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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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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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.

velocity
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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.

election, government
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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
Stockyards, Adventure District, Uptown 23, Asian District, Western Avenue, Automobile Alley, Bricktown, Classen Curve, Deep Deuce, Film Row, Midtown, Paseo District, Plaza District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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.

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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.

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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?

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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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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The Better Life: giving you the 411 in the 405

OKC Skyline

Here at Better Life HQ our goal is simple. We want to help you get to know your new hometown a little better. Oklahoma City is a diverse metro with new pockets of development and events being added at the blink of an eye. Even for the most seasoned of OKC natives, staying on top of everything to do in our city can feel like an endless task.

We understand that moving to a new city can be overwhelming and intimidating. However, with a little knowledge (our part) and an open mind and an adventurous streak (your part), you will quickly find out OKC is a place where you can get involved quickly and make a difference.

The blog is posted to the website every Tuesday, rain or shine. In Oklahoma City, it is mostly shine though. You can also sign up to get the blog emailed to you each week here. Don’t worry, we don’t spam you consistently. Just one e-mail, every Tuesday. We pinky swear.

And of course we want to hear from you. Are you new to OKC? What kind of things are you interested in learning about? If you’ve lived here a long time what do newcomers need to know? Let us know in the comments below, shoot us an e-mail or get a hold of us on Facebook and Twitter.

P.S. Although we focus on people new to OKC, we love nothing more than helping people who have lived in our community for a while rediscover their hometown and find cool new things to do in OKC.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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BetterLife: the website

A Better Life OKC homepage

One more tool you need for your relocation arsenal is www.abetterlifeokc.com. A Better Life OKC is more than just an awesome blog about how cool Oklahoma City is; it is also a great and easy-to-use relocation site. The website goes into more depth for people who are moving (or at least thinking of moving) here. If you are curious about OKC there is a good chance the Better Life has the info you are looking for.

If you are moving to Oklahoma City, housing is important right? The website has information on everything from historic neighborhoods to urban, suburban and pastoral neighborhoods. There is even an apartment listing, a list of realtors and moving resources.

The site has everything you need to know about life in OKC, from educational options to employment and health. There is so much great content and data we can’t even begin to highlight all in this space. You need to check it out for yourself. 

P.S.-Keep your eyes on the website. Some pretty exciting changes are in store for 2019.

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Other relocation resources

Moving Boxes

Besides our blog (of course), a great resource for new residents is the Oklahoma City Welcome Guide. What is a welcome guide you might ask? Well, exactly what it sounds like: A guide to make you feel welcome in Oklahoma City. It’s everything you could want to know about moving to OKC in one very handy publication. It has great info on housing, education, employment, health, weather and so much more (plus a lot of pretty pictures). Also be sure to check out our relocation video and be sure to share both with friends, family, peers, coworkers, pets … well you get the point.

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Best of 2018

OKC Streetcar ribbon cutting

Each year we like to take a look back at some of our favorite posts of the past year. 2018 was a big year for our city as the streetcar opened and ground was broken on major projects like ScissorTail Park and the new convention center.

  • Meet the Mayor- For the first time in nearly 15 years Oklahoma City has a new mayor.  
  • Our bio story- Most people don’t think of OKC as a biotech hub but it is big business for our metro.
  • VeloCity- This year we launched VeloCityOKC.com, a new website aimed to help keep our citizen’s informed on the community.
  • OKC in 2020- Sometimes Oklahoma City is changing so much it is hard to even imagine what the next decade will look like. With the new OKC in 2020 video you don’t have to imagine it anymore.  
  • Bottoms up- Craft brewing has exploded in the metro thanks to recent changes to the State’s liquor laws.  
  • Sweet tooth- Some might argue finding the best sweets is the most important thing when you move to a new city.  
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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: January 1 - January 7, 2019

OKC Philharmonic

Tuesday, January 1
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.

Wednesday, January 2
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.

Thursday, January 3
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.

Friday, January 4
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.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; This event is free.
Revolution: The Beatles Symphonic Experience; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Def Leggend- Def Leppard Tribute; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, January 5
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.
Learn to Curl; 9 a.m.; Devon Ice Rink; Fee varies.
Revolution: The Beatles Symphonic Experience; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Jason Boland & the Stragglers; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, January 6
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.
Washington Wizards vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, January 7
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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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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