Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With Brightmusic And The deadCENTER Film Festival

Jun 12, 2014

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Oklahoma City’s own Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble presents its third annual Spring Festival called “The Music of France” at St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown Oklahoma City. The four-part concert series takes place Thursday, June 12, Saturday, June 14, Sunday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 17.


The festival’s program consists of 20 overall chamber music selections.

The first concert showcases the French clarinet with pieces by prominent Romantic Era composers Claude Debussy and Camille Saint-Saëns among others.

Concert No. 2 features Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Trio in D Minor along with three works by impressionist composer Joseph-Maurice Ravel, including his Sonata for Violin and Cello and Tzigane for Violin and Piano.

“French Winds and Strings” is the theme for Concert No. 3 Sunday evening before the festival concludes with its Mae Ruth Swanson Memorial Concert “La Fin du Temps” on Tuesday night.

Each concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of Sunday’s which starts at 4 p.m.

Tickets cost $15 per concert, however, students with an ID and Brightmusic’s 2013-14 season members get in free of charge. Additionally, Festival Passes for all four concerts are now available online for $45 per person and will be sold at the door to the first night’s concert. 

According to MovieMaker magazine, one of the “20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” takes place in Oklahoma City this weekend.  The deadCENTER Film Festival is back at five locations downtown. 

A shot from an outdoor screening in downtown Oklahoma City at a recent deadCENTER Film Festival.
Credit Rob Crissinger / Bumper Shoot

DeadCENTER is Oklahoma’s largest film festival featuring motion pictures from around the world and all over the United States. From comedies and documentaries to horrors and dramas, deadCENTER selects a broad slate of films each year to cater to its diverse audience.

This year’s field has shaped up to be the most competitive in the festival’s 14-year history, as organizers had over 1,000 applicants from which to select.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s rooftop terrace is the setting for the event’s Opening Party Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m.  Pass holders can enjoy music, cocktails and complimentary beer. Screenings then begin with a series of comedy shorts in Love’s Theatre at Harkins in Bricktown at 7 p.m.

The Devon Energy Auditorium, the Paramount and the Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Great Lawn and Terrace Room make up the remainder of the festival’s locations.

Organizers expect well over 10,000 attendees, as the deadCENTER Film Festival continues through Sunday evening. All-access festival passes are available along with a full schedule of events and showings.

DeadCENTER is not our state’s only film festival this weekend, however, as the silver screen at Theatre Bartlesville hosts the Oklahoma Indian Summer Native Film Festival on Saturday, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.


The event features a screening of the recently-completed documentary Playground of the Native Son, shot in the Bartlesville area in late 2012.

Additional film screenings include The Dead Can’t Dance by Wichita artist Rod Pocawachit, Play Visions of Yesterday from local artist Kevin Mnich and The Cherokee Word for Water chronicling the legacy of Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Special guests scheduled to appear include writer and producer Celia Xavier and actor Richard Ray Whitman of The Cherokee Word for Water.

Total-package tickets for the festival cost $20 while individual screening tickets cost $10 apiece. Go to the Oklahoma Indian Summer Festival’s website for more information.

Also, The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum opens its 41st annual Prix de West Exhibition and Sale featuring work by more than 100 artists, including four guest artists: Logan Maxwell Hagege, T.D. Kelsey, T. Allen Lawson and Susan Lyon. 

A tripartite painting in the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum's Sam Noble Special Events Center.
Credit Google Creative Commons

The event includes more than 300 Western paintings and sculptures by contemporary Western artists from across the nation. Art seminars, receptions and an awards banquet round out the exhibition’s opening events, which take place Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14.

Reservations are required for most opening weekend activities. The Prix de West Exhibition and Sale continues through August 3.

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