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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Read a book

Metropolitan Library

It’s hard to imagine what modern society would be like without the library. Luckily, we don’t have to imagine this dystopia, because Oklahoma City’s been blessed with its Metropolitan Library System. Not only do they host a wide array of media, but several events, after school programs, learning opportunities for all ages and more. The casual reader and ardent researcher alike will both find plenty to do around the Metropolitan Library System.

family-friendly, library
Posted by: Kennedy Parker
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Hometown scribes

Ralph Ellison

While you’re at the library, check out books by some well-known Oklahoma City authors, including:

  • Ralph Ellison, author of the 1953 National Book Award winner “Invisible Man” and Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree (1969), grew up in Oklahoma City. You can see a sculpture of him at the Oklahoma City library that bears his name or see a portrait of him at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Read more by checking out some of the books by him and about him from the Metropolitan Library System. Or learn even more about this distinguished author who was born in 1914 (or maybe 1913, depending on the source you use) online at these sites:
  • Award-winning mystery writer Carolyn Hart grew up in Oklahoma City and has written 56 books, according to her website, http://www.carolynhart.com. The latest book in her popular Death on Demand Mysteries series, “Don’t Go Home,” was released in May.
  • Oklahoma City native and resident Lou Berney has written four critically-acclaimed, award-winning novels. His latest, November Road, was named one of the best books of 2018 by The Washington Post, Boston Globe, Newsweek, Dallas Morning News and more. The book is currently under development as a major motion picture.
  • Oklahoma City native Gena Showalter, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, writes young adult romance novels often featuring paranormal creatures. The latest in her White Rabbit Chronicles, “A Mad Zombie Party,” was released in late 2015.
  • Chef Rick Bayless grew up in Oklahoma City (his family’s business was the barbecue restaurant called Hickory House) and now operates Frontera Grill in Chicago. He has written several cookbooks featuring the Mexican cuisine for which he is known. His brother, Skip Bayless, is a sportswriter and columnist and a television commentator for ESPN’s “First Take.”
family-friendly, library, Oklahoma City
Posted by: Kennedy Parker
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Farmers Market District

Farmers Market building

Since 1928, OKC’s Farmer’s Market District has been a hub for all things economic, culinary, developmental and cultural. It’s an area full of history and tradition, yet also full of a unique, modern flavor. You can spend minutes or months there and never run out of new things to see and do. Whether you’re looking for an actual farmer’s market, a wedding venue, new breweries, yoga classes, cars, bikes, food trucks, art, woodworking, antiques, a concert, Urban Farmhouse, or even bowling, you’re always bound to find what you’re looking for at the historic Farmer’s Market District.

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Posted by: Kennedy Parker
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Live music preview

concert fans

OKC’s music fans, no matter the genre, are all going to have something to celebrate soon. Plenty of great live music shows are coming to OKC throughout May. Here’s some of the more noteworthy shows that you can see in OKC this upcoming month. As always, if you think we missed out on anything, feel free to let us know via Facebook or Twitter.

Kenny Chesney – May 4 at the Chesapeake Arena. Thanks to his several Billboard Hot Country and  Billboard Hot 100 songs, he’s considered one of the most successful crossover country artists.

Ariana Grande – May 23 at the Chesapeake Arena. This multiplatinum superstar is one of the most well-known names in pop music right now.

New Kids on the Block – May 18 at the Chesapeake Arena. Get ready to relive in the 90’s with New Kids on the Block on their Mixtape Tour with Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibon and Naughty by Nature.

Of Mice & Men – May 18 at the Diamond Ballroom. This popular metalcore band has made the top of several rock music charts.

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Posted by: Kennedy Parker
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Things to Do & See: April 23 - April 29, 2019

Festival of the Arts

Tuesday, April 23
Festival of the Arts; All day; Bicentennial Park; This event is free.
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Wheeler Crit; 5 p.m.; Wheeler Ferris Wheel; This event is free.
Tank and the Bangas; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, April 24
Festival of the Arts; All day; Bicentennial Park; This event is free.
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Parkway Drive/Killswitch Engage; 6:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, April 25
Festival of the Arts; All day; Bicentennial Park; This event is free.
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
I Prevail; 7:25 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Plain White T’s; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 26
Festival of the Arts; All day; Bicentennial Park; This event is free.
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Rain- A Tribute to the Beatles; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Phosphorescent; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, April 27
Festival of the Arts; All day; Bicentennial Park; This event is free.
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Rain- A Tribute to the Beatles; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Thunderstruck- America’s AC/DC; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Amanda Shires; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 28
Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon; Downtown OKC; This event is free.
Festival of the Arts; All day; Bicentennial Park; This event is free.
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Celtic Woman: Ancient Land Tour; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 29
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Truly a ĎRun to Rememberí

Marathon Runners

Since 2001, the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon has been held to help remember those killed in the 1995 bombing as well as benefit the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Special traditions are a hallmark of the race. For example, runners and volunteers observe 168 seconds of silence prior to the starting gun to help mark the occasion and honor each of the 168 victims. Runners also participate in a “Sunrise Prayer Service” under the Survivor Tree at Northwest 6th Street and Harvey Avenue. Through the race’s 26.2 miles, runners pass by signs denoting the names of those killed. Indeed, the “Run to Remember” tag is an apt description of the event.

