amphitheater. During its early years, the Zoo Amphitheatre hosted circus extravaganzas, pageants, theatrical performances, concerts and public meetings.

The 1960s saw the site fall into disrepair due to non-use. But in the 1970s, the site was resurrected and the Amphitheater has been hosting some of the greatest acts in the entertainment business ever since. Some of the performers who have graced the stage here include the Grateful Dead, Sting, Dire Straits, Santana, Judas Priest, Willie Nelson, Marvin Gaye, Joni Mitchell, Heart, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Oklahoma’s own The Flaming Lips.

Over the years, more than 1 million fans have visited the Zoo Amphitheatre, many with blankets and lawn chairs in tow to place on the venue’s native rock terracing. Check out the lineup of upcoming shows here.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 5 - July 11, 2016

Plaza District Festival

Tuesday, July 5
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 11:05 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, July 6
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 11:05 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Sonic Summer Movies: Three Amigos; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

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

Friday, July 8
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
LIVE! on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
FAA Summer Movies: Goosebumps; 8:30 p.m.; Riversport Adventures; 552-4040; Event is free.

Saturday, July 9
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma Wellness & Fitness Expo; 9 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 4:25 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Twenty One Pilots; 7 p.m.; Frontier City; 602-0683; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, July 10
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 5:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m. Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, July 11
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.

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