This year’s Festival of the Arts celebrates two things: art (duh) and our city’s birthday. Check out the unique, family-friendly event 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through April 26 around downtown OKC from Walker Avenue east to Robinson Avenue and Reno Avenue north to Sheridan Avenue. Admission is free. Call 270-4848 or visit artscouncilokc.com.
This year’s Academy Awards might be behind us, but movie fanatics seeking a look at the history of the Oscars by way of an acclaimed documentary are in luck. And the Oscar Goes to… features behind-the-scenes footage related to all things Hollywood, and you can see it at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday at AMC Quail Springs 24 with IMAX, 2501 W. Memorial Road, and Cinemark Tinseltown USA, 6001 N. Martin Luther King Ave. Tickets are $4.25- $12.50. Visit fathomevents. com.
Wednesday, April 16
The Survivor Tree is a symbol of strength to all of OKC. The towering, 100-year old American elm inside the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum witnessed the tragedy of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing in 1995 but, like we all did, persevered. Learn about the landmark at the Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series noon-1 p.m. Thursday at Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave. Admission is free. Call 445-7080 or visit myriadgardens.org.
Being funny is hard enough, but it’s even more difficult to do it in 140 characters or less. Often dubbed “the funniest person on Twitter,” Rob Delaney is also quite hilarious in real life, too. See him perform 8 p.m. Wednesday at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing Blvd. Tickets are $18-$25. Visit ticketstorm.com.
Wednesday, April 16
We’re getting old, you guys. OKC is about to turn 125, but we still know how to party (with birthday cake, obviously). Locals can attend an open house 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 200 N. Walker Ave., featuring history lessons, a Spokies bike history tour, tours of City Hall and, yes, birthday cake. Admission is free. Call 297-2578 or visit okc.gov. See our 125th Anniversary weekly series story on page 28. Also, check out our Spokies story on page 43.
If you’re a world champion poet, you’re good at what you do. If you’re a three-time world champion poet, you’re Buddy Wakefield, a revered slam poet from Shreveport, La. See Wakefield on his world tour, Riled Up and Wasted on Light, 8 p.m. Saturday at The Paramount OKC, 701 W. Sheridan Ave. Admission is free. Call 517-0787 or visit theparamountokc.com.