Massive community support is also a tradition, as runners pass through such celebrated areas like “Gorilla Hill,” “Irish Alley,” Crown Heights, Classen Boulevard and others where many come to cheer, volunteer, help spur on participants and keep spirits high all the way to the finish. The famed Oklahoma Standard is truly echoed throughout the race.

This year, the course is changing a bit due to construction, feedback from runners and other developments. While still beginning in front of the OKC National Memorial and Museum, the finish line this year will be at Hudson Ave. and Sheridan Ave., adjacent to Devon tower. Next year, as Scissortail Park is opened, the finish line will shift there for the 20th anniversary race.

Gov. Stitt is also entering a relay team, and is taking on all challengers via the aptly named “Governors Relay Challenge.” Can you beat his team? Your group will win a cool t-shirt if you do, in addition to some pretty high-level bragging rights, TBH. There are also awards for 15 different relay divisions in which you can compete. See more about that, find a race in which to participate or other ways to get involved and we’ll see you on race weekend!

community, family-friendly, OKC National Memorial, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

OKC National Memorial and Marathon Runners

After the bombing, a security fence was quickly erected around the perimeter of the bombsite. This fence became a de facto memorial of sorts, with mementos, cards, prayers, toys, stuffed animals and the like left by Oklahomans and visitors who wished to pay their respects to and remember those who were killed. From this temporary memorial and a task force created by then-Mayor Ron Norick came an outdoor memorial and a memorial museum.

The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial is on the site of the Murrah Building and “honors those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever on April 19, 1995.” The Memorial Museum occupies part of the historic Journal Record building, which was adjacent to the Murrah Building and heavily damaged in the attack. The museum allows a self-guided tour and features interactive displays, artifacts and video to tell the story of what happened that day.

The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial is “a place of quiet reflection” and consists of a reflecting pool and 168 empty chairs, one representing each victim, in addition to many other symbolic elements, including the famous “Survivor Tree.” It is free to visit. The Museum, 620 N. Harvey Ave., is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m. The average Museum visit is about an hour and a half (note that the Museum is also closed on Easter). Get more details on visiting.

museums, OKC National Memorial
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Celebrating OKCís brewery scene

Beer flight

This story originally ran on VeloCityOKC.com on National Beer Day.

Throughout history, beer has been used as medicine, to pay taxes and even for nutrition, among other things (even though that rumor you heard that people in the middle ages drank beer instead of water all the time just isn't true). And Oklahomies seem to be enjoying more beer these days. According to the American Community Survey folks at the Census Bureau, the number of breweries in Oklahoma increased 275% from 2012 to 2016. In honor of the "oldest recorded recipe in the world" and everyone's favorite fermentable, we thought we'd take the opportunity to recommend a few Chamber members that know how to make and proffer the good stuff.

Read the full story on VeloCityOKC.com.

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New Deep Deuce restaurant roundup

Deep Deuce sign

This story originally ran on VeloCityOKC.com.

What's that over there and what's that over there and what's that over there and what's that over there? If you've been in Deep Deuce recently, you've undoubtedly asked yourself this question, as four new restaurant spaces have recently hit the environs of the fabled "Deep Second."

  • La Baguette Deep Deuce - describing itself as a "Parisian café with an American twist," this fresh take on a metro area favorite offers a variety of equally fresh pastries and bakery items in addition to grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, charcuterie, chocolate mice and other treats (author's note: and some of the friendliest service around) and is located on Northeast 4th St. and Walnut Ave., next to the next two places on the list, Black Walnut and Grey Sweater.

Read the full story on VeloCityOKC.com.

