Norman steals the spotlight on this week’s OneSix8 with numerous performances and family-friendly activities.
The University of Oklahoma’s University Theatre and the School of Music join forces this weekend to present Falstaff Opera in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center. This comedic show takes the audience back in time to 15th Century England when Henry the IV reigned. Giuseppe Verdi based the three-act play on Shakespeare’s “Merry Wives of Windsor” and “Henry IV,” and it has been a favorite of critics because of its “brilliant orchestration and refined melodic invention” ever since. Performances begin at 8:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Sunday's matinee starts at 3:00 p.m.
After visiting the Englishmen from long ago, you may want a reminder of the century you’re currently in. If that’s the case, don’t miss OU alum Terry Holloway’s presentation of “Ghosts in the Attic” on March 8th at 6:30 p.m. Sit on the grass, and listen to a funky soundtrack mixed psychedelic colors projected on the north side of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s Lester Wing. This multimedia experience gives attendees a change to examine the brain’s relationship with negative space.
The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art continues its Family Days series on Sunday, the 10th, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Oklahoma artist Ed Ruscha talks about what inspires him when creating pop art and why he believes contemporary Oklahoma art is so important. One of Ruscha’s pieces, “No Man’s Land,” inspired the OU School of Music and School of Dance to create contemporary compositions and choreography, and students perform their interpretation of the painting the same afternoon. This Family Days event is an opportunity to hear a man whom critics call “one of the most important living artists of the Pop art movement.”
And if you’re looking for something to do on Sunday evening, the Norman Santa Fe Depot hosts Alegria Real (Real Joy) at 7:30 p.m. This Latin American music duo and their guests educate and entertain audiences with cultural music and stories from the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe. The group sings many of its songs in either Portuguese or Spanish, but don’t worry; all stories are told in English. Because last year’s show was sold out, advance ticket purchase is recommended.
To learn more about the times or locations of this week’s OneSix8 events, visit our calendar page.