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That's exactly how many hours there are in one week -- 168. Each week, KGOU's Events Calendar Producer helps you find great ways to entertain yourself over the weekend and beyond. These are our picks for arts, live music, exhibitions and festivals to entertain the hours of your week.

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Sue Ogrocki / AP

 

Oklahoma is home to musicians of all genres, from Carrie Underwood to the All-American Rejects and Hinder. One weekend each year, a town of about 3,000 people, just over an hour east of Oklahoma City, doubles in size to pay homage to a hometown hero, and America’s “Father of Folk Music.”

 

The 19th annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival features over 70 artists from around the country, but the majority of this weekend’s performers hail from many of the Oklahoma towns that served as the setting for Woody Guthrie’s songs.

 

 

Brooke Lefler / KGOU

The School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma opened a 5-day run of playwright Beth Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart” on Wednesday evening, July 15. Directed by Tom Huston Orr and Gretchen Hahn, the two and a half hour production is beautiful, cathartic, heart-felt and suspenseful.

7 Film Picks You Can't See Anywhere Else . . . Yet

Jun 11, 2015
deadcenterfilm.org

The Los Angeles Film Festival kicked off Wednesday, and so did our very own deadCENTER Film Festival  in downtown Oklahoma City. Celebrating its 15th year with screenings of 100 films produced in 2014 and 2015, it’s more than a night at the movies.

Daniel Helm / dithermade.com

The 20th annual Skyline Bluegrass Festival kicks off Thursday evening and continues through Saturday at the Shawnee Expo Center. Visiting musicians lead bluegrass workshops Friday afternoon for banjo, mandolin and dobro.

Ariel Bridget Stephenson

This weekend is packed with live music by several local and national acts. From jazz to blue grass to grunge pop, you can listen all weekend without going broke, with cover charges ranging from free to $10.

"Mr. Cool Guy" from The Daddyo's Smother Your Brother

Peter Dolese, Arts Council of Oklahoma City

The Perpetual Motion Dance Company’s annual spring show does not explore the implied violence of its title Fault Line, but rather the instability caused by a mobile foundation. The 11 dance pieces are strung together by a loose theme.

Beatriz Mayorca

On a recent Saturday afternoon, 13 women and a baby gathered around a large work table in a small storefront gallery on Paseo Drive in Oklahoma City. The white walls were decorated with “Husbands, Wives and Lovers,” a group of about 15 oil paintings by Mary James Ketch, one of the women seated at the table. Frequent laughter erupted and echoed off the tile floor and high ceiling of the narrow Project Box.

Brooke Lefler KGOU

Families, couples and groups of friends relax in tree shade on a wide lawn next to a flower garden in full bloom. They giggle and watch the antics of comedian and juggler Dan Raspyni. He reveals an axe with a top spike for his next trick, and some tough teens from the back of the crowd call out, “Is that real?”

“Yes!” says Raspyni. “To prove it, I will cut whoever said that. Now who said that?”

Brooke Lefler KGOU

Biodrama is biographical theater. It’s live action documentary celebrating living people and the theatrical aspects of their everyday lives.

The Curbside Chronicle

Robert is a modern-day newsie. But he doesn’t hawk a tabloid or news rag on the streets of New York or Mexico City. He sells The Curbside Chronicle at busy intersections in northwest Oklahoma City. Some sales days are better than others.

“I did do really well Friday. I had 31 magazines and I sold out in less than two hours,” said Robert, who chose not to share his last name. “I didn’t have any more and I was upset with myself ‘cause I should have bought at least 60.”

Christopher Shaneyfelt

A university English professor and his former student believe they have solved the mystery of the spooky lights haunting the Oklahoma-Missouri border just east of Quapaw. Modern-day pioneer Marna Davis teaches children to piece by hand during Saturday for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Electric guitar resembles Oklahoma flag, with Osage shield as body, crossed by peace pipe and olive branch
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Girls learn to shred on guitar and drums, slap the bass, groove the keys and rock the mic at a brand new summer camp that aspires to teach self-empowerment through music. Five bands— one bluegrass, two folk, one punk and one rockabilly, play the first benefit show.

Mort Rode Forth Boldly toward the Sod House by Frank Schoonover (1877-1972) Oil on canvas, 26” x 36” circa 1926. Delaware Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Harald de Rapp, 1971

Spring break begins today for area college students and most public schools. The chickweed and clover are spreading across yards and byways, and as soon as that last bell rings we will run out into the sunshine to celebrate the first buds of spring. We’ve rounded up some fun activities to enjoy over the break if you are willing to step out of the sunshine for a few moments to enjoy curated exhibits and happenings. Metro libraries host a series of fan fiction, tech and arts events for teens.

painting by Brent Greenwood

The Native Crossroads Film Festival and Symposium kicks off this evening. Native women’s visions and voices is the guiding theme for the 2015 film selections and speakers.

FJJJMA permanent collection

This weekend, the Oscar Jacobson retrospective opens at the Fred Jr. Museum of Art, OU Musical Theater opens La Cage aux Folles and Paul Medina releases his new book Enchanted Circles. These fine Oklahoma artists will inspire and remind you of the generations of multi-talented innovators our great state has, and continues, to produce.

Ralph Ellison in conversation, holding a cigar and a copy of his novel
Ralph Ellison Foundation

The Ralph Ellison Festival brings together an array of Oklahoma musicians, authors, artists and publishers for one evening, this Friday on Film Row. The line-up includes poets Candace Liger, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Lauren Zuniga and Short Order Poems; musicians Culture Cinematic and Gregory Jerome; and visual artists Skip Hill and RJ Woods, creator of New Myth Comics.

There is something fun for everyone this week, whether single, partnered-up, teenaged, over the hill, angsty, romantic, wild, timid, rich or counting pennies— from live action films and punk rock music to painting exhibits and poetry-songs. There are Mardi Gras and Valentine’s masquerade balls and fundraising parties. Also, an imaginative theater production for youth, and a make & take art project, designed with parents’ bottom dollar in mind.

Staged In The City: Mountaintop, 4Play And Tartuffe

Feb 6, 2015
Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre

Theater is booming in the Oklahoma City metro. There are many shows to choose from, opening this month and next.

TCU School of Music

The University of Central Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra performs alongside talented guest musicians Thursday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Hall Theater.

The concert features pianist Sallie Pollack, D.M.A., performing Chopin’s “E Minor Piano Concerto” with guest conductor John Giordano, chairman of the jury for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.  

Ralph Morris, conductor of the UCO Symphony Orchestra, says the concert is an excellent learning opportunity for his students.

Post-Thanksgiving Event Ideas From KGOU's Events Listings

Nov 28, 2014
Holiday River Parade

This week's OneSix8 offers some ideas on what to do in lieu of, or after the Black Friday bargain hunting.

The 10th annual Holiday River Parade starts Friday, November 28 at 6 p.m. on the Oklahoma River.

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