Deep Deuce, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: April 16 - April 22, 2019

Midtown

Tuesday, April 16
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Wheeler Crit; 5 p.m.; Wheeler Ferris Wheel; This event is free.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, April 17
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
The Wailers; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, April 18
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
OKMOA’s Third Thursday; 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; $12 for nonmembers and free for members.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Charley Crockett; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 19
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Visionaries-A Triple Bill; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Portland Trailblazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 8:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
My So Called Band; 10 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, April 20
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Happy Hoppy Easter Party; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers.
Funny Bunny Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs; 2 p.m. Myriad Botanical Gardens; $5 for member dogs and $10 for nonmember dogs. 
Midtown Walkabout; 2 p.m.; Midtown; This event is free.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2 & 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Orange County SC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary/
Ian Moore; 8:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 21
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Of Montreal; 8:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Portland Trailblazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 8:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 22
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Before the Flood; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

2019 Festival of the Arts

Festival of the Arts

You don’t have to be an Oklahoma City native to understand that the annual Festival of the Arts is the unofficial kickoff of spring in the metro. This year’s festival will be held April 23-28 at Bicentennial Park. The festival is one of the biggest events in Oklahoma City each year as it attracts more than 750,000 visitors over six days.

Inaugurated in 1967, the Festival of the Arts is presented by Arts Council Oklahoma City to celebrate art and community. The combination of visual arts, performing arts and culinary arts make this an event you won’t want to miss. More than 144 visual artists from around the county will sell works of all types, including mixed media, jewelry, photography and more.

The great thing about the festival is that it’s a blast for the whole family as they also emphasize performing and culinary arts. You can listen to great live music on three stages while enjoying some amazing food.

As you can imagine, the festival is a major undertaking and to make it happen the Arts Council relies on volunteers. If you are interested in helping out check out the link to learn more. Trust us, there are much worse ways to spend an April afternoon.

arts and culture, family-friendly, festivals, food, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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History 101: Festival of the Arts

Festival of the arts at Myriad Gardens

The Festival of the Arts in Oklahoma City is one of the largest, most successful and best organized festivals in the country, and the story of how the Festival of the Arts came to be is a true masterpiece.

It all began in the mid-1960s with the establishment of the National Endowment for the Arts, an endowment designed to provide funding for the arts across the country. Soon after, a group of representatives from art organizations in Oklahoma City jumped on the opportunity and established The Arts Council in 1967, with Marion DeVore serving as the first president.

The idea for the Festival of the Arts was ignited through a suggestion from Symphony General Manager Frank Ratka, who wanted to begin an arts festival to attract publicity and interest in the Arts Council. The date of the Festival was set in March, only three weeks away from the day of the meeting that approved it. Every board member participated in making the event a success, from asking local artists to participate to gathering funders and even making sandwiches.

The event has grown steadily every year into the event we all enjoy today.

arts and culture, festivals, history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Oklahoma Science Museum

Science Museum Oklahoma

Complete and utter darkness. Darkness so strong you can’t even see your own hand in front of you. Until you notice a faint glow above your head—the faint, familiar glow of stars. Slowly, the glowing becomes strong enough that the darkness isn’t all that dark anymore. In fact, it looks almost inviting. Now there’s millions of small glowing specks in the sky and no city lights to distract you from them. Just you and a beautiful glittered sky. You hold your gaze, totally fixed on this breathtaking sight. And then a voice—a loud, seemingly omnipresent voice—reminds you that “We’re looking at the view from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in late October of last year.”

Oh, right, of course. You got so hung up on the beauty of it all that you forgot—you were in a planetarium all along!

Such were the beginnings of Oklahoma’s illustrious Science Museum (which some of us older Okies might still mistakenly call by its former name - The Omniplex - from time to time). Originally a humble planetarium, the Oklahoma Science Museum has grown to be Oklahoma’s largest (and most fun!) testament to the joys of science of all kinds: geology, biology, seismology, if it ends with -ology, it has a presence there! With more than 350,000 square feet of pure hands-on science fun, it’s easy to see why the Science Museum is considered to be one of Oklahoma’s best and most creative museums.

If you think the museum is just for kids you would be wrong. On April 26, the museum is hosting an adults only night called SMO21: Cirque Nocturne. The museum is also taking registrations for their summer camps.

Adventure District, family-friendly, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Ralph Ellisonís time in OKC

Ralph Ellison

This story originally ran on VeloCityOKC.com.

If you’re reading this article on the day it’s published, then today is Ralph Waldo Ellison’s 106th birthday. Despite being famous for “Invisible Man,” few Oklahomans have been as visible as Ralph Waldo Ellison—a man who the New York Times once said is “among the gods of America’s literary Parnassus.” In fact, speaking of New York, here’s another fun fact about him you can bring to your next trivia night: he’s the only Oklahoman to have a sculpture dedicated to him in New York City. The sculpture can be found in Riverside Park in Manhattan, not far from where Ellison once lived. But before he moved to New York to eventually become the great literary pillar we know him as today, he was a soda jerk in what’s now called Deep Deuce in Oklahoma City.

