You love America, right? Right? Well then you’ll love the Star Spangled Salute Air Show, featuring the United States Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team doing their thing way up in the air. The exciting two-day event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Tinker Air Force Base, 3001 S. Douglas Blvd. Admission is free. Call 739-7646 or visit www. tinker.af.mil.
Oh, you can do stand-up? That’s cool. But can you do stand-up in several different languages like Eddie Izzard? Izzard is one funny, cultured, cross-dressing dude, which is why he has starred in numerous films and won countless awards for his uniquely intelligent brand of humor. See him perform as part of his Force Majeure tour 8 p.m. Sunday at Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady St. in Tulsa. Tickets are $38.50-$56.50. Call 918-582-7239 or visit eddieizzard.com/gigs.
“Masterpiece” isn’t a word to be used liberally; it’s reserved for things like the Mona Lisa or many of the works from the École des Beaux-Arts, one of Europe’s most revered art academies. The latter happen to be on display in Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, a new exhibition showcasing some of the most astonishing pieces to ever come out of France. The exhibit opens Saturday at Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, and runs through September 14. Admission is free for members and $5-$12 for nonmembers. Call 236-3100 or visit okcmoa.com.
General rule of thumb: The dumber the name, the better the band. Andrew Jackson Jihad might have a silly moniker, but the Phoenix-based folk-punk outfit is lauded for its witty, socially conscious lyrics and raucous live performances. See them with other questionably named acts Cheap Girls and Dogbreth 8 p.m. Monday at The Conservatory, 8911 N. Western Ave. Tickets are $12. Call 607-4805 or visit conservatoryokc.com.
What can we say that hasn’t already been said about Les Misérables? There’s a reason it’s considered one of the greatest musicals of all time: It’s Les awesome. See Lyric Theatre’s Michael Baron-directed production, which features an elaborate new set design and over 400 costumes, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave. Tickets are $35-$68. Call 524-9312 or visit lyrictheatreokc.com.
When MovieMaker Magazine says you’re one of the 20 coolest festivals in the world, you’re doing something right. deadCENTER Film Festival — which features dozens of movies from the hottest filmmakers around, both local and beyond — has grown from a local novelty to a legit tourist attraction in barely over a decade. This year’s fest kicks off with an opening night party 5:30 p.m. Thursday with films screening through Sunday evening all around downtown OKC. Tickets to individual screenings are $10, while All-Access Passes run for $125. Call 246-9233 or visit deadcenterfilm.org.
There’s no way anyone could improve on the original Peter Pan. You can’t improve on perfection, right? Unless, of course, you turn it into a musical, which is what Summerstock Productions and the University of Central Oklahoma are doing with the original 1954 Broadway version of Peter Pan: The Musical. See it 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Neverland ... er, Mitchell Hall Theatre, 100 N. University Drive, in Edmond. Tickets are $20-$25. Call 974-3375 or visit click4tix.com/uco.
Oh, you can sing and dance? Big deal. Try doing it when you’re 70. The Oklahoma Senior Follies features the state’s most talented seniors in an effort to inspire the community and provide a heavy dose of laughter. This year’s honorary guest is Barry Switzer, so (as long as it’s light outside) drive down to Kirkpatrick Auditorium 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday on the Oklahoma City University campus, 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave. Tickets are $28.75. Call 208-5227 or visit okseniorfollies.com.
There’s only one museum on Earth dedicated solely to domestic pigeons, and it’s about to open right here in OKC. Twenty years in the making, The American Pigeon Museum features artifacts chronicling this unique specimen in a beautiful 6,000-square-foot facility. To celebrate, the center will host two days of special events (with food trucks, obviously) beginning 10 a.m. Friday-Saturday at the museum itself, 2300 NE 63rd St. Admission is free. Call 478-5155 or visit theamericanpigeonmuseum.org.
The polka-dotted beetles known as ladybugs aren’t just fun to look at; they love to eat the pests that kill our plants. Bug Out! and help release these graceful creatures into the wild 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday at the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory at Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave. One container of ladybugs is $1 with admission to the Crystal Bridge. Call 445-7080 or visit myriadgardens.org.
What does it take to be a man? Well, being a good artist, for starters. In an ever-evolving society, The Manly Show asks this question and answers it with art in a variety of mediums. No matter your gender, check out this unique event 6 p.m.-midnight Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday at Istvan Gallery, 1218 N. Western Ave. Admission is free for men and $1 for all you ladies out there. Call 831-2874 or visit manlyshowokc.com.
The members of Vancouver-based slacker-pop trio The Courtneys aren’t actually all named Courtney. Nevertheless, the band’s music — dubbed “super killer post-punk girl-group rock ’n’ roll” by its label Burger Records — is still, well, all of those things. Check out the rising indie rockers, along with Mikah Young and Youphoria, 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 11 at The Conservatory, 8911 N. Western Ave. Tickets are $10. Call 607-4805 or visit conservatoryokc.com.
Wednesday, June 11
Olympic athletes are great and all, but we think overcoming a physical disability and then competing in a sport is much more impressive. The University of Central Oklahoma Endeavor Games kick off with a swimming competition 5:30 p.m. Friday at Mitch Park YMCA, 2901 Marilyn Williams Drive, in Edmond. In all, 11 sports will be featured through the entirety of the games, which runs through Sunday at various venues in Edmond. Admission is free. For more information or to volunteer, visit ucoendeavorgames.com.
It’s not exactly clear when Awesome began (although Oklahoma Gazette was founded in 1979). Team Hot Wheels: The Origin of Awesome follows the team as they try to stop a mysteriously dangerous black car through the sleepy town of Hilly Woodlands. The all-ages movie screens 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday at Cinemark Tinseltown USA, 6001 N. Martin Luther King Ave.; AMC Quail Springs, 2501 W. Memorial Rd.; and Regal Spotlight Stadium, 1100 N. Interstate Drive in Norman. Tickets are $7-$15. Visit fathomevents.com.