Ellison’s formative years in Oklahoma City would stick with him his entire life. There’s evidence of this in a lovely piece from the Oklahoman in 1993 where Ellison is quoted saying, "My early emotions found existence in Oklahoma City…In houses and in drugstores and barbershops and downtown, all of the scenes, the sights, the localities that are meaningful to me are in that city; my father's buried there, and of course all the people who were heroes to me as a kid, my role models.”

Read the full story on VeloCityOKC.com.

arts and culture, Deep Deuce, history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: April 9 - April 15, 2019

OKC Thunder Fans

Tuesday, April 9
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Wheeler Crit; 5 p.m.; Wheeler Ferris Wheel; This event is free.
Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 8:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, April 10
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.

Thursday, April 11
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.

Friday, April 12
2019 Southwest Street Rod Nationals; All day; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
LIVE at the Plaza; 7 p.m.; The Plaza District; This event is free.
Alan Jackson; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Reverend Horton Heat; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, April 13
2019 Southwest Street Rod Nationals; All day; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Oklahoma Songwriter Festival; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Carmina Burana; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center: Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 14
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Mandolin Orange; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 15
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Lake Hefner love

Lake Hefner

Did you know that Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state? It's one of those weird-but-true facts, much like Oklahoma was once located near the equator. But we digress. One of OKC's favorite lakes of any provenance or location is Lake Hefner. Lake Hefner is not only a water source for a portion of the city, but also a great place for a variety of water-related activities. In addition to loads of fishing areas and docks (be sure to get a city permit in addition to a state fishing license), RIVERSPORT OKC now offers sailing lessons, kayak rentals and more on Lake Hefner. The lake is also a popular location for kitesurfing and wind boarding, and also hosts a terrific set of trails that surround the lake that are just waiting for you to run, walk or cycle. There’s even a park, a public golf course, a remote control aircraft field and picnic areas to enjoy. Afterward, take a reflective respite from all your activities at one of the East Wharf restaurants lakeside like Redrock Canyon Grill, Louie’s on the Lake, Mama Roja Mexican Kitchen, or Hefner Grill, perhaps with an outdoor cocktail and snack as you look out over the lake and lighthouse? Darn it, that sounds delightful, if we do say so ourselves - we'll see you there!

cycling, family-friendly, fishing, golf, Lake Hefner, outdoor recreation, restaurants, running, water sports
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A date with the Dodgers

Dodgers Baseball

Baseball is back! The OKC Dodgers, Triple-A affiliate of the LA Dodgers, open their 2019 season this Thursday, April 4 at 7:05 p.m. in Bricktown at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The Dodgers recently enjoyed not only a successful season on the field in 2018 by winning the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division title, but also this offseason celebrated winning the 2018 Bob Freitas Triple-A Organization of the Year award from Baseball America as well as some improvements to the ballpark for the upcoming season. With great young talent and an equally great record of success, having won four of the last five division titles, OKC Dodgers games are a family friendly, affordable and accessible way to enjoy high-level baseball. And the fireworks on the field won’t be the only ones you might see, as 14 fireworks displays are scheduled throughout the season, including after Thursday’s opener, after all Friday home games, and July 4 and 5. Get your tickets now!

baseball, Bricktown, Dodgers, family-friendly
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Activity abounds in April in OKC

Memorial Marathon Runner

Have you seen this month’s “What to do in OKC” video from our colleagues at the OKC CVB? April is a busy month in OKC and there is plenty to see and do! Indulge in being a tourist in your own town as the OKC Memorial Marathon, the Festival of the Arts and more happen this month. Check it out and enjoy all that OKC has to offer for both residents and visitors in April!

festivals, running, Visit OKC
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Not so fast: get caught up with VeloCity

VeloCity website

VeloCity is a great place to get an insider’s look at OKC’s community, business and economy, lifestyle, events, news and more. We recommend checking out some of the recent articles below, and making it a daily stop on the old information superhighway (new pieces are posted every business day). An even better idea is signing up for a weekly email digest of the best stories!

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Things to Do & See: April 2 - April 8, 2019

Uptown 23rd

Tuesday, April 2
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, April 3
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.

Thursday, April 4
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Jenny Lewis; 6:30 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
San Antonio Missions vs. OKC Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall.
Whiskey Myers; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 5
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; This event is free.
Detroit Pistons vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
San Antonio Missions vs. OKC Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall.

Saturday, April 6
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
MetroFamily Kids Fest; 11 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; Adults are $7 and kids enter free.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall.
San Antonio Missions vs. OKC Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
San Antonio Missions vs. OKC Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Portland Timbers 2 vs. OKC Energy FC; 7: 30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary. 
Classics 6 – Fantastic Contrasts; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Citizen Cope; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Williams Clark Green; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 7
Open Streets OKC; Noon to 4 p.m.; 23rd St.; This event is free.
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
San Antonio Missions vs. OKC Dodgers; 11:05 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall.

Monday, April 8
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.

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